This day in history 15 May

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Ellon: BR Standard 2-6-4 tank 80028 runs through Ellon station with a fish train in May 1959.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Ythan Viaduct: Buchan tanks. 80004 crossing Ythan Viaduct on up passenger in May 1959. [See image 51098]

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Ellon: Looking north at Ellon on 15 May 1959. The Station Hotel is just visible on the left of the picture.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Arnage: Arriving. 80005 at Arnage on up Buchan passenger train.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Maud: View north on 15 May 1959 as BR Standard Tank 80113 pulls away from Maud with a freight from Peterhead following a water stop alongside Maud signal box.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Arnage: Leaving. 80005 at Arnage on up Buchan passenger train.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Auchnagatt: 40604 approaching Auchnagatt station on 15 May 1955 with a freight for Fraserburgh.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Auchnagatt: BR Standard 2-6-4T 80111 runs south through Auchnagatt on 15 May 1959 with a Peterhead - Aberdeen freight.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Maud: BR Standard tank 80113 with a freight taking on water alongside Maud signal box in May 1959.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Arnage: BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 76108 brings a down passenger train into Arnage station on 15 May 1959.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Maud: BR standard 2-6-4 tank 80005 photographed at Maud in the spring of 1959 in the process of dividing the Fraserburgh and Peterhead portions of a recent arrival from Aberdeen.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Maud: Standard class 4 2-6-0 76108 approaching Maud on 15 May 1959 with an up train.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Esslemont: The 1861 station at Esslemont in May 1959 looking north towards Ellon. The station closed to passengers in 1952. [Ref query 9807]

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [15/05/1959]


Kinaldie: The view west over Kinaldie station in 1960. The platforms remain, but the line has been singled, station closed and the fine building has gone.

Great North of Scotland Railway
David Murray-Smith [15/05/1960]


Hamilton Central: 44786 runs through towards Motherwell.

Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [15/05/1963]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Black 5 no 44669 in the yard at Carlisle Kingmoor shed on 15 May 1964.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [15/05/1964]


Larkhall Central: Motherwell shed's Black 5 no 45029 passing through Larkhall Central on 15 May 1964 with a trainload of pigeons for release at Alton Heights. (After taking this photograph I was able to cycle south to Blackwood to obtain another shot - plus a bonus footplate trip - with the bike consigned to the tender!)

Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [15/05/1964]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Royal Scot 46132 'The King's Regiment Liverpool' photographed on its home shed at Kingmoor in May 1964. The locomotive is recorded as being officially withdrawn three months earlier and was eventually cut up at Arnott Young, Troon, the following April.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [15/05/1964]


Carlisle: Ivatt 4F 2-6-0 no 43027 arrives at Carlisle platform 4 on 15 May 1964 with the 6.22pm train from Langholm.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [15/05/1964]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Class 3F 0-6-0T 47236 sandwiched between a snow plough and Stanier Pacific 46244 King George VI in the shed yard at Kingmoor on 15 May 1964.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [15/05/1964]


Lesmahagow [2nd]: The friendly crew of 45029 with driver J Archibald, posing for the camera alongside the pigeon special at Lesmahagow on its return from Alton Heights on 15 May 1964 [see image 47427]. A print finally found its way to them at Motherwell MPD.

Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [15/05/1964]


Stonehouse [Lanarkshire]: Motherwell Black 5 no 45029 at Stonehouse station on 15 May 1964 on its way back from Alton Heights with a pigeon special [see image 46637].

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [15/05/1964]


Blackwood: Looking south from Blackwood signal box in May 1964, as 45029 with a pigeon special waits for a DMU from Coalburn to clear the section to Alton Heights. The original (1866) Blackwood terminus lay straight ahead, with the 1905 replacement through station (closed 1965) round the curve to the left [see image 9162].

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [15/05/1964]


Alton Heights: 45029 takes water at Alton Heights on 15 May 1964 after arriving with a pigeon special [see image 46637]. This had once been a 4-way junction with lines from Brocketsbrae and Lesmahagow to the north meeting those from Coalburn and Poneil Junction to the south. By this time however it was merely a loop.

