This day in history 02 December

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Patterton: Jumbo 57329 shunting Patterton goods yard on a cold December morning in 1960. [Ref query 9579]

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [02/12/1960]


Whitecraigs: A Neilston High - Glasgow Central DMU drops down from Patterton towards Whitecraigs on 2 December 1960.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [02/12/1960]


Whitecraigs: A DMU calls at Whitecraigs on 2 December 1960 with a Glasgow Central - Neilston High service.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [02/12/1960]


Cathcart: BR standard tank 80055 bringing a train into the recently extended platform at the north end of Cathcart station on 2 December 1960. [See image 49118]

Cathcart District Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [02/12/1960]


Bescot: Fowler 2P no 40694 stored minus tender on Bescot shed awaiting disposal on 2 December 1962 having been officially withdrawn the previous month. The locomotive was eventually cut up at Crewe in July 1963.

Grand Junction Railway
David Pesterfield [02/12/1962]


Falkland Yard: Brand new diesel locomotive D446 (Vulcan Foundry, November 1968) arriving in Falkland Yard, Ayr, on 2 December 1968 with a goods train from Polmadie Mineral sidings. [Ref query 7 November 2018]

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Bill Hamilton [02/12/1968]


Millerhill Yard: These air braked four wheel vans of type COV AB, standing in Millerhill Yard on 2nd December 1970, can only have been a few months old at the time (the one on the right bears the number 200001 so was presumably the first of its type).

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Bill Jamieson [02/12/1970]


Ranelagh Road Crossing: The level crossing at Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, in December 1989, looking east along the branch serving Ipswich Docks [see image 32104].

Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds Railway
Ian Dinmore [02/12/1989]


Ipswich Docks: 08775 crossing the Orwell bridge with the Branch Line Society 'Orwell Docker' brake van trip on 2 December 1989. The special toured Ipswich Docks and various associated lines in the area.

Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds Railway
Ian Dinmore [02/12/1989]


Ipswich Docks: 08775 with the BLS Orwell Docker III brake van tour of Ipswich Docks on 2 December 1989.

Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds Railway
Ian Dinmore [02/12/1989]


Newcraighall Junction: A train entering the reversing siding at the north end of Millerhill in December 2003 after terminating at Newcraighall station (platform just visible under bridge) with a service from Bathgate.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2003]


Newbattle Viaduct: View south on the A7 alongside Newbattle Viaduct on a cold and frosty 2 December 2003.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [02/12/2003]


Millerhill Yard: View south at Millerhill on 2 December 2003 as EWS 66246 runs through with coal empties off the ECML heading for Hunterston via the sub.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2003]


Edinburgh Park: A Bathgate service restarts its journey west from Edinburgh Park in December 2003.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2003]


Newcraighall Junction: Coal empties leaving Millerhill in December 2003.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2003]


Carstairs: A trainload of empty tanks heading north through Carstairs station in December 2004 on the way back to Grangemouth. At the head of the train is EWS 60002.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2004]


Carstairs: A lengthy train of wet containers speeds south through a wet Carstairs past a wet photographer on a wet December day in 2004. The wet locomotive is Freightliner 90049.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2004]


Armathwaite: Armathwaite station buildings.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [02/12/2004]


Armathwaite: Armathwaite box (before the steps were painted and hut provided) and shed. The box is closed.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [02/12/2004]


Culgaith: Carlisle bound Sprinter approaching Culgaith level crossing.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [02/12/2004]


Culgaith: A friendly wave from the driver of a southbound (for York) Sprinter passing the closed Culgaith station.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [02/12/2004]


Carstairs: 47830 on standby duty alongside Carstairs station in December 2004.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2004]


Innerleithen: The former Innerleithen station looking east across Traquair Road in December 2004.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [02/12/2004]


Carstairs: EWS 60002 gets the road north through Carstairs on 2 December 2004 with the returning Dalston - Grangemouth empties.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2004]


Carstairs: An up Freightliner container service speeds through Carstairs in December 2004.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2004]


March Street Mills: Remains of track running into March Street Mills, Peebles, in December 2005. View is north towards George Street, with the route of the old main line off to the right on the other side of the buildings.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2005]


March Street Mills: Track still in situ within the old March Street Mills, Peebles. Looking south in December 2005 with George Street behind the camera. The Peebles line closed in 1962.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2005]


Stobo: Old goods shed, Stobo, December 2005.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2005]


Templehall Level Crossing: Attractively refurbished Dundee & Perth Railway crossing keeper's cottage (and fence) at Templehall, just west of the site of Longforgan station in the Carse of Gowrie. Photographed in December 2005 looking north west towards Castle Huntly.

