Glasgow Central: Fairburn 2-6-4T 42216 brings empty stock out of platform 11 at Glasgow Central in February 1966.
Polmadie Shed: An operational Clayton, no D8550, standing in front of Polmadie shed during a visit on 14 February 1970.
Polmadie Shed: Class 50 locomotives nos D425 and D405 stand together in Polmadie shed yard on 14 February 1970. This was prior to regular double heading of Anglo-Scottish expresses north of Crewe, which commenced 3 months later. In this case locomotive D425 had recently arrived at Gushetfaulds FLT with 4S56, the 05.25MX service from London, York Way.
Polmadie Shed: Class 47 no 1640 stands on Polmadie shed on 14 February 1970. The locomotive was allocated to Old Oak Common at the time and had worked in on car train 4S35, the 15.58 MXQ from Morris Cowley to Linwood.
Eastfield MPD: Class 29s, D6137 and 6130, photographed on Eastfield shed in February 1970. At that time I was acquainted with a number of railway enthusiasts from Grangemouth who referred to them as 'Dugs'. From this angle there is a certain bulldog quality about them.
Polmadie Shed: Inside looking out. Class 37 no 6839 together with what is thought to be 6856 standing alongside a class 27 in the yard at Polmadie MPD on 14 February 1970.
Eastfield MPD: A study in contrasting noses at Eastfield MPD in February 1970. Class 29 no 6114 and class 27 no D5379, both in variations of BR green, photographed in the shed yard.
Polmadie Shed: Operational Clayton no 8562, photographed on Polmadie shed on 14 February 1970. The brazier also looks operational!
Polmadie Shed: Clayton no D8554, which doesn't look to be long for this world, stands in the yard at Polmadie on 14 February 1970. Note the two tenders in the background, probably of type BR1B or BR1C, formerly fitted to BR Standard Class 5s.
Polmadie Shed: Class 45 no 34 stands on Polmadie shed on 14 February 1970. [This locomotive was one of the last quartet of class 45/46 examples to appear on Waverley route passenger duties, working the 1S22 21.15 St. Pancras to Edinburgh over the line on the early morning of Friday 3rd January 1969. D34 did not reappear on 1M10 09.30 Edinburgh - Carlisle so may have failed in Edinburgh and D188 covered the rest of the diagram for that day, while D160 and D60 performed on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.]
Eastfield MPD: Class 29 no D6108 has a dumped look about it at Eastfield shed on 14 February 1970. The aesthetics of the design always left something to be desired and can perhaps only now achieve some degree of acceptability by comparison with the class 70!
Polmadie Shed: A general view of Polmadie shed yard in February 1970. Residents that day included class 45 no 34 on the right, class 37 no 6839 trying to emulate a steam locomotive on the left and Claytons 8562 and D8550 standing outside the shed.
Selby: Deltic 55014 'The Duke of Wellington's Regiment' takes the middle road south through Selby Station with a non-stop for Kings Cross on the 14th of February 1979.
Bury Knowsley Street: The flat crossing at Bury Knowsley Street had a short life span as traffic serving the coal concentration depot at Rawtenstall came to an end fairly soon after it had been installed. To mark the closure of the route, a Rossendale Farewell Railtour was run from Manchester to Rawtenstall on 14 February 1981. The westbound 6-car DMU is seen here drawing forward towards the crossing on its outward journey having been held awaiting a suitable gap in the 15 minute frequency Bury - Manchester Victoria electric services. The flat crossing was removed not long after closure of the freight route, with the subsequent reopening of the line by the East Lancashire Railway resulting in the construction of its famous ski jump at this point, over what are now Metrolink tracks.
Bury Knowsley Street: Following the withdrawal of passenger services on the BR Rochdale - Bury (Knowsley Street) - Bolton route in 1970 a single line remained in use for those trains still serving Rawtenstall coal concentration depot. These trains used the Knowsley Street - Bolton Street curve to access the branch. When the new Bury station was opened in 1980 the rerouted line into the new terminus not only crossed the freight line on the level, but cut through the former platforms of the abandoned Knowsley Street station. In this photograph, looking east on 14 February 1981, a 504 EMU has just left the new Bury station and is about to run south over the crossing on its journey to Manchester Victoria, while in the background a DMU awaits its turn to cross westbound with a railtour heading for Rawtenstall. An ELR bridge with a pronounced hump now spans the Metrolink tracks at this location See image [] and the area in the foreground has a multi-storey car park.
Bury Castlecroft Goods: The Rossendale Farewell railtour returns to Bury after visiting Rawtenstall on 14th February 1981 to mark the end of coal traffic and closure of the line. The makeshift platform in the foreground was used by the ELR for demonstration runs and brakevan rides on a short length of track before they were able to access Bolton Street station See image [].
Bury Bolton Street: The Rossendale Farewell DMU Railtour in February 1981, marking final closure of the line to Rawtenstall, passes Bury Bolton Street, closed to passengers the previous year with the opening of Bury Interchange. However, the 1200v side contact third rails can still be seen. Nowadays the station is of course the bustling hub of the East Lancashire Railway.
