Busby: McIntosh 0-4-4T 55169 stands alongside the water column at the south end of Busby station on a quiet Tuesday in August 1956.
Newhaven Harbour: Co-Co electric locomotive no 20003 arrives at Newhaven Harbour in 1961 with a boat train from Victoria. The sign on the fence alongside reads 'Alight here for cross-channel steamers'. Built at BRs Brighton works in 1948, no 20003 was based on a design by OVS Bulleid, although it was a modified version of the two original examples (20001/20002) produced earlier at Ashford works for the Southern Railway. Power was normally supplied via the third rail, but all three locomotives had (recessed) pantographs fitted, mainly for use when operating in Hither Green yard. All three locomotives, class 70 under BR, were scrapped in 1969.
Balgreen Halt: Balgreen Halt with a steam hauled freight on the main line visible through the station footbridge in August 1961.
Brighton Shed: Wainwright 'C' class 0-6-0 31724 is one of the local 75A residents in the shed yard at Brighton in August 1961.
Norwood Junction: C2X 0-6-0s in the sidngs alongside Norwood Junction shed (75C) on 14 August 1961. Locomotive no 32525 is nearest the camera. [Ref query 6624]
Newhaven MPD: Class A1X 0-6-0T no 32662 stands inside Newhaven shed (sub to 75A Brighton), thought to have been photographed on 14 August 1961. The 4-track corrugated iron structure was officially closed by BR in 1963, the same year the Terrier was withdrawn from Eastleigh shed... before moving to Ayrshire! [See image 45850]
Brighton Shed: Busy scene in the shed yard at Brighton in the summer of 1961. Centre stage is departmental locomotive DS377 'Brighton Works'. The 0-6-0T Terrier (previously numbered 32635) was built at the nearby works in 1878. On the left is Billinton 0-6-2 Radial Tank 32580, another product of the same works in 1903. The relatively modern member of the trio, BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T 80068 was built here in 1953.
Balgreen Halt: The view east from the footbridge of Balgreen Halt on the Corstorphine branch, with the main Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway to the right.
Balgreen Halt: Class A2 60532 'Blue Peter' passing Balgreen Halt on the main line with a car carrying train in August 1961.
Aberystwyth: No 8 Llywelyn on shed at Aberystwyth (Vale of Rheidol) in August 1962.
Aberystwyth: The shed yard at Aberystwyth in the summer of 1962. 7823 Hook Norton Manor carries the headboard of the Cambrian Coast Express, during a period when the locomotive's home shed was at Machynlleth. Standing alongside is no 3200, a long term Cambrian lines locomotive.
Dovey Junction: 6368 stands at Dovey Junction in August 1962 with the 10.25am ex-Pwllheli
Dovey Junction: Ex-GWR 4-6-0 no 7807 Compton Manor photographed near Dovey Junction on 14 August 1962 with the 9.45am Whitchurch - Aberystwyth.
Aberystwyth: The 10.00 to Devils Bridge stands at Aberystwyth on 14 August 1962.
Dovey Junction: BR Standard class 3 2-6-2T no 82005 with a train at Dovey Junction in August 1962.
Aberystwyth: 7801 'Anthony Manor' photographed on Aberystwyth shed in the summer of 1962.
Machynlleth: 5306 stands at Machynlleth station on 14 August 1962 awaiting its departure time with the 8.5am to Aberystwyth.
Whitrope Bank: A1 Class No. 60118 Archibald Sturrock at the head of the 8.18 pm Millerhill to Kingmoor Class 'C' freight climbing up Whitrope bank on 14th August 1963, with the distinctive shape of one of the Maiden Paps (1,673 ft and 1,640 ft) in the background. This photograph is used on the rear cover of David Spaven's book Waverley Route: The battle for the Borders Railway. [See image 51040] See article!
Perth: 60012 leaves Perth on 3 hour train from Aberdeen to Glasgow.
Perth: 46166 London Rifle Brigade leaves Perth with a southbound parcels train in the summer of 1963. [See image 38550]
Perth: 44719 enters Perth in August 1963 with a Dundee train.
Carlisle: Black 5 4-6-0 no 44671 taking on water at the north end of Carlisle station on a wet morning in August 1965. The train is the summer Saturday 8.15am Morecambe Promenade - Glasgow Central.
Carlisle: St Margarets V2 no 60955 at Carlisle on 14 August 1965 with the 9.50am Edinburgh Waverley - Leeds City.
Carlisle: Holbeck Jubilee no 45608 Gibraltar leaves Carlisle on 14 August 1965 with the 9.50am Edinburgh Waverley - Leeds City.
Inverness: HR 103 stands at Inverness in August 1965 with the two preserved Caledonian coaches forming a return special to Forres. This was part of the shuttle service operated by the train between Inverness and Forres twice daily throughout that week as part of the Highland Railway centenary celebrations.
Carlisle: A wet summer evening at Carlisle in August 1965 as Black 5 no 44681 stands in south end bay platform 5 awaiting its departure time with the 7.45pm service to Carnforth.
Carlisle: BR Standard class 5 73121 stands alongside Carlisle platform 1 on 14 August 1965 with the summer Saturday 9.25am Blackpool North - Glasgow Central via Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Paisley Gilmour Street.
