Mexborough: Freight locomotives stabled on Mexborough shed in March 1961, including Robinson ex-Great Central class O4 2-8-0 no 63577, a visitor from Langwith Junction.
Wakefield MPD: Aspinall ex-LYR 3F 0-6-0 no 52413, built at Horwich in 1900, photographed on shed at 56A Wakefield in March 1961. The locomotive was withdrawn by BR in November the following year.
Sheffield Brightside: A pair of Fowler 4F 0-6-0s in the sidings at Sheffield Brightside in March 1961. 43872 was a Grimesthorpe engine, while 44457 hailed from Normanton.
Sheffield Grimesthorpe: An almost new EE Type 1 stands alongside a not-so-new Stanier 8F outside the appositely named Grimesthorpe shed, Sheffield, in the spring of 1961. The shed, then coded 41B, had only a short time left at this point with official closure coming in September of that year (although it continued in use as a stabling point for a time pending completion of the new 'super-shed' at Tinsley). Grimesthorpe shed was eventually demolished in 1963. In the background stand the chimneys of the Cammell Laird Grimesthorpe works, closed in the 1980s.
Mexborough: Misty morning at Mexborough (41F) on Sunday 19 March 1961, with class 04 2-8-0 no 63684 stabled in the yard. The large 15 road shed at Mexborough had an allocation of 132 steam locomotives on nationalisation in 1948. It was officially closed in February 1964.
Dundee: 'Mind that box...!' Space seems to be at a premium at the west end of Dundee in March 1980 as a class 47 takes a Glasgow train out of the station and past Dundee West signal box. The Tay Bridge is visible in the background.
Dundee: A class 47 brings a Glasgow - Aberdeen train into Dundee on 19 March 1980, just as a class 40 restarts an Aberdeen - Edinburgh service from platform 1.
Maybole: DMU on Girvan-Ayr train at Maybole (New).
Maybole: 47 on southbound freight passing Maybole (New).
Kilkerran: View of the north end of Kilkerran loop from approaching DMU. The line had been double track.
Girvan Junction: Looking south at Girvan Junction. The line in the distance to the right ran to the original Girvan terminus.
Pinmore: Northbound train passing the former Pinmore station and approaching the tunnel.
Barrhill: Interior of Barrhill box which once stood at Portpatrick.
Barrhill: Exchange of tokens ar Barrhill. 47 on southbound train.
Barrhill: Waiting for the off at Barrhill.
Stranraer Harbour: On arrival at Stranraer Harbour. Footbridge over line has now gone.
Stranraer Town: Looking west at Stranraer Town. The goods shed was used by a maintenance trolley, in front of it locomotives were stabled, in the goods yard car-trains parked and the line to the harbour was extreme right. Access by kind permission of British Rail.
Stranraer Town: Looking west at Stranraer Town. The station was to the left and had a bay platform to its right. The goods yard was to the right. Access by kind permission of British Rail.
Stranraer Town: Looking east at the station throat, Stranraer Town. Line to harbour extreme left. Access by kind permission of British Rail.
Blue Anchor: And finally... The last of a long line, BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 no 92220 Evening Star, running east through Blue Anchor on the West Somerset Railway in March 1989.
Crowcombe Heathfield: 92220 Evening Star, bringing a train into Crowcombe Heathfield Station on the West Somerset Railway, during a shower of rain on 19 March 1989.
Bishops Lydeard: BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 no 92220 Evening Star seen in operation on the West Somerset Railway in the early spring of 1989.
Dumbarton East: East of Dumbarton East looking east. River Clyde and marshes on right, Dumbuck quarry on left. Behind the camera a branch to the Denny shipyard once ran.
Edinburgh Waverley: Looking northeast from the pedestrian footbridge towards Calton Road in March 2006. The former Royal Mail yard from which there is currently direct access to the north side of Waverley is being used by the project team carrying out the station modifications. Note the soon to be demolished stone column on the right which once supported the rooftop walkway to Jeffrey Street.
Edinburgh Waverley: 'I understand 1920 saw the first ever proposal for 'a moving staircase' here...'
'OK, but give them a bit of time for goodness sake, it's only half past eight now...'
Waverley Steps in March 2006 - finally destined to become Waverley Escalators... perhaps???
Glasgow Central: 90035 sitting at Bridge Street waiting to collect the late running Caledonain Sleeper which passes by powered by 90020 Collingwood.
Glasgow Central: Old gantry support and access stairs at Glasgow Central.
