Doncaster Works: Class K1 2-6-0 no 62035 photographed outside the paint shop at Doncaster Works in February 1963.
Doncaster: Phew... what a dirty, smelly, smoky old shed this is... in fact it's almost perfect! Happy days at Doncaster in the early sixties - Pacifics on shed include A4 no 60010 Dominion of Canada and A1 no 60139 Sea Eagle.
Doncaster: An unidentified B1 approaching the north end of Doncaster station with a brake van in February 1963.
Doncaster: 60010 Dominion of Canada adds to the haze hanging over Doncaster shed on 24 February 1963. Following its withdrawal by BR in 1965 the locomotive was shipped to Canada where it became an exhibit at the Canadian Railway Museum on the outskirts of Montreal. See image []
Cowlairs Carriage Sidings: Steam heating the carriages at Cowlairs on a very dull afternoon on 24 February 1968 is Standard 2-6-4T no.80002. The loco survives and can be found today on the KWVR See image []
Renfrew: An abandoned section of old Renfrew Road, complete with tram rails, photographed looking east in February 1990. The road and tramway were rerouted further south during construction of the King George V Dock.
Bridgeton [Central]: View past Bridgeton Central signal box towards the former terminus on 24 February 1990. See image []
Bridgeton [Central]: Approach to Bridgeton Central on 24 February 1990.
Hawkhead Oil Siding: The oil sidings at Hawkhead, to the east of Paisley, in February 1990. From here aviation fuel was supplied to Glasgow Airport via a pipeline. View east towards Glasgow, with the Paisley Canal line running past on the left.
Corkerhill: Looking east over Corkerhill station in February 1990, with new platform under construction on the left and the electrified headshunt from Corkerhill depot on the right. The station reopened in July that year. The housing development stands on the site of the original 'Corkerhill railway village' see image [].
Deanside: The headshunt of the Deanside branch on 24 February 1990.
Crookston: View west over Crookston station from Crookston Road bridge on 24 February 1990 showing the fire-damaged station building. See image []
Newington [NBR]: Looking west from the main entrance to the former Newington station on the Edinburgh sub in February 2002. Concrete steps lead down to the site of the island platform.
Crawford Viaduct: A Glasgow Central - London Euston Pendolino crosses the Clyde at Crawford in February 2005, just as the winter sun breaks through the clouds.
Fenny Stratford: A Silverlink service from Bedford to Bletchley with 150129, crosses the level crossing on the approach to Fenny Stratford on 24 February 2007.
Portobello: EWS 67030 stands outside the Craigentinny depot wheel lathe shop at Portobello on 24 February 2007 awaiting attention.
Abbotsford Ferry [2nd]: A surviving bridge spanning the trackbed of the former Selkirk branch near the site of Abbotsford Ferry station. Photographed on 24 February 2007, looking south west towards Selkirk. The line had closed to all traffic in 1964.
Kirkby Stephen: A Carlisle - Leeds service departs south from Kirkby Stephen on 24 February 2008.
Cairnbulg: Site of Cairnbulg railway station, looking south-east towards St Combs. Part of the station site is now a bus-turning circle, but the trackbed can still be seen in the centre foreground, with the remains of the platform on the left . Remants of the goods loading bank can be seen at the far left. Behind the bus shelter is the former station masters house, now a private residence.
Kirkby Stephen: A southbound Sunday afternoon service on the Settle & Carlisle line, comprising a motley collection of stock, pulls into Kirkby Stephen on 24 February.
Bo^ness: Sun, smoke and steam. 55189 at Boness with a photo-charter on 24 February 2009.
South Brisbane: The gorgeous Grey Street facade of South Brisbane Railway Station. This was a terminus before the line was extended in 1978 over the Brisbane River to near Roma Street station.
Bo^ness: 55189 departs from Boness station with a mixed train on 24 February 2009. The engine is soon to be overhauled, assisted by proceeds from this photo charter.
Birkhill: In a scene reminiscent of the 1950s caley tank 55189 does a run past for a photo charter at Birkhill station.
King^s Lynn: The Network Rail observation car 'Caroline' at King's Lynn on 24 February 2010 preparing to take the branch to Middleton Towers.
