Methil: Methil station. NB 4.4.2T 67452 on branch train.
Alloa [1st]: At Alloa. NB 0.6.0 65436 on Alva train.
Alloa [1st]: At Alloa. NB 4.4.0 62436 Lord Glenvarlich on Perth-Glasgow train.
Dunlop: An up football special leaving Dunlop on 23 May 1953 behind Black 5 45266. [Ref query 2382]
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Busy scene at Glasgow Queen Street on 23 May 1957. Over on the left Standard class 5 73105 is about to take out a train, in the centre A3 60089 Felstead is approaching the platforms from the tunnel, while over on the right station pilot N15 69126 is standing by for its next task.
Hyndland West Junction: V3 67619 with a stopping train destined for Helensburgh runs through Whiteinch West Junction (now Hyndland West Junction) on 23 May 1957. [Ref query 8041]
Plates, signs, notices etc: One of a number of steam locomotives to carry a name painted on the splasher - in this case D34 4-4-0 no 62496 Glen Loy - photographed at Eastfield shed on 23 May 1959. See image []
Shields Road: Shields Road and Polloc Junction. [Railscot note: route to St Enoch in foreground, to Central to the right and the Burma Road to the left.]
Eastfield Shed: Snow-plough fitted standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73006 of Perth shed stands in the yard at Eastfield in May 1959.
Dawsholm: Ex-Caledonian Pug 0-4-0ST no 56029 stands in the sidings at Dawsholm on 23 May 1959. Not, as it might at first seem, part of a condemned line, since the locomotive was moved to Kipps shortly thereafter see image []. The 1895 veteran continued in service in the Coatbridge area for a further three and a half years, before being eventually withdrawn by BR at the end of 1962.
Eastfield Shed: Gresley V2 2-6-2 no 60825, photographed in the shed yard at Eastfield in the spring of 1959.
Eastfield Shed: Class N15 0-6-2T no 69178 simmers in the shadow of the coaling plant on Eastfield shed in May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: N15 0-6-2T no 69212 stands alongside V3 2-6-2T no 67644 on Eastfield shed in May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: B1 4-6-0 no 61292 on shed at 65A Eastfield in May 1959.
Pollok Junction: BR Standard 2-6-4T no 80108 brings a Gourock - Glasgow Central train east through Pollok Junction on 23 May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: Gresley K4 no 61994 The Great Marquess stands on the ash roads at Eastfield shed in May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: A newly delivered DMU set standing at Eastfield on 23 May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: A visitor from Fort William in the shape of Black 5 no 44974 stands on Eastfield shed in May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: Detail of Reid D34 4-4-0 no 62496 Glen Loy photographed on Eastfield shed in May 1959. The locomotive was withdrawn from 65A at the end of 1961 and cut up by Connels of Calder the following September.
Shields Junction No 1: 42208 passing Shields No 1 Junction on 23 May 1959 with an Ayr-Glasgow train.
Eastfield Shed: B1 4-6-0 no 61197 in the shed yard at Eastfield on 23 May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: Reid N15 0-6-2T no 69178 stands on Eastfield shed in May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: Gresley V2 2-6-2 no 60923 on shed at Eastfield in May 1959.
Eastfield Shed: A trio of class 08 shunting locomotives stabled on Eastfield shed in May 1959. This was BRs most numerous locomotive class with 996 units being built between 1953 and 1962. The only identifiable example in this photograph, nearest the camera, is D3396. This became 08326 on renumbering and was eventually withdrawn by BR in October of 1983.
Stirling Middle Junction: A Callander - Glasgow train leaving Stirling on 23 May 1959 behind Jubilee 4-6-0 45727 Inflexible.
Stirling North Junction: Standard class 5 73106 approaching Stirling with the up Saint Mungo on Saturday 23 May 1959.
Darvel: Darvel Station looking towards Strathaven in 1963
Polmadie Shed: Black 5 44801 about to pass below Polmadie bridge on 23 May 1964 with a special for Abergavenney. The EE Type 1 shrouded in smoke on the left appears to be waiting to cross over onto Polmadie shed.
Stainton Junction: The bridge carrying the Waverley route over the WCML at the south end of Kingmoor yard in May 1964. The train crossing the bridge is the late afternoon 4.33pm Carlisle ‚Äď Millerhill and the locomotive is A1 Pacific no 60152 Holyrood, working home to St Margarets shed.
Buxton: The DMU forming the LCGB (North West Branch) Manchester Terminals Farewell Railtour stands at Buxton terminus on 23 May 1969. See image []
Carstairs: The double headed Class 50 powered Anglo-Scottish expresses had only been in operation for three weeks and were no doubt the main reasons for visiting Carstairs on Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 1970 - although the holiday didn't apply in Scotland there was probably the expectation of some extra trains from the south as well. While a number of Class 50 pairings were seen, only the 10.05 Euston - Glasgow Central, with Nos. D429 and D409 in charge, managed to put in an appearance in sunshine.
Carstairs: The 09.40 Perth - Kensington Olympia Motorail train approaches Carstairs behind Brush Type 4 No. 1743 on Saturday 23 May 1970. As far as can be seen it is only conveying two cars, so the occupants will hardly be complaining of overcrowding!
Strawfrank Junction: Tinsley based Brush Type 4 No. 1876 is well away from its usual haunts as it passes under the road bridge immediately south of Strawfrank (now Carstairs South) Junction on Saturday 23 May 1970 with train 7M27, the 08.25 Larbert - Wallerscote soda ash empties. See image []
Carstairs: Freight traffic through Carstairs on the morning of Saturday 23rd May 1970 had been much thinner than might have been expected from what was shown in the previous winter's WTT but this was compensated by a flurry of unexpected workings in the late afternoon. Here EE Type 3 no 6842 heads north at 16.13 on a special mixed freight, probably plying between Carlisle and Mossend Yards.
Strawfrank Junction: Class 40 D210 (formerly Empress of Britain but running without nameplates) and class 50 D414 double-head the combined 10:50 Glasgow Central and 10:50 Edinburgh to Birmingham New Street (1M23) away from Carstairs on 23 May 1970. On this occasion the Edinburgh portion had been worked by another EE Type 4, D263.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: A special stands alongside the remaining section of the Waverley Route at Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, on 23 May 1970 with 8102 in charge. The view is to the south, south of the Brewer's Bridge, with the Waverley Route to the right. This was the first Scottish Railway Preservation Society railtour.
