This day in history 23 September

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Carlisle: Jubilee 45696 Arethusa is the leading locomotive of a double header about to leave Carlisle in September 1961.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
K A Gray [23/09/1061]


Carlisle: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46139 The Welch Regiment waits patiently on one of the centre roads at Carlisle station on the morning of 23 September 1961, having arrived light engine from Upperby shed. The locomotive will eventually take over the 10.15am Glasgow Central - Euston train.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
K A Gray [23/09/1961]


Carlisle Canal: Britannia Pacific no 70018 Flying Dutchman stands on Canal shed, Carlisle, in September 1961.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
K A Gray [23/09/1961]


Carlisle Canal: 70016 Ariel stabled in the shed yard at Carlisle Canal on 23 September 1961, shortly after being reallocated here from Cardiff Canton. The Britannia Pacific spent approximately 8 months operating from Canal shed before moving on to Longsight, Manchester, in May 1962.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
K A Gray [23/09/1961]


Blackpool Central MPD: B1 61051 stands alongside Black 5 45102 on a busy Blackpool Central shed (24E) in 1962. The 5 was a resident but the B1 looks like one of the many locomotives that visited 24E after working into Blackpool Central on excursion trains at that time, in this case probably from the Sheffield area. The shed eventually closed in 1964 along with the large station it was built to serve [see image 30284] and much of the area is now a car park.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
K A Gray [23/09/1962]


Blackpool North: Jubilees in a siding alongside Blackpool North shed in September 1962. Nearest the camera is no 45731 Persevereance. The locomotive was officially withdrawn from Blackpool Central (24E) three months later.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
K A Gray [23/09/1962]


Doncaster Works: Former London, Tilbury & Southend Railway no 42527 photographed on 23 September 1962 standing on the scrapline alongside Doncaster Works. One of a large number of the class withdrawn in 1962 following electrification of the LT&S line.

Doncaster Works (Great Northern Railway)
David Pesterfield [23/09/1962]


Hawick: A1 Pacific no 60147 North Eastern brings the 1X76 Edinburgh Waverley - Blackpool Central excursion through Hawick station on 23 September 1962. Built at Darlington Works in 1949, the Pacific was withdrawn from York in August of 1964 and cut up at Drapers of Hull some 3 months later, age 15 years 7 months.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
K A Gray [23/09/1962]


Bloomfield Road Sidings: Much of the visiting Blackpool excursion traffic during the summer months used the stabling sidings and turntable at Bloomfield Road, which was preferred by crews, being quicker than going through the main shed procedures at Blackpool Central and thus allowing more time for relaxation between turns. The photograph shows Jubilee no 45710 Irresistible of Manchester's Newton Heath shed carrying an excursion headcode standing in Bloomfield Road sidings in 1962. The floodlights of Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road ground can be seen in the background. [See image 30224 for the scene fifty years later]. [With thanks to all who responded to this query].

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
K A Gray [23/09/1962]


Dalmally: Dalmally station in 1967.

Callander and Oban Railway
John Robin [23/09/1967]


Euston: 'Tickets please.' Ticket checks in operation for passengers heading for the 10.00 service to Manchester Piccadilly at Euston station in September 1972.

London and Birmingham Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/1972]


Thurso: Birmingham Type 2 26023 waits at Thurso on 23rd September 1976 with the teatime departure (about 17.25) for Georgemas Junction, where the coaches will be attached to the Wick - Inverness service (powered on this day by 26046).

Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Bill Jamieson [23/09/1976]


Waterside Viaduct: View from the south-west of Waterside Viaduct on the Ingleton to Low Gill line in September 1984. The viaduct was opened by the LNWR in 1861 and closed to passengers in 1954, with freight traffic continuing until 1966.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Bill Jamieson [23/09/1984]


Aviemore: A guard and his dog relaxing between turns at Aviemore [Strathspey Railway] on 23 September 1993. [See image 13955]

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Ken Browne [23/09/1993]


Aviemore: Ex-CR 828 running round at Aviemore [Strathspey] on 23 September 1993.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Ken Browne [23/09/1993]


Boston: Part of the station frontage at Boston, Lincolnshire, in September 2002. [Ref query 4860]

Peterborough to Boston and Lincoln Line (Great Northern Railway)
Ian Dinmore [23/09/2002]


Gedney: The former M&GN station at Gedney, Lincolnshire, in September 2002. The station lost its passenger service in 1959, with the line between Spalding and Sutton Bridge closing completely in 1965. [Ref query 31273]

Norwich and Spalding Railway
Ian Dinmore [23/09/2002]


Netherton: Looking west over the former level crossing on the Netherton Branch of the Elgin Railway in Limekilns Road, Dunfermline. The footpath roughly follows the route of the Branch. The Netherton Terminus was Dunfermline's first passenger station, opening in 1834 (the earliest rail passenger service in Fife) and provided a service to Charlestown until 1863. Freight on the Netherton branch lasted until 1964.

Elgin Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Aviemore: SPR station now bypassed. All operating and sales are from Platform 3, Aviemore mainline station.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Aviemore: 68030(SPR) waits in Platform 3. Note the new half moon gable windows on the station buildings

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Netherton: The route of the Netherton Branch of the Elgin Railway looking westwards away from Dunfermline on 23 September 2006. The trees at the end of the path mark the route of the main line which ran from the foot of the Pittencrieff incline (out of the picture to the right).

