Category Railways

11th August 1968 and a British Rail Special offer

 A 315 mile, almost eleven hour journey marked the end of standard gauge steam-hauled passenger service on British Railways.  The timings sheet was headed with the statement – ‘Last steam hauled train on Britain Railways on standard track, Sunday 11th August 1968.’ A ‘Souvenir Platform Ticket’ was available – it tells us that: The last […]

A ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ for one last day

The ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ was the last main-line passenger train to be hauled by steam locomotive power on British Rail.  It happened on Sunday 11th August 1968 – the day before the introduction of a steam ban. It was a special rail tour excursion train organised for the occasion to run from Liverpool via Manchester […]

Could Dr Beeching have been going along the wrong lines?

Back on 23rd December 2016 I told the story of a certain Dr Richard Beeching who, on that day in 1964, was to depart from his post as Chairman of the British Rail Board in the New Year. Well, it was on this day – Wednesday 15th March – in 1961 – that he had […]

London’s first train

Saturday 10th January 1863 was the day when the first section of the London underground – the 4 mile line of track between Paddington and Farringdon Street – was opened to the public by Prime Minister Gladstone. The project had begun 9 years earlier, in 1854, that the Metropolitan Railway had been granted permission to […]

Off the rails with Dr Beeching

It was on this day – Wednesday 23rd December 1964 – that it was announced by Mr Tom Fraser, the Labour Minister of Technology, that a certain Dr. Richard Beeching was to leave his post as Chairman of the British Rail Board and returned to his old job at Imperial Chemical Industries – better known […]

the year changes – and so do the stories; but disasters, celebrations and the weather remain

The world moves on from one year to the next. As always there are good times and bad – celebrations and disasters. What does the future hold? We’ll find out in the next 360+ days