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1920's photo of Traction Engines at Blakeney en route to Stratford.

image: 1920's photo of Traction Engines at Blakeney en route to Stratford. (59k)

James wrote the following re. this photo : "Steam to Stratford, in the early 20's. James Joiner (a contractor from Soudley) assembled his convoy of Traction Engines en Route to Stratford Upon Avon to start the new Sewer Contract which was awarded to Joiners for £57,000.
He used Forest Coal miners who were unemployed, to tunnel under the Town Streets to engineer this prestigious contract. My late father, Roy James Bevan was a 15 year old traction engine Driver's mate (4th from the right), starting his own career as a transport pioneer buliding up a Transport business in Soudley with his brother."
The photo was taken outside Blakeney Rail Station/School. The railway bridge to the right took the railway to Wallsend via Blackpool Bridge.

Archy Selwyn

Photo courtesy of Mark Rawson-Gill.

Mark wrote: "... My granddad and his brother Archie Selwyn ( a miner) moved up from Cinderford to Stratford to work on sewers I believe for James Joiner. Archie Selwyn is top right hand corner".

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