Stubbins: The Rossendale Farewell Railtour marked the cessation of coal traffic to Rawtenstall and closure of the line. It ran from Manchester via Castleton, Heywood and Bury and is seen here on the outward journey. Stubbins closed to passengers in 1972 and has not been reopened by the East Lancashire Railway. The platforms only served the Bacup and Rawtenstall line and not the Accrington line, the trackbed of which can be seen beyond the running line and which had closed completely in 1966. See image [] for the same lcoation just before closure.
Ramsbottom: After Ramsbottom closed to passengers in 1972 the Up Platform was completely removed. By February 1981, when the Rossendale Farewell Railtour ran to mark full closure, the area had become something of an eyesore. The 6-car DMU is seen here waiting for the level crossing gates to be opened before continuing to Rawtenstall. See image [] for an ELR era view with the now reinstated platform and footbridge.
Roch Viaduct: The Rossendale Farewell Railtour, a 6-car DMU, on the return run from Rawtenstall to Manchester crossing the River Roch at Heap Bridge. Although there were high hopes at this time for re-opening from Bury to Rawtenstall I little thought that this stretch of line from Bury to Castleton would also see East Lancashire Railway trains running again in due course.
Bury Knowsley Street: Having paused while Manchester Bury electric trains passed See image [] the six car DMU forming the Rossendale Farewell railtour draws forward over the flat crossing to continue to Bury Bolton St and the Rawtenstall branch on 140281. The remains of the Knowsley St platform can be clearly seen. This view has changed completely with the construction of the ELR ski jump bridge carrying trains over what are now Metrolink tracks.
Ramsbottom: The Rossendale Farewell Railtour from Manchester Victoria is halted at Ramsbottom, for the level crossing gates to be opened, on its outward journey to Rawtenstall. The enthusiast with cine camera at the second door of the DMU is the late Fred Young, well known among the active members involved in the early days of the E.L.R. Preservation Society. The land in the foreground of this picture is now occupied by the reconstructed Up platform built after the East Lancashire Railway reopened See image [].
Bury Knowsley Street: Bury and Manchester line EMU (Class 504) leaving Bury Interchange in 1981 and about to cross at right angles the surviving track of the Castleton to Bury line and bisect the former Knowsley Street platform. The 1970s landscaping was on the site of the old Knowsley St goods yard and the bridge in the background gives an indication of the number of tracks that once existed at this location.
Ewood Bridge and Edenfield: A rather grainy shot of closed Ewood Bridge station on 14th February 1981 as the 'Rossendale Farewell' special heads back from Rawtenstall to Bury. The train is just negotiating the slewed single track through the still extant platform and the old goods shed can be seen to the right. This train marked final closure of the line to coal trains. Since reopening by the ELR the track has been straightened and the platforms removed, although nearly forty years on the goods shed (just) survives [].
Bury Knowsley Street: The Rossendale Farewell railtour negotiates the link between Knowsley St and Bolton St stations in Bury on its way to Rawtenstall. The area in the background that looks excavated is the trackbed of the old line to Bolton that dipped sharply at the west end of Knowsley St platforms to drop under the electric lines. The link reopened when East Lancashire Railway services were extended from Bury Bolton St to Heywood.
Rawtenstall: The Rossendale Farewell railtour pulls into Rawtenstall marking full closure of the line nearly nine years after passenger services had ceased. The coal depot behind the train was still operating but the coal train had gone from daily to thrice weekly and then as required before ceasing altogether. See image [] for the same location thirty years later.
Manors North: British Railways enamel name board in NER tangerine below the clock tower at the closed Manors North station, Newcastle, on 14 February 1982. See image [].
Lenzie: 14.02.1992 was the 150th anniversary of the E&G Rly. A4 loco. No. 60009 was given the alias William Whitelaw and the false number 60004,to honour the local Lenzie family for their supprt in opening the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, and indeed since.
Bishopbriggs: The 150th anniversary of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway was in 1992, and the occasion was marked on 14 February by a special train, seen approaching Bishopbriggs, hauled by A4 60009 disguised as 60004 'William Whitelaw', former Chairman of the North British Railway, and also of the L.N.E.R. His grandson, William Whitelaw, MP, was on the train and waved as it passed through the station.
Cleckheaton: The closed and overgrown Spen Valley line at Cleckheaton looking south on 14 February 1997. The track has been truncated to make way for a car park extension to the Tesco supermarket in the left background.
Cleckheaton: Track lifting operations underway along the former Spen Valley line at Cleckheaton in February 1997, seen looking towards Low Moor.
Springburn: Looking south from the station footbridge at Springburn on 14 February 2005 with a train for Dalmuir awaiting its departure time in platform 3.
Springburn: Scene at Springburn station looking back towards the station booking office in February 2005. SPT 320305 is waiting at platform 3 with a Dalmuir train.
