Beattock: Fairburn 4MT 2-6-4T 42192 on banking duty at Beattock in March 1961, probably on the rear of a Manchester-Glasgow service.
Glasgow St Enoch: Class 5MT 73100 departs St Enoch on 1013 to Largs.
Beattock: A Caledonian Railway seat at Beattock station in 1961. Note the 'CR' worked into the armrest.
Mexborough: Freight locomotives stabled on Mexborough shed in March 1961, including Robinson ex-Great Central class O4 2-8-0 no 63577, a visitor from Langwith Junction.
Wakefield MPD: Aspinall ex-LYR 3F 0-6-0 no 52413, built at Horwich in 1900, photographed on shed at 56A Wakefield in March 1961. The locomotive was withdrawn by BR in November the following year.
Glasgow St Enoch: Class A3 60077 'The White Knight' at St Enoch Glasgow on up Thames Clyde Express.
Beattock: Class 6MT 72004 'Clan Macdonald', on northbound freight at Beattock in March 1961, passing a Crab in the loop on another freight.
Sheffield Brightside: A pair of Fowler 4F 0-6-0s in the sidings at Sheffield Brightside in March 1961. 43872 was a Grimesthorpe engine, while 44457 hailed from Normanton.
Beattock: Fairburn Class 4MT 2-6-4T, on banking duties, returning light-engine to Beattock in March 1961.
Sheffield Grimesthorpe: An almost new EE Type 1 stands alongside a not-so-new Stanier 8F outside the appositely named Grimesthorpe shed, Sheffield, in the spring of 1961. The shed, then coded 41B, had only a short time left at this point with official closure coming in September of that year (although it continued in use as a stabling point for a time pending completion of the new 'super-shed' at Tinsley). Grimesthorpe shed was eventually demolished in 1963. In the background stand the chimneys of the Cammell Laird Grimesthorpe works, closed in the 1980s.
Beattock: A view north of the fine station building and covered footbridge at Beattock in 1961. A similar building survives on Lockerbie's northbound platform, whereas this building was on the southbound.
Mexborough: Misty morning at Mexborough (41F) on Sunday 19 March 1961, with class 04 2-8-0 no 63684 stabled in the yard. The large 15 road shed at Mexborough had an allocation of 132 steam locomotives on nationalisation in 1948. It was officially closed in February 1964.
Beattock: 5MT 'Crab' 2-6-0 42911 on a northbound freight at Beattock on 19th March 1961.
Waterloo: Prototype 4-PEP unit hiding amongst the rabble at Waterloo station in March 1976.
Waterloo: EMUs, class 73, class 33, class 08 and class 74 locomotives stand at Waterloo in March 1976.
Waterloo: Looking back along the platform towards the buffers at London Waterloo station in March 1976 as 4-TC set no 433 departs past a class 74 electro-diesel with a parcels train. In the shadows on the left a class 08 and a class 33 can also be made out.
Waterloo: A pair of class 33s with a ballast train at Waterloo station in March 1976.
Waterloo: Prototype 4-PEP units departing from Waterloo in March 1976.
Dundee: 'Mind that box...!' Space seems to be at a premium at the west end of Dundee in March 1980 as a class 47 takes a train out of the station and past Dundee West signal box. The Tay Bridge is visible in the background.
Dundee: A class 47 brings a Glasgow - Aberdeen train into Dundee on 19 March 1980, just as a class 40 restarts an Aberdeen - Edinburgh service from platform 1.
Llandecwyn: Sheep stop near Llandecwyn on the Cambrian Coast line in March 1986.
Maybole: DMU on Girvan-Ayr train at Maybole (New).
Maybole: 47 on southbound freight passing Maybole (New).
Girvan: Southbound 47 leaves Girvan (New). Its a steep climb up to Pinmore. There was a bay platform to the left.
Girvan Junction: Looking south at Girvan Junction. The line in the distance to the right ran to the original Girvan terminus.
Pinmore: Northbound train passing the former Pinmore station and approaching the tunnel.
Barrhill: Interior of Barrhill station office. Telephones, token machines and frying pans (obviously).
Barrhill: Exchange of tokens ar Barrhill. 47 on southbound train.
Barrhill: Waiting for the off at Barrhill.
Stranraer Town: Looking east at Stranraer Town. The line in the foreground extended west to Portpatrick but stops just out of frame now. The 08 was for shunting Stockton Haulage and the car-trains at the pier.
Stranraer Town: Looking west at Stranraer Town. The goods shed was used by a maintenance trolley, in front of it locomotives were stabled, in the goods yard car-trains parked and the line to the harbour was extreme right. Access by kind permission of British Rail.
