Last week’s Mystery Photograph depicted a brilliant scene at Camerton Railway Station.

Radstock Museum presented us with this week's Mystery Photograph
(Radstock Museum)

Well done to those of you who guessed Camerton Railway correctly: Paul Hancock, Daren Edwards, Colin Button, David Shearn, Roy Barnes, Val Rogers, Jeff Parsons, Richard Edwards, Neil Gillard, Les Box, Hannah Selway and Eric Brain.

Well done to Jeff Parsons, who said: “This week you are at Camerton Station, with the Camerton Old Pit Headgear in the background. This was on the line from Hallatrow to Trowbridge using part of the Somerset Coal Canal bed as the formation of the line. Pictured C1910.”

Thank you to Richard Edwards who said: “I think this week’s photo is of a GWR tank engine and auto coach at Camerton, on the Hallatrow to Limpley Stoke line - the “Camerton Branch”. 

“Behind the station can be seen the pithead gear of Camerton Old Pit. 

“Passenger trains on this line were not a success, and only ran from 1910 - 1915 and 1923 - 1925.”

Thank you also goes to Jonathan Griffin, who said: “This week I’m guessing we’re at Camerton station on the GWR’s Camerton Branch or ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ line. 

“The single coach train looks to be a ‘Push/Pull arrangement with the driver looking out from his compartment at the end of the coach. This compartment housed the duplicate regulator and brake controls, the fireman remaining on the loco footplate to maintain steam pressure. This layout allowed the train to travel in both directions when a turntable or ‘run round; facilities were not available and was used extensively by the Great Western on quiet rural routes.”

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