Freight wagons, Stansted goods yard, Essex, 14 January 1954.
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Freight train carrying stone at Stansted goods yard, waiting to be unloaded by crane. The wagons were specially built to carry four narrow-gauge tipper bodies which were loaded at a quarry. The pivots for tipping can be seen on the ends. These were also used to attach the crane yoke for unloading. Heavy loads were usually carried by rail at this time, although railway freight services were losing customers as they were in close competition with road vehicles. However, improved freight services in the 1960s meant that more profit was being made from freight trains.