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East Kilbride: Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 no 57575 and driver M. Gibson having fun at East Kilbride on 16 May 1951.

Busby Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1951]


East Kilbride: CR 0.6.0 57575 and driver M. Gibson having fun at East Kilbride.

Busby Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1951]


East Kilbride: CR 0.6.0 57575 and driver M. Gibson having fun at East Kilbride.

Busby Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1951]


East Kilbride: CR 0.6.0 57575 and driver M. Gibson having fun at East Kilbride.

Busby Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1951]


Eastfield Shed: 'Director' 4-4-0 62689 Maid of Lorn brings a train from Fife past Eastfield shed on 16 May 1954 on its way to Queen Street. [See image 39805]

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1954]


Polmadie Shed: Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42165 stands in the shed yard at Polmadie in May 1959. In addition to the steam locomotives on shed at the time, a pair of early Metrovick diesels can be seen in the right background. The pair (D5709+D5705) had worked into Gushetfaulds that morning on the overnight Condor container train from Hendon.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: A May evening at Polmadie shed in 1959. BR Standard 'Clan' Pacific no 72008 Clan MacLeod stands nearest the camera with tank locomotives 42144 and 80003 on the shed roads in the background.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: Clan Pacific no 72008 Clan MacLeod stands outside Polmadie shed in May 1959.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: Metrovick diesels D5709+D5705 stand in the yard at Polmadie on 16 May 1959, having brought in the overnight Hendon-Gushetfaults Condor freight service.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Brucklay [2nd]: BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 76108 leaving Brucklay with an up passenger train on 16 May 1959.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80001 photographed on 16 May 1959 in the shed yard at 66A Polmadie.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: BR Standard Pacific no 72000 Clan Buchanan on shed at Polmadie in May 1959. [Railscot note: A project to build the next 'Clan' in the series, no 72010 Hengist, is currently (February 2010) being undertaken by the Standard Steam Locomotive Co.]

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80129 has just moved off Polmadie shed on its way to Glasgow Central to pick up empty stock in May 1959. The locomotive is about to pass 'Dixon's Blazes', site of the last operational blast furnace within the City of Glasgow, closed down the previous year.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: Locomotive lineup in the shed yard at Polmadie on 16 May 1959 includes Metropolitan - Vickers Type 2 locomotives (BR Class 28) D5705 and D5709, with Standard Pacific 72000 'Clan Buchanan' and Standard class 4 2-6-4T 80085 standing beyond. D5705 has since been preserved and can be seen on the East Lancashire Railway [see image 18211].

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Brucklay [2nd]: An up train at Brucklay on 16 May 1959 behind BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 no 76108.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: D5705+D5709 photographed at Polmadie shed on 16 May 1959 with their front doors open. The maker's plate on the side of D5705 reads Metropolitan-Vickers 1958. D5705 is the only one of the class to have been preserved and can be found on the East Lancashire Railway. [See image 18211]

Caledonian Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45702 Colossus in the shed yard at Polmadie in May 1959.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: Pride of Polmadie. Stanier Coronation Pacific no 46232 Duchess of Montrose, about to pass her home shed with the up Mid-Day Scot shortly after leaving Glasgow Central on 16 May 1959. In the background stands the ironworks founded in 1837 by William Dixon, which became known to Glaswegians as Dixon's Blazes due to the blast furnaces lighting up the city skyline day and night. Production ceased the year before this photograph was taken, since when the area has been substantially redeveloped.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Hawick [2nd]: Gresley A3 Pacific 60079 Bayardo of Carlisle Canal shed, photographed at Hawick in May 1959 heading home with the up Waverley.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: The short-lived BR Standard Pacific no 72000 Clan Buchanan, photographed in the shed yard at Polmadie in May 1959. Built at Crewe in 1951, withdrawn from Polmadie in 1962, cut up at Darlington in 1963.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: Metrovick Co-Bo D5709 at Polmadie in May 1959 having brought in the overnight 'Condor' freight service in conjunction with classmate D5705.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: A busy scene in the yard at Polmadie on 16 May 1959. Standing in the centre of the picture is home based Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46105 Cameron Highlander.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: McIntosh ex-Caledonian 3F 0-6-0 no 57625 photographed in the summer of 1959 on Polmadie shed.

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Polmadie Shed: BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80003 stands alongside a number of other locomotives in the busy shed yard at Polmadie in May 1959. [Editors note: The hazy atmosphere and angle of the sun seem to have conspired to produce an image reminiscent of a Terence Cuneo painting!]

Polloc and Govan Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1959]


Cathcart: A DMU approaches Cathcart station from the Mount Florida direction on 16 May 1960. The goods yard stands on the right and the train is about to cross over Old Castle Road to reach the platform. [The subsequently extended island platform here now reaches a point some distance beyond the gap.]

