This day in history 21 August

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Crossmyloof: Standard Mogul 77017 with a freight at Crossmyloof in the summer of 1957. [Ref query 1038]

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [21/08/1957]


Crossmyloof: A Euston - St Enoch sleeper passing through Crossmyloof on 21 August 1957, hauled by Stanier 'Coronation' Pacific no 46230 Duchess of Buccleuch.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [21/08/1957]


Cowlairs Incline: The 4pm ex-Waverley descending Cowlairs Incline towards Queen Street on 21 August 1957. The locomotive is Haymarket A2 Pacific 60507 Highland Chieftain.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow [21/08/1957]


Troon: Black 5 no 45456 brings a train down the straight south from Troon station on 21 August 1959 heading for Ayr.

Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochside: BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80030 takes a Glasgow train through the closed Lochside station in August 1959. Reopened in 1966, this is the present day Lochwinnoch station (name changed in 1985).

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Corstorphine [2nd]: The east end of Corstorphine station in the summer of 1959, with Haymarket class D49 no 62743 The Cleveland about to take out the 1.31pm train to Waverley.

Corstorphine Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochside: Corkerhill shed's Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73123 runs north light engine through Lochside in August 1959.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochgreen Junction: Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42194 heads an Ayr - Glasgow train north on 21 August 1959 on the approach to Troon station. Lochgreen Junction and the Troon avoiding line can be seen in the background.

Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochside: 40574 takes a train through Lochside station bound for Glasgow in the summer of 1959. The station had been closed to passenger traffic 4 years earler but was subsequently reopened in 1966. The name Lochside was changed to Lochwinnoch in May 1985.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochgreen Junction: Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42131 has just passed Lochgreen Junction, Troon, heading north on 21 August 1959. The train is on what was then the 'down branch line' with the 'main line' (the now closed Troon avoiding line) running off to the left at the junction. The train is the 5.10pm Ayr - Kilmarnock mail & passenger, conveying a through Royal Mail sorting van next to the locomotive. The mail van would be transferred to the rear of the 5.30pm Glasgow St Enoch - Carlisle train at Kilmarnock and, on reaching Carlisle, would be attached to the up 'West Coast Postal'.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Corstorphine [2nd]: Class D49 no 62743 The Cleveland with the 1.31pm service to Waverley about to leave Corstorphine in August 1959. The locomotive was withdrawn from Haymarket shed nine months later, while Corstorphine officially closed to passengers on 1 January 1968. [See image 23470]

Corstorphine Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochside: Opened by the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway in 1840 as Lochwinnoch, the station was renamed Lochside in 1905 after a second Lochwinnoch station, nearer the town, was opened by the G&SW on the Kilbarchan Loop. This photograph shows Lochside in 1959, some 4 years after closure, with Black 5 4-6-0 no 44721 heading north with a parcels train. The station was subsequently reopened to passengers in June 1966, co-incident with the closure of the Kilbarchan Loop and the 1905 station. Lochside reverted to its original name of Lochwinnoch in May 1985.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochside: View south over Lochside station on August 1959 as Black 5 no 44727 passes through with a northbound freight.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochside: Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42122 brings a freight north through Lochside station in August 1959.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Lochgreen Junction: A southbound railbus approaching Lochgreen Junction near Troon, in August 1959, on a Kilmarnock - Dalmellington working. The Troon avoiding line can been seen coming in from the left in the background.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Troon: McIntosh 3F 0-6-0 no 57580 with empty mineral wagons heading south at Troon in the summer of 1959.

Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Edinburgh Waverley: Looking across the Waverley east end bays in August 1959 with Gresley class D49 4-4-0 no 62718 Kinross-Shire about to depart for St Margarets shed, having recently brought in a train off the Waverley route.

North British Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [21/08/1959]


Bricklayers Arms: Locomotive lineup at Bricklayers Arms shed, SE London, in August 1961, featuring rebuilt Merchant Navy Pacific no 35030 Elder Dempster Line.

South Eastern Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Nine Elms: Rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' Pacific no 35015 Rotterdam Lloyd stands in the shed yard at Nine Elms in August 1961. The locomotive was officially withdrawn from here in February 1964.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Nine Elms: A wet day at Nine Elms in August 1961 sees Billinton E4 radial 0-6-2T no 32473 of 1894 stabled on the south side of the shed yard. Standing behind is relative youngster Wainwright C class 0-6-0 no 31510 of 1904. No 32473 was subsequently preserved on the Bluebell Railway [see image 38400].

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Old Oak Common: Ex-GWR Castle class 4-6-0 no 5036 Lyonshall Castle stands alongside the Old Oak Common coaling stage in August 1961.

