Carlisle: B1 4-6-0 no 61278 about to leave Carlisle with the BR Scottish Region Last B1 Excursion on 3 December 1966 heading back to Edinburgh via the Waverley route.
Kilmarnock: The BR (Scottish Region) Last B1 Excursion stands at Kilmarnock on 3 December 1966 behind 61278. The train travelled from here to Carlisle on the G&SW, returning to Edinburgh via the Waverley route.
Westcraigs: 61278 takes water during a stop at Westcraigs on 3 December 1966 with the BR Scottish Region 'Last B1 Excursion'.
Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: B1 no 61278 stands alongside Kingmoor shed on 3 December 1966 with the Last B1 railtour. Following the stop, the special returned to Edinburgh via the Waverley route.
Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: View across the running lines to the south yard at Kingmoor shed on 3 December 1966. B1 4-6-0 no 61278 had arrived earlier with the BR (Scottish Region) 'Last B1 Excursion' from Edinburgh. The special had travelled via the G&SW and would return via the Waverley route.
Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: B1 no 61278 on Kingmoor shed turntable on 3 December 1966 during a break from hauling the 'Last B1 Excursion' which had recently arrived from Edinburgh.
Carlisle: B1 4-6-0 61278 at Carlisle on the afternoon of 3 December 1966 with the BR Scottish Region Last B1 excursion. The special is waiting to return to Edinburgh via the Waverley route.
Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Black 5 no 44685 hurries past Kingmoor shed with an up freight on 3 December 1966.
Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: B1 61278 on the turntable at Kingmoor on 3 December 1966 prior to taking the Last B1 Excursion back to Edinburgh.
Hawick [2nd]: Just one more before the light gives out completely.... a final silhouetted image of 61278 with the 'Last B1 Excursion', about to leave Hawick on its way back from Carlisle to Edinburgh on 3 December 1966.
Riddings Junction: The Last B1 Excursion, behind 61278, heads home in fading light at Riddings Junction in December 1966, with the road clear for the Waverley Route... I wonder what I'd have thought if I'd known then that 40-odd years later I'd be living in Langholm?
Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Jinty 0-6-0T no 47471 at Kingmoor in December 1966, the month of its withdrawal by BR.
Leyland: 87020 North Briton heads a passenger service south through Leyland on 3rd December 1980. Rather unusually the train is on the Up Slow line. 87020 continued in BR/Virgin service until 2009 and has since been exported to Bulgaria.
Leyland: Brush Type 4 47555 The Commonwealth Spirit always seemed to be kept in good condition and is seen here passing through Leyland, with silver buffer embellishments, on a passenger train that is taking the Up Slow line. A BRCW three car Class 104 DMU has called at the Down Slow platform with a Manchester to Blackpool service. The Class 47 was in service for a further 19 years but withdrawn in 1999 and dismantled the same year at Springs Branch Component Recovery Centre in Wigan.
Edinburgh Waverley: A GNER Aberdeen - London HST calls at Waverley in December 2004.
Edinburgh Waverley: A Glasgow shuttle stands at the west end of Waverley in December 2004 sporting the livery applied by the previous franchise holder, National Express Group. FirstGroup had taken over ScotRail operations in October that year.
Challow: 67005 westbound at the site of the defunct Challow Station on 3 December 2006 with a special to Bath, [the rostered King class locomotive 6024 King Edward I had failed at Didcot].
Edinburgh Waverley: Platforms 20 and 21 from the car park on 3 December 2006 - out of use due to construction work on the new link between the walkway and the new Klondyke platform (via the south wall).
Waverley Valley: Meantime, back at the Waverley Valley development....scene on 3 December 2006 with development work halted and the Canongate dig now taking up most of the site.
Manchester Piccadilly: Manchester Piccadilly Station on 3rd December 2007. Classic architecture, well re-developed. What a shame the arrivals boards speak with forked tongue.
Edinburgh Waverley: Following completion of engineering work at Waverley the old sub platforms have now had their former through status restored. View from North Bridge on 3 December 2007 showing an empty Voyager running from what is now platform 9 towards the Calton Tunnel.
Manchester Piccadilly: TransPennine 185 151 at Manchester Piccadilly.
