updated : 2020/04/27
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011 Liverpool St - Norwich

011 Liverpool St - Norwich

The main line from London Liverpool St to Norwich was the Great Eastern Railway's premier route and has been operated by a wide variety of motive power over the years. Recently it was notable for retaining locomotive haulage with class 90 electrics long after express passenger services elsewhere had gone over to multiple units. There is no shortage of EMUs on shorter distance services for those who like such things.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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015 Norwich - Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft

015 Norwich - Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft

The 'Wherry Lines' running east from Norwich to the coastal towns of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are operated by the Greater Anglia franchise. A shortage of DMUs led the hire of class 37s and coaches from DRS to operate a number of services on the route until replaced by new bi-mode MUs in late 2019. The semaphore signalling was replaced about the same time.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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026 East Coast Main Line

026 East Coast Main Line

By late 1981 the Deltics were working out their last miles on secondary and overnight passengers on the East Coast Main Line. Withdrawal of the remaining members of the class was scheduled for the end of the year. Most of these pictures were taken during November and December 1981 as the end approached.
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updated : 2020/05/22
49 photos
029 Barnetby Area

029 Barnetby Area

Barnetby, in north Lincolnshire, is a busy spot for freight trains, handling large volumes of coal, oil, iron ore and biomass from the ports of Immingham and Grimsby. The semaphore signals (sadly now gone) and some attractive locations nearby add to the interest.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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047 Water Orton - Leicester - Peterborough

047 Water Orton - Leicester - Peterborough

This route meanders across the Midlands from east to west, linking Birmingham with Nuneaton on the WCML, Leicester on the MML and Peterborough on the ECML. Freight traffic on the route has increased significantly following enhancements to the loading gauge that permit more container trains to use the line en-route to Felixtowe.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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053 Midland Main Line

053 Midland Main Line

The Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield via Derby, Toton or Nottingham is relatively quiet compared to the East and West Coast routes but carries significant volumes of freight, particularly north of Leicester. Electrification only extends as far as Kettering and there are some attractive locations north of there.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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054 Stenson Jn - Sheet Stores Jn

054 Stenson Jn - Sheet Stores Jn

This short section of line runs from Stenson Junction, south of Derby on the Birmingham line, to Sheet Stores Junction, south-east of Derby on the route to Trent Junction, where lines head north to Toton, east to Nottingham and south towards Leicester and London. The line sees no regular passenger traffic but is used by a fair number of freights.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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057 Birmingham - Derby

057 Birmingham - Derby

The line from Birmingham to Derby has long been an important link in the North-East to South-West route, linking Yorkshire and the East Midlands with the West Midlands, South Wales and the South West. It continues to be busy with passenger traffic and sees a significant volume of freight.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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065 Milton Keynes - Stafford

065 Milton Keynes - Stafford

The electrified West Coast Main Line from Milton Keynes north to Rugby and along the Trent Valley to Stafford is one of the country's busiest main lines with freights, stopping passengers and high-speed services all vying for the available capacity. The gallery includes photos taken on the Northampton Loop, effectively part of the WCML.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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065 Carlisle - Glasgow

065 Carlisle - Glasgow

This is the former Caledonian Railway main line over Beattock Summit, the northern section of the Euston - Glasgow West Coast Main Line. The line is busier now than it has ever been. Most traffic is operated by various types of EMU but there is some freight, most of it diesel hauled despite the line being electrified for over 40 years.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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071 Aynho Jn - Leamington - Coventry

071 Aynho Jn - Leamington - Coventry

The line from Aynho Junction to Leamington funnels traffic from London and the South Coast towards the Midlands. The line runs through attractive rural scenery and has seen significant growth in both passenger and freight traffic in recent years. Of particular note are the growth in container and automotive traffic serving Southampton and Chiltern's successful development of the Marylebone - Birmingham route for passengers.
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updated : 2020/06/12
25 photos
078 Peak District

078 Peak District

This gallery covers the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester together with the freight lines from Chinley to Buxton and on to Dowlow. The freight lines, serving quarries at Peak Forest, Tunstead and Dowlow, generate significant volumes of stone traffic and there are still semaphore signals at Peak Forest and Great Rocks Junction.
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updated : 2020/04/27
78 photos
116 Didcot - Aynho Jn

116 Didcot - Aynho Jn

The Didcot - Aynho Junction line is part of a major route linking the Midlands with Reading, London and the south coast via Oxford, a major source of passenger traffic in its own right. In addition to frequent passenger trains, the line carries a significant volume of freight, mainly containers and cars.
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updated : 2020/04/30
23 photos
122 Reading - Basingstoke

122 Reading - Basingstoke

The Reading - Basingstoke line is a short, double-track railway linking the aforementioned towns. Its true value is as part of the main route from the Midlands to the port of Southampton and south coast resorts such as Bournemouth and Poole. Freight traffic, mainly containers and cars, is heavy and there are also frequent local and long distance passenger trains.
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updated : 2020/05/26
138 photos
125 Paddington - Reading

125 Paddington - Reading

The four track main line from Reading to Paddington was one of Britain’s busiest diesel worked routes, carrying frequent HSTs and DMUs from the West Country, South Wales, Berkshire and Oxfordshire into London. A growing volume of freight traffic includes container, steel and stone trains. It’s not the most scenic line in the country but there were some attractive locations between Reading and Maidenhead. Electrification had ruined all the good spots by late 2016.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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125 Reading - Didcot

