Cairnbulg: A hold up near Cairnbulg on 3 August 1953, showing why locomotives on the St Combs branch were fitted with cowcatchers. The locomotive in this case is Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 46460 see image [].
St Combs: F4 2-4-2T no 67157 approaching St Combs station in the summer of 1954 with the branch train from Fraserburgh. 67157 was the last of the operational Stratford built ex-GER F4s, withdrawn from Kittybrewster shed in June 1956.
Banff: Ex-GNSR 4-4-0 62265 climbs away from Banff with a two-coach train in the summer of 1956.
Cowlairs Incline: The 10.21 am West Highland train climbing Cowlairs Bank shortly after leaving Queen Street on 3 August 1957. Black 5 44908 is piloting K2 61785.
Cowlairs Incline: B1 61197 with the Queen of Scots pullman climbing Cowlairs bank in the summer of 1957.
Hawick [2nd]: Ex-NBR Scott class 4-4-0 no 62425 Ellangowan, photographed in the shed yard at Hawick in August 1958. The 44 year old locomotive was finally withdrawn by BR at the end of that month.
Hawick [2nd]: NBR 'Scott' class 4-4-0 no 62428 'The Talisman' stands in the shed yard at Hawick alongside the signal box in August 1958.
Newton-on-Ayr: Fairburn tank 42195 arrives at Newton-on-Ayr station on 3 August 1958 with a train for Glasgow.
Drybridge: Hurlford shed's Standard Mogul 77016 passing through Drybridge station on 3 August 1958 with a Sunday Ayr to Kilmarnock train. [Ref query 13886]
Hawick Shed: Class J35 0-6-0 no 64463 in the shed yard at Hawick on 3 August 1959.
Carlisle: One of Kingmoor shed's Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0s no 43103 idles alongside platform 1 at Carlisle in the summer of 1963. Affectionately referred to as 'Flying Pigs' by some enthusiasts, an example of the class is now preserved on the Severn Valley Railway see image [].
Carlisle: Neville Hill based A1 Pacific 60146 Peregrine ready to restart the 6.35 am Birmingham New Street - Glasgow St Enoch from Carlisle on Saturday 3 August 1963.
Carlisle: Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 no 43000 arrives at Carlisle on Saturday 3 August 1963 with the 6.32pm train from Langholm.
Carlisle: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46166 London Rifle Brigade backs onto a northbound train at Carlisle in the summer of 1963.
Carlisle: BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73075 runs into the north end of Carlisle on 3 August 1963 with the summer Saturday 1.57pm Gourock - Birmingham New Street. The Polmadie locomotive will hand over to a Holbeck Jubilee for the next leg of the journey south as far as Leeds see image [].
Carlisle: Neville Hill A1 60134 Foxhunter comes off the Settle and Carlisle line on 3 August 1963 with the summer Saturday 6.29am Birmingham New Street - Gourock. The Pacific had brought the train north from Leeds City.
Carlisle: A murky summer Saturday morning at Carlisle on 3 August 1963, as Bank Hall based Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45717 Dauntless takes on water alongside platform 1. The train is the 9.15am Liverpool Exchange - Glasgow Central. 45717 was withdrawn from Bank Hall less than three months after this picture was taken.
Carlisle: Rebuilt Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45735 Comet leaves Carlisle on 3 August 1963 with the 1X77 relief Perth - Euston. The locomotive was one of two examples of the class to undergo such rebuilds see image [].
Carlisle: A1 60134 Foxhunter stands in the west sidings at Carlisle on 3 August 1963 after bringing in the summer Saturday 6.29am Birmingham New Street - Gourock over the Settle & Carlisle route.
Carlisle: Smartly turned out Holbeck Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45562 Alberta waiting to take over the Carlisle - Leeds leg of the Summer Saturday 1.57pm Gourock - Birmingham New Street on 3 August 1963.
Carlisle: Stanier Pacific 46236 City of Bradford stands at Carlisle on 3 August 1963 after taking charge of the 1000 Euston - Perth.
Carlisle: The 9.20am Manchester Victoria - Glasgow Central about to run into Carlisle on 3 August 1963. The train was routed via Hellifield and Kilmarnock and the locomotive on this occasion is rebuilt Patriot 4-6-0 no 45531 Sir Frederick Harrison.
Carlisle: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45639 Raleigh alongside Carlisle platform 4 on 3 August 1963 awaiting the clear for a run back to Upperby shed. The locomotive had worked in earlier on a service from the south.
Carlisle: An otherwise quiet period at Carlisle station in August 1963 sees Upperby shed's Ivatt 2-6-0 no 46455 shunting a pair of TPO vans on the centre road.
Cumbernauld: The 10am Dundee - Glasgow train photographed near Cumbernauld on 3 August 1965 behind Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73151.
Cumbernauld: Class J-37 number 64571 hurries south from Cumbernauld with the breakdown train in August 1965.
Cumbernauld: A4 60024 Kingfisher photographed near Cumbernauld on 3 August 1965 with the 5.30pm Glasgow Buchanan Street - Aberdeen express.
