East Kilbride: Footplate photocall at East Kilbride station in the summer of 1949. The locomotive is Fairburn 2-6-4 tank no 42244 and the small face at the cab window will be familiar to Railscot aficionados see image [].
Inverness Shed: The roundhouse. Inverness sheds.
Fraserburgh: GNSR D40 4-4-0 no 62279 Glen Grant complete with freight and crew, standing in the yard at Fraserburgh in the summer of 1951.
Fraserburgh: B1 4-6-0 61352 brings a fish train out of the yards at Fraserburgh on 2 July 1951.
Milngavie: N2 0-6-2T 69564 with a train from Bridgeton Central approaching Milngavie in July 1957. [Ref query 34641] The seldom used track to the right is the Burnbrae Branch.
Milngavie: An afternoon train for Airdrie prepares to leave Milngavie platform 1 in the summer of 1957. Locomotive in charge is Gresley V1 2-6-2T 67618 of Kipps shed.
Milngavie: N2 0-6-2T 69595 arriving at Milngavie on 2 July 1957 with a train from Bridgeton Central.
Cowlairs West Junction: A BR Swindon built DMU passing Cowlairs West Junction on 2 July 1957 with a Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh Waverley service.
Hillfoot: Parkhead V1 67674 entering Hillfoot station, shortly after setting out from Milngavie with a train for Airdrie in July 1957.
Fairlie Pier: Corkerhill Black 5 45007 standing at Fairlie Pier with an express for St Enoch on 2 July 1959, awaiting the arrival of the boat.
Craighead Viaduct: View of the deck of Craighead Viaduct looking north to Bothwell. Snatch shot over the safety fence.
Craighead Viaduct: On the NB line from Shettleston to Hamilton. Public footpath ran through the girders.
Burnbank: The closed station at Burnbank on the NB Shettleston to Hamilton line, looking north in July 1963.
Rotten Calder Viaduct: Remains of Greenhall viaduct on line from East Kilbride to Auchinraith.
Craighead Junction: Looking south to Hamilton as Black V passes with goods. NB line to Hamilton tunnelled under this yard.
Carlisle: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45627 Sierra Leone standing alongside platform 4 at Carlisle on 2 July 1966.
Carlisle: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45627 Sierra Leone recently arrived at Carlisle on 2 July 1966 with a train from the south.
Carlisle: Britannia Pacific no 70017 Arrow photographed shortly after taking over a southbound train at Carlisle in the summer of 1966. The locomotive had only three months of operational life remaining at this time, being withdrawn from Kingmoor shed at the beginning of October and cut up at Cashmores (Newport) later that same month.
Carlisle: A summer Saturday Blackpool North - Glasgow Central relief service stands alongside Carlisle platform 1 on 2nd July 1966. Black 5 4-6-0 no 44802 is at the head of the train.
Carlisle: Britannia Pacific no 70001 Lord Hurcomb prepares to take an unidentified northbound train out of Carlisle platform 4 in July 1966. The locomotive was withdrawn from Kingmoor shed two months later.
Carlisle: Pause for refreshment, as Britannia Pacific, no 70035 Rudyard Kipling, takes on water at the north end of Carlisle platform 3. The date is 2nd July 1966 and the train is the summer Saturday 0825 Morecambe - Glasgow Central.
Stockport: Britannia Pacific no 70038 Robin Hood photographed at Stockport on 2 July 1967. The Pacific is about to take over an SLS railtour recently arrived behind an electric locomotive from Birmingham New Sreet. 70038 will then take the train on to York via the Standedge route see image [].
York: Scene in the yard at York on 2 July 1967 with Britannia Pacific no 70038 Robin Hood having recently arrived off a railtour from Stockport via Standedge. See image []
Stockport: Britannia Pacific no 70038 Robin Hood about to take over an SLS railtour from an electric locomotive at Stockport on 2 July 1967. The special, which had originated from Birmingham New Street, would next head for York via the Standedge route behind the Britannia. see image [].
Stockport: Britannia Pacific no 70038 Robin Hood at Stockport on 2 July 1967 about to take over an SLS railtour from Birmingham New Street which it will take on to York via the Standedge route. see image [].
York: Britannia Pacific no 70038 Robin Hood stands in the yard at York on 2 July 1967 after bringing in the outward leg of a return steam railtour from Stockport via Standedge. The SLS tour, which had originated from Birmingham New Street, was electrically hauled between there and Stockport see image [].