125 Reading - Didcot

The main line from London to the west of England and South Wales follows the Thames Valley through some attractive countryside between Reading and Didcot. The line is very busy but the number of loco hauled passenger workings has declined to zero over the years. Freight traffic is reasonably bouyant with container trains from the port of Southampton predominating. Most of these photos were taken in 2003 and between 2014 and 2015, before electrification spoiled all the good locations.
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125 Didcot - Swindon

125 Didcot - Swindon

Brunel's Great Western Main Line leaves the Thames Valley at Didcot and strikes westwards, climbing gently all the way to Swindon, a town that owes its existence to the railway and an important junction on today's railway. These pictures were taken during the last weeks before electrification work ruined the best spots and show HSTs and freights.
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updated : 2020/05/16
135 photos
135 Reading - Westbury

135 Reading - Westbury

The Berks and Hants line was built in the late 1840s and eventually formed part of the GWR's direct route from London to Taunton and beyond. It still handles expresses between London and the West of England and local trains as far as Bedwyn but the main interest is the stone traffic from the Mendips to the London area. This includes Britain's heaviest trains weighing up to 4800 tonnes and hauled by Class 59 diesels. Electrification has ruined some locations but many good spots remain west of Newbury.
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updated : 2020/06/15
34 photos
148 Reading - Redhill

148 Reading - Redhill

The Reading - Redhill line was completed in 1849 and worked by the South Eastern Railway and then the Southern Railway from 1923. Despite being electrified at both ends and around Guildford in the middle, most of the line remains unelectrified with passenger services worked by Great Western DMUs. There is no regular freight traffic but the line is occasionally used as a diversionary route. Most of the pictures here were taken around Wokingham, where electric trains from Waterloo join the route to Reading.
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updated : 2020/06/15
44 photos
149 Waterloo - Reading and branches

149 Waterloo - Reading and branches

The line from Waterloo to Reading, its branches to Windsor and Weybridge and the Hounslow loop are often referred to as the Windsor Lines. Services are predominantly focussed on commuter traffic to and from London and worked by South Western Railway EMUs, often running in 8 or 10 car formations. There is no regular freight traffic at the west end of the line but it does handle trains from the south-west running via Chertsey to reach Clapham Jn or the North London line.
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updated : 2020/06/18
106 photos
158 Waterloo - Weymouth

158 Waterloo - Weymouth

This was one of the London & South Western Railway's principal main lines, linking London with the port of Southampton, and eventually extended to Bournemouth and Weymouth. The line is still important with frequent passenger trains, gradually becoming less frequent towards the west end. They're all EMUs and DMUs these days but the Basingstoke to Southampton section sees a lot of freight, particularly container and car trains serving Southampton Docks.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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170 Victoria - East Croydon

170 Victoria - East Croydon

The 4-track main line between Victoria and East Croydon via Balham and Norbury is one of the county's busiest lines, feeding trains from London into a complex network of suburban lines, as well as the Brighton Main Line and routes to other Sussex and South Coast destinations. The line was electrified at 6.6kV AC using overhead equipment, prior to the grouping in 1923, then converted to 750V DC in the late 1920s. All passenger services are operated by EMUs and freight traffic mostly runs at night.
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186 East Croydon - Brighton

186 East Croydon - Brighton

The core of the electrified Brighton Main Line runs from East Croydon, where the routes from London Bridge and Victoria converge, through the outer suburbs, under the North Downs and into the countryside, serving Gatwick Airport and several medium sized towns before reaching Brighton. The vast majority of traffic is worked by EMUs.
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229 Glasgow - Dundee

229 Glasgow - Dundee

The line from Glasgow to Dundee via Stirling and Perth is the gateway from the Central Belt to the Highlands and the North East, carrying reasonable volumes of passenger traffic as well as a few freights. The line is now electrified as far as Dunblane but the most attractive scenery is further north and there are semaphore signals in places as well. As well as the inevitable DMUs, some passenger trains are worked by HSTs.
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updated : 2020/06/12
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229 Dundee - Aberdeen

229 Dundee - Aberdeen

The line from Dundee north to Aberdeen runs close to the coast much of the way but turns inland in a few places, increasing the variety of locations. The line is fairly busy these days with 2 through passengers an hour and local services at each end as well. There are a few regular freights and the recent introduction of HSTs on some Glasgow and Edinburgh trains has added to the interest.
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Bedlay Colliery

Bedlay Colliery

Bedlay Colliery in Lanarkshire was one of the last in Britain to use steam locomotives. Although I lived fairly close, Bedlay was a difficult place to get to by public transport and it was only at the very end that I got around to visiting the mine. Steam lasted until Bedlay closed in December 1981 and these pictures were taken in the last year of operation.
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Birmingham Area

Birmingham Area

Birmingham is England's second city and one of the best connected rail-wise with fairly direct connections to most parts of the country. The city generates significant volumes of freight and passenger traffic and sees plenty more, passing through, en-route to somewhere else. As well as the main routes converging on New St and Snow Hill stations, there are a number of freight lines, allowing through freights to avoid the congested central area.
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updated : 2020/04/27
13 photos
Edinburgh Area

Edinburgh Area

Edinburgh is one of Scotland's two great railway hubs, the other being Glasgow. The city's location at the north end of the ECML, at the east end of the busy central belt and as the destination of services from many of Scotland's major towns and cities, has ensured a wide variety of traction over the years. These days it's mainly EMUs and DMUs but there are still a handful of loco hauled passenger services.
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12 photos
Manchester Area

Manchester Area

Manchester has a longer involvement with railways than most places, being the eastern terminus of the world's first public railway. These pictures were taken on a day visit in 1982 and show a range of traction that seems very exotic today.
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