Partick Junction: V1 67614 passing Partick Junction on 24 May 1957 with a Clydebank East to Bridgeton train.
Knightswood North Junction: C16 4-4-2T 67500 runs through Knightswood North Junction on 24 May 1957 with a Bridgeton Central - Milngavie train. [Ref query 43993]
Knightswood North Junction: A Singer - Springburn workmen's train passing Knightswood North Junction on 24 May 1957 behind Ivatt 2-6-0 43135.
Westerton Junction: Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 no 57652 approaching Milngavie Junction (Westerton Junction from 1959) at the south end of the Milngavie branch with the branch goods on 24 May 1957. The containers are thought to contain paper from the Ellangowan Mill. [Ref query 6552]
Partick Junction: A train from Hyndland terminus comes off the short branch at Partick Junction on 24 May 1957 with a service to Airdrie. The locomotive is class N2 0-6-2T 69563. [Ref query 39422]
Glasgow St Enoch: BR Standard class 5 73122 enters St Enoch on 24 May 1957 with a train from Stranraer.
Possil Junction: One of Dawsholm shed's WD Austerity 2-8-0s, no 90198, working hard on the approach to Possil Junction on 24 May 1958 with a down coal train.
Hawick Shed: Reid ex-NBR Scott class 4-4-0 no 62428 The Talisman, seen coming off Hawick shed in May 1958, the year of its withdrawal by BR.
Hawick Shed: Gresley N2 0-6-2T no 69510 on shed at Hawick in 1958.
Doncaster Works: The rebuilt version of Gresley's infamous W1 no 10000, now renumbered 60700, stands at Doncaster works on what may have been its final visit, thought to be 24 May 1959. The locomotive, originally dubbed the Hush-Hush due to the number of experimental features incorporated, was the only 4-6-4 tender locomotive ever to run in Britain. After a problematic career the W1 was cut up here the following month.
Doncaster Works: Gresley B17 4-6-0 no 61665 Leicester City in the yard at Doncaster Works, thought to have been photographed on 24 May 1959, a month after its withdrawal from Yarmouth South Town (32D).
Doncaster Works: E5006 at Doncaster Works, thought to have been photographed during a visit on 24 May 1959. These DC electric locomotives, which eventually become class 71, were built for the SR Kent Coast electrification between 1958 and 1960. A total of 24 such examples emerged from Doncaster Works during that period, with 10 of the class being subsequently converted to electro-diesels (class 74) at Crewe during 1967-8. See image []
Fairlie High: Ardrossan based Crab 42806 arrives at Fairlie High on 24 May 1960 with a Largs - St Enoch train.
Boydston Signal Box: A Largs - St Enoch express photographed near the site of Boydston signal box on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is Ardrossan based Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42194.
West Kilbride: The smart looking station at West Kilbride on 24 May 1960. View is north towards Fairlie.
Ardrossan: Fowler class 2P 4-4-0 no 40668 with an Ardeer - Largs train approaching Ardrossan on 24 May 1960.
Ardrossan North: The road approach to Ardrossan North station, viewed from the south east on 24 May 1960. The tall chimneys in the background are part of the large Shell refinery on the west side of the line see image []. By this time the station had been closed to passengers for some 28 years (July 1932). Demolition of the building would be completed by 1965, with the site subsequently used for lorry/coach parking.
Ardrossan: Corkerhill Jubilee 4-6-0 45665 Lord Rutherford of Nelson just north of Ardrossan in May 1960.
Fairlie High: Platform scene at Fairlie High on 24 May 1960, looking north towards the tunnel.
West Kilbride: Fairburn 2-6-4T 42191 leaving West Kilbride on 24 May 1960 at the head of a Glasgow - Largs service. [Ref query 9666]
Kilwinning East Junction: The former Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway Junction at Kilwinning East on 24 May 1960 looking south. The line to Irvine (Bank Street) veered left and the Ardrossan line right. [Ref query 12308]
West Kilbride: 42190 seen shortly after passing through West Kilbride with a Largs - St Enoch train in May 1960.
Largs: 45697 Achilles stands at Largs on 24 May 1960. The Kingmoor based Jubilee was waiting to take out a returning Largs - Penrith excursion. See image []
West Kilbride: A Swindon built DMU approaching West Kilbride from the north on 24 May 1960 with a Largs - St Enoch service. [Ref query 1095]
Largs: A 'Women's Guild Special' for Penrith awaiting its departure time at Largs on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is Jubilee 45697 Achilles.
Ardrossan: Black 5 45490 at speed north of Ardrossan on 24 May 1960 with a Glasgow - Largs train.
Holm Junction: Fairburn 2-6-4T 42191 runs through Holm Junction on 24 May 1960 with a Largs - St Enoch train. At that time the locomotive was allocated to Ardrossan shed (67D), which stands in the background.
Ardrossan North: Taking on water at Ardrossan North on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is thought to be McIntosh Caledonian 3F 0-6-0T 56282. [Ref query 5143]
Parkhouse Junction: A Largs - Kilwinning train approaching Parkhouse Junction, Ardrossan, on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is Hurlford based Fowler 2P 4-4-0 no 40595. [Ref query 14927]
Montfode Fuel Depot Sidings: Jubilee 45697 Achilles approaching Ardrossan on 24 May 1960 with a Largs to Penrith excursion train. [Ref query 10055]
Fairlie High: 'Crab' 2-6-0 42806 leaving Fairlie High on 24 May 1960 with a Largs - St Enoch train.
