This day in history 17 January

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Cardiff General: Late on a gloomy January afternoon in 1970, Hymek D7031 awaits its departure time at Cardiff General with the 16.35 to Portsmouth Harbour.

South Wales Railway
Bill Jamieson [17/01/1970]


Salisbury: A Class 33 with ecs awaiting developments in the sidings at the west end of Salisbury station in January 1979. Salisbury West signal box is on the right.

London and South Western Railway
John McIntyre [17/01/1979]


Salisbury: A Class 33 about to bring a train into Salisbury from the west in January 1979.

London and South Western Railway
John McIntyre [17/01/1979]


Clayton West: A BRCW 110 dmu has arrived at Clayton West from Huddersfield on a very wet day in 1981. From the buffer stops the station looks tired but the sparse service lasted another two years. I dont remember much about Clayton West itself other than that the chip shop near the station had a coal fired range. I wonder if it is still there and if so is it still coal fired?

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/1981]


Clayton West: View towards Skelmanthorpe past the old goods shed as a Derby 108 dmu waits to leave Clayton West for Huddersfield with a BRCW 110 making up a 5 car train. The infrastructure reflects that the local coal mine was also still receiving trains at this time.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/1981]


Clayton West: View of Clayton West signal from a Derby 108 dmu leaving the branch terminus for Huddersfield. The box controlled access to the coal mine as well as the single track section down to Skelmanthorpe.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/1981]


Edinburgh Waverley: Remains of the elevated walkway that once spanned the east side of Waverley station between Calton Road and Jeffrey Street. Photographed in January 2009.

North British Railway
David Panton [17/01/2009]


Furness Abbey: A train for Barrow in Furness from Manchester Airport, formed by 185147, passes the site of Furness Abbey station, closed in 1950, and enters the short tunnel. Furness Abbey itself, a red sandstone ancient monument, sits alongside the line here in a secluded valley and the grounds can just be seen to the right of the train.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Ladhope Tunnel: Ladhope Tunnel looking north. The view looks towards Edinburgh at the spot the 1916 landslip occurred. The retaining wall to the right has a second of similar height above it. Alterations in favour of the road here have left the tunnel with an unaltered double track entry at the north end and sort of single track exit at the south end.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Watherston Bridge: Winter view towards Edinburgh along the valley of the Gala Water north of Stow on 17 January 2009 with the trackbed of the Waverley route running alongside the river.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [17/01/2009]


Grange-over-Sands: A Lancaster bound Northern bubble car 153360 heads for Arnside viaduct along the embankment with the Kent estuary alongside. Grange-over-Sands signal box is switched out at weekends giving a block section from Arnside to Ulverston.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Ulverston: A Manchester Airport service, on time at 12 noon, with 185129 leaves Ulverston station with its restored building and canopies. The cars on the right are in a dealership that occupies the old Furness Railway terminus station See image [[22211]]. View west towards Barrow-in-Furness.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Heriot: View north towards Heriot in low winter sun on 17 January. The station site is in the left background and the platform edge can be clearly seen.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [17/01/2009]


Angling Club Cottage: View looking west at the former Angling Club Cottage. The platform and waiting shelter were to the left. See image [[31487]]

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Galabank Bridge: Old railway bridge on the Waverley Route, photographed looking east on 17 January 2009.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [17/01/2009]


Dalton: The view east at Dalton towards Ulverston, showing the former station building, now a private house, and the new waiting shelters beyond. To the right of the bridge over the railway a second, now blocked up bridge, can be seen. This previously afforded access to the goods yard, now built over. Dalton enjoys a reasonable level of service by Northern Rail trains between Barrow and Lancaster.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Dalton: A view west from Dalton station towards the short tunnel beyond which is the junction between the line to Barrow and the direct link to the coast line at Dalton Junction See image [[11905]]. The houses occupy the former goods yard.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Heriot: View south from the former level crossing at Heriot on 17 January 2009. Just over 9 miles further on from here lies the village of Stow, where a new station is to be built, thus becoming the first stop in the Scottish Borders on the reopened Waverley route to Tweedbank.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [17/01/2009]


