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Aberdeen - End of the Great North End
Based on an article first published in Railway Digest Scotland in April 1990. It is many years since the network of Great North of Scotland lines was closed, with today only the main line ...
Aberdeen to Ballater by BMU: Notes on the Battery Railcar Experiment
Although battery-powered trains have been making headlines in the railway technical press in recent years it is often forgotten that there were earlier applications of battery technology to ...
The following is a series of aerial photographs of railways and surrounding land.
All Aboard the Coffee Pot
This article byÂ James Turnbull originally appeared in theÂ Southern Annual 164 and appears here courtesy of Bruce McCartney. Happy Memories of the Selkirk-Gala Run. I thought I saw ...
To the south east of Edinburgh on the edge of the Midlothian coalfield lies Gorebridge, with a population estimated at just below 7,000 in 2016. Gorebridge has a long tradition of coal mining, ...
A brief history of railway track ballast with special reference to the north east of Scotland
In January 2020 came the news that Cloburn Quarry Company is the new tenant of the Ravenstruther rail terminal. This quarry produces ballast for railways in Scotland and further afield and ...
Bury to Holcombe Brook - A short history
Having put a selection of Cam Camwell^s Holcombe Brook Branch pictures on the website I thought a few words about this short but interesting line might be of interest. The branch was only 3 ...
Colin Hope, who cycled in heavy snow to the aftermath of the Castlecary Disaster (10th of December 1937), writes ... Imagine if you will almost 70 years ago ... and you decide. You will ...
Charlesfield Munitions Factory
In 1942 the government opened a munitions factory at Charlesfield, near St Boswells. It was located in the ^V^ formed by the junction of the Waverley route and the Kelso branch to the ...
Closed Branches - Monday 18th April 1949
G.H. Robin, J.R. Robin
My father, G.H.Robin, kept written notes of all his railway journeys and I thought these may be of interest to today^s enthusiast. In this the first one he mentions his good friend and mentor ...
Crossing the Straits of Messina by train ferry
A recent holiday in Sicily and Amalfi brought an opportunity to travel some distance by train, including a crossing on the Messina train ferry from Sicily to the mainland. This is one of the last ...
Devon Valley Railway Company - A Difficult Birth
The first meeting of the Devon Valley Railway Promoters took place on 13th September 1855 in the Rumbling Bridge Inn. At that meeting a Mr Charles Jopp of Edinburgh produced a survey of the ...
The End of Ayrshire Coal
Coal has been known of and extracted in Ayrshire for hundreds of years, but commercial and industrial exploitation of the resource didnâ€™t start until the early 19th century. Tramways ...
Excise - Trouble at the Border
Numerous newspapers articles of the 1840s and 1850s tell of unfortunate passengers who, oblivious of the law, dared to bring a bottle of whisky south over the border on the new main line ...
Forth Bridge Raid, 16 October 1939
The centrepiece of a week of celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge took place on Wednesday 4th March 2015.Â This included an event recalling the ^Forth Bridge raid^ by ...
A German View of the Tay Bridge Disaster
The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 was a profound shock to those who believed in technological progress and the ability of human ingenuity to subdue nature. The disaster prompted Thomas Hardy to ...
Going to extremes at Corrour
This is a photograph of a 37 taken with a generator and a bank of studio flashes ... and a guessed shutter speed. It was around the time of the discussions about withdrawing the Fort William ...
This line was opened in 1783 by the owners of Halbeath Colliery. It ran from the colliery which was sited about a mile to the north of the current village of Halbeath to the harbour at ...
The Heir of Entail, his Factor and the Invercauld Tramway
The real story of the people behind a doomed railway Introduction The Duke of Sutherland had his passenger and goods railway in that County ( ), the Earl of Dalhousie had his goods line, ...
An Indian Summer in the West Country - Part 1
In July 1979 I had been working for the railway for eight years at different stations all over the old South Central Division of the Southern Region, It was my fathers fault, he told me "get a ...
An Indian Summer in the West Country - Part 2
Some of the antics that went on down Barnstaple way would seem incredulous today â€“ certain staff often took a liquid lunch at the Barnstaple Inn, the nearest pub to the station, ...
Irish Railway Station Dates
In the last two decades there have been several attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all traceable public and private stations, halts, ticket platforms and other stopping places in ...
Jellicoe Express Plaque Unveilings
Jellicoe Express The Royal Naval Train, more commonly known as the Jellicoe Express (named for Admiral Sir John Rushworth Jellicoe (1859-1935)), was run for the Royal Navy to carry service ...