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [15/05/1964]


Stonehouse Viaduct: Black 5 45029 crossing Stonehouse Viaduct on its way back to Motherwell on 15 May 1964 with an empty pigeon special, having delivered the contents to Alton Heights [see image 46637].

Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Robin [15/05/1964]


Glasgow St Enoch: View of the remaining lines on the curve into a much diminished St Enoch terminus almost a year after closure. Photographed in May 1967, from a passing railtour.

City Of Glasgow Union Railway
Colin Miller [15/05/1967]


Stalham: The former Midland & Great Northern Joint station at Stalham on May 15th 1976. Closed in 1959, it was in use as a council depot at the time of this photo. After the depot closed, the building was salvaged by the North Norfolk railway and re-erected at its Holt terminus.

Yarmouth and North Norfolk Railway
Mark Dufton [15/05/1976]


Reepham (Norfolk): Following withdrawal of County School to Wroxham passenger trains in 1952, Reepham (GER) became a freight only terminus until lifted track was relaid to a new connection with the Norwich to Melton Constable line (M&GN) at Themelthorpe in 1960. Shown here are the (then) still open, but seldom used, sidings at Reepham in May 1977, looking east towards the station. In 2010, the station had become a pleasant café, the goods shed a craft centre, and the trackbed a footpath/cycleway.

Great Eastern Railway
Mark Dufton [15/05/1977]


Corpusty and Saxthorpe: As if set down on someone's lawn, the former Midland and Great Northern station that used to serve Corpusty and Saxthorpe was being well cared for (by a local scout group) on 15th May 1977. Retained for community service after closure in 1959, the high standard of upkeep continued for decades through various uses. In 2017, it housed a cafe for the summer season. [Ref query 5 August 2018

Melton Constable to North Walsham (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
Mark Dufton [15/05/1977]


Boat of Garten: 46464 stored in the station sidings at Boat of Garten, the engine is now under repair at the Caledonian Railway, Brechin. 15 May 1981. An image scanned from an old 120 Kodacolour negative.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Peter Todd [15/05/1981]


Aviemore: The Strathspey Railway's Austerity No 60 with their LMS inspection saloon alongside the Aviemore 'Speyside' platform on 15 May 1981. The train is conveying Railway Officers and Railway Inspectorate Staff.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Peter Todd [15/05/1981]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A type 2 leaves Queen Street tunnel and enters the station on 15 May 1981.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/1981]


Aviemore Speyside: Strathspey Railway's No 60 running into Aviemore Speyside on 15 May 1982.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Peter Todd [15/05/1982]


Exeter St Davids: The single car diesel unit for Barnstaple waits at Exeter St Davids in May 1985. Note the BRUTEs and mail bags on the platform alongside.

Bristol and Exeter Railway
Ian Dinmore [15/05/1985]


Altofts: Scene at Altofts station, West Yorkshire, on 15 May 1990, the day after the station was officially closed to passengers.

Midland Railway
Ian Dinmore [15/05/1990]


Harrogate: A train for Leeds awaits its departure time from Harrogate on 15 May 1990.

North Eastern Railway
Ian Dinmore [15/05/1990]


Knaresborough: A York - Leeds DMU arrives at Knaresborough on 15 May 1990.

Leeds Northern Railway
Ian Dinmore [15/05/1990]


Altofts: Entrance to Altofts station near Normanton West Yorkshire, complete with WYPTE Metro sign. Photographed on 15 May 1990 - the day after the station was officially closed [see image 41676]

Midland Railway
Ian Dinmore [15/05/1990]


Dundee: Driver stress, Dundee, 1993. Dundee Tay Bridge had been officially renamed Dundee in 1966, the year after the closure of Dundee West station.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [15/05/1993]


Cottingham: A previous generation of ticket machine, seen here at Cottingham, between Hull and Beverley, in May 1994. Turn the dial for your destination - so long as it's on the same line. Payment was by coin only.

