Cramlington: Tweedmouth shed's A1 Pacific no 60116 Hal O' The Wynd approaching Cramlington, Northumberland, in October 1962 with the 7.28am Berwick - Newcastle Central stopping train.
Gateshead: Gresley A4 Pacific no 60003 Andrew K McCosh runs west between Greensfield and King Edward Bridge Junction on 20 October 1962 with the 2.35pm Newcastle - York. The train has been routed via the High Level Bridge and is currently passing Gateshead MPD. Note the V3 over on the left near the main shed and the 'Peak' Type 4 diesel on the right in the higher level Chaytor's Bank sidings.
Gateshead: A3 Pacific no 60052 Prince Palatine in the shed yard at Gateshead in October 1962. The locomotive ended its days at St Margarets in January 1966, the last of the A3s to be withdrawn. Disposal took place at the Langloan scrapyard of Messrs McLellan & Co in June that year.
Cramlington: Gateshead A3 Pacific no 60085 'Manna' heads north with the final leg of the overnight 9.5pm Victoria Dock - Niddrie freight on 20 October 1962. The train is seen shortly after leaving Newcastle, between Cramlington and Plessey in Northumberland.
St Enoch: 'The Covenanter' awaits its departure time from St Enoch on 20 October 1962 behind McIntosh 0-6-0 no 57581.
Gateshead: J72 0-6-0T no 69023 simmers in the shed yard at Gateshead in October 1962. This locomotive was subsequently preserved. [See image 58748]
Greenock Lynedoch: The SLPF Covenanter railtour from St Enoch [see image 36365] stands at Greenock Lynedoch station on 20 October 1962 during a photostop. Locomotive in charge (for the duration of the tour) is McIntosh 3F 0-6-0 no 57581.
Lanark Racecourse Halt: The SLPF 'Covenanter' railtour makes a photostop at Lanark Racecourse Halt on 20 October 1962 behind ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 no 57581. The special was on the outward journey from St Enoch to Ayr [see image 37055].
Cramlington: Gresley J39 0-6-0 no 64923 north of Cramlington on 20 October 1962 down light engine.
Ayr (Old): Caley 0-6-0 no 57581 in the process of running round the SLPF 'Covenanter' railtour at Ayr goods on 20 October 1962 prior to returning north to St Enoch via Greenock Princes Pier.
Woodford Halse: J39 0-6-0 no 64747 in a siding alongside Woodford Halse shed in October 1963. A village in rural Northants with a population of around 1,500, Woodford Halse was transformed with the arrival of the GCR London extension. This resulted in construction of a large locomotive shed and goods yard, with housing and other facilities for railway workers. How times change. The station, shed and yards were closed in the mid 1960s and the village has now returned to its former quiet rural state with little sign that the railway was ever there.
Woodford Halse: BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 no 92214 in the shed yard at Woodford Halse (2F) in October 1963. This loco is now preserved, and, as of Oct 2014, is back at the Great Central Railway after being owned by a group of NYMR volunteers, from 2010-13. It is currently in lined green livery, similar to 92220 Evening Star.
Carstairs: Pickersgill 3P 4-4-0 no 54463 stands on one of the condemned lines at Carstairs in October 1964. The locomotive would be cut up at MMS Wishaw by the end of that year.
St Enoch: Royal Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman stands at St Enoch on 20 October 1965 with the 4.45pm St Enoch - Carlisle parcels.
St Enoch: BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80000 taking water outside St Enoch in October 1965.
Polmadie Shed: BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80118 at Polmadie in October 1965.
Balornock Shed: 60019 Bittern stands on Balornock Shed in October 1963, while in the background construction work continues apace on what was seen as the solution to Glasgow's acute housing shortage.
