This day in history 23 February

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St Enoch: St. Enoch station. Compound 4.4.0 41132 at platform 9.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [23/02/1949]


Newcastleton: In late January and early February 1963, the Waverley Route was blocked by snow between Stobs and Steele Road stations for 18 days. This scene, featuring the 4.33 pm Carlisle-Edinburgh train, is further south at Newcastleton on Saturday 23rd February, during the subsequent 25 days of single-line operation before the line was fully re-opened between Steele Road and Stobs. One month later, the publication of the Beeching Report would effectively seal the Waverley Route's fate.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: Steam and diesel hauled trains at Millerhill Up Yard reception sidings on 23rd February 1963.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: Almost a desert landscape, as a pickup van waits on 23rd February 1963 to collect railwaymen from the Hump Office at Millerhill Up Yard, which had opened in June 1962 and initially handled 2,000 wagons a day.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Riccarton Junction: The Waverley Route experienced one of the biggest challenges of its existence when the country suffered sub-zero temperatures from late December 1962 through to early March 1963. By 23rd February 1963, an 18-day snow blockage had been cleared, but only for single-track operation. Here, seen from a morning train from Edinburgh to Carlisle working 'wrong line' through Riccarton Junction, unidentified Standard Class 2 and Class 4 2-6-0s - coupled tender to tender on the Up line - take a break from snowploughing duties.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: A Class 08 breasts the hump at Millerhill Up Yard on 23rd February 1963, just eight months after this massive new marshalling facility was created to rationalise yard provision in the Edinburgh area and streamline wagonload movements in the East of Scotland.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: The photographer�s �wee black book� simply says 'Jimmy collects his container!' Photograph taken at Millerhill Yard on 23rd February 1963.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: View north at Millerhill on 23rd February 1963, with the main line to the left and the reception sidings for the Up Yard (opened eight months earlier) on the right. Newcraighall Colliery stands in the left background.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: Amid the moonscape of the new BR Millerhill marshalling yard, a mixed 'cut' of parcels and goods wagons rolls over the up hump on 23rd February 1963. At this time the yard had been officially open for approximately eight months.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Borthwick Bank Signalbox: Climbing Borthwick Bank on an Edinburgh-Carlisle train on 23rd February 1963, one of the first trains to run over the entire Waverley Route after an 18-day snow blockage of the line south of Hawick. [See image 52638].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Borthwick Bank Signalbox: All signals off at Falahill on 23rd February 1963, seen from one of the first trains to run over the entire Waverley Route after an 18-day snow blockage of the line south of Hawick.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Livingston: The brave new world of Livingston new town makes for a strange contrast with a traditional North British Railway building at the former Livingston station (closed 1948), seen here on 23rd February 1965.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall Oilworks: AB1960 of 1929, photographed at Motherwell Bridge Thermal in Uphall in February 1965. The locomotive was ex-Broxburn Oil Co in 1964 and was eventually scrapped in 1967.

Hopetoun and Uphall Oilworks Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall Oilworks: No 3 receiving attention at the Motherwell Bridge (Thermal) engineering works (the former workshops of Scottish Oils Ltd) at Uphall on 23 February 1965. The 0-4-0 locomotive (AB1960/1929) had been purchased from the Broxburn Oil Company a year earlier.

Hopetoun and Uphall Oilworks Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall: A train of new cars and lorries trundles past Uphall signal box on 23 February 1965, dwarfed by the local shale bing.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall Oil Works: Bridge carrying a mineral line across the old A8 (now A89) south towards Uphall oil works in February 1965. The rooftops of the works lie directly ahead with shale bings dominating the surroundings. The track and oilworks are long gone but the bridge over the A89 still stands, albeit with a new deck, having been modified to serve as a pedestrian footbridge. [See image 28643]

Hopetoun and Uphall Oilworks Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Wernigerode: Metre gauge 2-10-2T 99 7236 has almost surmounted the climb up from Wernigerode as it approaches the level crossing near the Gasthaus Drei Annen with the 09.42 Wernigerode - Nordhausen (DR Harzquerbahn) in February 1987.

Deutsche Bahn
Bill Jamieson [23/02/1987]


Wernigerode Westerntor: It's surely not a particularly steep climb away from the station there? The 09.42 Wernigerode Westerntor - Nordhausen train photographed on 23rd February 1987 - apparently working hard.

