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1834 First fatal automobile accident: John Scott Russells automobile explodes killing 4 passengers, Russell is forced to abandon automobile business.
1862 Cowbridge Railway: Act of Parliament passed. Line planned from Cowbridge to Maesaraul on the Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway.
1862 Edinburgh and Northern Railway
North British Railway: Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway (was the Edinburgh and Northern Railway) absorbed by the North British Railway.
1862 West of Fife Mineral Railway
North British Railway: West of Fife Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
1862 Neath and Brecon Railway: Authorised as the Dulas Valley Mineral Railway.
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An 1869 poster announcing a fares reduction between Glasgow (Bridge Street) and Ibrox/Govan. The station at Govan stood at the terminus of a branch of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint line and there was never any such company as the Glasgow & Govan Railway. Perhaps someone in marketing department thought, for the purposes of the poster, it sounded more user-friendly! The G&P station at Govan finally closed to passengers in May 1921.
An 1869 poster announcing a fares reduction between Glasgow (Bridge Street) and Ibrox/Govan. The station at Govan stood at the terminus of a branch of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint line and there was never any such company as the Glasgow & Govan Railway. Perhaps someone in marketing department thought, for the purposes of the poster, it sounded more user-friendly! The G&P station at Govan finally closed to passengers in May 1921.

Ian Dinmore [1869]
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  • Cardiff Central
    The new platform 8 is currently taking shape at Cardiff Central. This is the view on 11 July 2016 looking back from the west end of platform 7.
  • Cowlairs Incline
    The first of the OHLE masts has sprouted from the founds photographed previously, seen here on 19 July, heading towards the tunnel to connect with the bar system used there.
  • Carlisle
    Ex LMS 46100 Royal Scot on one of it's first runs following a lengthy overhaul arrives at Carlisle Citadel working 1Z86 The Cumbrian Coast Express.
  • Didcot
    Colas 37s, 37116 & 37219, pause under the newly erected catenary at Didcot on 16 June 2016. After the driver changed ends this Network Rail train headed for Oxford and beyond.
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    View from Regent Road over the east end of Waverley on Saturday morning 4 June 2016. From the left: running into platform 8 from the Calton Tunnel is the Virgin Trains 0610 (SO) ex-Doncaster, class 90 and 67 locomotives are stabled in the sleeper bays, the ScotRail 0943 to North Berwick awaits departure at platform 3 and the VTEC 0930 to London Kings Cross is boarding at platform 2. Bottom left, on the site of the former New Street bus depot, are signs of the £750m 'New Waverley' development currently underway. [See image 9503]
  • Dundee
    This is currently the sole, fairly modest access to Dundee station after the demolition of the 1980s add-on. A nearby artist's impression of the riverside area shows an impressive new surface building, but this is part of a long term development and I don't notice any difference from my last visit 12 months ago. A fairly long-term 'temporary' entrance then.
June 2016 ScotRail and Southern train services badly affected by industrial action.
May 2016 Restored 60103 Flying Scotsman runs on Borders Railway.
March 2016 Glasgow Queen Street station closed for tunnel works.
February 2016 WCML reopened following major repair work on Lamington Viaduct.
Settle & Carlisle line closed after major landslip north of Appleby.

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Former goods shed... where is this? [Added 19 July 2016]

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