Renfrew Fulbar Street: Renfrew Fulbar St. Class 2 4.4.0 40595 on St. Enoch train.
Renfrew Kings Inch: C.R. 0.6.0 57562 on Renfrew District crossing the G&S.W. to Wharf station.
Eastfield Shed: LNER Class Q1 0-8-0T 69925 stabled at Eastfield on 16 April 1954 with B1 4-6-0 61342 standing beyond.
Buchanan Street: Looking north over the approaches Buchanan Street at Dobbies Loan on Saturday 16 April 1955. Black 5 45156 Ayrshire Yeomanry is about to enter the station with a train from Oban.
Glasgow Central: 80054 leaving Glasgow Central on 16 April 1957 with a train for Uplawmoor.
Hawick [2nd]: J36 0-6-0 no 65316 photographed on Hawick shed in April 1960.
Hawick [2nd]: The noon train to Edinburgh about to leave Hawick station on 15 April 1960 behind K3 2-6-0 no 61884.
Hawick [2nd]: Gresley K3 2-6-0 no 61884 stands at Hawick with a train on 16 April 1960.
Hawick [2nd]: Class D49 no 62712 Morayshire at Hawick with the 12.25 train to Carlisle in April 1960. The locomotive was withdrawn from Hawick shed the following year and has since been restored as LNER no 249 and preserved by the SRPS at Boness. [See image 24309]
Hawick [2nd]: Class D49 4-4-0 no 62712 Morayshire looking ready for the road in the shed yard at Hawick. Taken on Saturday 16 April 1960, with the locomotive diagrammed to take out the 12.25 (SO) to Carlisle that day. [See image 25315]
Whitrope Tunnel: A3 Pacific no 60087 Blenheim blasts out of Whitrope Tunnel with the 12.00 Edinburgh-Carlisle on 16 April 1961. This train achieved some notoriety for being one of the heaviest loss-makers on BR Scottish Region, and was withdrawn on Mondays to Fridays in early 1962 - leaving a dreadful 4 hour gap between the 10.15 am and 2.43 pm departures from Waverley, which remained (extended to over five hours) to the very last Waverley Route timetable.
Longsight: 'Crab' no 42777 stands outside the south shed at 9A Longsight, Manchester, in 1962. [With thanks to Vic Smith and Bill Jamieson]
Buxton Shed: Fowler 2-6-4T 42370 in a siding alongside Buxton shed on 16 April 1962. The locomotive was officially withdrawn from here two months later.
Buxton Shed: Stanier 2P 0-4-4T no 41905 in a siding alongside Buxton shed in April 1962. The locomotive is recorded as having been officially withdrawn from here more than 2 years earlier. It was cut up at Crewe works a month after this photograph was taken.
Patricroft Shed: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45558 Manitoba stands on Patricroft shed in April 1962. Eventually withdrawn by BR in August 1964 the locomotive was cut up at Crewe Works some 3 months later. Patricroft shed itself was officially closed on 1 July 1968 and demolished shortly thereafter.
Bathgate Shed: J36 0-6-0 no 65267 stands in front of the shed at Bathgate in 1965.
St Margarets Shed: Looking out from the back of St Margarets shed on 16 April 1965 A1 Pacific no 60145 Saint Mungo stands on the left with V2 60955 in the centre. Over to the right a Peak hides in the shadows. [Note: the Pacific had worked the previous day's 9.30am York - Glasgow Queen Street, possibly as far as Edinburgh.] [See image 26768]
Stirling: BR Standard Class 6 Pacific no 72006 'Clan MacKenzie', photographed prior to restarting a southbound freight following a signal check at Stirling in April 1965. 72006 survived another year, being finally withdrawn from Carlisle Kingmoor shed in May of 1966. Two months later Clan MacKenzie succumbed to the blowtorches of the Clan McWilliams of Shettleston.
Stirling: BR Standard Pacific no 72006, minus its Clan MacKenzie nameplate, waits for the road at Stirling in April 1965 with the early afternoon fish train from Aberdeen destined for the North West of England.
Bathgate Shed: A pair of Holmes J36 0-6-0s, nos 65282 and 65267 on shed at Bathgate in April 1965. At least 4 of these locomotives, introduced by the North British Railway in 1898, were still in service in 1967, making them one of the last operational pre-grouping designs on BR.
Plean: A4 Pacific 60019 Bittern heading south at Plean on 16 April 1965 with the 1.30pm Aberdeen - Glasgow Buchanan Street train. [With thanks to Donald Hillier & Jim Watson]
St Margarets Shed: V2 2-6-2 no 60955 stands inside the shed at St Margarets in April 1965.
Bathgate Shed: Looking across the running lines at a lineup of locomotives standing outside Bathgate MPD in April 1965, with snowplough-fitted Holmes J36 0-6-0 no 65267 to the fore. 76104 and 65282 stand in the background.
