Camus-na-ha Sidings: Camus-Na-Ha signal box, situated beyond Banavie on the Mallaig extension, was a World War 2 signal box along with [[Helensburgh Upper]], [[Faslane Junction]] and [[Inveruglas]]. It opened on 15th November 1942 and closed on 21st June 1964 when on the same day the new signal box at [[Annat Signal Box]] opened to serve the paper mill at Corpach. The photograph was taken by the LNER on 5th August 1946.
Camus-na-ha Sidings: A view of Camus-na-ha signal box and siding north of Banavie on the Mallaig extension of the West Highland line. Photograph taken by the LNER on 5th August 1946. See image [] for further details. The reverse of the photograph is endorsed with 'Please acknowledge 'British Railways''.
Alford: Alford-Kintore train at Alford. GNSR 4.4.0 2270 (34). Driver G Birnie.
Muirhouse South Junction [1st]: Under the Muirhouse/Strathbungo Junctions gantry (last week 05/08/1952 of lower quadrant arms). 2.6.4T 42128 on inner circle train.
Cowlairs Incline: Gresley A4 Pacific 60004 William Whitelaw on Cowlairs Incline with the 5.15pm ex-Edinburgh Waverley on 5 August 1952.
Cowlairs Incline: Robinson 'Director' 4-4-0 no 62671 Bailie Macwheeble descending Cowlairs Incline on 5 August 1952 with a train from the Fife Coast.
Cairnbulg: Watched by a small but attentive audience, Ivatt 2-6-0 no 46460 rumbles over Cairnbulg level crossing on 5 August 1953 with a St Combs - Fraserburgh train.
Kirkton: GNSR 4-4-0 62276 Andrew Bain at Kirkton with a down passenger train in the summer of 1953.
Banff: McIntosh 2P 0-4-4T no 55185 approaching Banff on 5 August 1953 with a train from Tillynaught.
Philorth Bridge: A train from St Combs photographed approximately 2 miles south of Fraserburgh on 5 August 1953. Ivatt 2-6-0 46460 is crossing the bridge over the Water of Philorth shortly after restarting from Philorth Bridge Halt. See image []
Fraserburgh Shed: Gresley K2 2-6-0 no 61779 on shed at Fraserburgh on 5 August 1954.
Lochgreen Junction: Approaching Lochgreen Junction on 5 August 1955 is one of Hurlford shed's class 2P 4-4-0s no 40687 at the head of a Glasgow St Enoch - Girvan train.
Yorkhill: V1 2-6-2T 67603 eastbound past the site of Yorkhill station on 5 August 1957. The train is a Hyndland - Shettleston working. Little trace remains of the former station, which closed in April 1921. [Ref query 6341]
Partick Central: C.R 0.6.0s crossing the River Kelvin at Partick Central. 57607 on Dalmuir to Rutherglen train.
Hawick [2nd]: A Hawick locomotive throughout its BR life, Holmes class J36 0-6-0 no 65317 stands at the south end of Hawick station in the summer of 1957.
Yorkhill: A Helensburgh Central - Bridgeton Central train passing the site of Yorkhill station (closed 1921) on 5 August 1957. Locomotive in charge is V1 2-6-2T 67623. [Ref query 19289]
Hawick North Signal Box: D30 Scott class 4-4-0 no 62428 The Talisman takes a northbound stopping train away from Hawick on the Waverley route in the summer of 1958. Having spent all its post-nationalisation years at Hawick shed, the locomotive was finally withdrawn from there some 4 months after this photograph was taken. See image []
Sighthill Junction: 2.6.2T 67661 leaving Springburn for Jordanhill.
Maybole Junction [Station]: Scene at Dalrymple Junction on 5 August 1960. The line from Dalmellington is on the left, with the Stranraer line to the right, from which Black 5 45127 is approaching.
Carlisle: Waiting on the centre road at Carlisle on 5 August 1960 is A3 Pacific 60099 Call Boy. Named after the winner of the 1927 Epsom Derby, the locomotive spent its entire operational life based in Edinburgh, being eventually withdrawn from St Margarets shed in October 1963. Another historical reference worthy of mention is the advertisement in the right background for Carrs of Carlisle. The famous biscuit manufacturer, founded in the city in 1831, is now part of the United Biscuits group.
Carlisle Upperby Shed: The shed yard at Upperby on 5 August 1960, with Widnes based Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no 48139 one of the guests.
Carlisle: Jubilee 45654 Hood takes the 9am Glasgow St Enoch - London St Pancras south from Carlisle in August 1961.
Carlisle: Stanier Pacific no 46206 'Princess Marie Louise' makes a rousing start out of Carlisle platform 4 on 5 August 1961. The Crewe North Pacific has recently taken over the 10.5am Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street for the next leg of the journey south.
Carlisle: A busy summer Saturday scene on the centre road at Carlisle on 5 August 1961. Nearest the camera is A3 Pacific no 60089 Felstead, a visitor from St Margarets.
Carlisle: Newton Heath based Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45635 Tobago pulls away from Carlisle on 5 August 1961 with the noon train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Victoria.
Spey Viaduct [Newtonmore]: Looking across country near Newtonmore on 5th August 1961, as a pair of Type 2 diesel locomotives pass southbound at the head of the 16-coach Royal Highlander for London Euston.
Stranraer Shed: Class 2P 40638 at Stranraer's running shed in August 1962.
Stranraer Harbour: Stranraer Harbour signal box in the summer of 1962.
