Clarkston: All hands to the pumps! A busy platform scene at Clarkston on 29 June 1950, as 57266 approaches with a train for St Enoch.
Muirend: Crab 2-6-0 42780 at Muirend on 29 June 1950 shunting stock on the Muirend carriages sidings, the intended spur of the line to Clarkston East Junction see image [].
Pinkhill: Scene just west of Pinkhill station on the Corstorphine branch in June 1958 as a DMU approaches with a Corstorphine - North Berwick service. The large terraced houses standing in the right background face north onto Corstorphine Road. This scene has changed considerably since the photograph was taken, with an additional street of modern houses (Downie Grove) standing just beyond the trackbed (which has been converted to a walkway/cycle path) and the distinctive Forestry Commission Headquarters building now occupying the area directly behind the train.
Blaydon Shed: Gresley class K2 2-6-0 no 61753 photographed on Blaydon shed in June 1958. The locomotive is standing on the departure line waiting to work south. The Colwick based K2 is thought to have been 'borrowed' by York shed to work the York goods on this occasion in place of the usual V2 or B16. The locomotive was eventually withdrawn from Colwick shed in September 1959.
Didcot Shed: Collett ex-GWR 4-6-0 no 5918 Walton Hall photographed on Didcot shed in June 1959. The locomotive ended its days at Oxford, from where it was eventually withdrawn in September 1962.
Oxford: Bulleid West Country Pacific no 34102 Lapford on shed at Oxford on 29 June 1959.
Didcot Shed: Scene in the shed yard at Didcot (81E) on 29 June 1959, with 0-6-0PT no 4649 standing centre stage.
Newport High Street: Castle class 4-6-0 no 7023 Penrice Castle with the Paddington-bound Red Dragon at Newport High Street in June 1959.
Swindon: Collett ex-GWR 0-6-0PT no 3758 waits with a train at Swindon on 29 June 1959.
Strawfrank Junction: A Black 5 takes the Edinburgh line at Strawfrank Junction (now Carstairs South) with a freight on 29 June 1963. Carstairs MPD stands in the background.
Strawfrank Junction: Trains passing the PW deot on the WCML just south of the former Strawfrank Junction on 29 June 1963. The northbound train is hauled by Carstairs based Black 5 no 45173. See image [].
Rose Grove Shed: Fowler 3F 0-6-0T 47333 in the sidings alongside Rose Grove shed in June 1963.
Rose Grove Shed: 42717 stands in the yard at Rose Grove shed in June 1963. The Crab 2-6-0 was officially withdrawn from here in October the following year and cut up at Cashmores, Great Bridge, a month later.
Leeds City: Neville Hill A3 no 60084 Trigo at Leeds City station with a military special in the summer of 1963.
Bolton MPD: Ex L&Y 0-6-0 no 52523, minus one or two key components, stands abandoned in the rain behind Bolton shed on 29 June 1963. See image []
Bolton MPD: A damp and misty morning on Bolton shed, featuring ex-Lancashire & Yorkshire 0-6-0 no 52523. The locomotive, of 1909 vintage, had been withdrawn in September 1962 and is seen here having been 'stored' at the end of a siding. The photograph is thought to have been taken during a visit on 29 June 1963 (although there is some conflict with reported disposal dates).
Rose Grove Shed: Fowler 0-6-0T no 47562 abandoned at the end of a siding alongside Rose Grove shed in June 1962, some 5 months prior to its official withdrawal.
Rose Grove Shed: Lonely looking 'Jinty' 0-6-0T no 47383 stands in the yard at Rose Grove on an overcast day in 1963.
Wyre Dock Junction: BR Standard class 2 2-6-2T no 84018 in the sidings at Wyre Dock junction, Fleetwood, on 29 June 1963. The photograph is taken from alongside the signal box with the now-demolished Fleetwood power station in the right background. Fleetwood shed (24F) from which the locomotive was withdrawn in April 1965, stands directly behind the camera. Official closure took place in February 1966.
Keighley: The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway re-opening special coasts back into Keighley Station after the first round trip working to Oxenhope. USA Tank 30072 is leading on the return working with LMS 2MT 41241 inside. My mostly reliable Ford 105E van, which had been bought for me, primarily, shortly after passing my driving test, can be seen by the roadside. This had taken a number of us down to Devon, and to Barry, round South and Mid Wales twice, and numerous other rail and Rugby League locations.
Keighley: Formerly of USA Transportation, Southern Railway, and British Railways. USA Class 0-6-0T 30072, seen in one of its many guises as Worth Valley no 72, is one of the locomotives on the re-opening special awaiting departure from Keighley Station on 29 June 1968. See image []
Keighley: A historic day on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on 29 June 1968 as Ivatt 2-6-2T no 41241 + USA 0-6-0T no 72 take the inaugural train out of Keighley following the reopening ceremony.
Keighley: 41241+30072 leaving Keighley station with the inaugural Keighley & Worth Valley working following the reopening ceremony on 29 June 1968.
