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Peter Drummond

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Peter Drummond (1850-1918) was a Scottish Locomotive Superintendent with the Highland Railway from 1896 to 1911 and with the Glasgow and South Western Railway from 1912 to 1918. He was the younger brother of the engineer Dugald Drummond.

Locomotives designed by Peter Drummond include:

  • Highland Railway Drummond 0-6-0 Class goods engine
  • Highland Railway Drummond 0-6-4T Class banking engine
  • Highland Railway L Class 4-4-0 passenger engine
  • Highland Railway Ben Class 4-4-0 passenger engine
  • G&SWR 'Austrian Goods' 2-6-0

1918 Obituary [1]

PETER DRUMMOND was born at Polmont, on 13th August 1850, his father being at that time Permanent Way Inspector of that section of the North British Railway. When he was quite young, the family removed to Maryhill, near Glasgow, where he received his general and technical education.

His apprenticeship was served with Messrs. Forrest and Barr, general engineers and millwrights, of Glasgow, and on its completion in 1871 he entered the employment of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway under Mr. William Stroudley, where he remained for about five years.

In 1875 he returned to Glasgow and was engaged at the Cowlairs Works of the North British Railway. He next joined the Caledonian Railway, and in 1882 was appointed assistant locomotive engineer and works manager of the railway works at St. Rollox, which he re-arranged and re-organized. While there he superintended the building of the noted "Dunalistair" engines of this company.

In 1896 he was appointed Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Highland Railway at Inverness. The condition of the shops was such as to demand their entire overhaul and re-arrangement, which called for the performance of labours similar to those he had fulfilled at St. Rollox. He designed the small, medium, and large snow-ploughs now used by the Highland Co., which have been adopted on various other railway systems, while his "Castle" class of locomotives built to work the heavy express trains of the Highland Railway has been introduced on the French State Railways.

In 1912 he accepted the offer to become Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Glasgow and South Western Railway at Kilmarnock. He introduced successfully a heavy 4-4-0 class of superheated express passenger-engine, also a heavy 0-6-0 through goods-engine, and two types of engine which were new to this line, namely a 2-6-0 superheated goods engine for heavy and long distance traffic, and a 0-6-2 tank engine for working heavy mineral traffic. Mr. Drummond took a keen interest in the improvement and instruction of his men and their Improvement Societies.

His death took place at Kilmarnock, after an illness extending over three months, on 30th June 1918, in his sixty-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1898.



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[1] Wikipedia