This day in history 25 June

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Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A Fife Coast excursion about to leave Glasgow Queen Street for Crail on 25 June 1950. The locomotive is 'Director' class 4-4-0 no 62684 Wizard of the Moor.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1950]


Forth Bridge: A Pacific 60532 Blue Peter on up excursion. S.L.S. Visit to Forth Bridge.

Forth Bridge Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1950]


Forth Bridge: 2F 2.6.0 46461 heading the Kirkcaldy - Edinburgh local. S.L.S. Visit to Forth Bridge.

Forth Bridge Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1950]


Forth Bridge: V2 2.6.2 60958 on up excursion. S.L.S. Visit to Forth Bridge.

Forth Bridge Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1950]


Carmuirs East: Wizard of the Moor rounding Carsmuir curve with NB 4.4.0 62489 Glen Dessary (pilot). S.L.S. Visit to Forth Bridge. [Railscot note: location is probably the Carmuirs curve.]

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1950]


Haltwhistle: Newcastle stopping train at Haltwhistle. V.1. 2.6.2.T 67636.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1952]


Lesmahagow [2nd]: Lesmahagow. CR 0.4.4T 55182 piloting standard 2.6.4T 80022 on Coalburn - Hamilton train.

Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1953]


Lesmahagow [2nd]: Lesmahagow. CR 0.4.4T 55182 piloting standard 2.6.4T 80022 on Coalburn - Hamilton train. [Railscot note: Blemish on print.]

Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1953]


Bankend: Bankend CR 0.4.4T 55182. The view looks east to Coalburn with the sidings of the washery of the former Westown Colliery in the distant right and the line which was extended to Spireslack in the foreground, by this date simply a loop which continued a short distance behind the camera only.

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1953]


Bankend: Bankend CR 0.4.4T 55182. Train on arrival at Bankend from Coalburn before running round. [Railscot note: Blemish on print.]

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [25/06/1953]


Newcastle Central: 61854 has recently reversed off the High Level Bridge (presumably from Gateshead shed judging by the tender) to pick up a train of mainly parcels vans from the goods lines alongside Newcastle Central station. The Gresley K3 2-6-0, based at Tweedmouth at that time (June 1960), will shortly be heading north on the ECML.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
K A Gray [25/06/1960]


Newcastle Central: 60022 Mallard at Newcastle Central with the 'Anglo-Scottish Car Carrier' in the summer of 1960.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
K A Gray [25/06/1960]


Newcastle Central: Station pilot J72 0-6-0T 68723 poses at Newcastle Central in June 1960.

North Eastern Railway
K A Gray [25/06/1960]


Galashiels [1st]: Preserved A3 Pacific 4472 Flying Scotsman with the Warwickshire Railway Society 'Aberdonian' railtour photographed on its way north at Galashiels on 25 June 1966. [Ref query 482]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [25/06/1966]


Hawick [2nd]: Preserved A3 Pacific 4472 Flying Scotsman at Hawick on 25 June 1966 with the Warwickshire Railway Society's 'Aberdonian Rail Tour'. The special was on its way north during part of a 3-day tour which started and finished at London's Waterloo station.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [25/06/1966]


Slitrig Viaduct: A northbound special crossing Slitrig Viaduct south of Hawick on 25 June 1966. The train is the Warwickshire Railway Society's Aberdonian Railtour with 4472 Flying Scotsman in charge for the leg from Hellifield to Edinburgh Waverley.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [25/06/1966]


Eltham: A Bulleid 4DD double-deck unit photographed near Eltham in 1970. This is DBMT 13002, of set 4001 (later 4901) built in 1949. The 2 sets (the other being 4002/4902) normally operated together as an 8-car train. The units were not popular with passengers but nonetheless remained in service on BR Southern Region for over 20 years.

South Eastern Railway
Bruce McCartney [25/06/1970]


Leschede: DB 043 121 + 043 903 take a lengthy freight through Leschede on 25 June 1977.

Deutsche Bahn
Peter Todd [25/06/1977]


Edinburgh Waverley: 37012 leaves Edinburgh Waverley with the Royal Scotsman on 25 June 1987.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/1987]


Horbury Bridge: Intense Marcroft repair and dismantling activity on aggregate wagons in Horbury Bridge Goods Yard in June 1997. The yard stood on the south side of the line to Healey Mills and across Bridge Road from the former Horbury & Ossett Station.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [25/06/1997]


Blackford Hill: 37221 coasts down to Blackford Hill with a ballast train for Millerhill on 25 June 1998.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/1998]


Wellwood No 3 Pit Siding: View west at Wellwood Siding Cottage (seen to the left). This was to the east of the A70. Wellwood No 3 Pit Signal Box (Wellwood No 1 Signal Box which was further east) was in front of the cottage and to the left of the trackbed. It controlled access to a siding.

This siding was one of two which gave access to the Nether Wellwood pits by reversal. One of these is to the left (it survived closure of No 3 pit and double tracking of the railway and must have been retained as a refuge) and the other is some way behind the camera to the right (it served No 2 pit). The latter siding closed on double tracking of the Muirkirk line and was replaced with a short lived private line from Muirkirk Ironworks.

