This day in history 27 May

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Balornock Shed: Ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54440 stands on Balornock Shed in pouring rain on 27 May 1950.

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [27/05/1950]


Buchanan Street: View over Buchanan Street station in the spring of 1957. Perth based Black 5 no 44704 is in the process of departing with the down Granite City for Aberdeen. [See image 23698]

Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [27/05/1957]


Frodingham: Sunshine on Scunthorpe. Gresley O2 2-8-0 no 63940 takes a break on a hazy Frodingham shed on 27 May 1961. The Doncaster locomotive had likely arrived at the nearby steelworks earlier with a coal train from South Yorkshire.

Trent, Ancholme and Grimsby Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Frodingham: Scene in the yard at Frodingham shed, Scunthorpe, on 27 May 1961. In the centre is K1 2-6-0 62035.

Trent, Ancholme and Grimsby Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Sheffield Brightside: Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45575 'Madras' off Kentish Town shed stands in the yard at Sheffield Brightside on 27 May 1961.

Sheffield and Rotherham Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Immingham: Robinson class J11 0-6-0 no 64284 in the shed yard at Immingham in the late spring of 1961.

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Frodingham: Raven B16 4-6-0 no 61422 stands in the shed yard at Frodingham in May 1961.

Trent, Ancholme and Grimsby Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Sheffield Brightside: Ex-LMS Crabs stabled in the sidings at Sheffield Brightside in May 1961. In the centre of the photograph is no 42797, allocated to Sheffield Grimesthorpe shed at that time.

Sheffield and Rotherham Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Doncaster: Gresley O2 2-8-0 63941 stands amongst the freight locomotive contingent on Doncaster shed in May 1961.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Sheffield Brightside: 47548 is one of a number of steam locomotives 'stored' in the sidings at Sheffield Brightside in May 1961. The 0-6-0 is recorded as being officially withdrawn from Canklow shed in July the following year.

Sheffield and Rotherham Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Sheffield Darnall: Robinson O4 2-8-0 no 63621 stands in the yard at Darnall shed, Sheffield, in May 1961.

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Doncaster Shed: Scene in the shed yard at Doncaster in May 1961 with Gresley J50 0-6-0T 68963 nearest the camera.

Peterborough to Doncaster Line (Great Northern Railway)
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Sheffield Brightside: Ex-Midland Johnson 3F 0-6-0 43637 in the sidings at Sheffield Brightside in May 1961.

Sheffield and Rotherham Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Canklow: Johnson Midland 0-6-0T no 41875 photographed on Canklow shed in May 1961. The locomotive moved to Barrow Hill 3 months later and ended her operational days there in July 1963.

North Midland Railway
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Sheffield Millhouses: Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46106 'Gordon Highlander', fitted with straight BR smoke deflectors, stands in front of Millhouses shed, Sheffield, in May 1961.

Sheffield to Chesterfield Line (Midland Railway)
K A Gray [27/05/1961]


Darlington Works: Partially dismantled class J21 0-6-0 no 65099 stands in the yard at Darlington Works on 27 May 1962. This locomotive had initially been identified as a possible candidate for preservation, but was eventually cut up here in early 1966.

Stockton and Darlington Railway
David Pesterfield [27/05/1962]


Neilston High: 54465 with last day of steam railtour to Beith

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [27/05/1962]


Uplawmoor: 54465 with last day of steam railtour to Beith.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [27/05/1962]


Darlington Works: Part of Darlington Works scrapyard showing the stores in May 1962. These stores, based on the grounded body shells of two former Sentinal locomotives, would have held cutting gear and various tools and equipment necessary to carry out the day to day work of the yard. The two Sentinals already subjected to the cutters torch in this unusually creative way are nos 68149, formerly of 51F, West Auckland and 68180, late of 50C, Selby. The building in the background is North Road station, while behind the camera, on the south side of what is now a green field, stands the old Stockton & Darlington Railway's Hopetown carriage works, recently in the news as the location where 60163 Tornado was built by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust [See image 21065].

Stockton and Darlington Railway
David Pesterfield [27/05/1962]


Cathcart: Ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54465 stands at Cathcart on 27 May 1962 with a special bound for Beith Town.

Cathcart District Railway
John Robin [27/05/1962]


Uplawmoor: Last train to Uplawmoor with Caley Bogie 54465. It will continue to Beith Town.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [27/05/1962]


Darlington MPD: Immaculate Q6 0-8-0 no 63368, fresh from a works visit, stands on Darlington Shed on 27 May 1962. The locomotive was due to return to Consett, where it would not remain in this condition for much longer.

Croft Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
David Pesterfield [27/05/1962]


Whitecraigs: CR Pickersgill 3P 4-4-0 no 54465 at Whitecraigs on 27 May 1962 with a special to Beith.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
John Robin [27/05/1962]


Darlington Works: A trio of B16 locomotives, nos 61443, 61413 & 61415, awaiting the cutters torch in Darlington Scrapyard on 27 May 1962. All 3 had been officially withdrawn by BR in September 1961 from York, Mirfield and Hull Dairycoates respectively.

Stockton and Darlington Railway
David Pesterfield [27/05/1962]


Sunderland, South Dock: By 1967 the allocation at Sunderland was down to just over 20 locomotives and most of them could be stabled under cover. Not so lucky was Q6 no 63395 which is standing outside the straight shed in steam on 27 May. Beyond the Q6 is the smokebox of dumped K1 no 62012 while WD no 90200 is in steam at the far end of the yard.

