Thornton Shed [2nd]: Part of the shed yard at Thornton Junction on 19 October 1965, with J38 0-6-0 no 65934 nearest the camera and B1 4-6-0 no 61103 standing beyond.
Stirling: A4 Pacific no 60019 Bittern at Stirling on 19 October 1965 with the 7.10am Aberdeen - Glasgow Buchanan Street.
Thornton Shed [2nd]: B1 4-6-0 no 61133 stands on Thornton shed. Thought to have been taken during a visit in October 1965.
Thornton Shed [2nd]: Gresley J38 0-6-0 no 65915 on shed at Thornton Junction, thought to have been photographed on 19 October 1965. The locomotive was eventually withdrawn from here just over a year later.
Thornton Shed [2nd]: B1 4-6-0 no 61132 near Thornton Weighs signal box in October 1965 with Thornton Junction shed behind the camera. See image []
Thornton Shed [2nd]: Ex-NB J36 0-6-0 65327 stands out of use in the shed yard at Thornton Junction on 19 October 1965, one month before its official withdrawal by BR.
Thornton Shed [2nd]: Class J37 0-6-0 no 64569 stands on Thornton Junction shed on 19 October 1965.
Thornton Shed [2nd]: Scene at Thornton Junction in October 1965. J37 0-6-0 no 64569 simmers in the yard, while in the right background is class 08 no D3342.
Thornton Shed [2nd]: J37 0-6-0 no 64625 in the shed yard at Thornton in October 1965, one month after official withdrawal.
Bathgate Shed: Class J36 no 65345 on shed at Bathgate on 19 October 1965.
Glasgow St Enoch: BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73059 off Polmadie shed gets ready to leave St Enoch on 19 October 1965 with the 5.30pm stopping train to Carlisle.
Earsdon Junction: An EE Type 3 heads south towards the Tyne in 1971 with a coal train, probably from Burradon exchange sidings. The train is about to pass Earsdon Junction signal box. The flat crossing is a mineral line (the Backworth Wagonway) serving East Holywell Colliery.
Mountain Ash Colliery: Inside the NCB shed at Mountain Ash on 19 October 1973 is 0-6-0ST Llantarnam Abbey (note the missing 'R' on the right hand tank-side) built by Andrew Barclay as No. 2074/1939. I have no record of the loco behind it but bringing up the rear appears to be the perhaps more interesting Avonside-built Sir John (No. 1680/1914).
Orbliston: 27005 Westbound Orbliston Station 1118 hours 19 Oct. 1980. Orbliston, at that time, still retained its original construction.
Riccarton and Craigie: Looking east from the western abutment of the River Irvine viaduct on the Riccarton Branch between Riccarton & Craigie Station and Thirdpart Junction, 19 October, 1985, just before the demolition men moved in to start on building the A71 Riccarton bypass on the railway trackbed (new road bridge later built on exactly the same spot).
Aberdour: 37685 + 37801 stand with a pair of cranes on the down line a little to the west of Aberdour on 19 October 1997. A new trackbed for the up line has recently been prepared.
Dumfries: 156 496 stands at Dumfries in October 1997 with a Glasgow Central - Carlisle service.
Crawford: A southbound Virgin CrossCountry service approaching Crawford on 19 October 2007. This was the final month of the Virgin Trains CrossCountry franchise.
Crawford Viaduct: The morning sun illuminates Crawford Viaduct on 19 October 2007 as a Virgin CrossCountry service from Birmingham New Street to Glasgow Central crosses the River Clyde.
Crawford: Voyagers crossing on the curve through Crawford on a sunny October afternoon in 2007.
Finsbury Park: Preserved Class 86 locomotive 86101 passes Finsbury Park en route from Doncaster to Crewe on 19 October.
Carnoustie: Aberdeen express class 170 passing the former Carnoustie station (closed 1900) The camera is on the present up platform.
Carnoustie: Rear of signal cabin and platforms, either side of level crossing. View from east.
Crawford: View south at Crawford on 19 October 2007 as the lunchtime Glasgow Central - London Euston Pendolino snakes through the long reverse curves and heads towards Beattock.
Crawford Viaduct: A southbound Voyager crosses the Clyde at Crawford - 19 October 2007.
Bathgate [4th]: EWS 66143 at the buffer stops at Bathgate on 19 October 2008.
Ebberston: Looking west along the platform at Ebberston from the site of the level crossing on 19 October 2009 you could be forgiven for thinking that there was a train waiting to depart towards Pickering. In fact the line closed in June 1950 however the station has been restored since 1996 and now offers holiday accommodation in ex BR Mk 2 coaches.
