This day in history 25 March

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Sprouston Junction: D20 4-4-0 2344 of Tweedmouth shed with a Berwick - Kelso train approaching the meeting point of NE and NB metals at Mellendean, Kelso, on the afternoon of 25 March 1947.

Kelso Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
D Welsh Collection [Courtesy Bruce McCartney] [25/03/1947]


Keith Shed [GNSR] [2nd]: McIntosh 2P no 55185 stands at Keith shed in March 1959. The locomotive was withdrawn by BR in July 1961 following official closure of the shed to steam the previous month. 61C continued to be used as a diesel depot until the mid 1970s. The site later became a Chivas Brothers whisky bond, with the north wall of the old shed being incorporated into one of the new buildings see image [[5347]].

Great North of Scotland Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/03/1959]


Inverness Shed: Drummond 0-4-0ST no 56038, minus wooden tender, comes off the turntable at Inverness in March 1959. The semi-circular open roundhouse closed in 1962 and was demolished the following year. A supermarket car park now occupies the site.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/03/1959]


Perth New Yard: Hump shunting taing place at Perth New Yard on 25th March 1963, not long after this product of BR's 1955 Modernisation Plan had opened for business. Like many aspects of the latter, it was soon overtaken by events - in this case not just the general loss of wagonload business to the road haulage industry, but also specifically the closure of the Strathmore Line through Forfar in 1967, which meant that (other than the surviving freight stub to Forfar) the only freight traffic passing the New Yard was for Inverness. See image [[21446]]

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [25/03/1963]


Ferry Road: The lorry has just turned north into Connaught Place after leaving the Chancelot Mill in March 1963, passing the footbridge across the railway line into Gosford Place. The line is the Caledonian 'Leith New Lines' route to the Leith eastern docks (singled 14 years after opening). In the background the line can be seen crossing the NB North Leith branch just west of Bonnington station (see [[2196]]).

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [25/03/1963]


Buchanan Street: Perth based Black 5 no 44722 shortly after arrival at Buchanan Street on 25 March 1964.

Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [25/03/1964]


Clarkston: 42060 emerging from the shadows of the cutting near Overlee Road, Clarkston, on 25 March 1964.

Busby Railway
John Robin [25/03/1964]


Elvanfoot: Fireman of 45026 holds his hat on as it speeds through Elvanfoot.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Symington [2nd]: Beattock based BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 no 76098 standing in the platform loop at Symington with an up ballast train on 25 March 1966.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Lamington: BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 76098 about to run south through Lamington on 25 March 1966 with an up ballast train.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Elvanfoot: A parcels train hauled by Black 5 45364 is about to pass classmate 45126 with a freight on the WCML at Elvanfoot in the spring of 1966.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Coulter: Platform view at Coulter station looking west towards Symington in the spring of 1966. On the other side of the road beyond the crossing gate is the bridge over the Clyde, with Tinto Hill visible through the trees on the right. See image [[6450]]

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Abington: Black 5 45028 running light engine south of Abington on 25 March 1966.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Elvanfoot: Black 5 no 45364 climbs south through Elvanfoot with a parcels train on 25 March 1966 in light snow.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Symington [2nd]: A down freight photographed just south of Symington on 25 March 1966. At the head of the train is Kingmoor Black 5 44677 with 'dead' Fairburn tank 42165 marshalled immediately behind. The latter had been withdrawn from Derby shed more than a year earlier and was now on its final journey - to Wishaw, where it was cut up in the yard of Motherwell Machinery & Scrap the following June.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Crawford: Brush Type 4 D1853 with a WCML train north of Crawford on 25 March 1966.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Symington [2nd]: Britannia Pacific 70046 Anzac approaching Symington with a down ballast train on 25 March 1966.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Crawford Viaduct: Britannia Pacific 70051 Firth of Forth about to cross the Clyde on Crawford Viaduct with a Crewe - Perth train on 25 March 1966.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Abington: The view north over Abington station in March 1966, some 14 months after closure. Photographed from the bridge carrying Station Road, which continues towards the village on the left. The station building has since been replaced by a maintenance compound and the platforms by passing loops. See image [[5602]]

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Broughton [2nd]: The closed station at Broughton, looking west towards Symington in 1966.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Harthope Viaduct: A northbound freight crossing Harthope viaduct in March 1966 behind BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 no 76098. Another example of 1950s transport stands in the foreground.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Wolfclyde Viaduct: Bridge over Clyde at Coulter in 1966 see image [[47524]].

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Broughton [2nd]: View east through Broughton station towards Peebles on 25 March 1966. [Ref query 4069]

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
John Robin [25/03/1966]


Perth: A railtour to remember! The BR Grand Scottish Tour No 1 at Perth on 25 March 1967. The train is double headed by Black 5 no 44997 and A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa. [Editor's notes: Roving Railscot reporter and raconteur John Robin was on this trip and recalls particularly the swing of the Black 5 as it was pushed through Stonehaven at 75 mph and out onto the viaduct. (He also remembers the whole tour cost just £5!)]
Another notable feature is the warm smile on the face of the unknown young girl in the centre of the picture... which seems to light up the whole scene... could almost be a descendent of The Fair Maid herself!

