"Luggage gate at Manchester Victoria Station, 5 April 1928. "
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At this time large items of luggage were taken from passengers by the guard and loaded into the brake van at the end of the train. They were labelled with their destination and unloaded at the correct station. Luggage could be picked up in advance from passengers homes by the railway companies for a small fee.