Philorth Halt: D1 4-4-0 62230 passing Philorth Halt on 12 July 1950 with a Fraserburgh - Aberdeen train.
Fraserburgh Shed: Ex-GNSR 4-4-0 no 62230 on the turntable at Fraserburgh on 12 July 1950.
Cowlairs Incline: The up Glasgow - Edinburgh - Leeds 'North Briton' climbing Cowlairs incline shortly after leaving Queen Street on 12 July 1955. Locomotive in charge is Haymarket A3 Pacific no 60041 Salmon Trout.
Darlington Shed: Gresley class B17 4-6-0 no 61600 Sandringham stands alongside the breakdown crane shed on the east side of Darlington MPD following withdrawal from Stratford in July 1958. While conflicting information exists regarding these events, it would seem that 61600 had been sent to Darlington in error and should in fact have gone to Doncaster for disposal. It further appears that the error was noticed soon after 61600 arrived at Darlington, with the locomotive subsequently being taken south to Doncaster, where it was broken up at the end of the following month. See image []
Carlisle Durranhill Shed: BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 no 92167 on Carlisle's Durranhill shed, thought to have been taken on 12 July 1958.
Darlington Shed: 61600 at Darlington shed during its brief erroneous stopover in July 1958. David Whittaker recalls... 61600 'Sandringham' caused something a a stir amongst the local enthusiast population by arriving at Darlington in the summer of 1958 (although it appears to have been consigned there by mistake and was later sent on to Doncaster to be scrapped). On first hearing the news of 61600's arrival I mounted my trusty Triumph Palm Beach and furiously pedalled the nine miles, scouring the Darlington shed and works areas, but alas too late! See image []
Joppa [2nd]: An eastbound DMU calls at Joppa on a service to Musselburgh in July 1959. Part of the main station building alongside the entrance from Joppa Terrace can be seen in the left background, with Joppa signal box located on the platform in front of the bridge.
Larkhall Central: Looking South. Larkhall Central.
Larkhall Central: Looking North. Larkhall Central.
Chatelherault: Looking North. Ferniegair Junction.
Ferniegair Junction: Looking South. Ferniegair Junction.
Carlisle: Fowler 2-6-4T no 42313 engaged in manoeuvres at Carlisle station in the summer of 1963
Gourock: Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73064 waits to depart from Gourock with a Glasgow train in July 1963.
Eglinton Street: On a gloomy evening in July 1963 Stanier Pacific 46242 City of Glasgow approaches Eglinton Street with a 15 coach London train.
Ferryhill MPD: Austerity 2-8-0 90020 of 62A Thornton Junction backs off the turntable at Ferryhill shed in July 1963.
Gourock: Anchors Aweigh! Locomotives standing alongside the watercrane and anchor depository in the sidings east of Gourock station in 1963, prior to taking out return services to Glasgow.
Aberystwyth: No 6 Llywelyn stands at Aberystwyth in July 1976 with the 1400 train to Devils Bridge.
Coombe Junction: Exchange at Coombe Junction signal box on a Liskeard - Looe service in July 1979.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 47705 leaves Glasgow Queen Street with a train for Aberdeen in July 1985.
Shoreditch: The 1869 station building at Shoreditch seen in July 1985 when it was the northern terminus of the London Underground East London Line. One of the least used stations on the network, during this period it opened during rush hours only on Monday to Friday. Shoreditch finally closed in June 2006 and was later 'replaced' by Shoreditch High Street, on the new East London Line Extension (opened in April 2010). The disused building was sold at auction in February 2010 for ¬£665,000.
Shoreditch: View south east over the platforms at Shoreditch in July 1985 looking towards Whitechapel. The former northern terminus of the East London Line closed in June 2006. The station has since been demolished and the cutting filled in. Today an elevated route runs past on the left to cross the GE main line before turning north along the trackbed once used by trains from Broad Street to reach the North London Line at Western Junction see image []. A 'replacement' station opened at Shoreditch High Street on the new alignment in 2010.
North Llanrwst: View south from Llanrwst on the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch in July 1986. The station was renamed Llanwrst North by BR in 1989. Note the smoke stains on the bridge.
Rhyl: The large Rhyl No2 signal box, alongside the Up Slow line at the Holyhead end of Rhyl station, photographed in July 1986.
North Llanrwst: Token exchange between class 108 and class 142 crossing services at Llanrwst on the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch in July 1986.
Paddington: These three HST's look to be ready for a drag race out of Paddington in July 1987.
Bicester: Rebuilt Merchant Navy Pacific no 35028 Clan Line approaching Bicester Station from the south in July 1987
Ennis: Inside looking out. View from the old locomotive shed at Ennis in July 1988.