Edinburgh Waverley: Waverley update 14 February 2007. 66115 at the front end of a spoil train in platform 17 as a Glasgow shuttle finds a path into 14.
Edinburgh Waverley: Midland Mainline HST 43060 currently on lease to Virgin Trains standing at Waverley on 14 February 2007.
Spey Viaduct [Newtonmore]: 67005 Queens Messenger, in Royal Train livery, is pictured going south with a ten van train between Newtonmore and Dalwhinnie.
Edinburgh Waverley: West end platform realignment and renewal work seen from a train arriving at Waverley on 14 February 2007.
Alloa: Progress on the Alloa station building on 14 February 2008. View northwest over the steps from the superstore car park.
Alloa: Under wraps... new station signs on the platform at Alloa on 14 February 2008.
Alloa: View east beyond the buffer stops at Alloa station on 14 February as the line crosses the bridge over the B9096 road and heads for Longannet.
Hungerford: Bulleid Battle of Britain Pacific no 34067 Tangmere on the approach to Hungerford station on 14 February 2009. The Pacific was heading a special from Paddington to Yeovil and return.
Heysham Port: Having connected with the Isle of Man Ferry, 144004 waits to return to Leeds with the once a day service on the Heysham Port branch. The ship alongside the station is the brand new ferry Clipper Panorama, that was introduced on the Heysham to Belfast crossing around this time.
Heysham Port: The roof and side panels were drastically cut back at Heysham Port station shortly before this picture was taken, making it an ever bleaker spot than before. 144004 waits to depart for Leeds with the daily service, a journey that involves reversals at Morecambe and Lancaster before taking the Carnforth to Skipton line.
Oban: Closeup of 156 unit sitting at Oban Station... Picture taken from McCaigs Folly.
Morecambe Promenade: The old Morecambe Promenade station, now known as The Platform concert venue, is seen behind the Midland Hotel in February 2009. This LMS built, recently restored, Art Deco style building dominates the town seafront.
Carrbridge: She flies! ....'The Big Lift' of 66048 underway at Carrbridge station in the early hours of 14 February 2010. [Andrew Smith/BBC News - with thanks to Sue Davies]
Carrbridge: Some of the remaining badly damaged containers being cut up at Carrbridge on 14 February 2010.
Carrbridge: 66048 covered by a tarpaulin at Carrbridge on 14 February 2010. Having been lifted clear at 3.15 am this morning the locomotive is currently awaiting the arrival of a low-loader to take it back to Derby for attention.
Cardross: First GBRf 66728 Institution of Railway Operators on the return leg of a driver training run to and from Fort William. GBRf is soon to take over the Rio Tinto Alcan traffic to the Lochaber smelter. Two class 325 mail trains are simply providing a loading for the locomotive.
Cardross: GBRf 66728 and a practise load of two class 325 mail trains returning east towards Glasgow along the banks of the Clyde having been on a driver training run to Fort William.
Bo'ness: 25235 stands at Bo'ness on 14 February 2010.
Grafton East Junction: 60163 Tornado, pictured here on 14 February 2010 with a special passing Crofton pumping station on the Kennet and Avon canal.
Glencorse: Although Glencorse was the last passenger station on the branch it was not the end of the line. Rails continued south to serve sidings linked via an incline from Mauricewood Colliery then passed below the main A701 road to reach Penicuik Gasworks and finally on to a coal depot at Eastfield. One of the few reminders of the lines running beyond Glencorse is this surviving bridge abutment and short length of embankment approximately 400m south of the site of Glencorse goods yard. Photographed on 14 February 2011, with the 0900 Edinburgh - Peebles - Galashiels First Bus passing by on the A701.
Glencorse: A surviving section of platform at the former Glencorse station (closed 1933) seen here looking east in 2011. On the far side of the platform the area has been landscaped. Just beyond the wooden posts, tall metal supports form part of a high mesh fence that surrounds what is now a MoD vehicle park. Some of the buildings of Glencorse Barracks can be seen in the background on the east side of the A701 road. The area behind the camera is now a large housing development.
Southport: Merseyrail electric unit 508120 at Southport in the late evening of 14 February 2012 having earlier arrived from Liverpool.
Blackpool (Wilton Parade): New Blackpool and Fleetwood Flexity tram 002, on driver training duties, calls at the new tram stop at Wilton Parade just outside the Imperial Hotel. 001 had just passed the other way bearing 'L' Plates. The new trams are scheduled to be fully in service when the line re-opens for Easter 2012. See image [] for the same location prior to rebuilding work.
Cabin [Tram]: Although the tramway in Blackpool has not yet reopened the new Flexity trams are out and about on driver training runs. 002 pauses at Cabin on one of these duties on 14 February 2012. When the line reopens and these new units are running side by side with the heritage trams on the Pleasure Beach to Bispham section it will be interesting to see which ones the holidaymakers go for. Will they hop on a new tram or hang back for an old one? See image []
Maltby Main Colliery: Maltby Colliery Sidings Signal Box controlling access to the large Hargreaves operated coal mine across the line to its left.
