This day in history 23 January

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Carlisle Kingmoor: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46152 The King's Dragoon Guardsman passing Kingmoor on 23 January 1965 with the 9.25 am Crewe - Perth which it had taken over at Carlisle. The locomens hostel stands in the left background.

Caledonian Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [23/01/1965]


Carlisle: The north end of a cold and wet Carlisle platform 4 on 23 January 1965 sees Crewe North's Britannia Pacific no 70051 Firth of Forth waiting patiently for the road to Upperby shed, having recently arrived on the other side of the station with a terminating parcels train from the south.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [23/01/1965]


Carlisle: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46152 The King's Dragoon Guardsman stands at Carlisle on 23 January 1965. The locomotive has recently arrived light engine from Kingmoor shed and will shortly take over the 9.25am Crewe - Perth. [See image 40253]

Caledonian Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [23/01/1965]


Carlisle: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46152 The King's Dragoon Guardsman stands at Carlisle on 23 January 1965 waiting to take forward the 9.25am Crewe - Perth train. This locomotive was originally 6100 Royal Scot but was involved in an identity swap with the then newly built 6152 in order that the newer locomotive could be sent to the USA to be exhibited as 6100 in 1933.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [23/01/1965]


Carlisle: Shrouded in steam, Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46152 The King's Dragoon Guardsman waits patiently on the centre road at Carlisle on 23 January 1965. The Scot had recently arrived from Kingmoor shed and was waiting to relieve the locomotive off the 9.25am Crewe - Perth train.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [23/01/1965]


Carlisle: A cold, wet, January morning at Carlisle in 1965. Corkerhill's BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73122 awaits its deparure time from platform 3 with the 11.00 for Glasgow St Enoch.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [23/01/1965]


Carlisle Kingmoor: The 9.25am Crewe - Perth seen passing Carlisle Kingmoor shed on 23 January 1965. Locomotive in charge is Royal Scot no 46152 'The King's Dragoon Guardsman'.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [23/01/1965]


North Elmham: The view south towards Dereham at North Elmham on 23rd January 1977. On the left is R. J. Seaman's granary that exported grain by rail from this site for 60 years between 1929 and 1989. After closure, it was soon demolished to make way for new housing, and the station building was substantially extended under private ownership.

Fakenham Branch (Norfolk Railway)
Mark Dufton [23/01/1977]


Lenwade: The M & GN station at Lenwade (closed to passengers 1959) looking south on a cold and damp 23 January 1977. Although there was still regular goods traffic on offer at that time it was steadily dwindling and by the end of 1981 there was little sign of activity. The line was finally closed in 1983.

Lynn and Fakenham Railway
Mark Dufton [23/01/1977]


Attlebridge: A melancholic air of damp and dereliction at Attlebridge on 23rd January 1977, shortly after the lifting of the track between Drayton and Lenwade. The view is north towards Lenwade.

Lynn and Fakenham Railway
Mark Dufton [23/01/1977]


Alloa: The bridge across the A908 Whins Road to the east of Alloa station on 23 January 2007 with track now in place. On the left is the rear of the Asda Superstore.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Camelon: An eastbound service passing the remains of the 1903 NB Camelon station in January 2007. As can be seen, the station stairway up to the island platform is still in place, although now partially bricked up at street level. [See image 13253]

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Camelon: The bricked-up entrance to the abandoned NB Camelon station, seen from the west side of the A9 road in January 2007. Behind the brick wall is the stone stairway that led up to the island platform. [See image 6131]

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Kincardine: The 1936 road bridge over the Forth seen from the old Kincardine station on 23 January 2007.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Kincardine: The new bridge at Kincardine taking shape on 23 January with the rig Seacore taking a break. Long lens view from the route into the former power station yard on the north shore of the Forth.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Alloa East Junction: Looking back towards the site of the old Alloa station in January 2007 along the trackbed of the line north to Tillicoultry and the Devon Valley.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Alloa: All smiles! Alloa station construction team members, 23 January 2007.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Alloa: Work on the pedestrian entrance at Alloa station on 23 January 2007, with the base for the station building receiving attention in the background.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Camelon: An eastbound train departs Camelon for Edinburgh in January 2007.

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
John Furnevel [23/01/2007]


Johnstone North: Trackbed and railway bridge across the Black Cart Water on the old Johnstone North branch.

Kilbarchan Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Graham Morgan [23/01/2007]


North Johnstone: Site of North Johnstone Station. Work is progressing on new store. Remnants of trackbed at top right, and trackbed to Johnstone North branch at centre right where fence is.

