This day in history 18 July

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Arbroath West Links: NB 4.4.2T 67489 passing Kerrs Miniature Railway on Arbroath - Dundee local in July 1953.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/07/1953]


Arbroath: Arbroath - Forfar train at Arbroath. CR 0.4.4T 55194. July 1953.

Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/07/1953]


Guthrie Junction: 44934 piloting 73008 past Guthrie Junction on up Granite City.

Arbroath and Forfar Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/07/1953]


Saughton Junction: The Leeds - Newcastle - Edinburgh - Glasgow 'North Briton' runs west through Saughton Junction on 18 July 1959 behind Gateshead V2 no 60904.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: A2 Pacific no 60531 Bahram passes Black 5 no 44796 as it takes an Aberdeen bound train through Saughton Junction in July 1959.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: Black 5 no 44969 takes a train through Saughton Junction in July 1959.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: Gresley A3 Pacific no 60052 'Prince Palatine' speeds west through Saughton Junction on 18 July 1959 heading towards Glasgow.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: Polmont shed's J35 0-6-0 no 64531 brings a tank train east through Saughton Junction in July 1959.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: St Margarets K3 2-6-0 no 61911 brings an evening freight east through Saughton Junction on 18 July 1959.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: St Margarets V2 no 60971 heads west at Saughton Junction in the summer of 1959.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: B1 4-6-0 no 61101 brings a train from the north through Saughton Junction in July 1959.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Saughton Junction: A westbound train, an ecs working based on the headlamp code, at Saughton Junction on 18 July 1959 headed by Ivatt 2-6-0 no 43132.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/07/1959]


Beith Town: The station building at Beith Town in July 1962 with a diesel railcar standing at the platform.

Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Colin Miller [18/07/1962]


Beith Town: A Railcar stands at Beith Town in July 1962, four months before closure.

Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Colin Miller [18/07/1962]


Abbeyhill: An early NBL 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic no D2705 has just turned off the ECML at Abbeyhill Junction in July 1963 and is seen running north through Abbeyhill station. One of a class first introduced in 1953, the locomotive was originally numbered 11705 by BR.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
Colin Miller [18/07/1963]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Fowler 2-6-4 tank 42353 stands in the shed yard at Carlisle Kingmoor on 18 July 1964, a month after its official withdrawal. The locomotive was broken up by Arnott Young at Carmyle during September that year.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle: The 12.52 London Euston - Glasgow Central leaving platform 3 at Carlisle on 18 July 1964 behind 46225 Duchess of Gloucester.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle: Black 5 no 45029 joins BR Standard Pacific no 72007 Clan Mackintosh on the 8am Aberdeen - Manchester train about to leave Carlisle in July 1964. The Clan had brought in the train from the north.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle: Stanier 'Coronation' Pacific no 46225 Duchess of Gloucester at Carlisle on 18 July 1964 with the 12.52 London Euston - Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle: Britannia Pacific no 70038 Robin Hood waits in the rain at Carlisle in July 1964 ready to take out the 9.25am Crewe - Aberdeen.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Britannia Pacific 70011 Hotspur in 5the shed yard at Kingmoor in the summer of 1964.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Britannia Pacific 70036 Boadicea photographed on Kingmoor shed in July 1964.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Locomotives stabled in the shed yard at Carlisle Kingmoor on 18 July 1964 include Royal Scot 46132 The King's Regiment Liverpool buffered up to the rear of Fowler 2-6-4 tank 42353, both 12A residents.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/07/1964]


Carlisle: D299 prepares to remove a failed D424 from a northbound service at Carlisle in July 1970 having rescued the train earlier.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/1970]


Normanton: The 11:45 Cardiff to Newcastle passing Goose Hill Junction signal box hauled by Peak 45001 (originally D13) on a sultry summer's afternoon in July 1975.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [18/07/1975]


Buckfastleigh: Pannier tank 0-6-0 1638 leaving the shed at Buckfastleigh in 1981.

Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway
Gordon Steel [18/07/1981]


Taplow: A Pressed Steel Class 117 suburban DMU leaves the Up slow line platform at Taplow heading for Paddington in 1981. When these 1st generation units were eventually replaced by Thames Turbo units some of them were cascaded to Haymarket and, in the 1990s, were among the last early DMUs in service.

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/1981]


Taplow: Brush Type 4 47143 heads for Paddington at speed in July 1981 taking eight MkI coaches through Taplow on the fast lines. 47143 was withdrawn from Tinsley in 1989 and cut up at Doncaster five years later.

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/1981]


Taplow: 50044 Exeter hurries a Paddington bound train through Taplow on the Up Slow line in 1981. Thankfully the former D444 was preserved and, over thirty years later, is still main line registered. The Austin Maxis will not have been so fortunate.

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/1981]


Reading Signal Works: Originally known simply as 20, Ruston & Hornsby 4wDM 97020 was built in 1957 for use in Reading Signal Works and remained there all its working life. It was tricky to see as the yard was not visible from passing trains. By the time this photo was taken, through the bars of an overbridge, the shunter was on borrowed time as its replacement, Barclay Class 06 No. 06003, had arrived in Reading from Scotland [See image 22416]. 97020 never did leave this yard, being broken up there by a contractor in August 1982. The Signal Works closed later in the 1980s.