Filey: Filey station looking south from the level crossing late in the afternoon of 19 October 2009. Under the NER overall roof is a NER footbridge.
Scarborough: The last southbound train of the day on 19 October 2009 passes what appears to be a closed station on the North Bay Railway at Scarborough. With the North Sea on the right the northern terminus is out of sight behind the rear carriage at a leisure complex.
Greenock Containerbase Sidings: Looking over the site of Princes Pier on 19th October 2009 with the buildings in the foreground standing on the site of the former shed. In the background is the Queen Mary 2, calling at Greenock Ocean Terminal as part of her 5th Birthday celebrations. The visit continues a long tradition of ships calling at Greenock Ocean Terminal and, prior to that, Princes Pier, which occupied the site until 1966.
Blackpool: Car no 672, with 682 trailing, heading south past Blackpool Tower on the 19th of October 2010.
Hest Bank: Freightliner 66508 approaches the level crossing with coal empties for Scotland.
Hest Bank: A southbound Virgin Voyager passes 'Hest Bank level crossing frame' on 19 October, with Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells in the background.
Blackpool North: 158815 leaves Blackpool North on 19 October, passing some of the semaphore signals which will be replaced when the line is electrified.
Hazel Grove: Platform view east from Hazel Grove station on 19 October 2010. The route diverging to the left beyond the road bridge is for New Mills South Junction with the line to Buxton running straight ahead.
Hazel Grove: A Northern 156 DMU on a Hazel Grove - Preston service prepares to start its journey on 19 Oct 2010.
St Pancras: Deutsche Bahn (DB) ICE unit on display at London St Pancras International on 19 October. The train was visiting London as part of an initiative by DB which may see the German rail firm running ICE services from London St Pancras to Germany from 2013.
St Pancras: Deutsche Bahn (DB) ICE unit on display at London St Pancras International. The train was visiting London as part of an initiative by DB which may see the German rail firm running ICE services from London St Pancras to Germany from 2013.
Buxton: The much cut-back and modified station at Buxton on 19 October 2010, taken from approximately the same position as the Kenneth Gray 1969 photograph see image [] but the platform is now shorter and a barrier prevented a true then and now shot. A train for Manchester Piccadilly stands at platform 2. [The driver was very taken with the rough print I had taken of the 1969 image and keen to see if he could recognise anyone - he didn't!]
Furness Vale: A Buxton to Manchester service has just called at Furness Vale station behind the photographer on 19 October 2010. This service comprised of 3 sets, a mixture of Class 156 and 150s, in order to get one of them back to Manchester for maintenance.
Buxton: The remaining shell of Buxton station seen on 19 October 2010, looking across Station Road.
North Queensferry: Looking over North Queensferry on 19 October as a special crosses the Forth Bridge.
Sheringham: 0-6-0ST no 68030, departing from Sheringham Station on the North Norfolk Railway with the 1030 train to Holt on 19 October 2011.
Newtongrange: Preparations at the site of the future Newtongrange station, looking south towards Gorebridge on 19 October 2011. The gardens of Jenks Loan, one of a number of modern developments in the area, run alongside the formation on the right, with the A7 behind the camera. The original Newtongrange station stood on the other (north) side of the A7 road bridge. See image []
Stow: Looking north along the Waverley route from the road bridge crossing the trackbed at Stow station on 19 October 2011, with the sky starting to brighten following a shower of rain.
Stow: The south side of the road bridge at Stow station on 19 October 2011.... and the house on the trackbed. See image []
Sheringham: 156-419 awaiting departure from Sheringham on 19 October 2011 with a National Express East Anglia service to Norwich. An interesting contrast with the North Norfolk Railway station across the road see image [].
Newbattle Viaduct: View north at Newbattle (aka Lothianbridge, Dalhousie, South Esk, Newtongrange etc) Viaduct on 19 October 2011 towards Edinburgh, with the A7 running alongside.
Whitwell and Reepham: The former station at Whitwell and Reepham, Norfolk, currently in the process of being restored as a railway museum complete with track and sidings. Barclay 0-4-0ST Annie and Baguley-Drewry 4wd DM Georgie are present on 19 October 2011 see image [].