Annbank Junction: All quiet at Annbank Junction. View east in the spring of 1962.
Auchincruive: One of Ayr shed's 'Crab' 2-6-0s no 42805 with eastbound coal empties at Auchincruive on 24 May 1962. [Ref query 8 September 2018]
Belston Junction: All quiet at Belston Junction. View west on 24 May 1962.
Enterkine Viaduct: Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 no 44189 crossing Enterkine Viaduct on 24 May 1962 bound for Ayr with a loaded coal train from Whitehill Colliery (Skares).
Belston Junction: Fowler 4F 0-6-0 44189 approaching Belston Junction on 24 May 1962 with a trainload of coal from Whitehill Colliery.
Drongan: View north at Drongan in the spring of 1962.
Blackhouse Junction: Ex-LMS 'Crab' 2-6-0 42912 with brakevan approaching Blackhouse Junction on 24 May 1962.
Polquhairn Junction: BR Standard Mogul 76097 photographed near Polquhairn, East Ayrshire, on 24 May 1962 with a train of coal empties from Ayr.
Belston Junction: Standard Mogul 76097 at Belston Junction on 24 May 1962 with a train of coal empties from Ayr destined for Polquhairn Colliery. [Ref query 5634]
Mossblown Junction: One of Ayr shed's Crab 2-6-0s no 42916 brings a westbound goods train through Mossblown Junction on 24 May 1962 heading for home.
Mossblown Junction: Black 5 44785 passing Mossblown Junction westbound in May 1962 on its way back to Ayr.
Tarbolton: A returning excursion from Ayr to Carlisle on the climb to Tarbolton on 24 May 1962. The locomotive is 72009 Clan Stewart. [Ref query 52559]
Annbank Junction: Standard Mogul 76097 runs through Annbank Junction with a coal train in May 1962 on its way from Polquhairn to Ayr.
Perth New Yard: View from Control Tower at Perth marshalling yard in May 1963. J38 off Thornton empties and V2 on Aberdeen postal.
Perth South Shed: 1649 from the Dornoch branch sports a Royal Highlander headboard at the rear of Perth Shed in 1963
Perth: A3 60041 Salmon Trout about to leave Perth for Glasgow with 3 hour train from Aberdeen.
Clarkston: 80058 arriving at Clarkston on 24 May 1965 with the 5.33pm from St Enoch.
Peterhead: D5323 prepares to take the Formartine and Buchan Railtour out of Peterhead on 24 May 1969. Passenger services were withdrawn in 1965, although freight operations at the busy fishing port continued for a further 5 years. Nothing of the railway remains here today, with the site now occupied by Peterhead Academy see image [].
Maud: View south at Maud Junction on 24 May 1969 showing D5323 at the head of the GNSRA Formartine and Buchan Railtour.
Peterhead: View over the buffer stops at Peterhead on 24 May 1969 showing D5323 at the platform with the Formartine and Buchan Railtour preparing to return to Aberdeen.
Mintlaw: The GNSR Formartine and Buchan Excursion stands at Mintlaw on the Peterhead branch on 24 May 1969. For the first 6 years of its existence, this 1861 station carried the name Old Deer and Mintlaw, making it sound rather like one of the Connoisseur Range of Baxter's soups.
Ellon: The returning Formartine and Buchan Excursion, with D5323 in charge, makes a photostop at Ellon on 24 May 1969. View is north towards Maud Junction. The old goods yard and Boddam branch line were on the right of the island platform.
Longside: The GNSR Formartine and Buchan Excursion, with D5323 in charge, makes a scheduled photo-stop at Longside station on 25 May 1969.
Arnage: The Formartine and Buchan Excursion on a photostop at Arnage on 24 May 1969. View is south towards Ellon, with D5323 at the head of the train.
Brucklay [2nd]: The GNSRA Formartine & Buchan Railtour to Peterhead and Fraserburgh, heading south at Brucklay station behind D5323 on 24 May 1969.
Carlisle: The southern approach to Carlisle in May 1971, with a class 50 hauled WCML service approaching the station.
Carlisle: A murky Monday in May 1971 sees a pair of EE Class 50s lifting a mid-morning Glasgow Central - London Euston train out of Carlisle station. The train is about to cross the bridge over the goods lines. See image []
Langwathby: Sprinter 156480, on a Carlisle - Leeds service, seen at Langwathby on 24th May 1995.
Settle: Northbound Platform and old Station building
Goring and Streatley: Platform view north at Goring and Streatley station on 24 May 2002. [Ref query 2 June 2018]
Redhill: A class 66 takes an STVA car carrier south on the centre road through Redhill station in May 2002. The train is signalled for the Dollands Moor / Channel Tunnel route.
Reading: 166214 forming a Paddington - Oxford 'Turbo Express' service calls at Reading on 24 May 2002.
Reading: Thames Trains 166206 calls at Reading on 24 May 2002 with an Oxford - Paddington service.
Reading: A Virgin Voyager forming a Southampton - Newcastle Central service stands at Reading in May 2002.
Reading: 166206 about to leave Reading with a Paddington bound service on 24 May 2002.