Stranraer Harbour: A DMU from Glasgow stands at Stranraer Harbour station on 5 August 1962. Berthed on the left is Caledonian Princess, recently arrived from Larne.
Stranraer Shed: Ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54508 photographed by Stranraer shed's smithy on 5 August 1962. The locomotive had been stored awaiting disposal since its withdrawal at the end of 1959. It was finally cut up in the yard of Messrs McLellan, Langloan, in July 1964.
Stranraer Shed: The running shed at Stranraer on 5 August 1962. Nearest the camera is Corkerhill Crab 2-6-0 no 42915.
Carlisle: The Summer Saturday 9.13am Dundee - Blackpool North stands at Carlisle on 5 August 1967. Kingmoor Black 5 no 44802 has just taken charge of the train and is preparing to continue the journey south.
Carlisle: On 5 August 1967, some two months before its final withdrawal, Black 5 no 44775 is about to take out the 1.26pm Glasgow Central - Morecambe Promenade from Carlisle platform 4. The Kingmoor-based 4-6-0 had just taken over the summer Saturday service, which had arrived here via Kilmarnock.
Carlisle: Kingmoor Black 5 no 44775 stands at Carlisle on 5 August 1967. The locomotive has just taken over the summer Saturday 1.26pm Glasgow Central - Morecambe Promenade. The train had arrived from the north via Kilmarnock and Dumfries. 44775 was withdrawn from Kingmoor shed 8 weeks later.
Carlisle: Train 1S67, the 9.20am London St Pancras - Glasgow Central Saturday relief Thames-Clyde Express about to run into Carlisle on 5 August 1967. The locomotive is Holbeck 'Jubilee' no 45593 Kolhapur which has handled the journey north from Leeds via the S&C. 45593 was officially withdrawn by BR two months later and is now preserved.
Carlisle: Kingmoor Black 5 no 45279 seen here after taking over train 1S67, the Saturday down relief Thames-Clyde Express, at Carlisle platform 3 on 5 August 1967. The train had been worked in from Leeds by Jubilee 45593 Kolhapur. See image []
Carlisle: 70014 Iron Duke waits on the centre road at Carlisle in August 1967. The Pacific is waiting to take forward the combined 2pm ex-Glasgow Central + 2.5pm ex-Edinburgh as the 1M38 for Manchester & Liverpool.
Carlisle Durranhill Goods [NER]: Looking west towards Petteril Bridge Junction on 5 August 1967 as Workington based Black 5 no 44715 is halted with a freight alongside Durranhill up goods. The train is about to be shunted into the yard. See image []
Carlisle: Kingmoor Black 5 no 44802 warming up for the off at Carlisle in August 1967 with a summer Saturday Blackpool relief.
Carlisle: The combined early afternoon Glasgow/Edinburgh - Manchester service about to leave Carlisle on 5 August 1967 behind Britannia Pacific no 70014 Iron Duke.
Camperdown Junction: An InterCity HST continues its journey north to Aberdeen following the Dundee stop on 5 August 1981. The train is seen here shortly after passing Camperdown Junction with the dock estate to the left and the A92 road running parallel with the line on the right.
Cranmore: 68005 at Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway in August 1983, shunting a PW train for Mendip Vale.
Muir of Ord: Station building on the down platform at Muir of Ord in 1985, now demolished.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: In August 1988, driver Norrie Evans of Perth walks past 26011 resting at platform 7. Beyond is a DBSO so the destination of Kings Cross is unlikely. Possibly an overnight failure at Perth taken on ECS to Dundee and then to Queen Street.
Thouars: A SNCF 25500 BB electric locomotive runs light through Thouars station in August 1994. By this date this pale green SNCF livery was becoming obsolete, replaced by a more striking white and orange scheme. This was one of a class of 194 locos but was the first of an upgraded sub class with improved cabs and a single large body side grill replacing a multitude of smaller ones (a bit like the BR Class 25?).
Edinburgh Waverley: The down 'Highland Chieftain' stands at platform 19 at Waverley in the summer of 2006. GNER power car 43108 carries the name Old Course St Andrews. Passengers heading there will need to disembark at Leuchars and complete the last 5 miles by road, although the campaign to have the town reconnected to the ECML continues.
Edinburgh Waverley: First ScotRail service arriving at Waverley in August 2006.
Haymarket East Junction: View West from Haymarket station on 5 August 2006 with Haymarket depot in the background. On the left a westbound GNER London Kings Cross - Glasgow Central service has just turned south towards Carstairs at Haymarket East Junction.
Edinburgh Waverley: An unusual vantage point at Waverley in August 2006, courtesy of the temporary bridge over platform 19 which provided a route between the station and Princes Mall. View is east showing work in progress on what would become the upgraded entrance from Waverley Steps, linking with the new escalators still to be installed on the western concourse. Running beyond the new bridge is the connection with the cross-station walkway leading to the south side platforms and the Market Street entrance. Up above is part of the justification for the subsequent roof panel replacement project see image [].
Haymarket East Junction: A morning GNER Kings Cross - Glasgow Central service pulls away from the Haymarket stop in August 2006 and immediately turns left onto the Carstairs line at Haymarket East Junction. The train will make one further call at Motherwell (to set down) before reaching its ultimate destination.
Haymarket: A Fife bound train arrives at Haymarket platform 2 on 5 August 2006. Behind the blue barrier on platform 1 work continues on construction of the new bay platform.
