2014-04-23 · in Books · 149 words

This slim 1961 book documents steam enthusiast Ian N. Fraser's successful legal battle to obtain planning permission for an engine shed next to his house in Arbroath's most select residential area. It's an interesting bit of history with some nice photos.

I thought it'd be interesting to look up where the vehicles featured in the book are now, 60 years later. Fraser's 1915 Marshall traction engine Jingling Geordie is now on static display at Snibston Discovery Museum. His 1900 Kerr Stuart narrow-gauge locomotive Bonnie Dundee had a very smart rebuild in the 1980s, and is now a passenger locomotive at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

The 1928 Fowler steamroller that Fraser borrowed from Angus County Council to build his driveway has also survived into preservation, now named Oor Wullie. (Its 1930 stablemate King o' the Road lives just down the road from me, at the Dundee Museum of Transport.)