This day in history 16 February

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Plates, signs, notices etc: Copy of a letter from BR Scottish Region dated 16 February 1968, authorising a brake van journey on the last freight to Kelso. [See image 6955]

British Rail
Bruce McCartney [16/02/1968]


Edinburgh Waverley: A steam crane, EE Type 4 and 2-6-4 tank are all in attendance at this Waverley DMU derailment on 16th February 1965. Part of the old elevated walkway linking Jeffrey Street and Calton Road can be seen in the background.

North British Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [16/02/1968]


Harthope Viaduct: Harthope Viaduct in 1969.

Caledonian Railway
John Thorn [16/02/1969]


Stewartby: Brick City. Stewartby (originally Wootton Pillinge), Bedfordshire, on the Oxford - Bedford line in 1974. Built to house workers of the London Brick Co, with kilns and chimneys surrounding the station and dominating the landscape. At its peak, this enormous site boasted 167 chimneys and produced 16 million bricks per day. [Editor's note: The last bricks were made here on 29 Feb 2008 following a rundown by owners Hanson, due to failure to meet limits for sulphur dioxide emissions. The 4 remaining chimneys on the site are now listed structures.]

Bedford Railway
Ian Dinmore [16/02/1974]


Kinneil Colliery: Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST (works number 2043) NCB No.6 at Kinneil Colliery on 16 February 1978. The loco is preserved in working order at nearby Bo'ness. A OO scale model has been announced by Hattons.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/1978]


Falkirk High: A4 60009 masquerading as 60004 William Whitelaw, at Falkirk High to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/1992]


Falkirk High: Viscount Whitelaw addresses the crowd at Falkirk High. 16 February 1992 - the E&G's 150th Anniversary. To the right is the George Wylie sculpture.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/1992]


Princes Street Gardens Cutting: A4 60009 masquerades as 60004 William Whitelaw when passing through Princes Street Gardens on 16 February 1992 with a special commemorating the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's 150th anniversary.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/1992]


Coltbridge Viaduct: View south along the Water of Leith at Coltbridge, just north west of Murrayfield station on the former Caledonian suburban route north out of Princes Street. Photographed on 16 February 2006, almost 40 years after closure of the line.

Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [16/02/2006]


Dunblane: DRS 66409 speeds north through a wet Dunblane station on 16 February 2006 with a Grangemouth - Aberdeen intermodal service.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2006]


Butterley: DMU 101 692, still sporting the experimental Scotrail livery it was given in the late 1990s, photographed at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, on 16 February 2007. The unit spent much time during its twilight operational years deployed on the Cumbernauld - Motherwell shuttle service [see image 27207].

Ambergate to Pye Bridge and Codnor Park (Midland Railway)
Peter Todd [16/02/2007]


Forteviot: 11.42 Queen Street - Aberdeen service heads north at Forteviot on 16 February having just crossed the Water of May viaduct.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2007]


Forteviot: 66416 passes the old station house at Forteviot with a Grangemouth - Aberdeen Intermodal working on 16 February. In the foreground is the site of the old SB.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2007]


Slateford: A Voyager passing Slateford yard westbound on 16 February 2007. First ScotRail DMUs can be seen in the background on the stabling and cleaning roads recently built along the north side of the yard.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [16/02/2007]


Cogie Hill: Cogie Hill Halt (SD 446468) opened in 1870 and closed in 1930. The line crossed the road on a diagonal and goods trains to Pilling continued to pass through until 1963 [See image 60670]. The halt was situated just beyond the fence. Level crossing gate posts are still in situ at the road side although the track bed formation towards Pilling has disappeared here.

Garstang and Knot End Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2008]


Cogie Hill: Cogie Hill Halt (SD 446468) Cogie Hill Crossing Cottage looking towards Nateby and Garstang.

Garstang and Knot End Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2008]


Garstang Road: Garstang Road Halt (SD 423476) on the outskirts of Pilling village was a late opening in 1923 and closed in 1930. The crossing keepers cottage is still in use as a residence with outbuildings across the old formation. View looking towards Garstang.

