This day in history 15 March

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West Kilbride: A northbound train entering West Kilbride on a snowy March day in 1963.

Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [15/03/1963]


West Kilbride: Snow in evidence at West Kilbride on 15 March 1963 as BR Standard class 4 no 80049 brings a Largs train under Law Brae and into the platform.

Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [15/03/1963]


Winchburgh Junction: An afternoon Glasgow Queen St to Edinburgh Waverley push-pull service recedes from the camera towards Winchburgh Tunnel having just passed through the junction there behind a pair of class 27s, of which No. 5400 was the leading loco. Thought to have been taken in April 1972.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Jamieson [15/03/1972]


Penmanshiel Tunnel: A southbound HST creeps out of Penmanshiel Tunnel on 15 March 1979, two days before the tragic tunnel collapse in which two men died. (The tunnel works were being undertaken to increase the line's loading gauge to accommodate the new generation of containers.) As the tunnel was in such a dangerous condition following the collapse, the line was subsequently rerouted and the tunnel sealed, with the men's bodies left entombed. A memorial now stands on the hillside above the tunnel. [See image 28041]

North British Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [15/03/1979]


Prestatyn: In its last month of working 40098 looks in fine fettle as it hauls container flats through Prestatyn. An opportune picture from a Crewe to Holyhead train that had stopped in the station. Withdrawn in April 1981 the loco was cut up at Swindon two years later.

Chester and Holyhead Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/1981]


Colwyn Bay: Oops - and not an orange jacket in sight. Brush Class 47, 47463, heading for Holyhead with a passenger train, creeps gingerly past a derailed brake van and coal trucks at Colwyn Bay. My records show the loco in charge of the freight was a Class 40, 40031, the former Sylvania, which was withdrawn two months later. The Class 47 lasted a further 14 years and both were dismantled in Crewe Works.

Chester and Holyhead Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/1981]


Crewe: 25245 on a Cardiff service leads a short rake of MkI stock out of Crewe and onto the Shrewsbury and Hereford - Welsh Marches - route to South Wales.

Grand Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/1981]


Holyhead: English Electric Class 40 1Co-Co1 No. 40004, one of the ten pilot scheme locos that started life on the Great Eastern main line in 1958, draws a long train out of Holyhead container depot passing the passenger station and an arriving Met-Cam DMU. 40004 continued in main line use for a further three and a half years before withdrawal in September 1984 after twenty six years service. It was cut up at Crewe two years after that.

Chester and Holyhead Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/1981]


Barnhill [P&DR]: The signal box at Barnhill, Perth, photographed on 15 March 1986.

Dundee and Perth Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/1986]


South Gosforth: A Tyne & Wear Metro unit slows for the South Gosforth stop on its way to South Shields via the city centre in 1991. The network control centre is adjacent to the northbound platform. The old North Eastern Railway footbridge is a reminder of the main line days at this station.

Newcastle Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)
Mark Bartlett [15/03/1991]


Burneside: Burneside level crossing on the Windermere Line in March 1993, looking north over Hollins Lane towards the station.

Kendal and Windermere Railway
Ian Dinmore [15/03/1993]


Fountainhall: Looking north to Fountainhall from Torquhan in 1997. Even before line clearance the trackbed here was in pretty good shape with the ballast still clearly visible. Bit of a hard surface for walking on as I recall!

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [15/03/1997]


Inverkeithing: 56075 enters Inverkeithing with a southbound coal train on 15 March 1997. Note the barrow crossing in front of the locomotive.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/1997]


Elliot Junction: Looking towards the former station at Elliot Junction in March 1999. View is over the site of the level crossing at the start of the Carmyllie branch.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
David Panton [15/03/1999]


Elliot Junction: The former station footbridge at Elliot Junction in March 1999. Access to the island platform was via steps from the now blanked off central section of the bridge. Notice the structure comprises 2 standard decks, but in different styles.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
David Panton [15/03/1999]


Longforgan: Looking south across the LC at Longforgan on 15 March 1999. The former station building stands on the left.

Dundee and Perth Railway
David Panton [15/03/1999]


Antwerp Central: La St Enoch of Antwerp Central station of the NMBS.

NMBS
Alistair MacKenzie [15/03/2003]


Burntisland: An Edinburgh bound train crossing the bridge over Burntisland High Street on 15 March 2007, shortly after leaving Burntisland station.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2007]


Burntisland [1st]: The Edinburgh and Northern 1847 terminus at Burntisland which linked with the train ferry to Granton. All doors and windows are now boarded up, March 2007.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2007]


Dalgety Bay: A northbound service leaving Dalgety Bay on 15 March 2007.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2007]


Kinghorn: Heading north around Pettycur Bay to Kinghorn.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/03/2007]


Burntisland: A southbound service leaving Burntisland in March 2007. In the background is Burntisland Harbour, part of which was used by the E&N train ferries that ran between Burntisland and Granton prior to the opening of The Forth Bridge in 1890. [See image 4002]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2007]


Dalgety Bay: A recent arrival picking up passengers at Dalgety Bay on 15 March 2007.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2007]


Picton NZ: Picton freight yard, New Zealand south island on a sunny day on 15 March 2008. The Coastal Pacific is currently undergoing repairs after the earthquake in Kaikoura but is due to reopen later this year (September 2017).

