Newtyle [2nd]: C.R. 0.4.4T 55227 at Newtyle on Dundee - Blairgowrie train.
Newtyle [2nd]: C.R. 0.4.4T 55194 at Newtyle on Newtyle - Alyth train.
Kittybrewster Yard: Shunting at Kittybrewster on 17 July 1950. The locomotive is ex-GNSR D41 4-4-0 no 62232.
Alyth Junction: CR 0.4.4T 55194 on branch train. 5P 4.6.0 45166 on Perth - Aberdeen local.
Alyth Junction: CR 0.4.4T 55194 arriving from Alyth.
Alyth Junction: CR 0.4.4T 55194 on empty stock.
Alyth Junction: 5P 4.6.0 44931 on Aberdeen - Perth local.
Dundee West: L.N.E. Shire 4.4.0 62706 Forfarshire. Dundee West sheds.
Dundee West: CR Pickersgill 0.6.0 57653. Dundee West sheds.
Dundee Tay Bridge MPD: LNE A2 4.6.2 60528 Tudor Minstrel at Dundee Tay Bridge sheds.
Dundee West: LNE Shire 4.4.0 62706 Forfarshire heads a Glasgow express at Dundee (West).
Newport IoW: No 33 Bembridge is station pilot at Newport, Isle of Wight, in 1963.
Southampton Docks Sidings: BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 no 92239 crosses the road on its way out of Southampton Docks in 1963, just as a boy-racer of the day revs his Ford Anglia for the off.... (after donning his shades).
Southampton Docks Sidings: A boat train special stands alongside the RMS Queen Mary at Southampton Docks in 1963. The liner, built by John Brown & Co, Clydebank, and launched in 1934, was retired from service on the North Atlantic run in 1967 and is now permanently berthed in Long Beach, California, serving as a museum ship and hotel.
Polmadie Shed: Night shift. Scene in the yard at Polmadie on a summer evening in 1964, as Stanier Pacific 46244 King George VI prepares to go off shed and make the short journey to Glasgow Central. The locomotive will later take out the London sleeper.
Muirhouse South Junction: 73060 approaches Strathbungo from St Enoch.
Polmadie Shed: 46228 Duchess of Rutland backs off Polmadie shed on a summer evening in July 1964. The Pacific is on its way to Glasgow Central to take out the 7pm London Sleeper.
Strawfrank Troughs: Trackside photography in close proximity to watertroughs required judgement and agility - for reasons well illustrated in this shot of Black 5 45360 approaching at speed on Strawfrank Troughs with scoop down and tender overflowing. The date is 17 July 1965 and the train is a Crewe - Aberdeen relief... (and the answer is yes, but it could have been a lot worse..)
Uddingston Junction: Wreckage of a derailed cement train at Uddingston Junction in July 1965.
Carlisle: The combined 1.5pm ex-Manchester, 1.10pm ex-Liverpool calls at Carlisle on 17 July 1965. The train will split at Carstairs into portions for Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Princes Street. On the front of the train is Britannia Pacific 70041 Sir John Moore, although the reporting code 1P22 displayed on the locomotive's smokebox is from a previous working.
Carlisle: Jubilee 45697 Achilles approaching Carlisle with the 9.30am St Pancras - Glasgow St Enoch in the summer of 1965.
Carstairs: Looking north west along the WCML towards Carstairs on 10 July 1965, with the remains of Pettinain signal box visible on the up side of the line. Approaching is D1845 at the head of a Motorail service, possibly the afternoon Stirling - Newton-le-Willows. [Ref query 9874]
Strawfrank Troughs: Black 5 44670 with a down relief service approaching Carstairs on the afternoon of 17 July 1965. Photographed shortly after taking on water from Strawfrank Troughs.
Galashiels [1st]: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman photographed at the platform at Galashiels with a southbound train. The date is thought to be 17 July 1965 and the train is the 9.50am (SO) Edinburgh Waverley - Sheffield Midland, a relief to the up Waverley on summer Saturdays. The last of its class to be withdrawn by BR (from Kingmoor shed in January 1966) 46115 is now in preservation. [See image 34652]
Carlisle: A Summer Saturday in July 1965 sees Black 5 no 44669 running into Carlisle with the 1.26pm Glasgow Central - Morecambe Promenade, which has travelled via Kilmarnock and Dumfries.
Carlisle: 73010+45698 Mars standing at Carlisle platform 4 on the afternoon of 17 July 1965 with the combined Glasgow Central/Edinburgh Princes Street - Manchester/Liverpool service.
Langwathby: Jubilee no 45573 Newfoundland with the 12.40pm Gourock - Leicester 'CTAC Scottish Tours Express' near Langwathby on the Settle and Carlisle route in July 1965. [See image 29081] [With thanks to Messrs Jamieson, McRae, Greig and Smith]
Carlisle: The 12.40pm Gourock - Leicester Midland arrives at Carlisle on 17 July 1965 behind Polmadie Class 5 4-6-0 no 73059.
Carstairs South Junction: A Morecambe train heading south on the WCML seen shortly after passing Strawfrank Junction (now Carstairs South) in the summer of 1965, with the signal box visible above the road bridge. The locomotive is Kingmoor Black 5 no 44790.
