Dunlop: A southbound freight approaching Dunlop on 17 May 1952 behind class 5 4-6-0 45491. The train has recently cleared the A735 road bridge and is passing Dunlop's up distant signal. [Ref query 10890]
Keith Shed [GNSR]: Thompson Class B1 61350 on shed at Keith on 17th May 1952. Photograph by AC Roberts.
Strathclyde Junction: Scene at Strathclyde Junction on 17 May 1957 as Fairburn 2-6-4 tank 42164 brings a train of empty stock north across the river.
Cowlairs Incline: A BR Swindon built DMU descending Cowlairs Incline on 17 May 1957 with the 2pm Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Queen Street.
Rutherglen: 42243 approaching Rutherglen station on 17 May 1957 with a terminating service from Balloch.
Strathclyde Junction: Ex-NB J36 0-6-0 65232 shunting at Strathclyde Junction on 17 May 1957.
Clyde Junction [CGU]: Jubilee 45696 Arethusa takes the curve into St Enoch station at Clyde Junction on 17 May 1957 with the 7.45am from Carlisle.
Larkfield Junction: 10001/0 on down 'Royal Scot'. Larkfield Junction. 17.05.1957
Williamwood: A view from the East Kilbride line of 42144 near Williamwood on 17 May 1960 with the 5.24pm Glasgow Central to Whitecraigs train. The embankment in the background carries the spur from Muirend to Clarkston East Junction. [Ref query 6879]
Lugton East Junction: Empty stock at Lugton East sidings on 25 June 1956 behind Fairburn tank 42208.
Muirend: A Glasgow Central - Neilston High train leaving Muirend on 17 May 1960 behind Fairburn tank 42268.
Williamwood: Fairburn tank 42060 photographed leaving Williamwood on 17 May 1960 with the 5.12pm Glasgow Central - Uplawmoor service.
Wombwell Main Junction: With a long rake of loose coupled coal hoppers pressing on the rear buffers, the regenerative braking on EM1 electric No 26039 will no doubt have been doing its stuff all the way from Woodhead summit. Here the train is nearing the end of its journey as it passes Wombwell Main Junction on its way to Wath Yard.
Sheffield Midland: The south end of Sheffield Midland station was once graced by this fine signal-box in classic MR style. While the MR usually described the different boxes at a given location by referring to the points of the compass, in this instance it has to resort to numerical differentiation also (of which method, the LNWR was the prime exponent).
Comrie (Fife) LC: An ex-LMS brake van brings up the rear of a train on the NCB mineral line from Comrie Colliery to Oakley Yard, Fife, in May 1976. The train is crossing the A907 at a location still referred to locally as the 'White Gates'. [See image 22451]
Hythe: A Class 308/1 EMU is recorded between Wivenhoe and Hythe while working a Clacton/Walton to Colchester local service on 17th May 1976. These 1961 vintage units were replaced on this line by Class 313 EMUs in the early 1980s, but made a comeback after refurbishment and soldiered on for a few more years.
Eastfield MPD: Eastfield Depot Open Day on 17th May 1986. A driech morning but an impressive line up of West Highland Scottie logo Class 37's, 27's and a Class 26 in Railfreight colours.
Eastfield MPD: On a dismal open day at Eastfield Depot a well turned out Class 37 37085 stands at the old fueling shed. 17th May 1986.
Bowhill: End of the line at Bowhill in May 1991, with track lifted beyond the NCB gate. (The pit closed in 1968 but the preparation plant survived into the 1980s).
Ore Viaduct: Viaduct over the River Ore on the Bowhill branch, Fife, located between Bowhill Junction and Glencraig Junction, carrying a line that served various collieries in the area west of Cardenden. Photographed looking south west in May 1991.
Bowhill Junction: The B981 road bridge spanning the trackbed of the former branch running to Glencraig Colliery, Fife (closed 1966), which left the Bowhill line just beyond Bowhill Junction to the west of Cardenden. Photographed looking west in May 1991.
Glencraig Junction: Looking south east along the Bowhill branch towards Glencraig Junction on 17 May 1991. A class 150 unit is passing on a Fife Circle service between Cardenden and Lochgelly.
Boat of Garten: British Railways era enamel run-in board at Boat of Garten on 17 May 1998
Boat of Garten: No 9 waits at Boat of Garten to return to Aviemore on 17 May 1998
Hove: A terminating service from the Brighton direction runs into Hove station in 2002.
Haymarket: Scotlands busiest mainline platforms? Haymarket station platforms 3 and 4 in May 2004, with ScotRail 158s standing side by side in the sunshine.
Salfords: Up CIG unit 1902 approaching Salfords station in May 2005.
Salfords: Platform scene at Salfords station in May 2005 with a slamdoor 4 VEP unit bound for Gatwick Airport.
Reigate: The diminutive Reigate crossing box on 17 May 2005. On the left is the busy A217 London Road.
Dalegarth: Leaving Eskdale for Ravenglass - May 2006.
Kingsland Viaduct: East London Line Extension work now underway on the Kingsland Viaduct. May 2007.
