This day in history 18 December

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Whitehall: Scene of a demonstration in Whitehall, SW1, on 18 December 1968, with the Waverley petition party on the march. A young looking David Steel is standing alongside Madge Elliot, with an even younger looking Bruce McCartney holding the placard demanding STOP THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY.

Waverley Route Campaigners
Bruce McCartney Collection [18/12/1968]


Kelvindale: View looking north as the track approaches Dawsholm from the north.

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford [18/12/2004]


Kelvindale: View looking south towards Anniesland over the under construction Kelvindale station.

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford [18/12/2004]


Haymarket: Everybody seems to be changing at Haymarket these days.... 18 December 2006.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/12/2006]


Dunkeld and Birnam: Railmec digger and truck return to goods yard for more ballast.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Brian Forbes [18/12/2006]


Dunkeld and Birnam: Dunkeld goods yard is a temporary source of infill material after an embankment slip near Dalguise. A railtruck is being loaded.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Brian Forbes [18/12/2006]


Broomhill: On Thursday 14th December the River Spey overflowed resulting in flooding of low lying areas.This is just north of Broomhill,the trackbed to Grantown runs left to right just above the waterline nearest the camera.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [18/12/2006]


Broomhill: Broomhill Station and a lot of water.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [18/12/2006]


Dunkeld and Birnam: Looking south on a frosty afternoon. Factor 60 sunscreen supplied.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Brian Forbes [18/12/2006]


Dunkeld and Birnam: Rail digger - close up. double manned.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Brian Forbes [18/12/2006]


Alloa: The area around the station building currently under construction at Alloa. View north along what will become the main pedestrian entrance off the A907 ring road on 18 December 2007.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [18/12/2007]


Alloa: Position at Alloa on 18 December 2007, seen from the ASDA car park.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [18/12/2007]


Kincardine: The converted station house at Kincardine on 18 December - note the small memento attached to the gate. The level crossing that once gave access to the south side of the former Kincardine power station is down the lane to the right and on the horizon beyond is the deck of the new bridge over the Forth.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/12/2007]


Prologis Park Coventry: -or perhaps you would prefer me to call it Keresley Colliery? The rail layout hasn't changed much, but everything around it has. When I visited this location by train last year (Pathfinder's Industrious Trader), there were quite a few vans in the sidings; but a week before Christmas this year, totally empty.

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [18/12/2009]


Hayes Knoll: Scene on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 18 December looking towards Hayes Knoll station.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [18/12/2010]


Delph: A seasonal scene at Delph on the West Lancs Light Railway on 18 December 2010 as passengers wait in the snow to see Santa.

West Lancashire Light Railway
John McIntyre [18/12/2010]


Hayes Knoll: Scene on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway near Hayes Knoll on 18 December with Barclay 0-6-0ST Salmon heading through the snow with a Santa Special.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [18/12/2010]


Nuneaton North Chord: In the midst of all the 'knitting', the new embankment for the Nuneaton North Chord can be seen taking shape. View looks North-West from the embankment of the old Ashby line. [See image 36137]

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [18/12/2011]


Ashby Junction: This curve from the MR Ashby-Birmingham route [see image 26581] into the WCML and Nuneaton Trent Valley (former) platform 5 makes a pleasant footpath or cycleway - and, mercifully, will not be demolished to make way for the new North Chord! [See image 36137]

Ashby Curve (Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Committee)
Ken Strachan [18/12/2011]


Milton Keynes Central: The seeds of promise - this notice about Christmas engineering works at Bletchley in December 2012 is notable for its mention of the restoration of the link to Oxford [see image 27801]. Such a shame it wasn't done when MK was first built.

Network Rail
Ken Strachan [18/12/2012]


Wakefield Westgate: Views of the railside exit doors from the new station building at Wakefield Westgate that will give access onto platform 1, and, inside, of the staircase leading to the footbridge for platform 2; with the ticket barrier line seen on left of view. Final work is currently being carried out to have the new building made ready to open for business on Sunday 22 December.

Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [18/12/2013]


King Edward Bridge: A well worn gradient plate mounted on the west side of the King Edward Bridge, noted when the northbound East Coast service halted, with my seat opposite the plate, on the approach into Newcastle Central station.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
David Pesterfield [18/12/2013]


Hest Bank: Diverging onto the Bare Lane chord at Hest Bank on 18 December is this trip working to Heysham Power Station from Sellafield. DRS 37688 brings up the rear of the train conveying a single flask led by 37606. The train will reverse at Morecambe to access the Heysham branch.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/12/2013]


West End - Princes Street [Tram]: View south from Shandwick Place tram stop on 8 December 2013. A crossover is sited at the far end to allow trams to reverse from the platform face nearest and run back towards Haymarket Station which is located off picture in the right background. [See image 41476]

Edinburgh Trams
David Pesterfield [18/12/2013]


Hardengreen Junction: View north from a point near the site of the former Hardengreen Junction on 18 December 2013. The remains of the original 1847 Eskbank station lie immediately beyond the A6094 road bridge in the background. The houses of Hardengreen Lane stand on the left. [See image 17896]

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/12/2013]


Hest Bank: DRS 37606 leads a single flask from Sellafield to Heysham and sister EE Type 3 37688 past the disused signal box and onto the chord to Bare Lane on 18th December 2013. I originally entitled this image The once a week crossover but have since found that an early morning ECS working from Barrow Cariage Sidings to Morecambe also uses it.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/12/2013]


Wakefield Westgate: Looking north along the up platform at Westgate, with the 08.23 CrossCountry Voyager for Plymouth approaching. The new station building opens for business this Sunday 22 December.

Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [18/12/2013]


Hardengreen Viaduct: View south along the A7 on 18 December 2013 towards Hardengreen Roundabout, the centre of which is now occupied by a large bridge support. Newbattle Viaduct shows off its new blue safety fencing in the centre background, with Lady Victoria pit beyond. Gorebridge parish church stands on the horizon directly beyond the top of the crane jib.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/12/2013]


Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal: It's a lonely life a-shunting. Malcolm group locomotive 08823 returns to the main yard at DIRFT on 18 December 2015 after depositing a rake of Cargowaggons by the Eddie Stobart warehouse [see image 53111]. The Northampton loop off the WCML is out of view to the right of the concrete fence.

Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (Network Rail)
Ken Strachan [18/12/2015]


Glasgow Central Low Level: The unused Low level platform at Glasgow Central seen in December 2015. This will hopefully have a length of track and railway carriage on display as part of the Glasgow Central tour

Glasgow Central Railway
Gordon Steel [18/12/2015]


Hardengreen Viaduct: At 1022 on 18 December 2016, another one of those grey winter days when it never seems to achieve real daylight, the Sunday morning 0945 ex-Tweedbank comes off Hardengreen Viaduct and begins to slow for the Eskbank stop just behind the camera.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [18/12/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Behind wraps; work continues on making way for the new frontage of Queen Street.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Yellowlees [18/12/2017]


Edinburgh Waverley: 334029 disgorges its passengers at Platform 12, Edinburgh Waverley on 18th December 2017.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [18/12/2017]


Shawfair: A southbound morning service on the Borders Railway, photographed between Newcraighall and Shawfair on 18 December 2017, in the shadow of the under construction Edinburgh and Midlothian Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre.

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
John Furnevel [18/12/2017]


Shawfair: 'It can be a lonely job at times...' Looking south over Shawfair station on a grey and cloudy 18 December 2017, with the 1009 ScotRail service to Tweedbank recently arrived. The lone figure on platform 2 is the guard, who has just discovered there are 'no takers' for his train this morning.

Millerhill Deviation (Network Rail)
John Furnevel [18/12/2017]


Edinburgh Waverley: Caledonian Sleeper 92014 stabled in the Klondyke siding at Edinburgh Waverley on 18th December 2017.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [18/12/2017]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1893Kincardine Line (North British Railway)Kincardine Junction to Kincardine opened.
1920~Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon Light Railway and TramwayAdoon closed
1967Newport RailwayNewport-on-Tay East to Tayport official closure date (closed early due toTay Road Bridge works).