Roose: Roose, on the outskirts of Barrow in Furness, has been reduced to basic facilities but still enjoys a reasonable service of trains between Barrow and Lancaster. The housing development that can be seen in this picture should assist patronage. View towards Furness Abbey and Dalton.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Ulverston: The original Furness Railway passenger terminus at Ulverston only lasted 20 years until 1874 when it was replaced by the current through station. It survived for many years as a railway goods depot, alongside its replacement, but has now been converted into a Mercedes showroom that retains many original railway features including the glazed frontage.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Grange-over-Sands: The footbridge at the eastern end of Grange promenade provides an excellent vantage point. Looking back towards the station 153360 is seen leaving for Lancaster on a service that started at Sellafield.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Paterson^s No 1 Siding: There are a number of safe recesses along the massive retaining wall between the former Galashiels station and Ladhope Tunnel. At 1600 on the 14th of December 1916 there was an enormous landslip here when 70 yards of cutting collapsed blocking the mainline for many days. Before the fall the original retaining wall was buttressed, then reinforced with rails, before the gaps between buttresses were bricked up. But cracks kept reappearing and repairs were in hand when the landslip took place, the workmen barely having time to escape. The impressive rebuilt walls remain intact today.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Kilnknowe Junction: The former course of the A72 west of Galashiels in a view looking west in 2009. The Peebles line passed under here, its course now infilled. See image [[49611]]. The road itself has been realigned to the south.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Galashiels [1st]: View along the Waverley trackbed at Galashiels from the Tweedbank direction on 17 January 2009. The new bridge over Station Brae stands at what is now the northern end of the ASDA car park. Striding off under the bridge is you-know-who, this time with the intention of heading along the Peebles Railway route towards Walkerburn. (The missing bridges could present a challenge on this one!)

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [17/01/2009]


Grange-over-Sands: The heavy stone construction of Grange-over-Sands station looks like it was designed to stand the worst of storms. In fact the coast faces east at this point and is very sheltered. The climate is noticeably mild too so the promenade alongside the line is noted for its palms and colourful plants.This picture looks towards Ulverston.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Ulverston: With the South Lakeland fells visible in the background, Transpennine Unit 185129 heads east after calling at Ulverston on its way from Barrow in Furness to Manchester Airport. The train will shortly cross the Levens Estuary viaduct before continuing round the coast of Morecambe Bay to Grange-over-Sands and beyond.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Kilnknowe Junction: Kilnknowe Junction looking away from Galashiels. The single track of the Peebles line passed through the left arch and that of the Waverley route through the right. It seems to me that the embankment on the left creeps ever closer as the years pass.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Ladhope Tunnel: Interior of the Ladhope Tunnel looking towards Galashiels station in 2009 showing the alteration to the southern portal ... which will probably need undoing ... see image [[44671]]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Torwoodlee South Viaduct: The southern of the two viaducts at Torwoodlee looking north towards the tunnel with Kilnknowe Junction some distance behind the camera.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Angling Club Cottage: The view east along the trackbed of the Peebles Railway towards Clovenfords in January 2009. The location is high above the River Tweed in the vicinity of the former Angling Club Cottage - essentially a platform opened in 1898 to serve members of the Edinburgh Angling Club and eventually closed in the late 1940s. See image [[31488]]

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Thornielee: In need of some work but featuring original cast-iron fireplace. A draughty ex lineside hut midway between Thornielee and Clovenfords. View looks west. Many of the lineside huts survive on the Peebles loop, unlike this one.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [17/01/2009]


Ulverston: In the days of slam door stock Ulverston's layout, allowing passengers to leave from either side of the train, would require real vigilance from station staff and train guards alike. Modern trains with guard controlled sliding doors do not pose such problems. The layout was intended to facilitate easy cross platform interchange to Lakeside branch trains in what is a very cramped location. This view towards Barrow shows the restored canopies to good effect.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2009]


Glossop: Although Glossop is in NW Derbyshire, it is served by Northern trains operating on behalf of Greater Manchester PTE. On 17 January 2010 unit 323235 has arrived at the single platform terminus from Manchester Piccadilly. Once the crew have changed ends the service will then depart for Hadfield.

Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
John McIntyre [17/01/2010]


Glossop: 323235 arrives at Glossop on 17 January 2010 with a service from Manchester Piccadilly. The unit reversed here before proceeding to Hadfield.

Duke of Norfolk^s Railway
John McIntyre [17/01/2010]


Riccarton Oil Terminal: 66238 stands at Riccarton Oil Terminal, Kilmarnock, on 17 January 2011 about to return empties on train 6D61, the 10.22 to Grangemouth.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [17/01/2011]


Glasgow Central: 221139 at Platform 2 of Glasgow Central on 17 January 2011 awaiting departure with a CrossCountry service to Penzance.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [17/01/2011]


South St Andrew Street: South St Andrew Street being prepared for tram lines on 17 January 2012. This will provide the link from Princes Street to the terminus at St Andrew Square.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [17/01/2012]


Edinburgh Waverley: Waverley Steps (and escalators) taking shape on 17 January 2012, with the Balmoral Hotel on the right.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [17/01/2012]


Eskbank and Dalkeith: View towards Edinburgh from the A768 at the north end of the old Eskbank station on 17 January. The interesting looking bridge carries the B6392 Melville Road over the trackbed.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [17/01/2014]


Gorebridge: View south over the station site at Gorebridge on 17 January 2014.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [17/01/2014]


Newtongrange: Work in progress at the Borders Railway station site at Newtongrange on 17 January 2014.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [17/01/2014]


Hardengreen Viaduct: 'Got it...' Construction work on the northern support for the Borders Railway bridge over Hardengreen Roundabout in progress on 17 January 2014.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [17/01/2014]


Sheriffhall City Bypass Overbridge: Looking along the Borders Railway route north towards the breached section of the Edinburgh City Bypass at Sheriffhall on 17 January 2014, with the high capacity crane now back on site. Road traffic is currently using the temporary bypass route.

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
John Furnevel [17/01/2014]


Broughty Ferry: The 10.43 departure for Glasgow Queen Street pulls into Broughty Ferry, Scotland's oldest operational station, on Friday 17 January. Note the barrel-train planter adopted by the local Rotary, standing on the right.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
John Yellowlees [17/01/2014]


Eskbank and Dalkeith: Looking south from the A6094 road bridge along the Waverley trackbed on 17 January 2014 towards the site of the new Eskbank station in the distance. The original 1847 station site is immediately behind the camera on the north side of the bridge.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [17/01/2014]


Hardengreen Viaduct: View south west over Hardengreen roundabout on 17 January showing the south tower of the Borders Railway bridge under construction.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [17/01/2014]


Breakwater Junction: This once rather neglected part of Granton, Edinburgh see image [[33048 for map]] has been transformed during my years away from the city and in January 2015 a wide boulevard crosses the site of the junction. View is north east towards the Forth near the point where the line split for the Breakwater branch (left) and CR Granton Goods.

Caledonian Railway
David Panton [17/01/2015]


Culloden Viaduct: 66305 crossing Culloden Viaduct with the southbound container empties for Mossend during a clear and still winter afternoon on 17 January 2015.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [17/01/2015]


Pilton West Junction: Part of the almost intact Granton Gasworks station is visible through the petrol station on the left on 17 January 2015. See image [[33048]] The cycleway, frosted on this chilly morning, follows the CR goods branch to Granton harbour.

Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [17/01/2015]


Granton Gasworks: Morning winter sunshine catches this fine Edwardian building on 17 January 2015. Try and imagine hordes of men with bunnets (flat caps) and moustaches pouring out of workmen's trains towards the huge gasworks to the left. The tram competiton stopped a mile short at Granton Square. This part of Edinburgh has been transformed in recent years by the ongoing Waterfront project, but this building and one preserved gasometer survive. See image [[33048]]

Edinburgh and Leith Gas Commissioners
David Panton [17/01/2015]


West Didsbury: A Manchester bound tram (3070) calls at West Didsbury on 17th January. The original Withington & West Didsbury railway station, closed in 1961, lay just beyond the overbridge but the new tram station is much better located for the village centre.

