This day in history 19 November

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Sheerness-on-Sea: The BLS East Kent Railtour from London Victoria, seen on arrival at Sheerness on 19 November 1967 behind D6585.

South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [19/11/1967]


Norwich City: The former Midland and Great Northern terminus at Norwich City was reduced to rubble twice in its lifetime, once by the Luftwaffe in World War Two, but more permanently following removal of its remaining freight traffic in 1969. All that was left by 1977 were the platform retaining walls. The main wall visible is actually showing its inner face, the platform infill having been robbed out, presumably because it was either sand/gravel or useful hard core.

Norwich Extension (Lynn and Fakenham Railway)
Mark Dufton [19/11/1977]


Blackburn King Street Goods: As the coal depot shunter at Blackburn King St Drewry Class 04 2272, in a black livery, was kept in excellent condition. When the depot closed it moved to the South Yorkshire Railway scheme but is now on the Peak Railway. However, as pictures on the Heritage Shunter Trust website show, time has not been kind to the loco and it is now described as a long term restoration project.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Mark Bartlett [19/11/1980]


Blackburn King Street Goods: Blackburn King St was the East Lancashire Railway goods depot for the town but in later years was converted into a Coal Concentration Depot. Surprisingly, because the small diesel mechanicals were not common in the North West, an ex Bradford Hammerton St, Drewry Class 04, 2272 became the resident coal depot shunter for many years.

Blackburn and Preston Railway
Mark Bartlett [19/11/1980]


Exeter Central: The new ticket office at Exeter Central in November 1994.

Yeovil to Exeter Line (London and South Western Railway)
Ian Dinmore [19/11/1994]


Alloway Tunnel: Looking back into Alloway tunnel from the Doon Viaduct on 19 November 2000. [See image 27555 for the refurbished version]

Maidens and Dunure Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Colin Miller [19/11/2000]


Doon Viaduct: Heading over the Doon viaduct from Alloway Tunnel on 19 November 2000.

Maidens and Dunure Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Colin Miller [19/11/2000]


Edinburgh Waverley: Temporary bus platforms - Waverley, 19 Nov 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2006]


Haymarket MPD: Progress on the new maintenance sheds at Haymarket MPD on 19 November 2006 looking west.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2006]


Slateford Yard: New First ScotRail stabling and cleaning roads now in place on the north side of Slateford Yard. View west on 19 November 2006 with Slateford Road just off picture to the right.

Caledonian Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: Sunday morning scene at the East end of Waverley on 19 November 2006. Several through roads are blocked by construction work. The GNER 0900 London Kings Cross service boards at no 21 (far left). In the loco bay is one of the EWS class 90s in First ScotRail livery used on the Caledonian Sleeper.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2006]


Firbeck Junction: Firbeck Junction, Tickhill, looking north to Doncaster. The line to the left runs to Doncaster and that to the right (out of use) to Harworth Colliery. The South Yorkshire Joint certainly was joint - involving the Great Central Railway, Great Northern Railway, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Midland Railway and the North Eastern Railway companies.

South Yorkshire Joint Railway (Great Central Railway, Great Northern Railway, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Midland Railway and North Eastern Railway)
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: The new Balmoral through platform on the north side of Waverley station, with work still underway on lifts and stairs on 19 November 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: The GNER 0900 (Sunday) service to London Kings Cross boarding at sub platform 21 at Waverley on 19 November 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2006]


Harworth Colliery: The disused track at the former Harworth Colliery site. The view is towards the loading point. A very long conveyor crossed the nearby hills to reach this point. The extremely overgrown line to the right is the former Ranskill Line.

South Yorkshire Joint Railway (Great Central Railway, Great Northern Railway, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Midland Railway and North Eastern Railway)
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2006]


Staveley (GC): The Great Central's Annesley branch passed over the Midland Railway at Staveley. This view looks south from that bridge towards Staveley (GC) station. The line also crossed a west (MR) to south (GCR) connection between these two lines where the distant fence stands. At the time of the photograph, in 2006, the Midland route was still in place although no longer in use below this viewpoint.

Annesley Branch (Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway)
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: A Virgin Voyager shortly after arrival in the east end bay platform 7 on a Sunday morning in November 2006 with a terminated CrossCountry service.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2006]


Barrow Hill: Inside Barrow Hill roundhouse in November 2006.