Cumbernauld: Black 5 no 45359 with a Dunblane - Buchanan Street train at Cumbernauld in August 1965.
Cumbernauld: One of Grangemouth's Standard class 4 2-6-0s no 76113 runs south through Cumbernauld station on 3 August 1965 at the head of a mixed freight.
Greenfaulds: The 2pm Dundee - Glasgow Buchanan Street about to run over Lenziemill level crossing on 3 August 1965. Locomotive in charge is Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73057.
Greenfaulds: 45236 at Lenziemill level crossing on 3 August 1965 with the 1pm Glasgow - Stirling.
Cumbernauld: Ex-WD Austerity 2-8-0 No 90547 brings an up freight through Cumbernauld station in August 1965.
Cumbernauld: Black 5 no 44698 arrives at Cumbernauld station in August 1965 with a train for Glasgow.
Greenfaulds: Ex-WD Austerity No 90199 of 65F Grangemouth shed working hard on the gradient over Lenziemill level crossing approaching Cumbernauld with a freight in August 1965. [The train is about to pass through the location of the present day Greenfaulds station.]
Greenfaulds: Dunfermline based class J37 0-6-0 no 64571 with empty mineral wagons near Greenfaulds heading towards Cumbernauld on 3 August 1965.
Cumbernauld: Stirling based Black 5 no 45214 approaching Cumbernauld with a train on 3 August 1965.
Cumbernauld: Keep well back from the platform edge... as A4 Pacific 60024, Kingfisher, rapidly approaches Cumbernauld with the 07.10 three hour express from Aberdeen in August 1965.
Alves Junction: 25234 coming off the former Hopeman branch with a freight from Burghead stands at Alves Junction awaiting clearance onto the Aberdeen - Inverness line on 3 August 1979.
Alves Junction: Scene at Alves Junction, photographed from the A96 road bridge on 3 August 1979. 25234 is held with a freight off the Hopeman branch as a passing Inverness - Aberdeen DMU runs through the junction.
Alves Junction: 25234 approaching the junction of the Hopeman branch with the Inverness - Aberdeen line at Alves on 3 August 1979 with a Burghead - Dufftown working.
Rayne: This is a freight wagon label found in the debris of then (August 1980) disused and vandalized Rayne station in Essex. It refers to a consignment of seed potatoes transported from Leysmill (for Friockheim) on the former Arbroath to Forfar line to a farmer in Rayne. Despatched on 22 November 1961, the sacks of potatoes travelled via Berwick and Whitemoor before arriving at Rayne at 10 a.m. a mere 3 days later. Rayne was closed to goods on December 7th 1964 (regular passenger traffic had ceased in 1952).
Rayne: The former station at Rayne on the Bishop's Stortford to Braintree line had reached a low point by 1980, as shown here. Neglected and ransacked, its windows smashed, the empty premises did not appear to have much of a future. The pleasant surprise awaiting the visitor today is the building's reincarnation as a rest point and tea room for cyclists traveling along the Flitch Way. The boys in the scene have a metal detector and are unlikely to have unearthed much more than a rail chair screw.
Stirling: Class 47 hauled Aberdeen - Glasgow train leaving Stirling in August 1981.
Stirling: A pair of type 2s southbound into the sun through Stirling with the 10.18 Perth - Motherwell in August 1981. The train carried through vans destined for Manchester.
Eggesford: A class 50 with a 3-coach train stops at Eggesford, on the Barnstaple line during a DMU shortage in August 1990.
Levisham: A2 Pacific no 60532 Blue Peter arriving with a southbound train at Levisham on 3 August 2002.
Fort William: K1 No. 62005 gets ready to leave Fort William 03/08/06. This train was well patronised.
Glenfinnan: K1 No.62005 brings The Jacobite into Glenfinnan. 03/08/06.
Glenfinnan: K1 No.62005 working hard between Glenfinnan and Lochailort. 03/08/06.
Grantown-on-Spey East: Grantown East viewed from the station approach. Fresh gravel has been laid and the area cleaned up. The building is in good condition but the roof is in a poor state of repair. 03/08/06.
Cromdale: Cromdale station nameboard. This station has been well restored by its owner and is one of the highlights of the Speyside Way. A five star attraction. You must seek the owners permission before looking round. 03/08/06.
Cromdale: Cromdale Station on the former Elgin-Aviemore line in August 2006. This is now a private dwelling and has been largely restored by the owner. You must seek his permission before looking round.
Gretna Junction: Looking north from the A6071 road bridge at Gretna on 3 August 2007, with the modern day overhead mish-mash of steel and spaghetti doing its best to prevent a half decent photograph see image []. The train is the morning Basford Hall - Coatbridge containers with the usual pair of Freightliner class 86 locomotives in charge. The train is about to cross the border over the River Sark and take the Beattock route north at the junction.
Gretna Green: A Carlisle - Glasgow Central service makes a stop at Gretna Green on 3 August 2007, shortly after joining the single line section to Annan.
