This day in history 08 December

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Dentonholme: A lengthy southbound freight crossing the River Caldew on the Carlisle goods lines on 8 December 1968, hauled by a pair of type 2 locomotives.

Carlisle Goods Loop (Carlisle Goods Traffic Committee)
John Furnevel [08/12/1968]


Dentonholme: D224 crossing the River Caldew at Dentonholme on the Carlisle goods lines with an up freight in December 1968. The Dentonholme goods depot shunter stands in the background. [See image 14716]

Carlisle Goods Loop (Carlisle Goods Traffic Committee)
John Furnevel [08/12/1968]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 47707 Holyrood with a Glasgow - Edinburgh shuttle service waiting to leave Queen Street in December 1982 as a classmate arrives with a service from Aberdeen.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [08/12/1982]


Bathgate Central Junction: View west from Bathgate Central signalbox in December 1983, with tracklifting in progress. The former through station building is in the left background, beyond the new access road to what would become the car terminal.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Bill Roberton [08/12/1983]


Bathgate Yard: The very last coal wagon in Bathgate yard awaits removal after emptying on 8 December 1983.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Bill Roberton [08/12/1983]


Bathgate Central Junction: 40135 draws its train of empty cartics past Bathgate Central signal box in December 1983. No track survived on the other side of the signalbox by this time. [See image 39045]

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Bill Roberton [08/12/1983]


Brunstane: Brunstane looking north while station was under construction.

North British Railway
Ewan Crawford [08/12/2001]


Edinburgh Park: A Glasgow - Edinburgh shuttle about to run through Edinburgh Park station in December 2004.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [08/12/2004]


Edinburgh Park: The GNER up Highland Chieftain runs east through Edinburgh Park station on a chilly December morning in 2004. The HST has run non-stop from Falkirk Grahamston and will soon begin to slow ready for its next scheduled stop at Haymarket.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [08/12/2004]


Loanhead: The former goods yard and shed at Loanhead, viewed looking north in December 2004. The old station is behind the camera to the left.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
John Furnevel [08/12/2004]


Edinburgh Park: View east over Edinburgh Park station in December 2004 with a Waverley - Queen Street shuttle passing at speed.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [08/12/2004]


Edinburgh Waverley: A terminated service from Kings Cross stands at Waverley's 'sub' platform 21 in December 2004.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [08/12/2004]


Edinburgh Waverley: Round the back - the western end of platform 21 at Waverley on a wet and dull morning in December 2004, with a recently arrived and terminated GNER service from Kings Cross at the platform.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [08/12/2004]


Berlin Alexanderplatz: Winter sunset at Alexanderplatz

Deutsche Bahn
Gordon Steel [08/12/2006]


Earn Viaduct [Forgandenny]: 1Z59 special heading for Perth and Dundee over the Earn Viaduct top & tailed by 2xEWS class 67 locomotives. Brief break in cloud cover.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [08/12/2007]


Glasgow Central: The 0805 GNER service to Kings Cross via Edinburgh Waverley departs from platform 1 at Glasgow Central on 8 December 2007. The white stripe along the sides of the coaches is in preparation for the application of new branding by National Express East Coast who take over operations from GNER with effect from 9 December.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [08/12/2007]


Glasgow Central: 91101 stands at Platform 1 of Glasgow Central with National Express East Coast branding displayed one day ahead of the NXEC launch on 9th December.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [08/12/2007]


Glasgow Central: DVT 82228 at the head of a train waiting to depart Glasgow Central for Kings Cross on 8 December 2007. This was the last day of GNERs tenure of the service before handover to National Express.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [08/12/2007]


Haymarket: New branding on a northbound HST at Haymarket on the evening of 8 December.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [08/12/2007]


Glasgow Central: 390049 Virgin Express at Glasgow Central platform 2 on 8 December awaiting signals with the 0810 service to London Euston

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [08/12/2007]


Glasgow Central: 92036 Bertolt Brecht at Platform 9 with the empty Glasgow Central portion of the Caledonian Sleeper on 8 December.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [08/12/2007]


Glasgow Central: 390049 at Platform 2 waiting to depart with the 0810 service to London Euston

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [08/12/2007]


Belvedere: View east over Belvedere station on 08 December 2008 showing 465155 arriving as the leading unit on a London bound service.

North Kent Railway
John McIntyre [08/12/2008]


Oakley Colliery: Trackbed of the former Oakley Colliery branch looking east from the Saline - Oakley road. This area will soon be transformed by opencast mining.

