This day in history 26 April

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Buchanan Street: View over the north end of Buchanan Street station in the spring of 1949. Nearest the camera is Black 5 44704 preparing to leave with a train for Inverness, while over in platform 1 is 0-4-4T 55146.

Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 1949


Cowlairs: Ivatt Mogul 43134 leaving Cowlairs station on 26 April 1952 with a train from the Fife coast.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 1952


Cowlairs East Junction: J39 0-6-0 64897 held at signals with a lengthy freight at Cowlairs East Junction on 26 April 1952. The Eastfield breakdown crane stands alongside in the shed yard.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 1952


Cowlairs West Junction: A down West Highland Line train photographed between Cowlairs West and North boxes on a grey Saturday 26 April 1952, hauled by a pair of Eastfield shed's class K2 2-6-0s. The leading locomotive is 61764 Loch Arkaig, with 61776 tucked in behind.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 1952


Cowlairs East Junction: 'Director' 4-4-0 no 62689 Maid of Lorn photographed passing Cowlairs East Junction on Saturday 26 April 1952 with a train for Fife.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 1952


Cowlairs East Junction: Gresley V2 2-6-2 no 60927 photographed passing Cowlairs East Junction on 26 April 1952. The train is the Glasgow - Leeds North Briton.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 1952


Cowlairs Incline: Ex-NB 4-4-0 62496 Glen Loy tops Cowlairs Incline on 26 April 1952 with a Glasgow - Perth train. See image [[32914]]. The lines to the right entered the southern end of the [[Cowlairs Works]], the foundry of which was off to the right beyond the small building.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 1952


Lanark: The 'Caledonian 123 Excursion', comprising no 123 (of course) and the preserved ex-Caledonian coaches, leaves Lanark station on 26 April 1958. The special ran to Muirkirk and back at a 2nd class return fare of 2/6d.

Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 1958


Lanark: Ex-CR 4-2-2 no 123 stands at Lanark station on 26 April 1958 with the 'Caledonian 123 Excursion'. The special ran to Muirkirk and back and a second class return ticket cost 2/6d (12.5p).

Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 1958


Lanark: Scene at Lanark station on 26 April 1958 with ex-CR 4-2-2 no 123 about to leave with the 'Caledonian 123 Excursion' to Muirkirk. See image [[32807]]

Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 1958


Haymarket Shed [2nd]: One of the attractive Holmes class J83 0-6-0Ts no 68481, photographed at Haymarket shed on 26 April 1959. This locomotive regularly worked as a station pilot at Waverley, during which time it became the subject of a well known photograph by the late Eric Treacy.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 1959


Haymarket Shed [2nd]: Gresley V3 2-6-2T no 67615 stands alongside 62685 Malcolm Graeme at Haymarket shed in April 1959.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 1959


Haymarket Shed [2nd]: Robinson D11 Improved Director no 62690 The Lady of the Lake stands at the west end of Haymarket shed in April 1959. The locomotive, built at the Scotswood works of Armstrong Whitworth in 1924, was a Haymarket engine throughout the BR era until its official withdrawal in July 1961.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 1959


Crewe: D432 stands at Crewe on 26 April 1969. The locomotive was 9 months old at the time and not yet fitted with jumpers to allow multiple operation. [Ref query 1670]

Grand Junction Railway
John Furnevel 1969


Crewe: An Anglo-Scottish service arrives at Crewe on 26 April 1969 behind a class 86 electric locomotive, with another of the class standing in the background.

Grand Junction Railway
John Furnevel 1969


Crewe: An up freight passing through Crewe in April 1969 behind D429. The locomotive has not yet been fitted with jumpers for multiple working. These were required for double heading of Anglo-Scottish expresses north of Crewe the following year until completion of electrification in 1974. For a view of the same locomotive a year later see image [[36645]]. [Ref query 696]

Grand Junction Railway
John Furnevel 1969


Crewe: Diesel locomotives standing at Crewe north stabling point in April 1969 following a shower of rain. Readable right to left are D1739, D7520, D437 and D402.

Grand Junction Railway
John Furnevel 1969


Crewe Diesel Depot: D235 Apapa receiving attention at Crewe diesel depot in April 1969.

Grand Junction Railway
John Furnevel 1969


Millerhill MPD: Not to be moved! So what's new? Clayton D8613 up a siding at Millerhill on 26 April 1970.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel 1970


Millerhill MPD: D6857 & co at Millerhill in 1970.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel 1970


Millerhill MPD: Weekend off ....hump shunters at Millerhill on a Sunday morning in 1970.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel 1970


Hillmorton Junctions: Class 85 mixed traffic electric loco 85003 is seen approaching Hillmorton Junction, south of Rugby, along the Northampton loop line on a rake of empty flat bogie wagons in 1989. The WCML can be seen forward of the Northampton line at a lower level. The view is taken from the area of land that until a few years earlier contained Hillmorton sidings, and was fully accessible, via the track passing the former railway cottages, and was ungated and unfenced from the main line.

Northampton Loop (London and North Western Railway)
David Pesterfield 1989


New Luce: Former site of New Luce station, looking north, a station which had a passing loop. The single storey main station building was on the right with the signal box beyond, behind the camera was the goods shed.

Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford 1997


Castle Douglas: Looking east at the former goods sheds at Castle Douglas in 1997. In addition to the goods shed the loading bank also remained to its left.

Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
Ewan Crawford 1997


York: Great Western liveried 43012 stands at the head of an HST set at York on 26 April 1997 having arrived with a service from the West Country.

York and North Midland Railway
Sandy Steele 1997


Castle Kennedy: View looking west at Castle Kennedy's goods yard in 1997. The passenger station was behind the camera. The depot buildings shown here were probably associated with the nearby Castle Kennedy Airfield. The goods yard has since been obliterated by house building.

Portpatrick Railway
Ewan Crawford 1997


Castle Kennedy: Castle Kennedy looking east towards the station from the level crossing. The station building, the eastbound platform and a dock are seen.

