Mystery Photographs - Selection 1 Refreshed March 2020

 

Picture 1-1  Thank you John McGrevey for identifying Dunkeld and Birnam on the Highland main line.

 

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Picture 1-2  Not much to go on here, but the signal posts might be suggestive of somewhere.

 

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Picture 1-3  Thanks to Joanne for identifying Bolton Percy and pointing us to an early postcard taken from exactly the same position.

 

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Picture 1-4  A nice Midland Railway sign, but can anyone recognise the location?

 

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Picture 1-5  Can you make out this station from the roof profile?

 

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Picture 1-6  A level crossing on a single line.  Are there enough clues to identify the location?  Possibly East Anglia?

 

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Picture 1-7  What looked like a grandstand on the left was the clue here – thanks to Joanne for identifying Bromfield near Ludlow.

 

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Picture 1-8  Thanks to John McGrevey who, with the help of his friends Simon Lowe and Matt McKenna, has identified this as Blackwood, Lanarkshire.  The steeple is Kirkmuirhill parish church.

 

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Picture 1-9  BR ROD 2-8-0 63648 is most likely in the Nottinghamshire coal field, which had modernized loading facilities.  Extensive research seems to have ruled out Ollerton Colliery on the High Marnham line, even though there are some similarities, and the view of Howard Lawrence, via Ted Millward, is that it could be Thoresby as both it and Ollerton (which they believe should not be completely ruled out) had Rexco coking plants, which is what can be seen in the left background.

 

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Picture 1-10  Our thanks to Rail Express for identifying where these shots were taken.  They show one of only two Bristol Commercial Vehicles/ECW railbuses that were built in 1958 – this is Gleneagles…

 

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Picture 1-11  and this is Crieff.

 

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Picture 1-12  The Hadleigh Branch near Bentley on the GER mainline has been suggested, but Peter Fox disagrees – the track layout is wrong and the telegraph poles are on the wrong side of the line.

 

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Picture 1-13  Thanks to John McGrevey and some of his colleagues on Scot-Rail.co.uk who have pinned this down to Newtonmore on the Highland main line.  The shot was taken from the disused platform looking north, and the signal cable troughs date from the mid-1970s when the loop and signal box were removed.

 

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Picture 1-14  It’s ex-GWR and it’s on a canal.  That must narrow it down a bit!

 

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Picture 1-15  Somewhere in West Yorkshire we think.  It doesn’t look wide enough to have been a railway, and it is unlikely that a canal aqueduct would have been filled in like this.  Richard Maund therefore suggests it might carry a pipe for water (or other liquid material) across the valley.

 

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