John McIntyre 1954 - 2022. A tribute
John McIntyre was born in Cardross to Archie and Muriel, and became an older brother to Alastair and Jennifer. He was passionate about trains and railways from his earliest days and he and ...
Kames Gunpowder Works and Tramway
I had thought that a family holiday in Tighnabruaich would be a railway free week but a conversation with Malcolm Chattwood pointed me towards the nearby site of the Kames Gunpowder Works ...
Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
The Kilmarnock and Troon Railway was built to convey coal from pits to the west of Kilmarnock to Troon Harbour. It was the first line in Scotland to be authorised by an Act of Parliament and the ...
The NB Lothian Lines came into being as a direct result of the continued growth in volumes of coal produced by the Lothian collieries in the early part of the 20th Century, most of which was ...
Memories of railways around Lenzie 1938 to 1942
The following are some recollections of Lenzie Station and its environs dating back some sixty years. The years concerned may be said to be 1938 - 1942. Alex Graham, 22nd January 2003. My ...
Memories of the Carrick Coast Line
AYR - DUNURE - TURNBERRYÂ As this trip was done on the holiday Monday (26th September 1949), I think it fitting to include this section along with the rest of the autumn holiday weekend ...
Newtongrange - the making of Scotland^s largest pit village
Coal production in the UK reached its peak in the second decade of the 20th century during the period leading up to the outbreak of World War 1. Since that time, with the exception of a ...
North London Line
Further changes are in the pipeline for the UK^s most fascinating 22-mile stretch of railway! The North London Line runs on a roughly semi-circular path through the suburbs of west, north ...
Obituary: Kenneth Gray
Kenneth had been in failing health recently and passed away on Friday 18th January 2019 not long after his 80th birthday. Bruce McCartney recalls: I was introduced to Kenneth Gray in 1968 by ...
One Morning in May
It was 6.15 am on a fine, bright, May morning in 1915 when signalman Meakin diverted the 4.50am pick-up goods from Carlisle into the down loop. His nightshift had officially finished in the ...
Re-modelling of Barassie Junction
Barassie Junction was redesigned in 1982. These photographs illustrate the changes made.
River Dulnain Bridged
Ewan Crawford and RailScot contributors
Amongst the physical obstacles to the re-opening of the Strathspey Railway to Grantown-on-Spey, the missing bridge over the River Dulnain, by the small town of Dulnain Bridge, was one of the ...
Running in turns - Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley - 1934 to 1939
I was lucky enough in my school days to travel between Dullatur and Glasgow Queen Street High Level most schooldays. I travelled on the 07.56 Arriving Queen Street 08.31. This was made up ...
Sentinel Steam Railcars - A Recollection
There was a midday train from Glasgow Queen Street to Hamilton Which had a connection at Shettleston for Blairhill calling at our suburban station of Garrowhill and this service was usually ...
Single to Stobs Please
This article first appeared in the January 1989 issue of The Railway Magazine. It was Saturday, January 4, 1969. Only a few hours remained for the Waverley line as a through route. On Monday ...
The St Kitts Railway
St. Kitts (formerly St. Christopher) is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. Formerly a British colony, along with its neighbouring island it achieved independence in 1983 to form the ...
Summer of 1960 - Arrival of Diesel Power on the ECML
The BR modernisation plan, announced in 1955, paved the way for the changeover from steam to diesel power on Britain^s Railways. Three years after its publication, the English Electric ...
2005 sees the centenary of the closure of the line from Broughton to Victoria Lodge - yet parts of the route are still in use! During the last decade of the 19th century engineers ...
The Talla Water Works (Poem)
This poem by ^Heatherbell^ remembers the period of construction of the Talla Reservoir. From 1895 to 1905 Ten changeful years have passed away Since that eventful autumn day, When ...
The TV Train
When Mr Miller, our schoolteacher at Granton Primary told our class we were going on a trip to Perthshire, most of us had wide eyes. Previous visits to Edinburgh Zoo and the Botanical Gardens had ...
West London Line
The West London Line is a relatively short stretch of railway (just over 6 miles in length) that provides a crucial north - south link between 2 of London^s busiest Junctions, Clapham in the ...
Book: A Quite Impossible Proposal: How not to Build a Railway - Andrew Drummond
Review by David Spaven Most Railscot viewers will be aware that efforts were made to build a railway from Garve to Ullapool in the Victorian era, but I suspect very few of us (certainly not me) ...
