Auction Finds

Last year I picked up an old box of slides at auction. I noticed a few railway images amongst the general views of life in what turned out to be Edinburgh in the early 1960’s. In fact, as far as I can deduce from the collection and the slide captions it was the work of a train driver learing the (then) new Class 40 diesel locomotives, featuring D265.

The images are mostly of Edinburgh and nearby Scotland, with a platform shot at Newcastle of the same loco. They apparently lived in Merchiston – a suburb in the south of Edinburgh that then had it’s own station. It closed in 1965 and the line is now a footpath. The shots of the station appear to be from an upstairs window of a house backing onto the station. Other slides I haven’t scanned yet show someone’s motorbike outside the front of the house.

There’s also a few photos of a military band and Edinburgh I’ve added for interest. They’ve been cleaned up quite a bit from their original state.
There’s a detailed history of D265 on the “Class 40 Motherlist” site here

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