ABOVE: Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 45257 heads an empty passenger train with a Palethorpes sausages six-wheel van attached behind the tender on the outskirts of Kidderminster.

AN INTERESTING STORY surrounds the butchery and pork products business that Henry Palethorpe set up in Tipton, Staffordshire in 1852 – especially the use from 1876 of company-branded rail vehicles to transport its products, a practice that was to continue for another 90 years.

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