Doncaster Works: A busy scene during a Doncaster Works 'Open Day' on 12 July 1992. 37887 is under repair in company with 08879 and one carriage from Class 142 DMU 142055. A class 31, and what appears to be an unidentified Network South East liveried class 50, can be seen beyond the shunter.
Ballachulish: An old invitation.
Penge West: View over the station forecourt towards the main entrance at Penge West in July 2002. [Ref query 1655]
Penge West: Southern trains 455838 arrives at Penge West on 12 July 2002. The train is operating a service from London Bridge to Caterham via Forest Hill
Ayr: A train for Glasgow Central awaiting its departure time at Ayr station in July 2002.
Ayr: Looking across the platforms at Ayr station in July 2002. The station Hotel dominates the background.
Penge West: A 4Vep EMU northbound through Penge West on 12 July 2002 with a service for London Bridge.
Penge West: Thameslink unit 319375 runs north through the centre road at Penge West on 12 July 2002 with a service to Bedford. After a many years' service with Thameslink 319375 became a Northern Electric and is now based at Allerton Depot.
Penge West: A Southern EMU, bound for Caterham via Forest Hill, pulls away from Penge West on 12 July 2002.
Penge West: A mid afternoon London Bridge - Tattenham Corner class 455 service takes the down fast line through Penge West station in the summer of 2002. The first scheduled stop for this train will be at East Croydon.
Penge West: A 4-car EMU, still in Network Southeast colours, photographed arriving at Penge West with a stopping service to Sutton on a sunny July afternoon in 2002.
Penge West: Thameslink 319447 passing Penge West northbound on 12 July 2002 with a service to Bedford.
Penge West: Thameslink 319447 takes the up fast line through Penge West on 12 July 2002 with a train for Bedford.
Ayr: A weary looking traveller walks towards a train for Glasgow Central at Ayr station on 12 July 2002.
Houston: Looking East, this shows the site of Houston and Crosslee Station. Platform 2 is still in place, as is the station house which is now a private dwelling.
Locher Viaduct: Looking West towards Bridge of Weir, this shows Locher Viaduct. The viaduct was built to carry a single line, but when the line was doubled another was built and joined to the old. This view shows the older part.
Locher Viaduct: Looking West towards Bridge of Weir, this shows Locher Viaduct. The viaduct was built to carry a single line, but when the line was doubled another was built and joined to the old. This view shows the newer part.
Highlandman: The beautifully converted station at Highlandman in the summer of 2007, looking south along the platform from the site of the level crossing. Note the station nameboard and clock. See image []
Stanley Junction: View north towards Stanley Junction and the start of the single line section on 12 July 2007. The signal box stands just beyond the bridge.
Grosmont: Deltic 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier photographed at Grosmont in July 2007.
Isla Viaduct: Approximately one and a half miles after leaving the Caledonian Railways's Strathearn main line at Coupar Angus, the Blairgowrie branch crossed the River Isla on its way north. The surviving bridge piers are seen here in 2007, more than 50 years after the branch closed. View is from the north bank looking south east back towards the junction at Coupar Angus.
Ruthven Road: Trackbed view west over the LC to Ruthven Road station on 12 July.
Ruthven Road: Converted station building at Ruthven Road on 12 July. View northwest over site of level crossing.
Meigle [2nd]: Looking north over the site of the level crossing to the former Meigle station on the Alyth branch in July 2007. The station originally opened as Fullerton in 1861 with the name changed in 1876 (after the station further south originally carrying the name Meigle was renamed Alyth Junction). The branch lost its passenger service in 1951 and closed completely in 1965.
Meigle [2nd]: The station building at Meigle on the Alyth branch, seen platform side in July 2007. This building was the original station on this site, a new station with a wooden building later opening on the other side of the level crossing to the left.
Balgowan: The old crossing keeper's cottage at Balgowan on 12 July 2007 looking north. Located midway along the former line between Crieff and Perth, Balgowan lost its passenger service in 1951. Note the 0-6-0 weathervane.
Woodside and Burrelton: Approach to Woodside station and forecourt, July 2007, view south.
Madderty: Entrance to the 1866 station at Madderty, Perthshire, on a July day in 2007. The station closed to passengers in 1951, with the Perth - Crieff line closing completely in 1967. View east from the gate towards what is now a substantial private residence.
Isla Viaduct: Remains of the bridge that carried the Blairgowrie branch over the River Isla north of Coupar Angus. Photographed on 12 July 2007 looking south.
Madderty: The former Madderty station between Perth and Crieff in July 2007 following conversion to private residential accommodation. View is south east from the roadside.
Isla Viaduct: The remains of the Isla Viaduct on the Blairgowrie branch in July 2007. Surviving piers seen from the north bank of the river looking towards Coupar Angus.
