Southern and LNER Pacifics in dead heat

Two express locomotive nameplates – Holland-Afrika Line and Lord President – tied for top spot in the railwayana section of a collectables auction held by Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on November 24, each going under the hammer for £18,000.

The former was from Oliver Bulleid-designed Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35023, built by BR at Eastleigh in November 1948 and withdrawn in July 1967, and the latter from another Pacific, LNER A2 No. 60503 that started life as a P2 class 2-8-2 designed by Nigel Gresley for the challenging Edinburgh-Aberdeen route.

This loco, built at Doncaster in June 1936 and one of only six in its class, was rebuilt as an A2 in December 1944 by Gresley’s successor Edward Thompson and withdrawn from York (50A) in November 1959. Lord President is the title of Scotland’s most senior judge.

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