Muirend: 73061 photographed near Muirend on 29 April 1960 with a Neilston High - Glasgow Central train.
Eldroth: Hardwicke and the Midland Compound burst out from under Cragg Lane Bridge, west of Eldroth on the Settle Junction to Carnforth line on 24 April 1976. No 1000 is unfortunately partly obscured by its own exhaust steam. [See image 37313]
Shipley: The pairing of LNWR Precedent class 2-4-0 No. 790 'Hardwicke' and the Midland Compound No. 1000 might not have been historically authentic but the two locos still made a pleasing sight as they passed Shipley Bingley Junction box in April 1976 while working the Gainsborough Model Railway Society's London & North Western & Midland Railways Joint Tour between York and Carnforth. The only jarring note is the BR corporate blue and grey livery adorning the Mk1 coaches which formed the train.
Eldroth: LNWR Precedent class 2-4-0 No. 790 'Hardwicke' and the Midland Compound No. 1000 head towards Clapham with the Gainsborough Model Railway Society special of 24th April 1976. Although sunny the day was rather hazy so that the fine Dales scenery in the background is barely visible.
Wennington: The Wennington signalman has been quick to return his down (?) starter to danger as a Leeds - Morecambe DMU accelerates away from the station during the early evening of Saturday 24th April 1976. Running off to the right is the trackbed of the direct line to Lancaster, closed in 1966.
Wennington: Flying Scotsman bursts out of Melling Tunnel and passes Wennington up distant while working the GMRS special of 24th April 1976 on its return from Carnforth to York.
Butterley: Stanton No. 24, an 0-4-0CT built by Andrew Barclay in 1925 stands in the open air at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, in April 1977.
Peterborough: Deltic 55007 Pinza clears Thorpe Road Bridge as it approaches Peterborough station on 24 April 1979 with a northbound train on the East Coast Main Line.
Aviemore: HST 254-023 at Aviemore with an ASLEF Centenary Special on the 24th of April 1980. This was apparently the first HST on the Highland.
Bristol Temple Meads: 50018 Resolution enters Bristol Temple Meads with a train from the south-west on 24 April 1982.
Ardleigh: The level crossing at Ardleigh was converted from manual gates to automatic lifting barriers on April 24th 1983. Despite no working signals or track circuiting, the trains were kept running by basic signaling methods that dated back to the early years of railways. In this photo taken on that day, 47 431 heading a Norwich to London express is being flagged down for the driver to be assured that the line ahead was clear. I learned from a signalman some months later that there had been a “miscommunication” during this operation which had resulted in a “narrow squeak”.
Healey Mills Marshalling Yard: Ex-Departmental locomotives TDB 968009 (24142) and ADB 968001 (D8233) at the east end of Healey Mills Yard in April 1984, where they had lain for over a year following use as train heating units. In the background a class 37 rumbles past with a coal train. D8233 is undergoing restoration by 'The Class 15 Preservation Group' on the East Lancs Railway. The class 15s were some of the earliest diesels withdrawn by BR [see image 2884]
Chester: Down but not out! In April 1987, the 45s had little time left on passenger services - but this one still looks fit to head for Leeds - at around 19.05, according to the Chester platform clocks.
Battledown Flyover: An early evening Up train from the south coast to London Waterloo, formed by express EMU 2416, crosses Battledown Flyover just to the west of Basingstoke. The Salisbury lines pass under the flyover while the Down line to Winchester and Southampton goes off to the left.
Toddington: Ex-GWR Modified Hall 4-6-0 7903 Foremarke Hall at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Built at Swindon in 1949, the locomotive went to Woodhams following withdrawal by BR in 1964, where it languished for 20 years until rescued by the Swindon & Cricklade Railway in 1984. Another 22 years on and restoration work was completed with the locomotive now resident at Toddington, where the photograph was taken on 24 April 2008.
Alloa: Looking south east towards the platform at Alloa from Old Brewery Lane on 24 April 2008, with ScotRail 158730 standing at the buffer stops. The unit is waiting to return to Stirling on a crew familiarisation trip, with less than four weeks to go before recommencement of public services over the route.
Alloa: Unit 158730 about to leave the platform line at Alloa on a route familiarisation trip to Stirling on 24 April 2008, the month before the line reopened to passenger services. The train is about to pass below the bridge that once took the original Alloa Wagonway over the S&D route.
Kelvin Bridge: Glasgow Central Railway. Bridge over the River Kelvin at the site of the former GCR Kelvin Bridge station.
Kelvin Bridge: Glasgow Central Railway. Kelvin Bridge to Botanic Gardens tunnel, bricked up entrance.
Botanic Gardens: Glasgow Central Railway. Botanic Gardens station from above.
Kirklee: Glasgow Central Railway. Kirklee Station site showing platform.
Kirklee: Remains of the Glasgow Central Railway at Kirklee Station site. Looking north in April 2008 to where the railway bridge crossed Ford Road. Please excuse the litter.
Halton: This bridge over the Lancaster to Wennington direct line was built in 1960 to carry the Lancaster By-pass, later the M6 Motorway. The railway closed only six years later however and this view looks east towards Halton station along the trackbed cyclepath. The lorry is just about to cross the River Lune on the much more impressive motorway viaduct. Map Ref SD 495644.
