Close up of image 'mrls308' showing the entrances provided for railway traffic at Lawley Street Goods and Grain Warehouse and a variety of ventilated vans. The number of entrances to the warehouse was four but with different capacities in respect of the number of tracks entering inside. The first two entrances were five road, the third entrance was three roads whilst the last entrance was two roads. The cast iron columns seen in the middle of the entrances were necessary to support the considerable weight of the two floors above the tracks and decks. It was here that the grain would be stored and other goods waiting for either the customer to collect or be delivered.
Careful examination of the entrances will show that each road was protected by a loading gauge, which was shaped like an upturned 'u'. This was intended to ensure that any load placed into an open wagon would not foul the side of bridges and tunnels. This would not be a problem for the ventilated vans seen above as their loads by definition were contained within in their width and height.