The brand name ScotRail is created for the Scottish Region of British Railways for marketing.
ScotRail PLC created during the privatisation of British Railways.
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.
£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.
First Class 334, 334001, delivered from Washwood Heath to Shields Road Depot.
Driver training on Class 334s (Junipers) begins on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway between Glasgow and Ayr.
|29/07/2000||Strathclyde Passenger Transport|
ScotRail^s final Class 101 DMUs withdrawn.
Strategic Rail Authority states that the next ScotRail franchise will run for fifteen years from April 2004 (later reduced to seven).
Wins contract to overhaul ScotRail^s Class 320s (work to be between 2002 and 2004).
Franchise extended by six months.
First Group is the preferred bidder for the ScotRail franchise.
First Group takes over the ScotRail franchise to create First ScotRail. The first service ran from Glasgow Central to Gourock.
|12/01/2005||Forth Bridge Railway|
All First ScotRail services over the Forth Bridge are cancelled during a severe storm.
^Contact Centre^ for First ScotRail opened in Fort William by Scottish Transport Minister Tavish Scott.
A smoking ban is introduced on the Caledonian Sleeper, the last service in the UK to permit smoking.
|/12/2005||Scottish Central Railway|
Possibility of reopening of Blackford to provide relief to Dunblane station discussed by Perth and Kinross Council and First ScotRail.
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.
Transport Scotland standardises the franchise name to ScotRail.
First Class 380s delivered for ScotRail.
Final new Class 380s delivered for ScotRail. (First delivered previous August.)
Announcement that Abellio will take over the franchise in 2015.
Abellio takes over the ScotRail franchise.
|08/08/2018||Wabtec Rail Scotland Works|
First of a batch of 5 Class 320/4s prepared by Wabtec Rail at Kilmarnock is delivered to ScotRail.
First HST arrives in Scotland by the East Coast Main Line following refurbishment by Wabtec Rail of Doncaster Works for ScotRail.
|26/07/2019||St Rollox Works|
Works closed by Gemini Rail Services and ^mothballed^. Maintenance of the ScotRail fleet now requires haulage to England for heavy maintenance.
|09/05/2021||Hitachi Rail Europe|
Hairline cracks found in ScotRail^s Class 385s.