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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Birmingham Snow Hill Station: gwrbsh1750

Great Western Railway 4-6-0 40xx Star class No 4058 'Princess Augusta' with express headcode

Great Western Railway 4-6-0 40xx (Star) class No 4058 Princess Augusta with an express headcode indicated by the two white lamps on the buffer beam. These white painted headcode lamps were introduced gradually after December 1936 (previously they were painted red). No 4059 was built in July 1914 and had outside steam pipes fitted in October 1944, so date will be between 1936 and 1944. Purporting to be Birmingham Snow Hill (probably because of the large lantern windows in the background), however the platform arrangement and lattice roof girders are not right for this location. Can anyone identify the location and a more accurate date?

Robert Ferris

A contributor wrote 'The photo is at Shrewsbury - that part of the roof has now been removed (see http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2202736 for a BR-era view when the roof was still there).'

Robert Ferris replies. 'I believe this is correct - the low level roof is the same construction with open lattice girders and consulting John Hodge's book on the North & West route volume one confirms the platform layout and distinctive round platform indicator boards.'