Dunfermline MPD: A pair of J36 0-6-0s, nos 65253 + 65323, standing alongside Dunfermline shed on a quiet looking Wednesday afternoon in February 1959.
Dunfermline MPD: J36 0-6-0 no 65320 'stored' alongside Dunfermline shed in February 1959.
Dunfermline MPD: Reid N15 0-6-2T no 69221 stored out of use alongside Dunfermline shed in February 1959.
Dunfermline MPD: J37 0-6-0 no 64630 on Dunfermline shed in February 1959. The embankment above carries the Stirling and Dunfermline route, running left towards Dunfermline Upper station.
Dunfermline MPD: Scott class 4-4-0 no 62427 Dumbiedykes on shed at 62C Dunfermline on 11 February 1959.
Dunfermline MPD: Photograph taken looking north east from Dunfermline MPD on 11 February 1959 as 62492 Glen Garvin heads east along the embankment between Dunfermline Upper station and Touch North Junction - possibly hauling a workmen's train, given the non-corridor stock. The locomotive was withdrawn from Thornton Junction shed some 4 months later.
Dunfermline MPD: Reid ex-NBR D30 Scott class no 62427 Dumbiedykes stands in front of the ash disposal plant at Dunfermline shed (62C) on a February evening in 1959. The locomotive was withdrawn from here 2 months later and subsequently cut up at Inverurie Works.
Edinburgh Princes Street: Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42273 is station pilot at Edinburgh Princes Street in February 1961.
Polkemmet Colliery: NCB pugs pulling away from Polkemmet Colliery in 1972 with coal destined for the BR exchange sidings.
Polkemmet Colliery: A pair of hard working NCB Pugs climbing away from Polkemmet Colliery on a grey and misty February morning in 1972 with a trainload of coal for the BR exchange sidings on Polkemmet Moor.
Polkemmet Colliery: Industrial steam in action at Polkemmet Colliery, Whitburn, on a cold and frosty February morning in 1972. A pair of NCB Pugs is getting underway with a trainload of coal destined for the BR exchange sidings on Polkemmet Moor.
Polkemmet Colliery: A pair of hard working NCB Pugs leaving Polkemmet Colliery on a grey 11 February 1972 with another trainload of coal destined for the BR exchange sidings.
Polkemmet Colliery: A loaded coal train sets out from the sidings at Polkemmet Colliery on 11 February 1972 behind a pair of NCB pugs. The coal is destined for the BR exchange sidings on Polkemmet Moor.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View across the platforms to the east side of Glasgow Queen Street in February 1974. 27111, on its way out of the station, is about to pass an unidentified class 40 with an Aberdeen train at the adjacent platform.
Stanley Junction: The North Wind Doth Blow. 40061 comes off the Highland line at Stanley Junction. with an Inverness - Edinburgh service. The remnants of the Strathmore route to Forfar and Kinnaber Junction bear away to the right. 11th February 1978. The unused post on the bracket to the right belonged to the Strathmore route before track rationalisation.
Stanley Junction: 47045 passes Stanley Junction with a Glasgow - Inverness service. 11th February 1978.
Leicester Midland: A frosty February day at Leicester Midland in 1979, as a Peak type 4 brings a St Pancras - Nottingham train under London Road and into platform 1.
Leicester Midland: A late running Derby - St Pancras train arriving at Leicester Midland on a cold and miserable 11 February 1979, with the usual 'Peak' in charge.
Birkett Tunnel: With a feather of steam from the safety valves, No. 46229 Duchess of Hamilton is clearly well on top of the job as it approaches the north end of Birkett Tunnel with the southbound 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' on 11th February 1984.
Skelmanthorpe: The former Skelmanthorpe Station in February 1988, looking towards Clayton West on the single line branch from Shepley Junction on the Penistone line.
New Cumnock: 60017 Shotton Works Centenary hauls coal south through New Cumnock station in February 1998.
