Dunoon Pier: Scene at Dunoon on a fine Sunday 11 September 1955, with TS Queen Mary II approaching the pier.
Dunoon Pier: The paddle steamer Jeannie Deans photographed at Dunoon in September 1955.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The Leeds City-Glasgow Queen Street 'North Briton' arrives at its destination on 11 September 1958. At the head of the train is Haymarket A2 Pacific no 60509 Waverley.
Busby: Fairburn tank 42164 about to leave Busby with a train for East Kilbride on 11 September 1958, with signalman D MacKay standing alongside.
Terminus Junction: GNSR 49 and NBR 256 lead the Scottish Industries Exhibition Special from Ayr to Kelvin Hall (was Partick Central) eastbound approaching Terminus Junction on the freight only lines below Shields Road. Out of sight to the left is the original Glasgow and Paisley Junction Joint Railway and its Shields Road station. The City of Glasgow Union Railway's Shields Road station is above the carriages and the Shields station on the Paisley Canal line is above the tunnel mouth and to the right. The left hand tunnel has the line from General Terminus and the splitting distant is for the curve to Muirhouse. Photographer unknown. [See image 8029] for a view in the reverse direction above the tunnel.
Banff: Ex-CR 2P 0-4-4T 55221 at Banff station in 1959 with the 1450 to Tillynaught. The station closed in 1964 and the line lasted a little longer closing in 1968.
Tillynaught: View north of the main line platforms at Tillynaught in 1959. The Banff branch platform is beyond the building to the right.
Hillington East: The way it used to be... watching the trains go by at Hillington East in September 1965. A Fairburn runs through the station on the down fast line.
Millerhill Marshalling Yard: View south over the Northwest section of Millerhill yard in September 1971. The main lines are over on the left and Monktonhall Colliery stands in the right background beyond the down departure sidings. [See image 33633]
Millerhill: 5303 brings a Bilston Glen Colliery - Cockenzie power station coal train off the Roslin branch at the south end of Millerhill yard in 1971. The former Waverley route heads off left towards Eskbank.
Craven Arms: Although the up platform buildings at Craven Arms had been replaced by a shelter (a very sturdy looking one it has to be said), this September 1972 view north under the covered footbridge reveals that the carriage shed (left) and goods shed (right) were still extant, albeit no longer part of the active railway.
Camelford: The remains of Camelford station, North Cornwall, looking along the trackbed in the direction of Launceston in September 1972.
Gunnislake: The branch service from Plymouth stands at the old Gunnislake station in September 1972.
Gmuend: Although the border town of Gmuend in Lower Austria retained a large allocation of 2-8-2T locos until 1976, there was little in the way of standard gauge steam working in and out of the town itself (operations were centred on the sub-shed at Schwarzenau some 15 miles to the east), so that apart from a couple of workings on the narrow-gauge, the highlight of a morning spent there was the appearance of a transfer freight from Ceske Velenice on the Czech side of the border. This was normally worked by CSD No. 556 0506, a Skoda built 2-10-0 to a very advanced design, of which 510 examples were constructed between 1951 and 1958. It is seen here between the border and Gmuend station on 11th September 1975.
Bishops Nympton and Molland: A peculiar queue of abandoned caravans and cars stretches along the track bed of the former Taunton-Barnstaple line at Bishops Nympton and Molland station on 11th September 1976. It was as if holiday motorists had tried to use the disused railway as an alternative to the congested roads and come to grief. Substantial holiday traffic had indeed come this way in the past, but on rails until the line closed in 1966. [Ref query 1125]
Dulverton: The largest intermediate station on the Norton Fitzwarren to Barnstaple line, and terminus for services along the Exe Valley line until 1963, Dulverton station is pictured 10 years after final closure in 1966. Dulverton itself is nearly two miles away from this location.
Lickey Incline: 47307 lifts a heavy tank train up the Lickey Incline in 1980, with considerable assistance from two Class 37 banking engines [See image 49932]. 47307, the former D1788, was a Tinsley loco at this time. It was finally withdrawn in 2002 and cut up at EMR Kingsbury in 2008.
Lickey Incline: Two Lickey bankers, EE Type 3s 37158 and 37204, giving much needed assistance to 47307 and its long train of tank wagons on the 1:37 Lickey Incline in 1980 [see image 49924]. The summit at Blackwell is alongside the houses that can be seen above the tanks. There the bankers will drop off and return to Bromsgrove.
Southport: Driver's eye view from the cab of 40092 at Southport (Chapel St) in 1982. This wasn't as exciting as it might first seem as the Class 40 was a static exhibit at a Rail Festival in the station. A Cravens DMU can be seen in the carriage sidings beyond the now demolished signal box and some of the then new Class 507 EMU stock stabled to the right.
Southport Central: Southport, on the occasion of a 1982 open day at the Steamport preservation centre, with a Derby 108 DMU and Class 03 shunter being used on shuttles to and from Chapel St station which is just visible on the left of the picture. Moving across from left to right the still operational coal concentration depot can be seen and then the old steam shed, with BR Type 2 24081 visible. Above the DMU work has started on a supermarket on the site of the old Southport Central station. This had closed to passengers in 1901 but served as a goods depot until 1973 and had not long been demolished when this photograph was taken [See image 57567]
Southport: This beats the docks. Birkenhead's Class 03 shunter 03189 performs shuttle duties with a Derby DMU, from the station to the shed, at a Steamport Southport Open Day. As it runs past the former excursion platforms the coal depot sidings, still open at this time, can also be seen. The shunter remained in BR service until 1986, has since been preserved and can be seen at the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston.
