Cowlairs Incline: A Fife bound train being banked out of Queen Street, photographed climbing Cowlairs incline on 8 April 1952. Locomotive in charge is 'Director' 4-4-0 62697 Lord James of Douglas.
Cowlairs Incline: Looking west across the E&G near the top of the Cowlairs incline in the spring of 1952. An unidentified J36 0-6-0 is backing a brake van along the parallel Port Dundas branch heading for Craighall goods depot. [Ref query 1423] See image []
Hawick [2nd]: Moody-looking B1 4-6-0 no 61308 getting ready to leave Hawick with the 12.17 train for Edinburgh in April 1958.
Hawick [2nd]: St Margaret's V2 2-6-2 no 60813, with its distinctive 'shovel-rim' smoke deflectors, runs north light engine through Hawick station on 8 April 1958.
Hawick [2nd]: K3 2-6-0 no 61885 photographed at Hawick on a grey April day in 1958 with the 11am Niddrie - Canal freight.
Arisaig: Class K1 62031 at Arisaig on down freight in 1960. Camping coach to the left.
Arisaig: Arisaig down distant signal, seen in 1960.
Barrow Hill Shed: Royal Scot no 46164 'The Artists' Rifleman' on shed at Barrow Hill in April 1962.
Clarkston East Junction: BR Standard tank 80021 climbs past the site of Clarkston East Junction on 8 April 1963 heading for East Kilbride. [Ref query 6574]
Polkemmet Colliery: BR Standard class 3MT 2-6-0 77005 stalled while taking Scottish Rambler No 5 towards Polkemmet Colliery on 8 April 1966. The engine is seen here restarting after the train of 12 brake vans was divided.
Cleland: BR Standard class 3 2-6-0 no 77012 with the Scottish Rambler no 5 brakevan tour of 8 April 1966. The photograph is thought to have been taken at Cleland during a photostop on the trip from Springburn to Polkemmet Colliery. [Ref query 10138]
Polkemmet Colliery: The 12 brake vans of Scottish Rambler No 5 railtour head for Polkemmet Colliery, Whitburn, on 8 April 1966 behind BR standard class 3MT 2-6-0 no 77005.
Kingshill Colliery No 1: Scottish Rambler No 5 poses at Kingshill Colliery on 8 April 1966 with BR standard class 3 no 77005 in charge of 12 brake vans.
Busby: The 5.8pm service from St Enoch about to enter Busby station on 8 April 1966. Locomotive in charge is Corkerhill standard class 4 tank 80004.
Busby: Standard 2-6-4T 80130 at Busby on 8 April 1966 with the 5.33pm from St Enoch about to collect the tablet before continuing its journey to East Kilbride.
Noblehill Junction: The Perth - Kensington Olympia Motorail service starts to pick up after passing through Dumfries station in April 1971 and is about to run past Dumfries South box. View is north west towards the town centre, with the distinctive outline of St Mary's parish church on the extreme right of the picture.
Dumfries: A northbound service leaving Dumfries for Glasgow in 1971. Note the Type 2s stabled in the former Kirkcudbright and Stranraer bays on the right. For a painting based on this photograph see image [].
Martinton Bridge: A 'Peak' takes the down Thames Clyde Express across the 1850 Martinton Bridge over the River Nith shortly after leaving Dumfries in the spring of 1971.
Preston: Two early Class 40s at the signal gantry to the south of Preston station in 1980. These signals control the reduction from six tracks to four and 40028, formerly Samaria, on the Up Goods line has been given the road ahead of 40010 once named Empress of Britain. 40028 only lasted another fifteen months in service before withdrawal from Kingmoor but 40010 continued until October 1984 when it was withdrawn from Longsight.
Manningtree: The curved platform at Manningtree gives the driver of Norwich-bound 47 605 a good view of proceedings on April 8th 1985. Electrification work was nearing completion for the 'switch-on' to Ipswich and Harwich. The remaining section to Norwich was completed the following year and Class 47s were destined to be replaced by Class 86s on London-Norwich services.
