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Great Iron Bear

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The Great (Iron) Bear Crane, 1960-61

This photograph shows the largest crane railway ever built by Cowans Sheldon being tested in the firm's Carlisle yard. Cowans Sheldon were proudly nicknamed ‘Crane-makers to the World’ and their railway and dockside cranes were made for many countries, especially of the former British Empire.

Commemorative napkin, Wellington Pit Disaster

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Commemorative napkin, Wellington Pit Disaster 1910

This paper napkin commemorates the Wellington Pit Disaster of 1910. On the evening of May 11th an explosion and fire killed 136 men.