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LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Lichfield

Sutton Coldfield Station (LNWR): lnwrsc90a

Close up showing McConnell's 0-4-2T No 734 ready to haul its train bunker first to Birmingham New Street

Close up of image 'lnwrsc90' showing McConnell's 0-4-2T No 734 ready to haul its train bunker first to Birmingham New Street. Harry Jack of the LNWR Society writes, 'The engine 734 was Class M 0-4-2T built at Wolverton in May 1862, the second of a class of ten, all built in that year. It was rebuilt with a Crewe boiler etc in 1867, renumbered in the Duplicate List as 1811 in January 1874, and scrapped at Crewe in September 1878'. The weather board offers little protection to the crew when running boiler first because it only covers the middle third of the cab area, However even this would be considerably better than running bunker first where there is no protection at all from the dust blowing off the coal. On top of the rear bufferbeam is a tool box which would be used by the crew to store the shovel and picker etc.

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