Plates, signs, notices etc: Extract from a letter of 1881 from the Montrose and Bervie Railway to the North British Railway regarding the handling of mail, which reads: Brotherton: 28 Sept 1881: Mailbags: My dear sir, I have yours of yesterday. We do carry Her Majestys Mails 'in a sense' but receive remuneration and undertake obligation only on the same footing as though they were ordinary parcels.
Cowlairs West Junction: A workmen's train comes off the Cowlairs North Junction to Cowlairs West Junction curve in September 1954. The locomotive is class J37 0-6-0 64633, built at Cowlairs Works in 1921 and a lifetime resident of nearby Eastfield shed.
Tyseley: Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 3749 stands in the yard at Tyslely shed in September 1958.
Tyseley: Built in the BR era and scrapped in 1965 after only 15 years service, modified Hall no 7912 Little Linford Hall stands on Tyseley shed in September 1958.
Saughton Junction: St Margarets B1 4-6-0 no 61308 takes the down North Briton west on the Edinburgh & Glasgow main line through Saughton Junction on Monday 28 September 1959.
Symington [2nd]: On a September afternoon in 1959 Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46105 Cameron Highlander is about to run south through Symington station with an up Liverpool service.
Saughton Junction: Haymarket A2 Pacific no 60536 Trimbush takes a Kings Cross - Aberdeen train west past Saughton Junction on 28 September 1959.
Law Junction: 72005 Clan MacGregor approaching Law Junction from the south on 28 September 1964 with a Crewe - Perth train. Castlehill Colliery stands in the background.
Law Junction: 44972 climbs slowly through Law Junction in 1964 with a heavy up freight.
Law Junction: Jubilee 45742 Connaught approaching Law Junction on 28 September 1964 with a Blackpool - Aberdeen special.
St Albans Abbey: New vandal proof lighting being installed at St Albans Abbey station on Sunday 28th September 1975. Class 122 'Bubble Car' M55009 forms what BR intended would be the last Sunday service. The users of the line refused to take the hint, however, overloading the 'Bubble Car' on weekdays and forcing the Sunday service to be reinstated only 2 months later. As a result, the branch is still with us, now electrified, as is M55009, under the protection of the Mid Norfolk Railway.
Dalmally: Looking west at Dalmally on 28 September 1985.
Dalmally: Dalmally in 1985. Still with semaphores and something soon to arrive. The box was of a style used latterly on the line, another example being at Tyndrum.
Dalmally: Dalmally, still with semaphores, in 1985. Something westbound is due. This wonderful building still had a ticket office at this date. Fortunately it still stands, now in other uses.
Fairlie Admiralty Siding: The site of Fairlie Pier station was being cleared and turned into parkland in 1987. The pier line ran off to the left, the disused line to the right was Fairlie Admiralty Siding. The Largs line is off to the right. View through chainlink fence.
Methil Power Station: The SRPS's Barclay 0-4-0ST Clydesmill No3 making a guest appearance at Methil Power Station open day on 28 September 1991. See image [] [Ref query 3766]
Cameron Bridge: 60021 passes through the platforms at Cameron Bridge, returning from an Open Day at Methil Power Station on 28 September 1991. On the right the resident 0-6-0 diesel shunter fusses around with CO2 tankers.
Millerhill Marshalling Yard [North]: A September evening at [[Millerhill Yard]] in 1995. View is south over the abandoned down yard which by this time was completely overgrown. Over on the left a freight can just be made out heading south through the gloom, while in the right background stand the towers of [[Monktonhall Colliery]]. The last of the towers was demolished in February 1998, a year after the colliery had been abandoned.
Fort William: A train for Mallaig waits in platform 2 at Fort William station in September 2005.
Kelvindale: 1030 service from Queen Street leaves Kelvindale and is about to pass under the Forth and Clyde Canal.
Knightswood South Junction: Queen Street bound train about to pass under the Forth and Clyde Canal (rear view).
Knightswood South Junction: A train returns from Anniesland to Queen Street on the newly opened line. The new line already has an old Microwave Oven dumped on its embankment. [Image is overexposed].
Banavie: The signalling centre at Banavie, looking west along the platform in September 2005.
Spean Bridge: The out of use signal box on the up platform at Spean Bridge in September 2005.
Spean Bridge: View west over Spean Bridge station in September 2005.
Fort William: 37406 standing at Fort William station with sleeper stock in September 2005.
Banavie: Train for Mallaig crossing the Caledonian Canal at Banavie in September 2005.
Banavie Pier: The former Banavie Pier station from the canal bank in September 2005, with Ben Nevis as a backdrop.
Gairlochy: View south east along the trackbed of the Fort Augustus branch in 2009, looking towards the surviving abutment of the station footbridge. The station site beyond is now a large caravan park. The old goods platform survives on the east side of the site
Paisley Gilmour Street: 66402 passing through Paisley Gilmour Street with the WH Malcolm freight service from Elderslie heading for Grangemouth
Craigentinny Depot: DR 98958 stands at the entrance to the wheel lathe shed at Craigentinny on 28 September 2007, awaiting the next fall of leaves. Photographed from a passing train.
