Rothesay Pier: The ex-Caledonian Steam Packet Co TS 'Duchess of Hamilton' heading north east out of Rothesay in September 1957.
Wemyss Bay: The paddle box crest from the Marchioness of Lorne, built in 1891 for the Caledonian Steam Packet Company. One of a number of such items once displayed in the long covered walkway linking trains and steamers at Wemyss Bay and seen here in 1957. She was a very innovative ship, fitted with a triple expansion engine with four cylinders. She never returned to civilian service after the Great War and was broken up in 1923. The crest was relocated to Calmac HQ at Gourock during the renovation of Wemyss Bay station, which was completed in the mid 1990s.
Wemyss Bay: Scene at Wemyss Bay on 12 September 1957. DEPV Talisman is nearest the camera with PS Jupiter beyond.
Hawick [2nd]: A2 Pacific no 60530, the almost unpronounceable Sayajirao, pauses at Hawick on 12 September 1960 carrying the headboard of the up Waverley 10.5am Edinburgh - London St Pancras. [See image 24984]
Plates, signs, notices etc: The Deeside line timetable from the BR Scottish Region passenger timetable book for winter 1960-61 a period when, obligingly, traction type was shown. Battery cars: whatever happened to them? Was Cambus o'May Halt as delightful as it sounds? Was Park as dull as its name suggests?
Plates, signs, notices etc: Pocket timetable for the Paisley area covering the period from 12 September 1960 to 11 June 1961. The extract includes the 'uncomplicated regular interval service' from Abercorn.... no wonder people used the bus!
Plates, signs, notices etc: Services on the Berwick - Kelso - St Boswells line from the ScR timetable 1960-61. Easy to see why such sparse services lost out heavily to bus competition.
Plates, signs, notices etc: This extract from the BR Scottish Region timetable 12/09/1960 to 11/06/1961 shows a sample of single fares from Edinburgh. The fare to Dundee is 12s 6d, or 62p. Those were the days, you might think, but in fact average earnings have risen by a factor of 39 since 1961, so that 62p is Ł24 in today's terms. The single fare in 2011 is Ł21.40. If there was a golden age when rail travel was comparatively cheap, this wasn't it. Could it be as illusory as those endless sunny summers and 'proper sized' Mars Bars?
Plates, signs, notices etc: Extract from the ScR 1960-61 timetable showing North Bewick to Corstorphine services. The 'A' here meant steam service - usually not indicated, but assumed. I wonder why the diesel service it connected with couldn't have originated at North Berwick? Someone will know. At Inveresk, the 0957 was the last westbound service of the day. [See image 27440]
Plates, signs, notices etc: The Eyemouth branch timetable for 1960-61. Through trains, no less. The lower 'timetable' must be among the least useful ever produced. I've included it though for the music of those Bronte-like names. Was Plashetts as wet as it sounds? [See image 17579] Had Tarset nothing but flinty, taciturn farmers? Who was the mysterious owner of Barrasford?
Plates, signs, notices etc: Anyone for coffee at Callander ...or mince at Maud? Page 239 of the British Railways 'Passenger Services Scotland' timetable for 12th September 1960 to 11th June 1961 shows how extensive the railway refreshment room network once was.
Primrose Hill Tunnel: Looking east from a point above Primrose Hill tunnel on 12 September 1969. Emerging from the dive-under on the slow lines from Euston is a class 310 EMU on an outer suburban service to Northampton. The WCML fast lines are just visible bottom right, while over on the left is the through freight-only link to Camden Road and the North London Line.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: 1513 accelerates away from the Berwick stop on Saturday 12th September 1970 with the 07.20 York - Edinburgh.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: Class 40 no 239 in the down sidings north of Berwick station at the head of a train of pre-fabricated, concrete-sleepered, track panels. Photographed on a bright Saturday morning in September 1970.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: In 1970 the 01.40 fitted freight from Whitemoor to Millerhill was just about the only freight working through Berwick mid- morning on a Saturday, so its appearance was always a welcome sight, even if the normal power of a class 40 or 47 did get a bit monotonous. On this occasion on 12th September 1970 some interest is added by class 37 no D6803 being in charge.
Royal Border Bridge: Class 46 no 139 leaves Berwick on 12 September 1970 and runs onto the Royal Border Bridge with train 1E03, the 08.08 Edinburgh - Newcastle semi-fast, conveying mail, parcels and passengers. Besides calling at Drem and Dunbar this train also stopped at the Northumberland stations (excepting Pegswood) between Berwick and Morpeth, from where it had a fast run into Newcastle.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: Smart looking class 47 no 1108 with white embellishments to the buffers and wheel rims (possibly from previous Royal Train duty), comes off the north end of the Royal Border Bridge in September 1970 before running through Berwick station at the head of the 08.40 Leeds - Edinburgh express.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: Clean, green, class 40 D283 in charge of a down extra just north of Berwick station on the morning of Saturday 12th September 1970. The train is thought to have run in connection with the Edinburgh Festival.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: The 10.10 Edinburgh - Kings Cross (summer) service approaching the Berwick stop on Saturday 12th September 1970. This was its last day of operation that year with Brush Type 4 no D 1103 the locomotive in charge.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: Deltic no 9019 Royal Highland Fusilier runs into the down platform at Berwick, three minutes early, at the head of the 08.30 Newcastle - Edinburgh train on 12 September 1970. This train was allowed 75 minutes for the 67 miles from Newcastle, with intermediate stops at Morpeth and Alnmouth, and would have been easy meat for a Deltic with only seven coaches in tow.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: Class 40 no 278 comes off the Royal Border Bridge and into Berwick on 12 September 1970 with a special working in connection with the Edinburgh Festival.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: Deltic No. 9017 The Durham Light Infantry slows for the reverse curves through Berwick with the up Flying Scotsman on Saturday 12 September 1970.