Galashiels [1st]: A 2-car DMU at Galashiels with a Carlisle - Edinburgh train on 2 July 1968 passes D365 held in the loop with a down pick-up freight.
Dentonholme South Junction: With the Rome Street Gasometer in the background D7547 hauls a northbound freight on the Carlisle goods lines on 2 July 1969.
Liverpool Street: Compared to its bright, present day appearance, Liverpool Street station looked every bit its age in the late 1970s, even on a summer's evening, as pictured here. Electronic departure boards were still in their infancy - the rather scruffy manual boards with each train's details can be seen stacked at the heads of the platforms. Just visible at platform 12 is a Class 309 EMU that will soon depart for Clacton and Walton.
Horbury Bridge: When Chinese Government Railways KF7 class 4-8-4 No. 607 was repatriated to Britain in 1981, its journey by Sunter Bros low loader from Tilbury docks to the NRM at York took five days. Here the abnormal load crosses over the Calder Valley line at Horbury Bridge as it makes its circuitous way through West Yorkshire on the fourth day, believed to be Thursday 2nd July 1981.
Preston Maudlands: 37228 heads for Blackpool North with a passenger train and has just passed under the Blackpool Road bridge in Ashton, Preston. This view, taken from Haslam Park, is no longer possible as the Preston Ring Road Tom Benson Way has been built alongside the railway on the land in the foreground, formerly occupied by the fast lines, and a high fence installed. 37228 subsequently became 37696 and, after a long period stored at Long Marston, was scrapped by CF Booths in Rotherham in 2014.
Dalfaber Level Crossing: Looking south from the top of the Aviemore Up distant signal on the line from Boat of Garten in July 1991 when the assistance of a rail mounted crane was sought to erect a telegraph pole next to Dalfaber level crossing.
Powderhall Loop: The driver climbs down from 60084 on 'Binliner' duties on the Powderhall Branch in July 1995. The view is towards Powderhall from the Dryden Terrace bridge. The right background has changed considerably over the last 20 years with housing on the former waste ground and the works demolished and built over. I should point out that the litter on the track must have been chucked from the overbridge as despite carrying nothing but landfill refuse the branch is mostly litter-free!
Motherwell: Freshly re-liveried 303 019 with a Lanark to Dalmuir service stands alongside the Down Mainline platform at Motherwell on 2 July 1997
Highley: WD 2-10-0 No.600 Gordon exchanging tokens at Highley on 2nd July 1998, bound for Bridgnorth.
Ironbridge: Extremely rare track: partly lifted narrow gauge lines to wharves on the River Severn at Ironbridge.
Buchanan Street [Subway]: Glasgow Subway train arriving at Buchanan Street in July 2005.
Govan [Subway]: Govan Subway, looking south across Govan Road in 2005.
Shields Road [Subway]: Shields Road SPT Subway station in 2005.
St Enoch [Subway]: The new 'modern' entrance to St Enoch Subway on a Saturday in July 2005 with the original 1896 building standing directly behind. To the left is the St Enoch Centre, built on the site of the great main line station which closed in 1966. See image []
Shields Road [Subway]: View from an SPT Glasgow Subway car calling at Shields Road in July 2005.
Dalguise Viaduct: Dalguise Viaduct, taken from the A9
Pitlochry: 170405 pulling into Pitlochry past the signal box at the station
Pitlochry: The Signal box at Pitlochry.
Pitlochry: 170405 departing Pitlochry, heading south for Edinburgh
Pitlochry: Station buildings on Platform 1 from the access road
Pitlochry: Station buildings on Platform 2
Pitlochry: Station buildings on Platform 1
Dunblane: The 13.56 Dunblane-Edinburgh leaves in a cloudburst.
Pitlochry: The signal box at Pitlochry station, taken on 2nd July 2007
Mavor and Coulson: Site of the sidings that once served Mavor & Coulson, a company specialising in the development and manufacture of mining and tunnelling equipment. The works was at the end of a surviving section of the through route from East Kilbride to Hunthill Junction, Blantyre, which closed in 1935 (not 1937). This remaining link closed in 1966.
