A History of Britain's Railways

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1845 Caledonian Railway: Act receives Royal assent.
1845 Aberdare Railway: Act for the line promoted by Sir John Guest and Crawshay Bailey (of Aberaman Ironworks). Line to run from Navigation House to Aberdare with a branch to Cwmbach from Cwmbach Junction to provide a connection with the Aberdare Iron Company's tramroad to Abernant.
1851 Dundee and Arbroath Railway: Barry opened.
1865 Monkland Railways
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway: Monkland Railways absorbed by Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
1866 Morayshire Railway: Rothes to Orton closed.
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Macduff station. Local train. GNSR 4.4.0 2277 Gordon Highlander. Macduff station. Local train. GNSR 4.4.0 2277 Gordon Highlander.

G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. [1948]
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  • 1 Tweedbank
    Work in progress on the station site at Tweedbank on 29 July 2014. View towards Galashiels, with the currently closed pathway on the left following the original Waverley route.
  • 2 Kemble
    The redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble line is well underway and should be completed by 31 August 2014. View is south through the site of the former Purton station towards Swindon on 26 July 2014. [Not quite on the scale of the Borders Railway or even the Airdrie - Bathgate project but round here it is looked upon as a minor miracle.]
  • 3 Cutty Sark Bridge
    Currently supporting the Commonwealth Games as well as the passing coal traffic - the Cutty Sark bridge pictured on 11th June 2014.
  • 4 Lady Victoria Pit
    View south along the Borders Railway trackbed from the B704 road bridge towards Arniston on 17 July 2014, with the Lady Victoria site behind the camera.
  • 5 Pont Briwet
    The soon-to-be-demolished original Pont Briwet on 6th July with its replacement taking shape alongside. Work on the new bridge caused the 1860s wooden trestle bridge to become unstable in December 2013, following which the line was closed from Harlech to Pwllheli. It is expected to reopen by September 2014. [See image 46693]
  • 6 Shawfair
    Progress at Shawfair on 15 July 2014 - view south towards Sheriffhall.
June 2014 Virgin Trains WCML franchise extended to 2018.
May 2014 Serco awarded Caledonian Sleeper contract.
Edinburgh Trams operational on 31 May 2014.
April 2014 Main line through Dawlish reopens after major storm damage
February 2014 Severe and prolonged storms cause major delays and damage to railways throughout UK

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Steam hauled goods train - where and when? [Added 6 July 2014]

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Queries and answers
Queries and answers.