• Wemyss Bay Pier
    PS Waverley at speed off Wemyss Bay on 11 July 2017. Unfortunately she has been off service for several days now due to repairs to her air-pump. Not ideal at the height of the Clyde season.
  • Lostock Hall
    Royal Scot 4-6-0 46115 'Scots Guardsman' charges through Lostock Hall station on 1 August 2017 with the northbound leg of 'The Fellsman' railtour.
  • Bargeddie Bridge
    Not quite yet matching up to the artist's impression [see image 46140], the view across the M8 from the replacement Bredisholm Road bridge currently features the renovation work on the old A8 Cutty Sark bridge.
  • Alston
    'Barber', an 0-6-0ST built by Greens of Leeds (441/1908), photographed at Alston on the South Tynedale Railway on 22 July 2017. Note the new station roof, bought with the help of National Lottery funding. For a look at the original [see image 7147].
  • Cambridge North
    I am reliably informed that in a city of 130,000 people, Cambridge has 55,000 'knowledge intensive employees', and 4,400 'knowledge intensive employers'. Which could explain, indirectly, why this new station, opened on 21 May 2017 close to Cambridge Science Park, practically smells of money. Speaking of computers, the disabled parking symbol in the foreground appears to be pixellated.
  • Mountsorrel Bond Lane
    The new GCR branch terminus at Mountsorrel is both basic and forbiddingly secured when not in use. But it allows the Great Central to be one of the few preserved railways with an active branch line. The original line, which was built to transport stone from the Mountsorrel quarries, fell into disuse in the 1950s and was lifted in the 1960s.
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    Work well underway on extending platform 12 at Waverley, seen here on 13 July 2017 from the position previously occupied by the buffer stops. (Photographed through a gap in the safety barrier). Demolition of the platform buildings directly behind the camera position is due to commence shortly.
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    Layout at Waverley following platform extension work currently in progress. Platform 12 is due for completion by the end of the year, followed by 5 and 6 by July 2018.
  • Forres
    Work on the new station at Forres is progressing well, platforms are nearly complete, the footbridge is being erected and track laid. View west through the site on 7 July 2017.
  • Cranmore
    Over the last two years, the East Somerset Railway has carried out the restoration from Barry scrapyard condition to full working order of 41313. Today was its introduction back into service. Crewe built to an Ivatt design in 1952. It came out of Barry many years ago and went to the Buckinghamshire Rly. Centre, Quainton. Eventually an agreement was struck whereby 41298, 41313 and 46447 went to the Isle of Wight. The latter two were restored by the ESR and 41298 restored by the IOWRly. Here they are in action on the ESR. Admired by two coach loads of IOWRly supporters.

On this day

1858  Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway: Opens from Elgin to Keith
1865  Rosedale Branch (North Yorkshire and Cleveland Railway): Line extended from Blakey Junction to Rosedale (East).
1898  East Fife Central Railway: Line opened from East of Fife Central Junction to Lochty for goods only.
1915  Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway): Methil Dock No. 3 closed for repairs.
1971  Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway: Last freight runs between Greenside Junction and Kipps Junction, line closed.
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J36 0-6-0 65303 leaving Fraserburgh on 18 August 1959 with a goods train. J36 0-6-0 65303 leaving Fraserburgh on 18 August 1959 with a goods train.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1959]

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March 2017 Settle & Carlisle Line reopens after more than a year following landslip
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