Drysdale Street Tunnel: A provisional member of the Hells Angels Alloa Junior Chapter speeds north through the Drysdale Street/Mar Street underpass along the former route of the Alloa Wagonway on 2 July 2008. View north towards the Station Hotel.
Fouldubs Junction Yard: DRS 66419 about to cross over at Fouldubs Junction on 2 July pending departure with the 4A13 Grangemouth - Aberdeen Intermodal.
Drysdale Street Tunnel: View north along the route of the Alloa Wagonway on 2 July towards the Station Hotel and ring road, showing the underpass now running below Drysdale Street/Mar Street. When first built, the route would have appeared much less hemmed in by its surroundings. Both the 1863 Alloa Sheriff Court building (on the right) and the 1851 Moncrieff United Free Church (beyond) were built a considerable time after the 1760s wagonway.
Bedford Place Tunnel: Looking north on 2 July 2008 along the route of the Alloa Wagonway running below Bedford Place towards the Drysedale Street/Mar Street underpass in the distance. To the right is the ramp up to street level, above which can be seen a statue of St Margaret standing over the Alloa War Memorial in its walled garden of remembrance on Bank Street. The memorial was unveiled by Field Marshall Earl Haig himself in 1924.
Bedford Place Tunnel: The southern end of the path running through Alloa along the route of the old Wagonway seen in July 2008 looking north from the Castle Street industrial area towards Bedford Place. Note the Waggon Way sign attached to the wall on the left and the information point beyond. From here the route south towards the Forth becomes difficult to trace with clearance and redevelopment having taken place (including goods depots of both the NB and Caledonian that once occupied adjacent land). The impressive building in the background (with the unfortunate extension) facing onto Bedford Place is the 1875 Alloa Burgh School, now occupied by Clackmannanshire Council.
Fouldubs Junction: DRS 66419 crosses to the westbound line out of Grangemouth at Fouldubs Junction on 2 July 2008 with containers for Aberdeen. A second locomotive can be seen waiting for the road with a train in the W H Malcolm depot in the background beyond the M9 Motorway flyover.
Ardmore Level Crossing: Ex-Glen Douglas freight heads east towards Ardmore East Level Crossing on 2 July.
Saltburn: The historic water-balanced 'Cliff Lift' at Saltburn in operation in July 2009. See image []
Saltburn: A panoramic view showing the 'Cliff Lift' and pier at Saltburn in the summer of 2009, looking out to sea from the top station alongside the town's Marine Parade. See image []
Farington Junction: The London Euston to Helensburgh Upper 1Z47 Northern Belle charter crosses from the Down Slow to Down Fast at Farington Junction on 2 July 2011. The locomotives at this stage of the journey were DRS class 47s nos 47501 and 47818.
Farington Junction: 92017 in Stobart livery approaches Farington Jct with the Daventry to Mossend 'Tesco Express' daily container service on 2nd July 2011.
Lossiemouth: Lossiemouth station has been completely removed but the inevitable replacement is marked as Old Station car park on town maps and the trackbed can be walked from here about half way to Elgin. See image [] for a view of the substantial station building before demolition.
Gloucester : 66207 arrives at Gloucester with a railtour from Stevenage. The tour was visiting branch lines in the area inluding Sharpness and Tytherington.
Farington Junction: 67002 on the rear of a northbound railtour at Farington Jct on 2nd July 2011.
Lowestoft: A 2-car DMU departing Lowestoft for Ipswich in the summer of 2011.
Roseisle Maltings: A direct Then and Now comparison with Bill Roberton's 1980s photo of the same location, since when a lot of new plant has appeared at Roseisle Maltings. However this seems to have been at the expense of the railway See image []. The track remains all the way from Burghead to the main line junction at Alves but reopening of the Hopeman branch seems unlikely now. (Hopefully I will be proved wrong with this assertion).
Burghead [2nd]: The old platform at Burghead (New) looking towards the Maltings that kept the Hopeman Branch open for freight to this point into the 1980s. Little remains of the railway here but, surprisingly, the branch rails are still in place beyond Roseisle to the outskirts of Burghead village. See image []
Dallas Dhu Siding: Rails at the Dallas Dhu historic distillery in July 2011 - now a museum operated by Historic Scotland but with bonded warehousing still on the site. The rails lead to two bonded warehouses but are now used to roll whisky barrels along. The Forres - Aviemore line ran behind the buildings in the picture and the bonded warehouses are behind the camera. See image []
Ladybank: DRS 47832 about to run through Ladybank on 2 July with the 'Northern Belle' heading for Leuchars.