Cromer: DRS 37423 calls at Cromer on route to Sheringham with a track recording train in February 2010.
Middleton Towers: Almost time for lunch... Scene on board the Network Rail track recording special en route to Middleton Towers on 24 February 2010. See image []
Middleton Towers: The track recording service at Middleton Towers on 24 February 2010 with technical staff posing for a group photograph in front of DRS 37423 and the Network Rail observation car 'Caroline'.
Middleton Towers: View from the Network Rail track recording special leaving Middleton Towers on 24 February 2010.
Stockholm Central: X2000 tilting train forming the next departure for Malmo standing at Stockholm Central on 24 February 2012.
Milton Keynes: There are sheds, and there are sheds. This ISO shipping container is suitably thief-proof when the Willen Lake miniature railway see image [] is closed.
Hoghton: 158848 approaches Hoghton between Blackburn and Preston on 24 February 2012 with a Northern service from York to Blackpool.
New York 34th Street: A lonely passenger waits at 34th Street Subway station, New York City, on 24 February 2012. Note the length of the platform and its occupying train
Milton Keynes: A master class in miniature pointwork, adjacent to Willen Lake in Milton Keynes in February 2012. Amazing what you can find by wandering about while your car is in for a recall.
Partick: A 6-car train approaching Partick station, Glasgow, on 24 February 2013.
North Queensferry: DRS 37601 leads a Network Rail test train through North Queensferry station on 24 February 2015. Sister locomotive 37610 is bringing up the rear.
Galashiels: Nearly five years on from my photograph in April 2010 see image [], in this view north from Station Brae on 24th February 2015 one building has been demolished to make way for the railway, while another's construction is steadily progressing in the shape of the new Galashiels Transport Interchange - and the single platform railway station is also taking shape. Thanks to lobbying by the Campaign for Borders Rail, the maximum waiting time for signals to allow passengers to cross the intervening A7 road will be just 30 seconds.
Paris Gare du Nord: The new order for the Picardie region services are these Alstom Regiolis EMUs, with unit 84519L seen in Gare Du Nord station on the evening of 24 February. See image []
Paris Gare du Nord: The older unit stock for services in the Picardie region of France are these double deck EMUs, with unit 446 seen stabled at Gare du Nord station late evening on 24 February. See image []
Paris Gare du Nord: Two generations of SNCF TER EMUs, operating services to the Picardie Region, stand at Gare du Nord during the early evening on 24 February 2015. Nearest the camera is new Alstom Regiolis 6 car single deck unit 84519L, whilst across platform is older Alstom built double deck unit 446.
Quainton Road: This is a site well worth visiting. Over the years, they have expanded quite well. Sheds here there and everywhere are full of historical items. The Lottery paid for a new footbridge which spans the site, the downside of that is that they must maintain at great cost the disabled lift or they will have to pay back the Lottery. Some years ago, they acquired ex Government food store buildings which have proved an asset. From what I can gather, HS2 is to pass by with inches to spare but they appear to have struck a deal whereby they can expand north through the left hand arch of the road bridge towards Grendon Jct. Our guide seemed very positive about this and I do hope it comes true for them. To run this line, the GWR 2-8-2T 7200 is being rebuilt and from my view it looked close to completion.
Arbroath: Freightliner 66509 at Arbroath on 24 February 2016 on a light engine move from Aberdeen to Mossend Yard.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Station Manager's view of the main concourse at Glasgow Queen Street a few weeks before closure of the High Level station for the Cowlairs tunnel improvement works from 20th March 2015. (Access by kind permission of the Duty Manager).
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: An idea of the platform capacities of Glasgow Queen Street High level prior to the planned exensions for EGIP can be gained from this view from 4 weeks before the closure for the Cowlairs Tunnel refurbishment. On the left at platform 6, a 6 car Class 170 DMU fits with space to spare. In the centre, plaforms 5 & 4 each host a 2 car Class 156, while on the right at platform 3, a 3 car Class 170 just fits with a 2 car DMU behind it. Platform 7 at the extreme left is slightly longer than 6 and platform 2 at the extreme right can accomodate a 6 car unit. Platform 1 is out of shot to the right and can take a 3 car train.
