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Derailing at Lingdale

A good engineering image this; showing the delicate job of righting a fallen locomotive using good old block and tackle!  We can’t dispute the location, mostly because the line no longer exists, but also because there’s precious little film record of the line anyway. The crane on the engineering train is a vertical boilered steam crane. Simon Chapman advises: ”The date was November 1900, the engine was no. 1248, and the driver’s name was Metcalfe! The train was descending the gradient from Lingdale Mine with 22 loaded iron ore wagons and couldn’t stop in time so ran through the headshunt and was derailed, fortunately with no injuries to the crew.”

Update information courtesy of Simon Chapman.

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