Bowland: The station at Bowland, between Galashiels and Stow, closed to passengers as early as 1953. The wooden platforms and signal box have long gone, although the goods yard can still be identified. Bridge No 80, which carried the line over the B710, also survives and is used by local farm traffic. Passenger access to the station was via a ramp/stairway to the down platform on the other side of the bridge. View is south west from the former goods yard on 19 October 2011. See image []
Bowland: Approaching Bowland from the west on 19 October 2011. The signal box was on the north side of the bridge with the platforms to the south. The passenger entrance was on the right with a stairway leading to the down platform. Access to the up platform was via a barrow crossing. Entrance to the former goods yard is on the other side of the bridge to the left. The makers plate on the bridge reads 'Somervail & Co - Dalmuir Iron Works - Dalmuir'. See image []
Pitmedden: A westbound Class 170 passes the site of Pitmedden station on 19 October 2012 heading for Inverurie. The stone base of the former signalbox is above the barrier on the left. The photo was taken from what would have been the four foot of the Down Line when this was a double track main line. The trees either side of the line have taken hold in the previous 13 years See image []
Dyce: A Class 170 DMU heading to Inverness arrives at Dyce on 19 October 2012.
Soller: View from a bar stool. A Port Soller street tram in Majorca, photographed with minimal effort on 19 October 2012.
Soller: A train on the Soller Railway alongside Soller depot on 19 October 2012.
Soller: One of the Port Soller street trams photographed 'interacting' with road traffic and pedestrians on 19 October 2012.
Dyce: Class 170s cross at Dyce on 19 October 2012. On the left is a service for Inverness while approaching on the right is a service to Edinburgh. Raiths Farm yard is beyond the overbridge in the background and to the left of the running line.
Kintore: With the remains of Kintore station platform behind the photographer, an Inverness service disappears towards Inverurie on 19 October 2012. The line to Alford curved away to the left at this point and is still identifiable as such for a short distance.
Inca: A main line emu at Inca, Majorca in October 2012.
Dyce: The crowds had been gathering on both platforms for over 30 minutes at Dyce in the afternoon of 19 October 2012. On the right the Inverurie to Edinburgh service is getting ready to depart, while on the left an Aberdeen to Inverness service is boarding. Off to the right were the former Buchan line platforms, now filled in and used as a car park. To the left of the station is Dyce Airport reached via a connecting bus service.
Pitmedden: Scene at the site of Pitmedden station on the GNSR mainline from Aberdeen to Keith in October 2012 with no trace remaining of the station itself. Alongside the level crossing however is the stone base of the old signalbox. To the left the line heads for Kintore and to the right towards Dyce.
Torphins: An old 9 compartment suburban coach has found further use on a farm near Torphins. Viewed from the B993 just south of the village on 19 October 2012. It would appear to have seen 'better days' and although missing quite a few bits and pieces has had two external lights fitted.
Xian: China Railway CRH380A-2504 at Xian, after travelling from Beijing, on 19th October, 2014. A very smooth journey, but through continuous smog.
Wareham: SWT 444043 'arrives' at Wareham on 19 October 2014. Due to engineering work further west the service had earlier terminated here on the left hand platform, run forward before reversing and using the trailing crossover to access the eastbound platform.
Corfe Castle: A Swanage bound service enters the loop at Corfe Castle on 19 October 2014. Ex GWR 0-6-2T no 6695 catches the sunshine on a perfect Autumn afternoon.
Swanage: Waiting to depart from Swanage on 19 October 2014 is ex GWR 0-6-2T no.6695 with the former Devon Belle observation car immediately behind the loco.
Falahill Summit: The new road bridge which will carry the A7 over the Borders Railway at Falahill was recently opened to single-file traffic. View shows the southern approach to the new bridge on Sunday 19 October 2014, with the trackbed visible on the far left.
Coventry Arena: Mud, mud, glorious mud: a new railway station starts to take shape at last between Coventry's Ricoh Arena (left) and the popular Arena Retail Park (right). The steps lead down to a pedestrian underpass running below a three arch railway viaduct. View north towards Nuneaton on 19 October 2014. See image []
Wareham: With the former level crossing in the foreground replaced by a new road bridge over the railway (behind the camera), work is now progressing on refurbishing the station footbridge at Wareham. On the afternoon of 19 October 2014 SWT emu no. 444043 waits to commence its journey to Waterloo. This was as far as westbound services were running this particular Sunday due to engineering works near Dorchester.
Swanage: 0-6-2T no.6695 stands at the buffers at Swanage in October 2014 having just arrived with a service from Norden. On the right cream teas were available along with other refreshments in the Birds Nest Buffet.
Harmans Coss: The signalman at Harmans Cross station on the Swanage Railway exchanges the single line tokens with the crew of a Swanage bound train on 19 October 2014.
