Today's banner by Ken Strachan: Apparently the driver of the Voyager had a conversation with his train; which asked him why Jaguar was advertising electric cars, when he was only a diesel. The driver told him that an ePace was a diesel, only the iPace was electric. I^m not sure the Voyager was convinced.

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1844  North British Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Alternative date 04/07/1844.
1884  Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
First attempt to open new route. Train departs Pontypridd but is blocked by the Great Western Railway at Bassaleg Junction.
1890  Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Quadrupling of line from Bridge Street to Eglinton Street Junction.
1890  Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Widened Clyde Place (Bridge Street) to Eglinton Street opened.
1905  Callander and Oban Railway
Introduction of C. & O. Hotel Express.
1930  Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Alloa [1st] (Kincardine Junction) to Dunfermline Lower via Culross closed to passengers.
1947  Peebles Railway
Pomathorn re-named Pomathorn Halt.
1958  Cathcart District Railway
Diesel Multiple units appear on line.

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This day in history

One of the diminutive Z4 0-4-2Ts purchased by the GNSR from Manning Wardle & Co in 1915 to work at Aberdeen Docks. No 68191 is seen here at the Regent Quay goods shed in 1950. The locomotive spent its time between the docks and its home shed at Kittybrewster, see image [[22505]].

One of the diminutive Z4 0-4-2Ts purchased by the GNSR from Manning Wardle & Co in 1915 to work at Aberdeen Docks. No 68191 is seen here at the Regent Quay goods shed in 1950. The locomotive spent its time between the docks and its home shed at Kittybrewster, see image [[22505]].

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1950)

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Notes and Queries

A query from Bill Roberton. 'Firstly, what I know/believe. Photo taken ca.1982 across the Inner Harbour at Leith. The wagon is a 7-plank RCH wagon in NCB livery. The quay was accessed from Dock Place and rails served a yard behind the building in the background. I don't know who owned the site; possibly a scrap merchant/dealer. I think the wagon is from the Lothians judging by the number. Looks to be in use as storage. The area has since been redeveloped for housing. How did the wagon come to be there and for what purpose?'
Added 28 April 2019.

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Miscellany

Related to Law Tunnel.

Memories of a tunnel

Regarding the Law Tunnel Gareth (sorry, no second name) e-mailed to say:

'You could get about 500 yards into it and the tunnel was bricked up totally. There was a 'ghost' at the end of the tunnel made up of two planks of wood and a white sheet at the end and to join our gang, you had to touch it.'

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Key events

June 2020Face coverings become mandatory on public transport.
May 2020Travelling by LNER becomes reservation-only.
March 2020Major changes to railway operations and timetables resulting from impact of Coronavirus pandemic.
December 2019- opening of Robroyston's new station and Dunbar's second platform

- farewell to ScotRail Class 314s and LNER HSTs

- TPE introduce Class 397s with new Glasgow-Preston-Liverpool route and Class 802s on new Edinburgh-Leeds-Liverpool route.
October 2019Almond Chord: £15 million approved to develop options for Waverley approaches.

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Slideshows

Nuneaton North Chord construction and traffic 38 photos
Nuneaton to Leamington Spa 88 photos
Bath and Bristol since 2008 111 photos
Titfield Thunderbolt country 13 photos
South Wales, ancient and modern 114 photos
DIRFT expansion 37 photos

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Books

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Stratford Depot Locomotives: In the Eighties & Nineties

ASIN 1911658425
Publisher Mortons Media Group
Published 2021-07-28
Author(s) Rounce, Roger

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Railway Magazine Archive Collection 1930s

ASIN 1911658514
Publisher Mortons Media Group
Published 2021-10-28
Author(s) Kelly, Peter

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Australian Railways

ASIN 1445683709
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2019-09-15
Author(s) Mark Carter

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Diesel Retrospective: Class 33

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

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