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Engineer once thought to have aligned Box Tunnel with dawn light might have been giving his forgotten sister a place in the sun. For more than two centuries, railway enthusiasts, engineers and scientists have tried to solve the mystery of Box Tunnel, near Bath. They have combed the history books, done the maths and carried out practical experiments to try to work out whether its creator, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, really did design the two-mile tunnel so that the rising sun shone right through it on his birthday, 9 April.
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Box Tunnel: This plate adjacent to a 'green space' near the Western portal of Box Tunnel commemorates the refurbishment of the portal in 1986.
Ken Strachan 09/02/2013

Contractors Balfour Beatty have been appointed to carry out the work on the project.
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Motherwell: Large Welcome sign on Motherwell's platform 3 on a dreary day.
Gordon Steel 31/10/2016


Motherwell: The forecourt at Motherwell station, seen on 5 January 2019. This area is due for a multi-million pound development to create a transport hub, as we will have to get used to calling them. It's certainly not a very welcoming spot at the moment.
David Panton 05/01/2019

Across the country, ScotRail staff are working round the clock to provide vital transport for key workers such as NHS staff, emergency workers and carers.

ScotRail is operating a revised timetable to keep key workers moving, and by reducing the number of trains in service it has created opportunities for additional cleaning activities on trains, in depots, and at stations.




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Sixty piers which support the 1.9 kilometres of track will have to be propped and strengthened.
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Shieling Station: Ascending Cairngorm Mountain Railway car, seen from the descending car at the mid-way passing point on 24th February 2018.
David Bosher 24/02/2018


Base Station: On the way up. Cairngorm Mountain Railway, September 2012. See image [[40432]]
Peter Todd 17/09/2012


Shieling Station: Railcars about to pass on the scenic Cairngorm Mountain Funicular Railway on a crisp and pleasant day in the Autumn of 2004.
John Furnevel 13/09/2004

Derby and Newport stop assembly, Hitachi reduces Newton Aycliffe output but maintenance carries on at various depots.
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An iconic Highland railway viaduct which features in the Harry Potter films will light up blue tonight in support of our NHS heroes in the fight against COVID-19.
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A new temporary timetable has been introduced by Serco NorthLink Ferries in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
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UK: Passenger data systems supplier Zipabout says train operators should revise their emergency timetables based on passenger behaviour and real-time demand data, to ensure their reduced services can meet the needs of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
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- Scotland's supermarkets rely on goods by rail from Daventry

- Royal Mail post goes by rail between London and Glasgow

- Imported goods into West Midlands from deep-sea ports

Every 24 hours throughout the coronavirus crisis, 188,000 tonnes of critical supplies - including food, fuel and medicine - are moved by rail between London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.
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Network Rail is giving thousands of British firms a vital boost to their cashflow during the coronavirus crisis, by announcing a move to immediate payments for its suppliers. This means payment could be up to seven days quicker for SMEs and up to 28 days quicker for other suppliers.
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Bi-mode power is likely to represent the future of the rail freight industry, according to the Government's policy paper released on March 26.
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Network Rail has announced it is offering key workers free parking at 24 locations across Britain, including Edinburgh Waverley.
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CalMac has seen passenger numbers drop by 95% since new rules on essential ferry travel were put in place.
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Unite Scotland and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has called for employees not vital to keeping transport networks open stood down to help protect them from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Unite - Scotland's biggest union with 150,000 members - said construction and maintenance work should stop immediately to reduce their risk.
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About 100 jobs are threatened with the proposed closure of a train carriage refurbishment factory in East Ayrshire, a union has claimed.

Unite said Wabtec planned to consolidate its operations in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, citing a reduction in orders for its decision.

The union claimed Wabtec's order books had been full in recent years.

It said orders included a refurbishment contract worth about £8m funded by the Scottish government in 2017.

The Kilmarnock site, which originally opened as an engineering workshop in 1840, has helped refurbish recent Abellio ScotRail and ScotRail models.
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Wabtec Rail Scotland Works: The exterior of a Mk 3 coach undergoing refurbishment, including new plug doors, taken at Wabtec in July 2018. Photo by Christian Tait.
Gary Straiton Collection 19/07/2018


Wabtec Rail Scotland Works: A view east over the Brush Barclay works at Kilmarnock from the Barassie line on 3 July 2010.
John McIntyre 03/07/2010

The charity behind the restoration of the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer says the popular visitor attraction will remain closed until the end of June because of the coronavirus lockdown.

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Balloch Pier: [[PS Maid of the Loch]], still berthed alongside Balloch Pier in August 2017and acting as a cafe while awaiting operational restoration. The station finally closed in 1986 but the line of the old platform, minus its canopy, is shown by the white railings.
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2017

The Borders Railway links Edinburgh with the Scottish Borders, taking in a marvellous slice of Midlothian, where its industrial heritage come to the fore.
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Railway upgrades by a father-and-son duoare today helping keep critical supplies and key workers moving across Britain. Over the past three weekends, Howerd Kernahan, 50, a senior programme manager for Network Rail, and his track worker son Rafael, 18, have been part of an engineering team improving the Wigan-Kirkby line.
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Network Rail and construction firm Bam Nuttal secured the site on Saturday as work was suspended.
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Kintore: ScotRail 158707, on the 14:20 departure from Inverurie to Inverness, passes through the new platforms at Kintore on 22nd August 2019.
Duncan Ross 22/08/2019

All services will stop running from Monday onwards.
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Services running across Scotlands Railway will be further revised from Monday, 30 March, as we refine the arrangements we have in place to keep key workers moving.

Following Scottish Government guidance that advises people against all non-essential travel, ScotRail has focused changes in the areas of the country where people need it most.
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Network Rail is appealing for former signallers and controllers who can help to keep Scotland's Railway running during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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This week alone key workers from Network Rail have enabled more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into and across Wales to support the economy, the NHS, petrol at the pumps and food in shops.
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Glasgow's Subway system will reduce to one circle only as of tomorrow.

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Buchanan Street [Subway]: The ticket hall of the Glasgow District Subway station at Buchanan Street, the busiest station on the system, photographed on 11 September 2010.
David Panton 11/09/2010

Public transport and active travel will be the 'natural first choice', the Transport Secretary says.
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Railway workers have driven hundreds of miles through the night to deliver two lorry loads of protective medical face masks for frontline workers in the NHS.
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West coast ferry operator CalMac is introducing an 'Essential Lifeline Timetable' from tomorrow (Friday, March 27) as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Feilden Fowles' growing reputation continues to blossom after it saw off a shortlist of top names to land the new £16.5 million entrance hall project at The National Railway Museum in York.
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People are being urged to travel only when it is essential - so how has that affected Scotland's transport system?
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The Harry Potter line steam train will not be launched until at least May despite operators pledging to go ahead next month.
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Beasdale: Leaving a smoke trail round the edge of Loch nan Uahm, Black 5 No.44871 builds up some speed on 11 October as it approaches the first tunnel on the 1 in 48 gradient of Beasdale Bank with The Jacobite .
John Gray 11/10/2011

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