Garstang and Knot End Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2008]


Pilling: Pilling Station (SD 413478) opened in 1870 only to close in 1872. It opened again in 1875 as the Knott End railway although Pilling would be the terminus of the line until Knott End was reached in 1908. [See image 29967] for the sparse 1915 passenger timetable. Passenger services ceased in 1930 but goods continued until 1963. The station house has been extended across the formation and an additional house built. Industrial buildings occupy the former goods yard. The railway barrow is a nice touch by the current owners. View looking towards Garstang from the site of the old level crossing on the A588

Garstang and Knot End Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2008]


York: A pair of engineers electric locomotives sit ready in the bay platform at York station.

North Eastern Railway
Brian Forbes [16/02/2009]


York: 3 car class 158 of Northern Rail leaves York to travel across the Pennines to Blackpool on 16th February

North Eastern Railway
Brian Forbes [16/02/2009]


Clydebridge Viaduct [Gorbals]: Clydebridge Viaduct on the CGU on 16th February 2010, as seen from Victoria Bridge

City of Glasgow Union Railway
Graham Morgan [16/02/2010]


Cumberland Street: Site of Cumberland Street station looking east from Eglinton Street in February 2010. The area in the foreground was part of the large original station, which had entrances on both Cumberland Street [see image 13587] and Eglinton Street. Following closure in 1966 the Eglinton Street entrance was demolished and the route reduced from four to two tracks, with this area being landscaped to create an open space for the benefit of occupants of the new housing being built nearby.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
Graham Morgan [16/02/2010]


Glasgow Central: Say cheeeeese! New ballast drop at the former Platform 11a/12 at Glasgow Central on 16 February 2010 where good progress is being made on construction and access for platform 12 and 13. Note also the new supporting wall being built for platform 11 in the background

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [16/02/2010]


Gorbals: View north with, to the right, the site of Gorbals Station, its stone staircase still in place. To the left (the red brick structure) Main Street station, on the line to Paisley Canal. Main Street opened in 1872, and closed in September 1900 when the quadrupled route from Port Eglinton to St Enoch was opened by the G&SWR. It was replaced by Eglinton Street (later Cumberland Street) station, further west [see image 14613]. Gorbals Station opened in 1877 as a replacement for the former Southside terminus and was the penultimate stop on this line prior to closure in 1928. To the north of the two stations the lines converged at Gorbals Junction.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
Graham Morgan [16/02/2010]


Gorbals: Looking along the route of the viaduct running between Gorbals station and Clydebridge viaduct. The landscaped area was once home to Gorbals infamous tenements, which were pulled down in the 1960s to make way for high flats... which in turn are being gradually demolished themselves.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
Graham Morgan [16/02/2010]


Larkfield Junction: Voyager 221108 on a Birmingham New Street - Glasgow Central service approaching Larkfield Junction on 16th February 2010. To the left was Gushetfaulds freight terminal, now the site of major engineering works in connection with the M74 extension.

Polloc and Govan Railway
Graham Morgan [16/02/2010]


Tondu Junction: 150242 about to relinquish token as it runs into Tondu station from Maesteg on 16 February 2011. The unit will leave as the 13.07 service to Cardiff Central. The mothballed Ogmore Vale line runs off to the right of the DMU, and the sparsely used freight line to Margam is seen joining the operational line in the centre right foreground. There is apparently a proposal (late 2011) to operate a 30min frequency service to Maesteg, as on other lines, and this will no doubt make use of the loop line seen behind the DMU to cross services on the otherwise single track route from Bridgend to Maesteg.

Llynvi Valley Railway
David Pesterfield [16/02/2011]


Alnwick: The forecourt of the former Alnwick terminus looking north east on 16 February 2012. In the background, beyond the station canopy, is the town's 'Tenantry Column' topped by the 'Percy' lion.

Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Colin Alexander [16/02/2012]


Swindon: Freightliner 66619 eastbound from Swindon on the afternoon of 16 February 2012 with Network Rail ballast empties. The train is passing the little used access line into the Keypoint rail freight terminal.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [16/02/2012]


Alnwick: The north corner of the former Alnwick station in February 2012. The main entrance to what is now 'Barter Books' is just off picture to the right.

Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Colin Alexander [16/02/2012]


Alnwick: Inside the former Alnwick station, February 2012.

Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Colin Alexander [16/02/2012]


Edlingham: Remains of Edlingham Viaduct seen from the ruins of Edlingham Castle in February 2012. [See image 34406]

Cornhill Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Colin Alexander [16/02/2012]


Hardengreen: View south over Hardengreen Roundabout on 16 February 2013, with tree clearance in progress. A bridge will span the gap to the embankment on the far side.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Farington Curve Junction: Coasting down hill in the morning mist is Black 5 44932, which is about to work The Lancastrian charter around the Preston-Carnforth-Hellifield-Blackburn-Preston loop. The engine and its support coach had worked down from Carnforth and have just turned on the Farington triangle ready for the northbound departure from Preston. [See image 42082]

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2013]


Fountainhall: Looking south past the boarded up station house at Fountainhall on 16 February with the old platform and water tower base exposed. This will be the central work depot of three along the route. [See image 26237]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Preston (Ribble Branch): A demonstration freight was the first train of the day at the Ribble Steam 2013 Gala. Two Barclays, resident John Howe and visitor No.3 (from the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway), made a fine sight at the head of a rake of nine wagons.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2013]


Lancaster: E3137 (86259) heads north at Galgate on the approach to Lancaster with the first leg of the Winter CME2 from London to Carnforth on 16 February 2013.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2013]


Fylde Junction: Plenty of sound effects from Black 5 44932 as she lifts 13 bogies and an idling Brush Type 4 (47760) out of Preston on the second Lancastrian tour on 16th February 2013. This train had originated in St. Neots and was steam hauled round the loop from Preston via Carnforth, Hellifield and Blackburn.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2013]


Heriot: The former level crossing at Heriot looking south on 16 February 2013. Note the concreted access point. [See image 42100]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Lancaster: Black 5 no. 44932 drifts downhill into Lancaster with the Preston to Preston via Carnforth, Hellifield and Blackburn leg of 'The Lancastrian' railtour on 16 February 2013. The tour had originated from St Neots.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2013]


Falahill Summit: Looking north over the A7 at Falahill in February 2013 towards the Waverley Route trackbed on the right. Some re-routing of the road will be necessary to provide a bridge over the new railway.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Hellifield: A Northern Rail Class 158 3 car unit calls at Hellifield on a Leeds to Carlisle service on 16 February 2013. At the other platform a second 158 has just departed on the reverse service. After a busy few minutes the station will again become quiet for an hour or so.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2013]


Heriot: Access point north from the former level crossing at Heriot on 16 February 2013. As with the south side of the crossing a concrete pad has been laid across the entrance. [See image 42083]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Lancaster: Having hauled the first leg of the Winter CME2 from London to Carnforth on 16 February 2013, E3137 (86259) Les Ross is seen just south of Lancaster heading light engine to Preston. The loco stabled there before collecting the return leg of the tour at Farington Junction.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2013]


Borthwick Bank Signalbox: View south to Borthwick Bank on 16 February 2013. An access point has now been established here.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Heriot: View north towards the former station at Heriot on 16 February with evidence of traffic over the trackbed.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Long Preston: Black 5 no. 44932 passes through Long Preston station with 'The Lancastrian' railtour heading for a water stop at Hellifield on 16 February 2013.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2013]


Hellifield: With the tender filled with water, 44932 sets off from Hellifield on 16 February 2013 on the run to Preston via Blackburn.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2013]


Fountainhall: A good place to watch trains go by in a couple of years time! Looking east at the Borders Railway route just south of Fountainhall on 16 February 2013, with the Lauder branch trackbed turning eastwards in the background.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/02/2013]


Hoghton: 158817 climbs Hoghton bank on 16 February 2013 with a York to Blackpool service. To the right there used to be a quarry siding, controlled by a signalbox to the left. The remains of the brick base of the box can still be seen.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2013]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Two Barclay 0-4-0STs double head a freight along the Ribble Steam running line in February 2013. The difference in size between resident veteran John Howe (built 1908) and much younger Ferrybridge No.3 (built 1954) is very apparent.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2013]


Hardengreen Viaduct: Hardengreen roundabout - a bridged version! View south along the (closed) A7 towards Hardengreen roundabout on a bright and sunny Sunday morning 16 February 2014 - with the bridge deck now in place.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [16/02/2014]