Haymarket: Haymarket looking west on 5 August 2006 showing the reason for one or two recent weekend line closures - the connection off to the right into the new bay platform 0 .
Edinburgh Waverley: Looking west along platform 19 at Waverley on 5 August 2006 with both tracks and crossover in place. The new bridge and walkway system is under construction and the temporary (green) bridge into Princes Mall lies beyond.
Edinburgh Waverley: Grab shot from a train leaving Waverley on 5 August 2006 showing a recently arrived excursion behind FM Rail 47832 Driver Tom Clark OBE at platform 19. The special is the Compass Tours 'Edinburgh Merseyman' from Liverpool South Parkway. 47703 was on the other end of the train.
Glasgow Central: Modified Class 318 318257 and Class 156 156512 stand at Platform 6 & 7 waiting their turn to depart.
Bridge Street: A Class 156 still in old ScotRail colours passes Bridge Street in the approach to Glasgow Central
Glasgow Central: A Class 156 sits at Glasgow Central. The unit is part of the programme by First to repaint all non SPT liveried stock into its corporate colours.
Cupar: A 5-car Sunday Edinburgh - Dundee service pulls out of Cupar led by a 170 on 5 August.
Causeway: The Bushmill and Giants Causeway Railway has been relaid on the easternmost end of a tramway closed in 1949, using equipment from the Shanes Castle Railway. On my visit the loco in use was Shane, formerly Bord na Mona No.3, built by Andrew Barclay of Kilmarnock in 1949. View of the terminus with carriage and loco shed. 5 August 2008.
Kincardine: Remains of the westbound platform at Kincardine seen from the new level crossing in August 2008.
Kincardine: Level Crossing at Kincardine, the instructions are for the wise...
Silverdale: View towards Carnforth at Silverdale as 156444 leaves on the 0843 to Preston. This train starts its journey at Maryport at 0604. The old sandstone Furness Railway building still stands on the platform although a modern waiting shelter has now also been erected.
Bolton-le-Sands: All trace of Bolton-le-Sands station was swept away between closure in 1969 and electrification in 1974. Here a Pendolino passes the site of the old platforms and approaches the level crossing at speed from Carnforth on a southbound service. View north from the level crossing. Map Ref SD480683
Causeway: The last train of the day on the Bushmills and Giants Causeway Railway climbs towards Causeway station on 5 August behind locomotive no 3 Shane.
Edinburgh Waverley: 67008 at Waverley with the returned Fife Circle evening commuter train on 5 August 2009.
Crawford Viaduct [Camps Reservoir Railway]: View across the Clyde at Crawford over the bridge that carried the Camps Railway. The 3 ft gauge line was built in the 1920s on behalf of Lanarkshire County Council in connection with the construction of Camps reservoir to the east. The line was lifted in the 1930s and the bridge is nowadays used by hill walkers and as a shortcut by villagers. The former yard and exchange sidings stood just behind the camera alongside the WCML.
Crawford: A northbound Pendolino approaching Crawford on the WCML in August 2009. The train is passing the site of the yard that once acted as an interchange point with the 3 ft gauge Camps Railway (built to facilitate the construction of Camps Reservoir). View is south towards the bridge which took the NG line across the River Clyde.
Preston: The second steam hauled train to depart from Preston on 5 August 2009 within a 20 minute period was The Fellsman railtour from Lancaster to Carlisle via Blackburn and the Settle & Carlisle line. 46115 Scots Guardsman makes a spirited departure out of platform 3 before crossing onto the Up Slow line so that it can access the East Lancs line at Farington Curve Junction.
Crawford Viaduct [Camps Reservoir Railway]: The bridge that once carried the narrow gauge Camps Railway across the River Clyde at Crawford, seen here on 5 August 2009. The 3 ft gauge line was built in the 1920s by Lanarkshire County Council to transport materials required in the construction of Camps reservoir, located amongst the hills in the middle distance. The supply yard and exchange sidings alongside the WCML stood off camera to the right.
Crawford Viaduct [Camps Reservoir Railway]: View south across the River Clyde at Crawford on 5 August 2009, showing the old railway bridge that once carried the 3 ft gauge line built on behalf of Lanarkshire County Council in the 1920s in connection with the construction of Camps reservoir. By the time the reservoir was completed in 1930 the line had served its purpose and was lifted within 10 years. In the background a Freightliner class 66 locomotive is about to run past the site of the former exchange sidings with northbound empties and will shortly cross the Clyde via a much more renowned (and photographed) structure see image [].
Bamber Bridge: The Fellsman railtour arrives back at Bamber Bridge on 5 August 2009 to drop off passengers before continuing to Preston and Lancaster. The 10 coach train was rather longer than the platform could cope with and after the previous week, when evidently the level crossing was blocked during the station stop, the train pulled up clear of the crossing on this occasion.
Lamington Viaduct: EWS 92036 'Bertolt Brecht' crossing the Clyde at Lamington in August 2009 with a northbound freight.
Crawford: The 1400 Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street Virgin Voyager heading south through the Clyde Valley on 5 August 2009 between Abington and Crawford.
Abington: A Freightliner class 66 heading south on the WCML with a coal train on 5 August 2009. The train is seen here apptroaching Abington
Preston: In a 20 minute period during the morning 'rush hour' at Preston on 5 August 2009 there were two steam hauled railtour departures. The first was The Welsh Mountaineer to Blaenau Ffestiniog which is seen here with 45231 at the helm as it approaches the Ribble Viaduct just south of Preston station.
