Innellan Pier: TS Saint Columba at Innellan Pier in the summer of 1957. The vessel was withdrawn from service in September the following year.
Old Kilpatrick Slip: The north landing stage of the Erskine Ferry at Old Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, in August 1957. Beyond and to the left, just off Erskine Ferry Road, is the L&D station (closed 1964) and to the right a yard that became the last resting place for over 60 steam locomotives, courtesy Messrs Arnott Young see image []. The ferry service ended in 1971 with the opening of the Erskine Bridge.
Innellan Pier: TS Saint Columba at Innellan in August 1957.
Partick West: Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 no 57554 making a smoky departure from Partick West station on 2 August 1957 at the head of a Rutherglen - Balloch service. The train is about to pass Partick West Junction. In the background a westbound freight is held at signals on the approach line from Partick North Junction.
Gourock Pier: The [[PS Waverley [IV] ]] approaching Gourock in August 1957.
Partick North Junction: Fairburn 2-6-4T 42200 northbound at Partick North Junction on 2 August 1957 with a Rutherglen - Possil train. The train is about to enter the tunnel which will take it to Crow Road see image [].
Kittybrewster Junction: Western Region cross-country set W50626 on 0805 Aberdeen-Inverness at Kittybrewster in August 1958.
Greenock Ladyburn Shed: 47167 and 47168 at Ladyburn Shed in 1958.
Greenock Ladyburn Shed: Drummond Caledonian Pug 56035 photographed by Brian Hilton on shed at Ladyburn on 2nd August 1958.
Victoria Harbour: Tugs in their traditional stabling point in Victoria Harbour, Greenock, in the summer of 1959, with empty flat waggons in the siding alongside on the right. Centre stage is occupied by Clyde tugs Flying Meteor and Flying Typhoon.
Oswestry: View from a Llannfyllin branch train approaching Oswestry from the south in the summer of 1960.
Edinburgh Waverley: D9015 Tulyar stands at the east end of Waverley in August 1963 with a train for Kings Cross.
Achnasheen: Platform scene looking east at Achnasheen on 2 August 1966
Preston Maudlands Bridge: View from the cab of Black 5 No. 44874 as it makes its way back to Lostock Hall after the last steam trip up the Longridge branch to Ribbleton with coal traffic for the Courtaulds plant. The loco is crossing the old Lancaster canal bridge prior to rounding the curve by Maudlands Goods Depot to join the mainline just north of Preston station. For a modern day view of this location see image []. I had talked my way on board for this journey on the Friday prior to the last weekend of BR Steam.
Lostock Hall: A view of Lostock Hall at the end of steam working. All the steam locos visible are LMS 5MT 4-6-0s, those on the far right being on the scrap line. Two Class 25 Type 2 and a Brush Class 47 are also visible as is one of the four Yorkshire Engine Co 0-4-0DH Class 02 shunters (D2861/2/3/8) that replaced the Kitson LMS 0F 0-4-0STs see image [] on local shunting duties and worked from here until 1970.
Lostock Hall: 70013 Oliver Cromwell, the last surviving Britannia Pacific, is prepared on Lostock Hall shed on 2 August 1968 for one of the final 'End of Steam' specials as a Black 5 simmers on an adjacent road. Forty years later the loco is of course back on the main line once again.
Lostock Hall: A bit of enthusiastic bulling has given Black 5 4-6-0 44971 a shiny smokebox for its last duties. The loco also has a full tender as it makes its way through the sidings at Lostock Hall shed. In the background is the scrap line containing many of 44971's already withdrawn sister engines and alongside is one of the Type 2 Class 25 Bo-Bo diesels that took over many of Lostock Hall's steam duties.
Ribbleton (Red Scar): Scene at Ribbleton (Red Scar) on 2 August 1968 as 44874 arrives with the last steam working on the Longridge line, two days before BR steam finished. After this trip Class 25s and 40s handled the Courtaulds coal traffic until the plant closed. 44874 did have one more duty, hauling the SLS Farewell to Steam No.2 tour through Lancashire and Yorkshire with 45017 before being scrapped.