Poulton-le-Fylde: 156452 on a Blackpool North service heads westwards away from Poulton on a day when the frost never left this shallow cutting. the line of trees in the middle distance is the closed Poulton Curve that allowed through running between Blackpool and Fleetwood.
Poulton-le-Fylde: View eastwards as 156471 approaches Poulton No 3 box and station from Blackpool North. The station booking office stands on the bridge, overlooking the junction with the disused Burn Naze/Fleetwood line.
Bristol East Goods: A DMU runs through Bristol East goods on 3 December 2008 heading for Temple Meads.
Bristol East Goods: Freightliner 66596 heading towards Bristol Temple Meads with a freight on 3 December passing Bristol East Goods.
Plates, signs, notices etc: Network Rail sign warning PW staff that the Avon Gorge is a SSSI and they must proceed only with proper authority. December 2009.
Glan Conwy: Glan Conwy's location, overlooking the Conwy estuary, is as picturesque as they come. It was named Llansaintffraid when it first opened and was a Beeching casualty in 1964 but reopened in 1970. The shelter is on the original low level section of platform with a newer raised area beyond the entrance. View south towards Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Glan Conwy: First station on the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch from Llandudno Junction is Glan Conwy, overlooking the Conwy estuary. The station house is now in private ownership and a shelter is provided at the north end of the platform on the lower section. This view looks north and the distant colour light for the junction with the main line can just be seen.
Lawley Street Freightliner Terminal: Freightliner locomotives 66534 and 66418 (the latter still in former operator DRS livery) under a large container straddle crane at Birmingham Lawley Street Freightliner Terminal on the morning of 3 December 2012.
West Maitland Street: Traffic lights on the corner of Palmerston Place and West Maitland Street on 3 December, with a tram signal now added to the right hand side.††
Drybrook Halt: The site of Drybrook Halt looking south in December 2013. The line of the route to Cinderford can be seen centre left above the shed roof. Drybrook Halt was the northern limit of the short-lived passenger services on this line; Drybrook Road on the Severn and Wye Railway was several miles away in the Forest (and not even on a road!). Behind the camera, a new house has been built on the filled-in cutting.
Haymarket Yards: Looking west along the tram line at Haymarket Yards towards Murrayfield on 3 December 2013, with class 334 and 221 units passing on the main line.
Newcastle Central: ScotRail 156478 in east end bay 1 at Newcastle Central on 3 December 2014 after arrival with the 07.45 ex Dumfries service.
Doncaster: Three former Gatwick Express class 460 DVT style driver luggage vehicles are stabled in the Wabtec facility at Doncaster on 3 December. The units are awaiting removal of the tapered noses and conversion of the shell to create intermediate vestibuled carriages to extend South West Trains class 458 sets. [See image 30507]
Wakefield Westgate: A Yorkshire circuit RHTT working, with 20305 leading and 20304 tailing, photographed on 3 December. The train is running north into Wakefield Westgate on the down through road shortly after 08.30, with the high pressure jets operational for a short distance further.
Hexham: A parking and drop off area has been created on the former sidings behind the eastbound platform wall at Hexham Station as seen in this late afternoon view along the entrance road on 3 December. A DDA compliant access ramp has also been provided for disabled access to the platform .
Doncaster: Early evening on 3 December with 60035 standing on the goods line opposite platform 8 at Doncaster, attached to the north end of a rake of wagons containing new Peugeot & Citroen vans. Contrary to expectations the train moved off heading south, not north, with the Class 60 tailing the rake, possibly heading to Belmont Yard or direct to Doncaster Europort for off-loading.
Hexham: View east through Hexham station, showing no material change in the platform structures from that of 50 plus years ago, apart from the modern high output lighting. The figure awaiting the 16.15 departure to Middlesbrough appears to be an alien, with a green beacon where the head would normally be.
Newcastle Central: Two of a kind, plus an interloper. East Coast DVTs 82227 and 82220 stand at the west end of platforms 3 & 4 at Newcastle on 3 December, with the former on the rear of the 08.00 ex Kings Cross to Waverley and the latter leading the 09.30 ex Waverley to Kings Cross. The CrossCountry Voyager at platform 9 is the 11.35 to Southampton Central via Birmingham.
Woodacre Crossing: 92039 Johann Strauss takes a long rake of China Clay tanks north through Woodacre on 3 December en route from Dollands Moor to Irvine.