Edinburgh Waverley: Immaculate EE Type 3 6806 is ready for departure from one of the east end bay platforms at Edinburgh Waverley on 12 September 1971. The train is ihe 11.15 Sunday service to Bristol Temple Meads.
Grantshouse: Entering the cutting east of Grantshouse. The train is thought to be the up 1E61 Sunday relief service on September 12 1971 hauled by class 46 locomotive no 148.
Edinburgh Waverley: The east end of Waverley on Sunday 12 September 1971, with class 46 no 148 preparing to take out a relief to the Sunday 12:00 to Kings Cross, due to depart Waverley at 11:40.
Dunbar: An up ECML service at Dunbar at 12:15 on September 12th 1971. The locomotive is class 46 Peak No. 148 and the train is the 11:40 Waverley to Kings Cross relief. It was rather a slow journey to Berwick, with slowings for engineering works necessary at various points, including wrong line working between Craigentinny and Joppa.
Edinburgh Waverley: A pair of Glasgow - Edinburgh push-pull shuttle services in the west end bays at Waverley in September 1971. The example nearest is a Type 2 + Type 3 combination, while alongside is what soon became the standard configuration, with a Type 2 at each end. The latter arrangement continued until introduction of the Class 47 + DBSO PP services some 8 years later.
Abercwmboi Loop: EE Type 3 No. 6903 photographed in the Cynon Valley on 12 September 1972 against the backdrop of the Abercwmboi Phurnacite plant. [Ref query 6360]
Maerdy Colliery: Ex-GWR 57xx 0-6-0PT No. 9792 was withdrawn from BR service in 1964 but was subsequently sold to the NCB, which used it for a number of years at Maerdy colliery near the head of the Rhondda Fach (Little Rhondda) valley. By the summer of 1972, it had been out of use for some time and looked in a woebegone state in keeping with its surroundings. Strangely for a former main-line loco which lasted until this late date, it was scrapped the following year rather than passing into preservation, although after being knocked about by the NCB it was probably in a much worse state than the other locos of the class which had lain in Barry scrapyard over the same period.
Penistone: A coal train approaching Penistone from the south east in 1978 behind a class 76 electric locomotive on the Woodhead route.
Penistone: A Trans-Pennine freight approaching Penistone station from the Woodhead direction on 12 September 1978.
Penistone: View south east as a DMU from Sheffield arrives at the Huddersfield bound platform at Penistone on a bright and sunny autumn afternoon in 1978. The Woodhead route runs through the platforms off to the right.
Carlisle Upperby Shed: 26019 flanked by 40106 & 86204 at Carlisle Upperby on 12 September 1982.
Carlisle Upperby Shed: Prototype DEMU 210 001 on display at an Open Day at Upperby in September 1982. Intended as an eventual replacement for elderly Southern Region units the train was trialled in various parts of the country but never made it into full production and was eventually withdrawn.
Carlisle Upperby Shed: 20067 stands in a line at an Open Day at Carlisle Upperby MPD on 12 September 1983.
Garsdale: A DMU passing Garsdale on the Settle & Carlisle line in September 1988.
Musselburgh [2nd]: A 1995 view south showing the former rail bridge into Musselburgh station, now modified to carry the A6095 road. All signs of the former terminus and goods yard have now disappeared. [See image 4519]
Millerhill Marshalling Yard [North]: Royal Scotsman stock leaving Millerhill behind 37406 The Saltire Society in September 1997.
Loch Ken Viaduct: Sunset at Loch Ken Viaduct, photographed from the eastern shore in Sepember 2001.
Tarset: Beware of the Bull. Tarset station, September 2003, looking south towards Hexham.
Elgin East: The striking entrance and former booking hall at Elgin East, September 2004. The old building is now in use as commercial offices.
Dulnain Viaduct [Carrbridge]: The Inverness portion of the Caledonian Sleeper catches the morning sun as it crosses Carrbridge Viaduct over the River Dulnain on 12 September 2004.
Elgin East: Elgin Centre signal box in September 2004. Elgin East station is off picture to the left.
Ballindalloch: Platform view at Ballindalloch in September 2004, looking south west towards Grantown-on-Spey. The old station, which closed to passengers in October 1965, is seen here in use as a hostel.
Keith: The approach to Keith station in September 2004.
Keith Junction: Looking north east towards Keith junction from the Dufftown branch in September 2004. The yard facilitates occasional timber loading and once served the Chivas distillery (on the right). The leftmost building of the Chivas complex incorporates part of the former GNSR locomotive shed (61C). [See image 36513]
Keith: South side of Keith station in 2004 looking south-west showing the platform on the former GNSR route to Aviemore with the old yard and goods shed on the left.
Elgin East: View northeast from the road bridge over Elgin East station and Yard in September 2004. The former locomotive shed, now in use as commercial premises, stands in the background beyond the stored wagons.