Whitehouse Junction: The second photo from my cab ride from Red Scar sidings at Ribbleton (on the Longridge branch) to Lostock Hall on Black 5 4-6-0 44874 see image []. This picture is on the now closed East Lancashire lines from Preston out to Todd Lane Junction where the train took the chord round to Lostock Hall. The Whitehouse Junctions formed a triangle between this line and the Southport line. That line had closed in 1964 and this followed in 1972 when East Lancashire line trains were diverted via Farington Curve Junction. Even though this is the last weekday of steam working another steam hauled coal train is approaching on the opposite line, possibly heading for Fleetwood Power Station. Penwortham Gas Works, then also rail served, can be seen on the skyline.
Lostock Hall: Nicely bulled up for its last weekend of steam duties is Stanier LMS 8F 2-8-0 48476, photographed at Lostock Hall shed on 2nd August 1968. Two days later it piloted BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 73069 from Manchester Victoria to Blackburn via Oldham, Rochdale, Bury Knowsley St and Bolton on the RCTS End of Steam Commemorative Rail Tour. Despite appearances the 8F then unfortunately had a one-way ticket to the breakers yard. See image []
Lostock Hall: A 'last weekend of steam' photograph showing the last Britannia 4-6-2, 70013 Oliver Cromwell ready to leave 10D Lostock Hall shed for specials duties. In the background are the platforms of the original Lostock Hall station, which closed the following year.
Spalding: Gas lamps at Spalding in the summer of 1973.
Cudworth: The late morning Cardiff to Newcastle express approaches Cudworth Station under caution in August 1975 behind Peak No. 46028. The lines to the right led to Stairfoot Junction, giving a connection between Wath Yard and the ex-MR main line. This has long since been expunged from the landscape, as indeed has the main line.
Oakenshaw North Junction: 47 047 powers under the bridge carrying the Heath Common to Snydale road over the former MR main line just north of Oakenshaw North Junction. The wide spacing of the up and down lines betrays the fact that four tracks once existed here, but at least in 1975 the line was still carrying class 1 trains - indeed NE to SW expresses not calling at Wakefield had only recently reverted to this route as it was by then no longer plagued by colliery subsidence as had been the case in earlier years. Forty years later, no railway exists here and I presume the trackbed is occupied by a birch forest. The train is the 09:16 Leeds - London St. Pancras and the date is 2 August 1975
Cudworth: Steam heat 'Peak' No. 45044 Royal Inniskilling Fusilier forges south past the site of Cudworth station in August 1975 with the through service from Glasgow Central to London St. Pancras. The train is the one-time 'Thames Clyde Express' although the name had ceased to be used the previous May.
Oakenshaw North Junction: When Healey Mills based EE Type 4 No. 40 048 passed me at 10:23 on the morning of Saturday 2 August 1975 near Oakenshaw North Junction with a rake of Mk 1 coaches in tow, I assumed that this was an excursion to the Yorkshire coast. However, after perusing the 1975 BR timetable recently in the NLS, I have now concluded that the train is actually the dated 09:42 SO Sheffield to Glasgow, the successor to the 06:40 SO Birmingham to Glasgow, a train of some renown in 1966/67 because of its 'Jubilee' haulage over the S&C. In 1975 the class 40 no doubt gave way to a Holbeck based class 45 at Leeds.
Cudworth: The summer Saturday 09.10 Tenby - York passes Cudworth Station signal box in August 1975 behind Brush Type 4 no 47087 Cyclops.
Cudworth: 47045 (D1626) speeds the 14:00 Newcastle - Bristol past the disused station at Cudworth on a warm but sultry August Saturday afternoon in 1975.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A class 47 with an arrival at Glasgow Queen Street in August 1981
Grosmont: Deltic 55002 The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry en route to Whitby with a Merrymaker excursion from Newcastle in August 1981. The Deltic is passing Hymek D7029 standing just south of Grosmont station as it brings the special off the Middlesbrough line at Grosmont Junction.
Battersby: 55002 The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry runs round a Newcastle - Whitby Merrymaker excursion at Battersby on 2 August 1981.
Oban: Tom Weir of Weirs Way with a camera crew at Oban Station in August 1984.
Inverness Goods: A pair of class 20s, with 20225 nearest the camera, photographed in livestock sidings in the goods yard at Inverness station on 2 August 1985.
Inverness Goods: 26028 stabled alongside Inverness MPD on 2 August 1985.
Merehead Quarry: The GM shunter Western Yeoman II stands at Merehead Quarry on 2 August 1987.