The bing to the left was in an area of old bell-pits which had been served by an early waggonway from the Muirkirk Ironworks. The same pits may have served the Nether Wellwood Ironworks of the 1730s.

The cottage was abandoned shortly before the photograph was taken, due to the expansion of the Powharnal opencast into this area which has destroyed the remains of everything described above - at the time of writing this view would be of a large flooded hole in the ground.

Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ewan Crawford [25/06/2003]


Haymarket: Expansion at Haymarket MPD - looking west at the new facilities under construction on 25 June 2006.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: Looking over the east end of Waverley station from Regent Road on Sunday 25 June 2006. EWS 66104 is on an engineer's train, while 322464 stands in the background.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: EWS 66183 with another PW train at Waverley platform 1 on 25 June 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2006]


Perth: 158702 is one of a trio of 158 sets stabled in platform 3 at Perth station on 25 June.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [25/06/2007]


Rodney Street Tunnel: Clearance work on Rodney Street tunnel on 25 June 2007. View south under Broughton Road/Rodney Street towards Scotland Street (now visible through the north portal) and the next tunnel, which eventually emerged at Canal Street terminus.

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2007]


Townhill Yard: Blue is the colour...A Scottish Region HAA hopper at Townhill on 25 June.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [25/06/2007]


Abernethy: Like a model train, the Royal Scotsman travels north west past Abernethy.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/06/2007]


Abernethy: 57601 takes the Royal Scotsman on its journey towards Perth.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [25/06/2007]


Midge Hall: Looking towards Midge Hall on 25 June as 142012 approaches on a Preston - Ormskirk service, having just passed over Pages occupation crossing.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [25/06/2008]


Rufford: Looking south towards Ormskirk at Rufford station as the signalman collects the staff for the section from Ormskirk and hands over the token for the section to Midge Hall on 25 June 2008. Rufford is the only passing loop on the line between Farington Curve Junction and Ormskirk.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [25/06/2008]


Rufford: An Ormskirk to Preston service in the hands of Class 142 012 departs from Rufford over the level crossing on the almost dead straight section of track towards Croston on 25 June 2008.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [25/06/2008]


Inverkeithing East Junction: 47804 takes The Royal Scotsman away from Inverkeithing East Junction on 25 June 2008 on its journey north.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [25/06/2008]


Jamestown Viaduct [Inverkeithing]: EWS 67025 comes off Jamestown viaduct on the approach to Inverkeithing on 25 June with the 1708 Fife Circle service from Waverley.

Forth Bridge Railway
Andy Carr [25/06/2009]


Cozes: Many French station buildings survive as private residences, on both closed and open lines. Cozes however, on the former Saujon to Pons line, has not been so fortunate and is crumbling away despite being a very interesting looking building. The tracks are still in place from Saujon to Gemozac, with a passing loop here, but it is a long time since any rail traffic passed this way and the local buses are now stabled encroaching onto the track.

SNCF
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2009]


Georgemas Junction: Lucky I got there early... Georgemas Junction, 25 June 2009.

Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Brian Smith [25/06/2009]


Georgemas Junction: 158720 is about to set off from Georgemas Junction for Thurso, having recently arrived from Inverness on a warm and sunny 25 June.

Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Brian Smith [25/06/2009]


Crewe: 87002 'Royal Sovereign' pauses at Crewe on 25 June while en route from Willesden to Warrington light engine.

Grand Junction Railway
Michael Gibb [25/06/2009]


Crewe: Arriva Trains 57315 departs Crewe with the 16.15 Cardiff-Holyhead service on 25 June.

Grand Junction Railway
Michael Gibb [25/06/2009]


Glenfinnan: Old snowplough on display at the Glenfinnan Museum in June 2010, built around the chassis of a Gresley V2 tender.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Colin Miller [25/06/2010]


Glenfinnan: 62005 climbs into Glenfinnan station on 25th June 2010 bound for Mallaig with The Jacobite.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Colin Miller [25/06/2010]


Cardross: The 'Three Peaks Challenge' heads east from Cardross.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Ewan Crawford [25/06/2011]


Carlisle: And to think we never used to bat an eyelid when we saw a class 47 at Carlisle. 47580 stands at Carlisle on a railtour fron Norwich.

Caledonian Railway
Michael Gibb [25/06/2011]


Plumpton: A interesting coffee stop just off the M6, some 4 miles north of Penrith, is the station site at Plumpton. The station itself has long gone (closed May 1948) but the old station house now hosts a tea room with a garden centre occupying the yard. Photographed on 25 June 2011 with the WCML behind the camera.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2011]


Perth: A six car 158 set with 158715 on the point arrives at Perth with the 10.47 from Inverness to Edinburgh on 25 June. The train stabling area can be seen on the right.