Crianlarich: BRCW Type 2 5357 on a Fort William - Glasgow Queen Street working crossing a northbound service at Crianlarich in the summer of 1971. The train crews are in the process of swapping over.
Ardlui: BRCW Type 2 no 5359 southbound at Ardlui in the summer of 1971.
Garelochhead Viaduct: A Fort William - Glasgow Queen Street train on the approach to Garelochhead in June 1971.
Lowestoft: On June 29th 1977, the station name board declared this destination as Lowestoft Central, despite the fact there was no other station in the town that might be confused with it. Up until May 1970, however, there was also Lowestoft North on the line to Yarmouth South Town. Visible in this view are the DMU services to Norwich and Ipswich, a Class 03 shunting locomotive and apparently failed stock from the Lowestoft - London service.
Haddiscoe (High Level): The direct line between Beccles and Yarmouth South Town was closed in November 1959, with the high cost of maintaining the swing bridge at Haddiscoe part of the justification. This northerly view from the derelict swing bridge box (now restored) in 1977 shows the remaining bridge foundations and circular pivot base.
Polkemmet Colliery: No 25 (Andrew Barclay 2358 of 1954) ambles past the screens at Polkemmet Colliery on 29 June 1978.
Colwyn Bay: 47529 slows for the Colwyn Bay stop with a westbound passenger service along the North Wales Coast on 29th June 1980. This particular Brush Type 4 was withdrawn in early 1987 and cut up shortly afterwards at Crewe, the first Class 47/4 to be scrapped.
Coppull: The now preserved 40135 hauls a refurbished Wirral Line Class 503 EMU south along the WCML near Coppull heading back to Merseyside from Horwich Works. This working travelled out from Horwich to Preston See image [] before reversing to run south to Birkenhead via Warrington and Ellesmere Port. Note the way the unit has been formed in the train so the (possibly modified and dedicated) brakevans were able to couple to the inner ends of the cars but not the non-standard front coupling. Photo by Steven Brindley. Additional information about these workshop trains by Steven Brindley and Neville Parry.
Leyland: 47358 hauls a very mixed freight towards Euxton Junction on the Up Slow line through Leyland in the Summer of 1981.
Leyland: Now preserved 40135 hauls a Class 503 Wirral EMU on the Down Fast line through Leyland. At this time these units were still going for works attention rather than scrapping and I have since been told that the workings went to and from Horwich Works with a reversal in Preston on the journey to and from Merseyside, hence the two brake vans. See image [] 40135 was withdrawn just over five years later and is now with the Class 40 Preservation Society on the East Lancashire Railway. Image 38875 shows the modern day equivalent working.
Inverkip: Inverkip station building on very much its last legs. Two similar buildings faced each other at this formerly double track station but by 1997 only one platform remained and the canopy had been severely cut back. See image [] - this is the building on the left platform.
Corfe Castle: Standard class 4 no 80078 with a train on the Swanage Railway, near Corfe Castle, on 29 June 2000.
Neustadt (Sachsen): By 2001 it was a bit of a rarity to find two passenger trains standing side by side worked by the Romanian built C-C diesel hydraulics of DB class 219. One place where this could still be experienced was Neustadt (Sachsen), where local trains to Pirna and Bautzen were so worked using short push-pull sets. On the right, No. 219093 is standing on an unrecorded duty while to the left No. 219110 has not long arrived on the 09.10 from Pirna.
Wilthen: A block load of combine harvesters from the 'Fortschritt' factory passing through Wilthen on 29 June 2001 (probably in the direction of Poland) behind former DR B-B hydraulic No. 298314.
Kurort Oybin: 99731 was the first of 32 2-10-2T locos built for the pre-war Deutsche Reichsbahn for service on the various 750mm gauge lines in Saxony. Thanks to being reboilered in 1965, this loco was still in service from Zittau at the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and passed to the Sächsisch-Oberlausitzer Eisenbahngesellschaft, along with the lines to Jonsdorf and Oybin, in the mid nineties. Here it runs round at Kurort Oybin in June 2001, having arrived on the 13.39 departure from Zittau.
Dawlish: An unidentified eastbound train approaching Dawlish station during the early afternoon of Saturday 29 June 2002.
Dawlish: A Plymouth - Edinburgh Virgin CrossCountry HST approaching Dawlish in the summer of 2002.
Edinburgh Road Bridge Junction: 58045 and 58025 depart Perth with the return leg of the Worksop Highlander tour on 29th June 2002.
Starcross: Looking east towards the River Exe estuary at Cockwood Harbour at low tide in the summer of 2002. The train is a First Great Western service from Penzance to Paddington and will shortly pass through Starcross station, some 9 miles short of its next scheduled stop at Exeter St Davids.
Dawlish: A Virgin CrossCountry service heads west after leaving Dawlish on Saturday 29 June 2002.
Starcross: A Virgin CrossCountry service photographed just south of Starcross, Devon, in June 2002. The train is passing Cockwood Harbour, on the GWR main line between Exeter and Newton Abbot. [Ref query of 18 October 2017]
Dawlish: A Virgin CrossCountry service approaching Dawlish from the south west on 29 June 2002 behind a Class 47 locomotive. The train is on its way from Plymouth to Glasgow Central.
