This day in history 14 March

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Balornock: BR light Pacific 72006 Clan Mackenzie passing the coaling stage at Balornock shed on 14 March 1956 on its way to Buchanan Street with the up 'Saint Mungo'.

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [14/03/1956]


Carlisle Canal Shed: Reid N15 0-6-2T no 69174 stands in the shed yard at Carlisle Canal in the spring of 1959.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [14/03/1959]


Carlisle: The Carlisle station pilot taking a break alongside the west wall on a Saturday morning in March 1964. Duty locomotive on this occasion is Fowler 2-6-4T 42353, finally withdrawn from Kingmoor shed three months later.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [14/03/1964]


Carlisle: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45635 Tobago and a small but select looking assortment of packages awaiting the arrival of the 9.25am Crewe-Perth at Carlisle on 14 March 1964.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [14/03/1964]


Carlisle: Kingmoor shed's Ivatt 2-6-0 no 43103 stands at Carlisle platform 4 on 14 March 1964 with a Langholm train.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [14/03/1964]


Barry: An early escapee from Barry scrapyard, Manor Class no 7827 Lydham Manor awaiting removal from Barry on Saturday 14th March 1970. [Now operating on the Paigton & Dartmouth Steam Railway]

Barry Dock and Railways
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Barry: With 45699 Galatea having returned to mainline service in 2013, it seems appropriate to include this shot of it languishing in Barry scrapyard over 40 years ago. Purists may prefer the remnants of the BR lined green livery still visible, to the BR maroon which it presently carries, but otherwise it looks a sorry sight. The Merchant Navy Pacific on the right is 35009 Shaw Savill.

Barry Dock and Railways
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Bristol Bath Road: Photograph taken from the adjacent platform of Bristol Temple Meads station on 14 March 1970, showing blue liveried NBL diesel-hydraulic D6327 and green classmate D6348 on Bristol Bath Road MPD. To the left is EE 350hp shunter D3990, with an unidentified Hymek lurking in the background.

Great Western Railway
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Cardiff General: Warship class No. 831 Monarch seems a little out of place on an unfitted freight comprising mainly of loaded 16t mineral wagons which it is bringing along the up through road at Cardiff General on 14 March 1970.

South Wales Railway
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Cardiff General: Brush Type 4 D1601 pauses at Cardiff General on a gloomy afternoon in March 1970 with a loaded milk train from west Wales to London. A class 08 shunter is either attaching or detaching vehicles at the rear.

South Wales Railway
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Bristol Temple Meads: Warship class No. 845 'Sprightly' was certainly looking the part when photographed on a westbound parcels train at Bristol Temple Meads in March 1970, but would nonetheless suffer withdrawal a mere seventeen months later.

Great Western Railway
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Cardiff Central: Peak (class 45) no 89 Honourable Artillery Company at Cardiff General (renamed Cardiff Central in May 1973) shortly after arrival on train 1V61, the 07.08 Derby - Cardiff, on Saturday 14th March 1970.

South Wales Railway
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Barry: Apart from the removal of all rods, No 35005 Canadian Pacific was still in reasonably complete condition when photographed in Woodham's yard at Barry on March 14 1970. For company, it has Standard Class 5 4-6-0 No. 73096, one of the locos whose tender was sold by Woodham's for conversion to an ingot carrier at the Briton Ferry steel works. At the rear is an ex-GWR Castle, probably No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. [See image 18430]

Barry Dock and Railways
Bill Jamieson [14/03/1970]


Newcastle Central: 1V93 Edinburgh - Plymouth about to leave Newcastle Central in March 1981 behind 55022 Royal Scots Grey, with the usual crowd of admirers.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Colin Alexander [14/03/1981]


Newcastle Central: An ECML service destined for Edinburgh runs into Newcastle Central behind a class 47 locomotive in March 1981.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/1981]


Salwick: 40083 heading west through Salwick with a Euston to Blackpool service on 14 March 1981, before the station canopy was demolished. [Ref query 5203]

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [14/03/1981]


Newcastle Central: 47407 on an Edinburgh - York train entering Newcastle Central in March 1981

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/1981]


Newcastle Central: A busy Saturday morning at Newcastle Central station in March 1981 sees Deltic 55013 The Black Watch standing at platform 8 with train 1S12, the 05.50 Kings Cross -Aberdeen.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Colin Alexander [14/03/1981]


Newcastle Central: A BR InterCity 125 HST calls at Newcastle Central platform 8 in the spring of 1981 led by power car 254030.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/1981]


Weeton [Lancashire] Signal Box: Class 40 No. 40083 on a Blackpool to Euston service passes Weeton cabin, which was perched high on the cutting side to allow a view over the adjacent roadbridge. The box was switched out by this time and later demolished. View towards Singleton and Poulton-le-Fylde in March 1981. [See image 19299] for a 2008 comparison at the same spot. Map Ref SD 385338

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [14/03/1981]


Plates, signs and notices: The 'Green Trains' brand surely didn't catch the public imagination like the 'Blue Trains'.� Green ones were DMUs and had no magic automatic doors.� Before the Argyle Line and full electrification they were used on Hamilton Circle and Lanark services from Glasgow Central main line station and served the old main line platforms at Rutherglen [see image 19471].� This is part of the first page of these services from the BR Scottish Region timetable effective 7 September 1964 and is interspersed with other workings. South of Rutherglen we seem to have lost 3 stations and gained 2.

