Eglinton street: Time honoured 8.25am (approx) ex Pollokshaws East passing Eglinton Street. C.R. 0.4.4T 15188
Joppa [2nd]: A Corstorphine - North Berwick DMU calls at Joppa on 14 June 1958. Steam still prevails in Portobello yard on the other side of the bridge in the background.
Joppa [2nd]: A southbound train on the ECML runs through Joppa station in Edinburgh's eastern suburbs in the summer of 1958, with A1 Pacific no 60137 'Redgauntlet' in charge.
Joppa [2nd]: Heaton A1 Pacific no 60126 Sir Vincent Raven heads back home to Tyneside on 14 June 1958 with the up Queen of Scots Pullman, ex-Glasgow Queen Street. The train is seen here passing through Joppa station in Edinburgh's eastern suburbs.
Joppa [2nd]: A Musselburgh - Waverley DMU arrives at Joppa station (closed 1964) on 14 June 1958.
Joppa [2nd]: A Waverley - Musselburgh DMU photographed at Joppa in the Summer of 1958. Notable features include the bridge support, visible through the arch of the road bridge, which carries the former Lothian Lines over the ECML; Portobello yard, part of which is visible beyond the bridge; the chimney of the BR laundry standing above the centre of the DMU and the compact signal box squeezed between the road bridge and the station footbridge. [See image 14164]
Hawick [2nd]: One of Canal shed's A3 Pacifics, no 60095 Flamingo, preparing to pull away from the Hawick stop on 14 June 1958 with the 2.36pm Edinburgh Waverley - Carlisle train.
Helensburgh Central: V1 67664 arriving with a train at Helensburgh Central on 14 June 1958.
Haymarket MPD: Gresley A4 Pacific 60024 Kingfisher at Haymarket in 1959, having been made ready to move off shed and run to Waverley station... once somebody checks the tender loading.
Haymarket MPD: A3 Pacific 60041 Salmon Trout stands at Haymarket shed without a tender in June 1959.
Haymarket MPD: Class D49 4-4-0 no 62709 Berwickshire stands outside Haymarket shed in June 1959.
Redcastle: The RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour approaches Redcastle from the east in June 1960. This station still stands in a good state of preservation.
Avoch: Just west of Avoch was Rosehaugh Crossing. On the 14th of June 1960 the RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour approaches the crossing
Munlochy: GNSR 49 at Munlochy with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour.
Muir of Ord: The 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour leaves the Fortrose branch at Muir of Ord rejoining the Thuro and Wick to Inverness mainline.
Avoch: The 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour approaching Avoch from Fortrose bound for Muir of Ord.
Rumbling Bridge [2nd]: D34 class 62496 Glen Loy restarts a Kinross train at Rumbling Bridge with a wave from signalman Len Morton on the last day of service. 14.06.1964
Chester: Locomotives in the yard at Chester diesel depot in the summer of 1970. In the background is Chester No 5 signal box, which controlled the north end of the Chester triangle as well as the entrance to the depot.
Ayr Viaduct: A type 2 takes empty coal hoppers south towards Ayr station in 1977 heading for Waterside.
Ayr Viaduct: Southbound coal empties approaching Ayr station in 1977.
Saughton Junction: 25232 approaching Saughton Junction on 14 June 1978 heading north on the Fife Lines with a mixed freight. Trams now pass over the line at this point! [See image 34412]
Mallaig: 37190 stands at Mallaig on 14 June 1983.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 37190 ready to leave Glasgow Queen Street on 14 June 1983 with train 1B07 for Fort William and Mallaig.
Dunblane: Saturday afternoon shoppers disembark from a Glasgow Queen Street - Perth working on a very warm June 14th 1986. This was one of the last passenger workings on the line one could expect to be Class 27 hauled. While waiting at Queen Street to leave on one of these services, a young rail enthusiast came into my compartment and declared that I'd better prepare for a long journey. He reckoned that there were too many coaches for the Class 27 at the head of the train to lift up Cowlairs incline. Incredibly, he was right - the train stalled mid-incline, services out of Queen Street were disrupted, a class 37 had to be sent to the rescue and I got home an hour late. Respect!
Lochwinnoch: A Class 318 about to pass through Lochwinnoch Station with a fast train to Glasgow.
Kilbarchan: Looking west, this shows the approach to Kilbarchan Station and the Road bridge it crosses. The station had an island platform, platform 2 being off to the right.
Kilbarchan: Looking west to Lochwinnoch, this shows where platform 1 was, platform 2 was in among the trees. This stretch of trackbed is now part of the Cycle Network.
Hayes Knoll: Preserved electro-diesel E6003 Sir Herbert Walker operating on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 14 June 2008.
Ashford International: The CTRL at Ashford International on 14 June 2008, with a Paris bound Eurostar in the background speeding towards the channel tunnel.
