A History of Britain's Railways

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1857 Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway: Nairn to Dalvey (temporary station west of Elgin) opened.
1862 Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway): Alves to Burghead Harbour (Burghead Old) opened.
1902 Vale of Rheidol Railway: Aberystwyth Smithfield opened.
Polmadie Royal Scot 46107 <I>Argyll and Sutherland Highlander</I> stands at Carlisle platform 3 on a bleak December day in 1961 ready to take out the 9.30am Manchester - Glasgow train. Polmadie Royal Scot 46107 Argyll and Sutherland Highlander stands at Carlisle platform 3 on a bleak December day in 1961 ready to take out the 9.30am Manchester - Glasgow train.

K A Gray [1961]
More images
More images from this day in history.
  • 1 Gorebridge
    Sunday morning scene at Gorebridge, looking south on 21 December 2014, with work well advanced on the station car park. Most activities are now on hold for the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
  • 2 Mount Vernon
    318257 coupled to 320313 arriving at Mount Vernon from Motherwell on Sunday 14th December 2014, the first day of the new electric services on the Whifflet line.
  • 3 Manchester Airport
    The new Metrolink platforms at Manchester Airport from the buffer stops. When opened in 1993 the station had two platforms but has been greatly expanded since 2008. Of the most recent platforms only No.6 was in use on 2 December with Tram 3089 waiting to return to Cornbrook. The new main line platform 4 to the right was nearing completion, with TPE 185121 waiting at platform 3 on a Blackpool North service.
  • 4 Glasgow Central
    A group of visitors on one of the recently launched Glasgow Central Station Tours returns via the main walkway along the station roof on 20th November 2014. [See image 49659]
November 2014 Stagecoach/Virgin Joint Venture selected to run re-privatised ECML
October 2014 Dutch operator Abellio to take over ScotRail franchise from FirstGroup in April 2015
August 2014 Borders Railway - first track sections in place, opening date to be 6 Sepember 2015.
June 2014 Virgin Trains WCML franchise extended to 2018.
May 2014 Serco awarded Caledonian Sleeper contract.

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Steam hauled freight... where and when? [Added 21 December 2014]

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Queries and answers
Queries and answers.