A History of Britain's Railways

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1820 Death of George III:
1889 West Highland Railway: Charles Forman (of engineers Forman & McCall), James Bulloch (Formans chief engineer), J.E. Harrison (assistant engineer), Robert McAlpine (contractor), John Bett (factor of the Breadalbane Estates), Major Martin (factor of the Poltalloch estates) and N.B. MacKenzie (solicitor, local agent for the railway company) meet at a hotel in Spean Bridge to conduct a survey of the proposed route of the line over Rannoch Moor
1917 Fairfield Shipbuilders: Submarine K13 sinks during trials in the Gareloch as hatch covers left open with engineers from the yard and sailors on board. 29 men were killed but 46 were rescued. The dead were interred in Faslane cemetery.
1957 Fife and Kinross Railway: Ladybank to Auchtermuchty closed to freight.
1965 Duke of Sutherlands Railway: Dunrobin closed.
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LNER L1 2.6.4T at East Kilbride. No 67760 on trials. LNER L1 2.6.4T at East Kilbride. No 67760 on trials.

G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. [1949]
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  • 1 High Street Goods
    The changing face of Glasgow. Looking west along Duke Street towards Glasgow city centre on 27 January 2015. The surviving facade of the former High Street goods depot has been incorporated within the new buildings that now line the route. [See image 28141]
  • 2 Bowshank Tunnel
    Ballast train a little to the north of Bowshank Tunnel on 27 January 2015 with Freightliner class 66 locomotives 66613 (leading) and 66614 in charge.
  • 3 Huyton
    Electrification work in progress near Huyton, Merseyside, on 28 December 2014.
  • 4 Torwoodlee
    The southern of the two recently rebuilt viaducts at Torwoodlee looking north across the Gala Water on 26 December 2014. The Peebles Loop, which separated from the Waverley route at Kilnknowe Junction, has turned off to the left (west) by this point. The south portal of Torwoodlee Tunnel can be seen in the distance.
  • 5 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.
  • 6 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.
December 2014 Travel chaos due to holiday engineering works overrunning at Kings Cross and Paddington.
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.

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Old goods shed... where? [Added 29 January 2015]

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