Railway Cart

Weighbridge CartTHE CART WHICH NOW STANDS OUTSIDE THE NEW “WEIGHBRIDGE TEA KIOSK”

IT WAS KNOWN AS A GOODS SHED INDOOR RAILWAY CART

This cart would have been in general use inside railway goods sheds and warehouses mainly in the North Eastern area around the early part of the 20th Century, ( approximately, 1920’s ).

The cart would be positioned between a railway wagon, and a horsepulled cart, then the wagon door would be opened and dropped down to stop against the two tapered wedges fixed to the top of the Railway Cart. This cart would then simply be used as a walking platform between the two.

The Railway Cart was re-stored mainly by two volunteers, Beth Barraclough and Tony Smyth.

All metalwork including axles, wheels, etc, was meticulously cleaned by Beth, and general woodwork, included cutting out and replacing any dry-rotted or poor conditioned timber, was carried out by Tony.

When all metalwork and woodwork were ready, Tony proceeded to Paint all parts, finishing in Black Gloss. A week later, once paint was thoroughly dry, Beth and Tony carefully re-constructed the Cart to it’s present day beauty.

Following completion of this Cart, our Catering Supervisor at Levisham Station, Zena, asked Tony if he could construct something to represent a kind of market stall for displaying goods such as Station cards, Levisham Biscuits, keyrings, flags etc.

Tony says: “I took about three weekends to construct this new top, I wanted to keep this new top totally removable, so that the original cart could still be used at any time. The sides and roof area were made using original market stall waterproof material, finally all was painted using our standard Station colours, County Cream and Copper Beech”.

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