Dundee and Perth Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2005]


Kirkby Stephen: A southbound 60 among the stone hedges south of Kirkby Stephen.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [02/12/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: Colourful combination at the west end of Waverley in December 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [02/12/2006]


Raith^s Farm Sidings: Looking northwest beyond the Raiths Farm development towards the end of the new loops on 2 December. The main line is now on the right.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Williamson [02/12/2007]


Raith^s Farm Sidings: View over the ongoing work at Raiths Farm, Dyce on 2 December where the various sidings and loops have not yet been brought into use. The main Aberdeen - Inverness line is now on the far right of the picture. [see image 30688]

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Williamson [02/12/2007]


Hairmyres: Winter scene near Hairmyres on the morning of December 2nd 2010 as 156439 heads towards Thorntonhall.

Busby Railway
John Steven [02/12/2010]


East Kilbride: Careful now - mind you don't slip.. Passengers tentatively disembarking from a Glasgow Central arrival at a snowy East Kilbride station during the late morning on 2 December 2010

Busby Railway
John Steven [02/12/2010]


East Kilbride: 156442 with a morning Glasgow Central - East Kilbride service approaching its destination on 2 December 2010.

Busby Railway
John Steven [02/12/2010]


Ferguslie Viaduct: 334035 passing through Elderslie on 2nd December slowing as it approaches Johnstone station

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [02/12/2010]


Elderslie: 156506 running through Elderslie on 2nd December 2010 on a service to Stranraer

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [02/12/2010]


Elderslie Junction: 334036 passing through Elderslie on 2nd December as it slows on it's approach to Johnstone station

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [02/12/2010]


Hairmyres: Glasgow bound 156439 calls at Hairmyres during the late morning on 2 December 2010.

Busby Railway
John Steven [02/12/2010]


Dinorwic Quarry: A curious rail vehicle to say the least. The Malwoden Lwyd or Grey Snail, an eight seater velocipede with hand crank power at every seat. Used for transporting Dinorwic Quarry workers along the 4' gauge Padarn Railway and now preserved at the National Slate Museum of Wales, which is in the old quarry workshops. Behind are a number of very old, double flanged trucks formerly used in various parts of the local quarry system.

Padarn Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2011]


Kelvin Bridge: Looking from what used to be the eastbound platform of the Glasgow Central Railway's Kelvin Bridge station standing above the River on 2 December 2011. A notable reduction in graffiti compared with previous occasions [see image 4695].

Glasgow Central Railway
John McIntyre [02/12/2011]


Kelvin Bridge: Looking west along the River Kelvin from Great Western Road on 2 December 2011. In the middle distance is the bridge that carried the Glasgow Central Railway over the river and on which the platforms of Kelvin Bridge station once stood. To the right of the bridge the line passed below Caledonian Crescent, then ran in the open for about 100 yards, before entering the long tunnel running below Great Western Road, eventually emerging at Botanic Gardens station [see image 10426].

Glasgow Central Railway
John McIntyre [02/12/2011]


Glasgow Central: Class 380s on the west side of Glasgow Central on 2 December 2011. 009 is arriving on the left (platform 14), 113 waits to depart with the 1130 to Ayr from platform 13 and 010 is on the right at no 12 platform.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John McIntyre [02/12/2011]


Edinburgh Waverley: Evening view over Waverley Station and the Gardens on Friday 2 December from the Christmas Big Wheel alongside Princes Street.

North British Railway
Bruce McCartney [02/12/2011]


Dinorwic Quarry: The former quarry railway and machinery workshops at Dinorwic now house the National Slate Museum of Wales and a wealth of interesting machinery and narrow gauge railway vehicles. This is the view into the workshops yard from the main entrance.

Padarn Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2011]


Edinburgh Waverley: The 13.26 ex-North Berwick seen on 2 December shortly after arrival at Waverley.