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2011]


Preston: An unusual combination of motive power - an electric hauling a dead diesel! 86101 pauses at Preston with 67013 dead in tow on the final leg of the 'Three Peaks Challenge, from Fort William to Euston (see image 34640)

North Union Railway
Michael Gibb [25/06/2011]


Farington: 20312 and 20309 head south with one flask wagon on a summer evening at Farington. This was the Sellafield to Crewe service on 25 June 2012.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [25/06/2012]


Princes Street [Tram]: View east along Princes Street on 25 June 2012. For a similar view 2 years and 8 months earlier [see image 26039].

Edinburgh Trams
F Furnevel [25/06/2012]


Culross: Colas Rail 66847 nears Culross with a route learning trip from Stirling to Townhill on 25 June, with Longannet Power Station in the background. There has been speculation that the Linkswood aviation fuel trains may be diverted this way - while they last.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [25/06/2012]


Hardengreen: View south over Hardengreen roundabout on 25 June 2014. Part of Newbattle Viaduct is visible in the centre, with the Lady Victoria Colliery site beyond. The spire of Gorebridge parish church stands on the horizon top right. [See image 47129]

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2013]


Banavie Swing Bridge: View across the open Banavie rail swing bridge from the adjacent road bridge on 25 June 2013.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Fort William: Then Ian Riley owned 37518 runs forward to couple onto the stock of the afternoon Jacobite service, after its arrival back at Fort William on the evening of 25th June 2013. The diesel then made the short journey to the nearby stabling sidings in Fort William Junction yard. Black 5 44871 was on the other end of the stock which it had pulled tender first from Mallaig [See image 43989].

West Highland Railway
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Lochailort: Grab Shot at Lochailort on 25 June showing 156492 leading 156465 round the curve towards the station non stop on the late running 09.03 Glasgow Queen Street to Mallaig service.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Fort William: 67004 runs round the Caledonian Sleeper stock at Fort William mid morning on 25 June 2013, having arrived from Edinburgh earlier.

West Highland Railway
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Fort William: Ian Riley branded 37518 stabled at Fort William on the evening of 25 June 2013. It was later used by the returning Jacobite crew to haul the stock and locomotive of the special to the stabling sidings.

West Highland Railway
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Fort William Junction: 156453 and 156447 run past the oil depot on their approach to Fort William station on the 10.10 ex Mallaig to Glasgow service on 25 June.

West Highland Railway
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Fort William: Black 5 44871 runs into Fort William platform 2 on 25 June with the evening arrival of The Jacobite from Mallaig.

West Highland Railway
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Hest Bank: After the steam loco shortages that plagued the 2013 Great Britain tour there has been a flurry of overhaul completions. There have been three test trips round the Hellifield loop in fairly quick succession recently with B1 61306 being followed by Scot 46115 and, on 25th June, Black 5 45231 seen here approaching Hest Bank at speed. (My thanks to John McIntyre for the tip off about this working)

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2013]


Esk Valley Junction: Looking north east towards the site of Esk Valley Junction in June 2013, more than 46 years after the last train passed through. The embankment on the right carried the Peebles loop between Bonnyrigg and Eskbank, closed in 1967. The route straight ahead brought in the Esk Valley branch from Polton [see image 7418], closed 3 years earlier. Both former routes are now walkways.

Esk Valley Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2013]


Hardengreen: Preparing the way for the new Borders Railway bridge over Hardengreen roundabout on 25 June 2013. View west showing preparatory work in progress on the south side of the roundabout. The tipper truck has reached its position at the top of the embankment via Newbattle Viaduct [see image 33036] and the old Waverley trackbed, a route currently being used by construction traffic as an alternative to the A7... much to the relief of drivers on the A7.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2013]


Hardengreen: View south west at Hardengreen on 25 June with the new Eskbank station behind the camera. Hardengreen roundabout is out of sight below trackbed level in the centre of the picture. The tipping activity in the background is taking place on the south side of the roundabout and the red van is heading back towards Newbattle Viaduct. [See image 43557]

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [25/06/2013]


Banavie Swing Bridge: View over the Caledonian Canal from the adjacent foot crossing, looking towards Fort William over the closing Banavie swing bridge, with the RETB control centre seen beyond.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
David Pesterfield [25/06/2013]


Daventry International Railfreight Terminal: My previous shot [see image 47296] is now impossible, as there is a retaining wall in the way. Some embankment infill and a large drainpipe are also in shot as the North abutment of the A428 rail-over-road bridge takes shape. The destination of this new line, DIRFT3, can be seen on the horizon.

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [25/06/2014]


Dahn Süd: A DB Class 628 DMU approaching Dahn Süd. These sets, built between 1986 and 1996, consist of a power car and a trailer car, the unpowered trailer being designated class 928. This service had started from Bundenthal-Rumbach, the terminus of the Wieslauterbahn, and was en-route to Neustadt (Weinstrasse). After further stops at Dahn and Hinterweidenthal Ort, the train will join the east-west line from Zweibrucken to Landau then continue north to its final destination. The building in the background, the Pfalblick Hotel, provides an ideal base for walking and cycling in this area, and the benefit of watching the trains on the Wieslauterbahn! [With thanks to Bill Jamieson for loco information.]