Merehead Quarry: A Yorkshire Engine Co Janus shunter at Merehead quarry on 2 August 1987.
Slateford: A cement train runs west through Slateford station on a bright summer afternoon in August 1994 hauled by BR Coal Sector liveried class 60 no 60074. The locomotive is carrying the name Braeriach.
Westbury: Scene at Westbury on 2 August 2002 with a shuttle service to Weymouth at platform 2. Fragonset Rail locomotive 31602 'Chimera' is seen here on the south end of the train, with 31459 'Cerberus' at the rear.
Bristol Temple Meads: DMU 143263 awaiting its departure time at Bristol Temple Meads station on 14 August 2002 with a mid morning service to Severn Beach.
Bristol Temple Meads: View across the platforms at Temple Meads in August 2002 with First Great Western Adelante 180102 on a Paddington service.
Bristol Temple Meads: Outside line. An empty First Great Western HST proceeds towards platform 15 on the eastern edge of Bristol Temple Meads station in the summer of 2002. The train will form the next service to London Paddington..
Bristol Temple Meads: Station Approach, Bristol Temple Meads, seen during the evening of 2 August 2002.
Westbury: EWS 60052 in the locomotive stabling area alongside Westbury yard in August 2002.
Westbury: EWS class 66 locomotives stabled at Westbury in August 2002. [Ref query 1662]
Bristol Temple Meads: A train of Royal Mail TPO vehicles lined up across the 'InterCity' bridge over the River Avon on the west side of Bristol Temple Meads station in August 2002. View from Bath Bridge roundabout.
Westbury: 31459 'Cerberus' on hire from Fragonset Rail waiting to leave Westbury on 2 August 2002 with a shuttle service to Weymouth. Sister locomotive 31602 'Chimaera' is on the other end of the train.
Bristol Temple Meads: A Virgin Voyager arrives at Bristol Temple Meads from the south west on 2 August 2002 forming a Paignton - Manchester Piccadilly CrossCountry service.
Westbury: Scene at Westbury on 2 August 2002, with a recently arrived local from Swindon at platform 1. [Ref query 1652]
Bristol Temple Meads: Classic two-tone green liveried Brush Type 4/Class 47 carrying the numbers D1648/47851 and the name Traction Magazine approaching Bristol Temple Meads from Plymouth in 2002 with a Virgin CrossCountry service.
Bristol Temple Meads: XP64-liveried D1733/47853 Rail Express takes a Virgin Cross Country service out of Bristol Temple Meads in the summer of 2002. See image [].
Bristol Temple Meads: Scene at Bristol Temple Meads on a sunny 2 August 2002. Pacer 143623, sporting 'Visit Bristol' promotional livery, leaves the station with a local service.
Colinton: The old goods platform at Colinton looking north east in August 2003. The station proper was located on the other side of the bridge carrying the B701 over the trackbed (and the Water of Leith). The line lost its passenger service in 1943, although freight traffic continued for more than 20 years serving the surviving paper mills see image []. [Ref query 2620]
Maryhill Central Junction: Looking south over the River Kelvin in August 2006 at the massive retaining walls and viaduct that once brought the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway across the river on the approach to Maryhill Central station.
Maryhill Central Junction: Looking west along the Kelvin in August 2006 at the adjacent Glasgow Central Railway (nearest) and Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway viaducts.
Maryhill Central Junction: Looking south over the former Glasgow Central Railway viaduct spanning the River Kelvin in August 2006.
Maryhill Central Junction: Looking from Maryhill across to Kelvinside through the barbed wire of the L&D viaduct across the River Kelvin in August 2006.
Sheepford Viaduct: Plate-girder viaduct crossing the Monkland Canal near Calder between Whifflet and Airdrie. The odd looking arrangement of the stone piers was to fit in with the canal alignment. Summer 2006.
Sheepford Viaduct: The mighty plate-girder viaduct that once carried the R&C extension over the Monkland Canal just to the east of Calder station between Whifflet and Airdrie. Photographed looking east in August 2006, the structure is now part of a walkway/cycleway.
Sheepford Viaduct: On the former Caledonian route between Whifflet and Airdrie, the line was carried on a long plate girder viaduct over the Monkland Canal. The last train to use the viaduct crossed in 1990 by which time the line had been cut back to British Steel's Imperial Works, approximately half a mile to the east. Today it is part of a walking and cycling route. Photographed approaching from the Whifflet direction in the summer of 2006.