Portpatrick Railway
Ewan Crawford 1997


Stranraer Harbour: Stranraer Harbour looking south from the footbridge, since removed.

Portpatrick Railway
Ewan Crawford 1997


Stranraer Town: The empty platform at Stranraer Town. Access by kind permission of Railtrack.

Portpatrick Railway
Ewan Crawford 1997


Leith Walk [CR]: A wet Wednesday on Leith Walk in April 2004, with the remains of the bridge that once carried the Caledonian's 'Leith new lines' towards the eastern docks still standing on the east side of the road. Just beyond the abutment is the site of the planned Caledonian passenger station, one of three such stations along the route that were partially completed but never opened. See image [[10112]]

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel 2004


Leith Walk West Goods: Remains of the old Caledonian Railway bridge on the west side of Leith Walk, complete with tribute pub alongside, photographed in April 2004. Leith Walk West goods depot stood beyond the bridge abutment see image [[18453]].

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel 2004


Leith Central: Foot of the Walk. Leith Central frontage in April 2004.

Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel 2004


Meadows Yard: Looking east towards the former Meadows Yard from Fillyside Road in April 2004. The location is now a neighbourhood nature area see image [[6697]].

Lothian Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel 2004


Bonnington Goods: Track running across Anderson Place in April 2004 into what was once a large bonded warehouse (now converted flats). Just one of a number of locations in the area once rail-served via the goods link from the North Leith branch east of Bonnington station.

Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
John Furnevel 2004


Leith Central: North wall of Leith Central Station looking west towards Easter Road - now part of the Co-op car park, April 2004.

Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel 2004


Larbert Junction: Shortly after leaving Larbert station in April 2006 a southbound train is signalled for the Carmuirs West and Glasgow route as it approaches Larbert Junction.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Viaduct: A Dunblane - Glasgow Queen Street service crosses the River Carron just south of Larbert station in April 2006.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Junction: A northbound service from Glasgow Queen Street passing Larbert Junction on the approach to Larbert station in April 2006. The line south is signalled for Carmuirs West Junction and the Glasgow route.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Junction: Having almost completed the climb up from the tunnel under the Forth and Clyde Canal, a train from Glasgow Queen Street for Dunblane is about to pass Larbert Junction signal box in April 2006.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Alloa: Looking over the new station site at Alloa on 26 April 2006. View is east towards Clackmannan.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Junction: Southbound train approaching Larbert Junction in April 2006 signalled for Carmuirs East and the Edinburgh line.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Junction: Looking south over Larbert Junction in April 2006. The Edinburgh line turns off to the left towards Carmuirs East Junction, while the Glasgow line continues down the bank past Carmuirs West box (in the distance) before passing below the Forth and Clyde Canal. The Falkirk Wheel dominates the background.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Kincardine: View from the platforms at Kincardine station looking in the Alloa direction showing track lifted north of the level crossing on 26 April 2006.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel 2006


Carmuirs West Junction: An SPT liveried DMU about to run past Carmuirs West Junction signal box southbound in April 2006 on its way to Glasgow Queen Street.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Viaduct: A northbound train on the southern approach section of Larbert Viaduct in April 2006 with the River Carron behind the bank to the left and Larbert station beyond.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Junction: An SPT liveried DMU southbound from Larbert Junction with a train for Glasgow Queen Street on 26 April 2006.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Viaduct: Part of the 15-arch Larbert Viaduct over the River Carron to the south of Larbert station. View east on 26 April 2006 with a northbound service crossing.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Larbert Junction: A late afternoon ScotRail service from Edinburgh Waverley photographed on 26 April 2006 having just completed the climb up from Carmuirs East Junction. The Dunblane bound DMU is about to run past Larbert Junction signal box, less than a mile from its next scheduled stop at Larbert station.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel 2006


Markinch: Wide view of alterations and new building, 26 Mar 07.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


York: B!**%y keys.... A slight delay in the departure of Midland Mainline 43043 from York on 26 April 2007

York and North Midland Railway
Sandy Steele 2007


Collessie: Fife Animal Park and Bistro, Collessie. The peak is East Lomond. A turbostar heads for Ladybank.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Kirkham North Junction: 156479, on the down slow line, passes the junction for Blackpool South before rejoining the main lines to Blackpool North. The fast lines are in the foreground directly in front of the signal box. In the trees immediately behind the box are the remains of the flyover from the Blackpool Central lines - now reduced to a disused siding that can be seen in the distance.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Kirkham North Junction: A Blackpool North to Liverpool service, with 156426, takes the fast lines at Kirkham North Junction past the impressive signal box to avoid the station island platform and continue non stop to Preston.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Kirkham and Wesham: The feather on the green signal indicates that 156473 is heading for Blackpool South at Kirkham North Junction, which lies just beyond the overbridge. The unit has just called at Kirkham and Wesham and the fast Blackpool lines that bypass the platforms can be seen on the far right.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Kirkham and Wesham: A Buxton to Blackpool North service, formed of 156426, departs from Kirkham and Wesham. View of the down slow line towards Kirkham North Junction and Blackpool.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Broomhill: The end of the line in April 2008. The Strathspey Railway is being extended towards Grantown-on-Spey from Broomhill.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Alan Cormack 2008


Kirkham and Wesham: 158756 takes the fast line through Kirkham, looping round the space formerly occupied by the station signal box, with a Blackpool to York service on 26th April 2008. In 2020, although a refurbished 158756 can still be seen on these duties, the station scene has been transformed by removal of the fast lines, electrification and the new Platform 3. See image [[67725]].

