This day in history 12 February

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St Pancras: The north end of St Pancras in February 1971 with Peak no 68 Royal Fusilier arriving with a train from Derby. Over on the far side below the signal box is Brush Type 4 no 1521 preparing to leave with the down Master Cutler for Sheffield.

London Extension (Midland Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/1971]


St Pancras: One of the Tinsley based Brush Type 4s, no 1521, awaiting its departure time at St Pancras on 12 February 1971 with the 11.05 Master Cutler to Sheffield Midland.

London Extension (Midland Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/1971]


Normanton: EE Type 3 No. 37098 trundles along the down slow line opposite Goose Hill Junction box, Normanton, with a train of empty spoil wagons on Saturday 12 February 1977. No doubt a positioning move in readiness for overnight track work come the cessation of normal traffic in the late evening.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: When first introduced to service in April 1960 from Gateshead shed, EE Type 4 No. D270 would have been no stranger to class 1 work on the ECML, but by 1977 (as 40070) it was reduced to pottering about the West Riding on colliery trip workings from Healey Mills. Here it is on a Saturday morning in February of that year heading home to HM past Goose Hill Junction with just an ex-LMS brake-van in tow.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: The first two months of 1977 saw the 'Western' diesel-hydraulics ranging far and wide on railtour duty as their demise drew near. Here No. 1023 'Western Fusilier' accelerates past Goose Hill Junction, Normanton, having suffered a signal check on the approach, with the 'Western Finale' special from Exeter to York.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: Peak No. 45025 (D19) passes under Newstead Lane Bridge between Normanton station and Goose Hill Junction at 12:45 on Saturday 12th February 1977. I have been unable to reconcile the time with any booked up working in the public timetable for 1976-77 but it is possible the train is a Leeds United - Derby Footex (Leeds won 1-0).

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Micklefield: Having seen the 'Western Finale' pass through Normanton earlier on its northbound journey from Exeter [see image 38590], it was possible to intercept it again before it reached York as it ran via Leeds, wher e a brief stop was made, rather than on the direct route through Castleford. The special, hauled by No. 1023 Western Fusilier, is seen here on 12 February 1977 in the deep cutting near Huddleston Grange between Micklefield and Church Fenton.

Leeds and Selby Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: Holbeck based 31146 approaches Goose Hill Junction on the up slow line on 12 March 1977 with a trip working of unbraked 16T mineral wagons bound for Healey Mills Yard.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: The last in a procession of Engineer's trains to pass Goose Hill Junction northbound on Saturday 12th February 1977 was a ramshackle collection of high and low sided open spoil wagons hauled by 37098. Note the photographers waiting on Newstead Lane Bridge for the passage of the Western Finale railtour which had been due almost an hour previously. [See image 38590]

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: The marker lights on Peak 45059 (D98) Royal Engineer, heading the 10:12 Newcastle to Cardiff, glow brightly despite it being around noon, so Saturday 12th February 1977 was obviously a typical gloomy West Riding winter's day! The train has just negotiated the reverse curves around the wide island platform at Normanton.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: 40038 south of Goose Hill Junction box in February 1977 with ballast in a variety of Engineer's wagons. They are all equipped with the vacuum brake and the train is running as a fully fitted working with the loco displaying the correct class 6 headcode discs, despite the requirement for this having been abolished a year earlier. The vantage point gives a good view of the facing crossover arrangement between the ex-MR and ex-L&Y lines.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: A small band of photographers has assembled on the wide island platform at Normanton station on 12 February 1977 to see No. 1023 Western Fusilier pass on the 'Western Finale' railtour from Exeter to York. One suspects that a similar event in the 21st century would see a much bigger turnout.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: Just after mid-day on 12th February 1977, HM allocated 37246 heads for home on the up slow line between Normanton station and Goose Hill Junction. With the day being a Saturday, its crew will doubtless be looking forward to going off duty once they get back to Healey Mills.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Normanton: Judging by the procession of engineer's trains which passed Goose Hill Jn around lunchtime on Saturday 12th February 1977, there must have been relaying scheduled somewhere in the Leeds area that weekend. The first of these to appear, at 12.47, was a short train of prefabricated track panels with 40169 from Healey Mills in charge.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1977]


Halstead: The location given inside this telephone kiosk was 'Halstead Railway Station'. The kiosk stood close to the front entrance of the station, but by 12th February 1978, only the entrance steps (to the left of the kiosk) remained. The steps were a poignant memorial to over a century's worth of rail travelers that had made use of them, the last in December 1961. Time was eventually called on the kiosk and steps too and a block of flats now occupies this site.

