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1848  Salisbury and Yeovil Railway
Act passed.
1848  Hartlepool Dock and Railway Great North of England, Clarence and Hartlepool Junction Railway
Both companies leased by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway at George Hudson's instruction.
1861  Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
Act obtained for a line between Dunkeld and Forres, and Ballinluig to Aberfeldy. Engineer: Joseph Mitchell. Running power from Stanley Junction to Perth General over the Scottish Midland Junction Railway.
1861  Leven RailwayEast of Fife RailwayLeven and East of Fife Railway
Leven Railway and East of Fife Railway merge to form the Leven and East of Fife Railway.
1861  ~London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Adisham opened
1871  Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Foundation stone of the Tay Bridge [1st] laid.
1885  Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
An act for a line between London Road Junction [Edinburgh] (by Abbeyhill) and Lochend South Junction (then called Lochend Junction) is passed.
1889  Swansea Vale and Neath and Brecon Junction Railway
Midland Railway re-operates Colbren to Ynysgeinon after Sir Edward Watkin takes the company to court.
1901  West Highland Railway
Sleeper cars from Kings Cross to Fort William commence.
1903  Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway Highland Railway
Line opened by Eliza Stewart Ellice of Invergarry House. The service was operated by the Highland Railway who were keen to keep the North British Railway away from Inverness. Connecting David Hutcheson and Co steamers operating along the Caledonian Canal connecting the line to Inverness via Loch Ness and the canal. Stations opened at Gairlochy, Invergarry, Aberchalder, Fort Augustus and Fort Augustus Pier. The Lovat Arms and Station Hotel was rebuilt and reopened in connection with new line.

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This day in history

Gresley V1 2-6-2T no 67627 calls at Shettleston on 22 July 1949 with a train for Hamilton.

Gresley V1 2-6-2T no 67627 calls at Shettleston on 22 July 1949 with a train for Hamilton.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1949)

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Key events

May 202450th anniversary of the Electric Scots
Continuing ASLEF dispute at DfT operators overtaken by general election
Barrhead/East Kilbride conductor dispute resolved
Peak fares trial extended to August
First Minister officially opens £116M Levenmouth Railway
April 2024New active travel route at Gourock
Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central the first stations in Britain to have British Sign Language on their main departure screens
Joanne Maguire new interim ScotRail MD, Liam Sumpter to head Network Rail in Scotland
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

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Foreign Parts 11 photos
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Sleeper 42 photos

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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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