Stobs: A3 Pacific no 60052 Prince Palatine with a Millerhill - Kingmoor freight, photographed near Stobs in October 1964.
Stobs: V2 60813 with a late afternoon Millerhill - Kingmoor freight on the Waverley route near Stobs in October 1964.
Liverpool Street: A Saturday service originating from Great Yarmouth arriving at Liverpool Street on a grey and overcast 11 October 1969 behind Stratford Brush Type 4 no D1528.
Edinburgh Waverley: A 1977 view over the east end of Waverley from Regent Road, with a class 40 taking a train towards the Calton Tunnel. The train is passing the old East signal box, with New Street bus depot standing on the opposite side of the road. Over on the left Waverley goods is still active, while beyond is the newly commissioned Edinburgh Signalling Centre.
Dereham: A passenger train to Dereham was still a rare event in 1980 and this special, organized by the Fakenham and Dereham Railway Society, was well patronized by local trippers as well as enthusiasts. Notable from today's viewpoint is the complete lack of safety concern, with adults and toddlers alike scrambling freely over track and platforms. Needless to say, no one was harmed during the taking of this photo. The train was headed to Great Ryburgh - the end of the line following the closure of the section beyond to Fakenham a couple of months earlier.
Garstang and Catterall: Brush Type 4 47532 takes a Barrow-in-Furness to Crewe train south through the remains of Garstang & Catterall station on 11th October 1980. [Ref query 1037] The former D1641 continued in service until 1997 and was scrapped at Springs Branch four years later.
Ryburgh: A few local inhabitants have turned out to see the unusual sight of a passenger train visiting Ryburgh station in October 1980. The train (two Cravens sets comprising the F&DRS Central Norfolk Freight Lines railtour) has just drawn up at the crossing gates and will shortly pull into the platform. That will be the limit of its travel on this line, because the next section to Fakenham had been closed recently and was in the process of being dismantled. Less than a year later, Ryburgh station became a casualty itself when the adjacent maltings transferred all its goods to road.
Norwich Victoria: A DMU railtour carefully picks its way along the branch to Norwich Victoria coal depot late on a Saturday afternoon in October 1980. The passengers had previously been treated to a run up to Great Ryburgh and back via Dereham. Originally a passenger terminus, Norwich Victoria station closed in 1916, but the branch lingered on for goods, and latterly coal, until 1986. Predictably perhaps, the site of the coal depot now lies under a Sainsburys supermarket.
Glaisnock Viaduct: Strolling through the fields near Glaisnock Viaduct, Cumnock, in 1980. Built in 1872, the 13 arch viaduct carried the Ayr - Muirkirk line over the Lugar Water. Officially closed to rail traffic in 1964 (approximately 2 years after the last train had crossed) it is now used as a footpath.
Garstang and Catterall: 40028, formerly Samaria, heads south at Garstang & Catterall with the ICI soda ash tanks from Corkickle to Northwich on 11th October 1980. At the time these cream coloured tank trains were one of the most distinctive freight movements on the northern WCML.
Fakenham East: A roadside view of Fakenham East station on 11th October 1980, shortly after its final closure to all traffic. Standing in as a bus depot after loss of the passenger service in 1964, the whole site was eventually leveled and reclaimed for sheltered housing. One of the crossing gates was left in the development as a token reminder of the railway, but this eventually deteriorated and went the way of the station. After the successful revivals of other sections of the Wymondham to Wells railway, the original decision to allow building over the actual track bed through Fakenham came to be seen as very short-sighted.
Fakenham East: The end for Fakenham East station in October 1980. Since passenger services ceased in 1964 Fakenham had been the terminus of a freight spur from Dereham, latterly Wymondham. In the early 1980s, the line was truncated in stages back to North Elmham, starting with the closure of the Fakenham service two months earlier. That frequently used description for quick-off-the-mark railway demolition - indecent haste - seems quite appropriate here. The Mid Norfolk Railway aims to rebuild the line to Fakenham, but this site has now been completely built over.