Newcastle Central: EWS liveried 66056 runs north through Newcastle Central with a rake of twenty three empty HHA coal wagons on 3 December 2014.
Newcastle Central: View across the platforms at the east end of Newcastle Central on 3 December 2014 showing the three goods lifts, the furthest being located in what is now the car park built on the site of the old North Tyneside bay platforms.
Northallerton Town: An alternate view, looking east from Finkills Way, of the former Northallerton Town Station, seen across a still undeveloped area of land just off Yafforth Road in December 2017.
Easter Road Junction: The curve between London Road Junction on the Abbeyhill loop and Easter Road Junction (behind me) allowed trains from Waverley to reach Granton without being hauled up Scotland Street tunnel. I believe it fell out of use in the late 1980s and was lifted some time afterwards. The area is being developed over a period of years, and London Road Junction site (in distance) is currently inaccessible, as is the trackbed here. It was thoroughly overgrown until quite recently; it looks like a temporary road has been created for plant. 3rd December 2017. [Granton Shell sidings closed in 1980 and, following a period of being mothballed for possible gasworks traffic, Granton-Powderhall was lifted 1986. So why did this curve survive, for turning engines?]
Perth: A Glasgow to Inverness service passes the northern throat (if it can be called that) of Perth station on 3rd December 2017. It is on the Platform 7 line: the running line in front of it is for‚Äč‚Äč Platforms 3 and 4 in the train shed.
Brock: 48151 took the first of three sold out Santa Special trains ran round the Carnforth, Hellifield and Blackburn loop on 3rd December 2017. The 8F is seen in fading light at Brock heading back to Lancaster. The train is scheduled to run on the following two Sundays.
Farington Curve Junction: Ex LMS 8F no 48151 comes to a halt at the signal protecting Farington Curve Jct around 8 minutes early on 3 December 2017 whilst working the first of WCRC's three Santa Specials for 2017. The train had started in Lancaster and ran via Carnforth, Hellifield and Blackburn before returning to Lancaster and Carnforth. 47804 was on the back of the train, possibly to ensure the passengers were kept warm in case steam heat didn't reach the rear of this lengthy special.
Northallerton Town: View of GBRf 66738, which has just passed Low Gates level crossing with a rake of covered former coal, now biomass, wagons, heading south west towards the southbound low level bypass line that runs under the ECML twice before joining the main line south of the main station. The former Northallerton Town station is by the third wagon. Blackberry phone camera view from the cafe in Barkers Home Furnishing store.
Nairn: The westbound platform waiting room at Nairn is now a Men's Shed.
Pitlochry: The extensions to the platforms at Pitlochry are ready, with fencing going up. Southbound freight against the beginnings of a sunset.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1962||Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway||Aberavon Town closed|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2002||First 125mph section opens on West Coast Main Line||A section of the West Coast Main Line between Bushbury and Four Ashes is now able to take trains at 125mph. By 22 December it is expected that the route from Wolverhampton to Stafford will be entirely to this standard.|
|2007||Web provides a platform for train tickets [Evening News]||A new website offering passengers an easier way to buy their rail tickets has been launched by train operator GNER. The company, which currently operates trains on the East Coast Main Line from Edinburgh to Newcastle, York and London, launched their service this week on their new website www.gner.co.uk. GNER bosses have spent more than 18 months developing the site.|
|2007||Gretna-Annan Rail Project Targets Summer Completion [Network Rail Article]||Network Rail has arranged three community meetings to provide an update on the progress on the Gretna-Annan double tracking works and highlight the project goal to have work complete by summer 2008.|
|2008||Massive Christmas work programme planned [Network Rail]||Network Rail will progress a number of major improvement projects over the festive period, all designed to deliver a better, more reliable train service.|
|2008||Funding fuels rail link reopening [BBC News Article]||Funding is announced to speed up works to reopen the rail line between Edinburgh and the Borders.|
|2009||Safety fears over new rail link [BBC News Article]||An MSP raises safety concerns about the staffing of train services on the new Airdrie to Bathgate rail link.|
|2009||On track for faster train service [BBC News Article]||A faster rail service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh is introduced as part of the new winter timetable.|
|2010||Ice warning across Scotland as travel disrupted [BBC News]||On the railways there is severe disruption caused by arctic weather conditions. Some trains were leaving Perth for Glasgow and Edinburgh but most other services north of the central belt have been cancelled - including the Fife circle.|