Templehall LC: Templehall crossing keepers house to the north of main line, west of Longforgan.
Longforgan: View east from Templehall to Longforgan crossing and station house.
The western outskirts of Dundee are seen behind the subject.
Errol: Express for Perth rattles through the crossing at Errol
Levisham: BR Standard class 4MT no 80135 heads south with a train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Levisham and Pickering on 2 August 2007.
Ladysmith: A fifty wagon late afternoon freight headed by three Class E18's in Spoornet livery passing south through Ladysmith in August 2010. The leading locomotive is no 18 109. South Africa's railway network is mainly 3ft 6in gauge.
Whitby: High summer and typical tourist weather greets people to this popular resort as a class 156 stands at Whitby in August 2008
Euxton Junction: Lineside vegetation is taking a hold again after it was extensively cut back last year when a new fence was installed on the west side of the WCML at Euxton Junction. The peace of the countryside is shattered on a Sunday afternoon as a pair of Class 37 locos speed north to Carnforth with the ecs from the previous days Spitfire railtour. So loud are these veteran locos that they drowned out the heavy Sunday traffic on the M6, some 200 m behind the photographer. Now that was a result!
Spurn Point: Spurn Point, East Yorkshire, photographed in August 2009, showing some of the remains of the Spurn Head Railway. This military line, operational from 1915, was built in connection with the construction, supply and maintenance of wartime fortifications along the Spurn estuary.
Gregson Lane: A Blackpool North to York service is seen heading east in fading light from Gregson Lane UWG on its way towards Hoghton and Blackburn at 2050 hrs on 2 August 2009.
Estcourt: Class E18 locomotive no 18 320 in Transnet livery hauls two wagons of rails past the site where Winston Churchill was captured by Boer forces in 1899. The spot is approximately half way between Estcourt and Colenso in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. A close-up of the commemorative marker is shown below.
Hawkhead: The surviving south abutment of the former Paisley & Barrhead Railway bridge over the Paisley Canal line, taken through a fence alongside the latter in August 2010.
Estcourt: Class 35 diesel locomotives nos 648 and 209 await their next turn of duty in the busy yard at Estcourt in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.
Ladysmith: Station frontage at Ladysmith in the summer of 2010, complete with palm trees and evening sun. Ladysmith is an important junction, with connections to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. There has been a station here since 1886, although the present one was built later.
Paisley East: The 'squinty house' in Seedhill Road, to the west of Hawkhead station. The view shows its peculiarly-angled gable, which came about as a result of the now-removed embankment of the former Paisley & Barrhead Railway that ran along the line of the boundary wall. View south on 2 August 2010.
Tomatin: The Inverness - Oxwellmains cement empties heading south near Tomatin on 2 August behind Freightliner 66614.
Cambridge: Another evening view see image [] of the new island platform at Cambridge in August 2012, this time looking North. The new footbridge is clearly visible; that in the background crosses the entire station area, and was built some 15 years ago.
Peterborough: Sweating the assets: at 12 noon, 66740 was stabled outside the GBRf depot in New England yard. At 2.30, it was hauling empty bolster wagons past platform 5. At 4.30, it was stabled light engine outside the EMD depot in March (a stone building, probably the former goods shed). The blue fencing and excavators on the left are (hopefully) signs of a start on the new Western entrance to the station see image [], currently framed by a gantry crane.
Peterborough: A Grand Central HST looks distinctly pugnacious as it heads South through Peterborough non-stop in August 2012.
Bridgnorth: Ivatt 4MT 4-6-0 no 43106 at Bridgnorth on 2 August 2012.
Bridgnorth: Rebuilt Bulleid Pacific no 34053 Sir Keith Park is assisted by GWR 2-8-0 no 2857 on the Severn Valley Railway at Bridgnorth on 2 August 2012.
Cambridge: That wisp of steam you see is a dash of perspiration from the 20 or so passengers who ran down from platform 4 to platform 1 to be sure they caught the last train (the 21.00) to Birmingham. Had we missed this train, we could have gotten home about 02.05 - long after they lock the doors at Nuneaton! The Greater Anglia stock on the left is adjacent to the new island platform (7 this side, 8 the other side). See image []
Highley: 50135 Ark Royal arrives at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway on 2 August 2012 hauling a northbound train.
