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A personal colour odyssey by an author captivated by steam, like most of us, at an early, highly impressionable age and in his case the introduction was grander than most the Royal Train passing through Henley-in-Arden in April 1950 headed, memorably by two Castles.
PHIL & OWEN WILLIAMS
By Phillip and Owen Williams
By ian Sixsmith
By PHILIP E. RUNDLE M.B.E., M.Inst. T.A.
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Part 2: 5900 to 5999
By IAN SIXSMITH and Richard Derry
By Ian Sixsmith
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The area around todays Telford, and specifically that of Coalbrookdale, is well known as the cradle of the industrial revolution. However, the story goes much further back than Abraham Darby. The Roman settlement of Uscocona became that latterly known as Oakengates. The Romans are known to have worked outcrops of coal in this part of East Shropshire, and this mining continued on right through the Middle Ages. Locally, the longwall technique of mining was developed, which involved excavating along the lateral face of the coal seam, rather than head first into the seam. Such small pits were typically only 60 to 100 feet deep at the start of the industrial revolution, and many of this depth continued, even into the 20th century.