British Rail
David Panton [14/03/2005]


Braidwood: DRS 37059 with an unidentified partner heading south near Braidwood on 14 March 2006 with nuclear flasks from Hunterston PS bound for Sellafield.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [14/03/2006]


Sanquhar: Platform view south from Sanquhar on 14 March 2006 following a heavy snowfall the previous day. ScotRail 156478 has just passed below the bridge carrying St Mary's Street after restarting a Glasgow - Carlisle service.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2006]


Sanquhar: View west across the running lines at Sanquhar in the spring of 2006 showing the old station building on the down platform. Opened in 1850, the station was closed in 1965, only to reopen in 1994. (The boarded up building was subsequently restored and converted to holiday accommodation, thanks to Peter Rushton. [See image 5794])

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2006]


Sanquhar: The road approach to Sanquhar station forecourt on a chilly March day in 2006. The date displayed on the shield above the window of the boarded up station building is 1850.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2006]


Falahill Summit: Something about Falahill? A bottle of unknown origin bearing the legend Arnison Penrith and Wigton found near Falahill in 2007

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
James Young [14/03/2007]


Falahill Summit: Looking north east in March 2007 along the Waverley route approach to Falahill summit. The gradient is obvious here. All going to plan, rail traffic may once again return to run through the area.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
James Young [14/03/2007]


Falahill Summit: Looking south on the bed of the Waverley line as the formation leads to Falahill summit. Lower right can be seen an odd yellow 'plastic box' type affair with a metal disc - several of which were embedded into the ballast here. Amazingly, coach-bolts from the old line, as well as sand bins, telegraph insulators and datum 'monuments' are all lying around here - and we even came across a very old Tizer bottle - possibly quaffed by a member of railway staff many years ago.....

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
James Young [14/03/2007]


Falahill Summit: Railway beverages No 2: an old Tizer bottle found just off the solum near Falahill in 2007.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
James Young [14/03/2007]


Forteviot: A4 60009 crossing May Water heading south with a single coach.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [14/03/2007]


Perth: A4 class 60009 Union Of South Africa running around a service coach at Perth. The locomotive based at Thornton was heading to Edinburgh to run a special to Leeds. Owing to a load restriction near Dalmeny this was the only route possible.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [14/03/2007]


Perth: Busy Perth on 14 March with the 1355 to Inverness boarding in platform 4 and 170430 on the right bound for Edinburgh.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [14/03/2007]


Falahill Summit: Overbridge leading to Cowbraehill farm, between Falahill and Tynehead looking North. This 1849 structure is due for demolition as part of the Waverley line reconstruction. As of May 2009, a temporary road had been constructed to serve Cowbraehill in the interim. A new structure is due to be built here.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
James Young [14/03/2007]


Borthwick Bank Signalbox: Looking north to where the Waverley route passes near to Borthwick Castle in March 2007 as the line continues toward the summit at Falahill.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
James Young [14/03/2007]


Perth: 170 422 newly repainted in First ScotRail livery stands at Perth with an Aberdeen service on 15 March as the crews change over.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [14/03/2008]


Perth: 60009 Union of South Africa arriving at Perth tender first on the outward journey from Thornton to Edinburgh with one coach. John Cameron, the owner and driver, is cricking his neck as he looks out. Thanks for the wave John, I appreciate it, but maybe you should fit a wing mirror!

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [14/03/2008]


Greymouth: Abandoned signal box at Greymouth, New Zealand, photographed on 14 March 2008.

New Zealand Railways
Brian Smith [14/03/2008]


Perth: View of 60009 Union of South Africa running through Platform 4 at Perth on 14th March 2008.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [14/03/2008]


St Kitts: The St Kitts narrow gauge Scenic Railway, with 6 double-deck carriages using the former sugar cane plantation lines. The man in the green and white shirt is part of a trio singing traditional songs to the passengers. [Bit like the last train to Cambuslang on Sat night: Ed.]

St Kitts Railway
Brian Smith [14/03/2009]


St Kitts: Former trailers used to transport sugar cane, now lying in a disused siding alongside the St Kitts narrow gauge railway on 14 March 2009.

St Kitts Railway
Brian Smith [14/03/2009]


Burton and Holme: Sixty years after closure in 1950 Burton and Holme station still stands alongside the West Coast mainline and is now a private residence. Situated around one mile west of Burton village, and one mile south of Holme, the station was more or less in the middle of nowhere leading to its early closure. Map reference SD 522774

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2009]


Burton and Holme: Very near to Burton and Holme station [See image 22857] one of the lanes from Burton passes through this tunnel under the embankment that carries the Lancaster Canal over the valley. Although closed to traffic this stretch of canal still carries water from the Killington Lake feeder reservoir down to the open section south from Carnforth. Map Ref SD 524774.