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/1981]


Reading Depot: A long way from home at Reading Depot. The former D2420, 06003, is now the sole surviving Barclay Class 06 0-4-0 DM shunter and after a period at Barrow Hill is currently at Peak Rail. It may have escaped the scrap man by being transferred from Scotland to Departmental duties at Reading Signal Works. Here it is shown, newly renumbered as 97804, at Reading Depot just prior to transfer to the works to replace 97020 [See image 22413]. The Barclay stayed there until 1984 when it moved into preservation.

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/1981]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: BRCW Type 2 27050, recently arrived from Dundee, at Glasgow Queen Street on 18th July 1986.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Douglas McPherson [18/07/1986]


Bo^ness: Wemyss Coal Co Ltd No 20 [Barclay 0-6-0T 2068 0f 1939] at SRPS Boness in July 1993 [see image 22804].

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Peter Todd [18/07/1993]


Highley: 6960 Raveningham Hall at Highley Station on the Severn Valley Railway on 18 July 1996.

Severn Valley Railway
Peter Todd [18/07/1996]


Ledbury: 150014 arrives at Ledbury on 18 July 1997, while 156410 waits for the single line before heading east.

Worcester and Hereford Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/1997]


Norden: Bulleid West Country Pacific 34072 257 Squadron at Norden on the Swanage Railway in July 1999.

London and South Western Railway
Peter Todd [18/07/1999]


Swanage: Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' Pacific no 34072 '257 Squadron' leaves Swanage on 18 July 1999.

London and South Western Railway
Peter Todd [18/07/1999]


Clunes: The site of the former Clunes station looking north.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Ewan Crawford [18/07/2004]


Cart Junction: This shows the rail bridge that crosses the River Cart carrying the line to Bridge Of Weir and Greenock Princes Pier. Taken from the Rail Bridge that served the Kilbarchan Loop, this is where the lines separated at Cart junction.

Bridge of Weir Railway
Graham Morgan [18/07/2006]


North Johnstone: Looking south, this show the old railway viaduct over the River Cart that went to Johnstone North and the goods yard there.

Kilbarchan Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Graham Morgan [18/07/2006]


North Johnstone: Looking South towards Johnstone town centre, this shows part of the subway and the entrance/exit that led to the station. Now demolished and flattened, the site and the Mills and factory that surrounded forms part of development for a supermarket.

Kilbarchan Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Graham Morgan [18/07/2006]


Falkland Road: One of the class 67 hauled Open Golf Championship specials put on by First ScotRail operating between Edinburgh and Carnoustie near Falkland Road on 18 July.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/07/2007]


Falkland Road: Late evening returning golf special heads for Edinburgh on 18 July near Falkland Road.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [18/07/2007]


Ramsbottom: Ramsbottom Station, July 2007.

East Lancashire Railway
John Robin [18/07/2007]


Glasgow Central: Taking refreshments on board. Crew member topping up on coffee boarding 390002 at Platform 9 as it waits to depart.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [18/07/2007]


Glasgow Central: Comparison between a Scotrail liveried 156 and 156403, currently on loan from Central Trains.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [18/07/2007]


Glasgow Central: 390002 Virgin Angel at Platform 9 waiting to depart for London Euston.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [18/07/2007]


Lennoxtown [2nd]: Blane Valley OS sheet of 1924 - part of - showing the Blane Valley Line from Strathblane to Lennoxtown.

Ordnance Survey
Alistair MacKenzie [18/07/2008]


Rufford: Northern Belle stock with 67028 leading and 67030 at the rear enters Rufford station with the evening ecs movement from Crewe to Ormskirk on 18 July 2008. The train was operating from Euston in connection with the Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale near Southport. When the normal service is one single or two car unit, it is quite a difference when you get 11 coaches plus a locomotive at either end trying to use the loop and the platforms. It is reported that only 3 of the 11 coaches were able to access the platform at Ormskirk!

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/07/2008]


Rufford: The 1825 Preston to Ormskirk crosses the River Douglas and enters the loop at Rufford on 18 July 2008.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/07/2008]


Elderslie: Trespasser on the line! A young fox taking a short cut at Elderslie in July 2008.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [18/07/2008]


Burscough Bridge: Passengers, some returning from the Open Golf at Royal Birkdale, alight from a Southport to Manchester Victoria service at a dreich Burscough Bridge station on the Southport - Wigan line on 18 July. Looks like a pair of donkeys have escaped from the beach at Southport!

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2008]


Flanders Moss: FlandersMoss OS sheet of 1924 (part) showing the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway crossing Flanders Moss from Killearn to Aberfoyle. There is a very pleasant flat walk along the Forestry Commission trail.

