“I found this picture in a recent magazine and the only caption was “N Class”. My first reaction was that it was taken at Faversham station and the train is standing in Platform 3. The large building at the London end of the platform is the main clue plus the chimneys of the station buildings.
The loco is N Class No 31407 which as allocated to Ashford (74A) during the 1950’s and the photo was obviously taken well before electrification reached Faversham in 1959. I would say the photo is pre 1958.
On the headcode disc is “490” which was Ramsgate Diagram 490 and booked for a L Class 4-4-0 loco, so Ramsgate Shed must have borrowed 31407 on the day in question. From a book that I have, Diagram 490 starts as the 07 07 Ramsgate to Gillingham; 10 46 Chatham to Faversham; 13 13 Faversham to Dover Priory; 16 18 Dover Priory to Faversham; 20 05 Faversham to Ramsgate. All local stopping services thus the 3 coach Birdcage set, which Bachmann are going to produce.
Now my obvious choice is that the photo is of the 13 13 Faversham to Dover Priory, but that train was booked to start from Platform 4 as it gave connection of the 11 35 Victoria to Ramsgate service due at Faversham 13 07 – 13 10.
On that basis I reckon the photo is of the 10 46 Chatham to Faversham after its arrival at Faversham. Anyway a nice photo of a complete Birdcage set.”
Thanks to JC for sending this one in… If you can shed some light on the photo and the service it is heading, please leave a comment below.
To follow on from the above “mystery photo” JC sent in the photo below taken from the same position. Interesting how things change but ultimately, stay the same…