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18/12/2018 ScotRail: New plan of action pledge to tackle misery of Scotlands cancelled trains [Scotsman]
A plan of action has been devised by ScotRail to curb cancellations and ensure services return to normal as soon as possible, transport secretary Michael Matheson has told MSPs. It follows dozens of trains a day not running over recent weeks, many because of staff training for new services. More

18/12/2018 'Interim' plan after Scottish railway police merger stalls [BBC News]
Ministers propose an 'interim' alternative to the stalled merger of railway policing into Police Scotland. More
BBC News

18/12/2018 North-east commuters hit out after more delays and disruption to ScotRail trains [Evening Express]
Rail passengers in the north-east have hit out at ScotRail after another day of delays and cancelled services. More
Evening Express

18/12/2018 Footage shows lorries toppled like dominos on ferry [BBC News]
Several vehicles overturned on a ferry in rough seas en route to Cairnryan. More
BBC News

17/12/2018 Statement from ScotRail Alliance [ScotRail]
Statement from Alex Hynes, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance Were sorry to customers for the disruption to services in recent weeks. We know the impact this has on your day, and are working flat out to get things back to normal. The disruption has been caused by two key factors: More

17/12/2018 ScotRail bike train plans take shape [RAIL]
ScotRail releases images of its plans for converted Class 153s More

17/12/2018 It’s a Wonderful Life script painted at rail stations in mental health campaign [Scotsman]
The script of It’s A Wonderful Life has been painted onto railway station platforms as part of a mental health festive campaign. More

17/12/2018 ScotRail boss Alex Hynes promises improvements [BBC News]
The boss of the ScotRail Alliance has promised improvements to services after a surge in cancellations. Alex Hynes said problems in training staff to operate new trains were the main reason for recent delays. Hundreds of services have been cancelled or had fewer coaches, leading to overcrowding, since the introduction of a new timetable. Mr Hynes apologised but said travellers should notice 'significant' improvements next week. More
BBC News

16/12/2018 Winter is coming how we prepare the railway for cold weather [Network Rail]
With temperatures dropping across Britain, the rail industry is gearing up for winter. Just like road and air travel, wintry weather can pose challenges for the rail network, with its effects ranging from speed restrictions on exposed routes, to suspension of services. More

Freezing but still on time - the 0900 service to Liverpool Street awaiting its departure time at Norwich behind 90002 on an extremely cold winter^s morning in January 2010.
[Ian Dinmore 07/01/2010]

156442 with a morning Glasgow Central - East Kilbride service approaching its destination on 2 December 2010.
East Kilbride
[John Steven 02/12/2010]

The abandonment of all passenger services is nigh... A non stop Aberdeen-Glasgow service whips up a cloud of fine powdery snow as it dashes through Dunblane station on a very cold November 29th 2010. The build up of that disturbed snow underbody had nasty consequences for the turbostars and within a couple of days the platform monitors were displaying ^All services suspended^.
[Mark Dufton 29/11/2010]
Network Rail

14/12/2018 HIE takes control of CairnGorm Mountain [BBC News]
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has taken over the running of CairnGorm Mountain snowsports centre and funicular railway. CairnGorm Mountain Ltd (CML) was placed into administration last month due to 'unsustainable cash-flow problems'. More
BBC News

14/12/2018 Relief at last for ScotRail passengers as punctuality improves [Scotsman]
ScotRail punctuality has improved for the first time in three months despite disruption from staff training and industrial action. More

14/12/2018 Pendolino is first electric train through Bolton [Rail Engineer]
One of Virgin’s Class 390 Pendolinos has become the first electric train to run between Manchester and Preston via Bolton. On the night of 13 December 2018, the train was used to test the new infrastructure along the 25-mile route via Salford, Bolton and Chorley, closely monitored by Network Rail engineers checking the new overhead […] More
Rail Engineer

14/12/2018 Network Rail to remove temporary footbridge at Kerse Road, Stirling [Network Rail]
Network Rail will remove the temporary pedestrian footbridge at Kerse Road in Stirling over two consecutive weekends in January 2019 More
Network Rail

13/12/2018 Train and van crossing crash closes line in Cornwall [BBC News]
A train and a delivery van have crashed closing a railway line in Cornwall. The train was travelling between Gunnislake and Plymouth when the crash happened at an open level crossing in Calstock at 16:00 GMT. The two drivers are said to be 'shaken up' but no-one has been injured. More
BBC News

13/12/2018 More apologies after fourth working day of ScotRail new timetable disruption [Herald]
ScotRail'S flagship new Class 385 trains were at the centre of further disruption for travellers during a fourth working day of train cancellations and overcrowded carriages. More

13/12/2018 180 jobs under threat at Glasgow rail services firm [BBC News]
180 staff at a Glasgow rail maintenance company have been told their jobs are under threat. Owners of Gemini Rail Services in Springburn, the former Knorr-Bremse Rail Services depot, announced closure plans on Wednesday. If the plans go ahead, some repair and maintenance of Scotland's rail stock will be carried out in England. The Unite union condemned the proposal, and said it had repeatedly raised concerns over future workload. The 120 staff members and 60 contractors were told a formal consultation would begin on the proposed closure. More
BBC News

13/12/2018 Deadly high-speed train crash in Turkey [BBC News]
A crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured 47, Turkey's transport minister has said. Images from the scene showed emergency services working to rescue people from badly damaged carriages. Reports citing local officials said the high-speed train had collided with another train, then into an overpass. The accident occurred at about 06:30 local time (03:30 GMT). More
BBC News