Carstairs: The 08.41 service to Edinburgh Waverley leaving Carstairs on 17 May 2007. The Pendolino will subsequently form the 10.10 Waverley - London Euston. [See image 15393]
Carstairs: 8.39am and the arrival of the branch train at Carstairs. No need to book a seat on this one! An empty Pendolino arrives from Glasgow Central to form the 08.41 Carstairs - Edinburgh local service on 17 May. [See image 15042]
Carstairs: Crossing the up WCML on the approach to Carstairs station at 0835 on 17 May 2007 is EWS 90026 with the empty stock of the Edinburgh portion of the Caledonian Sleeper. The train is heading for Polmadie depot.
Carstairs: 8.30am on a wet Thursday at Carstairs. 57316 Fab1 held in the down loop on a freight awaiting a passing movement off the Edinburgh line. The passengers are off the 05.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Glasgow Central awaiting the branch connection to Waverley. [See image 15040]
Fairlie: A Largs - Glasgow Central train picks up 2 passengers and a bike at Fairlie on 17 May 2007. [see image 31881]
Largs: 318269 running into Largs station on 17 May 2007 with a service from Glasgow Central.
Largs: Looking towards the buffer stops at Largs station on 17 May 2007. View is from the footbridge, with a train from Glasgow just arriving at platform 2.
Ardrossan Town: Looking over Princes Street level crossing on 17 May 2007 in the general direction of Ardrossan Harbour. Ardrossan Town station stands behind the camera.
Ardrossan North: Remains at Ardrossan North in May 2007 with the Arran Ferry berthed in the background. The line continued on to Montgomerie Pier with a link to the G&SW Winton Pier branch turning off to the left just beyond the end of the platforms. A large Shell refinery, together with associated sidings, once occupied much of the land to the right of the picture. Ardrossan North lost its passenger service in 1932. The Shell refinery closed in the 1980s. [See image 23867]
Ardrossan Town: View north from Princes Street level crossing over Ardrossan Town station in May 2007.
Largs: Largs in May 2007, showing the infilled bay platforms on the right. Much of the pedestrian traffic uses the route through the station to access the local Superstore, built on the site of the former goods yard (behind camera).
Ardrossan Harbour: End of the line at Ardrossan Harbour on 17 May with the ferry about to depart.
Ardrossan Harbour: Entrance to Ardrossan Harbour station from the ferry terminus. May 2007.
Saltcoats: A Glasgow Central - Largs service runs into Saltcoats on 17 May 2007.
Holm Junction: View west at Holm Junction, Ardrossan, in May 2007. From left to right are the lines to Ardrossan Harbour, the former line to the sidings and shed, the passenger line to Largs and the freight only line used mainly by the Hunterston coal trains.
Saltcoats: The substantial building on the Glasgow bound platform of the 1882 Saltcoats station in May 2007.
Carstairs: Pouring rain at Carstairs on 17 May 2007 as the early morning Glasgow Central - London Kings Cross GNER service slows through the platforms in preparation for the turn north towards Edinburgh.
Carstairs: 90026 with the empty stock of the Edinburgh portion of the Caledonian Sleeper crossing the up WCML and entering Carstairs on 17 May en route to Polmadie.
Saltcoats: Former station offices and station masters house at Saltcoats facing onto Vernon Street in May 2007 with the current station entrance just beyond.
Saltcoats: The 12.16 Largs - Glasgow Central restarts after calling at Saltcoats on 17 May 2007. The station, the third to serve Saltcoats, was opened in 1882, although the town's New Trinity Church in the background pre-dates it by more than a century.
West Kilbride: Side view of West Kilbride station on 17 May looking towards Largs.
West Kilbride: The attractive station at West Kilbride, seen here on 17 May 2007. The front of the building was fenced off at the time as a result of alterations taking place as part of its conversion to a restaurant. [See image 36376]
Carstairs: A very wet Thursday morning at Carstairs in May 2007 as EWS 90026 runs through the station off the Edinburgh line with empty stock of the Caledonian Sleeper heading for Polmadie. The train is about to overtake 'Thunderbird' 57316 Fab1 held in the loop with a northbound freight.
Fairlie: A slightly tatty looking 318269, forming a Largs - Glasgow Central service, leaves the south portal of Fairlie tunnel and slows for the station stop on 17 May 2007.
Ardrossan South Beach: View from the B728 road bridge, over South Beach station, Ardrossan, looking towards Saltcoats in May 2007.
Largs: The cluttered entrance to Largs station from Main Street in May 2007.
Saltcoats: EWS 66165 brings an eastbound coal train from Hunterston Import Terminal through platform 1 at Saltcoats station on 17 May 2007 on its way to Longannet power station.
Saltcoats: The 1431 Ardrossan Town - Glasgow Central service arrives at Saltcoats on 17 May 2007.
Clitheroe: Diverted due to engineering works, a southbound Pendolino stands at Horrocksford Junction on 17 May en route from Hellifield back to the WCML. In the background a local DMU service prepares to undertake a crossover and reverse back into Clitheroe station prior to starting its return journey to Manchester Victoria. Drag locomotive at the head of the Pendolino is Thunderbird 57315 The Mole.
Clitheroe: A Glasgow - Birmingham Voyager, diverted due to engineering work, crawls west through Clitheroe station on Saturday 17 May. The train is following in the wake of a local Clitheroe - Manchester Victoria DMU (as far as Blackburn) as it heads towards the WCML to regain its normal route south.
Kilkenny: The 1828 to Waterford runs into Kilkenny station behind IE 212 on 17 May 2008. The locomotive will run round here before setting off on the final leg of its journey.