Carlisle: Jubilee 45608 Gibraltar sporting a 55A Holbeck shed plate, on manoeuvres at Carlisle station on 14 August 1965. The locomotive later worked home as the relief engine for the 0950 Edinburgh Waverley - Leeds City [see image 48724].
Carlisle: The 0950 Edinburgh Waverley - Leeds City stands at Carlisle on 14 August 1965. Recently attached for the journey over the Settle & Carlisle is Holbeck Jubilee no 45608 Gibraltar, with just one month to go before withdrawal.
Carlisle: The 8.55am ex-Blackpool North stands at Carlisle's platform 1 on Saturday 14 August 1965 behind Kingmoor Black 5 no 45120. The train is preparing to restart its journey north to Glasgow Central, running via Kilmarnock and Paisley Gilmour Street.
Carlisle: Ivatt 2-6-2T no 41222 is station pilot at Carlisle on 14 August 1965, seen here shunting the sidings on the west side of the station. [This push-pull fitted locomotive had arrived at Upperby shed around 6 months earlier, having been used on the Newport Pagnell branch until its closure the previous year.]
Cromer Beach: Twenty-two years after the 1954 closure of Cromer High station, the remaining Midland and Great Northern station in the town was still signed 'Cromer Beach' to distinguish it from the former Great Eastern terminus. The present day station is now just plain 'Cromer', and the replacement signage on this street corner reads 'Welcome to Morrisons'.
Elbergen: A southbound 2000 tonne iron ore train passing Elbergen, West Germany, on 14 August 1976 behind a DB class 043 3 cylinder 2-10-0 oil burner no 043-100-7.
Battlesbridge: Aided by vigorous local support (and perhaps nuclear flask traffic), the line from Wickford to Southminster survived a difficult time in the 1960s and 1970s to achieve electrification and an upswing in fortune. Shown is a Southminster bound DMU entering Battlesbridge, the first station out from Wickford, in August 1977. Waiting for a train here in bad weather was a particularly miserable experience - at the time there was no passenger shelter whatsoever.
Rathen: A class 26 powers up the gradient past the abandoned station at Rathen with the daily goods from Fraserburgh to Aberdeen, in August 1978.
Church Fenton: Peak 45050 takes a train through Church Fenton heading for Pontefract on 14 August 1980
Little Water of Fleet Viaduct: Wee Fleet viaduct from the west after closure of the line.
Selby: Scene at Selby in August 1980 as Deltic 55017 The Durham Light Infantry prepares to depart with a northbound InterCity service and head for the swing bridge over the River Ouse. This section was subsequently bypassed by ECML services from 1983, when main line trains were switched to a newly commissioned route between Colton and Temple Hirst.
Church Fenton: 37119 passing Church Fenton in August 1980 with a freight heading towards York.
Salwick: Swindon class 120 and BRCW Class 104 DMUs pass Salwick on a service from Blackpool North in 1982. Not the best quality photograph but it does show the long gone station canopy to good effect, albeit by this time the station buildings that sat under it had been demolished. [See image 26633].
Kirkham and Wesham: 37122 bowls seven MkIs along between Salwick and Kirkham on a hot August day in 1982. The train is 1M89, the 0928 (SO) Sheffield to Blackpool North, which would return to South Yorkshire after a quick run round. 37122 later became 37692 but was scrapped by Booths at Rotherham in 2009.
Dalmally: Looking eastward at Dalmally station on 14 August 1985 from the window of a class 37 hauled service heading for Oban, with steam heat working even in August. The class 104 'Mexican Bean' is in the eastbound platform on an Oban to Crianlarich shuttle service.
Oban: 37049 waits at Oban with the afternoon train to Glasgow on 14 August 1985.
Glen Douglas Halt: A token exchange takes place at Glen Douglas signal box in August 1985. Locomotive no 37049 is in charge of an Oban to Glasgow Queen Street service.
Crianlarich Lower Junction: A Class 37 with an Oban to Glasgow service takes the road to Crianlarich (Upper) station on a dull and wet afternoon in August 1985. The track to the left was all that was left of the original C&O line to the Lower station.
Helensburgh Upper: Passengers wait to catch the morning service from Glasgow to Oban service at Helensburgh Upper on a wet summers day in August 1985.
Symonds Yat: Just visible in the car park are the old platform edge stones at Symonds Yat (closed to passengers in 1959) on the former Ross and Monmouth Railway, photographed in August 2001.
Unitrition, Selby: Looking over the curved track towards the former BOCM Unitrition grain processing plant at Selby in 2002, with the site's Unimog road rail vehicle over on the left at the head of a rake of eight loaded 2 axle high capacity wagons it has propelled from the overhead loading facility behind the camera. [See image 50763]
Unitrition, Selby: The overhead loading facility for the BOCM Unitrition grain processing plant at Selby in August 2002, with a pair of wagons seen being loaded. The line from the processing plant [see image 50907] crosses an access road and runs in from the left. The Unimog road-rail vehicle hauls empty wagons along the left side spur and then propels them back through the loading structure. The grain is transported across the Leeds to Hull line from the main BOCM facility. The disused points alongside the access road were on a run round connection with the main line.