Neidpath Tunnel: Is that the light at the end of the Tunnel???
Sydney: A tram for Lilyfield (33537) comes off the street approach ramp and enters the portico of Sydney Central Station in September 2008.
Scarborough: Weekend stabling in the external platforms 1 and 2 at Scarborough on Sunday morning 28 September 2008, seen from the car park off Westborough Road.
Neidpath Tunnel: Its always great to be able to give a new and exiciting experience to todays upcoming citizens.... So what better than taking my BB company Section through a disused tunnel!!!
Scarborough Londesborough Road: Entrance to the former Londesborough Road station in the Autumn of 2008. Built to help cope with high volume of rail excursion traffic descending on the town in the early 1900s, the station was opened as Scarborough Excursion in 1908, in a location just south of the main Scarborough station (which was renamed Scarborough Central). Following the continued reduction in UK seaside rail excursion traffic throughout the late 50s and early 60s Londesborough Road (the name was changed in 1933) eventually closed in July 1966, having handled its last excursion train 3 years previously. Scarborough Central reverted to plain Scarborough in May 1969.
Chorley Halt: A Pendolino being dragged south on 28 September 2008 past the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Euxton, Lancs (also known as ROF Chorley). The large factory stood to the left of the tracks with office and administrative facilities to the right. The location boasted its own station, opened in 1938 as Chorley ROF Platform and renamed Chorley Halt by 1942. The station was closed by 1963 and subsequently demolished after the majority of the site had been redeveloped for housing and commercial use. Island platform remains can be seen to the right of the tracks on the weed covered mound.
Sydney: The Sydney Monorail phoptographed at Darling Harbour in September 2008.
Filey: Looking south east from Station Avenue level crossing through Filey station on 28 September 2008.
Atherton: Northern 142011 calls at Atherton, with a service from Manchester to Southport, on 30th September 2008.
Jesmond [1st]: A restaurant car at Jesmond (old) station on 28 September 2008. The former Blyth & Tyne station, once part of the North Tyneside loop, was closed in 1978 and subsequently replaced by a new station on the Tyne & Wear Metro system which runs to the west of here. The old station now stands on a service spur from Manors, retained for empty stock movements to and from South Gosforth depot.ï¿½ The restaurant car is GNR 1st open no 397, built in 1912, while the adjacent signal box is a modern replica, built as part of the Indian restaurant now occupying the site.
Farington: View north towards Preston over the site of Farington station on 28 September with a pair of Voyagers heading for Birmingham. The bridge in the background carries the route from Farington Curve Junction to Lostock Hall and the East Lancs lines.
Scarborough Londesborough Road: Standing in Westover Road, Scarborough on a Sunday morning in September 2008 looking south west towards the junction with Londesborough Road. The latter was the name eventually adopted by the station built here in 1908 (originally as Scarborough Excursion) and whose blank wall panels stand on the left, with the former station entrance beyond. The station closed to all traffic in 1966 and the premises were subsequently taken over by a motor vehicle servicing company.
Scarborough: View north from Belgrave Terrace road bridge into Scarborough station on Sunday 28 September 2008. On the left is the lengthy former excursion platform 1 with its own passenger buildings, central canopy, station exit and record-breaking 456 feet long public bench. Platforms 1 and 2 are being used for stabling of Northern and First TransPennine stock, while platforms 3-5 are currently unoccupied. Platforms 6-9 were demolished in the 1980s and the land given over to coach parking, although the original station roof is still in place.
Jesmond Junction: A tamper heads north from Jesmond Junction on 28 September. The Metro line to Newcastle city centre bears right with the Manors spur, used for empty stock movements, running straight ahead.
Sydney: Tram loading at Sydney Central Station on 28 September 2008. The trams run round a single track loop at this terminus, up one station ramp from street running and back down the other. View to rear of tram.
Filey: Sunday morning scene outside the 1846 York and North Midland Railway station at Filey on the Yorkshire Coast, photographed looking south on 28 September 2008.
Tay Bridge South Junction: A 170/158 five car train for Dundee and Aberdeen heads north onto the Tay Bridge from Wormit on 28 September.
Scarborough: Towards the south end of the former excursion platform 1 at Scarborough stands Falsgrave signal box, seen here looking north west on 28 September 2008. The length of this platform can be appreciated by looking back beyond Belgrave Terrace Road Bridge towards the dome standing above the station in the right background and the FTP 185 unit that can just be seen stabled in platform 2 (whose buffer stops stand alongside those of platform 1).
Filey: A Northern Trains 158 pulls away from Filey in September 2008 and is about to traverse the level crossing over the A1039 with a service for Scarborough.
Scarborough Londesborough Road: The station frontage and main entrance to the former Scarborough, Londesborough Road, excursion station, photographed on Sunday 28 September 2008 looking north towards the junction of Westover Road and Londesborough Road. As can be seen from the sign covering the doors of the former station entrance, the site is currently the headquarters of Londesborough Motor Services.