Carlisle: The 12.40pm Gourock - Leicester/Manchester CTAC Scottish Tours Express prepares to leave Carlisle platform 4 on Saturday 17 July 1965 behind Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45573 Newfoundland.
Shilford Summit: Hard working BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73060 comes slowly over the summit of Neilston Bank on Saturday 17 July 1965 with a Glasgow Fair special.
Carlisle: Polmadie class 5 4-6-0 no 73059 brings the 12.40pm Gourock - Leicester/Manchester into Carlisle on 17 July 1965. Standing alongside platform 3 is the down Waverley with the usual Holbeck 'Peak' in charge.
Carlisle: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman running into Carlisle platform 4 on 17 July 1965 with the 9.50am Edinburgh Waverley - Sheffield Midland.
Carlisle: Liverpool based Jubilee no 45698 Mars about to take an afternoon Glasgow/Edinburgh - Manchester/Liverpool train out of Carlisle platform 4 in July 1965.
Carstairs: Jubilee 45698 Mars prepares to restart from Carstairs on 17 July 1965 with a train for Liverpool/Manchester. [See image 38864]
Carstairs South Junction: Standard Class 5 73010 pilots Jubilee 45698 Mars through Strawfrank Junction (now Carstairs South) on 17 July 1965 with a train for Liverpool and Manchester.
Carlisle: Holbeck Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45573 Newfoundland at Carlisle platform 4 in July 1965 with the 12.40pm Gourock - Leicester/Manchester 'CTAC Scottish Tours Express.'
Carlisle: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45573 Newfoundland takes the 12.40pm Gourock - Leicester/Manchester 'CTAC Scottish Tours Express' south out of Carlisle on 17 July 1965. [See image 29081]
Carstairs: Black 5 44790 approaching Carstairs station from the south on 17 July 1965 with a summer Saturday train from Morecambe. Strawfrank Junction signal box stands in the right background.
Float Viaduct: Kingmoor Black 5 no 45106 crossing the River Clyde on Float Viaduct with a southbound military special on 17 July 1965. The train is about to pass over Strawfrank water troughs.
Neilston Low: 70002 John Bunyan climbing Neilston Bank unassisted with a 12 coach load on the approach to Neilston Low on 17 July 1965. Most heavy trains and expresses at the time took on pilot assistance as far as Kilmarnock, usually in the form of a Midland 2P 4-4-0.
Barrow Hill: In 1971 Northamptonshire iron ore was still being supplied to steelworks on Teesside and this train heading north through the closed station at Barrow Hill, hauled by a pair of Brush Type 2s, is presumed to be such a working. The line on the extreme left is the branch from Hall Lane Junction and Staveley Town.
Chinley North Junction: The use of a loco of only 1250 HP on the Tunstead to Winnington limestone trains might seem rather surprising, nonetheless the BR Type 2s still managed a twenty year sojourn on these duties. D7659 passes Chinley North Junction with returning empties on the sunny morning of July 17th 1972.
Dunford Bridge: 76032+76034 approaching Dunford Bridge with another MGR working from the South Yorkshire coalfield to Fiddler's Ferry power station near Runcorn in July 1981. The pair of 1500V DC Bo-Bo electrics will give way to LMR diesel power at Godley Junction.
Dunford Bridge: The hamlet of Dunford Bridge is dominated by Winscar Reservoir in the background. It is also evident that an extensive track layout survived here until closure, although it is doubtful whether either the loops or sidings saw much use by this stage. 76007+76012 are passing westbound on 17 July 1981 with coal for Fiddler's Ferry power station.
Penistone: 45 001 deposits another half load of power station coal in the sidings at Barnsley Junction, Penistone, in July 1981. There was one more train from here to Fiddler's Ferry after the 16.30 departure, so the Peak will make another trip to Dodworth Colliery in order to make up a full train. A week later the traffic would be routed via Healey Mills, which at least created some additional interest for the photographer, who then lived adjacent to the Calder Valley main line at Mirfield.
Penistone: 76022 heads through Penistone towards Sheffield in July 1981 with a train of scrap from Dewsnap Sidings in Dukinfield. Meantime 45001, employed that afternoon on trip workings between Penistone and Dodworth Colliery, is about to shunt a half-load of power station coal into the sidings at Barnsley Junction.
Penistone: 76010+76016 get underway with the very last 16.30 departure from Barnsley Junction, Penistone, to Fiddler's Ferry power station on 17 July 1981.
Penistone: After being held in the loop at Barnsley Junction, 76022 now heads towards Sheffield with a load of scrap in unbraked 16T mineral wagons. The train is the 12.00 from Dewsnap Sidings on 17 July 1981, reporting No. 8E11 [with thanks to Rob Barnes].
Dunford Bridge: 76012 and 76007 had been in action earlier on 17 July 1981 undertaking banking duties from Wombwell Main Junction. Later they had run light to Penistone to pick up a coal train from Barnsley Junction. The locomotives are seen here with the train approaching Dunford Bridge.
Wombwell Main Junction: The very last Worsborough bankers? 76 012 and 76 007 about to buffer up at the rear of a Wath Yard to Fiddler's Ferrry MGR coal train at Wombwell Main Junction on 17 July 1981. The train locos are visible in the distance and, beyond them, the bridge carrying the ex L&Y Barnsley - Sheffield line over the Wath to Penistone electrified section.
