This day in history 22 September

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Bellshaugh Junction: Caley Jumbo 0-6-0 57341 labours past Bellshaugh Junction with an eastbound freight on 22 September 1959. [Ref query 6530]

Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [22/09/1959]


Innellan: Built for the Caledonian Steam Packet Company at the A&J Inglis Pointhouse yard on the Clyde and launched in 1953, TSMV Maid of Argyll is seen here off Innellan in September 1959. [See image 40522]

Caledonian Steam Packet Company
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [22/09/1959]


Workington Shed: Stanier 8F 48476 stands in the shed yard at Workington on 22 September 1962.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Workington Shed: Fowler 4F no 44390 is one of a number of locomotives standing in the shed yard at Workington on Saturday 22 September 1962.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Carlisle: Fowler 2-6-4T no 42357 stands on the centre road at Carlisle with Royal Mail stock on 22 September 1962.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Workington: 43006 and 44439 are amongst the locomotives on 12D Workington shed in September 1962. Closed to steam in 1968 the 12-road shed was later used as a diesel depot (WK) and finally as a wagon repair shop, before being abandoned in 1995. In 2006 the shed was purchased by the Great Central Railway, Loughborough, to where it was later moved in sections. Reconstruction of the shed now forms part of a major project on the GCR site.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Workington: Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 no 45083 arrives at Workington in September 1962 with the 3.25pm Carlisle - Whitehaven train.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Workington Shed: LMS Jinty 0-6-0T 47593 stands amongst the weekend guests on Workington shed on Saturday 22 September 1962. A long term resident of 12D, the locomotive was officially withdrawn by BR that same month.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Workington MPD: A siding containing withdrawn steam locomotives alongside Workington shed in September 1962. Fowler 3F 0-6-0s 47290 and 47593 are amongst the former residents awaiting disposal.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Workington Shed: Fowler 3F 0-6-0s 47290 and 47593 stand together out of use in the shed yard at Workington in September 1962.

Whitehaven Junction Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Carlisle: BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73100 has arrived at Carlisle platform 4 with the 8.40am from Glasgow St Enoch on 22 September 1962. Built at Doncaster works in 1955, the locomotive seems to have spent its relatively short life allocated to 67A Corkerhill shed, from where it was eventually withdrawn by BR in January 1967.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [22/09/1962]


Stratford: Early diesel casualties. Condemned BTH and NBL 800 bhp type 1 locomotives with D8243 at the head of the line, standing on one of the numerous sidings between some of the many outbuildings that made up part of the massive sprawl that was Stratford in 1968.

Great Eastern Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/1968]


Stratford: A fuelling point at Stratford shed in September 1968. EE Type 3 no D6967 is centre stage with Brush Type 2 no D5632 bringing up the rear. Brush Type 4 no D1530 is ambling past in the background.

Great Eastern Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/1968]


Stratford: D1555+D6748 standing in the shed yard at Stratford in September 1968.

Great Eastern Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/1968]


Kirkcudbright: Looking north east across Bridge Street, Kirkcudbright, on 22 September 1970. By this time the former terminus had been closed for over 5 years, although the station 'Gents' on the right remained in public service. In the distance are the abandoned locomotive shed and signal box, while the wall of the old goods shed stands on the left. Not long afterwards much of the area was cleared to make way for a housing development, although the station buildings themselves survive in other guises – even the Gents! [See image 25445]

Kirkcudbright Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/1970]


Bilston Glen Colliery: The west side of Bilston Glen colliery in September 1971, with coal for Cockenzie power station being loaded in the background. The duty shunting locomotive is Barclay Class 06 0-4-0 DM D2416 of Leith Central depot. [See image 5709]

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/1971]


Bilston Glen Colliery: D2416 of 64H, Leith Central, positioning a coal train destined for Cockenzie power station in the loading area at Bilston Glen Colliery, Loanhead, in September 1971.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/1971]


Stainforth Junction: 1557 approaches Stainforth Junction off the Doncaster line with a down coal train in September 1971. In the background a class 37 is held at signals on the line from Skellow Junction awaiting its turn.

