This day in history 13 June

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Inverkeithing South Junction: A train about to come off the Rosyth Dockyard branch at Inverkeithing South Junction in June 1959 hauled by D11 4-4-0 62677 Edie Ochiltree. The train will form the 3.47pm Inverkeithing - Thornton Junction service.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Symington [2nd]: The SLS 'Golden Jubilee Special' makes a photostop at Symington station on 13 June 1959. Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander is at the head of the train.

Caledonian Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Lockerbie: Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander in the process of running round its train in the sidings south of Lockerbie station on 13 June 1959. The train is the SLS Golden Jubilee Special from Glasgow Buchanan Street. In the background is the spire of St Cuthbert's Church, one of the few surviving remnants of this scene. [See image 35141].

Caledonian Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Lockerbie: Platform view south at Lockerbie on 13 June 1959 showing former Devon Belle observation car SC 281. The vehicle is attached to the SLS Golden Jubilee Special which has recently arrived from Glasgow Buchanan Street behind ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander. No 49 is about to run round the train prior to taking it on the next leg to Dumfries via Lochmaben [see image 29110].

Caledonian Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Lockerbie: Scene in the sidings to the south of Lockerbie station on 13 June 1959 where ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander, has just run round its train. The train in question is the SLS Golden Jubilee Special from Glasgow Buchanan Street, which the locomotive will next take (observation car first) on to Dumfries via the Lochmaben line. The special will later return north from Dumfries via the G&SW route to St Enoch. Note the spire of St Cuthbert's Church in the background, still a landmark to this day, although the surroundings have changed beyond recognition [see image 35141].

Caledonian Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Dumfries Shed: Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 no 45169 stands in the shed yard at Dumfries on 13 June 1959 sporting a 68B shedplate. In the right background is another Dumfries resident, Caley 'Jumbo' 0-6-0 no 57362.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Dumfries Shed: Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0s 57302 and 57623 stand in the shed yard at Dumfries on 13 June 1959.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Dumfries: No 49 Gordon Highlander with former Devon Belle observation car SC281 at Dumfries on 13 June 1959 during the visit by the SLS Golden Jubilee Special from Glasgow. Dumfries shed stands on the other side of St Mary's Street road bridge.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Dumfries: The north end of Dumfries on 13 June 1959 with ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander following arrival with the SLS Golden Jubilee Special from Buchanan Street. The building on the hill is the remains of the old 'lighthouse' signal box, now sadly demolished. [See image 3568]

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Inverkeithing: D11 4-4-0 62677 Edie Ochiltree stands at Inverkeithing on 13 June 1959 with the 3.47pm train to Thornton Junction.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Symington [2nd]: Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander, with the SLS 'Golden Jubilee Special' stands at Symington on 13 June 1959.

Caledonian Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Dumfries: Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander, with 5 coaches plus observation car, stands on the centre road at Dumfries on 13 June 1959. The train is the SLS Golden Jubilee Special originating from Glasgow Buchanan Street, which had arrived tender-first via the Dumfries Lochmaben and Lockerbie line.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Dumfries Shed: Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander poses on Dumfries shed on 13 June 1959. The locomotive had arrived on the SLS Golden Jubilee Special from Buchanan Street and would shortly return north with the train, finishing the tour at St Enoch.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


Inverkeithing Central Junction: A2 Pacific 60527 Sun Chariot brings the 1240 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley train through Inverkeithing Central Junction on 13 June 1959.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1959]


King Edward: GNSR 49 with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour near King Edward on the 13th of June 1960.

Banff, Macduff and Turriff Extension Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Macduff: The RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour Special at Macduff on the 13th of June 1960.

Banff, Macduff and Turriff Extension Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Aberdeen Waterloo: GNSR 49 Gordon Highlander at Aberdeen Waterloo with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour on the 13th of June 1960.

Aberdeen Waterloo Extension (Great North of Scotland Railway)
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Rothienorman: GNSR 49 entering Rothienorman from the north with the RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour on 13 June 1960.

Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Auchterless: GNSR 49 in the neighbourhood of Inverythan, mid way between Auchterless and Fyvie, with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour.

Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Alford: GNSR 49 with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour at Alford on the 13th of June.

Alford Valley Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Alford: The 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour at the terminus of Alford on the 13th of June 1960. The Alford branch left the mainline at Kintore.

Alford Valley Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Aberdeen Waterloo: GNoSR 4-4-0 No.49 Gordon Highlander running round at Waterloo before departing with SLS-RCTS special train [See image 40583].

Aberdeen Waterloo Extension (Great North of Scotland Railway)
David Murray-Smith [13/06/1960]


Turriff: The SLS/RCTS Joint Scottish Tour pauses at Turriff on 13 June 1960, seen here looking north through the station.

Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway
RB Parr, courtesy Stephenson Locomotive Society [13/06/1960]


Turriff: Ex-GNSR 4-4-0 no 49 Gordon Highlander stands with the 1960 SLS/RCTS joint tour at Turriff on 13 June 1960. Photographed looking south from a point alongside the level crossing.

Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway
RB Parr, courtesy Stephenson Locomotive Society [13/06/1960]


Aberdeen Waterloo: A GNSR 6-wheel passenger brake of 1898 at Aberdeen Waterloo in 1960.

Aberdeen Waterloo Extension (Great North of Scotland Railway)
David Murray-Smith [13/06/1960]


Inveramsay: GNSR 49 pauses before joining the mainline again at Inveramsay with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour. Today the platforms remain here but the branch line is completely lifted and mainline reduced to a single track. The line to Aberdeen is behind the camera.

Great North of Scotland Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Almondbank: The RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour hauled by 54485 pauses at Almondbank on 13 June 1960.

Perth, Almond Valley and Methven Railway
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) [13/06/1960]


Thornliebank: 80110 approaches Thornliebank with the 17.33 from St Enoch to East Kilbride in June 1963. The distant signal above the engine was for Thornliebank box which was always 'switched out' until closure in 1964. The Argus foundry is in the left background with Eastwood box just visible through the smoke.