Bathgate Shed: J36 0-6-0s nos 65267 and 65282 stand in the shed yard at Bathgate in April 1965.
Stirling: 60004 William Whitelaw with the up postal at Stirling on 16 April 1965.
Bathgate Shed: Standard class 4 no 76104 stands alongside J36 no 65282 in the shed yard at Bathgate in April 1965.
Stirling: State of the art steam. Caprotti valve geared standard class 5 no 73153 of St Rollox shed with a northbound service in April 1965 on the approach to Stirling.
Stirling: BR Standard Class 6 Pacific no 72006 Clan MacKenzie, at the head of a southbound freight, is held at Stirling in April 1965.
St Margarets Shed: The gloomy interior of St Margarets shed on 16 April 1965. A4 Pacific no 60027 Merlin, with only a few months to go until official withdrawal, is temporarily illuminated by the rays of the sun. On the right stands Black 5 no 45477, having recently moved across the city from Dalry Road shed, where final closure was imminent, while in the centre background stands A3 no 60041 Salmon Trout, which would itself be withdrawn from 64A in December of that year.
Bathgate Shed: Bathgate shed hosts a pair of J36 0-6-0s, nos 65267 (left) and 65282 on 16 April 1965. The locomotive on the right is 76104. View north across the running lines. [See image 25412]
St Margarets Shed: Inside St Margarets shed in April 1965. Resident V2s 60955 and 60835 stand on the right, with A1 Pacific no 60145 Saint Mungo, a visitor from York, on the left. [See image 27075]
Carstairs: The grimmest of weather on 16th April 1966 as a northbound WCML train runs into Carstairs station.
Throsk: The last train to call at Throsk - the 5.52pm Alloa-Glasgow Buchanan Street - pulls into the rudimentary Up platform on Saturday 16 April 1966. In conversation on the platform are the photographer's father and a fellow enthusiast. The latter and the photographer indulged in an on-the-train / off-the-train / on-the-train competition to claim the title of 'last ever passenger', with the photographer claiming this dubious accolade!
Carnwath: A Lanark-bound stopping train from Edinburgh pauses at Carnwath on 16 April 1966, the last day of service, as a lone passenger carries her suitcase towards the station exit.
Belses: Preserved A3 Pacific 4472 with the Flying Scotsman Anniversary Special on 16 April 1966. The special, which ran between Northallerton and Inverkeithing, marked the third anniversary of the purchase of the locomotive by Alan Pegler. The outward journey ran over the ECML, with the return south via the Waverley route. It is seen here on the return journey about to run through Belses station. [See image 27918]
Hawick [2nd]: 4472 takes the Flying Scotsman Anniversary Special south away from Hawick on 16 April 1966 on its return from Inverkeithing to Northallerton. The special had been organised to celebrate the third anniversary of the purchase of the locomotive by Alan Pegler.
Philadelphia Works: LNER 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley, receiving assistance from an NCB diesel locomotive on the Lambton system at Philadelphia in April 1972. Note the level (?!?) crossing - protected by multiple warning signs of varying vintage.
Edinburgh Waverley: View west from Waverley Bridge in April 1975, showing a pair of Edinburgh - Glasgow push-pull services, complete with class 27 locomotives at each end.
Edinburgh Waverley: A Brush Type 4 takes a train out of Waverley in April 1975. From the headcode the destination appears to be somewhere on the Western Region via Carstairs. Glasgow push-pull shuttle services occupy platforms 14 and 15 in the background.
Edinburgh Waverley: Edinburgh - Glasgow push-pull services about to meet at Waverley in 1975.
Edinburgh Waverley: General view over Edinburgh Waverley west end in April 1975.
Saxmundham: This is the former goods dock at the northern end of Saxmundham station on 16th April 1979, when it was serving as a pen for a rather languid canine that affected disinterest in the camera. A platform fence was under construction to hold back the unwary. A nice touch would have been the odd umbrella, briefcase and shreds of clothing lying chewed on the floor of the pen along with a few bones...
Aberdeen: A Class 40 locomotive stands alongside the platform at Aberdeen station in April 1979.
Aberdeen Waterloo: The Branch Line Society Waterloo & Buchan Railtour to Fraserburgh stands among the pipes at Aberdeen's Waterloo terminus on 16 April 1979.
Ythan Viaduct: Bubble car 55007 approaching the Ythan viaduct, Ellon, heading north on the BLS railtour during the last year of operation on the Buchan line [see image 11232].
Maud: Railcar 55007 stands at the platform at Maud in April 1979 on a Branch Line Society Railtour.
Aberdeen Docks: Dockside lines, Aberdeen, April 1979.