High Level Bridge: A 1975 view from the footbridge at Gateshead East station across Robert Stephenson's double deck High Level Bridge. The lower level carries a road and a pedestrian walkway, which can be clearly seen bottom left - including the section vaulted by Michael Caine while making his escape in the 1971 film 'Get Carter'. The Castle Keep stands in the right background. [See image 18934]
Tickets and Labels: Repair card issued to B120666, a 16T unfitted mineral wagon, at Pembrey directing it to Llanelli with a bent side door & corroded 1/4 & floor plates. The second notice was issued on 20/10/75 for a one way trip to Woodham Bros at Barry Dock for breaking, from where I rescued them. This wagon was one of 1200 ordered from Butterley in 1952 under Lot 2381.
Tickets and labels: Another Barry rescue. Another pair of cards from a wagon in the scrap line at Woodhams when I visited in late 1975. The repair card was issued at Jersey Marine Yard near Swansea, and despite the exhortation to USE BLOCK CAPITALS, has a hastily scrawled 'Pads' (presumably an axlebox fault) and an illegible destination. The second card authorises its one way trip to Woodhams at Barry for breaking. B143522 was one of a batch of standard 16T mineral wagons constructed in 1953 at Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Works.
King Edward Bridge: A class 37 with a coal train crossing the River Tyne from Newcastle to Gateshead via the King Edward Bridge in October 1975.
Apperley Bridge: No. 5690 Leander heading for Carnforth immediately west of the site of Apperley Bridge station (closed March 1965) on the 'Leander Enterprise' railtour of 20th October 1979. This was the second time the Jubilee had departed from Leeds that day, having already done the clockwise circuit via Harrogate, with the assistance of the Midland Compound as far as York.
Stirling: The 10.15 Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street arrives at Stirling behind 47219 in October 1981.
Stirling: A Dundee - Glasgow train calls at Stirling on 20 October 1981 behind 27004.
Riccarton and Craigie: Riccarton & Craigie station entrance and bridge abutments (station had an island platform), looking southwest from across Campbell Street in Riccarton, Kilmarnock, 20 October, 1985. Although this station was completely erected, including buildings, it never opened to regular passenger services, if at all. The twin bridges had been removed in the early 1970s (or thereabouts), and the rest of the railway relics were about to be demolished in the name of progress; the A71 bypass was about to be built on the trackbed through here.
Riccarton and Craigie: Riccarton & Craigie station entrance, close up showing decorative carving on the archway, 20 October, 1985, before the demolition men set to. There was still a short section of the island platform above at the time, located behind the red sandstone section of the wall above the arch, although the top of the stairs up from street level were buried.
Markinch: Despite having seen better days the old station at Markinch still retains much character. Scene shows the main station buildings with a train at platform 2 on 20 October 2006 with work getting underway off camera on the revised station layout and new interchange building.
Markinch: View south from Markinch on 201006 showing the redundant groundframe at the former jct for the Leslie branch and goods yard, lifted track from which stands on the right.
Markinch: Station approach - Markinch, 20 October 2006.
Wernigerode: The 14:40 train to the Brocken departs from Wernigerode on 20 October 2006 behind post-war 2-10-2T 99 7240, while 99 222, the only surviving pre-war example of the type, waits to leave the shed yard to pick up its train from the carriage shed.
Markinch: Edinburgh bound train arriving at Markinch on 201006. The train in the background has terminated here and is waiting to use the crossover. Behind the barriers work is underway in the old yard on the upgrade of the station and creation of a transport interchange.
Inverness: A general view of Inverness. On the right are the far north platforms with 158 778 heading a four car train. In the foreground is the rusted track of the former harbour branch which now ends in two sidings. On the left stands the carriage shed. Centre left is the re-roofed Lochgorm Works and in the right background the main station building.
Harrow and Wealdstone: Having run light from Doncaster to Crewe the previous day, 86101 heads south through Harrow & Wealdstone on 20 October with the Crewe to Euston leg of the Atomic Harbour Master railtour to Dungeness.
