This day in history 13 August

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Fraserburgh: Class D40 4-4-0 no 62276 Andrew Bain brings an Aberdeen train into Fraserburgh on 13 August 1953.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [13/08/1953]


Garstang Town: Black 5 45070 enters Garstang Town station on 13th August 1959 with a single brakevan. Taken nearly thirty years after passenger services finished, this photo clearly shows the very unusual signal box at Garstang, which was on the island platform but at right angles to the tracks. The signal box was wider than the main station building, although it shared the roof profile, allowing a view to the east for the signalman.

Garstang and Knot End Railway
Knott End Collection [13/08/1959]


Wellington (Salop): Stanier 0-4-4T no 41900 stands at the back of the shed at Wellington (Salop) in the summer of 1960.

Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1960]


Alnmouth: Photograph taken from a train passing south through Alnmouth station on 13 August 1960. Alnmouth was the junction for the Alnwick branch and possessed a 2-road locomotive shed (sub to 52D Tweedmouth - closed June 1966) standing in the centre background. The locomotive in the picture is Heaton based J39 0-6-0 no 64945.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [13/08/1960]


Saltley: Johnson 0-4-4T no 58086 stands in sidings at Saltley in August 1960 alongside other condemned locomotives. Having been withdrawn from Bath Green Park at the end of July, no 58086 is thought to be part way through its final journey which would end in the scrapyard at Gorton Works 2 months later.

Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1960]


Eastleigh Shed: Drummond Greyhound 4-4-0 no 30287 of 1900, standing in the sidings alongside Eastleigh shed on 13 August 1961, less than a month prior to its official withdrawal by BR.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Havant: Ex-Southern Railway Terrier 0-6-0T 32640 approaching Havant station on 13 August 1961 with the Hayling Island branch train. 32640 was withdrawn by BR in 1963 and purchased by Sir Billy Butlin for static display at his Pwllheli holiday camp. The locomotive was subsequently obtained by the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and, following restoration, was successfully returned to steam as W11 carrying the name Newport.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Eastleigh: One of the elegant Adams 4-4-2 radial tanks, no 30584, built at the Dubs & Co Queens Park Works, Glasgow, in 1885. The locomotive is seen in the sidings at Eastleigh in the summer of 1961, having been withdrawn from Exmouth Junction in January that year. 30584 was cut up here 4 months after this photograph was taken.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Fratton: Scene on Fratton shed, Portsmouth, in August 1961, with Terrier 0-6-0T no 32646 standing in the yard.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Eastleigh: King Arthur class 4-6-0 30800 Sir Meleaus de Lile, withdrawn from Eastleigh in August 1961, stands on the disposal line alongside the shed that same month.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Havant: A sedate scene at Havant station, Hampshire, on an August afternoon in 1961. On the left is 0-6-0T 'Terrier' no 32650 having just taken on water at the end of the bay platform and now in the process of running round the Hayling Island branch train.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Eastleigh: Wainwright 'C' class 0-6-0 no 31061, built at Ashford Works in 1901. Following withdrawal from Feltham 60 years later the veteran is here awaiting its fate on the scrapline at Eastleigh in August 1961. 31061 was finally cut up in the nearby works during October that year.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Eastleigh Shed: Bulleid 'West Country' Pacific no 34006 Bude standing in the shed yard at Eastleigh. The photograph is thought to have been taken in August 1961.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Eastleigh: Adams 4-4-2 Radial Tank no 30582 features in a lineup of locomotives awaiting disposal at Eastleigh in August 1961. Built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn in 1885, the veteran had been withdrawn from Exmouth Junction a month before the photograph was taken.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1961]


Forth Bridge: A classic early sixties DMU front-end seen crossing the Forth Bridge. Taken from the steam hauled 09.20 Edinburgh-Perth train on 13 August 1962.

Forth Bridge Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/08/1962]


Forth Bridge: A northbound steam-hauled train approaches the Forth Bridge in the early 1960s. Taken from the 09.20 Edinburgh-Perth on Monday 13th August 1962.

Forth Bridge Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [13/08/1962]


Hereford Barton Shed: Collett 2-6-2T no 4135 on shed at Hereford in August 1962.

Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1962]


Aberystwyth: Collett 0-6-0 no 2239 stands alongside Aberystwyth shed on 13 August 1962. The locomotive had been withdrawn from Machynlleth some 3 months earlier.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1962]


Inchgreen Branch: Looking down towards Inchgreen from Cartsburn tunnel in August 1963.

Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Cartsburn Junction: View at Cartsburn Junction in 1963, showing the Inchgreen branch on the left and the line to Kilmacolm on the right.

Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Cartsburn Tunnel South: A view of the twin tunnels at Cartsburn in the summer of 1963, looking west from the GSWR overbridge carrying the route to Princes Pier. [See image 9558]

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Inverkip: Clayton D8507 leaves Inverkip tunnel with Wemyss Bay train.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Ravenscraig: 42216 approaches Ravenscraig with Wemyss Bay train.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Ravenscraig: 80086 at Ravenscraig with train from Wemyss Bay.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Wemyss Bay: D8086, D8507 and 42216 await the ferry at Wemyss Bay.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Upper Greenock: Black 5 44886 about to leave Upper Greenock on 13 August 1963 with a train from Wemyss Bay heading for Glasgow.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Mearns Street Junction: View east from Ann Street tunnel of Mearns St box on the line to Princes Pier

Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Cartsburn Tunnel South: 42057 climbs to Upper Greenock with Wemyss Bay train

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Cartsburn Tunnel South: Black 5 44850 leaving Cartsburn Tunnel with a Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central train in August 1963. The locomotive is about to pass below the bridge carrying the line to Princes Pier. [See image 51451]

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Dunrod Loop: Caledonian Railway signals survive at Dunrod between Ravenscraig and Inverkip

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Inverkip: 42057 about to enter Inverkip tunnel with train for Glasgow.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Inverkip: View of Inverkip station.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Cartsburn Junction: Ex Glasgow and South Western signals at Greenock Cartsburn

Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [13/08/1963]


Neilston Low: A Brush type 4 at the head of a London - Glasgow train photographed at Neilston in August 1966.

Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Colin Miller [13/08/1966]


Sheffield Victoria: B1 no 61131 at Sheffield Victoria with the penultimate leg of the RCTS Great Central Rail Tour on 13 August 1966. The B1 hauled the special as far as Nottingham Victoria from where 34002 took over for the return to London (Marylebone).

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Penistone: E26053 Perseus in the process of running round the RCTS Great Central Railtour at Penistone station on 13 August 1966. The special had arrived via the Worsborough Incline and was about to head for Sheffield Victoria.

Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Aylesbury: The 11-coach RCTS Great Central Rail Tour pauses for a photostop at Aylesbury on its way north on 13 August 1966. The railtour was run to mark the end of through passenger services over much of the GC London Extension the following month. The special had started from Waterloo, arriving at Aylesbury via Kew East, Acton Wells and Neasden South Junctions behind West Country Pacific no 34002 Salisbury. The locomotive took the special on to Nottingham Victoria over the GC.

Wycombe Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Penistone: E26053 Perseus with the RCTS Great Central Railtour at Penistone on 13 August 1966. The locomotive is in the process of running round its train which had arrived via the Worsborough incline and was preparing to head for Sheffield Victoria. A class B1 locomotive was scheduled to take charge for the journey from Sheffield to Nottingham Victoria on its way back to London. The eleven coach railtour was run to commemorate the loss of through passenger workings over much of the GC London extension where service cutbacks were due to be implemented the following month.

Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Penistone: E26053 Perseus with the RCTS Great Central Railtour at Penistone station on 13 August 1966. The train is preparing to leave for Sheffield Victoria following which the electric locomotive will hand over to steam haulage for the journey south to Marylebone via the GC London extension.

Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Nottingham Victoria: The RCTS Great Central Rail Tour at Nottingham Victoria on 13 August 1966 with Bulleid West Country Pacific no 34002 Salisbury in charge. The train is about to depart on the final leg of the tour, returning to Marylebone via the GC London Extension.

Nottingham Victoria (Great Central Railway and Great Northern Railway Joint)
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Nottingham Victoria: Bulleid West Country light Pacific no 34002 Salisbury stands at Nottingham Victoria on 13 August 1966. The locomotive is about to head south for Marylebone via the GC London Extension with the last leg of the RCTS Great Central Railtour.

Nottingham Victoria (Great Central Railway and Great Northern Railway Joint)
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Nottingham Victoria: West Country light Pacific no 34002 Salisbury at Nottingham Victoria on 13 August 1966 with the RCTS Great Central Railtour.

Nottingham Victoria (Great Central Railway and Great Northern Railway Joint)
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Nottingham Victoria: Stanier 8F no 48197 at Nottingham Victoria on 13 August 1966 with the RCTS Great Central Rail Tour. The train had arrived from London Waterloo behind West Country Pacific no 34002 Salisbury and the 8F handled the next leg of the tour as far as Shireoaks. [See image 30330]

Nottingham Victoria (Great Central Railway and Great Northern Railway Joint)
K A Gray [13/08/1966]


Sheringham: At the end of the branch line from Whittlingham Junction to Sheringham in 1972.

Cromer Branch (Eastern and Midlands Railway)
Mike Young [13/08/1972]


Carstairs: 86 253 The Manchester Guardian waits with an up WCML service at the south end of the old Carstairs station in August 1987.

Caledonian Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/1987]


Carstairs: 47643 and 26010 await their next duties at Carstairs in August 1987.