Scarborough Londesborough Road: By the beginning of the 20th century Scarborough was having difficulty coping with the volume of excursion trains. With no room to expand at the main station, the NER built a second just to the south. Scarborough Excursion station opened in 1908, consisting of a 250 yard bay and a 300 yard through platform, with most excursion traffic using the latter, thence running through Falsgrave tunnel to the carriage sidings at Northstead. The station was renamed Scarborough, Londesborough Road, in 1933. This view south from opposite Falsgrave box on 28 September 2008 shows the long through platform at Londesborough Road with surviving buildings to the right. The station handled its last train in 1963.
Scarborough: Falsgrave signal box in September 2008, looking west across the running lines with Scarborough station off to the right. Behind the box is the sealed entrance to Falsgrave Tunnel, which, prior to 1965, brought the line from Whitby into Scarborough , as well as providing a route through to Gallows Close yard and the carriage sidings at Northstead. This proved particularly useful from 1908 in dealing with the large number of excursion trains using the new Londesborough Road station, located off to the left see image [].
Scarborough: The 1907 NER Falsgrave signal box, standing at the south end of platform 1 at Scarborough station, photographed on 28 September 2008. The grade 2 listed structure was the recent recipient of the Westinghouse Signalling Award as part of the National Heritage scheme. This followed a centenary 5-month, restoration project, carried out by Construction Marine Ltd in consultation with Network Rail and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which took it back to how it would have looked when new. According to signalman Mick Hewitt this is one of the largest surviving boxes in the country which still has its mechanical workings. In the box there are 120 levers connected by Victorian engineered interlock systems, around 60% of which are still operational with 40% in regular use. Notwithstanding the restoration project, Network Rail plans to close Falsgrave by 2010. Campaigners are hoping it can then be turned into a tourist attraction.
Filey: A Sunday morning Hull - Scarborough service pulls away from the platform at Filey on 28 September 2008.
Euxton Junction: A pair of Voyagers emerging from under the wires of the WCML at Euxton Junction on 28 September and joining the route to Manchester via Chorley and Bolton. The service would normally have continued south down the WCML but was diverted via Manchester and Crewe due to engineering works. Euxton Junction had been singled some years ago but in 2006 double track running onto the Chorley line was restored.
Buckshaw Parkway: Virgin Trains 57301 'Scott Tracy' drags a southbound Pendolino off the wires on the approach to what became Buckshaw Parkway station just after midday on 28 September 2008. 57301 is currently on hire from DRS to ROG and named 'Goliath' and the line has been electrified so that the Pendolinos can run south via Manchester with the pan up.
Leuchars: A blue HST set with silver power cars leaves Leuchars for Dundee on 28 September.
West Jesmond: Metro service for St James at West Jesmond on 28 September.
Grosmont: BR Sulzer Type 2 no D5032 in the long siding at Grosmont MPD in September 2009.
Cromarty Pier: The MV Cromarty Rose on the Cromarty-Nigg ferry crossing, a journey of about 15 minutes, not long after leaving Cromarty and photographed from Nigg. This small vessel operated the service between 1987 and 2009.
Grosmont: Schools Class 4-4-0 no 30926 Repton being coaled at Grosmont shed on 28 September 2009.
Strathcarron: Wet day at Strathcarron on 28 September 2009 as the 1101 ex-Inverness pulls away from the platform and crosses the A890 with approximately 20 miles to go to reach its final destination at Kyle of Lochalsh.
Halifax: A DMU for Manchester Piccadilly about to leave Halifax on 28 September 2009, shortly after completion of the extensive repainting and reglazing work carried out at the station.
Castlefield Viaduct: A train crosses Manchester's Castlefield Viaduct in September 2009. In the background stands the 47-storey Beetham Tower, the tallest building in the UK outside London.
Plockton: The station at Plockton is undergoing very sympathetic conversion into a self catering cottage. The owner kindly allowed me to take some interior photographs including this one of the old ticket window (staff side).
Deansgate: Looking over Deansgate station, Manchester, in September 2009.
Castlefield Viaduct: A First TransPennine train crosses Castlefield Viaduct, Manchester, on 28 September 2009.
Strathcarron: A morning train for Kyle of Lochalsh arrives at Strathcarron on 28 September 2009.
Bradford Interchange: The colourful Bradford Interchange station on 28 September 2009.
Lochaber Aluminium Smelter Ground Frame: Before running on to Fort William Junction a freight from Glasgow reverses into the Lochaber Aluminium Smelter with bauxite. The oil tanks are just going along for the trip. And boy was it chucking it down.
Lumphinnans Central Junction: Outer Fife Circle service formed by SPT-liveried 170 unit, heading east between former Cowdenbeath North and Lumphinnans Central Junctions on 28 September.
Manchester Victoria: A Rochdale via Oldham service waits to leave Manchester Victoria on 28 September 2009
Poulton-le-Fylde: View north towards Fleetwood from the end of the double track section 600 yards north of Poulton-le-Fylde Junction See image []. The line is classed as 'not in regular use' - an understatement in view of the pallisade fence that crosses the trackbed below the bridge from which the photograph was taken. That said, signals and trackside cabinets are still in place, but vegetation is now taking hold.
Oldham Mumps: A service for Rochdale about to leave Oldham Mumps on 28 September 2009.