Great Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Old Oak Common: Ex-GWR Hall class 4-6-0 no 5901 'Hazel Hall' standing alongside Old Oak Common shed in August 1961

Great Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Nine Elms: Maunsell 'Schools' class 4-4-0 no 30902 Wellington stands in the shed yard at 70A Nine Elms in August 1961.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Old Oak Common: Castle class 4-6-0 no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe stands on Old Oak Common shed in August 1961. Withdrawn by BR in December 1963, the locomotive was rescued from Woodham Brothers, Barry, in June 1964 and had been restored to main line running condition at Tyseley by 2008. [See image 31103]

Great Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Old Oak Common: 6978 Haroldstone Hall stands among the ashes at Old Oak Common shed in August 1961.

Great Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Willesden: Fowler 3P 2-6-2T no 40010 in the sidings alongside Willesden shed in the summer of 1961.

London and Birmingham Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Nine Elms: The shed yard at Nine Elms on a wet August afternoon in 1961 plays host to a pair of southern region veterans. On the left is 1904 Wainwright C class 0-6-0 no 31510, while alongside is Billinton E4 radial 0-6-2T no 32473 of 1898 vintage. Both locomotives were withdrawn the following year, with the latter now famously preserved on the Bluebell Railway [see image 38400].

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Stewarts Lane: BR Standard Class 2 2-6-2T 84024 alongside Stewarts Lane shed in August 1961.

South Eastern and Chatham Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Willesden: Bletchley based G2 0-8-0 no 48898 stands in the sidings alongside Willesden shed in the summer of 1961.

London and Birmingham Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Bricklayers Arms: SR 'Schools' class 4-4-0 no 30937 Epsom is part of a locomotive lineup at 73B Bricklayers Arms shed in August 1961. Rebuilt Merchant Navy Pacific no 35030 Elder Dempster Line is in the background.

South Eastern Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Nine Elms: Wet day at Nine Elms. Locomotives in the shed yard at 70A on 21 August 1961 include E2 0-6-0T no 32102, with the rear end of H class 0-4-4T no 31326 nearest the camera. Both locomotives were withdrawn by BR in October that year.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Nine Elms: Rebuilt Bulleid 'Merchant Navy' Pacific no 35011 General Steam Navigation photographed in the shed yard at Nine Elms in the summer of 1961.

London and South Western Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Willesden: Fowler 3P 2-6-2Ts nos 40042 and 40010 stand in Willesden shed sidings in August 1961. Both had been officially withdrawn from 1A the previous month.

London and Birmingham Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1961]


Carlisle: Holiday special. Black 5 no 44671 at Carlisle platform 1 on 21 August 1965 with the summer Saturday 8.15am Morecambe Promenade - Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1965]


Perth: HR 103 approaching Perth from the south with the preserved Caledonian coaches on 21 August 1965 on its way to Inverness for the Highland Railway Centenary celebrations.

Scottish Central Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Carlisle: The 0930 London St Pancras - Glasgow approaching Carlisle on 21 August 1965. Holbeck Jubilee 45626 Seychelles has brought the train from Leeds City via the Settle & Carlisle line.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
K A Gray [21/08/1965]


Aviemore: HR103 en route to Inverness.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Aviemore: HR103 at Aviemore bound for Inverness.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Blair Atholl: Jones Goods at Blair Atholl with Inverness train.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Blair Atholl: Jones Goods heading for Inverness with old shed in the background.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Carrbridge: Preserved ex-Highland Railway Jones Goods no 103 is developing a noticeable hot spot on its smokebox door as it waits at Carrbridge station with a special on 21 August 1965.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Carrbridge: Jones Goods waits for the late running Edinburgh train to cross at Carrbridge in 1965.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Carlisle: A thoroughly wet and miserable morning at Carlisle on 21 August 1965 as Warrington (Dallam) Black 5 no 45375 brings the 6am Warrington - Carlisle stopping train into the south end of the station.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1965]


Killiecrankie : The Jones Goods on Klliecarankie viaduct about to enter the tunnel in August 1965. The train is heading for Inverness and consists of the two preserved ex-Caledonian Railway carriages.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Blair Atholl: HR103 Jones Goods makes a photostop at Blair Atholl on its way from Perth to Inverness on 21 August 1965 in connection with the Highland Railway Centenary.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Murthly: HR103 standing in the rain at Murthly on 21 August 1965. The locomotive and preserved Caledonian coaches were heading north to Inverness to participate in the Highland Railway Centenary celebrations.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


Carlisle Kingmoor Shed: Holbeck Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45626 Seychelles stands in front of an unidentified type 2 diesel locomotive on Kingmoor shed. The photograph is thought to have been taken on 21 August 1965 with the Jubilee having worked in from Leeds on the 9.30am St Pancras - Glasgow Central.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [21/08/1965]


Pitlochry: Preserved ex-Highland Railway Jones Goods 4-6-0 no 103 receives more than a few admiring glances at Pitlochry on 21 August 1965. The locomotive was on its way to Inverness to participate in the Highland Railway Centenary celebrations.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Robin [21/08/1965]


New Holland Pier: A class 114 DMU runs onto the pier at New Holland to connect  with the Hull ferry. Taken through the timbers of the pier from a ferry on Friday 21st August 1970.

Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway and Grimsby Docks Company (Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway)
Bill Jamieson [21/08/1970]


New Holland Town: A class 114 DMU at New Holland Town station in August 1970 about to set off for Cleethorpes, having connected with the ferry from Hull.

Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway and Grimsby Docks Company (Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway)
Bill Jamieson [21/08/1970]


Prospect Hill Junction: View south over Prospect Hill Junction, Whitby, on 21 August 1971 with West Cliff station behind the camera. On the left is the former coast route to Scarborough while running off to the right is the steeply graded (1 in 50)  connection down to Bog Hall Junction and Whitby Town station. The Whitby Town - West Cliff - Scarborough service had been withdrawn more than six years earlier in March 1965. [See image 28894]

Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway
Bill Jamieson [21/08/1971]


Niddrie South Junction: A type 2 emerges from the early morning mist as it leaves the north end of Millerhill yard with a mixed freight in August 1971. The train has just passed one of the yards long disused water towers as it takes the left fork at Niddrie South Junction and heads for the westbound sub.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [21/08/1971]


Prospect Hill Junction: Just beyond Prospect Hill Junction, with Whitby West Cliff station behind the camera, looking south on 21 August 1971. [See image 32465]. On the left the line to Scarborough heads out onto Larpool Viaduct in the background. On the right the line to Whitby Town curves down towards Bog Hall Junction, passing below the viaduct before running along the north shore of the Esk to reach Town station.

Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway
Bill Jamieson [21/08/1971]


Prospect Hill Junction: Six years after closure, the track layout at Prospect Hill Junction appears to be intact but the signal box is very much the worse for wear! View looking north from an accommodation bridge near Airy Hill Farm towards the bridge carrying the A171 Middlesbrough to Whitby road over the line. The connecting chord to the Esk Valley line is on the left. 21st August 1971.

Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway
Bill Jamieson [21/08/1971]


Monktonhall Colliery: 5303 with loaded coal hoppers for Cockenzie power station at Monktonhall Colliery in August 1971.

National Coal Board
John Furnevel [21/08/1971]


Monktonhall Colliery: 5304 stands at Monktonhall Colliery in August 1971 with a loaded coal train destined for Cockenzie power station. View looking northwest across the south end of Millerhill yard.

National Coal Board
John Furnevel [21/08/1971]


Grosmont: 55009 Alycidon stands at Grosmont station on 21 August 1982. After handover to the Deltic Preservation Society at Doncaster Works the previous day [see image 19760] the Deltic is about to haul the first train of its preservation career.

Whitby and Pickering Railway
Colin Alexander [21/08/1982]


Grosmont: The first 2 locomotives obtained by the Deltic Preservation Society, 55009 Alycidon and 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier, make their preservation debuts at Grosmont on 21 August 1982.

Whitby and Pickering Railway
Colin Alexander [21/08/1982]


Mendip Vale: Lord Fisher, a Barclay 10' 0-4-0ST with a PW train, photographed at the Mendip Vale terminus of the East Somerset Railway on 21 August 1983

East Somerset Railway
Peter Todd [21/08/1983]


Grosmont: A lineup in the sidings at Grosmont on 21 August 1984 includes Warship D821 Greyhound and Clayton D8568 (in 'Ribble Cement' livery).

Whitby and Pickering Railway
David Pesterfield [21/08/1984]


Grosmont: Hymek D7029 accelerates south from Grosmont tunnel on 21 August 1984 with a train for Pickering, passing 69023, 45428 and 62005 standing on shed.

Whitby and Pickering Railway
David Pesterfield [21/08/1984]


Grosmont: Deltics D9019 Royal Highland Fusilier & 55009 Alicydon stabled in the sidings to the south of Grosmont Shed on 21 August 1984

Whitby and Pickering Railway
David Pesterfield [21/08/1984]


Grosmont: Bulleid West Country light Pacific no 34010 Sidmouth standing alongside Grosmont shed in 1984, some two years after recue from Woodham's scrapyard. The locomotive was later purchased by Southern Locomotives Ltd and moved to Sellindge in Kent in 1997, where it is awaiting restoration.

Whitby and Pickering Railway
David Pesterfield [21/08/1984]


Grosmont: 69023 Joem stands alongside Grosmont shed on 21 August 1984. The level crossing at Grosmont station can be seen in the background on the north side of the tunnel.

