Birmingham New Street Station
LNWR Locomotives: lnwrbns_pg447
View of LNWR 0-6-0T No 3253 standing on the down centre road
between Platform 1 and 2 whilst acting as station pilot circa 1900. Because
many trains started or terminated at New Street station the coaching stock
needed to organised either to take them away to the sidings for cleaning or to
marshal the stock for another service. In addition, some through trains would
need to be strengthened by the addition of coaches to accommodate passengers
boarding at Birmingham or at later stops. In the very early days of the
station, the strengthening of trains by adding coaches would have been
undertaken by horse power leaving the steam locomotives to move entire trains.
By the 1880s, the increase in the size and weight of coaches meant that this
operation could only be undertaken by locomotive power. The LNWR, in common
with other railway companies, used 0-6-0T locomotives to shunt inside the
station, an operation known as performing pilot duties.