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Introduction

The lines initially laid out for Methil Dock No 3 were later re-aligned to serve the now mothballed Methil Powerstation.




Dates

  /  /1767Carron Iron Works
Carron Company tramway to Kinnaird and Carronhall collieries re-laid with iron rails from Coalbrookdale.
13/11/1767Coalbrookdale
First cast-iron rails made. Some of these may have been used on the Carron Iron Works waggonway to Kinnaird.
  /  /1770Port Dundas Road
Waggon-road authorised
  /  /1785Cylinder-printing press
Invented by Mr Bell, Glasgow for calico printing.
  /  /1786Lennox-Mill
Opened as a calico printing field at Lennoxtown by R. Dalglish, Falconer & Co. Much of the output was for export to India.
  /  /1789Forth and Clyde Canal
Twin-hull paddle steamer, PS Experiment, tried by William Symington on canal.
  /  /1791Nantyglo Iron works
Finding the land leased too large, Hill Hopkins and Pratt sub-lease lands to Harford and Partridge.
  /  /1793Port Dundas Waggon-Road
Waggon-road opened from Port Dundas Basin to Glasgow, may have had rails. Financed by owner of Shotts Iron Works, John Baird.
  /  /1798Halbeath Waggonway
Line re-laid with iron rails.
  /  /1800Brora Waggonway
Re-laid with Iron rails
  /  /1800Preston Island
Sir Robert Preston opens salt-pans on the island, George, Lady Anne, Eye pits opened nearby.
  /  /1810Brora Waggonway
Re-opened on new route
  /  /1811Nantyglo Iron works
Joseph Bailey and Matthew Wayne buy works. Improvements are made and the works re-opened.
  /  /1812Elgin Railway
Line re-aligned from Wellwood to Charlestown Harbour with iron edge rails.
  /  /1812Henry Bell John Robertson David Napier
The steam-powered PS Comet [I] sails from Helensburgh to Greenock. Hull built by John Wood & Co of Port Glasgow, Steam engine by John Robertson and the boiler by David Napier.
  /  /1817Blaenavon Ironworks
Garn-Ddrys forge opened.
  /  /1817Hills Tramroad
Opened from Blaenavon Ironworks to Clydach, Garn-Ddrys and Llanfoist.
  /  /1819Monkland Canal
At Faskine Basin the Vulcan, the first iron-hulled passenger boat, is launched.
  /  /1819Falkirk Iron Works
Set up by former Carron Iron Works employees. Many foundries followed shortly in the immediate area. Pig-iron from Middlesbrough was used and these works were a cheaper option than the existing practice of sending pig-iron to Glasgow by the canal for manufacturing and then return by the canal.
  /  /1821Elgin Railway
Re-aligned again to avoid inclined planes, engineer; Mr Charles Landale (Dundee and Newtyle Railway engineer).
  /  /1822Monmouthshire Canal Tramway
Sirhowy Tramroad
Horse-drawn passenger service starts between Newport and Tredegar.
  /  /1823Salt
Duties on salt other than sea-salt lifted
  /  /1824Ayr Waggonway
Re-laid with iron edge rails.
01/08/1828Bolton and Leigh Railway
Lecturers Close, Bolton, to Chequerbent collieries opened. The 0-4-0 locomotive "the Lancashire Witch" was named.
  /  /1829Calder Iron works
Hot-blast introduced
  /  /1829Prestongrange Mine (Prestonpans)
Opened by Matthias Dunn & others, goes to Grant-Suttie family.
  /  /1829Ardrossan Railway
Construction begins. 5.5 mile line from Ardrossan to Kilwinning. The line was a horse-drawn waggonway of gauge 4ft 6in.
  /10/1831William Baird and Company
Hot blast re-introduced at Gartsherrie Iron Works.
01/06/1832Hartlepool Dock and Railway
Act passed for line from Moorsley, by Houghton-le-Spring, to Hartlepool and for construction of a dock at Hartlepool. Branches from Shotton to Ittington (Littletown branch), Shadforth to Thornley, and Castle Eden to Cassop were included. Not all lines were built as planned.
  /  /1834Elgin Railway
Branch to Dunfermline Netherton opened, line re-named Charlestown and Dunfermline Railway and opened to passengers.
  /  /1835Fordell Railway
Start of re-construction.
  /  /1836Earl of Carlisles WaggonwayNewcastle and Carlisle Railway
Link put in at Milton to allow horse-drawn carriages to run between Brampton Town and Milton. Later agent Edmonson at Milton (Brampton Junction) invents pre-printed tickets with a dispenser.
  /  /1837Wishaw and Coltness Railway
A further extension of time allowed to complete works. Line authorised to use locomotives through the Jerviston Estate - the company and Houldsworths of the Coltness Iron Works buying the rights.
  /  /1838Fordell Railway
End of re-construction.
  /  /1838Bristol and Exeter Railway
Weston-super-Mare branch authorised.
  /  /1840Samuel Cunard
Starts cross-Atlantic service with the mail contract
  /  /1840London and South Western Railway
Opened from London to Southampton. Stations on this section have included: Victoria, Battersea Park, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton, Esher, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, West Weybridge, Byfleet & New Haw, Woking, Brookwood, Farnborough, Fleet, Winchfield, Hook, Basingstoke, Micheldever, Winchester, Shawford, Eastleigh, Southampton Airport, Swaythling, St Denys, Southampton [1st].
20/08/1840Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Glasgow to Ardrossan trains start running, with connections to Liverpool steamers. The Ardrossan Railway was re-built to standard gauge for its connection to the main line.
31/03/1841Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Paisley to Greenock opened. Connections with trans-Atlantic and other steamers was by walking down East Quay Lane.
14/06/1841Bristol and Exeter Railway
Bristol (Harbour Bridge Junction) to Bridgwater, and Weston Junction to Weston-super-Mare opened. Stations on these sections at: Redminster, Parson Street, Long Ashton, Flax Bourton, Nailsea and Backwell, Yatton, Puxton and Worle, Bleadon and Uphill, Brean Road Halt, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Dunball, Bridgwater, Weston Milton Halt and Weston-Super-Mare.
  /  /1842Tir-Ffounder Cwmbach Mine
Sunk by Thomas Powell, having moved from on from Llanhilleth.
08/01/1842Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Extended from Overtown Road to Carluke [1st] (later Stirling Road) for minerals. (Date is inconsistent with the Chapel opening of 1841 - Chapel was further on from Stirling Road.)
13/06/1842First use of a Royal Train
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03/03/1843Padarn Railway
Re-routed and re-opened as the Padarn railway. Stations opened: Gilfach Ddu, Quarry, Penllyyn, Pontrhythallt, Crawia, Pensarn, Bethel, Cefn Gwyn, Penscoins and Port Donorwic.
  /01/1844Bolton and Preston Railway
Adlington re-opened.
26/12/1844Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's Horse-drawn service between Kirkintilloch Basin station and new Kirkintilloch station commences.
  /  /1845Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway
Passing of an Act to allow the line to be re-gauged from 4ft 6in to standard gauge.
  /  /1845Eglinton Ironworks
Opened (re-opened?), this leads to an expansion of the Ardrossan Railway.
  /  /1845Glasgow, Airdrie and Monklands Junction Railway
Line promoted between Glasgow and Coatbridge via Shettleston. The company hoped to build a goods and passenger station on the site occupied by the University of Glasgow which was interested in re-locating to a larger site.
  /12/1845Sheffield Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Line completely opened when single bore 3 mile 22 yard Woodhead tunnel opened on a gradient of 1 in 201.
  /  /1846Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Sunnyside Junction re-modeled to allow expansion of William Baird and Company Gartsherrie Ironworks. William Baird and Company was the contractor for the work.
  /  /1846Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Route re-gauged to standard gauge.
  /  /1846Marquis of Lothians Waggonway
Line doubled and re-gauged to standard gauge. A replacement Newbattle viaduct was built slightly the west of the original.
  /  /1846Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Approval for link between Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway and the Polloc and Govan Railway near Gushetfaulds - the curve is the Victoria Junction to Larkfield Junction (the former was later called Langside Junction and the latter is also known as Cathcart Road Junction).
  /  /1846Clydesdale Junction Railway
Authorisation for an Eglinton Street branch - opened to South Side [CR].
16/07/1846Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Line leased to the Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway and re-gauged for locomotives.
28/10/1846Ballochney Railway
The rope of a self-acting incline breaks and a coal train and passenger train run downhill and collide at the single track at the foot of an incline.
  /02/1847Sheffield Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Contract for second Woodhead Tunnel let.
14/07/1847Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
New line from Portobello (Hawick Junction) to Niddrie South Junction opened, Niddrie to South Esk re-gauged. The Arniston Branch was replaced by a new alignment further west.
14/07/1847Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction, Cairney to Millerhill, re-alignment at Sheriffhall [2nd] and Dalhousie to Gorebridge opened.
  /  /1848Andrew Carnegie
Leaves Dunfermline by the Charlestown Railway, Forth paddle-steamer ferry, Forth and Clyde Canal and steamer from Glasgow.
  /  /1848Monmouthshire Canal, Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
Monmouthshire Canal renamed the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company. Act also includes provision to convert tramways to railways, cease access for private horse-drawn freighters on the lines, and commence using steam engines.
25/07/1848Edinburgh 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.)
  /  /1849Alexander Chaplin & Company
Established in Glasgow to build products including rail-mounted cranes
  /  /1850Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway
Re-opened to passengers.