Carstairs: A very clean Brush Type 4 No. 1624 passing through Carstairs on 23rd May 1970 with the 6S33 Herbrandston (Milford Haven) - Sighthill East tanks.
Ardmore Level Crossing: A pair of AM3 EMUs approaching Ardmore East level crossing with a service to Helensburgh Central on 23 May 1970.
Carstairs: Class 50s Nos. D412 and D448 bring the 14.00 Glasgow Central to London Euston under the impressive signal gantry to the north of Carstairs station on 23 May 1970. The double heading of these locos on WCML expresses had only started at the timetable change less than three weeks previously.
Beattock: D8116 and D8124 stand alongside the abandoned Beattock shed in May 1971 with an engineers train.
Newcastle Central: 45027 (withdrawn 8 days later) leaves Newcastle Central for Scarborough on 23 May 1981, just as 47165 arrives with a northbound train off the King Edward Bridge.
Llangollen: Stanier Black 5 no 44806 stands at the platform at Llangollen station on 23 May 1999.
Wolsztyn: In 2014 standard-gauge steam hangs on at Wolsztyn in western Poland but freight workings like this no longer feature. On 23rd May 1994 Kriegslok Ty2-1086 (built as DR 52.5123) works a block train of loaded cement wagons on the final leg of its journey to the precast concrete works at Powodowo.
Ardlui: Southbound (left) and nortbound services cross at Ardlui in May 1998.
Llangollen: Black 5 44806 standing with a train at Llangollen on 23 May 1999.
Alnwick: Reputedly one of the best second hand (including railway and old maps) bookshops in Britain - part of the interior of the former Alnwick station, taken in May 2004. Impressive it is.
Alnwick: The former terminus at Alnwick in 2004, some 35 years after closure of the branch from Alnmouth.
Alnwick: Alnwick station frontage - May 2004.
Drem: Drem looking east. The locomotive hauled train is a local North Berwick - Edinburgh service.
Prestonpans: On the new alignment at Prestonpans a locomotive hauled North Berwick service (left) heads for Edinburgh and HST heads east (right).
North Berwick: A change of ends at North Berwick in 2004, with the driver climbing up into 90030 'Crewe Locomotive Works'.
Kinghorn: An Edinburgh train at Kinghorn in May 2005. Is there a slight touch of Italian Adriatic Coast about the place?
Kinghorn: A view over Kinghorn Station - looking north in May 2005.
Kinghorn: Train leaving Kinghorn for Edinburgh in May 2005.
Kinghorn: Kinghorn Station main building, lineside, 2005.
Dundee: Dundee - Dyce train in old livery prepares to leave Dundee on 23 May.
West Ferry: Remains of West Ferry station photographed on 23 May 2007, some 40 years after closure.
Cartsdyke: 334014 approaching Cartsdyke with a service from Gourock bound for Glasgow Central
Cartsdyke: 314215 approaching Cartsdyke with a service for Gourock
Cartsdyke: 314215 departing Cartsdyke heading west, next stop Greenock Central
Dunfermline Town: Edinburgh bound service enters Dunfermline Town on 23 May. The recently completed second car park stands on the left.
Lanark: So that's an interchange... Lanark, May 2007.
Broughty Ferry: Looking east over Broughty Ferry station from Fort Street bridge on 23 May 2007 with the outline of the former bay platform still visible on the right. See image []
Broughty Ferry: Gray Street level crossing, Broughty Ferry, on 23 May 2007. Looking west along the platforms towards Dundee.
Cartsburn Junction: Looking east towards Upper Port Glasgow, the trackbed here ran straight and level to a bridge crossing the road to a small cutting which was in amongst the trees in the centre of shot behind the houses
Cartsburn Junction: Looking east towards Upper Port Glasgow, it was at this approximate point that the line started its climb of 1 in 70 to Kilmacolm. The trackbed here at one time sat on an embankment.
Cartsburn Junction: Looking west, this view shows the trackbed to the overbridge that crossed the Wemyss Bay line, behind the trees, and Cartsburn Tunnels and junction
Lanark: A Dalmuir train waiting to leave Lanark on 23 May 2007. Meantime, a young mystic at the bus stop appears to be doing leftover sandwich readings.
Asnieres-sur-Seine: Loco-hauled double deck commuter train bound for Paris St Lazare
Manila: A Hitachi-built BoBo diesel has just arrived at Manila's Tutuban terminus with a passenger train. The single cab engine will reverse smartly out of the platform to shunt around the stock, ready for the next duty. Notice the signalling tower and shed in the left background, and the pitched roof on the carriage to the right - to stop passengers getting free rides atop the coach. The locomotive is built to the same layout as a class 20, but strangely, sounds just like a 31. See image []
Manila: A passenger train from Tutuban station see image [] calls at Pedro Gil station on 23rd May 2008. Notice the absence of platforms or buildings: a Filipina told me they had been systematically dismantled and stolen to build private homes. New stations have since been built on this line, to a more thiefproof design. As for that CONNEX sign on the coach... different from ours, I think.
Manila: Looking into (and on the right, through) Tutuban station, Manila, in May 2008 see image [].
Manila: Tutuban terminus stands on the spur of a Y-junction, with services out to Laguna one way, and through the city the other. It has two 'gate guardians' - one saddle tank and one side tank.
Howth: The IE terminus at Howth in May 2008 with a DART service awaiting departure for Dublin Connolly.
Stirling Middle Junction: Train for Glasgow Queen Street leaving Stirling on 23 May with Stirling Middle box and a fine selection of semaphore signals completing the picture.
Polkemmet Junction: Looking west from the now removed Whitburn Road OB in Bathgate on 23 May 2009. The footpath marks the course of the Railway toward Armadale and the West.