Durham and Sunderland Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Stranraer Harbour: Grand Scottish Tour no 2 stands at Stranraer Harbour on 27 May 1967. The train had arrived from Ayr behind Type 2s D7612+D7614 which will now run round in preparation for the return journey. The Caledonian Princess is berthed alongside.

Portpatrick Railway
Jim Peebles [27/05/1967]


Stranraer Harbour: D7612+D7614 at Stranraer Harbour on 27 May 1967 after bringing in Grand Scottish Tour no 2 from Ayr. The locomotives are in the process of running round their train in preparation for the return journey. The Caledonian Princess is berthed alongside.

Portpatrick Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/1967]


Sunderland, South Dock: Keeping company outside the straight shed at Sunderland on 27 May 1967 are J27 No. 65880, in steam, and Gateshead based BR 204HP 0-6-0DM (later class 03) No. D2147. The roundhouse on the right was still in use, mainly for stabling J27s - my notes suggest that there were nine of them in residence there on this occasion with a further two in the straight shed.

Durham and Sunderland Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Sunderland, South Dock: WD 2-8-0 No. 90417 is perhaps contemplating its eventual demise as it stands in the pouring rain in the yard at Sunderland South Dock in May 1967. Before the end of the year it would be cut up into small chunks and loaded into 16T mineral wagons, a fate awaiting it at the Hughes Bolckow yard in North Blyth. However at this time 90417 still had some 4 months of active service left, surviving until the end of steam at Sunderland in September of that year.

Durham and Sunderland Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Tweedmouth: D2104 shunting the sidings at Tweedmouth on the morning of 27 May 1967.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Stranraer Harbour: Grand Scottish Tour no 2 stands at Stranraer Harbour on 27 May 1967 following the trip down from Ayr. Locomotives D7612+D7614 are in the process of running round the train in preparation for the return journey. Meantime, one or two well known faces on the railway scene in those days pass the time of day. In fact, isn't that ....

Portpatrick Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/1967]


Sunderland, South Dock: There's no room inside the shed for WD 2-8-0 No. 90417 which is receiving a soaking in the yard at Sunderland on the last Saturday of May 1967. Snug inside were four classmates, Nos. 90135, 90321, 90348 and 90698.

Durham and Sunderland Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Stranraer Harbour: 'They'd no haddock left so I got you cod...' Scene at Stranraer Harbour on 27 May 1967. D7612+D7614 had brought train 1X56 BR Grand Scottish Tour no 2 from Ayr. [See image 23416]

Portpatrick Railway
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [27/05/1967]


Ayr: D7612+D7614 about to couple up to BR Grand Scottish Tour No 2 at the south end of Ayr station on 27 May 1967. The pair will handle the return leg to Stranraer Harbour [See image 23416].

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/1967]


Ayr: BR Grand Scottish Tour No 2 of 27 May 1967 has arrived at Ayr from Edinburgh. EE Type 4 no D276 which brought in the train comes off at the south end of the station to hand over to a pair of Type 2s for the Stranraer leg.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/1967]


Sunderland, South Dock: WD No. 90417 standing outside Sunderland shed in the rain on 27th May 1967 [see image 34282].

Durham and Sunderland Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Tickets and labels: Ticket for BR Grand Scottish Tour no 2 of 27 May 1967.

British Rail
Colin Miller [27/05/1967]


Perth: D276 at Perth with the 9-coach BR Scottish Grand Tour No 2 on 27 May 1967.

Scottish Central Railway
Jim Peebles [27/05/1967]


Sunderland, South Dock: Sunderland shed yard on the very wet afternoon of Saturday 27th May 1967 with, from left to right, WD 2-8-0s Nos. 90200 and 90417, J27 No. 65880 and BR 204HP 0-6-0DM No. D2147. Lurking inside the shed can be seen another J27, No. 65804.

Durham and Sunderland Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Sunderland, South Dock: No let up in the rain at Sunderland South Dock on 27 May 1967, as now preserved Q6 0-8-0 No. 63395 [see image 25974] stands in steam outside the straight shed alongside WD 2-8-0 No. 90417.

Durham and Sunderland Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1967]


Edinburgh Waverley: Deltic no D9001 St Paddy arriving at the then platforms 10 and 11 of Waverley station in May 1968 with the down Flying Scotsman.

North British Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1968]


Edinburgh Waverley: Deltic no D9017 The Durham Light Infantry waits to leave platform 1 at Edinburgh Waverley with the 16.00 service to Kings Cross on 27 May 1968.

North British Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1968]


Inverkeithing: The remains of standard class 4MT 4-6-0 no 75062 in the course of being broken up in the yard of T W Ward, Inverkeithing, on 27 May 1968, having been withdrawn from Carnforth shed at the end of February that year. [With thanks to Messrs Stockton, McRae, Bathgate, Poustie & McIntosh]

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1968]


Inverkeithing: BR Standard Class 4 4-6-0 no 75062 in course of being cut up in the yard of T W Ward, Inverkeithing, in May 1968.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1968]


