LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton
Canley Halt: lnwrchg542
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44439 and ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48752 are
both working on a civil engineer's working. Such operations have resulted in
both ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 44439 and ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48752 coupled to a Fowler
tender, operating on the 'wrong' lines to their direction of travel. It was
common practice for ballast trains to be fitted with a guards van at both ends
of the ballast trucks allowing the train to be shunted in either direction with
the minimum of fuss. In some instances these brake vans would be fitted with
small "ploughs" to level off the ballast to prevent derailment of the stock.
The brake van behind the 8F appears to be so equipped. Built at Crewe works in
December 1927 No 44439 remained in service until April 1964 when it was
withdrawn from service from Sutton Oak shed to be scrapped by TW Ward of
Killmarsh in December 1964.
Photographer John Hyde © Steam Archive