This day in history 18 June

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Blunsdon: As has been reported in the Railway Media, there was an arson attack on the Swindon and Cricklade's Thumper Unit.

It is now being stripped of any remaining good parts before being scrapped.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [18/06/]


Williamwood: 42275 approaching Williamwood from the Muirend direction in June 1955 with a train for Uplawmoor. The embankment on the right carried the line from Muirend to Clarkston East Junction and was used from time to time for the storage of carriages and wagons awaiting repair or scrapping. [See image 9185]

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/06/1955]


Lochpark Siding: A3 Pacific no 60075 St Frusquin climbs away from the Hawick stop past Loch Park PW depot with the up Waverley for London St Pancras in June 1959. [See image 45325]

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/06/1959]


Crianlarich: K4 61995 Cameron of Lochiel stands at Crianlarich on 18 June 1960 with the SLS/RCTS 'Scottish Rail Tour' returning from Fort William. From here the special took the C&O route to Glasgow Buchanan Street.

West Highland Railway
David Stewart [18/06/1960]


Aberfeldy: Caledonian 0-4-4T 55217 taking water at Aberfeldy shed in the summer of 1960.

Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
David Stewart [18/06/1960]


Aberfeldy: The station signal box at Aberfeldy on 18 June 1960 - almost completely obscuring the branch locomotive, Caledonian 0-4-4T 55217.

Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
David Stewart [18/06/1960]


Aberfeldy: Looking back towards the station from Aberfeldy shed in the summer of 1960.

Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
David Stewart [18/06/1960]


Killin [2nd]: The branch train waits at the platform at Killin station in the summer of 1960. The locomotive is thought to be McIntosh 0-4-4T no 55195.

Killin Railway
David Stewart [18/06/1960]


Crianlarich: A Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street train at the south end of Crianlarich station in the summer of 1960 behind B1 61355 (nearest) and Standard class 5 73105.

West Highland Railway
David Stewart [18/06/1960]


Aberfeldy: The approach to Aberfeldy station seen from the end of the platform on 18 June 1960. In the right background 55217 is standing alongside the shed. [See image 46095]

Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
David Stewart [18/06/1960]


Heaton MPD: Gresley V1 no 67665 and EE Type 4 no D255 photographed together alongside Heaton shed in June 1961. This is the same month the locomotive was withdrawn from St Margarets shed and is presumably here on its way to Darlington Works for scrapping.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
K A Gray [18/06/1961]


Heaton MPD: Raven Q6 0-8-0 no 63404 standing in the shed yard at Heaton in June 1961.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
K A Gray [18/06/1961]


Plates, signs and notices: A section of the Glasgow suburban map from the BR (Scottish Region) timetable for the period 18 June to 9 September 1962, showing suburban destinations served from Central and Queen Street stations.

British Rail
Colin Miller [18/06/1962]


Plates, signs and notices: The back of a pocket timetable valid from 18 Jun 1962. 1s 4d return, valid all day, for the three-and-a-half miles from Waverley to Joppa. 1s 4d equals 7p.  There's no meaningful way of arriving at today's equivalent of past prices, whatever you are led to believe.  Cheap though it seems most people still preferred the bus and the station closed in 1964 as did Portobello.  Note the income-dependent season ticket rates for 16 to 18 year olds. It would be unthinkable today, and hard to police then; what if you suddenly got a better-paid job, or left education?

British Rail
David Panton [18/06/1962]


Edinburgh Waverley: A Deltic powers the 100th anniversary Flying Scotsman up the 1 in 78 towards the Calton Tunnel on 18 June 1962.

North British Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [18/06/1962]


Kings Cross: 'Read all about it...!' Once a common sight during the evening at Kings Cross station. The product of Fleet Street being loaded into newspaper vans destined for all points north in June 1969.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/1969]


Kings Cross: Night scene at Kings Cross on 18 June 1969 with a newspaper train loading at the platform.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/1969]


Allerdene Shop Pit: NCB 0-4-0ST No. 81 (RSH 7604 of 1949) takes water at the shed on the site of Allerdene Shop pit (later Ravensworth Shop Colliery), Lamesley, Co Durham, in June 1970. The colliery stood at the foot of the Allerdene rope-hauled incline (latterly part of the Bowes system). No 81 was cut up at Springwell in October 1972 and operations here ceased the following year. The area is now covered by a retail park and the A1 Western Bypass.

Team Waggonway
Bill Jamieson [18/06/1970]


Newcastle Central: A loaded colliery trip working approaches Newcastle Central station off the King Edward Bridge in June 1970 behind EE Type 3 No. D6767, which has the assistance of a brake tender to keep its train under control.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Bill Jamieson [18/06/1970]


Lamesley: EE Type 3 6834 is not far from journey's end as it passes Lamesley just before 4pm on a fine summer's day in 1970 with 6K20, the 13:45 Eastgate to Heaton loaded cement.

