Plates, signs, notices etc: A North British Railway Head Office Circular dated 4 August 1894 regarding the opening of the West Highland line.
Kirkton: An up goods from Fraserburgh photographed passing Kirkton on 4 August 1953 behind 62469 Glen Douglas. The 4-4-0 had been reallocated from Eastfield to Kittybrewster some 4 months earlier. On the right the St Combs branch is starting to turn away towards the coast.
Fraserburgh: Class D40 4-4-0 no 62276 Andrew Bain stands alongside Fraserburgh box in August 1953.
Mormond: A freight climbing Mormond Hill, Aberdeenshire, on a summer evening in August 1953. The train is hauled by D40 4-4-0 no 62276 Andrew Bain.
Kirkton: Standard class 4 tank 80020 pilots LMS 2P 40622 past Kirkton on 4 August 1954 with a lengthy fish train southbound from Fraserburgh. Running in parallel on this side of the fence is the St Combs branch.
Kirkton: Shortly after leaving Fraserburgh in the summer of 1954, F4 2-4-2T no 67157 begins to turn east away from the Aberdeen route at Kirkton with a train for St Combs.
Fraserburgh: Ex-NB 4-4-0 No 62493 Glen Loy about to cross Kessock Road with the goods on 4 August 1954.
Rutherglen: A busy scene looking north over Rutherglen station on 4 August 1955. A Maryhill - Hamilton train is about to restart, hauled by Hamilton West's Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42167.
Priesthill and Darnley: A St Enoch - Barrhead train photographed near Darnley on 4 August 1955 behind ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57560. [Ref query 1021]
Fraserburgh Shed: Kittybrewster shed's palindromic Standard Class 4 tank no 80108 on the turntable at Fraserburgh in the summer of 1956.
Mauchline: 45693 approaching Mauchline Jct with a Glasgow St Enoch to Carlisle local train. The lines from Ayr are in foreground. August 1960.
Ballochmyle Viaduct: Caley Jumbo 57359 crossing Ballochmyle Viaduct on 4 August 1951 with a relief mineral train from Barony Pit.
Mauchline: 'Jumbo' 57359 approaching Mauchline on 4 August 1961 with a trainload of empties for Barony Pit.
Ballochmyle Viaduct: View of Ballochmyle Viaduct from the south west in the summer of 1961. See image []
Mauchline: Horwich Mogul no 42835 accelerates south through Mauchline station on an overcast 4 August 1961 after bringing a freight off the Ayr branch.
Mauchline: General view of Mauchline station looking south in the summer of 1961.
Mauchline: BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73061 passes through Mauchline with a down freight on 4 August 1961.
Carlisle: Jubilee no 45713 Renown about to take a train south out of Carlisle on Saturday 4 August 1962. The train is the 7.43am Paisley Gilmour Street - Blackpool Central.
Carstairs Shed: Station pilot 55189 shunting at Carstairs on 4 August 1962. The locomotive is now preserved by the SRPS at Boness. See image []
Carlisle: A summer Saturday through service, photographed alongside platform 4 at Carlisle on 4 August 1962. The train is the 11.50am Glasgow Central - Manchester / Morecambe. Locomotive in charge is Polmadie Royal Scot no 46121 Highland Light Infantry, City of Glasgow Regiment.
Carstairs: 45559 from Blackpool passes station pilot 55189 (now preserved by SRPS).
Carlisle: An EE Type 4 prepares to take out the 9.20am Crewe - Aberdeeen from Carlisle on 4 August 1962. Standing alongside is Stanier Pacific 46208 Princess Helena Victoria, which had brought in the train from the south see image []. Ivatt class 4 no 43027 is on the right of the picture.
Carlisle: Stanier Princess Pacific no 46208 Princess Helena Victoria runs past a pair of admirers and into Carlisle platform 1 on 4 August 1962 with the 9.20am Crewe - Aberdeen train.
Carlisle: Fowler 0-6-0 no 44399 shunting a sleeping car at the south end of Carlisle station in the summer of 1962.
Bridgeton: One Glasgow 'Coronation' tram glimpsed from another on 4th August 1962, a month before the system was finally closed down. By this time only route 9 remained operational, between Dalmuir and Auchenshuggle, basically running on an east/west axis through the city centre. The scene is on London Road, between Bridgeton Cross and Fielden Street, in an area that has changed beyond all recognition since the photograph was taken.
Auchenshuggle [Tram]: A Glasgow tram at the Auchenshuggle terminus on 4th August 1962, exactly one month before the last trams ran on this last city tramway in Great Britain (prior to the construction of new systems in the 1990s). The tram is Mark 1 Coronation 1148, one of the original batch from December 1937, withdrawn on 1 September 1962. (It had to be rebodied in May 1951 after the fire at Newlands Depot.)
