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Contractor's railway and broken wagon

Contractor's railway and broken wagon

L1544. Broken wagon lying by the contractor's railway at a cutting near Birstall, Leicester, circa 1897. The speed at which the contractors worked meant that these temporary rails, which were laid to bring men, materials and machinery to and from the construction sites, were notorious for being poorly laid and maintained. As a result there must have been many mechanical failures and derailments. Henry Lovatt of Wolverhampton built this section of the Railway (Contract No.2, Leake to Aylestone).
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographic prints - black and white
Photographs - 
Formatdimension.H - 118mm
dimension.W - 161mm
IdentifierNewton - J 1/2
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
copy of - glass plate negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Birstall, Leicester (O.S. Ref: 458700 308500)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council