Ordnance Survey
Alistair MacKenzie [18/07/2008]


Kingsknowe: The National Express East Coast 0630 Newcastle Central - Glasgow Central via Edinburgh service passing over Kingsknowe level crossing on Saturday 18 July 2009.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2009]


Kingsknowe: The Saturday morning 0825 Edinburgh - Glasgow via Shotts service arrives at Kingsknowe station on 18 July formed by 158786. In the background, is the rear of the National Express 0650 Glasgow Central - London Kings Cross train, with its next stop at Haymarket. The appearance of the 158 as opposed to the usual 156 on this route was due to the latter being utilised on Glasgow - Girvan Golflink specials on the occasion of the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2009]


Bo^ness: D49 Morayshire stands at Boness on 18 July 2009.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2009]


Kingsknowe: A view from a much needed platform shelter, as 158786 leaves Kingsknowe station in heavy rain on Saturday morning 18 July with the 0825 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts. The 158s are standing in for the regular 156 units on this route, which have been switched to the Glasgow - Girvan Golflink specials during the Open Golf Championship currently being staged at Turnberry. [See image 24635]

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2009]


Kingsknowe: EWS 67011 westbound over Kingsknowe level crossing on a wet Saturday morning heading for Polmadie with the empty stock of the Edinburgh portion of the Lowland Sleeper.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2009]


Brock: 6233 Duchess of Sutherland at speed on the return Cumbrian Mountain Express railtour with load 13, on the long straight just north of the site of Brock station, 18 July 2009.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2009]


Kingsknowe: The Saturday morning 0705 Glasgow Central - North Berwick service, formed by unit 322482, runs east over the level crossing into Kingsknowe station on 18 July 2009... and it's still raining...

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2009]


Ferry Road: Looking like the remains of a long abandoned ski-jump, the high level bridge abutment at the bottom of Gosford Place, seen here on 18 July 2009, stands as a memorial to the Caledonian Railway's 'Leith New Lines'. Inspired by the opening of Leith's 54 acre Edinburgh Dock in 1881 the route from Newhaven Junction was opened in 1903, having reached its goal via all manner of urban embankents, viaducts and bridges. Neither the original plans nor the projected traffic were ever realised, three partially completed passenger stations were never opened and the route was singled after 14 years. Closure between Newhaven and Leith Walk came in January 1966. The photograph is taken from the trackbed of the North Leith branch just west of the former Bonnington station. [See image 28071]

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [18/07/2009]


Falkland Junction: A rain soaked Falkland Junction on Saturday 18 July 2009, as the 0823 ex-Glasgow Central Golflink special passes on its way to Girvan. The trains link up with a shuttle bus service running between Girvan station and the 138th Open at Turnberry. The specials are being operated using class 156 DMUs, temporarily redeployed from the Edinburgh - Shotts - Glasgow route, where 158s are standing in. [See image 24634]

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Colin Miller [18/07/2009]


Leyland: The Cumbrian Mountain Express railtour from Worcester to Carlisle runs through Leyland on the Down Fast line on 18 July 2009. LMS pacific no 6233 Duchess of Sutherland is in charge, having taken over the train at Crewe.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2009]


Edinburgh Waverley: The 0745 Golflink special leaves Waverley on Sunday 18 July bound for Leuchars and the final day of the 2010 Open Golf Championship at St Andrews. This was one of a large number of specials run throughout the event by First ScotRail to connect with the Stagecoach Golflink bus services operating between Leuchars station and St Andrews.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2010]


Whitrope Siding: A name closely associated with the Waverley Route, Madge Elliot, who campaigned vociferously against closure at the time and who has been ceaseless in her efforts since then for the return of a train service to the Borders. Madge is seen here at the WRHA open weekend at Whitrope on 18 July 2010.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [18/07/2010]


Cupar: Construction work currently underway at Cupar station on the long-awaited disabled access. View over the up platform on 18 July 2010. [See image 16815]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Andrew Wilson [18/07/2010]


Cupar: The main station building at Cupar. View across the lines from the southbound platform on 18 July. The A914 crosses the railway on the bridge in the left background.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Andrew Wilson [18/07/2010]


Aberdour: 67021 nears Aberdour with a Leuchars - Edinburgh Golflink special on 18 July 2010.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/07/2010]


Cupar: The main station building at Cupar, complete with its impressive floral arrangements, seen here looking north from the car park on 18 July 2010.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Andrew Wilson [18/07/2010]


Cupar: Cupar signal box. View across the running lines from the up platform on 18 July 2010.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Andrew Wilson [18/07/2010]


Kilmarnock: DBS 67008 with the 6R52 china clay tanks at Kilmarnock on 18 July 2011. This is quite a rare occurrence as the train normally runs via Paisley and Irvine. However on this occasion it was diverted via Barrhead and Kilmarnock and ran round here before running to the Caledonian paper Mill via the Barassie branch.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [18/07/2011]


Pitlochry: The 12.00 Kings Cross - Inverness Highland Chieftain stands at Pitlochry on 18 July, as the 16.53 Inverness - Edinburgh service arrives from the north.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2011]


Pitlochry: The 12.00 Kings Cross - Inverness 'Highland Chieftain' arrives at Pitlochry on 18 July.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2011]


Daventry International Railfreight Terminal: When I was a schoolboy, my analysis of this view would have been: what a shame, they've cut this railway short. That buffer stop must be the stub of some lovely old main line, and before long it will be gone completely. In 2011, however, it's the headshunt for the latest extension to an International Railfreight Terminal, and if we come back in a couple of years, there could be a lot more to see. View looks South-West from the A428 road linking the A5 to Rugby [see image 35428].

