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Friday, 21 January 2011

Coal, Gypsum and Mail

Many different  types of freight are carried by rail nowadays and three of them are represented in today's post  (21st January 2011) - coal, gypsum and the Royal Mail.


Pic number one is from Bevan Price, Pictured is the TATA steel liveried class 60, 60099, on coal duty at Walton Old Junction, Warrington, on 18th January 2011.






The gypsum working, pic number two, is from John Smith. The shot was taken as the train was leaving Fiddlers Ferry Power Station headed by GBRf liveried class 66, 66706 Nene Valley, on 19th January 2011.






The Royal Mail has been associated with rail since 1838 when an Act of Parliament was passed for "The Conveyance of Mail by Rail". An apparatus was perfected and put in place on the Grand Junction Railway, in the following year. Ken Young's pic shows two modern class 325 emus, 325002 and 325016, at Bank Quay Station on 16th August 2008. These units are now the main carriers of mail on our railways.

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