Ruthven Road: Looking west over the site of the level crossing at the former Ruthven Road station in the summer of 2007. The station on the Perth - Creiff line opened in 1858, originally as Ruthven Road Crossing (renamed 1938) and closed to passenger traffic at the end of 1951.
Isla Viaduct: Looking south east across the River Isla in the summer of 2007. The old piers once carried the Blairgowrie branch south towards its junction with the Caledonian Railway's Strathmore main line on the west side of Coupar Angus, one mile away. The branch closed to passenger traffic in 1955 but remained open for freight for a further 10 years.
Alyth Junction: The former stationmaster's house at Alyth Junction in July 2007, looking from the goods yard... with a curious resident standing guard on the balcony.
Alyth Junction: The remains of the goods yard just west of the main station at Alyth Junction in the summer of 2007, showing the old crane plinth and pivot, with the former stationmaster's house still standing in the left background see image [].
Alyth Junction: View north east from the road bridge at Alyth Junction on 12 July 2007.
Balgowan: The former crossing keepers cottage at Balgowan on the Perth - Crieff line, seen looking south in the summer of 2007. The route west from Methven Junction opened in 1866 and was eventually closed to all traffic in 1967. The line ran across the centre of the photograph.
Alyth Junction: Trackbed and remains at Alyth Junction on 12 July 2007. View is North East through the road bridge carrying the B954 north towards Alyth.
Tullibardine: The rear of the converted former station building at Tullibardine on the Gleneagles - Crieff line. Photographed on 12 July 2007 looking west.
Tullibardine: View north on the Gleneagles - Crieff line in July 2007 showing the remaining abutment of the bridge via which the line reached Tullibardine station standing just beyond the trees.
Newtyle [1st]: North end of the original 1831 station at Newtyle in July 2007. View is west from Bulb Farm Road.
Newtyle [1st]: Looking along the platform at the north end of the original Newtyle station towards the trainshed in July 2007.
Highlandman: What was once the station forecourt at Highlandman on the Crieff - Gleneagles line [closed to passengers July 1964]. View is south with the platform off to the right. The old station is now an attractive private residence. See image []
Tullibardine: Approaching the former station at Tullibardine, Perthshire in the summer of 2007. The station, on the Gleneagles to Crieff route closed along with the line in July 1964. [Ref query 18 February 2019]
Bathgate East Junction: View west towards Bathgate station on 12 July past the remains of Rennies Bridge. The passenger line has been renewed, with the freight line and route into the car compound taken out to allow renewal of the solum pending relaying.
Bathgate STVA Aborted Siding: View east over the ongoing engineering works at Bathgate on 12 July 2008 with a new facing junction (presumably a link into the yard) having appeared on the right.
St Leonards Bridge Junction: View looking south from St Leonards Bridge. On my every visit there seems to be slightly less track here. The powerbox is built hard by the site of the former NB locomotive shed (now the car park seen to the right).
Inverkeithing East Junction: 170 394 traverses the Inverkeithing North/East chord en route from Dunfermline to Kirkcaldy, stopping at Dalgety Bay to transfer passengers to/from buses to Edinburgh, on 12 July. A track machine is stabled in Inverkeithing yard in the background.
Bathgate Shed: Sign at the former Bathgate MPD: 'Japanese Knotweed No unauthorised access'. Triffids in development in former Bathgate shed?
Montrose: Scotland's newest semaphore is located to the north of Montrose station and will allow the station building platform to be used bi-directionally. Meantime the coloured lights await their day. The connection to Broomfield Junction formerly ran off to the right.
Bathgate Upper: Quick! Phone Tony Robinson - we've discovered a series of small walls at Bathgate Upper. View towards Airdrie in July 2009.
Polkemmet Junction: Whitburn Road bridge has been temporarily removed. This photograph is taken from the temporary road to replace it. The new bridge is under construction and the preparation of the trackbed can be seen on the right. View looks to Airdrie.
Coupar Angus: Coupar Angus looking to Forfar. The original terminus stood to the far left (later this was the goods yard). The later through SMJR station had an island platform to the near left and southbound platform to the right beyond which were carriage sidings. This station was in remarkably good shape still sporting a station building, platforms, long footbridge and several sidings in the goods yard when the Forfar line closed completely in 1982. The signalbox to the south survived for a few more years but by the 90s only the platforms without platform edges survived. These have now been filled in and little remains to show the site of the station. The site is now fenced off, probably for development.
Kirriemuir: The loading bank at Kirriemuir looking towards Kirriemuir Junction. The passenger platform and building were to the left.
Laurencekirk: An Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street service calls at Laurencekirk on 12 July 2009. Note the successfully restored (as opposed to demolished) main building on the down platform see image [].