Dahuichang Limestone Works: An 0-8-0 metre gauge locomotive at the Dahuichang Limestone works on the outskirts of Beijing on 8 April 2000. I understand one of these is now back in the UK. Ugly is an understatement.
Chengde: SY 2-8-2 No 1493 outbound from Chengde, north of Beijing, on 8 April 2000. A steady procession of heavy coal trains left the China Rail sidings at Chengde for a steel works up this branchline. Being China, every inch of space is used and where the line ran through suburbia, the back door was roughly at the sleeper end. The average train weighed 2000 tons and the gradient out of town was severe enough to warrant a train engine and two bankers for about six miles. The returning bankers were lethal as they dropped off the train and drifted silently back down to the sidings. See image []
Chengde: Here come the bankers... see image []. Further action at Chengde on 8 April 2000 with the two bankers assisting SY1493 on the climb - JS 2-8-2's Nos 6227 & 6403 - about to charge past the photographer.
Buckfastleigh: GWR 0-4-2T no 1420 running round at Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway on 8th April 2001.
Goathland: BR Sandard 4MT 2-6-0 76079 with a train at Goathland station on the NYMR in April 2004.
Loanhead: Remains of Loanhead station in April 2004, following opening of the walkway along part of the trackbed behind the camera.
Kelvinhall [Subway]: Entrance to Kelvinhall Subway station from Dumbarton Road in April 2007. See image []
Charing Cross [GC and DR]: Approach to Glasgow's Charing Cross station in April 2007 looking across Elmbank Crescent.
Anderston: Looking west along Argyle Street towards Anderston station in April 2007.
Preston: The 1545 Voyager to Motherwell stands at Preston on 8 April.
Westburn Viaduct: The sandstone piers and lattice deck girders of Westburn Viaduct, Carmyle, photographed in April 2007 looking south across the Clyde. The line closed in 1983.
Westburn Viaduct: View of Westburn Viaduct from the north bank of the Clyde at Carmyle in April 2007. The signal box which once stood at the south end controlled Westburn Junction where the L&A spur from Kirkhill joined the GCR line from Newton to make the crossing.
Hillhead [Subway]: 'Smile...' Hillhead SPT Subway station looking east across Byres Road early one Sunday morning in April 2007.
Cowcaddens [Subway]: Cowcaddens Subway station, Sunday 8 April 2007.
Cowcaddens [Subway]: Sunrise over Cowcaddens. April 2007.
High Street Junction: Looking west over High Street East Junction towards High Street station and Glasgow city centre on 8 April 2007. The CGU line from Clydebridge Viaduct comes in on the left to join the GCDR, while the line from High Street to Bridgeton Central passed under the formation in Gallowgate Tunnel. In the background stood the great goods depots of College (left) and High Street (right) with the massive warehouse of the former now standing as flats in the left background.
Argyle Street: Sunday morning on Argyle Street, 8 April 2007.
Edinburgh Waverley: SPT class 156 at Waverley platform 10.
Dundee: First ScotRail 170 pulls into platform 3 at Dundee.
Edinburgh Waverley: A meeting of generations - a GNER HST and Virgin Voyager both about to head south.
Bellgrove: View north east across Bellgrove Street on 8 April 2007 as one of the first Sunday morning customers of the day prepares to descend the steps to the platform.
High Street Junction: View towards Bellgrove from High Street Junction on 8 April 2007 above the point wher e the CGU line from Gallowgate joined up with the GCDR. Note the original width of the trackbed at this point. The major goods depots at High Street and College stood behind the camera.
Leyland: The Great Britain II railtour with 34067 Tangmere which hauled the Bristol to Preston leg on 08 April 2009. It is seen here running effortlessly through Leyland at the end of that leg on the Down Fast line.
Markinch: The afternoon northbound East Coast HST about to race through Markinch station on 8 April 2010.
Didcot Parkway: 165102 calls at Didcot on 8 April 2010 on a Paddington - Oxford working. New exhaust system?... maybe not..