Summerseat: Scene of the demo. When the Accrington line closed and the Bacup line was cut back to Rawtenstall on 5th December 1966 the service at Summerseat was drastically cut mid-timetable, losing around 75% of its weekday trains. The incensed locals held a demonstration and blockade at the station and several arrests were made. Services were still pruned though but the line lingered on for a further few years. However, as can be seen, buildings were demolished and the replacement shelter was less than basic and clearly not intended to last. Note however the 2, 4 and 6 Car Stop signs still in place on the disused down platform in this view towards Ramsbottom. [See image 21959] for a modern day 'Then and Now' comparison.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Carronbridge: On Saturday 27th May 1972, I spent most of the day in the Enterkinfoot/Carronbridge area on the G&SW main line, which was busy with diverted WCML trains, the Annandale route being closed, at least during the day, while electrification works were carried out. In the early afternoon, an EE Type 4 approaches the overbridge just north of Drumlanrig Tunnel carrying the minor road between the A76 at Enterkinfoot and the A702. The train is probably 4M31 (the correct discs are being displayed for a class 4 train), the 11:10 SO from Johnstone to either Manchester or Garforth. Unfortunately, my notes for the day have not surfaced so I cannot be certain of the loco's identity, but it might be No. 297 which belonged to the LMR's Preston Division (in effect Carlisle Diesel Depot) at that time. The loco looks as if it has been through works very recently and has had the gangway doors plated over, so I'm hopeful that a class 40 aficionado out there will be able to make a positive identification.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Bill Jamieson [27/05/1972]


Ewood Bridge and Edenfield: The closure notices are posted and it is the last week of services on the Rawtenstall branch. A Newton Heath Cravens twin power-car DMU approaches Ewood Bridge and Edenfield from Rawtenstall on a Bury Bolton Street service. The distant signal (fixed) is for Townsend Fold level crossing just south of Rawtenstall. The line had been singled two years previously and the slew from Up to Down line can be seen behind the train. [See image 21792] for a modern day 'Then and Now' comparison.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Ewood Bridge and Edenfield: A curious place to put the loo. When I first started using this line in late 1968 the stations had already been destaffed but all the buildings were still in place. In 1970 when the branch was singled all station buildings were demolished except Ewood Bridge, albeit it was by then derelict. The unusual structure above the public toilet block is the toilet for the station house. Another feature I remember from the declining final years was the water running off the hillside, over the platform and onto the trackbed as seen here. The building was demolished after full closure and the platforms removed and have not been replaced since preservation of the line. Mark Bartlett

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Ramsbottom: A Cravens DMU has just arrived in Ramsbottom from Rawtenstall, one week before closure. The Diesel Link drivers at Bury all remembered the days when the East Lancashire lines had an intensive freight and passenger service, including through trains to London. It must have been demoralising for them to shuttle back and forth to Rawtenstall through semi-derelict stations thinking of what had gone before. Ramsbottom had two footbridges, one either side of the crossing, but when it lost its buildings the bridge linking the platforms was demolished too. That bridge has now been restored by the ELR but the one from which this picture was taken, looking south, has gone. [See image 21764] for a modern comparison.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Stubbins: View south towards Ramsbottom at Stubbins one week before closure. The station buildings were located at the far end of the disused platform, near the village centre (SD 792181). The platform outside the station building was at the original very low level and fenced off from the tracks. After the line was singled this shelter, accessed by subway, was a poor replacement. The Accrington line, closed in 1966, runs behind the platform fencing. [See image 21774] for a modern day 'Then and Now' comparison.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Ramsbottom: Right up to the time when the Accrington and Bacup lines closed in December 1966 Ramsbottom was a substantial station that enjoyed a service of 46 trains to Bury on weekdays, rising to 60 on Saturdays when there was a 15 minute interval service from Bacup. From that date there were a mere 12 trains each way per day, the buildings were demolished and the line singled in 1970. The signal cabin remained open but only to control the level crossing and an awful plywood shelter was put on the platform. One week after this picture was taken the passenger service ceased but the box survived to be operated by the crews of the coal trains to Rawtenstall. The restoration work since reopening by the East Lancashire Railway has created an outstanding preserved line station and the signal box is controlling trains once more.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Stubbins: A Cravens DMU calls at Stubbins on its way from Bury Bolton Street to Rawtenstall in 1972. These Newton Heath allocated twin power-car Class 105 sets were the mainstay of branch services for many years, sometimes substituted by Derby 108 units. The rails of the closed Accrington line can just be seen beyond the platform. This line climbed steeply alongside the Rawtenstall and Bacup line for some distance before swinging to the North West and away from the Irwell Valley towards Helmshore. View towards Ewood Bridge and Edenfield.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Ewood Bridge and Edenfield: A Cravens DMU pulls into Ewood Bridge, one week before closure, on a Bury Bolton Street service with Alf Davenport in the driving seat. When the line between Bury and Rawtenstall was singled three signal boxes remained to control level crossings but the distant signals for these became fixed and Alf was not impressed. If a man needs a fixed distant he shouldn't be on the railway he would say. Fair point Alf - proud of his craft to the end, even on this very run down shadow of a former main line.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Summerseat: The tilted cap and beaming smile means that Alf Davenport is at the controls of the Cravens twin-powercar DMU pulling into Summerseat after a 70mph run up from Bury Bolton St. Alf was one of five drivers in the Bury diesel link at the end of the Rawtenstall passenger services along with Paddy Delaney, Freddie Thomas, Tommy Unsworth and Harry Lofthouse and relief driver Gorton Joe Walker. There had been six but Arthur (Mad Mac) McCormack transferred to the Bury Leccie Link before the line closed and the other five drivers followed on 5th June 1972. These diesel drivers made the local teenage enthusiasts very welcome on the trains and I shall always be grateful to them for encouraging our hobby.