Polkemmet Junction: Looking North toward Bathgate town centre on 23 May 2009. A temporary road is under construction which crosses the bed of the Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway at the site of Polkemmet Junction to allow the replacement of the Whitburn Road overbridge in Bathgate. The solum of the railway is to the left of the image, while the treeline to the right marks the course of the Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway
Boghead Junction: Looking east toward Bathgate in May 2009. In the middle distance, a junction existed connecting several lines to the pits in the Torbane coalface (roughly where the J4M8 business park is now). A further line looped back and joined the mainline near Armadale. Another junction existed to serve the mine at Bathville, to the north of the mainline.
Bamber Bridge Junction: 142028 on a Colne to Blackpool South service departs westwards from Bamber Bridge towards Lostock Hall on 23 May 2009. The train is approaching the former Bamber Bridge Junction on the line (to the right) to Preston via Todd Lane. Extensive engineers sidings on the right are currently out of use.
Gisburn: 40145 with The Settle Scotsman railtour from Shrewsbury to Edinburgh passing the site of the former Gisburn station between Clitheroe and Hellifield on 23 May 2009. The former SB still stands and can be seen above the rear coach.
Whalley: With the River Calder in the foreground, 40145 crosses the Whalley viaduct with the Settle Scotsman railtour from Shrewsbury to Edinburgh on 23 May 09.
Kinghorn: A sylvan setting on the south-western fringes of Kinghorn in May 2009, but the curving field boundary in centre-left gives a clue that this was the course of the former Binnend Oilworks railway, closed in 1905.
Dalmeny: 158 and 170 units pass just north of Dalmeny station on 23 May with work in progress on The Bridge in the background.
Dalmeny: Colour clash at Dalmeny as a pair of 170s restart from the platforms there on 23 May 2009.
Loudounhill: Looking East along the trackbed of the Darvel to Strathaven line, farmer's occupation bridge in foreground, Loudoun Hill behind. Trackbed condition here is such that sleeper indents are still clearly visible (and hard to walk over!).
Pickering: 45407 running around its train in Pickering station on 23 May 2009.
Whinhill: Looking West at Whinhill station in Greenock. The station occupies the site of the trackbed that ran along the second Cartsburn Tunnel, now disused.
James Watt Dock: Looking North to the viaduct in the James Watt Dock. This runs off the bridge crossing the Port Glasgow Road (see image 15506, 21461 and 15533). This took the line from the Ladyburn sidings, in amongst the trees to the bottom left, into the James Watt Dock's sidings and United Molasses terminal.
Edinburgh Park: Looking west from the site of the planned tram stop alongside Edinburgh Park station on 23 May 2010, just as EWS liveried 66116 is about to run east through the station with a PW train. Trams heading for the airport will turn north at this point, crossing the line via the new flyover directly ahead.
Kirkby Stephen: An EWS (or DBS) 66 hauls Castle Cement bogie tanks North on the S&C on a glorious spring evening. It is wonderful to see the revival in freight traffic on this beautiful railway.
Barnard Castle: ..and here, see image [] is why you shouldn't get too close to the edge. Notice the impressive skew stonework under the arch. This is the South pier of the former viaduct, looking West from the adjacent (steep) footpath from Barnard Castle in May 2010.
Edinburgh Park: Standing on Lochside Avenue looking east towards Edinburgh Park station (now obscured by the new tram flyover) on 23 May 2010. The sprawl of the business park itself is off to the left, with one of the tramworks compounds secured behind the blue hoarding in the background. Running below the new flyover, having just passed through the station, is the westbound 0900 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Queen Street.
Barnard Castle: A happy group of Railway Ramblers enjoying a shaded section of the SDLUR approaching the site of Tees viaduct in May 2010 see image []. View East; the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch merged on the left near this point.
Oban: A busy scene at Oban railway station during a particularly warm and pleasant Sunday 23 May 2010. Standing at the platform is unit 156 474, forming the 12.11 service to Glasgow Queen Street.
Saughton: The new tramway flyover across the Edinburgh & Glasgow main line at Saughton, seen looking north from Stenhouse Drive early on Sunday 23 May. Approximately 10 minutes later the morning haar, seen in the background rolling down from the Forth over Corstorphine Hill, put an end to any further photography here for a while. Sausalito... huh!
Mickleton: This fine NER concrete stile can be found near Mickleton on the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch. View looks North-East.
Saughton [Tram]: Pedestrians, buses, cyclists, trams and trains will all be catered for, as shown in this view west at Broomhouse on 23 May 2010. The Edinburgh tram route, built along the former guided busway, is climbing in the background to cross Broomhouse Road, with the catenary of the E&G visible on the far right of the picture. See image []
Saughton: Progress on the new flyover that will carry trams over the railway just east of Saughton Junction, photographed from the south side of the line on Sunday 23 May 2010.
Lands Viaduct: Looking North across the remains of Lands Viaduct (also named after the River Gaunless) during a Railway Ramblers excursion in May 2010. The trackbed of the former Haggerleases branch can be seen passing from left to right. The grassed area to the right used to house colliery sidings.
Saughton [Tram]: A Sunday morning view looking east towards Broomhouse on 23 May 2010, showing the tracks that will eventually carry trams over the B701 Broomhouse Road. On the horizon the outline of Edinburgh Castle can just be made out through the haar. To the left the catenary of the E&G main line runs parallel with the tram route at this point. Both will continue on to Edinburgh Park station, approximately half a mile behind the camera, at which point the trams will then turn north, crossing the E&G on a new flyover, before heading for Edinburgh Airport. See image []
Barnard Castle: Don't walk, paraglide: an intrepid Railway Rambler considers his options on 23 May 2010, having arrived 39 years too late to walk across the deck of the Tees viaduct. The bridge was built by Thomas Bouch (of Tay Bridge notoriety), at a cost of £25,119. See image []
Glenluce: Most of the Glenluce station site has been built over since the 1965 closure of the Port Road. However, at the east end is a small car park overlooked by this road overbridge and with the low retaining wall still intact. View towards Newton Stewart.
Dunragit: As 156501 draws to a halt the Dunragit signalman has crossed to the Up Line to receive the single line token from Stranraer Harbour and hand over that for the next section to Glenwhilly. For the passengers who appreciate it a beautiful stretch of line lies ahead, climbing through the Luce Valley and onto the high moorlands between there and Girvan.