Southport: The last Class 24 Skinhead in mainline service was 24081. Withdrawn in 1980, after a working life of just over 20 years, it has now been in preservation for over 30. Here it is at Steamport in Southport, its first home, at a special open day. Steamport was based in the old steam shed but later closed with operations being moved to the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston although 24081 now resides on the GWR at Toddington.
Southport: A mix of classic railway vehicles at Steamport, Southport, during an open day in 1982. BR Sulzer 24081, preserved for only two years at this time, was on static display, while 03189, still in BR service at Birkenhead, was shuttling passengers between Steamport and the main line station in a Derby Class 108 DMU. The yellow industrial shunter to the right was still in use in Southport's Coal Concentration Depot.
Kilmarnock: Brochure covering Kilmarnock Open Day on 11 September 1988 - part two. [The steam 4-6-0 was a Black 5. There was also a piece in the brochure about wonderful modern trains about to come into service called... Class 156s! Some 27 years on and they're still here...]
Kilmarnock: Brochure covering Kilmarnock Open Day on 11 September 1988 - part one. [See image 51611 for part two].
Looe: OO... look at that! Some unofficial alterations at Looe, Cornwall, in September 1995.
Bridgeton: 314 209 seen at Bridgeton in September 1998 on a service to Coatbridge Central, as a bus passes the station entrance on London Road heading for the city centre.
Millerhill Yard: Loaded and empty coal trains hauled by EWS class 66 locomotives pass at the north end of Millerhill Yard in September 2000 on the busy coal route between the Edinburgh sub and the ECML. The loaded train is hauled by 66049, with 66164 approaching at the head of the empties.
Document: Second call for the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Shares 1841.
Gleneagles: Looking north at Gleneagles in September 2004. The main line through platforms are to the right with the disused Crieff branch platform on the left.
Gleneagles: The former Crieff branch platform and disused section of footbridge at Gleneagles in September 2004. View north with the operational platforms and footbridge off to the right [see image 1621].
Edinburgh Waverley: Single-storey 3 x 7 bay flat-roofed building with round-headed openings between paired pilasters. Moulded sill course, bases of pilasters advanced. Plain entablature with moulded cornice. Arrangements of doors and windows altered when converted to wine bar 1988. (Historic Scotland Category A listed buildings description of the former booking and parcels office on Waverley Bridge - here posing as Jimmy Chungs Chinese Restaurant.) Photographed on a Sunday morning in September 2005 looking towards Princes Street.
Jenbach: Zillertalbahn Nos. 3 Tirol and 5 Gerlos come off shed at Jenbach to work the 10:47 steam service to Mayrhofen. During the peak season this train is composed of virtually all the railway's 'heritage' coaches and would normally be worked by the powerful ex-Bosnian 0-8-2 No. 83 076. If that loco is unavailable then two 0-6-2Ts have to deputise, as here on 11th September 2005
Rushcliffe Halt: The beautifully straight nature of the GCRs extension to London is obvious in this view looking north at the gypsum works at Rushcliffe Halt.
Invergowrie: Looking towards Dundee from Invergowrie station - September 2006.
Paisley Gilmour Street: 334006 at Paisley Gilmour Streets Platform 4 with an Ardrossan Town service
Greenock Central: Remains of a roof beam support buried in the wall at Greenock Central. The station had a glazed roof at one time, but it was allowed to deteriorate before finally being demolished by Railtrack as part of the so called refurbishment of the station.
Greenock Central: 334030 departing from Greenock Central on a service to Gourock on 11 September.
Greenock Central: Looking East from Greenock Central towards Port Glasgow.
Greenock Central: Lead flashing in the wall at Greenock Central showing where the former roof of the station met the wall.
Greenock Central: The tunnel at Greenock Central that was dug out to form part of the Gourock extension by the Caledonian Railway. Looking West.
Greenock Central: Terrace Road entrance at Greenock Central seen from the platform 2 stairway. This entrance was once covered, with the original doorway the nearer of the two openings.
Greenock Central: View North at Greenock Central showing the location of the bridge that once connected the two through platforms and where, along the north end of the car park, various buildings and offices were once located. These were all swept away during the station refurbishment.
Greenock Central: Looking east over the site of the former goods yard at Greenock Central. The yard ran as far as the camera position. Now empty, its most recent use was as a BT depot.
Whinhill: Just west of Whinhill lay the junction where the Overton branch once left the main Wemyss Bay line (just beyond the bridge). From here it ran to Overton paper mill.
Whinhill: Looking west from Whinhill towards Upper Greenock on 11 September.
Whinhill: 318265 approaching Whinhill with a service for Glasgow Central
Paisley Gilmour Street: 66119 about to pass through Paisley Gilmour Street as it heads for Hunterston
Whitby and Pickering: Express Dairy milk tanker on North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Whitby and Pickering: Southern Railways S15 No. 825 on North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Dalmeny: Coal train for Longannet approaching the Forth Bridge passing Dalmeny on 11 September. This traffic has now resumed after a summer break.
Dalmeny: Bi-directional signalling at the south end of the Forth Bridge seen from Dalmeny footbridge as an Fife Circle departs over the bridge.
Livingston North: A Waverley - Bathgate train approaching Livingston North on 11 September passes one of the remaining gaps on what is scheduled to become the new westbound line with effect from next month.