Grosmont: Information board alongside Stephenson's original 1835 tunnel at Grosmont in April 2009. [See 24122] [Railscot note: Paul Harvey points out that the tunnel under the Queens Park in Edinburgh (on the Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway approach to St Leonards station) opened in 1831 and therefore predates the NYMR tunnel.] [See image 17619]
Grosmont Tunnels: The original railway tunnel at Grosmont in April 2009, now used as a pedestrian route between the station and shed (far end). [See image 24121]
Knaresborough: A quiet period at Knaresborough station in April 2009. View is north east along platform 2 towards the south portal of Knaresborough Tunnel and the onward route to York.
Sinderby: Class 47 no 47540 (formerly The Institution of Civil Engineers) standing in a field alongside the A1 at Sinderby, North Yorkshire, in the spring of 2009. For details [see image 23755].
Ripon: Once served by long distance trains, Ripon station closed to passengers in March 1967. The impressive 1848 building, the entrance to which is said to echo the classic lines of Ripon Cathedral, has since been converted to residential accomodation, seen here on 24 April 2009. A powerful lobby continues to press for re-establisment of train services to Ripon utilising much of the former 12 mile link from Harrogate, though any future station would be located further south nearer the town centre on the other side of the River Ure.
Glasgow Central: 156513 on the approach to Glasgow Central at the head of a train comprising three class 156 unit's on 24th April 2009
Poppleton: Poppleton part 3 ....and finally ...our man at Poppleton reverts to his earlier role as gatekeeper and gets the road traffic moving once again. While not all my fellow motorists would have agreed, I found the 4 minutes and twenty seconds unscheduled stop an unexpected and enjoyable bonus that day.
Lancaster Power Station: Viewed from the Lancaster to Wennington trackbed, John Rennie's Lune Aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal across the River Lune on five arches, each spanning 70' and at least 50' above the river. This significant engineering achievement cost £48,000 in 1797, almost three times its original estimate, and is still open for canal traffic having outlived the railway by over 40 years already. Map Ref SD 485639.
Lancaster Power Station: Although the Lune Aqueduct of the Lancaster Canal was built (in 1797) more than 40 years before the railway one of its five 70' arches was able to accomodate the double track Wennington line. Later, Lancaster Power Station was built here and a third line under the arch served coal sidings operated by fireless locomotives [See image 27588] until closure in 1981. View down the trackbed cycle path towards Lancaster Green Ayre.
Knaresborough: Looking over the east end of Knaresborough station on 24 April 2009. A Northern trains service for Leeds awaits its departure time at platform 1 as a customer visits Fireplaces of Yesteryear on platform 2.
Knaresborough: View over Knaresborough station towards York in April 2009.
Knaresborough: The 1259 arrival from Leeds, having terminated at Knaresborough on the afternoon of 24 April, now stands on the viaduct awaiting clearance to run back past Knaresborough's unique signal box and into the up platform where it will form the next service to Leeds. [See image 23425]
Darlington Bank Top: Face off at Darlington. A would be passenger stands at the concourse end of bay platform 2 at Darlington station on 24 April 2009, looking for some sign of life from the Pacer that will soon form the 1132 service to Saltburn.
Lancaster Green Ayre: Formerly an overhead electrified rail route, Greyhound Bridge on the other Lancaster to Morecambe line closed to trains in 1966 and was soon converted for road traffic. This view from the site of Lancaster Green Ayre station, alongside the River Lune (at low tide), also shows the Castle and the Priory church on the hill behind.
Starbeck: Platform view at Starbeck on 24 April 2009, looking over High Street level crossing in the direction of Knaresborough. Opened in 1848 by the Leeds and Thirsk Railway the station was named Harrogate until 1857. Beyond the signal box stood Starbeck shed, latterly carrying the code 50D. The shed, along with the sizeable adjacent goods yard, was closed in September 1959.
Ripon: Part of the old goods yard at Ripon in April 2009, with several of the redundant buildings now put to use by private companies. View is south towards the exit on Hutton Bank, with the former station off picture to the right [see image 26739].
Ripon: Part of the once bustling goods yard that served the City of Ripon, seen from the main entrance on Hutton Bank on 24 April 2009. Part of the large former station building on the old Leeds - Northallerton main line (closed to passengers in March 1967) can be seen on the left. On the right is one of several goods sheds which, along with other ex-railway properties on the site, is currently in use as commercial premises. [See image 25136]
Darlington North Road: Northern 142065 calls at North Road, Darlington, with the 1000 Saltburn - Bishop Auckland on 24 April 2009. The station building, seen in the background, is now a museum, with access to the current operational North Road platform via steps from McNay Street just off picture to the left. [See image 21141]
Ripon: Hutton Bank, Ripon, in April 2009, looking NE towards the entrance to the once extensive goods depot, closed in the late 1960s. Some of the depot's original buildings, seen here just inside the main entrance, are currently used by a pet food company, whose advertising banners hang along the perimeter fence. Above these is the remains of the wooden notice board that would have once announced British Railways, Ripon Goods Depot.
Hessay: The old station at Hessay on the Harrogate - York line in April 2009. The building is now a private house, although the annexe on the left provides accommodation for the signalman / crossing keeper, whose levers and instruments are located on the platform.
Darlington Bank Top: FTPE 185 136 pulls away from the up platform at Darlington on 24 April 2009 with a Newcastle Central - Manchester Airport service.
Darlington Bank Top: The prospect of Darlington. Platform view from the south in April 2009 showing the full width of the station. From left to right the triple span train shed covers platform 4, bay platforms 3 & 2 and platform 1. The top of the clock tower above the Park Lane station entrance is visible in the left background.
