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Wyken Colliery: misc_kt377

The only surviving photograph of a Wyken and Craven Colliery wagon seen at an unknown location

Taken at an unknown location, probably a wagon repair shop, and undated, this is possibly the only surviving photograph of a Wyken and Craven wagon. The builder is unknown, and from the only known builders records of Wyken wagons, the body colour is chocolate (milk or dark?) and the lettering white shaded black. The plate on the solebar is the registration plate, and the twin wooden doorstops suggest that it was financed by the British Wagon Company. The wagon of Snow & Sons of Wallingford is a Gloucester RC&WCo. product. One of the work crew in the foreground is obstructing the data plate, which can be seen partly above his cap, as those who were privileged to be featured in such publicity, were by tradition want to do.

Keith Turton