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [18/07/2011]


Lochranza Pier: Passengers arriving at Brodick off the Ardrossan Ferry [see image 41893] can reach Kintyre following a 14 mile road trip north to link with the Lochranza - Claonaig Ferry. MV Loch Riddon boards at Lochranza Pier on 18 July 2011.

Piers on the Firth of Clyde
John Steven [18/07/2011]


Hest Bank: The Class 92 test train, which created lots of interest on the WCML in July 2012, is seen heading south at Hest Bank. On this occasion 92019 is in charge with 92027 and 92025 dead in train and a rake of loaded ballast wagons. The locos had all been in store for some time but all returned to regular traffic shortly after this date.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2012]


Ayr: 380104 waits at a gloomy Ayr station on 18 July with the 12.13 to Glasgow Central.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2012]


Hest Bank: With that distinctive whistle chiming Union of South Africa runs north through Hest Bank on the final leg of a main line test with a full rake of coaches. 60009 had been on a circuit from Carnforth via Hellifield and Blackburn on 18 July with WCRC (ex-Advenza) 57006 on the rear as insurance.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2012]


Hest Bank: Former Advenza Freight No. 57006 is seen here bringing up the rear of a test train at Hest Bank on a circuit from Carnforth with newly repaired A4 4-6-2 No. 60009 on 18 July 2012. The Class 57 is now with West Coast Railways and had only recently returned to service itself. Within ten days of this picture being taken it had also been fully repainted into West Coast maroon livery [See image 39753].

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2012]


Krakow: Now that's what I call a tram depot. Ul Jozefa, Kazimierz Quarter, Krakow. Being converted to a 'sports bar' in July 2012. Big beer sales needed for a place that size, but at £1.40 a pint it might do OK.

Krakowski Szybki Tramwaj (KST)
Colin Miller [18/07/2012]


Preston: Having hitched a lift back from Fort William with 47760 and some ecs heading to Tyseley, Black 5 no 44871 waits alongside Platform 7 at Preston on 18 July for a path to Bury.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2012]


Krakow: Coming (fairly) soon to a city near you - modern trams passing near Grodska Street, Krakow, on 18 July 2012. Of course, the city fathers in Krakow had the good sense to keep their tram system, unlike so many British cities. The trams are Bombardier NGT6 built in 2003.

Krakowski Szybki Tramwaj (KST)
Colin Miller [18/07/2012]


Lostock Hall Junction: It's back! A4 no 60009 Union of South Africa seen in the afternoon sunshine of 18 July 2012 at Lostock Hall Junction hauling a Carnforth to Carnforth via Hellifield, Blackburn and Preston test train. WCRC 57006 was on the rear, still in Advenza blue livery following it's recent return to operational service.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2012]


Krakow: Ex-Vienna tram No. 113 taken from a bar-bistro pavement table in Krakow on 18 July 2012.

Krakowski Szybki Tramwaj (KST)
Colin Miller [18/07/2012]


Preston: Looking north from Platform 2 at Preston at around 22.25 hrs on 18 July 2012 as Virgin Thunderbird 57307 'Lady Penelope' is started up in readiness to haul a Pendolino ecs to Longsight Depot in Manchester for overnight servicing. (I did briefly consider a caption about 'Her Ladyship' being awoken from her slumbers by 'Parker' - but then thought better of it...!)

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2012]


Chatelaillon Plage: Ligne La Rochelle - Rochefort. Chatelaillon Plage station looking north towards La Rochelle. 18 July 2012.

Etat/SNCF
Mark Poustie [18/07/2012]


Preston: A view that can not normally be obtained by us mere mortals. Taken from the former platform 2 at Preston (latterly the RES platform). On 18 July 2012 it was back in public use as the platform for the Preston to Ansdell & Fairhaven shuttles which are operating in connection with the 2012 Open championships at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf club.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2012]


Hest Bank: The Class 92 Test Train created a stir on the WCML during July 2012. It originally ran with four stored Class 92s but 92011 had returned to full service by the time this picture was taken on 18th July. 92019 approaches Hest Bank level crossing from the north with 92027 and 92025 dead in train and a rake of loaded ballast wagons. 92019 also returned to the main line the day after this run and the other two have since followed.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2012]


Lostock Hall: 48151 heads east past the site of Lostock Hall shed with 'The Fellsman' charter from Lancaster to Carlisle via the S&C during a dull morning on 18 July 2012.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/07/2012]


Dalkeith: Opened in 1832, the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's terminus alongside the A6094 Eskbank Road closed to passengers in 1942, with the short link back to the Waverley Route at Glenesk Junction closing completely in 1964. The site later became Dalkeith bus depot, although that too has now been demolished to make way for a Supermarket. View east towards the buffer stops on 18 July 2013 with Eskbank Road behind the fence on the right. [See image 33530] for the same view fifty years earlier.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2013]


Balshaw Lane Junction: Fresh ballast being laid on 18 July before being roughly levelled by the bulldozer. The bed is finally prepared for the new track panels using the bank of remote controlled vibration packing machines bottom right. Unfortunately one of the three was not behaving and is about to be removed for corrective treatment so that packing could continue.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2013]


Kings Gate Points: Work in progress on the road bridge over the Waverley route just south of the A6106 at Kings Gate on 18 July 2013 [see image 38706].