Lancaster Canal
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2009]


Plates, signs and notices: Extract from the prospectus of the Kirkcaldy and District Railway, issued in 1889. Note the interesting teaser in red regarding potential volumes of coal traffic.

Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Ian Dinmore [14/03/2009]


Warminster: Selection of visitor attractions in the area covered by First Great Western applied to a 150 DMU photographed at Warminster on 14 March 2009.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [14/03/2009]


Cranmore: Ex-Esso Sentinel 0-4-0 Cattewater seen on the East Somerset Railway on 14 March 2009.

East Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [14/03/2009]


Westbury: 150239 departing Westbury for Bristol on 14 March 2009.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [14/03/2009]


Cranmore: Sentinel 0-6-0 awaiting attention and some TLC on the East Somerset Railway on 14 March 2009.

East Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [14/03/2009]


Hoghton: 66144 heads west towards Hoghton on 14 March 2010 with an engineers train returning from the track relaying on the WCML at Bolton-le-Sands. The train had traversed the Little North Western route from Carnforth to Settle Junction before heading back to the WCML via Hellifield, Clitheroe and Blackburn.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [14/03/2010]


Haltwhistle: West of Haltwhistle station, to the right of the Alston branch, is the trackbed of a long curved headshunt running at a lower level [see image 37538]. The track itself is long gone but, bizarrely, the buffer stop remained in March 2010.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Sally Strachan [14/03/2010]


Bamber Bridge: 67006 on the rear of a Northern Belle charter heading east through Bamber Bridge towards Blackburn on 14 March 2010. The train was routed via Hellifield to Carnforth before making it's way south along the WCML via Lancaster and Preston to Liverpool.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [14/03/2010]


Bathgate: Looking east through the gate into ScotRail's new Bathgate depot on Sunday morning 14 March 2010. The photograph shows part of the main building, yard and parking area with the cleaning and stabling sidings in the background to the south of the new station.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2010]


Bathgate: Work underway on the new Bathgate station on Sunday 14 March 2010. View is south from the A89 Edinburgh Road looking across the north side of the former yard.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2010]


Haydon Bridge: Haydon Bridge station in March 2010. The new barriers don't look as nice as the old gates [see image 9392] but the signal box is still in fine form; and manned on a Sunday.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Ken Strachan [14/03/2010]


Bathgate Upper: Track laid west from Bathgate looking towards Armadale on 14 March 2010. The current single line Bathgate terminus is off to the right.

Longridge to Bathgate (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
John Furnevel [14/03/2010]


Haltwhistle: A Carlisle to Hexham service approaching Haltwhistle station on the morning of 14 March 2010.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
John Steven [14/03/2010]


Bathgate Upper: View east from the temporary level crossing at Bathgate towards the new station on Sunday 14 March 2010. The line into the current Bathgate terminus runs along this side of the large silver shed on the left.

Longridge to Bathgate (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
John Furnevel [14/03/2010]


Bamber Bridge: The early afternoon Blackpool South to Colne service passes the CE sidings at Bamber Bridge on 14 March 2010 in the hands of 142051. The former direct line to Preston via Todd Lane ran off to the right behind the unit.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [14/03/2010]


Bathgate LMD: Entrance to the new First ScotRail depot at Bathgate on 14 March 2010. Looking east towards Edinburgh with the main line on the left. The lift towers and footbridge of the under-construction Bathgate station can be seen in in the background.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2010]


Hoghton: The mid afternoon service from Colne to Blackpool South approaches the AHB level crossing at Hoghton on 14 March 2010. In the background the bridge carries the A675 from Preston to Blackburn road. Until 2009 there were facing and trailing emergency crossovers at this point, however track rationalisation has taken place and it has been plain lined in both directions.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [14/03/2010]


Preston: An arrival from Manchester Airport about to run into Preston station on 14 March 2011. The train will divide here, with the front unit going on to Blackpool and the rear heading for Windermere.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [14/03/2011]


Preston: A Network Rail test train with 97302 leading and 97303 on the rear crosses North Union bridge on the southern approach to Preston on 14 March 2011. The train was operating from Derby to Oxenholme and was scheduled to be in the North West for a few days, covering various lines.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [14/03/2011]


Carmarthen: 175009 lays over at Carmarthan on 14 March after arriving as the 11.30 from Manchester Piccadilly. Meantime 153323 stands further along the platform with the 15.09 Pembroke Dock to Swansea service.

Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Ferryside: Block Section Apparatus Shelf in Ferryside signal box for block section to Carmarthen Junction on left and Kidwelly on right.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Ferryside: View under the station footbridge from the signal box walkway as 158835 approaches Ferryside station level crossing at speed on 14 March 2012. The train is the 10.30 ex-Manchester Piccadilly, with 80 minutes remaining of its 6 hour journey to Milford Haven.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Gowerton: A pre station rebuilding view at Gowerton in March 2012 with the abandoned former up platform seen across the singled bi-directional track serving the near platform. Since then the far platform has been rebuilt, the up track relaid, and a DDA compliant footbridge erected to serve both platforms. [See image 49027]

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Carmarthen: The truncated former main line to Aberystwyth in March 2012 ends by the overbridge just beyond the north end of Carmarthen Station.

Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Kidwelly: The Kidwelly signal box combined circuit diagram and operating panel in March 2012. The moribund Gwendraeth Valley line, sidings and connection from the down line are at the upper centre of the panel.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Ferryside: Ferryside signal box interior showing the bulk of levers out of use in March 2012. [See image 28179]

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Gowerton: View west at Gowerton station in March 2012 showing the disused upside platform and trackbed that are planned to be brought back into use by 2014 as part of the re-doubling of track through to Llanelli.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Gowerton: Bridge abutments at the west end of Gowerton Station in March 2012. The bridge that stood here carried the Llanelly Railway & Dock Company's Swansea Extension line, that ran from Pontarddulais, on their line to Craven Arms, and Swansea Victoria station at the south west side of town.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2012]


Ayr: Artist Andrea Keys with her painted window at Ayr Station on 14 March 2013.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
John Yellowlees [14/03/2013]


Strathcarron: A Kyle to Inverness Sprinter service approaching Strathcarron on a wet and overcast 14 March 2013.

Dingwall and Skye Railway
Brian Smith [14/03/2013]


Oxheys: Freightliner 66520 heads north passed Oxheys Loop with empty coal wagons to Killoch from Fiddler's Ferry Power Station on 14 March 2013. In the loop are a number of single and double deck car carriers which had been removed from the 6O15 Mossend to Eastleigh freight in the early hours of 13 March.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [14/03/2013]


Shrewsbury: 158835 stands at Shrewsbury on 14 March with the 11.33 Arriva Trains Wales ex-Cambrian Coast 6 car limited stop service to Birmingham International. Alongside is 170633, which will follow as the 11.47 London Midland all stations service to Birmingham New Street.

Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway
David Pesterfield [14/03/2013]


Preston South Junction: Over the top. DBS 60024 and 13 loaded bitumen tankers take the steep descent towards Preston Docks on 14 March. This view is from the south end of Platform 3 at Preston station.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2014]


Oskova Washery: 0-8-2 No. 83159 at Oskova washery on the morning of 14th March 2014. The separation plant was down for maintenance at this point so not a loaded train being emptied - a team of men was engaged with picks, shovels etc. in dislodging all the caked coal dust from the bottom of the hopper wagons and shovelling it into the unloading bunkers, under cover to the left.

Banovici Coal Railway
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Preston: 24th March 2014 saw the reopening of Holme Tunnel near Burnley after a four month closure for extensive reconstruction. The resumption of services on the Copy Pit line allowed the Preston Dock bitumen trains to revert to that route rather than travelling via Manchester Victoria as they have since November. One of the last trains to have taken the extended route arrives in Preston on a misty morning behind DBS 60024 and is seen joining the Ribble Branch to the docks.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2014]


Lancaster: Although the new TPE 350 EMUs are now working alternately with the diesel units on the Manchester-Scotland services the crew training ECS runs between Preston and Carlisle continue. 350404, like all the units still unbranded, heads north passing Lancaster on the through lines at 0740 on 14 March.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2014]


Banovici: In addition to three B-B diesel hydraulics of class 740, the Banovici coal railway possesses three 4w shunters of class 720, which are employed at the loading point at Turija and here at the works in Banovici. On 14 March no. 720 003 emerges from the works yard with two hopper wagons which have been receiving attention. The main part of the works seems to handle wagons and steam overhauls, while the tall building behind the loco deals with maintenance of the diesel fleet.

Banovici Coal Railway
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Oskova: The smoke plume being produced by 83-159 at Oskova on 14 March is more indicative of the poor quality brown coal being burnt than of it having to make an all-out effort. Maximum speed (about 4mph) has probably already been reached!

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Oskova: With the sun going down, former JZ 0-8-2 No. 83 159 sets off from the yard at Oskova on 14 March for the short trip to the washery. The trains here typically comprise of fifteen wagons containing about 350t of 'coal' - some of it seems to contain a fair proportion of rock so the amount of real coal that comes out of the other end of the washery will be considerably less!

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Oskova: Above: Perhaps the most interesting wagon in Oskova yard on 14 March 2014 was this dumped (?) 8-axle well wagon - quite a monster for 760mm gauge!
Below: At one time there would have been hundreds of wooden-bodied bogie vans of similar design in use on the narrow gauge railways of Europe. This one serves the p-way gang on the Banovici Coal Railway and had been out on the line earlier that day.

