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  • Mystery Number 227 – supplied by John Alsop

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    Centre piece of this scene is an unidentified coal engine together with what may be an 18" goods approaching the tall signal on the right. On the left is a grand array of glasshouses with half a dozen or so furnaces to provide heating. These would almost certainly have been coke fired so no siding for coal delivery. (Coal made the glass too dirty). I cannot even guess what part of the country this might be. A lovely scene which needs to be identified.

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  • Harry Jack — 11-May-2017 2.23 PM
    This one is very difficult; so many clues, but despite peering at a lot of OS 1-inch maps I still cannot locate it.
    The date is after 1902 because the nearer loco has a middle bufferbeam lamp, and we are looking more-or-less north because the short shadows indicate a nearly overhead sun. On the LNWR - or a joint line where the LNWR supplied the signals - with the northbound double-track curving gently to the east. The long group of houses and other buildings behind that vast array of glasshouses, and the trees beyond, should make for a positive identification, but I'm stumped.
    Gary Wells — 22-May-2017 5.01 PM
    One step forward. The prominent range of glasshouses -front and centre- are mobile. What looks like fence rails are actually elevated monorails and the glasshouse -suspended on wheels- can be pulled toward the viewer without the current crop getting Trampled Under Foot. This means: if you are looking to match an image the glasshouses may be a hundred foot nearer the railway. Large glasshouse spreads such as these suggest Beds. or Herts to me. There was a supplier of this style of glasshouse in Tottenham -W. Duncan Tucker- who delivered your (big) glasshouse to the nearest railway yard, packed flat of course.
    The double set of telegraph wires could give weight to Harry's suggestion to a joint line.
    Godfrey Stuart — 15-Jun-2017 10.42 PM
    Is it possible that the location is Old North Road Station on the Bedford to Cambridge line.
    My OPC book Oxford to Cambridge Vol 2 shows a map that looks remarkably right for a view looking towards Cambridge.
    Harry Jack — 16-Jun-2017 3.21 PM
    Old North Road? An interesting suggestion, but I don't think so. Although the track details look similar, and allowing for changes over the years between the date of the plan and that of the photo, those background houses don't appear on other maps of the wider area. And the photo seems to have been taken from an overbridge. Difficult...
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