Picture 2-1 Our initial thoughts were somewhere in Derbyshire, Lancashire or Yorkshire, but there’s so little to go on. Richard Greenwood supports this, noting that the details of the canopy are reminiscent of L&YR practice. He thinks the stonework looks reminiscent of Yorkshire or Rossendale, and suggests Hebden Bridge on the up platform where the platform widens at the up end of the platform building, but there is no canopy there now. He mentions that sets of lantern slides were produced for the Hebden Bridge area, and also notes the long shadow thrown by the seat, which would suggest an evening shot in midsummer.
Picture 2-2 A fairly distinctive engine shed – larger than would be needed for just one or two locomotives.
Picture 2-3 Maurice Hopper points out the presence of third rail, and Sam Green thinks it could be at or near Ashurst in the New Forest. The distinctive gable on the building (which might not be a railway building of course) should prompt a memory or two?
Picture 2-4 Martin Vinson suggests this is the junction of the Elham Valley line and the South Eastern Main Line just west of Horn Street, Cheriton, Folkestone. The photo would have been taken from the Horn Street overbridge, the houses would be those in Canada Close, and the overbridge in the distance would be Underhill Road/Cheriton High Street. Looking at a map of the area, this seems very likely, but verification with a similar view would be welcome.
Picture 2-5 Lots of information, but nothing definite! Maurice Hopper thinks this could be one of the split level bits of the GCR around High Wycombe, but it looks more northern to me. Gary Steele points out that the double-track line has recently been singled judging by the clean surface of the levelled ballast on the far right, so we could have a single track branch diverging from a former double track route. More intriguingly, Dave Sharp points out that there are walkers on the right who appear to be on another piece of trackbed, which could suggest a former flying junction. If so, Neil Kearns thinks it is not Coglaod, Worting or Aynho, as there are no houses like these near any of them. He thinks it might be in South Wales by the shape of the hills in the background but can't think of any split-grading lines like this. Similarly, John McGrevey suggests it might be Heath, near Cardiff, where the right-hand line would go to Rhymney and the left-hand one to Coryton. Surely someone recognises the hills and the houses…?
Picture 2-6 Some more plain line – really not much to go on here… sorry!
Picture 2-7 Something a little different – tramway repairs, but where…?
Picture 2-8 This arrived labelled “South Forest” – somewhere in the London area maybe? Maurice Hopper notes that the LBSCR had similar tile-hung buildings.
Picture 2-9 Possibly in Wales?
Picture 2-10 Hopefully plenty of clues here – do the signal arms look foreign?
Picture 2-11 A Cravens unit, I’m told by Nick Jones. It looks quite flat, so maybe a minor station in Lincolnshire? Sam Green suggests Lakenheath, Suffolk, with which I would agree were it not for the presence of a footbridge on this picture that I have not seen on pictures of Lakenheath.
Picture 2-12 Lawrence Hanney favours the Swansea area – specifically the Swansea Valley Line via Morriston East, heading north, but south of Morriston.
Picture 2-13 There’s something very North Eastern about this one.