Busby Railway
John Robin [13/06/1963]


Strathbungo: 72006 with up parcels train through Strathbungo.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
John Robin [13/06/1963]


Pollokshaws West: D8502 leaves Pollokshaws North and goes under the Cathcart Circle.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
John Robin [13/06/1963]


Crossmyloof: 80020 stops at Crossmyloof with an East Kilbride train in June 1963. The vans in the siding contain copies of the Radio Times from the Hairmyres factory of Waterlow & Sons awaiting shipment south. Newsprint went up to Hairmyres in trains of about 12 tarpaulin-covered wagons which, due to their weight and the gradient involved, required ex-WD 2-8-0s.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
John Robin [13/06/1963]


Pollokshaws West: 46223 with Carlisle train at Pollokshaws West.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
John Robin [13/06/1963]


Polmadie Shed: Part of the shed yard at Polmadie on Saturday 13 June 1964. Jubilee no 45742 Connaught, a visitor from Carlisle Kingmoor, stands alongside home based standard tank 80086.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [13/06/1964]


Carlisle: A crowded platform 4 at Carlisle on 13 June 1964 to see rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' Pacific no 35012 United States Lines at the head of the RCTS (West Riding Branch) 'Solway Ranger'. The special was about to head south over the Settle & Carlisle on its way back to Leeds City. [See image 38241]

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


St Boswells: Integrated rail transport, but not for much longer. Steam meets diesel at St Boswells on the station's last day as a passenger junction, 13th June 1964. The footplate crew of the Standard Class 2 2-6-0 heading the 4.2 pm branch train to Kelso and Berwick (the last ever eastbound service) chat to the driver of the English Electric Type 4 hauling the 2.43 pm Edinburgh to Carlisle service.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/06/1964]


Workington: The RCTS (West Riding Branch) 'Solway Ranger' at Workington on 13 June 1964 behind 46426 and 46458.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Polmadie Shed: A busy scene in the shed yard at Polmadie in the summer of 1964. Centre stage is Britannia Pacific 70035 Rudyard Kipling, flanked by BR Standard tanks 80086 (left) and 80001.

Caledonian Railway
John Robin [13/06/1964]


Keswick: Ivatt Class 2 locomotives 46426+46458 westbound near Keswick on 13 June 1964 with train 1X37, the Penrith - Workington leg of the RCTS Solway Ranger special.

Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1964]


Tweedmouth: The old and the new at Tweedmouth in 1964. A view showing the distinctively modern Tweedmouth box and behind it the branch line to Kelso and St Boswells. Photograph taken on 13 June 1964 from the last ever St Boswells-Berwick train as it heads north towards Berwick following run-round in Tweedmouth station. Amazingly, the route was still double track between Tweedmouth and Kelso, despite carrying just two passenger trains a day in each direction and probably no more than one freight.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/06/1964]


Leeds City: 'So, what do you think of it so far ...?' Conversation piece at Leeds City on 13 June 1964, as rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' Pacific no 35012 United States Lines stands at the head of the RCTS (West Riding Branch) 'Solway Ranger'.

Leeds New (London North Western Railway and North Eastern Railway Joint)
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Coldstream: Smartly turned out to the end. Coldstream's Stationmaster checks train doors on the final eastbound passenger service, the 4.2 pm from St Boswells to Berwick on 13th June 1964. Freight services from Kelso to Tweedmouth continued to pass through Coldstream for a further nine months, then lingered on west of Kelso to St Boswells until April 1968.

Kelso Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/06/1964]


Silloth: A crowded platform at Silloth station on 13 June 1964. The train attracting all the attention is the RCTS (West Riding Branch) 'Solway Ranger' which had originated from Leeds City that morning. CR123 + no 49 Gordon Highlander handled the Carlisle - Silloth section of the tour and are seen here preparing for the return journey.

Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Silloth: Scene in the yard at Silloth on 13 June 1964 as CR123 is serviced following its arrival with the RCTS Solway Ranger. The locomotive had brought the special on the leg from Carlisle together with GNSR No 49 Gordon Highlander [see image 39700]. Silloth shed had been officially closed by BR in July 1953.

Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Leeds City: Rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' Pacific no 35012 United States Lines at the head of the RCTS (West Riding Branch) Solway Ranger at Leeds City on 13 June 1964.

Leeds New (London North Western Railway and North Eastern Railway Joint)
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Silloth: The locomotive shed at Silloth was officially closed in July 1953. Gordon Highlander stands on the old shed site 11 years later, following arrival at Silloth station on 13 June 1964 with the Solway Ranger special from Carlisle.

Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Carlisle: Rebuilt Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific 35012 United States Lines stands at Carlisle platform 4 preparing to leave with the return leg of The Solway Ranger railtour to Leeds City on 13 June 1964. 35012 was eventually withdrawn in April 1967 and put to the torch at Cashmores, Newport, later the same year.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1964]


Berwick-upon-Tweed: On the final day of service, 13th June 1964, the recently arrived last train from St Boswells is drawn forward by standard class 2 locomotive 78048 from Berwick's Down platform road on to the Royal Border Bridge, prior to setting back into the Up platform to form the final (6.35 pm) westbound departure.

North British Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/06/1964]


Carlisle: The return leg of The Solway Ranger railtour leaves Carlisle for Leeds City on 13 June 1964 behind rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' Pacific 35012 United States Lines.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1964]


Royal Border Bridge: Standard Class 2 no 78048 takes the last passenger train from Berwick to Kelso and St Boswells across the Royal Border Bridge shortly after 6.35pm on 13th June 1964. The loco will run round its train at Tweedmouth station (which also closed the same day) in order to access the branch line.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/06/1964]


Kelso: Looking north east over a standard class 2 2-6-0 at Kelso on Saturday 13 June 1964 during its lengthy 24 minute wait with the 4.2pm St Boswells - Tweedmouth train. This was the last scheduled eastbound passenger service over the line. [See image 30110]

Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/06/1964]


Silloth: No 49 Gordon Highlander stands on Silloth shed on 13 June 1964, having arrived earlier with The Solway Ranger.

Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Workington: 46426+46458 with the RCTS (West Riding Branch) 'Solway Ranger' ex-Leeds at Workington (Main) station on 13 June 1964. The pair had brought in the special from Penrith via the CK&P [see image 22126].

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Silloth: The RCTS Solway Ranger stands at Silloth on 13 June 1964 with ex-CR no 123 at the buffer stops.

Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Silloth: CR123 on the site of Silloth shed on 13 June 1964, following arrival with the Solway Ranger from Carlisle [see image 39700].

Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Shap Summit: Rebuilt Merchant Navy Pacific no 35012 United States Lines seen on 13 June 1964 passing Shap Wells with the RCTS Solway Ranger heading for Carlisle.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/06/1964]


Berwick-upon-Tweed: Last chance to send a parcel by rail to Kelso! With Beeching's Bloomer chalked above the buffers of the Standard Class 2 locomotive no 78048, the final (6.35pm) train from Berwick to Kelso and St Boswells is prepared for departure on Saturday 13th June 1964. Latterly just two trains a day in each direction traversed the entire 34 mile branch, supplemented by a further three between Kelso and St Boswells.

North British Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/06/1964]


Hellifield: Merchant Navy Pacific 35012 United States Lines takes on water at Hellifield on 13 June 1964 with the RCTS (West Riding Branch) Solway Ranger. [See image 38241]

North Western Railway
K A Gray [13/06/1964]


Carnforth: The end is nigh...View across Carnforth MPD in 1968.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John Mcintyre [13/06/1968]


Carnforth: Looking south from the cab of a 9F along one of the lines of withdrawn locomotives at Carnforth on 13 June 1968. In the middle distance under the footbridge are the two Fairburn 2-6-4Ts nos 42073 & 42085, Ivatt 2-6-0 no 6441 and LNER B1 no 1306, all of which were privately owned by that time and on site for restoration/repair work.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/1968]


Carnforth: Black 5 no 45134 ambles past the breakdown train in the yards at Carnforth on 13 June 1968.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/1968]


Glasgow Central: D427 approaches platform 1 at Glasgow Central from Polmadie on 13 June 1968.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John McIntyre [13/06/1968]


Carnforth: Out on one of the scrap sidings to the north of Carnforth shed BR Standard 4 4-6-0 no 75034 in remarkably clean condition languishes on 13 June 1968 awaiting its fate. Built in July 1953, withdrawn in February 1968 at Carnforth, it was cut up at TW Ward, Inverkeithing 5 months later.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/1968]


Carlisle: One of the ubiquitous (at that time) Brush Type 4 (subsequently class 47) mainline diesels about to leave Carlisle with a southbound service on 13 June 1968. A total of 512 of these highly successful and versatile locomotives appeared between 1962 and 1968 with production being split between BR Crewe works and the Brush Traction plant in Loughborough.

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/1968]


Glasgow Central: Not long off the line at the English Electric Vulcan Foundry - D427 stands at Glasgow Central in the summer of 1968.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John McIntyre [13/06/1968]


Edinburgh Princes Street: Demolition well underway at Princes Street station - thought to have been photographed on 13 June 1970.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Jamieson [13/06/1970]


Carlisle: Peak in a puddle. D183 reflected on Carlisle platform 3 in June 1970.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [13/06/1970]


Larbert: A Brush Type 4 in sparkling condition, No. 1702, slows for the Labert stop at the head of the 13.15 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service on a beautiful June afternoon in 1970. The appearance of an Immingham example of the class was not uncommon (as far as I can recall) in Edinburgh, but must have been a fairly unusual sight between Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Jamieson [13/06/1970]


Carlisle: An unidentified Brush Type 4 arriving at Carlisle platform 4 from the north on 13 June 1970. Standing at platform 3 is 'Peak' D183, preparing to leave with the 1025 Leeds - Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [13/06/1970]


Larbert: Brush Type 4 no 1547 passes non-stop through Larbert station, not long after departing from Stirling on 13 June 1970 with the 16.30 Motorail service to Newton-le-Willows.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Jamieson [13/06/1970]


Carlisle: D183 at Carlisle platform 3 in June 1970, having recently arrived with the 1025 Leeds - Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [13/06/1970]


Haymarket MPD: Sick DMU - Haymarket shed - 1973.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [13/06/1973]


Haymarket MPD: View over Haymarket shed in June 1973. An interesting selection of diesel locomotives of the time can be seen in the yard, including at least 3 Deltics.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [13/06/1973]


Georgemas Junction: A class 37 stands at Georgemas Junction on 13 June 1983 prior to leaving on the final leg of its journey from Inverness to Thurso.

Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Colin Alexander [13/06/1983]


Wick: 37261 about to take a train out of Wick on 13 June 1983.

Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Colin Alexander [13/06/1983]


Swing Bridge East: A DMU railtour passing Swing Bridge East signalbox, Falkirk, on 13 June 1992.

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [13/06/1992]


Drumgrange Incline Head: Looking down the double track Drumgrange Incline. This inline was built to reach iron mines on the plateau in the hills to the north of Waterside where the ironworks was located. This was the second alignment of the incline there being an earlier short version. For many years for the folks who lived in the Ayrshire mining hill villages around Lethanhill this was the way in and out.

Dalmellington Iron Company
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2003]


Benwhat: A bridge (over the Burnhead Burn) on the Benwhat line about two miles east of Drumgrange incline top on the old 'plateau' lines of the Dalmellington Iron Company above Waterside. These lines served a number of iron ore mines. The view looks to Benwhat with Lethanhill two miles west behind the camera.

