SE3055 : Harrogate Railway Station

taken 64 years ago, near to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Harrogate Railway Station
Harrogate Railway Station
The side platforms for Wetherby or Leeds trains at Harrogate Station.
D49/2 "Hunt" Class engines built for the LNER in 1934. On the left, 62753, "The Belvoir" and on the right, 62759, "The Craven". The Belvoir has two lamps on the front; this was the Class A code meaning that the train was an Express Passenger. The Craven however, bears a Class B lamp code, one lamp at top, meaning it is a Stopping Passenger train.
The passengers carriages, usually two or three, would be Third Class and maybe a compartment for 1st Class. Each 3rd Class compartment had padded bench seats on either side, for about six passengers, but no connecting corridor. The window on the door was raised or lowered with a leather strap that had holes to locate on a brass 'peg' on the door frame. This arrangement was far from perfect and had a tendency to come undone just as the train entered a tunnel and then all the smoke and soot came rushing into the compartment.

Note that the 'semaphore' signal arm is in the up position meaning clear to go; it was not many years earlier that the 'go' position was angled downwards. The change was introduced so that if the mechanism failed gravity would drop the arm to the 'Stop' position.
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Date Taken
1954   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 10 July, 2007
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Railway station   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 303 552 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:59.5496N 1:32.2871W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 304 551
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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