This day in history 23 February

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Newcastleton: In late January and early February 1963, the Waverley Route was blocked by snow between Stobs and Steele Road stations for 18 days. This scene, featuring the 4.33 pm Carlisle-Edinburgh train, is further south at Newcastleton on Saturday 23rd February, during the subsequent 25 days of single-line operation before the line was fully re-opened between Steele Road and Stobs. One month later, the publication of the Beeching Report would effectively seal the Waverley Route's fate.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard Up Arrival Sidings: Steam and diesel hauled trains at Millerhill Up Yard reception sidings on 23rd February 1963.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: Almost a desert landscape, as a pickup van waits on 23rd February 1963 to collect railwaymen from the Hump Office at Millerhill Up Yard, which had opened in June 1962 and initially handled 2,000 wagons a day.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Riccarton Junction: The Waverley Route experienced one of the biggest challenges of its existence when the country suffered sub-zero temperatures from late December 1962 through to early March 1963. By 23rd February 1963, an 18-day snow blockage had been cleared, but only for single-track operation. Here, seen from a morning train from Edinburgh to Carlisle working 'wrong line' through Riccarton Junction, unidentified Standard Class 2 and Class 4 2-6-0s - coupled tender to tender on the Up line - take a break from snowploughing duties.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: A Class 08 breasts the hump at Millerhill Up Yard on 23rd February 1963, just eight months after this massive new marshalling facility was created to rationalise yard provision in the Edinburgh area and streamline wagonload movements in the East of Scotland.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: The photographer�s �wee black book� simply says 'Jimmy collects his container!' Photograph taken at Millerhill Yard on 23rd February 1963.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard Up Arrival Sidings: View north at Millerhill on 23rd February 1963, with the main line to the left and the reception sidings for the Up Yard (opened eight months earlier) on the right. Newcraighall Colliery stands in the left background.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Millerhill Yard: Amid the moonscape of the new BR Millerhill marshalling yard, a mixed 'cut' of parcels and goods wagons rolls over the up hump on 23rd February 1963. At this time the yard had been officially open for approximately eight months.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Borthwick Bank Signal Box: Climbing Borthwick Bank on an Edinburgh-Carlisle train on 23rd February 1963, one of the first trains to run over the entire Waverley Route after an 18-day snow blockage of the line south of Hawick. See image [[52638]].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Falahill Summit: All signals off at Falahill on 23rd February 1963, seen from one of the first trains to run over the entire Waverley Route after an 18-day snow blockage of the line south of Hawick.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1963]


Livingston [1st]: The brave new world of Livingston new town makes for a strange contrast with a traditional North British Railway building at the former Livingston station (closed 1948), seen here on 23rd February 1965.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall Oilworks: AB1960 of 1929, photographed at Motherwell Bridge Thermal in Uphall in February 1965. The locomotive was ex-Broxburn Oil Co in 1964 and was eventually scrapped in 1967.

Hopetoun and Uphall Oilworks Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall Oilworks: No 3 receiving attention at the Motherwell Bridge (Thermal) engineering works (the former workshops of Scottish Oils Ltd) at Uphall on 23 February 1965. The 0-4-0 locomotive (AB1960/1929) had been purchased from the Broxburn Oil Company a year earlier.

Hopetoun and Uphall Oilworks Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall: A train of new cars and lorries trundles past Uphall signal box on 23 February 1965, dwarfed by the local shale bing.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Uphall Oil Works: Bridge carrying a mineral line across the old A8 (now A89) south towards Uphall oil works in 1965. The rooftops of the works lie directly ahead with shale bings dominating the surroundings. The track and oilworks are long gone but the bridge over the A89 still stands, albeit with a new deck, having been modified to serve as a footbridge. See image [[28643]]

Hopetoun and Uphall Oilworks Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [23/02/1965]


Minety and Ashton Keynes: DMU L430, northbound through the disused Minety and Ashton Keynes station on the Swindon to Gloucester line on 23rd February 1984. The station had closed in 1964.

Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd [23/02/1984]


Wernigerode: Metre gauge 2-10-2T 99 7236 has almost surmounted the climb up from Wernigerode as it approaches the level crossing near the Gasthaus Drei Annen with the 09.42 Wernigerode - Nordhausen (DR Harzquerbahn) in February 1987.