Colne Valley and Halstead Railway
Mark Dufton [12/02/1978]


Kings Cross: Evening scene at Kings Cross in February 1979, looking back towards the station along platform 8 with empty stock about to leave platform 7.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/1979]


York: An ECML InterCity 125 service leaving York for the south in February 1981 in the shadow of York Minster.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/1981]


York: A BR InterCity 125 HST rolls into York station on 12 February 1981 with an ECML service for Kings Cross.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/1981]


York: View south from the platforms of York station on 12 February 1981 as a DMU awaits its departure time with an afternoon stopping service to Leeds.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/1981]


Ely Dock Junction: Withdrawn class 126 stock, with SC79164 nearest the camera, languishing in the sidings at Ely Dock Junction in February 1983. The units are awaiting removal for scrapping at the nearby plant of European Metal Recycling, Snailwell, Cambridgeshire. Note the 'danger' stickers attached to the sides of the stock, warning of the asbestos contained within these units. Snailwell was one of a small number of specialist sites equipped to deal safely with such material. [See image 31786]

Eastern Counties Railway
Ian Dinmore [12/02/1983]


Kirkby Stephen: The Midland Compound No. 1000, double heading with Jubilee No. 5690 'Leander' passing the overbridge immediately north of Kirkby Stephen station while working the southbound Cumbrian Mountain Pullman of 12th February 1983. The pair had worked north in atrocious conditions the previous Saturday.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1983]


Garsdale: The Midland Compound and 5690 Leander with the southbound Cumbrian Mountain Pullman en route from Carlisle to Hellifield on 12 February 1983. Having surmounted the climb to Ais Gill summit they can now take it easier on favourable grades south of Garsdale and will shortly enter Rise Hill Tunnel.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Bill Jamieson [12/02/1983]


Ness Viaduct: One of the few occasions on which coal moved south on the Far North Line. Some of the 13 HEA hopper wagons of imported coal - a contract secured to rail by the photographer's son as BR Speedlink Coal manager for Scotland - conveyed on a southbound freight from Invergordon on 12th February 1986 are seen here on the original Ness Bridge in Inverness.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [12/02/1986]


Girvan (Old): Girvan (Old) station, photographed on 12 February 1988. [See image 24815]

Maybole and Girvan Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/1988]


Hilton Junction: A southbound train taking the Glasgow line at Hilton Junction in February 2005.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2005]


Dawsholm CR: Part of the Caledonian Railway Dawsholm Passenger Station sign painted on the Maryhill aqueduct. To the top left PASS can be seen and to the top right ST.

Glasgow Central Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/02/2005]


Hilton Junction: Shortly after leaving Perth southbound in February 2005, an afternoon train destined for Edinburgh Waverley takes the Central Fife route at Hilton Junction.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2005]


Hilton Junction: The signal box at Hilton Junction in February 2005. Ladybank to the left, Gleneagles to the right.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2005]


Harthope Viaduct: Looking south at Harthope Viaduct on 12 February 2006, with preparations for deck replacement well advanced.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2006]


Harthope Viaduct: Looking north under Harthope Viaduct on 12 February 2006 with the replacement deck in the foreground sitting alongside the current resident, ready to be moved into its final position over the Easter weekend.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2006]


Gretna Green [1st]: To the west beyond the car park stands the platform at Gretna Green on a rainy day in February 2006. The new station is at the start of the single line section to Annan. The former station building, now a private house, stands in the foreground.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2006]


Gretna Green: Looking west along the platform at Gretna Green in February 2006.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2006]


Gretna Green [1st]: The road approach to the original Gretna Green station, now a private house, in February 2006. The 1852 station was finally closed in 1965, while the current station, 100 yards off to the right, was opened in 1993. [See image 6724]

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2006]


Rosewell and Hawthornden: Remains of the platforms at Rosewell and Hawthornden looking south west in February 2007.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Easter Road: Looking west from Crawford Bridge (no relation) towards Easter Road station on 12 February. The Abbeyhill spur came in from the left while straight ahead is the line which now terminates at Powderhall.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Easter Road: Looking over Easter Road station on 12 February 2007. The line runs to Piershill Jct where it joins the ECML, while the trackbed bearing right and now fenced off once led to Abbeyhill. The white platform sign still proclaims Easter Road Junction.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Meadowbank Stadium: The abandoned platform serving Meadowbank Stadium looking south east towards Portobello and the ECML in February 2007. It was built to handle the shuttle service from Waverley which ran during the Commonwealth Games.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Abbeyhill: South end of Abbeyhill station on 12 February 2007 seen through a gap in the fence.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Abbeyhill: The remains of Abbeyhill station on 12 Feb 2007 looking south towards Abbeyhill Jct and the ECML with Waverley off to the right.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Abbeyhill: The wall linking Edinburgh's old and new versions of tenement housing (!) spans the gap once occupied by the entrance and booking office of Abbeyhill station. View south on 12 February 2007 across London Road.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Loanhead: The old goods yard at Loanhead in February 2007 looking southwest, with the station house visible beyond the goods shed. The buildings in the right background were part of the long closed Ramsay Colliery. Photographed through a gap in the fence of what is now a council depot.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Loanhead: Remains of Loanhead station on 12 February looking northeast towards Millerhill. The old goods shed stands in the background.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


