Another item associated with Talyllyn Railway locomotive No.4. A brass plate was carried for some years in memory of David Carnegie, the Earl of Northesk who died in 1963. David was an early volunteer on the railway, and was regularly pictured firing locomotive no.4. He was interviewed on its footplate as part of the 1957 BBC outside broadcast of the railway.
Despite good intentions, the plate actually wrongly describes David as the 9th Earl, when in fact he was the 11th Earl of Northesk. The second picture from the John Adams collection, taken in September 1958, shows David in his fireman’s overalls in front of No.4 with Tom Rolt on the left.