Langholm: A cab view to the south from class 4MT 43139 waiting in the platform at Langholm in March 1961. The loop is ahead and lever frame to the right.
Riddings Junction: Ivatt class 4MT 2-6-0 no 43139 stands alongside the island platform at Riddings Junction with the Langholm branch train in the spring of 1961. In the background A3 Pacific 60100 Spearmint has recently departed with a Carlisle-Edinburgh train. [Ref query 7 October 2018]
Gilnockie: The frame in its shed on Gilnockie station platform in 1961. [Ref query 11 November 2018]
Langholm: Class 4MT 2-6-0 43139 with a passenger service at Langholm on 16th March 1961.
Langholm: Oiling of class 4MT 43139 at Langholm station in 1961.
Glasgow St Enoch: Black 5 no 45474 with a sick DMU at St Enoch in March 1963.
Trinity Junction: A pair of Claytons with D8610 leading D8616, which had earlier worked down to Granton, seen here returning past Trinity Junction complete with brakevan on the way back to Millerhill in March 1970. Granton had been operated as a single line since the start of 1970, when all signalboxes beyond Easter Road Junction were abolished, hence the locomotives apparently running 'wrong line'.
Granton: EE Type 3 No D6857 lifts a block train of empty oil tanks away from Granton. The loco was allocated to Eastfield at the time, suggesting this is the Q (as required) working from Granton to Grangemouth, booked to depart at 10:25. Thought to have been taken on 16th March 1970
Trinity Junction: A pair of Claytons passing Trinity Junction northbound on 16 March 1970 with a trip working to Granton. Locomotives are thought to be D8616+D8610. [See image 20393 for the view sixteen years later]
Granton: Wagonloads of esparto grass being taken away from the dockside at Granton on 16 March 1970. The locomotive is Barclay 0-4-0 no D2413 of Leith Central depot.
Swindon Works: D1004 Western Crusader, an early Western withdrawal, looking very woebegone in Swindon Works yard awaiting scrapping. Even in this condition the fine looks of the Class 52 are evident, which leads me to wonder (and its just a personal opinion) how, after 47 years of 'progress', we produced the Class 70? Railscot note: Caption amended thanks to additional information from Dave Blake to identify the locomotive correctly.
Swindon Works: Western D1019 and Hymek D7089 on the scrap line at Swindon Works on 16 March 1974. Both had been withdrawn the previous May but the Hymek (which is clearly in better condition here) was later removed from the works yard for departmental service as train heating unit ADB968005. This was only for a brief period but the loco didn't return to Swindon, being broken up at Thomson's in Stockton in late 1975 or early 1976. D1019 only lasted a few more months and was cut up at Swindon in October 1974. (With thanks to Peter Todd and Crinan Dunbar).
Crediton: The Decennial Belle, photographed at Crediton on 16 March 1985 behind 50007. The special, organised by the Lea Valley Railway Circle, ran from Paddington and visited several branches in the south west.
Swinton : A pair of the once prolific class 20's, nos 20092+20185, working north through the 1990 Swinton Station with a rake of empty engineers short wheelbase open wagons in March 1992. The fate of the two locos varied greatly, in that the trailing loco, 20185, only remained in service a further two months, being cut up at MC Metals in Glasgow in Feb '94, As of March 2016 the lead loco 20092 is indicated as still extant, albeit in store at Long Marston.
Bradford Forster Square: The old Bradford Forster Square Station during the initial stages of demolition on 16 March 1992, seen from the adjacent platforms of the new station.
Bradford Forster Square: Demolition of the old Bradford Forster Square station in progress in March 1992 with the replacement station operational on the right. [See image 23433]
Lanark: SPT liveried 318266 runs into the terminus at Lanark in March 2003 with a mid morning service from Dalmuir. The front destination panel has already been set for the return journey, scheduled to get underway twelve minutes later.
Lanark: Work in progress on the building occupying platform 2 on the north side of Lanark station in March 2003. A train for Dalmuir is awaiting its departure time at platform 1.