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Moss Side: Moss Side station was closed in 1961 but the platforms were left in situ and when the line was singled it was reopened in 1983. View across the level crossing towards Kirkham - disused down platform on the right.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Moss Side: 156473 waits for the crossing barriers to close before leaving Moss Side for Kirkham on a Blackpool South to Colne service. Although substantially modified the house in the picture is the original station house.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Wrea Green: 150139 on a Colne to Blackpool South service passes the site of Wrea Green station. The station closed in 1961 and all trace has been swept away. Despite continuing local pressure for reopening the absence of any infrastructure will make this costly compared to neighbouring station Moss Side which reopened in 1983. View towards Moss Side and Lytham.(SD 396318)

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2008


Haverthwaite: The view north from Haverthwaite, past the depot and towards the northern tunnel, as 0-4-0ST David waits to depart for Lakeside. As AB 2333/1953 this is one of the youngest surviving Andrew Barclay steam locos. It was built for Millom Ironworks and so has spent all its life in the Furness area.

Windermere Lakeside Branch (Furness Railway)
Mark Bartlett 2009


Haverthwaite: A strong looking lad from Kilmarnock. Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST David, waits to haul its three coaches to Lakeside on an early season L&HR train. The southerly Haverthwaite tunnel, still used for running round, is behind the train.

Windermere Lakeside Branch (Furness Railway)
Mark Bartlett 2009


Grange-over-Sands: A sizeable group of passengers waits for the first eastbound service of the day on a sunny Sunday morning at Grange-over-Sands. Unusually, due to engineering work, Transpennine 185130 is heading for Manchester Victoria rather than the Airport.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett 2009


North Grimston: Two for the price of one. Approaching North Grimston level crossing from the north along Ludith Road in 2009. In the centre, to the left of the crossing is part of the original platform and rebuilt station house, while to the right is the replacement station see image [[68534]]. On the far left of the picture is a former railwayman's cottage, with the remains of the coal drops standing just beyond.The road was crossed on the level here by three lines; the platform line, a parallel siding and a short stub serving a goods dock just off picture to the right.

Malton and Driffield Junction Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Burntisland: 158707 draws to a halt at Burntisland on 26 April with a stopping service to Glenrothes with Thornton.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton 2010


Burntisland Junction: 170416 runs south towards Edinburgh past the disconnected former Docks branch at Burntisland Links on 26 April 2010. The vacant area on the far right of the picture is the site of the former works/locomotive shed.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton 2010


Hassendean: A View from the Bridge II. Looking south from the bridge over the trackbed of the Waverley route south of the former Hassendean station in April 2010. This is the location from which Robin Barbour's long running 1960s mystery photograph of 60152 was taken some 40+ years earlier see image [[28700]].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney 2010


Hassendean: Looking north along the trackbed of the Waverley route towards the former Hassendean station on 26 April 2010 with the old station building and footbridge visible in the distance.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney 2010


Big Water of Fleet Viaduct: Now owned by Sustrans and hopefully to become part of a footpath/cycleway, the Big Water of Fleet Viaduct is viewed from the hills on the west side of the valley on 26/04/2012.

Portpatrick Railway
John Gray 2012


Newton-on-Ayr: 46233 Duchess of Sutherland with the 'Great Britain V' railtour at Newton-on-Ayr on 26 April 2012. The train is just about to take the Mauchline line.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller 2012


Polquhap Summit: Stanier Pacific no 46233 Duchess of Sutherland approaching Polquhap summit, near Cumnock, on 26 April 2012 with the 'Great Britain V' railtour.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Robin 2012


Langwathby: Even the cows seem impressed. The southbound 'Great Britain V' running via the Settle & Carlsle line photographed passing Langwathby on 26 April behind 46233 Duchess of Sutherland .

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Jim Peebles 2012


Smardale Viaduct: After a stop at Appleby to take on water, no 46233 is seen passing through Smardale on 26 April with the 'Great Britain V' on the journey to Preston.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Jim Peebles 2012


Langho: The green Duchess 46233, on the last leg of the journey from Barnhill to Preston, climbs out of the Ribble Valley in pouring rain at Langho with the Great Britain V tour on 28 April (Day 6). The train had travelled via the GSW and S&C routes.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
Mark Bartlett 2012


Bamber Bridge: Nearing the end of the journey on Day 6 of the Railway Touring Company's 'Great Britain V' railtour, with the weather having taken a turn for the worse. Ex-LMS Coronation Class pacific 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' brings the 13 coach load effortlessly through Bamber Bridge at speed heading for the overnight stop at Preston.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre 2012


Lochgelly: View south from the former level crossing over Auchterderran Road, Lochgelly, in April 2012. The footpath follows the trackbed of the Lochgelly Iron & Coal Co/NCB mineral railway which ran to the Jenny Gray Colliery (closed 1959). Connection was made to the Fife Circle east of Lochgelly Station by means of a rope-worked incline.

Lochgelly Iron and Coal Company
Bill Roberton 2012


Newton-on-Ayr: Just before the Duchess was due at Newton-on-Ayr with the 'Great Britain V' on 26 April this Killoch - Drax coal train emerged behind 66585, snaking across from the Mauchline line and stopping to collect a crewman. It then crawled through the station blocking all views of the down line and potentially of the Duchess - causing some anxiety among the waiting paparazzi. Fortunately it had gone by the time the Pacific appeared.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller 2012


Glasgow Central: 380 009 awaits its departure time from Glasgow Central on 26 April 2012.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Steven 2012


New Cumnock: Killoch - Drax loaded coal hoppers passing New Cumnock on 26 April with Freightliner 66585 in charge.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne 2012


New Cumnock: Virgin 'Thunderbird' no 57307 Lady Penelope passes through New Cumnock on 26 April during a Carlisle - Polmadie route training run.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne 2012


Newton-on-Ayr: Stanier Pacific 46233 Duchess of Sutherland with the Great Britain V Railtour runs south through Newton-on-Ayr station on 26 April 2012. The special will take the Mauchline line at Newton Junction.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller 2012


Evanton: The Network Rail test train passing Evanton on the far north line on 26 April 2013, with 37218 in front and 37605 on the rear.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
John Gray 2013


Didcot Parkway: 66074 brings a freight west through Didcot station on 26 April 2013, while over on the left a class 166 DMU is about to restart a service to Paddington.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd 2013


River Bran Viaduct: After a lengthy pause at Achnasheen the Great Britain continues east. The train is seen here at the east end of Loch a' Chuillinn midway between Achanalt and Lochluichart.

