Hawick [2nd]: Class J35 0-6-0 no 64509 pulls away from the platform at the commencement of its journey with the 1225 Hawick - Carlisle train on 11 January 1958.
Motherwell MPD: D1835 and D6837 stand in the shed yard at Motherwell in January 1971.
Motherwell MPD: A misty Motherwell shed on 11 January 1971, with snow on the ground, hosting a trio of Clayton locomotives. The individuals concerned are (front to rear) 8502, 8568 and 8538. All 3 examples were withdrawn in October that year. After being purchased for private industrial use 8568 was later preserved. [See image 22649]
Maudlands Viaduct: 47432 passes the site of Maudland Viaduct signalbox as it leaves the bridge and nears Preston on a Blackpool to Euston service in January 1981. The train is approaching the cutting and signal shown in [See image 19011]. The three tracks at this location (formerly four) were later reduced to two and by 2017 the area was being prepared for electrification.
Bristol Temple Meads: A down First Great Western HST leaving Bristol Temple Meads on 11 January 2002.
Bristol Temple Meads: View over the West end of Bristol Temple Meads station in January 2002.
Highworth: View along the trackbed of the 1883 Swindon and Highworth Railway in January 2009. This section of the line, which closed around 1965, passes through a wood near Highworth and is now used as a footpath.
South Marston: The hump of a 1940's siding off the Swindon - Highfield branch into the wartime Vickers factory at Long Marston. Here they built, amongst other things, Spitfires. This siding turned north up the embankment and then crossed over the Highworth branch (seen running in from the right) via a now demolished bridge. Like all these long forgotten lines not a lot remains. The Highfield branch finally closed in 1965.
Carrbridge: Under fading light at Carrbridge on 11 January the Ainscough crane (the 5th crane to be used) works flat out lifting the containers. [See addendum to today's Railscot News Item.]
Birmingham Snow Hill: First light and fresh snow at Birmingham Snow Hill on 11 January and 150124 (and the 3-car unit to which it was coupled) have unloaded their commuters in front of the BT Tower before going forward on the Kidderminster line.
Carrbridge: EWS 66113 and DRS 37423 arrive at Carrbridge from Inverness on 11 January on snowplough duty.
Carrbridge: Bit of a mess! Organising the recovery operation at Carrbridge - 11 January 2010.
Carrbridge: Here comes the cavalry... EWS 66112 makes its way through the snow en route to the Carrbridge crash site on the morning of 11 January 2010 to provide assistance with the ongoing container recovery operation.
Carrbridge: General view of Carrbridge from the A9 on 11 January. EWS 66139 is at the head of an engineers train and the large crane on the right has just lifted a damaged wagon from the station and is lowering it into a holding area.
Stratford-upon-Avon: The old main line through Broadway to Cheltenham appears to continue beyond Stratford's platforms, but in fact the buffers are just round the corner and this station has been a terminus since 1968. The line remained for freight only (avoiding the Lickey incline) until 1976 but a road has now been built over the old trackbed through part of the town. 150018, seen from the Great Western covered footbridge, is newly arrived from Stourbridge Junction and about to return there via Birmingham Snow Hill.
Carrbridge: Platform scene at Carrbridge station on 11 January with container recovery ongoing.
Stratford-upon-Avon: There is still plenty of evidence of GWR ownership at Stratford-upon-Avon station, as well as three operational platforms. London Midland Sprinter 150018 stands in fresh snow at Platform 1 on 11 January waiting to form a service to Stourbridge Junction via Birmingham Snow Hill.
Birmingham Snow Hill: Birmingham Snow Hill lives up to its name as London Midland Sprinter 150014 runs in from Stourbridge Junction to form the 0819 to Dorridge. 0n the right, behind the railings, lie the Metro tram tracks.
Nuneaton Trent Valley: Tamper, tamper: a Colas Rail dual tamper unit waits to set off for a bit of 'one part ballast, one part snow'. Part of the crew had walked down from the recently-built office complex near the formner Abbey Street station.
Lea Road: Lea Road station, on the outskirts of Preston, closed in 1938 and little remains. The site, by the bend in the distance of this picture, is also inaccessible. 158909 is heading for Blackpool North and will soon pass Salwick, which also closed in 1938 but reopened in 1940 for munitions workers at the nearby plant and still has a limited service today.
Manila: A 'wide boy' unit [see image 37875] is caught in the driver's passenger boarding mirror at Santolan terminus on line 2. Line 2 to Recto goes ahead to the right; the curved line on the viaduct on the left leads to the line 2 depot. Footnote September 2012: regular depot tours are now available to the general public.
