This day in history 18 April

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Dumfries: A pair of 1890s veterans waiting to take a Lockerbie train out of Dumfries in April 1949. Caley 'Jumbo' 57409 is the leading locomotive, with Webb LNWR 2-4-2T 46635 behind. Both were withdrawn from Dumfries shed early the following year.

Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1949]


Dumfries: Platform scene at Dumfries on 18 April 1949 as ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57573 passes through with an up goods train.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1949]


Dumfries: Ex-LNWR Webb 2-4-2T 46635 at Dumfries shortly after sunrise on 18 April 1949 with the Lockerbie push-pull train. The 1892 veteran was finally withdrawn in April 1950 from Dumfries shed, the roof of which can be seen above St Mary's Street road bridge in the background.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1949]


Mauchline: A train from Dumfries calls at Mauchline on 18 April 1949 on its way to St Enoch. The locomotive is one of Hurlford shed's 2P 4-4-0s, no 40663.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1949]


Clydebank East: N2 0-6-2T 69565 pulls away from Clydebank East on 18 April 1957 with a train for Springburn. Clydebank East station closed in September 1959.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1957]


Clydebank East Junction: Gresley V1 2-6-2T 67621 passing Clydebank East Junction on 18 April 1957 with a down stopping train for Helensburgh Central.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1957]


Grangemouth Shed: Caley Jumbo 57366 stands on Grangemouth shed in 1958. The locomotive is buffered up to 'Beetle Crusher' 56164 [see image 25059] and was photographed on the same visit.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/04/1958]


Grangemouth Shed: One of the McIntosh ex-Caledonian 2F 0-6-0 dock tanks (known as Beetle Crushers due to their sturdy appearance) no 56164 on Grangemouth shed, in April 1958, the year of its official withdrawal by BR. The precise location is on the long outside road between the shed building and the ex CR line to Swing Bridge Junction (Camelon) via Bainsford. The locomotive was cut up at Kilmarnock works in July 1959. [See image 26436]

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/04/1958]


Charing Cross [GC and DR]: V3 67661 pulls into Glasgow's Charing Cross station on 18 April 1959 with a train from Helensburgh Central.

Glasgow City and District Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1959]


Shields Road [CGU]: One of Ayr shed's 'Crab' 2-6-0s no 42745 passing through Shields Road on Saturday 18 April 1959 with an Ayr - Glasgow St Enoch train.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [18/04/1959]


Cults: The BMU passing Cults station on 13.55 Aberdeen to Ballater service on 18th April 1960.

Deeside Railway
David Murray-Smith [18/04/1960]


Clarkston: Standard mogul 77009 shunting the pick up goods at Clarkston in 1963.

Busby Railway
John Robin [18/04/1963]


Crewe North: BR Britannia Pacific no 70004 William Shakespeare stabled alongside a stack of firebox arch blocks in Crewe North shed yard in April 1964.

Grand Junction Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/1964]


Derby MPD: A3 60051 Blink Bonny on Derby shed between legs of The South Yorkshireman no 2 Rail Tour to Derby and Crewe in April 1964. [See image 29730]

Midland Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/1964]


Carlisle: Upperby based Ivatt 2-6-0 no 46434 on the centre road at Carlisle station in April 1964.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1964]


Carlisle: A2 Pacific 60527 Sun Chariot leaves Carlisle platform 3 on 18 April 1964 with the 11am train to Glasgow St Enoch.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1964]


Carlisle: Kingmoor shed's Britannia Pacific no 70002 Geoffrey Chaucer stands in the shadows at Carlisle platform 3 on 18 April 1964. The locomotive has recently taken over the 9.25am Crewe - Perth train. [See image 24632]

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1964]


Sheffield: A3 Pacific no 60051 Blink Bonny, carrying a 52B Heaton shedplate, stands at Sheffield Midland Station on 18 April 1964 with the first leg of 1X49 The South Yorkshireman No 2 Rail Tour to Derby and Crewe. [See Image 29666]

Sheffield to Chesterfield Line (Midland Railway)
David Pesterfield [18/04/1964]


Carlisle: 70002 Geoffrey Chaucer simmers beneath the footbridge at Carlisle on 18 April 1964 after arriving light engine from Kingmoor shed. The locomotive is awaiting the 9.25am Crewe - Perth train which it will work north.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1964]


Carlisle: A late April afternoon at Carlisle in 1965 sees A4 Pacific 60031 Golden Plover preparing to take out 'Scottish Rambler No 4' on its return to Glasgow. The special had arrived earlier from Queen Street via Edinburgh and Hawick and was preparing to return north on the WCML to Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Kershopefoot: A4 Pacific no 60031 Golden Plover photographed near the border at Kershopefoot on 18 April 1965 with the 1X50 BLS Scottish Rambler No 4 railtour bound for Carlisle.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Carlisle: 60031 Golden Plover stands at Carlisle on 18 April 1965 with SLS (Scottish Area)/BLS 'Scottish Rambler No 4 Railtour'. The special had arrived via the Waverley Route and was preparing to depart for Glasgow Central using the WCML.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Galashiels [1st]: 60031 Golden Plover stands at Galashiels on 18 April 1965 with BLS Scottish Rambler No 4 during the Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh Waverley - Carlisle leg of the railtour.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/04/1965]


Hawick [2nd]: The SLS/BLS 'Scottish Rambler no 4' stands at Hawick station on 18 April 1965 having arrived from Glasgow Queen Street via Edinburgh Waverley. The special would continue to Carlisle before eventually returning north on the WCML to terminate at Glasgow Central. The locomotive in charge throughout was A4 Pacific no 60031 Golden Plover.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Galashiels [1st]: BLS 'Scottish Rambler no 4' runs into Galashiels on 18 April 1965 behind A4 Pacific no 60031 Golden Plover. The train had arrived from Glasgow Queen Street via Edinburgh Waverley and was heading for Carlisle. Return route was via the WCML to Glasgow Central.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [18/04/1965]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: V2 2-6-2 no 60955 photographed in the shed yard at Kingmoor on 18 April 1965 having presumably worked in earlier from Edinburgh. 60955 was withdrawn from St Margarets shed in September the following year.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Carlisle: A4 60031 Golden Plover standing in the shadows at the south end of Carlisle station on 18 April 1965. The Pacific had arrived with the SLS/BLS Scottish Rambler No 4 from Glasgow Queen Street, which had travelled via Edinburgh and Hawick.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Polmont: A4 no 60031 Golden Plover at Polmont on 18 April 1965 with The SLS/BLS Scottish Rambler No 4 railtour. The special was on its way from Glasgow Queen Street to Carlisle via Edinburgh and Hawick, returning to Glasgow later that day via the WCML. The Boness branch bay platform can be seen on the right [see image 11250].

