Today's banner by Peter Todd: Rebuilt Bullied WC 4-6-2 34046 'Braunton' heading north out of Didcot for Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill on 12th September 2020. The train is passing Appleford Level Crossing at 1115. Sad to say, it did not look too well patronised but it was good to see steam back on the mainline. For those interested, this position is better suited in the afternoon as the sun is always in the south but does move from east to west.

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1865  Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Rutherglen to Coatbridge opened to goods. Whifflet branch also opened. (Alternative date 20/09/1865.)
1873  Polloc and Govan Railway
Decide to build the new Polmadie Shed discussed with William Dixon Ltd.
1886  Crarae Quarry
Following a blast to release 52,000 tons of rock, some of the visitors who were there to witness the blast from the Lord of the Isles and later visit the quarry were killed by the gas produced by gunpowder.
1923  Redding Colliery
Redding Pit Disaster, forty men drowned when water from old workings drains into newer workings at No23 Pit.
1939  Halls Tramway
Passenger service to Penmaen Halt withdrawn.
1950  Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway
Balquhidder [2nd] (excluded) to Comrie closed to freight, but remains open to passengers.
1950  Wigtownshire Railway
Whithorn to Newton Stewart closed to passengers.
1950  Peebles Railway
Peebles [2nd] re-named Peebles (East).
1972  Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Craigendoran Pier closed to vessels (Use of the pier was then given over to small craft for a number of years).

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This day in history

Boness - Polmont branch trains. At Boness. NB 4.4.2T 7468. (Wet forenoon).

Boness - Polmont branch trains. At Boness. NB 4.4.2T 7468. (Wet forenoon).

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1948)

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Notes and Queries

Blackpool Pleasure Beach station - opened in 1987, but with an old traditional style canopy. Does anyone know this came from?

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Miscellany

Related to Achallader Viaduct.


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Key events

August 2020Three dead when train derailed hitting landslip near Stonehaven. Union Canal burst its banks, flooding the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway near Polmont.
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.

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A Short History of Trains (Short Histories)

ASIN B08H8BNYRC
Publisher DK
Published 2021-12-02
Author(s) Wolmar, Christian

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Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America

ASIN 0358567122
Publisher Mariner Books
Published 2021-08-10
Author(s) Hiltzik, Michael

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Class 158 and 159 DMUs

ASIN 1445682133
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Published 2020-09-15
Author(s) Andrew Cole

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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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