Aberdeen Waterloo: Waterloo goods yard on 16 April 1979. The Bubble Car forming the BLS Railtour to Fraserburgh gets plenty of attention from the massed ranks of photographers (aka passengers).
Maud: The Branch Line Society Waterloo & Buchan Railtour stands at Maud Junction on 16 April 1979.
Aviemore: LMS 5025 outside Aviemore shed on 16 April 1981, awaiting the paint brush.
Aviemore: Barclay 0-4-0ST Clyde in action on the Strathspey Railway in April 1981.
Haworth: The start of something big! In September 1968 Fowler 4F 0-6-0 no 43924 became the first locomotive to be rescued from Barry scrapyard. Seen here in Haworth Yard in 1981 with its buffer beam supported on a trolley and timbers, whilst undergoing repair.
Aviemore: Two Barclays at Aviemore in April 1981. On the right is 'Dailuaine' (2073/1939), now on display at Dewar's distillery in Aberfeldy. On the left is 'Clyde' (2315/1951) now on the Spa Valley Railway and since renamed 'Lady Ingrid'. [See image 5703]
Blea Moor: On Saturday 16th April 1988, I walked between Dent and Ribblehead stations, intercepting 9F No. 92220 at Blea Moor loops on the way. Evening Star was working the northbound 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' on this occasion. To judge from the photograph, the weather conditions were less than ideal for the outing over Blea Moor tunnel!
Crianlarich: The former locomotive shed and yard at Crianlarich in 2005. Now in use as a permanent way depot.
Crianlarich: View north at Crianlarich in April 2005, with timber loading operations taking place in the sidings running along the west side of the station.
Crianlarich: A morning DMU from Oban, bound for Glasgow Queen Street, shortly after arrival at Crianlarich on 16 April 2005.
Niddrie West Junction: Rail grinding machine approaching Niddrie West Junction in April 2006 from the Niddrie South direction.
Haymarket: Nothing happening at Haymarket (think about it) on Sunday 16 April 2006. The area of the car park destined to become the new bay platform 0 at Haymarket station, now cordoned off and designated a construction site.
Neidpath Tunnel: Entrance to void in Tunnel ... no other refuge exists.
Neidpath Tunnel: Its exit or purpose unknown but you can see the infill of the void complete with rubbish.
Edinburgh Waverley: A quiet Sunday morning at Waverley in April 2006 looking over platforms 14 and 15, featuring one of the many cleaning and maintenance staff who work hard to keep the place looking as smart as it does here.
Neidpath Tunnel: Deep within the tunnel. Sources suggest that the Royal Train sought protection here during WW2 and that Cosmic Rays were first indentified/invented here.
Edinburgh Waverley: Early Sunday morning in Waverley's southside car park on 16 April 1996. View towards the stairs leading up to join the footbridge and cross-station walkway. This runs from the station's Market Street entrance (top left), across to the Waverley Steps entrance and Princes Street on the north side. A Virgin Voyager for Aberdeen is standing at sub platform 21.
Edinburgh Waverley: At times, reminiscent of a quaint wayside station, Waverley sub platforms 20 and 21 looking west along the car park towards the station entrance from Market Street in April 2006. A GNER service for Kings Cross is boarding at 20.
Capeldrae: View from Westfield towards Ballingray. A buffer stop in grass indicates a headshunt.
Basel Hbf: Interegional Express for Zurich Airport awaits departure at Basel
Lamington: Early one morning.... 71000 Duke of Gloucester takes 'The North Briton' past a frosty field of photographers at Lamington on 16 April 2008 on its return south.
Shoreditch: New bridge which will carry the East London Line extension over Shoreditch High Street.
Skipton: The former steam shed at Skipton, closed in 1967, still stands alongside the line north of the station and is now used as a Council Depot. The shed roof has been modified so it is not immediately recognisable as an old railway building but the sign outside the entrance gives the game away.
Skipton: Skipton station, viewed from the overbridge at the north west end, showing the areas still used for passenger trains along with the closed Ilkley and Grassington platforms to the right. The single line still used by trains from Swinden limeworks near Grassington can be seen climbing through the old platforms to the bridge over the Leeds line [See image 13215] and in the station itself a Class 333 EMU is in the bay platform in the left background awaiting departure to Leeds or Bradford.
York: Front end comparison of Pacers 142084 and 144005 at York in April 2009.
York: DRS 37604 stabled on the west side of York station on 16 April.
Blair Atholl: 66-426 waits to cross 170-393 at Blair Atholl.
Skipton: View over Skipton on a cold misty morning in April 2009, from the road overbridge at the north end of the station. A Class 333 EMU is about to leave for Leeds from the platform by the main station building and another for Bradford stands in the bay beyond. In the foreground is the former Grassington branch that still carries regular limestone trains and passes through the platforms that were also used for Ilkley line trains. The nicely restored canopies are clearly visible as are the three substantial subway entrances to the platforms.
