LMS Route: Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street
LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
Saltley Shed: mrsalt435
Midland Railway 2F 0-6-0 No 697, a member of Kirtley's 700
class, is seen inside Saltley shed under repair with buffers removed. The
locomotive had inside cylinders and for fitters to gain access it was necessary
for the bufferbeam to be removed. The locomotive has obviously been repainted
as its resplendent in its Midland Lake livery although the chimney has yet to
see a painters brush. Built by the Vulcan Foundry Company in 1870, No 697 was
later allocated the No 2697 by LMS which it carried until it was withdrawn in
November 1930 to be scrapped by Derby later that year.
This is an interesting photograph as it shows Saltley was
able to carry out significant levels of maintenance work to its allocation
locomotives without recourse to sending them back to Derby. The locomotive has
had her buffers removed, has no coupling rods and alongside and in front is
evidence of instruments designed to check for square etc. when realigning axles
with pistons etc.
Another item of note is the freshly painted body, but is
that a new fabricated unpainted chimney? Within the shed there is a turntable
in the foreground, one of a series located internally, and used to maximise
space. To the right high on the wall is a shaft driving via a 'twisted' belt,
in all probability a lathe or grinding machine. The 'twist' was a technique
that aided the belt to be kept taught.