Knock: The site of the goods yard at Knock station, given away by the distinctive railway gates. The goods loading bank is just behind with the remains of the passenger platform adjacent to the left. The location is now owned and well maintained by the Knockdhu distillery.
Haymarket: Freightliner 86614 runs through Haymarket platform 3 on 5 August 2010
Dundee: View east at Dundee station in August 2010. On the left a Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen service is preparing to restart its journey from platform 4, while on the right an Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST has just arrived at platform 1.
Dundee: A southbound HST calls at Dundee on 5 August 2010.
Portgordon: The site of Portgordon station, looking east towards Buckpool and Buckie, in August 2010. Half of the site is now occupied by the local bowling club. The line ran along the edge of the bowling green with the station building situated approximately at the far end of the green.
Bristol Temple Meads: Black 5 no 44932 arrives at Bristol Temple Meads on 5 August 2010 with The Cathedrals Express from London Waterloo.
Dundee: A Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen service runs downhill out of the sun towards Dundee station on 5 August, past the site of the old Dundee West signal box see image [].
Knock: The remains of the passenger platform at Knock looking north towards Glenbarry, with the posts for the running in board still intact. Like so many station sites nowadays it is enveloped by mature tree growth.
Bristol Temple Meads: EWS liveried 67016 brings up the rear of the 1400 Cardiff Central - Taunton summer service as it runs into Bristol Temple Meads station on 5 August 2010. DBS 67018 Keith Heller was on the front of the train. See image []
Bristol Temple Meads: DBS locomotive 67018 Keith Heller on the FGW 1400 Cardiff Central - Taunton summer service at Bristol Temple Meads on 5 August 2010. Sister locomotive no 67016 was on the rear of the train. See image []
Stafford: Freightliner 66609 rumbles south through Stafford with Network Rail hoppers on 5 August. This would have been a less interesting picture, but for the angry-looking black cloud that came along at just the right time. The blue building just visible on the extreme right used to be the nearest pub to the station - its affiliation to the Titanic brewery was perhaps prophetic.
Johannesburg: Situated in a theme park called Gold Reef City,Johannesburg is this South African Railways Class 19D 4-8-2 no 3345. Built by the North British Locomotive Company in 1948 it lasted in service until 1986.
Split: Literally the end of the line at Split, Croatia, on 5 August 2012. Any further west and you are in the Adriatic. This is the station headshunt with the passenger terminus behind the camera. See image []
Split: The terminus at Split on Croatia's Adriatic coast in August 2012. A headshunt runs behind the camera see image [].
Dundee: There is a railway in there somewhere. The ongoing redevelopment of Dundee Waterfront makes the city's railhead look even less enticing than usual on 5 August 2012. The proposed rebuild will hopefully improve the station's appearance and environment for passengers and photographers alike.
Preston (Ribble Branch): The Ribble Steam Railway hosted a visit from LMS 'Jinty' 0-6-0T no 47406 in August. During its stay it ran as 47472, the former Preston station pilot engine. The train is seen here passing the catch points sand drag protecting the swing bridge, heading towards Strand Road on the south side of the dock.
High Barnet: In case of delays, always carry a 'phone. At least one of these ladies is waiting patiently for a Northern line train into London at High Barnet platform 2 on 5th August.
High Barnet: The MMM (Morning Metro Mountain) builds up as the cleaners get to work at High Barnet station on the Northern Line, following the morning rush hour on 5 August.
High Barnet: The yellow brick station building at High Barnet is pleasant, but the station garden is truly impressive - especially in a city location which is not clearly well protected against vandalism and theft. The white building in the background is a signalling centre.
High Barnet: Not quite as busy as it looks. Northern Line trains stand in platforms 1 and 2 at High Barnet as a third train leaves platform 3 at the end of the morning rush hour on 5 August 2013. Notice the signalling centre (grey building on far right).
High Barnet: The LU Northern Line terminus at High Barnet on 5 August 2013. Looking out from the buffers at platforms 1 and 2 (#3 being out of view to the left). The wooden frames surround a level access path for wheelchair and pushchair access - the station has no lifts.
Seafield Level Crossing: The trackbed running south east from Seafield level crossing towards Porobello Junction on 5 August 2014, more than a year on from the decommissioning of Cockenzie power station. Leith South Yard stands behind the camera with the docks beyond. See image []. [Ref query 6877]
Newcraighall South Junction: A new bridge being built over the Borders Railway route just beyond the turnback siding at Millerhill. The bridge will carry the road serving the recycling plant to be constructed on former railway land to the west of the current yard, with access from Whitehill Road. View south west towards Shawfair on 5 August 2014.
Paris, Eglise de Pantin: Some of the tunnels on the Paris Metro are wide enough to allow underground stabling of empty stock, as seen here at Eglise de Pantin on line 5 to Bobigny.
Paris: A disused industrial siding in the North Eastern Paris suburb of Pantin in August 2014. A turnout can just be seen in front of the approaching car. The cobblestones are laid out in an attractive pattern.
Seafield Level Crossing: Looking north across Seafield Road towards the level crossing on 5 August 2014, with the water treatment works on Marine Esplanade on the far side. Leith South yard lies beyond the trees with access to Leith Docks at its western end. The crossing appears to have seen little traffic since the end of the coal imports for Cockenzie power station, which was decommissioned last year. Track is overgrown, the crossing gates are adorned with local ads and the footbridge is now fenced off as a dangerous structure. See image []
Paris: Paris Metro units await their next turn of duty at Bobigny depot on 5 August 2014. Passing shot looking away from Bobigny terminus, towards Gare du Nord and the city centre.