Glasgow Central: 314202 departs Glasgow Central. This was the final Class 314 unit in SPT orange and black, and is now back in service after an overhaul and re-paint.
Auchtertool: Bridge near site of Auchtertool goods station.
Aberdour: Northbound afternoon 125 Kings Cross / Aberdeen service passes through Aberdour.
Inverness: Stanier 8F 48151 at Inverness having arrived with a The Great Britain special. It is due to take a train north during the Easter Holidays.
Aberdour: The left glass house at Aberdour is for propogation and the other is for bringing on the blooms needed each year to win best garden awards. Too early yet to see much.
Aberdour: Award winning gardens at Aberdour, Fife.
Aberdour: Kings X/Aberdeen 125 thunders with acceleration into Aberdour as the speed restiction eases from 40 to 65mph. Tight curves. Cracking use of sunlight.
Glasgow Central: A Class 314 & a Class 318 at Platform 12 & 13.
Meadowbank Stadium: Having just left the ECML at Piershill Junction 66184 turns north onto the Abbeyhill loop and towards Powderhall Depot with the returning Binliner containers on 19 March. The platform used for the Meadowbank Stadium Commonwealth Games stands on the right.
Crawford: The 14.14 Coatbridge - Basford Hall approaches Crawford on 19 March behind 86613+86609.
Lochend Junction: The remains of Lochend South Junction in March 2007. The surviving line runs to Powderhall refuse depot. Left at the end of the fence was the Abbeyhill loop and to the right the line to Leith Central via Lochend North Junction and Easter Road Halt (alongside the football stadium).
Milesmark: Bridge over a stream on a branch off the Elgin Waggonway at Milesmark, Dunfermline on 19 March.
Dunfermline Town: Milepost still in situ on the West of Fife Mineral Railway branch north of Dunfermline in March 2008.
Charlestown: Stone sleeper blocks from the Elgin Waggonway at the Mid Pier in Charlestown Harbour, photographed on 19 March 2008.
Charlestown: The Mid Pier structure at Charlestown on 19 March 2008. The pier looks, in part at least, to have been originally made up of old stone sleeper blocks.
Dunfermline Town: Route of the Elgin Waggonway main line seen on 19 March 2008, now a dirt track through the field at Milesmark in Dunfermline, heading south towards Colton Sidings on the Dunfermline to Stirling line.
Milesmark: Curved embankment of the branch off the Elgin Waggonway at Milesmark, Dunfermline in March 2008.
Edinburgh Princes Street: Departure along the former Caledonian route out of Princes Street on 19 March seen looking east from Grove Street Bridge. [See image 35477]
Glasgow Central: A panoramic view of the station throat at Glasgow Central, taken from Platform 11 on 19 March 2009.
Blackford: 170 414 approaches the up distant signal at Blackford on 19 March with an Aberdeen-Glasgow service.
Blackford: 67019 heads north through Blackford on 19 March 2009, bound for Laurencekirk.
Crook of Devon: View over Church Road level crossing in March 2009, looking east towards the site of Crook of Devon station.
Billsborrow: An Edinburgh bound Voyager on one of the straight sections of track between Preston and Lancaster just north of Billsborrow on 19 March 2009.
Ayr: An arrival from Glasgow Central, formed by 334 027, stands at the buffers on platform 1 at Ayr Station on 19 March 2010.
Newton-on-Ayr: 334 027 arrives at Newton-on-Ayr on 19 March with a train from Glasgow Central.
Ayr (Old): Trackbed of the line to the original Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway terminus at North Quay, Ayr, opened on 12 August 1840. Photographed in March 2010. (Information from the article 'Resorts for Railfans' in the January 1961 edition of Trains Illustrated, by G.H. Robin).
Preston: The Highland Sleeper calls at Preston on 19 March 2010 with DBS 90036 providing the power. Having changed drivers a few minutes earlier the new man now looks back along the train for the signal to depart just before 0100hrs on the next leg of the journey to Edinburgh.
Prestwick: 334037 leads a Glasgow Central - Ayr service past 66185 waiting to leave Prestwick fuel depot with the 6N44 empties for Grangemouth on 19 March 2010.
Oxenholme: Britannia Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell takes The Roaring Monster excursion north through Oxenholme on 19 March 2010 en route to Carlisle.
Falkland Yard: Massed ranks of redundant HAA coal hoppers at Falkland Yard, Ayr, on 19th March 2010.
