Balfron: Balfron. Ex N.B.R. 0.6.0 64598 Aberfoyle Bound.
Buchlyvie: Buchlyvie. Ex N.B.R. 0.6.0 64598 Aberfoyle Bound.
Killearn: Killearn Station. Ex N.B.R. 0.6.0 64598 Aberfoyle Bound.
Dumgoyne: Dumgoyne Platform. Ex N.B.R. 0.6.0 64598 Aberfoyle Bound.
Hawick [2nd]: A2 Pacific 60534 Irish Elegance calls at Hawick with the up Waverley in September 1958.
Hawick [2nd]: Jubilee 45716 Swiftsure at Hawick with a northbound freight in the autumn of 1958.
Dunoon Pier: The hoist loading vehicle ferry MV Cowal, built for the Caledonian Steam Packet Co in 1954. Photographed at Dunoon in September 1959.
Edinburgh Princes Street: Princes Street station on 18 September 1959, featuring one of the many specials, hauled by historic locomotives, operated in connection with the Scottish Industries Exhibition being held in Glasgow at that time. Motive power in this case is CR no 123 + GNSR no 49 Gordon Highlander. The train ran via Glasgow Central Low Level to the Exhibition station at Partick Central (renamed Kelvin Hall for the occasion) see image [].
Glenlochsie Lodge: Dalmunzie railway showing the Glenlochsie terminus in 1960. The Glenlochsie Lodge itself is off to the right behind the camera. The view looks downhill to the zig-zag and Dalmunzie.
Cambus o^ May: Cambus O' May in 1960 with a GNSR coach body on the loading bank.
Dalmunzie Hotel: View along line from Dalmunzie hotel with 'Dalmunzie' and a 'toast rack' vehicle in 1960.
Dalmunzie Hotel: 'Dalmunzie' and toast rack passenger vehicle, front view, on 18/09/60.
Dalmunzie Hotel: At the Dalmunzie terminus of the Dalmunzie Railway. A closed coach seen on 18/09/1960.
Cardross: Empty mineral waggons heading to Faslane for loading with scrap metal being hauled west through Cardross by EE Type 1 no 8119 on 18 September 1972. The train will leave the West Highland line at Faslane Jct and traverse the line to No 1 Military Port where Shipbreaking Industries were cutting up various marine craft and, a few years earlier, steam locomotives.
Cardross: Morning Helensburgh - Bridgeton service slows for the stop at Cardross on 18 September 1972.
Cardross: A Class 303 waits at Cardross station with a westbound service for Helensburgh Central on 18 September 1972. The photograph was taken from the former goods yard, which is now occupied by housing.
Stirling: A young fan looks on as the Speyside Express enters Stirling on 18 September 1976. 60009 Union of South Africa took the special from Edinburgh as far as Perth, where 47037 took over for the journey to Aviemore. Black 5 5025 took charge at Aviemore for a trip over the Strathspey Railway to Boat of Garten.
Hythe: A reminder of the days of the manual level crossing gates at Hythe station, Colchester, in 1978, when rush hour cars and buses could be substantially delayed by a succession of trains. The later provision of lifting barriers and the building of a new road bridge nearby eventually eased the problem. The crossing keeper used to get very irate with impatient drivers following nose to tail processions over the crossing preventing him from closing the gates.
Clapham Junction: A class 423 (4Vep) emu arrives at Clapham Junction in 1981. Squatting over the western tracks is the 1912 Clapham Junction 'A' box, which consisted of a series of wooden sheds perched on a bowstring girder bridge. The frame once supported a 40 ton steel canopy, erected as air raid protection during WWII. This led to a partial collapse in May 1965, resulting in suspension of services while the canopy was removed. Clapham Junction 'A' signal box closed in 1989 see image [].
Clapham Junction: View from platform 13 at a wet Clapham Junction in September 1981 as class 423 (4Vep) 7825 arrives on a Bognor Regis - London Victoria service.
Oban: 37108 and Ethel2, with an E&G push pull set, wait at Oban before returning to Edinburgh with the Scotrail operated 'Sun West Highlander' excursion on 18th September 1983.
Farington: Former Met-Cam Class 101 DMU converted into Network Rail test train and numbered 901002 heads south on the Up Slow at Farington in September 2006.
Edinburgh Waverley: View over the north side platforms at Waverley on 18 September 2007 from the Scottish National Gallery. A Voyager bound for the ECML is running into platform 20 alongside the 10.10 Pendolino to Euston (which arrived at Waverley as the 0841 local service from Carstairs.) A Dundee train is awaiting departure time in single line bay platform 18.
Edinburgh Waverley: A Pendolino leaves Waverley platform 19 with the 1010 service to London Euston on 18 September 2007.
St Erth: Last stop before Penzance. 150249 calls at St Erth down platform on a service from Plymouth. The St Ives branch bay is to the right of the up platform and shares the canopy. The traditional bench on the right is one of several at the station.
Lelant: The original station buildings at Lelant are now a home overlooking the platform and estuary. Trains only call here in the morning and evening but all trains stop at Lelant Saltings, just beyond the bend in this view south towards St Erth.
Lelant: The village station at Lelant viewed from the foot crossing looking towards St Ives with the Hayle estuary just off to the right.
Jamestown Viaduct [Inverkeithing]: Recent vegetation clearance has opened up the lineside south of Inverkeithing as 170 457 runs downhill from Jamestown Viaduct on a Fife Circle service, on 18 September... with a cheery wave from the driver!
Marazion: 150246, heading for Plymouth, leaves the single line section from Penzance and passes the site of Marazion station. The former station building, closed in 1964, can be seen on the down side in this view towards Penzance.
