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Ayton Lane shed (IMG 2836)

Sub-shed allocations outshedded shed ghost engineers coach Slaters


Image by Brian Roper

Ayton Lane shed (IMG 2836)

Ayton Lane is an outpost, a sub-shed of 51D Middlesbrough with locos out-shedded here for convenience. A Slaters NER Birdcage Brake Van stands by the buffer stop, done up without its birdcage as an old converted toolvan, with it is an Ian Kirk quad body with Comet bogies;. there is the shed ghost, a Slaters Birdcage Brake painted to look old and decrepit, ready for when the clerk at Darlington puts his tick on the list for scrapping - when he gets a round tuit (they are in short supply as ever!) or as a last task before his call-up papers come. The allocations for this shed include mineral traffic and a branch pick-up working; there are frequent visitors to the branch that need coaling and watering before returning home with empties or outward goods.