Locomotives of the LNER Volume 2A states that on 26th May 1946, at Haymarket shed, plaques were fitted on each side of the cab of Class A4. 27 (ex 4486) Merlin depicting the badge of H.M.S. Merlin, an Admiralty shore establishment. However, a photograph on the Internet shows A4 Pacific 588 Merlin, in wartime black livery, being hauled from the East Coast Main Line at Donibristle Halt on 3rd May 1946 and about to cross the A921 road. The locomotive was apparently being taken into 'HMS Merlin', the Royal Naval Air Station at Donibristle on the East Ness Jetty Branch where an unveiling ceremony was later carried out there by Captain Chatwin, the base commanding officer, revealing the 'HMS Merlin' crest on the locomotive cab side. Can anybody confirm the actual course of events related to the fitting of badges to A4 Merlin?
AnswerAnswersI've come across a 1959 photo (Book Law Publications, Keith Pirt Colour Portfolio Grantham) which shows the RN Merlin plaque mounted on the side of the loco, in a similar position to the plaque carried by Mallard. I have no information as to when it might have been moved from the cab side. The caption suggests that RN Merlin closed in 1959. (RW:11547)
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