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1875  Bristol and Exeter Railway
First standard gauge train runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton and 1st_/'>Weston-super-Mare 1st .
1890  Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Extended from CR_/'>Ardrossan CR to Montgomerie_Pier/'>Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier. The steamer service to the Isle of Arran begins.
1920  Formartine and Buchan Railway
Parkhill to Elrick signal box doubled.
1955  Coleford Monmouth Usk and Pontypool Railway
Newport to Monmouth closed to passengers.
1994  Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
Abererch closed.



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On return to the WR, 3711 was stationed at Old Oak and later at Swindon, but there were no more conversions and it was withdrawn in May 1963 still an oil burner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On return to the WR, 3711 was stationed at Old Oak and later at Swindon, but there were no more conversions and it was withdrawn in May 1963 still an oil burner.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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May 2020 Travelling by LNER becomes reservation-only.
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