Kilbarchan Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Graham Morgan [23/01/2007]


Glasgow Central: Virgin Pendolinos 390017 and 390006 at Platforms 1 and 2 of Glasgow Central on 23rd January.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [23/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: Mixed bag at Glasgow Central on 23 January featuring 91132 of NXEC, 185105 of First TransPennine Express, 221111 of Virgin West Coast and 156500 of First ScotRail.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [23/01/2008]


Sea Mills: 143619 crossing the bridge over the River Trym shortly after leaving Sea Mills station on 23 January with the 1234 Bristol Temple Meads - Avonmouth service.

Bristol Port Railway and Pier
Peter Todd [23/01/2009]


Sea Mills: The 1234 Bristol Temple Meads - Avonmouth service, formed by DMU 143619, arrives at Sea Mills station on 23 January 2009.

Bristol Port Railway and Pier
Peter Todd [23/01/2009]


Ardrossan Harbour: Spot the train. A 334 rests in Ardrossan Harbour station amidst the clutter of the harbour. The view is from DSMV Clansman which replaced the usual vessel.

Ardrossan Railway
Ewan Crawford [23/01/2009]


Barrow-in-Furness: Despite the modern safety rails the bracket semaphores at the North end of Barrow station are still very impressive. Also just visible through the mist is another semaphore, controlling the exit from Platform 3, with the Furness Railway signal box beyond. View west towards Askam on 23 January 2010. [See image 7075] for this view on a clear day.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/01/2010]


St Vincent Street Glasgow: The public toilet on St Vincent Street, Glasgow, has been refurbished and extended [see image 18832]. The fencing around this structure (which comes originally from the old Glasgow Cross station) had been removed during the course of this work to allow the formation of several individual cubicles. This successful transformation has led to the closure of an older public convenience nearby, resulting in significant savings.

Glasgow Central Railway
Colin Harkins [23/01/2010]


Barrow-in-Furness: Although Barrow is a comparitively modern station, it was eerily quiet between trains on this cold January day when the fog never lifted. Three platforms remain in use, including the two through roads shown and a bay for northbound trains only behind the buildings on the right.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/01/2010]


Paisley Gilmour Street: The Network Rail track assessment unit 950001 at Paisley Gilmour Street heading west on 23rd January 2010

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Graham Morgan [23/01/2010]


Barrow-in-Furness: For many years the old Furness Railway locomotive Coppernob resided on the platform at Barrow-in-Furness in a glass building but it was removed during WWII to protect it from the air raids that Barrow experienced and is now part of the NRM National Collection. The January fog masks the functional appearance of the 1960s station buildings in this view looking east. The main semaphores control trains leaving towards Askam and Millom while the shunting arms control access to the carriage sidings.

Furness Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/01/2010]


Heywood: On the sweeping platform at Heywood, the present eastern terminus of the East Lancashire Railway, Ivatt 2-6-0 no. 46443 backs onto the train before heading back to Rawtenstall.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2011]


Rawtenstall: Ivatt class 2MT 2-6-0 no 46443 takes water at Rawtenstall on 23 January 2011. Rawtenstall West signal box, located alongside the level crossing, can be seen beyond the water tower.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2011]


Ewood Bridge: Black 5 no 44871 approaches the former station of Ewood Bridge as it heads south from Rawtenstall towards Bury on the East Lancashire Railway on 23 January 2011. The remains of the southbound platform can still be clearly seen on the right just in front of the locomotive.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2011]


Alnmouth: An 'East Coast' train heads south through the Northumberland countryside near Boulmer on the approach to Alnmouth on the afternoon of 23 January 2011.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Steven [23/01/2011]


Bury Bolton Street: 73129+71000 enter Bury Bolton Street with the 14.10 Heywood - Rawtenstall on 23 January 2011.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2011]


Irwell Vale: The unique Standard Pacific no 71000 Duke of Gloucester stands at the rear of a southbound train at Irwell Vale station on 23 January 2011.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2011]


Ramsbottom: Looking north from platform 2 at Ramsbottom station towards the level crossing and signalbox on 23 January with 46443 waiting patiently for Duke of Gloucester to be removed from the rear of the southbound train in the adjacent platform. Once coupled together the pair will head to Rawtenstall with the penultimate service of the day.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2011]


Plates, signs and notices: Section of the Glasgow suburban map from the BR (Scottish Region) timetable for the period 18 June to 9 September 1962 showing suburban destinations served from St Enoch and Buchanan Street stations.