Carlisle: The 10.50am Glasgow Central - Liverpool Exchange heads south from Carlisle on 4 August 1962 behind Royal Scot 46132 The King's Regiment Liverpool.
Carlisle: Holbeck Black 5 no 44852 reverses into Carlisle station on arrival from Upperby shed on 4 August 1962. The locomotive was rostered to take out the 2.37pm train to Bradford.
Carstairs: A down train runs non-stop through Carstairs station on 4 August 1962. Carnforth based Jubilee 45633 Aden is in charge of a summer Saturday service returning north from Blackpool.
Carlisle: Royal Scot no 46121 Highland Light Infantry, City of Glasgow Regiment, with a summer Saturday through service, south of Carlisle on 4 August 1962. The train is the 11.50am from Glasgow Central to Manchester and Morecambe.
Carlisle: Rebuilt 'Patriot' 4-6-0 no 45532 Illustrious, photographed at Carlisle on 4 August 1962. The train about to be taken south out of platform 4 is the 7.37am 1M31 Aberdeen - Manchester.
Carlisle: Rebuilt Patriot 45532 Illustrious takes the 7.37am Aberdeen - Manchester out of Carlisle on 4 August 1962.
Carlisle: Stanier Pacific 46208 Princess Helena Victoria brings the 9.20am Crewe - Aberdeen into Carlisle on 4 August 1962. The train is passing the former Maryport & Carlisle Railway's Bog goods depot (1852) see image [].
Carlisle Canal Shed: One of Carlisle Canal's allocation of J36 0-6-0s, no 65237, stands in the sidings alongside the shed on 4 August 1962, approximately 3 months before withdrawal.
Carlisle: Scene on platform 1 at Carlisle on 4 August 1962, as Stanier Princess Pacific no 46208 Princess Helena Victoria comes off the recently arrived 9.20am Crewe - Aberdeen. Standing in the west sidings is Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 no 43027.
Carlisle: Royal Scot no 46132 The King's Regiment Liverpool stands at Carlisle in August 1962 with the 10.50am Glasgow Central - Liverpool Exchange.
Larkfield Junction: 45155 passing Larkfield Junction on Edinburgh (Princes Street) - Glasgow (Central) train.
Pollokshaws Viaduct: Clan Pacific no 72005 Clan MacGregor crossing the Cart at Pollokshaws on 4 August 1964. The train is the 5.20pm St Enoch - Carlisle.
Manchester Victoria: Cross platform view at Manchester Victoria on 4 August 1968 with Britannia Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell + Black 5 no 44781 present in connection with the LCGB 'Farewell to Steam' rail tour [aka the 'Last Day of Steam Rail Tour']. See image []
Blackburn: Taking on water at Blackburn on 4 August 1968 is BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73069. The locomotive had recently arrived from Manchester Victoria see image [] with the RCTS 'End of Steam Commemorative Railtour' piloted by 8F no 48476. The 8F was about to be replaced by Black 5 no 45407 for the journey to Lostock Hall via Hellifield, Skipton and Burnley. The special would return to Euston later that day from Stockport behind E3183.
Blackburn: BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73069 at Blackburn Station on 4 August 1968 with the RCTS End of Steam Commemorative Rail Tour. The train is about to be joined by Black 5 45407 prior to the special continuing to Hellifield. See image []
Prestwick Oil Siding [1st]: Claytons D8584 and D8582 (64B) unloading fuel at Prestwick Airport on the Glenburn branch on 4th August 1967.
Blackburn: Black 5 no 45407 (left) and 8F no 48476 at Blackburn Station on 4 August 1968 in connection with the RCTS End of Steam Commemorative Rail Tour. (The train itself is standing off picture to the left.) 48476 has just come off the train, having piloted 73069 from Manchester Victoria, while 45407 is about to take its place in front of 73069. The pair will then take the special forward to Hellifield and Skipton, returning via Burnley to Lostock Hall.
Blackburn: Stanier 8F no 48476 at Blackburn Station on 4 August 1968 after arriving on the RCTS End of Steam Commemorative Rail Tour piloting 73069 from Manchester Victoria. See image []
Oldham Mumps: The RCTS 'End of Steam Commemorative Railtour' of 4 August 1968 just north of Oldham Mumps station. Locomotives 48476+73069 handled this section of the tour between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn. The building on the left is facing onto Walshaw place just to the north of the station alongside what is now a much changed scene see image [].