Albert Road Level Crossing: Having entered Leith Docks on 29 June 2005, EWS 66078 reverses its train over the dock exit road towards the coal terminal. Note the thick ropes in the foreground, normally jammed into the rail flange gaps on the level crossing. This is to prevent them becoming blocked with mud and other debris, increasing the risk of a derailment.
Leith Edinburgh Dock: Empty coal hoppers being reversed over an internal level crossing into the loading area within Leith Docks on 29 June 2005. The hoppers will be loaded with imported coal destined for Cockenzie power station.
Paisley Gilmour Street: Class 334 334029 departs Paisley Gilmour Street for Ayr.
Alloa: Busy platform scene at Alloa on 29 June. Note road markings have now appeared.
Paisley Canal: Plaque unveiled at Paisley Canal station as part of the Thomas Telford 250th anniversary celebrations on 29 June.
Newbridge Junction: EWS 66184 brings a Sunday morning PW train off the Bathgate branch and onto the main line at Newbridge Junction on its way back to Millerhill Yard during branch engineering work on 29 June 2008.
Perth: North end of Perth station on 29 June with 170 405 arriving with a service from Inverness.
Wallingford: The legendary GWR locomotive City of Truro backing onto a train at Wallingford on the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway on 29 June 2008. No 3440 is believed to have been the first locomotive to break the 100mph barrier, having reached a top speed of 102.3 mph while hauling the Ocean Mails express from Plymouth to London Paddington on 9 May 1904.
Uphall: Northside site entrance at Uphall station during engineers occupation of the line on Sunday 29 June. Work in preparation for the new platform, access roads, car parking and other infrastructure is underway. A PW train stands in the station behind EWS 66008 and is straddling the rail bridge over the B8046 just off picture to the right. The road below the bridge is single-file here, controlled by traffic lights, and could become a significant bottleneck given current station expansion plans.
Wallingford: The Cholsey & Wallingford Railway has three class 08 shunters, two from the Guinness Brewery. This one, numbered 060, was photographed at Wallingford on 29 June.
Newbridge Junction: ScotRail 170408 runs east through a pre-electrification Newbridge Junction on 29 June 2008. The train is the 0845 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh Waverley.
Uphall: Engineering occupation at Uphall on 29 June 2008. View west with EWS 66008 on a PW train.
Dunaskin Platform: Former NCB Ayrshire Area No 10 providing brake van trips at Dunaskin on the former Waterside complex on 29 June 2008. [The locomotive was built by Andrew Barclay in Kilmarnock as AB2244 in 1947.]
Fylde Junction: 158758 on a Blackpool to York service passes under Wellfield Road bridge at the junction with the WCML to the north of Preston station.
Cholsey: Great Western Railway 3440 City of Truro slows its train on the approach to Cholsey station on the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway on 29 June, seen from Cholsey churchyard.
Uphall: EWS 66008 stands at the west end of Uphall station with a ballast train on Sunday 29 June 2008 in connection with the redoubling of the line and construction of a second platform see image [].
Dunblane: The driver of 67 009 watches the conductor-guard complete his check of the train before the Caledonian Sleeper departs Dunblane for Inverness. It is shortly after 5 a.m. on 29th June 2009.
Greenock Central: Looking South to Greenock Central showing the goods line that left the main line at Greenock Central and went down to the street level goods station at Bogle Street and Chapel Street that stood on the site now occupied by Morrison's superstore and car park.
Claughton: As seen here, the buckets on the aerial ropeway at Claughton brickworks were removed when the brickworks was mothballed by Hansons during the economic downturn but happily it returned to use in 2013. This is the last gravity operated ropeway in the United Kingdom and can carry 250 tons of material a day down 750' from Caton Moor over a distance of just over a mile. It was constructed in 1924 and its historic status has been recognised by the Transport Trust see image [].
Claughton: A Transport Trust red plaque, along with a model gantry and bucket, stands outside the lower wheelhouse of the Claughton aerial ropeway, alongside the A683 main road through the village. This is in recognition of it being the last working gravity operated ropeway in the UK.
Craignure: View back from the rear of a train towards Craignure on the Isle of Mull Railway in June 2010.
North Connel: Looking north at the location of North Connel Halt on 29 June 2010 along the former trackbed. The old road can be seen descending on the right of the photograph. See image [[22767 for a view from the old road twenty-three years earlier]].
Connel Ferry: Demolition of the bridge that was intended to carry a direct line chord from Oban to Ballachulish at Connel Ferry on 29 June 2010. See image []
Connel Ferry: No, not that one, another one - see image [].
Connel Ferry: Remains of the old loading ramp at Connel Ferry see image [] still there in June 2010 at the time the bridge on the aborted link direct to the west was being demolished.
Craignure: Driver possibly contemplating the future at Craignure Station on 29 June 2010. Now confirmed, sadly, that the little railway is to close.
Torosay Castle: Frances Running round at Torosay in June 2010.