Goring and Streatley: A Virgin CrossCountry Voyager runs through Goring and Streatley in May 2002 heading north west towards Didcot. [Ref query 1657]
Logierait Viaduct: The plate at the west end of Logierait Viaduct, photographed in 2003. View across the Tay towards Ballinluig. For a general view of the bridge itself see [].
[*Note: notwithstanding the details on the plaque, the line actually closed in 1965. My thanks to Douglas Blades for spotting this.]
Logierait Viaduct: Looking east across the River Tay on 24 May 2003, with Logierait Viaduct dominating the scene. The viaduct once carried the Aberfeldy branch on the final leg of its journey across the river to the junction with the Highland main line at Ballinluig. Since closure of the line it has been comprehensively restored and subsequently reopened as a community-owned road bridge. For details see [].
Aln Viaduct: An up EWS coal train crossing the viaduct over the River Aln, just north of Alnmouth station, in May 2004. The listed structure (also referred to as Lesbury Viaduct) was built by Robert Stephenson in 1848/9.
Acklington: A GNER Edinburgh - London train speeds south through Acklington station, Northumberland, in May 2004.
Worstead: A busy day at Worstead on the Bittern Line in May 2005.
Auchmuty Paper Mill: Bridge on the former line to Auchmuty off the Leslie branch passing under the A92 near Cadham. May 2007.
Lamancha: The modified former WWII era shed and bridge over the trackbed at Lamancha in 2007. View west towards Macbie Hill from the A701 looking beyond the former station which stands off camera to the left. See image []
St Fort: Turbostar southbound passing the noted sand & gravel quarry near St Fort.
Tay Bridge South Junction: Leaving the Tay Bridge behind, Commonwealth Games 170.461 heads south round the long S-bend. The arches on the north side of the river can be seen on the approach to Dundee station.
St Fort: Aberdeen service passing RAF Leuchars fuel depot at nearby Linkswood. Reception siding seen below coaches.
Carstairs: Freightliner locomotives 86621+86638 take the Coatbridge containers north out of Carstairs after being held for some time in the station loop on 24 May 2007.
Carstairs: 86621+86638 with the Crewe - Coatbridge containers brought to a halt in the loop at Carstairs station on 24 May 2007.
Leslie Viaduct: Viaduct near Leslie former station, now a pedestrian pathway.
Cleghorn: Old station house (extended) looking east over Cleghorn level crossing on 24 May 2007. The station was to the left of the crossing and closed in 1965. The station had originally opened in 1848 as Lanark, but was renamed following the opening of the current Lanark station in 1855. See image []
Dunsyre: Railway remains at Dunsyre on the Dolphinton branch. View is east from the village in May 2007. The station, which closed in 1945, was located off to the left.
Carstairs: GNER Kings Cross - Glasgow Central service comes off the Edinburgh line and snakes through Carstairs on 24 May, passing a pair of class 86s on the Coatbridge containers held in the loop.
North Queensferry: Edinburgh bound 170413 leaves North Queensferry and runs out onto the Forth Bridge on 24 May 2008.
Woodhead: View east along the platforms towards Sheffield and the 1954 tunnel at the former Woodhead station on 24 May. The lorry is heading for Manchester on the winding A628 road.
Hadfield: The rusting remains of a 4 aspect colour light signal hanging high in the undergrowth just east of Hadfield station on the former Woodhead route. Photographed in May 2008, some 27 years after rail traffic through the tunnel ceased.
Woodhead: View east from the former Woodhead station on 24 May showing the single bore Woodhead tunnels of 1845 & 1852, alongside the double track tunnel built for the 1954 Manchester-Sheffield-Wath electrification. Life for the crews of steam locomotives in the days of the 3 mile long single bore tunnels, particularly those westbound hauling the heavy trans-Pennine coal trains from Wath concentration yards, must have been hell.
Downpatrick: The preserved and rebuilt station at Downpatrick on what is now the heritage 'Downpatrick and County Down Railway', looking from the buffer stops on 24 May 2008. To the left is former NIR railbus RB 003, ex-LEV3, ex-DB977020, the third of BR's prototypes which, regauged to 5'3' worked the Coleraine / Portrush line for about 10 years from 1982. The signals were relocated from Bangor see image [].
Downpatrick: The station building at Downpatrick on 24 May 2008. This is actually the house of the manager of the local gas company, moved from the other side of Market Street and rebuilt. The original station is long demolished, and its site and yards are now buried under a supermarket. See image []
Downpatrick: The view from the buffer stops at Downpatrick station on 24 May 2008 through the tangled security fencing. See image []
Fraserburgh Shed: After a gap of more than 40 years one of the Fraserburgh totems returns home. The building on the right is the engine shed and within a couple of yards or so of that there was a totem on one of the passenger platforms which ran immediately adjacent to the engine shed, from right to left. The location of the old turntable is immediately behind the engine shed and the lorry.
Woodhead: The west portal of the 1954 Woodhead tunnel on 24 May 2008. This 3 mile double track tunnel was built for the Manchester-Sheffield-Wath electrification and replaced the 2 original single track mid 19th century tunnels alongside. Passenger services over Woodhead ceased in 1970 with the last train using the tunnel in 1981.
Goathland: D6700 approaching Goathland on the NYMR on 24 May.