London Road Junction [Edinburgh]: View north from Abbeyhill towards the overgrown former London Road Junction in February 2007. At one time it was a case of - straight on for Leith Central, left for Granton and North Leith, right for Lochend South Junction and the ECML. [See image 46236]

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/02/2007]


Arbroath: An Edinburgh - Aberdeen service, formed by 158712, peeps out from below the bridge at Arbroath station on 12 February 2008 and is reflected in the coaches of a National Express HST set standing in the adjacent platform.

Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
Sandy Steele [12/02/2008]


Markinch Viaduct: A twin 158 formation crosses Markinch Viaduct on 12 February 2008. View looks east along the A911 road.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [12/02/2008]


Wormit: Edinburgh train leaving the south end of the Tay Bridge on 12 February.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Brian Forbes [12/02/2008]


Salwick: A Blackpool North to Manchester service formed by Northern 156423 heads east passed Salwick SB on 12 February 2008.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
John McIntyre [12/02/2008]


Morecambe: 144006 stands at Morecambe, opened in 1994 to replace Morecambe Promenade and built on the site of the first (1850 to 1907) station with the 1244 service to Leeds on 12 February. On the right is the single line to Heysham and its little used run around loop. (The junction for Heysham lies just beyond the overbridge.)

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2008]


Morecambe Junction: 142038, forming the 1203 Lancaster - Heysham Port, stands at the junction for the Heysham line, just east of Morecambe station on 12 February while one of the crew changes the points using the ground frame. Two trains per day normally ran to Heysham Port to connect with Isle of Man sailings at this time but in 2009 this reduced to one.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2008]


Invertiel: Looking west towards Cowdenbeath along the route of the former Kirkcaldy District Railway on 12 February 2008 from the point at which it passed below the Kinghorn - Kirkcaldy line at the southern end of Invertiel Viaduct en route to its intended destination at Seafield Harbour. The general overall condition of the arch/tunnel, with its absence of soot/smoke stains raises questions as to how much (if any) use was made of this particular section of the route prior to the eventual failure of the Kirkcaldy District Railway Seafield Harbour project.

Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [12/02/2008]


Bare Lane: Looking east towards the WCML as 144006 leaves Bare Lane With a Morecambe - Leeds via Lancaster service on 12 February 2008. The two single lines join just beyond the station before dividing again for the links to the WCML north and south.

Morecambe Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2008]


Bare Lane: Scene at Bare Lane station in February 2008 looking past the signal box and over the level crossing towards Morecambe.

Morecambe Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2008]


Winslow: Not all of the Bicester to Swanbourne siding section of the Oxford - Bletchley line has been lifted. View from Station Road towards Bletchley in February 2010.

Buckinghamshire Railway
Ken Strachan [12/02/2010]


Renfrew Ferry: Renfrew Rose is the Renfrew Ferry (bizarrely run by the Subway!) at Renfrew Ferry on 12 February 2010.

Renfrew Ferry
Colin Miller [12/02/2010]


Lochwinnoch: The 14.15 Glasgow Central to Ardrossan (318 266) runs into Lochwinnoch on 12 February 2010.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Colin Miller [12/02/2010]


Carrbridge: See me! The fully assembled 1000 tonne crane stands alongside Carrbridge station on 12 February 2010 ready for the big lift [see image 1503].

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Gus Carnegie [12/02/2010]


Carrbridge: Scene alongside Carrbridge station on 12 February 2010, showing part of the 1000 tonne crane being assembled in readiness for 'the big lift'.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Gus Carnegie [12/02/2010]


St Margarets Shed: Except for the western side the surroundings of the former St Margarets shed have not changed greatly since closure in the 1960s.  Unfortunately there are two dirty great office blocks on the site itself, which makes taking 'now' pictures to the 'thens' on Railscot a bit diffy.  This update [see image 26920] is not thus affected,  but this time it's planted vegetation that gets in the way a bit.  Anyway, that row of tenements is still there, looking half the age it did then, standing on Restalrig Road South, semi-officially called Smokey Brae (with the misspelling of 'smoky' immortalised).

