Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Gresley V2 2-6-2 60894 brings a train into Glasgow Queen Street on 22 April 1949.
Cart Junction: 42194 passing Cart Junction on 22 April 1954 with a Kilmacolm - St Enoch train.
Cart Junction: C.R. 4.4.0 on St. Enoch - Princes Pier train. Cart Junction. [Railscot notes: note Prize Length sign on left and lead into the Johnstone North line on right.]
Houston and Crosslee: BR Standard 2-6-4T 80030 about to leave Houston and Crosslee on 22 April 1954 with a train for Princes Pier. The station became plain Houston in 1973, a name it retained until closure in January 1983.
Prestonpans: B1 no 61029 Chamois with an up train on the ECML west of Prestonpans in April 1964. (The train is possibly the Dunbar local that left Waverley around 5.38pm and Prestonpans at 6.01pm.) Dolphingstone LC is behind the train and Morrisons Haven SB can be seen in the right background. Major realignment of the ECML was carried out in this area some 40 years later due to subsidence resulting from old mine workings see image [].
Eastleigh Shed: USA 0-6-0T no DS233 (formerly 30061) stands on Eastleigh shed in April 1967 carrying its departmental number along with the words 'Engineers Dept.' Following many years working at Southampton Docks, 30061 was one of 6 of the class renumbered and reallocated to departmental duties, in this case at Redbridge sleeper depot. The locomotive is seen here following final withdrawal awaiting disposal, which occurred 3 months later via Messrs Cashmore, Newport. It is buffered up to the tender of BR Standard 4 76063 which also followed the same route for scrapping. See image [].
Eastleigh Shed: BR Standard Class 4MT 2-6-0 76063, seen on Eastleigh shed in April 1967. It didn't have much time left as a complete loco, as the next time I saw it was four months later when it was noted standing in Cashmores yard in Newport, South Wales awaiting its turn for scrapping. The loco was built at Doncaster Works, and fitted with the larger capacity BR1B tender for working on the Southern Region routes. It entered service in 1956; having a working life of just over 10 years. See image [] for the loco to its rear.
Lady Victoria Colliery: No 7 photographed looking south from the road bridge at Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, in 1971.
Lady Victoria Colliery New Sidings: The loading area directly south of the B704 road bridge at Newtongrange in April 1971, with Lady Victoria Colliery behind the camera. Over on the left is the entrance and yard for road vehicles, while on the right beyond the sidings is the embankment carrying the Waverley Route.
Lady Victoria Colliery: Shunting in the yard at Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, in April 1971.
Stirling: Caley 0-4-4T 439 at Stirling station on an SRPS 'open day' 1972.
Stirling: Clyde's Mill No.3 (Andrew Barclay 1937 of 1928) in steam at a SRPS open day at Stirling on 22nd April 1972.
Parton (Cumbria): A DMU heading north from Parton, Cumbria, shortly after leaving the station in April 1972 with a Whitehaven â€“ Carlisle service. The line in the foreground, which had latterly provided a rail link to Harrington Colliery, was closed completely the following year. [Ref query 2160]
Watford Junction: Waiting for their departure times at Watford Junction in April 1976 are the electric services to Croxley Green (left) and London Broad Street (right). Even in 1976 the short Croxley Green line seemed a strange 'branch to nowhere' with a poor outlook, but in the event it was the substantial London terminus that closed first 10 years after this photo was taken. The Croxley Green line hung on for a further 10 years until 1996, when it succumbed to the rather underhand tactic of removal one of its bridges to facilitate a road widening scheme.
Croxley Green: Spring blossom at the neat Croxley Green terminus on 22nd April 1976. The EMU will shortly return to Watford Junction. The service lasted another 20 years.
Attlebridge: After closure to passengers in 1959, the attractive M&GN station at Attlebridge remained largely intact until after the disused track was lifted in 1976. Thereafter, the building was converted for use as a private residence and extensively modernised. This photograph shows the old station in April 1978 shortly before the rebuilding work got under way. Unfortunately, very little of the building's original character was retained. See image []
Montrose: A class 47 restarts a northbound service out of Montrose in April 1979.
Millerhill Yard Down Secondary Sorting Sidings: A long lens view south over the down side of Millerhill marshalling yard from Whitehill Road on 22 April 1980, with Monktonhall Colliery dominating the background.
