NYMR train is officially Cock O’ The North

Cock O' The North is officially unveiled at Grosmonth Railway Station.
Cock O' The North is officially unveiled at Grosmonth Railway Station.

AN iconic steam engine owned by a volunteer driver on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway can now proudly proclaim it is officially the Cock O’ The North.

The British Railways 9F locomotive 92214 - one of the batch of steam locos to be built for British Rail in 1959 - was brought by Grosmont-based company PV Premier Limited.

Its new name - Cock O’ The North was unveiled on Good Friday at Grosmont Railway Station before the train departed on a journey to Pickering.

The company, owned by Stuart Whitter who has worked on the railway for more than 30 year, chose the name to reflect the power and imposing presence of the locomotive together with its association with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR).

The name is the traditional epithet attached to the chief of the Gordon Clan, and reflects the historic power of the Highland Clans.

It was suggested by Valerie Walter, the company secretary of PV Premier, whose grandfather served with the Gordon Highlanders during the First World War.

The name was originally carried by Class P2 Locomotive 2001 which was completed in May 1934.

The class was designed to handle the express passenger traffic on the Edinburgh to Aberdeen main line, which is noted for its steep gradients and tight curves, so similar to the NYMR route of today.

Managing director of PV Premier, Mr Whitter, who is also a professional rail traction engineer said: “It was not an easy decision to name the locomotive as, with the exception of Evening Star, the 9Fs did not carry nameplates.

“However, it is in response to an overwhelming demand from our customers who pay to support the heritage movement.”