Kingussie: A northbound train for Inverness leaving Kingussie station via the level crossing over the B970 Ruthven Road on 12 September 2004. Kingussie High School stands in the right background.
Kinloss [3rd]: The former Kinloss Station on 12 September 2004. View is east from the level crossing looking towards Elgin. Kinloss station closed to passengers in May 1965. [See image 3657]
Knockando: The restored signal box at Knockando in September 2004 [see image 3271].
Blacksboat: Blacksboat station and goods shed, September 2004
Grantown-on-Spey East: The former station at Grantown-on-Spey East in September 2004.
Elgin East: Concourse - Elgin East - September 2004 (complete with newspaper kiosk).
Knockando: The former Knockando station in September 2004 looking towards Aberlour. Originally opened as Dabeallie in 1899, the change to Knockando took place in 1905 and lasted until closure in 1965. The restored station now carries the nameboard Tamdhu in deference to the local distillery which now owns the site.
Carron: The old level crossing at Carron station in September 2004. The road provides access to the large Dalmunach distillery, located off to the right alongside the Spey. [see image 37627].
Kinloss [3rd]: An Aberdeen - Inverness train at speed (and how) over Kinloss level crossing in September 2004.
Carron: The former Carron station (closed 1965) seen here in September 2004.
Elvan Water Viaduct: A September 2005 view of the bridge that carried the Leadhills and Wanlockhead line over the Elvan Water less than a mile after leaving the WCML near Elvanfoot station. More than a hint of 'Concrete Bob' about the structure, with the most notable bridge on the line, further west at Rispin Cleugh, definitely attributable to the man himself [see image 6453].
Elvan Water Viaduct: Much loved by sheep and railway photographers - the old bridge over the Elvan Water on the former route to Leadhills and Wanlockhead. Seen here in September 2005 looking towards the Lowther Hills.
Glenoglehead Crossing: The former station at Glenoglehead on the Callander & Oban Railway looking south towards Balquhidder Junction in September 2005. The station first opened as Killin in 1870, being renamed Glenoglehead in 1886 on the opening of the station on the Killin Railway. The change to Glenoglehead Crossing took place in 1891 when the station lost its regular scheduled passenger services. Official closure came in December 1916.
Innsbruck: IVB tram No. 31 on route 3 passing St. Anna's column on Innsbruck's Maria-Theresien-Strasse in September 2005. Although W A Mozart appears to be driving, he is in fact advertising his chocolate covered balls (Mozartkugeln) - each to his own I suppose!
Glenoglehead Crossing: The well maintained former station house and a section of the up platform at Glenoglehead Crossing in September 2005. View north along the C&O trackbed in the general direction of Killin Junction.
Paisley Gilmour Street: 334036 departing Paisley Gilmour Street for Glasgow
Paisley Gilmour Street: 334034 departing Paisley Gilmour Street for Glasgow
Paisley Gilmour Street: 334034 departing Paisley Gilmour Street for Glasgow passes Stranraer bound 156431
Paisley Gilmour Street: Stranraer bound 156431 enters Paisley Gilmour Street
Paisley Gilmour Street: 318257, at the rear of a two unit class 318 train, departing Paisley Gilmour Street for Glasgow
Paisley Gilmour Street: Gourock bound 334017 entering Paisley Gilmour Street
Johnstone: Looking east from Johnstone station, this shows the exact location where the Johnstone Curve from Cart Junction (next to the yellow triangle on the pylon) met the main line to Ayrshire. The remains of the some of the trackbed also still exist
Johnstone: A class 318 Glasgow bound train departs from Johnstone Station
Kegworth: Fast moving service runs north past the remains of Kegworth station.
Leith Walk Tram Depot: The demise of Leith's railway system was hastened by the arrival of the trams operated by both Edinburgh and Leith Corporations. The old Leith tram depot is seen looking east across Leith Walk in September 2006. The large tram shed is located behind the depot's former admin block, latterly used by the DSS. The Edinburgh Corporation depot was located a short distance to the south at Shrubhill. [See image 24094]
South Leith: Looking east from Tower Street in September 2006 across Constitution Street towards the site of South Leith station. Opened by the E&D in 1832 as Leith, the name was changed to South Leith in 1859 with final closure to passengers taking place between 1903 - 1905. [See image 27583]
Leith Docks: Changed days indeed. Looking west from the now closed Constitution Street entrance to Leith docks in September 2006. Plush looking flats are much in evidence and a Casino now stands on the right. Part of the large Ocean Terminal retail development is just visible in the right background.
Leith Docks: The closed off entrance to Leith docks from the north end of Constitution Street in September 2006. For the view in the other direction [see image 11375].
Leith Docks: In September 2006 the old dock gates still proclaim Constitution St Exit. Very soon visitors will probably wonder....from what?
Leith Docks: Looking south from Leith Docks up Constitution Street in September 2006, with the site of the former South Leith station off to the left just beyond the old dock entrance.
South Leith: View south from the docks in September 2006 with the site of South Leith station off to the left on the far side of the wall beyond Tower Street. Ironically the area may well see rails again, being one of the sites shortlisted by Edinburgh Council for the new Edinburgh tram depot.
Leith South Goods: Leith South goods depot stands behind locked gates on the abandoned link from Leith South yard in September 2006. The VA Tech building on the right is located within the dock estate, with the cranes between the two standing alongside the Edinburgh Dock.
Kirkham: A Blackpool North service west of Kirkham on 12 September. The tracks on the right once carried trains to Blackpool Central.
