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    Hal O' The Wynd- the railway locomotive

    Hello,

    I've just learned from an unexpected Google find that Hal O the Wynd isn't just the name of a Rattray's tobacco, but also of a train engine that travelled the North East of England, the very part of the UK where I spend my summer holidays. In fact, the detailed description shows that it served on many routes that I jave travelled by train myself. The web page has nothing to do with tobacco, but I thought the post would still fit here best.

    The name is also explained:
    Hal o’ the Wynd is an alternative name for Henry Gow (Gow is the Gaelic equivalent of Smith) in ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’. He was a squat but powerfully built, prosperous blacksmith in Perth who was “known to Highland and Lowland as the best armourer that ever made sword and the truest soldier that ever drew one.” The word ‘Wynd’ (pronounced ‘Wined’) refers to a back street or alley.
    https://www.a1steam.com/2010/02/03/6...al-o-the-wynd/

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    Markus

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    A bit more on Peppercorn A1's:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Peppercorn_Class_A1


    As you say both Hal O' The Wynd tobacco and locomotive were named after the armourer who lived/worked in a Wynd and (in the book The Fair Maid of Perth) fought at the clan battle of North Inch; both were possessed of an unusual share of strength
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    Hello,

    And anyone interested in the Railways and coming near York once the pandemic has passed, you'll enjoy the UK's National Railway Museum. I was there the first year that I met Jim, in 2011, and though I have no special railway interest except as a regular passenger, I found it very interesting.

    https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/

    Best wishes
    Markus

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