Strand Road Level Crossing: Another quality restoration from the Ribble Steam workshop. Bagnall 2680/1942 made its preservation debut at the 2014 spring gala. The loco was originally Birchenwood No. 4 but has been restored from Barry condition as one of the former Preston Dock Bagnalls, Courageous. The 0-6-0ST was one of four RSR locos in steam that day. A crew member goes to attend to the lifting safety valves as it rests at Strand Rd in between gala turns on 16 February 2014.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2014]


Svensta: Alstom Coradia Nordic designated X62. Leaving the Jämtland mountains behind on its way from the ski resorts of Storlien, Duved and Åre to the Swedish east coast at Sundsvall on the Gulf of Bothnia.

Mittbanan
Charlie Niven [16/02/2014]


Preston: Preston Tram Power prototype City unit in open storage in a private yard in Preston in February 2015. The tram has previously run on the tramways at Blackpool and Birkenhead, but proposals to run a pilot system on the old Longridge line around Deepdale are presently stalled.

Private Location in Preston
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2015]


Brora: The 1435 departure for Inverness (1234 ex-Wick) pulling into Brora station on 16 February 2015.

Duke of Sutherland^s Railway
John Yellowlees [16/02/2015]


Ayr Tram Depot [Trams]: There were two tram depots in Ayr, one on each side of Bellesleyhill Road, in the north of the town. This is the southern example, operating as a Bed Superstore in February 2015. [See image 50389]

Ayr Corporation Tramways
Colin Miller [16/02/2015]


Camps Junction: An SB Rail tamper passing the former Camps Junction on 16 February en route from Carstairs to Millerhill.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2015]


Ayr Tram Depot [Trams]: The second of Ayr's two adjacent former tram depots in February 2015. This is the much modified structure on the north side of Bellesleyhill Road (note the original brick parapet). [See image 50381]

Ayr Corporation Tramways
Colin Miller [16/02/2015]


Camps Junction: DRS 68002 in charge of the returning Edinburgh - Carmarthen rugby special at the former Camps Junction on 16 February 2015.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2015]


Barnsley Court House: Looking south over Court House Car Park in Barnsley, in February 2015, towards the site of Court House Station (located approximately where the large building now stands) along the Midland Railway approach spur from its connection with the former Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.

Cudworth to Barnsley Branch (Midland Railway)
David Pesterfield [16/02/2015]


Alloway Junction: The former route of the MDLR at Maybole Road, Ayr, on 16 February 2015. The railway bridge was demolished many years ago and now the embankment which led north to the junction with the main line is being removed. Whether this is simply further clearance or cycle track extension is unknown at present.

Maidens and Dunure Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Colin Miller [16/02/2015]


Barnsley Court House: A substantial stone bridge abutment on the north side of Old Mill Lane, Barnsley, on the line connecting Court House Junction, beyond the building ahead, to Court House Station, behind the camera. A short isolated section of south side approach embankment stands on the right

Cudworth to Barnsley Branch (Midland Railway)
David Pesterfield [16/02/2015]


Barnsley: View east down Old Mill Lane, Barnsley, on a wet February day in 2015, showing the close proximity of the three bridges that once served the two main Barnsley stations. The abutment on the left once carried the MR line into Court House Station (closed in 1960). The two bridges beyond still carry lines to Barnsley (formerly Exchange) station, the nearest the MS&LR line to Penistone and the other the L&YR line to Wakefield Kirkgate.

Aldam Junction to Barnsley (South Yorkshire Railway and River Dun Navigation)
David Pesterfield [16/02/2015]


Farington Curve Junction: Going on standby at Preston as the duty Thunderbird, 57310 Pride of Cumbria ran light engine from Crewe Gresty Bridge on 16th February 2016 and is seen here passing Farington Curve Junction.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2016]


Girvan: A Stranraer service heads south in the bucketing rain from Girvan.

Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
John Yellowlees [16/02/2016]


Ayr: 'Hornet' topping and tailing the track measurement train through Ayr.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
John Yellowlees [16/02/2016]


London Euston: The lettering on lounge car should have read 'ale on a Sleeper' to match these experiments in rebranding (or possibly just hasty paintwork repairs) on the Lowland Sleeper at Euston on 16th February 2016.