Wareham: SWT 444043 waits to depart from platform 1 at Wareham on 19 October 2014 with a service to Waterloo. As a result of engineering works to the west of Wareham, services from London were terminating here and returning east after making use of the crossover to the west of the station.
Norden: Drummond M7 30053 with U Class 31806 between turns at Norden during the late afternoon of 19 October 2014, having recently arrived double heading a train from Swanage. View towards the former Network Rail boundary near Furzebrook which has now moved to Worget Jct. Recent developments have seen Dorset County Council take over the three miles of track from Network Rail and lease it to the Swanage Railway.
Corfe Castle: Ex-GWR Collett 5600 series 0-6-2T no.6695 arrives at Corfe Castle with a service to Swanage on 19 October 2014. See image []
Coventry: Too many cooks..?? No less than 9 companies or bodies are financing or building the new Coventry Arena station. Seen something similar recently?... see image [].
Arbroath: If you choose to rely on the analogue clocks at the station it's permanently 1200 hours in Arbroath. It would be very cheap of me say that it's also permanently 1969 in Arbroath, so I won't.
Arbroath Signal Box: The signal box at Arbroath is rather imposing, but the lack of refurbishment, to the exterior anyway, suggests that it will soon be redundant. Mind you, I have been thinking that for years ...
Lancaster Old Junction: 37402 Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2013, working a passenger service from Preston to Barrow-in-Furness, drops down the bank passing the site of Lancaster Old Junction on 19th October 2016. Fast forward three years with image [] to see the replacement Furness line stock at this location. The trees on the left have also since been cut back from the lineside.
Ladybank: On the way to his tailor in Edinburgh, the laird of this quiet bit of Fife was presumably reluctant to share a waiting room with the riff-raff. Although all looks fine here there is no door on the platform side. Was he really that desperate not to mingle or has the door has been filled in? It's not obvious. Photographed 19/10/2016.
Ladybank: While the unoccupied building on the southbound platform at Ladybank is up for let, the northbound one, shared with the ticket office, houses Kirsty Lorenz, a commercial artist, with premises that are off the from-Edinburgh platform and the 'Off the Rails Arthouse', a charity, which occupies the former stationmaster's house. The lettering on the signs is in the British Railways typeface of Gill Sans: deliberate? The architectural style is Italianate, built sufficiently early that the railway station pattern hadn't really been established.
Dundee: Ongoing work at the east end of Dundee station on 19/10/2016. The pit will be for an escalator, I expect, coming down from the currently skeletal booking hall.
Arbroath: The Borders Railway liveried unit takes the message to the North East with this Edinburgh to Aberdeen service at Arbroath on 19/10/2016. As scheduled it ran non-stop between Haymarket and Dundee to the consternation of two passengers in my hearing. Despite all the information available these days people are still getting on the wrong trains!
Loch Eil Outward Bound: 156445 and 156492 form the 08.21 from Glasgow Queen Street to Mallaig approaching Locheil Outward Bound.
Glenfinnan: Climbing away from Glenfinnan, a little to the west.
Glenfinnan Viaduct: K1 62005 crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct with The Jacobite on 19 October.
Glenfinnan: Climbing away from Glenfinnan, a little to the west.
Glenfinnan: Climbing away from Glenfinnan, a little to the west. This was the K1's last run to Mallaig of the season.
Peebles Junction: This fine scuplture, cleverly made out of straightened-out horse shoes, commemorates a local lad. It is also nicely positioned in what was the vee of Peebles Junction. The single-track Galashiels line went off to the left, and the non-passenger connection with the Caledonian station went right, the course of which is followed by a relief road created in the 1970s. It's not the only sculpture made of horseshoes Geograph - Roundabout at Levenhall.
Loch Eil Outward Bound: 156445 and 156492 form the 08.21 from Glasgow Queen Street leaving Loch Eil Outward Bound for Mallaig on 19th October 2017.
Peebles [CR]: This venerable list of Peebles attractions is on the Tweed Bridge. The first-listed car park was at the CR (or 'West') station, just across the bridge. That area has long-since been built over. There's no mention of the current 'East Station car park', as it's actually called; paradoxically, there was no car park there until that station, the NB one, was history too.
St Pancras: Perfection in acanthus leaves.
Baker Street: There are at least three centuries in this picture; I can see a 19th century clock, a 1950s illuminated sign, and some 21st century LEDs in the background. Wonderful stuff.
Nannerch: The station site at Nannerch was the victim of a road realignment and is almost undetectable now. However, much of the surrounding trackbed has survived, if mostly very overgrown. This overbridge is about a mile to the north west on the way to Caerwys.
