Photo of 024296 at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth

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Photo details

  • Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth
  • 3 January 2009
  • © Ben Williams


Your comments

  • Ben Williams

    25 January 2009, 09:14:00

    Formerly at Derby technical centre, I have also received an old shot of it there recently so this will go on the site soon.

  • David Piper

    18 February 2013, 14:58:51

    In the 2 photos linked below there is a similar tank wagon in what looks like the later RTC research livery.



    This site's picture of it at Wirksworth looks like there may be stripes under the black paint on the end of the tank.

    Is this the same wagon? And if so, does anyone know of any better photos of it in this livery please?


  • Simon Jones

    20 February 2013, 18:11:09

    The photo I have of this vehicle, also taken at Wirksworth, is alas from the other end and the other side of the fence and it's all a very uniform black.

  • Jon Horswell

    20 February 2013, 21:40:27

    It is an interesting point raised by David though. Of all the photos taken at the RTC over the years I had never before noticed the 'stripy' tank in its distinctive RTC livery. If it is indeed this wagon then it goes to show how little interest was taken in certain vehicles at the time. Something which this website is helping to change.

  • Peter Anthony Cummings

    21 February 2013, 19:43:50

    There's a b/w pic of it in the hardback version of the 2 books CJ Marsden did on RTC.

    The marks visible on the barrel end above, do correspond to the bands of the coloured livery of the tank.

    Not I think a case of little interest in such vehicles, but rather of how rare visits to the RTC actually were. The 2 main works were easily visitable, but not the RTC.

    And then the tank could have spent much of the time out of general view, at Mickleover, Old Dalby, or even parked off the traverser behind the EDU. Easily overshadowed by the more exotic specimens around.

  • Jon Horswell

    22 February 2013, 17:17:08

    It appears that it carried both versions of the RTC colours too, the blue and red & the red and cream, judging by what photos i've seen

  • David Piper

    22 February 2013, 19:15:10

    Very interesting to hear they also had it in red/blue for a while. I only have the paperback Modern Railways Special by CJ Marsden (bought when I was 13) which also has a good b&w photo of this wagon in black next to the Optical Car. I'll keep an eye out for a hard back.

  • Peter Anthony Cummings

    22 February 2013, 20:25:56

    The hardback was

    25 Years Of Railway Research.

    OPC 1989. ISBN 0-86093-441-1

    112 pages. Rather splendid, but unfortunately - other than the dustjacket - all pics are b/w. As tended to be the case in those days.

    I wonder if any of the 'boffins' in the pics are known to us on here.

    Interesting pics from almost 60 years ago, of HRH philip, and Beeching, at the official opening ceremony of RTC.

  • Greg Hartle

    12 August 2017, 11:47:17

    Is this the tank up at the far end of the shed in the bushes at Wirksworth? Or is that the other tank 024327? One of these is at Duffield on a headshunt within a tunnel....anyone know more please? Cheers

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