British Rail
Colin Miller [23/01/2012]


Peebles CR and NBR Junction: South end of the historic Tweed Bridge in Peebles, looking west in 2012 with the River off to the right. The old bridge is based around a structure dating from the 15th century. It was largely rebuilt in 1663, extended in 1799, widened in 1834 - and again in 1900. Between the two widening projects, along came the railway in 1864 and smashed a hole through it - as above. This enabled a rail link to be built from the Caledonian terminus at Peebles West, along the south bank of the river, eventually bridging it to join the NB on the north side. The link line closed in 1959 and this section of the trackbed is now part of a riverside walkway. For the view east from the bridge [see image 6051].

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [23/01/2012]


Hong Kong Airport: Looking down into the bowels of Hong Kong airport towards the underground railway linking terminals 1 and 2. Passengers are waiting alongside the platform screen doors on the lower left as a train arrives.

Hong Kong Airport Rail Link
Ken Strachan [23/01/2014]


Barassie: DBS 66100 on its way from Mossend to Falkland yard on 23 January to pick up china clay empty tanks. These would formerly have been collected from Caledonian paper Mill and run round in the sidings at Barassie. However, the recent purchase of the sidings by Freightliner has brought this practice to an end.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/01/2014]


Barassie: Scotrail DMU 156512 on 2A05 Kilmarnock to Girvan passing the abandoned branch platform at Barassie on 23 January 2014. Housing now covers much of the land once occupied by the former Barassie railway wagon works.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/01/2014]


Barassie: ScotRail EMU 380014 on the 12.14 Glasgow Central to Ayr service passes through Barassie on 23 January 2014.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/01/2014]


Kings Cross: 86401 Mons Meg stands at the buffers having powered the diverted 'Highland Sleeper' ex Inverness from Doncaster in place of the usual Class 90. The train is running to and from Kings Cross via the ECML at present due to the Lamington Viaduct works.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
Michael Gibb [23/01/2016]


Arcow Quarry: The new loading sidings at Arcow Quarry are in an advanced stage of construction on 23 January 2016. This new connection off the Settle and Carlisle line south of Horton-in-Ribblesdale is expected to be ready for the first stone trains very soon.

Unset
John McIntyre [23/01/2016]


Long Preston: Getting back into their stride after a water stop at Hellifield are Black 5s 44871 and 45407 whilst working from Manchester to Carlisle. The duo are seen passing Long Preston getting ready for some hard work on the climbs north of Settle Jct.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2016]


Helwith Bridge: A Leeds to Carlisle service passes the new connection to the Arcow Quarry loading sidings on 23 January 2016. The new track is curving away to the north while the sidings are only a short distance out of shot to the left.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [23/01/2016]


Dillicar: Black 5s 44871 and 45407 head the return Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express railtour south through the Lune Gorge on 23 January 2016. This was supposed to have been the inaugural mainline working of Flying Scotsman but a few jobs are still to be completed before the loco is ready and the IR Black 5s were substituted. IR in this case is Ian Riley not International Rescue although the Black 5s do perform an admirable Thunderbird role.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2016]


Horton-in-Ribblesdale: Around an hour into the journey north, the 1049 hrs from Leeds to Carlisle departs from Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 23 January 2016.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [23/01/2016]


Grayrigg: A Daventry to Coatbridge Freightliner container train rounds the curve between Grayrigg loops and Low Gill in the early afternoon of 23 January 2016.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [23/01/2016]


Bermuda Park: Nuneaton folk may not be 'early adopters', but five turned out to catch the 12.18 to Coventry at Bermuda Park on 23rd January. Notice that it's a 2-car train at weekends. The branch for Bermuda collieries forked left off the curve in the background. [see image 31064]

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [23/01/2016]


