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26/05/2018 The Top 10: UK railway stations [Independent]
From Kings Cross to the West Highlands, the best British cathedrals, churches and chapels of train travel. More

Norwich station approach, June 2016.
[Ian Dinmore 26/06/2016]

Eight minutes past eleven, Oakworth, 27 April 2013.,
[Colin Alexander 27/04/2013]

Facade of Kings Cross station on 24 July 2014.
Kings Cross
[Bill Roberton 24/07/2014]

25/05/2018 Wemyss Bay marks heritage award win [Network Rail]
A new plaque has been unveiled at Wemyss Bay to mark the station winning a top rail industry award. More
Network Rail

25/05/2018 Northern Isles ferry contract process to start in June [BBC News]
The Northern Isles contract - between mainland Scotland and Orkney and Shetland - is expected in summer 2019. More
BBC News

25/05/2018 New ScotRail trains to finally run after windscreen problem fixed [Scotsman]
A new fleet of electric trains are to finally enter service on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line after their windscreen problem was resolved, The Scotsman has learned. More

I was surprised to come across this Class 385 out and about (on driver training, presumably) as I thought the class was grounded. Have the windows been fixed? I can^t tell. Anyway I worked out (without reference to RTT, which is cheating) that it had been to Dunbar and back, making a brief stop here at Prestonpans at the end of the platform, as if for a crew change. Notice the numbers on both sides: just for symmetry?
[David Panton 23/05/2018]

385103 passes Musselburgh on 20th February 2018 with a crew training run to Dunbar.
[Bill Roberton 20/02/2018]

25/05/2018 Network Rail's 100-year plan to keep Dawlish line open [RAIL]
Government-funded studies underway regarding Devon resilience More

25/05/2018 Corfe Castle back on rail network after 46 years [BBC News]
Network trains are to run to a Dorset village for the first time since 1972. South Western Railway said a Saturday service to Corfe Castle will run from Basingstoke from this weekend until 8 September. The village lost network trains when the Swanage to Wareham line was closed by British Rail. Part of the line was reopened by volunteers as a tourist attraction in the 1990s, and it was reconnected to Wareham in 2017. More
BBC News

25/05/2018 Half of services on Scotland's newest railway run late [Herald]
HALF of services on the longest new domestic railway to be built in the UK for over 100 years fail to arrive on time. ScotRail has come under fresh criticism as the latest annual figures show that the punctuality record on Borders Railway services is one of the worst in Scotland. More

A train from Edinburgh arriving at Tweedbank platform 1 on 29 September 2016 alongside a unit stabled in platform 2.
[Bruce McCartney 29/09/2016]

A sunlit Waverley east end on 19 July 2016 sees ScotRail 158733 at platform 3 awaiting departure time with the 1253 service to Tweedbank.
Edinburgh Waverley
[John Furnevel 19/07/2016]

158731 and 158722 pass the Gala water as they near Stow with a service to Edinburgh.
[Bill Roberton 13/09/2015]

23/05/2018 Mapping the meaning behind Scottish railway station names [Scotsman]
Railway stations can tell you a lot about a country, from its economic development to its population centres. But their names also provide an insight into how language and its meaning evolves over time, from describing little more than fields to vanished religious centres. More

23/05/2018 Network Rail reveals a tiny piece of track history [Network Rail]
Network Rail lifted the lid on a secret piece of railway historylast weekend. Engineers gave exclusive access to visit a miniature house, located deep in the tunnels of Liverpool Lime Street station, which can only be accessed when trains aren't running. More
Network Rail

23/05/2018 Wales' rail and Metro franchise to be run by KeolisAmey [BBC News]
A £5bn contract to run Wales' rail service for the next 15 years has been awarded to two European firms, who will run it jointly. France's Keolis and Spanish-owned Amey's bid triumphed over a rival offer from Hong Kong's MTR commuter railways. It will also drive forward the south Wales Metro in Cardiff and the valleys. The operators said while the changes would not happen overnight Wales' railway 'would be unrecognisable' in five years time. KeolisAmey already runs Greater Manchester Metrolink and London's Docklands Light Railway, among others. More
BBC News

22/05/2018 More than 300,000 passengers use Cambridge North in first year [RAIL]
Approximately 320,000 passengers have used Cambridge North station since it opened on May 21 last year, an average of 6,000 per week. Greater Anglia says more than 10,000 passengers per week are now using the station, with that figure above the operators growth target. A Costa coffee shop is about to open at the station. More

I am reliably informed that in a city of 130,000 people, Cambridge has 55,000 ^knowledge intensive employees^, and 4,400 ^knowledge intensive employers^. Which could explain, indirectly, why this new station, opened on 21 May 2017 close to Cambridge Science Park, practically smells of money. Speaking of computers, the disabled parking symbol in the foreground appears to be pixellated.
Cambridge North
[Ken Strachan 10/07/2017]

22/05/2018 'We intend to be one of the leading rail freight operators in the UK' - DRS [RAIL]
DRS aims to be one of the leading freight operators in the UK More

22/05/2018 Rail Wales franchise decision imminent [BBC News]
The new Wales rail franchise holder will be held to account on issues like punctuality, cleanliness and service quality - or they will not get paid. The head of Transport for Wales (TfW) said the contract includes key elements of service provision not included before. The winner - also new South Wales Metro operator - is expected to be unveiled in the next 24 hours. Welsh Government ministers are discussing final details on Tuesday. The new franchise will come into effect from October 2018, replacing the one run by Arriva Trains Wales for the last 15 years. More
BBC News