North Eastern Railway
Bill Jamieson [18/06/1970]


Lamesley: The weather on general election day in 1970 had started dull but brightened up late morning and stayed fine for the rest of the day. Here Peak No. D55 Royal Signals accelerates past Lamesley under an almost cloudless sky shortly after leaving Newcastle on the 16.20 to Bristol Temple Meads.

North Eastern Railway
Bill Jamieson [18/06/1970]


Newcastle Central: On a fine evening in June 1970, Peak No. D170 grinds round the sharp curve on the up goods line at the west end of Newcastle Central station. The train is thought to be a return working of 'Freightliner' flats from South Gosforth to Follingsby with the locomotive still displaying the reporting number from a previous working.

North Eastern Railway
Bill Jamieson [18/06/1970]


Tyne Marshalling Yard: Clayton No. D8604 makes a smoky exit from the north end of Tyne Yard on 18 June 1970. The freight is an afternoon trip working formed of 45t oil tanks.

Team Valley Railway (North Eastern Railway)
Bill Jamieson [18/06/1970]


Dumfries: A down Leeds - Glasgow train passing the former Lighthouse signal box that still stood on the hill to the north of Dumfries station in the early 1970s. In the words of renowned railway photographer Derek Cross, the historic structure was '...demolished in an act of planning vandalism.' Nearest the camera is the remaining section of The Port Road to Stranraer, still open at this time as far as the ICI factory at Cargenbridge, just beyond Maxwelltown.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [18/06/1971]


Dumfries: An unidentified Class 47 restarts a Glasgow Central - Leeds service from Dumfries in June 1982.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [18/06/1982]


Dumfries: A Glasgow - Leeds train shortly after restarting from Dumfries in 1982, passing the site of Dumfries shed, with the buildings now demolished. This view from St Mary's Street bridge had not been possible prior to demolition of the old shed.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [18/06/1982]


Ashby-de-la-Zouch: Probably the best preserved relics of this short-lived (21 years) electric tramway through open countryside are the rails set in cobbles in front of Ashby station. That Rover 400 has hit hard times, too. Notice the points just in front of the car.

Burton and Ashby Light Railway (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [18/06/2005]


Ashby-de-la-Zouch: A very grand station for a town which has hit hard times. Currently in use as offices, this station could see passenger trains again - they've only been talking about it for some 30 years...

Burton to Leicester Line (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [18/06/2005]


Amerton: Peter Pan at the Kerr Stuart Gala at the Amerton Farm Railway. An amiable outfit comprising a wobbly loop of rails laid in a field.

Amerton Farm Railway
Ken Strachan [18/06/2005]


Amerton: Tattoo at the Kerr Stuart Gala at the Amerton Farm Railway. An amiable outfit comprising a wobbly loop of rails laid in a field.

Amerton Farm Railway
Ken Strachan [18/06/2005]


Amerton: Tattoo seems to be blinking in the sun at the Kerr Stuart Gala at the Amerton Farm Railway. Probably quite justified - the temperature hit 32 degrees C, and I got badly sunburned.

Amerton Farm Railway
Ken Strachan [18/06/2005]


Drumgelloch [1st]: A Sunday morning arrival at Drumgelloch terminus in June 2006.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [18/06/2006]


Drumgelloch [1st]: An afternoon train about to leave Drumgelloch with a service to Helensburgh Central on 18 June 2006.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [18/06/2006]


Dalgety Bay: Royal Scotsman heads north through Dalgety Bay on 18 June en route to Keith behind 47854.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/06/2007]


Bow Of Fife: 47854 approaches Bow of Fife crossing bound for Keith. The first leg of the five day Classic Tour, using the Royal Scotsman set.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/06/2007]


Broomhill: Strathspey Railway No.17 is seen nearing Broomhill. Nicely turned out in lined green and named Braeriach. A huge improvement on last year.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [18/06/2007]


Boat of Garten: At one time weighing scales were to be found on every station. This one is preserved on the Strathspey Railway.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [18/06/2007]


Sweetholm Crossing: Royal Scotsman heads north through Fife on its way to Keith on 18 June behind 47854.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/06/2007]


Inverness: 67009 is about to depart with the Inverness portion of the Caledonian Sleeper.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
John Gray [18/06/2007]


Bow of Fife: EWS 66111 heads south through the Bow of Fife with train 6D71, empty aviation fuel tanks en route from Linkswood (RAF Leuchars) to Mossend.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/06/2008]


Saughton [Tram]: Part of the Edinburgh guided busway system at Saughton on 18 June 2008. The route is destined to carry trams in due course.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [18/06/2008]


Exmouth: An Exeter St Davids service with 142009 waits to leave Exmouth interchange station. This is located a little further back along the branch than the station in the earlier photograph by Ian Dinmore but it is still close to the town centre and enjoys a half hourly service to Exeter.

Exeter and Exmouth Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2008]


Alresford: Alresford Station building and forecourt on the former L&SWR Watercress Line.

Mid-Hants Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [18/06/2008]


Alresford: Alresford Station looking East towards Ropley on the former L&SWR Watercress Line.