Königlich Bayerischen Staats-Eisenbahnen
Norman Glen [25/06/2014]


Dahn Süd: A DB Class 628 DMU approaching Dahn Süd station. These sets, built between 1986 and 1996, consist of a power car and a trailer car, the unpowered trailer being designated class 928. This service was en route from Bundenthal-Rumbach, the terminus of the Wieslauterbahn, to Neustadt (Weinstrasse). After stops at Dahn and Hinterweidenthal Ort, the train will join the east-west line from Zweibrucken to Landau , then continue north to its final destination. The rock outcrop in the background, the Lämmefelsen, is characteristic of this part of Rheinlandpfalz, with the area around Dahn being known as the Dahnerfelsenland. [With thanks to Bill Jamieson for loco information.]

Königlich Bayerischen Staats-Eisenbahnen
Norman Glen [25/06/2014]


Furth im Wald: A scene which happens just twice a day at the once-busy Furth im Wald station (close to the German-Czech border). The Czech Railways 09.06 train to Pilsen ( a 1981-vintage railcar) waits for its few passengers on 25th June, while in the background a modern Oberpfalzbahn unit is soon to depart at 09.05 - normally to Schwandorf on the Regensburg-Hof main line, but on this occasion only to Roding due to track works.

Deutsche Bahn
David Spaven [25/06/2015]


Shudehill: Double track working has been reinstated along Balloon St between Manchester Victoria and Shudehill. Additionally, all the setts are back in the roadway and the Heras fencing has been removed. Brand new tram 3099 drops down towards Victoria heading for Rochdale on 25th June 2015. [See image 48387] for the same location during the previous summer.

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2015]


Glasgow Central: Approaching Glasgow Central on 25 June 2015.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees [25/06/2015]


Manchester Victoria: Double tram tracks are in place again from Shudehill through Manchester Victoria, while at the new side entrance two further tracks are being laid for the Second City Crossing. A double tram led by 3036 climbs Balloon St on 25th June heading for Shudehill as a further double set passes through Victoria bound for Bury.

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2015]


Wigan North Western: 319380, in new Northern Electrics livery, makes a connection with two Pendolinos at Wigan North Western on 25 June, prior to returning to Liverpool Lime Street via St Helens. Although these 4-car former Thameslink EMUs have been around for some time they have been refurbished and are a great improvement on the 2-car Pacers they have replaced on these services.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2015]


Manchester Victoria: Construction work and tram track laying taking place in Corporation Street near Manchester Victoria station on 25 June 2015 in connection with the planned 'second city crossing'. [See news item]

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2015]


Manchester Victoria: TPE 185140 leaves Manchester Victoria on 25 June heading for Liverpool Lime St with a service from North East England. Just ahead of the train, in a siding on the left, is one of the recently introduced Class 319 EMUs on layover between services. This image taken from the staircase of the west end footbridge as, with the completion of Manchester Victoria's electrification, new raised parapets have been installed on the bridge deck and another photography spot has gone.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2015]


Waldmuenchen: Modern Oberpfalzbahn train and modern (relocated) station at Waldmuenchen at the terminus of the branch from Cham in eastern Bavaria on 25th June. As well as offering a scenic run, this rural branch - unusually for Germany today - has freight trains, serving a liquid waste plant.

Deutsche Bahn
David Spaven [25/06/2015]


Manchester Victoria: Just a little more tidying around the new Metrolink section of Manchester Victoria and the station will be ready to receive trams from the link to Exchange Square that may open later in 2015, ahead of the full second city crossing. 155341 leaves from the Network Rail side of Victoria on 25th June 2015, heading for Leeds via Todmorden and Dewsbury.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2015]


Brugge: Crossrail Benelux (private open access operator) class 66 PB13 passes through Bruges/Brugge with containers for Zeebrugge on 25 June.

SNCB
Bill Roberton [25/06/2016]


Blairhill: A 344 for Helensburgh pulls in on 25/06/2016. Station improvements are in progress.

Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
David Panton [25/06/2016]


Gotthard Pass: A Swiss Inter City Class 500 EMU descends the Biaschina spirals on the south side of the Gotthard pass, as seen from a northbound train. Below the train another line that it will shortly run over can just be seen despite the dark and rainy weather. From December 2016 these trains, and all freight services, will run through the new Gotthard base tunnel and the scenic line through the pass will only see local services and tourist trains.

Swiss Federal Railways (Gotthard Line)
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2016]


Blairhill: The ageing prefab ticket office at Blairhill seen on 25/06/2016. Is a new building at platform level part of the ongoing station improvements? I could have just asked at the ticket window but I like a surprise.

Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
David Panton [25/06/2016]


Fluelen: PS Schiller, first launched in 1906, approaches the jetty at Fluelen on 25th June 2016. Fluelen is the furthest point on the lake from Lucerne and a connection point with the Wilhelm Tell Express trains to and from Locarno via the Gotthard Pass.

Lake Lucerne Navigation Company
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2016]


High Street: Bricked-up section of wall on the city bound platform at High Street station in June 2016, thought to be a defunct passenger access point. [Ref query 10254]

Glasgow City and District Railway
David Panton [25/06/2016]


Mount Florida: A Neilston service rolls in on 25/06/2016. Waiting passengers can take their pick (literally) from the strawberries or rhubarb in the foreground. Keeps you as regular as the trains, though we hope not as frequent.