Bridlington Branch (Hull and Selby Railway)
David Panton [15/05/1994]


Nethy Bridge: Looking north along the trackbed at Nethy Bridge towards Grantown-on-Spey in May 2002. The station, which had closed to passengers in 1965, was in use as a hostel.

Strathspey Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2002]


Nethy Bridge: The old station at Nethy Bridge in May 2002 looking south along the Strathspey route towards Aviemore. By this time the building had been converted for use as a bunkhouse.

Strathspey Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2002]


Taff^s Well: A valleys line train about to cross the river Taff just north of Taff's Well in May 2004. Two other lines, the Cardiff Railway and the Barry Railway once shared this part of the valley.

Taff Vale Railway
John Thorn [15/05/2004]


Milngavie: Train leaving Milngavie heading to Glasgow. Dumgoyne and Mugdock bank are seen in the background.

Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford [15/05/2005]


Polmont Junction: A Glasgow - Edinburgh train passing the modified layout at Polmont Junction in May 2006.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2006]


Burntisland: Work proceeding on �3m.renewal of C(S)listed Lammerlaws road bridge to Burntisland beach and swimming pool. Temporary footbridge near camera.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Burntisland: Sea Wall, collie and church at Burntisland.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Burntisland: GNER 125 curves northbound alongside the recreation area at Burntisland.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Burntisland: Historical plaque on Burntisland down waiting room wall.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Burntisland: Pettycur Heights are background to a 170 as it slows for the Burntisland stop.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Burntisland: Waiting room on the tightly curved northbound platform at Burntisland, masonary built.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Menstrie and Glenochil: Back to nature at Menstrie on 15 May 2007. View east from road bridge.

Alva Railway
Bill Roberton [15/05/2007]


Burntisland: Tight curve on down platform at Burntisland.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Burntisland: Burntisland original station platform building (left) and present station building on the higher plane. When the Forth Bridge opened in 1890 the new (r) line opened.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Dalguise: Dalguise Viaduct. A turbostar heads north past Craigvinean forest.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Blair Atholl: Southbound 170410 leaves Blair Atholl for Glasgow.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Blair Atholl: Buffer stops abandoned in Blair Atholl yard.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Killiecrankie: Remains of down platform at Killiecrankie

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Killiecrankie: Killiecrankie former station.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Ballinluig: A 170 FSR heads north between Dalguise and Ballinluig

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Blair Atholl: Glasgow train races through Blair Atholl.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Blair Atholl: North view of Blair Atholl station.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2007]


Alloa [1st]: 61994 with the second special of the day leaves Alloa on 15 May 2008.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [15/05/2008]


Alloa Harbour Junction: Deltic 55022 Royal Scots Grey at the rear of one of the Alloa Reopening specials leaving Alloa for Stirling on 15 May 2008.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [15/05/2008]


Alloa West Junction: 61994 leaving Alloa with the 1330 on 15 May.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [15/05/2008]


Kilbagie: The Alloa-Stirling special empty stock at Kilbagie on 15 May.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/05/2008]


Kilbagie: Empty stock for the special runs between Alloa and Stirling passing Kilbagie on 15 May.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/05/2008]


Stirling: 55022 Royal Scots Grey with 61994 The Great Marquess at Stirling met by many well-wishers on 15/05/2008 the day the first passenger train ran on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line after re-opening. This was the 14.20 back to Alloa.

Scottish Central Railway
Mark Poustie [15/05/2008]


Blackgrange: 61994 The Great Marquess rattles past Blackgrange level crossing, Stirling bound, with the second of the four shuttles put on for the official reopening of the SAK line.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2008]


Manor Powis: The first passenger train on the new line between Alloa and Stirling passing the former loop and level crossing at Manor Powis. Steam engine K4 61994 leads, with deltic 22 tailed at rear. (15 May 2008) Photographed from the A81 Stirling bypass.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2008]


Ravenstruther: Freightliner 66509 approaches the buffer stops on the reversing spur at Ravenstruther shortly after leaving the West Coast Main Line (above which the overhead mast in the foreground stands) on 15 May 2008. The locomotive will reverse its empties along the siding in the centre of the picture and under the loading stage which is located off to the right. The solitary coal hopper on the left stands in the crippled wagon siding.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2008]


Cleghorn: A Milngavie - Lanark service passing the site of Cleghorn station on 15 May 2008 prior to running over the level crossing. The train is approaching Lanark Junction, where it will turn south off the West Coast Main Line and onto the branch.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2008]


Stirling: 61994 arrives at Stirling with a special from Alloa.