Oakeley Quarry: Head on view of 'Joffre' class narrow gauge 0-6-0WT+T 2442 (KS 2442/1915) at Gloddfa Ganol visitor centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog, in October 1982. The locomotive now resides on the Teifi Valley Railway at Henllan. [See image 59043]
Oakeley Quarry: 'Joffre' class narrow gauge 0-6-0WT+T 2442 (KS 2442/1915) standing in the open at Gloddfa Ganol visitor centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog, on 11 October 1982. Located in part of the old Oakeley slate quarry, the visitor centre closed in 1997. The locomotive was subsequently acquired by the Teifi Valley Railway.
Chwalim: Polish State Railways 2-6-2 No. Ol49-23 restarts the 08:40 Wolsztyn to Sulechow from the station stop at Chwalim in western Poland on 11th October 1990. Within three years the passenger service on this line had been 'privatised' and would succumb altogether within a short time - no doubt the carrying of mails by train (the first vehicle behind the tender is a postal vehicle) has also gone the same way.
Montrose: A GNER 125 pulls into Montrose with an Aberdeen service in October 1997. The lack of background features is not because the station is on the coast, but because it fringes the tidal Montrose Basin. The sea is nearly a mile away on the other side.
Slateford Viaduct: EWS 37694 crossing Slateford Viaduct in October 2002 on its way from Motherwell to Millerhill.
Crook: Henry Moore eat your heart out. The surviving piers of a long abandoned bridge over the trackbed of the Talla railway north of the Crook Inn, in October 2003.
Linlithgow: The up Highland Chieftain nears Linlithgow Station on 11 Oct 2004
Leyland: A five car Class 175 comprising of 2 car set 175007 leading and 3 car 175110 behind calls at Leyland on 11 October 2006. The units were used on services from Manchester to Blackpool, Barrow and Windermere before being replaced by Class 185s after which the Class 175 went to the Welsh franchise area.
Crawford Viaduct: A southbound Virgin Voyager crosses the Clyde at Crawford in October 2006.
Crawford Viaduct: The 10.31 Coatbridge - Crewe containers crossing the Clyde at Crawford in October 2006.
Crawford Viaduct: A southbound Pendolino crosses the Clyde at Crawford in October 2006 bound for Euston.
Drymen: View into the old yard alongside Drymen station on 11 October from the A809 road. The yard and former goods shed are now operated by a decorative stone company. The station building stands just off picture to the right.
Drymen Viaduct: Not as precarious as it might look! View west over the former Drymen Viaduct on 11 October showing the walkway atop the water supply pipeline that has replaced the deck.
Drymen Viaduct: View north east across the Endrick Water towards Balfron on 11 October, showing the stone piers of the former Drymen Viaduct and the water pipeline, with walkway above, that now spans the river.
Montrose: 170410 rolls into Montrose station with a Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen train on 11 October 2007.
Dunfermline Town: A 158 calls at Dunfermline Town with an Edinburgh service on 11 October.
Drymen Viaduct: The modified remains of the former railway viaduct over the Endrick Water, situated half a mile north east of the village of Croftamie, Stirlingshire. Once part of the the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, this section of the route was closed in 1950. The deck of the viaduct was subsequently removed and the piers adapted to support a water pipeline and walking route. Photographed looking north east across the river in the general direction of Gartness in October 2007.
Kippen: A long - grounded coach, presumably once a resident of the old goods yard, lies in what is now a back garden at Kippen on 11 October. I suspect the absence of a Not to be moved plate is nonetheless still in contravention of current Health & Safety regulations.
Kippen: The surviving signal box at Kippen, hiding amongst the trees on 11 October 2007 alongside the former level crossing.
Kippen: View northwest at Kippen on 11 October 2007.
Port of Menteith: The old station at Port of Menteith on 11 October. The General Waiting Room sign remains in place.
Drymen Viaduct: View east over Drymen Viaduct in October 2007 showing the old piers now supporting the pipeline and walkway.
Drymen: Stone me! Some of the output from Drymen Decorative Stone surrounds the old Drymen goods shed in October 2007.
Drymen: Looking north across the main road in the village of Croftamie in October 2007 to Drymen station. The level crossing was to the right and the gates to the old goods yard, now the home of the local decorative stone supplier, are on the left.
