Tony's Middle East Photos

A selection of photographs taken by Tony Johnson
and reproduced here with his kind permission.




Indian Railways Class WG 2-8-2 Freight locomotive
of which a total of 2450 loco's were built.

A locomotive of this class, No 8350, built by North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow, was exhibited at the Festival of Britain, London South Bank, in 1951.
The locomotive in the photograph, 10062, has just started a heavy freight through Dongargarh, Central India, Feb 1967.
Indian Railways Class WP 4-6-2 Pacific Express Passenger Locomotive.
The loco name Mayur means Peacock.
The train is leaving Ludhiana with the 12:30 Pathankot Express 29 Dec 1967.

The vehicle the other side of crossing with white front is our Austin K9 RAF ambulance converted to camper van. London-Madras. Ship to Pinang, Ship Singapore to Fremantle, around Australia, sold in Adelaide for same price as purchased in London £200. Trip Mileage 40000.
Iraq locomotive No 1403 seen here at the
Iraq Baghdad scrap line Nov 1966.

Built by North British Works No 22177 in 1919 for UK War Dept. It was sold to LNER in 1927 and classed as O4. In 1941/42 this loco went war again. This time Egypt, Palestine and then Iraq, purchased by Iraq Railways in 1945. If returned to UK in 1946 it would have become LNER No 3871 and in 1948 BR No. 63871, where in locomotive stock lists, a space was left for it
should it have been returned to UK.
No. 63601 BR Locomotive of this class is preserved in the National Collection and can be seen on the Great Central Railway at Loughborough.
Three class O4's remain out of use in NSW Australia awaiting preservation.

LMS design Class 8F Iraq locomotive No 1425 shunting
in Baghdad yards Nov 1966.

No. 48773 BR Locomotive of this class is preserved by the Stainer 8F Society Limited and can be seen on the East Lancs. Railway at Bury and also works main line excursions. Built for the War Department by North British in 1940 worked as LMS 8233 until it was sent to Persia in 1941 and numbered 41.109. It was shipped to Iran and then to Iraq in 1945 and purchased by Iraq Railways. It then was sent to Egypt in 1946 and returned to UK 1948 to Longmoor Military Railway.
There it remained until it was sold to British Rail in 1957 and renumbered 48773.