Thuxton: Looking towards Dereham at Thuxton on 16 January 1977. Freight continued for a further 12 years before the station experienced a renaissance as part of the Mid Norfolk Railway. [See image 47725]
Dalegarth: Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's 2-6-2 River Irt couples up to coaches at Eskdale (Dalegarth) terminus in January 1992 after running round ready to return to Ravenglass.
Coatbridge Central: Aberdeen - Mossend empty parcels vans run south through Coatbridge Central on 16 Jan 2007 behind EWS 67030.
Sunnyside Junction: Having just left Coatbridge Sunnyside on 16 January a Balloch train is about to cross Sunnyside Junction where sections of rail have been removed from the link which once turned north under the bridge towards Gunnie Yard. The line coming in bottom left is from Whifflet South Junction. One of the cranes of Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal can just be seen in the top left corner of the picture.
Heysham Port: The flasks from Sellafield arrive at the Heysham Power Stations 1 and 2, sandwiched between DRS Class 20s 20304 and 20314. At this time the flasks were running twice weekly, but for much of 2009 were less frequent due to significant refurbishment at the plant although things later returned to normal. The stone building behind the rear loco is the original Midland Railway power station that supplied the electrified branch.
Heysham Power Station: Flasks arrive at the Heysham Power Stations on 16th January 2007, having been hauled down the line from Morecambe by DRS 20304. Heysham 1 is the building on the right of the picture, with Heysham 2 on the left, the latter accessed by a short branch worked by a Sentinel diesel shunter. The recently approved life extension of Heysham 2 to 2030 will keep the rail connections in use until at least that date.
Coatbridge Central: Having crossed the bridge over the Monkland Canal basin a Motherwell - Cumbernauld service runs into Coatbridge Central past a tall building reaching from road to platform level.
Burntisland: View east over part of Burntisland docks on 16 January 2008, with an Edinburgh bound 170 slowing for the stop at Burntisland station. The flat area in the background was once covered by sidings, usually occupied by trainloads of Fife coal awaiting shipment.
Bristol Harbour: A view along what is now the Bristol Industrial Museum branch, photographed on 16 January 2009. The line runs alongside Cumberland Road from the Harbour down to the terminus at Cumberland Basin adjacent to the Ashton swing bridge.
Richmond: The bay platforms at Richmond serve District Line trains and those of London Overground. Silverlink liveried, but rebranded, 313134 is ready to leave for Stratford as an Underground train arrives. These services share the line from Richmond as far as Gunnersbury.
Bristol Harbour: A Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway axlebox photographed on 16 January 2009 on a wagon owned by the Bristol Industrial Museum.
Clifton Bridge: A new Network Rail warning sign on the Portbury branch, seen at the site of the defunct Clifton Bridge Station on 16 January. [The distance is from Paddington.]
Feltham: Famous in steam days for its marshalling yard, with 25 miles of sidings and 4-8-0T hump shunters, Feltham is now just another suburban station. The yard closed in 1969 and is now covered by a business park. SWT 450546, a designated High Capacity unit with stripped out seating bays, leaves for London Waterloo.
Clapham Junction: Pre-rush hour line up of SWT 444 and 450 stock in the depot sidings at Clapham Junction. These sidings sit between the Richmond and Wimbledon line platforms. Serving both Waterloo and Victoria termini, the number of trains moving through Clapham Junction at any given time has to be seen to be believed.
Feltham: The level crossing at Feltham station has a mournful clanging gong that reminded me more of SW Europe than SW London. The railwayman, striding purposefully down the platform as SWT 450545 approaches, was just going about his business and unconcerned about photography, unlike the Editor's experience at Airdrie around the same time [see image 21892].
Workington: A Northern trains Whitehaven - Carlisle service departing Workington towards the temporary station at Workington North on 16 January 2010
Acton Town: There's not much action in Acton when it's dark and persisting down with rain. The camera is looking East towards Hammersmith on 16 January, but the Piccadilly line train is heading for Heathrow.
Naval Base Junction: The overbridge on the Rosyth Dockyard branch, situated just to the north of Naval Base Junction where the lines to the Dockyard and North Queensferry pier parted company. The building in the background is the former Naval Base Mansions, now a kitchen and bathroom showroom. This is possibly the only example in history of flats being converted into a warehouse, which must really annoy estate agents. Another good way is...
Thornton Gate: Until recently, the tramway civil engineers' sidings and yard were located at Thornton Gate. An intricate track layout remains, with passing loop and turnback siding, but the yard itself is now trackless and being redeveloped and the access point is redundant. Flexity Tram 016 passes the site of the yard as it leaves Thornton Gate for Fleetwood on 16 January.
