• Highworth Junction
    View west showing a selection of the various plant and equipment located at Highworth Junction GW electrification depot to the east of Swindon on 5 May 2017. The Great Western main line runs past on the right.
  • Woodacre
    Jubilee 45699 hauled the Grange-over-Sands to Bristol leg of the Great Britain X railtour on 5th May 2017, which was Day 7 of 9. After touring Scotland GB X was scheduled to visit Penzance before finishing at London Paddington. Galatea is seen passing Woodacre at the start of the Day 7 journey.
  • Seaforth Container Terminal
    One of the final batch of 4 Colas Rail class 708s to be delivered, mounted on a trailer at Seaforth Container Terminal on 21 April 2017.
  • Uddingston
    WCRC 37518 leads Black 5s 45212 and 45407 north through Uddingston on 10 April 2017 with the Jacobite on an empty carriage movement from Carnforth to Fort William.
  • Little Kimble
    Chiltern railcar 121034 waits alongside the single platform at Little Kimble in 2016 with a Princes Risborough - Aylesbury shuttle service. [Chiltern's railcars are to be withdrawn on 19th May - see news item]
  • Glasgow Queen Street
    5 days in, these items spied lying in the yard area in Dundas Street are the only signs of progress on the rebuilding work at Queen Street Station.
  • Woodacre
    After a week of light engine runs DRS 88002 Prometheus undertook a loaded test from Carlisle to Crewe on 3rd April 2017. The brand new electro diesel is seen at Woodacre with the heavy stone train, and 68025 Superb dead-in-train for insurance purposes.
  • Hellifield
    60103 'Flying Scotsman' hauling the S&C re-opening special from the K&WVR to Carlisle on 31 March 2017. The train is approaching Hellifield on the outward run.
  • York Place [Tram]
    An Edinburgh tram stands at the current city terminus in York Place on 24 March 2017 ready to form the next service to Edinburgh Airport. View from the top deck of a bus, with Leith Walk straight ahead. The case for extension of the network south, in line with the original plans, is currently under debate. [See image 16868]

Updates

12/04/2017 New article: St Kitts Railway.
20/03/2017 New article: Charlesfield Munitions Factory.
07/12/2016 Interactive Station usage statistics (2015-2016).
22/10/2016 Some interesting books.
03/10/2016 Interactive Station usage statistics (2014-2015).
12/08/2016 List of photograph locations (broken down alphabetically).

On this day

1829  Newcastle and Carlisle Railway: Company formed. Surveyed by George Stephenson. Lord Carlisle supports the project if it will pass Milton and connect with his Earl of Carlisles Waggonway.
1848  Scottish Central Railway: Opened from Stirling to Perth
1890  Cardiff Penarth and Barry Junction Railway (Taff Vale Railway): Service extended to Biglis Junction on the Barry Dock and Railways and temporary Biglis station closed.
1915  Caledonian Railway: Quintinshill disaster, Britains worst train crash. 227 people killed when a troop train crashes into a local passenger train and an express trains collides with the wreckage.
1966  Newport Railway: {{Newport-on-Tay East}} to {{Tayport}} closed, replacement bus starts.
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Images from this day in history

Fowler 0-6-0T dock tank no 47166 stands on Bidston shed in May 1960. Fowler 0-6-0T dock tank no 47166 stands on Bidston shed in May 1960.

K A Gray [1960]

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Magazine

The St. Kitts Railway
Charlesfield Munitions Factory
Book: Highland Survivor
Book: Waverley Route: the battle for the Borders Railway
Single to Stobs Please
Book: Memories of Lost Border Railways
An Indian Summer in the West Country - Part 2
West London Line

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Key events

March 2017 Settle & Carlisle Line reopens after more than a year following landslip
Feb 2017 Commencement of work on HS2 phase 1 formally approved
Complete overhaul of rail ticketing system announced
Dec 2016 Government announces Network Rail to cease responsibility for UK rail network
Nov 2016 ScotRail publishes 249-point improvement plan

The past year.

Notes and Queries

Steam hauled passenger train... where and when? [Added 17 May 2017]

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Slideshows

Bath and Bristol since 2008   [78]
Cumbernauld   [4]
Kenya National Rail Museum Nairobi   [16]
Milton Keynes   [49]
Paris   [18]
The Stainmore line   [16]

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