This day in history 20 January

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Barnard Castle: 77003+76049 stand at Barnard Castle on 20 January 1962 with the 9 coaches of The Stainmore Limited, commemorating the end of operations over the Stainmore route.

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
K A Gray [20/01/1962]


Kirkby Stephen East: 77003+76049 standing at Kirkby Stephen East station with a special on 20 January 1962. The 9-coach RCTS railtour is The Stainmore Limited, organised to mark the end of railway operations over the 1,370 ft Stainmore route.

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
K A Gray [20/01/1962]


Appleby: To mark the end of operations over Stainmore summit, the RCTS organised a 9-coach special on 20 January 1962 (weather permitting!). The special is seen at Appleby West behind 77003+76049. The return trip to Darlington made this the last train to traverse the route. [See image 24103]

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
K A Gray [20/01/1962]


Kirkby Stephen East: The Stainmore Limited, marking the end of operations over the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway, stands at Kirkby Stephen East on 20 January 1962. The train is about to leave behind 77003+76049 on the return journey from Carlisle to Darlington via the 1,370 ft Stainmore Summit [see image 24103].

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
K A Gray [20/01/1962]


Tebay: 77003+76049 photographed at Tebay on 20 January 1962 having arrived with 1X76 The Stainmore Limited. The 9-coach special had been organised by the RCTS (Darlington & North Eastern Branch) to mark the end of operations over Stainmore and, on its return journey later that day, 1X76 became the last train to traverse the route. [See image 24103]

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
K A Gray [20/01/1962]


Stainmore Summit: Photograph taken from The Stainmore Limited eastbound over Stainmore summit on 20 January 1962. [See image 24103]

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
K A Gray [20/01/1962]


Stainmore Summit: View from a train - 1962. Photograph taken from The Stainmore Limited, as 77003+76049 haul the 9 coach special over Stainmore summit, commemorating the end of operations on the line. The South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway route across the Pennines was notorious for snow blockages in winter with a summit height of 1,370 ft (compared with Shap at 914 ft and Beattock at 1,033 ft) placing it between Slochd (1315 ft) and Britain's highest main line summit at Druimuachdar (1484 ft). The old cast iron summit signs are now preserved, one at the NRM in York, the other at North Road Museum in Darlington.

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
K A Gray [20/01/1962]


Exeter St Davids: Class 50 no 50002 Superb at Exeter St Davids on 20 January 1991 in Network SouthEast livery.

Bristol and Exeter Railway
Ian Dinmore [20/01/1991]


Peebles Goods: The trackbed of the former NB line turning east out of Peebles towards Galashiels, shortltly after leaving the station. Photographed in January 2005. [See image 31892]

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [20/01/2005]


Peebles CR and NBR Junction: View east from the Tweed Bridge along the south bank of the river in 2005 showing the route of the former line from the Caledonian station (behind the camera) which crossed the river in the distance to link with the NB system on the north side [see image 29949].

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [20/01/2005]


Peebles Goods: The old goods/weighbridge office in the former goods yard at Peebles in January 2005.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [20/01/2005]


Peebles Tweed Viaduct: Site of the former crossing point of the Caley/NB link bridge across the Tweed at Peebles in January 2005. Note the surviving part of the bridge abutment on the opposite (north) bank.

Galashiels, Innerleithen and Peebles Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [20/01/2005]


Edinburgh Waverley: Here we go again...Work underway on Waverley's west end platforms on 20 January 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [20/01/2007]


Balwhirley Tunnel South: The G&SW line to Princes Pier approaching the twin Cartburn tunnels from the east. Here it crosses the Wemyss Bay line. From the bottom right to centre is the Kilmacolm trackbed, while to the centre right is the Inchgreen branch trackbed, later used as the goods line to the Container Terminal.

Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Graham Morgan [20/01/2007]


Ladyburn: A Class 334 approaching Cartsdyke passes the location of Ladyburn Shed in Greenock.

Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Graham Morgan [20/01/2007]


Edinburgh Waverley: The Newcraighall shuttle service at Waverley on 20 January 2007. With platform space at a premium during the current works the service has been relegated to the east end of platform 9 on this occasion.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [20/01/2007]


Edinburgh Waverley: Sleeper stalwarts nos 90028 and 90027 standing in the east end locomotive bay at Waverley on 20 January 2007.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [20/01/2007]


Cairns Central Station: Kuranda service arriving at Cairns Central. All railways North of Brisbane are 3ft 6in gauge.