Manchester South District Railway (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2015]


Windermere: TPE 185146 cautiously approaches the Windermere terminus crossing Thwaites Lane bridge on a snowy 17th January 2016. The train is the 1202 arrival from Lancaster, the first train of the day on winter Sundays.

Kendal and Windermere Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2016]


Windermere: The 3-car TPE Class 185 units have been the staple traction on the Windermere branch since 2007 (replacing Class 175s that were transferred to Wales) but the new franchises in April 2016 saw this line move to Northern and some services are now being run by Class 156 Sprinters. 185146 has just arrived at Windermere and is ready to form the 1206 to Oxenholme on 17th January 2016.

Kendal and Windermere Railway
Mark Bartlett [17/01/2016]


Kirkconnel: The 11.25 to Carlisle (156 431) departs south into the mirk.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Colin Miller [17/01/2016]


Cowlairs Incline: An update on the final stretch of OHLE wiring between the top of the incline and the tunnel... Catenary wires and hangers have now appeared and just the contact conductor to be strung now so can't be long now until the line goes live and we see how the 385's handle the climb from Queen St.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Martin MacGuire [17/01/2017]


Glasgow Central: Model Rail Scotland returns to the SECC, Glasgow, in 2017 from Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th of February.

Model Rail 2017

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees [17/01/2017]


Fauldhouse: A Glasgow to Edinburgh service pulls into Fauldhouse on an icy 17 January 2019. The building in the background is the store for Scottish prisons. I suppose there has to be one and it has to be somewhere.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [17/01/2019]


Edinburgh Waverley: On 17 January 2019 an Aberdeen service prepares to depart Waverely with an as-yet unbranded 43003 at the head. Appearance of HSTs on Inter7City routes is intermittent, and the following day this service was back to being a 3-car 170.

North British Railway
David Panton [17/01/2019]


Barking: 357315, with a C2C service to Fenchurch Street, departing from Barking on 17th January 2019.

Eastern Counties and London and Blackwall Railway
David Bosher [17/01/2019]


Abbeyhill Junction: Even the leafless January vegetation gets in the way of what would otherwise be a decent viewpoint in Regent Road Park. Therefore please think of this as a location shot which happens to have a (Dunbar to Waverley) train in it. The course of the curve to Abbeyhill can just be made out on the left

North British Railway
David Panton [17/01/2019]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Queen Street is turning Gold! 17th January 2020.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Yellowlees [17/01/2020]


Events


Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
1854Londonderry RailwayHetton coal train runs from Seaham to Sunderland Dock via new line as far as Ryhope and Durham and Sunderland Railway to Hendon Dock. The connection at Ryhope was temporary for the ceremonial occasion.
1898Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Rothiemay to Keith opened.
1898Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Doubled Grange curve, north Grange to south Grange, opened.
1898Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Huntly to Avochie signal box (near Rothiemay) opened.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2000Dunfermline CCTV centre openedGeorge Reid MSP opened new £1.5M Dunfermline CCTV Communications Centre.
2004Edinburgh Waverley station closureNetwork Rail is closing Edinburgh Waverley station on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 January to clear the way for a £34 million engineering programme that will renew outmoded cabling and control equipment.

Closure of the world famous station will affect around 800 ScotRail services over the two days. The company has spent months preparing for an event that will impinge on 55 per cent of its Saturday services and around 70 per cent of Sunday trains outwith the Strathclyde network.