Unitrition, Selby: A Unimog road rail vehicle is seen attached to a rake of loaded wagons it has propelled from the nearby loading facility [see image 50944] along the small self contained rail system that served the former BOCM Unitrition grain processing plant at Selby. The plant was located between the Leeds to Hull line to the left and the rail served Potter Logistics depot off picture to the right.
Mallaig: 62005 leaving Mallaig in August 2005.
Mallaig: 62005 at Mallaig with backdrop of Eigg and Rum.
Chatelherault: An afternoon service from Dalmuir approaching Chatelherault in August 2006 on its way to Larkhall.
Airbles: The 11.42 Milngavie - Lanark service calls at Airbles (opened 1989) on an August afternoon in 2006. The station name sign here is claimed by some to hold a record [see image 30440].
Maryhill: Not stopping. A service off the West Highland Line runs through Maryhill station on a warm and sunny August afternoon in 2006 with just over 4 miles to go on its journey to Queen Street. The passengers on the platform are awaiting the next Anniesland - Queen Street shuttle.
Possilpark and Parkhouse: A 158 on the short trip from Anniesland to Queen Street arrives at Possilpark and Parkhouse station on 14 August 2006. The bridge in the background carries the busy A879 Balmore Road.
Possil: The old station building at Possil (closed 1964) puts on a brave face to Balmore Road in August 2006.
Duke Street: A Springburn - Dalmuir train arrives at Duke Street on a sunny August afternoon in 2006. The towers beyond the wall on the right are part of the large Hovis Bakery site.
North Johnstone: Looking North, this shows the what was left of the embankment, and also the bridge where the Johnstone North line dived under the Kilbarchan Loop line (The station was on the other side of the embankment) near the station during works to clear the site. The whole area is being cleared and a supermarket built at the site.
North Johnstone: Looking North, this shows a smoky bulldozer at work helping to flatten the embankment that once carried smoky trains at the same location. The whole area is being cleared and a supermarket built at the site.
Maryhill: Maryhill station in August 2006 with a train for Glasgow Queen Street coming off the line from Anniesland at Maryhill Park Junction.
Larkhall: View south over Larkhall station from Raploch Street bridge in August 2006 with a train about to leave for Dalmuir. At this point the station had been open for nearly 9 months.
St Rollox Works: A panorama showing the rear of the former St Rollox Works looking towards the Sighthill flats in August 2006. Much of the old railway land here has now been put to other uses, in this case as a Tesco car park.
Maryhill: 158712 accelerates east after leaving Maryhill station with an Anniesland - Queen Street service on an August afternoon in 2006. The train has just passed below Maryhill Road. [See image 10851]
Maryhill: A Queen Street service picks up passengers at Maryhill in August 2006 immediately after coming off the Anniesland line at Maryhill Park Junction.
Tay Bridge: Superstructure of the High Girders being renovated. 14.08.07. The supports look longer as it is neap tide.
Barry Links: View looking south. The left platform is out of use, previously used for troop trains serving Barry Buddon Firing Range.
Montrose: The 1406 turbostar for Glasgow loading at Montrose.
South Esk Viaduct: 170414 about to cross the South Esk Bridge heading for Glasgow, haar lying about all day.
Tay Bridge: North end work well underway on 14 August 2007, with a safety boat and the works craft from nearby Newport Pierhead.
Barry Links: Station building at Barry Links - August 2007, view south.
Montrose: To the south of the station a contractors van sits near a batch of new colour light signal posts lying in wait.
Livingston South: It's Festival time again! An attractive combination of liveries at Livingston South station on 14 August 2008. The train looks nice too - in this case the 1215 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley service.
Livingston North: Ongoing work at Livingston North on 14 August 2008 as a 4-car 158 combination pulls out with the 1218 Waverley - Bathgate service.
Livingston North: Progress at Livingston North on 14 August 2008. View southwest over the station from Deans Road North as a train leaves for Bathgate.
Bathgate East Junction: View west on 14 August 2008 as a 158 heads towards Bathgate. New track and signalling are in place on the existing single line, the new westbound line and the line on the left which will serve the light maintenance depot. In the background ballast is being laid through the cleared area created by the recent demolition of Rennies Bridge. The eastern end of the existing STVA vehicle compound is visible in the middle distance.
Bathgate East Junction: An eastbound service from Bathgate approaching Boghall on 14 August 2008 runs past the site of Bathgate East Junction. A branch turned south at this point, passing under the A7066 road (behind the camera), and running to Seafield Oil Works east of Blackburn. The walkers on the left of the picture are on the trackbed of the former branch which closed in 1955. [See image 20274]
Bathgate East Junction: Looking north along the trackbed of the former North British Railway freight only branch from the Seafield Oil Works near Blackburn, West Lothian, about to pass below this substantial bridge carrying the A7066 road over the line near the Boghall roundabout. Approximately 100 yards beyond the bridge the branch joined the Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway westbound at Bathgate East Junction. The branch closed in 1955 and the trackbed is now a walkway/cycleway. [See image 20270]
Morecambe: A Leeds, via Lancaster and Skipton, service departs from Morecambe. Just beyond the bridge is the junction with the Heysham Port Branch [See image 18114] but 142096 is on the independent single line to Bare Lane station.
