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23/05/2019 £1 million depot upgrades to improve customer satisfaction [ScotRail]
ScotRail has installed new equipment at train depots to help improve customer satisfaction on Scotlands railway. Upgraded Control Emission Toilet (CET) discharge facilities have been installed at Yoker and Eastfield stabling depots, with further investment planned at Fort William station, allowing more trains to be serviced simultaneously. More

22/05/2019 British Steel's closure would have 'huge' knock-on effects [The Guardian]
Failure to save British Steel would have a nationwide knock-on effect, experts have warned, hitting suppliers, hurting industries that rely on its products and forcing up costs dramatically for Network Rail. Efforts to find a buyer for the company are under way, overseen by the government's official receiver and accountancy service EY, in the hope of saving 5,000 direct employees and protecting 20,000 jobs in its supply chain. More
The Guardian

22/05/2019 British Steel enters insolvency endangering 5,000 jobs [BBC News]
British Steel has been placed in compulsory liquidation, putting 5,000 jobs in the UK at risk and endangering 20,000 in the supply chain. British Steel has about 5,000 employees. There are 3,000 at Scunthorpe, with another 800 on Teesside and in north-eastern England. More

Appleby Frodingham (^Scunthorpe^) Works from the east with the Foreign Ore Junction to Foreign Ore Terminal line in the foreground.
Scunthorpe Steel Works
[Ewan Crawford 01/12/2004]

Locomotive 75, a Hunslet Bo-Bo, with a torpedo wagon within the Appleby-Frodingham works in 2014. The locomotive is near the southernmost of the blast furnaces. The photograph was taken on a tour of the works by the Norfolk Railway Society.
Scunthorpe Steel Works
[Ian Dinmore //2014]

A small part of the extensive Appleby Frodingham Steelworks by Scunthorpe. Part of the Caparo works is visible to the left and beyond are two of the blast furnaces. View looks east.
Scunthorpe Steel Works
[Ewan Crawford 29/11/2004]
BBC News

21/05/2019 Strike ballot threat to new Caledonian Sleeper fleet [Scotsman]
Caledonian Sleeper staff are due to be balloted for strike action over stress caused by their extra workload on its new trains, The Scotsman has learned. More

21/05/2019 New luxury Caledonian Sleeper trains suffer further delay [Scotsman]
Caledonian Sleeper today announced a further delay to the introduction of its brand new trains on Highland routes. More

20/05/2019 Halton Curve: Rail line links north Wales and Liverpool [BBC News]
The first rail services directly linking north Wales, Cheshire and Liverpool have started running for the first time in more than 40 years. Direct daily trains between Wrexham and Liverpool are among the 215 additional weekly services. Two Wrexham to Liverpool services will run each day from Monday to Saturday, with one in the opposite direction. The services are being introduced thanks to Network Rail's upgrade of the Halton Curve track in Cheshire. More
BBC News

19/05/2019 More than £50,000 raised after vandals cause 'wanton destruction' to model railway exhibition [ITV News]
The club said months of planning went into the show, held in Stamford for the last 12 years. More
ITV News
BBC News

19/05/2019 InterCity 125: Hundreds take last HST from London Paddington [BBC News]
Hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids on the last scheduled InterCity 125 journey to the West country. The sold-out trip was attended by hundreds of railway enthusiasts, including the train's designer, 89-year-old Sir Kenneth Grange. He said for many commuters the train had become part of their life. The 1970s icon is being replaced with the bullet-style electric InterCity Express Trains. More

The HST Celebrated its 40th birthday with an open day at St Philips Marsh depot, Bristol, on Bank Holiday Monday. Here are six different liveries (FGW, Grand Central, Network Rail, Virgin, EMT, and GWR), with the prototype power car just visible in the left background. [See recent news item]
St Philips Marsh
[Ken Strachan 02/05/2016]

Not bad Mr Brunel... not bad at all... The Great Western Railway^s London terminus at Paddington, seen from the concourse on 20 July 2005.
[John Furnevel 20/07/2005]