Gretna Junction: A mid morning Glasgow Central - Carlisle via Dumfries service comes off the G&SW route at Gretna Junction and crosses onto the up WCML on 3 August 2007. Unit 156403 is in Central Trains livery.
Abington: A northbound Voyager approaching Abington on 3 August 2007, with traffic on the M74 motorway in the background.
Eastriggs: Annan - Gretna redoubling. A southbound coal train approaching Dornock on 3 August about to cross the recently replaced junction for the line into Eastriggs munitions sidings.
Gretna Junction: Royal Mail 325002 southbound through Gretna Junction in August 2007. The train is about to pass the old Gretna station building standing on the left.
Gretna [CR]: A container train runs south towards Carlisle on 3 August 2007, having just passed through Gretna Junction. Beyond the wooden fence on the left is the overgrown trackbed of the original NB line that turned east at this point to join up with the Waverley route at Longtown (closed in 1970 beyond Smalmstown) see image []. The VGA vans in the left background are standing on the embankment that carries the 1963 link from Mossband Junction, which currently serves MoD Longtown munitions depot.
Preston: DRS class 47 no 47501 creates a bit of a stir at Preston
Glasgow Central: It's a long walk to the concourse from platform 11a at Glasgow Central, where passengers are seen disembarking from a class 334 EMU on 3 August 2007. Plans are currently in hand to realign and extend this short platform back into the station, following which it will handle trains operating on the planned Glasgow Airport Rail Link. Work on the required structural alterations is due to commence by mid 2009.
Gretna [CR]: The former Gretna station...and the spot where, one fateful May morning in 1915, signalman James Tinsley boarded the local to ride up to Quintinshill to start his shift.
Gretna Junction: Crossing the border. Most of the 0730 London Euston - Glasgow Central is now in Scotland, with the rear of the train still to complete the crossing of the Sark at Gretna. View north towards Gretna Junction in August 2007, with the GSWR route just visible centre left turning off westward towards Gretna Green.
Gretna Junction: DRS 66404 takes containers south through Gretna Junction on 3 August 2007.
Eastriggs: A southbound coal train runs south through Dornock on 3 August past the junction for the munitions sidings at Eastriggs with engineering work in progress in connection with the redoubling of the Gretna - Annan section.
Gretna [CR]: With heavy traffic on the M6 in the background, EWS 66076 approaches Gretna Junction from the south in August 2007 with coal empties. The train will take the G&SW route at the junction.
Gretna Green: Carlisle - Glasgow service (in Central Trains livery) being waved through the widening works north of Gretna Green station on 3 August 2007.
Thrapston Midland Road: A bit of a fuzzy shot from a cheap digital camera, but there's nothing left now (notice the signs of arson on the roof, and the tacky modern extension). The LNW station is also demolished.
Thrapston Midland Road: The steel fence tells you that the business which used this site (clearly visible from the A14) has closed down. The damaged roof tells you someone set fire to the shed. This will soon, sadly, be a housing estate.
Lostock Hall: A York - Blackpool service passes the site of the former Lostock Hall station on 3 August 2011. In the wasteland to the left stood Lostock Hall shed. Some clues still remain from the concrete between each road and even the odd bit of rail in the long grass. The photograph was taken from Watkin Lane looking west, with the present day Lostock Hall station behind the camera.
Mauchline: Nowadays it's not possible to get to the railway side at Mauchline due to obstructions caused by fencing and vegetation. The station house see image [] still stands but is now buried amongst the trees. The old goods shed, the north end of which appears in the same shot, is seen here on 3 August 2011 from the south. The north end now has a two-storey extension forming office premises. The trees beyond conceal the house.
Westbury: 08737 is the yard shunter at Westbury on 3 August 2011.
Lockerbie: Forecourt of the 1847 station at Lockerbie, photographed on 3 August 2011.
Hoghton: The return Fellsman railtour climbing Hoghton bank as it runs between the drop off points at Blackburn and Bamber Bridge on 3 August 2011. After the problem last week with 'Scots Guardsman' on this tour, Black 5 no 44932 appears to have put in a faultless performance.
Manchester Piccadilly: High above Fairfield Street, Platform 14 at Manchester Piccadilly sees TPE 185112 call with the 0900 Manchester Airport - Glasgow Central. The lengthy, elevated island platforms 13/14 handle all through trains at Piccadilly and are very busy throughout the day.
Port Carlisle: Platform remains at Port Carlisle station (closed to passengers in June 1932), photographed on 3 August 2011. See image []
Westbury: Freightliner 66601 The Hope Valley photographed at Westbury station in August 2011.
Cranmore: East Somerset Railway 0-6-0ST Moorbarrow departing Cranmore with the westbound 1400hrs train on 3 August 2011.
Cranmore: Ex-GWR 0-6-2T no 5637 being steamed for its annual boiler examination in the locomotive shed at Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway on 3 August 2011.
Lockerbie: Elevated view south towards Gretna from the 2008 footbridge at Lockerbie on 3 August 2011. Centre right is the south end of the infilled bay once occupied by the platforms of the Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway, with its own entrance and overall roof. The line lost its passenger service in 1952 and closed completely in 1966. The roof was removed and the bay infilled in the 1970s see image [].