Dortmund: Edinburgh take note: this is how the professionals do it. The street-level tram system in central Dortmund is being lifted and replaced with a cut-and-cover underground immediately below street level. This view looks over the disused tracks with the brand new Reinoldkirche station just beyond. This frees land to expand the shopping district, reduces congestion and noise.
Morecambe Euston Road: The Heysham Boat train passes the site of Morecambe Euston Road, the substantial yellow brick five platform LNWR terminus in the town. This was sited at an angle alongside this connecting link to Morecambe Promenade station in the area now occupied by housing. Euston Road closed after the 1962 summer season although from 1957 onwards it had only been open from June to September each year for excursion traffic. Nothing remains of the passenger station but the goods shed still stands in a builders merchant's yard and can be seen from passing trains. 142016 will reverse at Morecambe to access the Heysham branch by the blue building in the distance.
Princes Street [Tram]: Looking west through the rain over Princes Street on 14 August 2009 with tram works well advanced. On the horizon to the left is the north stand built above the Castle Esplanade to accommodate visitors to the 2009 Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Streethouse: Level crossing gate on Whinney Lane to the west of Streethouse station on the abandoned branch to Sharlston Colliery (closed 1993). The connection to the Pontefract - Wakefield line was approximately 100m to the left of the crossing.
Coatbridge Central: Coatbridge Central has experienced a varied level of service over its existence, from good to a period when the service was skeleton and the station lost all its platform buildings. The station still has a somewhat bleak appearance, but is currently served by hourly trains on the Cumbernauld to Motherwell line and one or two electric services in the morning and evening peaks start or terminate here (extended from the Blantyre side of the Hamilton Circle). A Cumbernauld to Motherwell service pulls into the southbound platform on 14 August formed by 156 474.
Musgrave: Musgrave, on the link from Penrith to the Stainmore Line between Kirkby Stephen East and Appleby East, served a very rural location and closed in 1952, ten years before passenger services actually ceased on the line itself. The small station building, dating from 1860, has made a very attractive residence as seen in this view from the road in August 2010.
Carstairs: With its sparse service Carstairs does well to retain a ticket office, albeit with less character than the one it had last century [see image 25230 for the view thirteen years earlier]. It is surely Scotland's least used ticket office, though Carstairs' comparative isolation must mean that average takings per ticket are fairly high.
Newton: Caverns measureless to Man. The subway linking the platforms at Newton is more generously proportioned than most, and no 'Mind your head' notices are needed here. The access to the right leads to Newton Station Road, which gives a clue that the station isn't really in Newton which is not in any case a substantial village; it's really in Hallside. Surprising then that it's the station bearing Britain's commonest placename. [See image 6285]
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A look across the platforms at Queen Street on 14 August. As can be seen this is very much Class 170 territory (as opposed to Glasgow Central where they're unknown). Usually however one or both of the other two DMU classes in Scotland is around somewhere, with 156s forming all WHL services, and 158s the usual fare on the Maryhill line.
Airdrie: View over the buffers along bay Platform 1 at Airdrie on 14 August. This platform is to be retained when Airdrie gets full through running on the (re)opening of the second through platform in December. I believe only every other through service from Edinburgh will serve stations between here and Glasgow, so to maintain the four per hour stopping service on this stretch there will have to be trains originating from Airdrie. Could they be going to Milngavie, to replace the services currently originating from Bellgrove? Let's see.
Warcop: 37250, in faded Transrail livery, stands amidst the Southern Region EMUs in Warcop station yard, but on an isolated length of track. This well travelled loco had a spell operating in France prior to its withdrawal by EWS in 2000. It was purchased privately and moved to the Eden Valley Railway in 2008.
Motherwell: 224 027 approaches Motherwell on 14 August with a circle service which has come via Hamilton. All such services in both directions are announced as terminating at Motherwell, though in fact trains wait only a few minutes before continuing in the same direction to return towards Glasgow.
Linlithgow: The solid (and stolid) exterior of Linlithgow station in August 2010. No fripperies here.
Rutherglen: Temporary decks are down on the bridge carrying the M74 extension over Rutherglen station further changing the character of the formerly rather exposed platforms. It will change even more when traffic starts thundering overhead (whenever that might be). 334 013 pulls in with a southbound service on 14 August.
Newton: The driver of 314 205 has changed ends at Newton on 14 August and is ready to return to Glasgow, this time via Maxwell Park. There is no reason why these trains from the Cathcart lines can't continue towards Motherwell, as they have done in the past [see image 30117], but for decades now these services have stuck to their rigid timetable, leaving the lines beyond Newton East Junction to Argyle Line services.
Appleby East: The station building at Appleby East, closed in 1962, still stands in excellent condition. The local school car park wall almost conceals the fact that, even though the line to Warcop hasn't been lifted, the whole of the station area is now occupied by a vehicle dismantlers with scrap cars covering the site. This view looks south towards Warcop. [See image 18204] showing the same location in 1983.
Appleby: Negotiations at Appleby as the unfortunate passenger who missed rejoining the Cumbrian Mountain Express after its water stop [See image 30291] is talked on to the following Leeds service train by a member of the Princess Elizabeth support crew. I hope he managed to catch up with the steam special at some point.
Whifflet: 156 445 in retreat from the platform lines at Whifflet on 14 August 2010. The unit is stabled behind the station pending a scheduled return working to Glasgow Central.