Millerhill Marshalling Yard [North]: 37083 preparing to leave Millerhill down yard in April 1980. Monktonhall Colliery stands in the right background. See image []
Carstairs: 370 007 APT northbound through Carstairs on 22 April 1981
Haymarket: 55014 The Duke of Wellington's Regiment at Haymarket in April 1981. Note the various signs of past modifications and enhancements to the station. Nowadays it seems that, whatever it is, if Haymarket hasn't already had one then it'll be getting one, or maybe there's one in progress, or perhaps one in the pipeline. At present (January 2010) various major works are taking place around the station in connection with the new tram interchange.
Carstairs Shed: 27002 seen in the yard at Carstairs on 22 April 1981 with the nose of a stabled class 47 in the foreground.
Wakefield Westgate: A 1989 view along the tracks used by the trains delivering Ford Transit vans to Tolman's Ford Vehicle Distribution Depot in the former goods yard by Wakefield Westgate station. The vans were able to be off-loaded on the level, and taken left to the depot compound. Cars came in on double deck car carrying wagons, with a twin track siding running diagonally across the yard. See image [] for a view of these wagons stabled after off-loading. The depot closed not long after the view was taken, despite overhead catenary being run along the siding to allow electric haulage from Dagenham, but this was never used.
Wakefield Westgate: Double Deck MAT car transporters stand in the background after offloading cars for the (soon to close) Tolman distribution depot at Wakefield Westgate on 22 April 1989. The main line end of the siding was fitted with overhead catenary during the ECML electrification, but it was never used. A support mast can just be seen to the right of the orange building framework to left of view. The siding for off-loading vans from flatbed wagons can be seen at bottom left corner of view. See image [] for a 2010 view over the area.
Trinity [2nd]: The former Trinity station looking west towards Granton on 22 April 2002.
Granton Road: The former Granton Road station in 2002, looking west towards the bridge carrying the said road over the formation. Closed in 1962, much of the route has since become a public walkway, which utilises the westbound platform of the old station at this point.
Kinglassie Colliery: Loaded coal train from Westfield runs east past Kinglassie on its way to Cockenzie.
Westfield Disposal Point: 66225 rounding its recently arrived train at Westfield in April 2005.
Bridge Street: Looking at the offices at Bridge Street where Network Rail have been painting out the vandalism on the walls with orange graffiti resistant paint.
Durham: View south west from Durham Cathedral over part of the city on 22 April 2006. In the distance a Voyager can be seen passing over Durham viaduct.
Kelvindale Tunnel: Borehole in roof of tunnel zoomed in... if you tilt you head to the right you will see the letters BE.
Kelvindale Tunnel: Western Portal of Kelvindale Tunnel... surprisingly no fence!
Avalanche Shelter: The avalanche tunnel near Attadale on the line to Kyle of Lochalsh looking east through heavy rain.
Plockton: A view of Plockton looking east in typical west coast weather.
Kelvindale Tunnel: I thought this tunnel was infilled at the opposite end....obviously not!!
Dunkeld and Birnam: Dunkeld station painted. Must be a Royal Train soon.
Kelvindale Tunnel: I think someone will need to look at this tunnel... look at that gunk.... can anyone supply any thoughts??
Kelvindale Tunnel: Another borehole... this time at eye level.
Laurencekirk: This bill was posted in the vestibule of the Ramsay Arms Hotel in Fettercairn (some 4 miles from Laurencekirk) in April 2009.
Leeds: Scene at the west end of Leeds on 22 April 2009. Northern 150275 is standing alongside platform 1a at the head of a 4-car combination recently arrived on a service from Knaresborough.
Leeds: Scene at the west end of Leeds in the spring of 2009, a time when considerable construction activity was taking place in the area around the station. Standing at platform 10b is a Northern 158, awaiting its scheduled departure time with a service to Huddersfield.
York: Northern 158792 stands in bay platform 1 at York on 22 April 2009 forming the next train for Hull. Meantime, two relaxed looking ladies enjoy the sunshine on platform 3, while awaiting the arrival of a southbound ECML service.
Leeds: First TransPennine Express unit 185106 about to leave Leeds with a Manchester Airport - Middlesbrough service on 22 April 2009.
Leeds: The 0725 Plymouth - Edinburgh CrossCountry Voyager calls at Leeds on a warm Wednesday afternoon in April 2009. Photographed through the window of a departing eastbound train.
Leeds: Next train to Skipton. A Northern class 333 EMU waits in the sunshine at Leeds on 22 April 2009.
