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.)

1836 Durham and Sunderland Railway: Opened from South Dock (Sunderland) to Haswell. Initially no connection made to Hartlepoll Dock and Railway at Haswell.
1945 Glasgow Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway: Rosehall South signalbox closed.
1945 Glasgow Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway: Bothwell Park signalbox closed.
Fairburn 2-6-4 tank 42191 gets the <I>L&A</I> distant at Cathcart North Junction on 30 August 1957 with a train for Whitecraigs. Fairburn 2-6-4 tank 42191 gets the L&A distant at Cathcart North Junction on 30 August 1957 with a train for Whitecraigs.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1957]
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  • Falahill Summit
    Southbound 46100 'Royal Scot' just north of Falahill Summit on 21 August 2016 with the second ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam Special' of the day to Tweedbank.
  • Cowlairs Incline
    A guard gazes at the gantries which now grace the Cowlairs Incline as a Class 170 DMU from Aberdeen decends towards Queen Street.
  • Chorley
    A view north from Lyons Lane bridge towards Chorley station on 13 August 2016. Work continues on rebuilding the platforms in conjunction with the electrification of the line from Manchester to Preston via Bolton.
  • Millerhill Yard
    Entrance to the former up yard at Millerhill from Whitehill Road looking south on Sunday 24 July 2016. The entrance to the site is now secured and access control arrangements have been put in place. This will eventually become the electric train depot specified in the EGIP project plan. Note the plant and equipment already on site in the centre background.
  • Cardiff Central
    The new platform 8 is currently taking shape at Cardiff Central. This is the view on 11 July 2016 looking back from the west end of platform 7.
August 2016 Queen Street HL reopens after completion of major tunnel and station works.
June 2016 ScotRail and Southern train services badly affected by industrial action.
May 2016 Restored 60103 Flying Scotsman runs on Borders Railway.
March 2016 Glasgow Queen Street HL station closed for tunnel works.
February 2016 WCML reopened following major repair work on Lamington Viaduct.

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Pendolino at speed... where is this? [Added 29 August 2016]

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