Wombwell Main Junction: 76012+76007 standing in the sidings at Wombwell Main Junction on 17 July 1981. The locomotives are on banking duty and are awaiting the arrival of the next westbound working out of Wath Yard requiring assistance up the Worsbrough Incline.
Ecklands: Having earlier worked a train of empty vacuum-braked coal hoppers to Sheffield, 76051 has not found a return load on offer and makes its way back westwards light engine, seen here at Ecklands, west of Penistone, on 17 July 1981. This would almost certainly be its last trip through Woodhead Tunnel.
Dunford Bridge: The weather looks to have taken a turn for the worse as 76 051 approaches Dunford Bridge with a westbound coal train in July 1981.
Wombwell Main Junction: 37070 passes Wombwell Main Junction at 07.25 on 17 July 1981 and takes the branch for Barrow Colliery where its load of empty HAA hoppers will be replenished. The branch was the northern remnant of the erstwhile South Yorkshire Railway's Blackburn Valley Line which had at one time run through to Wincobank, Sheffield. The electrified line to Penistone curving off on the left had less than 24 hours of active life left although the official closure date was probably the following Monday.
Wombwell Main Junction: 56082 eases a train of loaded HAA coal hoppers off the branch from Barrow Colliery at Wombwell Main Junction in the summer of 1981. From here the train will take the electrified (but not for much longer) line to Wath Yard.
Penistone: 76010 and 76016 make up their train at Penistone (Barnsley Junction) prior to forming the final 16:30 departure to Godley Junction on Friday 17th July 1981. The loaded MGR coal wagons had come off the Barnsley line behind 45001 (probably in two trips) and would finish their journey to Fiddlers Ferry PS behind LMR diesel power. This may not have been the pair's last foray through the Pennines as the Woodhead Line didn't actually close until the end of the night shift the following morning.
Penistone: 76010+76016 leaving Barnsley Junction, Penistone, probably for the last time and certainly with the very last 16.30 departure to Fiddler's Ferry, on 17th July 1981.
Wombwell Main Junction: Close up of Nos. 76 012 and 76 007 coupled together in the sidings at Wombwell Main Junction on 17th July 1981.
Penistone: 76 051 with a train of empties passing Penistone on 17 July 1981 heading for Rotherwod Sidings. In the background are Barnsley Junction sidings which contain a rake of MGR coal empties (probably destined for Dodworth colliery) and 76 022 on a Sheffield bound train of scrap.
Didcot Railway Centre: 71000 Duke of Gloucester in action at Didcot on 17 July 1988.
Partick: Not all demolished railway architecture is lamented. This is the city-bound platform at Partick in July 1997. The buildings were new with the station in 1979 and survived just 30 years. The 2009 replacement is a little more impressive [see image 32276].
Airdrie: The former Airdrie signal box, situated in the remnant of the third platform, seen in July 1997. It was to survive in an increasingly dilapidated state until demolition 12 or 13 years later when platform 3 was fully rebuilt for the reinstated Airdrie to Bathgate Link.
Dumbarton Central: 320 302 with an eastbound service at Dumbarton Central on 17 Jul 1997
St Anton: An OBB class 1044 electric locomotive takes the 1997 version of the Orient Express away from the St Anton stop on its Tyrolean leg and heads for Venice. The station building is in the right background. This station was subsequently replaced by an ultra modern structure on the south bank of the Rosanna River and much of this area has since been landscaped, although the main building survives as a restaurant [see image 27900].
Springburn: Signs on the footbridge at Springburn station in July 1997 when the service pattern was a little simpler.
Troon: The well-kept waiting room at Troon in July 1997, with photographs showing the station over the decades. This photo itself must be of historic interest: at least I hope something has changed in 18 years. A connection to Larne (for Â£39) certainly has.
Pollokshaws West: In July 1997 DMU 101691 draws into 'Shaws West with a Barrhead service. Although surviving a few years into the period of SPT carmine and cream livery none of the 101s got the treatment. Pity; I think it would have suited them.
St Anton: See you pal - get lost! One of the highly trained and extremely courteous Pullman car attendants on the Orient Express, alongside a close-up of the logo on the coach side. St Anton, July 1997.
Arbroath: Aberdeen bound 158 707 at Arbroath on 17 July 1998. Shortly afterwards the canopies were cut back slightly and the station repainted which resulted in a much less gloomy atmosphere.
Anderston: Anderston was a more atmospheric (or do I mean gloomy?) place before the white suspended ceiling was installed above the island platform. Here it is in July 1998, looking westwards. [See image 27786]
Barrhead: The service on this former G&SW line was so poor post-Beeching it's surprising that the bay platform at Barrhead was allowed to survive. Lucky it did, as there's now (as of December 2009) a half-hourly service on the through lines as well as on the local service using the bay. 101 695 stands at Platform 3, ready to return to Glasgow on 17 July 1998.
Busby: In July 1998 the blank face of the Busby station building, which then housed a Chinese take-away, looked rather shabby. Today things are a little better. In case you are wondering, that odd-looking thing top right is the sleeve of a litter bin, placed there by idle hands to rest on the head of the platform lighting.
Carnoustie: Virgin Trains 43 097 makes a stop at Carnoustie on 17 July 1999 during the Open golf championships.