Westbury: Freightliner 66606 with a PW train passing through Westbury station on 3 August heading towards London.
Ardwick: A Rose Hill bound service, formed by Pacer 142005, hurries through Ardwick in East Manchester, as do most trains on this busy line. In the 2011 timetable four Manchester bound trains are scheduled to call here in a morning and two Marple line services in the evening (Mon to Fri only). The station was recently proposed for closure but reprieved as it is in a development area and more traffic is possible in the future.
Lockerbie: Platform view south at Lockerbie on 3 August, with the towers of the station footbridge and associated lifts, installed in 2008, now competing with the Gothic spire of St Cuthberts Church on Bridge Street, built 136 years earlier.
Waverley Viaduct: The grade 2 listed Waverley Viaduct that carried the Border Union Railway over the River Eden at Carlisle (also referred to as Eden Viaduct, Canal Viaduct and Waverley Bridge amongst others) photographed on 3 August 2011.
Lostock Hall: LMS Black 5 no 44932 heads east from Preston on the approach to Lostock Hall with The Fellsman tour to Carlisle on 3 August 2011.
Ardwick: Looking across to the LNWR lines from Ardwick's deserted platforms, situated on the old Great Central route. Northern EMU 323237 is approaching Ardwick junction (where the two companies met) on a suburban service for Manchester Piccadilly.
Ardwick: If you search hard enough around the back streets of East Manchester you may eventually find the entrance to Ardwick station. A main road runs close by but there are no signs to this ghost station and having arrived at this unpretentious entrance there is a long walk and three flights of stairs to reach the island platform. At present it clings to life in the hope that development nearby will bring new traffic - if the potential passengers can find it!
Ardwick: Framed by the footbridge that provides the sole access to Ardwick's island platform, 323229 passes over Ardwick Junction on its way to Stockport. The junction was where the GCR met the LNWR outside Manchester (London Rd) station. The right hand of the two lines in the foreground leads into Ardwick depot, opened in 2006 to maintain the TPE Class 185 fleet.
Princes Street [Tram]: View along the curve of the tram route from St Andrew Square to Princes Street on 3 August, with signs of the 2012 Festival starting to appear.
Haymarket [Tram]: View east along newly laid tram tracks from Haymarket towards Princes Street on 3 August 2012.
Haymarket [Tram]: Looking west over newly laid tram tracks towards Haymarket station on 3 August 2012.
Stoke Newington: Stoke Newington station, serving the north London suburb where I was born, looking towards Liverpool Street, on 3rd August 2013. This station was opened by the GER in 1872 as the temporary terminus of the line from Bethnal Green until extended to Lower Edmonton later the same year and where a connection was made with the ex-Eastern Counties Railway branch of 1849 from Angel Road on the Lea Valley Line to Enfield Town. The Stoke Newington route and the Chingford line, plus a reopened Southbury Loop to Cheshunt and on to Bishop's Stortford were belatedly electrified in November 1960. For several years fast Bishop's Stortford commuter trains passed through here non-stop apart from calling at Lower Edmonton (now Edmonton Green) and Seven Sisters from 1968 when it became an interchange with the LU Victoria Line but on electrification of the Lea Valley Line in May 1969, they were switched to that route. From 31st May 2015, the Enfield Town, Chingford and Southbury Loops were transferred to Transport for London as part of London Overground with trains calling at all stations.
See query 2289
Aviemore: On 3 August 2013 The Strathspey Railway celebrated 150 years since the opening of the line between Aviemore and Forres. The headboard was fitted to a special train at Aviemore marking the event.
Halbeath: 47832 Galloway Princess brings up the rear of the London Kings Cross - Leuchars Northern Belle, as it draws away from Halbeath level crossing on 3 August following a brief lay-over in Townhill Down Loop. DRS 47813 Solent was at the head of the train.
Grantown Museum: Some of the guests involved in the Strathspey Railway celebrations on 3 August 2013 see image [] posing for photographs outside Grantown Museum in Victorian costume prior to the official opening. An exhibition about the railway is currently running here.
Halbeath: DRS 47813 Solent draws away from Halbeath level crossing on 3 August with the Kings Cross - Leuchars Northern Belle. 47832 Galloway Princess is on the rear of the train. See image []
Broomhill: The Strathspey special approaching Broomhill on 3 August 2013 conveying guests involved in the Highland Railway 150 year celebrations. Vintage buses then carried all to the site of Grantown-on-Spey West Station where a parade took place, ending at Grantown museum. See image []
Eskbank and Dalkeith: The old Eskbank station looking north east from the A6094 road bridge on 3 August 2014. See image []
King^s Gate Junction: Progress on the Borders Railway just to the south of the Edinburgh city bypass on 3 August 2014.
Gare d^Orsay: Looking down into the bookshop at this splendid former terminus station see image [] in 2014. The station was only ever served by electric trains; so it would be easier to keep clean than a station filled with steam and smoke - if not quite as atmospheric.