Elgin Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Aviemore: Invernet, the name given to the suburban rail network serving Inverness and backed by a number of public and private bodies. The logo can now be seen throughout the region.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Dunfermline Town: Looking northwards along William Street, Dunfermline, in September 2006. In the centre right of the picture stand the remains of the centre pillar of a two-span bridge which carried the Stirling to Dunfermline Railway across the Elgin Railway and the present day street [See image 22280].  After the construction of the Stirling to Dunfermline Railway a junction was made with the Elgin Railway just to the west of here c 1850.

Elgin Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Aviemore: Two multi use cranes. Diesel and steam at Aviemore shed 60B.
The red car is acting as a scotch, maybe.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Broomhill: Passengers alight for a goosey. No TV stars today.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Springfield: The diverted 12.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen train races through Springfield. Almost too quick for me.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Cupar: Edinburgh - Dyce express picks up at Cupar, with the castellated overbridge in the background.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Dunfermline Town: 66111 brings empties through Dunfermline Town after leaving the Longannet line at Charlestown Jct. The locomotive will probably run round its train at Townhill sidings just east of Dunfermline QM station.

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Alloa: Looking east over the new station site. The platform is now under construction.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Whitemyre Junction: Dunfermline, Whitemyre Junction looking west. The West of Fife Mineral Railway diverged to the right here, its formation lies directly behind the leylandii trees in the centre. The main line now forms the West of Fife Cycle Way.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Oakley (Fife): Oakley Station looking towards Alloa. The remains of the demolished down platform are on the left immediately behind the wooden fence. Of the up platform on the right nothing now remains.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Oakley (Fife): Oakley. The branch to Comrie Colliery (and formerly, to Oakley Colliery) forked off to the right here with extensive BR-NCB exchange sidings. Oakley signal box stood immediately to the left of the photographer.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Oakley (Fife): Looking west. A number of sidings ran parallel to the main line in the centre while an extensive yard fanned out right at the start of the Comrie Colliery branch. The Comrie line was mainly steam worked up to 1976. The colliery closed at the end of 1986.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Blairhall: Junction for the branch to Blairhall Colliery (closed 1969 although the washery remained open for some time) which diverged left from the main line to Alloa. Immediately after the junction the main line crosses a viaduct over the Bluther Burn.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Blairhall: Looking west. The signal box stood on the right roughly behind the wooden bench. The photographer recalls seeing 25 035 here with a demolition train in 1974 during lifting of the Colliery branch. 25 035 survives on the Great Central Railway today.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Blairhall: A view up the short branch leading to Blairhall Colliery from the Stirling - Dunfermline line.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Bogside [S and DR]: Looking towards Alloa. The signal box survives on the down side. In 1979 the line was closed between Kincardine Junction and Bogside but freight survived here until around 1984 before the line was cut back to Oakley and thereafter closed altogether. [See image 24409]

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Forest Mill: The site of Forest Mill station looking towards Alloa. Rubble heaps on the left mark the down platform.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Forest Mill: The site of Forest Mill station looking towards Dunfermline. A small goods yard was located on the right here.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Forest Mill: A surviving gradient post indicating the start of the lengthy descent to Kincardine Junction in the Alloa direction.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Forest Mill: Between Forest Mill and Clackmannan Road. The long descent from Forest Mill to Kincardine Junction is quite apparent in this picture. Stirling Castle is just visible immediately above the trackbed in the centre of the picture.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Alloa [1st]: Taken from the bridge which gave access to the old station looking east with the route of the former Devon Valley line forking off to the left and the new Alloa station site just visible through the bridge on the right.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Alloa [1st]: Taken from the bridge which gave access to the old station looking west. Construction works on the new line underway at the site of the former station.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Alloa [1st]: A view back towards the old station site.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Kincardine Junction: A new bridge is under construction over the Dunfermline-Alloa road. The line from Kincardine joined the main Stirling-Dunfermline line at Kincardine Junction at the right-hand edge of this picture.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Kincardine Junction: A new bridge is under construction over the Dunfermline-Alloa road. The line from Kincardine joined the main Stirling-Dunfermline line (which was carried on the embankment on the right) at Kincardine Junction in the centre right of this picture.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Clackmannan Road: Viaduct over the Black Devon. Trees now make photography of the viaduct very challenging

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Bogside [S and DR]: Another view of the signal box looking in the Dunfermline direction. The remains of the waiting room are hidden in the trees in the centre.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Bogside [S and DR]: A dilapidated waiting room still survives on the down platform.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Oakley (Fife): The site of Oakley station looking towards Dunfermline. The signal box stood on the right here with the down platform straight ahead in the centre. Nothing remains of the up platform which was situated on the left.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Poustie [23/09/2006]


Preston: Class 57 no 57308 Tin Tin departs south from Preston station at 1559 hrs on 23 September 2006 at the head of a Glasgow to London Pendolino service.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2006]


Camelon: View of the modern station. The former Falkirk Camelon station, which was an island platform now overgrown, is passed by a 158 on the down line.