Deutsche Bahn
Bill Jamieson [23/02/1987]


Gorebridge: Looking north towards the remains of Gorebridge station in February 2000 [see image 51237]. The station building is obscured by foliage, while the white wall is the rear of the garage block serving Harvieston Villas, built on the site after closure and since demolished to make way for the reopened railway.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [23/02/2000]


Craiglockhart: The remains of Craiglockhart station (closed September 1962) on the Edinburgh suburban line, seen on 23 February 2002. View is south east from Colinton Road looking towards Morningside Road.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2002]


Partick: Platform view east from Partick station on a February afternoon in 2005 as a train for Milngavie approaches. Yorkhill Hospital stands in the left background.

Stobcross Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2005]


Edinburgh Waverley: View west from Waverley Bridge on 23 February 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2007]


Edinburgh Waverley: View over Waverley west end on 23 February 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2007]


Haymarket: TransPennine 158 791 leaving Haymarket on 23 February.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [23/02/2007]


Forgandenny: The 1612 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness races through Strathearn towards Perth, with the River Earn for company.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [23/02/2007]


Milton of Crathes: Volunteers of the Royal Deeside Railway making good progress re-instating the track between Milton of Crathes and Banchory on 23 February. Thanks to the recovery of track from Aberdeen Guild Street, there is almost enough track to reach their ultimate destination.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Williamson [23/02/2008]


Clydebank: 320 313 at Clydebank on 23 February with a Dalmuir service.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Drumry: Scene at Drumry on 23 February 2008 with 320 309 on an eastbound service to Airdrie.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Airbles: A train for Dalmuir via Motherwell formed by 334 013 stands at Airbles on 23 February.

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Jordanhill: 334 007 at Jordanhill on 23 February with a Dalmuir service.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Possilpark and Parkhouse: Looking back towards Glasgow Queen Street as Anniesland shuttles cross at Possilpark and Parkhouse on 23 February 2008.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Bridgeton: A service for Dalmuir via Yoker arrives at Bridgeton on 23 February formed by 318 267.

Glasgow Central Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Scotstounhill: 334 001 with a Dalmuir train at Scotstounhill on 23 February 2008.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Brisbane Roma Street: Local train on the eastern approaches to Brisbane Roma Street station. View looks to Central Station.

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Brisbane Central: Brisbane Central Railway Station dwarfed by modern tower blocks, as viewed from Ann Street. The tower was designed by English architect J. J. Clark.

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Brisbane Roma Street: 'On the Queensland Railway Lines, There are stations where one dines...' An interesting modern art sculpture in Roma Street Parkland close to Roma Street Railway Station. Unfortunately, I omitted to photograph the other surfaces so I don't know how the poem ends! [Railscot note: the parklands were formerly the extensive goods yard of Roma Street station.]

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Brisbane Roma Street: Overview of the east end of Brisbane Roma Street Station. This was originally a terminus and the lines in the foreground continue behind the camera, in a tunnel, to Central Station.

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Collessie: A Perth - Edinburgh service passing through Collessie Den on 23 February 2009 formed by unit 158725.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [23/02/2009]


Princes Street [Tram]: Between the lines... the newly constructed tram stop at 'The Mound' seen looking east along Edinburgh's Princes Street on 23 February 2010.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [23/02/2010]


Edinburgh Waverley: 322 485 arriving from North Berwick at Edinburgh Waverley on 23 February 2010.The 322s are to replaced next Spring by new class 380 units.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [23/02/2010]


Edinburgh Waverley: Saltire liveried 156 502 on arrival from Glasgow Central at Edinburgh Waverley on 23 February 2010.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [23/02/2010]


Whitby West Cliff: The imposing station at Whitby West Cliff looking south west from Station Avenue on 23 February 2010. Closed in June 1961 the building has since been converted to residential accommodation (named Beechings Mews!). The former station masters house is nearest the camera. [See image 21087]

Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2010]


Ladybank: The old wagon shops at Ladybank on 23 February 2011, photographed from a passing train on the Perth line [see image 32886].