Scottish Central Railway
John Robin [15/05/2008]


Stirling: View from footplate of 61994 after arrival from Alloa showing Stirling semaphores. Access by kind permission of John Cameron.

Scottish Central Railway
John Robin [15/05/2008]


Waterside Level Crossing: The Alloa opening, taken at Waterside Level Crossing (sometimes known as Cambuskenneth crossing) on 15th May.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Hamish Baillie [15/05/2008]


Cambus: K4 61994 ran four special trips between Alloa and Stirling on 15th May 2008 to officially open the SAK. Here she is rounding the left hand curve between Cambus and Blackgrange on the 1330 service from Alloa.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Brian Forbes [15/05/2008]


Cleghorn: Just before the new Spring foliage makes it impossible, a photograph taken from the site of the down platform at Cleghorn on 15 May with the 1142 Milngavie - Lanark train running over the A706 level crossing as it slows ready to turn off the WCML at Lanark Junction. The former station house stands on the left.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2008]


Ravenstruther: End of the line. Looking east from the A70 towards the buffer stops at the end of the reversing siding at Ravenstruther on 15 May 2008. Freightliner 66509 has recently arrived off the WCML with coal empties and the driver is currently awaiting clearance before reversing his train along the siding running across the centre of the photograph and under the loading gantry.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2008]


Cleghorn: The 1150 Glasgow Central - London Euston Virgin Pendolino service at speed about to pass the site of the former Cleghorn station on 15 May 2008.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2008]


Waterside Level Crossing: A photograph taken at Waterside Level Crossing, Causewayhead, on the re-opening of the Stirling - Alloa - Kincardine line. Deltic 55022 Royal Scots Grey. [Ref query 23 March 2018]

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Hamish Baillie [15/05/2008]


Fribourg: Although Fribourg station in on the SBB network, Bern S-Bahn services are operated by BLS. The empty stock for a Bern S-Bahn service on line S1 (Fribourg to Thun) arrives at Fribourg on 15 May.

SBB or BLS
Michael Gibb [15/05/2009]


Stirling: Steam to the front (and a Deltic to the rear) as one of the SRPS specials put on to celebrate the opening of the line from Kincardine and Alloa pulls into Stirling on 15th May 2008 behind K4 61994 The Great Marquess .

Scottish Central Railway
David Spaven [15/05/2009]


Polkemmet Junction: Progress at Bathgate viewed looking north towards the town from the Whitburn Road on 15 May 2010. [See also earlier images 23966 and 24515]

Longridge to Bathgate (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
James Young [15/05/2010]


Blunsdon: RSS Tamper 73315 stands at Blunsdon on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway on 15 May 2010 having been brought in to fettle ballast on the Mouldon Hill extension.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/05/2010]


Seafield Colliery: 170 393 passes the site of the junction for Seafield Colliery with a southbound service on 15 May 2010 [see image 29016]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [15/05/2010]


Boghead Junction: Ballasting underway between Bathgate and Armadale, 15 may 2010

Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Slamannan Railway)
James Young [15/05/2010]


Blunsdon: The tamper brought in to fettle the ballast on the southern Mouldon Hill Extension of the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, photographed at Blunsdon on 15 May 2010. After three passes, apparently the track can handle 70mph trains. We are now able to run over an extra 3/4 mile of new track.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/05/2010]


Seafield Shunting Frame: Seafield pit, just to the south of Kirkcaldy, was planned in the late 1950s and it was said it would last for 150 years. Despite this 'kiss of death' in longevity terms it did, nonetheless, manage 23 years in full production, closing in 1988 and having its prominent towers blown up the following year. It had a seam reaching well out under the Firth of Forth, coincidentally towards Seafield in Edinburgh which is within sight. This is, as far as I can recall, where the signal box stood between the ECML (left) and access to the colliery. [See image 29023]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [15/05/2010]


