This image within Chinarail's collection shows an unidentified KCR trackside scene somewhere in the N.T. The gauge of the track in the foreground appears to be narrow-gauge, which points to the Fanling-Shataukok branch line. The larger goods wagon to the right and the brake-van (or ‘guards-van’) are, however, standard gauge. This is also supported by the two Chinese characters 粵漢 (Yueh-Han) on the goods wagon’s side. This wagon, therefore, belonged to the Canton-Hankow Railway (Yueh-Han Railway) but it was common for rolling stock from this railway to be loaned or used on through trains to Hong Kong from Canton, even though from a different railway line. This would suggest that this picture was taken near Fanling, the narrow-gauge railway terminus. Also on the centre foreground is a small track-mounted armoured vehicle, probably from the Fanling army camp.
The date of this picture, however, is also a puzzle because the Fanling-Shataukok line discontinued operations in 1926 and the track was lifted. Having said this, the date of my picture is understood to be from a batch of photos taken between 1946 and 1949 so things do not quite add up. Today I was copying this picture for another purpose and I suddenly noticed a feature, which had escaped my attention previously. Behind the railway track in the distance is a pavilion or pailau-type structure in the village fields below the track embankment. I now recall seeing another picture of this structure on some internet site. Perhaps it was this one, but I cannot find it today. I seem recall that the temporary structure was erected by villagers as a memorial to some royal event; perhaps it was a coronation or jubilee event ... I just cannot recall clearly.
Can anyone identify the exact location and also the date based on the temporary buildings?