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Progress at DawsholmTrack has been laid westwards from Maryhill Park Junction to just shy of Dawsholm station. The line is being re-opened as part of the Larkhall Branch re-opening scheme.
2006Laurencekirk residents to get an early Christmas presentA North East station closed following the Beeching cuts in the 1960s is to re-open, Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen announced today (Monday). The community of Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, will soon be able to let the train take the strain as a result of the project, worth over 3 million.
2008Glasgow Airport rail link [Scottish Government]Construction firms queue up to tender for flagship transport project.
2008Glasgow Airport rail link [Scottish Government]Construction firms queue up to tender for flagship transport project.
2008Alloa to Rosyth link considered [BBC News Article]Transport bosses are to consider extending Alloa^s new rail link 20 miles east to Rosyth.
2008Glasgow Airport rail link [Scottish Government]Construction firms queue up to tender for flagship transport project.
2008Reopening of Laurencekirk Station [Nestrans]Galliford Try were appointed by Network Rail on behalf of Nestrans and Transport Scotland to undertake the works towards reopening Laurencekirk railway station by spring 2009.
2008Glasgow Airport rail link [Scottish Government]Construction firms queue up to tender for flagship transport project.
2009Crews tackle power station blaze [BBC News Article]About 50 firefighters tackle a blaze in a turbine unit at Longannet power station in Fife overnight.
2009Extra police for Pittodrie trains [BBC News Article]Extra police officers are called in to patrol trains and stations between Edinburgh and Aberdeen as Hibernian play at Pittodrie.
2009Signalling in the future at Scarborough [Network Rail]Passengers travelling between Seamer and Scarborough will have a smoother and more reliable journey after Network Rail completes 20m rail improvement works.
2010Icicles leave rail passengers stranded in Peterborough [BBC]Hundreds of rail passengers were left stranded in Peterborough overnight as icicles caused overhead power cables to fail.
2012Steam train takes to London Underground in test run [BBC News]A steam train built more than 100 years ago took to London^s Underground system at the weekend. Transport for London is operating a service on 13 January to commemorate 150 years since the first London Tube journey. A test run took place in the early hours of Sunday morning in preparation for the 300 passengers who applied for tickets through a ballot.
2013Revamped Haymarket railway station opens tomorrow [Evening News]The 25 million revamp of Haymarket Station is set to be officially unveiled to the travelling public as the finishing touches are being put to the new concourse. Passengers will be met with a giant departures board on the same scale as the one in Waverley as they are allowed access from Haymarket Terrace from 5.30am tomorrow. A series of escalators, bridges and stairs connect the new-look steel and glass structure to existing platforms. The state-of-the-art facility has tripled the concourse floor space to 8700 square metres, having been designed to cater for a predicted 125 per cent increase in passenger numbers over the next 15 years.
2013Roof at Cork train station collapses as storm hits country [Irish Times]Eight people have been injured after high winds caused structural damage to buildings in in Cork and Co Limerick this afternoon. Three people were injured when a section of the roof at Kent Station in Cork collapsed and five people were hurt when severe winds hit the town of Kilmallock, Co Limerick.. In Cork, roofing on platforms 1 and 2 collapsed shortly after 3pm at Kent Station and landed on an unoccupied passenger train.
2013Gotthard Base Tunnel test trains launched [IRJ]SWISS transport minister Mrs Doris Leuthard launched the first official test train into the 57km Gotthard Base Tunnel on December 16, marking the 900-day countdown to the completion of the project, which is scheduled for December 2016. Test runs are initially being carried out in the 13km southern section of the tunnel between Bodio and Faido. [From Richard Buckby]
2014Northampton railway station: Behind the scenes view ahead of opening [BBC News]The BBC has been granted behind the scenes access to the 20m new Northampton railway station ahead of its opening. Correspondent Richard Westcott said Network Rail had designed it to be double the size of the old station which would be demolished. The new station was expected to open to the public in early October but will now become fully operational by mid-January, Network Rail said.
2015APT tilting train: The laughing stock that changed the world [BBC News Magazine]It^s 30 years since the Advanced Passenger Train carried its last passengers. In its short life it attracted scorn and mockery, but did the APT actually revolutionise the world of travel? Trains didn^t used to tilt. They just ran quickly along straight lines and then slowed down when they came to a bend.
2017Amtrak Washington train crash: Deaths as carriages fall on US motorway [BBC News]A US passenger train on its inaugural run in Washington state has derailed, with carriages crashing on to the motorway below at the height of the morning rush hour. Police say there were ^multiple^ fatalities on board the train, which hit vehicles on the I-5 highway below. Images from the scene show that all the carriages of the high-speed train appear to have left the track. It was Amtrak^s first passenger service to run on a new, shorter route. Train 501 had left Seattle, heading south for Portland, at 06:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The derailment happened on a section of track, south of Tacoma, previously only used for freight trains.