This day in history 18 February

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Polmont Shed: D11 62690 The Lady of the Lake stored at Polmont on 18 February 1961, some 5 months before 'official' withdrawal by BR. The locomotive eventually met its end at Inverurie Works in September of that year.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/02/1961]


Doncaster: Class J6 64191 awaits its fate on the condemned locomotive line at Doncaster in February 1962. The ex-GNR 0-6-0 was cut up in the nearby works within a few days of this photograph being taken. [See image 42613]

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
K A Gray [18/02/1962]


Doncaster: Never looked quite right somehow...! 60097 Humorist, the only A3 fitted with large smoke deflectors, stands at the south end of Doncaster shed in February 1962.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
K A Gray [18/02/1962]


Doncaster: Resident B1 no 61250 A Harold Bibby photographed on Doncaster shed in February 1962.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
K A Gray [18/02/1962]


Millerhill: Class 37 No. D6903 standing at the north end of Millerhill Yard on Wednesday 18th February 1970 prior to working the 15.07 Millerhill to Leith South trip. The 1E3- reporting number suggests not that the loco has previously worked an up ECML express but that the right hand blind in the headcode box is inoperative, preventing the correct Edinburgh Area pilot number, E13, being displayed. Photographed from the veranda of a brake-van attached at the front of the train for an EURS party. The consist behind D6903 was about 20 loaded coal wagons plus two brake vans. The coal wagons were for Portobello power station and were deposited in the SSEB exchange sidings at Kings Road. This left just the two brake vans to take forward from Kings Road to Leith South yard (with thanks to Andrew Boyd).

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bill Jamieson [18/02/1970]


Hellesdon: The first station out from the Midland and Great Northern Joint terminus at Norwich City was Hellesdon. This is the view of its remains on a wintry 18th February 1978. Passenger services were withdrawn from Hellesdon on September 15th 1952, but passenger trains continued to run through until 1959 and freight until 1969.

Lynn and Fakenham Railway
Mark Dufton [18/02/1978]


Liverpool Street: Lunchtime at Liverpool Street in 1982. On the left is 37109 preparing to leave with a train for Kings Lynn. In the centre background is 37084 with empty stock. On the right 47115 is approaching with a semi-fast from Norwich.

Great Eastern Metropolitan Station and Railways
John Furnevel [18/02/1982]


Liverpool Street: An unidentified class 37 waits to take a train out of Liverpool Street in February 1982.

Great Eastern Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/1982]


Liverpool Street: 47115 brings an early afternoon train from Norwich into Liverpool Street in February 1982. Over on the left 37109 awaits its departure time with a service to Kings Lynn.

Great Eastern Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/1982]


Toddington: View north from the platform at Toddington in February 1983. The station has since been completely restored and is now part of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. [See image 36995] [Ref query 3360]

Cheltenham and Honeybourne Line (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd [18/02/1983]


Wivenhoe: A Class 309 'Clacton' set departs Wivenhoe on 18th February 1984, en route for London. These well regarded units remained in service for a further decade.

Tendring Hundred Railway
Mark Dufton [18/02/1984]


Beattock: Goods shed - Beattock - February 1991.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [18/02/1991]


Beattock: The goods yard office at Beattock in February 1991.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [18/02/1991]


Beattock: View north from the up sidings at Beattock on 18 February 1991.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [18/02/1991]


Falkirk High: The time to celebrate the E&G will be later in the year when our new faster longer greener trains are in service. Meanwhile for the 175th anniversary it might be appropriate to recall what happened on 18 February 1992 when Viscount Whitelaw arriving behind 60009 temporarily renumbered as 60004 unveiled this sculpture by George Wylie at Falkirk High and guests received these slate coasters bearing the E&G coat of arms.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Yellowlees [18/02/1992]


Yuobaoshan: JS 2-8-2 no 8216 at Yuobaoshan, north east China, in February 2003. Yuobaoshan is a coal mining town which, at that time, employed several of the class for heavy work and shunting duties.

Ji-Tong Railway
Peter Todd [18/02/2003]


Yuobaoshan: JS 2-8-2 no 8246 loading a coal train at the mining town of Yuobaoshan in north east China in February 1982.

Ji-Tong Railway
Peter Todd [18/02/2003]


Cambus: Viaduct at Cambus before the track was re-laid.//8397,16450

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Ewan Crawford [18/02/2006]


Oban: First arrival of the day from Glasgow Queen Street runs into Oban on 18 February 2006. This train connects with the Craignure ferry.

