The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 5 (September 1, 1929)
Speeding up Freight
Speeding up Freight.
In the London area there have recently been opened out two new freight depots which promise to be of the greatest utility in the speeding up of merchandise handling. One of these stations is the Paddington depot of the Great Western, and the other the East Smithfield terminal page 22 of the L. and N.E. line. The new goods station at Paddington has fourteen main railway tracks, arranged in pairs, with a platform 600 feet long between each pair. Between the main warehouse there is an underground store with an area of 3,500 square yards, fed by electric lifts from the warehouse above. Mobile petrol-electric cranes ensure freedom from obstruction on the benches, and mechanically propelled trolleys are employed for moving miscellaneous freight along the platforms. At the new station there can be handled annually anything up to 700,000 tons of traffic, there being at present roughly 330 loaded wagons inwards and 400 loaded wagons outwards daily. The new East Smithfield depot of the L. and N.E. line is intended exclusively for the handling of butter, bacon and similar produce from the Continent. It is located in the heart of the London produce market area, and is a three-storey depot of modern design. Loaded wagons arrive on the middle floor of the warehouse. Traffic intended for immediate delivery to the city is lowered through shafts to the floor below, where it is transferred to waiting motor trucks. Traffic for storage passes to the floor above by electric lifts. This convenient arrangement naturally enormously simplifies handling problems, and reduces very considerably the working costs.