21/05/2018 First section of Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification delivered [Network Rail]
Network Rail engineers have completed the first phase in the project to electrify the railway lines linking Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa to the main Glasgow-Edinburgh route. More
Network Rail

21/05/2018 First electric train travels between Birmingham and Bromsgrove [Network Rail]
The first ever electric train has travelled between Birmingham and Bromsgrove. More
Network Rail

21/05/2018 Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink and Northern trains cancelled and delayed [BBC News]
Rail disruption is continuing on a day dubbed 'Meltdown Monday' by unions after new timetables were introduced. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) rescheduled every service on its Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern franchise as part of an overhaul billed as the biggest in the UK. The operator apologised after it cancelled dozens of trains, hours after its new timetable began on Sunday. It confirmed disruption was continuing on Monday. Passengers in the north of England are also reporting delays and cancellations as rail routes covered by Northern, which operates services from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle, saw train times and stopping patterns change from Sunday. More
BBC News

20/05/2018 Regular journeys affected as major rail timetable change introduced across Britain [ITV News]
The change is designed to increase overall reliability and frequency, but some passengers will find regular journeys are no longer possible. More
ITV News

19/05/2018 ScotRail passengers say no to smartcards [Scotsman]
They have been a prerequisite of train travel for nearly 180 years – and despite ScotRail’s best efforts, passengers are proving very reluctant to give them up. More

19/05/2018 Pensioner dies in collision at Larkhall railway station [Scotsman]
A 78-year-old man has died after his car crashed down a railway embankment and onto a train station platform. More

19/05/2018 The bad bet at the heart of the East Coast rail franchise implosion [Guardian]
At the root of the collapse of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise, confirmed this week, was the expectation that rail passenger numbers could go only one way: up. Two decades of consistent growth had fostered the assumption that demand would keep rising, the only question being how high. That assumption has been proved wrong. Instead, demand has dropped not only on mainline inter-city routes but on commuter rail franchises and Londons tube network, where annual numbers are down 1.5%. Bus journey numbers are also down, dipping under 5bn in 2017 for the first time in a decade. Even on Londons comparatively cheap and regulated network they declined by 0.7%. More

91014 propels a VTEC service south at Markle level crossing on the ECML between Drem and Dunbar.
Markle Level Crossing
[John McIntyre 29/04/2017]

The Virgin Trains East Coast 0755 ex-Inverness Highland Chieftain running into platform 2 at Waverley on 21 December 2017. Standing alongside at the east end of platform 1 is the 1142 ScotRail service to North Berwick.
Edinburgh Waverley
[John Furnevel 21/12/2017]

91103 leads a full Virgin liveried east coast service into York on its way from Kings Cross to Edinburgh on 18 July. The train is on the down fast line approaching Holgate Junction, seen from the Love Lane footbridge.
Holgate Junction
[Mark Bartlett 18/07/2015]

19/05/2018 Northern rail services: Passengers advised of major changes [BBC News]
Train services across large parts of the north of England are set to undergo a major change this weekend. Rail routes covered by Northern will see current train times and stopping patterns change from Sunday. Arriva Rail North Ltd, which operates the Northern franchise, says 90% of the services will be affected and there may be some disruption. The firm operates services across the north from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. Northern said it was 'a significant operational challenge' and the biggest change in many years. More
BBC News

18/05/2018 Car crashes onto train platform in Lanarkshire [BBC News]
A man has been taken to hospital after the car landed on the platform at Larkhall Station. More
BBC News

17/05/2018 Apology from Japanese railway company after train departs 25 seconds early [ITV News]
It is the second time a train has left early in Japan in the last six months. The company describes the situation as 'truly inexcusable'. More
ITV News

16/05/2018 Hitachi blasted by minister for 'unacceptable' delays to new ScotRail trains [Scotsman]
Delays by train builder Hitachi to a new fleet for ScotRail's flagship line were today blasted by transport minister Humza Yousaf as 'just not acceptable'. More

16/05/2018 Govia Thameslink changes time of every train in shake-up [BBC News]
The time of every train on Britain's largest rail franchise, Govia Thameslink (GTR), will change as part of a major shake-up. Arrival and departure times are being re-set from Sunday and some services will call at different stations. Some signal workers have claimed it is going to be 'a disaster', the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said. GTR said nearly 400 extra trains each day would bring 'a significant boost'. The company said it would be running about 3,600 trains across its network - which includes Southern rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern. More
BBC News

16/05/2018 First electric train at Blackpool North [RAIL]
Pendolino arrives at Blackpool North ahead of introduction of electric services More

The first Pendolino (and possibly the first of any type of electric traction) to reach Blackpool under its own power is seen on the return test run back to Preston at half past midnight on 15 May 2018. A second return trip was made later in the night. Hopefully all was well and electric services are now clear to commence operating from next Monday.
Kirkham and Wesham
[John McIntyre 15/05/2018]

16/05/2018 East Coast train line to be put into public control [BBC News]
Rail services on East Coast Main Line to be brought back under UK government control. More
BBC News

16/05/2018 Disruption to CalMac services worst in years, says chief [BBC News]
The CalMac managing director's comment follows repairs to a ferry overrunning, triggering weeks-long issues for services. More
BBC News

15/05/2018 Plans submitted for Stirling station footbridge works [Network Rail]
Network Rail has submitted a planning application for creating step-free access between platforms six and nine at Stirling station. More
Network Rail

15/05/2018 Interiors of new Sleeper coaches begin to take shape [RAIL]
Interior of Caledonian Sleeper seating car revealed as testing of new Mk 5s continues More

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