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The medium UK one, is it Dawlish?

the easy one will be taken from Ebury bridge facing south south east towards Battersea power station. (51 degrees 29 minutes 24.8 saconds North, 8 minutes 55.4 seconds west)

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 04:32:58 PM EST
2/2, and precise to the decimal point! I have to find something more difficult for you...

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by DoDo on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 04:40:33 PM EST
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the two pictures you chose have well known UK landmarks, the coastal railway tends to be on the news during storms, and the power station in the picture is one of two in central London, only one of which is next to a railway.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 04:46:53 PM EST
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That's why I thought the London one will be easy, but I didn't expect Dawlish to be famous beyond rail photographer circles. (That short section is probably THE most photographed stretch on British railways: for example, at least 93 photos at top-notch selection site RailPictures.Net.)

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by DoDo on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 05:22:31 PM EST
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The BBC has run a series over the last few years called Coast I think they showed it in the first year of the series.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 06:21:55 PM EST
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I find it in Coast 3, Part 2. I see BBC still has some interesting ideas for documentaries. Here I am starved, with access only to infotainment (Discovery, and, by now sadly too, National Geographic).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:12:57 AM EST
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Oh and Flash earth is the map tool of choice  which is used to pinpoint lattitude and longitude.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 05:10:24 PM EST
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Okay, two more British riddles. The first is also medium difficulty:

The second should be truly difficult -- I will put up two images:



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by DoDo on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 05:16:17 PM EST
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ok first one is the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick upon Tweed, taken from the Royal Tweed Bridge.

Still working on the second ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2008 at 08:27:22 PM EST
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Can we call you His Nerdiness?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:16:49 AM EST
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If I get the las UK one ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 05:55:02 AM EST
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If you were successful, at the location, you'll find a receding 22-car container freight train on Flash Earth/Google Maps, and a two-car DMU just reaching the bridge on Flash Earth/Microsoft VE (aerial)...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 06:44:28 AM EST
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Bingo on the Royal Border Bridge. Recognised at first sight, or was there some search involved?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:52:49 AM EST
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some searching involved, I knew areas of the country where it wasn't, that cut out all of Wales, Most of Scotland and most of the Major rivers on the west coast.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 05:51:26 AM EST
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is that the size of the picture you have? do you have it in an enlarged size? if so what does it say in orange on the front of the train in the third picture?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 11:23:53 AM EST
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Ha, that'd be cheating. But presuming that jamesg is correct (it was my guess too) then the train is on the london bound line. I can't convince myself that the pattern resembles London Waterloo (which would be the obvious choice) so it's probably a local to Basingstoke.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 11:40:10 AM EST
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I must admit i've been measuring spire heights and widths and wondering about the apparent green hedge next to the church.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 12:00:21 PM EST
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Do you mean the display in the right (for the viewer: left) window? No, that's unreadable in larger size, too. But there are enough other clues there.

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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 01:09:29 PM EST
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bigger version of the church on the hill then? :-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 01:58:17 PM EST
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I don't think the church will be that much of a help (I ranged this difficult because no single clue is enough), but here it is -- cut from yet another photo shot at the same location:



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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:22:27 PM EST
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It tells me the direction of the track in the photo, and means I can check the church against local photos when I think I know where it is

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:34:23 PM EST
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For the case you think you know, I left these clues.

*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:47:19 PM EST
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Now I've had a  bit of time to have another look, and I'm fairly convinced it's either Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire. I'll have a search about later (being the county where I come from originally, it just has the feeling of the south end of the county)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:37:25 AM EST
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Here maybe... ?

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:56:03 AM EST
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I think you're probably right, the trains fit  the clues given by the person who set the question.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:59:33 AM EST
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and the spire looks like this I think it's a match



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:03:05 AM EST
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You did it!!!

I was about to give a clue... Ceebs correctly narrowed it down to Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire (it is right at the border), I guess based on landscape and church tower.

But you could also have looked at the Trainspotting Bükkes network map, which distinguishes lines according to number of tracks and electrification system. In the non-mountainous part of England, there aren't that many two-track diesel lines running North-South (as evidenced by shadows).

Even better, if you'd checked (or asked me about) the DMU on the picture, it's a class 168/0, predecessor of the Turbostar -- and owned only by Chiltern Railways. They run London Marylebone-Birmingham. Which has North-South sections only in a few places, the Northamptonshire-Oxfordshire border being one of them!

As an endnote, this shot at Kings Sutton is another popular railfan photo site, though more demanding than Dawlish: the Sun is at the right angle only in late afternoon.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:07:26 AM EST
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I do it all on landscape, and buildings. The train lines I only use to  get the precise position at the end. (I was confused by the power station for a bit, thinking that beeing unable to see the river  the picture must be from the south)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:29:57 AM EST
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When I saw my first Kings Sutton photo, it captured me and I wanted to check out the location, but it was not in my map's register (was mis-spelled). While I gave an analytical route above, what I did back then was to immediately guess the region (based on, well... the background of other rail photos), and then trace along possible routes on the map. It took around ten minutes.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:56:14 AM EST
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Massive ignorance, but is it near http://maps.google.com/maps?q=salisbury&ie=UTF8&ll=51.114407,-1.741505&spn=0.023277,0.05 0297&t=h&z=14&om=0 (link posted to protect the soon-to-be-embarassed (-: )
by jamesg on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 08:40:12 AM EST
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Welcome to ET, jamesg!

Interesting guess, there are a number of fitting patterns, but no, it's not Salisbury Cathedral in the distance. (If you look closely, the Sun position indicated by the shadows in the second picture would be impossible at your proposed location in autumn.)

Two helpful suggestions: first, when posting such long links, it's useful to read this section of the New User Guide. Second, you wanted to keep your guess implicit for other readers by only posting a link, but Google had "salisbury" is yours, because you first searched for it. There is a way to remove it: move the mouse over the green arrow pointing at your search result (in this case the center of Salisbury), right-click, then a six-point menu appears, and then choose "Delete search results".

*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 01:26:47 PM EST
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