  /  /1850Great Northern Railway
Doncaster to York via Askern (immediately north-west of Doncaster on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) opened. GNR uses L&Y line from 4 miles north of Doncaster to Knottingley.
17/05/1850Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Opened from Cupar to Ferry-Port-on-Craig for passengers. Stations opened at Dairsie, Leuchars [1st], Ferry-Port-on-Craig opened.
  /  /1851Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Ferry-Port-on-Craig renamed Tay Port.
01/04/1851Bristol and Exeter Railway
Horse traction abandoned on the Weston-super-Mare [1st] branch
24/07/1851Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line re-authorised (this the semi independent 'Lesmahagow Branches' which is backed by the Caledonian Railway); route Motherwell to Ferniegair to Coalburn to Bankend, branch to Northfield (probably the Southfield Old Pit).
  /  /1852Bristol and Exeter Railway
Accident at Creech - locomotive de-rails, no passenger injuries
02/02/1852Sheffield Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
New up Woodhead Tunnel opened.
28/05/1852Deeside Railway
Deeside Railway re-authorised from Ferryhill Junction to Banchory [1st].
  /  /1853Great Northern Railway
Peterborough to Grantham to Retford line opened. Stations at: Rossington, Bawtry, Ranskill, Barnby Moor and Sutton, Retford, Tuxford North, Crow Park, Carlton-on-Trent, Newark, Claypole, Hougham, Barkston, Grantham, Great Ponton, Corby Glen, Little Bytham, Essendine, Tallington.
  /  /1854Ardrossan RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
The older Ardrossan Railway was merged with the Glasgow and South Western Railway. The older line was re-gauged earlier to provide a through connection to Ardrossan Harbour.
07/08/1854Salisbury and Yeovil Railway
Line re-authorised
  /  /1855Neilson & Co
Re-formed from Mitchell & Neilson, under control of Walter Montgomerie Neilson, son of James Beaumont Neilson who invented the Hot blast for blast furnaces
  /07/1856Jedburgh Railway
Line opened, worked by North British Railway. Jedburgh station had an all-over roof which was supported by the engine shed and station building. It is so far from the town a bus runs between the station and town.
  /  /1857Kinross-shire Railway
Fife and Kinross Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1857Clydesdale Junction Railway
South Side [CR] station completed. The building was by William Tite and was shared with South Side [GB and NDR]. The mineral depot also opened - Gushetfaulds Goods.
  /  /1857Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Dellingburn Branch connection to Greenock station - an elevator is replaced with an incline from the goods yard. New goods shed and yard opened.
  /10/1857Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal and Railway
Agecroft renamed Agecroft Bridge and re-opened
  /  /1858Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Stone engine shed with two roads opened, Callander Shed. The 40ft turntable was in the station. Sub-shed of Stirling Shed [CR] (Burghmuir).
  /  /1858Morayshire Railway
Orton to Craigellachie re-authorised.
  /07/1858Morayshire Railway
Pre-opening inspection of Orton to Rothes line (passed but frustratingly the Elgin to Orton section of the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway fails).
01/07/1858Ardrossan Railway
Saltcoats [1st] station re-sited further west at Saltcoats [2nd].
  /  /1860Alexander Chaplin & Company
Specialise in building rail-mounted steam cranes
  /  /1860Port-Downie
Shipyards opened. (1860s).
  /  /1860Ambergate Nottingham Boston and East Junction Railway
Re-named the Nottingham and Grantham Railway and Canal ? Check!
  /  /1860Vale of Clwyd Railway
Line from Foryd to the shore, used for obtaining ballast during construction, re-opened.
  /  /1860Neptune Works
John Wigham Richardson buys the Walker-on-Tyne Shipyard.
25/05/1860Sirhowy Tramroad
Act passed to convert tramroad into railway, ban private horse-drawn freighters, use locomotives, extend to Nantybwch and rename concern to the Sirhowy Railway Company.
01/06/1860Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
St Leonards re-opened to passengers.
14/06/1860Buckley Railway
Authorised to convert from a horse-drawn tramway into a railway.
20/06/1860Kinross-shire Railway
Opened from Cowdenbeath to Kinross.
03/07/1860Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway Act received; line to be built from Inverness to Invergordon. Engineer : Joseph Mitchell. Contractor (Inverness to Dingwall) : Meakin.
20/08/1860Fife and Kinross Railway
Kinross-shire Railway
Joint station opened at Kinross.
17/09/1860Caledonian Railway
Float Junction to Lampits Junction traversed by Royal Train. Sometimes described as the opening - but it opened in 1848. In fact this section closed in 1860.
19/09/1860Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
First sod cut.
30/09/1860Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
St Leonards re-closed to passengers.
  /  /1861Kinross-shire RailwayEdinburgh and Northern Railway
Kinross-shire Railway absorbed by Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway.
  /  /1861Henry Dubs
Leaves Neilston & Co with key staff to set-up own company
  /03/1861Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Dingwall to Invergordon contract awarded to MacDonald & Grieve.
  /12/1861Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Keystone of the Ness Viaduct inserted by Miss Mitchell, the engineer Joseph Mitchell's daughter.
  /  /1862Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Invergordon station built to Joseph Mitchell's plans
11/06/1862Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Inverness to Dingwall opened. (Connection made from Inverness Harbour line to new platforms in Inverness station, new railway makes connection with the harbour line. The Harbour line is renamed the Rose Street Curve).
30/06/1862Inverness and Ross-shire RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway absorbed by Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
  /09/1862Denny Branch (Scottish Central Railway)
Denny Shed opened to the east of Denny station near the Ingliston Goods after this date. There was no turntable at the shed, but there was one at the end of the Ingliston Goods. Locomotive turning was done on a triangle of colliery lines. A sub-shed of Stirling Shed [CR].
  /  /1863Neilson & Co
James Reid re-appointed manager for 10 years
  /  /1863Pwllyrhebog Branch, Rhondda Valley Branches (Taff Vale Railway)
Opened from Tonypandy to Blaenclydach Goods. The line was worked by specially designed 0-6-0 tank engines, of 1884, which were safe to work on the incline. The incline was also cable operated.
25/03/1863Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Dingwall to Invergordon opened.
01/04/1863Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
11/05/1863Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Ross-shire Extension Act passed authorising Invergordon to Bonar Bridge.
01/07/1863Strathspey Railway
Line opened from Dufftown to Abernethy [Strathspey] via Strathspey Junction. Stations opened at: Strathspey Junction, Aberlour, Carron, Blacksboat, Ballindalloch, Advie [1st], Dalvey [2nd], Cromdale, Grantown-on-Spey East and Abernethy [Strathspey].
01/07/1863Portpatrick Railway
Dromore re-named Gatehouse.
21/07/1863Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Line re-named Banffshire Railway.
21/07/1863Formartine and Buchan Railway
Junction for Fraserburgh re-authorised as Maud in place of Mintlaw.
  /  /1864Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Clunes opened.
01/06/1864Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Invergordon to Meikle Ferry opened.
01/06/1864Peebles Railway
Roslin [1st] re-named Rosslyn.
01/08/1864Croesor Tramway
Opened from Carreg-hylldrem to Portmadoc
01/10/1864Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway
Line extended to Bathgate and re-opened to passengers. Blackhall re-opened and Crofthead [NB] re-opened as Fauldhouse and Crofthead. The Longridge to Bathgate section was first opened to passengers with new stations at Longridge [2nd], Bents and Whitburn.
01/10/1864Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Meikle Ferry to Bonar Bridge opened.
  /  /1865Great North of Scotland Railway
Financial difficulties arise - no share dividends paid until 1874.
  /  /1865George Russell & Company
Formed in Motherwell to build rail-mounted steam cranes
01/06/1865Portpatrick Railway
Gatehouse re-named Dromore for Gatehouse.
01/09/1865Kirkcudbright Railway
Tarff for Gatehouse re-named Gatehouse [Tarff]. Presumably the Glasgow and South Western Railway (who now owned the Kirkcudbright Railway) was competing with the Caledonian Railway operated Portpatrick Railway for Gatehouse of Fleet traffic - for which neither of the two stations were convenient.
  /  /1866Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Gourock Railways and Pier - authorisation to build a line to Gourock and acquire the pier. (Not proceeded with at this time.)
01/09/1866Portpatrick Railway
Dromore for Gatehouse re-named Gatehouse.
  /12/1866Peebles Railway
Bonnyrigg [PR] re-named Bonnyrigg Road.
  /  /1867Forth and Clyde Canal Monkland Canal Forth and Cart Canal Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)) Drumpeller Railway Caledonian Railway
Forth and Clyde Canal (Forth and Clyde Navigation), Monkland Canal, Forth and Cart Canal and various assets such as the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)) and Drumpeller Railway, bought by the Caledonian Railway to compete with the North British Railway in the Forth - Clyde Valley. The North British Railway is given running powers over the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)). Caledonian Railway given running powers over the Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway to Larbert Junction
  /  /1867West Riding and Grimsby Railway
Adwick renamed Adwick-le-Street and Carcroft
  /  /1867Carnarvonshire Railway
Opened from Carnarvon to Afonwen (Carnarvon to near Pen-y-groes on re-aligned Nantlle Railway).
01/05/1867Waterford and Kilkenny Railway
Abbeyleix re-opened.