Queensland Railways
Paul D Kerr [20/01/2007]


Glasgow Central: Passengers boarding 221143 at Platform 5 at Glasgow Central on a service to Birmingham New Street

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [20/01/2008]


Blackgrange: 170 460 nears Blackgrange level crossing with a Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa service on 20 January.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Bill Roberton [20/01/2009]


Kilbagie: EWS 66197 passes Kilbagie on 20 January 2009 with a Hunterston-Longannet coal train on the direct route via Stirling and Alloa.

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [20/01/2009]


Clydebank: Although long after sunrise, full daylight seemed a long time coming at Clydebank on a dull 20 January. Meantime 320 302 prepared to leave with one of the four trains an hour on the short hop to Dalmuir. Class 320s can't use the Argyle Line, so this service had stayed north of the Clyde - from Springburn in fact.

Clydebank to Dalmuir (North British Railway)
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Springburn: The opening of the Cowlairs Cord in 1993 allowed direct running between Glasgow and the Cumbernauld line (without reversing) for the first time since Buchanan Street station closed in 1966. The non-top service this allows between Springburn and Glasgow Queen Street is unsurprisingly more popular than multi-stopping services through Glasgow Queen Street Low Level which head of in the opposite direction from the bay platforms.  158 739, seen here on 20 January, will be at High Level station in just a few minutes.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Singer: Singer station is rather unusual in that it is named only after a brand: the nearby Singer factory never gave its name to the locality; IBM station is not quite the same as it serves only the factory and is not for the public. If, radically, Singer were to have been given a geographical name, then 'Clydebank North' might have suited, 'Kilbowie' having been spoken for by the NB station. On 20 January 318 263 calls with a Larkhall service.

Singer Deviation (North British Railway)
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Pollokshields West: In the fading light of a winter afternoon 314 204 is about to come to a halt at Pollokshields West, its first stop on a Cathcart Inner Circle working.

Cathcart District Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Exhibition Centre: Although there had been a Finnieston station on a different line, the more recent Finnieston was new when the Argyle line opened in 1979. It did however overlap the site of Stobcross station which had closed when the old Glasgow Central low level line closed in 1964.  The new Finnieston was renamed Exhibition Centre after the opening of the venue in 1985.  On 20 January 2010, unit 318 250 pulls in heading West and will shortly start climbing the 1979 innovation to Finnieston East Junction where it will join the North Clyde Lines.

Glasgow Central Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Yoker: The press got hold of the announcements '...via Yoker not calling at Yoker' some years ago and made the name briefly famous.  Why Yoker was chosen to signify this route is a bit of a mystery as it's the least used station of the five - Jordanhill, Scotstounhill, Garscadden, Yoker and Clydebank - and surely the least recognizable location (forgive me, Yoker).  However it is now established.  On the cold grey morning of 20 January 318 250 brings in a Dalmuir service with a Lanarkshire origin.

Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Springburn: Springburn - 158 718 with a Cumbernauld service on 20 January 2010

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Crosshill: The island platform at Crosshill is unusually narrow.  The ticket office is more like a booth with the window onto the platform and there's certainly no space for a waiting room.  The benches on the platform are even in single file. Photographed in January 2010.

Cathcart District Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Glasgow Central Low Level: Only the fluted pillars betray the real age of Low Level station (opened 1896) in this view taken on 20 January 2010.  So integral is it to the SPT network that it is hard to believe it was closed between 1964 and 1979.  334 032 halts a few minutes, as timetabled, with a service for Milngavie.

Glasgow Central Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Springburn: Waves of modernisation have swept away most station buildings of character in suburban Glasgow, but Springburn's ticket office on workaday Atlas Road seems to be original.  The lower storey meets platform 2 at an angle but it is not used and platforms are accessed by footbridge.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Sighthill East Junction [2nd]: Virgin 57 305 John Tracy (formerly 47 822) reverses in order to switch lines at Sighthill East Junction on 20 January 2010.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Exhibition Centre: In this view from the east, Exhibition Centre station presents a deceptively junction-like appearance. In fact the track on the far left is a siding, and platforms 2 and 1 serve the Argyle Line westbound and eastbound respectively. The westbound track remains in the open and joins the North Clyde Line at Finnieston East Junction, while the track from Finnieston West has had to burrow under the North Clyde Line (among other things) in the 950yd Kelvinhaugh Tunnel which opens straight onto Platform 1. From there 318261 departs for Larkhall on 20 January.