Hayes Knoll: The Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 14 June 2008 with preserverd electro-diesel E6003 at the platform. The locomotive was withdrawn by BR as 73003 in September 1993.
Faversham: A Ramsgate bound train stands at Faversham in June 2008.
Euxton Balshaw Lane: 156490 heads south from Euxton Balshaw Lane station on 14 June 2008 with a service to Liverpool. The Class 156 has been adorned with NRM York vinyls. To the rear left of the unit is a road type warning sign indicating a signal in 221 yards. The signal, seen ahead of the train, controls access onto the two track section to Wigan at Balshaw Lane Junction.
Helensburgh Central: 320 312 stands at the buffer stops at Helensburgh Central on 14 June.
Helensburgh Pier: The layout below decks on the MV Seabus, with seating for 90 passengers, berthed at Helensburgh on 14 June pending the next crossing to Kilcreggan and Gourock. According to the SPT website... In the event of the late arrival of the last commuter train at Gourock 1810 the ferry will wait a maximum of 10 minutes to ensure travellers get home [sic].
Helensburgh Pier: MV Seabus, the 2007 purpose built replacement for the 71 year old MV Kenilworth, now plying the route between Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and Gourock, use of which is included in the cost of the Â£16 SPT Daytripper ticket. The vessel is shown just off Helensburgh on 14 June prior to making the crossing to Gourock via Kilcreggan.
Glasgow Central: Strangely disquieting notice at Glasgow Central on 14 June 2008. Why only Males (note capitalisation)? Are females worse?
Bowling [CR]: The course of the Caledonian line to Dumbarton sweeps past the western end of the Forth & Clyde Canal at Bowling on 14 June.
Euxton Balshaw Lane: Looking north towards the road bridge at Euxton Balshaw Lane station on 14 June as the guard checks the passengers off a service from Liverpool heading for Blackpool North.
Euxton Balshaw Lane: Northbound arrival at Euxton Balshaw Lane station on 14 June 2008 as 150142 draws to a halt with a Northern Trains service from Liverpool to Blackpool North. The station is located on the slow lines with the fast lines off picture to the left.
Gourock: External view of Gourock station on 18 June 2008, with a temporary entrance and booking office in operation pending the planned development of a modern rail/bus/ferry interchange.
Hawkhead: Scene at Hawkhead station on 14 June 2008 with 156 432 arriving on a Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central service.
Euxton Junction: Voyager 221102 hurries north past Euxton Junction with a Birmingham to Glasgow service on 14 June 2008. The junction is at the rear of the train with the line to Chorley, Bolton and Manchester veering off to the left from the WCML. Recent vegetation clearance on the west side of the tracks has made a vast improvement to photographic opportunities in the area. For once palisade fencing has not replaced the traditional fencing which has been renewed at the same time.
Paisley Gilmour Street: An emu off the Ayr line runs into Gilmour Street on 14 June en route to Glasgow Central. On the right are the lines to Wemyss Bay and Gourock.
Ayr: View south along the main platforrm at Ayr towards the buffer stops and station exit on 14 June 2008 as a train prepares to leave for Glasgow Central.
Cathcart: Standing under the canopy at Cathcart station on 14 June 2008 looking south. Coming in from the left is the line from Newton to Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park.
Helensburgh Central: Saturday evening at Helensburgh Central on 14 June, with the glass platform canopies letting in the evening sunshine. View out along platform 1, occupied by the recently arrived 320312.
Muirhouse Junction: 156 496 restarts from a signal stop on the G&SWR route at Muirhouse Junction on 14 June.
Paisley Gilmour Street: 314202 calls at Paisley Gilmour Street on 14 June.
Pollokshaws West: Southbound arrival at Pollokshaws West on 14 June is 156 495 on a Glasgow Central - Barrhead service.
Burntisland: The old Edinburgh & Northern station buildings and a pair of disused cranes, seen from across the dock at Burntisland on 14 June 2009. [Unknown to me at the time the cranes were about to become history and have since vanished.]
Claughton: Although close to the village centre Claughton (pronounced Klafton) station closed as early as 1853. A level crossing remained however and Crossing Cottage is still a private residence with a lawn on the former trackbed, finally closed in 1966. View west towards Caton and Lancaster. Map Ref SD 564667.
Lostock Hall: Looking west from Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall, on 14 June 2009 as a Northern DMU heads for Preston with a Colne - Blackpool South service. What is now wasteland on the left of the picture is the site of the former Lostock Hall (10D) shed, one of the last outposts of steam on the BR network. Officially closed on 5 August 1968, the building continued to be used by British Rail Engineering for a further 20 years before being finally demolished in 1990.
