Hawick [2nd]: View north at Hawick station as Waverley line services cross there on 12 June 1968. The southbound train into which mail is being loaded is the 1445 Edinburgh - Carlisle headed by D14, one of the early Peaks, still with its gangway doors.
Havenhouse: An operational Great Northern summersault signal, seen near Havenhouse station on the Skegness branch in 1979.
Havenhouse: Level crossing and box at Havenhouse station on the Skegness branch in June 1979.
Dundee: 40178 passing through Dundee with a northbound freight in June 1981.
Farington Curve Junction: 40103 running light towards Preston on the Down Slow line at Farington Curve Junction, a scene unchanged today apart from the much missed Class 40s. The East Lancashire and Ormskirk lines can only be accessed from the slow lines here.
Dundee: A DMU departing from Dundee with a service for Edinburgh Waverley on 12 June 1981.
Farington Curve Junction: A Cravens 105 twin power car DMU to Colne leaves the slow lines south of Preston to climb up the Farington Curve. This view from Flag Lane is unchanged today (apart from the stock) and Bee Lane bridge in the picture is still an excellent vantage point.
Farington Curve Junction: Having just crossed over the WCML (off picture to the left), a Cravens 105 DMU drops down the 1908 built curve to join it at Farington Curve Junction with a Colne - Preston service. Coming in from the right is the line from Liverpool / Ormskirk. The scene is little changed since the photograph was taken in June 1981 apart from the DMU itself and the Liverpool / Ormskirk line, which has since been singled.
Kingussie: LMS 5025 northbound through Kingussie with a special on 12 June 1982.
Troon: An Ayr - Glasgow Central service arrives at Troon in June 1985, with electrification equipment installed but not yet live.
Kensington Olympia: DEMU Thumper set 207010 stands at Kensington Olympia's platform 2 in June 1985. The special had recently arrived on a service via Clapham Junction in connection with an event being held at the adjacent Olympia Conference and Exhibition Centre.
Blantyre: Heading round the circle at Blantyre.
Dalmarnock: Glasgow bound 303 pausing at Dalmarnock in June 1987 before entering the gloom.
Craigentinny Depot: 43052 passes Craigentinny in 1989 with only a short time to go before the ECML electrification project completed.
Portobello Freightliner Terminal: The closed Freightliner terminal at Portobello in 1989. The four lines to the left are the terminal, the next two to the right are the loop at the start of the Leith South branch and beyond is the East Coast Main Line.
Lochend Junction: Tracklifting at Lochend Junction. The double track Abbeyhill-Lochend Junction section was being disconnected and Lochend Junction to Craigentinny Junction singled.
Princes Street Gardens Cutting: Eastbound 125 passing through Princes Street Gardens in June 1989. Note that the southern tunnel at Haymarket was closed at the time.
London Road Junction [Edinburgh]: London Road Junction. With Abbeyhill station behind, the line to Granton (left) and to Lochend Junction (right). Just off to the right the line divided again with the left fork being the line for Leith Central and right fork continuing to Lochend Junction.
Easter Road: Easter Road Junction being lifted in June 1989. The line straight ahead to Lochend is open, that to the right closed.
Meadowbank Stadium: Looking to Lochend Junction (being lifted) from the single platform Meadowbank Stadium station (built for the Commonwealth games).
Leith Central: Leith Central immediately after demolition.
Rough Castle Sidings: A view of the Rough Castle opencast loading pad, near Falkirk, seen from a passing eastbound train in June 1989. In 2011 this remains in place, but overgrown.
Leith South Yard: Leith South yard viewed from the Caleys Leith East branch. An 08 shunts. [Additional by email; in the centre on road 19 are the white ICI tanks that were used for hydrocyanic acid traffic to Leith.]
Craigentinny Junction: Craigentinny Junction is where the west connection is made between Craigentinny Depot and the ECML. A westbound 125 is shown passing under the wires in 1989. The Moira Terrace bridges over the line give away that the line was formerly four tracks. Four tracks between Waverley and Portobello Jnct would be very useful today with the extra new trains from Edinburgh to Tweedbank. Perhaps the route via Abbeyhill and Lochend will see passenger trains again one day.
Abbeyhill Junction: 150.208 approaches Waverley from the east having just cleared the former Abbeyhill Junction in 1989.
Baileyfield Switch and Crossing Works: Loading rails in the yard at Baileyfield switch and crossing works in June 1989. [See image 6694]
Plates, signs, notices etc: Notices in the vestibule of a Belfast to Dublin express on 12th June 1993.
Plates, signs, notices etc: GNR (Ireland) sign at Skerries, north of Dublin, in 1993.
Lelant Saltings: A 2-car DMU photographed near Lelant Saltings on the St Ives branch in June 1995. The single platform 'park and ride' station was opened here in May 1978, specifically to cater for visitors to St Ives, and has proved a great success. The station is served by the half-hourly shuttle running between St Ives and St Erth on the main line. [See image 20823]
Shippea Hill: A class 86 on the back of a diverted Liverpool Street - Norwich service being dragged through Shippea Hill by a class 47 in June 1997 (due to a fallen tree blocking the main line at Diss). The working is doubly unusual in that the train is also running wrong-line following a points failure.
Carlisle: The enhanced canopy at the north end of Carlisle platform 1 in the summer of 2002.