South Yorkshire Railway and River Dun Navigation
Bill Jamieson [22/09/1971]


Portobello: View west in 1972 over the area once occupied by a section of the extensive Portobello yard. A class 37 is approaching with a Granton - Grangemouth oil train on the main line while a type 2 is waiting for container loading to be completed in the Freightliner terminal. Part of the area to the left and rear of the camera is also in use as a PW depot.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/1972]


Barrow Hill: Scene inside the roundhouse at Barrow Hill during an open day on 22 September 1974.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [22/09/1974]


Barrow Hill: 4472 Flying Scotsman on display at a Barrow Hill open day on 22 September 1974.

North Midland Railway
Bill Jamieson [22/09/1974]


St Albans Abbey: The Watford Junction - St Albans Abbey line was about as basic as a line could get in the late 1970s. Shown is the St Albans terminus where the passenger facilities were really no more than a decaying brick wind break illuminated by a single light bulb. This photo was taken in September 1979 in the full expectation that the line could not survive much longer. Happily though, the Abbey Flyer still runs, thanks to a determined local support group.

St Albans Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Dufton [22/09/1979]


Dundee: Scene at Dundee in September 1980 as a class 47 arrives with a Glasgow - Aberdeen train past Dundee West signal box.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/1980]


Portimao: Algarve branch goods being unloaded at Portimao, Portugal on 22 September 1989. Loco is 1211.

CP
Bill Roberton [22/09/1989]


Dingwall: An unidentified class 37 passes a class 156 DMU at Dingwall on 22 September 1993.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Ken Browne [22/09/1993]


Knottingley: Class 56 No. 56078 runs light engine westwards through Knottingley, heading from the depot that lies immediately to the east of the station. In the background a Pacer that had arrived on a terminating service from Leeds via Castleford waits to drop back into the platform for the return trip. 56078 was taken out of service in May 2007 but after a long period of storage was returned to the main line with Colas in 2014 hauling Chirk bound log trains.

Wakefield, Pontefract and Goole Railway
Mark Bartlett [22/09/1994]


Knottingley: A young Class 60, 60009 Carnedd Dafydd, runs light engine through Knottingley station from the west. This particular 60 is presently (Jan 2011) in store at Toton but is one of those that has been in and out of store during the last two years and may well run again.

Wakefield, Pontefract and Goole Railway
Mark Bartlett [22/09/1994]


Bewdley: Ex-GWR Castle class 4-6-0 no 5029 Nunney Castle, stands in the sunshine at Bewdley in September 1997.

Severn Valley Railway
Colin Miller [22/09/1997]


Highley: 7819 Hinton Manor, looking in need of some TLC, lurks behind the signal box at Highley in September 1997.

Severn Valley Railway
Colin Miller [22/09/1997]


Kinleith Mill: Part of the closed Kinleith paper mill (1792-1966) seen from the trackbed of the Balerno branch in September 2002. Following closure some of the redundant buildings were taken over by small businesses but latterly the site has been redeveloped for housing. [Ref query 2311]

Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2002]


Glencorse: Immediately after leaving Glencorse station the line entered a tunnel under the A701 road before emerging onto the approach to the now demolished Glencorse Viaduct. The north portal of the old tunnel is seen here in September 2002 looking south towards Penicuik, with the A701 running beyond the bridge parapet on the right.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/2002]


Broomhill: Ivatt 2MT no 46512 south of Broomhill on the Strathspey Railway on 22 September 2002.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [22/09/2002]


Kinleith Mill: Some of the surviving buildings that once formed part of the rail served Kinleith paper mill (closed 1966) standing alongside the Water of Leith near Currie on the Balerno branch in September 2002. The location had by this time become known as 'Kinleith Industrial Estate'. [See image 55024]

Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2002]


Lambley Viaduct: Looking up at Lambley viaduct on the former Alston branch in September 2003. Seen from the pedestrian footbridge over the South Tyne.

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Alston: Looking north west over Alston station from the A686 Station Road in September 2003.

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Alston: The terminus at Alston in September 2003 photographed from the level crossing.

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Coanwood: Platform remains at Coanwood in September 2003 looking south towards Lambley Viaduct. Opened in 1851 as Shaft Hill, the station closed along with the branch in 1976. The former station master's house still stands off to the right [see image 47662].