Morecambe Harbour: The view inland from Morecambe Harbour showing the famous art deco Midland Hotel that was built opposite Morecambe Promenade station and across the former Harbour Line formation in the 1930s. The Midland, a former railway hotel, was closed for many years but was refurbished and reopened again in June 2008.
Clitheroe: The rail/bus interchange outside Clitheroe station on 17 May. No, not a shortage of vehicles, but a guest appearance by Sentinel steam bus Martha as part of the towns Festival weekend. Clitheroe Castle overlooks the scene from the hill in the background.
Darwen: A Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria train has just left Darwen and is heading south towards Bolton on 17 May 2008.
Oubeck Loops: 66193 supports track relaying operations at Oubeck Loops on the WCML south of Lancaster on 17 May. The signal PN211 controls access to the down loop. (Map ref SD 480564).
Bathgate [3rd]: 158 714 leaves the doomed Bathgate station for Waverley on 17 May 2008.
Oubeck Loops: Awaiting the call to move into the working area, 66248 sits in the WCML cutting north of the Oubeck loops with an infrastructure train during a relaying possession. The signal to the right of the locomotive normally controls access into the Up Loop. Map Ref SD 490575
Kilpatrick: An Airdrie service at Kilpatrick on 17 May formed by 320 316.
Bare Lane: Two parallel single lines run from Bare Lane to Morecambe and 153360, on a service from Lancaster, is travelling towards the camera on the far line. The station house is a private residence and the signal box operates signals and points as well as the level crossing.
Burnside: Newton train at Burnside on 17 May formed by 314216.
Drumchapel: 334038 with a Larkhall service at Drumchapel on 17 May 2008.
Glasgow Queen Street Low Level: ..pausing only to subtract the number you first thought of...? More than a quick glance required. Queen Street Low Level on 17 May.
Horrocksford Junction: The signal box at Horrocksford Junction on 17 May 2008 with 150143 crossing over before running back to Clitheroe station where it will form the next service to Manchester Victoria.
Morecambe Harbour: For over 50 years passengers could transfer direct from trains onto coastal steamers at the Harbour station but it closed in 1904. Goods traffic continued until 1933. Now known as the Stone Jetty cafe the sea defences around it have grown considerably in recent years but the building survives and is popular. View across Morecambe Bay to the Cumbrian Coast.
Horrocksford Junction: A diverted northbound Pendolino is dragged east through Horrocksford Junction towards Hellifield on 17 May by 57314 Firefly.
Garrowhill: 320 319 pauses at Garrowhill station on 17 May en route to Drumgelloch.
Darwen: A Clitheroe - Manchester Victoria train runs into Darwen station on 17 May 2008.
Kilkenny: Remains of the old through station at Kilkenny in May 2008 - the line, which is now lifted, formerly continued to Maryborough on the main line from Dublin to Cork.
Kilkenny: The current station at Kilkenny, fashioned from the former goods shed, seen on 17 May 2008.
Darwen: The plaque fixed to the wall of the current Darwen station marking the cutting of the first sod of the Blackburn to Bolton railway on 27 September 1845 and the opening of the Blackburn to Sough section on 03 August 1847. The remaining part from Sough to Bolton opening on 12 June 1848. Sough was the location of an accident in 1857 when a loco boiler exploded. 110 years later and this time in the tunnel there was another accident when a DMU caught fire inside the tunnel.
Snibston Colliery: Driver to engine: its no good dearest, the fire has gone from our relationship. Engine to driver: dont be silly, I'm fireless. Display in the Snibston Museum featuring fireless locomotive No 2 (Andrew Barclay 1815 of 1924).
Snibston Colliery: I have no idea whether the signal box builder liked a pint - why do you ask? Seriously, the offset cabin probably made good sense in the original box location not far away at Coalville Crossing. [see image 26664]
Aigle: A Brig to Geneva Airport train calls at Aigle on 17 May.
Aigle: Metre gauge trains of the Transport Publics du Chablais network at Aigle on 17th May 2009.
Coalville: One careful owner - this 0-4-0 outside cylinder saddle tank on display at Snibston Discovery Museum has that
Lausanne: An SNCF Paris bound TGV service prepares for departure from Lausanne station on 17th May 2009.
Dalgety Bay: 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley climbs away from Dalgety Bay with the Edinburgh-Dundee special on 17 May.
Coalville: The name Coalville makes it quite clear how this town was founded. But if you still don't get the picture, this crossing on Belvoir Road should put you straight. This Stephenson-built railway connected to the Leicester and Swannington Railway, and had 150 years of revenue earning service (1833-1983). Rails have been relaid to the right by the Snibston colliery museum, but the left side has been turned into a footpath to a supermarket.
Hexham: View west from the footbridge at Hexham station on 17 May 2009 with signal box in background.
Ribblehead: 5690 'Leander' approaches Ribblehead station with the southbound Settle - Carlisle Express railtour on 17 May 2009. [Compare this shot with RB image 23644 which was taken about 50m away in a field to the left.]
Snibston Colliery: The resident diesel-hydraulic shunter with single coach crossing the entrance road to the Snibston Discovery Centre and colliery museum. A certain website with multiple maps sadly can't tell me the name of this road. Nor do its aerial pictures show the houses on the right!