Stranraer Town: Looking west at Stranraer Town. The station was to the left and had a bay platform to its right. The goods yard was to the right. Access by kind permission of British Rail.
Stranraer Town: Stabling point, Stranraer Town. Some engines running, some not. Access by kind permission of British Rail.
Blue Anchor: And finally... The last of a long line, BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 no 92220 Evening Star, running east through Blue Anchor on the West Somerset Railway in March 1989.
Crowcombe Heathfield: 92220 Evening Star, bringing a train into Crowcombe Heathfield Station on the West Somerset Railway, during a shower of rain on 19 March 1989.
Uddingston: 314 213 calls at Uddingston with a Dalmuir service in March 1998.
Dumbarton East: East of Dumbarton East looking east. River Clyde and marshes on right, Dumbuck quarry on left. Behind the camera a branch to the Denny shipyard once ran.
Edinburgh Waverley: Looking northeast from the pedestrian footbridge towards Calton Road in March 2006. The former Royal Mail yard from which there is currently direct access to the north side of Waverley is being used by the project team carrying out the station modifications. Note the soon to be demolished stone column on the right which once supported the elevated pedestrian walkway to Jeffrey Street.
Edinburgh Waverley: The first recorded formal proposal for 'a moving staircase' alongside Waverley Steps, linking the station with Princes Street, was put forward in 1920. Now finally destined to become Waverley Escalators in 2008... perhaps??? [See image 35788]
Edinburgh Waverley: A GNER Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST at Waverley platform 19 in March 2006.
Glasgow Central: 90035 sitting at Bridge Street waiting to collect the late running Caledonain Sleeper which passes by powered by 90020 Collingwood.
Glasgow Central: Old gantry support and access stairs at Glasgow Central.
Glasgow Central: 91121 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer departs Glasgow Central propelling the 0800 Kings Cross service.
Auchtertool: Bridge near site of Auchtertool goods station.
Aberdour: Northbound afternoon 125 Kings Cross / Aberdeen service passes through Aberdour.
Lochend Junction: An EWS class 66 with empty Binliner containers returning from Oxwellmains, having just passed through Meadowbank, approaches the former Lochend South Junction on 19 March 2007 on the way back to Powderhall depot.
Aberdour: The left glass house at Aberdour is for propogation and the other is for bringing on the blooms needed each year to win best garden awards. Too early yet to see much.
Aberdour: Award winning gardens at Aberdour, Fife.
Aberdour: Aberdour station frontage, March 2007.
Glasgow Central: A Class 314 & a Class 318 at Platform 12 & 13.
Meadowbank Stadium: Having just left the ECML at Piershill Junction 66184 turns north onto the Abbeyhill loop and towards Powderhall Depot with the returning Binliner containers on 19 March. The platform used for the Meadowbank Stadium Commonwealth Games stands on the right.
Lochend Junction: The remains of Lochend South Junction in March 2007. The surviving line runs to Powderhall refuse depot. Left at the end of the fence was the Abbeyhill loop and to the right the line to Leith Central via Lochend North Junction and Easter Road Halt (alongside the football stadium).
Milesmark: Bridge over a stream on a branch off the Elgin Waggonway at Milesmark, Dunfermline on 19 March.
Dunfermline Town: Milepost still in situ on the West of Fife Mineral Railway branch north of Dunfermline in March 2008.
Charlestown: Top surface of the Mid Pier at Charlestown Harbour on 19 March 2008. The pier is paved with stone sleeper blocks.
Charlestown: The Mid Pier structure at Charlestown on 19 March 2008. The pier looks, in part at least, to have been originally made up of old stone sleeper blocks.
Dunfermline Town: Route of the Elgin Waggonway main line seen on 19 March 2008, now a dirt track through the field at Milesmark in Dunfermline, heading south towards Colton Sidings on the Dunfermline to Stirling line.
Edinburgh West End: West end of Princes Street on 19 March 2008 with preparation work underway for the forthcoming Edinburgh tram network.
Edinburgh Princes Street: Departure along the former Caledonian route out of Princes Street on 19 March seen looking east from Grove Street Bridge. [See image 35477]
Glasgow Central: A panoramic view of the station throat at Glasgow Central, taken from Platform 11 on 19 March 2009.
Crook of Devon: Housing development on the site of the former station and goods yard at Crook of Devon on 19 March 2009. View east along the trackbed towards Kinross.
Blackford: 67019 heads north through Blackford on 19 March 2009, bound for Laurencekirk.