KiwiRail
Brian Smith [15/03/2008]


Salford Crescent: 150277 departs from Salford Crescent with a service to Manchester Victoria around midday on 15 March 2008.

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Railway
John McIntyre [15/03/2008]


London Road [Glasgow]: This view taken from the entrance to the former London Road goods yard in March 2008 looking towards Celtic Park stadium shows clearance works carried out in connection with Glasgow's proposed East End Regeneration route and velodrome [see image 38764].

The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Colin Harkins [15/03/2008]


Inverness: The reason why 37 248 is currently in Inverness.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
John Gray [15/03/2008]


Inverness: 67 011 stands in Millburn Yard, Inverness, on 15 March 2008 alongside 37 422.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
John Gray [15/03/2008]


Inverness: West Coast Railways 37 248 Loch Arkaig at Inverness Station on 15 March.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
John Gray [15/03/2008]


St Germains Level Crossing: Edinburgh - North Berwick train approaching St Germains level crossing on 15 March.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2008]


Invertiel: Looking towards the east coast along the trackbed of the former Kirkcaldy District Railway approaching Invertiel Viaduct on 15 March with a 170 DMU crossing the Tiel Burn. A junction once existed near this point with a spur climbing up to the right to join the main line and the route straight ahead dropping below it to reach the planned terminus at Seafield Harbour. The harbour had originally been intended as an export dock to handle coal from the various pits in the Cowdenbeath area. Unfortunately, as a result of severe damage to the works following a sustained period of bad weather, the project eventually failed.

Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/03/2008]


Leith North: A Sunday morning jogger takes the former Caledonian route heading east towards Leith Docks on 15 March 2009 and is just about to pass below Lindsay Road bridge. The 6 lines once spanned by the bridge ran to the Western Docks, Leith North Goods Depot and Leith North passenger station, while off to the right at street level beyond the wall stood the large George Street mineral depot.

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Leith North: View west from Lindsay Road bridge on 15 March 2009 along the wide trackbed of the Caledonian approach from Newhaven station running towards Leith North and the docks behind the camera. At the higher level off to the left stood the large George Street coal yard. Modern housing now occupies the site and the old yard has gone without trace, as indeed has George Street itself. The former street did however have its 15 minutes of fame, when it pretended to be an area of Glasgow as a setting for the controversial Peter McDougall play Just Another Saturday, broadcast by the BBC in 1975. To view this scene 47 years earlier [see image 26330].

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Leith North: The old Lindsay Road bridge that once spanned six tracks of the Caledonian Railway on the western approach to Leith docks, photographed on 15 March 2009. Just off to the right stood Leith North passenger station, Leith North goods and the western access to the docks themselves. The bus in the background is heading towards Granton along the realigned Lindsay Road (the old bridge is currently cordoned off) and is about to pass the Chancelot Mill, standing in the Western Harbour area of the docks in the left background.

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Niana: Scene at Niana station on the Castledare Miniature Railway in Perth, Western Australia, on 15 March 2009.

Castledare Miniature Railway
Gus Carnegie [15/03/2009]


Bonnington: Now forming part of the Water of Leith walkway, the photograph shows the 1846 station at Bonnington on the North Leith branch in March 2009. The building opposite, on the westbound platform, provided access from Bonnington Road bridge directly above the camera. Bonnington lost its passenger service as early as 1947, although the branch survived for freight traffic until 1968.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Bonnington: The trackbed through the former Bonnington station, now a walkway/cycle path, seen here on a March morning in 2009. The view is east towards North Leith, with the station building located on the other side of Bonnington Road bridge.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Newhaven: Looking west towards Granton Road from the trackbed of the former Newhaven station on 15 March 2009. The old booking office still looks over the platform remains from its lofty position on Craighall Road.

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Leith Docks: Looking south east from Leith Docks past the Victoria swing bridge towards the inner harbour on 15 March. On the left is Ocean Drive, with Rennie's Isle to the right.

Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Bonnington: View west along the platforms at Bonnington on 15 March 2009, with the two storey station building on the left providing access from Bonnington Road [See image 23037]. At one time in this view the centre of the bridge would have been bisected by the large and distinctive chimney of the old Chancelot Mill that stood in the background. This section of the North Leith branch was finally closed to freight traffic in 1968.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Bonnington: At first glance, no 94 Newhaven Road, seen here in March 2009, might appear to be a bungalow attached to a tenement block. Not so. The building formed the entrance to the Edinburgh, Leith & Newhaven Railway's 1846 station at Bonnington on the North Leith branch and is part of a two storey building linking to the platform below [see image 23036] - the tenements actually came later! Bonnington station was closed to passengers in June 1947 but the line remained open for freight for another 20 years or so.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


North Leith: On leaving North Leith, the EL&G line entered a tunnel running under Coburg Street, emerging alongside the Water of Leith and the first stop at Junction Bridge (renamed from Junction Road in 1923). The north end of the tunnel, seen here from the station site in March 2009, has been bricked up and a play area formed, with stone steps now installed to provide a link across to Coburg Street.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


