This day in history 25 April

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Carlisle: The 9.25am Crewe - Perth stands at Carlisle platform 3 on 25 April 1964 behind Upperby Royal Scot 46123 Royal Irish Fusilier. The Scot will take the train north after relieving Stanier Pacific no 46248 City of Leeds which brought the train north from Crewe. [See image 33782]

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [25/04/1964]


Carlisle: Stanier Coronation Pacific no 46251 City of Nottingham stands at Carlisle on 25 April 1964 with the 10.5am Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [25/04/1964]


Carlisle: Stanier Coronation Pacific no 46251 City of Nottingham leaves Carlisle on 25 April 1964 at the head of the 10.5am Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [25/04/1964]


Carlisle: Stanier Pacific no 46248 City of Leeds off Crewe North shed stands at Carlisle platform 3 on 25 April 1964 shortly after bringing in the 9.25am Crewe - Perth. The locomotive is about to be relieved, following which it will make its way to Upperby shed.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [25/04/1964]


Carlisle: A diverted ECML service at Carlisle on Saturday 25 April 1964. Deltic D9010 'The King's Own Scottish Borderer' runs through platform 4 with the 9.30am Glasgow Queen Street - London Kings Cross. The Deltic had taken charge from Edinburgh and had reached Carlisle via the Waverley Route. After passing through the station the train would turn east onto the Newcastle & Carlisle line. [With thanks to Paul Bettany]

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [25/04/1964]


Bowland: Scene on the Waverley route some 30 miles south of Edinburgh, thought to have been taken on 25 April 1964. Hawick shed's BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 no 76050 works hard with a northbound train at Bowland on the climb to Falahill summit. View is south east with the train passing the site of Bowland station (closed 1953) located on the south side of the bridge over the B710. [See image 56217]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/04/1964]


Millerhill: The last scheduled freight from Hawick at the south end of Millerhill Yard on 25th April 1969 near the site of Millerhill station (closed November 1955).

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bruce McCartney [25/04/1969]


Galashiels [1st]: Clayton D8606 stands alongside Galashiels signal box on 25 April 1969 having dropped off the travelling signalman.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/04/1969]


Millerhill: The last scheduled freight from Hawick enters Millerhill Yard off the Waverley Route on Friday 25 April 1969.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bruce McCartney [25/04/1969]


Edinburgh Waverley: Although this particular day was a Saturday, the 11.50 Freightliner service from Aberdeen to Kings Cross, depicted here behind Brush Type 4 No. D1997, was a regular working through Waverley station on most days. The train ran 'Fridays excepted', presumably because the main traffic was perishables for the London markets, and the Saturday working was particularly interesting in that it recessed for almost 24 hours at Gosforth (can anyone explain why there?) before continuing on its way to London at 16.50 on the Sunday afternoon.

North British Railway
Bill Jamieson [25/04/1970]


Craigentinny Depot: EE Type 3 No. 6858 passes Craigentinny box at the head of the 08.46 fitted freight from Carlisle Yard to Millerhill on 25 April 1970. The day being a Saturday, the train has been routed through Waverley Station rather than round the Sub, which would have been closed for the weekend.

North British Railway
Bill Jamieson [25/04/1970]


Craigentinny Depot: Immingham allocated Brush Type 4 No. 1882 passes Craigentinny Depot with the 21:00 Dagenham to Bathgate Upper loaded Cartic 4s. On weekdays this train ran via Millerhill Yard and the Sub, but the 25th April 1970 was a Saturday so it should have stayed on the ECML at Monktonhall Junction and is certainly running via Waverley station where a crew change was booked.

North British Railway
Bill Jamieson [25/04/1970]


Craigentinny: Despite the headcode discs on EE Type 4 No. 275 indicating a class 1 working, this was actually ECS bound for Craigentinny Sidings on Saturday 25 April 1970. The stock is off the 06.25 from Aberdeen.

North British Railway
Bill Jamieson [25/04/1970]


Liverpool Street: View out from the concourse at Liverpool Street station on 25 April 1972, with a train for King's Lynn boarding at platform 7.

Great Eastern Metropolitan Station and Railways
John Furnevel [25/04/1972]


Liverpool Street: An early afternoon Clacton line service preparing to leave Liverpool Street on 25 April 1972. Clacton Express EMU 309621, built at York in 1962 (originally as class AM9) still has its distinctive wrap-around cab windows at this time.

Great Eastern Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/1972]


Weymouth Quay: 'Strewth! That local cider must be stronger than I thought...' 33115 with The Royal Wessex at Weymouth Quay on 25 April 1976. 33103 was on the other end of the train. The special, organised by the Lea Valley Railway Club, ran from Waterloo.