Kinnedar Branch (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [08/12/2008]


Belvedere: Power supply. The electricity sub station supplying the railway at Belvedere near Dartford. December 2008.

North Kent Railway
John McIntyre [08/12/2008]


Stone Crossing: Stone Crossing and gate box between Dartford and Greenhithe on 8 December 2008.

North Kent Railway
John McIntyre [08/12/2008]


Stone Crossing: 465923 runs eastbound through Stone Crossing station on 8 December with a service to Gravesend.

North Kent Railway
John McIntyre [08/12/2008]


Belvedere: 465171 on the rear of a London bound service leaving Belvedere on 08 December 2008. The signals on this stretch of line are very close together with the next 4 beyond the platform all visible and all clear.

North Kent Railway
John McIntyre [08/12/2008]


Belvedere: 466008 leads a 4-car emu set eastbound through Belvedere station on 8 December 2008.

North Kent Railway
John McIntyre [08/12/2008]


Princes Street [Tram]: End of the line. Scene at the West End of Princes Street on 8 December 2009, with tram works now on hold for the festive period. For the same view two and a half years later [see image 39218].

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [08/12/2009]


Kilmarnock: Looking back towards Kilmarnock Station from the Western Road bridge. This view shows the alterations to the track layout by the junction and CCE sidings.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Robert Blane [08/12/2009]


Plates, signs and notices: The Buchan lines timetable for 12/09/1960 to 11/06/1961. The service is not great with only 3 Peterheads and 4 Fraseburghs a day. Looking at such old timetables I find the rationale for some of the patterns puzzling: why for instance does Logierieve not get a stop for Aberdeen until 1345, by which time it was served by three trains going the other way? Were they discouraging commuters?

British Rail
David Panton [08/12/2009]


Kilmarnock: Looking back towards Kilmarnock Station from the Western Road bridge. Track panels being 'recycled' here appear to have been lifted from a curve somewhere!

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Robert Blane [08/12/2009]


Kilmarnock: Crane and next track panel taking a breather before continuing to the other side of the Western Road bridge. View looks towards Kilmarnock station.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Robert Blane [08/12/2009]


Kilmarnock: Looking west from the Western Road bridge (No 102) toward Crosshouse Junction. Track being laid out to the new buffer position.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Robert Blane [08/12/2009]


Blair Atholl: A wintry scene at Blair Atholl station on 8 December.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [08/12/2010]


Kilmarnock: 156.508 shunting back into platform 2 at Kilmarnock in front of 156.431. About the only movement this morning, 8 December 2010.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [08/12/2010]


Talsarnau: Old goods Shed sited at the rear of Talsarnau Station, seen from the south end of the platform looking along the former goods bay in December 2011. A high level loading door is visible on the left wall.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Penychain: View east over Penychain Station in December 2011, showing the extensive ramped access and the large barn type waiting room. This station is adjacent to the Haven Holidays (formerly Butlins) holiday camp and in its heyday would have catered for hundreds of families arriving and departing on summer Saturdays.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Minffordd: View along Minffordd Ffestiniog Railway station looking towards Porthmadog. The National Rail totem is just visible in the left background, marking the entrance ramp to the subway under the FR tracks, whichs gives access to the low level Arriva Trains Wales platform.

Festiniog Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Llandecwyn: Unlit Llandecwyn viewed looking north towards the combined Pont Briwet road and rail timber viaduct over the Traeth Bach. Llandecwyn station is some distance from the locality giving it its name with Cilfor being the nearest village. Penryndeudraeth Station is out of shot beyond the viaduct.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Criccieth: Infilled former east end up side bay at Criccieth Station in December 2011.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Westbury: Hanson 59102 'Village of Chantry' passing through Westbury on the Station avoiding line (soon to be known as Platform 0) on 8 December 2011. The train will be heading for the quarries at Merehead or Whatley.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [08/12/2011]


Porthmadog: View west at Porthmadog station on 8 December 2011. The building now houses the 'Station Inn' pub and cafe.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Westbury: Bardon Aggregates 66623 Bill Bolsover, leading a Network Rail ballast train onto the Bath line at Westbury on 8 December 2011 past EWS liveried class 08 no 08737, the local yard shunter.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [08/12/2011]


Westbury: South West Trains 159005 departing Westbury on 8 December for Bristol Temple Meads.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [08/12/2011]


Westbury: A Network Rail ballast train runs through Westbury on 8 December 2011 behind Bardon Aggregates 66623 Bill Bolsover.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [08/12/2011]


Harlech: 158823 on the 09.03 ex Machynlleth runs across the sparsely barriered Ffordd Morfa level crossing on the approach to Harlech Station to form the 10.24 service to Pwllheli. The barrier for the side road to the left is behind the camera, although cars are parked on the roadside alongside houses standing between the barrier and the line.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Westbury: EWS liveried 66171 heading a PW train through Westbury on 8 December 2011. After passing local yard shunter 08737 and running through the station the train took the route towards Trowbridge.