Claughton: One of the aerial ropeways serving Claughton brickworks still operates from the claypits on Claughton Moor. The other was dismantled in the 1990s. This is the final bit of the ropeway where the buckets cross the A683, drop into the wheelhouse and discharge their load of clay. View towards Lancaster. The Lancaster to Wennington railway was behind the brickworks and the trackbed runs very close to the A683 both sides of Claughton village. Map Ref SD 563664.
Kinghorn: 66 173 and 66 047 at either end of a short PW train standing at Kinghorn on Sunday 14 June. Hard against it is the end of a much longer, ballast train.
Lostock Hall: With the slow lines south of Preston closed for track renewals, services to and from York/Leeds and Blackpool were diverted via Farington Junction during the evening of 13 June and the morning of 14 June. A Blackpool bound 158752 is seen having just left the East Lancs lines at Lostock Hall Junction on 14 June 2009. Once it reaches the WCML at Farington Junction it will have to reverse in order to reach Preston via the Down Fast line. Note the building to the right of the photograph - considering how close the location is to the WCML some might find it a little surprising that The Railway public house sign features an LNER A4 in garter blue!
Drumgelloch [1st]: Drumgelloch no more... What must be one of the shortest lived stations of the modern era - Drumgelloch (old) terminus, opened in May 1989, closed in May 2010 and now gone! Looking west over the site towards Airdrie on 14 June 2010 from the replacement overbridge carrying Crowwood Drive, with work continuing apace on preparations for the double track Airdrie - Bathgate link. [See image 29370]
Airdrie: Wide view over the west end of Airdrie station on 14 June 2010, during works in connection with the Airdrie - Bathgate reopening. On the left is rubble from the recently demolished signal box [see image 9676], while beyond that the foundations for the new eastbound platform are being prepared. The towers which will support the new footbridge and lifts have also been erected. Approaching platform 2 is 334023 with a Drumgelloch - Helensburgh train, while 320316 waits in bay platform 1 with the next departure for Balloch . The station siding on the right is occupied by 320310.
Paisley Gilmour Street: Freightliner 66 598 accelerates through Paisley Gilmour Street on the Down Ayr line on 14 June after biding its time in Arkleston loop.
Drumgelloch: Long live Drumgelloch.... Work underway on construction of the new Drumgelloch station on 14 June 2010. View west towards the station site from the new bridge carrying Towers Road, opened a few days previously. The new Drumgelloch stands approximately 550m east of the original and adjoins the site of the former Clarkston (Lanarks) station which occupied the area immediately below the camera (the electricity sub station behind the grey metal fence on the right was built on the site of the main station building). Clarkston (Lanarks) station opened in 1862 and closed to passengers in 1956. [See image 20208]
Paisley Gilmour Street: Class 334s coming from (left) and heading for Gourock meet at Paisley Gilmour Street on 14 June 2010.
Britannia Crossing Halt: The cable operated Higher Ferry seen from a Kingswear bound train in June 2010. This vessel had only been introduced during the previous year. The vehicles leaving the ferry are queuing for the level crossing at the site of Britannia Crossing Halt.
Forrestfield: View west along the trackbed towards Airdrie from Forrestfield on 14 June 2010. Hillend reservoir occupies the area in the middle distance with Caldercruix beyond.
Brixham: The short Brixham branch in South Devon closed in 1963 and very little infrastructure remains, this substantial bridge on the outskirts of the town being a notable exception. The line, laid originally in broad gauge, started from a short bay platform at Churston station, which until the branch opened was known as Brixham Road.
Ardrossan South Beach: 318 265 pulls out of Ardrossan South Beach with an Ardrossan Harbour to Glasgow Central service on 14 June 2010. The platform line is bi-directional, but the line in the foreground is Up Freight only. As with all single-platform stations the digitised announcements refer to the platform as 'platform 1'; perhaps they think 'the platform' sounds a bit pathetic.'
Forrestfield: Progress looking east from Forrestfield on 14 June 2010. The drainage problem appears to have been overcome and the old lamp room building has been demolished.
Blackridge: Now that's what I call a footbridge... View south from the A89 on 14 June 2010 over the works at the new Blackridge (to the east of the former Westcraigs).
Ardrossan Harbour: Ardrossan is easily the smallest settlement in Scotland (and possibly Britain) to have 3 network stations. The now hourly Harbour Branch trains visits all 3, which are less then a half-mile from each other. Even so, Ardossan South Beach is only just inside the boundary with Saltcoats and Ardrossan Harbour is, well, out on the Harbour. Ardrossan Town is half way between them. After picking up custom from the Arran Ferry on 14 June 334 039 prepares to leave Harbour station on its crawl over 2 level crossings to Town station and, ultimately, Glasgow Central.
Mossband Junction: 66121 southbound on the slow line at Mossband Junction. The buffer stop on the right is part of the Longtown complex of sidings.
