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The potential conversion of old railway lines into cycle and walking routes is being blocked by plans to infill more than 100 bridges, including more than 20 in Scotland, campaigners have claimed.
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Uplawmoor [1st]: A view of the concrete southbound platform at Uplawmoor taken from the remains of the northbound platform. To the north/east of here the trackbed remained in a remarkable state of preservation for several miles in the 1980s with each sleeper indentation obvious in the ballast, up until it was dug up for a gas main. [Ref query 1024]
Ewan Crawford //1999

Plans to use an old railway line to create a new path linking Neilston and Uplawmoor for walking, cycling and wheeling are firmly on track.
(Permalink) Footpath Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway Neilston Uplawmoor


Neilston: With the buffer at Neilston at my back this is the view towards Uplawmoor showing the disused trackbed. This was still easily walkable for miles in the 1980s, looks trickier now.
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017


Uplawmoor [1st]: A view of the concrete southbound platform at Uplawmoor taken from the remains of the northbound platform. To the north/east of here the trackbed remained in a remarkable state of preservation for several miles in the 1980s with each sleeper indentation obvious in the ballast, up until it was dug up for a gas main. [Ref query 1024]
Ewan Crawford //1999


Uplawmoor [1st]: BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T 80113 reaches the end of its journey as it runs into Uplawmoor station on 11 July 1956 with the 5.42pm train from Glasgow Central.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/07/1956

Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition to stop a rail route being reinstated over a landmark viaduct.
The Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP) has campaigned for the Peaks and Dales line to reopen between Matlock and Buxton.
The line includes the Monsal Viaduct in Derbyshire, which has been converted into a walking and cycling trail.
(Permalink) Footpath Monsal Dale Viaduct Monsal Trail


Cressbrook Tunnel: Approaching Cressbrook Tunnel on the Monsal Trail heading west on 28 September 2014.
Bruce McCartney 28/09/2014


Monsal Dale Viaduct: Looking west into Monsal Dale on 17 June 2012 with the former Midland Railway viaduct crossing the River Wye in the centre. To the left the railway entered Headstone Tunnel while in the middle distance it passed through Monsal Dale station before entering first Cressbrook and then Litton Tunnels. Today over 8 miles of the former railway trackbed (including 6 tunnels) have been converted into a footpath for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
John McIntyre 17/06/2012


Bakewell: Main building of the former Midland railway station at Bakewell seen here platform side in July 1991. View is from the adjacent overbridge looking towards Buxton. Bakewell station closed to passengers in March 1967.
David Pesterfield /07/1991

A bid to transform a disused railway from Ayr to Girvan into a safe active travel route has gathered pace during lockdown with the council backing ambitious plans.

(Permalink) Footpath Maidens and Dunure Light Railway


Dunure: A rather boggy cutting just south of the station site at Dunure in 2005.
Colin Harkins 28/08/2005


Maidens: Maidens (passing loop still in place).
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/09/1949

The section of railway between Keswick and Threlkeld in the Lake District was closed in 1972 and subsequently became a well-used footpath. However two striking bowstring bridges were washed away during Storm Desmond in 2015, severing the route and impacting on local tourism. The structures had been engineered by Sir Thomas Bouch whose reputation was ...
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Keswick: After passing through the now infilled tunnel see image [[39079]], passengers for Keswick crossed the River Greta at an angle, on an inverted bowstring girder bridge. This view looks South West along the river on 14 May - a bit of a damp day.
Ken Strachan 14/05/2012


Keswick: Keswick looking west. The island platform has gone (it was to the right) and the site is now a carpark. But there is a plan to re-open the line ...
Ewan Crawford 27/09/2006


Keswick: This concrete box tunnel under the Keswick bypass is handy for cyclists and pedestrians following the Keswick branch trackbed, and could conceivably help reopening. But the upward slope in the background indicates an infilled tunnel see image [[39079]]. View East in May 2012.
Ken Strachan 14/05/2012

The uneconomical coastal line was closed during the Beeching axe period in the 1960s, and by 1972 all of the track had been removed. The route remained as a designated greenway for walking, cycling and horse riding and was named the Cinder Track.
However, the path was neglected for years and struggled to fulfil its potential for recreation and tourism.
In 2019, an ambitious scheme to restore the condition of the Cinder Track began and the first stage is now complete, although a ceremony planned to mark the milestone has had to be postponed due to the lockdown restrictions.
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Cloughton: Despite the bench sporting a Goathland nameplate, the converted station is actually Cloughton on the closed Whitby - Scarborough line. Photographed looking south along the platform on 20 April 2009. Well worth a refreshment stop! See image [[24383]]
John Furnevel 20/04/2009


Hawsker: Hawsker station looking to Whitby in April 2008.
Ewan Crawford 02/04/2008


Robin Hood^s Bay: The RCTS North Eastern Limited calls at Robin Hood's Bay on 2 May 1964 on its way from Newcastle to Whitby. B1 61031 Reedbuck had taken over the train at York. See image [[26270]] for a view of the station forty five years on.
Bruce McCartney 02/05/1964

Work has begun on a new footpath with several viewing areas overlooking the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Passenger numbers to the west Highland station have doubled in the last 10-years, with over 11,000 visitors in 2017-18 flocking to the area to catch a glimpse of a train crossing the A-listed structure made famous by the success of the Harry Potter films. Many other tourists stop off at Glenfinnan on their journey to Mallaig to view the station museum, viaduct and monument to the Jacobite rising.
(Permalink) Footpath Glenfinnan Viaduct


Glenfinnan Viaduct: The Photographers' gallery at Glenfinnan on 7/8/17!
Alan Hardie 07/08/2017

Three years after a study earmarked five disused Welsh railway tunnels for reopening as cycling and walking routes, one is now in use and work is under way to open two much larger projects by 2021. What has happened to make the dream of many move closer to reality?

