This day in history 07 April

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Bolton: A Lancashire scene from the late 1950s with Aspinall ex-L&Y 2-4-2T no 50850, dating from the 1890s, waiting in the rain at Bolton with a local train on 7 April 1959. (Bolton station, opened by the MB&B in 1838, carried the suffix 'Trinity Street' between 1910 and 1954). The locomotive, which was a resident of nearby 26C at the time, was eventually withdrawn from Southport shed at the end of 1961.

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 1959


Plates, signs, notices etc: They do say that the longer the menu the worse the food, and this is only half the menu at the Royal Station Hotel, Hull, on 7 April 1959 - not a period noted for the quality of its dining out experience. The menu compiler's French ran out at Potage Oxtail (2/-, or 10p) ...and can Ouefs a l'Ecossaise really be Scotch Eggs?

Hull Paragon (York and North Midland Railway)
David Panton 1959


Plates, signs, notices etc: Back in the days of railway hotels, Philip Larkin, who lived in Hull, wrote a poem called Friday Night at the Royal Station Hotel. Seven years earlier a guest had been so impressed by his visit that he kept the Grill Room menu and recorded the date, 7 April 1959, on the front cover. This was, alas, a Tuesday, so it was less likely that All the salesmen had gone back to Leeds leaving shoeless corridors.

Hull Paragon (York and North Midland Railway)
David Panton 1959


Arisaig: Class K1 62031 at Arisaig on down freight in 1960.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
David Murray-Smith 1960


Lostock Hall: Kitson 0F 0-6-0ST no 47008, one of a batch of 5 built at Horwich Works in 1953 based on an original 1932 design see Image [[31728]] but with shorter saddle tank and extended coal bunker. The locomotive was photographed at 24C Lostock Hall Shed on 7 April 1963.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
David Pesterfield 1963


Grangemouth Shed: Ex - CR Jumbo No. 57269 must have been one of the last in service when photographed at Grangemouth shed during the Easter holidays in 1963, although I doubt that my sister Lynn (posing here on the footplate) would have too impressed by that fact! Thought to have been taken on Sunday 7th April 1963.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Bill Jamieson 1963


Carlisle: The 1S91 Crewe - Glasgow Central relief service about to leave Carlisle platform 3 on 7 April 1966 behind Kingmoor's Britannia Pacific no 70002 Geoffrey Chaucer.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray 1966


Carlisle: Britannia Pacific no 70022 Tornado stands at Carlisle platform 3 on 7 April 1966 at the head of the 1S93 London Euston - Glasgow Central relief service.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray 1966


Torwoodlee North Viaduct: On 7th April 1969, Trip E10 from Millerhill to Hawick heads south towards Torwoodlee (between Stow and Galashiels), hauled by EE Type 3 No. D6847. Photograph from David Spaven's latest book Border Union Dream: the inside story of Britain's boldest railway preservation bid.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Ian Holoran 1969


Boat of Garten: A sense of anticipation at Boat of Garten on 7 April 1973 with enthusiasts awaiting the imminent arrival of the down DMU special from Perth see image [[28779]].

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Aviemore: Looking north as a 3 car Metro-Cammell DMU departs southwards from Aviemore before reversing to access the line to Boat of Garten on 07 April 1973. The railway staff with the hi-vis vests will be applying a point clamp before he DMU runs over the facing points.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Aviemore Shed: Aviemore shed (60B) in 1973, during the intervening years between BR ownership and being put back into railway use by The Strathspey Railway. An interesting collection of vehicles is scattered around the outside the shed.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Boat of Garten: The down platform at Boat of Garten, photographed looking north standing in the 6-foot on 7 April 1973, just prior to the arrival of the special see image [[28779]].

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Boat of Garten: The much photographed 'special' following arrival at Boat of Garten on 7 April 1973. See image [[28779]]

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Aviemore: The Speyside Express railtour from Edinburgh to Boat of Garten on 07 April 1973 is seen on the outer face of the island platform at Aviemore whilst operating one of the three return trips to Boat of Garten. While today's trains on the Strathspey Railway operate from this platform, at that time the DMU had to first run into the headshunt at the south end of the station in order to access the original route north to Inverness via the line to the right of the train.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Boat of Garten: Another photograph showing the DMU special at Boat of Garten on 7 April 1973. Note that it is now displaying Edinburgh on the destination blind, which is where its journey actually started that day.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Aviemore: A view north from the island platform at Aviemore in April 1973 with Aviemore North SB in the middle distance. It looks quite different today with the police station on what was waste ground on the left and the Strathspey Railway using the outer face of the island platform.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Boat of Garten: A Class 101 DMU at Boat of Garten on 7 April 1973 with the first passenger train to visit the station since official closure.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John McIntyre 1973


Boat of Garten: One of the first passenger-carrying trains to reach Boat of Garten after its reincarnation as the terminus of the Strathspey Railway - a 101 DMU from Perth - stands at the station on 7 April 1973.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 1973


Leschede: Southbound DB 43 636, seen shortly after passing through Leschede on the Rheine-Emden route on 7 April 1977. A 2000 tonne trainload of coke eventually destined for the steel mills of the Ruhr.

Deutsche Bahn
Peter Todd 1977


Newton-on-Ayr: The 11.35 Glasgow Central - Stranraer service passing through Newton - on - Ayr station in April 1978. Falkland Yard is in the background and the line off to the left runs to Ayr Harbour.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
John Furnevel 1978


Colchester: The HST (class 43) was originally powered by Paxman diesel engines made in Colchester, and the success and longevity of these trains has depended on the good quality of the Paxman design and engineering. The company's Colchester workforce was thanked with a special run of a HST set to Colchester North station on Saturday 7th April 1979. The train is seen being admired by workers and their families at 6.15 that morning, shortly before they all climbed aboard and were whisked away south for a day out.

