On this Day - 24th February (1900)
< King William Street station closed


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First locomotive-hauled railway journey, Trevithick, Penydarren
21st February 1804
(Tuesday)
  
Sailpowered Rail
22nd January 1830
(Friday)
discussiondouglas-self
wikipedia
< Formation of Railway Clearing House
2nd January 1842
(Sunday)
 wikipedia
Swansea to Carmarthen doubled
8th February 1853
(Tuesday)
discussionwikipedia
broadgauge
Boiler explosion, Gloucester
7th February 1855
(Wednesday)
discussionfirstgreatweste...
railwaysarchive
wikipedia
Opening of Yeovil Pen Mill - Weymouth line
20th January 1857
(Tuesday)
discussionwikipedia
Metropolitain line opened from Paddington
10th January 1863
(Saturday)
discussiongov
ltmuseum
Kilmersdon Colliery opens
11th February 1875
(Thursday)
discussionwikipedia
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irsociety
Formation of ASLEF
7th February 1880
(Saturday)
discussionnationalarchives
Great Marlow renamed to Marlow
14th February 1889
(Thursday)
  
Great Western Railway Temperance Union
30th January 1890
(Thursday)
discussionturniprail
wikipedia
< King William Street station closed
24th February 1900
(Saturday)
  
< London Necropolis railway station resited
8th February 1902
(Saturday)
 wikipedia
wikipedia
Various Railway Accidents
18th February 1902
(Tuesday)
discussionforum
Newquay to Chacewater line opens
4th February 1905
(Saturday)
discussion 
Curry Rivel to Castle Cary opened to freight
12th February 1906
(Monday)
discussionwikipedia
Weekend returns avaiable on The Midland
16th February 1907
(Saturday)
discussion 
Timber Ferrybridge replace by steel bridge
7th February 1909
(Sunday)
discussionportlandhistory
Torbay Tramway closed because of snow
27th January 1910
(Thursday)
discussionwikipedia
tramwayinfo
Initial journey - Jellicoe Express
15th February 1917
(Thursday)
discussionlondonremembers
theorkneynews
Grouping of railways into four major companies - GWR, SR, LNER and LMS
1st January 1923
(Monday)
discussionwikipedia
railwaysarchive
Appeal for funds for Gladstone
11th February 1927
(Friday)
discussionstephensonloco
"Murder on the Orient Express" published
1st January 1934
(Monday)
 wikipedia
Reading (Southern) electrified
1st January 1939
(Sunday)
discussionwikipedia
Harold Wood - Brentwood accident
10th February 1941
(Monday)
discussionrailwaysarchive
wikipedia
First test firing of rail mounted gun - Elam Valley
13th February 1941
(Thursday)
discussiondisused-stations
wikipedia
wikipedia
Start of 6 weeks of snowfall
23rd January 1947
(Thursday)
discussionmetoffice
wikipedia
Foundation of British Railways - nationalisation
1st January 1948
(Thursday)
discussionwikipedia
"Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer, 133 die
31st January 1953
(Saturday)
discussionhistoric-uk
belfasttelegraph
wikipedia
bbc
Portishead (New) station opened
4th January 1954
(Monday)
discussionportisheadrailw...
Closure - Alton to Fareham
5th February 1955
(Saturday)
discussion 
Closure of Upwey Wishing Well Halt
7th January 1957
(Monday)
discussionopcdorset
dorsetecho
First diesel express from Paddington
17th February 1958
(Monday)
discussionbbc
Line from Bala to Blaenau Ffestiniog closed to passenger services
2nd January 1960
(Saturday)
discussionwikipedia
Last service - Swansea and Mumbles Tramway
5th January 1960
(Tuesday)
discussionwalesonline
Western Pathfinder (D1001) build date
12th February 1962
(Monday)
discussionwesternlocomoti...
wikipedia
Newquay to Chacewater line closes
4th February 1963
(Monday)
discussion 
Blockage through snow - Aviemore to Forres
9th February 1963
(Saturday)
discussionderbysulzers
Closure Ruabon to Morfa Mawddach
18th January 1965
(Monday)
discussionwikipedia
Cheltenham (St James) station closes
3rd January 1966
(Monday)
discussionwikipedia
Full electric passenger services start, West Coast Main Line to Manchester and Liverpool
3rd January 1966
(Monday)
discussionwikipedia
The last shunting horse to work on British Rail, "Charlie" at Newmarket, is retired.
21st February 1967
(Tuesday)
discussionpinterest
booksandmud
Hixon Railway accident
6th January 1968
(Saturday)
discussionrailwaysarchive
forum
wikipedia
Foundation meeting, heritage railway to Minehead
5th February 1971
(Friday)
discussionmineheadraillin...
wikipedia
"Western Fusilier" rail tour - Paddington to Hereford
29th January 1977
(Saturday)
discussionsixbellsjunction
wikimedia
Winter of discontent - 24 hour rail strike
16th January 1979
(Tuesday)
discussionlibcom
wikipedia
Famous Train Royal Mail stamps
22nd January 1985
(Tuesday)
discussioncollectgbstamps
Class 151 in service
6th February 1986
(Thursday)
discussiontraintesting
traintesting
Holborn Viaduct station closes
29th January 1990
(Monday)
discussiondisused-stations
Cannon Street buffer stop collision
8th January 1991
(Tuesday)
discussionwikipedia
Amtrak New York to Tampa ends
22nd January 1995
(Sunday)
  
