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The cost of running Scotland's main train operator has spiralled after commuters deserted the railways and now the way it's run could be about to change significantly.
(Permalink) COVID-19 ScotRail

An industry coalition has backed the extension of the Borders Railway as a means to facilitate three-hour journeys between London and Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Borderlands.

Jim Steer, director of the High Speed Rail Group, has argued for a shift in emphasis, to make Carlisle a connecting hub for future HS2 services.
(Permalink) Borders Railway

Train punctuality on Scotland's Railway has reached its highest level since 2018, according to new figures published today (Friday, 25 September).
In the most recent four-weekly period of performance (23 August - 20 September), 93.3 per cent of ScotRail trains met the rail industry standard Public Performance Measure (PPM). It's the seventh consecutive period where ScotRail's PPM has been above 90 per cent.
(Permalink) PPM Punctuality ScotRail

But critics claim public sector owners already made up their mind to repair mountain railway a long time ago and are ignoring concerns.
(Permalink) Cairngorm Mountain Railway

A new railway station to serve the naval base at Faslane is among the top priorities for the Helensburgh area revealed in a recent council report.
(Permalink) Faslane West Highland Lines

Faslane Platform: Steam train for Fort William passing the site of Faslane Platform near Shandon.
Ewan Crawford 25/05/2006

Shandon: Road/rail crane heading from High Balernock L.C. back to operations near the former Faslane Junction. The crane is passing the site of the demolished Shandon station.
Ewan Crawford 04/03/2008

From famous visitors to those of us who pass through every day, this surely comes under the title of one of Glasgow's best loved buildings.
(Permalink) Glasgow Central

Firefighters have been called to the railway line near Stromeferry following reports of a car on the track.
(Permalink) Car on line Dingwall and Skye Railway Kyle Line Stromeferry

Forth Ports, the UK's third largest ports group, has appointed rail freight expert Ian Wilson as its new Intermodal and Logistics Development Manager to focus on the rail offering in Tilbury and Grangemouth. Ian is a respected, senior executive who is highly experienced in the rail freight, logistics and supply chain industry. Ian previously worked for Eddie Stobart for 20 ...
(Permalink) Forth Ports Grangemouth Tilbury

Grangemouth: Colas 70805 nears its destination with the Dalston - Grangemouth Ineos empty tanks on 11 September 2018. Electrification work looked to be complete by this time.
Bill Roberton 11/09/2018

Grangemouth No 3 Signal Box: Grangemouth Yard as viewed from the west end, probably from the footbridge adjacent to Dock Road level crossing. In 1971 the yard was only a shadow of it's former self, albeit there is evidence of cement, oil and coal traffic (in 16T mineral wagons) still being handled. This was the afternoon of an Edinburgh University Railway Society brake van trip from Grangemouth to Bandeath, for which the motive power was expected to by an NBL Type 2 - it was a bit of a disappointment that a BR Sulzer Type 2 No. D5009 (transferred earlier in the year from the Stoke Division to Eastfield) was provided. Of course only a few years later, a trip behind a by then class 24 would also be much sought after!
Bill Jamieson 03/11/1971

Ayr's tech hub have got behind the campaign to save the Station Hotel with bold plans for a laser projection onto the building itself.

(Permalink) Ayr Ayr Station Hotel

Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020

Ayr Station Hotel: Seen from the platform, Ayr's Station Hotel may be semi derelict but it is still at least partially furnished. Note the writing desk with lamps - 'Would madam care for some Quink for her fountain pen?' Time warp.
Colin Miller 17/09/2018

ScotRail has begun work to refurbish its fleet of Class 380 electric trains ahead of their 10-year anniversary later in the year.

Key elements of the 'makeover' include the installation of new flooring, new seat upholstery including prominent priority seating, a paint refresh, and general repairs to tables, bins and handrails.