Perth: Despite many visits to Perth over the years I've never been so struck by how poor a job the Perth General Station Joint Committee did matching brickwork to the original stonework during the station's massive re-building of 1884-88. Note the obviously red bricks filling in the gaps under the marvellous glazed roof. This side of the building had been outside and was the entrance side. The area in front of the building (platforms 3 and 4) was originally the turning circle for carriages outside the station with the original station beyond the building (platforms 5, 6 and 7 and the old northbound bays).
Woodside and Burrelton: A trackside hut and roadbridge are two reminders of the station at Woodside and Burrelton. The goods yard and much of the station area site is now small housing estate. The station building also remains standing See image [].
Ferry Road: Course of the CR's Leith New Line (1903 to 1968) as it passed under Ferry Road, looking north on 12 July 2010.†For a view the other way in 1963 see image []. †The former cutting from Newhaven Junction to the old Chancelot Mill has been substantially filled in, but there's a dip here to allow the walkway to go under Ferry Road.† Platforms were built here (as elsewhere on the line) for a station which never opened, the line remaining goods only.† If you can see a council van coming towards me, it's more than I did.
Edinburgh Waverley: 322 481 pulls out of Platform 3 (probably Waverley's least used) on 12 July with the 1000 for Dunbar only.† As far as I know this train and its return journey are ScotRail's only non-stop services.
Newhaven [Leith New Lines]: Maker's plate on the 1903 bridge carrying Craighall Road over the CR's Leith New Lines from Newhaven junction, just to the south of Newhaven station in July 2010. (For a view over the parapet in 1970 see image [].) Today there's nothing to see except trees. The fact that the bridge had to be made and transported from Clydebank on the other side of Scotland is surely a reflection of the lack of heavy industry in Edinburgh (though Leith did manage some shipbuilding).
Newhaven [Leith New Lines]: The course of the CR's Leith New Lines under Craighall Road, Newhaven, looking towards Newhaven Junction. Platforms were built here for a station. They are presumably still there, under the earth bulldozed into the cutting after the line closed in 1968. Like the two other would-be stations on this line they were never opened and the line saw no regular passengers in its 65-year life. The (then) existing CR Newhaven station was just a little along Craighall Road: too close to be a separate station, yet too far apart, with no connection but the road, to be the same one. I wonder what their intention was on this?
Bonnington Goods: The area around the Water of Leith at Bonnington was once packed with industries like tanneries and foundries and was presumably not a pleasant place to be. Linking all those works with the outside world was a substantial network of sidings fanning out from The NB North Leith branch. Here is the only remnant I know of: crossing Anderson Place to the former VAT69 bond (now inevitably flats) in July 2010. It has surely only survived because removing it would mean lifting and relaying cobbles.
Pilning: 158958 eastbound approaching Pilning on 12 July with a Cardiff - Portsmouth service.
Pilning: The First Great Western 14.15 London Paddington - Cardiff Central westbound through Pilning on 12 July 2011.
Jamestown Viaduct [Inverkeithing]: 67001 climbs away from Inverkeithing with the 17.08 Edinburgh - Fife - Edinburgh commuter train on 12 July 2011. The train has just crossed Jamestown Viaduct and is heading for the Forth Bridge.
Manchester Piccadilly: For almost twenty years all trams to Manchester Piccadilly terminated in the undercroft station, but the new line to Droylsden opened in 2012 and will later extend to Ashton-under-Lyne. First of the Metrolink fleet No. 1001 climbs away from Piccadilly back to the city centre. The bridge in the background carries the railway line from Manchester Oxford Rd.
Pilning: 150 246 on a Cardiff - Taunton service approaching Pilning on 12 July 2011 on the long climb up from the Severn Tunnel.
Pilning: View east as 158951 approaches Pilning station, South Gloucestershire, on 12 July 2011 with a Bristol - Cardiff working heading for the Severn Tunnel.
Nuneaton North Chord: Now that's what I call progress. View over the Nuneaton North Chord on 12 July 2012. The embankment on the North side of the Birmingham line not only has ballast, but also track. The 'wings' of the Stoney Road overbridge on the right see image [] are also growing. Maybe we'll see trains about October. The class 90 on the WCML in the background is hauling empty Cartics, with two timber wagons and two flats at the back of the consist.
Nuneaton: A busy evening at Nuneaton, with an up Pendolino passing platform 4 and a Freightliner giving similarly short shrift to platform 5. A 66-hauled freight had just crossed the bridge in the background, proving the value of its reinstatement. The change in the edging slabs on platform 5, along with the longitudinal line of drain gratings, shows where the Ashby bay was filled in see image [].
