Direct Rail Services 37606 and 37602 (with Malcolm-liveried 66434 in tow) head the 6C24 Carlisle Kingmoor TMD to Sellafield acid tankers, which arrived at the depot from Middlesbrough during the previous evening. This was the first visit of the 'Malcolm-liveried' class 66 to the Cumbrian Coast Line. The former Maryport and Carlisle-built goods shed and office still survives (behind the class 66) and the listed building is now rented out for light industrial use. The factory in the centre of town behind is owned by Innovia, Wigton's principal employer. In 1936 the British New Wrap Co Ltd was formed in Wigton, Cumbria and production of cellulose film began at the site which had previously been a jam-making facility, and then set up to produce "artificial silk" or Rayon. In 1936 the company changed its name to British Rayophane Ltd. The company's main products are labels and graphics, cellophane and Propafilm, bubble-produced BOPP film, substrates for plastic banknotes (currently used for all Australian, New Zealand, Romanian and Vietnamese currencies) and plastic labels (replacing paper labels due to their resistance to tearing, scuffing and water damage). Clear labels are especially popular as they give the 'upmarket' appearance of graphics printed directly onto a bottle or container, and UV-resistant films. Diuring my train-spotting days in the 1960s when staying with my grandmother in Wigton during the school summer holidays, the view from this bridge marked the start of many an exciting day in Carlisle. The exchange sidings then were quite extensive and wagons were 'tripped' first thing in the morning by a Workington-allocated class '4F' 0-6-0. Happy days! The semaphore signalling and signalbox are soon to be swept away with the Cumbrian Coast resignalling scheme currently underway.
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