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.)

1831 Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway: Glasgow Townhead to Gartsherrie opened officially.
1908 First production Model T Ford built:
1937 Perth Almond Valley and Methven Railway: Methven to Methven Junction closed to passengers.
1965 Callander and Oban Railway: Landslide in Glen Ogle; line closed between Callander and Crianlarich.
Glenfruin ready to leave with the 7.01pm for Glasgow. Glenfruin ready to leave with the 7.01pm for Glasgow.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1951]
More images
More images from this day in history.
  • Lostock Hall
    Ex BR Standard 4 2-6-0 no. 76084 looking resplendent as it passes Lostock Hall on the afternoon of 20 September 2016 while carrying out a loaded test run from Carnforth. It is worth noting that this run was conducted the day after it had run from Sheringham on the NNR with support coach and WCRC 37669 in tow. Welcome back to the mainline and congratulations to 76084 Locomotive Company Ltd for achieving this with a former Lower Darwen loco.
  • Preston (Ribble Branch)
    The last surviving Grant-Ritchie 0-4-0ST (272/1894) returned to service on 10th September 2016 after restoration at the Ribble Steam Railway. One of only two Grant-Ritchie locos left in the UK this veteran of the Fife Coalfield survived because for many years it was in the Thomas Muir scrapyard in Thornton. It is seen making its debut with the Victorian Train at the 2016 RSR autumn steam gala.
  • Edinburgh Gateway (Tram)
    On 1 September 2016 an Airport-bound tram passes what will soon be another stop and interchange with the ScotRail station behind. The tramstop will be the only one with an overall roof. The tracks on the left lead to Gogar Tram Depot. This location is just outside the edge of built-up Edinburgh, but as it's Green Belt I don't think we can expect the stations to become a locus for development. It's also a bit noisy here, being next to a very busy junction on the A8.
  • Millerhill Yard
    View from the eastern perimeter of Millerhill Yard on 7 September 2016 with modular accommodation and storage in place and fencing erected. This is the north eastern corner of the old yard, with the buffer stops marking the limit of the former ballast sidings [see image 3447]. Whitehill Road runs just beyond the structures on the right. (COSHH = Control of substances hazardous to health.) The EGIP electric train depot is scheduled to open here during 2017.
  • Shotts
    Seen looking west from the corner of the SPT car park at Shotts on 31 August 2016. A Glasgow bound Class 158 DMU passes the rail access point recently constructed as part of the large contractor's compound for the works at Shotts station.
  • Falahill Summit
    Southbound 46100 'Royal Scot' just north of Falahill Summit on 21 August 2016 with the second ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam Special' of the day to Tweedbank.
  • Cowlairs Incline
    A guard gazes at the gantries which now grace the Cowlairs Incline as a Class 170 DMU from Aberdeen decends towards Queen Street.
  • Chorley
    A view north from Lyons Lane bridge towards Chorley station on 13 August 2016. Work continues on rebuilding the platforms in conjunction with the electrification of the line from Manchester to Preston via Bolton.
August 2016 Queen Street HL reopens after completion of major tunnel and station works.
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 HL station closed for tunnel works.
February 2016 WCML reopened following major repair work on Lamington Viaduct.

The past year The past year.
View towards a level crossing... where and when? [Added 27 September 2016]

Suggest an answer Suggest an answer
Queries and answers
Queries and answers.