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LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton

LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Lichfield

LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Soho and Perry Barr

Curzon Street Goods Station: lnwrcs2131

A special cargo of glass-lined metal tanks each weighing 4 tons is being unloaded by Banbury Street's mobile crane

A special cargo of glass-lined metal tanks each weighing 4½ tons is being unloaded by Banbury Street's mobile crane in 1930. The tanks were 10 feet 1 inch in diameter and had travelled from London by rail under the out of gauge arrangement. Prior to the development of road transport and the building of suitable roads, the only way of moving larger items wasby rail. Whilst manufacturers made every attempt to create components of a suitable size for transporting which could then be assembled to make up a large unit, it was sometimes impossible and that required special arrangementsto be made. This could mean moving an item that at certain locations needed to be moved out of gauge in order to traverse certain sections. A long girder being one example as demonstrated in image 'lnwrcov226'. A police escort would be required to accompany the lorry from the depot to the yard. The mobile crane is a tracked vehicle designed to move carrying its load.

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