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Shelton Iron & Steel 20 ton Double Bolster wagon no 23

Above: Shelton double bolster wagon 23 carrying the crane assembly from "Dubsey", 3 April 2005
The builder and date of this bolster wagon is not known but it once formed part of the internal fleet at Shelton Steelworks and would have been used to carry short lengths of steel section. In addition it would have been used as a reach wagon to allow overhanging end loads to be placed on bogie bolster wagons. The size of the journals and generally hefty construction suggest a payload of about 20 tons was intended, and it is possible that it was built only for internal use by using old wagon parts. The axleboxes are standard RCH 1923 design 20ton items, but the buffers probably date back much earlier than these. Arriving by road to Foxfield in September 1979, number 23 is now used around Caverswall Road depot for carrying large locomotive components such as boilers and tanks.

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