Mystery Photographs - Selection 1 Refreshed May 2020

 

Picture 1-1  A disused station with a level crossing and a signal box at the far.

 

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Picture 1-2  A small goods yard somewhere – does the gas-holder help?

 

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Picture 1-3  This is labelled “Ripley Branch”, but is not recognizable as any of the stations on the lines around Ripley, Derbyshire.  Another Ripley – or somewhere else entirely?

 

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Picture 1-4  Coincidentally, this is also labelled “Ripley Branch”, but again, is not recognizable as a location on any line to Ripley, Derbyshire.

 

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Picture 1-5  An interesting narrow-gauge exhibit photographed some years ago… but where?

 

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Picture 1-6  Can anyone confirm this as the Didcot Railway Centre?

 

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Picture 1-7  Not much to go on here, but the signal posts might be suggestive of somewhere.

 

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Picture 1-8  A nice Midland Railway sign, but can anyone recognise the location?

 

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Picture 1-9  Can you make out this station from the roof profile?

 

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Picture 1-10  A level crossing on a single line.  Are there enough clues to identify the location?  Possibly East Anglia?

 

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Picture 1-11  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 1-12  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  Somewhere in West Yorkshire we think.  It doesn’t look wide enough to have been a railway, and it seems 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.  Surely someone who lives in the area must recognise it…?

 

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