Cathcart District Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1960]


Muirend: Fairburn tank 42242 arrives at Muirend on 16 May 1960 with the 5.42pm to Uplawmoor.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1960]


Strathbungo Junction: A Kilmarnock stopping train approaching Strathbungo Junction on 16 May 1961. The locomotive is Black 5 4-6-0 no 45010. [Ref query 156]

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [16/05/1961]


Ferryhill MPD: Gresley A3 Pacific no 4472 Flying Scotsman stands on Ferryhill shed on 16 May 1964, having arrived in Aberdeen earlier that day with the Queens College RTS 'Flying Scotsman Railtour' from Edinburgh [see image 36107].

Aberdeen Railway
K A Gray [16/05/1964]


Aberdeen: 4472 Flying Scotsman photographed in Aberdeen station on 16 May 1964 after bringing in the Queen's College Railway & Transport Society Flying Scotsman Rail Tour. The special had arrived earlier from Edinburgh Waverley, having run via Glenfarg and Forfar.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
K A Gray [16/05/1964]


Aberdeen: Centre of attention. 4472 at the head of the Queen's College RTS 'Flying Scotsman' railtour of 16 May 1964. The train is seen at Aberdeen station shortly after its arrival from Edinburgh Waverley.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
K A Gray [16/05/1964]


Perth: 4472 at Perth ready to leave for Aberdeen.

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Aberdeen: 4472 Flying Scotsman pictured following arrival in Aberdeen with the Queen's College RTS railtour of 16 May 1964 from Edinburgh.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1964]


Busby Junction: A Derby Diesel with a down freight at Busby Junction on 16 May 1964. Photographed from an East Kilbride train crossing in front of the freight.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Aberdeen: The 1.30pm train for Glasgow Buchanan Street waiting to leave Aberdeen on 16 May 1964. Locomotive in charge is A4 Pacific no 60006 'Sir Ralph Wedgwood'.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
K A Gray [16/05/1964]


Craigendoran Pier: Heavy paddling in evidence as the much loved Jeanie Deans heads out into the Clyde from Craigendoran Pier on 16th May 1964. Built at Fairfield's Govan Yard in 1931 for the London and North Eastern Railway she was withdrawn from regular service at the end of the 1964 season and, following an unsuccessful preservation attempt, was eventually scrapped in Belgium some 4 years later.

Craigendoran Pier Deviation
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [16/05/1964]


Ferryhill Junction: The up West Coast Postal about to run through Ferryhill Junction, Aberdeen, on 16 May 1964. Locomotive in charge is A4 Pacific no 60016 Silver King.

Aberdeen Railway
K A Gray [16/05/1964]


Ferryhill Junction: Gresley A4 Pacific 60006 Sir Ralph Wedgewood takes the 1.30pm Aberdeen - Glasgow Buchanan Street south past Ferryhill Junction on 16 May 1964, shortly after its arrival at 61B. [See image 22228]

Aberdeen Railway
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Aberdeen: 4472 Flying Scotsman stands at Aberdeen on 16 May 1964 preparing to return to Edinburgh with a special. Alongside is 60027 Merlin, about to leave with one of the scheduled 3 hour services to Glasgow Buchanan Street. The special had been organised by the Queen's College Railway and Transport Society of St Andrew's University, whose gowned officials adorn the platform.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Ferryhill MPD: 4472 Flying Scotsman on the turntable at Ferryhill during its 4 hour stopover in Aberdeen on 16 May 1964. The A3 had arrived in the city from Edinburgh with the Queens College RTS 'Flying Scotsman Railtour'.

Aberdeen Railway
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Kelty: View from a train window as A3 Pacific no 4472 Flying Scotsman heads north towards Perth on the Kinross-shire line with the Queen's College Railway and Transport Society's Flying Scotsman Rail Tour on 16 May 1964. [See image 24811]. The photograph is thought to have been taken about a mile north of Kelty.

Kinross-shire Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1964]


Princes Street Gardens: 4472 Flying Scotsman emerges from The Mound tunnel and accelerates west through Princes Street Gardens on 16 May 1964 with the Queen's College Railway & Transport Society 'Flying Scotsman Rail Tour' bound for Aberdeen. [See image 25697]

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [16/05/1964]


Kinnaber Junction: 4472 Flying Scotsman takes the East Coast route at Kinnaber Junction on 16 May 1964 with the Queens College RTS 'Flying Scotsman Railtour' returning from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.

Aberdeen Railway
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Perth South Shed: A grab shot from a train passing Perth shed on 16 May 1964 captures crimson lake liveried Stanier Pacific 46244 King George VI standing in the yard.

Scottish Central Railway
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Dundee: A platform and trackside scrum well underway at Dundee Tay Bridge station on 16 May 1964 following the arrival of 4472 Flying Scotsman from Aberdeen. The A3 was returning to Edinburgh with the Queen's College Railway & Transport Society Flying Scotsman Rail Tour. [See image 49458]

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Perth: The Flying Scotsman Rail Tour, organised by Queen's College Railway & Transport Society, stands at the north end of Perth station on 16 May 1964 prior to heading for Aberdeen.