Carnoustie: A southbound Virgin 125 disgorges golf fans in an untimetabled stop at Carnoustie during the Open on 17 Jul 1999
Carnoustie: In their last months of service 117s were used to form specials from Edinburgh for the Open Golf at Carnoustie in 1999. Here on 17 July an ECS set returns to the main line from the siding where it allowed a train to pass. It then changed ends, moved to the up line and returned in the direction of Dundee.
Camperdown Junction: An Aberdeen bound GNER 125 accelerates away from Dundee over Camperdown level crossing on 17 July 1999.
Carnoustie: A 6-car 117 set about to head south ecs from Carnoustie during the 1999 Open.
Aberdeen: 158s at platforms 5 and 6S at Aberdeen station await their departure times with southbound services on 17 July 1999, while 156 478 is about to leave platform 7S and head for Inverness.
Tickets and labels: LNER third class workmans ticket between Arrochar & Tarbet and Craigendoran dated 10 August 1931 issued on behalf of J McIntyre & Son.
Larkhall: New station under construction at Larkhall in July 2005. View north from MacNeil Street.
Larkhall: Progress on the new Larkhall station, 17 July 2005. Looking south from Raploch Street towards the buffer stops.
North Johnstone: Looking East towards Elderslie, this shows part of the subway that led to the station, also showing part of the closed cycle track. Now demolished and flattened, the site forms part of development for a supermarket.
Kirkcaldy: Isometric platform building at Kirkcaldy.
Dalgety Bay: 170461 leaving Dalgety Bay at 1446 for Haymarket.
Bellshill: Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley service at Bellshill on 17 July.
Kirkcaldy: Alphaline 158782 with an SPT 170 calls at Kirkcaldy with an Aberdeen-Edinburgh express.
Kirkcaldy: 170452 leaving Kirkcaldy for the north on 17 July.
Milngavie: Milngavie terminus on 17 July.
Anniesland: Train for High Street at Anniesland on 17 July.
Hillington East: Gourock service departing from Hillington East on 17 July.
Bishopton: Glasgow bound service standing at Bishopton on 17 July.
Paisley Gilmour Street: Gourock train standing at Paisley Gilmour Street on 17 July.
Kirkcaldy: A Fife Circle service calls at Kirkcaldy. Quite busy it seems.
Hillington East: Glasgow bound train at Hillington East on 17 July.
Beattock: The lunchtime Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street Virgin Trains service runs down Beattock bank and is just about to pass through the site of Beattock station on 17 July 2008.
Oykel Viaduct: A view north of the pedestrian walkway added to the viaduct on the west side.
Oykel Viaduct: Looking north along the top of the Oykel/Shin Viaduct.
Whalley: Whalley viaduct is close to historic Whalley Abbey and these two ornately infilled arches stand either side of the road to the abbey gatehouse.
Wilpshire: The closed station at Wilpshire sees 150149 heading for Clitheroe passing the down platform. The white building, just visible on the up side, is the former station, closed in 1962 and now a home. [See image 19311] for the same location over thirty years earlier.
Gretna Green: The 1043 service to Carlisle (ex Glasgow Central) calls at Gretna Green on 17 July. Work on the new platform and footbridge is well advanced and preparations are being made to complete the final section of double track during the 2 week complete closure of the line commencing on Saturday 19 July 2008.
Gretna Green [1st]: EWS 66018 is held at signals on the curve shortly after leaving Gretna Junction with a northbound freight on 17 July 2008. The overbridge carries the A74(M). The hold-up is due to a southbound passenger train occupying the single line section between Annan and Gretna Green.
Gretna Green: The 1043 departure for Carlisle sets off from the rapidly expanding 1993 Gretna Green station on 17 July 2008 on the final 13 minute leg of its journey. On the extreme right stands part of the refurbished 1848 G&SW station building, (now a private house), closed to passengers in 1965. [See image 6726]
Eastriggs: Looking west towards Annan over the remains of Dornock (later Eastriggs) station on 17 July 2008. Double track has recently been reinstated at this point as part of the Gretna - Annan redoubling project. The platforms that once brought people from all parts of the world to work in the giant wartime munitions factory nearby are long gone. [See image 60303]
Langho: Not exactly St. Pancras. The entrance to Langho, down a side street in the village, is quirky to say the least - but at least it has reopened and has an hourly service in each direction. The sign above the subway, advertising the reopening, is now 18 years old.
Langho: When Langho reopened in 1994 housing development precluded the reinstatement of the up platform and a staggered arrangement was introduced. This view from the original down platform is towards Whalley as 150272 arrives on a Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service.
Whalley: The 48 arch, 680 yards long Whalley viaduct is impressive from any angle. In this view towards Langho around a third of the structures length is behind the camera.
Gretna Green: EWS 66018 finally gets the road north at Gretna Green on 17 July 2008, following the crossing of a Glasgow Central - Carlisle service, and accelerates towards the station and onto the single line section to Annan.
Langho: The new, staggered, up platform at Langho is seen from the down side as 150272 heading for Manchester climbs away up the bank, out of the Ribble Valley and towards the summit at Wilpshire tunnel.
Eastriggs: A Carlisle - Glasgow Central service passing Eastriggs on the single line Gretna - Annan section on 17 July 2008. Work on finalising and commissioning the new up line is due to be completed within the next few weeks.
