"Queen Anne" is a Ruston Hornsby 48 DS diesel shunter, works number 265618 built in Lincoln in 1948. The prototype for this class was built in 1935 using a Lister engine and bought by Heinz Ltd. The design was developed over the following years and used the Ruston 4VRO engine. In 1946 the class was improved by the use of a Ruston 4VRHL engine developing 48 HP. Subsequent changes mainly involved the cab until the introduction of the 4YC engine from 1957. This design of shunter was one of the smallest standard gauge locos in Britain.
Queen Anne was delivered new to Longmorn Distillery on 11th October 1948 and spent all its life there until it was donated to the Strathspey Railway in 1980.
|Queen Anne at Longmorn in 1977
|Another view of the distillery
|QA hauling open wagons and an aluminium-clad malt van
|A similar Aveling & Porter to Glenlossie - see below for copyright.
|Early photo in original green livery
|Photo taken in 1979 or 1980
These two colour photographs show the green livery. They are taken from a similar position but the first shows trees in the background and must be much earlier. The second was taken shortly before the loco left for Aviemore in 1980.
Prior to donation it was repainted with advertisements for Queen Anne whisky, a premium blended whisky produced by the distillery at the time. The background was painted in a chocolate brown colour.
|The new and the old side-by-side
|Queen Anne leaving for Aviemore
After only a few years use at Aviemore, it was abandoned in a siding. There were rumours of gearbox problems or frost damage, but neither of these seem true. It was likely that other more powerful locomotives became available and superseded it.