North Leith: The former 1846 Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven station at North Leith, now the Citadel Youth Centre, in the midst of a revamp, seen looking west along Commercial Street on 15 March 2009. The station lost its passenger service in 1947 but the line itself remained open until 1968. [See image 1070]

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Lenzie: The 5-car 0918 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street train passing the overgrown site of Woodilee Hospital on 15 March 2009, with Lenzie station in the distance. Originally opened as The Barony Parochial Asylum in 1875, by the time it became a Glasgow Corporation Hospital in 1930 it accommodated 1,250 patients. Woodilee closed its doors for the last time in 2001.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Brian Forbes [15/03/2009]


Lenzie: The 1229 to Alloa boarding at Lenzie on 15 March 2009.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Brian Forbes [15/03/2009]


Newhaven: Looking east towards Leith North through Craighall Road bridge on 15 March 2009. Remains of Newhaven station can be seen beyond the bridge. [Ref query 19 April 2018]

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Leith Docks: View east along what was an internal dock road (now Ocean Square) running between the site of the old West & East docks (now occupied by the Holiday Inn and the large Scottish Executive building) off to the left and the rear of the former warehousing facing onto Commercial Street (now converted to residential accommodation) on the right. The imbedded rails that ran between the docksides and the various warehouses have been left in place.

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Preston Junction: Preston Junction was known as Todd Lane Junction from 1952 until closure in 1968. As a youngster I was taken from Huncoat to Todd Lane on the Accrington based Cravens DMUs many times for family visits and got to know its island platform well. After 1968 trains ran through for a further four years until full closure. It has since become the Preston Junction country park as seen in this view towards Preston from the site of the former overbridge and station entrance. Map Reference SD 553264

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2009]


Junction Bridge: The entrance to Junction Bridge station, opened by the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway in 1846 (closed 1947), is now occupied by the metal railed section of the parapet seen here on the west side of the bridge carrying Great Junction Street over the Water of Leith. The platform below the bridge [see image 22902] stood on the north bank of the river with a stairway linking it with the former street level booking office.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Junction Bridge: Standing on the site of the platform at Junction Bridge in 2009 looking towards North Leith. The station, a stones throw from North Leith terminus, opened as Junction Road in 1846. From here the line ran under the bridge on the left and through a (now filled in) tunnel below Coburg Street to emerge at North Leith terminus. (For a view of the North Leith end of the tunnel [see image 22862].) Access to the station was from a booking office on the bridge running across the picture carrying Great Junction Street (its former position on the bridge can be seen directly beyond the tree in the centre). The Water of Leith runs by on the right. Junction Bridge station closed in June 1947.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Leith Docks: The Victoria Swing Bridge, dating from 1874 and which, at one time, provided a link across the Water of Leith between the eastern and western sections of Leith Docks. The bridge originally swung open to give access to the inner harbour and the two old docks running parallel with Commercial Street. Photographed on a Sunday morning in March 2009 surrounded by the penthouses of the new Leith. Note the old rails still in place. Today the bridge provides a pedestrian link between what are now known as Ocean Drive and Rennie's Isle (opposite).

Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Newhaven: View west along the trackbed at the old Newhaven station on the Caledonian Leith North branch on 15 March 2009. The street level booking office on Craighall Road was used by a local joinery firm for many years following closure in 1962, but the building is now deserted and in a generally poor state of repair.

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Newhaven: The former booking office and entrance to Newhaven station stands abandoned on Craighall Road on 15 March 2009, some 47 years after the end of passenger services on the Leith North branch. The building had latterly been used by a local joinery business. View is south east, with Trinity Academy in the background. [See image 33904]

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [15/03/2009]


Charing Cross [GC and DR]: 320313 emerges from below the M8 at Charing Cross on 15 March with an eastbound service.† The dome of the Mitchell Library dominates the skyline.

Glasgow City and District Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2011]


Port Edgar: The old railway pier at Port Edgar looking north across the Forth in March 2011 [see image 15419].

South Queensferry Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Brian Forbes [15/03/2011]


Dumbarton Central: ScotRail units 156 474 + 156 476 forming the 12.21 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban/Fort William, photographed entering Dumbarton Central station on 15 March 2011.

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2011]


Perth: 158725 runs under St Leonard's Street Bridge and into Perth station on 15 March 2011 with a service from Edinburgh.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [15/03/2011]


Port Edgar: Rails still in place alongside the old railway pier at Port Edgar on 15 March 2011 [see image 15419].

South Queensferry Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Brian Forbes [15/03/2011]


Dumbarton Central: 334 001 on the 12.40 Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley calls at Dumbarton Central on 15 March.