Euston: 86101 at Euston with the Crewe - Euston leg of the Atomic Harbour Master railtour on 20 October.
Clapham Junction: 37601 and 37603 head the Euston-Folkestone leg of the Atomic Harbour Master through Clapham Junction on 20 October.
Clapham Junction: 35028 Clan Line approaching Clapham Junction on a charter train from Victoria, which I managed to photograph about 15 mins earlier on Grosvenor Bridge!
Livingston North: An Edinburgh - Bathgate service calls at the new platform 2 at Livingston North on 20 October 2008.
Snainton: Snainton station on the former Forge Valley line between Pickering and Scarborough seen looking south across the station forecourt on 20 October 2009. This was the only station with two platforms on the line however traffic was always light and the line closed in June 1950. The station building is now a private residence. The car in Station Road on the left of the picture is parked where the level crossing had been.
Seamer: A view south over Seamer station on 20 October 2009 from the bridge carrying the B1261 over the railway. The bridge appears to be a recent addition possibly replacing a level crossing. Evidence for this is presented by the gate and road sign at the right hand end of the former station house!
Castelnaudary: SNCF 7333 at Castelnaudary Station en route from Perpignon to Toulouse.
Ballindalloch: The 198ft long lattice girder bridge that once carried the railway across the River Spey at Ballindalloch. Built by G.Macfarlane of Dundee in 1863 it is now used by walkers and cyclists as part of the Speyside Way.
Advie: The platform face of Advie Station in October 2009. A regular visitor here during the shooting season was King Edward the seventh when he was Prince of Wales, since this was the closest station to Tulchan Lodge.
Advie: Advie looking south.The station platform is on the left under the bridge.
Advie: Because of visiting Royalty Advie Station was provided with quite grand accommodation. Alas this no longer exists and in its place there is now a pile of sand surrounded by many trees.
Wykeham: The station building at Wykeham is still in use by Dawnay Estates as their estate office. The westbound platform was still clearly visible during this visit on 20 October 2009 whilst walking along a footpath that led to a caravan park to the right.
Arbroath: Platform celebration at Arbroath station on 20 October 2009. Photograph showing the Declaration of Arbroath mural by Charles Anderson, having been presented to Arbroath Station by Arbroath Abbey Timethemes, following inspection during the franchise anniversary tour by ScotRail MD Steve Montgomery.
Castelnaudary: Outside of SNCF Castelnaudary Station looking in pristine condition.
Newby Bridge Halt: Giesl-ejectored austerity 0-6-0ST Repulse departs from Newby Bridge for Lakeside on 20 October with an afternoon train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
Newby Bridge Halt: Giesl-ejectored austerity 0-6-0ST Repulse coasts into Newby Bridge on the LHR on 20 October.
Bathgate [3rd]: End of the line for the end of the line. A recovery squad arrives at the now abandoned Bathgate terminus complete with rail-trolley, ladders etc on 20 October 2010. [See image 1633]
Bathgate (New): The 10.48 Waverley - Bathgate shortly after arrival at the new station on 20 October 2010 [see image 31158].
Bathgate: The 11.24 service to Edinburgh Waverley about to commence its journey from the new Bathgate station on 20 October 2010. The additional roads beyond the (as yet) unused westbound platform are part of the ScotRail light maintenance depot recently constructed on the south side of the line.
Caldercruix: Progress on the new station at Caldercruix on 20 October 2010. Photographed looking west from the embankment alongside the currently closed bridge carrying Main Street over the formation. [See image 21918]
Carnforth: The famed (not-so) 'silver bullets' Dollands Moor - Irvine china clay tanks (which originate in Antwerp) passing through Carnforth on 20 October behind 92012 Thomas Hardy.
Bressingham: Ex-NCB Beyer-Garratt 0-4-0+0-4-0 William Francis (Beyer Peacock 6841 of 1937) at Bressingham on 20 October 2011. The locomotive was based at Baddesley Colliery in the village of Baxterley, Warwickshire, where it was used primarily to haul coal trains between the colliery and the exchange sidings alongside the WCML at Atherstone.
