A History of Britain's Railways

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1854 Blaenavon Tramroad: Abersychan opened
1864 Neath and Brecon Railway: Opened from Neath to Onllwyn.
1871 Rhymney and Nantybwch Joint Line (London and North Western Railway, South Wales and Rhymney Railway): Joint line from Rhymney to Nantybwch opened to public traffic. The London and North Western Railway diverts all of its Cardiff bound traffic to the Rhymney Railway route.
1871 Morriston Loop (Swansea Vale Railway): Opened from Upper Bank to Morriston. Morriston was named for John Morris of the Forest Copper Works.
1876 Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway): Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to passengers.
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Withdrawn from Machynlleth the previous month, Collett 0-6-0 no 2233 is ^stored^ pending disposal alongside Oswestry shed in October 1961. Withdrawn from Machynlleth the previous month, Collett 0-6-0 no 2233 is ^stored^ pending disposal alongside Oswestry shed in October 1961.

K A Gray [1961]
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  • 1 Mount Vernon
    Platform 1 at Mount Vernon now has CCTV fitted for Driver Only Operation as part of the electrification project. 156449 is seen here on 1st October about to depart for Glasgow Central High level.
  • 2 Sheriffhall
    Sleepers being laid under the Edinburgh City Bypass at Sheriffhall on 21 September 2014.
  • 3 Murrayfield
    The steps and barriers at the rear of Murrayfield tramstop on 14 September. Hardly a requirement on this particular September evening, but doubtless a different picture on match days during the 6 Nations and other major sporting events at the stadium opposite.
  • 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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