Penzance: The trainshed at Penzance is an impressive structure but quite gloomy inside, which means that the murals on the walls are not always seen to best effect. 150233 waits to return to Plymouth on a FGW stopping service in September 2008.
Penzance: The view eastwards from Penzance through the station approach to where the single line section runs along the sea wall towards Long Rock passing Ponsandane servicing depot in the distance. The station is still controlled by the signal box that sits against the rock face on the left hand side.
Alresford (Hampshire): Class 117 DMMU at Alresford Station on the LSWR Watercress Line in September 2008.
Carbis Bay: The Bubble Car from St Ives is climbing along the cliffs above Carbis Bay but beyond the cutting will drop down to sea level at Lelant. The dramatic changes of scenery on this short line are remarkable.
Carbis Bay: A sizeable number of passengers leaves Bubble Car 153361 at Carbis Bay, having made the short but scenic journey down from St. Ives. The train will continue to the junction at St. Erth calling at Lelant Saltings Park and Ride on the way.
Carbis Bay: St Erth bound service pulls away from Carbis Bay. 153361 was still displaying Truro on the destination blind having arrived from Falmouth branch duties in a hurry to replace a failed 150 unit See image [] on the St Ives line. Pity about the foliage
St Erth: Sprinter in disgrace Arriva Wales liveried 150279 disrupted morning services on the St Ives branch by failing (note second door stuck open) and was parked in a siding at St Erth whilst a replacement was found. 153361 later arrived from Truro to pick up the roster. Branch trains use Platform 3 seen here, which is set slightly lower than the mainline platforms to the right. Access to the branch is controlled by the lower quadrant semaphore and the branch operations do not conflict with the main line.
Lelant: The St Ives branch packs a lot of scenery into its 4.3 mile length. This is the estuary near Lelant at low tide looking north towards the climb to the cliffs above Carbis Bay. With a half hour service in each direction there is usually a train to photograph but on this morning the DMU had failed See image [] so there was a long wait.
Hayle: Cross Country Voyager 220029 heads east through Hayle, now an unstaffed halt. From the platforms there is a view across the Hayle estuary to the two Lelant halts on the St Ives branch whilst behind the blue railings is the trackbed for the former Hayle Wharf branch.
St Ives [Cornwall]: The tracks of the original station at St Ives ran along the curved wall but the line was cut back to this new platform and shortened stub. Timings are tight for the half hourly shuttle to St Erth, which is scheduled to arrive AND depart at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour. 153361 is on turnaround after another run from the main line junction.
Taffs Well: A Barry Island service leaves Taffs Well towards Radyr from where it will take the Cathays line into Cardiff. 143606 is trailing 142076 as the service heads south.
Heath High Level: An Arriva Trains Wales Bargoed service, formed of two Pacers with 143601 on the rear, leaves Heath High Level heading for Caerphilly and the Rhymney Valley.
Heath Low Level: The entrance to Heath Low Level, on the Coryton branch, is down a narrow ginnel between houses. Heath High Level, on the Rhymney line, is very close by. The girder bridge in the background is at the end of that station's platforms with the entrance by the orange road sign.
Cardiff Bay: A local resident sees her friend off from Cardiff Bay, chatting through the open droplight window right up to departure. The shuttle service runs one mile to Cardiff Queen St See image [], situated by the tower block that can be seen above the end of the platform. No apologies for another picture of the Arriva Bubble Car 55032 as it has so much more character than the Pacers and Sprinters used on today's network.
Heath Low Level: 143614 uses the new (1984) link from the Coryton branch to join the Rhymney line at the relocated Heath Junction. Prior to that date trains from Coryton turned right under the bridge, where the extra SPAD signal is, and ran alongside the Rhymney line for over 400 yards to the junction signal box. That land was sold for housing when the new link and junction were made. The Arriva Class 143 is on one of the half hourly Coryton Cardiff Radyr services.
Heath Low Level: Basic facilities at Heath Low Level but there is a half hourly service in each direction during the day. The next station on the Coryton branch is Ty Glas, which generates a lot of traffic from government offices, and Heath LL is used as an interchange between this line and that to Caerphilly and Rhymney at the High Level station See image []. 143614 is on a City Line service and will go through Cardiff then out to Radyr.
Radyr: In 1960 Radyr shed still had an allocation of 58 tank engines, over half of which were 56xx 0-6-2Ts. A marshalling yard and diesel stabling point remained through the 1970s to serve the coal industry but both are now long gone. 150236, heading for Cardiff Queen St, connects with 142081 on the City Line.
Radyr: In addition to serving three valley lines (Merthyr, Aberdare and Treherbert) Radyr is also the junction for the City Line and so enjoys on eight trains an hour service into Cardiff. 150236, on an Aberdare to Barry Island via Queen St service runs in while 142081 waits to form the next service to Coryton via Cardiff Central.
Cardiff Canton: The Arriva running shed at Cardiff Canton, as seen from a passing Barry Island service. It is mid-morning but the depot is almost empty illustrating the intensive valley services throughout the day. The (City) line in the immediate foreground runs round the left side of the depot and then crosses the main line on its way to Radyr.
Cardiff Bay: The approach to Cardiff Bay, as seen through the slightly grubby front window of ATW Bubble Car 121032 on another of the five times an hour shuttles from Queen St. The original station building is just beyond the buffer stops at the end of what is now a one mile siding.
Cardiff Bay: The original 1840 Brunel terminus of the Taff Vale Railway is a Grade II listed building that housed a museum for a period but is currently empty. It opened as Cardiff Docks, later Cardiff Bute Rd and became Cardiff Bay in 1994. Trains depart from a platform just to the right of this picture.