Gare d^Orsay: This splendid view of the former Gare d'Orsay roof can be seen from the fifth floor restaurant. Somehow, one expects a resident named Quasimodo. Photographed in August 2014.
Shawfair: View from the flyover at Shawfair station on 3 August 2014, looking north towards Newcraighall.
Gare d^Orsay: Zooming in see image [] on the most magnificient station clock I have ever seen.
Shawfair: Progress at Shawfair on Sunday 3 August 2014. View is south towards Sheriffhall. The road entrance and station car park are off to the left. Newton village stands in the right background.
Shawfair: Demolition of the old A6106 road embankment between Shawfair and Sheriffhall well underway on 3 August 2014. View south from the new bridge that will carry the realigned road over the Borders Railway. The rail route under the City Bypass can be seen in the background, just to the left of the truck, which is about to negotiate the Sheriffhall roundabout. See image []
Dunaskin Shed: Inside the shed at the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group 40th Anniversary Open Day on 3 August. Seen here is the Ardrossan Shell Refinery Fireless locomotive No. 8 (Barclay 1952/1928) undergoing restoration. This was the last steam locomotive working commercially in Scotland. The Refinery closed in 1986. See image []
Dalgety Bay: DRS 57304 leads the Northern Belle towards Dalgety Bay on 3 August while working Aberdeen - Fife Circle - Aberdeen. 47790 is on the rear of the train.
Scottish Industrial Railway Centre: Rust in peace. Lineup at Dunaskin on 3 August 2014.
Le Pont Reynes, France: A double deck steel bridge still spans Le Tech river at Le Pont Reynes, on the abandoned section, beyond Ceret, of the branch line from Elnes to Arles-sur-Tech. The upper rail deck extensions have been cut back to the bridge parapets, and the lower deck is now part of a long distance cycle track that uses long sections of the trackbed.
Ramsbottom: The display panel in Ramsbottom signal box in August 2016. In addition to the detail of the station area it shows the whole line from Bury to Rawtenstall and track circuits indicate the position of the trains. Photo taken with kind permission of the ELR during a supervised visit.
Ramsbottom: BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80080 approaches Ramsbottom with a train from Rawtenstall to Heywood on 3rd August 2016. The fireman is holding the single line token outside the cab, ready to be collected by the Ramsbottom signal man
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View over the rebuilt station throat at Glasgow Queen Street High level during signal comissioning work on 3rd August 2016, 4 days before the station is due to reopen after the track replacement in the tunnel. Much of the EGIP electrification work has now been done in the station. Access to Cathedral Street bridge north side by permission.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 66559 idles at platform 6 during signal commissioning at Queen Street High level on 3rd August 2016, 4 days before the station is due to reopen.
Shepshed: Well, we're six miles from somewhere - probably Loughborough Derby Road see image []. This location is about a mile from the former Shepshed station (right); the trackbed footpath runs out to the left, at a location identified by the Ordnance Survey as Ringing Hill. The name rings a bell.
Rawtenstall: Although the Pressed Steel Class 117 suburban DMUs did not operate in the North West the ELR set looks quite at home in Rawtenstall prior to working to Heywood on 3rd August 2016. Rawtenstall was a through station but the new terminus building sits across the trackbed of the line to Bacup, closed in 1966.
Barrow on Soar: Quite a contrast between the arch over the down lines (left) and that over the up lines (right). The bridge carries Grove Lane over the railway, and provides the only access to the station. The brick wall on the South side collapsed on Monday night, 1st August 2016.
Barrow on Soar: EMT were as good as their word, and restored a 'near normal' service from Leicester to Loughborough and beyond some 36 hours after the South side of this road over rail bridge collapsed on 01/08/2016. However, this St.Pancras to Sheffield service was travelling at around 15mph at the danger point. Picture taken at 16.13.
Ramsbottom: Signalman Peter Bendall winds the wheel in Ramsbottom signal box to close the level crossing gates to road traffic on 3rd August 2016. Peter believes these are the only wheel operated gates on a UK heritage railway so they are a cherished asset, if a little heavy to work. The large windows give excellent views of the railway and also the road on both sides of the crossing. Image taken with kind permission of the East Lancashire Railway during a supervised visit.
Loughborough: Something I honestly never thought I would see in my lifetime - work starting on restoration of the bridge carrying the GCR over the MR at Loughborough. This is the North side of the MR.
Wemyss Bay: Still only Platform 2 in operation - No. 1 has scaffold part way along it over the track. This is the 13.57 ex Central arriving.
Loughborough Central: -and this is what it looks like in daytime see image []
Glasgow Central: Wullie the Cowboy at Glasgow Central.
Borrodale Tunnel: Black 5 No.44871 powers up the gradient from Beasdale to Borrodale Tunnel with the afternoon steam service for Mallaig.
Polnish No 106 Tunnel: Black 5 No.45407 running through Polnish cutting with the return working of * The Jacobite * to Fort William.