Deutsche Bahn
Bill Jamieson [23/02/1987]


Wernigerode Westerntor: It's surely not a particularly steep climb away from the station there? The 09.42 Wernigerode Westerntor - Nordhausen train photographed on 23rd February 1987 - apparently working hard.

Deutsche Bahn
Bill Jamieson [23/02/1987]


Gorebridge: Looking north towards the remains of Gorebridge station in February 2000 see image [[51237]]. The station building is obscured by foliage, while the white wall is the rear of the garage block serving Harvieston Villas, built on the site after closure and since demolished to make way for the reopened railway.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [23/02/2000]


Craiglockhart: The remains of Craiglockhart station (closed September 1962) on the Edinburgh suburban line, seen on 23 February 2002. View is south east from Colinton Road looking towards Morningside Road.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2002]


Partick: Platform view east from Partick station on a February afternoon in 2005 as a train for Milngavie approaches. Yorkhill Hospital stands in the left background.

Stobcross Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2005]


Edinburgh Waverley: View west from Waverley Bridge on 23 February 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2007]


Edinburgh Waverley: View over Waverley west end on 23 February 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2007]


Haymarket: TransPennine 158 791 leaving Haymarket on 23 February.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton [23/02/2007]


Earn Viaduct [Forgandenny]: The 1612 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness races through Strathearn towards Perth, with the River Earn for company.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [23/02/2007]


Milton of Crathes: Volunteers of the Royal Deeside Railway making good progress re-instating the track between Milton of Crathes and Banchory on 23 February. Thanks to the recovery of track from Aberdeen Guild Street, there is almost enough track to reach their ultimate destination.

Deeside Railway
John Williamson [23/02/2008]


Clydebank: 320 313 at Clydebank on 23 February with a Dalmuir service.

Clydebank to Dalmuir (North British Railway)
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Drumry: Scene at Drumry on 23 February 2008 with 320 309 on an eastbound service to Airdrie.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Airbles: A train for Dalmuir via Motherwell formed by 334 013 stands at Airbles on 23 February.

Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Jordanhill: 334 007 at Jordanhill on 23 February with a Dalmuir service.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Possilpark and Parkhouse: Looking back towards Glasgow Queen Street as Anniesland shuttles cross at Possilpark and Parkhouse on 23 February 2008.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Bridgeton: A service for Dalmuir via Yoker arrives at Bridgeton on 23 February formed by 318 267.

Glasgow Central Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Scotstounhill: 334 001 with a Dalmuir train at Scotstounhill on 23 February 2008.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
David Panton [23/02/2008]


Brisbane Roma Street: Local train on the eastern approaches to Brisbane Roma Street station. View looks to Central Station.

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Brisbane Central: Brisbane Central Railway Station dwarfed by modern tower blocks, as viewed from Ann Street. The tower was designed by English architect J. J. Clark.

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Brisbane Roma Street: 'On the Queensland Railway Lines, There are stations where one dines...' An interesting modern art sculpture in Roma Street Parkland close to Roma Street Railway Station. Unfortunately, I omitted to photograph the other surfaces so I don't know how the poem ends! [Railscot note: the parklands were formerly the extensive goods yard of Roma Street station.]

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Brisbane Roma Street: Overview of the east end of Brisbane Roma Street Station. This was originally a terminus and the lines in the foreground continue behind the camera, in a tunnel, to Central Station.

Queensland Railways
Beth Crawford [23/02/2009]


Collessie: A Perth - Edinburgh service passing through Collessie Den on 23 February 2009 formed by unit 158725.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [23/02/2009]


Princes Street [Tram]: Between the lines... the newly constructed tram stop at 'The Mound' seen looking east along Edinburgh's Princes Street on 23 February 2010.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [23/02/2010]


Edinburgh Waverley: 322 485 arriving from North Berwick at Edinburgh Waverley on 23 February 2010.The 322s are to replaced next Spring by new class 380 units.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [23/02/2010]


Edinburgh Waverley: Saltire liveried 156 502 on arrival from Glasgow Central at Edinburgh Waverley on 23 February 2010.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [23/02/2010]


Whitby West Cliff: The imposing station at Whitby West Cliff looking south west from Station Avenue on 23 February 2010. Closed in June 1961 the building has since been converted to residential accommodation (named Beechings Mews!). The former station masters house is nearest the camera. See image [[21087]]

Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway
John Furnevel [23/02/2010]


Ladybank Works: The old wagon shops at Ladybank on 23 February 2011, photographed from a passing train on the Perth line see image [[32886]].