East Lancashire Railway
W A Camwell Collection (Courtesy Mark Bartlett) [27/05/1972]


Gorgie Junction: After leaving the Glasgow - Edinburgh main line at Haymarket West Junction, a class 37 brings a southbound freight past the signal box at Gorgie Junction in May 1975.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/1975]


Gorgie Junction: An EE Type 3 brings a ballast train through Gorgie Junction and onto the sub in the spring of 1975. Running off to the right is the spur to Haymarket Central Junction.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/1975]


Cressing: An evening visit to Cressing on 27th May 1976 finds evidence of building work at the previously run down station. Unusually for such a branch line in the 1970s, electrification was under way and the platform was being upgraded and extended as one of the first stages. Electric trains finally replaced DMUs between Witham and Braintree in October 1977. [Ref query 521]

Maldon, Witham and Braintree Railway
Mark Dufton [27/05/1976]


Leyburn: Looking east, towards Bedale, from the end of Leyburn station platform on the eve of closure of the goods yard facilities. The signal box shown here was demolished and the pointwork removed after the yard closed although a plain line remained in place for the Redmire traffic that continued for some years. [See image 19458] for the view in the opposite direction on the same day.

Bedale and Leyburn Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/1982]


Leyburn: The closure notice has been posted, for the goods sidings at Bedale and Leyburn and is seen here in the last week before withdrawal in 1982. Although Leyburn yard was empty on this date that at Bedale had a considerable amount of traffic even in its last week [See image 19393]. Thankfully the line itself remained open for Redmire limestone (and military) traffic long enough to take it into the preservation era as the Wensleydale Railway.

Bedale and Leyburn Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/1982]


Leyburn: View west at Leyburn towards Redmire, showing the goods yard and the ramped sidings up to the coal drops. Photographed in May 1982, just before final closure to goods traffic.

Bedale and Leyburn Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/1982]


Bedale: Probably the last wagons to use the goods yard and coal drops at Bedale, as this picture was taken four days before official closure here and at the similar one at Leyburn. Limestone and military traffic continued to Redmire of course, long enough for the line to pass into preservation as the Wensleydale railway. The then closed passenger station can be seen to the right with level crossing and signal box just out of sight around the curve.

Bedale Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Mark Bartlett [27/05/1982]


Bedale: Coal drops in Bedale goods yard in May 1982. This was four days before closure of the public delivery sidings showing the fair amount of traffic still being carried at the time of closure.

Bedale Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Mark Bartlett [27/05/1982]


Balloch Central: This was the main station in Balloch until 1988 when a new structure was opened on the opposite side of the level crossing [see image 4739]. The relocation became feasible after the extension north to the pier station closed in September 1986, saving all the costs associated with the level crossing and maintenance of the elderly building (now preserved).

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Mark Dufton [27/05/1985]


Balloch Pier: Apart from a skulking dog, there was very little to note at Balloch Pier station on 27 May 1985. You could still catch an occasional train here at the time, and there was still a paddle steamer tied up at the pier. However, the steamer had not moved since 1981, so it was no surprise when the station was finally closed the following year [see image 27902].

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Mark Dufton [27/05/1985]


Westerfield: Felixstowe - Ipswich DMU approaching Westerfield Junction in May 1985, seen from Westerfield Junction signal box.

Eastern Counties Railway
Ian Dinmore [27/05/1985]


Dewsbury: 'Peak' locomotives 45121 and 45148 meet at Dewsbury (formerly Wellington Road) station on 27 May 1986 hauling trans - Pennine services.

Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester Railway
David Pesterfield [27/05/1986]


Bishopbriggs Oil Depot: 37085 and a fellow Eastfield based 37 draw a long oil train out of Bishopbriggs Oil Depot in 1987. [See image 53783] for the same view in 1971.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford [27/05/1987]


Bishopbriggs Oil Depot: View west towards Bishopbriggs Oil Depot in 1987. The depot remained open until around 1990. 37085 and an unknown 37 are passed by a 477 propelling towards Glasgow.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford [27/05/1987]


Camperdown Junction: An Aberdeen bound train on the climb up from Dock Street Tunnel past the Blue Circle cement sidings towards Camperdown Junction, Dundee, in the spring of 1992.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [27/05/1992]


Camperdown Junction: 158718 has just cleared Camperdown level crossing, shortly after leaving Dundee station on 27 May 1992 with a service for Aberdeen.

Dundee and Arbroath Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/1992]


Portobello East Junction: A BR Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross InterCity service runs through Portobello in 1993.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/1993]


Maxwelltown: A lone walker heading east from Maxwelltown towards Dumfries in May 2003. View is north east from Terregles Road bridge with Maxwelltown station behind the camera.

Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/2003]


Maxwelltown Goods Junction: Junction for the Port Road to Stranraer, just north of Dumfries station in 2003.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/2003]


Maxwelltown: The Port Road looking west through Maxwelltown towards Stranraer in May 2003, with the line having reverted to nature. Part of the fuel distribution depot can just be seen beyond the station building in the former yard. Plans were already underway to turn the route into the 'Maxwelltown Railway Path' [see image 15526].

Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/2003]


Alnmouth: Freightliner 66617 brings a southbound cement train through Alnmouth station in May 2004.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/2004]


Stow: Platform remains on the north side of the road bridge at Stow in May 2005. At this time the underside of the bridge was being used as a storage area, while on the south side a house occupied the trackbed [see image 14414]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [27/05/2005]


Stow: Remains at Stow - looking north from the road bridge on 27 May 2005.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [27/05/2005]


Kirkcaldy: A Commonwealth Games liveried 170 on a Kirkcaldy - Edinburgh service about to head south on 27 May.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [27/05/2007]


Scotland Street: North portal of Scotland Street Tunnel from the site of the former station in May 2007.

Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
John Furnevel [27/05/2007]


Auchterhouse: Auchterhouse station yard.

Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Auchterhouse: View of the old line between Auchterhouse (bottom right) to Dronley (middle left). Passenger closure 1955.View SW and the peak is Blacklaw Hill.

Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Woodside and Burrelton: Bridge to the north east of Woodside station crossing the A94. This carried the Strathmore Line north to Coupar Angus.

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Kirkcaldy: Extensive additional car parking at Kirkcaldy down side.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Kirkcaldy: Northbound station entrance with cycle lockers, brown bins and taxis.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Kirkcaldy: New southbound side station building with elaborate glass architecture.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Dronley: Road bridge south west of Dronley station.

Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Bow of Fife: 170.417 passes Bow of Fife LC and heads towards Ladybank.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Paris Gare du Nord: Loco-hauled double deck suburban train at Paris Gare du Nord in May 2007.

SNCF
Michael Gibb [27/05/2007]


Ladybank: 170422 entering Ladybank from the Cupar line.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [27/05/2007]


Hamilton West: Motherwell bound 318250 and Milngavie bound 318270 await departure from Hamilton West on 27 May.

Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
John Steven [27/05/2009]


Airdrie: View west along the line running parallel with Kennedy Drive (behind the trees to the left) in Airdrie on 27 May 2009, as 320301 approaches Airdrie Station.

New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
John Steven [27/05/2009]


Maldon: The 1888 station building at Maldon, on the Victorian Goldfields Railway, at the terminus of the branch from Castlemaine. Photographed on 27 May 2009.

Victorian Goldfields Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/2009]


Maldon: Scene on the Victorian Goldfields Railway on 27 May 2009 showing the 2.30 Maldon to Castlemaine, headed by J Class 2-8-0 no J541, photographed leaving Maldon. The locomotive was built at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows (works no 6087) in 1953. The track is 5ft 3in gauge (nominally!)

Victorian Goldfields Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/2009]


Maldon: Maldon Depot on the Victorian Goldfields Railway on 27 May 2009, with 2-8-0 J 541 being turned by 'people power' in readiness for the day's duties.

Victorian Goldfields Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/2009]


Rowsley: D9502, still wearing the same original BR livery it also carried at NCB Weetslade in 1981, stands at the Peak Rail centre, Rowsley on 27 May 2009.

Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway
Colin Alexander [27/05/2009]


Plates, signs and notices: Notice of prohibitions in coach. Number one would seem to cover mobile phone chatterers. Maybe ScotRail could consider similar.

Victorian Goldfields Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/2009]


Rowsley: 07013 with class 05 D2587 in the sidings at the Peak Rail Centre, Rowsley, on 27 May 2009.

Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway
Colin Alexander [27/05/2009]


Rowsley: 47635 and 31270 in the sidings at the Peak Rail Centre, Rowsley, on 27 May 2009.

Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway
Colin Alexander [27/05/2009]


Rowsley: The class 06 DM shunters were built by Andrew Barclay at the end of the 1950s for use on BR Scottish Region. Seen here at the Peak Rail Centre, Rowsley, on 27 May 2009 is no 06 003, thought to be the last surviving member of the class.

Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway
Colin Alexander [27/05/2009]


Castlemaine, Victoria: J class 2-8-0 no J541, photographed after arriving at Castlemaine on the Victorian Goldfields Railway on 27 May 2009. The locomotive will shortly be turned for the return trip to Maldon.

Victorian Goldfields Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/2009]


Rowsley: One of several early examples of BR diesel shunting locomotives at the Peak Rail Centre on 27 May 2009. Barclay short-wheelbase 0-4-0 DM shunter no D2953 of class 01, stands in the sidings at Rowsley.

Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway
Colin Alexander [27/05/2009]


New Cumnock: Platform view north at New Cumnock on 27 May 2010 as 156504 pulls away past the signal box on a Carlisle - Glasgow Central service.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [27/05/2010]


Abergavenny: Arriva Trains 175101 southbound ex-Manchester Piccadilly arriving at Abergavenny on 27 May 2010, final destination Milford Haven.

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
Peter Todd [27/05/2010]


Norchard: Class 08 no 08238, now carrying the name Charlie, forms part of a colourful collection photographed in the yard at Norchard on the Dean Forest Railway on 27 May 2010.

Severn and Wye Railway
Peter Todd [27/05/2010]


Abergavenny: Freightliner 66957 with a northbound coal train from Portbury import terminal, about to pass through Abergavenny on 27 May 2010.

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
Peter Todd [27/05/2010]


Blaenavon High Level: New station sign at Blaenavon High Level on the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway - and the reason it is known as 'the High' station. May 2010.

Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Peter Todd [27/05/2010]


Blaenavon High Level: Ex-BR class 08 shunter no D4157 on sleeper recovery duty, photographed at Blaenavon High Level station on the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway on 27 May 2010.

Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Peter Todd [27/05/2010]


New Cumnock: 156504 calls at New Cumnock on 27 May with a Carlisle to Glasgow Central service.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John McIntyre [27/05/2010]


Norchard: Preserved 0-4-0ST Uskmouth, photographed on the Dean Forest Railway at Norchard on 27 May 2010.

