This day in history 11 December

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Shankend Viaduct: A2 Pacific no 60528 Tudor Minstrel takes The Warwickshire Railway Society 'Waverley Railtour' north onto Shankend viaduct in December 1965.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [11/12/1965]


Shankend Viaduct: Peppercorn class A2 Pacific no 60528 Tudor Minstrel on Shankend Viaduct with the Warwickshire Railway Society 'Waverley Railtour' of 11 December 1965 on its way to Edinburgh.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [11/12/1965]


Whitrope Siding: The Warwickshire Railway Society Waverley Railtour from Birmingham seen near The Golden Bridge on the approach to Whitrope on a snowy 11 December 1965. Peppercorn A2 Pacific no 60528 Tudor Minstrel is in charge, having taken over the train from Jubilee 45697 Achilles at Carlisle for the journey to Edinburgh.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [11/12/1965]


Carlisle: The Warwickshire Railway Society Waverley Railtour from Birmingham at Carlisle on 11 December 1965. A2 Pacific no 60528 Tudor Minstrel is in charge, having just taken over the train from 45697 Achilles for the journey north to Edinburgh.

Caledonian Railway
K A Gray [11/12/1965]


Middlesbrough: A DMU from Newcastle via the Durham coast arrives at Middlesbrough station in December 1972.

Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
John Furnevel [11/12/1972]


Fenchurch Street: A cold winter morning greets commuters at Fenchurch Street in December 1984.

Blackwall Railway
Ian Dinmore [11/12/1984]


Duddingston: 26001 passes the former Duddingston and Craigmillar Station with a short freight on 11 December 1989.

Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Bill Roberton [11/12/1989]


Saughton Junction: A Glasgow - Edinburgh shuttle runs east at Saughton Junction in December 2002. In the right background a train is approaching on the Forth Bridge route.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2002]


Saughton Junction: Passing 158s at Saughton in December 2002. On the left a train from Dunblane approaches, while on the right a Fife Circle train turns north towards the Forth Bridge.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2002]


Edinburgh Waverley: A ScotRail shuttle service for Glasgow Queen Street awaits its departure time at Edinburgh Waverley platform 14 in December 2002.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2002]


Dolphinton [NBR]: The former locomotive shed at Dolphinton (NB), with the base of the old water tank to the left, photographed looking east from the A702 on 11 December 2003. The LL&D line south from Broomlee had closed completely in 1933. [See image 7427] [Ref query 9304]

Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2003]


Neidpath Viaduct: The Caledonian Railway's Neidpath viaduct over the River Tweed west of Peebles on a bright December day in 2003. View is south east, with the entrance to Neidpath Tunnel hidden amongst the trees on the left.

Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2003]


Millerhill Yard Up Arrival Sidings: The north east corner of Millerhill up yard adapted to handle ballast. Seen here in December 2003 looking south from alongside the site entrance off Whitehill Road.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2003]


Tickets and labels: NBR wagon label for a consignment of whisky from Port Dundas to South Leith on 11 August 1922.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [11/12/2003]


Fouldubs Junction: Fouldubs Junction signal box in December 2004.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
John Furnevel [11/12/2004]


Leadburn: The former Leadburn Station (now a picnic site) in December 2004 looking south towards the junction of the Peebles and Dolphinton routes. [See image 32009].

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2004]


Lamancha: Remains at Lamancha station, Peeblesshire, between Leadburn and Dolphinton, looking west from the A701 in December 2004. The station closed in 1933, although the section of the line between Leadburn and Broomlee [West Linton] was put to use by the army during WWII and survived until 1960. [Ref query 6467] [See image 15613]

Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2004]


Leadburn: The junction station at Leadburn on the Peebles Loop, photographed on a dull day in December 2004 when the location was in use as a picnic site. A bay off picture to the left (long filled in) was once used by trains on the Dolphinton branch, on which the last passenger service ran in 1933. Leadburn lost its remaining passenger services in 1955, with the line closing to all traffic in 1962. View is north towards Hardengreen Junction.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2004]


North Queensferry Tunnel: To the north of North Queensferry station the railway passes through the North Queensferry Tunnel. This tunnel is, curiously, immediately below the cutting seen here. View looks south.
Were the sides of the cutting considered unstable?
From Neil Fairnie:
North Queensferry Tunnel was originally built as a cutting, but to keep the local landowner happy a tunnel roof was built to disguise the smoke or noise or both. I remember being told this when I worked as a Civil Engineer for BR back in the early 80's.