Manchester Central: View over Manchester Central from the Beetham Tower on 28 September 2009. Closed to rail traffic in 1969 the old CLC station was subsequently refurbished and relaunched as the G-Mex Conference and Exhibition Centre in 1986 before regaining its original identity in 2008. The Midland Hotel stands opposite the far end of the building and a Metrolink tram can be seen running past on the right.
Strathcarron: Bound for Kyle Lochalsh. A 158 pulls away from Strathcarron over the open level crossing on a wet 28 September, with the weather not looking much better further west.
Glossop: A class 323 arrives at Glossop in September 2009 with a service for Manchester.
Oldham Mumps: The overgrown central bay platform at Oldham Mumps station on 28 September 2009. The station was closed completely the following month due to the conversion of the line to Metrolink. It had been demolished by May 2010. The station canopy was bought by the East Lancashire Railway who hope to erect it at Bury Bolton Street station.
Grosmont: 76079 at rest in Grosmont station after bringing in a train from Whitby on 28 September 2009.
Halifax: A service for Rochdale passes over Beacon Hill Viaduct, just to the north of Halifax station, on 28 September 2009.
Deansgate: View from the top of The Hilton Hotel Beetham Tower Looking down on Deansgate, Manchester, on 28 September 2009.
Corpach: The Jacobite crosses the level crossing by Corpach station on its return to Fort William.
Lech-a-vuie Platform: How to get sopping wet in under a minute. (1) take up an interest in railway photography (2) slip-slide uphill through a bog to photograph the Jacobite from above the short length between the two Leachabhuidh tunnels, west of Glenfinnan, in typical West Highland weather with a gale blowing huge droplets over the lens faster than I could remove them. And after all that the shot of the train going away is probably the better one. Still, it gets you out of the house eh?
Strathcarron: The 1203 ex-Kyle of Lochalsh meets the 1101 ex-Inverness at Strathcarron on 28 September 2009.
Pickering: Class S15 4-6-0 no 825, looking half naked without its smoke deflectors, is in the process of running round at Pickering on 28 September 2010, having just brought in an afternoon train from Whitby. Photographed from the fenced off area behind the buffer stops. See image []
Pickering: Ex-SR class S15 4-6-0 No 825 arrives at Pickering on 28 September with a through service from Whitby. Plans are now in place to construct an overall roof here by the middle of next year See image [].
Pickering: Class S15 4-6-0 no 825 with its smoke deflectors removed, has just brought a train from Whitby into the platform at Pickering on 28 September 2010. See image []
Pickering: Looking like the last thing in upmarket garden ornaments, ex-Southern Railway S15 4-6-0 No 825 stands at the limit of the headshunt at Pickering in September 2010. View west across Park Street.
Pickering: Standing in the shadows. Ex-BR class 04 DM D2207 at the rear of the yard at Pickering C&W on 28 September 2010. View south towards the station.
Edinburgh Waverley: 158870 in Saltire livery at Edinburgh Waverley on 28 September.
Scarborough: Smart looking 8F no 48151 arriving at Scarborough with a special on 28 September 2011 see image [].
Scarborough: Falsgrave signal box on 28 September 2011. The Scarborough track layout has been simplified and no operational semaphores remain. The redundant box now has a protective coating over the windows.
Bridge No 95: A young lady and her dog stroll across the bridge over the Gala Water on the morning of 28 September 2011, having just passed the site of Kilnknowe Junction at the northern end of the bridge. This is the first of many bridges to be crossed by trains leaving Galashiels for Edinburgh when the line reopens in 2014. Photographed from the road overbridge carrying Plumtreehall Brae.
Sancerre: Sancerre is not only a place for fine white wines but also an interesting hill-top town. Below the ramparts is this impressive viaduct, in use as a road. The river in the top right corner is the Loire.
Scarborough: The 12.45 to Liverpool Lime Street waits to leave Scarborough platform 5 on 28 September, while platform 4 hosts a recent class 158 arrival off the Yorshire Coast line.
Galashiels [1st]: The bridge carrying Station Brae over the Waverley trackbed at Galashiels, looking north on 28 September 2011. The building on the far side of the bridge (beyond which is the site of the proposed new Galashiels station) has now been vacated.
Hartwood: A Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley service pauses at Hartwood on the evening of 28th September 2011.
Pickering: Q6 no 63395 brings the 16.30 from Grosmont into Pickering on 28 September 2011. The driver is in the cab on this occasion see image [].
Scarborough: 'Triton' running round after coming off the turntable at Scarborough's North Bay Railway in September 2011.
Paisley Canal: Passengers leaving Paisley Canal station on 28 September shortly after the arrival of the 14.03 service from Glasgow Central. Works in connection with the forthcoming electrification are apparent here - as at other locations along the branch.
Paisley Canal [1st]: Looking west from the bridge on Causeyside Street, Paisley, over the original 1885 G&SW Paisley Canal station in September 2012. Closed by BR in January 1983, a replacement was opened on the east side of the bridge just over 7 years later. The original site became a bar, restaurant, beer garden and car park.