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2011]


Cardiff Canton: Cardiff Canton steam era east end water tank on 15 March 2012 with an access hole cut into the west side. Freightliner 66615 had been stabled alongside from the previous day.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [15/03/2012]


Pembrey and Burry Port: A lengthy footbridge at east end of Pembrey and Burry Port station in March 2012. No doubt it once spanned various lines serving Burry Port harbour and engine shed.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [15/03/2012]


Pembrey and Burry Port: Pembrey & Burry Port station looking west. The brown wooden building beyond the footbridge is the local tourist information office and part time Arriva Trains Wales travel centre.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [15/03/2012]


Cardonald: Clockwise from bottom left are David Steele, Allan Maliska, ScotRail's Cardonald station team manager Christopher McLaren, and Janette McClumpha. [See adjacent news item]

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
ScotRail [15/03/2012]


Swindon: Scene at Longcot on the eastern edge of Swindon on 15 March with Freightliner 66567 passing on an eastbound container train.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2012]


Leadhills: Scene on the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway on 15 March 2012 showing Clyde inside the shed. [With thanks to the very helpful and friendly staff.]

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/03/2012]


Cardonald: In-Work Ltd members David Steele, from Greenock, and Janette McClumpha, from Port Glasgow, with one of the colourful new planters at Cardonald station [see news item].

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
ScotRail [15/03/2012]


Abington: Freightliner 66523 held in the loop at Abington with a southbound coal train on a murky 15 March 2012.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2012]


Swindon: A container train heading east out of Swindon passes Longcot on 15 March 2012. Locomotive is Freightliner 66594.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2012]


Leadhills: Scene on the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway on 15 March 2012. View is east past the signal box to the station.

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/03/2012]


Leadhills: Permanent way maintenance taking place at the west end of the Leadhills station on 15 March 2012.

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/03/2012]


Horrocksford Junction: DRS 57302 passes Horrocksford Junction signal box on 15 March 2013 whilst on a light engine move from Carlisle to Crewe.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
John McIntyre [15/03/2013]


Leyland: Transformation! When the new ticket office building was delivered to Leyland a month ago [see image 46371] it looked like a portacabin with a door and no windows. On 15 March 2014 it has been transformed with windows, passenger access door and a sloping roof.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [15/03/2014]


Hayes Knoll: Class 08 D3261 standing in the shed yard at Hayes Knoll on 15 March.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2014]


Hayes Knoll: Class 09 D3668 in the shed yard at Hayes Knoll on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 15 March 2014.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2014]


Doboj: Standing at Doboj station on 15th March 2014 are two Bo-Bo electrics, Nos. 441.531 and 441.059, belonging to the ZRS. They are awaiting the arrival of train number 396, the Sarajevo to Zagreb express (possibly a bit of a misnomer as it consists of only three coaches and probably never exceeds 60mph), which they will take over from a similar loco of the ZBiH (Railways of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina). 441.059 was detached at Banja Luka, leaving 441.531 to continue alone to Volinja in Croatia where the train was handed over to the HZ (Croatian Railways).

ZRS
Bill Jamieson [15/03/2014]


Blunsdon: BR Class 73 electro-diesel no E6003 Sir Herbert Walker running round at Blunsdon on 15 March.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2014]


Doboj: On a plinth outside the admin buildings of the ZRS in Doboj, northern Bosnia, is this Czech built 760mm gauge 0-10-0 numbered 1937. The choice of loco is curious as it had been built for and worked on the Steinbeisbahn, an extensive NG system in western Bosnia.

ZRS
Bill Jamieson [15/03/2014]


Bay Horse: 4464 Bittern heads north at Bay Horse with a Tyseley to Carlisle special on 15th March. Unfortunately the train was running under caution signals here due to a preceding freight and the A4's regulator was closed as it passed the assembled photographers at a very sedate pace.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2014]


Shap: Steam substitute on Shap. D1755 northbound over Shap on 15 March 2014 with the Cumbrian Ranger from Tyseley to Carlisle. The diesel had taken over from the scheduled steam locomotive 4464 Bittern at Carnforth due to 'gauging issues' with the A4. [See image 46643]

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Jim Peebles [15/03/2014]


Prijedor: Plinthed 760mm gauge 0-10-0 No. 1934 standing alongside Prijedor station in north-west Bosnia on 15 March 2014. The choice of loco is quite appropriate, as Prijedor was once the northern outpost of the former Steinbeisbahn, for which Jugoslavian Railways (JZ) ordered six of this type from Skoda in 1949.

Steinbeisbahn
Bill Jamieson [15/03/2014]


Shap: A4 4464 Bittern with support coach heading north over Shap on 15 March 2014. [See image 46651] [Editors note: The 'gauging issues' appear to concern platform clearance at Carlisle, relating to the valances fitted to 4464]

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Jim Peebles [15/03/2014]


Hayes Knoll: Class 73/0 E6003 Sir Herbert Walker running around its train at Hayes Knoll on 15 March.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2014]


Hayes Knoll: Scene in the shed yard at Hayes Knoll on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 15 March 2014. Class 09 D3668 (left) stands alongside class 08 D3261.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2014]


Leyland: LNER A4 no 4464 Bittern heads north through Leyland on 15 March with the Cumbrian Ranger tour from Tyseley to Carlisle. The A4 had taken over from 47773 at Crewe and should have worked through to Carlisle but due to reported gauging issues the tour was diesel hauled from Carnforth. [See image 46651]

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [15/03/2014]


Hayes Knoll: Metropolitan Railway E Class 0-4-4T No.1 inside the shed at Hayes Knoll on 15 March.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2014]


Llangollen: 9F 'Spaceship' 92214 displays its huge size to good effect as it backs down to the shunting neck at Llangollen after bringing in a train from Carrog during the Steel, Steam and Stars Gala 2015.