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Fowler 4P 2-6-4T 42394 in the shed yard at Carlisle Kingmoor on 18 April 1965.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Carlisle: A4 60031 Golden Plover with the SLS/BLS Scottish Rambler No 4 at Carlisle on 18 April 1965. The special, which had originated from Glasgow Queen Street, had travelled via Edinburgh and Hawick and would return north to Glasgow Central via the West Coast Main Line.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Edinburgh Waverley: 60031 Golden Plover at the east end of Edinburgh Waverley on 18 April 1965 with Scottish Rambler No 4, recently arrived from Glasgow Queen Street.

North British Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 60031 Golden Plover about to leave Glasgow Queen Street on 18 April 1965 with the BLS 'Scottish Rambler no 4'. The special ran to Edinburgh Waverley, then on to Carlisle via Hawick, returning to Glasgow (Central) on the WCML.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Carlisle: 60031 Golden Plover stands at the south end of Carlisle station on 18 April 1965 after bringing in the SLS/BLS Scottish Rambler No 4 from Glasgow Queen Street. The special had run via Edinburgh and Hawick and would later return north on the WCML to complete its journey at Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [18/04/1965]


Carron: Looking east at Carron on 18 April 1977 over the remains of the level crossing.

Strathspey Railway
John McIntyre [18/04/1977]


Carron: Carron station building with the 'convenience' sign still in place on 18 April 1977.

Strathspey Railway
John McIntyre [18/04/1977]


Carron: Carron station building with nameboard reversed on 18 April 1977.

Strathspey Railway
John McIntyre [18/04/1977]


Carron: A view west at Carron of the station building, platforms and signalbox on 18 April 1977 with the track missing and the vegetation taking hold.

Strathspey Railway
John McIntyre [18/04/1977]


Knockando: Knockando undergoing its Tamdhu metamorphosis on 18 April 1977.

Strathspey Railway
John McIntyre [18/04/1977]


Bescot: In nose to nose tandem as usual, two Class 20s pass through Bescot station in 1979, signalled for the marshalling yards. Both locos continued in BR service for another decade or so and 20063 then worked in France for CFD for several years. It was later repatriated and is now preserved on the Battlefield line but 20071 was scrapped after withdrawal.

Grand Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/04/1979]


Bescot: 08788, now the Inverness shunter, is glimpsed here in 1979 stabled at Bescot Depot alongside 56045, later in service as Fastline's 56301 and now preserved. Class 25, Bo-Bo Type 2, 25300 rumbles through with a freight on the line behind the station platform having arrived from the north. This loco was less fortunate, being withdrawn from Crewe in 1985 and cut up at Doncaster the following year.

Grand Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/04/1979]


Haymarket MPD: On 18 April 1980 a Glasgow - Edinburgh push-pull service emerges from the fog as it passes Haymarket MPD. The locomotive is 47707 Holyrood.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/1980]


Haymarket MPD: 47707 'Holyrood' with a Glasgow - Edinburgh service passing Haymarket shed in April 1980. The locomotive is alongside the concrete base that once supported Haymarket Central Junction signal box.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/1980]


Haymarket East Junction: An Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts DMU turns south west towards Slateford at Haymarket East Junction in April 1980, shortly after restarting from Haymarket station. The unit carries Greater Glasgow/Trans-Clyde branding.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/1980]


Haymarket East Junction: 47701 St Andrew turns south with a train through Haymarket East Junction past the Caledonian Distillery on 18 April 1980, heading for Carstairs and the WCML.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/1980]


Haymarket East Junction: 26034 on the 1248 Edinburgh - Perth pulling away from the Haymarket stop in April 1980. The trainshed to the left of the locomotive is part of the original Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway terminus and was removed 2 years later when the remains of the old coal yard (far left) were cleared to make way for a car park. It now forms part of the SRPS station at Boness.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/1980]


Haymarket East Junction: A westbound DMU passing Haymarket East Junction in 1980.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/1980]


Dalston Junction: Last days at Dalston Junction in April 1986, some 2 months before closure of the Broad Street - Western Junction lines. Happily a new station opened here in 2010 as part of the East London Line extension [see image 28898].

North London Railway
Ian Dinmore [18/04/1986]


Wakefield : 47818 runs down from Normanton with the diverted 14.41 cross country York - Plymouth service on 18 April 1992. The train is slowing to turn left onto the Turner Lane Junction - Calder Bridge Junction spur (just out of shot) to reach the Leeds - Doncaster line at Hare Park Junction. The loco is still extant as of April 2016, although currently stored at Longtown after DRS put its Class 47 fleet up for sale. It is indicated that it has been purchased by Arlington services based at Eastleigh works

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/1992]


Wakefield Kirkgate: 91025 is on the rear of a Kings Cross - Leeds service being diesel hauled through Wakefield Kirkgate towards Leeds in April 1992. The diesel locomotive had been attached at Wakefield Westgate, where the train had reversed.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/1992]


Leith South Goods: In April 1995 there was a path on the trackbed of the approach to the Bath Road crossing, which was once busy enough to warrant a footbridge. In May 2015 the path is no more, with palisade fencing on this side of the road too, the shrubbery now impenetrable and the yard lamp and pole gone. [See image 19652] for a view of the crossing in 1985, when the buidings were still in place.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
David Panton [18/04/1995]


Bewdley: GWR 0-6-0PT no 1501 departing from Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway in April 2001.