Manila: A 'Slim Jim' leaves Manila's EDSA station on LRT Line 2, surrounded by competing modes of transport (coach, Jeepneys, motorcycle taxis, bicycle taxis, a minicab, and even an aeroplane). Notice the Lego-style building in the left background.
Manila: Quality and width: the wider of two new classes of tram on Manila's LRT Line 2 measures up at 10 feet 3 inches across. They are very roomy - and much more comfortable than their chief competitor, the Jeepneys seen below. At about 2p a stop, they're pretty good value, too. Photograph taken at Santolan station, which is currently a terminus.
Manila: This is what all that width gives you [see image 37875]: room for three rows of strap hangers inside. This was taken during a slack period one day in January 2012. Between 3 and 6 in the afternoon, you can't see from one side of the carriage to the other. A Filipina told me '...we like the LRT, because an hour's journey by Jeepney only takes two minutes by train'.
Cowlairs South Junction: Grab shot from a passing train on 11 January 2014 showing the electrification masts which are now advancing along the Cowlairs Chord and also the Springburn-Eastfield side of the triangle.
Gorebridge: The 1024 Waverley - Tweedbank restarts from Gorebridge on 11 January 2015.
Gorebridge: ScotRail 158705 arrives at Gorebridge on 11 January 2015 with the 1029 Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley.
Newtongrange: An Edinburgh bound DMU on the Borders Railway heads north from Newtongrange on 11 January 2015. The train is about to pass below the second of the two new pedestrian footbridges built here, as it turns left towards Newbattle Viaduct.
Warcop: 37042 at Warcop on the Eden Valley Railway, 11 January 2016, looking very forlorn. Built by English Electric at their Vulcan Works in Lancashire in 1962.
Plates, signs and notices: Network Rail's Lamington notice at Glasgow Central.
Lamington: Detail of the Network Rail poster at Glasgow Central showing the damage and repairs to Lamington Viaduct.
Newtongrange: Signs of an overnight frost are still present as the 0959 ex-Tweedbank boards at Newtongrange on a cold January morning in 2016. Photographed looking south from Dean Park footbridge through the site of the original 1908 station.
Eastleigh: 66133 southbound through Eastleigh at 1215 hours on 11 January 2017.
Eastleigh: 66001 southbound with a car train for Southampton Docks. (Was this was the first 66 to work in the UK?)
Eastleigh: Southbound Freightliner 66517, stopped at Eastleigh for a crew change on 11 January 2017.
Eastleigh: Freightliner 66589 southbound through Eastleigh on 11 January 2017. The locomotive is about to pull up for a crew change.
Buchanan Street [Subway]: The non-facing platform arrangement at Buchanan Street Subway seen on 11/02/2017. Left platform is Inner Circle, right Outer. To keep you right the Inner Circle has grey signs, the Outer has orange. Now you've no excuse for getting lost.
Shotts: View from the top of the platform 2 ramp at Shotts a few days after demolition of Station Road overbridge, with work in progress on preparations for the replacement structure to cater for electrification. [See image 57713] for a similar a view 7 days earlier.
Eastleigh: 66846 and 66850 'dead' in the nearby sidings. Colas Rail.
Shotts: 7 days on [see image 57698] with the bridge now demolished. Perhaps that's one of the culprits on the left still clutching a length of pipe.
Eastleigh: 70015 called into Platform 2 for a crew change, departed at 1358 hours.
Eastleigh: 450 553 EMU a local all stations stopper bound for London Waterloo at 1348 hours.
Eastleigh: South West Trains 158-882 signalled on to the Romsey line with a train for Salisbury.
Tulloch: 73971 passing through Tulloch on its way to Fort William.
Edinburgh Waverley: 86101 'Sir William A Stanier FRS' with the 23.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs sleeper portion, on 11 January.
Hest Bank: Network Rail have applied to Lancaster City Council for permission to demolish Hest Bank signal box. It was opened on 22nd December 1958, replacing an LNWR box on the opposite side of the crossing, but will not see its 60th birthday. An Edinburgh to Euston Pendolino passes on a frosty 11th January 2018.