Balshaw Lane Junction: Black 5 no 44871 pilots Britannia 70013 Oliver Cromwell towards the end of day 3 of The Great Britain III tour of 2010 as it approaches Balshaw Lane Junction on 8 April, running some 110 minutes later than expected.
Didcot Parkway: Scene at Didcot on 8 April 2010 as a Paddington bound First Great Western 165 DMU coming off the Oxford line passes 66024 on a freight.
Ladybank: A Dundee-Edinburgh service, formed by 170428, calls at Ladybank on 8 April 2010.
Cholsey: A pair of class 66 locomotives, led by 66138, with westbound oil tanks through Cholsey in April 2010. The tanks are destined for the Westerleigh oil depot near Yate.
Irvine Harbour: Peter Ovenstone, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee presents the painting Kyles of Bute by Alasdair MacFarlane, on behalf of owner BRB (Residuary) Ltd to Sam Galbraith, chairman of trustees at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine.
West Ferry: 170 418 has just past the former station at West Ferry on 8 April 2011 as it heads south towards Dundee.
Dalgety Bay: 67007 coasts downhill towards Dalgety Bay on 8 April with the Edinburgh - Fife - Edinburgh evening commuter train.
West Ferry: The 4A13 Grangemouth - Aberdeen intermodal train, hauled by DRS 66423, seen heading north from Dundee near West Ferry on 8 April 2011.
Cardrona: Looking south east along the trackbed of the Peebles Railway towards Cardrona on 8 April 2011. Standing on top of the hill to the left are the ruins of Horsburgh Castle, a sixteenth century tower house.
Hest Bank: Light engine movement at Hest Bank as Freightliner 66545 heads south over the level crossing. The line between Lancaster and Carnforth is very busy and the crossing barriers at Hest Bank and Bolton-le-Sands are often down for lengthy periods while several trains pass.
Murraygate [Dundee]: Dundee City centre has a short stretch of redundant tramway (just like Edinburgh!) from the system closed in 1956. This is Murraygate on 8 April.
Horsbrugh Viaduct: View south across the River Tweed on a warm and sunny 8 April 2011 towards the former station at Cardrona. The converted station building, now a general store, stands just beyond the other end of the bridge. As can be seen from the sign, much of the surrounding area now forms part of the local golf course.
Dalgety Bay: 158 725 about to leave Dalgety Bay station on 8 April 2011.
National Railway Museum York: Preserved Gresley EM1 1500V dc locomotive 26020 (latterly BR class 76 no 76020) at the National Railway Museum, York, in April 2013.
Gogar Tram Depot: View over the Gogar Tram Depot, Edinburgh, on 8 April 2013. The tram on the far left was being tested at the time.
Gogar Tram Depot: Trams 'In-Line' at Gogar Tram Depot on 8 April 2013.
Carnforth: 45699 Galatea rolling slowly through the platform line Carnforth on 8 April at the start of its first mainline test run to Hellifield see image [].
National Railway Museum York: Bulleid Q1 0-6-0 no C1 on display in the National Railway Museum, York, on 8 April 2013.
National Railway Museum York: Flying Scotsman in the NRM workshops at York on 8 April 2013. The locomotive is in wartime black livery and carrying the number 502 on the buffer beam (the number it carried in the early part of 1946). The latest overhaul has been the subject of much criticism - see recent news item.
West End - Princes Street [Tram]: Tram 265 heads west along Atholl Place on 8 April.
Coventry Arena: Progress at Coventry Arena station on 8 April 2015. The Northbound platform appears almost complete and there is some new brickwork in place on the Southbound platform. Completion of the new station is expected by June 2015. See image [].
Bermuda Park: Evening view South at the new Bermuda Park station between Nuneaton and Coventry on 8 April 2015 see image []. The Southbound platform is substantially complete, with supports for the Northbound platform now in place. Opening is due in one month.