ScotRail has organised a special wheelchair accessible bus shuttle service between Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, and Linlithgow this weekend to help mobility impaired people in and out of the capital city.
2006Praise for rail firm on right charity track [Scotsman]SCOTTISH charity chiefs paid tribute today to Network Rail^s support of their fundraising initiatives.
2006Rail staff deaths trial begins [BBC News]The trial begins of two men charged with the manslaughter of four rail workers killed by a runaway trailer.
2007Buyers on track for free rail card [Scotsman]HOMEBUYERS will receive a year^s rail travel to Edinburgh when they buy a new house in West Lothian.
2007Ex-railway worker guilty of arson [BBC News]A former rail worker accused of causing widespread delays to the rail network is convicted of arson.
2010Big train fan tracks really big train [Los Angeles Times]Railroad enthusiast Joe Perry got wind of an 18,000-foot-long ^monster^ freight train heading to Los Angeles. He shot videos -- as well as what might be the only still photo of the entire behemoth.
2011Plea to politicians to save Edinburghs high speed rail bid [Guardian]Edinburgh^s politicians met with local council leader Jenny Dawe yesterday to drum up support for a campaign to bring high speed trains to Scotland.
2012Additional service for Plockton High School pupils [Railscot]ScotRail is to provide an additional early morning service to ensure that Plockton High pupils can get to school – free of charge – while the Stromeferry bypass remains closed. From Monday 23 January, an 06.20 Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh service will transport the children to Plockton before 09.00. Other passengers can also buy tickets for the service. In order to accommodate the additional service, the 07.26 Elgin-Inverness will be replaced by a bus. A bus will also operate the 09.00 Inverness-Kyle, connecting into a train at Achnasheen. Jerry Farquharson, ScotRail’s director of business planning, said: “We’ve worked closely with Highland Council and HITRANS to put this plan in place. “It means that pupils will be able to get to school over the coming weeks with as little disruption as possible – and without incurring any extra travel costs.” Dr Michael Foxley, Highland Council leader said: “This is great news. ScotRail’s cooperation is much appreciated, particularly as the children will get to travel for free.” It is expected that the service will be in place for between four and six weeks.
2013Gatwick Express carriage fire causes travel chaos after Victoria station shut [Telegraph]One of London^s busiest rail stations was evacuated today because of a fire on a train, causing travel chaos throughout the capital. Trains services at Victoria station were cancelled or suspended after services were unable to leave and arrive following the fire on a Gatwick Express service. [From Mark Bartlett]
2013How To Prevent America^s Next Train Crash [Popular Science]The evening of January 5, 2005, was dry and cool in Graniteville, South Carolina. At 6:10, a 12-car Norfolk Southern freight train pulled up to the Avondale Mills textile plant, and Jim Thornton, a conductor with 18 years’ experience, climbed down from the locomotive to open a switch and let the train roll onto a siding. It was getting close to the hour by which, according to law, the crew had to quit for the day and rest. After the workers had shut down the train, Thornton called a taxi to take him, the engineer, and the brakeman to a nearby motel. It never occurred to him that, for the first time in his life, he’d failed to check the position of a switch that he’d opened.
2014InterCity East Coast franchise shortlist announced [Railway Gazette]UK: The Department for Transport announced the shortlisted bidders for the InterCity East Coast passenger franchise on January 17. East Coast Trains Ltd (FirstGroup plc); Keolis/Eurostar East Coast Ltd (Keolis (UK) Ltd and Eurostar International Ltd); Inter City Railways Ltd (90% Stagecoach Transport Holdings Ltd, 10% Virgin Holdings Ltd). DfT plans to issue invitations to tender at the end of February, with bidders having at least three months to develop their proposals. The new operator would take over the services linking London to Yorkshire, northeast England and Scotland in February 2015.
2016Calls for compensation for passengers affected by rail upgrade [Scotland on Sunday]TRAIN operator ScotRail is in line for up to £16 million in compensation for disruption to the main Glasgow-Edinburgh commuter route this year – but passengers hit by five months of delays will not be entitled to a penny.
2019Final multi-million-pound contracts awarded to deliver rail projects in Scotland and North East [Network Rail]Network Rail has announced further multi-million-pound contract awards for Control Period 6 (2019-2024), worth a total of £467m.
2019CalMac warns of port closures as it bids to take over North routes [The Herald]Lifeline island ferry services face more disruption this winter as vital infrastructure is overhauled.
2019Nantwich-based luxury train Northern Belle appoints new general manager [Nantwich News]Nantwich-based Northern Belle, one of the worlds most luxurious trains, has appointed former general manager Jeanette Snape to be its new managing director. And among her first moves has been to arrange for the Flying Scotsman, the worlds most famous steam locomotive, to haul four special excursions from Crewe and Manchester this summer.
2020Driver risk highlighted by Larne-Cairnryan ferry lorry crush [BBC News]Probe into incident that saw nine HGVs topple on the Larne-Cairnryan ferry highlights driver dangers.