Appleby East: Just to the north of Appleby East, on the now disused line to Penrith, is this level crossing beyond which the rails continue to a headshunt with a trailing link to Appleby (West). The line closed to passengers in 1962 but this section remained open for freight to Warcop until 1989. [See image 21207] for the view in the opposite direction from the same point.
Coatbridge Sunnyside: 320 315 stands at the eastbound platform at Coatbridge Sunnyside with an Airdrie service. In a few short months lucky Coatbridgers will be able to catch a regular service from that platform to Edinburgh (should that be their wish).
Airbles: Those who are old enough will remember when a station name sign told you the name of the station and nothing else. Nowadays the trend seems to be to include more and more information. Here at Airbles on 14 August seven letters of station name are followed by eighty letters of other text. A record, perhaps?
Carmyle: No doubt it's local pride that leads Nancy to consider adjacent Carmyle station to be 'The Main Stop' on the Whifflet line. In fact in terms of bookings the honour among the intermediate stations goes to Kirkwood with its more populous catchment area. August 2010.
Motherwell: 318 254 pulls into Platform 3 at Motherwell on 14 August on its rather convoluted route from Lanark to Dalmuir via the Hamilton Circle. These workings alternate with the direct services which leave Motherwell in the 'right' and opposite direction. The VT car stop sign is a bit of a red herring as this is not the main line and non-SPT services would only come via Hamilton during a rare diversion.
Inverkeithing: The afternoon East Coast service from Aberdeen to King's Cross pulls into Inverkeithing round about tea-time on 14 August, as it has done for many years under several operators. The HSTs look set to stay for another few years yet.
Airdrie: Looking east from the platform at Airdrie on 14 August 2010. The added track (left) looks more complete than the 'existing' track.
Bo^ness: 37025 Inverness TMD moves forward to take over for the final run of the day from Boness on 14 August 2010.
Carmyle: 156 514 pulls into Carmyle heading for Whifflet on 14 August. Although it is five miles from Glasgow Central there are no intermediate stations (a surprisingly long stationless stretch in Glasgow terms) and running is mostly fast. Passengers can therefore get into or out of Central Glasgow in only a few minutes.
Cumbernauld: Rail was not seen as the future at the time New Towns were planned and as a result their stations are not always conveniently placed. Cumbernauld station, seen here in August 2010, is on the south-eastern edge of the sprawling town and that taxi rank and bus stop are essential. It was (and is) 2 miles from the original Cumbernauld village - so it's perhaps surprising that it ever had a station in the first place.
Motherwell: Looking south over Motherwell station on 14 August 2010. Main line platforms are on the left, with Hamilton Circle platforms 3 and 4 and then stabling at the far right. Platform 3 is considerably longer than Platform 4, but having no main line services is rather unlikely to see its full 12-carriage length filled!
Appleby: A late running afternoon S&C service for Leeds approaches Appleby from Carlisle passing the North signalbox with its junction for the link to the disused Warcop line. This semi-fast service was around 45 minutes down and so the Cumbrian Mountain Express, with 6201 Princess Elizabeth, had been allowed to run ahead of it including taking water at Appleby.
Airdrie: Platform 3 at Airdrie takes shape on 14 August 2010. A recent arrival stands at platform 2 while a westbound service is in the process of departing from bay platform 1.
Newton: On 14 August unit 334 024 calls at Newton with a services for Motherwell. On the far right are the wires of the WCML, which also carries local services as far as Uddingston Junction. A connection exists allowing eastbound trains through Newton station to rejoin this line and vice-versa. It is shown on the ScotRail network map as 'Limited Service', but in the current passenger timetable this is limited to no service at all.
Appleby: Water stop at Appleby for 6201 Princess Elizabeth on the Cumbrian Mountain Express. The twelve coach train had arrived on time and stopped just long enough to take on water and get underway again as it was being followed by a late running Carlisle to Leeds service [See image 30269]. Unfortunately one passenger hadn't heard the revised arrangements, rushed back onto this platform just as the train departed and had to be accommodated on the DMU that arrived a few minutes later. View south towards Ormside and Kirkby Stephen.
Coatbridge Sunnyside: On 14 August the main station building at Coatbridge Sunnyside is caught in the middle of repainting with fresh FSR colours on the woodwork while the ironwork is still in SPT maroon and cream. The effect is almost that of a doctored image. (It isn't!)
Cumbernauld: 66 147 rumbles north through Cumbernauld with a train of hoppers on 14 Aug 2010.
Craignure: 'Victoria' departs from Craignure with the 12.10 to Torosay on 14 August. With Torosay Castle remaining closed to the public, trains are carrying fewer passengers than usual during this brief window of operation, pending the proposed relocation to Balloch and Loch Lomond.
Chippenham: Power car 43.025 The Institution Of Railway Operators heads the late-running 20.25 to London Paddington out of Chippenham on 14 August 2011.
Chippenham: Station entrance at Chippenham on a pleasant summer Sunday evening in August 2011: a warm welcome.... but few passengers about.
Oban: View from what would have been the end of the trainshed looking towards the station throat at Oban in August 2011. The trainshed and original platforms were to the left and the existing platforms date from the opening of the Ballachulish Branch.
