Today's banner by John McIntyre: A Blackpool North to York service passes Kirkham & Wesham on the late afternoon of 2nd February 2015. The train is using the Up Fast line avoiding the station, which was subsequently removed during electrification and a new Up platform built where the Down Fast is in this photo. See image 67725.

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1847  Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Act gives permission for a number of alterations to the route.
1847  Chester and Birkenhead Railway
Chester and Birkenhead Railway merged with the Birkenhead, Lancashire and Cheshire Junction Railway to form the new Birkenhead, Lancashire and Cheshire Junction Railway.
1847  Mold Railway
Company formed
1869  Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened for passengers.
1877  Wigtownshire Railway
Opened from Millisle to Whithorn.
1918  Stanrigg Colliery (Arbuckle)
Subsidence into pit kills 19 men. (Pit owned by McCracken Brothers)
1928  Peebles Railway
Hawthornden re-named Rosewell and Hawthornden.
1929  Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Williamwood station opened. This obliterated the former Clarkston West Junction.
1934  Welsh Highland Railway
Nantmor Halt renamed Aberglaslyn.
1954  Ravenscraig Steel Works
Works opened by Colvilles Ltd at a cost of £20,000,000, with 2 batteries of 35 coke ovens, a blast furnace and melting shop with 3 furnaces. Colvilles Ltd older furnaces were to be demolished.

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This day in history

Unrebuilt Royal Scot 46137 <I>The Prince of Wales^s Volunteers (South Lancashire)</I> on shed at Polmadie in the summer of 1949.

Unrebuilt Royal Scot 46137 The Prince of Wales^s Volunteers (South Lancashire) on shed at Polmadie in the summer of 1949.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1949)

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Notes and Queries

Gary Straiton is looking for help in trying to find out more about this old photograph taken at Perth shed. CR 65 was new in April 1917, although neither the actual date of the picture nor the reason behind it are known. Possibly taken to mark the end of WW1, perhaps as a publicity shot for the CR or even as a private commission. Any contributions at all concerning the picture, including any of the various individuals shown, would be appreciated. Added 19 August 2015.

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Miscellany

Related to Princes Street Gardens Cutting.

Power Magazine

When a railway through Princes Street Gardens was first proposed one of the arguments against the route was that sparks could ignite the powder magazine at Edinburgh Castle above the line.

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Key events

June 2020Face coverings become mandatory on public transport.
May 2020Travelling by LNER becomes reservation-only.
March 2020Major changes to railway operations and timetables resulting from impact of Coronavirus pandemic.
December 2019- opening of Robroyston's new station and Dunbar's second platform

- farewell to ScotRail Class 314s and LNER HSTs

- TPE introduce Class 397s with new Glasgow-Preston-Liverpool route and Class 802s on new Edinburgh-Leeds-Liverpool route.
October 2019Almond Chord: £15 million approved to develop options for Waverley approaches.

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Slideshows

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The Great Britain Railtour 10 photos
DIRFT expansion 37 photos
Nuneaton North Chord construction and traffic 38 photos
Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway 17 photos

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Stratford Depot Locomotives: In the Eighties & Nineties

ASIN 1911658425
Publisher Mortons Media Group
Published 2021-07-28
Author(s) Rounce, Roger

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Railway Magazine Archive Collection 1930s

ASIN 1911658514
Publisher Mortons Media Group
Published 2021-10-28
Author(s) Kelly, Peter

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Australian Railways

ASIN 1445683709
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2019-09-15
Author(s) Mark Carter

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Diesel Retrospective: Class 33

ASIN 1445699923
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2020-10-15
Author(s) John Vaughan

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