Caledonian Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/1987]


Edinburgh Park: Slow westbound meets fast eastbound. Edinburgh Park, August 2006. The space in the left background has been cleared to make way for a new hotel.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [13/08/2006]


Broughty Ferry: Looking south along the cobblestones of Gray Street over the level crossing at Broughty Ferry station towards the Tay. Photograph taken in August 2006, with the station platforms running off to the right of the crossing. A wooden shed still stands here but the old signal box which stood behind (and is a listed structure) was 'temporarily' dismantled and removed in 2001. [See image 2916]

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
John Furnevel [13/08/2006]


Cambus: Panel assembled at Cambus. Viewed from the level crossing looking north

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/08/2006]


Cambus: Looking west from Cambus level crossing. Rails sill embedded from level crossing and second new panel in distant right.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/08/2006]


Alloa [1st]: From the site of the old junction looking west at Alloa (Old). Big drain pipes are going in. Further west the road at Alloa West was closed - perhaps the new LC going in?

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/08/2006]


Alloa: The new supermarket and flats are fairly progressing at the new site to be Alloa station.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Ewan Crawford [13/08/2006]


Kilbagie: Drainage works near complete at Kilbagie.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Ewan Crawford [13/08/2006]


Kincardine Power Station: The loop, new rails, sleepers and ballast at the former Kincardine Powerstation. The siding is still disconnected from the railway network.

Kincardine Power station (British Railways)
Ewan Crawford [13/08/2006]


Broughty Ferry: Up platform buildings at Broughty Ferry in August 2006. View east over the level crossing towards Carnoustie.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
John Furnevel [13/08/2006]


Broughty Ferry: Detail from the up platform at Broughty Ferry station in August 2006.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
John Furnevel [13/08/2006]


Barry Links: An exceptionally hot day at Barry Links looking south in August 2006 with an Aberdeen bound express service on the level crossing. The up platform was part of an island with the south side once used by troop trains serving the nearby MoD Barry Buddon training camp [see image 49155].

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
John Furnevel [13/08/2006]


Hall Road: Hall Road station looking towards Liverpool as a Southport service with 507017 pulls in over the level crossing. A short walk from the station is the Mersey estuary and promenade.

Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Southport: The trainshed at Southport Chapel Street still spans six platforms plus an EMU stabling road. Platforms 1 to 3 on the right service the Liverpool EMUs and 4 to 6 the diesel trains for Wigan, the lines dividing immediately outside the station. Platform 3 on the opposite side of the island to the Sprinter is the only line that can access both routes.

Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Parbold: The long straight towards Hoscar, Burscough Bridge and beyond stretches in front of Northern Pacer 142035 as it leaves Parbold on a Southport service.

Manchester and Southport Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Blackpool North: Blackpool North No. 2 signal box, a large Lancashire & Yorkshire structure controlling the stations semaphores and points, is not readily accessible hence this view from a train arriving at the station. Box No. 3 has long since disappeared but No. 1 still operated at the other end of the carriage sidings until it closed in January 2011. [See image 32533]

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Walton: Right next to the famous prison, and only a 200yd walk from Rice Lane on the Kirkby line, Walton is on the Merseyrail Ormskirk line. Just beyond the colour light signal in this picture a cutting can be seen on the left. This is the Kirkby line which is joined at Walton Junction just round the corner. 508117 is heading for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008 (having taken over the crown from Sibiu).

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Rice Lane: A Kirkby to Liverpool Central service, with 507015, leaves Rice Lane, which was called Preston Road until 1984. Immediately round the corner is Walton Junction where the Ormskirk to Liverpool line is joined.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Wigan Wallgate: The west end of Wigan Wallgate in August 2008, with 156475 heading for Southport and just about to pass under the WCML. Immediately beyond the bridge are the carriage sidings, Wallgate signalbox and the junction where the Kirkby and Southport lines diverge.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Squires Gate: 150133 leaves Squires Gate and heads towards that distinctive skyline on a service for Blackpool South on 13 August. This view shows how the modern housing development has encroached towards what was once a busy mainline.

Blackpool and Lytham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Lancaster: The view south from Lancaster up the bank towards Oubeck and on to Preston. From left to right the tracks, all in regular use, are: Up Passenger loop 2, which rejoins the main line but also continues as a goods loop, Up Passenger loop 1, Up Main, Down Main and Down Passenger loop. Pennine unit 185143 has been stabled in a siding on the down side.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Blackpool North: Looking back towards the terminal building at Blackpool North along Platform 5/6 in August 2008. New signalling structures have been installed part way down each platform but not yet commissioned.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Blackpool North: There is still a fine array of semaphores at Blackpool North. The eight platform roads are controlled by No.2 box, just visible, behind the middle gantry, but for how much longer?