Mid-Hants Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [18/06/2008]


Lympstone Village: Swimmers Service. Children in a party from a local primary school return to Lympstone after using the pool at Exmouth. 142064 is on a Barnstaple service. View towards Lympstone Commando and Topsham. The Pacer was an ex-Northern unit in use by FGW but would return to the North West at the end of 2011 when these units were replaced by cascaded Sprinters from London Midland.

Exeter and Exmouth Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2008]


Alresford: Class 33 No 6593 at Alresford on the former L&SWR Watercress Line in June 2008.

Mid-Hants Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [18/06/2008]


Alresford: Southern corridor-brake at Alresford on the former L&SWR Watercress Line.

Mid-Hants Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [18/06/2008]


Alresford: Bulleid Merchant Navy class 35005 Canadian Pacific leaving Alresford on the former L&SWR Watercress Line in June 2008.

Mid-Hants Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [18/06/2008]


Balgreen: Fife-bound 170 458 passes the former Corstorphine branch junction near the site of Balgreen Halt on 18 June. The forthcoming Edinburgh tramway system will follow the branch alignment on the left

Corstorphine Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/06/2008]


Topsham: Topsham loop on the single track Exmouth branch allows a half hourly service to be operated in each direction. The signals and crossing barriers are controlled from Exmouth Junction, although the signal box still stands by the level crossing. 142064 going to Barnstaple crosses 142063 heading for Exmouth, the latter running as a 4-car set with 142070 on the rear.

Exeter and Exmouth Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2008]


Exmouth: 142009 stands at Exmouth with the 1150 stopping train for Exeter. Alternate trains on the half hourly service run through to Paignton, many of them semi-fast on the branch. View from the buffers towards Lympstone.

Exeter and Exmouth Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2008]


Powderhall: Containers of compacted household waste, destined for landfill, forming part of the morning Powderhall - Oxwellmains Binliner service on 18 June 2008. Part of the train is standing on the bridge over the Water of Leith just north of the former Powderhall station, now part of a large Edinburgh Council refuse depot. Positioning of the container flats alongside the loading/unloading apron is carried out using the depots internal cable-haulage system [see image 12012]. Just beyond the bridge lay Bonnington South Junction, meeting point of the lines from North Leith and Granton.

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Bill Roberton [18/06/2008]


Powderhall: View southeast along the branch from Powderhall depot on 18 June as 37401 waits for the loading of the morning Binliner containers to be completed before coupling up and taking the train to Oxwellmains.

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
Bill Roberton [18/06/2008]


Hilsea: 158958, heading for Cardiff, makes a change from the SWT and Southern EMUs that form most of the trains on the Portsmouth line. The diesel unit is running non-stop through Hilsea on its way north to the main line where it will turn west towards Southampton. Two Class 450 SWT EMUs are heading for Portsmouth on the down line.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Hilsea: A late (1941) addition to the railway network, this station is Hilsea on the busy Portsmouth line. SWT 450075 is heading for Portsmouth as it draws into Hilsea in this view looking northwards.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Stonehaven: The exterior of Stonehaven station, seen from the carriage drive on 18 June 2009. [See image 20020 to play 'spot the changes over ten years.']

Aberdeen Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Preston: A Pendolino stands at Preston platform 4 on 18 June 2009, having terminated here with the 2030 hrs ex London Euston. Thunderbird 57312 The Hood has appeared at the rear of the set and an attempt has just been made to extend the Pendolino's Dellner coupler. This has failed and the 57 is about to move off empty handed. The photograph was taken from the top deck of the new multi-storey car park alongside Preston station which had opened a few days earlier. [Note: One explanation for these manoeuvres is that the 57 was intending to haul the Pendolino to Longsight depot via Chorley and Bolton and that the problem with the coupler necessitated the train being rerouted back to Crewe then on to Longsight under the wires.]

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2009]


Fratton: Fratton Depot is situated on the down side at Fratton station as can be seen here in this view from the station's down side island platform. A rush hour view and so the depot sidings are empty but will be busy later in the evening.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Fratton: A Southern service, heading for Portsmouth and formed by EMU 377461, runs into the down island platform at Fratton. This will have travelled along the coast, probably from Brighton. Fratton EMU servicing depot is just off to the right of this platform.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Laurencekirk: Lesson in restoration - the recently reopened Laurencekirk station, photographed on 18 June 2009. View along the down platform [see image 18132].

Aberdeen Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Dunbar: Surviving buildings at the entrance to the former goods yard alongside Dunbar station, photographed on 18 June 2009. The white wooden structure was probably the coal office.

North British Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Causewayhead: An SPT liveried 170 rounds the bend towards the Wallace Monument on 18 June with a service for Alloa.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
David Forbes [18/06/2009]


Maidenhead: A westbound HST in full flight (or at least it felt like that) rushes through Platform 1 at Maidenhead on 18 June 2009.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2009]


Edinburgh Waverley: Arriva CrossCountry HST (power car 43378) after arrival at Edinburgh Waverley on 18 June.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [18/06/2009]


Reading: The driver of the CrossCountry service has changed ends as it sits in Platform 5 at Reading on 18 June with a service from Manchester to Bournemouth. Meanwhile a westbound HST pauses at the adjacent platform.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2009]


Dunbar: An exception to the general rule - Dunbar - June 2009 [see image 29137].