Brierfield: Opened as Marsden but renamed Brierfield in 1857. The 1876 signal box survived for a long time to operate the full barrier crossing, which is on a steep hill and busy road but was closed in 2014 and quickly demolished. When this was a double track main line there was a further box, just by the curve in the distance, known as Brierfield Goods Yard. View towards Burnley on a wet, dreary July day.
Eastriggs: 156502, forming the 1107 Carlisle - Glasgow Central, at Dornock on the single line section between Gretna Green and Annan on 17 July 2008, two days before closure of the line in order to complete re-doubling work. The train is approaching the recently renewed junction serving the munitions depot and sidings at MoD Eastriggs, located beyond the security fencing centre left.
Annan: The 1000 Stranraer - Newcastle has just left the up platform at Annan on 17 July and is about to run onto the single line section to Gretna. New track and associated equipment is in place ready to be deployed during the 2 week scheduled closure of the line commencing 19 July 2008.
Strand Road Exchange Sidings: DBS 66078 brings the Lindsey to Preston tar tanks into the exchange sidings at Preston Docks as Ribble Rail Sentinel waits to take over for the final leg of the journey to the refinery on 17 July 2009. On the far left the outgoing tank wagons waiting for the return trip to Lindsey.
Manchester Victoria: 46115 Scots Guardsman receives attention from the support crew as it waits at Manchester Victoria with The Cotton Mill Express on 17 July 2010, having completed the first circuit of the Standedge route. Unfortunately the locomotive was not permitted to proceed with the second circuit due to a leaking gland but did take the train up Miles Platting bank ecs to Castleton where repairs were completed. It then returned the train to Carnforth later in the evening.
Leyland: 47580 County of Essex heads south on the Up fast through Leyland on 17 July 2010 with the return Lakelander tour from Ravenglass to Leicester. 47580 had rescued the tour from Ravenglass following the failure of Black 5 no 44932.
Manchester Victoria: 150133 approaching Manchester Victoria from the west on 17 July 2010, with a service from Clitheroe via Blackburn and Bolton. The footbridge of the former Manchester Exchange station can be seen on the left of the photograph.
Winchcombe: EE Type 3 37215 brings up the rear on a service leaving Winchcombe for Gotherington where G&WR services are temporarily terminating whilst a landslip is dealt with. The locomotive is in excellent condition and, apart from looking a little ex works, is just how I remember the Class 37s when in regular service [See image 29977].
Blackburn: 158754 enters Blackburn station with a Blackpool North to York service on 17 July 2010.
Peebles Junction: A replacement deck is now in place on the former railway bridge at Eshiels, just to the east of Peebles. Part of the new cycle route between Peebles and Innerleithen [see image 10812]
Eshiels Tunnel: The 70 yard long former railway tunnel under the A72 Innerleithen Road at Eshiels, just east of Peebles, photographed in July 2010. Sealed in 1962, the tunnel was reopened as part of a cycle route earlier this year.
Eshiels Tunnel: The reopened tunnel under the A72 at Eshiels to the east of Peebles seen on 17 July 2010. [See image 10820]
Tredington Crossing: In 2010, before the Super 60 refurbishment programme, there were still a few Class 60s working hard on the mainline and here 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary, in Army livery, heads a lengthy oil train north at Tredington level crossing between Cheltenham and Aschurch.
Winchcombe: Superbly restored, ex-Barry, GWR 2-8-0 3803 departs from Winchcombe for Gotherington where G&WR services are presently terminating as there is subsidence between there and Cheltenham.
Tredington Crossing: South West Trains 158890 comes off the long straight section south of Aschurch heading for Cheltenham and the South Coast. The train is aproaching the AHB level crossing at Tredington and the sweeping curve to the south of this location.
Ladybank: A 5 car 170 train for Dundee, lengthened from the normal 3-car set due to the Open Golf Championship at St Andrews, calls at Ladybank on 17 July 2010.
Peebles [2nd]: The commemorative plaque at the old station site in Peebles alongside the location of the platform [see image 29876].
Whitrope Summit: Details of the WRHA Open Weekend and official opening of the centre on 17 & 18 July 2010.
Dorchester West: Close-up of 5029 Nunney Castle standing at Dorchester West on 17 July 2011 prior to taking a special on to Weymouth [see image 34900].
Whitrope Siding: At Whitrope Heritage Centre on 17 July the ex Hartlepool Power Station Fowler 0-6-0 diesel is undergoing full repair and restoration, with work also in hand to repaint the east side of the buffet car from its present South West Trains livery (which looks very much like the Network SouthEast colour scheme) to maroon.
Dorchester West: Ex-GWR 4-6-0 no 5029 Nunney Castle arriving at Dorchester West from Bristol on 17 July 2011 with the Railway Touring Company 'Weymouth Seaside Express'.
Whitrope Siding: A Waverley Route Heritage Association locomotive running south from the centre during an open weekend at Whitrope on 17 July 2011 [see image 34903].
Cardiff Central: The new platform 8 is now under construction on the south side of Cardiff Central. There is need for a lengthy retaining wall to be constructed from Penarth Road bridge to create a wider formation for laying the extra running line to serve the new platform.