Millerhill Yard Up Arrival Sidings: The former up reception sidings at Millerhill, seen from Whitehill Road on 5 August 2014. Most of the track has long been lifted, although sidings in the background have since been used to handle ballast see image []. On this occasion the area contained a large stockpile of concrete sleepers for use on the Borders Railway. Part of the yard to the south has been proposed as the location for a new ScotRail EMU depot.
St Pancras: Return Of The Gas Holders - not a fifties B movie sci-fi, but the restoration of the listed structures which were removed during construction of HS1. Photograph taken on 5 August 2014 from a passing train.
Paris Gare du Nord: Reverse rake windscreens always remind me of Ford Anglias going backwards. They probably aren't very efficient aerodynamically; but may be rather good at reducing unwanted reflections. Locomotive 22346 is seen at platform 16 at Gare du Nord in August 2014.
St Pancras: Passengers from Paris disembark at St Pancras on 5th August. The work of art under the clock bears more than a passing resemblance to the Tetris computer game.
Paris Gare du Nord: In the absence of benches, family accommodation may be found on the buffer stops. Gare du Nord on 5 August 2014. The locomotive is 115062, the train is the 14.07 to Saint-Quentin. see image []
Paris Gare du Nord: Full house at Gare du Nord on 5 August - I see three TGVs, a Thalys, and two Eurostars... just.
Craigentinny Depot: Wabtec 08472 at the west end of the yard at Craigentinny on 5 August 2014.
St-Jean-Pla-de-Corts: Looking east towards Le Boulou yard from the level crossing on Route de Vives, with St-Jean-Pla-de-Corts yard and the mothballed section running on to Ceret to rear of view, showing the rather weather worn sleepers on this rarely used section of line between the two yards; and also what appears to be a transition from bull head to flat bottom rail for the section through the level crossing. See image [] for view in opposite direction
Galashiels: ScotRail 158729 runs south through Galashiels on 5 August 2015 on a crew training run with work in progress on the station platform.
Wigan North Western: No, not a new station, but a rail arch bar in Queen Street on the south side of Wigan North Western. The bar comes complete with real ale, craft cider, a beer library and real-time information about train running at both North Western and Wallgate stations.
St-Jean-Pla-de-Corts: Looking west from Route de Vives level crossing along the rarely used but still operational section of line, after Le Boulou west yard electrified headshunt, towards St-Jean-Pla-de-Cort yard. A stabling siding is at each side of the through line, that is extant to Ceret but mothballed from some 500 metres beyond the far end of the yard, with a rake of piggyback wagons stabled on each siding, and a rake of flat wagons stabled on the through line after the yard. See image [] for view in opposite direction
Le Boulou: A RegioRail shunting loco hauls a rake of covered steel carriers out of the general transhipment yard, to the north of the east yard road to rail facility at Le Boulou, that is sited alongside the northbound access slip-road to the A9 E15 autoroute. SNCF Fret electric loco 427029 is seen at left of view See image [].
Lostock Hall Junction: Ex LMS 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman with 'The Fellsman' railtour from Lancaster to Carlisle via Preston and Blackburn on 5 August 2015. The train is seen here at Lostock Hall Jct, having just passed through Lostock Hall Station on the line from Farington Curve Jct. The line to the left leads to Farington Jct.
Argeles Sur Mer: View south along the lengthy platforms at Argeles Sur Mer station as the long distance service from Cerbere to Avignon, consisting of a 4 coach 27500 class EMU, with driving vehicle 27866 leading, runs into the station on 5 August 2015.
Le Boulou: The former Le Boulou town centre station building, on the now freight only Elne to Ceret branch, is used by SNCF Fret as offices linked to their extensive operations in the large intermodal, automotive, piggyback and general freight yards sited either side of the A9 auto-route shortly before it crosses into Spain.
Le Boulou: View west from the Chemin du Mas Llinas level crossing, along the electrified freight branch line running from Elne, towards Le Boulou East yard approx 1Km away, showing the trap points and short spur to deal with any runaways before they reach the level crossing. Axle counters can be seen on the left rail both before and beyond the point blade.
Argeles Sur Mer: View north at Argeles Sur Mer station as the long distance service from Cerbere to Avignon, consisting of a 4 coach 27500 class EMU with driving coach 27865 at the rear, stands in the station with the 13.50 departure on 5th August 2015.
Le Boulou: Consecutively numbered SNCF Fret Alstom Prima class 25KV AC electric locos 427029 & 427030 stand on adjacent tracks in Le Boulou east side road to rail transhipment yard in August 2015 attached to empty rakes of Lorry Rail piggyback wagons. A near fully loaded rake stands alongside the far loco.
Le Boulou: Looking west by Le Boulou east side yard along the branch line from Elne that continues to Ceret, albeit abandoned beyond the small yard at St-Jean-Pla-de-Cort some 4Km away. The line is electrified for a further 1.5Km to the end of the head shunt for the west side intermodal yard located on the far side of the Le Boulou A6 E15 autoroute payage point sited at the far end of the sidings to the right of view. See image [] for view in opposite direction.