Greskine Signal Box: EWS 66009 climbing Beattock Bank at Greskine in September 2007 with an engineer's train.
Meon Valley Railway: L&SWR Meon Valley Line - overbridge - the South Downs Way-come-stream passes below.
Edgware Road: London Underground C Stock, stabled at Edgware Road sidings in September 2008.
Meon Valley Railway: L&SWR Meon Valley Line - Bridge carrying Pound Lane over line at Meonstoke.
Meon Valley Railway: L&SWR Meon Valley Line - below Old Winchester Hill looking South - the bridge crosses the South Downs Way or perhaps a stream - it had been raining a lot.
Selby: Scene at Selby station looking west from below the footbridge in September 2008. The view shows the wide open spaces between the platforms here - a legacy from the period when the route formed part of the ECML [see image 57210]. Standing opposite in bay platform 3 is a recently terminated service from Wakefield Westgate, while departing from platform 2 is the 0940 Hull - Manchester Piccadilly. [Ref query 26 January 2019]
Carrog: 78019 photographed at Carrog on the Llangollen Railway on 12 September 2009
Brundall: 37059 with a late in the season weed killing train at Brundall in September 2009.
Oradour: The historic village of Oradour, France, showing the old village tram line and overhead wires. Oradour was destroyed by the Waffen SS on 10 June 1944 in reprisal for Resistance attacks. The village has been left as a memorial to that day.
Champagnole [France]: Pierre the Polite Engine - that blackboard by the steps is headed 'Etiquettes'. So EITHER Le Gros Controlleur pops out every morning with a fresh piece of chalk, and tells the engine to shunt gently, wash behind its buffeurs, and never to toot at little old grandes dames who aren't expecting it; OR it means 'duties'. I prefer option 1.
Northumberland: A map of Northumberland from around 1910-1920 which shows the rail network existing at that time. From Highways and Byways in Northumbria by Peter Anderson Graham.
Champagnole [France]: I have a feeling this goods crane hasnt been used for a while. The rolled stone road across the line to the goods yard was another clue. No jokes about plant hire companies, please. [see image 26301]
Dalgety Bay: An Edinburgh - Leuchars relief service formed by 170 478 and 170 426 climbs away from Dalgety Bay on 12 September, the day of the Leuchars Airshow.
Wearmouth Colliery: A passing cyclist is dwarfed by the partial remains of the coal staithes standing alongside the site of Wearmouth Colliery, Sunderland, in September 2010. The river Wear is just off picture to the right while a short distance to the left is the Sunderland FC 'Stadium of Light', built on the site of the old colliery. [See image 32352] Wearmouth Coal Company
Glengonnar: Glengonnar station on the Leadhills and Wanlockhead branch is viewed from above the cutting with the last train of the day about to depart for Leadhills on 12 September 2010. Glengonnar is the summit of the former standard guage line from Elvanfoot to Wanlockhead and was the highest point worked by adhesion on the UK railway network at 1498 ft above sea level.
Dawlish: Looking west from the station footbridge at Dawlish on 12 September 2011.
Dawlish: A Pacer enters Dawlish from the Newton Abbott direction in September 2011.
Nuneaton: If someone asked me, how long have the 66's been in the UK? - I would say, it must be 5 or 6 years. It's more like 12 years, actually; and as can be seen from this shot of Freightliner 66.536 in Nuneaton platform 2, they will need some attention to the bodywork at some stage. We shouldn't be too hard on EMD - plenty of road vehicles are scrapped by that age! [see also image 37586]
West Kilbride: The road approach to West Kilbride station in September 2012. Sadly, the restaurant - 'Chu-Chu's' - has gone out of business and the building is currently up for sale. [See image 15724]
Barry: The Barry Station signal box route panel and indicator shelf on 12 September 2012. Commissioning of a resignalling scheme means time is running out for the old box, with a demolition planning notice currently pinned to the locking room door.
West Kilbride: Sign of the times. West Kilbride, 12 September 2012. [See image 40294]
Barry: View from Barry Station signal box looking across the entrance of the former 88C Barry shed to the site of Woodhams scrap yard, which is soon to become home to a new ASDA superstore. In the foreground is a rake of bogie log wagons recently imported from Germany and being stored on behalf of Colas Rail.
West Kilbride: The 11.53 Largs - Glasgow Central runs into the attractively decorated platform at West Kilbride on 12 September.
Barry: The restored Hood Road Goods Shed in Barry on 12 September 2012. Hood Road itself runs alongside the building and a footpath has now replaced what were once reception roads for the scrapyard. For the view forty five years earlier [see image 23481].
Plates, signs, notices etc: LNER Scottish Area Timetable covering passenger services commencing 6 October 1947.
Barry: The East end of the restored Hood Road Good Shed in Barry, with the access road to the former 88C Barry MPD continuing forward beyond the building. [See image 40325].
Barry: The operational two thirds of the Barry signal box in September 2012, with levers to No 65 in regular use. Some further levers, ending at No 75, are just out of shot. The remainder of the operating floor is now fitted out as a large kitchen area.
Gornergrat: A pair of twin car sets are climbing the last few yards into the summit station at Gornergrat. The height difference between the 10,132ft summit (the highest open air station in Europe) and the Zermatt terminus is 4820 ft, achieved in less than 10 km of rack railway climbing.