Brunstane: View north in 2002 from the remains of the bridge that once carried the Lothian Lines over the Sub. Brunstane station is under construction in the background. The view would once have been blocked by Niddrie North signal box [see image 32080] and the now removed embankment that carried the Lothian Lines north to cross the ECML.
Brunstane: Construction work in progress at the new Brunstane station in February 2002. Passenger services commenced between Waverley and Newcraighall on 4 June that year [see image 3430].
Rohallion: Southbound train passing the site of an early closure, Rohallion station, south of Dunkeld.
Melrose: The beautifully restored station at Melrose in February 2007, looking along the trackbed towards Tweedbank, a mile and a half to the west.
Cameron Bridge: Cameron Bridge in February 2007 looking west towards Thornton Junction. View showing the platform remains with the modernised distillery dominating the background.
Cameron Bridge: View east at Cameron Bridge with the River Leven on the right and the overgrown line of the former route to the Fife coast curving away to the left beyond the bridge. February 2007.
Melrose: View east at Melrose in February 2007.
Melrose: The imposing station building at Melrose, February 2007.
Galashiels: Provisional Galashiels station plan, February 2007. A single platform station alongside the A7 opposite the bus station. No new parking will be created here with drivers encouraged to use the Park & Ride facilities to the south of the town at Tweedbank.
Galashiels: Site of the proposed new station at Galashiels in February 2007 looking north. The bus station is to the left across the A7 Ladhope Vale.
Strathpeffer [2nd]: A woodcarver has a shop on the station and this is some of his work. The Brahan Seer is nearest the camera.
Strathpeffer [2nd]: Strathpeffer, a view along the platform in February 2007.
Strathpeffer [2nd]: The former Strathpeffer Station in February 2007, now a small shopping mall.
Pitlochry: Pitlochry station forecourt in February 2008 with the new digital display revealing that the next train south is the 11:03 to Glasgow Queen Street.
Pitlochry: View north towards the signal box from the station footbridge at Pitlochry in February 2008.
Pitlochry: Is this what is meant by skeleton staff?
Keswick: The old station at Keswick may not have a railway line any longer, but on 11 February 2008 it looked in fine fettle when viewed from the car park. The Station Hotel, off to the right of the photograph, has taken over the station building, to which it is linked by a covered walkway, as it was in railway days.
Benton: Metro train at Benton station on the Tyne & Wear Metro heading towards St James on 11 February.
Morecambe: 156443 on arrival at platform 1 of Morecambe station on 11 February 2010 with a shuttle service from Lancaster.
Preston: Stabled in the siding next to platform 3 at the north end of Preston station on 11 February 2010, unit 142007 awaits its next tour of duty.
Lancaster: Having arrived from Leeds via Skipton and Carnforth, 144006 waits at plaftorm 5 of Lancaster station befor reversing and heading for Heysham Port on 11 February 2010. There will be one more reversal for the DMU before the end of its journey - at Morecambe.
Eglinton Street: Gently does it ...
Inch by inch the 125m Port Eglinton Viaduct creeps across the West Coast Main Line at Eglinton Street on 11 February. It is being launched from its west end. This part of Glasgow has really changed with all the M74 Extension works. The view looks north towards Glasgow Central.
Morecambe: The ticket office and waiting room at the relocated and much reduced Morecambe station on 11 February 2010. The island platform terminus is off to the right.
Carrbridge: The 1000 tonne crane being assembled at Carrbridge on 11 February 2010 in preparation for the removal of derailed 66048, planned to take place within the next two days. [See news item]
Lancaster: Colas Rail locomotive 66843 thunders south through Lancaster with the Carlisle - Chirk logs on 11 February 2010. DRS 57002 is DIT as insurance.
West Street [Subway]: The Port Eglinton Viaduct of the M74 Extension towers over West Street station and the Glasgow-Paisley line. For a similar view before the viaduct was built [see image 10477].
Carrbridge: Activity at Carrbridge on the morning of 11 February 2010, with preparations being made for 'the big lift' of 66048, due to take place in two days time.