|2010||Driver stops train to rescue swan in snow [BBC News]||A train driver has been hailed for rescuing a swan which had crash landed on snow-covered tracks, before treating it to a first class journey to safety.|
|2010||China hits 486 km/h in high speed trials [Railway Gazette]||CHINA: A new Chinese record speed of 486 km/h was established on December 3 during trial running on a section of the Beijing Ė Shanghai high speed line between Zaozhuang in Shandong province and Bengbu in Anhui.|
|2011||Highland rail line snow-busters gear up winter storms [Highland News]||SNOW-BUSTING rail teams have been given new kit to help fight the freeze at Highland railway stations. Staff at Inverness Rail Station were handed two all-wheel-drive Ford Transits, equipped with snow blowers, robust shovels, towable trailers and hand-held gritters. To aid staff working in difficult and remote areas, the vans also have mini-kitchens, which include a hot water supply, sink and microwave.|
|2012||Bid to bring railway to Holt town centre faces three days of destiny [Eastern Daily Press]||Efforts to buy up land for the extension into Holt hinge on the success of a £30,000 online giving appeal today, tomorrow and on Saturday. If the £30,000 target is met in double-quick time, The Big Give will hand over an additional £15,000 to the Melton Constable Trust, whose ultimate goal is to reopen old routes and create a Norfolk Orbital Railway.|
|2013||Delivery starts of TransPennine electric trains [IRJ]||THE first of 10 class 350/4 emus has been delivered by Siemens to First TransPennine Express for operation between Manchester and Glasgow and Edinburgh. The four-car trains will start to replace three-car dmus on the route on December 30 following completion of electrification at 25kV ac between Manchester and the junction with the West Coast Main Line at Newton Le Willows. Each train will have 210 seats in standard class and 19 in first class. Although the trains are designed for operation at 177km/h, they will be restricted to 160km/h so journey times between Manchester and Scotland will not be reduced significantly. All 10 trains will be in service in time for the start of the summer timetable in May 2014 when the number of trains on the route will be increased from 15 to 19 per day.|
|2013||Railway changes to benefit passengers [Blackpool Gazette]||New direct train services connecting Lancashire to the south and west Midlands will be launched next week as part of a timetable overhaul. Thousands of passengers are set to benefit from new services connecting Birmingham International, Coventry and Milton Keynes to stations including Preston, which will begin on December 8. The services will also link to Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Virgin Trains, which runs the services, says the changes will see a huge expansion in capacity, with more than 3,000 seats added every weekday, as the majority of five-car Super Voyager trains are replaced by either double Voyagers (10 cars) or Pendolinos (nine cars or 11 cars). Twenty four of the 28 Scottish services that currently operate from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Birmingham will be extended to London Euston.|
|2013||East Yorkshire Minsters rail campaign suffers setback [BBC News]||Campaigners lobbying to reopen a rail route between York and Beverley have said lack of council support could end the project. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has omitted the scheme from its new 20-year local development plan. The council said it was "broadly supportive" of the proposal but thought the project was "not deliverable". George McManus, from the Minster Rail Campaign (MRC), said the decision was "devastating." The 34-mile (55 km) line was closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching Report cuts. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||NRHA Awards 2014 [Railscot]||The Pitlochry station 150th anniversary restoration has been recognised at the National Railway Heritage Awards (see photograph). In addition, the London Underground Operational Enhancement Award went to Carillion Rail and Network Rail for Ballochmyle Viaduct refurbishment, with the NRHA Best Entry of 2014 going to Network Rail for Edinburgh Waverley Station Major Refurbishment.|
|2015||Swanage to Wareham rail line set for summer passenger trial [BBC News]||Passenger trains are set to run between a Dorset coastal resort and the mainline rail network for the first time in four decades. The Swanage Railway heritage line said June 2016 was its target date for trial services between Swanage and Wareham. The original rail line connecting the town was ripped up in 1972, before a 5.5-mile (8.8km) stretch was restored by volunteers as a tourist attraction. A new ¬£500,000 level crossing has been installed as part of the work.|
