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1775 Continental Congress offer the Olive Branch Petition to George III for reconciliation: Offer refused
1836 Durham and Sunderland Railway: First coal passes down line.
1848 Campsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway): Campsie Branch opened from Lenzie (called Campsie Junction) to Lennoxtown. Stations at; Campsie Junction, Kirkintilloch, Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown.
1852 Deeside Railway: First sod cut.
1865 Aboyne and Braemar Railway: Act receives Royal assent.
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Contrary to popular rumour, 1858 was a bit before my time. This is one of our smaller family heirlooms, which my mother gave me a few years before she passed away. It was first copied to Gary Thornton^s railtour website, which has an even older charter train ticket. Contrary to popular rumour, 1858 was a bit before my time. This is one of our smaller family heirlooms, which my mother gave me a few years before she passed away. It was first copied to Gary Thornton^s railtour website, which has an even older charter train ticket.

Ken Strachan [1858]
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  • Winchburgh Tunnel
    View south from above the site of Winchburgh Station on 14 June 2015. The north portal of Winchburgh Tunnel is visible on the left, with the eastbound track removed to allow access for contractors plant. [See recent news items]
  • Bargeddie Bridge
    Grabshot from a passing train showing the eastern end of the new Bargeddie bridge on 29th June 2015.
  • Manchester Victoria
    Construction work and tram track laying taking place in Corporation Street near Manchester Victoria station on 25 June 2015 in connection with the planned 'second city crossing'. [See news item]
  • Tynehead
    A driver training trip on the double track section of the Borders Railway just north of the former Tynehead station on 26 June 2015. ScotRail unit 158782 is on its way back from Tweedbank to Newcraighall.
  • Princes Street Gardens
    Virgin Rail East Coast-liveried HST forms the 07.55 Aberdeen - London Kings Cross service, approaching The Mound tunnel in Princes Street Gardens on 23 June.
  • Farnworth Tunnel
    Northern 150115 heads south from Farnworth Tunnel on 2 June as work continues in connection with electrification of the route. The Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service is running wrong line due to current closure of the larger tunnel, normally used by up trains.
  • Bermuda Park
    Despite the boastful hoarding, this station wasn't opened by May. But there is good progress in the last three weeks [see image 51490]. As the opening of Arena station has been deferred until September, it will be interesting to see which station is opened first.
June 2015 Tickets go on sale for Borders Railway services.
April 2015 West Coast Railway Co has operating license suspended by Network Rail
ScotRail franchise moves from First Group to Abellio
Serco takes over Caledonian Sleeper services
March 2015 Virgin East Coast services commence.

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