Cross-London Transfer Freights

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Re: Cross-London Transfer Freights

Post by kudu » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:43 pm

Thanks, THE signalman. I would only add that I've just recalled a photo of a Willesden 8F on a freight descending the single line by Norwood Jnct shed, suggesting a different route after Balham, avoiding Streatham Common and going via Crystal Palace LL. Was this to avoid a busy route or to access the down side sidings that were presumably there then?

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Re: Cross-London Transfer Freights

Post by kudu » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:00 pm

Pyewipe Junction wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:47 pm
kudu wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:54 am
Not "a small ex M R battery lcomotive", rockinjohn - THE ex MR battery locomotive! This is what I wrote for my local railway society magazine dealing with non-steam locos in the Grouping (part of a series I'm still working on covering ALL locos in the Grouping):

"The oldest [battery loco in the Grouping] was built by the Midland in 1913 at Derby using a modified wagon underframe. This elusive loco lurked in London’s West India Dock Coal Yard, a self-contained network accessed only via a wagon hoist - a parallel here with the LSWR electric locos described above. Closure of the yard in 1964 made the loco redundant."

I hope this is accurate. You must be one of the few people to have seen it.

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Was this service loco BEL1 (originally scheduled to have been BR number 41550)?
Sorry, I don't seem to have answered this. I can confirm it was BEL1 (BEL2 being the now-preserved North Staffs loco) and am pretty sure it was also 41550 (internet info only), though as you imply I'm not sure it ever carried it.

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Re: Cross-London Transfer Freights

Post by Pyewipe Junction » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:23 am

Here is a link to a photo of BEL 1 at work in 1963:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78089679@ ... 2623842228

BEL1 and BEL 2 look very similar. I wonder how often they had to be recharged, given the rather primitive arrangements for batteries in those days.

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