A History of Britain's Railways

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1860 Findhorn Railway: Line opened.
1864 Taff Vale Extension: Line extended from Quaker's Yard (Low Level) to meet the Vale of Neath Railway at Middle Duffryn Junction. Opened for goods.
1864 Taff Vale Extension: Opened from Quakers Yard to Middle Duffryn Junction to meet the Vale of Neath Railway.
1966 Glasgow Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway: Dalry to Kilmarnock closed to local passenger trains.
1966 Dumfries Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway: Dumfries to Lockerbie closed to freight
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G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. [1949]
More images
More images from this day in history.
  • 1 Princes Street
    An Airport bound Edinburgh tram at the east end of Princes Street during a test run on 11 April 2014 - complete with familiar backdrop.
  • 2 Settle & Carlisle Line
    The 25th Anniversary of the Settle & Carlisle 'reprieve' was marked by a DRS-worked special train over the route on 11 April 2014 and celebrated by (amongst many others) Michael Portillo at Carlisle and Paul Salveson at Leeds.
  • 3 Cumbernauld
    View from the platform at Cumbernauld on 21 February 2014 as a terminated service from Motherwell enters the refuge siding. Changed days.... with colour light signalling and electrification equipment now installed here [see image 10787].
  • 4 Crawford viaduct
    TransPennine 350402 from Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central crosses Crawford Viaduct on 17 March.
  • 5 Mount Vernon
    Signs of progress on the electrification of the Whifflet line at Mount Vernon on 17 March as the 0845 service to Glasgow Central approaches the station. Electrification of the line to Whifflet is due to be completed this summer.
February 2014 Severe and prolonged storms cause major delays and damage to railways throughout UK
January 2014 Shortlist of three announced for East Coast franchise
December 2013 Revamped Haymarket station opened to public
First Anglo-Scottish class 350 service runs between Manchester and Glasgow
November 2013 Five companies shortlisted to bid for next ScotRail franchise

The past year The past year.
Tramworks - where is this? [Added 13 April 2014]

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Queries and answers
Queries and answers.