Loughborough Derby Road: I recently combined a business trip with visits to all three former stations in Loughborough. Should you wish to visit Derby Road station, I suggest some haste, as the only remaining building is the goods shed, and it doesn't look good. The tenants have gone out of business and felt is peeling off the wooden roof. Location is in Station Avenue, off Station Road. See image [] for a happier relic of the same line. [Ref query 44067]
Didcot Parkway: 66508 with a short ballast train bound for Hinksey yard, Oxford.
Didcot Parkway: 165 111 arriving from Oxford, leading a six car DMU set.
Didcot Parkway: 180-103 taking the fast line to Oxford and beyond.
Shawfair: The ScotRail 0828 ex-Tweedbank pulls away from the Shawfair stop and heads for Newcraighall on 3 August 2017. It will soon pass the Biogen food waste recycling plant over on the left beyond the bridge, built on the north west corner of the old Millerhill marshalling yard. Meantime, taking shape on the right of the picture, is the new Edinburgh and Midlothian Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre, under construction on another part of the former yard further to the south. This will replace the current refuse handling depot at Powderhall. Good to see what's left of the old yard isn't going to waste!
Didcot Parkway: Work on Didcot's Platform 1; building up the platform to accommodate the new electric trains.
Darlington North Road: It may be a railway museum, but from this angle, it has a management training centre look about it.
Wingate: Looking North at Wingate, some nice new gates on the West side of the main road set off the pub see image [] nicely. The signal looks to be at right angles to where it should be, but that's a nitpick really.
Wingate: On the East side of the main road through the village of Wingate, Co Durham, the gate posts from railway days are now joined by a nice new gate. There used to be fake rail grooves across the road, but they have been tarmacked over. See also image [].
Blairhill: 320315 approaching Blaihill station with a Balloch to Airdrie train on 3rd August 2017.
Blairhill: 320411 approaching Blairhill station with a Airdrie to Balloch service on 3rd August 2017.
Kelvindale: Kelvindale station, a sanctuary for butterflies and moths ...
Rosehall Junction: 320 417 with the 1158 Whifflet to Dalmuir shortly after Whifflet North Jct. The location has changed quite considerably see image [] and it was difficult to get a picture as the bridge is now covered in small mesh fencing.
Shotts: Temporarily functioning as a modernist art installation set in the platform 1 garden, this OHLE mast base gives evidence of progress of the engineering work on the Shotts line.
Lugton High: View towards Glasgow at Lugton East. Recent(ish) demolition of the sheds here see image [] has revealed the platform edging - between the platforms is filled with concrete. Platforms can be, just no more, traced in the rough ground beyond. That's one of the platforms in the right foreground, the Kilwinning bound platform. The northbound platform is to the left.
Shotts: With the temporary services and footbridge now removed and the new Station Road bridge open to pedestrians, approach road resurfacing work is in progress a few days before the bridge is due to be opened to traffic.
Ardeer Junction: View south of the Ardeer Branch from the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway bridge over it. On the right a curve from Ardeer Junction connected the L&A to the branch. Behind the camera the line formerly met today's Ardrossan branch. Ahead was where the G&SWR and L&AR lines met.
Hutton Henry Colliery: The Castle Eden Trail is based on the NER line from Stockton to Sunderland. It peters out just South of the nicely named Station Town, but we bumped into two vivacious young ladies with a detailed knowledge of local railway geography - this doesn't happen very often. They directed us along this tarmac footpath, which petered out just beyond the line of trees; where by another fortunate coincidence, we found the East-West trackbed of the NER Ferryhill to Hartlepool line. Wingate station was about a mile to the left of the trees. View looks North. [This on approximately the alignment of the Hutton Henry Colliery line -Ed]
Shotts: A Glasgow - Edinburgh service departs from platform 2 passing under the new Station Road overbridge which is due to open to traffic in a few days time.
Glasgow Central: A forewarning of closures for HS2 preparations seen at Glasgow Central.
Wemyss Bay: A 380 arrives at Wemyss Bay. MV Bute is at the pier.
Dumbarton East: A Class 320 EMU approaches Dumbarton East along the north bank of the Clyde, as seen from the ramparts of Dumbarton Castle on 3rd August 2017.
North Berwick: After lengthening of the platform at North Berwick the station is now able to accommodate a 6 car train, much needed during the rush hour. This appearance of 380013 and 380021 forming the 1728 North Berwick-Edinburgh really is one of 2017's greatest innovations on ScotRail.
Mearns Street Junction: Reverting to nature - overgrown and with a waterfall - the entry to the Ann Street tunnel for Greenock Princes Pier at Mearns Street Junction. View looks west.
NRM Shildon: What do you mean, you've never seen a freight locomotive on the London tube? This was Southern Railway no. 75S, and was used to shunt coal wagons from the 1890's to the 1960's, according to display material at Shildon.
Dumbarton East: Seen across the Dumbarton rooftops, from the ramparts of the Castle, a Class 320 EMU pauses at the East station on its way to Balloch. 3rd August 2017.
Peterborough: This goods crane in the old Permanent Way yard to the West of the station looks a bit lost these days. Hopefully it will be re-used somewhere else.