Roxburgh Viaduct: The viaduct over the River Teviot at Roxburgh (sometimes open to walkers, sometimes not) looks suitably aloof on 19th March 2010. The adjacent wooden footbridge is a bit of a roller-coaster - possibly warped by drying out after flooding. View looks towards Roxburgh station.
Lancaster: A DMU crossing the River Lune on Carlisle Bridge, Lancaster, in March 2010.
Prestwick International Airport: 156 500 calls at what is now widely referred to as 'Glasgow Prestwick Airport' [see image 21551] with a Kilmarnock - Ayr service on 19 March 2010.
Newton Junction (Ayrshire): 334 008 passes Ayr TRSMD on 19 March with an Ayr - Glasgow Central service.
Minehead: Looking across the turntable at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway on 19 March 2011, with immaculate 2-6-2T no 4160 standing alongside the platform.
Bottesford: An East Midlands service heading towards Grantham calls at Bottesford in the late afternoon of 19 March 2011. Footbridges do not seem to feature at many stations in this part of the world and this station also has staggered platforms. A closer examination also shows that a short length of each platform has been raised to a more appropriate height.
Meadowhall: In addition to the frequent service of local trains calling at Meadowhall, express trains also pass through Platforms 1 and 2 travelling to and from Sheffield. 43384 leads a Cross Country HST at speed towards Sheffield with 43378 on the rear. View north east towards Swinton with the M1 Tinsley viaduct visible in the distance.
Shudehill: New generation tram 3006 leaves the Shudehill Interchange heading for the next stop at nearby Manchester Victoria on its way to Bury. Shudehill tram stop opened in 2003 and the full bus interchange some three years later. The 3000 series trams are being introduced to cover the services on the new Metrolink lines to Rochdale, Ashton and Didsbury but are being used alongside the existing 1000 and 2000 series vehicles on Bury and Altrincham service in the interim.
Rochdale: With the Pennine Hills in the background 144020 calls at Rochdale on a Manchester to Leeds (via Hebden bridge and Dewsbury) service in March 2011. The area outside Rochdale station was excavated at this time for the installation of the Metrolink Tram extension from Oldham via Milnrow that will run down to Rochdale town centre. Note the For Sale sign on the tower, part of Rochdale's former fire station.
Doncaster: Freightliner 66510 hauls a lengthy coal train south through Doncaster in March 2011, still a busy location for both freight and passenger services. [See image 22051] for the same location 30 years earlier.
Pitlochry: The Inverness - Grangemouth Stobart containers about to run through Pitlochry on 19 March 2011 behind DRS 66423.
Leeds: Ready for departure from Leeds are 43316, leading an East Coast HST for Kings Cross, and 158872 on a Calder Valley service for Manchester Victoria. On this Saturday I noticed that, with one exception, every train on a very busy departure board was on time. The only late service was a SW England to Aberdeen train and that was only running 15 minutes late. Northern Rail have had a big push on punctuality recently that certainly seems to be paying off.
Manchester Victoria: The main building at Manchester Victoria was dirty and run down for many years but it has been renovated and probably now looks like it did when it was the headquarters of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. In particular the canopies at the front have been painstakingly restored [see image 33428]. The Metrolink tram services emerge from the hole in the wall that is just off picture to the right.
Leeds: This imposing tower block overlooks the west end of Leeds station. Presumably resident enthusiasts opt for flats on this side of the building. Cross Country Voyager 220026 runs in from the south.
Manchester Victoria: A close up view of just some of the canopy sections outside the main building at Manchester Victoria. They display the names of places served by the L&YR and this section reads, from left to right, Bury Blackpool Fleetwood Goole Ireland Scotland London but there are others along the entire building frontage. [See image 33424]
Minehead: Resident ex-Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway 2-8-0 locomotive no 88 photographed on 19 March 2011 waiting to depart from Minehead with a train on the West Somerset Railway.
Ferriby: The second station out of Hull on the Selby line is Ferriby where this unusual station building on the eastbound platform is still in commercial use. This picture, taken from a Hull to Sheffield stopping train on 19 March 2011, also shows the through westbound line in the foreground as the platform is on a loop line.
Meadowhall: The lines from Sheffield to Barnsley and to Swinton diverge at Meadowhall and with the construction of the nearby shopping centre, and the tram link, it is now a busy four platform interchange station. Northern Sprinter 150138 is taking the Barnsley line with a Huddersfield service and has just pulled away from the sharply curved Platform 4.