Manila: The new Light Rail Transit Line 3 is seen between Cubao and Kamoning, striding purposefully over Line 2 between Araneta Center and Betty Go-Belmonte (a station, not a person..) The Jollibee restaurant (lower left) is the local equivalent of Macdonald's.
Glasgow Central: View from the NCP car park over the station 'throat' on a wintery night
Glen Ogle Viaduct: A snowy landscape at Glen Ogle viaduct on 16 January.
Blackpool Central: Blackpool Central station site as seen from the Tower in January 2016. It is over fifty years since it closed in 1964 but, from above, the former railway land can still be identified. The white building in the foreground is Coral Island, which occupies the site of the old terminus building. The car parks are laid over the fourteen platforms and the M55 link road goes south along the old formation through Bloomfield Road towards the still open Blackpool South. The tall red brick building at the far left of the car park is the old railwaymen's lodging house, now holiday flats.
Blackpool Central: The old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway lodging house at Blackpool Central. This was probably used by railway men on lodging turns right up to the station's closure in 1964. It has since been turned into holiday flats with a lift shaft/staircase and extra floor added but otherwise little changed from its railways days.
Blackpool (North Pier): A Flexity tram approaches the North Pier stop in Blackpool as it runs south behind the Metropole Hotel. Beyond the Metropole the collonades of the Middle Walk can be seen below the tram tracks. [See image 43082] for a ground level view of the same location.
Tower (Blackpool): A Flexity tram heads south towards Blackpool Central Pier from the Tower tram stop. On this bitterly cold January day the promenade is quiet and presents a completely different picture from what would be seen in summer months. [See image 46461] for a ground level view of the same location.
Kilmarnock: DBS 66084 heads the diverted 6Z56 Carlisle - Mossend engineers consist through Kilmarnock.
Kilmarnock: Freightliner 66517 heads the diverted 4L89 Coatbridge - Felixstowe containers through Kilmarnock station on 16 January 2016. This service is normally routed via Kilwinning.
Blackpool Central MPD: To the south of Blackpool Tower the course of the old line can still be seen if you know where to look. The old steam shed was just to the north of Blackpool football ground and for many years the site was used as a lorry and coach park but recently the multi-coloured housing scheme seen here has been built. To the right of the old formation at this point is Rigby Rd bus and tram depot. South of the shed, alongside the football ground and beyond, were the Bloomfield Rd carriage sidings, now covered by car parks. The bridge in the far distance marks the point where railway use resumes at Blackpool South station. The line to St. Annes swings right out of picture but the old Marton Line direct to Kirkham is now a link road to the M55 and can be made out curving left alongside a school playing field.
Blackpool (North Pier): Flexity tram making its way towards Starr Gate calling at the North Pier tram stop. Although there is a passing loop and crossover at this point the northbound platform is just out of sight, near the top right of the picture by the war memorial. [See image 53945]
Prestonpans: A close view of the 'staff' at Prestonpans and the information board provided alongside. [See image 53388] for a more pulled back view.
Blackpool North: Panorama of Blackpool North station, as seen from the Tower in January 2016. In the foreground the grey car park with the Wilko sign occupies the site of the old Blackpool Talbot Road station and will be replaced by the new tram terminus (See recent news item). The present day station uses the old excursion platforms and beyond them, and Blackpool No.2 signal box, the maintenance depot sidings can be seen with a trio of Northern DMUs present. The prominent landmark is the Warbreck water tower whilst upper left Heysham Power Station can also be seen, illustrating what an amazing viewpoint the Tower provides on a clear day.
Tower (Blackpool): Flexity tram heading south on the Promenade at Blackpool, as seen through the glass floor of the Tower. The tram is passing the Comedy Carpet, a large mosaic of catchphrases and jokes by famous comedians. Footnote: Ruggish? - The Eric Morecambe response to 'What do you think of it so far?'
Cardross: What a difference a day makes ... 66733 approaches Cardross with the loaded wagons from North Blyth for the Lochaber Smelter. Taking a loaded train into snowy conditions and with the light failing must be an adventure. [See image 53912] for the same locomotive working in the reverse direction the day before.