North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2006]


Barrow Hill: MGR trains sit in the sidings at Barrow Hill. View looks south. The line to the left is the recently closed line to Creswell, Oxcroft, Seymour Junction and Bolsover all of which have closed. That in the centre is to Rotherham.

North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2006]


Chesterfield: Southbound at Chesterfield.

North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2006]


Chesterfield: Meeting at Chesterfield. View looks south.

North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: New stabling point at Waverley. What is now a dead-end siding running alongside the south wall of the station opposite platform 7, is now regularly used to accomodate locomotives used on First ScotRail's Caledonian Sleeper services. The siding is shown here on 19 November with EWS locomotive (and sleeper regular) 90035 stabled alongside the southside crossover.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [19/11/2007]


Bellinzona: Basel to Venice EuroCity express service pauses at Bellinzona.

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
Michael Gibb [19/11/2007]


Moreton-on-Lugg: A northbound Arriva Trains Wales service with a Class 175 DMU approaches the closed station at Moreton-on-Lugg on 19 November 2008.

Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2008]


Alloa West Junction: 170 477 has just passed the footbridge at Alloa West with the 1041 service to Glasgow Queen Street on 19 November.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [19/11/2008]


Abergavenny: 175009 on an Arriva Trains Wales southbound service approaching Abergavenny on 19 November.

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2008]


Alloa West Junction: 170 477 with the 1041 service to Glasgow Queen Street on 19 November passing Alloa Cricket Club with Dumyat Hill dominating the background.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [19/11/2008]


Knock Hill: Former junction on the southern slopes of Knock Hill, photographed on 19 November 2008, showing where the West of Fife Mineral Railway branches to North Lethans Colliery (curving to the right) and South Lethans Colliery, Steelend (on a straight line to the left) once diverged.

West of Fife Mineral Railway
Bill Roberton [19/11/2008]


Dorrington: Although the station has gone the signalbox remains at Dorrington as a northbound Class 158 heads towards Shrewsbury on 19 November past an upper quadrant home signal beyond which stands a lower quadrant starter.

Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2008]


Abergavenny: 158822 heads north from Abergavenny with a service to Holyhead on 19 November 2008. Photo taken from the public footpath crossing.

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2008]


Pontrilas: Southbound 158839 is brought to a halt by a signal check at Pontrillas on its way to Cardiff on 19 November.

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2008]


Arndean: Cutting at Arndean, two miles west of Rumbling Bridge, on the former Devon Valley Railway.  Note the masonry retaining walls on both sides of the trackbed.

Devon Valley Railway
Bill Roberton [19/11/2008]


Abergavenny: 158822 departs north from Abergavenny on 19 November with a service to Holyhead. The length of the northbound platform is almost of Scarborough platform 1 proportions, with 2, 3 and 4 car sets that call here dwarfed!

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2008]


Pontrilas: The remains at Pontrilas (closed 1958) seen from above the tunnel mouth to the south of the station looking towards Hereford on 19 November 2008. The northbound platform edge has been cut back and the southbound platform has gone completely.

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2008]


Devonport Junction: Looking west at Plymouth. The closed line to the left, (with the 'paperclip' sculpture on the dismantled viaduct), was the west to south curve of the branch to Millbay. Behind the camera was the south to east curve and Plymouth station at the junction.

Cornwall Railway
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2009]


Craigendoran Junction: 'Leaf Train' waiting in Craigendoran Loop is passed by a SPT train heading for Helensburgh.

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Beth Crawford [19/11/2011]


Princes Street [Tram]: Saturday afternoon view east along Princes Street on 19 November 2011 as Edinburgh and the ongoing tram works prepare to celebrate Christmas and the approaching new year. [See image 20756]

Edinburgh Trams
F Furnevel [19/11/2011]


Kinghorn: The Fife Circle add-on to the Spitfire Railtours Edinburgh Explorer II passes south through Kinghorn on 19 November 2011 with 57001 leading and 50044 + 50049 bringing up the rear.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [19/11/2011]


Kinghorn: 50044+50049 bring up the rear of the 'Edinburgh Explorer II' special as it returns south through Kinghorn on 19 November [see image 36471].

