Today's banner by Mark Bartlett: 88009 ^Diana^ leans into the curves between Grayrigg and Low Gill, hauling a Daventry to Mossend intermodal service, on 23rd June 2020. The signal beyond the bridge has a feather to allow access to the Up Loop at Grayrigg.

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On this day

1855  Aberdare Valley Railway
Act for the Vale of Neath Railway to connect from Aberdare to Middle Duffryn Colliery. Chairman: Henry Austin Bruce.
1857  Keith and Dufftown Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
1885  Gwendraeth Valleys Railway
Abbeydore closed
1955  Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Line closed to passengers. Also given as 4 July.

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This day in history

Footplate photocall at East Kilbride station in the summer of 1949. The locomotive is Fairburn 2-6-4 tank no 42244 and the small face at the cab window will be familiar to Railscot aficionados see image [[50951]].

Footplate photocall at East Kilbride station in the summer of 1949. The locomotive is Fairburn 2-6-4 tank no 42244 and the small face at the cab window will be familiar to Railscot aficionados see image [[50951]].

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

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Notes and Queries

A cosy scene in the Guards van on the way back to Galashiels from Kelso with the last freight on 29 March 1968. Who is that on the right of the picture? He joined us at St Boswells and had a pass for the freight. He wasnt local, and the name Craig seems to ring a bell.

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Miscellany

Related to Kingswood Tunnel.

Great Birnam Wood

Between Kingswood Tunnel and Dunkeld and Birnam station the line runs through Birnam Wood, of Shakespeare's MacBeth fame. (Dunsinane Hill is over 12 miles East South-East.)

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Key events

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.
October 2019Almond Chord: £15 million approved to develop options for Waverley approaches.

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Slideshows

Kenya National Rail Museum Nairobi 16 photos
Paris 11 photos
Nuneaton North Chord construction and traffic 38 photos
Wagon Plates 18 photos
Class 37s in the Far North before withdrawal 35 photos
Work at Cowlairs 10 photos

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Books

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Diesel Retrospective: Class 33

ASIN 1445699923
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2020-10-15
Author(s) John Vaughan

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Settle & Carlisle Revival: The Line that refused to die

ASIN 1911658549
Publisher Mortons Media Group
Published 2021-06-28
Author(s) Sharpe, Brian

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No 122 Road Transport Recollections: East Midlands from the 1950s to the 1990s

ASIN 1857945832
Publisher Silver Link Books
Published 2021-08-02
Author(s) Edge-Stenson, Peter

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Steaming over the North Yorkshire Moors: The World's most popular Heritage Railway

ASIN 1911658646
Publisher Mortons Media Group
Published 2021-08-28
Author(s) Jones, Robin

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