Close up of image 'mrls302' showing the rail entrance to Lawley Street's goods shed and grain shed with a MR Johnson 0-6-0T half-cab shunting the yard. The Johnson 0-6-0T locomotives were the predecessors to the ubiquitous 'Jintys' that were to be seen across the LMS system some 30 years later. The signal gantry to the left is in the 'off' or 'clear' position giving the driver permission to proceed past the points. This signal is a lower quadrant signal, meaning that its arc of travel was from the horizontal to the position seen. When the signal was in the horizontal position it was at danger.
Later versions of signals operated in the upper quadrant, meaning the signal was raised when in the 'off' or 'clear' position. The upper quadrant type of signal was introduced after a bad accident which occurred when snow jammed the mechanism which prevented the signal arm being raised back to danger. The gang of workmen appear to be making ready to transfer a number of heavy timbers on to one of the yard's many special wagons designed for conveying baulk timbers and other types of long loads.