Dalmellington Iron Company
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2003]


Culross: The Prospect of Grangemouth. Looking south over the Kincardine line and across the Forth from a point near Longannet power station in June 2005.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2005]


Fouldubs Junction: Asda containers at WHM Grangemouth on 13 June 2005, recently arrived behind DRS 66446.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
John Furnevel [13/06/2005]


Longannet Power Station: Coal - swallower extraordinaire. Longannet power station looking south towards the Forth in June 2005. Longannet consumes approximately 10,000 tonnes of coal per day, mainly delivered by rail from Hunterston import terminal. It has an installed capacity of 2,400 megawatts, making it the third largest coal-fired power station in Europe after Belchatow, Poland and Drax, North Yorkshire.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2005]


Townhill Yard: Coal empties returning to Hunterston leave Halbeath sidings in June 2006. EWS 66021 brought in the empties from Longannet power station earlier and has since run round the train, which is now crossing to the up line heading for the Forth Bridge. In the adjacent siding a loaded train has recently arrived on the reverse journey and is waiting for the empties to depart before the locomotive runs round and heads off to Longannet via Charlestown Junction.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Dunfermline Queen Margaret: The route is set for down sidings as a Hunterston - Longannet coal train runs slowly through Dunfermline's Queen Margaret station in June 2006 just before entering Halbeath sidings. The train is about to run through the site of Townhill Junction, with the trackbed of the S&D route from Alloa and Stirling on the right. After entering the sidings EWS 66207 will run round its train before heading back to Charlestown Junction where it will take the Kincardine line. [See image 9821]

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Stuttgart Hbf: Stuttgart Hbf Terminus from an unusual angle, major work is ongoing to make this a through station at the heart of Europe.

Deutsche Reichsbahn Gesellschaft
Gordon Steel [13/06/2006]


Townhill Yard: Fancy meeting you here... full and empty coal trains on the Hunterston - Longannet supply route meet at Halbeath sidings, Dunfermline on 13 June 2006.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Dunfermline Queen Margaret: Coal empties from Longannet passing through Dunfermline Queen Margaret on their way back to Hunterston in June 2006 shortly after reversal in Halbeath sidings. The trackbed of the former S&DR route to Alloa and Stirling is on the right. [See image 46494]

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Halbeath: EWS 66118 on Halbeath level crossing in June 2006 in the process of running round the coal train which it has just dropped in Halbeath sidings. The remains of Halbeath station are just off picture to the right.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Townhill Yard: View west from Halbeath level crossing in June 2006 with a locomotive in the process of running round a train of empties in Halbeath sidings. The east end of Queen Margaret station can be seen through the bridge on the left.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Townhill Yard: Having run round its train, EWS 66207 prepares to reverse back and couple up in Halbeath sidings before heading for Longannet. The bridge in the background carries the M90 motorway.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Townhill Yard: Shortly after leaving Dunfermline Queen Margaret in June 2006, a Fife Circle train passes Halbeath Sidings, where EWS 66207 has just run round the coal train which it brought in earlier from Hunterston. It is now waiting for the road to Charlestown Junction where it will turn west along the Forth to reach Longannet power station.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Townhill Yard: The driver of 66021 takes a final look back as his train of empties negotiates the points out of Halbeath sidings and onto the main line in June 2006 - destination Hunterston. On the adjacent line a loaded train has recently arrived and is waiting for the empties to depart before the locomotive runs round and heads for Longannet power station.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Dunfermline Queen Margaret: A Fife circle train pulls away from Queen Margaret station, Dunfermline, in June 2006 heading north.

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
John Furnevel [13/06/2006]


Inverkeithing Central Junction: 170 407 approaching Inverkeithing Central Junction from the Kirkcaldy direction on 13 June.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [13/06/2007]


Partick: Lanark train entering Partick. The new interchange rises to the right.

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2007]


Partick: New interchange at Partick seen from street level.

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2007]


Partick: The roof over the escalators from the eastbound platform receiving attention.

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2007]


Cardross: A fancy new screen at Cardross shows the driver the front and back views of the train.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2007]


Partick: New interchange building seen from eastbound platform.

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2007]


Partick: Eastbound train at Partick.

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2007]


Cardross: A westbound service pauses at Cardross on 13 June.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2007]


Haymarket: The Caledonian Ale House at Haymarket on 13 June, surrounded by fencing prior to demolition to make way for trams. Haymarket station stands to the right on the other side of the steps linking the car park and the station forecourt. The neighbouring Ryries had more luck! [See image 16520].

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [13/06/2008]


Kilmaurs: PW train number 8K63 at Kilmaurs on 13 June 2009 with EWS locomotive 66122 nearest the camera. Various engineering activities were being undertaken along the line over the weekend, including replacement of drains, points installation and platform work at Dunlop, involving some 8 separate trains.

Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Ken Browne [13/06/2009]


Livingston North: Looking east toward Bangour Jct from near Livingston North on 13 June 2009. Electrification masts march toward Bathgate.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
James Young [13/06/2009]


Farington Junction: With the closure of the slow lines between Preston and Farington Junction for track renewals on the evening of 13 Jun 2009, services between Blackpool North and York could not access the East Lancashire lines at Farington Curve Junction. These services were diverted via Farington Junction (where a reversal was required) and Lostock Hall Junction. At 2131 hrs 158752 is seen bound for York leaving the WCML at Farington Junction, having already reversed. A Birmingham bound Virgin Voyager is held at the signal on the Up Fast line in the left background. The red earthing straps can be seen on the OHLE for the Slow lines on the left of the picture.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/2009]


Bridge of Earn: Ten minutes after leaving Perth on 13 June, a southbound First Scotrail DMU en route to Edinburgh runs past the site of Bridge of Earn station.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Forbes [13/06/2009]


Wells-next-the-Sea: The Wells Harbour Railway in Norfolk is a ten and a quarter inch gauge railway, operated by both steam and diesel locomotives, running approximately a mile from the town and harbour, to a holiday park, adjacent to the beach. The railway was the first to gain a world record for the narrowest gauge on which a scheduled passenger service operated.