St-Jean-Pla-de-Corts: An automatic level crossing, located just east of the still used small freight yard, runs across the minor road Route de Vives in the centre of St-Jean-Pla-de-Corts village. The yard western head shunt is now the limit of the non electrified operational section of the line, continuing west from Le Boulou west yard electrified head shunt, that is still extant through to Ceret Station.
Argeles Sur Mer: Unlike other stations on the coast line to Spain from Perpignan, which are old traditional buildings, Argeles Sur Mer is a recent build of modern open plan design, as seen in this view along the frontage in August 2015.
Haigh: All ready for the move into its permanent location the next day, with the heavy lift vehicle in position below it, is the fully fitted out new concrete bridge assembly that is to replace the present low stone arched Haigh Lane rail overbridge in a 52 hour weekend line closure.
Nuneaton: A track machine awaits departure from Nuneaton platform 1 on 5 August 2016. I had arrived on the platform through the glass door on the left, and saw red signals at both ends of the platform. I had to guess which way the machine would leave - as you can see from the tail light, my 50/50 chance went wrong.
Haigh: Friday evening before the line blockage starts at 23.30, all is in place ready for the demolition of the upper section of the stone arch bridge over Haigh Lane, and the rolling in of the replacement concrete bridge constructed off view to left See image []. A 52 hour line possession is in place for the replacement works to be completed.
Anderston: Green liveried 320416 at Anderston station on Friday 5th August 2016.
Anderston: A green liveried 320 spotted at Anderston on Friday 5th August in the afternoon.
Huyton: 319374 in Northern livery at Huyton on 5 August 2016.
Whifflet: A terminating service from Dalmuir at Whifflet on 5 August. Confusingly for the uninitiated trains for Glasgow leave in both directions here. Not this one though as the driver had to explain to passengers on the platform, a touch peevishly.
Pyle: 60163 Tornado running through Pyle station enroute to Carmarthen with a Pathfinder Tour 'The Towi Tornado' from Eastleigh.
Carntyne: An Edinburgh service pulls into Carntyne on 5 August.
Bellgrove: A Dalmuir to Cumbernauld service at Bellgrove on 5 August. There's not really such a place as Bellgrove; it's just the name of a Street here in Dennistoun (which might have been a more helpful name).
Duke Street: A Cumbernauld to Dumbarton Central calls at Duke Street during one of the day's frequent showers.
Scotstounhill: A through service crawls into Scotstounhill, a signal (nearly) stops fooling people into thinking that this is Dumbarton Central service indicated.
Briton Ferry: A rare visitor to South Wales - 60163 Tornado running through Briton Ferry station enroute to Carmarthen with a Pathfinder tour from Eastleigh.
Gateshead: Pinky and Perky are Ruston 0-4-0 diesel shunters, formerly located on Sunderland South Docks. Mercifully, neither of them is painted pink.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Demolition of the former Scotrail Traincare building in progress in early August to make way for new staff accommodation buildings.
Glenfinnan: K1 at Glenfinnan on 5/8/17. (Note: taken in a position of safety, in possession of a valid Network Rail PTS and not involved in safety critical duties at the time.)
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The travel centre at Queen Street seen on its last day of operation, 5 August. The next day it moved to its new home in a former pub across the road in Dundas Street. There it will remain for the next 3 years or so when it will move back into a revamped Queen Street.
Andrews House: They're so posh on the Tanfield Railway, even the water tanks are double barreled. The coal store reminds me of the children stealing coal in the 'Railway Children' film.
Musselburgh: CrossCountry Trains 1708 Edinburgh Waverley - Birmingham New Street runs south through Musselburgh on 5 August 2017.
Hopetown Junction: This junction North of North Road station was the first access (geographically) to the Stainmore line on leaving Darlington. Our exploration, from a strategically parked car, went: cold (tarmac footpath) to warm (earth with wooden sleepers) to BINGO! Rails under the fence! View looks South East.
Bishopbriggs: Glasgow (right) and Dunblane services cross at Bishopbriggs on 5 August.
Springburn: A Cumbernauld to Dumbarton Central service enters Springburn on 5 August, seconds after an opposite working using the nearer track (for Platform 2). Both trains will change ends as if this were a terminus. There are bays here, but they are very little used and indeed Platform 4 is roped off.
Gateshead: This incline cable wheel on the Northern Incline (towards the Tyne) on the Bowes Railway is in excellent condition, considering that it has not been used for several decades, and has never been covered by a roof.
Glasgow Central Low Level: A Whifflet train calls at Central Low Level on 5 August. It's only 11am but already Celtic fans are making their way to Dalmarnock for Celtic Park.
Lochailort: Under an angry looking sky,Black 5 No.45212 hauls the afternoon Jacobite round the edge of, breeze ruffled, Loch Eilt on the way to Mallaig.
Borthwick Bank Signal Box: View from a Black 5 â€“ 44871 battles up Borthwick Bank with the SRPS Railtour to Tweedbank on 5th August 2018, with 11 coaches behind, and 37516 pushing. (Cab ride courtesy of West Coast Railways).
Tweedbank: The driver of 44871 sitting at Tweedbank is Peter Walker, Operations Manager (North) of West Coast Railways. Back in 2012, when the Campaign for Borders Railway had been campaigning for 10 years for the platform roads at Tweedbank to be extended to accommodate 11-coach charter trains, it was Peter's inspired suggestion which led to a CBR-organised delegation of Borders tourism interests and politicians sampling charter operations on the Settle & Carlisle line. The subsequent political pressure ultimately led to a Ministerial decision to provide lengthened platform roads and platforms at Tweedbank and a lengthened platform at Gala, without which there would have been no prospect of viable charters on the Borders Railway.
