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Photograph 12. Paddington, with a GWR "Hall" or "Star".
Peter Chesson remarked on the original assumption that it also might have been a "Manor" or "Grange" :
I think No 12 is more likely to be a Hall or a Star. If it was a Manor or a Grange the running plate would be raised above the cylinders, but it does not appear to be.
Jim Woods added:
I'm no expert, but I believe that it's Platform 1 at Paddington, towards the outer end rather than the inner - the platform surface in this area appears on photographs to have the appearance of wooden planking. The station roof in the distance also seems Paddingtonian.
The chimney on the locomotive seems too tall for any of the classes quoted. My guess would be that it's a Star.
Please let me know if you know more about the engine portrayed, or the place and time where this picture was taken!
(Thanks to Peter Chesson, Phillip Chudley, Simon Farrar and Jim Woods)

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