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2013]


Balshaw Lane Junction: The Balshaw Lane worksite on 18 July with a Kirow crane positioning another panel of track on the Down Slow. 66555 moves over the newly completed Down Fast and the gas axe team continues cutting rails on the Up line which will shortly be loaded into the empty wagons.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2013]


Eskbank and Dalkeith: Site of the 1847 station at Eskbank looking north on 18 July 2013. The last of the remains of the old station structures seem to have been demolished and cleared. The pedestrian ramp on the right, which formerly provided access to walkers and cyclists, is now closed off - with nature already starting to show signs of an early reclamation attempt.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/07/2013]


Fushiebridge: Looking north towards Gorebridge along the Waverley trackbed at Fushiebridge on 18 July 2013, with much preparatory work now completed. [See image 15386]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/07/2013]


Speyer: Speyer Pfalz in Germany. There is a Transport museum here that is well worth a visit.

Deutsche Bahn
Gordon Steel [18/07/2013]


Gorebridge: A hot and dusty scene at Gorebridge station site on 18 July looking north towards the bridge carrying Station Road.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/07/2013]


Newbattle Viaduct: New safety fencing being erected along the deck of Newbattle Viaduct on 18 July 2013.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/07/2013]


Philippsburg (Baden): Weed killing German style. A Unimog on weed killing duties waits at the passing station of Philippsburg (Baden) Germany.

Deutsche Bahn
Gordon Steel [18/07/2013]


Sheriffhall City Bypass Overbridge: Ongoing work in connection with the Borders Railway project taking place to the south of the Edinburgh City bypass. Scene on 18 July 2013 with road traffic passing in the background.

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
John Furnevel [18/07/2013]


Ness Viaduct: 66114 in DB Schenker red livery hauls the tanker train from Lairg across the Ness Viaduct on 18 July 2014. The train is destined for Mossend yard.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
John Gray [18/07/2014]


Ayr: The stock for the 11.36 all-stations to Glasgow stands in platform 2 at Ayr station on 18 July (journey time 60 minutes). Platform 1 will shortly be occupied by the 10.30 from Glasgow which will return as the 11.23 fast service (journey time 49 minutes).

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller [18/07/2014]


Northampton Bridge Street: In the circumstances, the stop board seems to be superfluous. Looking South over the canal bridge by the former triangular junction on the link from Bridge Street [see image 46439] to Northampton Castle station on 18 July. The buddleia, brambles, and nettles will have to go for this to become a footpath and cycleway. Oh yes... and the track.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [18/07/2014]


Shudehill: Saturday evening tram services crossing at Shudehill on 18 July 2015.

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Ken Strachan [18/07/2015]


Rochdale: Metrolink Tram 3036 gets ready to return to Manchester from Rochdale on 18th July 2015. This new tram terminus is approximately at right angles to the station.

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Ken Strachan [18/07/2015]


Stonehouse [Lanarkshire]: Not much remains of Stonehouse station after the route of the line was obliterated in 1993 during construction of the town bypass. This platform on the north side was provided when a new island platform was added on the opening of the Mid Lanark Lines in 1905. The platform was to be shortlived, closing with the re-signalling which ensued after closure of the Stonehouse to Canderside line in 1935.

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Ewan Crawford [18/07/2015]


Whiteinch Victoria Park: The use of closed railway lines for leisure activities is well established. The railway origins of the Victoria Park Nature Walk are clear to see in this shot of the approach to Whiteinch Victoria Park station which was the terminus of the branch from Jordanhill and closed in 1951. [See Image 9153]

Whiteinch Railway
Malcolm Chattwood [18/07/2015]


Turku: Class Dv 12 diesel hydraulic shunting at Turku, Finland, on 17 March 2015. A total of 192 of this class was built between 1963 and 1984 for mixed traffic use.

VR
Colin Miller [18/07/2015]


Manchester Victoria: A Saturday evening tram for Rochdale prepares to leave Manchester Victoria station on 18 July. A much tidier view than a few months ago [see image 49303].

Metrolink
Ken Strachan [18/07/2015]


Hunslet Jack Lane: At the site of the former Hunslet Locomotive works on Jack Lane in Leeds, Quarry Hunslet Irish Mail, works number 823 of 1903 stands alongside Trangkil No.4, works number 3902 of 1971. The two locos returned to the works site for the 150th anniversary celebration of the company. Trangkil No.4 was the last steam loco built by the original Hunslet company and the last industrial steam loco built in Britain.

Hunslet Engine Co.
John McIntyre [18/07/2015]


Manchester Victoria: Passengers boarding a 158 at Manchester Victoria on 18 July heading for Huddersfield. Love that new roof. [See image 49339]

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Ken Strachan [18/07/2015]


Scotstoun East: The cycle path is now well established on the trackbed of the line from Partick Central to Yoker, seen here on 18 July 2015 passing the remains of the island platform at Scotstoun East. [See Image 8607] for a similar view in 1988.

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Malcolm Chattwood [18/07/2015]


Bargeddie Bridge: The new Bargeddie Bridge finally in position on 18th July 2015. There remain 8 days of line closure during which the track and OHLE will be reinstated. The excavation of the new M8 carriageway below the bridge spans will take place later and will not affect the railway. [See image 46140]

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [18/07/2015]


Holgate Junction: 91103 leads a full Virgin liveried east coast service into York on its way from Kings Cross to Edinburgh on 18 July. The train is on the down fast line approaching Holgate Junction, seen from the Love Lane footbridge.

