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Organisations from across the rail industry have responded to the budget presented by Chancellor the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on March 3, with funding for investment welcomed but criticism of missed opportunities for the sector.
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A Black Isle development trust has lobbied Highland councillors ahead of tomorrow's budget meeting and residents are being urged to do likewise.
(Permalink) Cromarty Nigg

The price of a monthly ScotRail ticket has caused an uproar after the travel operator revealed it was cracking down on fare dodgers.
(Permalink) Ticketing

SDLP councillor Steven Edwards has called for the Great Northern Railway line to be reinstated between Strabane and Londonderry.
(Permalink) Londonderry Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway Strabane

The woman at the helm of Aberdeen harbour's £350 million-plus expansion project is stepping down to take up a new job.
(Permalink) Aberdeen Harbour Michelle Handforth Network Rail

The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club Committee met virtually this week and confirmed that the Castle Fraser event in June has been postponed till 2022.
(Permalink) Castle Fraser The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club Committee

The Whitehead-based Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) is among the major beneficiaries of a new Heritage Recovery Fund.
(Permalink) Railway Preservation Society of Ireland Whitehead

North Queensferry residents have been invited to air their concerns on how Network Rail keep the 131-year-old Forth Bridge in good condition.
(Permalink) Forth Bridge North Queensferry

Forth Bridge: Class A1 No.60163 'Tornado' crossing The Forth Bridge above North Queensferry with the northbound ' Aberdonian '.
John Gray 16/09/2019

Forth Bridge: View west showing work in progress on the north pier in the summer of 2007. The deck behind the tarpaulin is 150ft from the river.
Brian Forbes 12/06/2007

Metro drivers are getting to step on-board a full-size replica of their new trains that are due to start arriving next year.A detailed mock-up of the new Metro cab, which is fully fitted out, has been built to assist with workforce familiarisation “ a key part of the design process for the new £362m Metro fleet.
(Permalink) Tyne and Wear Metro

Organisations across the North East are coming together to showcase walking & cycling projects that are improving how we travel around the area. Nestrans, along with Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Councils, and NHS Grampian, will be presenting to elected members, local authority officers, and representatives from key partners. The event, Moving Towards Net Zero, will detail the ongoing and upcoming active and sustainable travel projects that aim to make the area cleaner, greener, healthier, and safer. Topics include the new Regional Transport Strategy, Active Travel Action Plans, the Integrated Towns project, ...
(Permalink) Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Green

The Langholm & District Rail Group say claims the town has lost thousands of jobs in the last 20 years and would benefit if a station was opened there.
(Permalink) Borders Railway Langholm Waverley Route

Langholm: Oiling of class 4MT 43139 at Langholm station in 1961.
David Murray-Smith 16/03/1961

Langholm: The cairn erected in Langholm marking the site of the former station and recording the departure of the last train. The cairn continues to be a focal point in the annual Langholm Common Riding celebra ...
Bruce McCartney /07/2009

Langholm: The Langholm branch from the OS One Inch map of 1955. Riddings Junction was on the English side of the border, but only just. My 1885 Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland lists Gilnockie only as a station, ...
David Panton //1955

Llangollen Railway PLC says there is 'no prospect' of paying its liabilities of more than £250,000.
(Permalink) Llangollen Railway [Preserved] Llangollen and Corwen Railway

Llangollen: Class 108 railcar (51933/54504) at Llangollen, for the 12:15 departure to Corwen on 9th June 2019.
Norman Glen 09/06/2019

Llangollen: Looking west over Llangollen Station in June 1974, shortly before restoration. It appears in remarkably good condition considering that passenger services between Ruabon and Bala Junction had been wit ...
Bill Jamieson /06/1974

ScotRail have confiscated 10,000 tickets and handed out £17,000 in fines to lockdown fare-dodgers in the past few months. The rail firm is cracking down on customers taking advantage of reduced staff numbers during the pandemic to avoid paying the full price of their journey.
(Permalink) COVID-19 ScotRail Ticketing