Blunsdon: Barclay 0-6-0ST Swordfish (works no 2138 of 1942) photographed at Blunsdon on 15 May. Named after HMS Swordfish, the locomotive is not normally seen on a Saturday as the owners and restorers tend to keep it under wraps.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [15/05/2010]


Wirksworth: Platform scene at Wirksworth, on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, on 15 May 2011.

Wirksworth Branch (Midland Railway)
Peter Todd [15/05/2011]


Wirksworth: Scene at Wirksworth station on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on 15 May 2011. Resident Barclay 0-4-0ST No 3 powers a shuttle service utilising a DMU coach.

Wirksworth Branch (Midland Railway)
Peter Todd [15/05/2011]


Hest Bank: Colas Rail 56087 brings the Carlisle to Chirk log train through Hest Bank on 15 June 2013 in bright sunshine. Part of the closed Hest Bank level crossing box can just be seen left under the footbridge.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [15/05/2013]


Breich: 156495 heads west through Breich on 15 May with an Edinburgh - Glasgow Central via Shotts service.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/05/2013]


Breich: 156445 heads east through Breich on 15 May bound for Edinburgh .

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/05/2013]


Hobart: Main railway station building in Hobart, closed in 1978 when all passenger services in Tasmania ceased. Platforms were behind, and the whole site has been redeveloped for the ABC Broadcasting Complex.

Tasmanian Railways
Colin Miller [15/05/2013]


Hobart: The only railway remnants in Hobart are a container yard and a general yard. Here, a trio of locos delivered in 2012 (the first new to Tasrail since 1973) depart after shunting the container yard. There is a grandstand just off camera for viewing yacht racing, with grass terraces for spectators. The unfenced rail line runs right through these terraces!

Tasmanian Railways
Colin Miller [15/05/2013]


Hobart: The solitary track from the north splits into three beside the Grandstand [see image 43328] with the one on the left falling away to quayside level for the container depot. The two to the right curve round to a general goods yard. These would have led into the passenger station were it not for the facts that there is a new road across the trackbed and the ABC TV buildings complex obliterating the site.

Tasmanian Railways
Colin Miller [15/05/2013]


Newcastleton: Part of the old station house at Newcastleton on 15 May 2014.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [15/05/2014]


Mount Florida: A northbound service calls at Mount Florida on 15 May 2014 on its way to Glasgow Central.

Cathcart District Railway
Veronica Clibbery [15/05/2014]


Mount Florida: A southbound train, heading for Neilston, calls at Mount Florida on 15 May 2014, with the tenements of McLennan Street standing in the background.

Cathcart District Railway
Veronica Clibbery [15/05/2014]


Inverkeithing East Junction: DRS 37419 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with an Inverness - Craigentinny test train on 15 May.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [15/05/2014]


Glenfinnan Viaduct: K1 No. 62005 is pictured climbing the gradient up to Glenfinnan Viaduct with The Jacobite.

Mallaig Extension Railway (West Highland Railway)
John Gray [15/05/2014]