Dalmeny: Advenza 158 870 passes through Dalmeny on 11 September with an ECS stock move to Edinburgh for the rush hour. This set is one of several on long term hire from South West Trains.
Whitby and Pickering: Southern Railways stock on The North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Haymarket: The new view from platform zero. Looking towards the cleared site of the Caledonian Ale House to the left of the station building at Haymarket on 11 September 2008. Demolition was required to make way for the new Edinburgh tramway.
Edinburgh Waverley: 43311 brings up the rear of an Aberdeen bound NXEC service at Edinburgh Waverley on 11 September, later photographed further north...
Livingston North: An eastbound 158 leaving the platform at Livingston North on 11 September with the 1255 Bathgate - Newcraighall Crossrail service. Note the major works that have been required in connection with the widening and strengthening of the cutting at this point.
Whitby and Pickering: Water tank and LNER sign on North Yorkshire Moors Railway, but what is Prize Length.
Dalmeny: A National Express East Coast 125 HST heading south from Dalmeny towards Edinburgh on 11 September. The former GNER red stripe along the side of the train has now been changed to a white version.
Pickering: LMS brake van 732170 on North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Pickering: The Sherwood Forester running round its train at Pickering on North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Pickering: Steam on the North Yorkshire Moors.
West Runton: Along the Bittern Line between Cromer and Sheringham in September 2008 - the first of the class 156 units to appear in the new National Express East Anglia livery.
Lancaster: With a bad wheel flat knocking loudly, two nuclear flasks trundle slowly down the bank towards Lancaster behind DRS 66428 and 66418. I had seen the train stopped at a signal on the main line just north of Oubeck and managed to get to this bridge in time to see it come through. Two days previously this Crewe to Sellafield service ran (silently) with two Class 37s and five flasks.
Forrestfield: Works area along the Airdrie-Bathgate route near Forrestfield on 11 September. View is west over Hillend reservoir with the trackbed skirting the south shore and the houses of Caldercruix standing in the middle distance.
Moffat Mills Junction: A walk in the woods on the eastern outskirts of Airdrie in September 2009 during work on reinstatement of the Airdrie - Bathgate line. Photograph taken looking east towards Caldercruix, with the site of the new Drumgelloch station 300m off to the left. The trackbed of the old Moffat Mills branch turns south on the other side of the bridge which carries Katherine Park Lane over the formation [see image 25408].
Greenwood: CSX AC44CW's no 395 and 154 begin switching duties at the south-western end of Maxwell Yard in Greenwood, SC on Friday, 11 September, 2009.
Bathgate [3rd]: On the inside looking out! A 158 service from Edinburgh turns into the platform line at Bathgate on 11 September 2009 as work continues apace in the background on the Airdrie - Bathgate link (which will eventually lead to the demise of the present single line terminus).
Drumlanrig Gorge: Framed by Andy Goldsworthy's sculpture Touchstone North, a Carlisle-Glasgow service threads though Drumlanrig Gorge near Ardoch farm.
Moffat Mills Junction: Looking east from Katherine Park Lane bridge on the eastern edge of Airdrie along the trackbed towards Bathgate on 11 September 2009. The route of the former Moffat Mills branch, latterly serving Inverhouse distillery, can be seen turning south where the oil drums now stand. [See image 24624]
Carstairs: DRS 66429 photographed at the east end of Carstairs station with the Mossend - Tees Dock containers on the morning of 11 September 2009. The train is about to turn north towards Carstairs East Junction where it will join the former Caledonian route to Edinburgh.
Carstairs: DRS 66429 brings a Mossend Yard - Tees Dock container train south through Carstairs station on a bright and sunny September morning in 2009. The train will take the Edinburgh line via Carstairs East Junction.
Bathgate [3rd]: A Waverley - Bathgate 158 service arrives at its destination on 11 September 2009.
Turnhouse: Looking south west at Turnhouse on 11 September 2009. The residue of a morning mist still hangs over the airport as a ScotRail five car 170+158 combination heads north across the River Almond with an Aberdeen train.
Clarkston (Lanark): Heavy plant occupying the trackbed of the Airdrie - Bathgate route at Drumgelloch on 11 September 2009 as work continues on demolition of Towers Road bridge. View north towards the junction of Towers Road and the A89, with the site of the original Clarkston (Lanarks) station (1862-1956) and the still to be built Drumgelloch (second) station on the other side of the bridge. Note the sections of the supporting structure for the new bridge already in place. For a view of the completed replacement bridge [see image 28847].
Buchanan Street [Subway]: The ticket hall of the Glasgow District Subway station at Buchanan Street, the busiest station on the system, photographed on 11 September 2010.
Bridgeton: Scotrail's programme of Gaelic education by station nameboard rolls on. I assume there's no serious suggestion here that Bridgeton was ever known as Baile na Drochaid. This would be transliterated as Balnadrochit and means 'town of the bridge'. The settlement was far more likely established when the area was English/Scots speaking, but there are plenty of real Gaelic-based names around such as the next two stations along the line: Dalmarnock and Rutherglen.
Springburn: On 11 September 158 724 pulls into Springburn with a Falkirk Grahamston train. There is a half-hourly service on this line as far as Cumbernauld, with every other one going on to Falkirk. For some years there was no passenger service between Cumbernauld and Greenhill Lower Junction, apart from the odd diversion, but with a few exceptions all Grahamston trains now use this route. The return working will see the feathers on the left-hand signal lit, indicating the road is set for the Cowlairs Cord and Glasgow Queen Street.