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Bill Roberton [19/11/2011]


Preston: Approaching midnight on 19 November 2011 as 50049+50044 arrive back in Preston with the Spitfire Railtours 'Edinburgh Explorer II', following an outing lasting almost 19 hours and including visits to Yorkshire, Edinburgh and the Kingdom of Fife [see image 36478].

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [19/11/2011]


Paisley Canal: 380004 preparing to leave Paisley Canal with the 14.30 to Glasgow Central on 19 November 2012, the first day of electric operations over the branch.

Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
John Yellowlees [19/11/2012]


Corkerhill: 380004 with the 14.30 Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central at Corkerhill on 19 November 2012 following the completion of branch electrification work.

Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
John Yellowlees [19/11/2012]


Balgreen [Tram]: View over Balgreen tram stop on 19 November 2013, with the iconic Jenners Depository in the background.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [19/11/2013]


Saughton [Tram]: Looking south towards the Saughton bridge carrying the Edinburgh tram route over the E & G and Fife lines on 19 November.  A foot and cycle path has been provided here.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [19/11/2013]


Saughton [Tram]: Looking east along the tram route towards Balgreen on 19 November 2013. Carrick Knowe golf course is on the left, the main line with a passing 334 on the right and Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [19/11/2013]


Inverness: The main entrance to Inverness Station, facing onto Station Square, just off Academy Street, on 19 November 2014. The Royal Highland Hotel (formerly The Station Hotel) stands alongside on the right.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Andy Furnevel [19/11/2014]


Inverness: Looking across the concourse at Inverness on 19 November 2014. The train waiting to depart from platform 6 is the 12.17 local service to Dingwall. The 32 minute journey includes stops at Beauly, Muir of Ord and Conon Bridge.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Andy Furnevel [19/11/2014]


Dodworth: View west from the level crossing to the single platform Dodworth station on 19 November 2014. The first station out of Barnsley on the route to Penistone, Dodworth was reopened in 1989 on the site of the original 1854 station, which had closed in 1959. [Ref query 10662]

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
David Pesterfield [19/11/2014]


Dodworth: The disused signal box, on the south side of the line, located beyond the Station Road level crossing at the east end of Dodworth Station as seen in November 2014. It replaced the original MS&LR box, which was demolished as a result of a derailment in January 1955.

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
David Pesterfield [19/11/2014]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A surprise awaiting passengers taking the lift down to platform 9 at Queen Street on 19th November 2015 - demolition of the present station buildings appears to have started somewhat earlier than expected.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [19/11/2015]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A seagull's eye view of the magnificent train shed roof at Queen Street in November 2015 - plus the excrescence which is the Millenium Hotel extension. The latter is due to be demolished in the refurbishment of the station. Access by kind permission of Merchants House.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [19/11/2015]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Scheduled for demolition in the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street are the current station management facilities building (centre) and the unloved Consort House (right).

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [19/11/2015]


Baillieston: Coal empties, seen here just west of Baillieston station, roll down the gradient towards Rutherglen Junction rather faster than they climbed it when loaded and en route to Longannet.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [19/11/2015]


Slochd Viaduct: 37218 and 37059 are running a little late as they haul their train of fourteen autoballasters south over Slochd Viaduct.This is the return working of 6K40 from Forsinard to Mossend.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [19/11/2015]


Barassie Junction: The driver of Freightliner 66515 gives a friendly wave as he reverses into the sidings at Barassie Junction on 19 November before running round. Longannet power station is due to close in March 2016, so this traffic will also cease.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [19/11/2015]


Barassie Junction: Freightliner class 66 No 66515 heads 6G10, a rare coal move from Killoch direct to Longannet on 19 November. Having run round in the sidings, it will now head to Longannet via Kilwinning.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [19/11/2015]


Jesmond [1st]: Now bypassed by the underground station of the Tyne & Wear Metro, the old surface route through Jesmond is retained for empty stock movements. The station building is a pub The Carriage, and the signalbox is an Indian restaurant with an old carriage placed between them.

Newcastle Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)
John Yellowlees [19/11/2016]


Jesmond [1st]: Now bypassed by the underground station of the Tyne & Wear Metro, the old surface route through Jesmond is retained for empty stock movements. The station building is a pub 'The Carriage', and the signalbox is an Indian restaurant with an old carriage placed between them.

