• Cranmore
    Over the last two years, the East Somerset Railway has carried out the restoration from Barry scrapyard condition to full working order of 41313. Today was its introduction back into service. Crewe built to an Ivatt design in 1952. It came out of Barry many years ago and went to the Buckinghamshire Rly. Centre, Quainton. Eventually an agreement was struck whereby 41298, 41313 and 46447 went to the Isle of Wight. The latter two were restored by the ESR and 41298 restored by the IOWRly. Here they are in action on the ESR. Admired by two coach loads of IOWRly supporters.
  • Breich
    Network rail has proposed (June 2017) that the minimally used station be closed to save the costs of replacing the footbridge which is incompatible with the electrification work being carried out on the line. The platforms and approaches could do with a bit of TLC as well.
  • Forres East Junction
    Stairs by the East box at Forres on 21 June 2017. On the right are the signal box access steps, to the left those for catching tablets from westbound trains, with the equivalent for eastbound trains across the tracks. In the background are the works associated with the new station and loop.
  • Millerhill Marshalling Yard
    Engineering possession at Millerhill on Sunday 18 June 2017, with work in progress in connection with the planned EGIP electric train depot. The two new sets of points will access the depot, with those at the bottom left routed via the washing plant. All scheduled train movements were cancelled for the day, including those on the Borders Railway, just off picture to the right, where a replacement bus service was in operation between Edinburgh and Gorebridge.
  • Swindon
    800-003 'Queen Elizabeth 2', standing on the centre road in Swindon Station on 15 June 2017. This unit arrived as part of an 8-car train in convoy with 800-004 and eventually departed as a 4 car train running west to Bristol.
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    Platform 12 at Waverley has been so thoroughly ripped up that its hard to believe it is being extended rather than abolished. Meanwhile, the building behind it, which will in due course need to be demolished, is still in use.
  • 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.


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

1802  Monmouthshire Canal Tramway: Act passed for the Monmouthshire Canal to build a line from Newport to Nine Mile Point and from Risca to Crumlin to join the Beaufort Ironworks Tramway.
1846  North Western Railway: Act passed.
1846  Great North of Scotland Railway: Act receives Royal assent.
The route was to be Aberdeen to Inverness with Grange to Banff and Portsoy, Orton to Garmouth, Alves to Burghhead branches.
1856  Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway: Line opened.
1873  Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway: Opened throughout from Kilmarnock to Neilston.
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Images from this day in history

NB 4-4-0 No 62472 <I>Glen Nevis</I> passing Cowlairs West Junction on 26 June 1956 at the head of the 6.15pm Glasgow Queen Street - Kirkintilloch.   NB 4-4-0 No 62472 Glen Nevis passing Cowlairs West Junction on 26 June 1956 at the head of the 6.15pm Glasgow Queen Street - Kirkintilloch.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1956]

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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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Doing the posters... where and when? [Added 23 June 2017]

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