Knaresborough: A service that has terminated at Knaresborough leaves the arrival platform and runs past the notable stone signal box towards the crossover, prior to running back into the station to start its return journey to Leeds.
Ripon: The impressive former station house at Ripon looking south east from the junction of Station Close and Station Drive in April 2009. The equally impressive main station building, now converted to residential accommodation, stands to the right beyond the trees [see image 23883].
Sinderby: Privately preserved (?) class 47 no 47540 (ex D1723) on the site of the former Sinderby station (now occupied by an agricultural equipment company) in North Yorkshire on 24 April 2009. The locomotive, which once carried the name The Institution of Civil Engineers, was withdrawn from Old Oak Common in May 1998. [Addendum: On 22 May 2009, four weeks after this photograph, the locomotive was removed on a low-loader bound for the Wensleydale Railway at Leeming Bar.] [Finale: The stripped out shell was moved from the Wensleydale Railway to Thompsons scrap yard in Stockton-on-Tees during March 2016 and cut up in early April]. (With thanks to David Pesterfield)
Sinderby: The remains of Sinderby station (1852), North Yorkshire, on the former Northallerton - Leeds via Harrogate line, photographed on 24 April 2009 looking north. The station closed to passengers in 1962, with the line itself closing completely 5 years later. The land in the immediate vicinity of the old station is now occupied by an agricultural equipment supplier. The A1 road runs past the site directly behind the camera. Note the 'preserved' class 47 standing in the left background. [See image 23755]
Poppleton: Poppleton part 2. The 13.29 ex-Leeds via Harrogate stands at Poppleton, from where it will continue on the last leg of its journey as the 14.33 service to York. Our station man is currently at the far end of the platform having a quick word with the driver. [See image 30767]
Knaresborough: Running south west off the High Street in Knaresborough is a cul-de-sac named Station Road. At the bottom of the road is the railway station opened in 1851 by the York and North Midland Railway Co. The station is unstaffed nowadays, with much of the building leased out as commercial premises - including a welcome station cafe. A half hourly service operates to Leeds and hourly on the single line section to York. Plans are in hand to double the latter.
Darlington Bank Top: The 0912 Newcastle Central - Manchester Airport service leaves Darlington platform 1 on 24 April 2009
Darlington North Road: The overall roof over a section of the through platform at North Road, Darlington in April 2009 looking west towards Bishop Auckland. Trains no longer stop under the roof but use the eastern end of the platform nearest the McNay Street entrance. It does however appear to be much appreciated by the local pigeons. [See image 30877]
Ripon: The rear (platform side) of the large former station at Ripon, seen looking west from the goods yard in April 2009. Closed to passengers in 1967 the building has since been converted to residential accommodation.
Darlington North Road: A Saltburn - Bishop Auckland DMU leaves Darlington North Road in April 2009. The buildings to the left of the green fence now form part of the Railway Museum.
Grosmont: Having taken over from no 825, which brought in the train from Whitby, Standard class 4MT 2-6-0 no 76079 moves off towards Grosmont tunnel with the last service of the morning for Pickering on 24 April 2009. The original 1835 tunnel, now used as a pedestrian link between the station and shed, stands just off picture to the left.
Darlington Bank Top: A mid-morning Bishop Auckland - Saltburn train pulls away from Darlington on 24 April 2009.
Hessay: Looking north over the level crossing at Hessay on the Harrogate - York line in April 2009, with the closed (1958) station beyond. Accommodation for the current crossing keeper/signalman is the annexe on the left of what is now a private residence. The lever frame and instruments are located on the platform below the arc lamp.
Knaresborough: The terminated 11.59 ex-Leeds stands at Knaresborough station on 24 April 2009. The DMU will shortly run forward onto Knaresborough Viaduct (behind camera) before crossing over to platform 1 where it will form the 13.05 service back to Leeds. [See image 23671]
Goldsborough: View west over the former station at Goldsborough (closed 1958), standing alongside the York - Harrogate line (seen running past on the left). Now converted to living accomodation, the building incorporates the former signal box, the lower section of which is now an integral garage.
Darlington Bank Top: 142095 stands in the bay at the south end of Darlington station on 24 April 2009.
Poppleton: Arriving by car at Poppleton level crossing just as the gates are closing is not recommended for anyone in a hurry. If you happen to be an enthusiast however... Scene at the crossing alongside Poppleton station on 24 April 2009. The signalman/gatekeeper/station master/ticket collector, whose residence stands opposite, has just prepared the way for the Northern 150 DMU forming the 13.29 Leeds - York via Harrogate to run into Poppleton station. [See image 30757]
Darlington Bank Top: A mid-morning Saltburn - Bishop Auckland service runs into platform 4 at Darlington on 24 April.
Burnley Manchester Road: Looking up the bank towards Copy Pit summit from Burnley Manchester Road. Steam freights were always banked in both directions on this steeply graded line but the Blackpool-York 158s are well on top of the job. A sizeable group waits for 158756 coasting in to the rebuilt station on the 1857 service to Blackpool.
Maryhill Park Junction: Maryhill Park Junction is where the short Kelvindale branch to Anniesland leaves what is effectively the West Highland Line, as it sees no other passenger trains between this point and Knightswood North Junction where it joins the North Clyde lines until Craigendoran Junction. The branch therefore sees far more trains than the 'main line' and the rails are a good deal shinier.