Coryton: Originally a through station, which only opened in 1911, Coryton became a suburban branch terminus as early as 1931. A Pacer faces the buffers and old overbridge before returning to Cardiff and going on to Radyr via the City Line. Radyr is only a mile away by road but around thirteen miles (and eleven intermediate stations) via the city by train.
Coryton: The train crew of ATW 142081 enjoy a brief chat at Coryton terminus during turnround. This suburban branch is only two and a half miles long but has six stations, all opened in 1911 or later. Two of these, Ty Glas and Birchgrove, are less than 2/10 of a mile apart.
Cardiff Queen Street: Racing the Pacer. View from the Cardiff Bay Bubble Car as it approaches Queen St South Junction where ATW 142081 is slowing to turn right, cross the main line and drop in to Cardiff Central. The Cardiff Bay shuttle service can operate independently of the other trains using Queen Street station. Having swung right and then left by the junction the line runs dead straight for just over half a mile to the Cardiff Bay terminus.
Cardiff Queen Street: One of only two main line services now using a 1st Generation DMU is the shuttle running for one mile from Cardiff Queen St to Cardiff Bay. Here Arriva Trains single unit 121032 (55032) arrives in Platform 3 at Queen St as the commuters build up on the island platform that handles all other trains at this busy station.
Barry Island: The once extensive through station at Barry Island is now a single track terminus but still enjoys a half hourly service to Cardiff. 150285 is ready to leave for Aberdare and some of the old station features can be seen as well as the modern shelter.
Cardiff Bay: Pressed Steel single car DMU 121032, the former W55032, sits at the buffers at the rather cramped Cardiff Bay terminus after another run down the short branch from Cardiff Queen St. As part of its refurbishment prior to being reintroduced to passenger use this unit was fitted with central locking on the slam doors. This view is at the brake end with the distinctive exhausts passing round the cab windows and headcode box.
Cardiff Central: After a short spell with Advenza Freight former DRS Class 66 No. 66841, and its two sister locomotives, were taken back by Porterbrook Leasing following Advenza and sister/parent company Cotswold Rail being wound up in October 2009. No 66841 was stabled at Cardiff Central on 18 September, as seen here from the valley lines island platform.
Cardiff Queen Street: Do you come here often? 55032 (121032) makes 85 return trips a day, 6 days a week, on the one mile Cardiff Bay branch. So as it approaches its 50th birthday it is still covering over 50,000 revenue earning miles a year (in low gears!). Here it is seen at its reserved platform just before departure on another of the five times an hour branch shuttles to Cardiff Bay See image [].
Barry Island: On what was formerly a through platform, 150285 waits alongside the old station building at Barry Island looking east along the old extension to Barry Pier, which ran through a tunnel and closed in 1975. Alongside the closed line are some of the facilities of the recently closed Barry Steam Railway and a group of early DMU vehicles are still stored here.
Cardiff Central: Class 57 No. 57316 waits to take the four coaches of the Arriva loco hauled service, just arrived from Holyhead, to Canton Depot as ECS and will follow the Pacer that is heading for Radyr on the City line.
Taffs Well: South Wales Valley services passing at Taffs Well with 150236 bound for Aberdare and 142076 leading a Pacer 142/143 combination heading into Cardiff Central. Because three valley lines converge above Taffs Well it enjoys a six trains an hour service in each direction during the day.
Barry Island: Looking back from Barry Island towards the causeway and bridge that carry the line to Barry itself. 150285 is ready to leave for Aberdare via Cardiff. The fixed distant is for the junction with the line from Brigend at Barry and the line on the right is the track of the short lived Barry Steam Railway, disused for most of 2009 but recently taken over by Cambrian Transport who have plans to run steam services again. Mainline services from Barry Island to Cardiff run at a 30 minute frequency throughout the day.
Goathland: 20227 stands with a train at Goathland on 18 September 2010.
Barrhill: The veteran tablet machines at Barrhill are still in use in the station office and not a lot has changed since Ewan's visit in 1988 See image []. However, the old telephones are no longer used and there are now two prominent SPAD checklists. The gradient profile from Girvan to Glenwhilly is still displayed above the instruments, Barrhill being represented by the diagonal line just to the right of the padlock. Photo taken with kind permission of the signalman.
Heron Quays: Northbound and southbound services passing at the entrance to Heron Quays station on the London Docklands Light Railway in September 2010.
Barrhill: Barrhill looking north towards Girvan. This station has the appearance of being on a double track mainline but the two tracks are just very lengthy passing loops, one of several on the long single line from Ayr to Stranraer. The buildings on the right house, amongst other things, the signalling and tablet instruments while the signalbox itself houses the lever frame for points and semaphores.
Goathland: 20227 is seen at Goathland on the 18th of September 2010.
Grosmont: 37264 at Grosmont on the 18th of September 2010.
Kilkerran: To the north of Kilkerran station and crossing is the loop, controlled by semaphores, that can be used for overtaking as well as crossing trains running in opposite directions. This view looks towards Maybole past the signal box, which appears to have been recently refurbished with double glazed plastic windows and a new roof.
Carlisle: 6233 Duchess of Sutherland at the North end of Carlisle on 18 September with the PMR tours Citadel Express shortly after arrival from Crewe.
Woodlesford: Northern Rail 158853 approaches soon to be removed Woodlesford station foot crossing on the 1037 ex Leeds limited stop service to Sheffield, with preparation work for new footbridge installation visible across the line.