Llangollen and Corwen Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Inverkeithing East Junction: Freightliner 66550 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with spent ballast for Millerhill on 15 March.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/03/2015]


Croes Newydd North Junction: The operational signal box at Croes Newydd North Junction, just south of Wrexham General station, and an old railway cottage by the level crossing. This was where the long closed line to Brymbo left the main line and 89C Croes Newydd steam shed sat in the triangle of lines between North, South and West Junctions.

North Wales Mineral Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Coventry Arena: Looking South East over the new Coventry Arena station on 15 March with rapid progress evident. There are fence posts on the southbound platform, supports for the northbound platform and, in the foreground, a possible new pedestrian entrance. The popularity of the shopping centre can be gauged by the full car park in the background. [See image 50538],

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [15/03/2015]


Llangollen: The GWR 51xx 2-6-2Ts are not small engines but 5199 is positively dwarfed by 9F 92214 at Llangollen on 15 March 2015. The green 2-10-0 was visiting from the Great Central for the Steam, Steel and Stars Gala and the duo had just double headed a train from Carrog. [See image 48951]

Llangollen and Corwen Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Carrog: The 2015 Steam, Steel and Stars Gala brought a number of visiting locomotives to the Llangollen line. One of these was Bulleid West Country 4-6-2 34092, newly overhauled on the Worth Valley Railway and running as plain Wells ahead of its formal re-dedication as the better known City of Wells. The gleaming Pacific is seen at Carrog on 15 March after a run down the new line to Corwen.

Llangollen and Corwen Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Frosterley: Looking north-west across the River Wear towards Frosterley on 15 March 2015, showing the bridge abutment of a line that left the Wear Valley Railway and climbed up to one of the many quarries in the area.

Wear Valley Railway
John McIntyre [15/03/2015]


Festiniog: View through the old Festiniog station site towards Blaenau Ffestiniog on 15 March 2015. [Some sources show the station name as Llan Ffestiniog, others as plain Festiniog.] [Ref queries 2931 / 4434]

Festiniog and Blaenau Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Festiniog: Looking south from the site of Festiniog station at Llan Ffestiniog towards Trawsfynydd in March 2015. The line closed in 1961 but reopened for traffic to the nuclear power station in 1964. The last flask train ran in 1998 when Trawsfynydd closed but the disused tracks remain. [Ref queries 2931 / 4434]

Festiniog and Blaenau Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Stanhope: Weardale Railway diesel electric shunter HO 50, formerly NS 653 (EE 2150/1956), stabled at the west end of the platform at Stanhope on 15 March 2015.

Wearhead Extension (North Eastern Railway)
John McIntyre [15/03/2015]


Stanhope: Scene at Stanhope station on 15 March 2015, with the Class 121 railcar preparing to depart for Wolsingham with the final round trip of the day. On the left the Mk 2 coaches which had previously been used for the Polar Express, wait for their transfer south (which took place on 20 March 2015).

Wearhead Extension (North Eastern Railway)
John McIntyre [15/03/2015]


Wrexham General: Looking towards Wrexham General on 15 March from the level crossing at Croes Newydd just south of the station. The bridge parapet on the right marks the point where the short branch to Wrexham Central passes under the main line.

North Wales Mineral Railway
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Stanhope: A view east from the footbridge at Stanhope in March 2015 when the Class 121 railcar was operating a shuttle service from Wolsingham.

Wearhead Extension (North Eastern Railway)
John McIntyre [15/03/2015]


Blaenau: The southern portal of the 2 mile 333 yards Ffestiniog Tunnel in March 2015. The contrast between the rural area around the northern portal at Roman Bridge and the moonscape found when emerging here is always amazing and the train continues through the slate heaps for almost a mile to the present day station. One of Blaenau's numerous old inclined planes can be seen top left.

Blaenau Festiniog Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [15/03/2015]


Frosterley: Class 122 railcar no 55012 calls at Frosterley on 15 March 2015 on its way from Wolsingham to Stanhope with the last train of the day. The service was operated by the Weardale Railway Trust who will be running services at weekends (and some weekdays) until the end of October.

Frosterley and Stanhope Railway
John McIntyre [15/03/2015]


Gothenburg Central: A snabbtag (high speed train) for Stockholm and a pendeltag at Gothenburg Central on 15 March 2015.

Statens Jšrnvšgar
Colin Miller [15/03/2015]


Wolsingham: The Weardale Railway Trust operated their first service of 2015 on Mothering Sunday, 15 March 2015, utilising a Class 121 railcar. The service is seen here at Wolsingham with passengers boarding for the second trip to Stanhope.

Wear Valley Railway
John McIntyre [15/03/2015]


Stirling: This poster went with the announcement of the 20,000 additional seats and 200 further services made on the 15th of March (see news item). To put this in perspective, ScotRail currently runs 2,300 services a day.