Hairmyres: 156446 forming a Glasgow Central - East Kilbride service on 11 February, photographed on the approach to Hairmyres Station.
Heysham Port: 144006 has arrived at Heysham Port on 11 February 2010 on a service from Leeds, via Skipton, Carnforth and Lancaster. This is now the only train that calls at Heysham Port and connects with the Isle of Man ferry, seen in the right background peeping over the platform canopy.
Thorntonhall: Running approximately 10 minutes late, an East Kilbride - Glasgow Central service passes under the bridge carrying the A726 on the approach to Thorntonhall on 11 February.
Lancaster: A First Trans Pennine Express service to Preston formed by 185135 calls at Lancaster on 11 February 2010. The guard acknowledges the 'right away' from the despatcher as the train gets ready for the final leg of its journey south.
Eglinton Street: The Port Eglinton Viaduct of the M74 extension looms over Kilbirnie Street. Eglinton Street station was directly below the street here and the parapets of the bridge over the West Coast Main Line can be seen on either side.
Rugby: Freightliner 66516 enduring an hour's wait at Rugby on 11 February 2011.
Milton Keynes Central: 90041 in old Railfreight livery heads the Virgin loco-hauled set North into Milton Keynes platform 6 on 11 February 2011, at about 3.15pm. By 5.05pm the same set was seen heading South at Rugby - good utilization.
Rugby: Part of Rugby station underpass in February 2011: great for the general public, but not for enthusiasts. [See image 33422 for the converse]
Milton Keynes Central: Southern Railway services now run as far North as Milton Keynes. This would never have done in the old SR days, but at that time Milton Keynes was a small village between Bletchley and Wolverton, and well off the main line. This is the 15.13 to East Croydon on 11 February 2011.
Rugby: In contrast to the North bays [see image 32862], the South bays at Rugby are in fine form - usually housing an EMU and occasionally a class 57.
Milton Keynes Central: The recently installed South bay at Milton Keynes is platform 2a. It is rarely used, so here's the best shot I could get, with an up London train passing from platform 1
Rugby: Obviously not the 17.20 to Euston - otherwise it would be over 30 minutes early... GB Railfreight 66704 hauling LOTS of containers south through Rugby platform 6 on 11 February 2011.
Cardenden: Running south from Cardenden Station is the steeply-sided, woodend glen of Carden Den, seen here in February 2012. Along the eastern slopes ran a horse-drawn 'tramway' serving a small mine. It appears on the Ordnance survey maps of 1856 and 1895, but is gone by 1915. a A trans-shipment siding ran off the NBR to the east of Cardenden station. [See image 37612]
Cardenden: View looking north towards the site of the transfer point to the Fife Circle line from the former tramway running through Carden Den [see image 37588] with a ScotRail 170 passing.
Cardiff Central: 150213 in latest Arriva Trains Wales livery, as applied to its refurbished 158 DMUs, exits the east end of platform 6 at Cardiff Central as it heads for Merthyr Tydfil.
Barry: An Arriva Trains Wales 150 DMU runs back down the short Barry Island branch in February 2013 before rounding the curve to rejoin the main line at Barry station. The single line seen to left of the unit is the high level line of the Barry Tourist Railway that runs alongside the former Barry steam shed, and then alongside the main line to a platform between Barry Town and Barry Docks Stations.
Loch Treig: A northbound Sprinter is just about to enter Loch Treig Tunnel on the deviation. The deviation begins close to the bend in the line in the background with the original line now flooded when the reservoir is full. In the background right are the valve shafts for the pipeline to the Locaber Smelter, that location being the eastern terminus of the Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway.
Barry: The wheeled chassis and cab of Black 5 44901 and the boiler and cab of 9F 92245 at the former Barry MPD in February 2013. The Black 5 boiler had been removed from site for use elsewhere. Left hand tender link tread plate still shows part of the for sale legend seen in the Peter Todd Feb 1986 view of the loco whilst in Barry scrapyard [See image 22739]
Walford Halt: The long-abandoned trackbed of the Ross to Monmouth branch still keeping its head above water. Walford Halt was just off to the right. The bright green bank nearer the camera is a bund to protect the sawmill.
