The SLS rail tour that took place in 1959 has proven to be a rich seam of material, and has provoked much debate amongst blog readers about the locations of some photos, and just how and where the Diesel Multiple Unit pictured managed to reverse.
Expanding on this thread, Ian Pell continued his research last week, in response to the dispute over his theory about the reversing location being the Coppice Colliery near the Bus Garage at Heath Hayes (not Aldridge as some cementers appeared to think).
Ian sent me the following:
Coppice Colliery Five Ways 1962
Sorry can’t put photos in comments to the blog, so please find attached a copy of photographs of Coppice (Five Ways) Colliery taken in 1962.
I appreciate that locations and buildings change – that’s what makes placing photos in exact locations very difficult – but they at least give an idea of the relationships between the buildings.
Equally, the 1959 building does have skylights which do not appear on the Harper Bros. building of 1962.
As yet I am unable to find a photograph of Birmingham Central facing the required direction, the first photo [top of article] photo shows the Goods station in the opposite direction with the timber stock pile on the right in the position which would be correct if this is the location.
Now, Ian had an afterthought, and sent me the following, a little later:
After further research and reviewing various sources this picture of the special at Birmingham Central Goods from the R.S.Carpenter collection may give some further clarity.
The two gentlemen on the left (presumed to be the driver and guard) seem to be in very similar positions in both pictures. Perhaps this is the clue to the location of the “Conduit” photo. The second attachment is another unearthed IvP shot of Five Ways in 1962.
Ian, as ever, you stun me with your analysis and knowledge. Thank you so much.
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