Beside the coal stage at Grantham loco is a V2 locomotive, probably No.829 of King's Cross shed. The coal stage was a common feature of steam locomotive sheds. Wagons of coal were pushed up a long ramp to the top level. There the coal was shovelled into wheeled skips, from which it was tipped into the tenders and bunkers of locomotives drawn up alongside.
This photograph was taken in 1948 or 1949. In 1937 a mechanical coaling plant had superseded the coal stage, though it remained on standby for use when the coaling plant broke down or was under maintenance. At the top left of this picture are some of the skips in a tidy row ready for use.
Photograph lent by Peter Wilkinson.