Tarmstedt Loop: Trains passing at Tarmstedt on the Isle of Mull Railway on 29 June 2010.
Craignure: Scene on the 260mm gauge Isle of Mull Railway at Craignure on 29th June 2010, locomotive no 7 Frances at the platform.
National Railway Museum York: D1023 'Western Fusilier' stands at the entrance to the workshops at the NRM on 29 June 2011. Receiving attention in the background is Deltic 55002 'The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry'.
National Railway Museum York: Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' Pacific no 34051 Winston Churchill receives attention in the NRM workshops at York on 29 June 2011. The locomotive is part of the national collection.
Malton: The 15.12 Scarborough - Liverpool Lime Street TransPennine service calls at Malton on 29 June 2011.
York: When is a platform not a platform? Platform 4 at York is in fact the north end of platform 3 and is used only by trains arriving off the Scarborough line. This view north from the said platform on 29 June 2011 shows a Liverpool - Scarborough train running left to right across the picture heading for the bridge over the River Ouse, shortly after leaving platform 5. On the left is the view north along the East Coast Main Line.
York: An afternoon Grand Central Trains service from Sunderland calls at York on 29 June 2011 on its way to Kings Cross.
National Railway Museum [York]: The NRM Road Train heading north along Leeman Road in the summer of 2011. The half-hourly shuttle service carries visitors between the National Railway Museum and York city centre.
York: Car park creep - York, June 2011. A Northern service to Hull stands at what is now platform 1 at York, the last operational bay platform in the south east corner of the station see image [].
York: At first glance it could be mistaken for a guard of honour in corporate colours waving a Grand Central service away from York station. It is in fact a Network Rail PW team standing clear as the 11.23 Kings Cross - Sunderland service restarts from York on 29 June 2011.
York: The big yawn. Waiting for a train on platform 5 at York station on 29 June 2011. The train in question is the 11.55 non-stop service to London Kings Cross (09.30 ex-Edinburgh Waverley). Awaiting connecting passengers on the adjacent platform 6 is the 12.01 stopping train to the same destination, with the 12.13 to Blackpool North standing alongside at platform 7.
National Railway Museum York: HST prototype no 252 001 on display at the NRM on 29 June 2011 see image [].
York: An arrival from the south entering the most westerly of York's platforms on 29 June. The train in this case is the 'East Coast' 10.00 Kings Cross - Aberdeen and the platform is no 11.
Alness: The 1236 service from Wick (and Thurso) departs from Alness and heads for Dingwall. This photograph of unit 158709 was taken from the academy footbridge that spans the line at the station and offers this view to the south.
Malton: Single car 185? Not quite. A TransPennine service leaving Malton station bound for Liverpool Lime Street is in the process of crossing from the platform line back onto the up main before continuing westward on its journey towards its next scheduled stop at York. Photograph taken from the end of the platform on 29 June 2011.
York: The 12.11 service to Leeds via Harrogate awaits departure time from York's platform 8 on 29 June 2011.
New Bridge Level Crossing: D7628 passes slowly over New Bridge level crossing on 29 June 2011 shortly after leaving Pickering with a train for Grosmont.
National Railway Museum [York]: 'Not here you don't!' Preserved notice from a pre-snowflake era, once used by the Cheshire Lines Committee, photographed at the National Railway Museum, York, in 2011.
National Railway Museum York: Almost there. Deltic 55002 'The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry' nearing the end of a long restoration and refurbishment programme in the NRM workshops on 29 June 2011. A month earlier the locomotive had moved through the yard under its own power for the first time in 14 years.
National Railway Museum York: Ex-LNWR motor coach open brake third no 28249 introduced on the Broad Street - Richmond (North London Line) services following electrification in 1916. Photographed at the NRM on 29 June 2011 during temporary relocation pending completion of structural alterations.
York: That roof again - take 2... York on 29 June 2011 with a Reading - Newcastle Central CrossCountry service arriving at platform 5 alongside a Northern DMU for Leeds via Harrogate awaiting its departure time in bay platform 8.
Edinburgh Waverley: Siemens 380105 ready to depart from Edinburgh Waverley Platform 8 on the First ScotRail 12.11 fast service to Dunbar on 29 June. Technicians from both First ScotRail and Siemens are standing alongside.
York: A Northern service to Leeds via Harrogate leaves York on 29 June 2011.
Tower Hill: Now withdrawn LUL C stock train on a clockwise Circle Line service at Tower Hill station, which will head away from the camera when it departs, on 29th June 2012. This station opened in February 1967 on the site of the short-lived Tower of London station that had existed only from 1882 to 1884 when it was replaced by Mark Lane station, renamed Tower Hill in 1946, with the completion of the Inner Circle Line which, in its turn, the new Tower Hill station replaced. I vividly recall using the old Tower Hill station lots of times when a boy, usually on trips with my parents and brother from our home in Loughton, Essex to visit the Tower: Central Line to Mile End and then the rattly District Line which was very atmospheric in those days, as was Tower Hill station, almost as dark as a crypt. It is still possible to discern the site of the eastbound platform of the old station from a passing train, the westbound platform was demolished to make way for a new track layout.