Nuneaton: Who needs trains to look at, with natural beauty like this? The sun sets on Nuneaton (Trent Valley) station on 3rd August, 2018.
Lostock Hall: To commemorate 50 years to the night that scheduled steam passenger services ended on British Railways, a group of former railwaymen from a number of north-west steam sheds gathered to remember the last days of steam and their colleagues who are no longer around. The event was organised by former Lostock Hall (10D) men and hence the totem in front of the group.
Peterborough: One sunny day, 66777 'Annette', 66778 'Darius Cheskin', and 66745 'Modern Railways (etc.)' got a bit bored with New England yard, and decided to go to Whitemoor together. They are seen passing through Platform 6 at Peterborough on 3rd August 2018.
Nuneaton: I think I will start an album called 'Unexpected class 37s'. 37611 Pegasus took me by surprise at Nuneaton platform 5 on Friday 3rd August 2018. You see nice things when you can escape from the office!
Peterborough: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a half decent camera should be recording the timeless good looks of HSTs at speed, before they are all scrapped. With apologies to Jane Austen, 43295 heads North on the down fast at Peterborough at 16.50 on Friday 3rd August 2018.
Lenzie: An Alloa service calls at the home of Fags Mags and Bags (look it up) on 3 August 2019. Meanwhile PPE seems a little excessive for filling a ticket machine (which is what he was doing) but at least he wasn't wearing a hard hat.
Mount Florida: A Glasgow service pulls into Mount Florida on a fine Saturday 3 August 2019. The white building on the platform is a toilet which you have to ask staff if you want to use, though there is no key. Do they vet you? Ask how desperate you are?
Barrhead: Barrhead: a station with buildings on both sides, a bay platform and a signal box; quite a survivor. A Kilmarnock service calls on 3 August 2019.
Neilston: A Glasgow service pulls back into Neilston station from the turnback siding on 3 August 2019, with the siding's signal reflected in the windows. Both platforms can be occupied simultaneously, but as there is no crossover Platform 2 is for arrivals only; all returning trains have to use the turnback.
Cathcart North Junction: An inbound service approaches Mount Florida on 3 August 2019. Meanwhile the road is set for a Neilston train on the toy signal.
Svensta: Heading west towards a worksite somewhere in Western JÃ¤mtland is an engineering train. A NOHAB TMZ diesel electric loco of the former Three T company sold to Railcare in 2008 and since 2016 called Railcare T passes with a train of empty flat wagons .
Glasgow Central: Part of a display of images showing the history of Glasgow Central, photographed at the station on 3rd August 2019. Old stoats like me may remember the manual departures board with 13 windows, one for each platform, which survived until 1985. This picture though must be from 1942 at the latest as Overtown is shown on the Lanark board the woman is holding. She is wearing heels: to help when putting up the train times? The two nearest windows show Cathcart Circle workings, the stops unchanged today.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: On 3rd August 2019 a HST for Aberdeen pulls out of Glasgow Queen Street with a hint of the smoke this class used to produce. HSTs served Queen Street for a while in the 1980s but as I remember it was only once a day when a Kings Cross service was extended from Edinburgh.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1846||Newport Abergavenny and Hereford Railway||Incorporated. Tramroads the Llanvihangel Railway, Grosmont Railway and Hereford Railway purchased.|
|1846||Vale of Neath Railway||Act passed for broad gauge line from Neath to Aberdare and a branch to Merthyr.|
|1854||Aberdeen Railway Deeside Railway||The Deeside Railway is granted running powers over the Aberdeen Railway between the Aberdeen (Guild Street) terminus and Ferryhill Junction. The payment required was established in 1855.|
|1854||Londonderry Railway||Line opened throughout. From Ryhope to Hendon Dock the line ran parallel to the Durham and Sunderland Railway.|
|1863||Inverness and Perth Junction Railway||2nd_>Forres 2nd to Aviemore opened. Stations opened at 2nd_>Forres 2nd , Rafford, Dunphail, HR_>Grantown HR , Broomhill, Boat of Garten and Aviemore.|
|1868||Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)||New line from Newtyle Junction to new platforms at Alyth Junction and line passing north of Alyth Junction to meet the Alyth Railway opened (the Forfarshire Works).|
|1869||Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)||Yatton to Cheddar opened.|
|1894||West Highland Railway||Opened from Craigendoran Junction to 1st_>Fort William 1st .|
|1894||West Highland Railway||Inspection by Board of Trade.|
|1896||Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)||Line partly opened.|
|1914||Start of First World War||Britain declares war|
|1914||Callander and Oban Railway||Maid of Morven observation car introduced.|
|1919||Formartine and Buchan Railway||Esslemont loop opened.|
|1959||Glasgow Central Railway||Stobcross and Anderston Cross stations closed.|
|1959||Inverness and Perth Junction Railway||Guay closed.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2005||Altered trams plan gets NHS back on board [Scotsman]||HEALTH bosses have withdrawn their objection to plans for an Edinburgh tram line which would run over their land.|
|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||Lib Dem air tax to boost railways [BBC News]||The Lib Dems want to put an extra £10 tax per ticket on internal flights to help fund railway improvements.|
|2007||Fatal rail collision clues sought [BBC News]||Investigations continue into what caused a collision between a train and tractor which killed an elderly farmer.|
