This day in history 07 December

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Alloway: D3564 clearing wagons at Alloway Goods Station on day of closure 7th December 1959.

Maidens and Dunure Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Bill Hamilton [07/12/1959]


Cowes: Adams O2 class 0-4-4T no 29 Alverstone standing at what is thought to be Cowes Station on the Isle of Wight on 7 December 1962.

Cowes and Newport Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/1962]


Havant: Ex-LBSCR Terrier 0-6-0T no 32678 (now preserved on the KESR) runs round the Hayling Island branch train at Havant Station on 7 December 1962.

Brighton and Chichester Railway (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway)
David Pesterfield [07/12/1962]


Carlisle: Awaiting the signal to leave the south end of Carlisle platform 4 and head for Upperby shed in December 1963 is 70041 Sir John Moore. The Britannia Pacific had recently arrived in the station's west sidings with a terminated down parcels train.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [07/12/1963]


Carlisle: Steamed fish. The Carlisle station pilot, Jinty 0-6-0T no 47667, creates a bit of an atmosphere as it shunts a fish van in the station on 7 December 1963.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [07/12/1963]


Carlisle: D5312 awaits its departure time from Carlisle platform 7 in December 1968 with the 1pm Waverley route service to Edinburgh.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [07/12/1968]


Carlisle Kingmoor MPD: MetroVick D5716 photographed in December 1968 at Kingmoor diesel depot.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [07/12/1968]


Carlisle: Diesel power dominates the north end of Carlisle station during the early afternoon of Saturday 7 December 1968. At platform 7 is BRCW Type 2 no D5312 on the 1.00pm Carlisle - Edinburgh Waverley via Hawick, a Peak is at 3 with the 1S49 10.25am Leeds - Glasgow Central via Dumfries, while Class 50 D409 is approaching platform 4 at the head of the 9.40am Perth - London Euston.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [07/12/1968]


Cove: Class 40 approaching Cove with a northbound freight on 07 December 1974.

Aberdeen Railway
John McIntyre [07/12/1974]


Cove: Class 40 with a northbound coal train passing the site of Cove station on 07 December 1974.

Aberdeen Railway
John McIntyre [07/12/1974]


Cove: 26033 on the 0925 Aberdeen - Glasgow near Cove on 07 December 1974.

Aberdeen Railway
John McIntyre [07/12/1974]


Cove: Deltic 9000 near Cove with the 0900 Aberdeen - Kings Cross on 07 December 1974.

Aberdeen Railway
John McIntyre [07/12/1974]


Cove: A class 47 takes a container train north towards Aberdeen through the site of the former Cove station on 07 December 1974.

Aberdeen Railway
John McIntyre [07/12/1974]


Abington: An up Virgin WCML express passing the site of Abington station on 7 December 2002, with Station Road curving away bottom left towards the village.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [07/12/2002]


Lamington: A Northern class 156 DMU crossing Lamington Viaduct in December 2002 on its way to the Alstom works at Springburn.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [07/12/2002]


Abington: A Virgin Voyager runs south through the Abington loops in December 2002.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [07/12/2002]


Carstairs: A southbound WCML Pendolino approaching Carstairs on 7 December 2004.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [07/12/2004]


Berlin Hauptbahnhof: DB Double decker on the top tier of the two tier main station

Deutsche Bahn
Gordon Steel [07/12/2006]


Winchcombe: 7903 Foremarke Hall running round at Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 7 December with one of the GWR Santa Specials .

Cheltenham and Honeybourne Line (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd [07/12/2008]


Winchcombe: Scene at Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 7 December as the fireman changes the tender lamps on 7903 Foremarke Hall.

Cheltenham and Honeybourne Line (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd [07/12/2008]


Winchcombe: BR 9F 92203 Black Prince running into Winchcombe from Cheltenham on 7 December with Greet tunnel in the background.

Cheltenham and Honeybourne Line (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd [07/12/2008]


Winchcombe: Reminiscent of a David Shepherd painting perhaps... the artist's BR 9F 2-10-0 no 92203 Black Prince emerging from the smoke and steam at Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 7 December 2008.