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [23/09/2006]


Garscadden: '..and please make the next one a Springburn train...amen.' Sunday morning in the rain at Garscadden station. View east over the platforms on 23 September 2007.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2007]


Yoker Depot: View west from Dyke Road over the sidings at Yoker depot on 23 September 2007 with the main line over to the right and Garscadden station behind the camera.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2007]


Garscadden: Looking east towards Glasgow city centre on a dark, damp, miserable Sunday morning from the footbridge over Garscadden station, just as the rain begins to fall. Still, could be worse... couldn't it... hmmmm...

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2007]


Yoker Depot: Trains stabled in the yard at Yoker Depot, Glasgow, on a wet and windswept Sunday morning in September 2007. View is west towards Dumbarton and Helensburgh, with the main line running past on the right of the picture.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2007]


Grangemouth: View west across the bridge over the Grange Burn from the abandoned South Sidings at Grangemouth in September 2008.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
John Furnevel [23/09/2008]


Grangemouth: View south from Station Road, Grangemouth, towards Fouldubs Junction on 23 September 2008. The long demolished station stood to the right, while the trackbed running below the camera position carried lines under the A904 into Grangemouth Docks directly behind the photographer. A local campaign has recently got underway to lobby for the return of train services to the town.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
John Furnevel [23/09/2008]


Grangemouth: The abandoned double track rail bridge over the Grange Burn that served part of the BP site at Grangemouth, seen here looking west in September 2008. For the view east [see image 8922]. A vehicle access point remains just off to the right but rail access to the site is now located further north. The containers in the background are stacked within the docks area.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
John Furnevel [23/09/2008]


Leyland: A Northern Rail service from Blackpool North to Liverpool Lime Street has just arrived at Platform 2 at Leyland on 23 September alongside a TransPennine Express service from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North at Platform 3.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2008]


Swing Bridge East: The 13.22 Glasgow Queen Street - Falkirk Grahamston via Cumbernauld crosses the Forth & Clyde Canal in September 2008. The train is passing the site of Swing Bridge East signal box on the far side of the canal [see image 20344]. A boarded up lock-keepers cottage stands on the right.

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2008]


Fremantle: The terminus at 'Freo' in September 2008 with a Transperth emu in the main platform. The mixed gauge lines [3'6' and standard] continue through the town but there is no passenger service, although there is a new unused station at the harbour. The standard gauge is freight only.

Transperth
Colin Miller [23/09/2008]


Grangemouth: View east across the abandoned double track railway bridge over the Grange Burn at Grangemouth in September 2008. The bridge gave access to the now disused sidings located on the south side of the complex. Todays oil trains use the north sidings and cross the burn on a bridge off to the left within the compound. Hard to believe the size of some of the trees and shrubs that have now found a firm hold between the rails and the metal decking of the old bridge. [see image 8922]

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
John Furnevel [23/09/2008]


Grangemouth: The barely recognisable trackbed of the line that once served Grangemouth docks, looking north from the A904 road bridge in 2008 [see image 39569]. The chimney of Longannet power station stands in the background on the other side of the Forth.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
John Furnevel [23/09/2008]


Swing Bridge East: A westbound train shortly after leaving Grahamston on 23 September 2008 crossing the Forth and Clyde Canal at Swing Bridge East, photographed from alongside the A9. [See image 17992]

Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2008]


Carlisle: Preserved Black 5 No. 45231 The Sherwood Forester drifts into platform 4 at Carlisle with the terminating down 'Fellsman' on 23 September 2009.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Bill Jamieson [23/09/2009]


Carlisle: Most of the main line steam workings terminating at Carlisle use one or other side of the island platform, usually No. 3. Platform 4 is far better though, as demonstrated by Black 5 No. 45231, which is beautifully lit by autumn sunshine as it waits to take out the return Fellsman on 23rd September 2009.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Bill Jamieson [23/09/2009]


Manchester Piccadilly: Looking south from the end of Platform 5 at Manchester Piccadilly over the approach to the station on 23 September 2009 as a Virgin Pendolino departs, a Northern Class 323 unit arrives, a FTPE Class 185 heads to the airport and an ATW Class 175 sits in the sidings awaiting it's next turn.

Manchester and Birmingham Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2009]


Carlisle: Gordon Hodgson looks back attentively from the driving seat of Black 5 No. 45231 awaiting the signal to move the ecs of The Fellsman out of platform 3 at Carlisle on 23 September 2009.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Jamieson [23/09/2009]


Manchester Piccadilly: The 1607 hrs Arriva Cross Country Voyager departs from Platform 6 at Manchester Piccadilly for Bristol Temple Meads as two Pendolinos sit in the adjacent platforms awaiting their next turns to London Euston on 23 September 2009.

Manchester and Birmingham Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2009]


Princes Street [Tram]: The track base being prepared to carry Edinburgh's trams on the section of Princes Street east of The Mound on 23 July 2009.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [23/09/2009]


St Anastasie: A very rural French railway scene. The only intermediate station on the ATTCV tourist line is at St Anastasie where two-car Caravelle unit 4567 is pictured during its 10 minute stop on the 1hour 20 minute outward journey from Carnoules to Brignoles. This scenic line operates on Sundays from April to October and benefits from an additional train on Wednesdays from June to September.