Snibston Colliery: This diesel-hydraulic shunter used to haul coal from Snibston Colliery to sidings adjacent to the Leicester-Burton line. It is now reduced to hauling a single coach full of grockles. Seen from the weighbridge office (part of the colliery tour; unlike Big Pit at Blaenavon, this is entirely above ground).
Hexham: 156444 on a Northern trains Carlisle - Newcastle working awaits its 11.59 departure time from Hexham Station on 17th May 2009.
Snibston Colliery: This dainty little bascule bridge was formerly located astride a canal near the Snibston museum. It wouldn't be a good idea to leave the wagon there when the bridge was opened.
Long Preston: The staggered platforms at Long Preston looking towards Skipton on 17 May 2009. The public access from the road to the northbound platform is on this side of the road bridge. There is a narrow section of platform under the bridge to access the platform shelter at the far end. There is a notice warning pasengers not to stand on this section of platform as trains approach.
Basel: The evening Zurich - Paris TGV arrives at Basel SBB station on 17 May.
Glen Ogle Viaduct: Glen Ogle viaduct looking south east on 17 May 2010. As with the railway the cycle track is now a Prize Length compared with the ballast when I last visited in the 1980s.
Polkemmet Junction: A DBS class 66 on the rear of a PW train stands on the new down line on 17 May 2010 after delivering CWR. View from Whitburn Road bridge back towards Bathgate.
Edinburgh Waverley: 60019 Bittern simmering gently in the morning sunshine at Waverley platform 1 on the morning of 17 May 2010. The A4 was at the head of 'The Coronation', an Edinburgh - London return special which it was scheduled to take south as far as York.
St Germains Level Crossing: 60019 Bittern approaches St Germains level crossing with The Coronation Edinburgh - York - London Kings Cross charter on 17 May 2010. 47760 is bringing up the rear.
Fort William: The Jacobite season is underway at Fort William. The photograph shows 45231 preparing to take the train on its journey to Mallaig on a warm and sunny 17 May 2010.
Peebles [2nd]: Memento of the last train, alongside the former station site on Edinburgh Road, Peebles, in May 2010. A flower bed is now in place together with a plaque. [See image 29875]
Seafield Level Crossing: A brash claim was made [see image 28924] that nobody used the footbridge at Seafield, so in an effort to prove myself wrong here is a picture taken from said footbridge on 17 May, looking east towards the level crossing and the junction at Portobello.
St Germains Level Crossing: 322 484 passes St Germains level crossing with a North Berwick - Edinburgh service on 17 May.
Birmingham International: London Midland EMU 350245 arriving at Birmingham International on 17 May.
Niddrie North Junction: 71000 Duke of Gloucester bringing up the rear of an empty stock movement to Millerhill (hauled by 66099) on 17 May passing the site of Niddrie North Junction. [See image 34122]
Didcot Parkway: Restored GWR steam railmotor no 93 in operation at the Great Western Society depot at Didcot on 17 May 2011. Photographed from the platform at Didcot Station.
Brunstane: 66099 with the empty stock of 'The Lothian Tornado' passing Brunstane bound for Millerhill on 17 May. BR Standard Pacific no 71000 Duke of Gloucester was on the rear of the train [see image 34130].
Oxford: First Great Western DMU no 165137 waiting to depart from Oxford on 17 May with a service to Bicester Town.
Oxford: Freightliner 66543 speeds south through the centre road at Oxford station on 17 May with a container train.
St Germains Level Crossing: 322484 passes St Germains with the 13.20 from North Berwick to Edinburgh Waverley on 17 May 2011.
Oxford: 66020 takes containers north through the centre road at Oxford on 17 May, while a First Great Western DMU service to Paddington awaits its departure time at platform 1.
Oxford: There's no answer to that... Freightliner 66607 looks puzzled as it pulls up with a northbound ballast train at Oxford on 17 May for a crew change.
Plates, signs and notices: Nameplate carried by Virgin 'Thunderbird' no 57309 Brains complete with 'International Rescue' logo. [See image 34133]
Poulton-le-Fylde: Passing under the street level L&YR booking office to run non-stop through Poulton-le-Fylde station is a Blackpool North to Liverpool service, formed by 156489. In the foreground the old through line trackbed can be seen, now used for car parking.
Stirling: What a difference a day makes - or a half-century. Platform 7 at Stirling on 17 May 2012, with the 15.53 to Queen Street awaiting its departure time. [See image 20536] for the same view in 1962!
Didcot Parkway: Freightliner 66540 gets the road east through Didcot on 17 May 2012 with a load of containers from Wentloog, Cardiff, heading for Southampton.
Didcot Parkway: 31105 on a departmental working in Didcot sidings on 17 May 2012.
Reading: A pair of Southern emu's wait at the Gatwick platforms at Reading station on 17 May 2012.
Poulton-le-Fylde: TPE 185128 leaves Poulton heading for Preston and, ultimately, Manchester Airport. The train is just passing the site of the former junction with the long closed line to Poulton goods station, originally part of a direct line to Fleetwood. Several overbridges on the Blackpool line are now being raised as part of the preparations for the long awaited electrification scheme.
Didcot Parkway: A Networrk Rail track cleaning unit standing in the sidings at Didcot on 17 May 2012.
Stirling: The up 'Highland Chieftain' photographed approaching Stirling on 17 May during monsoon conditions.