Severn and Wye Railway
Peter Todd [27/05/2010]


Portpatrick: The Portpatrick branch rose steeply onto the headland from the terminus before looping round and continuing the climb over the moors to Stranraer Town. For anyone in Portpatrick with half an hour to spare the walk through the rocky cutting on the headland and then back along the cliff top path seen here is highly recommended. View towards Portpatrick at Map Ref NX 003535. [See image 33026] for an OS map of the branch prior to closure in 1950.

Portpatrick Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/2011]


Portpatrick: Trackbed level view through the Portpatrick headland cutting looking, at this point, south south east. From the station the line climbed steeply and turned through almost 180 degrees to head inland towards Colfin and Stranraer. [See image 34253] for the view of this location from the cliff top.

Portpatrick Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/2011]


Portpatrick: The grey house in the foreground sat at the buffers end of Portpatrick station platform although the station buildings themselves, which were behind it, have disappeared along with all other traces of the railway. View is west towards the coast in May 2011, with Old Station Court, a modern housing development, now occupying the station site. Trains climbed away from the camera before turning through 180 degrees to head for Stranraer. The road drops down to the village and harbour.

Portpatrick Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/2011]


Portpatrick: A view from Portpatrick headland along the old trackbed towards the terminus in May 2011. This is where the branch emerged from the clifftop cutting and curved round as it dropped towards the station at the head of the small valley. An underbridge was still in place by the large house when the 1999 OS map was printed but has since been removed for the access track seen here. The line closed completely in 1950.

Portpatrick Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/2011]


Stirling: GWR 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe simmering at Stirling on 27 May during its 2 hour layover on the 'Forth Circular'.

Scottish Central Railway
Mark Poustie [27/05/2012]


Maud: The modest but elegant entrance to the Station Hotel, Maud, in May 2012. Above the main entrance the words Station Hotel are incorporated within the stained glass. The hotel is located approximately 50 yards from the former station, which closed in October 1965.

Formartine and Buchan Railway
Brian Taylor [27/05/2012]


Lockerbie: A First TransPennine Express service to Manchester Airport, comprising two Class 185 units, calls at Lockerbie station on the evening of 27 May 2012.

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [27/05/2012]


Elbowend Junction: After an unscheduled stop at Elbowend Junction because of apparent track circuit problems, GWR 4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe restarts the Forth Circle special in the direction of Kincardine on 27 May 2012, with the overgrown remains of the Charlestown branch on the left. Never thought I would see the day when a GWR Castle would pass let alone stop at Elbowend Junction!

Charlestown Railway
Mark Poustie [27/05/2012]


Plates, signs and notices: Excerpt from BR Scottish Region timetable, Winter 1960-61, featuring Edinburgh and Glasgow network diagrams.

British Rail
David Panton [27/05/2012]


Beattock: A southbound Virgin Voyager has just descended the 10 miles from Beattock Summit as it approaches Beattock village at speed on 27 May 2012. On the right the stub of the former Moffat branch can be seen.

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [27/05/2012]


Newmills: GWR 4-6-0 no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe crosses the Bluther Burn at Newmills on 27 May with a Linlithgow - Fife - Alloa circular tour.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [27/05/2012]


Beattock: A pair of Class 66s come out of the down loop at Beattock and resume their journey north on 27 May 2012.

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [27/05/2012]


Bristol Bath Road: The sad remains of the tracks leading into the former Bath Road shed (82A), seen from the platform at Temple Meads station in May 2012. The depot finally closed in September 1995 when remaining operations were transferred to St Philip's Marsh. [See image 20985]

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [27/05/2012]


Bristol Temple Meads: This is what you get when you give grown-ups Meccano - part of the lovely roof frame over Bristol Temple Meads platform 5 in May 2012.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [27/05/2012]


Falkland Yard: Falkland Yard deserted no more on 27 May 2012 [see image 38360]. DBS back using the yard - 2 coal trains on the right, 2 engineering trains on the down side, 5 Class 66s present in total.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Colin Miller [27/05/2012]


Torryburn: 'The Caledonian', hauled by no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, drawing away from Newmills and approaching Low Valleyfield on 27 May 2012.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [27/05/2012]


Inverkeithing: 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe arrives at Inverkeithing on 27 May 2012 with Vintage Trains Ltd's Forth Circular tour bearing 'The Caledonian' headboard.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Mark Poustie [27/05/2012]


Maud: The Fraserburgh platforms at Maud Junction looking south towards Aberdeen on 27 May 2012, with trees and shrubs continuing to encroach. Difficult now to imagine passengers for the Broch and Peterhead, refreshment room and newspaper stand, cattle and fish trains for the south and the long running seed potato traffic. [See image 38974]

Formartine and Buchan Railway
Brian Taylor [27/05/2012]


Crossgates: GWR 4-6-0 5043, Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, passing the site of Crossgates station with The Caledonian on 27 May 2012.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [27/05/2012]


Stirling: The new footbridge across the tracks at Stirling provides excellent views of 5043 with 'The Caledonian' during the 2 hour layover at Stirling on the Forth Circular tour of 27 May 2012.

Scottish Central Railway
Mark Poustie [27/05/2012]


Beattock: A northbound Pendolino hurries through Beattock on 27 May 2012 as a pair of DBS Class 66s are held in the loop waiting for a path north.