Churston: From country junction to engineering hub. Churston was, until 1963, the junction for the short branch to Brixham but the station is now the engineering centre for the company that owns the steam railway. The Brixham bay is now occupied by the workshop that can be seen at the end of the platform to the right of the train. An even larger workshop backs onto the opposite platform occupying the old goods yard. GWR 2-8-0T 5239 calls at Churston on a Paignton to Kingswear service in June 2010.
Airdrie: Passengers leave a train from Helensburgh Central recently arrived at Airdrie platform 2 on 14 June. With Airdrie currently the eastern terminus of the line once again [see image 29418] passengers for Drumgelloch need to transfer to a bus service operating from the station car park.
Churston: Diesel preservation pioneer. Class 03 DM 0-6-0 D2192 only lasted eight years in BR service and in 1969 was sold to the Dart Valley Railway. It has now spent forty one years serving the DVR and the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway in a variety of liveries and currently sports a smart BR Black and the name Titan as seen here outside the engineering workshops at Churston, alongside the Brunel design station building.
Airdrie: Craig Street bridge, Airdrie, looking west on 14 June 2010, with the 1123 service from Balloch approaching the station.
Airdrie: A mid-afternoon train for Helensburgh Central leaves Airdrie on 14 June 2010.
Balloch: The driver of 320 318 has just switched from tail to driving lights in readiness to depart Balloch for Airdrie on 14 June. Twelve years on from a visit in 1998 [see image 21990] and little has changed apart from the livery of the 320.
Airdrie: Craig Street bridge, Airdrie, looking east over the ongoing works on 14 June 2010, with all three lines occupied.
Paisley Gilmour Street: 334 039 stands at platform 1 at Paisley Gilmour Street on 14 June with a late-running Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central service.
Smalmstown: Gone. Smalmstown sidings have been lifted after the lease of the site expired. [See image 29435]
Ardrossan Town: Ardrossan Town station, photographed from the Castle Hill on 14 June 2010 with 334 039 about to leave on the short (but slow) hop to Ardrossan Harbour. Road traffic on Princes Street has already been stopped. This was once a more substantial station with two through lines and two bays and a street-fronting building to the right. Remains of the original structure were still obvious when the station reopened in 1987 as a single platform, but all has now gone. Happily though the platform is being extended at the eastern end (off camera).
Airdrie: Changes to the skyline at Airdrie. View south across the A89 on 14 June 2010 as work on the station continues in connection with the reopening to Bathgate.
Caldercruix: A hive of activity at Caldercruix on 14 June 2010. View is east over the new station works towards the site of the old Main Street road bridge.
Airdrie: End of the line. The line to Drumgelloch shown terminated at buffer stops just beyond Broomknoll Street bridge, east of Airdrie station, on 14 June 2010. Work on the double track Airdrie - Bathgate link continues in the background. [See image 9670]
Kingswear: GWR 5239 must be a real asset for the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. Here the 42XX 2-8-0T is running round at Kingswear after hauling seven coaches over the steeply graded line but two days later I saw it lifting eleven coaches up the bank unassisted. The overall roof survives at the Kingswear terminus by the side of the River Dart and Dartmouth itself can be seen on the opposite bank of the estuary, a short ferry ride away.
Britannia Crossing Halt: GWR 2-8-0T 5239 approaches the site of Britannia Crossing Halt, primarily intended for access to the Royal Naval College across the River Dart. It continued in occasional use after the line was preserved in 1973 but closed in 1988. The slipway for the busy Higher Ferry can also be seen as can the start of the climb to Churston beyond the level crossing.
Edinburgh Waverley: 380 104 departs Edinburgh Waverley on 14 June with the 13.43 to North Berwick.
Kirkby Stephen: 66845 heads south with a loaded timber train at Kirkby Stephen
Princes Street Gardens: The 07.55 Inverness - Kings Cross Highland Chieftain passes through Princes Street Gardens with 43313 on the rear on 14 June 2011.
Bodsberry Level Crossing: A distant Pendolino appears like a mirage in the heat. The view looks to Beattock Summit.
Bowes: Looking west at Bowes in June 2011. Slowly becoming a pile of rubble. [See image 28262].
Edinburgh Waverley: Looking back towards the east end of Waverley along platform 7 on 14 June 2011. 334002 is at the platform with 90018 and 67027 alongside in the locomotive bay.
Edinburgh Waverley: EWS 67027 stands in the locomotive bay at the east end of Waverley on 14 June.
Edinburgh Waverley: Class 380s in the east end bays at Waverley on 14 June. 380103 lurks at platform 4 with sister unit 380104 on the right at platform 3.
Edinburgh Waverley: 90018 stabled at the east end of Waverley on 14 June.
Milton Keynes Central: But for that yellow line, and the label on the coach, it could be 1964. Preserved 86259 Les Ross, in original Electric Blue, takes the Railway Touring Company 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' north and away from London at Milton Keynes on 18 June, at a time when several million commuters are heading the other way.