Drybrook Road: Drybrook Road station was in the middle of the forest where the Mineral Loop joined the Severn and Wye Main Line. It was two miles from Drybook and not even on a metalled road! The station closed to passengers in 1929. This sign, photographed in June 2002, was erected when the trackbed was made into a cycle path.
Falmouth Docks: Train and passenger waiting in the sunshine at Falmouth Docks station in the summer of 2002. Wessex Trains 150246 forms the 1320 service to Truro.
North Queensferry: 158 slows for the North Queensferry stop. Photograph taken from Deep Sea World.
Westcraigs: Remains of Westcraigs station looking east towards Armadale in June 2006. The 1862 station, built by the Bathgate & Coatbridge Railway, was located on the southern edge of the village of Blackridge in West Lothian and one and a half miles north of Harthill. Westcraigs lost its passenger service in 1956. [The station appeared in some timetables as Westcraigs for Harthill.] Platform remains can be seen together with part of the goods facilities to the right. Above these in the background is the roof of the station house, now in private ownership. Plans are afoot to build a new station to the east of here as part of the Airdrie - Bathgate reopening, although it would be named Blackridge, rather than Westcraigs.
Forth Bridge: View west showing work in progress on the north pier in the summer of 2007. The deck behind the tarpaulin is 150ft from the river.
Forth Bridge: View south east over the Forth Bridge showing major works continuing. 12 June.
North Queensferry [1st]: Forth Estuary railway pier (1878-1890). Connecting train ferry from here to Port Edgar. This facility was closed to railway traffic on the opening of the Forth Bridge. The Road Bridge towers above. [See image 33207]
Edinburgh Waverley: Close-up arty, pretentious, reflection shot of the 1205 Bournemouth Voyager at Waverley on 12 June.
Rosyth Dockyard: New roads are appearing within the Dockyard area. This pic taken from the new access highway looking east.
Yoker Ferry: View north-east from the island platform looking over the Rothesay Dock branch.
John Brown Engineering: With the demolition of these offices all that remains of the John Brown Shipyard is the crane and fitting out basin. The relocation of the shipyard from Govan to a greenfield site in Clydebank (then Barns O Clyde) led to the opening of the Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach: The pleasant looking Pleasure Beach station is ruined by the footbridge that seems to envelop it on both sides. 150207 departs for Blackpool South, just around the corner, on this former double track line now worked as a long siding from Kirkham North Junction.
Stirling: 'I see no new footbridge?'
'Errr... it's behind you...'
Works inspection team visit, Stirling, June 2008.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach: A brand new station opened at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1987 but with a traditional style canopy (does anyone know where the components for the canopy came from?). 150207 pulls in on a Colne to Blackpool South service on 12 June. View south towards Squires Gate.
Stirling North Junction: ScotRail 170408 passes Stirling North signal box on 12 June 2008 on a Dunblane - Edinburgh service. In the background a train for Glasgow Queen Street is approaching off the Alloa line.
Blackpool South: The former Up Lytham platform at Blackpool South now forms a car park boundary wall and all trains use the former down line. There was a mirror image of this platform curving round to the left on the direct line to Kirkham, which closed in 1967 and is now a link road from the M55.
Blackpool South: The shadow that was the four platform junction of Blackpool South, opened in 1903 to coincide with the new direct Kirkham line. Until 1964 the line continued to Blackpool Central under the overbridge beyond the buffers but is now a 12 mile siding from Kirkham terminating here in the former Lytham line down platform.
Stirling Forth Viaduct [SandD]: The 1141 Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street crosses the Forth Viaduct on the approach to Stirling station on 12 June 2008. Passenger services on the reopened Stirling - Alloa line had commenced a month earlier.
Stirling North Junction: The 1118 service from Glasgow Queen Street takes the Alloa line at Stirling North on 12 June.
Stirling: A train for Glasgow Queen Street leaving Stirling on 12 June and passing under work in progress on the new footbridge spanning the south end of the station.
Stirling North Junction: Looking west towards Stirling from the works site alongside Waterside level crossing, Causewayhead, on 12 June 2008. The 1218 Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa DMU can just be seen running north east below the castle shortly after leaving Stirling station. Less than two minutes later the train would pass behind the photographer as it turned east towards its ultimate destination [see image 43817].
Stirling North Junction: Scene to the north of Stirling station on the afternoon of 12 June 2008. In the background a train from Glasgow Queen Street turns north east on the last leg of its journey to Alloa, while in the foreground a Dunblane - Edinburgh train is slowing for the Stirling stop.
Stirling Forth Viaduct [SandD]: EWS 60031 ABP Connect crosses the Forth Viaduct at Stirling on 12 June heading in the Alloa/Kincardine direction, presumably on a route familiarisation trip.
Alloa West Junction: The 1018 service from Glasgow Queen Street seen on 12 June 2008 approaching the footbridge that recently replaced the level crossing at Alloa West.
Stirling: The new footbridge under construction at Stirling in June 2008. Departing for the south is ScotRail 'Alphaline' liveried 158869. Part of the Wallace Monument can be seen in the background above the rear of the first coach.
Stirling: An Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street train (left) and another on the Dunblane - Edinburgh Waverley route stand at Stirling station on 12 June 2008. Part of the new footbridge can be seen crossing the station in the background.
Stirling: 'The train at platform 6 is for Alloa only...' An afternoon service from Glasgow Queen Street pulls into Stirling on 12 June 2008 where passengers prepare to board for the last leg to Alloa.
