RAILDATE 2024.05.31

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

A small town but quite a significant railway junction (1930s map). Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

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

Answer: Oxenholme, taken on 11th September 1971. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Colin Penfold, Jim Allwood, Paul Hopper, John Musselwhite, Bryn Pitcher.

Image credit: Kevin Hughes RCTS Collection

The loco was later named 'Temeraire' ('Reckless' in French) in 1978, a name carried by several British warships. It was withdrawn (as 50003) in 1991 and cut up.

Prior to electrification, Class 50s were usually deployed double-headed over the undulating WCML so this wrong-line, single-headed service is unusual.

The branch to Windermere is on the left, opened as early as 1847 despite the protestations of William Wordsworth. It was double-track throughout, as shown in the picture, but has since been singled. Its continuation to Ambleside never came to pass.


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