(The fingers belong to Abellio UK managing director Dominic Booth, Transport Minister Derek Mackay and ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster.)

ScotRail
ScotRail [15/03/2016]


Inverkeithing: 73968 and 73967 call at Inverkeithing with the ex-Aberdeen portion of the Caledonian Sleeper on 15 March 2016.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2016]


Philpstoun: 170461 with a Dunblane train. Tree clearance and access scaffolding for electrification masts are evident.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2016]


Philpstoun: A little to the east of Philipstoun a Glasgow - Edinburgh service led by 170429 passes an access point for road-rail machinery.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [15/03/2016]


Ravenstruther: Ravenstruther coal terminal, now redundant and demolished, although trackwork remains.

Caledonian Railway
John Yellowlees [15/03/2016]


Bothwell [North British]: View south under the Blantyre Mill Road bridge and along the Bothwell Nature Trail which follows the trackbed of the former line to Hamilton. The bridge spanned the tracks for the goods station as well as the passenger station, sited behind the camera.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Craighead viaduct: View south across the Clyde from the base of the 2nd remaining pier. The stump of the central pier which collapsed unexpectedly in 2015 is just discernible breaking the surface of the water slightly right of centre near the south bank. The viaduct had 6 masonry piers, of which three were demolished in 2008.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Bothwell [North British]: The Bothwell Nature Trail following the track of the former line to Hamilton under Silverwells Crescent and heading towards Craigend Viaduct.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Those hoping for a (very brief) display of pyrotechnics when the new OHLE goes live on the 9th April are due to be disappointed as the wiring is currently being thoroughly checked prior to being energised. Cabling at all platforms is complete, with all insulators now fitted [see image 57122].

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Bothwell [North British]: View south from near Silverwells Crescent bridge along the trackbed towards the Clyde and the site of Craighead Viaduct.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Bothwell [North British]: View south from under the Silverwells Crescent bridge towards the river Clyde and the Craighead viaduct. The former railway overbridges which feature in the Bothwell Nature Trail are the best preserved examples of the infrastucture of the GBH&C railway.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Dingwall: 158708 at Dingwall forming the 14 10 Scotrail service to Inverness on 15th March 2017.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Brian Smith [15/03/2017]


Dingwall Middle Level Crossing: A Kyle of Lochalsh service crawling towards Dingwall middle crossing on 15th March 2017.

Dingwall and Skye Railway
Brian Smith [15/03/2017]


Fraserburgh Shed: The old locomotive shed at Fraserburgh in March 2017, looking north east towards the harbour from the car park of Fraserburgh leisure centre. The building is part of a wholesale fish merchants located off South Harbour Road. [See image 38317]

Formartine and Buchan Railway
Andy Furnevel [15/03/2017]


Bothwell [North British]: View north along the Bothwell Nature Trail under the Silverwells Crescent bridge. The site of Craighead Viaduct is behind the camera.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: Freightliner 70010 passes eastbound through Didcot with a container train on 15 March 2017.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: Class 08 No 604 'Phantom'. The Didcot Rly. Centre's shed shunter.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Dundee: The interim (one can hardly say temporary) entrance to Dundee station, seen from behind the ticket barriers on 15/03/2017. The building which will contain the new entrance takes shape on the eastern side, replacing the one that looks like it was made of plastic.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
David Panton [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: 66147 shunting wagons from Network Rail into the Steam Centre.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Arbroath: It's some years since long-disused goods shed was demolished, but the crane is still there and there's no evidently no call on the land for development. Things move slowly round here. The platform track was severed at it's southern end (potentially its most useful one) a long time ago.

Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
David Panton [15/03/2017]


Arbroath: The Borders Railway unit seems to follow me around (including my previous visit here last year [see image 56960]) but I suppose there are only so many 170s and I should stay in more. It is here heading for Aberdeen on 15/03/2017.

Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
David Panton [15/03/2017]


Boroughbridge [2nd]: A soon to be lost view south east from Leeming Lane of the retaining wall built to support the new Boroughbridge station, at the start of the extension of the line, running from Pilmoor, from the old station through to Knaresborough. The large house type building is the extant former station masters house for the new station. The old station site can be identified by the buildings at extreme left of view. Bridges existed across Leeming Lane and also the un-named road to Dishforth running between the two station sites. [See image 59223]

Knaresborough to Boroughbridge Line (North Eastern Railway)
David Pesterfield [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: The OLE is progressing well, heading west. Apparently the Electrics come to Didcot at night on trials etc. Not too sure what power they use, diesel or OLE. 37424 arrived from Oxford and rapidly departed west towards Swindon.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Bothwell [North British]: View north at the partly infilled site of Bothwell station. This section of the line is now designated 'Bothwell Nature Trail' and is popular with walkers.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: 66095, with stablemates, parked in the station sidings at Didcot.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Craighead viaduct: View south across the Clyde (just visible through the undergrowth) over the remaining two piers of the Viaduct from the point where the Bothwell Nature Trail ends.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: 70003 heading a Freightliner from Bristol to London.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: 66543 & 66567 double head a Freightliner north to Oxford.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Craighead viaduct: Journey's end for those following the Bothwell Nature Trail at the north approach to the former Craighead Viaduct.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