North British Railway
Bruce McCartney [02/12/2011]


Glasgow Central: 156477 awaits its departure time alongside platform 3 at Glasgow Central on 2 December 2011. On the left platform 1 is out of use and cordoned off whilst the platform edge is renewed.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John McIntyre [02/12/2011]


South Gyle: The 10.00 ex-Waverley shortly after arrival at South Gyle station on 2 December 2011.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [02/12/2011]


Dinorwic Quarry: The famous Dinorwic Quarry engines operated at various 'levels' in the huge slate quarry, with the different sections each having their own tiny engine sheds and servicing points. The levels were linked by this series of inclined planes. The lowest one has had track reinstated and some slate wagons are on static display mounted on the lift wagons as seen here. In the foreground are the tracks of the Llanberis Lake Railway, which follows part of the route of the old 4' gauge Padarn Railway.

Padarn Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2011]


Kettering: Still life with HST at Kettering - heading for Sheffield on 2 December 2012.

Midland Counties Railway
Ken Strachan [02/12/2012]


Kettering: The 16.45 to Corby stands at Kettering on 2 December 2012. The 4-car class 222 should have enough seats.

Midland Counties Railway
Ken Strachan [02/12/2012]


Tynemouth: View north from one of the old excursion bay platforms at Tynemouth in December 2012, with a Metro service to St James via Wallsend calling. The refurbished roof is impressive to say the least and the weekend markets on the concourse are very popular. [See image 38227]

North Eastern Railway
Malcolm Chattwood [02/12/2012]


Kettering: Kettering station looks welcoming on a cold Sunday afternoon. It's rare to see the largely-original facade not obscured by taxis and other vehicles; and always a pleasure to find efficient, modern facilities within a traditional exterior. The awnings are especially attractive.

Midland Counties Railway
Ken Strachan [02/12/2012]


Whitley Bay: The imposing exterior of Whitley Bay station, once a busy station on the North Tyneside loop which dealt with both commuter traffic and holiday excursions. It is still busy today but now only handles Metro light rail traffic.

North Eastern Railway
Malcolm Chattwood [02/12/2012]


Benchill: The brand new tram line to Manchester Airport opened in November 2014, over a year early. The line involves a mixture of reserved and street running sections. One month after opening, Metrolink 3063 swings round the 15mph curve just to the north of Benchill tram stop heading for Manchester.

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Falahill Summit: An empty ballast train consisting of 30 vehicles trundles back to base over Falahill at around 2.30pm on 2 December 2014. Freightliner 66605 was on the north end of the train with 66603 bringing up the rear.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [02/12/2014]


Manchester Exchange: Wires getting nearer to Manchester Victoria in December 2014 as 156491 departs west past the site of Manchester Exchange, closed in 1969 and now being redeveloped. On the left is a small remaining section of Platform 3, which linked Victoria and Exchange from 1924 until closure. At 2194' in length it was Britain's longest platform. [See image 31084] taken from Platform 3 inside Exchange station in 1969. Postscript: Once the electrification was completed the parapets on the footbridge were raised and another handy railway vantage point was effectively removed.

Manchester Exchange (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


St Werburgh^s Rd: Driver's view of the now connected and operational junction for the new Manchester Airport tram line at St Werburgh's Rd. The tram is about to diverge from the old railway formation onto brand new tracks and a Metrolink service from East Didsbury is being held while the Airport service crosses the Up line. [See image 44201] for the same location in 2013.

Manchester South District Railway (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Bolton: MPV approaching Bolton from Lostock Junction on a full day's RHTT diagram from Wigan (Springs Branch) on 2 December. The diagram included out and back trips to Southport and Kirkby and then the Standedge, Calder Valley, Copy Pit and East Lancashire lines.

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Salford Central: Northern 142037, on a Wigan to Manchester Victoria local service, pulls away from its penultimate stop at Salford Central on 2nd December. Electrification masts are starting to appear around Salford and the Pacers should be the first units to go when the EMUs arrive.

Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Manchester Airport: The new Metrolink platforms at Manchester Airport from the buffer stops. When opened in 1993 the station had two platforms but has been greatly expanded since 2008. Of the most recent platforms only No.6 was in use on 2 December with Tram 3089 waiting to return to Cornbrook. The new main line platform 4 to the right was nearing completion, with TPE 185121 waiting at platform 3 on a Blackpool North service.