North British Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Tackley: The basic but very tidy facilities at Tackley can be seen in this view looking towards Oxford. The station serves a fairly small village and has done well to survive through to the present day.

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Tackley: The period style lighting adds a nice touch to Tackley station as a Cross Country Voyager speeds south on the line from Banbury to Oxford. This view looks north towards Banbury.

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Laurencekirk: The old posters left here at closure in 1967, now preserved behind glass at the reopened Laurencekirk station in June 2009. Another nice touch [see image 13338].

Aberdeen Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Laurencekirk: Scene at Laurencekirk station on 18 June 2009, a month after repening. The station name is rendered in the style it was at closure in 1967. A nice touch.

Aberdeen Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Montrose: The doomed box at Montrose South stands in the background on 18 June, while the semaphore's yet to be commissioned replacement skulks behind its senior.

North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Laurencekirk: One of the waiting room displays at the reopened Laurencekirk station, photographed on 18 June 2009.

Aberdeen Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Reading: In front of one of many new buildings just to the east of Reading station is a South West Trains service which has terminated here following a journey from Waterloo via Ascot on 18 June 2009. The Class 444 units have an external resemblance to the Class 380 mock-up currently on display in Glasgow Central Station. Nearer the camera is a First Great Western HST on an eastbound service which will run non stop to London Paddington.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2009]


Aynho: Sometimes known as Aynho for Deddington this station opened in 1910 on the Oxford to Banbury line and closed in 1964 but is still in use as a private residence alongside the main line. A short distance along the road from here was Aynho Park Platform, on the Princes Risborough line, although no trace of that station remains.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Aynho: Aynho station, closed in 1964, still stands alongside the Oxford to Banbury line. This is the view north from the overbridge and, in the distance, the flyover at Aynho Junction can be seen where the down Princes Risborough direct line is carried over the bridge to join the line in the foreground.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Stonehaven: Heralded by a clatter of bells and a clunk of levers in the box behind me, 170 408 arrives at Stonehaven with a service for Glasgow Queen Street on 18 June 2009

Aberdeen Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Dunbar: CrossCountry service for Aberdeen pulls into Dunbar on 18 June 2009. Not only were the departure monitors showing 'Platform 1' when there is only one platform, but the 1s were flashing to indicate a platform alteration...

North British Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Princes Street [Tram]: Tram rails being installed on Princes Street! View looking east on 18 June 2009.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [18/06/2009]


Maidenhead: On the GWR main line west of Maidenhead a First Great Western HST heads towards Reading on 18 June 2009.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2009]


Dundee: Bay platform 3 at Dundee is occupied by 170 424 on 18 June with a return working to Edinburgh. The other bay platform appears to see little use.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Fratton: SWT 450018, just out from Portsmouth on its way to London Waterloo, rolls into Fratton leading a twelve coach (3x4 car) set. View towards Portsmouth from the island platform on the down side.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2009]


Montrose: 170 417 pulls into Montrose with a service for Edinburgh on 18 June, while the lofty MN [Montrose North] 44 is set for a northbound train.

North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
David Panton [18/06/2009]


Nuneaton Trent Valley: (Re-)Connected at last: the Birmingham-Leicester line (L) can now be accessed from the WCML heading South (R). At least one railtour has already passed this way.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [18/06/2010]


Wells-next-the-Sea : The unique 2-6-0+0-6-2 Garratt locomotive no 3 Norfolk Hero photographed on 18 June 2010 on the ten and a quarter inch gauge Wells and Walsingham Light Railway in Norfolk. The 4 mile long line is built along a section of the former standard gauge branch from Dereham, closed by BR in 1964.

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
Bruce McCartney [18/06/2010]


Bermuda Park: The Bermuda industrial estate has seen a number of measures to reduce carbon emissions - a cycle path, new footpaths, traffic lights on a major roundabout. A new station is scheduled for completion in December 2013 - about where the approaching 153 can be seen in the centre background of this south-facing view. Notice the curve of the road in the foreground - this is the approximate course of the old branch line to the Bermuda collieries.

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [18/06/2010]


Nuneaton: The little known viaduct across the little known River Anker is located between an industrial estate and a heavily wooded part of Riversley Park. So it is rarely photographed. The puddle jumper is the 11.45 from Coventry.

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [18/06/2010]


Euxton Balshaw Lane: A Birmingham bound Voyager seen from Euxton Balshaw Lane station heading south towards Balshaw Lane Junction on the late afternoon of 18 June 2011.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2011]


Holt: Class 37 no 6737 lurks in the undergrowth at Holt station on the North Norfolk Railway on 18th June 2011.