Glenluce: The old station site at Glenluce, as seen from the overbridge, on a very wet morning in May 2011. This view looks west towards Challoch Junction where the line from Girvan was joined. Although there is little trace of the station itself Glenluce viaduct, to the west of the village, still stands and is a fine monument to the Port Road. See image []
Dunragit: 156501 passes the old platform at Dunragit as it draws to a halt in the loop for the token exchange. This covers the next single line section to Glenwhilly. The train is the 1005 Stranraer to Glasgow Central.
Glenluce Viaduct: Two bridges in retirement in May 2011. In the foreground is the old A75 road bridge, which since the Glenluce bypass was completed has only carried a farm access road. Beyond, also spanning the River Luce, is the single track railway viaduct that carried The Port Road until closure in 1965.
Cowdenbeath: 57001 hauls 'The Royal Scotsman' north through Cowdenbeath on 23 May 2011. The train is crossing a bridge that once spanned a mineral line serving nos 7 and No 8 pits.
Stranraer Harbour Junction: Only a short distance for 156449 to go before reaching Stranraer Harbour as it passes over the disused connection to the Stranraer Town freight facilities. Former railway land to the left of the train is now in other use and Town station is just beyond the white lorry at the end of the yard. Picture taken from overbridge at NX 073604.
Cowdenbeath: You've been framed! 158 736 seen through the latticework of Cowdenbeath's footbridge on 23 May, awaiting departure with the 13.23 to Edinburgh.
Stranraer Harbour Junction: 156449 is on the last part of its journey to the Harbour station at Stanraer and just about to swing into the shallow cutting that leads down to the breakwater. Directly above the train the roof of Stranraer steam shed can be seen over the trees See image [] with the disused lines to Stranraer Town to the left.
Stranraer Harbour Junction: The view east towards Castle Kennedy from the small overbridge near Stranraer Town as 156449 heads for the port. The building on the right was formerly part of the rail freight handling facilities at this location. See image [] for the view west from the same bridge.
Pembroke Dock: 153312 lays over at Pembroke Dock on 23 May before returning to Swansea on the 17.09 service. The line previously continued forward across Water Street and between the houses ahead, before crossing Gordon Street in order to continue along to the dock area see image [].
Pembroke Dock: Extant track and crossing gates on Gordon Street, Pembroke Dock, looking east along trackbed that passes between the houses in the distance and crosses Water Street to access the station some 50 metres beyond see image [].
Pitmedden: A westbound train passes the remains of the Aberdeenshire Canal east of Pitmedden in May 2012. The GNSR is often described as being laid on the route of the canal but a canal meanders far more than a railway and so a number of curved sections, such as this one, still survive.
Macduff (Banff): Macduff (Banff) was the original terminus of the extension north from Turriff. Inconvenient for Macduff (and Banff) it was replaced as the line was extended half a mile north through Banff Bridge station to a new Macduff terminus. Little remains of the old terminus except the turntable pit (seen) and site of the locomotive shed. The station was beyond the pit. The view looks south.
Leyland: A pair of DRS Class 57s with 57002 leading, heading south through Leyland station on 23 May 2012 with the 6K73 Sellafield to Crewe freight.
Ashbourne: At the southern end of the Tissington Trail in the Peak District lies this tunnel, which takes the cyclists and walkers directly into Ashbourne town centre. Regular passenger services ceased in 1954 but goods trains continued on this section until 1963 and the route can now be followed all the way to the outskirts of Buxton.
Hulme End: The narrow gauge terminus at Hulme End was at the northern end of the eight mile 2' 6' gauge Leek and Manifold line from Waterhouses. As the line closed in 1934 after only thirty years use the station building has done well to survive but is now cherished by the local community. For many years the old engine shed stood alongside and the cafe that has replaced it has been built in the same style and using some of the original frames. One room in the old station building houses a fascinating collection of photos and models of the old railway line, which can be followed on foot or bicycle for its full length.
Tissington: The wooden station buildings and platforms at Tissington were swept away after closure, like all the others on the line, but the station site is now a car park and picnic site on the Tissington Trail. This view in May 2012 looks north towards Parsley Hay and Buxton and the semaphore arm mounted on the bridge is a nice reminder of times past.
Thorpe Cloud: Evocative names these old stations on the Tissington Trail. Parsley Hay, Alsop-en-le-Dale and here is Thorpe Cloud, first station out of Ashbourne heading north. As at all the others on the line the wooden platforms and station buildings are long gone but a picnic area has been created at the site. View north towards Parsley Hay and Buxton showing a small under bridge that has survived to carry the trackbed cyclepath.
Macduff: More than 60 years after closure, the old Macduff locomotive shed still stands on the hillside to the west of the former station see image [], where it is now used for storage. The stone built 2-road straight shed, latterly a sub to 61A Kittybrewster, serviced locomotives between 1872 and 1951. Photographed in May 2012 looking south from the A98.
Banff Bridge: Crossing the River Deveron heading east on the A98 between Banff and Macduff in May 2012. The former Banff Bridge station stands on the hillside in the centre background. See image []
Cullen Burn Viaduct: View west over the town of Cullen in May 2012. The viaduct once carried the Moray Coast line towards Portnockie in the distance on the other side of Cullen Bay. See image []
Portsoy [1st]: The booking office and passenger entrance to the original Portsoy terminus looking east on 23 May 2012, approximately 128 years after the last ticket was issued. The north end of the former train shed stands in the background. Just off to the right is Old Station Yard, now a council depot and recycling point. See image []
Portsoy [2nd]: The 1884 station building at Portsoy, opened when the line was extended westward by the GNSR. The station closed along with the line in 1968 and has since been used by the local scouts. The refurbished trainshed of the original 1859 Portsoy station, terminus of the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway, can be seen in the right background, still in remarkably good condition 128 years after closure, with the building and yard currently used by the local council. See image []
Macduff: The former Macduff station building, now 'Seaway Marine', seen from the main entrance in May 2012.
Portsoy [1st]: The 1859 terminus of the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway at Portsoy, closed to passengers in 1884 when the line was extended west see image []. This notable structure, seen in May 2012, is currently used by the local council. To the right of the building a line ran down to Portsoy Harbour passing below Seafield Street (A98) through the tunnel visible in the background.