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Peter Todd [08/12/2011]


Criccieth: Criccieth station still retains a restored ornate canopy, complete with period style electric lighting, running along the front of the station building. The building itself is now owned by a televison repair business, although the canopy is still railway owned.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [08/12/2011]


Nuneaton: Selective cleaning? Most of GB Railfreight's 66.727 was filthy as it headed towards Birmingham with a container train on 8th December, but the numerals 727 seem to have been attacked with a mop. Very kind of someone...
Network Rail - reinstated Leicester-Birmingham flyover line

Whitacre Junction to Nuneaton (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [08/12/2012]


Nuneaton: 4596 Rood Ashton Hall heads East towards the flyover North of Nuneaton with a special from Tyseley to Lincoln on 8 December. The plume of steam could be seen all the way across the frame of this shot as the train headed for Hinckley.

Whitacre Junction to Nuneaton (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [08/12/2012]


Nuneaton: 66565 pulls a Saturday morning Freightliner container train towards Birmingham (Hams Hall) away from a signal stop on 8 December - it was held for an Eastbound Turbostar.

Whitacre Junction to Nuneaton (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [08/12/2012]


Edinburgh Waverley: GBRf 92032 and DBS 67007 in the Klondyke siding at Waverley, along with a couple of ex-Virgin Trains Mk2s destined for Caledonian Sleeper service.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [08/12/2015]


Fushiebridge: ScotRail 158733 held at Fushiebridge on 8 December 2016 with the 0959 ex-Tweedbank is passed by 158727 with the late running 0954 ex-Waverley which has just cleared the single line section [see image 57595].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [08/12/2016]


Yorkhill: Westbound emu at Yorkhill. No vehicles in the way on the Expressway!

Stobcross Railway
Colin Miller [08/12/2016]


Port Talbot Parkway: The Northern Belle, on a Xmas Lunch outing from Newport, Cardiff and Neath to Fishguard Harbour and back, passing through Port Talbot Parkway on another dreich day in South Wales. 68016 leading and 68023 bringing up the rear.

South Wales Railway
Alastair McLellan [08/12/2016]


Port Talbot Parkway: An updated photo of Port Talbot Parkway station with the level crossing now closed to all traffic and fenced off completely. The train is the 1348 from PT to Paddington.

South Wales Railway
Alastair McLellan [08/12/2016]


Fushiebridge: The late running 0954 ex-Waverley runs onto the double track section at Fushiebridge shortly after leaving Gorebridge station on 8 December 2016. Waiting behind the camera for the line into the station to clear and continue its journey north is the 0959 from Tweedbank. [See image 57470]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [08/12/2016]


Haymarket [Tram]: Announcement about the opening of Edinburgh Gateway on the 11th of December.

Edinburgh Trams
John Yellowlees [08/12/2016]


Fushiebridge: The 0959 from Tweedbank approaching Fushiebridge on 8 December 2016. View is south from the road bridge looking over the site of the former goods yard. The train will draw to a halt just before the bridge, to wait for the late running 0954 ex-Waverley to clear the single line section. [See image 57470] [Ref query 225]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [08/12/2016]


Water Street Junction: Colas 67027, on the rear of the Network Rail Test train as it climbs up Stormy Bank towards Pyle on 8th December 2017. This was an Old Oak Common to Swansea test run returning to Derby and is passing Water Street Jct, which was the entrance to Margam Yard Reception Sidings. [Ref query 12 December 2017]

South Wales Railway
Alastair McLellan [08/12/2017]


Hest Bank: Snow on the Lake District mountains, and a low winter sun just illuminates the flanks of 37402 as it propels the 2C32 Carlisle to Preston service through Hest Bank on 8th December 2017.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [08/12/2017]


Stormy: Colas 70817 descends Stormy Bank with the Chirk to Baglan Bay empty timber wagons on 8th December 2017.