North British Railway
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Kilmarnock: 37601 and 37607 with the 1Z94 Galloway Galloper special arriving at Kilmarnock station on 12 February 2011 in fading light. Locomotive 37601 currently carries the name Class 37 - 'Fifty'.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [12/02/2011]


Kirkcaldy Harbour: The Kirkcaldy Harbour branch, which closed in 1984, had an Alton Towers gradient of 1 in 21.  Here is the course of the branch on 12 February looking downhill towards the harbour.  The gradient is noticeable even on foot.  No these aren't rails but a twin row of concrete kerbstones without a kerb.  I can't explain that one.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Stirling: Plaque attached to a gate at Stirling station, photographed on 12 February 2011.

Scottish Central Railway
John Yellowlees [12/02/2011]


Abbeyhill Junction: The Abbeyhill Loop and direct connection between Waverley and Leith left the ECML (to the right in this picture) at Abbeyhill Junction and crossed the street called just Abbeyhill before entering Abbeyhill station. Although the line has been lifted for years the bridge over Abbeyhill survives, and is seen here on 12 February looking east. The ECML itself crosses Abbeyhill a bit further on, reducing the advantage in removing this overbridge which is perhaps why it's still there. The Junction was overlooked by the top storeys of Brand Place, a single tenement with an address of it's own, which it retains.

North British Railway
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Girvan: DRS locomotive no 37601 brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours Galloway Galloper as it leaves Girvan for Stranraer on Saturday 12 February 2011. (DRS 37607 was on the front of the special.) [See image 32756]

Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Colin Miller [12/02/2011]


Kirkcaldy: The Boy in the Train. A 6ft tall work at Kirkcaldy station with each letter cut from, and inlaid in, the linoleum for which the town is famed.  It is written in no dialect that I recognise.  I've never heard anyone pronounce Kirkcaldy 'Kirkcaddy', which funnily enough is easier to find suitable rhymes for than the correct pronunciation.  Harbour 'mou' '?  Right, I'll shut up.  Photographed on 12 February 2011.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Edinburgh Waverley: Plans for escalators on Waverley Steps were first put forward decades ago, perhaps going back to when practical escalators were first invented. At last it's now going ahead.  The steps were closed on 10 February 2011 for a year with the screened off entrance from Princes Street seen here 2 days later.  On reopening the steps will remain on one side and the whole lot will be covered.  There will also be lifts.  The top of Waverely Steps is notoriously draughty.  Planet Neptune has winds of up to 890mph which astronomers claim to be the strongest in the Solar System: Edinburgensians need some persuading.

North British Railway
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Kirkcaldy: The 'Lang Toun' is the home of linoleum: the world's biggest and oldest factory is here.  This notice at the station on 12 February 2011 is therefore a bit of a letdown: blame the adhesive.  Note the imaginative use of the word 'afoot'.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Piershill: I'm standing in Smokey (sic) Brae on 12 February 2011 with the ECML above me and what is now the Powderhall branch bridging to the north. The branch leaves the main line at the accurately (if unimaginatively) named Powderhall Branch Junction to the right. This was called Piershill when the line went all the way to Granton and the Abbeyhill loop returned to the ECML via Lochend Junction. Piershill Station, which closed in 1964, was immediately to the left. A blocked up arch to the right, just before the ECML bridge, is carved 'Back Gate' referring to Piershill Barracks which closed c1930, the stone being used for the tenements which stand there today.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Girvan: The Pathfinder Tours Galloway Galloper photographed at Girvan on 12 February 2011 on its way to Stranraer with DRS 37607 leading the way [see image 32741].

Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Colin Miller [12/02/2011]


Meadowbank Stadium: Meadowbank Stadium station had a mayfly existence, being built for the 1986 Commonwealth Games and being served only by specials from Waverley for the Games and for a couple of other events before and after. I remember it appeared on the Abbeyhill loop on the 'ScotRail East Network Map' posted in Haymarket's allocation of Class 101 DMUs, so perhaps it was once the intention to make this a regular stop on North Berwick services. As it was, the line was singled, leaving the only platform high and dry and the connection with Waverley at Abbeyhill Junction was also cut. The existing line though is in regular use by the Powderhall 'Binliners'. Looking towards the junction at Piershill on 12 February.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Girvan: Leading locomotive of the Pathfinder Tours Galloway Galloper DRS 37607 heads south from Girvan on 12 February 2011 on its way to Stranraer.

Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Colin Miller [12/02/2011]


Cambusbeg: An old road over rail bridge near Cambusbeg, east of Callander, photographed in February 2011. View looks east towards Doune/Dunblane.

Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Michael Gibb [12/02/2011]


Bridge of Keltie: The bridge that carried the Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway over the Keltie Water. View looks west towards Callander in February 2011.

Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Michael Gibb [12/02/2011]


Abbeyhill Junction: Abbeyhill Junction is where the bidirectional lines from the east of Waverley Station through Calton tunnels (just one track per tunnel) resolve into the Up and Down ECML. In the middle distance the Abbeyhill Loop and line to Leith once also veered off to the left, but the connection was broken in the early 1990s. View east from Regent Road park on 12 February with the floodlights of Meadowbank Stadium on the horizon.

North British Railway
David Panton [12/02/2011]


Shrewsbury: The famous signal box in February 2011, caught from a passing Cardiff-Crewe working.

Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [12/02/2011]


Edinburgh Waverley: View east along platform 20 at Waverley on 12 February with a 158/170 combination standing at platform 19. The scaffolding is in connection with the Waverley Steps project, now finally underway.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/2011]


Hoghton: A Northern service from Leeds to Blackpool North has just climbed Hoghton bank and is now rounding the curve towards the former Hoghton station on 12 February 2011. The city of Preston is just visible on the skyline.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [12/02/2011]


Inverkeithing East Junction: Renewal of the down main line at Inverkeithing East Junction on 12 February 2012, one of a number of major PW projects being carried out simultaneously during line closure. 66096 lurks in the background.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [12/02/2012]


Kirkcaldy: Extensive PW work in Fife during closure of the coast line on 12 February included replacement of the crossover at Kirkcaldy station and removal of the up siding (a last remnant of the old goods yard).

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/2012]


Grange-over-Sands: A murky morning at Grange-over-Sands as 185144 leaves for Barrow-in-Furness on a working from Manchester Airport. The image was taken from the park footpath that borders the line just west of the station. The Whistle board by the semaphore is for the boarded foot crossing that affords access to the promenade. [See image 31260].

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2012]


Nuneaton North Chord: The snow has gone, and the piers of what will become the North Chord bridge over Stoney Road, Nuneaton, are steadily growing as a South-bound 350 passes on the WCML in the background.

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [12/02/2012]


Kinghorn: The cutting to the north of the tunnel at Kinghorn being cleared of vegetation and stabilised during line occupation on Sunday 12 February 2012.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/2012]


Kirkcaldy: Engineering work underway at Kirkcaldy on Sunday 12 February 2012 [see image 37580].

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/2012]


Northallerton Town: What is believed to be the Leeds Northern Railway's short lived Northallerton Town Station (1852-1856). Photograph taken on 12 February 2012 on the west side of Northallerton's Low Gates level crossing.

Leeds Northern Railway
David Pesterfield [12/02/2012]


Kirkcaldy: 66141 stands above Nicol Street, Kirkcaldy, with an engineers train on 12 February 2012. The train is waiting to be called forward to the work site at Kirkcaldy station [see image 37580].

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/2012]


Gask Junction: Looking east at the site of Gask Junction in February 2012 with the line to Steelend behind the camera. The Gask branch ran to the left of the hut with the route back towards Dunfermline on the right.

West of Fife Mineral Railway
Grant Robertson [12/02/2012]


Kinghorn: 'I don't recall any mention of abseiling in the PW manual!' Stabilisation work underway on the cutting north of Kinghorn tunnel on 12 February 2012.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/2012]


RNSD Lathalmond: Rail still visible in the road at the former Lathalmond level crossing in February 2012 looking north east. The gates giving rail access to the Royal Naval Stores Depot were straight ahead - note the surviving gatepost. [See image 37667]

West of Fife Mineral Railway
Grant Robertson [12/02/2012]


Grange-over-Sands: Its not that long since Grange station was refurbished but the contractors are back again - this time repairing the glass and wrought iron platform canopies. TPE 185144 pulls up alongside the scaffolding on a misty Sunday morning when there were still traces of snow in the area. The train was heading from Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness and is seen here from the public park next to the station.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2012]


Northallerton East Junction: Low Gates level crossing and signal box at Northallerton in February 2012. View north west along the A167 over the Yarm and Eaglescliffe line.

Leeds Northern Railway
David Pesterfield [12/02/2012]


RNSD Lathalmond: The site of the level crossing at Lathalmond looking back south west towards Gask Junction in February 2012 [see image 37642]. The embankment that carried the Steelend branch can be seen in the left centre background.