Scottish Central Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/03/1967]


Aviemore: D5070+D5127 about to be joined by D5122 at the head of the 18-coach BR Grand Scottish Tour No 1 prior to leaving Aviemore on 25 March 1967. The trio took the returning special south as far as Perth before handing over to 44997+60009 for the final leg home to Edinburgh.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Bruce McCartney [25/03/1967]


Aberdeen: Black 5 no 44997 with A4 no 60009 Union of South Africa coming off BR Grand Scottish Tour No 1 at Aberdeen on 25 March 1967, having hauled the train from Perth.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/03/1967]


Aberdeen: Scene at Aberdeen station on 25 March 1967 as Black 5 no 44997 together with A4 no 60009 Union of South Africa come off BR Grand Scottish Tour No 1 after bringing the 18 coach special from Perth.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
K A Gray [25/03/1967]


Aviemore: D5127+D5070+D5122 preparing to leave Aviemore on 25 March 1967 at the head of BR 'Grand Scottish Tour No 1'. The trio would take the special as far as Perth from where it would be steam hauled to Edinburgh.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
K A Gray [25/03/1967]


Aviemore: Following its arrival from Aberdeen via Craigellachie on 25 March 1967 behind D5070+D5127, the 18-coach Grand Scottish Tour No 1 was given further assistance for the return journey to Perth by the addition of a third locomotive, no D5122. The trio is seen here at Aviemore at around 18.30 prior to heading south. Full details of the tour, together with timings logged by John Robin that day, appear on the SBJ website. [With additional thanks to John McIntyre] See image [[27770]]

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/03/1967]


Aberdeen: A4 no 60009 Union of South Africa + Black 5 no 44997 attracting attention at Aberdeen on 25 March 1967. The pair had just brought in the 18 coach Grand Scottish Tour No 1 from Perth via Forfar and were in the process of handing over the train to diesel power for the next leg of the journey to Aviemore.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/03/1967]


Grantown-on-Spey East: BR Grand Scottish Tour no 1 south of Grantown-on-Spey on 25 March 1967 on the leg from Aberdeen to Aviemore via Keith and Dufftown. The pair of Type 2s on the front of the train would be supplemented by a third at Aviemore for the journey to Perth see image [[41311]]. [Ref query 6543]

Strathspey Railway
Bruce McCartney [25/03/1967]


Cullen Burn Viaduct: Viaduct west of Cullen on the Moray Coast line on 25 March 1973.

Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
John McIntyre [25/03/1973]


North Queensferry: An unidentified class 40 runs through North Queensferry station at around 10.00 on the morning of Saturday 25th March 1978. Judging by the the early Mark 2 coaches and buffet car the train will have originated in Aberdeen. A4 No. 60009 will shortly pass through on a northbound special, hence the odd photographer to be seen lurking!

Forth Bridge Railway
Bill Jamieson [25/03/1978]


North Queensferry: An unrecorded class 26 runs off the Forth Bridge and through North Queensferry station with a northbound class 1 working (possibly a Dundee train) at around 10.00 hrs on the morning of Saturday 25th March 1978. The spectators on the left seem totally unmoved by the event...

Forth Bridge Railway
Bill Jamieson [25/03/1978]


Dalmeny Junction: 25075 whisks a down express from Edinburgh past Dalmeny Junction under clear signals on the morning of Saturday 25th March 1978. The weather has turned out fine after what appears to have been a wet night, so the prospects are good for the passage of A4 Pacific No. 60009 later that morning see image [[37746]]. (There was an 08.55 Aberdeen departure from Waverley in the 1980-81 timetable and this was presumably the equivalent train in 1977-78.)

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)
Bill Jamieson [25/03/1978]


North Queensferry: The passage of No. 60009 Union of South Africa through North Queensferry with an Edinburgh to Aberdeen railtour provokes some excitement amongst the gallery on 25 March 1978.

Forth Bridge Railway
Bill Jamieson [25/03/1978]


Harwich Town: In a race against an ebbing tide, 08460 has an uphill struggle to unload the Zeebrugge-Harwich train ferry on 25th March 1979. The ferry had arrived almost too late to unload, but after the ship made a smart reversal up to the dock worthy of a newspaper delivery van, the loco was able to nip on and drag the load up the rapidly worsening gradient in the nick of time.

Eastern Union Railway
Mark Dufton [25/03/1979]


Harwich Town: A selection of Hamburg-based tank wagons containing hazardous substances is hauled off the Harwich train ferry on 25th March 1979 by 08460. This was one of the occasions when the ferry was late and the tide was ebbing, resulting in the engine having to pull the wagons up a sharply angled ramp between the dock and the ferry. The shunter crew had been waiting anxiously at the dockside for some time before the ferry hove into view. See image [[50669]]

Eastern Union Railway
Mark Dufton [25/03/1979]


Edinburgh Waverley: 143006 at Edinburgh Waverley with the 18.03 to Bathgate on 25 March 1986, the day after the reopening of the line to passenger services. See image [[16445]]

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/1986]


Kirkby Stephen: Kirkby Stephen viewed from behind a 47 hauled train diverted from the WCML. Before the line was reprieved.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Preston: Looking north at an 86 in Preston.

North Union Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Blackburn: Blackburn west end, before roof removal, viewed from behind an eastbound 47.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


London Road [Carlisle]: London Road Goods seen from an eastbound train, a diversion heading for the S&C from the closed WCML in 1989.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Blea Moor: Blea Moor box viewed from passing train before the box was relocated.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Ribblehead: Ribblehead viaduct (and station and photographer) viewed from passing train.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Appleby: Appleby signalbox and Appleby North Junction viewed from southbound train.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Ribble Viaduct: 47456 heads south out of Preston over the Ribble Viaduct on a Glasgow service - via Blackburn and the Settle and Carlisle line due to work on the West Coast Main Line.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Hellifield: A 47 takes the route to Blackburn at Hellifield South Junction in 1989 with a diversion from the WCML.

North Western Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Beverley: 142068 departing from Beverley for the north on 25 March 1989.

Bridlington Branch (Hull and Selby Railway)
Peter Todd [25/03/1989]


Beverley: View south from Beverley station on 25 March 1989. 142085 is using the crossover to go right line heading back to Hull.

Bridlington Branch (Hull and Selby Railway)
Peter Todd [25/03/1989]


New Biggin: The closed station at New Biggin viewed from a southbound train, diverted from the WCML.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Gisburn: The closed Gisburn box viewed from the south in 1989. The 47 was on a diversion from the WCML via Blackburn, Hellifield and the S&C to Carlisle.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


Daisyfield: Daisyfield box, level crossing and former Blackburn-bound platform (now removed) seen from a 47456 hauled train diverted from the WCML due to engineering works and heading north for Hellifield. Taken on the 25th of March, 1989.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/03/1989]


North Berwick: Locomotive hauled train in North Berwick.