Preston Maudlands Bridge: Recent vegetation clearance at Maudlands Bridge has opened up the view along the old Deepdale and Longridge line towards the entrance to the Miley Tunnel. The western portal of the tunnel is hidden by a series of low bridges but the eastern end is a much grander affair. [See image 18397]
Leicester Central Wagon Repair Shop: Maybe Leicester City Council learned something from the cafuffle over the demolition of the Bowstring girder bridge? The Upperton Road wagon works has been skilfully restored and updated [see image 38121], and now houses not only student flats but also a bike shop, a coffee shop, and an equipment supplier to professional caterers. the bike shop, ironically, includes a workshop area. View looks South on 16th January 2018.
Uddingston: The first of the new Mk 5 Caledonian Sleeper stock passing through Uddingston on the delivery run on 16th January 2018. These are due to be introduced in to service from October 2018.
Uddingston: My first fleeting glimpse of the new Caledonian Sleeper coaches as the first of the stock to be delivered speeds through Uddingston on 16th January 2018 on its way to Polmadie.
Eddleston: Looking towards the site of the old level crossing at Eddleston on the Peebles Loop in January 2019. View is north towards Leadburn, with the former station house on the right. In the centre background is the bridge over the Eddleston Burn which links the village with the A703. [Ref query 16 January 2019]
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1834||Clarence Railway||Line reaches Ferryhill|
|1854||Great Western Railway||Paddington New station, departure side, opened.|
|1919||Dingwall and Skye Railway||Loan crossing and sidings opens for Admiralty (Alternative date: 1 February 1918)|
|1965||Vale of Llangollen Railway|
Llangollen and Corwen Railway
Corwen and Bala Railway
Bala and Dolgelly Railway
Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
|Last day of passenger service from Ruabon (excluded) to Morfa Mawddach (excluded).|
|1967||Edinburgh and Northern Railway||Line re-opened between Bridge or Earn Junction and Ladybank after clearing rockfall at Clatchard Craig Quarry and re-instating line.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2003||Waverley route plan finalised||The partnership planning to re-open the Waverley route has finalised its plans for the route.|
|2003||Markinch station renovation||With Historic Scotland^s consent new shelters funded by Fife Council will replace the previous ones, which had to be locked outwith hours of station staffing following the arson attack that destroyed the goods shed in July 2002.|
|2003||Virgin services alterations||Virgin^s off-peak services north of Edinburgh are to be cut back and on-peak trains lengthened. Existing ScotRail and GNER services will cover for the services which have been cancelled. The new timetable will come into effect on the 15th of May.|
The situation on Virgin services north of Edinburgh will revert to what it was pre-September 2002 with the addition of an 0845 ex-Dundee and an 1842 departure from Edinburgh for Dundee.
The SRA instigated the move to ease congestion by cancelling, in the whole of the UK, 104 services a day.
|2005||Minister^s weather call [BBC News]||Scotland^s transport system must be adapted to cope with weather extremes, the transport minister says.|
|2005||Lines re-open||Both the Kyle and Dumfries to Carlisle lines have re-opened following the severe weather a week ago.|
|2006||Cycle-path concern over rail link [BBC]||A cycle-route charity has been seeking compensation from the promoters of the proposed Borders rail link over the use of the famous Lothian Bridge viaduct.|
RAILSCOT Comment: But hang on? There is no cycleway over the Lothianbridge Viaduct (confirmed by several emails to this website). Surely they mean the Glenesk Viaduct which is going to need alterations anyway as it has reverted to its condition when it carried a waggonway and cannot take a two track railway. Surely for goodness sake a footway/cyclepath could be strapped on the side like the Strathoykel Viaduct?
