Castle' Class 4-6-0 locomotive, No.4094
Castle' Class 4-6-0 locomotive, No.4094 'Dynevor Castle', hauling the Ocean Liner Express from Plymouth Millbay to Paddington. The three leading vehicles are 70ft 'Ocean Mails' storage vans, although they appear to have been demoted as there is no legend on the lower panels, and they are probably conveying passengers' luggage. This view was taken at Sonning Cutting, Maurice Early's favorite location. The bridge in the distance carries the A4.
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Patrolling the permanent way, Manningtree, Essex, May 1948
A ganger patrolling the permanent way, Manningtree, Essex, May 1948. Maintanence of the permanent way was essential for the safe running of the railway. The ganger checks the sleepers, the fastenings of the chairs holding the rails, the tightness of fishplates and the size of the gap between the rails. He carries a hammer for knocking in loose keys securing the rails in their chairs. Photographer Cyril Herbert was one of the few enthusiasts who produced studies of railwaymen. Herbert worked on the railway himself and took this photograph while on duty.
'Wylam Dilly', with its sister locomotive 'Puffing Billy', is the
'Wylam Dilly', with its sister locomotive 'Puffing Billy', is the earliest surviving locomotive in the world. Wylam Dilly was built by the inventor and colliery official, William Hedley (1779-1843) in 1813 for use at the Wylam Colliery near Newcastle. He patented his design for railway traction engines using smooth wheels on smooth rails. The two locomotives were photographed in 1862, when they were finally taken out of service.
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