Pembroke Dock: The former branch from Pembroke Dock station to the dock area itself crossing Gordon Street in May 2012, with rails and gates still in position. Little of the old route, closed in 1969, now survives beyond the buildings on the far side of the gates.
Whitland: Token collection taking place at Whitland on 23 May 2012 from the 17.09 Pembroke Dock - Swansea service, with the unit standing over the level crossing. Due to an earlier level crossing failure near Pontyclun, and diversion via Barry, the unit had to wait 30 minutes at Carmarthen for the arrival of the incoming conductor.
Pembroke Dock: A gate post still in place on the west side of Water Street on the former route to Pembroke Dock, looking to Gordon Street level crossing with the station approximately 50 metres behind the camera.
Whitland: Looking east from the down island platform at Whitland in May 2012. The station buildings on the up platform are empty and boarded up and give a generally poor impression to travellers.
Oldmeldrum: Gone! Oldmeldrum station building has been taken for use on the Deeside Railway. May 2012.
Banff Bridge: The steep climb towards Banff Bridge, penultimate station on the Macduff branch, approaching from the south in May 2012. The station lost its passenger service in 1951 and the station building on the left was subsequently converted and refurbished to provide an attractive private residence, with views over the town and the bay see image [].
Macduff: Looking over the former Macduff station in May 2012. Closed in 1951 the refurbished building is now a shop specialising in watersports accessories. See image [] The old locomotive shed, now in use as a storage facility, still stands in the left centre background.
Cullen Seafield Street Viaduct: Surviving section of viaduct crossing Seafield Street, Cullen, in May 2012. View north towards the harbour with Cullen Bay beyond. The former station stood off to the right and was closed along with the Moray Coast line in 1968.
Banff Bridge: View west over the River Deveron towards the town of Banff, Aberdeenshire, showing Banff Bridge, which carries the A98. Across the river on the left stands Duff House Royal Golf Club, while emerging from the broom on this side of the divide is the former Banff Bridge station, now a private residence. See image []
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Glasgow Queen Street during late rush hour 23/05/13
Lillooet: A well kept Canadian secret that I happened upon by chance. This is the Kaoham Shuttle that runs one return trip a day for local people on the scenic line from tiny Seton to not much bigger Lillooet. The train is a privately operated twin-car DMU but it runs in CN colours on CN tracks and is seen here on layover prior to returning to Seton in the afternoon.
Invershin: Those travelling on the afternoon Inverness to Thurso train are entertained by an impromptu recital from young musicians on their way to the Orkney Folk Festival. Strangely enough, most of the passengers are in the other coach.
Hamworthy: SWT 444036 leaves Hamworthy heading for Wareham and Weymouth on 23 May. As the EMU bears right the Hamworthy Goods branch, presently out of use, can be seen curving left down towards Poole Harbour See image [].
Bournemouth Cliff Lifts: Westcliff lift at Bournemouth is one of three operated by the council. Although known as Cliff Lifts they are actually funicular light railways. The Westcliff lift rises 145 feet on a gradient of 1:1.42 and dates from August 1908.
Pokesdown: The covered footbridge (with open sides) at Pokesdown provides a good vantage point on a wet day. Evidently the station once had more tracks than the two that now suffice. Most SWT services in the Bournemouth area are handled by 444 EMUs but the Class 450 suburban sets make appearances on stopping trains. 450561 is on the rear of a westbound eight car set making its last call before Bournemouth.
Bournemouth Cliff Lifts: Eastcliff is the oldest of Bournemouth's three cliff railways, but only by three months, having opened in April 1908. It is also the tallest, rising to 170' above the East Promenade on a gradient of almost 1:1. Seen here in May 2014, the Routemaster bus was in town for the annual Wheels Festival.
Pokesdown: Pokesdown, a suburb of Bournemouth, has a basic service of two trains per hour in each direction but many more go through without stopping. Cross Country Voyager 220015 passes through the twin arch bridge at the east end of the station on the last leg of a Manchester to Bournemouth service.
Poole: Passengers waiting in very heavy rain at Poole on 23rd May 2014 were glad of the large platform shelters. SWT 444037 pulls in on a stopping service for Waterloo ex-Weymouth. The arched roof sections of the modern station building can be seen to the right of the train.
Hamworthy: A wet day at Hamworthy, looking towards Wareham from the east end of the Weymouth platform. The signalbox is no longer in use. The Hamworthy Goods branch, presently mothballed, passes behind the box and this platform before diverging beyond the station. See image []
Branksome: This is the junction at the east end of Branksome station. Until 1965 the route to the right led to Bournemouth West station and Somerset and Dorset trains from Bath would diverge here. The junction is still busy as the old line is now used to access Bournemouth Traincare Depot. SWT 444011 is taking the line to the left heading for Bournemouth (Central) and Waterloo.
Pokesdown: Pulling away from the Pokesdown stop in torrential rain on 23 May, 444023 on a Poole to Waterloo service passes through the twin arch bridge at the east end of the station. Thankfully, the station footbridge from which the photograph was taken has a full length roof.
Morpeth: 66709 northbound off the curve and through Morpeth station with a ballast train on 23 May 2014.
Branksome: A Waterloo to Weymouth service, formed by SWT 444005, calls at Branksome, between Bournemouth and Poole, on a very wet morning in May 2014.
Brockenhurst: Brockenhurst station, Hampshire, opened by the Southampton & Dorchester Railway on 1st June 1847, looking west on 23rd May 2015. This is the junction for the branch to Lymington Town and Lymington Pier (connecting there with ferries to and from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight) and until 4th May 1964 was also the junction for the original inland route through the New Forest via Ringwood, Wimborne and Broadstone. Broadstone station stayed open until 7th March 1966 when it closed along with former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway main line.
Alresford (Hampshire): View inside the Alresford station signal box on 23rd May 2015.
Winchburgh: Having just passed Winchburgh Junction, a Dunblane - Edinburgh service approaches Winchburgh tunnel on 23rd May 2015. No sign of EGIP activity here yet, although masts are in place a few miles further west. The tunnel is due to close for EGIP electrification works in just a few weeks time.
Prestonpans: A Virgin (for now) East Coast service for King's Cross passes through Prestonpans at speed on the afternoon of 23 May.