Callander and Oban Railway
Brian Smith [18/02/2006]


Appleby East: The level crossing gates and goods shed at Appleby East in February 2007. The station is to the right of the picture (towards Warcop). Passenger services were withdrawn in 1962 but freight remained between Appleby and Hartley Quarry until 1974 when it was cut back to Warcop serving the Army camp and training area until 1989. Appleby East yard and station is now the site of a local recycling company although the present Eden Valley Railway hopes to reopen the line from its base at Warcop to Appleby East.

Eden Valley Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Markinch: Construction site, view from College door.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/02/2007]


Markinch: Signs seen on southbound platform, past the scaffolding.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/02/2007]


Dornoch: Dornoch, looking towards Embo. The trackbed has been obliterated at this point by industrial units and a council yard.

Dornoch Light Railway
John Gray [18/02/2007]


Dornoch: Dornoch. The old station viewed from the former yard area.

Dornoch Light Railway
John Gray [18/02/2007]


Dornoch: Dornoch. The old station is up for sale. I hope that whoever buys it keeps it in original condition.

Dornoch Light Railway
John Gray [18/02/2007]


Dornoch: The old station building at Dornoch is now in the middle of a small industrial estate. It is in good condition and in use as a takeaway.

Dornoch Light Railway
John Gray [18/02/2007]


Appleby: Watering facilities at the south end of Appleby station - 18 February 2007.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Scout Green: Northbound Voyager climbing Shap on 18 Feb passing Scout Green.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Scout Green: Pendolino climbing Shap on 18 February passing Scout Green on the northbound ascent.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Gallowgate Central Junction: Looking down on the Old Gallowgate Central Junction. The left tunnel was the G&SWR Bridgeton Cross Connecting Line and the Tunnel to the right led to the NBR Bridgeton Cross Extension Line.

Glasgow City and District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Gallowgate Central: Remains of Bridgeton headed platform at Gallowgate Central Station. Jumble Sale anyone?

Glasgow City and District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Gallowgate Central: Remains of Bridgeton headed platform at Gallowgate Central.

Glasgow City and District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Gallowgate Central: Site of Gallowgate Central. Notice the tunnel towards Bridgeton.

Glasgow City and District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Gallowgate Central: Site of Gallowgate Central. Very little remains of the station although the tunnel towards Bridgeton can still be seen. There has been so much debris deposited here that the tunnel is one quarter filled in!!!

Glasgow City and District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Scout Green: Voyager northbound at Scout Green on 18 February.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Appleby: Appleby station on 18 February looking north.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Cathcart: Tapper found in the Signalling Panel of Cathcart PSB... believed to come from the old box at Williamwood. Last inspection date marked 10.05.61.

Cathcart District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Cathcart: This building was my last charge as a Signaller.. Cathcart Power Signal Box. It controls the Cathcart Circle, Neilston Line and the Kirkhill Branch Lines.

Cathcart District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Appleby: Looking north from Appleby station on 18 February towards the SB showing the recently renewed double junction.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Cathcart: Disused Walkway over the River Cart to Cathcart Station.

Cathcart District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Cathcart: Tapper believed to come from the old box at Williamwood found in the Signalling Panel of Cathcart PSB.

Cathcart District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Cathcart: Old Entrance to Cathcart Station. What a view from that missing brick!! [see image 14055]. In the distance you can just make out an old Light fitting hanging down at the bottom of the stairs which led to the island platform.

Cathcart District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Markinch: Station house presides over work during a Sunday...none.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/02/2007]


Cathcart: Old bricked up entrance to Cathcart Station from Old Castle Road, photographed in February 2007. Notice the missing brick.. what lies behind?? [See image 14045]

Cathcart District Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2007]


Alva: End of the line. Converted station house at Alva at the end of the branch from Cambus in February 2007 seen from the platform side.

Alva Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2007]


Alva: Front view of the converted station house at Alva in February 2007.

Alva Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2007]


Scout Green: An engineers train hauled by EWS 66098 heads south at Scout Green in February 2007.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2007]


Elgin East: The screened off platform and concourse standing under the impressive glass roof of the former Elgin East station on 18 February, with the main yard area and sidings opening out just beyond to the north. The substantial station building is now in use as office accomodation.

Morayshire Railway
Mick Golightly [18/02/2008]


Elgin: A final wave to the driver of 37422 as he takes his train away from Elgin on 18 February 2008 hauling seed potato traffic bound for Ely. (Photographed looking back along the line from Elgin East yard.)

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Mick Golightly [18/02/2008]


Tullibardine: View east showing the former station house at Tullibardine on 18 February 2008. The old platform runs left to right in front of the building and is complete.