London and Birmingham Railway
Colin McDonald [16/02/2016]


Exhibition Centre: Exhibition Centre masquerading as Craiglang for the duration of the run of 'Still Game' at the centre. This would be the fourth name for this location after Stobcross, Finnieston and Exhibition Centre.

Glasgow Central Railway
John Yellowlees [16/02/2017]


Eskbank: A midmorning Tweedbank service pulls out of Eskbank on 16/02/2017.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
David Panton [16/02/2017]


Bicester North: The walk from Bicester Village to Bicester North is not too long or unpleasant, but there is a connecting bus run by Chiltern Railways anyway. Nice to see integrated transport in action. 16th February 2018.

Ashendon and Aynho Railway (Great Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [16/02/2018]


Joppa [2nd]: With the demolition of a former Driving Test Centre (a glorified shed) we once again have a street view of the former Joppa station building. Would make a nice little home, with a bit of work. The pole on the right has insulators at the top and was probably a lamp with a cable strung from the station building. 16th February 2018. [See image 14178] [Ref query 21 February 2018]

North British Railway
David Panton [16/02/2018]


Dalreoch Junction: A Balloch bound train leaves Dalreoch as seen from the Carman Hill Fort. At the bottom right is Dalmoak House. The view includes the flats at Dennystown, the Old Dumbarton Bridge, Dumbarton, the Clyde, Dumbarton Castle, Dumbarton FC's stadium and the meandering River Leven.

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford [16/02/2018]


Shawfair: The first houses in the proposed new town of Shawfair are just going up, but they are nowhere near Shawfair station. Mind you, nothing is near Shawfair station which in addition seems deliberately hard to get to. The upside is that you'll never have people in the way of your shot. A Tweedbank service calls on the afternoon of 16th February 2018.

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
David Panton [16/02/2018]


Alexandria: Bonhill Bridge seen from the west with Alexandria station closer to the camera. Bonhill Bridge was the last bridge fabricated by William Arrol at the Dalmarnock Works.

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford [16/02/2018]


Craigendoran Pier: Hebridean Princess off Craigendoran. The Rosneath transmitter is beyond.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Ewan Crawford [16/02/2018]


Bicester North: The 17.34 to Birmingham Moor Street comes to a halt in Bicester North at sunset on 16th February 2018.

Ashendon and Aynho Railway (Great Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [16/02/2018]


Salwick: 319386 hurries past Salwick station with a Manchester Airport to Blackpool service on 16th February 2019. Only a short section of the long island platform is in use and much of it is overgrown as seen in front of the EMU.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Salwick: 319363 hurries through now electrified Salwick with a Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service on 16th February 2019. Salwick station is now functional and well cared for, even though it only has four Up and three Down trains each weekday, but it had more character when the full platform canopy was in place [See image 19186]

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Long Preston: A Leeds to Carlisle Class 158 approaches Long Preston on 16 February 2019.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2019]


Kirkham and Wesham: Two Manchester Airport services cross at Kirkham on 16th February 2019. Since electrification these are usually handled by the ex-Thameslink Class 319 EMUs, as seen here. 319386, on the right, is using the new Platform 3, opened in 2018.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Salwick: Refurbished Northern Sprinter 150137 runs past the island platform at Salwick working from Preston to Blackpool South on 16th February 2019. There are no plans to electrify the Blackpool South branch and services will continue to be worked by DMUs for the foreseeable future. [See image 18988] from 2008.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Long Preston: 4-6-0 Jubilee class no. 45596 'Bahamas' is about to pass under the road bridge at Long Preston station while working a railtour from Keighley to Carlisle on 16 February 2019.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2019]


Lea Road: 319371, working from Lime Street to Blackpool North, passes through the site of Lea Road station on 16th February 2019. The station closed in 1938 and the island platform on the slow lines (as at Salwick) is long gone but the bridge parapets behind the train mark the site of the entrance [See image 65931].

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Stirling: 73968 and 73970 top and tail the Aberdeen to Polmadie Caledonian Sleeper stock through Stirling.