L^Association du Train Touristique du Centre Var
Malcolm Chattwood [23/09/2009]


Besse sur Issole : Currently stored out of service, at the Besse sur Issole depot of L'Association du Train Touristique de Centre Var (ATTCV), is Picasso No 3976, built in 1956. The strange appendage set into the roof is the single driving cab where the driver sits sideways facing a single set of controls. Picasso? Well just look at one of his paintings and then again at this wonderfully quirky piece of rolling stock.

L^Association du Train Touristique du Centre Var
Malcolm Chattwood [23/09/2009]


Brignoles: 1966 built Caravelle two car set No 4567 is pictured at the northern Brignoles terminus of the ATTCV tourist railway in Provence, southern France. The working line is 22km in length and runs from Carnoules to Brignoles. The ATTCV does not use the SNCF station situated on the Marseille to Nice main line at Carnoules but operates from a simple platform 1km north of the village. Originally the line, mainly used for freight traffic, continued for a further 55km to Gardanne.

L^Association du Train Touristique du Centre Var
Malcolm Chattwood [23/09/2009]


Basingstoke: A South West Trains service to Waterloo, formed by EMU 444021, calls at platform 3 at Basingstoke on 23 September 2011. Viewed from the east end of the station.

London and South Western Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2011]


Whitchurch (Hants): Southwest Trains 159005 slows for the station stop at Whitchurch (Hants) on 23 September 2011, partway through its journey to London Waterloo.

Basingstoke Worting Junction to Salisbury (London and South Western Railway)
John McIntyre [23/09/2011]


Basingstoke: A trio of Southwest Trains Class 159s at the east end of Basingstoke station on 23 September 2011. In the centre a Waterloo to Salisbury service approaches the station while another unit waits in the sidings on the left and a six car set is in the long grass on the right.

London and South Western Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2011]


Whitchurch (Hants): South West Trains 159005 leaves Whitchurch on a service from Salisbury to Waterloo on 23 September 2011.

Basingstoke Worting Junction to Salisbury (London and South Western Railway)
John McIntyre [23/09/2011]


Overton: A South West Trains Waterloo to Exeter 6 car DMU with 159011 leading and 159014 at the rear flies westward through Overton station west of Basingstoke just after midday on 23 September 2011.

Basingstoke Worting Junction to Salisbury (London and South Western Railway)
John McIntyre [23/09/2011]


Overton: A South West Trains Waterloo to Salisbury service calls at Overton station, Hampshire, on 23 September 2011.

Basingstoke Worting Junction to Salisbury (London and South Western Railway)
John McIntyre [23/09/2011]


Kingmoor: 92036 Bertolt Brecht waits in the up through siding at Kingmoor adjacent to the site of the former Kingmoor shed on 23 September 2012 with the Mossend to Daventry Tesco containers. The former steam shed site is now the Kingmoor Sidings nature reserve with several display boards showing the history of the area.

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Kingmoor: Balmoral Court, the former locomens hostel at the south end of the Kingmoor MPD site, in use as private residential accommodation in September 2012. [See image 21341]

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Edinburgh Waverley: Looking into Waverley station from the Market Street entrance on Sunday morning 23 September 2012. Some subtle changes to the layout, coupled with the new and improved glazing, have succeeded in creating an overall feeling of much more light and space compared to the old arrangement. [See image 6810]

North British Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2012]


Saughton [Tram]: The Edinburgh tram route approaching Saughton, looking west in early morning sunshine on 23 September 2012. The line is rising here to cross the new bridge spanning Saughton Road, beyond which a tram stop will eventually be located. The catenary of the E&G can be seen on the right beyond the shrubbery.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [23/09/2012]


Helensburgh Central: 334003 waits alongside platform 1 at Helensburgh Central for its next turn on 23 September 2012.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Scotland Street: Scotland Street Tunnel and its distinctive backcloth seen on 23rd September 2012 - an interesting contrast with the photographer's shot from Spring 1966 [see image 35845].

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
David Spaven [23/09/2012]


Helensburgh Central: Waiting for work. A pair of Class 320 EMUs in ScotRail blue, stabled in platform 3 (onetime platform 4) at Helensburgh Central on 23 September 2012.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Murrayfield Stadium [Tram]: What should eventually become an impressive pedestrian approach to the Murrayfield tramstop. Photographed here under construction on Sunday 23 September 2012, with the stadium directly behind the camera on the other side of Roseburn Street. Richard Hannay would certainly have approved...

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [23/09/2012]


Carlisle Etterby: A Southbound Voyager passes Etterby on 23 September 2012, with the DRS depot on the left.

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Russell Road Bridge: The 'chunky' new bridge built to carry Edinburgh's trams across Russell Road, photographed looking south on Sunday morning 23 September 2012. Empty stock stabled in the sidings at Haymarket depot can be seen in the background, with the E&G main line running beyond. [See image 38430]

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [23/09/2012]


Craigendoran: Making the penulimate stop on its journey from Edinburgh to Helensburgh, 334012 arrives at Craigendoran on the morning of 23 September 2012.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Helensburgh Central: Looking towards the buffers at Helensburgh Central on the morning of 23 September 2012 with 334003 stabled in platform 1 and 320321+320301 in platform 3.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Edinburgh Waverley: Looking over the wall from Market Street on Sunday 23 September 2012, showing some of the work so far carried out on the south entrance to Waverley, including access to the car park and 'sub' platforms. For a comparison with the situation a year earlier [see image 35880].