Milton Keynes Central: Major improvements to the Milton Keynes station forecourt seen on 12 July 2012. Buses used to be kept to the far side of the line of flagpoles in the background. The shelters for bus and taxi passengers are also welcome - this area has always been rather windswept.
Kilpatrick: View over Kilpatrick station from the Erskine Bridge on 12 July 2012.
Surgeres: Etat/SNCF Ligne Niort - La Rochelle/CFD Reseau Charente Ligne Marans - St Jean d'Angely. Surgeres station looking east. The 1817 Paris - La Rochelle TGV arrives at Surgeres at around 2100 on a very grey July evening.
Oundle: I surmise that this level crossing gate hinge pin, just North of Oundle station, hasn't been used for a while. Just a wild guess, really.
High Barnet: Looking towards the 'country end' of the footbridge at High Barnet Northern Line tube station in July 2013.
High Barnet: Rather greener than the average Tube station entrance - the Northern approach to High Barnet in summer 2013.
High Barnet: Provision of wheelchair access to the Northern Line station at High Barnet is via this covered walkway see image []. View looks North on 12 July 2013.
Northampton: If you're in need of exercise, find out when the new footbridge at Northampton will be open. See how it dwarfs 92029 Elgar - which was heading south at the time in company with 67017 and a rake of Cartics. PS 8th August - it's now open - and has lifts!
Euston: All systems go at Euston station during the evening rush hour on 12 July 2013, with two Voyagers sandwiching two Pendolinos at the platforms.
High Barnet: High Barnet station looks very busy but, as it is a terminus, the trains are waiting more patiently than urgently. Notice the original station building on the right. View looks South, away from the buffer stops and towards Euston. Despite the name of the station, I didn't see anyone wearing a beehive.
Carnforth: On the second of two Wizards Express excursions to York, 5972 Olton Hall, aka Hogwarts Castle, sets out on the Little North Western from Carnforth towards Settle. The train has just passed under the M6 motorway bridge, mid way between Carnforth and Borwick. 'Hang on... isn't that...' See image []
Springburn: The 16.49 service to Dalmuir prepares to leave Springburn on 12 July, with the station temporarily renamed Sprintburn to mark the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
York: North and southbound Cross Country Voyagers pass whilst calling at York on the afternoon of 12 July 2014.
Carnforth: Shortly after departure from Carnforth on 12 July, GWR 5972 Olton Hall aka Hogwarts Castle heads east towards Settle with the Wizards Express to York... 'Could have sworn I recognised that eejit on the bridge with the camera...' See image []
Thurston: The Grade II listed Jacobean style frontage of Thurston station on 12th July 2014. Passengers had to climb many stairs to reach the platforms until a new entrance was made through the former goods yard. The station narrowly survived closure in the Beeching era thanks to the local M.P. striking a deal with BR management. [Ref query 2 October 2017]
Springburn: View south over the fully electrified Springburn Station on 12 July 2014.
Alnmouth: An up Voyager speeds through Alnmouth on 12th July 2015. Notice the signal box, and the viaduct over the River Aln just visible on the far right - '18 Arches' - which can be seen from the footbridge at the Aln Valley Railway's Lionheart station.
Stephenson Railway Museum: NER electric motor parcels Van no 3267 in all its glory at the Stephenson Railway Museum on 12 July 2015. The building was previously used to house Metro units on test.
Braehead Viaduct: View south towards the centre of the new bridge on 12th July 2015. The OHLE, track work and ballast have been removed and there is a clear view through to the steelwork of the structure. The top of one of the central supporting columns see image [] can be seen in the fenced off area to the right of centre of the picture.
Murrayfield Stadium [Tram]: Edinburgh Trams pass under a heavy sky at Murrayfield Stadium on 12 July.
Glasgow Central: 47847 at Glasgow Central at 2135 on 12 July 2015, having brought in the empty stock of the Caledonian Sleeper.
Partick Central: Transformation almost complete at Partick Central on 12 July 2015. Is that a right-of-way retained along the riverside? No, that would be too sensible.... See image []
Braehead Viaduct: View south over the construction site on 12th July 2015. The OHLE, track work and ballast have been removed and work is proceeding to construct the bridge abutments on the north side of the line. In the foreground, work has started to realign Bredisholm Road with a new accommodation bridge over the A8 and M8.
Percy Main [NTSR]: It's not often you see steam and electric on adjacent lines. The Metro train is heading for Newcastle city centre at Percy Main, while the more traditional motive power is running round at the south end of the former Metro test track, now the Stephenson Railway.
Wingate: Despite the prominence of the brewer's lorry, this pub sign in County Durham seems to give a realistic view of the railway which used to cross Front Street next to this appropriately named pub. A long-term resident told me that the last use of this line was to take coal out from a nearby pit; the line closed in 1966. One pair of gates, and both pairs of gate posts, survive.