Forth Bridge Railway
Ewan Crawford [11/12/2004]


North Queensferry: Coal train coming off the Forth Bridge into North Queensferry on a slightly foggy night in December 2004.

Forth Bridge Railway
Ewan Crawford [11/12/2004]


Leadburn: All quiet at the former Leadburn station in December 2004, with the one time junction for the lines to Peebles and Dolphinton having been converted to an interesting picnic site. View is north west, back towards Edinburgh, with the island platform now shortened to provide a turning and parking area for vehicles, which enter from the A6094 at the other end of the site. Leadburn closed to passengers in 1955 and the last special called on 3 February 1962 [see image 48273].

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2004]


Pomathorn Halt: Site of Pomathorn level crossing - looking back towards the old station in December 2005 with the crossing gates now replaced by a wire mesh fence. The sizeable goods yard stood beyond the station house. Pomathorn Mill dominates the left background.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2005]


Pomathorn Halt: Former station approach and forecourt (now a walled garden) at Pomathorn, in 2005. The rear of the platform is on the right and now supports a fence, while north of the station beyond the drive is part of the closed Pomathorn mill.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2005]


Pomathorn Halt: The abandoned former goods yard at Pomathorn looking towards Peebles in December 2005. The station house stands in the centre background with the trackbed off to the left hidden by the undergrowth. Beyond the house is the site of the level crossing over the B6372. Pomathorn Mill is directly behind the camera.

Peebles Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2005]


Edinburgh Waverley: Extract from updated Network Rail Waverley brochure - December 2006.

North British Railway
John Furnevel Collection [11/12/2006]


Haymarket: Work on the erection of the canopy over the new platform 0 at Haymarket underway on 11 December 2006, as a returning Fife Circle DMU leaves platform 1 for Waverley.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2006]


Edinburgh Waverley: Edinburgh signalling centre in December 2006. View looking west showing the original 1977 centre nearest the camera with the 2006 IECC extension building beyond.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2006]


Musselburgh: A mid-afternoon Edinburgh - London service about to run south through Musselburgh on 11 December 2007 led by DVT 82222. National Express East Coast had taken over the ECML franchise from GNER earlier that month and the train is carrying the interim livery of the new operator (essentially a white stripe replacing the GNER red, plus appropriate new lettering). The first set to be turned out in full NXEC colours was an HST, which made an appearance just over a week later [see image 17528].

North British Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2007]


Musselburgh: The 14.00 Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross NXEC service runs south through Musselburgh station on 11 December 2007. Monktonhall Junction is just visible in the distance.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2007]


Earn Viaduct [Forgandenny]: Late running 11.13 Perth to Glasgow passing the village of Forgandenny, approaching the Earn Viaduct and the closed station.

Scottish Central Railway
Brian Forbes [11/12/2007]


Musselburgh: The 08.03 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh Waverley wastes no time passing Musselburgh on 11 December 2007. Some of the signage here now reads Musselburgh - for Queen Margaret University, following the recent opening of the new campus on the north side of the station.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [11/12/2007]


Plates, signs, notices etc: An 1869 poster announcing a fares reduction between Glasgow (Bridge Street) and Ibrox/Govan. The station at Govan stood at the terminus of a branch of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint line and there was never any such company as the Glasgow & Govan Railway. Perhaps someone in marketing department thought, for the purposes of the poster, it sounded more user-friendly! The G&P station at Govan finally closed to passengers in May 1921.

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Ian Dinmore [11/12/2008]


Touch South Junction: 158 725 with a Fife Outer Circle service passes the site of Touch South Junction on 11 December 2008. This is the point where the direct line from the south branched off to the left to reach Dunfermline Upper station.

Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
Bill Roberton [11/12/2008]


Dalwhinnie: With snow on the hills, on a chilly but sunny winters day, DRS 66423 is pictured heading south from Dalwhinnie with the J G Russell container train.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [11/12/2009]


Alloa: Hunterston bound coal empties hauled by 66 062 pass a morning Alloa to Glasgow Queen Street service awaiting departure time at Alloa on 11th December 2010.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Mark Dufton [11/12/2010]


Hackney Central: 378213, with a London Overground service to Stratford, departing from Hackney Central station on 11th December 2010. This line and the original station here, known simply as Hackney, opened as part of the East & West India Docks & Birmingham Junction Railway in 1850 but the line's title was too much for 'the man in the street' and in 1853 it became the North London Railway, even though this section is in east London. Passenger services between Dalston Junction and Poplar ceased after heavy war damage in 1944 and the stations closed but in 1979 the section of line through Hackney was reopened, with services running to Stratford via the GER link from the former junction at Victoria Park. Hackney Central station opened in 1980 and is more or less on the site of the former Hackney station of which substantial remains of the entrance building are still in evidence. The line was incorporated into the London Overground network in 2007.

East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway
David Bosher [11/12/2010]


Hackney Central: View looking east from Hackney Central station, opened in 1980 and part of London Overground since 2007, with on the left the main entrance building to the original Hackney station, on 11th December 2010. This opened in 1850 and closed after devastating war damage in this part of east London in 1944, which led to the end of the Broad Street to Poplar service although the line stayed open for freight. On the right are remains of the platform (with wall) that was used by trains from Poplar to Dalston Junction and Broad Street. The 1980 platforms are set back slightly further west from the eastern ends of the original 1850 station's platforms and accessed from a new entrance on the eastbound side, behind where I was standing to take this photo.

East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway
David Bosher [11/12/2010]


Hackney Central: 66714 passing the remains of the original Hackney station (1850-1944), seen from the eastbound platform at Hackney Central, opened in 1980 and which partially occupies the site, on 11th December 2010.

East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway
David Bosher [11/12/2010]


Hackney Central: 378201, with a London Overground service from Stratford to Richmond, arriving at Hackney Central station on 11th December 2010. Behind the train are the remains of the former Broad Street bound platform and part of its wall of the original Hackney station (1850-1944) while, in the left background, is the original station's main building, now in commercial use. This is the first section of the line to open from Bow to Highbury & Islington on 26th September 1850 under the long-winded title East & West India Docks & Birmingham Junction Railway which was shortened to the simpler North London Railway in 1853, even though this section is in EAST London. Just to add to the confusion, much of what was known actually as the East London Railway and now forms part of the London Overground between Shoreditch and New Cross/New Cross Gate, is in SOUTH London!

East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway
David Bosher [11/12/2010]


Inverness: No snow to be seen on 11 December asEWS-liveried 66140 indulges in a bit of shunting inMillburn Yard, Inverness, before heading south with the Stobart Rail containers.

Inverness and Nairn Railway
John Gray [11/12/2010]


Hackney: Remains of the former Broad Street bound platform at Hackney station (1850-1944), seen from Hackney Central station, opened in 1980 and set slightly back west from the original station, on 11th December 2010. Now served by London Overground trains to and from Stratford and Richmond or Clapham Junction. Connections exist at Canonbury and Highbury & Islington stations for the southward branches of the LO system to New Cross, Clapham Junction, Crystal Palace and West Croydon, at Gospel Oak for the GOBLIN line to Barking and at Willesden Junction for the London Euston to Watford Junction LO service.

East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway
David Bosher [11/12/2010]


St Pancras: The main entrance to the refurbished St Pancras hotel, looking suitably grand on the evening of 11th December 2011.

London Extension (Midland Railway)
Ken Strachan [11/12/2011]


Beijing Nan: The vast Beijing Nan station was opened in 2008 replacing an earlier station some 500m away which had operated from 1897 to 2006. It has 24 platforms and is the second largest station in Asia after Shanghai Hongqiao.

CR
Mark Poustie [11/12/2012]


Beijing Nan: The huge station at Beijing Nan was designed by the British architects Terry Farrell & Partners in collaboration with the Tianjin Design Institute and is the station used by high speed trains arriving and departing Beijing.

CR
Mark Poustie [11/12/2012]


Beijing Nan: A CRH3C 16 car unit forming train G15 the 11.00 Beijing Nan to Shanghai Hongqiao on the Jinghu HSR. The line was designed for 380km/h running but has been slowed to 300km/h. The 11.00 with 2 intermediate stops at Jinan West and Nanjing South is timetabled to take 4h 55mins for the 1318km (819m) run and in the event was 2 mins early (av 168mph).

