Today's banner by Peter Todd: Spring colours at Uffington as low-geared Freightliner 66601 passes westbound with stone empties from Banbury Reservoir Tarmac to Bristol Freightliner Terminal. 23rd April 2021.

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On this day

1860  Salisbury and Yeovil Railway
Opened from Gillingham to Sherborne.
1894  North British Aluminium Co Ltd
Company founded. William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, was the technical adviser for the company.
1899  Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Ceases to use the Swansea Harbour Trustees Railway between Danygraig and Riverside.
1919  PS Lady Rowena Steamship Co Ltd
Company wound up.
1945  VE Day
Germany surrenders to the Allies unconditionally
1945  Vale of Glamorgan Railway
Aberthaw High Level renamed Aberthaw
1951  Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Barnton to Craigleith closed to passengers.
1951  Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Barnton to Davidson^s Mains Goods (excluded) closed entirely.
1951  Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway
Aberayron closed.
1951  Chard Branch LSWR (London and South Western Railway)
Line re-opened.

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This day in history

Kirkcudbright. C.R. 0.6.0 57329 on branch train.

Kirkcudbright. C.R. 0.6.0 57329 on branch train.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1949)

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Notes and Queries

This rather dapper photographer is a possible candidate for 'Snapper' in a view looking over the east end of Waverley. Does anyone know who this photographer is?
[Added 15 October 2020.]
[Moved to long term mysteries on 10/02/2021.]

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Miscellany

Related to Shrewsbury.

Largest lever frame

Notable at the south end of the station is Severn Bridge Junction signal box which is the largest remaining in use lever frame box in Britain. The box is located at the northern apex of the triangular junction. (The western junction is English Bridge Junction and eastern Abbey Foregate Junction.)

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Key events

March 2021Start of ScotRail conductor strikes on Sundays over rest-day pay.
March 2021ScotRail to be nationalised from March 2022.
February 2021Further reduction to 65% of pre-pandemic ScotRail timetable, with many late evening trains withdrawn.
January 2021Freightliner withdraws (temporarily?) Class 86 fleet (dating from 1966) to be replaced by ex-Anglia Class 90s.
Bridge Parapet collapse between Stonehaven and Carmont closes line until February. See image 75504
December 2020ScotRail timetable reduction.

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Slideshows

Forth and Clyde Junction Railway 36 photos
The Great Britain Railtour 10 photos
The Petite Ceinture Line, Paris. 4 photos
Halbeath Sidings 12 photos
Bridgeton Central to Gallowgate Central Junction (Including Ladywell Tunnel) 36 photos
The Great Siberian Railway 18 photos

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Books

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Alnmouth To Berwick: Including The Seahouses And Tweed Dock Branch (Eastern Main Lines)

ASIN 1910356506
Publisher Middleton Press
Published 2021-01-30
Author(s) Darsley, Roger

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Steam Memories North East Scotland. Images from the Neville Stead collection. Compiled by David Spaven

ASIN 1913893030
Publisher Totem Publishing
Published 2021-01-31
Author(s) Spaven, David

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Scotland from the Rails: A Window Gazer's Guide (Bradt Travel Guides (Bradt on Britain))

ASIN 1784777625
Publisher Bradt Travel Guides
Published 2021-02-16
Author(s) le Vay, Benedict

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London's Railway Stations (Shire Library)

ASIN B0946L8C8M
Publisher Shire Publications
Published 2022-04-28
Author(s) Green, Oliver

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