Severn Valley Railway
Peter Todd [18/04/2001]


Harthope Viaduct: The new deck recently installed on Harthope Viaduct, photographed on 18 April 2006. The deck was moved into place over the Easter weekend [see image 6723].

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2006]


Carlisle: A First ScotRail service from Glasgow Central via Dumfries arriving at Carlisle on 18 April runs into bay platform 7.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Dalston: Empty tanks leaving Dalston on 18 April on the return trip to Grangemouth.

Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Brian Smith [18/04/2007]


Carlisle: Railcar for the Cumbrian Coast line waits in the M&C bay at Carlisle on 18 April 2007.

Maryport and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Preston: North Union Bridge over the Ribble on the WCML at Preston on 18 April 2007. At one time 6 tracks crossed the river here although currently there are 4 in regular use with a fifth available via the later additional section on the right.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/04/2007]


Carlisle: 'Don't fancy yours much...' a pair of Virgin class 57s in the station sidings at Carlisle on 18 April 2007.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle: Glasgow Central - London Euston Pendolino service at Carlisle on 18 April.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle Kingmoor TMD: The DRS depot at Carlisle on 18 April 2007, looking north from Etterby Road bridge.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle Kingmoor TMD: Virgin 57308 Tin Tin heads south from Kingmoor yard towards Carlisle on 18 April 2007. The train is passing the DRS Depot with a trainload of timber for Chirk.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Rockcliffe: The former station at Rockcliffe in April 2007 looking west towards the WCML.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle: The tortoise and the hare... Carlisle north end 18 April 2007. A First ScotRail service to Glasgow Central via Dumfries stands in the bay as a Pendolino prepares to leave for the same destination via the direct route.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle: Freightliner 90046 with northbound containers passing through Carlisle station on 18 April 2007.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Waverley Viaduct: The bridge that once carried the Waverley route north over the River Eden, photographed looking west in April 2007. Carlisle Canal shed stood off to the left. The WCML river crossing is located around half a mile to the east at Etterby.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Eden Viaduct [Etterby]: The WCML crossing the River Eden at Etterby with a train from Glasgow Central via Dumfries heading for Carlisle station. View east in April 2007.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Caldew Junction: View north along the River Caldew at Willowholme on 18 April 2007 as a coal train heads south towards the station.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Dentonholme: Looking north from the former Viaduct Yard, Carlisle on 18 April 2007. Spanning the river is what remains of the Caldew Viaduct, which formerly carried traffic on the joint goods lines, avoiding Citadel station. [See image 3549]

Carlisle Goods Loop (Carlisle Goods Traffic Committee)
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle: Southbound freight passing the former Viaduct Yard, beyond which stands the bridge that took the goods lines across the Caldew. The long grey building now occupies the site of Dentonholme goods depot.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Eden Viaduct [Etterby]: Southbound timber at Etterby behind a class 57 crossing the new bridge (1942) built alongside the original to carry the goods lines across the Eden.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Eden Viaduct [Etterby]: Glasgow-Euston Pendolino service crossing the River Eden at Etterby on the original bridge built to carry the WCML.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


London Road Junction [Carlisle]: Voyager meets Pendolino on the WCML just south of Carlisle station. Below are the goods lines and to the right is the route from London Road Jct into Carlisle station.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle Kingmoor Marshalling Yard: South end of Kingmoor looking towards Carlisle. The bridge carried the Waverley route - on the right is the spur which allows traffic from Kingmoor to access the line which now serves a Distribution Depot at Brunthill.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle Kingmoor Marshalling Yard: View north over Carlisle Kingmoor yard in April 2007 with a Voyager heading north on the WCML.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Rockcliffe: Northbound coal empties passing the site of Rockcliffe station just north of Carlisle in April 2007. The much modified former station house still stands on the left and the floodlights of Kingmoor yard can be seen in the right background.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Carlisle: The 08.21 Mossend - Daventry Intermodal enters Carlisle station on its way south on 18 April.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2007]


Burntisland: 170 429 pulls into Burntisland with an Edinburgh service on 18 April 2009.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [18/04/2009]


Bradford Forster Square: 333 005 at the 1990 Bradford Forster Square station on 18 April 2009, with Bradford City FC stadium in the background.

Leeds and Bradford Railway
Bill Roberton [18/04/2009]


Bradford Interchange: 158 756 at Bradford Interchange on 18 April 2009.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Bill Roberton [18/04/2009]


Burntisland East Junction: Edinburgh bound 170 470 passes the disused Burntisland East Junction on 18 April 2009. The junction once provided access to Burntisland docks and locomotive shed, as well as the pier originally used by train ferries to and from Granton prior to the opening of The Forth Bridge in 1890.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [18/04/2009]


Grantham: 60163 'Tornado' in Grantham down loop with the York bound 'Yorkshire Pullman' special.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
Michael Gibb [18/04/2009]


Prestwick International Airport: Planes, Trains and Automobiles...... View North of Prestwick International Airport station (where the station nameboards read Glasgow Prestwick Airport) with an approaching 334 on the left and a Ryanair Jet passing overhead.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Colin Harkins [18/04/2009]


Turton: The remains of the platform at Turton between Bolton and Blackburn. The photo is taken looking south from the level crossing on 18 April 2009.

Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/04/2009]


Turton: Looking north across the site of Turton station and the level crossing on 18 April 2009. The former goods yard is in the foreground currently being used to store materials for the new buildings to the right of the station.

Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/04/2009]


Rishton: Black 5 no 45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier' heads west through Rishton station on the final part of the climb towards Blackburn with the Cotton Mills Express on 18 April 2009.

Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/04/2009]


Turton: A Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service operated by Northern Rail using 156497 passes the former station at Turton on 18 April 2009.

Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/04/2009]


Kings Cross: The winning design entry announced by Network Rail in April 2010 showing plans for the refurbished Kings Cross station and surrounding area seen looking east.

