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Where is this?

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 10:10 am
by John Paton
I attach a photo sent to me by Michael Dunn, asking if I could identify the location. My initial thought was Stirling but the water tower there was of slightly different design and the background buildings don't match (see CR-era photo on page 159 of Campbell's "The Classic Years" book). Has anyone got any suggestions?
John

Re: Where is this?

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2024 9:56 am
by caley739
Could it be the entrance/exit to Oban shed?

Re: Where is this?

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2024 12:33 pm
by jimwatt2mm
Certainly could be. That looks like the gasometer on the extreme right.

Jim W

Re: Where is this?

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2024 2:59 pm
by John Paton
Guys, I'm not so sure. The uploaded photos below show a stone base and low-ish tank. Michael's photo shows a higher timber base and taller tank. These photos show the tank being parallel with the track while Michael's is angled.
John

Re: Where is this?

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2024 4:10 pm
by JimG
I thought that the advert for Barrs Aerated Waters on the tank side might suggest a central belt location since lemonades tended to be associated with localities.

Jim.

Re: Where is this?

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2024 4:27 pm
by jimwatt2mm
I take your point, John. I've looked through the 'LMS Engine sheds' book and can find nothing that fits, although Crieff seems to have had very similar water tower with the same tapering base, but perhaps not as high. However, I also don't think the track layout or background quite fits.

Jim W

Re: Where is this?

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2024 10:57 pm
by Graham R
The image is in the CRA photo archive as well (FSLS entry CRA14561, physical archive 7/1/3/1 page 11 pocket 1), described as taken by J F McEwen, taken at Stirling station LMSR carriage sidings c1928. The notes look like the late Donald Peddie's style, thus authoritative regarding Stirling area ... but perhaps even he was not infallible?

regards
Graham Roberts

Re: Where is this?

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2024 9:42 am
by caley739
After a careful look at the 25inch OS of 1918 I can convince myself that this IS the station carriage sidings at Stirling just south of the Seaforth Place road overbridge.The tall chimney in middle background would be part of the building described as a Smithy. SLS photo archive CRA14559, likely same date as CRA14561, shows more clearly the road overbridge. Perhaps the confusion arises from trying to compare the station water tank to the loco shed water tank! Looks like J F McEwen and Donald Peddie are vindicated, and both knew their subject well!

regards
Tom Robertson