Geilston Level Crossing: GBRf 66737 passes over Geilston Level Crossing, just west of Cardross.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Large hoardings on the concourse screen the public from the Queen Street works.
Martholme Viaduct: The tall and curving Martholme Viaduct, on the old Padiham Loop, seen at track level looking towards Great Harwood in 2016. See image [] taken at river bank level. It carried its last train over the River Calder in 1964 but in 2018 Railway Paths carried out work to reopen the viaduct carrying a cycle route. [Ref query 5 January 2018]
Whalley: A Clitheroe bound Northern Sprinter passes the ancient Whalley Abbey gatehouse as it slows for the station, which is just at the northern end of the 48 arch viaduct.
Bermuda Park: The driver of this Southbound freight had to take it easy around the curve in the background, but now has the hammer down, as I believe those American truck driver chappies say. Loco is Freightliner 66570, looking towards Nuneaton. [Ref query 11 January 2018]
Hyndland East Junction: Safety 365. Impressive artwork at Jordanhill in the 'v' of Hyndland East Junction.
Bedworth: 66.002 does its best impression of a guard dog as it sits in the throat of the Murco oil depot at Coundon Road. see image [] View looks North. Notice that the train has been divided to facilitate unloading.
Christon Bank: Looking west towards the level crossing over the ECML. The grassy verge was the course of a 2'9' gauge tramway to Embleton Quarry, a mile and a half away, which entered Christon Bank goods yard just beyond the road junction, to the left. It operated from about 1895 to 1941.
Christon Bank: The handsome station building and goods shed at Christon Bank, a few miles south of Chathill on the ECML, closed to passengers on 15 September 1958 and goods on 7 June 1965.
Ravenglass: Two gauges at Ravenglass: the narrow gauge viewed from a train on the standard gauge railway. The signal box, although in good condition, no longer controls trains.
Golborne South: 88002 'Prometheus' passed here northwards yesterday on what may be its final loaded test train ... consist of loaded stone wagons with 68025 'Superb' tucked in behind 'Prometheus' for insurance. Spot on time as seen on all these outings, so looking like no problems encountered. So we should see these powerful electro-diesels out and about on the WCML ere long.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 5 days in, these items spied lying in the yard area in Dundas Street are the only signs of progress on the rebuilding work at Queen Street Station.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Quick shot through the window of the temporary Travel Centre which has been constructed opposite the Dundas Street entrance to the station. This was formerly The Vale pub.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Consort House, the former HQ of SPT, is due to be demolished as part of the Queen Street station rebuilding project. I tried very hard to make it look like an attractive building in the photograph but my efforts were doomed to failure, and for some reason I suddenly felt hungry for a waffle.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The OHLE gantry with the isolation switches at the station throat blends well with the Modernist look of the Buchanan Galleries car park link corridor.
Gorebridge: A 4-car 158 combination forming a Sunday morning service from Tweedbank calls at Gorebridge on 8 April 2018, with the rear of the train alongside the south entrance constructed for the station reopening in 2015. The cars parked along the upper left of the picture belong to the congregation of St Margaret's Church, just visible through the trees, the station car park being located beyond the far end of the platform.
Gorebridge: ScotRail 158739+158730 forming the 0945 ex-Tweedbank approaching Gorebridge on its way to Edinburgh on Sunday 8 April 2018. The train has just passed below the 'footbridge in a field' see image [].
Gore Glen Bridge: ScotRail 170409 photographed running south midway between Newtongrange and Gorebridge on 8 April 2018. The train is the 1011 (Sunday) Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank.
Colzium House: The narrow gauge railway in the grounds of Colzium House.
Broomhill Junction: A fine sunny morning finds Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No.828 with the first train of the day from Aviemore to Broomhill. Pictured just past Fisherman's Crossing, north of Boat of Garten. In the background,The River Spey and the Cairngorms.
Gore Glen Bridge: A ScotRail DMU runs south through the Gore Glen during the morning of 8 April 2018 with a Tweedbank service.