North British Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2012]


Balgreen [Tram]: The new tram bridge over Balgreen Road, Edinburgh, photographed looking south east on 23 September 2012. Beyond is the railway bridge carrying the E&G main line. Balgreen tram stop will be located just off picture to the right on the site once occupied by Balgreen Halt, near the junction of the E&G and the former Corstorphine branch.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel [23/09/2012]


Craigendoran Junction: Glasgow bound 334034 heads east from Craigendoran Jct along the edge of the River Clyde on 23 September 2012.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
John McIntyre [23/09/2012]


Blackford: Rebuilt Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman approaching Blackford on 23 September 2013 with a special train from Edinburgh to Gleneagles to mark the fact that there is one year to go until the start of the Ryder Cup.

Scottish Central Railway
John Robin [23/09/2013]


Edinburgh Park: Ryder Cup 2014 special train from Edinburgh to Gleneagles, hauled by 46115 Scots Guardsman passing under the tram viaduct west of Edinburgh Park station on 23 September 2013.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [23/09/2013]


Law Junction: The 10.42 Milngavie - Lanark passing Law Junction on 23 September 2013. While the loading bank still survives on the left, little trace remains of the station that served passengers here between 1880 and 1965 [see image 6629].

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Strand Road Exchange Sidings: Newly shopped DBS 60062 waits for clearance at Strand Rd to proceed along the Ribble Branch and up to the main line with the empties from Preston Lanfina. The Class 60 has just delivered the full tanks in the siding on the left.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [23/09/2013]


Maybole: The 09.41 Girvan to Kilmarnock, photographed shortly after leaving Maybole Station on 23 September.

Maybole and Girvan Railway
Colin Miller [23/09/2013]


Edinburgh Park [Tram]: Finishing touches being applied on the approach to the tram viaduct west of Edinburgh Park station on 23 September 2013.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [23/09/2013]


Tulloch: After being derailed by a landslide at the end of June 2012 [see image 39479] Class 66 No.66734 The Eco Express has been dismantled in situ and the parts recovered to the yard at Tulloch Station for disposal. In the picture are the buffer beams, fuel tank and diesel engine.

West Highland Railway
John Gray [23/09/2013]


Edinburgh Park [Tram]: Looking east from Edinburgh Park on 23 September 2013 with Arthurs Seat dominating the horizon. A rail grinder is hard at work on the section of track just beyond the tram stop.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [23/09/2013]


Law Junction: View south from Station Road bridge, Law, Lanarkshire, on 23 September 2013. The 1200 Glasgow Central - London Euston Pendolino speeds south past the site of the former (now demolished) road/rail distribution centre on the right. Beyond the dereliction Tinto Hill stands impassively in the background.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Corrour Summit: 67009 heads north over Corrour Summit with the Caledonian Sleeper on 23 September, destination Fort William.

West Highland Railway
John Gray [23/09/2013]


Salsburgh Goods: View south at Salsburgh Goods in September 2013. This section of the line looking back towards Cleland [see image 28204] closed in 1956. A mineral line and siding ran under the bridge from which the photograph was taken to reach a yard with road access and a crane (now infilled and part of a farm). From there a single line continued on to serve various quarries and collieries. The line north closed in the 1940s. The bridge in the centre carries the B7066 between Newhouse and Harthill.

Salsburgh Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Corrour Summit: GBRf 66737 Lesia photographed on the long climb up to Corrour Summit on 23 September with a train of empty alumina tanks from Fort William to North Blyth.

West Highland Railway
John Gray [23/09/2013]


Armadale: The 14.11 Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley slows for the Armadale stop on 23 September 2013, passing another new housing development.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Corrour: K4 No.61994 The Great Marquess is in full cry as it crosses the bridge over the Allt Luib Ruairidh on 23 September during the long climb up from Tulloch to Corrour Summit with the southbound West Highlander Railtour.

West Highland Railway
John Gray [23/09/2013]


Maybole: The 09.41 Girvan - Kilmarnock runs round the curves shortly after leaving Maybole on 23 September 2013. On the right is the site of the original Maybole terminus, which later became the goods station, all since redeveloped for industrial use.

Maybole and Girvan Railway
Colin Miller [23/09/2013]


Edinburgh Park: 334007+334040 forming a service to Helensburgh Central call at Edinburgh Park on 23 September 2013.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [23/09/2013]


Shotts: The station building on the westbound platform at Shotts on 23 September 2013, looking much improved since my last visit in 2006 [see image 41718]. From a distance I almost mistook it for one of the new houses being built in the background.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Shotts: The 12.18 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley shortly after arrival at Shotts station on 23 September 2013. Work is currently underway here on the provision of access for disabled passengers to the eastbound platform.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Whitburn: Whitburn station lost its passenger service as long ago as 1930, although the line continued to handle freight well into the 1960s. The trackbed is now part of a walkway, seen here on 23 September looking south towards the bridge carrying the A705 Main Street over the trackbed. The overgrown and unrecognisable station site is on the other side of the bridge [see image 45561].

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Cabin [Tram]: Blackpool Flexity tram 016 photographed on 23 September at the Cabin tramstop.