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Hall Road: For many years the EMU depot at Hall Road serviced the Liverpool Southport electric trains but, although it still stands alongside Hall Road station its work has been taken over by Kirkdale depot, the tracks have been lifted and the building is now empty. View towards Hightown and Southport showing the former turnback siding and depot access line.

Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Kirkby: Once a through mainline station, Kirkby now has an end on meeting of services similar to that at Ormskirk. 150203 has arrived on a service from Rochdale, having travelled down the single line section from Rainford Junction, and the passengers have walked forward to the waiting EMU for Liverpool.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Kirkby: Merseyrail EMU 507015 has made the connection with the Sprinter for Wigan, Manchester and Rochdale that is on the far side of the road bridge and is now ready to go back down the single line section to Fazackerley on its way to Liverpool. The EMUs offer a 15 minute service but the DMU to Wigan is only hourly and the last train is at 1843hrs.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Lancaster: Not for the faint hearted. 142036 is about to leave Platform 5 at Lancaster as the 0854 to Carlisle via the Cumbria coast with an arrival time scheduled for 1222. It is a wonderful line but 3 hours 28 minutes on a Nodding Donkey is not the best way to see it. Wait for a Sprinter if possible. 130808.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Squires Gate: Squires Gate looking towards Blackpool with the disused up platform on the right as 150133 arrives on the 1653 Blackpool South to Burnley Central service. At this time all other services continued to Colne but this turned back at Burnley Central to clear the branch for a following through train from Manchester Victoria to Colne, hence the blank destination blind.

Blackpool and Lytham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Squires Gate: Squires Gate, serving Blackpool Airport and the nearby Starr Gate tram terminus, opened in 1931. It was something of an eyesore for many years but has now been tidied up. View towards St. Annes as 150133 departs towards Blackpool South.

Blackpool and Lytham Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Parbold: The L&Y signal box at Parbold, which still controls a mixture of semaphores and colour light signals protecting the block section and the level crossing. The subway under the line can also be seen in this view in August 2008.

Manchester and Southport Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Parbold: View towards Appley Bridge and Wigan on 13 August as 150142 leaves Parbold, a station that has everything. Semaphores, crossing, subway, a staffed ticket office in the orginal station building and two trains an hour in each direction that can be viewed from the garden or lounge of the adjoining pub.

Manchester and Southport Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Southport: Platform 6 at Southport Chapel Street in August 2008, with 150142 ready to leave for Rochdale via Wigan and Manchester. The 1970s concrete concourse at Southport detracts from the original trainshed that still covers the platforms.

Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Bolton: A Trans Pennine service for Blackpool with 185144 picks up a sizeable number of passengers under an original canopy at Bolton Trinity Street on 13 August 2008. At this time services to Preston and beyond were running via Wigan because of engineering work at Chorley. Just beyond the bridge the line divides with a right turn for Blackburn and left for Lostock Junction.

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2008]


Morecambe Euston Road: A Morecambe to Lancaster service passes the junction for Heysham seen from the adjacent cycle track. Just to the left of Sprinter 156454, between the two modern buildings, the old goods shed from the LNWR station at Morecambe Euston Road can be seen, still in use by a local builders' merchant.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2009]


Lockerbie: The 0938 FTPE service to Edinburgh (ex-Manchester Airport) leaving Lockerbie on 13 August 2009.

Caledonian Railway
Bruce McCartney [13/08/2009]


Morecambe: I could hear the train's crew changing the points with the groundframe at the junction [See image 18114] before 142091 appeared on the Heysham branch with the daily boat train for the port. The Arriva liveried Pacer is just passing the point of the old junction for the direct line to Lancaster Green Ayre and about to pass the public cycle path crossing from where this picture was taken.

Morecambe Bay Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2009]


Aldcliffe: The Glasson Dock branch hugged the tidal stretch of the River Lune for most of its length making the cycle track that uses the old trackbed a very pleasant spot on a fine day. The metal railway fence is still in place for most of the way and, as can be seen from the driftwood, a high tide will reach the boundary of the track. In the right distance the port of Glasson Dock can be seen, and the cycle track can be followed all the way there through Ashton Hall [See image 19582] and Conder Green [See image 19567].

Glasson Dock Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2009]


Burntisland: 67030 with ECS off the 17.21 Edinburgh - Cardenden passing Burntisland Docks on 13 August.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [13/08/2010]


Burntisland: 67025 passes Burntisland Links on 13 August with the 17.08 Edinburgh - Fife Circle service.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [13/08/2010]


Edinburgh Waverley: Ishbel McFarlane's Edinburgh Festival Fringe show 'Even in Edinburgh/Glasgow' taking place on the 1156 Edinburgh-Glasgow Central via Shotts service on 13 August 2011.