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Yellowlees [23/02/2011]


Nuneaton: View north at Nuneaton in February 2011 as a CrossCountry service from Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street calls at the station's new east side island platform. After leaving, 170107 will then climb to cross the WCML flyover in the distance before turning west towards Birmingham.

Trent Valley Railway (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2011]


Rugby: Commuters huddle under the canopy at Rugby on a very wet morning and there are few takers for this London Midland EMU service for Euston via Northampton. The platform cleared a few minutes later however when a Euston bound Pendolino called. 350127 was on the rear of an eight car train and to its right the recently infilled north bays can be seen [see image 32862].

London and Birmingham Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2011]


Kilmarnock: DBS 66119 northbound through Kilmarnock station on 23 February 2011 with the 4S90 Drax - New Cumnock empties heading for Long Lyes.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/02/2011]


Kilmarnock: Freightliner 70004 at Kilmarnock with the 4S75 Stourton-Killoch on 23 February 2011.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/02/2011]


Barassie: 31465 on the rear of a Network Rail test train passing south through Barassie on 23 February 2011.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/02/2011]


Minster: The signalbox at Minster looking west towards the station on 23 February 2012. The photograph is taken from the middle of a triangular junction with lines running past towards Dover (left) and Ramsgate (right). There had been a number of railway staff in hi-viz clothing in the area earlier, however, at this point in time they were behind the signalbox assisting with the removal of a trespassing goose!

South Eastern and Chatham Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Morecambe Promenade: The old station concourse at Morecambe Promenade, now known as The Platform, showing the stage that now occupies this area. The seating had been cleared away for the floor to be treated. The front section of the building, just visible through the skylights, is now the Tourist Information Centre and the concourse is used for events and concerts. A far cry from the days of excursions and electric trains to Lancaster but at least the building is still with us and cared for. [See image 37571] for the same scene in the 1980s.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2012]


Sturry: A Southeastern service from Ramsgate to London Charing Cross via Ashford passes the down platform and signalbox at Sturry, near Canterbury, on 23 February 2012. The train is about to call at the up platform on this side of the level crossing.

South Eastern Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Sturry: A Southeastern Class 395 heads south west through Sturry in Kent with a Ramsgate - St Pancras high speed service on 23 February 2012.

South Eastern Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Minster: Two Southeastern services call at Minster on 23 February 2012. On the left is a late running train from Ashford heading for Ramsgate and on the right a Ramsgate - London Charing Cross service.

South Eastern Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Helsinki: A Valmet Nr tram passes along Mannerheimintie at the Finlandia Hall in February 2012. This one has had an additional low-floor centre section inserted [see image 35154 for a non-modified version].

Helsingin Kaupungin Liikennelaitos (HKL)
Colin Miller [23/02/2012]


Minster: A Southeastern Class 395 Javelin emu heads towards Ramsgate on 23 February 2012 with Minster SB and station in the background.

South Eastern and Chatham Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Dess: The converted former station building at Dess, on the Deeside Line, photographed on 23 February 2014. [See image 46741]

Deeside Extension Railway
Brian Taylor [23/02/2014]


Dess: The former GNoSR Agent's house at Dess Station in 2014. The steps took the agent straight to the platform, which can still be clearly seen. Situated between Lumphanan and Aboyne on the Deeside line Dess had only a single platform, located on the up-side. The remote station saw few passengers even in its GNoSR/LNER prime.

Deeside Extension Railway
Brian Taylor [23/02/2014]


Penistone: A line of five concrete posts on the down side embankment beside the goods lines beyond the slow line island platform for the Manchester to Sheffield line part of Penistone station. Whilst a curved cable support bracket appears to be fitted at the top front, other flat supports on both front and rear faces appear to have carried lengths of wood.

Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
David Pesterfield [23/02/2016]


River Antoine Distillery: At the River Antoine Distillery on Grenada (West Indies) is a short section of track where a wagon carries crushed sugar cane from the crusher to be dumped for drying. When dry the cane is used as fuel although the crusher itself is powered by a water-wheel. Unlike Scottish distilleries there is no 'Excise Man' supervising the still. Editor's Note: This image was awarded first prize in the Railscot Obscure Railway of the Month competition.

