Can anyone identify this picture?

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I recently came across the attached in a collection of old family photographs. I wonder if this house (which I guess is a stationmaster's or similar) still exists and if so where it is? I have a very vague and very probably false memory that a very distant relation once worked for the Midland Railway; anyway it is quite likely to be somewhere in west Yorkshire or east Lancashire, so if not the Midland maybe the L & Y.Scan.jpeg
 
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I wondered about the Midland Railway director's house at Great Longstone (as featured on the Rob Bell programme recently) but it isn't that one.
 

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If it were a stationmaster's house, I'd expect it to be at a station. All we see here is a path down to a tiny wooden stage next to the tracks.

It looks to me like it's a private halt for this particular house. But from the dress of the gentleman, it probably isn't for a wealthy upper-class household. This man must have worked for the railway in some capacity, and been important enough for trains to stop at his house.
 

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If you have access to Twitter, Robert Humm Books (@RHummBooks) regularly run a "What Station" feature, and they would be happy to feature this!
 

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I wonder if anyone could identify the company uniform?
The hat looks to be pill-box style, so nearer British Rail than British Railways if you get my meaning, but a quick Google suggests that was common.
The wooden stage possibly covers the signal rods.
Other thoughts: the garden wall looks to have been a labour of love rather than a conventional boundary wall.
The stone doesn't immediately shout East Lancs or Yorkshire to me - I'm no expert, but it looks a bit too brown - ironstone or reddish sandstone? Please correct me thouh.
 

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The wooden stage possibly covers the signal rods.
Yes.

On reflection, the pair of rails next to the stage are a fair distance away from the rails and pointwork nearer the camera, and they appear to be diverging slightly toward the left side of the photo. Perhaps there's an island platform a short distance to the left, and it is a stationmaster's house after all.
 

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Yes.

On reflection, the pair of rails next to the stage are a fair distance away from the rails and pointwork nearer the camera, and they appear to be diverging slightly toward the left side of the photo. Perhaps there's an island platform a short distance to the left, and it is a stationmaster's house after all.
Pointwork in the area definitely suggests a station nearby. While there are junctions elsewhere in the sticks clearly, most pointwork is, or certainly was historically, somewhere around a station.
 

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If it were a stationmaster's house, I'd expect it to be at a station. All we see here is a path down to a tiny wooden stage next to the tracks.

It looks to me like it's a private halt for this particular house. But from the dress of the gentleman, it probably isn't for a wealthy upper-class household. This man must have worked for the railway in some capacity, and been important enough for trains to stop at his house.
Station masters houses were not necessarily at the station. Some of them could be a distance away.
 

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Station masters houses were not necessarily at the station. Some of them could be a distance away.
I'd agree with this. The house shown in my post (#4 above), for example, is opposite the former station forecourt rather than adjacent to or part of the station buildings. I think from the uniform this is the stationmaster's house - the walkway leads down to a location where he can cross the further track and walk to the station platform, probably off to the left of the picture.
 

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It was the presence of a wooden stage that threw me: why have a little stage for the house if the station platform is a few yards away? However, on closer examination of the track, there probably is a platform within a stone's throw.

Sadly I don't recognise the building, or know the presumed area well enough to offer specific suggestions.
 

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It was the presence of a wooden stage that threw me: why have a little stage for the house if the station platform is a few yards away? However, on closer examination of the track, there probably is a platform within a stone's throw.

Sadly I don't recognise the building, or know the presumed area well enough to offer specific suggestions.
The wooden stage may have been used to drop off coal or other supplies for the house. And the track closest to the house might have been a siding -- many quite small stations used to have a goods siding or small freight yard.
 

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The wooden stage may have been used to drop off coal or other supplies for the house. And the track closest to the house might have been a siding -- many quite small stations used to have a goods siding or small freight yard.
The wooden stage is intriguing as it seems to be at an angle to the track. There also seems to be something on it; not sure what - looks like a glass of milk to my old eyes ! :D
 

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It was the presence of a wooden stage that threw me: why have a little stage for the house if the station platform is a few yards away? However, on closer examination of the track, there probably is a platform within a stone's throw.

Sadly I don't recognise the building, or know the presumed area well enough to offer specific suggestions.
The wooden stage may have been used to drop off coal or other supplies for the house. And the track closest to the house might have been a siding -- many quite small stations used to have a goods siding or small freight yard.
The staging is simply to take the footpath safely over the signal wires and point rods at the side of the track. The stationmaster could have to attend the station at any time of the day or night, the staging allowed him to do this without causing danger to himself or damage to the wires! Similar stagings can be seen in front of many signal boxes where the wires and point rods emerge from the box to allow safe access to and from the box.
 

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