RAILDATE 2023.11.10

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

Three weeks ago, the Weekly Poser was a railroad museum at a former Kennecott Copper Corp. mining town in Nevada. Continuing the theme, here is a 1925 map of a 196-mile railroad serving the Bonanza mine, the world's richest source of copper at the time, at what was then called "Kennecott". The map is woefully inaccurate - probably deliberately so - but can you work out where it was? The line was vastly expensive to construct when compared with the simple cross-desert Nevada line, and it only operated for a little over 30 years, but it made tons of money for Kennecott's stock-holders. The various proposed branches remained unbuilt.

Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

This is one of the UK's newest railway museums, opened in 2021. It encases an earlier building and combines a cultural centre. You can see the earlier building through the glass; it's not a reflection. Where is it?

Answer: Danum Library, Gallery & Museum, Doncaster. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Dave Goodyear, Andrew Twynham, Paul Hopper, Andrew Treves, Simon Wass, Nigel Petre.

The building "contains" the Doncaster Grammar School for Girls, but it was the boys' grammar school that provided the nucleus of the collection. Collecting was started by the school railway club in the 1930s, greatly aided by fathers working in the railway industry, and it was a privilege for visitors to be allowed access to the hoard of nameplates, lamps etc.

The new museum houses two Doncaster-built locos on loan from the National Railway Museum, namely Henry Ivatt's GNR Class C1 4-4-2 251 from 1902, which didn't quite make into the British Railways era, and Sir Nigel Gresley's LNER Class V2 4-6-0 4771 Green Arrow (aka. 800 and 60800), which left regular service in 1962.

Danum website


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