Cathcart District Railway
David Panton [25/06/2016]


Cambuslang: 320s in a choice of liveries at Cambuslang on 25/06/2016.

Polloc and Govan Railway
David Panton [25/06/2016]


Gotthard Base Tunnel: Southern portal of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, as seen from a northbound train that has started the climb on the original Gotthard route with its world famous spirals. This view taken in June 2016 when the tunnel had been completed but wasn't yet open for scheduled trains. (See news item)

Swiss Federal Railways (Gotthard Line)
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2016]


Gotthard Base Tunnel: The north portals of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, seen from the observation car of a northbound Wilhelm Tell Express from Locarno to Lucerne that had just traversed the old mountain route in June 2016. With the full opening of the tunnel to scheduled services in December 2016 the only trains using the old route will be scenic excursions and local EMUs. (See news item)

Swiss Federal Railways (Gotthard Line)
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2016]


Lea Bridge: 317661, heading to Stratford, departing from the new Lea Bridge station on 25th June 2016. The original station was opened on 15th September 1840 as part of the Northern & Eastern Railway from Stratford to Cheshunt which was leased to the Eastern Counties Railway and which was absorbed into the Great Eastern Railway upon its formation on 1st January 1862. The station was first called Lea Bridge Road but this was shortened to Lea Bridge in 1841. British Rail Eastern Region withdrew the service between Tottenham Hale and Stratford on 8th July 1985 resulting in the closure of Lea Bridge station, which was left to fall into dereliction, though the line remained open to freight. Just over 20 years later, in December 2005, the line between Tottenham Hale and Stratford was reopened to passengers although for just over a decade trains passed by the abandoned platforms at Lea Bridge until a new station on the same site was opened on 15th May 2016, a few weeks before this photo was taken.

Northern and Eastern Railway
David Bosher [25/06/2016]


Biasca: An impressive backdrop to the SBB loco depot at Biasca, at the southern end of the Gotthard pass, where three diesel shunters were stabled in the depot yard in June 2016. The final drop of the waterfall is actually two separate cascades that cross each other.

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2016]


Cranmore: Welcome return. Cranmore sees the identical front ends of Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 46447 (on the right) and Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T 41313 on 25th June 2017. The occasion was the latter loco's reappearance in service after restoration from Barry scrapyard condition.

East Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [25/06/2017]


Hartlepool Maritime Museum: An exhibit at the Hartlepool Maritime Museum that is both rail and marine related. A former LNER flat wagon is loaded with a buoy and sits on an isolated section of track. Behind the wagon the masts of the museum's main exhibit, historic warship HMS Trincomalee can be seen. and Paddle Steamer Wingfield Castle is just behind the camera.

London and North Eastern Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2017]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: What looks like a maze in progress in the former car park area at the east side of Queen Street as work continues on the new staff accommodation block. (This building now houses power supply equipment; its unfortunate neighbour, the partly constructed staff accommodation block, was demolished in 2018).

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [25/06/2017]


Quorn and Woodhouse: 92214 is appropriately heading for its namesake, the City of Leicester, hauling the GCR Sunday luncheon train South on a breezy 25th of June.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Ken Strachan [25/06/2017]


Quorn and Woodhouse: I find it rather sweet that the older party is introducing the younger chap to the things that really matter in life - such as BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78018. I also find it reassuring that he clearly has a very firm grip on the little man.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Ken Strachan [25/06/2017]


Perth: DRS 66431 takes the Dundee line with the 4A13 Grangemouth - Aberdeen Craiginches intermodal on 25 June.

Scottish Central Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2017]


Mountsorrel Bond Lane: The new GCR branch terminus at Mountsorrel is both basic and forbiddingly secured when not in use. But it allows the Great Central to be one of the few preserved railways with an active branch line. The original line, which was built to transport stone from the Mountsorrel quarries, fell into disuse in the 1950s and was lifted in the 1960s.

Mountsorrel Railway
Ken Strachan [25/06/2017]


Edinburgh Waverley: Pipe Major Iain Grant provides the music as 66746 waits to depart Edinburgh Waverley with the Royal Scotsman to Tain on 25th June 2018.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2018]


Haymarket: 365525 and 365509 at Haymarket with the 11.30 to Glasgow Queen Street on the first weekday of class 365 services - 25th June 2018.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2018]


Weeton [Lancashire] Signal Box: Pendolino 390013 runs through the Fylde countryside to the north of Weeton cutting between Kirkham and Poulton-le-Fylde. The train is 1P92, the 0854 from Euston on 25th June 2018. [See image 28414] for the same location before electrification (and cultivation). [Ref query 26 June 2018]

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2018]


Weeton [Lancashire] Signal Box: A nearly thwarted attempt at a Then and Now image of London trains at Weeton between Poulton and Kirkham. New bridge parapets prevented a direct shot from the same angle but it was just possible to capture 390013, the appropriately named Blackpool Belle as she passed the site of Weeton box with the 1302 hrs Blackpool North to Euston service on 25th June 2018. [See image 19151] for another London service passing here in 1981.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2018]