Riffelalp: Two overhead wires are used on the Gornergrat rack railway for its 3-phase power supply and the twin pantographs on the EMUs are joined by an insulator. A section of line nearer the summit is presently being doubled on a new formation resulting in much works traffic. Car 3052 is seen here at Riffelalp descending with a fuel tanker which will transfer to the MGB line in Zermatt and be collected by the branch goods train.
Riffelboden: Despite the temporary occupants, this goods shed, high on the mountainside at Riffelboden, is in regular use supplying all the requirements for the construction of the Gornergratbahn's new double track section. Later that day the fuel tanker was taken down the line for reloading [See image 45082]. Grab shot from passing passenger train.
Zermatt (GGB): The Matterhorn rack railway depot at Zermatt, as seen from the Gornergratbahn terminus. The train is at the single platform and the line in the foreground is the link to the MGB station, used for transferring freight wagons. The boarded walkway that can be seen passing in front of the depot is actually a public footpath [see image 44674]
Newtongrange: Update on works at Newtongrange on 27 September 2013. Above is the view south over the station site from the A7 road bridge. In the lower picture the parapet on the north side of the bridge is receiving attention.
Gornergrat: With the Gorner Glacier ahead a four car train draws to a halt in Gornergrat (10132ft). The station opened in 1898 and has a year round service at basic half hourly intervals but the line can operate more frequent trains at busy times. A hotel and observatory are just off picture to the left.
Stow: Strengthening works to the high embankment just north of Stow station seen here in full swing on a bright and sunny 12th September 2013.
Zermatt (GGB): The Swiss have a pragmatic approach to Health and Safety. This is the Matterhorn Railway's depot with a public footpath crossing eight depot tracks and two running lines, all with raised racks. And why not if people just take a bit of care?
St Pancras: The Southeastern platforms on the east side of St Pancras on the evening of 12 September 2014. These platforms are used by the Class 395 emus serving parts of Kent using HS1. Two of these units occupy platforms 11 and 13 on this occasion.
St Pancras: The Meeting Place at St Pancras station on 12 September 2014. The Paul Day bronze sculpture has you wondering if you have arrived in Gulliver's Travels. At over 29 feet high it is dwarfed only by Barlow's train shed.
Girvan: SAYLSA celebrated its designation as Scotland's first Community Rail Partnership at Girvan on 12 September when Hugh Knapp unveiled the refurbished plaque with which his late brother Jimmy had inaugurated the Strathclyde Partnership Authority's support for the Kilmarnock-Girvan Burns Line in September 1996.
Bay Horse: A longer train than usual for the Crewe-Sellafield flask working on 12 September, with six wagons behind DRS 37605 and 37610, seen here heading north through long closed Bay Horse station. The fourth wagon appeared to be new or recently shopped and was painted blue rather than brown like the others in the rake.
Ayr: The 10.30 from Glasgow Central rolls gingerly to a halt in bay Platform 1 at Ayr on 12 September.
Girvan: A dozen posters depicting mainly Galloway scenes by artist Lou McGill of Whithorn gallery Life's Little Ironies now grace Girvan Station, where ScotRail installed them in time for the SAYLSA designation day event on 12 September celebrating Scotland's first official Community Rail Partnership [see image 48683]. The posters cover locations including Portpatrick, Bladnoch (seen here) and Garlieston, and the series is on sale from Life's Little Ironies in aid of the National Autistic Society.
St Pancras: A quiet period on the night of Friday 12 September 2014 under the roof of St Pancras International, with a eurostar standing in the shadows in the foreground.
Furnace Sidings: Rosyth No 1 (Barclay 0-4-0ST 1835/1914) at Furnace Sidings on 12 September 2015 preparing to take out a train providing a shuttle service that day between the Whistle Inn and the Big Pit Museum.
Furnace Sidings: Scene on the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway on 12 September 2015, with ex-GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank 6435 about to depart with a train from Furnace sidings.
Milnthorpe: LMS Jubilee no.45690 Leander hauls a railtour south at Elmsfield on the WCML between Oxenholme and Carnforth on 12 September 2015.
Murrayfield Stadium [Tram]: This tramstop can get more than a little busy when there is a big event at the stadium, but most of the time it's like this as it otherwise doesn't have much of a catchment: too far from Gorgie with all its buses, and certainly from Murrayfield itself. A city bound service approaches on 12 September.
Bathgate: The new Henry's coffee-house at Bathgate Station, opened two weeks ago.
Blaenavon High Level: Ex-GWR Collett 0-6-2T no 5637, currently on loan from the East Somerset Railway, running round its train at Blaenavon High Level station on 12 September 2015. The station re-opened in 2011.
Furnace Sidings: Austerity 0-6-0ST 71515 Mech Navvies Ltd departing Furnace sidings on 12 September 2015.
Barassie: Colas Grid 56078 works 6N47 Prestwick Airport to Grangemouth empty aviation fuel tanks through Barassie station
Barassie: MPVs DR98955 and DR98905 on RHTT duties from Girvan to Mossend through Barassie station on 12 September 2015.
Blaenavon High Level: A train leaving Blaenavon High Level station on 12 September 2015 behind ex-GWR 0-6-2T no 5637.
Furnace Sidings: Barclay 0-4-0ST Rosyth No 1 at Furnace Sidings station on 12 September while operating a shuttle service between the Whistle Inn and the Big Pit Museum.