Blackburn: Crowds with cameras fill the platforms at Blackburn Station on 4 August 1968 to witness the RCTS End of Steam Commemorative Rail Tour. 73069 (left) is about to be joined by 45407 (centre) to take the special forward to Hellifield. 48476 (right) has just come off the train, having piloted 73069 from Manchester Victoria.
Manchester Victoria: 48476+73069 at Manchester Victoria on 4 August 1968, ready to play their part in the RCTS 'End of Steam Commemorative Railtour' due in from London Euston.
Skipton: 45407+73069 at Skipton on 4 August 1968 with the RCTS End of Steam Commemorative Rail Tour. The locomotives are in the process of running round prior to taking the train on the next leg of the tour to Lostock Hall via Colne.
Manchester Victoria: Britannia Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell + Black 5 no 44781 at Manchester Victoria station on 4 August 1968. The pair double-headed the LCGB 'Farewell to Steam' rail tour [referred to as the 'Last Day of Steam Rail Tour' on the tickets] from Manchester as far as Blackburn. On reaching Blackburn 70013 was replaced by Stanier 8F no 48773 for the next leg to Carnforth, with the Britannia then running light engine to Lostock Hall where it later took over the RCTS ''End of Steam Commemorative Rail Tour'' being run on the same day see image [].
Geilston Level Crossing: The SRPS special 'The West Highland Express' from Falkirk to Mallaig on 04 August 1973 at Geilston level crossing west of Cardross. The coach next to the engine is the preserved CR brake composite.
Beccles: Beccles South signal box recorded from the front of an Ipswich-bound DMU on 4th August 1979. The box was abolished in February 1986 when Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) signalling was introduced to the East Suffolk line. Beccles North box had closed at the start of the 1970s.
Hythe: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway 4-8-2 No 5 Hercules with a train at Hythe in August 1990.
New Romney: Scene at New Romney on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway on 4 August 1990 with No 1 Green Goddess and No 5 Hercules in the station.
Hythe: 4-8-2 locomotive Hercules being turned on the RHDR at Hythe in August 1990... Built by Paxman's of Colchester I believe. Some A3 similarities perhaps..??
Bradford Interchange: DMUs 155347 & 158810 stand alongside 47640 with mail vans at Bradford Interchange station on 4 August 1992. A release road from the nearest platform runs alongside the fence to the front of the parked cars.
Broughty Ferry: Platform view east over the level crossing at Broughty Ferry station in August 1996, showing the unique signal box and integral footbridge. Note the doorway at the base of the box which originally gave access from the footbridge directly onto the platform. See image []
Broughty Ferry: A southbound train entering Broughty Ferry station over the level crossing in 1996.
Middlesbrough: Transrail liveried 60058 John Howard takes the station avoiding line at Middlesbrough on a hot August day in 1997 as it heads east with a train of empty steel flats.
Greenhead: Greenhead, very much living up to its name, on a very wet day in 1997. The view looks to Carlisle with the former station's building in the background right. Beyond that is the coal yard. [Ref query 26 November 2018]
York Layerthorpe: 03079 on the Derwent Valley Light Railway on 4th August 2002. This engine's main claim to fame lies with the fact that it was pressed into service one winter's day to haul an express from Scarborough to York. See image []
Leadhills: A PW train alongside the platform at Leadhills in August 2006.
Elvan Water Viaduct: Looking south over the Elvan Water to the Lowther Hills in August 2006 along the trackbed of the Leadhills and Wanlockhead branch.
Leadhills: The signal box at Leadhills station in August 2006. The box was constructed using materials from the now demolished Rispin Cleugh viaduct see image [].
Elvan Water Viaduct: The old bridge at Elvanfoot on the route up to Leadhills and Wanlockhead in 2006.
Greenock: Looking west at the location of the Inchgreen trackbed. Nearby is the junction where goods trains to the Greenock Container Terminal left the Wemyss Bay line.
Greenock: Looking east, the Inchgreen Branch ran along the line of the road as far as the trees in the background then on to Inchgreen.
Cartsdyke: 318262 about to pass through Cartsdyke with a fast train bound for Gourock.
Craigendoran: View west along the disused platform at Craigendoran on 4 August as a Helensburgh Central service commences the final leg of its journey.
Girvan: 156467 stands with the 1440 to Glasgow Central at Girvan on 4 August.
Blackford: A train for Glasgow passing through the old station at Blackford, the station building can be seen in front of the train. On the hill in the backgpound are the ruins of Blackford Auld Kirk.
Cornton Level Crossing: Dunblane bound FSR 158 724 heading north towards Bridge of Allan has just cleared Cornton level crossing. The old signal box was on the left side of the track.
