A History of Britain’s Railways

Welcome to the RAILSCOT website. Here you will find the history of railways in Britain (with an emphasis on Scotland), current news and photographs past and present. (Copyright on all images remains with the photographer.)

1967 Nottingham and Melton Line (Midland Railway): Line closed to passenger expresses. It was latterly used by express trains until the WCML was upgraded.
1972 Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway: Leith Central Branch to London Road Junction and Lochend South Junction is closed
1975 Saigon falls to North Vietnamese Troops:
North British Railway GM Circular no 100 regarding the Port Carlisle branch, issued on 29 April 1899. North British Railway GM Circular no 100 regarding the Port Carlisle branch, issued on 29 April 1899.

Ian Dinmore [1899]
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  • Farington Curve Junction
    One of Ian Riley's Black 5s, 44871 approaches Farington Curve Jct on Day 3 of the Great Britain IX tour whilst working from Bristol to Grange-over-Sands. Unfortunately the weather was not behaving itself however at least the train was on the Down Fast making it a little easier to photograph.
  • Glasgow Queen Street High Level
    Queen Street High level work on the morning of 16th April 2016 viewed from Buchanan Galleries. Trackwork for platforms 1&2 has been replaced and platforms 3&4 are now receiving attention. The engineering train is on the platform 5 line.
  • Millerhill
    New signage at the entrance to Millerhiil yard from Whitehill Road on 17 April 2016. The site of the planned new EMU servicing depot is in the background, on part of the former up yard. [See image 48305]
  • Edinburgh Gateway
    170410 passes the future Edinburgh Gateway station heading to Waverley.
  • Didcot
    GWR 166208 in Didcot Station on 24 March 2016. The unit is now painted in the new GWR colours.
  • Manchester Piccadilly
    A Class 185 unit at Manchester Piccadilly sporting the new TransPennine livery. This was 1st April 2016, the launch day of the new franchise. [See news item]
  • Glasgow Queen Street Low Level
    A West Highland departure prepares to head east from Queen Street Low Level on 31 March 2016 during the extended closure of the High Level station.
  • Didcot
    The new view west from Didcot station on 24 March 2016. Gantry erection for the GWML electrification project appears to be progressing well, despite the media!
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.
January 2016 Closure of WCML caused by flood damage to Lamington Viaduct.
December 2015 UK train services seriously disrupted due to storms in late December.

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Speeding steam locomotive... where and when [Added 15 April 2016]

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