Crieff Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [18/02/2008]


Hilton Junction: The 1413 Perth - Glasgow class 170 takes the Stirling Line at Hilton Junction south of Perth in February 2008. This view is only available in winter.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [18/02/2008]


Elgin: 37422 held at signals at Elgin on 18 February with seed potato traffic from Elgin East yard bound for Ely.

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Mick Golightly [18/02/2008]


Elgin East: Scene in the yard at Elgin East on 18 February 2008 as EWS 37422 prepares to take out a train of seed potato traffic destined for Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Morayshire Railway
Mick Golightly [18/02/2008]


Elgin East: The abandoned signal box standing opposite the former Elgin East station. View northeast on 18 February 2008.

Morayshire Railway
Mick Golightly [18/02/2008]


Elgin East: Heavy lifting gear in the yard at Elgin East. Photographed on 18 February 2008.

Morayshire Railway
Mick Golightly [18/02/2008]


Nateby: Even in 1915, remotely located Nateby was a request stop station. [See image 29967] for the 1915 timetable. Nateby closed to passengers in 1930 but the Pilling Pig goods train continued to run through until 1963. This house has been built on the old down platform, but the ramp can still be seen and the tree stands where the tracks used to be. View east towards Garstang at Map Ref SD 458461.

Garstang and Knot End Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2009]


Johnstone: 66424+66420 passing through Johnstone with the nuclear flask train from Hunterston to Carlisle on 18 February 2010

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [18/02/2010]


Manor Powis: 170 477 heads east through Manor Powis with a Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa service on 18 February.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [18/02/2011]


Ashchurch for Tewkesbury: Northbound 4E66, (coke empties from Margam to Redcar), approaches Homedown Level Crossing running about 50 minutes late.

Birmingham and Gloucester Railway
Ewan Crawford [18/02/2011]


Nuneaton: This bridge at Nuneaton on the former MR Birmingham - Leicester freight avoiding line will probably never see trains again; but those nice chaps at Network Rail have painted the metalwork anyway. Well done. UPDATED NOVEMBER 2017: this bridge will soon be demolished, for the benefit of truck drivers who do not understand that their vehicles are taller than the (clearly signposted) clearance under the bridge.

Whitacre Junction to Nuneaton (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [18/02/2011]


Euxton Junction: Heading north on the WCML between Euxton Jct and Leyland, 86259 hauls a Euston to Carlisle railtour on the first leg to Carnforth on 18 February 2012.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2012]


Ribble Steam Railway Workshops: Plenty of atmosphere as Furness Railway No.20 leaves the running shed ready to participate in the Ribble Steam February 2012 gala. No.20 will also be hauling passenger trains at the RSR on eight days in April 2012.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2012]


Preston (Ribble Branch): There is something captivating about seeing very old machinery at work, and they don't come much older than Furness No.20 as in 2013 she will celebrate her 150th birthday. In addition to this appearance at the RSR February 2012 gala the loco is scheduled to work here every weekend in April and is well worth seeking out.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2012]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Period crew for a period locomotive. Furness Railway No.20, dating from 1863, was a real crowd puller at the 2012 Ribble Steam Gala. Thankfully the early morning downpours had eased by the time she emerged from the shed as she doesn't offer much protection to the footplatemen. [See image 22343]

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2012]


Burntisland: A 'Northern Belle' Valentines Special from Glasgow Central to Perth and return passes Burntisland Links and relay room on 18 February 2012. The leading locomotive is 47810 with 47790 bringing up the rear.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [18/02/2012]


Preston: Standby locomotive 57307 Lady Penelope sunbathes in the bay at the north end of platform 3 at Preston station on 18 February 2012.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2012]


Preston: E3137 aka 86259 'Les Ross' in platform 4c at Preston on 18 February 2012, having hauled the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express from Euston to Carnforth, where a pair of Black 5s took over for the run to Carlisle over Shap. After stabling at Preston until the late afternoon E3137 moved to Farington Jct to take over from the steam locomotives which had returned south over the S&C. This use of the sidings at Farington Jct by an electric locomotive is thought to have been the first for many years.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2012]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The train shed at Glasgow Queen Street looking North in February 2012. The station car park can be seen on the right. Photograph taken from the 'Glasgow Eye'

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin Harkins [18/02/2012]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Furness Railway veteran 0-4-0 No.20 makes a fine sight as it runs tender first down to the exchange sidings with a shuttle service at the Ribble Steam Railway 2012 Gala. Austerity 0-6-0ST Walkden brings up the rear.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2012]


Burton and Holme: A northbound Voyager catches the sun as it passes through southern Cumbria, close to the former station at Burton and Holme, on 18 February 2012. [See image 22857]

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2012]