Woodacre Crossing: Another infrastructure train, running from one of the WCML sites between Euxton and Warrington, makes its way north at Woodacre behind DBS 66069 on a sunny 17th July 2013.
Cardiff Canton: The DVT end of the coaching stock from the Welsh Assembly funded North Wales to South Wales express service stands outside Canton depot following arrival from Holyhead on 17 July. The nose of a standby class 67 loco can be seen on the left just inside the shed.
Balshaw Lane Junction: The night shift at the Balshaw Lane Junction worksite on 17 July 2013. Work is in progress preparing the new location for the facing points on the Down line which will give access to the slow line. This is some 200m south of the original location. The night shift had ideal weather conditions compared to the very high temperatures endured by the day shift.
Woodacre Crossing: The maroon livery of Jubilee 4-6-0 45699 is quite striking in its own right and certainly didn't need a Stratford liveried 47580 behind its tender to turn heads. Anyone who saw the part cut wreck of Galatea in Barry as I did [See image 59244] can only be amazed at the loco today. Working its first Fellsman excursion since restoration 45699 heads south at Woodacre on 17 July with diesel assistance due to fire risk.
Carlisle: After weeks of rumours that it might be on the train, 45699 Galatea eventually turned up on The Fellsman on 17th July 2013. Unfortunately the Jubilee had to be accompanied by 47580 County of Essex because of the fire risk. Here the train is running into platform 3 at Carlisle.
Cardiff Central: First Great Western labelled London Midland liveried 153333, and a hybrid FGW liveried class 150 3 car set, wait in platform 4 at Cardiff General before running out ECS after arrival from Taunton during the late afternoon of 17 July.
Carlisle: Jubilee 45699 Galatea standing at Carlisle platform 3 after arrival with the down Fellsman on 17th July 2013. The loco will shortly dispose of the ecs prior to running out to Upperby to turn.
Carlisle: 47580 County of Essex plays a supporting role to Jubilee 45699 Galatea at Carlisle on 17 July 2013. Photographed shortly after arrival with the down Fellsman. [See image 45542]
Carlisle: Waiting at Carlisle's platform 3 to shunt the ecs of the down Fellsman, 45699 Galatea makes a very attractive sight in its (albeit incorrect) BR maroon livery on 17 July 2013. The only feature which slightly spoils the effect is the spacing of the cabside numerals which appear to me to be a little too close together.
Cardiff : Freightliner 66518 and a rake of empty aggregate hoppers stabled in the down side Pengam sidings, to the east of Cardiff Central Station, on 17 July 2013. The train was waiting to return north to Peak Forest or Dowlow following the discharge of limestone at Port Talbot steelworks.
Cardiff Central: Cardiff Central's freshly repainted former Water Tower in July 2013, standing at the west end of what was once the fish jetty. The area is now a car park on the north side of the station between Wood Street and platform 0.
Barton and Broughton: The Royal Train passed through Lancashire on 17 July as part of a visit by HM The Queen to South Cumbria. Here, silver liveried 67026 brings up the rear as the train heads north and is just about to pass under the M55 Motorway on its way to Oxenholme.
Woodacre Crossing: 17th July saw 45699 Galatea, in BR lined maroon livery, on its first Fellsman outing since restoration. Because of the dry conditions the Jubilee had diesel assistance in both directions. As West Coast have a large fleet of maroon Brush 4s, the decision to put large logo 47580 between 45699 and its coaches left linesiders puzzled. The train is heading home at Woodacre in the fading sunlight.
Ayr Pier: Ex LNER, CSPCo and for the past 40 years WSNCo. PS Waverley leaving Ayr on 17 July 2013 bound for Millport, Largs etc. and eventually Tarbert, Loch Fyne.
Armathwaite: The Killoch to Drax/Ratcliffe power station coal train approaching Armathwaite on 17 July 2013 with Freightliner 66557 in charge.
Appleby: The down starter at Appleby is off for the passage of northbound coal empties on 17 July 2014. The subsidiary arm once controlled the connection between the MR and NER lines but now only gives access to the Network Rail maintenance yard. The two disc-type ground signals control access to the yard and the up main to down main crossover.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: View south along the Borders Railway trackbed from the B704 road bridge towards Arniston on 17 July 2014, with the Lady Victoria site behind the camera.
Weymouth Quay: Out of use facilities at Weymouth Quay on 17 July 2014. While tracks are still in place, the last recorded use of the branch was in 1999 by a railtour.
Weymouth Quay: View along Custom House Quay, Weymouth, showing part of the line running through the streets to the south of the current Weymouth terminus to reach Weymouth Quay. Still in situ on 17 July 2014 but not in use. [See image 44106]
Settle: The up side station buildings at Settle, seen from the footbridge on the warm and sunny evening of 17 July 2014. The far building is the former stationmaster's house - this one located rather closer to the railway than most of the other such houses on the S&C.
Weymouth Quay: Rails along the quay at Weymouth, July 2014. [See image 48062]
Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal: When a new railway is being built, a sign notifying a forthcoming road closure is usually a promising sign. Since my last visit on 25th June [see image 47777], two long side girders have been lifted into place across the A428, and a number of lateral girders have been bolted into place between these two. This should look very impressive when trains eventually pass across it.
