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16/10/2018 Railway stations with worst train delays revealed [Sky News]
The worst train services for punctuality and cancellations have been identified as part of analysis of services in the UK. The consumer group Which? found that Manchester Oxford Road had the worst performance. More than two-thirds (68%) of its trains have been late or cancelled since the beginning of the year, according to the research. York station saw the second worst performance out of those ranked, with 65% of trains departing or arriving late, or cancelled. Joint third on the list were Birmingham New Street and Gatwick Airport stations, where 60% fail to run to schedule. More

Power car 43465 of Grand Central Railways awaits its departure time from York on 30 October at the head of a Kings Cross-Sunderland train.
[Sandy Steele 30/10/2013]

Three for the price of two - west end of Birmingham New Street, 26 January 2014.
Birmingham New Street
[John Steven 26/01/2014]

A busy scene at Manchester Oxford Road on 8 July 2009 with three trains waiting to depart. From Left to right a Class 142 in the bay platform waits to head to Liverpool with a stopping service. Next is a Class 150 on the rear of a service to Manchester Airport with another Class 142 leading. On the right is a service to Barrow.
Manchester Oxford Road
[John McIntyre 08/07/2009]
Sky News

16/10/2018 Future of legendary locomotives in balance after Fife Council rejects plans for major railway visitor centre and open farm [Courier]
Owner John Cameron had hoped to put Union of South Africa and The Great Marquess on display in a visitor centre at Balbuthie Farm near Kilconquhar. However Fife Council has rejected a blueprint from the Cameron Railway Trust, saying it would be unacceptable in the countryside. Planners said the scheme would result in the loss of prime agricultural land and was not in keeping with the surrounding area. More

16/10/2018 Find out more about plans to protect vital railway artery to the South West [Network Rail]
Network Rail is holding a series of community drop-in sessions this autumn to update residents and the local community on its ongoing work to improve resilience of the railway between Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon. More
Network Rail

16/10/2018 Cleland Station accessibility improvements in site [Network Rail]
Work is now underway on a six-month programme at Cleland station to deliver a £3m investment to improve accessibility. More
Network Rail

16/10/2018 Calmac launch probe after £43 million ferry crashes into pier [Press and Journal]
CalMac has launched a probe after its £43million flagship ferry with more than 250 people onboard collided with a pier. More
Press and Journal

16/10/2018 Artwork to be installed ahead of new north-east train station’s opening [Evening Express]
Artwork is due to be installed at a new railway station, anticipated to be open next year. More
Evening Express

15/10/2018 'Pass the parcel' over new railway station for East Linton [East Lothian Courier]
THE Scottish Government has been accused of playing “pass the parcel” with the decision of when a train station will return to East Linton. More
East Lothian Courier

15/10/2018 Network Rail to open £8m Stirling railway bridge early to all traffic [Network Rail]
Following on from the recent announcement that Kerse Road in Stirling will re-open to traffic on Friday 19 October – a week earlier than anticipated, we can now confirm that the bridge will open to all traffic without restrictions. More
Network Rail

14/10/2018 Flooding leaves 6ft hole in Teignmouth railway track [BBC News]
Flood damage has caused a huge hole to open up in a railway track, causing disruption for passengers. The pit, which is 6ft (1.8m) deep and 6.5ft (2m) wide, appeared under the tracks after high tides engulfed the line at Teignmouth in Devon. It is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day while emergency repairs are carried out. Replacement buses are running between Exeter and Newton Abbott. More
BBC News

14/10/2018 New £5bn Transport for Wales rail franchise begins [BBC News]
The new operators of Wales and Borders rail services have taken over the running of the franchise. French-Spanish joint venture KeolisAmey promises to eventually replace all trains, at a cost of £800m. There is also £738m to electrify the South Wales valley add lines, more services and launch the new South Wales Metro over the next 15 years. It marks an end to the troubled tenure for Arriva Trains Wales, criticised for overcrowding on commuter services More
BBC News

13/10/2018 First new ScotRail train back on track after fault fixed [BBC News]
The first of several new trains taken out of service over a technical fault is back in operation after the problem was resolved, ScotRail has announced. It was one of three Hitachi class 385 electric trains taken off commuter routes after a brake control system issue was detected earlier this month. The seven-carriage train began operating again between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High on Saturday. The remaining two trains are expected to return to service next week. The fault, which 'led to a small loss of signalling across the brake network cables' was identified on 4 October. More
BBC News

11/10/2018 Train derailment closes line between Aberdeen and Dundee [BBC News]
Rail services between Aberdeen and Dundee face another day of disruption after a derailment. The train derailed at Stonehaven on Wednesday, leading to the closure of the line. ScotRail warned that services would remain suspended until 'at least' 18:00. Replacement buses between Aberdeen and Dundee have been set up as a result of the derailment. No passengers were on board. Accident investigators are at the scene. More
BBC News