Maltby Colliery: GBRf 66702 and three empty bogie coal wagons passing Maltby Colliery Sidings signal box heading towards Worksop along the South Yorkshire Joint Line on 14 February, with the now demolished buildings of the former Maltby Colliery towering above the box.
Maltby: The rear of Maltby Colliery Sidings Signal Box, standing alongside Scotch Spring Lane rail overbridge, approximately 7 miles east of Rotherham, in February 2012. The signal box controlled access to the sidings that served the now demolished Maltby Colliery complex on the other side of the line off to the left. See image []
Harworth Colliery: Mothballed track running towards the closed Harworth Colliery rapid loading bunker - sited just beyond the left hand curve. View from Blyth Road on 14 February 2012.
Annfield Plain: A quiet walk through Annfield Plain, County Durham, in February 2012 - although it wasn't always this quiet... see image [[35896 for the scene forty-seven years earlier]]. The houses of St. Aidans Crescent and the stone wall are still standing but the parachute water tank is long gone and the 9F's no longer haul trainloads of iron ore from Tyne Dock up the 1 in 35 towards Consett.
Cockenzie Power Station: Freightliner 66508 backs on to its train, the 6Z02 13.33 from Leith South, prior to propelling the imported coal into the discharge plant at Cockenzie Power Station, which is due to close next month.
Cockenzie Power Station: Freightliner train 6Z02 awaits discharge at Cockenzie Power station on 14 February see image [].
River Dulnain Viaduct: The Colas Crane doing a test run up to the Dulnain Bridge abutment on 14 February, before lifting the first girder.
River Dulnain Viaduct: The first girder is slowly eased into position at Dulnain Bridge on the Strathspey Railway on 14 February 2014.
Neilston: Green shoots beginning to appear at Neilston station on St Valentine's Day 2014. At the platform is the 12.00 service to Glasgow Central.
Whitecraigs: Spring is coming at Whitecraigs on St Valentines Day 2014.
Tamworth Low Level: Yesterday upon the stair, I met a train that wasnt there ... (With apologies to William Hughes Mearns). Something different: 66538 hauling a container train North on the down slow, approaching platform 1 at Tamworth Low Level. Photographed on 14 February from the High Level station waiting room off platform 4.
Tamworth Low Level: Apparently, it takes two 86s (in this case, 627 and 613) to haul what one 66 can haul; though my friend in Freight Pathing would disagree. The photograph is taken from Tamworth Low Level platform 2, with old and recent infrastructure in view.
Tamworth High Level: The 13.41 ex-Nottingham CrossCountry service, formed by 170117, arrives at a rather wet Tamworth High Level platform 4 on Valentines Day 2014. The train will continue forward from here as the 14.34 to Birmingham New Street.
Heath Charnock: The road bridge carrying the A673 Chorley Road at Heath Charnock (NGR SD598147) was demolished on 14 February 2015 during a 54 hour possession. The view is south towards Adlington from a temporary footbridge that has been installed.
Woodacre Crossing: Virgin Pendolino 390103 Virgin Hero heads south at Woodacre with the 1M10 0940 Glasgow to Euston service on 14 February 2015. The cover over the retracted coupler is missing as was the one on the other end of the set.
Adlington [Lancashire]: With the A673 road bridge to the north being demolished, engineers have been preparing Rawlinson Lane bridge in Adlington for demolition. On 14 February 2015 the main carriageway was closed and fenced off. A temporary footbridge has appeared on the right for use when the work starts in anger. See image [].
Kirkby Lonsdale: Kirkby Lonsdale station, from the overbridge at the south end of the station site looking north towards Sedbergh and Low Gill. The station closed in 1954 although trains passed through until 1966. The green farm building and the extension to the station occupy the old trackbed. See image [] [Ref query 7917]
Dalmally: The empty sleeper stock working inbound from Polmadie to Oban rolls through Dalmally on 14 February 2016 hauled by 73967 with 73968 on the rear. The refurbishment of the locomotives dedicated for the West Highland sleeper included the fitting of snow ploughs in anticipation of future winter journeys over Rannoch Moor.
Knott End: The Wyre Rose, disembarking at the Knott End slipway after crossing from Fleetwood on 14th February 2016. Depending on the state of the tide passengers from Knott End either have a long walk and short boat ride or vice versa. The vessel, purpose built, has operated the ferry since 2005 but there is a cloud over operations at present due to county council cut backs.
Dalmally: At the rear of the of the Oban â€“bound empty coaching stock due to form the sleeper to London Euston later in the evening, 73968 in ex-works condition contrasts sharply with the tired looking Virgin coach as the train leaves Dalmally on 14/2/16.
