A History of Britain's Railways

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1858 South Wales Railway: Branch to Bute docks opened.
1859 Formartine and Buchan Railway: Ellon deviation authorised.
1886 Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway): Airdrie branch (Caledonian Railway) opened for goods
1886 Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway: Wooden shed with two roads, 42ft turntable and coal stage opened by Airdrie station. A sub-shed of Dawsholm.
1962 North British Locomotive Company: Liquidated. Goodwill bought by Barclays of Kilmarnock.
BR Standard class 4 tank no 80028 leaves a smokescreen over the north end of Maud in April 1954 as it arrives with a train off the Peterhead line. BR Standard class 4 tank no 80028 leaves a smokescreen over the north end of Maud in April 1954 as it arrives with a train off the Peterhead line.

G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. [1954]
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  • Coventry Arena
    Progress at Coventry Arena station on 8 April 2015. The Northbound platform appears almost complete and there is some new brickwork in place on the Southbound platform. Completion of the new station is expected by June 2015. [See image 50538].
  • Cutty Sark Bridge
    One of the prefabricated steel reinforcements is lowered into place at the Braehead viaduct construction site during the weekend line closure on 4th April 2015. This will form one of the four main supporting columns for the viaduct [see image 46140: lower picture].
  • Stirling
    The 0833 Edinburgh - Dunblane runs into Stirling platform 2 on the morning of 1 April 2015. The red carpet beyond the train is part of an Abellio launch event to mark their takeover of the ScotRail franchise. At the top left of the picture Stirling Castle looks on impassively, having seen it all before.
  • Preston
    The first run of the Caledonian Sleeper under the new operator, Serco, at Preston station at 0100 on 1 April 2015. The train is the 1S25 London Euston to Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness with traction supplied by GBRf in the form of 92018.
  • Inverkeithing East Junction
    68006 Daring in ScotRail livery passes Inverkeithing East Junction with the 17.08 Edinburgh - Fife – Edinburgh commuter train on 2 April. [68007 has received similar treatment.]
  • Arbroath
    Sporting its new Virgin stripe, 43313 passes under Arbroath signal box on 22 March 2015, bringing up the rear of a Virgin Trains East Coast Aberdeen-Kings Cross train.
April 2015 ScotRail franchise moves from First Group to Abellio
Serco takes over Caledonian Sleeper services
March 2015 Virgin East Coast services commence.
February 2015 Borders Railway tracklaying completed.
December 2014 Travel chaos due to holiday engineering works overrunning at Kings Cross and Paddington.

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A Class 37 hauled freight in the 70s... where is this? [Added 15 April 2015]

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