Woodlesford: The soon to be replaced foot crossing at Woodlesford Station seen from the down platform, with preparation work for the new footbridge installation visible across the line. Klaxons and voice warnings have been added here recently to supplement the red stop lights.
Canary Wharf: Entrance to the London Underground Jubilee Line station at Canary Wharf in September 2010.
Barrhill: Barrhill looking south and up the gradient to Glenwhilly summit from the Stranraer platform. Three years of weather has taken its toll on the signalbox paintwork since our editor's visit. See image []
Carlisle: The PMR tours Citadel Express following arrival at Carlisle behind 6233 Duchess of Sutherland on 18 September 2010.
Whitby: D7628 shortly after arrival at Whitby on 18 September with a train from Pickering.
Plockton: View west over Plockton Station towards Kyke of Lochalsh on 18 September 2011.
Prestonpans: The new mural by Adele Conn that now adorns the platform side of the station building at Prestonpans, seen here on 18 September 2011. [Addendum - the mural subsequently earned 'Highly Commended' in the community art schemes category of the Community Rail Awards in October 2012].
Prestonpans: Artist Adele Conn seen here on 18 September 2011 at work on her new mural at Prestonpans station. See image [[34627 for wide view of mural]]
Dufftown: The new locomotive shed at Dufftown in September 2012.
Redbridge Viaduct: The east side of Winston Road, Galashiels, on 18 September 2013, with more of the east portal of the filled in bridge now exposed see image [].
Davos Platz: Built in 1947, and still in front line service, RhB Ge4/4 1 No. 603 Badus stands at Davos Platz waiting to move the westbound Glacier Express stock into the platform from its overnight stabling road before taking it out to Chur. The class of ten was modernised in 1986, and six have been scrapped in recent years, but its a testament to the survivors that they are still entrusted with a prestige service like this. Note the old style dining car in the rake of Panoramique stock See image []
Torwoodlee South Viaduct: View north across the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on 18 September 2013, showing the old railway bridge currently undergoing rebuilding. The new version of the bridge will eventually carry the Borders Railway across the river and on into Galashiels. See image [].
Torwoodlee South Viaduct: The rail bridge spanning the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the northern edge of Galashiels, seen on 18 September 2013 with reconstruction work well underway. See image [].
Redbridge Viaduct: Following closure of the Waverley route in 1969 (see []) much of the old trackbed through Galashiels was turned into a walkway / cycleway. This conversion included the infilling of the overbridge that had carried Winston Road over the line (see []). In 2013 work got underway to re-excavate the cutting and construct a new road bridge over the planned Borders Railway, resulting in closure of the road for over a year. View is north from Winston Road on 18 September 2013 not long after re-excavation activity commenced.
Sheriffhall City Bypass Overbridge: All quiet at the works site near Sheriffhall on the Edinburgh City Bypass on 18 September 2013. All preparatory work has now been completed to enable traffic to be switched onto a temporary 4-lane diversionary route in 2 days time, enabling the section in use in the background to be removed. Work will then commence on the installation of a concrete box through which the new Borders Railway will pass. For the view one week later see image [].
Galashiels: View south from the new Galashiels station (X on plan) across the A7 Ladhope Vale on 18 September 2013. Stirling Street skirts the north side of the bus station immediately beyond the wooden fence. The plan shows the new Galashiels Interchange with Stirling Street rerouted. [Courtesy Scottish Borders Council]. Work is due to begin in October.
Hawick [2nd]: Looking south at the stump of the Waverley Route embankment through Hawick on 18 September 2013.
Redbridge Viaduct: The west side of Winston Road, Galashiels on 18 September 2013 looking in the direction of the planned Galashiels station. Work is underway here on re-excavation of the filled-in bridge and cutting via which the Waverley route once passed below the camera under Winston road. See image []
Falahill Summit: Some serious rock shifting (and road sweeping) taking place alongside the A7 at Falahill on 18 September 2013 following the commencement of blasting operations on the site earlier in the week. [See recent news item]
Galashiels: Looking south east towards Tweedbank from the site of the planned Galashiels station on 18 September 2013. The modern road bridge which carries the B6374 Station Brae over the rail route was completed in 2007. A no 7 bus heading for Galashiels bus station is approaching with a local service from Langlee.
Ladhope Tunnel: 'Oh dear...' Checking out the clearances at Ladhope Tunnel, to the north of Galashiels station, on 18 September 2013. The view shows how the tunnel was modified following closure of the Waverley route to cater for the new road layout and A7 roundabout above. See image []
Montrose [CR]: Main entrance to the former Caledonian railway terminus in Montrose, photographed on 18 September 2014 looking south from Railway Place. Opened by the Aberdeen Railway in 1849, the station closed to passengers in 1934 when traffic was switched to the NB route. The building has since been modified internally for use as sheltered housing accommodation.
Montrose [CR]: Platform side of the former Caledonian Railway terminus in Montrose on 18 September 2014 see image [].
Stratford International: View east from Olympic Park Avenue over Stratford International station on 18 September 2014. In the foreground the Docklands Light Railway lines run towards the terminus on the upper left. Just out of shot immediately below the camera is the freight only link from the North London Line at Channelsea North Jct through to Temple Mills East Jct via the tunnel under the Olympic Village.
Roxburgh Viaduct: View west over Roxburgh Viaduct on 18 September 2014. Last time I crossed this viaduct was in the cab of a diesel shunter!
Black Lake Tunnel: Black Lake (also known as Hill Top) Tunnel on the Midland Metro, driver's view.
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway: An ascending car nears the upper station of the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway on Constitution Hill. From here there are panoramic views of the coastline and town, including those through a restored camera obscura.
