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On 15/08/2018 at 13:39, bécasse said:

Someone ought to tell the pub owners that that shade of blue is way, way out for the S&D.  :)

The pub sign has had pictures of 7Fs for ages, as below,  despite 2-8-0s never having made it to Burnham. When I photographed the hotel in about 1969 it just had the wording and no picture.

S&D pub sign Burnham.jpg

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  • PenrithBeacon changed the title to Burnham-On-Sea
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Now, here's a puzzle....


The signal-box at Burnham had a door and two windows in the end nearer the pier. The end near Highbridge had merely two windows  (as seen in this photo dated 1960  https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=166290&search=Burnham-on-Sea) and appears like that in all the pre-BR pix which I have seen. 


BUT...this photo is dated 1952 and clearly shows 3 windows !https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&category_id=65&page=1876&product_id=70637

 so unless the image date is wrong, was the box altered from 2 to 3 and then back to 2 ??


Just to confuse the issue, after the box was sold to the Yieldingtree Museum they converted that end to a door + one window (of different pattern) and when eventually it ended up in the hands of the S&DRT they converted it back to 3 windows.

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The 1952 photo appears to show the box in GWR colours (two shades of stone) so it had probably been repainted just after engineering responsibility (inter alia) passed from the Southern Region to the Western in 1949 (? IIRC). The 1960 photo shows the box in WR colours (chocolate and cream) so it had been repainted again (and necessarily, given the alterations) before responsibility passed back to the Southern in 1958 (? IIRC again - and might this bit have remained WR?).


Note that the downpipe had changed between the two photos too.

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There is a photo currently for sale on eBay which shows 58047 on a passenger train at Burnham with the three-window arrangement plus an external box under the middle window which had been removed by the time your 1952 photo was taken (and which must have been in position prior to the repainting of the box into GWR colours). This photo must date between May 1950 when 58047 was renumbered from 1303 (LMS) and August 1952 when it was withdrawn (from Highbridge shed).


There is a photo in the NRM collection showing the later two-window arrangement and the modified downpipe which is dated 20 September 1958.

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