CR
Mark Poustie [11/12/2012]


Orchy Viaduct: An eastbound Sprinter crosses the Orchy Viaduct under a perfect blue sky in December 2012.

Callander and Oban Railway
Ewan Crawford [11/12/2012]


Wakefield Kirkgate: Arriva Grand Central 185105 stands at Wakefield Kirkgate platform 3 on the new 15.12 service to Kings Cross. This is now the fourth, and final, southbound service following the recent timetable change, but leaves Bradford 75mins earlier than before. Whilst there is a 10min gain from Mirfield, this is off-set by being 6min slower to Pontefract, a further 17min on to Doncaster, and another 15mins on to London.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [11/12/2013]


Wakefield Kirkgate: Looking across at the major works taking place on the main station building at Wakefield Kirkgate on 11 December 2013. The windows and roof have been removed completely on most sections during restoration of the building from a run down near derelict state.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [11/12/2013]


Hest Bank: Despite the storms battering the UK on 11th December the Christmas mail was still getting through. DBS 90036 Driver Jack Mills was still bright and shiny following its naming ceremony at Crewe the previous week as it hauled a rake of cargo waggons through Hest Bank on the Shieldmuir to Warrington return trip that has supplemented the usual postals during December.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [11/12/2014]


Leyland: TransPennine 350406 on a service from Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central, passes Leyland on 11 December 2014.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [11/12/2014]


Farington Curve Junction: 60035, still in EWS livery, joins the WCML at Farington Curve Junction on 11 December 2014 with the 6M32 loaded tar tank wagons from Lindsey Refinery to Preston Docks.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [11/12/2014]


Lostock Hall: Colas 60076 passes Lostock Hall on 11 December as the OZ94 Doncaster to Preston route learning trip. This is taking place in preparation for Colas taking over the Lindsey Oil Refinery to Preston Docks workings from DBS.

Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [11/12/2014]


Farington Junction: DRS 57304 approaching Farington Junction on 11 December running light engine from Crewe to Preston.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [11/12/2014]


Woodacre Crossing: Christmas Post Special. As in 2014 additional mail trains ran between Shieldmuir and Warrington in December 2015. Scotrail liveried 90024 is seen taking a rake of vans south crossing a swollen Grizedale Beck at Woodacre.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [11/12/2015]


Aviemore: 'Grab shot' taken at Aviemore from northbound train after a light 'dusting'.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Rod Crawford [11/12/2015]


Garry Viaduct: Snow covered 'Christmas' trees seen from the Garry Viaduct, immediately east of the former Struan station. The parapet to the right is of the second Garry Viaduct, the girder one, provided when the line was doubled. Here the line crosses both the River Garry and the B847.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Rod Crawford [11/12/2015]


Edinburgh Gateway: View from the top. Circulating area of the almost deserted Gateway station on opening day, Sunday 11/12/2016. The ticket machines at Waverley weren't ready for it and I had to buy a ticket from a human. The onboard announcements were ready, however, even if the name has been crowbarred in. Same actress, but I think her voice has aged ...

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
David Panton [11/12/2016]


Edinburgh Gateway: A (very) few enthusiasts welcome this Edinburgh-bound arrival at Edinburgh Gateway on opening day, Sunday 11 December 2016. Nobody got on. I think someone got off though.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)
David Panton [11/12/2016]


Edinburgh Gateway [Tram]: Edinburgh Gateway Tram poster.

Edinburgh Trams
John Yellowlees [11/12/2016]


Edinburgh Gateway: 170455 becomes the first train from Edinburgh, the 0915 to Aberdeen, to arrive at Edinburgh Gateway.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [11/12/2016]


Edinburgh Gateway: Forth Bridge image in school artwork at Edinburgh Gateway.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [11/12/2016]


Edinburgh Gateway: Informative station sign at Edinburgh Gateway

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)
John Yellowlees [11/12/2016]


Shields Depot: ScotRail passengers travelling on the Edinburgh – North Berwick/Dunbar service are to benefit from more seats, improved accessibility, at-seat power points and better Wi-Fi. On 11 December, the first of 70 new Hitachi electric trains arrived in Scotland to begin overnight testing, ahead of trains entering service from autumn 2017. The Edinburgh – North Berwick / Dunbar service will see new trains during 2018 and will mean that there will be 40 per cent more seats on this line at peak times by December 2018.