North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/03/2004]


Saltmarket Junction: Saltmarket Junction, at the NE point of the St Enoch triangle, sits in the rain above the retail units on King Street. The truncated urban viaduct which carried the line into St Enoch stands left and the line to Clyde Junction runs off to the right. March 2007.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Saltmarket Junction: Looking south along Saltmarket in March 2007 at the bridge carrying the CGU line from Saltmarket Junction (right) on towards Gallowgate.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Saltmarket Junction: The urban viaduct that brought the line west from Saltmarket Junction into St Enoch now terminates at King Street. View looking east along Osborne Street towards Saltmarket in March 2007 with the site of St Enoch behind the camera. See image [[9654]]

City of Glasgow Union Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Union Bridge: View east along Clyde Street in March 2007 showing the twin towers of Clydebridge Viaduct. Trains from south of the river crossed here to reach St Enoch or could bear right at Clyde Junction to reach High Street East Junction just short of Bellgrove station.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Union Bridge: Looking south in the rain over the CGUs Clydebridge Viaduct in March 2007. The viaduct, which once brought quadruple tracks from the south across the Clyde into St Enoch, now only carries the remaining and little used CGU route running up to join the GCDR at High Street East Jct.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Bridge Street [Subway]: Sunday morning at Bridge Street - Glasgow Subway, 25 March 2007.

Glasgow District Subway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Dundee: Edinburgh-Aberdeen 170 comes off the Tay Bridge and crosses the arches on the approach to Dundee.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Inchture: Crossing house at level crossing at Inchture on the Perth & Dundee Rly.

Dundee and Perth Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Errol: Dundee to Perth turbostar passing Grange LC east of Errol. Unit 170434.

Dundee and Perth Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Clyde Viaduct [Glasgow Central] [1st]: Looking north across the Clyde to Glasgow Central Station and Broomielaw between the piers of the old viaduct on 25 March 2007.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Morton Siding: View East past Rhynd Wood toward Leuchars.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Tayport: Historical Grant plaque on side of house built on site of Tayport North cabin & station to the right. ALAS ALAS ALAS.

Newport Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Morton Siding: View West to Tayport from the Rhynd Farm Crossing. Line closed 1955.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Monkton Sidings: Notice at Exit/Entrance to fuel Discharge Siding.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Colin Harkins [25/03/2007]


Monkton Sidings: The fuel discharge siding alongside the Glasgow bound line just to the north of Prestwick Airport station, photographed in March 2007.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Colin Harkins [25/03/2007]


Leuchars: Leuchars Junction. Apart from the main lines (silvertops) the others are supernumerary at Leuchars North.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Leuchars: Half view of southbound platform at Leuchars.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Parbroath: Former Newburgh & North Fife Rly. Heads north to Kilmany alongside the A92.

Newburgh and North Fife Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Inchture: Rear of station building at Inchture, not Redcar.

Dundee and Perth Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Clyde Viaduct [Glasgow Central]: Looking northeast across the Clyde Viaduct to Glasgow Central Station on 25 March.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Clyde Viaduct [Glasgow Central] [1st]: Remaining piers of the old Clyde Viaduct stand on the south bank of the river with the replacement in the background, March 2007.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


St Rollox Works: EE Type 1 20903 languishes in the yard at St Rollox Works on 25 March 2007.

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


St Rollox Works: 08568 sticking out of the back end of St Rollox Works on 25 March 2007.

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2007]


Tayport: Tay rail ferries for Broughty Ferry left from this Tayport slipway between 1850 and 1878 then, after the first Tay Bridge fell, from 1879 until 1887 when the present bridge was built.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Leuchars: Diamond discarded. Station building and new footbridge with disabled access ramp. The former branch to Tayport is disconnected.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/03/2007]


Causewayend: Old bridge over the trackbed between Causewayend and Blackston on the Slammanan Railway. View west on 25 March 2008.

Slamannan Railway
Craig Seath [25/03/2008]


Daviot: Looking south from the platform of Daviot station (closed 1965). The base for a water tank still stands in good condition.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [25/03/2008]


Daviot: The platform remains at Daviot station on 25 March 2008. Looking north towards Inverness.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [25/03/2008]


Moy: The passing loop at Moy in March 2008. The remains of the station platforms are just beyond the two large trees in the centre of the photograph.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [25/03/2008]


Westfield: Site of the old station at Westfield (closed to passengers in 1930), seen on 25 March looking towards Blackston from the former level crossing.

Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Craig Seath [25/03/2008]


Winchburgh: Stairs to nowhere remain in place at the site of the former Winchburgh station on 25 March 2008.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Craig Seath [25/03/2008]


Avon Viaduct [Westfield]: Abandoned viaduct over the River Avon north of the former Westfield station still looking impressive on 25 March 2008.

Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Craig Seath [25/03/2008]


Westfield: Looking south from the site of the level crossing at the former Westfield Station towards Bathgate Lower on 25 March. The old trackbed still cuts a swathe through the countryside.

Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Craig Seath [25/03/2008]


Rhu: As the great Network Rail tree massacre heads north, new photo opportunities are opening up and the tourists will be rewarded with some good views. A Class 66 passes above the Rhu narrows on 25 March with a train of tanks.

West Highland Railway
John Robin [25/03/2009]


Rhu: EWS 66103 with a freight above the Gareloch between Rhu and Shandon in March 2009, as tree felling improves the views.

West Highland Railway
John Robin [25/03/2009]


Blue Anchor: Ex-LMS 6100 Royal Scot in the process of running in on the West Somerset Railway on 25 March 2009, photographed at Blue Anchor station.

Minehead Railway
Peter Todd [25/03/2009]


Lochearnhead Viaduct: The view as it would have been seen from a train on the C & O looking east along Loch Earn in March 2009. At bottom left is the curving viaduct on the St Fillans line.

Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/2009]


Minehead: Ex-GWR 4-6-0 no 4936 Kinlet Hall stands at Minehead station on the West Somerset Railway on 25 March.

West Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [25/03/2009]


Blue Anchor: Royal Scot on the level crossing at Blue Anchor station on 25 March 2009.