Barrhill: The Stranraer platform at Barrhill on 4 August 2008.
Glenwhilly: Token exchange at Glenwhilly on 4 August 2008.
Long Preston: A Carlisle to Leeds service leaves Long Preston at 1342 hrs on its way to the next stop of Hellifield on 4 August 2009. The station can just be seen in the background in this shot from the A682 road bridge.
Oubeck Loops: The rather plain looking 66612 Forth Raider, which has no bodyside Freightliner logo, gets a train of yellow Network Rail mega boxes under way again after a short stop in the Up Gds Loop at Oubeck to allow a passenger service to overtake. This was once a completely rural location but the University of Lancaster campus has steadily expanded and can now be seen in the background.
Preston: DRS 66413 takes the Platform 4 road through Preston as it heads north with a container train. The lines in the foreground are for bay platforms 3C and 4c See image []. In the old days a northbound train like this would have been signalled through the down side platforms but all lines in Preston station are now bi-directional.
Blackpool North: A Northern class 180 Adelante arrival at Blackpool North on 4 August 2010.
Great Houghton : Former rail under-bridge in Great Houghton, on the line from Northampton to Bedford, with directions to the trackbed, now a foot & cycle path to Northampton.
Northampton: View over the former Cotton End level crossing in Northampton to what is now 'forest' enveloping the middle section of the old Bedford line. The Brackmills section, near lines end, is weed free and appears to see occasional use. see image [] View is north west towards Northampton on 4 August 2010.
Yate: Bristol bound CrossCountry train passing Yate Middle Junction on 4 August 2010. The line to the left runs to Tytherington stone terminal.
Ashton Gate: Freightliner 70003 heading east from Portbury Docks on a damp morning on 4 August 2010, passing the abandoned platforms of Ashton Gate station on the western approach to Bristol. The locomotive is hauling coal from Portbury import terminal bound for Rugeley power station and will be routed via the Severn Tunnel, Newport and Hereford.
Preston: Unusual working arrangement at Preston on 4 August 2010. Instead of running from Blackpool South, the mid afternoon Colne service was cut back to start at Preston at 1520 and used bay platform 3C at the south end of the station. This pushed 153324 on the Ormskirk shuttle over into the rarely used 4C. In days gone by these bays were often used for stabling locomotives between turns but now only see units and only occasionally at that.
Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal: Colas Rail 66843 exits Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal towards Rugby mid afternoon on 4 Aug 2010 with 66954 visible to the left and 66412 further along the sidings.
Brackmills Level Crossing: Looking south east along the former Bedford line from Burryport Road level crossing, Brackmills, Northampton, with the spur to the Geismar on-rail manufacturing plant leading off to right, and what appear to be a further set of points for a run round loop on the curve beyond. Weed free track and rust free rail suggests the line is still used from time to time for plant testing purposes.
Bamber Bridge: Ex-LMS 8F no 48151 enters Bamber Bridge over the level crossing on 4 August 2010 with the return working of The Fellsman weekly service from Lancaster to Carlisle via Preston, Blackburn and the Settle and Carlisle line. As can be seen from the activity at the east end of the platform there is quite a bit of local interest in this service.
Wemyss Bay: Photocall in the station garden at Wemyss Bay on 4 August. Left to right are Sheena and Bill Stevenson, Nancy Cameron and John Yellowlees.
Wemyss Bay: Volunteers Sheena and Bill Stevenson pictured on 4 August in one of the Wemyss Bay Station Garden polytunnels.
Wemyss Bay: Part of The Station Garden at Wemyss Bay on 4 August 2011 - see news item.
Farington Junction: 66744 of GBRF at Farington Junction on 4 August 2011, still sporting the Colas Rail livery which it wore as 66843. To add to the confusion, the service is the Chirk to Ribblehead empty log bogies which is operated by... you've guessed it - Colas Rail. CR is currently leasing back its former locomotive while awaiting an allocation of additional class 66s.
Balshaw Lane Junction: Smartly turned out WCRC Brush Type 4 brings a Statesman charter south over the old layout at Balshaw Lane Junction on 4 August 2012. A year later and the layout had changed with the complete replacement of the junction. See image [] taken from the same viewpoint during the engineering possession.
Balshaw Lane Junction: A Network Rail test train from Derby to Carlisle approaches Balshaw Lane Junction on 4 August 2012. Locomotive 97304 is leading with 37688 on the rear.