The overhaul is taking place at the train operator's Shields Road Depot in Glasgow, with each train taking around two weeks to complete.
(Permalink) Class 380 ScotRail Shields Road Depot

Ayr: 380104 waits at a gloomy Ayr station on 18 July with the 12.13 to Glasgow Central.
Bill Roberton 18/07/2012

Ardrossan Town: 380111 crosses Princes Street to enter Ardrossan Town with a Glasgow bound train. Ailsa Craig is on the horizon.
Ewan Crawford 10/08/2017

Ardrossan Town: Glasgow bound 380108, on a service that started at the Harbour station, calls at Ardrossan Town. This station is much smaller than it originally was see image [[21659]] but at least it is open to passengers again after being closed for a number of years.
Mark Bartlett 08/03/2013

The heritage vehicles will be cleaned after each journey and passengers will need to wear masks and socially distance.
(Permalink) Summerlee Summerlee Heritage Centre Tram

Summerlee Heritage Centre: Glasgow Corporation No.1017 working on the tramway at the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life at Coatbridge, on 26th July 2017. This tram was originally built as open-top double-decker No.17 for Paisley Corporation Tramways in 1904. The system was taken over by Glasgow Corporation Tramways in 1923 and in 1925 No.17 was rebuilt as an enclosed single-decker and renumbered 1017. It continued in service until 1960, latterly as a training car. Discovered some years later in a garden at Cambuslang, it arrived at Summerlee in 1991 where a full restoration took place and 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of its re-entry into service. (The Summerlee Museum occupies the site of the former Summerlee Iron Works that lasted for 90 years from 1836 to 1926.)
David Bosher 26/07/2017

Summerlee Heritage Centre: Graz and Brussels trams running on the short tram line at Summerlee museum in 1989.
Colin Miller //1989

The Rail Maritime and Transport union announced a vote today after being told there would be no increase today
(Permalink) Ballot ScotRail

The work of rescuers at last month's fatal north-east train crash has been praised as police handed control of the site back to Network Rail.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide Stonehaven derailment

Carron Water Bridge [West Carmont]: Track and bridge repairs seen at the derailment site near West Carmont. The heavy lift crane and quite a few of the portacabins are now off site.
Duncan Ross 22/09/2020

The proposed rail link between the UKs Great Western Main Line and London Heathrow Airport faces a delay of up to two years.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Great Western Main Line Heathrow Airport

Reopening the Aberystwyth-Carmarthen railway would cost significantly less than thought, a report by campaign group Traws Link Cymru has claimed. They claim that the cost of reopening the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen railway could be reduced to around £620 million, 20% less than the Wesh Governments £775m price tag.
(Permalink) Aberystwyth Carmarthen Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway Manchester and Milford Railway

Bronwydd Arms: First view of the Gwili Railway from coach from Ferryside station on the GWR main line to Bronwydd Arms, courtesy of UK Railtours, on 9th June 2018, looking north. The location is about 3/4 of a mile south of Bronwydd Arms. This is the track of the heritage railway's southern extension to Abergwili Junction, opened just under a year earlier, on 1st July 2017. The afon/river Gwili can be made out amongst the trees and bushes on the right.
David Bosher 09/06/2018

Aberystwyth: A photograph thought to have been taken in late February or early March 1967 at Aberystwyth, showing Standard Class 4 4-6-0 no 75033 with the down Cambrian Coast Express see image [[26171]]. The last steam hauled CCE ran a short time later on 4 March 1967.
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1967

Carmarthen: A tranquil sunlit summer's evening in Carmarthen in 1971. This graceful bridge over the River Tywi carried the freight branch to Lampeter and Felin Fach, which closed two years later. See image [[38211]]
David Spaven //1971

Network Rail has carried out improvement work on Skerne Bridge, the oldest railway bridge in the world in continuous use, before its 195th anniversary this weekend.
(Permalink) Skerne Bridge

Network Rail has provided a huge boost to the Great British September Clean - by once again pledging to get all 41,000 employees involved. It says litter and graffiti can cause safety problems for passengers.
(Permalink) Network Rail

The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises, following on from the six-month Emergency Measures Agreement introduced in April 2020, which was due to expire on September 20.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Caledonian Sleeper ScotRail

A major restoration project on Preston stations glazed frontage is complete making it safe and reliable for passengers on the West Coast main line.
(Permalink) Preston West Coast Main Line