Arbroath: 66509 about to leave Arbroath station on 24 February 2016 on its way from Aberdeen to Mossend. [Top right are the well known directions on how to get to Carnegie Hall.]
Quainton Road: The old LNWR station building from Oxford Rewley Road, lovingly moved from its original site and rebuilt at Quainton Road. Inside are various displays of signs, adverts and other memorabilia and also a LNWR WCJS coach later used as part of the Royal Train.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: DMUs wait at (L to R) Glasgow Queen Street platforms 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Nos. 2 - 5 will be extended into the present concourse area during the station refurbishment.
Quainton Road: A general view of the preservation site at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Rd. The preservation group occupies land on both sides of the surviving BR freight line from Aylesbury, seen here running through the middle. The two parts are linked by footbridges and some of the preserved stock and the old Rewley Road station building can be seen in this view.
Quainton Road: A Sentinel-Cammel Steam Multiple Unit car from the Egyptian State Railways, preserved at Quainton Road. Note that the three car unit, which operated suburban services out of Cairo, was articulated with only four bogies for the complete set.
Quainton Road: An LNER (GCR) waiting room stands on the platform at the original GCR Quainton Road station and houses a small exhibition about the Brill Tramway. Trains for Brill departed from this platform but the rural branch closed in 1935.
Quainton Road: Peckett 0-4-0ST (works No. 2087/1948) seen at Quainton Road in February 2016. The loco carries the name Gibraltar. These nameplates were formerly carried by LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 No. 45608 see image [].
Uddingston West: View north west towards the site of Uddingston West from where the trackbed was cut during the construction of the M74 Uddingston bypass in the mid 1960s.
Uddingston West: View north west along the GBH&C trackbed just after the infilled Old Mill Road bridge. The M74 is off to the right and cuts across the solum ahead on the approach to Uddingston West.
Easter Cornton Level Crossing: This foot crossing is south of the better known LC between Stirling and Bridge of Allan. It is under threat of closure, possibly influenced by a fatality here last year. Note the plea to the despairing as seen at a number of locations open to speeding trains. Photographed 24/02/2017.
Linlithgow: The eastbound platform at Linlithgow has EGIP-ready extensions at both ends. The one at the east end (here) is particularly modest, though, I'm sure quite necessary. There is a far more substantial one on the westbound side, making the platforms of equal length.
Uddingston East: View north west at the point where the public footpath turns left off the trackbed of the GBH&C and instead runs parallel to the still operational tracks of the Clydesdale Junction Railway at Uddingston junction. Straight ahead is the point where the GBH&C crossed the tracks of Uddingston junction on a long removed bridge see image [].
Kilpatrick: East and west bound services meeting at Kilpatrick where the original GD&HR building, last used in 1988, where work will bring this back into use after conversion to an office.
Uddingston East: View north east from near Bellshill Road over a section of the trackbed which has been retained as a public footpath
Bothwell Junction: View northwest from just past the site of Bothwell Junction. The GBH&C trackbed continued along the line of the footpath (centre) and then along what is now Wilkie Road towards Uddingston East. To the right, up to the line of the fence, were sidings.
Entwistle: A Northern service with a Class 153 and 150 from Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria departs from Entwistle on 24 February 2017 to the next stop at Bromley Cross.
Uddingston East: View north west along the trackbed approaching the site of Uddingston East, which was just beyond the roundabout in the distance (itself formerly the site of a roadbridge). To the left, a school building, much modernised, survives from the days of the railway.
Uddingston East: View north west over Uddingston Junction from the point where the GBH&C trackbed ceases to be accessible until it reappears after Old Mill Road on the approach to Uddingston West.
Uddingston Junction: View north west, from the trackbed of the former Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge line, across Uddingston Junction at the point where the GBH&C crossed over the Caledonian's Edinburgh and Glasgow tracks as well as the Clydesdale Section tracks. The train passing is an Edinburgh â€“ Glasgow via Shotts DMU.
Uddingston East: Tribute is paid to its railway heritage at the play area which is now on the site of Uddingston East station. We hope that these will be the only sleepers at the goals. The line continued (centre) north west towards Uddingston West station, whose site is NOT recommended as a play area see image [].