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
Bruce McCartney [13/06/2010]


Churston: Having breasted the summit near Churston, 6024 King Edward I receives some attention to its fire as it begins the descent to Kingswear. The GWR 4-6-0 was nearing the end of a journey that had started at Bristol.

South Devon Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/06/2010]


Coventry: This nicely decorated bridge on the line from Three Spires Junction to the WCML used to carry trains of Rootes car bodies from Linwood, Renfrewshire, to Gosford Green, Coventry. When Linwood closed, rail traffic stopped. Now the Rootes/Chrysler/Talbot/Peugeot plant has been demolished, but the old bridge remains...

Three Spires Junction to Humber Road Junction (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [13/06/2010]


Coventry: The LNWR route from Three Spires Junction to Humber Road Junction has been converted to a road (Phoenix Way), but with brick cutting walls and frequent overbridges its origins are clear. Notice the human-powered 1-1-0 on the left.

Three Spires Junction to Humber Road Junction (London and North Western Railway)
Sally Strachan [13/06/2010]


Churston: The Torbay Express, comprising eleven coaches steam hauled from Bristol by 6024 King Edward I, is on the last leg of its journey to Kingswear as it leaves Churston and begins the descent to the Dart Estuary.

South Devon Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/06/2010]


York (Old): When the York and North Midland Railway arrived in York from the south it built a short lived station outside the city walls. This was replaced by a new station inside which was served by a hole punched through the wall.

This is a view of the old station from the city wall. Works are in progress as the council is re-building the station for its new offices. The platform area can be seen but the overall roof has been completely removed, finishing the job started in the 1960s. The line approached from the right.

The site became unsuitable as it was a terminus with little space for expansion and so the current through station was built to replace it. This is out of this view behind the camera.

York and North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2011]


York (Old): York's original terminus viewed from the city wall. Carriage sidings were located to the left beside the wall and the platforms under an overall roof in the station area.

York and North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2011]


York: A detail view of the old station at York, now undergoing a transformation.

York and North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2011]


York (Old): A view of the two arches by which the railway punched its way through the York city walls to the terminal station. The view looks north from a turn in the city wall. The further away arch is the original 1839 one and the closer one is from the 1845 enlargement of the terminus.

York and North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2011]


Dunfermline Town: Edinburgh bound 158732 on the eastern approach to Dunfermline Town station on 13 June.

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
Bill Roberton [13/06/2011]


York: An East Coast service calls at York on 13 June 2011.

York and North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2011]


York: A Grand Central service from the south draws into platform 9 at York.

York and North Midland Railway
Beth Crawford [13/06/2011]


York (Old): The site of the carriage sidings at York (Old) station. There were three sidings here sandwiched in between the wall and the road. View looks north towards the buffers.

York and North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2011]


Mariehamn Åland: Another obscure island railway. This shot shows an apparently dual-gauge, hand-operated, sawmill railway in the Sea District of Mariehamn. Åland is a self-governing island group in the Baltic with a status similar to the Channel Islands. This means that duty free alcohol etc. is available on the ferries and that the fares can be unreasonably low. Åland is administered by Finland but Swedish is the main language. This shot shows the railway, which is about 20 metres long, in operating condition. More recent view is available on Google Street View.

Sjökarteret
Charlie Niven [13/06/2012]


Kilmarnock: Freightliner class 70 no 70010 on 4S08, an unusual move from Ferrybridge to New Cumnock, normally a DB Schenker loading point, moves its train out of the long lyes on its way south

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [13/06/2012]


Leyland: DRS convoy through Leyland on 13 June 2012. Locomotives 20309+37038 power the up Sellafield - Crewe freight, with locomotives 66432, 20305 and 20301 along for the ride. [See image 39208]

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/2012]


Edinburgh Waverley: Progress on the re re-glazing of the Waverley station roof seen from the North Bridge. Photographed on 13 June 2012 looking west. [See image 36223]

North British Railway
F Furnevel [13/06/2012]


Paisley Gilmour Street: Transformation at Paisley Gilmour Street. Platform scene on 13 June 2012 under the new overall roof. [See image 34034]

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
John Yellowlees [13/06/2012]


Leyland: ...and finally. At the rear of the convoy heading south through Leyland on 13 June [see image 39201]. A nuclear flask.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/2012]


Vattholma: Dusk is finally approaching as the 22.32 Upptåget leaves Vattholma Station en route for Gävle. It crosses a Down (southbound) container train hauled by a 1996 vintage Hectorrail Class 141 loco with all headlights blazing. For more information on this see http://www.hectorrail.com/products/class-141-queen-of-traction/

Ostkustbanan
Charlie Niven [13/06/2012]


Princes Street [Tram]: Tramworks at the west end of Princes Street on 13 June 2012. For a view from the same spot two and a half years earlier [see image 26709].

Edinburgh Trams
F Furnevel [13/06/2012]


Gourock: The light and spacious concourse at Gourock station, seen on 13 June 2012.

Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees [13/06/2012]


Uppsala Central: The fuel train moves slowly between the quiet platforms and heads off into the sinking sun still shining in the north. The clock above the waiting shelter shows half past the hour 21.30. This is an island platform with a bay on the near side used by Upptåget trains to and from Sala. For a view of the buffer stops on the same platform looking south [see image 56005].

Ostkustbanan
Charlie Niven [13/06/2012]


Kings Cross: A symmetrical line up of HSTs and class 91s beneath ongoing glazing works on the north end screens at Kings Cross on 13 June 2012.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
David Pesterfield [13/06/2012]


Kings Cross: East Coast Trains 91112 runs back into platform 3 at King Cross on 13 June to attach to a Mk 4 rake and take over from 91124 which was in need of attention at Bounds Green depot.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
David Pesterfield [13/06/2012]


Slochd Summit: DRS liveried 37608 and 37259 take a nuclear flask wagon past Slochd Summit on the way to Georgemas Junction.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [13/06/2013]


Bergen auf Ruegen: On 13th June the 16.42 Stralsund-Ostseebad Binz IC service passes a rake of aggregates wagons at Bergen auf Ruegen. Although primarily a holiday island, rail freight is still generated on Ruegen by the massive Sassnitz Mukran ferry complex where train ferries operate to Lithuania, Russia and Sweden.