Tregarth tunnel in Bethesda reopened in May last year, after four months of work and at a cost of £430,000.

Known locally as Tynal Tywyll - Dark Tunnel, in English - it now forms part of a north Wales coast to Snowdonia path.
(Permalink) Footpath Tregarth Tunnel

A popular footpath between Langlee and Tweedbank is to close for eight weeks from February 17 to allow repairs to be carried out on Redbridge Viaduct.
The work is linked to the reopening of the Borders Railway next year.
The bridge deck will be waterproofed and resurfaced, utilities will be moved and masonry repairs carried out before it is reopened in April. A footpath diversion via Galafoot Bridge will be in place for the duration of the job.
Work on the bridge will continue once the path reopens, with the walking route fenced off. Once the railway opens in autumn 2015, a footpath will be retained alongside the track.
Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for Borders Railway, said: We know that the Redbridge Viaduct link between Langlee and Tweedbank is an extremely popular walking and cycling route, and weve done all we can to retain that access until now.
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Galashiels [1st]: D1110 arrives at Galashiels on 13 April 1968 hauling the BR (Scottish Region) Easter Grand Tour. The special ran Edinburgh - Stafford and return via separate circuitous routes, (which are logged on the SBJ website). [Additional nostalgia note: On the right of the photograph is Ian Bell of local Rock/Country band Johnny & the Roccos widely hailed as ...'one of the finest rock n' roll bands to come out of Scotland']. Thangyuverrymuch...
Bruce McCartney 13/04/1968


Galashiels [1st]: An NCL lorry in Galashiels station forecourt in Spring 1971. At this stage, two years after closure, much of the physical infrastructure of the railway remained intact and BR provided a road-based parcels service from Gala depot. Today the view is unrecognisable, with new roads, Asda Supermarket and light industry swallowing almost all of the former railway footprint. However, eagle-eyed observers will spot that the columns at the station entrance have survived as the last evidence that there was once a railway here see image [[45617]].
David Spaven //1971


Galashiels [1st]: D5302 arrives at Galashiels with train for Carlisle in 1966 past the impressive signal box at the north end of the station see image [[24013]]
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1966

The project director on the Borders Railway has said an eight-week closure of an 'extremely popular' walking and cycling route is 'unavoidable'.
The Black Path between Langlee and Tweedbank will be shut from 17 February.
It is to allow a series of improvement works on the Redbridge viaduct over the River Tweed.
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Tweedbank: View west along the Black Path from Tweedbank towards Galashiels on 11 April 2013. The sign reads NO WORKS WITHIN THIS AREA.
Bill Roberton 11/04/2013


Redbridge Viaduct: Guardian photographer Murdo Macleod captures the paper's Scotland correspondent, Severin Carrell, interviewing CBR activist and Railscot contributor Bill Jamieson on the Red Bridge near Tweedbank on 1st November. Part of field research for a news article published on 6th November, the day of the Borders Railway signing ceremony at Newtongrange.
David Spaven 01/11/2012


Redbridge Viaduct: Looking south along the Black Path towards the Red Bridge at Galashiels on 24 October 2013. Beyond stands Tweedbank with the Eildon Hills on the horizon. Photographed from the temporary path recently put in place to bypass the bridge works on Winston Road see image [[42351]] part of which is currently closed and inaccessible.
John Furnevel 24/10/2013

A £4m cycle and walking path with the longest cycling tunnel in Britain has opened with a mass cycle ride.
The Two Tunnels Greenway route opens up two former railway tunnels nearly 50 years after they closed.
Almost 2,000 people attended the mass cycle to mark the opening of the route which runs from Bath to Midford.
The path goes through Linear Park, on through the disused Devonshire and Combe Down railway tunnels, and over the Tucking Mill Viaduct.
At over a mile long, the Combe Down tunnel will be the longest cycling tunnel in Britain and will feature an interactive light and sound installation.
(Permalink) Combe Down Tunnel Footpath


Combe Down Tunnel: This view shows the southern portal of Combe Down Tunnel - still awaiting restoration in September 2011! See image [[43820]]
John Thorn 05/09/2011

Moray councillors have agreed to accept an offer of over £97,000 for the former railway station at Ballindalloch.
The property, which stands on the Speyside Way long distance footpath, was leased by the council as a backpackers' hostel until it closed recently because of a problem with the water supply.
(Permalink) Ballindalloch Footpath Speyside Way Strathspey Railway


Ballindalloch Viaduct: Ballindalloch Girder Bridge on old Speyside Line now part of the Speyside Way.
John Gray //


Ballindalloch: Platform view at Ballindalloch in September 2004, looking south west towards Grantown-on-Spey. The old station, which closed to passengers in October 1965, is seen here in use as a hostel.
John Furnevel 12/09/2004


Ballindalloch: The extensive goods yard at Ballindalloch, as seen on 2 November 1968 - freight services between Aviemore and Aberlour had been withdrawn the previous day.
David Spaven 02/11/1968

A secluded footpath is being fully lit under a £90,000 upgrade.
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