Reedham: A train for Norwich arriving at Reedham station in July 2011.
Chichester: A train for London Victoria coasts into Chichester on 2 July 2011. An airy and well-kept station.
Roseisle Maltings: A mothballed Scottish branch line, becoming steadily overgrown. This is a view from the bridge at Roseisle Maltings looking towards Burghead where the rails finish just short of the old station site.
Watford Junction: 'Fast train approaching.' After that message, you expect at least a 350, if not a Pendolino; but, on this occasion, it was a track maintenance machine which was speeding north - not too fast though, as it had just reversed after exiting the sidings.
Greens of Drainie: The formation of the Lossiemouth branch line as seen looking south east from the top floor of Spynie Palace, a Historic Scotland ruin on the outskirts of Elgin. Closed to passengers in 1964, the line ran more or less dead straight across the flat countryside between the two towns and the trackbed can be walked for most of its length.
Greens of Drainie: A distant view of the trackbed of the long closed Lossiemouth branch, running straight across the flat landscape. The town itself can be seen on the horizon in this view looking north from the top of ruined Spynie Palace on the outskirts of Elgin. The branch trackbed is now a footpath for most of its length.
Hopeman: Still gainfully employed, sixty years after closure to passengers, the branch terminus building at Hopeman serves as the offices for a caravan park near the village centre. This view, along the old platform towards Burghead, would have been over the buffers in operational days. Passenger trains only ran from 1891 to 1931 but freight lingered until 1957 before being cut back to Burghead.
Aberdour: The 'Northern Belle', top'n'tailed by 47832 and 47790, nears DalgetyBay en route to Leuchars on 2 July 2011.
Dallas Dhu Halt: The trackbed of the old Aviemore to Forres railway by the historic distillery at Dallas Dhu, just on the outskirts of Forres. View north along the old line that can be followed to Dava.
Deal: The impressive signalbox next to Albert Road level crossing at the north end of Deal station in Kent. Photographed from the platform on 2 July 2012 looking towards Sandwich. The signalbox is a notable example of Southern Railway 1930s Odeon/Art Deco glasshouse design.
Edinburgh Waverley: 380 108 at the east end of Waverley Station on an overcast 2 July, but the new roof admits much more light!
Sandwich: A Southeastern service on the Ramsgate to London via Dover route calls at Sandwich on 2 July 2012.
Deal: 375829 draws to a halt at Deal station on 2 July 2012 with a Southeastern service from Ramsgate to London via Dover. The Deal station area is still mechanically signalled and the signalbox at the north end of the station also controls a level crossing.
Warwick Parkway: Just for once, Chiltern's Premier Train didn't have a silver locomotive to match the stock. 67017 Arrow leans into the curve with the 1351 London Marylebone - Birmingham Moor Street see image []. Notice the three-storey car park, just opened to the left - this station, opened in 2000, has become very popular.
Warwick Parkway: Contrasting styles at Warwick Parkway: the suits in the background pay close attention to the 15.16 to Marylebone; while the more casually dressed passengers in the foreground are so busy chatting that they might just miss it.
Bautzen: At Bautzen (Sachsen) on 2nd July 2013 an ODEG local service from Bischofswerda to Goerlitz waits for the incoming Regional-Express from Dresden, while a westbound mixed freight pauses in the yard. Bautzen is an ethnic enclave of the Sorbian culture and language and sports a preserved static DR steam locomotive in the station forecourt.
Kurort Oybin: An SOEG locomotive prepares to run round its train at the Kurort Oybin terminus of the 12.2km long 750mm gauge line from Zittau in Sachsen on 2nd July 2013. This small hill resort (and its nearby twin, Kurort Jonsdorf, also served by SOEG) is just a couple of kilometres from the Czech border. See image []
Goerlitz: Goerlitz - the most easterly town in Germany - once played host to international expresses from Cologne, Munich, Krakow and Warsaw at its 12-platform station, but today's fare is more modest. ODEG (Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH) railcars from Bischofswerda (left) to Goerlitz and from Cottbus to Zittau (right) approach the town's still-impressive trainshed with its six surviving platforms, on 2nd July 2013.
