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Around the British Rail Systems

Some photos around the British Isles, generally of lineside scenery. Photos of stations have been moved to a separate directory .

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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued 29 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15358
  • Description : Passing Loch Achanalt. Compare this late summer picture with Achanalt-3 , taken 3 months later.


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 29 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16078
  • Description : The Scottish countryside near Achanalt seen from a Kyle of Lochalsh train.


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 29 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16075
  • Description : Passing Loch Achanalt. Compare this late autumn picture with Achanalt-2 , taken 3 months earlier.


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 17 Aug 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16075
  • Description : Same as Achanalt-3, rescanned using better quality scanner. Google map reference


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 17 Aug 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16074
  • Description : Same bridge as featured above, taken on the down trip


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 22 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14764
  • Description : My original caption read: I have absolutely no idea where I took this photo, other than I think it was somewhere in Scotland! If any reader recognizes this scene, I'd be grateful if you could drop me a line! . David Allan did, and here's what he said:
    Alford Station on the Alford Valley Railway in Aberdeenshire. The AVR is a narrow gauge railway which still runs around the town today. It uses the Alford Station terminus of the original "Alford Valley Railway" which was standard gauge and connected to the Aberdeen-Inverness mainline at Kintore Junction. As a side note, the AVR just within the last month (Sep 2001) has bought a new diesel locomotive which took 10 years of fundraising to save for.
    You can compare your photo of the engine shed at Alford with my photos of the branch terminus (follow the links to Alford Valley Railway and Alford Station). Of particular note is this view , which compares fairly directly.
    Thanks, David!


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 05 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16166
  • Description : Near Alston, in the Pennines. The formation of the old railway line bisects the picture.


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 05 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16167
  • Description : I originally described this and the next image with
    Got no idea where this is. Somewhere in the Lakes District?
    Andrew Latham, from Melbourne (but in Derbyshire, UK, not Australia!) wrote to say
    I have recently found your railway photographs site. You have two photos labelled Mystery 1 and 2, with a note that you think they are in the Lake District. I think the pictures are of Alston Station in Cumbria which is the base for the South Tynedale Railway which we visited on holiday last month. This is a 2ft narrow gauge line being built on the trackbed of the old standard gauge branch from Haltwhistle. It currently operates from Alston to Kirkhaugh. They have a website at http://www.strps.org.uk/
    Thanks to Andrew for setting the record straight. I have to say that I feel a bit of a dork here, as it seems so obvious with hindsight: the slide immediately preceding these two can be seen immediately above, and is strangely enough, called Alston-1 !


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 05 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16168
  • Description : See Alston-2


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 06 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14476
  • Description : One of the Macalpine concrete bridges on the line to Mallaig. This one is somewhat smaller than the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, but nevertheless, has a certain elegance.


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981, catalogued 10 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11357
  • Description : A derailment on the main London to Brighton line, near Balcombe.


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 06 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14473
  • Description : The swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal at Banavie.


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  • Date : Dec 1980, catalogued 29 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10864
  • Description : An antipodean traveller finds snow as a regular occurence something of a novelty, and that probably explains why I snapped this snow on the tram lines view at the historic Blists Hill Museum, on a cold Sunday afternoon early in December 1980. I guess you might call this picture "a cold snap"! There were not many other tourists about, I can tell you!


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  • Date : Jan 1986, catalogued 30 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14141
  • Description : I think this is the viaduct at Canterbury?


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  • Date : 24 Sep 1980, catalogued 28 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10658
  • Description : The world's busiest railway junction.



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  • Date : Jan 1986, catalogued 30 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14144
  • Description : A view of the Forth Bridge, from the inside.


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  • Date : Jan 1986, catalogued 30 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14145
  • Description : Another view of the Forth Bridge from the inside.


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 27 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15059
  • Description : A view from the outside, with an HST on the bridge, and the Pope's telephone number in the foreground.


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  • Date : Nov 1996, catalogued 22 Oct 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    Here's one I think you'll like - the Forth Bridge (unfortunately clad in scaffolding, but splendid none the less.) Taken in November 1996 - you're not the only one who goes to Scotland in Winter! We stayed the night in the pub right under the bridge - the Hawes Inn, Queensferry. Nice spot.


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  • Date : Nov 1996, catalogued 22 Oct 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Night time for a different perspective.


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  • Date : Sep 1986, catalogued 20 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15185
  • Description : The elegant Glenfinnan viaduct, with the "Steam to the Isles" train hauled by 44767. A beautiful sight!


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 31 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14444
  • Description : On the now-dismantled line from Dunblane to Crianlarich, The line climbed through Glen Ogle on magnificant viaducts such as this. The scenery must have been spectacular from the train!


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 20 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14693
  • Description : Approaching Helmsdale, the Inverness-Wick line follows the east coast of the far north of Scotland, before diving inland to take a round-about route to Wick.


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 13 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14685
  • Description : A general view of Inverness yards as the train approaches the station area.


