To stick with the superlatives: they involve 3,226 historically valuable black-and-white prints of locomotives and railway carriages from Egypt, Africa, France, Great Britain, India, the Netherlands, Scandinavia or North America dating from around 1860 to 1960.
The collection bears the image code string Ans_05373. Some photographs have already been described in more detail; others are filed in the Do you know more? Railways + vehicles category.
We are on the lookout for the following expert knowledge
What we’d like really to know now: the manufacturer’s name, railway company, train type, classification and number, wheel arrangement, possible name, designer, construction years, period in use and the date the photographs were taken.
A small representative selection of photographs
A large number of factory photographs, such as of the locomotive factories belonging to the Neilson and Company in Glasgow or their successor North British Locomotive Company, are available.
Stuart, J. Neilson and Company Glasgow E804, Emu Bay Railway, F-Class, ca. 1900-1910 (Ans_05373-2939, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000905029)
The two men in the picture are less typical of the factory photographs.
North British Locomotive Company Glasgow (NBL) L734, no. 22587, Great Northern Railway (GNR) 1731, 1920 (Ans_05373-3146-FL, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000907691)
These enchanting shots depicting staff in their “natural” environment, the train shed, are also fairly rare.
Chemins de fer du Nord (NORD) 2.422, 1890-1900 (Ans_05373-0130, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000102937)
The same goes here.
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) 77, 77, 1890-1900 (Ans_05373-0498, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000103303)
South Eastern Railway (SER), Klasse F, 166, Design Stirling, 1890-1900 (Ans_05373-0464, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000103269)
There are also some curiosities, as the next three photos just go to show.
Neilson and Company Glasgow E545, no. 2875, 1883 (Neilson and Company Glasgow E545, no. 2875, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000104058)
Neilson and Company Glasgow E624, no. 3754, Russell & Spence Railway, 1887 (Ans_05373-1427-FL, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000104164)
Anton Heer has already made an attempt at this untitled photo: “A fascinating rail vehicle! It might be part of a measuring or test facility.”
Untitled, 1890-1900 (Ans_05373-2541-FL, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000105262)
There are also two group portraits to finish on.
Baldwin Locomotive Works Philadelphia (BLW) 1840 (Ans_05373-2700, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000105420)
North British Locomotive Company Glasgow (NBL) L566, class MC1, no. 20450 South African Railway 1642, 1913 (Ans_05373-1549-FL, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000104283)
How can you get involved?
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Complete image information
Unknown: Great Eastern Railway (GER), E4, 433, 1900-1910 (Ans_05373-0355, http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000103161)