Weymouth Harbour Tramway (Weymouth and Portland Railway)
Ian Dinmore [25/04/1976]


Haymarket: An unidentified type 2 takes a westbound train away from Haymarket on 25 April 1980. The train is passing between Haymarket coal depot on the left and Haymarket East Junction on the right.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/1980]


Edinburgh Waverley: Waverley station's unusual pilot - Deltic no 55002 The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry - shunting a Cravens class 105 DMU on 25 April 1981.

North British Railway
Colin Alexander [25/04/1981]


York: Deltic 55008 The Green Howards brings a northbound train into York on a cold April day in 1981.

York and North Midland Railway
Colin Alexander [25/04/1981]


Princes Street Gardens: Haze over Princes Street Gardens on 25 April 1981, with the station pilot looking on aghast as Deltic 55002 The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry decides to undertake some shunting of its own involving class 105 DMU M50778.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin Alexander [25/04/1981]


Princes Street Gardens: A class 40 heading west through Princes Street Gardens in 1981 is about to enter Haymarket Tunnel.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin Alexander [25/04/1981]


Dundee: The driver of a class 47 gets a green flag and a stiff neck at Dundee station in April 1987 as he prepares to take out an Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street service.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [25/04/1987]


Dundee: An Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street train about to restart from Dundee platform 4 on an April afternoon in 1987.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [25/04/1987]


Launceston: Hunslet Quarry engine Covertcoat operating on the Launceston Narrow Gauge Railway on 25 April 1993.

North Cornwall Railway (London and South Western Railway)
Peter Todd [25/04/1993]


Launceston: Scene on the Launceston Narrow Gauge Railway on 25 April 1993 featuring Hunslet Quarry engine Velinheli.

North Cornwall Railway (London and South Western Railway)
Peter Todd [25/04/1993]


Newington: View just east of the site of the former Newington Station where the Up Line is still jointed rail. There is a low wall at the edge of the track here in the Up Cess. Looking at the 1947 OS map it seems that there was a dedicated footpath (FP) leading from the stairs coming down between no.69 and 69a Mayfield Road along the railway and finishing at a footbridge (FB) to enable passengers to reach the island platform. Again there is, on the right edge of the photo, the orange jacket of the safety Lookout.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Newington: Standing on the former location of the island platform at Newington Station looking east to OB 17 Craigmillar Park/Mayfield Gardens. Now the only form of public transport here is a Lothian Buses service seen on the bridge. Both lines are jointed rail. Buddleia is growing happily in the ballast. For a view from the opposite side of the bridge [see image 54140].

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Newington: Detailed close up of Up line passing under OB 17 Craigmillar Park/Mayfield Gardens and adjacent steps down onto the platform at the former Newington Station.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Newcraighall Turnback Siding: On the far left is the then new turnback siding complete with hump! Also showing (left to right) Down Millerhill and Up Millerhill lines and part of the Up yard with stabled Class 37 loco 37415 in EW&S livery.
Whitehill Road bridge features in the middle distance from where railway photographers are wont to take their shots of trains moving to and from Millerhill Yard.
Soon to be opened Newcraighall Station is visible in the centre distance beyond the A1 overbridge shown by the white platform edging.
A close up shot of the turnout is also available [see image 54551].

Newcraighall Turnback Siding (Railtrack)
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Blackford Hill: This is one of a series of 'record' photographs taken of the South Suburban line in 2002 before major track renewal works. The location is about 300 yards to the east of the access point off Cluny Avenue in Morningside. On the left of the picture over the fence is the Jordan Burn. OB13 Oswald Road is visible in the background with signal ES670R adjacent. Blackford Hill itself is visible in the background through the trees above the bridge.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Newcraighall Turnback Siding: Track level view of the then recently completed turnout at Newcraighall North Junction built in conjunction with the re-opening of stations at Newcraighall (off the picture to the right just beyond the A1 overbridge) and Brunstane. The siding rises quite steeply to a hump [see image 54492]. This was later rebuilt to a better standard and then rebuilt again on a different alignment when it became the junction for the Borders Railway.

Newcraighall Turnback Siding (Railtrack)
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Newington: A view of the two overbridges west of the former Newington Station. The bridge closer to the camera is the mysterious OB15 which is listed as an aqueduct. Is there any water still flowing across it? The further away bridge is the rather less mysterious OB16 Mayfield Road. The ivy fairly cascades down the face of the retaining wall between them. Also showing are octagonal white 'SAND' signs beyond the bridges, one on each Cess.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Blackford Hill: View to the west (Down) from beside OB14 Blackford Avenue shows the access point off Charterhall Grove.