Boroughbridge [2nd]: A section of bridge abutment remains at the east side of Leeming Lane, at Boroughbridge, at the west end of the new station site, as seen in this March 2017 view. This was the first bridge crossed when leaving the station heading on the extension of the line from Pilmoor through to Knaresborough. A further bridge was sited between the old and new stations at the east end of the new station site.[See image 59161]

Knaresborough to Boroughbridge Line (North Eastern Railway)
David Pesterfield [15/03/2017]


Didcot Parkway: Freightliner 70005 on an eastbound train through Didcot in March 2017.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [15/03/2017]


Bothwell [North British]: View under the Blantyre Mill Road overbridge just south of Bothwell station. Tke tracks for the goods station ran alongside the platform lines on the other side of the support.

Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [15/03/2017]


West Calder: '... Carstairs Junction and Lanark.' This road sign near West Calder station is a neat listing of the closed stations on the Midcalder Junction to Carstairs section. Cobbinshaw is perhaps an odd choice as a road destination when the comparative metropolis of Woolfords is nearby. Cobbinshaw is an unmarked couple of houses at the end of an unsignposted lane. Good spot for reservoir fishing though, if you like that sort of thing.

Caledonian Railway
David Panton [15/03/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1859Somerset Central RailwayBranch to Wells opened
1886Glasgow City and District RailwayYorkhill to Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to High Street opened. A third rail was used for train lighting.
1886Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)College terminus closed.
1899London Extension (Great Central Railway)Line opened from Annesley North Junction to Quainton Road, and from Canfield Place to London Marylebone.
1941End of Clydebank Blitz

