Picture 1-1 Someone has written what looks like “Cantrel” (possibly “Central”) on this slide – any clues…?
Picture 1-2 Not much to go on here, but the signal posts might be suggestive of somewhere.
Picture 1-3 Geoff Kerr is fairly sure this is an LBSCR loco, and the headcode discs with the black cross were used by that company between 1910 and 1917, after which plain white discs were used. The arrangement of discs could refer to a number of routes: London Bridge to Peckham Rye sidings; Victoria to Edenbridge or Tunbridge Wells West; Shoreditch to East Croydon; Sutton, Mitcham and Wimbledon: Horsham and Littlehampton; Brighton and East Grinstead. That narrows it down a bit!
Picture 1-4 A nice Midland Railway sign, but does anyone know where?
Picture 1-5 Can you recognise this station from the roof profile?
Picture 1-6 A level crossing on a single line. Are there enough clues to identify the location?
Picture 1-7 A number of people have suggested Buxworth Cutting. If so, should we be surprised to see a Trans-Pennine unit there? Possibly a diversion?
Picture 1-8 Vic Smith tells me that BR class 4 2-6-4T 42245 spent its life allocated to Glasgow Polmadie, Motherwell & Greenock Ladyburn, so it is almost certainly a Scottish location.
Picture 1-9 BR ROD 2-8-0 63648… where…? The coal mine in left background might indicate 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.
Picture 1-10 My thought that this is in the Southampton area has been backed up by Sam Green, but although we know this part of the world very well, this remains a mystery. It is a very distinctive station entrance from a road running parallel to the railway.
Picture 1-11 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.
Picture 1-12 North Staffordshire area we think.
Picture 1-13 Also somewhere in North Staffordshire possibly – the church tower might be a giveaway if you know it.
Picture 1-14 I originally thought this might be on the West Highland line, but the Highland main line has been suggested.
Picture 1-15 Somewhere in 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.