Markinch: A 4-car 158 set approaches Markinch with an Inverness to Edinburgh service on 19 March.† The rear of the train is passing the crossover once used for reversing by the hourly terminating service from Edinburgh.† It doesn't see much use since the service pattern changed and Markinch lost its terminating trains, though there are more through services.† Note the HST car stop sign way off the end of the platform.† Markinch has had an HST service (by Virgin) though three other Fife stations with the 'stranded H' never have.
Minehead: Activity on the West Somerset Railway at Minehead on 19 March where ex-GWR 2-8-0 no 2807 is being turned.
Blue Anchor: King Arthur class 4-6-0 no 30777 Sir Lamiel running into Blue Anchor station on the West Somerset Railway on 19 March 2011.
Blue Anchor: 70000 departing from Blue Anchor on 19 March 2011. The locomotive was in black and without nameplates (apparently for her first few months in BR service 70000 was in black and un-named ). I understand she is going back to Crewe for a re-paint to BR green and to have her nameplates re-fitted, following which a re-naming ceremony will be held at St Pancras.
Hessle: Hessle boasts this fine looking shelter on the Hull platform, so much more impressive than the usual bus shelter. This photo, taken from a Hull to Sheffield stopping train, doesn't show the dominant feature at Hessle, namely the Humber Bridge that is just off the west end of the platforms.
Carlisle: Colas Rail 66843 runs through Carlisle with the 6J37 Kingmoor - Chirk timber train on 19 March 2011.
Goole: Although a modern ticket office has been built at Goole the original canopies still stand on both platforms and are in good condition. 158797 pulls away on 19 March with a Hull to Doncaster stopping service.
Minehead: GWR Small Prairie 2-6-2T no 5553 stands at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway on 19 March 2011. In the background ex-Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway 2-8-0 no 88 waits with a train at the platform.
Meadowhall: Looking towards Rotherham from the glass footbridge at Meadowhall as Sheffield Supertram 114 arrives at the interchange. The line of white poles denotes the tram route which turns sharp right just in front of the M1 Tinsley Viaduct to loop back towards the city centre.
Kirkcaldy: 170 473 pulls out of Kirkcaldy on 19 March with a Glenrothes service.†Although the siding from the Down line is used daily for terminating trains I'm not sure what the station siding in the foreground is used for, if anything.† By the state of the track it's been a long time since that shunting signal changed, or a driver's shell-like was applied to the hotline.
Manchester Victoria: A Bury to Piccadilly service emerges from the Hole in the Wall at Manchester Victoria station to climb up to Shudehill. Trams from Bury arrive in the area that used to hold the bay platforms for the electric trains but then swing right through 90 degrees and leave the trainshed by this gap specially created for them to join the street running section.
Meadowhall: With the M1 Tinsley viaduct in the background 142087, heading for Swinton, races a Sheffield Supertram away from Meadowhall. The tram will swing right before the bridge to return to the city centre while the Pacer is bound for Doncaster and Scunthorpe.
Cardross: The type 45 destroyer Duncan (not HMS until commissioned) heads west down the Clyde en route from BAE Systems' Scotstoun Yard to Portsmouth Naval Base. Duncan is the last of six such vessels delivered. Passengers on a passing First ScotRail train were treated to an excellent view of the vessel and attendant tugboats along with Finlaystone Castle on the opposite bank.
Knaresborough: Looking over the rooftops of Knaresborough on 19 March as the 16.45 arrival from Leeds runs out onto the viaduct before crossing over to platform 1 where it will form the 17.05 return service. [See image 23671]
Touch South Junction: Colas 56087 coasting downhill from the former Touch South Junction, Dunfermline, with the 6N72 Linkswood - Grangemouth empty tanks on 19 March
Cattal: Platform scene at Cattal on the York - Harrogate - Leeds line. View from a train on 19 March 2014.
Horsforth: Platform view south at Horsforth station on 19 March with the 15.12 service to Knaresborough just appearing below the road bridge in the background. Note the three quarter mile post on the right.
Partick Central: Looking west over the former Partick Central station site in March 2014, with an eastbound emu having just left the modern day Partick Station crossing the viaduct heading for Glasgow city centre. Note the entrance to the tunnel on the right that once took the L&D through to Partick West and beyond. [See image 30966]
Knaresborough: The 17.29 ex-York about to restart from Knaresborough on 19 March and continue on its journey to Leeds.
Eskbank and Dalkeith: The view south at Eskbank on 19 March 2014. The new Borders Railway station to the south of here will be located less than half a mile beyond the bridge in the background. [See image 46700]
Eskbank and Dalkeith: Beginning of the end at Eskbank? The machines get to work at the 1847 Esbank station site on the morning of 19 March 2014.