  /  /1868Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Waverley station re-building starts, new station designed by James Bell
02/03/1868Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
A new diversion opened to goods (Abbeyhill and Piershill to Trinity Junction with a spur onto the [North] Leith branch at Bonnington East Junction). This by-passed the cable operated incline between Canal Street [Edinburgh] and Scotland Street.
13/04/1868Sutherland Railway
Bonar Bridge (Inverness and Ross-shire Railway) to Golspie opened with stations at: Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, The Mound and Golspie.
01/08/1868Peebles Railway
Bonnyrigg Road re-named Bonnyrigg [PR].
  /  /1869Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Parkhill [IRR] renamed Kildary to save confusion with Parkhill [FBR] on the Formartine and Buchan Railway.
  /  /1869Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Clachnaharry station opened.
  /  /1869Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Meikle Ferry station closed.
  /  /1869John Elder and Co
John Elder dies at 45, and the partnership company is re-formed
  /  /1869Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Proposed extension abandoned. (Later re-proposed and opened.)
  /  /1869Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Gourock Railways and Pier - proposal abandoned.
  /  /1870Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
Branches from Pontnewynydd Junction to Branches Fork Junction to both Cwmffrwdoer (serving Plas-y-coed, Gellydeg and Tirpentwys Collieries) and Cwmnantddu.
  /03/1870Brecon and Merthyr Railway
Aber Bargoed re-opened.
20/06/1870Newport Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
Abergavenny Junction re-built further north.
  /  /1871Minehead Railway
Company re-formed.
  /  /1871Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
Abergavenny Junction station re-built at London and North Western Railway expense.
01/06/1871Portpatrick Railway
Gatehouse re-named Dromore.
01/08/1871Kirkcudbright Railway
Gatehouse re-named Tarff.
  /  /1872Carron Iron Works
Sells its pig-iron stockpile.
  /  /1872South Wales Railway
After gauge conversion of the South Wales Railway a connection was made at Waterloo Junction to the Monmouthshire Canal Tramway. The trans-shipment station was closed.
  /  /1872Hamilton and Strathaven Railway
Blantyre curve authorised. This will link Blantyre Junction [CR] on the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway) to Auchinraith Junction on the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway. The curve was not built at this time and would be re-authorised in 1878.
  /03/1872Peebles Railway
Thornilee re-named Thornielee.
26/04/1872Dingwall and Skye Railway
Lochluichart [1st], a private platform, becomes public and is re-built further west (Lochluichart [2nd]).
02/07/1872Peebles Railway
Rosslyn [Peebles Railway] is re-named Rosslynlee. Penicuik [1st] is re-named Pomathorn.
19/08/1872Glasgow Tramway and Omnibus Company
Inaugurates horse-drawn tram from St Georges Cross to Eglinton Toll.
10/12/1872Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Two road shed at Baillieston Shed opened in connection with Bredisholm and Baillieston pits. Sub-shed of Polmadie Shed.
  /  /1873Monkland Canal
The Vulcan, the first iron-hulled passenger boat, is withdrawn from service.
  /  /1873Coulson, Cooke & Company shipyard
Re-locates from St Peters to Wallsend by the Shlesinger, Davis & Company shipyard.
  /  /1873Glenquoich Lodge
Glenquoich Lodge starts to be rented by Michael Arthur Bass (the Burton-on-Trent brewer, later Lord Burton).
  /  /1874Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Waverley station re-building ends
  /  /1874South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
Much of route between Tebay and Barnard Castle doubled. The whole of the route between Kirkby Stephen and Barnard Castle was doubled - this involved the re-construction of a number of viaducts which were built next to the original ones.
  /  /1874Hartlepool Dock and Railway
Rope worked Hesleden bank re-laid on easier gradient for locomotives.
16/02/1874Penicuik Railway
Rosslyn re-named Rosslyn Castle.
01/06/1874Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened to passenger traffic to Muirkirk [1st]. (Later a second Caledonian Railway line was built from Coalburn to a new Muirkirk [2nd] but the line was not used as the Glasgow and South Western Railway threatened to apply for running powers through to Lanark - however Muirkirk [2nd] did open).
  /  /1875Port-Downie Iron Works
Founded, by lock 16
  /  /1875Bo'ness Dock
Authorisation to build a wet dock on the east side of Bo'ness Harbour. The dock would be served by the Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway with coal hoists at the east end of the dock. A timber basin was also added - located to the south of today's Bo'ness station, now the car park.
30/05/1875Bristol and Exeter Railway
First standard gauge train runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton and Weston-super-Mare [1st] .
24/05/1876Bristol and Exeter Railway
Leading coach of train de-rails at Silverton
27/07/1876Bristol and Exeter Railway
Engine of the up Dutchman de-rails. The track was not well maintained by the Bristol and Exeter in its last day of independence. The Great Western re-lays the line.
  /  /1877Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
The Leadhills Silver-lead Mining Company approaches the Caledonian Railway to ask them to build a branch to Leadhills. At this time, the line is not built.
20/09/1877Caledonian Railway
The Victoria Viaduct, crossing the north end of Carlisle Citadel station on a north-south axis, opened to road traffic.
  /  /1878William Baird and Company
Blast furnaces at Gartsherrie Iron Works start being re-built.
  /  /1878Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Eglinton Street Shed, a four road brick locomotive shed with 42ft turntable, opened to reduce light engine movements to Polmadie Shed via the congested Bridge Street Junction to Gushetfaulds section. The new shed was a sub-shed of Polmadie. Opened in anticipation of Glasgow Central.
  /  /1878Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Ayr Shed [2nd] opened in triangle of lines to the south of Newton-on-Ayr station. Possibly 1879.
  /  /1878North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway
Extended from Quellyn to Rhyd-Ddu (now South Snowdon)
  /  /1878Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Authorisation to build the Blantyre West Curve and deviate the Hamilton branch to the north east of its original alignment between Blantyre station and Craighead Junction. This accommodated the Blantyre West Curve - Blantyre Junction [CR] on the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway) to Auchinraith Junction on the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway curve. This was first authorised in 1872 and opened in 1882. The curve at either end of the deviation remains today.
25/02/1878Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Tay Bridge [1st] inspected by Major-General C. S. Hutchinson for the Board of Trade between the 25th and 27th and is passed.
01/04/1878Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Line opened to passengers. Stations at Uddingston [NB], Bothwell [North British], Greenfield (later re-named as Burnbank), Hamilton Peacock Cross and Hamilton [NBR].
16/07/1878Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
14/10/1878Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Connection at Bridge Street opened - related to the opening of Glasgow Central.
  /  /1879John Grieve
Forms company in Motherwell to build rail-mounted steam cranes
  /  /1879Devon Colliery
Re-opened by the Alloa Coal Company, the pit called Furnacebank. The beam engine was brought into use. There was a pit at Crophill (by Sauchie Tower and to the west of Furnacebank) linked to Furnacebank by rail.
  /  /1879Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Queen Street station re-built.
  /01/1879Anglo-Zulu war
Begins as three British armies invade Zululand.
01/07/1879Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Gordon Street lines opened - Central Station Junction (just north west of Gushetfaulds Junction to Eglinton Street Junction to Bridge Street Junction opened. Strathbungo Junction to Eglinton Street Junction opened.
04/07/1879Anglo-Zulu war
Last major battle, Zulus defeated.
  /  /1880Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Locomotive, Drummond 4-4-0 No 224, retrieved from bottom of River Tay, nicknamed The Diver and put back in service. The letterbox, of Dalhousie station and now at the museum in Bellingham [North Tyne], was made from metal from this engine.
  /  /1880Fleets Pit (Tranent)
Re-opened, transferred to Edinburgh Collieries Ltd. Served by the remaining railway standard section of the Tranent Waggonway which re-opens.
  /  /1880Stockton and Hartlepool Railway
West Hartlepool station re-built.
  /  /1880Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-opened to passengers.
  /  /1880Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway Company wound up. Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway Company wound up. Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway - Greenock Guaranteed Company - wound up.
01/02/1880Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Junction to Broughty Pier re-opened following the Tay Bridge [1st] disaster - Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).
01/05/1880West Riding and Grimsby Railway
Adwick-le-Street and Carcroft renamed Carcroft and Adwick-le-Street
  /06/1880Carmarthen Branch (Llanelly Railway and Dock Company)
Abergwilli re-opened
01/06/1880Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Wishaw [1st] re-named Wishaw South.
  /  /1881Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)
Larbert and Grangemouth Connecting Lines Act - regulation of Grangemouth Branch Junction by the Caledonian Railway.
20/06/1881Callander and Oban Railway
Steamers start running from Ach-na-Cloich up Loch Etive.
01/10/1881Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown Waterloo re-named Overtown [2nd].
  /  /1882Straiton Oil Works
Sold to Midlothian Oil Company, and re-built
  /  /1882Victoria No. 1 Pit, Ebbw Vale
Re-opened after new ventilation fans fitted.
  /  /1882Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway
Alexandra (Newport) Dock Company is re-named the Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway.
  /  /1882Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Hamilton Peacock Cross re-named Peacock Cross.
  /  /1882Ardrossan Railway
Saltcoats station re-sited between Saltcoats [1st] and Saltcoats [2nd] stations.
  /  /1882Blochairn Steel Works Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Branch authorised - Blochairn Branch (Glasgow Lines).
01/11/1882Festiniog and Blaenau Railway
Line re-opened as a standard gauge line.
