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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 - BC
This spectacular unidentified scene comes from a magic lantern slide. Comments are sought about the train and the location. Image courtesy of Graham Metcalf.
 
Web Master's Comments Photograph - BC
The locomotive looks to be in the British tradition, possibly it is a product of Manning Wardle & Co of Leeds.

The coach is in the American tradition, but some of that type were built in Britain for use overseas. The goods wagon is typical of many built in Britain for use in the Colonies and elsewhere (mostly India and Africa).

The person wearing what appears to be Chinese Coolie's hat may indicate a location in Asia. However this is not conclusive because the Chinese also acted as labourers on railway construction in many other parts of the world.

The 'link and pin' type of couplings were almost exclusively used on narrow gauge railways. Narrow gauge being anything less that standard gauge (which is four feet eight and a half inches). That would tend to infer the photograph was taken in what was then a developing country or region where there was no need for a heavier duty railway.
 
Feedback on Mystery Photograph - BC
It is the Yunnan Railway in Vietnam. The headwear is the Caping hat, which is typical for that country.

 
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Mystery Photograph - BB
This fishplate has been bolted to the rail using what look like two point clamps. There is a wheel burn on the rail surface above it. Is this perhaps a broken rail or maybe a precaution against the weakness caused by the wheel burn making it become a broken rail? Photograph taken at Addlestone Moor on 27th July 2010.
 
Feedback on Mystery Photograph - BB (1)
It would have been placed as an interim repair because of a suspected broken rail.
 
Feedback on Mystery Photograph - BB (2)
The rail burn can potentially cause fractures to propagate through the rail. Plating up is a wise precaution.
 
Feedback on Mystery Photograph - BB (3)
Rail burns change the structure of the metal forming the rail. The exact change depends upon the temperature reached during the burn, the length of time during which the burn took place and the speed of subsequent cooling. The only safe long term solution is to replace the affected section of rail.
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - BA
Breakdown train coach ADE320740 was photographed at Coopers scrapyard in Sheffield in 1985. The design of the coach body and the bogies shows it to be a former LNER vehicle designed by Nigel Gresley. Information is sought regarding where this breakdown coach was allocated, the exact coach type and its original running number.
 
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LNER 8 comp 3rd I suspect in use as breakdown coach, old number E18008E scrapped 5/86.

 

 
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Mystery Photograph - AZ
This 0-4-0 diesel shunter was at DDM (German Steam Locomotive Museum) in 1987. It is thought to be a product of the Deutz company. Its exact identity and former owners are not known.
 
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Its a typical Deutz standard gauge diesel loco.
 
 
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Mystery Photograph - AY
A narrow gauge bogie wagon at the NCB Marine Colliery at Cwm.  Information is sought regarding the function of the equipment loaded onto the wagon. Or maybe the equipment is fixed to the wagon?
 

         
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Mystery Photograph - AX
A diagram of an 0-6-0 goods locomotive built by Neilson & Co of Hyde Park Works, Glasgow. 
Can you identify for which customer this locomotive was built?
    
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Locomotive was built for Asturias a Galicia y Leon (AGL) of Spain. Later this railway was absorbed into Compania del Ferrocarril del Noreste de Espana (NORTE).  
 
It is one of the batch built by Neilson as works number 871 to 877, which were AGL 151 to 157. On the NORTE system they became 1637 to 1643 and then they carried RENFE numbers 2381 to 2387.

 

 
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Mystery Photograph - AW
This unidentified van with a steel chassis was at the Hallamshire Railway Society's site at Penistone in 1985.
 
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Vehicle is a Mess Van converted from a Great Central Railway non-vent van built at Dukinfield somewhen between 1917 and 1923. Original number was 39249, later E539249, now preserved on the Derwent Valley Railway as 539249.
 
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GCR 12t box van built 1917, number 539249. It has been heavily modified to be a Mess Wagon.
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - AV
A Fairlie Patent 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 steam locomotive named 'Mountaineer'. It is thought to have been built in 1870 for the Oscarsham Railway in Sweden as 'Pioneer' and to later have become Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley railway 'Mountainer'. It was withdrawn in 1891 and scrapped at Burry Port.
 
Can you confirm the notes about this locomotive and state which company built the loco?
 
Feedback on Mystery Photograph - AV

Loco was indeed built for the BP&GVR. Builder was Fairlie Engine and Rolling Stock Co, of New Cross, London, built in 1869 and delivered in 1870; withdrawn in 1891 as ‘worn out’. The boiler shell, minus tubes, remained as a culvert at Burry Port docks, and was apparently still there in 2004.
  

 
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Mystery Photograph - AU
This mystery coach was on Hull Docks on 12th March 1986. Can someone identify what type it was?
 
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The blue colour is that of the Hull Docks Board. It is a GCR 8 comp 3rd non-corridor coach. It started life as 799, then 5799, finally 040452. Withdrawn circa 1955 and currently awaiting preservation along with a large selection on GCR coaches at the GCR (N) site being owned by the Great Central Railway Steam Trust.

 

         
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Mystery Photograph - AT
This print is said to show the Berlin terminus of the Berlin to Potsdam Railway. The locomotive seems typical of the Robert Stephenson & Co 2-2-2 locomotives of the time. Confirmation is sought that this scene is indeed the Berlin - Potsdam Railway terminus. Also is this the site of the modern Potsdammer Platz railway station?
 

 
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Mystery Photograph - AS
Can you identify this unusual covered well wagon that was at Astley Green Mining Museum on 3rd June 1997?
 
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It is a former London Tilbury & Southend Railway vacuum cleaner wagon. Towards the end of its time on BR it was used as a generator van.

 
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Mystery Photograph - AR
This plateway tub is displayed with a section of chain to represent it being hauled by a continuous chain. It was at the Chalk Pits Museum at Amberley on 28th August 1992. Do you please know where it worked?
 
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The small plateway tub is 18" gauge (measured across the verticals of the angular plate rails) and came from Storr Hill Brickworks at Wyke, Bradford.

 
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Mystery Photograph - AQ
This is a very rare photograph of a French ferry van that was trapped in Britain during the Second World War when the train ferry ceased to run due to the German occupation of France. It was rebuilt by the GWR at their Swindon Works to act as a boiler van providing heating to an Overseas Ambulance Train. The wagon number seems to be WD 425254, or perhaps WD 475254.
 
Does anyone please know which French railway company originally owned the wagon, where the boiler van operated or what was the eventual fate of the vehicle?


 
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