A History of Britain's Railways

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1851 Gloucester and Dean Forest Railway: Opened.
1851 Gloucester and Dean Forest Railway: Gloucester to Grange Court Junction with the South Wales Railway opened.
1854 Great North of Scotland Railway: Huntly to Kittybrewster official opening.
1860 Inverness and Ross-shire Railway: First sod cut.
1902 Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway): Leadhills to Wanlockhead opened to goods.
More events There are 6 more events.
Nameplate of 46220 photographed at Glasgow Central on 19 September 1959. Nameplate of 46220 photographed at Glasgow Central on 19 September 1959.

A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [1959]
More images
More images from this day in history.
  • 1 Shawfair
    Looking south over Shawfair Station on 16 September with work on the footbridge well advanced.
  • 2 Carmyle
    A clutter of catenary at Carmyle on 11 September as 156477 continues on its journey from Glasgow Central to Whifflet. Electrification of the route is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.
  • 3 Torwoodlee
    South end of the restored railway bridge over the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the northern edge of Galashiels. View east along the river on 31 August 2014.
  • 4 Lancaster
    Two brand new Class 68s, 68011 and 68010, in Chiltern Trains livery, running light engine from Crewe to Carlisle on 20th August 2014.
August 2014 Borders Railway - first track laid, 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.
April 2014 Main line through Dawlish reopens after major storm damage

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A Special... where and when? [Added 15 September 2014]

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Queries and answers
Queries and answers.