Tillyfourie: This photograph shows the deepest section of Tillyfourie cutting. It is an east facing shot with Alford to my back and the Tillyfourie station some 1/2 mile in front of me at the very peak of the hill, the main road being up to the right of the shot. Getting down into that chasm was no mean feat - it's carved through solid granite at the sides and on the floor!
Ravenscar: The rather grand stairway leading up to the southbound platform at Ravenscar is perhaps a reflection of the proposed quality of the holiday resort that was envisaged for the locality and is in accord with the grandeur of the former station hotel off picture to the right.
Oban: The Caledonian Sleeper at Oban, diverted from Fort William due to engineering works, topped and tailed with Class 73s. With the arrival of the new stock it is possible the sleeper may split at Crianlarich with portions for Fort William and Oban. Photograph courtesy of Doug Carmichael of the Friends of the West Highland Lines.
Chippenham: Steel, Steam and Tornado returning east through Chippenham. See image [] for the outward journey.
Fleetwood [3rd]: The site of Fleetwood station, closed in 1966, as seen across the Wyre Estuary from Knott End. The three modern buildings to the left hand side of the picture occupy the old station site and the Isle of Man steamers would tie up on the landing stage. Near the centre of the picture the Wyre Rose ferry is just arriving while on the right the North Euston railway hotel can be seen. See image [] for the view back towards Knott End from the water.
Broomhouse: The location of the overbridge see image [] where the GBH&C line crossed the now electrified Rutherglen and Coatbridge line. The GBH&C bridge was in fact removed some time ago, the other bridge nearby surviving until the electrification work.
Charlesfield Halt: Two old gates, the one on the left permanently open, that on the right permanently closed. The former stands at the well used entrance to a field, while the second once accessed a path up to a station whose last recorded use was almost 60 years earlier. The station was Charlesfield Halt, opened in 1942 for the use of workers at the wartime munitions factory constructed nearby. For the view from the platform towards the depot see image [].
Galashiels: With just over two miles to go to its destination, ScotRail 158729 pulls away from the platform at Galashiels on 14 February 2017 with the 0954 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank.
Broomhouse: View north west from the site of east abutment of the Daldowie Road overbridge. The line crossed the road above where the taxi is parked on the old Daldowie Road. The line continued north west, crossing the Rutherglen and Coatbridge railway and passing under Mount Vernon Avenue and on to Mount Vernon North station.
Broomhouse: Standing on the site of Broomhouse station, there is still plenty of rail traffic still to be seen - but in the distance on the Rutherglen and Coatbridge line. A passing Class 320 EMU bound for Dalmuir accelerates towards Mount Vernon.
Broomhouse: View from the location of the west abutment of the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway bridge over Daldowie Road towards the site of Broomhouse station. The deep cutting in the foreground is the 2016 realignment of Daldowie Road. The railway solum continues east from the Broomhouse station site passing to the right of the new housing in the centre of the photograph.
Broomhouse: The site of the sidings which once served Daldowie Colliery from the G,B,H&C line. The pit was also connected to the Rutherglen and Coatbridge line.
Fountainhall: A Tweedbank bound train approaching Fountainhall from the north on 14 February 2017.
Charlesfield Halt: In 1942 a Government munitions factory was opened at Charlesfield, to the south of St Boswells, located below the 'V' formed by the Waverley route and the Kelso branch. The site was provided with a freight only rail link consisting of a spur off the Kelso branch to the east, while a quarter of a mile to the west a passenger halt was provided on the Waverley route for the benefit of factory workers. At the end of WWII Charlesfield became a Royal Naval armaments depot, remaining in military use until 1963. The site was subsequently transformed into what is today a busy industrial estate. (The last recorded use of Charlesfield Halt was in late 1959, with official closure taking place in 1961.) Imagery (c) 2016 Google and (c) 2016 DigitalGlobe. Annotations by John Furnevel.
Charlesfield Halt: The bridge that once carried the Waverley route over an unclassified road, one and a half miles south of Newtown St Boswells, seen here looking east in February 2017. The wooden platforms of Charlesfield Halt were constructed here in 1942, for the benefit of workers at the nearby munitions depot (now an industrial estate) visible in the background. Access to each platform was via steep pathways on the south side of the bridge to the right. The path nearest, serving the down platform, has been widened since closure to enable access for farm vehicles.
Broomhouse: The solum of the railway survives for a distance east of the site of Broomhouse station past the new Belway housing, but has been built upon near the site of the bridge at Baillieston Road, shortly east of which which was Calderpark Halt.
Charlesfield Halt: Close up view of the remains of the wooden gate at the foot of the steep pathway leading to the up platform at Charlesfield; still visible through the undergrowth on the east side of the bridge in February 2017.
Charlesfield Halt: Looking north from the site of Charlesfield Halt in February 2017. The Eildon Hills are just visible through the trees.
Charlesfield Halt: Standing on the trackbed above the bridge at the north end of Charlesfield Halt in February 2017, looking east along the unclassified road leading to the former munitions depot (now a busy industrial estate alongside the A68) visible in the background.