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Oskova: 740 107 sets off from Oskova with empties for the loading point at Turija on 14 March 2014. The wagons have just been unloaded at the washery, which is also served by extensive standard gauge sidings at a much lower level down on the left. On the previous Sunday I had enjoyed a cab ride on this loco.

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Oskova: While 83-159 busies itself along at the washery, B-B DH No. 740-113 basks in the afternoon sunshine at Oskova Yard on 14 March waiting for unloading to be completed, after which it will take the empties back to the loading point at Turija.

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Chilvers Coton: Coton Arches are a well known local landmark, just North of the former Chilvers Coton suburban station [see image 26106]. The viaduct is nearing the end of a 10-week programme of refurbishment; 70020 is seen inspecting the works on a Northbound Freightliner - the first wagon being empty.

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [14/03/2014]


Oskova: A sunny afternoon on 14th March 2014 sees 83-159 getting to grips with fifteen loaded coal wagons, which it only has to drag about a quarter of a mile between Oskova Yard and the washery.

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Oskova: When viewed from the rear, the massive bulk of French built 0-8-0T No. 144R03, seen here dumped at Oskova, Bosnia on 14th March 2014, seems more reminiscent of some Edwardian era British tanks - for example the LSWR 4-8-0Ts of class G16 - and it comes as something of a surprise to find it was built as late as 1954.

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Oskova: 83159 takes water from a hydrant at Oskova between trips to the washery on 14th March 2014. This was only put in about two years ago but the traditional water column (just out of shot on the left) has been left in place and is easier to use. However it is often blocked by rakes of loaded wagons waiting to be taken to the washery, resulting in resort having to be made to the hydrant.

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Tomatin: The Network Rail Test Train near Tomatin on its way to Carrbridge on Friday 14 March. In the lead is DRS 37605 with 37667 bringing up the rear.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [14/03/2014]


Oskova: Another standard gauge loco dumped at Oskova (since 2002) is chunky 0-8-0T no 144R03, built by the French firm of Fives-Lille (works number 5234/1954). The high-level narrow gauge yard is more obvious from this angle - the bus on the extreme left indicates the afternoon shift change.

RMUB
Bill Jamieson [14/03/2014]


Dalston: Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman about to run south through Dalston on 14 March 2015 with the returning 'Cumbrian Coast Express', as a Carlisle bound DMU prepares to depart from platform 2.

Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Brian Smith [14/03/2015]


Dalston: The southbound 'Cumbrian Coast Express' passes through Dalston on 14 March behind Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman.

Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Brian Smith [14/03/2015]


Gothenburg: Road-rage tram? Gothenburg 14 March 2015.

GS
Colin Miller [14/03/2015]


Gothenburg: A calm-looking double unit tram in Gothenburg on 14 March 2015. It has not had to go through the major junction where all the traffic aggro gets them Angered. [See image 50729]

GS
Colin Miller [14/03/2015]


Kincardine: DBS 66037 nears Kincardine level crossing with coal from Hunterston to Longannet Power Station.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [14/03/2016]


Cowlairs Incline: A Glasgow Queen Street to Falkirk Grahamston service on the crossover approaching Cowlairs South Junction passes under Fountainwell bridge which is due to be demolished shortly (March 2016.) Photographed from Sighthill cemetery grounds.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [14/03/2016]


St Rollox: Looking east along the route of the former line from Buchanan Street Station. Costco is behind the bushes on the left and the Tesco Extra (built on the site of the St. Rollox Works) is on the right. The railway was in a cutting at this point and a slight dip remains marking the route.

Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
Colin McDonald [14/03/2016]


Huyton: Northern Electric 319363 leaves Huyton heading for Lime Street on a service from Warrington Bank Quay. The next stop at Roby, a very short distance away, can also be seen. Huyton has changed significantly in just a few years with electrification and additional tracks. [See image 40738] for a similar view in 2012.

Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


St Rollox: View west along the route of the former Garnkirk Extension to Buchanan Street Station. The line curved to the left though Sighthill after passing under what is now Springburn Road.

Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
Colin McDonald [14/03/2016]


Moy: On a bright, early Spring, morning, Colas Class 60 No.60021 has just left the passing loop at Moy, heading for Inverness, with the Oxwellmains Lafarge - Inverness Lafarge cement tanks.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [14/03/2016]


Preston: Newly out of the paint shop, a very shiny 37402 has lost its DRS Compass livery in favour of Large Logo blue livery, complete with West Highland Terrier logos. The Class 37, named Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2013, is seen at Preston with the 1004hrs Preston to Barrow-in-Furness on 14th March 2016.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


Bilston Glen Viaduct: Standing below Bilston Glen Viaduct on 14 March 2016 looking north across the deep valley of the Bilston Burn towards Loanhead [see image 16772].