Scorton [Lancashire] [1st]: Whistling northwards through the Wyre countryside, two veteran Class 20s take flasks from Crewe to Sellafield on 2nd July 2014. 20304+20312 have just passed the footbridge at Broad Fall Farm in Scorton.
Gregson Lane: Northern 158849 re-liveried in a yellow scheme with TAKING YOU TO THE TOUR lettering along the lower bodyside. The branding has been applied in connection with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July 2014. Extra trains will help people get to the event and both Northern and First TPE have leased loco hauled coaches to supplement regular workings. 158849 is heading east at Gregson Lane on 2 July with an evening Blackpool - York service. Bonsoir.
Gregson Lane: The return working of The Fellsman railtour at Gregson Lane between Blackburn and Preston on 2 July 2014. Jubilee 4-6-0 no. 45699 Galatea is coasting at this stage, with the special running around 10 minutes early.
Scorton [Lancashire] [1st]: 45699 Galatea, on one of its two 2014 Fellsman appearances, heads south past Broad Fall Farm at Scorton on 2nd July with the outbound train.
Watherston Bridge: Southbound along the valley of the Gala Water between Fountainhall and Stow on 2 July 2015. The train is the 2Z52 1204 Newcraighall - Tweedbank crew training trip.
Winchburgh Tunnel: The scene at the Linlithgow end of Winchburgh tunnel on 2nd July 2015 with the lowering of the track level in progress. On the right are the now-flooded claypits of the former brickworks.
Gorebridge: Train 2Z41 the ScotRail 0959 Tweedbank - Newcraighall calls at Gorebridge on 2 July 2015 with finishing work ongoing in and around the station area.
Watherston Bridge: A Borders Railway crew training trip heading for Tweedbank on 2 July 2015, southbound between Fountainhall and Stow.
Gorebridge: ScotRail 170461 heading north between Gorebridge and Newtongrange on 2 July 2015 during a crew training trip on the Borders Railway on its way from Tweedbank to Newcraighall.
Gorebridge: A ScotRail driver training trip pulls away from a leafy Gorebridge station on 2 July 2015 heading for Newcraighall.
Sandsend: The former Sandsend station viewed from below looking south west. The viaduct which existed to the left has been demolished.
Glasgow Central: Trans Pennine Express 350408, soon to depart for Manchester Airport, waits at Glasgow Central's Platform 3 in July 2017.
Kincardine: The line at Kincardine, still in use in July 2017, although not a huge amount of use with the closure of Longannet Power Station.
Medstead and Four Marks: Rebuilt Bullied Battle of Britain 4-6-2 34052 Lord Dowding, one of several Southern Pacifics in steam that day, works between Ropley and Medstead & Four Marks during the Mid Hants End of Southern Steam 50th gala on 2nd July 2017.
Medstead and Four Marks: 34053 Sir Keith Park, a Rebuilt Battle of Britain 4-6-2, one of five Bullied Pacifics working at the Mid-Hants gala commemorating 50 years since the end of Southern Region steam in 1967.
Medstead and Four Marks: 34053 Sir Keith Park, a rebuilt Battle of Britain 4-6-2, working a demonstration freight train at the Mid-Hants End of Southern Steam 50th Anniversary Gala. Seen between Medstead and Ropley on 2nd July 2017
Charlestown Limekilns: The Limekilns at Charlestown Harbour in 2017. The Charlestown Railway ran to the right.
Ardoch Quarry Siding: Colas Rail 56302 heads west with an oil train (Colas on trial to Fort William?). It has just passed through the westbound Dalreoch Tunnel.
Glasgow Central: 86101 Sir William A Stanier FRS prepares to take the Glasgow portion of the Lowland Caledonian Sleeper south on 2nd July 2017.
Medstead and Four Marks: 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co, a Rebuilt Bullied Merchant Navy 4-6-2, waits to leave Medstead & Four Marks station during the Mid-Hants gala marking the fiftieth anniversary of the end of Southern steam. 2nd July 2017
Llandrindod Wells: 153353 single diesel unit, with a Heart of Wales Line service from Shrewsbury to Swansea (reversing at Llanelli), arriving at Llandrindod Wells station on 2nd September 2017.
