A History of Britain’s Railways

Welcome to the RAILSCOT website. Here you will find the history of railways in Britain (with an emphasis on Scotland), current news and photographs past and present. (Copyright on all images remains with the photographer.)

1567 Mary Queen of Scots abdicates in favour of James VI:
1847 Paisley and Renfrew Railway
Glasgow Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway: Paisley and Renfrew Railway absorbed by Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.
1848 ~Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway: Ainsdale opened
1851 Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway): Line re-authorised (this time independently but backed by the Caledonian Railway); route Motherwell to Ferniegair to Coalburn to Bankend, branch to Northfield.
1854 Inverness and Nairn Railway: Line authorised, 15 miles from Inverness to Nairn and a 1/2 mile branch to Inverness harbour. Contractor : Brassey & Falshaw .
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Broomfield Siding looking towards site of Swinehill Junction. Broomfield Siding looking towards site of Swinehill Junction.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [1962]
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  • Cardiff Central
    The new platform 8 is currently taking shape at Cardiff Central. This is the view on 11 July 2016 looking back from the west end of platform 7.
  • Cowlairs Incline
    The first of the OHLE masts has sprouted from the founds photographed previously, seen here on 19 July, heading towards the tunnel to connect with the bar system used there.
  • Carlisle
    Ex LMS 46100 Royal Scot on one of it's first runs following a lengthy overhaul arrives at Carlisle Citadel working 1Z86 The Cumbrian Coast Express.
  • Didcot
    Colas 37s, 37116 & 37219, pause under the newly erected catenary at Didcot on 16 June 2016. After the driver changed ends this Network Rail train headed for Oxford and beyond.
  • Edinburgh Waverley
    View from Regent Road over the east end of Waverley on Saturday morning 4 June 2016. From the left: running into platform 8 from the Calton Tunnel is the Virgin Trains 0610 (SO) ex-Doncaster, class 90 and 67 locomotives are stabled in the sleeper bays, the ScotRail 0943 to North Berwick awaits departure at platform 3 and the VTEC 0930 to London Kings Cross is boarding at platform 2. Bottom left, on the site of the former New Street bus depot, are signs of the £750m 'New Waverley' development currently underway. [See image 9503]
  • Dundee
    This is currently the sole, fairly modest access to Dundee station after the demolition of the 1980s add-on. A nearby artist's impression of the riverside area shows an impressive new surface building, but this is part of a long term development and I don't notice any difference from my last visit 12 months ago. A fairly long-term 'temporary' entrance then.
June 2016 ScotRail and Southern train services badly affected by industrial action.
May 2016 Restored 60103 Flying Scotsman runs on Borders Railway.
March 2016 Glasgow Queen Street station closed for tunnel works.
February 2016 WCML reopened following major repair work on Lamington Viaduct.
Settle & Carlisle line closed after major landslip north of Appleby.

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Ivatt 2-6-0 43138... where and when? [Added 23 July 2016]

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