Disentis-Muster: The Glacier Express changing over locos from friction to rack and pinion at Disentis-Muster (3750 feet) on 24 May 2009. From here the railway climbs to 6,670 feet.
Shepton Mallet: Say what you like about the S&D, they certainly looked after the trackside. Ahem. Kilver Court gardens certainly make Charlton viaduct more Serene and Delightful than Slow and Dirty. Well worth a visit (the viaduct can be walked over only on special occasions).
Levisham: D5061 stands at Levisham Station on 24 May with a morning train for Grosmont.
Shepton Mallet: The underside of Charlton Viaduct see image [] clearly shows the join where it was widened circa 1892.
Kirkby Stephen: Excellent facelift of a very dull old waiting shelter on the down platform. Marvellous what you can do with a little imagination and a lack of vandals!
Edinburgh Waverley: The 1421 Edinburgh - Dunbar train ready to depart Waverley platform 3 on 24 May 2010.
Gobowen: Oswestry Branch Junction and run round spur viewed looking south from Gobowen Station in May 2010. The line on the right formerly served the now abandoned coal yard sited alongside the station.
Wroxham: View over the Bure Valley Railway station at Wroxham from Wroxham signal Box on 24 May 2010. The Norwich - Cromer main line runs past on the right.
Lockerbie: The 07.25 Manchester Airport - Edinburgh Waverley, seen shortly after leaving Lockerbie on 24 May 2011.
Gogar Tram Depot: General view over the Edinburgh tram depot currently under construction at Gogar on 24 May 2011.
Gogar Tram Depot: Scene inside the maintenance shed at Gogar tram depot on 24 May 2011.
Leyland: DRS 47790 in 'Northern Belle' Pullman colours seen here on 24 May passing through Leyland on an ecs move from Keighley to Crewe via Hellifield & Carnforth (with 47810 on the rear). It is believed to have been on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for filming purposes.
Butterton: A narrow gauge tunnel with standard gauge dimensions. The L&MVR was quite advanced in its thinking as it conveyed standard gauge wagons on narrow gauge transporters so the tunnel at Butterton had to be large enough to accommodate them. Although most of the branch trackbed is now a footpath and cycleway a short stretch from Wetton to Butterton also carries light road traffic. This section includes the tunnel, viewed here from the southern end. Butterton Halt was just on the north side at which point the road veers away again leaving the Manifold Valley Trail to be followed to Hulme End.
Stranraer: The 12.36 service to Glasgow Central waits to leave Stranraer Harbour on 24 May 2012.
Knockando: Interior of the Knockando main station building in the process of being renovated in May 2012, following a long period since its last use as a visitor centre for the Tamdhu Distillery.
Parsley Hay: Limestone cutting on the Tissington Trail, mid way between Parsley Hay and Hartington. This view looks back towards the junction south of Parsley Hay where the High Peak trail leaves the old Ashbourne line See image [].
Alsop-en-le-Dale: Like the other old stations on the Tissington Trail Alsop-en-le-Dale has been swept away since closure in 1954 and is only a car park and trail access point. Immediately north of the station site however is this fine bridge, still carrying the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road over the old line, which has now been a cycle path for over forty years. View north towards Parsley Hay and Buxton.
Ballindalloch: Approaching Ballindalloch station from the west in May 2012. The Spey viaduct lies off to the left just beyond the curve. See image []
Hopton Incline: Looking south towards Middleton Top from the Hopton Incline summit where there is an information board with a picture of two NLR 0-6-0Ts storming the bank with an SLS enthusiasts special in 1953. There is also a warning board for High Peak Trail cyclists for the 1:14 hill. Behind the camera is the site of Hopton (Goods) Station, now a picnic site.
Parsley Hay: Only a few original railway artefacts survive on the High Peak Trail but this signal post (and part of the arm) still stands on the line to Cromford and was presumably the Parsley Hay distant for the junction with the Ashbourne line. View north from the line to Friden - just round the bend beyond the bridge is the short Newhaven tunnel which the trail passes through.
Ballindalloch Viaduct: Maintenance work underway on the Spey Viaduct at Ballindalloch on 24 May 2012. View south across the river towards Ballindalloch station. During the closure walkers on the Speyside Way can take advantage of a free taxi service between Blacksboat and Ballindalloch courtesy of Moray Council.
Blacksboat: Standing on the trackbed at Blacksboat on 24 May with the 'Speyside Way' continuing north east towards Aberlour.
Parsley Hay: The parting of the ways. This is the former junction to the south of Parsley Hay station. To the right is the old LNWR line to Ashbourne, open from 1899 to 1963 and now the Tissington Trail. Swinging left is the much older (1825) Cromford and High Peak line, which never had a regular passenger service and reached Cromford by a series of inclined planes. This line finally closed in 1967 and has also been converted becoming the High Peak Trail.
Dailuaine Halt: The former Dailuaine Halt on the Speyside line seen in May 2012 looking towards Carron. Located some two and a half miles south west of Aberlour and a short distance from Diageo's large Dailuaine distillery, the former halt has benefitted from some welcome repair and refurbishment work in recent years see image [].
Aberlour: Approach to the 1863 station building at Aberlour from Victoria Terrace in May 2012.