London to Peterborough (Great Northern Railway)
Network Rail [18/04/2010]


Aberdour: The first of the SRPS Forth Circle steam specials passes Aberdour on 18 April 2010 behind Britannia Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/04/2010]


Halbeath: Britannia Steam Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell about to run over Halbeath level crossing on 18 April 2010 with the SRPS Forth Circle railtour.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Brian Forbes [18/04/2010]


Dalgety Bay: The second SRPS 'Forth Circle' railtour charges away from Dalgety Bay on 18 April 2010 behind 70013.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/04/2010]


Inverkeithing: View south at Inverkeithing on 18 April as 70013 Oliver Cromwell arrives with the afternoon SRPS Forth Circle Railtour.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Mark Poustie [18/04/2010]


Stirling: Oliver Cromwell waits at Stirling on 18 April with the afternoon SRPS Forth Circle Railtour before returning to Dalmeny and Inverkeithing via Linlithgow.†

Scottish Central Railway
Mark Poustie [18/04/2010]


Milton Junction [Glasgow]: The Warren Truss bridge carrying the G&G line over the M80 motorway between Balornock and Robroyston, Glasgow. Looking north on a quiet Sunday morning in April 2010.

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [18/04/2010]


Forth Bridge: In conditions best described as 'atmospheric', no 70013 Oliver Cromwell heads north off the Forth Bridge with the morning SRPS Forth Circle rail tour on Sunday 18 April 2010.† The train is running wrong line due to work being carried out on the bridge that morning.

Forth Bridge Railway
Andy Carr [18/04/2010]


Inverkeithing Central Junction: In the gathering dusk Oliver Cromwell brings the empty stock of the afternoon Forth Circle railtour from Inverkeithing station into Inverkeithing Yard to await a class 37 which will tow the train back to Bo'ness.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Mark Poustie [18/04/2010]


Haydon Bridge: A Carlisle - Newcastle service formed by 156480 runs parallel to the A69 road approaching Haydon Bridge station on 18 April 2010.

Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
John Steven [18/04/2010]


Kinbrace: The Great Britain IV south of Kinbrace on 18 April with Black 5s 44871 and 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier having just crossed the River Helmsdale. Discreetly tagged on at the tail end is 47 760.

Sutherland and Caithness Railway
John Gray [18/04/2011]


Yorton: Freightliner 66515 heads north through Yorton making for Crewe Basford Hall Yard on 18 April. The train was running at 20mph with diverted empty coal stock after being sidelined by a wheel flat detector due to severe wheel flats on the rear wagon. The flats were so bad that the platform shook with each wheel rotation as the train passed through.

Shrewsbury and Crewe Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2011]


Lairg: The Great Britain IV seen on 18 April with Black 5's 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier and 44871 working hard on the first stage of the long climb from Rogart to Lairg.

Sutherland Railway
John Gray [18/04/2011]


Ribblehead Viaduct: A Northern DMU crosses Ribblehead Viaduct on 18 April on the approach to Ribblehead station. Judging from the buds on the nearest trees, such a photograph would not be obtainable from this spot a week or so later.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


London Road Tunnel: Clearance works completed at London Road tunnel in April 2011. View shows the portals on either side, along with the area previously occupied by the ventilation shaft.

Glasgow Central Railway
Colin Harkins [18/04/2011]


London Road Tunnel: Clearance works continuing at London Road tunnel in April 2011. Behind the scaffolding around the eastern portal lie the remnants of beer casks and gas bottles... quite a concoction.

Glasgow Central Railway
Colin Harkins [18/04/2011]


Ribblehead: Northbound departure from Ribblehead, 18 April 2011.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Blea Moor: A Carlisle-bound Northern service formed by 158855 passing Blea Moor Signal Box on 18 April 2011.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Ribblehead Viaduct: Looking south towards Ribblehead Viaduct and the slopes of Ingleborough on 18 April 2011, with Ribblehead Station and the Inn to the left.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Ribblehead: Boarding a northbound service at Ribblehead station in April 2011

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Ribblehead Viaduct: Ribblehead Viaduct, with Whernside behind, on a fine Spring day in 2011.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Blea Moor: A Northern Rail service comprising unit 158855 leaves the single track section from Ribblehead Viaduct at Blea Moor Sidings on 18 April 2011, passing the semaphore signal which is just visible above the cab roof. Ingleborough dominates the left background. [See image 37951]

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Settle: The former water tower at Settle was in the throes of its successful conversion into a house by ex-Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line chairman Mark Rand and his wife Pat when this picture was taken in April 2011. The project featured in the Channel 4 programme 'The Restoration Man'.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Blea Moor: 66133 + 66016 heading south from Blea Moor Sidings on 18 April 2011 with a container train.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Crewe : DBS Fertis liveried class 56 locomotives, previously employed in France on construction of new high speed routes, now stored at the south end of the former Crewe Diesel Maintenance Depot. Photographed from a passing Crewe - Shrewsbury all stations shuttle service on 18 April 2011.

Grand Junction Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2011]


Ribblehead: 158872 heads the 4-car 15.23 service to Leeds (14.00 ex-Carlisle) as it arrives at Ribblehead on 18 April 2011.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Andrew Wilson [18/04/2011]


Carmarthen: Carmarthen Junction signal box seen from a passing train on 18 April 2012. The box is located at the east junction of the triangle to the south of Carmarthen station, with the east side spur to the station turning right and the twin track avoiding line to Fishguard bearing left, by the box.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2012]


Milford Haven: Track still in situ on the former branch to Milford Haven dockside in April 2012. View back towards the operational line connection, with Victoria Road overbridge behind the camera. The station is some 50 metres off to the left - with a car park light visible in the background.

Milford Haven Dock and Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2012]


Pembrey and Burry Port: The large Pembrey signal box sited on the north side of the West Wales main line to the east of Pembrey & Burry Port station. Photographed from a passing west bound train on 18 April 2012.

South Wales Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2012]


Wakefield Westgate: A Bristol bound CrossCountry service arriving at a wet Wakefield Westgate on 18 April 2012.

Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
John Steven [18/04/2012]


Milford Haven: A modern-day view of Milford Haven [see image 38657 for the same view twenty six years earlier] as 158838 lays over following arrival on 18 April 2012 (before being failed with a fuel leak on the nearest carriage). The Tesco superstore and retail complex seen on the left have superceded the sidings and livestock market seen in the former image although, thankfully, the station run round line is still in place alongside the service road to the parking areas for the complex.

Milford Haven Dock and Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2012]


Wakefield Westgate: A wet evening at Wakefield Westgate on 18 April 2012, with trains for Huddersfield [left] and Leeds awaiting their departure times.

Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
John Steven [18/04/2012]


Caphouse Colliery: 'Progress' on display at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery near Overton, West Yorkshire, in April 2012.

Caphouse Railway
John Steven [18/04/2012]


Milford Haven: 'Carmarthen... we have a problem!' Standing in for the usual class 175 DMU Super Sprinter 158838 lays over at Milford Haven station on 18 April after arrival from Manchester at 16.29. It was later failed with a fuel leak on the nearest carriage. A coach ride back to Carmarthen ensued in order to (just) make the 18.59 class 153 single unit Cardiff service.

Milford Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2012]


Milford Haven: Track still in place near the roundabout at the entrance to Milford Haven station on the former line to Milford Haven dockside in April 2012. Victoria Road overbridge stands beyond the palisade fence.

Milford Haven Dock and Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2012]


Ayr: Looking over the buffer stops at Ayr on 18 April 2013 with a train for Glasgow Central awaiting its departure time at platform 1.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
John Yellowlees [18/04/2013]


Lidlington: The 18.41 to Bletchley arriving at Lidlington, Bedfordshire, on 18 April 2013. The platform on the right has been rebuilt on the far side of the crossing, behind the photographer. There are quite a few new houses to the right of the train, making this perhaps the largest village between Bedford and Bletchley. The pillar box red floral containers on the left certainly brighten up the station.

Bedford Railway
Ken Strachan [18/04/2013]


Warrington Bank Quay: Freightliner 66606 with the 6M11 Killoch - Fiddlers Ferry passes Warrington Bank Quay on 18 April 2013.

Grand Junction Railway
Ken Browne [18/04/2013]


Lidlington: The former station building at Lidlington has been extended substantially in the Bedford direction (left). Notice the two heights of platform - both now replaced by a new platform on the Bletchley (right) side of the crossing.

Bedford Railway
Ken Strachan [18/04/2013]


Warrington Bank Quay: DB Schenker 60092 with the 6F81 Liverpool Bulk Terminal to Fiddlers Ferry power station passing through Warrington Bank Quay on 18 April 2013.

Grand Junction Railway
Ken Browne [18/04/2013]


Brundall: One of the DRS class 47 T&T operated services on its way back from Great Yarmouth to Norwich on 18 April 2013. The set is about to pass Brundall signal box, having run via the Berney Arms route.

Yarmouth and Norwich Railway (Norfolk Railway)
Ian Dinmore [18/04/2013]


Warrington Bank Quay: Arriva Trains Wales 175106 leaves Warrington Bank Quay with the 1D37 Manchester Piccadilly - Llandudno service on 18 April 2013.

Grand Junction Railway
Ken Browne [18/04/2013]


Warrington Bank Quay: Tamper DR 73920 passes Warrington Bank Quay on 18 April 2013 heading for Springs Branch.

Grand Junction Railway
Ken Browne [18/04/2013]


Arpley Junction: Freightliner 66548 with the 4S42 Fiddlers Ferry to Hunterston high level sidings empties passing Arpley Junction on 18 April 2013.

Warrington Branch (St Helens Canal and Railway)
Ken Browne [18/04/2013]


Warrington Bank Quay: Arriva 175008 on a Manchester Piccadilly to Llandudno service leaves Warrington Bank Quay on 18 April.

Grand Junction Railway
Ken Browne [18/04/2013]


Warrington Bank Quay: DB Schenker 60015 on 6F07 Fiddlers Ferry to Liverpool Bulk Terminal at Warrington Bank Quay

Grand Junction Railway
Ken Browne [18/04/2013]


Wakefield Westgate: A section of 99 Arches Viaduct alongside Denby Dale Road, to the south of Wakefield Westgate in April 2014. The projecting structure behind the hoarding once housed the signal box controlling the junction with the branch to Wakefield Kirkgate. The signal with feather for the branch can be seen through the gantry to the left, with the junction itself located near the right hand gantry.

Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2014]


Calder Grove: An April 2014 view from Blacker Lane towards the former exchange sidings at Calder Grove, with just a short section of rail still visible. Works involving the tipping of many hundreds of tons of soil are taking place to create grassland along the routes of the old coal staith and exchange siding lines from the former British Oak Opencast Disposal point. [See image 28145 for the scene twenty two years earlier].

Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Goole Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2014]


Kielder Viaduct: Looking south from Kielder Viaduct on 18 April 2014.

Border Counties Railway
Colin Alexander [18/04/2014]


Wakefield Westgate: The recently closed 1960s era Wakefield Westgate station building is currently being demolished. This view on 18 April 2014 shows only the platform side section and roadside wall remaining.

Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [18/04/2014]


Kielder Viaduct: Sunny day at Kielder. View south through the viaduct on 18 April towards Kielder Water.

Border Counties Railway
Colin Alexander [18/04/2014]


Kemble: Should you wish for a break while driving along the A429 through Kemble, you could do worse than to follow this woodland path towards Windmill Road. This is the line from Cirencester [see image 32102 for the remaining stub]. Just be aware of the stiff climb up the embankment at this end.

Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [18/04/2014]


Rufford: A Network Rail test train on the Preston to Ormskirk line at Rufford on 18 April 2014. Photographed from the level crossing on the outward journey, with 31285 nearest the camera and 31233 leading. [Ref query 6627]

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [18/04/2014]


Kielder Viaduct: View south east, Kielder Viaduct, April 2014.