Neville Hill Depot: Grab shot from a train passing Neville Hill depot westbound on the approach to Leeds station on 22 April 2009. The 'Mainline' liveried locomotive is 60011. For a later re-liveried version see image []. [Ref query 20 October 2018]
Malton: The 1047 Scarborough - Liverpool Lime Street TransPennine service runs west over Castlegate level crossing towards its stop at Malton on 22 April 2009.
Malton: The substantial stone signal box alongside the busy level crossing at Castlegate, Malton, looking south in May 2009. Malton station is half a mile off to the right see image [].
Leeds: Bug spattered Northern emu 333006 boarding at Leeds on 22 April 2009, a few minutes prior to departing for Skipton.
York: The rear end of a National Express East Coast HST preparing to depart from York on 22 April 2009 on an Aberdeen - London Kings Cross working.
Leeds: Northern 150228 stands in the sunshine alongside platform 1 at the west end of Leeds in April 2009. The DMU has recently arrived with a service from Manchester Victoria via Todmorden.
Leeds: A Liverpool bound First TransPennine service is about to depart platform 16a at Leeds on 22 April 2009.
York: 185s pass outside York station in April 2009. Photograph taken from an arriving Scarborough - Liverpool Lime Street train as a Manchester Airport - Middlesbrough service leaves the station.
York: View over the concourse from the main entrance to York station on 22 April 2009. Above the W H Smith is a Costa Coffee Shop accessed from the other side see image []. Amazing what can be done with a redundant signal box as an alternative to demolition.... given a bit of thought!
Malton: The 1147 Scarborough - Liverpool Lime Street makes a stop at Malton on 22 April 2009.
York: Northern 158906 stands in the shadows of bay platform 6 at York on 22 April 2009. The train is awaiting its scheduled departure time with an early afternoon service to Blackpool North.
York: Bit of thought... part II. Upper level of the converted redundant station signal box at York, seen from the footbridge on 22 April 2009. Now a pleasant and interesting coffee lounge. See image []
Leeds: The South side of Leeds station seen from the footbridge on 22 April 2009. View is east, with First TransPennine services for Hull and Liverpool Lime Street standing at platforms 15 and 16 on the far right and a stopping service for Manchester Piccadilly in bay platform 13 below.
Livingston North: Trains pass at Livingston North in April 2009
Wrexham: DRS operated Fastline liveried 66434 stands at signals north of Wrexham General on 22 April at the head of an empty Colas timber service returning from Kronospan at Chirk. The train is awaiting single line clearance to Saltney Junction, Chester.
Inverkeithing East Junction: 67018 'Keith Heller' moves out of the up loop at Inverkeithing East Junction on its way to Millerhill yard on Thursday 22 April 2010. The train consists of the ECS that formed 2L69, the 17:21 Edinburgh to Cardenden service.
Winsford: Freightliner 90047 being passed by a Pendolino on 22 April whilst approaching a stop signal south of Winsford Station.
Winsford: London Midland Siemens built Desiro EMU 350112 on London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street stopping service being passed by northbound Pendolino whilst held at signals south of Winsford Station
Larbert Junction: Freightliner Powerhaul locomotive no 70005 takes a loaded coal train bound for Longannet past Larbert Junction on 22 April 2010
Wrexham Central : Looking along the former trackbed towards the site of the old Wrexham Central station which stood at the far end of the retail park. The entrance to the replacement station is directly behind the camera. see image [].
Wrexham Central: Minimalist entrance to the new Wrexham Central station in April 2010, with bi-lingual station name and main destinations for services from the station
Wrexham Central: The relocated Wrexham Central single platform terminus looking east to the buffers on 22 April 2010. The station was formerly located some 100 metres beyond here at the far end of the retail park. See image []
Inverkeithing East Junction: DBS 67018 Keith Heller in the up loop at Inverkeithing East Junction with the empty stock off the evening Edinburgh - Cardenden commuter train on 22 April.
Woodacre Crossing: The ECS for Day 7 of the Great Britain IV hurries through Woodacre behind GWR Castle 4-6-0 5029 Nunney Castle. The empty train was on its way from Carnforth to Preston to start the leg to Bristol via the Welsh Marches route. Although not due to leave Preston until 8.43am the ECS movement ran 25 minutes early passing Woodacre at 6.55am. Its hard to believe that there have been two Castles on the main line in Lancashire in the space of one week See image []
Coppull: DRS intermodal service 4M34 from Coatbridge to Daventry heading south past the hot axle box detector (HABD) at Coppull Hall on the WCML near Standish on 22 April 2011.