10/10/2018 ScotRails new high-speed train breaks down on first trip [Scotsman]
ScotRails new high-speed train broke down during its first service with passengers. The train left Aberdeen at 12.55pm today after being hailed by the company as an important milestone in its plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. But the £2m train, which offers passengers more seats, more luggage space and more plug sockets broke down near the town of Ladybank in Fife. More

10/10/2018 Talgo shortlists UK factory sites [Railway Gazette]
UK: Talgo has shortlisted the port of Mostyn in north Wales as one of six potential sites for its proposed UK rolling stock manufacturing plant, the company announced in Cardiff on October 9. The other sites include St Helens, Leeds and Chesterfield in northern England, and Hunterston or Longannet in Scotland. A decision on a preferred site is expected next month, although a final go-ahead would depend on the company obtaining an initial order. Talgo has been shortlisted to bid for the supply of at least 54 classic compatible 360 km/h trainsets for Phase 1 of HS2 between London and the West Midlands, based on its Avril concept. However, it said the UK plant could also be used to manufacture rolling stock for other domestic applications as well as exports, augmenting the capacity of its two existing facilities in Spain. More
Railway Gazette

10/10/2018 First upgraded high-speed train starts on Aberdeen-Edinburgh line next week [BBC News]
The first of a fleet of upgraded high-speed trains is to enter service in Aberdeen next week, it has been announced. Rail operator ScotRail said the first of the 26 newly refurbished Inter7City trains would run from Aberdeen to Edinburgh via Dundee from Monday. The diesel trains date back to the 1970s but they have all been renovated. The first of the refurbished trains was supposed to be introduced along the line in May. But ScotRail admitted the project had been 'a challenge'. More

Dawn of a new era as ScotRail HST (power cars 43132 and 43021) nears Aberdour, heading from Craigentinny to Aberdeen on 10 September 2017.
[Bill Roberton 10/09/2017]

A British Rail InterCity 125, about to leave Bristol Temple Meads station in 1985 with a service to London Paddington.
Bristol Temple Meads
[John McIntyre //1985]

Prototype HST photographed running through Sonning Cutting in 1976.
[Ian Dinmore //1976]
BBC News

08/10/2018 Why leaves on the line is no joke for Scotlands railway [Network Rail]
Scotlands Railway has launched its biggest ever response to the threats caused by autumn leaf fall. More
Network Rail

08/10/2018 ScotRail criticised over disabled support at Aberdeen train station [Evening Express]
A severely disabled woman has hit out over accessibility at Aberdeen train station. More
Evening Express

08/10/2018 ScotRail boss claims passengers ‘don’t care how old their trains are’ [Scotsman]
The boss of the ScotRail Alliance said customers “don’t care how old their trains are” when he was challenged on carriages on a new high-speed train roll-out being 40 years old. More

05/10/2018 Council wants ScotRail to help ease disruption on Stromeferry bypass [West Highland Free Press]
Scotrail are currently considering a proposal to terminate rail journeys at Strathcarron to allow road traffic to flow more freely through the diversion on the Stromeferry bypass. At a meeting in Lochcarron last week, Colin Howell (pictured), Highland Councils head of infrastructure, said that the road to rail diversion on the bypass, where important stabilisation work to the rockface is being carried out, could stay open to traffic for an extra 80 minutes each day if Scotrail would agree to do this. It would involved taking passengers by bus from Strathcarron to stations along the line to Kyle of Lochalsh. More

Driving along a railway on a Sunday afternoon, as you do. A van and trailer return to the roadway at the west end of the diversion of the Stromeferry Bypass. [See image 65935 for more details.] Note the gate across the Kyle line.
Avalanche Shelter
[Michael Gibb 07/10/2018]

A new meaning for ^taking to the tracks^ near the avalanche shelter on the Kyle line. The view looks east to the diversion of the Stromeferry Bypass onto the railway. [See image 65935 for details].
Avalanche Shelter
[Michael Gibb 07/10/2018]

For a short length the Stromeferry Bypass has been diverted onto the Kyle line fitted with a surface to allow road vehicles to drive on the line, effectively a tramway for this portion. The cliff face to the left requires stabilisation and netting to make it safe. Network Rail has very generously allowed this arrangement which has allowed the road to stay open albeit with very considerable delays for road traffic and a complicated combined convey system and railway operation. The location is to the west of the avalanche shelter.
Avalanche Shelter
[Michael Gibb 07/10/2018]
West Highland Free Press