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Haydon Bridge: Coal empties heading east towards Newcastle about to run over the level crossing at Haydon Bridge in fading light on a September evening in 2003.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Haydon Bridge: The level crossing at Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, in September 2003. At that time the crossing gates were still manually operated using a wheel within the signal box, but have since been replaced by modern lifting barriers. [See image 46308]

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Lambley: Looking south towards Lambley station on the Alston branch from Lambley viaduct in September 2003. The trackbed running off to the right once carried a mineral line to Brampton, serving various coal mines along the way, originally part of the Earl of Carlisle's Wagonway.

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Lambley Viaduct: Lambley Viaduct from the banks of the South Tyne in September 2003. View is south east in the general direction of Alston.

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Currie: The old goods yard at Currie, looking south from the station site in September 2003. The station had closed to passengers in 1943 with the Balerno line closing completely in 1967. The large surviving goods shed had been refurbished and put to use as a storage facility by the local council.

Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Coanwood: Middle of nowhere - surviving buffer stops in the woods near Coanwood on the Alston branch in September 2003, thought to have been associated with the long closed rail connection from the nearby Coanwood Colliery.

Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
John Furnevel [22/09/2003]


Mallaig: Class K1 62005 prepares to take The Jacobite out of Mallaig in September 2004 following arrival of a service from Glasgow Queen Street.

Mallaig Extension Railway (West Highland Railway)
Brian Smith [22/09/2004]


Dock Street Tunnel: A southbound HST approaching Dundee station in September 2006 is about to descend the incline into Dock Street Tunnel.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Adrian Coward [22/09/2006]


Dock Street Tunnel: Northbound 170 climbs the incline from the Dock Street Tunnel.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Adrian Coward [22/09/2006]


Camperdown Junction: Preparations are apparently being made for track renewal at the Camperdown LC.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Adrian Coward [22/09/2006]


Springburn Junction: A Glasgow QS - Cumbernauld service approaches Springburn Junction over the Cowlairs Chord. The Cowlairs Carriage Sidings (beyond) building is to be demolished for the new Maintenance site and the Turkey sidings site (lifted, in V of junction) will become the Glasgow Central Signalling Centre.

Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Ewan Crawford [22/09/2006]


Cadder: View looking east at Cadder Yard. Is that a new DRS depot to the right?

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford [22/09/2006]


Carmuirs West Junction: Poor timing ... but here is the new Tesco train running east to Grangemouth.

Scottish Central Railway
Ewan Crawford [22/09/2006]


Larbert Junction: Larbert Junction alterations going ahead. The new trackwork is laid out in the field to the east of the junction. View looks south east.

Scottish Central Railway
Ewan Crawford [22/09/2006]


Larbert Junction: Larbert Junction alterations going ahead. The new trackwork is laid out in the field to the east of the junction. View looks north east.

Scottish Central Railway
Ewan Crawford [22/09/2006]


Bishopbriggs Oil Depot: An eastbound train passes the former Bishopbriggs oil terminal (right) and is about to enter Cadder Yard.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford [22/09/2006]


Lamington: The 12.37 special Glasgow Central - London Euston Virgin Pendolino on its record breaking non-stop run of 3 hours 55 minutes photographed approaching Lamington on 22 September 2006.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [22/09/2006]


Beauly: The old Beauly station buildings seen from a train on 22 September. Looking towards Inverness.

Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Inverness: 170404 has just arrived with a service from Aberdeen.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Weatherhill Incline: View looking south down the Weatherhill Incline. Some stone sleepers remain here.

Stanhope and Tyne Railroad
Ewan Crawford [22/09/2007]


Elgin: Dr Fred Landery, SRPS Train Manager, with Ian Gilbert, a seasoned life member, talking along the right lines on the return leg of the autumn railtour to Inverness during a scheduled stop at Elgin. Scottish Railway Preservation Sociery (SRPS)

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Inverness: Refurbished 158701 arrives at Inverness Platform 6 with an Invernet service.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Alness: Interior of smartly refurbished DMU 158701.