Britannia: The highest point on the L&YR system was Britannia station, at 921', and this view looks north down the steep bank towards Bacup from the site of the station, closed in 1947 (Map Ref SD 884215). The Lee Moor Colliery tramway bridge [See image 23306] is situated just beyond the mill.
Bacup: The south end of Newline tunnel on the steep climb to Britannia summit. Closed to regular traffic in 1947 the tunnel is now a vehicle workshop, accessed from the north side although there appears to be a fire escape door in this bricked up south portal. Viewed from the A6066 Stacksteads to Bacup road at SD 877216 the buildings on the horizon overlook the north portal showing how shallow the land over the tunnel roof is. [See image 35969]
Burnley Central: Northern Pacer 142013 squeals round the tight curve beyond the platform to cross Burnley viaduct on the short sharp climb up to Burnley Barracks and Gannow Junction near Rose Grove.
Burnley Central: An East Lancashire shadow of its former self. Although Burnley Central is still staffed, it is an ugly 1960's building. The down platform has gone as have the once extensive goods and parcels facilities on the down side, now covered by modern retail outlets. 142013 is on a Colne to Blackpool South service.
Bacup: This is Newline tunnel, just south of Bacup, on the steeply graded line to Rochdale. Closed in 1947 the track remained for many years and the tunnel featured in a Hayley Mills scene in the film Whistle down the Wind as did the Lee Moor Bridge [See image 23306]. The tunnel has subsequently been turned into a vehicle workshop.
Britannia: A remarkable bridge with an interesting story. Built to carry the Lee Moor Colliery tramway across the Bacup to Rochdale line the bridge is straight and steeply graded but the arch is skewed. The footpath shown is about fifteen feet above the level of the old trackbed so before this infilling the arch was evenmore impressive. The line closed in 1947 but remained in situ for many years and the bridge featured in a scene in the film Whistle Down the Wind made in the early 1960's, as did nearby Newline Tunnel [See image 23530]. View down the gradient towards Bacup.
Stacksteads: Space was always at a premium in the upper Rossendale Valley and Stacksteads station, last stop before the terminus at Bacup, was built over this bridge on the River Irwell. The grass mound is part of the remains of the island platform. Trains ceased to run beyond Rawtenstall in December 1966 and the track was lifted soon after.
Waterfoot: Immediately east of Waterfoot station were these now bricked up tunnels. On the left is the original Newchurch No. 1, a short tunnel followed by another, Newchurch No.2. When the line to Bacup was doubled the full length Thrutch tunnel (what a marvellous East Lancashire name) was bored alongside the two shorter ones but without the gap. Newchurch 1 and 2 tunnels can still be seen alongside the main road to Bacup through Waterfoot Glen.
Rugby: A Birmingham to Euston Pendolino arrives at Rugby.
Rugby: A class 90 propels a Euston bound express south at Rugby.
Gargrave: 158/153 unit combinations are quite common these days on the Settle and Carlisle line. Here 153359 trails 158847 as they leave Gargrave heading north, next stop Hellifield on the way to Carlisle. Although unstaffed, many of the station's original buildings remain.
Sanquhar: Progress at Sanquhar station on 16 April 2010 looking west across the running lines. The building is shown here prior to slating and with the logia along the front of the building now reinstated (the right side of which will become an enclosed dining area). [See image 28960]
Glenesk Junction: Parting of the ways at Glenesk Junction in April 2010. To the right the Waverley trackbed continues south towards Eskbank, while on the left the pathway joins the Dalkeith branch trackbed running east. Glenesk Viaduct is immediately behind the camera. Between 1858 and some time in the 1880s Glenesk station stood at the junction. A siding also ran off to the right to serve Glenesk Colliery. [See image 43207]
Towneley: Towneley, a small station only half a mile east of Burnley Manchester Road, closed in 1952 but the station building survives as does the L&YR signal box that controls a level crossing here. With Pendle Hill in the background, 158756 passes the old station as it tackles the climb to Copy Pit summit on a Northern service to York.
Portsmouth (Lancashire): 158842 climbs through the steeply sided valley leading to Copy Pit summit with a York to Blackpool service. The train is just passing through the site of Portsmouth station (closed 1958), of which no trace remains. The 158 units make light work of the steep gradients encountered on this route but the GWR Castle hauled 9 coach steam special that followed this service seemed to be travelling just as quickly. [See image 33675]
Longridge (Lancashire): Inside the restored station building at Longridge [See image 33685] is a display of railway pictures and artefacts including this reminder that from 1867 to 1922 the Preston to Longridge line was jointly owned and operated by the LNWR & LYR companies, like the lines from Preston to the Fylde coast.
Whitemoss Level Crossing: 45407 and 44871 pass Whitemoss LC on 16 April with support coaches bound for Inverness in advance of the Great Britain special. (An unexpected stop then ensued for about five minutes some 400 yards further on.)