Stirling: Detail showing part of the entrance to the James Miller main station building at Stirling, photographed in June 2008. The category A listed structure dates from 1915.
Glasgow Central: 43007 of CrossCountry at rest at Platform 1 waiting to form the 0900 service to Penzance
Causewayhead: Waterside level crossing at Causewayhead, just to the east of Stirling. Scene in June 2008, some 3 weeks after recommencement of passenger services between Alloa and Stirling. Speeding east over the crossing is the 1218 Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa. [See image 56554]
Betws-y-Coed: Arriva Wales 150264 on the 17.01 service to Blaenau Ffestiniog at Betws-y-Coed on 12 June. The narrow gauge tracks of the Conwy Valley Railway Museum run alongside the station on the right.
Gatehead: EWS 66086 makes its way over the Level Crossing at the village of Gatehead, Ayrshire, on 12 June 2009. Located on the single line section between Kilmarnock and Barassie, Gatehead station closed in March 1969.
Betws-y-Coed: The 1620 service from Llandudno, formed by Arriva Trains Wales unit 150264, drops a large contingent of passengers at Betws-y-Coed on the Conwy Valley line on 12 June 2009. The train will continue from here as the 1701 to Blaenau Ffestiniog. On the right is part of the Conwy Valley Railway Museum, built on the site of the old goods yard. [The name Betws-y-Coed, which translates as Prayer house in the wood, has been spelled with one T since June 1953]
Meon Valley Railway: Meon Valley Railway between Alton and Fareham. Section of trackbed near Chawton, part of Jane Austen Walk.
Meon Valley Railway: Meon Valley Railway between Alton and Fareham. Overbridge to Southfield Farm near Farringdon.
Betws-y-Coed: The impressive station frontage at Betws-y-Coed, seen on 12 June 2009.
Helensburgh Central: Basking in the sun at Helensburgh on 12 June 2010, units 320303 and 320319 at the buffer stops.
Hayes Knoll: 5322 and 3717 stand together on Hayes Knoll shed during light up on 12 June 2010.
Parkend: Beautifully restored Parkend, on the preserved Dean Forest Railway, is seen on a quiet Saturday morning before the first train of the day. This view looks north towards the level crossing, beyond which are the buffer stops and limit of operation.
Norchard: Two stations for the price of one. This is the approach to Norchard Low Level, at the headquarters of the Dean Forest Railway. The station was built in the preservation era and, behind and above the platform buildings, the High Level station that was opened in conjunction with the reopening of the line to Parkend can be seen.
Lydney: Lydney was originally known as Lydney Junction (for the Dean Forest Railway) and was built on a broad gauge railway as evidenced by the distance between the platforms. The Dean Forest preserved line terminus is close to the mainline station. This view, past the signalbox that still controls the level crossing, looks towards Chepstow.
Chepstow: Chepstow sees a Cheltenham Spa to Maesteg service, formed by 158835, call to pick up a sizeable complement of passengers. Presumably these were mainly Saturday shoppers heading for Newport or Cardiff. Chepstow, or Cas-gwent as it is known in Welsh, is usually unstaffed but on Saturdays a kiosk, seen here under the awning on the Gloucester platform, is opened to sell tickets.
Mouldon Hill Extension: 3717 en route to Mouldon Hill on the newly extended line of the Swindon & Cricklade Railway during a gala day on 12 June 2010.
Lydney Harbour: The remains of a wagon turntable on an old railway embankment overlooking Lydney Harbour with the lock gates and River Severn behind. A display board nearby showed pictures of coal, that had been brought down the Dean Forest Railway, being tipped into Severn barges from here and stated it was last used on 31st October 1960.
Chepstow: With the towers of the Severn Bridge visible in the distance, 158835 leaves Chepstow heading towards Severn Tunnel Junction, and ultimately Maesteg, with a service that origniated at Cheltenham Spa.
Norchard: A Derby DMU drops down past the signal box into Norchard Low level station to form the first train of the day to Lydney Junction. The Norchard stations were built in the preservation era at a site that was formerly used for industry. This view taken from the High Level platform on the Parkend line.
Mouldon Hill Extension: 5322 in ROD wartime khaki livery with a train on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway's Mouldon Hill Extension on 12 June 2010 en route to Hayes Knoll
Helensburgh Central: An Airdrie - Helensburgh service, formed by 320319, approaching its destination on 12 June 2010.
Boat of Garten: Strathspey Railway Ivatt 2MT Mogul no 46512 heading north midway between Broomhill and Boat of Garten on 12 June 2011 hauling 'The Strathspey Clansman'.
Edinburgh Waverley: Sunday morning view over Waverley east end on 12 June 2011 showing the ongoing work on the roof panel project [see image 28808]. Down below, sleeper 'regular' EWS 90036 is stabled in the locomotive bays, while North Berwick units 322485 and 'new kid on the block' 380104 stand alongside. The 2 north side through platforms are unavailable for normal traffic at this time due to the ongoing works.
Hyndland: Works are underway at Hyndland to provide a new eastbound platform and relay the lines to allow bi-directional working at the present eastbound platform. This view faces west with an eastbound service entering the west end of the station.
Hyndland: East (or south!) end of Hyndland station looking towards Partick showing the works on the right for the track alterations and new footbridge (which will be behind the camera). The new eastbound platform will be to the left.