Haymarket: Platform 1 at Haymarket on 17 May 2013, with the East Coast 09.52 Aberdeen - London Kings Cross about to leave platform 1 and enter Haymarket Tunnel.
Nuneaton: Grille spotting on platform 7 at Nuneaton. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
West End - Princes Street [Tram]: A definite touch of the Ghost Town about this view from the west end of Princes Street along Shandwick Place at noon on Friday 17 May 2013. Easy to imagine a ball of tumbleweed blowing along the tracks from the Haymarket direction.
Haymarket: Changing face of Haymarket #2. The 09.52 Aberdeen - Kings Cross arrives at platform 1 on 17 May 2013.
Edinburgh Waverley: The 13.07 service to Milngavie boarding at Waverley platform 8 on 17 May 2013.
Nuneaton: Business as usual: this is the weekday evening (18.30) Freightliner which passes Nuneaton's platform 7 (as shown) unless it is diverted past platform 6 to allow the sand train to access the North Chord (Tu Th only) [see image 42951]. It arrives from the Birmingham direction, and leaves on the WCML. 66564 is in charge on 17 May. Network Rail - reinstated Leicester-Birmingham flyover line
St Margarets Shed: The 13.17 Newcraighall - Glenrothes with Thornton passing the site of St Margarets shed in bright sunshine on 17 May 2013. The train is just about to enter the tunnel under London Road.
Edinburgh Waverley: Scene on the 'sub' platforms on 17 May 2013 with work well advanced on the new canopies. View from the car park as the Virgin Trains 06.19 ex-Birmingham New Street runs into platform 8.
St Margarets Shed: View south east over the car park at Meadowbank Stadium on 17 May 2013. The buildings stand on the site of what was, in the 1950s, home to over 200 steam locomotives. The grey structure on the right is alongside the site of St Margarets signal box, with the tunnel just beyond. Top right are the tenements of London Road itself... nowadays a smoke-free zone. Passing is the 13.30 Edinburgh - Kings Cross.
Edinburgh Waverley: High level talks. Looking east from Waverley Bridge on 17 May 2013 as a discussion group meets on the roof of the new canopy being constructed over 'sub' platforms 8 and 9. Skulking below in the shadows is a Voyager, boarding as the 10.51 Virgin Trains service to Birmingham New Street.
York Place [Tram]: Looking west along York Place on 17 May 2013 from what will become the Edinburgh Trams eastern terminus. St Paul's and St George's Church is on the right.
West End - Princes Street [Tram]: After the grinder. Close-up of a section of tram rail in Shandwick Place on 17 May 2013 following the passage of the rail grinder a few days earlier [see image 42993].
Haymarket [Tram]: 'Left a bit...' Putting the finishing touches to the Haymarket tram stop on 17 May 2013. View is east along Haymarket Terrace with the station off to the right.
Edinburgh Waverley: Work in progress on the south side of Waverley station on 17 May 2013 - looking west. The sweeping roof of the new Market Street entrance can be clearly seen, with covered stairways running off towards the station car park (left) and sub platforms 8 & 9, where work is well underway on the new canopies. Far right is a section of the recently reglazed roof of the main station.
Haymarket [Tram]: '....AND YOU!' A construction worker on the Edinburgh Airport tram route exchanges greetings with the driver of a passing Airlink bus at Haymarket on 17 May.
Haymarket: The changing view looking east along platforms 2 and 3 at Haymarket on 17 May 2013. Recently arrived at platform 2 is the 12.28 Edinburgh - Inverurie service, while the 08.20 Voyager ex-Birmingham New Street is preparing to leave no 3 on the final leg of its journey to Waverley.
Merrygill: Engineering on a grand scale: Merrygill viaduct, looking towards Darlington in May 2014. Hartley quarry is just out of shot to the right.
Kirkby Stephen East: This chap seems to be quite happy driving a steam engine on the Stainmore line [see image 47625]. Wouldn't you be?
Kirkby Stephen East: All right, I confess. I have never seen expansion loops in cab gauge lines before. A very sensible detail [see image 47767].
Podgill Viaduct: Looking back towards Kirkby Stephen over Podgill viaduct on 17 May 2014. [Ref query 7915]
Blue Anchor: With the Bristol Channel in the background, GWR 2-6-2T 4160 leaves Blue Anchor with a passenger service for Minehead on 17th May 2014. Behind the train, and sadly just out of sight, was maroon Western hydraulic D1010 on a light engine movement towards Williton.
Kirkby Stephen East: A panoramic view of Kirkby Stephen East, taken from the former goods yard during a Branch Line Society visit in May 2014 [see image 47625].
Hartley Quarry: It pays to be observant when walking old railways. The rolled stone trackbed descending to the left is the SDLUR to Kirkby Stephen East; the photographer is exploring a headshunt for Hartley Quarry and looking towards Darlington.
Lynton: The refuelling process on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, as seen here, involves using diverted water from the River Lyn to fill the 700 gallon tank of the car at the upper level. When both cars are ready to depart, water is discharged from the lower car until the correct balance is achieved and they begin to move.
Kirkby Stephen East: EWS liveried 47785 enjoying the sunshine on the short, but perfectly formed, revival of the Stainmore line in May 2014 [see image 40361].