Whitby and Pickering Railway
David Pesterfield [21/08/1984]


Purton: 6000 King George V, northbound at Purton station on the Swindon - Gloucester line on 21 August 1985. Star of the GWR 150 celebrations. (The 175 'do' is now rapidly approaching.)

Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Peter Todd [21/08/1985]


Skinningrove Steelworks: A trainload of steel sections stands alongside Skinningrove rolling mill in August 1985 behind 37013 sporting the West Highland Scottie symbol.

Cleveland Railway
David Pesterfield [21/08/1985]


Dalmeny: Southbound Class 150 Sprinter slows for the stop at Dalmeny on 21 August 2004

Forth Bridge Railway
James Young [21/08/2004]


Dalmeny: An Aberdeen express passes a recessed Fife circle Class 150 at Dalmeny on 21 August 2004.

Forth Bridge Railway
James Young [21/08/2004]


East Kilbride: Passengers disembarking from the 09.48 Glasgow Central - East Kilbride train, see here on the morning of 21 August 2006 shortly after arrival at the terminus.

Busby Railway
John Furnevel [21/08/2006]


East Kilbride: A train for Glasgow Central about to depart from East Kilbride in August 2006.

Busby Railway
John Furnevel [21/08/2006]


East Kilbride: A DMU service from Glasgow Central about to draw to a halt at East Kilbride terminus on 21 August 2006.

Busby Railway
John Furnevel [21/08/2006]


East Kilbride: The single-platform terminus at East Kilbride looking west along Torrance Road on a Monday morning in August 2006. The buffer stops are just off picture to the right, while to the left is the large station car park. The 10.26 service, calling all stations to Glasgow Central, is currently boarding.

Busby Railway
John Furnevel [21/08/2006]


Leith South Yard: 67022 with an engineers train being loaded with building materials at a rather overgrown Leith South yard on 21 August 2007. View is northwest towards the docks. The materials were for use on the improvement works being carried out at Waverley at that time.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
Mark Poustie [21/08/2007]


Glasgow Central: A smart looking 43303 at Glasgow Central platform 1 on 21 August 2008 waiting to leave with the 0900 CrossCountry service to Penzance. The unit has recently returned to service following major re-engineering and refurbisment work carried out by Brush Traction.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [21/08/2008]


Glasgow Central: 43301 at Glasgow Central Platform 1 on 21 August waiting to form the 0900 CrossCountry service to Penzance looking fresh after a visit to Brush Traction for modernisation

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [21/08/2008]


Glasgow Central: CrossCountry HST 43301 leading the 0640 Dunbar to Glasgow Central service resplendent in new livery after re-engineering and refurbishment by Brush Traction.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [21/08/2008]


Dunkeld and Birnam: An Inverness to Edinburgh service approaches Dunkeld in August 2007.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Ian Dinmore [21/08/2008]


Oceanside: Pictured leading the northbound Pacific Surfliner train #579 into Oceanside Transit Center is AMTRAK cab car unit #6907.  The train left San Diego at 13:25 and was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at 16:05. The day when the sun DIDN'T shine in Southern California is Friday, 21 August, 2009.

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Andy Carr [21/08/2009]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Barclay 0-6-0 DH shunter 615/1977 worked at various North East collieries from new until withdrawal in 2004 when it moved to the Tanfield Railway [See image 9453]. At 52 tons it was too big for the Tanfield but was ideal for moving 1000 ton tanker trains and so it has been loaned to the RSR where it arrived in 2007. It is seen here alongside the river heading for the swing bridge and unloading point.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2009]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Commercial freight on a preserved railway as seven loaded bitumen tankers (one rake of two batches) are taken down the Ribble branch from the exchange sidings. On this occasion Barclay 0-6-0 shunter 615/1977, on loan from the Tanfield Railway, is the motive power for the thrice weekly freight. After 44 years of service the bitumen tankers seen here were finally replaced by new vehicles in late 2010 [See image 32771].

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2009]


Perth: A 158 Alphaline set with First ScotRail vinyls recently arrived at Perth platform 5 on 21 August 2009.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [21/08/2009]


Perth: 66412 arriving at Perth for a crew change with the 1320 Inverness to Grangemouth Tesco Stobart container service. The locomotive is in Malcolm Logistics livery.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [21/08/2009]


Strand Road Exchange Sidings: 66133 draws its train of empty bitumen tankers out of the exchange sidings at Preston Dock and is off back to Lindsey Refinery near Immingham. The loaded tanks it has just delivered will be taken to the unloading siding by the RSR shunter. [See image 25133]

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2009]


Wemyss Castle: The former Wemyss Castle station is almost entirely hemmed in by subsequent building, and this partial view of the frontage is all that's possible in August 2010.  Although called Wemyss Castle it was right in the middle of East Wemyss and the only station in the village; the castle is a mile and a half away and just outside West Wemyss.  There was a West Wemyss station on the same line, but it was no nearer West Wemyss village and you had to go through the larger Coaltown of Wemyss to get there... 

Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway
David Panton [21/08/2010]


Dysart: The course of the 'Dubbie Shunt' can just be made out on the far right as 170 476 heads south at speed, about to pass the site of Dysart station in August 2010. This short branch served the Frances Colliery, which was known locally as 'The Dubbie' after a sea-facing brae - which was ruined by the sinking of the pit!

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [21/08/2010]


East Wemyss [Tram]: 78 years since it last saw a 'car' this East Wemyss relic of the Kirkcaldy to Leven tramway is still known as 'The Car Shed' and the name is shown on that bus stop. Non-urban tramways tended to close earlier than their city counterparts - presumably this was because of bus competition on roads where the bus could actually be quicker.

Wemyss and District Tramways Company
David Panton [21/08/2010]


Burscough Junction: View along the disused but now tidied-up platform at Burscough Jct on 21 August 2010. The view is from slightly further north than the photograph 24 years earlier [see image 38989]. Class 142s are often still seen on the Preston - Ormskirk shuttle, however on the day in question I was much too involved in my work to photograph passing trains! [Editor's note: Alongside Burscough Junction station stands a well known local hostelry named 'The Junction Hotel.']

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [21/08/2010]


Cowdenbeath: The first outing of the SRPS 'Forth Circle' railtour of 21 August 2011. The train is seen here between Lumphinnans and Cowdenbeath, hauled by Black 5 no 45231.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [21/08/2011]


Aberdour: The second circuit of the day for the SRPS Forth Circle railtour, seen entering Aberdour station on 21 August with 45231 at the helm.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [21/08/2011]


Dunfermline Queen Margaret: 45231 Sherwood Forester drifts down through Dunfermline Queen Margaret with the SRPS 'Forth Circular' second run on Sunday 21st August 2011.

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
Brian Forbes [21/08/2011]


Culross: The first 'Forth Circle' of the day on 21 August 2011, hauled by 45231, by the shores of the Forth near Culross.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [21/08/2011]


Summerlee Heritage Centre: On display in August 2012 in the yard at Summerlee Museum. Sentinel locomotive Robin, a 4 wheel vertical-boilered loco with vertical cylinders and geared transmission - new to R.B. Tennent Ltd., Whifflet Foundry, Coatbridge, in 1957. They had three other similar locos. [See image 7973]

Summerlee Iron Company
Colin Miller [21/08/2012]


Summerlee Heritage Centre: A bit simpler than the new Edinburgh trams - driver's position on Lanarkshire Tramways no 53 on 21 August 2012 at Summerlee Museum. [See image 10797]

Summerlee Iron Company
Colin Miller [21/08/2012]


Farington Junction: The two HNRC Class 20s (20311 and 20314) now outshopped in HNRC Orange worked from Washwood Heath to Kilmarnock as 5Z20 on 21 August 2012 with two barrier coaches. They were seen passing Farington Junction at 1817 hrs some 80 minutes late after a minor hiccup earlier in their journey.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [21/08/2012]


Summerlee Heritage Centre: Glasgow Corporation tram 1017, originally Paisley & District double decker No. 17, cut down to work the Duntocher service (low bridge) and latterly driver training car. The tram is on display at Summerlee Heritage Museum, Coatbridge.

Summerlee Iron Company
Colin Miller [21/08/2012]


Coatbridge Central: The main building at Coatbridge Central is still with us - just. Scene on 21 August 2012. [See image 27480]

Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway
Colin Miller [21/08/2012]


Summerlee Heritage Centre: Lurking at the rear of the tram shed at Summerlee in August 2012 is ex-Glasgow Corporation 'Coronation' tram no 1245, built in 1939 and withdrawn on 19 June 1962. [See image 38853]

Summerlee Iron Company
Colin Miller [21/08/2012]


Barton and Broughton: DRS 20308 and 20303, taking two nuclear flasks from Crewe to Sellafield with a load for reprocessing, seen on the WCML just north of Barton and Broughton station on 21 August. The guard is presumably enjoying the forward view from the driver's seat of 20303.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2013]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Ribble Rail Sentinel Enterprise threads its way along the Ribble branch to the Lanfina terminal on 21 August with the first half of the rake of fourteen tanks that have just arrived at the Strand Road Exchange Sidings from Lindsey Refinery.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2013]


Barton and Broughton: With 1T57 (15 Guinea) reporting number on the smokebox, and other embellishments such as the white pipework, 45231 makes a fine sight sweeping found the curve north of Barton and Broughton with the penultimate Fellsman of 2013.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2013]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Tripping the tanks. Ribble Rail Sentinel 4wDM Enterprise crosses Lockside Rd on Preston Docks with loaded bitumen tanks for the Lanfina Depot, a short distance to the right of the crossing. [See image 23760]. The drive chains on this small but powerful loco can be seen between the wheels.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2013]


Bugbrooke: A southbound Virgin Pendolino service passing Bugbrooke, Northants, on the WCML between Weedon and Blisworth, on 21 August 2014.