Wigan North Western: Station maintenance, Wigan North Western, 12 June 2012.
Hyndland: View from the footbridge of the west end of Hyndland station looking towards Jordanhill showing the works on both sides of the line in preparation for the additional platform. A new footbridge will be provided, a new eastbound platform on the existing loop line and the existing eastbound line will be made bi-directional. Gartnavel Royal Hospital pokes up above the treeline.
Dalmuir: Dalmuir's new station building viewed from the westbound platform of the Singer line. The station is still not quite portacabin free as the BTP have a building on the eastbound Singer line platform.
Peebles [2nd]: Looking north from Peebles in June 2012 along what is now the A703, from (as near as I can judge) the viewpoint used 45 years earlier [see image 21920]. The footbridge under which I stood that day has been replaced by the ramp on the right.
Hyndland: Some works for the new footbridge and surveying for the new additional eastbound platform at Hyndland station. View at west end of station looking north.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Sadly the days of strolling along the Queen Street's platforms on a flying visit are over due to this long rank of barriers
Cullen Burn Viaduct: The trackbed of the Moray Coast line curves away towards Portnockie, just west of Cullen's longest viaduct. Stunning scenery on a beautiful June evening in 2012. The pretty and quirky Cullen golf club lies 80ft plus below the towering embankment. All that's missing is a railway! [See image 30341]
Gogar Tram Depot: Lineup of Edinburgh Trams at Gogar depot on 12 June 2012.
Hyndland: This disused single track bridge is just to the west of the main bridge over Clarence Drive just south of Hyndland station. The former purpose of this bridge was for the Caledonian Railway trains to approach Partick Goods (CR) via a reversing spur parallel to the west side of line at Hyndland approached from the east side of Crow Road station. This goods depot predated the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, the Caley having running powers over the Stobcross line. The Caley depot is now a housing estate whereas the former NB depot is now Partick Shopping Centre.
Glenfarg: A distant Bill Jamieson framed in the northern portal of the second of two tunnels north of Glenfarg on 12th June 2013.
Glenfarg: Railscot contributor Bill Jamieson discovers a Vanfit north of Glenfarg village on the former direct Edinburgh-Perth route, looking north on 12th June 2013.
King Edward Bridge South Junction: DRS 37409 propelling Network Rail Inspection Saloon 975025 Caroline between King Edward Bridge East and South Junctions on 12 June 2013. Photograph taken looking south east from a train on the bridge. [See image 27710]. [With thanks to all those who responded to this query]
Newcastle Central: The much photographed water tower alongside Newcastle Central, seen here on 12 June 2013. The plate reads NER 1891.
Newcastle Central: Spartan interior of a 142 unit standing at Newcastle Central in June 2013.
Bay Horse: A Bescot Down Yard to Shap Summit Quarry train of empty stone hoppers passes through Bay Horse on its way north in June 2013. DBS 66099 is in charge of the working and just about to meet K4 61994 and the Fellsman heading south [See image 43370].
Zarubino: Class 20 lookalike, No TJMZ 1025, Zarubino, Russia, 12 June, 2013.
Glenfarg: A rail route obliterated by motorway - looking north towards Glenfarg village on 12th June 2013. The former NBR route from Cowdenbeath enters the view between field and forest to the right before disappearing under the M90. Hopes for reinstating a direct rail route from Edinburgh to Perth will probably rest on tunneling some four miles to Strathearn, initially through the hills to the immediate right of the motorway.
Tynemouth: Part of the concourse and footbridge at Tynemouth station in June 2013. The station recently underwent a major refurbishment.
Bay Horse: Rather than using the locos West Coast recently returned to service (45699 or 46115) on the first 2013 Fellsman it fell again to last year's success story, 61994 The Great Marquess, seen here heading south at Bay Horse. This year the train is timed one hour earlier and leaves Lancaster at 0708hrs.
Newcastle Central: CrossCountry Super Voyager 221 123 waiting to leave Newcastle Central on 12 June 2013.
Preston: DRS 47501 with 5 Mk2 coaches in DRS livery arrives at Preston station on 12 June 2013 in less than ideal conditions as evidenced by the gentleman with umbrella. The coaches were part of an ecs move from Eastleigh to Carlisle.
Royal Oak: GBRf Metronet liveried 66722 within the loading area for spoil emanating from the Crossrail tunnelling complex at Royal Oak near Paddington Station on 12 June.
Newcastle Central: Northern Pacer 142067 stands at Newcastle Central on 12 June 2013 with a service from Carlisle.
Swindon: South West Trains DMU 158881 is stabled in Swindon's west end up side bay on 12 June as 43130 leaves platfom 1 leading the 10.36 ex Paddington service to Cheltenham.
North Shields: Refurbished and re-liveried T&W Metro set 4075 calls at North Shields on 12 June.
Zarubino: The thriving metropolis that is Zarubino, Far East Russia, photographed from an arriving ferry on 12th June 2013. As can been seen, the place was as dull as the name suggests (I think it was once a state-run fishing port), although it was on a branch line at the eastern extremity of the Trans-Siberian Railway. It really was the end of the world. Railway interest is provided by the blue-liveried Class 20 lookalike loco and a couple of flat wagons trying to hide amongst the buildings on the jetty. The ferry was visiting this outpost of humanity on a trial basis from the South Korean east coast port of Sokcho, up near the border with North Korea, to Zarubino in the hope that Chinese traffic heading for South Korea might be attracted (the Chinese Border isnâ€™t far away from Zarubino). Taking passage on our northbound ferry were the Osaka branch of Hellâ€™s Angels and their motorbikes (you couldnâ€™t make this up), who were last seen roaring off up the road just visible above the red roofed building in the photo, heading for Vladivostok I believe.