Cowlairs South Junction: Against a backdrop of the high flats of Springburn 158 741 descends
the Cowlairs incline on the last mile and a half to Queen Street on 11 September 2010. Going off to the right is the cord, opened in 1993, which finally allowed through running from Queen Street to Buchanan Street's old line, 27 years after Buchanan Street closed. Such were the consequences of Victorian competition in this part of the network. Though only 17 years old Cowlairs South Junction has already been renamed: it was initially called Pinkston Junction.
[Editor's note: The photograph serves as a reminder that this month marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Class 158s, when, following a protracted testing period, 158701 was launched into service during a photocall at Blair Atholl station in September 1990]
Glasgow Subway: Interior shot of a Glasgow Subway car, taken on 11 September. You don't have to be freakishly tall to find that you can only stand up straight in the central section. It has to be said that the subway map is not quite as interesting as even the LU Circle Line diagram. Even then it cheats a bit by showing the Inner and Outer Circles separately which, when you think about it, can't possibly be of help as there's only an even chance that the arrows show the correct direction of travel as you face the diagram. Don't give yourself a sore head thinking about this.
Plates, signs, notices etc: I've noticed that line diagrams tend to contain a subtle mistake as if to keep us on our toes. The left hand of this pair at Glasgow Queen Street on 11 September shows a western connection between the Singer loop and the Milngavie branch which has never existed. If it had it would have to have been over a mile long to by-pass Drumchapel. Elsewhere mischievous fingers have scraped off strategic letters. This panel will have to be replaced in December when the eastbound line becomes a trifling 35 miles longer.
Arnside: Arnside sees 153359 call on a Cumbrian Coast service heading for Lancaster. In the background the signal box can be seen overlooking the Kent Estuary at high tide. I travelled on this service from Ulverston and it is amazing just how many people can be crammed into a bubble car but Northern really ought to consider using two car units on Saturdays!
Partick: 334 032 stands at Partick on 11 September with a Dalmuir to Springburn service. Off-peak the hourly pattern this way is 2 Springburns, 4 Airdries, 2 High Streets, 2 Larkhalls, 2 Motherwells - one each way round the Hamilton Circle, and 2 Lanarks - one direct and one via Holytown. With return workings that means 28 departures an hour from this 2-platform station, rising to over 30 at peak times.
Roy Bridge: The Fort William bound Caledonian Sleeper pulls away from Roy Bridge after a scheduled stop on 11 September 2010 as a group of maintenance staff waits to resume work at the station. [Photograph by Mark Edwards.] [See image 33127]
Bridgeton: On 11 September, unit 318 266 emerges from Canning Street tunnel into Bridgeton station with a Lanark direct service. Meanwhile, with a train at the opposite platform imminent, all passengers (except possibly the infant) are frantically phoning and texting before they lose the signal for several vital minutes.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View from inside the Dundas Street entrance to Queen Street station on 11 September. The customer is heading for the main line platforms while the Low Level platforms are downstairs to the right at the end of the corridor ahead. Outside a poster advertises a musical called 'Sunshine on Leith'. As a Leither I am surprised that such an everyday occurence is thought worthy of warbling about. [See image 4775]
Roy Bridge: With radio signalling it is easier to have short term line posessions. This isn't new West Highland motive power but continuing maintenance work being carried out between trains at Roy Bridge station on 11th September. [See image 33122] Photograph by Mark Edwards
Arnside: Arnside station is in a magnificent setting alongside the Kent estuary and yet close to the village centre. This view looks west, at high tide, with the famous viaduct just out of shot beyond the signalbox. The branch to Hincaster Junction on the WCML turned off by the signalbox and passed behind the station building to run alongside the estuary through Sandside. [See image 28623]
Arnside: From the trackbed of the old Furness Railway line to Sandside and Hincaster, a Cumbrian Coast service is seen as it leaves the Kent Viaduct and rolls in to Arnside station. 156490 is just passing the old Furness Railway signalbox and the hills behind are on the far side of Kent Estuary.
Shields Road: Shields Road main line station had no interchange with the Subway station of the same name, which is some way off in Scotland Street. There were platforms here on lines to the west from both Glasgow Central and St Enoch which met in the distance where a Class 322 is retreating to Shields depot. A short length of platform remains on the Glasgow and Paisley lines in September 2010 and can be seen behind the nearest gantry as 334 037 slows for Bridge Street Junction and Glasgow Central. [See image 16340]
Shields Road [Subway]: Coming down the steps to the platform at Shields Road on 11 September. It is usually steps on the Subway; escalators can't be fitted in due to space restraints. Those with nothing better to do can spend a few minutes comparing the current station list with the pre-modernisation one [see image 30571] and work out which four stations have changed their names.
Cowlairs South Junction: 170 416 nears the end of its climb to Cowlairs with the 0915 to Edinburgh on 11 September. It is crossing the points at Cowlairs South, the junction for the cord to Sighthill West Junction used by services via Cumbernauld. Like other EGML junctions it had lighting installed last year. Railways had managed 180 years without 'street' lighting: let's see if it catches on.