Kirkby Stephen East: Not every day you see the original SDLUR 'plum, mandarin, and raspberry' coach livery. Peckett no. 2084 [see image 44743] makes an enthusiastic departure from the recently lengthened platforms at Kirkby Stephens 'other' station.
Merrygill: Looking East along the Stainmore line towards Darlington at Merrygill in May 2014. The viaduct and PW hut (containing interesting photographs and maps) are substantially complete and the remains of the signalbox make a useful flowerbed. This part of the line is a footpath or cyclepath, about 2 miles long, starting at Kirkby Stephen East. [Ref query 6556]
Hartley Quarry: This unusually shaped abutment surely belongs in the 'Railway Modeller's Prototype for Everything' department. It is on the Stainmore line, adjacent to Hartley Quarry [see image 49555 for an image a few yards further on].
Hartley Quarry: The buildings at Hartley Quarry, seen (just) from Merrygill viaduct in May 2014 [see image 47760].
Highbridge and Burnham: Highbridge was formerly the point where the Somerset and Dorset's Burnham-on-Sea branch intersected the Great Western main line on a flat crossing. The S&D branch closed in 1966 and modern housing now occupies that part of the station but two sets of rail wheels on a short section of track commemorate the old railway. The surviving platforms enjoy a regular service of stopping trains between Taunton and Bristol.
Kirkby Stephen East: 'Would suit enthusiast'... seems to best describe the condition of 37674 at the Stainmore Railway headquarters, Kirkby Stephen East, in May 2014.
Hartley Quarry: Hard to believe that this location once throbbed to the sound of steam engines hauling iron ore. The Stainmore trackbed looking towards Darlington in May 2014, just beyond the end of the Two Viaducts Trail from Kirkby Stephen.
Lynmouth: Descending car on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway as seen from the Lynmouth station. This water powered system, rising 500 feet at 1:1.75, can only be described as a breathtaking piece of Victorian engineering.
Lynton: View from the balcony of a car about to descend from Lynton to Lynmouth. Note the slight widening of the tracks at the half way passing point in the cutting. The River Lyn, from which the water to power the railway is drawn off at the upper level, can just be seen through the bridge railings as it reaches the sea.
Burnley Manchester Road: A Blackburn to Manchester Victoria service, via the reinstated Todmorden curve, calls at Burnley Manchester Road on a damp 17 May 2015.
Newington [NBR]: Colas 56087 with an Alloa - Millerhill empty ballast train runs through the site of Newington station on 17 May 2015.
Newington [NBR]: DRS 66302+66434 passing through Newington with the diverted Mossend - Daventry 'Tesco' train, returning from a reversal at Millerhill on 17 May 2015.
Burnley Manchester Road: The first service to use the reinstated Todmorden Curve, the 2J61 0818 hrs Blackburn to Manchester Victoria, arrives at Burnley Manchester Road station on time on Sunday 17 May 2015. [See news item]
Todmorden: The first northbound service to use the re-instated Todmorden Curve on 17 May was the 2J60 0840 hrs Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe, seen here about to arrive at Todmorden. The service involved a reversal at Blackburn and replaced the normal route from Manchester via Bolton which is closed at weekends due to the engineering work on Farnworth Tunnel.
Haltwhistle: The water tank on the Newcastle bound side of Haltwhistle station still looking amazingly fresh, taken on 17/05/2015. [See image 48745]
Blackford Hill: DBS 66423 passes the site of Blackford Hill signalbox on 17 May 2015 with a Coatbridge - Daventry (via Millerhill) intermodal service.
Newington [NBR]: Freightliner 66616 passes the site of Newington Station on 17 May with a Holytown - Millerhill engineers train.
Perth: A 5-coach service for Glasgow Central (yes, Central) leaves Perth.
Ladybank: The latest version of the ScotRail network map sees the return of colour coding. It's a pity that the colours don't always match those on the timetables ...
Craigendoran Pier: Sadly not the reinstatement of Craigendoran Pier station but works to install a pipeline along the shore.
Craigendoran Junction: 62005 restarts and takes to the West Highland Line at Craigendoran Junction after a pause. The locomotive is on its way to Fort William for the Jacobite season.
Hungerford: GWR's 166217 bound for Bedwyn at Hungerford on 17th May 2017.
Hungerford: GBRf 66747 with a train of stone empties, westbound heading for the Somerset quarries through Hungerford on 17th May 2017.
Paisley Canal: 380 at Paisley Canal, forming the 1835 to Glasgow Central.
Bank Mill: Bridge over the siding into Bank Mill, Penicuik.
Hungerford: A1 60163 Tornado, westbound through Hungerford on a wet and windy 17th May 2017, heading for Bristol Temple Meads with the Belmond British Pullman stock.
Portobello [2nd]: The blocked up entrance to the subway leading to the island station at Portobello. The station closed in 1964 and there were calls for it to reopen almost immediately. We are still waiting. The location is Christian Path which sounds like something out of Pilgrims' Progress. I decided on balance not to leave my tag.
Edinburgh Waverley: Since the Market Street entrance to Waverley was made more welcoming a few years ago it seems to be treated as a mini-concourse, perhaps by visitors who think it is the concourse. To be fair Waverely must be confusing place to strangers and it being below street level doesn't help.
Carlisle: 88007 Electra slows going North through Carlisle on the Tesco intermodal service. 17th May 2018
Joppa [1st]: A Tweedbank service rounds the curve towards Brunstane station, still accelerating from the crawl imposed by the junction. Both lines are bi-directional; the left one is the suburban circle.
