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  • Mystery Number 256 – supplied by John Alsop

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    An unidentified tank (Coal Tank?) too blurred to read the number, but the train is reasonably sharp and looks GWR. A joint line perhaps?

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  • Bryan Johnson — 15-Nov-2020 12.00 AM
    I believe that the Mystery photo Number 256 is taken at Thurstaston station on the Hooton to West Kirby branch on the Wirral. The train is heading towards West Kirby and obscuring the main station building on the other platform. The picket fence was the access path from the road over bridge. The brick waiting shelter can be made out in the bushes. This was very similar to the one at the preserved Hadlow Road station. As this line was LNWR & GWR joint, this would fit with the observation that there were GWR coaches in the train. This platform was added when the passing loop was commissioned around 1897. Further information available at and The station site is now the headquarters for the Wirral Way, a 12 mile linear park formed of the old trackbed. (Bryan attached a photo of a GWR train from a similar viewpoint, probably taken earlier as everything look newer but unfortunately it isn't possible to add this to the comment - Webmaster)
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