Scottish Central Railway
John Robin [16/02/2019]


Cononley: 333008 departs from Cononley on 16 February 2019 whilst working a Skipton to Bradford Foster Square service.

Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2019]


Salwick: Nos 1 to 7, Railway Cottages at Salwick are a good example of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway staff housing. No.1, nearest the railway, is a slightly different design including an original bay window, presumably indicating a more senior position in the station hierarchy. The station ramp and a new catenary mast can be seen beyond the terrace. 16th February 2019.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Cockenzie Harbour: Replica wagon no.45 outside the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group's museum and office on West Harbour Road, Cockenzie.

Tranent Waggonway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2019]


Cockenzie Harbour: A stone sleeper, part of a row exposed by excavations in 2017 by the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group. A further dig on the route to Tranent is proposed.

Tranent Waggonway
Bill Roberton [16/02/2019]


Lea Road: 390136 approaches Lea Road with the 1554hrs Blackpool North to Euston service on 16th February 2019. The location could be shown as Constable Lane as that was the name of a L&YR signal box sited where the rear of the train is passing. Constable Lane was something of a misnomer as there is no road of that name and it was approached by footpath over the fields but, surely no coincidence, there was a small rural police station on nearby Lea Lane. Between Constable Lane and Salwick were four sets of water troughs.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Cononley: 333015 approaches Cononley with a service from Skipton to Leeds on 16 February 2019.

Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2019]


Gargrave: 45596 'Bahamas' approaches Gargrave on 16 February 2019 with the second railtour of the month from Keighley to Carlisle.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2019]


Kirkham and Wesham: Former Scotrail 156449, and a second Sprinter, negotiate the sweeping curve as they head east from Kirkham station with a service for Manchester on 16th February 2019.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/02/2019]


Hellifield: Carriages from former EMUs, converted for mail/parcels use but now resting in the WCRC sidings at Hellifield as a source of spares on 16 February 2019.

