This day in history 21 November

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Alresford (Essex): A 12 coach Class 312 Clacton/Walton to Liverpool Street formation passes Alresford (Essex) on 21st November 1976. At the time, these “outer suburban” units were fairly new to the line and a reasonable alternative to the well-liked Class 309 units, which were being released from duty for refurbishment.

Tendring Hundred Railway
Mark Dufton [21/11/1976]


Carlisle: 83007 stands with empty stock on one of the centre roads at Carlisle on 21 November 1981. In the background a class 108 DMU for the Cumbrian coast line prepares to leave the M&C bay platform.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Colin Alexander [21/11/1981]


Loanhead: A little to the north of Loanhead Station in November 1986, with a curious adaptation to the track (presumably for stabilisation purposes on the curve). [Ref Query 2839]

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Bill Roberton [21/11/1986]


Bilston Glen Colliery: View north from the headshunt of Bilston Glen Colliery, Loanhead, in November 1986.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Bill Roberton [21/11/1986]


Loanhead: The old goods shed at Loanhead in November 1986, plus a surviving section of track and buffer stop from the former goods yard. In the right background is the remains of Ramsay Colliery, closed in 1965. View is south west with the closed station obscured by the goods shed.

Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Bill Roberton [21/11/1986]


Grangemouth: The south east side of Grangemouth Shed in November 1987.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Bill Roberton [21/11/1987]


Grangemouth: Looking south from Station Road bridge, Grangemouth, in November 1987. The former station stood on the right.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Bill Roberton [21/11/1987]


Fouldubs Junction: Looking towards Fouldubs Junction along the disused Orchardhall branch in November 1987. The yard throat of Grangemouth shed is in the right background.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Bill Roberton [21/11/1987]


Bonnyrigg: The former station at Bonnyrigg - looking north east along the island platform in November 2005.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [21/11/2005]


Bingley: Bingley station looking north from the northern portal of Bingley Tunnel.

Skipton Branch (Leeds and Bradford Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Healey Mills Marshalling Yard: Looking west at the engineering sidings, wagon repair shop and fuel depot at Healey Mills.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Healey Mills Marshalling Yard: Looking west along the Wakefield - Mirfield line at the up staging sidings at Healey Mills Marshalling Yard. The sidings are now mainly used for locomotive storage.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Rotherham Masborough: Looking south from Rotherham Masborough. The line to the left is the old Midland mainline to Chesterfield and to the right the line to Sheffield.

North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Mansfield: Mansfield station building looking north on the re-opened Robin Hood line.

Mansfield to Worksop Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Rotherham Central Junction: Southbound heading onto the Holmes Curve from Rotherham Central Junction.

Meadowhall to Mexborough Line (South Yorkshire Railway and River Dun Navigation)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Keighley: Keighley looking west. The preserved platforms.

Skipton Branch (Leeds and Bradford Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Keighley: Keighley looking west. The Network Rail platforms.

Skipton Branch (Leeds and Bradford Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Skipton: Skipton looking east. The bridge over the top carries the cut back Grassington branch which serves Rylstone.

Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Skipton: Skipton looking west. The busiest platform is behind the camera and on the right - a bay for services to Leeds.

Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Garsdale: Diagram and gradient profile in Garsdale signalbox.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Cambus Loop: View west towards Cambus on 21 November 2006 with the passing loop now in place.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [21/11/2006]


Forgandenny: View from the south of Strathearn Viaduct under complete refurbishment. Tented village flooded out previous day. Many contractors present!

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [21/11/2006]


Kincardine: View west over Kincardine level crossing on 21 November 2006.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Furnevel [21/11/2006]


Forteviot: Aberdeen- Glasgow Turbostar passing Forteviot.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [21/11/2006]


Healey Mills Marshalling Yard: Nothing but a 66 alongside Healey Mills depot on 21 November 2006, but the nearby sidings were full of redundant class 37s and other locomotives.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Mansfield: Looking north along the platforms of the re-opened station at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on the Robin Hood Line in November 2006.

Mansfield to Worksop Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Creswell: Looking north at the former Creswell Junction from Creswell station. The route off to the left is still in place but the junction is taken out. This went west to Barrow Hill.

Mansfield to Worksop Line (Midland Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Skipton: Skipton station building which is on the north side of the line.

Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Rotherham Masborough: The closed station at Rotherham Masborough. The three lines to the left and centre run to Sheffield and the two on the right run by the old North Midland Railway mainline to Derby by Barrow Hill.

North Midland Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Skipton: A service for Bradford stands in the south bay at Skipton in November 2006.

Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Merryton: The Larkhall line has proved popular. First ScotRail is delighted saying Latest available figures suggest that more than 325,000 trips have taken place on the strategic rail link built to reconnect Larkhall to Glasgow and to increase capacity on the rail network.

Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2006]


Schöftland: Wynental-und Suhrentalbahn (WSB) unit, (now marketed as AAR),stands at Schöftland in NE Switzerland on a wet 21st November 2007.

AAR Bus and Bahn
Michael Gibb [21/11/2007]


Hayes Knoll: Scene on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 21 November 2007 as Barclay 0-6-0ST 2139 of 1942 Salmon undergoes some test running following a major overhall.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [21/11/2007]


Olten: Swiss Re4/4 and Re460 locos in multiple provide a superpowered journey from Olten to Zurich on 21/11/07.

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
Michael Gibb [21/11/2007]


Perth New Yard: Most of the buildings in the former yard had disappeared by 19 November 2008. [See image 22032]

Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Gary Straiton [21/11/2008]


Bristol: 66204 heading up the Portbury Branch from Bristol on 21 November 2008 with coal empties. These trains are very erratic, being dependent on power station demands and shipping.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [21/11/2008]


Didcot: EWS liveried 66098 & 66131 at Didcot on 21 November 2009.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [21/11/2009]


Kirkcaldy: 170 401 leaves Kirkcaldy with the hourly Edinburgh to Dundee semi-fast service on Saturday 21 November.  Behind it lies the now indespensible car park, full of commuters' cars during the week, which was built a few years ago on the land once occupied by the  extensive goods yard. The few terminating trains, when needing to clear the main line, use the siding which starts under the rear coach.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [21/11/2009]


Didcot: 3822 and 3650 stand in the yard at the Great Western Society Depot, Didcot, on 21 November 2009.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [21/11/2009]


Cupar: The newly constructed disabled access to the southbound platform at Cupar seen here on 21 November 2010.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [21/11/2010]


Cupar: A CrossCountry Voyager calls at Cupar on 21 November 2010. The new zig zag ramp to facilitate disabled access to the southbound platform has now been constructed behind the station building [see image 16815]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [21/11/2010]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Rolling easily down the 1:29 gradient from Preston station to the docks is a train of loaded bitumen tankers. This would have been a different story in loose coupled days when wagon brakes would have been firmly pinned down to prevent a runaway. 66150 is just about to enter the short Fishergate tunnel [See image 20278] where the line levels off before Strand Rd level crossing. The Class 66 will shortly return with the empty tankers for Lindsey near Immingham.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [21/11/2011]


York: York's station lights do their best to combat the overall gloom during a heavy downpour on the morning of 21 November 2012. Meantime, Deltic 55002 'The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry' prepares to depart on time at 09.41 with streamlined Stanier Pacific no 6229 'Duchess of Hamilton' in tow. The Duchess is en route to Shildon where she will join recently repatriated A4s 60008 'Dwight D Eisenhower' and 60010 'Dominion of Canada'. [See image 40640]

York and North Midland Railway
Vic Smith [21/11/2012]


York: 6229 'Duchess of Hamilton' about to leave York for Shildon on 21 November 2012 in pouring rain behind Deltic 55002 'The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry'. [See image 41106]

York and North Midland Railway
Vic Smith [21/11/2012]


Harlech: 158818 and 158822 during extended stops at Harlech on 21 November, after bringing students to the local college. The trains are standing below Harlech Castle while awaiting their 08.25 departures to Birmingham International and Pwllheli respectively.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
David Pesterfield [21/11/2012]


Oxheys: 34067 Tangmere travels south along the WCML at Oxheys Loop on 21 November heading for Southall after overhaul at Carnforth. The Battle of Britain Pacific and support coach are crossing the very low Lytham Road bridge in Fulwood.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [21/11/2013]


Strand Road Exchange Sidings: Catch them while you can. DBS recently lost the contract for the Lindsey to Preston Dock bitumen service and so the red Super 60s that have been the mainstay for some time will no longer be seen on the Ribble Branch. On 21st November 60044 arrived at Strand Rd to hand over the loaded tanks to RSR Sentinel Energy.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [21/11/2014]


Ashton Swing Bridge (Preston): RSR Sentinel Energy trundles a rake of seven loaded tankers across the Preston Dock swing bridge towards the bitumen terminal. This is not the original Preston Dock loco of the same name but was previously Manchester Ship Canal MSC DH23, purchased by Ribble Rail in 2004. It can easily be recognised from a distance as it faces in the opposite direction to sisters Progress and Enterprise.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [21/11/2014]


Edinburgh Waverley: This welcome sign at Platform 19 acknowledges that railways have a heritage. Nice touch. Can you imagine it showing the bogie of a Pendolino?