Euston: Considering the value of property in London the old Northern line tube station at Euston is remarkably unchanged long after its closure See image []. The complex story of this station and what lies beneath the red tiled exterior can be found in the Abandoned Stations website.
Fountainhall: Emerging from the mist to the south of Fountainhall on 14 February 2017 is the ScotRail 1042 Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley, formed by unit 158727. The train is passing the site of the level crossing alongside the abandoned former station house. See image []
Kirkham and Wesham: Dusk at Kirkham as 150140 and a Pacer prepare to leave Platform 1 for Blackpool South on 14th February 2018. Building work is continuing at the station but the platforms are looking tidier now. See image [] from one month earlier.
Interiors: The refurbishment of the Northern Sprinter fleet is certainly brightening them up with the predominantly white interiors. The yellow rails and handles are....striking. This is 150140 and it also seemed as if some soundproofing had gone in to the upgrade work once it was on the move.
Blackburn: The Carlisle to Crewe infrastructure trains are often lengthy and heavy See image [] but on 14th February 2018 DRS 66432 ran light engine through Platform 4 in Blackburn. In Platform 2, 150117 was ready to depart for Wigan via Todmorden and Manchester.
Blackburn: Clitheroe services pass at Blackburn on 14th February 2018. Both trains had three coaches, formed of a Class 150/2 and a 153. That on the left in Platform 4 is heading for Manchester Victoria via Bolton and the other in Platform 2 for the Ribble Valley.
Blackburn: Pacer 142041 leaves Blackburn with a Colne to Preston stopping service on 14th February 2018. This is probably the unit's last full year of operational service. The signals control the junction with the Bolton line, which diverges near the large road bridge.
Newtongrange: The ScotRail 0958 Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley, photographed on the southern approach to Newtongrange on a dull and overcast morning on 14 February 2019. The train is passing the National Mining Museum, part of which is visible top left.
Newtongrange: Platform scene at Newtongrange on 14 February 2019 as ScotRail 158732 pulls away northbound with the 1031 service to Edinburgh (0958 ex-Tweedbank).
Bonnybridge High: 43033 leading, and 43169 trailing, passing the site of the other "High" station on the E&G with the 3T71 Linlithgow - Eastfield training run on 14th February 2019.There is nothing here to show there was ever a station, however there is a brick base on the North East side of the road underbridge UB75 which may be the remains of the station building. (The photo was taken from the safe side of the fence after climbing the banking)
Holywood [1st]: The section of line near Holywood in Dumfries & Galloway has been shut since Monday (February 10) after Storm Ciaraâ€™s 90mph winds and extreme rainfall caused the nearby River Nith to erode an embankment beneath the railway.
Lancaster: Almost at it is new home, ex Caledonian Sleeper contract, 86401 'Mons Meg', is seen passing Lancaster on 14 February 2020. Heading from Wembley to Carnforth (0M43) for it to start the next chapter in it is operating career, this time with WCRC.
Montfode Fuel Depot Sidings: Long distance shot of one of the landslip work sites just north of Montfode Siding on the Largs line, showing Networks Rail's temporary access road laid across a field adjacent to the A78. The access to the trackbed here is very steep and, not visible in the shot, there is a rope handrail down the left hand side which workers used when descending from track level to field. 14th February 2021
Montfode Fuel Depot Sidings: The trackbed of the siding at the wartime fuel depot at Montfode, north of Ardrossan, looking north towards the Largs line in February 2021. There is a pair of disused Network Rail access gates, which are just a few hundred yards south of one of the landslips. For some reason this access point has not been used in connection with the recent landslip repairs.
Montfode Fuel Depot Sidings: What appears to be major drainage work being carried out on the Largs line in February 2021. The location is the south side of the bridge which takes the minor road to Boydston Farm across the line just north of Montfode Siding.
Largs: A gloomy Sunday afternoon in Largs on 14th February 2021, by which time 380101 had lain marooned there since Friday 5th February due to the closure of the line resulting from landslips. The unit was showing red marker lights at both ends and on the exit from the station a flashing red light indicated the line was closed and the signals appeared to have been switched off as no aspects were illuminated.
Parkside [1st]: GBRf 60087, still in Colas livery, takes a rake of empty biomass wagons from Drax through the site of the first Parkside station, and past the Huskisson memorial, on 8th February 2021. The train was heading for sidings at Tuebrook before being loaded again.
Comrie: One of two pieces of rail set upright into the ground and photographed being used as bollards in front of a big gate on Monument Road from Comrie to the Deil's Cauldron. Comrie station opened in 1893 and the line on to St Fillans and Ballquidder in 1901. These rails were from Cammell and dated 1896.
Comrie: One of two pieces of rail set upright into the ground and being used as bollards in front of a big gate on the road from Comrie to the Deil's Cauldron. Comrie station opened in 1893 and the line on to St Fillans and Ballquidder in 1901. These rails were from Cammell and dated 1896.