Manchester Airport (British Rail)
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Manchester Victoria: An Altrincham bound double tram picks its way carefully through the Manchester Victoria re-building site on 2nd December 2014. In January Metrolink announced that Victoria would re-open to trams on 18th February 2015. Although further work will still be required to complete the station project fully passengers will be able to catch trams from here again instead of having to walk to Shudehill.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Wythenshawe Town Centre: Wythenshawe Town Centre is one of fourteen intermediate stops on the Metrolink line to Manchester Airport, which opened in November 2014. The line was originally planned as a loop that would have also served Wythenshawe Hospital but funding for that is not yet in place and an out and back branch service operates. M5000 3072 calls at the new stop on its way to Cornbrook.

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Salford Central: Looking down the disused roads at Salford Central on 2 December, standing by the new lift to the surviving westbound platform. An MPV on RHTT duties is passing under the new gantries on the Ordsall line. The station concourse is on the main road directly below the three rail bridges [See image 32857].

Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Manchester Victoria: Almost like the old days. 2014 saw the return of the Liverpool Newcastle services to Manchester Victoria after many years of running through Piccadilly. TPE 185101 approaches the west end of Platform 3 at Victoria. This is the truncated platform that used to continue all the way through to Manchester Exchange until 1969. The train will climb Platting bank before turning right to pick up the Standedge route through Ashton-under-Lyne.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Deansgate-Castlefield: Deansgate-Castlefield is the new name for the tram stop formerly known as G-Mex. It is currently being rebuilt and the previously staggered platform has been moved alongside its counterpart. A third platform is also being built in connection with the new second city crossing line. 3007 rolls in with a Piccadilly service from Media City UK on 2nd December.

Greater Manchester Metrolink
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Manchester Airport: TPE 350402 pulls in to Manchester Airport Platform 2 on a service from Glasgow on 2nd December. It will quickly be serviced before heading north again to Edinburgh. Alongside in Platform 1, TPE 185125 waits to depart for Cleethorpes.

Manchester Airport (British Rail)
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Lostock Junction: A 156/142 combination, forming a Northern service to Southport, are signalled for the Westhoughton and Wigan line at Lostock Junction. The large steel bridge in the background carries the A58 Bolton ring road over the line from Bolton.

Bolton and Preston Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Wigan North Western: Freightliner 66506 heads north through Wigan North Western on 2 December 2014 with a rake of coal empties from Fiddlers Ferry. Over on Platform 5 a Northern Sprinter waits to return to Liverpool Lime St via St. Helens, a route that went over to EMU operation during 2015.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2014]


Rugby: Baby no longer on board: two ladies lead their young charge away from a Birmingham-bound 350 at Rugby on 2 December. I had abandoned my car and used the train, as a crucial part of the M1 was closed that morning, and the A5 resembled a linear car park.

London and North Western Railway
Ken Strachan [02/12/2015]


Glasgow Central: A banner above WH Smith advertises Glasgow Central Tour vouchers, the perfect Christmas gift. Glasgow Central Tours.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees [02/12/2016]


Kilmarnock: The painter is putting the finishing touches today to the spectacularly refurbished underpass linking Kilmarnock Station with the new Ayrshire College on the former Johnny Walker site. The official opening will be on 7 December.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
John Yellowlees [02/12/2016]


Kilmarnock: Detail of one of the panels in the Kilmarnock station underpass. Local railways are among the historical themes commemorated in the new look underpass.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
John Yellowlees [02/12/2016]


Rome (Fiumicino Airport): Fiumicino Airport Rome with the recently arrived 0805 Leonardo Express from Rome Termini while the 0853 return jouney awaits its departure. On the right a local stopping train waits to leave from Platform 3. (02/12/17)

RFI
Alastair McLellan [02/12/2017]


Rome Termini: A Leonardo Express waiting to depart Rome Termini station for Fiumicino Airport Rome. Trains leave every 15 minutes and run non-stop to the airport taking 32mins. It cost 14 euros for a single and there is only first class accommodation. (02/12/17)

RFI
Alastair McLellan [02/12/2017]


Clapham: A fine example of motoring history stands at the junction of two minor roads outside Clapham station. The sign appears to have been installed by the West Riding Council and the location on the roundel is Clapham Station. In the background Clapham viaduct can be seen on 2nd December 2017.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2017]


Edinburgh Waverley: A Virgin Trains Pendolino stands at Waverley platform 8 on 2 December 2017 with the Saturday 1052 service to London Euston.