This is one of a series of 'record' photographs taken of the South Suburban line in 2002 before major track renewal works.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Newington: An example of a CWR expansion joint. The short pieces of rail hold the special timbers in position whilst the slip joint allows for expansion and contraction of the rails. The sleepers on the Up line were concrete. Looking east from the position of a former signal post now occupied by pieces of timber in the Cess. Location is between what is now Relugas Place on the left and East Champanyie on the right. Hard to believe that there had been an extensive system of sidings on the Up side. Despite the obvious signs of Spring it seems that there was still a dusting of snow on the side of Arthurs Seat in the background.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Blackford Hill: View to the west (Down) from 2m 1400y shows signal ES671R, a repeater, and OB13 Oswald Road.

This is one of a series of 'record' photographs taken of the South Suburban line in 2002 before major track renewal works.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Blackford Hill: View to the east (Up) from 2m 1550y showing OB 14 Blackford Avenue with the access point just out of view on the right. The Down line is still jointed rail whereas the Up line was CWR. [See image 36196] for a view of the station in 1971.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Morningside Road: View to the west (Down) from close to the access point in Cluny Avenue, Morningside. The Down line is jointed rail while the Up line appears to be CWR. This shot clearly shows the 'top of the hill' a few metres east of OB11 Morningside Road where the tracks drop away to both east and west. I would guess that this is the highest point on the South Sub. Note the yellow 2 and a quarter milepost in the Up Cess.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Newington: View looking west (Down) with OB17 Craigmillar Park/Mayfield Gardens (A701) in the background and former Newington Station beyond. Here the both lines are jointed rail on concrete sleepers. Look carefully at the base of OB17 to see the safety Lookout (orange blob) just visible to the left of the Down line. For another view of this bridge [see image 54972]; same bridge, different bus.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Charlie Niven [25/04/2002]


Prestonpans: Freightliner 66606 runs through Prestonpans over the re-aligned ECML on 25 April 2003. The disconnected former route is to the right and rear of the empty cement train.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/04/2003]


Edinburgh Waverley: GNER trains at Waverley east end in April 2003.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2003]


Edinburgh Waverley: The 1114 Virgin Voyager to Cardiff Central boards at Waverley platform 19 in April 2003.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2003]


Leith Docks: The Victoria swing bridge in Leith Docks, still surviving with rails in place amongst the new riverside penthouse flats in April 2004, although now used as a walkway across the Water of Leith.

Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2004]


Leith Docks: Entrance to Leith Docks across Albert Road from Leith South yard, April 2004.

Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2004]


Leith Docks: Constitution Street entrance to Leith Docks (and Casino!), 2004.

Landmarks
John Furnevel [25/04/2004]


Leith Docks: Southwest entrance to Leith docks, 2004.

Landmarks
John Furnevel [25/04/2004]


Leith Docks: Leith Docks. View northeast from Ocean Drive in April 2004 looking across the former graving docks with Albert Dock beyond.

Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2004]


Musselburgh: A North Berwick - Edinburgh Waverley service calls at Musselburgh in April 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2006]


Wallyford: An Edinburgh - North Berwick train calls at Wallyford in April 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2006]


Wallyford: Heading home. With the Pentland Hills forming the backdrop, a class 37 takes empty Binliner containers west through Wallyford in April 2006 on its way back from Oxwellmains to Powderhall.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2006]


Johnstone: Inspection taking place on a junction box at Johnstone

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [25/04/2007]


Johnstone: 66236 thundering through Johnstone station with coal empties for Hunterston

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [25/04/2007]


Kincardine: Ballast tamping in operation west of Kincardine on 25 April.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [25/04/2007]


Rodney Street tunnel: Looking south towards Rodney Street tunnel on 25 April 2007, with clearance work underway courtesy Sustrans. The path on the left leads up to Broughton Road while on the right are remains of Heriothill goods. [See image 45235]

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2007]


Scotland Street: The western entrance to the former Scotland Street station and goods yard (now a childrens play area) seen on 25 April 2007, with the south portal of Scotland Street tunnel standing centre right. Above the tunnel is Scotland Street itself and the houses of Edinburghs New Town.

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2007]


Scotland Street: View southeast showing the bricked up entrance to Scotland Street tunnel on 25 April 2007. The tunnel opened in 1847 allowing trains to be rope hauled under the New Town between here and the terminus at Canal Street (now part of the Waverley station site). The tunnel was closed in 1868.

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2007]


Old Kilpatrick: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, sidings at Old Kilpatrick Goods Yard, looking West towards the Erskine Bridge.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Old Kilpatrick: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, sleepers piled to side.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Dalmuir Riverside: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, looking West at Dalmuir.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Dalmuir Riverside: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, skeleton of trackside building.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Dalmuir Riverside: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, bridge over stream at Dalmuir.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Old Kilpatrick: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, bridge over line and Old Kilpatrick Station. The purpose of this bridge is unclear leading only to old saltings.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Old Kilpatrick: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, view of station area at Old Kilpatrick, looking W from bridge over Ferry Road.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Old Kilpatrick: Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, view of trackbed and sidings at Old Kilpatrick Goods Yard, looking E from bridge over Ferry Road.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [25/04/2007]


Bristol Harbour: The western portal of Redcliffe Tunnel, Bristol Harbour Railway, now part of a car park.