Crook of Devon: View over Church Road level crossing in March 2009, looking east towards the site of Crook of Devon station.
Blackford: View west from the level crossing at Blackford on 19 March, with the former station buildings on left.†Redundant sidings have been lifted in the goods yard, but the down refuge siding has been renewed.
Ayr: An arrival from Glasgow Central, formed by 334 027, stands at the buffers on platform 1 at Ayr Station on 19 March 2010.
Newton-on-Ayr: 334 027 arrives at Newton-on-Ayr on 19 March with a train from Glasgow Central.
Ayr [1st]: Trackbed of the line to the original Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway terminus at North Quay, Ayr, opened on 12 August 1840. Photographed in March 2010. (Information from the article 'Resorts for Railfans' in the January 1961 edition of Trains Illustrated, by G.H. Robin).
Preston: The Highland Sleeper calls at Preston on 19 March 2010 with DBS 90036 providing the power. Having changed drivers a few minutes earlier the new man now looks back along the train for the signal to depart just before 0100hrs on the next leg of the journey to Edinburgh.
Monkton Sidings: 334037 leads a Glasgow Central - Ayr service past 66185 waiting to leave Prestwick fuel depot with the 6N44 empties for Grangemouth on 19 March 2010.
Oxenholme: Britannia Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell takes The Roaring Monster excursion north through Oxenholme on 19 March 2010 en route to Carlisle.
Roxburgh Viaduct: The viaduct over the River Teviot at Roxburgh (sometimes open to walkers, sometimes not) looks suitably aloof on 19th March 2010. The adjacent wooden footbridge is a bit of a roller-coaster - possibly warped by drying out after flooding. View looks towards Roxburgh station.
Lancaster: A DMU crossing the River Lune on Carlisle Bridge, Lancaster, in March 2010.
Prestwick International Airport: 156 500 calls at what is now widely referred to as 'Glasgow Prestwick Airport' [see image 21551] with a Kilmarnock - Ayr service on 19 March 2010.
Falkland Yard: Freightliner 66953 crosses into Falkland Yard, Ayr, with empties on 19 March, probably destined for Chalmerston.
Minehead: Looking across the turntable at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway on 19 March 2011, with immaculate 2-6-2T no 4160 standing alongside the platform.
Bottesford: An East Midlands service heading towards Grantham calls at Bottesford in the late afternoon of 19 March 2011. Footbridges do not seem to feature at many stations in this part of the world and this station also has staggered platforms. A closer examination also shows that a short length of each platform has been raised to a more appropriate height.
Meadowhall: In addition to the frequent service of local trains calling at Meadowhall, express trains also pass through Platforms 1 and 2 travelling to and from Sheffield. 43384 leads a Cross Country HST at speed towards Sheffield with 43378 on the rear. View north east towards Swinton with the M1 Tinsley viaduct visible in the distance.
Bottesford: A view west at Bottesford showing the station building (now in private use) and the staggered platforms on 19 March 2011. [Ref query 23 August 2018]
Shudehill: New generation tram 3006 leaves the Shudehill Interchange heading for the next stop at nearby Manchester Victoria on its way to Bury. Shudehill tram stop opened in 2003 and the full bus interchange some three years later. The 3000 series trams are being introduced to cover the services on the new Metrolink lines to Rochdale, Ashton and Didsbury but are being used alongside the existing 1000 and 2000 series vehicles on Bury and Altrincham service in the interim.
Rochdale: With the Pennine Hills in the background 144020 calls at Rochdale on a Manchester to Leeds (via Hebden bridge and Dewsbury) service in March 2011. The area outside Rochdale station was excavated at this time for the installation of the Metrolink Tram extension from Oldham via Milnrow that will run down to Rochdale town centre. Note the For Sale sign on the tower, part of Rochdale's former fire station.
Allington West Junction: An EMT heads west at Allington West Jct and crosses the level crossing protected by the new signalbox (behind the camera), [See image 18079] for a view of the new SB and the old crossing gates.
Doncaster: Freightliner 66510 hauls a lengthy coal train south through Doncaster in March 2011, still a busy location for both freight and passenger services. [See image 22051] for the same location 30 years earlier.
Pitlochry: The Inverness - Grangemouth Stobart containers about to run through Pitlochry on 19 March 2011 behind DRS 66423.
Leeds: Ready for departure from Leeds are 43316, leading an East Coast HST for Kings Cross, and 158872 on a Calder Valley service for Manchester Victoria. On this Saturday I noticed that, with one exception, every train on a very busy departure board was on time. The only late service was a SW England to Aberdeen train and that was only running 15 minutes late. Northern Rail have had a big push on punctuality recently that certainly seems to be paying off.
