Today's banner by David Bosher: Edinburgh Trams no. 270 to Airport arriving at Foot of the Walk, at 15.50 on Tuesday, 4th June 2024.

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1850  North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
Line opened completely to North Berwick, North Berwick [Williamstown] closed.
1853  Leven Railway
Authorised from Thornton Junction to Leven [1st].
1901  Hill of Howth Line (Great Northern Railway [Ireland])
Sutton to Summit opened. Power station at depot at Sutton.
1957  Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kirkhill (Kirkhill Junction) to Carmyle (Westburn Junction) closed to passengers.
1963  Shotts Branch (Monkland Railways)
Shotts Goods to Westcraigs Junction (excluded) closed.
1984  Dingwall and Skye Railway
Strathcarron east box closed, Strathcarron west box converted into gate box.
2002  Caledonian Railway
Southbound Mossend to Warrington timber train derails at north end of Quintinshill Loops.

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This day in history

Extract from the Scottish Region working timetable Section B effective 17th June 1957. Poor services like this were a gift to bus companies with their cheaper fares, something you will read time and again in contemporary accounts. I wonder how long that 13 minutes at Inches felt when you were in a hurry to get home?

Extract from the Scottish Region working timetable Section B effective 17th June 1957. Poor services like this were a gift to bus companies with their cheaper fares, something you will read time and again in contemporary accounts. I wonder how long that 13 minutes at Inches felt when you were in a hurry to get home?

David Panton (1957)

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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 Chryston Tunnel Bridge.

First Act of Parliament giving the right to operate locomotive engines

The Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway's Act of 1824 was the first in Britain to grant the right to operate locomotives. It became the first Scottish company to successfully operate locomotives (a trial of a locomotive on the Kilmarnock and Troon Railway was not successful).

The railway opened in 1826 with horse traction. In 1831, in the face of increasing competition from the Monkland Canal and the impending opening of the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway, the company bought the first two locomotives manufactured in Glasgow. The builder was Murdoch, Aitken & Co.

Unfortunately there was insufficient clearance at Bedlay Tunnel and although the locomotives could be used to either side of the tunnel horses were used through the tunnel itself. One locomotive was used to the north and the other to the south.

The tunnel was opened out in 1832 to remove the bottleneck.

Locomotives 1&2 remained in use until the 1840s.

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Key events

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
December 2023Further strikes and other action by ASLEF at DfT train operators in first week of December
Glasgow-Barrhead electric services begin
Cathcart Circle and Shotts expresses restored all day
East Linton station opens
'Polar Express' trains on the Edinburgh South Suburban
First Boxing Day trains to Edinburgh since 1981
Storms Pia and Gerritt affect services
November 2023RMT members vote to accept pay offer, but ASLEF announce a rolling programme of strikes in December at DfT operators. Waverley brought to a standstill for rest of day after power-surge fried signals on 2 November. Calls suspended at Altnabreac. New Sleeper lounge at Euston. New coffee-shop at Shettleston.

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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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