Tweedbank: An overgrown schoolboy's dream as David Spaven fills the Secondman's seat on 37516 prior to its 15.11 departure from Tweedbank on the 5th August SRPS Railtour return to Edinburgh, Fife and Linlithgow. (Photo: Gordon Sellar)
Tweedbank: Viewed from a Class 37, an incoming ScotRail service pulls into Tweedbank immediately prior to the departure of the return leg of the SRPS Railtour on 5th August 2018.
Paterson^s No 1 Siding: The imposing retaining wall immediately north of Gala station was built by the NBR following a major landslip in 1916, and is one of the photographer's abiding memories from his last journey on the Waverley Route on 2nd January 1969. Seen from 37516 on 5th August 2018.
Torwoodlee North Viaduct: One of the Borders Railway's most attractive overbridges, slightly marred by a crude (and unnecessary) heightened parapet, is at Torwoodlee north of Gala. Seen here from 37516 on 5th August 2018.
Bowshank Tunnel: Amazingly, Network Rail's engineers managed to squeeze double track with modern passenger train clearances through Bowshank Tunnel but any future container freight could only pass through here on very low platform wagons. Photo taken from 37516 on 5th August 2018.
Tynehead Junction: A green light at Overbridge 41 south of Tynehead, a notorious example of Transport Scotland's penny-wise, pound-foolish approach to the Borders Railway infrastructure. In 2009, following the intervention of a well informed, ex-railway, civil servant the planned length of double track on the route was extended from 9.5 to 16 miles, including the section from Tynehead to Falahill. However, the bean counters then took over, and the double track was scaled back. The consequences of this are seen in the sub optimal reliability of the Borders Railway and Transport Scotland refused even to make 'passive provision' for double track under this farm access road, making any future double-tracking unnecessarily expensive.
Tynehead Junction: A southbound ScotRail service waits for the return SRPS Railtour to clear Tynehead Junction on 5th August 2018, as seen from 37516.
Galashiels [1st]: Station Brae bridge, immediately south of Gala station â€“ seen here on 5th August â€“ looks like it was built by Scottish Borders Council to accommodate piggyback lorries on rail wagons, but not of course a double-track railway!
Donibristle Platform: 44871, ably assisted (some would say too ably assisted) by 37516, climbs away from Donibristle with the first SRPS Fife Circle & Borders trip of the year on 5 August 2018.
Galashiels: Cameras everywhere â€“ 44871 pulls into Galashiels with the SRPS Railtour on 5th August.
Oykel Viaduct: 37421 and 37612 top and tail a northbound Network Rail test train over the Oykel Viaduct on 5th August 2018. This 'A' listed structure, also known as the Shin or Invershin Viaduct, was built to carry the Sutherland Railway across the Kyle of Sutherland. The line opened in 1868. In the background is Carbisdale Castle.
Donibristle Platform: The exhaust of 37516 clearly indicates it is giving 44871 plenty of support as the Fife Circle and Borders excursion climbs away from Donibristle on 5th August 2018.
Pyle: A Scotrail 156 in South Wales. 156509, in Scotrail colours, passing through Pyle station, on route to Landore, having left Corkerhill Depot in the early hours of 5th August 2019. This looks like it is the first unit to arrive at Landore after the anouncement of the reopening of the depot for maintenance and overhauls. (See recent news item).
Pyle: 156509 passing through Pyle on 5th August 2019 heading for Landore for refurbishment following the reopening of that facility by Chrysalis Rail (See recent news item). 156s, in any livery, are not usually seen in this part of the rail network.
Bo^ness: CR 0-4-4T No.419 pauses at the Bo'ness platform end on 5th August 2019. 60163 'Tornado' is in the shed yard.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1839||Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway||Line opened from 1st_>Ayr 1st to Irvine.|
|1840||Slamannan Railway||Ballochney Junction to SR_>Causewayend SR opened. Slamannan, Avonbridge, Bowhouse, SR_>Causewayend SR opened.|
|1850||Alnwick Branch (York Newcastle and Berwick Railway)||Line opened to freight.|
|1870||Dingwall and Skye Railway||Opened to goods traffic only|
|1873||Ely and Clydach Valleys Railway||Act of Parliament passed.|
|1873||Snailbeach District Railways||Act passed|
|1891||Strathendrick and Aberfoyle RailwayNorth British Railway||Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway absorbed by North British Railway.|
|1960||North British Railway||Petition against closure of 3rd_>Portobello 3rd starts.|
|1968||Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)||Leith High Depot to Leith North Goods (excluded) closed. (Latterly accessed via the Leith Harbour and Dock Commissioners Railway dock lines from the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway).|
|1968||Taff Vale Railway||Pontypridd North Junction to Rhondda Cutting Junction closed.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2006||Passengers in line for comfy ride on GNER [Scotsman]||PASSENGERS travelling by rail between Edinburgh and London are set to benefit from newly refurbished carriages after train operator GNER signed a multi-million pound contract.|
|2006||Transport chief warns against ditching trams [Scotsman]||TRANSPORT leader Andrew Burns has warned Edinburgh cannot afford to miss out on a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to reintroduce trams.|
|2008||Rail trip to be cut by 35 minutes [BBC News Article]||The first minister pledges to reduce Inverness to Edinburgh rail journey times and make the A9 safer.|
|2010||Granddaughter visits site of train driver heroics [BBC News]||The granddaughter of a train driver who saved hundreds of lives in a munitions factory fire has visited the site in Morecambe 90 years later. [From John McIntyre]|