Dingwall and Skye Railway
Ewan Crawford 2013


Bedworth: The 18.53 service to Nuneaton approaches Bedworth through encroaching vegetation on Friday 26th April.

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan 2013


Achnasheen: Thirsty? A water tanker meets Black 5 44871 with Great Britain VI at Achnasheen station on 26 April 2013.

Dingwall and Skye Railway
Ewan Crawford 2013


Plockton: In a ceremony at Plockton station a plaque was unveiled by Highlands MSP Jean Urquhart to mark the station being 'adopted' by a committee of pupils from Plockton High School.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
John Yellowlees 2013


Duncraig: An eastbound service arrives at Duncraig (just off to the right) in 2013.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
Ewan Crawford 2013


Didcot Parkway: 165117 stands at the platform at Didcot on 26 April 2013.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd 2013


Plockton: Celebrations at Plockton station on 26 April 2013 in connection with the adoption of the station by pupils of nearby Plockton High School - see adjacent news item.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
John Yellowlees 2013


Fernaig Bridge: The Great Briton approaching Fernaig on the return journey from Kyle in 2013.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
Ewan Crawford 2013


Fernaig Bridge: Fernaig Bridge seen from the shore in 2013.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
Ewan Crawford 2013


Didcot Parkway: 66588 brings containers through Didcot station on 26 April 2013.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd 2013


Didcot Parkway: 165109 calls at Didcot on 26 April 2013 with an Oxford line service.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd 2013


Didcot Parkway: The end. 66093 stands in the shadow of Didcot A on 26 April 2013. The coal-fired power station had been disconnected from the national grid 5 weeks earlier after 43 years of service. The six iconic cooling towers will eventually be pulled down removing the notable landmark from the Oxfordshire skyline. See image [[39406]]

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd 2013


Duirinish: Great Britain VI approaching Portnacloich west of Duirinish on 26 April behind 45407.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
Ewan Crawford 2013


Duirinish: Friday the 26th of April brought heavy frequent showers of sleet and rain to the Highlands. Here the sun makes a rare appearance as Black 5 no 45407 hauls the Great Britain VI west of Duirinish on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh, with Loch Kishorn in the background.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)
John Gray 2013


Didcot Parkway: Freightliner 66540 Ruby passing one of her admirers on Didcot station in April 2013.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd 2013


Bedworth: Freight as far as the eye can see - Freightliner 66572 coasts down the incline from the summit near Johnson's Road towards Coventry on 26 April.

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan 2013


Evanton: Passing Evanton on 26 April, The Royal Scotsman heading for Brora hauled by WCRC Class 47 no 47804.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
John Gray 2013


High Wycombe: A down Clubman leaves High Wycombe station on the former four-track GC and GW joint section on 26 April 2014. That creeper on the cutting wall, which contains 1.2 million bricks - give or take a dozen - looks rather tenacious. [compare to image 49508]

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Bourne End: A train for Maidenhead comes off the Marlow branch on a Spring Saturday morning in 2014. Notice the signalling shed for the token on the right.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Leamington Spa: A surprising number of passengers changed at Leamington Spa from the fast service on the left (the loco-hauled Premier service to London) to the unit on the right, heading for Stratford-on-Avon. View towards Birmingham early on a Saturday morning in April 2014.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Bourne End: It's not unusual, as a Welsh chap once sang, to find old rails used as fence posts; but this bridge rail is in use to protect the corner of Bourne End goods shed from assaults by passing road vehicles. Notice the old gate pivot to the left.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Loudwater: An early motorway opening and a late railway closure: this concrete box was cast into the Loudwater viaduct on the M40 circa 1969 to allow the railway from Bourne End (behind) to High Wycombe (ahead) to pass under the road. It was only used for trains for about six months.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Bourne End: Looking towards High Wycombe from the platform exit at Bourne End station in April 2014. It is clear where the railway used to run - and equally clear why it will probably never return. See image [[50627 for a view in the opposite direction]] [Ref query 14686]

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


High Wycombe: Former railway buildings at High Wycombe in April 2014 see image [[47130]]. Here are the remains of the entrance, offices, and train shed used from 1846 to 1864. Part of the current Chiltern Railways station can be seen on the right.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Loudwater: If all of the trackbed from Bourne End to High Wycombe was as clear as this section, I think the railway would have been re-opened by now. Unfortunately, intense building of flats between the A40 crossing and High Wycombe station has provided a major obstacle to reinstatement. Scene in April 2014 looking North-West from Treadaway Hill. See image [[47307]]

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Blunsdon: Scene on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 26 April 2014 with ex-GWR 0-6-2T no 5637, currently on loan from the East Somerset Railway, departing with a train for Taw Valley Halt.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd 2014


High Wycombe: Looking South to High Wycombe town in April 2014, the outbuildings and gable end of the third and current (1906) station can be clearly seen. The building in the background is less well known. The near section with roller doors was an engine shed - more recently a car tyre fitting centre - while the larger building beyond it was the original 1846 train shed, used until 1864. The station entrance and offices are hidden behind the train shed, which is listed Grade 2.