Eastern Counties Railway
Mark Dufton 1979


Bartlow: Bartlow was the junction of the Stour Valley line and the line from Audley End via Saffron Walden. Trains on the latter mostly started and terminated at this timber platform and connecting passengers had to walk from and to the nearby Stour Valley station platforms. The service via Saffron Walden ended in 1964 and the Stour Valley station closed in 1967. The junction itself was controlled by the signal box seen in the distance of this 7th April 1980 view of the decaying infrastructure.

Bartlow Extension (Saffron Walden Railway)
Mark Dufton 1980


Aviemore: 47518 approaching Aviemore from the south at 0940 on 7 April 1982.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Peter Todd 1982


Comrie Colliery: Sidings at Comrie Colliery, Fife, on 7 April 1983. Present are NCB Austerity No 19, an NBL Diesel Hydraulic shunter and Austerity No 7. I understand all three ended up at Bo'ness with No 19 being active for many years.

Comrie Colliery Branch (Fife Coal Company)
Peter Todd 1983


Kirkcaldy Harbour: The steeply graded Harbour Branch at Kirkcaldy on 7 April 1983. See image [[28131]]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Peter Todd 1983


Inverkeithing East Junction: 27012 northbound at Inverkeithing East Junction on the afternoon of 7 April 1983.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Peter Todd 1983


Thornton Yard: Locomotives stabled at Thornton Yard on 7 April 1983 include 27210, 20199 & 20204.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Peter Todd 1983


Cameron Bridge: View east over the Cameron Bridge site on 7 April 1983. The location was in use and not so overgrown at this time. The distillery is behind the camera.

Leven Railway
Peter Todd 1983


Methil Power Station: EE Type 1s, nos 20199+20204, stand alongside the unloading area at Methil power station in April 1983.

Kirkland Yard and Leven Dock to Methil Line Widening (North British Railway)
Peter Todd 1983


Leadburn Inn: A Mk1 coach at the rear of the Leadburn Inn awaiting conversion to a dining car in April 1985. The Inn, located opposite the site of Leadburn station on the A6094, burned down in 2005 and was rebuilt in 2010. The coach survived the fire although its current whereabouts are unknown.
Note from Alastair Taylor:
According to the Vintage Carriages Trust website, this TSO was originally M4427 and was scrapped (presumably on site) in 2006.

Peebles Railway
Bill Roberton 1985


Loanstone Sidings: Loanstone level crossing box and surviving gatepost alongside the B7028, on the Peebles branch north of Pomathorn in April 1985. The sign on the gate reads Loanstone Crossing. The line closed completely in 1962.

Peebles Railway
Bill Roberton 1985


Perth New Yard: 4771 'Green Arrow' backs off the turntable at Perth Yard. 7th April 1986.

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Graeme Blair 1986


Kinbuck: 4771 'Green Arrow' + 92220 'Evening Star' are buzzed at Kinbuck with the EMI Music Express. 7th April 1986.

Scottish Central Railway
Graeme Blair 1986


Perth New Yard: 92220 Evening Star on the turntable in Perth New Yard, with 60800 Green Arrow following on in preparation for returning an excursion to Edinburgh on 7 April 1986

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Bill Roberton 1986


Bothlin Viaduct: A view of the Bothlin Viaduct east of Lenzie station. Just to the east of Lenzie station were two junction - one north to Lennoxtown and another south to join the Monkland and Kirkintilloch. This was later known as The Bulls Horns. In the foreground are E&G stone sleepers. In the foreground were the Garngaber Sidings.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford 1987


Bothlin Viaduct: This is the south side of the Bothlin Viaduct viewed from the trackbed of the former Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway in 1987. The trackbed is now, 2019, the A806.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford 1987


Bothlin Viaduct: View of the north side of the Bothlin Viaduct looking east. The second arch carried the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and was skewed, unlike the rest of the viaduct, and had additional buttressing on either side. It now carries the A806 below. Off to the left was the short lived Woodley station from which a horse operated passenger service connected with the E&G and ran to Kirkintilloch Basin.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford 1987


Wemyss Bay: An arrival from Glasgow Central stands at platform 2 of Wemyss Bay station on 7th April 1988. The recently lifted road into platform 3 can be seen on the left.

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Colin Miller 1988


Kings Sutton: 71000 Duke of Gloucester northbound at Kings Sutton on 7 April 1990, one of its firstmainline trips following restoration.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Peter Todd 1990


Levisham: WD Austerity 2-10-0 no 90775 runs into Levisham on 7 April 1996 with a train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Whitby and Pickering Railway
Peter Todd 1996


Levisham: LNER Q7 0-8-0 no 901 running into Levisham, NYMR, on 7 April 1996.

Whitby and Pickering Railway
Peter Todd 1996


Ruswarp: No 5 Emily in action on the Ruswarp Miniature Railway near Whitby in April 1996.

Ruswarp Miniature Railway
Peter Todd 1996


Edinburgh Waverley: Royal Mail unit 325004 awaiting departure from Edinburgh Waverley on 7 April 1997.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton 1997


Radley: 60072 'Cairn Toul' northbound through Radley with empty coal wagons from Didcot Power Station on 7th April 1999. The loco has been stored for some time at Toton but one of the nameplates sold at auction in 2018 for £2,900.
See query 2223

Oxford Railway / Oxford Branch (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd 1999


Didcot Parkway: 58026, 37370 and 66015 in Didcot Station sidings on 7th April 1999. At this time 66015 had only been in service for some six months. The Class 37 was withdrawn from service the following year and later cut up at Booths, Rotherham. 58026 is still in existence, although currently stored in France.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd 1999


Radley: 37897, southbound light engine through Radley Station on 7th April 1999. The Type 3 was stored the following year, withdrawn in 2005 and cut up at EMR Kingsbury in 2008.

Oxford Railway / Oxford Branch (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd 1999


Saughton: A ScotRail class 170 DMU in National Express livery catches the spring evening sunshine as it runs west through Saughton on 7 April 2003, shortly after leaving Haymarket on an Edinburgh - Glasgow shuttle service.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2003


Auchendinny Viaduct: The sun catches the rail bridge over the North Esk at Auchendinny, seen here looking along the trackbed towards Penicuik from above the tunnel in April 2004.