Knaresborough: 'The Left Luggage Office' and 'The Ticket Office' at Knaresborough station, photographed on 19 March 2014. Both works are by popular local artist Peter Kearney.
Coaltown of Balgonie: 158713 + 158733 forming the 13.02 Perth - Edinburgh Waverley service passing Coaltown of Balgonie on 19 March 2014.
York: Northern Trains 11.11 service to Leeds via Harrogate waits to leave platform 8 at York station on 19 March 2014.
Butterknowle: The terminus of the Haggerleases branch was at Butterknowle. The bufferstops were behind the photographer and the bridge in the foreground would have been more than twice the width that it is today. Beyond the fence is a concrete railway sign post lying on the ground, still there over 50 years after the line closed.
Fiddlers Gill: DBS 66199 approaching Fiddlers Gill after passing Braidwood on 19 March with the Dalzell - Tees empty steel train.
Silvermuir East Junction: The 11.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston heads away from the former Silvermuir East Jct on 19 March.
Edinburgh Waverley: Sleeper-liveried 90021 stabled in the east end bay at Waverley on the afternoon of 19 March 2015.
Drem Junction: The Virgin Trains East Coast 0952 Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST passes Drem Junction on 19 March 2015.
Fiddlers Gill: DRS 68002+68004 at Fiddlers Gill, south of Braidwood, on 19 March with a lengthy Daventry - Mossend container train.
Drem Junction: Slowing for the approach to Drem Junction on 19 March 2015, ScotRail emu 380105, forming the 1227 North Berwick - Edinburgh Waverley service, is about to leave the branch and join the east coast main line.
Westgate-in-Weardale: A view east from the road bridge that once crossed the railway at Westgate-in-Weardale, photographed on 19 March 2015. The station house is on the right but less clear is the former station building, painted grey, hiding in the trees in the middle of the picture beyond the wall running left to right across the trackbed. [Ref query 7589]
York: DRS 68001 Evolution stabled alongside the NR area operating centre at the south end of York Station on 19 March.
Leeds: View from the station footbridge at Leeds on 19 March.
Granton Gasworks: Gasworks station from the north in March 2015. That lamppost will not have been lit in decades. I don't know what that platform was used for. Passenger trains used the other platform with trains passing through the building though that's no longer obvious since the arches were bricked up.
Mickleton: Looking north-west over the site of Mickleton station on the former Middleton-in-Teesdale branch on 19 March 2015. The station was where the cars are parked with the track running along the left side of the car park. [Ref query 4442]
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A final clear up takes place in the temporary marquee at Queen Street on the day before the queuing system comes into effect.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Seen from the end of platform 3 through the Cowlairs Tunnel and at a distance of over 1km, two Class 170 DMUs pass in the sunlight on the final day before the tunnel closure for track upgrade work.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 23.52 to Cumbernauld - then that's your lot for five months.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 20 minutes to go until the last departure, there are still some arrivals to come.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The 23.52 to Cumbernauld ... and it's off.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: You've missed it boys. Unless you're meeting someone. Or run downstairs pretty quickly ...
Newtongrange: 'Borders Railway Unwrapped' posters decorating the south face of the former Dean Oil Works building at Newtongrange. Photographed from the station car park on 19 March 2017 [see image 51991].
Aberdour: Busy scene to the west of Aberdour as a road-rail machine trims the load of spent ballast. Freightliner 66544 is in the background.
Inverkeithing North Junction: The Inverkeithing North/East chord with a road-rail machine and DR73803 waiting for the call to work at the Aberdour track renewal. A 170 passes on a diverted service.
Aberdour: A batch of seven concrete sleeper is set out on the formation of the Down Line at Aberdour.
Aberdour: The Down Line at Aberdour with new sleepers awaiting fitting of the rails.