Wolverhampton Low Level: Looks like the last train left a lot less than 44 years ago!
Wolverhampton Low Level: The former Wolverhampton Low Level station, seen here in September 2016 in use as a hotel. See image [] [Ref query 3348]
Tranent Goods: Ramp from Birsley Road, Tranent, giving access to the 'Tranent Bridleway' in September 2016. The route utilises the southern section of the trackbed of the freight only line opened by the NB in 1849 which linked Tranent Goods (behind camera), plus various mines and works in the area, with the ECML just east of Prestonpans station. View is north, with the bridleway passing below Bridge Street, part of the town's main thoroughfare.
Tranent Goods: The solid looking structure carrying the A199 over the trackbed of the Tranent Goods branch, seen here shortly after entering the town heading north towards the site of the Goods station on Elphinstone Road. The apex of the roof of The Brig Inn is visible top left.
Machynlleth: Seen from the new station footbridge, 158832 has just come off the adjacent depot at Machynlleth to form a Sunday service to Aberystwyth and is awaiting departure time on 18th September 2016.
Machynlleth: A Sunday morning service for Aberystwyth waits for departure time in the Down platform at Machynlleth. Unit 158832 has just come off the adjacent depot to start its diagram for the day. The Corris Railway narrow gauge station was just behind and below the Up platform but the site is now occupied by a business park, which can just be seen over the fence.
Cambridge North: The station under construction at Cambridge North viewed from a passing train. Possibly twinned with Edinburgh Gateway.
Cambridge North: The new station at Cambridge North under construction.
Peterborough: Hovertrain at Peterborough.
Eskbank: The 0946 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank Borders Line Steam Special runs south through Eskbank station on 18 September 2016 behind 46100 Royal Scot.
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway: Funicular cars crossing at the mid-point of the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway in September 2016, with the bay and promenade visible behind. The change in gradient for the final stretch down to the lower station is very noticeable.
Oakham: The classic box for makers of Airfix kits! (Oakham signal box viewed from a passing train.)
Ynyslas: An old railway coach body, still in use as a bothy alongside the Cambrian Coast line at the site of Ynyslas station in September 2016. Ynyslas, between Borth and Dovey Junction, closed to passengers in 1965. [Ref query 3825]
Shotts: The temporary footbridge at Shotts station in place and bolted to its foundations on 18 September 2016. The plastic pipes incorporated in the structure will act as trunking to facilitate the diversion of services while the new bridge is built.
Tranent Goods: In 1849 the NB opened a short freight-only branch from the ECML east of Prestonpans running south to Tranent, serving various coal workings in the area. The line eventually closed in 1958 and part of the route within Tranent itself is now a walkway. View is north along the old trackbed towards the ECML on 18 September 2016, with the site of the former goods depot behind the camera alongside Elphinstone Road, an area now occupied by commercial premises. Ahead is the bridge carrying the busy A199, below which the line passed to reach its destination, with the hostelry on the right appropriately dubbed 'The Brig Inn'.
York: Train arriving from and train departing to Scarborough. TPE Class 185s meet at York on 18th September 2016.
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway: The gauge of the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway appears to be variable and there are some noticeably uneven rail joints. The line also performs something of a switchback too rather than a steady climb. This is the view towards the upper station on Constitution Hill from an ascending car approaching the slight divergence at the passing point on 18th September 2016.
Ynyslas: The site of Ynyslas station, closed in 1965, as seen from the level crossing looking towards Dovey Junction on 18th September 2016. Note the grounded coach body by the mast in the old goods yard. See image [].
Coleshill Parkway: The platform of Coleshill Parkway.
Midland Metro: Nearly the driver's view of the Midland Metro.
Dovey Junction: The entrance to Dovey Junction station isn't all it seems, as the actual platforms are over half a mile from this gate. The path runs alongside the Aberystwyth line. In the distance the Pwihelli line bridge over the River Dovey can be seen and the station lies just to the east (right) of this. This location might be more accurately described as Glandyfi as it is close to the site of that closed station and the long path to the previously inaccessible Dovey Junction is a recent innovation.
Birmingham Curzon Street: Birmingham Curson Street's remaining building, the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway, viewed from the lines which replaced it, taking the line on to the through Birmingham New Street station. Curzon Street's environs are the projected location of the terminus of the High Speed 2 line.
York: Train from Scarborough crossing the recently rebuilt bridge over the River Ouse. Taken from boat passing upriver.
Borth: The grand exterior of Borth station, final stop before Aberystwyth. Beyond the entrance of this large station is just a single platform, albeit a long one, but the building is well maintained with a variety of occupants.
York: A livery to celebrate the Craigentinny Centenary on 43300, and its set, at York.
Drei Annen Hohne: HSB 99 236 at Drei Annen Hohne with the 14:15 train to Brocken on 18 September 2017. This locomotive is one of the batch of 17 New Steam Engines built in the 1950s for use on the 1000 mm gauge system in the Harz Mountains. When converted to oil-burning in the 1970s, it carried the number 99 0236. When restored to coal-burning in the 1980s it carried the number 99 7236-5 but now just sports 99 236!
Munich: Diesel hydraulics on arrival at Munich with train from Zurich. The line is now being electrified.
Blackpool North: Blackpool North - 18th Sept 2017. Expecting crowds by any chance? Services to BPN cease on 10th November and resume in March 2018 after completion of electrification works
Wernigerode: HSB 99 7240-7 departing Wernigerode with the 10:25 train to Brocken on 18 September 2017. Wernigerode is 234 m above sea level, the station at the Brocken Summit is 1125 m above sea level, a climb of 891 metres in 34 kilometres, an average gradient of 1 in 38! The communications tower and the air traffic control centre on the Brocken Summit are visible between the two lamp posts to the top left of the shot. See image [] for this train approaching the summit.