Torosay Castle: Having just arrived with the first train from Craignure on 14 August, 2-6-2T 'Victoria', built in 1993, runs rounds at Torosay on the Mull Railway. The railway closed in December 2010 following the decision to put Torosay Castle up for sale, thus depriving the line of the majority of its custom. However, the railway was granted a brief reprieve and will work Sunday to Thursday until 1st September.
Torosay Castle: 'Victoria' waits at Torosay on the Isle of Mull Railway with the stock of the 11.40 to Craignure on 14 August 2011. It is understood that negotiations are continuing regarding the proposed move of the railway to Balloch, using a route that should include some of the old trackbed of the line down to Balloch Pier. [See image 31760]
Craignure: The 15.10 Torosay Castle Express heads south shortly after leaving Craignure. The view looks east across the Sound of Mull to Rubha an Ridire.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: Looking north along the Waverley trackbed on 14 August in the direction of Newtongrange. The bridge on the right spanned the lines serving the Lady Victoria Colliery, which can be seen in the distance.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: Looking north during the evening of 14 August with the Waverley route on the left and the headgear of the Lady Victoria pit glinting in the evening sun. The Lady Victoria Colliery signal box formerly stood on the left hand side of the cutting close to here [see image 6108].
Duffield: Despite the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway having no physical connection with Network Rail, a 'junction' station has been created at Duffield, with main line interchange. Here an EVR Metropolitan Cammell DMU is seen at Duffield connecting with an East Midlands Class 156 on a Matlock service. The heritage set will return to Wirksworth along the 10 mile preserved line.
Wirksworth: A general view of Wirksworth station from the overbridge with a 3-car DMU about to depart for the junction at Duffield. On the right is the platform serving the short 1:30 branch to Ravenstor with an elaborate trap point arrangement in place for any overshoots. [See image 35791]
Pant: A flying visit to the Brecon Mountain Railway on 14 August just caught Baldwin 4-6-2 No 2 about to depart from Pant Station.
Brackley Central: The tyre fitting centre at Brackley [see image 52362] is more recognizable as a former station from track level - despite the brick structure built on the down platform. Notice the abbreviated footbridge, top right.
Brackley Central: Here is a closer view of the bricked up entrances and exits [see image 52448]. The upper one was the footbridge, the lower one would be to the platform, and the one on the right... also to the platform!
Bicester Town: Another shot [see image 52322] of work in progress at Bicester Town station in August 2015. The line has since re-opened, so it wouldn't be a good idea to try and repeat this shot; which looks East.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Borders - liveried unit 170414 at Glasgow Queen Street on 14 August 2015.
Beattock Summit: A nine-car Pendolino approaching the loops at Beattock Summit with a Glasgow to Euston service on 14 August 2015.
Bicester Town: Currently closed to passengers, there is clearly a major upgrade in progress at Bicester Town in August 2015. The rebuilt station is due to open in October, with trains running between Oxford and London Marylebone via High Wycombe, via the new curve to the east of the town [see image 47183]. In the longer term the station will also be served by trains on the Oxford-Bletchley-Bedford section of the East-West Rail Link, due to open by 2019.
Brackley Central: The former station at Brackley, Northants, on the Great Central Railway's London Extension, seen here on 14 August 2015. This view looks East from the road side, well above track level. The building was first converted into a car dealer, Sprinzels; whose name was displayed in white bricks on the North (left) end of the building; and is now a car tyre fitting centre. [Ref query 42301]
Bath Green Park [2nd]: All lit up, but nowhere to go - better have a drink then. Thank you Bath City Council, for restoring this wonderful building instead of allowing it to be demolished.
Hardengreen Viaduct: ScotRail 158712 northbound between Newwtongrange and Eskbank on 14 August 2016 about to clear Hardengreen Viaduct.
Becconsall: Visiting Hudswell Clarke locos from Statfold Barn Railway are seen at the West Lancashire Light Railway on 14 August 2016. On the left is 0-6-0T works number 1172 of 1922 'Alpha' while 0-6-0WT works number 1643 of 1930 backs onto the train in the platform.
Hardengreen Junction: Passing the site of Hardengreen Junction on the approach to Eskbank station on Sunday 14 August 2016 is the ScotRail 1011 Edinburgh - Tweedbank.
Hardengreen Viaduct: 46100 Royal Scot crossing Hardengreen Viaduct on 14 August 2016 with the first of the two Sunday morning runs of the ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam Special' heading for Tweedbank.
Gorebridge: 46100 nears Gorebridge with the second Borders steam trip of the day.
Portobello Junction: 67009 draws the empty stock for the Borders steam special at Portobello Junction.
Abbeyhill Junction: 46100 Royal Scot passing Abbeyhill eastbound on Sunday 14 August 2016 shortly after leaving Waverley with the ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam Special' heading for Tweedbank.
Dumbarton Central: Barrel train, advert for the coffee shop and tree clearance in the disused platform.
Dumbarton Central: Tantalisingly close ... 'Lancashire Fusilier' en route north presumably from working the Tweedbank railtour in August.
Dundee: The station entrance at Dundee on 14th August 2017. This was closed in the late 1950s but has since been modernised and reopened.
