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All photographs are available as unframed 12" x 8" prints at 15.00GBP including UK postage.

I am always interested in purchasing collections of North British Railway negatives from pre-grouping through to the final days of British Railways

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NBR / LNER / J37 9260 at Bathgate (1927) - ©PM
Although it could be argued that standardisation of locomotive designs on British railways never really took place until 1951 under the auspices of Riddles, even the pre-grouping companies did use standard components, buffer housings being a good example. Similarly, the LNER established a ‘Group Standard’ approach with everything from single-design transferable tenders to individual components such as buffers amongst other things. However, despite the LNER having their own Group Standard buffers, the vast majority of North British engines kept their original buffers with a round base through to withdrawal. That said, here we have a photograph of a J37 at Bathgate taken 1926 (only three years after the 1923 grouping) clearly showing parallel shanked buffers with square base plates, otherwise known as LNER Group standard Buffers. We can also see the coal rails have been filled in from behind to marginally increase the coal capacity - a practice started by the North British Railway but generally attributed to the LNER. Modellers take note!