Rail fares in England and Wales will increase by 2.6% on Monday, the first time the government has chosen to put up prices above RPI inflation since 2013, in a move that has been criticised for further pricing middle income earners out of rail travel and undermining the governments green credentials. The price rise comes despite calls for freezes or even discounts to help attract passengers back to the railways.
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The Largs line will not reopening until late March, Network Rail confirmed this week.
(Permalink) Fairlie Landslide Largs

An online public meeting is set to go ahead this week, discussing the future of rail in the Wee County and the wider region.

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Twenty years on, the Selby rail crash remains the UK's worst rail disaster of the 21st Century.
(Permalink) Freightliner Great Heck LNER Network Rail Selby Rail Crash

For many it is a location that will be forever immortalised by the words of Ewan McGregor's character Renton in Trainspotting when he proclaims ...
(Permalink) Corrour

Corrour: A view of Station Lodge at Corrour from the former signal box, now in use as holiday accommodation.
John Yellowlees 19/03/2018

Corrour: The most remote and highest station on the UK rail network is Corrour, seen here on 15th May 2019. In the picture is the station, the Station House Restaurant, Loch Coir'a' Bhric Beag and Loch Ossian. ...
John Gray 15/05/2019

Corrour: Black 5s 45407+44871 pass the remains of a snow fence on the long climb up from Loch Treig to Corrour on 26 October while hauling the SRPS Railtour from Fort William to Polmont.
John Gray 26/10/2013

Innovative discounts to attract passengers onto trains post-lockdown are being investigated by Scotlands main operator.
(Permalink) Ticketing

Local historian and author Brian Bennett, looks back at the journey from Mold to Denbigh by rail pre-1962.
(Permalink) Denbigh Mold Mold and Denbigh Junction Railway

Mold: Not much trace of the station now remains, but this car park access road preserves at least some of the route near the town centre. The view looks south towards the station site. Though closed to pas ...
Colin McDonald 06/04/2018

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has confirmed that there will be no reductions in CalMac's timetables for ferries services to the Western Isles.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Timetabling

'Everyone expects me to say Glenfinnan but I love driving down Loch Eilside heading to Fort William with the sun rising above the Ben.'

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Drivers: Eva Brodie, a driver from Ayr who has featured in the campaign by First ScotRail to increase the number of women drivers.
First ScotRail 01/02/2007

Michael Alexander speaks to author Sara Sheridan who is looking unflinchingly at Scotlands heritage to bring women who have been 'ignored' by history to light - including Dundee missionary Mary Slessor.
(Permalink) Dundee Gender equality Mary Slessor

A homeowner who claims a new railway station next to his house 'ruined his life' has painted the words 'welcome to hell' on the side of his home.
(Permalink) Bow Street

The £70m project to rebuild the Tyne and Wear Metro depot has delivered a welcome boost to a leading north east heritage railway. More than 20 tons of used track equipment from Nexus' Gosforth depot have been donated to the Tanfield Railway, which runs from Sunniside in Gateshead to East Tanfield in County Durham.
A raft of surplus materials, including sleepers and control equipment, were made available by VolkerFitzpatrickand their subcontractor, Trackwork, after works got underway on the depot site on January. The donated materials will help to secure the future of the Tanfield line, with its history that can be traced back to 1725.
(Permalink) Tanfield Railway Trackwork Tyne and Wear Metro VolkerFitzpatrick

Eight employees of Russia's Embassy in Pyongyang and their families spent more than 34 hours trying to leave North Korea this week, a grueling trip that ended with at least one diplomat pushing his luggage and young children on a railway trolley into Russian territory.