Brixworth: Looking north on the Brampton Valley Way at Brixworth, about a mile north of the heritage Northampton and Lamport Railway. In its declining years, this line between Northampton ad Market Harborough (closed in 1981) was only staffed overnight, for the passage of newspaper trains.
Farington Curve Junction: K4 no 61994 climbs away from Farington Curve Jct on 12 June 2013 with The Fellsman.
Jasper: Canadian National GE ES44AC diesel 2850 provides distributed power in the middle of a heavy westbound coal train passing through Jasper, Western Alberta, in June 2014. Gradients around Jasper can be as steep as 1:40 and the clever technology that allows distributed power greatly assists the efficient movement of freight through the mountains.
Putbus: The holiday island of Ruegen features an interesting mix of diesel, electric and steam traction. Here at the Putbus junction of the 750mm gauge Ruegensche Baederbahn and the standard-gauge branch from Bergen auf Ruegen, the two tracks merge into a dual-gauge final 5.8 kms to the terminus at Lauterbach Mole. On 12th June, a service from Goehren to Lauterbach is topped by narrow-gauge steam and tailed by a Class 251 narrow-gauge diesel of the Pressnitztalbahn operating company.
Jasper: Canadian Nation Railway General Electric GE C44-9W Nos 2559 & 2517 will undoubtedly have needed all their combined 8,800 horsepower to haul this heavy mixed freight up from the plains of Alberta as they head through Jasper further into the Rockies and towards the west coast.
London Bridge: The dead end platforms 11 and 12 at London Bridge, unusually devoid of trains. Photographed looking east from the concourse at dusk on 12th June 2014. [See image 10056]
Ingliston Park and Ride [Tram]: 'Shades' definitely required by tram drivers heading east from Edinburgh Airport on the morning of 12 June 2014. A city bound tram makes its first stop at Ingliston Park and Ride in bright sunshine. Note the original livery has already been changed to match Edinburgh's rebranded bus fleet. The official colour description is 'madder and white' although it had been suggested that 'madder and madder' would have been more appropriate... [See image 3925]
Didcot Parkway: Freightliner 66502 with an eastbound container train at Didcot on 12 June 2014. Unfortunately the locomotive went on to suffer a brake fire at Tilehurst, resulting in closure of the GW main line for approximately two hours.
Didcot Parkway: 66187 standing in the yards at Didcot on 12 June at the head of a covered car train.
Didcot Parkway: Colas Rail 66850 runs east light engine through Didcot station on 12 June 2014.
Sellafield: Passing shot showing DRS 20304 and 37217 resting between movements at Sellafield on 12 June 2014.
Didcot Railway Centre: Ex-GWR 0-6-0 Pannier tank 3650 at work on the GWS demo line at Didcot on 12 June. Note the spark arrester.
Jasper: It is often the case in North America that some of the most historic architecture is associated with railway stations. The Canadian National Railway station in Jasper, Alberta is no exception. It was built in 1925, is well preserved and arguably the most attractive building in the town. In addition to serving Via Rail's passenger trains along with those of the Rocky Mountaineer it also acts as a transport hub with Greyhound buses, rental cars and bicycle hire all using the facilities.
London Euston: The only DRS electric locomotive, 90034, enjoys the evening sunshine (notice both cab sunblinds are fully down) on 12 June, as it prepares to take the Virgin Mark 3 set from Euston to Birmingham.
Bargeddie: Deck beams waiting their turn to be fitted between the welded side sections at the west end of the bridge on 12 June.
Bargeddie Bridge: View of the Bargeddie bridges on 12th June - the new M8 railway viaduct under construction on the left and the Cutty Sark bridge over the A8 on the right. The new bridge when completed will be moved to its final position during a two week line closure in July. [See image 50755]
Balshaw Lane Junction: 350401 brings the Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central TPE service over Balshaw Lane Jct on 12 June 2015.
Eastfield TMD: Grab shot of 55003 Meld (actually 55022 Royal Scots Grey I believe) at Eastfield on 12 June 2015 with stock for St Rollox.
Woodacre Crossing: The Highland Sleeper passing Woodacre on 12th June 2015 heading south behind DBS 90021. The train was running 115 minutes late at this point, resulting in a rare opportunity to photograph the sleeper passing through Lancashire in daylight.
Braehead Viaduct: End on view looking east showing contractors working on the deck of the bridge structure on 12th June 2015. The degree of curvature of the steel bridge can be clearly seen from this angle. The rectangular grey boxes are temporary cabins erected over the locations of the main welds to protect the welders from the elements.
Armadale: A service was held on 12 June to inaugurate this paving-stone at Armadale Station marking the centenary of the death of Lance Corporal William Angus VC who was born nearby. The citation reads... For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Givenchy on 12 June 1915, in voluntarily leaving his trench under very heavy bomb and rifle fire and rescuing a wounded officer who was lying within a few yards of the enemy's position. Lance-Corporal Angus had no chance whatsoever in escaping the enemy's fire when undertaking this very gallant action, and in effecting the rescue he sustained about 40 wounds from bombs, some of them being very serious.