Conon Bridge: 158722 arrives at Conon Bridge with the 16:19 to Inverness (12.36 ex-Wick) on 18 February 2013. View north showing the station entrance, bicycle shelter/lockers and part of the eight space car park. A footpath to the village is still under construction off to the right.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
John Gray [18/02/2013]


Conon Bridge: The now completed station at Conon Bridge, photographed from the station entrance on 18 February 2013.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
John Gray [18/02/2013]


Maryhill: 156492 leaves Maryhill for Glasgow Queen Street on the 16.51 ex Anniesland on 18 February, a short journey for me that was to be the precursor to many miles spent on this unit over the next two days on travels along the West Highland line.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Pesterfield [18/02/2013]


Hyndland: 318263 runs under the new footbridge at Hyndland station on 18 February with the 12.31 service to Airdrie.

Stobcross Railway
David Pesterfield [18/02/2013]


Milngavie: 320312 prepares to leave Milngavie with the 16.12 for Motherwell on 18 February as 334023 waits at platform 2 with the 16.23 limited stop service to Edinburgh.

Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
David Pesterfield [18/02/2013]


Hardengreen Viaduct: Long lens view south towards Hardengreen roundabout on Monday 18 February 2014 showing the new bridge over the roundabout and the older (by 167 years) Newbattle Viaduct standing beyond.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2014]


Sheriffhall City Bypass Overbridge: Looking south from the A6106 to the City Bypass deviation at Sheriffhall on 18 February with concrete sleepers stacked in the foreground.

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
Bill Roberton [18/02/2014]


Shettleston: The Shettleston Station Library has expanded since its 2010 inception, and now has a poster about the stations railway heritage [see image 12009].

Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [18/02/2014]


Kings Gate Points: View north towards the Edinburgh city bypass on 18 February with work in progress on the trackbed. [See image 38733]

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bill Roberton [18/02/2014]


Coatbridge Sunnyside: Platform scenes at Coatbridge Sunnyside on 18 February 2014. The station has been adopted by Glenboig House with Clydesdale Community Initiatives.

Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
John Yellowlees [18/02/2014]


NRM Shildon: 4464 Bittern at the Shildon A4 gathering on 18 February 2014. [See recent news item]

National Railway Museum
Colin Alexander [18/02/2014]


Shildon: 60009 Union of South Africa at Shildon on 18 February 2014.

Stockton and Darlington Railway
Colin Alexander [18/02/2014]


Shildon: Star turn. Mallard amongst the exhibits in the yard at Shildon on 18 February 2014.

Stockton and Darlington Railway
Colin Alexander [18/02/2014]


Sheriffhall [2nd]: On the left is the view south from the A6106 at Melville Gate along the Waverley trackbed on 18 February. On the right is the view west from the same bridge with the trackbed in the foreground. Note the second arch further west on the original Edinburgh and Dalkeith alignment. [See image 46447] [Ref query 2870]

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bill Roberton [18/02/2014]


NRM Shildon: VIP lineup in the yard at NRM Shildon on 18 February 2014.

National Railway Museum
Colin Alexander [18/02/2014]


Haymarket: View west over Haymarket station on 18 February 2015 with the revamp now complete. About to leave platform 4 is the 1437 Edinburgh - Milngavie, while at the adjacent platform 3 is the 1240 Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh. Arriving at platform 1 in the right background is the 1351 service from Glenrothes with Thornton.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Edinburgh Park Station [Tram]: A city bound tram drops down from the E&G flyover towards the tram stop alongside Edinburgh Park station on 18 February 2015.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Plates, signs and notices: A Flying Scotsman window sicker from an HST set in the 1980s, when it still ran non-stop between Newcastle and London. I suppose that thing next to the thistle is supposed to be a wing, but it looks disturbingly like elongated fingers...

British Rail
David Panton [18/02/2015]


Edinburgh Park: The 1330 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Queen Street runs non-stop through Edinburgh Park on 18 February 2015 making for its next stop at Falkirk High. The train is about to pass below a tram crossing the flyover on its way to the airport. [See image 50421]

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Edinburgh Park Station [Tram]: An airport bound tram comes of the E&G flyover at Edinburgh Park Station on 18 February [see image 50415] and runs down towards its next stop at Edinburgh Park Central.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Haymarket: Part of the attractive concourse at Haymarket in February 2015, with the refurbished west wall of the original 1842 Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway building neatly incorporated within the new structure. [See image 6956]

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Haymarket: The front (east) entrance to Haymarket through the original 1842 E&G station frontage, photographed on the afternoon of 18 February 2015. Hard to believe it's two sides of the same building... [see image 50433]

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Gogar Tram Depot: 'Errr.. excuse me chief, there's a tram coming..!' A Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade training exercise taking place alongside Gogar Tram Depot on 18 February 2015.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Gogarburn [Tram]: A city bound Edinburgh tram slows for the Gogarburn stop on 18 February. In the middle distance just beyond the tree line is the tram depot, while Corstorphine Hill forms the backdrop. The A8 runs towards Gogar Roundabout on the right.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal: The line of trees that previously stood in the background [see image 35428] seems to have been sacrificed to build DIRFT 3. View north west on 18 February 2015 with Rugby station just off the end of the 'Northampton loop' in the left background.

Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (Network Rail)
Ken Strachan [18/02/2015]


Gogar Tram Depot: Crew change. An Edinburgh tram calls at the staff mini-platform alongside Gogar depot on 18 February 2015 for a crew change. [See image 43350]

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Haymarket: View over the spacious concourse at Haymarket on 18 February 2015 from the entrance through the original 1842 building. Ticket barriers are straight ahead and the exit to the Haymarket tram stop is off to the right. [See image 50433]

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Edinburgh Park Central [Tram]: With an afternoon mist hanging over the Pentland Hills in the background, a city bound tram runs south from Edinburgh Park Central towards the E&G flyover on 18 February 2015.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Murrayfield Stadium [Tram]: An eastbound Edinburgh tram comes off the bridge over Roseburn Street to reach the Murrayfield tram stop on 18 February 2015. At this point trams pass between Haymarket ScotRail depot and Murrayfied stadium. [See image 40638]

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [18/02/2015]


Calderbank Colliery Signal Box: EMU 320303 on a Whifflet service passes the site of the former Calderbank Colliery Signal Box and junction for the colliery sidings (to the left). Even before electrification a year previously, almost no trace of either could be seen and new housing has since been built the site of the sidings. The colliery site itself became part of Calderpark Zoo, with the 224 yard Calderbank Colliery Tunnel presumed sealed during the development of the Zoo, and possibly since infilled.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [18/02/2015]


New Cumnock: The diverted Carlisle to Mossend engineers wagonload service about to run through New Cumnock station on 18 February 2016 behind GBRf 66737.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: Colas Railfreight no.60056 takes 6S36 the diverted Dalston to Grangemouth empty tanks through New Cumnock on 18 February 2016.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: GB Railfreight 66737 Lesia takes 6M49 the diverted Mossend to Carlisle engineers wagonload through New Cumnock on 18 February 2016.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: Virgin Voyager 221102 John Cabot pauses for signals at New Cumnock with the shuttle from Carlisle to Glasgow Central on 18 February 2016. Another Voyager approaches on the reverse working.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: ScotRail Sprinter 156439 pauses at New Cumnock whilst working 1L51 from Glasgow Central to Carlisle on 18 February 2016.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: Virgin Voyager 221109 about to run through New Cumnock whilst working 1Z10, the shuttle from Carlisle to Glasgow Central, on 18 February 2016.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: DRS class 66 locomotives 66304 and 66421 about to take the diverted Daventry to Mossend 'Tesco Express' container train through New Cumnock station on 18 February 2016.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: Virgin Voyager 221142 speeds through New Cumnock on 18 February 2016 with the shuttle from Glasgow Central to Carlisle. The service was put in place following the closure of Lamington Viaduct. Note the coal loading point on the right.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: The diverted 4M25 Mossend - Daventry containers running south through New Cumnock on 18 February hauled by DB Schenker 66145.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


Bare Lane: DRS 37716 hauls two nuclear flasks, and classmate 37610, towards Morecambe through Bare Lane on 18th February 2016. The former D6794 was one of a number of EE Type 3s that went to Spain on contract hire in 2004. DRS purchased it from DBS in 2013 and returned it to the main line in November 2015.

Morecambe Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: An unidentified Virgin Voyager with the diverted 1Z05 Glasgow Central to Carlisle shuttle through New Cumnock on 18 February 2016. This service operated during the WCML closure due to damage at Lamington Viaduct and called only at Kilmarnock.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: Virgin Voyager 221102 slows for signals at New Cumnock on 18 February whilst working 1Z00 the shuttle from Carlisle to Glasgow Central.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: The down platform at New Cumnock station on 18 February 2016.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: ScotRail Sprinter 156430 pauses at New Cumnock on 18 February 2016 with the 1S50 Newcastle - Glasgow Central.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


New Cumnock: GB Railfreight no 66735 takes train 6H97, the diverted Hunterston HL to Drax power station, through New Cumnock on 18 February 2016.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/02/2016]