Bathgate [3rd]: Back to nature. Scene at the former Bathgate single line terminus on 15 May 2015 [see image 20316]. Opened in March 1986, the station closed in October 2010 on the opening of the current through station.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Forrestfield: After passing Forrestfield westbound on 15 May 2015 the 1048 Edinburgh Waverley - Helensburgh Central is about to skirt the south shore of Hillend Reservoir before making its next stop at Caldercruix.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Bathgate: The 0938 Edinburgh - Milngavie arriving at Bathgate on 15 May 2015.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Larbert Viaduct: Shortly after leaving Larbert on 15 May 2015 the 1158 Dunblane - Edinburgh crosses the viaduct over the River Carron.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Armadale: The 0957 Milngavie - Edinburgh eastbound through Armadale station on 15 May 2015. This train runs non-stop between Drumgelloch and Bathgate.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Armadale: After rounding the sweeping curve from Bathgate, an Edinburgh Waverley - Helenburgh Central train slows for the Armadale stop. View east on 15 May 2015, with the platforms of Armadale station just off picture to the right.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Forrestfield: The 1048 Edinburgh Waverley - Helensburgh Central approaching Forrestfield, North Lanarkshire, on 15 May 2015.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Bathgate: A fine morning at Bathgate on 15 May 2015, with the 0857 Milngavie - Edinburgh about to come to a halt at platform 1.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Bathgate: The light maintenance and stabling bays forming part of the ScotRail facilities on the south side of Bathgate station, photographed on 15 May 2015. As you might expect mid-morning on a Friday the bays stand empty.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Bathgate: An Edinburgh - Milngavie train seen shortly after leaving Bathgate station in May 2015. The train is on the long curve west towards Armadale skirting the boundary fence of Bathgate Golf Club. [Ref query 20 September 2018]

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Armadale: The 1023 Edinburgh - Helensburgh service approaching the Armadale stop on 15 May 2015. The town of Bathgate occupies most of the background.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [15/05/2015]


Cheddleton: A new water tower under construction at Cheddleton on the North Staffordshire Railway, 15 May 2016.

North Staffordshire Railway
John Thorn [15/05/2016]


Newcraighall South Junction: ScotRail 158710 leads the 4-car 0945 Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley on 15 May 2016. The train is passing the Biogen anaerobic digestion facility at Millerhill between the Shawfair and Newcraighall stops.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [15/05/2016]


Borthwick Bank: 60103 'Flying Scotsman' climbs Borthwick Bank with 'The Cathedrals Express' on the 15th of May 2016. A small group admire the locomotive from above to the right.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Jeffray Wotherspoon [15/05/2016]


Tweedbank: A new generation of enthusiast enjoying the Flying Scotsman at Tweedbank.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [15/05/2016]


Heriot: Flying Scotsman steaming sedately south between Heriot and Fountainhall on 15 May 2016.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Mark Poustie [15/05/2016]


Manuel High Level: 60103 indulges in some complex shunting at Manuel to prepare for the Tweedbank and Fife excursions on 15 May. 47580 is in the background waiting to lead the train to Edinburgh. 47854 waits in the loop.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [15/05/2016]


Manuel: 60103 propelling empty stock to Manuel on 15 May.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Bill Roberton [15/05/2016]


Linlithgow: 47580 'County of Essex' nears Linlithgow with the Bo'ness - Edinburgh empty stock with 60103 on the rear.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [15/05/2016]


Borthwick Bank: 60103 romping uphill between Borthwick Bank and Tynehead where the line skirts the top of Maggie Bowie’s Glen. The sun had just emerged from behind a cloud and the 10:45 from Tweedbank had only gone past about 30 seconds earlier, so it was a close run thing!

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Jamieson [15/05/2016]


Galashiels: On departure from Galashiels, 47580 leads the train with Flying Scotsman on the rear.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [15/05/2016]


Galashiels: Flying Scotsman going backwards on the rear of the trains returning from Tweedbank.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [15/05/2016]


Forth Bridge: The unmistakable silhouette of 60103 heading north over the Forth Bridge on 15 May.

Forth Bridge Railway
Bill Roberton [15/05/2016]


Paddington: Class 166 DMU's approaching Paddington with the lead set in the new GWR colours.

Great Western Railway
Alastair McLellan [15/05/2016]


Paddington: An HST set in the new GWR colours waiting to depart with the 1237 to Swansea.

Great Western Railway
Alastair McLellan [15/05/2016]


Bristol Parkway: A grab shot passing the new facilities at Bristol Parkway.