Baker Street: I love the lighting in these alcoves on the Circle Line platforms at Baker Street.
Rhydymwyn: The forecourt at Rhydymwyn station, now in private ownership, seen from the A451 Mold - Denbeigh Road. The WW2 mustard gas factory had its own sidings and was on the other side of the trees in the centre. The former chemical plant was accessed by road through the village. The Rhydymwyn Valley History Society has a visitor centre on the site which is now a nature reserve.
Baker Street: This picture is presented for the benefit of country boys like me, who may not realize that the Night Tube is not universal; but only works on certain lines on certain days.
Bodfari: The beautifully maintained station building at Bodfari is now host to an attractive caravan park whose owner kindly gave permission for photographs to be taken. Both platform edges have been retained as features in the lawn. View is east towards Caerwys and Mold.
Euston: There are 72 destinations carved in stone on these panels on the gatehouses at Euston; and after all of Dr. Beeching's efforts, 70 of them are still served by main line rail in 2018. The exceptions are Keswick and Caernarvon - the latter still has the WHR.
Rhydymwyn: The station building at Rhydymwyn, complete with shelter on the opposite platform, is right beside the main road from Mold to Denbigh. No trace of the level crossing or its hand operated gates can been seen at the station side of the road.
Baker Street: 99.99% of commuters passing through Baker Street station probably haven't noticed that the W.H.Smith Luncheon and Tea Rooms were restored in 1987.
Nuneaton: Still ugly after dark - Freightliner 70006 pauses in Nuneaton for a driver change with a southbound Freightliner, about to turn right for Coventry on 19th October 2018.
Rhydymwyn: The site of the original goods yard at Rhydymwyn, on the Up side of the station, in October 2018. In 1939 the War Ministry established a mustard gas factory on the Down side of the line, which from 1941 to 1943 had a very secret heavy water plant attached.
Bodfari: View west at Bodfari station towards Mold and Denbeigh Junction, taken from where the realigned and lowered road now cuts across the solum. The neat caravan park on the site of the former goods yard is just visible beyond the hedge. Photograph by kind permission of the Station House Caravan Park owners.
Wellingborough: Do you think, if I ignore that mast long enough, it will go away? 66705 'Bolton Abbey' worries about its future in Wellingborough yard in October 2019.
Inverkeithing East Junction: 47593 leads the 'Lord of the Isles Statesman' from Stevenage to Inverness away from Inverkeithing East Junction on 19 October. D1924 is on the rear. This had replaced failed 47501 (removed at Tyne Yard) at Edinburgh.
Market Harborough: It's not every day you see a disused station car park. Fortunately for users at Market Harborough, a bigger replacement car park has been opened on the East side of the line.
Muirend: A look along the southbound platform at Muirend on 19 October 2019. The canopy seems to defy gravity in this view, but the secret is that it balanced by the canopy on the other side of the building. Or so I have always assumed, and please don't disabuse me.
Harringworth: 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' approaches Harringworth viaduct (via the eponymous station) on the Railway Touring Company's Yorkshireman railtour. The timing at this point had been advanced by an hour, which led to me setting a record for getting out of the house; but did not faze the locals, who were apparently hard wired into the Stamford Mercury.
Bridge Street Junction: An incoming service on the Up Ayr passes the old power signal box with its rather premature welcome to Glasgow Central. You can guess what 'DA' stands for, and it is not the hairstyle I can (mercifully) no longer consider.
Govan [Subway]: Changing drivers at Govan will soon become a thing of the past - because there won't be any drivers. New trains are currently under lengthy test and are due to enter service in 2020; wisely perhaps that is as specific as it gets. An Outer Circle working (with the alpha of all headcodes) pauses on 19 October 2019.
Wellingborough: More of the new order - the 12.09 to St.Pancras arrives 10 minutes late.
Market Harborough: How we should remember them - an immaculate HST power car, with the repetitive number 43.043, pauses at the new platform 2 at Market Harborough on its way to London.
Muirend: A Neilston to Glasgow Central service pulls into douce Muirend on 19 October 2019, framed by a lamp support on the northern ramp. Mycologists will recognise Xanthoria parietina in its brave attempt to naturalise the rather ugly platform lighting.
Market Harborough: Mercifully, this elegant passenger ramp - which seems to have anticipated the Disability Discrimination Act by at least 100 years - has been untouched by the radical revisions to the platforms and car park.
Dalgety Bay: D1924 brings up the rear of the 'Lord of the Isles Statesman' from Stevenage to Inverness as it passes through Dalgety Bay on 19 October 2019. 47593 was leading.
