Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Selling a Railway Wagon - Advertising in 1905

These adverts were taken from a 1905  'Bradshaw's Railway Manual, Shareholder's Guide, and Official Directory'. It is a bit of an anomaly in British railway history that before 1914 most railway companies built the vast majority their own locomotives and carriages, yet private contractors throughout supplied a significant proportion of their wagon stock. Thus, these adverts show that wagon manufacturing companies actively tried to alert the railways to their wares, indicating that an active trade and market was in existence.

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