North British Railway
Andy Furnevel [02/12/2017]


Clapham: External view of Clapham Station in December 2017. The rustic station house is now a private residence but there is still a daily service of five trains each way.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2017]


Bentham: 3-car Pacer 144014, on a Leeds to Morecambe service, clatters along jointed track at Greystonegill Bridge in the Wenning Valley near Bentham on 2nd December 2017.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2017]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The well-appointed but still temporary area which is serving as the Station Manager's office overlooks Platform 7 at the east side of the station. 2nd December 2017.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [02/12/2017]


Leith Docks: The NBR line to North Leith and its goods station continued across Commercial Street (running left-right in front of the houses) to enter the Docks at this point. Tracks remain in place in the foreground, though those crossing the road and into the Old Dock have long gone. The NBR station building is still there, hidden by the former Highland Queen whisky bond on the extreme left. The houses occupy the site of the goods station.

Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway
David Panton [02/12/2017]


Leith Docks: These lines served the East and West Old Docks (left) and the warehouses on the right. These buildings front on to the unashamedly-named Commercial Street. The palatial building on the extreme left is the main office of the Scottish Government at Victoria Quay. I don't know whether the tracks have been retained for heritage reasons, or because it would entail too much work to remove them and seemlessly replace them with setts (cobbles to you).

Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway
David Panton [02/12/2017]


Lancaster: I wondered why my northbound Pendolino was diverted into Platform 4 at Lancaster and was pleasantly surprised that this was the reason. 35018 British India Line had just brought the first 2018 Santa Special back from Carlisle on 2nd December. The headlamp has already been switched to red for the short diesel drag to Carnforth.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
G W Robin [02/12/2018]


Shrewsbury: A splendid looking BR Standard 7MT 4-6-2 70000 'Britannia' at Shrewsbury with the 'Welsh Borders Explorer' railtour on 2nd December 2018. This was a circular trip from Crewe that visited Oxley and Chester.

Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway
G W Robin [02/12/2018]


Lancaster: 35018 'British India Line' stands well clear of Platform 3 at Lancaster waiting to leave with a thirteen coach Santa Special to Carlisle on 2nd December 2018.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2018]


Lancaster: View north from the end of Platform 3 at Lancaster on 2nd December 2018. MN Pacific 35018 'British India Line' is at the head of a thirteen coach Santa Special heading for Carlisle and awaiting the 1100hrs departure time. This was the second of four scheduled on consecutive Saturdays. Behind the camera, in addition to a multitude of excited families, there appeared to be an average of three elves per coach.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2018]


Lancaster: A busy scene at Lancaster on 2nd December 2018. As a Pacer 144 departs for Leeds, and a 350 EMU arrives on a Manchester Airport service, Merchant Navy 35018 waits in Platform 3 with a 13-coach Santa special for Carlisle.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2018]


Lancaster: 47760 brings the stock of a Santa Special into Platform 3 at Lancaster on 2nd December 2018. The Brush 4 had brought the 13 coaches, and steam loco 35018, from Carnforth and went with the train to Carlisle to assist with turning there.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [02/12/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1805Battle of Austerlitz
1859Deeside Extension RailwayRailway opened. Stations at Banchory, Glassel, Torphins, Dess and Aboyne
1859Deeside RailwayBanchory (1rst) closed to passengers on opening of Deeside Extension Railway.
1878Brecon and Merthyr RailwayNorthbound train at Torpantau fails to have its brakes pinned down and runs downhill derailing and killing its crew.
1929Carmyllie RailwayCarmyllie to Elliot Junction closed to passengers.
1962Rhondda and Swansea Bay RailwayAberavon Seaside closed
1963Wemyss and Buckhaven RailwayThornton Junction to West Wemyss closed to freight
1968Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven RailwayBonnington Goods Junction to Bonnington South Junction closed to freight.
1993Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayQueen Street High Level to Maryhill re-opened for local passenger service (Stations at; Maryhill, Lambhill, Summerston, Possilpark, Ashfield), trains continue to Knightswood West Junction to swap tracks.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2002ScotRail^s Christmas and New Year Timetables.There will be no trains on Christmas Day or New Yearís Day. On Christmas Eve and Hogmanay most train services will finish early.

