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

Please contact us if you can resolve any of these mysteries.

 
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Mystery Photograph - AD
An early 0-4-0 diesel locomotive named "Rorke's Drift".  Photographed at the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley on 7th June 1998.  Can anyone provide builder's details and state what is special about this design?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - AD
 This 150hp diesel-mechanical loco was built in 1934 as LMS 7050. The chassis was built by English Electric at Preston as their works number 874. The superstructure was by the Drewery Car Co, their works number 2047. She was acquired by the War Department in September 1940 and given the number 70224. In the 1951 army renumbering she became 846, and in the 1968 scheme she became 240. The name "Rorke's Drift" was applied in April 1983.
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - AC
Can you identify this wagon chassis?  It was photographed at British Steel Corporation's Shelton Works on 5th June 1994.  The only information found on the wagon was a maker's plate from R Y Pickering of Motherwell.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - AC
 The length of the wagon, the design of the buffer castings and the design of the "W" irons are all similar to wagons built for the War Department during the First World War.  These came in two types: opens and vans.  The design of the outriggers from the solebar seem to indicate that this was originally the chassis of a van. 
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - AB
Network Rail's Eurail Scout units 999700 and 999701 pass through Clapham Junction on 10th October 2008, forming test train 1Q98 from Totton to Waterloo.  Does anyone know what aspects of the rail infrastructure this unit tests?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - AB
 This is a Plasser & Theurer type UFM 160 track survey car. It measures the track geometry and references it to known survey points. Error reports are produced which highlight where remedial action is necessary. It can take measurements at speeds up to 160 km/h, which equates to 100 mph. Each of the two parts of the vehicle has an underfloor 550 kW diesel engine with traction transmission through a bogie.
 
Factors that are either measured or observed include track gauge, longitudinal level, twist, rail height, rail head width, rail tilt, rail fractures, wheel burns, worn welds, ball indentations, corrugations and missing rail fastenings.
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - AA
From a family photograph collection here is James Lisney. He worked for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SECR) at Redhill.   He worked his way up from locomotive cleaner through fireman and driver to inspector.  Can someone state if the type of SECR coat he is wearing in this photograph indicates what grade he was at that time? And does anyone know when he joined the railway, where he worked, when he was promoted or when he retired?
 

         
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Memories Of The Somerset & Dorset
Ffestiniog Railway Locomotives
Glory of the Class 37s
         

 
 
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Mystery Photograph - Z
This rather poor quality photograph was taken by the Rail Album Webmaster as a teenager in 1967.  It shows "Pantrain No.8" during electrification work at Bescot.  Perhaps someone will be able to identify the origins of this old carriage, provide a list of vehicles in the train or state how many electrification trains there were?
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - Y
This strange machine is a self-propelled rotary snow plough built by SLM at Winterthur in Switzerland in 1910, works number 2149.  The driver stood behind the spectacle plate at the front.  The chassis is articulated  as an 0-6-0 + 0-6-0. Do you know what railway company this was built for?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - Y
This machine still exists on the Rhaetische Bahn in Switzerland. It now has a body covering the boiler and cab area.  It carries the identification Xrot D 9213. It is based at PontResina on the Bernina line and is used to clear snow between the Bernina Pass and Alp Gruem.
  

 
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Mystery Photograph - X
This shed is carried on broad gauge railway wheels.  It was photographed at Newhaven on 20th August 2000.  Does anyone know why a mobile shed was located here, or if there are others elsewhere?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - X
I believe the hut on wheels at Newhaven contained a navigation light and could be moved if a passing ship's overhanging superstructure was likely to damage it.
 

         
  You may be interested in these railway books: On Track Railway DVD  and Book Catalogue    
Main Line Steam Since 1984
Branch Lines to Tunbridge Wells
LNWR Wagons - Vol 1
         

 
 
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Mystery Photograph - W
Photographed at EBV's Grubba Anna colliery at Alsdorf in Germany on 6th August 1987, this is a test weight wagon for calibrating weighbridges.  In German it is an Eichwaggon.  It seems to be a private owner vehicle that would have been used all over the national rail network.  Does anyone know who owned it, or if there were others?
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - V
An incredibly steep former railway incline at an unknown location in North Wales.  The photograph was taken in 1985 and shows the incline with the derelict remains of the winding house at the incline head.  The photograph was labelled as Penmaenmawr, but was amongst others taken at Blaenau Ffestiniog.  Can someone identify the location? 

Feedback Regarding Photograph - V
T
his looks very much like Blaenau Ffestiniog. The zig zag path is definitely on the right of the incline there. The standard gauge rail tunnel goes under just to the right of this position.
 
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Mystery Photograph - U
This Bulleid Pacific was photographed at Ropley on the Mid-Hants Railway on 31st October 1993.  It was noted as 34067 "Tangmere" but there is now some doubt about it's identity. Can you help?

Feedback Regarding Photograph - U (1)
That is not "Tangmere".  The locomotive in the photograph is one of those rebuilt by BR as a conventional steam locomotive, but "Tangmere" was never rebuilt.  The signs of a rebuilt locomotive are  a running board, outside valve gear and a rounder chimney (the unmodified ones were more triangular).  But that still leaves the mystery of what locomotive appears in the photograph.

Feedback Regarding Photograph - U (2)
The locomotive is 35018 "British India Line".

 
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