|2015||London Midland wins franchise extension [Rail News]||THE Govia franchise London Midland has been extended by direct award until October 2017. The news comes after protracted negotiations with the Department for Transport. The existing contract would have ended in April next year. The new contract includes tougher performance targets and subsidies worth ¬£130 million. Govia has also undertaken to run two additional evening services each weekday from London to Trent Valley stations and earlier services to central Birmingham on Sundays from stations in the West Midlands such as Longbridge, Lichfield, Dorridge and Whitlocks End as well as Rugby and Coventry. There will be an extra service between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey, while free WiFi will be available on long-distance services between London Euston, Northampton, Birmingham, Crewe, Stoke and Liverpool. WiFi will have been be extended to all services by the time the next franchise starts in 2017. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2015||Rail fares to rise by average of 1.1% from 2 January [BBC News]||Britain^s rail passengers will see a 1.1% rise in average fares from 2 January, 2016, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced. The RDG, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said it was the smallest annual rise for six years. Regulated fares, which include season tickets, are capped at no more than July^s RPI inflation rate of 1%. Unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets, can go up by as much as the train companies like. RDG chief Paul Plummer said: ^We know that nobody likes to pay more to travel by train, especially to get to work.^ But he added that money from fares now almost covers rail^s daily operating costs.|
|2015||Council wants steam trains to return to Borders Railway [BBC News]||Steam trains should return to the Borders Railway next year despite the disruption they caused, according to Scottish Borders Council. The service was hugely popular when it ran on the new line for six weeks earlier this year. However it caused delays and disruption to the main commuter service on the route between Edinburgh and Tweedbank. Rob Dickson, the council^s corporate transformation and services director, said it was a ^price worth paying^.|
|2016||Exclusive: Network Rail to be stripped of control over Britain‚Äôs train tracks as operators will win power to improve services [Telegraph]||Network Rail will be stripped of its control over Britain‚Äôs train tracks and power will be handed to operators in the biggest shake-up of the railways for decades, the Government is to announce. In an attempt to end delays and to lower fares for consumers, Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, will say he wants the state-owned Network Rail to share responsibility for running the tracks with private train operators. It means that rail companies such as Virgin and Southern would become responsible for repairs and maintenance for the first time, ending Network Rail^s monopoly. The Government hopes the change will incentivise train companies to complete repairs more quickly and possibly herald cheaper fares.|
|2016||Borders Railway fails to meet expected first-year growth [Scotsman]||The initial surge in passengers on the Borders Railway was reversed in the second half of its first year, official figures showed today. They reveal the 22 per cent more journeys than expected in the new line^s first six months was cancelled out by its first anniversary in September.|
|2017||West Coast main line disruption: ^Do not travel^ warning [BBC News]||Rail passengers travelling in or out of London Euston have been advised not to travel. Damage to overhead cabling means no West Coast main line services will arrive or depart until at least midday, Network Rail said. Passengers using Virgin, London Midland and London Overground services will be affected and delays are expected throughout the day.|
|2017||Track suits: More railway stations worth lingering at [BBC News]||While most railway stations in England are places to scurry through on the way to get somewhere else, there are some which are worth lingering a little longer at. BBC News recently suggested some everyday stops that offer commuters a little more than hurrying hordes and characterless coffee shops. Here are some more, this time recommended by readers.|
|2018||Travel chaos as ScotRail staff shortage expected to cause disruption until end of the day [The Herald]||A staff shortage will see disruption to services across Glasgow until the end of the day with a number of services affected.|
|2018||Two new railway lines into Bristol Temple Meads completed to help improve passenger journeys [Network Rail]||This morning (Monday 3 December) Network Rail successfully completed the installation of two new railway lines between Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads “ doubling the number of lines into Temple Meads from two to four.|
|2018||Anger as ^Scrooge^ ScotRail ends Kids Go Free scheme [BBC News]||The transport firm confirmed on Monday adults would pay ¬£1 for a child aged five to 15 from January.|
|2018||ScotRail passengers face more disruption over staff shortages [BBC News]||Staff shortages have caused cancellations on services between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh via Falkirk High.|
|2018||Staff training for new timetable causes crew shortages and train delays as thousands of Dons fans travel to Glasgow [Press and Journal]||North rail passengers experienced disruption as a result of train crew shortages across the country yesterday.|