Saturday 10 January 2009

Fylde Area Group

Happy New Year!

On Thursday the 11th of December, 10 members were treated to Tony Miller's talk and presentation on 'LNER Goods Traffic'.

We were shown the justifications for goods traffic and detailed background to the traffic flows, especially private owner coal traffic (including anthracite which could run anywhere). This led to details of the LNER wagons built specially for coal traffic, from Diagram 9 through to diagram 188 and the original NE hoppers from 12 to 20 tons (and eventually 40 ton hoppers). Followed by steel traffic around Scunthorpe and Frodingham and some of the specially constructed (war time heavy metal) wagons. Tony then covered details of various yards around the system including the rebuilding of Grimsby fish dock. He then focused on the rebuilt yards just before the 2nd WW at March Whitemoor, then on to Wath and Mottram.

A most informative and enjoyable evening was had by all present - Thank You Tony.

The next meeting is Thursday 15th January, please contact Mike Norris (details on blue sheet), should you require more information.

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