West of Fife Mineral Railway
Grant Robertson [12/02/2012]


Swindon: Freightliner 66505 eastbound past the junction for the Keyline Freight Terminal to the east of Swindon on 12 February 2012.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [12/02/2012]


Nuneaton North Chord: Work continues on the North Chord embankment at Nuneaton on 12 February 2012 as an up Pendolino storms past on the WCML in the background. [See image 36137]

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [12/02/2012]


Reading: The new west end footbridge and access links to platforms 10-15 at Reading Station under construction on 12 February 2013. A First Great Western HST is about to leave platform 9 bound for Paddington, as a class 165/166 DMU arrives at platform 10.

Great Western Railway
David Pesterfield [12/02/2013]


Swindon: Freightliner 66594 awaits a First Great Western HST clearing Swindon Station with the 09.59 to London on 12 February to allow it to proceed with its consist of containers.

Great Western Railway
David Pesterfield [12/02/2013]


Loch Treig: A Network Rail landrover heads south alongside Loch Treig in 2013. This may have been to check on the condition of the derailed locomotive, about a mile further south.

West Highland Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/02/2013]


Loch Treig: 67004, still in EWS livery, passes GBRf 66734 'The Eco Express' in its green shroud. The class 66 is to be cut up on site. What must pass through other driver's minds passing this location?

West Highland Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/02/2013]


Cowdenbeath North Junction: Colas Rail 56087 rounds the curve at the former Cowdenbeath North Junction on 12 February with the 6L82 Linkswood - Grangemouth empty tanks.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [12/02/2014]


Cowdenbeath: 156494 enters Cowdenbeath with the 15.40 from Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh on 12 February.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [12/02/2014]


Leith Walk: Grey liveried 67015 running light through the former Leith Walk Station on 12 February having delivered the empty Binliner containers to Powderhall depot.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [12/02/2015]


Beningbrough: Freightliner 66588 on the northbound slow line at Overton Lane overbridge near Beningbrough on 12 February with a rake of empty coal wagons.

Great North of England Railway
David Pesterfield [12/02/2015]


Powderhall Loop: Grey liveried 67015 nearing its destination at Powderhall depot on 12 February 2015 with the returning empty 'bins' from Oxwellmains.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [12/02/2015]


Bare Lane: DRS EE Type 1 20312 brings up the rear of a four flask train for Heysham Power Station on the level crossing at Bare Lane on 12th February 2015. The lead locomotive on this leg was 20305.

Morecambe Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2015]


Beauly: 37602 with three DRS liveried coaches in tow heads for Wick from Inverness on 12 February 2015. It appears to have been a recovery train of some sort, on its way to collect a coach from a test train that had developed a fault.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
John Gray [12/02/2015]


Edinburgh Waverley: 67003 in Arriva Trains Wales blue is the ECML rescue loco at Waverley on 12 February.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [12/02/2015]


Hest Bank: Possibly on a test run after repair, Freightliner 66598 ran light engine from Crewe to Carnforth and back on 12th February 2016. The loco is seen here on the northbound leg running past the incoming tide on a sunny afternoon at Hest Bank.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2016]


Windermere: TPE 185120 leaves Windermere with a Northern service for Oxenholme on 12th February 2017. The train is crossing Thwaites Lane. Recent tree clearance has revealed the brick base of the old mechanical signal box [See image 24108], closed when the line was singled. [Ref query 759]

Kendal and Windermere Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2017]


Lasswade Viaduct: View north from Polton Road over Lasswade Viaduct on 12 February 2017, with a new housing development now occupying the valley floor. [See image 49028]

Esk Valley Railway
John Furnevel [12/02/2017]


Meadows Box [2nd]: Meadows signal box was between the two pairs of lines which pass under Seafield Road. It was in the middle of this picture, taken on 12th February 2018. Looking west. The moribund South Leith (or Leith South) branch lies between the fence and the digger engaged in intriguing groundwork. These are Network Rail vans on the right. I wonder what is going on; is the branch being measured up for a coffin, perhaps? For a yesteryear photo, see: https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/rock_dinosaur/77029914/864393/864393_1000.jpg

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
David Panton [12/02/2018]


Dalgety Bay: 43179 leads a ScotRail HST as it nears Dalgety Bay with a Haymarket - Dundee training run on 12th February 2018.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [12/02/2018]


Lancaster: There is very little coal traffic through Lancaster now but 66556 put in an appearance early on the morning of 12th February 2018 working empties from Crewe Basford Hall to Greenburn Opencast Mine in Ayrshire. There was more snow further south but only a dusting at Lancaster.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/02/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1951Lampeter Aberayron and New Quay Light RailwayAberayron sees its last train.
1951Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint RailwayAbercanaid closed
1951Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint RailwayAberfan closed
1951Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Closed to passengers.
1951Newburgh and North Fife RailwayNewburgh (Glenburnie Junction) to St Fort closed to passengers.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2003EWS Oil train derails near FalkirkAn EWS oil train running from Grangemouth to Wigton, Cumbria, de-railed at the site of the former Swing Bridge signalbox and re-railed at Carmuirs East Junction.