Shields Depot (British Railways)
ScotRail [11/12/2016]


Shields Depot: ScotRail passengers travelling on the Edinburgh – North Berwick/Dunbar service are to benefit from more seats, improved accessibility, at-seat power points and better Wi-Fi. On 11 December, the first of 70 new Hitachi electric trains arrived in Scotland to begin overnight testing, ahead of trains entering service from autumn 2017. The Edinburgh – North Berwick / Dunbar service will see new trains during 2018 and will mean that there will be 40 per cent more seats on this line at peak times by December 2018.

Shields Depot (British Railways)
ScotRail [11/12/2016]


Nuneaton: It's behind you! There are ugly loco's all over in this pantomime season. Freightliner 70003 lurks in the gloom with train 487S from Trafford Park FLT to Southampton MCT, while an up Pendolino speeds past platform 4.

Trent Valley Railway (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [11/12/2017]


Baillieston: A slightly delayed 318267 leaves Bailleston for Motherwell in sub zero temperatures with a spectacular display of arcing from the pantograph on the icy wires. 11th December 2017

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [11/12/2017]


Broomhill: It is mid afternoon on 11th December 2017 and already the light is going as Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No.828 approaches Broomhill with the second Santa Express of the day. In the background snow clouds gather and, on the left, light reflects off the River Spey.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [11/12/2017]


Broomhill Junction: It is -7C and in the freezing air, steam and smoke combine to screen the coaches behind Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No.828 as it trundles along past Fisherman's Crossing with the Santa Express for Broomhill.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [11/12/2017]


Broomhill: The Strathspey Railway's Santa Express, hauled by Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No.828, runs towards Broomhill on 11th December 2017. Part of the snow covered Cairngorms can be seen in the background and, yes, it was as cold as it looks!.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [11/12/2017]


Bermuda Park: You shouldn't believe everything you read. The train is the 17.59 to Nuneaton, not Coventry; and although the 'London Midland City' lettering has been peeled off the sides of the carriage, it's a West Midlands service. Snow makes a welcome change in Nuneaton.

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [11/12/2017]


Bermuda Park: The coolest seats in the house - or on the platform. Bermuda Park on 11th December 2017.

Coventry to Nuneaton (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [11/12/2017]


Nuneaton: 'Get a move on!' Freightliner 66518 gets a fresh driver as it pauses in Platform 1 with a train from Southampton MCT to Hams Hall Parsec.

Trent Valley Railway (London and North Western Railway)
Ken Strachan [11/12/2017]


Alloa: Class 385 EMU at Alloa waiting to form the 1446hr departure to Queen Street on 11th December 2018.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Yellowlees [11/12/2018]


Stirling: A 365 EMU runs into Stirling beneath one of the special catenary arms used in the station area. 11th December 2018.

Scottish Central Railway
John Yellowlees [11/12/2018]


Alloa: A 385 at Alloa. It's not quite as easy as it was to obtain a clear shot at Alloa.

Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
John Yellowlees [11/12/2018]


Stirling: Class 385 EMUs, working Alloa services, pass beneath the temporary footbridge at Stirling on 11th December 2018.

Scottish Central Railway
John Yellowlees [11/12/2018]


Portobello Junction: 365513 joins the ECML at Portobello with a Millerhill - Eastfield transfer on 11th December 2018.

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [11/12/2018]


Edinburgh Waverley: A display on Waverley's platform, near the food court, seen on 11th December 2018.