Blackpool Tramroad and Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramroad
Veronica Clibbery [23/09/2013]


Polkemmet Country Park: Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST 1175 of 1909, photographed on 23 September 2013. Formerly employed at the nearby Polkemmet Colliery, the locomotive is now on permanent display in Polkemmet Country Park, Whitburn, West Lothian. The nameplate Dardanelles is carried by the locomotive, this being the name by which the colliery was known locally, having been sunk around the time of the WW1 military campaign. [See image 49321]

West Lothian Council
John Furnevel [23/09/2013]


Linlithgow: Ryder Cup 2014 special train from Edinburgh to Gleneagles, hauled by 46115 Scots Guardsman on 23 September, photographed a little to the west of Linlithgow Station

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [23/09/2013]


Princes Street [Tram]: Edinburgh trams 275 and 256 meet at the Princes Street stop on 23 September.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [23/09/2014]


Tyndrum: 44871 and 45407 top and tail The West Highlander coming out of the sun on 23 September on the gradient between Crianlarich and Tyndrum on the way to Oban.

Callander and Oban Railway
John Gray [23/09/2014]


York Place [Tram]: The buffer at Edinburgh Trams York Place terminus on 23 September. The road sign in the background points the way for the delayed Leith extension.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [23/09/2014]


Tyndrum: Black fives 45407 and 44871 top and tail The West Highlander past Lochan na Bi near Tyndrum on the way back to Crianlarich from Oban on 23 September. View from Sron nan Colan.

Callander and Oban Railway
John Gray [23/09/2014]


Tyndrum Upper: Running tender first, black fives 44871 and 45407 on the climb to Tyndrum Upper on the West Highland Line on 23 September, destination Fort William.

West Highland Railway
John Gray [23/09/2014]


Daylesford: One for Poirot. The case of the disappearing apostrophe - scene on the Spa Country Railway, Daylesford, Victoria, on 23 September 2014.

Victorian Railways
Colin Miller [23/09/2014]


Cerbere: Cerbere is the last station on the French rail network before crossing the border into Spain and hosts a large complex of carriage and freight sidings to serve both standard, Spanish (1676mm) and mixed gauges. The station is shown at the bottom right of the photograph and twin bore tunnels 1064m in length cross the border into Spain at Portbou allowing trans-border traffic of both gauges to be carried.

SNCF and RENFE
Malcolm Chattwood [23/09/2014]


Invergarry: The Invergarry Station Project continuing to make progress on 23 September 2014, with more of the site cleared and the first track panel in place. [See image 42926]

Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
John Gray [23/09/2014]


Collioure: SNCF 25kV B-B locomotive No 107277 runs light through Collioure on 23 September 2014 heading towards the border station of Cerbère

SNCF
Malcolm Chattwood [23/09/2014]


Portbou: It is possible to cross the border into Spain on a French train, arriving at Port Bou where there is a dual gauge station and complex of exchange sidings similar to that at Cerb�re [See image 48875]

RENFE
Malcolm Chattwood [23/09/2014]


Edinburgh Gateway: A 'Grab Shot' of the substantial construction works at Edinburgh Gateway station, due to open in December 2016. This will be ScotRail's first staffed new station (Bathgate and Edinburgh Park were staffed later).

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines
John Yellowlees [23/09/2015]


Knightswood South Junction: The pointwork for the new connection to the main line has still to be laid as the 1246 arrival from Glasgow Queen Street approaches Anniesland on 23rd September 2015. The newly installed cantilever supports for an OHLE overrun at the junction caused some premature excitement recently when rumours of an electrification of the Maryhill line began to circulate.

Stobcross Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Millerhill Marshalling Yard: Already a distinctly autumnal look about the north end of Millerhill yard on 23 September as 60009 Union of South Africa brings up the rear of the empty stock of a steam special heading for Waverley. On the front of the train is 67026 Diamond Jubilee.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2015]


Knightswood South Junction: 156449 forming the 1246 arrival from Glasgow Queen Street passes the incomplete new connection to the main line as it approaches Anniesland on 23rd September 2015.

Stobcross Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Shawfair: The southern approach to Shawfair on 23 September, with the 0959 Tweedbank - Edinburgh approaching the station. Standing at the southbound platform about to depart is the 1024 Edinburgh - Tweedbank.

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
John Furnevel [23/09/2015]


Dawsholm Junction: The location of the junction for the new connection to the main line at Anniesland can be seen in this view from the former Anniesland Gasworks access bridge. The Forth and Clyde Canal crosses over the line in the right background.

Stobcross Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Figueres: Station under threat. Figueres station is in the centre of this Catalonian town and enjoys a regular service of trains to Barcelona. However, it is under threat of closure as a new station (Figueres-Vilafant) has been built on the outskirts to serve the high speed AVE and TGV trains and it is proposed to divert the RENFE services there. Understandably there is a great deal of local opposition to this proposal and for now the 1887 station continues to be well used. A Class 447 EMU is newly arrived from Barcelona on a Portbou service while a Class 449 waits to depart on a Media Distancia semi-fast back to the regional capital.

RENFE
Mark Bartlett [23/09/2015]


Dawsholm Junction: Information sign on view beside the works access on Strathcona Drive in September 2015 showing the new layout for Knightswood South Junction - the new connection being called Dawsholm Junction - on which work is currently underway.

