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By Alan Davies

The previous Bridgewater Trustees mineral railways have been to develop into the critical Railways of the massive Manchester Collieries obstacle, which was once shaped in March 1929. The panorama with its altering, unexpectedly abrupt and sometimes fierce gradients was once to be a merciless one for those colliery locomotives that have been labored almost continuously to their limits. From Worsley to Linnyshaw Colliery, east of Walkden, the typical gradient have been 1 in fifty two with the occasional 1 in 30 stretch! The locomotives have been different yet post-war incorporated some of the Hunslet-designed Austerity, in addition to a chain of ex-North Staffordshire Railway locomotives. Alan Davies, in a spouse quantity to his earlier paintings on Walken backyard itself, tells the tale of the locomotives that have been dependent there, have been maintained and repaired there and that usually complete their operating lives at Walkden Yard.

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