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019 Noel Box 7 RU 144 adj

The ashpit road at Grantham shed with a 'Tango' 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive used on the ironstone trains. The fire in the pit would have been dropped by the shed staff from one of the passenger engines fitted with a 'drop grate'. The Tangos had no such refinement; the remains of the fire had to be lifted out of the firehole in the cab using long and heavy shovels, and tipped out at the side of the track through the cab doors.
Photograph taken by Noel Ingram, used with permission from Steam World.

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