LNWR 257 1910s is it Llandudno Junction?
London & North Western Railway Webb 'Precedent' class 2-4-0 No. 257 'Duke of Albany'. Built at Crewe in January 1882 and withdrawn in April 1915.
The location of this fine portrait circa 1910 is uncertain, but the topography and number of lines visible would suggest the loco yard at Llandudno Junction is a strong contender. The LNWR Society have it listed as just north of Tebay station, however we are reasonably sure it isn’t Tebay. The hills seem to be too distant and not high enough. I don’t think there were as many track roads north of the station as there appear to be in the photo. More to the point, I have photos of all the houses that are parallel to the railway station and engine shed in both close-up and distant views. The architecture seen in those houses to the right of 257 are not found in any of them.
257 was named in honour of Prince Leopold, the 8th and youngest of Queen Victoria's children who was given the title 'Duke of Albany'. He suffered from haemophilia, which contributed to his death in 1884 following an accidental trip and fall. He was aged only 30.
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