Today's banner by Ken Strachan: Snow Hill station is visible in the background as a tram for Wolverhampton calls at St Pauls on 25th April 2021. Notice the BT tower on the right.

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1833  Grand Junction Railway
Line authorised.
1850  Belfast and County Down Railway
Opened from Belfast [Queen^s Quay] [South] to Comber and Newtownards [1st] . (Two sets of platforms at Queens Quay were maintained - the originals for the Holywood line and new platforms, to the south, for the Newtownards [1st] line.)
1896  West Highland Railway
Derailment at Banavie Junction [1st] (now Fort William Junction).
1968  Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith Walk West Goods to Seafield Junction [CR] (excluded) closed.
1968  Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier to Stevenson No 1 Signal Box [2nd] closed to all traffic, (Ardrossan North Goods coal yard and Ardrossan Refinery's bitumen depot remained accessible through harbour sidings from Ardrossan Town).
1968  Alloa Railway
Longcarse Junction (excluded) to Throsk (excluded) closed to freight.
1968  Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Banff to Tillynaught closed to freight.
1968  Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Dunfermline; Townhill Junction to Touch North Junction closed to passengers.
1968  Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway) Morayshire Railway
Elgin East to Buckie [GNSR] to Cairnie Junction closed to passengers.
1968  Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Buckie [GNSR] to Cairnie Junction closed to all traffic. (Grange North Junction to Cairnie Junction remained double until the end.

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This day in history

Platform scene at Castle Douglas in May 1949, looking east towards Dumfries. Compound 4-4-0 no 1139 is approaching with a train for Stranraer.

Platform scene at Castle Douglas in May 1949, looking east towards Dumfries. Compound 4-4-0 no 1139 is approaching with a train for Stranraer.

G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1949)

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Notes and Queries

Photograph thought to have been taken from the window of a train somewhere on the Highland main line in the late 1950s, but where? Added 03/02/2010.

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Miscellany

Related to Float Junction.

The Float

'The Float' name comes from a former ferry which used to cross the River Clyde to the east of Float Viaduct - Lampits Ferry.

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Key events

March 2021Start of ScotRail conductor strikes on Sundays over rest-day pay.
March 2021ScotRail to be nationalised from March 2022.
February 2021Further reduction to 65% of pre-pandemic ScotRail timetable, with many late evening trains withdrawn.
January 2021Freightliner withdraws (temporarily?) Class 86 fleet (dating from 1966) to be replaced by ex-Anglia Class 90s.
Bridge Parapet collapse between Stonehaven and Carmont closes line until February. See image 75504
December 2020ScotRail timetable reduction.

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Slideshows

The Little Yellow Train, France 25 photos
Nuneaton North Chord construction and traffic 38 photos
Kelvindale Tunnel 12 photos
The Petite Ceinture Line, Paris. 4 photos
Strathspey Railway 34 photos
DIRFT expansion 37 photos

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Books

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Alnmouth To Berwick: Including The Seahouses And Tweed Dock Branch (Eastern Main Lines)

ASIN 1910356506
Publisher Middleton Press
Published 2021-01-30
Author(s) Darsley, Roger

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Steam Memories North East Scotland. Images from the Neville Stead collection. Compiled by David Spaven

ASIN 1913893030
Publisher Totem Publishing
Published 2021-01-31
Author(s) Spaven, David

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Scotland from the Rails: A Window Gazer's Guide (Bradt Travel Guides (Bradt on Britain))

ASIN 1784777625
Publisher Bradt Travel Guides
Published 2021-02-16
Author(s) le Vay, Benedict

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London's Railway Stations (Shire Library)

ASIN B0946L8C8M
Publisher Shire Publications
Published 2022-04-28
Author(s) Green, Oliver

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