Stobcross Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Dawsholm: 156449 on an Anniesland - Queen Street service emerges from the tunnel under the Forth and Clyde Canal on 23rd September 2015. Parts for the junction pointwork can be seen awaiting installation at the other end of the tunnel.

Stobcross Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Portbou: Although Portbou only has a population of arond 1300 it is the change of gauge border point where the SNCF meets the RENFE and the station buildings are huge. A Class 447 EMU, waiting to return towards Barcelona, is dwarfed by the trainshed. The busy freight yards can be seen beyond the platforms.

RENFE
Mark Bartlett [23/09/2015]


Dawsholm Junction: Just before passing through the tunnel under the Forth and Clyde Canal, 156449 on an Anniesland - Queen Street service passes the location of the junction for the new connection to the main line at Anniesland.

Stobcross Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Gorebridge: ScotRail 158704 at Gorebridge boarding an Edinburgh bound service at 0930 on 23 September 2015. The train is the 0859 ex-Tweedbank.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [23/09/2015]


Millerhill Marshalling Yard: 67026 Diamond Jubilee hauls a train of empty stock for a steam special out of the north end of Millerhill yard towards Waverley on 23 September 2015. At the rear of the train is A4 60009 Union of South Africa.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [23/09/2015]


Maryhill Park Junction: The 1037 Oban departure from Glasgow Queen Street passes Maryhill Park Junction on 23rd September 2015. On the left of the picture is the building which was intended to replace the original signalbox.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Maryhill Park Junction: View of Maryhill Park Junction over Maryhill station on 23rd September 2015. The unused replacement signal box can be seen to the left of centre.[See image 52785]

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Colin McDonald [23/09/2015]


Eminonu: This tram has just crossed the Galata Bridge (over 'The Golden Horn') and is stopped at the Eminonu station in front of the New Mosque. 23 September 2015.

Istabul Tramline 1
John Thorn [23/09/2015]


Barassie Junction: 66712 comes round the curve from Kilmarnock at Barassie Junction with 4S05, a North Blyth to Killoch service.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/09/2016]


Durham: Southbound East Coast train on Durham viaduct.

York and Newcastle Railway
Colin Miller [23/09/2016]


Milby: Looking west across Ellerthorpe Lane at the location of the former Myton Gate level crossing, on the line between Pilmoor and Knaresborough, with the grassed over former trackbed seen running forward towards Milby and Boroughbridge. The property seen to the right is the former Myton Gate House, now a private residence. A number of features from the operational period are still in existence at the property.

Boroughbridge Branch (York and Newcastle Railway)
David Pesterfield [23/09/2016]


Milby: A view of the west end of the former Myton Gate House, with a more recent extension added since closure of the line between Pilmoor and Boroughbridge. The track ran to the right of view, with the level crossing over Ellerthorpe Lane just beyond the house. Other than the extension the structure of the house is much as it was in operational times.

Boroughbridge Branch (York and Newcastle Railway)
David Pesterfield [23/09/2016]


Barassie Junction: 37610 coming round the curve (on the re-aligned Kilmarnock and Troon) at Barassie Junction.

Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Ken Browne [23/09/2016]


Forton: Colas 56105 powers through the reverse curves near Forton with a special working of nine refurbished timber wagons. The train ran from Cardiff Canton to Carlisle Yard on 23rd September 2016 but the Class 56 failed near Oxenholme and was rescued by a WCRC Class 47.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/09/2016]


Brafferton: Looking east from road overbridge BOR/1 near Brafferton, on the road between Asenby and Raskelf, towards agricultural buildings running across the trackbed of the Pilmoor to Knaresborough line at the site of the former Brafferton station. The line at either side of the bridge runs in a deep cutting. A short distance in the opposite direction to the view the line crossed the River Swale on a bridge that is believed to still be extant.

Boroughbridge Branch (York and Newcastle Railway)
David Pesterfield [23/09/2016]


Brafferton: An access road runs from the Brafferton end of road over-bridge BOR/1 to the agricultural building sited over the trackbed of the Pilmoor to Knaresborough line at the former Brafferton Station site. On either side of the new entrance, below a carved pheasant on a post, there is a stone inlay in the walling reflecting the past use of the site, as seen in this view of 23 September.

Boroughbridge Branch (York and Newcastle Railway)
David Pesterfield [23/09/2016]


