RAILDATE 2024.05.24

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

Class 50 No.403 is working wrong line somewhere. Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

This area was transformed just before a 1970s picture was taken. And it has been transformed again since. Where is it?

Answer: Carlisle looking north from the Victoria Viaduct over the No. 4 signalbox. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Paul Hopper, David Goddard, Richard Foster, Simon Wass.

Image credit: Peter Green RCTS Collection. (I initially released the picture with "Carl..." from the station board still visible, which undermined the quiz somewhat.)

By the time of the picture, the former gas works and goods stations on the left had been cleared and replaced by factory units serviced by the new access road - Viaduct Estate Road.

Carlisle Cathedral stands prominently in the background. Prior to the Dissolution of the monasteries, there were several priories that occupied the now-built area in between.

Electrification of the WCML in 1974 (post-picture) changed the scene again, and the signal box was decommissioned 3rd July 1973 in favour of Carlisle Power Box. The factory units have since been pulled down, some replaced by car parking for the city centre, others left empty.

Carlisle Citadel is well named. The railway station barged its way into the core of this ancient city, as the map below supports. It was a joint station of the Caledonian and LNWR. Victoria Viaduct - our vantage point - diverted the Nelson Bridge approach road that formerly led directly to Court Square.


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