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There is a discussion going on on the HMRS e-group at the moment about the number of 'foreign' wagons to be seen on pregrouping railways.  I shan't paraphrase the whole thread (join the HMRS if you're interested and haven't already done so), but this outstanding contribution deserves to be more widely shared.


"I possess the GOODS wagon received book (excludes mineral traffic) for Delph for 16 Nov 1895- 18 Aug 1896. Delph was the terminal station on a short LNWR branch line which served a small industrial village in the the Pennines. Over this 9 month period 1692 wagons arrived comprising: LNWR 1411, LYR 191, MSLR 31, NER 14, MR 11, NSR 10, GNR 8, CLC 5 and 8 other companies totalling 11 wagons between them. This company spread reflects the geography of the area. 249 wagons travelled less than 10 miles; 773 came between 10 and 25 miles, 510 came between 25 and 100 miles, 160 travelled over 100 miles. With a small caveat, every incoming wagon had been despatched from a station on its home system; the small exception is that 24 LNWR wagons came in loaded from other than LNWR stations. The one freight train per day would typically have carried mineral traffic (almost entirely coal), 6 LNWR goods wagons and 1 foreign goods wagon -this most likely to be LYR. On 2 days no incoming goods at all were recorded. The longest train was on 23 December 1895 when the goods wagons comprised 9 LNWR, 10 LYR, 1 CLC, 1 NSR and 1 MSLR. Merry Christmas goods clerk!"

Edited by jwealleans
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