Dinas: Beyer-Garratt 143 gets ready for a day's work on the Welsh Highland Railway at Dinas in May 2012.
Llanfair Caereinion: No 822 The Earl stands at the platform at Llanfair Caereinion in June 2012.
Dinas: The Welsh Highland Railway's Beyer-Garratt no 143 photographed on 14 June en route to Porthmadog.
Milton Keynes Central: What comes down must go up. The 350 in platform 2 (left) will form a train to Euston, while its sister unit has just left from platform 1 for the same destination. Southern Trains 377203 is in platform 2a [see image 38263], and will form the 18.13 to Selhurst.
Angouleme: Eurofreight locomotive E186 303 4 takes a train of tanks through Angouleme, south west France, on 14 June 2013.
Angouleme: We can't go on meeting like this... Angouleme station on 14 June featuring the front ends of DMUs 81728 and 81844.
York: A well attended event at York station on 14 June 2013 featured the changeover between A4 Pacifics 4464 and 60009 on the late running Kings Cross - Perth Cathedrals Express.
Angouleme: SNCF single car unit 2247 alongside the platform at Angouleme on 14 June 2013.
Royal Border Bridge: View west along the River Tweed towards the Royal Border Bridge on 14 June.
Royal Border Bridge: The Royal Border Bridge at Berwick. View west along the River Tweed on 14 June 2013.
Putbus: By sheer coincidence (honestly!) the photographer found that his holiday in Putbus on the island of Ruegen concided with the 14th and 15th June annual Putbus Railfest. On 14th June, ex Deutsche Reichsbahn (DR) Class 112 diesel and Class 52 steam locos prepare to operate the first Plandampf train of the day to Bergen auf Ruegen, substituting for the normal diesel unit service. The Plandampf is a common sight in Germany, with heritage locomotives taking over normal timetabled services - a lesson perhaps for the Borders Railway?
Cark and Cartmel: 153304 leads 153317 away from Cark and Cartmel with a service to Carlisle on 14 June 2014.
Ravenglass: A view across the turntable at Ravenglass towards the station on 14 June 2014.
Barrow-in-Furness: First TPE Class 185 waits to depart from Barrow in Furness on 14 June 2014 with a service to Preston.
Putbus: The 16.25 return charter service to Leipzig heads out of Putbus on 14th June, topped by ex-DR 118 770-7 and tailed by ex-DR 01 0509-8. The overbridge carried a narrow-gauge branch from Putbus to Altefaehr until the late 1960s.
Putbus: Two topped-and-tailed consists at the Putbus Railfest on 14th June - the empty stock of a Leipzig-Putbus charter stands in the yard on the left while in the distance a Plandampf service from Bergen heads south towards Lauterbach Mole.
Bergen auf Ruegen: On 14th June at Bergen auf Ruegen, the train driver undertakes a complex technical manoeuvre before the departure of the 09.40 Pressnitztalbahn train to Putbus and Lauterbach Mole. This Plandampf service is headed by a Class 52 2-10-0 instead of the normal diesel railcar on the right. The passenger service on this branch is financially supported by the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Land (state) on a franchise basis, with Deutsche Bahn having lost the operation to private operators in 2003.
Putbus: Close-up of ex-Deutsche Reichsbahn Class 118 and passenger coach at the Putbus Railfest on 14th June.
Fleetwood Ferry: A southbound tram service has just left Fleetwood Ferry on 14 June and passes along Pharos Street on its way to Starr Gate. Flexity 004 is still on the turnaround loop, prior to rejoining the double track section along Fleetwood's main street.
Putbus: At 12.40 on 14th June the 06.00 charter from Leipzig and Berlin arrives at Putbus in the middle of the annual Railfest - the train is topped by ex-DR 01 0509-8 and tailed by ex-DR diesel 118 770-7. Note standard and narrow-gauge tracks merging in the foreground for the 5.8km dual-gauge final section of the Lauterbach Mole branch. The cost of a return ticket from Leipzig was just 89 Euros (about £75) for a round trip of around 600 miles.
Putbus: Standard-gauge and narrow-gauge steam at the Putbus Railfest on 14th June 2014.
Preston: 86259 calls at Preston with the Cumbrian Coast Express on 14 June 2014. The tour was hauled from London to Carnforth by the 86 and then on to Carlisle over Shap by Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no. 48151. The special returned to Carnforth via the Cumbrian Coast, following which the 86 returned the tour to London.
Carnforth: With 86259 waiting in the sidings, Stanier 8F no. 48151 takes the Cumbrian Coast Express out onto the main line to Carlisle following the loco swap at Carnforth on 14 June 2014.
Cark and Cartmel: 48151 brings the return Cumbrian Coast Express swiftly though Cark and Cartmel on 14 June 2014 having made up time since the water stop at Sellafield.