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Yellowlees [23/02/2011]


Nuneaton: View north at Nuneaton in February 2011 as a CrossCountry service from Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street calls at the station's new east side island platform. After leaving, 170107 will then climb to cross the WCML flyover in the distance before turning west towards Birmingham.

Trent Valley Railway (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2011]


Rugby: Commuters huddle under the canopy at Rugby on a very wet morning and there are few takers for this London Midland EMU service for Euston via Northampton. The platform cleared a few minutes later however when a Euston bound Pendolino called. 350127 was on the rear of an eight car train and to its right the recently infilled north bays can be seen see image [[32862]].

London and Birmingham Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2011]


Kilmarnock: DBS 66119 northbound through Kilmarnock station on 23 February 2011 with the 4S90 Drax - New Cumnock empties heading for Long Lyes.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/02/2011]


Kilmarnock: Freightliner 70004 at Kilmarnock with the 4S75 Stourton-Killoch on 23 February 2011.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/02/2011]


Barassie Junction: 31465 on the rear of a Network Rail test train passing south through Barassie on 23 February 2011.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [23/02/2011]


Minster: The signalbox at Minster looking west towards the station on 23 February 2012. The photograph is taken from the middle of a triangular junction with lines running past towards Dover (left) and Ramsgate (right). There had been a number of railway staff in hi-viz clothing in the area earlier, however, at this point in time they were behind the signalbox assisting with the removal of a trespassing goose!

South Eastern and Chatham Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Morecambe Promenade: The old station concourse at Morecambe Promenade, now known as The Platform, showing the stage that now occupies this area. The seating had been cleared away for the floor to be treated. The front section of the building, just visible through the skylights, is now the Tourist Information Centre and the concourse is used for events and concerts. A far cry from the days of excursions and electric trains to Lancaster but at least the building is still with us and cared for. See image [[37571]] for the same scene in the 1980s.

North Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2012]


Sturry: A Southeastern service from Ramsgate to London Charing Cross via Ashford passes the down platform and signalbox at Sturry, near Canterbury, on 23 February 2012. The train is about to call at the up platform on this side of the level crossing.

South Eastern Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Sturry: A Southeastern Class 395 heads south west through Sturry in Kent with a Ramsgate - St Pancras high speed service on 23 February 2012.

South Eastern Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Minster: Two Southeastern services call at Minster on 23 February 2012. On the left is a late running train from Ashford heading for Ramsgate and on the right a Ramsgate - London Charing Cross service.

South Eastern Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Minster: Southeastern 375904, on a service from Ashford to Ramsgate, approaches the penultimate stop at Minster on 23rd February 2012.

Ashford to Ramsgate Branch (South Eastern Railway)
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Helsinki: A Valmet Nr tram passes along Mannerheimintie at the Finlandia Hall in February 2012. This one has had an additional low-floor centre section inserted see image [[35154 for a non-modified version]].

Helsingin Kaupungin Liikennelaitos (HKL)
Colin Miller [23/02/2012]


Minster: A Southeastern Class 395 Javelin emu heads towards Ramsgate on 23 February 2012 with Minster SB and station in the background.

South Eastern and Chatham Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2012]


Dess: The converted former station building at Dess, on the Deeside Line, photographed on 23 February 2014. See image [[46741]]

Deeside Extension Railway
Brian Taylor [23/02/2014]


Dess: The former GNoSR Agent's house at Dess Station in 2014. The steps took the agent straight to the platform, which can still be clearly seen. Situated between Lumphanan and Aboyne on the Deeside line Dess had only a single platform, located on the up-side. The remote station saw few passengers even in its GNoSR/LNER prime.

Deeside Extension Railway
Brian Taylor [23/02/2014]


Penistone: A line of five concrete posts on the down side embankment beside the goods lines beyond the slow line island platform for the Manchester to Sheffield line part of Penistone station. Whilst a curved cable support bracket appears to be fitted at the top front, other flat supports on both front and rear faces appear to have carried lengths of wood.

Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
David Pesterfield [23/02/2016]


River Antoine Distillery: At the River Antoine Distillery on Grenada (West Indies) is a short section of track where a wagon carries crushed sugar cane from the crusher to be dumped for drying. When dry the cane is used as fuel although the crusher itself is powered by a water-wheel. Unlike Scottish distilleries there is no 'Excise Man' supervising the still. Editor's Note: This image was awarded first prize in the Railscot Obscure Railway of the Month competition.