Scottish Central Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1964]


Aberdeen: The Queen's College RTS Flying Scotsman railtour of 16 May 1964 ex-Edinburgh Waverley pictured following its arrival in Aberdeen.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [16/05/1964]


Tay Bridge: Gresley A3 Pacific no 4472 Flying Scotsman runs out onto the Tay Bridge on 16 May 1964 with the Queens College RTS 'Flying Scotsman Railtour'.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Robin [16/05/1964]


Shirebrook West Junction: Scene at Shirebrook West Junction in May 1971. The ex MR Shireoaks (Worksop) to Mansfield line runs top left to bottom right while the line curving away to the right was a short chord to Warsop Junction on the erstwhile Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway's line from Chesterfield to Lincoln.

Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [16/05/1971]


Goole [L and Y]: Fixed installations such as this one go a long way towards explaining why BR was lumbered with conveying short wheelbase mineral wagons well into the fourth quarter of the 20th century. An unbraked 16 tonner is unloaded into the hold of a ship at Goole Docks on the evening of 16th May 1974.

Wakefield, Pontefract and Goole Railway
Bill Jamieson [16/05/1974]


St Botolphs: For photographers with obsessional tendencies for elusive subjects, the morning Colchester North station to St. Botolphs Public Delivery Sidings 08 hauled trip freight was very bad news. Runs 5.30 a.m. (if required) was its description. Thus it could only be caught on film May/June/July and, since it took occasional wagons off a main line freight working in the early hours, the need for it to run was entirely unpredictable from day to day. There was little alternative except to keep turning up at the trackside at 5.30 a.m. and waiting... Three years into my campaign, it is shown here shunting St Botolphs yard early on the morning of May 16th 1980, when sun and good fortune finally brought it within the range of Kodachrome 64. The yard closed in June 1982 and I was able to rebuild my life...

Tendring Hundred Railway
Mark Dufton [16/05/1980]


Lowestoft: A full house at Lowestoft on 16th May 1981, with a Norwich service departing, an Ipswich service boarding and Class 31 and 08 locos in the sidings. The sadly missed overall roof lasted until 1992 [see image 43037]. Platform 1 (far left) fell into disuse after the line to Yarmouth South Town closed in 1970.

Lowestoft Railway and Harbour
Mark Dufton [16/05/1981]


Tynemouth: Part of the main concourse of the 1882 NER station at Tynemouth, seen here in May 1981. The station has since been beautifully restored and now hosts weekend indoor markets, a very nice Italian restaurant and of course the Tyne & Wear Metro! [see image 30376]

North Eastern Railway
Colin Alexander [16/05/1981]


Bridgnorth: D1062 Western Courier together with D1013 Western Ranger at Bridgnorth in May 1981.

Severn Valley Railway
Colin Alexander [16/05/1981]


Yarmouth South Town: During the era of railway closures, the sequence of events was typically: Disappearance of DMUs, lifting of the track, structural decay of the buildings and ultimately demolition of the ruins. At Yarmouth South Town, the actual sequence was rather different: Withdrawal of services, track lifting, dereliction and demolition – to leave a DMU. This photo was taken on the site of the Yarmouth South Town terminus on 16th May 1981 after the station had been razed completely and shows one of the last railway relics to have been part of a Cravens DMU body that had been used as a store.

Yarmouth and Haddiscoe Railway (East Suffolk Railway)
Mark Dufton [16/05/1981]


Magor: A viewpoint just West of the former station allowed me to watch this up HST heading for London at speed. The Bishton flyover to the right leads to Llanwern steelworks, left. For the other end of the steelworks [see image 1725].

South Wales Railway
Ken Strachan [16/05/1987]


Stockton: Approach to Stockton station in May 1990. The former station building has since been converted to retirement housing and is now known as Hackworth Court.

Leeds Northern Railway
Ian Dinmore [16/05/1990]


Hartlepool: Looking north through Hartlepool station in May 1990.

North Eastern Railway
Ian Dinmore [16/05/1990]


Stockton: A class 31 hauled freight runs south through Stockton on Tees on 16 May 1990.

Leeds Northern Railway
Ian Dinmore [16/05/1990]


Stockton: The road approach to Stockton station in May 1990.

North Eastern Railway
Ian Dinmore [16/05/1990]


Stockton: A DMU stands at Stockton station on 16 May 1990. The overall roof was removed and the station 'rationalised' here in 1979 [see image 27210].

Leeds Northern Railway
Ian Dinmore [16/05/1990]


Kirkland Yard: Black Cat Railtours' tour of East of Scotland branch lines on 16 May 1992, formed by 107 045, passes the former Kirkland Yard, Levenmouth. There are hopes of freight and passenger revivals on this line; meanwhile the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society have established a base here.