Carron: The surviving station building at Carron in May 2012, looking west towards Knockando. See image []
Ballindalloch: The former station at Ballindalloch in May 2012 looking south west towards Grantown-on-Spey.
Hartington: With all other station remnants gone on the Tissington Trail the beautifully restored signalbox at Hartington is a notable survivor. The display baord shows it in service when it fronted directly onto the wooden station platform and the brick base was almost hidden. Passenger services ceased in 1954 and the last goods train departed for Buxton in 1967. View north towards Parsley Hay.
Ballindalloch Viaduct: The temporarily closed Spey Viaduct at Ballindalloch, now part of the Speyside Way, looking south across the river on 24 May 2012 with repair and refurbishment work in progress. See image []
Llandrindod Wells: Crew change at Llandrindod Wells Station on 24 May 2012, with 150231 forming the 13.14 Swansea - Shrewsbury and 150256 the 14.04 reverse working. The driver of the latter is just setting off to walk towards the south end of the platform, to beyond the old signal box see image [], in order to give up his token before he can cross over to take forward the Shrewsbury bound service.
Middleton Top: When the gradient post reads 1 in 1056:1 in 8 (and a quarter!) you know this is a railway location with a difference. This is the summit of the Middleton incline, the upper of the two rope worked inclines on the Cromford and High Peak. The gate is a later addition, to slow down the cyclists, and I presume the semaphore has been brought here from elsewhere too. From the foot of Middleton was a one mile level section at Sheep Pasture worked by an isolated locomotive and then a further rope worked incline down to Cromford.
Middleton Top: Middleton Top engine house, as seen from the summit of the Middleton incline. The steam winding engine is still (occasionally) operational and open days are held. The trackbed cycle path curves round behind this building, passes a visitor centre and then heads for nearby Hopton Incline and Parsley Hay beyond. There is no trace of the small engine shed that housed the C&HPR locomotives until the 1967 closure.
Friden: Friden goods station generated a lot of traffic for the Cromford and High Peak, not least from the DSF Refractories (formerly Derbyshire Silica Firebrick) works that still operates alongside the old trackbed trail. This was the point where Buxton locomotives would hand soutbound trains over to the Middleton Top based tank engines and in turn take their trains, and traffic from Friden, northwards. View north towards Parsley Hay past the firebrick plant, which had a siding inside this building. (With thanks to Malcolm Chattwood for additional information on the location).
Hopton Incline: Fearsome is probably the best adjective to describe the 1:14 Hopton Incline. As built it had a stationary steam engine and rope haulage but was eased to 1:14 by the LNWR and loco haulage commenced. For many years the ex North London 0-6-0Ts would charge the foot of the bank with a few wagons, often only to have to return for another attempt. For the last few years of service the work transferred to J94 0-6-0STs before final closure in 1967. Seen here from a nearby minor road the level section from Middleton Top crosses the bridge on the right with the bank itself climbing ahead directly alongside the lane beyond the crossroads. One of the many quarries that provided the line with traffic is seen to the right, this one producing dolomite from which magnesium was extracted in the plant that can be seen beyond the bridge. The incline now forms part of the High Peak Trail. (Thanks to Malcolm Chattwood for additional information on the location)
Aberlour: The beautifully preserved station building at Aberlour, photographed on 24 May 2012. View is east with the River Spey behind the camera. The neo-Norman tower of Aberlour Parish Church stands in the background.
Craigellachie: The filled in turntable pit at Craigellachie on 24 May 2012, Speyside line to the left, Elgin line to the right.
Ballindalloch Viaduct: Byeeeeeeeee......... EC about to set off towards Dufftown along the Speyside way near Ballindalloch on 24 May 2012. Heading north proved to be a good decision on this particular occasion see image [].
Hurdlow: The last leg of the HIgh Peak and Tissington Trails runs north from the old station site at Hurdlow towards Buxton, as seen here from the foot of the station approach on a very sunny May morning. Even more remote than the other stations on the line Hurdlow closed in 1949, five years before the withdrawal of Buxton to Ashbourne passenger services. No trace of the station remains but a pub at the top of the approach road makes a good watering hole on days like this.
Stranraer: Stena Line no more - Stranraer Harbour 24 May 2012.
Ballindalloch Viaduct: The old railway viaduct over the Spey at Ballindalloch seen from the north on 24 May 2012, during a period when the structure was undergoing some major repair and maintenance work see image [].
Middleton Top: Until 1967 this would have been a view of Middleton Top steam shed, a tiny single road structure housing two tank engines that worked the upper section of the Cromford and High Peak to Friden. The shed joined onto the low building in the foreground. Behind is the stationary engine house that powered the 1:8 cable-worked incline that started by the signal beyond.
Parsley Hay: Newhaven Tunnel is on the High Peak Trail just to the south of the junction with the Tissington Trail. It carries the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road over the old line and bears stone plaques over each portal commemorating its construction in 1825. View towards Parsley Hay.
Lancaster: A heavy ballast train is double headed north through Lancaster station on 24 May. Freightliner's 66514 and 66615 are on the Down Through line, probably heading for Carlisle New Yard.
Bay Horse: De-branded Thunderbird 57308, formerly known as Tin Tin, seen on a light engine movement from Crewe to Oxenholme passing Bay Horse on Friday 24th May 2013. The Class 57 is now owned by DRS but has not yet been repainted from its Virgin livery.
