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Author Topic: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles  (Read 213765 times)
Chris from Nailsea
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« on: November 15, 2012, 10:30:29 pm »

As my regular readers will know, I do tend to scour the local press for items of (hopefully) some interest, and I'm generally fairly relaxed about the standard of journalism I find - unless it's glaringly wrong.

Here's an example, from This is the West Country:

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UPDATE: Train delays at Bridgwater station cleared


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Trains are running normally between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton after a broken down train in Bridgwater caused delays of up to one hour.

The train was stuck on the Bridgwater line, but it has now been cleared. Keep up-to-date with the Twitter hashtag #Bridgwater.

Services affected included; Cheltenham Spa, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Bridgwater, Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids; also Cardiff Central, Newport, Patchway, Bristol Temple Meads, Nailsea and Blackwell, Yatton, Worle, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Taunton.

To be fair, it's described as a 'stock image' - but then, why use it at all?  It certainly isn't Bridgwater station: actually, where is it?

(and it's Nailsea & Backwell, not Blackwell ... )  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 10:41:28 pm »

Well, it's in Chiltern land. I'll take a punt on High Wycombe.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012, 11:08:32 pm »

I believe that's not High Wycombe.

Not 100% sure on where it is though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012, 12:00:47 am »

My initial reaction was the bay platform at Leamington, but for that to be correct there would have had to be track through the platform in the foreground. So carry on guessing!
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012, 08:37:45 am »

Risborough over the Aylesbury bay?
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012, 08:45:11 am »

One of the "best" uses of the a stock photo I saw was in the FGW magazine a few years back where they used what I think was Southern Railway Pacific. No not a Spamcan but the US Southern!

Also Christian Wolmar's book on US Railways "The Great Railway Revolution" has a Canadian loco on the front! It's a good read and shows just how influentail railways were in forming the US.

Also can anyone tell me why there is B1 on the mural btween platforms 12 and 13/14 at Padd,
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2012, 09:16:50 am »

In a similar vein, I read an article in Amtrak's on-board magazine that was illustrated with an old interior shot of unrefurbished first class in an FGW HST...

There was also the BBC article on HLOS illustrated with a heritage DMU at the Glos/Warks railway!

http://railwayeye.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/mediaballs-bbc-one-o-clock-news.html
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2012, 10:13:41 am »

Risborough over the Aylesbury bay?

That was my thought as well; and  http://goo.gl/maps/RG88W  confirms it.

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2012, 05:24:30 pm »

Many thanks for your comments and suggestions, guys - and I agree, that picture is actually Risborough: nowhere near Bridgwater!  Wink Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2012, 05:30:33 pm »

Wooden spoon for me then.  Roll Eyes

I'll get my own back when I compile the next 'Bumper bignosemac Picture Quiz'. One for the run up to Christmas with the distinct possibility of some prizes....
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2012, 05:00:04 am »

I would be very surprised if this magnificent piece or pointwork was between Hastings and Tunbridge Wells.  Location, anyone?

"Rail problems on Hastings to Tunbridge Wells line" ...

http://www.kentnews.co.uk:80/news/rail_problems_on_hastings_to_tunbridge_wells_line_1_1727926?
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2012, 05:55:36 am »

Yes, but the reason for the "electrical supply problems" is at least obvious - no third rail has been installed. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2012, 06:50:49 am »

That picture has been used by kentnews.co.uk numerous times this year.

A Google search brings up five other stories with the same picture.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=3034848028.jpg_gen
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2012, 07:26:48 am »

Looks like they have purchased stock art from:

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-11343703-railroad.php
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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2012, 07:30:43 pm »

New rolling stock for the 07:44 Henley-on-Thames to Paddington?

http://www.newstatesman.com/business/2012/12/10-worst-moments-be-train?
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