Mystery Photo Archive
See previous mystery photos and answers (answers are beneath each photo spelled backwards).
December 2017 Bulletin: Where on the Grand Union Canal is this?
Answer: kcoL droftartS ynneF fo htuoS
Late November 2017 Bulletin: This is a 1979 view of a top lock and a junction. On which canal?
Answer: lanaC nothsA
November 2017 Bulletin:This photo is of a former canal tunnel just after the top was taken off. Which tunnel?
Answer: lanaC yesreM & TnerT, lennuT egatimrA
Late October 2017 Bulletin: Roy Hollingworth has sent us these three photos of the closed Wollaton flight of 14 locks, taken by his father in 1961. Which canal were the locks on?
Answer: lanaC mahgnittoN
Mid October 2017 Bulletin: Which lock is this?
Answer: lanaC novA dna tenneK, gnidaeR, kcoL ytnuoC
Late September 2017 Bulletin: Which lock is this?
Answer: lanaC drofxO, kcoL rieW ohnyA
September 2017 Bulletin: On which canal is this paddle gear?
Answer: lanaC noinU dnarG
Late August 2017 Bulletin: Which branch and canal is this bridge on? What’s the name of this bridge?
Answer: egdirB eye yrrehC si eman egdirB ehT .lanaC nodlaC eht fo hcnarB llahgorF/llasnoC
August 2017 Bulletin: Which canal is in this 1978 photo?
Answer: lanaC dleifretsehC
Late July 2017 Bulletin: Which branch is this basin on?
Answer: lanaC nodlaC eht fo hcnarB llahgorF/llasnoC
Mid July 2017 Bulletin: Which canal and river meet here?
Answer: nreveS reviR dna lanaC hciwtiorD
Late June 2017 Bulletin: Which river is in this 1965 photo?
Answer: revaeW reviR
Mid June 2017 Bulletin: In which city is this building? The tiled writing reads “1935”
Late May 2017 Bulletin: At which junction is this milepost?
Answer: noitcnuJ notyaG
Mid May 2017 Bulletin: The blue coaster is SILVER RIVER from Ramsey, Isle of Man. The dock connects to the left to a canal, which is the closest entrance to the English canal system to Ramsey. Which canal?
Answer: lanaC retsacnaL
Late April 2017 Bulletin: Which junction is in this 1992 photo?
Answer: noitcnuJ droflaS
Mid-April 2017 Bulletin: If you catch a train from St Pancras International to Margate, the train goes through a tunnel that was originally built as a canal tunnel. Which tunnel? The photo is of the eastern end of the tunnel as it was in 1971.
Answer: lennuT doortS
April 2017 Bulletin: Which junction is just below this lock? (The words on the gate don’t help much, but they read “Close all head gates.”)
Answer: noitcnuJ dleifeltsaC
Mid-March 2017 Bulletin: Which Junction? The signs read Benwick 3, March 5, W-Sea Lock 6
Answer: level elddiM, yrreF s'doolF
March 2017 Bulletin: Which Top Lock is this?
Answer: lanaC yelezaF & mahgnimriB, kcoL poT egdirB sremraF
Late February 2017 Bulletin: Three photos on the same short branch, 2½ furlongs in length. The upper photo is of Bridge 2, the two lower photos are of Lock 81A, with the main line in the background of the bottom photo. Which branch?
Answer: lanaC noinU dnarG, hcnarB htrowsnamkciR
Mid-February 2017 Bulletin: A narrow lock in the foreground, and a blue ship in the centre background. Which canal is the ship on?
Answer: lanaC pihS retsehcnaM
January 2017 Bulletin: Which junction?
Answer: noitcnuJ notruotS
Mid-December Bulletin: The Top Lock pub in the photo is alongside the top lock of a 7-lock flight. Which flight?
Answer: lanaC loopreviL & sdeeL, thgilf kcolliH snosnhoJ
Late November Bulletin: On which canal is this horizontal boat rope roller?
Answer: elpraM ,lanaC tseroF kaeP
Mid-November Bulletin: This lock was part of the Phase 1A restoration work on this canal in 2011. Which canal?
Answer: lanaC retawduortS, kcoL elbuoD drofeyR
Late-October Bulletin: Two views of the end of a canal arm, the top one taken in 1973 and the bottom one in 2016. Which arm?
Answer: lanaC noinU dnarG ,mrA hguolS
Mid-October Bulletin: At which flight of locks is this building restoration work taking place in 1985?
Answer: noitces retsecieL, lanaC noinU dnarG eht no notxoF
Late September Bulletin - ESSO WOOLSTON is a long way from her home port of London. Which swing bridge is this?
Answer: lanaC pihS retsehcnaM eht no, egdirB gniwS notraB
Mid-September Bulletin - This is Lock 1, a sea lock opened in 2013. The sea lock at the other end of this canal is Lock 40. Which canal?
Answer: lanaC edylC & htroF
Late-August Bulletin - This is a junction on the same canal as Pelsall Junction. Which junction is this one?
Answer: lanaC notgnissE & yelryW, noitcnuJ dleifsendeW
Mid-August Bulletin - This stop lock has double top gates and a single bottom gate. What is its name?
Answer: lanaC dleifselccaM, kcoL potS neerG llaH
Late July Bulletin - This is at the Stone one; the Iron one is the next lock down. On which canal?
Answer: lanaC noinU erihsporhS
Mid July Bulletin - Which canal?
Answer: lanaC retawegdirB
Late June Bulletin - At this lock, a canal section meets a river section. Which river?
Answer: lanaC nodlaC, tenruhC reviR
Mid June Bulletin - This mystery photo was sent in to us; the only information the sender had was that it was of himself taken in 1938, possibly in the South East of England. We have come up with a solution; can you?
Answer: 21 oN egdirB ,nodnoL, kraP stnegeR
Late May Bulletin - This is the GLENSHIRA, in 1970, on which canal?
Answer: lanaC nanirC
Mid May Bulletin - Which canal is this milepost on?
Answer: lanaC ssenprahS & retsecuolG
Late April Bulletin - Which lock is this?
Answer: lanaC novA & tenneK, gnidaeR, kcoL sekalB
Mid April Bulletin - Which canal maintenance depot / yard is this?
Answer: lanaC noinU dnarG, enruobluB
Late March Bulletin - Grain was delivered by barge until the mid-1970s to this basin. Which canal is it on?
Answer: lanaC retawegdirB
March Bulletin - Which 3-rise staircase locks are in this photo?
Answer: lanaC noinU erihsporhS, retsehC, skcoL etaghtroN
Late February Bulletin - One of many junctions on the Birmingham Canal Navigations, but not many are crossroads like this one. Which junction is this?
Answer: eniL niaM NCB, noitcnuJ kraP nottoR
Mid February Bulletin - Which marina is this?
Answer: lanaC noinU dnarG, aniraM notlihW
Late January Bulletin - Which canal is in this 1964 photo?
Answer: lanaC mahgnimriB & retsecroW
January Bulletin - There is broken ice in this 1969 view of a straightened length of canal. Which canal?
Answer: lanaC drofxO
Mid December 2015 Bulletin - Taken from one (closed) railway bridge, with another (open) railway bridge in the background, which lock is in this photo?
Answer: kcoL daeM toL
December 2015 Bulletin - Which navigation is in this 1986 photo?
Answer: raoS reviR / lanaC noinU dnarG
Mid November 2015 Bulletin - Which navigation is in this 1970 photo? The occasion is an IWA trip in a distinctive type of commercial barge. Extra question: which IWA founder member is in the photo?
Answer:dleifdaH selrahC & lanaC retawkcalB