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

17/05/2019 SWR refurbished trains launch delayed over door safety [BBC News]
The introduction of refurbished trains by South Western Railway (SWR) has been delayed over safety concerns. Three Class 442 trains, nicknamed 'plastic pigs' when they were first on the rails in the 1980s, were due to be brought back back into service next week. But SWR said an issue had emerged with a safety feature on the train doors. More

South Western Railway liveried 442404 heading into Eastleigh Works from the station on 18th April 2019. Apparently a rare beast as the local enthusiasts got quite agitated at the sight of it appearing.
[Peter Todd 18/04/2019]

Its not the digging that wears me out, its more the constant waving... A Waterloo to Bournemouth service comprised of two 5 car class 442 sets passes a PW gang between Hook and Basingstoke in February 1992.
[John McIntyre 26/02/1992]
BBC News

17/05/2019 Open door on ScotRail carriage hits another train as they pass [Scotsman]
A ScotRail train carrying passengers has been hit by the door of another train that was swinging open as they passed, The Scotsman has learned. The incident near Waverley station in Edinburgh did not damage the train from Dunblane and no-one was injured though the startled driver leapt from her seat as it happened. The collision was caused by a door on one of ScotRails 40-year-old intercity trains, which was being driven empty to a depot at Haymarket. More

16/05/2019 New car park at Longniddry Railway Station opens [East Lothian Courier]
A NEW car park at Longniddry Railway Station is now open. The new car park is to the east of and in addition to the one already in place at the station. It has spaces for 58 vehicles and 10 bikes, adding to the previous 73-vehicle capacity at the station. East Lothian Council posted on Twitter yesterday (Wednesday) that the barriers at the new car park were being lifted at the station that evening. More

On 11 May 2019 the new eastern car park at Longniddry looks like it is about ready to open. There seems to be more verge than tarmac, but I^m sure they know what they are doing. Access is from the Drem Road, and there is a direct link to the platform by that new ramp.
[David Panton 11/05/2019]

800004 brings up the rear of a two set (with 800003) formation heading south from Longniddry.
[Bill Roberton 19/03/2018]

A1 Pacific no 60151 Midlothian leaves Longniddry in April 1964 with the 3.30pm Edinburgh - Berwick stopping train. Nearest the camera is the down siding and, beyond that, the Haddington branch (closed completely in 1968).
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /04/1964]
East Lothian Courier

16/05/2019 Compensation payouts for Scotrail delays rocket 70% in a year [Scotsman]
Compensation paid out for delayed journeys on Scotrail has risen more than 70% in a year, topping £1 million. More

16/05/2019 Commuters angry at loss of peak-time train from Haymarket to East Lothian [East Lothian Courier]
The loss of a peak-time train service between Haymarket and North Berwick has been criticised by commuters. More
East Lothian Courier

16/05/2019 Obituary: John Ransom, champion of railway and canal preservation [Scotsman]
Philip John Greer Ransom. Heritage railway champion, historian and author. Born 24 September, 1935 in Northamptonshire. Died 27 March, 2019 in Lochearnhead, aged 83. More

16/05/2019 Limit HS2 speeds and move terminus to cut costs, say Lords [The Guardian]
The cost of HS2 should be slashed by limiting the speed of trains and making its London terminus Old Oak Common rather than Euston, according to a critical House of Lords report, which warns that better northern rail connections could be lost if the project blows its budget. In a report that could stoke further doubts over high-speed rail after Conservative leadership candidates discussed axing the project, the Lords economic affairs committee said it was far from convinced that the £55.7bn price was credible, and the government should publish a new cost-benefit analysis. More
The Guardian
BBC News

16/05/2019 Cairngorm funicular report held up over potential legal acion [Press and Journal]
The long-awaited findings of a major probe into the Cairngorm funicular railway fiasco are being withheld as potential legal action against the previous operator is considered. More
Press and Journal

16/05/2019 A guide to Londons most stressful tube stations [Railway Technology]
New research from PowWowNow has ranked the most stressful tube stations in London using data from TfL and social media comments. Which are they and why do commuters hate them so much? Ask any Londoner what they think of the Underground, and theyll say its the beating heart of the capitals economic and touristic activities, as well as the quickest way to get around the city “ but probably no one will ever tell you how much they love using it. More
Railway Technology

