Papers of Lester Goodall-Copestake, Chief Design Engineer for North British Locomotive Company, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers collected by Goodall-Copestake during his time working at North British Locomotive Co (NBL). The subject of much of the documentation includes the design of MAN diesel engines and Voith transmissions, NBL's operations in India, and general NBL operations.

  • NBL Directors' reports, 1919-1958
  • Design, production & technical documents, 1931-1957
  • Goodall-Copestake's correspondence, 1954-1956
  • Drawings, 1950s
  • Info on recruitment and training at NBL, 1945-1949
  • Boultham works personnel papers, 1949
  • Photographs, c 1950s
  • Published brochures and pamphlets, 1950-1955

Administrative / Biographical History

Lester Goodall-Copestake worked as Chief Design Engineer for the North British Locomotive Company from 1945-1957.


Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the Data Protection Act 1998

Acquisition Information

Gift : K Copestake : 21 Mar 2007 : ACCN 3036


Collection box listed by Jennifer Reade, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee), April 2007. Collection level description created by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Accessions), 28 Jan 2013

Other Finding Aids

File list available by request to the Duty Archivist

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