Cromer Branch (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
David Spaven [18/06/2011]


Holt: The token is handed over to the footplate as the 2.15pm departure leaves Holt for Sheringham on the North Norfolk Railway with Hunslet 0-6-0 saddle tank no 1982 Ring Haw in charge.

Cromer Branch (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
Bruce McCartney [18/06/2011]


Croston: 1533315 calls at Croston station with the 15.55 departure to Ormskirk on 18 June 2011. The disused former Preston bound platform on the left has been receiving attention to the undergrowth by the 'Friends of Croston Station' community group. After having been abandoned for over 40 years, it is quite a task - and quite interesting to see how much platform blockwork is being unearthed. [See image 36136]

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2011]


London Bridge: A South eastern Service for Charing Cross makes its way over Railway Approach viaduct shortly after leaving London Bridge station in June 2011. Beyond the viaduct stands Southwark Cathedral [see image 43915].

South Eastern Railway
Ian Dinmore [18/06/2011]


Holt: Class 37 no 6737 stands at Holt station on the North Norfolk Railway on 18th June 2011.

Cromer Branch (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
Bruce McCartney [18/06/2011]


Stow: The trackbed of the Waverley route looking north through the site of Stow station on 18 June 2012. Demolition of the house built across the trackbed on this side of the bridge has been completed and the rubble cleared away. [See image 23820]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/2012]


Eskbank and Dalkeith: A young girl and her dog passing through the remains of Eskbank station on a bright and sunny afternoon. View south from the road bridge on 18 June 2012.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/06/2012]


Stow: View south over Stow station from the road bridge on 18 June 2012 looking towards Galashiels. The partial crater in the right foreground is the result of demolition of the house that previously stood on the trackbed here [see image 14414].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/2012]


Loch nan Umbh Viaduct: A sunny and breezy June afternoon with K1 No. 62005 hauling the return working of The Jacobite across the Viaduct at Loch nan Uamh.

Mallaig Extension Railway (West Highland Railway)
John Gray [18/06/2012]


Galashiels: View north from Station Brae road bridge in Galashiels on 18 June 2012. The flats which had impeded the planned Borders Railway route have been demolished and clearance of the trackbed is now underway. The new station will be located just beyond the rubble. [See image 28730]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/2012]


Dunfermline Town: Colas Rail 66847 coasts downhill between Dunfermline Queen Margaret and Dunfermline Town with the second of two (route learning?) trips from Stirling via Alloa on 18 June. A new traffic flow perchance?

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [18/06/2012]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Power on and flanges squealing as 66201 lifts the bitumen empties from Preston Dock up the last few yards of the 1:29 into Preston station [See image 34939]. I remember Class 40s pulling long rakes of empty 16 tonners up this incline and it was a lot more dramatic than the apparently effortless way the modern locos do it. The earlier westbound slog up to Copy Pit with the loaded tanks will have been far more taxing to the Class 66.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2012]


Preston (Ribble Branch): About half way up the 1:29 incline from Preston Dock, 66201 passes under Walton's Parade bridge in June 2012. The two concrete flying arches are presumably later additions keeping the brick retaining wall in place. The train is the 6E32 (MWF only) returning bitumen empties to Lindsey.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2012]


Bowland: Looking north along the Waverley trackbed at Bowland, the first station north from Galashiels, in June 2012. Directly ahead is bridge no 80 over the B710, beyond which stood Bowland signal box. Passenger access from road level was via a stairway to the down platform, with the up platform reached by means of a barrow crossing just before the bridge. Bowland station closed to passengers in October 1953 although the goods yard remained in use for a further 11 years. [See image 36188]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/2012]


Southport Pier: The twin-section articulated, battery powered tram car that provides a half-hourly service in both directions along the Southport Pier Tramway. The 3'6' gauge tramway runs the 3,600 feet length of Southport Pier, providing a public passenger service to the pier head.

Southport Pier Tramway
Veronica Clibbery [18/06/2013]


Princes Street [Tram]: View east along Princes Street past The Mound tram stop on 18 June 2013.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [18/06/2013]


Alston: The tidy Signal Cabin at Alston, South Tynedale Railway. on 18th June 2013.

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Brian Taylor [18/06/2013]


Mallaig: 45407 runs round its train at Mallaig on 18 June after working in on the afternoon Jacobite service from Fort William. Captured in a quick dash from the ferry terminal before booking in time for the Skye ferry.

Mallaig Extension Railway (West Highland Railway)
David Pesterfield [18/06/2013]


Alston: Hunslet No. 9 backs down onto its train at Alston, on the South Tynedale Railway, on 18th June 2013. For those who know Alston, the temperature was an unheard of 24C!

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Brian Taylor [18/06/2013]


Southport Pier: The Southport Pier Tramway's 2-car battery unit during a break from its half-hourly shuttle service along the pier on 18 June 2013.

