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North British Locomotive Collection

The North British Locomotive Collection The North British Locomotive Collection
A group of people standing in front of an engine built by the North British Locomotive, 1921.
A group of people standing in front of an engine built by the North British Locomotive Company Ltd, 1921.
 
The North British Locomotive Company (NBL) Collection is the photographic archive of one of the most famous companies of locomotive builders in Britain. The company was created in 1903 by the amalgamation of 3 Glasgow engineering companies, making it the largest locomotive building company in Europe.
 
After the company went into liquidation in 1962, the photographic records were deposited in The Mitchell Library. This formed the nucleus of the NBL Collection, consisting of about 9,000 glass negatives plus approximately 6,500 photographic prints. The standard image on both glass negative and print is of a recently completed locomotive photographed in front of the workshop. Other photographs in the collection show locomotives being transported along city streets en route to Glasgow Docks, NBL products being loaded on to ships and company employees, both at work and leisure.
Finding items in the North British Locomotive Collection Finding items in the North British Locomotive Collection

Catalogue of the North British Locomotive Collection (PDF, 128KB)

Listing of documents relating to the North British Locomotive Collection (PDF, 59KB)

A selection of photographs from the Collection can be viewed on SCRANSCRAN is free to access via any library PC. Please ask a member of staff for access.

If you wish to view the collection please contact Special Collections.

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