15/05/2019 Scottish Government pressed on delays to new Calmac ferries [The Herald]
Michael Matheson was pressed on the delays to the new CalMac vessels when he appeared before Holyroods Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. More
The Herald

15/05/2019 Network Rail announces £800m rail haulage and seasonal services contracts [Network Rail]
Rail haulage and seasonal service contracts worth a total value of £800m Awarded to Freightliner, GB Railfreight, Direct Rail Services, DB Cargo UK, Colas Rail UK and Balfour Beatty as detailed [in article.] More
Network Rail

15/05/2019 Borders Railway not an easy target for cancellations, rail boss assures [Scotsman]
The Borders is no worse off than other regions when it comes to train cancellations, ScotRail bosses insist. More

14/05/2019 Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership takes part in national campaign to encourage sustainable tourism and discovery by rail [ScotRail]
A Scottish community group, [the] Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership, is taking part in a nationwide campaign, organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), encouraging people to explore the historic and scenic destinations and attractions that surround their local railway lines. More

14/05/2019 The very first LNER Azuma in service [YouTube]
Tuesday 14th May 2019, and LNER ran the first of its Hitachi Azuma trains for a Press trip between London Kings Cross and Peterbrough, and back again. More
BBC News

13/05/2019 ScotRail to train staff in mental health ‘first aid’ [Scotsman]
ScotRail has announced it will train more than 50 of its staff to provide mental health first aid to anyone in need. More

13/05/2019 Cough up £200 million to get rail services back on track, Scottish Government told [Press and Journal]
The Scottish Government has been told to cough up £200million of promised rail investment to get train journeys in the north-east back on track. More
Press and Journal

12/05/2019 Flying Scotsman trespassers spark track ban threat [BBC News]
The Flying Scotsman could be banned from main line tracks after people trespassed to catch a glimpse of it. There was chaos between Derby and Birmingham last Sunday as fans vied to spot the legendary loco on its UK tour. The situation was blamed for a string of delays to normal services, with reports of people refusing to move when challenged by drivers. More

4472 Flying Scotsman emerges from The Mound tunnel and accelerates west through Princes Street Gardens on 16 May 1964 with the Queen^s College Railway & Transport Society ^Flying Scotsman Rail Tour^ bound for Aberdeen. [See image 25697]
Princes Street Gardens Cutting
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 16/05/1964]

4472 Flying Scotsman on the turntable at Ferryhill during its 4 hour stopover in Aberdeen on 16 May 1964. The A3 had arrived in the city from Edinburgh with the Queens College RTS ^Flying Scotsman Railtour^.
Ferryhill MPD
[John Robin 16/05/1964]

Preserved Gresley ex-LNER A3 Pacific no 4472 Flying Scotsman stands at Carlisle platform 4 in the 1960s with a southbound special.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //]
BBC News

11/05/2019 Caledonian Sleeper fined £177k for failing quality standards [Scotsman]
Caledonian Sleeper has been fined £177,000 for failing tough quality standards in the first year that official inspections have carried penalties. More

10/05/2019 ScotRail in the Community Award nominees announced [ScotRail]
ScotRail has announced the shortlisted nominees for its first annual ScotRail in the Community Awards. The ceremony will take place on Friday 7 June at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, which coincides with the last day of National Volunteer Week. The awards will thank and celebrate the hard-working volunteers across Scotlands Railway, recognising their contribution to the wider local community and railway. More

10/05/2019 Queen Street window clean is a top glass job [Network Rail]
Network Rail has completed cleaning the fan-shaped, south gable of the glass roof at Glasgow’s Queen Street station. More
Network Rail

10/05/2019 Is ScotRail right about peak fares? [BBC News]
A tweet from train operator ScotRail claiming they do not charge extra for peak fares has blown the minds of commuters. More
BBC News

10/05/2019 Flying Scotsman gets video cameras to catch rail enthusiasts on tracks [The Herald]
Video cameras have been fitted to world famous locomotive Flying Scotsman to catch trainspotters who trespass on tracks. More
The Herald

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