Knaresborough: A candidate for the Top 10 surviving unusual signal boxes must be Knaresborough, stone built on the side of another building as shown. The white brickwork in the foreground is the subway entrance and there is a controlled pedestrian level crossing too. 144020 has just crossed over after arriving from Leeds and is setting back into the station ahead of the return journey.
Knaresborough: Knaresborough station looking towards Harrogate as 3-car 144020 waits to depart for Leeds. Beyond the train the crossover on the Nidd viaduct can be seen. A fireplace business occupies most of the buildings on the York platform, and the station is in excellent condition.
York: DVT 82218 leads a Kings Cross service over the Scarborough line crossover and into York from the north. The Yorkshire Wheel and National Railway Museum are on the opposite side of the line in this view from Platform 4.
Kirknewton: An eastbound HST on the level crossing at Kirknewton on 11 October heading for Waverley.
Knaresborough: A little TLC at Knaresborough goes a long way with this display of flowers in platform barrows. The station sits in a cutting and this view was taken from the approach road looking down onto the York platform.
Knaresborough: View from the foot crossing at Knaresborough in the York direction through the station towards the tunnel under the town. 144020 has arrived from Leeds and is now waiting to return there via Harrogate.
Glenfarg: Autumn on the trackbed of the old Glenfarg route which closed to all traffic in 1971.
Chiasso: The driver looks bemused at the sight of a supposedly freight only loco being allocated to work this Milan bound express at Chiasso in southern Switzerland.
Bellinzona: Not one but two electric locos for the 16.00 Sundays only Chiasso - Zurich express, seen here entering Bellinzona.
Filey Holiday Camp: Part of the large concourse at the former Filey Holiday Camp station on 11 October 2009, looking towards the buffer stops on platforms 3 & 4. The ruins of the single storey concrete building that once stood here occupy the foreground. The tunnel under the A165 giving access to the camp itself is off to the right. [See image 26824] [Ref query 5 March 2018]
Filey Holiday Camp: The cry hi-de-hi! last echoed around the station serving Butlin's Holiday Camp at Filey in July 1977 (not counting my own effort on this particular day). View towards the buffer stops on platform 4 at the former terminus, with part of the concourse lighting still in place. Photographed during the afternoon of 11 October 2009.
Filey Holiday Camp: The scene beyond the wooden gate at the abandoned entrance to Filey Holiday Camp station in October 2009 [see image 26793]. The stone stairway with partially surviving metal handrails once led down to the extensive former concourse. As can be seen here, over the 32 years since closure much of this area has gradually reverted to nature.
Filey Holiday Camp: In a country lane off the busy A165 road on the Yorkshire coast stands a wooden gate, seen here in October 2009. The gate provided the only public entrance to a large station. The station saw use in the summer, almost exclusively on Saturdays, for an intensive period of around 9 hours. Passenger arrivals and departures during that relatively short spell would often run to several thousand people. This was the nature of the excursion station at Filey Holiday Camp, serving the former Butlins complex located on the other side of the road, with the main link between the two via a tunnel. [See image 26792]
Filey Holiday Camp: Standing on the trackbed alongside platform 4 at Filey Camp in October 2009 looking over part of the large concourse. On summer Saturdays this area would be a hive of activity with Butlins road-trains shuttling holiday-makers between the station and the camp for much of the day. Rubble from the only station building as such, a single storey affair, can be seen in the left background. Beyond this building was the main link between the station and the camp itself, a large private subway running under the A165 used by the Butlins road-trains.
Filey Holiday Camp: View along the most northerly of the four extra long platforms at Filey Holiday Camp, seen from the buffer stops in October 2009. Arriving trains drew to a halt before the dog-leg allowing the locomotive to run forward onto the parallel engine release line. The same arrangement applied to platform 1 on the south side with the two middle platforms sharing a central release.
Rowsley: Ex MOD 0-6-0 Saddle Tank WD 150 sits between turns at Rowsley Station, with steam crane to left giving re-railing demonstrations.
Rowsley: Newly restored Ashford Works built LMS 8F 48624 stands opposite Rowsley Station during mixed traffic day.