Corby: A Meridian Class 222 approaches Corby station (notice the OHLE and second track) after mysteriously recessing to the North of the station (these units normally stay in the platform between arrival and departure); the departure for St. Pancras was on time at 11.41.
Dalmuir: An Airdrie service calls at the onetime Dalmuir Park on 19 October 2019. On Platform 1 a terminating service awaits the shunting signal for the turnback siding.
Kettering for Corby: Class 73s inhabit the Southern region, except for those in the 739xx series, which pull Scottish sleepers, right? Not necessarily, grasshopper. 73963 'Alison' is seen here leading train 197F from Derby RTC to Tonbridge West yard. 73961 was on the back of the train.
Kettering for Corby: Roll out the barrel - if I am not mistaken, these doors outside the refreshment facilities at Kettering (now a franchised coffee shop) date back to the days when a beer was at least as popular as a coffee.
Kettering for Corby: Not the widest platform I have ever seen. Platform 2 at Kettering looking northwards in October 2019. The former refreshment rooms on the left bear a plaque stating the enormous numbers of servicemen and women who were fed and watered there during World War 2.
Kettering for Corby: A few years ago, most of this photograph of Kettering would have been a dull expanse of car park. In October 2019 it is largely an electrification and requadrupling work site. Notice the track maintenance machine just visible under the gantry.
Wellingborough: Of course it is a 66! Do you think I'm dull? 66778 'Cambois Depot 25 years' (named 7 days before this picture was taken) rests in Wellingborough yard, exactly 66 miles from St.Pancras, on 19th October 2019. Locomotives 705 and 768 were elsewhere in the yard, plus one unidentifiable classmate on the left of this picture.
Wellingborough: I nominate these two goods cranes at Wellingborough for Ancient Monument status. Their survival into the 21st century is uncanny - but delightful. see image [] Grade II listed.
Market Harborough: The perils of incomplete briefing - this poster, which is displayed at the Western entrance to the former underpass to the former platform 2, implies that the improvements to come will include rotating the station building through ninety degrees see image [] for the true orientation. This would be easier than rotating the railway through ninety degrees to be parallel to the building.
Kettering for Corby: This is what happens if you leave your suitcases on the platform too long. First, they get dirty; second, plants take root; and third, somebody in a hat takes pictures. Novel planters seen on platform 1 at Kettering in October 2019. Notice that the trolley is locked to the wall.
Market Harborough: EMR Meridian 222007 is obviously not impressed by the new, straight platforms at Market Harborough. see image [] It didn't stop here on 19 October 2019 - not even to wonder what became of the old goods shed - and instead headed straight for St. Pancras.
Kilpatrick: A Dumbarton Central to Springburn service calls at Kilpatrick on 19 October 2019, with the eponymous hills in the background. The Down buildings are well preserved despite long disuse
Wellingborough Shed: I get the impression that steam engine sheds were distinctly masculine places. So it is appropriate that Wellingborough shed is now owned by a company which makes safety boots.
Wellingborough: It used to be common to have active post boxes on station platforms. Many, like this one, would be of Victorian origin. A postman emptied this box while I was sitting nearby, but the photo opportunity 'got away'. Maybe I should take up fishing.
Wellingborough: How I will remember them. A down HST passes under the new footbridge at Wellingborough, at or close to full line speed, on 19th October 2019.
Buchanan Street [Subway]: An Inner Circle train calls at Buchanan Street on Saturday morning, 19 October 2019. Note the unusual platform arrangement, seen at two other Subway stations whereby trains in opposite directions board on the same side.
Welshpool [W and LLR]: An old cattle dock at Welshpool on what would have been the WLLR terminus. There are narrow and standard gauge tracks on this side of the dock and just standard gauge on the other. For an earlier view taken from the other end of the dock and before the vegetation was cleared See image [].