Grenada
John Thorn [23/02/2016]


Kilmarnock: Great British Flowers? Coal wagons and Daffodils seen at Kilmarnock in February 2016.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
John Yellowlees [23/02/2016]


Bewdley: A piece of Scottish rail history. The Gents toilet at Bewdley, made by George Smith and Co at the Sun Foundry in Glasgow, which was originally part of the facilities of Melrose station and was transported to the Severn Valley Railway after closure see image [[13842]].

Severn Valley Railway
Alastair McLellan [23/02/2017]


Spire Fylde Coast Hospital: I did a double take passing a window looking into the hospital garden when I saw these splendid models of the Tower and a Blackpool tram, complete with track and catenary. Not what you would expect to see on a hospital visit. 23rd February 2018.

Spire Fylde Coast Hospital
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2018]


Twenty Foot River Goods: Twenty Foot River on the GN&GE Joint line a short distance to the north of Whitemoor Yard at March is shown on the NLS 25' to the mile maps as being a goods station. The line closed in 1982 however two houses, the goods shed and the cattle dock still remain, the latter two features being to the left of the picture. The signal was a slight curiosity as originally there had been no junction or loop line to the south. However further investigation suggests it may have controlled access to the north end of Whitemoor Yard.

Spalding to March Line (Great Northern Railway)
John McIntyre [23/02/2018]


Innerleithen: Former Innerleithen station on Peebles to Galashiels Line, closed 1962, looking east towards Galashiels on 23rd February 2018.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Franschhoek: A Franschhoek Wine Tram, modeled on the Victorian Blackpool trams but with diesel engines fitted, pictured at one of the intermediate vineyard stops on the route. Built in South Africa during 2017 and pictured here in February 2018.

Franschhoek Wine Tram
Peter Todd [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Tunnel: Neidpath Tunnel, eastern portal, looking west on 23rd February 2018. See image [[19410]] for the same spot ten years earlier, since when some vegetation appears to have been cut back.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Thorney: There isn't much to find on the old M&GN lines but here at Thorney between Peterborough and Wisbech a set of level crossing gates stand as a reminder to what used to be here. The station, goods shed and SB stood to the right, however all have gone with the entire site given over to housing.

Peterborough, Wisbech and Sutton Bridge Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2018]


Franschhoek: Franschhoek, east of Cape Town, was served by a metre gauge line until the mid 1990s when it was left dormant. The weather has been kind to it, no trees etc but grass here and there. However, some local vineyards clubbed together and set up two tram systems to move people between the vineyards. Lots of fine wines to taste and lunches to die for. One section is about three miles long the other about six. The trams are modeled on the Victorian Blackpool trams but with diesel engines fitted. These are the double deck and single deck cars. Franschhoek Wine Tram

Franschhoek Wine Tram
Peter Todd [23/02/2018]


Poulton-le-Fylde: Poulton No.3 signal box was finally demolished on 20th & 21st February 2018, the last of the five boxes on the line that survived until electrification. This was the scene two days later as an Orange Platoon clears away the final traces of the structure. Apparently the demolition will allow the last mast base between Preston and Blackpool to be installed. See image [[60684]] taken the previous summer.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2018]


Franschhoek: Builders plate on a Franschhoek (Diesel) Wine Tram, locally constructed in South Africa during 2017.

Franschhoek Wine Tram
Peter Todd [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Viaduct: The former Neidpath Viaduct across the River Tweed, now a footpath, looking east towards Peebles on 23rd February 2018.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Franschhoek: Welcome aboard! The friendly crew of the Franschhoek Wine Tram running between the local South African vineyards near Cape Town.

Franschhoek Wine Tram
Peter Todd [23/02/2018]


Franschhoek: Typical countryside traversed by the old metre gauge line to Franschhoek, and now used by vintage style diesel trams conveying visitors around the local vineyards. This is the view ahead from behind the controls. on 23rd February 2018 - a bit warmer here (35c) than it was in the UK at this time.

Franschhoek Wine Tram
Peter Todd [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Tunnel: West portal of Neidpath Tunnel, now an unofficial footpath, on 23rd February 2018.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Franschhoek: At every crossing point on the Wine Tram route, be it road or track, the crewman with the red flag got off and stopped the traffic. 23rd February 2018.

