LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Nuneaton
Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
Lawley Street Goods Depot: mrls940a
Close up of image 'mrls940' some of the LMS' 2,400 cartage
vehicles employed within the City of Birmingham. The traverser referred to in
the article 'Modernization of Goods Depot' can
be seen running across the face of the entrance to the goods shed, with a van
standing on a traverser truck. Much of the railway's trade was derived from
handling miscellaneous traffic arriving in small lots from all parts of the
country for forward distribution and obviously in the reverse direction too.
This needed to be collected or distributed by cartage vehicle, some of which
can be seen above. Initially horse-drawn then steam hauled, the final evolution
was petrol or diesel powered, either tractor units pulling trailers or lorries.
The latter evolution - the use of petrol or diesel power - was so flexible it
ultimately displaced the domination of the railways in transporting