|2011||The next stop in London^s railway renaissance [Evening Standard]||Something remarkable is happening at King^s Cross. Hidden behind hoardings, scaffolding and sheets the railway station, until now more renowned for its squalor, prostitution and Harry Potter platform, is undergoing a transformation that would do justice to the boy magician^s talents|
|2012||Tree planting ceremony at Newcraighall station [Railscot]||At the invitation of Portobello Rotary who have adopted Newcraighall station, Peter Jewell, trustee of the Bill Douglas Centre at the University of Exeter, today planted a birch tree adjoining Kenny Munro^s ^Place of Dreams^ sculpture. [See previous news items on this subject]|
|2013||Passengers stuck for six hours on broken-down Cornwall to London train [Evening Standard]||Hundreds of travellers heading for London were left stranded for almost six hours in “horrific” conditions when their train broke down. Passengers said they were “treated like cattle” without enough food, water or seats when the 11am First Great Western train from Penzance to London Paddington came to a halt. The stricken train broke down yesterday five miles from Pewsey station in Wiltshire with around 500 people on board.|
|2014||Borders Railway gets its first track [Global Rail News]||The first section of track of the new 30-mile Borders Railway has been laid in Bowshank tunnel. Although the Borders line is a single track railway, the 200-metre tunnel has double track which is part of a 6.4-kilometre dynamic passing loop. In the tunnel clearances are tight due to the requirement for passive provision for electrification. Hence the tunnel has slab track.|
|2015||Indian trains in deadly derailment in Madhya Pradesh [BBC News]||Two passenger trains in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have derailed minutes apart on a partially flooded bridge, killing at least 24 people, officials say. The trains were passing each other near the town of Harda, and some coaches fell into a river. A railway spokesman told the BBC that heavy rain had caused river levels to rise, submerging the track.|
|2015||Tube strike: Network shutdown begins as staff walk out [BBC News]||Stations have begun to close for a 24-hour Tube strike, part of an ongoing dispute between unions and London Underground. The entire network is expected to shut down by 21:30 BST, with all four Tube unions taking part. Transport for London said extra buses were being provided during the strike, which will continue on Thursday. Unions are unhappy at conditions offered to drivers working on the new night Tube service.|
|2016||Rail union offers deal to call off Southern strike [BBC News]||The rail union involved in a long-running dispute with Southern has offered to suspend a planned five-day strike next week. The RMT said it would call off its walkout if Southern makes a similar offer to one put forward by ScotRail in a separate dispute. Govia Thameslink (GTR) and the RMT is meeting for a third day at the conciliation service Acas. Southern is planning an emergency timetable with 60% of services. The union called off planned strikes in Scotland after a proposed deal guaranteeing that new trains would have a conductor on board. It said the ScotRail offer gave guarantees on the jobs and safety-critical role of the guards. The Southern dispute centres on plans to change the role of conductors. The RMT^s offer was made to Southern^s chief executive Charles Horton before talks between the two sides resumed at midday. Southern said it would not comment until they were concluded.|
|2016||Bombardier-Hitachi joint venture to bid for New Tube for London [Railway Gazette]||UK: Bombardier Transportation and Hitachi Rail Europe have formed a joint venture to bid to supply rolling stock under London Undergroundâ€™s New Tube for London programme. Bids are due to be submitted on September 26. Both companies prequalified for the contract, along with Alstom, CAF and Siemens. The basic requirement is for 250 trainsets, which on a like-for-like replacement basis equates to around 1 700 cars. However, bidders see the potential for up to 3 000 cars with provision for growth. According to Hitachi, assembly work would be shared between the companiesâ€™ plants at Derby and Newton Aycliffe.|
|2016||Hitachi ships first class 385 EMU for ScotRail [IRJ]||THE first of 70 class 385 regional EMUs has begun its journey from Hitachiâ€™s Kasado plant in Japan to Europe. Seven of the trains are being built at Kasado, where fabrication of bodyshells began last October, while the remaining 63 sets will be assembled at the company^s new British facility at Newton Aycliffe in northeast England. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2019||Caledonian Sleeper forced to cancel service as West Highland Line closes due to landslip [Press and Journal]||The West Highland Line has been closed after a landslip has removed part of the earthworks underneath the iconic railway. [Cancelled and returned to Arrochar and Tarbet. Southbound smelter empties cancelled at Tulloch.]|
|2019||HIE seeks project manager to take charge of stricken Cairngorm funicular railway [Press and Journal]||Bosses at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are currently searching for the right candidate to oversee the repair of the organisation^s stricken funicular railway.|
|2019||Weather warnings as heavy rain causes landslides [BBC News]||Roads are closed near Loch Katrine, while part of the railway track has been washed away near Crianlarich [between Crianlarich and Tyndrum Lower].|
|2019||Rain closes rail line for seven days and nights [Press and Journal]||The main route between the west coast and central Scotland will be closed for seven days, after heavy rain dislodged stones that were holding up the track. Network Rail has said the West Highland Line between Glasgow and Oban, and Glasgow and Fort William will remain closed for at least a week to repair damage at five sections of the track.|