Mystery Photographs - Selection 1 Refreshed May 2019

 

Picture 1-1  Thank you to Pete Sheridan and Francis Baldwin who almost simultaneously identified this as Blackburn taken before the old roof was removed and the bus station altered some time between 1974 and 1983.

 

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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  As well as simultaneously identifying Blackburn (picture 1-1), Pete Sheridan and Francis Baldwin both pointed out that this is Aberystwyth with Vale of Rheidol stock in the old Carmarthen bays, probably in the late 1970s.

 

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Picture 1-4  A nice Midland Railway sign, but does anyone know where?

 

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Picture 1-5  Can you recognise 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  Pete Sheridan has confirmed Buxworth Cutting, with a Trans-Pennine class 124 on a Hull to Manchester service.  The 123s and 124s were put on this route when the Trans-Pennine route went over to loco haulage in the late 1970s.  Pete also mentions that slow lines are covered in limestone after a runaway with 40 044 on around 9th September 1978.

 

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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, but where?

 

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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 thought that this might be in the Southampton area proved to be way out as Francis Baldwin has positively identified the location as Gravelly Hill station on the LNWR Birmingham New Street to Lichfield line.

 

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Picture 1-11  Thanks to Richard Maund for confirming that this is taken on the Manx Electric Railway on King Edward Road near the entrance to Groudle Glen.  Looking at Google Street View, the charming cottage appears to have been demolished.

 

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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 Francis Baldwin who, after much detective work, pinned this down to Hednesford station taken from the Market Street bridge.

 

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Picture 1-14  And again, Francis Baldwin has supplied the solution to this one – Bloxwich.  Well done and thank you for your efforts!

 

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Picture 1-15  I originally thought this might be on the West Highland line, but the Highland main line has been suggested.

 

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Picture 1-16  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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