Reproduction of a painting by M Secretan published by 'The Locomotive' magazine, showing the 'Cock o' the North', a London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) three-cylinder 2-8-2 expres locomotive (No 2001). The Cock o' the North' was designed by the LNER's famous Chief Mechanical Engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, specifically to overcome the difficulties posed by the severe gradients and tight curves of the line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. It was the first eight-coupled locomotive to be built in Britain for expres pasenger service. The locomotive was completed in 1934, but although its performance was in many ways excellent, it did not deal effectively with the problems of the sharp curves on the route for which it had been designed.
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