Kilpatrick: Looking west over Kilpatrick station from the Erskine Bridge on 24 April 2010 as 320 308 prepares to leave with a Balloch to Airdrie service.
Halifax: A Huddersfield to Leeds via Bradford working leaves Halifax and is just about to enter Beacon Hill tunnel. 155343 is passing the still operational signalbox, which once also controlled the junction with the GN&LY Jt line to Bradford via the Queensbury Triangle. That steeply graded line closed to passengers in 1955, leaving only this direct route that is still busy today.
Halifax: The surviving island platform at Halifax handles all services and is accessed by the overbridge seen here in this view towards Bradford. The signal box controls the colour lights in the station and also nearby Dryclough Junction where the line to Sowerby Bridge and the reopened Greetland line split. 155343 waits to depart for Leeds on 24 April.
Drumry: Opened in 1953, Drumry is in the select band of stations that joined the network between the 1930s and the station opening 'mini-boom' of the 1980s. The unusual architecture reflects the period. Neighbouring Singer alone has a building in the same style but it is long out of rail use. Note that while the rest of the station is in the 'Scotland's Railway' colour scheme the canopy remains in SPT maroon. Health and safety concerns, perhaps.
Hebden Bridge: Its not only the platform area of Hebden Bridge that is attractive [See image 23133] but the external buildings too. This is the main booking office entrance and cobbled station forecourt. The station buffet is also doing a roaring trade on a fine April morning and customers are using the tables outside next to the bus turning circle.
Brighouse: Brighouse reopened to passengers trains in 2000, thirty years after its original closure. Since then service have expanded and it is now on two reopened passenger routes. 155343 calls on a Huddersfield to Leeds (via Bradford) working and will turn right at Greetland Junction to go up the hill to Halifax.
Carlisle: The Network Rail Measurement train about to set off south from Carlisle on 24 April 2010.
Dalmuir: 320 319 at Damuir with a Balloch to Airdrie via Singer service on 24 April 2010. Note the contrast between the new footbridge and the ageing Portakabins.
Anniesland: A summer's day in spring as 318 269 pulls into Anniesland with a Dalmuir to Lanark service on 24 April. There seemed to a convention of bowlers (the people, not the hats) in town as badge-decked blazers and grey slacks were everywhere. In the background the Maryhill line curves off to the right on the site of Knightswood South Junction, the rebuilt line having access to Platform 3 only and no connection with the through lines. The Dawsholm gasometer has, in that splendidly cop-out phrase, its own beauty.
Burnley Manchester Road: Burnley Manchester Road reopened in 1986, following the successful reintroduction of passenger trains on the Copy Pit line between Lancashire and West Yorkshire two years previously. This view, from the very long access ramp to Platform 1, looks towards Gannow Junction and Rose Grove and shows the new platforms alongside the original station building, closed in 1961 and no longer used by the railway.
Newton: You don't have to wait long to see a train at Newton, though most of them are either whooshing by on the WCML which bypasses it and which also carries local services via Bellshill, or are Larkhall trains which don't stop here. Nevertheless the Glasgow-bound platform sees four departures an hour during the day, each with a different route. 318 263 for Milngavie has picked up quite a crowd on this fine Saturday lunchtime on 24 April.
Dewsbury: Having called at Dewsbury on its way to Leeds, Northern Pacer 144004 rejoins the main line from the platform loop that allows overtaking for trains travelling north. View towards Batley from the southbound platform.
Drumry: 334 020 with a Dalmuir service at Drumry on 24 April 2010
Summerston: Monsieur Reynard [see image 28671] having deigned to make way for it, 158 734 approaches Summerston with an Anniesland service on 24 April. Due to engineering works at Cowlairs lasting several weeks this train has originated from Ashfield rather than Glasgow Queen Street. The seven stations on this line come thick and fast, averaging a little over half a mile apart.
Hebden Bridge: An antidote to modern corporate signs and logos. Hebden Bridge has many period features that make it a very pleasant place to change trains. Signs with pointing fingers rather than arrows were common place at one time but are now hardly ever seen, however this is one of several at the station. The Parcel Office is now an excellent station buffet, popular with locals and travellers alike.
Glasgow Central: The 'Heilan'man's Umbrella' entrance to Glasgow Central on Argyle Street. Those familiar with this spot will be unable to view this picture without smelling in their mind's nose the reek of chips and vinegar which hangs around here. There's only the Low Level ticket office on this floor: its platforms are downstairs, while the main line station is upstairs.
Brighouse: Leyland built Sprinter 155347 leaves Brighouse. The station lies on an east-west line and trains for Leeds call in both directions. This service, from Huddersfield via Halifax, heads west initially and an hourly service travelling east also goes to Leeds but via Dewsbury. From May 2010 Grand Central plan to introduce a Bradford Interchange to London service that will call here. A remarkable turnround for the once closed station.
Kilpatrick: 320 312 arrives at Kilpatrick on 24 April 2010 with an Airdrie - Balloch service.
Glasgow Queen Street Low Level: 0829 on Saturday 24 April and the eastbound platform at Queen Street Low Level is deserted - apart from me, of course. The remains of the island platform can be made out. Like most stations on the Subway, but unlike Glasgow Central Low Level, escalators to the platform are not deemed to be necessary here, although there is a lift.
Halifax: A new three times daily direct service from Bradford and Halifax to London Kings Cross is scheduled to start on 23rd May 2010 using Grand Central Adelante units running via Brighouse and Wakefield Kirkgate. (See news item) 158753 runs into Halifax from Bradford on a Northern Rail York to Blackpool service.
