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A Dying Art


Using a shunter's pole the guard on the pick-up goods loose connection between the Mountsorrel stone wagon and the guards van so allowing the standard tank 80072 to steam off to collect some more wagons for the goods train. In these days of fitted freights and container transport the open wagon and the loose coupling have gone the way of the dinosaur, only to be seen on heritage railways.

The two Mountsorrel wagons are privately owned but hosted on the Great Central Railway, They have just been repainted, and in time it is hoped that they will work on the new Mountsorrel branch being planned for the GCR.

Shunting demonstration in the sidings at Quorn on the Great Central Railway.


A Dying Art


Using a shunter's pole the guard on the pick-up goods loose connection between the Mountsorrel stone wagon and the guards van so allowing the standard tank 80072 to steam off to collect some more wagons for the goods train. In these days of fitted freights and container transport the open wagon and the loose coupling have gone the way of the dinosaur, only to be seen on heritage railways.

The two Mountsorrel wagons are privately owned but hosted on the Great Central Railway, They have just been repainted, and in time it is hoped that they will work on the new Mountsorrel branch being planned for the GCR.

Shunting demonstration in the sidings at Quorn on the Great Central Railway.


comments (5)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Apr 2010, 06:43
Blimey this takes me back Les. When I worked on the railway in the mid 60s this was a very common sight indeed: virtually everything was loose coupled in those days.

Do you mean the GC are opening a branch off their main line?
Les Auld: The Mountsorrel project is a branch from Swithland to the Mountsorrel quarry, some 900 yards. The trackbed has been laid but it will be quite a while until they have enough money to complete it I think. Thanks for the comment Chris.
Good to see that old trucks like this are being restored. I can remember seeing this being done when I was a kid
Les Auld: They do look rather nice Bill, I remember hundred of them in Bank Hall yard in Liverpool, nothing left at all now though. Thanks for the comment.
It looks like your back in the day! smile
Les Auld: many years ago Linda, thanks for the comment.
Didn't those trucks look great Les, great work by the restorers. They done this exercise with the Jinty on Saturday, sadly I was down the wrong end of Qourn station at the time. Seeing a Shunter with a pole brings back a lot of memories from when I was a lad.
Les Auld: They do look great indeed, I was talking to the owner of them and he was, rightly, so proud of the way they had been finished. Thanks for the comment Brian.
We dont see many of these trucks now Les..Great memories.
Les Auld: Very few indeed Ron, and there were many thousands in their heyday. Thanks for the comment.

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