12/12/2018 ScotRail introduces EMUs onto newly-wired Central Belt routes [RAIL]
Electric trains start serving Alloa, Dunblane and Stirling as ScotRail brings more Class 385s into traffic More

12/12/2018 Amco awarded Dunbar station upgrade contract [Network Rail]
Network Rail has appointed Amco as the main contractor for the planned £13m enhancement of Dunbar station. More
Network Rail

11/12/2018 Britains least used railway station revealed [BT News]
Britains least used railway station has been named as British Steel Redcar. Only 40 passengers used the North Yorkshire station in 2017/18, according to Office of Rail and Road figures. The coke ovens and blast furnace at the nearby SSI steel plant were shut down in 2015 leading to a drop in demand for the railway station but there are still some people employed at the site. More

The ^Buxton Spa Express^ stops at Denton on 25 February 2017 to take water, or at least the loco, 45690 Leander does. Denton has only one passenger train a week, the 0922 Stockport to Stalybridge on a Friday and nothing in the opposite direction!
[John McIntyre 25/02/2017]

The epitome of Parliamentary services, this is Teesside Airport station, which only has one train calling in each direction per week. Opened in 1971 it once had an hourly service but is some distance from the airport terminal and was little used. In 2016 only 98 passenger journeys were recorded and that was considerably more than many previous years. This view taken from the A67 but the station cannot be accessed from this road.
Teesside Airport
[Mark Bartlett 24/06/2017]

An exceptionally hot day at Barry Links looking south in August 2006 with an Aberdeen bound express service on the level crossing. The up platform was part of an island with the south side once used by troop trains serving the nearby MoD Barry Buddon training camp. The station currently sees one stopping train in each direction on weekdays.
Barry Links
[John Furnevel 13/08/2006]
BT News

11/12/2018 ScotRail apologise over 'shambles' introduction of new winter timetable [Herald]
SCOTRAIL have apologised after thousands of passengers were hit by cancelled trains, overcrowded carriages and service delays as the first working day of its new timetable turned into what some described as a 'shambles'. Many of the scrapped journeys were caused by ScotRail staff not being ready for the implementation of the new winter timetable which was to usher in faster trips to build what the operator said was the 'best railway Scotland has ever had'. More

10/12/2018 Crossrail delay: £1.4bn bailout as autumn 2019 launch delayed [BBC News]
A £1.4bn bailout has been announced for Crossrail, as Europe's biggest infrastructure project is pushed back beyond its launch date of autumn 2019. Londons £15bn route, to be known as the Elizabeth Line, had originally been due to open this month. The rescue plan - the third this year - will be used to plug a predicted £2bn hole in the project's finances. More
BBC News

10/12/2018 New platforms open at Britains busiest railway station as part of £800 million investment for passengers [Network Rail]
The former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station reopened permanently this morning (10 December) for the first time since international services moved to St Pancras in 2007, as part of the £800 million project to increase capacity on the South Western Railway network. More

Work in progress at the end of the former Eurostar platforms 23 and 24 at Waterloo on 8 February 2018. Platforms 21 and 22 are temporarily back in use during the current station upgrade works.
[Colin McDonald 08/02/2018]

A Class 421 (4-CIG) emu waiting to leave Waterloo in 1981 with other commuter stock stabled in the west sidings in the background. [This section of the station would change beyond recognition just over 10 years later when the International terminus for the new Eurostar services was built here. These would be handled at Waterloo from 1994 until finally being moved to the transformed St Pancras station in 2007.]
[John Furnevel 17/09/1981]

Eurostars at Waterloo International in September 1995. The International platforms are numbered 20-24.
[Ian Dinmore /09/1995]
Network Rail

10/12/2018 Concern over Calmac’s repair bills as calls made for ‘urgent’ investment from Scottish Government [Press and Journal]
The Scottish Government is facing calls for “urgent” investment in Calmac ferries after new figures revealed that more than 120 repairs have been made to the fleet since 2016. More
Press and Journal

09/12/2018 Crossrail may not open next year despite mooted extra £1bn [The Guardian]
Ministers are reportedly about to admit London rail project needs further extra funding. Crossrail could swallow up another £1bn in funding and be delayed beyond 2019, ministers are expected to admit this week.The flagship construction project to create a new high-capacity train line across London had originally been due to be opened on Sunday by the Queen, but problems with complex new signalling systems delayed testing trains in the central core. Confirmation that the opening was postponed by up to a year was only announced at the end of August. More
The Guardian

09/12/2018 ScotRail: Checks urged amid timetable change [BBC News]
ScotRail say the new timetable will allow for shorter journey times, more seating and services on updated routes. More
BBC News

08/12/2018 ScotRail makes video to explain 'slam doors' on 40-year-old trains [Scotsman]
ScotRail is having to show passengers how to get on and off trains because it is reintroducing carriages with old-fashioned doors that it hasn't used widely for 16 years. More

08/12/2018 North-east rail upgrade bid hits buffers for only cutting two minutes off trips [Evening Express]
A decade-long proposal to upgrade a north-east rail junction has been ditched after it emerged it would only shave up to two-and-a-half minutes off journeys to the Central Belt. More
Evening Express

08/12/2018 North-east rail investment costing £200 million will speed up journey times by only two minutes [Press and Journal]
A promised £200 million rail investment between the north-east and central belt would only speed up journey times by two minutes. More
Press and Journal

07/12/2018 Tay Bridge claims top prize at railway heritage awards [Network Rail]
Network Rail and main contractor Taziker have won best entry at the 2018 National Railway Heritage Awards for the £75m restoration of the Tay Bridge. More
Network Rail

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