A History of Britain's Railways

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1838 Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway: Victoria Jetty, Granton opened for traffic to Burntisland.
1847 Franklin Expedition: First note left on King William Island. "All well".
1852 Deeside Railway: Deeside Railway re-authorised from Ferryhill to Banchory.
1858 Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway: Helensburgh opened
1858 Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway: Opened as single track. Due to a disagreement over station access charges between the company and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the first trains ran to Buchanan Street using the Sighthill Branch and a connection at St Rollox with the Buchanan Street Extension line. The disagreement was resolved a month later.
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Lennoxtown station. NB 4.4.0 62497 Glen Mallie backing out. Lennoxtown station. NB 4.4.0 62497 Glen Mallie backing out.

G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. [1949]
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  • Burnley Manchester Road
    The first service to use the reinstated Todmorden Curve, the 2J61 0818 hrs Blackburn to Manchester Victoria, arrives at Burnley Manchester Road station on time on Sunday 17 May 2015. [See news item]
  • Cadder
    The 1100 Edinburgh Glasgow Queen Street, formed by DMU 170431, passes through the former Cadder yard on 13 May 2015. The new EGIP depot stands on the right. [See image 16962]
  • Tweedbank
    The Borders Railway terminus at Tweedbank on Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2015. Much going on, including work on the car parking area and various landscaping/planting activities. The blue-cladded structure is referred to on the BR website as the 'Train Operators Building'.
  • Coventry Arena
    View north towards Nuneaton on 1 May 2015 over the well-advanced construction of Coventry Arena station. Completion is scheduled for June 2015.
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.
February 2015 Borders Railway tracklaying completed.

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A former junction... where? [Added 27 May 2015]

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