Old Photos of Witham

Railway goods sidings, including shunting horse

Taken: 1911, Ref: M580

Railway goods yard. Building in distance right of centre is the Witham South signal box on which was put in in 1889 when an extra loop was added for a Southend to Colchester service that came from Maldon and bypassed Witham station (it didn’t run for long). Loading gauge hanging on right, to limit height of load. Two shunting horses in the middle, with their minder (probably stopped for a smoke). Horses would pull one or two trucks at a time. Fosdick’s truck has coal. Freight travelled at night. Information from John Newman. See also M2776-M2788.

RefM580
PhotographerGreat Eastern Railway. Windwood Collection, ref. GE 711.
Date taken1911
SourceJohn Newman
RestrictionsCourtesy of the National Railway Museum/Science and Society Picture Library. Any enquiries should be directed to: Justin.Hobson@ScienceMuseum.ac.uk
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