Glasgow Central Railway
David Panton [20/01/2010]


Pollokshaws West: Pollokshaws West shrouded in fog on 20th January 2011. View looks North West.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Graham Morgan [20/01/2011]


Pollokshaws West: 156507 about to disappear into the fog after departing Pollokshaws West on 20 January with a service to East Kilbride.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Graham Morgan [20/01/2011]


Barassie Junction: Freightliner 66551 on 4S06 York Holgate to Hunterston empty HHAs on 20 January. The train was unusually diverted via the G&SW line rather than the WCML. This necessitated a run round in Barassie reversing spur from which it is seen emerging on the final leg of its journey to Hunterston.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [20/01/2012]


Kirkby Lonsdale: Half a bridge is better than none. Just east of the old Kirkby Lonsdale station, on the Low Gill to Clapham line, is the village of Cowan Bridge where this bridge carried the railway over the lane to Leck. With the embankment having been removed many years ago it is surprising that the low bridge hasn't gone too but it still straddles the road, 47 years after it carried its last train. Map Ref SD636765.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2013]


Hawes: A thin layer of snow at Hawes station but a scene otherwise unchanged for many years. View towards Aysgarth from the road overbridge in January 2013. There is clearly not much heat being generated from the boiler of the G5 lookalike tank engine which has been on static display here for a long time now.

Hawes Branch (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2013]


Ais Gill Summit: This southbound coal train has just crossed the summit at Ais Gill and is now accelerating along the undulating section through Garsdale and Dent to Blea Moor. Freightliner 66512 caught me by surprise as no coal trains are scheduled on a Sunday and I presume this must have been either an additional working or one delayed by the weather.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2013]


Kirkby Stephen: Sunday scene at Kirkby Stephen (West) looking up the gradient from the station footbridge. The drop in temperature up here on the S&C, and the amount of snow, compared with the town below was most noticeable.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2013]


Ribblehead: Light snow on a grey Sunday morning at Ribblehead in January 2013. Looking towards Horton-in-Ribblesdale the staggered Down platform can be seen and also the timber loading sidings.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2013]


Ribblehead: Ribblehead viaduct, the Station Inn and the long snow covered station approach road in January 2013. This image was taken from the entrance to the railway station car park.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2013]


Kirkby Stephen: Looking at the restored station buildings at Kirkby Stephen (West) it is hard to believe the station was closed from 1970 until its 1986 re-opening. It is about two miles from (and much higher than) the town centre but is quite well used now and has trains seven days a week throughout the year. View north towards Appleby from the station footbridge.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2013]


Haymarket: Stained glass at Haymarket, January 2014.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Yellowlees [20/01/2014]


Welshpool Raven Square: A long disconnected vintage points operating mechanism seen by Welshpool Raven Square station on 20 January 2014.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
David Pesterfield [20/01/2014]


Machynlleth: Arriva Trains Wales 158820 is stabled in the former 89C steam shed at Machynlleth. The shed is now used as a deep under-frame cleaning facility.

Newtown and Machynlleth Railway
David Pesterfield [20/01/2014]


Llanfair Caereinion: The station approach signal bracket and signal box at Llanfair Caereinion on 20 January 2014.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
David Pesterfield [20/01/2014]


Kilmarnock: Network Rail track recording train headed by DBSO 9703 leads DRS 37603 into Kilmarnock station on 20 January 2014.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [20/01/2014]


Kilmarnock: DRS 37603 about to take the Network Rail track recording train away from Kilmarnock on 20 January.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [20/01/2014]


Llanfair Caereinion: Diesel loco and rolling stock, including what appears to be a works mess unit, are seen in this view over Llanfair Caereinion yard, looking towards the station, during the winter closure period.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
David Pesterfield [20/01/2014]


Welshpool Raven Square: The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway terminus station at Welshpool in January 2014. View from the adjacent A458 road looking towards Raven Square and the Raven Inn.