Lanark: Looking towards the buffer stops at Lanark terminus in March 2003, with a Dalmuir train standing at platform 1.
Grantshouse: A Virgin Voyager runs south through the site of Grantshouse station with a cross-country service in March 2004 and is about to pass a tamper stabled in the sidings. The photograph shows the scene 40 years after closure of the station to passenger traffic and 43 years after the unwelcome visit of D249 [see image 30150].
Grantshouse: A Voyager at speed just north of Grantshouse in March 2004.The line runs parallel with the A1 at this point.
Grantshouse: The site of the former station at Grantshouse, Berwickshire, seen here in March 2004. Grantshouse station closed to passengers in 1964 and nowadays the cleared site provides ECML access and stabling facilities for maintenance and engineering staff. The passing train is the GNER Inverness - Kings Cross Highland Chieftain
Grantshouse: A GNER London - Aberdeen HST service runs north through Grantshouse in March 2004.
Bonnyrigg: The remains of the station at Bonnyrigg, photographed in March 2005, looking south west from the pavement alongside the B704. The station was the first stop south of Hardengreen Junction on the Peebles Loop and closed to passengers in 1962.
Gallowgate Central Junction: Looking in the right hand tunnel of the NBR Bridgeton Cross Extension Line. Looks like some sort of work is taking place.. a month ago you could not see the trackbed. Notice also the Blue safety net! Hmm.. What is going on??
Gallowgate Central Junction: Inscription on portal of G&SWR tunnel... Suspect BGN stands for Bridgeton.
Gallowgate Central Junction: Clearing work has taken place on this redundant line... Tyre tracks evident. No idea why.
Blenheim: Rush hour at Blenheim station on New Zealands South Island on 16 March 2008.
Johnstone: 47848 producing lots of smoke as it reaches the top of the hill on the approach to Johnstone station, heading east. This was a GBRf driver training run from Shieldmuir to Ayr and back with a Royal Mail EMU attached
Johnstone: Rear of 325006 as it passes through Johnstone behind 47848 during a driver training run from Shieldmuir to Ayr and back on 16th March 2008.
Cargenbridge Viaduct: View west at Cargenbrdge Viaduct towards Castle Douglas on 16 March 2010. The viaduct marks the end of the 'Maxwelltown Railway Path', a tarmac surfaced cycling and walking route from Dumfries which now runs along the old trackbed. [See image 25379] Part of the former Cargenbridge ICI Works can be seen on the right. [The viaduct itself is currently fenced off having been officially declared an 'unsafe structure'.]
Lochearnhead [2nd]: This is how I first saw Lochearnhead station in about 1995, an almost heavenly vision through mist and trees. On a more earthly note, there were two notices on the approach road: one said 'Strictly Private', the other said 'Visitors Welcome'.
Caldercruix: 334 015 leaves Caldercruix with an eastbound service on 16 March 2011.
Dalmeny: 66 003 brings an aviation fuel train off the Forth Bridge and through Dalmeny station on 16 March 2011 before taking the Winchburgh line.
Buckshaw Parkway: After several false starts work is finally underway on the new Buckshaw Parkway station on the former Royal Ordnance Factory site between Euxton Junction and Chorley, seen here on 16 March 2011. In addition to the industrial units there are now over 1800 houses off to the left with more being built. To the right is part of Runshaw College. Further info about the station and village itself is available on the web. [See image 20909]
Portobello East Junction: The overhead wires at this location are a bit of a hindrance to photography, but I suppose we mustn't be selfish. 170459 comes off the Newcraighall line (rump of the Waverley Route) on 16 March with a crossrail service for Glenrothes. Meanwhile a 322 heading for North Berwick retreats slowly, in the wake of the daily 'Binliner' from Powderhall Refuse depot. Typically I failed to photograph either of those two thanks to lateness and camera-faffing respectively. It's not just you.
Westcraigs: 334 025 brings up the rear of a six car train from Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh Waverley on 16 March. The train is passing the site of the former Westcraigs station.