Coppull: A northbound Voyager on the 0920 Birmingham New Street - Glasgow Central on 22 April enters the area controlled by Preston PSB at signal PN 1 between Standish and Coppull on the WCML.
Kings Nympton: A Class 143 passes Collerton Mill near Kings Nympton on the Tarka Line in April 2011.
London Road [Glasgow]: Scene at the former London Road goods depot in April 2012. The East End Regeneration Route is to the left of the pretty landscaping, with the new Velodrome in the background see image [].
London Road [Glasgow]: Scene just prior to the opening of the 'Clyde Gateway' (Glasgow's East End Regeneration Route). The road is where the embankment that carried the Switchback line into London Road Goods yard once stood. A little of what was left is seen on the right of the picture
York: Freightliner 66557 with empty coal hoppers in Holgate sidings south of York station. Photographed from a passing train on 22 April 2012.
Penzance: With a few hundred yards to go, a First Great Western HST approaches the end of its journey, Penzance station, on 22 April 2012, having travelled all the way (ecs) from the carraige sidings at Long Rock.
Dalmeny Junction: Royal Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman breasts the summit between Turnhouse and Dalmeny Junction on 22 April 2012 with the 'Great Britain V' from Edinburgh to Thornton Junction.
Cowdenbeath North Junction: 61994 The Great Marquess passes the site of Cowdenbeath North Junction with the 'Great Britain V' from Thornton Junction to Fort William.
Penzance: Attracting an audience at Penzance on 22 April is 47580 'County of Essex' at the head of a railtour bound for Lancaster and carrying the Cornish Riviera Express headboard. Meantime, on the right, a First Great Western HST has just arrived ecs from Long Rock carraige cleaning and maintenance depot.
Warthill: Looking south east over the site of the level crossing towards the former Warthill station in April 2013. The converted signal box stands just beyond the hedge with the modernised and extended station building beyond. Warthill is just off the A64, east of York, on the former York - Market Weighton route.
Leyland: 44871 leading 45407 through Leyland on 22 April 2013 with the 1Z71 Llandrindod Wells to Preston leg of the 'Great Britain VI' railtour.
Glossop: Sir William McAlpine at Glossop on 22 April to unveil a notice board celebrating the many awards won by the Friends of Glossop Station.
Paterson's No 2 Siding: Looking south along Lower Buckholmside, Galashiels, on 22 April with Ladhope Tunnel in the background.
Roxburgh: Old signalling diagram showing the arrangements at Roxburgh Junction. The date of the diagram is 5 November 1933. [Reproduced with kind permission of The Scottish Railway Preservation Society]
Preston (Ribble Branch): View from the cab of Class 14 D9539 at dusk on 22 April 2014. The locomotive is on the Ribble Steam headshunt, beyond which lies the former Preston Corporation locomotive shed, now used as a council equipment store and not accessible to RSR stock. Two days after this photo was taken D9539 was transported to the East Lancashire Railway to be used on service trains before participating in the Class 14 50th birthday event in July 2014. [Ref query 6774] See image [] of the shed in railway use in 1992.
Preston (Ribble Branch): Footplate view from Class 14 0-6-0DH D9539 approaching the RSR station on Preston Dock during an evening group visit to the site on 22 April. The rake of seven empty bitumen tankers on the left, plus seven more in the unloading siding, would be tripped down the dock branch the following morning to be taken back to Lindsey Refinery near Immingham. For a full view of D9539 See image []
Oban Station Pier: CalMac Ferries MV Clansman berthed alongside Oban Ferry Terminal during the early afternoon of 22 April 2015.
Oban: Just about ready for 'the off'. The crew of the 1211 Abellio ScotRail service to Glasgow Queen Street, during a final exchange prior to departure from Oban on 22 April 2015.
Oban: View south over the sidings alongside Oban station on 22 April 2015 as 156450 pulls away from platform 2 and heads for Albany Street bridge with the 1211 service to Glasgow Queen Street. This train combines with the 1010 ex-Mallaig at Crianlarich. See image []
Cardross: Fort William to North Blyth empties running past Cardross station hauled by 66740. Shot taken completely blind over high parapet with a surprisingly good result.