Edinburgh Waverley: Just time for a photo of IEP 800103 at Waverley's platform 2 before returning to Doncaster Carr. 25th June 2018

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2018]


Edinburgh Waverley: Preparing the trackbed in Platforms 5 and 6 at Waverley on 25th June 2018.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2018]


Edinburgh Waverley: Caledonian Sleeper 73969 on the rear of the Royal Scotsman train in Waverley station on 25th June 2018.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2018]


Leith Walk West Goods: This block was built by the LMS in 1935 in front of their goods station. The first floor supposedly was occupied by the goods station office, but the whole floor seems excessive for a not very big operation, even by the labour-intensive standards of the time. There is a plan to demolish the block and replace it with multi-storey student accommodation, This is being vigorously opposed by the 'Save Our Leith Walk' campaign who think there are enough student student flats. I'm staying neutral.

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [25/06/2018]


Edinburgh Waverley: 66746 enters Waverley Station on 25th June 2018 with the stock for the Royal Scotsman to Tain.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2018]


Morningside Road: Freightliner 66554 runs light through the closed Morningside Road station, on its way from Coatbridge FLT to Millerhill on 25th June 2018. Housing occupies the former goods yard.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [25/06/2018]


Sheringham (North Norfolk): A close-up view of British Railways Metro-Cammell Class 101 DMU waiting to depart for Holt (not St. Ives!) from Sheringham station with the 13.00 service on Tuesday, 25th June 2019. These units were a common sight on rural lines in East Anglia from the late 1950s to the early 1990s, even though, apart from the Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham line and Great Yarmouth to Reedham, Norfolk had lost all its branch lines by the end of the 1960s. However, Wymondham to Dereham is now preserved as the Mid-Norfolk Railway with an extension to County School in the offing and hopes of eventually reaching Fakenham while, further north, the one time continuation of this line to Wells-Next-The-Sea is now the miniature Wells & Walsingham Light Railway. Further east, the Wroxham to Aylsham section of a line that once extended to the Wells line at County School and which closed to passengers in 1952, long before Beeching, is now the miniature Bure Valley Railway.

Cromer Branch (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
David Bosher [25/06/2019]


Bridge of Wester: Looking west from the A99 bridge at Bridge of Wester along the Subsea 7 Fabrication Yard's metre gauge line, with pipes bound for the North Sea.

Subsea 7 Fabrication Yard
Bill Roberton [25/06/2019]


Bridge of Wester: Looking east from the A99 bridge along the Subsea 7 Fabrication Yard's metre gauge line, with pipes bound for the North Sea. The appearance can be deceptive. This is not a train of pipes; the pipes are the train, mounted on bogies for movement out to sea.

Subsea 7 Fabrication Yard
Bill Roberton [25/06/2019]


Sheringham (North Norfolk): A view through the trees of Sheringham East signal box, North Norfolk Railway, on the evening of Tuesday, 25th June 2019. This was originally sited by the level crossing (closed 1967, restored 2010) but was moved to the west end of the NNR station's platform 2 in the early 1970s. After the 2010 restoration of the crossing, it was moved yet again, this time back to its pre-1970s location next to the crossing which will allow platform 3 at the station to become operational again in the future.

Cromer Branch (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
David Bosher [25/06/2019]


Dumfries: A Glasgow to Carlisle service pulls out of Dumfries on 25 June 2019. The lovely station is built of the red (Locharbriggs?) sandstone which is ubiquitous round these parts

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Ayr: Colas 56090 has run round the Monkton Avgas Tanks in Ayr on 25th June 2019. The loco is about to be tied on for the last few miles to the siding.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller [25/06/2019]


Gretna Green: A Glasgow to Carlisle service pulls up to make its last stop in Scotland on 25 June 2019. Gretna Green and the contiguous Springfield are to the north of the station. The much larger Gretna is a few hundred yards on the other side (left) but there is no direct access from that side - the A75 dual carriageway is in the way.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Burton and Holme: After several months of individual running the new TPE Class 397 EMUs are now being tested in pairs. Units 003 and 004 were working in multiple when seen at Cinderbarrow near Burton-in-Holme heading from Crewe to Carlisle on 25th June 2019.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2019]


Carlisle: A TPE service for Glasgow calls at Carlisle on 25 June 2019. Surprisingly for a station of its size and importance Carlisle lacks a full departures board; details are available only on individual platforms. I notice these things. I also notice that the digitised announcements pronounce Sanquhar 'Sankwar' and stress the first syllable in Kilmaurs.

Caledonian Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Gretna Green [1st]: The original Gretna Green station (closed 1965) seen looking west on 25 June 2019 with the car park of the current station in the background. Notice the gaslamp column being used as a washing pole. Although situated in Gretna Green the stations (old and new) are in fact closer to Gretna village than the Caledonian Gretna station was; one of those somehow predictable naming anomalies.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Hunterston High Level Sidings: A plethora of signs adorn one of the entrances to the now disused Hunterston High Level loading terminal.