First Scotrail
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Inverness: A class 40 has finally reached Inverness station after many years (although this loco passed through the city on the Rose Street Curve earlier in June 2007). 40145 East Lancashire Railway powers off. The 22 September SRPS railtour 9 carriage train with supporting 47787 has arrived in the Highland Capital 25 minutes early.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Inverness: 40145 East Lancashire Railway sits in Platform 1 at Inverness, with the former Lochgorm Locomotive Works of the Highland Railway on the right.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Ladybank: 1Z40 The SRPS Autumn Circular railtour from Linlithgow and back via Inverness and Aberdeen reaches Ladybank on the outward leg hauled by 40145 on 22.09.07. This was the only time that I had been aboard a passenger train that did not stop as it passed through Perth station!

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


Inverness: SRPS tour 22nd September, 2007. Locomotive 40145 has run round 1Z40 at Millburn Yard and is ready to depart platform 1 at Inverness for the return to Aberdeen & Linlithgow as 1Z42. This movement was complicated because the rear engine 47.787 had to be similarly dealt with.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Brian Forbes [22/09/2007]


River Stour Viaduct: This photograph shows the remains of the East Kent Light Railway's viaduct over the SER and River Stour en route to Richborough Port. The East Kent Light Railway arrived just at the end of WW1 as the port lost its significance, so it was little used.

East Kent Light Railway
Michael Butterworth [22/09/2008]


Winsford: First ScotRail liveried 90024 stands at signals south of Winsford Station

Grand Junction Railway
David Pesterfield [22/09/2009]


Plates, signs and notices: Fares chart issued by the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway in April 1846.

Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Ian Dinmore [22/09/2009]


Brymbo: Infilled former route of Mold to Wrexham line which curved round to centre right heading into Brymbo, viewed from B5102 Minera Road over-bridge to west of Brymbo. A deep, heavily overgrown, cutting still exists on Mold side of bridge.

Wrexham and Minera Joint Railway
David Pesterfield [22/09/2009]


Deepdale Junction: A rather depressing Then and Now comparison picture of the level crossing at Deepdale Junction, in September 2011, looking towards Longridge along what is still officially a mothballed rather than closed railway but one most unlikely to see further use. [See image 20964] for the same location in happier times some thirty years previously.

Preston and Longridge Railway
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2011]


Deepdale Junction: Deepdale Mill Street level crossing, disused since the last coal train ran in 1991, looking north east towards Deepdale Junction and Longridge. Behind the camera is the site of the Preston Coal Concentration Depot, which was in the original Preston and Longridge Railway terminus. The right hand track is in place all the way to the junction but the all pervading high security fencing was installed after the line closed.

Preston and Longridge Railway
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2011]


Deepdale Junction: Twenty years after the final coal train, one of the rails on the surviving track at Deepdale Junction can be seen in this September 2011 view from the Skeffington Road level crossing looking towards Preston. Just ahead the line splits going either side of the building in the centre of the picture. The left hand line ran over Deepdale Mill Street level crossing and into the old Preston and Longridge terminus, later the Coal Concentration Depot, while the line to the right ran through Deepdale Station, the Miley Tunnel and joined the WCML to the north of Preston station. [See image 35771]

Preston and Longridge Railway
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2011]


Deepdale Junction: The now disused level crossing at Deepdale Mill Street in Preston looking north west. The lines in the foreground originally went to the terminus of the Preston and Longridge Railway that later became a goods yard and then the Coal Concentration Depot. Just beyond the bend in the road a bridge can be seen. This crosses the mothballed link line that runs from Deepdale Junction to the WCML just north of Preston station.

Preston and Longridge Railway
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2011]


Oxford: Freightliner 66558 heads south through Oxford station with a container train for Southampton on 22 September 2011.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2011]


Oxford: A northbound CrossCountry Voyager calls at Oxford on 22 September 2011, just as First Great Western 166205 sets off in the opposite direction with a service for Paddington.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2011]


Steventon: A First Great Western HST heads for Paddington at speed on 22 September. The train is pssing the site of Steventon station (closed 1964) to the west of Didcot.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2011]


Plockton: Plockton Station in September 2011. The station building is now used as a holiday home.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [22/09/2011]


Oxford: Busy period at Oxford on 22 September 2011. On the left is an Arriva Cross Country service heading for Manchester and on the right the driver of a First Great Western HST looks back along his train which will shortly depart for Paddington. In the middle is DBS 66001 waiting to follow in the path of the HST towards Didcot.