Border Counties Railway
Colin Alexander [18/04/2014]


Nuneaton Trent Valley: Maybe its just me, but I cant remember much 'general tidying up' being done on the nationalized railway. [see image 41036] for this location just 17 months ago.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [18/04/2014]


Horseshoe Curve: Viewed from near the summit of Beinn Odhar (901m), the West Highland Line can just about be made out skirting the lower slopes of Beinn Dorain. Auch Gleann Viaduct is towards the right hand edge of the photograph.

West Highland Railway
Bill Jamieson [18/04/2014]


Bromsgrove: A grab shot from a train to Hereford on 18 April 2015, showing how the new Bromsgrove station is being built South of the current platforms. This will minimize the distance from the new car parks to the platforms, but will also allow stopping Northbound trains to gather some speed before getting stuck into - or on! - the Lickey Incline. [see image 47025]

Birmingham and Gloucester Railway
Ken Strachan [18/04/2015]


Birmingham New Street: Passengers join 170517, forming the 0949 to Hereford, at Birmingham New Street on 18 April 2015.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ken Strachan [18/04/2015]


Clitheroe: A cement empties train from Avonmouth to the Castle Cement plant at Horrocksford approaches Clitheroe station behind DBS 66023. The cement plant is less than a mile beyond here and the loco will run round at Horrocksford Junction before propelling the wagons along the short branch into the terminal.

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/04/2015]


Editorial Office: The Railscot automatic pilot in operation. Normal service on the website will be resumed over the weekend of 25/26 April 2015.

Railscot
John Furnevel [18/04/2015]


Clitheroe: A train of cement empties from the Hanson siding at Avonmouth is on the last mile of a long journey on 18th April. DBS 66023 is approaching Clitheroe station and the nearby Ribble cement plant at Horrocksford where it will be loaded. [See image 42683]

Blackburn, Clitheroe and North Western Junction Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)
Mark Bartlett [18/04/2015]


Euxton Balshaw Lane: Travelling north on the Down Fast line passed Euxton Balshaw Lane station, Freightliner 70005 hauls a Network Rail ballast train on 18 April 2015.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [18/04/2015]


Morningside Road: Although this building in Balcarres Street formed no part of Morningside Road station its name is a nod to the past. Photographed in April 2015 with the old station footbridge on the left still providing a pedestrian link with Maxwell Street. The former ticket office round the corner on Morningside Road is now a shop.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
David Panton [18/04/2015]


Ledbury: Nice day for it.. The driver and guard of a 170 heading for Birmingham on 18 April await the emergence of a Hereford service from the tunnel mouth just visible in the background. [see image 26388] for an earlier era. [Ref query 6946]

Worcester and Hereford Railway
Ken Strachan [18/04/2015]


Carnforth F&M Junction: 37409 accelerates the 1004 Preston to Barrow away from Carnforth F&M Junction and past the engineers sidings as it heads towards the bridge at Warton and the next stop at Silverdale. The link from F&M Junction to Carnforth East (straight ahead in the distance on this image) closed in 1998 and the two signal boxes were demolished. Occasional trains working through from the Barrow line to Settle Junction now have to run through the station and reverse in the loops alongside the WCML.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/04/2016]


Lumphinnans Central Junction: GBRf now provides haulage for the Royal Scotsman. Appropriately-liveried 66746 leads the train past the former Lumphinnans Central Junction with the first 'Classic' tour of the year. 66736 brings up the rear.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/04/2016]


Lumphinnans Central Junction: GBRf now provides haulage for the Royal Scotsman. Appropriately-liveried 66746 leads the train past the former Lumphinnans Central Junction with the first 'Classic' tour of the year. 66736 brings up the rear.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [18/04/2016]


Warton: DBSO 9707 brings up the rear of a Barrow bound service headed by 37409 at Warton on 18th April 2016. The train is just passing under the old Carnforth Ironworks Tramway bridge [see image 29936], above which can be seen Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe Bay at low tide.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/04/2016]


Arkholme: A Leeds to Morecambe service hurries past the closed station at Arkholme, now a private residence, on 18th April 2016. [See image 19610] Hopefully the regular Little North Western line passengers were appreciating the comfort of 158903 as services on these old jointed tracks are very often handled by Pacers.

Furness and Midland Joint Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/04/2016]


Aberdeen: The internal station car parking area at Aberdeen, built over the former Great North bay platforms 10 and 11. View is south from Guild Street bridge on 18 April 2017.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Andy Furnevel [18/04/2017]


Aberdeen Clayhills: Mid afternoon on 18 April 2017 looking south over Aberdeen's Clayhills sidings. The only cccupants at this time are the 5 coaches plus class 73 locomotive forming the Aberdeen portion of the Highland Sleeper. The train is scheduled to depart from the adjacent station for Edinburgh at 2143. Once there it will join forces with the Inverness and Fort William portions for the overnight journey to London Euston, arriving at 0747.

Aberdeen Railway
Andy Furnevel [18/04/2017]


Morecambe South Junction: Freightliner 66512 and 66562 double head a container train southwards at Morecambe South Junction on 18th April 2017.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/04/2017]


Aberdeen: Pedestrian approach to Aberdeen station and Union Square shopping centre, April 2017

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Andy Furnevel [18/04/2017]


Dunblane: The late spring still allows this view of the Up Highland Chieftain coasting through Dunblane at 70mph, virtually unnoticed by the community. Wednesday 18th April 2018. A nice view of the train, soon to be lost for the summer!

Scottish Central Railway
David Prescott [18/04/2018]


Morecambe South Junction: Colas 37099 leads a Network Rail test train southwards through Morecambe South Junction on the WCML on 23rd March 2018. 37421 was on the rear of the train.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [18/04/2018]


North Queensferry: At North Queensferry a new UNESCO plaque for the Forth Bridge was unveiled today.