Newcastle Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)
John Yellowlees [19/11/2016]


Shrubhill Tram Depot: The preserved octagonal chimney at the former Shrubhill Tram Depot seen looking towards Leith Walk on 19 November 2017, with ongoing construction activity on the site gradually moving west towards the camera. The rusting rails of the Powderhall branch are visible bottom right.

Edinburgh Corporation
Andy Furnevel [19/11/2017]


York: Two GBRf 66s running south through Platform 9 at York on 19th November 2017. The locos are 66752 The Hoosier State and 66712 Peterborough Power Signalbox.

York and North Midland Railway
Alan Cormack [19/11/2017]


Balerno: A recent walk along the Water of Leith Walkway showed that there are still a few telegraph poles lurking in the undergrowth, and here's one near Balerno. I think some-one's already cracked the joke about 'bush telegraph', so I'll refrain....

Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Alasdair Taylor [19/11/2017]


Croft Spa: Looking north to the poorly maintained and narrow width ECML over-bridge across the A167 Northallerton Road, a short distance to the south of Croft on Tees village. The large Tees Bridge, over the River Tees, lies approx 100m to the right.

Great North of England Railway
David Pesterfield [19/11/2017]


Yarm on Tees: The most northerly section, across the River Tees, of the 650m Yarm Viaduct is built in stone compared to brick for the rest of the structure. A large plaque is sited above the centre pier detailing the names of the design engineers, the superintendent of works, and the contractors responsible for the building the structure.

Leeds Northern Railway
David Pesterfield [19/11/2017]


Deveron Viaduct: Just published by Kessock Books, the new Insider Guide on the Aberdeen to Elgin and Inverness Railway by David Fasken and David Spaven. [Amazon] [Kessock Books]

Great North of Scotland Railway
Ewan Crawford [19/11/2017]


Forres [2nd]: View south to the former station at Forres.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Crinan Dunbar [19/11/2017]


Forres: A panoramic view of the new station at Forres, looking south, from the road bridge to the west. The old station has been obliterated.

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Crinan Dunbar [19/11/2017]


Barrow-in-Furness: Although the Cumbrian Coast Class 37 passenger services are drawing to a close before long the ETH fitted locos are still being 'shopped' and 37409 'Lord Hinton' has recently been overhauled and repainted in large logo livery. The loco is seen on 19th November 2018, newly arrived in Barrow-in-Furness with the 1145hrs arrival from Carlisle.

Furness Railway
Tony Jenkinson [19/11/2018]