Blackburn King Street Depot: A view north from a passing train on 24 February 2017 of the track renewal for the new Blackburn TMD which is being built on the site of the old King Street coal yard. Compare the view with 4 months earlier See image [].
Jedfoot: After leaving the terminus at Jedburgh the line ran north for a mile and a half before crossing a bridge over the Jed Water on the approach to Jedfoot station. Part of the southern abutment and several of the piers of the old bridge still survive, as seen here on 24 February 2018 looking south from the A698.
Aviemore: Aviemore station, looking towards Inverness, on 24th February 2018. The platform for the Strathspey Railway is on the far side of the island platform on the right.
Abbeyhill: Street entâ€‹â€‹rance to the trackwork compound on the site of Abbeyhill station. The sign on the left is of historical interest, and there are several like it still up at Waverley. I'm guessing that whoever was responsible for signs got his P45 before he could take any down ...
Tynehead: Winter sunshine illuminates a southbound DMU on the Borders Railway. The train is approaching the site of Tynehead station on the afternoon of 24 February 2018.
Tynehead: Approaching Tynehead from the north on Saturday 24 February 2018 is the ScotRail 1325 ex-Waverley bound for Tweedbank. The train has just crossed the Tyne Water and is approximately half a mile from the the junction with the next single line section.
Jedfoot: The site of Jedfoot station in February 2018, looking along the trackbed of the Jedburgh branch towards the former junction at Roxburgh, five miles to the north. On the left is the Jed Water, with the remains of the overgrown wooden-faced plaform to the right. The goods yard stood beyond this on the east side of the station - see [].
Tynehead: A 4-car 158 set has just run north through the junction onto the double track section at Tynehead on 24 February 2018. The train is the 1328 Tweedbank - Edinburgh.
Emneth: Emneth station on the former line from Wisbech to Magdalen Road viewed westwards along the trackbed from the level crossing on 24 February 2018. The building is now in residential use with a Mark 1 carriage in the platform with a conservatory connecting it to the house.
Tynehead Junction: A Tweedbank bound ScotRail DMU about to run south through the points at Tynehead as it climbs towards Falahill on a sunny February afternoon in 2018.
Clapham: Northern Pacer 144012 slows to call at the staggered platform at Clapham on a service from Leeds to Morecambe on 24th February 2018. From the May 2018 timetable change there will be an extra daily train each way on this line. More importantly there will be a better spread of services during the day and some much later departures from Leeds in the evening.
Watlington: A London bound Class 387 calls at Watlington on 24 February 2018, however the signalbox still bears a former name of the station, Magdalen Road which was used when this was the junction for the line to Wisbech. The up platform has been located to the north of the LC since the station was reopened in 1975 but the former station buildings which were in use up until closure in 1968 can be seen in the driver's platform mirror.
Leaderfoot Viaduct: View north west over Drygrange Old Bridge towards Leaderfoot Viaduct in February 2018.
Jedfoot: Remains of the wooden platform at Jedfoot station in February 2018, seen from the site of the level crossing looking north towards Roxburgh. The goods yard and goods platform were located on the east side of the station see image []. Opened in 1856 as Jedfoot Bridge, the name change took place in 1913. Passenger services between Jedburgh and Roxburgh were withdrawn in 1948, although the branch remained open for goods traffic until 1966. [Ref query 24 February 2018]
Leaderfoot Viaduct: View south west over the Tweed from the A68 on 24 February 2018. In the foreground is part of Drygrange Old Bridge, with the south end of Leaderfoot Viaduct standing beyond. The Eildon Hills are visible through the haze in the background.
Falahill Summit: Evening train southbound actually at Falahill. There were loops on either side and two sidings to the left until closure of the box in 1963. The railway cottage was demolished in the run up to the re-opening.
Middleton Towers: With Middleton station on the left and Middleton Towers sand loading terminal in the middle distance, this view from the level crossing is towards Dereham on 24 February 2018. A DBC operated train is being loaded with sand which later in the day departed to Warrington Arpley.
Clapham: A Northern Class 144 Pacer, possibly in its last year of service, leans on the sharp curve as it waits to depart from Clapham with a Leeds to Morecambe service in February 2018. The silver birch trees directly ahead sit on the trackbed of the old line through Ingleton to Low Gill on the WCML, which lost its local services in 1954 but only closed completely in 1966.