Ford (Sussex): 377132 on a Littlehampton to Bognor Regis shuttle, drifts into Ford Station in Sussex which is conveniently right next door to Gaugemaster - the purpose of the visit. Behind the unit is the triangular juntion allowing trains to leave Littlehampton and go east or west along the Coastway Line, Further to the east is Arundel Junction where trains join and leave the Arun Valley line to Horsham via Arundel and Billingshurst.
Galgate: West Coast 57601 heads a Saltburn Railtours excursion returning from Llandudno at Hampson Lane near Galgate on 2nd July 2018. The interesting outbound route on 29th June had included Toton, Castle Donington, Alrewas and Telford. This leg was routed over Shap and the S&C but although the train was almost on time at this point something serious must have transpired as it left Carnforth three hours late behind a different loco. Eventual arrival in Saltburn however was only 34 minutes behind schedule.
Glen Tarken Viaduct: The replacement bridge at Glen Tarken on the Loch Earn Railway Path looking east in July 2019. See image [].
Holyhead: 45690 Leander at Holyhead....a few adjustments. Steam Dreams excursion from London Euston to Holyhead, 6th June 2019.
St Leonards Tunnel: Non-locals may find it hard to believe we are less than 2 miles from the heart of Edinburgh - and looking towards it. The Edinburgh and Dalkeith's early terminus was the other side of the tunnel in the middle distance. The outcrop on the right is part of Arthur's Seat. This path is popular with cyclists, but don't let that put you off. Last train video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVRPmdUCwH4
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1855||Rhymney Railway||Act for line from Hengoed to Walnut Tree Junction at Taffs Well on the Taff Vale Railway. Running powers granted from Walnut Tree Junction to Crockherbtown Junction, just north of Cardiff Queen Street. A Rhymney Railway line is authorised from here to Bute East Dock.|
|1855||Aberdare Valley Railway||Act for the Vale of Neath Railway to connect from Aberdare to Middle Duffryn Colliery. Chairman: Henry Austin Bruce.|
|1857||Keith and Dufftown Railway||Act receives Royal assent.|
|1872||Penicuik Railway||Penicuik Railway opened from Hawthornden Junction (Peebles Railway) to 2nd_>Penicuik 2nd . Stations opened at: Penicuik_Railway_>Rosslyn Penicuik Railway , Auchendinny and 2nd_>Penicuik 2nd .|
|1872||Peebles Railway||Peebles_Railway_>Rosslyn Peebles Railway is re-named Rosslynlee. 1st_>Penicuik 1st is re-named Pomathorn.|
|1877||Neath and Brecon Railway||Midland Railway starts to operate line from Brecon to Ynysgeinon.|
|1885||Gwendraeth Valleys Railway||Abbeydore closed|
|1888||Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway||Railway opened to passengers and freight. Line operated by both the North British Railway and Caledonian Railway. Stations at Kilsyth (New), Colzium, Banknock, Dennyloanhead, Bonnybridge Central.|
|1888||Airdrie Branch (Caledonian Railway)||Chapelhall extended to Newhouse (passengers, minerals and goods) and beyond to Lanridge Junction (goods and minerals only). Stations opened at Calderbank, Chapelhall and Newhouse.|
|1888||The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)||Kennyhill Goods opened,|
|1900||Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)||Dalry Road station opened. Used by Leith North, Barnton, Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston bound trains.|
|1900||Wester Dalry Branch and Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)||Dalry Road station opened.|
|1922||Glasgow District Subway||Jointly run by Glasgow Corporation Tramways and Glasgow Subway Railway Company.|
|1951||Alyth Railway||Alyth town to Alyth Junction closed to passengers. Alyth Shed track lifted.|
|1955||Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway||North_British_>Bothwell North British to Shettleston closed to passengers. Also given as 4 July.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2005||Train stop is mountain of trouble [Scotsman]||THE ban preventing passengers leaving the Cairngorm funicular railway for a walk in the mountains could be lifted, the national park admitted yesterday in a move which will enrage environmentalists.|
|2005||Strike disrupts Midland Mainline [BBC News]||A 24-hour strike by rail guards disrupts Midland Mainline train services, with five cancellations and nine alterations.|
|2005||Subway dispute unresolved [Scotsman]||A LONG-RUNNING dispute on the Glasgow subway remained unresolved last night after staff sought to block a ballot result which narrowly backed accepting a pay deal.|
|2006||Knife detector scheme ^a success^ [BBC News]||Police say no weapons were found as 240 rail passengers passed through a mobile metal detector in Largs.|