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
David Pesterfield [20/01/2014]


Kilmarnock: Network Rail track recording train headed by DRS 37603 about to depart from Kilmarnock station on 20 January 2014.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [20/01/2014]


St Andrew Square [Tram]: Edinburgh trams 268 and 262 pass at St Andrew Square tram stop on 20 January 2015.

Edinburgh Trams
Bill Roberton [20/01/2015]


Glasgow Central Low Level: The drab decor on Glasgow Central Low level platform 17 since the yellow panels have been removed. Platform 16 on the other side retains its panels for now. Perhaps a colourful tulip motiv will be forthcoming on the change of franchise?

Glasgow Central Railway
Colin McDonald [20/01/2015]


Easter Road: 67025 passes the former Easter Road Junction with the returning Oxwellmains - Powderhall empty 'bins' on 20 January 2015.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [20/01/2015]


Alnwick (Lionheart) : Progress at the Aln Valley Railway's under-construction Lionheart station, Alnwick, looking towards Alnmouth on 20 January 2015. The new station now boasts platforms, water crane, signal cabin and some handsome signal posts.

Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Brian Taylor [20/01/2015]


Carnforth: A pair of red and gold DBS Class 90s take the Dollands Moor to Irvine china clay tanks through Carnforth on 20th January 2016. 90020 Collingwood is working in multiple with 90039 but, due to the ongoing Lamington viaduct repairs, they will be replaced by diesel traction at Kingmoor rather than Mossend.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2016]


Garstang and Catterall: 37401 propels the 0515 Carlisle to Preston through Garstang & Catterall on a dull 20th January 2017. The train is about to pass the Highways England salt store that serves the adjacent M6 Motorway.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [20/01/2017]


Shrubhill Tram Depot: Part of the former Edinburgh Corporation Shrubhill tram depot on 20 January 2017, showing the unique octagonal brick chimney which once served the site's power station. The chimney is to be retained as an integral part of the redeveloped site.

Edinburgh Corporation
Andy Furnevel [20/01/2017]


Didcot Parkway: 66's still dominate on freight at Didcot, although apparently GBRf are taking over some DB EWS turns. 66108, 66103 and 66030, running light from Acton to Hinksey (Oxford), pass through on a murky 20th January 2018.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [20/01/2018]


Didcot Parkway: GBRf 66753 EMD Roberts Road, westbound at speed through Platform 3 at Didcot on 20th January 2018 heading for Cardiff.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [20/01/2018]


Didcot Parkway: New GWR EMU 387166 at Didcot on 20th January 2018, waiting to head back to Paddington.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [20/01/2018]


Alexandra Parade: These days Alexandra Parade is days mainly served by Cumbernauld to Dumbarton Central services and one of these pulls in on Saturday 13th January 2018. The driver is no doubt steeling himself for the gruelling 600 metre haul to Duke Street.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [20/01/2018]


Dunblane: A double hold up at Dunblane on a sub-zero 20th January 2018. To the right is the Caledonian Sleeper running ECS between Aberdeen and Polmadie. To the left is the 12.13 service to Glasgow Queen Street. Both are waiting upon the 11.58 service to Edinburgh to clear the station.

Scottish Central Railway
Mark Dufton [20/01/2018]


Didcot Parkway: Scene at Didcot on 20 January 2018, where twelve car EMU's are now gradually replacing 166 DMU's. However, the 166s still run to Oxford, so passengers have to change at Didcot. The 800's are running under electric power as far as Didcot and possibly further. Swindon goes live in April 2018. 387159 runs into Didcot from Paddington under electric power on a wet 20th January 2018.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [20/01/2018]


Events


Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
1883Cathcart District RailwayFirst sod cut.
1941Cairnryan Military RailwayConstruction begins.
1969Wilsontown Morningside and Coltness RailwayWhitrigg Colliery to Polkemmet Junction closed to freight.
1986Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven RailwayThe Granton Gasworks branch closes to freight. The line from Granton to London Road Junction and Lochend South Junction becomes disused but remains in place for a while.

News


These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
2005Borders rail link will help commuters lift low wages [Scotsman]A SIGNIFICANT increase in the number of Borders workers commuting to Edinburgh would allow the region to lose its position at the foot of the UK^s average earnings league, it has been claimed.
2006Assembly to fight opencast rebuff [BBC News]The assembly is appealing against a legal decision quashing planning approval for an opencast mine.

