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1937 press photo loading locomotive into the “Belmoira” headed to Egypt

Back has printed ‘Copyright Fox Photos Ltd Tudor Street London’

 Taped to back is typewritten paper with description of photo:


“Heavy Cargo
The first of the twenty-six railway engines and tenders for the Egyptian State Railway are being shipped aboard the “Belmoira” at the Glasgow Docks. It is expected that the vessel will sail with her vulnerable cargo sometime during the week-end for Port Said””


Photo shows –A delicate task. Lowering One of the giant locomotives into the hold of the ship. FOX NOV 10th. 37.

Stamped in purple ‘STOCK 11 NOV. 1937

8” X 10”

Nice condition. One  corners has small crease. Photo has some light ‘waves’.


4-4-0 passenger engine, No. 244, Egyptian State Rlys., with Caprotti valve gear. 304.

26 locomotives completed by North British Locomotive Co. Ltd. of Glasgow for the Egyptian State Railway. Intended for moderate speeds and fairly light trains on the level roads of Northern Egypt, eighteen of these engines were coal burners, three of which were fitted with Nicholson thermic syphons in the fireboxes, whilst the remaining eight were arranged for burning heavy oil fuel; the burner for the oil was arranged at the front of the fire pan. The inner firebox was of steel for all the engines, and steel tubes were used throughout. There were two outside cylinders, 17 in dia. by 26 in. stroke with Caprotti valve gear. The coupled wheels were 5 ft. 6¾ in. diameter.

Locomotive Magazine and Railway Carriage & Wagon Review No. 542 (15 October 1937)