01/12/1882Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Opened from Yoker Junction, Hyndland, to Clydebank [1st] (later Clydebank East). This line was used in conjunction with a ferry over the Clyde and the Stobcross Railway station at Partick for shipyard workers who lived in Govan to travel to the Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd] which had re-located from Govan. A line ran west from Clydebank [1st] into the shipyard over the Forth and Cart Canal.
19/06/1883Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Central - Central Station Hotel opened.
17/11/1883Gwendraeth Valleys Railway
Abbeydore re-opened
01/03/1884Bristol and Exeter Railway
Weston-super-Mare [1st] branch closed and re-opened as a standard gauge loop line via Weston-super-Mare.
  /  /1885Glamorganshire Canal
Acquired by the Marquis of Bute for conversion to a railway later in 1898 - not converted.
  /  /1885Portpatrick Railway
The Caledonian Railway's lease expires - the Portpatrick Railway and Wigtownshire Railway become jointly run as the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Railway - controlled by the Caledonian Railway, London and North Western Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and Midland Railway. The stock was owned by all four companies and operated by the two Scottish companies. The Joint company also owned 4/5 of the Larne and Stranraer Steamship Joint Committee, the remaining 1/5 owned by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway.
19/08/1885Gwendraeth Valleys Railway
Abbeydore re-opened
  /  /1886South Wales Railway
Tawe Valley bridge, 587yd in timber with 110 ft bowstring centre span 75 ft above water with 36 approach spans, replaced by 389 yd wrought-iron bridge on stone piers with timber decking and 147 ft centre span.
10/03/1886Halls Tramway
Penar Junction, with the Taff Vale Extension, to Manmoel Colliery re-opened as standard gauge line.
19/04/1886Airdrie Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Airdrie Shed [CR], a wooden shed with two roads, 42ft turntable and coal stage opened by Airdrie [CR] station. (Later a sub-shed of Dawsholm Shed.)
18/06/1886Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Line re-opened.
  /  /1887Girvan and Portpatrick Junction RailwayAyr and Wigtownshire Railway
Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway absorbed by Ayr and Wigtownshire Railway, a company formed by James Hall Renton amongst others, to re-finance the line.
  /  /1887Taff Vale Railway
Cardiff station re-built as Cardiff Queen Street and connection opened to the South Wales Railway.
  /09/1887Cornhill Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Cornhill Branch (Alnwick to Coldstream) opened September 1887 by North Eastern Railway, Alnwick station re-built.
  /  /1888Clyde Locomotive Works
Works sold to Sharp Stewart & Co to replace their existing works (Atlas Works [1st] ). The works are re-named the Atlas Works [2nd].
  /  /1888Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
Bonnybridge Shed, a single road timber locomotive shed, opened at Bonnybridge Central. The Caledonian Railway operate this as a sub-shed of Denny Shed.
  /07/1888Nottingham and Melton Line (Midland Railway)
London St Pancras - Glasgow St Enoch and Edinburgh Waverley trains start to use line.
  /09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Four road shed opened at Ardrossan North, (Ardrossan Shed [CR]), with 42ft Cowans Sheldon Works turntable. Built by Robert McAlpine. Sub-shed of Polmadie Shed.
  /  /1889Marshall, Fleming & Jack
Formed in Motherwell to build rail-mounted steam cranes having left from George Russell & Company
30/01/1889West Highland Railway
The party are taken by coach from Spean Bridge to Inverlair Lodge. The party set out to walk from Inverlair Lodge to the north end of Loch Treig. The party are rowed from the north end of Loch Treig to the south end and stay overnight at William Frederick Scarlett's (Lord Abinger) Craig-uaine-ach Lodge.
01/06/1889Gourock Extension (Caledonian Railway)
Opened from Greenock Central to Gourock via the Newton Street Tunnel. A new pier was built at Gourock. Stations opened; Gourock, Fort Matilda, Greenock West and Greenock re-built nearby as Greenock Central. Dellingburn Branch connection modified.
22/07/1889Swansea Vale and Neath and Brecon Junction Railway
Midland Railway re-operates Colbren to Ynysgeinon after Sir Edward Watkin takes the company to court.
  /  /1890Portpatrick Railway
Tablets introduced on the line. The company went on to employ Mansons tablet-catcher to allow exchanges at speeds up to 76mph.
14/10/1891West Highland Railway
Work re-starts, though the West Highland Railway agrees to pay an extra £10,000.
  /  /1892Seafield Crude oilworks
Re-built by Pumpherston Oil Company
  /  /1893Blaina Branch (Monmouthshire Canal Tramway)
Abertillery re-built further north
  /  /1893Leeds and Thirsk Railway
North Stockton station re-built and re-named Stockton. South Stockton station becomes Thornaby.
31/07/1893North Eastern Railway
Act passed for Hart to Dalton-le-Dale (Seaham) line to improve coastal route. Also included are improvements to the Londonderry Railway.
26/12/1893Mao Tse-Tung born
  /  /1894Sharp, Stewart and Co Ltd Highlan Railway
Build a 4-6-0 for the Highland Railway, who number it 103.
  /  /1894Bristol and Exeter Railway
Stoke Canon re-built to the west of the junction with the Exe Valley Railway.
  /  /1894Alice pit
Goes into full production when connection to the Fordell Railway opened. The non-standard gauge of the Fordell Railway meant that three rails had to be laid. Coal from the George pit could also go by either system.
25/05/1894Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Greenock Princes Pier station re-built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway on a grander scale to compete with the Caledonian Railway's Gourock station.
01/09/1894Charlestown Railway
Re-built line opened.
04/09/1894West Highland Railway
Helensburgh to Garelochhead train de-railed at Woodend Farm Crossing by a stone placed on the line.
  /  /1896William Baird and Company
Blast furnaces at Gartsherrie Iron Works all re-built and by-product plant installed.
  /  /1896Scottish Central Railway
Stirling Shed [CR] re-built as a two ended shed after removal of a road to the south of the site. A 50ft turntable was opened by the truncated road at the south east of the site.
  /  /1896South Wales Railway, Taff Vale Railway
Bute Street Junction between the lines closed on opening of new fly-over east of Cardiff General.
  /  /1897Bute Docks Company
Re-named the Cardiff Railway Company.
  /  /1897Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
Company re-named the Great Central Railway.
08/05/1897[[Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Extended from Clydebank Junction to Dalmuir. The original terminus, Clydebank [1st], is left on a short branch with a east facing junction, Clydebank Junction, and is re-named Clydebank East. Dalmuir [1st] is replaced by Dalmuir.
06/08/1897Cardiff Railway
Re-named from the Bute Docks Company.
  /  /1898Carmyllie Railway
Light Railway Order - authorisation to make line into a Light Railway.
  /  /1898Denny Branch (Scottish Central Railway)
Doubling of Denny branch and extension to Ingliston Goods - extension of time to complete.
  /  /1899Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Milngavie station was re-built and a canopy was added to the original station building.
  /  /1899Vale of Glamorgan Railway
Line re-opened with temporary Porthkerry viaduct.
  /  /1899Wigham Richardson & Company Ltd
Company created to run Neptune Works at Walker-on-Tyne.
  /  /1899Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-closed to passengers.
01/07/1899Strathspey Railway
Dalbeallie Distillery Siding converted to a station - Dalbeallie.
08/09/1899Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
De-railment of Talla Railway locomotive at Broughton [2nd] blocks main line.
  /  /1900Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Carnoustie rebuilt. (Often said to be relocated from west side of level crossing to east side - but maps show the station clearly on the east side before 1900.)
08/01/1900Vale of Glamorgan Railway
Porthkerry Park viaduct re-build completed.
  /  /1901Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverurie Works - Carriages - opened.
  /  /1901Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Line between Clachnaharry and Lentran doubled.
01/05/1901Gwendraeth Valleys Railway
Abbeydore re-opened
  /  /1902Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverurie Works - Locomotives - opened.
  /  /1902Alloa Railway
Single road timber engine shed Alloa Shed [CR] opened in Alloa Goods yard. A sub-shed of Stirling.
  /  /1902C.S. Swan & Hunter
Former Schlesinger, Davis & Company site re-developed to build large vessels.
  /  /1902Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-opened to passengers.
  /  /1903Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Wemyss Bay station and pier re-built in grand style by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1903West Somerset Mineral Railway
Watchet Harbour damaged by storms and re-built.
27/07/1903City of Glasgow Union Railway
A busy Isle of Man boat train from Ardrossan Winton Pier over-runs the buffers at platform 8 in St Enoch and two carriages are telescoped and hit the stations glass roof. 16 were killed and 27 injured. The train was apparently terminated in a shorter platform than usual due to renovation work and the driver, Henry Northcott, had assumed a greater braking distance.
  /08/1903Leadhills Silver-lead Mining Company
Leadhill Mining Company
Leadhills Silver-lead Mining Company is wound up and the Leadhills Mining Company replaces it from 25 September 1903.
01/08/1903Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Double track line opened to freight from Newhaven Junction to Seafield Junction [CR] and South Leith [CR]. (Two-platform passenger stations at Newhaven [Leith New Lines], Ferry Road and Leith Walk [CR] built but not opened).
  /  /1904Stockton and Hartlepool Railway
West Hartlepool station re-built.
01/12/1904Clarence Railway
Billingham to Port Clarence trains become petrol-electic railcars.
  /  /1905Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Branch to Bedlay Colliery opened - although a tramway occupied most of the route previously.
  /  /1905Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverurie Works - Permanent Way - opened.
  /  /1905Aberdare Railway
Mill Street re-opened.