Peascliff Tunnel: An East Coast Mk4 set with DVT leading heads south from Peascliff Tunnel towards Grantham on 19 March 2011. [Ref query 1 December 2017]
Alloa Loop: It seemed like a good idea - to record a Hunterston to Longannet coal train through the sculptural arch at Helensfield roundabout near Clackmannan. On 19th March 2011, the final variable after the road traffic and weather was the train itself. This crept into shot but came to a halt as shown, after which there was a lengthy stand off until I finally admitted defeat.
Manchester Victoria: The main building at Manchester Victoria was dirty and run down for many years but it has been renovated and probably now looks like it did when it was the headquarters of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. In particular the canopies at the front have been painstakingly restored [see image 33428]. The Metrolink tram services emerge from the hole in the wall that is just off picture to the right.
Leeds: This imposing tower block overlooks the west end of Leeds station. Presumably resident enthusiasts opt for flats on this side of the building. Cross Country Voyager 220026 runs in from the south.
Manchester Victoria: A close up view of just some of the canopy sections outside the main building at Manchester Victoria. They display the names of places served by the L&YR and this section reads, from left to right, Bury Blackpool Fleetwood Goole Ireland Scotland London but there are others along the entire building frontage. [See image 33424]
Hull: Mid-day scene at Hull Paragon as, from left to right, 158787 (Bridlington), 158797 (Sheffield) and 170308 (Manchester Airport) await their next duties.
Minehead: Resident ex-Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway 2-8-0 locomotive no 88 photographed on 19 March 2011 waiting to depart from Minehead with a train on the West Somerset Railway.
Ferriby: The second station out of Hull on the Selby line is Ferriby where this unusual station building on the eastbound platform is still in commercial use. This picture, taken from a Hull to Sheffield stopping train on 19 March 2011, also shows the through westbound line in the foreground as the platform is on a loop line.
Meadowhall: The lines from Sheffield to Barnsley and to Swinton diverge at Meadowhall and with the construction of the nearby shopping centre, and the tram link, it is now a busy four platform interchange station. Northern Sprinter 150138 is taking the Barnsley line with a Huddersfield service and has just pulled away from the sharply curved Platform 4.
Markinch: A 4-car 158 set approaches Markinch with an Inverness to Edinburgh service on 19 March.† The rear of the train is passing the crossover once used for reversing by the hourly terminating service from Edinburgh.† It doesn't see much use since the service pattern changed and Markinch lost its terminating trains, though there are more through services.† Note the HST car stop sign way off the end of the platform.† Markinch has had an HST service (by Virgin) though three other Fife stations with the 'stranded H' never have.
Minehead: Activity on the West Somerset Railway at Minehead on 19 March where ex-GWR 2-8-0 no 2807 is being turned.
Blue Anchor: King Arthur class 4-6-0 no 30777 Sir Lamiel running into Blue Anchor station on the West Somerset Railway on 19 March 2011.
Blue Anchor: 70000 departing from Blue Anchor on 19 March 2011. The locomotive was in black and without nameplates (apparently for her first few months in BR service 70000 was in black and un-named ). I understand she is going back to Crewe for a re-paint to BR green and to have her nameplates re-fitted, following which a re-naming ceremony will be held at St Pancras.
Hull: Hull Paragon station is impressive from any angle and contains lots of interesting features, not least this waiting room on one of the platforms. A Trans Pennine Clas 170 is waiting alongside for its next duty.
Hessle: Hessle boasts this fine looking shelter on the Hull platform, so much more impressive than the usual bus shelter. This photo, taken from a Hull to Sheffield stopping train, doesn't show the dominant feature at Hessle, namely the Humber Bridge that is just off the west end of the platforms.
Carlisle: Colas Rail 66843 runs through Carlisle with the 6J37 Kingmoor - Chirk timber train on 19 March 2011.
Crowcombe Heathfield: 70000 Britannia en route from Crowcombe to Williton on 19 March 2011.
Allington East Junction: An EMT Class 158 heads east towards Grantham (to the right) having just passed Allington East Jct on 19 March 2011.
Minehead: GWR Small Prairie 2-6-2T no 5553 stands at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway on 19 March 2011. In the background ex-Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway 2-8-0 no 88 waits with a train at the platform.