Great Central Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


West Wycombe: A model of information provision on footpaths along old railway routes. Polite, informal, helpful, and accurate. Other councils please note. The line in question is from Bourne End (to the right) to High Wycombe.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Bourne End: Modern property boundaries often indicate former land uses. This innocuous looking path along some Buckinghamshire garden fences - which curves right as the trackbed to High Wycombe curves left - follows a former branch into the Soho paper mills - one of several paper mills in this valley.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Blunsdon: Metropolitan No 1 with a departure from Blunsdon station on 26 April 2014.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd 2014


High Wycombe: Amazing what you find when you take down a few old posters. Seriously outdated station sign at High Wycombe in April 2014. The connections to Marlow and Maidenhead were severed some 44 years ago.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Taw Valley Halt: 5637 at Taw Valley Halt on the the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 26 April 2014.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd 2014


Dundee Museum of Transport: Part of the railway corner at the new Dundee Museum of Transport which opened on 26 April this year. The Museum is located on Market Mews, just off Market Street.

Dundee Museum of Transport
John Yellowlees 2014


High Wycombe: The twin track standard gauge Hughenden viaduct strides confidently over a complex traffic island in High Wycombe. The puzzle is, why does the retaining wall for the former single track broad gauge viaduct alongside look so recent? The answer is that it was built at the same time as the traffic system - about 30 years ago. This modernization swept away a number of railway arch business premises; and also, according to a lifelong resident, a rather dodgy pub.

Wycombe Railway
Ken Strachan 2014


Heriot: Looking north over the site of the former Heriot station on 26 April 2015. View is towards Edinburgh with the A7 and its associated roadworks on the right. The station building has now been demolished, the platform remains have gone and the old level crossing link with the village is no more. Modern day pedestrian access is provided by a new DDA compliant underpass in the centre of the picture. Vehicle access from the A7 is via a new road with overbridge behind the camera.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel 2015


Ayr: Those who from their labours rest... east fan of stock in Ayr's Townhead sidings, looking south on 26 April 2015. There is also a west fan of four sidings. Photographed through the security fence. See image [[51123]]

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller 2015


Newtongrange: New infrastructure at Newtongrange, photographed on the morning of 26 April 2015, including pedestrian access from the housing developments on the west side of the line to reach the south side of the A7. The platform will be accessible via a stairway on the east side of the road bridge. See image [[13782]]

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel 2015


Hoxton: A northbound London Overground service approaches Hoxton Station on 26 April 2015.

North London Railway
John Thorn 2015


Fountainhall: A new perspective on Fountainhall station, looking south from the approach to the new road overbridge on 26 April 2015. All trace of the Borders Railway works compound established here in early 2014 has now gone - as has the former level crossing that once took the old road past the station house.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel 2015


Ayr: The western fan of empty stock sidings at Ayr Towmnhead photographed through the security fence on Sunday 26 April 2015. See image [[51093]]

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller 2015


Prestwick Town: Colas Railfreight class 60 no. 60026 approaches Prestwick, after run round in Ayr station, with loaded aviation fuel tanks bound for BP Prestwick air terminal.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne 2016


Livingston Mill: On-train notice telling all about the 2'6'-gauge Railway.

Almond Valley Light Railway
John Yellowlees 2016


Grafton East Junction: HST 125 43140 passing Crofton westbound. The Kennet and Avon Canal is in the foreground.

Berks and Hants Extension Railway
Peter Todd 2016


Grafton East Junction: 46100 Royal Scot westbound at the head of the 'Great Britain'. Given the size of the train, the loco did not seem to be exerting itself (nor did I notice many passengers on board). Apparently 44871 was meant to doublehead the Scot but did not. A 57 was tail end charlie.

Berks and Hants Extension Railway
Peter Todd 2016


Livingston Mill: Almond Valley Light Railway : start of the 2'6' line at Livingston Mill.

Almond Valley Light Railway
John Yellowlees 2016


Almondhaugh: Driver and railway author David Scotney changing the points.

Almond Valley Light Railway
John Yellowlees 2016


Leeds Midland Road TMD: Looking into Freightliner's Leeds Midland Road TMD from the vehicle entrance with 66613 and 70010 stabled closest to camera. Beyond are 66585, with the cab end of 70002 to left and 90041 to right.

North Midland Railway
David Pesterfield 2017


Aviemore: Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 46512 alongside the Strathsey platform at Aviemore station on 26 April 2017 with a train of empty stock.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Andy Furnevel 2017


Aviemore: Fading light at Aviemore on the afternoon of 26 April 2017. Approaching from the south is the late running ScotRail 1334 Edinburgh - Inverness, while stabled on the Strathspey Railway siding beyond the fence is GBRf 66746 in 'Royal Scotsman' colours.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Andy Furnevel 2017


Hoghton: Northern 142055 hurries over the level crossing at the site of Hoghton station while dropping down the gradient towards Bamber Bridge. This was a Colne to Blackpool South service on 26th April 2017. In March 2020 this Pacer was reported stored serviceable at Gascoigne Wood near Worksop. June 2020 update - 142055 is going to the Foxfield Railway, but will it be used on the steep gradient down to the colliery I wonder?

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Mark Bartlett 2017


Glenfinnan: The Jacobite making a rousing departure from Glenfinnan.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Ewan Crawford 2017


Hoghton: No.9 back on the line. Following overhaul, and prior to being used on the Great Briton X tour, A4 60009 took a test train round the Carnforth to Carnforth loop. The LNER Pacific is seen here passing through Hoghton on 26th April 2017.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Mark Bartlett 2017


Leeds Midland Road TMD: Looking across the sidings and running lines to the Freightliner TMD at Leeds Midland Road, with the two first built class 70s stabled at the eastern end of the long term stored loco line. 70002 is straight ahead, with the cab of 70001 to the right. [Ref query 1051]

North Midland Railway
David Pesterfield 2017


Aviemore: GBRf 66746 in special 'Belmond Royal Scotsman' livery, stabled on the SRS access line at Aviemore on 26 April 2017.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Andy Furnevel 2017


Stourton: GBRf 66719 heads west, passing the Freightliner Midland Road TMD, with a loaded working from the recently rail connected Tarmac Arcow Quarry near Horton in Ribblesdale. The rake of wagons appear to be the new GBRf aggregates wagons created by shortening former bottom discharge coal wagons, by removing the centre hopper section, to make them more suitable for loading fully with the heavier aggregates.