Rowsley: Peak D8 Penyghent, from initial prototype batch of ten, rests at Rowsley after arrival with 15.30 service from Matlock Riverside. Topped and tailed with newly restored 37152 on 16.15 service back to Matlock.
Filey Holiday Camp: Part of the remains of the 900 ft long platform 4 at Filey Holiday Camp station in October 2009, with several of the platform posts still standing, some with lighting and PA system components still attached. Filey was the biggest of the Butlin's camps at 400 acres, with accommodation for 11,000 campers. Trains ran from all parts of the country with an example of Saturday morning departures in the summer of 1965 over a 2 hour period showing trains for Sheffield Victoria, Scarborough, Newcastle Central, Leeds City (2), Manchester Victoria, Kings Norton and London Kings Cross (2). With the increasing use of the private motor car, rail traffic declined to a point where the station was eventually closed, with the last campers leaving on 17 July 1977. The camp itself closed 6 years later, at the end of the 1983 season. [See image 32210]
Royal Oak East Junction: The branch serving Filey Holiday Camp station left the main Yorkshire coast line at north and south facing junctions on the section between Filey and Hunmanby, the two junctions and their corresponding signal boxes being designated Royal Oak North and Royal Oak South. Just beyond the eastern point of the triangle (Royal Oak East) are the remains of the bridge that carried the branch over the road which links the village of Hunmanby (behind camera) with the A165. The station site is located a quarter of a mile off to the right.
Matlock Riverside: D8 Penyghent reverses onto the 15.30 departure from Matlock Riverside on 11 October 2010 after running round stock.
Filey Holiday Camp: The overgrown stairway from the concourse at the long closed Filey Holiday Camp station, photographed in October 2009. The wooden gate gives access to a narrow lane running west off the A165 [see image 26793]. Ref query 27 October 2018.
Perth: Fastline liveried 66434 heading south through Perth station on 11 October 2010 with the return Lairg oil tanks. A DMU stands at the Dundee platform in the background while repair and refurbishment work continues on platform 4.
Perth: 67007 with the RHTT train approaching Perth from the south on 11 October. The train is taking the Dundee line.
Friarton Junction: The Royal Scotsman passing Perth South on 11 October.
Beasdale: Between heavy showers on 11 October 2011, Network Rail Track Assessment & Recording Unit No.950001 descends Beasdale Bank on its way back to Fort William.
Camps Junction: Relics dumped by the roadside near the former Camps Junction in October 2011 - presumably awaiting collection / disposal.
Lochend Junction: DBS 67011 returns light from Powderhall to Millerhill at the former Lochend Junction on 11 October 2011. Here lines diverged left to Abbeyhill and right to Leith Central.
Beasdale: Leaving a smoke trail round the edge of Loch nan Uahm, Black 5 No.44871 builds up some speed on 11 October as it approaches the first tunnel on the 1 in 48 gradient of Beasdale Bank with The Jacobite .
Culross: Colas 66847 passes a very wet Culross with the 6N72 Linkswood - Grangemouth empty tanks on 11 October 2012.
Langworth: Alongside the level crossing on the A158 east of Lincoln is the former station at Langworth, seen here looking north east on 11 October 2013.
Loch Eilt: Black 5 No.44871 with the return working of The Jacobite†makes a fine sight as it negotiates the long curve at the east end of Loch Eilt on a gloriously sunny afternoon on 11th October 2013.
Carlisle: The Statesman Rail charter from Cambridge to Fort William at Carlisle on 11 October behind West Coast 57314 stands alongside a Virgin Pendolino on a Glasgow Central - London Euston service.
Hardengreen: The drilling rig at Hardengreen on 11 October, now relocated to the south west of the roundabout [see image 43044]. View is north along the A7.
Reepham (Lincs): The former station building at Reepham, the first station east of Lincoln on the line to Barnetby, photographed on 11 October 2013. The building continues in use as a private residence.
Carlisle: Vying for the award of filthiest main line diesel seen by the photographer are 66424 and 66430 at Carlisle on 11 October on WCML RHTT duty.