Minehead Railway
Peter Todd [25/03/2009]


Minehead: 6100 Royal Scot stabled at Minehead depot on the West Somerset Railway on 25 March 2009.

West Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [25/03/2009]


York: A CrossCountry service pulls out of York on 25 March and heads north on the ECML .

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


York: The 'East Coast' 07.55 Inverness - London Kings Cross Highland Chieftain HST pulls away from its penultimate stop at York on 25 March 2010.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: 26020 on display in the main hall of the NRM, York in March 2010. Built at Gorton Works in 1951, originally as a class EM1 1500v DC electric locomotive, it was one of a class of 58 built primarily to handle coal traffic on the trans – Pennine Woodhead Route. The locomotive later carried an 'E' prefix for a time before eventually being reclassified and renumbered 76020 under the BR TOPS system.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: D6700 and D8000 are amongst those receiving attention in the NRM workshops at York on 25 March 2010. Other notable visitors in the workshops that day included Deltic 55002 and most of 4472 Flying Scotsman.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: Old wooden destination boards from the Glasgow District Subway stored in the warehouse section of the National Railway Museum in March 2010. Note the board for the former Govan Cross, the name having been changed to plain Govan in 1980.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


York: A TransPennine 185 comes off the Scarborough line and pulls into platform 4 at York on 25 March with a service for Liverpool Lime Street.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: Remember these? Some famous train headboards (and some not so famous) on display at the National Railway Museum, York, in March 2010.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Alne: The former goods shed and yard at Alne, seen looking north east from the roadside on 25 March 2010. Alne station closed to passengers in 1958 and was subsequently demolished. The surviving goods facilities are currently used by a stonemason. See image [[28568]] [Ref query 1673]

Great North of England Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: Gleaming Deltic 55002 The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry stands alongside the workshops at the National Railway Museum, York on 25 March 2010. Good progress continues on restoration of the locomotive to full running order.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: The original EE Type 4 no D200, photographed at the National Railway Museum, York, in March 2010.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


York: South facing bay platforms 6&7 at York on 25 March 2010 with a 142 on a service to Sheffield standing alongside a 158 about to depart for Blackpool North.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: Built at Crewe in 1973, withdrawn in 2005, preserved BR Class 87 electric locomotive no 87001 stands in the main hall of the National Railway Museum, York, in March 2010.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Tollerton: Station House at Tollerton, North Yorkshire, photographed in March 2010. View is east with Tollerton village behind the camera and with the road on the left rising to cross the ECML. The station here closed to passengers in November 1965 but nowadays a yard and engineer's sidings are located on the up side of the line and shown on rail maps as Tollerton sidings see image [[29170]]. [With thanks to all who responded to this query, in particular to Mick Dowson, the current owner of the property.]

Great North of England Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Alne: The 1135 Manchester Airport - Middlesbrough heads past the site of Alne station, 10 miles north of York on the ECML, in March 2010. Opened by the GNoER in 1841 the station also became the western end of the independent Easingwold Railway 50 years later. This resulted in the addition of a bay platform on the east side of the line and a crossover to the goods yard on the west side. Alne station closed to passengers in 1958 and has since been demolished, although the former goods yard and shed, now in private ownership, are still in use.

Great North of England Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: EE Type 1 no D8000 receives attention in the works area at the National Railway Museum on 25 March 2010.

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


York: First TransPennine 185126 calls at York station's platform 9 on bright and sunny 25 March 2010 with an early afternoon Middlesbrough - Manchester Airport service.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Alne: The old goods yard and shed at Alne, one time terminus of the former Easingwold Railway, between York and Thirsk on the east coast main line. The yard and re-roofed shed are seen here on 25 March 2010, at that time housing a stonemason's business see image [[28568]].
See query 2201

Great North of England Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Fylde Junction: The 309' spire of St Walburge's Church, Preston (the third highest in the country) was a feature of many steam age photos of trains approaching Preston station from the north or from Blackpool. The lineside is far less accessible these days and the full spire can only really be included in pictures of the Blackpool line. In this view from St. Mark's Rd, Northern Pacer 142046 is approaching the junction with the WCML on a Blackpool South to Colne service.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2010]


York: Scene at platform 11 on the north side of York station on 25 March 2010. First TransPennine 185115 stands under the footbridge having recently arrived with a mid-afternoon service on its way from Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough.

York and North Midland Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


National Railway Museum York: Preserved 4472 'Flying Scotsman' still undergoing its major overhaul in the workshops of the National Railway Museum, York, on 25 March 2010. Looks like they've finished work on the nameplate...

National Railway Museum
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Beningbrough: 66712 Peterborough Power Signalbox on southbound First GBRF loaded Tyne Dock to Drax Power Station working passes Shipton north of York at 10.33 just prior to northbound empty working passing

Great North of England Railway
David Pesterfield [25/03/2010]


Beningbrough: 66711 on First GBRF Drax Power Station to Tyne Dock empty northbound working passes Shipton north of York at 10.35 on 25 Mar '10 just after loaded working passed heading south

Great North of England Railway
David Pesterfield [25/03/2010]


Beningbrough: Cross Country Voyager speeds south by the rear of the GBRF Tyne Dock to Drax Power Station loaded working, with one of the sleeping carriages at The Sidings Hotel at Shipton north of York visible on left.

Great North of England Railway
David Pesterfield [25/03/2010]


Tollerton: A CrossCountry service runs north through the site of Tollerton station in the Vale of York on 25 March 2010. Nothing remains of the station, which closed to pasengers in 1965, but the site sees regular use nowadays by engineering and maintenance staff.

Great North of England Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Tollerton: The up 'Flying Scotsman' hurries past flooded fields on the approach to Tollerton, approximately 10 miles north of York, on 25 March 2010.

