Posts Tagged ‘mystery picture’

Competition 3 – mystery picture 6

Thursday, 14 May 2009


BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 in 1966 or 67, Photo BTWT archive.

It has been a very long day – all of it devoted to the cause of Polish heritage rail – and it will almost certainly inspire a post in due course. In the meantime, while I catch up with my beauty sleep, here is a meaty problem to be getting on with – the final mystery picture in our competition.

Please forgive the dark picture of the 4MT, however today’s questions are not about the engine. For one point can you tell us – Where was this picture taken?; for the second point – What is the narrow gauge connection? There is a bonus point if you can identify the train that has brought me from London and the 4MT is is about to haul!

Although our competitions are famous for being difficult – they are not impossible. Congratulations to John Hyde who is in the lead with THREE points. He has identified the locomotive and location in mystery picture 5 AND told us where the locomotive is now. Rik Degruyter and Michael Dembinski correctly identified ONE PART of the answer to mystery pictures 1 and 3 respectively and are the joint runners up with one point each.

For newcomers to BTWT quizzes – there is usually a post a few days before or a couple of days after a mystery picture is published which gives a Sherlock Holmesian clue which might be helpful in resolving the current problem.

All the previous questions are still open. For the winner the prize is a bottle of the king of Polish vodkas – (Zubrowka, Bison Grass Vodka) – so let’s have a few more entries!

Oh, and I nearly forgot late this evening – one year and two months since we launched Behind The Water Tower – we passed the total of 100,000 cumulative daily hits. Well done everybody. Please tell your friends about BTWT and lets see how quickly we can reach 200,000.



Competition 3 – mystery picture 1

Friday, 3 April 2009


Children’s train set. BTWT photo

It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining and BTWT is having another competition. Yes I know, that some readers said that we should scrap the competitions and concentrate and “doom and gloom”. But “doom and gloom” needs a lot of research if it is to be accurate, and needs to be accurate, if it is to be effective. Besides which, BTWT has suffered from ‘mission creep’. Conceived originally as a light-hearted way of making more English language readers aware of the problems of the Polish heritage railway movement, it has been dragged into the corridors of power and public policy by its readers.

Did you know that the CEO of the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce had put BTWT on his blogroll? No? Neither did I until I noticed that the Chamber’s website was feeding us with traffic. So who else is reading BTWT, the British Ambassador in Warsaw? the Polish desk of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office? the guys in suits in Marsham Street? At one time or another I have enjoyed cordial relations with all the institutions mentioned above, with one exception. The Marsham Street gang once targeted me as public enemy number one and actively briefed against me and the community railway project that I led.

Hopefully my enemies in the Department for Transport have long since been retired with gongs and the bright young chaps and chapesses who now eagerly read BTWT every morning are more open minded about such subjects as ‘short line’ railroads, wagon load freight and community railways – all subjects dear to my heart. So with a more weighty readership come more weighty responsibilities. I can’t be expected to knock together “doom and gloom” at the drop of a hat without adequate time to research and check the relevant facts.

Meanwhile, there are railways to save, elected dignitaries to visit, and the odd piece of paid work to complete. So if occasionally, just occasionally, I post another competition on BTWT, those who aren’t fans of such trivia, please forgive!

Back to today’s mystery photo. This was one of the first narrow gauge engines seen by me in Poland, in 1964 or 1965, I think. At the time, it and another loco were hidden behind a high fence at a location about 2.5 km from its current resting place. Points will be awarded for answering the questions: What is it? Where is it? Where was it? What did it do before that? Prizes? The joint winner of the last competition, Gavin Whitelaw has kindly entered into the spirit of the competition and offered a prize, but I have no idea what to do if Gavin wins. Perhaps someone would like to underwrite a second prize?

Please send your entries to BTWT by e-mail and not as comments. (You wouldn’t want to spoil the game for other readers, would you?) Our e-mail address is – railfan [at] go2 . pl (Change the ‘at’ for an ampersand and remove spaces.)


A weighty readership