|2008||Passengers hurt as trains collide [BBC News Article]||Several passengers are injured after a train collides with stationary carriages at Glasgow Central station.|
|2009||Coatbridge railway bridges to get facelift [Network Rail Article]||Network Rail has committed £1.5m to restoring Coatbridge’s two iconic railway bridges. The project will require old layers of paint to be stripped from the structure, with repairs made to any fatigued metal before new layers of paint applied to preserve the steel. The bridge will be painted in traditional railway colours. The project, which will begin on 19 January and be completed by the end of March, will restore the bridges to their former glory and help to extend the lifespan of the bridges for decades to come|
|2010||Go ahead for £20m tram depot [The Gazette]||BLACKPOOL^S controverisal new £20m tram depot can go ahead after Government planning chiefs ruled the scheme does not have to go to a public inquiry. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2011||Three bridges rebuilt on the Settle - Carlisle line [News & Star]||Network Rail has given the Settle to Carlisle railway line a £1m present with the rebuilding of three vital bridges. All three bridges allow farmers access to their land either side of the railway. Two of them are between Lazonby and Armathwaite stations, while the third is in the Cumwhinton area.|
|2012||Power cut tow for supertram [Blackpool Gazette]||BEING towed is bad at the best of times – not least when you’re driving a tram! This driver, getting to grips with Blackpool’s state-of-the-art trams, found himself behind a Blackpool Transport truck last week when power in the overhead lines was switched off. Transport bosses say the tram was in perfect working order, but repairs to overhead cables meant it needed towing back to the station. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2013||Rail Minister sees rail history meet rail future in York [Network Rail Article]||Network Rail has begun construction on a new Rail Operating Centre (ROC) and Workforce Development Centre (WDC) on the site of the old engineers triangle next to York station. These facilities will retain skilled rail jobs in York and allow Network Rail to deliver a modern, efficient railway for many years to come. They are a central part of the Strategic Business plan, launched last week. [Network Rail]|
|2014||Road trip for storm-hit Barmouth marooned trains [BBC News]||Two trains marooned on a railway line during storms that hit the mid and north Wales coast are being moved by road for safety checks. Arriva Trains Wales decided to move the trains because they have been stranded at Barmouth since the Cambrian Coast line was damaged on 3 January. The sea wall was washed away at nearby Llanaber with 300 tonnes of ballast lost to the sea. [From Alastair McLellan]|
|2014||Crossrail^s army working underground for new London railway [Reuters]||Bomb disposal experts, archaeologists, tunnellers and eight very special machines with names like Phyllis, Ada and Elizabeth help make up the army working underground to build a new underground railway cutting through historic London. Crossrail, a 15 billion pound ($25 billion) railway link connecting east and west London and Europe^s largest infrastructure project, will open in four years^ time and is now half complete, on budget and on schedule. The new railway across London will be the realisation of a plan first mooted in the 1880s to connect the docks in the east of the city to Paddington in the west|
|2015||Rail link bid for Aberystwyth and Carmarthen outlined at meeting [BBC News]||Over 100 people attended a meeting amid hopes a rail link between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen can be reopened. The meeting in Aberystwyth was organised by campaign group Traws Link Cymru which revealed its hopes for a 90 minute service between the two towns. The line closed in 1965 and at that time the journey took almost three hours, stopping at over 20 stations. [From John Thorn]|
|2017||New EMU ^Doon The Clyde Coast^! [Jeffray Wotherspoon]||Video of the new ScotRail Class 385 EMU on test, parked at Gourock on the 14th.|
|2017||^All change^ at Kilmarnock station [ScotRail]||Vacant station buildings have been transformed into a bustling community hub, thanks to the continued dedication of local community group. A grant from the stations community regeneration fund (SCRF), which aims to help businesses and community groups convert empty station buildings into spaces which benefit the community, has seen the revamp of Kilmarnock^s station. Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust also received funding from the Railway Heritage Trust, and the East Ayrshire Council^s Renewable Energy Fund, allowing them to invest around Â£500,000 in the station^s restoration. Work to bring seven rooms, which were stripped back to their brickwork in 1998, back to life, has transformed the station and the recently refurbished underpass has made connections to the town centre and new Kilmarnock College campus bright and vibrant. Now plans are afoot to convert redundant space at street level into additional office space, a bike workshop, complimentary and art therapy rooms, and locker/shower rooms. Passengers and passers-by alike can enjoy a cup of tea and a cake in the ^Storm in a teacup^ cafÃ© with their head in a book from the ^Killie Browser^ book shop. There is also a gift shop and archive rooms for the Glasgow & South Western Railway Association.|
|2018||Edinburghs historic Caledonian Hotel sold for £85m [Scotsman]||It is one of the grandest railway hotels ever built, a reminder of a time when you could take a train from the west end of Princes Street. Now the Caledonian Hotel, a red sandstone landmark beloved by generations of Edinburgh residents, has been sold to an overseas investor in a deal worth £85m.|
|2018||New Caledonian Sleeper trains delayed until October [Scotsman]||A new £100 million fleet of Caledonian Sleeper carriages with en suite showers and double beds will be introduced six months late, operator Serco announced today. The news came as the first of the 75 coaches arrived in Glasgow from Spain. Passengers were due to start using the new trains in April, but Serco said there had been production delays. The firm also revealed the ensuite double rooms will cost from £200 per passenger, with single ensuite ^Club^ rooms from £125 per person.|
|2019||Higher fares could be introduced on Scottish ferries to manage tourists [Scotsman]||Ticket prices on some ferry services could be increased to help mitigate high demand at peak times, the Transport Secretary has said.|
|2019||Scotland^s railway gets ready for winter [Network Rail]||The ScotRail Alliance is preparing for winter as temperatures get set to drop across the country this week.|