Bristol Harbour Railway
Peter Todd [25/04/2008]


Arbroath: Unusual view of 170 421 as it passes Arbroath with an Aberdeen-Glasgow sevice on 25 April 2008.

Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
Sandy Steele [25/04/2008]


Bristol Harbour: The line from the terminus near Cumberland Basin going under a road bridge to reach Hotwells and Cannons Marsh goods Depot. The location is currently used for vehicle storage.

Bristol Harbour Railway
Peter Todd [25/04/2008]


Ashton Swing Bridge: The Bristol Industrial Museum railway general terminus layout seen on 25 April. The remains of the far left track head towards the former Ashton swing bridge.

Bristol Port Railway and Pier
Peter Todd [25/04/2008]


Ashton Swing Bridge: Looking across the Cumberland Basin over Ashton Swing Bridge in the Port area of Bristol on 25 April 2008. The bridge carried both road and rail traffic prior to the remodelling of this area of the city in the 1960s. The last known rail use of the bridge, now no longer a swinger, was in 1996.

Bristol Port Railway and Pier
Peter Todd [25/04/2008]


Preston Maudlands: 156423 on a service from Blackpool North held at signal PN156, protecting the junction with the WCML. This cutting once contained four running lines but now has two, plus a loop that rejoins the main line by St. Mark's church (now residential apartments).

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2008]


Bristol Harbour: A steam powered (and working) 3.5 ton Stoddard & Pitt dock crane, now run by the Bristol Industrial Museum.

Bristol Harbour Railway
Peter Todd [25/04/2008]


Bristol Harbour: Sidings and stock at the Bristol Industrial Railway headquarters.

Bristol Harbour Railway
Peter Todd [25/04/2008]


Lostock Hall: 40145 standing in for a pair of Class 37s on the Pathfinder tour to Carlisle on 25 April is seen at Lostock Hall Junction about to join the line to Blackburn and East Lancashire before running via Clitheroe to join the Settle & Carlisle line.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [25/04/2009]


Sod Hall Crossing: The one coach wonder 153363 forms the 1539 hrs from Preston to Ormskirk as it crosses Farington Moss and approaches Sod Hall occupation crossing on 25 April 2009.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
John McIntyre [25/04/2009]


Midge Hall: Adjacent to milepost 23 1/4 on the Preston to Ormskirk line just north of Midge Hall stands a Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway boundary stone. The remains of the original fence post can be seen to the right now that the new boundary fence is a few feet inside the actual boundary.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
John McIntyre [25/04/2009]


Noyelles-sur-Mer: Scene on the Chemin de Fer Baie de Somme at Noyelles Saturday 25th April 2009, showing the impressive 141R 840, which had arrived on a special from Paris.

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Peter Todd [25/04/2009]


Noyelles-sur-Mer: SNCF DMU on display at Noyelles on the Chemin der Fer Baie de Somme on 25 April 2009.

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Peter Todd [25/04/2009]


St Valery-sur-Somme: Former Kent and East Sussex Railway P class locomotive working at St Valery on 25 April. From Noyelles to St Valery the track is double/interlaced with meter gauge and standard.

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Peter Todd [25/04/2009]


Cayuex-sur-Mer: Sacrebleu... the French seem to be fond of action statues, such as this one, seen at Cayuex-sur-Mer in April 2009, depicting a railwayman changing points.

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Peter Todd [25/04/2009]


Noyelles-sur-Mer: Replica of a French locomotive dating from 1829 on show at Noyelles on 25 April 2009. The fans on the side provide air to the fire. [They do work as it shuffled up and down the siding all day.] Named Marc Seguin after the designer. Not an idea persevered with!!

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Peter Todd [25/04/2009]


Crook: Remains of the Talla Railway looking south towards Tweedsmuir from the car park of the Crook Inn on 25 April 2009. The long gone wooden platform stood alongside the base of the old water tower in the background. [See image 23860]

Talla Railway or Edinburgh and District Water Trust Service Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2009]


Cayeux-sur-Mer: At Cayeux-sur-Mer, a Swiss 2-6-0 tank, SLM 2317 from 1913, ex-Furka-Oberalp Railway, now located at Blonay-Chamby, Switzerland. The locomotive was low-loaded in for the weekend.

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Peter Todd [25/04/2009]


Crook: View south towards Tweedsmuir along the trackbed of the Talla Railway by the Crook Inn. Remains of the locomotive servicing facilities still stand a century after the line was lifted, although there is no trace of the wooden platform built here in 1899 by contractor John Best. The pillar on the skyline marks the route of the 35 mile long subterranean Talla Aqueduct, constructed between 1895 and 1905, which continues to supply millions of gallons of water each day to the City of Edinburgh.

