A 1903 view of the sidings, looking North East, which were located in front of Windsor Street Goods Station and Rupert Street in the background. Beyond the sidings a large end-loading dock can be seen. In this view seven of the fourteen sidings are visible together with the two sidings in the distance which ran alongside the depot (as can be seen in image 'lnwra3632'), plus part of a siding abutting the end loading dock. Each siding was fitted with a wagon turntable just in front of the goods depot building in order to minimise the need to shunt the rake of wagons on the sidings; the wagons being removed via the wagon turntables. Only four of the seven sidings actually entered the goods station, which had platforms inside of a level compatible with the floor of the railway wagons to aid the rapid loading and unloading of goods. The remaining three sidings were used to release wagons which had been moved sideways via the turntables. A single wagon or van can be seen standing on each of these release sidings in the photograph. The capstans visible on either side of the row of turntables appear to be fixed rather than powered and are set out so that a rope can be used to rotate the wagon when on the turntable. Its most likely that the power used to move and turn the wagons was via one of the many cart horses owned by the railway.
The wagons seen are, from left to right:
* In the original article this wagon was classified as a D4 not as a D9 but as Mike Williams of the LNWR Society pointed out, 'the only difference between D4 and D9 is that the latter has larger journals and axleboxes so it can carry 10 tons. This is indeed 10 tons (says so on it) so it is a D9, not a D4'.
We would like to express our thanks to Jim Watt for providing a copy of this and the other photograph ('lnwra3633') which featured in an article on Page 52 to 54 in the HMRS' Journal Vol 11, No 2, April - June 1982. The article was written by CW Underhill with information on the wagons provided by Jim Richards and Geoffrey Platt. We welcome any other photographs of Windsor Street which regrettably are extremely rare.