London and Birmingham Railway
John Steven [21/08/2014]


Bugbrooke: A Virgin Voyager forming the 1510 London Euston - Chester speeds through the Northamptonshire countryside near Bugbrooke on 21 August heading for its penultimate stop at Crewe.

London and Birmingham Railway
John Steven [21/08/2014]


Bargeddie: 156510 leaves the fully wired Bargeddie station on 21 August 2014 and passes under the completed A752 road bridge heading toward Whifflet. [See image 47157]

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [21/08/2014]


Kirkwood: 156510 passes 156456 outside a partially wired Kirkwood station on 21st August 2014.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [21/08/2014]


Kirkwood: With just over a month to go before it is due to be replaced by an Electric Multiple Unit, 156456 draws into Kirkwood station on 21st August 2014 with a Glasgow Central to Whifflet service.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [21/08/2014]


Istanbul, Taskin Square: Istanbul's only revived heritage tram provides a one-stop shuttle from Taksin Square on 21 August 2014.

IETT
John Yellowlees [21/08/2014]


Eskbank: The first of the day's ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam Special' trips runs south between Eskbank station and Hardengreen Viaduct on Sunday 21 August 2016 on its way to Tweedbank. Locomotive in charge is preserved ex-LMS 4-6-0 no 46100 Royal Scot.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [21/08/2016]


Falahill Summit: 158701 nears Falahill Summit with the 16.11 from Edinburgh to Tweedbank.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [21/08/2016]


Falahill Summit: Southbound 46100 'Royal Scot' just north of Falahill Summit on 21 August 2016 with the second ScotRail 'Borders Line Steam Special' of the day to Tweedbank.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [21/08/2016]


RNSD Lathalmond: Setting out on a short brakevan tour at Lathalmond ...

West of Fife Mineral Railway
Rod Crawford [21/08/2016]


Loddington: Looking away from Kettering [see image 41276], it is hard to believe that the trackbed is to the right; the path to the left may have been a temporary railway during construction. Enjoy the view.

Loddington Ironstone Railway
Ken Strachan [21/08/2016]


RNSD Lathalmond: Open day at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond bus. View of the Hunslet from the brakevan.

West of Fife Mineral Railway
Rod Crawford [21/08/2016]


[Edinburgh]: Gresley plaque; this new plaque at 32 Dublin Street Edinburgh was unveiled in June.

John Yellowlees [21/08/2017]


Galabank Junction: No. 46100 Royal Scot is seen coasting downhill towards Stow in August 2017 having just entered the double track section at Galabank Junction. I know it's trivial, but to my eye the 6 and the 0s on the cabside aren't rendered in the proper Gill Sans font and just look wrong.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bill Jamieson [21/08/2017]


Bay Horse: Seven 'Fellsman' excursions ran in 2018, on a fortnightly basis. Fire risk caused some disruption with one train Class 37 hauled throughout and many others with diesel support. Steam haulage was entirely by Jubilee Class 4-6-0s with 45690 'Leander' and 45699 'Galatea' sharing honours with three appearances each. The last train ran on 21st August 2018, without diesel support after the recent rains. 45699 is seen here passing Bay Horse on the outward leg. [See image 60656] for the 2017 Fellsman league table.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [21/08/2018]


Carstairs: An Ayr to Edinburgh service passing through Carstairs on 21st August 2018.

Caledonian Railway
Alastair McLellan [21/08/2018]


Wishaw: A Glasgow Central to Lanark service approaching Wishaw on 21st August 2018.

Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Alastair McLellan [21/08/2018]


Wishaw: Wishaw station buildings, photographed on 21st August 2018.

Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Alastair McLellan [21/08/2018]


Maghull North: The station building at the new Maghull North as seen from the car park on 21 August 2018. The platforms are below to the right and are accessed from the footbridge and lifts, the towers of which are to the right of the building.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [21/08/2018]


Carstairs: 1M15 Glasgow Central to London Euston passing through Carstairs on 21st August 2018. Photography here is made easier by a 50mph speed restriction starting at the platform end.