Franschhoek Wine Tram
Peter Todd [23/02/2018]


Poulton-le-Fylde: 66512, on an electrification ballast train, stands on the Down Line to the east of Poulton station on 23rd February 2018. See image [[60646]] for the same location during the previous summer.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2018]


Blackpool North: Masts are now appearing alongside the new Blackpool North platforms and the first colour light signals have been installed at the end of Platform 1/2. 23rd February 2018.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Viaduct: Former Neidpath Viaduct, now a footpath, looking east towards Peebles on 23rd February 2018.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Poulton-le-Fylde: Freightliner 66525, engaged on electrification work, seen at Poulton-le-Fylde station on 23rd February 2018.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Viaduct: The west end of the former Neidpath Viaduct, on the Peebles to Symington line. The line closed to passengers in 1950 and this section to freight in 1954. This view is looking east towards Peebles on 23rd February 2018.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Tunnel: Inside Neidpath Tunnel, looking towards the eastern portal and Peebles on 23rd February 2018. Take some torches with you if you decide to walk all the way through it as my friends and I did!

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Viaduct: The former Neidpath Viaduct, looking west, on 23rd February 2018.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Neidpath Tunnel: Looking west towards the western portal of Neidpath Tunnel on 23rd February 2018.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
David Bosher [23/02/2018]


Scottish Event Campus: The Aberdeen MRC layout 'City of Tiers' seen at Model Rail, Glasgow.

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John Yellowlees [23/02/2019]


Balshaw Lane Junction: Three months into the franchise there aren't too many Pendolinos wearing the new Avanti West Coast livery but one example is seen rushing north at Balshaw Lane Jct on 23 February 2020.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [23/02/2020]


Milngavie: Leisurely turnaround time for a Motherwell service at Milngavie on 26 February 2020. While it stood there three trains came and went from Platform 2 so most of the time it had a companion.

Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
David Panton [23/02/2020]


Epping Forest: View through rear of class 117 diesel unit returning from Epping Forest to North Weald on the Epping Ongar Railway, on 23rd February 2020. The train is passing beneath the bridge carrying the M11 motorway. When this was built in 1977, the line was still in use by LUL Central Line tube trains and the bridge only allowed enough headroom for their restricted height. When the line became a heritage line, the track beneath the bridge had to be lowered by a depth of 18 ft. to allow for the larger rolling stock that would thenceforth use the line.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


North Weald: The fully restored North Weald station, Epping Ongar Railway, looking towards Epping from the footbridge, on 23rd February 2020. The now relaid loop and reopened platform on the left were closed by London Transport in 1976 and the track lifted during LUL Central Line days, which lasted from 1957 to 1994. The station was originally opened by the Great Eastern Railway with the extension of the line from Loughton to Ongar in 1865.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


North Weald: GWR 4900 Class 4-6-0 no. 4953 'Pitchford Hall' arriving at North Weald station with an Epping Ongar Railway train from Ongar, on 23rd February 2020. This locomotive entered service from Swindon Works on 31st August 1929 and was withdrawn on 31st May 1963 and sent to Woodham's scrapyard at Barry in south Wales where it remained until 1984. After a comprehensive overhaul at Tyseley Locomotive Works, it moved under its own steam for the first time in preservation in February 2004, then touring a number of heritage lines until purchased by the EOR in 2012.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


North Weald: The splendidly-restored station building at North Weald, Epping Ongar Railway, now looks a treat compared to its rundown appearance in the last years of this Essex line's existence as part of the LUL Central Line, which ended in 1994. Seen here on Sunday, 23rd February 2020, its hard to believe now that tube trains ever came this way, even though I travelled on the line in them many times as a boy and young man, having grown up in nearby Loughton. The station was originally opened by the Great Eastern Railway on 24th April 1865 with the extension of the line from Loughton to Ongar. At 414 ft. above sea level, it was the highest station on the GER until the opening of the Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway in 1913 and which closed in 1952. This never quite went all the way to the beautiful historic town of Thaxted but terminated in the middle of nowhere in a field a good mile or so outside the town which probably explains why it lasted less than 40 years.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


Greenock Central: Dellingburn Street viaduct has been undergoing repairs in February 2020.

Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Network Rail [23/02/2020]


North Weald: North Weald station, Epping Ongar Railway, looking towards Ongar with the now fully-restored footbridge (that came from South Woodford station), on 20th February 2020. The last time I visited this railway, in 2016, the bridge was in two pieces and people had to cross the line by means of the level crossing. This has been retained for people with reduced mobility. In LUL Central Line days, which lasted from 1957 to 1994, this was the only level crossing on the London Underground, here well above ground(!) in the depths of the Essex countryside.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


Coopersale Halt: View through rear of class 117 diesel unit returning from Epping Forest to North Weald, having just crossed the bridge by the hamlet of Coopersale, on the Epping Ongar Railway, on 23rd February 2020. Strictly speaking, this location is Epping Forest since there has never been a Coopersale Halt. In the 1970s, when the line was still part of the LUL Central Line, there was much new residential development in Coopersale which led to a concerted campaign for LT to provide a station here but they turned deaf ears on this and nothing was ever provided. The EOR also had plans at one time to build a halt here but nothing has transpired so far.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


North Weald: Class 117 diesel unit at North Weald station, Epping Ongar Railway, on 23rd February 2020. Built in 1960, it originally worked on BR Western Region Paddington to Reading services. Unfortunately, it is not going all the way back to Liverpool Street as the destination blind would have us believe and not even as far as Epping, but an out and back trip to Epping Forest a short distance from the LUL station there.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


Blake Hall: The immaculately restored Blake Hall station, complete with a short piece of platform, is now a private residence and Epping Ongar Railway trains do not call here. It is seen from an EOR train from North Weald to Ongar passing on 23rd February 2020. The station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway with the extension of the line from Loughton to Ongar on 24th April 1865 and was first served by LUL Central Line tube trains (which always looked odd as they rattled and bounced incongruously through woods and fields) from 18th November 1957. It closed on 2nd November 1981 (the last trains called two days earlier), 13 years before the line beyond Epping to Ongar was closed, on 30th September 1994, the same day as the Piccadilly Line branch from Holborn to Aldwych in central London was closed. Remotely situated, Blake Hall was the least-used station in LUL days, a distinction now held by Roding Valley also on the Central Line. After closure, it is alleged some trains still stopped here unofficially to let people board or alight but once London Transport learned of this they promptly demolished the platform (which has now been partially restored). I remember waiting here for a tube train to Epping in the long hot summer of 1976 and, apart from the ticket clerk, there was only myself and flocks of birds as they flew high and wide over the Essex countryside.

Ongar Extension (Great Eastern Railway)
David Bosher [23/02/2020]


Events


Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
1935Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Stonehouse East Junction to Canderside Exchange Sidings closed to freight.
1946Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)2nd_>Strathpeffer 2nd branch closes to passengers (Alternative date: 2 March 1946).
1963Glamorganshire CanalCardiff Corporation closes the last part of the Glamorganshire Canal^s operation; a link between the sea lock and canal basin and sidings on the South Wales Railway.