On the four Sundays before Christmas train services will run on some Strathclyde routes where normally there is no Sunday service. These services will run on the following lines:
Glasgow Central Ė Paisley Canal
Glasgow Central Ė Whifflet
Glasgow Queen St. Ė Bishopbriggs
Glasgow Queen St. Ė Cumbernauld
Glasgow Queen St. Ė Maryhill
2004Rail passengers^ misery stoked by big fares rise [Scotsman]MOST rail fares are to increase next month by more than inflation, provoking fury from passenger groups and unions.
2005Decision expected over rail crash [BBC News]Transport Secretary Alistair Darling is expected to make a decision on a public inquiry into the Potters Bar rail crash.
2005Rail passengers may get a fare deal [Scotsman]FARES on Scotland^s railways could be cut to as low as £1 in an effort to fill empty seats and ease rush-hour congestion.
2009MSPs hear funicular rail evidence [BBC News Article]Bosses from Highlands and Islands Enterprise are to give evidence to MSPs reviewing spending on the Cairngorms^ funicular railway.
2009Passengers to get better weekend and holiday services [Network Rail]Network Rail and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), with support from Passenger Focus, today announced an initiative to further reduce the need for replacement buses at weekends and bank holidays.
2010End of the track for Scotland^s smallest railway [Herald]Thousands of train passengers have travelled along its miniature lines for almost three decades, but tomorrow the last steam engine will puff along Scotlandís only island railway
2011Rail chiefs told: your reputations are on line [Scotsman]SCOTLANDíS two railway chiefs have been warned their personal reputations are on the line if passengers are not better informed about disruption this winter. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) fired the broadside at the heads of ScotRail and Network Rail as it announced that rail firms could be fined for the first time if they failed to keep travellers in the picture.
2011National Railway Museum celebrates free admission success [The Press]A KNIGHT in shining armour rode into the National Railway Museum to help celebrate ten years of success since the introduction of free admission. Since December 2001, visitor numbers have doubled at the York attraction to make it one of the most popular museums in the country outside London.
2013Borders to Edinburgh railway: A7 impact discussed [BBC News]Borders MP Michael Moore is to meet Network Rail and contractors to discuss road conditions on the A7. It follows concerns about the impact on the route as a result of its heavy use by construction traffic for the Borders to Edinburgh rail route.
2013Brunel^s engine shed opens as technology centre [BBC News]A new £1.7m innovation centre, based in Isambard Kingdom Brunel^s historic engine shed at Bristol Temple Meads railway station, opens on Monday. The building is part of a "cluster" of digital and creative firms. The Grade I-listed building is part of the city^s Enterprise Zone and companies there will benefit from a business rate discount. A total of 18 businesses will be based at the Engine Shed with a further 44 using the facilities. [From Mark Bartlett]
2015‚ÄėUnacceptable‚Äô train delays on new Borders Railway [Scotsman]Passengers are suffering a ‚Äúmiserable‚ÄĚ service on the new Borders Railway, with more than two in three trains arriving late, campaigners have complained. Cancellations have added to the disruption on the Edinburgh-Tweedbank line, with seven services not running on one day last week because of faulty trains. Supporters of the route blamed the poor punctuality on ScotRail using its least reliable trains, along with cutbacks to the length of double track, which hampers trains being able to pass each other.
2015Great Eastern Main Line parliamentary railway inquiry confirmed by MP [BBC News]The ^shambolic^ performance of train services between London and Norwich is set to be scrutinised by a panel of MPs. Abellio Greater Anglia, which runs the Great East main line, has seen severe delays along the route recently. Will Quince, Conservative MP for Colchester, said the House of Commons select committee for transport, would look at reliability and other issues. The firm said it would work with any inquiry.
2015Test run ahead of trams^ return to Birmingham [BBC News]The Midland Metro has had a test run on the streets in Birmingham ahead of the scheduled start of tram services in the city centre. New services from Snow Hill to Bull Street on Sunday represent the first step in the opening of a £128m city centre tram extension and will mark the return of trams to Birmingham^s streets for the first time in more than 60 years. [From Richard Buckby]
