Today's banner by Ewan Crawford: Killin Junction showing the island platform from above with dirt roads showing the course of the lifted tracks. The curve of the C&O's eastbound platform face can be clearly seen, the Killin branch platform was above (in the photograph) and the westbound C&O platform below. Killin Junction, the junction rather than station, was off to the right. A railway cottage, rebuilt in recent years, is off the top of the photograph.

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1840  Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Opened with a terminus at Preston Leighton Street (later Maudlands Goods), the line crossing the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway on the level to the immediate west of the terminus.
1846  Deeside Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The railway is not built and power lapse.
1846  Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Act receives Royal assent. It was originally stipulated that the line was not allowed to compete with the Caledonian Railway for Glasgow to Carlisle traffic.
1846  Morayshire Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Authorised from Lossiemouth to Elgin [GNSR] and from Orton to Craigellachie.
1846  Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Line leased to the Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway and re-gauged for locomotives.
1846  Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Act for extension from Northallerton to meet the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway at Stockton. Plan to buy Stockton and Hartlepool Railway falls through.
1846  Dublin, Dundrum and Rathfarnham Railway
Act passed, a re-work of the proposed Dublin, Dundrum and Enniskerry Railway.
1846  Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Second Leeds and Thirsk Act gives powers to open a line from Northallerton to Billingham on the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway, Eaglescliffe on the Stockton and Darlington Railway and Stockton on the Clarence Railway.
1846  Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin Railway
Act passed. The Act allows the company to lease the Dublin and Kingstown Railway. The line is Great Western Railway (England) supported. (Known as the 'Three W's.)
1866  Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton RailwayNorth British Railway
Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway absorbed by North British Railway.

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This day in history

Caley ^Jumbo^ 57307 ambles through Patterton on Saturday 16 July 1949 with a short goods train.

Caley ^Jumbo^ 57307 ambles through Patterton on Saturday 16 July 1949 with a short goods train.

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

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Notes and Queries

A Class 47 loco stabled near a junction in summer 1989 but where and what are those gantries for?
[Added 01 March 2023.]

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Miscellany

Related to Cargill Viaduct.

There have been six railway bridges over the River Tay. Listed going upstream:

Tay Bridge [1st] June 1878 - December 1879 (when the Tay Bridge Disaster occurred)
Tay Bridge 1887 - present (replacement bridge, in use)
Tay Viaduct [Perth] 1849 - present (original timber bridge replaced 1863/64)
Cargill Viaduct 1848 - 1982 (closure) - present (out of use) (original timber bridge replaced 1880s with iron and with steel in 1918)
Dalguise Viaduct 1863 - present (in use)
Logierait Viaduct 1865 - 1965 (closure) - present (in use as minor road)

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Key events

May 202450th anniversary of the Electric Scots
Continuing ASLEF dispute at DfT operators overtaken by general election
Barrhead/East Kilbride conductor dispute resolved
Peak fares trial extended to August
First Minister officially opens £116M Levenmouth Railway
April 2024New active travel route at Gourock
Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central the first stations in Britain to have British Sign Language on their main departure screens
Joanne Maguire new interim ScotRail MD, Liam Sumpter to head Network Rail in Scotland
March 2024Alex Hynes departure announced from Scotland for DfT
Jacobite suspended
February 2024Dunblane resignalling to allow southbound trains to depart from Platform 3
Highland networks closed by storm on 5 February
East Kilbride carpark reduced for new station construction
Addiewell temporarily closed for reconstruction
Brodick ferries diverted to Troon by Ardrossan pier damage
Seawall damage near Helmsdale
January 2024'The Hatch' café opens at Singer
'Reboot your Commute' advertising campaign
Four loops taken out of use during snow on HML
Storms Isha and Jocelyn led to network closures from 1900 on 21 and 23 January
Storm Ingunn on 31 January closed West and North Highland routes

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West Highland Railway (Oban branch), September 2022[[images]]0 photos
Sleeper 42 photos
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Class 317 units (now withdrawn) 2013-2022[[images]]0 photos
Maps - mainly of stations 27 photos
LU Metropolitan Line + S8 stock, 2012-2023[[images]]0 photos

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The Railways of Stirling

ASIN 1915069297
Publisher Lightmoor Press
Published 2023-09-20
Author(s) Peddie, Donald

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Class 08 Locomotives in Scotland (Class Locomotives)

ASIN 1398105600
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2023-10-15
Author(s) Howat, Colin J.

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The Dundee & Arbroath Railway

ASIN 1915069173
Publisher Lightmoor Press
Published 2023-02-24
Author(s) Ferguson, Niall

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Edinburgh, Granton and Leith Railways

ASIN 1398108561
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2023-04-15
Author(s) Williamson, Kenneth G.

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