Caledonian Railway
Alastair McLellan [21/08/2018]


Wishaw: A Lanark to Glasgow Central service departing from Wishaw on 21st August 2018

Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Alastair McLellan [21/08/2018]


Maghull North: Looking north towards Town Green from the footbridge at Maghull North on 21 August 2018. Merseyside's newest station was officially opened 4 weeks earlier. [See image 65288]

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [21/08/2018]


Maghull North: looking south along platform 1 at the new Maghull North station on 21 August 2018. The unit 508114 is on an Ormskirk to Liverpool Central working. Forward planning by Merseyrail has seen the station built at the same time as the housing development that has started in the area.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [21/08/2018]


Elgin: A Class 158 DMU at Elgin forming the 13:30 to Aberdeen on 21st August 2018.

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Crinan Dunbar [21/08/2018]


Maghull: A six car set gets away from Maghull on 21 August 2018 whilst working an evening service from Ormskirk to Liverpool.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [21/08/2018]


River Dulnain Viaduct: Until the 'Rails to Grantown' project gets under-way, this is the eastern limit of the Strathspey Railway track, just bridging the River Dulnain.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Gus Carnegie [21/08/2018]


Carstairs: GBRf 66716 sits in the Up Loop at Carstairs on a Mossend to Carlisle New Yard train of Castle Cement tanks on 21st August 2018.

Caledonian Railway
Alastair McLellan [21/08/2018]


Thrumster: A plaque was unveiled at Thrumster on the 21st of August to celebrate an award from the National Railway Heritage Awards for the former station's restoration. Andy Savage, Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, is on the left and John Gunn, of award sponsors Stagecoach, is on the right. NRHA

Wick and Lybster Light Railway
John Yellowlees [21/08/2018]


Thrumster: Virtually a recreation of the opening photograph of Thrumster station. This photograph was taken on the occasion of a plaque unveiling on 21 August 2018. The Yarrows Heritage Trust was awarded the Stagecoach Volunteers Award for their restoration of the near derelict station. NRHA

Wick and Lybster Light Railway
John Yellowlees [21/08/2018]


Haymarket: The temporary interloper Class 365s have received mixed reviews, but they have added a bit of variety and they are nice and long. A Glasgow service enters Haymarket on 21 August 2018. Surely you can survive without WiFi for 40-odd minutes?

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
David Panton [21/08/2018]


Inverness: Trains at Inverness on 21st August 2018. The Class 170 is not at a platform. To its right another DMU formed the 15:29 service to Laurencekirk.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Crinan Dunbar [21/08/2018]


Maghull: Empty stock from Ormskirk to Kirkdale passes Maghull on 21 August 2018. The 15 minute interval service had just stopped for the evening and this unit was returning to the depot for the night.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [21/08/2018]


Livingston South: Livingston South station was substantially rebuilt in ten days over Easter 2018. On 21 August it is not looking quite as raw as it did when I visited back in April, but is still not complete. Lift towers have yet to be installed and the completion date has been put back to February 2019. A Glasgow semi-fast service calls.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [21/08/2018]


West Calder: The recently installed lift towers at West Calder are hard to miss. A Glasgow Central to Edinburgh stopping service calls on 21 August 2018.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [21/08/2018]


Maghull: A view across the access road and turning circle at Maghull station on the evening of 21 August 2018. The wonderful floral displays are by a local volunteer group however their efforts don't stop there and the windows of the station building contain contemporary paintings by one of the group. The very friendly Merseyrail staff at the station during my visit were at pains to highlight the volunteers efforts.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [21/08/2018]


Cleland: The 1227 Edinburgh to Glasgow Central stopping service should have called at Cleland but unfortunately for the driver he forgot to stop and missed the short platform by some 200 yards. In the words of the conductor 'not a good day and an afternoon of paper work'.

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Alastair McLellan [21/08/2018]


West Calder: I believe March 2019 is the planned date (or should I say current planned date) for the introduction of electric services on the Shotts line. Meanwhile the 158s seem to have substantially retreated leaving services mostly in the hands of 156s again. A semi-fast service calls at West Calder on 21 August after depositing one passenger (me).

Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [21/08/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1851Dowlais RailwayOpened from Dowlais Works main gate and furnaces to the Taff Vale Railway. An inclined plane was worked by steam engine and the Dowlais end worked by locomotives.
1875Sirhowy Tramroad, London and North Western RailwayDate of retrospective working agreement.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2002Rail Passengers Committee meeting in Fort WilliamPublic meeting of the Rail Passengers Committee meeting in the Milton Hotel, Fort William. Meeting starts at 09:30 and finishes at 16:00.
2006Business chiefs call for new rail station on city outskirts [Scotsman]BUSINESS chiefs today called for a major railway station to be built on the outskirts of Edinburgh following the collapse of proposals to redevelop Waverley.
2006New directors named for transport agency [Scotsman]TRANSPORT Scotland, the agency behind the new Dalkeith bypass and a proposed rail link to Edinburgh Airport, has appointed two new non-executive directors.
2007Rail freight grant [Scottish Executive]Ministers continue to fund scheme taking lorries off road between Grangemouth and Aberdeen.
2008Atomic body backs rail proposal [BBC News Article]A group campaigning for the modernisation of a Highlands railway is welcoming findings of the UKAEA.
2008Access boost for train stations [BBC News Article]Five more railway stations in Scotland are set to undergo improvements to aid disabled access.
2009High Level Bridge is a winner [Network Rail Article]An enormously impressive level of engineering professionalism, from original research into the fatigue performance of cast-iron, down to the restoration of the original lamp standards^; these were the comments of the jurors at Europa Nostra who awarded the £40m restoration of the High Level Bridge a grand prize for conservation this year.
2010Colonel Michael H CobbColonel Michael Cobb, who has died aged 93, was a regular Army officer who in retirement produced the definitive historical atlas of the railways of Great Britain, becoming on the strength of it the oldest person ever to receive a PhD from Cambridge University, at the age of 91.
2011A blueprint for a new British railway [Telegraph]Gloom descended as commuters found that their fares would be rising by 8 per cent in January. This followed hot on the heels of news from the Office of Rail Regulation that overcrowding was getting worse – hardly a surprise for most passengers given that rail use has increased by almost half in the past decade and there are barely any extra services
2012FirstGroup^s £13bn West Coast rail bid faces probe by MPs [Telegraph]Transport ministers and executives at FirstGroup and Virgin Rail are expected to be called before two parliamentary committees amid growing controversy over the bid for the West Coast rail franchise.
2013Train nuclear transfers attacked [Press and Journal]Campaigners claim nuclear shipments which trundled through the Highlands by train breaks the Scottish Government’s own policy that nuclear waste should be dealt with as close as possible to the site where it was produced.
2013Rail Electrification Programme - EGIP [Transport Scotland]EGIP has delivered a number of key infrastructure and service improvements, including the electrification of Haymarket Tunnel and new services introduced on the Edinburgh Glasgow via Shotts and Carstairs lines. The £27 million redevelopment of Haymarket Station is expected to open to the public in December 2013 and route clearance works in advance of the electrification of the Edinburgh Glasgow and Stirling-Alloa-Dunblane lines are well underway. [From Richard Buckby]
2013Network Rail creates super signalling centre in York [The Press]What was once two men working for eight hours a day in a confined space operating 35 levers is to become cutting-edge rail signalling technology. Over the next 20 years, York’s railway network will benefit from a £2.1 billion investment from Network Rail to create a super signalling centre. York will become one of 14 cities across the country to house a state of the art Route Operating Centre (ROC). The building is due for completion next March, but the signalling equipment will be installed gradually over the next 20 years.
2013First Minister Alex Salmond announces tourist trains for Borders Railway [Southern Reporter]First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that discussions are underway to secure symbolic trains to attract more tourists to use the Borders Railway. Speaking from Hawick as part of the Scottish Government’s summer cabinet programme, Mr Salmond announced that the initiative would begin as soon as the line opened, with plans already underway to secure a famous steam train for the launch ceremony.
2015Snaefell Mountain Railway^s 120th anniversary marked [BBC News]A series of celebrations is planned to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Snaefell Mountain Railway on the Isle of Man on Thursday. The railway carries passengers the five miles (8km) between Laxey and Snaefell^s summit - at 2,034 ft, the island^s highest peak. Celebrations include the unveiling of a specially commissioned piece of music, guided talks and tours of trams. A spokesman said special services will be in operation all day.
2016Services resume after West Coast Main Line derailing [BBC News]A derailed train which blocked the West Coast Main Line between England and Scotland has been put back on the rails, National Rail has said. The engineering train came off the track near Carnforth, Lancashire, at 08:20 BST, affecting Northern Rail, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains. Some services were cancelled and a replacement bus service was provided but trains are now running. Some continuing delays were predicted as train services resumed. The National Rail Enquiries website said Virgin Trains passengers travelling to/from Glasgow Central/Edinburgh could use Sunday tickets on services running on Monday.
2017Scotlands highest village to finally get rail link restored [Scotsman]A remote narrow-gauge railway which became a lifeline when a road was closed last year is being finally extended to Scotlands highest village. Work has started on a new quarter-mile section of the line from Leadhills into Wanlockhead, where it is hoped trains will run from 2020.
2018Life-saving defibrillators to be installed at Scottish stations [ScotRail]The ScotRail Alliance has confirmed that 34 life-saving defibrillators will be installed at railway stations across Scotland.