Locomotive being cleaned, c 1935
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Locomotive being cleaned, c 1935

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Workers cleaning a class B2 4-6-0 locomotive number 2810 "Honningham Hall", at Stratford works, about 1935. Steam locomotives quickly got covered in the soot and ash from their coal fires and needed cleaning far more frequently than electric or diesel locomotives. It was hard and filthy work. Modern diesel and electric locomotives are usually cleaned in automated washing plants.

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