Meadowhall: Looking towards Rotherham from the glass footbridge at Meadowhall as Sheffield Supertram 114 arrives at the interchange. The line of white poles denotes the tram route which turns sharp right just in front of the M1 Tinsley Viaduct to loop back towards the city centre.
Kirkcaldy: 170 473 pulls out of Kirkcaldy on 19 March with a Glenrothes service.†Although the siding from the Down line is used daily for terminating trains I'm not sure what the station siding in the foreground is used for, if anything.† By the state of the track it's been a long time since that shunting signal changed, or a driver's shell-like was applied to the hotline.
Manchester Victoria: A Bury to Piccadilly service emerges from the Hole in the Wall at Manchester Victoria station to climb up to Shudehill. Trams from Bury arrive in the area that used to hold the bay platforms for the electric trains but then swing right through 90 degrees and leave the trainshed by this gap specially created for them to join the street running section.
Meadowhall: With the M1 Tinsley viaduct in the background 142087, heading for Swinton, races a Sheffield Supertram away from Meadowhall. The tram will swing right before the bridge to return to the city centre while the Pacer is bound for Doncaster and Scunthorpe.
Cardross: The type 45 destroyer Duncan (not HMS until commissioned) heads west down the Clyde en route from BAE Systems' Scotstoun Yard to Portsmouth Naval Base. Duncan is the last of six such vessels delivered. Passengers on a passing First ScotRail train were treated to an excellent view of the vessel and attendant tugboats along with Finlaystone Castle on the opposite bank.
Knaresborough Viaduct: Looking over the rooftops of Knaresborough on 19 March as the 16.45 arrival from Leeds runs out onto the viaduct before crossing over to platform 1 where it will form the 17.05 return service. [See image 23671]
Knaresborough: The strange house at the top of Water Bag Bank. Knaresborough signal box in March 2014. A gated level crossing through to Kirkgate is located just off picture to the left.
Touch South Junction: Colas 56087 coasting downhill from the former Touch South Junction, Dunfermline, with the 6N72 Linkswood - Grangemouth empty tanks on 19 March
Horsforth: Platform view south at Horsforth station on 19 March with the 15.12 service to Knaresborough just appearing below the road bridge in the background. Note the three quarter mile post on the right.
Partick Central: Looking west over the former Partick Central station site in March 2014, with an eastbound emu having just left the modern day Partick Station crossing the viaduct heading for Glasgow city centre. Note the entrance to the tunnel on the right that once took the L&D through to Partick West and beyond. [See image 30966]
Knaresborough: The 17.29 ex-York about to restart from Knaresborough on 19 March and continue on its journey to Leeds.
Eskbank and Dalkeith: Beginning of the end at Eskbank? The machines get to work at the 1847 Esbank station site on the morning of 19 March 2014.
Partick Central: View west from the spot on Benalder Street where the Partick Central station building stood. Work is now underway here on two 10-storey blocks of flats to accommodate 701 students... [see image 13371]
Knaresborough: 'The Left Luggage Office' and 'The Ticket Office' at Knaresborough station, photographed on 19 March 2014. Both works are by popular local artist Peter Kearney.
York: Northern Trains 11.11 service to Leeds via Harrogate waits to leave platform 8 at York station on 19 March 2014.
Leyland: The Carlisle - Chirk loaded log train passes through Leyland on 19 March 2014 with Colas Rail 56094 in charge.
Butterknowle: The terminus of the Haggerleases branch was at Butterknowle. The bufferstops were behind the photographer and the bridge in the foreground would have been more than twice the width that it is today. Beyond the fence is a concrete railway sign post lying on the ground, still there over 50 years after the line closed.
Drem Junction: Scene on the North Berwick branch in the spring of 2015 as an early afternoon service to Edinburgh slows on the approach to the ECML at Drem Junction.
Silvermuir East Junction: The 11.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston heads away from the former Silvermuir East Jct on 19 March.
Silvermuir East Junction: DBS 66093 slows for a signal check near the site of Silvermuir East Junction with the Dalston - Grangemouth empties on 19 March. Ravenstruther coal terminal is just beyond the bridge in the background.
Drem Junction: The Virgin Trains East Coast 0952 Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST passes Drem Junction on 19 March 2015. The temporary livery reflects the franchise takeover from National Express earlier in the month.
Fiddlers Gill: DRS 68002+68004 at Fiddlers Gill, south of Braidwood, on 19 March with a lengthy Daventry - Mossend container train.
York: 'Skyfall' DVT 82231 on a Virgin Trains East Coast service calling at York on 19 March 2015.