Great North of England Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2010]


Bo^ness: The last surviving class 303 set, no 303 032, awaiting a move to new indoor accommodation, stands in the yard at Boness on 25 March 2011. The tenth anniversary of the type becoming extinct in mainline service will occur in December of next year.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2011]


Bo^ness: Britain's last splitting distant signal, obtained in the wake of the Larbert resignalling project and re-erected at Boness. Seen here at the SRPS site in March 2011. See image [[9268]]

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2011]


Galashiels [1st]: Preliminary works in connection with the Borders Railway underway below Station Brae, Galashiels, on 25 March 2011.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Colin Miller [25/03/2011]


Branchton: Branchton, between trains, looking towards Port Glasgow on 25 March 2011. The station only opened in 1967, two years after the Wemyss Bay branch had celebrated its centenary.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2011]


Rugby: The 0702 to London Euston blinks in the early morning March sunlight at Rugby see image [[36505]]. If winter comes, can spring be far behind? (Yeats, I think)

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [25/03/2011]


Boat of Garten: A gleaming Ivatt 2MT 46512 between Drumuillie and Boat of Garten on 25 March 2012 with the last train of the day for Aviemore.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Taylor [25/03/2012]


Morlac: Morlac station stands on a long-abandoned 'Chemin de Fer Economique' (Light Railway) running from St Amand Montrond to Lignieres in the Cher Department. The old station is seen here on 25 March 2012.

SNCF
John Thorn [25/03/2012]


Chinley North Junction: A pair of East Midlands 158s, with 158854 leading 158846, approaching Chinley North Junction on 25 March 2012. The train is on its way from Liverpool to Nottingham.

Dore and Chinley Railway (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [25/03/2012]


Woodacre Crossing: A Sunday WCML engineering possession for relaying sees DBS 66213 and some flat wagons standing alongside brand new track at Woodacre near Garstang in March 2012. A plant machine is just visible inside the cutting on the new Up line.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2012]


Aviemore: On the hottest March day in Scotland since records began Ivatt 2MT 46512 waits at Aviemore with the 14.45 to Broomhill on 25 March 2012.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Taylor [25/03/2012]


Interiors: Virgin Pendolino 1st class coach interior at Glasgow Central. Picture taken on a Club 55 jolly boys day out to Hexham in March 2013.

Virgin Trains
Gordon Steel [25/03/2013]


Sheffield: East Midlands Trains Meridian 222014 stands at Sheffield following arrival from St Pancras on 25 March 2014.

Sheffield to Chesterfield Line (Midland Railway)
Bruce McCartney [25/03/2014]


Leeds: The 12.49 service to Carlisle via the S&C waits to leave Leeds on 25 March.

North Midland Railway
Bruce McCartney [25/03/2014]


Painthorpe, Wakefield: Looking east to the overgrown section of trackbed, running between housing from Painthorpe Lane to the former Crigglestone Colliery site a few hundred metres beyond, as compared to the view looking west See image [[53369]]. An old wooden gatepost is still in place in this view of March 2015.

Crigglestone Colliery Company
David Pesterfield [25/03/2015]


St Andrew Square [Tram]: An Edinburgh Tram about to emerge from South St Andrew Street onto Princes Street on 25 March 2015. The angle gives a perspective on the overall length of these units.

Edinburgh Trams
Colin Miller [25/03/2015]


Hull: The Northern Trains 1241 Sheffield - Bridlington service runs into Hull on 25 March 2015.

York and North Midland Railway
Bruce McCartney [25/03/2015]


Woodacre Crossing: A Grangemouth (Ineos) to Long Marston special working of 27 aviation fuel four wheel tankers ran on 25th March 2015. The wagons, presumably bound for storage, are seen here passing Woodacre behind Colas 56113. [Any information on the background to this working would be appreciated.]

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2015]


Dawlish Warren: Traveller's Fare roast chicken poster from the 1980s.

Traveller^s Fare
Ian Dinmore [25/03/2015]


Painthorpe, Wakefield: View south west over Painthorpe Lane, Wakefield, along the former trackbed between Crigglestone Colliery to rear of view and the exchange sidings at Crigglestone West station. The far end of the route was severed by the construction of the M1 motorway during the 1960s. See image [[53473]] for view in opposite direction.

Crigglestone Colliery Company
David Pesterfield [25/03/2015]


Gyle Centre [Tram]: Edinburgh trams pass at Gyle Centre on 25 March 2015.

Edinburgh Trams
Colin Miller [25/03/2015]


Moy: 68018 Vigilant has been hauling the Mossend-Inverness container train for most of this week. Pictured north of Moy.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [25/03/2016]


Slochd Viaduct: 68018 Vigilant races south over Slochd Viaduct with the container empties from Inverness to Mossend.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [25/03/2016]


Leith Walk East Goods: Believe it or not there is a working Railway in this scene: it is behind the fence on the left and is on its way to Powderhall Branch Junction at Piershill. A large but rather short-lived Royal Mail depot occupied the site of the yard. It is now filling up with housing, wouldn't you know.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
David Panton [25/03/2016]


Broomhill Junction: In an icy gale, Strathspey Railway Ivatt No.46512 is pictured just north of Fisherman's Crossing on the way to Broomhill.

Strathspey Railway
John Gray [25/03/2016]


Clydebridge Viaduct: The 1142 from Aberdeen crosses the Clyde at Clydesmill on its way to Glasgow Central on 25th March 2016, during the period of the diversions from Queen Street High level caused by the Cowlairs tunnel works.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [25/03/2016]


Crianlarich: Ben More in evening sunshine. What a lovely day!

West Highland Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2017]


Crianlarich: This photo was taken on Saturday 25 March, when despite buses replacing trains Crianlarich-Fort William the tearoom was closed all day. The tearoom business is presently for sale.

West Highland Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2017]


Bury Bolton Street: 4MT 2-6-4T 80097 was rescued from Barry in 1985 by the Bury Standard 4 Group. For a long time restoration proceeded very slowly in the open but the loco is now housed in a purpose built shed at Bolton Street station and the team are making good progress. The loco first worked on the LTSR, hence the 33A Plaistow shed plate. It later ran in Wales and was finally withdrawn from Machynlleth. When complete it will join classmate 80080 on the East Lancashire Railway and work will turn to the group's other loco, 2MT 2-6-0 46428.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Rawtenstall: GCR based 8F 2-8-0 48624 draws into Rawtenstall on 25th March 2017. The loco had been part of the Lostock Hall themed steam gala earlier in the month (along with 76084, 45212 and 45407) and covered some additional turns.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Crianlarich: Information board at Crianlarich. See the erroneous claim that before 1965 there were no through trains between Glasgow and Oban! (These started a few years after the creation of British Railways).

