This day in history 13 January

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Edinburgh Waverley: Type 2s 5325+5115 leave Waverley on 13 January 1970 with a morning train for Inverness.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [13/01/1970]


Kings Cross: View from the station concourse at Kings Cross over the buffer stops in 1981. Nearest the camera 31402 has recently arrived with empty stock. Alongside is a class 312 EMU about to depart on a Royston service. Furthest away is 31405, another locomotive engaged in empty stock duties.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/01/1981]


Kings Cross: View over the buffer stops at Kings Cross in 1981. On the left 31405 has brought in empty stock, while alongside is emu 312708 with a recent arrival from Royston.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/01/1981]


Cantley: Looking over the level crossing at Cantley, Norfolk, as the gates are reopened in January 1988 with a DMU standing at the platform. View is north west towards Norwich.

Yarmouth and Norwich Railway (Norfolk Railway)
Ian Dinmore [13/01/1988]


Eccles Road: View north east from the platform at Eccles Road station in January 1988 looking towards Norwich.

Norwich and Brandon Railway (Norfolk Railway)
Ian Dinmore [13/01/1988]


Braeside Junction: 37240 photographed at Braeside Junction alongside the Forth to the west of Charlestown on 13 January 1993 during the second last freight trip to the Royal Naval armament depot at Crombie.

Charlestown Railway
Bill Roberton [13/01/1993]


Braeside Junction: 37240 at Braeside Junction alongside the Firth of Forth on 13 January 1993 with a freight for RNAD Crombie.

Charlestown Railway
Bill Roberton [13/01/1993]


Braeside Junction: 37240 approaching Braeside Junction from the north on 13 January 1993 with the second last train to RNAD Crombie. The warning notice at the end of the line running in on the left from the armament depot states clearly MOD PROPERTY - NO RIGHT OF WAY.

Charlestown Railway
Bill Roberton [13/01/1993]


Braeside Junction: After leaving the Dunfermline - Kincardine line at Elbowend Junction the branch serving the Royal Naval Armament Depot at Crombie ran down to the north shore of the Firth of Forth to reach Braeside Junction. No 37240 is seen there on 13 January 1993 in connection with one of the last branch trips to the MoD establishment, which was reached via the line to the left.

Charlestown Railway
Bill Roberton [13/01/1993]


St Pancras: St Pancras at an early stage of renovation in 2003. The construction of the new part of the station had just begun out of view to the left.

London Extension (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [13/01/2003]


Middle Peak Quarry: The Middle Peak Quarry loading point is to the left (with the quarry even further to the left connected by conveyor) in this 2005 view looking to what is now Ravenstor station.

Wirksworth Branch (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [13/01/2005]


Ravenstor: Ravenstor station in 2005 before restoration of the track. An inclined plane ran north from here to the Cromford and High Peak Railway. [See image 41082].

Wirksworth branch (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [13/01/2005]


Darley Dale: Darley Dale station looking north towards Rowsley from the level crossing. The signalbox is on the edge of the photograph to the right. Today this is a preserved station on Peak Rail.

Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/01/2005]


Glasgow Central: Virgin West Coast and GNER services at Glasgow Central awaiting passengers.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [13/01/2007]


Glasgow Central: 67015 at Glasgow Central coupling up to the empty stock of the Caledonian Sleeper.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [13/01/2007]


Driffield: A track machine stabled in the remaining siding alongside Driffield station on the Hull - Scarborough line on 13 January.

Bridlington Branch (Hull and Selby Railway)
Peter Todd [13/01/2008]


Winsford: First ScotRail liveried EWS 90021 runs north light engine approaching Winsford Station on 13 January 2010.

Grand Junction Railway
David Pesterfield [13/01/2010]


Caldercruix: Unit 334028 has run non-stop east from Airdrie on 13 January 2011 and is about to continue on through Caldercruix station, closed in January 1956, but due to reopen soon. The next scheduled stop for the 11.40 Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley service today will be the new station at Blackridge.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [13/01/2011]


Blackridge: The westbound platform at Blackridge on 13 January 2011, with the last of the snow being washed away by rain. The train is the 11.57 to Helensburgh Central (11.21 ex-Waverley) formed by SPT liveried 334007.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [13/01/2011]


Blackridge: The 10.39 Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley arrives at Blackridge on 13 January 2011.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [13/01/2011]


Caldercruix: The 12.21 Edinburgh Waverley - Helensburgh runs past the ongoing works at Caldercruix station on 13 January 2011. Despite the time being 13.04 it was very dim, with arclights in use around the works and the camera on 3200ASA.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [13/01/2011]


Kirkliston: Old railway bridge crossing the River Almond approaching Kirkliston, on the former branch between Ratho and Dalmeny. View is north towards the village in January 2012. The line remained in use for freight traffic until the mid sixties.