Preston (Ribble Branch): Long lost Preston station pilot 47472 was recreated for the weekend at the Ribble Steam Railway. 3F 0-6-0T 47406 from the GCR worked a photographic charter goods on Friday 3rd August and then all passenger services over the weekend. With 10B Preston shed plate on the smokebox the Jinty works a five coach train with the spire of St Walburgh's church visible through the gap in the trees.
Ribble Steam Railway Workshops: LMS 3F 0-6-0T 47472 was an ever present feature of Preston station for many years and known as City of Preston by local enthusiasts. 47472 was scrapped in 1967 but the Ribble Steam Railway brought classmate 47406 from the GCR for a Preston Guild event and recreated the local legend. The Jinty is seen here backing onto a rake of coaches in the RSR depot on 4 August 2012 prior to working the first train of the day.
Bamber Bridge: Saturday 4 August 2012 saw A4 Union of South Africa on the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' heading east through Bamber Bridge with many on the platforms to watch it pass.
Barton and Broughton: And there it was - gone! When I photographed 48151 at Barton and Broughton in July 2013, I thought the old station building was being repaired. Far from it, as the lower image a month later shows. 156491 passes the cleared site - a sad end to the last surviving station between Preston and Lancaster, occupied since closure in 1939. See image []
Paris Sacre Coeur Funicular: A nice bit of light and shade, half way down the Funiculaire from Sacre Coeur cathedral in August 2014. My wife assures me that there are 219 steps in parallel, but I prefer to ride - up or down. see image []
Paris Sacre Coeur Funicular: It's all downhill from here - the top station on the Sacre Coeur Funiculaire, August 2014.
Hest Bank: Two new DRS Class 68s, 68006 and 68007 (with Brush Type 4 47841 sandwiched between them), made a transfer run from Crewe Gresty Bridge to Kingmoor on 4th August. The northbound trio is seen here approaching Hest Bank level crossing.
Paris - Eiffel Tower: Probably the highest altitude disused railway in Paris. [Editor's note: surely that's a light railway Ken] These spotlights on rail mounted trolleys used to be located on the uppermost third stage of the tower. They must have been exposed to high winds - and perhaps the occasional accident with the electric cable and flanged wheels!
Moy: The Northern Belle going south from Inverness to London Kings Cross pictured near Moy with 47790 Galloway Princess leading and 57304 Pride of Cheshire at the rear.
Murrayfield Stadium [Tram]: Edinburgh Tram 257 comes off the Roseburn Street bridge into Murrayfield tram stop on 4 August 2015. Haymarket Depot is off to the left and part of Murrayfield stadium can be seen on the right.
Ayr: A florid bike at Ayr station on 4 August 2015.
Rufford: Waiting in the passing loop at Rufford for a service train to arrive from Ormskirk, 37601 is on the rear of a Network Rail test train on 4 August 2015. On the leading end is DBSO 9701.
Leyland: Black 5 no 45231 approaches Leyland with a late running Welsh Mountaineer railtour on 4 August 2015. The tour had set off from Preston in the morning with the intention of going to Blaenau Ffestiniog, however various factors conspired against it and it only made it part of the way up the branch from Llandudno Junction. With the light fading this was the only chance to photograph the tour this year as the other two planned runs have been cancelled.
Bowland: Then and now. The 1229 Tweedbank â€“ Edinburgh passes the site of Bowland station on its way north on 4 August 2016. Some 52 years earlier Robin Barbour stood on the same spot in this same field and took a much more interesting photograph, which remains one of my Railscot favourites see image [].
Ladhope Tunnel: An exceptionally hot day in Galashiels on 4 August 2016 sees ScotRail 158739 leaving Ladhope Tunnel with the 1159 ex-Tweedbank.
Bridge No 95: Crossing the Gala Water on the northern approach to Galashiels on 4 August 2016 is ScotRail 158730 forming the 1154 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The train has just passed the site of Kilnknowe Junction and will shortly make the Galashiels stop.
Barnby Basin: A view of part of the display board for the Silkstone Waggonway facilities at Barnby Canal Basin, Barugh, between Barnsley & Cawthorne, also shows the Silkstone Branch of the Yorkshire & Lancaster Railway as running across the A635 road close by. This confirms that the remaining section of bridge abutment on the south side of the A635 See image [] was for an over-bridge on this branch, which ran west then south from Silkstone Junction, mid way between Barnsley & Darton stations, on the L & Y line to Horbury Junction.
Dawsholm Junction: Best I can do! Photographing junction signs in a "roll by" fashion is pretty challenging.