Leven Dock Railway
Bill Roberton [16/05/1992]


Boat of Garten: BRCW Type 2 D5325 standing in the sidings at Boat of Garten in May 2002.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2002]


Tay Bridge: Tay Bridge crossing - May 2005. View north from Wormit.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [16/05/2005]


Tay Bridge South: A Dundee-Edinburgh train about to leave the Tay Bridge on 16 May 2005 and run past Tay Bridge South box.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [16/05/2005]


Drem Junction: EWS 90020 is about to bring a Waverley bound service off the North Berwick branch at Drem Junction on 16 May 2005

North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
James Young [16/05/2005]


Tay Bridge South: Edinburgh - Aberdeen train running onto the Tay Bridge in May 2005.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [16/05/2005]


Wormit: Platform remains at Wormit looking north onto the Tay Bridge in May 2005. Tay Bridge South signal box is on the left.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [16/05/2005]


Tay Bridge South: 'Morning!' Driver and signalman appear to be within touching distance of one another on a fine May morning in 2005 at the south end of the Tay Bridge.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [16/05/2005]


Wormit: Standing on the down platform at Wormit station on 16 May 2005 looking east towards Newport-On-Tay. The station closed along with the branch in May 1969.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [16/05/2005]


East Fortune: View across the ECML at the former East Fortune station. May 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


East Fortune: The former station at East Fortune on the up side of the East Coast Mai Line, seen on 16 May 2007 from the road bridge.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


Dunbar: Interesting old buildings at the entrance to the former goods depot and yard at Dunbar on 16 May 2007, with Dunbar Parish Church as a backdrop. (The Shoestring Cafe on the left was worth the trip on its own). Dunbar station is off picture to the right.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


Dunbar: Station building and forecourt at Dunbar. May 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


Blair Atholl: Blair Atholl sidings. Tulach Hill is better looking.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [16/05/2007]


Aberlady: View west along the platform at Aberlady from the road bridge, May 2007.

Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


East Linton: The former goods yard at East Linton on 16 May 2007, looking east towards the main station building standing beyond the trees, with the ECML running past on the left. At the time the area was being used by Network Rail as a storage facility and access point. [Ref query 25 April 2018]

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


East Linton: Entrance to the station forecourt at East Linton from Station Road on 16 May 2007. Station House seems a bit of an understatement in this case!

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


East Linton: The down platform buildings at East Linton on 16 May 2007 standing alongside the ECML. Beyond is the fine looking 1846 main station building.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


East Linton: Looking east along the ECML from the old station footbridge at East Linton on 16 May 2007. The surviving platform buildings connect to the substantial structure incorporating the former Station House beyond.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [16/05/2007]


Dunfermline MPD: View east over the site of Dunfermline locomotive shed (62C) in May 2008. The shed, opened in 1948, officially closed in September 1969. The main line passed on the left at a higher level, while straight ahead stands the East End Park stadium of Dunfermline Athletic FC.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [16/05/2008]


St Germains Level Crossing: A4 Pacific no 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley at St Germains on 16 May with the York - Edinburgh leg of The Coronation special.

North British Railway
Mark Poustie [16/05/2009]


Boness: Ex-LNER no 246 Morayshire steaming through the train shed at Boness on A Day Out with Thomas on 16 May 2009

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Ken Browne [16/05/2009]


Glasgow Central: The Class 380 mock up on display at Glasgow Central Station in May 2009, in what was then then short stay car park. This later became the renumbered platforms 12 and 13.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Colin McDonald [16/05/2009]


Glasgow Central: The Class 380 driver's cab mock up on display at Glasgow Central Station in May 2009.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Colin McDonald [16/05/2009]


Haltwhistle: A slightly grubby looking Carlisle - Newcastle service formed by 156479, approaching Haltwhistle from the west on 16 May 2010.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
John Steven [16/05/2010]


Birkhill: 80105 in disguise approaching Birkhill on 16 May 2010.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes [16/05/2010]


Birkhill: Sunday afternoon at Birkhill. View south towards Manuel on 16 May 2010.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes [16/05/2010]


Camelon: An Aberdeen - Edinburgh train passing Camelon on 16 May during diversions due to weekend engineering works.

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [16/05/2010]


Portobello: A4 no 60019 Bittern is serviced at Portobello East Junction engineers' sidings on 16 May, the evening prior to working the return leg of The Coronation as far as York. The additional tender is visible and the smokebox door is open. Note the recently ballasted track on the start of line to Millerhill and the South Sub.

North British Railway
Mark Poustie [16/05/2010]


Harrow and Wealdstone: Freightliner 66534 'OOCL Express' powers north through platform 5 at Harrow & Wealdstone Station with a near full consist of containers in the early evening of 16 May, following a lay over in Wembley yard.