Deutsche Bahn
David Spaven [13/06/2014]


Century Park: Southern terminus (and a transport interchange) of the 21km Edmonton LRT system is Century Park. This half barrier crossing just outside the station is one of many in the area crossing major and minor roads alike. With a frequent service of articulated trains on the LRT the barriers are often down against motorists and pedestrians but only for short periods.

Edmonton Light Rail Transport
Malcolm Chattwood [13/06/2014]


Bergen auf Ruegen: On 13th June, the 16.42 Stralsund-Ostseebad Binz IC service pauses at Bergen auf Ruegen. This popular holiday island retains a remarkable range of weekend long-distance services (both IC and ICE) from starting points as far afield as Bratislava, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Kassel, Koblenz, Koeln, Konstanz, Muenchen, Nuernberg, Prague, Stuttgart and Zurich.

Deutsche Bahn
David Spaven [13/06/2014]


Clareview: Clareview, the northern terminus of the Edmonton LRT system, sees a 2009 built Siemens SD160 unit, mainstay of services, alongside a now rarely seen 1978 built U2 unit waiting to depart for Century Park.

Edmonton Light Rail Transport
Malcolm Chattwood [13/06/2014]


Sellin Ost: On 13th June the first Ruegensche Baederbahn service of the day over the 24km narrow-gauge route from Putbus to Goehren enters the loop at Sellin Ost to cross the first westbound train.

Ruegensche Baederbahn
David Spaven [13/06/2014]


Sheriffhall City Bypass Overbridge: Normal service resumed at Sheriffhall. View north on 13 June as a lorry heads east along the restored section of the original route following completion of the bridge works. Just beyond, work is currently underway on removing the temporary diversion which was brought into use last September. [See image 44347]

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
John Furnevel [13/06/2014]


Hardengreen Viaduct: The approach to Hardengreen Roundabout from the south west on the B6392 on 13 June 2014, with the new Borders Railway bridge dominating the scene.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [13/06/2014]


Newbattle Viaduct: Works at the north end of Newbattle Viaduct on 13 June 2014.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/06/2014]


Bergen auf Ruegen: On 13th June, at the Bergen auf Ruegen junction, a single-car Pressnitztalbahn train forms the 17.40 service over the 12.5km branch to Lauterbach Mole, while to the left an EMU operates the 17.07 Ostseebad Binz to Stralsund RE (Regional Express) service. With the exception of the Lauterbach branch, all standard-gauge passenger services on Ruegen are electric.

Deutsche Bahn
David Spaven [13/06/2014]


Church and Oswaldtwistle: A Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service passes through Church and Oswaldtwistle on 13 June 2015. With engineering work taking place on the line via Bolton, this service currently reverses at Blackburn and runs via the recently reopened Todmorden curve.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/2015]


Church and Oswaldtwistle: Northern 158908 approaching Church and Oswaldtwistle non-stop on 13 June 2015 with a York to Blackpool service. The platforms have been reduced in length here by approximately 50% over the years - although you could say that the unused parts have been put out to grass!

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [13/06/2015]


Craigendoran Pier: The twin piers and storm damaged approach at Craigendoran in June 2016. The erosion is exposing deeply buried sections of platform edging some of which which have dropped down as seen here.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2016]


Edinburgh Waverley: Transpennine 350409 passes the Market Street entrance to Waverley with the 14.17 to Manchester Airport.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [13/06/2016]


Craigendoran: With the tree growth, this is definitely the wrong time of year for this photograph. The service from Helensburgh Central arrives and is held back for some time while the empties from Fort William drop down through the closed Craigendoran Upper and then a Sprinter heads north.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/06/2016]


Larbert: Larbert looking lovely thanks to the Vale of Carron Rotary.

Scottish Central Railway
John Yellowlees [13/06/2016]


Alloa: The Rotary Club of Alloa barrel-train on the platform at Alloa station.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Yellowlees [13/06/2016]


Alloa: One of the two new Rotary Club of Alloa barrell trains at Alloa station.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Yellowlees [13/06/2016]


Craigentinny Depot: The west end of Craigentinny Depot with new construction under way - for what purpose?

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [13/06/2016]


Dunoon Pier: This structure is what passes for Dunoon Pier now with 'Ali Cat' the Gourock 'steamer' at the linkspan in between crossings on 13th June 2017. 

Piers on the Firth of Clyde
Colin Miller [13/06/2017]


Tilehurst: Flying Scotsman whizzes through Tilehurst with the Cathedrals Express on 13th June 2017. (Photo courtesy of Peter Caton}

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [13/06/2017]


Carrickfergus: The road approach to Carrickfergus station, from Victoria Street, looking north on 13 June 2017. The NIR station on the Belfast - Larne line dates from 1862 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2001.

Belfast and Ballymena Railway
Andy Furnevel [13/06/2017]


Ayr: 156504, on the 09.23 to Stranraer, waits for departure time at Ayr. When the train arrived it only had two passengers although a handful more joined it for the journey south.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller [13/06/2017]


Aachen: DB's ICE18 from Frankfurt to Brussels glides below Aachen station's distinctive train shed at 08.15 on 13th June 2017, the first stage of the photographer's journey which got him back to Edinburgh at 17.20 that day. Sadly, and contrary to previous plans, ICE units (classier and more comfortable than Eurostar's bland new trains - and light years ahead of Virgin Pendolinos) are not expected to reach St Pancras in the foreseeable future.

Rheinische Eisenbahn Gesellschaft
David Spaven [13/06/2017]


Carrickfergus: A northbound service leaves Carrickfergus on 13 June 2017 formed by a class 4000 DMU, as the station cat patiently awaits the arrival of the next train to Belfast.