Peterborough: Well, that's the West side full. An East Coast train for Newcastle on platform 4, a Cross Country 170 leaving platform 5, a rusty through road, and containers for Felixstowe on the far right. A couple of spotters propping up the lamp post, and the sound of a steam whistle on the Nene Valley line in the background, completing the Tri-Power scene. All we need for 'Quad Power' is an LPG-fuelled people mover... see image [].
Bridgnorth: Bulleid Pacific no 34053 'Sir Keith Park' standing alongside the station at Bridgnorth on 2 August 2012.
Williams, Arizona: No 29 on display at the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona, in August 2013.
Swindon: Freightliner 66532 waits at signals on the up through road in Swindon station with an Intermodal service on 2 August 2013 as the 10.28 ex-Swansea starts out on the final leg of its journey to London Paddington.
Blackburn: Plaques adorning Blackburn station, August 2014.
Kirkcaldy: Power car 43251 brings up the rear of the 14.52 Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST as it enters Kirkcaldy on 2 August. The entire train carried the latest East Coast livery.
Gare du Nord: The approaches to Gare du Nord remind me of the throat at Paddington. see image []. A Metro train can be seen on the second bridge.
St Pancras: The St Pancras undercroft, as converted for use as a Eurostar waiting room. It probably doesn't smell quite as heady as it did when used for storing beer; but it also has around 100% less rats. The lady on the left doesn't seem to be impressed.
Paris Gare du Nord: Despite the tail lights showing, this Eurostar has just arrived at Gare du Nord from St Pancras on 2nd August 2014 The low platform height allows a dramatic perspective.
Leyland: Clocking up the miles, London Midland 350374 helping out during the Commonwealth Games, strengthening the 1S71 Manchester Airport to Glasgow TPE service with a 350/4 on the rear. The train rushes north through Leyland on 2 August 2014.
Sidmouth: The old booking office of the closed terminus at Sidmouth, still in commercial and residential use in 2015. The town centre and sea front are over a mile away from here and the station and its short branch line closed to passengers in 1967.
Glasgow Central: 314207 is 'off'; the 1653 hrs departure to Neilston is heading out of platform 7 'right time' on 02 August 2015.
Riverside Museum: HR 4-6-0 'Jones Goods' No.103 stuffed and mounted in the Glasgow Riverside Museum in August 2015, with G&SWR 0-6-0T No.9 looking down from the first floor.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Looking at the station throat of Glasgow Queen St High Level from the road bridge on Cathedral St on 02 August 2015.
Glasgow Central: Two generations of EMU at the buffers on platforms 6 and 7, Glasgow Central on 02 August 2015. The future destination for 380004 was not noted but 314207 was scheduled for the 1653 hrs to Neilston.
Exhibition Centre: 318258 arrives at Exhibition Centre with a westbound service on 02 August 2015.
Sidmouth: Station House at Sidmouth is still in excellent condition almost fifty years after the last train left. The island platform ran out from the back of the house and the booking office was at right angles to the house, parallel to the tracks See image []
Loanstone Sidings: The Peebles Railway crossed the B7026 Auchendinny â€“ Leadburn road at Loanstone, just under half a mile from Pomathorn station. On the east side of the crossing (behind camera) were two agricultural sidings. View is south west over the site of the level crossing towards Pomathorn on 2 August 2016, with a garage now occupying the trackbed. The fence on the right is supported by one of the original gateposts and beyond that is the former crossing box, standing in front of the refurbished gatekeeper's cottage. The Pentland Hills can just be seen in the centre background. The line closed completely in 1962.
Haymarket: Red Box Coffee - the new coffee on offer at Haymarket.
Edinburgh Princes Street: Caught in time: it's 1968 but Princes Street station (closed 1965) still has a presence, but demolition awaits. Once the goods shed was cleared away the West Approach Road opened on the trackbed as far as Ardmillan and still makes a useful urban fastway. Edinburgensians can amuse themselves by spotting bygones. Contributor's collection. Crown Copyright.
Invergarry: Progress at the Invergarry Station site. The foundations of the signal box are in place and part of the platform has been gravelled. A lamp post and station sign have been added.