Corkerhill: Corkerhill station is bathed in Autumn sunshine as the 13.05 Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central pulls away from the platform on 28 September 2012. Work on the electrification of the branch is due for completion by the end of this year.
Paisley Canal: Arrival of the 14.03 service from Glasgow Central at Paisley Canal terminus on 28 September 2012. Activity in the background is in connection with branch electrification works.
Corkerhill: The 13.05 Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central calls at Corkerhill station on 28 September 2012. The majority of the large number of passengers waiting to board this service are students from the nearby Cardonald College. The electrified line on the right is the headshunt from Corkerhill depot located just beyond the curve in the background.
Paisley Canal: 156437 forming the 12.08 ex-Glasgow Central stands at Paisley Canal shortly after arrival on 28 September 2012. The last scheduled DMU service ran some 7 weeks later when branch electrification was completed see image [].
Glasgow Central: Platform edge renewal work in progress along platform 15 at Glasgow Central on 28 September. Note the high security access to the spiral staircase leading up to the station roof.
Hawkhead Oil Siding: The 14.08 Glasgow Central - Paisley Canal service passing through the site of the original G&SWR Hawkhead station (1894-1966) see image [] to reach the 1991 version located on the the other side of the bridge carrying Hawkhead Road. On the right are the out of use oil sidings previously used to supply aviation fuel via pipeline to Glasgow Airport. Taken on 28 September 2012 with preparatory work now underway for the forthcoming electrification of the branch.
Hawkhead: ScotRail 156437 arrives at Hawkhead on 28 September 2012, a day it spent shuttling back and forth on the 18 minute end-to-end journey between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal. The widening work is to accommodate masts as part of the forthcoming electrification of the branch see image [].
Glasgow Central: The 11.40 Virgin Pendolino for London Euston prepares to leave Glasgow Central on 28 September 2012. The future of the WCML franchise, recently awarded to First Group, is currently the subject of a legal challenge mounted by Virgin Trains. [See recent news items]
Hawkhead: The 14.08 Glasgow Central - Paisley Canal service recently arrived at Hawkhead station on 28 Septmber 2012. Work on the electrification of the branch is now underway, with signs of preliminary activity evident here and at a number of other locations along the route.
Glasgow Central: Grand entrance. The 10.36 ex-Gourock runs through the arch into Glasgow Central on 28 September 2012. The two platforms accessed via the arch were created in 2009, displacing the former station car park. They were originally intended to cater for trains on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.
Corkerhill: The 12.38 Glasgow Central - Paisley Canal DMU restarts from the Corkerhill stop on 28 September 2012. The electrified line on the left is the headshunt from Corkerhill depot which terminates just beyond the bridge carrying Corkerhill Road. Work on extending electrification to Canal terminus is currently underway.
Glasgow Central: 156512 is one of the 2-car sets operating on the Paisley Canal branch on 28 September 2012. The unit stands ready at Glasgow Central platform 13 as the time approaches 11.38, which will signal the commencement of its next 18 minute journey to Canal.
Stirling Middle Junction: A last look at the semaphore signals at the south end of Stirling station on 28th September 2013. After the last train on the following Friday, they were taken out of use and removed. The class 66 is waiting to proceed past Stirling Middle box in association with the intensive track renewal and extension work taking place that weekend.
Blaenau Ffestiniog: Little and Large at Blaenau Ffestiniog on 28 September 2013, with an Arriva DVT standing alongside 0-4-0ST quarry tank Hugh Napier [Hunslet 855 of 1904].
Blaenau Ffestiniog: Little & Large at Blaenau Ffestiniog on 28 September 2013 - take #2. See image []
Culloden Viaduct: 66103 leaves Culloden Viaduct on its way south with a train of withdrawn timber wagons on 28 September. The wagons were being taken to Doncaster for scrapping.
Bo^ness: 27001 is adding the LNER teak set to the service train at Boness on 28 September 2013 to accommodate a wedding party.
Haymarket: A dull Sunday morning on the west side of Edinburgh looking back towards the city centre on 28 September. The 10.15 Edinburgh Waverley - Glenrothes with Thornton is about to overtake an airport bound tram shortly after leaving Haymarket.
Ribblehead: The limited stop Sunday 15.20 Carlisle to Leeds 158 service runs south after crossing Ribblehead viaduct on 28 September. The train is about to pass behind The Station Inn, located opposite the access road to Ribblehead station, where this train does not stop.
Dunaskin Platform: The final day of the 2014 season for steam-worked brakevan-trips at Dunaskin on 28 September.
Oskova: Czech built 0-6-0T No. 25-30 is manually coaled at Oskova Yard following the afternoon shift change on Sunday 28th September 2014 - operations here go on seven days a week such is the demand for coal from the power station at Tuzla.
Millers Dale: Looking across the viaducts at Millers Dale on 28 September 2014. See image [].
Brockholes: View north along the A616 approaching Brockholes showing the skew bridge that carried the Holmfirth branch over the road. The branch, which left the Huddersfield - Penistone line just south of Brockholes station closed completely in 1965.
Russell Road Bridge [Tram]: A city bound tram crossing Russell Road between Murrayfield and Haymarket on 28 September. The 'Y' shape of the bridge is due to the provision for a junction at its east end see image [].