Birmingham International: Now that's what I call a Skytrain see image [] The entire track is on a concrete viaduct. The cable-driven train between Birmingham International station (left) and Airport (right) may be noisy, but it's free. Taken from a 'long stay' (one hour or more) car park.
Anniesland: A generation ago these destinations would have seemed extraordinary!
Pinkston Mineral Yard: An old buffer stop having just been dug up at the site of the extension of the McGhee & Sons Bakery, formerly the old Pinkston Mineral Depot.
Lancaster: 45690 Leander crosses Carlisle Bridge at Lancaster running from Carnforth to Preston to take over The Salopian, an excursion from Dumfries to Shrewsbury on 22nd April 2016.
Oubeck Loops: With the downturn in power station traffic the coal wagons are being used for other loads. DBS 66034 takes a rake of hopper empties from Warrington Arpley to Shap Quarry passing Oubeck Loops on 22nd April 2016.
Barnstaple: A pale shadow of its former glory. The 10.35 arrival from Exmouth and Exeter sits at Barnstaple on 22 April 2017. The former extensive goods yard in the background - as featured in Ian Dinmore's classic 1980s shots - has disappeared under a sea of car parks, roads, supermarkets and retail sheds. Walking from the station into the town centre - previously served by Barnstaple Town station - is not a pleasant experience these days.
Crediton: On 22 April 2017, the 13.43 service from Barnstaple to Exeter and Exmouth halts briefly at Crediton signal box to return the single-line token from Eggesford to Crediton to the signaller. The single line from Barnstaple to Crediton - originally engineered for double-track throughout, but never fully doubled - now has just one passenger loop, at Eggesford, where drivers exchange tokens with the signaller from platform cabins, using the 'No Signaller Token Remote' system, which is low-cost but time-consuming.
Shrubhill Tram Depot: Construction now underway on the Shrubhill site on 22 April 2017, with the surviving buildings of the former tram depot - and lts octagonal chimney - in the background. View is north west from the site entrance on Leith Walk, with the out of use Powderhall branch running past on the other side of the new structure.
Hayes Knoll: BR 09 D3668 working today's passenger trains on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway.
Barnstaple: The traditional running-in board seen at Barnstaple (formerly Barnstaple Junction) station on 22 April 2017. The station - junction for no fewer than four different standard-gauge lines in its heyday, and formerly boasting three through platforms - is now just a single-track terminus, although a short loop remains in situ south of the station. However, loco-hauled charter trains rarely visit the branch, as structures limit the line speed to 30 mph (60 mph for diesel units).
Crediton: The 13.43 service from Barnstaple to Exeter and Exmouth waits to cross the 13.53 from Exmouth at Crediton station and loop on 22 April 2017. The attractive station buildings have recently been repainted in London & South Western Railway colours. From here to Cowley Bridge Junction in Exeter the line is controlled by Track Circuit Block. Services on the Barnstaple branch seem to be predominantly operated by Pacers, and one is therefore thankful that - surprisingly - most of the route has been re-laid with CWR!
Hayes Knoll: BR class 09 D3668 working passenger trains on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway at Hayes Knoll station on 22 April 2017.
Wyre Viaduct: DB 66145, still in EWS livery, crosses the River Wyre at Scorton heading north with a container train on a sunny 22nd April 2017.
Yeoford: The 12.27 Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple service draws into Yeoford request stop on 22 April 2017. The station waiting shelter incorporates a free, community-organised lending library (well, actually a couple of shelves of books). The rusting rails of the bi-directional Dartmoor line in the foreground disguise the fact that it is still operational, despite the loss of aggregates traffic from Meldon Quarry (now closed), which formerly generated up to seven trains a day. A passenger charter operated from Paddington to Okehampton in February 2017 and the summer-only service from Exeter to Okehampton, supported by the County Council, is due to resume operation in May.
Wallyford: The Virgin Trains East Coast 10.00 Edinburgh - Kings Cross about to run through Wallyford station on Sunday 22 April 2018.
Donibristle Platform: Freightliner 66605 passes Donibristle on 22nd April 2018 with an engineers train returning to Millerhill having dropped rails north of Aberdeen. 66606 can be glimpsed through the trees on the rear.
Wallyford: View west from the footbridge at Wallyford on 22 April 2018 with the 0845 (Sunday) Virgin Trains East Coast Newcastle - Edinburgh service having just run through the station. To the left, just beyond the signal at the far end of the train, stood the exchange sidings that once served the long closed Wallyford Colliery, soon to be commemorated by the erection of a sculpture in the village see image [].