Lancaster: 86259 returns the Cumbrian Coast Express south on the on 14 June 2014, seen here at Lancaster. [See image 47672]
Askam: 153301 and 153307 arrive at Askam with a Carlisle to Lancaster (via the Cumbrian coast) service on 14 June 2014.
Ravenglass: Class 142s have appeared on Cumbrian Coast services joining Classes 153s and 156s. My ride from Askam to Ravenglass was lively in places as 142005 bounced along. The unit stands at Ravenglass whilst working a Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle service on 14 June 2014.
Ravenglass: Currentlty on loan from the RHDR, 4-8-2 Hercules arrives at Ravenglass on 14 June 2014. [See image 40808]
Winchburgh Tunnel: View south from above the site of Winchburgh Station on 14 June 2015. The north portal of Winchburgh Tunnel is visible on the left, with the eastbound track removed to allow access for contractors plant. [See recent news items]
Anstruther [2nd]: Relics of the East of Fife line are few and hard to find. Just west of the Dreel Viaduct is this isolated overbridge at Anstruther Junction where the Anstruther & St. Andrews Railway met the Leven & East of Fife line. There was a signal box here. This view looks west and behind the photographer to the south lay the original Anstruther terminus, shed, yards etc, while the through line ran east to the Dreel Viaduct and the through Anstruther (second) station. No trace remains of the stations or yards.
Warwick Road: Two views, both taken from the B4100 road bridge, of the surviving 5 mile section of the old SMJR line, now used by freight trains accessing the MOD depot at Kineton. The upper view looks east towards the main line at Fenny Compton and the bridge over the M40 can be seen in the distance. The lower view looks west with the line curving left towards the MOD sidings. [Ref query 6951]
Anstruther Junction: Looking east from the bridge at Anstruther Junction in 2015 towards the sites of the two stations. Straight ahead then slightly left for New, to the right for Old. The playpark in the distance I would judge to be roughly where B1 61132 was standing in August 1965 [see image 21297]. The site once occupied by the Old station and yards is now covered in housing and green spaces while New is covered in industrial units.
Harbury: The massive clearance works continue following the landslip in Harbury cutting earlier this year. This photograph, taken from above the north portal of the short Harbury Tunnel during a Sunday line possession on 14 June 2015, shows the extent of earth removal that has taken place and makes an interesting comparison with the scene in September 2014 [see image 48778].
Dalston: Changing of the tankers at Petroineous Depot, Dalston Cumbria. Loaded tankers being stabled prior to moving the empties. Misty morning 14th June 2016.
Settle: 158797 'Jane Tomlinson' southbound at Settle on 140617. I photographed it (her) at Leeds several years ago [see image 42302].
Gourock: Bikes pay homage to Alastair Alexander's magnificent display at Gourock.
Cinderbarrow: Battery or Steam power? Discussion on the relevant motive power merits at the Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway during a private evening visit in June 2017. The resident Bo-Bo BE, loosely resembling a Class 58, has 3x8v batteries and a 1hp motor on each axle so has real pulling power. View across the station site towards the signal box.
Cinderbarrow: The really neat three road carriage shed at the Cinderbarrow Miniature Railway on 14th June 2017. Alongside the society clubhouse a further track at elevated level runs towards the traverser and loading area. Many of the miniature locos weigh upwards of half a ton so there is no manual handling and they are railed into road vehicles for transport to and from the site. Behind the scenes location photographed during a private evening visit.
Settle: Train from Carlisle heading south.
Doncaster: Two Class 322 EMUs, once used on the North Berwick branch, seen in the north side bay platforms at Doncaster on 14th June 2018. They were both on Doncaster - Wakefield - Leeds services.
Leire Halt: A view north west of Frolesworth Road over-bridge, to the west of Ashby Parva village, over the former Leicester Wigston North Junction to Rugby Midland line. The bridge is located some 7/8 mile south of Leire Halt.
Leire Halt: A north easterly view from Frolesworth Road over-bridge, to the west of Ashby Parva village, along a tree free section of the solum of the former Leicester Wigston North Junction to Rugby Midland line. Trees totally obscure the view south. Leire Halt was approx. 7/8 mile north of the bridge.
Uffington: A GWR Class 800 IEP unit passing Uffington on 14th June 2018.
Abbey Hill Golf Centre: While my colleagues were busy playing crazy golf, I became distracted by this rope hauled people carrier - one of two on site. As you can see, it has rails; though I couldn't see whether it has wheels or slides, nor could I measure the track gauge without getting rather wet!