South Wales Railway
Alastair McLellan [08/12/2017]


Water Street Junction: An Arriva Trains Class 153 single unit climbs Stormy Bank with a Shrewsbury to Cardiff Central stopping train on 8th December 2017. The unit is just passing under the M4 Motorway. To the left were the Reception Sidings of Margam Yard.

South Wales Railway
Alastair McLellan [08/12/2017]


Slochd Viaduct: In the midst of a snow shower, the wind from the container train causes the powdered snow to rise and produce a smoke like effect.66433 is heading for Mossend and is a hour late at Slochd.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [08/12/2017]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1958Broughty Ferry to Forfar BranchForfar North Junction (excluded) to Kingsmuir (excluded) closed to goods.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2003Edinburgh Park station official openingEdinburgh Park was officially opened by the First Minister Jack McConnell on a somewhat cold and foggy Monday morning. He thanked the various bodies who had to work together to open the station which included; ScotRail, the Scottish Executive (for funding £3M worth of extra trains), New Edinburgh Ltd, Network Rail, Edinburgh City Council, the SRA (providing £1.9M came from the Rail Passenger Partnership Fund) and others.

Bus services run in connection with the trains to locations such as Edinburgh Airport.
2004Crash proposals ^not fulfilled^ [BBC News]Recommendations made after the Paddington rail crash have not been "adequately fulfilled", a survivors^ group says.
2004Service remembers rail crash dead [BBC News]A memorial service is held for the seven people killed in the Berkshire rail crash last month.
2005Cycling group to hold trams public meeting [Scotsman]A PUBLIC meeting to discuss how Edinburgh^s planned trams will affect cyclists is due to be staged next week.
2005Potters Bar inquiry call rejected [BBC News]A public inquiry into the Potters Bar rail crash is ruled out.
2005Train operator under fire as 10% fare rises are lined up [Scotsman]TRAIN operator First ScotRail was criticised today after announcing fare rises of up to ten per cent - four times the rate of inflation.
2006City^s trams vision is on right track [Scotsman]THE Capital^s trams vision today took a huge step forward as its backers unveiled a business plan which showed the scheme was viable and would deliver hundreds of millions of pounds worth of benefits.
2006Trains^ festive shutdown [Scotsman]RAIL passengers travelling with Virgin Cross Country from Edinburgh have been advised to check timetables over Christmas and New Year.
2006Don^t rush road verdict [Scotsman]LIBERAL Democrat MSP Jeremy Purvis has written to Transport Minister Tavish Scott, asking him to extend the period for consultation on the A68 upgrade between Soutra and Oxton, amid concerns over the route the new road will take.
2007Passengers see east coast switch [BBC News Item]A new operator will take over the London to Scotland East Coast Main Line from this weekend. From Sunday the service, operated by GNER since 1996, will be replaced by National Express East Coast. The route was put out to tender last year, after GNER^s parent firm said it could not pay £1.3bn it promised the government to run the service. The new operator has promised to improve punctuality and spend £24m on new rolling stock.
2008Minister delivers blow to ^sub^ railway hopes [Evening News]HOPES of reopening Edinburgh^s South Suburban railway line look to have suffered a major blow after the Scottish Government ruled out any money for the project.
2008Rail workers find £30,000 in used notes in bag left on train [Evening News]STUNNED train staff found a holdall containing more than £30,000 in used bank notes on a train at Waverley Station.
2009Massive dock transformation plan launched [Inverclyde Now]A 10-YEAR, £180million plan to redevelop James Watt Dock in Greenock has been launched. PART of the railway embankment can be removed, councillors have agreed. Removal of bridge over A8 also likely.
2009Foundations laid for new station on South Bank [Network Rail Article]Foundations for the first new rail station to be built on the South Bank in over 120 years are being laid as part of Network Rail’s landmark redevelopment of Blackfriars station.
2009Row over staff on new rail link [BBC News]Rail union the RMT accuses train operator First Scotrail of risking safety on the new Airdrie-Bathgate rail link.
2010High speed line essential to west coast, rail strategy finds [Network Rail]A new high-speed line between London, Birmingham and Manchester will be essential in preventing overcrowding on the busy west coast main line, a Network Rail report has found.
2010Virgin to bid west coast rail franchise [LEP]Virgin will bid to run trains on the West Coast Main Line between Scotland and London when the franchise to operate it comes up for renewal in 2012. [From Mark Bartlett]
2010Bacup man killed on railway line in Lancaster [Westmorland Gazette]A ROSSENDALE man died on a railway line in Lancaster yesterday after he was hit by a high-speed train.