Needsmust Depot: Locomotives at Needsmust Depot, St Kitts. No.15 has been renovated and is used for occasional maintenance trains. Two stablemates from sugar cane days lurk in the right hand shed while one of the Romanian built hydraulics is undergoing a repaint. The modern building behind is the terminal of the airport.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: A donkey finds a little shade on a section of abandoned St Kitts Railway trackbed in February 2017. This view looks south from the level crossing near Fairview, a former plantation house overlooking the west coast to the north of Basseterre. The last train on this part of the line ran around 2005.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: The northbound St Kitts Scenic Railway train passes an abandoned sugar cane transfer station, one of many on the surviving eighteen miles of line. Some remaining tracks can be seen in the immediate foreground but most of the sidings have been lifted since cane traffic ceased in 2005.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: Abandoned sugar cane wagons sitting in a former transfer station on the St Kitts Railway, as seen from a passing passenger train in February 2017. Although the tourist train passes a number of these former yards this was the only one where I saw old rolling stock.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: An abandoned Sugar Mill on St Kitts, seen from a passing train. The railway was built to connect the various plantations with a new sugar factory in Basseterre that opened in 1912 and the small mills like this were all closed although many can still be seen.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


Corstorphine Heritage Centre: The 50th anniversary of the Corstorphine branch line's closure will be on 30 December.

Corstorphine Heritage Centre
John Yellowlees [18/02/2017]


Basseterre Sugar Factory: The central sugar factory at Basseterre which was in operation between 1912 and 2005. The St Kitts Railway made a thirty mile circuit of the island and operated seasonally to bring harvested cane from the various estates to this central processing plant. Before the 21st century tourist trains sugar cane was the sole traffic on the line.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


Brock: A pair of WCRC Brush Type 4s head north along the WCML at Brock on 18 February 2017 whilst on a light engine move back to Carnforth. The photo is taken through palisade fencing near to the River Brock with the site of the old foot crossing and station this side of the rear locomotive.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2017]


La Vallee: Circle the wagons!. Looking a little like a scene from a Western film, a St Kitts Scenic Railway train sits on the La Vallee turning circle, the present limit of operations. At this point train passengers transfer to buses to return to Basseterre by road while those who have arrived on the buses return by train along the Atlantic coast.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


La Vallee: A double decked St Kitts Scenic Railway coach. The five in use are substantial vehicles, built in the USA around 2002. The lower saloon is air conditioned with loose wicker seating and tables - very colonial. The popular upper decks have longitudinal benches and are completely open apart from the canopy cover - ideal for en route photography.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: The St Kitts Scenic Railway train running north alongside the range of volcanic mountains that overlook the Atlantic Coast.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: Viaduct over a ghut (valley) on the St Kitts Railway, seen from a train that had crossed it a few moments before. There are many such unfenced structures on the east coast of the island and the train often weaves around a headland then runs up a short valley before crossing one or more of these impressive bridges and heading back to the coast.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


Needsmust Depot: Hunslet 6wDM 101hp (HE 5218/1958) seen outside the Needsmust depot of the St Kitts Scenic Railway on 18th February 2017. The loco was one of a fleet of Hunslets that operated sugar cane trains on St Kitts until withdrawn around 2002. It has since been restored and sees occasional use on maintenance trains on what is now a popular tourist railway but is not powerful enough to haul the heavy passenger services. The design similarities between No.14 and the standard gauge (Class 05) Hunslets are very noticeable.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


Needsmust Depot: Hunslet 0-6-0DH No. 15 of the St Kitts Railway (HE 9086/1982) sits in the sunshine outside Needsmust Depot, alongside the international airport. This 160hp loco is another survivor from what was once a large fleet used on sugar cane traffic until 2005 on the 30 mile line that circled the island. It has been retained/preserved by the St Kitts Scenic Railway for p/way duties.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: Rounding the northern tip of St. Kitts the Dutch island of Sint Eustasius comes into view from a train heading for La Vallee.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: A passenger train on the St Kitts Scenic Railway, running north along the east coast, swings inland round the head of one of the numerous valleys. The first vehicle behind the 0-6-0DH is a generator car that powers services on the five coaches. The truck about to pass under the viaduct is a support vehicle that shadows the train with the driver operating the level crossing barriers. 180217.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


Polmaise Junction: The stock of the Caledonian Sleeper led by Class 73/9 and Class 66 locos heads south out of Stirling past the site of the former Polmaise colliery sidings on 18th February 2017. The train was en route from Aberdeen to Polmadie Carriage Maintenance Depot.