Talla Railway or Edinburgh and District Water Trust Service Railway
John Furnevel [25/04/2009]


Easingwold: Easingwold Station throat viewed from the trackbed. The chimney stacks of the now residential former Station Hotel are visible above the houses to the right. Track continued to a platform beyond what is now Station Court and sited in front of the Station Hotel at an angle to both Raskelf Road and Knott Lane beyond the garage visible in the centre.

Easingwold Railway
David Pesterfield [25/04/2010]


Bowland: Looking north from the site of Bowland station during the time when the trackbed was in use for farm access and storage. The bridge was replaced during the reopening of the line.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [25/04/2011]


Becconsall: Looking out from the West Lancs running shed as Irish Mail departs with another service for Delph. Whilst steam is the main attraction on this line there is a fascinating collection of industrial narrow gauge diesels from a variety of systems. Photo with kind permission of WLLR volunteer staff.

West Lancashire Light Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2011]


Becconsall: The fireman's view from Hunslet 0-4-0ST Irish Mail as it approaches Becconsall on the West Lancashire Light Railway. The sheds are on the left with the station through the small gap on the right. With thanks to the WLLR volunteer staff.

West Lancashire Light Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2011]


Dalgety Bay: DBS 67003 coasts downhill to its stop at Dalgety Bay with the 17.08 Edinburgh-Fife-Edinburgh on 25 April. At left is the coping stone of the bridge over the Fordell Railway, now removed and infilled.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [25/04/2011]


Delph: The charming 0-4-0ST Irish Mail, built by Hunslet (823/1903), doesn't look 108 years old as she runs round her train at Delph on the WLLR. Just beyond the headshunt the unused track curves round the corner, but is only used for stock storage at the present time. This loco was one of many to a similar style used in the Dinorwic Quarry near Llanberis. [See image 36786]

West Lancashire Light Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2011]


Bowland: The original bridge at Bowland (complete with nesting birds) with the barely readable maker's plate (inset) taken on 25th April 2011, This bridge was one of those replaced during the reopening works [see image 36188]. Somervail and Co. of Dalmuir Iron Works produced bridges and roofs.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [25/04/2011]


Bowland: A close up view of the original bridge at Bowland. The bridge separated the passenger station from the goods station, which was to the north (left).

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [25/04/2011]


Galashiels [1st]: View south on 25th April 2011 from what is now the trackbed of the Borders Railway near Station Brae and looking over the site of southern end of the previous Galashiels station. [See image 35002] for a similar view before construction of the supermarket.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [25/04/2011]


Galashiels [1st]: View north on 25th April 2011 from what is now the trackbed of the Borders Railway at Station Brae and looking towards what was the block of flats in more senses than one, demolished just over a year later [see image 39258].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [25/04/2011]


Loch Ken Viaduct: View over Loch Ken Viaduct looking east in April 2012. It appears to be in good condition apart from the decking either side of the trackbed.

Portpatrick Railway
John Gray [25/04/2012]


Troon: The late running 'Great Britain V' special approaching Troon on 25 April 2012 behind 45305+45407.

Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
John Steven [25/04/2012]


Troon: Girvan bound Sprinter at Troon on 25 April (the cause of the delay to the Great Britain special).

Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Colin Miller [25/04/2012]


Loch Ken Viaduct: View of Loch Ken Viaduct in April 2012 from the west side of the loch.

Portpatrick Railway
John Gray [25/04/2012]


Troon: An Ayr - Glasgow Central service approaching the northbound platform at Troon on 25 April 2012.

Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
John Steven [25/04/2012]


Rugby: Something old (the steps), something new (the replacement deck), something borrowed (that bush certainly shouldn't be sticking out of the steps), and something distinctly not blue - the weeping sky was rather grey. Unusual to see a new deck and old steps; the bridge is on the West side of the station.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [25/04/2012]


Lyon Saint Exupéry: The airport station, Lyon Saint Exupéry, built in 1994, poised for takeoff. A few hardy travellers take refuge from the howling gale.

SNCF
Andrew Wilson [25/04/2012]


Ayr: Duncan Sooman of Network Rail with Provost Winifred Sloan at Ayr on 25 April 2012 during the unveiling of the commemorative plaque to engineer John Miller [see adjacent news item].

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
ScotRail [25/04/2012]


Loch Ken Viaduct: Loch Ken viaduct from the west bank looking north in April 2012. [See image 38829]

Portpatrick Railway
John Gray [25/04/2012]


Lyon Saint Exupéry: Another quiet day at the airport station, which forms the most impressive building on the developing airport, and is the first airport station served directly by TGV services.

SNCF
Andrew Wilson [25/04/2012]


Troon: Freightliner 66561 on the approach to Troon with coal hoppers on 25 April 2012.

Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
John Steven [25/04/2012]


Ayr: The commemorative plaque to engineer John Miller unveiled at Ayr on 25 April 2012 by Provost Winifred Sloan [see adjacent news item].

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
ScotRail [25/04/2012]


Duncraig: Eastbound 158.709 approaching Duncraig in 2013. The station building was beautifully restored.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/04/2013]


Nuneaton North Chord: After turning north off the Birmingham line 66117 heads along Nuneaton North Chord to reach the down West Coast Main Line on 25 April 2013. [See image 42864]

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [25/04/2013]


Nuneaton North Chord: Captured at last. View east as 66117 turns off the Birmingham line onto the North chord at Nuneaton on 25 April 2013. I believe this is a sand train from Whitemoor yard to Carlisle. Notice the Freightliner in the right background stopped at platform 6 - most likely for a driver change. [See image 42863]

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [25/04/2013]


Kyle of Lochalsh: Nearing journey's end on the Kyle line, a train passing Garnmore on 25 April 2013.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/04/2013]


Slochd Summit: After stalling at the start of the climb up to Slochd Summit, Black 5 no 44871 puts in a forgiving performance as it nears the top on 25 April with the Great Britain VI.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [25/04/2013]


Dalnaspidal: Black 5 no 44871 powers up the long climb to Druimuachdar Summit near Dalnaspidal on 25 April with the northern potion of the Great Britain VI railtour.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [25/04/2013]


Ballochmyle Viaduct: The Ballochmyle Viaduct civil engineering landmark plaque unveiled by Provost Jim Todd and ICE President Geoff French on 25 April 2014 [see image 59257].

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
John Yellowlees [25/04/2014]


Ayr: The 10.30 from Glasgow Central, formed by 380002, arrives at Ayr platform 1 on 25 April 2014.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller [25/04/2014]


Christian Street Junction: A train on the Southend line approaching Fenchurch Street station on 25 April 2015. On the right a Docklands Light Railway train is emerging from Tower Gateway station, with the entrance to the DLR tunnel to Bank visible alongside.

Blackwall Railway
John Thorn [25/04/2015]


Bermuda Park: The Northbound platform at the new Bermuda Park station appears to be almost finished in this Saturday afternoon view South on 25 April 2015 [see image 50936].

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [25/04/2015]


Hag Fold: At track level Hag Fold is just one of a number of unremarkable stations built in Greater Manchester during the 1980s and 1990s. However, the road level ticket office, which apparently doesn't open on a Saturday, is quite a quirky modern design. 150144 calls on a service heading for Southport in this view looking towards Daisy Hill and Wigan.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2015]


Daisy Hill: Daisy Hill is on the former four track direct line from Wigan to Manchester but trees now grow where the fast lines were. In L&YR days expresses from Manchester to Liverpool raced through here. Northern Pacer 142037, heading for Manchester Victoria from Kirkby, calls at the station.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2015]


Daisy Hill: Unlike nearby Atherton and Walkden stations, Daisy Hill has lost the L&YR canopy from its island platform. The street level booking office is staffed however, for two shifts per day, and the station is well used. 142057 calls on a Todmorden to Kirkby service on 25th April 2015.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2015]


Charing Cross (London): A Southeastern service leaving Charing Cross station and crossing the Thames to Waterloo East. Viewed from Embankment Pier on 25 April 2015.

South Eastern Railway
John Thorn [25/04/2015]


London Bridge: South Eastern services from the west running into London Bridge on 25 April 2015 passing The Shard. The red cranes are for the ongoing rebuilding of London Bridge Station.

South Eastern Railway
John Thorn [25/04/2015]


Cowlairs Incline: These 'gallus' cartoon characters are apparently unaware of their impending demise as they disport themselves on the parapet of Gourlay Street overbridge on the day work started on preparations to demolish the bridge as part of the EGIP electrification.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [25/04/2016]


Thornton Junction: GBRf 66733 at the head of the Royal Scotsman in Thornton Down Loop.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [25/04/2016]


Stranraer Harbour: A wild and windswept Stranraer Harbour on the afternoon of 25 April 2016. Just visible at the platform in the distance is the 1659 departure for Glasgow Central via Kilmarnock.

Portpatrick Railway
Andy Furnevel [25/04/2016]


Cowlairs Incline: Assorted plant for the Queen Street High Level Tunnel works assembled at the Keppochhill Drive/Fountainwells access point on 25th April 2016.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [25/04/2016]


Thornton Junction: 66733 and 66746 with the Royal Scotsman parked in Thornton Down Loop for afternoon tea. The crumbling bridge in the foreground carried the branch to Balgonie Colliery's Lochtyside and Julian pits. 25 April.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [25/04/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Concrete pumping for the base of platform 3 is in progress in this view of the Queen Street Improvement works taken from Buchanan Galleries. A pile of sleepers for the relaying of the platform 4 and 5 roads lies where the realigned platform 3 and 4 is being constructed.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [25/04/2016]


Cargill Viaduct: This is the bridge which carried the line from Stanley Junction to Coupar Angus. It spans the River Tay just west of Cargill. Pedestrian Access is denied and a £25 trespass fine applies!

