RAILDATE 2023.09.22

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

Things look bleak for this important piece of railway architecture. Fortunately, it has survived. Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

This 1908 Railway Clearing House diagram shows a location served by four companies: Where is it?

Answer: Lincoln. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Paul Hopper. Dave Goodyear, Bryn Pitcher, Jeremy Harrison, John Czyrko, Jenny Sutton, David Sharp, Jim Allwood Peter Dean, Peter Tisdale.

The Roman city of Lincoln has a commanding position overlooking a natural gap in the Lincolnshire Wolds (a north-south line of hills). The narrow bit of low land filled with transport arteries. First, the navigable river Witham was linked to the Trent by canal. Later, the Great Northern, Midland, Great Central, and Great Eastern built three lines through.

The GN and GE joint was a good example of “co-opertition”. Two companies that feared each other worked together to build an alternative to the East Coast Mainline – that was also owned by GN. To be vaguely competitive, it involved building an avoiding line at Lincoln.

The availability of coal, iron and agricultural products made Lincoln a surprisingly industrial place. The Sheaf Ironworks shared the same lowlands and became occupied by loco builders Ruston & Hornsby. Lincoln is “Home of the Tank” for the pioneering development and production work done in WW1.

What's happened to the Lincoln biscuit? I used to enjoy nibbling the nobbles. United Biscuits has dropped it in the UK.


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