Selkirk Junction: The 1054 Edinburgh - Tweedbank passing the site of Selkirk Junction on 4 August 2016 shortly after leaving Galashiels. See image []
Barnby Basin: A display board, providing information about the horse drawn Silkstone Waggonway, is sited alongside the A635 between Barnsley & Cawthorne. A small plaque mounted on a low wall, and two short rails, face the road. The waggonway linked various collieries in the area to the canal basin that previously existed on the opposite side of the road to the display. The Silkstone Branch of the L&Y crossed over the road some 100 metres towards Barnsley.
Neidpath Viaduct: The 1863 Neidpath Viaduct which carried the Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway across the Tweed a mile west of Peebles. Photographed on 4 August 2016 looking south east from alongside the A72.
Stow: The 1259 Tweedbank - Edinburgh runs non-stop through Stow on 4 August 2016 heading for its next stop at Gorebridge.
Barnby Basin: A small plaque providing information about the horse drawn Silkstone Waggonway is sited at a display alongside the A635 Cawthorne Road, between Barnsley & Cawthorne, opposite the former Barnby canal basin where coal was transferred to barge from various collieries in the area.
Paterson^s No 2 Siding: ScotRail 158739 about to pass under Low Buckholmside footbridge on 4 August 2016 shortly after leaving Galashiels for the north with the 1159 ex-Tweedbank.
Stow: Out of the darkness cometh... the 1224 from Waverley. Sunshine meets shadow on the curve approaching Stow on 4 August 2016 as 158704 heads south with a service to Tweedbank.
Redbridge Viaduct: The 1128 Tweedbank - Edinburgh seen shortly after crossing the Tweed on the Red Bridge on 4 August 2016 during its 4 minute first leg to Galashiels.
Falahill Summit: The late running 1253 Edinburgh - Tweedbank meets light rain as it rounds the curve at Falahill on 4 August 2016.
Shawfair: The first trains of the day in each direction on the Borders Railway cross at Shawfair station on Sunday 4 August 2017. View south from the road bridge.
Stirling: The interior of a former Forthside Barracks goods shed at Stirling is now a dedicated building conservation centre. Run by Historic Environment Scotland, it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public. The building has displays, activities and events of interest to adults and young people alike. [Editor's note: the building is inappropriately named The Engine Shed never having been a locomotive shed.]
Stirling: A goods shed, formerly in the Forthside Barracks complex, is now a building conservation centre run by Historic Environment Scotland. The building has displays, activities and events of interest to adults and young people alike. [Editor's note: the building is inappropriately named The Engine Shed never having been a locomotive shed.]
Brampton Fell Level Crossing: Northern 156424 heads towards Newcastle passing Brampton Fell level crossing with a service on 4th August 2017. When the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway opened in 1836 there was a station here but it closed just two years later (almost 180 years ago!). See image [] showing the old style barriers previously in use at this crossing.
Tom-na-Faire Depot: Photographs from 'The Jacobite'; K1 62005 at Tom Na Faire depot on 4/8/17.
York Place [Tram]: Until the trams get through to Leith, the buck stops here. The crew changes ends after a wet and slow journey from Princes Street, which took about 20 minutes for two stops due to heavy traffic.
Preston: 60103 Flying Scotsman and 47237 arrive at Preston from the south with a railtour from Carlisle via the S&C and Blackburn on 04 August 2018. The tour later carried on to Crewe via Manchester hauled by diesel while 60103 and 47237 headed to Carnforth. The former L&YR Park Hotel can be seen behind Flying Scotsman.
Grangemouth Junction: 66433 powers uphill to Grangemouth Junction, looking west, in August 2018. This was a grabshot I almost missed as the train came on far more quickly than I had anticipated.
Rothley: BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 73156, running at Rothley as 73069 at the GCR Gala marking 50 years since the last BR steam trains. From memory, 73069 was one of the last BR Standard locos in service, being utilised on the last Specials and then scrapped. See image []
Gore Glen Bridge: The 0855 Edinburgh - Tweedbank has just crossed the Gore Glen bridge southbound on 4 August 2018. The train is currently running through deepest Midlothian, with the houses beyond the treeline in the background, some two miles to the north west, forming part of the town of Bonnyrigg,
Gore Glen Bridge: ScotRail 158731 heading north between Gorebridge and Newtongrange on 4 August 2018. Beyond the trees on the right is the Gore Glen, while off to the left is the site once occupied by the Gore Pit.
Quorn and Woodhouse: 70013 'Oliver Cromwell,' in service before the boiler certificate runs out at the end of 2018. This was the GCR Gala celebrating, if that is the word, the 50th Anniversary of the end of BR Steam. 4th August 2018.
Rothley: BR Standard 5MT 73156, running as scrapped classmate 73069, seen at Rothley on 4th August 2018. Although this was a steam gala a DMU operated from here to Leicester North due to a perceived fire risk.