Braehead Viaduct: The size of the structure can be appreciated in this view from the south west of the construction site on 12 June. The rectangular grey boxes on the left side of the structure are temporary cabins erected over the locations of the main welds to protect the welders from the elements. Completed welds can be seen to the right. [See image 51623]
Newcraighall South Junction: The 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank passes below Whitehill Road bridge in heavy rain, shortly after restarting the 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank from Newcraighall station on 12 June 2016. ScotRail 158871 is about to run past the Biogen attenuation pool before entering the double track section at Newcraighall South Junction.
Rosyth: West Coast 47832 nears Rosyth with a Thornton Yard - Bo'ness empty stock working from the previous day's Liverpool excursion. 47854 is on the rear.
Kyle of Lochalsh: Just arrived at Kyle as the 17.54 from Inverness, 158703 is dwarfed by a shipload of turbine blades about to be trucked to a wind farm in Glenmoriston. The Vectis Osprey is carrying 12 blades, each of them, at 51.7 metres, longer than the 158 unit. In other news, it is possible, but not advisable, to drive a car onto the platform at Kyle.
Craigton Industrial Estate: I came across this section of track in Craigton Industrial Estate just East of Cardonald station recently. 1936 OS map appears to show a biscuit works? (Does anyone know about the biscuit works, perhaps part of McDonalds Bakery?) The view looks west with the Glasgow-Paisley line behind the building to the right. The site became Howden's compressor works from 1947 until 2014. The trackwork was taken out of use around 1960, making this short section an unusual survivor. Access was from a reversing spur behind the camera, a siding from Cardonald station.
Bingen: One of the delights of travelling on train EC6 (Eurocity) from Mannheim to Cologne on 12th June 2017 was sampling the traditional First Class accommodation on this Swiss Railways service from Interlaken to Hamburg. Seats were comfortable and matched to windows, allowing the best possible views on the delightful run along the west bank of the Rhine gorge north of Bingen.
Bingen: Swiss Railways' train EC6 from Mannheim to Cologne on 12th June also offered the delights of a traditional buffet / bistro car - available to both First and Second Class passengers.
Belfast Central: East side elevation of Belfast Central Railway Station on the evening of 12 June 2017. Photograph taken from alongside East Bridge Street, with Mays Meadow car park on the lower level to the left. The modern looking station underwent a major refurbishment between 2000 and 2003.
Belfast Great Victoria Street: View west over Belfast's Great Victoria Street station during the early evening of 12 June 2017, with Larne and Bangor line DMU services at the platforms.
Nuneaton Abbey Junction: DB Cargo train 483K from Birch Coppice (a GBRf facility) to London Gateway about to pass over the West Coast Main Line at Nuneaton hauled by DBS 66034.
Nuneaton Abbey Junction: Train 499K from Lawley Street to Felixstowe heads for the flyover at Nuneaton.
Belfast Great Victoria Street: One of the NIR Translink Class 4000 CAF units standing at platform 1 of Belfast's Great Victoria Street station on 12 June 2017. Unit 4012 is operating a Bangor line service.
Leyland: DRS 88003 heads north between Leyland and Farington Jct with the Daventry to Mossend 'Tescoliner' on 12 June 2017. This was the first northbound working on this container service with one of the new Class 88 locomotives.
Carstairs: DRS 88003 speeds along the Down Main at Carstairs with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train on 12 June.
Abington: The 10 coach Virgin Trains 0851 Edinburgh Waverley - London Euston glides along the Clyde Valley southbound between Abington and Crawford on 12 June 2018.
Beattock Summit: After leaving the loop at Beattock Summit on 12 June 2018, Colas Railfreight 70809 rejoins the race north with the traffic on the parallel A74(M). The train is the 0832 Dalston Oil Terminal - Grangemouth (Ineos) empties.
Denfinella Viaduct: It's difficult to fit the full height of this bridge with a camera phone. Note the viaduct to the right and large drop down into the Den Finella.
Fryton Crossing: View looking in an easterly direction from the trackbed at the much modified former Fryton Gatehouse, sited between Hovingham and Slingsby, in June 2018. Whilst it is not possible to walk west on the trackbed fully to reach Hovingham Station, it is possible to walk east through to Slingsby Station; and the delicious cakes available there
St Ninians Level Crossing: An Edinburgh service passes the remains of St Ninians level crossing, photographed from the substantial footbridge which replaced it. The approach to Stirling used to be pretty industrial, and a few old factory buildings survive.
Polmaise Junction: This northbound service has just passed the site of Polmaise Junction; the colliery branch was in the clump of trees to the left and there were sidings where the containers now stand. The site of the next Junction South, Plean, is marked (more or less) by the ever-belching chimney of the board factory at Cowie.
Stirling: An Alloa service pulls out of its usual Platform 6 at Stirling on 12 June. Behind it, Platforms 4 and 5 have no passenger departures as they are not signalled for them, yet for some reason retain their numbers.
Stirling: The Up Highland Chieftain calls at Stirling on 12 June. This train has been run by HSTs since its inception in 1984 - longer that many other railway 'eras' of the past. It forms the only express service to Edinburgh - all ScotRail trains call at all stations.