Settle: Like most of the stations on the Settle & Carlisle line, it is a pleasure to wait for a train at Settle, at least on a fine evening such as was the case on 17 July 2014 when the 19:08 to Carlisle was due.
Laigh Milton Viaduct: Looking across the historic Laigh Milton Viaduct, spanning the River Irvine 5 miles west of Kilmarnock, in July 2014. Built by the Kilmarnock and Troon Railway in 1812 it closed in 1846 when the railway was realigned. Thought to be the oldest surviving viaduct on a public railway, the restored structure has been category A listed since 1982. [See image 7023]
Carlisle: DRS 37604 photographed at Carlisle on 17th July 2015.
Newtongrange: The new pedestrian entrance to Newtongrange station giving access from the overbridge on the A7 Murderdean Road. The building on the left was part of the rail served Dean Oil Works which once occupied the station site. Photographed through security fencing on 17 July 2015. [See image 51987]
Braehead Viaduct: Banners were positioned on the new Bargeddie Bridge shortly before it began to be moved into place on the afternoon of 17th July 2015.
Farnworth Tunnel: The south end of Farnworth Tunnel on 17 July 2015, with the outline of the new double-track portal now formed in advance of the tunnel boring machine starting its work. The footpath leading to this spot will close from 21 July until the work has been completed. Meantime the smaller down tunnel off to the left continues to be used for bi-directional working. [See image 51621]
Carlisle: ScotRail 156496 pauses at Carlisle on 17 July 2015 on an afternoon Newcastle - Glasgow Central service,
Farnworth Tunnel: Looking towards Bolton from above the tunnel on 17 July 2015. With the positioning of the crane in the foreground it is no longer possible to reach the location seen in Image 51514. A northbound Class 150 DMU can be seen below.
Farnworth: At Farnworth station the new up platform is taking shape on the revised alignment on 17 July 2015. The track has been slewed left towards the Up platform and then right to enter the Down tunnel. This is to allow the Down platform to be demolished and then rebuilt on the new alignment with the re-bored twin track tunnel.
Farnworth Tunnel: The shape of things to come at the south end of the Farnworth tunnels on 17 July 2015. A Preston to Hazel Grove service slowly exits the down tunnel which is currently be used in both directions, with the up tunnel sealed for filling with foam concrete. The shape of the new tunnel that will be bored can be seen disappearing behind the silo on the right.
Brampton: The 0755 to Glasgow Central calls at Brampton, Cumbria, on 17 July 2015. We were, quite appropriately, dropped off and picked up by Land Rover.
Balshaw Lane Junction: WCRC 47760 heads south at Balshaw Lane Junction with an ecs move from Carnforth to Crewe as a Virgin Pendolino thunders northwards on 17 July 2015.
Preston: Virgin on the ridiculous - humorous advice to passengers at Preston - July 2015.
Coppull: A TransPennine Class 350 EMU heads south on the WCML past the site of the former Coppull station on the evening of 17 July 2015. At this location there used to be 4 tracks with an underpass linking the platforms. To the left of the EMU the remains of the stairs down to the passageway can be seen from what would have been the middle platform.
Horwich Parkway: Scene at Horwich Parkway looking north on 17 July 2015, with a Hazel Grove to Preston service arriving.
Adlington: Don't always believe what it says on the destination blind! View of Adlington station looking south towards Blackrod on 17 July 2015. The service is not going where the blind is displaying (Blackpool North) but towards Manchester Victoria.
Low Row: A westbound train passing the site of Low Row station, between Haltwhistle and Brampton, on 17 July 2015. The DMU has just passed the new signal box built in 2009 to replace the original which stood behind the camera alongside the level crossing [see image 36655]. [Ref query 368]
Dunaskin Shed: Outside the ARPG's shed at Dunaskin: No. 8, Barclay 0-6-0T in need of a little finishing.
Woodacre Crossing: The evening sun catches DRS 68026 and 68023 on a special working from Sellafield to Crewe with two empty MOD flask carriers (and a match wagon), seen at Woodacre on 17th July 2017.
Fort Augustus: This is where the old line crosses the main road out of Fort Augustus down to the pier on Loch Ness. If only the line had been built linking Fort William and Inverness, the trains would be filled with tourists now. July 2017.
Lintley Halt: 'BARBER' an 0-6-0ST running round its train at Lintley Halt, the northern station on the the South Tynedale Railway. The Railway is soon to extend beyond here to Slaggyford.
Ironbridge and Broseley: At the site of Ironbridge & Broseley station, closed in 1963, the rails that formed the level crossing are still in place. Beyond the gate is the famous Iron Bridge itself. 170717. The station itself was cleared away not long after closure.
Bolton: The reinstated platform 5 at Bolton is taking shape in this view towards Manchester on 17 July 2017. The wall that used to keep the public away from this area in recent years has now become infill between the new platform wall. I am not sure however that the traffic cone will make suitable infill but perhaps it is marking or covering a drain or duct.
Fort Augustus: Concrete structure carrying the old railway line over a watercourse in Fort Augustus. July 2017.
Ironbridge and Broseley: Just east of the level crossing at the site of Ironbridge & Broseley station the old Station Hotel lives on as a smart restaurant and reminder of railway days.
Drumnadrochit: This was on the Great Glen Way a couple of miles east of Drumnadrochit. A TV company laid a continuous O gauge railway track from Fort William to Inverness, a few miles of track had still to be collected.