Bellshill: Hourly semi-fast services on the Shotts line were introduced in the December 2009 timetable, the first such services since the 1960s. This doubles the service to Shotts, Livingston South and West Calder, and the faster services must be a boon to commuters there who were used to all-station working. Another beneficiary is Bellshill, which as well as giving the world Sheena Easton, now has an extra service to Glasgow every hour which is non-stop (handy for Sheena's 9 to 5 'baby' if you think of the lyrics). On 11 September 156 496 arrives with a semi-fast for Edinburgh.
Dunbar: ECML services held up at Dunbar on 11 September 2011 due to a points failure north of the station. The problem resulted in delays of approximately 90 minutes.
Callerton Parkway: Having just left Newcastle Airport, this Tyne and Wear Metro train reaches its first stop in a matter of moments, crossing Callerton Lane on the level at the western approach to the station. Callerton Parkway opened as part of the extension to Newcastle Airport in 1991. Besides the station car park for Metro customers here, there are long-term parking facilities and hotel accommodation for Airport passengers.
Dunbar: A Kings Cross - Edinburgh 'East Coast' service held on the platform line at Dunbar on 11 September 2011 due to a points failure north of the station. Photograph taken from a northbound HST standing alongside.
Treviso: An old and very ornate water crane, still looking largely intact, photographed at the end of platform 6 at Treviso Station in September 2012.
Treviso: The locomotive and EMU Depot adjacent to Treviso Station, NE Italy, in September 2012.
Milton Keynes Central: The latest thing in transport integration is this 2-level bike park outside Milton Keynes station. Well, I hadn't seen one before.
Earlseat Loading Pad: The first train out of Earlseat Loading Point on the Methil branch ran on 22 August 2012. There are now two trains a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, to Hunterston. 66140 leaves the site on 11 September, with the former 'main line' to Methil (now used for loco release) to the left.
Pleasure Beach: Heading for the southern terminus at Starr Gate Flexity No. 008 leaves the Pleasure Beach behind and runs along the refurbished tramway. This section of the Blackpool sea wall has a number of different scupltures, some of which can be seen in this view.
Forres [2nd]: 'Forres in Bloom' does a beautiful job in making the surviving platform at Forres extend a floral welcome for visitors to the Morayshire town. View east on 11 September 2012.
Nuneaton North Chord: The Stoney Road bridge now has track across it, plus safety rails on the deck and 'wings'. Notice also, the tidied foreground [see image 40033]. 23 days to traffic.... officially.
Forres [2nd]: View west at Forres on 11 September showing some of the impressive floral work carried out by 'Forres in Bloom'. [See image 40288]
Blackpool (Rigby Road): Although many old trams have left Blackpool in the last year or so a sizeable number are still kept at Rigby Road Depot. Here, from right to left, are engineering vehicle 754, restored Balloon 717, rebuilt Balloon 724, Balloon 700 in the new white and purple livery (having been modified to supplement the new Flexity cars on ordinary services) and two illuminated vehicles.
Barry: A rather sorry looking heavily stripped and rusted Churchward 2-8-0 no 2861 stands in a siding running along the east side of the former 88C Barry Shed in September 2012. The locomotive had been withdrawn from Severn Tunnel Junction by BR almost 50 years earlier. The loco was subsequently moved to Llangollen and the boiler and cylinders removed for use on other rebuild and new build projects. The frames were then cut and disposed of, in mid 2014, as it was deemed it would be too expensive to ever restore the loco to running order again.
Nuneaton North Chord: At least at this (south) end, the track laying on the North Chord appears to be complete. Note the flashing red STOP signal near the junction as well as the tidied foreground. Officially just another 23 days to the opening of the new route.
Pleasure Beach: Another temporary static illuminations exhibit, alongside the tramway in Blackpool, is Brush Railcar 627. This has been specially repainted for the Jubilee and positioned on a temporary piece of track in the middle of the Pleasure Beach turning circle. It is good to see Blackpool valuing these old vehicles although the amount of fencing around the old tram seemed excessive. A modern day successor passes by in the background.
Pleasure Beach: Blackpool never does ordinary and among the sculptures alongside the tramway on the sea wall is The World's largest glitterball. Flexity 012 heads for Little Bispham past the revolving ball, which is a year round feature and not just for the illuminations.
Barry Island: Barry Island station looking east in 2012, now comprising a single bay platform. A crossover bridge has been created to give access to Barry Steam Railway's Plymouth Road station, seen in the left background. Barry Island station building is now used by Cambrian Transport, the new operators of Barry Steam Railway.
Carlisle: The Settle and Carlisle Express stands alongside a damp platform 3 at Carlisle on 11 September 2013. Locomotive in charge is DRS 47805 John Scott.
Zermatt (GGB): Having descended over 5000' from the summit station, Gornergrat rack units 3084 and 3083 run alongside the Zermatt (GGB) depot and approach the terminus near the centre of town. Like most Swiss lines this one is unfenced, people being generally trusted not to go on the railway.
Kipferwald: Climbing one of the Zermatt branch rack sections, where speed is limited to 25mph, is MGB No.4 Taschhorn on a train from Brig. The HGe 4/4 II 2590hp electric, dating from 1990, is one of a class of 21 that handle most MGB loco hauled services.
Zermatt (MGB): The modern Zermatt station is effectively a large avalanche shelter spanning all platforms. In this view station pilot MGB 72 is shunting Glacier Express stock with a push pull local train alongside. Zermatt is traffic free apart from small electric vehicles and receives all its supplies by rail. The wagons of the branch goods train are being unloaded in the sidings to the left of the picture.