Blackford: Black Fives 45407 and 44871 speed through Blackford on 16 April with support coaches in tow en route to Inverness in connection with the Great Britain excursion.
Portsmouth (Lancashire): Castle over Copy Pit. GWR 4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe storms through the site of Portsmouth station (closed 1958) on 16 April 2011 as it nears Copy Pit summit with The Red Rose railtour from Birmingham. Lancashire was hardly a haunt of the GWR Castles in steam days but less than a week after this picture was taken a second member of the class (5029) was on the main line in the county. [See image 33749].
Portobello: A4 Pacific no 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley at the head of 'The Great Britain IV' nearing the end of day 1 as it runs past Portobello East Junction on 16 April 2011 on the eastern approach to Edinburgh Waverley.
Portobello: Ex-LMS Royal Scot 7P 46115 Scots Guardsman lays over near the wheel lathe at Craigentinny on 16 April 2011 in preparation for taking the Great Britain IV from Edinburgh to Inverness the following morning.
Copy Pit: Ex-GWR 4-6-0 no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe storms up Copy Pit with a Tyseley to Blackburn railtour on 16 April 2011.
Longridge (Lancashire): Longridge station, transformed into a thriving cafe and community centre, which also has railway memorabilia and historic photos. A replica canopy has been installed and behind the glass seating areas the original stone building and offices survive. [See image 33686] for the same location in 1967.
Russell Road Bridge: Looking north along Russell Road, Edinburgh on 16 April 2012. Concrete abutments have been cast for the bridge which will carry the tram route over the road and parallel to the Edinburgh - Glasgow/Fife lines which are above the camera.
Newcastleton: Quite a sight at Newcastleton on 16 April 2012. Mk 2 RFO no 1215 in InterCity blue and grey livery passes through on a low-loader heading for the Waverley Heritage Centre at Whitrope.
Irvine: ScotRail's external relations manager John Yellowlees (centre) with Kyle Model Railway Club members (l-r) Roy Garrett, Hugh McCrindle, David Wyllie, Tom Rout, Ed Bristow, and Ian Blain [see news item].
Irvine: Roy Garrett and Tom Rout, from Kyle Model Railway Club, with one of their new layouts at Irvine station. [See news item]
St Rollox Works: A Caledonian Sleeper Lounge Car emerging from the car park area at St. Rollox by road on 16 April 2013. The shiny new red springs suggest it has been receiving attention at RailCare.
Crewe: Riviera Trains large logo liveried blue 47847 is framed by platform 12 buildings as it stands on the west side of Crewe Station during coaching stock shunting activities in April 2013.
Derby: Devon & Cornwall Railway liveried 56303 is stabled in the down side north end loading dock siding by Derby Station on the morning of 16 April 2013.
Chester: The footbridge at Chester has undergone recent improvement with a copper finish skirting and low level tubing installed along each side. The over track section has also had glazing erected on both sides as wind protection.
Holyhead: Virgin Trains 5 car Voyager 221102 during its 68 minute layover at Holyhead before becoming the lead set for the 13.58 return service to London. Note the graphics on the modern footbridge made redundant when Stena moved the port facilities to the seaward end of the station.
Woodacre Crossing: A fine spring evening at last. The former Freightliner Class 57s are now regulars on DRS nuclear flask traffic and 57003+57007 are seen here heading south at Woodacre with a Sellafield to Crewe train. These locos emerged from the Brush works at Loughborough in early 1965 as D1798 and D1813, later becoming 47317 and 47332.
Farington Curve Junction: On 16 April 2013 Jubilee no 45699 Galatea completed a test run with a 4 coach load. The train is seen on the sweeping curve between Lostock Hall and the WCML at Farington Curve Junction as it heads back towards Carnforth.
Woolley Tunnel: Unlike the original brick construction of what is believed to be the number 6 air shaft for the upside bore of Woolley tunnel the more northerly shaft, believed to be number 2, sited alongside the M1 entry slip road from Woolley Edge northbound services, is of stone construction, possibly having been rebuilt when the M1 was constructed in the late 1960s. A further stone built air shaft, believed to be number 5, for the downside bore, is sited just off the lorry parking area for the southbound services, just north of the Bramley Lane overbridge, whilst two further brick air shafts, numbers 7 & 8 have recently been located in dense woodland south of air shaft number 6 [see image 46840].
Calder Grove Viaduct: A high level April 2014 view looking north east along the length of Calder Grove viaduct, located on the former Middlestown to Notton Junction line.
Broadford: The 3 foot gauge Skye Marble Railway ran 4 miles from Broadford pier to the quarries at Kilchrist with a Hunslet 0-4-0ST providing the motive power, but only lasted from 1908 to 1913. Looking south along the coastal trackbed at Broadford in April 2015.
