The thirty two D34s (NBR Class K) designed by Reid for the North British Railway became colloquially known as the ‘Glens’ on account of the names they were given. In line with NBR practice, the names were simply painted onto the top of the splasher over the leading driving wheels. All but one of the names were written as two separate words, the exception being Glenfinnan which for some reason was painted as a single word. Most of the glens after which the engines were named were associated with the West Highland line and the Fort Augustus branch although again there were exceptions (Glen Ogle was well inside Caledonian Railway territory). Curiously, No. 492 was originally named Glen Gau despite the fact there was no glen by that name although it was later renamed Glen Gour in July 1925. Similarly, No. 9287 Glen Gyle erroneously carried the name Glen Lyon for about one month at the end of 1941 but this was soon rectified.

The photographs in this gallery were all taken by myself to allow the railway enthusiast see the beauty of the Glens form a different perspective!

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

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NBR / LNER / BR D34 62477 Glen Dochart at Eastfield (July 1959) - ©PM
For those of us too young to remember steam before the days of preservation, it was not the romantic workplace we may like to have imagined it as. This photograph tries to portray a sense of the grim atmosphere in which railwaymen had to go about their daily business. Like miners, many railwaymen died of Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), also known as black lung disease or black lung, as a resut of inhaling coal dust over the coarse of their careers. Inhaled coal dust progressively builds up in the lungs and since it cannot be removed by the body it leads to inflammation, fibrosis, and in worse cases, necrosis. This shot shows Glen Dochart at Eastfield in 1959 with a Reid N15 and an ex LMS standard 5MT in the background.