Kilnknowe Junction: Looking west from Plumtreehall Brae, Galashiels, across the Gala Water to Kilnknowe Junction on 11 February.
Heriot: Looking south from Heriot level crossing on 11 February. The old up platform has been breached in a couple of places. In the distance is the square frame of a new road bridge.
Wakefield Kirkgate: The original ticket office and main entrance to Wakefield Kirkgate station completely stripped during major refurbishment on 11 February 2014. The more recent entrance is seen to the right.
Carstairs: DRS 68004+68007 with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco intermodal at Carstairs on 11 February. They were running trials at the time for comparison with the hired DBS class 92 electric locos.
Carstairs: CrossCountry Voyager 221124 with the 1S31 Birmingham New Street to Glasgow Central via Edinburgh runs through Carstairs on 1 February 2015.
Carluke: The Crewe Basford Hall - Coatbridge containers approaching Carluke on 11 February 2015 with the usual pair of Freightliner Class 86s in charge. Locomotive 86622 is leading the train on this occasion.
York Place [Tram]: Cleaning out debris affecting the operation of the normally spring loaded points at the west end of York Place tram stop taking place during the afternoon of 11 February. The yellow lever is used to manually move the points between tram movements at the stop.
Glasgow Central: DB Schenker 90029 newly arrived from London Euston at Glasgow Central platform 1 with the Caledonian Sleeper on 11th February 2015. This loco hauled the combined Glasgow and Edinburgh portions from Euston as far as Carstairs where the 18 coach train was split, with the Glasgow coaches continuing with 90029 to Glasgow. From 31st March 2015 on transfer of the Caledonian Sleeper franchise to Serco, the locomotives will be provided by GB Railfreight.
Wabtec Rail Scotland Works: 'Wheel be seeing you...' Passing Wabtec, Kilmarnock, on 11 February 2015
Kilmarnock: The 10.12 Glasgow Central to Carlisle calls at Kilmarnock on 11 February 2015. Note that this unit has had the 'First' logos painted over.
Muir of Ord: DRS 37259 + 37607 trundle through Muir of Ord on 11 February 2015 with the northbound nuclear flask special for Georgemas Junction.
Doncaster: East Coast 91111 'For the Fallen' propels the 05.48 ex Waverley to Kings Cross service out of Doncaster on 11 February 2015.
Edinburgh Waverley: Freightliner - a Genesee & Wyoming company. 95% of the shares of Freightliner Group Limited (Freightliner) are owned by the parent company and a subtly done logo alteration reflects this. The view is of the 'Klondkye' side of the station with the locomotive waiting between sleeper duties.
Edinburgh Waverley: Freightliner 90043 stabled in the Klondyke siding, freshly repainted with Genesee & Wyoming ownership displayed.
Galashiels: A service from Tweedbank approaches Galashiels at 1202 on the 11th of January.
West End - Princes Street [Tram]: With part of Princes Street closed because of a police incident at the Scott Monument on 11 February the city terminus has been moved east. A tram negotiates the crossover placed here for just such contingencies and heads for the airport.
Edinburgh Waverley: 'New' Caledonian Sleeper locomotive 73967 alongside 67021 at the east end bay of Waverley.
Edinburgh Waverley: 325015 leads a diverted Shieldmuir - Willesden mail train into platform 7 at Waverley for a crew change, on 11 February.
Motherwell: For passengers who have joined this train from Dalmuir via Whifflet it ostensibly terminates here at Motherwell, but in fact it carries on back to Dalmuir via the Hamilton circle. It's perhaps not surprising it's not announced as a through service as it would cause some confusion. Photographed 11/02/2017.