Hunterston Ore Terminal (British Railways)
Douglas Blades [25/06/2019]


Carlisle: The RAF 100th anniversary set pulls out of Carlisle Platform 2 with a Barrow service on 25 June 2019. The announcement of calling points seemed interminable, and was followed by one almost as long saying which of these were request stops only.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Dumfries: The pleasingly functional signal box at the northern end of Dumfries station, seen on 25 June 2019.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Manningtree: Manningtree station, or as it is now known Manningtree for Dedham Vale and the junction for the Harwich Town branch, looking towards London from the ex-19.00 Greater Anglia service from Norwich to Liverpool Street, calling on 25th June 2019.
See query 2122

Colchester to Ipswich (Eastern Union Railway)
David Bosher [25/06/2019]


Dumfries: A Carlisle to Glasgow service pulls out of the well-kept Dumfries station on 25 June 2019. A more or less hourly service is provided to and from Carlisle with alternate trains terminating on this platform, changing ends then returning south. A day return costs a reasonable £6.40. A single is £11.80...

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Scorton [Lancashire] [1st]: Job done! The fireman relaxes in his seat as 48151 and support coach work back to Carnforth from Preston on the evening of 25th June 2019. The 8F had worked The Dalesman from Carlisle over the S&C to Preston from where two Class 37s continued to Chester. 48151 is seen passing through Scorton from the Broad Fall Farm footbridge.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2019]


Norwich: 82105 at the rear of the 19.00 service to London Liverpool Street waiting to depart from Norwich station, on Tuesday, 25th June 2019. Loco hauled Anglia services are scheduled to cease later in 2019.

Yarmouth and Norwich Railway (Norfolk Railway)
David Bosher [25/06/2019]


Eglinton Street: Murals at Eglinton Street on 25th June 2019, sadly rundown nowadays.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees [25/06/2019]


Burton and Holme: Another TPE test run is propelled past Cinderbarrow, near Burton and Holme, by 68025 'Superb'. The train was working from Carlisle to Bletchley having gone north from Manchester earlier that morning. 25th June 2019.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [25/06/2019]


Norwich: Direct Rail Services 37558 (37424) waiting to depart for Lowestoft from Norwich station, on the evening of Tuesday, 25th June 2019.

Yarmouth and Norwich Railway (Norfolk Railway)
David Bosher [25/06/2019]


Sheringham (North Norfolk): British Railways Metro-Cammell Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit at Sheringham station, waiting to depart with the 13.00 North Norfolk Railway service to Holt, on Tuesday, 25th June 2019. This station was opened by the Eastern & Midlands Railway (that later became part of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway) on 16th June 1887 and the heritage line runs for five and a quarter miles along a section of the MGNJR as far as Holt (but not quite as far as the original station which was demolished to make way for the town by-pass). The bulk of the ex-MGNJR closed on 28th February 1959 but Sheringham to Melton Constable stayed open until 6th April 1964 when the service from Norwich and Cromer was cut back to Sheringham. In January 1967, Sheringham station was closed to BR trains and replaced by a single platform halt on the opposite side of the level crossing; the ex-MGNJR station was then leased to the MGNJR Society to eventually become the main station for the North Norfolk Railway.

Cromer Branch (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
David Bosher [25/06/2019]