Bournemouth: Juniper units 8014 and 8016 with UK Railtours 'The Juniper Factor' excursion from London Waterloo to Poole at Bournemouth station, on 23rd May 2015. This station was opened by the LSWR as Bournemouth East on 20th July 1885, renamed Bournemouth Central on 1st May 1899 and finally to simply Bournemouth under BR on 10th July 1967.
Alresford (Hampshire): 08377 sits in the cattle dock platform at Alresford on 23rd May 2015. The former D3462 was built at Darlington and first posted to Hither Green in 1957. It moved around the country and its final depot was St. Blazey. It was vacuum only so an early candidate for withdrawal in 1983. Originally preserved on the West Somerset Railway it is now in the Mid-Hants fleet.
Alresford (Hampshire): Southern Railway LN Class 4-6-0 850 'Lord Nelson' arriving at Alresford, with a service from Alton, on 23rd May 2015.
Haslemere: 450014 and 450 041 arriving at Haslemere station in Surrey, with a London Waterloo service, on 23rd May 2015.
Moreton-in-Marsh: An up First Great Western 'Thames Turbo' DMU accelerates past the signal box at Moreton-in-Marsh on 23rd May 2015 on its way to Paddington. See image []
Morar: Not far to go now. Black 5 No. 45407 with the SRPS Railtour from Glenrothes to Mallaig is pictured west of Morar.
Alresford (Hampshire): Alresford station buildings and forecourt in May 2015. Opened in 1865 for the new Alresford and Winchester Railway and closed by British Railways in 1973. However, it was reopened as the Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' in 1977.
Alresford (Hampshire): Signal box and platform view of Alresford station, looking west on 23rd May 2015.
Hayles Abbey Halt: The 2807 Owners' Group held its annual Shareholders' Day today, with 2807 being star of stage and screen. Here 2807 passes Hailes Abbey. A Halt is to be built here.
Toddington: The 2807 Owners' Group held its annual Shareholders' Day today, 2807 is seen at Toddington.
Broadway: The rebuilding of Broadway Station, looking north. The track is currently a mile away. The signalbox is complete as is one platform.
Blaenau Ffestiniog: 150262, with a Conwy Valley Line service to Llandudno, waiting to depart from Blaenau Ffestiniog station on 23rd May 2016. This station stands on the site of the old GWR Blaenau Ffestiniog Central station that closed in 1960 and which I remember seeing, derelict, as a boy in 1965. On the left is the world-famous Ffestiniog Railway.
Barmouth: 158 824 from Pwllheli to Machynlleth at Barmouth station on the evening of 23rd May 2016.
Barmouth: Exterior of Barmouth station, Cambrian Coast Line, opened in 1867, on 23rd May 2016
Oubeck Loops: Freightliner 66528 Madge Elliott MBE hauls the late running Coatbridge Daventry service towards the Oubeck Loops on 23rd May 2016. The container train is just about to cross the Burrow Beck. This rural scene is set to change as the land on this side of the railway is earmarked for a retail development. See image []
Cinderbarrow: Recent clearing of vegetation has opened up a vantage point on Tarn Lane at Cinderbarrow, near Burton and Holme, where DB 66167 is seen heading south with the evening Hardendale to Margam containers on 23rd May 2016. The train has just crossed the Cumbria and Lancashire border.
Betws-y-Coed: Betws-y-Coed station on the Conwy Valley Line in north Wales, seen from 150262 working from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog, looking back northwards on 23rd May 2016.
Dolwyddelan: Dolwyddelen station on the Conwy Valley Line in North Wales, seen from 150262 on a Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog service, on 23rd May 2016. This station was once an island platform but only one side is now in use.
Oubeck Loops: Sporting promotional vinyls for Festival No.6 at Portmeirion, Voyager 221106 speeds south through the loops at Oubeck with a Euston (via Birmingham) service on 23rd May 2016.
Stratford - upon - Avon: The Carriages 5344 Cafe is set inside a restored 1967 BR MkII coach. Carriages 5344 Cafe creates a refreshment stop at the Milcote Picnic Site on the Stratford Greenway, which runs as far as Long Marston on the old line to Cheltenham. 23rd May 2017.
Stratford-upon-Avon Race Course Junction: This substantial bridge crosses the River Avon, approximately one mile from Stratford upon Avon on the old line to Long Marston. One side is in use as part of the Greenway path but the other side has no decking.
Poulton-le-Fylde: An eastbound Class 319 approaches Poulton-le-Fylde on the evening of 23 May 2018. The disconnected Fleetwood line can be seen on the right, See image [] for a view from the same viewpoint nearly 6 years earlier with the signalbox and junction intact.
Glasgow Central: The large, open, bright and airy space of the Glasgow Central concourse.
Prestonpans: A Class 385 on driver training on 23 May, about to come to a stop at the east end Prestonpans station. After its windscreen problems this class had emerged from hiding earlier than expected.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The west (Dundas Street) elevation of Queen Street in bright sunshine.
Poulton-le-Fylde: Although VWC have introduced 3 return trips by Pendolino from London to Blackpool on weekdays, the first and last service of the day remains a Voyager unit and, unlike the Pendolinos, call at Kirkham & Wesham and Poulton-le-Fylde. On the evening of 23 May 2018 a Voyager departs from Poulton-le-Fylde.
Prestonpans: I was surprised to come across this Class 385 out and about (on driver training, presumably) as I thought the class was grounded. Have the windows been fixed? I can't tell. Anyway I worked out (without reference to RTT, which is cheating) that it had been to Dunbar and back, making a brief stop here at Prestonpans at the end of the platform, as if for a crew change. Notice the numbers on both sides: just for symmetry?
Edinburgh Princes Street: The most obvious survivor of Princes Street station gets a touch-up on 23 May.
Blindwells Opencast: Some sleepers and a fossilised signal mark the course of the Blindwells branch near Prestonpans. Currently this location doesn't appear in a search on online maps, but is about to become a shiny new town. Meanwhile a black HGV roadsign nearby still points to 'Blindwells NCB'; Blindwells closed in 2000 and the NCB obit 1987. [Ref query 16 June 2018]
Edinburgh Waverley: A Class 385 on driver training makes its way to Platform 11 on 23 May. It will then change ends and return to Dunbar, slightly delaying the North Berwick service on Platform 7.