Irwell Vale: Newly restored BR Standard 4MT 76084 is wintering on the ELR and taking its turn on services in between main line runs. The 2-6-0 is seen leaving Irwell Vale for Rawtenstall with the first train of the day on 11th February 2017.
Partick: A lesson in the demotic from Scotrail seen at Patrick on 11/02/2017. Gonnae no dae that. Gonnae no?
Townsend Fold: Peak 1Co-Co1 45108 was operating the diesel roster on the East Lancs Railway on 11th February 2017. The former D120 has previously operated in BR Green but now sports Rail Blue livery and is seen approaching Townsend Fold level crossing heading for Rawtenstall.
Govan [Subway]: A fellow passenger catches up with the scandal (before realising it's his stop) while the train catches up time at Govan Subway on 11/02/2017. In a hark-back to a previous era there is no visual travel information, and the next station stops are announced briskly by the driver.
Ewood Bridge and Edenfield: Peak Class 1Co-Co1 45108 passes the closed station at Ewood Bridge & Edenfield with a train from Rawtenstall on 11th February 2017. In the background the now very dilapidated goods shed can be seen, looking like the next bad storm will finish it off.
Rawtenstall: For the first twenty five years after the ELR reopened the line to Rawtenstall the gates at Rawtenstall West were manually operated [See image 32794]. However, box controlled barriers and associated signalling have now been commissioned. Visiting BR Standard 2-6-0 76084 departs Rawtenstall with a Heywood train passing the new barriers on 11th February 2017.
Baillieston: 73698 leads 66733 with the Aberdeen sleeper stock on its way to Polmadie to be serviced. Engineering work has led to a Dundee start with a connecting bus for the southbound sleeper on three Sundays in February 2017.
St Rollox Works: Caught a quick shot of one of the recently acquired ROG class 47's through the fence at Tesco this morning. Looks rather forlorn but at least some company for the old 08 shunter named after the works! [See image 50126]
Ewood Bridge and Edenfield: The old goods shed at Ewood Bridge & Edenfield is still (just) standing. From the goods yard entrance as seen here it doesn't look too run down but from the other side it reminds me of the crumbling station building at Moniaive [See image 55949]. The ELR running line is just beyond the building.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1963||Glasgow Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway||Allanshaw Foundry to Blantyre Junction (junction with Hamilton Branch of the Caledonian Railway) closed to freight.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2003||Additional West Highland Line services||With support from the Highland Rail Partnership and Strathclyde Passenger Transport the following additional services will run:|
On Saturdays 29 March to 17 May and 4 October to 25 October:
1020 Glasgow Queen Street to Oban and
On Sundays 30 March to 11 May:
1235 Glasgow Queen Street to Oban and
1240 Oban to Glasgow Queen Street
On Sundays 18 May to 22 June:
1030 Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street,
1242 Glasgow Queen Street to Mallaig,
1205 Fort William to Mallaig and
1815 Mallaig to Fort William
(Note: This year^s summer timetable runs Sunday 18 May to Saturday 27 September.)