Scottish Central Railway
Mark Dufton [18/02/2017]


La Vallee: A former level crossing in Sandy Point Town, St Kitts, immediately to the south of the La Vallee limit of rail operations. This view was taken from a bus returning rail passengers to Basseterre to complete the circular trip. The twelve mile disused section of line can be seen at various points from this road along the west coast.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


St Kitts: Former sugar cane transfer station, seen from a passing train on the St Kitts Scenic Railway. This appears to be the same location photographed in 2009 [See image 23010] and the abandoned trucks clearly haven't moved in that time. Similar sites are to be seen all along the railway but in most cases all rails and any wagons have been removed for scrap.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


La Vallee: Motor trolley at the La Vallee turning circle of the St Kitts Scenic Railway. The trolley runs ahead of the passenger train with the driver operating some of the level crossing barriers. It is sitting on the points leading to the disused west coast section of the line to Basseterre which continued south from here.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


Brock: Royal Scot class 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman approaching the site of Brock station whilst working a railtour to Carlisle on 18 February 2017.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [18/02/2017]


La Vallee: Lyd2 Faur locomotive, one of three Romanian built 450hp 0-6-0s bought by the St Kitts Railway from Poland to haul the Scenic Railway passenger trains, stands on La Vallee loop at the northern limit of services. The line originally continued down the west coast to form a loop but that section has not carried trains since 2005. Note - Lyd2 designation: L=narrow gauge, y=3 axles, d=diesel power and 2=hydraulic transmission.

St Kitts Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/02/2017]


Gorebridge: The 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank passing new housing to the south of Gorebridge, shortly after leaving the station on 18 February 2018. Another significant housing development is underway off to right between the railway and the A7. The train will shortly pass below a footbridge constructed during the Borders Railway project as part of this planned expansion [see image 54218].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/02/2018]


Newark North Gate: A London bound Hull Trains Class 180 diesel unit passes Newark Northgate on 18 February 2018.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
John McIntyre [18/02/2018]


Gorebridge: The 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank pulls away from the well gritted platform at Gorebridge on a chilly 18 February 2018. The Sunday morning service is formed by ScotRail 170477.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/02/2018]


Newark Castle: An EMT service to Nottingham has just departed Newark Castle station as it passes the signalbox and LC on 18 February 2018.

Nottingham to Lincoln Branch (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [18/02/2018]


Newark Castle: An EMT Class 156 calls at Newark Castle whilst enroute to Nottingham on 18 February 2018.

Nottingham to Lincoln Branch (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [18/02/2018]


Newark North Gate: A northbound service to Leeds with a VTEC Class 91 arrives at Newark Northgate on 18 February 2018.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
John McIntyre [18/02/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1842Edinburgh and Glasgow RailwayQueen Street Station, Glasgow, opened (originally called Dundas Street) (Date also given as the 21rst)