North British Railway
John Yellowlees [11/12/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1958Peebles RailwayRosslynlee Hospital Halt opened.
1981Monkland and Kirkintilloch RailwayBedlay Colliery closed and line from there to Garnqueen South Junction closed.
2001Sutherland RailwayFirst oil train runs to the re-instated facility at Lairg for the first time in 10 years. The service is operated by EWS.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2001Oil returns to LairgFirst oil train runs to the re-instated facility at Lairg for the first time in 10 years. The service is operated by EWS.
2004Huge shake-up for rail commuters [BBC News]Rail passengers face new timetables and franchises after the biggest shake-up to services for four decades.
2007Scotland passenger reminder: Rail network to undergo massive winter enhancement programme [Network Rail Article]
2008Road still shut after acid alert [BBC News Article]A section of the A830 remains closed following a chemical incident that also shut a railway line.
2008Up to 3bn for city rail network [BBC News Article]Up to 3bn could be spent on new train stations and a metro network in Glasgow under government proposals.
2009Full steam ahead for WRHA after arrival of locomotive [Hawick News Item]A LOCOMOTIVE has returned to the Waverley Line for the first time in over 40 years. And while Scottish Ministers, councillors and officials dither over the re-opening of the Waverley route from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, the 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic takes pride of place 12 miles south of Hawick.
2009Quad bike pair die on rail line ^making getaway from ram raid^ [The Times]Two quad bikers who were killed riding along the main railway line between Cardiff and London are believed to have been escaping after a ram raid on a sports store. [From Mark Bartlett]
2010High speed rail bridge opens between Germany and France [BBC News]Germany and France have opened a new bridge outside the French border city of Strasbourg as part of an ambitious high-speed rail network to span the EU.
2010Big hitters in frame for slice of city tram dream [LEP]A major transport group is interested in running trams on a planned line going into Preston city centre. [From Mark Bartlett]
2012One of the best railway stations in the world [New Straits Times]MOST of us who work or stay in Kuala Lumpur have passed by the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station in Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. My brother once pointed to a group of tourists who were standing by the roadside taking pictures of the historic landmark. ^They seem to appreciate the building more than we do,^ he said.
2013The first phase of the North West electrification programme is commissioned [Network RailElectric trains have started to operate over the railway between Newton Le Willows and Castlefield junction outside Manchester Piccadilly, marking the commissioning of the first phase of the 400m North West electrification project on time and under budget. [From Richard Buckby]
2013Borders to Edinburgh railway: safety pledge on winter works [BBC]Network Rail has said safety is its "number one priority" during works on the Borders to Edinburgh railway over the winter months. There has been criticism of the amount of mud and other debris being left on roads along the route. Network Rail said it was working with main contractor BAM Nuttall to tackle the "challenges" of winter conditions. It said although there would be less HGVs in operation it would be "working hard" to keep roads like the A7 clear.
2014Rail engineering work to cause Christmas delays [BBC News]Train travellers will once again face delays and cancellations because of engineering work on some of the country^s biggest lines over Christmas. Network Rail says the upgrades are part of a record-breaking 200m investment programme that begins after the last train runs on Christmas Eve. More than 11,000 engineers will be working across the holidays. New platforms, flyovers, junctions and station facilities will make the network more reliable for the new year.
2014Buses to battle trains as France deregulates [The Local]Intercity travel may be about to get a lot cheaper in France when the government finally lifts the severe restrictions on bus companies that have been in place for decades to protect the SNCF national rail company from competition. [From Richard Buckby]
2015Indian government ^clears Japan rail plan^ [BBC News]India^s government has approved a $14.7bn (£9.7bn) deal for Japan to build the country^s first high-speed train line, according to reports. A government minister and official at Prime Minister Narendra Modi^s office told the Reuters news agency that cabinet had cleared the bid. An announcement was expected to be made over the weekend during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe^s visit to India. China is also bidding to build high-speed bullet train lines in India. The highly-anticipated multi-billion dollar deal is being touted as one of the biggest foreign investments in India^s ageing infrastructure.
2015Forth Road Bridge: man collapses on packed train [Scotsman]AN elderly man needed oxygen as he was stretchered off a commuter train bursting at the seams because of the Forth Road Bridge closure. Passengers claimed the man fainted as a direct result of conditions on the three-carriage train taking commuters from Fife to Edinburgh. Witnesses spoke of unbearable heat aboard the train and many took off coats and jackets despite the December chill. Some were forced to sit on tables. The drama happened at 7.50am near South Gyle in Edinburgh.