Lancaster: Compared with the north end of Lancaster station, the jumble of catenary, masts and gantries at the south end makes conventional photographs quite difficult. 221105 William Baffin approaches on a Birmingham New St to Edinburgh service on 24 May 2013.
Bay Horse: Empties from Fiddlers Ferry to Hunterston pass through the closed station at Bay Horse on 24 May behind Freightliner 66520. The station house, now a private residence, can be seen on the left of the picture, although the platforms were cut back many years ago.
Farington Curve Junction: Colas Rail Freight 56302 hauls 17 loaded timber wagons from Carlisle to Chirk on 24 May 2013 just south of Farington Curve Junction on the WCML.
Wick: Wick station, actually located in Pulteney, seen from the approach road which crosses the river Wick from the main part of the Burgh of Wick.
Mallaig: Ex LNER K1 2-6-0 no 62005 following arrival at Mallaig on the Jacobite.
Haig: Canadian Pacific 8500 on the rear of a 120 wagon, coal empties train climbing through the Rockies at Haig in May 2013. As is common North American practice the train had four locomotives with two on the front, one in the middle and this engine at the back but on a Distributed Power basis with all controlled from the front cab. Distributed power saves fuel and reduces rail and flange wear. It is an engineering feat, not least because the front of the train can be on the down grade when the other locomotives are still lifting cars towards the summit.
Kirkcaldy: DBS 66113 with the Mossend - Aberdeen Waterloo service, diverted through Fife on 24 May because of engineering work in the Larbert area. The train is seen here passing Kirkcaldy.
Little Bispham: The Gold Blackpool Heritage timetable on 24th May meant six classic trams were in service, including Balloon No. 701. The red and white double decker is seen here on the cliffs approaching Little Bispham station with one of five services that worked through to Fleetwood.
Little Bispham: Blackpool Standard No. 147 accesses the turning circle at Little Bispham with a heritage tour while the conductor resets the points for the through line. Looking at this traditionally designed tramcar from the 1920s it is easy to understand the impact of the streamlined Balloons that were brought into service less than ten years later See image [].
Leith North: The Caledonian's Leith North branch (closed 1962) has long been coverted to a cycleway - except for the last couple of hundred yards where things fall apart badly. The path currently (May 2015) ends abruptly after the Lindsay Road overbridge and the approach to the terminus was built over by a small industrial estate many years ago (to the right of the shrubbery). The station building itself was demolished more recently and flats now occupy the site. See image [] for a similar view in 1962.
Fleetwood Ferry: The graceful lines of Blackpool Boat Car No. 230 are seen to good effect in Pharos Street at Fleetwood as it pauses at the heritage tram stop before returning to the Pleasure Beach. The hardy souls on board this service were well wrapped up. The modern building at the end of the street stands on the site of Fleetwood Railway Station, closed in 1966.
Pensford Viaduct: Just as magnificient from ground level as from the air see image []; but due to residential development and guard dogs on the trackbed, Pensford Viaduct is not readily approachable in May 2015.
Mangotsfield (2nd): If my mental compass is working right, this is the East to South spur at Mangotsfield. see image [] The peculiar acoustic properties of the railway layout here inspired Arnold Ridley, who later played Private Godfrey in 'Dad's Army', to write the play 'Ghost Train'.
Cabin [Tram]: Bolton 66, a regular performer on Heritage services in Blackpool since 1981, climbs past the Cliffs Hotel stop between Gynn Square and the Cabin in May 2015. It ran in Bolton from 1901 to 1946, spent time in use as a summer house and then chicken hut but was purchased by the Bolton 66 Trust in 1963 and restored.
Oban Bay: Calmac Ferry MV Clansman arriving at Oban Pier in May 2016.
Polmont: A six-car service from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Waverley pulls into Polmont on 24/05/2016. Photographed from the road bridge recently ratcheted-up to accommodate electrification (see advancing masts in background). The footbridge behind me has been electrification-ready for overs 50 years. That's planning.
Edinburgh Waverley: In this view of Edinburgh Waverley our train to Tweedbank must be leaving from the same area as my train back to Hawick 47 years ago. I'm sure it was usually platform 7 but today it's 3. But who's complaining? An awful lot better than parking in Edinburgh and driving all the way home.
Inverkeithing: Power car 43062 brings up the rear of the New Measurement Train as it passes Inverkeithing with a Craigentinny - Aberdeen and return working on 24 May.
Oban Bay: Calmac MV Clansman approaching Oban from Mull in May 2016
Oban: Unusual destination displayed at Oban, namely Queen St LL. Taken during the tunnel and electrification works at Queen St High Level on 24th May 2016.
Fort William: Diamonds are forever!!!! The NBL works plate of 62005, seen in Fort William at the head of the morning Jacobite in May 2016.
Ardlui: Ardlui station nameplate. A quick jump off and back on the train picture.
Morecambe South Junction: Light engine testing of the new DRS electro diesels continues between Carlisle and Crewe. On 24th May 2017 88001 Revolution was in use and is seen here returning north approaching Morecambe South Junction.
Tain: The old station at Tain is now a restaurant. This interior view shows the old station plate from Golspie.