Belfast and Ballymena Railway
Andy Furnevel [13/06/2017]


Carrickfergus: By contrast to the main entrance on the south side, the north entrance to Carrickfergus station is via a subway, seen here on 13 June 2017. The roof of the main building can be seen beyond the platforms.

Belfast and Ballymena Railway
Andy Furnevel [13/06/2017]


Carrickfergus: NIR Translink DMU 4012 arrives at Carrickfergus platform 2 on 13 June 2017 with the 0915 service from Belfast Great Victoria Street, ulimate destination Whitehead. Passengers on platform 1 are awaiting arrival of the 0855 Larne Harbour - Belfast.

Belfast and Ballymena Railway
Andy Furnevel [13/06/2017]


Dunoon Pier: Dunoon Pier presents a shadow of its former self and is now out of use for berthing vessels. General view of the structure on 13th June 2017.

Piers on the Firth of Clyde
Colin Miller [13/06/2017]


Lowestoft: Britain's most easterly station at Lowestoft still sports a large British Railways (Eastern Region) blue enamel sign. 13th June 2018.

Lowestoft Railway and Harbour
John Yellowlees [13/06/2018]


Westerton: Westerton, with the 1333hrs Larkhall to Milngavie train about to depart the station on Wednesday 13th June 2018.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Prescott [13/06/2018]


Westerton Junction: Westerton Jn with 1333hrs Larkhall to Milngavie train on its way onto the single line section of the Milngavie branch on 13th June 2018.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Prescott [13/06/2018]


Lincoln Central: This single car formed the 1722 to Cleethorpes two days ago, and was advised as very busy.