Cheltenham and Honeybourne Line (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd [07/12/2008]


Johnstone: 334025 departs Johnstone at the head of a six-car train on a bitterly cold 7th December 2010, a day when the temperature reached no higher than minus six, resulting in many failures.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [07/12/2010]


Inverkeithing East Junction: 170 401 heads south towards Inverkeithing East Jct on 7 December 2010 leaving snow in its wake.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [07/12/2010]


Kilmarnock: 66085 with the Riccarton tank train standing at Kilmarnock station. At this point in time - 14.45 on 7 December - it had been held there for just over 24 hours.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [07/12/2010]


Llanaber Halt: A view of the one carriage length Llanaber Halt looking towards Barmouth from the beach access boarded crossing on the north side of the halt in December 2011. The line and halt suffered extensive damage during the severe early 2014 storms affecting the Cambrian coast.

Cambrian Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


Fairbourne: Track layout at the Fairbourne Railway main station site looking towards the buffer stops from alongside Beach Road. The Network Rail level crossing is just visible in the left background beyond the far building. [See image 31267]

Fairbourne and Barmouth Steam Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


Fairbourne: Hunslet built diesel loco and wagon on track replacement duty on the Fairbourne Railway alongside Beach Road on 7 December 2011.

Fairbourne and Barmouth Steam Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


San Francisco: Single-ended PCC Streetcar no 1053 at Pier 39, San Francisco, on 7 December 2011. [Photo John Steven Jr.]

SFMR
John Steven Collection [07/12/2011]


Llanaber Halt: 158823 picks up two passengers at Llanaber Halt, north of Barmouth, on 7 December 2011. The train will depart as the 13.55 service forward to Pwllheli (10.09 ex-Birmingham International).

Cambrian Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


Fairbourne: Track replacement being carried out on the Fairbourne Railway near Penrhyn South Drive level crossing on 7 December 2011. The work was being undertaken in advance of the first of the season's 'Santa Specials' due to run three days later. [See image 31267]

Fairbourne and Barmouth Steam Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


Penmaenpool: Looking west along the trackbed towards Morfa Mawddach in December 2011 from alongside the former Penmaenpool Station signalbox [see image 13937]. The surviving signal post and arms still stand alongside the old station master's house, ticket office and waiting room building, complete with hanging 'Platform 1' sign. The road ahead, once a level crossing, runs onto a toll bridge off to the right, linking with the north side of the Mawddach Estuary.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


Barmouth: Looking south across Barmouth Bridge from the A496 road on the southern outskirts of Barmouth in December 2011.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


Penmaenpool: The former Penmaenpool Station station master's house, ticket office and waiting room, complete with hanging Platform 1 sign, on the south side of former Cambrian Railway route to Dolgellau, seen looking towards Morfa Mawddach in December 2011. It now forms an annexe to the George III Hotel beyond.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [07/12/2011]


Lilbourne: Across the road from my previous shot [see image 41312], these are the overgrown platforms of Lilbourne station (notice the tall concrete posts on the right). On my last visit in 1985, a blue Ford Cortina estate was dumped under the M1 viaduct in the distance - mercifully, it has now been cleared away.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [07/12/2012]


Bare Lane: In the late afternoon of 7 December 2012, Bare Lane signal box stands guard over the B5275 level crossing with just 30 hours to go before it closes and the duties are taken over by Preston PSB. [See recent news item]

Morecambe Branch (London and North Western Railway)
John McIntyre [07/12/2012]


Charlestown: View across the inner harbour at Charlestown on 7 December. The branch line ran below the lime kilns with a siding above to feed the furnaces and many more to serve coal hoists along the dock on the far left.

Charlestown Railway
Bill Roberton [07/12/2012]


Bare Lane: With barriers raised and road traffic again flowing behind the camera, a Class 156 Super Sprinter calls at Bare Lane on 7 December 2012 with a Morecambe to Lancaster service. Network Rail staff were carrying out the final work in preparation for the transfer of control of this section of line to Preston PSB after the last service on Saturday night, 8 December 2012.

Morecambe Branch (London and North Western Railway)
John McIntyre [07/12/2012]


Lilbourne: The former station at Lilbourne on the LNWR Rugby to Luffenham branch [see image 25890 for the next stop] suns itself on a quiet Friday afternoon in December 2012. View looks slightly South of East, from the (somewhat damp, but cleared of brambles) trackbed.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [07/12/2012]


Lilbourne: It's a pity they closed Lilbourne station. The locals never had time to finish scratch building this Reliant Regal, so it could be delivered by train. [see image 41446]

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [07/12/2012]


Inverkeithing Central Junction: A Cowdenbeath - Haymarket shuttle service, with a 68 at each end, nearing Inverkeithing Central Junction. 158s on a Inverkeithing - Edinburgh shuttle wait in the loop to the left.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [07/12/2015]


Inverkeithing Central Junction: 158701 and 158736 head for the yard in order to reverse for an Inverkeithing - Edinburgh shuttle working.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [07/12/2015]


Inverkeithing Tunnel: DRS 68007 coasts downhill towards Inverkeithing Tunnel with a Haymarket - Cowdenbeath shuttle service, tailed by 68006.

