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Latest Red Wheel Sites

Location Date Unveiled Inscription Red Wheel Image
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

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

Blackburn Aircraft factory, Brough 10/7/2019

Founded 1916 by aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn. One of the world's oldest surviving sites of aircraft manufacture.

North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. 6/5/2019

In the 1840s, before completion of a through railway, a popular route from London to Glasgow was to Fleetwood by train and thence to Ardrossan by ship.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway 23/2/2019

Built 1874/75. The first public narrow-gauge railway in England. Since opening, this railway has carried minerals and passengers on three different gauges of track. 

Crystal Palace (Low Level) Station 6/2/2019

Opened 1854 by the West End of London & Crystal Palace Railway to serve the 2 million annual visitors to the re-located 'Crystal Palace'

West Hartlepool Station 6/2/2019

Opened 1880 and, on 16th December 1914, one of three North Eastern Railway stations to suffer from WW1 enemy naval bombardment

N.E.R. Petrol Electric 'Autocar' - Hartlepool 6/2/2019

The North Eastern Railway ran the world's first Petrol Electric 'Autocar' - the pioneer of modern passenger trains- at Hartlepool in 1904 

First recorded UK car journey - Micheldever Station, Hampshire 23/11/2018

On 6th 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'

Norton Fitzwarren Rail Disasters 17/11/2018

Recalling the Norton Fitzwarren rail disasters of November 1890 and November 1940 and the outstanding efforts of the local community

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