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Andy Kirkham

The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 was a profound shock to those who believed in technological progress and the ability of human ingenuity to...

John McIntrye

Based on an article first published in Railway Digest Scotland in April 1990.

Ewan Crawford

The following is a series of aerial photographs of railways and surrounding land.

James Turnbull

This article by James Turnbull originally appeared in the Southern Annual 164 and appears here courtesy of Bruce McCartney.

Ian Dinmore

In July 1979 I had been working for the railway for eight years at different stations all over the old South Central Division of the Southern...

Ian Dinmore

Some of the antics that went on down Barnstaple way would seem incredulous today – certain staff often took a liquid lunch at the Barnstaple Inn,...

Railscot, Lightmoor Press

Who knew that there was a Methven Railway Song?

Ewan Crawford
The Callander and Oban Railway Through Time book, published by Amberley Press, is now ready.
David Spaven

David Spaven's new book on the Far North line, "Highland Survivor" is a fascinating read.

Bruce McCartney
This book...
David Spaven

History never stands still – and it was only weeks after the publication of Waverley Route: the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway in...

Mark Bartlett

Having put a selection of Cam Camwell's Holcombe Brook Branch pictures on the website I thought a few words about this short but interesting line...

Colin Hope

Colin Hope, who cycled in heavy snow to the aftermath of the Castlecary Disaster (10th of December 1937), writes ...

John Furnevel
G.H. Robin, J.R. Robin

My father, G.H.Robin, kept written notes of all his railway journeys and I thought these may be of interest to today'...

Craig Seath

The first meeting of the Devon Valley Railway Promoters took place on 13th September 1855 in the Rumbling Bridge Inn.

John Furnevel
The centrepiece of a week of celebrations to mark the...
Ewan Crawford

This is a photograph of a 37 taken with a generator and a bank of studio flashes ... and a guessed shutter speed.

Mark Poustie

This line was opened in 1783 by the owners of Halbeath Colliery.

Bob Ayres

In the last two decades there have been several attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all traceable public and private stations, halts,...

Ewan Crawford

The Kilmarnock and Troon Railway was built to convey coal from pits to the west of Kilmarnock to Troon Harbour.

Alex Graham

The following are some recollections of Lenzie Station and its environs dating back some sixty years.

G.H. Robin

AYR - DUNURE - TURNBERRY As this trip was done on the holiday Monday (26th September 1949), I think it fitting to include this section along with...

John Furnevel

Further changes are in the pipeline for the UK's most fascinating 22-mile stretch of railway!

John Furnevel

It was 6.15 am on a fine, bright, May morning in 1915 when signalman Meakin diverted the 4.50am pick-up goods from Carlisle into the down loop.

David Spaven, Ewan Crawford

David Spaven's book 'Waverley Route: the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway' was launched at the Town Hall in Stow in August last year...

RailScot contributors

Amongst the physical obstacles to the re-opening of the Strathspey Railway to Grantown-on-Spey, the missing bridge over the River Dulnain, by the...

Colin Hope

I was lucky enough in my school days to travel between Dullatur and Glasgow Queen Street High Level most schooldays.

Gillon Ferguson

There was a midday train from Glasgow Queen Street to Hamilton Which had a connection at Shettleston for Blairhill calling at our suburban station...

Bruce McCartney

This article first appeared in the January 1989 issue of The Railway Magazine.

John Furnevel

The BR modernisation plan, announced in 1955, paved the way for the changeover from steam to diesel power on Britain's Railways.

John Furnevel

2005 sees the centenary of the closure of the line from Broughton to Victoria Lodge - yet parts of the route are still in use!

Mark Bartlett

A short history


This poem by 'Heatherbell' remembers the period of construction of the Talla Reservoir.

John Furnevel

The West London Line is a relatively short stretch of railway (just over 6 miles in length) that provides a crucial north - south link between 2...