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HEAVY HAULAGE FOR POWER SCHEME

Here’s another of our archival photographs. It shows a further way in which traction engines were used for heavy haulage. Loads would vary enormously in weight and variety. Even today’s trucks would be put to the test to carry such weights and of course the various roads boards would not be too happy either. Despite loads such as this, mileage’s would still be great and transportation could take days rather than hours between depot and site. The load on the trailer consists of large pipes departing Coalgate Railway Station for use at the Lake Coleridge power scheme. The Lake site was a very early scheme and all of the equipment was transported by traction engine. On the 75th Anniversary of completed construction a group of present day traction engine owners, driving along in at least one of the original engines, did a rerun to celebrate.

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