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Crosfields Tank Wagon No 1

Above: Crosfields Chemicals tank wagon no1 shortly after delivery to Caverswall Road station

The precise origin of this wagon is not known but it is a standard RCH design of about the 1930s, and it is very similar in dimensions and design to Birchenwood no 30. Latterly it was preserved by Marcroft Engineering at their thriving wagon works on the site of the former Kerr Stuart locomotive works at Stoke, and was modified with additional pipework to act as a diesel fuel store for shunting locomotives. It was professionally painted in the dark green livery of Crosfields Chemicals "Pyramid Brand" as vehicle number 1. When Marcroft had ceased to use their own shunters and needed more siding space it arrived at Foxfield half full of diesel (plus a lot of rainwater!) in October 2000. It was minus a set of buffers and although the livery was in generally excellent condition it had suffered from the addition of various graffitti. It has since had some spare buffers fitted but awaits a set of the correct type and length, and the livery is being cleaned up.

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