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Some Accident Scenes Facing the Breakdown Gangs

The breakdown foreman, or crane supervisor, needed to be a fast and logical thinker upon arrival at the recovery site, so as to judge without delay the quickest and most appropriate way to tackle the recovery.

Even the simple re-railing of an empty wagon would be treated with some urgency as it would almost certainly be affecting the efficient and timely running of the railway.

This album shows the sort of scenes that the gangs faced on a daily basis. They had no choice but to get stuck into the job in hand, whatever the weather or other conditions.