Private Owner Wagons : A Fifteenth Collection
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It was originally intended that this would be the first of a continuing ‘Private Owner Wagons collection’ series under a new authorship but very much continuing where Keith left off. However, several factors conspired to make it a joint volume. Firstly the discovery of the majority of the ‘missing’ Great Western wagon registrations meant that many wagon photographs previously ignored due to lack of information could now be presented. Secondly, Keith turned up with a lot more of the Lincoln Wagon/Thomas Burnett images from Cusworth Hall Museum which gave a much wider spread to the geographical coverage of the volume.Thus the result is a work which contains a number of the smaller wagon operators, usually coal merchants, whose stories give an interesting glimpse into the difficulties encountered in the coal trade around the turn of the twentieth century. Many set themselves up in business having acquired the finance from somewhere, only to find that life in a very competitive trade was tough – not helped by frequent disputes at the collieries themselves which stopped the supply of coal. Some small merchants succeeded and grew but bankruptcy, or a further change of trade, came to many.152 pages Hardback.
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