Riccarton Junction: LNER Electrical Engineer's Department completed test form covering Riccarton South box dated 14 February 1930. [See image 23830]
Ashton Swing Bridge (Preston): The very distinctive control tower at Preston Dock, with a bitumen train hauled by Sentinel 4wDM Progress passing on 12th September 2016. The tower controls the road barriers for the bridge, for an adjacent level crossing, railway points for the sand drags on either side and also the bridge swing mechanism. [See image 23257]
Svensta: Have we seen this sign for a level crossing somewhere before? The UK? La France? This line was electrified 70 years ago as there is an abundance of hydroelectricity from the wide rivers hereabouts and so it is 70 years since steam trains ran here. Obviously somebody, somewhere 'high up' thinks that a steam loco makes a more recognisable sign to road vehicle drivers.
Pollokshaws West: A quartet from RSNO played today on the Barrhead train and at Pollokshaws West to raise awareness of the CRP and introduce its new links worker Theresa.
Milton of Crathes: A Royal Deeside Class 03 shunter, D2094, at Milton of Crathes on 12th September 2017.
Milton of Crathes: Right next to the North Deeside Road! View looking north-east from the platform at Milton of Crathes.
Old Meldrum: This photograph by Norman Turnbull, care of the Great North of Scotland Railway Association, is on display at Milton of Crathes. It shows the station building now relocated to Milton as it looked when still in use at Old Meldrum.
Milton of Crathes: Milton of Crathes viewed from the station yard.
Milton of Crathes: Window view of the running-in board at Milton of Crathes.
Aberdeen: The 'Subbie' booking office at Aberdeen. Not needed since 1937, and for many years now a hairdresser.
Aberdeen: ScotRail HST at Aberdeen.
Aberdeen: ScotRail HST at Aberdeen.
Aberdeen: ScotRail HST at Aberdeen.
Milton of Crathes: The Battery car resting at Milton of Crathes.
Milton of Crathes: The superb building at Milton of Crathes.
Aberdeen: The announcement of test trains at Aberdeen.
Canley: The 0717hrs to Birmingham New Street - or Wolverhampton, according to the destination blind - slows to a halt at Canley on 12th September 2018. The footbridge replaced a level crossing; the Standard Triumph car factory was to the left of the line in this view.
Gorebridge: A Tweedbank service calls at a pleasantly set and well-maintained Gorebridge station on 12 September 2018.
Glenfinnan: With the rain making it impossible to take any photographs between Fort William and Glenfinnan,a lucky break in the showers enabled me to obtain this shot of Black 5 No.45157 * The Glasgow Highlander* heading west out of Glenfinnan with the afternoon Jacobite.
Coventry: The 1821hrs to Nuneaton was sorely in need of the second coach which is usually provided at weekends. The 'surplus' passengers were directed to catch a bus instead. 12th September 2018.
Robroyston: Work began on 12th September 2018 to construct the new Robroyston railway station, which will serve a development of 1,600 homes in the area around the site. The design and build contract which marks the start of work, was awarded to AmcoGiffen. Located between Stepps and Springburn on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line, the new station will include step free platform access, together with two car parks with a total of 258 spaces, offering a new 'park and ride' facility for people driving into Glasgow along the nearby M80. Clearance works at the site were completed beforehand with ground investigations underway. The station is expected to open in December 2019. (l-r) ScotRail Chief Operating Officer Angus Thom; Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity; Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction at Glasgow City Council and Alan Ross, Director Route Sponsorship for Network Rail Scotland at the site of the new Robroyston railway station.
Galashiels: Railways are about people getting on trains, so here are some folk doing just that. Its a showery morning in September 2018 and the leaves are just starting to turn.
Tweedbank: A look along the platforms at Tweedbank on 12 September 2018. During the day anyway trains come and go from Platform 1 while a set is stabled at Platform 2. In Waverley Route days the idea of a station here would have been laughable; the settlement of Tweedbank wasn't launched until the early 1970s.
Tweedbank Junction: The most southerly of the points on the Borders Railway, all named as 'Junctions' is just west of Tweedbank station where the line splits to serve the two platforms. If the line were to extend this would presumably become one end of a dynamic loop - at least. The loops on the current line are Newcraighall South to King's Gate, Fushiebridge to Tynehead, and Galabank to Bowland.
Selkirk Junction: A Tweedbank service passes the site of Selkirk Junction in Galashiels on 12 September 2018. It was one of those junctions named for the place it served rather than for its location. Wemyss Bay Junction carries on the tradition.
Gorebridge: An Edinburgh service pulls away from Gorebridge with the driver obligingly staring at the platform rather than the camera. 12th September 2018.
Glenfinnan: In between very heavy showers, K1 2-6-0 No.62005 climbs away from Glenfinnan with the morning 'Jacobite' service for Mallaig on 12th September 2018.