As a result of damage to the track, and the repairs required, the Edinburgh to Dunblane, and Glasgow Queen Street to Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston services were affected.
2004Edinburgh Light Railway: No overhead wires?To avoid despoiling Princes Street and other areas third rail may be used TIE has announced.
2004Broken points at InverurieThe 0625 Aberdeen to Inverness service damaged points after a signal failure while entering Inverurie station. The line was closed for several hours.
2005Hatfield jury to visit crash site [BBC News]The jury in the trial of five rail executives over the Hatfield train disaster will see the site of the crash on Sunday.
2005Walking tour around Dawsholm (Caledonian Railway Association)Meeting at Anniesland station at 11:00 a walking tour, organised by the Caledonian Railway Association, will visit the remains of the Caledonian Railway in the Anniesland, Dawsholm and Kirklee areas of Glasgow.
2006Rail crash signal back in service [BBC News]The signal partly blamed for the deaths the 1999 Paddington rail crash is being brought back into service later.
2007Row over free tram travel plans [BBC News]A £600m plan to reintroduce trams to Edinburgh faces a significant financial problem.
2009Fury at freight train noise level [BBC News Article]Noise from heavy coal trains on the Alloa rail link leads to a huge increase in complaints, Network Rail admits.
2009New train fleet ^to boost jobs^ [BBC News Article]A multi-billion pound order for a new fleet of inter-city trains is to create or safeguard 12,500 jobs, the government announces.
2009Didcot Railway Centre [e-petition]An e-petition has been raised regarding the future of Didcot Railway Centre, home of the Great Western Society. While there is no immediate threat to the site (the current lease from Network Rail runs to 2019, albeit with a clause enabling a 6-month notice to quit) there are many who would like to see more secure, longer-term arrangements put in place. This is a private petition which has not been raised by the GWS itself.
2010Carrbridge update 12 February 2010 [Railscot News]The Big Yin is now assembled and currently towers over Carrbridge Station. If you look very carefully you might just notice that it has a wee light on the top to warn low flying aircraft! The ^smaller^ cranes (huh!) are now loading up the remaining containers and flats that have been lying in the yard for several weeks. These are being taken away on low loaders via the temporary roadway giving direct access to the A9. [This  avoids the problem that occurred in January with articulated lorries getting stuck in Carrbridge village.] The site has now being secured, with the main gate at the station closed and ^minders^ in place at the temporary yard. [Gus Carnegie]
2010Railway bridge replacement on NYMR [Yorkshire Post]2010 A main support girder is swung into place during work to install a new bridge to keep the North Yorkshire Moors Railway rolling.
2010My Eurostar hell, the worst train you can imagine [Guardian Item]With its staff ^in hiding^ and both ­temperatures and panic rising, there were few worse places to be than aboard the ^Disney train^ during the Eurostar^s pre-Christmas debacle
2011New station arrives for Caldercruix [Network Rail] Rail services will make a welcome return to Caldercruix this Sunday (February 13) with the opening of the town’s new train station.
2012Glyn Valley Tramway restoration gets the green light [BBC News]Long-awaited plans to restore and reopen the Glyn Valley tramway at Chirk have been given the go ahead by Wrexham Council. It comes five years after volunteers at Glyn Valley Tramway Trust started talks about restoring one mile of the narrow gauge line in 2007. It operated for 60 years before the last steam engine ran in 1935. Prior to that a horse-drawn tramway was set up to transport slate and other goods in the 19th Century. [From Richard Buckby]
2013Bluebell Railway extension opening date announced [BBC News]The opening date for an extension to a volunteer steam railway in Sussex has been announced. The Bluebell Railway will open its extended track, from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, on 23 March.
2013The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track - an eye-opening look at the industry Britain loves to hate [Telegraph]Anyone wishing to take the temperature of our relationship with the rail network could do worse than watch ^The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track^ - on BBC 2 on Tuesday 12 February at 9.00pm
2013Borders Rail: Works starts on historic link [Scotsman]ONCE complete, it will become the longest stretch of once-defunct rail to be reopened in modern British history. More than 400 new jobs are being created to get the £300 million Borders Railway link up to scratch in time for trains to start running in summer 2015. Seven new stations – at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and the end of the line at Tweedbank – will be built along the 35-mile route from 
Waverley to the Borders.