Penicuik Railway
John Furnevel 2004


Alloa: Proposed location of the new Alloa Station, looking east in April 2005. The siding leading off to the right, through the gate, served the former brewery complex. Alloa shed (sub to 62C Dunfermline) stood on the left. A large supermarket and car park is planned for the area in the right background.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2005


Eskbank and Dalkeith: Eskbank looking north - April 2005.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel 2005


Eskbank and Dalkeith: Down platform shelter at Eskbank gradually being consumed by nature - April 2005.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel 2005


Alloa [1st]: Looking west towards the site of the original Alloa station in April 2005, with a surviving loading platform on the left. The location of the proposed new station is behind the camera on the other side of the bridge see image [[4088]].

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel 2005


Whittingham: The terrace of 5 railway cottages at Whittingham in Northumberland in April 2007. Clearly built to last, as were all the buildings on the Cornhill branch. All occupied and well maintained, in uniform Brunswick Green, some 120 years after build and c 75 years after the last passengers passed through the station.

Cornhill Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Brian Taylor 2007


Bo'ness: Three tank engines under repair within the loco shed at Boness.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Ole Macdonald had a farm, ee aye ee aye oh! New larger creche site for open days at Boness 2007.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: New fire shovelled for the forthcoming 1300 trip to Birkhill.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Morayshire running around at Boness. Part of the Royal Scotsman set is stabled in the yard. 7/4/07.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: LNER D49 246 Morayshire starts a train for Birkhill with steam cocks open, Easter Saturday 2007.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Groundframe at south end of platform controlling crossover. This is released from signalbox with bell signals being exchanged. However none of these bell signals are heard by the customers.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Main building at Boness which contains a railwayana shop, excellent cafe/restaurant and a Visit Scotland counter. However concerns are afoot because the south wall is made of plywood.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Great stuff standing on a bridge when a steam train goes below. Morayshire off up the hill to Birkhill, 7/4/07.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: CR 0-4-4T no 419 lies bereft of chimney in the loco shed at Boness on 7 April 2007.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Volunteers paint the stack of No 419 after welding.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Morayshire passing the coaling stage while running around her train during an Open Day in April 2007.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Bo'ness: Grounded GSWR BSK, rescued from Paisley Canal. Serving as a bothy for the MPD staff. The water column was donated from Grangemouth station.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Brian Forbes 2007


Fort William: View towards the buffer stops at Fort William on 7 April 2008, with 67004 at the head of the 1950 sleeper to Euston and 156 493 about to leave with the 1737 service to Glasgow Queen Street.

West Highland Railway
Bill Roberton 2008


Livingston North: Panorama taken on 7 April 2008 showing the extensive excavation and clearance work that has been carried out in the area surrounding Livingston North station as a 158 prepares to leave with a service for Edinburgh.

Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
James Young 2008


Norwich: Driver nodded off perhaps....? The unusual sight of EWS 90021 in First ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper livery arriving with a train at Norwich on 7 April 2008.

Great Eastern Railway
Ian Dinmore 2008


Kirkham and Wesham: Leaving Kirkham for Preston on the former four track section is a Northern Pacer, 142047, on a Blackpool South to Colne working. In this view from Carr Lane bridge Kirkham and Wesham station is hidden by the trees directly behind the train, which is just passing the Boys' Brigade camp site.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2009


Princes Street [Tram]: Welcome indeed... the total takeover of Edinburgh's Princes Street by the tram works seems almost complete in this view from the west end on 7 April 2009. The Castle has, of course, seen it all before.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel 2009


Haymarket: The 0952 Aberdeen - London Kings Cross National Express HST service pulls up at Haymarket platform 1 on 7 April 2009.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Haymarket [Tram]: View west over the site of the demolished Caledonian Alehouse on 7 April 2009. The image shows works in connection with the forthcoming Edinburgh Tram system, within which Haymarket will become a major Rail/Tram/Bus interchange.

Edinburgh Trams
John Furnevel 2009


Haymarket Tunnels: A ScotRail DMU emerges from Haymarket Tunnel into bright sunshine on 7 April 2009, with less than half a mile to go to reach Waverley. Viewed from the south wall of St Cuthberts churchyard, with the multistorey car park on Castle Terrace occupying much of the left background

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Edinburgh Waverley: View over part of the vast glazed roof of Waverley from the North Bridge, looking towards Calton Hill on 7 April 2009, where scaffolding surrounds the Nelson Monument, currently undergoing major restoration. Standing at the old 'sub' platform 8 is the 1308 CrossCountry service to Plymouth preparing to start its journey south.

North British Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Princes Street Gardens Cutting: The 0700 Kings Cross - Glasgow Central NXEC service skirts the base of the Castle Rock shortly after leaving Waverley on 7 April on the last stage of its journey. The Scott Monument and NB Hotel can be seen in the left background.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Princes Street Gardens Cutting: A commuter service runs alongside the Castle Rock in Princes Street Gardens in April 2009.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Edinburgh Princes Street: On the south side of Rutland Street the former entrance to Edinburgh's Princes Street station still stands, complete with gates, in April 2009. The rear of the Caledonian Hotel still looks over the area once occupied by the station concourse, although today's view is over a car park to the buildings of Edinburgh's financial district.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Haymarket Tunnels: The 0700 Kings Cross - Glasgow Central National Express East Coast service about to disappear into Haymarket tunnel westbound on 7 April 2009.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Haymarket: The 0952 Aberdeen - London Kings Cross about to enter Haymarket tunnel eastbound on 7 April 2009 after restarting from its stop at Haymarket, just as the coffee brigade gets stuck into another cuppa in the local Starbucks.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Haymarket: One of three alternative proposals for the new transport interchange at Haymarket published in 2007 involved demolition of the A-listed station building and its two adjacent hostelries, Ryries and The Caledonian Alehouse. Result - universal outrage. The final plan saw the station building receive a modern extension, with one of the pubs surviving unscathed. The loser was The Caledonian Alehouse, remains of which lie beyond the metal barriers on 7 April 2009. In the background, between the buses on Haymarket Terrace and the station building, stands Ryries, doubtless breathing a sigh of relief. For the original layout see [[16520]].