Great Western Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2011]


Plockton: What looks like the former Plockton signal box, is in fact a bunkhouse. Seen here on 22 September looking south across the line from Station Road.

Kyle of Lochalsh Extension Railway
Alistair MacKenzie [22/09/2011]


Arley: This colourful scene is just how we like to imagine steam-era railways. View at Arley station looking north towards Bridgnorth in September 2012.

Severn Valley Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Dalgety Bay: DRS 47828 approaching Dalgety Bay on 22 September 2012 with the 'Northern Belle' empty stock working from Dundee to Edinburgh.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [22/09/2012]


Broomhill: Saturday, September 22nd 2012, turned out to be a bright Autumn day and the sun is shining on Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No. 828 as it heads from Broomhill towards Boat of Garten with the afternoon train for Aviemore. The engine is spotless and the paintwork gleaming, a credit to all the volunteers who work the Strathspey Railway. In the background the River Spey meanders its way to the Moray Coast.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [22/09/2012]


Jamestown Viaduct: 47790 leads the 'Northern Belle' excursion from Birmingham New Street to Leuchars over Jamestown Viaduct on 22 September 2012, with no 47828 bringing up the rear.

Forth Bridge Railway
Bill Roberton [22/09/2012]


Arley: That classic over-the-bridge view beloved of small boys - so long as they can see over the parapet! Steam-hauled trains crossing at Arley during the Severn Valley Gala - which attracted passengers of all ages and both sexes in a rather pleasant party atmosphere.

Severn Valley Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Bamburgh: The trackbed of Brand's railway, Bamburgh, in September 2012. The 3 ft gauge railway ran from Kittling Hill whinstone quarry to Budle Pier. View south east with the track bed curling around to Kittling Hill. The fairway for the par 5 third hole is 10m to the right. Club house in the left distance with Bamburgh Castle seated on the massive whinstone outcrop on the right. The railway, which utilised steam locomotive haulage, closed during WW1.

Brand^s Railway
Brian Taylor [22/09/2012]


Kidderminster: London Midland unit 172340 operates the 17.58 service to Worcester Shrub Hill at Kidderminster on 22nd September 2012. More pasengers than usual due to the Severn Valley Railway Steam Gala next door. This year, the SVR offered excellent value Evening Rover tickets at £9.50 a head.

Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Ardmore East: A Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley service approaches Ardmore East level crossing in the afternoon sunshine on 22 September 2012.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2012]


Bamburgh: Taken from the embankment of the old 3ft gauge railway from Kittling Hill whinstone quarry to Budle pier, Bamburgh. Trackbed in foreground, with the remains of Budle pier in the middle distance. A zig - zag existed between the embankment level and pier level to allow locomotives and trucks access. The zig - zag is now largely obscured by dunes and vegetation. Small coasting steamers would enter Budle bay to load stone at the pier. [See image 40434]

Brand^s Railway
Brian Taylor [22/09/2012]


Hampton Loade: A welcome in the Valley - this roaring fire greeted visitors to Hampton Loade booking office during the SVR Autumn Gala on 22nd September. The effect was slightly diluted by the door being open. The display of posters on the walls is very nice, but there were probably quite a few less in BR days!

Severn Valley Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Craigendoran Junction: During the early evening of 22 September 2012, a train bound for Helensburgh Central slows for the stop at Craigendoran, shortly after passing the junction with the West Highland Line.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2012]


Arley: Drummond Greyhound 4-4-0 30120 together with Collett 0-6-0PT 3650 ready to leave Arley for Bridgnorth during the SVR 2012 Autumn Gala. Notice the still conditions, evidenced by the vertically rising smoke.

Severn Valley Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Hampton Loade: These are the traffic levels Beeching warned us about... a solitary passenger awaits developments on the Kidderminster-bound platform at the SVR Autumn Gala in September 2012.

Severn Valley Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Ardmore: 334036 skirts the Clyde at Ardmore as it heads east towards Glasgow on 22 September 2012. Although the photo features the north bank of the river in the foreground, the hills in the background are on the south shore above Langbank.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2012]


Ardmore East: Looking west from Ardmore East level crossing on 22 September 2012 as 334016 heads towards Craigendoran and ultimately Helensburgh Central.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2012]


Hampton Loade: About to leave Hampton Loade at dusk on 22 September, a double-headed service for Bridgnorth further darkens the sky.