South Queensferry Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
John Furnevel [13/01/2012]


Morecambe: Newly cascaded from the West Midlands to Northern, Sprinter 150206 stands alongside 153352 at Morecambe in January 2012. Purple vinyl was quickly applied to the new arrivals and the green Centro livery wasn't seen around the North West for long.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2012]


Kirkliston: Alongside the River Almond at Kirkliston under a low winter sun in January 2012. View south east, with the village off picture to the left and the Pentland Hills in the right background to the south of Edinburgh. The bridge carried the branch from Ratho (Lower) to Dalmeny and is now a walkway. The line closed to passengers in 1930 (Kirkliston being the only intermediate station) but continued to handle goods traffic, including a distillery at Kirkliston and a Navy victualling depot at the north end [see image 36169] for many years, before closing completely in 1966.

South Queensferry Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
John Furnevel [13/01/2012]


Morecambe: The green livery of a cascaded former Centro Sprinter makes a change from the usual Northern purple at Morecambe. The cars that make up set 150206 actually ran for many years as centre coaches in two three-car units in the West Midlands but were reunited when sent to Northern, who have indicated they will be rebranding their new stock quickly. On this day 150206 was heading for Leeds while 153352 was for Lancaster.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2012]


Euston: Well, that sign certainly works - not an HST to be seen. Euston, January 2014.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [13/01/2014]


Altrincham: Sprinter 150118 rolls into Altrincham on a Northern service from Chester to Piccadilly on 13th January 2015. The train is passing the Metrolink bay platforms, seen from the vantage point of the new glass footbridge.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Newcastle Central: TransPennine 185144 about to turn onto the King Edward Bridge on 13 January after leaving bay platform 9 at Newcastle Central as the 1206 service to Liverpool Lime Street via Manchester Victoria.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
David Pesterfield [13/01/2015]


Trafford Bar: Nearly new Metrolink 3088, leaving the East Didsbury line, emerges from the dive under at Trafford Bar to join the Altrincham line into Manchester on 13 January. In BR days the two railways were not connected. With the opening of the Manchester Airport line Trafford Bar now has 20 trams per hour in each direction.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Newcastle Central: Royal Mail EMU 325015 stands at signals alongside platform 4 at Newcastle Central on 13 January 2015. The unit was returning to Tyne Yard following driver training along the north end of the East Coast route in advance of planned diversions during February.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
David Pesterfield [13/01/2015]


Newcastle Central: East Coast HST power car 43319 stands alongside platform 4 at Newcastle Central on 13 January following the early arrival of the 0755 ex Inverness Highland Chieftain to Kings Cross. In the background 43367 leads the 10.00 ex Kings Cross Northern Lights service out of platform 2 on the 4 hour journey to Aberdeen.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
David Pesterfield [13/01/2015]


Altrincham: A Metrolink service departs for Manchester and the signal is immediately cleared for an inbound tram to enter Altrincham's Platform 1. The tracks on the left of the tram are the Network rail lines running through Platforms 3 and 4 and just ahead of the tram is the occasional use link between the two systems.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Navigation Road: Two services for Manchester Piccadilly meet at Navigation Road. Pacer 142047 will travel via Stockport with three intermediate stops. Tram 3052 has 11 intermediate stops but a more direct route and both services will reach Piccadilly in just under thirty minutes.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Altrincham: 156423, on a Piccadilly to Chester service, calls at Platform 4 at Altrincham on 13th January. The gaps in the canopies mark the removal of the old footbridge, its accessible replacement having recently been commissioned. I would expect the missing sections to be replaced as part of the project.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Clyde Viaduct [Uddingston]: Though one of the less exotic trains to use the line, this humble Class 156 DMU, on a service from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, nonetheless makes a fine sight crossing the Clyde viaduct at Uddingston in the winter sunshine on 13th January 2015.