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 05 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16094
  • Description : A view inside the Pullman dining car at Kyle


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 09 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16448
  • Description : The abandoned railway viaduct at Lower Largo, on the old Fife line. (Thanks to Keith Sullivan for identifying the correct location.)


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  • Date : 09 Aug 1980, catalogued 06 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10081
  • Description : An interesting piece of railway surveying at Liskeard. The line to Looe drops dramatically away from the main line to Penzance, and to get down the valley, the line first runs back down the Fowey Valley under the main line (seen here by looking back along the train), crossing the River Fowey on a high viaduct, then ...


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  • Date : 09 Aug 1980, catalogued 06 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10082
  • Description : ... drops down to a Zig-but-no-Zag (seen here by looking forward along the train), where the train reverses direction to continue on to Looe.


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  • Date : 05 May 1980, catalogued 03 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9139
  • Description : The abandoned viaduct over the River Lune at Low Gill.


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  • Date : Sep 1986, catalogued 26 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15213
  • Description : The staff has just been exchanged at Mallaig Junction Box, approaching Fort William.


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  • Date : 21 Nov 1980, catalogued 28 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10732
  • Description : The approach to Newcastle Station.


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  • Date : 21 Nov 1980, catalogued 28 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10734
  • Description : The Tyne and Wear Metro line in Newcastle.


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  • Date : Sep 1986, catalogued 29 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15760
  • Description : This interesting pair of slot-signals are in Portsmouth, and are quite old (now disused). They are interesting because when cleared, the arms drop back into a slot in the signal post. Unfortunately, this proved a poor design when a train crash was caused by the signal freezing into the slot due to a build up of ice and snow, and the signal was subsequently not returned to danger because of this build up.


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 06 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14447
  • Description : I've always been fascinated by the stories of Rannoch Moor, and this was my first view of the railway leading to it -- the view did nothing to dispel the air of gloom and mystery that characterises the stories of the place!


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 06 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14448
  • Description : This lighting effect, with the sun popping out between clouds of gloom is so characteristic of Scotland, don't you think?


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 06 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16188
  • Description : The beautiful Ribblehead viaduct, on the Settle and Carlisle line. Sorry it's so gloomy, but that's Pommy weather for you!


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  • Date : Oct 1986, catalogued 20 Aug 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16188
  • Description : A rescanning of Ribblehead-1


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  • Date : 2003, catalogued 23 Apr 2004
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    taken on a lovely sunny day the famous viaduct on the Settle Carlisle line. I think you'll like this shot. No train crossing it I'm afraid as there's not much traffic on this line these days.


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  • Date : Feb 1986, catalogued 31 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14155
  • Description : Not sure where this is ... my best guess is somewhere in Fife.


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 07 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14504
  • Description :
    In the late 1940s, the author travelled on the P&O liner Strathmore , and I was always interested to see the actual district in Scotland. There used to be a line through here, as recently as 1980 (does any reader know the actual date of closure?), but as this picture shows, the line has been lifted so recently that the weeds have not had a chance to reclaim the track bed. Taken near the infamous town of Kerriemuir.
    Simon Hickman from the Caledonian Railway (Brechin) Ltd., subsequently wrote saying:
    Passenger trains on the Strathmore Line ceased in 1967. However, until 1982 (August, I think) a line was retained from Stanley Junction, the Highland Line end, to Forfar. This was used mainly for sugar beet and potatoes. At the other end, the section from Kinnaber to Bridge of Dun was in use util 1 Jan 1982, as the Brechin branch. This is sadly now lifted although of course Brechin to Bridge of Dun still operates under our auspices.
    You might be interested to know that the CR has aquired Glamis signal from the former station on the Stanley-Forfar section. Eventually this will be erected at BoD.


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 13 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14665
  • Description : "ah! beautiful bridge o'er the silv'ry Tay, Alas! I'm verra sorry ta say, that ninety lives were taken away, on the last Sabbath day o' 1879, which'll be remembered for a verra lang time!" This is not quite the bridge that the Poet William McGonagall waxed lyrical about, but the setting is the same. Two other photographers took very similar views to this. I wonder if their photographs are on the web?


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  • Date : Nov 1986, catalogued 09 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16408
  • Description : A beautiful silhoutte of the Tay railway bridge, taken from the Dundee (northern) side.


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  • Date : 17 Mar 1980, catalogued 28 Mar 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8794
  • Description : Heading east from Manchester Victoria, a recent snowfall has highlighted the tracks as we run past the junction with the Bury lines and Red Bank carriage sidings.


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  • Date : Oct 1986, catalogued 20 Aug 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16182
  • Description : I'm not sure exactly where this is, but I think it is part of the old Wensleydale line from Northallerton through to Garsdale Head


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  • Date : Oct 1986, catalogued 20 Aug 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16190
  • Description : I'm not sure exactly where this is, but I think it is part of the old Wensleydale line from Northallerton through to Garsdale Head


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