Gore Glen Bridge: Running south on the Borders Railway between Newtongrange and Gorebridge, the 0853 (Saturday) Edinburgh - Tweedbank is approaching the Gore Glen Bridge over the A7 on 4 August 2018.
Craigmore Pier: The old pier building at Craigmore on the Isle of Bute, viewed from the road. The pier closed with the outbreak of war in 1939 and the ironwork was demolished in 1940. The restaurant that was in the building is now closed, but some refurbishment work was in progress when I visited in August 2018.
Rothley: A 3-car Met-Cam DMU set ran a shuttle service between Rothley and Leicester North on 4th August 2018. This was because of a perceived fire risk with the steam locomotives on that stretch during the GCR Gala.
Gore Glen Bridge: The Saturday 0900 Tweedbank - Edinburgh about to cross Gore Glen bridge over the A7 on 4 August 2018.
Paddington: HSTs at Paddington in August 2018. Power car 43185 has been reliveried in the InterCity Swallow colours while the other is in Great Western green.
Rothley: BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78018, waiting in a siding at Rothley on 4th August 2018. Because of fire restrictions steam trains arriving here would run straight through Rothley Station to just past the southern set of points. Here, the incoming train engine came off the train and the light engine came out of the siding, coupled on the carriages and drew them into the Station for the return to Loughborough. The ex-train engine retired to the siding to await the next train and so it went on all day. In between all this the 3 car DMU set ran to and from Leicester North.
Edinburgh Waverley: Black Five 44871 looks imposing whilst waiting at Edinburgh Waverley with an SRPS excursion from Linlithgow to Tweedbank, via Fife, on 4th August 2019
Tweedbank: Black Five 44871 at Tweedbank, with an SRPS excursion from Linlithgow via Fife on 4th August 2019. She will be dragged back to Niddire West Junction on the Niddrie triangle by a Class 37, and will then take the train forward to Waverley, Fife and Linlithgow.
Edinburgh Waverley: The soon to be consigned to history 91114 with the on time arrival ofÂ 1S23 15.30 Kings Cross to Edinburgh at Waverley on 4th August 2019.
Donibristle Platform: 44871 coasts down Donibristle Bank towards the scheduled stop at Dalgety Bay with the first of the August 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' trips operated by the SRPS. 4th August 2019
Newtongrange [1st]: 37685 draws the first of the August 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' trips operated by the SRPS through the site of Newtongrange (first) station. The platform of the new station can be glimpsed beyond the road bridge.
Cardross: SB Rail's Automatic Finishing Machine (AFM) DR 77001 'Anthony Lou Phillips' heads slowly west to Cardross during a railway possession on the 4th of August 2019.
Newbattle Signal Box: With a puff of 'cushion' steam, 44871 brings up the rear of the first of the August 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' trips operated by the SRPS. 37685 is on the front. 4th August 2019.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1845||South Wales Railway||Act passed.|
|1852||Monmouthshire Canal Tramway||Newport Dock Street station opened.|
|1852||Monmouthshire Canal Tramway||Newport Dock Street opened and Newport Courtybella closed.|
|1853||Ayr and Dalmellington Railway||Authorised from Ayr (Falkland Junction) to Dalmellington. This incarnation of the line was closely associated with the Houldsworth family's Dalmellington Iron Works at Waterside and associated coal mines.|
|1853||Morpeth Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)||Act passed.|
|1858||Eden Valley Railway||First sod cut.|
|1860||Devon Valley Railway||First sod cut.|
|1868||Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)||Agreement made between Caledonian Railway and Great North of Scotland Railway for use of Aberdeen Joint station.|
|1870||Harry Lauder||Born at Portobello.|
|1913||Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway||Purchased by North British Railway who re-open the line.|
|1914||Great War||The Government takes direct control of railways.|
|1917||Invergordon Harbour||Authorisation of purchase by the Admiralty from the Cadball Trustees.|
|1942||Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway||Closed for upgrading for heavy military freight as the line connected the north to Southampton and other ports which were busy with preparations for D-day. (A bus service replacement was arranged).|
|1951||Kelvin Valley Railway||Closed to passengers from Kelvin Valley West Junction to Kilsyth (Old).|
|1952||Aberdeen Railway||Brechin to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to passengers.|
|1952||Forfar and Brechin Railway||Brechin to Forfar South Junction (excluded) closed to passengers.|
|1952||Aberdeen Railway||CR_>Montrose CR to Broomfield Junction to Dubton Junction closed to passengers. Dubton station closed.|
|1952||Kirriemuir Branch (Caledonian Railway)||Kirriemuir to Forfar (Kirriemuir Junction) closed to passengers.|