Cardiff Queen Street: Cardiff Queen Street with its four running platforms and a bay platform for the Cardiff Bay shuttle service.
Ayr: 10.06 slow train to Glasgow awaits departure on 12-7-16.
Bishopton: Westbound 380006 draws to a stop at Bishopton.
Woolley Tunnel: View west of a third air shaft, believed to be number 5, over Woolley Tunnel down side bore, set back in a small compound, between the exit from the lorry park and the southbound carriageway, near the top of the M1 entry slip road from Woolley Edge Services. Vegetation is growing out of the stonework, topping stones have been taken from the ledge where the shaft diameter reduces, and the guard on the top is in poor condition. Out of sight out of mind appears to be the case with this shaft, as with the one, number 6, on higher ground across Bramley Lane and the two, number 7 & 8, further into the woodland beyond, as compared to that directly alongside the slip road from the northbound services see image [].
Ashton Swing Bridge (Preston): Most sections of the Ribble Branch have open sleepers and ballast but this short length near the swing bridge is more like one would expect an industrial line to be. Sentinel 4wDM Energy takes a rake of loaded tanks towards the bitumen terminal on 12th July 2016.
Leyland: Inspection coach 'Caroline' (number 975025) is propelled northwards at Leyland by DRS 37419 on 12 July 2016.
Daviot: The southbound Inverness portion of the Caledonian Sleeper climbing the gradient past the small hamlet of Castletown near Daviot. Leading is sparkling 66733 Cambridge PSB followed by a grubby 73697. In the last year or so the sleeper has been hauled by, first,a class 67, then two class 67s, then a 67 and a 73, sometimes two 73s and now the combination as pictured.
Eskbank: A morning service to Tweedbank slowly draws away from the platform at Eskbank on a dull and overcast 12 July 2017.
Princes Street Gardens Cutting: A signal stop in the gardens gives me a chance to record the distinctly dated-looking former 1st class seating in this Class 158. It looks older than the stock, and is less comfortable than the more modern Standard Class seating! This is one of the sets 'imported' from down south some years ago. The native 158s had 1st class distinguishable only by having antimacassars, so seats were easily converted to Standard Class by whipping them off.
Scotstoun East: View west towards Scotstoun East from the Jordan street overbridge. Telegraph poles still feature from this angle in 2017. With the removal of the cranes at BAE Govan, the disused but listed hammerhead crane at the former Barclay Curle yard and two at BAE Scotstoun are the only shipyard cranes left in the area. See image []
Scotstoun East: View east towards the Scotstoun East island platform. The black tower in the centre distance is a doocot which has been erected at the west end of the platform.
South Gyle: 68007 Valiant calls at South Gyle taking commuters home to Fife on 12/07/2017. I did my 14 years standing at this station, thank you very much. Alas, the loco-hauled trains went the wrong way round the circle for me. The pattern hasn't changed.
Whiteinch Riverside: View east towards the flats which have now been built on site of Whiteinch Riverside station. The cycle route returns to street level at this point.
Sunnyside Junction: 334024 passing the site of Sunnyside Junction signal box in July 2017, with the track into Gunnie Yard still visible. To the left is the entrance to the mock drift mine at Summerlee Heritage Park and also visible alongside the main line are NCB No.9 and two other preserved industrial locomotives.
Coatbridge FLT: 86612 and 86608 emerging from Coatbridge F.L.T crossing Gartsherie Road with a container train for Felixstowe North F.L.T. (12/07/17)
Coatbridge Central: After touring West Scotland with the Network Rail train on the evening of 12th July 2017, 37025 Inverness TMD is seen running through the goods loop at Coatbridge Central as it takes the train to Carlisle.
Whiteinch Riverside: Sustrans' subtle alterations to the abutment of the former Smith Street bridge at the west end of Whiteinch Riverside station, now the start of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway section of National Cycle Network Route 7.
Edinburgh Waverley: Using the north side crossover to reach Waverley's platform 2 on 12 July 2018 is the 0952 Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST. Trailing power car 43296 is sporting new LNER markings.
Edinburgh Waverley: General view over the west end of Waverley on 12 July 2018 as 365525, forming the 1045 ex-Glasgow Queen Street, leaves The Mound central tunnel and runs into platform 14.
Truthall Platform: Restoration of the Helston branch took a significant step forward in 2018 when a new build traditional style GWR halt was opened on the site of Truthall Platform. Seen here from the overbridge on 12th July with a diesel shunter and brake van at the platform.
Purton: I was informed that a freight from Castle Bromwich to Southampton Docks would be passing Purton around 1645hrs on 12th July 2018. It was a fully laden, extremely long train filled with Jaguar-Land Rover products. EWS liveried DBS 66037 was the train engine but it was difficult to capture the length of it.