  /04/1905Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway
Balquhidder Shed, a single road timber shed with a 60ft turntable opened at Balquhidder. A sub-shed of Perth.
01/06/1905Alloa Railway
Alloa Bridge re-opened.
  /  /1906David Hutchenson and Co
David MacBrayne Ltd
Company re-named David MacBrayne Ltd
  /  /1906Craigend Colliery
Carron Iron Works takes over operation from United Collieries Ltd of this colliery near Standburn. Pits re-developed.
  /  /1906Edinburgh Corporation
Act passed to allow extension of Liberton Tramway on to Eskbank, Dalkeith and Bonnyrigg. Act re-newed in 1911 but lapse later.
  /  /1906Lealt Valley Diatomite Railway
Line re-laid - possibly to allow use of locomotive.
  /  /1906Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-closed to passengers.
  /03/1906William Dixon Ltd
Company liquidated and re-constructed.
  /  /1907Alexander Jack
Forms company in Motherwell to build rail-mounted steam cranes
  /  /1907Taff Vale Railway
Pontypridd station re-built with an island platform and five bay platforms.
  /  /1907Falkirk and District Tramways Company
During Tryst Fair services run regularly only anti-clockwise as the tramway was single track with passing places.
28/09/1907South Wales Railway
Accident at Ebbw Junction when freight over-runs signal and hits passenger train.
  /  /1908Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway) Bainsford Branch (North British Railway)
By-pass line from Swing Bridge Junction to Fouldubs Junction opened, the western half was owned by the North British Railway (part of the former line to the Carron Iron Works) and the eastern by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1908William Beardmore & Co Ltd
Mossend Iron and Steel Works re-building complete.
  /  /1909Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Clachnaharry Swing Bridge installed.
04/07/1909West Somerset Mineral Railway
The Somerset Mineral Syndicate sub-lets the line from the Ebbw Vale company. The line is re-opened between a new jetty at Watchet and Brendon Hill where a 2 foot mine line extends the railway. Gupwrthy is not re-opened.
  /  /1910Union Canal
Union Canal falls into dis-use and dis-repair
  /  /1910Lanarkshire Mines
1,737,584 tons produced this year - the peak.
  /  /1910Manor-Powis Coal Company
Sunk
  /  /1910Mine rescue team
First mine rescue team set-up at Cowdenbeath.
  /  /1910London and North Western Railway, South Wales
Run-away coal train piles up after being diverted onto a dead-end siding by signalman on Ebbw Vale Branch.
  /08/1910Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Some doubling of the Douglas Branch to Lanark Racecourse took place in preparation for the Lanark Aviation meeting and the huge number of expected visitors. Lanark Race-course station was by the meeting site.
  /  /1911Breich Colliery Pits 1,2
Cable-hauled railway, which crossed the river Almond on a viaduct, opened between pits.
  /  /1911Manor-Powis 1
Coal reached
  /  /1911Great Western Railway
A Cwmtillery to Abertillery Milnes-Daimler bus service starts.
  /  /1911Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Loop installed at Conon.
  /  /1911Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-opened to passengers.
31/07/1911Mawddwy Railway
Aberangell re-opened
01/01/1912Portpatrick Railway
Dromore re-named Gatehouse of Fleet.
  /  /1913Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Clachnaharry station closed.
  /  /1913Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Re-construction of Aberdeen Joint begins.
  /  /1913Scottish Central Railway
Stirling station re-built by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1913Caerphilly to Cardiff Line (Rhymney Railway)
Caerphilly station re-built with four platforms and a bay platform.
01/08/1913Earl of Carlisles WaggonwayNewcastle and Carlisle Railway
Brampton Town branch re-instated.
01/08/1913Invergarry and Fort Augustus RailwayNorth British Railway
Line re-opened by North British Railway.
01/08/1913Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
Aberchalder re-opened.
  /  /1914Manor-Powis Colliery
In full production with 3 shafts
  /  /1914Victoria No. 5 Pit, Ebbw Vale
Re-opened as Prince of Wales, Victoria.
  /  /1915South Wales Railway
Newport locomotive shed re-located further west from by station goods yard to Ebbw Junction.
  /  /1916Galloway Engineering Co
Formed to manufacture Beardmore, Halford, Pullinger aero-engines.
  /01/1917Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Ordens re-opened.
  /  /1919Scottish Oils
Formed, rail-accessed workshops and office established at Middleton Hall (Mid Calder).
  /  /1919Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway (North British Railway)
Methil Dock No 3 re-opened.
  /  /1919Bon-Accord Pneumatic Tool Company
Formed in Aberdeen.
  /  /1919Arran Barytes Mine
Mine re-opened and a railway line built from mine to concrete hoppers and a pier on Sannox Bay.
  /  /1919Portpatrick Railway
Mansons tablet-catchers removed.
01/01/1919Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown [2nd] re-opened.
01/02/1919Carmyllie Railway
Re-opened to passengers
01/02/1919Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Leith Walk station re-opened.
01/02/1919Dundee and Arbroath Railway
West Ferry and Elliot Junction re-opened.
  /03/1919Callander and Oban Railway
Maid of Morven observation car re-introduced.
01/03/1919Cathcart District Railway
Pollokshields East re-opened.
02/03/1919Solway Junction Railway
Abbey Junction [CR] re-opened.
01/04/1919~Cheshire Lines Committee Railway
Ainsdale Beach re-opened
01/05/1919Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Sinclairtown, Halbeath, Kingskettle re-opened.
01/06/1919Cathcart District Railway
Crosshill re-opened.
01/06/1919Glasgow Central Railway
Glasgow Green re-opened
01/06/1919Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Clocksbriggs re-opened.
02/06/1919Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Line re-opened to passengers, Peacock Cross not re-opened.
02/06/1919Peebles Railway
Rosslynlee re-opened.
02/06/1919Penicuik Railway
Eskbridge re-opened.
01/03/1920Earl of Carlisles WaggonwayNewcastle and Carlisle Railway
Brampton Town branch re-opened.
03/01/1921~Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon Light Railway and Tramway
Adoon re-opened
01/03/1921Alloa Railway
Alloa Bridge re-opened.
01/03/1921Alloa Railway
The Alloa Bridge re-opens following repairs. The bridge was rebuilt with some piers entirely replaced and additional cross bracing added.
01/09/1921Kinross-shire Railway
Loch Leven station closed
  /  /1922Plashetts Colliery Waggonway
Far Colliery miners rows and Bank Top miners rows re-built.
20/06/1922Edinburgh Corporation
Pilrig to Liberton tramway re-opened as electric. Work took 53 weeks.
  /11/1922Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Muir of Ord's station buildings burn down.
  /  /1923Polloc and Govan Railway
Polmadie Shed starts to be re-built in brick.
  /  /1923South Wales Railway
Re-construction of Newport station begins.
  /  /1923London Midland and Scottish Railway
0-8-4 tanks by H.P.M. Beams introduced on the London and North Western Railway, South Wales.
  /  /1923Musselburgh and District Electric Light and Traction Co Ltd
Through cars introduced onto Edinburgh network - trams run from Port Seton to Edinburgh GPO.
01/10/1923Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) re-opened.
  /  /1924William Beardmore & Co Ltd
Aeroplane department re-opens
  /  /1924Polloc and Govan Railway
Polmadie Shed re-building in brick complete.
  /  /1924Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Gauntleted junction at Clachnaharry station replaced by a turnout slightly further north.
  /  /1924Lambton & Hetton Collieries Ltd.
James Joicey & Co Ltd.
Merge to form Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd. Main works and engine shed were located at Philadelphia by Houghton-le-Spring.
02/06/1924Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan Pier re-named Ardrossan Winton Pier.
  /  /1925Fort William Smelter
The Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway opened from the Fort William Smelter to Loch Treig. The line was opened in connection with the construction of the Aluminium works. Rather than close afterwards it was retained and improved for maintenance on the somewhat remote pipeline which served the hydro-electric scheme at the works.
  /06/1926Alice pit
Re-built. Work carried out by the Blantyre Engineering Company.
  /09/1926Alice pit
Re-construction complete
14/03/1927Halls Tramway
Passenger service starts between Pontypool Road and Penmaen Halt and Oakdale Halt via Penar Junction. Rhiw-Syr-Dafdd signalbox to Colliers Arms doubled.
11/07/1927Cowbridge and Aberthaw Railway
Aberthaw re-opened.
  /  /1928Taff Vale Extension
Crumlin Viaduct re-plated by the Great Western Railway.
09/07/1928Peebles Railway
Hawthornden re-named Rosewell and Hawthornden.
22/07/1928Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Northbound freight train de-rails just north of Pinwherry loop, after passing through the tightly curved station at speed.
19/12/1929Arroll-Johnston Ltd
Liquidated
  /  /1930Valleyfield
Re-built with new washery and screening plant
  /  /1930Mossbeath Pit
Re-built and linked to Kirkford Colliery, Cowdenbeath No 10 (Cowdenbeath).
  /  /1930Lealt Valley Diatomite Railway
Diatomite extraction re-begins at Loch Cuithir by the Skye Mineral Syndicate Company. It halts shortly afterwards.
22/09/1930Kinross-shire Railway
Kelty station closed
22/09/1930Kinross-shire Railway
Blairadam station closed
27/01/1931West Highland Railway
De-railment in Rannoch Moor.
  /  /1932Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
Buchanan Street station re-built. Reconditioned canopies from Ardrossan North, on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway,were erected.