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2016]


Longannet Power Station: DBS 66037 skirts the Forth with empties with the doomed power station in the background. During the final three weeks of March trains may run daily, although timetabling is not be reliable.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [14/03/2016]


Smithy Bridge: Smithy Bridge level crossing sees 158904 hurry through on a Leeds to Manchester Victoria service on 14th March 2016. The signal box that previously controlled the level crossing closed in 2014 and was only recently demolished.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


Bilston Glen Viaduct: View towards Loanhead from the south end of Bilston Glen Viaduct on 14 March 2016. The twin bearings supporting the south end of the structure stand on their concrete plinth, with the girders of the 135m span fading into the haze. [See image 33123]

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2016]


Roslin: After leaving Roslin station the EL&R passed below the B7006, which carried the village's Main Street over the formation. Passenger services on the branch ceased in 1933 although freight operations continued for many years, including links to Roslin Colliery and brickworks located beyond the bridge. The line was cut back to Bilston Glen Colliery in 1966. Since closure the old bridge has been the subject of major 'modifications', presumably for strengthening purposes. View south west towards Glencorse on 14 March 2016, with housing now occupying the site of Roslin station behind the camera.[See image 37619]

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2016]


Loanhead: Northbound from Roslin along the trackbed of EL&R approaching Loanhead on 14 March 2016. The line dropped down here to pass below the town centre at the crossroads of the B702 and A768. View is north east, showing the substantial 'enhanced road bridge', with Loanhead station standing 100m beyond [see image 5708]. The last rail traffic used the route in 1991, when coal stocks were being cleared from the closed Bilston Glen Colliery.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2016]


Preston: A 16 wheel (4 bogie) MOD wagon trundles north through Preston station behind DRS 66424 on 14th March 2016.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


St Rollox Works: An original support column from the St Rollox Caledonian Railway Works survives at the north east corner of the Tesco supermarket which has been built on the site. The plaque (insert) is actually mounted at the bottom of the column.

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [14/03/2016]


Loanhead: After leaving Loanhead station and passing below the crossroads in Loanhead town centre the EL&R climbed sharply towards Roslin. This scene on 14 March 2016, more than 25 years after the last train ran on the surviving section to Bilston Glen Colliery [see image 36126], shows the walkway that now occupies the trackbed.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2016]


Kirkham and Wesham: Northern 158901, originally a dedicated WYPTE unit, takes the sweeping curve of the Up Fast line through Kirkham station with a Blackpool to York service on 14th March 2016. The wide space between the tracks originally accommodated the station signal box and may have been intended for an additional but never built island platform.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


Burnley Manchester Road: A Manchester Victoria to Blackburn service (via the reinstated Todmorden Curve), calls at Burnley Manchester Road on 14th March 2016. Closed originally in 1961, the station was reopened in 1986 but the new station building was only constructed in 2015.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


Huyton: Northern Electric 319377 departs from the restored Platform 3 at Huyton on 14th March 2016 with a stopping service from Lime Street to Wigan. In the foreground the line through Platform 4 comes to an abrupt halt but will eventually be connected.

Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


Dalmally: Icelandic knitters take train to Dalmally!

Callander and Oban Railway
John Yellowlees [14/03/2016]


Bilston Glen Colliery: After passing south through Loanhead the EL&R route veered left, before crossing the valley of the Bilston Burn on Bilston Glen Viaduct, part of which can be seen in the left background. The last train crossed the viaduct (from Roslin Colliery) in the 1960s with the route south closed in 1966. The flat area to the right housed some of the extensive sidings serving Bilston Glen Colliery, which ceased production in 1988. The last train from here ran in 1991, some two years after the line had been 'officially' closed. Much of the area is now an industrial estate. [See image 3299]

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [14/03/2016]


Hall Royd Junction: Grab shot from a Pacer negotiating the new Todmorden Curve and about to climb to Copy Pit summit on its way to Burnley and Blackburn from Manchester Victoria. The chord was relaid and opened to trains in May 2015 after a long campaign by East Lancashire local authorities. [See image 46768]

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


Smithy Bridge: Smithy Bridge station was closed from 1960 until reopened by GMPTE in 1985. With the reintroduced services from Burnley complementing those on the Calder Valley route it now enjoys a roughly half hourly service of trains to and from Manchester. 156424 calls on a stopping service from Leeds to Manchester Victoria in March 2016.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Mark Bartlett [14/03/2016]


Edinburgh Gateway: A look across the generously-sized ticket hall mid-morning on 14/03/2017. I'm assuming things get busier than this when commuters make their way too and from the tram stop on their way to the business district of Edinburgh Park. I hope so as there is no park and ride and little housing around here so it's really just a transfer point.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines
David Panton [14/03/2017]


Edinburgh Gateway: A 158 from Perth calls at Edinburgh Gateway on 14/03/2017. The salt on the platform is a relic of a colder day, but it was blowy here as always. As far as I can see not many people travel into Edinburgh from here as there is no park and ride, and people coming from the airport on the tram would surely stay on it.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines
David Panton [14/03/2017]


Baillieston [1st]: A class 318 EMU on a Dalmuir Whifflet service passes the site of the original Baillieston station. The houses seen top left in the background are on the site of sidings serving Calderbank Colliery which was itself accessed via a short tunnel. In the right foreground was the signal box and junction for the goods station at Baillieston.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [14/03/2017]