Nuneaton: A late running 16.39 to Leicester, delayed by signalling problems, snakes its way out of platform 7 at Nuneaton on 29th June 2012. The station appears to be empty, but the class 153 for Coventry can just be seen in platform 1.
Nuneaton: 66041 and its containers make a colourful sight at Nuneaton on 29 June as the train snakes between the platform 4 through route and platform 1 (Coventry line). At least one down passenger train was slowed to allow this relatively rare conflicting movement.
Katzhuette: On 29th June 2013, a Schwartzatalbahn branch train arrives at the Katzhuette terminus of the 25km branch line from the Rottenbach junction on the Saalfeld-Erfurt line in Thuringen. The single-car VT641 diesel unit is a driver-only operation, with a ticket machine on the train. The grid in the foreground and the container to the right are part of a small refuelling point.
Troon [2nd]: The original Troon station on the direct line closed on 2 May 1892 when the new present day station opened. This is the up building - much altered - from the platform side on 29 June 2013. The goods yard to the left and the line north have long disappeared under what is now 'Old Station Court'. See image []
Troon [2nd]: The up side buildings of the original Troon station see image [] in June 2013.
Obstfelderschmiede: Passengers board the Oberweissbacher Bergbahn's standard-gauge passenger coach (carried piggyback on a 1.8m gauge Rollwagen) at the Obstfelderschmiede terminus on 29th June 2013. Note the elderly Deutsche Bahn wagon on the chord siding linking to the adjacent Schwartzatalbahn.
Lichtenhain: The Oberweissbacher Bergbahn's sloping split-level passenger coach approaches the funicular's hill terminus at Lichtenhain on 29th June 2013.
York Road: Entrance to former LUL Piccadilly Line station at York Road, closed in 1932 and with the name still engraved on the walls, on 29th June 2013. Below ground, the site of the platforms can be made out by the gap in the tunnel wall about midway between King's Cross St. Pancras and Caledonian Road stations, although hundreds of passengers will pass by each day without realising they are speeding past one of London Underground's ghost stations.
Troon Harbour: The G&SWR powerhouse on the west harbour at Troon in June 2013. Now a Fish Restaurant / Chip Shop [but a rather upmarket one].
Obstfelderschmiede : The Oberweissbacher Bergbahn's standard-gauge passenger coach (carried piggyback on a 1.8m gauge Rollwagen) inches down into the Obstfelderschmiede terminus on 29th June 2013. Passengers interchange here with the standard-gauge Schwartzatalbahn branch line, whose single-track platform runs left to right in the foreground.
Dunaskin Platform: It's that time of the year again - out comes a shiny No. 10 at ARPG Dunaskin to give trips up and down the line.
Beningbrough: The Sidings Hotel & Restaurant at Beningbrough and two of the three grounded Mark One accommodation carriages seen through the site entrance on 29 June, with a semaphore signal standing guard by the roadside. A further two parallel carriages are out of view to the left, with one a first class layout dining carriage to supplement the dining area of the main building. Both have a clear view of activity on the East Coast Main Line which runs on the far side of the building. See image []
Beningbrough: A smokebox door mocked up and purporting to be from Raven Q6 0-8-0 63412 adorns the wall of the entrance foyer of The Sidings Hotel and Restaurant adjacent to the ECML. The door displays a 52F Blyth shed plate, despite that loco being allocated to 51C West Hartlepool during its final years of service. The door, which is with hinges on the wrong side, appears to be from another class of loco, as the hinges do not match those in views of the class and there is not a pillar type protrusion on the centre line near the edge of the door on the opposite side to the hinges.
Perth Carriage Sidings: Perth stabling sidings on 29 June. A class 170 is in residence, standing alongside a polytunnel.
Glasgow Central Low Level: Pillar supporting the roof of the disused platforms at low level Glasgow Central.
Crossgates: WCRC 47854 nears the site of Crossgates Station on 29 June 2015 with the Edinburgh - Boat of Garten leg of the 'Classic' tour.
Farington: DCR 31601 hauled 47643, 20020, 26038 and 37025 south at Farington on 29 June 2015. Quite a collection of classic traction although examples of each type, less the Class 26, can be seen working on the mainline over 40 years after they were built.
Braehead Viaduct: Contractors working at the construction site of the new Bargeddie bridge on 29th June 2015, seen from a passing train. The bridge is due to be moved into position during a line closure from 11th - 26th July.
Chester: Well, the livery is cheerful anyway. A service for Liverpool Central waits to depart Chester on 29/06/2016. It won't actually terminate at Central, but continue round the loop and come back to Chester.
Bache: Bache (pronounced 'Baitch') is in north Chester and the last stop before the terminus. A service from Liverpool stops on 29/06/2016.
Hooton: The platform on the right is - not a platform. The one on the left is numbered 1 - but not in regular use. Platforms 2 and 3, out of shot, do all the work.
Hooton: An Ellesmere Port service calls at Hooton on 29/06/2016.
Ellesmere Port: Having terminated, a Liverpool service waits to return on 29/06/2016. Platform 2, in the foreground, is on the Helsby line and sees far fewer trains.