Kinghorn: Locals on the Fife coast line are normally going to Waverley, but a few each day are extended to Newcraighall. This Customer Information Screen has recently been installed on Platform 1 at Kinghorn, Platform 2 having had one for about 4 years. Presumably limited clearance (the platform is narrow) is the reason for the 'menu' style screen rather than the sideways scrolling style. It's odd that menu screens don't show the current time: wouldn't this be rather easy to arrange?
Dalmeny: 158 734 calls at Dalmeny on 16 March with a returning Fife local. Heading for the Bridge is a 4-car 158 for Perth which has not called, but is observing speed restrictions caused by recent track replacement. The pristine ballast on either side of the bridge gives this away.
Armadale: 334 025 arrives at Armadale on 16 March with a westbound service.
Armadale: 334 006 with an eastbound train at Armadale on 16 March.
Preston (Ribble Branch): Northern 150138 slows for the Blackpool platform (1) at Preston station on 16 March 2012. In the foreground is the Preston Docks branch near the top of the 1:29 incline where it emerges alongside the station. The steepness of the climb, with its tight checkrailed curve, can be seen by the tapering brickwork. Prior to 1972 this view, taken from the Christian Road overbridge, would have included an elevated signal box that straddled this cutting.
Fishergate Tunnel: 66167 emerges from Fishergate Tunnel straight onto the 1:29 climb back to the main line with fourteen empty bitumen tanks from Preston Dock to Lindsey Refinery at Immingham. This section of the short but very interesting branch is hemmed in on all four sides, and in fact if you don't know it is there you cannot see it from the surrounding roads. This view taken from the overbridge on Walton's Parade.
Oskova: Snow lying at Oskova sidings in the late morning of Saturday 16 March as Czech built 0-6-0T No. 25-30 waits to pick up a load of coal for the washery. In the background diesel-hydraulic No. 740 108 has recently arrived from the mine with yet another trainload.
Oskova: On the afternoon of 16th March, with the sun having melted most of the snow, the driver of No. 25-30 waits to resume work at Oskova sidings. The water column on the right has unfortunately been replaced recently with a hydrant but the decrepit coaling stage on the left is still in use - it would be closed down immediately if British style H&S ever reached the country!
Wolverhampton Low Level: Looking out from the well preserved awning at Wolverhampton Low Level station in the afternoon sun on 16 March, as a class 321 unit draws into the current High Level station in the background. [See image 36283]
Wolverhampton Low Level: This pub sign is more faithful to the original than many I could name. The pub is equidistant from Wolverhampton High and Low Level stations and is well worth a visit in order to enjoy (amongst other things) its mini-museum of signs and pictures.
Wolverhampton St. Georges: An unusual form of buffer stop at the North Western end of the Midland Metro. Could be a good idea to have a supply of salt water on hand, in case it turns out to be a Triffid.
VÃ¤rtahamn: Seen from the adjacent hotel are MS Baltic Queen of Tallink and Silja Serenade of Silja Line are berthed together in Stockholm's ferry haven. These are regular ferries not cruise liners which ply between Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States. In the centreground, under construction, is a woodchip-fired power station to which raw material is brought by ship or by train. The line which serves it can just be made out in the shady area to the left of and below the new road infrastructure. There was a station, VÃ¤rta, on this route, VÃ¤rtabanan, until 1913. The line itself was electrified between 1904 and 1908 and re-electrified in the 1930s; now it is freight only. According to the Port website there have been occasional train ferries to Finland.
Wolverhampton St. Georges: This Midland Metro tram stop will soon be replaced by one nearer the railway station. But in March 2014, it was still in the pink - in more ways than one.