Monkton: The 10.04 Glasgow Central to Ayr passing through the site of Monkton Station on 16 April 2015. The Prestwick Airport fuel discharge siding is on the left. [See image 14194]
Broadford: Surviving rails of the Skye Marble Railway on the pier at Broadford on 16 April 2015 [see image 51016].
Stoke-on-Trent: The 18.12 to Euston pauses at Stoke on the 16th of April 2016. The setting sun produces strong shadows, giving the station a very different appearance from my previous late night shot [see image 35163]. Notice the traditional blue lamp outside the BTP offices on the left.
Etihad Campus: It's funny how stations by football stadia go very quiet just after the match has started. The tram is returning to the city centre from Ashton-under-Lyne [see image 55353].
Eccles (Metrolink): I'm afraid I can't see Neddy Seagoon anywhere. The brick building on the right is the station shop, kindly supplied by some company called Morrisons.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Freightliner 66595 slowly propels wagons for uplifting spoil on an engineering train on the morning of 16th April 2016.
Brock: Phew! TPE 185126 from Windermere passes Brock just in time to reveal 46100 hauling the Scot Commemorative from Crewe to Whitehaven and Carlisle on 16th April 2016. Thank goodness the Scot wasn't passing a Pendolino.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View of the works at Queen Street High level on the morning of 16th April 2016. Trackwork for platforms 1&2 has been replaced and platforms 3&4 are now receiving attention. The engineering train is on the platform 5 line.
Media City UK: Metrolink trams to and from Eccles usually reverse at Media City. The unusual proboscis above the station notice board on the left in this April 2016 shot is part of the Imperial War Museum (North).
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Queen Street High level work on the morning of 16th April 2016 viewed from Buchanan Galleries. Trackwork for platforms 1&2 has been replaced and platforms 3&4 are now receiving attention. The engineering train is on the platform 5 line.
Manchester Piccadilly: Artistry in concrete: a look at the underside of the viaduct on the South-Eastern approach to Piccadilly station, Manchester, on 16th April 2016. [Ref query 15223]
Manchester Piccadilly: An abandoned street level entrance to Piccadilly, near the concrete viaduct. [see image 55071]
Galgate: DRS 66301 and 66430 brings the 4S43 Daventry to Mossend 'Tesco Express' northwards at Galgate on 16 April 2016.
Curthwaite: The 1525 hrs Carlisle to Preston via the Cumbrian Coast passes the site of the long closed station at Curthwaite. The water tank on the left has the inscription 'Hareshaw Iron Works Hexham 1843' and is a listed building.
Wigton: A railtour returning to Bridlington heads west at Wigton on 16 April 2016. Expectation of a steam locomotive heading this part of the tour had resulted in quite a few locals turning up but a Class 47 deputised. With the plume of exhaust it perhaps was trying to represent Galatea which had been booked to pass.
Stafford: A Pendolino on the down fast passes a Euston-bound set stopped at platform 1. The weather in Stafford is not always so clement [see image 30491]
Aberlyn Level Crossing: View in direction of Merryhill Farm and Elbowend Junction from Aberlyn Level Crossing - long ago when the line was last re-ballasted around 1970/1 as a boy the photographer was invited into the cab of the Class 20 hauling the ballast train at this point, the very first loco he 'cabbed'.
Manchester Piccadilly: Looks like a Northern Powerhouse to me...
Manchester Mayfield: The former Manchester Mayfield station - essentially an overspill facility for Piccadilly - is in astonishingly good condition for a brick structure which has not seen passenger trains for 50 years. I hope it will be re-used for something; although rail operators understandably prefer the flexibility of through stations to termini like this. [See image 30083]
Piccadilly Gardens: One up on swinging barriers [see image 48313]. All trams entering or leaving the Piccadilly Gardens area currently have to stop (see the rail level stop board) and receive authorization to proceed from a person in a cabin.
Stoke-on-Trent: A nice time of day for lighting conditions at Stoke, this time with an up 350 in the frame.
Carlisle: Although I had seen Royal Scot many years ago during its sojourn at Bressingham, I had completely forgotten about the amount of brasswork which it carries in addition to its nameplates. The two plates commemorate its trip to North America in 1933, prior to rebuilding, although they fail to mention that the true identity of the loco was No. 6152 The King's Dragoon Guardsman! Photographed at Carlisle on 16th April 2016 while working The Scot Commemorative tour from Crewe.
Tavistock South: The south end of the footpath across Tavistock viaduct passes over this skew bridge after passing Tavistock South station; which is now split into holiday cottages.
Livingston North: The 0924 Milngavie - Edinburgh Waverley draws to a halt at Livingston North platform 1 on 16 April 2018.
Inverkeithing South Junction: 66743 passes Inverkeithing South Junction with the Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Keith on 16 April.
