Mystery Number 94
– supplied by Dave Pennington
Dave said that the attached photo is of an unidentified station. Before we add it to our collection we need to find out whether it is an LNWR station and if so where it is.
|Philip Millard — 18-Dec-2009 2.39 PM|
|Yes, Preston N.U. Platform 6.|
|Robert Graham — 29-Jan-2010 11.17 AM|
|This is possibly the current platform 3 at Preston.|
|Jon Price — 08-Feb-2010 12.00 AM|
|Many main stations had volunteer run refreshment rooms for service personnel during the Great War. The soldiers are artillerymen with the back left and right and the front right wearing bombardiers (corporals) stripes. The bombardier on the left has some kind of brassard low down on his left sleeve, indicating a specialist of some sort, (signallers had blue and white, or could be a trainer). No-one has an overseas service stripe, a good conduct stripe or a wound bar so it is unlikely that they are returning soldiers, so they are new recruits. Preston would have seen lots of servicemen once the war got going and it would seem unusual to single out five soldiers on an empty platform at any point other than the opening of the facility. This probably means late 1914 or early 1915, but not the winter as no-one is wearing a coat.|
|Trevor Phillips — 20-Nov-2010 10.23 PM|
I can't tell you where it is, but it is NOT Preston - as per the suggestion.
That can be proven by the shape of the glass screen at the end of the train shed - the upper portion has a rounded top. Those at Preston are not, they are straight sided.
|John McGiveron — 06-Jun-2011 9.49 AM|
I agree. It's not Preston; well it doesn't look like Preston!
I have a thought that it might be Birmingham.
|Reg Instone — 27-Oct-2011 7.14 PM|
|Not Birmingham New Street! If not Preston then how about Rugby? Not many places had platforms that wide.|
|Alan Budge — 20-Nov-2013 6.49 PM|
|This is the north end of Preston. The problem with cameras from the 1900s is there was no depth of field or shutter speed, this is obvious in the original photo.The train sheds here are unique. They are, from the outside, squared off but, from inside they have an arch formed with fancy scrolls which shows up to the digital camera.|
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