2015UK begins testing first tram-train [Rail News]The UK’s first-ever tram-train has been formally unveiled in Sheffield by Transport Minister Andrew Jones. It is the first of seven tram-trains being built by Spanish manufacturer Vossloh for the Sheffield Supertram system. Static testing has already started at Stagecoach’s Nunnery Depot. By next summer, the operator hopes to have received three of the vehicles from Spain, with regular passenger services slated for early 2017. [From Mark Bartlett]
2015Arriva confirms Northern rolling stock plans [International Railway Journal]ARRIVA has confirmed further details of its plans for new rolling stock for the Northern franchise following its selection as preferred bidder for the contract on December 9. Around £400m will be invested in 98 new 160km/h multiple units (281 vehicles) comprising 43 EMUs (three and four-car) and 55 DMUs (two and three-car), which will enable the withdrawal of the fleet of class 142 and 144 Pacer railbuses by 2019. Tendering for the new trains is underway and Arriva says it expects to sign a contract by April. The new EMUs will be deployed on Northern Connect services from Blackpool, Windermere and Preston to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, Crewe, and Stoke-on-Trent. They will also be used on Manchester - Glossop/Hadfield services, which are currently operated by class 323 EMUs, and supplement the existing fleet of class 333 EMUs on services from Leeds to Ilkley, Skipton, and Doncaster. [From Richard Buckby]
2016ScotRail scandal grows as misery continues for thousands of fed-up commuters despite bosses^ pledges [Sunday Mail]The Sunday Mail today exposes the growing scandal of late-running ScotRail trains missing out stops and leaving commuters stranded. Dutch operators Abellio promised last month to stop trains from bypassing stations at peak times. But we can reveal that thousands of passengers are still being hit by the hated practice of “skip stopping” during the rush hour. If they’re on the platform, they have to wait for the next train. If they’re on board, they’re forced to get off miles from their stop.
2016New Edinburgh Gateway interchange opens in capital [BBC News]A new £41m railway station has opened in the outskirts of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Gateway interchange, situated between South Gyle and Dalmeny, will serve passengers from Fife and the north of the city. The station will link the capital^s northern train line to the tram network and Edinburgh Airport and offer local travellers services to Perth, Dundee and Inverness.
2016ScotRail takes delivery of first new electric train [BBC News]ScotRail has unveiled the first in a fleet of electric trains the company is billing as ^faster, longer and greener^. The Class 385 train, which was built by Hitachi, is the first of 70 that will operate on Scotland^s busiest route from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk. They will also be used between Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane, as well as some routes south of Glasgow. Night testing of the train will start this week, ScotRail said.
2017Expert attacks volatile Borders Railway service [Scotsman]Passengers on the Borders Railway are still suffering volatile punctuality and poor service, two years after its opening teething troubles should have been sorted, according to campaigners. The line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank also suffers from stops being missed and overcrowding, said rail consultant and author David Spaven.
2017Edinburgh - Falkirk - Glasgow electric services begin [IRJ]SCOTLANDs Edinburgh - Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip) celebrated a milestone on December 10 with the start of electric services from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High. ScotRail has replaced the class 170 DMUs previously used on these services with class 380 EMUs, although the use of these trains on the route is a temporary measure pending the introduction of new Hitachi class 385 EMUs next year.
2017New report calls for a rail revolution in Fife [The Courier]A new report published today [8 Dec] by local rail campaigns and Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called for Fife Council and the Scottish Government to back an ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife. The ground-breaking report entitled Breaking The Circle has been jointly produced by the Levenmouth Rail Campaign, the Newburgh Train Station Campaign, the St Andrews Rail Link Campaign (StARlink), Alloa Community Council, David Prescott of Allan Rail Solutions and Mr Ruskell, and represents a united front towards a Fife-wide rail enhancement strategy.
2018ScotRail apologise over ^shambles^ introduction of new winter timetable [Herald]SCOTRAIL have apologised after thousands of passengers were hit by cancelled trains, overcrowded carriages and service delays as the first working day of its new timetable turned into what some described as a ^shambles^. Many of the scrapped journeys were caused by ScotRail staff not being ready for the implementation of the new winter timetable which was to usher in faster trips to build what the operator said was the ^best railway Scotland has ever had^.
2018Britains least used railway station revealed [BT News]Britains least used railway station has been named as British Steel Redcar. Only 40 passengers used the North Yorkshire station in 2017/18, according to Office of Rail and Road figures. The coke ovens and blast furnace at the nearby SSI steel plant were shut down in 2015 leading to a drop in demand for the railway station but there are still some people employed at the site.