Today's banner by Bill Roberton: 85012 enters Carlisle station with empty limestone hoppers from BSC Ravenscraig. In the left background is the chimney of Willow Holme power station.

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1859  West Somerset Mineral Railway
Line officially opened to Brendon Hill.
1895  Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
First Sod of Talla Railway cut by Lady McDonald, wife of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
1905  Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Talla Railway closed.
1905  Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
Talla Dam officially opened; two trains run from Edinburgh Princes Street.
1907  South Wales Railway
Accident at Ebbw Junction when freight over-runs signal and hits passenger train.
1936  Welsh Highland Railway
Aberglaslyn closed.
1936  Swansea and Neath Railway
Swansea East Dock closed to passengers.
1939  Valleyfield
35 men killed by gas explosion
1952  Ynysybwl Branch (Taff Vale Railway)
Closed to passengers.
1960  Dundee and Perth Railway
Errol closed to passengers.

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This day in history

Extract from a letter of 1881 from the Montrose and Bervie Railway to the North British Railway regarding the handling of mail, which reads:
Brotherton:  28 Sept 1881:
Mailbags: 
<I>My dear sir,
I have yours of yesterday. We do carry Her Majestys Mails ^in a sense^ but receive remuneration and undertake obligation only on the same footing as though they were ordinary parcels.</I>

Extract from a letter of 1881 from the Montrose and Bervie Railway to the North British Railway regarding the handling of mail, which reads: Brotherton: 28 Sept 1881: Mailbags: My dear sir, I have yours of yesterday. We do carry Her Majestys Mails ^in a sense^ but receive remuneration and undertake obligation only on the same footing as though they were ordinary parcels.

Ian Dinmore (1881)

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Notes and Queries

Where and when? Added 24 December 2012.

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Miscellany

Related to Challoch Junction.

Bridge Strikes

Challoch Bridge, just to the west of the former junction where the railway passes over the A75, was the most hit bridge by road vehicles in Britain.

Fortunately the road has been realigned A75 Dunragit bypass .

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Key events

August 2020Three dead when train derailed hitting landslip near Stonehaven. Union Canal burst its banks, flooding the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway near Polmont.
June 2020Face coverings become mandatory on public transport.
May 2020Travelling by LNER becomes reservation-only.
March 2020Major changes to railway operations and timetables resulting from impact of Coronavirus pandemic.
December 2019- opening of Robroyston^s new station and Dunbar^s second platform

- farewell to ScotRail Class 314s and LNER HSTs

- TPE introduce Class 397s with new Glasgow-Preston-Liverpool route and Class 802s on new Edinburgh-Leeds-Liverpool route.

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Slideshows

Paris 18 photos
South Wales, ancient and modern 118 photos
Kenya National Rail Museum Nairobi 16 photos
Cumbernauld 5 photos
New Street No More 10 photos
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway 14 photos

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Books

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East Lancashire Coachbuilders

ASIN 139810227X
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2021-11-15
Author(s) Barrow, David

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A Short History of Trains (Short Histories)

ASIN B08H8BNYRC
Publisher DK
Published 2021-12-02
Author(s) Wolmar, Christian

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Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America

ASIN 0358567122
Publisher Mariner Books
Published 2021-08-10
Author(s) Hiltzik, Michael

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Class 158 and 159 DMUs

ASIN 1445682133
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2020-09-15
Author(s) Andrew Cole

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