9 thoughts on “Head Wrightson Transfer Car

    • No, he was in the offices at Head Wrightsons, Thornaby and he visited the Machine Shop from time to time, but he is not commenting on any of the photos he has contributed to the site.


  1. You are probably right about Workington. If I remember right the car had been parked under a leaky roof and when the molten steel hit the water it blew up.


  2. I think the clue is in the title… I think it transferred molten steel from the furnace to wherever it was needed, hence the totally enclosed steel cab. I do know they made unpowered steel ladles which were big enough to warrant two four wheel bogies to run on. I also recollect one of these blowing up in Sheffield, many years ago. Hope this helps.


    • I think you are getting mixed up Ian, a Torpedo Car blew up at B.S.C.Workington with quite a lot of casualties. I think the Transfer Cars were similar to the Scale Cars and used for loading the furnace.


    • The “wagon” part looks like, maybe, a ballast wagon underneath (between the wheelsets is what looks like a shoot of some sort.
      Was this wagon self propelled as on the end nearest the camara is what looks like a pair of piston ends… Can someone shed some more light on this?


      • Can Ken Pattison or anyone else enlighten us on the photos of Head Wrightson’s rolling stock he has submitted to Picture Stockton?


        • These wagons with a 50-ton capacity would moving under the relevant elevated Bunkers of a Steelworks High Line track and the wagon hopper filled with Blast Furnace Raw Material under gravity via the Bunkers’ Chutes. They would then be propelled move along the High Line. The Transfer Car were also fitted with drop bottom air operated gates and so would then release the Raw M arterials downwards through the rails into any one of the designated Blast Furnace Bunkers.

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