West Auckland: The view east from the site of West Auckland station. On the right is the formation of the original Stockton and Darlington line to Shildon, via the rope worked Brusselton Inclines. The bridge abutments that can be seen used to carry the Gaunless Bridge over the river of the same name. This was one of the world's first iron railway bridges and is now an exhibit at the National Railway Museum in York. Curving left is the trackbed of the line to Bishop Auckland and it was the opening of this line, and a chord to Shildon, that allowed the Brusselton line to close in 1858. The Bishop Auckland to Barnard Castle line, and West Auckland station, closed to passengers in 1962.
Falahill Summit: A Sunday morning service on the Borders Railway passing Falahill Village on 8 April 2018. Photographed from alongside the A7, below which the train is about to pass see image []. [Ref query 8 April 2018]
West Auckland: The station site at West Auckland, looking south west on the line towards Barnard Castle in April 2018. Apparently there were two platforms here, but they both faced the same direction, a curious arrangement. The line closed in 1962 and only Station House survives. [Ref query 10 April 2018]
Inverness: A pristine looking 170470 sits in platform 2 at Inverness. This was one of the units painted in SPT livery, though they were repainted a few years ago. The rest of the batch were transferred away to Arriva North leaving this one and 170471 left with ScotRail.
Wanton Walls Junction: Both bridge abutments immediately to the north of the junction remain; here is the northern one seen on 8 April 2020. Wanton Walls farmstead has recently been demolished to make way for housing (built by a strangely named company) but as can be seen the name will live on. Photographed incidental to my daily exercise permitted under emergency Coronavirus legislation.
Niddrie North Junction [Lothian Lines]: A look north west along the course of the Lothian Lines 'main' line. Wanton Walls junction was behind me, Niddrie North was (and is) ahead. The tarred path could easily continue to the point where it meets the next street but for some reason (that pylon?) we are encouraged to vere off. Photographed incidental to my daily exercise permitted under emergency Coronavirus legislation.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1862||Eden Valley Railway||Line opened to freight.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Rail safety system facing delays [BBC News]||A digital radio system for signallers and train drivers is delayed for five years in an effort to save money.|
|2004||In a traffic jam [Scotsman]||A SKIP lorry jammed under a railway bridge attracts some interest from passers-by today.|
|2004||Strike on UK railways to go ahead [BBC News]||Almost 3,000 rail maintenance workers at the engineering company Jarvis will strike in a dispute over job security.|
|2006||Trains on track for deals [Scotsman]||FIRST ScotRail has announced a series of maintenance improvements to diesel trains which operate on routes out of Edinburgh.|
|2010||Presentation at Irvine [First ScotRail]||On Thursday 8th of April Peter Ovenstone, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee, presented the painting “Kyles of Bute” to Sam Galbraith, Chairman of Trustees of the Scottish Maritime Museum.|
|2011||Carlisle Citadel station^s £500,000 revamp complete [BBC]||Major improvement work to Carlisle Citadel station has been completed. The revamp included improvements to the seating areas and work to protect passengers from draughts caused by the original design which ^channelled^ the wind.|
|2012||Railway work on track [Northumberland Gazette]||WORK on a major historic railway scheme is on the right track, with hopes that the first phase will be completed in July. The Aln Valley Railway (AVR) project aims to rebuild the Alnmouth to Alnwick branchline. It is now full steam ahead after a lease was signed between Northumberland Estates and the Aln Valley Railway Society earlier this year.|
|2012||The Scottish Borders: A region without railway stations [BBC News]||Would you like to see my maps of the railways? As conversational opening gambits go, it is not the kind of statement likely to fire you to the top of the guest list for a dinner party. Or, if you are already at a social gathering, it probably won^t get you invited back. And yet, the pictorial history they offer of the expansion, contraction, disappearance and planned revival of train travel in the Scottish Borders is - to my mind at least - an intriguing one.|