Trinity Junction: Hard to believe that this leafy location once had railways left, right and above. For a view looking then other way in 1967, see: See photograph on Flickr. I am standing behind the pier in the centre of the photograph.
Weybourne: Afternoon tea break 'on shed' at Weybourne on 12th July 2018. Or it could be that the shed crew never tire of watching their handiwork in action...
Trinity [2nd]: Trinity station, seen in July 2018, is still looking good 90 or so years after closure. The 'authentic' white woodwork though has only recently been added.
Edinburgh Waverley: Progress on construction of the new platforms 5 and 6 at the east end of Waverley. Scene looking back towards the station concourse from the adjacent platform 7 on 12 July 2018. Beyond the fence at platform 4 is 158738 with the 1224 service to Tweedbank.
Edinburgh Waverley: The (Virgin Trains branded) LNER 0800 service ex-London Kings Cross, arrives at Waverley on 12 July 2018, with power car 91101 in Flying Scotsman livery.
North Leith: Leith Citadel was the alternative name for this terminus, and Citadel Youth Club occupies the building today. The frontage on Commercial Street remains intact, while here the site of the platforms has remained undeveloped since the 1960s when the railway pulled out. Note the platform edge and the single, rather puny-looking piece of original roof ironwork.
Edinburgh Waverley: Busy scene on the south side of Waverley on 12 July 2018. On the left is Serco Caledonian Sleeper locomotive 92033 stabled in the dead end siding alongside the south wall. In the centre ScotRail 380006 is in the process of leaving platform 10 with the 1212 service to Dunbar. In the right background the LNER 0730 ex-Kings Cross has drawn to a halt beyond the crossover at platform 11.
Sessay: An unidentified Hitachi 800 class bi-mode runs south approaching Islebeck Lane overbridge, north of Sessay, shortly after these units were authorised to run on electric power north of York. This is an LNER unit undertaking mileage accumulation running between Tyne Yard and Retford.
Hincaster Junction: On yellows, because of a late running Windermere bound Sprinter just ahead, 390107 climbs slowly past the old Hincaster Junction on the 9S55 Euston to Glasgow (via Birmingham) on 12th July 2019.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1690||Battle of the Boyne||William of Orange (Protestant) defeats James II (Catholic) in Ireland|
|1806||End of Holy Roman Empire|
|1905||Brynmawr and Western Valleys Railway||Opened formally|
|1920||~Taff Vale Railway||Aberthin Platform closed|
Fife and Kinross Railway
|Kelty Coup to Cowdenbeath North Junction closed to freight.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2002||Closure of ECML for repairs||The East Coast Main Line may be closed at Dolphingston, east of Wallyford station, for repairs following subsidence due to old mine workings. The line may be closed around New Year^s day. At present a 20mph restriction is in force. A similar repair was carried out here in 2001.|
|2004||Executive to gain control of rail tracks [Scotsman]||TRANSPORT reform comes as the figures show that commuters to the capital have suffered the worst delays for months.|
|2004||Selby crash driver^s jail release [BBC News]||Gary Hart, who was convicted of causing 10 deaths in the Selby rail disaster, is freed from prison.|
|2004||Warning of further subway strikes [BBC News]||A union threatens more strike action after stopping trains running on the Glasgow Underground.|
|2005||Trains forced to go slow as heat threatens to buckle rails [Scotsman]||SOARING temperatures delayed rail passengers yesterday after trains were forced to slow down because of the risk of rails buckling in the heat.|
|2005||GNER makes tracks to scoop industry Oscar [Scotsman]||A TRAIN company has won an award for the way it garnered public and political support for its successful bid for a rail franchise.|
|2005||Hot weather threat to rail services again [Scotsman]||RAIL engineers were today watching their thermometers after soaring temperatures caused rails to expand leading to disruption on trains yesterday.|
|2005||Bomb discovered on railway line [BBC News]||Army experts carry out a controlled explosion on a bomb found on the railway line between Lisburn and Moira.|
|2006||Waverley train times get back on track [Scotsman]||FIRST ScotRail TRAINS to and from Waverley Station are more punctual and reliable than they have been for six years.|
|2006||Opinion split over return of trams [Scotsman]||EDINBURGH^S tram plans have divided opinion in the region, with around half of residents supporting the scheme and half remaining to be convinced of its merits.|
|2006||Rail signal workers set to strike [BBC News]||The UK railway network is set to be hit by two strikes after a fresh round of pay talks broke down.|
|2007||Three charged over car park death [BBC News]||Three men are due to appear in court charged with the murder of a 20-year-old man in a railway station car park.|
|2009||GCR now testing at 75 MPH [In Loughborough]||Loughborough based Great Central Railway in Leicestershire has just commenced its first testing work at a top speed of 75mph or 120 kmph.|