West Highland Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2017]


Bury Bolton Street: After a very cold night and then hot sun during the day a bit of routine adjustment is required in the locking room underneath Bury South signal box. This frame and all the associated interlocking and electrical equipment was entirely installed by the East Lancashire Railway signalling volunteers. Photo taken with kind permission during a supervised visit in March 2017.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Seascale: A Northern Class 156 calls at Seascale on 25 March 2017 while working the 1533 hrs from Barrow to Carlisle.

Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway
John McIntyre [25/03/2017]


Southwaite: The 'Winter Cumbrian Coast Express' heads northwards at Southwaite on 25 March 2017 with Royal Scot class no.46115 Scots Guardsman having worked the leg from Carnforth.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [25/03/2017]


Ramsbottom: LMS 8F 2-8-0 48624, heading for Bury, passes 40106 Atlantic Conveyor at Ramsbottom on 25th March 2017.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Bury Bolton Street: The steam heating boiler of 40106 Atlantic Conveyor was completed and passed its insurance test on 22nd March 2017 allowing the loco to haul (and heat) passenger trains on the ELR on the following weekend. This was the first time in thirty years that it had steam heated a train. There's a tell tale wisp of steam from the front bogie as the shiny EE Type 4 slows to collect the single line staff from the Bury South signalman as it leaves Bolton Street heading for Heywood. Ironically, this was probably the warmest day of 2017 so far. See image [[24898]] of the same loco taken in 1982.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Polmaise Junction: Dunblane-Edinburgh (170 410) and Glasgow-Alloa (170 474) services pass each other near the site of Polmaise Junction on 25th March 2017. The snowy peak of Uamh Bheag looms in the background.

Scottish Central Railway
Mark Dufton [25/03/2017]


Bury Bolton Street: Visiting 8F 2-8-0 48624 climbs up the steeply graded curve from Bury Knowsley St to Bolton St with a train from Heywood to Rawtenstall on 25th March 2017. This is the view from the rear windows of Bury South signal box taken during a supervised visit.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Crianlarich: 156450 under a simply wonderful blue sky at Crianlarich.

West Highland Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2017]


Eden Brows: A Class 142 (number 142066) on an Appleby to Carlisle ecs move (suspected to be for route refreshing) passes the site of the landslip at Eden Brows on 25 March 2017. This is the second day that these runs have taken place. The DMU is crossing the section where the slip occurred and where Network Rail has spent the past year rebuilding the trackbed and there is now a substantial retaining wall and piles beneath to support the line. The line is scheduled to reopen to passenger traffic on 31 March 2017 with Flying Scotsman hauling the reopening special.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
John McIntyre [25/03/2017]


Bury Bolton Street: Interior of Bury South signal box taken during a supervised visit on 25th March 2017 with kind permission of the ELR. This view looks south along the old electric line towards Buckley Wells sheds. The operational Heywood line runs behind. After closure in 1980 this box became little more than a shell and everything in this picture is new, including the 65 lever frame. The few white levers illustrate that the vast majority in the frame are operational and the whole box is a credit to the Signalling Department of the East Lancashire Railway.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Wheathampstead: Wheathampstead - Saturday. A short length of platform and a 5-plank wagon on a piece of rail. This has been set up by the local community to remember when the station was open before Beeching. At least close to the station site, if not on it!

Luton, Dunstable and Welwyn Junction Railway
Veronica Clibbery [25/03/2017]


Bury Bolton Street: Tucked away in a siding behind Bury South signal box, former Southampton Docks Ruston & Hornsby shunter 07013 awaits attention. This 275hp DE 0-6-0 should be a useful addition to the fleet in due course. Picture taken with kind permission of ELR during a supervised visit to the signal box.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2017]


Esk Valley Junction: The Polton branch left the Peebles line only a half mile or so after that line left the Waverley route at Hardengreen. Esk Valley Junction is not to be confused with Glenesk junction, the other side of Hardengreen, though the name means the same. Here's a relic of some ancient signalling hardware which has somehow managed to survive decades of use of the trackbed as a walkway.

Peebles Railway
David Panton [25/03/2017]


Stirling North Junction: Brush type 4s D1935 and D1944 (alias 47805 and 47501, owned by Locomotive Services Ltd) pass Stirling North signalbox with a returning Kingussie - Crewe private charter.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/2018]


Alloa West Junction: Alloa masts; looking west at the former Alloa West Junction with electrification masts in place.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/2018]


Slateford Viaduct: Looking north along Edinburgh's Inglis Green Road on Sunday 25 March 2018 through one of the arches of the 1822 Slateford Aqueduct carrying the Union Canal. Just beyond stands the 1848 railway viaduct, being crossed at the time by the TransPennine 0915 Edinburgh Waverley - Manchester Oxford Road.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2018]


Stirling: Brush type 4s D1935 and D1944 (alias 47805 and 47501, owned by Locomotive Services Ltd) pass through Stirling station, after a brief stop, with a returning Kingussie - Crewe private charter.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/2018]


Dalry: A planter at Dalry station within the adopted station garden.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2018]


Slateford Viaduct: A Voyager running ECS westbound over Slatford Viaduct on Sunday morning 25 March 2018, seen from below the Union Canal aqueduct. The train is on its way from Craigentinny TMD to Motherwell station, where it will later form the 1V62 11.15 CrossCountry service to Penzance.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2018]


Slateford Viaduct: An early morning light engine movement crossing Slateford Viaduct westbound on 25 March 2018. DRS 66424 is on its way from Craigentinny to Motherwell.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [25/03/2018]


Dalry: Railway information poster spotted at Dalry station during the inauguration of the Nature of Dalry art exhibition on 25th March 2018. This is a collection of wildlife paintings by artist Leo du Feu for the Dalry Station Garden Group.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
John Yellowlees [25/03/2018]


Baillieston: Early Sunday morning view north across the work site with the new bridge steelwork now in place.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [25/03/2018]


Cambus Loop: Alloa masts; looking east from Cambus level crossing towards Cambus loop, during a month-long possession.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/2018]


Woodacre Crossing: Immaculate D1935 and D1944 Craftsman run through Woodacre with the returning Kingussie to Crewe private charter train on 25th March 2018. 5000hp for seven coaches will have made light work of the gradients en route.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2018]


Newtonhill: Newtonhill signalbox and associated building (lamp room?). The 'box closed on 28 April 2019.