Clydesdale Junction Railway
Colin McDonald [13/01/2015]


Doncaster: GBRf 66740 crosses from the up through line to the down side as it runs south through Doncaster Station on 13 January with a mixed rake of empty GBRf and former Fastline coal wagons.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
David Pesterfield [13/01/2015]


Dunfermline Queen Margaret: 158869 arriving at Dunfermline Queen Margaret at dusk on 13 January 2015 with a Cowdenbeath-bound service.

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
John Yellowlees [13/01/2015]


Clyde Viaduct [Uddingston]: The 1848 Caledonian Railway cast iron viaduct at Uddingston (foreground) looks solid enough in 2015 (and was put on the market for sale in 1993) but is now designated 'At Risk'. Its 1903 latticework replacement (behind) still carries the West Coast Main Line, Edinburgh and local traffic across the Clyde between Uddingston and Newton.

Clydesdale Junction Railway
Colin McDonald [13/01/2015]


Altrincham: A new footbridge is nearing completion at Altrincham, providing access to all four platforms. Single tram 3016 has just arrived in Platform 1 from Piccadilly. View from the Metrolink buffer stops on 13th January 2015 with the Network Rail platforms on the right.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Newcastle Central: Royal Mail EMU 325015 runs to the stop block on the stabling siding at the west end of Newcastle Central station shortly after mid-day on 13 January 2015.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
David Pesterfield [13/01/2015]


Deansgate Junction: Deansgate Junction signal box, as seen from a Manchester bound tram. The box controls trains and trams between here and Altrincham including frequent movements over the level crossings here and at Navigation Road. The line to Stockport and Chinley can be seen curving right just beyond the box, which was extended when Metrolink opened but is scheduled to close in 2019.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Old Trafford: All the first generation Metrolink trams have now been withdrawn and most of them scrapped by Booths of Rotherham. However, three sets remain in open storage at the Old Trafford depot. T68 trams 1023 and 1020 are seen here with T68a 2001 hidden behind them. One of them was used for ice breaking duties last winter but it is unclear what is planned for the three at this time. [See image 47623].

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Altrincham: Prior to 1971 the bay platforms at Altrincham were through roads leading under the two right hand arches to the EMU Depot where the 1931 built MSJ&A dedicated sets were maintained. When the Altrincham line was converted to 25kvAC the depot closed and the site was built on. Metrolink 3024 pauses briefly in Platform 1 on 13 January 2015 before returning to Bury.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Navigation Road: On parallel lines. Two services, both heading for Manchester Piccadilly, meet at Navigation Road on 13 January. Northern 142047, from Chester, runs over the level crossing, closely followed by Metrolink 3052. The Pacer will turn right at Deansgate Jnction to run via Northenden and Stockport while the tram service continues along the old MSJ&A route through Stretford.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2015]


Doncaster: 66750 still in 'Rush Rail' livery but with GBRf branding, stands at the south end of Doncaster station on 13 January. The locomotive is hauling a train of bogie box wagons loaded with aggregate from Swinden Quarry on the Grassington branch, destined for the Lafarge facility at Small Heath, Birmingham

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
David Pesterfield [13/01/2015]


Doncaster: Northern Rail ex-West Yorkshire Metro owned 321901 stands in north end bay platform 6 at Doncaster on 13 January. The unit was about to head for Leeds with the 07.56 all stations service. [See image 32034]

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
David Pesterfield [13/01/2015]


Oubeck Loops: Winding through the reverse curves at the Oubeck Loops are DRS 66425 and 66301, double heading the Tesco Express to Mossend on 13th January 2016

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Works, and service alterations, have been in progress and will be in progress until March 2016 when the more serious works involving the closure of high level Queen Street will lead to its closure for 20 weeks. Following that, of course, will be the removal of the concrete extension to the Millennium Hotel and building of the new entrance.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Beth Crawford [13/01/2016]


Carmuirs East Junction: Composite image showing the interior of Carmuirs East signal box in January 2016.

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Ross Wilson [13/01/2016]


Carmuirs East Junction: The refurbished signal box at Carmuirs East Junction in January 2016.