Barassie Junction: 37610 on 0z89, the Barclay yard to Motherwell.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/09/2016]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1953Rhymney Railway, London and North Western Railway, South WalesJoint line from Rhymney to Rhymney Bridge 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
2006Man killed in rail line incident [BBC News]A 30-year-old man dies after being struck by a train on the Inverness to Wick railway line at Alness.
2006McAlpine scoops £50m pipeline deal for trams [Scotsman]TRAMS company TIE has awarded the £50 million contract for diverting underground utility pipes and cables along the route of the proposed network.
2006Transport chief speaks out on city rail worries [Scotsman]THE city^s transport leader, Ricky Henderson, has voiced concern over proposals to force Edinburgh Crossrail passengers to change trains at Waverley Station.
2007Costs going like a runaway train... [Scotsman Article]THE costs of major new rail projects across Scotland have spiralled by tens of millions of pounds, with some planned routes poised to become the most expensive, mile for mile, in the whole of Britain, The Scotsman has learned.
2008Railway volunteers reach crossing [BBC News Article]Volunteers laying a railway track for a route not used since the 1960s are at a key phase in the project.
2008New train link services welcomed [BBC News Article]Passenger groups welcome the announcement of additional train services for the north east.
2008Network Rail awards Airdrie-Bathgate contract [Network Rail Article]Network Rail has awarded a £60m contract to deliver vital elements of the new Airdrie to Bathgate rail link to Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Limited (BBRP). The multi-disciplinary contract will see Balfour Beatty lay the new track between Airdrie and Bathgate, double track the existing stretch of line between Airdrie and Drumgelloch and electrify the entire route prior to commissioning in late 2010
2008Rocks work to disrupt rail travel [BBC News Article]Network Rail is advising of the temporary suspension of services on three lines in the Highlands.
2008North Berwick line track renewal project [Network Rail Article]Network Rail is to invest £3m on renewing track on the line between Edinburgh and North Berwick this autumn.
2008NETWORK RAIL AWARDS £60M AIRDRIE-BATHGATE RAIL LINK CONTRACT [Network Rail Article]
2008NORTH BERWICK LINE TO BENEFIT FROM £3M TRACK RENEWALS PROJECT [Network Rail Article]• Works vital to continued operation of reliable services on the route • First ScotRail to provide replacement bus services to minimise disruption
2008ROCK CUTTING WORK BEGINS ON HIGHLAND RAIL LINES [Network Rail Article]
2009PM signals commitment to high speed rail [Guardian]Gordon Brown will this weekend give his strongest backing to high speed rail, paving the way for Labour to make a general election manifesto commitment to deliver a transformation of Britain^s railways
2009Court bid to halt power station [BBC News Article]Papers are lodged at the Court of Session in Edinburgh which could prevent a new coal-fired power station being built in Ayrshire.
2010Thousands demonstrate in favour of Stuttgart railway plans [DW-World]Around 2,000 supporters of a controversial multi-billion-euro railway station took part in a organized run through the city. The project Stuttgart 21 has for weeks caused protest and debate.
2011Steam favourite returning to the rails [Northern Echo]A LITTLE bit of locomotive history will be made later this month when an old favourite returns to the rails. For the first time in around 70 years one of the streamlined trains that ran on the East Coast main line before the Second World War will return in its original 1930s livery on the North York Moors Railway. [From Richard Buckby]
2012Burnley’s Manchester Road train station design divides opinion [Burnley Express]A PROPOSED fin feature for a new train station building in Burnley has been branded as “hideous” and “rubbish” by local councillors. The latest Burnley Council Development Control Committee meeting saw a row emerge over the designs for the redevelopment of Manchester Road Railway Station. Planning permission was granted in March this year for the improvement of the station, by the refurbishment of the old building. However, new proposals were then placed to demolish the old building entirely, and construct a new station building on the same footprint, which would include manned ticket facilities, an improved pedestrian entrance, new car parking and a new platform waiting shelter. [From Mark Bartlett]
2013Silver award for Glengarnock station [ScotRail]A North Ayrshire railway station has been commended in an awards scheme run by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. Glengarnock station has been granted Silver status in KSB’s Tidy Station Standards programme. The charity has assessed all 347 stations in Scotland since summer 2011 – judging them on issues such as litter, recycling, waste management and community links before awarding Bronze, Silver, and a small number of Gold statuses. Glengarnock’s Silver award marks a turnaround for the station, after it failed even to achieve Bronze when last assessed in 2011. Since then its appearance has been transformed thanks to the work of In-Work Limited, the landscaping arm of Inverclyde Association for Mental Health, which provides gardening opportunities for people recovering from mental health issues. [From John Yellowlees]
2014Blackpool and Shrewsbury direct rail services to London approved [BBC News]New rail services linking the North West and the Midlands to London have been approved. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) said Virgin Trains can run direct services from Blackpool and from Shrewsbury into Euston station. [From Mark Bartlett]
2014Greenpeace occupy coal train outside Cottam power station [BBC News]Greenpeace activists have taken control of a train carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal to a power station, the campaign group said. The freight train was heading to Cottam power station in north Nottinghamshire when 50 people flagged it down. The protesters said the train is now blocking the main supply route to the coal-fired power station and they are unloading the wagons. British Transport Police said it was responding to an incident.
2015Study suggests London Underground may be ^too fast^ [BBC News]A mathematical study of transport in London and New York suggests the British capital should be wary of its trains travelling too quickly. If Tube journeys are too fast, relative to going by road, then the model predicts an increase in the overall level of congestion. This is because key locations outside the city centre, where people switch transport modes, become bottlenecks. By contrast, New York^s layout is such that faster trains will always help.
2016Video: ScotRail^s new Japanese trains put through their paces [Scotsman]The Class 385 electric trains are due to arrive in Scotland next month for testing and go into service on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line via Falkirk in a year^s time. One has been tested at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic since last month, where it has reached its 100mph top operating speed. Another train - without interiors - has arrived at Teesport after being shipped by sea from Japan. Most of the 70-strong fleet will be assembled at Hitachi’s nearby factory at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. Driver training is due to start in Scotland in the spring.