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' The track design of this depot is interesting. Most British freight yards followed the traditional 'one ended' pattern with all sidings ending in buffer stops, even for sorting sidings. Here we find what might be described as the 'continental' (i.e. European or North American) pattern of a yard that can be run into from either end with sidings that are all loops including those around the warehouses. It clearly took a war for us to adopt a more efficient way of setting out a freight yard. But this was all rather too late for the efficient handling of rail freight it being another twenty years before the first 'run through' Freightliner and Merry-go-round depots were commissioned. '