Wolverhampton Low Level: The former Wolverhampton Low Level station, from the road side; complete with new smoked glass porch and Grand Station branding. An impressive survivor. [See image 20285]
West Bromwich Central: Mercifully, not all Metro trams are pink - or even silver and magenta [see image 46258]. West Bromwich Central is under reconstruction as tram 08, in original red and blue livery, stops on 16 March on its way to Wolverhampton. Midlands Metro
Newtongrange: Ongoing work at Newtongrange, looking south on a wet 16 March 2015. The car park is starting to take shape on the left with work also underway on the direct link to the National Mining Museum at the far end of the platform.
Gorebridge: Progress at Gorebridge on 16 March 2015 looking south from Station Road.
Llandudno Junction: 0618hrs at Llandudno Junction on 16th March and the Holyhead to Cardiff Y Gerallt Gymro funded service is running right time. DVT 82307 leads the train along the North Wales coast while 67029 is the propelling loco but the train will reverse at Chester forward the run south. (See recent news item)
Llandudno Victoria: This view of the entrance to Llandudno Victoria illustrates the gradient in the station but this steepens considerably as the tram proceeds up the hill. Gradients on the upper section are much less severe. Photo taken one week before opening for the 2015 season but with everything shipshape and ready to go.
Llandudno Junction: Silver liveried 67029 Royal Diamond propels the daily Holyhead to Cardiff Y Gerallt Gymro service away from Llandudno Junction on 16th March 2015. The train reverses at Chester and the Class 67 will lead the train through Wrexham and down the Welsh Marches route to South Wales. [See image 50681]
Llandudno: The glass exterior of the nicely refurbished booking hall at Llandudno station, seen here on 16 March 2015 from the station forecourt.
Stockholm: Work has started to extend Stockholm's No. 7 tram route to Central Station [see image 37918] so there is a temporary terminus in place here meantime.
Stockholm: A Number 7 tram, a Flexity Swift A32, turns from Strandvagen on to Djurgardsbron in Stockholm on 16 March 2015.
Durham: Stand well back from the platform edge.... A Virgin East Coast HST heads south at speed through Durham station on a dull 16 March 2015 on the 0952 Aberdeen to Kings Cross service.
Llandudno Victoria: One week before opening for the 2015 season, a Great Orme tram waits in Llandudno Victoria station at the foot of the lower tramway section. All the cables had been refitted on the tramway by this date after their winter removal so the system was ready for operation - but no services just yet.
Durham: A northbound TPE service comes off the viaduct on the approach to Durham station in March 2015.
Llandudno: Llandudno station has undergone a high quality restoration in recent years with many of the original features being retained alongside modern improvements. This is the view from the buffer stops towards the booking hall in March 2015.
Llandudno Junction: First light at Llandudno Junction on 16th March with ATW 175115 idling in Bay Platform 2 before departing along the short branch to Llandudno.
Tomatin: 37218 and 37607 work the Mossend Down Yard to Forsinard engineers train. Pictured leaving Tomatin which was the only place in the Inverness area that wasn't foggy today.
Cotham: Looking south from Grange Lane overbridge near Cotham village along the trackbed of the former Newark to Bottesford line in March 2016. The view shows the limit of the hard surface of the combined footpath and cycle route 64 that runs from east of London Road at Balderton to this point. Beyond the bottom of the access ramp the trackbed becomes overgrown, although there is a narrow walked track continuing south.
Lockerbie: DRS 66429 and friend power the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train past Lockerbie loops on 16 March.
Ballater: Ballater station this morning, still a long way to go until it's rebuilt. The old photographs on the screening are very interesting.
Dinnet: Dinnet station, the platform weighing machine is still intact alongside the estate office.
Aboyne: Platform side at Aboyne, the tunnel under the A93 is in the distance, a new addition is the electric car re-charging point, it's a shame that the electric battery railcar wasn't still operating as intended on the line. The nearest charging points for the battery railcar were at Ballater and Aberdeen.
Ferryhill MPD: This is the original steam shed, now part of Ferryhill Heritage Railway Trust taken through the fence from the Duthie Park. The locomotive is Ex-CEGB, RSH 0-6-0T, Works No. 7846 at the Ferryhill Motive Power Depot.
Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal: Looking North East from the A5 on 16 March 2017. This is the railway embankment which will meet up with the new bridge over the A5 when they build it [see image 52516]. Notice the rail-over-road bridge already built below the left-most wind turbine. The M1 passes behind the wind turbines.
Lymington Pier: Seen from a departing Lymington to Isle of Wight ferry, a Class 450 EMU departs the Pier Station at 0844 hours heading for Brockenhurst. 16th March 2018.
Southampton Central: The 0915 Trafford Park Euro Terminal to Southampton Western Docks nears the end of it's journey on 16th March. 66 185 drags it's load through Southampton Central platform 4.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1896||Barry Dock and Railways||The Taff Vale Railway gives the company access from Trehafod to Porth.|
|1896||Barry Dock and Railways||Passenger service from Barry to the Taff Vale Railways Porth station begins.|
|1935||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co||Purchased by Sir James Lithgow and Henry Lithgow|
|1964||Aberdare Railway||Closed to passengers.|
|1964||Cardiff Riverside Branch (Great Western Railway)||Closed excluding Currans Siding.|
|1964||Aberdare Railway||Aberaman closed|
|1964||Aberdare Railway||Aberdare Low Level closed|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Britain on alert following Madrid bombing [Scotsman]||UNDERCOVER anti-terrorist officers have been patrolling Scotland^s rail network for the past year, The Scotsman has learned.|
|2004||Security chiefs plan rail baggage checks [Scotsman]||SECURITY chiefs are considering introducing limited checks on baggage at mainline railway stations in the wake of the Madrid bombings.|
|2004||Study finds Highland rail boom [BBC News]||Transport experts say rural trains need more investment to cope with rising passenger numbers.|
|2004||New trains for Edinburgh-Glasgow [Scottish Executive]||Introduction means 37 per cent increase in capacity for busiest commuter line.|
|2005||Girl loses an arm and legs in rail horror [Scotsman]||A YOUNG woman who lost both legs and an arm when she was hit by a train at a notorious railway crossing remained in a stable condition in hospital this morning.|
|2005||Woman loses limbs in rail mishap [BBC News]||A 19-year-old woman is seriously injured after being hit by a train at an unstaffed railway crossing.|
|2006||Transport plans - costs and delivery [Scottish Executive]||New Larkhall to Milngavie rail line attracting more passengers than forecast.|
|2006||MSP knocks on docker^s door [Scotsman]||A RETIRED Leith Docks supervisor has had his free national travel card hand-delivered by Scotland^s Transport Minister.|
|2006||The little train that could [BBC News]||The announcement of plans to replace the InterCity 125 with a new fleet of express trains will be welcomed by rail passengers tired of creaky old rolling stock. But this unsuspecting train has been a rare success story amid the lows and lows of Britain^s railways over the past 30 years.|
|2006||Transport plans running late [Scotsman]||THREE of the Capital^s key transport projects are facing further delays, Transport Minister Tavish Scott warned today.|
|2006||Man guilty over Tebay rail deaths [BBC News]||A man is found guilty of the manslaughter of four rail workers who died after they were hit by a trailer.|
|2007||Easter rail strike warning if deal not upheld [Scotsman]||THE signallers^ union has confirmed it has shelved strikes that would have caused six days of disruption to the railways in Scotland from today.|
|2007||£60m released for Edinburgh trams [BBC News]||Scottish ministers give approval for work to start on preparations for Edinburgh^s new tram line.|
|2012||Victory for West Fife commuters in battle to keep rail service [Dunfermline Press]||A VITAL morning rush-hour commuter link for West Fife rail users is set to be restored from July after a high-profile campaign. The 0754 service from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh which served Aberdour, Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing commuters was cancelled in December.|
|2012||Rail partnership celebrates successful year [Carrick Gazette]||The Community Rail Partnership for the Stranraer line SAYLSA contributed over £68,000 of direct benefit to the ScotRail franchise and £438,000 of benefit to the local communities in 2010-11.|