Braehead Viaduct: A Whifflet – Dalmuir service crossing the Bargeddie Bridge which was constructed in 2015 as part of the M8 upgrade works. The spoil has long since been dug out from under the bridge deck [see image 52188] and the carriageways are currently (March 2017) being completed and joined up with the M8 at Baillieston.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [14/03/2017]


Rosewell and Hawthornden: This Gorton Crossing is slightly easier to get to than the WHL one. It was an LC between Rosewell station (ahead) and Hawthornden Junction. Gorton Road crossed the trackbed until very recently (as it still does on Streetview, at time of writing) but there's now a new road leading to a roundabout behind me, which completely obliterates the site of the junction.

Peebles Railway
David Panton [14/03/2018]


Rosewell and Hawthornden: The site of the junction station of Rosewell, looking south on 14th March 2018. Take my word for it that both platforms survive. The literary Hawthornden Prize can pronounce the name as it will, but here the emphasis is on the last syllable as at other Scottish locations (Cardenden, Bearsden, Ferryden). Someone's got to care.

Peebles Railway
David Panton [14/03/2018]


Bonnyrigg: One of the imitation totems at Bonnyrigg station site. How does it compare with the real thing? Size and shape: excellent. Colour: excellent. Lining: excellent. Font: brave effort. Totems were a standard size (36 x 10 inches) so longer names had to have smaller lettering. Neighbouring Rosewell & Hawthornden's lettering would be considered illegible by today's standards.

Peebles Railway
David Panton [14/03/2018]


Gatwick Airport [1st]: Opened in 1935, 0.85 miles (1.37 km) south of the present station. It was originally named Tinsley Green but within a year became Gatwick Airport following the completion of the Beehive airport terminal which had a direct connection to the station. The airport was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force in 1940. In 1952 the British government decided that it would form London's second airport. The station continued in operation until 27 May 1958 when the present Gatwick Airport was completed and opened

London and Brighton Railway
Caleb Abbott [14/03/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1867Polloc and Govan RailwayAuthorisation to close and lift the line between Windmillcroft Quay and West Street. A short siding was retained at West Street.
1895Rhondda and Swansea Bay RailwayOpened to passengers to Swansea Riverside station.
1895Rhondda and Swansea Bay RailwayAberavon Seaside opened
1895Rhondda and Swansea Bay RailwayNeath Branch from Court Sart opened to a new Neath station.
1927Halls TramwayPassenger service starts between Pontypool Road and Penmaen Halt and Oakdale Halt via Penar Junction. Rhiw-Syr-Dafdd signalbox to Colliers Arms doubled.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2003Shortlist for ScotRail franchise biddersThe four companies are:

