A History of Britain's Railways

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1855 East of Fife Railway: Authorised from Leven to Kilconquhar.
1858 Formartine and Buchan Railway: Act receives Royal ascent. (Dyce to Peterhead, Mintlaw to Fraserburgh, branch to Ellon).
1858 Rosedale Branch (North Yorkshire and Cleveland Railway): An Act for the extension of the line to Rosedale. The Ingleby Mining Companys line had been bought by the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Railway, which itself was to be purchased by the North Eastern Railway shortly afterwards.
1866 Llantrisant No 1 Branch (Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway): Act passed.
1945 Vale of Rheidol Railway: Aberystwyth re-opened.
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42166 entering Larkhall (Central) with 6.10pm Glasgow-Strathaven train. 42166 entering Larkhall (Central) with 6.10pm Glasgow-Strathaven train.

G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. [1953]
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  • 1 Cutty Sark Bridge
    Currently supporting the Commonwealth Games as well as the passing coal traffic - the Cutty Sark bridge pictured on 11th June 2014.
  • 2 Lady Victoria Pit
    View south along the Borders Railway trackbed from the B704 road bridge towards Arniston on 17 July 2014, with the Lady Victoria site behind the camera.
  • 3 Pont Briwet
    The soon-to-be-demolished original Pont Briwet on 6th July with its replacement taking shape alongside. Work on the new bridge caused the 1860s wooden trestle bridge to become unstable in December 2013, following which the line was closed from Harlech to Pwllheli. It is expected to reopen by September 2014. [See image 46693]
  • 4 Shawfair
    Progress at Shawfair on 15 July 2014 - view south towards Sheriffhall.
  • 5 Gregson Lane
    Northern 158849 re-liveried in a yellow scheme with TAKING YOU TO THE TOUR lettering along the lower bodyside. The branding has been applied in connection with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July 2014. Extra trains will help people get to the event and both Northern and First TPE have leased loco hauled coaches to supplement regular workings. 158849 is heading east at Gregson Lane on 2 July with an evening Blackpool - York service. Bonsoir.
  • 6 Haymarket
    The concourse at Haymarket Station on 30 May with access to the forecourt now available through the original E&G booking hall in the background.
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
February 2014 Severe and prolonged storms cause major delays and damage to railways throughout UK

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Steam hauled goods train - where and when? [Added 6 July 2014]

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