North Midland Railway
David Pesterfield 2017


Aviemore: Waiting for a train. Looking along platform 1 at Aviemore station on 26 April 2017. Just arriving from the north is the ScotRail 1551 Inverness - Edinburgh.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Andy Furnevel 2017


Alloa: Passengers at Alloa on a fine spring morning in April 2018 amble along the platform to board the next train for Glasgow Queen Street.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Alloa [1st]: Arriving in Alloa just ahead of the rain on 26 April 2018 is the 0920 from Glasgow Queen Street. The train is running past the site of the original Alloa station - now occupied by commercial premises and car parking. The white building on the other side of the road is the Station Hotel see image [[18975]].

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Alloa: Recent electrification work at Alloa is apparent as the next scheduled ScotRail service to Glasgow Queen Street awaits its departure time at the platform in light rain on 26 April 2018.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Breich: .An Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Central DMU passing through the old station at Breich, West Lothian, in April 2018, some five months after notice of closure had been withdrawn following a public outcry. Eight weeks later the station was temporarily closed for around three months, during which time a pre-electrification rebuild was carried out. This included demolition of the old station footbridge and provision of improved ramped access to both platforms from the A706 road bridge (from which the photograph was taken).

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel 2018


Alloa: ScotRail 158709 about to pass below the old route of the Alloa Wagonway before entering the platform on 26 April 2018. The train is 0920 ex-Glasgow Queen Street.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Shimbashi Tokyo: The Class C11 (C11形)) is a type of 2-6-4T steam locomotive built by the Japanese Government Railways and the Japanese National Railways from 1932 to 1947 in front of Shimbashi station Tokyo with a very GWR looking signal post.

Japan Railways Group
Alastair McLellan 2018


Kirknewton: Shouldn't that read '...would have had 2 carriages?' Platform display at Kirknewton on 26 April 2018.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Shimbashi Tokyo: The Class C11 (C11形)) is a type of 2-6-4T steam locomotive built by the Japanese Government Railways and the Japanese National Railways from 1932 to 1947 in front of Shimbashi station Tokyo with a very GWR looking signal post.

Japan Railways Group
Alastair McLellan 2018


Breich: Wide view of Breich station on 26 April 2018 as a westbound service runs through. The recently installed electrification masts standing in the background continue behind the camera. The fate of the footbridge can be in little doubt.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel 2018


St Peters Square: As part of the opening of Metrolink's Second City Crossing in Manchester the St Peters Square tramstop has been rebuilt with four tracks, as seen here on a wet 27th March 2018. The rebuild also seems to have sorted the previous drainage problems See image [[44231]].

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett 2018


Cambus Loop: A 158 heads east towards Alloa after clearing Cambus level crossing on 26 April 2018. Cambus Loop is visible just beyond the train, although the imposing spire of St Mungo's Church on Bedford Place is now all but lost amongst the new catenary see image [[17321]].

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Bearsden: The delayed 11.29 for Edinburgh at Bearsden on 26th April 2018.

Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Colin Miller 2018


Cambus: I remember it was wet... oh yes... The 1020 Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa about to pass over Cambus level crossing in pouring rain on 26 April 2018.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Breich: Lucky escape. Formal notice of closure of Breich station was announced on 21 June 2017, with notice withdrawn 5 months later. A report in 'The Scotsman' of 15 November 2017 reads 'Closure-threatened Breich Station, which has fewer than three passengers a week, has been reprieved after a public outcry.' The photograph shows a Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley service pulling into a deserted platform 2 on 26 April 2018, with work on electrification of the route in progress on either side of the station.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel 2018


Alloa West Junction: The 1041 Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street about to encounter some serious rain moving south from the Ochil Hills on 26 April 2018. The train has just run through the site of Alloa West Junction and is about to pass the Clackmannanshire Cricket Club grounds at 'The Arns' as it heads for Cambus level crossing. The apparent new ScotRail Blue & Red colour scheme is due to the reflections from two lineside containers.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Bathgate LMD: The 1126 Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley, shortly after leaving Bathgate station on 26 April 2018. A location much changed in the past 10 years see image [[20265]]. Even the overgrown lay-by area I once used on the other side of the road behind the camera is now the entrance to a posh block of flats!

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Kirknewton: View east at Kirknewton from the car park in April 2018. The 1426 Edinburgfh Waverley - Glasgow Central is just pulling in to the westbound platform. On the left is the notable former station building, now privately owned. See image [[55585]]

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Kirknewton: The busy level crossing at Kirknewton on 26 April 2018, looking north west along the B7031. The 1426 ex-Waverley has just restarted its journey to Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Cambus Loop: ScotRail 158709 approaching Cambus loop on 26 April 2018 with the 1041 Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street. The line between Stirling and Alloa reopened in mid April following a month's closure, during which electrification masts and power lines were erected along the route. Electric services are scheduled to commence in December this year.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2018


Bearsden: The delayed 12.59 to Milngavie at Bearsden on 26th April 2018.

Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Colin Miller 2018


Farington Junction: GBRf 66772 joins the West Coast Main Line at Farington Junction with a train of cement tankers working from Clitheroe to Avonmouth on 26th April 2019.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett 2019


Strathbungo: The former Strathbungo station was demolished on 6th August 2022. Seen here on 26 April 2021, latterly used as a shop.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Bill Roberton 2021


Strathbungo: The 18.57 from East Kilbride to Glasgow Central, formed by 156513 and 156462, passes underneath the old Strathbungo station on 26th April 2021.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Bill Roberton 2021


Strathbungo: The rear of the Strathbungo station building, closed to passengers in 1962. It was used as a shop for many years but demolished on 6 August 2022.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Bill Roberton 2021


Strathbungo: The former Strathbungo station footbridge, dating from 1877 and Grade C-listed, has been refurbished as seen here on 26th April 2021.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Bill Roberton 2021


Muirhouse South Junction: The 19.00 from Kilmarnock to Glasgow Central passes Muirhouse South Junction on 26th April 2021. 156476 is the unit.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Bill Roberton 2021


Bay Horse: 68034 accelerates a TPE push-pull set on a training run away from a temporary speed restriction (or p-way slack as we used to call them) through the cutting at Forton on 26th April 2021. The train was working from Carlisle to Crewe, having gone north from Manchester that morning.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett 2021


Hellifield: GBrF 66769 'League Managers Association' heads 6E77 16:43 Arcow Quarry Gbrf to Hunslet Tilcon Gbrf approaching Hellifield station. The train left Arcow heading North to Blea Moor where it ran round and waited in the up loop for 2H95 16:18 Carlisle to Leeds to pass before proceeding south to Hunslet.

North Western Railway
Stephen Willetts 2022


Preston: Preston station Main entrance seemed to be in need of a wee bit of TLC in April 2022.

North Union Railway
Gordon Steel 2022


Arnside: Not the 'GBXIV' railtour, but the ECS from GBXIV (Day 5 of 9) making the short journey from Grange-over-Sands, where the passengers were overnighting, to Carnforth for servicing. The train had run from Stirling to Carlisle behind 46115 and 45690 'Leander' took over from there round the Cumbrian Coast. The 4-6-0 is passing the closed Middlebarrow Quarry between Arnside and Silverdale.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett 2022


Carlisle : 46115 'Scots Guardsman' and its support coach have been released from the empty coaching stock of the 'Great Britain XIV' and are waiting to move off the A Road at Carlisle Citadel on 26th April 2022. The train then continued around the Cumbrian Coast behind 45690 'Leander'.

Caledonian Railway
Stephen Willetts 2022


Preston: Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390013 awaits the off from Preston's platform 4 on the 15.53 service to Edinburgh Waverley.

North Union Railway
Gordon Steel 2022


Preston: North throat of Preston Station taken from rarely used bay beyond Platform 3. This sometimes sees a 'Thunderbird' stabled [[44188]] but little else.

North Union Railway
Gordon Steel 2022


Preston: North throat of Preston Station, with a Tamper in the distance, in April 2022. Taken from the end of the undercroft roads between Platforms 3 and 4.

North Union Railway
Gordon Steel 2022


Arnside: Middlebarrow Quarry, between Arnside and Silverdale, was operational until around 2000 and would have continued but planning permission for further extraction was refused in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was rail served for a long time but the sidings closed before the quarry itself. Passengers on this Preston to Carlisle local service will get a glimpse of the huge quarry as it passes over the now chained-up level crossing on 26th April 2022. The two sidings were on the land in the foreground and there was also a loading plant, now demolished.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett 2022


Preston: Close up of the driving cab of Avanti West Coast Pendolino unit 390013, Platform 4 at Preston on the 15.53 to Edinburgh Waverley in April 2022. The emphasis very much on forward vision!