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Waverley set for cut-price £100m overhaul [Scotsman]WAVERLEY Station is to get a cut-price £100 million overhaul under plans set to be unveiled early next month by rail chiefs.
2004CCTV coverage of rail network [Scottish Executive]Three more stations linked to scheme designed to make railway stations safer. Stations; Dyce, Arbroath, Leuchars.
2005MPs call for rail cash guarantee [BBC News]MPs have highlighted concern over a lack of money to fund community-run rail lines
2005Cash case ^weak^ for Borders line [Scotsman]THE economic case for reopening the Borders rail line is "not the strongest", the Scottish Executive admitted yesterday even as it confirmed it would fund the lion^s share of the £151 million project.
200530mph trains face a strain to lure commuters [Scotsman]JOURNEY times of more than an hour on the proposed Borders to Edinburgh rail link may prove too long to entice motorists out of their cars, rail campaigners warned today.
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.
2007£610m airport rail link wins go-ahead despite fears on cost [Scotsman]SCOTLAND^S biggest transport project since devolution was approved by MSPs yesterday, clearing the way for the £610 million rail link to Edinburgh airport.
2007Bill for Glasgow^s underground system revamp ^could hit £5bn^ [Scotsman]PLANS to upgrade and extend the Glasgow Subway could cost up to nearly £5 billion, its operators revealed yesterday.
2007Rail strikes formally suspended [BBC News]The RMT union confirms that it has formally suspended rail strikes which were due to take place from Friday.
2010Fast train to open a year ahead of schedule [China Daily]The highly anticipated Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will begin operation next year, and is expected to cut travel time from 10 to four hours.
2012Rubber mats laid on railway at Stromeferry [BBC News]The first batch of rubber mats have been laid alongside tracks at Stromeferry in Wester Ross to allow road traffic onto the railway. Highland Council is having the material called HoldFast installed to ease travel in the area. A stretch of the A890 has been shut since December following landslides. Traffic will be allowed onto the nearby railway when there are no trains passing through and until the risk of further slides is reduced.
2012Six stations in a row for Greenock Landscape Co [Railscot]A Greenock company has Ďadoptedí its sixth ScotRail station. In-Work Ltd, which provides gardening opportunities for people recovering from mental health issues, has added Cardonald station in Glasgow to its ever-increasing portfolio. ScotRailís Adopt a Station scheme is designed to put stations at the heart of their communities. Allan Maliska, project co-ordinator for landscape contractors In-Work, said: ďThe scheme is ideal for us as it offers an opportunity to showcase the abilities of teams in a way that catches the public eye.Ē The company first Ďadoptedí Greenock Central several years ago, and has since added seasonal colour to two other Inverclyde stations - Cartsdyke and Port Glasgow. Its floral arrangements are now at Hillington East and West stations, with the latest venture at Cardonald. John Yellowlees, ScotRailís external relations manager, said: ďWe are delighted that In-Work Ltd has taken to Ďadoptingí stations with such enthusiasm and commitment.Ē
2013^Persecution of commuters^ brings record rail takings [Telegraph]Campaigners called for action to reduce the soaring cost of train travel, which went up for season ticket holders by an average of 4.2 per cent this year. In the final three months of 2012, passenger revenue in Britain rose to £1.96 billion, an increase of 8.3 per cent on the same period a year earlier and the highest quarterly figure on record. [From Mark Bartlett]
2013HS2 ruling ^a victory^ despite unlawful compensation move [BBC News]Rail minister Simon Burns said a High Court ruling into government consultations on the planned HS2 high-speed rail scheme is ^a major landmark victory^ for the project. The government won nine out of 10 points being challenged, effectively giving the ^green light^ to the project, he said. [From Mark Bartlett]
2014HS2 should be seen as the future backbone of Britain^s railway [Guardian]As MPs prepare for the second reading of the bill to allow construction of the first phase of the high-speed rail line, the companies that operate Britain^s railway have this week together called for the debate about HS2 to move on from if, to how, it will run.
2014Glasgow Airport train-tram link ^will cost £90m^ [Herald]A tram-train link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre will cost more than £90 million to introduce, according to experts. Consultants reviewing transport options have concluded that the preferred option of running trams jointly on newly-built light rail lines and existing heavy rail infrastructure would be the second most expensive option at an estimated £92.4m. It compares to an estimated £207.4m to reinstate a heavy rail project, while a third option of running futuristic bubble cars, which could each carry four passengers and sets of luggage, was estimated at £71.7m. The final report on the issue was jointly commissioned by Glasgow Airport, Transport Scotland, and Glasgow and Renfrewshire councils to find the best way to improve access to the airport, which can currently only be reached by road. Last month, Transport Minister Keith Brown announced that tram-trains were the preferred option and a feasibility study was under way.
2016HS2 denies claims that its trains are at risk of derailing at top speeds [Guardian]HS2, the contentious rail project that will offer a high speed link from London to cities in the north of England, has been forced to deny claims that its trains are at serious risk of derailment when travelling at top speed. Research commissioned by HS2 and completed last year by Prof Peter Woodward is believed to have found that the speeds proposed would create ‚Äúcritical track velocity effects‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúsignificant issues‚ÄĚ with track instability.
2016DB Regio set to lose Tyne & Wear Metro contract [Rail News]Nexus wants to renationalise the Tyne and Wear Metro operating contact for two years, as part of a ^long-term strategy to develop the system^. Nexus is seeking endorsement from Leaders of the North East Combined Authority to manage Metro operations directly for two years from April 2017, once the current contract has expired. Although Nexus has the contractual right to extend the current contract for a further two years, it said it ^did not wish to exercise this option^. It is instead proposing to manage train operations and stations directly until 2019, allowing it to prepare for significant changes that will come with investment in a new train fleet. [From Richard Buckby]
2016HS3 rail link needs ^kick-starting^, report concludes [BBC News]HS3, the planned fast rail link between Manchester and Leeds, needs ^kick-starting^ as part of a broader plan to improve transport links in northern England, a report has concluded. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) also called for improvements on the most congested part of the M62 to be sped up. It said the region needed ^immediate and very significant investment^. The government will commit £300m for transport projects later this week. More details are expected in the Budget on Wednesday, although almost half of the money committed was announced in last year^s Autumn Statement.
2016Rail revolution means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers [Transport Scotland]Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, today announced a ‚Äúrevolution in rail‚ÄĚ in Scotland, which will deliver the largest programme of benefits to rail passengers seen in a generation. ScotRail will introduce 200 new services, providing 20,000 more seats per day, with passengers across Tayside, Stirlingshire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the Borders set to feel the benefits. This represents a significant enhancement to ScotRail‚Äôs current timetable, which currently runs 2,300 services per day. Timetable improvements are made possible by the decision by the Scottish Government to retain 13 additional Class 170 diesel trains (39 additional carriages) beyond the terms of their current leases, which were due to end on 2018. These extra trains create the capacity to make timetable service improvements ‚Äď with input supplied by local stakeholders to find the best fit for local priorities.
2017Moray vintage railway to host open day for intrigued locals [Press and Journal]The team behind one of Morays most treasured visitor attractions is inviting residents to learn about its allure during an open day. The Keith and Dufftown Railway Association has voluntarily preserved the tracks between the two communities since the route was axed by British Rail in 1991, and they began operating their own small-scale service in 2000.
2017Deal struck with Aslef over Southern Rail dispute [BBC News]A deal aimed at ending the dispute between Southern Railway and the Aslef union over driver-only trains has been agreed. Parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said both sides had secured a ^recommended deal^ after ^constructive talks^. Mick Whelan, General Secretary of Aslef, said union members would now be balloted on the proposals. The result of the vote will be announced on 3 April. Mr Whelan said the new terms ^offer solutions to our concerns, as well as restoring the confidence of all parties, and the travelling public^. GTR director Andy Bindon said he was pleased with the deal and hoped it would end ^an extraordinarily difficult period for passengers, staff and the regional economy^.
2018Drifting snow shuts Cairngorms^ funicular railway tunnel [BBC News]Scotland^s only funicular railway has been closed due to drifting snow blocking a tunnel at its mountainside station. Staff at CairnGorm Mountain snowsports centre said they were ^fighting a losing battle^ to keep the tunnel^s mouth and parts of the line clear. They were successful in their efforts to clear drifting snow from the tunnel earlier this week. However, the latest work has been hampered by high winds.