Carlisle: 48151 prepares to take 'The Dalesman' south from Carlisle on 25 June 2019. I just happened upon it.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [25/06/2019]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1973Devon Valley RailwayDollar to Alloa (Co-op Coal Siding) closed to freight on closure of Dollar 4 and 5
1994Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway2 people killed when a passenger train de-rails due to vandals placing objects on the line.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Railway spending at all-time high [BBC News]The government^s rail watchdog urges operators to "redouble efforts" to improve punctuality after record spending.
2004Union boss quits transport board [BBC News]The leader of a rail union has resigned from the board of Transport for London after a row with Mayor Ken Livingstone.
2004GNER trains worst in UK for lateness [Scotsman]TRAIN firm GNER has the worst punctuality record of any long-distance operator in the UK, new figures revealed today.
2007Fourth day of railway disruption [BBC News]Train services to and from Glasgow Queen Street continue to be disrupted by flash floods.
2007Festival anger over rail strike [BBC News]Scottish rail union members are slammed for planning a strike which would coincide with the T in the Park music festival.
2007Hundreds of rail workers vote to strike [Scotsman]HUNDREDS of Network Rail workers in Scotland have voted to strike in a row over pay, threatening travel chaos for passengers.
2007Network Rail staff vote to strike [BBC News]Maintenance staff in Scotland and Cumbria vote to strike after their bonuses are withheld following a crash.
2008Network Rail unveils 4m training centre at Larbert [BBC]A new state-of-the-art training centre for Network Rail maintenance staff and engineers is opening in Larbert. [Sent in by Mike Gibb]
2009Ardrossan drivers asked ^Would it kill you to wait?^ [Network Rail Article]Network Rails dedicated community safety team will today hold a series of Dont Run the Risk awareness events at Britains most misused level crossings in support of a European level crossing day of action. In Scotland, motorists at Ardrossan Harbour level crossing will be targeted by the Network Rail team, supported the British Transport Police, North Ayrshire Council and the rail industry regulator, the ORR.
2009Queen Street on track for multi-million pound revamp [Scotland on Sunday] GLASGOW^s Queen Street Station is to undergo a multi-million pound expansion, Scotland on Sunday has learned. The landmark which dates back to 1842 will get new and longer platforms and, sources suggest, an airport-style passenger terminal.
2009Calls for £25bn transport boost [BBC News Article]An integrated road, rail and air hub should form the heart of a £25bn Scottish transport "revolution", a think tank says.
2012Leeds: Worlds oldest railway celebrates two centuries of steam engine power [Yorkshire Evening Post]Engines of all shape and sizes let off steam to help celebrate one of the worlds oldest railway lines. Giant traction engines, replica locomotives and tiny model steam trains helped Middleton Railway mark its vital role in Yorkshires industrial heritage at the weekend. Hundreds of visitors jumped on board trains and trundled down the tracks driving a replica Steam Elephant the first commercially successful steam locomotive used 200 years ago on Middleton Railway. The innovative system predated Stephensons Rocket by 17 years and helped transport coal from Middleton colliery.
2013Network Rail chiefs in secret plan for 10m ^double bonus^ [Evening Standard]Senior bosses at Network Rail could receive up to 10 million in bonuses over the next three years, secret documents reveal today. Critics condemned the plans as a slap in the face for commuters who are already paying the highest rail fares in Europe. Plans have been drawn up for a double bonus arrangement, which would pay up to 100 per cent of salaries in a long term scheme in addition to the existing annual bonuses of up to 60 per cent until 2015.
2013Call for debate on Edinburgh-Perth rail link [Courier]The Scottish Conservatives are set to seek a debate in the Scottish Parliament regarding reopening a direct rail link between Perth and Edinburgh. As previously revealed in The Courier, discussions have taken place between Scottish Government officials and representatives from Transform Scotland regarding the matter, which would see the old Kinross rail station reopened and a feasibility study undertaken. The station closed down in the 1970s to make way for the building of the M90 motorway. Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, told The Courier she will be tabling a motion calling on the Scottish Government to look again at a feasibility study into reopening a direct line between Perth and Edinburgh.
2014South Tynedale Railway project given another boost [Journal]A heritage railway is on track for a bright future following a major lottery award has been given another boost. Earlier this year, Alston-based South Tynedale Railway was handed 4.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of a 5.6m scheme, the volunteer-run railway plans the extension of its track by 1.5 miles from Alston to Slaggyford in the South Tyne Valley; conservation works; new visitor facilities, including a second platform, improved cafe, additional locomotives and carriages, and additional spaces for exhibitions and education.
2015Network Rail upgrade delayed by government [BBC News]The government says it will delay or cut back a number of modernisation projects planned for Network Rail. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says rising costs and missed targets make the 38.5bn plan untenable. He blamed Network Rail, saying it should have foreseen the improvements would cost more and take longer.
2015Paris: Shabby Gare du Nord set for makeover [The Local]The Gare du Nord train station in Paris - once dubbed ^the squalor pit of Europe^ - is set for a major facelift, officials announced on Wednesday. It will even include a gourmet restaurant. [From Richard Buckby]
2018£100m rail test complex plans for Neath valley [BBC News]Plans for a £100m rail testing complex to work on next generation train technology have been revealed in south Wales. It is at an early stage but it could be built on the site of a mothballed opencast mine in Neath Port Talbot. Transport Secretary Ken Skates said he wants Wales to become a ^major hub^ for the UK and European rail industry. It comes after KeolisAmey won the deal to run Wales and Border rail services and to develop the South Wales Metro. The complex would allow trains to be tested on special tracks - laid out on 4.5 mile (7.3km) and two mile (3.1km) ovals - at speeds of up to 100mph (160kph). In a short announcement, the Welsh Government said it would also offer a bespoke innovation accelerator. The preferred site is the inactive open cast mine in Nant Helen and the nearby operational coal-washery site in Onllwyn.
2018Demolition creates room for improvement at Queen Street [Network Rail]The exterior of Glasgow Queen Street is looking dramatically different as demolition work gathers pace to make room for a bigger and brighter station.
2019Caledonian Sleeper passengers locked out of Edinburgh Waverley Station [Scotsman]Caledonian Sleeper passengers have been left locked out of Waverley Station in Edinburgh in the latest nightmare for the troubled service.
2019Grand Central to launch Blackpool service in spring 2020 [Railway Gazette]UK: Plans for a Blackpool London open access service are firmly on track, with the launch now expected in spring 2020, Grand Central said on June 24. In June last year the Office of Rail & Road granted Alliance Rail Holdings Great North Western Railway rights to operate the service. The project has now been transferred to sister Arriva group company Grand Central, which operates open access trains from London to Yorkshire and northeast England. Grand Central said this would enable it to draw on a larger pool of expertise and resources.