• Aylesbury
    The start of the final week of Chiltern Railways Bubble Car operation shows both units, the last 1st generation DMUs in main line service, parked up at Aylesbury earlier on the Monday afternoon (150517). One will later operate the peak evening services between here and Princes Risborough.
  • Ordsall Chord
    Looking south west from near Salford Central station on 19 May 2017 across the site of the new Ordsall Chord. Since my last visit the large brown girders are now almost complete over Trinity Way with only a short section to be fitted before reaching the new bridge over the River Irwell. [See image 56746] for a view from the same location 8 months earlier.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

1838  Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal and Railway: Agecroft Bridge opened
1854  Great Western Railway: Paddington New station, arrival side, opened.
1868  Festiniog and Blaenau Railway: Line opened.
1876  Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway): Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to freight.
1876  Culme Valley Light Railway: Opened. Operated by the Bristol and Exeter Junction Railway.
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Images from this day in history

A2 Pacific 60535 <I>Hornets Beauty</I>, sporting a 64B Haymarket shedplate, with the 4pm  Waverley - Perth train at platform 2 of its home station in May 1959. The locomotive was eventually withdrawn in 1965 after some notable performances on the Edinburgh - Dundee - Aberdeen route. A2 Pacific 60535 Hornets Beauty, sporting a 64B Haymarket shedplate, with the 4pm Waverley - Perth train at platform 2 of its home station in May 1959. The locomotive was eventually withdrawn in 1965 after some notable performances on the Edinburgh - Dundee - Aberdeen route.

Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [1959]

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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

Brush Type 4 under the wires - where is this? [Added 28 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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