Bromborough Rake: I stopped because I liked the name, and made a new friend, currently licking his paws.
Rock Ferry: Rock Ferry station on 29/06/2016, with the little-used bay platforms in the foreground.
Birkenhead Central: A Chester service calls at Birkenhead Central on 29/06/2016.
Weggis: Flagship of the fleet of 21 vessels operated by the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company, PS Stadt Luzern slows to call at the pier at Weggis on 29th June 2016. This is the largest vessel on the lake, with a capacity of 1200 passengers, and one of five operational paddle steamers in the fleet. Behind the ship, with its summit shrouded in cloud, is Mount Pilatus which has the steepest cog railway in the world connecting with the Lucerne steamers at Alpnachstad.
Birkenhead Hamilton Square: The landmark tower at Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead still boasts its British Railways era lettering together with a ghost of something even older. A bank of four spacious lifts take you down to the platforms; shades of the London Underground.
Heald Green West Junction: Heald Green West Junction, seen from an aircraft on final approach to Manchester, in June 2016. The branch to the Airport station, seen below, opened in 1993 with the triangular junction linking to both north and south on the Styal line.
James Street: The 'heritage' Platform 2 at James Street, Liverpool. It has a departure board, but the platform is surely not in passenger use.
Maghull: A six-car service from Ormskirk to Liverpool Central calls at Maghull (pronounced MaggULL) station on 29/06/2016.
Sandhills: Judging by the name, Sandhills must once have been characterised by grassy dunes on the banks of the Mersey. A look around here shows that this was a long time ago. Sandhills has an intensive service seeing all Northern Line services from Liverpool before it branches off to Southport, Ormskirk and Kirkby. A city-bound service seen on 29/06/2016.
Town Green: A Liverpool-bound service rolls into Town Green on the Ormskirk line on 29/06/2016.
Aintree: Here at Aintree the signs saying 'Alight here for Aintree' are, can I suggest, superfluous. An Ormskirk service calls on 29/06/2016.
Moorfields: A West Kirby service on the one-way circle round Liverpool city centre at Moorfields on 29/06/2016. Shades of the London Underground which of course has its own Moorfields.
Cressington: The attractively maintained station in the leafy suburb of Cressington.
Lucerne: Sudostbahn (Swiss South Eastern Railways) electric locomotive 018, in advertising livery, is on the rear of a train for St. Gallen at the main station in Lucerne in June 2016. A sister loco in black livery was on the front of the train. These loco hauled services are scheduled to be replaced by new Stadler FLIRT EMUs.
Stockport Edgeley Junction: The three-way Edgeley Junction at Stockport seen on 29th June 2016 with a Class 323 EMU taking the Up Slow on the main line towards Cheadle Hulme. The Hazel Grove and Buxton line swings left at this point while the line curving right behind Edgeley Junction No.1 signal box goes to Northenden and Altrincham.
Liverpool Lime Street: The concourse at Lime Street. From a Scottish perspective at least the lack of ticket machines and ticket barriers is surprising.
Liverpool Central: Possibly the only British station entered through a shopping mall - and with sweeties at the ticket counters! With but 3 platforms (all underground), and handling only local services it's not as high status as the name suggests. However it does what it does really well.
Plates, signs, notices etc: Sage advice on a Northern Rail set. Get this the wrong way round and you're in for an uncomfortable and undignified travelling experience.
Morecambe: The old order changeth. Until 2015 the Heysham flasks were almost exclusively hauled by EE Class 20s and Class 37s. The Class 20s were retired first and now modern traction is taking over these workings. Brand new 68029 brings up the rear of a single flask train as it enters the Heysham branch on 29th June 2017. What looks like fogging on the image is actually a surprisingly smoky acceleration from lead loco 68022.
Morecambe: DRS 68022 Resolution swings on to the Heysham branch after reversing at Morecambe and heads for the power station with a single flask wagon and classmate 68029 in tow. Image taken on 29th June 2017 from behind the fence at the improved foot crossing for the cycleway to Lancaster along the old Green Ayre trackbed. See image [] taken from the same spot two years earlier with classic traction in use.
Thrumster: The beautifully restored Thrumster station on 29th June 2019.
Gartsherrie North Junction: 66739 'Bluebell Railway' snakes through the realigned junction at Gartsherrie with the northbound Alcan Alumina tanks on 29th June 2019.
Coatbridge Central: An unidentified Colas Class 70 brings the Dalston Oil Terminal to Grangemouth Ineos empty tanks over the bridge at Coatbridge Central, which was built to take the railway across the Monkland Canal Basin. Unfortunately, in recent years, somebody has forgotten to put the plug back in! 29th June 2019.
Coatbridge Central: An unidentified Colas Class 70 brings the Dalston Oil Terminal to Grangemouth Ineos empty tanks over the bridge at Coatbridge Central on 26th June 2019. This was built to take the railway across the Monkland Canal Basin. Unfortunately, in recent years, somebody has forgotten to put the plug back in!