Banavie Swing Bridge: Black 5 No.45407 is reflected in the Caledonian Canal as it crosses the swing bridge at Banavie at the start of the journey to Mallaig.
Helwith Bridge Quarry Siding: A load of stone from either Arcow or Dry Rigg quarries awaits onward transport North on the S&C. Grab shot from passing train - we'd been shopping in Settle. This rail loading facility opened in June this year.
Kilmarnock: 37421 working a track inspection train at Kilmarnock with 37219.
Dumfries: One of three lovely paintings by Jo McSkimming for the People's Project at Dumfries Station.
Dumfries: One of three superb paintings by Jo McSkimming for the People's Project at Dumfries Station.
Airdrie: ScotRail 320411 rests in bay platform 1 at Airdrie on 2 August 2017, after treating me to my first 'station skipping' experience. It left on time on its return journey, depositing several bemused 'scenic route' passengers at various stations on the way back west.
Borrodale Viaduct: The northbound afternoon Jacobite hauled by Black 5,No.45212,with the nameboard carried on its distinctive offset lamp iron,exits Borrodale Tunnel and is immediately onto the viaduct, followed by a climb of 1 in 60 towards Arisaig.
Borrodale Viaduct: The longest mass concrete span in the world when built,Borrodale Viaduct is now surrounded by trees and difficult to photograph. It spans the Borrodale Burn and is immediately north of Borrodale Tunnel.
Milton Level Crossing: This small signal box (with suitably economical signalman's transport) is east of Brampton station.
Glasgow Central: An enormous mobile Virgin Radio advert seen at Glasgow Central.
Boig Road Level Crossing: GB Railfreight 66 705 Golden Jubilee on Thursday 2nd August 2018 hauling 6E70 the penultimate coal train from the Greenburn opencast site near New Cumnock where it was scheduled to leave at 1325. The train is about 35 minutes late and is shown on the Greenburn branch at the level crossing on Boig Road near Connel Park, New Cumnock. The crossing gates are being operated by two people, one from Network Rail and the other from Kier, the opencast mining company. The train then headed for Kilmarnock for the run round at the Long Lyes before travelling south to Cottam Power Station.
Killin [2nd]: The station site at Killin is slowly changing. The council has now erected a large shed in their depot in the old goods yard and the trees alongside the old trackbed are gradually obscuring the mountain backdrop. This view towards Loch Tay on 2nd August 2018. See image [] from eight years earlier.
Locheilside: Black 5 45407, running as 45157 The Glasgow Highlander, hurries the morning Jacobite service through Locheilside on its way to the Glenfinnan water stop on 2nd August 2018.
Ratho: The low platforms of the former Ratho station on the E&G seen from above in a view which looks north towards the former Low Level station.
Cullybackey: Cullybackey level crossing and station entrance seen from Translink Northern Ireland Railways unit no. 3015 with a service from Londonderry to Great Victoria Street, Belfast, on 2nd August 2018. This station closed in 1976 and reopened in 1982.
Pitlochry: Pitlochry signal box is looking rather unkempt these days. Note the site of the lifted PW siding in the foreground - the beginning of preparatory works here. The station platforms are to be extended north and timber portions removed.
Belfast Great Victoria Street: Translink Northern Ireland Railways unit no. 3015 just arrived at Great Victoria Street station, Belfast after its journey from Londonderry, at lunchtime on 2nd August 2018.
Armadale Pier: The last few vehicles drive across the linkspan onto MV Lord of the Isles at Armadale on 2nd August 2018, prior to the 30 minute crossing from Skye to Mallaig.
Cullybackey: Cullybackey station, closed 1976, reopened 1982, seen from Translink Northern Ireland Railways diesel unit no. 3015 calling with a service from Londonderry to Great Victoria Street, Belfast on 2nd August 2018.
Fort William Pier: The liner 'Boudicca' made a fine sight moored off Fort William in Loch Linnhe. One of the vessel's tenders can be seen alongside the ship waiting to carry cruise passengers to the pier. For 2nd August 2018 this was a very grey and wet day.
