• Edinburgh Waverley
    The west end of Waverley on the morning of 13 July 2017, looking towards the station concourse along platform 12. The building in the background will be removed to facilitate the platform extension [see image 59963]. On the left alongside platform 13 is ScotRail 334022 with the recently arrived 0826 service from Helensburgh Central.
  • Bargeddie Bridge
    Work now in progress on the older ('Cutty Sark') bridge which takes the R&C line across the A8 at Bargeddie involves grit blasting, strengthening and repairs to steelwork, repairs to masonry and new paintwork. The east half is being done first, then the contraflow will be switched to the other lane to finish the job. (Photo from dashcam video).
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    Layout at Waverley following platform extension work currently in progress. Platform 12 is due for completion by the end of the year, followed by 5 and 6 by July 2018.
  • Forres
    Work on the new station at Forres is progressing well, platforms are nearly complete, the footbridge is being erected and track laid. View west through the site on 7 July 2017.
  • Inverkeithing East Junction
    Day 1 of the Royal Scotsman 'Grand Tour of Great Britain' sees 66746 passing Inverkeithing East Junction on 9 July 2017 with the Dundee - Chester leg.
  • Cranmore
    Over the last two years, the East Somerset Railway has carried out the restoration from Barry scrapyard condition to full working order of 41313. Today was its introduction back into service. Crewe built to an Ivatt design in 1952. It came out of Barry many years ago and went to the Buckinghamshire Rly. Centre, Quainton. Eventually an agreement was struck whereby 41298, 41313 and 46447 went to the Isle of Wight. The latter two were restored by the ESR and 41298 restored by the IOWRly. Here they are in action on the ESR. Admired by two coach loads of IOWRly supporters.
  • Breich
    Network rail has proposed (June 2017) that the minimally used station be closed to save the costs of replacing the footbridge which is incompatible with the electrification work being carried out on the line. The platforms and approaches could do with a bit of TLC as well.
  • Forres East Junction
    Stairs by the East box at Forres on 21 June 2017. On the right are the signal box access steps, to the left those for catching tablets from westbound trains, with the equivalent for eastbound trains across the tracks. In the background are the works associated with the new station and loop.
  • Millerhill Marshalling Yard
    Engineering possession at Millerhill on Sunday 18 June 2017, with work in progress in connection with the planned EGIP electric train depot. The two new sets of points will access the depot, with those at the bottom left routed via the washing plant. All scheduled train movements were cancelled for the day, including those on the Borders Railway, just off picture to the right, where a replacement bus service was in operation between Edinburgh and Gorebridge.

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1848  Salisbury and Yeovil Railway: Act passed
1848  Hartlepool Dock and Railway
The Great North of England, Clarence and Hartlepool Junction Railway: Both companies leased by the York Newcastle and Berwick Railway at George Hudson's instruction.
1861  Inverness and Perth Junction Railway: Act obtained for a line between Dunkeld and Forres, and Ballinluig to Aberfeldy. Engineer : Joseph Mitchell.
1861  ~London, Chatham and Dover Railway: Adisham opened
1861  Leven Railway
East of Fife Railway
Leven and East of Fife Railway: Leven Railway and East of Fife Railway merge to form the Leven and East of Fife Railway.
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Trains at Hyndland station, July 1949. Ex-NB J37 0.6.0 64584. Trains at Hyndland station, July 1949. Ex-NB J37 0.6.0 64584.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1949]

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This is a photo of what I am pretty certain are the remains of a tramway, used to haul the granite blocks quarried on the Ross of Mull up the hill to construct Glengorm Castle. The line would have continued behind the photographer up to a headshunt and then up to the castle site. Unfortunately the construction of the castle pre-dates the 1st series OS maps so only the line of the track is shown. I haven^t managed to find any reference to a tramway but there^s a lot of granite in that castle! Does anyone have any more information about this aspect of the castle^s construction?
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