Michael L. Roach
The Coaling Line at Laira Shed
The coaling line appeared busy on Sunday 23 December 1962. There would probably have been extra Christmas trains running into Plymouth but a contributory factor may have been the gradual reduction in the number of coaling stage workers as steam declined with each loco spending far longer on the coaling line going through the various stages of having the boiler and firebox cleaned etc. In earlier times there would have been an older driver, approaching retirement, dedicated to moving locos up the line and into the roundhouse but by now the coaling stage workers may have had to go off and find a driver each time they needed a loco moved up the line.
5865 View east of the coaling line on the right and the coaling line loop on the left. At the head of the line on the left is 5934 “Kneller Hall” of St. Phillips Marsh Shed.
MLR / 05 December 2022