Southport Pier Tramway
Veronica Clibbery [18/06/2013]


Whalley: In glorious evening sunshine, Jubilee 4-6-0 45699 Galatea crosses Whalley viaduct with the returning Fellsman on 18 June 2014. The tour had been running late but was making up for lost time and the regulator was opened once off the viaduct and climbing Wilpshire bank.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/06/2014]


Bay Horse: Just before the longest day of 2014 and there's plenty of evening sun to illuminate Jubilee 45699 Galatea and the returning Fellsman excursion as it passes Bay Horse near Lancaster.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2014]


Settle: Jubilee 45699 Galatea with The Fellsman on 18 June 2014. The train is approaching Settle station.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ken Browne [18/06/2014]


Carlisle: 45699 Galatea stabled in the station sidings at Carlisle on 18 June after working in on The Fellsman.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Ken Browne [18/06/2014]


Bay Horse: A Class 325 EPU Royal Mail service, comprising units 012, 002 and 003, passes Bay Horse heading for Shieldmuir in the summer evening sunshine on 18 June. 325003 has recently been repainted and the different shade of red (and absence of yellow banding) stands out from the other two units in the train.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2014]


Woodacre: Carnforth shed rostered 45699 Galatea for the second 2014 Fellsman and the maroon Jubilee is seen hurrying the train south through Woodacre on a sunny 18th June.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2014]


Cardrona: Bridge remains on the Peebles Railway just over half a mile south of Cardrona on the way to Innerleithen in June 2014. The Peebles Loop closed in 1962 and this section is now a popular walkway which at this point runs through the local golf course.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/2014]


Whalley: Jubilee 4-6-0 45699 Galatea above the chimey pots crossing Whalley viaduct with the returning Fellsman on 18 June 2014.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/06/2014]


Cardrona: The footbridge that now spans the Tweed between Cardrona and Innerleithen, seen from the trackbed of the Peebles Railway looking towards Galashiels in June 2014. The long demolished railway bridge stood slightly further south beyond the trees. [See image 47747]

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/2014]


Cardrona: Looking south along the Tweed from the recently constructed (2013) footbridge near Cardrona [see image 47741]. Remains of the rail bridge that once carried the line from Peebles to Galashiels are visible just below the surface of the river as well as on the left (east) bank.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/06/2014]


Bayerisch Eisenstein: The imposing Bayerisch Eisenstein station on the German / Czech Republic border - seen here on 18th June - must be almost unique in that the station building actually straddles the international border. This is the German end, extensively refurbished by the regional National Park authority, including a wonderful conversion of the waiting room into a café restaurant.

Deutsche Bahn
David Spaven [18/06/2015]


Bayerisch Eisenstein: Two Czech locos on passenger duties sit at the Bayerisch Eisenstein border station - where the Bayerischer Wald and Bohemia meet - on 18th June. Czech territory ends just behind the two trains.

CD
David Spaven [18/06/2015]


Washington Union: Amtrak ACELA Express train 2158, the 08.55 Washington Union to Boston South seen at Washington Union Sta just before departure.

Amtrak
Mark Poustie [18/06/2015]


Philadelphia 30th Street: Philadelphia 30th St Station, 18 June 2015.

Unset
Mark Poustie [18/06/2015]


Bayerisch Eisenstein: The Czech end of the Bayerisch Eisenstein border station - seen here on 18th June - is less impressive than its German counterpart, perhaps a microcosm of the different economic strengths of the two countries. [See image 51896]

CD
David Spaven [18/06/2015]


Balshaw Lane Junction: Freightliner locomotives 86622+86637 bring the 4M74 Coatbridge to Crewe Basford Hall container train through Balshaw Lane Junction on 18 June 2015.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2015]


Balshaw Lane Junction: A Shieldmuir to Warrington mail train approaching Balshaw Lane Junction on the Up Fast line on 18 June 2015. On the Slow lines on the right is Euxton Balshaw Lane station.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/06/2015]


Gorebridge: Over the fence, looking from Station Brae. The line to the north was double track with a loop/access to Arniston Engine colliery, off which was a short dock siding servicing the loading bank on the right. A small gasworks was nearby. 18 June.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/06/2016]


Edinburgh Waverley: D9009 poses for the gallery at Waverley's platform 8 after arrival from Derby with the Deltic Borderer II.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [18/06/2016]


Edinburgh Waverley: D9009 Alycidon hauling the Deltic Borderer II (York-Tweedbank and return) fumigates Waverley’s Platform 1 with some classic fumes.