Shipley: 333009 pulls away from Platform 1 at Shipley on a Skipton to Leeds service. The transformation and developments at this location are remarkable. [See image 39400] for the same spot in 1974.
Fordoun: The 12.07 First Scotrail Class 170 Aberdeen - Edinburgh approaches Fordoun on 20 October 2012. Photographed from the road bridge alongside the station site [see image 40838] looking north east towards the Network Rail track access point in the middle distance.
Keighley: 80002 pulls into Keighley from Oxenhope on 20 October 2012. This is the view from the covered ramp leading to the Network Rail Skipton platform in the shared station. The Standard 4MT 2-6-4Ts were/are particularly good looking locomotives and many are now in preserved line service, but this is the only one not to have spent time in Barry scrapyard.
Greenock West: 380003 arrives at Greenock West on 20 October with a service to Glasgow Central.
Dinnet: Photograph taken at Dinnet on the Deeside line in October 2012. What at first looked like a tree stump turned out to be a surviving crane pivot. [Ref query 11500] [See image 27750]
Forteviot: Statesman's 'Lochs and Glens' railtour to Inverness passing Forteviot on 20 October 2012 powered by WCRC 47826 on the front and with the newly repainted 57601 on the rear.
Dinnet: Looking east over the site of the level crossing at Dinnet on 20 October 2012 with the Ballater bound platform on the right but with most of the station building obscured by the trees on the left. [See image 22936] for a similar view when the crossing gates, signal box and track were still in place.
Manuel High Level: GNR N2 1744 nearing Manuel on 20 October with a train from Boness.
Newtongrange: Progress on the new station at Newtongrange, seen from the A7 on Sunday morning 20 October 2013, looking south over the station site towards the houses of Jenks Loan.
Fushiebridge: Looking south along the trackbed at Fushiebridge on Sunday 20 October following a period of rain. The former station was located behind the camera [see image 45040].
Boness: An inbound train runs into Boness on 12 October hauled by WD Austerity tank 75254. On the right is N2 1744, waiting in the bay platform with the 11.06 to Manuel.
Gore Glen Bridge: Entrance to the Borders Railway construction site on the A7 between Newtongrange and Gorebridge, with the new Gore Glen bridge taking shape beyond. View is south on Sunday 20 October 2013.
Plates, signs and notices: Works plate of GNR N2 1744. Photographed at Boness in October 2013.
Manuel High Level: GNR N2 0-6-2T 1744 running round at Manuel on 20 October 2013 after bringing in a service from Boness.
Newcraighall Turnback Siding: The start of the Borders Railway at the north end of Millerhill yard, seen looking south west over the junction in early morning autumn sunshine on 20 October 2013. Beyond the buffer stops at the end of the turnback siding trackbed preparations continue towards what will become Shawfair station.
Boness: GNR N2 1744 at Boness on 20 October, about to leave with the 11.06 to Manuel.
Fushiebridge: The site of Fushiebridge station (closed 1959) looking north towards Gorebridge on 20 October 2013, with some serious reinforcing work underway on the cutting sides. [See image 42741]
Gretna Green: A Glasgow Central - Carlisle DMU about to pass a reverse working at Gretna Green on 20 October 2013.
Gore Glen Bridge: Traffic northbound on the A7 towards Edinburgh on Sunday 20 October passing the new Gore Glen bridge construction site. [See image 44856]
Boness: NCB steam at Boness on 20 October 2013. The Prestongrange Society's No 6 (Andrew Barclay 2047 of 1937) which latterly worked at Kinneil Colliery and resident Neilson Reid No 1 on shed.
Templecombe: Departing west from Templecombe on 20 October 2014, a SWT Class 158 and Class 159 pass the disused signalbox before joining the double track section to Yeovil Junction.