Oskova: CKD-bullt 760mm gauge 0-6-0T No. 25-30 returns light engine from the washery at Oskova to pick up another rake of loaded wagons from the yard in the Autumn of 2014. The wagons on the right comprise a rake which has just been unloaded and are probably already on the move behind a class 740 diesel, bound for the loading point at Turija.
Banovici: Amazingly a 760mm gauge steam loco emerged from a general overhaul in mid 2014 to re-enter service for the Bosnian coal industry - such was the case with ex-Jugoslavian Railways 0-8-2 No. 83-158 which, in addition to a thorough overhaul in the works of the Banovici coal company, was restored to something very close to its former JZ black livery (instead of the usual industrial green), including a new front numberplate. I had made the long train journey to Bosnia in the expectation of seeing it at work, but instead it spent the whole of my visit standing in reserve in a secluded corner of Banovici Works. At least late on the afternoon of 28th September 2014 the front of the loco was perfectly illuminated by the lowering sun.
Brockholes: Close up of the skew bridge on the former Holmfirth branch that crosses the A616 Sheffield to Huddersfield Road on the southern outskirts of Brockholes. View north in September 2014, showing the harshness of the curves facing road traffic. See image []
Carlisle: Super Voyager DMUs pose at platform 3 at Carlisle on 28th September 2015.
Carlisle: 'Pacer' DMU 142015 arriving from Newcastle has just bounced its way over the approach pointwork and into bay platform 5 at Carlisle on 28th September 2015.
Carlisle: Beautifully designed locomotive? - I should Co-Co! Colas 70805 waits at Carlisle between duties on 28th September 2015.
Aberdeen: The set at Platform 7N (left) was destined for Inverurie but late running caused by a track circuit failure at Carmont meant it was terminated here. Turfed-off passengers (including me) make their way to the Inverness service at 6N.
Inverurie: The 1990s restoration of the ticket hall has now matured to the extent of that it almost looks original. The ticket office is beyond the doors.
Aberdeen: Shopping malls have their knockers but surely few would disagree that Union Square in Aberdeen is an improvement on the rather bleak station approach of the past. Looking towards the former facade of the station on 28/09/2016. The station can still be entered from here, but the main entrance is outside.
Aberdeen: A keek ('peep' to English visitors) through a locked gate to the former Platform 2 at Aberdeen, now used for stabling. There's a foreshortened ex-Platform 1 to the left. Other southern bays 3, 4 and 5 survive and are in regular use. The northern bays once mirrored this profusion but are long gone, with through platforms 6 and 7 doing for Inverness line services. With only a single track as far as Dyce (for now?) this is all it needs.
Hunterston Junction: A pair of DRS 37s with flasks at Hunterston Junction heading south.
Dundee: The skeleton of the building which will contain the new entrance and booking hall to Dundee station is now in place. Let's hope this will prove not to date quite so quickly as the last incarnation.
Netherton Goods: The rural nature of the last few miles of the Neilston branch are obvious in the view. 314 206 is heading for Glasgow passing the site of Netherton Goods, which was on the left.
Aurs Burn Viaduct: Not easy to photograph in the summer! Other than the short length of viaduct in Barrhead itself, the Aurs Burn Viaduct is probably the most substantial reminder of the former line. It is a large viaduct which carried a twin track over its six arches. A short life, and barely used, it opened to traffic in 1903 which ceased the 1940s.
Gree Siding: Gree was on of several countryside goods stations on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. The site of the yard itself has been infilled but the extraordinary half skew and half not skew bridge which carried the A736 over the track remains intact. This is the view looking to Glasgow.
Morecambe Junction: Another newly commissioned diesel, 68033, looks barely used as it leads a Sellafield to Heysham flask train into Morecambe on 28th September 2017. Once the driver has changed the points 68002 Intrepid will take the train down the branch to the power stations alongside Heysham Port.
Brownhill Junction: A view from the former southbound flyover line at Brownhill Junction. For a dissimilar view see image [] which was taken further north on the same line.
Kilbirnie [2nd]: View north alongside the island platform of the former Kilbirnie. See image [].
Kilbirnie (South): A view north from the site of the station throat at Kilbirnie, Caledonian. The passenger station was to the left and goods yard to the right - the buffer areas of both now being covered by Caledonian Court.
Kilmacolm: Kilmacolm looking to Greenock. The platform side is less convincing than the road side that it was ever a station.
Kilmacolm: View towards Paisley from the B786 overbridge at the former Kilmacolm station.
Morecambe South Junction: 37403 Isle of Mull propelling 2C32 Carlisle to Preston at Morecambe South Junction on 28th September 2017. This new vantage point near the lay-by on the Bay Gateway link road looks likely to be short lived judging by the tree planting on the embankment.
Brownhill Junction: Timing is everything ... tricky to catch the front of a fast moving train through this narrow opening. The bridge in the foreground is the former southbound line of the flying junction at Brownhill, just south of Glengarnock and north of Dalry.
Holytown: GBRf 66736 passes with the Fort William - North Blyth empties.
