© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011 We may have gone to search for steam - we didn't find much though - not in action, anyway. A trip to Glasgow, between Christmas 1975 and the New Year, raised the possibility of wintry action on some of the colliery lines north of the border. No such luck - the pits were all closed for the holiday period, and there was no snow either - just gloomy overcast weather. So we had to "make do" with what we could find... Firstly - Glasgow Transport Museum: in 1975, this was in the former tram shed at Coplawhill, not the more recent site at Kelvin Hall - and there were a couple more residents - NBR 4-4-0 "Glen Douglas" (currently at Bo'ness) and CR 0-6-0 no 828 (Strathspey Railway). Another outing took us to Falkirk, which was then home of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society - the site at AB 1937 of 1928 "Clydesmill no 3" Bo'ness was not then available, and coal was still being extracted from Kinneil Colliery. Again, there has been some further movement - "Ellesmere", built by Hawthorns of Leith, is the oldest Scottish- built locomotive in existence - and as such, is now on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Eventually, on our third outing, we found some real steam. First port of call was the wagon works of R Y Pickering at Wishaw. Still a "regular steam working" at that time, their Sentinel (9559 of 1953) was not in action on this occasion. Its colleague, Hawthorn Leslie no 2009 of 1884, was by then out of use. We moved on to our last location - and there, visible from public roads, was a clean and smart "Robin", Sentinel 9628 of 1957, shuffling about in the fading light at R B Tennent's Whifflet Foundry at Coatbridge. I managed to snap two workings before the light proved insufficient for the 200ASA film I was using - another relic from the past, GAF "Anscochrome", long since discontinued. Some "panning" can be seen on the first picture of Robin below - takes some doing with a Sentinel... There were four Sentinels at Tennent's, though the oldest was by then out of use. Today the foundry no longer operates - but happily, Robin is still with us at the Summerlee museum just a mile or so away. Links:  Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel Industrial Railway Society Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway G&SWR 0-6-0T no 9 CR 4-2-2 No 123 CR 0-6-0 no. 828 GNoSR 4-4-0 no 49 Gordon Highlander NBR 4-4-0 no 256 Glen Douglas HR 4-6-0 no. 103 SD tram no 672 DD tram no. 1088 CR no 419 AB 1937 of 1928 "Clydesmill no 3" "Ellesmere" Hawthorns of Leith 224 of 1861 Assorted goods vehicles - SRPS, Falkirk Two Rustons and a Barclay, SRPS Falkirk No 4 S9559 of 1953, R Y Pickering, Wishaw HL 2009 of 1884, R Y Pickering, Wishaw HL 2009 of 1884, R Y Pickering, Wishaw Robin, S9628 of 1957, Tennent's Whifflet Foundry, Coatbridge Robin, S9628 of 1957, Tennent's Whifflet Foundry, Coatbridge Robin, S9628 of 1957, Tennent's Whifflet Foundry, Coatbridge Robin, S9628 of 1957, Tennent's Whifflet Foundry, Coatbridge Robin, S9628 of 1957, Tennent's Whifflet Foundry, Coatbridge