This very rare original negative was taken at Campbeltown Quayside on the 2' 3" gauge Campbeltown & Machrihanish Light Railway. This undated view depicts one of the railway's two 0-6-2T's ARGYLL built for the line's opening in 1906 with works no. 1049. The sister engine ATLANTIC arrived in the following year.
Equally of note in my opinion is the supremely elegant R. Y. Pickering built bogie passenger saloon which was one of six that comprised the line's entire passenger carrying capacity. Not evident in this slightly cropped version of the entire image is that this carriage is the entire consist which suggests that the shot was taken outside the tourist season.
The railway was short lived closing to passenger traffic in May 1932 with both the 0-6-2T's being scrapped exactly two year later in May 1934. The passenger stock, however, gained a new lease of life as holiday homes at Trench Point where they survived until the 1950's with the last one being scrapped as late as 1958.
[E. A. Gurney-Smith / Mike Morant collection]