South Wales and Bristol Direct Railway (Great Western Railway)
Alastair McLellan [15/05/2016]


Aylesbury: Chiltern Railways green class 121 railcar 121 034 or DX2011B, prepares to operate an additional service at 1639 hrs from Aylesbury to Princes Risborough on Monday 15th May 2017 in the final week of operation of these units. It will follow the train in front which is the 1629 Aylesbury to Marylebone via High Wycombe. Chiltern Railways Retirement of Class 121 Bubble Car

Wycombe Railway
Douglas Blades [15/05/2017]


Leith Tram Depot: I wonder how many times I have walked past this bit of old tram rail on Leith Walk without noticing it? Leith Tram depot building near the foot of the Walk is soon to find a use as a community hub, whatever that is. This was the depot of Leith Tramways and is not to be confused with the Edinburgh Corporation depot at Shrubhill, further up Leith Walk. Sorry about the fag ends but I didn't have a sweeping brush on me.

Leith Tramways
David Panton [15/05/2017]


Aylesbury: The start of the final week of Chiltern Railways Bubble Car operation shows both units, the last 1st generation DMUs in main line service, parked up at Aylesbury earlier on the Monday afternoon (150517). One will later operate the peak evening services between here and Princes Risborough.

Wycombe Railway
Douglas Blades [15/05/2017]


Plates, signs, notices etc: A new street name in Leith; Quintinshill Place. A reference to the Territorial soldiers who were raised locally for the 1/7th (Leith) Battalion, the Royal Scots and who were injured and died in the crash at Quintinshill in 1915. The troops had been heading for Gallipoli.

Plates, signs, notices etc
John Yellowlees [15/05/2018]


Bishophouse Junction: GBRf 66738 Huddersfield Town runs south on the ECML towards Raskelf Bridge on a Tyne Coal Terminal to Drax Power Station working on 15 May 2018. It is passing the former Bishophouse Junction to the right, that connected onto the Raskelf Curve running from SunBeck Junction on the Malton & Pickering line.

Great North of England Railway
David Pesterfield [15/05/2018]


Powderhall Loop: The disused line heading east from Powderhall.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [15/05/2018]


