RAILDATE 2024.02.16

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

Can you work out which route(s) this May 2020 timetable covers? Please identify stations 1, 2, and 3. Some extra clues:

  1. Most trains reverse here, except for the 07:53.
  2. This station is a junction and was named after a pub.
  3. This station is reached via two alternative routes, but the shorter route takes far longer.

My other website Timetable World provides free downloads of the timetable to check answers. You still have to find the right page though ... May 2020 Electronic Timetable

Last week's Where is this?

A UK aerial view including a coastal industrial plant, various settlements, and a healthy network of railways. Where is it?

Answer: Grangemouth and Falkirk. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Neil Kearns, Dave Goodyear, Andrew Treves, Bryn Pitcher, Paul Hopper, Simon Wass, Colin Penfold, Richard Maund, Martin King, Andy Foster.

Scotland had a substantial shale oil industry from the late 19th century south of Falkirk, with refining carried out at small inland sites such as Pumpherston. Cheaper imports after WW1 led to Grangemouth being founded in 1924, tapping the skilled workers already available. It started small but post-WW2 developed as a major petrochemical complex, later processing North Sea oil. Jim Radcliffe's Ineos now owns the site. Although important to the Scottish economy, declining North Sea production and weak local markets have meant the site has been under threat of closure for some years.

Canals are important to the area. The Forth & Clyde from the west terminated at Grangemouth, and Falkirk is the junction with the Union canal to Edinburgh. The original connection was a flight of 11 locks but these were filled in in 1933. The two canals were later reconnected by the Falkirk Wheel - a boat lift.

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society operates the Bo'ness and Kinneil line, on the left of the picture.

Repeated from the UK News section: Looking back with Ian Scott on the end of the Falkirk trams

Bus manufacturers Alexander Dennis are headquartered at Larbert. Bus manufacturing is split over several UK sites inherited from other companies, but Larbert is important for the new electric Enviro400EV series.


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