Peterborough to Boston and Lincoln Line (Great Northern Railway)
John Yellowlees [13/06/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1799Mines ActAbolishing slavery of miners; Miners and salt miners released from binding to employers
1842First use of a Royal TrainThe British Monarchy - FAQ - What is the Royal train?
1911Dingwall and Skye RailwayHighland Hotel at Strathpeffer opens
1928William Beardmore & Co LtdParkhead investment halted by management.
1949Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)Balerno to Edinburgh (Balerno Junction) officially closed to passengers, although actually suspended in 1943.
1955Portpatrick RailwayLoch Skerrow Halt re-named Lochskerrow.
1955Mid Kent Railway (South Eastern Railway))Addiscombe (Croydon) renamed Addiscombe.
1960Dornoch Light RailwayDornoch to The Mound closed to all traffic
1960Fortrose Branch (Highland Railway)Fortrose to Muir of Ord closed to freight.
1960Inverness and Ross-shire RailwayBeauly station closed.
1960Sutherland and Caithness RailwayHalkirk, Bower, Watten and Bilbster closed.
1960Sutherland RailwayRogart and The Mound closed.
1960Inverness and Ross-shire RailwayAlness station closed.
1960Llynvi Valley Extension (Great Western Railway)Abergwynfi closed
1960Duke of Sutherlands RailwayLoth closed.
1960Sirhowy TramroadClosed to passengers.
1964Devon Valley RailwayLine closed to passengers
1964Glenfarg LineGlenfarg station closed to passengers.
1964Fife and Kinross RailwayMawcarse station closed to passengers.
1964Fife and Kinross RailwayMilnathort station closed to passengers.
1966Scottish Central RailwayStirling shed closed to steam. Shortly afterwards the allocation is transferred to Grangemouth shed and the shed closed.
1975West Highland RailwayNew Fort William station opened, old station by Pier closed.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Spurned rail operator says it was on track for profit [Scotsman]NATIONAL Express, which lost out on the ScotRail franchise last week, was close to turning a post-subsidy profit on the service.
2004Major rail shake-up planned [BBC News]The government is planning to take strategic control of the UK^s troubled rail system, the BBC learns.
2006Inquiry launched after youth found on railway line fights for his life [Scotsman]A TEENAGER was fighting for his life yesterday after receiving a 25,000-volt electric shock near a railway line.
200615 held in crack down on railways [BBC News]A four-day operation on gangs loitering near railway lines in north Glasgow ends with 15 arrests.
2006Link consultant chosen [Scotsman]THE council-owned transport firm TIE, which is behind the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (Earl), has appointed Donaldson Associates as the geotechnical consultant for the civil engineering aspects of the 650 million project.
2006MSP appeals for Sakchai release [BBC News]Transport Minister Tavish Scott makes a plea for the release of a Thai man facing deportation from Shetland.
2006Clear track for Borders rail link [BBC News]Plans for a Borders rail link are expected to be approved despite a last-ditch challenge from Labour MSPs.
2008Changes sought to ^Guidelines for Rail Enthusiasts^A petition aimed at bringing about changes to the ^Guidelines for rail enthusiasts^ adopted by TOCs/NR/BTP etc has been lodged by enthusiast and photographer Richard Boyd on the petitions website at 10 Downing Street. Anyone interested in finding out more can visit the site at the link below. [Submitted by Mark Bartlett]
2009Train operators call for disused lines to reopen [Telegraph]The Association of Train Operating Companies is due to give unprecedented backing to the restoration of disused track and the reintroduction of passenger services on other routes which currently only carry freight.
2010Rail industry told to put brakes on unsustainable costs [The Guardian]The rail industry will be told it needs radical changes to its ^unsustainable^ cost structure when the government publishes a study into the sector^s strained finances this week.
2010Full steam ahead for 110-year-old revamped locomotive [BBC News]A 110-year-old steam locomotive has been fully restored and is expected to run on a railway in the Highlands.
2011Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway set to open [Yahoo! News]SHANGHAI Chinese railway authorities say all is ready for the opening of a showcase high-speed railway between Beijing and Shanghai later this month.
2012Metrolink trams line to Oldham reopens after 60 years [BBC News]Tram services between Manchester and Oldham have returned - for the first time since trams stopped running in Oldham in 1946. The first service to Oldham Mumps left Manchester Victoria at 05:24 BST, calling at the eight stops on the line. The tram then made the return journey, leaving Oldham at 06:00 BST and taking about 25 minutes to reach Manchester city centre. The line is expected to be extended to reach Rochdale by the end of the year. Transport for Greater Manchester said tram services will run every 12 minutes and a six-minute service will be introduced as passenger numbers grow.
2013Deadly train crash near Buenos Aires [BBC News]At least three people have been killed and more than 155 wounded in a rush hour train crash in the outskirts Buenos Aires, Argentine officials say. The accident happened near the Castelar station, about 30km (19 miles) west of the capital, when a commuter train hit another empty, stationary train. Rescue crews and volunteers went to the scene to help the injured, who were rushed to nearby hospitals. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
2013Stainforth landslip rail line to reopen in July [BBC News]A railway line closed because a landslip caused the track to be pushed upward is to reopen, Network Rail said. Following repairs, a reduced train service would run again on the line at Stainforth^s Hatfield Colliery, South Yorkshire from Monday, 8 July. Network Rail said work would continue with engineers on site until about the end of the year. Services between Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes were affected by the incident in February. Network Rail said the full passenger timetable would run from Monday, 29 July.
2014Borders to Edinburgh railway: Galashiels transport interchange work starts [BBC News]Construction work is starting on a 5.2m transport interchange in Galashiels as part of the Borders to Edinburgh railway project. It is being delivered by Scottish Borders Council^s development partner Hub South East Scotland and its contractor Morrison Construction. The project has been backed by the European Regional Development Fund. It will help to connect the railway with a new bus station and pedestrian access to the town centre.
2014Network Rail grants access rights to new WCML operator [IRJ]BRITAIN^s infrastructure manager, Network Rail (NR), has for the first time granted access rights to an open-access passenger operator without being forced to provide paths by the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR). Great North Western Railway (GNWR), a subsidiary of Arriva UK Trains, has been granted 12 paths per day per direction on the West Coast Main Line to introduce services from London Euston to Blackpool and Huddersfield via Manchester Victoria in competition with Virgin Trains, which up to now has a monopoly on the London northwest England corridor. [From Richard Buckby]
2014Volunteers relaunch Weardale Railway^s heritage line [Northern Echo]VOLUNTEERS frustrated after their beloved heritage railway run was axed have launched a new service to replace it. Members of the newly formed Weardale Railway Heritage Service (WRHS) said they will take baby steps towards improving the new service, due to start on Saturday (June 14). The railways owners axed the heritage runs between Wolsingham and Stanhope station around 18 months ago as the service was not deemed financially viable. But that decision has always rankled with the volunteers whose passion is to see the historic line being used to transport passengers through the County Durham countryside.
2015Delays kick in on Edinburgh and Glasgow rail line [Scotsman]TRAIN passengers yesterday faced 44 days of rail chaos as work began on the Winchburgh Tunnel to pave the way for new electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Travellers in central Scotland are bracing themselves for more than six weeks of crowded trains and replacement bus services on some routes due to the disruption. Trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow were yesterday running slower than usual, with typical journey times lasting around 90 minutes rather than the usual 55, while other services in central Scotland were also affected.
2017Queen recreates historic train journey [BBC News]The Queen has joined celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the first train journey taken by a British monarch. She recreated Queen Victoria^s trip from Slough to Paddington on 13 June 1842 on the Great Western Railway. The Queen made the 19-minute journey on the new Intercity Express train along with the Duke of Edinburgh. Of her experience, Queen Victoria wrote in her journal ^it was delightful and so quick^. The monarch added: ^It took us exactly 30 minutes going to Paddington, & the motion was very slight, & much easier than a carriage, also no dust or great heat.^ Victoria had been persuaded on board by Prince Albert, a veteran of rail travel who was fascinated by the new technology.
2017Swanage-Wareham rail line reconnects after four decades [BBC News]The first regular passenger train service between the mainline and a Dorset seaside resort has been reconnected after four decades. The original rail line from Swanage to Wareham was closed by British Rail and ripped up in seven weeks in 1972. Volunteers rebuilt the 5.5-mile (8.8km) stretch from Swanage to Norden over 30 years and have been running it as a tourist attraction since the 1990s. The first timetabled train ran along the full 10-mile (16km) route earlier. Bob Richards, who signalled the last British Rail train from Swanage to Wareham 45 years ago, was one of dozens of people to wave off the maroon diesel train. He said: ^To see it return after all these years is amazing - absolutely incredible.^
2018Contract signals further investment in Highland Mainline [Network Rail]Network Rail has awarded Siemens a £20m contract for re-signalling sections of the Highland mainline “ which will help reduce journey times for customers on the key inter-city route.
2018Scotrail urged to compensate commuters for three weeks of disruption [Evening Times]SCOTRAIL has been asked to consider compensating passengers hit by three weeks of disruption on a Glasgow line. Services from Queen Street to Anniesland will terminate at Ashfield from Wednesday while Network Rail signalling equipment repairs are carried out at Cowlairs. The works are expected to last until July 8. ScotRail said it would operate an hourly shuttle train between Anniesland and Ashfield for the duration of the works.
2018Bus driver seriously hurt in tram crash near Edinburgh Airport [Scotsman]A driver has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after his bus hit a tram near Edinburgh Airport. The incident in which the tram derailed occurred at Eastfield Avenue between the airport and Ingliston just before 5.30pm.
2018French MPs back Macron^s controversial rail reforms [BBC News]France^s National Assembly has overwhelmingly backed President Emmanuel Macron^s controversial rail reforms. In a blow to the country^s unions, French MPs voted 452 to 80 in favour of the bill overhauling the country^s state rail company SNCF. The bill marks the biggest change to the company since rail nationalisation in the 1930s. Rail reform is a key plank in Mr Macron^s efforts to change the economy.