Preston: From the May 2018 timetable change bay platform 4C at Preston sees regular use with hourly trains from East Lancashire terminating here and then forming Ormskirk services. However, 19th June 2018 being a day of strike action on Northern, 142040 arrived from Burnley and was promptly switched off. 156426 left for Manchester Airport at the head of a six-coach train.
Mark Bartlett 19/06/2018

Preston: E3137/86259 waits to restart the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express from Preston on 30 January 2016. The tour was on the London to Carlisle run this week with the Class 86 taking it as far as Carnforth when Stanier Pacific 46233 took over.
John McIntyre 30/01/2016

Preston: View of the Fishergate entrance to Preston station from the north. Two of the five 1879-80 built longitudinal pitched roofs can be seen on either side.
Veronica Clibbery 17/09/2015

Passengers using overnight trains between Scotland and London face four days of disruption after the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced two walkouts over rest areas on trains for staff.
(Permalink) Caledonian Sleeper Strike

Outdoor groups have called for more openness around decision-making on the future of the troubled ski centre on Cairn Gorm. ... The funicular on the ski slopes has been closed since 2018 and the private company appointed by the sites owner Highlands and Islands Enterprise went into administration.
(Permalink) Cairngorm Mountain Railway

In January last year, archaeologists working on the HS2 project located the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, the Royal Navy explorer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia and is credited with giving the country its name. The discovery sparked international media coverage and the find was captured on camera and will be showcased on the BBC Two Documentary, HS2 The Biggest Dig, tonight (Tuesday 22nd September).
(Permalink) HS2 Matthew Flinders

New system will end franchising model and deliver a simpler, effective model through high performance targets and simplified journeys.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Franchising Grant Shapps

Nestrans has been successful in applying for funding which will allow substantial improvements to be made to one of the region's favourite walking and cycling routes. £250,000 of support from Sustrans Scotland will fund work that will increase the width of the path along The Deeside Way, supporting safe physical distancing for those using the route. The shared-use path, which is part of National Cycle Network Route 195, connects several communities along its 41 mile length, and serves as a popular active travel route for locals and visitors alike.
(Permalink) Deeside Railway Deeside Way NESTRANS Sustrans

Cults: Cults Station building dating from 1894 replaced the original structure from 1853 (which had been moved by train from the original location a few hundred yards east in 1855). It has the typical piended (hipped) roof of stations on the Deeside Line. The Up platform is heavily overgrown but intact whereas currently there is no obvious sign of the Down platform; in fact it is hidden behind a row of trees. The building is extended for light industrial use and lies close to the North Deeside Road and is easily accessible on foot off Station Road (private parking only). The walk/cycle/bridleway is part of the Deeside Way route from Duthie Park, Aberdeen to Ballater. In the early 20th Century not only did Cults have two stations but also on-street trams. A photo of these latter is displayed in the toilets of the nearby Cults Hotel.
Charlie Niven 20/06/2016

Cambus o^ May: What is now 'The Deeside Way' passing the former station at Cambus o' May in November 2005. The view along the old trackbed is east towards Aberdeen.
John Furnevel 05/11/2005

Murtle: View east along the Deeside Way towards Aberdeen at Murtle on a beautiful autumn day in November 2012. Opened in 1853, Murtle station was reduced to a Halt in 1930, before closing in April 1937. The old timber station building has had limited alteration. The granite Station Master's ('Agent' in GNoSR terms) house is in good repair and is sited just north of the station.
Brian Taylor 11/11/2012

The last of the carriages has been removed from the scene of last month’s tragic derailment near Stonehaven.

The Conwy Valley Line, which runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno in north Wales, will reopen on 28 September after Network Rail's £2.2m investment to better protect the railway from extreme weather and flooding has been completed.
(Permalink) Blaenau Ffestiniog Conwy Valley Line Llandudno

Blaenau Ffestiniog: Blaenau Ffestiniog station. View through the canopy supports with the TFW standard gauge lines on the far right by the higher platform and the narrow gauge lines either side the lower platform. Photo taken prior to a trip on the steam railway 29th August 2019.
David Nixon 29/08/2019

Betws-y-Coed: Arriva Wales 150264 on the 17.01 service to Blaenau Ffestiniog at Betws-y-Coed on 12 June. The narrow gauge tracks of the Conwy Valley Railway Museum run alongside the station on the right.
David Pesterfield 12/06/2009

Blaenau Ffestiniog: Little and Large at Blaenau Ffestiniog on 28 September 2013, with an Arriva DVT standing alongside 0-4-0ST quarry tank Hugh Napier [Hunslet 855 of 1904].
Ian Dinmore 28/09/2013

The government has scrapped rail franchising and announced plans to extend support for train firms.