Carmyle: A clutter of catenary at Carmyle on 11 September as 156477 continues on its journey from Glasgow Central to Whifflet. Electrification of the route is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.
Troon: The 11.52 to Kilmarnock leaving Troon on 11 September 2014. This service started as the 10.10 from Stranraer.
Culloden Viaduct: 68004 Rapid failed on the way north to Inverness on 11 September with the 4D47 container train. 66425 was sent as a replacement and the train, including the broken down Class 68, arrived very late in Inverness. The return working left Inverness at 19:15 and is pictured just off Culloden Viaduct.
Mount Vernon: 156478 leaves Mount Vernon Station for Glasgow Central High level on a sunny 11th September 2014, with the OHLE wiring installation now complete.
Morecambe South Junction: DRS 66301 with a lightly loaded Coatbridge-Daventry container train at Morecambe South Junction on 11 September 2014. The train is passing between the supports for the M6-Heysham Link Road bridge that opened in October 2016 as the Bay Gateway. [Ref query 7165]
Lancaster: With their enthusiastic following, all the Class 37s used on Cumbrian Coast passenger services could be classed as celebrities. However, 37401 Mary Queen of Scots, in its West Highland livery, is a bit special and made a fine sight in Lancaster on 11th September 2015 with the weekday 1004 Preston to Barrow-in-Furness service.
St Pancras: There are three iconic artworks in St Pancras, all visible in this track level image. In the foreground Sir John Betjeman is doing what most visitors to the station do. Behind is the 9m high Meeting Place statue, otherwise known as The Lovers, and above that is the Dent Clock, with its black replica known as One More Time hanging in front of it.
St Pancras: Although most of the frontage is in shadow the low sun is still illuminating the St Pancras clock tower on 11th September 2015.
Anniesland: Looking north from Anniesland station on 11 September 2015, with preparations underway for the reinstatement of the junction linking the eastbound and westbound routes. [See image 4689]
Chorley: A view north towards Chorley station on 11 September 2016 as an RRV with trailer returns to the station site having unloaded some spoil. The new down platform face is still under construction but now has a yellow barrier fence attached to it.
Newbattle Viaduct: The Sunday morning Edinburgh - Tweedbank ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam Special' crosses Newbattle Viaduct on 11 September 2016 behind 46100 Royal Scot.
Farington Junction: The temporary servicing point for Northern DMUs that is being constructed in the sidings next to the WCML at Farington Jct is taking shape. The new track is in place with 3 sidings. On the approach from the main line there is a carriage washing plant. It was recently reported locally that a 'test run' on each road with some units has been completed
Vantage: Looking north along the course of the Fordell Railway at Vantage. The hill in the background is actually spoil at Muir Dean opencast site, now closed.
Chorley: Weekend reconstruction work on Chorley station is continuing with both lines now relaid and the down platform face still being rebuilt. On 11 September 2016 it was also noticed that the up platform (on the right) has been worked on and now has a temporary surface following the track replacement.
Carlisle: Having brought in The Waverley special from York via Hexham on Sunday 11th September, 60103 Flying Scotsman sat in platform 1 at Carlisle for well over half an hour, giving ample opportunity for photography. Here it is moving forward with the support coach prior to reversing down to Upperby to turn.
Tweedbank: Proper bus-rail integration at Tweedbank is explored by ScotRail's John Yellowlees on 11th September 2016.
Edinburgh Waverley: Classic logo on Royal Scot at Edinburgh Waverley on 11th September 2016.
Ã–rnskÃ¶ldsvik Central: In this view looking north one sees a position label Ã–k 132 for the ECTS signalling system on a post at the end of the platform with an arrow indicating the position of the S&C. There are two Eurobalises on each mainline track. Across the junction on the left is a short branch line which has the standard Swedish ATC (Automatic Train Control) signalling with four balises. Note also the lighting on top of the OHLE masts over the junction. The line then proceeds in tunnel under part of the town; the tunnel portal is just visible on the right behind a brick wall.
Ã–rnskÃ¶ldsvik Central: Is this a high speed station with its own ski jump or is it a ski jump with its own HS station? When the 250km/h Bothnia line was completed in 2010 the station had been relocated to a higher location directly over the runout area of the ski jump. Note the two ETCS Level 2 Eurobalises. Currently passenger trains run at 200km/h.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The parapet on the north side of the Cathedral Street bridge has now acquired clear plastic panels to bring the height up to the required standard above the recently energised OHLE in the station below.
Hornsea: The old station building at Hornsea, closed in 1964, and now residential accommodation. This view looks towards where the buffer stops would have been, with the road to the beach beyond. 11th September 2017.
Kilmarnock: The South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership was launched today at Kilmarnock.
From the website: 'The South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation which aims to engage people in their local railway across Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway - from Stranraer in the far south-west, to Ayr and Kilmarnock in the north and south to Dumfries and east to Gretna Green on the Anglo-Scottish Border.'
Glasgow Queen Street: The forlorn looking Consort House (at the southwest corner of Glasgow Queen Street station site) which has now been internally stripped and has had most of its windows removed. The scaffolding will be extended to enable floor by floor demolition.
Ryehill & Burstwick: The old station at Ryehill & Burstwick, mid-way along the Withernsea branch. The station closed with the line from Hull in 1964 but lives on as a private residence alongside the trackbed footpath. This view towards Withernsea in September 2017 [Ref query 12 September 2017].
