WARTIME HEAVY FREIGHT
In times of national crisis our railways are often called on to perform extraordinary feats, and in the Second World War freight traffic rose to such an extent that a special breed of locomotive was required to deal with it. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains all.
Above: The USATC ‘S160’ 2-8-0s were distinctive for their American outline and came to the British railway system in kit form. In 1944 ‘S160’ 2415 has just passed Hatch End with a down freight on the West Coast Main Line. C.R.L. Coles/Rail Archive Stephenson.