Book: Border Union Dream - the inside story of Britain^s boldest railway preservation bid - David Spaven
Review by Ewan Crawford This is the tale of the ambitious and ultimately unsuccessful plan for a company to take over the operation of the Waverley Route from British Railways. It is ...
Book: Branch Lines of Strathearn: Tourists, Tatties and Trains
Who knew that there was a Methven Railway Song? What does the demolition of Jerviston Viaduct on the former Wishaw and Coltness have to do with the Gleneagles Hotel? This excellent book ...
Book: By Rail to the Music Halls
Review by Mark Bartlett David Hindle once again demonstrates his knack of finding new subjects to write about. I am not aware of any other books making a link and bringing together a history of ...
Book: Callander and Oban Railway Through Time
The Callander and Oban Railway Through Time book, published by Amberley Press,Â is now ready. The book features photography along the length of the line and also includes the Ballachulish ...
Book: Enjoying the Cumbrian Coast Railway
Review by Mark Bartlett Railscot contributing authors seem to have the knack of looking at a subject with a completely fresh viewpoint. ^s covering the Far North Line is a good example, followed ...
Book: Highland Survivor
Review by Mark Bartlett David Spaven^s new book on the Far North line, "Highland Survivor" is a fascinating read. Although other books have covered this railway this one is written from a unique ...
Book: Inverkeithing to Thornton Junction via Cowdenbeath including colliery branches - Dennis Lovett and Allan McLean
Review by Ewan Crawford This Middleton Press book comprehensively covers the area from Inverkeithing via Cowdenbeath to Thornton Junction. Every station is illustrated and, I was delighted to ...
Book: Lament for a Branch Line (The Preston to Southport Railway)
Review by Mark Bartlett I felt an immediate connection with this book when asked to review it, as the genesis was a collection of hundreds of photos of the Preston and Southport railway ...
Book: Memories of Lost Border Railways
This book describes the days before Health and Safety regulations when a primary seven lad in short trousers could drive the engine at Jedburgh station, or when a goods train would be set off on ...
Book: Northern Lines Preston to Lancaster West Coast Main Line
Review by Malcolm Chattwood A Pendolino covers the 21 miles (34km) between Preston and Lancaster in around 14 minutes with little time to take in the pastoral landscape which borders the line ...
Book: Northern Lines - Lancaster to Oxenholme Including the former LNWR branches to Morecambe and Windermere - Roy Davies
Review by Malcolm Chattwood The latest volume in the Northern Lines series continues northwards on the West Coast Main Line from Lancaster and away from the Lancashire plain towards the northern ...
Book: Scotland From The Rails
Benedict le Vay
Published by Bradt, this follows the highly successful Britain from the Rails: A Window Gazerâ€™s Guide by the same author. There^s a lot packed into this entertaining and compact book ...
Book: The Insider Rail Guide - Aberdeen to Elgin & Inverness
David Spaven and David Fasken
Review by Malcolm Chattwood It could be said that the line between Aberdeen to Elgin and Inverness is the Cinderella of railways in the Highlands with those to the west and north being ...
Book: The Insider Rail Guide - Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
David Spaven and David Fasken
Review by Mark Bartlett The new Insider Rail Guide to the Kyle of Lochalsh line by David Spaven and David Fasken packs a lot into a pocket-sized package. 128 pages, 40 historic and ...
Book: The Scottish Railway Scene 1973-2020, a personal reflection - John Burnett Kirk
Review by Bill Roberton The title is very apt; the book being a personal journey across the Scottish - with diversions to Carlisle and Berwick-upon-Tweed - railway scene over the last fifty ...
Book: The Spirit of the Borders Railway
Review by David Spaven Bruce Ball^s The Spirit of the Borders Railway is a highly personal tale of â€œThe people and the stories behind the return of this lost lineâ€. ...
Book: The Times The first railways Atlas of early railways Derek Hayes Times Books Glasgow 2017
When I first saw this book on the Amazon website I had a quick look at some of the pages using the ^look inside^ facility. That was enough to convince me to buy right away and I am not normally ...
Book: Waverley Route: the Battle for the Borders Railway
History never stands still - and it was only weeks after the publication of Waverley Route: the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway in August 2012 that I began to accumulate yet ...
Book: Waverley Route: the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway
David Spaven^s book ^Waverley Route: the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway^ was launched at the Town Hall in Stow in August last year. At present, March 2013, the paperback is ...
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