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Quiz question; where is this?

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Guess........

It’s not a place exactly coming down with photos.......

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I know the answer, but the ubbergruppenfruher has forbade me from displaying the answer until we have received more suggestions from people logging on tomorrow....... Good fun these quizzes..... Must remember that 'quizzes' word for Scrabble....

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Those who guessed DROMORE, Co. Down, a special mention of honour, as it’s not far away, and has architectural similarities.

First prize, however (drums roll......) to.....

Irishswissernie!

Hillsborough it is, In 1957, just after closure. 

The track was being lifted, though it hadn’t quite reached Hillsborough yet. Senior would end up living there (in the Station Master’s accommodation, the upper floor) for 18 months (with yours truly, as it happens) while engaged on various civil engineering work in the area. He ensured that he travelled on the lifting train, and was thus the last person over (Nearby) Dromore Viaduct, as he stood at the back of the van in the lifting train as it passed over for the last time.....

Little did he know that fifty years later he would pass away after a short stay in a nursing home in Dromore; deep in the Great Northern territory which had become home to one of the last GSR people alive. 

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They did it up and the track side looks dreadful! I used to watch the locos and if lucky find a 071.

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21 minutes ago, Galteemore said:

Enniskillen?

Yes!

This is the office of the (Western) District Engineer, GNR, Enniskillen. 

It's not often that we see the inside of where office-based staff worked in railway companies, nor indeed offices at all - not a computer in sight. Not even a typewriter. the small pad in front of where you'd sit, on the desk, is a little pad for writing telegraph messages on in pencil. 

For many years, the chair just visible on the right was in our house, until it became home to a thriving community of woodworm, and had to be destroyed. The upholstery was worn out anyway and it had become very uncomfortable to sit on.

When he wanted to dictate a letter to the typist, she would be summoned to sit beside him taking shorthand notes, and then she would go off to type it up, carbon copy included.

The wicker basket on the left was the "in-tray", and there's plenty in it. A leaking gutter here, a broken rail there, plus a list of bridge repairs to be investigated or costed.....

 

 

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Great stuff! Something about the view out the window looked familiar. Lovely scene - and something not often recorded 

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Yes, the house on the hill is where he lived! Prospect House, Chanterhill Road, overlooking the station. It's gone now, after the bridge over the Pound Brae over the railway was demolished. That's the bridge from which the pic I posted the other day of the goods yard was taken from.

Today, there is a different house along that road which has been named "Prospect House", but that's not it......

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Great photo of the office, though it seems to be uncharacteristically messy!

Was it taken post closure?

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44 minutes ago, Lough Erne said:

Great photo of the office, though it seems to be uncharacteristically messy!

Was it taken post closure?

In the 1960s when he did various work at No. 148, the desk could also look busy....today we all have it in screens and computer files.....

My understanding was that the pic was taken earlier in the year when things were in full swing and the closure announcement had not been made. He had an extensive weedspray programme planned and costed, and a loco and crew organised, as well as a schedule for ballast trains out or Goraghwood, with loco crews, guards' vans and guards, PW gangers and foremen allocated by Newry or Portadown. He had had these duplicated, and piles of them were used by myself and the rest of us to draw and doodle on as children.

You'll recognise that battered old brown leather case on the table.... that had followed him from Westland Row to York Road to the LMS in England, to the NCC, Amiens St., Enniskillen, Amiens St again, York Road again....then the civil service..... 

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2 minutes ago, Midland Man said:

Hey jhb

can you do a midland question?

You mean a "where is this"? 

 

I have nothing which isn't glaringly obvious, to be fair!

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50 minutes ago, DiveController said:

Brown case, possibly not THE brown case?

He carted this thing about everywhere - inside, a flask of tea, an apple, and his paperwork! 
 

Once a month, the “Railway Magazine” came home in it. Several times a year, the IRRS “Journal” would be seen in it - he had been a founding member in 1947, written to, along with various other CIE, GNR, BCDR, SLNCR, CDRJC and NCC staff, by Kevin Murray......

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