Kirkham North Junction: Services to Blackpool North resumed again on 16th April 2018, although initially these were limited to an hourly Manchester Airport service while driver training and some bustitution continued. 156455, travelling over the revised track layout under the newly installed catenary, passes the site of the demolished signal box at Kirkham North Junction. [See image 63638] for the same location in 2001.
Kirkham North Junction: In the new railway age it seems that every set of points is a junction. A Pacer bound for Blackpool South on 16th April 2018 slows on the new down line waiting for a train to come off the single track branch at the new Kirkham West Junction. [See image 62623] for the same location just three months earlier. New raised parapets on the bridge now prevent a direct comparison.
Livingston South: A stopping service for Edinburgh (right) passes a semi-fast for Glasgow at the newly reconstructed, longer platformed Livi South. The new station is clearly a work in progress and has a rather temporary look. Mind you, the previous station still looked temporary after 30+ years. The new was built during a 10 day line closure so let's be generous.
Livingston South: The newly (and quickly) reconstructed station inevitably looks very raw, but is fully accessible despite being incomplete. OHLE masts are up either side, but only the bases currently in place at the station. This is the eastbound platform, seen on 16 April 2018
Livingston South: Crossing the bridge over the Murieston Water on the approach to Livingston South station on 16 April 2018 is ScotRail 158734 with the 0957 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central. The recently installed electrification masts currently stop here but continue on the west side of the station, which is currently undergoing a major upgrade.
Livingston North: One of the 'heavy metal' station rebuilds resulting from the Airdrie - Bathgate project was Livingston North, seen here on 16 April 2018 with the 1023 Edinburgh Waverley - Helensburgh Central running into platform 2. Alas no quick blast of Led Zeppelin on the station PA system to mark its arrival.
Summerseat: 40012 Aureol approaches Summerseat with a northbound service during the ELR Class 40s at 60 Gala on 14th April 2018. I 'copped' D212 inside Lostock Hall shed in 1969, parked alongside the resident Class 02 shunters. It was then a grubby dark green but still sported those distinctive ocean liner nameplates.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1866||Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway||Aber Bargoed opened|
|1965||SLS and Branch Line Society||Organise a brake-van trip around Ayrshire.|
|1979||Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway||Head on crash at Paisley.|
|1980||Glasgow District Subway||The Glasgow District Subway re-opens as the Glasgow Underground following extensive renovation and modernisation.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Aslef leader warns of union rift [BBC News]||The leader of Britain^s biggest train drivers^ union says he has lost day-to-day control because of a power struggle.|
|2004||Drunk man put 25kg of metal on city railway line [Scotsman]||A DRUNK teenager who put a piece of metal on a railway line could have caused a train derailment, Edinburgh Sheriff Court has heard.|
|2004||Trains to take strain as bridge drivers face jams [Scotsman]||A RAIL operator will add extra carriages for its passengers travelling across the Forth Bridge in a bid to ease disruption caused by roadworks to its sister bridge.|
|2005||Rally for rail renationalisation [BBC News]||Rail, Maritime and Transport union members begin a series of rallies calling for renationalisation of the railways.|
|2005||Extremists in ^war summit^ to plot G8 protest violence [Scotsman]||A SECRET military-style camp has been used by hardcore demonstrators to plan major disruption, including road and rail blockades, at this summer^s G8 summit at Gleneagles.|
|2006||Progress at Edinburgh Waverley||Further progress has been made on the Balmoral side platform at Edinburgh Waverley. At Edinburgh Haymarket an area of the carpark has been cordoned off for the new platform 0.|
|2007||City looks underground to link stations with St James Centre. [Edinburgh Evening News]||An underground network of escalators would link Edinburgh’s central rail and bus stations with the St James Centre under plans being considered by the city council. Planners are investigating whether disused railway tunnels under Princes Street and St Andrew Square could be opened up and fitted with escalators to provide a pedestrian link between the two stations and the new St James development. Any underground plan would seek to make use of the long disused mile-long Scotland Street tunnel, which was used by the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway Company to transport trains from the then thriving ports of Granton and Newhaven to Waverley.|
|2008||Train and 4x4 in crossing crash [BBC News Article]||The driver of a vehicle is charged after a collision with a train at a railway level crossing.|
|2008||Rail strike threat looms [Channel 4 News]||Thousands of Network Rail workers have rejected a pay and conditions offer by a "landslide" margin of more than 100 to one, raising the threat of industrial action.|
|2008||Tragic train victim Sean [Evening News]||A YOUNG man "with everything to live for" has been killed after being struck by a train in the Lothians. Sean Boyle, 20, from East Whitburn, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after being hit on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line near Breich Railway Station on Monday.|