Westgate-in-Weardale: A view east from the road bridge that once crossed the railway at Westgate-in-Weardale, photographed on 19 March 2015. The station house is on the right but less clear is the former station building, painted grey, hiding in the trees in the middle of the picture beyond the wall running left to right across the trackbed. [Ref query 7589]
York: DRS 68001 Evolution stabled alongside the NR area operating centre at the south end of York Station on 19 March.
Leeds: TransPennine unit 185135 awaits departure time at Leeds on 19 March with a service to Liverpool Lime Street.
Granton Gasworks: Gasworks station from the north in March 2015. That lamppost will not have been lit in decades. I don't know what that platform was used for. Passenger trains used the other platform with trains passing through the building though that's no longer obvious since the arches were bricked up.
Mickleton: Looking north-west over the site of Mickleton station on the former Middleton-in-Teesdale branch on 19 March 2015. The station was where the cars are parked with the track running along the left side of the car park. [Ref query 4442]
Evenwood (2nd): A view west up the approach to Evenwood station on 19 March 2015. The tarmac road would appear to have been added after the line closed in 1962 in order to provide easier access to the platform area.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Seen from the end of platform 3 through the Cowlairs Tunnel and at a distance of over 1km, two Class 170 DMUs pass in the sunlight on the final day before the tunnel closure for track upgrade work.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 23.52 to Cumbernauld - then that's your lot for five months.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A passenger takes the last opportunity to travel from QS High Level for five months.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The 23.52 to Cumbernauld ... and it's off.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: You've missed it boys. Unless you're meeting someone. Or run downstairs pretty quickly ...
Cowlairs Incline: The 'Cowlairs Incline' mural on Endrick Street displays some artistic licence in celebrating the railway history of Springburn.
Newtongrange: 'Borders Railway Unwrapped' posters decorating the south face of the former Dean Oil Works building at Newtongrange. Photographed from the station car park on 19 March 2017 [see image 51991].
Aberdour: Busy scene to the west of Aberdour as a road-rail machine trims the load of spent ballast. Freightliner 66544 is in the background.
Inverkeithing North Junction: The Inverkeithing North/East chord with a road-rail machine and DR73803 waiting for the call to work at the Aberdour track renewal. A 170 passes on a diverted service.
Aberdour: GBRf 66704 draws a train of empties into Aberdour where the down line has been lifted.
Aberdour: The Down Line at Aberdour with new sleepers awaiting fitting of the rails.
Croston: The view north at Croston on 19 March 2017 shortly after the trees at the back of the platform on the right had been felled. On this side of the track work continues clearing the disused platform and nearest the camera the start of a vegetable patch.
Kirkham North Junction: A Network Rail engineering train made up of MPVs and trailers proceeds slowly over Kirkham North Jct as it approaches the engineering possession on the Blackpool North line on 19 March 2018. The train appears to be involved in the electrification of the line and had originated at Crewe.
Corrour: A new plaque has been unveiled at Corrour on the 19th of March. It commemorates the presentation of an award by the Railway Heritage Trust to Network Rail for the conversion of Corrour station and signal box. The building now offers accommodation.
Barry: Sprinter 150285 arriving at Barry with a service to Aberdare from Barry Island in March 2018.
Bay Horse: The morning Carlisle to Preston service crosses the embankment at Bay Horse on 19th March 2018 behind 68018 Vigilant with 68017 Hornet bringing up the rear. The Class 68s seem to be rostered for this train Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a Class 37 operating on Tuesday and Thursday.
Longniddry: GWR-liveried 800004 passes Redhouse Castle, a little east of Longniddry, with a Doncaster - Edinburgh training run. Seen from the Haddington branch embankment.
Baillieston: The masonry columns of the old Muirhead Road overbridge seen with their newly fitted prefabricated caps which will bear the load of the new bridge.
Rhoose Cardiff International Airport: Rhoose Cardiff International Airport. Could this be this Britain's second longest station name?
Baillieston: Sections of the steelwork of the new overbridge at Baillieston lie ready to be assembled (and eventually painted, hopes at least one idle spectator).
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The building that never was. Construction ceased some time ago on what was to be the new Scotrail staff building at Glasgow Queen Street when plans to extend Buchanan Galleries were revived. It is planned to dismantle the steelwork and put it to use elsewhere, and it is hoped that some of the foundations might be incorporated into the the Buchanan Galleries Extension. The work so far is reputed to have cost in the region of ¬£5M.
Corrour: 'Onward Travel Information' and Corrour station facilities poster. In summary: foot or train.
