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1841  Manchester and Leeds Railway
Line opened throughout; Walsden to Littleborough through the summit tunnel opened.
1848  Scottish Central Railway
Opened from Scottish Central Junction (Greenhill) to Stirling. Stations at Scottish Central Junction, Larbert, Bannockburn and Stirling.
1849  Dundee and Perth Railway
Line extended from Barnhill [D&PR] over the River Tay via the Tay Viaduct [Perth] to Perth Princes Street.
1851  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Agrees to access to Carlisle Citadel for £1000 per annum.
1852  Midland Railway
Worcester Junction renamed Abbots Wood Junction.
1856  Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Bathgate Lower opened without Board of Trade approval.
1862  Findhorn RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Findhorn Railway operation taken over by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
1862  West Midland Railway
Addlestrop and Stow Road renamed Addlestrop.
1862  Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
The line is extended from Scotch Dyke to Newcastleton. (Goods only?)
1864  London and North Western Railway, South Wales
Extension from Brynmawr to Nantybwch.

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This day in history

An extract from the LNWR timetable for 1916 showing services on the Longridge branch during WWI. The line closed to passengers in 1930 but since that time Longridge has continued to expand and the road to Preston is very congested. 100 years later, what wouldn^t the town^s residents give for a 22 minute journey time into the centre of Preston?

An extract from the LNWR timetable for 1916 showing services on the Longridge branch during WWI. The line closed to passengers in 1930 but since that time Longridge has continued to expand and the road to Preston is very congested. 100 years later, what wouldn^t the town^s residents give for a 22 minute journey time into the centre of Preston?

Mark Bartlett (1915)

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Notes and Queries

Portrait of Caley single 123. No details known but headboard reads 'Royal Train Pilot'. Can anyone provide any info re date, location or occasion? See similar image 59856.

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Miscellany

Related to Ravenscraig No 1 Yard.

Roman Road

A Roman Road, Watling Street, once ran here. Oddly enough the orientation of the road was not far off the orientation of the much later sidings.

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Key events

February 2021Further reduction to 65% of pre-pandemic ScotRail timetable, with many late evening trains withdrawn.
January 2021Freightliner withdraws (temporarily?) Class 86 fleet (dating from 1966) to be replaced by ex-Anglia Class 90s.
Bridge Parapet collapse between Stonehaven and Carmont closes line until February.
December 2020ScotRail timetable reduction.
November 2020ScotRail alcohol ban introduced.
October 2020Kerr^s Miniature Railway closed.
Kintore station opens.

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Slideshows

Glasgow Central Railway 16 photos
Royal Deeside branch - after closure 19 photos
Jamestown Viaduct 14 photos
DIRFT expansion 37 photos
Way down south (South West!) 51 photos
The Petite Ceinture Line, Paris. 4 photos

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Books

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Greatest British Railway Journeys: Celebrating the greatest journeys from the BBC's beloved railway travel series

ASIN 147227928X
Publisher Headline
Published 2021-09-02
Author(s) Portillo, Michael

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The Times Train Tracks Book 4: 200 challenging visual logic puzzles

ASIN 0008470138
Publisher Times Books
Published 2021-09-02
Author(s) The Times Mind Games

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E-Logistics: A guide to supply chain information systems and technology

ASIN 0749496886
Publisher Kogan Page Ltd
Published 2020-10-03
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The Times Railway Stories: Tales from the tracks

ASIN 0008467951
Publisher Times Books
Published 2021-09-16
Author(s) Holland, Julian Times Books

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