ScotRail

Introduction

Operates trains in Scotland.






Dates

  /  /1983ScotRail
The brand name ScotRail is created for the Scottish Region of British Railways for marketing.
  /  /1994ScotRail
ScotRail PLC created during the privatisation of British Railways.
01/04/1997ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper
National Express takes over the franchise for ScotRail and the Caledonian Sleepers. Awarded for seven years. This was the last of the franchises to be let and had the largest number of route miles, trains and stations served.
30/03/1998ScotRail
£125M orders placed to lease 40 Class 334 ^Juniper^ trains (to be built by GEC Alsthom, former Metro-Cammell Birmingham) from Forward Trust Rail and 9 Class 170s (Adtranz, Derby) from Porterbrook placed.
03/08/1999ScotRail
First Class 334, 334001, delivered from Washwood Heath to Shields Road Depot.
12/06/2000ScotRail
Driver training on Class 334s (Junipers) begins on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway between Glasgow and Ayr.
29/07/2000Strathclyde Passenger Transport
ScotRail^s final Class 101 DMUs withdrawn.
21/10/2001ScotRail
Strategic Rail Authority states that the next ScotRail franchise will run for fifteen years from April 2004 (later reduced to seven).
  /11/2001Hunslet Barclay
Wins contract to overhaul ScotRail^s Class 320s (work to be between 2002 and 2004).
  /10/2003ScotRail
Franchise extended by six months.
11/06/2004ScotRail
First Group is the preferred bidder for the ScotRail franchise.
17/10/2004ScotRail
First Group takes over the ScotRail franchise to create First ScotRail. The first service ran from Glasgow Central to Gourock.
12/01/2005Forth Bridge Railway
All First ScotRail services over the Forth Bridge are cancelled during a severe storm.
04/10/2005First ScotRail
^Contact Centre^ for First ScotRail opened in Fort William by Scottish Transport Minister Tavish Scott.
  /11/2005First ScotRail
A smoking ban is introduced on the Caledonian Sleeper, the last service in the UK to permit smoking.
  /12/2005Scottish Central Railway
Possibility of reopening of Blackford to provide relief to Dunblane station discussed by Perth and Kinross Council and First ScotRail.
  /04/2006Corrour Summit Druimuachdar Summit Slochd Summit
New summit signs erected to replace the older signs at three summits. Funded by First ScotRail, Friends of the West Highland Lines, GNER, Highland Railway Partnership, Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust.
  /  /2008ScotRail
Transport Scotland standardises the franchise name to ScotRail.
  /08/2010ScotRail
First Class 380s delivered for ScotRail.
04/07/2011Polmadie Depot
Final new Class 380s delivered for ScotRail. (First delivered previous August.)
  /10/2014ScotRail
Announcement that Abellio will take over the franchise in 2015.
01/04/2015ScotRail
Abellio takes over the ScotRail franchise.
08/08/2018Wabtec Rail Scotland Works
First of a batch of 5 Class 320/4s prepared by Wabtec Rail at Kilmarnock is delivered to ScotRail.
17/08/2018ScotRail
First HST arrives in Scotland by the East Coast Main Line following refurbishment by Wabtec Rail of Doncaster Works for ScotRail.
26/07/2019St Rollox Works
Works closed by Gemini Rail Services and ^mothballed^. Maintenance of the ScotRail fleet now requires haulage to England for heavy maintenance.
09/05/2021Hitachi Rail Europe
Hairline cracks found in ScotRail^s Class 385s.