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Note how rails were nested to utilise the capacity of the wagon.



Loading 109lb flat bottom rails for despatch.

Loader - Ike Cowan

Rails were handled by overhead gantry cranes equipped with a beam and electromagnet at either end. 109 lbs/yard rail was supplied to British Rail but there were (and still are) a staggering variety of rail specifications rolled at Workington. These rails have been loaded onto a bogie flat wagon, coupled to a 4 wheel barrier wagon which accommodates the rail overhang.

Rails for export via the Prince of Wales Dock were transported over the internal rail network, which allowed a motley collection of rail wagons to be used.


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