Goethweg: HSB 99 222 with the 12:45 train from Drei Annen Hohne to Brocken at Goetheweg on 18 September 2017. This shot was taken from the 13:14 train from Brocken to Drei Annen Hohne, sitting in the passing spur. Pre-war there was also a station here, for the benefit of hikers of the Harz Club. This locomotive features on the tickets for the Wernigerode-Brocken service - See image [], and as Bill Jamieson pointed out, is rather special with it's cylindrical feed-water heater - in late DDR days it looked very much like the other 2-10-2Ts as it had been fitted with the same type of heater as them.
Crossgates: Belmond-liveried GBRf 66746 nears the site of Crossgates station with the Edinburgh - Keith 'Royal Scotsman' on 18 September 2017.
Wernigerode: The cab of HSB 99 7232-4, just arrived in Wernigerode with the 13:14 train from Brocken on 18 September 2017. One of a batch of 17 New Steam Engines built in the 1950s for use on the 1000 mm gauge system in the Harz Mountains, this locomotive sports the number given to it when restored to coal-burning in the 1980s (after being converted to oil-burning in the 1970s). Other members of the class just bear numbers like 99 236 See image [] - locomotive numbering on the Harzer-Schmalspur-bahnen seems something of a black art!
Wernigerode: HSB 99 7240-7 with the 10:25 train from Wernigerode to Brocken on 18 September 2017. This locomotive was one of a batch of 17 New Steam Engines built in the 1950s (to a 1930s design) for use on the 1000 mm gauge system in the Harz Mountains. Converted to oil-burning in the 1970s, they reverted to coal-firing in the 1980s and provide the backbone of the steam-hauled services on the Harzer Schmalspur-bahnen.
Preston: Northern Electic 319365 at Preston on the 18th September 2017, waiting to depart for Liverpool Lime Street.
Blackpool North: The view out from the circulating area to the platforms at Blackpool North in September 2017. Island Platform 1 and 2 to the right has already been removed for electrification rebuilding ahead of the ful closure in November.
Munich: Diesel hydraulics on arrival at Munich with train from Zurich. The line is now being electrified.
Wernigerode: The tickets for the Harzer-Schmalspur-bahnen trips to the Brocken feature HSB locomotive 99 222. Built in 1931 (BJ (Bau Jahr - year built) 1931 on the ticket), it is still going strong. The local beer, HasserÃ¶der, is also rather good!
Bolton: A view north along the recently re-instated platform 5 at Bolton, with a Manchester to Blackpool service waiting to depart on 18 September 2017. Platform 4 is presently out of use undergoing rebuilding.
Ordsall Chord: A view of the almost complete viaduct over the River Irwell on the Ordsall Chord on 18 September 2017. Since my last visit the trackwork has been completed over the viaduct and is connected up to the existing lines at both ends of the chord.
Brocken Summit: HSB 99 7232-4 departing Brocken with the 13:14 train to Wernigerode on 18 September 2017. The batch of 17 New Steam Engines built in the 1950s and converted to oil-burning in the 1970s, before being returned to coal-burning in the 1980s. These locomotives form the backbone of the steam-hauled services on the Nordhausen-Wernigerode and Drei Annen Hohne-Brocken lines.
Hest Bank: New CAF DMU 195103 is presently running two return test trips a day between Warrington Bank Quay and Carnforth. The stylish Northern unit is seen heading south at Hest Bank on 18th September 2018.
Network Rail Maintenance Delivery Unit Edinburgh: This is the NR Maintenance Delivery Depot in Sighthill (Edinburgh) on South Gyle Crescent roughly equidistant from Edinburgh Park Station and South Gyle Station. The site has no rail access.
Ayr: A semi-fast service from Glasgow Central has just changed ends at Ayr to return to the city, using a through platform as they often do. Meanwhile they are doing their best to efface the once-imposing Station Hotel from our memory.
Lindel Road [Tram]: Flexity 017 slows to call at Lindel Road in Fleetwood on its way to the terminus on 18th September 2019. To the left of the tram tracks the Fisherman's Friend factory, built on the site of the Fleetwood Motive Power Depot yard, can just be seen.
Oxenholme: 195122 at Oxenholme The Lake District with a service to Windermere on 18th September 2019. The WCML through lines are to the left.
Maybole: A Kilmarnock service arrives at Maybole on 18 September 2019. This part of the station building is a convenience store (generously air-conditioned) with a flat above. The single-storey part, to the left and out of shot, is a Network Rail Maintenance Delivery Unit. 'Delivery' adds nothing but extra syllables, but that's what matters.
York: A new LNER Azuma unit in York station on 18th September 2019.
Braidenhill Colliery No 2: NBR North Monklands Branch. At the western end of this long closed loop a single, much strengthened abutment, shorn of its partner and accompanying embankments remains in isolation on the west side of Yetts Hole Road near to the site of Braidenhill Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2.
Stuttgart Hbf: One of the new Stadler Flirt EMUs stands at Stuttgarts platform 3 on the IRE19010 10.32 service to Karlsruhe 11.25. Go Ahead is another new company vying for contracts in Baden Wurttemberg.
National Railway Museum [York]: Another wall of memorabilia in the small exhibits section of the NRM at York in 2019.
Dalry: A Largs service rushes through Dalry on 18 September 2019.