North British Railway
John Yellowlees [13/08/2011]


Clitheroe: Approaching journey's end at Clitheroe is 150137 on a service from Manchester Victoria. The Sprinter is actually passing the site of the town's first station, closed in 1894 and replaced by the one that can be seen ahead of the train. On the right a supermarket now occupies the old goods yard.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2011]


Delph: Scene on the West Lancashire Light Railway on 13 August 2011. O&K No 22 'Montalban' waits to depart from Delph, while O&K No 21 'Utrilas' and Hunslet 'Jack Lane' await their next duties in the loop.

West Lancashire Light Railway
John McIntyre [13/08/2011]


Risca: Every abutment tells a story. Just North-West of the current Risca station on the Ebbw Vale line is one end of the former Risca Long Bridge. It was originally built as part of a tramway, but later replaced by an embankment around 1905 to allow easement of curves. I was told by a local resident that the demolition contractor was paid one pound per arch - that is Ł32 - to demolish the bridge; but was allowed to keep the stone, which he used to build a terrace of houses nearby. Sadly, he paid for this deal with the loss of one eye in an accident during the demolition. Notice the number of drains in the abutment - I counted eight!

Hall^s Tramroad
Ken Strachan [13/08/2011]


Becconsall: At the end of the first day of the West Lancashire Light Railway Gala Weekend, three Hunslet Quarry 0-4-0ST locomotives stand at Becconsall having just arrived with the penultimate train of the day on 13 August 2011. Nearest the camera is 'Jack Lane' with 'Statfold' and 'Irish Mail' behind. The first two of these locos were built in the first decade of the 21st century while 'Irish Mail' is an original having been built in 1903.

West Lancashire Light Railway
John McIntyre [13/08/2011]


Bergen [Tram]: A tram on the Bergen light rail system near the city centre in August 2012.

Bybanen
Bruce McCartney [13/08/2012]


Challow: LNER 4464 Bittern at Challow on 13 August 2012 with the Cathedrals Express. The Pacific stopped here on its way to Bristol in order to take water from a road tanker.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2012]


Challow: LNER 4464 Bittern approaching Challow on 13 August 2012 with the 'Cathedrals Express' bound for Bristol.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2012]


Challow: An HST passes 4464 Bittern on the GW main line at Challow on 13 August 2012 [see image 39951].

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2012]


Bergen: A local train for Arna stands in Bergen station on 13 August 2012.

Vossebanen
Bruce McCartney [13/08/2012]


Edinburgh Waverley: The sub at Waverley on 13 August, with Pendolino 390114 forming the 14.51 Festival extra to London Euston.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [13/08/2013]


Edinburgh Waverley: A busy scene at Waverley platforms 8 and 9 on 13 August 2013. CrossCountry 221136 forms the 15.08 to Plymouth, 334027 the 14.48 to Helensburgh Central and Pendolino 390114 the 14.51 Festival extra to London Euston.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [13/08/2013]


Kelso: The site of Kelso station, looking towards Roxburgh in 2013. Half a century after closure there is little to indicate a station ever existed here, with the site cleared and the trackbed becoming part of the A698. Even the bridge that spanned the line was removed and replaced with a road junction. The only surviving link is the building in the background [see image 31572]. Today the road junction itself has been replaced by a roundabout and a large Sainsburys Superstore now stands just off to the left.

Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2013]


Wakefield Westgate: The new station building at the north end of the up platform at Wakefield Westgate seen taking shape on 13 August 2013. view looking across to the main entrance, with the wide stairway running up to the new footbridge visible to the right of the atrium section.

Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [13/08/2013]


Czestochowa: One of the modern Pesa Twist units in operation on the Czestochowa Tramway in August 2013.

Czestochowa Tramway
Colin Miller [13/08/2013]


Roxburgh Viaduct: The Great Escape - Roxburgh Viaduct 2013... not quite! Attempts to recreate the 1968 BMcC photograph [see image 17963] were thwarted due to vegetation now blocking the view from the other end of the viaduct. This version looks east over the Teviot towards Kelso. Just north of here is a famous junction - nothing to do with railways, but much loved by salmon fishermen. Note the pedestrian footbridge now strapped to the north side of the structure down below.

Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2013]


Leaderfoot Viaduct: View west along the Tweed at Leaderfoot in August 2013. [See image 40067]

Berwickshire Railway
John Furnevel [13/08/2013]


Roxburgh Viaduct: Crossing the River Teviot westbound in the summer of 2013 via the footbridge attached to Roxburgh Viaduct.

Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2013]


Roxburgh Viaduct: The pedestrian bridge/walkway over the Teviot, attached to the piers of Roxburgh Viaduct. View west across the river towards Roxburgh on 13 August 2013.

Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
F Furnevel [13/08/2013]


Roxburgh Viaduct: The Kelso (east) end of Roxburgh Viaduct in August 2013, with the River Teviot off to the left. [Ref query 4441]

Kelso Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2013]


Bowland: Work in progress at the site of Bowland station on 13 August 2013, with the deck of the old railway bridge now removed.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2013]


Gorebridge: The trackbed looking north towards Gorebridge station on 13 August 2014. Concrete pouring was taking place just off camera. [See image 48389]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2014]


Tynehead: Part of the spacious looking double track section at Tynehead on 13 August 2014, photographed looking north from the overbridge alongside the former Tynehead station.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2014]


Woodacre Crossing: 45231, on its first appearance on The Fellsman in 2014, hurries along the WCML at Woodacre trying to keep out of the way of following TPE and Virgin services. The train was only steam hauled on the return journey due to an FBU strike and had been taken to Carlisle in the morning by EE Type 3, 37518, now idling on the rear.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [13/08/2014]


Gorebridge: Ongoing work on the trackbed looking south from Lady Brae road bridge, Gorebridge, on 13 August 2014.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2014]


Travemunde: A class 648 DMU with the 15.34 service to Lubeck awaits its departure time at Travemunde on 13 August 2014.

Deutsche Bahn
Bruce McCartney [13/08/2014]


Ormskirk: The cobbled street outside Ormskirk station on the evening of 13 August 2014. [Ref query 13014]

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [13/08/2014]


Tynehead: Something heavy going down... activity to the south of Tynehead on 13 August 2014. [See image 48370]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2014]


Ormskirk: Merseyrail unit 507006 waits at Ormskirk on 13 August before setting off with the 2150 service to Liverpool Central.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [13/08/2014]


Gorebridge: Some serious concrete pouring underway near Gorebridge station on 13 August 2014 [see image 48343].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2014]


Fushiebridge: Site of the former Fushiebridge station looking north towards Gorebridge on 13 August 2014.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [13/08/2014]


Ardrossan South Beach: DRS 57002+57008 with the 6M22 Hunterston to Sellafield nuclear flasks passing through Ardrossan South Beach station on 13 August 2014.

Ardrossan Railway
Ken Browne [13/08/2014]


Ardrossan South Beach: The 1218 Glasgow Central - Ardrossan Harbour formed by Scotrail EMU 380108 calls at Ardrossan South Beach on 13 August 2014.

Ardrossan Railway
Ken Browne [13/08/2014]


Carlisle: More often than not this turns out to be my first shot of the day when I visit Carlisle to see the Fellsman or Dalesman - I particularly like the way that the light is reflected off the side of the loco / tender and it isn’t dependent on there being blazing sunshine outside. On 13 August 2015 there was even a decent amount of smoke drifting from the chimney as 45699 Galatea ran into platform 3 with the arriving Dalesman.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Bill Jamieson [13/08/2015]


Carlisle: 45699 Galatea brews up in platform 3 at Carlisle on 13 August 2015, shortly before setting off with the up Dalesman for York, which it will work as far as Hellifield.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Bill Jamieson [13/08/2015]


Chorley: The weekend possessions continue between Euxton Jct and Lostock Jct in order that electrification preparation work can be carried out. The main element of work centres around the lowering of track to the south of Chorley and the rebuilding of the platforms. On 13 August 2016 the activity appeared to be a little less frenetic than when I visited 2 weeks ago but the bridge over a pedestrian underpass has been replaced and the formation to the south is now at the new level.

Bolton and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [13/08/2016]


Coppull: A Trans Pennine service from Edinburgh to Manchester Airport on 13 August 2016 passes the site of the former Coppull station on the WCML between Preston and Wigan.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [13/08/2016]


Chorley: A view north from Lyons Lane bridge towards Chorley station on 13 August 2016. Work continues on rebuilding the platforms in conjunction with the electrification of the line from Manchester to Preston via Bolton.

Bolton and Preston Railway
John McIntyre [13/08/2016]


Brackley Central: A couple of miles South East of Brackley [see image 52362], this determined-looking girder bridge carried the Great Central over the LNWR line from Verney Junction to Banbury. The bridge is very rusty, so if HS2 comes this way, they will need to replace it. View looks along the bridlepath to Fulwell and Westbury station site. Current plans for the HS2 route take the line on a new alignment slightly further east.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Ken Strachan [13/08/2016]


Buffalo: A Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) metro service in downtown Buffalo N.Y. on 13/08/2016.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Brian Smith [13/08/2016]


Finmere: Another fine example [see image 56233] of artistry in steel girders on the Great Central Railway London extension. There is a small preservation scheme to the North (left) of this bridge, but it is liable to be demolished when HS2 comes through. View looks East.

Great Central Railway
Ken Strachan [13/08/2016]


Finmere: Conventional wisdom has it that there is no track on the GCR trackbed between Claydon LNE Junction and Leicester North. However, the Network South East Railway Society has a base at Finmere, where 73.130 is seen showing off its Scharfenburg coupler (intended to couple up to Nightstar stock before that scheme was abandoned). [see also image 56512] HS2 is likely to pass this way.