05/10/2018 Police launch appeal after memorial bench disappears from Old Deeside Railway Line [Evening Express]
Police are appealing for information following the removal of a memorial bench near a historic bridge in Aberdeen. More
Evening Express

05/10/2018 Demolition work complete on Glasgow Queen Street station [Network Rail]
The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station reached another major milestone this week as the project team completed all of the demolition work needed to start building a bigger and brighter transport hub. More
Network Rail

05/10/2018 Alastair Dalton: Why nationalising the railways may not be the answer [Scotsman]
Nationalising the railways has become a popular cause among politicians and disgruntled passengers alike – but careful what you wish for. More

05/10/2018 Aberdeen-Inverness project gives customers virtual view of upgrade works [Network Rail]
Passengers at Aberdeen station are being given the chance to see enhancement works recently delivered between Aberdeen and Dyce in an innovative virtual reality (VR) experience. More
Network Rail

05/10/2018 Technical fault puts new ScotRail trains out of service [BBC News]
ScotRail has withdrawn its newest trains from service following the discovery of a technical fault. The fault was identified on Thursday on one of the Hitachi class 385 electric trains, introduced to the fleet in July. A spokesman for ScotRail confirmed all three 385 trains in passenger service have been removed for testing. It is understood this led to a shortage of carriages on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line on Friday morning. ScotRail chief operating officer Angus Thom has apologised to any passengers whose journeys have been disrupted. More
BBC News

05/10/2018 Central Line strike: London Underground drivers in 24-hour walkout [BBC News]
Hundreds of thousands of London Underground (LU) passengers face travel disruption after train drivers began a 24-hour strike. There will be no services running on the Central Line, including the Night Tube. The Waterloo and City Line is running but with severe delays. The action by the drivers' union Aslef is part of a dispute over working conditions. LU described the industrial action, which began at midnight, as 'needless'. More
BBC News

05/10/2018 Brake problems disrupt ScotRails new trains on Edinburgh-Glasgow line [Scotsman]
One of ScotRails brand new trains caused significant disruption to its busiest line today because of defective brakes. The train operator admitted it was the latest of a series of similar problems to have hit the class 385 electric trains since last month. More

ScotRail 385015 on a test run from Linlithgow to Queen Street on 24 July 2018, the first day of passenger services for the new Class 385 EMUs. 385104 and 385003 did the honours for those travellling between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
[Colin McDonald 24/07/2018]

The 0800 to Glasgow Queen Street on Saturday 25 August is in the charge of a 7-car Class 385. I noticed a number of 385s at Eastfield depot, but out there on the EGML it is 365s doing most of the duties. To me, 385s look like maggots with an unfortunate mutation but I recall thinking the same about 380s which now seem comparatively beautiful.
Edinburgh Waverley
[David Panton 25/08/2018]

The new ScotRail class 385 electric multiple unit to be built by Hitachi. Artist^s impression distributed at the Abellio franchise launch on 1 April 2015.
[ScotRail 01/04/2015]

04/10/2018 Rail line closure could cost Aberdeenshire Council £3m a day [BBC News]
The possible emergency closure of the East Coast Main Line due to a deteriorating bridge could cost Aberdeenshire Council up to £3m a day to cover disruption. The Abbeyton road-over-rail bridge, on the B966 just north of Fordoun, was shut in July. Inspections found serious failings in the 170-year-old structure. It is now to be demolished, but the local authority said an emergency closure could cost £1m to £3m a day. [The bridge is two miles north of Fordoun.] More

The 12.07 First Scotrail Class 170 Aberdeen - Edinburgh approaches Fordoun on 20 October 2012. Photographed from the road bridge alongside the station site looking north east towards the Network Rail track access point in the middle distance.
[John McIntyre 20/10/2012]

The morning HST service from Leeds to Aberdeen passes the former station at Fordoun (closed 1956) between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven on 20 October 2012.
[John McIntyre 20/10/2012]
BBC News

03/10/2018 Battery train to make debut in Scotland [Scotsman]
Passengers in Scotland will next week be the first to ride in a new battery-powered train to showcase its potential without the high cost of electrifying railway lines. More

03/10/2018 Re-doubling Aberdeen to Inverurie “ halfway there [Rail Engineer]
The 18-mile long Aberdeenshire canal, from Aberdeen docks to Inverurie, opened in 1805. It was not a commercial success, so its shareholders were glad to sell their canal to the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) who wanted to build their planned railway on top of it. In 1854, the GNSR opened its first railway [] More
Rail Engineer

03/10/2018 Falling tide leaves historic Skye ferry high and dry [BBC News]
The Skye ferry, the world's last sea-going, manually-operated, turntable boat, operates on fast flowing narrows. More
BBC News

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