Caledonian Railway
John McIntyre [27/05/2012]


Maud: The Fraserburgh Platforms at Maud Junction, looking north on 27 May 2012 [see image 38968].

Formartine and Buchan Railway
Brian Taylor [27/05/2012]


Donibristle: 'The Caledonian' climbing Donibristle bank between Dalgety Bay and Aberdour on 27 May, with 47760 bringing up the rear.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [27/05/2012]


Melbourne Flinders Street: Platform 1 of Flinders Street station, Melbourne, on 27 May 2013.

MTM
Colin Miller [27/05/2013]


Pettycur: 170403 heads north between Burntisland and Kinghorn on 27 May 2013.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [27/05/2013]


Alresford: Cross platform view at Alresford station on the Mid Hants Railway on 27 May 2013.

Mid-Hants Railway
John Yellowlees [27/05/2013]


Alresford: The station footbridge at Alresford, May 2013.

Mid-Hants Railway
John Yellowlees [27/05/2013]


Alresford: Scene at Alresford on the Mid Hants Railway on 27 May 2013.

Mid-Hants Railway
John Yellowlees [27/05/2013]


Melbourne: Mein Gott! Here also... and in a Japanese truck! Scene outside Melbourne's Southern Cross station on 27 May 2013.

Victorian Railways
Colin Miller [27/05/2013]


Flinders Street: A display at Flinders Street, Melbourne in May 2013 to celebrate the centenary of the station.

MTM
Colin Miller [27/05/2013]


Rosyth: DBS 66104 passes Rosyth with the Hartlepool - Georgemas pipes on 27 May.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [27/05/2014]


Inverkeithing Central Junction: 170459 passes Inverkeithing Central Junction with a Fife Outer Circle service on 27 May. In the background the Network Rail Measurement Train waits in the yard for its path to Edinburgh.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [27/05/2014]


Gorebridge: View south over Gorebridge Station on 27 May 2014.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [27/05/2014]


Newtongrange [1st]: New footbridge under construction a little to the north of the old Newtongrange Station site on 27 May. Looking south to the chimney of Lady Victoria Colliery.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [27/05/2014]


Inverkeithing: The Network Rail New Measurement Train heads south through Inverkeithing on its way to Craigentinny on 27 May.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [27/05/2014]


Newbattle viaduct: Looking north towards Newbattle Viaduct on 27 May. In the woods to the right is the embankment that carried the original Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway extension - the Marquis of Lothian's Waggonway.

Marquis of Lothian^s Waggonway
Bill Roberton [27/05/2014]


Whitechapel: View from the low-level (East London Line) platforms at Whitechapel on 27 May as an Eastbound District Line train leaves the high level station for Upminster. There were formerly four District Line tracks spanning the ELL here but the centre pair have been removed to make space for Crossrail works.

East London Railway
John Thorn [27/05/2014]


Curriehill: First TransPennine 350410 passing Curriehill on 27 May with a Manchester Airport - Edinburgh train.

Caledonian Railway
Bill Roberton [27/05/2014]


Lancaster: With West Coast Railway's troubles hopefully behind them an extended Fellsman season got underway on 27th May with 45699 Galatea taking the first train of the 2015 season out of Lancaster. Fellsman trains are scheduled to run every Wednesday until 26th August.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [27/05/2015]


Cowlairs Incline: What looks like the first of the OHLE foundations has sprouted in the embankment at Cowlairs – looks like it will be single leg lattice masts supported from the East side only? Does anyone know?

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Martin MacGuire [27/05/2016]


Brough: Extension to the car park at Brough station. By the time we got off the train and walked back 3 coaches this car had arrived on the track behind the train. The hole in the fence has now been repaired.

Hull and Selby Railway
Hugh McLellan [27/05/2016]


New Cumnock: East Ayrshire Carers has opened 'The Wee Train Cafe' at New Cumnock Station on 23 May. Light meals, cold and hot drinks are available Tuesdays-Saturdays from 0900 to 1500.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Yellowlees [27/05/2017]


New Cumnock: A new cafe, 'The Wee Train', has opened at Cumnock station. Young carers who missed out on formal education can acquire hospitality qualifications, while after hours the premises can provide dining experiences without embarrassment for families with dementia sufferers. Inspiring stuff!

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
John Yellowlees [27/05/2017]