|2014||Ten of the worlds best train journeys [Herald Sun]||FROM the frozen wastes of Siberia to our own backyard there are plenty of adventure train journeys to satisfy even the most jaded traveller. Mark Smith is a British train buff and travel writer known as The Man in Seat 61 who has travelled the worlds finest trains, always in seat 61. A great train ride is that triple combination of the scenery outside the train, the experience inside the train and the people you meet and things that happen on that specific trip which make it memorable, Mark Smith says. Flying has lost its glamour, its time to rediscover real travel by train where the journey itself is an adventure. So dont just watch the train go past, jump on and go on an adventure to remember.|
|2015||Network Rail to deploy Easter army of 14,000 [Rail News]||NETWORK RAIL has revealed that engineering works over the Easter holiday will involve 14,000 people and more than £100 million worth of investment. Following the problems with engineering overruns after Christmas, the infrastructure owner is emphasising that transport is being co-ordinated to ensure that ^Britain keeps moving^ over Easter, even though fewer people than usual use the railways because most commuters do not travel. The work includes more reconstruction at London Bridge and the installation of freight lines under the recently-opened viaduct at Reading. A bridge over the West Coast Main Line will be replaced at Watford Junction, while overhead lines will be renewed at Chadwell Heath, Romford and Ilford on the Great Eastern Main Line. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2015||Longannet plant axe could be green light for trains [Scotsman]||A NEW Forth Circle rail loop could be created if the threatened 40-year-old Longannet power station was to shut, campaigners have proposed. The end of coal trains to the Fife plant would free up tracks so passengers could travel on the Forth-side line between Alloa and Dunfermline for the first time for 85 years. The scheme could include re-opening a station at the historic village of Culross to improve access for tourists. Trains supplying Longannet used the route until the £85 million Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line re-opened in 2008. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2015||Are superfast trains speeding down the tracks? [BBC News]||At the time the UK was completing its first stretch of high-speed rail in 2007, China had barely left the station. Nearly a decade on, Britain still has only that same 68-mile (109km) stretch of track, but China has built itself the longest high-speed network in the world. At more than 12,000km (7,450 miles) in total, it is well over double the length of the European and Japanese networks combined. So if you want to get a sense of what the future of rail travel might look like, China would seem to be the place to come.|
|2016||Rail worker with terminal cancer has train dedicated to him [Evening News]||A RAIL worker with terminal cancer has spoken of his âoverwhelmingâ gratitude as a train dedicated to him rolled into Waverley. Lewis Vaughan, from Leith, watched as the special Virgin service chugged into the station this morning, with the legend #LforLewis painted on its side. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Network Rail report dismisses privatisation [BBC News]||The possibility of privatising Network Rail has been dismissed in a report into the organisation^s future. Last year Nicola Shaw, who led the review, said she could not rule out recommending privatisation. Though the report opposed privatising all of Network Rail, which maintains Britain^s railways, it said there were ^options^ for private investment. The government welcomed the report^s recommendations and said it would ^respond in full later this year^.|
|2018||French rail strikes: Here are the 37 days to avoid train travel this spring [The Local]||French rail workers announced a wave of rolling strikes from April to June that threaten to cause travel misery for passengers across the country. Here^s a look at the dates you might want to avoid the country^s trains. Rail unions have described the move to hold a series of two-day rolling strikes throughout the spring as ^innovative^. The rolling strikes will be carried out on two days out of every five until June 28 unless the government drops its plan, which includes stripping new recruits of jobs-for-life and other benefits, the CGT said on Thursday after a meeting of rail operator SNCF^s four main unions.|
|2018||Weather blamed for delays to railway upgrade work between Blackpool and Preston [Lancashire Post]||Work to upgrade the railway line between Blackpool and Preston has been delayed by three weeks - meaning services will be hit over Easter. Network Rail has blamed bad weather and the breakdown of its own engineering train for the delay which means services will not resume until April 16. Services had been due to recommence on Monday March 26 after being suspended on November 11 last year for work to electrify the line between Blackpool North and Preston.|