|2007||Arrest over Euston stabbing death [BBC News]||A man is held in connection with a fatal stabbing near a central London railway station during the evening rush-hour.|
|2007||Railway station shut amid alert [BBC News]||Birmingham International railway station is evacuated after a "suspicious item" is found, police say.|
|2007||Fans to face trains booze ban [Scotsman]||FOOTBALL fans are facing alcohol bans on rail trips to away matches as police step up the fight against hooligans.|
|2007||Calls to remove lorries from A9 [BBC News]||Transporting freight by rail would improve safety on one of Scotland^s most dangerous roads, an MSP says.|
|2009||^Harry Potter^ thief is jailed [Lancaster Guardian]||A Lancaster man has been jailed for a year after carrying out thefts at the home of Harry Potter^s Hogwarts Express. Neal Currie, together with three accomplices from Lancashire and Manchester, targeted the Steamtown depot, near Carnforth, where the locomotive used in the Harry Potter films is housed. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||All aboard! Ike back on track at railroad museum [USA Today]||ASHWAUBENON, Wis. The Dwight D. Eisenhower is ready for its second tour of duty at the National Railroad Museum. The restored British steam engine named for the American war hero and former president is being rededicated this weekend as part of an updated World War II exhibit at the Ashwaubenon museum. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2015||Carlisle Railway Station to get New Roof [News and Star]||Owner Network Rail is looking at a replacement for the roof â which has been the subject of safety concerns â at the Victorian building. The company has proposed that work should start later in the year. A spokesman for Network Rail said: âOwing to the age of the roof at Carlisle station, we have carried out a full assessment and minor repairs before a proposed replacement to start later this year. âThis work is part of our ongoing commitment to maintain and invest in the railway and we are carrying out further work to confirm exact costs and timescales.â|
|2015||Two weeks to repair line after engineering train derailment [BBC News]||Rail travel between Glasgow and Dumfries could be disrupted for two weeks after a crash between two trains during engineering work at the weekend. The track was damaged at Logan, just east of Cumnock in Ayrshire, when the trains carrying ballast collided and wagons were derailed on Saturday. Scotrail said a replacement bus service would be running between Dumfries and Kilmarnock. Network Rail said it could take 10 days to move the derailed wagons. It will also take about three days to repair the damaged track after the wagons are removed.|
|2015||First Great Western rail staff to hold series of strikes [BBC News]||First Great Western rail workers are to stage strikes, including over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union has said. The RMT said the strike was being held over threats to jobs, services and safety from the introduction of the new Hitachi Intercity trains. The union said it had not received the assurances it required from FGW. The first Hitachi trains will run on the Great Western main line from 2017 and the East Coast main line from 2018.|
|2015||Queen to open Borders to Edinburgh railway [BBC News]||The Queen is to officially open the new rail line between the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh next month. She will carry out the ceremony on 9 September where she will be joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on a steam journey along the route. The first passenger services are due to run along the line a few days earlier. Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown said it was a ^great honour^ that the Queen would lead the opening celebrations.|
|2016||ScotRail RMT strikes called off for talks [BBC News]||Strikes planned by ScotRail workers are off for the time being to allow further talks with union bosses. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are fighting plans to have drivers instead of guards operate the doors on some services. The union insist the dispute is about ^ensuring that Scotland^s trains run safely^. But ScotRail said the RMT had been running a campaign of ^disinformation that doesn^t bear any scrutiny^.|
|2016||Great Western Railway orders more Hitachi trainsets [Railway Gazette]||UK: Franchised passenger operator Great Western Railway and leasing company Eversholt Rail confirmed an order for an additional seven electro-diesel trainsets from Hitachi Rail Europe on August 3. The new trainsets will be built at Hitachi Rail Italy^s Pistoia plant. They are in addition to the 57 trainsets which Hitachi is providing for GWR from 2017 under the government^s Intercity Express Programme, and GWR^s separately-financed order for a further 29 trainsets to enter service in 2018. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2017||Old loco back on track at NYMR [The Press]||RAILWAY locomotive Repton is making a return on the heritage North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the summer run. The SR No. 926 Repton has undergone an extensive overhaul. She has been running in her British Railways colours and numbering as 30926 but will return to traffic in Southern Railways olive green livery under her old number 926. Designed by Richard Maunsell for Southern Railway in 1930, the V Class, better known as the Schools Class as all locomotives were named after English public schools. These engines were intended to meet a need for an intermediate passenger locomotive for routes which needed power, but couldn^t handle large express engines.|
|2018||NR offers its final Class 31s for sale [Rail]||The last two Network Rail-owned Class 31s are for sale. The locomotives are stored at Derby Railway Technical Centre. 31105 was withdrawn from main line duties in October 2014, but was used as a yard shunter and has had various exams, while 31233 was withdrawn in April 2017.|