Glasgow Central: A Barrhead service boards at Glasgow Central's Platform 11 on 18 September 2019. Meanwhile an Orwellian voice was repeatedly booming that the fire alarms were being tested. The recordings were followed by a barely audible warble.
Windermere: Class 195s are now the standard traction on the Windermere branch. 195122 waits for customers at the terminus on 18 September 2019.
Howwood: An Ayr stopping service pulls into pleasant Howwood on 18 September 2019. The national ticketing system refers to this station as Howwood (Renfrewshire) to distinguish it from How Wood in St Albans. Incidentally the few words supposedly containing 'ww' are a bit contrived and should really be hyphenated. I know of no other proper nouns with 'ww'. Over to you (like you care).
Troon: The venerable analogue clock here at Troon's northbound platform is going, but it is very wrong: four hours twenty minutes fast as I'm sure you have worked out. The other face is stuck at 3 o'clock so at least it is right twice a day.
Troon: An Ayr to Glasgow stopping service calls at Troon on 18 September 2019. Class 385s don't seem to have a look-in in Ayrshire. I managed to catch this train without losing too much sang-froid.
National Railway Museum [York]: After a working life of just ten years, Yorkshire Engine Co. Class 02 D2860 has been in preservation for almost fifty. The 0-4-0DH is a long time exhibit and resident shunter at the NRM, seen here in September 2019.
Montgomery: Although not at the station, the running in board is now closer to the town than it was when in service. The Bell Museum in Montgomery (nothing to do with bells but a small and very good local history museum) houses an interesting collection of railway artefacts and photos.
Upperton Siding: The NBR Dykehead Branch ran from Dykehead Junction between Rawyards and Whiterigg to a point north of Greengairs and had a connection to the North Monklands Branch near Greengairs. The centre section of the line has been obliterated by opencast workings, part of which has left a large man-made lake, but where the waterlogged trackbed passes near to the west side of Upperton these substantial abutments, which once carried a farm accommodation bridge, remain in situ.
National Railway Museum [York]: Classic English Electric nose ends of D9002 and D200 side by side in the NRM in September 2019.
Stuttgart Hbf: One of the new class 147 electric modular locomotives in Deutsche Bahn colours, built by Bombardier and unloading passengers at Stuttgart Hbf platform 3. Its next journey will be pushing the IRE 19010 10.32 service to Karlsruhe arriving at 11.25
Stuttgart Hbf: Construction of the new through Stuttgart station which is being built beneath the old terminus. This is known as Stuttgart 21 and will save trains, engines and drivers having to change ends. Picture taken through a viewing window. Note that the terminus platforms are still fully operational.
National Railway Museum [York]: 4003 'Lode Star', sole surviving member of the GWR Star Class 4-6-0s and a long time member of the National Collection. 4003 is reputed to have covered over two million miles in service between its introduction in 1907 and withdrawal in 1951.
Maybole: A Kilmarnock to Stranraer service departs Maybole on 18 September.
National Railway Museum [York]: The GNR Stirling Single 4-2-2 on display in the NRM at York in 2019.
National Railway Museum [York]: LNER related exhibits in the National Railway Museum. 1470 'Great Northern' (later 4470 and 60113) was the first Gresley pacific, introduced by him for the GNR in 1922. 2750 'Papyrus' (later 60096) held the world speed record for a period of time after reaching 108mph in 1935 and sustaining 100mph for a distance of over 12 miles.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1840||Clarence Railway||Norton East to South curve proposed for West Hartlepool to Stockton trains.|
|1860||Joseph Locke||Joseph Locke, railway engineer, died.|
Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway
|Passenger service from Pontypridd to Cowbridge via Llantrisant begins.|
|1876||Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)||Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to minerals.|
|1876||Hamilton to Ferniegair (Caledonian Railway)||Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to minerals.|
|1879||Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company||Talywain branch from Trevethin Junction to Abersychan and Talywain where it met iron works (including the British Iron Works) and colliery lines (such as the Varteg Colliery). The line replaced the early Cwmffrwd Railroad tramway.|
|1904||Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway||Widening additional lines opened at Gartsherrie South Junction.|
|1967||Langholm Branch (North British Railway)||Langholm to Riddings Junction (excluded) closed to freight.|
|1967||Newport Railway||Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport bus ceases.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Rail link paperwork blunderleads to six month delay [Scotsman]||THE promoters of the £130 million rail link from Edinburgh to the Borders were warned a year ago that crucial paperwork relating to the project was "inaccurate and incomplete" and therefore likely to be erroneous, according to local landowners and their...|
|2006||Work on line hits rail travel [Scotsman]||HUNDREDS of rail passengers travelling between Edinburgh to London were delayed this morning because of overrunning engineering works.|
|2007||First Great Western changes boss [BBC News]||The managing director of under-fire rail franchise First Great Western is moved to a new post.|
|2009||Still on track [BBC News Article]||Borders rail link project survives budget cuts|
|2011||New mural at Pestonpans station [Railscot]||A new mural at Prestonpans station, an extension of the 2008 version at the entrance, now runs along the front of the platform-facing side of the building. The work, by artist Adele Conn, was completed on 18 September 2011.|
|2012||Flower power brightens station [Inverurie Herald]||INVERURIE Station has received a colourful makeover thanks to a ScotRail community project. Local ironmongery company Watsons of Inverurie has installed two half-barrel planters, 23 tubs and a train-shaped barrel planter to brighten the station for customers. The work has taken place as part of ScotRail’s Adopt a Station scheme, which aims to put stations at the heart of their communities.|
|2012||Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway hits £1m target [BBC News]||A heritage railway line badly damaged by two landslips has reached its £1m emergency fundraising target. Two major embankment collapses left the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway facing repair costs of more than £670k and major disruptions to its service. Music producer Pete Waterman, who is chairman of the heritage railway, launched the £1m appeal two years ago. It is hoped that trains will be running again between Toddington and Winchcombe within two months.|