|2007||It^s Leith for starters as work starts on trams [Scotsman]||AFTER years of political wrangling, work is finally set to start on a £600 million tram network for Edinburgh. A road in Leith has been earmarked for the first stage of engineering work, which is to start next Monday.|
|2007||Rail chiefs settle with pensioner [BBC News]||A rail company which sued a pensioner after she crashed on a level crossing settles out of court.|
|2007||^Single^ euro train fare planned [BBC News]||Seven European high-speed rail companies form an alliance to make it easier to book international train tickets.|
|2008||Train station drug courier jailed [BBC News Article]||A man caught carrying heroin at a train station in south west Scotland is jailed for more than five years.|
|2009||Station on right track with passenger numbers [Press & Journal]||A NEWLY reopened Aberdeenshire railway station has exceeded expectations after just a month.|
|2010||Wemyss Bay in bloom [Friends of Wemyss Bay station]||The ^re-flowering^ of Wemyss Bay station has recently benefitted from the installation of two large tower containers. These serve as a reminder of earlier days, when tiers of potted plants were used to decorate the station concourse, attracting prizes for dedicated station staff. Today the ^Friends of Wemyss Bay Station^ received invaluable assistance from Parklea ^Branching Out^, a voluntary organisation providing horticultural training and work experience opportunities to those with special training needs, physical and sensory disabilities. The new ^flower-towers^ will provide a colourful display during the summer months.|
|2010||Rail bosses block Forth Bridge heritage bid [Dunfermline Press]||NETWORK Rail is opposing the bid to gain World Heritage status for the Forth Bridge, which would put it alongside the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal on the global tourist map.|
|2011||Edinburgh tram project gets green light [Guardian]||Councillors in Edinburgh have voted to partially complete a tram project in Scotland^s capital. The decision to take the route from Edinburgh airport to St Andrew Square in the city centre was made at a full council meeting.|
|2012||Dundee railway station plans submitted [Courier]||Dundee^s plans for a new railway station are picking up steam with the lodging of a planning application for the £14 million project. The city council is the applicant for a development comprising a railway station, concourse, retails units cafe/restaurant and hotel at the ScotRail site on Riverside Drive. The project was announced in April, with architects Nicoll Russell Studios producing a crescent-shaped design to provide a gateway for rail passenger|
|2013||Great Central Railway link appeal raises £100,000 [BBC News]||An appeal to link two East Midlands heritage rail lines has raised £100,000 in just two weeks. Two sections of the old Great Central Railway are separated by 1,640ft (500m) of missing track at Loughborough. Earlier this month Network Rail agreed to rebuild a crucial bridge but only if £1m could be raised towards the full £8m cost. Enthusiasts said it was a testament to the importance of the project that so much had been donated so quickly. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||King^s Cross team on board for Belfast transport hub [BBC News]||The architect behind the award-winning regeneration of King^s Cross station in London has been appointed to the design team for Belfast^s new transport hub. The hub will be centred on the Europa bus station/Great Victoria Street railway station and will open up a 20-acre site.|
|2014||Great Central Railway bridge gets go-ahead [BBC News]||Planning permission has been granted for a new £1m bridge that will create 18 miles of heritage railway across Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Great Central Railway was given the go-ahead by Charnwood Borough Council for the structure, which will be built over the Midland Mainline track. The railway^s managing director said a decade old dream was now moving towards reality.|
|2015||An eerie drone flight under Londonís streets [BBC]||Sit back and watch mesmerising footage of a drone flying through the Crossrail tunnels under London. The view begins high above the London rooftops, the kind of eye-view usually seen only by crane operators working in cramped cabins. You descend at a gentle rate, dropping down until youíre at the level of the treetops and office buildings. And then further and further, towards the giant hole that has been dug yards from the busy street. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2015||Cab ride from Galashiels to Tweedbank [Stumedia/Scotrail]||Courtesy of ScotRail these are the first images from inside the Cab on a train running through Galashiels to its destination at Tweedbank. [From Colin McDonald]|
