India used baskets to coal locos

India used baskets to coal locos

THE interesting article on coaling towers opened with “In the beginning, the fuelling of steam was a simple affair. One or two men with shovels etc”.

In India this continued until the end of steam in 1995. 

The photo attached shows four men and their wicker baskets, adding coal to a ‘YG’ class at Darbanga shed in February 1995. However, at Jullunder, they had progressed to steam cranes.


Phil Wright, Exeter

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Sam Hewitt

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