|2013||Borders to Edinburgh rail route interchange preparations begin [BBC News]||Preparations have begun to clear the way for a purpose-built transport interchange in Galashiels associated with the Borders to Edinburgh railway. It aims to ^link up sustainable modes of transport^ with the rail route when it reopens in 2015. The first phase of works will see the realignment of the town^s Stirling Street to create a space for the new building. It will also see the creation of a new civic space and car park. Construction work will begin on 14 October and is likely to continue until the new interchange comes into operation in 2015.|
|2013||Come and pick up your Fyra trains, NS tells Italian maker [DutchNews.nl]||Dutch railway firm NS has told the Italian maker of the troubled Fyra trains to pick up all 16 units and take them back home. ‘We want rid of them,’ a spokesman told Nos television. ‘It’s a one-way ticket to Italy.’ The high-speed trains have been idle in Watergraafsmeer near Amsterdam since they were taken out of service this winter because of technical failings. NS says it needs the space for other trains. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2013||Six die in crash between bus and train in Ottawa [Guardian]||A double-decker bus collided with a passenger train in Canada^s capital on Wednesday, ripping off the front of the bus and killing six people. Witnesses said the bus went through a closed crossing barrier, and passengers said they screamed ^Stop, stop!^ at the driver just before impact. Officials said 30 people were injured, 10 critically, at the peak of Ottawa^s morning rush hour. The cause of the crash was not yet clear, said John Manconi, from bus operator OC Transpo.|
|2014||Cliff railway wins engineering award [ITV News]||The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it^s an example of exceptional British engineering. Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK. The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.|
|2014||Sleepers set scene ahead of Borders Railway installation [Border Telegraph]||OVER 90,000 railway sleepers will help make up the new Borders Railway route once it becomes operational next September. The majority of sleepers, 80,000, are already on site with several miles already positioned at various locations along the route.|
|2015||China firms in US high-speed rail deal [BBC News]||A consortium of Chinese rail firms has teamed up with private US company XpressWest to build a high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The deal marks the latest initiative in China^s keen pursuit of overseas high-speed rail deals. Analysts say the project could open up the underdeveloped US high-speed rail market.|
|2015||Construction of first Crossrail station building complete [RTM]||The construction of Canary Wharf station, the first of 10 new Crossrail stations, was completed yesterday (17 September). Fit-out of the railway systems at the station â€“ communications equipment, tunnel ventilation, signalling, overhead line equipment and platform screen doors â€“ is now getting underway. The main construction work was done by Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, a subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc also responsible for delivering Crossrail Place in May. The group injected Â£150m in the costs of the new station and delivered the station box for a fixed cost of Â£500m.|
|2016||First Hitachi EMU for ScotRail on test [IRJ]||TESTING has started at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic of the first of 70 class 385 EMUs being built by Hitachi Rail Europe for the ScotRail franchise operated by Abellio. This is the first of six four-car trains being built by Hitachi at its Kasado factory in Japan. The remainder of the order for 24 four-car and 46 three-car EMUs will be produced at Hitachiâ€™s new factory in Newton Aycliffe, Britain.|
|2016||Costs soar on another two Scots rail projects [Sunday Post]||THE costs of two more flagship rail projects in Scotland have soared. A Sunday Post investigation earlier this month revealed works on lines between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Aberdeen to Inverness, were tens of millions of pounds over budget. Now itâ€™s been confirmed that electrification work on the Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane lines, as well as a 46-mile section of the Shotts line, is currently 50% over budget. The Office of Rail and Road confirmed it had launched an investigation into the budget overruns, blamed on poor design and extra costs of meeting safety legislation.|
|2018||Railway police merger legislation might not be enacted Justice Secretary [ITV News]||Controversial legislation to merge the British Transport Police and Police Scotland might never be enacted, the Justice Secretary has said. Humza Yousaf said while the Scottish Government still see some benefits in fully integrating the two forces, when the Act to achieve this would come into force was being kept under review. The Scottish Parliament passed the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill, despite criticism from opposition parties, the unions and others. The merger was originally due to take place in April 2019, but the timetable was delayed. Police Scotland are currently unable to give a definitive date for when the merger could take place, Mr Yousaf told MSPs on Holyroods Justice Committee.|
|2018||Aberdonians cannot board Aberdonian in Aberdeen [Scotsman]||Rail passengers in Aberdeen will not be able to board the Aberdonian steam train named after their city.|
|2018||First Glasgow Subway driverless train goes on show [Scotsman]||Driverless trains for the Glasgow Subway went on show for the first time today.|
|2019||Tyne and Wear Metro: Hitachi in County Durham fails to win new train contract [BBC News]||The Japanese train builder Hitachi has failed to win an order to supply 54 new trains for the Tyne and Wear metro. The company was up against Spanish firm CAF and Swiss train manufacturer Stadler for the £500m contract. Hitachi, which has a plant in County Durham, said it could not comment for legal reasons. Metro operator Nexus said it could not comment.|
|2019||Ferry giant urged to act to ease island crisis [The Herald]||Scotland^s state-owned ferry operator should overhaul its systems to make it easier to identify capacity crunch points on one of the west coasts busiest routes.|
|2019||University of Birmingham leases HST for alternative fuel tests [RAIL]||Former Great Western Railway HST to be used for alternative fuel research|