Huddersfield: The well known statue of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson outside Huddersfield Station in April 2018.
Wallyford: The 0845 (Sunday) Virgin Trains East Coast Newcastle - Edinburgh runs north through Wallyford on 22 April 2018.
Wallyford: The 0943 Edinburgh Waverley - North Berwick pulls away from the platform at Wallyford on 22 April 2018, with the Pentland Hills just visible through the haze.
Wetwang: Looking north down Station Hill towards the former Wetwang Station in April 2018. The line ran through the gap in the hedge to the left just before the telegraph pole. [Ref query 13 November 2018]
Fodderty Junction: GBXI ran to Kyle of Lochalsh on 22nd April. Unfortunately the weather lived down to its reputation and the rain came on in earnest around Achanalt. B1 No.1264, in LNER lined black, storms up the gradient from Fodderty Junction on the way to Kyle.
Lochluichart: Class B1 4-6-0 No.1264, in LNER lined black, runs round the edge of Loch Luichart on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh. The rain has just started and is speckling the water of the loch.
Wetwang: Looking down Station Hill at Wetwang at the field to the left of Wetwang Station level crossing, and both the crossing and the raised line of the now cultivated trackbed, running east from Fimber, are still clearly visible some 50 years after closure of the line.
Gamleby: A Y31 Itino DMU on its way south towards VÃ¤stervik in April 2019. This line has been under threat of closure; several measures have been taken to cut costs such as closing stations which also allows a reduction in journey times. This route is unique in Sweden as it uses System R signalling, equivalent to the British RETB. Photo by E Johansson Wiberg.
Tomatin: 99 miles from Perth appears to be right in the middle of the former Inverness bound platform at Tomatin. Both platforms have rails as Tomatin is a passing place, notably in the morning where the London bound day train passes the Inverness bound night train - or rather - is supposed to!
Picton: The extension of the former Picton station house in now complete, and The Station public house next door no longer has a John Smiths Magnet Ale sign; instead one with an American wild west style loco on it. For the similar view 10 1/2 years earlier See image []
See query 2069
Oldfield Park: That bridge at Oldfield Park hasn't been reshaped yet see image [], but the traction has been updated. 22nd April 2019.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1861||Limerick and Ennis Railway||Waterford and Limerick Railway works line.|
|1895||Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway||Powderhall passenger station opened.|
|1969||Maiden Voyage of the Cunard vessel Queen Elizabeth II|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2005||^Drugs taken^ in teen rail death [BBC News]||A teenager killed when he fell under a train had been taking both drink and drugs, an inquest hears.|
|2005||EU rail compensation deal hope [BBC News]||Delayed rail travellers in the UK could benefit from plans to improve compensation deals in Europe.|
|2007||^Floating^ rail link gets support [BBC News]||A public transport chief says 300mph trains between Glasgow and Edinburgh are an "attractive option".|
|2007||Lorry smashes into rail bridge [Scotsman]||A LORRY driver who crashed into a West Lothian rail bridge suffered chest injuries and a cut to his nose.|
|2008||More trains for Glasgow express route. [Evening News]||More First ScotRail express services will run between Edinburgh and Glasgow.|
|2010||Arriva agrees to takeover by Deutsche Bahn [BBC News]||UK train and bus operator Arriva has agreed to be taken over by Germany^s Deutsche Bahn in a deal set to create one of Europe^s biggest rail and bus transport groups.|
|2010||Happy Birthday Brian! [Railscot News]||One of the best known names in railway photography, Brian Morrison, has recently celebrated his 80th birthday.... happy birthday and best wishes Brian, from everyone connected with Railscot!|
|2011||Trams back on promenade [Blackpool Gazette]||BLACKPOOL’S famous trams were back in service today as the new tourist season got into full swing for Easter. And the return of the much-loved fleet – after five months away – was heralded as a major step forward in the battle to complete the town’s regeneration. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2012||Dutch train crash: Woman dies of her injuries [BBC News]||A 68-year-old woman has died of injuries in a head-on collision between two trains near the Dutch city of Amsterdam on Saturday, officials say. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said 16 other people seriously injured in the crash remained in hospital. In all, 117 people were hurt in the accident, which happened near Sloterdijk, to the west of the city.|