Aberdeen Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/2019]


Newcastle Central: The portico at Newcastle Central seems to have been glassed-in since I was last here, but that was a long time ago. The space has a continental feel to it. The same departures summary is shown on six double-sided displays (there's one behind me). One wonders how people coped in the past. Seen on 25 March 2019.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
David Panton [25/03/2019]


Edinburgh Waverley: Monday 25 March 2019 2K01 06 36 Waverley - Glenrothes catching the early sun on Monday 25 March 2019 whilst waiting to depart from platform 1.

North British Railway
David Prescott [25/03/2019]


Newcastle Central: A TPE service for Liverpool Lime Street prepares to depart Newcastle's Platform 9 on 25 March.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
David Panton [25/03/2019]


Newcastle Central: If that's what he's like with a train what is he like with his car? A driver seems to fuss over a chip in the paintwork at Newcastle on 25 March 2019. The train is for Edinburgh.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
David Panton [25/03/2019]


Naples Maritime: Naples Maritime station was built in 1933. The main building is seen here from a ship approaching its berth in March 2019. Although rail tracks are still in place on the quayside they are not used and the main part of the station is now entirely given over to road traffic. The station was destroyed by bombing during WWII but was rebuilt afterwards in the same style.

Port of Naples
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2019]


Naples Maritime: After many years when the only access to Naples Maritime was by road vehicles rails are being laid again, but this time it is underground tracks as the Naples Metro system is constructing a line to what is now a major cruise terminal. The Metro construction area is on the right in this view from the landward side of the 1930s built station, taken on 25th March 2019.

Port of Naples
Mark Bartlett [25/03/2019]


Newtonhill: The 09.52 LNER service from Aberdeen to Kings Cross passes through the site of Newtonhill Station, closed in 1956. The signalbox closed on 28 April 2019.

Aberdeen Railway
Bill Roberton [25/03/2019]


Dumbarton Central: 334001 comes over the Leven Viaduct from Dalreoch to enter Dumbarton Central.

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/2019]


Newcastle Central: A Class 158 with an arriving Northern service at Newcastle on 25 March 2019.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
David Panton [25/03/2019]


Dumbarton Central: The roof of the Glasgow bound platform building at Dumbarton Central is having its roof replaced with new Welsh slate from Penryhn Quarry.

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/03/2019]


Manors: Manors Northern Rail station is quite isolated from the Metro station (surely breaking some unwritten naming rule) and is absurdly difficult to get to. When you do find it it looks like a parliamentary station, but it does have an hourly service. A Morpeth to Newcastle train calls on 25 March.
See query 2035

