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1841 Manchester and Leeds Railway: Line opened throughout; Walsden to Littleborough through the summit tunnel opened.
1852 ~Midland Railway: Worcester Junction renamed Abbots Wood Junction.
1862 Findhorn Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway: Findhorn Railway operation taken over by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
1862 ~West Midland Railway: Addlestrop and Stow Road renamed Addlestrop.
1864 London and North Western Railway, South Wales: Extension from Brynmawr to Nantybwch.
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BR Standard Class 3 2-6-0 no 77002 shunts the goods yard at Duns on a snowy but bright 1st March 1965 while managing to stay on the rails. The turnout where both 61116 and D181 came unstuck is just off picture to the right. 
BR Standard Class 3 2-6-0 no 77002 shunts the goods yard at Duns on a snowy but bright 1st March 1965 while managing to stay on the rails. The turnout where both 61116 and D181 came unstuck is just off picture to the right.

Bill Jamieson [1965]
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  • 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]
  • Tweedbank
    Still plenty to do. Sunday morning at Tweedbank terminus on 8 February 2015, with track now running into platforms 1 and 2. Work continues on various items around the site.
  • Roby
    A lineup of road-rail aerial platforms for use on the Liverpool - Manchester electrification project parked on the reinstated but as yet unused platform 4 at Roby station on 3 February 2015. View west towards Liverpool Lime Street.
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
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.

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Train approaching... where and when? [Added 24 February 2015]

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