Reader weighs in with information on railway tour
OVER the past few months, there has been a debate in Bygones about locomotives that used Derby's Friar Gate station, especially classes A4 and A3.
I can go one better. In November's issue of Steam World magazine, there was a letter about a steam rail tour, which came through Friar Gate station.
It was pulled by a Southern "West Country" class 4-6-2 locomotive 34094 Mortehoe, pictured above, which weighed between 86 and 90 tones.
From Crewe to Nottingham Victoria, it was double-headed by Eastern B1 4-6-0 61409, pictured below, with a weight of 71 tonnes.
So there would have been a combined weight of between 157 and 161 tonnes crossing over Friargate Bridge. Therefore, it could not have been a weight problem stopping A4s and A3s from using Friar Gate station.