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Most liked Instagrams of 2023

Are you following us on Instagram? Follow for stunning scenes from all over the railway – like our 10 most liked posts of 2023 …

Flying Scotsman

Who spotted Flying Scotsman pulling the Royal Train in June as part of Flying Scotsman’s 100th anniversary?

Our Air Operations team followed the train along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a very special visit from His Majesty The King. 

Still from an aerial video of Flying Scotsman pulling the Royal Train.

Goodbye

A heartfelt signal box sign-off was just one of the memorable highlights from our August bank holiday rail works.

We switched on 116 digital signals on the railway across parts of south west London and Berkshire, as part of the four-year resignalling programme to improve reliability.

The Feltham Area Signalling Centre controlled the previous signalling system and track circuits, which tell signallers where trains are. The equipment dated back to 1974 so needed upgrading because it had become less reliable and harder to maintain.

An old signalling panel at Feltham Area Signalling Centre reads 'goodbye, 1974 - 2023'.

East Coast Digital Programme

We successfully demonstrated that the new digital signalling system on the Northern City Line between Finsbury Park and Moorgate was ready for passenger services.

A great milestone for the the East Coast Digital Programme in September …

A drive in the cab of a Northern City Line train.

Trainbow

Avanti West Coast‘s Pride liveried Pendolino coasts alongside the Ansty Canal at Shilton in April.

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Image credit: Neil Whitaker

Avanti West Coast's Pride liveried Pendolino coasts alongside the Ansty Canal at Shilton in April.

WWII in colour

The railway was a huge part of keeping Britain going in WWII, but it also had its own dark days …

A bomb hit London St Pancras station in 1941. National Railway Museum photo colourised by Royston Leonard, shared for remembrance in November.

London St Pancras after WWII damage.

Ticket to Ryde

Ryde Pier Head station on the Isle of Wight reopened on 10 July after vital upgrades – in time for the summer.

We strengthened the 143-year-old, 686-metre-long Victorian pier and returned the steel structure to its former glory.

A train drives into Ryde Pier station on a sunny day.
Ryde Pier with SWR train

Duchess of Sutherland

Who saw the Duchess of Sutherland passing through Kettering in Northamptonshire in December 2022?

We shared this pic in January and reminded you to keep your railway pics and videos safe and enjoyable with our helpful guidelines

The Duchess of Sutherland steam train passing through Kettering station.

Spring rail works

We continued to work day and night on essential engineering works over the Easter bank holiday weekend to make improvements to the railway.

Rail workers out on track next to wagons of ballast during our Easter bank holiday works.

Lego

Why not have a go at creating your own railway scenes out of Lego?

We love this Lego creation by Jefry Been, inspired by Sheringham West signal box and devoted to his grandfather, who worked on the railway. Shared back in August.

Jefry Been's signal box made from Lego.

Big day for the Cambrian Line

In August, four-car trains have returned to the Cambrian Railway Line for the first time in six years.

It’s thanks to a great team effort by the Local Railways Partnership by local teams at Network Rail and Transport for Wales. The partnership has enhanced rail journeys for you with support from The Cambrian Railway Partnership.  

A four-car train on the Cambrian Line.

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