Yeovil Pen Mill: Looking north along the platform at Yeovil Pen Mill on 20 October 2014. SWT 158886 is waiting to depart ecs for Salisbury via Castle Cary and Westbury.
Sherborne: Autumn in Dorset, as a pair of SWT 159 units meets at Sherborne station on 20 October 2014. Left is 159014 on an Exeter to Waterloo train, while 159021 is operating the reverse service.
Castlecary Viaduct: An Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street service passes crosses the M80 on 20th October 2015. In addition to the more obvious OHLE preparation and metal and stonework repairs, renovation work on the viaduct includes installing a series of stairs, walkways and platforms inside the structure and ground-level entry points for each span.
Castlecary Viaduct: A road/rail vehicle parked at the side of the road near the viaduct awaiting use on the overnight renovation works. The east end of the viaduct are can just be seen above the cab.
Galashiels: A ScotRail 158 pulls out of Galashiels on 20th October 2015 on the final hop to Tweedbank.
Killiecrankie: The autumn colours are starting to show as a train for Inverness crosses the viaduct at Killiecrankie on 20 October.
Tweedbank: The ever present palisade fencing on the new Borders Railway means you have to get a bit of height to photograph the trains and I risked doing myself a mischief taking this one by straddling some steps on two fence posts. 158782 approaches the points at Tweedbank and joins the single line to Bowland Junction with an afternoon service to Edinburgh on 20th October 2015.
Tweedbank: However inviting this building may become during the winter it is strictly not for the likes of us. The staff accommodation at Eildon View station (actually Tweedbank) on 20/10/2015.
Ladybank: Andy Savage, executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust, and Christine May, chair of the Fife Historic Buildings Trust, today (20/10/2015) opened the Laird's Waiting Room at Ladybank station.
The building may be the oldest building at the station site and may have originally been a ticket office and waiting room. The Lairds in question are the Haig family.
Tweedbank: The Southern Upland Way shares its route between Tweedbank and Gala with the railway, including the viaduct over the Tweed, a little to the west of here. A 158 is about to return to Edinburgh on 20/10/2015.
Cardiff Central: 66238 enters Cardiff Central on 20 October with a Barry Docks - Alexandra Dock Junction trip.
Cardiff Central: About to pass through Cardiff Central on 20 October is 66175 with a train of imported (!) coal from Avonmouth Docks on its way to Aberthaw Power Station.
Banff: There is a new building on the site of Banff Station site. The station throat was located at the point marked by the yellow JCB at middle distance. The North Sea is to the immediate right of roadway. The line curved behind the row of cottages on the shoreline, on its way to Golf Club House halt and the junction with the Coast line at Tillynaught. The line closed to all traffic in 1968.
Banff: Fifty years after the end of passenger traffic, new housing appears on the site of Banff station. The three storey building occupies the site of the terminus buildings. The old Coastguard station on the hill above is a clear link to past photographs [See image 6683] from 1965. The North Sea is to the immediate left at this point while straight ahead is the site of the town gasworks (long gone) and Banff Harbour.
Cardiff Central: Improvement work continues at Cardiff Central. 150242 pauses alongside the new Platform 8 with the 15.36 to Treherbert on 20 October 2015.
Galashiels: The transport interchange at Galashiels on 20 October, still en fete with bunting weeks after the Borders line reopening. The rail platform is across the A7 on the left, via a much needed pedestrian crossing.
Lochailort: K1 No.62005 has the steam heating on and the steam sanders working as it powers up the gradient from Lochailort to Polnish on a dull October day.
Glenfinnan: A foggy autumn morning at Glenfinnan on 20 October 2016. K1 62005 has the sanders operating and steam heating on as it hammers up the gradient towards Glenfinnan Station with The Jacobite.