Carlisle: Colas Rail 37254 Cardiff Canton on the tail end of the Network Rail Measurement Train at Carlisle on 17th May 2018.
Brock: A freshly shopped DB 66175 approaches the bridge over the River Brock on 17th May 2018 hauling a long rake of empty container flats from Seaforth to Mossend.
Brock: For much of the year the evening flasks from Sellafield to Crewe run in darkness but summer brings photo opportunities. 68033 Courageous and 68030 Enterprise pass the site of Brock water troughs as they head south with three wagons on 15th May 2018.
Brock: The Carlisle to Chirk log train has two paths, via the S&C or via Shap. The S&C routing seems to predominate but on 17th May 2018 the train ran via the WCML and is seen passing through the site of long closed Brock station behind Colas 60085.
Ogmore Vale: Ogmore Vale station looking South towards Bridgend. There was a level crossing at the end of the platforms and the station building was on the right. The station opened originally as Tynewydd in 1873 and changed its name to Ogmore Vale in 1902 closing in 1958.
Dalston: 68004 Rapid and 68003 Astute top and tail a three coach set seen leaving the request stop at Dalston on the 08.51 to Barrow-in-Furness on the last week of the loco hauled trains continuing beyond Barrow-in-Furness. This is not the end of loco hauled trains on the Cumbrian Coast line however as the class 68s and 37s each still have a daily diagram between Barrow and Carlisle.
Carlisle: A Pacer unit sits in Carlisle's platform 5 on 17th May 2018, waiting to form the 11.35 service to Newcastle. You can just make out the bunting in the waiting area for the Royal Wedding two days later. I don't think I would like to travel all the way to Newcastle in one of these units. They are OK on long welded rails but very uncomfortable on short jointed rails.
Aberdour: Aberdour signal box on 17th May 2018. Artist Lynette Gray undertook the restoration of the signal box, which was completed in Spring 2017. It is the latest venue to be created under ScotRail's adoption scheme. The signal box is a private studio, primarily used for creating ceramic work. My Dad was admiring the restoration, while I was waiting to catch a train.
Ogmore Vale: Ogmore Vale station looking North towards Nantymoel the signal box was on the right before the level crossing. The station opened originally as Tynewydd in 1873 and changed its name to Ogmore Vale in 1902 closing in 1958.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1824||Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway||Act receives Royal assent. Engineer : Thomas Grainger and John Miller Contractors : Thomas Grainger, William Baird & Co & Charles McCaul.|
|1847||Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway||Scotland Street to Canal Street opened (Canal Street called Princes Street briefly).|
|1850||Edinburgh and Northern Railway||Opened from Cupar to Ferry-Port-on-Craig for passengers. Stations opened at Dairsie, 1st>Leuchars 1st, Ferry-Port-on-Craig opened.|
|1853||Stockton and Hartlepool Railway|
Hartlepool West Harbour and Railway
|Merge to become the West Hartlepool Harbour and Railway Company|
|1861||Inverness and Nairn RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway||Inverness and Nairn Railway absorbed by Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.|
|1861||Strathspey Railway||Act receives Royal assent for line from Dufftown to Abernethy|
|1861||Morayshire Railway||Extension from Craigellachie to join the Strathspey Railway authorised.|
|1906||Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)||Line opened.|
|1965||Formartine and Buchan Railway||Peterhead signal box closed.|
|1985||Aberdeen Railway||Portlethan re-opened|
|2009||Aberdeen Railway||Laurencekirk station scheduled to re-open. This will be the 65th "Modern Era" re-opening in Scotland.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2002||Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service to commence||A ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge is due to commence in May 2002. The service will be operated by Superfast Ferries. At this stage connecting railway freight or passenger services are not planned. Rosyth^s port does have a railway depot, but the connection to the main line faces north.|
|2004||Didgeridoo launches grenade alert [BBC News]||A train driver caused two security alerts on the same day when he mistook a didgeridoo player for a terrorist.|
|2004||Man convicted over minibus deaths [BBC News]||An asylum seeker is found guilty of killing three labourers who died when a minibus collided with a train on a level crossing.|
|2005||Forth bridge shuts for eight days [Scotsman]||THE Forth Bridge is to close for the longest period in its history, prompting warnings of a summer "nightmare" for both motorists and rail passengers.|
|2005||Litany of failures cost ScotRail £145,000 fine [Scotsman]||FIRST ScotRail has been fined nearly £145,000 for failing a series of tough new quality standards, a performance described as "disappointing" by a passengers^ group.|
|2005||Rail bridge to close for a week [BBC News]||The Forth Rail Bridge is to close for more than a week this summer - the longest period in its 115-year history.|
|2006||Cash cut lets drivers risk death at rail crossings, police warn [Scotsman]||MOTORISTS caught jumping red lights at level crossings are escaping fines because of a lack of cash to prosecute them, police have admitted.|
|2006||Lothian Buses boss backs trams plan [Scotsman]||THE head of Lothian Buses has insisted trams will improve public transport in the city, despite concerns over the future of the bus company.|
|2006||Bus chief gives the green light to city trams vision [Scotsman]||THE head of Lothian Buses has insisted trams will improve public transport in the city, despite concerns over the future of the bus company.|
|2007||Fume fears shut Glasgow^s subway [BBC News]||Glasgow^s subway system is shut down for more than an hour after reports of chemical fumes at a station.|