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel 2009


Oubeck Loops: Early morning mist hangs over the WCML at Oubeck on 7 April as Freightliner 66621 waits in the Up Loop with an infrastructure train.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett 2010


Saughton: Westbound 158 782 passes under the new 'Carricknowe Viaduct' carrying the Edinburgh tram route on 7 April 2010. Progress is also being made on the related earthworks.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Bill Roberton 2010


Weeton [Lancashire] Signal Box: Just beyond the deep cutting at Weeton the line to Blackpool North runs onto a low embankment covered with reeds. These are lit by the evening sun as Sprinter 156487 heads east with a Northern Rail service for Liverpool.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett 2010


Paisley St James: A Class 334 unit running along the embankment next to the M8 directly opposite Glasgow Airport with a service for Gourock. In the bottom right hand corner of shot is railway viaduct at Ferguslie carrying the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway. In the centre bottom of shot is Ferguslie Station on the Paisley & Barrhead District Railway, with the line of trees that runs to the centre right showing the trackbed of the PBDR that ran to Paisley St. James. The housing at the bottom left stands on the site once occupied by the Pressed Steel plant and Chrysler car factory.

Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Graham Morgan 2010


Dalgety Bay: 67018 Keith Heller coasts downhill towards Dalgety Bay on 7 April with a returning evening Fife commuter train.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton 2010


Arnside: With the viaduct closed from March to July 2011 for renewal of the decking, Arnside station has become a temporary terminus. The contractor's site can be seen behind the buffers and fence built across the line and services from Carnforth are running wrong line to here before returning south. See image [[31078]] for the same view seven months earlier.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett 2011


Kent Viaduct: Redecking and refurbishment of Arnside viaduct underway on 7th April with two rail mounted cranes busy supporting the engineering work. The opportunity is also being taken to repair Lindal tunnel near Barrow while the line is closed.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett 2011


Wirksworth: The 'Royal Train', headed by an immaculate 78019, approaching Wirksworth on 7 April 2011 bearing the rare '4 lamps' headcode.

Wirksworth Branch (Midland Railway)
Richard Buckby 2011


Monkton Combe: The iron gateposts on either side of the garage are the sole remains of Monkton Combe station in April 2012. A through station better known as Titfield (a terminus), of Titfield Thunderbolt fame. The posts were on either side of the approach road, and can be clearly seen in the film.

Camerton Branch (Bristol and North Somerset Railway)
Ken Strachan 2012


Freshford: A 158+153 combination restarts from the village station at Freshford, south of Bath, on 7 April 2012. The passengers may be a bit bedraggled due to the drizzle, but the award winning station gardens - so rare today - are clearly visible over the train roof.

Bradford Line (Frome, Yeovil and Weymouth Railway)
Ken Strachan 2012


Wellow: Mellow in Wellow: this signal box at the North end of the station, covering a crossing of a minor road, is said to be the last S&D box still standing in its original location. It is situated, appropriately, on Railway Path; and is lived in. The projecting clock, seen at the front of the verandah, is nice, but probably not original. View looks East in April 2012.

Bath Branch (Somerset and Dorset Railway)
Ken Strachan 2012


Hallatrow: Some way South of Pensford viaduct see image [[26020]], there is an industrial estate, which happens to contain the remarkably well preserved station of Hallatrow, seen here in April 2012. The apparently inflated signal box is an extension built between the platforms; the aged Land Rover is a nice touch. This station was the Western junction station for the Cam Valley branch, of 'Titfield Thunderbolt' fame.

Bristol and North Somerset Railway
Ken Strachan 2012


Limpley Stoke: The word 'idyllic' was probably invented for places like this. A location between Freshford and Bath is a good start; also being the Eastern junction for the Cam Valley line (of 'Titfield Thunderbolt' fame) is a bonus. Limpley Stoke station is long closed but currently lived in, with its small car park being used by a pub; so not all is lost. View South West across the River Avon on 7 April 2012.

Bradford Line (Frome, Yeovil and Weymouth Railway)
Ken Strachan 2012


Monkton Combe: Looking West, away from the Monckton Combe station site see image [[38531]], towards Hallatrow in April 2012. No railway remains, but it's clear where the track went in this peaceful and beautiful place.

Camerton Branch (Bristol and North Somerset Railway)
Ken Strachan 2012


Bath Spa: Looking back... but not in anger: the driver of South West Trains 159001, forming the 14.42 to Bristol Temple Meads, checks on the guard's instructions before leaving Bath Spa on 7 April 2012.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan 2012


Bath Spa: A South Western Trains 159 see image [[38394]] adds a splash of colour to a greyish Bath Spa station on 7 April 2012. Notice the coffee bar on the right, where I bumped into a railtouring friend whom I had not seen for about 5 years!

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan 2012


Kelty: Newly installed sculpture on Kelty Main Street to commemorate the Blairenbathie branch which crossed nearby at the 'White Gates' and served various collieries and a gasworks. Bears a passing resemblance to a Hunslet 'austerity' 0-6-0ST. One of this type worked at the Opencast Executive's Kelty Disposal Point, closed in 1962. See image [[36699]]

Blairenbathie and Blairadam Collieries Branch (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton 2012


Limpley Stoke: A view looking North at this former junction station for the Cam Valley line, of 'Titfield Thunderbolt' fame in April 2012. see image [[38385]]

Bradford Line (Frome, Yeovil and Weymouth Railway)
Ken Strachan 2012


Monkton Combe: On the left, we see the trackbed of the Cam Valley line immortalized in 'The Titfield Thunderbolt'. In the distance, we see the road viaduct for the A36. And on the right, the cricket pitch used in the classic Ealing comedy; now used by Monkton Combe school.