Croston: The view north at Croston on 19 March 2017 shortly after the trees at the back of the platform on the right had been felled. On this side of the track work continues clearing the disused platform and nearest the camera the start of a vegetable patch.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1870||Macmerry Branch (North British Railway)||Line opened from Monktonhall to Macmerry.|
|1894||Cathcart District Railway||Cathcart (New) opened on Extension Line.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2002||ScotRail drivers strike|
|2004||Museum fights to stop loss of Flying Scot [Scotsman]||THE Flying Scotsman could be sent abroad when its sold off next month if British bidders cannot find cash to save it, rail experts have warned.|
|2004||Tension grows on terror threat [Scotsman]||ANALYSIS THERE were police officers on the platforms of Edinburgh^s Waverley station yesterday, a lot of police officers, patrolling in pairs, strolling through the concourse, watching as the train doors opened. In Glasgow there were more officers, and...|
|2004||Are the railways on the mend? [BBC News]||It^s 18 months to the day since Network Rail took over the trains. Are things finally looking up for passengers?|
|2004||Rail workers to vote on strikes [BBC News]||Thousands of rail maintenance workers are to be balloted on strike action in a dispute over job security.|
|2005||On-line art for rail travellers [Scotsman]||ART colleges from Edinburgh and Glasgow are joining forces to offer creative lessons to rail commuters travelling between the two cities.|
|2008||Major works planned for rail line [BBC News Article]||Sections of a railway are to be closed on six separate occasions for an £8m improvement programme.|
|2008||York strike will not affect rail services or safety [Network Rail Article]||Network Rail is assuring passengers that strike action, scheduled to take place in York this week, will not have any effect upon the safe and reliable running of rail services.|
|2009||West coast line opens after crash [BBC News Article]||The main west coast rail line reopens after a southbound train hit someone on the track near Lockerbie Station.|
|2011||London to Frankfurt high speed rail link back on track [Guardian]||Deutsche Bahn plans to run 200mph trains from London to Frankfurt, Cologne, Amsterdam and Rotterdam from 2013 [From Neil Ross]|
|2011||Southeastern rail franchise extended until 2014 [Telegraph]||The Department for Transport has agreed the company, which has faced heavy criticism over its performance and is jointly owned by Govia and Keolis, will continue to operate the Integrated Kent Franchise until March 31, 2014, carrying 160m passengers a year.|
|2012||National Railway Museumís Olympic Torch Dream Extinguished as Flying Scotsman Falls at the Last Hurdle [Rail.co]||The National Railway Museum (NRM) announced on March 16 that their £5m locomotive, No. 103 Flying Scotsman will not now be carrying the Olympic Torch on June 20 from York to Thirsk. The replacement locomotive is the West Coast Railways owned LMS Royal Scot No. 46115 Scots Guardsman. This has always been the reserve engine and is itself a large part of railway history, starring in the iconic 1936 film, Night Mail|
|2012||Alan Francis Pegler OBE||It is with great sadness that we report that Alan Francis Pegler passed away on Sunday 18th March 2012 after a short illness. He was 91. It was Alan^s intervention that made the restoration of the Ffestiniog Railway a possibility, from which the initial funds needed to transfer ownership of the FR to the current administration were provided. Alan was President of both the Ffestiniog Railway Society and the Festiniog Railway Company. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2006. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2012||Road traffic allowed onto railway at Stromeferry [BBC News]||Road traffic has been allowed onto the railway at Stromeferry in Wester Ross to help ease travel in the area. A stretch of the A890 has been shut since December following landslides. Traffic will be allowed onto the nearby railway when there are no trains passing through and until the risk of further slides is reduced.|
|2014||All aboard the Owl-ient Express! [Mail]||A young tawny owl which clung onto the front of a speeding train for more than 300 miles has been named Lucky Ė after surviving the ordeal. The terrified bird of prey, believed to be between two and three years old, was found just below the driverís cabin when the train pulled into Stobart freight terminal in Crick, Northamptonshire. It is thought Lucky the owl spent the entire 325 mile journey from Glasgow perched on the front of the Class 66 Loco.|
|2014||Pont Briwet temporary bridge plan scrapped [BBC News]||Plans to install a temporary bridge to link two sides of a Gwynedd river over the summer have been dropped. The 154-year-old wooden Pont Briwet Bridge, which crosses the Afon Dwyryd River at Penrhyndeudraeth, was closed for good in January amid safety fears. Gwynedd council planned to install a temporary bridge in May as work on a £20m road and rail crossing continues.|
|2015||£130m tram route decision announced [Rail News]||THE route of an extension to Midland Metro in Birmingham has been chosen after a public consultation. Centro has now announced that a new tram route serving the Digbeth area will run along High Street Deritend. The headline cost will be £130 million, but that includes some additional trams. The line will improve connections to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street as well as the city^s coach station and the Custard Factory complex. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Mining museum adopts Newtongrange Train Station [Midlothian Advertiser]||National Mining Museum Scotland has adopted Newtongrange Railway Station as part of the Abellio Scotrail ‚Äúadopt a station‚ÄĚ scheme. The initiative allows the museum to improve the appearance of the station with planters and floral displays.|