[RAILSCOT Comment] An opencast in this area could lead to traffic on the Cwm Bargoed line.
2006Will plans fortrams ever get back on track? [Scotsman]THEY were billed as the answer to Edinburgh^s congestion woes - three extensive tram lines spanning the Capital in all directions.
2006Costs derail Capital tram line [Scotsman]ONE of the two tram lines planned for Edinburgh has been shelved due to a massive funding crisis.
2006Part of tram network to be shelved [Scotsman]FUNDING shortages are to force Edinburgh city council to shelve parts of its planned tram network, officials confirmed yesterday.
2006Container depot for Hunterston?Friday^s Herald reports that a container depot is being considered for Hunterson.

[RAILSCOT Comment] With an existing rail connection at low level it would make sense for such a depot to use the railway.
2010Train operators to get 22-year franchises [The Guardian]New rail franchises will last up to 22 years and penalties on poorly performing companies will be increased under sweeping government changes announced today to improve the railways.
20108 out of 10 trains arrive on time despite extreme weather [Network Rail Article]Despite the severe weather over the past month, eight out of 10 trains still ran to time and almost 92%, or 19,000 each weekday, of scheduled services ran.
2011Second disaster for steam railway [Evesham Journal]THE beleagured Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway has been “brought to its knees” after suffering a second major embankment collapse within 12 months.
2011Rail companies set for more freedom [Herald]Train companies are to be given greater freedom to set timetables but will face new targets on tackling overcrowding as part of a reform of the rail franchising system announced yesterday
2012Councillors hear Dounreay-Sellafield nuclear rail plan [BBC News]A Nuclear Decommissioning Authority boss has given a presentation to councillors on plans to move nuclear material from Scotland to England. The NDA has sought approval for its scheme to transport breeder material from Dounreay in Caithness to Sellafield for reprocessing. The first of about 50 movements could start this summer. [From Richard Buckby]
2012Railway history under the hammer [Knutsford Guardian]A PLAQUE detailing the 100th anniversary of the world’s first intercity passenger railway will go under the hammer in Knutsford next week. The solid brass and coloured enamel plaque, commemorates the centenary of the first Manchester railway station – close to where the Museum of Science and Industry now stands in the city today. It was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Lawrence Durning Holt, and Lord Mayor of Manchester, Robert Noton Barclay, on September 15, 1930. The plaque features the coats of arms for Liverpool and Manchester, and is a unique reminder of the first intercity passenger railway in the world.
2012Open Train TimesWe^re using Open Data to bring you train information. Right now, we have timetables, and we^re working on real-time running information and historical data. This site is designed, built and maintained by Peter Hicks. The source code is available on GitHub and you^re free to use it for non-commercial purposes. [From Richard Buckby]
2013Plans backed for heritage trail on old railway line [Northern Echo]PLANS for a heritage trail along the old railway line between Barnard Castle and West Auckland are being revived. A previous attempt to launch a South West Durham Heritage Corridor based around the railway line stalled in 2008.
2014Years of delays on Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line [Scotsman]PASSENGERS on one of Scotland’s newest railway lines face disruption for the next five years while it is shut for major repairs, The Scotsman has learned. Week-long closures of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line start next month, when parts of the route will be largely rebuilt because of problems with the way it was constructed. Rail industry insiders said the repairs were expected to cost up to £20 million – or nearly one quarter of the £85m original cost of the route. Network Rail, which did not build the 13-mile line, said the first shutdown would be in the week starting on 23 February, and affect only coal trains. A second closure, from 23 March, is expected to force passengers to switch to buses ­between Alloa and Stirling. [From Crinan Dunbar]
2014French run Europe^s longest freight train [IRJ]FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) in cooperation with French Rail Network (RFF) and intermodal operator Kombiverkehr operated a 1500m-long freight train on January 18 between Sibelin yard near Lyon and Nîmes as part of Europe^s Marathon project to operate longer freight trains.