Forth Bridge Railway
Bill Roberton [07/12/2015]


Leyland: A pair of Northern Class 150s at Leyland after dark on 7 December 2015. The two green columns on the left (platform 4) are supports for the new footbridge and steps, scheduled for installation over the Christmas shutdown period.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [07/12/2015]


Blackpool North: Northern Pacer 142044 heads a Huddersfield (via Manchester) service out of Platform 2 at Blackpool North on 7th December 2016. The semaphores here are controlled from Blackpool No.2 box, scheduled to be closed in November 2016 but given a stay of execution until November 2017 with electric trains due to start running in 2018.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [07/12/2016]


Carleton Crossing: The little gate box at Carleton Crossing is one of five on the Preston to Blackpool line that were originally scheduled to close in November 2016. However, there is a temporary reprieve until November 2017 for this structure and also Blackpool North No.2, Poulton No.3, Kirkham and Salwick boxes. This view taken on 7th December 2016 in a brief quiet spell on what is a very busy road.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [07/12/2016]


Preston: UKRL's 56098 'Lost Boys 68-88' waits at Preston with two barrier coaches in the evening of 07 December 2016 whilst returning to Leicester from a trip to Glasgow Works. The loco was carrying a headboard 'Rail Operations Group'.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [07/12/2016]


Tamworth Low Level: Curiouser and curiouser. I was set to catch the 350 for London on the right, when these two DRS 37's came rumbling through, but no-one - least of all RTT - knew what they were doing there. Nice to have surprises, especially when they sound nice.

Trent Valley Railway (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [07/12/2017]


Cambridge North: Walking and cycling route signs outside the new Cambridge North station. 7th December 2017.

Peterborough, Ely and Cambridge (Eastern Counties Railway)
John Yellowlees [07/12/2017]


Corby: The new Corby station with an attractive sculpture on the forecourt area.

Nottingham to Melton Mowbray and Manton to Corby Line (Midland Railway)
John Yellowlees [07/12/2017]


Cambridge North: Cambridge North station on the evening of 7th December 2017. Cambridge Square is nowhere near the heart of Cambridge!

Peterborough, Ely and Cambridge (Eastern Counties Railway)
John Yellowlees [07/12/2017]


Derby: Gosh, is that the time? The old station clock can be seen on the left, at the Brunswick Inn end of Derby station. The loco is Devon and Cornwall Railway's 56.303.

North Midland Railway
Ken Strachan [07/12/2017]


Derby Works: The roundhouse roof is well preserved. The building is now a restaurant for Derby College.