West Kilbride: The 11.53 from Largs to Glasgow Central waits to leave West Kilbride on 12th June 2018.
Stirling North Junction: It looks as though Stirling North, like Dunblane, is going to have its semaphores under wires. The signal box as a structure will certainly survive come what may as it is Grade A listed. A service from the north approaches Stirling station on 12 June.
Brock: DRS 68034, yet to have its Victorious nameplates fitted, pilots 68005 Defiant with the Crewe to Sellafield flasks on 12th June 2018. The train is approaching the site of Brock station, closed in 1939.
Lamington: The 0832 Dalston - Grangemouth tanks run north through Lamington on 12 June 2018 behind Colas Railfreight 70809. The site of Lamington station (closed 1964) is on the other side of the bridge from which the photograph was taken [see image 58629].
Royal Border Bridge: The River Tweed at low tide looking upstream from the Berwick end of the Royal Border Bridge Tuesday 12 June 2018 taken from the 05 26 Stirling-Kings Cross Virgin East Coast HST.
Fryton Crossing: The sign says it all below the floral array by the former Fryton Gatehouse, sited between Hovingham & Slingsby stations
Inverkip: Although there are still Class 314s around, 320s seem to have taken over their duties in Inverclyde - pending arrival of 385s. A Wemyss Bay to Glasgow service calls on 12 June 2019. Until 6 months previously the next stop would have been IBM but this has closed - without me noticing until now. From a passing train it doesn't look closed and still has its signs. It has disappeared from the ScotRail network map however.
Elgin: The new order at Elgin.Â The 1800 to Aberdeen terminating at InverurieÂ arrives in Elgin on Wednesday 12th June 2019, a very wet day.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1844||Oxford Branch GWR (Great Western Railway)||Didcot Junction to Oxford (Old station) opened. Stations on this section at: Appleford Halt, Culham, Radley and Oxford.|
|1848||#Tiverton Branch# (Bristol and Exeter Railway)||Opened.|
|1934||Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway||A road tanker crashes into a overbridge by Uphall station killing a man and injuring a youth|
|1961||Sutherland Railway||Rogart re-named Rogart Halt. (Later the name reverted).|
|1965||Portpatrick Railway||Last passenger train on Port Road; the overnight Paddy to London.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Minister questioned by police [BBC News]||Transport minister is quizzed by police after admitting destroying union records during the miners^ strike.|
|2004||First wins fight to run ScotRail [Scotsman]||SCOTTISH transport company FirstGroup today won the battle to run rail services north of the Border for the next seven years.|
|2004||MP urges rail upgrade to ease demands on airport [Scotsman]||EDINBURGH MP John Barrett has called for an upgrade of rail services to and from the Capital to reduce demand for a second airport runway.|
|2004||Rail franchise frontrunner named [BBC News]||FirstGroup is chosen as the preferred bidder for the ScotRail franchise to operate internal and sleeper services.|
|2004||ScotRail franchise winner revealed today [Scotsman]||TRANSPORT minister Nicol Stephen is expected to announced the Executive^s preferred bidder for the ScotRail train franchise this morning.|
|2004||Tories highlight minister^s links [BBC News]||The Tories want the transport minister to explain his links with the firm he approved as preferred bidder for the ScotRail franchise.|
|2004||FirstGroup wins franchise [Scotsman]||THE ABERDEEN based company is the Executive^s preferred bidder for Scotland^s rail network.|
|2005||Rail link re-opens after 40 years [BBC News]||Passengers can try out the Vale of Glamorgan railway line from Sunday - for the first time since 1964.|
|2006||Stations off-limits for Asbo man [BBC News]||A convicted thief from Sunderland is banned from every train and railway station in England and Scotland.|
|2006||Fare rise ^to help ease crowding^ [BBC News]||First ScotRail says price hikes of almost a third on some routes are aimed at promoting off-peak travel and easing crowding.|
|2006||Rail signallers vote for strike [BBC News]||Thousands of rail workers vote to strike over pay later in June, threatening chaos on the network.|
|2006||Minister wants rail fare talks [Scotsman]||TRANSPORT Minister Tavish Scott is demanding talks with First ScotRail over a controversial new fares structure which came into force today.|
|2007||FoE calls trams meeting [Scotsman]||THE bid to save the Capital^s tram line will be discussed at a Friends of the Earth Edinburgh campaign meeting on Thursday.|
|2007||Rail good time for menaces [Scotsman]||COMIC book hero Dennis the Menace was at Edinburgh^s Waverley Station today to urge families to take advantage of cut-price rail travel deals.|
|2007||Rail line bids gather steam [Scotsman]||BIDS for the right to run the east coast main rail line have been submitted to the Department for Transport.|
|2009||Network Rail IT chief voted best in UK [Network Rail Article]||Britain^s largest and most influential companies have voted Catherine Doran, Network Rail’s IT chief, as ‘the UK’s most influential technology leader’.|
|2009||Freight firm says council should have known of noise [The Herald]||THE freight company at the centre of a row over running night-time trains past residential areas has hit out at the council behind the re-opened railway line for failing to inform the public about its effects.|
|2009||Honour for 92-year-old rail woman [BBC News item]||A 92-year-old Somerset station master has been appointed MBE for her services to the rail industry in the county.|
|2010||Towers Road bridge reopens as work on A-B link continues [Network Rail]||Progress on the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link continues apace with the reopening of Towers Road Bridge in Airdrie tomorrow (Saturday 12th June). The bridge has been completely rebuilt as part of the project and marks another key milestone in the lead up to the opening of the line at the end of this year.|
