LMSR other tender locomotives - MikeMorant
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Ex-paintshop Fowler 4F 44373 at Crewe on August 30th, 1964. There are some interesting points to note in this picture not least of which is the painted board above the buffer beam which proclaims 'W12' but does anyone have an inkling as to its significance?
Malcolm Peakman points out that the board indicates that it is the works trip duty which supports the data I already had that 44373 was a designated works shunter when this shot was taken. We are both curious as to what the four wheeled contraption in the background is though and Keith Gunner has come up with this comprehensive narrative.:
"The 'contraption' in the background of this photo at Crewe is the former Manchester, Bury, Oldham & Rochdale Steam Tramway vertical boiler tram loco presented to the BTC at Crewe Works for preservation by Wm Park (Forgemasters) Ltd of Ince Forge, Wigan in 1954. It is reported to be Beyer Peacock 2734 of 1886. It was loaned to and stored at the Manchester College of Science & Technology c1967 until moved to the Dinting Railway Centre in 1970. It is currently at the Clay Cross store of the Crich Tramway Village.". Thank you, Keith.

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