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1838 Arbroath and Forfar Railway: Opened partly with horse haulage. Stations opened at: Arbroath Catherine Street, Colliston, Leysmill.
1845 ~London and North Western Railway: Adlington opened
Ardrossan shed^s Black 5 no 45463 emerges in style from the south portal of Fairlie tunnel and runs through the station on 24 November 1962 at the head of a Glasgow bound boat train. Ardrossan shed^s Black 5 no 45463 emerges in style from the south portal of Fairlie tunnel and runs through the station on 24 November 1962 at the head of a Glasgow bound boat train.

R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [1962]
More images
More images from this day in history.
  • 1 Tynehead
    Freightliner 66610 on a ballast train just north of Tynehead station on 10 November 2014. Sister locomotive 66605 is on the other end of the train.
  • 2 Manchester Victoria
    A tram heading for Bury threads its way though the single line section from Shudehill on 31 October, with construction of the striking new roof of Manchester Victoria at an advanced stage.
  • 3 Pont Briwet
    The welcome sight of a train running again from Pwllheli to Birmingham International. A class 158 DMU crosses the new concrete Pont Briwet on 17th October 2014, while in the foreground the old wooden trestle bridge standeth still. Difficulties in rerouting water pipes and BT cables have delayed demolition of this listed structure.
  • 4 Mount Vernon
    Electric Multiple Unit 318266 on a driver training run at Mount Vernon on 2 October.
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.
Edinburgh Trams operational on 31 May 2014.

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Steam hauled goods train... where and when? [Added 15 November 2014]

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Queries and answers
Queries and answers.