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Ian Millar [25/04/2017]


Aberdour: View of Aberdour station from the former signal box.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [25/04/2017]


Williton: D1010, D6575 & D6566 stabled in the diesel depot at Williton out of use on 25 April 2017.

West Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [25/04/2017]


Bridge of Orchy: A Sprinter heading south above Loch Tulla. A minute before it was snowing, a minute later it was sunny then the snow flurries started again ...

West Highland Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/04/2017]


Williton: D7017, D6575 & D6566 in the yard at Williton diesel depot on 25 April 2017.

West Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [25/04/2017]


Aberdour: Aberdour signal box, decommissioned in the 1970s, has been restored for Artline. Artist Lynette Gray will use the lower floor for creating ceramic work and the upper floor for painting. The box was 'opened' on the 25th.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [25/04/2017]


Inverkeithing Central Junction: DRS-liveried but Freightliner-owned and branded 66413 draws a Craiginches South - Millerhill ballast out of Inverkeithing Up Loop on 25 April.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [25/04/2017]


Aberdour: Aberdour, noted for its gardens.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [25/04/2017]


Bridge of Orchy: High above Loch Tulla a four coach Sprinter turns its nose south and heads for Bridge of Orchy.

West Highland Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/04/2017]


Bay Horse: Iconic profile, if not such an iconic livery. 43062 John Armitt speeds north through Bay Horse heading from Derby to Edinburgh with the High Speed Measurement Train. 43014 was bringing up the rear but with its large buffers didn't look quite so stylish.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/04/2017]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1907Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Rothesay Dock Branch opened. The line was joint North British Railway and Caledonian Railway.
1960Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction RailwayDumbarton (East Junction) to Bowling (Dunglass Junction) closed to all traffic