Hebden Bridge: Although a scene very similar to [See image 23132] it can be seen that the operational duties of Hebden Bridge signal box are surviving on borrowed time on 12 September 2018 as the prostrate new colour light signal awaits commissioning as part of the Calder Valley resignalling scheme due in October. 158816 approaches on a Leeds to Preston service.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1854||Great North of Scotland Railway||Huntly to Kittybrewster opened to freight. Passing places at: Kittybrewster, Kintore, Inverurie, Insch and Huntly.|
|1932||Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Railway||Gullane to Longniddry (Aberlady Junction) closed to passengers. Aberlady and Gullane closed.|
|1932||Lauder Light Railway||Lauder to Fountainhall Junction closed to passengers|
|1932||Swansea Vale and Neath and Brecon Junction Railway||Abercrave closed|
|1932||Halls Tramway||Oakdale Halt closed.|
|1932||Llancaiach Branch (Taff Vale Railway)||Closed to passengers.|
|1960||Chester and Holyhead Railway||Aber closed|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2003||Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Published||The Scottish Parliament has published the Bill for the partial re-opening of the Waverley route from Newcraighall to Tweedbank. The promotor of the bill is the Scottish Borders Council. The objection period for the plan runs from the 12th of September to the 10th of November.|
|2007||Stratford construction [Railway Strategies]||DLR has awarded its main construction contract to build the ÂŁ238 million DLR Stratford International extension to a Skanska and GrantRail joint venture.|
|2007||St Pancras Wi-Fi [Railway Strategies]||Cityspace has been awarded the contract by London & Continental Railways (LCR) to install and manage a wireless broadband network in the newly refurbished St Pancras International.|
|2007||Ad-ditional exposure [Railway Strategies]||Titan Outdoor and Network rail have announced an extension to their partnership for exclusive advertising rights at key railway stations across London and major UK cities such as Waterloo, Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly, and Glasgow Central.|
|2007||Tenders [Railway Strategies]||A selection of opportunities currently appearing on the Tenders Direct website|
|2007||Built on excellence [Railway Strategies]||Pararail Limited is the Southâ€™s leading single-source provider of excellent quality construction, building maintenance, refurbishment works, facilities management and small works solutions to many sectors but particularly to the rail industry|
|2007||Communication is central to the success of public transport [Railway Strategies]||IAN WOODROOFE reviews the pressures being faced by metro networks across the world and points to the way forward|
|2007||Improving parking services to maximise revenue streams [Railway Strategies]||GRAHAME ROSE reviews current practice in station car parking aimed at achieving better levels of customer satisfaction|
|2007||Where next for community rail? [Railway Strategies]||That was the question posed at the Association of Community Rail Partnershipsâ€™ latest conference. Here, ACoRP general manager NEIL BUXTON outlines his vision for community rail partnerships moving forward, as heard by delegates at the conference|
|2007||Frankly brilliant [Railway Strategies]||The Frankham Consultancy Group Limited was founded with a vision to succeed by being the best - a passion that has fuelled considerable growth.|
|2007||Chunnel trains aim to attract more Scots [Scotsman]||EUROSTAR yesterday predicted the number of Scottish passengers using its trains would triple over the next five years but admitted measures to attract more foreign rail passengers to Scotland had yet to be devised.|
|2007||Halting EARL ^flouts will of parliament^ [Scotsman]||A MINISTER has been accused of "flouting" the will of parliament by halting work on the controversial Edinburgh Airport Rail Link.|
|2007||More support for freight [Railway Strategies]||The Department for Transport has announced funding grants of more than ÂŁ20 million to support freight transport in the UK:|
|2007||New coal haulage deal [Railway Strategies]||Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd (FHH) has begun operating coal trains from Hatfield Colliery in Stainforth.|
|2007||Track-friendly wagons [Railway Strategies]||CEMEX UK recently awarded a new six-year contract to EWS Construction to deliver its entire rail freight haulage requirements for aggregates and coal|
|2007||FirstGBRf opens unique depot at Wellingborough [Railway Strategies]||FirstGBRfâ€™s Wellingborough depot, which will be used to stable and load materials for Metronet underground possessions, was opened in June by John Smith, FirstGBRfâ€™s , managing director.|
|2007||IFW Freighting Industry Awards [Railway Strategies]||The winners at this year's IFW awards included:|
|2007||Increased capacity [Railway Strategies]||EWS Construction has ordered 34 new aggregate hopper wagons in order to inject over 600,000 tonnes of additional haulage capacity per annum into EWS Constructionâ€™s fleet.|
|2007||Mail on rail secured [Railway Strategies]||FirstGBRf has signed a new contract with Royal Mail to move mail by rail until 2010.|
|2007||EWS & Transfesa takeover [Railway Strategies]||Following the approval of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG, the company plans to take over the entire shares in English Welsh & Scottish Railway Holding Limited (EWS) and acquire a majority share in the Spanish company Transportes Ferroviarios Especiales (Transfesa).|
|2007||New contract with EDF Energy [Railway Strategies]||First GBRf has commenced a new contract with EDF Energy, which began in July.|
|2007||More Romanian wagons due [Railway Strategies]||First GBRf is ordering up to 50 new coal hopper wagons to meet the expected growth in demand for the movement of coal during the next financial year.|
|2007||Watford facility now open [Railway Strategies]||Aggregate Industries company, London Concrete has officially opened its rail off-loading facility at Watford and celebrated by receiving its first train on 17th July, carrying stone from Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire.|
|2007||Corporate manslaughter: the new law [Railway Strategies]||PETER STEWART and RHYS GRIFFITHS explore the provisions of the new Corporate Manslaughter Act|
|2007||Nominate your rail engineer of the year [Railway Strategies]||Its the taking part that counts|