Great Central Railway
Ken Strachan [13/08/2016]


Fulwell and Westbury: We passed this well kept station master's house on the way to an Open Day at Finmere . The station was on the far side of the level crossing, behind the photographer.

Buckinghamshire Railway
Ken Strachan [13/08/2016]


Finmere: Coach 930206 is one of eight vehicles of the class 416 EMU which are preserved at Finmere. [see image 56782] It may look ready for traffic, but they'd have to clear out the interior first. Oh, and install a third rail and power. View looks South.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Ken Strachan [13/08/2016]


Finmere: There was this nasty crunch as I was reversing.. an unusual blend of bus, Tube train, and EMU provides a publicity vehicle for the Epping and Ongar Railway [see image 37369], seen here at Finmere (notice the NSE style sign, which tells you where you are once you are on site). Anyway, perhaps this vehicle is a case of Ongarmented reality.. or Ongar-demented, as the case may be.

Great Central Railway
Ken Strachan [13/08/2016]


Swindon: Eastbound HST 43074 @ 1701. Notice on the right, the rail entrance to the Keypoint Rail Terminal, hardly if ever used. I think they had the idea that Honda would start to use car trains, but sadly not.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2016]


Crofton: 45699 Galatea westbound on the GWR Berks and Hants, passing the Crofton Pumping Station @ 1047 hours.

Berks and Hants Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2016]


Bedwyn: 166-211 at Bedwyn Station, forming the 1139 to Paddington. It must have been a race day at Newbury as many ladies turned up looking very smart.

Berks and Hants Extension Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2016]


Helmdon (GC): A surreal scene at Helmdon in August 2016, as a line of sheep appears to be forming the up Ovine Cutler. Notice the branch feeder services to the left and right. [See image 53909] for their optimistic destination.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Ken Strachan [13/08/2016]


Bedwyn: A distant shot of the DMU parked in the turnback siding at the western end on a Newbury race day.

Berks and Hants Extension Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2016]


Swindon: 'Galatea' did not haul the return trip back from the West Somerset Railway, that was diesel hauled, probably by 47580. It did however pass through Swindon at 1705 hours on 13 August in the company of its support coach.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [13/08/2016]


Aberdour: With a toot, 46100 'Royal Scot' coasts downhill towards Aberdour with the 'Forth Circle' on 13 August.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [13/08/2016]


Swansea Victoria: This is a picture of a stone which is built into the wall of the flats that surrond Swansea Dock Marina. The flats are built close to the original site of Swansea Victoria station.

Swansea Extension (Llanelly Railway and Dock Company)
Alastair McLellan [13/08/2017]


Swansea Victoria: A picture of the area to give you a perspective of where the stone on the site of Swansea Victoria is positioned. I have zoomed into the stone which is situated at the top of the arch in the centre of the picture. Swansea Victoria station was behind these flats.

Swansea Extension (Llanelly Railway and Dock Company)
Alastair McLellan [13/08/2017]


Aberdour: DRS 68003 Astute leads the Northern Belle from Edinburgh to Inverness downhill into Aberdour on 13th August 2017. Classmate 68027 was on the rear.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [13/08/2017]


Inverkeithing East Junction: Colas 60085 leads an Elgin - Millerhill empty ballast working past Inverkeithing East Junction with Colas 56094 on the rear. Sunday 13th August 2017

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [13/08/2017]


Kirkcaldy: Black 5 45407 makes a spirited departure from Kirkcaldy with the returning Fife & Borders excursion on 13 August 2017. [Shades of Where are ye gang next Mr Roberton -Ed]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [13/08/2017]