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Ross Wilson [13/01/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: This flyer was being handed out to passengers at Queen Street. It warns of the, then, upcoming closure of the high level station, from the 20th of March to the re-opening on the 8th of of August, in connection with electrification and renewals in the Cowlairs Tunnel. Services will be diverted to low level Queen Street or Glasgow Central. Interesting times were ahead for contractors, passengers, ScotRail staff and enthusiasts.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford Collection [13/01/2016]


Bendor Level Crossing: This is Bendor Level Crossing signal box just north of Wooler and near Akeld on Friday the 13th of January. A little bit of snow is on the ground. I have been past for many years, a number of signal boxes and impressive stations survive on this line.

Cornhill Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Alan Cormack [13/01/2017]


Morecambe South Junction: TPE 350406 runs past some flooded fields at Morecambe South Junction with a Manchester Airport to Edinburgh service on 13th January 2017.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/01/2017]


Preston: The 1930 hrs Preston to Liverpool Lime Street waits to depart from platform 2 at Preston on 13 January 2018. Although the tail lights are lit, this will be the front of the train, once the driver arrives and opens up the cab.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [13/01/2018]


Kirkhill: A Newton to Glasgow 314 EMU service calls at Kirkhill on the wet Saurday afternoon of 13th January 2018. I think Kirkhill can be considered the posh end of Cambuslang.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
David Panton [13/01/2018]


Garscadden: The tower blocks of Scotstounhill seem to be advancing on Garscadden station as a Dumbarton Central service calls on 13th January 2018.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
David Panton [13/01/2018]


Duke Street: A Cumbernauld service calls at Duke Street on 13th January 2018 with, appropriately, Cumbernauld Road as a backdrop. Baking bread smells waft from the Hovis Bakery right next to the station and nearby is a car wash called 'Foam and Away'. A bit of local colour for you.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [13/01/2018]


Singer: A Balloch to Airdrie service calls at Singer on 13th January 2018. There was a distinct smell of drains, and the visual evidence of a sewage problem is in the foreground (sorry if you are eating as you read this). Some work needed?

Singer Deviation (North British Railway)
David Panton [13/01/2018]


Drumchapel: An Airdrie service calls at Drumchapel on the dull morning of 13 January. As so often the Gaelic version of the name on the sign (Druim a Caibeal) is questionable to say the least. Toponymists are pretty much agreed that Drumchapel means 'ridge of the horse' or 'horse's back', and is nothing to do with chapels as suggested.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Panton [13/01/2018]


