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 Post subject: Unknown British Shovel
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 18:58 pm 
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I got this some time ago and can't find a reference for it. I thought it mght be a cut down large GS shovel but it all looks original
About 28" high, stamped Hatton 1944 /|\

Someone suggested it might be an Firemans shovel.

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Is the handle as short as it looks ?

I would have thought a reasonably long handle would be on a firemans shovel, both to get coal from the tender and to keep hands away from the fire box.

It is an odd and interesting one.

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Entire handle is 16" long. SO yes quite short.

Cut down and modified vehicle shovel?


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pegasus-drive wrote:
I would have thought a reasonably long handle would be on a firemans shovel, both to get coal from the tender and to keep hands away from the fire box.


Firemans shovels tend to be short-handled, as you need the ability to turn them through 180 degrees (from facing backwards to get coal from the tender or bunker, round to facing forwards to the firebox doors) in the confines of a locomotive cab, especially if its a tank loco.

Yes, quite an odd one. I know RCoS used shovels as part of their standard line-laying equipment, but these tended to be flat-bladed types with 'regular' length handles, so I don't think its one of those.


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Think I finally have an answer.
According to Andy Robertshaw on part 5 of 'The Great War in Number's', it's a tunnelers shovel.


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