Today's banner by Brian Haslehust: Six-car 'blue train' arriving at Cardross with a Helensburgh-Airdrie service in the late autumn of 1962.

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1850  Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway
Extended from Londonderry [Cow Market] to Londonderry [Foyle Road] , the Cow Market station closes.
1860  Findhorn Railway
Line opened.
1864  Taff Vale Extension
Line extended from Quaker's Yard (Low Level) to meet the Vale of Neath Railway at Middle Duffryn Junction. Opened for goods.
1864  Taff Vale Extension
Opened from Quakers Yard to Middle Duffryn Junction to meet the Vale of Neath Railway.
1966  Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Dalry to Kilmarnock closed to local passenger trains.
1966  Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway
Dumfries to Lockerbie closed to freight.
1966  City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow Glasgow St Enoch (Gorbals Junction) to Strathbungo Junction closed to passengers. (Routes via Barrhead.)
1966  Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to passengers.
1966  Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway
Keswick becomes a terminus as line to west is closed.
1996  Kvaerner
Kvaener buys Trafalgar House PLC. The Clydebank Engine Works of the Clydebank Engineering and Shipbuilding Works site is now owned by Kvaerner Energy.


This day in history

Platform scene at Dumfries on 18 April 1949 as ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57573 passes through with an up goods train.

Platform scene at Dumfries on 18 April 1949 as ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57573 passes through with an up goods train.

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


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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Related to Grandtully.

Road bridge with railway support

To the north of Grandtully village and station, over the River Tay, is Strathtay. A lattice road bridge crosses the river, the Highland Railway assisting with the cost of construction.


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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