Lancaster: A very clean DRS 57309 Pride of Crewe runs light engine through Lancaster on 14th August 2017 making its way from Crewe to Carlisle Kingmoor.
Ardrossan Harbour: 380 111 at Ardrossan Harbour with a service to Glasgow Central, on 14 August. On the left is the red funnel of MV Caledonian Isles with a Brodick sailing.
Dundee: 170408 calls at Platform 4 in Dundee station with a northbound service on 14th August 2017.
Bridge of Orchy: The NELPG support car suffers a broken clutch near Black Mount on Rannoch Moor.
Tom-na-Faire Depot: The K1 passes its support coach as it accelerates past Tom Na Faire depot with the morning Jacobite on 14/08/17.
East Linton: One of the former stations on the Edinburgh - Berwick route being considered for reopening is East Linton in rural East Lothian, some 20 miles out from Waverley. The station here opened in 1846 as plain Linton, with the name change taking place in 1864. East Linton closed to all traffic in May 1964. The old station buildings are seen here on 14 August 2018, with the LNER 0930 ex-Kings Cross about to run through en route to Edinburgh, where it is scheduled to arrive 16 minutes later.
Reston: Scene at Reston, Berwickshire, looking south on 14 August 2018. The Virgin East Coast 0800 Kings Cross - Edinburgh has just run through the site of the former station. This is one of the locations on the Edinburgh - Berwick section of the ECML being considered for reopening. Part of Main Street can be seen running through the village on the left.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1848||Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway|
|Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway merges with Ballochney Railway and Slamannan Railway to become Monkland Railways.|
|1849||Mold Railway||Line opened from Saltney Ferry to Mold, worked by the London and North Western Railway|
|1860||Oswestry and Newtown Railway||Abermule opened|
|1862||Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway||Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway absorbed by North British Railway?|
|1862||Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
|Absorbed by Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway|
|1867||Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway||Aberdovey opened.|
|1867||Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway||Aberdovey Harbour closed.|
|1884||Barry Dock and Railways||Established by an Act. Led by David Davies of Ocean Collieries. The line was to run from Barry to Cadoxton Junction then north to Drope Junction for a branch to Peterston with the South Wales Railway (then a further junction, Tynycaeau Junction, with the same line from St Fagan^s) and then north to the Treforest estate at Tonteg Junction for a connection with the Taff Vale Railway before finishing near Trehafod, joining the Taff Vale Railway.|
|1893||Barry Dock and Railways||Start to use Riverside station on the Cardiff Riverside Branch.|
|1896||Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway||Act passed.|
|1945||VJ Day End of Second World War||Japan agrees to the terms of the Potsdam conference and surrenders|
|1960||Glasgow Central Railway||Kelvinbridge to Stobcross Junction 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.
|2006||New plans for city rail link sparks anger [Scotsman]||FEARS have been raised that changes to direct rail services between Edinburgh and Manchester will lead to more travellers choosing to fly instead.|
|2007||National Express wins rail route [BBC News]||National Express has won the battle to operate the main London-to-Edinburgh rail route.|
|2007||Exhibition lets residents keep track of trams [Scotsman]||A SPECIAL presentation on the city^s trams project is to be made to Leithers.|
|2008||Broken down train delays travel [BBC News Article]||Rail journeys from Inverness to destinations south of the city are disrupted by a freight train breakdown. National Express East Coast and First ScotRail services were affected after the breakdown six miles south of Pitlochry, in Perthshire.|
|2009||Tram line chaos branded ^an embarrassment^ [Evening News]||THE Capital^s controversial tram line was today branded an ^embarrassment^ after it emerged the project may now not be up and running until 2013 as a result of a bitter legal dispute with contractors|
|2011||Rail fare rises of 13% ^may break government^, campaigners warn [Guardian]||Hitting rail commuters with a swath of double-digit rail fare increases will carry ^economic and political consequences^ for the government, campaigners have warned on the eve of inflation figures that will mean some tickets rise by 13%. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2012||Protests over ^massive^ rail fares hike as unions warn of £5,000 a year season tickets [Independent]||Tens of thousands of rail commuters will have to pay more than £5,000 a year for their season tickets after new rises come into effect in January, a union warned today.|
|2012||Two men hurt after being hit by train on Rannoch Moor [BBC News]||Two men have been injured after being hit by a train on Rannoch Moor on Tuesday evening. The pair had been walking along the track about two miles north of Rannoch Station, near Corrour, when they were struck at about 18:40. The train driver is understood to have spotted the men and hit the brakes. British Transport Police said the 52-year-old and and 87-year-old were airlifted to hospital suffering from leg injuries. [From Andrew Wilson]|
|2012||Rail franchise battle boils over as Virgin set to lose Manchester line to rivals FirstGroup in £7billion deal [Mancunian Matters]||Virgin UK is set to lose its West Coast main line rail franchise serving Manchester passengers on a daily basis to rivals FirstGroup|
|2013||Spain announces response to Santiago disaster [IRJ]||SPANISH development minister Mrs Ana Pastor has announced a range of measures aimed at improving safety across the whole rail network after the accident at Santiago de Compostela on July 26, which left 79 dead and dozens injured.|
|2013||Borders Railway pub claim arrives at court [Midlothian Advertiser]||A former secretary of Hearts Football Club is taking the Borders Railway Project to a tribunal over a disputed compensation claim. Leslie Porteous, who owned the former Porters bar on Station Road in Gorebridge, is bringing the case against Scottish Borders Council to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. His former premises was bought under a Compulsory Purchase Order, with the new rail line to run right beside the building.|