Helensburgh Central: Work continues on station building on East Princes Street. The building to the left is the 'Helensburgh Municipal Buildings' built in 1878. The station building dates from the 1890 rebuild.
Paisley Canal: 314210 nears the end of the line with a Glasgow Central - Paisley Canal service. 28 September.
Holytown: 68007 passes with empty stock from Motherwell to Edinburgh to form the evening Cardenden commuter service.
Holytown: 156 511 speeds through with a Glasgow Central - Edinburgh semi-fast. 28 September.
Preston Riverside: Hunslet 0-6-0ST 'Brookes No.1', from the Middleton Railway, has been touring the UK in 2019. See image [] at Blaenavon. She was the guest loco at the Ribble Steam autumn gala and is seen here newly arrived at the museum while Grant Ritchie 0-4-0ST 272/1894 draws forward to couple on.
Wigan North Western: Heading back to London Euston with the Cumbrian Coast Express on 28 September 2019. 86259 isn't hanging around as it hauls the railtour non-stop through Wigan North Western as the light starts to fail making photographing a tad challenging.
Highworth: Even on the most enjoyable walks, there comes a time when you must go back. It was getting dark and wet, our fellow walkers had gone back to their car - so the ropes used as handrails by a missing bridge were a welcome sign that we had reached the end of the trail. They are just visible here through the trees - view looks towards Highworth in September 2019.
Highworth: Peter Todd's 2009 picture at Highworth see image [] fired my imagination; despite the painted KEEP OUT message on the left hand side of the gate, it looked like a pretty footpath. Only ten years later, I managed to find the location. This view looks South through barely penetrable vegetation; but there is a well maintained path heading North from here.
Preston Riverside: Tablet exchange at Preston Riverside. The normal mode of operation at the Ribble Steam Railway is one loco, or two running top and tail. On gala days four or more can be in operation and those not on the train have to be 'locked in' to sidings and spurs to protect the main line. Visiting loco 'Brookes No.1' returns to the museum station on 28th September 2019 and the tablet and keys are handed to the driver of the Grant Ritchie 0-4-0ST so it can be released from the siding on the left. The knotted handkerchief, once common headgear for steam loco firemen, was a nice touch.
Wigan North Western: With the end of the franchise getting close, an unbranded Virgin West Coast Pendolino departs south from Wigan North Western on the evening of 28 September 2019. In plain white does that make it an Albinolino?
Kirkham and Wesham: 331001, first of the Northern 3-car CAF EMUs, calls at Kirkham while working from Lime Street to Blackpool North on 28th September 2019. Whilst these new trains accelerate more rapidly than the Class 319s they don't have that classic whine from the traction motors - and the guard doesn't signal the driver with a good old fashioned bell!
Carrbridge: Pathfinder Tours 'Autumn Highlander' at a very dreich Carrbridge on 28th September 2019. 37409 'Lord Hinton' and 37419 'Carl Haviland 1954 - 2012' were on the way from Aviemore to Kyle of Lochalsh with this double headed excursion.
Bath Green Park [2nd]: I told you I couldn't get enough of this station see image []. Here it is on an autumn evening, looking into the train shed past the entrance to Sainsbury's supermarket; whose porch roof somehow complements the station roof.
Beauly: After disappointing weather photographing the 'Autumn Highlander' to the south of Inverness I headed north and found a dry spot at Beauly. Double headed by 37409 'Lord Hinton' and 37419 'Carl Haviland 1954 - 2012' the train speeds past Beauly on the way from Aviemore to Kyle of Lochalsh.
Baillieston : The new overbridge at Baillieston with its galvanised steel parapets glinting in the autumn sunshine. Underneath, the new steel and concrete deck rests on the masonry plllars which were retained from the previous structure on the site see image [].
