• Aylesbury
    The start of the final week of Chiltern Railways Bubble Car operation shows both units, the last 1st generation DMUs in main line service, parked up at Aylesbury earlier on the Monday afternoon (150517). One will later operate the peak evening services between here and Princes Risborough.
  • Ordsall Chord
    Looking south west from near Salford Central station on 19 May 2017 across the site of the new Ordsall Chord. Since my last visit the large brown girders are now almost complete over Trinity Way with only a short section to be fitted before reaching the new bridge over the River Irwell. [See image 56746] for a view from the same location 8 months earlier.
  • Highworth Junction
    View west showing a selection of the various plant and equipment located at Highworth Junction GW electrification depot to the east of Swindon on 5 May 2017. The Great Western main line runs past on the right.
  • Woodacre
    Jubilee 45699 hauled the Grange-over-Sands to Bristol leg of the Great Britain X railtour on 5th May 2017, which was Day 7 of 9. After touring Scotland GB X was scheduled to visit Penzance before finishing at London Paddington. Galatea is seen passing Woodacre at the start of the Day 7 journey.
  • Seaforth Container Terminal
    One of the final batch of 4 Colas Rail class 708s to be delivered, mounted on a trailer at Seaforth Container Terminal on 21 April 2017.
  • Uddingston
    WCRC 37518 leads Black 5s 45212 and 45407 north through Uddingston on 10 April 2017 with the Jacobite on an empty carriage movement from Carnforth to Fort William.
  • Glasgow Queen Street
    5 days in, these items spied lying in the yard area in Dundas Street are the only signs of progress on the rebuilding work at Queen Street Station.
  • Woodacre
    After a week of light engine runs DRS 88002 Prometheus undertook a loaded test from Carlisle to Crewe on 3rd April 2017. The brand new electro diesel is seen at Woodacre with the heavy stone train, and 68025 Superb dead-in-train for insurance purposes.

Updates

12/04/2017 New article: St Kitts Railway.
20/03/2017 New article: Charlesfield Munitions Factory.
07/12/2016 Interactive Station usage statistics (2015-2016).
22/10/2016 Some interesting books.
03/10/2016 Interactive Station usage statistics (2014-2015).
12/08/2016 List of photograph locations (broken down alphabetically).

On this day

1838  Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway: Victoria Jetty, Granton opened for traffic to Burntisland.
1847  Franklin Expedition: First note left on King William Island. "All well".
1852  Deeside Railway: Deeside Railway re-authorised from Ferryhill to Banchory.
1858  Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway: Helensburgh opened
1858  Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway: Opened as single track from {{Cowlairs Junction}} to {{Bowling}} and {{Daleoch Junction}} to {{Helensburgh}}. Due to a disagreement over station access charges between the company and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the first trains ran to {{Buchanan Street}} using the Sighthill_Branch/'>Sighthill_Branch_and_a_connection_at_{{St_Rollox}}_with_the_Buchanan_Street_Extension/'>Sighthill_Branch/'>Sighthill_Branch/'>Sighthill Branch and a connection at {{St Rollox}} with the Buchanan Street Extension line. The disagreement was resolved a month later.
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Images from this day in history

Aberfoyle station. NB 4.4.2T 7488 on branch train. Aberfoyle station. NB 4.4.2T 7488 on branch train.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1949]

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Magazine

The St. Kitts Railway
Charlesfield Munitions Factory
Book: Highland Survivor
Book: Waverley Route: the battle for the Borders Railway
Single to Stobs Please
Book: Memories of Lost Border Railways
An Indian Summer in the West Country - Part 2
West London Line

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Key events

March 2017 Settle & Carlisle Line reopens after more than a year following landslip
Feb 2017 Commencement of work on HS2 phase 1 formally approved
Complete overhaul of rail ticketing system announced
Dec 2016 Government announces Network Rail to cease responsibility for UK rail network
Nov 2016 ScotRail publishes 249-point improvement plan

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Notes and Queries

Road approach to a closed station... which one? [Added 27 May 2017]

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Slideshows

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