North Union Railway
Gordon Steel 2022


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1872Dingwall and Skye Railway1st_>Lochluichart 1st , a private platform, becomes public and is re-built further west (2nd_>Lochluichart 2nd ).
1880Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)Law Junction to Holytown opened to goods.
1910Aberdeen RailwayAuthorisation to rebuild station.
1910Aberdeen RailwayReconstruction of Laurencekirk authorised.
1916Neilsland Colliery (Hamilton)Five miners killed by an inrush of water and material at the John Watson Ltd owned colliery from the closed neighbouring Eddlewood Colliery.
1952Dundee Corporation TramwaysMoncur Crescent route closed, but retained for a while for ^specials^ use.
1954York, Newcastle and Berwick RailwayAinderby closed.
1976Ulster RailwayBelfast Great Victoria Street closed, replaced by Belfast Central.
1976Belfast Central RailwayPortadown trains diverted to Belfast Central from Belfast Great Victoria Street.
2000Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)Embankment partly washed out at several locations at the south end of Culloden Viaduct.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2006Haulier picks up 200,000 to deliver new rail freight plans [Scotsman]HAULIER Eddie Stobart is to be paid 200,000 by the Scottish Executive under a scheme to switch more freight to rail.
2006Rail work to divert airport road for 18 months [Scotsman]A KEY road to Edinburgh Airport will be diverted as part of the construction of a new rail link.
2006Scotsman photographer is No1 [Scotsman]SCOTSMAN photographer Neil Hanna was named Features Photographer of the Year in the First ScotRail Scottish Press Photography Awards last night.
2007Roadways Container Logistics - Logical logistics [Railway Strategies]Roadways Container Logistics can provide all the physical distribution functions needed for inland container distribution in the UK
2007People & jobs [Railway Strategies]On the move
2008Fans pub to be knocked down in June [Evening News]ONE of the city^s most prominent pubs will be demolished in June to make way for the city^s trams.
2010Investing in the future of a Brunel masterpiece [Network Rail]The most complex plan ever to refurbish the Royal Albert bridge has been finalised and Network Rail will soon be tendering for contract to carry out the improvement work.
2010Thornaby railway station...then and now [GazetteLive]Once upon a time Thornaby had a wonderfully unique railway station. Built in 1882 for the North Eastern Railway with no expense spared on its features and decoration the station served the people of Thornaby for many years.
2011Rail union rejects 5 year pay deal [PA]The biggest rail workers^ union has rejected a proposed five-year pay deal by London Underground and launched a campaign for a ^substantial^ 12-month agreement.
2011Thank you ceremony for staff from Loch Awe train crash [Oban Times] A ceremony to thank the train driver and railway assistant in the Loch Awe train derailment last year will be held in Oban on the anniversary of the crash. [From Richard Buckby]
2012Bakerloo line hit by delays as part of tunnel falls on track [Guardian]Morning rush-hour tube services were badly disrupted when part of a tunnel wall fell on to the track on the Bakerloo line. No one was hurt in the incident between Waterloo and Embankment in central London on Thursday. Services were suspended between Piccadilly Circus and Elephant and Castle, and there were severe delays on the rest of the Bakerloo line. Transport for London (TfL) described the incident as ^an obstruction^ in the tunnel and as a ^tunnel defect^.
2012Mighty steam loco passes through Moray [The Northern Scot]THE hiss and chug of a steam locomotive reverberated across Moray at the weekend as the Great Britain V passed through. Hauled by the Scots Guardsman, the majestic train was in the area as part of a nine-day tour of the UK, operated by Railway Touring Company. Crowds gathered at stations at Keith, Elgin, and Forres and at vantage points along the way as the machine powered by. Young and old alike lined platforms, railway bridges and railside tracks, armed with cameras to capture a lasting image of the relic of a bygone age as it billowed by. Passengers, who would have paid upwards of 1,775 for the experience, travelled on to Inverness, where they spent the night before heading further West to Fort William. [From Matthew Tomlins]
2012Railway signallers walk out in two-day strike over shifts [STV]Railway signallers are planning a second day of strike action after walking out in a dispute over rosters. The Network Rail workers at Stirling station began a 24-hour stoppage on Thursday morning. According to the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), the action comes after talks broke down over plans to introduce a three-day working week compromising 12-hour shifts.
2013Plockton reputation damaged by school pupils [Scotsman]IT IS known as the idyllic Highland village to which tourists make a beeline and where the BBC drama Hamish Macbeth was set. However, the reputation of the west coast settlement has been bismirched by loitering and litter-dropping school pupils at its railway station, which have triggered a deluge of complaints to community leaders. The station is on the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh line that Michael Palin has hailed as one of the worlds greatest railway journeys. Now British Transport Police (BTP) have moved to stamp out the anti-social behaviour by enlisting youngsters from Plockton High School, which adjoins the station, to help with its upkeep by looking after its plants and picking up litter. In a ceremony today, a plaque was unveiled by Highlands MSP Jean Urquhart to mark the station being adopted by a committee of pupils.
2014Masterpiece Ballochmyle Viaduct gets major award [Scotsman]BALLOCHMYLE Viaduct, the UKs highest railway bridge, which featured in the Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible, won a major award today from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The 177ft (54m) Ayrshire crossing, whose track is higher than the Forth Bridges, has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark after being upgraded to carry heavier coal trains. [From John Yellowlees]
2014Steaming into action! Restored locomotives cut an impressive sight as they travel along North Yorkshire heritage railway line [Mail]With a puff of steam and the rumble of wheels on train tracks, this is the impressive sight of restored steam locomotives charging through the North Yorkshire countryside for a weekend of action. Rail enthusiasts may have been forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time as they admired the engines and took pleasure rides at this year^s Steam Gala Weekend. The North Yorkshire Moors railway was among 5,000 miles of track and 2,300 stations closed by Dr Richard Beeching in 1963 but was brought back to life four decades later and is now the busiest heritage route in the world.
2016Birmingham New Street tram extension to open in May[Rail News]An extension of the Midland Metro to Birmingham New Street station will open next month, Centro has announced. The full length of the extension from Snow Hill Station to New Street, via Bull Street and Corporation Street, will go into service on May 22 following a succesful period of testing. This was the last big hurdle to overcome, said Centros Midland Metro programme director Phil Hewitt. A series of late night tests were completed between April 23 and 24, including a low-speed test run between Bull Street and Stephenson Street. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Eurostar confirms plans for new routes [IRJ]EUROSTAR confirmed at the launch of its Community and Environment Programme in London on April 25 that it intends to launch London - Amsterdam services at the end of next year, and is also looking to take advantage of the opening of new high-speed lines in France to expand its network. Eurostar plans to introduce services to the Netherlands in December 2017, subject to the necessary approvals being obtained for operation of the new Siemens Velaro e320 (class 374) trains on the Belgian and Dutch networks. Testing on the Dutch network is due to begin next month. [From Richard Buckby]
2018Harry Potter fans will want to buy this £160,000 ex-railway cottage [Daily Mail]An ex railway cottage situated on the west coast of Scotland (pictured inset) has gone on the market. It will appeal to Harry Potter fans as the Hogwarts Express steams past every day in the summer.
2018Borders Railway talks ^highly productive^ [BBC News]Rail campaigners in the Scottish Borders have hailed as ^highly productive^ their latest talks with Transport Minister Humza Yousaf. They want to see the new line in the region extended to Carlisle. Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) chairman Simon Walton said their meeting had highlighted the route^s importance for economic development. The Scottish government said it had further enhanced their ^positive working relationship^. The talks came after a draft report into improving transport in the region was published. It recommended that the prospect of extending the Borders Railway be given further consideration. Mr Walton said the discussions had put a number of items on the agenda including the railway^s role in sustainable growth.
20191.6 million upgrade will help improve Aberdeen rail services [Evening Express]A 1.6 million depot upgrade in Inverness will help improve rail services between Aberdeen and the Highlands, its been claimed.
2019Commissioning work for Aberdeen-Stonehaven railway upgrade [Network Rail]Network Rail is advising passengers that buses will replace trains between Aberdeen and Dundee on Sunday April 28 as engineers commission the first phase of signalling improvements on the line.
2019Steel plant explosion: Two burned at Tata in Port Talbot [BBC News]Two workers suffered burns in an early hours explosion at Tata^s biggest steelworks plant in the UK. Residents living near the Port Talbot plant heard a ^massive^ blast shortly after 03:30 BST. Images and footage posted on social media showed a huge mushroom cloud and plumes of smoke rising above the plant. Tata Steel said the explosion came from a train carrying molten metal. It said the workers had received treatment for minor injuries.