Halifax: Close to Halifax station the Eureka Children's Museum occupies the old LYR Goods Depot site, with some railway buildings still visible. Since the museum opened in 1992 a MkII coach has acted as a classroom. The coach and a Hunslet diesel shunter were recently refurbished by Northern Rail (at a cost of £30,000) with the shunter being given a main line style livery and fictitious number 02 641. The still open mainline passes behind the trees.
Halifax: The main station building at Halifax was in a semi derelict condition for many years but has now been refurbished and incorporated into the Eureka museum complex. Behind this imposing structure the surviving island platform at Halifax is still busy with trains. The land in the foreground was once occupied by tracks leading to the LYR goods depot and the museum's preserved shunter can just be seen under the bridge [See image 28759] standing in the old yard area.
Stoke-on-Trent: A well kept station, in fine Victorian style. Stoke-on-Trent on 24 April 2011.
Sandiacre: The signal box at Sandiacre in April 2011, now with full ventiltion on its top floor. Very bracing, but I fear it means demolition is near. I hope someone is preserving a 1930's brick-built signal box somewhere. Toton yard is beyond the A52 road bridge on the right.
Central Rivers Depot: The world's shortest Voyager - these driving cars are kept as spares at Bombardier's Central Rivers Depot, Burton on Trent, their coaches having been shared out among other units. Photograph taken from the BLS 'Another Trent Explorer' railtour, which passed through the depot on 24 April. [See image 34105]
Sheffield Station / Sheffield Hallam University [SYPTE]: A Sheffield 'Supertram' heads North along the tracks above the retaining wall to the East of Sheffield station on 24 April 2011.
Rugby: Continuing the series of photographs taken on the MR Rugby-Leicester line [see image 33741] here is most of the track remaining in April 2011, a short curved siding on the North side of the main line. There's about half as much track again on the right (East), so it's a good job they didn't try to stable a 66 there.
Stockport: Just 27 years after the Ipswich 37's [see image 33173], here are the Stockport 66's. (181, 194, 060, and 095, according to my notes) Four 'red sheds' travelling together through the pleasant evening of the 24th April 2011. I was on my way home after bailing from the BLS 'Another Trent Explorer' tour.
Stoke-on-Trent: A Northbound Voyager pulls into Stoke-on-Trent on the morning of 24th April. Manchester was the destination, if I recall correctly.
Cowdenbeath: The morning SRPS Forth Circle special on Sunday 24 April seen speeding away from Cowdenbeath behind A4 Pacific no 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley.
Cowdenbeath: The Forth Circle special approaching Cowdenbeath on 24 April behind 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley.
Dalgety Bay: 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley passing through Dalgety Bay with the SRPS Forth Circle special on 24 April.
Stirling: 60007 stands at Stirling with the SRPS Forth Circle railtour on 24 April 2011.
Inverkeithing: 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley arrives at Inverkeithing with the afternoon SRPS Forth Circle railtour on 24 April.
Stirling: 60007 stands at Stirling with the SRPS Forth Circle railtour on 24 April 2011.
Stoke-on-Trent: The end of a long day - passengers leaving a London-bound Pendolino at Stoke-on-Trent on 24th April 2011.
Stoke-on-Trent: The BLS 'Another Trent Explorer' railtour sidles into Stoke behind 66.157 on 24th April 2011.
Central Rivers Depot: A lineup of Voyagers inside the shed at Central Rivers Depot, Burton on Trent, on 24 April 2011. Seen from the BLS special Another Trent Explorer, which ran through the shed on the tilt test line. [See image 33912]
Rugby: Marvin the Paranoid Viaduct Pier: I used to support the Master Cutler, now I'm just a lampstand (notice the yard lamps facing the camera and to the right). One of the surviving piers of the former GCR 'birdcage' viaduct standing on the north side of the main line at Rugby.
Kingswood Tunnel: 46115 brings the southbound 'Great Britain V' out of Kingswood Tunnel on 24 April 2012 on its way to Perth.
Gleneagles: 'Great Britain V' runs through Gleneagles on 24 April behind 46115 Scots Guardsman.
Perth: It was nice to see a steam engine standing in Perth station again. 46115 Scots Guardsman at the head of the southbound 'Great Britain V' on 24 April 2012. [See image 6823 for a similar scene nearly half a century earlier.]
Gogar Tram Depot: General view of the yard at Gogar Tram Depot on 24 April 2012.
Blair Atholl: 46115 Scots Guardsman photographed at Blair Atholl on 24 April with the 'The Great Britain V' railtour.
Findhorn Viaduct [Tomatin]: On 24 April 2012, a day of heavy showers, rebuilt Royal Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman crosses Findhorn Viaduct on its way to Glasgow with the northern portion of the 'Great Britain V'.
Ardrossan South Beach: Platform scene at Ardrossan South Beach on 24 April 2012 with DRS 37194+37667 passing on the 6M22 Hunterston - Carlisle Yard nuclear flasks. [Editor's note: Locomotive 37667 (then D6851) hauled the last down Anglo-Scottish freight over the Waverley Route (the 08.30 Kingmoor-Millerhill) on Saturday 4th January 1969.]
Carmyle: DBS 66156 on 6G09 Hunterston to Longannet loaded hoppers runs through Carmyle in the late afternoon of 24 April 2012.