Preston: Platform scene at Preston on 11th September 2017 as a former Thameslink EMU arrives from Liverpool Lime Street. From the new 2018 timetable these workings will probably go through to Blackpool North under the new wires.
Skipton: GBRf 66723, Chinook, which now carries an RAF style bodyside number ZA723, seen stabled in the sidings at Skipton station on 11th September, 2017. Across the main line tracks the start of the Grassington branch, where GBRf operates a number of trains to the quarry, can be seen.
Preston: 158797 at Preston heading from Blackpool North to York on 11th September 2017.
Buxton Shed (LNWR): Beyond the Buxton to Whaley Bridge line a new piece of the railway network is under construction on 11th September 2018, albeit only a 430m extension to the existing Up Relief Sidings at Buxton. The sidings are effectively a loop and currently allow locomotives to run round their trains to and from the Hindlow Branch and also to allow charter trains to access the station when arriving from Peak Forest. The extension will increase the capacity of the loop from 18 to 26 wagons.
Glenury Viaduct: A drone can be very useful! Leeds-Aberdeen HST nears the end of its journey as it crosses the Glenury Viaduct just north of Stonehaven Station.The lead power car is 43299.
Gore Glen Bridge: The 1229 Tweedbank - Edinburgh 158 has just cleared Gore Glen bridge over the A7 on 11 September 2018. The train is on the long sweeping curve north between Gorebridge and Newtongrange.
Ladhope Tunnel: The ScotRail 1128 Tweedbank - Edinburgh, seen shortly after leaving Galashiels station on 11 September 2018. The train has just cleared Ladhope Tunnel and is about to pass below the first of the footbridges on Low Buckholmside.
Selkirk Junction: The 0955 Edinburgh - Tweedbank has just run through the site of Selkirk Junction and passed below the Galafoot Lane footbridge on 11 September 2018. ScotRail 158710 is less than two minutes from its ultimate destination.
Fountainhall: A mid-morning train on the Borders Railway runs north past the site of Fountainhall station on 11 September 2018 heading for its next scheduled stop at Gorebridge.
Galashiels: The 1059 ScotRail service to Edinburgh seen shortly after commencing its journey from Tweedbank on 11 September 2018. The train has just crossed the Red Bridge over the Tweed heading north towards its first stop at Galashiels, passing pedestrians about to cross the river in the opposite direction using the shared crossing.
Kilnknowe Junction: Approaching Galashiels from the north on 11 September 2018 is 170428, forming the 1054 Edinburgh - Tweedbank. The train is passing the point where the Peebles Loop once turned off to the west away from the Waverley route.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1832||William Baird & Company||Second blast furnace in operation at Gartsherrie Ironworks.|
|1866||Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)||Line opened to joint station at Chard on a section of joint line.|
|1868||Portpatrick Railway||Portpatrick Harbour station and branch opened.|
|1886||Llantrisant No 1 Branch (Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway)||Line opened from Llantrisant No 1 Branch Junction to Waterhall Junction near Ely.|
|1933||Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway||Passenger trains diverted from Swansea Riverside to Swansea East Dock. Riverside closed.|
|1939||Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)||Balerno - Ravelrig Junction closed to passengers|
|1939||Darvel and Strathaven Railway||Darvel to Strathaven Central closed to all traffic|
|1939||Muirkirk and Lesmahagow Junction Railway|
Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
|Douglas West (Poneil Junction) to Brocketsbrae closed to passengers (except a Saturdays only train using Alton Heights to Brocketsbrae until 2nd May 1942).|
|1939||Killin Railway||Loch Tay to Killin closed to all traffic (except Loch Tay locomotive shed access)|
|1939||Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway||Airdrie shed closed. Part of the coaling stage moved to Yoker shed.|
|1939||Clarence Railway||Port Clarence closed to passengers.|
|1939||Londonderry Railway||Seaham terminus closed for war.|
|1954||Stirling and Dunfermline Railway||New marshalling proposed to the west of Alloa|
|1962||Peebles Railway||Remains of line closed to passengers; Bonnyrigg station and Rosewell and Hawthornden station closed. (Alternative date 10/9/1962).|
|1967||Crieff and Methven Junction Railway||1st_>Crieff 1st to Perth (Dewars Siding) closed to freight.|
|2001||Terrorism in United States||Terrorists destroy the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damage the Pentagon building in Washington with hi-jacked planes which are suicidally crashed. A forth hi-jacked plane crashes in Pennsylvania. There is great loss of life.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||ScotRail fleet expanded||Latest addition to the ScotRail fleet, SPT Turbostar 170474, takes part in Leuchars Airshow specials.|
|2006||Rail service? It^s just pathetic [Scotsman]||LEADING figures in Edinburgh^s business community today launched a fierce attack on the "pathetic" rail service between Edinburgh and Glasgow.|
|2006||Concrete placed on railway line [BBC News]||A train suffers slight damage after hitting two pieces of concrete left on a rail line.|
|2007||Overground operator [Railway Strategies]||In June the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, announced that services on a key part of London's overland rail network, will be operated by MTR Laing.|
|2007||Driving towards sustainable change [Railway Strategies]||The recent RAILWAY STRATEGIES Supply Chain Conference was a big success for both the organiser and delegates|
|2007||Driving towards sustainable change [Railway Strategies]||The recent RAILWAY STRATEGIES Supply Chain Conference was a big success for both the organiser and delegates|
|2007||New Newport platform [Railway Strategies]||Newport station's newly extended platform has been officially opened by Dr Brian Gibbons, Minister for the Economy & Transport.|