Curriehill: A Glasgow to Edinburgh service calls at Curriehill in the first week of a fully electric service. Slightly disappointingly the 2019 timetable has hardly changed, except that Breich now has hourly trains (whether it wants them or not). Maybe a more ambitious timetable is planned for the future.
Fenny Stratford: 24th May 2019 brought an opportunity to try out the Class 230 DMUs on the Bletchley to Bedford line. I found these converted Underground trains very nice to travel on, if a little slow. This image taken at the intermediate station of Fenny Stratford.
Curriehill: A TPE service for Manchester Airport passes through Curriehill on 24 May 2019. Post-Beeching this line became a bit of a Cinderella but is now probably busier than it has ever been.
Bay Horse: The slight easing in Covid restrictions brought an opportunity to pass the major civil engineering works to stabilise the long cutting at Forton, to the south of Bay Horse. The main work has been carried out during weekend closures. This was the scene on Sunday 24th May 2020, with drains in place and hessian matting laid over the embankment, but awaiting the chicken wire top covering to prevent burrowing. See image [] for the same location eighteen months earlier.
Bay Horse: Sunday engineering work in progress on 24th May 2020. This view south from Stony Lane bridge at Forton shows excavators at work regrading the banking, part of a major project to stabilise the long cutting which lies between Bay Horse and Scorton.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1844||Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway||Directors train runs over route.|
|1847||Dundee and Perth Railway||Line opened from Dundee Union Street (later Dundee West) to DPR_>Barnhill DPR , on the east bank of the River Tay near Perth.|
|1860||Maybole and Girvan Railway||Opened from Maybole Junction (Ayr and Maybole Railway) to 1st_>Girvan 1st . 1st_>Maybole 1st is replaced by Maybole and becomes a goods station.|
|1874||Dundee and Forfar Direct Railway (Caledonian Railway)||Angus_>Barnhill Angus opened.|
|1876||Bristol and Exeter Railway||Leading coach of train de-rails at Silverton|
|1880||Morpeth Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)||The Blyth and Tyne Railway^s terminus station at Morpeth is closed to passengers. Station becomes goods yard.|
|1907||Sutherland and Caithness Railway||Salzcraggie Platform opened to public.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||North Berwick service becomes locomotive hauled||From the 24th the Edinburgh - North Berwick service will be locomotive hauled.|
|2004||Travel firms offering free park and ride to commuters [Scotsman]||A RAIL operator and bus company have joined forces to offer free travel for passengers between a town in East Lothian and the Capital.|
|2004||National Rail urges new pay talks [BBC News]||Network Rail wants to hold urgent talks with union leaders to try to avert the biggest rail disruption in years.|
|2005||Union demands rail safety device [BBC News]||A new track surveillance device would dramatically improve safety on the railways, Aslef claims.|
|2007||Tenders [Railway Strategies]||A selection of opportunities currently appearing on the Tenders Direct website|
|2007||Carlisle Cleaning & Support Services - Providing a clean & safe environment [Railway Strategies]||Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services is striving to take the lead in providing a results-driven cleaning service to the transport sector that is second to none, and operates each and every cleaning contract with the principles of efficiency and social awareness at front of mind|
|2007||Taking a Smart Step in the right direction [Railway Strategies]||Tube Lines has created a new device to revolutionise the way escalators are maintained.|
|2007||People & jobs [Railway Strategies]||On the move|
|2007||Crash cuts Network Rail bonuses [BBC News]||Top Network Rail bosses have received smaller bonuses because of the derailment of a Virgin train in Cumbria.|
|2007||VTG Rail UK - Rail freight wagons: to own or to hire? [Railway Strategies]||With ever-increasing legislation and growing regulatory complexity, the benefits of hiring, rather than owning, rail freight rolling stock to support your business requirements, undoubtedly deserves careful consideration. IAN SHAW, VTGâ€™s bulk fleet manager, explains why.|
|2007||Hams Hall expansion [Railway Strategies]||Throughput and handling capacity at Hams Hall Railfreight Terminal are set to increase, following the signing of a new five-year agreement with Kuehne + Nagel Ltd.|
|2007||Stock heads for New Zealand [Railway Strategies]||Associated British Portsâ€™ Port of Southampton recently received its first rail consignment from Advenza Freight, when the company â€“ which provides intermodal, high-speed and precision logistics services throughout the UK â€“ delivered 16 rail coaches to the port for onward seaborne delivery to New Zealand.|
|2007||Coals from Newcastle [Railway Strategies]||Ten high-capacity HYA wagons made their inaugural loaded journey at the end of March as part of a planned trial from the Port of Tyne carrying coal to Drax power station in Yorkshire.|
|2007||Reducing the carbon footprint [Railway Strategies]||Britainâ€™s rail freight operators have outlined 16 core railway enhancements that will facilitate growth in rail freight and help reduce the size of transportâ€™s carbon footprint.|
|2007||Metrolink materials [Railway Strategies]||The first freight trains delivering materials for the renewal of Manchesterâ€™s Metrolink tram network have started regular operations.|
|2007||Stronger wagons save trains [Railway Strategies]||EWS Industrial has introduced heavier steel slab freight trains, operating from Port Talbot to Llanwern in South Wales, hauling a third more product than before.|
|2010||Call for ^right to roam^ to help recession hit towns [BBC News]||Creating new public spaces from disused railway lines and forgotten canals could help regenerate urban areas hit by the recession, a think tank says.|
|2011||Ian Croucher set to be cleared of misusing Network Rail funds [Guardian]||• Iain Coucher, former Network Rail chief, to be cleared of misuse of public funds • Report to look into allegations over confidentiality payoffs at the rail body|
