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.