Glasgow Central: 314214 on a Wemyss Bay service at the very substantial looking platform 10 buffer stops in July 2017.
Powderhall: Looking north from Broughton Road over the former container loading pad at Powderhall Refuse Depot on 17 July 2018. The overgrown rails are still visible on the right. For a similar view 12 years earlier [see image 11948].
Glasgow Central: 43103 Mark Carne at platform 3 with the Network Rail New Measurement Train it has just brought in from Derby Railway Technical Centre.
Glasgow Central: 43103 Mark Carne at platform 3 with the Network Rail New Measurement Train it has just brought in from Derby Railway Technical Centre.
Hyndland: Scotrail 318259 arriving at Hyndland on 17th July 2018.
Hyndland: The long subway entrance to Hyndland station, on a hot 17th July 2018.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1695||Bank of Scotland founded|
|1862||Newcastle and Carlisle Railway|
North Eastern Railway
|Newcastle and Carlisle Railway merges with the North Eastern Railway.|
|1864||Pembroke and Tenby Railway||Act for Tenby to Whitland passed|
|1871||Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)||Auction Mart started by John Swan & Sons by the St Boswells station|
|1998||Formal burial of Czar Nicholas II, his family and Servants|
|2005||Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)|
Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
|Overhead Line Equipment (overhead wires) energised on the re-opening Hamilton - Larkhall line.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2007||Watchdog backs rail plan [Scotsman]||PLANS to electrify the rail line between Glasgow and Edinburgh have been welcomed by watchdog Passenger Focus.|
|2008||Rail users are given tickets to ride [BBC News Article]||A ticket machine for passengers using Alloa^s new train station is operational, First Scotrail says.|
|2012||New railway could be ready by 2017 [Bedford Today]||A MAJOR rail link which is set to bring jobs and investment to Bedford could be in place in just five years time. On Monday the Department For Transport confirmed in its high level output specification, which plans spending until 2019, that the western section of East West Rail Link, which travels between Bedford and Oxford will go ahead. The lines will also be electrified meaning that passengers can expect a more reliable and environmentally friendly service.|
|2012||London^s Emirates Air Line cable car [Huffington Post]||Slide show - go to ^full screen^ and click ^play all^|
|2013||Police investigate after train hits tractor near Welshpool [BBC News]||An investigation has started after a train hit a tractor on a level crossing near Welshpool, Powys. British Transport Police said there were more than 100 people on board the Birmingham to Aberystwyth train but only two passengers and the tractor driver suffered minor injuries.|
|2013||Borders railway contractors make Galashiels path pledge [BBC News]||Rail contractors have promised to leave a popular Borders path open to the public for as long as they can before work gets under way on a new rail link. Gates and fences have gone up on the Black Path in Galashiels - from Langlee into the town centre. It was due to be shut from Monday but the public will still have some access while preparatory works continue.|
|2013||Extended timetable for Monifieth [Arbroath Herald]||Monifieth is set to see train services treble at the town’s station from December after ScotRail announced a new timetable. Currently, Monifieth is only served by two trains daily from Monday to Saturday. But as of the timetable expansion, which begins on December 13, Monifeith will also have a 08.11 train to Edinburgh, a 17.57 train to Arbroath, a 18.31 service to Edinburgh and a 23.14 train to Aberdeen.|
|2014||Failings over runaway rail vehicle at Glasgow Queen Street [BBC News]||An accident where a rail worker was badly hurt by a runaway maintenance vehicle has been blamed on operator failure and brake design flaws. The road rail vehicle (RRV) ran away as it was being transferred to the tracks in Glasgow on 21 April last year. It crashed through scaffolding, injuring a worker, before coming to a stop at Queen Street Station|
|2014||French high-speed TGV train crashes near Denguin [BBC News]||Dozens of people have been injured in a train collision in southern France, according to media reports. A high-speed TGV train on the Pau-Bayonne line was transporting 178 people when it crashed into a regional TER train carrying 70 passengers. Initial reports indicate the TGV train was stopped on the tracks and restarting when the crash occurred near the town of Denguin. At least 25 people were reported injured, nine of them seriously.|
|2017||HS2 reveals winners of building contracts [BBC News]||The winners of £6.6bn worth of contracts to build the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham have been announced by the government. UK companies Carillion, Costain and Balfour Beatty are among the consortia who will build tunnels, bridges and embankments on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line. The contracts will support 16,000 jobs. The final routes of the Manchester and Leeds branches of HS2 are due to be announced later.|
|2017||Class 319 Flex electro-diesel multiple-units for Wales [Railway Gazette]||UK: The Welsh Government is to provide £19m and operator Arriva Trains Wales £1m to lease five Class 319 Flex electro-diesel multiple-units for use on the Wales & Borders franchise from 2018 until at least 2021. First announced by Porterbrook Leasing and Northern franchise operator Arriva in December 2016, the Class 319 Flex concept is based on fitting diesel alternator powerpacks to the driving cars of four-car dual-system EMUs made surplus by the delivery of Siemens Class 700 EMUs for the Thameslink route. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2018||Disabled former MP stranded after new station^s lift failure [BBC News]||Dame Anne Begg could not leave the new Dundee railway station after its only working lift failed.|