Keswick Landing Stage: 'Lady Derwentwater', one of four stylish launches that provide year round public trips on Derwentwater, at Keswick Landing Stage on 14th February 2022. A round trip from here takes around fifty minutes but there are eight individual landing stages where journeys can be broken and resumed.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|~London and South Western Railway
|London and North Western Railway South Wales
|Cwmbargoed Junction to Cwmbargoed (LNWR) opened.
|Dublin and Wicklow Railway
|Train fails to slow sufficiently and crashes through the end screen of Dublin Harcourt Street station, at the buffer end, resulting in the locomotive hanging over Hatch Street.
|Closed from Portadown Junction to Brownstown Crossing and Brownstown Metal Box Factory.
|Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
|2nd_>Greenock Princes Pier 2nd to Kilmacolm (excluded) closed to Ocean Liner Boat Trains.
|City of Glasgow Union Railway
|Cumberland Street closed.
|Glasgow and Paisley Joint RailwayCity of Glasgow Union Railway
|Shields Road closed.
|Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
|Line closed from the 14th to the 16th to allow the lining of Borrodale Tunnel to be repaired. Buses replaced trains.
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|Pupils on track for railway walk tree-planting [Scotsman]
|PUPILS from a Midlothian school have planted 150 trees along a railway walk to help create a habitat for wildlife.
|Wemyss Bay Station Volunteers Honoured [Inverclyde Now]
|Volunteers have been honoured by Scotrail who have adopted Wemyss Bay railway station under their Adopt A Station scheme. [From Graham Morgan]
|Family claim near miss on level crossing [Dunfermline Press]
|MYSTERY surrounds a reported ‘near miss’ between a car carrying a toddler and a passenger train at Halbeath level crossing. [From Andrew Wallace]
|The Big Lift. [BBC News]
|See previous Railscot news items.
|Why heritage railways are more popular than ever [Telegraph]
|Heritage railway lines: Steam trains have been an integral part of our countryside for decades.
|Bill Bryson launches battle against litter on railways [Guardian]
|Standing on a crowded, windswept railway platform can be dreary on a cold Monday morning, especially when it^s filthy with crisp wrappers and drink cans
|Flying Scotsman returns in rail bid to rival air travel [Herald]
|RAIL passengers will be able to travel from Edinburgh to London in four hours on a revived Flying Scotsman service from May, train operator East Coast has confirmed.
|Road move for Borders to Edinburgh railway debated [BBC]
|Proposals to realign the A7 road to allow the Borders to Edinburgh rail route to re-open are to be debated by planning councillors.
|Historic Whitby to Pickering Railway to celebrate 175th anniversary [The Press]
|THE historic Whitby to Pickering railway line in North Yorkshire is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.
|Taxis hit by Waverley ban over terror attack fears [Evening News]
|TAXIS and cars are to be banned permanently from driving into Waverley Station amid terrorist fears ahead of the London Olympics, it emerged today. The move, described as a “nightmare” and “out of proportion”, will mean no private vehicles will be allowed into the newly-refurbished station from July – meaning passengers will have to haul their luggage up the ramp and outside on to Waverley Bridge. Rail bosses insist the ban is essential to comply with anti-terror guidelines in time for the Games and point out that Waverley is the last major station to still allow cars underneath the station roof. There were fears today that the changes would cause “chaos”. To make matters worse, Haymarket Station’s taxi rank is set to close for the forseeable future as part of the tram works.
|Operator chosen for Cairngorms funicular railway [Scotsman]
|A PREFERRED bidder to operate the controversial publicly-owned funicular railway in the Cairngorms has been selected. After a year-long exercise, the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the development agency which owns both the mountain railway and its present operator CairnGorm Mountain Ltd (CML), has awarded preferred bidder status to tourism business Natural Retreats UK Ltd.
|Strathspey Steam Railway use crane for new bridge [BBC News]
|Railway enthusiasts have hired a powerful crane to lift the lower sections of a new bridge into place across a river in the Highlands. Strathspey Steam Railway needs a crossing on the River Dulnain so it can offer journeys between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey.
|Mind the doors: Manchester commuters ^could soon be going to work on old London Tube trains^ [MEN]
|Old London Underground trains could soon be running on the tracks around Manchester. Rail bosses in the region want to replace the 30-year-old Pacer trains. Now a firm which kits out old Tube trains with new diesel engines and seat covers is offering them as a ‘cheap and comfortable’ alternative.
|York to Seamer rail line closes for repairs to railway bridge [BBC News]
|Trains between York and Seamer will not run for more than a week to allow repairs to a Victorian railway bridge in York. A replacement bus service will operate until the 23 February. The closure is to allow repairs to the Scarborough Rail Bridge, including replacing the bridge deck. Engineers will be working 24 hours a day on the bridge and parts of the River Ouse will also be closed to river traffic at certain times.