King^s Lynn: The station frontage at Kings Lynn on 24 February 2018. The station has been turned out in a form of British Railways livery although the shade of blue is more akin to Scottish Region rather than Eastern Region but very nicely done and with many historical photos around the concourse.
Smeeth Road: The former Smeeth Road station, located in the village of Marshland St James, Norfolk, photographed on 24 February 2018. The platform edge runs along the hedge line on the right in this view westwards from where the level crossing had been, towards Emneth. [Ref query 1 March 2018]
Glasgow Central: Old and new-ish contrasts at Glasgow Central. 380003 and a doomed 314210 stand alongside each other on 24 February 2018.
Jedfoot: The southern approach to Jedfoot station in February 2018, looking south towards Jedburgh from alongside the A698. At this point the trackbed runs parallel with the Jed Water just off to the right. The remains of Jedfoot station lie behind the camera on the north side of the road see image [].
King^s Lynn: EMU 317338 sits in the middle road at Kings Lynn in the cold February sunshine. 24th February 2018.
Breich: EE 86638 on the first live run Westbound Mid Calder Jct to Holyton Jct on the approach to Breich Station on a beautiful sunny morning
Breich: Freightliner 86638 and 86627 pass the rebuilt Breich Station with an OHLE test train from Mossend to Midcalder Junction. (With thanks to Iain Teaz for alerting us to the first electric test trains running today).
West Calder: Freightliner 86638 and 86627 near West Calder with a returning test train from Midcalder Junction to Mossend. 24 February. (With thanks to Iain Teaz.)
Breich: A quick chase grab shot of EE 86638 on the first live Westbound test run between Mid Calder Jct and Holyton Jct just after leaving Breich Station.
Dalgety Bay: Freightliner 66512 nears Dalgety Bay with a Millerhill - Camperdown Junction ballast on 24 February 2019. 66955 was on the rear.
Lentran: A test train heading for Wick and Thurso on 24th February 2019, seen turning inland from the Beauly Firth near Lentran. The train was headed by 37409 'Lord Hinton' with 37059 on rear.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1964||Charlestown Railway||Charlestown to RNAD Crombie siding (excluded) closed to freight.|
|1969||Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway||Carriage shed at Danygraig becomes the Swansea Freightliner Terminal.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Larkhall construction begins||The Larkhall to Hamilton and Anniesland to Maryhill lines are to be re-opened. A two trains an hour service will run to Dalmuir serving new stations at Larkhall, Merryton, Chatelherault. A station at Dawsholm is planned for the Anniesland to Maryhill section. The ground was officially broken on 24/02/2004 by Transport Minister Nicol Stephen MSP.|
See the RAILSCOT | Larkhall re-opening page below for timetable details.
|2004||ScotRail Highly Commended in Rail ^Oscars^||SCOTRAIL has finished in the top four out of 30 UK passenger and freight Train Operating Companies in the annual HSBC Rail Business Awards - the industry^s ^Oscars^.|
The company was Highly Commended for its efforts during 2003 in the sixth annual competition for ^Train Operator of the Year^. Elements included the arrival of more new trains, the eighth new station since privatisation in 1997, additional services, more bus-rail integration, better security, and steady improvement in punctuality, performance, and customer satisfaction.