2015Government ^not pursuing^Ě HS1-HS2 rail link [Rail News]The UK government has said it is ‚Äúnot pursuing‚ÄĚ the construction of a rail link between HS2 and HS1 and instead plans to improve pedestrian links between Euston and St Pancras stations. Presenting plans to accelerate construction of HS2 beyond Birmingham to Crewe, the government quietly quashed speculation about the possibility of connecting the corridor with HS1. HS2 said in the summer that it was looking at options to join up the two railways. Original plans had included a single-track link between HS1 and HS2, but this was scrapped shortly after Sir David Higgens was appointed as chairman in 2014. [From Richard Buckby]
2015Gleneagles Station Refurbishment wins award [RailScot]Gleneagles Station Refurbishment yesterday won the Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award for Network Rail, ScotRail and IDP Architects, with North Queensferry a runner-up.
The Supporters^ Award for a smaller restoration went to the Ladybank Development Trust and Fife Historic Buildings Trust for the Laird^s Waiting Room at Ladybank Station.
[From John Yellowlees]
2016Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February [RTM]The Vivarail Class 230 train will now not begin its trial runs on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line until next February because of problems with the approval process. The innovative three-car D Train is built from upcycled bodyshells and bogies from London Underground rolling stock, and seats 300 passengers. The train is due to be operated by London Midland on the NUCKLE line, replacing a single car Class 153 train. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Train fares to rise by average of 2.3% [BBC News]Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2 January, the rail industry has announced. The increase covers both regulated fares, which includes season tickets, and unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets. The rise in regulated fares had already been capped at July^s Retail Prices Index inflation rate of 1.9%. Unregulated fares face no cap. Campaigners said passengers would be disappointed by the increase. ^Passengers will now want to see the industry^s investment deliver a more reliable day-to-day railway,^ said Anthony Smith, chief executive of the watchdog Transport Focus.
2016ScotRail fares decision ^before year-end^ [BBC News]The Scottish government has promised a decision on rail fares before the end of the year. Across the UK, train fares will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2 January. Regulated ScotRail fares are currently capped at the level of the Retail Price Index (RPI). Off-peak regulated fares are capped at 1% below RPI. Scottish Labour has called for ScotRail fares to be frozen, an idea First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said could be considered. A Scottish government spokeswoman said: ^No final decision has been taken on next year^s fares in Scotland and we are looking at options before the end of the year.
2016Trains run on Post Office^s ^mail rail^ underground line for first time in a decade [Evening Standard]Trains have run on the Post Office^s underground rail lines in London for the first time since the service was abandoned more than a decade ago. A test drive was carried out through a section of the ^mail rail^ track, which has not been used since 2003, ahead of its public opening next summer. The network was established in 1927 and stretched for 6.5 miles from Whitechapel in the east to Paddington in the west, 70 feet below street level.
2017Could station plan get back on track? [Northumberland Gazette]There has been pressure for nearly 20 years to re-open Reston station on the East Coast Main Line. It lies on a bus route linking Eyemouth and Duns, and the village has been poised for residential expansion pending the construction of the station. The Scottish Government made a commitment to the project, and Scotrail produced a draft timetable, which would be by extension of local services between Edinburgh and Dunbar, while the Scottish Borders Council committed a proportion of the funds required, and also committed to local development. It was announced that the station would open and services begun in late 2016. Nothing has happened, however, except that the commitment to construct it has been transferred to Network Rail, which has it in its budget for 2019-2024, and Scotrail has gone back on providing services.
2017Railway hero honoured 44 years after tackling robbers [Scotsman]A memorial for a railway security guard awarded Britains highest civil honour after being shot dead trying to stop a payroll robbery will be unveiled in Glasgow this month. The ceremony will take place on the 44th anniversary of James Kennedys murder at rail works in Springburn as he sought to prevent the gang escaping with nearly £10,000.
2018Trains cancelled amid ScotRail staff shortages [BBC News]Train passengers are facing disruption across Scotland due to staff shortages. Some services have been cancelled and replaced with buses. Others are operating a reduced service, making a limited number of stops. In a statement on Twitter, ScotRail confirmed: ^Due to train crew shortages some services will be cancelled or altered today.^ They asked passengers to check their route before they travel as they expected disruption throughout the day.