|1952||Glasgow Central Railway||Kelvin Bridge closed.|
|1969||Border Union Railway (North British Railway)||Stainton Junction (excluded) to Carlisle_>Canal Junction Carlisle closed to freight.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2003||Larkhall Branch out to tender||Tenders to build the £28M branch from Hamilton to Larkhall via stations at Chatelherault and Merryton, and Maryhill to Anniesland spur with a station at Dawsholm are being sought. The line is due to be opened in 2006.|
|2006||Motorists urged against rail risk [BBC News]||Motorists are being urged to stop taking risks at level crossings in a hard-hitting advertising campaign.|
|2006||Disabled rail access cash boost [Scotsman]||NEARLY £4 million a year is to be spent improving disabled access to Scotland^s railway stations, Transport Minister Tavish Scott has pledged.|
|2008||Station reopening scheme studied [BBC News Article]||The transport minister is due to visit a Berwickshire village to discuss plans to reopen its station.|
|2009||Britain^s Make do and mend railway policy [Guardian]||In July 1837 Britain opened an engineering marvel: the world^s first, fast intercity railway between London and Birmingham. A century and a half later, the route came to symbolise Britain^s disastrous transport planning. Taxpayers spent £9bn upgrading the line, only for trains to run more slowly and less frequently than promised. Figures last week showed that the west coast route is one of the least reliable services in the country.|
|2010||Anger at bid to scrap direct London trains [Press & Journal]||Direct trains linking the north and north-east to London could be scrapped as part of drastic cost-cutting measures being considered by the UK Government. [From Dave Scott]|
|2010||Eurotunnel train passengers forgotten on UK - France trip [Huffington Post]||On Saturday, 20 Eurotunnel passengers traveled to France and back to England without being able to get off the train...because they were forgotten, according to the Telegraph.|
|2010||Victoria revamp to go ahead despite cash blow [Manchester Evening News]||Manchester Victoria Station, which was named the worst in the country last year, will be modernised, despite losing out on government rescue money.|
|2011||Salad Days at Wemyss Bay [Railscot]||A new “Station Garden” has been created by the award-winning Friends of Wemyss Bay. It includes a vegetable plot with beds of carrots, leeks, onions and salad crops. See Railscot Link below.|
|2012||Biggest rail revamp in Wales begins [Network Rail]||Work has begun on Wales’ largest congestion-busting scheme to potentially provide hundreds of extra rush-hour seats each day on rail services on the Cardiff and Valleys’ network. Due for completion by 2015, this £220m scheme, with funding of £17m from the Welsh Government, will deliver a bigger, better railway for the Cardiff and Valleys’ network and will support the growth of the local economy.|
|2015||Calais crisis: UK Eurotunnel passengers face delays [BBC News]||Passengers and lorries using the Eurotunnel from the UK face delays of four hours due to an ^unplanned tunnel inspection,^ the company says. The latest problems to affect crossings between Kent and northern France come after 100 extra security guards were deployed to tackle the migrant crisis in Calais. Migrants made some 600 attempts to enter the Channel Tunnel overnight.|
|2015||New rail freight terminal in Bellshill approved [BBC News]||Plans for a new rail freight terminal in North Lanarkshire have been approved in principle by Scottish ministers. PD Stirling (PDS), which operates the existing Mossend Railhead in Bellshill, plans to expand by creating the Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP). It said the park would boost rail link capacity to UK and European markets.|
|2016||How to hack your train fares in half [BBC]||Rail fares in Britain are the highest in Europe. But how many of us are paying more than we need to? Martyn Cheeseman contacted BBC Watchdog after he bought a train ticket from online seller Trainline to travel from Northampton to Newport, Wales. He paid Â£78.70, jumped on board, and went on his merry way. But, when the conductor checked Martynâ€™s ticket, he told him he could have paid Â£38.80 had he split his tickets. Martyn wasnâ€™t happy. ^I didnâ€™t even know what split ticketing was, or how to do it. But to find out Iâ€™d paid twice as much as I could have was really annoying. I felt robbed.^ Martyn complained to Trainline but didnâ€™t receive a penny back. To get the inside track on hacking your train fares in half, watch our video guide below. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2019||Landore Depot in Swansea to be reopened by Chrysalis Rail [BBC News]||Chrysalis Rail said the Landore Depot in Swansea would reopen this month as a rolling stock maintenance and overhaul depot. The company said it would use the facility for vehicle refurbishment and modifications such as installing accessible toilets and paintwork. The depot was previously operated by Great Western Railway for maintaining high speed trains.|