|2011||Ł1.6m track restoration is a winner [Sunderland Echo]||A RAIL line which has laid unused for a decade has been brought back to life with a Ł1.6million investment. The cash has helped renew the Boldon East Curve stretch of track. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2013||Burning Texas railway bridge collapses [BBC News]||A railway bridge across the Colorado River between San Saba and Lometa in the US state of Texas has burned down and collapsed. According to local media, firefighters spent 15 hours attempting to extinguish the blaze, before deciding to let it burn out. The railway is understood to transport freight and it is estimated it could cost up to $10m (Ł6.6m) to rebuild. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||Remote Altnabreac cottage put on the market [John O^ Groats Journal & Caithness Courier]||ONE of the most isolated railway station buildings in Britain has gone on sale, offering potential buyers a wonderful “secret” retreat. The three-bedroom Station Cottage at Altnabreac is a family home but it was originally the railway station and first opened in 1874. It is still used as a request stop on the far north line. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2015||Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit [The Local]||Travel experts at the Paris Pass have gone underground to uncover the true beauty of Paris’ metro stations. From original art nouveau entrances, to cleverly curated platforms, the Paris subway system is a network worthy of much more than getting from A to B. There’s plenty to appreciate in terms of art and culture, so take your adventures to another level: under the busy streets of the French capital. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||BBC commissions ^slow TV-like^ live trainspotting show [Telegraph]||Trainspotting may be the pursuit of a niche demographic, but the BBC is confident a new live programme dedicated to the â€śmost unique of British obsessionsâ€ť will be a hit. The newly-commissioned Trainspotting Live on BBC Four will see veteran host Peter Snow and expert friends delight as different trains speed past on major railway lines. Broadcasting live over the course of three nights, the unlikely programme is expected to capture a variety of trains on camera â€“ from classic steam and diesel locomotives, to high-speed electric and rarer engines. Mr Snow will host the show from Didcot Heritage Railway Centre, along with mathematician Hannah Fry, while linking to presenter Dick Strawbridge, who will be stationed at specific spots all over the country. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2016||New Thameslink train goes on show in London [Rail News]||A NEW Class 700 Siemens-built train for Thameslink is carrying invited guests for the first time today (24 May) on a special showcasing trip from London Blackfriars to East Croydon. The new high capacity trains, built in the German Rhineland, have been arriving for several months and have made numerous commissioning trips from the new depot at Three Bridges. Today^s event marks the formal unveiling of the trains in Britain, after test runs with guests on board in Germany.|
|2016||Night Tube: Maintenance workers vote for strike over pay [BBC News]||Maintenance workers on the London Underground have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay linked to the Night Tube service. The new service will begin in August but the Rail, Maritime and Transport union balloted members over staffing and performance-related pay. The union said 85% backed a walkout with a bigger majority in favour of other industrial action. London Underground said it had made a ^fair and sustainable^ offer.|
|2016||RMT ballot under way over ScotRailâ€™s driver-only trains [Scotsman]||The RMT rail union has begun to ballot conductors for industrial action in a dispute over driver-only train services. Talks between RMT representatives and Abellio ScotRail over the the introduction of new electric and high speed inter-city trains on Scotlandâ€™s rail network broke down when the union said it had not received the assurances it had sought on the issue.|
|2019||New trains arrive on the Overground [ITV News]||Trains are occasionally late, but these trains should have arrived more than a year ago. The brand new four carriage electric trains were expected to be running on the north London Gospel Oak to Barking line in January 2018. But they were not ready in time, and the existing stock had already been sold on. Transport for London borrowed three trains from other Overground routes to keep the line running, but rail users saw services dwindle from four an hour to just two. The delay was caused by software problems with the new trains.|
|2019||The unexpected age of ScotRails toughest customers “ Alastair Dalton [Scotsman]||They are ScotRail^s hardest-to-please passengers. Young people are not just the most vociferous complainers on social media when things go wrong on their commute, they are also the train operator^s greatest critics, according to new research.|
|2019||Virgin Trains takes government to court over West Coast route [The Guardian]||Sir Richard Branson^s Virgin Group, Stagecoach and the French national rail operator have launched legal action against the government^s decision to bar Virgin Trains from bidding for the West Coast rail franchise. The high court action alleges that the Department for Transport breached its statutory duties barring the group from the tendering process. The companies, who were bidding as the West Coast Trains Partnership but were expected to operate as Virgin Trains, are also seeking a judicial review.|
|2020||Archives uncover the history of Dundees pioneering railway lines [Evening Telegraph]||When major centres of railway history are discussed, Dundee is seldom mentioned. Yet papers held by archive services at Dundee University show that our city was home to some pioneering early railways.|
|2020||Sydney Central Station ^ghost platforms^ uncovered by rail construction [Daily Mail]||Sydney Central Station platforms 26 and 27 lie dormant and gathering decades of dust as 270,000 people walk above them every say without knowing what lies beneath their feet.|