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1859||West Somerset Mineral Railway||Line officially opened to Brendon Hill.|
|1895||Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway||First Sod of Talla Railway cut by Lady McDonald, wife of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.|
|1905||Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway||Talla Railway closed.|
|1905||Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway||Talla Dam officially opened; two trains run from Edinburgh Princes Street.|
|1907||South Wales Railway||Accident at Ebbw Junction when freight over-runs signal and hits passenger train.|
|1936||Welsh Highland Railway||Aberglaslyn closed.|
|1936||Swansea and Neath Railway||Swansea East Dock closed to passengers.|
|1939||Valleyfield||35 men killed by gas explosion|
|1952||Ynysybwl Branch (Taff Vale Railway)||Closed to passengers.|
|1964||Blane Valley Railway||Lennox Castle Siding to 2nd_>Lennoxtown 2nd , Blane Valley Junction, (excluded) closed to freight.|
|1964||Barry Dock and Railways||Treforest Junction to Cwm Colliery closed.|
|1965||Callander and Oban Railway||Due to the extent of the Glen Ogle Rockfall, Crianlarich Lower (excluded) to Callander closed to all traffic.|
|1965||Killin Railway||2nd_>Killin 2nd to Killin Junction actually closed to passengers. Loch Tay Shed closed.|
|1986||Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway||Balloch Pier closed to passengers. The electric catenary was used to electrify the Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet South Junction line.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2003||World Congress on Railway Research 2003, Edinburgh||The 6th World Congress on Railway Research meets in Edinburgh from the 28th of September to the 1rst of October.|
|2004||Talk The Development of the North Channel route between Scotland and Northern Ireland by Alan Gordon, Route Director, Stena Line||Stena have over half of the Scotland-Northern Ireland short-sea passenger market plus over a third of the freight market. The HSS "Stena Voyager" can carry 1500 passengers and 375 cars (or 50 lorries and 100 cars), operating up to ten sailings a day with a 30-minute turnround.|
|2004||Two rail workers killed by truck [BBC News]||Two maintenance workers are killed and four injured in an accident on a railway line in Staffordshire.|
|2011||Glasgow to get a glittering new gateway [Scotsman]||A MODERN, unfussy glass structure letting light stream in where once there was gloom. New images have been unveiled of the proposed design for the facade that will replace the main entrance to Glasgow^s Queen Street Station|
|2011||Options for growth - Scotland [Network Rail]||The rail industry in Scotland today publishes its vision for how it can deliver better value for money and play a key role in driving sustainable economic growth over the period 2014 -19.|
|2012||King^s Cross railway artefacts shouldn^t be simply sold off to the highest bidder, say conservationists [Camden News Journal]||BRIGHT red fire buckets and railway signs, granite stones and railway winding gear are just some of the historic parts of the buildings from the old King’s Cross railway lands area that could be sold off to the highest bidder.|
|2012||100-passenger train derails [Press and Journal]||Investigations are under way after a tourist train derailed yesterday while taking 100 passengers on a pleasure trip through the Highlands. The incident happened as the Strathspey Railway engine approached Broomhill Station near Nethybridge at 1.10pm. [From John Robin]|
|2013||Restoration due to begin on popular SVR engine [Kidderminster Shuttle]||RESTORATION is due to begin on one of the Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR) most popular engines following a 27 year absence. Great Western 4-6-0 locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall will leave the Engine House at Highley, where it has been for the last five years, to go to Bridgnorth for restoration. An event will be held on Sunday, October 6, to mark the occasion.|
|2013||Rail enthusiasts fulfill train driver dream at Shildon museum [Northern Echo]||A CHILDHOOD dream of becoming a train driver was realised for many rail enthusiasts at a North-East museum yesterday (Saturday, September 28). Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham offered the Driver for a Fiver experience as part a volunteer recruitment drive. For five pounds, visitors could drive a 1960 03 diesel shunter locomotive for ten minutes – an opportunity that was a dream come true for many train fans.[From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||Special ^diesel day^ held at Llangollen Railway [Daily Post]||An historic locomotive joined an equally historic railcar during a special diesel running day on the Llangollen railway on Saturday. The Class 26 loco, built more than 50 years ago, mostly saw service in Scotland but seemed just as happy running along the scenic Dee Valley line from Llangollen to Carrog to the delight of many enthusiasts.|
|2015||Freight train derailment in Dundee causes delays [BBC News]||A freight train has derailed in Dundee, causing delays to rail services between the central belt and Aberdeen. The train came off the tracks between Broughty Ferry and Dundee in the early hours, blocking the line between the city and Carnoustie. Services across the north east of Scotland could be cancelled or revised until the end of the day. ScotRail said it was working to provide replacement transport.|
|2015||40 years since the re-opening of West Somerset Railway [ITV]||This weekend marked the 40th anniversary since the re-opening of the West Somerset Railway and to mark the occasion the GB Railfreight originally called GBRf 66757 was named ^West Somerset Railway^. The West Somerset Railway runs from Bishops Lydeard for 22.75 miles to the seaside town of Minehead, and is the longest standard gauge heritage railway in the UK.|
|2015||New entrant plans Stuttgart - Hamburg services [IRJ]||HEILBRONN-based open-access passenger operator derschnellzug.de has announced plans to launch services on three long-distance routes from December and has begun recruiting onboard staff for the operation. In-principle agreement has been reached with infrastructure manager DB Networks for the operation of a Stuttgart - Hamburg service known as Line D1, which will run via Heilbronn, WÃ¼rzburg, Hannover and Bremen. The company says these trains will start operating in December, although neither times or fares are currently given on the company^s website. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2018||Is your train journey one of Scotlandâ€™s most overcrowded? [ITV News]||The busiest service runs at 136% of planned capacity, official figures show.|
|2018||Scotlands 10 most overcrowded trains revealed in new report [Scotsman]||Some commuters on ScotRails most overcrowded trains are regularly having to stand for more than twice the ten-minute limit set by ministers.|
|2018||Alastair Dalton: How to find hidden cheaper rail fares [Scotsman]||Rail passengers can be a vocal mob, and no more so when it comes to how much they pay for their tickets.|
|2018||ScotRail passengers face train overhaul delay [Scotsman]||Long-distance ScotRail passengers may have to travel in unrefurbished second-hand trains because of further delays to their overhaul.|
|2018||ScotRail were not consulted over Hampden semi-finals decision [Scotsman]||The SPFLs decision to schedule both Betfred Cup semi-finals at Hampden on the same day will present a significant logistical challenge, ScotRail have admitted.|