Camerton Branch (Bristol and North Somerset Railway)
Ken Strachan 2012


Newnham Bridge: A lamppost and passenger shelter (on the Bewdley platform) are just visible through the undergrowth at Newnham Bridge in April 2013. Their preservation owes much to this station's previous role as a garden centre see image [[42713]].

Tenbury and Bewdley Railway
Ken Strachan 2013


Newnham Bridge: Suddenly it's 1970 - but Virgil Exner is nowhere to be seen. Despite many signs being stolen, and others being removed to Collectors' Corner, this kind of back-to-nature look must have been quite common on abandoned lines in the late 1960's. Newnham Bridge station was used as a garden centre until about 2007, but is now abandoned; so its obscuration by trees has been delayed by some 45 years. View looks North in an unusually cold April 2013. see image [[42646]]

Tenbury and Bewdley Railway
Ken Strachan 2013


Newnham Bridge: This substantial station building at Newnham Bridge, some five miles East of Tenbury Wells and adjacent to the 'new' road to Worcester, seems to have been extended, going by the different coloured brickwork to the left of the door. Unfortunately the door is currently boarded up, as the building is unoccupied and has an uncertain future. I hope someone moves in soon. View looks towards Worcester by road; or Bewdley by train.

Tenbury and Bewdley Railway
Ken Strachan 2013


Glasgow Central: The Glasgow interstations bus - now in ScotRail livery. Photographed on 7 April 2015 at Central station.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees 2015


Blackburn: View from 156421, from Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria, crossing the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, built between 1770 and 1816, soon after departing from Blackburn and heading down the now singled-line through Darwen to Bolton on 7th April 2016.

Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
David Bosher 2016


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Work on the north end of the platforms in progress on 7th April 2016 prior to some remodelling of the trackwork at the station throat.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald 2016


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Work on the platforms under the Cathedral Street bridge taking place on 7th April 2016.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald 2016


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View of what remains of the north end of platforms 1-6 as the work to modify the track layout proceeds. The spray painted lines are markers for drainage work, and a line of shuttering crosses the centre of the picture diagonally down the right side of platform 1.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald 2016


Glasgow Central: 320416, in London Midland livery, leading the 1450 to Lanark. The former 4 car sets 321411-7 are being reduced to 3 cars and renumbered 320411-7 (where will the removed coaches go?). This is needed because 4 + 3 cars would have been too long for many ScotRail platforms. 380s thus released will be available for the E&G pending arrival of 385s.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees 2016


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Scaffolding dominates the scene near the entrance to the tunnel on 7th April 2016 as preparations are made to remove a cable gantry spanning the tunnel mouth.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald 2016


Newhey [Tram]: Manchester Metrolink 3104 to Rochdale departing from Newhey stop, on the site of the former heavy rail (New Hey) station [[21081]], on 7th April 2016.

Oldham Loop (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)
David Bosher 2016


Hale: 142051, to Stockport only, arriving at Hale on 7th April 2016. This particular Pacer was scrapped at Newport in June 2020. Bit of a nuisance having to change at Stockport to get back to Manchester and then a Metrolink tram from Piccadilly to Victoria as I hot-footed it for my first ride from the latter to reopened Clitheroe.

Cheshire Midland Railway
David Bosher 2016


Hale: 142011, from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly, arriving at Hale, early in the morning on 7th April 2016. Following withdrawal this Pacer went to the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley, but is reported to only be a source of spares for their other unit, 142013.

Cheshire Midland Railway
David Bosher 2016


Hale: Hale station, looking south towards Chester with bus on level crossing, on 7th April 2016. The retention of the picturesque canopies is somewhat offset by the boarded-up waiting rooms.

Cheshire Midland Railway
David Bosher 2016


Hale: 66221 travelling light towards Chester through well-preserved Hale station, early in the morning of 7th April 2016.

Cheshire Midland Railway
David Bosher 2016


Glasgow Central: A class 320 colour contrast at Glasgow Central.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees 2016


Finnieston East Junction: PS Waverley awaiting the season.

Stobcross Railway
John Yellowlees 2016


Gilroyd: A long steel bridge, that previously carried coal trains on the Worsborough to Silkstone section of the Manchester to Wath 1500V Woodhead route, crossing the M1 motorway near Gilroyd south of Dodworth. The trackbed from Silkstone to Wombwell is now known as the Dove Valley Trail, and forms a part of the longer distance Trans Pennine Trail. View south from Keresforth Road in April 2016

South Yorkshire Railway and River Dun Navigation
David Pesterfield 2016


Cardiff Queen Street: A twin Pacer unit leaves Cardiff Queen Street heading north across Newport Road. The large building in the background is Brunel House built as a regional HQ for British Rail. (It is vertical, despite the distortion from the phone camera).

Taff Vale Railway
John Thorn 2016


Alnwick (Lionheart) : Looking south towards the buffers at Lionheart Station. The loco is Drewry 0-6-0DM 'Drax', an industrial version of the BR 04 class. The A1 road passes to the right.

Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Bill Roberton 2016


Hale: Hale station on Chester to Stockport line, looking north from the level crossing, on a dismal 7th April 2016. Trains generally run through from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly although a few occasionally terminate at Stockport. The signal box is no longer in use. [Ref query 11 January 2019]

Cheshire Midland Railway
David Bosher 2016


Alnwick (Lionheart) : Hudswell Clark 0-6-0T 'Richboro' stabled inside the workshop.

Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Bill Roberton 2016


Hale: Exterior of Hale station on 7th April 2016. This was opened as Peel Causeway with the line from Altrincham to Knutsford on 12th May 1862. Renamed Peel Causeway for Hale on 1st January 1899 and finally just Hale on 1st January 1902.

Cheshire Midland Railway
David Bosher 2016


Alnwick (Lionheart) : Looking north from the footbridge. The main line and future connection to the Alnwick branch formation passes to the left of the junction signal.

Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Bill Roberton 2016


Clitheroe: The 1893 station building at Clitheroe, (which replaced one of 1850 slightly to the south), seen from the 1994 reopening platforms on 7th April 2016. Regular services from Blackburn to Hellifield were withdrawn pre-Beeching on 10th September 1962 but excursions continued until 7th February 1971. The line then settled into 19 years of freight and diversion use until excursions resumed on 14th May 1990. On 29th May 1994, Clitheroe and the line to Blackburn were fully reopened to passengers. This included a county council ticket hall and information office at the new Clitheroe station but this closed on 5th February 2020. North of Clitheroe the line still sees freight, Sunday Dalesrail passenger excursions and railtours. 150201 from Manchester Victoria has just arrived on 7th April 2016.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
David Bosher 2016


Salford Central: Disused platforms at Salford Central, seen from Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria train arriving at one of the remaining platforms, on 7th April 2016.

Liverpool and Manchester Railway
David Bosher 2016


Preston: Several of the EE Type 3s were repainted into 'Large Logo' livery during their time on the Northern Cumbrian Coast trains but 37405 retained its DRS Compass livery. It is seen at Preston on 7th April 2017 waiting to leave with the 1004hrs to Barrow-in-Furness.

North Union Railway
Tony Jenkinson 2017


Peebles CR and NBR Junction: View north along Tweed Avenue, Peebles, in the spring of 2017 towards the road junction with Walker's Haugh. The embankment and infilled bridge on the right once carried the line linking the Caledonian system on the south side of the River Tweed (behind the camera) with the NB system on the north side. The line joined the NB approximately 250 yards further on at Peebles Junction to the east of the goods yard, just short of the NB station. See image [[38441]]

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
John Furnevel 2017


Skelmersdale: There isn't a railway here and there hasn't been one, however the derelict site of the former Glenburn Sports College (right) and West Lancashire College (left) has been mentioned in a proposal to bring rail back to Skelmersdale. The document suggests extending the Merseyrail service east of Kirkby and leave the existing Wigan to Kirkby line east of Rainford Jct. This is the proposed station site in Skelmersdale and interestingly a planning notice for the demolition of these buildings on or after 24 April 2017 was found during the visit.

Unset
John McIntyre 2017


Kelvin Viaduct: 66737 on 6E45 Fort William - Blyth Alcans crossing the River Kelvin at Partick being re-routed through Glasgow Central Low Level due to the landslip between Ashfield and Gilshochill.

Stobcross Railway
Ian Millar 2017


Kelvindale: From the publicity: 'Friends of Kelvindale Railway Station are creating a Butterfly Garden containing the essential plants for Glasgow caterpillars, butterflies and moths within the station grounds. We will also be unveiling a public information board to help Glaswegians identify and support our native butterflies.'

Stobcross Railway
Ewan Crawford 2017


Selkirk Junction: Sleepers still remain on the solum of the former Selkirk branch alongside the closed gas works. It was a surprise to find them as so much has simply been erased or removed of the railways in the borders. This view is looking from the south bank of the Tweed towards Winston Road to the South (next to the Gas Works).

Selkirk and Galashiels Railway
Kathryn Cresswell 2017


Colintraive: Calmac MV Loch Dunvegan is mid way across the narrow eastern Kyle of Bute on a misty morning in April 2018. This image, taken from the viewpoint on the A8003 Tighnabruaich road, shows the point where Loch Riddon meets the Kyles at the northern tip of Bute.

Piers on the Firth of Clyde
Mark Bartlett 2018


Trimley: Considering the volume and value of the container traffic that was passing through Trimley station in 2018, the infrastructure looked surprisingly dilapidated on 7th April of that year. Loco 70 015 and its train has recently left the Port of Felixstowe to head to Ipswich and beyond while, in the distance, the passenger service from Ipswich (153 306) has left for Felixstowe. Not long after this date, work started to double the track between here and Orwell to increase line capacity.

Felixstowe Railway and Pier
Mark Dufton 2018


Malton: There are three extant road over rail bridges across closed lines within Malton & Norton. One of these is seen, in a westerly view looking towards Malton Town centre, on Old Maltongate Road, which was the main road to Pickering pre the Malton by-pass removing most of traffic heading towards Pickering and Whitby. The trackbed is still used as a path for a distance either side of the bridge.

Pilmoor to Malton Line (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
David Pesterfield 2018


Malton: There are three extant road over rail bridges across closed lines within Malton & Norton. One of these is on Old Maltongate Road, which was the main road to Pickering. The tracked is still used as a path for a distance either side of the bridge, with the trackbed to the right formerly running north towards Slingsby and Hovingham and to the left heading towards the bridge that crossed the River Derwent. The Malton by-pass, which removed most of the road traffic heading towards Pickering and Whitby, severed the trackbed running north on the edge of town.

Pilmoor to Malton Line (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
David Pesterfield 2018


East Pilton Halt: The halt opened to serve social housing in a tram-starved part of the city, but was more handy for an engineering works and a hospital (now the site of flats and a Morrison's respectively). For the site of the street-level ticket 'office' on Pilton Drive. See Edin Photo.

Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton 2018


Grantshouse: A Cross Country 221 passes the loops and civil engineers sidings at the site of Grantshouse station. The Voyager was on its way from Edinburgh to Bristol Temple Meads on 7th April 2018.

North British Railway
Mark Bartlett 2018


Chester-le-Street: The Geordie-Go-Round rail tour ran from London Kings Cross on 7th April 2018 to visit Tyne Yard and the North Blyth branch. The return leg is seen passing Chester-Le-Street on a gloomy evening behind DB 90035, with 67008 out of sight on the rear.

Team Valley Railway (North Eastern Railway)
Mark Bartlett 2018


Chester-le-Street: EWS liveried 67008 brings up the rear of The Geordie-Go-Round rail tour returning to Kings Cross through Chester-Le-Street on 7th April 2018. 67018 had assisted 67008 with the tour on the North Blyth branch but the return from Tyne Yard was hauled by DB 90035.