|2005||UK rail chiefs eye sat-navigation [BBC News]||The rail industry is investigating the use of satellite navigation technology to improve Britain^s train system.|
|2005||New train of thought for city^s tram vision [Scotsman]||DISUSED or freight-only railway lines should be used for the Capital^s proposed tram network, according to a leading transport expert.|
|2005||Subway chiefs put offer on table [BBC News]||Glasgow underground staff are offered a new deal by their employers in a bid to avert strike action.|
|2006||Durie cleared of assault after charge dropped [Scotsman]||FORMER football star Gordon Durie, 40, was yesterday cleared of assault after claims that he attacked a railway worker were dropped.|
|2006||Edinburgh commuter line boost [Scotsman]||PASSENGERS on one of Edinburgh^s busiest commuter rail routes are to get more reliable trains and extra services.|
|2006||English service ^will hit Scots rail travellers^ [Scotsman]||TRAINS between Scotland and London could be cancelled or delayed by up to half an hour if a rival operator is allowed to run services on part of the line, GNER claimed yesterday.|
|2006||Gordon Durie cleared in assault case [Scotsman]||FORMER Scottish international footballer Gordon Durie has been cleared of assaulting a railway employee in Waverley Station.|
|2008||Steam engine back to the future [BBC News Item]||The first steam engine built to run on the UK mainline in almost 50 years will be ready for tests in April, says one of the main organisers.|
|2010||New rail link progresses with twin bridge works [Network Rail Article]||Network Rail will remove and install two bridges along the Bathgate branch line over the next four days (Saturday 13 Feb to Tues 16 Feb) as work on the Airdrie-Bathgate project continues.|
|2011||London Waterloo still UKs busiest station [BBC]||London^s Waterloo is still the UK^s busiest train station despite a drop in passenger numbers, figures show.|
|2012||Fame at last for rail handbook [Independent Online]||A Victorian railway guidebook has become a bestseller after almost 150 years – thanks to a UK TV travel programme. Bradshaw’s Handbook was first published in 1863 but has now been catapulted into the top 10 UK Amazon sales list after being featured on Great British Railway Journeys on BBC2. The facsimile of the original has already sold more than 8 000 copies and a second print run could be in the offing.|
|2013||Dorset rail service to be restored after 41 years [BBC News]||A Dorset train service is to be reinstated 41 years after being axed thanks to a Ł1.47m grant. A regular service on the three-mile stretch between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Wareham is set to be restored by Spring 2015. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||Gateshead^s Dunston Staithes could be opened to public [BBC News]||The restoration of the Grade II-listed timber structure on the River Tyne is due to begin in April. Dunston Staithes received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost Ł420,000 in December. It is also hoped that it will be open to the public for the first time.|
|2014||Gallery: old train photos fascinate readers [Courier]||Antique dealer Joe Richards from Coupar Angus recently purchased a suitcase containing thousands of old 35mm black and white negatives of railway scenes. They were featured in The Courier earlier this month and led to a flood of responses from readers. If you can help identify the scenes, please email email@example.com. [From John McIntyre]|
|2015||Anniversary of Quintinshill rail tragedy to be remembered [BBC News]||A series of events will mark the 100th anniversary of the UK^s worst rail disaster later this year. A total of 227 people died when three trains crashed at Quintinshill Bridge near Gretna Green on 22 May 1915. Plans have been drawn up to open a new roll of honour at Gretna Old Church and to plant a commemorative tree at Gretna Green war memorial. A descendent of one of the survivors is expected to lay a wreath at the bridge.|
|2016||Proposals for the extension of passenger services between Alloa and Fife [Alloa Advertiser]||PROPSALS to open the Alloa to Fife rail line to passengers has been given fresh hope after the Scottish Parliament referred a public petition to the Longannet Task Force for consideration. The closure of the power station, due to take place in March, may well have a devastating financial effect on Clackmannanshire and the surrounding areas. However, plans were put forth that could arguably soften the blow and open up new economic opportunities using the existing rail infrastructure. Passenger services currently terminate at Alloa, while the line itself runs past Longannet, through the West Fife villages and on to Dunfermline. A public petition, submitted by Martin Keatings, has called for the service to be extended to allow trains to take passengers from Alloa through the Fife circle, without the need to head into Edinburgh first.|
|2016||ScotRailâ€™s new fleet must work from day one [Scotsman]||Inside what looks like a storage container at Waverley Station in Edinburgh lies the future of Scottish rail travel. It doesnâ€™t much resemble a train from the outside, but the interior provides the first glimpse of how hundreds of thousands of Scots will travel over the next few decades.|
|2017||No-frills mini trains offer route to reopening lines that Beeching shut [Sunday Times]||A new generation of no-frills trains is being manufactured under plans to open up little-used branch lines closed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s. Ultra-cheap trains powered by truck engines, built using lightweight materials and running at low speeds, may be introduced within the next two years as part of a £4 million trial.|