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Part Two

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Another selection of photographs that cannot yet be fully identified or explained.

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Mystery Photograph - T
An 0-6-0 diesel built by the Yorkshire Engine Co of Meadowhall in Sheffield. Does anyone know what this design of locomotive was called, the works number of this example or which customer it was built for?

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This is a 350hp diesel locomotive that was fitted with a Cunnins NT400 engine. Two were built, the customer for both locomotives was the National Coal Board, East Midlands Division.

Yorkshire Engine Co works number 2910 was built in 1963 and is thought to have been delivered to NCB Markham at Duckmanton. It was later transferred to NCB Westthorpe near Killamarsh, where it carried the number 5 and was later renumbered to DL11.

Works number 2911 was completed on 14th February 1964 and is thought to have been delivered to NCB Westthorpe, were it carried the number 8 and was later renumbered to DL12.

After the closure of NCB Westthorpe both locomotives were acquired by Willmott Bros (Plant Hire) Limited at Ilkeston.

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Mystery Photograph - S
A short narrow gauge railway serving a wood preserving chamber.  It is understood that the wood was treated by taking the train into the chamber, sealing it in, pumping the air out and injecting preservative into the chamber under pressure.  The location is Barry Docks in South Wales and the year was 1986..  Perhaps someone can confirm how such wood preserving chambers were operated and state what company operated this example? 

Feedback Regarding Photograph - S
Wood is loaded onto the rail wagons, pushed inside the tube which is a pressure vessel. The tube is sealed and filled with a wood preserver under high pressure for a fixed time, it soaks into the wood which is very wet when it comes out. There must be a hundred or more of these chambers throughout the UK operated by many timber companies.

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Mystery Photograph - R
This bolster wagon was photographed in 1985 at the Hallamshire Railway Preservation Society at Penistone.  It carries the lettering "No.1" and "NCL Ltd". Can anyone identify this wagon design as coming from a particular railway company or explain what the initials "NCL" stood for? 

Feedback Regarding Photograph - R (1)
Probably Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway double-bolster wagon- the L&Y were very fond of long-wheelbase wagons. ‘NCL Ltd’- possibly National Carriers, who took over the ‘sundries’ traffic of BR - could this wagon have come from Sheffield Freight Terminal?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - R (2)
NCL could have been Newton Chalmers Ltd of Sheffield.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - R (3)
Could be a Midland 20 foot Diagram 336 one plank wagon.

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Mystery Photograph - Q
A railway bridge over a waterway circa 1837.  This is one of the excellent J G Bourne lithograph prints that documented the building of the London & Birmingham Railway.  The location is thought to be between Watford and Berkhamstead and the waterway is believed to be the Grand Union Canal.  Can anyone confirm the bridge's location and state whether or not it still exists?  There are more images on the London & Birmingham Railway pages.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - Q (1)
This is Nash Mill Bridge over the Grand Junction Canal near Kings Langley. The bridge span was 66 feet.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - Q (2)
I think that the lattice skew arch bridge .... is at Blisworth just south of the station over the Grand Union Canal.

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Mystery Photograph - P
This BR Standard 2-6-4T steam locomotive was in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry in South Wales on 23rd April 1987.  The writing on the cylinder casting says "Brighton Loco Works" and quotes a telephone number.  Can anyone please identify the locomotive? 

Feedback Regarding Photograph - P (1)
It looks like 80072.

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The 2-6-4T at Barry is definitely 80072.  13 of the 80xxx tanks ended up at Barry and 80072 was the last to leave on
4.10.1988, being the sole 80xxx left there when 80097 was moved in May 1985.

It was purchased privately  and originally earmarked to go to Brighton. Difficulties regarding access with the 3rd rail prevented this and it moved to Swindon where it was partially dismantled before being sold on to the Llangollen Railway, who subsequently restored it to working order.

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Mystery Photograph - O
This strange pair of standard gauge wagons each have buffers at one end only, so presumably they worked as a pair with the load carried between them.  They were photographed in preservation on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway on 9th May 1992.  Does anyone know their function and where they previously worked?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - O
The pair of twin vehicles look like those which were used to accompany rail-mounted breakdown cranes. They were designed so as to be able have some of the weight of the loaded crane transferred on to them during lifting operations to reduce the axle-load (hence there only being buffers at one end).

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Mystery Photograph - N
This 2-6-0 carries a makers plate by Beyer Peacock of Manchester which is dated 191x (the final digit of the year is not readable).  The number plate shows it is fleet number 133 of Ferro Carril Central (Central Railway).  But the country of use and the exact year of manufacture are not known.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - N (1)
The locomotive was built for the Central Railway of Peru.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - N (2)
Central Railway of Uruguay standard gauge 2-6-0 (they had many by BP, one preserved in op order). BP Order 0671 B/Nos. 5769-5774 / 1914 F class Nos. 132-137. Same photo top p.855 of Joe Lloyd's "A Complete and Fully Illustrated List of Railway Locomotives built by Beyer Peacock" Part 2.

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Mystery Photograph - M
Railway wagons from various countries were used by CTTG (Channel Tunnel Construction Group). This photograph was taken on 16th February 1992 at the Cheriton terminal near Folkestone in Kent.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - M
This was formerly a West German wagon belonging to DB (Deutsche Bundesbahn).

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Mystery Photograph - L
A non-rail item.  This cart was on display in Reigate Caves with a notice saying it was a meat cooler.  Hopefully someone can explain why meat needed cooling and what advantage this design had over any other form of trolley. 

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Mystery Photograph - K
This is the Rail Album webmaster. The photograph was taken at the Coney Beach Miniature Railway at Porthcawl in Mid-Glamorgan in the mid-1950s.  The locomotive carries the name "Silver Jubilee". Does anyone know who built the locomotive and what subsequently became of it? Does anyone have other photographs of it?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - K (1)
The locomotive was a 4-6-4 petrol electric with a steam outline superstructure.  It was built in 1935.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - K (2)
As far as I can ascertain, "Silver Jubilee" was built in 1935 by a firm in Cardiff by the name of Smith. It was originally built with the hydraulic drive from a World War One submarine periscope drive and an Austin 8 engine. After the war, it was rebuilt with the transmission from a Tilling Stevens petrol electric bus and an Austin 16 engine. To make this fit the body was raised by 6 inches. The join was covered by a horizontal chrome strip as shown in your photo. The rolling stock at Porthcawl was ex Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch chassis fitted with open 'toastrack' style bodies. 

"Silver Jubilee" was last used regularly around about 1970, but, was put back into service in 1976, when both trains were required in the long hot summer that year. After the railway closed in about 1986, everything was sold for scrap. "Silver Jubilee" and a few coaches were bought by an individual who was laying a 15" gauge line on the Severn Valley Railway. It was then sold to the Windmill Farm Railway in Burscough Lancashire and its current owner acquired it from there in 2002. In 2010 its currently in poor shape, dismantled and missing the petrol engine.

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