News


These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
2005EWS introduces multi user service between Mossend and Fort WilliamSmall businesses can now book space on a Saturday return service from Mossend (by Glasgow) to Fort William.
2005EWS wins Fort William aluminium contractEWS has won a contract to carry 40,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum from Alcan. This will lead to a 3,500 per annum lorry loads being taken from the tortuous A82 road.
2006Staff shortages delay rail line [BBC News]The reopening of the rail line between Larne and Belfast is delayed because of staffing shortages, Translink say.
2006Trams ^won^t drive buses away^ [Scotsman]TRANSPORT leader Andrew Burns has insisted Edinburgh^s proposed trams network will not affect the city^s bus companies.
2006Rail line delay ^beggars belief^ [BBC News]The delay in reopening the Larne to Belfast rail line "beggars belief", according to the Consumer Council.
2006Disability chief denied rail help [BBC News]The Disability Rights Commission chairman, who is a wheelchair user, was left stranded by Euston Station staff.
2009NETWORK RAIL TENDERS FOR PARTNER ON CROSSRAIL [Network Rail Article]
2010Ballot to be held after train row [BBC News Article]The RMT union plans to ballot its members for industrial action following a dispute with ScotRail over driver only trains.
2011New Blackpool tram design unveiled by council [BBC News]Blackpool people are being given their first chance to see how the resort^s new trams will look with the council^s unveiling of a model.
2011Severe weather costs Scots-based First Group £7m [BBC News]A Scottish-based transport firm has said the recent severe weather has cost it £7m.
2011Another strike to hit rail passengers [Wales Online]Commuters in South Wales will face more disruption next week as train drivers once again go on strike. The RMT union yesterday confirmed Arriva Trains Wales drivers, who have voted overwhelmingly for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay and conditions, will walk out on January 19.
2011Stourbridge raIl service records near 100% reliability [BBC News]A shuttle service on a stretch of railway in the Black Country has defied the recent bad weather to achieve reliability rates of 99.5%.
2011Independent rail ticket retailer to shake up travel market [Travel Daily UK]The UKís first independent season tickets retailer for rail travel has been launched. Until now rail season tickets have only been available from rail stations or train company websites.
2011^Ugly^ revamp of Haymarket gets go-ahead [Scotsman]PLANS to overhaul one of Scotland^s busiest railway stations have been given the green light - despite claims the development is an ^ugly^ eyesore.
2012Passenger boost for reopened Airdrie-Bathgate rail link [BBC News]A reopened rail link between North Lanarkshire and West Lothian has boosted passenger numbers along the route, according to Transport Scotland. Figures for the £300m Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link, which opened just over a year ago, showed a significant increase in usage at existing stations. Transport Scotland said three new stations on the route were also on target to meet passenger forecasts.
2012Open crossing barrier plan for Ayrshire and Highlands [BBC]Barriers could be installed at 23 open level crossings on Scottish railway lines. Network Rail has told MSP Dave Thomson that a new type of barrier system will be tested at two sites in Ayrshire. If the trials are successful, the company plans to roll-out the system to the other crossings, all of them in the Highlands [From Richard Buckby]
2015Rail disruption caused by bad planning, Network Rail says [BBC News]Equipment failure and bad planning for delays caused the disruption to rail travellers over Christmas, a report by Network Rail has said. Thousands of passengers had their journeys disrupted when work near King^s Cross took longer than planned. Trains were switched to Finsbury Park, a much smaller station. ^Not enough was done^ in planning the switch, said the report, which included an apology from Mark Carne, Network Rail^s chief executive. Work near London^s Paddington station finished on time, but a safety check took eight hours longer than planned.
2015Batteries included: Prototype battery-powered train carries passengers for first time [Network Rail]The first battery-powered train to run on Britainís rail network in more than half a century carries its first passengers this week. This marks an important milestone in the project to demonstrate the viability of an eco-friendly battery-powered train for the twenty-first century. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Tarmac awards British rail freight contracts [IRJ]BRITISH construction materials supplier Tarmac has awarded five-year contracts to four rail freight operators as it seeks to increase the volume of aggregate and other materials it moves by rail. Under the new contracts, Colas Rail will operate cement trains from Oxwellmains cement works, which is situated east of Edinburgh at the northern end of the East Coast Main Line. GB Railfreight will operate aggregate trains from Swinden, Thrislington and Dry Rigg quarries in northern England, while Freightliner has been awarded a contract for aggregates operations from Tunstead in central England. [From Richard Buckby]
2017Happy days: Young people in France to get unlimited train travel for ‚ā¨79 a month [The Local]France^s national railway company SNCF is introducing a new youth card that will allow unlimited travel on high speed TGV trains for just ‚ā¨79 a month. The pass has been named the ^Happy Card^ (yes, in English) and will be available for 16-27-year-olds from January 19th. Those hoping to nab themselves a card must buy it online and will have to sign up for at least three months, reported Le Parisien newspaper. Those with a Happy Card, which will work for both high-speed TGV trains and the slower Intercit√© services, will only be able to reserve a trip up to one month in advance, compared to three months for the rest of us. SNCF is hoping to encourage younger people to travel more often by rail. [From Richard Buckby]
2018Nottingham railway station reopens after fire [Guardian]Nottingham station has reopened after it was damaged by a huge fire as police hunt for those responsible for the suspected arson attack. About 60 firefighters tackled the blaze, which started at 6.30am on Friday and spread to the main concourse and roof but did not cause any injuries. The British Transport Police and Nottinghamshire fire and rescue service launched a joint investigation on Friday, saying they had reason to believe the fire may have been started deliberately.
2018New Glasgow Queen Street Station building may be torn down [Scotsman]A partially constructed building that forms part of Scotlands biggest rail project faces being torn down in an extraordinary 11th-hour Scottish Government rethink. Sources have estimated the cost of the U-turn at Queen Street Station in Glasgow at between £3 million and £15m. Transport Scotland has ordered a review of the building in the car park, for rail staff and shops, as part of expanding the station to accommodate new electric trains on the main line to Edinburgh this year. The trains are finally due to start running in March, but other delays to the £800m Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip) have already put back completion of the station until 2020.