|2012||Frinton-on-Sea old railway crossing gates get new home [BBC News]||A pair of old railway crossing gates that were once synonymous with an Essex resort have been given a new home. The manned metal gates in Frinton-on-Sea, which feature on the town^s emblem, were replaced with automatic ones by Network Rail in 2009. They have now been relocated to a site within the train station gardens.|
|2013||Jubilee 45699 ^Galatea^ undergoes main line testing [Railscot]||Jubilee no 45699 ^Galatea^ is back on the main line and made its first test run from Carnforth to Hellifield on 8 April. Built at Crewe in 1936 the locomotive was withdrawn from Shrewsbury in 1964 and sold to Woodham Bros, Barry. 45699 was purchased in 1980, primarily as spare parts for sister locomotive 45690 ^Leander^. It is unclear if maroon will be its final livery or if it will go into BR Green. Quite a transformation by the West Coast team at Carnforth. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2013||Keighley & Worth Valley Railway joins forces with NRM [Bradford Telegraph & Argus]||One of the district’s top tourist attractions could become even more popular, thanks to a partnership with a national museum. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has revealed it has entered into a partnership with the National Railway Museum in York. It could lead to a new visitor attraction at one of its stations and exhibitions from the national collection being loaned to the line. The museum described the partnership as an “exciting opportunity” to allow people to see its collection in a traditional environment. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||Fears over trains on new Borders railway [Herald]||CAMPAIGNERS have demanded trains used on the new Borders rail line must be refurbished to the standard of inter-city stock. Services will begin running on the Edinburgh to Tweedbank route in 2015 for the first time in 45 years, but lobby group the Campaign For Borders Rail has raised concerns the line could use older diesel trains. Its officials have urged the Scottish Government to ensure the interiors are upgraded to match the standard of inter-city services.|
|2015||Drax picks DB Schenker for coal contract [Logistics Manager]||Drax Group which operates the giant Drax power station near Selby in Yorkshire has awarded DB Schenker Rail UK a three year contract to deliver coal. The deal covers the supply routes of Immingham and Kellingley. There is also the potential for additional North East supplementary routes. In addition to the new contract, DB Schenker Rail UK has a contract to supply up to 80 per cent of Drax’s biomass requirement.|
|2017||Passengers facing rail strikes on Grand National day [ITV News]||Rail passengers, including racegoers attending the Grand National, are facing a day of travel disruption with workers at three rail companies on strike. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Merseyrail, Arriva Trains North and Southern have begun a 24-hour walkout amid bitter rows over staffing and driver-only trains. The strike at Arriva and Merseyrail coincides with the UK^s biggest horse race, which sees many of the tens of thousands of racegoers travelling to Aintree by train. Merseyrail has brought in a team of managers to provide a service before and after the race between Liverpool city centre and Aintree.|
|2019||Move Blaenau Ffestiniog railway station from town centre to ^bring in more tourists^ [North Wales Live]||The train station at Blaenau Ffestiniog should be moved to a new site closer to the A470, to accommodate more tourists. That is the suggestion put forward by the chairman of the Ffestiniog Railway company, as Transport for Wales (TfW) looks for ideas on how to spend £1 million on improve the existing town centre station. This is part of a wider £194 million upgrade of railway stations across the network, made after KeolisAmey^s won the bid for the TfW franchise.|
|2019||Portishead-Bristol line restoration gets funding boost [BBC News]||A plan to reopen a rail link between Portishead and Bristol is set to receive more than £31m in funding from the government. The Portishead branch line shut in 1964 but is now part of a project which aims to reopen the line to passenger services by 2021. The scheme is being led by North Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority.|
|2020||Varamis plans electric freight to carry light goods [Rail]||Freight trains using electric multiple units could be operating on the East Coast Main Line by the end of the year, in plans unveiled by Varamis Rail. The initial plan is for trains to run between London, Doncaster and Newcastle, with further expansion into Scotland. Trains are due to start in December. Our concept is to offer an express parcels/consumer goods rail delivery service around the UKs electrified rail network, Varamis Managing Director Phil Read told RAIL on March 27.|