Severn Valley Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Kidderminster: Looking South at Kidderminster on a Saturday evening in September 2012. The class 172, the station footbridge and the colour light signals are all quite new. The chap on the right still doesn't seem too impressed.

Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Ken Strachan [22/09/2012]


Lumphinnans Central Junction: 170470 passes the former Lumphinnans Central Junction with the 13.30 Glenrothes with Thornton- Edinburgh service on 22 September.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [22/09/2013]


Rannoch: After a stop at Rannoch Station on 22 September, K4 No.61994 The Great Marquess hauls the heavily laden West Highlander Railtour over the viaduct north of the station. The rails are wet and the engine's sanders are working as it blasts its way up the gradient.

West Highland Railway
John Gray [22/09/2013]


Rannoch: The rails are wet and the sanders are working as K4 No.61994 The Great Marquess gets to grips with the gradient north of Rannoch Station hauling the heavily laden West Highlander Railtour on 22 September. In the background is Loch Eigheach or Gaur Reservoir and in the far distance on the extreme left is the summit of Schiehallion.

West Highland Railway
John Gray [22/09/2013]


Forton: Day 4 of 4 and The Great Marquess is taking the 2014 West Highlander back to Preston after its Scottish tour. 61994 is seen passing under Cleveley Bank Lane bridge at Forton with the seven coach special.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2014]


Oxheys: Almost the end of the tour on the fourth and final day of The West Highlander, as 61994 The Great Marquess brings the train past Oxheys Loop about 2 miles north of Preston station on 22 September 2014. This part of the tour had taken the less direct route from Glasgow by travelling via Paisley, Ayr and Dumfries.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2014]


Brock: 61994 The Great Marquess being towed back to Carnforth from Preston along with the ecs from The West Highlander tour in fading light on 22 September 2014. At the front were Class 37s 518 and 668 as the train passes just north of Brock.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [22/09/2014]


Falkland Yard: Class K4 2-6-0 The Great Marquess takes on water in Falkland Yard, Ayr, on 22 September 2014 during a pause on The West Highlander charter tour.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [22/09/2014]


Rosyth: West Coast 37516 Loch Laidon and 37685 Loch Arkaig with The Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Ardgay, passing through Rosyth station on 22 September.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [22/09/2014]


Mount Florida: Something exotic at Mount Florida. The station has been adopted by Urban Roots.

Cathcart District Railway
John Yellowlees [22/09/2015]


Easter Road: I was approaching the bus stop, as was my bus, when I heard a rumble from the Powderhall branch below. I managed to catch both, in a manner of speaking. 67 010 retuns with the empties in mid-afternoon. Though the platforms of Easter Road in the foreground are still there they are completely overgrown.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
David Panton [22/09/2015]


Colera: A RENFE Class 447 EMU runs through Costa Bravan countryside as it approaches the penultimate station of Colera with a stopping train to the border town of Portbou.

RENFE
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2015]


Newtongrange: The zig-zag path from the station to National Mining Museum is dotted with information boards about the history of mining in the area. This one though celebrates the predecessor to the shiny new station. It once had standard canopied buildings on both platforms, but lost them some time before that became fashionable, remaining staffed as a halt in all but name. [See image 24342]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
David Panton [22/09/2015]


Cerbere, France: Preserved Spanish fruit wagon standing on a short length of mixed gauge track underneath the viaduct at Cerbere. Unfortunately, despite being accompanied by a statue of an orange seller and two information plaques the wagon itself is in a seriously deteriorating condition and in need of a bit of tlc.

SNCF
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2015]


Portbou: French locomotive on Spanish soil. SNCF Electric 7404 has just arrived in Portbou using the standard gauge tracks from Cerbere that terminate on the seaward side of the station building. Arriving passengers will transfer to a RENFE train to continue south. [See image 52285] With TGV services now running through to major Spanish cities these regional services are less well used. As can be seen on the right there is a notable police presence at this border town station.

