Today's banner by Robin McGregor: On a sunny August morning in 1964 the 10.03 from Edinburgh arrives at Perth behind Black 5 44925.

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1841  Manchester and Leeds Railway
Line opened throughout; Walsden to Littleborough through the summit tunnel opened.
1845  Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Passenger service from Glasgow Queen Street to Coatbridge [NB] and Airdrie (Commonhead?) begins around this date. This used the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, Garngaber Curve (Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway), Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and Ballochney Railway. The Monkland line was upgraded for this service and began to use steam hauled passenger trains. This new service ran in competition with that from Glasgow Townhead over the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway to Coatbridge [CR] with a road coach connection to Airdrie.
1848  Scottish Central Railway
Opened from Scottish Central Junction (Greenhill) to Stirling. Stations at Scottish Central Junction, Larbert, Bannockburn and Stirling.
1849  Dundee and Perth Railway
Line extended from Perth [Barnhill] over the River Tay via the Tay Viaduct [Perth] to Perth Princes Street.
1851  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Agrees to access to Carlisle Citadel for £1000 per annum.
1852  Midland Railway
Worcester Junction renamed Abbots Wood Junction.
1856  Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Bathgate Lower opened without Board of Trade approval.
1862  Findhorn RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Findhorn Railway operation taken over by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
1862  Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
The line is extended from Scotch Dyke to Newcastleton. (Goods only?)
1862  West Midland Railway
Addlestrop and Stow Road renamed Addlestrop.

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This day in history

An extract from the LNWR timetable for 1916 showing services on the Longridge branch during WWI. The line closed to passengers in 1930 but since that time Longridge has continued to expand and the road to Preston is very congested. 100 years later, what wouldn^t the town^s residents give for a 22 minute journey time into the centre of Preston?

An extract from the LNWR timetable for 1916 showing services on the Longridge branch during WWI. The line closed to passengers in 1930 but since that time Longridge has continued to expand and the road to Preston is very congested. 100 years later, what wouldn^t the town^s residents give for a 22 minute journey time into the centre of Preston?

Mark Bartlett (1915)

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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 Inverness.

On display

Within the station the former station bell (see also Pitlochry) and Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway plaques from the Boat o' Brig Viaduct are on display in the concourse.

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Key events

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.
October 2023Strikes at Anglo-Scottish operators by RMT on 1 October, ALEF on 4 October with ASLEF overtime ban on 2-6 October.
Three weekends of train services suspended to north-east Scotland as a result of heavy rain, with Storm Babet bringing the heaviest to Scotland since 1891.
HS2's Birmingham-Manchester leg cancelled.
Start of six-month trial abolition of ScotRail peak fares.
September 2023RMT strikes at DfT operators on 2 September, ASLEF on 1 and 30 September – ScotRail not involved.

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Kelvindale Tunnel 12 photos

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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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