|2007||Historic station's facelift [Railway Strategies]||Nexus has successfully completed a Â£600,000 facelift at Whitley Bay Metro station, making it a vastly improved gateway into the town.|
|2007||Metro station developments starts [Railway Strategies]||Work on the biggest ever modernisation of a Metro station started at the end of June.|
|2007||Plastic is not the only smart card solution [Railway Strategies]||Newbury Data, manufacturer of the ND4020 rail ticket printer, has recently launched the ND4030, the companyâ€™s first entry into the contactless smart ticket printing market.|
|2007||Clearer vision at Waterloo [Railway Strategies]||Passengers at London Waterloo station are benefitting from a Â£1 million investment project to install a new customer information system.|
|2007||Charcon Specialist - Railway products from Charcon Specialist [Railway Strategies]||Charcon Specialist, a leading manufacturer of construction products, is an approved supplier to the UK rail industry, London Underground and Network Rail.|
|2007||New DLR platform opens at Stratford [Railway Strategies]||The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) opened the first of its two new platforms at Stratford station in June.|
|2007||Atrium shows a new approach to property management [Railway Strategies]||In a period when businesses are increasingly aware of the value, liability, cost and impact that property has on their success, the need for accurate, timely and costeffective property management systems has never been greater|
|2007||Versatile stainless steel kitchens & washrooms [Railway Strategies]||GEC Anderson provides answers to industry-specific needs and requirements through a carefully tailored product offering|
|2007||Lighting the way for rail refurbishment [Railway Strategies]||The Government may have recently introduced its master plan for improving the UKâ€™s network infrastructure but Abacus Lighting is set to help Network Rail carry out a comprehensive refurbishment programme of its own|
|2007||Serve & protect [Railway Strategies]||Employing a highly visible uniformed security presence can help rail operators reduce crime, says G4S|
|2007||Language row over station signs [BBC News]||Bilingual signs at Southall railway station are taken down after First Great Western receives complaints from ethnic groups.|
|2007||National Rail Trends 2006-07 yearbook [Railway Strategies]||The National Rail Trends yearbook, covering the period April 2006 to March 2007, has been published by ORR.|
|2007||Freedom from danger freedom from doubt [Railway Strategies]||No-one could dispute the fact that technology is developing at an ever-increasing rate.|
|2009||Edinburghs trams on track... for Croydon [STV Item]||The first delivery of trams for Edinburgh will be made within months - and they are heading for Croydon. The vehicles were due to be housed in the city^s new Gogarburn terminal, which was due for completion at the end of this year|
|2010||DB/Siemens clash on train costs [Reuters]||German national rail operator DB is unhappy with the offer made by Siemens in exclusive talks on an order worth 4 to 5 billion euros, Bahn chief Ruediger Grube told Wirschaftswoche.|
|2011||Cross Country contract may save Derby Bombardier jobs [BBC News]||Jobs at Derby-based trainmaker Bombardier could be safeguarded if a bid to upgrade a fleet of UK trains goes ahead, the government has said.|
|2013||Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport [Scottish Region] - Changes to forthcoming events [CILT]||Would interested parties please note the changes to the CILT list of forthcoming events. (Click on link below) [From John Yellowlees]|
|2014||Network Rail officially opens ‘biggest railway control centre’ [Railway Gazette]||UK: Network Rail’s Rail Operating Centre in York was formally inaugurated by local Member of Parliament Hugh Bayley on September 12. The largest of 12 centres being built to manage Great Britain’s entire rail network, the York ROC will eventually control signalling and rail operations on the East Coast Main Line between London King^s Cross and the Scottish border.|
|2015||Aerial footage of Borders Railway as Queen opens it [BBC News]||The Borders Railway was officially opened by the Queen on Wednesday. On the day Her Majesty became the longest-reigning monarch, she boarded a steam train to make a special trip from Edinburgh to Tweedbank via Newtongrange. The Union of South Africa carried the royal party and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon along the route.|
|2017||Segregation or acceptable luxury: should first-class train travel be abolished? [Guardian]||Trains have traditionally been riddled with class distinction and snobbery. As our crowded commuter routes come under pressure to stop segregating, author Andrew Martin ponders what we will lose with the scrapping of first class.|
|2018||More seats for V&A official opening in Dundee [ScotRail]||ScotRail is adding more seats to trains for the official opening of the V&A in Dundee this weekend. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend an event on Friday 14 September with thousands more visiting on Saturday for a family-based festival along the waterfront. An additional late-night train will run on Friday from Dundee to Perth, with more than 50 trains on Saturday operating with extra seats.|
|2018||Union ballots ScotRail staff for industrial action [ITV News]||The row centres over pay differences between staff for working days off.|
|2018||Ayr^s Station Hotel to undergo 24 hour rescue operation aimed at re-opening platforms to ScotRail trains [Daily Record]||A painstaking mission aimed at re-opening parts of Ayr railway station is to get underway. Safety teams will work 24 hours a day to try and get the hub moving again. Work, which begins this Saturday, is expected to last until mid-October. Council bosses hope their move will reduce the extended exclusion zone which has paralysed the town^s train station. Services to Glasgow Central are currently restricted in size with all six carriage trains halting at Prestwick Town. All trains south of Ayr are cancelled. Contractors are now set to move in with the aim of reinstating those lost services.|