Carlisle: 47760 at Carlisle on the rear of The Statesman charter from Cambridge to Fort William on 11 October 2013. Running south through platform 4 is 92039 Johann Strauss with the 4M63 Mossend - Hams Hall intermodal (carrying only one container).
Carlisle: Freightliner 66566 enters Carlisle from the Tyne Valley line on 11 October with the York - New Cumnock empties.
Wickenby: Now a private residence, the former station building at Wickenby on the Lincoln to Barnetby line is seen here on 11 October 2013. The smart set of level crossing gates is controlled from the signal box behind the camera.
Langworth: Langworth signal box on the Lincoln to Barnetby line on 11 October 2013.
Carlisle: 66165 is about to run through Carlisle Station on 11 October 2013 with a ballast train from Shap Quarry.
Carlisle: 'So it's straight on at the lights...'† Crew change for Freightliner 70006, hauling a Colas crane north through Carlisle station on 11 October 2013.
Plates, signs, notices etc: GWR warning sign attached to the gate of a property in the village of Yearsley, North Yorkshire, in October 2014.
Carlisle: 66030 runs through Carlisle platform 4 with a southbound freight on Saturday 11 October 2014. Standing on the centre road is 67029 Royal Diamond, one of the diesel locomotives on drag duty between Carlisle and Newcastle during closure of the ECML for engineering works. [See image 49004]
Gorebridge: 60009 nears Gorebridge with the Borders steam train on 11 October.
Gorebridge: 60009 passes through Gorebridge station with the Borders steam train on 11 October with 67026 on the rear.
Tweedbank: 60009 at rest at Tweedbank shortly before the return to Edinburgh.
Craigendoran Junction: The 'Leaf Train' pauses at Craigendoran before returning east.
Brocken: Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (HSB) 99 7232-4 on the ascent to the Brocken summit (1140 m above sea level). These locomotives, 99 7231 to 99 7247, were built in the mid-1950s, converted to oil-burning in the late 1970s, then returned to coal burning soon thereafter! The metre-gauge HSB system consists of the Harzerquerbahn, the Selketalbahn and the Brockenbahn. At its peak, pre First World War, the Harz region had a narrow-gauge (1000mm) rail network of 200 km.
Oban: Super sprinter 156474 awaits at Oban with the 14.41 service to Glasgow Queen Street in October 2016.
Pitlochry: The 0755 Inverness - Kings Cross Highland Chieftain HST service crosses the bridge over Ferry Road, Pitlochry, shortly after leaving the station on a damp October morning. [Ref query 11 October 2017]
Elgin: Works proceeds apace at Elgin - the locomotives have gone because the goods yard is now cut off while the points are replaced.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Information on hoardings at Glasgow Queen Street.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 170419 seen here today working the 1209 Queen Street-Inverness is no longer in ScotRail livery as it is now subleased back from Southern. 170416-20 will next year go south to jpin sisters 170421-4 which have been reformed for use on the Uckfield line.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1852||South Wales Railway||Extended from Landore, Swansea, to Carmarthen.|
|1942||Cairnryan Military Railway||Cairnryan Junction signalbox opened.|
|1942||Portpatrick Railway||Cairnryan Junction signalbox for the Cairnryan Military Railway opened.|
|1943||Barry Dock and Railways||Tonteg to Pontypridd Tunnel northbound line used to store 119 American locomotives.|
|1965||Irvine and Kilmarnock Line||Irvine Goods to Crosshouse closed to freight.|
|1976||Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway||Kilbowie to Yoker Ferry closed to freight|
|1993||~West Riding and Grimsby Railway||Adwick opened|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|1999||Northern Spirit commences running from Leeds to Glasgow|
|2004||Lengthening of Platform 1, Glasgow Queen Street||Platform 1 at Glasgow Queen Street is being extended this week. There are alterations to a number of services.|
|2007||Cross Country rail route set for handover.||Train operator Virgin has said Arriva will find the Cross Country franchise in good shape when it takes over next month. The route, which includes a number of services to and from Edinburgh, was given over to Arriva in July having been in Virgin^s hands for the past decade. Handover takes place on November 11 and the new franchise deal runs until 2016. [Evening News 11 October]|
|2012||New York^s High Line: Why cities want parks in the sky [BBC News]||Once an elevated freight railway track, New York^s High Line is now an oasis for pedestrians. It has been so popular that other cities are following suit, with plans to replicate the formula in London. What is the secret of its success? In 1980 the last freight train ran along the elevated railway line in the Lower West Side of Manhattan. Reportedly, it pulled three boxcars of frozen turkeys. [From Ken Strachan]|