North Western Railway
John McIntyre [16/02/2019]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1874Penicuik RailwayRosslyn re-named Rosslyn Castle.
1965British RailwaysDr Beechings The re-shaping of Britains Railways report issued.
1972Edinburgh and Northern RailwayTokenless block introduced between Ladybank and Hilton Junction. Bridge of Earn Junction signal-box closed.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004West Coast line upgrade delayed by problems [Scotsman]THE multi-billion pound project to upgrade the West Coast mainline, where four railway workers died yesterday, has been beset by problems since it was first launched almost eight years ago.
2005First ScotRail tries to spread blame as trains get later and passengers suffer [Scotsman]SCOTLAND^S long-suffering rail passengers are today given the news many of them already suspected - the service is getting worse.
2005Committee backs second tram bill [BBC News]A Holyrood committee supports a second set of proposals to re-introduce trams to Edinburgh.
2005The Scotsman online debate [Scotsman]First ScotRail promised better, more punctual trains. Four months on, things are getting worse.
2007Refurbishment of North Berwick 322s completeFirst ScotRail has now completed its 3m refurbishment of all 5 class 322s operating on the North Berwick line bringing increased levels of comfort and reliability as well as additional facilities to passengers on the route. Changes include on-train CCTV and audio/visual passenger information systems, cycle storage facilities, increased seating capacity and new dcor.
2008Station parking ^still on track^ [BBC News Article]A council insists that a project to install parking at Alloa^s new train station will not be delayed.
2010Chairman of SPT steps down amid expenses investigation [The Scotsman]THE chairman of Strathclyde Passenger Transport is set to relinquish his role today amid serious concerns about the expenses claims of senior executives in the organisation.
2010Tram-train interchange cost doubles to 40m [The Scotsman]THE final bill for a transport interchange at Gogar which would link Edinburgh-Fife trains with the Capital^s tram project has doubled to 40 million, it was reported today
2011Delay for station improvements [Montrose Review]LOCAL travellers may have to wait until November before access problems at Montrose Station are finally solved. Local councillor David May said that work had been due to start in the spring but has now been delayed by Network Rail until the autumn due to concerns the bridge replacement could affect train drivers sightlines.
2011Oban rail link is extended [Scotsman]RAIL bosses are set to extend Sunday services between Edinburgh and Oban after a successful trial last year. The Edinburgh-Oban trains will now run on ten Sundays from June 26 to August 28
2012Oh dear, what can the matter be, the train drivers stuck in the lavatory [Sun]The railwayman had rushed to the ticket office to answer a sudden call of nature but somehow got locked in leaving his train stranded on the platform. By the time he was finally rescued by a colleague the rush-hour service had to be cancelled, triggering delays up to an hour. Last night, passenger Stephen Quinn, 22, said: ^This guy turned up in a car and opened the door. The driver was pretty red-faced.
2013Readers^ favourite railway stations [BBC]A recent Magazine article by David Cannadine hailed New York^s Grand Central Terminal as the world^s loveliest station, prompting readers to suggest other rail beauties. SEE LINK
2014Empty train tests storm-damaged Cornwall rail line [BBC News]An slow-moving empty train is testing the main railway line in Cornwall in the hope services can resume later. The line between Plymouth and west Cornwall has been closed since Friday when several parts of the track were flooded or damaged by fallen trees in stormy weather. Many branch lines were also affected, but most reopened on Saturday. First Great Western (FGW) said a bus replacement service will continue to operate between St Erth and Penzance.
2015Fiery train crash forces W Virginia towns to evacuate [BBC News]Two West Virginia towns have been evacuated after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames. Local websites published images of large flames and a thick plume of black smoke near a partly frozen river. At least 14 cars were affected and one plunged into the Kanawha River, state officials said. [From various contibutors]
2016Germany train crash: Human error to blame, says prosecutor [BBC News]Human error by a train controller was to blame for a crash in Bavaria, Germany, last week that killed 11 people, prosecutors said. Dozens more were injured after two commuter trains collided on a single-track stretch of railway. An area controller opened the track to the two trains and tried to warn the drivers, according to the prosecutors. The man, a 39-year-old, is likely to be charged with involuntary manslaughter and could face five years in jail.
2017Network Rail on track to save £14m a year [Rail News]THE first formation flying engineering trains in the world have been deployed successfully by Network Rail, and it is hoped that the technique will save the company at least £250,000 a week in compensation payments. Until now, major maintenance schemes had resulted in a legacy of speed restrictions after a possession was over, because new track needed time to bed in. The restrictions triggered payments to operators under delay attribution rules and could also delay passengers. The pioneering technique was tried out on the East Coast Main Line in Bedfordshire this month, when switches and crossings were being replaced. [From Richard Buckby]
2017Train Disruption after Anderston Station Roof Fall [BBC News]Officials are investigating after part of the roof of a Glasgow railway station collapsed. Train services were halted after the damage was discovered in the early hours of Thursday.
2017Aslef members reject Southern deal [BBC News]Aslef members have rejected a deal with Southern Rail that would have ended a long running industrial dispute.
2018ScotRail forced to halve carriages on some Edinburgh-Glasgow trains [Scotsman]Passengers on ScotRails busiest rail route face major overcrowding because some of its busiest trains are to lose half their carriages, The Scotsman has learned. The late arrival of a new fleet on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line will leave the operator short because the lease on four of its current trains expires in weeks. ScotRail is so concerned at potential overcrowding that it will slash fares on another route between the cities by nearly half in an attempt to persuade commuters to switch.
2019Ministers accused of ^fiddling^ key ScotRail target [Herald]SNP ministers have been accused of fiddling targets for ScotRail after it emerged the rail operator was allowed to miss its contractual customer satisfaction goals two years running. Research by the Scottish Parliament confirmed the satisfaction targets were lowered in both 2016/17 and 2017/18 on the grounds of unforeseen events. This meant ScotRail was able to avoid triggering an event of default, and the potential loss of its contract, even though it missed its original contractual target in both years.
2019ScotRail begs train drivers to come out of retirement [Scotsman]ScotRail is so short of train drivers it is trying to persuade retired staff to return to the cab, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
2019ScotRail commuter train uncoupled at station because of power surge, operator reveals [Scotsman]A rush-hour train uncoupled and left half its passengers stranded because of a power surge, ScotRail has revealed.