Penrith: Ex LMS black fives 44871+45407 heading south on 1z63 Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express from Carlisle to Manchester.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [23/01/2016]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1911Aerw Branch (Taff Vale Railway)Southbound passenger train runs into the rear of a full coal train at Coke Ovens (couple of miles northwest of Pontypridd). Eleven people killed.
1989Callander and Oban RailwaySprinters introduced on line.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Property price increases along planned Waverley Route to put up costsThe Scotsman reports that an increase in property value along the proposed re-opened Waverley Route will increase the costs. 60 houses along the route require to be compulsorily purchased.
2006Campaigners chuffed with rail plan [Scotsman]PLANS to include a new railway station on the Waverley Line have been welcomed by campaigners.
2007Waverley Steps agreement means revamp edging closer.Edinburgh Evening News 23/01/2007. Work may be finally set to start on a multi-million pound revamp of the Waverley Steps after an agreement was reached on the designs for the much-delayed project. One year on from the original planned starting date, new designs for the main entrance to Waverley station have been agreed in principle by Network Rail and the neighbouring Balmoral Hotel. Work is unlikely to start before December this year however, as the designs have to be finalised and approved by the city council. The Waverley Steps entrance to the station is likely to reopen by the end of this month. The temporary footbridge which was installed last May to allow access via Princes Mall will become redundant until the Steps need to be closed once again to allow the revamp to take place.
2007Raiths Farm Depot construction beginsConstruction of the new depot at Raiths Farm to replace Aberdeen Guild Street begins. The cabling has been moved to the far trackside to allow vehicles to use the lifted track (the old southbound). Nearby Balfour Beatty have fenced off a large area which looks likely to become the depot.
2009Shock for contractors digging up famous Morecambe landmark [The Visitor]CONTRACTORS digging up the old Harbour Band Arena site next to Morecambe^s Midland Hotel got quite a surprise when they discovered train tracks from decades ago under the paving stones. [From Mark Bartlett]
2010No injuries in train derailment [BBC News Article]A commuter train derails just south of Dingwall station Network Rail confirm, but no one is hurt in the incident.
2011Channel tunnel row threatens to derail high speed London - Frankfurt link [Guardian]High-speed London to Frankfurt service planned for 2013 is at risk because of a row between Siemens and Alstom over train safety
2011Concrete left on railway line [Greenock Telegraph]CHUNKS of concrete were allegedly dumped on the railway track close to Port Glasgow station - on the same line where a train derailed 17 years ago. [From John Gray]
2012Strike by rail signal workers in Glasgow suspended [BBC News]A strike by rail signal workers in the west of Scotland has been cancelled. More than 30 staff based at a control centre in Glasgow had been due to walk out in a row over career progression. The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union said the action had been suspended after talks with conciliation service Acas.
2012Network Rail plans ^alliance^ with South West trains [Independent]Network Rail today announced moves aimed at working more closely with rail operators under a ^deep alliance^ with one of the UK^s biggest train firms. Officials said a single, senior joint management team could be established between NR and South West trains to look after train and track on the route out of London^s Waterloo station. NR has already announced plans to form alliances with a number of rail operators, saying they would cut costs and deliver a more ^passenger focused^ operation.
2013Train derails and catches fire in Salford [BBC News]A chartered passenger train has derailed and caught fire in Salford. Fire crews were called to the incident near Regent Road at around 14:30 GMT after the rear diesel locomotive of the West Coast Railways train caught fire. [From Mark Bartlett]
2014Docklands Light Railway strike dates announced by RMT [BBC News]The RMT union has announced two 48-hour strikes on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in a dispute over pay and working conditions. The union said there has been a "total breakdown of industrial relations" between staff and the operator Serco. The first strike will begin on 29 January. The second will start on 4 February and coincide with the first of two 48-hour strikes on the Underground.
2016Isle of Man horse tram service ends after 140 years [BBC News]The Isle of Man horse tram service is to be terminated after 140 years, Douglas council has confirmed. A spokesman for Douglas Borough Council said the service, which has been in existence since 1876, was ^no longer financially viable^. The council said the decision had been taken ^with very great regret^ at a special meeting in Douglas on Thursday. [From Richard Buckby]
2017Autumn opening for new Millerhill rail facility [Midlothian Advertiser]Work to house Scotland^s growing fleet of trains is progressing well and on track for the arrival of new class 385 electric rolling stock this autumn. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf visited the Millerhill facility recently to see the ongoing work to provide electrified stabling facilities for the new fleet, which will be gradually introduced across many Scottish central belt routes in the next two years. [From Charlie Niven]
2017Alex Hynes named as new ScotRail Alliance managing director [BBC News] The new managing director of the ScotRail Alliance has been announced. Alex Hynes, who is currently managing director at Arriva Rail North, will replace Phil Verster who is leaving the role to take up a new job in England. Mr Verster had faced pressure in recent months because of ScotRail^s failure to meet targets on punctuality and reliability. My Hynes said he was excited to be part of plans to ^vastly improve services^. He will join the rail operator later in the year.
2017Morocco to get Africa^s first high-speed train [CNN]The first high-speed trains in Africa are flashing along the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The French-made double-decker TGVs are being tested ahead of the launch of a flagship new line connecting Tangier with Morocco^s economic capital Casablanca in 2018.
2017Southeastern Railway commuters hit with major delays after freight train derails [Evening Standard]A derailed freight train has caused major delays for commuters in south London. Services were delayed, cancelled or diverted after the derailment at Lewisham at about 6am on Tuesday. Passengers complained of a hellish journey to work while Southeastern Railway warned the disruption would last all day. Southeastern commuters were left waiting on freezing platforms as the train operator warned services were unable to run from Dartford and Hayes to Lewisham.