|2013||Edinburgh-to-Glasgow rail line to close for tunnel work [BBC News]||A section of the main rail line between Edinburgh and Glasgow will close for more than a month for upgrade work to a tunnel, it has been confirmed. Network Rail expect to shut the Winchburgh Tunnel for about 44 days as part of electrification to the line. The work would be carried out during summer months, with connections using other routes. Reports suggest the closure could take place in 2015.[From Richard Buckby]|
|2013||Hamilton Grammar pupils spruce up railway station [Daily Record]||Pupils and staff from Hamilton Grammar have been back at work in Hamilton Central train station, sprucing up the platform with plants and flowers as part of ScotRailís Adopt a Station initiative. Central Scotland MSP Margaret McCulloch, who introduced the school to the scheme, also returned to the station to see for herself how the teens are brightening up the platform. The politician also spoke with passers-by about the difference the plants have made, bringing colour and life to one of the most frequently used public spaces in the town.|
|2013||CCTV of level crossing near miss in Carmarthenshire [BBC News]||Work is to be carried out to make level crossings safer after 33 near misses and two crashes in Wales in the past year. Network Rail will be building footbridges, adding new barriers and using more modern technology. It is also closing some level crossings and appointing managers at nine. CCTV captured this near miss by a driver on a level crossing in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, in 2009. [See Link]|
|2013||Train hits truck at Texas crossing [BBC News]||Footage has emerged of a flatbed trailer being struck by a train at a crossing in Texas, before it was dragged half a mile down the track. The driver managed to get out of his rig minutes before the train hit on Wednesday morning in Midland. There were no reports of any injuries. It is not known why the truck, which is believed to have been carrying lengths of pipe, had stopped on the tracks. [See Link]|
|2014||Going Dutch means tourism lift for Borders railway [Southern Reporter]||Dutch operators who will run Scotlandís trains have given a boost to the Borders Railway ahead of its opening next September. Abellio has confirmed the route will become part of the Great Scenic Railways of Scotland network. And that will be seen by rail supporters in the Borders as an opportunity to bring more tourists into the area.|
|2015||The joy of the big railway station revamp [Guardian]||New Street in Birmingham is the latest station to get a new look and smart retail spaces, but some say glitzy projects are not the best way to invest.|
|2016||Southern rail services ^significantly affected^ as three-day strike begins [Guardian]||The owners of the troubled Southern rail franchise have made a fresh appeal for unions to end their dispute with the company as another three-day strike got under way and caused yet more disruption. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union walked out at midnight in their long-running dispute over proposed changes to the role of conductors. A last-minute legal challenge failed to prevent the latest action. Southern said services on Tuesday had been significantly affected by the strike but claimed it would run around 61% of its normal timetable.|
|2017||Edinburgh Tram Inquiry: Lawyer knew information was false [BBC News]||A lawyer has admitted he knowingly allowed false information about Edinburgh^s tram contract to be submitted to the council. Andrew Fitchie said he accepted the legal implications amounted to fraud. He accepted that he allowed information about changes in the burden of risk in part of the contract to be submitted to Edinburgh City Council in May 2008 despite knowing it was false. He said he knew that was potentially a criminal and civil offence. Mr Fitchie told the tram inquiry that senior people at Tie, the company set up to manage the project, would also have known the information presented was inaccurate.|
|2018||Train derailment closes line between Aberdeen and Dundee [BBC News]||Rail services between Aberdeen and Dundee face another day of disruption after a derailment. The train derailed at Stonehaven on Wednesday, leading to the closure of the line. ScotRail warned that services would remain suspended until ^at least^ 18:00. Replacement buses between Aberdeen and Dundee have been set up as a result of the derailment. No passengers were on board. Accident investigators are at the scene.|