Today's banner by David Bosher: View from the ex-12.00 'Highland Chieftain' service from King's Cross to Inverness, approaching Newcastle station, at 14.50 on Friday, 31st May 2024 and which I travelled on as far as Edinburgh Waverley.

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On this day

1815  Battle of Waterloo
1838  Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Greenhead to Haydon Bridge opened.
1842  Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway
Company incorporated.
1844  Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway
Train runs from London (Euston Square) to Gateshead in 9 hours and 21 minutes (with stops totalling 70 minutes).
1846  North British Railway
Opened from Edinburgh to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington. Stations opened at Edinburgh, Berwick. Further stations followed around 22 June.
1850  South Wales Railway
Opened from Chepstow to Swansea.
1850  South Wales Railway
700 people celebrate the opening of the line in Swansea's new 2 platform station with a timber roof.
1859  Coniston Branch (Furness Railway)
Opened as a single track railway.
1860  Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway
First sod cut.
1866  Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
Galashiels [1st] (Kilnknowe Junction) to Innerleithen opened. Stations at; Thornilee and Clovenfords.

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This day in history

Ex-Caledonian McIntosh 2P 0-4-4T no 55224 calls at Clarkston with a train for Busby in the summer of 1955.

Ex-Caledonian McIntosh 2P 0-4-4T no 55224 calls at Clarkston with a train for Busby in the summer of 1955.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1955)

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Notes and Queries

A Class 47 loco stabled near a junction in summer 1989 but where and what are those gantries for?
[Added 01 March 2023.]

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Miscellany

Related to North Leith.

The Citadel

In 1952, a little after the passenger services ended, the site and goods yard, were known as Leith Citadel.

The Citadel was a fortification built in the 1650s. An entrance arch still survives alongside the former St Ninians Church in Dock Street (the upper part above the arch is not original).

Leith Local History Society - Citadel

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Key events

March 2024Alex Hynes departure announced from Scotland for DfT
Jacobite suspended
February 2024Dunblane resignalling to allow southbound trains to depart from Platform 3
Highland networks closed by storm on 5 February
East Kilbride carpark reduced for new station construction
Addiewell temporarily closed for reconstruction
Brodick ferries diverted to Troon by Ardrossan pier damage
Seawall damage near Helmsdale
January 2024'The Hatch' café opens at Singer
'Reboot your Commute' advertising campaign
Four loops taken out of use during snow on HML
Storms Isha and Jocelyn led to network closures from 1900 on 21 and 23 January
Storm Ingunn on 31 January closed West and North Highland routes
December 2023Further strikes and other action by ASLEF at DfT train operators in first week of December
Glasgow-Barrhead electric services begin
Cathcart Circle and Shotts expresses restored all day
East Linton station opens
'Polar Express' trains on the Edinburgh South Suburban
First Boxing Day trains to Edinburgh since 1981
Storms Pia and Gerritt affect services
November 2023RMT members vote to accept pay offer, but ASLEF announce a rolling programme of strikes in December at DfT operators. Waverley brought to a standstill for rest of day after power-surge fried signals on 2 November. Calls suspended at Altnabreac. New Sleeper lounge at Euston. New coffee-shop at Shettleston.

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Books

Selected from Amazon's New Releases.


The Railways of Stirling

ASIN 1915069297
Publisher Lightmoor Press
Published 2023-09-20
Author(s) Peddie, Donald

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Class 08 Locomotives in Scotland (Class Locomotives)

ASIN 1398105600
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2023-10-15
Author(s) Howat, Colin J.

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The Dundee & Arbroath Railway

ASIN 1915069173
Publisher Lightmoor Press
Published 2023-02-24
Author(s) Ferguson, Niall

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Edinburgh, Granton and Leith Railways

ASIN 1398108561
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2023-04-15
Author(s) Williamson, Kenneth G.

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