York and North Midland Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2015]


Hyndland: The new footbridge allows a good view of activities at Hyndland on 18 July 2015. 320315 is just arriving on a Larkhall service whilst 320303 and a 318 unit stand in the loop. An unidentified Class 320 departs on a service for Milngavie which started from Dalmarnock rather than Motherwell due to ongoing engineering works.

Stobcross Railway
Malcolm Chattwood [18/07/2015]


Gisburn: 46233 Duchess of Sutherland enters the short artificial tunnel at Gisburn with a Cumbrian Mountain Express excursion from Liverpool on 18th July 2015. Above the castellation the northern portal can also be seen and the park land that lies in between.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2015]


Middelburg: A double decked VIRM arrives in Walcheren, Zeeland in the south western Netherlands, from Rotterdam Centraal - next stop and terminus is the port of Vlissingen (Flushing).

Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Andrew Wilson [18/07/2015]


Holgate Junction: Nearing the end of a three hour journey that started at Blackpool North, a Northern service slows for York. 158757 is just about to pass under the distinctive bridge with Holgate Junction, for the station avoiding line, directly in front of the train.

York and North Midland Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2015]


Holgate Junction: Pioneer Voyager 220001, on a Newcastle to Guildford Cross Country service, leaves York passing Holgate Junction. The large running in board on the embankment is seen from the steps of the Love Lane footbridge, which also crosses the Holgate Sidings lines in the foreground.

York and North Midland Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2015]


Burnley Manchester Road: Northern 156491 calls at Burnley, Manchester Road, on 18 July 2015. The train is the 2236 Blackburn - Manchester Victoria, running via the recently relaid Todmorden curve.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Ken Strachan [18/07/2015]


Holgate Junction: A Cross Country Voyager, running from Penzance to Glasgow, passes a TPE 185, bound for Manchester Airport, just to the south of York station. On the right, a rake of Freightliner coal hoppers has been stabled in the Holgate sidings for the weekend.

York and North Midland Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2015]


Buckenham: On summer Saturdays in 2015, Norwich-Yarmouth services included this heavyweight formation of two Class 37s (37405 plus 37425) and three carriages shuttling backwards and forwards via Reedham. The ratio of genuine passengers to enthusiasts on these trains is an interesting topic for speculation. This photo shows the ensemble roaring back to Norwich through Buckenham station on July 18th.

Yarmouth and Norwich Railway
Mark Dufton [18/07/2015]


Manchester Victoria: The ends of the old roof panels at Manchester Victoria have been replaced with strings of lights, which has the odd effect of making the station look a bit like a theatre at night. As the approaching Metrolink staff might respond with Northern humour, 'it's always a song and dance round here'.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Ken Strachan [18/07/2015]


Leeds: The last steam engine built by the Hunslet Engine Company in 1971, Trangkil No.4 (works number 3902) is seen here during the Hunslet 150 celebrations on 18 July 2015 operating on temporary track at the site where it was constructed . The only original building remaining is to the right of the loco, the remainder of the site having been redeveloped by Schneider Electric.

Hunslet Engine Company
John McIntyre [18/07/2015]


Rotterdam Centraal: Rotterdam Centraal: The trainshed from the east end, 250 metres from end to end. Prior to redevelopment and eventual reopening in 2014, the platforms had individual canopies, although still entered from lower ground level. Now the overall roof extends across all platforms.

Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Andrew Wilson [18/07/2015]


Kelvindale: View over Kelvindale Station with a Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee approaching. The gasholder frames of Dawsholm Gasworks dominate the skyline.

Stobcross Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2016]


Renfrew Ferry: A view from the seating in the current Renfrew Ferry.

Clyde Navigation Trust
Rod Crawford [18/07/2016]


Inverkeithing East Junction: A4 60009 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with a support coach, heading from Thornton Yard to NRM Shildon on 18 July.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/07/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Electrification poles being delivered to Glasgow Queen Street.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2016]


Anniesland: Looking north at Anniesland as 334034/008 approach. At the rear of the train is the bay platform and Knightswood South Junction.

Stobcross Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2016]


Kelvindale: 170456 passes Kelvindale with an Edinburgh - Queen Street train.

Stobcross Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2016]


Springburn: View from the steps at Springburn. 334032 at platform 3 with the 13.52 to Dumbarton Central with 156434 on a Stirling - Queen Street service alongside.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
Bill Roberton [18/07/2016]


Frognerseteren: The mountain Oslo subway terminus at Frognerseteren.

Holmenkollen Line
John Yellowlees [18/07/2017]


Westbury: GBRf 66735 heading an empty ballast train through Westbury in the direction of Bath on 18th July 2017.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [18/07/2017]


Dombass: An interested passenger looks out at an Andalsnes train at Dombass.

Norwegian State Railways
John Yellowlees [18/07/2017]


Wemyss Bay: The 14.57 for Glasgow Central at Wemyss Bay on 18th July 2017. The train is unusually seen in Platform 1 which seems to be little-used. The doors on the luggage-platform side are disabled.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Colin Miller [18/07/2017]


Trondheim: DMU at Trondheim.