Team Valley Railway (North Eastern Railway)
Mark Bartlett 2018


Princes Risborough: 37409 Lord Hinton, at the head of a train from Chinnor, on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway in April 2019.

Princes Risborough, Thame and Oxford Extension and Aylesbury Extension (Wycombe Railway)
Ken Strachan 2019


Leamington Spa Avenue: Some interesting timber trunking on the station end of the former viaduct on the Rugby line. Taken from the Bath Place council car park, which is free on Sundays, on 7th April 2019.

Leamington to Rugby (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan 2019


Mount Florida: Due to engineering work on the WCML between Motherwell and Glasgow Central, through trains and some locals were being diverted via Mount Florida. The 17.38 from Glasgow Central to London Euston passes Mount Florida as 320415 calls with the 17.19 from Neilston.

Cathcart District Railway
Bill Roberton 2019


Pass of Brander Stone Signals: The stone signals in the Pass of Brander are usually described alongside photographs of a post holding two semaphore arms in the “off” position. [See Image 22517]. At each end of the 4 mile boulder screen, single arms prevail and at the westernmost end near Bridge of Awe the lever post carrying the weighted operating mechanism can also be seen.

Callander and Oban Railway
Malcolm Chattwood 2019


Leamington Spa Avenue: Councils throughout Britain are keen to demolish disused railways - outmoded, ugly, blot on the landscape, etc. I beg to differ. This is the disused viaduct leaving Leamington station on the Rugby route; which I think enhances its surroundings.

Leamington to Rugby (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan 2019


Warwick Parkway: Under reconstruction - improvement works proceeding in April 2019. Warwick Parkway was built for Chiltern Trains on the former Birmingham and Oxford Railway.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Ken Strachan 2019


Princes Risborough: The business end - the leading cab 37.409 exudes a functional air on the new platform 4 for the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway. see image [[69733]]

Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway
Ken Strachan 2019


Donibristle Platform: Freightliner 66548 leans into the curve on the decent of Donibristle bank with an Aberdeen - Millerhill engineers train on a dreich 7 April. 66518 is on the rear.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton 2019


Princes Risborough: Not only have the lads restored the signal box at Princes Ris, they have also planted a garden - complete with the only gnome I have ever seen in a high vis' vest.

Princes Risborough, Thame and Oxford Extension and Aylesbury Extension (Wycombe Railway)
Ken Strachan 2019


Worsley: Worsley station closed in 1969, along with the loop line through Tyldesley and Leigh to Kenyon Junction. This view on 6th April 2021 looks north along the greenway that passes through the surviving sections of platform. Just to the north of the bridge is Roe Green Junction where the loop diverged from the line to Bolton Great Moor Street (closed 1954). Today it is the junction of two popular greenways.

Eccles to Springs Line and Tyldesley to Pennington Line (London and North Western Railway)
Mark Bartlett 2021


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1856Perth and Dunkeld RailwayPerth and Dunkeld Railway opened. Operated by the Scottish Midland Junction Railway. Stations opened at Murthly (possibly, may be late 1856) and Birnam and Dunkeld.
1862Cavan Branch (Dundalk and Enniskillen Railway)Branch opened from Clones to Cavan (Cavan Branch (Midland Great Western Railway)). Worked by the Dundalk and Enniskillen Railway. The line crossed the border between north and south six times between Clones and Redhills stations.
1884Caledonian RailwaySiding serving Carlisle Gas Works opened. (Located near Viaduct Goods.)
1952Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)Leith Central to Abbeyhill and Piershill closed to passengers.
1952Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven RailwayLeith Central Branch (North British Railway) closed to passengers. The route is retained for carriage sidings and later used as a DMU depot.
1986Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and HarboursBarrow Viaduct hit by vessel and line closed for three months. (See also Ireland_>Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Ireland .)

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2003Edinburgh Park station construction commencesConstruction of the station and southern access road for the business park commenced.
2004GNER on track for wi-fi service [Scotsman]RAIL operator GNER is to roll out wireless internet on its revamped trains after a successful trial on the east coast main line between Edinburgh and London.
2004Rail review delays 1bn line upgrade [Scotsman]A PLANNED shake-up of the rail industry has delayed the upgrading of the East Coast main line between Edinburgh and London for months.
2004Rail union considers strike vote [BBC News]The UK^s biggest rail union is to meet to consider calling a ballot for national strike action over pay and pensions.
2005Trams task force for small traders [Scotsman]A NEW task force has been set up to address business concerns about the introduction of trams in Edinburgh.
2005Opencast mines set for go-ahead [BBC News]Controversial plans for three new opencast mines could be given the go-ahead by South Lanarkshire Council.