Blunsdon: Swindon and Cricklade Railway Coach No 422 is a former GWR Toad brake van converted in to a Victorian looking guard's van for use in the railway's Vintage Train.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [27/05/2017]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1808Kilmarnock and Troon RailwayAct receives Royal assent
1895West Highland RailwayGlen Douglas siding opened.
1933Millhill CollieryBaths opened
1962Cathcart District RailwayElectric services commence.
1962Cathcart District RailwayLangside and Newlands renamed Langside.
2008Muirkirk Branch GSWRDemolition approved by East Ayrshire Council for British Railways Board (Residual) of the Mosshouse Viaduct over the Bellow Water by Cronberry. The viaduct was in poor condition and would need replaced should the Powharnal line be re-opened. The viaduct was demolished by the end of the year 2008.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Plans give assembly rail powers [BBC News]Proposals that give the Welsh assembly more control over railways are unveiled by the UK government.
2004Wallace makes tracks to see station^s longer platform [Scotsman]DEPUTY First Minister Jim Wallace has paid a visit to Dalgety Bay railway station, where work has started to extend the platform.
2005Fast trip to London just the ticket, Darling [Scotsman]TRANSPORT Secretary Alistair Darling has been urged by fellow Edinburgh MP Mark Lazarowicz to give the go-ahead for a new high-speed railway line between the Capital and London.
2005Heritage chiefs in tram U-turn [Scotsman]HISTORIC Scotland today unexpectedly withdrew its objections to Edinburgh^s proposed trams scheme. The agency has backtracked on its formal complaint to the proposals, which it previously said would put the Capital^s World Heritage Site status at risk.
2005West Lothian signals support for rail bid [Scotsman]WEST Lothian Council has welcomed plans to re-open the Bathgate-Airdrie line.
2006Security talks held over airport rail link plan [Scotsman]TALKS are taking place between police chiefs and transport firm TIE over security arrangements for the proposed Edinburgh Airport Rail Link.
2006Tram chiefs alerted to grounding risk a year ago [Scotsman]TECHNICAL problems with trams running between two New Town streets were flagged up to transport chiefs a year ago, community leaders said today.
2007DB to Acquire EWSBerlin - German railway giant Deutsche Bahn AG stepped up Wednesday its global expansion by confirming the purchase of two key European freight companies. The supervisory board of Europe^s biggest rail company gave the green light Wednesday to buy Britain^s biggest rail freight operator English Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS) and Spain^s Transfesa.
2008New lounge on track at Aberdeen [First ScotRail]This week, work gets underway at Aberdeen Station on the installation of a brand new lounge. The £400,000 investment by First ScotRail is scheduled for completion in August. The work follows the opening of the new travel centre earlier this month and signifies the latest stage in the station redevelopment programme. The lounge, which will be located at the front of the station adjacent to the travel centre, will be open - free of charge - to First Class ticket holders. With a bright and modern feel, it will feature a range of top quality facilities and greater overall comfort. These include * Free Wi-fi access * Complimentary refreshments * A comfortable seating area to relax in * CIS screens providing continually updated service information * Digital freeview television * Complimentary newspapers and magazines A receptionist will welcome customers as they enter, provide information and assistance and issue tickets as required. In addition, showers and toilets will be installed. There will be ladies and gents toilets and two unisex showers, as well as a fully accessible toilet and shower.
2009ScotRail to launch crackdown on fare dodgers [The Herald]Scotrail is launching a major crackdown on fare dodgers today after finding that one of its most popular saver tickets could be subject to widespread abuse.
2009Rise in on-time trains but Virgin complains of delay [Guardian]Network Rail^s announcement of record punctuality figures was overshadowed yesterday by an official complaint from Virgin Trains about continued delays on the west coast mainline.
2009UK must build more rail lines [BBC News]Britain^s railways may need to double their capacity in the next 30 years to cope with the demand from passengers, according to train operators.
2010China^s fastest high speed train rolls off production line [Sci & Tech] CHANGCHUN, May 27 (Xinhua) China^s fastest high speed train rolled off the production line Thursday in Changchun, capital of the northeastern province of Jilin, a company executive said.
2010Girvan Railway 150th anniversary [South Ayrshire Council News]The 150th anniversary of the railway reaching Girvan from Maybole was celebrated in style on Monday 24 May 2010 when South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan and Community Councillor Alec Clark, Girvan and District Community Council, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the town^s distinctive art deco station.
201150,000 new bolts as good as Brunel^s gold [Network Rail]Around 50,000 new bolts will be used in Network Rail’s major scheme, which is starting today, to restore Royal Albert bridge. These bolts – as precious and mighty as Brunel’s legendary golden rivet bolt - will be vital to keep the landmark structure strong for the next century and beyond.
2011Flying Scotsman on show at National Railway Museum [BBC News]The Flying Scotsman steam locomotive will go on show in York this weekend after a five-year overhaul.
2012Unions fear 20,000 railway jobs could be axed [Independent]More than 20,000 railway jobs could be axed under government reforms of the industry, unions have warned.
2014Wirksworth railway station reconnected to national network [BBC News]A town railway station has been reconnected to the national network for the first time in almost 70 years. Wirksworth Station, in Derbyshire, was closed to passengers in 1947 and to freight in the 1980s. Heritage group Ecclesbourne Valley Railway reopened the station and started a passenger service between Ravenstor and Duffield. Passengers can now buy a ticket and travel to Wirksworth from any mainline station in the UK.
2015Commuters face worst rail disruption in decades [Scotsman]PASSENGERS face the biggest disruption to the Scottish rail network for decades when a two-month project on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line gets under way this weekend. The Winchburgh tunnel near Linlithgow will be closed for six weeks. [From various contributors]
2016ScotRail train driver arrested for alleged intoxication [Scotsman]A ScotRail train driver has been arrested for being intoxicated at Waverley Station in Edinburgh. It is understood the man may have been about to drive a train to Glasgow late on Wednesday night. Industry sources said the man was thought to have been several times over the drink-drive limit and was led away in handcuffs by police.
2017Borders Railway set for unique steam experience [Scotsman]For the first time passengers can board a steam train, hauled by a Black Five steam locomotive, in West Lothian and Fife to cross the Forth Rail Bridge and travel over the new Borders Railway. The journey begins in Linlithgow before travelling over the Forth Rail Bridge and round the Fife coast before heading south on the Borders Railway, which is coming up for two years since it was to Tweedbank Borders Railway, coming up for two years since it was officially opened by the Queen. The route, which will run to Tweedbank, will run every Sunday in August, allowing passengers to spend two hours in the Borders before the return journey.