RAILDATE 2024.03.01

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2' 6" gauge Cl ZDM-3 No. 713 is heading downhill from Shimla to Kalka on 28th February 2024. Image credit: Matthew Shaw.

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

Three major stations and three secondary stations are visible in this 1920s map. A seventh had already closed and is not marked. A well-served city. Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

We see a Class 40 in 1982 - at which station? Bonus question: Which platform is it on?

Answer: 40 044 at Manchester Piccadilly, Platform 5. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Dave Goodyear, Colin Penfold, Paul Hopper, Nigel Petre, Bryn Pitcher, John Musselwhite, Jason Matthews, Bernard Gudgin, Simon Wass/

Photo credit: David Caldwell, RCTS Collection

It's time to give the RCTS Digital Archive a little plug. The online archive contains 57,000 photos to search and buy, PDF downloads of important RCTS books, a complete collection of The Railway Observer magazine - and an opportunity for YOU to help with captioning another 52,000 work-in-progress photos, working from home. A lot of it is free to use. The Photo Collection was recently added, after setting up a scanning centre at the Society's library at Leatherhead station in 2023.

NB: David Caldwell's original image is 4000x2600px but is reduced to 800x560px for use here.


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