News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Funeral held for rail crash pair [BBC News]Hundreds of mourners attend the funeral of the mother and daughter killed in the Berkshire rail crash.
2006Capital rail link ^threat^ to Glasgow Airport [Scotsman]EDINBURGH is set to surge further ahead of Glasgow as the country^s air-link hub as a result of its controversial new multi-million-pound rail link, a secret report has concluded.
2007Rail security moves 'police call' [Scotsman Article]RAIL passengers at major stations such as Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central will only face airport-style scanning and queues when the police deem it necessary, Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said yesterday.
2007Waverley platform works make a timely finish [Network Rail]
2009Virgin staff strike is called off [BBC News Article]A planned strike by Virgin Trains booking office staff at five mainline stations on Friday is called off after a legal challenge by the firm.
2010Transport bosses look at running trams on train tracks [Manchester Evening News]Metrolink could be coming to Stockport after all. Transport chiefs want to boost Greater Manchester’s network by running so-called ‘tram-trains’ – trams on train tracks.
2010Argyll train derailment driver honoured [BBC]A train driver has been honoured for his part in securing the safety of 60 passengers following a derailment in Argyll earlier this year
2011Farewell to the Ferries [SAYLSA]The very last ^boat train^ to Stranraer will run on Saturday 19th November 2011. This will be the 1704 service from Kilmarnock arriving at Stranraer at 1852 for the 1955 sailing of the Stena Voyager to Belfast. The 1945 ScotRail service to Glasgow Central will be the last ever boat train from Stranraer. Although ferry sailings will not cease from Stranraer until the following day, with the last sailing to Belfast being the 1955 HSS, ironically after 150 years buses will be replacing trains on that day as Network Rail carry out maintenance!
2011Neil calls on Transport Minister to deliver new railway station for Plains [STV]Alex Neil has again voiced his support for the creation of a dedicated railway station in Plains. The Airdrie and Shotts MSP says he plans to issue his own submission to Transport Scotland’s on-going consultation on the future of rail passenger services in Scotland to argue for a new station to be built in the village. During the building of the multi-million Airdrie to Bathgate railway line, new stations were built at Caldercruix and Drumgelloch while the main Airdrie station was upgraded. However, transport chiefs decided against building a station in Plains.
2012Scheme drawn up to restore historic railway repair sheds [This is Leicestershire]A developer which had wanted to demolish a Victorian railway building now wants to restore it. Jamie Lewis Residential had wanted to remove the 1890s Great Central Railway wagon repair works, next to Upperton Road, Leicester to make way for an eight-storey student flats complex. More than 400 people opposed the scheme and, following their objections, a planning application was withdrawn. The company has now submitted plans which keep the disused wagon works and propose a Ł10 million conversion into a medical centre, gym, drive-through restaurant and food store.
2013Early Winter preserved steam railway news [Rail.co]Another preserved railway opens while the 50th anniversary of a closure is celebrated!
2013The new era for ScotRail: faster services, cheaper tickets, and wi-fi access [Herald]Faster trains which offer more comfort and services tailored to attract tourists are planned for the next ScotRail franchise. Peak-time ticket prices pegged to inflation and improvements to wi-fi access will also be required as part of the contract, the Scottish Government^s Transport Scotland agency said. The new franchise - which is the single biggest contract awarded by the Government - is due to begin in 2015, lasting for up to 10 years.
2015Edinburgh trams: Extension to Newhaven gets green light [BBC News]Councillors in Edinburgh have agreed the city^s tram line should be extended by three miles to reach Newhaven. The decision to approve the proposal in principle was described as a ^first cautious step^ during a meeting in the City Chambers. It follows a council report that recommended extending the current line to Newhaven at a cost of ÂŁ144.7m.
2015Late braking blamed for TGV Est derailment [IRJ]FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) president Mr Guillaume Pepy confirmed on November 19 that an initial internal investigation into the derailment of a test train on TGV Est Phase 2 on November 14, which killed 11 people, has identifed that the accident was caused by excessive speed following a late brake application. [From Richard Buckby]
2016How Toton Sidings became a huge railway hub - in Victorian days [Nottingham Post]The Government has now confirmed that Toton Sidings, one of the largest rail depots in the UK, will be the site for a new station serving Nottingham and Derby as part of the the new HS2 high-speed rail network. DAVID LOWE charts the depot^s history
2016Digital Railway moves forward as Hitachi begins ETCS testing of Class 800s [RTM]The Digital Railway programme has hit a major milestone as Hitachi Rail Europe began testing digital technology on its Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains, set to enter passenger services on the Great Western route from next year. The intercity trains are fitted with digital signalling designed to boost capacity and relieve overcrowding as part of the DfT’s ambitious Digital Railway programme. A Class 800 train (800 802) has now entered testing stage at Network Rail’s signalling facility ENIF, in Hitchin. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Croydon line tram driver suspended over Sun footage [BBC News]A tram driver has been suspended after footage in The Sun appeared to show him struggling to stay awake, transport company FirstGroup has said. A video emerged of the driver at the controls on the same line on which a crash killed seven people in Croydon, south London, on 9 November. The Sun said it had been recorded in April, about three miles from the derailment scene of the derailment. FirstGroup said the driver had been removed from duty pending an inquiry.
2016Pressure grows on Humza Yousaf as train punctuality slumps [Scotland on Sunday]The Scottish Government’s handling of railways is under renewed attack with new figures revealing deteriorating performance and almost half of all trains failing to arrive on time at some of Scotland’s busiest stations.
2018Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed [The Register]As if its financial woes weren^t bad enough, IBM is suffering the further indignity of having a Scottish rail operator halting services to a station named after everyone^s favourite mainframe maker. Scotrail has announced that IBM Halt station, a single platform stop on a sleepy country branch line running past Greenock, west of Glasgow, will no longer be served by its trains from 9 December.