WE REGULARLY receive reports from Bugle readers paying visits to far and distant lands, who have spotted an item made many moons ago in the Black Country.
More often than not, as befits our industrial history, these items are made from cast iron, and is the main reason for their lasting so long. And this item is a fine example of such a piece. It was spotted on a recent trek to Devon by Gornal reader Brian Ansdell, and is a reminder of a well-known local firm.
In bold, raised letterting are the words: THE OLDBURY RLY CARRIAGE & WAGON CO LTD. BUILDERS, OLDBURY 1896.
It measures, we'd guess from the photo, about seven or eight inches in height, and is gently curved. It comes presumably from a railway carriage, but does anyone know what it might be?
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