Conder Viaduct: High above the Galgate rooftops 90048 and 90045 speed a Daventry to Coatbridge intermodal over the Conder Viaduct on 11th January 2018. The River Conder caused serious flooding in Galgate in November 2017, with over 150 homes affected.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1858||Taff Vale Extension||Tredegar Junction to Quakers^ Yard (Low Level) opened.|
|1966||Edinburgh and Northern Railway||Bridge of Earn Junction to Ladybank closed by rockfall at Clatchard Craig Quarry.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2006||Scanner trials start at stations [BBC News]||A body scanner that detects explosives is being unveiled as trials begin in London aimed at boosting rail security.|
|2006||Fare response to rail strike [Scotsman]||RAIL passengers from Edinburgh will be able to purchase £20 walk-on fares on Virgin trains this Sunday.|
|2008||Wi-fi milestone for Subway [BBC News]||A deal to provide a mobile and wi-fi network across 15 Glasgow subway stations is announced.|
|2010||Carrbridge derailment - day 8 [Railscot News]||Carrbridge derailment day 8 [from Gus Carnegie]. Various Class 66s have now arrived at the Carrbridge crash scene to provide assistance. Both of the J Jack cranes have now left the site and a large Ainscough crane is currently handling the ongoing recovery of the Stobart containers and flats..... Addendum PM 11 January : Under fading light the Ainscough crane (the 5th crane to be used so far) is working flat out lifting the containers. A Class 37 and yet another Class 66 have appeared from the North with a snowplough - perhaps a line reopening is imminent ? The crashed Class 66 is now under a huge tarpaulin - presumably waiting for crane No 6 for which a special road is being built.|
|2010||Probe into rail near miss in snow [BBC News Article]||Rail accident investigators look into a near miss involving a freight train and two passengers services.|
|2010||FirstInsight Newsletter [First ScotRail]||Two items from the recently issued January/February 2010 edition of FirstInsight are shown opposite. [With thanks to David Panton]|
|2011||Southeastern staff to strike in jobs row [BBC News]||Workers on Southeastern trains in London have voted in favour of striking in a row over jobs.|
|2011||German Railways launches investment plan after winter chaos [M&G News]||The rail chaos unleashed by the harsh winter weather seems to have brought to a head the deepening sense of frustration and anger in Germany about the nation^s state-owned rail company, Deutsche Bahn AG|
|2012||ScotRail’s Club 55 returns [Rail.co]||ScotRail’s most popular ticket offer is back – from 16 January 2012 – with prices held at autumn 2011 rates. Customers aged 55 and over can travel anywhere in Scotland – plus Berwick-upon-Tweed and Carlisle – for £19 return.|
|2012||Network rail awards £55m EGIP contracts [BTN]||Network Rail has today announced £55m-worth of contracts associated with the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme. Morgan Sindall will construct a new £25m station at Haymarket, in Edinburgh, to create a fully accessible station as well as an integrated train, tram, bus and taxi transport hub.|
|2014||Great Central Railway bridge preparation work begins [BBC News]||Work to build a £1m rail link between two heritage railway lines used as film sets has begun. Boreholes have been drilled in preparation for a bridge over the Midland Mainline at Loughborough. It will link the Great Central Railway North and South, creating 18 miles of heritage railway across Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.|
|2015||What happened to England^s forgotten railway stations? [BBC News]||In living memory, hundreds of railway stations have closed across the country and have since been abandoned, demolished or converted to other uses. But many former passengers still remember the days when they were a hive of activity. [Sent in by several Railscot contributors - thanks]|
|2016||ScotRail industrial action threatened in jobs row [Express and Star]||The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said it will ballot its members at ScotRail if control room staffing is reduced. General secretary Manuel Cortes has written to the company seeking a guarantee that staffing will remain at current levels. He said: ^This is not a pay issue, this is a safety issue. Our controllers are already working flat out. ^The Forth Road Bridge closure exposed just how overstretched they are in this high-stress environment with no slack in the system to cover sickness absence or maternity leave, with train services in Scotland already running on the good will of our members.|
|2017||National Express to sell c2c to Italian railways [Rail News]||NATIONAL EXPRESS is set to sell its last British rail franchise to the Italian state operator FS. Trenitalia, part of FS Italiane Group, will acquire the c2c franchise for some Â£70 million, yielding a ^small net profit^ for the Group. The deal is subject to the consent of the Department for Transport, and existing c2c management and staff are to be retained. It will also mark the exit of National Express from the franchised rail sector in Britain, although it still has the concession to operate Midland Metro trams. At one time National Express held the largest number of franchises, which included ScotRail, Midland Mainline and Central Trains. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2017||Southern rail strike: GTR taking legal case to Supreme Court [BBC News]||The owner of Southern rail says it will take the union Aslef to the Supreme Court over its industrial action on the train network. Drivers are continuing a 48-hour strike, with another walkout planned for Friday. Almost all of its 2,200 daily services have been cancelled. Further strikes by Aslef have been called for 24, 25 and 27 January. Southern^s owner Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) lost a court case and an appeal last year over halting strikes. Southern has insisted it will not back down in the dispute over who should open and close train doors.|