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A Visit to Perth Railway Station 17th August 2016

The station was opened (as Perth General) by the Scottish Central Railway in 1848. Originally the terminus of the SCR main line from Greenhill Junction near Glasgow, it soon became a junction of some importance with the arrival of the Dundee and Perth Railway from Dundee (following the completion of a bridge across the River Tay), the Edinburgh and Northern Railway from Ladybank on the Fife coast and the Scottish Midland Junction Railway from Forfar within months. Today the station has retained many features of its architecture but the new booking hall and café has caused some criticism due to its modern features. 

The Sterling Hotel next to the railway station is a wonderful example of hotels retaining its original architectural features and atmosphere inside and is only a short walk from the station that seems to have retained some of its past colours but on the outer platforms have the more now familiar colours.   

A Dundee Horse Tram reappears on the cities persevered tracks.   

The Auld Tram (to the right) doesn't have a conductor and it certainly doesn't transport people, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming one of our cities most recognisable little eateries with an honest approach to food and an eye-catching design.
First operational as an actual tram during the late 1800s and early 20th century, it's the only one of its age in the UK and required an extensive makeover before it was street legal, with nearly £50,000 being spent restoring it to its former glory.

The same tram that now serves food and drink to the people of Dundee was once used to lug people around by horse in the 1870s. Working well before electric trams were introduced in the early 1900s, the tram was one of the original Dundee and District Tramways trams. The last Dundee tram was retired circa 1956 and the disused carriages were all thought to have been burnt but, evidently, one managed to survive. Set to go on display in England, the old tram may never have come back to Dundee were it not for a chance encounter The now owner saw in Prague while on holiday with some friends. saw a de-serviced tram car being used as a cafe bar and had a sort of eureka moment really, hence not only the preserved tram tracks in shopping precinct now have the addition of the tram that has become something of a tourist attraction as being well used by the people of Dundee. 

   Yet another attraction in Dundee is the Bridge view Restaurant

Set on Dundee's prominent waterfront and housed within an iconic Victorian railway station, Bridgeview Station has panoramic views over the Tay estuary. Nominated for two Architectural awards, Bridgeview Station was based on the original design of Dundee's old Magdalen Green Railway Station and was constructed over 6 years. Bridgeview Station has many individual features but none more so than its authentic 1870's railway carriage, which was operational during the period of Dundee's infamous Railway Bridge Disaster, and is now host to a take-away outlet.

Coming up next time a visit to Bo'Ness Railway 

Seen in Doncaster Railway Station

To the rescue as the Virgin train from Scotland is brought to a halt in Doncaster Railway station on the 26 August 2016 .  One of the so called Banana trains resides in the sidings next to the famous Doncaster Plant Works. Work continues on Platform "0" whilst the Pacer units continue to provide sterling service.