After passenger numbers fell during lockdown, taxpayer money was used to plug the shortfall in ticket revenues.

So far, the bill has run to more than £3.5bn and the Department for Transport has said 'significant' support will still be needed.

Although passenger numbers have edged up since lockdown, they are still less than half pre-pandemic levels.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Franchising Grant Shapps

The main railway line between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High has reopened after flood damage was repaired.

(Permalink) Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway

Work on Northern Powerhouse Rail could start in mid-2020s.
(Permalink) Northern Powerhouse Rail

'The model of adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working' - Shapps.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Franchising Grant Shapps

The A4 'Pacifics' were the pinnacle of steam locomotive design, and the Mallard was the alpha of the pack.
(Permalink) A4 Pacific Mallard

A Royal visitor was spotted travelling on a Ross-shire railway this week “ but they were perhaps not quite what you'd expect.
(Permalink) Dingwall and Skye Railway Kyle Line Royal Saloon

Scotland's biggest statutory regional transport agency has called into question the 'closed group' decision making which has led to the country's ferry building fiasco and has demanded an independent review.

(Permalink) Ferguson Marine HITRAINS

Saturdays are now ScotRails busiest day of the week as leisure travellers outstrip commuters in returning to the railways, The Scotsman has learned.
(Permalink) ScotRail

Ferry passengers in Wester Ross are being urged to book in advance as much as possible amid continuing Covid-19 safety measures.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne

ScotRail's passengers and 5,200 staff received a significant boost today as emergency funding by the Scottish Government was extended.
The lifeline Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA) was introduced in April 2020 after the COVID-19 lockdown resulted in a 95 per cent reduction in ScotRail passenger numbers. The Scottish Government reached a six-month funding agreement to allow the operator to continue to provide services for key workers tackling the pandemic.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Caledonian Sleeper Emergency Measures Agreement ScotRail

Control of certain struggling franchises could be handed back to the government, sources say.
(Permalink) Covid-19 Nationalisation

In 1894, there were almost four hundred horse-drawn tramcars on the streets of Glasgow.
(Permalink) Glasgow Glasgow Corporation Tramways Tram

Changes are being made at the Aln Valley Railway after shortcomings were identified by inspectors.
(Permalink) Aln Valley Railway

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (September 21).
(Permalink) Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Flood Polmont

Polmont: Engineers have been working around-the-clock to repair the line which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its banks on Wednesday, August 12. The force of thousands of gallons of water flowing from the breached canal bank washed away sections of track and undermined the railway’s embankments along a 300m stretch of the line.
Network Rail /09/2020

Polmont: Over the last six weeks, engineers have had to completely rebuild the foundations of the line, replacing over 15,000 tonnes of soil and stone beneath the track. A kilometre of new double-track railway has also been laid consisting of more than 4,500 metres of new rails and 4,424 concrete sleepers along with 10,000 tonnes of new ballast requiring 27 engineering trains. Over 3,000 metres of signalling cables have been re-laid and two new twin track overhead power gantries installed.
Network Rail /09/2020

The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway is to reopen fully on Monday the 21st of September following repairs after considerable flood damage was caused by a breach of the Union Canal.
(Permalink) Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Flood Polmont

The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade is to power forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network, bolstered by a £216.2m contract award for the Rail Electrification Alliance.
(Permalink) East Coast Main Line Electrification Network Rail

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps makes the comparison about the Stonehaven crash in the House of Commons.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide Stonehaven derailment

The owners of the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer will team up with Industrial Museums Scotland this weekend to broadcast live footage of the ship's engines in steam to a global audience.
(Permalink) PS Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer

Scotland's University of St Andrews issued a tender on September 10 for the conversion of a three-car class 314 EMU to hydrogen propulsion.
(Permalink) Class 314 Hydrogen University of St Andrews

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