London and Birmingham Railway
David Pesterfield [16/05/2011]


Wakefield Kirkgate: Looking east along platform 3 at Wakefield Kirkgate showing the original canopy, albeit devoid of glass, still in situ on 16 May 2011. At the far end of the former overall roof support wall the canopy also runs fully across platforms 2 & 3. Surveyors can be seen at the far end of the platform. They indicated that the platform was due to be cleared fully to leave just a waiting shelter. Platform 3 is used by the local Pontefract line service plus the three return Grand Central services between Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross; including the 11.13 service which I was waiting to join. For the same scene 34 years earlier [see image 39219]

Manchester and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [16/05/2011]


Lancaster: HM The Queen visited Lancashire on 16th May as part of her Diamond Jubilee UK tour. 67026 Diamond Jubilee, in a special silver livery, lifts the Royal Train up the bank at Lancaster with 67006 out of sight bringing up the rear.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/05/2012]


Farington Junction: Colas Rail 47739 hauls Merseyrail emu 507012, sandwiched between two Arlington Fleet Services barrier vehicles, on the 5Z08 move to Kilmarnock from Birkenhead on 16 May. The train is seen heading north on the WCML near Farington Junction. For a similar stock move, a little further south, almost 31 years earlier, [See image 19617]

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [16/05/2012]


Lostock Hall Junction: The Royal Train, with 67006 leading and 67026 on the rear, takes the line to Farington Junction at Lostock Hall Junction on 16 May 2012. The train was conveying HRH Prince Charles from an earlier engagement in Burnley.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [16/05/2012]


Dunfermline MPD: Scene on 16 May 2012 at the site once occupied by Dunfermline Shed, 62C, which is currently undergoing redevelopment. The builders have unearthed a large metal object, which may have been part of the coaling plant... or is it?

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Grant Robertson [16/05/2012]


Lancaster: The Class 67s have been used for Royal Train duties since 2003. Here the claret liveried 67006 Royal Sovereign is seen at Lancaster on the rear of the train conveying HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales to Diamond Jubilee engagements in Lancashire.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/05/2012]


Lostock Hall Junction: 67026 on the rear of the Royal Train conveying HRH Prince Charles from an earlier engagement in Burnley on 16 May 2012. The train is seen heading from Lostock Hall Jct to Farington Jct before joining the WCML to head south. In the right background is Lostock Hall station on the line to Farington Curve Jct and Preston.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [16/05/2012]


Bullers O^ Buchan Halt: Remaining bridge abutment at Bullers O' Buchan on the Boddam Branch of GNSR in May 2013, with the embankment beyond curving away to the north towards Longhaven and Boddam. No trace remains of the old station, which closed to passengers as long ago as 1932.

Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Brian Taylor [16/05/2013]


Workington: Model versions of a Peak and a Hymek pose together at Workington in May 2014 [see image 47934].

Workington Model Engineers
Ken Strachan [16/05/2014]


Macclesfield: An up Pendolino leaving Macclesfield on a Friday morning in May 2014. The sign on the footbridge has been added since my last visit [see image 38999]. The dark satanic mill in the background is adjacent to the road to Buxton.

North Staffordshire Railway
Ken Strachan [16/05/2014]


Knutsford: Originally opened in 1863, Knutsford station building, seen here in May 2014, shows evidence of a number of alterations over the years.

Cheshire Lines Committee (Great Northern Railway, Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [16/05/2014]


Workington: It's not every day you see Southern steam in Cumbria. Exchange trials, perhaps?

Workington Model Engineers
Ken Strachan [16/05/2014]


Altcar and Hillhouse: Looking north west along the closed line to Southport Lord Street from the site of Altcar and Hillhouse station (closed 1952) through the bridge carrying the B5195 over the trackbed. [Ref query 6400]

Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway (Cheshire Lines Committee)
Ken Strachan [16/05/2014]


Dundee: An Inverurie - Edinburgh service climbs west out of Dundee towards the Tay Bridge on 16th May 2015. The coach in the siding is a staff car off the Royal Scotsman with an axle problem awaiting attention.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [16/05/2015]


The Mound: 158702 southbound towards Inverness on 16 May about to go under the A9 at The Mound alongside the River Fleet. The train is the 1234 ScotRail service from Wick / Thurso.

Sutherland Railway
Brian Smith [16/05/2015]


Gisborne: R Class 4-6-4 built by NB Loco in Glasgow [works no. 27051 of 1950]. The train is a special to Bendigo from Melbourne. Behind is K Class 2-8-0 K190.

Victorian Railways
Colin Miller Collection [16/05/2015]


Moss Side: 142012 crosses the B5259 and slows for the Moss Side stop on a Colne to Blackpool South working on 16th May 2015.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [16/05/2015]


Dundee: Oh beautiful Railway Station near the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That most of it has recently been taken away...