Wellingborough: This footbridge at Wellingborough is not the most spotter-friendly that I know. But it is new.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1878||Taff Vale Railway||Coal train, which was being turned using the triangle of lines north of Pontypridd, backs onto passenger train at Rhondda Cutting Junction killing thirteen passengers.|
|1987||Central Wales Extension Railway||4 killed when train falls into the River Towy after a bridge collapses due to floods.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2000||EWS train attacked at Mount Vernon||An EWS train en route from Hunterston to Millerhill was attacked by a gang of youths throwing bricks at the locomotive. The cab windscreen was cracked. From the EWS website - "EWS urges anybody who knows anything about this attack to contact the British Transport Police on 0800 405040, in order to assist apprehending these vandals."|
|2004||Disruption spoils First^s ScotRail debut [Scotsman]||TRACK problems and flooding ruined FirstGroup^s hopes of a trouble-free first rush hour in charge of ScotRail yesterday, with commuters being delayed or forced to travel by bus.|
|2004||East coast line facing ^multiple train failures^ [Scotsman]||THE operator of the flagship Edinburgh-London rail service today warned passengers face the prospect of major disruption caused by "multiple failures" in its ageing Intercity 125 fleet.|
|2004||Patrols in rail crime crackdown [Scotsman]||EXTRA police patrols are to target three rail crime hotspots in the Lothians which have been branded among the worst in the country.|
|2006||MP attacks SNP^s rail opposition [Scotsman]||CITY MP Gavin Strang has challenged Scottish Nationalist leader Alex Salmond to reconsider his party^s "astounding" opposition to the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (Earl).|
|2007||Train drivers to ballot on strikes||Commuters could be hit by a series of one-day strikes after train drivers at First ScotRail announced a strike ballot over alleged harsh treatment for making errors such as missing station stops. Some 900 members of ASLEF could take action from mid-November. [Scotsman]|
|2009||Rail line leaf delays ^slashed^ [BBC News article]||The number of severe train delays due to leaves on the line has been ^slashed^, according to Network Rail.|
|2011||NCB no 29 moves to Shed 47 for restoration work [Railscot]||The Barclay pug (NCB No 29) latterly on display in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline, was today [18 October] lifted off its length of track and transported to the Shed 47 Railway Restoration Group^s site within the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond. The pug will be externally refurbished and repainted over the next few months before returning to the park to be put back on display. At Lathalmond it will be temporariy reunited with sister locomotive NCB no 17, which is steadily being restored to working order. Transport and restoration of No 29 has been funded and arranged by Fife Council, with the restoration work being carried out by Shed 47 Group. [From Grant Robertson]|
|2011||Accrington Railway Station shortlisted for global award [Lancashire Telegraph]||ACCRINGTON Railway Station has been shortlisted to win a global building award. The eco-design train station, is one of four North West projects which will battle it out for a top Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards in London on Friday [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2012||BNSF Railway and Burlington celebrate bridge to the future [WQAD TV News]||There’s a packed house celebrating on Thursday at the Port of Burlington. They’re applauding a $150 million bridge project to improve rail service and river transportation.|
|2012||Victorian Preston and the Whittingham Hospital Railway [Book signing]||Meet David Hindle who wil be signing copies of his latest book. David’s new book, Victorian Preston and the Whittingham Hospital Railway, known as the ‘nurses special’, explores not only the old Victorian Preston of Dickens ‘Hard Times’ but connects it with the private railway that serviced the new Whittingham asylum.|
|2012||Tarka line improvements will make for an easier ride [Network Rail]||Nine miles of track to be renewed - the biggest investment for more than 100 years. Network Rail is to deliver further improvements to the Tarka Line, which links Barnstaple and Exeter, to make the train ride smoother for passengers and help pave the way for faster journey times. The company will start work in two weeks’ time renewing track at Lapford and also between Eggesford and Portsmouth Arms. Further track renewal improvements are planned between Crediton and Yeoford and in the Umberleigh and Chapelton areas next March.|
|2013||Third class rail travel on the way back [Telegraph]||Britain is set to return to three-class rail travel, The Telegraph can disclose. It is set to become a reality on the East Coast Main Line to Scotland and north east England when the currently state-run franchise, is returned to private hands. The proposal, contained in the franchise prospectus drawn up by the Department for Transport, led to accusations that the Government was looking to turn the clock back to the 1950s. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2013||Rail line project is a winner [Evening Times]||A MULTI-MILLION pound project to electrify the Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal train line has won a leading award. ScotRail and Network Rail were named Partnership of the Year at the National Transport Awards for the Ł11million scheme, which was originally estimated to cost Ł28m. The price fell due to closer working arrangements and the use of pioneering technology.|
|2013||Norham Railway Station near Berwick is put up for sale [Journal]||Going inside Norham Railway Station in Northumberland is almost like stepping back in time. The station looks exactly as it did before being closed by Dr Beeching in 1965. And now, it could all be yours for somewhere over Ł420,000. Sale and Partners in Berwick has put the station on the market with offers over that figure invited. The station was built in 1851 on the North Eastern Railway Line between Tweedmouth and Sprouston Junction, with trains to Berwick and Cornhill in the Railway Tudor style. Norham was a busy station handling goods for the local shops and parcels for the villagers as well as coal and lime.|
