A History of Britain's Railways

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1919 Cowdenbeath Loop (North British Railway): All passenger trains start to use the Cowdenbeath (New) deviation.
1965 Kelso Branch NER (North Eastern Railway): Kelso to Tweedsmouth closed to freight
1973 Last American Troops leave Vietnam:
Notice of a General Meeting of the Peebles Railway Company, to be held on 29 March 1867 in the County Hall, Peebles. Notice of a General Meeting of the Peebles Railway Company, to be held on 29 March 1867 in the County Hall, Peebles.

Ian Dinmore [1867]
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  • Cardiff Queen Street
    The recommissioned platform 5 at Cardiff Queen Street is now fully operational [see image 45171]. Trains are segregated, with Taff Vale trains (Merthyr, Aberdare, Treherbert) using 5 and trains for Rhymney and Coryton using 4. View north on 6 March with ATW 150213 recently arrived at platform 5 with the 1442 Bridgend - Aberdare service.
  • Manchester Oxford Road
    The late running Northern 1713 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport service, formed by ex-Thameslink 319362, calls at Manchester Oxford Road on 5 March 2015
  • Inverkeithing East Junction
    Power car 43300 with Virgin East Coast branding passes Inverkeithing East Junction on 1 March 2015 with the 13.47 Aberdeen London Kings Cross service.
  • Cutty Sark Bridge
    The Cutty Sark (Braehead) construction site viewed from Bredisholm Road on 25th February 2015 [see image 46153]. The new viaduct over the M8 extension will be constructed alongside the railway line and slid into place during a 2-week line closure in July 2015.
  • Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal
    The line of trees that previously stood in the background [see image 35428] seems to have been sacrificed to build DIRFT 3. View north west on 18 February 2015 with Rugby station just off the end of the 'Northampton loop' in the left background.
  • Morecambe South Junction
    The deck of the new Heysham link road bridge has now been put in place over the WCML near Morecambe South Junction. 150224 passes under the new structure on 9th February 2015 on a Morecambe to Leeds working that has just left the Morecambe branch. [See image 48728]
March 2015 Virgin East Coast services commence.
February 2015 Borders Railway tracklaying completed.
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

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Looking through the site of a former station... where? [Added 24 March 2015]

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Queries and answers
Queries and answers.