Aberdour: 45407 charges into Aberdour with the SRPS Fife and Borders steam special, banked by 37685, on 13 August 2017.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [13/08/2017]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1834Durham and Sunderland RailwayAct passed. Intended to connect to the (never built) Durham branch of the Hartlepool Dock and Railway and run north east to Sunderland.
1836Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven RailwayAct receives Royal assent for a line from Canal Street to Trinity.
1849North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)Opened from Drem Junction to Williamston
1906Edinburgh and Northern Railway2nd>Newburgh 2nd opens west of 1st>Newburgh 1st which closes.
1948Jedburgh RailwayJedburgh to Roxburgh Junction closed to passengers
1948Berwickshire RailwaySt Boswells (Ravenswood Junction) to Duns closed to passengers (due to flood damage between Duns and Greenlaw).
1948Berwickshire RailwayGreenlaw to Duns closed to all traffic (flood damage).
1966Cathcart District RailwayLangside station fire.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2003Greenburn Branch receives fundingA closed and lifted line from New Cumnock to Greenhead is to be re-instated. The route was surveyed earlier this year. Kier Minerals have been awarded Ł3.9M to help build the 3.5km line which will leave the Knockshinnoch branch near New Cumnock and run west to Greenburn where there are opencast coalmines.
2004UK looks to India for rail help [BBC News]British railway bosses fly in 12 Indian rail engineers to work on revamping Victorian-era signal boxes.
2004Indians fill rail skills shortage [BBC News]Network Rail flies in specialist Indian engineers to work on the West Coast Mainline because of a UK skills shortage.
2007Minister signals start of level crossing campaign [Scotsman]A CAMPAIGN was to be launched today at Waverley Station discouraging drivers from risking their lives at level crossings.
2009Rail strike union considers offer [BBC News]A union involved in a rail strike on some of the busiest railway lines in England has said it is considering a pay offer from National Express.
2012Waverley Route - the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway [Railscot]Those who have been following the various Railscot updates on David Spaven^s book Waverley Route - the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway, will be pleased to hear the book is officially due for publication on 29 August 2012. The cover is shown opposite and a press release from Argyll Publishing can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
2012Mural at Prestonpans station nominated for award [Railscot]A beautiful mural at a ScotRail station in East Lothian has been shortlisted for a major award. The Prestonpans Railway Station Community Mural was created in October 2011 by artist Adele Conn, with the help of Preston Lodge High School art student Maia Aitken and dozens of other residents. Now it is in the running for an award at one of Britain’s top railway competitions, the Community Rail Awards, in the community art schemes category. The 34-panel mural features images of East Lothian landmarks including Prestongrange Mining Museum, the Prestoungrange Gothenburg, Preston Grange Church, Cockenzie Power Station and the Mercat Cross. [See Railscot News Item dated 2 October 2011]
2013Lost Edinburgh: The Scotland Street Tunnel [Scotsman]MANY New Town residents are blissfully unaware of the astonishing feat of Victorian engineering that hides just metres beneath the cobbles. The long-disused Scotland Street railway tunnel is among the city’s best kept secrets. [From Richard Buckby]
2013Alternative railway plans proposed at Falahill [ITV News]Network Rail has submitted an alternative planning application to the Scottish Borders Council for a bridge to be built at Falahill - where the Borders Railway will need to pass under the A7.
2013Rail protests as train fares set to increase [Channel 4 News]With train fares set to rise by an average 4.1 per cent in January, campaigners say the rise will be the sixth time in seven years that rail fares have outstripped wages.
2014Swiss train derailed in landslide [BBC News]A train has derailed at the top of a gulley after running into a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz. Eleven people are reported to have been injured and taken to nearby hospitals by helicopter, but there appear to have been no fatalities. The accident left one carriage hanging over the edge of the ravine, while another plunged down before before lodging behind a tree. The landslide happened after heavy rain in eastern Switzerland overnight. [From Mark Bartlett]
2014VIDEO: Borders Railway structures [Midlothian Advertiser]With around a year until the Borders Railway opens those behind the project give an insight into the challenges they faced. In this video Hugh Wark of Network Rail talks about the various structures, old and new, along the line from the Borders, through Midlothian, and into Edinburgh.
2015Is chugging along enough after railway upgrades put on pause? [Guardian]It all sounded different before the election. The chancellor, George Osborne, had promised a northern powerhouse, connecting the cities of the north into one booming economic entity, forged by fast transport connections. The electrification of the TransPennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds and the Midland mainline from Sheffield were two big transport goodies around the corner. And why stop there? Even the prime minister popped up to Leeds to propose HS3, a sequel to the HS2 high-speed rail line, with a vague but exciting promise of new cross-Pennine rail links.
2015Gallery: Dismantling Crossrail’s tunnel boring machines [Rail News]Crossrail has released a set of images showing its final tunnel boring machine (TBM), Victoria, being dismantled at Farringdon. The TBM’s trailer is being returned to manufacturer Herrenknecht to be reused while the cutter head will be chopped into pieces and hauled out of the Stepney Green shaft. Roger Mears, Crossrail Eastern Tunnels project manager, said: “Crossrail’s last tunnelling machine, Victoria, has finished her journey and is being dismantled and recycled. “Thanks to the quality of these marvellous machines and skill of the teams who operated them, Crossrail’s tunnels are now complete, ready for the complex task of fitting out the railway.” [From Richard Buckby]
2016Passengers hit out at Borders Railway shambles as 70 trains cancelled in ten days [Scotsman]Train punctuality on the Borders Railway has sunk to a new low as Scotland’s newest line prepares to celebrate its first birthday. Campaigners have condemned “shocking” recent performance and said delays and cancellations had reached “epidemic” proportions. ScotRail figures show only about one in four trains – 28.4 per cent – arrived on time at the start of this month. In addition, at least 70 trains were cancelled over the first ten days of August. These have been blamed on track and train faults, a driver on sick leave and a fallen tree.
2018Commuters could see rail fares rise by 3.5% next year [ITV News]The exact fare rise will be confirmed on Wednesday.