LMS Route: Stratford Midland Junction - The Shakespeare
E&WJR and SMJ - Locomotives and Rolling Stock:
A Stratford Midland Junction 4-plank open wagon carrying
goods packed in barrels. Broadly speaking there were four ways of shipping
materials: solid objects placed in wooden or wicker boxes or sacks and some
items such as nails were shipped in small wooden barrels; liquids travelled in
sealed containers, tins, barrels and drums; light but bulky material such as
wool, jute and cotton is formed into bales and materials which do not need
protection from rough handling so these were shipped in bulk. Not all 'barrels'
were barrel shaped. Tobacco was shipped in straight sided 'hogsheads',
technically these were however barrels as they are mode up of strips of (rather
pale) wood held together with metal hoops.