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1827||Ardrossan Railway||Act receives Royal assent.|
|1841||Bristol and Exeter Railway||Bristol (Harbour Bridge Junction) to Bridgwater, and Weston Junction to Weston-super-Mare opened. Stations on these sections at: Redminster, Parson Street, Long Ashton, Flax Bourton, Nailsea & Backwell, Yatton, Puxton & Worle, Bleadon & Uphill, Brean Road Halt, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Dunball, Bridgwater, Weston Milton Halt and Weston-Super-Mare.|
|1860||Buckley Railway||Authorised to convert from a horse-drawn tramway into a railway.|
|1874||London and North Western Railway South Wales||Morlais Tunnel completed.|
|1954||Sheffield Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway||New Woodhead Tunnel opens and electric services over line commence.|
|1954||Clarence Railway||Billingham to Haverton Hill public service withdrawn.|
|1964||West Highland Railway||Craigendoran (West Highland, high level), Rhu, Shandon, Whistlefield and Glen Douglas Closed as the local service from Craigendoran to Arrochar and Tarbet is withdrawn.|
|1965||Portpatrick Railway||Dunragit station closed.|
|1965||Wigtownshire Railway||Whithorn to Newton Stewart officially closed, although the track was already lifted.|
|1965||Wishaw Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway)||Wishaw Central re-named Wishaw.|
|1965||Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway||Cargenbridge (excluded) to Castle Douglas closed completely.|
|1965||Portpatrick Railway||Dunragit station closed.|
|1965||Portpatrick Railway||Castle Kennedy station closed.|
|1965||Girvan and Portpatrick Railway||Number of trains on line increases after closure of the Portpatrick Railway. Trains are diverted to run via Mauchline to Girvan and the former Challoch Junction for Stranraer.|
|1965||Portpatrick Railway||Palnure loop already lifted by this date|
|1965||Maybole and Girvan Railway||Line starts to carry extra workings on closure of the Portpatrick Railway between Challoch Junction and Dumfries (Cargenden).|
|1965||Oswestry and Newtown Railway||Abermule closed|
|1965||Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)||Annbank to Mauchline re-opened to passengers (on closure of the Port road, the Stranraer to Dumfries line).|
|1965||Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)||Ballachulish (Glencoe) to Connel Ferry closed to freight.|
|1965||Kirkcudbright Railway||Kirkcudbright to Castle Douglas closed to freight.|
|1965||Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)||Blackhouse Junction to Hawkhill Junction re-opened for passengers. The re-opened curve was not on the original double track alignment but closer to Ayr MPD.|
|1965||Portpatrick RailwayCastle Douglas and Dumfries Railway||Challoch Junction to Dumfries closed to passengers. Glenluce, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet, New Galloway, Parton and Crossmichael closed. The ^Paddy^ is diverted via Mauchline and the former Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway.|
Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
|Challoch Junction to Cargenden/Drongan (excluded) closed to all traffic|
|1966||Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)||Closed.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2006||Major questions raised on airport rail link [Scotsman]||THE future of a proposed major rail link to Edinburgh Airport remains in doubt after the leader of the Scottish Parliament Committee charged with scrutinising the plans yesterday said major questions remain about its costs and planned route.|
|2006||Police arrest 15 in railway-line purge [Scotsman]||POLICE have arrested 15 people aged between 14 and 22 in a crackdown on gangs loitering near railway lines.|
|2006||Fresh blow for city trams as chief quits the driving seat [Scotsman]||THE man in charge of overseeing the return of trams to the Capital is to quit in the latest blow for the troubled project.|
|2006||Howell at end of the line [Scotsman]||THE man in charge of overseeing the return of trams to the Capital is to quit in the latest blow for the troubled project.|
|2006||Questions still hanging over Capital^s airport railway link [Scotsman]||MAJOR questions remain about the cost and route of the proposed Edinburgh Airport Rail Link, according to the convener of the Holyrood committee scrutinising the project.|
|2006||Offer in rail signallers dispute [BBC News]||A new pay offer is made in talks aimed at averting national rail strikes.|
|2007||Go-slow signs go up on plans for A9 dualling [Scotsman]||THE prospect of a major upgrade to the A9 from Perth to Inverness receded last night after the transport minister revealed that he would "consider the options" some time after next summer.|
|2008||Man in horror fall through Waverley roof [Evening News]||A MAN was rushed to hospital early today after falling around 70ft from North Bridge and through the roof of Waverley Station.|
|2009||Final chance for a unique walk [Network Rail Article]||Ramblers, walkers, rail enthusiasts – in fact anyone who fancies stretching their legs in a somewhat unusual venue – are being invited to walk over a railway viaduct on what is claimed to be one of the most scenic railway lines in the country.|
|2010||Train retracing route of first Auschwitz convoy [AFP]||Exactly 70 years after Nazi German troops packed them into train cars, a handful of Auschwitz survivors gathered Monday to commemorate the first rail convoy to the notorious camp.|
|2010||Track reopens after derailment [BBC News]||Rail services in Argyll return to normal after a section of track closed by last week^s train derailment reopens.|
|2011||Office of Rail Regulation frustrated at rail repairs [BBC News]||Rail regulators have expressed ^frustration^ at the slowness of safety improvements to the train network.|