Kirkham and Wesham: The first Pendolino (and possibly the first of any type of electric traction) to reach Blackpool under its own power is seen on the return test run back to Preston at half past midnight on 15 May 2018. A second return trip was made later in the night. Hopefully all was well and electric services are now clear to commence operating from next Monday.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
John McIntyre [15/05/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1848Dundee and Arbroath RailwayBroughty Ferry to Broughty Pier opened. Broughty Pier station opened.
1852Leeds and Thirsk RailwayNorthallerton to Stockton section opened.
1856Ayr and Dalmellington RailwayOpened for goods.
1865Greenock and Wemyss Bay RailwayLine opened
1882Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayCraigendoran Pier and station opened. There was a double track station on the Helensburgh line, and a long curved single track platform which ran onto the pier.
1978East Coast Main LineIC125s start running on line between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2000Howwood sod-cuttingHowwood Station sod-cutting ceremony.
2004Tunnel workers treated for fumes [BBC News]Fire teams say 17 Channel Tunnel Rail Link workers have been treated after inhaling fumes.
2006Youth badly burned by rail cable [BBC News]A 14-year-old boy is suffering from extensive burns after he touched an overhead railway cable.
2006First ScotRail speeds ahead of targets [Scotsman]TRAINS on the Edinburgh to Glasgow express route have recorded their best punctuality and reliability figures in more than three years.
2007Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Act 2007 [Off of Pub Serv Info]2007 asp 19, Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Act 2007
20076,000 commuters held up by ^late^ rail work [Scotsman]SOME 6,000 passengers were forced to switch from trains to buses yesterday after engineering work on a key section of railway line in the Central Belt overran by more than seven hours.
2007All change for train [Scotsman]A COMMUTER train service in East Lothian has been re-timed. The early-morning Virgin Trains service from Dunbar to Edinburgh will now leave at 6.40am instead of 6.29am.
2007Rail bridge to close for a week [BBC News]Commuters are warned about summer travel disruption during work on the Forth Rail Bridge.
2008Train line reopens after 40 years [BBC News Article]Direct rail services between Stirling, Alloa are set to recommence after a break of 40 years.
2008ScotRail gives First platform for success [Evening News]FIRSTGROUP, the owner of First Scotrail, has recorded record results across all of its divisions as it hailed a year of "significant achievement".
2009Consultation on electrification strategy urged [Network Rail Article]A formal consultation looking into expanding the electrified network was launched today as Network Rail, on behalf of the rail industry, published a proposed strategy on electrification
2009Glasgow Siemens train depot work starts [Transport Briefing]Work to expand a train depot to house Scotland^s new Siemens fleet got underway this week
2009Man shot in rail station incident [BBC News Article]A man has been shot and injured in an incident involving police at Carfin railway station in North Lanarkshire.
2010Northern franchise extended by 2 years [The Journal] TRAVELLERS will be using Northern Rail’s trains in the region for an extra two years after the Government extended the operator’s contract. [From Mark Bartlett]
2010Changes to ScotRail station branding [First ScotRail]Stations in the new ScotRail brand will receive the Gaelic name where one exists. The first two stations to receive this treatment are Carntyne and Shettleston.
2011Rail company^s £26,000 boost for conservation projects [The Star]RAIL firm First TransPennine Express is offering £26,000 in grants to tree and woodland conservation projects
2012House^s unique viewing platform is a restored railway carriage for bedroom [This is Cornwall]A bungalow in the Cornish countryside has been revealed as one of Britain^s most unusual homes because it has its very own railway carriage – inside. The unique property in Ashton, near Helston, is a fully functioning home, but bizarrely has the restored 130-year-old Great Western Railway carriage within.
2013Cairngorm funicular railway walks plan talks [Scotsman]HIGHLAND councillors are considering proposals to allow guided treks between the Cairngorm funicular railway’s top station and the Cairn Gorm plateau to remain permanently.
2014Locomotive collision at Great Central [Loughborough Echo]THE moment a locomotive collided with the back of the Royal Mail carriage at Great Central Railway in Loughborough has been described as sounding “like a bomb going off”. Sidney James, of Whitehouse Avenue, took a picture after hearing an “explosion” at the back of his house at 12.30pm on May 12.
2015Rail workers to strike on bank holiday Monday [BBC News]Network Rail workers are to stage a 24-hour strike from 5pm on bank holiday Monday in a row over pay. The UK-wide action will see signallers, maintenance staff and station workers, walk out from 25 May on the busy holiday weekend. It follows a decisive vote for action from RMT union members and will be the first UK-wide rail strike in 20 years. Network Rail have previously said they would do anything possible to keep services going if strikes go ahead.
2017Southern and RMT return to negotiating table [RTM]Talks between Southern and RMT are set to resume today in the latest attempt to resolve the bitter and long-lasting dispute between the operator and the union, which has already resulted in 31 days worth of strikes. Both parties met in April but, after talks broke down, the RMT confirmed that it would walk out once again on 8 April. The unions leader, Mick Cash, reiterated that he was still available for meaningful talks, but none in the last 12 months have been capable of putting an end to the row. Passenger group Brighton Line Commuters told the BBC that it welcomed todays fresh talks, but was sceptical that anything would come of it and argued the dispute should have been sorted out many months ago. Shelley Atlas, who runs the group, said people have got used to the situation by now, with many making alternative arrangements to get to and from work especially since several people reportedly lost their jobs due to repeated industrial action. Overall, almost 60,000 Southern services were cancelled last year, averaging 161 trains per day across the network. [From Richard Buckby]
2018Council office clear-out turns up railway memorabilia [BBC News]A clear-out of council offices in the Highlands has uncovered sought-after items of railway memorabilia. Highland Council staff are moving from Lochaber House in Fort William to new offices at the Charles Kennedy Building, a former secondary school. Furniture and other items not needed for the new offices are to be auctioned off on 26 May.
2018Interiors of new Sleeper coaches begin to take shape [RAIL]Interior of Caledonian Sleeper seating car revealed as testing of new Mk 5s continues
2018Plans submitted for Stirling station footbridge works [Network Rail]Network Rail has submitted a planning application for creating step-free access between platforms six and nine at Stirling station.