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Derek Everson
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Acton Works

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Details: This photo taken at the Bollo Lane entrance to Acton Works on 4th June 2019 highlights the relatively short length of Cartwright flat-bed trailer T74. It was coupled to Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor unit WP61ZXE and was loaded with two plate bogies. I suspect that these are off A or C type surface stock trains, although the last of these was withdrawn from passenger service in 2014. Interestingly Derek also photographed the same tractor/trailer combination in almost exactly the same place in 2017, when the trailer was also loaded with two identical plate bogies. Comparison of the two photos suggests that T74 had been given a new headboard in the intervening period. The checkerplate infill is obviously new, but the round-cornered framing of the headboard also appears to have been renewed. Another change is that there is now a pair of stanchions/handrails at the rear corners of the flatbed. Trailers always tend to last longer than other vehicles, and T74 is now nearly 18 years old.

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