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Latest Red Wheel Sites

Location Date Unveiled Inscription Red Wheel Image
“Anderson's Piano”, Pass of Brander Stone Signals 18/7/2021

17 semaphore signals, installed 1882-1913, which return to "danger" if wires are cut by rockfalls

Leamington Lift Bridge, Edinburgh 14/7/2021

Erected over the Union Canal at Fountainbridge in 1906. Relocated in 1923 whan the canal was cut back from Port Hopetoun to the Lochrin Basin

First recorded UK car journey - Micheldever Station, Hampshire 3/7/2021

On 5th July 1895 Hon Evelyn Ellis made the first recorded UK car journey 56 miles from Micheldever Station to Datchet in a Panhard et Levassor 'horseless carriage'

Glasgow Queen Street Station, Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway 2/7/2021

Opened  1842 from Queens Street to Haymarket as Scotland's first inter-city passenger line. Until 1908, trains were cable hauled up the Cowlairs Incline

Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway - Innocent railway 1/7/2021

Warehouse of the Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway 'Innocent' line, opened 1831.
The city's first railway, built to carry coal and agricultural goods. Horse and rope hauled until 1846. Closed 1968

Alloa Waggonway 4/3/2021

1768-1924
A successful early railway, using gravity and horsepower on wooden rails to transport coal from local pits to the harbour and glassworks

Smeaton's Arches - Newark 18/12/2020

Built 1770s: widened 1920s 

A causeway to carry the Great North Road across the floodplain of the River Trent. The work of John Smeaton, the 'father of civil engineering'

Burntisland - Granton ferry 16/12/2020

before the opening of the Forth Bridge in 1890, the world's first seagoing roll-on/roll off train ferry, designed by Thomas Bouch, operated from here to Granton from 1850

Fighting Tank - White Hart Hotel - Lincoln 1/11/2020

The prototype British "Fighting Tank" was designed here in late-Summer 1915 by W.A. Tritton and Lt. W.G. Wilson RN. 400 tanks were subsequently built by Fosters of Lincoln

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome 1/10/2020

Operational 1916-19. The most complete former Royal Flying Corps aerodrome, part of London's air defence against attacks by German airships and bombers.

Lincoln St. Marks Station 1/10/2020

Opened 1846 as the Lincoln Terminus of the Midland Railway - the first to reach the city. Re-named 1950 and closed 1985

Tranent - Cockenzie Waggonway 21/9/2020

Opened 1722. Scotland's earliest railway, built to carry coal on wooden rails, using gravity and horse power. Fought accross in the Battle of Prestonpans 1745

Starcross Atmospheric Pumping Station 1/9/2020

Built 1846 by I.K. Brunel to provide 'atmospheric' (vacuum) traction for the South Devon Railway. Abandoned 1848 due to high running costs.

Exeter Ship Canal 1/9/2020

Opened 1566 and later extended. The first canal to be built in Britain since Roman times and the first to use Pound Locks.

Wemyss Bay Station, Inverclyde 29/11/2019

An attractive and effective 1903 facility, by the Caledonian Railway, for the rapid trans-shipment of holiday-makers and their luggage.

Abbotts of Farnham 15/9/2019

Between 1920 and 1972 'Abbotts of Farnham' Coachbuilders and their predecessors Page & Hunt Ltd built bespoke vehicle bodies of the highest quality on this site.

Ace Cafe - London 8/9/2019

Built 1938 as part of a service area for the new North Circular Road. In the 1950s and 60s, it became a magnet for young motorcyclists.

Hincaster Tunnel and Horse Path 6/9/2019

Opened 1819.

A prime example of a canal where boats were hauled through by hand whilst their horses took a purpose-built path over the hill.

Glenfinnan Viaduct 18/8/2019

Built 1897-1901.

When designed by Simpson & Wilson and built by Robert McAlpine & Sons, this was the longest mass concrete viaduct in Britain

Glasgow, Paisley & Ardrossan Canal 16/8/2019

Designed by Thomas Telford and including the longest aqueduct span of the canal era. Opened 1811, converted to a railway in 1885, closed 1983, partially re-opened 1990

National Transport Trust, Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey KT10 0SR