Nether Lochaber Slip: Demonstrating the corner loading ramps, vehicles leave the MV Corran after crossing Loch Linnhe on 2nd August 2018. Note the leg to prevent tipping as heavy vehicles drive on or off - another is under the lowered ramp - and how the bridge of the new vessel is to one side to give a better view of operations rather than the central position of its predecessor. See image []
Euston: 1M16 Highland Sleeper, diverted via Bolton, Manchester and Stockport, arriving at Euston on 2nd August 2019 behind 90042. 86101 alongside is ready to shunt the stock.
Helpston: 91109 'Sir Bobby Robson' propels a LNER service towards King Cross at Helpston level crossing on 2nd August 2019. The level crossing carries a busy road over six tracks - four of the ECML and two of the Peterborough - Stamford - Leicester route and is the widest on the UK network.
Wickham Market Junction: Wickham Market Junction, just to the north of the station, was the point where the single track branch line to Framlingham left the Ipswich to Lowestoft East Suffolk Line. The branch closed to passengers in 1952 but freight continued for a further eleven years. The signal box stood just behind the Blackstock Crossing keeper's cottage. Further rationalisation later saw the main line singled between Woodbridge and Saxmundham. See query 2133
Helpston: 180109 passes Helpston signal box and crossing, just north of Peterborough, with a Kings Cross to Hull service on 2nd August 2019. In the foreground are the two tracks of the Stamford line, while beyond the short gap are four ECML tracks, making six in total between the barriers, which probably explains why the busy crossing, the widest on Network Rail, is still locally operated from the box.
Girvan (New): Tablet exchange at Girvan, from the incoming 11.59 for Kilmarnock to the 12.01 for Stranraer; on 2nd August 2019.
Pollokshaws West Goods: 57349 shunting the up yard at Pollokshaws on 10 August 1956.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1848||Scottish Midland Junction Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway||Scottish Midland Junction Railway line opened from Perth to 2nd_>Forfar 2nd . Forfar (Playfield) closed to passengers. The line incorporates the former Newtyle, Eassie and Glammis Railway and Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway.|
|1854||Aberdeen Railway||Extension of the line to the new Aberdeen Guild Street terminus from the temporary terminus Aberdeen Ferryhill, which closed.|
|1860||Ely Valley Railway||Broad gauge line opened from Llantrisant on the South Wales Railway. The line is worked by the Great Western Railway.|
|1875||Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)||First goods train.|
|1875||Wigtownshire Railway||Opened from Newton Stewart (Portpatrick Railway) to Wigtown. (Alternative date 03/05/1875.)|
|1880||Edward_Ellice_[Junior>Edward_Ellice_[Junior>Junior>Edward_Ellice_[Junior>Edward Ellice [Junior||Death of Junior_>Edward Ellice Junior . His nephew Edward Charles Ellice was his heir.|
|1886||Cathcart District Railway||Cathcart Junction to 1st_>Cathcart 1st opened for goods.|
|1886||The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)||Extension from CR_>Parkhead Junction CR to Blochairn Junction opened. Blackhill Junction to Germiston Junction Low (Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)) also opened.|
|1886||Bonnybridge Canal Branch (Caledonian Railway)||Opened from Bonnybridge Junction through Greenhill to passengers to CR_>Bonnybridge CR .|
|1897||Great North of Scotland Railway||Boddam Branch opened to passengers.|
|1897||Formartine and Buchan Railway||Ellon becomes a junction on the Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway) opened.|
|1897||Dalmarnock Branch (Caledonian Railway)||New Rutherglen_>Clyde Viaduct Rutherglen bridge opened to carry the old line. This allows the Glasgow Central Railway to use the Rutherglen_1st_>Clyde Viaduct Rutherglen 1st .|
|1962||Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)||Buchanan Street Goods closed.|
|1965||Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)||Crew Junction (excluded) to Pilton West Junction (for the Granton Gasworks) (excluded) closed.|
|2003||Swan Hunter Group Ltd||Largs Bay, the first ship to be built on the Tyne for a decade, was named.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2006||Trees to get bats in a flap [Scotsman]||NEW foraging trees will be planted for bats living close to the Edinburgh Airport rail link if plans get the go-ahead.|
|2006||Access all areas for disabled in Scotland [Scottish Executive]||Funding worth almost Ł4 million a year to improve disabled access in railway stations.|
|2006||Text tickets first for rail passengers [Scotsman]||RAIL passengers travelling overnight between Edinburgh and London can now receive their travel tickets as a text message.|