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
David Panton [25/03/2019]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1841Bristol and Exeter RailwayNew Bridgwater Docks opened.
1858Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway1st_>Dalvey 1st closes, replaced by the extension through 1st_>Forres 1st to Elgin.
1863Inverness and Ross-shire RailwayDingwall to Invergordon opened.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Gates close on ticket cheats [Scotsman]NEW automatic ticket gates are set to start operating at Haymarket Station today. They are part of a range of measures being introduced by ScotRail to cut down on the number of passengers who travel without tickets.
2005Crash delays Heathrow transport [BBC News]There is no Heathrow Express and roads are closed after a lorry crashes into bridge dumping tonnes of rubbish o to rail lines.
2005Rail firm is rapped over leaflet gaffe [Scotsman]FIRST ScotRail has been ordered to change one of its promotional leaflets after it was rapped by advertising watchdogs over a misleading brochure.
2005Council plea to Executive: save third tram line plan [Scotsman]THE leader of Edinburgh City Council is to request an urgent meeting with Nicol Stephen, the Scottish Executive transport minister, in an attempt to salvage ambitious plans for a third tramway in the city, it emerged yesterday.
2005Victory as rail chiefs agree to fix sewer [Scotsman]CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after winning a long-running battle to get rail chiefs to fix a broken sewer that has been causing a stink.
2008Hopes for Longannet Colliery reopening rise [Dunfermline Press Article]A GOVERNMENT minister has given hope to campaigners pushing for the re-opening of Longannet Colliery. The possible rebirth of Scotlands deep coal mining industry at Longannet has been discussed at a very positive meeting between energy minister Jim Mather and Fife councillors.
2009Call to reopen town train station [BBC News Article]A campaign to restart a public train service to Grangemouth is launched by Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson.
2009Model railways global uber-view [BBC News]Rail enthusiasts can now enjoy views of Scandinavian fjords, the Swiss Alps, and even Mount Rushmore - in Germany. Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun have built the world^s longest model railway in the city of Hamburg. [From Mark Bartlett]
2009MSPs ^thwarted^ in rail row probe [BBC News Article]MSPs complain of being thwarted in efforts to get to the bottom of an alleged conflict over the First Scotrail franchise.
2011Tube power supply workers to be balloted over pay row [BBC]Tube workers who monitor the supply of electricity across the network will be balloted in a pay row, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has said.
2011West Coast InterCity: four train firms shortlisted [BBC News]Four companies have been shortlisted by the Department of Transport for the West Coast Intercity rail franchise for 2012 to 2026.
2011Steam railway celebrates 50 years [BBC News]An historic Cumbrian railway is celebrating 50 years since a campaign group saved it from closure.
2011Severn Valley Railway reopens after engineering work [BBC]The Severn Valley Railway has fully reopened to visitors after nearly two months of engineering work.
2012ScotRail drivers shun own trains over cramped and uncomfortable conditions [Scotland on Sunday]SCOTRAIL drivers are shunning their own trains because they are too cramped and uncomfortable. Members of the drivers union Aslef have chosen to travel by intercity train to a conference in Inverness next month because they say ScotRails trains are not good for longer journeys.
2013Virgin Rail gets extension on West Coast Main Line [New Statesman] The British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is expected to unveil a revised timetable for rail franchising before the parliament tomorrow in an effort to draw a line for the West Coast fiasco. The new schedule is expected to include a further extension for Virgin Rail on the West Coast Main Line that will take the contract beyond the general election in 2015.
2014Union: Train operator dozed off [Salt Lake Tribune]CHICAGO The president of a Chicago transit union said Monday there are indications that the operator dozed off before the train jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nations busiest airports, injuring 32 people. The operator told Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly that she had worked a lot of overtime recently and was "extremely tired" at the time of the derailment, he said at a news conference.
2014Network Rail - Teignmouth Controlled Landslip [NR]Engineers became aware on 4 March that about 20,000 tonnes of a cliff face near Teignmouth, had sheared away and slumped about 20m onto the toe of the railway, which sits at the bottom of the cliff at this point. With the help of Devon & Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, engineers have been spraying thousands of litres of water every minute onto the slip to wash away the earth and to encourage the slip to complete its fall to the railway below. [From Richard Buckby]
2015Edinburgh rail workers to strike on Good Friday [BBC News]Workers at Virgin Trains East Coast in Edinburgh are to stage a one-day strike over the dismissal of an ex-colleague. Mark Doughty was sacked when the firm was operated by UK government-controlled East Coast Trains. The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has confirmed the walk-out will take place on Good Friday, April 3.
2015HS2: Government has no ^convincing case^ for 50bn rail line [BBC News]The government has no convincing case for spending 50bn building the HS2 rail link between London and the North, a report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says. The government^s main arguments in favour of HS2 - increasing railway capacity and rebalancing the economy - were still to be proven, peers said. There are less-expensive options than HS2, they said on Wednesday. A government spokesman said HS2 would deliver big benefits.
2015Newton Aycliffe^s Hitachi train plant connected to main line [BBC News]The construction of a train factory in County Durham has reached a significant milestone with the plant being connected to the main line network. The 82m Hitachi factory in Newton Aycliffe will employ 750 people, with the first trains coming off the production line in 2017.
2015DB looks to revitalise long-distance rail market [Rail News]Deutsche Bahn (DB) is aiming to attract 50 million more passenger a year from now until 2030 as part of a major initiative to strengthen its long-distance rail services. By 2030, DB will be operating 150 more services than it does today and up to two ICE services an hour between almost every major city. [From Richard Buckby]
2016One man battle to derail Ordsall Chord finally comes to an end as Judge dismisses appeal [MEN]Rail bosses have finally emerged victorious from a battle with an engineer set on derailing the Ordsall Chord. A last-ditch attempt to stop the £85m link being built between Piccadilly and Victoria stations has been defeated in the courts. Work has already started on the major scheme, which Network Rail says will speed up travel times and increase capacity. However the legal row has set the completion date back from December 2016 to the end of 2017. [From Richard Buckby]
2017New Hitachi express train^s first Welsh test journey [BBC News]A new intercity express train has completed its first test journey in Wales. Hitachi, which is building and maintaining the new fleet, ran the train^s maiden journey along the Great Western main line to Swansea on Wednesday. The firm said it had ^more seats, more space and better on-board technology^.
2019Plans to introduce battery powered trains in Scotland [Scotsman]Scottish passengers would be among the first in the world to ride on battery-powered trains under plans unveiled by Japanese firm Hitachi. The company wants to add batteries to the new electric trains it is building for ScotRail which are being introduced across the Central Belt.
2019ScotRail takes three more classic HSTs [Rail]Three more Classic High Speed Trains (HST) will be leased by ScotRail to combat poor performance as part of the operators Remedial Plan agreed with the Scottish Government. The operator will also recruit an extra 55 drivers and 30 conductors as part of the plan to raise performance. It will also seek to complete training on the Hitachi Class 385s and HSTs as soon as possible.
2019Edinburgh Waverley: Station expansion plans to be revealed [BBC News]Network Rail is to begin consultation on a long-term development plan for Waverley Station in Edinburgh. Passenger numbers at the station are expected to double to over 49 million by 2048. The Waverley Masterplan will be led by a partnership of Network Rail and City of Edinburgh Council. A key element is likely to be a mezzanine floor above existing platforms to create more space for passengers.
2019FirstGroup orders five electric trains for London-Edinburgh route [Railway Technology]Transport operator FirstGroup has placed an order for five AT300 125mph intercity electric trains with Hitachi. The latest order follows the completion of a £100m rolling stock deal between FirstGroup and Hitachi. This deal was financed by Beacon Rail.
2020CalMac call centres swamped by refund requests [Ardrossan Herald]CalMac has been overwhelmed by more than 5000 calls in a single day in relation to trip cancellations. In what was one of the companys busiest phone days ever staff at the west coast ferry operator spoke with thousands of customers asking for refunds.
2020Concerns as Northlink carry on ^business as usual^ amid coronavirus crisis [Press and Journal]Concerns have also been raised that ferry provider Northlink Ferries are putting passengers at risk by continuing to serve food on board.
2020Angel Trains hints at plan to scrap High Speed Trains [RAIL]Nearly 200 High Speed Train Mk 3s and more than 20 Class 43 power cars look set to be scrapped in the coming weeks and months.
2020Network Rail Southern Region appeals for former professional signallers to help the railway keep key workers moving during coronavirus crisis [Network Rail]Network Rail Southern Region operations teams are working hard to keep signalboxes and control centres open 24/7, despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis. However, with the need to keep lines running day and night to keep key workers getting to their jobs and vital food and medical supplies flowing across the country, the company wants to retrain former staff to help provide backup.