Carmyle: Royal Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman passes Carmyle at 19.04 on 24 April with the Inverness to Glasgow Central leg of the 'Great Britain V' railtour.
Invergarry: The cleared subway entrance to the former Invergarry station, seen here in April 2013. [See image 36321]
Auchendinny: Station House, Auchendinny, photographed looking north west from the B7026 in April 2013. The lane leading down to the station site (now part of a walkway) runs past the front of the cottage. [See image 42973]
Tay Bridge: The Great Britain VI leaves the Tay Bridge southbound on 24 April 2013 behind 60009 Union of South Africa.
Blackpool (Foxhall Square): Most of the recent UK tram news has been about new lines and systems but in Blackpool a section of track was removed in April 2013. This is Foxhall Square where the emergency connection along Princess St and Blundell St to Rigby Rd left the Promenade. Now that only heritage trams use that depot the back up link is considered unnecessary and track lifting has started. The line of fresh tarmac seen here follows the curve of the lifted tracks but all trace will go when the re-surfacing is complete.
Irvine: The Irvine / Kilmarnock line closed in October 1965 and the track was lifted except for a fan of sidings between the Ayr / Glasgow line and the main road. Several years later the sidings themselves were lifted, but still two colour light signals which had protected the former junction remained. Now almost lost in the trees, here they are on 24 April 2013 - together with a close up.
Blackpool (Rigby Road): Balloon Car 701, seen here outside Rigby Rd depot, was fitted with a snow plough over winter 2012/13. It was used on clearing duties on a couple of wintry days in January but later reverted to standard guards. What looks like engineering department paintwork was actually the base of a previous advertising livery but very appropriate for a tram not in passenger service. It was later reliveried and now forms part of the heritage fleet [See image 51396]
Stonehaven: A4 Pacific no 60009 Union of South Africa reprises a role it would have been familiar with fifty years ago, hauling an express between Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Pictured on 24 April 2013 north of Stonehaven with the Great Britain VI.
Kyle of Lochalsh: Kyle signalbox on 24 April 2013. It has been renovated and will re-open incorporating a model railway and holiday accommodation. [See image 26348]
Invergarry: Tree felling at Invergarry station, April 2013.
Hellifield: The gantry at Hellifield South Junction looks to have seen better days, although it has altered relatively little since the end of steam with, as far as I can tell, just the loss of one calling-on arm, which was mounted on a very short doll just to the left of the lower arm giving access to the Blackburn line.
Appleby East: The gates on Station Road at Appleby East in April 2014. The crossing has become much more dilapidated and overgrown in recent years. [See image 21207] [Ref query 5454]
Appleby: Looking north from the up platform at Appleby just after 09:00 on the morning of 24th April 2014, and the Appleby North signalman won't be interrupted from reading his newspaper for almost another half hour, when he will clear the road for the 08:53 Carlisle - Leeds.
Hellifield: View showing how close the up starter is to the gantry at Hellifield South Junction. The signals are cleared for the 16:18 Carlisle - Leeds on 24th April 2014.
Hayes Knoll: Metropolitan No 1 and GWR 5637 on shed at Hayes Knoll on 24 April 2014. The locomotives were participants in the Swindon and Cricklade Railway Steam Gala the following weekend.
Appleby: Unit 158901 runs into Appleby on a fine spring morning on 24 April 2014 forming the 08:53 Carlisle - Leeds working.
Hellifield: Unit 158901 is beckoned on by the up starter signal as it pulls away from the Hellifield stop on 24 April while working the 08:53 Carlisle to Leeds service.
Hellifield: These shunting signals on the down side at Hellifield in April 2014 provide a contrast in styles - no prizes for guessing which one dates from the 21st century! Beyond is the bracket signal carrying the down starter and exit signal from the down loop.
Appleby: From this angle, with the morning sun reflecting off apparently glossy paintwork, former Barry inmate and now Appleby resident No. 4979 Wootton Hall almost looks respectable when photographed on 24th April 2014. The reality is very different [see image 25117].
Old Trafford: Over the top! Two 3000 series trams heading for East Didsbury drop down the steep slope alongside Old Trafford Metrolink Depot to regain the original Midland Railway formation. Behind them is a depot access point and beyond that the Trafford Bar junction with the Altrincham line and the diveunder for Manchester bound trams. [See image 51062]
Manchester United Football Club Halt: An East Midlands Trains Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street service passes the Manchester United halt on 24th April 2015. Another EMT 158 on a Lime Street to Norwich service is just coming into view in the distance. In between the two trains is Trafford Park West Junction, which provides access to the container terminal.
Manchester United Football Club Halt: DBS 66124 runs through the platform line at Manchester United with a long rake of container flats from London Gateway. The train is approaching its Trafford Park destination, just beyond the next bridge.
Kilmarnock: 66746 leads 66733 into platform 4 at Kilmarnock with the Royal Scotsman from Bridge of Orchy for overnight stabling. The loco had just been released into traffic following a full repaint into Belmond British Pullman house colours.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: ScotRail 158735 has just passed the Scottish Mining Museum on the site of the former Lady Victoria Colliery with a Sunday morning service to Tweedbank. View is south from the B704 road bridge on 24 April 2016. The road here originally spanned both the Waverley route and several colliery lines, with the area on the left once housing a yard and loading plant [see image 6115].
Leicester: Taken from the station car park at Leicester looking north. Unsure why these are all stored here. Any ideas?