[Comment] This may ensure the future of the Ravenstruther coal loading facility but will wipe out the remains of old railways in the Poneil area. A large part of the old Spireslack Branch has been opencast already and the trackbed to the north of Douglas used as a roadway.
2006Trams ^the business^ [Scotsman]THE Edinburgh Business Assembly has endorsed the city^s controversial trams project and congratulated the council for pushing its plans through parliament.
2006Celebrations mark 150 Years of opening of Perth and Dunkeld and Birnam Line [First ScotRail]Celebrations are taking place today (Friday 7 April) at Dunkeld and Birnam station to mark one hundred and fifty years since the opening of the rail line between Perth and Dunkeld and Birnam. Distinguished guests attending the event include the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Councillor Bob Scott, Lord and Lady Mansfield, Andy Mellors of First ScotRail, Dr. Ann Glen and representatives from Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society and Highland Railway Heritage. A number of guests will be dressed in Victorian period costume, recreating the atmosphere of the original opening, which took place on 7 April 1856. As part of the re-enactment, a plaque will be unveiled by the Earl of Mansfield to commemorate the occasion. This will be followed with a reception at the railway founded Birnam Institute, hosted by Perth and Kinross Council. Originally, Dunkeld and Birnam was the terminus for trains from Perth. In 1863, when the line was extended to Pitlochry, it became a through station and from 1865, it was part of the Highland Railway until 1923 when the London Midland & Scottish Railway took over before nationalisation in 1948 with the arrival of British Rail. Andy Mellors, First ScotRail^s deputy managing director said, "It is an honour to be involved in this event, which provides an opportunity to not only commemorate the history of the line but also to look at how far we have come and at what the future of Scotland^s railway holds." Provost Scott, added, "The railway line and the important transport link it provides to the Highland Perthshire area is invaluable. I believe this is a fitting celebration of what has been a tremendous service to local people, visitors and businesses over the last 150 years. It is my pleasure to be here today to take part in this unique and special event."
2007Disruption for rail passengers [Scotsman]EDINBURGH rail travellers are set to face major disruption over the Easter weekend.
2007Low detection rate on rail crime [BBC News]Only 12% of attacks on the railways are detected, according to figures from the British Transport Police.
2008Bravery of train driver commended [Evening News]A First ScotRail train driver has been commended for his "exemplary courage" in helping passengers during a fight between two groups of youths
2010Rail talks end without agreement [BBC News Article]Talks between ScotRail and the RMT to avert a strike by Scots rail workers end without agreement.
2011Wirksworth rejoins national rail network after 60 years [BBC News]A railway line in Derbyshire, unused for more than 60 years has been reconnected with the national network. [Editors note: The eejit gesticulating between the buffers in the BBC news report is Railscot contributor Richard Buckby]
2011Steam train returns to Stratford station [Yellow Advertiser] A STEAM locomotive that will welcome millions of visitors to the Olympic Games has returned home to Stratford. Robert the Engine, a 78-year-old 38-tonne saddle locomotive, has undergone a much-needed clean, and now once again takes pride of place outside Stratford station. [From Richard Buckby]
2011No more wet winters on Blackburn station [Network Rail]Thats the prospect for passengers who use platform four at the towns station following confirmation from Network Rail that it is to build a new canopy by the time the next winter sets in.
2012Cup win for train travellers as ScotRail does drinks U-turn [Scotsman]SCOTRAIL has reversed a decision to dramatically shrink its tea and coffee cups and will restore the original size tomorrow, The Scotsman has learned. The U-turn by Scotlands main train operator comes two months after it reduced the cup size by one third, claiming staff had been unable to meet demand for hot drinks on long journeys. That new approach to eking out supplies angered rail campaigners because it was accompanied by a price cut of only 10p or 6 per cent. Now ScotRail has decided on an obvious solution, which critics had suggested at the time: increase stocks.
2012Hopes for Blackpool trams^ town centre return [BBC News]Blackpool trams could return to the town centre if buried tracks from the promenade are uncovered, Blackpool Council has said. The council is investigating the feasibility of reinstating tramlines last used in the 60s to Blackpool North railway station. [From Mark Bartlett]
2015End of the line for Indias national railways? [BBC News]India is a trainspotter^s paradise. The rail network has more than 9,000 locomotives - 43 of which are still steam-powered. This vast fleet pulls almost half a million wagons and more than 60,000 passenger coaches over 115,000 or so kilometres (70,000 miles) of track. The railways operate more than 12,000 trains, carrying some 23 million passengers daily. This vast public enterprise is virtually a state within a state. It runs schools, hospitals, police forces and building companies and employs a total of 1.3 million people, making it the seventh biggest employer in the world. But it could soon be broken up.
2016Three bidders for West Midlands franchise [Rail]Department for Transport today (April 7) announced three shortlisted bidders for the West Midlands franchise. The shortlisted bidders are: London and West Midlands Railway Limited, a subsidiary of Govia Limited (a joint venture between Keolis and Go-Ahead Group); West Midlands Trains Limited, currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Abellio Transport Group Limited with East Japan Railway Company (known as JR East) and Mitsui & Co Ltd as minority partners; MTR Corporation (West Midlands) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation (UK) Limited. The contract award is expected to be made in June 2017 ahead of the new deal starting in October 2017. [From Mark Bartlett]
2017Manchester Metrolink tram marks 25 years [BBC News]It is 25 years since the Queen officially opened Manchester^s Metrolink tram system. More than 37m journeys are made on the network every year. [From Mark Bartlett]
2018Brief Encounter tribute to star at West Highland railway stations [Scotsman]A new play which pays homage to the classic film Brief Encounter is to be performed at stations on the West Highland Line next week [10th to 15th April]. Brief Encounters on the West Highland Line will be staged at Arisaig, Corrour, Glenfinnan, and Rannoch station on the route between Glasgow and Mallaig Station buildings at Rannoch and Corrour will be used for the 50-minute production from Tuesday, along with nearby halls and hotels at Arisaig and Glenfinnan.
2018Network Rail opens new station footbridge at West Calder [Network Rail]Passengers arriving at West Calder on Monday April 9 will notice a significant difference in their station with the removal of the old and opening of the new station footbridge.
2018Chew chew! The restaurants around the world in old train carriages[Daily Mail]MailOnline Travel has scoured the world for eateries housed inside old train carriages, with quirky spots in India, New York and Paris coming into signal.
20203D-printed handles aim to reduce hand contact with train doors [Railway Gazette]RUSSIA: Attachments designed to enable train toilet and cab doors to be opened with an elbow or lower arm rather than a hand, and thus reduce the risk of spreading germs or a virus like Covid-19, are being tested by Russian Railways.
2020Iconic Comet replica condemned after being left to rot by council [Greenock Telegraph]The iconic Comet paddle steamer replica has reportedly been condemned after being left to rot through council inaction. The landmark is arguably the most iconic symbol of Inverclyde^s rich maritime history and no repair work has been carried out on the crumbling structure - a year after £50,000 was set aside to ^urgently^ help address a catalogue of serious structural issues. The Telegraph can reveal that the only money spent since the cash allocation was announced has been on a feasibility study into what restoration options - if any - are now available.