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  • 024296

    25 January 2009 - Ben Williams

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

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    25 February 2009 - Martin Allen

    My notes state that this tank wagon is ex- A6090, owner Shell BP. Note clever use of old "BP" lettering!

  • 024296

    18 February 2013 - David Piper

    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?


  • 024296

    20 February 2013 - Simon Jones

    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.

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    20 February 2013 - Jon Horswell

    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.

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    21 February 2013 - Peter Anthony Cummings

    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.

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    22 February 2013 - Jon Horswell

    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

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    22 February 2013 - David Piper

    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.

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    22 February 2013 - Peter Anthony Cummings

    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.

  • 7 April 2013 - steve rimell

    Hi John,

    What photo's have you seen ?, & Where ?. Were they on the net ?.


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    12 August 2017 - Greg Hartle

    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

  • 12 August 2017 - Dan Adkins

    I had 749670 as being the one at Wirksworth in 2013, if that matches what you saw?

    6090 was near Shottle on this occasion.

  • 14 August 2017 - Greg Hartle

    Cheers Dan! Yes it's 024327 then, as it's still in the same place past the bridge in that siding.Looking a lot more 'lime green' though now, but the grey frame was what sealed it, as it still (just) retains that colour.Many thanks!

  • 20 August 2023 - Simon Bendall

    Moved to the Great Central Railway in the past few days.

  • 18 July 2024 - Mark Baldwin

    Restored to Esso black with number 6090 by Quorn Wagon & Wagon