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1848 Basingstoke Branch (Great Western Railway): Reading, Southcot Junction, to Basingstoke opened. Stations on section at: Mortimer, Bramley and Basingstoke.
1849 Buchanan Street Extension (Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway): Buchanan Street station opened
1849 Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway: Townhead station closed to passengers
1849 Buchanan Street Extension (Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway): Buchanan Street opened on a new extension which branched off at Germiston Junction and run parallel to the original line before passing under it and the Monkland Canal in a tunnel.
1849 Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway: Townhead closed to passengers.
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Notice issued by the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway dated 1 November 1836. Notice issued by the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway dated 1 November 1836.

Ian Dinmore [1836]
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  • 1 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.
  • 2 Newtongrange
    View south at Newtongrange on 14 October 2014 during tracklaying operations, showing the short distance between the Lady Victoria Colliery site, home of the Scottish Mining Museum (top left) and the under construction platform. The new station will have a direct footpath link with the museum.
  • 3 Mount Vernon
    Electric Multiple Unit 318266 on a driver training run at Mount Vernon on 2 October.
  • 4 Coatbridge Central
    One of the recently introduced class 68s, DRS 68005, passing through Coatbridge Central on 14 September with the Inverness to Mossend Tesco Express Intermodal service.
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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J36 0-6-0 65296... where and when? [Added 26 October 2014]

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Queries and answers
Queries and answers.