|2008||ScotRail contract statement due [BBC News Article]||The transport minister is to make a statement to Holyrood over the decision to extend First ScotRail^s franchise.|
|2009||Park and ride scheme rolled out [BBC News Article]||Park and ride facilities are to be developed at stations across the west of Scotland to ease city centre congestion.|
|2010||Woman found injured near railway [BBC News Article]||Train services are suspended on a section of railway line in Glasgow after a young woman is found injured beside the track.|
|2010||Engineering work cancelled in response to air chaos [Network Rail]||Network Rail has cancelled weekend engineering work on long distance routes, to enable operators to offer better and more services for stranded passengers.|
|2012||Tynemouth^s wonderful welcome is back on the rails [Guardian]||It is a monument to the age of steam, a gateway to the breathtaking beaches of the North East and an architectural achievement that has stood firm for 130 years. Now the long-neglected railway station at Tynemouth is receiving the loving touch that it deserves. A multi-million pound renovation project promises to return the Victorian station to its former glory. Close to completion, the transformation of Tynemouth station is, according to the council and planners, a ^true tale of a heritage phoenix rising from the ashes^.|
|2013||Stainmore Railway Company needs £40,000 to build workshop [BBC News]||A heritage railway restoration project has launched a £40,000 fundraising bid after planners gave the go-ahead for a new workshop. Stainmore Railway Company, which is run by volunteers based at Kirkby Stephen East Station, has been given permission to build the 150ft (45.7m) workroom. But it needs to raise the money for the building, which will ensure restorers no longer have to work outside. The firm also plans to open platforms which have been closed for 40 years.|
|2013||Scotland’s rail stations to be given 2014 revamp [Scotsman]||RAIL stations across Scotland are to be upgraded for 2014’s Year of Homecoming, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in a £5.27 million programme announced today by the Scottish Government. Gleneagles will be among 56 stations improved, with refurbished toilets, waiting rooms and platforms in time for the world’s biggest golf tournament. There will also be improved train information screens, ticket machines, and new passenger and cycle shelters, including at stations in Glasgow.|
|2014||Hitachi seals £2.7bn train-building deal [BBC News]||Japanese firm Hitachi has secured £2.7bn of funding for its contract to bring new high-speed trains to a key route between London and Edinburgh. The UK government announced that nearly 500 carriages for the East Coast line will be built at Hitachi Rail Europe^s factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||‘Huge’ difference in train subsidies across UK [Scotsman]||SCOTTISH rail services receive three times more government subsidy per passenger than services in England, according to a report by the rail regulator. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) report also details the subsidy each train company receives from the public purse and just how much they pay back in premiums to the Treasury. Opponents of plans to privatise the recently-nationalised East Coast service have claimed the report shows the flaws in the current franchise system. The report showed that Government funding in 2012/13 varied from £2.19 per passenger journey in England to £7.60 in Scotland and £9.33 in Wales.|
|2015||Timetable drawn up to help those hit by FIVE month tunnel closure on Glasgow to Edinburgh line [Evening Times]||A SPECIAL timetable is to be drawn up to help passengers hit by the five month closure of a tunnel on the Glasgow to Edinburgh railway line. ScotRail and Network Rail have launched a consultation with SPT and transport user watchdog Transport Focus in advance of work starting next year. It will also be talking to local councils, business organisations, politicians, interest groups and passengers. Following the consultation, a detailed timetable will be prepared in a bid to minimise the impact of the tunnel closure. The high level Queen Street Tunnel will be out of action from Sunday March 20 until Monday August 8 to allow more than a mile of concrete slabs which carry the rail tracks to be replaced. They were installed in the 1970s but have deteriorated as a result of continuous wear and the effect of water. Glasgow to Edinburgh trains will not be able to use the tunnel during the 20 weeks the work will take.|
|2016||First DRS class 88 electro-diesel ready for testing [IRJ]||THE first of 10 Stadler Rail Valencia (formerly Vossloh Rail Vehicles) class 88 EuroDual electro-diesel locomotives for British open-access operator Direct Rail Services (DRS) was delivered by rail to the VUZ Velim test centre in the Czech Republic on April 15 for dynamic testing. DRS ordered the locomotives in 2013 through Beacon Rail Leasing, with assembly being carried out at Stadler Rail Valencia^s plant in Albuixech, Spain. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2018||Trains across Britain missed stops 160 times a day, figures reveal [BBC Scotland]||Network Rail figures released to the BBC show more than 52,000 trains skip stops in less than a year.|
|2018||British trains miss out stations 1,000 times a week â€“ and GTR are the worst [Independent]||'Failure to stop' incidents on Southern have increased by a quarter in four years|
|2018||ScotRail staff threaten strike action on Scottish Cup weekend [Scotsman]||A union has threatened to consult members over striking on the weekend of the Scottish Cup final in a row over ScotRail CCTV-monitoring staff.|