  /  /1932South Wales Railway
Cardiff General re-built. Riverside station becomes an island platform.
  /01/1932Campbeltown and Machrihanish Light Railway
Line re-opened.
  /05/1932Campbeltown and Machrihanish Light Railway
Line re-closed.
07/08/1932West Highland Railway
Loch Treig diversion and tunnel opened. The line was re-aligned at a higher level as the Loch became a reservoir, part of the Lochaber Smelter scheme.
  /  /1934William Denny and Brothers Ltd
Denny-Brown stabliser introduced
  /  /1934Leadhills Mining Company
Wanlockhead mines re-open and then re-closed.
05/12/1935Glasgow District Subway
Glasgow District Subway electrified with a third rail and re-opened with a new name.
  /  /1937Deeside Railway Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway) Great North of Scotland Railway
Local Aberdeen Suburban service withdrawn. Deeside - Millitimber, Murtle, Bieldside, West Cults, Pitfodels Halt, Ruthrieston, Holborn Street closed. Denburn - Schoolhill and Hutcheon Street closed. GNSR main line - Don Street, Woodside, Persley Halt, Bankhead, Stoneywood closed.
  /  /1937Colvilles Ltd
Re-structuring begins which will ultimately lead to the construction of the Ravenscraig Steel Works.
  /  /1937Rhymney Valley Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Penyrhoel and Llanbradach viaducts demolished. The large girders are dropped from the piers and cut-up.
  /  /1938Ebbw Vale Company Works
Re-equipped and Ironworks, Steelworks and mills re-opened as the first continuous wide-strip mill in the UK for tinplate.
04/07/1938Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Edzell to Brechin re-opened to passengers.
26/09/1938Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Edzell to Brechin (excluded) re-closed to passengers.
  /  /1939Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway
Leadburn to Macbie Hill re-opened to freight.
  /  /1939Portpatrick Railway
Brysons tablet-catcher installed. Only allows 50mph running (Manson's tablet had allowed faster running), but is portable.
11/09/1939Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno (excluded) - Ravelrig Junction (excluded) closed to passengers.
  /  /1940Polmaise 3 and 4
Timber headframes re-built in steel
  /  /1940Polloc and Govan Railway
Northern part of the Polmadie Mineral Sidings (Shawfield Yard) traffic sidings incorporated into Polmadie Shed during re-construction of the shed. A new coaling plant was erected.
10/05/1940Dunkirk
Many Allied troops are returned to Britain by the Little Ships. Among these was the Clyde Paddle Steamer Waverley (III), which had been fitted with a deck-gun; on one journey the vessel was sunk.
23/06/1940Dingwall and Skye Railway
Fodderty Junction box re-opens.
  /01/1942Blairgowrie Branch (Scottish Midland Junction Railway)
Blairgowrie Shed closed, but not demolished. A sub-shed of Dundee.
04/08/1942Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Closed for upgrading for heavy military freight as the line connected the north to Southampton and other ports which were busy with preparations for D-day. (A bus service replacement was arranged).
15/11/1942West Highland Railway
Camus-na-ha Signal Box opened.
  /  /1943Bothwell Castle 3&4 Colliery / Prior Colliery
Government take over mine due to low output, mine re-constructed.
08/03/1943Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Re-opened after doubling between Didcot and Newbury and lengthening of the loops on the Newbury to Winchester section. A new junction was put in at Worthy for direct access from the London and South Western Railway to the Newbury line, leaving Winchester Chesil on a loop.
06/06/1944D-Day
British, American, Canadian and other troops land on the Normandy beaches. The Clyde Paddle Steamer Jeannie Deans (II) was the command vessel for the construction of the Mulberry Harbours.
  /  /1945Campbeltown and Machrihanish Light Railway
Pit formerly served by railway re-opens. Served by road instead.
23/07/1945Vale of Rheidol Railway
Aberystwyth re-opened.
23/07/1945Vale of Neath Railway
Aberffrwd re-opened
  /06/1946West Highland Railway
Restaurant cars re-start.
  /08/1946Fordell Railway
Closed between St David's Harbour and Lady Anne and William pits. St David's Harbour closed. Coal sent by the remaining portion of the Fordell Railway from Lady Anne and William pits to the Alice pit for trans-shipment.
  /  /1947Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Heads of Ayr [2nd] (Butlins Camp) to Alloway Junction re-opened for passengers.
  /  /1947Scottish Central Railway
Stirling Shed [CR] re-building begins as entrance arches need replacement.
  /06/1947Forthbank Mine
Opened to the south-east of Alloa Harbour to replace Craigrie Pit.
07/07/1947Peebles Railway
Pomathorn re-named Pomathorn Halt.
23/10/1947Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Gloucester T Line (Tramway Jnct - T Station) opened.
  /  /1948Tillycoultry Mine
Re-opened after National Coal Board re-construction.
  /  /1948Sheffield Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Work on new double track Woodhead Tunnel begins.
  /08/1948Border Counties Railway
Saughtree station re-opened.
  /  /1949End of Chinese Civil War, Peoples Republic of China established by Mao Tse-Tung
  /  /1950Glencraig Colliery
Re-built
  /  /1950National Coal Board
Over-production as demand drops.
  /  /1950Straiton Lime Works
Works and railways badly run-down
  /  /1950Leadhills Mining Company
Glencrieff Mine, Wanlockhead, re-opened.
20/05/1950Portpatrick Railway
Gatehouse of Fleet re-opened to passengers.
25/09/1950Peebles Railway
Peebles [2nd] re-named Peebles (East).
  /11/1950Lauder Light Railway
Re-opened to serve food-depot by Lauder station
17/12/1950Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Barrmill Junction to Giffen Junction re-opened.
  /  /1951Steelworks
Re-privatised
  /  /1951East Plean Colliery
Re-opened.
  /  /1951Scottish Central Railway
New Stirling South Shed round-house is set-out with a turntable from Polmadie Shed, however the work is abandoned and demolished.
07/05/1951Chard Branch LSWR (London and South Western Railway)
Line re-opened.
07/05/1951Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Line re-opened.
04/06/1951Talyllyn Railway
Abergynolwyn re-opened
10/09/1951Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Passenger trains running from Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet South Junction through Coatbridge Central [NB] for the Bothwell [North British] service cease to run - last regular passenger service over this section of line.
29/10/1951East Somerset Railway
Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Wells Tucker Street re-opens on closure of Priory Road
  /  /1952Treforest Line (Cardiff Railway)
Coryton northwards to Nantgarw Colliery closed on opening of a spur to Nantgarw by-products Plant from the Taff Vale Railway.
  /  /1952Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
[Mount Vernon [NB] ]] re-named Mount Vernon North.
30/06/1952Ardrossan Railway
Saltcoats re-named Saltcoats Central.
28/02/1953Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Uddingston [NB] re-named Uddingston East.
02/03/1953Portpatrick Railway
Stranraer re-named Stranraer Town.
02/03/1953Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan re-named Ardrossan Town.
27/07/1953Cease-fire in Korean war
  /  /1954Gartshore Colliery
Re-built
  /  /1954Polmaise Colliery Pit No 5
National Coal Board plans re-construction.
  /  /1954Manor Powis Colliery
National Coal Board plan to re-build no 3 pit and a drift mine nearby.
14/06/1954Sheffield Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
New Woodhead Tunnel opens and electric services over line commence.
  /08/1954Valleyfield
No 3 shaft sinking begins on reclaimed land o the south of no 1 and 2 pits. No 2 pit is re-built. Spoil is dumped in the Forth and connects the Preston Island to the mainland.
  /11/1954Merthyr Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway
Abergavenny engine shed becomes sign-on point.
  /  /1955Seafield Colliery
Drilling rig used to check the under-sea reserves
28/05/1955Newport Railway
Excursion train de-railed at Wormit.
13/06/1955Portpatrick Railway
Loch Skerrow Halt re-named Lochskerrow.
  /  /1956Glasgow Central Railway
Line re-signalled with power boxes at Bridgeton Cross [CR] and Stobcross.
  /  /1957Polquhain Colliery (Rankinston)
Re-built by the National Coal Board.
  /  /1958Ravenscraig Steel WorksGeneral Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
General Terminus re-built for importing coal and iron ore as the facilities at Rothesay Dock and the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) were not sufficient.
  /02/1958Peebles Railway
Peebles (East) re-named Peebles.
09/09/1958Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Newhaven signal box re-painted for visit of King Olav of Norway.
  /  /1959Douglas Colliery
Re-built by the National Coal Board.
  /  /1959Glasgow City and District Railway
Glasgow Queen Street Low Level re-built from four platforms to two. The island platform in the middle is isolated from passengers and the lines reduced from four to two.
  /  /1960Polkemmet Mine (Whitburn)
Re-built by the National Coal Board, to include a preparation plant. Produced 12000 tons of coking coal per week for the Ravenscraig Steel Works.
  /  /1960Kames Colliery
Re-built
  /01/1960Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Class 303 Blue trains re-introduced.
04/04/1960West Highland Railway
Rhu re-opened.
13/06/1960Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Beauly station closed.
13/06/1960Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Alness station closed.
  /12/1960Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway
Leadburn to Macbie Hill re-closed to freight.
02/01/1961Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Approach lines to the station re-signaled to use the new bridge only. The electropneumatic power frame signal box on the bridge removed.
06/03/1961Sutherland Railway
Rogart re-opened.
