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1804  Penydarren Tramway
Richard Trevithicks locomotive tested on the line, having been tested at Penydarren Ironworks. The locomotive drew a train of 5 wagons from Penydarren to Abercynon.
1842  Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Service starts between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Haymarket
1860  Swansea Vale Railway
Extended from Glais to Pontardawe and opened to passengers. The station in Swansea was Swansea St Thomas.
1862  Keith and Dufftown Railway
Keith to Dufftown opened. Stations at Earlsmill, Botriphine and Drummuir.



This day in history

A Stirling-Edinburgh Princes Street train arrives at Larbert on 21 February 1953. The locomotive is Pickersgill ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54503.

A Stirling-Edinburgh Princes Street train arrives at Larbert on 21 February 1953. The locomotive is Pickersgill ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54503.


G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1953]


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HST held at a signal... where and when? [Added 17 February 2018]

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Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations

ASIN 024197898X
Publisher Viking
Published 2017-09-28
Author(s) Simon Jenkins

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Bradshaw's Handbook - A Facsimile Of The Famous Guide (old House)

ASIN 1908402024
Publisher Old House Books
Published 2011-12-20
Author(s) George Bradshaw

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Felix The Railway Cat

ASIN 1405929782
Publisher Penguin
Published 2017-08-24
Author(s) Kate Moore

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Rail Atlas Of Great Britain And Ireland: 15

ASIN 0860936813
Publisher Crecy Publishing
Published 2018-04-09
Author(s) Stuart Baker

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