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.)

1882 Girvan and Portpatrick Railway
Portpatrick Railway: Girvan and Portpatrick Railway trains banned from Stranraer and Portpatrick by the Portpatrick Railway. Line closed temporarily from Girvan to Challoch Junction.
1966 South Queensferry Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway): Ratho (Low level) to Kirkliston to Royal Elizabeth Yard closed to freight
1989 Inverness and Ross-shire Railway: Ness viaduct, Inverness, collapses, separating the Thurso, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh lines from the rest of the network. Dingwall becomes a terminus, Muir of Ord becomes a train maintenance depot and buses operate between Inverness and Dingwall while a new bridge is built.
1989 Kyle of Lochalsh Extension Railway (Highland Railway): Ness Viaduct, Inverness, collapses.
Class J38 0-6-0 no 65918 stands in the shed yard at Seafield in February 1960. Class J38 0-6-0 no 65918 stands in the shed yard at Seafield in February 1960.

Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [1960]
More images
More images from this day in history.
  • Milnthorpe
    The inaugural public run of 60103 Flying Scotsman on 6th Febrary started in appalling weather but, despite this, vantage points were full of spectators. Soon after departure from Carnforth the A3 is seen approaching the over bridge at Elmsfield near Milnthorpe. The smoke deflectors are clearly needed for main line running - what would the view ahead at this point have been without them?
  • Kilmarnock
    The 1522 Glasgow Central-Carlisle shuttle Voyager calls at Kilmarnock on 21 January 2016.
  • Cowlairs Incline
    Unusually, the far end of the tunnel can be seen as 170411, forming the 1245 service to Edinburgh via Falkirk High, heads up the Cowlairs Incline on 30th January 2016. The tunnel is due to be closed for track replacement in March 2016.
  • West End - Princes Street [Tram]
    An airport- bound Tram pulls into West End - Princes Street tram stop on 28 January 2016. This stop was originally to be called Shandwick Place; less ambiguous and in fact where the stop is. The gable in the background is on Canning Street, from the days when streets were named after prime ministers even if they'd only been in office for 4 months.
  • Bermuda Park
    Nuneaton folk may not be 'early adopters', but five turned out to catch the 12.18 to Coventry at Bermuda Park on 23rd January. Notice that it's a 2-car train at weekends. The branch for Bermuda collieries forked left off the curve in the background. [see image 31064]
  • Knightswood South Junction
    156458 on the crossover accessing the new connecting spur to the Maryhill line during route learning duties in preparation for the forthcoming Queen Street Tunnel closure.
  • Lamington
    Some of the considerable activity taking place on and around the WCML viaduct at Lamington on the morning of 2 January 2016. Part of the structure has suffered due to the effects of recent heavy rainfall on the fast-flowing River Clyde. At the time of the photograph (1030) the rain had stopped, although surrounding roads and fields were saturated, with flooding apparent in several areas. The line will be closed for some time.
January 2016 Closure of WCML caused by flood damage to Lamington Viaduct.
December 2015 Train services disrupted due to storms in late December.
October 2015 First EGIP wires appear.
September 2015 Queen officially opens new Borders Railway
July 2015 Winchburgh Tunnel reopens following major electrification works.

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Type 2 with a train... where and when? [Added 3 February 2016]

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Queries and answers
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