Kilmarnock: 66746 stabled with 66733 and stock in platform 4 at Kilmarnock with the Royal Scotsman from Bridge of Orchy.
Lady Victoria Pit: A Tweedbank bound ScotRail 158 passes the Scottish Mining Museum at Lady Victoria Colliery on 24 April 2016 shortly after restarting from Newtongrange.
Kilmarnock: 66733 top n tail with 66746 arrive at Kilmarnock with 1H87, the GBRf operated Royal Scotsman from Bridge of Orchy for overnight stabling.
Gore Glen Bridge: Makes a pleasant change from metal... the attractive wooden pedestrian footbridge that now spans the Borders Railway in Gore Glen Woodland Park. The northbound train is the 0845 (Sunday) Tweedbank - Edinburgh.
Dulverton: The former goods shed at Dulverton, on the GWR's branch line from Taunton to Barnstable, seen here from the roadside in April 2017. The station, hidden by bushes, closed in 1966 and is now private property. The associated goods shed also looks to have been converted into a home. [Ref query 1012]
Haymarket: Behind the ticket barrier at Haymarket on 24/04/2017, looking across the platforms. This structure replaced a mere footbridge in the reconstruction a few years ago. Who can forget coming up the escalators for the first time and momentarily wondering where the heck you were?
Haymarket: Cafe society: a look across the concourse at Haymarket on 24/04/2017. It's easy to forget that until a few years ago Haymarket's 'circulating area' was the in the original 1842 building which now acts as sort of vestibule. The white building on the other side of the tracks is over 100 years older than that. Easter Dalry House was once a mansion in open countryside ...
Haymarket: A Cross-Country Glasgow Central to Penzance service calls at Haymarket at 0957 on 24 April. The large 'Haymarket' lettering, in (still?) trendy bookspine fashion is wasted on all but a few flat-dwelling locals as it is not visible from the platforms.
Dundee: The new station building at Dundee taking shape on 24th April 2018.
Pollokshields East: An incoming Cathcart Circle service in, for now, the usual form of a Class 314. Not much point in painting this one out of its SPT livery, I think.
Moy: Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No.45699 'Galatea' and Class B1 4-6-0 No.1264 in LNER lined black double head the southbound GB XI across the rain sodden moors at Moy on 23rd April 2018.The rain is tending to make the smoke and steam cloud round the engines.
Moy: Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No.45699 'Galatea' and Class B1 4-6-0 No.1264 take the GB XI into Moy loop where it will be overtaken by the London King's Cross express.
Pollokshields East: From left to right: a Sikh temple, Pollokshields East station on the eastern part of the Cathcart Circle, a doomed Class 314 and, in the distance, the point (or points) where GSWR main line and the the western half of the Cathcart Circle part company. 24th April 2018.
Balavil Box: Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No.45699 'Galatea' and Class B1 4-6-0 No.1264 speed along past Balavil Cottage, near Kingussie,with the southbound GB XI railtour on 24th April 2018.
Crosshill: So Cathcart Circle. An incoming service calls at Crosshill on 24 April. 314s are the mainstay of the Cathcart lines for now but are due to be scrapped this year in the Class 385 cascade. Yes, I know; they might hang on longer than expected ...
Queens Park: Tenements, retaining walls, island platforms, class 314: it's all there. Scene at Queens (or Queen's) Park taken from the Victoria Road end on 24 April.
Queens Park: Queens Park Railway Club, on the station platform, is (mercifully) nothing to do with nerds like us but an art gallery. I only found out afterwards that it is open daily and would have been open when I was there. It doesn't look it, does it?
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1865||Formartine and Buchan Railway||Maud to Fraserburgh opened.|
|1877||Dingwall and Skye Railway||Highland Railway takes over steamer operations.|
|1900||Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway||The line was doubled from Milngavie Junction to Milngavie.|
|1961||Coleford Monmouth Usk and Pontypool Railway||Workers trains cease to serve Gascoed Royal Ordnance Factory.|
|1963||Wilsontown Morningside and Coltness Railway||Addiewell to Whitburn closed.|
|1988||Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway||Balloch (New) opened. Balloch signal box, level crossing and the remaining single track to Balloch Central taken out of use.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||City says 10,000 will vote with feet on tolls [Scotsman]||MORE than 10,000 extra people will walk through the city centre every day following the introduction of trams and road tolls, city leaders predicted today.|
|2004||Station death sparks rail delays [BBC News]||Rail services on the East Coast Main Line are disrupted after a woman is killed by a train at a station.|
|2007||Smart solutions for global events [Railway Strategies]||Preparing public transport infrastructure for major events can be a fraught task. IAN WOODROOFE explains how to accommodate the public transport requirements for major events by implementing a world-class ticketing and access system|
|2007||Cubic Transportation - The winning ticket [Railway Strategies]||Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading turnkey solution provider of automated fare collection systems for public transport|
|2007||Conferences & Exhibitions [Railway Strategies]||This listing represents a selection of the events about which we have been notified. It is strongly recommended that direct contact should be made with the individual organiser responsible for each event before booking places or making travel and accommodation reservations. Cancellations and other last-minute alterations â€“ such as those to venue or time or eligibility for attendance â€“ are also liable to occur. We have checked the details provided as much as possible, but the editor and publishers of RAILWAY STRATEGIES cannot guarantee that all the listing details are correct and are not responsible for any loss or inconvenience suffered by readers in connection with this guide to events.|
|2007||The Great Britain Railtour||A photoset has now been added to the website providing a means of bringing together all images submitted by Railscot contributors during the course of The Great Britain Railtour.|
|2009||Investigation reveals ticket pricing system ^defies logic^ [The Herald]||Rail passengers travelling on cross-border services can pay as much as £163 difference in two tickets for the same journey.|
