Today's banner by John McIntyre: 47813 and 47245 slowly approach Farington Junction on 1 June 2021 with the WCRC 'The Dalesman' railtour from Chester to Carlisle. The train had been scheduled to go to Preston before reversing to Blackburn but late running resulted in the use of the short cut to Lostock Hall Junction.

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1855  Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
1855  Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
1855  Swansea Vale Railway
Act and official naming as the Swansea Vale Railway.
1869  Caledonian Railway North British Railway
The North British Railway wishes to withdraw from the ^joint purse^ arrangement then in operation. This was on discovery that the Caledonian Railway and London and North Western Railway were intentionally starving the Border Union Railway (North British Railway) of traffic.
1896  Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Clydebank Riverside to Dumbarton East Junction opened for goods. Old Kilpatrick opened to goods.
1896  Forth and Cart Canal
In Clydebank the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway line makes use of some of the former route of the Forth and Cart Canal between Clydebank [CR] and Kilbowie. This swing north under the North British Railway to pass through Kilbowie Road station and then pass back over the NBR was planned to avoid the northern part of the Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd] and serve the Singer Works. A portion of the canal was left at either end, the southern part on the east side of the Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd].
1903  Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Falkirk Camelon [1st] opened.
1912  PS Lady Rowena Steamship Co Ltd
Registered by Captain Alexander William Cameron to operate PS Lady Rowena. Used on Clyde excursions such as Glasgow to Dunoon, Rothesay and Millport.
1959  Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Partick Central renamed Kelvin Hall.
1959  Formartine and Buchan Railway
Mintlaw South signal box closed.

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This day in history

Up <i>Mid-Day Scot</i> passing through Cambuslang in the summer of 1953. The locomotive is Stanier Pacific 46210 <i>Lady Patricia</i>.

Up Mid-Day Scot passing through Cambuslang in the summer of 1953. The locomotive is Stanier Pacific 46210 Lady Patricia.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1953)

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Notes and Queries

One of three old images sent to BMcC around 5 years ago. Unfortunately the sender cannot now be contacted. The other two photographs were taken around Hawick. Can anyone throw any light on this one? Added 11/11/2009.

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Miscellany

Related to Pollokshaws West.

Glasgow's Oldest

This is the oldest surviving station building in Glasgow, opened in 1848.

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Key events

May 2021Hitachi Class 80x trains taken out of service on LNER and TPE, also Great Western and Hull Trains, after discovery of hairline cracks. See image 76630
May 2021Ticket examiners join ScotRail Sunday strikes.
April 2021HST derailed at Dalwhinnie by signalling error. See image 76332
March 2021Start of ScotRail conductor strikes on Sundays over rest-day pay.
March 2021ScotRail to be nationalised from March 2022.

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Slideshows

The Little Yellow Train, France 25 photos
Kenya National Rail Museum Nairobi 16 photos
Brisbane 5 photos
Maps - mainly of stations 27 photos
Sleeper 42 photos
Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway 17 photos

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Selected from Amazon's New Releases.


Narrow Gauge Panorama: Steaming Along the Rustic and Narrow

ASIN B0976ZJ6HD
Publisher Pen and Sword Transport
Published 2021-11-30
Author(s) Waite, James

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East and North Eastern Steam - Former LNER Territory 1947-1958: The Railway Photographs of Andrew Grant Forsyth

ASIN 0750998547
Publisher The History Press
Published 2021-11-11
Author(s) Dickson, Brian J.

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Lost Railway Walks

ASIN 0008319243
Publisher Collins
Published 2019-02-07
Author(s) Julian Holland

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Steam Rally: Robin Grierson

ASIN 1916237320
Publisher Lost Press
Published 2021-10-11
Author(s) Robin Grierson

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