A British Railways Ready Reckoner

Amongst the printed material items found at Lavington Station after its closure in 1966, was a ready reckoner, which we have recently accessioned into the museum collection.

It gives guidance on working out the weight of loads in freight trains in order to decide on the number of trucks and the speed of travel permitted for goods trains in 1950.

The trucks were classed as heavy or medium depending on what they were carrying.

So, coal, sugar, explosives, grain and bricks were heavy, whereas turnips, manure, cattle and salt were medium.

And here is a goods train at Lavington Station. We do not have a date for it, but believe that it predates our 1950s booklet.

2 Responses to “A British Railways Ready Reckoner”

  1. John Young Says:

    It would be interesting to know how the ready reckoner found its way to Lavington. It was published by British Railways Eastern Region (formerly London & North Eastern Railway) headquarters, Kings Cross whereas Lavington was in the Western Region (formerly Great Western Railway) whose offices were at Paddington.

  2. marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

    Thanks, John

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