Forth Bridge Railway
John Yellowlees [18/04/2018]


Inverkeithing: 158868 on the 19.19 from Edinburgh to Glenrothes with Thornton passes 170431 on the 18.20 Arbroath -Edinburgh service on the evening of 18 April.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [18/04/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1860Findhorn RailwayLine opened.
1864Taff Vale ExtensionLine extended from Quaker^s Yard (Low Level) to meet the Vale of Neath Railway at Middle Duffryn Junction. Opened for goods.
1864Taff Vale ExtensionOpened from Quakers Yard to Middle Duffryn Junction to meet the Vale of Neath Railway.
1966Cockermouth Keswick and Penrith RailwayKeswick becomes a terminus as line to west is closed
1966Glasgow Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr RailwayDalry to Kilmarnock closed to local passenger trains.
1966Dumfries Lochmaben and Lockerbie RailwayDumfries to Lockerbie closed to freight
1966City of Glasgow Union RailwayGlasgow St Enoch (Gorbals Junction) to Strathbungo Junction closed to passengers
1966Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to passengers.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2007City leader under fire over trams [Scotsman]EDINBURGH^S controversial tram scheme dominated a major pre-election debate in the city last night as politicians geared up for next month^s showdown at the polls.
2007Fares hike shock [Evening Times]THOUSANDS of workers who travel in and out of Glasgow each day are to be hit by a big rise in fares. Rail bosses are introducing an average 4.6% hike in fares on services throughout the West of Scotland.
2007Shopping centre approval sought [BBC News]Plans to double the size of Glasgow^s Buchanan Galleries shopping centre have taken a step forward after developers applied for outline planning consent.