South West Trains franchise starts
4th February 1996
(Sunday)
discussionstagecoachgroup
Great Western Intercity franchise commences
4th February 1996
(Sunday)
discussionwikipedia
wikipedia
Heathrow Junction Station opens and receives first train
19th January 1998
(Monday)
discussionwikipedia
ianvisits
Paddington Bear statue unveiled
24th February 2000
(Thursday)
discussionwikipedia
Strategic Rail Authority unveils 10 year plan
14th January 2002
(Monday)
discussiontheguardian
Shuttle Columbia breaks up on re-entry
1st February 2003
(Saturday)
discussionwikipedia
Introduction of London congestion charge
17th February 2003
(Monday)
discussionwikipedia
Incorporation of Railway Development Society Ltd (now Railfuture)
9th January 2004
(Friday)
discussionrailwaydevelopm...
railfuture
First Ghan passenger train reached Darwin
3rd February 2004
(Tuesday)
discussionnorthernterritory
wikipedia
Hansard on First Great Western
24th January 2007
(Wednesday)
discussionparliament
firstgreatwestern.info domain registered
26th January 2007
(Friday)
discussionforum
First posts on the Coffee Shop forum
28th January 2007
(Sunday)
discussionforum
Trend to bring back barriers is damaging the customer experience
19th January 2008
(Saturday)
discussionwikipedia
yorkpress
news
More Train Less Strain call on Ruth Kelly to remove franchise from FGW
24th January 2008
(Thursday)
discussionforum
dailymail
A quiet day in previous years
12th January 2009
(Monday)
discussion 
Early reference to Go-Co
21st January 2011
(Friday)
discussionforum
paulgosling
GoCo proposal - class 50 Yeovil to Oxford
22nd February 2011
(Tuesday)
discussionforum
TVM - a fair weather facility?
11th January 2012
(Wednesday)
discussionforum
Groupsaves on Ticket Machines
13th January 2012
(Friday)
discussiontravel
forum
Children under 5 occupying seats
2nd February 2012
(Thursday)
discussion 
GoCo rebrands Go-Op
23rd February 2012
(Thursday)
discussiongo-op
swindonadvertiser
FGW announces link with Singapore Airlines
25th January 2014
(Saturday)
discussionfuturetravelexp...
Dawlish Washout
4th February 2014
(Tuesday)
discussionforum
Last train to call at Bicester TOWN
14th February 2014
(Friday)
  
RoSCo Eversholt changes hands
15th January 2015
(Thursday)
discussionwikipedia
eversholtrail
Initial meeting - Women in Community Rail
22nd January 2016
(Friday)
discussionwicr
Final closure of Swindon panel
20th February 2016
(Saturday)
discussionforum
swindonpanel
Defibrillators discussion pack published by Network Rail
10th January 2017
(Tuesday)
discussionnetworkrail
theargus
Know your stations quiz
19th February 2017
(Sunday)
discussion 
~ Byron Bay Railroad Company launched its solar train
17th January 2018
(Wednesday)
discussionbridgestone
Document archive added to Coffee Shop
6th February 2021
(Saturday)
discussionforum

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