2010Stagecoach CEO calls for railway reform [Telegraph]Britain^s cash-guzzling railways should be re-integrated and train operators put in charge of track, according to the CEO of Stagecoach in an attack on rocketing costs under Network Rail.
2011Trains: Full details of ScotRail^s reduced services [STV]ScotRail is running a reduced service on Thursday, the full details of this from the company are available via the link below:
2011Five-tonne landslip closes Highland railway line [STV]A five-tonne landslide has closed a railway line in the Highlands. Rocks, trees and water has covered part of the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line. Network Rail and Scotrail were alerted the landslide, near Stromeferry village, at around 11am on Thursday.
2012Great Central Railway plans museum in Leicester [BBC News]A multi-million pound museum is to be built for the only heritage railway of its kind in the UK. The museum would be built close to the Leicester North station of the Great Central Railway, which spans Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. It is intended to be a ^significant annex^ to the National Railway Museum.
2013Scottish rail customers happiest in UK with service [Scotland on Sunday]SCOTLAND has the best train service in Britain because of high passenger satisfaction and well-kept stations, analysis by transport campaigners showed today. The country’s rail network was also placed fourth overall in the report by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT), which found “huge disparities” between 11 areas of Britain. The group said service quality was judged top in Scotland “thanks to a consistently high performance”, with its customer satisfaction overall highest across the network. However, the study by consultants Credo also showed punctuality in Scotland was rated as ninth worst. The report stated: “Improvements in this area could be a key driver in further enhancing the quality of rail services.” Transport minister Keith Brown last month told ScotRail and track firm Network Rail their performance was unacceptable and must urgently ­improve
2015Forth Road Bridge ‘selfie’ danger warning [Evening News]THOUSANDS of commuters have been hit by travel chaos in the wake of the Forth Road Bridge closure, in a day that saw queues, tailbacks, vandalism – and even selfies. The vital crossing was shut at midnight on Friday after a 20mm-wide crack was spotted in a steel truss under the southbound carriageway.
2015Plan unveiled to expand National Railway Museum and York Railway Station [Northern Echo]THE National Railway Museum and York Station are being lined up for a major overhaul and expansion as part of a plan to redevelop one of the largest brownfield sites in the country. Parts of the Leeman Road area of the city could be closed or diverted under the proposals, to give the museum more space to expand and modernise, while creating 120,000 sq m of office space and 2,500 new homes among public squares and green spaces. [From Richard Buckby]
2015West Coast Main Line reopens after Carlisle flood [Rail News]THE West Coast Main Line has reopened between England and Scotland two days after a stretch just north of Carlisle station was under more than two metres of floodwater. The first train through the reopened section was the up 10.51 Virgin Trains service from Edinburgh to London Euston which passed through the area just after 13.00. Network Rail said the blockage which had prevented trains running north of Carlisle was at Caldew Junction, where the line crosses the River Eden. [From Richard Buckby]
2017^No business case^ made for British Transport Police merger [BBC News]A report from Scotland^s Police watchdog says no authoritative business case was made for the merger of British Transport Police and Police Scotland. The decision was made by ministers, meaning the benefits, disadvantages and costs were not explained. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary^s overview of BTP says a detailed study of the risks should be undertaken. The functions of BTP are due to be absorbed into the national force on 1 April 2019.
2017First electric trains to run on Edinburgh-Glasgow main line on Sunday - a year late [Scotsman]Passengers will travel in the first electric trains on the Edinburgh-Glasgow main line from Sunday, ScotRail confirmed today. However, they have had to be borrowed from other routes because a brand new fleet for the line will be six months late. The new Class 385 Hitachi trains are not expected to enter service until late March, as The Scotsman revealed last month.
2017Ordsall Curve to Open to Traffic [Northern Rail]Rail operator Northern is preparing to welcome customers onto the first passenger service to cross Manchesters Ordsall Chord on Sunday 10 December. The historic bridge, a centrepiece of the Great North Rail Project, connects north and South Manchester and, on Sunday, will see customers cross for the first time. The moment will be marked by Rail Minister Paul Maynard who will travel on one of the first trains across the Ordsall Chord The new bridge is a key link in the modernisation of rail services in the north of England and will enable Northerns customers to travel from West Yorkshire, through the Calder Valley, direct to Manchester Oxford Road.