RAILSCOT Note: note that the plans appear to include more building over the railway approach to Queen Street station. Variations of the plan also involve the Queen Street entrance and parking area.
2008Rail extension ^rushed through^. [BBC News item]The Scottish Government has defended its controversial decision to extend the ScotRail franchise by three years.
2008Dunfermline Eastern Extension (DEX) commuters set for tram link into Edinburgh [Dunfermline Press article]TRAMS could take DEX commuters into the heart of Edinburgh and holidaymakers direct to the airport if Fife Councilís ambitious plans get the go-ahead.
2008Trains set to stop once more at Conon Bridge [Press and Journal Item]Trains could soon be stopping again at a Highland railway station which closed nearly 50 years ago. Highland council want to reopen a station at Conon Bridge, near Dingwall, and has lodged a planning application to rebuild a platform in the village.
2008Vital track renewals project for Ayr line [Network Rail Article]Network Rail is to invest £3m on replacing track, points and ballast on sections of the line between Glasgow and Ayr. The vital maintenance programme, which will help deliver a continued regular and reliable service for passengers, will run for four consecutive weekends from Saturday, April 26 to Sunday, May 18 (Apr 26/27, May 3/4/5, 10/11 and 18). The work will require bus replacement services to operate between Troon and Ayr over the affected weekends, and on bank holiday Monday, May 5. The buses will call at Prestwick Town, Prestwick Airport and Newton-on-Ayr.
2009Train operators fail to impress Rail Minister Lord Adonis on network trip [The Times]They had been given plenty of notice to spruce up stations, clean the toilets and tell staff to make every effort to impress the Very Important Passenger. Yet still Britainís train companies failed to hide their shortcomings from the Rail Minister. [From Mark Bartlett[
2010Ferry port move may be end of line for Stranraer [Herald]Transport campaigners have warned that the rail line which links Stranraer to Glasgow could face closure in under three years due to rising costs and the loss of direct ferry connections to Ireland next year. [From Andrew Wilson]
2011400 evacuated after train stabbing [Daily Record]HUNDREDS of travellers were evacuated from a packed train after a man was stabbed in the head. Up to 400 people were taken off the London Kings Cross to Aberdeen service at Grantham, Lincolnshire
2011Broughty Ferry level crossing misuse ^chilling^ [BBC News]Police have described as ^chilling^ the results of a two-month surveillance operation to assess driver behaviour at a level crossing in Broughty Ferry. [From Richard Buckby]
2012Privatised railways ^inefficient^ [Fife Today]The company that owns Scotland^s railway stations has said it is working to simplify the ^elaborate^ legacy of privatisation which has led to money being wasted on duplication and inefficiency. Network Rail route manager for Scotland David Simpson told MSPs at Holyrood^s Infrastructure Committee that the firm is looking to restore ^common sense^ to the current ^labyrinthic^ set-up.
2012En suite cabins and airline-style seats considered for Caledonian Sleeper trains [Scotsman]EN SUITE cabins and airline-style seats which fold flat are being considered for the upgrading of ScotRailís ageing Caledonian Sleeper trains. Keith Howard, commercial director of rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook, which owns the trains, has told MSPs that both options were ďdo-ableĒ for the £100 million funding pledged by the Scottish and UK governments to overhaul the dated sleeper carriages.
2013Alternative train route now being trialled after Scunthorpe line landslip [Scunthorpe Telegraph]An alternative route for passenger is being explored by train company bosses after a landslip halted the service between Scunthorpe and Doncaster through the Isle of Axholme. First TransPennine Express has confirmed that it wishes to run trains through Brigg and Kirton Lindsey while the Scunthorpe to Doncaster line is out of action because of the Stainforth and Hatfield landslide.
2013Borders to Edinburgh rail line: Workers begin digging route [BBC News]Construction of the new Borders Railway has got under way at a site in Edinburgh. The first works involve digging the new line through the Monktonhall area and the excavation of the site for the new Shawfair station. It follows six months of preparations, including mining remediation work at the old Monktonhall colliery. Last year Network Rail appointed BAM Nuttall as main contractor for the £220m project.
2014Plans on track to reopen Leamside railway line [Sunderland Echo]THE reopening of Wearsideís disused Leamside railway line has moved a step closer. The North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has commissioned a study into the business case for reopening the line. The move comes just weeks after the last ever meeting of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority heard about a Nexus plan to introduce a new circular Metro route, connecting Pelaw, Washington, South Hylton, Sunderland and East Boldon, by connecting the Leamside line and the former Sunderland to Durham rail line west of South Hylton.
2015Japan^s Maglev Train Breaks World Speed Record [Sky News]A magnetic levitation (maglev) train in Japan has broken the world speed record by hitting 366mph. The Central Japan Railway Company said the seven-car train completed a test run on an experimental track in Yamanashi on Thursday. It beat the previous record of 361mph set in 2003 - but the new record could be smashed within days. Another test run is scheduled for Tuesday during which the train^s speed could reach 373mph.
2016Upgrading West Coast line ^not an alternative to HS2^ [Rail News]THE project to build HS2 had ^withstood fierce debate and cross-examination^, former transport secretary Andrew Adonis has told the House of Lords. Lord Adonis, who now chairs the National Infrastructure Commission, was speaking during the second reading debate of the Hybrid Bill which authorises Phase 1 of the project, which was approved by the House of Commons earlier this month. He was transport secretary in 2008 when the HS2 project began to be planned. He conceded that challenges exist, but warned the Lords that the often-touted alternative, that of upgrading the West Coast Main Line, would not meet future demands for transport. He explained: ^Upgrading a busy main line railway is like conducting open heart surgery on a moving patient. It‚Äôs hardly a compelling alternative to HS2 let alone a cheap one.‚ÄĚ
2016Borders Railway investment costs outlined [BBC News]A council report has outlined details of the financial commitment given in order to ^maximise the economic benefits^ of the Borders Railway. A blueprint to ^stimulate business growth, generate employment and boost visitor numbers^ was launched in November 2014. The current cost of projects associated with it is more than £17m. Scottish Borders Council has committed more than £7m of capital and revenue funding to the schemes. The multi-million pound line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank in the Borders opened to passengers last year.
2016Govia Thameslink takes Aslef union to court over longer trains dispute [Guardian]The operator of the Gatwick Express train service is taking the Aslef union to the high court after its drivers refused to carry passengers on new longer trains. Govia Thameslink Railway has launched legal action over what it described as the ‚Äúbaffling‚ÄĚ refusal of drivers to run the 12-carriage trains without guards. Aslef says GTR has breached an agreement concerning driver-only trains, which it accepts on trains of up to 10 carriages. Aslef and the RMT have raised concerns over the safe operation of longer trains without guards. Gatwick Express services had previously operated with either five or 10 carriages, but this will rise to eight or 12 across the fleet in coming months.
2017SNP unveils new plan for Glasgow Subway extension [Scotsman]The SNP want to bring the underground network under council control and take it away from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). Should the party oust Labour from the leadership of Glasgow City Council on 4 May, they say they have ambitious plans for the 120-year-old underground network. Currently, the Subway serves the centre, West End and south west of the city. The SNP has said it will investigate possible extensions to the east and north. To fund the work the party said it would look at new ways of raising cash rather than relying on capital grants from the Scottish Government.
2017Victorian train boss caricature found in restored carriage [BBC News]A 19th century ^joke^ possibly aimed at a Victorian boss has been uncovered during work at a railway museum. Volunteers found a pencil caricature hidden on the back of a wooden panel during a project to restore an 1890 carriage to its original splendour. It showed a man with a high collar, pointed moustache and satisfied smirk. Bosses at the Midland Railway Trust in Butterley, Derbyshire, speculated a builder decided to tease the management. The coach was found in 1999, being used as a changing room for a tennis court. [From Richard Buckby]
2017Dundee Railway Station Could Get £700K Revamp [Dundee Evening Telegraph]Dundee^s existing train station facilities could undergo a £700,000 revamp if the move is approved by the city council. An application for a building warrant has been submitted to planning officers by IDP Architects, on behalf of Abellio Scotrail. IDP has previous experience of train stations, having worked on the design of the Broughty Ferry station revamp as well as the new Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park stations.
2018New windscreens for Hitachi 385s to be fitted in Scotland [Rail]Once a final design for new windscreens has been approved for ScotRail Class 385s, the modifications will be carried out at Knorr-Bremse Rail Services at Springburn. The electric multiple units, built by Hitachi, are currently unable to enter traffic after problems were encountered with the drivers view during mileage accumulation testing.
2018Royal Mail to vacate Inverness Strothers Lane [Friends of the Far North Line]An extract from a Press Release by the Friends of the Far North Line: Last week Royal Mail announced that it is to vacate its site in Strothers Lane, west of Inverness Railway Station. This releases the land between the present bus station and the railway station, allowing the construction of a new interchange by relocating the bus station to be next to the railway station. The Friends of the Far North Line campaigns for improvements for travellers using the railway between Inverness and Thurso/Wick, and onwards to Orkney. A frequent element of our campaigning concerns the lack of easy inter modal interchange which sometimes makes travelling by public transport unattractive.
2018Network Rail awards £10m Highland mainline contract [Network Rail]Network Rail has awarded Bam Nuttall a contract for upgrade works to the Highland mainline to help reduce journey times for customers. The award is part of an overall £57million Scottish Government-funded investment in the line linking Inverness and the central belt. It will see infrastructure work carried out at Aviemore to extend the section of double-track to the north of the station. At Pitlochry, the track and two platforms will be extended. Signalling systems at both stations will also be altered and upgraded. The work will allow ScotRail^s longer InterCity trains (HSTs), which will start to be introduced on the route later this year, to pass each other more efficiently at both stations. It is intended to help deliver an hourly service, with average journeys cut by around 10 minutes, while also allowing improvements to the times of the first and last trains between Inverness and the central belt. In addition, a better distribution of calls at stations between Perth and Inverness is expected.
2018How Dutch stations help blind travellers [BBC News]For blind or partially-sighted people, going to the train station can present lots of challenges. In the Netherlands, subtle details in the way stations are set out make a big difference.
2018Motherwell station to get new £3.5m transport interchange [Infrastructure Intelligence]Plans to create an improved transport interchange at Motherwell railway station have been approved by the Glasgow City Region cabinet. The £3.5 million funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal will supplement a wider project that will see North Lanarkshire Council working alongside ScotRail Alliance and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to create a new regional transport hub in Motherwell.