North British Railway
Mark Wringe [18/06/2016]


Portobello: Calm before the storm at Network Rail's recently opened Edinburgh (Portobello) MDU building. This photo was taken from a passing train on a Saturday afternoon with maintenance vehicles lined up ready for a busy Saturday night shift. A little information about the new (and used) structure is available here: http://www.morrisandspottiswood.co.uk/edinburgh-mdu/

North British Railway
Charlie Niven [18/06/2016]


Newington: D9009 with the Deltic Borderer II passes the site of Newington Station. 67022 was on the rear.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [18/06/2016]


Eskbank: D9009 speeds south through Eskbank Station.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bill Roberton [18/06/2016]


Tweedbank: Travelling on the Borders Railway for the first time this photographer just happened to find a charter train waiting when he arrived so this is actually a grab shot en passant. BR Class 55 Deltic 'Alycidon' at Tweedbank Station's Platform 2 at the head of Pathfinder Deltic Borderer II. Most passengers seem to have wandered off to Melrose and back before leaving on the return journey to Derby. Two service trains were cancelled to make way for this special train.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Charlie Niven [18/06/2016]


Gorebridge: D9009 brings up the rear of the return leg to Derby via Edinburgh with 67022 leading away from Gorebridge.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/06/2016]


Berwick: Virgin East Coast HST waiting to proceed across the Royal Border Bridge from Berwick upon Tweed on an overcast but dry Saturday. The sign on the platform still claims that this is the station for the Borders despite there now being a train service to the Central Borders.

North British Railway
Charlie Niven [18/06/2016]


Heald Green: The nicely numbered 323232 pauses at Heald Green on the Styal Loop with a Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly (via the Airport) stopping service. Overhead an Easyjet Airbus has wheels down on final approach to Manchester.

Styal Line (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/06/2016]


Blunsdon: The ruined coach of the Swindon and Cricklade's Thumper Unit is now being stripped of any remaining good parts before being scrapped.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [18/06/2016]


Berwick: The interior of the waiting room at Berwick upon Tweed station. Attractive features include traditional toilets and the book exchange rack under the window.

North British Railway
Charlie Niven [18/06/2016]


Galashiels: Red white and blue flowers for the Queen's 90th birthday at Galashiels Station.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [18/06/2016]


Gorebridge: Confirmation that 67022 was 'naked' heading north ... (without name board on the returning 'Deltic Borderer II').

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/06/2016]


Grosmont: D213 'Andania' (Cunard Lines), prepares to take the the magnificent LNER teak set up the bank to Goathland and on to Pickering. Grosmont, NYMR on 18 June 2016. The finish achieved on both locomotive and coaches had to be seen to be believed!