- Arriva Trains Ltd
- First Group PLC
- National Express Group PLC (Present franchise holder)
- Serco Rail/Netherlands Railways
2004Girl hurt as bus hits bridge [Scotsman]A CHILD was injured when the double-decker bus she was travelling on hit a railway bridge.
2005Borders rail link funding may hit political buffers [Scotsman]PLANS to reopen the Waverley rail line from Edinburgh to the Borders could be undermined by a bitter battle between Labour and Liberal Democrats inside the Scottish Executive.
2005Line will pay way claims rail group [Scotsman]THE backers of the Waverley rail line today insisted the reopening of the historic Edinburgh-Borders service would not be sidelined by demands that it pass a "value for money" test.
2005Waverley line will pay way, claims rail group [Scotsman]THE backers of the Waverley rail line today insisted the reopening of the historic Edinburgh-Borders service would not be sidelined by demands that it pass a "value for money" test.
2005Waverley Line plan wins backing [BBC News]The Scottish Executive pledges up to 115m towards the cost of reopening a rail link to the Borders.
2005Waverley rail link [Scottish Executive]Transport Minister confirms Executive support for rail link between Borders and Midlothian.
2005Minister to face CalMac quizzing [BBC News]Transport Minister Nicol Stephen is set to face questions over plans to put CalMac ferry routes out to tender.
2005Image search added to RAILSCOTSearching in this website will now search the image database too.
2006Rail passengers on track for strike action chaos [Scotsman]RAIL passengers are facing disruption this Friday if a planned strike by train managers goes ahead.
20072.5bn hope for improved subway [BBC News]Proposals to extend and modernise Glasgow^s subway at an estimated cost of 2.5bn are announced.
2007Glasgow Subway ^to be twice the size^ [Scotsman]GLASGOW^S 110-year-old Subway could be doubled in size, with an extension to Celtic Park, under plans due to be unveiled today.
2007Railways ^to get 1,000 carriages^ [BBC News]Ministers are expected to announce an extra 1,000 carriages for the rail network, to be introduced by 2014.
2008Kings Cross development [Railway Strategies]Work begins in earnest on the 400 million redevelopment of Kings Cross station this year. The 50 million passengers who will use Kings Cross station each year will benefit from an entirely restored, lighter and more attractive station.
2009MSPs to quiz rail share row chief [BBC News Article]A committee of MSPs is to grill former Transport Scotland finance chief Guy Houston, who resigned amid a shareholding row.
2011Kent and Sussex heritage railway extension set to reopen [BBC]A two-mile section of railway that has been closed for more than 25 years is expected to reopen later this month. [From Richard Buckby]
2012Inside the new-look King^s Cross station [BBC]The BBC^s Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott has been taking a look around the new western concourse at the redeveloped King^s Cross Station
2012Longer trains to boost Virgin Trains capacity [Rail.co]Longer trains are set to enter service with Virgin Trains in April, providing 150 extra Standard seats on some of the busiest services on the West Coast Main Line. The longer trains will initially work services on the London to Birmingham route, but as more 11-coach trains come into service they will also operate some of the busiest trains on the Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow routes.
2012^Horrible^ rail carriages blasted by MSP [STV]Rail passengers travelling between the north of Scotland and the central belt have to endure ^horrible^ carriages, according to the convener of a Holyrood committee.
2012Glasgow Airport aims to revive rail link plan [Scotsman]THE plan to connect the airport serving Glasgow with a new rail and tram link to the city centre is being revived despite the controversial cancellation of the project by the SNP government.
2014Volunteer passengers get on board for Edinburgh tram tests [BBC News]Hundreds of volunteer passengers have been getting on board Edinburgh^s trams to help check how the new system works. Operators said they wanted to carry out a number of realistic exercises to test operational and safety procedures. Test runs have also been taking place for drivers to get used to the route and flow of traffic. Edinburgh Council hopes services can be launched in May.
2014Community Railways celebrate 21st year [Railnews]THE SUN came out in West Yorkshire to help supporters of Community Railways celebrate the 21st year since the idea was first promoted in Britain. There are now well over 40 Community Rail partnerships, and passenger usage on the lines they support and promote has been rising fast. The landmark was celebrated in another way, when the founder of Community Railways in Britain Paul Salveson unveiled a plaque on the new headquarters of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships in Huddersfield. The building, close to Huddersfield station, is anything but new, having built as the support for a locomotive water supply tank in the later nineteenth century.
2014Passengers trapped in a ^runaway^ Tube train [Mail]Horrified rush-hour passengers were trapped in a runaway Tube train which ran through four stations without stopping on Friday. The Tube driver told passengers on the Southbound Northern Line train that he had lost control of the train because a new automated system had overridden his commands.
2016South Suburban rail plan gets ScotRail boss’ backing [Evening News]Proposals to run hybrid train-trams on the South Suburban rail line have received a boost from the boss of ScotRail. Managing director Phil Verster told MSPs they offered a “real practical solution” to easing pressure on the rail network. Tram-trains, which are being trialled in Yorkshire and are widely used in Europe, can run on both tram and train tracks. They could be introduced in Edinburgh under plans by Network Rail to electrify the “South Sub” to divert more freight trains from running through Waverley. The tram-trains could run into the city centre before switching to tracks on streets. Mr Verster was previously involved with the Yorkshire experiment in his last job as Network Rail’s London North East route managing director.
2016TfL blamed for £886m ^scandal^ of Tube upgrade delays [BBC News]Four Tube line upgrades will be five years late and £886m over budget after ^gross mismanagement^ by Transport for London, the London Assembly says. TfL spent £85m paying off Bombardier, the firm originally appointed for the work, whose contract was a ^disaster for London^, an assembly report said. It means District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines upgrades are not due to be complete until 2023. TfL said work was now ^well under way^ and it had taken action to cut costs. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Queen Street rail passengers warned to expect disruption [STV News]Diversions will be in place when tunnel closes for five months from Sunday [the 20th]. Rail passengers are being reminded to check how their journey will be affected by major improvement works at one of Scotland^s busiest stations. The Queen Street tunnel in Glasgow will be closed for five months from Sunday, with trains diverted to either Queen Street low level or Glasgow Central Station.
2017Preston-Blackpool line upgrade underway [Rail News]Network Rail and its contractors have begun the main construction phase of a scheme to electrify the Preston and Blackpool line. Track lowering works started at Poutlon at the end of February. Once this is completed at the end of May, work will begin on the installation of over 200km of overhead catenary. The upgrade is part of the £1 billion Great North Rail Project. [From Richard Buckby]
2018Big increase in ScotRail trains missing station stops [Scotsman] The number of ScotRail trains skipping stops has rocketed by 77 per cent since last August, MPs were told today. Some 27 trains a day missed intermediate station stops between August and February, figures provided to Mid-Scotland and Fife Green MSP Mark Ruskell showed. That compares to around 15 trains a day between January and August last year, and 20 for the whole of 2017. The practice is aimed at minimising knock-on delays to other trains but has infuriated passengers left stranded. Transport minister Humza Yousaf has called for it to be minimised, especially at peak periods.