NZ2325 : Coal Drop at Shildon

taken 7 years ago, near to Shildon, County Durham, Great Britain

Coal Drop at Shildon
Coal Drop at Shildon
These arches are the remains of a "coal drop"; an ingenious device for fuelling steam locomotives.

Rail wagons full of coal were shunted up steep ramps and along the top of the coal drop. Meanwhile, a locomotive drew up below, in front of the arches. Doors in the bottoms of the wagons were opened, dropping coal into wooden hoppers and along iron chutes which directed the coal into the locomotive's tender. This method of loading coal into locomotives saved time and was much easier than doing it by hand.

This coal drop is preserved as part of the Locomotion Railway Museum.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 21 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 27 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2351 2571 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.5591N 1:38.2429W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2347 2571
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Arches  Coal Drop  National Railway Museum  NRM 

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