Today's banner by Duncan Ross: Colas 37116 at the head of a Network Rail inspection train at Carlisle on 21st May 2024.

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1875  Bristol and Exeter Railway
First standard gauge train runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton and Weston-super-Mare [1st].
1890  Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Extended from Ardrossan [CR] to Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier. The steamer service to the Isle of Arran begins.
1890  Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Town [CR] to Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier opened.
1955  Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
Newport to Monmouth Troy closed to passengers.
1977  Dublin and Antrim Junction Railway
Knockmore Junction taken out and junction made further east at Lisburn. The route's loops are altered for high speed running.
1983  Glasgow Central Railway
Carmyle Junction (excluded) to Westburn Steel Works closed.
1994  Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
Abererch closed.
1997  Cannock Mineral Railway
Rugeley Town station opened, extending the line for passengers from Hednesford.
2008  Newcastle and Berwick Railway
High Level Bridge re-opens following a £43M refurbishment.

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This day in history

Unique ex-GWR pannier tank no 3711 photographed at the Forth Banks works of Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn, Newcastle, in 1958. This unusual locomotive featured in the July 2000 edition of ^British Railways Illustrated^ with the following caption... <I>In 1958 Swindon showed new interest in oil burning (following a visit from a particularly effective RS&H salesman, it is sometimes said) and so in April despatched no 3711 to Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn at Forth Banks Works, Newcastle, where it was recorded on 2nd May that year, after conversion. The fuel tank can be seen extending above the bunker while the capped chimney suggests the engine spent some time idle on its sojourn in the north of England. On return to the WR, 3711 was stationed at Old Oak and later at Swindon, but there were no more conversions and it was withdrawn in May 1963 still an oil burner</I>.

Unique ex-GWR pannier tank no 3711 photographed at the Forth Banks works of Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn, Newcastle, in 1958. This unusual locomotive featured in the July 2000 edition of ^British Railways Illustrated^ with the following caption... In 1958 Swindon showed new interest in oil burning (following a visit from a particularly effective RS&H salesman, it is sometimes said) and so in April despatched no 3711 to Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn at Forth Banks Works, Newcastle, where it was recorded on 2nd May that year, after conversion. The fuel tank can be seen extending above the bunker while the capped chimney suggests the engine spent some time idle on its sojourn in the north of England. On return to the WR, 3711 was stationed at Old Oak and later at Swindon, but there were no more conversions and it was withdrawn in May 1963 still an oil burner.

K A Gray (1958)

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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 Alloa Bridge.

Diversionary Route

The North British Railway had running rights over the Alloa Bridge, owned by the Caledonian Railway. When a diversion was necessary both companies ran from Larbert to Stirling (Caledonian owned) and then to Alloa [1st] (North British owned).

Diversions were necessary several times following the bridge being struck by vessels (see main entry for the Alloa Bridge).

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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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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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