Grenada
John Thorn [23/02/2016]


Kilmarnock: Great British Flowers? Coal wagons and Daffodils seen at Kilmarnock in February 2016.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
John Yellowlees [23/02/2016]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1935Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Stonehouse East Junction to Canderside Sidings closed to freight
1946Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)Strathpeffer Branch closes to passengers (Alternative date: 2 March 1946).
1963Glamorganshire CanalCardiff Corporation closes the last part of the Glamorganshire Canal^s operation; a link between the sea lock and canal basin and sidings on the South Wales Railway.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2009Tragedy on railway line [Linlithgow Gazette]TRAIN services through Linlithgow have been disrupted after a person was hit and killed by a train.
2010Historic canopy saved for railway [BBC News]The canopy at Oldham Mumps station was going to be scrapped as part of the station^s transformation into a Metrolink tram stop, but it is now going to be bought by the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), which hopes to refurbish it to install at Bury Bolton Street station.
2010Talks to avert rail strike threat [BBC News]Talks are to be held to try to end a dispute over a new rail service which has resulted in members of the RMT in Scotland striking.
2011Number of homes to be hit by high speed train noise cut [Telegraph]Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, has moved to mollify some of the critics of the scheme by pledging a series of measures to cut the impact of the line.
2012Deliver our diesel but only by road, says ScotRail [Scotsman]SCOTLANDS main train operator is seeking a new supplier to deliver 48 million litres of diesel a year by road. The 31 million ScotRail contract, involving some 1,500 tanker movements, comes despite ministers urging further reductions in the environmental impact of railways. It also contrasts starkly with Prestwick Scotlands fourth largest airport which gets all its 70m litres of fuel a year by rail from the Grangemouth refinery.
2013Borders Railway Meet the Buyer opportunity for local contractors [Borders Railway]Local contractors across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are being given the chance to meet with the main contractor for the Borders Railway, BAM. A meet the buyer event will be hosted by BAM on Wednesday 27th February at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange from 11am to 4pm.
2014It^s full steam ahead for Salmon on the Deeside Railway [STV]Anybody who has ever watched The Railway Children, Brief Encounter or Murder on the Orient Express will appreciate there is something magical about steam trains. It could be the sound of the vehicles cranking into gear, the soothing combination of humans and machinery in perfect sync or the sense of stepping back into another time, but loyal fans of the locomotives just can^t get enough.They may not be eco-friendly, or move particularly quickly. But when W H Auden wrote Night Mail, and used the rhythm of the train as the backdrop to his poem, it demonstrated why these symbols from another age still strike a chord. The volunteers who run the Deeside Railway in Aberdeenshire know this and their efforts have helped inspire a renaissance of interest in these trains in the 21st century. Now they^ve unveiled Salmon, a new locomotive that has just arrived at the Milton of Crathes station for the duration of 2014.
2015Investigation after railway worker shot with air rifle [BBC News]British Transport Police are investigating after a railway worker was shot with an air rifle in High Bonnybridge. The 48-year-old was struck in the leg while working in the Greenhill area at about 08:00 on Sunday. He attended Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment. [From Richard Buckby]
2016London^s Crossrail to be called the Elizabeth Line [BBC News]Crossrail, the new railway which will run beneath London, is to be named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen, Boris Johnson has announced. London^s mayor revealed the line^s name and purple logo as he visited Bond Street station with the monarch. Trains on the railway will travel under the centre of the city, linking parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to Essex when it opens in December 2018.
2017Buckingham group awarded £22m Worcestershire Parkway contract [RTM]Worcestershire County Council has appointed Buckingham Group to construct the new Worcestershire Parkway station, with a completion date set for Winter 2018-19. The scheme for the station, close to junction 7 on the M5, is worth £22m and construction will commence on the project in autumn. The new build will serve passengers with a single platform on the North Cotswold line and two other platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol line as it aims to address Worcesters poor accessibility to and from London as well as create easier connections to the CrossCountry network. The council has promised to deliver a fully accessible modern station building including a 500 capacity car park and easy access to onward transport routes via local bus services with a bus/rail interchange. [From Richard Buckby]
2017HS2 high speed railway on track for final approval [BBC News]The go-ahead has formally been given for the first phase of the HS2 high speed rail link between London and Birmingham. After three years of debate in parliament, royal assent has been approved.