12/06/1961Sutherland Railway
Rogart re-named Rogart Halt. (Later the name reverted).
27/10/1961Padarn Railway
Closed. The current section by the lake is a re-opening called the Llanberis Lake Railway.
  /09/1962Didcot Newbury and Southampton Railway
Didcot to Newbury closed (Dismantled from Newbury to Didcot - down line lifted first).
  /  /1963British Railways
Beeching Report; Re-shaping of Britains Railways Published.
  /  /1963Straiton Lime Works
Railway line re-laid complete with new loop at Straiton
  /  /1963South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
Belah viaduct, on Kirkby Stephen to Barnard Castle line, demolished for scrap - poem found in a support column.
  /  /1964Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Fountainhall becomes de-staffed.
  /  /1964Bristol and Exeter Railway
Locking Road, the excursion station in Weston-super-Mare, closed
  /  /1965Portpatrick Railway
Troop trains run over line (Stranraer Harbour - Woodburn (Wansbeck Railway)) for Northern Ireland.
  /  /1965Sunderland Station (North Eastern Railway)
Station re-built and reduced to one island platform.
04/02/1965Ardrossan Railway
Saltcoats Central re-named Saltcoats.
16/02/1965British Railways
Dr Beechings The re-shaping of Britains Railways report issued.
16/04/1965SLS and Branch Line Society
Organise a brake-van trip around Ayrshire.
14/06/1965Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway Maybole and Girvan Railway
Annbank to Mauchline re-opened to passengers (with the closure of the Port Road the trains are diverted). The number of trains between Challoch Junction, Girvan and Ayr increases after closure of the Portpatrick Railway.
14/06/1965Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Blackhouse Junction to Hawkhill Junction re-opened for passengers. The re-opened curve was not on the original double track alignment but closer to Ayr MPD.
14/06/1965Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Wishaw Central re-named Wishaw.
29/09/1965Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Shankend crash; south-bound 02:22 freight strikes a stationary vehicle on the railway at Shankend and derails.
18/10/1965Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres [2nd] to Aviemore closed to passengers. Stations closed at Boat of Garten, Broomhill, Grantown-on-Spey West, Dava and Dunphail. Dallas Dhu Siding (excluded) to Boat of Garten (excluded) closed to all traffic. Both Forres West Junction and Forres East Junction to Forres South Junction closed to passengers. Further south on the retained line Kincraig closed.
  /  /1966Swan Hunter Group Ltd
Create Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd. for shipbuilding on the Tyne. Later re-named Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd.
22/05/1966Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport closed, replacement bus starts.
23/05/1966Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport closed to all traffic.
15/08/1966Caledonian Railway
Edinburgh Princes Street - Slateford Junction closed to freight.
26/09/1966Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Greenock Princes Pier to Kilmacolm (excluded) closed to freight. A single track from Greenock Princes Pier to Cartsburn Junction retained for possible re-instatement.
  /  /1967Manor-Powis Colliery
Main pits closed
  /  /1967Greenock Albert Harbour [Dock]
Closed, and re-built as the Clydeport Container Terminal.
02/01/1967Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tay Bridge South Junction closed to freight.
16/01/1967Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Line re-opened between Bridge or Earn Junction and Ladybank after clearing rockfall at Clatchard Craig Quarry and re-instating line.
18/09/1967Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport bus ceases.
06/11/1967West Riding and Grimsby Railway
Carcroft and Adwick-le-Street closed
18/12/1967Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport official closure date (closed early due to Tay Road Bridge works).
06/01/1969Northampton and Market Harborough Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Line re-opened for through passenger trains.
05/05/1969Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Dundee (Tay Bridge South Junction) closed to passengers.
05/05/1969Newport Railway
Wormit to Newport-on-Tay closed to passengers.
  /  /1970Glasgow Central Railway
Botanic Gardens station building destroyed by fire. This also burned the below-ground buildings at platform level.
  /  /1970Halls Tramway
Penar Junction to Hall's Road Junction re-opened to allow closure of southern portion of the Sirhowy Tramroad. Markham Colliery traffic diverted over re-opened line rather than via the Tredegar Junction and lower section of the Sirhowy line.
  /  /1970Caerphilly to Cardiff Line (Rhymney Railway)
Station re-built with two platforms and a bus interchange.
  /  /1970Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Line between Blair Atholl and Dalwhinnie re-doubled. This was done in connection with the oil industry and anticipated extra traffic. The traffic did not increase as much as expected but the double track has been retained.
05/01/1970Kinross-shire Railway Fife and Kinross Railway Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)
Perth (Hilton Junction) to Cowdenbeath North Junction closed to passengers.
05/01/1970Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)Kinross-shire RailwayFife and Kinross Railway
Cowdenbeath to Perth closed to passengers, Bridge of Earn [2nd] to Milnathort closed to goods, Cowdenbeath to Milnathort singled.
13/03/1970Dingwall and Skye Railway
Strathcarron to Stromeferry re-opens (following major blockage).
13/03/1970Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
Strathcarron to Strome Ferry re-opens.
04/05/1970Kinross-shire Railway
Fife and Kinross Railway
Milnathort to Kelty North Junction closed to freight.
04/05/1970Kinross-shire Railway Fife and Kinross Railway
Cowdenbeath to Milnathort closed to goods.
07/06/1971Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Greenock Container Port (formerly Princes Pier) to Cartsburn Junction to Garvel Dock Branch Junction re-opened to freight and a new portion from Garvel Dock Branch Junction to Containerbase Junction opened.
  /  /1972Bristol and Exeter Railway
Weston-super-Mare loop singled except at station
16/02/1972Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Tokenless block introduced between Ladybank and Hilton Junction. Bridge of Earn Junction signal-box closed.
  /05/1972Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Newburgh [2nd] loop extended and each track signalled for bi-directional working.
01/05/1972Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledoniand Railway)
Coatbridge Central to Rutherglen Junction re-opened for Glasgow Central to Perth workings
10/07/1972Northampton and Market Harborough Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Line re-opened for through passenger trains.
12/07/1972Kinross-shire Railway Fife and Kinross Railway
Kelty Coup to Cowdenbeath North Junction closed to freight.
26/03/1973Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
Ullapool - Stornoway ferry service starts.
07/05/1973Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Alness station re-opened.
25/06/1973Devon Valley Railway
Dollar to Alloa (Co-op Coal Siding) closed to freight on closure of Dollar 4 and 5
29/07/1973Aberdare Railway
Closed between Cwmbach Junction and Aberdare on re-opening of Vale of Neath Railway route. This allowed road improvements, elimination of a level crossing, and property development and was financed by the council.
  /  /1974Polloc and Govan Railway
Polmadie Shed closed when West Coast Main Line electrification reaches Glasgow. The site was re-developed as a carriage depot.
05/05/1975Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ayr to Mauchline re-closed to passengers.
05/05/1975Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Barassie to Kilmarnock re-opened to passengers (on closure of Annbank to Mauchline to passengers).
  /09/1975Llangollen and Corwen Railway
Open day to launch the re-opening of the line as the Llangollen Railway. Line has 60 feet of track.
06/10/1975Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bridge of Earn Junction to Ladybank re-opened for passengers (after closure of the Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)).
28/03/1976Minehead Railway
Minehead to Blue Anchor re-opened as the West Somerset Railway [Preserved] .
03/05/1976Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Gartcosh Junction to Gartsherrie South Junction re-opened to passengers.
28/08/1976Minehead Railway West Somerset Railway
Blue Anchor to Williton re-opened.
  /  /1977City of Glasgow Union Railway
St Enoch station starts to be demolished after having been a car-park. Rubble used to fill the Queens Dock (Glasgow).
  /  /1978Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aviemore Speyside to Boat of Garten re-opened.
02/01/1978Garston and Liverpool Railway
Mersey Road and Aigburth renamed Aigburth and re-opened
07/05/1978#West Somerset Railway#
Williton to Stogumber re-opened
  /  /1979Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Kincraig loop re-opened.
  /01/1979Ravenscraig Steel WorksLargs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Hunterston Ore Terminal opened with a 3500 ton crane for ore and 2500 ton crane for coal. Hunterston Ore Terminal to Holm Junction re-opened to freight.
06/06/1979#West Somerset Railway#
Stogumber to Bishops Lydeard re-opened
  /07/1979Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Kincardine Junction (excluded) to Oakley (excluded) closed. Signalling removed at the former Alloa station and Alloa Co-op Siding and the line from Kincardine Junction run as two parallel single tracks from Alloa to Alloa West Junction.
  /10/1979Perth and Dundee Railway
5 killed when two trains collide near Invergowrie when one over-runs a signal.
05/11/1979Glasgow Central Railway
The Argyle Line; Stobcross to Strathclyde Junction and Rutherglen Junction re-opened to passengers. Stations at; Finnieston [2nd], Anderston, Glasgow Central Low Level, Argyle Street, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen.
  /  /1980Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Decision taken to open a narrow-gauge line northwards from Alston.
  /  /1980Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Kilmarnock to Barassie re-opened to passengers.
  /  /1980Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Maryhill Shopping Centre built over the remains of Maryhill Central station. A single-track sized tunnel is left under the station with a single platform.
  /  /1980Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Narrow-gauge Port Erroll Narrow Gauge Railway (near the former Cruden Bay station) opened.
16/04/1980Glasgow District Subway
The Glasgow District Subway re-opens as the Glasgow Underground following extensive renovation and modernisation.
22/05/1981Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
Barmouth Viaduct re-opened to DMUs.