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Greenburn Branch; Bank Branch resignalling commissioningThe signalling for the new Greenburn Branch which joins the Bank (or Knockshinnoch) Branch at Creoch Junction (perhaps to be re-named Greenburn Junction?) is to be commissioned.
2005Police puzzled by motive of bridge-squatter [Scotsman]POLICE yesterday admitted being mystified by the actions of a man who brought chaos to Edinburgh over the weekend by taking up position on a ledge overhanging the city^s main railway station.
2007Rail-to-road steel transfer [Railway Strategies]To increase capacity up to 1.25 million tonnes of steel per year Innovate Round Oak Rail has invested in five heavy-duty overhead cranes from Street Crane Company
2007New entrant to coal market [Railway Strategies]GB Railfreight and Drax Power Limited have signed 'Heads of Terms' for the movement of imported coal from the Port of Tyne to Drax Power station near Selby, North Yorkshire
2007Reducing road movements [Railway Strategies]The Scottish Executive recently announced the business partnership between independent haulage and distribution organisation Eddie Stobart Ltd and retailer Tesco plc
2007Rail mail continues [Railway Strategies]Royal Mail has extended its contract with GB Railfreight (GBRf) to move mail by rail between London and Scotland
2007West Highland terminal proposed [Railway Strategies]Plans for a new state-of-the-art £2 million rail freight timber loading facility at Crianlarich on the West Highland Line have been outlined by the railway and timber industries at a meeting with local residents, members of the Community Council, Tavish Scott MSP the Minister for Transport, local MSP Sylvia Jackson, and officials from Transport Scotland and the Scottish Executive
2007New tank wagons start journey to britain [Railway Strategies]The first batch of EWS's 368 new rail freight wagons has arrived in Britain
2007Salmond^s fishing for greatest prize in Scottish politics [Scotsman]HE wants to scrap the Capital^s trams scheme and the rail link to the airport if he holds the levers of power after May 3.
2007Coventry station masterplan [Railway Strategies]Coventry City Council is to work in partnership with developer Cannon Kirk on a proposal for a mixed-use scheme of up to three million sq ft, which will transform an eight-hectare site around Coventry station into a vibrant gateway to the city.
2007Co-ordinated inspection [Railway Strategies]Having commenced in May 2004, the main construction works at Stratford International station have now been completed, on time and within budget, by London & Continental Railways.
2007Treforrest facelift [Railway Strategies]Network Rail has completed a £300,000 project giving Treforrest Station a brand-new state-of-the-art ticket office and contemporary waiting shelter, making the station tidier and safer for both the public and staff.
2007Worcs works [Railway Strategies]Bromsgove station is set to undergo a package of improvements that will see the northbound platform lengthened to accommodate trains over three carriages in length and a ticket office built at the currently un-staffed, but very busy station.
2007New technology into heritage settings [Railway Strategies]Tube Lines has successfully upgraded ten Underground stations, adding to the ten completed last year.
2007A brighter future at Clapham Junction [Railway Strategies]The ten million rail passengers who use Clapham Junction each year are set to benefit from brighter lights and a safer station environment thanks to £1 million of investment from Network Rail
2007Consgtruction starts at Coleshill Parkway station [Railway Strategies]An official ceremony was held on the site of the Coleshill Parkway station in May to mark the beginning of construction work for the new £8.3 million station
2007Sunderland deal [Railway Strategies]Nexus has secured a deal with the Department for Transport and the station’s owner Network Rail to fund the £6.9 million transformation of Sunderland’s main railway station.
2007New hall is just the ticket [Railway Strategies]London Underground’s new Western Ticket Hall at King’s Cross St Pancras Station has opened its doors, after more than four years of construction by joint venture Costain Taylor Woodrow Construction (CTW), working for Metronet Rail. The station now provides step-free access to the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines (MCL)
2007Barrier trials [Railway Strategies]London's Waterloo and Victoria stations are taking part in a trial to test vehicle access barriers at the main vehicle entrance to each station's concourse
2010Call for radical rail reform to curb reliance on public cash [The Herald]Scotland’s railways require radical reform to curtail “ballooning” levels of public funding and undo the mess created by rail privatisation, an influential academic has claimed. [From Andrew Wilson]
2012Darlington railway station could become regional hub [Northern Echo]PLANS to turn a main line station into a regional hub for rail services have been unveiled. The plans to update Bank Top Station, in Darlington, have been drawn up by Network Rail as part of a scheme to improve journey times on the East Coast Main Line and bring the station into the 21st Century. The scheme has been described by officers at Darlington Borough Council, which has been invited to take part in the project, as an opportunity for the station to cement its place as a key asset for Tees Valley and become a gateway for the proposed Tees Valley Metro service.
2013Super freight trains set for Scots railways [Scotsman]HALF mile long “supertrains” - the longest ever - are planned for Scotland as part of an expansion of the Mossend freight railhead in Lanarkshire by operator PDS. The firm is to lodge plans this summer for a siding long enough to accommodate 770-metre freight trains, compared to the 600m longest trains at the moment. Britain’s longest passenger train, the 16-carriage Caledonian Sleeper, is a quarter of a mile long, or some 400m. [From Dave Scott]
2013West Coast Main Line to receive major improvement work [Network Rail]Work on the West Coast Main Line will be carried out this summer 2013 to increase the speed that trains can travel. Four major rail junctions will also be replaced. The work will improve the reliability of the infrastructure and the punctuality of train services on Britain’s busiest mixed-use railway line. The £18m improvement scheme will be completed over nine days from Saturday 13 July 2013 to Sunday 21 July 2013 when four life-expired junctions will be replaced and three miles of track re-laid. [From Mark Bartlett]
2015It’s slow speed ahead for Borders rail commuters [Scotsman]PASSENGERS on the new Borders Railway face longer journeys and will travel at an average speed of just 37mph, its timetable has revealed. Most trains will take longer than the promised 55 minutes between Edinburgh and Tweedbank, near Galashiels, with some completing the 35-mile trip in up to one hour six minutes.
2016Glasgow Subway to close for four weeks [BBC News]The Glasgow Subway is to close for about four weeks in the summer while modernisation work is carried out. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) said all services would be suspended from 2 July. They are due to resume on 1 August. A replacement bus service will be provided for subway passengers during the closure. It will follow the subway route, with additional direct services to the city centre from key stations.
2016Bournemouth Cliff Lift damaged in landslip [BBC News]A huge landslip in Bournemouth has damaged a cliff lift and crushed a toilet block. A stretch of the cliff in East Cliff fell away at 05:00 BST taking with it an array of fencing and benches. Luke Watkins, assistant senior ranger for Bournemouth Borough Council, said: ^It^s one of the largest slips I^ve seen.^ No-one was injured but the area has been cordoned off by the authority. More movement is expected at the site over the next two days. [From Mark Bartlett]
2017David Spaven: There is whisky galore but we must mind the gap and let rail take strain [Scotsman]Few of us need telling that whisky is central to Scotland^s exporting economy. What is less well known is that the rail industry has been playing a crucial role in the transport of whisky to foreign markets for more than 50 years. One of the key positive outcomes of the otherwise infamous Beeching Report of 1963 was the development of a network of container terminals linked by fast, fixed-formation ^Freightliner^ trains. Terminals in Glasgow, and later Coatbridge, became central to the whisky supply chain and in 2017 Coatbridge Freightliner still provides those crucial daily links to Britain^s big four Deep Sea ports at Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway and Liverpool. Indeed, between 20 and 25 per cent of Scottish exports are carried on these trains.