INCIDENT AT MADDER BRIDGELimited Edition from original artwork by Peter Barnfield
W53 INCIDENT AT MADDER BRIDGE
Feelings run high when a wayward railway wagon smashes through the parapet of the bridge over the Myrtle Canal at Rose Madder & Hookers Green Halt (the thatched shelter on the right). A half-timbered signal box here controls the crossing of the PBLR main line by an industrial railway conveying barrels to and from the Madder Carmine Company works. These are transported by canal narrowboat, having gained access to the lower level via a somewhat hazardous looking lift. The PBLR would of course much prefer to carry all of this traffic but the MCCo., having its own boats based at nearby Hookers Green Wharf, is proudly independent. Local predictions that the Madder Lake is about to run dry have proved false and trade remains buoyant.