|2013||Work starts on £2.3m Burnley railway station revamp [BBC News]||Work is starting on a £2.3m railway station redevelopment, as part of plans to reinstate a faster rail route between East Lancashire and Manchester. The new Manchester Road railway station in Burnley is being built before the re-opening of the Todmorden Curve. The 500m section of track, which has not been used since the 1960s, connects the Burnley to Manchester lines and would cut travel time to 40 minutes. Currently, the journey takes 80 minutes as commuters change at Hebden Bridge. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||The trouble with trying to make trains go faster [BBC]||As technology advances, transport gets ever faster, and trains are no exception. But with great speed come great drawbacks. Katia Moskvitch reports on the pitfalls facing train designers trying to reach even greater speed on rails.|
|2014||£1m revamp for railway station [Morpeth Herald]||A £1million revamp is being planned for Morpeth Railway Station to restore derelict buildings. The Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) has announced the ambitious programme for the Grade II-listed facility in a bid to create new business space.|
|2015||Edinburgh Trams lost almost Ā£450,000 in 2014 [BBC News]||Edinburgh Trams lost almost Ā£450,000 in 2014 - less than expected due to higher than predicted passenger numbers. Three million people used the trams, following the launch of the service at the end of May 2014. Bosses estimate it will take three years for the trams to make a profit.|
|2016||Talks break down in Southern rail dispute [Guardian]||Talks between Southern and the RMT union aimed at settling the long-running railway dispute have broken down, meaning passengers could face renewed disruption from strikes. A five-day strike that started last Monday was suspended after three days and both sides returned to talks at the arbitration service Acas on Thursday. But a third day of talks came to an abrupt end on Monday morning. An Acas spokesperson said: āAcas conciliation talks have ended without the sides reaching agreement. There are no further talks planned but our services remain available.ā Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates Southern trains, said it would press ahead with planned changes to staff roles, which were due to start being implemented next week. Conductors will no longer be responsible for closing train doors and will be rebranded as āonboard supervisorsā. Unions say the move endangers safety and threatens jobs.|
|2018||Network Rails plan to improve East Coast Main Line is approved [Global Railway Review]||A Network Rail proposal to construct a new section of railway underneath the East Coast Main Line has been permitted by the Secretary of State for Transport. The improvement is part of the Railway Upgrade Plan and will link the Stamford lines and the Great Northern Great Eastern lines at Werrington Junction near Peterborough. Currently, slow moving freight trains cross over three lines of the East Coast Main Line, causing high-speed passenger trains to slow down on the approach to Werrington Junction. This multi-million pound investment will mean freight trains no longer need to do this and can instead travel under the East Coast Main Line.|
|2018||£18m investment in rail freight spells good news for construction industry [Network Rail]||As part of the Great North Rail Project, Network Rail is investing £18m to lengthen freight sidings in Buxton. This vital investment will allow even longer freight trains to operate across the railway network, transporting construction materials from Buxtons quarries to destinations across Britain. Extending the track by 430 metres will allow freight trains to increase their number of wagons from 18 to 26 wagons. This will help provide an economic boost for local quarries and future national construction projects, as up to 2,500 tonnes of materials could be transported by each train. Having longer trains also helps create a cleaner environment, as each freight train takes 76 lorries off the road and each tonne of freight transported by rail cuts carbon emissions by 76%.|
|2018||Borders railway - helping businesses prosper and be more connected [The Herald]||More businesses are being encouraged to start, relocate and expand in the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh, where the Borders Railway is breathing new life into local economies.|
|2018||Livingston South station redevelopment programme revised [Network Rail]||Work on the programme to redevelop Livingston South station has been extended after encountering unforeseen ground conditions and a subsequent delay in developing an appropriate design for the new lifts to be constructed in the station.|
|2018||ScotRail confirms Aberdeen to Dyce journeys back on track [ScotRail]||ScotRail is reminding customers that services between Aberdeen and Inverness will be returning to normal from Monday, 20 August, following 14 weeks of major upgrade works. Engineers from Network Rail Scotland ^ ScotRails partner in the ScotRail Alliance ^ have been working around the clock since mid-May to lay a second track and install a new signalling system on the 6.25 mile stretch between Aberdeen and Dyce.|
|2019||Rail fares set to rise again in January [BBC News]||Rail users in the UK are expected to be hit by a further rise in ticket prices which will come into effect next year. The increase will be based on the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation measure for July which will be announced on Wednesday. Analysts expect the figure to be around 2.8%, likely to lead to an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of getting to work for many commuters.|
|2019||FirstGroup replaces Virgin to run West Coast route [BBC News]||FirstGroup is to take over the running of the West Coast mainline train route, connecting London Euston to Glasgow Central, from December. Along with Italian firm Trenitalia, FirstGroup said the route would pave the way for an era of high-speed rail. First Trenitalia replaces Virgin Trains, which was barred from bidding to keep the route. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the bid was part of a shift to a new model for rail.|