Leyland: 37219 is seen with a Derby RTC to Fort William Network Rail test train at Leyland on 23 May 2019. On the platform on the right, the L&Y 0-6-0 and brake van have been joined by a 12T mineral wagon which also contains a rather nice selection of flowers courtesy of the Friends of Leyland Station.
Largs: The 1353 Largs - Kilwinning formed by 156432 and running as 1Z14 on Saturday 23rd May 2020. High winds and storms on this date presumably resulted in withdrawal of electric services because of the exposed stretch between Stevenston and Saltcoats. The unit is shuttling between Kilwinning and Largs. A further presumption is that ScotRail have plenty of spare diesels sitting around due to the reduced services currently operating as a result of the virus pandemic. Often the service is just suspended when this happens. Photograph by Stewart J Brown and published with his permission.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1842||Stanhope and Tyne Railway||Northern portion taken over by the nealy formed Pontop and South Shields Railway.|
|1844||Stockton and Hartlepool Railway||Forms the Hartlepool West Harbour and Dock Company to build a new dock at Stranton near Hartlepool.|
|1844||Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway||Act for terminus at Gateshead. Was reached via the Pontop and South Shields Railway and the Brandling Junction Railway.|
|1844||Durham Junction Railway||George Hudson's purchase of line ratified by Act which gave permission to bridge the River Tyne.|
|1844||Pontop and South Shields Railway||Act gives permision for south to west curve at Brockley Whins. Also permission is given to widen the railway from there to Washington.|
|1887||Campbeltown and Machrihanish Light Railway||Opened as a coal line which would later become the Campbeltown and Machrihanish Railway.|
|1948||Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway||Allanshaw Signal Box (Peacock Cross) closed.|
|1949||West Highland Railway||Passenger services between Glasgow Queen Street High Level, Crianlarich and Oban start.|
|1949||Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)||Duncraig Halt opened to public.|
|1966||Montrose and Bervie Railway||Inverbervie to Montrose (Broomfield Junction) closed to freight.|
|1966||Edinburgh and Northern Railway||Tayport to Spinning Mill Siding closed to goods.|
|1966||Newport Railway||Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport closed to all traffic.|
|1982||Rhymney Railway||Bargoed Pits Junction to Bargoed Washery closed.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Rail boss warns over pay demand [BBC News]||Network Rail boss John Armitt tells workers there is not much cash to settle the pay dispute, which threatens a strike.|
|2005||ScotRail forced to act on online booking glitches [Scotsman]||FIRST ScotRail is to overhaul its online ticketing system after a series of glitches and complaints.|
|2006||Bring trams plan to a halt [Scotsman]||THERE was clear excitement at the prospect of a hi-tech, revolutionary and ground-breaking tram system in Edinburgh to solve congestion problems, underpin the redevelopment of vast tracts of land and be environmentally friendly - an excitement that has...|
|2006||GNER in legal bid over rival [Scotsman]||RAIL firm GNER has launched a legal challenge against a decision to allow a rival group to operate competing services on the east coast main line.|
|2006||Minister switches on 20mph sign [Scotsman]||TRANSPORT Minister Tavish Scott was set to switch on the latest 20mph sign to be erected near a school today.|
|2006||Faster rail links for big cities [BBC News]||A £7.6bn rail upgrade will mean faster train journeys between London and major cities in the UK.|
|2007||On the right track [Railway Strategies]||Leading figures from the railway industry are lined up to share their best practice secrets at the Railway Strategies Supply Chain Conference|
|2007||Abacus Lighting - The light isn't only at the end of the tunnel [Railway Strategies]||Some 45 years ago, Abacus Lighting designed a solution that would revolutionise railway station lighting forever.|
|2007||Go-ahead for King's Cross [Railway Strategies]||The London Borough of Camden has resolved to approve Network Rail's ¬£400 million redevelopment of King's Cross station.|
|2007||Boost for stations [Railway Strategies]||Three South Yorkshire railway stations have won funding worth around ¬£290,000 for improvements that will make life more comfortable for train travellers.|
|2007||Relocation, relocation, relocation [Railway Strategies]||Stocksigns has now completed its acquisition of Burnham Signs, UK's largest manufacturer of vitreous enamel signs, by relocating them from Sydenham to its Redhill based site.|
|2007||Victoria upgrade [Railway Strategies]||London Underground has appointed Mott MacDonald to be lead consultant for the detailed design through to construction of the Victoria Underground station upgrade, as part of Transport for London's ¬£10 billion Investment Programme.|
|2007||Reading Station [Railway Strategies]||Reading Borough Council (RBC) has announced ‚Äď on behalf of the Reading Station Partnership Board, which it chairs ‚Äď the submission of the business case for the revised Reading Station Area Rail Upgrade Scheme.|
|2007||Construction under way [Railway Strategies]||Work on a new ¬£3.2 million Metro station at Simonside on South Tyneside began during April and will be ready for passengers before the end of the year.|
|2007||Green light for Stratford upgrade [Railway Strategies]||Plans for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to be the Public Transport Games' have taken an important step forward as the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced it will fund and manage the ¬£104 million scheme to upgrade Stratford Regional Station.|
|2007||Cannon Street redevelopment imminent [Railway Strategies]||A major transformation of Cannon Street station is about to get under way as part of a ¬£360 million scheme to create a new retail and office development around one of the country's busiest transport interchanges in the heart of the City of London.|
|2007||Euston development partner selected [Railway Strategies]||The potential to create a world-class station at Euston has moved closer with the announcement that British Land is Network Rail's preferred development partner for the station.|
|2007||Potters Bar facelift [Railway Strategies]||Network Rail has begun work on a ¬£2.5 million facelift for Potters Bar station.|
|2007||Signs of the times [Railway Strategies]||First ScotRail has spent ¬£210,000 providing every station across Scotland with posters with directions to town centres, taxi ranks and bus stops.|
|2007||Sandhills Station - ¬£6 million works given green light [Railway Strategies]||Merseytravel has given the green light to start work on a new multi-million facelift for Sandhills Station.|
|2007||St Helens advancing [Railway Strategies]||The ¬£6 million transformation of St Helens Central Station is now well under way with the twin copperclad 'fins' at the entrance now in place.|
|2007||Concern over Waverley line [BBC News]||The impact on the Waverley line project of opposition to a rail link to Edinburgh airport is under scrutiny.|