|2010||NRC speech by Philip Hammond MP [DfT press release]||Pess release from the DfT following Philip Hammond^s keynote speech to the National Rail Conference. [Railscot note - Philip Hammond is the recently appointed secretary of state for transport - Britain^s 19th since 1980.] [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2011||Works signal changes for busy rail route [Network Rail]||Network Rail engineers will be renewing track and signalling between Glasgow and Paisley next weekend as part of a £170m project to increase capacity and flexibility on one of countryís busiest routes.|
|2011||India^s ageing rail system among world^s deadliest [AFP]||NEW DELHI ó Indian train drivers complain of exhausting working hours and a lack of basic safety equipment -- some of the numerous hazards facing one of the busiest and most deadly rail networks in the world.|
|2012||Boulder ^likely cause^ of West Highland line derailment [BBC News]||A boulder dislodged during a landslide has been identified as the likely cause of a freight train derailment on the West Highland line. The section near Tulloch, between Crianlarich and Fort William, reopened on Wednesday after having been closed since the incident on 28 June.|
|2012||Train derails after hitting cows at Welsh Hook, Pembrokeshire [BBC News]||A train carrying 30 passengers derailed in Pembrokeshire after hitting cows on the line, says Arriva Trains Wales. Nobody was injured and the passengers have now left the train, which was travelling from Gloucester to Fishguard Harbour.|
|2012||Level crossing crash: Motorist killed near Downham Market [BBC News]||A motorist was killed when his car collided with a passenger train at a level crossing close to the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire border. The Kia Sportage car was struck by the King^s Lynn to London service near Downham Market, Norfolk, at 13:15 BST.|
|2013||Deadly French train crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge [BBC News]||Seven people have been killed in a train crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge, south of the French capital Paris, officials say. The intercity train had just left Paris and was heading towards Limoges when it derailed, crashing into a station platform at about 17:00 (16:00 GMT). Passengers were said to be trapped inside the train and a local official said there were ^many casualties^.|
|2014||India builds world^s highest railway bridge over Chenab river in Kauri [Straits Times]||KAURI, India (AFP) - Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world^s highest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016. The arch-shaped steel structure is being constructed over the Chenab River to link sections of the spectacular mountainous region of India^s northern Jammu and Kashmir state. The bridge is expected to be 359 metres high when completed - surpassing the world^s current tallest railway bridge over the Beipanjiang River in China^s Guizhou province, which stands at 275 metres high.|
|2014||Glasgow 2014: Rail stations sport ^fun^ new names during Games [BBC News]||Rail passengers will be alighting at stations such as Cambuslangjump, Polevault and Sprintburn during the Commonwealth Games. First ScotRail bosses are installing what they describe as "fun, sport-inspired" signs at a number of stations around Scotland to mark Glasgow 2014. The transport company is an official sponsor of the event and Team Scotland.|
|2016||Italy train crash: ^Twenty-three killed^ near Bari in collision [BBC News]||Twenty-three people have been killed and dozens hurt in a head-on collision involving two passenger trains in southern Italy, officials say. The two trains were on a single-track line at the time of the crash, between the coastal towns of Bari and Barletta. The emergency services have been trying to free passengers from the shattered carriages, near the town of Andria.|
|2017||Electrical fire closes London Paddington station [BBC News]||Two thousand people have been evacuated and trains cancelled or delayed due to an electrical fire at London Paddington. The fire in an intake room has been extinguished, London Fire Brigade tweeted just before 22:00 BST. National Rail confirmed the station was evacuated while safety checks were carried out. Commuters were told to expect delays and cancellations until the end of service.|
|2018||Hundreds of passengers on Aberdeen to London train left stranded after yob threatens conductor [Evening Express]||Hundreds of rail passengers were forced to leave a train mid-journey after a ticketless passenger hurled abuse at staff.|
|2018||Securing a future for one of Englands longest disused railway tunnels [Rail Engineer]||[Article on Queensbury Tunnel] Lost within the undulations of Britains varied landscape are upwards of 600 railway tunnels which were stripped of their operational status as circumstances changed. Some of these have great scale and a compelling story to tell. By default, redundant tunnels tend to be looked upon as burdens. However, over recent years, around 60 have been |
|2018||Train rules explained: Your rights when it comes to first class [Independent]||As a rail executive tells standard class passengers to leave the first class carriage he was travelling in, we explain your rights when it comes to class distinctions on the railway|
|2019||Video: Aberdeen to Inverness railway project is on time say bosses [Evening Express]||Works to improve the rail network in the north-east are taking shape, with the project now past the halfway mark.|