|2012||Level crossing crash: Van driver Daniel Bellis jailed [BBC News]||A driver whose van was hit on a level crossing by a train when he failed to call ahead to check if the line was clear has been jailed for five months. Daniel Bellis, 35, from Oswestry, Shropshire, admitted endangering the safety of people on the railway. The judge at Mold Crown Court told him he gambled with lives on the crossing near Carno, Powys, on 16 February. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2013||That’s PURRRFECT! [Huddersfield Daily Examiner]||FELIX the cat has got station staff in a right flap. The moggy, who has been adopted as the official Huddersfield railway station cat, has been awarded a special treat by leading train operator First TransPennine Express. She has her very own personalised cat flap to allow easy access through the newly-installed platform ticket barriers. [From Chris Taylor]|
|2013||At 100, Grand Central still holds secrets [LA Times]||Grand Central Terminal hits 100 this year. The terminal^s unofficial chief historian says there^s a hidden jewel and a secret staircase there. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2013||Mallard steam locomotive to return to Grantham [BBC]||The world^s fastest ever steam locomotive is to return to the district where it broke the record. Mallard reached a top speed of 126mph (203km/h) after passing through Grantham, Lincolnshire, on 3 July 1938. The locomotive will be displayed near Grantham station on 7 and 8 September, as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the record being set. It is normally kept at the National Railway Museum in York, and has not been in Grantham for 50 years. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2013||Bombardier blow as Siemens wins £1.6bn Thameslink deal [Telegraph]||Ministers are embroiled in a jobs for British workers row after confirming that Siemens had won the £1.6bn contract to build rolling stock for the Thameslink line. The decision will be a huge blow to Bombardier, the Derby-based train-maker – one of three major employers in the city. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2013||Argentina train crash leaves hundreds of casualties [Guardian]||A speeding commuter train slammed into another that had stopped between stations during the morning commute on Thursday in suburban Buenos Aires. Three passengers were confirmed dead and more than 300 injured on a line that has been under Argentinian government control since a deadly crash in 2012.|
|2013||Network Rail Under The Cosh [Christian Woolmar]||At the root of the problem over Network Rail’s profligate tendencies, is the legacy of a rapid and radical privatisation that resulted in a structure which has still not settled down two decades later.|
|2013||£10,000 reward offered to find vandals who targeted rail network [STV]||Rail bosses are offering a £10,000 reward for help in catching vandals responsible for damaging signalling equipment in Glasgow. Network Rail announced the incentive following an investigation which concluded that a series of incidents across the network could be related. It comes after disruptions to train services in the past two weeks, which saw hundreds of trains cancelled or running late.|
|2016||ScotRail workers to stage series of six strikes [BBC News]||Guards on ScotRail are to stage a series of six strikes in the coming weeks in a dispute over driver-only trains, the RMT union has announced. The first 24-hour walk-out is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 21 June, with a 48-hour strike the following weekend. Last week the union said a majority of its members had voted for strike action in a ballot with a 75% turnout.|
|2016||Borders Railway steam train trips return [BBC News]||Steam train trips are set to return to the Borders Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank during August and September. The famous Flying Scotsman used the route earlier this year and there have been previous excursions on the line. Scottish Borders Council has described the trips as a ^superb success^ and said it hoped they would return to the region. They are now set to run along the route every Sunday in August and September this year. The trains used for the trips will be the recently restored Royal Scot which was built in 1927 and the Union of South Africa which dates back to 1937.|
|2017||Plan for Edinburgh-Glasgow electric trains delayed [BBC News]||A project to improve the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line, which has faced delays and rising costs, has been held up a further three months. Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said he was ^very confident^ the latest deadline would be met, though he could not give a ^cast-iron guarantee^. He told a Scottish Parliament committee that no more taxpayers^ money would be needed for the project. The first electric services are now due to start running in October. A deadline set in January 2014 had aimed to achieve this milestone in 2016, and this was later pushed back until July 2017. The Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) was costed at £742m in January 2014 - up £90m on the previous estimate.|
|2018||New north-east railway station a step nearer as car park recommended for approval [Evening Express]||Plans for the north-easts newest railway station could soon take a step forward with the approval of a car park. Aberdeenshire Council has applied to build the new facility which would serve the proposed station in Kintore. The councils planning department is currently considering a proposal for the new station but a separate application for the car park has been recommended for approval.|
|2018||Caledonian Sleeper reintroduces Oban bus link after successful trial [Press and Journal]||Passengers of the Caledonian Sleeper will be able to explore the wonders of the west coast as a direct bus connection is reintroduced. The complementary non-stop connection between Oban and the services nearest stop at Crianlarich is being reintroduced following a successful trial in the region last year.|