The site of the 1960's Dundee station building awaits redevelopment in May 2015 [see image 33756].

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [16/05/2015]


Dundee: View over Dundee station towards the Tay Road Bridge on 16th May 2015. The station currently has a temporary entrance in Riverside Drive near the Discovery Point Rotunda.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Colin McDonald [16/05/2015]


Cowlairs East Junction: This rural branch line scene is misleading, for it is actually the north curve of the Cowlairs triangular junction in Glasgow. During the temporary closure of Glasgow Queen Street High Level in 2016, this curve was brought into use for services between Queen Street Low Level and Stirling/Alloa/Dunblane. The train is the 16.52 Low Level to Alloa service on 16th May that year. It is awaiting passage of the 17.01 Low Level to Edinburgh (via Springburn) service in order to proceed on to the main line.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Mark Dufton [16/05/2016]


Scorton [Lancashire] [2nd]: Two DRS Class 66s take the Tesco Express north through the site of Scorton station (closed 1939) on its way from Daventry to Coatbridge on 16th May 2016. The flat farming land between here and the coast is very noticeable from this vantage point.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/05/2016]


Dalston: A Network Rail movement from Carlisle to Blackpool North running 13 minutes early on 16th June through Dalston.

Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Brian Smith [16/05/2016]


Dumfries: Station adopter Louis Wall has placed items of historic interest in the old kiosk on the northbound platform at Dumfries.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Yellowlees [16/05/2016]


Leyland: 60103 Flying Scotsman heads south through Leyland on 16 May 2017 while working the Edinburgh to Crewe (via the S&C) leg of the fourth day on the 'Cathedrals Express' railtour.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [16/05/2017]


Slateford: 'Flying Scotsman' seen at Slateford pulling out onto the WCML from the Craiglockhart Connection with 1Z44 'Cathedrals Express' for Appleby, running on time after a late start from Waverley was recouped while awaiting the WCML path at Slateford. Out of sight at the rear of the train is 47746 'Chris Fudge' which provided more assistance in rear once the whole train was on the main line - hence the fairly rapid acceleration away towards Kingsknowe.

Caledonian Railway
Alasdair Taylor [16/05/2017]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Excavations have now started in connection with the construction of the new staff accommodation block in the former car park area at Queen Street. In the background can be seen George House, the offices of Network Rail Infrastructure.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [16/05/2017]


Slateford: 'Flying Scotsman' at Slateford pulling out onto the WCML from the Craiglockhart Connection with 1Z44 'Cathedrals Express' for Appleby, running on time after a late start from Waverley was recouped while awaiting the WCML path at Slateford. Out of sight at the rear of the train is 47746 'Chris Fudge' which provided more assistance in rear once the whole train was on the main line - hence a fairly rapid acceleration away towards Kingsknowe.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Alasdair Taylor [16/05/2017]


Lancaster: 68004 Rapid on the tail end of 2C47, Preston to Barrow, as it crosses Carlisle Bridge at low tide on 16th May 2018. 68003 Astute is the train loco just disappearing into the greenery. This M-F loco-hauled service has its last run on 18th May.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/05/2018]


Dyce: This is the replacement fish and chip shop for the one which burnt down a couple of year's ago. This was formally in the old station building.

Great North of Scotland Railway
Alan Cormack [16/05/2018]


Shrivenham: 66536 heading an eastbound Freightliner through Shrivenham.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [16/05/2018]


Aberdeen: Aberdeen railway station concourse on 16th May 2018. Just follow the green line to the rail replacement bus. The buses are only up the stairs, across the connecting bridge into the multi story car park and then across the road!

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Alan Cormack [16/05/2018]


Aberdeen: South College Street, Aberdeen with a rail replacement bus waiting to go to Dyce because of the engineering works. This is set to continue until the 19th August 2018 and both sides of the road are coned off. A little more thought during the redevelopment of the station a few years ago would have allowed for this. The old station access is in the distance.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Alan Cormack [16/05/2018]


Shrivenham: 35028 Clan Line, at the head of an eastbound Belmond Pullman special at Shrivenham. Running 40 minutes late.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [16/05/2018]


Pilrig Street: The Caledonian's Leith New Lines crossed over here.