|2013||Liverpool Lime Street underground station shut for refurbishments [BBC]||The underground station at Liverpool Lime Street has been closed for four months to allow refurbishment work to take place. The lower-level platform at the station will be shut until 22 August, during which time no Wirral services will stop at the station. A Merseyrail spokesman said passengers for Wirral should use Moorfields, James Street or Liverpool Central instead. The work will not affect services to Lime Street^s main station. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||Swanage Railway Wareham service undergoes restoration [BBC News]||Work has stepped up to reinstate a Dorset train service 42 years after it was axed. Swanage Railway plans to deliver the trial train service on the 10-mile stretch between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Wareham by spring 2015. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||£70m railway depot plan to bring 160 jobs [The Star]||A massive contract to bring high-speed trains to the East Coast main line will include a £70m maintenance depot built in Doncaster creating 160 jobs. Hitachi Rail Europe is set to take possession of Doncaster Carr next month before handing it over to a construction firm. The new depot, on land which has included a railway depot for more than 100 years, is set to open in early 2017.|
|2017||Flying Scotsman will measure up to modern trains in unique Yorkshire railway event [Yorkshire Post]||World famous locomotive Flying Scotsman will travel alongside three modern trains in Yorkshire tomorrow to celebrate the past, present and future of Britains railway. The trains will line up on the East Coast Main Line at Tollerton, North Yorkshire, at around 6am before moving south to York. Flying Scotsman will be joined by an HST and InterCity 225 from Virgin Trains current fleet, as well as one of the operators new Azuma trains, which come into service next year.|
|2018||Dozen trains used by ScotRail moved to England despite chronic overcrowding issues [The Herald]||A Dozen trains used by ScotRail have been moved to England despite services in Scotland facing chronic overcrowding.|
|2018||Abellio, NS and why the Amsterdam express always goes via Dublin [The Guardian]||The Dutch state railway is under serious fire for leasing its trains in low-tax Ireland. And it^s not the only operator to do so. In recent years, the Dutch have been horrified to discover that while they buy their train tickets from a state-owned company, a significant chunk of the money has been funnelled through Ireland. That^s because NS Financial Services, 100% owned by NS, bought the trains, then leased them back to NS, while being incorporated in Ireland. In doing so, its profits have come under Ireland^s 12.5% company tax rate, rather than the 25% prevailing in the Netherlands.|
|2019||Heritage railway fully re-opened after closure [BBC News]||A heritage railway has fully re-opened after closing for three months following a critical inspection by the rail watchdog. West Somerset Railway decided to close in January after the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) recommended improvements to governance and infrastructure. The steam railway is a branch line of the old Great Western Railway and runs from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. A trial scheme, linking the railway to the mainline, has also been announced.|
|2019||Slippy floor at Aberdeen train station to be replaced [Evening Express]||The flooring at Aberdeen Railway Station is to be replaced because it is too slippy.|
|2019||These are the public transport laws you should be aware of [Scotsman]||This week Labour MP Diane Abbott apologised after a photo showing her drinking a Marks & Spencer canned alcoholic cocktail on a Transport for London overground train was circulated.|
|2020||Coronavirus: Railway warns it may not survive the pandemic [Gazette & Herald]||A heritage railway is warning it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic if further help is not provided. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) says it cannot claim compensation for lack of business or part of the £750 million pledged to the charity sector by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak. The steam railway, which runs between Pickering and Whitby has delayed the opening of its 2020 season indefinitely, and risk collapse without appropriate funding.|
|2020||Signallers trained at heritage centre in bid to keep the railway running [Network Rail]||Network Rail have been training extra signallers with the help of a heritage centre as they aim to continue to move people who canâ€™t work from home, like NHS staff, and vital freight throughout the coronavirus crisis.|
|2020||Bailout expected for UK city transport networks crippled by Covid-19 [The Guardian]||The government could bail out rail and tram networks in cities such as London and Manchester as soon as this week, as public transport revenues almost entirely disappear during the coronavirus lockdown. Transport has been among the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic, with all but essential journeys banned and people across the UK urged to work from home where possible.|
|2020||Pandemic forces Calmac to abandon their 2020 intake of apprentices [Ardrossan Herald]||CalMac has been forced to abandon its apprenticeship programme due to the COVID-19 pandemic.|
|2020||Steam locomotive 60009 Union of South Africa set for year at East Lancs Railway [RailAdvent]||It has been confirmed that Ex-LNER A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa will run at the East Lancashire Railway for a year once the Coronavirus crisis has come to an end.|