|2007||Revamped station tops train poll [BBC News]||A railway station in Manchester is voted the best in the country in a passenger poll of Great Britain^s 20 busiest stations.|
|2009||Britain^s need for speed [Observer article]||Our lack of high-speed railways is humiliating. In this key capability, Britain is a banana republic|
|2011||Scotrail fined nearly Ł500k after failing inspection in key areas [Daily Record]||SCOTRAIL has been fined almost half a million pounds after some facilities failed to meet inspectors^ standards. The operator was checked as part of Transport Scotland^s SQUIRE (Service Quality Incentive Regime) programme. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2012||Railway book shop at Minehead station raises Ł150,000 [BBC News]||A second-hand book store opened in 1998 to help raise cash for Minehead station on the West Somerset Railway has brought in Ł150,000. When volunteers set up stall on a barrow on the platform they hoped it would pay for tins of paint and brushes to help spruce up Minehead station.|
|2014||Amtrak train leaves Penn Station for Washington, D.C., without its passengers [Daily News]||An Amtrak train bound for Washington pulled away from Penn Station on Saturday without some pretty important cargo: its passengers. Scores of travelers were stranded after the Acela Express 2253 took off from one platform about 3 p.m. — while they were waiting at another and unaware the train was leaving them behind.|
|2015||Freight trains derail after Cumnock crash [BBC News]||Two freight trains collided during engineering work on the track near Cumnock in Ayrshire, Network Rail has said. No-one was injured in the incident which took place at about 11:20 on Saturday but a number of wagons derailed and the track was damaged.|
|2015||Borders rail line relaunch builds up head of steam [Scotland on Sunday]||A BUZZ far beyond the Borders is being created by the Âre-opening of Scotlandâ€™s most-missed rail line, with worldwide interest â€“ and even a university course being held about the route. With five weeks until passenger services resume between Edinburgh and Tweedbank after nearly 50 years, fans from 181 countries have visited the project website â€“ most from outside Scotland. [From David Spaven]|
|2016||ScotRail makes fresh offer to union ahead of planned strikes [BBC News]||ScotRail has made a new offer aimed at averting fresh strikes in a dispute over the increased use of trains with driver-operated doors. The offer guarantees that there will be a conductor on every new electrified train. It is understood to have been made as ScotRail managers met union officials for talks. The RMT said it would examine the offer, but that its programme of industrial action remained on. ScotRail said it had been ^encouraged^ by the latest talks. The dispute centres on proposals to operate more trains with the driver operating the doors rather than guards, with further strikes planned for later this month.|
|2016||Boy, 13, visits all 270 tube stations in one day in memory of brother [Guardian]||A 13-year-old boy has visited all 270 London Underground stations in one day in memory of his older brother. Alasdair Clift, from Wirral, Merseyside, took on the â€śtube challengeâ€ť to raise money for charity Bloodwise after his brother Adam, 17, died from lymphoma in March. He began his journey at Chesham station, at the end of the Metropolitan line in Buckinghamshire, at 5.15am on Monday, and finished at Heathrow Terminal 5 station in west London in the early hours of Tuesday morning, having navigated the entire underground network. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2016||Barrow upon Soar bridge collapse causes rail chaos [BBC News]||The sudden collapse of a bridge has caused major disruption to trains between the East Midlands and London. Trains between London and Nottingham, Derby and Leicester have been cancelled or delayed and replacement buses have been put in place. The collapse, at Barrow Upon Soar, near Loughborough, happened in the early hours. Network Rail has been working to clear the route but does not expect it to re-open quickly.|
|2018||Railway steam engine era remembered on 50th anniversary of demise [Mirror]||Mirrorman Paul Routledge recalls how the last of the locomotives that made the country a world-wide leader were unceremoniously dragged off to the breakers yard|
|2019||Emergency brake used to stop Sleeper train in Edinburgh [BBC News]||The Caledonian Sleeper train was stopped using an emergency brake after overshooting the platform at Edinburgh Waverley. The Northbound Lowlander service ended up several hundred yards to the east of the station after the incident on Thursday. Operator Serco confirmed the train^s manager deployed the emergency brake. An inspector from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch was sent to the scene to gather evidence. The train blocked a junction, halting trains to and from North Berwick, Dunbar, Tweedbank and London.|