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Tyres at the SDR
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No: 7626   Contributor: John Southall   Year: 2009   Country: England
Tyres at the SDR

Waiting to be fitted is this large collection of loco tyres at the South Devon Railway 27/10/2009.
I could see a class 50 diesel and a Prairie but most just had order numbers to identify them.
I still think it strange that steam locos with steel wheels run on tyres but it would be much more costly to replace the wheels!!
Picture added on 28 October 2009 at 07:34
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Yes, and steel tires were around for steam locos; also wrought iron for wooden wagon and carriage wheels; long before the "Horse-less Carriage" was invented, with its need for solid-rubber and pneumatic rubber tires.....

Gotta agree, this is an impressive collection of 'spare' tires.

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 01 November 2009.
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