Murdoch Paterson: Murdoch Paterson, chief engineer of the Highland Railway, was commissioned to draw up the Ullapool Railway plans (see image 74177) for submission to Parliament in 1890, as described in Andrew Drummond's A Quite Impossible Proposal: How Not to Build a Railway, published on 24th September. Given 'the amount of effort that the Highland Railway Company put into making sure that none of these [Ullapool Railway] schemes succeeded', Paterson's involvement was perhaps surprising! Follow link for a review of the book by David Spaven.
Kittybrewster Shed: Kittybrewster's 2P 4-4-0s 40648, 40650 and 40663 in store at the depot in 1961 following withdrawal. The locomotives were destined for scrapping at Inverurie. It is unfortunate that none of this class were preserved.
Burton and Holme: This splendid road sign at the start of Station Lane in Burton in Kendal points the way to Burton & Holme station, but without reference to the distance of 3/4 of a mile, or the hill in between. Westmorland County Council was dissolved in 1974 when Cumbria came into being and of course the station itself closed in 1950, although the building still stands alongside the WCML.
Sheffield Park: SE&CR No.65 takes water before running round and heading north on the Bluebell Railway in March 2018.
Broomhill: A view along the platform at Broomhill towards Grantown-on-Spey in April 1977 with the station master's house on the left.
Kirkland Yard: An aerial view over the east end of Kirkland Yard (with the Fife Heritage Railway preservation site) looking to Leven, Innerleven and the mouth of the River Leven.
Lingerwood Junction: The former rail route between Lady Victoria and Lingerwood Junction looking east towards the latter on 20 August 2020. A memento from operational days, alongside the trackbed to the left, is the remains of a tubular steel lighting column complete with lamphead. A number of these are shown in the photograph taken by Douglas Blades looking west along this section some 49 years earlier (see image []).
Wolsingham: View looking east along the very lengthy Wolsingham station platform, from the overbridge at the west end of the station, on the currently in limbo Weardale Railway; following its closure by British American Rail Services, and subsequent sale to a regional community organisation. There is a small building at the extreme east end of the platform that was built to service visitors to the heritage railway. Some work is being carried out to hopefully bring the line back into operation in 2021.
Eyemouth: The briefest table in the Scottish Region timetable for winter 1960-61. Notice that after a train arrived at Eyemouth at 0920, that was it until 1530. Sleepy or what? (See image []).
Cameron Bridge: The site of Cameron Bridge station on 20 July 2020. The platform edge and rails just visible bottom left.
Aylsham: 2-6-2 ZB class No.7 'Spitfire' just arrived at Aylsham with a Bure Valley Railway service from Wroxham on 30th May 2016. This is the terminus of the line on the site of the former Aylsham South station, an intermediate stop on the Wroxham to County School line that closed in 1952. Near Reepham, the line crossed the ex-M&GNJR Melton Constable to Norwich City line and in 1960, a year after this had closed to passengers, the Themelthorpe spur was opened linking the two lines and freight trains via this route to Norwich City continued until 1969 when they were cut back to Lenwade. These finished in 1981 and the Bure Valley Railway opened in 1990 but beyond Aylsham, the former standard gauge lines are now abandoned.