LMS Route: Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street
LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
Saltley Shed: mrsalt110c
Close up of image 'mrsalt110' showing Saltley shed's newly
erected mechanical coaling tower and ash disposal plant with several open
wagons standing awaiting to be filled. The mechanical coaling tower was a
modified design of the LMS 'No 1' type plant and was electrically operated and
built of reinforced concrete. This type of plant was provided to depots of
importance and was equipped with two 150 ton bunkers, twice the capacity of the
No 2 type. This variant of the type 1 plant had the coal raised by wagon on the
outside of the tower similar to the practice adopted for the type 2 design.
According to Hawkins and Reeves the coal was raised to the
top of the plant via a wagon 'capstanned onto and secured to a hoist table'
which 'was lifted up and emptied into the bunkers'. The operation of loading
and discharging the coal was under the control of an attendant in the cabin
located at the base of the plant (see image 'mrsalt106a'). The normal practice of loading the coal
in a No 1 type plant was for the coal to be tipped into a 20 ton hopper at the
base of the tower with the hopper then being raised to the top of the tower to
The ash plant seen above was steel framed and with a winch
room clad with metal corrugated sheeting. The locomotive being disposed would
stand on either side of the structure as the centre road was where the wagons
removing the ash were placed. The ash would be emptied into hoppers that were
then hoisted on rails until it was positioned above the wagon for discharging.
In the view above the rails carrying the hoppers can clearly be seen on either
side of the structure, first rising at about 80 degrees and the at 45 degrees
above the centre road.