|2008||Blackburn - Clitheroe line upgrade [Network Rail Article]||Network Rail is set to invest a further Ł5m in track improvements by beginning work on the Blackburn to Clitheroe railway line in November. The aim of the scheme is to improve the current speed limits imposed on sections of the line. Currently some areas of the track are restricted to a 20mph speed limit. Following the completion of the work trains will be able to travel at the normal line speed of up to 45mph.|
|2010||Derbyshire steam railway to extend service [BBC]||The steam train enthusiasts who operate Peak Rail in Derbyshire have been given permission to run their trains into Matlock station.|
|2012||ScotRail to increase rail services and cut journey times across Scotland [Scotsman]||PASSENGERS will have more ScotRail train services or faster journeys on 11 routes across Scotland from Sunday, 9 December. • Four extra Saturday tranis between Edinburgh-Dunbar and Sunday trains from Glasgow Central-Edinburgh among new initiatives • More trains to stop at Portlethen, Laurencekirk, Broughty Ferry and Invergowrie on the Aberdeen-Edinburgh/Glasgow route The improvements include four extra Saturday trains between Edinburgh and Dunbar and the introduction of Sunday trains on the Glasgow Central-Shotts-Edinburgh line. There will also be new weekday trains on the Glasgow Central-Carstairs-Edinburgh route.|
|2012||See Scotland by Train [National Museums Scotland]||An online version of ^See Scotland by Train^ featuring some classic Railway Posters has recently been created by National Museums Scotland - click on the link below to visit the exhibition. [From John Yellowlees]|
|2013||Borders Railway bats moved to new roosts [Southern Reporter]||Borders Railway ecology experts set up escape routes for a small group of bats living in a Victorian rail tunnel near Galashiels. The colony was saved ahead of renovation works on the 165-year-old Bowshank tunnel between Stow and Galashiels, as part of the work on the reopening of the Borders Railway. The team installed one-way ‘bat flaps’ and ‘bat pipes’ to cavities in the tunnel to allow the bats to leave ahead of works starting in the tunnel. There were no breeding or hibernation roosts, said the company, but some Soprano pipistrelle and Myotis bats were found to be temporarily residing in spaces, such as those once used by railway workers who sought safety from passing trains|
|2014||DRS orders more Vossloh locomotives [International Railway Journal]||BRITISH open-access operator Direct Rail Services (DRS) has awarded Vossloh a contract to supply 10 additional class 68 UKLight diesel-electric locomotives, taking its total fleet to 25 units.|
|2015||Concern poor rail service forcing people back to roads amid reports passengers left standing at Beauly and Conon Bridge [Inverness Courier]||RAIL passengers are often left standing at Beauly and Conon Bridge stations as late-running trains fail to stop in a bid to regain lost time, according to a transport group. Rail officials have now agreed to visit the region later this year after a catalogue of problems on the rail line north of Inverness were highlighted. They include trains being delayed by more than an hour or services cancelled at short notice. Concerns at the continuing poor performance of services on the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick/Thurso have been voiced by board members of Hitrans, the transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands.|
|2015||British tourists killed as India train derails [BBC News]||At least two British tourists have been killed and a dozen people are injured after a train derailed in northern India, police have said. The specially-chartered train, which had been organised to carry a group of 37 British tourists, was travelling to the Indian Himalayan town of Shimla. The Kalka to Shimla mountain line is a Unesco world heritage site and popular tourist attraction. It is thought the train came off the rails shortly after it left Kalka. A police spokesman said at least two tourists were killed instantly and others were wounded.|
|2015||Pope opens world^s shortest national railway to tourists [Times]||A steam train puffed through Vatican City yesterday as the Pope opened up the state^s railway â€” the shortest national network in the world â€” to the paying public for the first time.|
|2016||Network Rail: EGIP overhead lines wonâ€™t have to be restrung [Rail News]||Overhead catenary installed on the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow wonâ€™t have to be taken down and replaced, says Network Rail, as some press reports have claimed. A report by Glasgow Live stated that parts of the newly fitted OLE would have to be â€śripped up and started againâ€ť as they had been strung too low. Similar stories were run by the Sunday Post and the Edinburgh Evening News. Responding to the coverage, Network Rail said the wires had been installed at the correct height and that it was only at some stations and bridges where it was having to review clearances. The issue which has arisen because of a change in the European OLE TSI standards introduced in 2014 â€“ two years after work began on the project. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Full steam ahead for plan to blast leaves off the line with train-mounted microwaves [Telegraph]||Trains on Britain^s beleaguered railways could be fitted with powerful microwaves to blast leaves off the line. Rail bosses are considering tackling the perennial problem by zapping tracks with a device at least 100 times more powerful than a kitchen microwave ovens The technology, designed to dry the tracks instantly in the autumn, is among a series of solutions being investigated by the Rail Safety and Standards Board. The project is part of a ÂŁ4 million programme to ease delays caused by falling leaves and, if adopted, could be introduced within two years. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2018||Aberdeen residents to face 11 weeks of disruption during rail works [Evening Express]||Residents in an Aberdeen community will face more than 11 weeks of disruption due to railway works.|
|2018||Construction begins on new Robroyston station [ScotRail]||Work will begin today (Wednesday 12 September) on the construction of the new Robroyston railway station, which will serve a development of 1,600 homes in the area around the site. The design and build contract which marks the start of the work, has been awarded to AmcoGiffen. Located between Stepps and Springburn on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line, the new station will include step free platform access, together with two car parks with a total of 258 spaces, offering a new park and ride facility for people driving into Glasgow along the nearby M80.|