Salwick: The station at Salwick between Preston and Kirkham has recently been refurbished whilst electrification work was taking place. A brand new waiting shelter has been erected closed in on three sides. One does hope that the icy north wind doesn't blow too often whilst passengers await their train since the shelter has no protection from that direction at all! The train is from Blackpool South to Preston, however like most, it just rushes past and doesn't stop.
Singleton: The overhead wiring team out at work on a sunny but cold 19 March 2018. This view east across Singleton Bank shows a road-rail lorry on the left carrying cable drums whilst an RRV elevated platform is allowing staff to attach the contact wire to regulation arm. Further elevated platforms were at work out of shot to the right.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The Dundas Street exit has been now been relocated while demolition of the buildings above proceeds. The old exit and the former Travel Centre location are behind the white boards on the left centre; the current exit to the right goes through what used to be W H Smith.
Barry Island: Barry Island station on 19/03/18, which was not a day for the seaside! The 1025 to Merthyr Tydfil waiting to depart Barry Island.
Schlattli: Looking down to the starting station at Schlattli (Switzerland), the Stoosbahn is now officially the steepest railway in the world with gradient of 110%!
Barry Island: Outside view of the former Barry Island station building. It is all locked up for the winter but there are signs for a station cafe.
LLantwit Major: A pair of Pacers on a Bridgend to Cardiff Central service depart from Llantwit Major on 19th March 2018.
Corrour: A view of Station Lodge at Corrour from the former signal box, now in use as holiday accommodation.
Baillieston: 318259 forming the 0839 to Dalmuir approaches Baillieston. [See image 63266] for a very similar photo taken a week earlier with the old road bridge still in place.
Thornton-Cleveleys: The former station at Thornton Cleveleys, looking north towards Fleetwood on 19th March 2018. The station is in the care and maintenance of the Poulton & Wyre Railway Society who have tidied up the site and cleared vegetation from the trackbed towards Burn Naze. Although the line has recently been severed from the National network at Poulton, the society hope to be allowed to operate a Class 108 Derby DMU in the future over at least part of the line.
Barry Island: Lovely wrought iron work of the old Barry Island ticket office, still in place in 2018.
Baillieston: 320415 en route to Whifflet passes between the newly capped masonry columns which will support the replacement overbridge at Baillieston station.
St Germains Level Crossing: Unbranded 801101 passes St Germains with an Edinburgh - Doncaster training run.
Euxton Balshaw Lane: Colas 60085 at Euxton Balshaw Lane with the 6J37 Carlisle to Chirk loaded log train on 19 March 2018.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1870||Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)||Line opened from Monktonhall to Macmerry.|
|1894||Cathcart District Railway||Cathcart (New) opened on Extension Line.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2002||ScotRail drivers strike|
|2004||Museum fights to stop loss of Flying Scot [Scotsman]||THE Flying Scotsman could be sent abroad when its sold off next month if British bidders cannot find cash to save it, rail experts have warned.|
|2004||Tension grows on terror threat [Scotsman]||ANALYSIS THERE were police officers on the platforms of Edinburgh^s Waverley station yesterday, a lot of police officers, patrolling in pairs, strolling through the concourse, watching as the train doors opened. In Glasgow there were more officers, and...|
|2004||Are the railways on the mend? [BBC News]||It^s 18 months to the day since Network Rail took over the trains. Are things finally looking up for passengers?|
|2004||Rail workers to vote on strikes [BBC News]||Thousands of rail maintenance workers are to be balloted on strike action in a dispute over job security.|
|2005||On-line art for rail travellers [Scotsman]||ART colleges from Edinburgh and Glasgow are joining forces to offer creative lessons to rail commuters travelling between the two cities.|
|2008||Major works planned for rail line [BBC News Article]||Sections of a railway are to be closed on six separate occasions for an £8m improvement programme.|
|2008||York strike will not affect rail services or safety [Network Rail Article]||Network Rail is assuring passengers that strike action, scheduled to take place in York this week, will not have any effect upon the safe and reliable running of rail services.|
|2009||West coast line opens after crash [BBC News Article]||The main west coast rail line reopens after a southbound train hit someone on the track near Lockerbie Station.|
|2011||London to Frankfurt high speed rail link back on track [Guardian]||Deutsche Bahn plans to run 200mph trains from London to Frankfurt, Cologne, Amsterdam and Rotterdam from 2013 [From Neil Ross]|
|2011||Southeastern rail franchise extended until 2014 [Telegraph]||The Department for Transport has agreed the company, which has faced heavy criticism over its performance and is jointly owned by Govia and Keolis, will continue to operate the Integrated Kent Franchise until March 31, 2014, carrying 160m passengers a year.|