2015Hong Kong investor buys up a third of UK^s trains [Telegraph]Almost a third of all Britain’s trains have been bought by billionaire Hong Kong investor Li Ka-shing after rolling stock group Eversholt Rail was sold to CK Investments (CKI). Eversholt owns 28pc of Britain’s passenger trains and was bought in a deal that will see the current owners receive about £1bn, with CKI taking on £1.5bn of the rolling stock group^s debt. The company leases its mainly electrically-powered fleet – which comprises about 3,500 vehicles – to 11 of Britain’s train operating companies. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Borders Railway signals runaway success amid local boost to economy [Times]The Borders Railway is on track to smash its passenger target after a surge in demand to travel on the reopened route. More than 350,000 people used the new Waverley line in the first three months of its existence. The total is more than half of the annual passenger figure of 647,000 that was projected for the 30-mile Edinburgh to Tweedbank route. Business owners have reported that profits have soared since the line re-opened in September, while Abbotsford, the area^s most famous tourist attraction, has reported a 63 percent increase in takings.
2016New railway station will be ^gateway^ to Edinburgh [BBC News]Edinburgh^s newest railway station is on schedule to open by the end of the year, Network Rail has said. The ^Edinburgh Gateway^ has been designed to allow rail passengers travelling from the north to reach the city^s airport more easily. An interchange will allow them to complete their journey to the terminal building by tram. The £41m station is being built next to the Gogar roundabout on the A8 and will also have a link to the Gyle Centre. The station is part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme, which will see the electrification of railway lines in central Scotland.
2017London Midland conductors threaten strike action [BBC News]Train conductors on London Midland^s service have announced they will take a vote over strike action. The rail union RMT said it was balloting its 523 members over the proposed imposition of security contractors on trains. The union says the company^s move was made without agreement. The ballot closes on 2 February. London Midland said it was ^very disappointed^ the RMT was threatening action. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ^The imposition of external contractors who have no additional skills or powers of authority to remove unruly passengers or fare dodgers is something we are totally opposed to.^ London Midland said the proposed changes were in reaction to feedback from front-line staff and passengers. A spokesman for the train operator said: ^The security contractors are in addition to the senior conductors and have different duties. ^This is about safety as we have told the RMT many times, we have no intention of removing conductors from our trains^. The RMT said it had been ^left with no option but to ballot^ after London Midland management had failed to respond to its questions and proposals.
2017Oban to Glasgow rail line to stay closed until Monday [BBC News]No rail services will operate on the Glasgow to Oban line over the weekend, after a lorry collided with a bridge. Work to repair what has been described as ^extensive damage^ at Taynuilt has been scheduled to be completed by Monday. ScotRail said a bus shuttle service will operate from Oban to Dalmally, calling at stations along the route. The operator said the bus replacement service would run ^as close to train time as possible^.
2017The work behind the scenes which keep the north’s trains running [Press and Journal]For the most part the public experience of the rail network is gazing up at a departures board or sipping a cup of coffee in a carriage. But behind the scenes in Inverness there is a huge engineering effort running around the clock to keep the trains on track and, where possible, on time. It is a world of huge numbers – both in the value and the quantity of equipment required to keep the network running smoothly.
2017Britain launches HS2 rolling stock procurement [IRJ]PROCUREMENT of a fleet of up to 60 trains for High Speed 2 (HS2) will be officially launched today by Britain’s secretary of state for transport Mr Chris Grayling. According to a Periodic Indicative Notice (PIN) published today by the Department for Transport (DfT), an industry day will be held for prospective bidders on March 27 and this will be followed by the launch of the Pre-Qualification. [From Richard Buckby]
2017ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster leaves role [BBC News]The managing director of the ScotRail Alliance is leaving to take up a new role in England. Phil Verster, who has been in the post since May 2015, is to become managing director of the East West rail project between Oxford and Cambridge. The 53-year-old has been facing intense pressure in recent months, because of the rail service^s failure to meet targets on punctuality and reliability. The identity of his successor will be announced in the coming days. Earlier this week, Mr Verster sparked a row at Holyrood over who would pay for free travel for season ticket holders as compensation for ScotRail train delays.
2018Lac-Megantic: The runaway train that destroyed a town [BBC News]Nearly five years after one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history, a small town at the centre of the tragedy is still grappling with the aftermath. When Tom Harding walked out of the courtroom after being acquitted of criminal negligence causing death, he didn^t speak. The former train driver instead ducked away from the news cameras, overcome with emotion.