05/10/1981Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Wetheral re-opened.
  /  /1983Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Line re-opens as the South Tynedale Railway.
  /  /1983Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Re-introduction of observation cars in the summer.
  /  /1983Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Preservation of the alignment between Partick West and Possil, for possible re-opening, is abandoned.
  /  /1983Kidwelly and Burry Port Railway
Kidwelly to Kidwelly Junction re-opened
  /  /1984City of Glasgow Union Railway
Dis-used warehouses at Bell Street College Goods start to be converted into flats.
  /  /1984Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Glasgow Central to Stranraer DMUs withdrawn and replaced with locomotive hauled 'SEALINK' slam-door stock.
  /  /1984Franklin Expedition
Autopsies carried out on the bodies of John Torrington, John Hartnell and William Braine who died during the 1845/46 over-winter and were buried on Beechy Island. Lead levels, probably from the solder used to seal the cans of meat taken my the expedition, were high and may have contributed to their deaths.
12/05/1984Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Kilmaurs station re-opened.
12/05/1984Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Auchinleck station re-opened.
10/07/1984Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Train crash when train hits cow near Polmont. The light driving trailer of the push-pull lifted off the track. 13 were killed and 17 injured.
  /  /1985Barry Dock and Railways
Barry Docks office building re-opened after a fire.
  /  /1985Stirling and Dunfermline Railway Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Longannet Power Station (excluded) to Alloa West Junction (excluded) out of use. Track left in place for possible re-opening.
  /  /1985Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Alloa co-op Siding to Alloa West Junction (excluded) closed. Line lifted from Alloa Co-op Siding to Alloa West Junction.
13/05/1985Scottish Central Railway
Bridge of Allan station re-opened on a new site to the immediate south of the old station, Bridge of Allan [1st]. The station included a large car park.
17/05/1985Aberdeen Railway
Portlethen re-opened
30/06/1985Duke of Sutherlands Railway
Dunrobin re-opened.
  /  /1986Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Invergordon Aluminium Smelter sidings closed.
24/03/1986Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Re-opened to passengers with stations at Uphall, Livingston North, and Bathgate.
29/09/1986Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Electrification and re-signaling of Paisley to Ayr complete.
19/01/1987Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan Town re-opened.
  /  /1988Bairds and Dalmellington Limited
Track re-laid from alongside the Dunaskin Central Washer (now closed) to Chalmerston Loading Pad. Dunaskin Central Washer sidings lifted. Connection made to preserved line at the former Minnivey Nos 4,5.
  /  /1988Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Line re-opened to freight from Dalrymple Junction to Dunaskin Central Washer. Cutler Sidings lifted.
07/02/1989Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Ness Viaduct, Inverness, collapses, separating the Thurso, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh lines from the rest of the network. Dingwall becomes the southern terminus, Muir of Ord closes (although served by a minibus) and becomes a train maintenance depot. Buses operate between Inverness and Dingwall while a new bridge is built.
07/02/1989Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Ness Viaduct, Inverness, collapses.
  /07/1989Yoker Re-signaling Scheme
Re-signaling complete. Boxes at Helensburgh Central, Craigendoran, Dumbarton Central, Dalmuir Park, Singer, Milngavie, Westerton, Hyndland, Clydebank Dock, High Street East Junction, Bellgrove, Parkhead, Shettleston, Heatheryknowe Junction, Sunnyside Junction, Airdrie replaced by the new Yoker Signalling Centre.
  /  /1990Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Powderhall to Piershill Junction re-opened to freight for refuse trains traffic.
16/06/1990#West Somerset Railway#
Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren re-opened.
28/07/1990Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Paisley Canal line re-opened to passengers from Glasgow to a new Paisley Canal station.
  /  /1991Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
New Cumnock re-opened.
  /06/1992Monktonhall Colliery (Millerhill)
Leased by workers co-op
02/12/1993Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Glasgow Queen Street High Level to Maryhill re-opened for local passenger service (Stations at; Maryhill, Lambhill, Summerston, Possilpark, Ashfield), trains continue to Knightswood West Junction to swap tracks.
25/06/1994Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
The driver and a passenger are killed when a train de-rails near what later became Drumfrochar station, after vandals placed concrete blocks on the line, and struck a bridge.
27/06/1994Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Sanquhar station re-opened.
  /  /1996Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Lambley Viaduct re-opened after restoration as a footpath.
  /  /1996Bedale Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway) Bedale and Leyburn Railway Hawes Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Line re-opened to Redmire for military traffic to Catterick Camp.
  /12/1996New Cumnock Waggonway
Knockshinnoch Washery to Bank Junction (Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway) re-opened to freight.
  /  /1997Stobcross Railway
Partickhill station and Partickhill Goods [NB] shed demolished to make may for a supermarket and other stores. The yard here was used during the Yoker re-signalling scheme.
  /03/1997Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)
Grangemouth Docks to Fouldubs Junction re-opened to freight.
  /04/1997Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Longannet Power Station to Kincardine Power Station re-opened to freight.
21/01/1998Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Alves Junction to Roseisle Maltings re-opened to freight. The line was mothballed shortly afterwards.
  /07/1998Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aviemore station altered and re-opened to Strathspey Railway [Preserved] traffic and Aviemore Speyside station closed.
18/07/1998Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Holehouse Junction to Broomhill Loading Pad, for the opencast just to the south, re-opened.
  /05/1999Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Gartsherrie South Junction signal box closes - last signal box in the Monklands.
05/10/1999Great Western Railway
31 people killed at Ladbroke Grove when a local train over-runs a signal and crashes into a First Great Western express train.
  /  /2000Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Loop opened on the up side at Thornhill, just east of the former station. This aided capacity of the line with its long single track section from Gretna to Annan (since re-doubled).
13/02/2000Deeside Railway
Last delivery of a set of track panels to Crathes for partial re-instatement of the line by the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society.
17/10/2000Great North Eastern Railway
GNER London to Leeds train de-rails and crashes at Hatfield, killing 4 people, when the railway track breaks due to gauge corner cracking. The fault in the track was known, but had not been corrected.
28/02/2001Great North Eastern Railway
GNER York to London train crashes into a Landrover and trailer carrying a car (which had fallen from the M62), then de-rails and hits a Freightliner train at Great Heck near Selby
18/08/2001Keith and Dufftown Railway
First passenger train runs from Dufftown to Keith on the re-opened Keith and Dufftown Railway.
11/09/2001Terrorism in United States
Terrorists destroy the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damage the Pentagon building in Washington with hi-jacked planes which are suicidally crashed. A forth hi-jacked plane crashes in Pennsylvania. There is great loss of life.
26/09/2001West Highland Railway
Fort William Oil Depot re-opened.
04/12/2001Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Tree-planting ceremony marks the site-start at Newcraighall. Construction of Newcraighall and Brunstane stations on the Edinburgh CrossRail scheme commences.
11/12/2001Sutherland Railway
First oil train runs to the re-instated facility at Lairg for the first time in 10 years. The service is operated by English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS).
  /  /2002Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Beauly station re-opened.
  /  /2002Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Boat of Garten to Broomhill re-opened.
27/03/2002Longannet Mine
Closed by in-rush of water.
31/03/2002Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway
Sunderland to South Hylton re-opened.
03/06/2002Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Portobello Junction to Newcraighall (north of Millerhill) re-opened to passengers with stations at; Brunstane, Newcraighall.
03/06/2002Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Portobello East Junction to Niddrie South Junction and Niddrie South Junction to Newcraighall re-opened to passengers with a stations at Brunstane and Newcraighall. A long reversing spur was provided south of Newcraighall from the new Newcraighall Junction.
08/09/2002Inverness and Nairn Railway Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Blocked by flood-water.
  /  /2004Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Greenburn Light Railway re-opened - track laid from Greenburn Junction west to Greenburn Loading Pad.
  /  /2005Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Work begins on re-instating the Auchinleck to Cronberry to Powharnal (Gaswater) line. RailScot note: this work was aborted following the survey and pegging out of the centreline of the route.
04/07/2005Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Signalling switched on for the re-opening of the Hamilton (Haughhead Junction - Larkhall branch.
17/07/2005Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Overhead Line Equipment (overhead wires) energised for the re-opening of the Hamilton (Haughhead Junction - Larkhall line.
19/05/2008Stirling and Dunfermline RailwayKincardine Line
The railway between Stirling and Alloa re-opens to passengers. The line between Stirling and Longannet Power Station via Alloa re-opens to freight.
27/05/2008Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Demolition approved by East Ayrshire Council for British Railways Board (Residual) of the Mosshouse Viaduct over the Bellow Water by Cronberry. The viaduct was in poor condition and would need replaced should the Powharnal line be re-opened. The viaduct was demolished by the end of the year 2008.
17/05/2009Aberdeen Railway
Laurencekirk station scheduled to re-open. This was the 65th Modern Era re-opening in Scotland.
  /  /2010P&O Irish Sea P&O Ferries
P&O Irish Sea, operator of the Cairnryan - Larne Harbour and Troon Harbour - Larne Harbour services amongst others, is merged back into P&O and becomes P&O Ferries.
09/05/2010New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Drumgelloch [1st] closed to allow the line to be doubled as part of the re-opening between Airdrie and Bathgate.
  /09/2015P&O Ferries
Final season of the Troon Harbour to Larne Harbour service. In 2016 it is announced that the service was not profitable and would not re-start.
08/08/2019Leven Railway
Announcement of planned re-opening to passengers to Cameron Bridge and Leven.