• Mountsorrel Bond Lane
    The new GCR branch terminus at Mountsorrel is both basic and forbiddingly secured when not in use. But it allows the Great Central to be one of the few preserved railways with an active branch line. The original line, which was built to transport stone from the Mountsorrel quarries, fell into disuse in the 1950s and was lifted in the 1960s.
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    The west end of Waverley on the morning of 13 July 2017, looking towards the station concourse along platform 12. The building in the background will be removed to facilitate the platform extension [see image 59963]. On the left alongside platform 13 is ScotRail 334022 with the recently arrived 0826 service from Helensburgh Central.
  • Bargeddie Bridge
    Work now in progress on the older ('Cutty Sark') bridge which takes the R&C line across the A8 at Bargeddie involves grit blasting, strengthening and repairs to steelwork, repairs to masonry and new paintwork. The east half is being done first, then the contraflow will be switched to the other lane to finish the job. (Photo from dashcam video).
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    Layout at Waverley following platform extension work currently in progress. Platform 12 is due for completion by the end of the year, followed by 5 and 6 by July 2018.
  • Forres
    Work on the new station at Forres is progressing well, platforms are nearly complete, the footbridge is being erected and track laid. View west through the site on 7 July 2017.
  • Inverkeithing East Junction
    Day 1 of the Royal Scotsman 'Grand Tour of Great Britain' sees 66746 passing Inverkeithing East Junction on 9 July 2017 with the Dundee - Chester leg.
  • Cranmore
    Over the last two years, the East Somerset Railway has carried out the restoration from Barry scrapyard condition to full working order of 41313. Today was its introduction back into service. Crewe built to an Ivatt design in 1952. It came out of Barry many years ago and went to the Buckinghamshire Rly. Centre, Quainton. Eventually an agreement was struck whereby 41298, 41313 and 46447 went to the Isle of Wight. The latter two were restored by the ESR and 41298 restored by the IOWRly. Here they are in action on the ESR. Admired by two coach loads of IOWRly supporters.
  • Breich
    Network rail has proposed (June 2017) that the minimally used station be closed to save the costs of replacing the footbridge which is incompatible with the electrification work being carried out on the line. The platforms and approaches could do with a bit of TLC as well.
  • Forres East Junction
    Stairs by the East box at Forres on 21 June 2017. On the right are the signal box access steps, to the left those for catching tablets from westbound trains, with the equivalent for eastbound trains across the tracks. In the background are the works associated with the new station and loop.

On this day

1831  Londonderry Railway: First coal shipped from Seaham Harbour.
1848  Edinburgh and Northern Railway: Opened from Abernethy Road to Hilton Junction. Stations at {{Abernethy}} and {{Bridge of Earn 1st}} opened, {{Abernethy Road}} closed. (Alternative date for Bridge of Earn - 18th.)
1864  Rhymney Railway: Act for Caerphilly to Cardiff Line and connection to the Brecon and Merthyr Railways Caerphilly Branch. Traffic agreement made with the London and North Western Railway. Larger company helps finance smaller company's plans.
1864  Cambrian Railways
Oswestry Ellesmere and Whitchurch Railway
Oswestry and Newtown Railway
Llanidloes and Newtown Railway
Newtown and Machynlleth Railway: The Oswestry, Ellesmere and Whitchurch Railway, Oswestry and Newtown Railway, Llanidloes and Newtown Railway and Newtown and Machynlleth Railway merge to form the Cambrian Railways.
1884  Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway: Through route is allowed to operate.
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View of Maryhill Central station on 25 July 1951 looking north towards Maryhill Road. Dawsholm shed^s Stanier 2-6-2T 40153 stands in the sidings on the left. View of Maryhill Central station on 25 July 1951 looking north towards Maryhill Road. Dawsholm shed^s Stanier 2-6-2T 40153 stands in the sidings on the left.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1951]

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