LMS Route: Stratford Midland Junction - The Shakespeare
E&WJR and SMJ - Locomotives and Rolling Stock:
E&WJR 0-6-0 No 2 stands alongside a coal stack thought
to be outside Stratford engine shed. Dick Riley and Bill Simpson write in their
book on the line, 'appearance meant a great deal to the early railway
companies and this photograph is a good example of this. Information available
describes the inside frames were painted Indian Red with the coupling rods and
inside cranks in vermilion. After 1920 vermilion was also applied to inside the
fluting of the rods. The body of the locomotive was painted black with 2 inch
broad green lines edged in yellow, this was topped with a highly polished brass
dome. In the days of the S&MJR lettering was gold leaf with red shadow.
Buffer beams were vermilion lined with a fine yellow line. Number plates were
vermilion with raised edges and numbers in polished brass'.