|2009||Scottish way for Scotland^s railways [MHW Magazine]||Scottish way for Scotland^s railways is best says former transport Scotland CEO Dr Malcolm Reed CBE, until recently the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland, telling delegates at the prestigious Annual CILT Rail Lecture that Scotland^s model for running its railways is working well and is here to stay.|
|2012||Scotrail: Ayr Honours ‘Scotland’s Brunel’ [BTN]||One of Ayr’s most famous sons – engineer John Miller – is to be honoured with a plaque at ScotRail’s station in the town. The tribute to the pioneering railway designer, who was born in Ayr in 1805, will be unveiled by Provost Winifred Sloan at a ceremony on Wednesday 25 April. Miller led many of Scotland’s greatest rail projects, alongside business partner Thomas Grainger. These included Scotland’s first inter-city railway, the Edinburgh-Glasgow line, and what was once the largest masonry arch in the world, the Ballochmyle Viaduct.|
|2013||New platform designed to bring heritage railway into Northallerton [Northern Echo]||A HERITAGE railway could soon be hauling trains into the county town of North Yorkshire. Plans to build a new temporary railway platform at Romanby, Northallerton, for the Wensleydale Railway are expected to be given the go-ahead by local councillors. The platform – made of scaffolding and boarding - would be on railway land to the south-east of the line, accessed via Springwell Lane. And it would allow the Leeming-based railway to realise its long-held dream of taking services into Northallerton. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2013||Freight train plan for Fleetwood [Fleetwood Weekly News]||The group behind plans to revive Fleetwood’s railway says the link could provide a freight service which would take pressure off one of Wyre’s most congested roads. Poulton and Wyre Railway Society has produced a business plan outlining proposals for weekday diesel passenger service linking Fleetwood with Poulton, and eventually a weekend steam heritage service. But the opening of the railway line between Fleetwood and Poulton could also open up possibilities of companies located along that route using carriages to carry industrial loads.|
|2014||Scotland would beat UK to high speed rail - Salmond [Scotsman]||Ambitious proposals which could see a Scottish high speed rail (HSR) link built and operating decades before the current UK plans were unveiled by Alex Salmond last night. The First Minister said that the Scottish Government would “not wait 30 years for high speed rail” to be delivered by Westminster and pledged to commission a feasibility study on work on HSR beginning from the north heading south, if Scotland becomes independent.|
|2014||Borders to Edinburgh railway: Carlisle extension would be ^wonderful^ [BBC News]||A council leader has said extending the soon to be reopened Borders railway to Carlisle would be "wonderful news". The Edinburgh to Tweedbank line is due to come into operation next year. Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker said its eventual extension would be a boost for the local economy and the country as a whole.|
|2015||Changing the signals on Britain^s railways [BBC News]||A new digital rail signalling system in the UK could be targeted by hackers, an expert has warned. But just what is behind this radical change to signalling, asks Adrian Quine.|
|2015||New electric trains between London and Swansea [BBC News]||This is what the new electric trains should look like when they run between London and Swansea. The Hitachi Class 800 express train will run on the south Wales to London road when the electrification programme is completed in 2018. This computer-generated video and still images show what the trains will look like.|
|2017||Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid [RTM]||Operators Virgin Trains and Stagecoach have today announced that they will launch a joint bid for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) HS2 franchise alongside state-owned French rail company SNCF. The franchise will run from 2019 and will include the first few years of operation of HS2, meaning the chosen bidders will be responsible for designing the first high-speed services from 2026. As such, they must demonstrate experience of delivering both conventional and high-speed services. The three companies have announced that they submitted an expression of interest to HS2 Ltd yesterday and are already working on their tender to run the huge project. The shareholding for the bid is split between 50% for Stagecoach, 30% for SNCF and 20% for Virgin. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2017||^Highland Survivor^ wins 2017 Railway Book of the Year [Kessock Books]||David Spaven^s book, ^Highland Survivor^ has won the Railway and Canal Historical Society award for ^2017 Railway Book of the Year^. David commented ^Im delighted that this award will bring additional focus to a much-neglected railway, which deserves the same kind of attention as the better-known classic Highland tourist lines to Kyle, Fort William, Mallaig and Oban. ScotRail and tourist bodies should be applying to the Far North Line the same kind of transformative marketing as the highly successful North Coast 500 road campaign. The railway penetrates territory where no road goes, and over its half a dozen distinct geographical sections it skirts estuaries, climbs between mountain ranges and runs along a dramatic, unspoilt coastline. This is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.^|
|2018||Rail staff to go on strike in May and June [Scotsman]||Rail workers are to go on strike over proposals to cut CCTV staff which the RMT union says would seriously compromise public safety. The union said 17 posts are at risk under ScotRails plans, with remaining staff then facing changes to working practices including enforced night shifts. RMT said members at Paisley and Dunfermline have voted overwhelmingly for strike.|
|2018||Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service axed [Scotsman]||The freight ferry service from the port of Rosyth to Zeebrugge in Belgium has been closed after its operators said they had lost all hope of being able turn around the lossmaking route. The demise of the crossing, which has been a freight-only service for the past eight years, was hastened by a fire which broke out onboard the Finlandia Seaways freight ship last week.|