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« on: January 02, 2022, 11:11:46 am »

When did the last train ferry run?  When was the first railway to Clevedon opened? When was cycle hire first introduced at Yatton Station? When was the line from Swindon to Kemble redoubled? When did Black Dog Halt close? When were electric pumps switch on on the Lynmouth to Lynton Cliff lift to recycle water?

In this "railway history" board - - I'll be posting "On this day" throughout 2022 - events that can be tied to specific months and days that bring you subjects that I have found interesting in my research over the years.   The idea is that I am seeding discussions and members are very welcome indeed to contribute memories, links, context, suggestions.  I'm also welcoming suggestion of events to include - a separate members thread at will be started in a few minutes on that Done!.

Initially, I have articles / ideas for around one day in two and there are some significant time period gaps - nothing much happens in mid to late January, for example, in most years.   I am refraining for falling back onto a railway accident database where, sadly, almost every day in the calendar would be covered; I will include a few notable accidents and hope we can then discuss the context.

And so - for the next few days, come back to this board.   The start of the year has been busy - three openings, two closures and two significant accidents in the next ten days.
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2022, 09:51:42 am »

On this day - a master thread (continued)

You have probably come to this thread because you have followed our "On This Day" link. If that's the case, there is no primary Coffee Shop forum thread discussing the event (there may be later in the day) but I invite you to visit where you'll find links to our source material where you can read up further.   

If you're a member, you can start a thread (please do!) on today's topic - and let me know by personal message and I will add a link to the "on this day" index.

If you are not a member, please register.  It's free ... the whole forum is free ... and we welcome new members with an interest in transport - especially public and sustainable, and especially across the South West quadrant of the UK (United Kingdom).

Anniversaries of various types happen almost daily through the year, and "on this day" brings you news of selected events that happened today in past years - it might be last year, or it might be centuries ago. It's not intended to report on everything that happened on this day in the past, but please do let me know of any gross ommissions!

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