|2011||Riverside Museum of Transport & Travel - Glasgow [Guardian]||There is a zone of Glasgow so studded with culture and architecture, so richly fertilised with public investment, while also blessed by nature with the noble breadth of the Clyde, that it ought to be a wonder of the world. This zone, once full of shipyards, now contains the work of two Pritzker prize winners – Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid – and a probable Pritzker-winner-in-waiting, David Chipperfield.|
|2012||Rail sleeper service between Scotland and London to be split off claims union [Scotsman]||A NEW company could be brought in to run sleeper services between Scotland and London under plans for a radical shake-up of the rail franchise. The Scottish Government is expected to announce changes to rail services next week following a long-running consultation.|
|2013||Backlash for Blackpool’s train link to London [Gazette]||Virgin today vowed to appeal a bombshell decision to block its plans for a direct rail link to between London and Blackpool. Network Rail said the West Coast Main Line is already too busy and could simply not accommodate extra routes. It sparked anger and disbelief from supporters of the link, which could see a direct service between the resort and the capital return 10 years after it was axed.|
|2013||Rail strike to hit TGV, French regional transport Thursday [RFI]||Four out of 10 high-speed trains will not run in France on Thursday, the state rail network SNCF predicts, and Paris region transport will be disrupted. Railworkers are taking strike action over a plan they fear will lead to the network being broken up. High-speed TGV services will be badly hit by the strike, the SNCF said Thursday, adding that only four of 10 Ter regional trains are likely to run.|
|2013||Victorian viaduct will avert city road chaos [Evening News]||WORKERS will use an historic viaduct left untouched for more than four decades to transport thousands of tonnes of earth needed to build the Borders Railway project. Network Rail said eight-wheeler lorries would be travelling across the top of the Newbattle Viaduct in Midlothian from as early as tomorrow – to avoid causing traffic congestion in the area. The traffic-free route will be used to move as much as 200,000 cubic metres of soil from the heart of Newtongrange to build a new bridge near Hardengreen roundabout.|
|2014||Network Rail reports £1bn profit [BBC News]||Network Rail has reported a pre-tax profit of £1.035bn for the year to 31 March compared with restated profits of £747m a year earlier. The infrastructure group said the rail network was enjoying a "renaissance", with train passenger numbers at an all-time high. The number of rail passengers rose 5.7% in the year to 1.5 billion.|
|2014||£1.88m appeal launched to lay full Aln Valley Railway track [The Journal]||A blossoming heritage railway in Northumberland has launched a £1.88m fundraising drive to allow it to reach its destination. The Aln Valley Railway provided a link between Alnwick and Alnmouth up until 1968. For almost 20 years, volunteers worked towards the reopening of the railway. In October last year, their blossoming project was officially opened by its patron the Duke of Northumberland. Now, railway bosses have launched the Let’s Get to Alnmouth appeal, which aims to raise the money needed to allow track to be laid all the way to the village’s mainline station.|
|2015||Network Rail faces regulator grilling over reliability [BBC News]||Britain^s Rail regulator is to investigate Network Rail^s performance, accusing the company of delivering poor punctuality and reliability on some of its busiest commuter routes. Routes run by Southern, Thameslink and Scotland were ^below requirements^ for reliability, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) said.|
|2015||Borders Railway is handed over to Scotrail Alliance [BBC News]||The new Borders Railway is due to reach another major milestone when it officially transfers into the ownership of the ScotRail Alliance. It will mark the formal completion of the contract by BAM Nuttall. The developer said the £294m project, linking Edinburgh with Tweedbank by rail, has been delivered ^on time and within budget^. From Sunday the new 30-mile railway will be taken over by a group formed from Network Rail and Abellio. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Edinburgh Gateway railway station ^extensively damaged^ [BBC News]||A flagship railway station being constructed on the outskirts of Edinburgh has been extensively damaged after a break-in. Edinburgh Gateway is a Â£41m project intended to complete a vital link with Edinburgh^s trams and improve access to the airport. British Transport Police said it was broken into between 19:30 and 21:00 on Saturday. Buildings under construction, vehicles and machinery were damaged.|
|2017||2,563 stations in 14 weeks: meet the couple visiting every station in Britain [Guardian]||Railway stations are places we go to and places we pass through, places that are home and far from home, places we whiz through or wait at. They can be functional or baldly beautiful, eerily quiet or frustratingly frantic. Sometimes they sell sandwiches from Costa and sometimes from Pumpkin. But whatever the stations elemental essence, Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall want to visit it. The couple are four weeks into a 14-week odyssey to see and film Britains 2,563 National Rail stations. We wanted to do something memorable, says Marshall.|
|2018||First Hitachi-built train for TransPennine Express arrives in UK [RAIL]||Five-car 802201 was unloaded at Southampton Docks on June 11, the first of 19 Hitachi Rail bi-modes destined for TransPennine Express. Built in Kasado, Japan, it is part of an order financed by Angel Trains for 24 trains, with TPE using 19 and Hull Trains operating five.|
|2019||More problems for new Caledonian Sleeper trains as service cancelled mid-journey [Scotsman]||A Caledonian Sleeper service from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh was cancelled in the early hours of the morning as problems continued for the new trains.|