|2012||National Railway Museumís Olympic Torch Dream Extinguished as Flying Scotsman Falls at the Last Hurdle [Rail.co]||The National Railway Museum (NRM) announced on March 16 that their £5m locomotive, No. 103 Flying Scotsman will not now be carrying the Olympic Torch on June 20 from York to Thirsk. The replacement locomotive is the West Coast Railways owned LMS Royal Scot No. 46115 Scots Guardsman. This has always been the reserve engine and is itself a large part of railway history, starring in the iconic 1936 film, Night Mail|
|2012||Alan Francis Pegler OBE||It is with great sadness that we report that Alan Francis Pegler passed away on Sunday 18th March 2012 after a short illness. He was 91. It was Alan^s intervention that made the restoration of the Ffestiniog Railway a possibility, from which the initial funds needed to transfer ownership of the FR to the current administration were provided. Alan was President of both the Ffestiniog Railway Society and the Festiniog Railway Company. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2006. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2012||Road traffic allowed onto railway at Stromeferry [BBC News]||Road traffic has been allowed onto the railway at Stromeferry in Wester Ross to help 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.|
|2014||All aboard the Owl-ient Express! [Mail]||A young tawny owl which clung onto the front of a speeding train for more than 300 miles has been named Lucky Ė after surviving the ordeal. The terrified bird of prey, believed to be between two and three years old, was found just below the driverís cabin when the train pulled into Stobart freight terminal in Crick, Northamptonshire. It is thought Lucky the owl spent the entire 325 mile journey from Glasgow perched on the front of the Class 66 Loco.|
|2014||Pont Briwet temporary bridge plan scrapped [BBC News]||Plans to install a temporary bridge to link two sides of a Gwynedd river over the summer have been dropped. The 154-year-old wooden Pont Briwet Bridge, which crosses the Afon Dwyryd River at Penrhyndeudraeth, was closed for good in January amid safety fears. Gwynedd council planned to install a temporary bridge in May as work on a £20m road and rail crossing continues.|
|2015||£130m tram route decision announced [Rail News]||THE route of an extension to Midland Metro in Birmingham has been chosen after a public consultation. Centro has now announced that a new tram route serving the Digbeth area will run along High Street Deritend. The headline cost will be £130 million, but that includes some additional trams. The line will improve connections to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street as well as the city^s coach station and the Custard Factory complex. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Mining museum adopts Newtongrange Train Station [Midlothian Advertiser]||National Mining Museum Scotland has adopted Newtongrange Railway Station as part of the Abellio Scotrail ‚Äúadopt a station‚ÄĚ scheme. The initiative allows the museum to improve the appearance of the station with planters and floral displays.|
|2018||Major funding for Balloch-based Maid of the Loch [BBC News]||A project to renovate the 1950s Loch Lomond paddle steamer the Maid of the Loch has been awarded funding of £950,000. The Maid has not sailed since 1981 and has been moored at Balloch Pier for more than two decades. The funding from the Scottish government^s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund takes the project closer to its £5.5m target. It is hoped the ship can be used for cruises and functions. The Loch Lomond Steamship Company, which owns the paddle steamer and is leading the regeneration project, has described the funding as a ^major milestone^.|
|2018||Passenger train struck rail left on track near Inverness [BBC News]||A passenger train struck the end of a piece of rail left on a track following engineering work, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said. The Virgin Trains East Coast train, which had left Inverness bound for London, knocked the 130m (425ft) long rail clear. The train did not derail and was not damaged in the incident on 25 February at Cradlehall, near Inverness. Urgent safety advice has been issued by the RAIB to Network Rail. ScotRail Alliance, which Network Rail Scotland is part of, said it carried out a full investigation after the incident and had taken ^immediate steps to highlight the seriousness to all our employees^.|
|2018||TfL to charge Heathrow premium on Elizabeth Line [Rail News]||TRANSPORT for London has announced that there will be special single fares on Elizabeth Line trains to London Heathrow Airport but, as the terminals will stay in Zone 6 for other purposes, Travelcards will be valid and contactless fare capping will continue to apply. Standard TfL fares will apply elsewhere on the Elizabeth Line in Zones 1 to 6. Services through central London begin in December. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: I^m delighted to announce that the cost of travelling on the Elizabeth Line in Zones 1-6 will be the same price as a similar journey on the tube fulfilling a key manifesto pledge to deliver truly world-class transport infrastructure which is also accessible and affordable for all Londoners.^|