|2004||Runaway truck on Scottish rail track [Scotsman]||A WAGON similar to the one which killed four workers in Cumbria earlier this month sped out of control for ten miles in an incident in Scotland, Network Rail confirmed yesterday.|
|2004||Tay Bridge plaque unveiled||To mark the end of the Tay Bridge^s refurbishment a plaque has been unveiled at Riverside Drive. This was awarded by the Saltire Society to Network Rail.|
|2006||MSP calls for answers on bypass questions [Press and Journal]||23 Feb: Scottish Transport Minister Tavish Scott was yesterday accused of being in a "political pickle" over his controversial decision to add a Stonehaven spur to the Aberdeen bypass.|
|2006||ScotRail switch to new head office [Scotsman]||TRAIN operator First ScotRail has leased new premises at Atrium Court in Waterloo Street, Glasgow, to use as its new headquarters. More than 150 staff will transfer, although it|
|2009||Chaos after gas main catches fire [Evening Times]||A GAS main caught fire during a street repair on a bridge over a railway line, causing chaos for commuters|
|2010||Vintage railway memorabilia could fetch £1m [The Telegraph]||A man who saved vintage railway memorabilia from the scrapheap to amass one of the finest collections of its type is to make his family nearly £1 million when it is sold.|
|2011||Half of all rail ticket advice is wrong [Telegraph]||Passengers looking to find the cheapest ticket, either from a clerk at a station or from National Rail Enquiries, the telephone helpline, were frequently given incorrect information about how to save money. In some cases passengers could have ended up spending more than £100 more than they needed to.|
|2011||Snow and ice affected derailed Carrbridge freight train [BBC]||Snow and ice on the brakes of a locomotive and the wagons it was pulling played a part in the train derailing, investigators have said.|
|2013||Public quizzed on railway bid [The Gazette]||COMMUTERS have welcomed a campaign to reopen a railway line between Poulton and Fleetwood. Passengers at Poulton station have been interviewed to find out whether they would be in favour of such a move.|
|2014||Train built in 1966 using two jet engines is still the fastest locomotive in America [Mail]||Don Wetzel, an engineer for the New York Central Railroad, was given the task in the mid-1960s of trying to make trains safer, less expensive and faster. His solution: strap two jet engines to the roof of a locomotive and see what happens. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||Borders Railway: Price and times of services revealed [BBC News]||Transport Scotland has unveiled the times and prices of services on the Borders to Edinburgh railway which is due to reopen in 2015. It said the plans, subject to sign-off from the industry, meant passengers should be able to travel "end-to-end" for less than £10. It described the announcement as an "exciting milestone" for the project. Transport Scotland said the average fare across the line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank would be just £3.50.|
|2015||Tree damages windscreen on Inverness-Edinburgh train [BBC News]||A train travelling from Inverness to Edinburgh was struck by a tree, damaging the engine^s windscreen. The driver and passengers were unhurt in the incident which happened at about 07:30 near the Slochd Summit south of Inverness. The train, Scotrail^s 06:50 service, returned to Inverness and the line was closed until about 08:40.|
|2015||Great Western electrification scheme ^one year behind schedule^ [BBC News]||Plans to modernise railways in the Thames Valley are a year behind schedule after they proved to be ^dramatically more expensive^ than first thought. The predicted cost to transform the old Great Western route has climbed from £640m to £1.74bn, the BBC has learned. Senior industry executives have said the plans to complete the work by the end of 2016 will not be met. Network Rail said work was ^progressing well^ but schedules could change.|
|2017||Alastair Dalton: All change for the better at Scotlands most historic stations [Scotsman]||They used to be thriving community hubs, even with only relatively few trains a day. But latterly, despite being served by more trains than ever before, many of Scotlands railway stations have had as desolate an air as shut-up seafront buildings out of season. Now, their fortunes are changing once again, thanks to an inspired programme by successive operators of the ScotRail franchise and the Railway Heritage Trust. The dedicated small team involved is nearing the remarkable milestone of finding a new use for buildings at all of the dozens of listed stations across the country.|
|2020||More carriages added to CrossCountry train services to help ease overcrowding [ITV News]||Some £2.5m of Government funding will pay for CrossCountry to operate trains with more carriages.|
|2020||Bus replacement services for Aberdeen rail passengers after line floods [Evening Express]||Rail passengers travelling to and from [[Aberdeen]] should expect disruption after heavy flooding.|
|2020||Flooding sparks rail misery for passengers [Inverness Courier]||Flooding is set to cause further misery for rail passengers travelling between [[Inverness]] and [[Glasgow]], ScotRail has warned.|
|2020||HS2 train order decision delayed [RAIL]||Delays to Phase 1 opening means delay to HS2 train contract award.|
|2020||New date for Tiree ferry terminal closure [Press and Journal]||Tiree ferry terminal is likely to close on February 28 for three weeks to allow the linkspan to be replaced.|
|2020||Vehicle hits bridge in Caldercruix causing trains to reduce speed [Evening Times]||Trains are running at a reduced speed after a vehicle hit a bridge.|