RENFE
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2015]


Cerbere, France: View south from the long platforms at Cerbere towards the 1km tunnels that lead to Portbou in Spain. The RENFE shunter 311.131 will have worked a transfer freight through. The white building near the top of the hill is the old Franco-Spanish border post, now disused, on the 7km zig-zag road between the two towns.

SNCF
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2015]


Colera: Two RENFE Class 269 electric locos double head a freight along the coast at Colera in Catalonia. This southbound freight was an unexpected bonus as I had just photographed a northbound passenger service [see image 52692] when it rumbled into view. The landscape of this part of the Costa Brava has some definite similarities to the west coast of Scotland.

RENFE
Mark Bartlett [22/09/2015]


Ticket: A 3rd class Elham Valley Military Railway ticket from Canterbury south (Elham Valley Military Railway) to Canterbury West (Southern Railway) and back.

Elham Valley Railway (South Eastern Railway)
Ian Dinmore [22/09/2016]


Brocken Summit, Harz Mountains, Germany: Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (HSB) locomotive 99 7239-9, built in the mid 1950's, running around its train at Drei Annen Hohne station prior to hauling the seven carriage set back up the 1000 mm track to the Brocken Summit (1140 m above sea level). All the services on the Brocken section of the HSB are steam-hauled, mainly by the 99 72xx series locomotives.

Harzer Schmalspurbahnen
Norman Glen [22/09/2016]


Cowley Bridge Junction: 133 Peak on a stone train at Cowley Bridge Junction.

Bristol and Exeter Railway
Ian Dinmore [22/09/2016]


Wrexham Central: Guard's Way Bill, issued by the Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway on August 29th 1893. The document covers the transfer of Horse-Box CLC415 (and presumably the horse) from Wrexham Central to Altrincham at a cost of 14/- (or 70p in today's currency).

Wrexham, Mold and Connah^s Quay Railway
Ian Dinmore [22/09/2016]


Dalgety Bay: 68007 pauses at Dalgety Bay with the 06.37 from Edinburgh to Glenrothes with Thornton, which will return to the capital laden with commuters.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [22/09/2016]