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
David Panton [21/11/2015]


Prestonpans: Diesel on the North Berwick line? A category mistake caused by work on the OLE, I imagine, as there were no electrics running. An afternoon service to Edinburgh calls in low sunlight from the southwest. Notice that a frost is expected.

North British Railway
David Panton [21/11/2015]


Leyland: A pair of Pacers on a Manchester to Blackpool service call at Leyland on 21 November 2015. Under the next franchise the Pacers are to be withdrawn from Northern services. The successful bidder is expected to be announced within the next two weeks.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [21/11/2015]


Glasgow Queen Street: View south over the east side of Queen Street station on 21st November 2015. Centre left can be seen the rear of the B listed Millenium Hotel main building while rising above the trainshed to the right can be seen Consort House which is scheduled for demolition during the station refurbishment. The future of the car park area in the left foreground is unclear at present.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [21/11/2015]


Glasgow Queen Street: The Millenium Hotel main building (B listed apart from its conservatory) will be retained in the redevelopment of Queen Street station. The hotel extension which will be demolished can just be seen at the far left of the picture.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [21/11/2015]


Glasgow Queen Street: The 1877 bridge which carries Cathedral Street over Queen Street station was recently refurbished and strengthened. The bridge also supports part of the trainshed roof and so is included in the 'A' listing of the trainshed. (Manufacturer's plate inset).

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [21/11/2015]


Lake Windermere: Cumbria's answer to Cal-Mac? Whilst the steamers that operate the full length of Windermere were once owned by the Furness Railway the ferry that crosses the narrows just south of Bowness has never had that connection. The current diesel vessel Mallard is cable operated and can carry up to eighteen cars and one hundred passengers. It is seen here loading at Bowness prior to making the ten minute crossing to the west side on 21st November 2015.

Cumbria County Council
Mark Bartlett [21/11/2015]


Prestonpans: The one on the left, at least, gets me every time. The nearest thing Prestonpans station has to staff.

North British Railway
David Panton [21/11/2015]


Crossgates: DB Cargo 66096 nears the site of Crossgates Station running light from Mossend to Thornton, purpose unknown, on 21 November.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Bill Roberton [21/11/2016]


Dalreoch: An Helensburgh to Edinburgh service draws to a stop at an autumnal Dalreoch.

Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street Low Level: Low level Queen Street during an all too rare quiet period. The disused centre island platform is clearly seen.

Glasgow City and District Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2016]


Glasgow Central: The Gordon Street frontage of Glasgow Central on the evening of the 21st of November. Above the entrance is the Caledonian's hotel, now the Grand Central Hotel.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Frontage of Queen Street high level with the ghastly 1970s hotel extension in the centre blocking the view of the station. Work to demolish this and build a new station concourse is due to begin ... any time now ...

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford [21/11/2016]


Edinburgh Gateway: The 'coming attractions' blurb on all ScotRail December timetables. The new Edinburgh Gateway station will also mean a significant change to the Fife locals. In order not to introduce another stop, especially when it's so close to South Gyle, all but a very few trains will call alternately at one or the other. This means that South Gyle is demoted to a half-hourly service. I don't suppose there's a feasible alternative to this, but there's no direct walking route between the two stations so some people are going to be inconvenienced! Trains to Aberdeen, Perth and Dundee will call at Gateway, which will have a tram link.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines
David Panton [21/11/2016]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1899Rutherglen and Coatbridge RailwayAirdrie shed burns down

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2006Open to all: CILT Talk Rail Developments in Wales and Scotland by John DaviesThe Scottish Regions^ Annual Rail Event
"Rail Developments in Wales and Scotland" by John Davies
Tuesday 21 November 2006, 1730 for 1800
8th Board Room, Atkins, 200 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G1 4RU.

John Davies was formerly BR Manager for Wales, and his subsequent experience as a consultant makes him uniquely placed to compare developments post-devolution in Wales and Scotland.

Lacking the rail powers now enjoyed by the Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly has nevertheless been able to take advantage of the emergence of a Wales and Borders passenger franchise to deliver improvements including a national concessionary fares scheme, reopening of the Barry-Bridgend freight line and now the proposed reopening of the mothballed route to Ebbw Vale.

Wales and Scotland share issues of peripherality, inadequate infrastructure and opportunities for greater rail-bus integration, but in both countries there is greater optimism about rail development than in their common neighbour.