Bay Horse: A gleaming 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' on the tail of an ECS working from Carnforth to Crewe on 29th June 2019, ahead of a private charter excursion to Holyhead the following day. 57314 was hauling the train but I hadn't expected a top and tail formation and only just managed to capture the Pacific on the rear as it passed through Bay Horse.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1865||Sutherland Railway||Sutherland Railway receives act to build a line from Bonar Bridge to Brora.|
|1865||Inverness and Aberdeen Junction RailwayInverness and Perth Junction RailwayHighland Railway||Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway and Inverness and Perth Junction Railway merger: company named the Highland Railway.|
|1883||City of Glasgow Union Railway||Glasgow St Enoch station and approach lines south of Bellgrove taken over by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Lines north of Bellgrove taken over by the North British Railway.|
|1914||Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)||Authorisation to build Balornock Shed between Germiston Junction Low and Glasgow_>Milton Junction Glasgow . Sometimes known as St Rollox for the shed it replaced.|
|1979||British Railways||Â£5 million contract to rationalise trackwork from Dalmeny to Cupar, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath.|
|1998||Glasgow City and District Railway||Start of repairs to Knightswood Tunnel.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||First to appoint monitor as ScotRail concerns raised [Scotsman]||FIRSTGROUP will have to sign "behavioural undertakings" rather than sell off bus operations to satisfy monopoly concerns over its takeover of the ScotRail franchise, the Competition Commission said yesterday.|
|2004||Passenger groups and rail chiefs still talking over cuts [Scotsman]||TALKS are continuing between railway managers and passenger watchdogs in an effort to settle a row over planned cuts to services on the Scotland-London east coast main line.|
|2004||Train death couple facing trial [BBC News]||A husband and wife killed by a high speed train after they jumped off a platform had been accused of fraud..|
|2004||Watchdog fears rail switch will hit fares [Scotsman]||THE proposed takeover of the Scottish rail franchise by transport giant FirstGroup would result in higher fares and poorer services for bus passengers in the Capital, a watchdog has claimed.|
|2006||ScotRail on the award platform [Scotsman]||TRAIN operator First ScotRail has been highly commended at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards for its "dramatic improvements in punctuality, reliability and customer satisfaction".|
|2007||Urgent talks on rail plan sought [BBC News]||Scottish Borders Council seeks emergency talks on the future of the Waverley line project.|
|2009||National Express turns down bid [BBC News]||Rail and bus operator FirstGroup has said it has had a takeover bid for rival National Express rejected.|
|2010||Hornby opens archive to visitors in Margate [BBC News]||Visitors to Kent are set to be taken on a journey through modern history at the home of one of the world^s most prestigious transport model makers. [Fom Mark Bartlett]|
|2012||Landslides and fire disrupt rail services as rains hit Scotland [BBC News]||Rail services remain severely disrupted after torrential rain in parts of Scotland and northern England caused flooding and landslides. No services are running on the East Coast main line between Scotland and Newcastle. There is also severe disruption in the west Highlands, following a freight train derailment near Tulloch, and a landslip at Arrochar.|
|2014||Rail warning system “ears” can hear landslide [Scotsman]||ELECTRONIC “ears” have been installed along one of Scotland’s most landslide-prone train lines in a pioneering project that could protect rail tracks and roads across Scotland. The fibre-optic cables are a modern-day replacement for a Victorian rockfall warning system in the steep-sided Pass of Brander on the Glasgow-Oban line. The UK first is being tested on the route below Ben Cruachan, where in 2010 a ScotRail train nearly plunged down a 50ft embankment after hitting a fallen boulder and derailing. A tripwire system built by engineer John Anderson in 1882, in which falling rocks trigger line-side signals, did not detect the boulder because it fell from lower down the slope. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2015||Train sewage on tracks elimination date brought forward [BBC News]||The date for the elimination of trains dumping sewage on Scotland^s rail tracks has been brought forward after a campaign, the RMT union has said. Union representatives met ScotRail management, Transport Minister Derek MacKay, and Transport Scotland officials over the issue. The RMT said about 40% of the ScotRail fleet should be fitted with controlled emission tanks by April 2016. The remainder are due to be fully fitted by December 2017.|
|2015||£600m to deliver South Wales Metro by 2020 [BBC News]||About £600m is to be spent on a new metro for south east Wales within five years, BBC Wales understands. It is likely to be a mix of light rail, trams, improved trains and faster buses by 2020 in Cardiff and the valleys. It is in addition to planned rail electrification and will run as a ^not-for-dividend^ part of the next all-Wales rail franchise from 2018. The economy minister will task rail and business experts to finalise plans before work starts in 2017. Edwina Hart envisages a partnership with private developers but operating for the minimum profit, with money being reinvested in the network, BBC Wales understands. The Welsh government has already committed £77m to a first phase, which includes a new station for Ebbw Vale.|
