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This page will from time to time feature photographs for which I have no information on the location. I'm hoping that someone may be able to shine some light on thse views and perhaps some information on the train itself.

Any information is appreciated, no matter how insignificant it might seem..........(the latest additions are towards the top of the views).

For the photographs below click on the small image to get a full size picture

Date & location unknown, maybe somewhere in Derbyshire or Yorkshire? Any suggestions please.

Date & location unknown, 25248 in a yard with a breakdown train, with a few onlookers, and some freightliner bogie wagons on the right, any thoughts (somewhere in Lancashire or Yorkshire maybe??)

25248 arrives at Horwich Works at the end of the short branch from Blackrod Junction with the Wigan Springs Branch depot Breakdown/Re-Railing Train, an exhibit for the Horwich Works Open Day on August 16th 1980. The tracks are now lifted and the area concreted over for storage of lorry trailers, as part of an Industrial Estate.


A bit of a mystery view here. The locomotive is ex GWR 0-6-0PT No.4627 with an 86A Cardiff Canton shedplate, on an unidentified service (but possibly the 11.15an Newport High Street - Brecon, via Torpantau, the year is not known but since Brecon lost its passenger services at the end of 1962, this view could well be in the closing months of 1962.)

Location identified as Dowlais Top Station on December 29th 1962. Pannier tank 4627 is working a heavily loaded 11.15am Newport High Street - Brecon, the last day of passenger service. The three-car diesel multiple-unit is en route to Cardiff (Queen Street)


8F 2-8-0 No.48221 and an unidentified Riddles 8F 2-8-0 seen in 1962 somewhere in the Birmingham area, possibly on the Birmingham - Derby line? Definately a cold looking day!

Location has been identified as Water Orton, looking towards Birmingham. The locomotives are standing on one of the two departure roads, both now removed as are the sidings in the background, replaced by industrial units or vegetation.

The clues: third rail territory, a Class 24 with passenger coaches & MGR wagons to the right. One might expect this to be Southern Region territory, but a large scale scan shows the shedplate to be 52A (Gateshead), the loco is believed to be D5097. Is this possibly a working over one of the Tyneside Electric routes? The view is of an ECS working from Newcastle Central approaching Heaton.
Its February 25th 1954 and Commonwealth Railways NSU Class diesel No.51 is on test between Birmingham Snow Hill & Banbury. Any clues as to where this view might be?? The photographer is believed to be Donald Luscombe, perhaps a railway employee, or a rep with BRCW or one of the equipment suppliers for the loco.Definately identified as Banbury
25268 somewhere, houses from the 1930's in the background and why two brakevans, is anything unusual in the last two wagons? The view is from the A59 road bridge just west of Poppleton station on the York-Harrogate line. The train would be 8K10 Dringhouses-Harrogate Goods and I think the 2 vanwides would be for Hessay where there was a MoD depot.
25025 & 25099, no date, somewhere in the Sheffield area?? Suggested: the 25's have come from the Manchester direction and are passing Ashton Moss North Junction perhaps on their way to Guide Bridge via Audenshaw Jct. The signal box is out of view to the right.
45059, dated May 7th 1975, possibly in the Manchester area?? The picture of class 45059 was taken on the UP road and approaching a foot crossing just West of the viaduct between Reddish and Brinnington stations.
This post card bears no identification apart from a pencilled 'Ashbourne' on the back. I don't think its Ashbourne though, maybe Buxton?? The steam train in the snow is at Buxton taken from the signal box and is about to travel on the old Ashbourne line. The sidings in the background are where the old flyover used to be for the trains to cross over the mainline into Buxton so as not to affect the mainline running of the Midland and LNWR stations.
I think this is Darlington Works, probably about February 1964. If these assumptions are correct, can anyone shed any light on to the events surrounding this incident? The location is in fact New England shed, Peterborough, although the events surrounding the incident remain unknown.
Any thoughts? Believed to be February 1973, the headcode suggests a Midland mainline working, the place looks very familiar............. Location confirmed as Cricklewood station, looking north as a Nottingham - St Pancras express makes its way towards London.
A green 40136, the 2nd to last to remain in green, with a track train, but where? Somewhere in Yorkshire, maybe. Good luck. This is Lindal between Ulverston and Barrow, thanks!
This view has been on the website for a long time, but I have no clue where it is, must be reasonably early days for D5016 as there is no yellow warning panel and the roof mounted water filler cover is still present. Any thoughts?? Other published photographs indicate this is Stafford prior to its rebuilding for the WCML electrification.
I think this is 25064 & this maybe somewhere on the Scottish Region?? Stirling has been identified as the location.
Maybe the Midland Mainline somewhere??Identified as St Albans, with the train heading north. The signalbox barely visible behind the wagons still survives.
Well, after the last two mystery pictures were identified easily, how about this mystery view? View positively identified as Cefn-Y-Bedd and features a train of Presflos from Tunnel Cement (as it was then) at Penyffordd heading south towards Croes Newydd, Wrexham. The picture appears to have been taken from a DMU en route from Wrexham Central to Bidston.
Not a clue, but I'll kick myself when you tell me!! Reported by several readers to be Ashburys, Manchester with the Class 25 heading in the direction of Woodhead. Actually it is on the 'UP & DOWN THRO. SDG' which branches off the Ardwick branch - so the train may be coming from North Manchester. The two tracks to the left are the up and down goods.
D5038 on the 'Condor' working presumably on the WCML somewhere. Any thoughts? This is certainly Uddingston Junction situated between Glasgow & Motherwell, with the train heading southbound, therefore making this a summertime shot. Road construction has made this view difficult to replicate today, whilst a ladder junction replaces the type of junction seen in this view.
On the Up Fast Erewash Valley line south of Clay Cross - about a quarter of a mile south of the junction. The photo was almost certainly taken from the A6175 overbridge.
No details, but possibly southbound at Dingwall?? Definately confirmed as Dingwall.
I feel I should know this place but..........here 45112 & 37222 slowly turn white. Any ideas? Confirmed as the bay platforms at the west end of Gloucester station, the Class 45 is in bay platform 3, the 37222 is in the horsebox siding.

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