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees [16/05/2018]


Eastfield TMD: Class 365s at Eastfield. The recent electrification work makes this a difficult photograph to take.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Yellowlees [16/05/2018]


Powderhall: Remnant of the passenger station closed in 1917.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [16/05/2018]


Oubeck Loops: 68004 Rapid leading the 0515 Carlisle to Preston service, with 68003 Astute on the rear, at Oubeck on 16th May 2018. When the top and tail Class 68s replaced single Class 37s on these services they had to be reduced by one coach to fit in some platforms.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [16/05/2018]


Shrivenham: 800xxx with an eastbound express passenger passing by the site of the long gone (closed 1964) GWR Shrivenham Station on the eastern outskirts of Swindon.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [16/05/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1846Wilsontown Morningside and Coltness RailwayA passenger coach starts running from Longridge to Edinburgh to complete a Glasgow to Edinburgh route.
1874Vale of Neath RailwayTrain heading towards Neath breaks loose and runs into Merthyr station. It collides with a Brecon and Merthyr Railway train. One killed and fifty injured.
1888~Midland RailwayAddingham opened.
1932Formartine and Buchan RailwayEllon North signal box closed.
1983Dundee and Arbroath RailwayBalmossie Halt renamed Balmossie, and Golf Street Halt renamed Golf Street.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2001Rail Passengers Committee meeting in North Berwick- 318s for the North Berwick service, but not yet
- DMUs borrowed from "sister" National Express companies to cover for aged 305s on the North Berwick service if necessary
- North Berwick route to be re-railed in September
- New stop to pick up passengers on ScotRail sleepers at Carstairs
- Stirling to Alloa to Kincardine line to be progressed but not clear yet whether freight only, or passenger only between Stirling and Alloa
- Railtrack keen to alter EdinburghWaverley layout for further capacity
2006Burned boy, 14, saved by his trainers after wire touches 25,000-volt cable [Scotsman]A TEENAGER was thrown 15 feet into the air and left with serious burns when a telephone wire he was dangling off a railway bridge touched the 25,000-volt railway power cables.
2006Rail performance scheme extends to Inverness [Scottish Executive]Quality control regime now applies to Perth-Inverness rail line.
2006Rail cable burn youth ^critical^ [BBC News]Police name a 14-year-old boy in a "critical" condition after he touched an overhead railway cable.
2006Is there trouble in the pipeline for trams network? [Scotsman]A NETWORK of gas and water mains are to be left running underneath Edinburgh^s tram rails despite fears that a major leak would cause chaos.
2006Hatfield crash fine ^excessive^ [BBC News]A 10m fine imposed over the Hatfield rail disaster was "excessive", the Court of Appeal is told.
2007Arunhithe Ltd (Falco UK) - Falco station and street furniture gives specifiers new options [Railway Strategies]As part of the ongoing station and facilities refurbishment Falco offers a great range of station, street and trackside furniture.
2007Strada Contractors Limited - Painting the railway [Railway Strategies]Strada Contractors Limited has built up a wealth of experience within the rail industry over the years, and has become a major player as a painting contractor.
2007Construction starts at Coleshill Parkway station [Railway Strategies]An official ceremony was held on the site of the Coleshill Parkway station in May to mark the beginning of construction work for the new £8.3 million station
2007Disruption warning as Forth Bridge to close for a week [Scotsman]RAIL commuters who use the Forth Bridge are facing a week of disruption after Network Rail announced major work near the north end of the crossing this summer.
2007FirstGroup on track for a bumper year [Scotsman]FIRST ScotRail operator FirstGroup today said it had cut delays on its Scottish trains as it unveiled an 11 per cent jump in profit to 195.8 million.
2008Partick station revamp soars by 6.3m [Evening Times article - submitted by Colin Harkins]The cost of revamping the interchange at Partick has soared by 6.3 million.
2008Bridge lorry causes travel delays [BBC News Article]A lorry becomes stuck under an Aberdeenshire bridge, causing road and rail problems.
2008New travel centre to open at Aberdeen [First ScotRail]On Sunday 18 May the new travel centre at Aberdeen Station will open its doors to customers, marking the latest stage of the major redevelopment programme.
2011Edinburgh trams in price scrapping investigation [BBC News]Councillors in Edinburgh have agreed to look into the price of scrapping the city^s beleaguered trams project.
2011Project Miller [125 Group]The 125 Group is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement in principle with the National Railway Museum (NRM) for the return to service of the forerunner to the High Speed Train (HST) the train which revolutionised high speed rail travel in the UK in the 1970s. [From Richard Buckby]
2011Rail unions demand 500 bonus to work through Olympics [Telegraph]Rail unions are demanding at least 500 from London Underground to guarantee no disruption during the Olympics.
2012Scottish Cup final: Hibs and Hearts fans to travel on same trains [Scotsman]RIVAL fans will be allowed to mix on the trains heading from Edinburgh to Glasgow before this weekends all-Edinburgh football showdown. Police chiefs have insisted there is no need to attempt to segregate more than 20,000 fans who will be travelling by rail from the capital on Saturday for the Scottish Cup final.