|Railway work to be carried out 3,600ft up Glencoe mountain [Scotsman]
|Engineers will this weekend complete an epic task to upgrade Britainâ€™s highest railway signalling equipment â€“ 3,600ft up a mountain in Glencoe. They have had to battle snowdrifts and temperatures of -15C during the work to keep trains running on the worldâ€™s most scenic line.
|Settle-Carlisle line: Tornado powers 12 scheduled services [BBC News]
|Timetabled services on a world-famous railway line have been powered by steam for the first time in decades. Tornado, the newest steam locomotive in Britain, will pull 12 Northern services on the Settle-Carlisle line over three consecutive days. It is part of celebrations to mark the upcoming reopening of the line after landslides closed a long stretch.
|West Lothian railway station to undergo £3.5million transformation [Daily Record]
|Livingston South station is set to undergo a £3.5m transformation this spring. The work is part of a £160m project to electrify the Edinburgh Waverley-Glasgow Central line, which will close for 10 days at Easter. From Thursday, March 29, to Monday, April 9, no trains will run on the line via Shotts while Network Rail engineers work to widen and extend both platforms at Livingston South. As well as work to the platforms, the redevelopment will see the construction of lifts on both sides of the station to deliver step-free access, installation of new staircases and the re-alignment of existing ramps.
|Humza Yousaf ^listening^ to train windscreen concerns [BBC News]
|Scotland^s transport minister says the government is listening to union concerns about the new fleet of electric trains. Humza Yousaf said it was ^imperative for the train manufacturer, Hitachi, and ScotRail to find a solution.^ Aslef said drivers had reported a windscreen design flaw causing them to see more than one signal at night. The train drivers^ union is threatening to boycott the trains, which had been due to come into service in March.
|Go-ahead for Sheffield-Manchester rail upgrade [BBC News]
|The railway line between Sheffield and Manchester is to be upgraded, cutting journey times by 10 minutes. The government has announced work to allow passenger trains on the Hope Valley line to overtake slow freight trains. Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore said the decision was long-awaited but ^not enough^. She said the changes would mean journeys of 50 minutes would be reduced to about 40.
|Plans for new train station gather pace [Barrhead News]
|Moves to fast-track plans for a new Barrhead train station have been welcomed. The Auchenback station, near Balgraystone Road, on the outskirts of town, was first mooted as part of the Glasgow City Region Deal that will see millions of pounds pumped into major projects across the west of Scotland. However, under those proposals, the new stop wasn^t expected to open until at least 2021. [The site will be immediately west of Lyoncross Junction alongside Balgray Reservoir. - RAILSCOT Ed]
|ScotRail Foundation supports Mens Shed Scotland [ScotRail]
|A series of community theatre workshops will be held across Scotland, thanks to a grant of almost £5,000 from the ScotRail Foundation Cultural and Arts Fund. Matthew Dunn, founder of 3in1 Theatre Company, has been awarded £4,970 in funding from the Cultural and Arts Fund to develop a new play with Mens Shed Scotland. The theatre company will meet with men from Mens Sheds located across Scotland “ including in Stonehouse, Barrhead, Leith, Galashiels, Glenrothes and St Andrews “ to produce a play based on their ideas and experiences.
|The women who kept the railways running [Daily Mail]
|Some 100,000 women were recruited to help fill the roles of men on Britains railways during the Second World War with these remarkable photographs celebrating how they stepped up.
|Call for louder tram horns after pedestrian^s death in Edinburgh [BBC News]
|Rail investigators have called for louder warning horns to be fitted to Edinburgh trams following the death of a pedestrian. Carlos Correa Palacio, 53, died in September after being hit at the Saughton tram stop in Broomhouse Drive.
|Network Rail work will shut part of Kingseat Road [Dunfermline Press]
|Road traffic order will see the level crossing at Halbeath closed to traffic from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.
|Pentland Ferries wins Green Tourism Award [Press and Journal]
|Orkney-based Pentland Ferries has become the first ferry operator in the UK to achieve a Green Tourism Award.
|Residents invited to find out more about tree cutting between Pollokshaws and Barrhead [Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra]
|Ahead of work to cut back trees and vegetation on the railway between Pollokshaws and Barrhead, Network Rail is inviting local people to ‘drop-in’ to find out more about the work.
|Tesco eyeing up Dundee railway station as Sports Direct plans Overgate closure [Evening Telegraph]
|Supermarket giant Tesco is in discussions with the council as the company looks to take over a unit at Dundee^s railway station, the Tele understands.
|Tree cutting to resume on East Kilbride line [Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra]
|Network Rail has announced that tree cutting work on the line between Glasgow and East Kilbride will resume in March.
|Engine fanatic Titchmarsh thrilled to join Flying Scotsman for line reopening [Evening Express]
|Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh was joined by Flying Scotsman for the official reopening of a heritage steam railway. [This was to celebrate the re-opening of the line following replacement of ^Butts Bridge^ (Whitedown Lane Bridge near Alton) on the ^Watercress Line^.]