Cupar: Cupar Heritage railway display. The museum created in 2012 by Cupar Heritage in the former stationmaster's house at Cupar Station is open at weekends and on Wednesday afternoons.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Yellowlees [22/09/2016]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1930South Queensferry Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)Ratho (Low level) to Kirkliston to Dalmeny Junction closed to passengers
1930Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)Smeaton closed to passengers.
1930Monkland and Kirkintilloch RailwayWhifflet station closed.
1930Down and Stoke Ferry RailwayAbbey for West Dereham closed
1930Stirling and Dunfermline RailwaySauchie station closed.
1930Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)Halbeath station closed.
1930Kinross-shire RailwayKelty station closed
1930Kinross-shire RailwayBlairadam station closed
1930Anstruther and St Andrews RailwayBoarhills station closed.
1930Anstruther and St Andrews RailwayKingsbarns station closed.
1930Anstruther and St Andrews RailwayStravithie station closed.
1930Anstruther and St Andrews RailwayMount Melville station closed.
1930Penicuik RailwayEskbridge closed.
1949Ynysybwl Branch (Taff Vale Railway)Mynachdy Colliery to Old Ynysybwl closed.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2006MSPs agree to pour 650m into airport railway link [Scotsman]CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a rail link to Edinburgh Airport were approved by the Scottish Parliament last night.
2006Stagecoach wins railway franchise [BBC News]Stagecoach is awarded a new 10-year contract to run services on its South West Trains franchise.
2006Virgin train speed record attempt [BBC News]A new train speed record is being attempted on the Glasgow to London line to raise money for charity. Virgin Trains is hoping to make the 401 mile journey in under four hours and break the record set 25 years ago of four hours and 14 minutes.
2006MSPs plot hard route for air link [Scotsman]EDINBURGH^S proposed airport rail link still faces a rough ride from MSPs despite the defeat of an SNP attempt to kill the project.
2006On track for cheap rail fare [Scotsman]RAIL giant GNER is selling thousands of tickets from Edinburgh to London for 11.15 each way as part of a four-day sale on its website.
2006Tory transport chief joins board of trams firm [Scotsman]THE Conservative transport spokesman for Edinburgh has been appointed to the board of trams company TIE.
2008Investment boost for rail network [BBC News Article]The government promises additional trains to reduce journey times on Scotland^s East Coast services.
2008Rail station bid seeks a Government committment [Evening News]CAMPAIGNERS fighting for a new railway station as part of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail line have urged the Scottish Government to make a formal commitment to building the station.
2008Interactive signs to protect ^Most bashed bridge^ [Network Rail Article]Network Rail is funding a 48,000 project to protect Scotland Street railway bridge from enduring further damage and destruction. The bridge, which is located in Ashton-under-Lyne, has gained a reputation as the most bashed in the whole of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. It has been hit a reported 38 times in the past five years and it is suspected that, due to the incidents which go unreported, this figure could be even greater.
2009Airdrie-Bathgate update [Network Rail Article]Work to reopen the Airdrie-Bathgate line after 50 years of closure, continues apace, with considerable progress taking place over the last few weeks
2010Full steam ahead for SVR anniversary [Express & Star]Trains will run throughout the night during a three-day steam gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Severn Valley Railway.
2011Rail study points to new county station [East Lothian Courier]COUNTY commuters could be set for a major boost after a study commissioned by Transport Scotland showed a positive business case for a railway station at East Linton as part of an improved Dunbar local service.
2011Alex Salmond makes Borders rail time and budget pledge [BBC News]First Minister Alex Salmond has told MSPs the Borders railway will open by 2014 and within its 295m budget.
2012Split journey fares farce fleeces train passengers [Scotsman]RAIL passengers are being overcharged for journeys throughout Scotland because of a failure to scrap long-established anomalies in the fares structure. Travellers could save up to one third of the price by buying two or more tickets for the same journey a practice called split-ticketing but there is no obligation on staff to tell them. Passengers at some stations are also paying similar or higher fares than others further away from the same destination. Now rail watchdogs have called for the urgent removal of the anomalies at a time when train travel in Scotland is booming. With split-ticketing, passengers can buy all the tickets at one time and do not have to leave the train at connecting stations. The impetus for faster action follows new UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin pledging to tackle the issue south of the Border and 
also examine anomalies in Scotland
2014Locomotion museum celebrates 10th anniversary [BBC News]A tourist attraction in County Durham is celebrating its 10th birthday. Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, is playing host to a number of guest steam locomotives from around the UK to mark the occasion over the weekend. When it opened, visitor expectations were set at about 60,000 a year, but a decade on it attracts more than 200,000 people annually. [From Mark Bartlett]
2014Isambard Kingdom Brunel^s Great Western Railway foundations uncovered at Paddington [Telegraph]Victorian railway foundations laid by Isambard Kingdom Brunel have been uncovered for the first time in a century by engineers working on the Crossrail project. Remains of train turntables, a workshop and a 200m long engine shed dating from the 1850s were uncovered near Londons Paddington Station. [From John Thorn]
2016Scotland^s most northerly railway line ^facing closure^ [Scotsman]The “shambolic” performance of Scotland’s most northerly railway could lead to its eventual closure, a book published today claims. Passenger numbers are falling on the route between Inverness, Wick and Thurso, which has been plagued by chronic unreliability and frequent cancellations. In Highland Survivor: the story of the Far North Line, rail consultant David Spaven argues for urgent action to reverse its fortunes. The 168-mile route was the biggest reprieve among those earmarked for closure by the Beeching report 50 years ago. However, unlike most Scottish lines which have enjoyed booming traffic, Britain’s longest rural route is declining and many journeys are far quicker by road.
2016Southern Railway facing more strikes [BBC News]Southern Railway workers in England are to stage 14 days of strike action in five blocks in the long-running dispute over the role of conductors on trains. The RMT union said the latest strikes would begin next month. It said it had no alternative but to take action over what it called Southern^s ^blatant disregard for the safety and security of passengers and staff alike.^
2016Tracklaying completed for Chiltern to Oxford [Railway Gazette]UK: Network Rail announced on September 21 that tracklaying had been completed to enable Chiltern Railways services to run to Oxford. Chiltern had begun operating between London Marylebone and a parkway station on the northern outskirts of the city last year; its trains are due to serve Oxford station, closer to the centre, from December 12. [From Richard Buckby]