Norwegian State Railways
John Yellowlees [18/07/2017]


Westbury: A4 60009 Union of South Africa seen approaching Westbury with a Cathedrals Express for Warminster and Salisbury via the GWR Berks and Hants on 18th July 2017.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [18/07/2017]


Trondheim: How very civilised; an NSB Family car has a play area.

Norwegian State Railways
John Yellowlees [18/07/2017]


Westbury: West Coast Railway 47237 brings up the rear of a Cathedrals Express excursion as it passes through Westbury Station heading for Warminster and Salisbury on 18th July 2017.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [18/07/2017]


Leyland: WCRC 37516 and 37669 with the Dalesman approaching Leyland on 18 July 2017 on the Chester to Carlisle tour.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/07/2017]


Bridgnorth: Hawksworth Pannier Tank 1501 at the head of the 10.50 to Kidderminster. This small class of engines were designed as heavy shunters but their main use was taking long trains of empty stock between Paddington and Old Oak Common, hence the 81A shed plate. Note the outside valve gear - unusual for a GWR locomotive.

Severn Valley Railway
John Thorn [18/07/2017]


Seafield Level Crossing: Seafield Level Crossing looking west with the line returning to nature. The footbridge is now impassable. Off to the right were formerly the signal box and Lothian Lines, four lines passed under this bridge.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Yellowlees [18/07/2018]


Edinburgh Waverley: An ECS LNER Class 91 set heads east out of Waverley's Platform 9 on 18 July. Meanwhile the North Bridge is receiving a little attention.

North British Railway
David Panton [18/07/2018]


Woodacre Crossing: 2120hrs and there is just enough light at Woodacre to capture two electro diesels on a Sellafield to Crewe working on 18th July 2018. A single Class 88 can take the huge Tesco train unaided over Shap and Beattock so there will be a bit of power to spare from 88006 Juno and 88001 Revolution with only two four-wheel wagons in tow.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2018]


Inverkeithing: The morning Aberdeen to King's Cross service calls at Inverkeithing on 18 July. The Virgin branding is yet to be covered up by LNER's. Inverkeithing has recently had proper platform lighting restored to the Up Platform which has an overhang at the back, so can't support planted columns.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
David Panton [18/07/2018]


Inverkeithing: A service for Glenrothes via Kirkcaldy calls at Inverkeithing on 18 July 2018.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
David Panton [18/07/2018]


Bamber Bridge: Pacer 142034 stops at Bamber Bridge and the traffic is already flowing again on the A6 road. When the signal box is finally closed the operation of the crossing may not be so speedy. 18th July 2018.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2018]


Bamber Bridge: The number of traditional mechanical boxes still in use in Lancashire in 2018 is down to single figures. This is Bamber Bridge on the East Lancashire line on 18th July. The line itself came under the control of Preston PSB in 1972 but Bamber Bridge has continued to control the busy level crossing although it is now on borrowed time.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/07/2018]


North Queensferry: A Cowdenbeath to Waverley service calls at North Queensferry on 18 July 2018. Unusually this station never had a goods siding - there just wasn't room to fit one in between the Forth Bridge and the tunnel.

Forth Bridge Railway
David Panton [18/07/2018]


North Queensferry: A Fife circle service calls at North Queensferry on 18 July. This station and the two either side all have original buildings dating from the opening of the Forth Bridge in 1890. This is not bad going when original buildings are fairly uncommon.