|2016||Jail sentence for West Coast SPAD driver [Rail News]||THE driver of a steam-hauled charter train who turned off a safety system and almost caused a major collision with a high speed intercity train has been given a jail sentence by Swindon Crown Court. Melvyn Cox was driving the train at Wootton Bassett Junction near Swindon in March last year. It overran a red signal by almost 700m and came to rest fouling the main Great Western line, only moments after an Intercity 125 express had passed. He pleaded guilty to health and safety charges in connection with the incident, and was given a four month sentence, suspended for 18 months.|
|2017||Alstom opens UKs largest train modernisation facility in Widnes [RTM]||One of the largest centres for train modernisation to ever be built in the UK has today been unveiled by Alstom. Situated in Widnes in the north west of England, the facility was opened by Parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Lord Prior of Brampton. Alstoms facility is now the biggest in the UK, covering over 13,000 square metres of space, and the company has said that due to its close embrace of Industry 4.0 principles, the facility is ideal for work on intercity trains. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2017||Staff at ^Scotland^s worst station^ to get body cams in blitz on yobs after protests and emergency summit [Daily Record]||Staff at Hamilton Centrals Railway station are to be provided with body-worn CCTV cameras after they dubbed it the worst in Scotland because of teenage gangs. Trade Unions, the British Transport Police and politicians attended an emergency round-table summit to discuss the anti-social behaviour. It was organised by Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie on Tuesday after staff demonstrated outside the station in a bid to get management to sit up and recognise the situation, which they described as scandalous. James Ledgerwood, head of economic development at the ScotRail Alliance, said: The safety of our staff and customers is always our number one priority. The type of behaviour that we are seeing is totally unacceptable and is not just restricted to the railway station.|
|2018||Testing of cutting-edge maintenance trains for Elizabeth line gets underway [Global Railway Review]||Testing is underway in Europe on new state-of-the-art maintenance trains that will be used on the Elizabeth line to help keep it running for hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors. London will take delivery of the machines later this year.|
|2018||49 degrees Celsius track temperatures buckle rail at Carlisle [Network Rail]||Temperatures approaching 50 degrees Celsius are usually reserved for Death Valley in California or certain parts of the Middle East - not the north of England.|
|2018||New electric trains approved after windscreens changed [BBC News]||New electric trains for Scotland^s central belt have been approved by rail regulators after their windscreens were replaced over safety concerns. Train drivers^ union Aslef had said the curved windscreen on the Class 385s were causing reflections of other signals at night. New flat windscreens will now be fitted to all 70 of the trains. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has confirmed the Hitachi trains are safe and licensed to carry passengers.|
|2019||^Rescue train^ sent to passengers of cancelled Caledonian Sleeper [BBC News]||A ^rescue train^ was sent to help passengers from a Caledonian Sleeper service which broke down in a remote area of the Highlands. The overnight service to London Euston was cancelled due to a power failure shortly after it left Fort William on Friday. Caledonian Sleeper ^sincerely apologised^ and said Sunday night^s services would start from Edinburgh. It is the latest in a series of problems facing the rail firm. Since launching its new £150m fleet to great fanfare in April, passengers travelling between the Central Belt and London have faced disruption and cancellations.|
|2020||Aberdeen trains cancelled after fallen power lines block railway [Evening Express]||Rail passengers heading to and from Aberdeen are facing delays this morning.|
|2020||DfT has ^no idea what to do^, say top railway insiders [RAIL]||Insiders criticise Government over continued rail industry uncertainty.|
|2020||New MerseyRail ^connected^ trains [Rail Engineer]||Merseyrail is the commuter rail network serving Liverpool and is one of the most heavily used urban railway networks outside London. It consists of two dedicated DC third-rail electrified lines known as the Northern line and Wirral line, creating a metro-style network of local passenger rail services within Merseyside and adjacent areas of Cheshire ...|
|2020||New tourist train opens up Yorkshire dales [The Guardian]||Over the summer trains will run from Skipton to Appleby, offering walkers and cyclists a chance to explore stunning parts of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. In the UK^s post-pandemic months, when demand for domestic holidays is sky-high, Yorkshire^s expansive green spaces hold appeal for many. But how to explore it without spending hours in a car and cries of ^Are we nearly there yet?^ From next month, a new rail service on one of the country^s most scenic routes, between the Grade II-listed stations of Skipton, North Yorkshire, and Appleby in Cumbria (a 90-minute journey each way) will open up a pocket of the UK countryside to cyclists, walkers and visitors looking to explore by train.|
|2020||ScotRail thanks customers for following safety guidance [ScotRail]||ScotRail has thanked its customers for wearing face coverings while making essential journeys and following its five rules for safer travel on Scotlands Railway. Since the wearing of face coverings was made mandatory on Monday (June 22), around 90 per cent of customers have followed the guidance to keep themselves and others safe.|
|2020||Subway staff call for travel ban for passengers flouting mask rules [Evening Times]||Subway staff say the company^s policy on passenger masks is ^impossible to enforce^ - and have suggested those flouting it should face an immediate travel ban.|
|2020||Horden train station opens today for first time in more than 50 years [ChronicleLive]||County Durham^s new train station will be vital link between Newcastle, Sunderland and Teesside. And there are cash boosts for Middlesbrough and Darlington stations.|