2014Network Rail denies Dawlish plan [Railnews]NETWORK RAIL has denied reports that it has chosen another rail route through Devon, avoiding the vulnerable coastal stretch through Dawlish. Damage to the Great Western Main Line caused by storms in south Devon will take some time to repair. Network Rail now says the link is unlikely to be restored befor April, and the number of flights between London and Cornwall will be doubled from tomorrow. But the company has denied a BBC report which claimed that the former Southern main line through Dartmoor via Okehampton and Tavistock had been selected for reopening, providing an inland alternative between Exeter and Plymouth. A Network Rail source commented to Railnews: "I think there have been a few assumptions here, and they are not true." In a statement about the former Southern line, Network Rail said: "It was closed in the 1960s and the land was sold off and built on. It would require substantial engineering, including new bridges and viaducts, before a new line could be constructed. [From Richard Buckby]
2015Residents^ misery over reopened Stirling railway line [BBC News]Residents living close to a reopened stretch of railway line, used by freight trains, say their lives have become a misery. Stirling Council is to make a decision on whether it will take legal action.
2015Borders Railway track laying complete [BBC News]The longest domestic railway to be built in the UK in more than 100 years has reached a significant milestone. Track-laying has been completed for the new link between the Borders and Edinburgh. The operation began at Shawfair station, south-east of the capital, in October. Engineers have used a specialist rail installation machine to lay the track along the 30-mile route to Tweedbank.
2016Mind the Gap: Great Central Railway to be joined after 40 years [BBC News]Work to reconnect two parts of a railway line which was divided into two over three decades ago is due to begin later. The Great Central Railway, between Leicester and Nottingham, was left with a 500m gap after a bridge was removed. A new bridge, in Loughborough, will rejoin both parts of the 18-mile (29km) railway, described by its owners as the ^UK^s only main line heritage railway^. The £8m project is due to be completed by 2019.
2016Midland Metro LRVs to go catenary-free [IRJ]WEST Midlands transport authority Centro announced on February 12 that it is planning to upgrade Midland Metro^s fleet of 21 CAF Urbos low-floor LRVs for catenary-free operation as part of plans to extend the light rail line through Birmingham city centre. The vehicles entered service last year on the 20km line from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Snow Hill, which was extended to Bull Street on December 6. Trams will begin running to Stephenson Street outside the recently-rebuilt New Street station later this year. Retrofitting the Urbos fleet with roof-mounted batteries will enable catenary-free operation on the next phase of the line, a 1.3km extension from Stephenson Street to Centenary Square, which will open in 2019. This will obviate the need to erect catenary in front of the 182-year-old Town Hall in Victoria Square. [From Richard Buckby]
2018Minister reveals plan to shunt every diesel train from the tracks by 2040 [Telegraph]Every diesel train in Britain should be scrapped by 2040, the Rail Minister will announce today amid plans to drastically cut pollution on Britains rail network. Jo Johnson will call on rail companies to follow the automotive industry by switching to alternative fuels and battery technology.
2018Stagecoach East Coast deal to be probed by MPs [BBC News]The decision to end the East Coast Mainline rail franchise early is to come under scrutiny from MPs. The Department for Transport has said Stagecoach and Virgin will withdraw from running the service within months after running into difficulties. Now the House of Commons transport committee has announced that it will hold an inquiry into the matter. Rail Minister Jo Johnson acknowledged the companies overbid for the right to run the service. He told the BBC^s Today programme: ^They overbid, it^s very simple and the department is looking very carefully into the bidding process to ensure there aren^t any incentives for bidders to overbid.^
2018ScotRail Class 385 fishbowl windscreen safety concern [BBC News]Aslef has warned that modifications must be made to ScotRail^s new Class 385 electric trains - or its drivers will refuse to work them. The train drivers^ union is concerned that the curved windscreen is leading reflections of others signals at night. Drivers identified the problem on a recent evening test run between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street. The units are due to come into service on the Edinburgh Waverly to Glasgow Queen Street service in March. Drivers reported that they could ^view two or three signals when we should have been viewing only one^. Kevin Lindsay from Aslef, said: ^ScotRail is trying to get Hitachi to come up with a solution but, so far, I^m afraid, they have failed. ^I^ve informed ScotRail that we won^t allow these trains to come into service like this.^
2018Austria train crash: At least one dead and more than 22 people injured in Niklasdorf rail collision [Independent]A woman has been killed and 22 people injured after two passenger trains collided in central Austria. Three children were among those hurt when a train crashed the side of another near the station in Niklasdorf, a town 40 miles north of the city of Graz. Several carriages were derailed by the crash, in the province of Styria.