Note: No Booking is required for this event.
2008Scots rail fares set to increase [BBC News Article]Rail passengers in Scotland face a 6% rise in the ticket prices - almost 2% above the current rate of inflation.
2008MSP slams tram-train Interchange delay [Evening News]EDINBURGH West Liberal Democrat MSP Margaret Smith has criticised the Scottish Government over delays in choosing the site for the planned tram-train interchange at Gogar.
2008New phase begins on Airdrie-Bathgate project [Network Rail Article]Work on the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link will gather pace on Monday with the start of a vital phase of activity which will prepare the way for the new line.
2009Rail services affected by heavy rain[BBC News]Rail services have been badly affected by heavy rain and flooding, especially in southern and central Scotland
2010Rail fares up by average 6.2% in new year [BBC News]Rail travellers are facing an average rail fare rise of 6.2% in the new year, according to industry figures. [From Mark Bartlett]
2011Goodnight to the sleeper train [Independent]Shortly after nine this evening, Britain^s most remarkable train will shudder its way out of Euston station in London. It^s a struggle to get moving because the 9.15pm overnight train to Scotland is the UK^s longest, stretching almost a quarter of a mile, and comprised of rolling stock four decades old. And the fear is that the day is not far off when it ceases to leave at all.
2011Trains to take Dounreay nuclear fuel to Sellafield [BBC News]Trains are to start moving tonnes of nuclear fuel from Dounreay in Caithness to Sellafield in Cumbria from next summer. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said the breeder material would be reprocessed for use in generating electricity in the future.
2012Historic locomotive goes on show at Shildon railway museum [Northern Echo]A STEAM engine which spent 13 years on display at a Butlin^s holiday camp has now gone on show at a North-East railway museum. The Duchess of Hamilton arrived at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon today. It has been based at the National Railway Museum, York, since 1987 and is paying its first Shildon visit. The loco was pulled from York to Shildon by an NRM-owned Deltic.
2013Plans to close Folkestone Harbour branch line [ITV News]Network Rail has announced that it proposes to close the Folkestone Harbour branch line and Folkestone Harbour station. The line hasn^t been used by passenger services as part of the national rail network since 2001 and only chartered services have operated in recent years. An assessment by Network Rail concluded it would not be financially appropriate or responsible to continue to maintain it. The recommendation covers the railway line between Folkestone East Junction and Folkestone Harbour and Folkestone Harbour station and that they close at the earliest opportunity. [From Mark Bartlett]
2013Borders railway decision ^insane^, says Institute of Economic Affairs [BBC News]The decision to build the new Borders railway has been described as ^insane^ by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The think tank said the project was ^exceedingly poor value for money^. But the claims were rejected by Transport Minister Keith Brown, who insisted the line would provide a major economic boost to the Borders. The railway link between Edinburgh and Tweedbank in the Borders is due to be completed by 2015 and will cost Ł294m to construct.
2014Deal reached on Welsh electrification [IRJ]AFTER months of political deadlock, the British government and the Welsh assembly have reached an agreement on funding for the electrification of the South Wales Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea and the Valley Lines suburban network around Cardiff. [From Richard Buckby]
2014Eurostar passengers trapped on trains overnight number more than 1,200 [Guardian]Hundreds of Eurostar passengers were stuck on trains for hours overnight after an overhead cable problem. The power outage, at Lille in northern France, affected nearly 700 passengers travelling on Thursday’s 6.01pm London to Paris Eurostar service as well as around 600 who were on the 6.04pm London to Brussels train.
2015Crossrail train carriage features unveiled [BBC News]Transport for London has released details of the trains which will carry passengers on the ÂŁ14.8bn Crossrail route, saying they will be ^fully accessible^ with free Wi-Fi access. Services due to start in 2018 will run across London, extending as far west as Reading and as far east as Shenfield in Essex. London Mayor Boris Johnson said the rolling stock ^showcase the best of British design and engineering^. They are built by Bombardier in Derby. Each train will provide space for 1,500 customers in nine carriages. At over 656ft (200m), they are over one and a half times longer than the longest Tube train.
2015First tram-train heads for Sheffield [Railway Gazette]UK: The first of seven Citylink vehicles for the Sheffield – Rotherham tram-train pilot project left Vossloh España’s factory near Valencia on November 18. Expected to leave the port of Santander on November 23, it is due to arrive in Southampton on November 28 before making the final leg of its journey by road, to arrive in Sheffield on December 1.
2016Abellio hits back at ScotRail nationalisation warning [Daily Record]Dutch operator says any operator running the ScotRail franchise - public or private - does so to a ^tightly specified Scottish Government contract^, meaning ^Ministers set fares and essentially determine how many seats are available and therefore how much overcrowding exists across the network^