Derby Works (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [07/12/2017]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1850North London RailwayExtended to Camden Town (now Camden Road)
1941Pearl HarborJapan attacks the United States of America without a formal declaration of war. The United States declares war on the Japanese Empire.
1959Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)Heads of Ayr (Butlins Camp) to Ayr (Alloway Junction) closed to freight.
1964Aberystwyth and Welch Coast RailwayAfon Wen closed.
1964Bonnybridge Canal Branch (Caledonian Railway)Bonnybridge Canal to Greenhill closed to freight
1964Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Strathaven Central to Stonehouse closed to freight.
1964Dingwall and Skye RailwayAuchterneed closed to passengers
1964Dingwall and Skye RailwayClencarron closed to passengers (Alternative date: 1966).
1970Musselburgh Branch (North British Railway)Closed to freight.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004GNER faces three rivals for key east coast rail franchise [Scotsman]THE fate of the prestigious London to Scotland east-coast railway line was hanging in the balance last night as the deadline passed for the submission of bids from companies wanting to run trains on the line.
2004Probe as two killed in rail crash [BBC News]Search teams are due to begin investigating a train crashes at a level crossing which killed two people.
2004Search starts at rail crash site [BBC News]Police begin a search at the scene of the rail crash in which two people died on an unmanned crossing.
2004Watchdog to investigate Blunkett [BBC News]Parliament^s watchdog decides to investigate David Blunkett^s giving of free rail tickets to his ex-lover.
2004Father^s concern over seat belts [BBC News]The father of a Devon girl killed in the Berkshire rail crash claims a proposal to fit seat belts has been ignored.
2006Bosses give thumbs up to faster rail link [Scotsman]BUSINESS chiefs in Edinburgh have backed plans to cut rail journey times from the Capital.
2006GNER named best rail firm [Scotsman]GNER has been named the best rail operator in the UK at the inaugural British Travel Awards.
2006Objectors backtrack over airport rail link disputes [Scotsman]MORE than half of the officials objections to the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link scheme have now been withdrawn.
2006Trains to carry giant adverts [Scotsman]FIRST ScotRail trains are to double as moving billboards, it was announced yesterday.
2006Trams could return to ease pressure to city^s main stations [Scotsman]TRAMS could return to the streets of Glasgow under plans to relieve growth pressure at the two main railway stations.
2006False alarm brings chaos [Scotsman]POLICE briefly halted trains travelling through the Capital after reports that a person was on a railway line.
2008Completed WCML project hails introduction of over 1,000 extra services [Network Rail Article]As one of Europe’s biggest civil engineering projects drew to a close yesterday new opportunities for millions of rail passengers opened up. The last piece of work on Network Rail’s £9bn upgrade of the London-Scotland West Coast main line was completed yesterday (Sunday Dec 7, 2008) at Rugby, heralding a step-change in the frequency and speed of train services from next weekend
2009Network Rail announces national centre contracts [Network Rail Article]Plans to develop one of the most sustainable office buildings in the country took another step forward as Network Rail awarded a key contract for pre-construction services.
2010Rail shake-up to put passengers first [Daily Mail]A major shake-up of Britain^s railways to put passengers first and slash chronic overspending by up to £1billion a year - without cutting services - was unveiled by the Government today.
2011Crewe’s railway heritage under threat [Rail.co]Volunteers, many of them current or retired railway staff, at Crew Heritage Centre fear that all of their good work may be lost to the next generation if the local council sells the site’s lease to an unsympathetic buyer. There is still 30 years left on the CHC lease, but the council is looking for someone to take it on a 125 year lease once the current lease expires, without the existing clause that the site has to remain as a museum.
2012ScotRail ^protected from West Coast fallout^ [Railnews]THE SCOTRAIL franchise has been extended by seven months, after the Scottish Government took advantage of a clause in its contract with FirstGroup to protect Scottish rail services from what it described as the ^fallout^ following the collapse of the West Coast franchise competition.
2014French firms starts operating Docklands Light Railway [BBC News]London^s Dockland^s Light Railway (DLR) is now being operated by French transport group Keolis. The group, a joint venture led by the SNCF subsidiary and the Spanish-owned UK services group Amey, started running the DLR on Sunday. Serco, who held the franchise for 17 years from 1997, lost the £700m contract to Keolis in July. Transport for London (TfL) said passengers would see a series of service improvements.
2015Council Leader reveals Tweedbank station loo review [Border Telegraph]SBC leader David Parker reveals he has been inundated with complaints about the lack of facilities at Tweedbank. ^On all of these issues, it has been agreed that SBC will sit down with ScotRail...^
2015Floods left trail of havoc on West Coast Main Line [Rail News]NEW pictures from Network Rail are spelling out the trail of destruction on the railways which the weekend floods in Cumbria have left behind them. However, some train services have been resumed. A thick layer of mud and silt has covered safety-critical equipment in eight cabinets which were submerged for more than 24 hours. Network Rail engineers have also reported extensive damage to track and other lineside equipment as well as to fencing and buildings. [From Richard Buckby]
2016National Railway Heritage AwardsNetwork Rail Property and CPMS today won the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for the conversion of Corrour signal box to holiday accommodation. Platform 1864 Restaurant at Tain Station was a runner-up in the same category. The other Scottish runner-up was Keith Town for the Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award, where the winner was Dover Marine.
2017Germany: train collision near Dusseldorf injures dozens [BBC News]More than 40 people have been injured in a train crash near the German city of Dsseldorf, emergency services say. A passenger train collided with a freight train near the town of Meerbusch, in North Rhine-Westphalia, on Tuesday night. Of 173 people on board, seven people were badly injured and one suffered serious injuries, the Meerbusch fire department said.