|2014||Cardiff Queen Street railway station to stay closed on international rugby match days [WalesOnline News]||Arriva Trains Wales has decided that Cardiff’s second station will remain closed on rugby international days after Network Rail completes a major enlargement there next month. Passengers at Queen Street station will have twice as much room on the platforms as they do now. Those catching trains towards Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare and Treherbert will divert inside the new entrance building to a spacious new platform. Passengers for stations to Caerphilly, Rhymney and Coryton will use the same platform as now, which will be less crowded.|
|2015||Museum home for Eurostar [Global Rail News]||Itâ€™s official. The original Eurostar trains, which first entered service in 1993, are now museum-pieces. A Class 373 power car has gone on show in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum in York. It is a permanent addition to the national collection, and it will, according to the museum â€śbring to life a new chapter of contemporary railway historyâ€ť for the many thousands of visitors that will see it each year. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Petition calls for Abellio to lose ScotRail operation [BBC News]||A petition calling for Abellio to be stripped of the ScotRail contract, backed by about 16,000 people, is to be presented to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf. It calls for the Scottish government to act over delays and cancellations.|
|2016||^Transformative^ Greater Anglia franchise starts [Rail News]||A NEW nine-year franchise has been launched for the East of England, under the title of Greater Anglia. The operator is Abellio, which has run two short contracts in the region since 2012, when it replaced National Express. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||ÂŁ300k for Aberystwyth-Carmarthen railway line study [BBC News]||A feasibility study into reopening a railway line between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen has been allocated ÂŁ300,000 in the Welsh Government^s budget. The original line stopped at more than 20 stations, but was closed in 1965. Campaigners hope to re-establish a 90-minute service between Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Carmarthen and while many stretches could be reused, some new routes would be needed. The cost has been estimated at about ÂŁ500m. A train journey without the proposed route takes about six hours, via Shropshire, Newport and Cardiff - and only about 90 minutes by car.|
|2016||Thousands apply for train driver jobs on east coast route [BBC News]||More than 15,000 people have applied for 78 jobs driving new trains being launched by Virgin. The company said there were almost 200 applications for every vacancy following the biggest recruitment campaign on the East Coast route since the 1980s. The 78 new drivers will work from depots between Edinburgh and London. They will work on new Azuma trains, built in the UK by Hitachi, which are to be launched in 2018. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Two disused platforms at Aberdeen could reopen [Evening Times]||Platforms could be reopened at Aberdeen railway station as part of a deal to renovate the city centre. The Evening Express can today reveal a 175-year lease â€“ which would see Atholl House and the Tiffany Hair & Beauty site on Bridge Street offered to the city council by Network Rail â€“ could lead to platforms eight and nine being reopened. [From Charlie Niven]|
|2017||ScotRail electric train makes first short trip [BBC News]||The first journey on the new electric ScotRail route took place early on Wednesday morning. The Class 385 train travelled between Edinburgh and Linlithgow, the first trip on the electrified line. It is one of 70 trains being introduced to Scotland^s busiest route, from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk. The project has been hit by delays and risings costs. Further testing is needed before a launch date will be decided ^at the turn of the year^.|
|2017||New London to Cardiff trains pulled over ^teething^ issues [BBC News]||Four new trains have been taken out of service on the Great Western Railway network after their launch was plagued by issues. The first destined for Wales from London - the 08:15 BST to Cardiff was cancelled on Monday. Issues included water leaking from air conditioning systems on to commuters. A GWR spokesman said the new Intercity Express Trains have received a software upgrade to fix issues and will return to service soon.|
|2018||Amritsar: India train mows down crowd killing scores [BBC News]||More than 60 people have been killed and 100 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India^s northern Punjab state, police told the BBC. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for Dusshera, a Hindu festival marking the triumph of good over evil. They did not hear the train approach as they watched a firecracker-filled effigy of the demon king Ravana burn. Children are said to be amongst the dead.|
|2018||Average age of Britainâ€™s train fleet falls for first time in more than a decade [Rail Engineer]||The average age of Britain^s rolling stock fleet has fallen for the first time since 2005, reflecting the increasing number of new trains arriving on the network.|
|2018||Rail workers^ near-miss with train caused by location mix-up [BBC News]||Two bridge workers were almost hit by a train near Dundee because the wrong section of track was blocked off. [Railscot note: See RAIB report for illuminating map and mileage counts on either side of Dundee.]|
|2019||Waverley steamer repair fund hits £2m milestone [BBC News]||The famous 70-year-old ship has been out of service for the 2019 season as it needs a new boiler.|