News


These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
2009Tragedy on railway line [Linlithgow Gazette]TRAIN services through Linlithgow have been disrupted after a person was hit and killed by a train.
2010Historic canopy saved for railway [BBC News]The canopy at Oldham Mumps station was going to be scrapped as part of the station^s transformation into a Metrolink tram stop, but it is now going to be bought by the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), which hopes to refurbish it to install at Bury Bolton Street station.
2010Talks to avert rail strike threat [BBC News]Talks are to be held to try to end a dispute over a new rail service which has resulted in members of the RMT in Scotland striking.
2011Number of homes to be hit by high speed train noise cut [Telegraph]Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, has moved to mollify some of the critics of the scheme by pledging a series of measures to cut the impact of the line.
2012Deliver our diesel but only by road, says ScotRail [Scotsman]SCOTLANDS main train operator is seeking a new supplier to deliver 48 million litres of diesel a year by road. The 31 million ScotRail contract, involving some 1,500 tanker movements, comes despite ministers urging further reductions in the environmental impact of railways. It also contrasts starkly with Prestwick Scotlands fourth largest airport which gets all its 70m litres of fuel a year by rail from the Grangemouth refinery.
2013Borders Railway Meet the Buyer opportunity for local contractors [Borders Railway]Local contractors across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are being given the chance to meet with the main contractor for the Borders Railway, BAM. A meet the buyer event will be hosted by BAM on Wednesday 27th February at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange from 11am to 4pm.
2014It^s full steam ahead for Salmon on the Deeside Railway [STV]Anybody who has ever watched The Railway Children, Brief Encounter or Murder on the Orient Express will appreciate there is something magical about steam trains. It could be the sound of the vehicles cranking into gear, the soothing combination of humans and machinery in perfect sync or the sense of stepping back into another time, but loyal fans of the locomotives just can^t get enough.They may not be eco-friendly, or move particularly quickly. But when W H Auden wrote Night Mail, and used the rhythm of the train as the backdrop to his poem, it demonstrated why these symbols from another age still strike a chord. The volunteers who run the Deeside Railway in Aberdeenshire know this and their efforts have helped inspire a renaissance of interest in these trains in the 21st century. Now they^ve unveiled Salmon, a new locomotive that has just arrived at the Milton of Crathes station for the duration of 2014.
2015Investigation after railway worker shot with air rifle [BBC News]British Transport Police are investigating after a railway worker was shot with an air rifle in High Bonnybridge. The 48-year-old was struck in the leg while working in the Greenhill area at about 08:00 on Sunday. He attended Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment. [From Richard Buckby]
2016London^s Crossrail to be called the Elizabeth Line [BBC News]Crossrail, the new railway which will run beneath London, is to be named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen, Boris Johnson has announced. London^s mayor revealed the line^s name and purple logo as he visited Bond Street station with the monarch. Trains on the railway will travel under the centre of the city, linking parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to Essex when it opens in December 2018.
2017Buckingham group awarded £22m Worcestershire Parkway contract [RTM]Worcestershire County Council has appointed Buckingham Group to construct the new Worcestershire Parkway station, with a completion date set for Winter 2018-19. The scheme for the station, close to junction 7 on the M5, is worth £22m and construction will commence on the project in autumn. The new build will serve passengers with a single platform on the North Cotswold line and two other platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol line as it aims to address Worcesters poor accessibility to and from London as well as create easier connections to the CrossCountry network. The council has promised to deliver a fully accessible modern station building including a 500 capacity car park and easy access to onward transport routes via local bus services with a bus/rail interchange. [From Richard Buckby]
2017HS2 high speed railway on track for final approval [BBC News]The go-ahead has formally been given for the first phase of the HS2 high speed rail link between London and Birmingham. After three years of debate in parliament, royal assent has been approved.
2018Delayed new trains spell more pain before gain [Scotsman]New trains never work out of the box. That expert assessment I heard this week should be long remembered by industry executives when they next claim their latest fleet will suffer none of the teething troubles of its predecessors. Such boasts will be met with weary exasperation by veteran commuters, some of whom face being packed like sardines on ScotRails busiest route from Monday because of delays to its new trains. The operators last four new fleets, stretching back nearly two decades, all had difficult starts, from technical problems to unreliability.
2018^Disbelief and discontent^ over rail timetable delays [BBC News]Passenger groups have reacted angrily to news that hundreds of train timetables are likely to be published later than usual. Rail users are normally told about new timetables 12 weeks in advance, enabling them to book cheap tickets. But the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced that over the next six months passengers may get as little as four weeks^ notice of new train times. It blamed a huge number of timetable changes coming up in May. The change will happen from this Sunday, 12 weeks ahead of the new Spring timetable, and is likely to affect travellers for at least six months.
2019Stations skipped most often by ScotRail trains revealed [The Herald]Scottish Green MSP John Finnie said the figures indicate the scale of disruption encountered by commuters on a daily basis.
2019Disabled passengers champion quits in protest at ScotRail trains [Scotsman]The head of a disabled passengers campaign group has quit in protest at ScotRails highly inappropriate overhaul of its trains on the scenic West Highland Line.
2020First trains stop at Worcestershire Parkway station [BBC News]The first train has left a newly-opened Worcestershire railway station. [[Worcestershire Parkway]], in Norton, near Worcester, is the first station to open in the county for more than 100 years. About 50 people waited on the platform of the £22m station to see the first train pull in on its way to [[London Paddington]].
2020Vital repairs for storm-damaged Dumfries rail line now underway [Network Rail]Work to repair the landslip beneath the railway between [[Kilmarnock]] and [[Dumfries]] is now getting underway following damage sustained during Storm Ciara.
2020Weve learnt our Festival lesson, says ScotRail boss [Scotsman]Rail chiefs have launched a new action plan to ^get it right more often^ following shambolic scenes at Scotland^s second busiest station during the Edinburgh Festival.
2020Austria blocks trains to and from Italy after coronavirus outbreak forces postponement of football matches [ITV News]A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown on Saturday.