|2016||ScotRail staff holding 24-hour strike on Sunday [BBC News]||Members of ScotRail staff are striking on Sunday after talks to resolve a row over driver-only trains broke up. ScotRail is running replacement buses and estimated that about 70% of services would be unaffected. The dispute relates to driver-only-operation (DOO) trains, where the driver is asked to close the doors at stations, instead of the conductor. The RMT union says the move poses a risk but ScotRail said it would always schedule a second person on trains.|
|2017||End of the line for Scotrail? SNP plans radical shake-up of Scottish railways [Herald]||TRANSPORT minister Humza Yousaf is to unveil the biggest shake-up to Scottish rail in decades. Campaigners believe the planned reforms will lead to nationalisation of the troubled ScotRail service. Public bodies such as Calmac Ferries, the Transport for Edinburgh group, which includes Lothian Buses, and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, which runs the Glasgow subway system, are all in the running to take over the train franchise.|
|2017||Gwili Steam Railway: Full steam ahead for track opening [BBC News]||A new stretch of track at a Carmarthenshire railway will be officially opened following a £350,000 project. The new 1.75 mile (2.8km) line at the Gwili Steam Railway will see the original length of the track doubled. Sylvie Davies, whose late husband Geler Davies drove the line^s last passenger train in February 1965, will open Abergwili Junction on Saturday. Peter Nicholas, from the project, said he hoped it would draw more visitors. The Gwili Railway was established by enthusiasts in 1974, with a view to re-opening a short section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway that closed to passenger traffic in 1965. The original track was lifted in 1977.|
|2017||Death of Glasgow councillor Alistair Watson [BBC News]||Tributes have been paid to a Glasgow councillor and ^towering figure^ in local politics who has died aged 59. Labour councillor and former train driver Alistair Watson died suddenly at his home on Wednesday evening. [Alistair Watson delivered the Larkhall re-opening, without which there might not be Alloa, Airdrie-Bathgate and Borders. -Ed]|
|2018||Transport bosses sign £72m deal to buy 27 new trams [Manchester Evening News]||Transport bosses have signed a £72m deal to provide 27 new Metrolink trams to ease overcrowding at busy periods. But the rush-hour crush wont be ending any time soon - the trams arent expected until 2020. Its all part of Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnhams Congestion Deal, which also aims to encourage more cycing and walking as well as improving air quality.|
|2019||Borders facing ^Watershed moment^ for growth in the south of Scotland [Scotsman]||The extension of the Borders Rail link and a fresh drive to attract workers and families to the south of Scotland are among the measures called for to breathe new life into the area, according to a new study.|
|2019||Councillors call for new south of Aberdeen stations [Press and Journal]||Two councillors have called on transport bosses to consider a new train station in the south of Aberdeen.|
|2020||90 per cent of customers satisfied with ScotRail [ScotRail]||Nine out of ten customers are satisfied with ScotRail, equalling the operator^s highest ever score in the National Rail Passenger Survey, carried out by the independent watchdog Transport Focus. With an increase of five points on the same time last year, the leading independent survey found that 90 per cent of the 920 customers surveyed are satisfied with ScotRail. Customers travelling on Scotland^s Railway are among the most satisfied of any across Britain, with the national average for customer satisfaction at 82 per cent.|
|2020||Crowdsourcing train loadings to support social distancing [Railway Gazette]||Independent ticket retailer Trainline has launched a function on its app which is designed to help passengers alert other people if they find that it is not possible to socially distance in particular areas of specific trains.|
|2020||Full steam ahead for The Jacobite, but west coast residents express concerns [Press and Journal]||One of Scotland^s most popular attractions is ready to shunt out of the sidings and back on the tracks on July 15.|
|2020||Network Rail blast ^arbitrary^ Edinburgh Council in Forth Bridge parking row [Scotsman]||The row is linked to plans for a visitor centre and viewing platform.|
|2020||Boris Johnson urged to back Borders Railway extension bid as part of £5bn new deal [Southern Reporter]||Extending the Borders Railway ought to be part of UK prime minister Boris Johnson^s £5bn bid to get the country^s economy back on track after the coronavirus lockdown, according to campaigners.|
|2020||Campaign to rescue Inchgreen Dry Dock is set to be further bolstered by Inverclyde Council [Greenock Telegraph]||The campaign to rescue Inchgreen Dry Dock is set to be further bolstered by Inverclyde Council.|
|2020||Scotlands rail network ranked worst in UK by regulator [Press and Journal]||Scotland^s train system has been named the worst in the UK by a transport regulator.|