Dumbarton Central: Old staircase from eastbound platform at Dumbarton Central. The main entrance was closed in the 1992 refurbishment which saved the main buildings. The buildings date from the major re-construction of the station around the time the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway was built and line to Balloch went into joint NBR/CR ownership.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1845||Leeds and Thirsk Railway||First sod cut.|
|1855||Taff Vale Extension||Connection to the Beaufort Ironworks Tramway at Llanhilleth Junction opened.|
|1863||Nantwich and Market Drayton Railway||Adderley opened|
|1874||Stobcross Railway||Line opened by the North British Railway. The Caledonian Railway obtained permission for running powers to Stobcross and for goods yards at Partickhill and Stobcross. The Caledonian managed to gain join ownership of the Stobcross high level to Stobcross low level connecting line.|
|1968||Aberdare Railway||Singled and passing place retained at Abercwmboi.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2002||Diversion of ScotRail Edinburgh and Glasgow services||Edinburgh and Glasgow services will be diverted via Shotts to and from Glasgow Central on Sundays 20 and 27 October due to track renewals at Newbridge.|
|2004||Delays mar FirstDay on the railway [Scotsman]||COMMUTERS faced headaches when a string of train services were cancelled and delayed, as Scotland^s new rail franchise operator hailed a fresh start for the country^s railways and pledged to improve punctuality.|
|2006||Time to praise First ScotRail [Scotsman]||THE Scottish Executive^s national transport agency - Transport Scotland - has congratulated First ScotRail on the second anniversary of its rail franchise.|
|2009||Arbroath Declaration mural saved [BBC News Article]||A mural recounting the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath that was due to be thrown away gets a new home at Arbroath station.|
|2009||Forth Bridge charity abseilers rope in a million [Network Rail Article]||Six years on from the first sponsored event, dare-devil fundraisers abseiling from the Forth Bridge have spectacularly broken the million pound barrier.|
|2013||Electric trains should be introduced to the Henley branch line by 2017. [Henley Standard]||ELECTRIC trains should be introduced to the Henley branch line by 2017. Network Rail says the Henley to Twyford track will be electrified during improvements to the Thames Valley network. Richard Turner, community relations advisor, told a meeting of Henley Town Council on Tuesday that the track at Bolney Court and Mill Lane bridges would need to be replaced to make way for the overhead power lines together with the bridge parapets. Mr Turner said the electric would be “fit for a railway in the 21st century” as they would be less harmful to the environment and cheaper to run. They would also have up to 30 per cent more capacity.|
|2014||German train strike leaves millions stranded [Reuters]||(Reuters) - Millions of passengers were left stranded across Germany on Saturday after train drivers began a 50-hour strike that halted two thirds of long-distance trains in a dispute over pay and negotiation rights. The GDL drivers^ union started their action at 2 am on Saturday morning for passenger trains. They return to work on Monday morning. Freight train drivers started their strike 11 hours earlier on Friday afternoon. The drivers^ second national strike in a week hit at the start of week-long, half-term holidays in nearly half of Germany^s 16 federal states.|
|2014||Japan approves construction of maglev bullet train that will travel 178 miles in 40 minutes [Independent]||When it comes to building high-speed trains Japan is continuing to embarrass the rest of the world, with the latest line, approved by the government this Friday, capable of travelling the 178 miles from Tokyo to Nagoya in just 40 minutes|
|2014||Cashback reward for rail passengers who avoid rush hour [Times]||Overcrowding on commuter trains will be reduced by offering discounts on season tickets to people willing to travel at off-peak times after the introduction of a new smart ticketing system.|
|2016||Major improvement plan for struggling ScotRail [Rail News]||THE ScotRail Alliance has unveiled a plan to improve performance, after managing director Phil Verster had described the task of upgrading the network while running trains day-to-day as like â€˜performing open heart surgery while doing a marathonâ€™. Public criticism has been mounting: a petition calling for Abellio to lose its franchise has attracted more than 14,000 signatures, while there have also been questions in the Scottish Parliament.|