Whitby and Pickering Railway
Brian Taylor [18/06/2016]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1815Battle of Waterloo
1838Newcastle and Carlisle RailwayGreenhead to Haydon Bridge opened.
1842Newcastle and Darlington Junction RailwayCompany incorporated.
1844Newcastle and Darlington Junction RailwayTrain runs from London (Euston Square) to Gateshead in 9 hours and 21 minutes (with stops totalling 70 minutes).
1846North British RailwayOpened from Edinburgh North Bridge to Berwick and the branch from Longniddry to Haddington.
1850South Wales RailwayOpened from Chepstow to Swansea.
1850South Wales Railway700 people celebrate the opening of the line in Swansea^s new 2 platform station with a timber roof.
1859Coniston Branch (Furness Railway)Opened as a single track railway.
1860Merthyr Tredegar and Abergavenny RailwayFirst sod cut.
1866Peebles RailwayGalashiels to Innerleithan opened. Stations at; Thornilee and Clovenfords.
1886Girvan and Portpatrick RailwayLine re-opened.
1914Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)Bridge collapse at Baddengorm Burn (by Carrbridge). Train crashes due to missing bridge.
1962Edinburgh and Dalkeith RailwayMillerhill Marshalling Yard and Associated Lines opened.
1962Millerhill Marshalling Yard and Associated LinesOpened
1962Dundee and Arbroath RailwayBalmossie Halt opened.
1966Anstruther and St Andrews Railway
East of Fife Railway
Crail to Leven closed to freight.
1972Stirling and Dunfermline RailwayBlairhall signalbox closed and ground frame now released from Oakley. Blairhill colliery closed in 1969.
2016West of Fife Munitions RailwayConstruction of this 2 foot gauge railway begins at the former >RNSD_Lathalmond>RNSD_Lathalmond_formerly_served_by_the_West_of_Fife_Mineral_Railway>RNSD_Lathalmond>RNSD_Lathalmond>RNSD Lathalmond formerly served by the West of Fife Mineral Railway.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Executive set to take control of rail cash [Scotsman]SCOTTISH Ministers are set to gain control of the spending on the rail network north of the Border, it emerged today.
2005First^s fines up as rail standards fall [Scotsman]FINES imposed on First ScotRail for failing to meet quality standards have increased for the second month in a row on the largest part of its network.
2008Rail fears as city station managers strike [Evening News]TRAINS in Edinburgh face disruption next week when station managers go on strike. More than 100 key managers and supervisors at 17 major UK stations, including in Edinburgh, will go on 24 hour strike next Thursday, June 26.
2009South sub line prepares for modernisation [Network Rail Article]Network Rail will undertake a £1m modernisation of the Edinburgh South Suburban freight rail route this summer.
2009Families rail against noisy freight trains [Dunfermline Press]A FLOOD of compensation claims have been submitted from fed-up residents affected by the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine (SAK) all-night freight train service.
2010Man Trapped On Railway Line [Greenock Telegraph]EMERGENCY services were called to a disused railway tunnel in Greenock after a man became trapped. [From Graham Morgan]
2011Section 2 of New York^s High Line Park now open [Urban Times]Section 2 of New York‘s High Line Park opened for public use last week, June 8th, to the pleasure of every eco-friendly New Yorker and green-hearted tourist the world over.
2011Minister pledges to open Dublin station [RTE]The Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has pledged to open a disused railway station after passengers protested today.
2012^The world^s most famous train^ - The Flying Scotsman celebrates 150 years [BBC News]These were the words emblazoned across a London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) poster in 1932 promoting the famous London-Edinburgh train service. The poster wasn^t re-issued - its futurist art design was unpopular at the time - but the sentiment has survived. For many, the Flying Scotsman epitomises the nostalgia, romance and glamour associated with rail travel of a by-gone era. The Flying Scotsman - the train often labelled ^the most famous in the world^ - celebrates 150 years in operation this month. A named, daily passenger service between London^s King^s Cross station and Edinburgh called the Flying Scotsman has been running since 18 June 1862.
2012Scots want escape from ^perverse^ railway laws [Railnews]THE PRESENT railway laws introduced by the government at Westminster since 1993 are unnecessarily restrictive and are hampering growth, according to the Scottish Government. It is also concerned about the prospect of the next ScotRail being operated by a foreign state-owned railway, particularly when Scottish public bodies are barred from competing. Now, just days before the vision for Scottish railways from 2014 is expected to be unveiled by Holyrood, Scottish ministers have staged an attack on existing railway legislation, and are calling for further devolution to allow Scotland to make more of its own decisions.
2012Delayed trains after track damage at Stonehaven [Kincardineshire Observer]Police are investigating damage on a stretch of railway track approximately 3 miles west of Stonehaven at Auquhirie. The damage was brought to the attention of British Transport Police at around 1am by a train driver. Many rush hour trains have been cancelled or disrupted and delays are likely to contine. Limited replacement buses will operate from Laurencekirk to Aberdeen for trains terminating there, passengers can also alight at Montrose for a local bus service to Aberdeen. [Thanks to all who sent in links to this news item]
2013Spain^s obsession with high-speed trains runs into budget reality [Reuters]A one-track dirt road used by local farmers is the main access to a magnificent glass-and-steel train station in the small city of Villena, on Spain^s latest high-speed rail route. It is a spanking new 4,500 square meter building - essentially in the middle of nowhere.
2013Hopes rise that National Railway Museum in York and Locomotion in Shildon will be spared the axe [Darlington and Stockton Times]HOPES soared tonight that York’s famous National Railway Museum will be saved from possible closure. MPs emerged from a showdown meeting with culture minister Ed Vaizey convinced that threatened funding cuts will be less severe than first feared. [From Richard Buckby]
2013Oasis of calm: Photographs of an entire railway circuit around Paris abandoned in the 1930s gives a new insight into the busy city [Mail] Stunning pictures have emerged of an abandoned railway line in the centre of Paris, which has been not been used for almost 80 years.
2014Stockholm metro deserted beauty caught on camera [BBC News Mag]For most Stockholm residents, the city^s metro is just a transport system to get them to and from work. But St Petersburg-born photographer Alexander Dragunov saw it differently when he moved to the Swedish capital, and started taking photos of it from angles commuters hadn^t seen before. His photos soon became an internet sensation, and now the stylish metro attracts visitors as a tourist attraction. Alexander took the BBC on a tour, and showed off some of his favourite stations on the network.
2014Train forced to make emergency stop after it hits object on track [STV]A passenger train had to make an emergency stop when it hit an object on the track as it travelled across the Tay Rail Bridge. The East Coast vehicle came to a halt on the Dundee to Fife crossing after striking a piece of metal grating on the track at around 7.35pm on Wednesday.
2015Minister signals possible return of parcels by train [Rail News]RAIL minister Claire Perry has admitted that successive governments have failed to invest sufficiently in infrastructure, and declared herself ^determined to turn things round^ in response to rapidly rising demand. She also signalled that new ways of using rail are being actively investigated, including the carriage of parcels and other low-bulk goods on passenger trains. [From Richard Buckby]
2015Tube drivers vote for strike action over 24 hour Tube [BBC News]London Underground (LU) drivers have voted to strike for 24 hours over pay and the introduction of a new all-night service, union Aslef said. The strike will be on 8 July from 21:30 BST, BBC London^s Tom Edwards understands. It comes after the union rejected a 0.75% pay rise, a £500 bonus and an extra £250 bonus for all workers for the night service.
2016Borders Railway boosted ^forgotten^ small towns, say campaigners [BBC News]Small towns on the Borders railway route have been ^regenerated and reinvigorated^ by the opening of the line, campaigners have said. The line, from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, opened last year at a cost of £350m and carried almost 700,000 people in its first six months.