|2007||Lib Dems fight to save trams [Scotsman]||LIBERAL Democrats have signalled they will fight in the Scottish Parliament to save the Capital^s tram scheme and the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link.|
|2008||Man cut free after train hits car [BBC News Article]||A driver is cut free from his car after a train smashes into it at a railway crossing in the Highlands.|
|2010||Rail numbers exceed expectation [BBC News]||Passenger numbers for the recently reopened Laurencekirk Station in Aberdeenshire exceed expectations.|
|2010||Transport improvement projects [Scottish Government]||Investment in road and rail at ^record levels^ - Finance Secretary.|
|2011||Network Rail uses sheep to save money in Cambridgeshire [BBC News]||Sheep are being used in place of manpower in a bid to save a rail company £50,000 a year in land management costs. Network Rail has ^borrowed^ the flock to graze a railway cutting at Great Stukeley in Cambridgeshire.|
|2012||First tram-train gets go-ahead for Sheffield to Rotherham [BBC News]||Tram-trains which run on street tracks and railway lines are to be piloted in South Yorkshire in a scheme worth £58m, the government has confirmed. Starting in 2015, the newly-built tram-trains will run on local tram routes and Network Rail lines between Sheffield, Meadowhall and Rotherham. The two-year pilot scheme will be the first of its kind in the UK.|
|2012||Yoker Depot - 25 years on [Railscot]||Opened in 1987, staff at Yoker Depot will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this coming weekend. See adjacent images showing some of the various units which have used the facility during the period.|
|2014||Steam trains will no longer run to historic Liverpool Road station at MOSI under ^Ordsall Chord^ plan [Manchester Evening News]||Steam trains will no longer be able to access the historic former Liverpool Road Station under plans to sever it from the railway network. Bosses at MoSI have agreed a secret deal with Network Rail to drop their objection to the firm’s bid to build an £85m bridge across the River Irwell at Castlefield. Under the plans, Liverpool Road station - the world’s oldest intercity station which has a 180-year-old history after trains started using it in the 1830s - will be cut off. Network Rail’s so-called ‘Ordsall Chord’ plan would link Victoria and Piccadilly stations for the first time as part of a £530m bid to improve the ‘bottleneck’ rail network around Manchester. But museum chiefs have now stopped fighting against the scheme - just 18 months after they warned of a ‘severe impact’ on their visitor numbers and revenue. [From Ian Dinmore]|
|2015||First train to arrive at new station in Ebbw Vale [BBC News]||The first train is pulling into the newly reopened Ebbw Vale town train station on Sunday. The station, which will serve the town centre, is part of an £11.5m project funded by the Welsh government. Delivered by Network Rail, it features a new station building, 150m platform to fit up to six carriages, a car park, a waiting shelter and bicycle storage. The 07:38 BST Cardiff Central to Ebbw Vale Town was the first train to arrive at 08:41 BST. [From John Thorn]|
|2015||Todmorden Curve: Rail link reopens from Manchester to Burnley [BBC News]||Direct rail services between Manchester and Burnley have been reinstated. It follows the reopening of the 500m stretch known as the Todmorden Curve, which has been delayed by a year. The route was initially axed in 1972. Passengers no longer have to change at Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire on journeys between Burnley and Manchester. Burnley Council said £10m had been invested in the link, which will halve travel times to about 50 minutes between the two stations.|
|2016||Landslip could close section of S&C until late 2017 [Rail]||Speculation is mounting that the Settle-Carlisle Line will remain partially shut into the latter half of 2017 and possibly even later, due to the scale of the engineering task required to repair a landslip at Eden Brows (eight miles south of Carlisle). Rail services from Leeds have run only as far as Appleby since February 9 (RAIL 795), when Network Rail shut the route as a safety precaution following the movement of 500,000 tonnes of earth in an embankment above the River Eden. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2016||Craigentinny does it all [Rail Engineer]||Between 21:34 and 00:24 on the night of 15 March, fifteen trains, made up of 115 rail vehicles, arrived for servicing at Craigentinny depot in Edinburgh. Production manager Jim Donnelly has to ensure that each of these trains is fit for service before it leaves the depot again between 04:02 and 08:59... [From Richard Buckby]|
|2017||Vivarail reveals new D-Trains will be available in 2018 [Rail]||Vivarail has confirmed that the companys first two completed D-Trains will be available for delivery early next year. Construction of the two trains is under way at the companys workshop at Long Marston, where they will be made available as either two- or three-car units, and as either diesel or battery-powered variants. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2017||Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway appeal tops £1.3m [BBC News]||An appeal to raise £1.25m to complete the ^last mile^ of a heritage railway line has exceeded its target. It means the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR), currently running between Cheltenham and Laverton, can extend to Broadway. A public share scheme raised £1.33m, which means repairs to an embankment costing more than originally expected can also take place, a spokesman said. The extension is due to reopen next March, almost 60 years after it closed. Chris Bristow, from GWSR, said he was ^humbled by the generosity of so many people^.|
|2018||Apology from Japanese railway company after train departs 25 seconds early [ITV News]||It is the second time a train has left early in Japan in the last six months. The company describes the situation as ^truly inexcusable^.|