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2005Coffee offer hasn^t helped daily grind [Scotsman]AS IT is revealed that rail delays are getting worse despite promises of better service, hardened commuter Sandra Dick despairs of ever arriving at work on time.
2008Forth Bridge painting set to end [BBC News Article]The process of painting the iconic Forth Rail Bridge will end in four years^ time, it is announced.
2010On track? [BBC News Item]Mixed response to tourism claims over Borders rail route
2010Belgium train crash investigation continues [Press TV]]Belgian rescue workers continue to search the wreckage of two commuter trains that crashed outside the capital Brussels and claimed the lives of 18.
2010Calls for high speed rail links to benefit whole of UK [The Scotsman]THE HEAD of a coalition of cities including Edinburgh which is campaigning for high-speed rail links has called for assurances that any proposed network would benefit the whole of the UK.
2010Strike ^will not affect trains^ [BBC News Article]Rail bosses claim they will be able to operate at least ^nine out of 10^ trains when staff strike in Scotland on Saturday.
2011Tanfield Railway celebrates 40 years in volunteering [BBC]The world^s oldest railway, Tanfield Railway in Gateshead, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its volunteers
2012Linlithgow ^first station in the world to be photographed^ [Railscot]A new information panel has been installed at Linlithgow Station to commemorate its claim to be the first station in the world to have been photographed. The photograph in question was taken in 1845 by David Octavius Hill, who pioneered many aspects of the art form in collaboration with the engineer and photographer Robert Adamson. It is believed that Hill took the photograph of Linlithgow Station three years after it opened, as the basis for a painting. Almost 170 years later, the image he captured remains recognisable, with St Michael^s Parish Church prominent in the background. It is reproduced in the new Linlithgow Heritage Trail information panel, by permission of the National Gallery of Scotland. The panel also celebrates more recent additions to the station. These include Mary Louise Colouris’ mural of the annual Marches procession, an impressive display of flower tiles made by local schoolchildren, and three banners produced by embroiderers from St Michael’s Parish Church. The panel has been developed jointly by Linlithgow Civic Trust, Pride & Passion Linlithgow and Linlithgow Heritage Trust, with support from ScotRail, the train operator, and West Lothian Council. John Aitken, chairman of the Linlithgow Civic Trust, said: “Since Victorian times the Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line has been – and continues to be – of prime importance in Linlithgow^s development. “We are delighted that this panel, part of Linlithgow Heritage Trail, highlights the station^s rightful place in history. John Yellowlees, ScotRail external relations manager, said: “We were pleased to support this venture as part of our support for the Civic Trust’s “Burgh Beautiful” campaign. “That campaign includes ‘adopting’ Linlithgow Station, with volunteers planting and maintaining beautiful barrels of flowers on both platforms.”
2012Network Rail closes first Scottish level crossing this century [Rail.co]Network Rail has officially marked the closure of Inchyra level crossing in Perthshire – the first Scottish public crossing to close this century. The automatic half-barrier crossing has been removed from the network after Perth and Kinross Council and Network Rail worked together to create a new link road to divert traffic away from the railway.
2013Spoil heap continues to move onto Doncaster railway line [The Star]An aerial view shows the moving spoil heap at Hatfield Colliery, which is engulfing the Doncaster to Thorne railway line. A spokesman for Network Rail said the tip had slowed down at the weekend but was still moving. Network Rail’s helicopter went up again at the weekend to assess how far the spoil heap has moved. Passengers have been warned there is no prospect of train services resuming for at least two months.
2015Serco signs GB Railfreight to run Scots sleeper services [BBC News]Rail sleeper services between Scotland and London are to be handled by a freight specialist firm as part of the new franchise. GB Railfreight has been signed up by Serco to provide locomotives and drivers when it takes over the Caledonian Sleeper service from April. The trains run between London Euston and five Scottish destinations. The contract, to run in both directions six nights a week, is worth around £100m spread over 15 years.
2015Victoria Station transformation nears completion [MEN]ONE look at the Victoria Station building site and it’s clear to see its engineers have reached the final furlong. The sound of drilling and hammering fills the air, hard-hatted staff walk with purpose and a look to the roof reveals fitters on abseiling ropes. There are currently around 200 workers on site at any one time - on shifts spanning all day and night. After five years of industry, this is a crucial stage of the transformation, especially for Metrolink. From 5.30am on Wednesday passengers from Bury and Rochdale will be able to alight at the Victoria Metrolink stop - for the first time in a year. And from February 21 , services through Victoria to Shudehill, Market Street and beyond, are expected to resume. By Monday, it will become fully operational again. [From Mark Bartlett]
2016Flying Scotsman to ^fly^ again after 10 year restoration [BBC News]It has been a decade in the making but the final touches have been made to the Flying Scotsman locomotive. The last time the public saw the famous train it was painted black. It has now been restored to its original green, ready for its inaugural run down the East Coast mainline next week. Shirley Henry reports.
2016North {of England} and Scotland join forces on transport [Northern Echo]THE North-East [of England] and Scotland have signed a deal aimed at improving transport across the border. Scottish Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown travelled to Newcastle to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on improving the transport network across Scotland and the north [of England].
2016How much for a private rail carriage from Edinburgh to London? [Scotsman]VIRGIN Trains gives commuters the opportunity to ‘travel like a rock star’ by charting their own train from Scotland to London for a cool starting price of £65,000.

The ‘Red Carpet’ service from the rail company Virgin Trains is fairly extreme measure to avoid arguments over reserved seats or sitting next to chatty mobile phone users, by either booking out an entire private carriage or indeed charting a private train to their preferred destination.
2017Settle to Carlisle line on track for March reopening [RTM]Considerable progress has been made on plans to reinstate the iconic Settle to Carlisle railway ahead of its scheduled reopening next month. The railway was closed in February last year after flooding to the River Eden in Cumbria caused 500,000 tonnes of earth under the railway to slip on 31 January 2016, meaning that the tracks fell 2.5 metres below their normal level. The £23m repair work involves engineers driving two rows of high-strength piles (steel tubes filled with concrete) into the bedrock of the Eden gorge, north of Armathwaite something that engineers hope will futureproof the track in the area. [From Richard Buckby]
2018Railway chief targets Edinburgh-Glasgow in 39 minutes [Scotland on Sunday]The head of Scotlands railway wants to cut Edinburgh-Glasgow journeys to just 39 minutes as a game- changer to attract more passengers. New electric trains are due to reduce the fastest trips from 52 minutes to 42 minutes in December, but Alex Hynes is looking at ways of making them even quicker. The news came as ScotRail sources told Scotland on Sunday the delayed fleet was not now due to enter service until May a further two months later than expected.