|2010||Historic Weardale Railway returns [BBC News]||Daily passenger services have returned to a County Durham heritage railway line - almost 60 years after they were withdrawn.|
|2010||Severn Valley Railway celebrates 40th birthday [BBC News]||A special train journey has been taking place exactly 40 years after the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) started.|
|2011||Delays mark start of new Yorkshire - London rail service [Yorkshire Post]||RAIL chiefs have claimed that the biggest overhaul of train services in two decades on the premier route through Yorkshire will help revitalise the nationís beleaguered network. But the start of the service this morning was marked by delays|
|2011||Station gate not the ticket [Edinburgh Evening News]||COMMUTERS have described ScotRail as ^idiotic^ after being stopped from accessing a platform without tickets. Passengers using Armadale Station were unable to get through a temporary ticket gate line, despite there being a ticket machine on the platform.|
|2011||Newtonhill station supporters call for reopening [BBC]||More than 600 people in the Kincardineshire village of Newtonhill have signed a petition to have their local railway station re-opened|
|2013||Ducklings saved minutes before being hit by train [Scotsman]||A GROUP of 11 newly-hatched ducklings have been saved by ScotRail staff after being spotted wandering along tracks at Queen Street station in Glasgow. The hours-old birds were scooped up to safety minutes before a train was due to arrive at the platform - despite attempting to escape by running in different directions. The motherless ducklings were spotted by ScotRail catering attendant Ian Kinning as the train he was on came into the station on Sunday.|
|2014||Govia wins Thameslink rail franchise [BBC News]||The franchise to run the expanded Thameslink rail network has been awarded to Govia Thameslink, a joint venture majority-owned by Go-Ahead. The new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise will run for seven years from this September. The rail franchise is the largest in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue, and staff.|
|2016||New destinations for Scottish sleeper trains? [Rail]||Oban and Scotland‚Äôs Far North could be served by Caledonian Sleeper trains, but funding from authorities would be needed to support the services. CS Managing Director Peter Strachan, speaking exclusively to RAIL on May 6, confirmed that discussions had taken place with user groups regarding running trains north of Inverness, and with business groups for Oban. If the latter happens, he has not ruled out the possibility that extra Mk 5 coaches may have to be ordered from Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles (CAF). The Spanish company is already building 75 vehicles for CS that will enter traffic in 2018. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2016||TransPennine Express^s ¬£230m north England and Scotland rail deal [BBC News]||A ¬£230m deal for 25 new trains to serve the north of England and Scotland has been announced by rail operator TransPennine Express (TPE). It is part of a plan for two fleets, which will provide 125 carriages made up of electric and InterCity trains. The carriages are being built in Spain after no UK manufacturer took part in the tender process, TPE said. They will operate between Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh and are due to be delivered by 2019. They are to be built by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), and will feature 12 five-carriage electric trains and 13 five-car InterCity carriages.|
|2016||Night Tube start date set [Rail News]||Twenty-four hour services will launch on London‚Äôs Central and Victoria lines in August. Night Tube, as the service has been dubbed, had been due to start in September 2015, but protracted talks with rail trade unions have resulted in a significant delay. The 24-hour weekend service will be trialled on the Central and Victoria lines first before being rolled out across the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines in the autumn. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2017||Slotting in UK rail freight [Railway Technology]||The UK rail freight sector is in a period of flux. A drop in the volume of coal cargoes is forcing operators to rethink and embrace new markets; a task thats not to be underestimated. This is, to some extent, the reason why Network Rail has announced it is repurposing nearly 5,000 freight paths the reserved slots on the railway and in the timetable.|
|2018||Wales^ rail and Metro franchise to be run by KeolisAmey [BBC News]||A £5bn contract to run Wales^ rail service for the next 15 years has been awarded to two European firms, who will run it jointly. France^s Keolis and Spanish-owned Amey^s bid triumphed over a rival offer from Hong Kong^s MTR commuter railways. It will also drive forward the south Wales Metro in Cardiff and the valleys. The operators said while the changes would not happen overnight Wales^ railway ^would be unrecognisable^ in five years time. KeolisAmey already runs Greater Manchester Metrolink and London^s Docklands Light Railway, among others.|
|2018||Network Rail reveals a tiny piece of track history [Network Rail]||Network Rail lifted the lid on a secret piece of railway historylast weekend. Engineers gave exclusive access to visit a miniature house, located deep in the tunnels of Liverpool Lime Street station, which can only be accessed when trains aren^t running.|
|2018||Mapping the meaning behind Scottish railway station names [Scotsman]||Railway stations can tell you a lot about a country, from its economic development to its population centres. But their names also provide an insight into how language and its meaning evolves over time, from describing little more than fields to vanished religious centres.|
|2019||£1 million depot upgrades to improve customer satisfaction [ScotRail]||ScotRail has installed new equipment at train depots to help improve customer satisfaction on Scotlands railway. Upgraded Control Emission Toilet (CET) discharge facilities have been installed at Yoker and Eastfield stabling depots, with further investment planned at Fort William station, allowing more trains to be serviced simultaneously.|
|2020||50th anniversary of the first SRPS Railtour [Railscot]||The 23rd of May is the 50th anniversary of the first SRPS Railtour. ^The Edinburgh Rambler^ was the first tour in 1970.|
|2020||Isle of Wight railway plans move closer - government funds awarded [IoW County Press]||Former railway lines between Ventnor and Newport could be reopened, as part of ambitious plans to restore routes lost to the Beeching cuts. The Island has been announced as one of ten areas to receive a share of £500,000. Transport secretary, Grant Shapps has announced that the Island is among the successful bids in the the government^s ^Restoring Your Railway ^Ideas Fund^.|
|2020||Travel services cancelled and flood alerts issued as heavy rain and high winds sweep across Scotland [Scotsman]||A number of ferry services have been cancelled and flood alerts issued across Scotland, with heavy rain and high winds sweeping the country.|