Forth Bridge Railway
David Panton [18/07/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1861Formartine and Buchan RailwayOpened from Dyce (Great North of Scotland Railway) to Mintlaw.
1861Great North of Scotland RailwayDouble track from Kittybrewster to Dyce brought into use on opened of Formartine and Buchan Railway.
1872Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Hamilton West to Ross Junction (Ferniegair) authorised.
1872Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)Hamilton West to Ross Junction (Ferniegair) authorised.
1889Barry Dock and RailwaysOpens first dock of 73 acres.
1889Barry Dock and RailwaysTynycaeau Junction to Trehafod opened.
1923Swansea Harbour TrusteesVested in the Great Western Railway.
1966Deeside Railway
Deeside Extension Railway
Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Culter closed to freight.
1966Leven Railway East of Fife Railway2nd_>Leven 2nd to East of Fife Central Junction closed to freight.
1998Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)Holehouse Junction to Broomhill Opencast reinstated and re-opened to freight.
1998Ayr and Dalmellington RailwayHolehouse Junction to Broomhill Opencast (reinstated) re-opened.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Getting back on track [Scotsman]BUSINESS AGENDA ALISTAIR DARLING^S rail shake-up will hand more power to the Scottish Executive, but will it hasten improvements, asks Douglas Friedli.
2005Shunt leaves model rail club^s future on the line [Scotsman]A LONG-RUNNING model railway society is under threat after losing its home for the second time in two years.
2007Gas tanker crashes onto rail track [BBC News]A propane tanker crashes over a bridge and plunges 50ft on to a railway in a market town in County Durham.
2007Tiger forces train to stop [Scotsman]TRAIN operator GNER is reminding golf fans heading to the Open that its services are stopping at Carnoustie to cope with demand for the tournament.
2007Rail boss points to Far North investment [John O^Groat Journal]SIGNIFICANT investment is required on the Caithness to Inverness railway line to attract more passengers and shorten journey times, but improvements are being made to the service. That was the message delivered by Mary Dickson, managing director of First ScotRail, when she addressed the annual general meeting of Friends of the Far North Line in Thurso at the weekend.
2007Commonwealth makeover for stationOne of Scotland^s largest train stations has been transformed to support the country^s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Queen Street station in Glasgow has been decorated with sporting banners and liveries to back the bid.
2008Suspicious fire at railway yard [BBC News Article]A fire at an old building which led to 40 people being evacuated was started deliberately, say police.
2009Train hits man at level crossing [BBC News Article]A man is taken to hospital in Inverness after being hit by a train at a level crossing.
2010Hundreds of railway buffs enjoy Strathspey event [Press & Journal]HUNDREDS of train enthusiasts flocked to the Strathspey Railway Steam Fair at the weekend.
2010George Behrend - Railway Historian and Travel Writer [The Herald]George Behrend, who has died aged 88, was the doyen of British railway writers who played out much of his life against the backdrop of a friendship with 20th century cultural icons Benjamin Britten and Stanley Spencer.
2011Rail services resume as viaduct reopens [Network Rail]Arnside Viaduct reopened on schedule this morning (18 July) after a 16-week closure during which Network Rail completely rebuilt the deck of the 155 year old structure.
2011ScotRail insists there are big improvements down the line for Perth railway stationAlmost £4 million is to be spent modernising Perth railway station in the wake of criticism from some rail users and politicians.
2012Passengers escape uninjured in two separate landslide incidents on Scotland’s railways [Scotsman]NEARLY 70 passengers and crew escaped uninjured when their ScotRail train hit a landslide beside Loch Awe in Argyll on the Oban-Glasgow line at lunchtime today. • Oban-Glasgow train hits landslide by Loch Awe • Passengers returned to Oban • Train carriage derails in separate incident in Fife
2013Hitachi wins £1.2bn train carriage contract [BBC News]A £1.2bn deal to build new UK trains has been won by Hitachi Rail Europe. The firm will build 270 carriages at a new factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, which will start production in 2016. The carriages are part of the class 800 series and will go into operation on the East Coast Main Line from 2019.
2013Completion of work on first phase of North West electrification [Network Rail]Electric trains will be able to run between Manchester Airport and Scotland from December 2013, Network Rail said today, as it announced completion of the first phase of the £400m North West electrification programme. [From Mark Bartlett]
2014Hong Kong firm MTR wins £1.4bn Crossrail franchise [BBC News]The £1.4bn contract to run the new Crossrail franchise through London from 2018 has been awarded to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation, Transport for London (TfL) has announced. MTR was one of four companies short-listed to bid for the contract late last year. The other train companies bidding to run the franchise included National Express, Arriva and French transport firm Keolis, through the Go-Ahead Group. MTR is expected to employ 1,100 staff. The rail franchise will employ around 400 drivers and there will be more than 50 apprenticeships for people from communities along the route
2014Strathspey steam railway continues to make tracks to Grantown [Strathspey and Badenoch HeraldA section of Strathspey railway line which was axed as part of the notorious Beeching cuts has now re-opened to rail passengers for the first time in nearly 60 years. The line was officially closed on October 18, 1956, but a rail service has just restarted taking passengers from beyond the current terminus at Broomhill Station and on for a further three-quarters of a mile towards Grantown. The diesel engine stopped short of crossing the recently installed bridge spanning the River Dulnain on the first outing on Wednesday. A planning application for laying track across the bridge was recently called in by the Cairngorms National Park’s planning committee.
2015“Boris Bikes” scheme to be extended to West Lothian [Evening News]A PIONEERING “Boris Bikes” scheme introduced at a Capital station last month is set to be rolled out across West Lothian. Train chiefs said “Bike & Go” facilities will be put in place at ten stations by the end of March next year – with half of them in the Lothians.
2016RMT announces new strike dates in ScotRail dispute [BBC News]The RMT has announced two new days of strike action in an ongoing dispute with ScotRail over driver-only trains. The union said it had ^no option^ but to stage 24-hour strikes on Sunday 24 and 31 July after the failure of talks through the conciliation service Acas. The union opposes any extension of driver-only trains and wants guards to be in control of operating doors. ScotRail said 59% of customers already travel on a train where the doors are safely opened and closed by the driver.
2017Rail firms to be judged by ^to the minute^ train punctuality [Guardian]Rail companies are to start accounting for the punctuality of trains to the exact minute, as the industry commits to becoming more transparent about delays. Train operators have been criticised by passenger and consumer groups for not always counting the true level of delays, with official measures allowing a five- to 10-minute cushion for lateness. The new benchmark will also report how many trains arrive to the exact minute on every stop along their route, rather than just the final destination.
2018Kerse Road bridge reaches new heights [Network Rail]Network Rail engineers will reach a significant milestone in Stirling this weekend (21 July), when the first beams of the new Kerse Road bridge structure are lifted into place using a 750tn crane.
2019Mixed report for Network Rail Scotland in ORR’s annual assessment [ORR]In its final annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland for Control Period 5 (2014-19), published today, ORR highlights good progress in its delivery of enhancements and freight performance but continued..