They turned out in the teeth of a howling blizzard to mark a special moment in Aberdeens history the last tram to run from Torry.
(Permalink) Aberdeen Aberdeen Corporation Tramways Torry

John Clemmens, engineer and railway photographer. Born: October 16 1934 in Palmers Green, Middlesex. Died: February 6 2021 in Kirkcaldy, aged 86.
(Permalink) John Clemmens Obituary

Long-serving night captain for CalMac Ferries, Ronnie Nicolson, has reached his silver anniversary status with the ferry operator.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne MV Loch Seaforth Ronnie Nicolson

Subterranean protest against high-speed rail line lasted 31 days in tunnel near London station. The anti-HS2 tunnel protest close to Euston station in central London has finally ended after the ninth climate activist emerged from underground. The subterranean environmental protest has lasted for 31 days, one of the longest in UK protest history, although not quite breaking the record of the 40-day tunnel protest in Essex in 2000.
(Permalink) HS2 London Euston Protestors

More details on berthing facilities for a new ferry linking Dunoon and Kilcreggan with Gourock are expected by the summer.
(Permalink) Dunoon Pier Gourock Helensburgh Pier Kilcreggan Pier Pier

Angus roads bosses have redoubled their efforts to get local drivers out of their cars and use greener forms of transport instead.
(Permalink) Angus Green

A bid is being made for more frequent train services at stations up and down Northumberland.
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Alnmouth: Not stopping! A GNER ECML express takes route 1 south through Alnmouth in May 2004.
John Furnevel 26/05/2004

Chathill: A familiar face on the 13.30 Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross East Coast service on 8 October 2012, seen here passing through Chathill, Northumberland, at speed.
John Furnevel 08/10/2012

Around one in 10 rail services should be cut while passenger numbers remain low, says Network Rail.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Network Rail

A new £29 million Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal, that is being constructed by Winvic Construction for Prologis at its DIRFT intermodal logistics park in Northamptonshire, will feature a bespoke rail traverser, supplied by Mechan. The DIRFT III project comprises a 344-hectare logistics site, which will include a state-of-the-art rail freight terminal.
(Permalink) DIRFT III Mechan Rail traverser Winvic Construction

A total of 120 new jobs are being created at Ferguson's shipyard as a major push is launched to complete two heavily delayed ferries.

(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne Ferguson Marine

ScotRail tweeted a dizzying picture on Thursday showing the daunting heights at the very top of the Forth Bridge.
(Permalink) Forth Bridge

The charity behind the famous No. 60163 Tornado and Britains most powerful steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales, has announced that Cleardata has started the scanning of 366 of the original Doncaster Works drawings to enable the construction of a yet-to-be named third Gresley class V4 No. 3403. The LNER class V4 was a []
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ScotRail services travelling from Inverness to the central belt have been cancelled for a fourth consecutive day.
(Permalink) Flooding Highland Main Line Weather

A Scottish business which supports some of the worlds most impoverished children, has created a scale model of the Aberdour station to help with fundraising.
(Permalink) Aberdour

Aberdour: Aberdour station frontage, March 2007.
Brian Forbes 19/03/2007

As crowds thronged at Ballater to clamber on the train to Aberdeen Joint Station, there was poignancy to the number on the front of the engine [DMU] - 2B.
(Permalink) Aboyne and Braemar Railway Deeside Extension Railway Deeside Railway

Ballater: The next train to Aberdeen via the Deeside line stands at the platform at Ballater in July 1962. Closure of the line came 4 years later.
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /07/1962

Network Rail has submitted plans to Teignbridge District Council to extend an existing rockfall shelter over the railway line between Dawlish and Holcombe.
(Permalink) Dawlish Holcombe Rockfall shelter

If services are not clean and reliable, then passengers may not return warns Rail Minister.
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Network Rail engineers have arrived on site to carry out an assessment.
(Permalink) Saltcoats Saltcoats sea wall Waves Weather

Following the governments February 22 announcement of a proposed timeline for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England, open access operators Grand Central and Hull Trains have confirmed that they are to remain in 'hibernation' for the time being.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Grand Central Hull Trains

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