2012Station upgrade is just the ticket [Evening Times]GLASGOW commuters were able to buy a train ticket for the first time at their local railway station as part of 500,000 of improvements by ScotRail. Machines have been installed at 21 stations across the west of Scotland, including eight which have never had the facility before.
2013Ilkeston train station bid wins 4.5m investment [BBC News]A new railway station is to be built in a Derbyshire town after the scheme got government backing. The proposed 6.5m station in Ilkeston is one of four schemes that successfully applied for money from a 20m Department for Transport fund. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the scheme had been awarded 4.5m from the New Station Fund. The station will open in 2014 and will connect Ilkeston to Northern Rail^s Sheffield to Nottingham route.
2013Patrick McLoughlin defends High Speed Rail 2 as ^right for Britain^ [Telegraph]The High Speed Rail 2 project is ^right for Britain^, the Transport Secretary has insisted, after a devastating report by Whitehalls spending watchdog said its economic benefits are not clear. [From Mark Bartlett]
20148 terrifying train journeys [Metro]You know how irritating it is when your trains delayed and then you end up rammed against someone with a serious BO? Well these rail journeys are worse. Some of them are beautiful, some of them are harrowing and some of them will make you want to give ole National Rail a bit of a high five.
2015Quintinshill: train disaster mercy killings ^probable^ [BBC NewsA senior retired army officer has said some soldiers were ^probably^ shot in mercy killings after Britain^s deadliest rail disaster, 100 years ago during World War One. The crash, at Quintinshill near Gretna, involved a military train filled with troops - most of them from Leith - two passenger trains and two goods trains. It claimed an estimated 228 lives and left hundreds more injured. There are no official army accounts of the alleged shootings on 22 May 1915.
20152 Dead, at Least 20 Injured in Germany Train Crash [ABC News]A train hit the trailer of a tractor Saturday at a road crossing in western Germany, killing the train driver and one passenger and injuring at least 20 others, police said. Police spokesman Jochen Laschke said a regional train heading to the small town of Ibbenbueren from the city of Osnabrueck collided with the trailer of a farmer^s tractor that was loaded with a tank full of manure. Laschke said the accident took place in a rural area near Ibbenbueren, 440 kilometers (275 miles) west of Berlin. Three of those injured were in severe condition, police said.
2016 Flying Scotsman reaches Scotland after 11th hour Network Rail U-turn [Scotsman] HUNDREDS of people queued to get a closer look at the world’s most famous locomotive yesterday after Flying Scotsman arrived in Tweedbank following a historic first trip on the re-opened Borders Railway. Steam fans lined the 35-mile route from Edinburgh, with spectators thronging station platforms, footbridges and fields to watch the 93-year-old engine steam by.
2016Borders Railway extension to Carlisle ‘a realistic prospect^ [Scotsman]EXTENDING the Borders Railway to Carlisle is “a realistic prospect”, according to Scottish Secretary David Mundell. The Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale - the Scottish constituency closest to Carlisle - has pledged to work with the Scottish Government to deliver the SNP’s manifesto pledge to explore extending the recently re-opened railway line to England.
2017Fresh rail strikes announced for 30 May [BBC News]Employees at three rail companies are to stage strikes, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has said. RMT members at Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Northern (Arriva Rail North) will walk out on 30 May. The 24-hour strike is the latest in a bitter dispute over staffing and plans to introduce new driver-operated-only (DOO) trains. It will be the 32nd day of industrial action by Southern workers, who started holding strikes a year ago.
2017Annie^s wee brother unveiled at Wemyss Bay station [Greenock Telegraph]A BEAUTIFUL bronze statue has been unveiled at the new £4m revamped railway station in Wemyss Bay. The sculpture of a happy schoolboy heading for a holiday ^Doon the Watter^ was unveiled on Saturday. Friends of Wemyss Bay Station commissioned the new piece by Angela Hunter, the artist behind the popular ^Wee Annie^ Girl on a Suitcase statue in Gourock.
2018Disruption to CalMac services worst in years, says chief [BBC News]The CalMac managing director^s comment follows repairs to a ferry overrunning, triggering weeks-long issues for services.
2018East Coast train line to be put into public control [BBC News]Rail services on East Coast Main Line to be brought back under UK government control.
2018First electric train at Blackpool North [RAIL]Pendolino arrives at Blackpool North ahead of introduction of electric services
2018Govia Thameslink changes time of every train in shake-up [BBC News]The time of every train on Britain^s largest rail franchise, Govia Thameslink (GTR), will change as part of a major shake-up. Arrival and departure times are being re-set from Sunday and some services will call at different stations. Some signal workers have claimed it is going to be ^a disaster^, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said. GTR said nearly 400 extra trains each day would bring ^a significant boost^. The company said it would be running about 3,600 trains across its network - which includes Southern rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern.
2018Hitachi blasted by minister for ^unacceptable^ delays to new ScotRail trains [Scotsman]Delays by train builder Hitachi to a new fleet for ScotRail^s flagship line were today blasted by transport minister Humza Yousaf as ^just not acceptable^.