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As lockdown eased earlier this year, trespass incidents on the railway increased. More than 5,000 trespass incidents recorded between June and September 2020. September 2020 was the worst September in five years, seeing a 17% increase on same time last year.

(Permalink) Trespass

New managing director named for London-Scotland sleeper service.
(Permalink) Caledonian Sleeper

Passenger trains could run in the Crossrail central section next year, if trial running can start early enough
(Permalink) Elizabeth Line

Network Rail and the Scottish Government are being urged to open all of the West Fife rail line following the announcement of plans to electrify tracks between Longannet and Alloa. The plans also include the building of stations at Clackmannan and Kincardine.
(Permalink) Alloa Clackmannan Culross Dunfermline Kincardine Longannet Stirling

Free Wi-Fi is making its way to one railway station next month.
(Permalink) Lockerbie Wi-Fi

The future of the Royal Deeside Railway tourist attraction is under threat unless a funding shortfall can be met through donations.
(Permalink) Royal Deeside Railway

Guides highlighting two of the regions most popular railways have been made available to the public in a new poster format. In 2018 the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnerships produced a series of tourist maps for display at stations and having proved extremely popular, a new take home version has been produced.
(Permalink) Bittern Line Wherry Line

From Newhaven to London Road, this film gives a birds-eye view of the project.
(Permalink) Edinburgh Trams

Five years ago, Queen Elizabeth II opened the largest new railway line project seen in Scotland for decades to a fanfare of excitement. [See also items on the 9th and 17th.]
(Permalink) Borders Railway

Four emergency workers needed medical attention after the Network Rail manager allegedly forgot to activate the handbrake in the powerful SUV.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Stonehaven derailment

Rail bosses are set to bring in a full booze ban on trains in Scotland as terrified staff reveal details of packed trains with drunk passengers swapping face masks.
(Permalink) COVID-19

Hopes of a Borders Railway extension to Carlisle have taken a hit after the Scottish transport secretary blocked a review into cross-border transport. [See item on 9th.]
(Permalink) Borders Railway

Glasgow Queen Street Station has been voted as the nation's favourite.

A 'World Cup of Stations' poll recorded over 95,000 votes, asking participants to select their favourite out of over 2000 train stations across the country.

Queen Street was crowned as the UK's number one favourite station the week-long poll.
(Permalink) Glasgow Queen Street Glasgow Queen Street High Level

Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The revamped Glasgow Queen Street looks so starkly new in this image that it appears more like an architect's simulation. The view is from George Square.
David Panton 19/09/2020

Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A late afternoon view over Queen Street station on 22nd January 2019, with just one class 385 train at platform 4 in view. The steelwork of the west truss of the new station frontage can be seen just above the cab of the single decker bus crossing Cathedral Street bridge.
Colin McDonald 22/01/2019

Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A view of the busy rebuilt interior of Queen Street.
Beth Crawford 09/12/2019

The latest stage in extensive recovery and reinstatement works has begun following the Stonehaven derailment on August 12.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Stonehaven derailment

Carron Water Bridge [West Carmont]: Repairs to the embankment, railway and viaduct at West Carmont.
Network Rail /10/2020

Carron Water Bridge [West Carmont]: Repairs to the railway and improvements to the water course at West Carmont.
Network Rail /10/2020

Kintore could be one of a number of new north-east railway stations to open in the coming years.
(Permalink) Aberdeen Crossrail Kintore New station

Twenty years ago, on 17 October 2000, a train derailed just south of Hatfield station while travelling at around 115mph. Four people died, 70 were injured. The accident was caused by rolling-contact fatigue (metal fatigue) of the left-hand rail, which broke as the train passed over it.
Railtrack (the private infrastructure operator) and Balfour Beatty (the contractor responsible for track maintenance on that line) were found guilty of breaching health and safety laws. Railtrack was forced by the government into administration, and publicly owned Network Rail was established.
(Permalink) Balfour Beatty Hatfield crash Network Rail Railtrack

The annual refit of the Mull ferry will go ahead in Liverpool next month, despite the city being in highest lockdown category in England. The planned maintenance is to be carried out at the Cammell Laird drydock yard on Merseyside, where the Scottish Government has had a repair contract for the CalMac fleet for many years.
(Permalink) Cammell Laird Caledonian MacBrayne MV Isle of Mull

A high-speed train 'stabling' facility - creating up to 100 jobs is set to be constructed, but hopes it'll be in South Lanarkshire could hit the buffers.
(Permalink) Gretna HS2 Quintinshill Ravenstruther

A major housing project on the edge of Bridge of Earn could move one step closer to fruition when Perth and Kinross Council makes a call on the Oudenarde development. [Oudenarde has, since the 1980s, been a proposed new station location on the Ladybank-Perth route.]
(Permalink) Oudenarde Proposed station

Queens Park station has been decorated with a colourful array of knitting “ in a project put together by local charity South Seeds.

(Permalink) Queen's Park

Long-distance train operator CrossCountry has been awarded a new contract to continue running services for three more years.

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Customer facing staff working in the UK experience over 400 abuse incidents every day and rising [i]
43% of shop workers say they have been threatened with physical violence. 1 in 5 mention the use of a knife [ii]
70% of front line rail staff have experienced workplace violence in the last 12 months [iii] ...

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Kintore re-joined Scotland's Railway after an absence of 56 years this morning (Thursday, October 15) with the opening of the towns new station.

Providing an interchange between rail and road, the two-platform station is fully accessible with step-free access between platforms via a footbridge with lifts.

Built by Network Rail and main contractor BAM Nuttall, the new station has extensive car parking including disabled and electric charging bays and bike storage.

With 24 of the 168 parking spaces fitted with electric charging points, Kintore station is also now the largest electric vehicle charging place in the north east of Scotland.

Connected to the local bus network the station also links into the Inverurie-Kintore cycle path.

Elements of the original station, including heritage benches and salvaged signs, have been reincorporated into the new facility.
(Permalink) Kintore New station Re-opening

Kintore: Electric vehicle charging points at the new Kintore station.
Network Rail 15/10/2020

Kintore: An aerial view of Kintore station taken the day before re-opening.
Network Rail 14/10/2020

Kintore: First trains at Kintore on its day of re-opening. 43003 calls at the station.
Network Rail 15/10/2020

The £14.3 million redevelopment of Tarbert Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Harris is making good progress following the 12-week construction shut down caused by the COVID-19 lockdown implemented in March.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) owns the ferry terminal and is managing the overall upgrade project.
Key project milestones include demolition of the old terminal building; cons ...
(Permalink) Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited Tarbert Ferry Terminal

Plans for a new walking, wheeling and cycling link from Denny to Falkirk have taken an important step forward with the award of £454,000 in funding.
(Permalink) Denny

Carmuirs West Junction: Carmuirs West box (top right) viewed from the trackbed of the Denny branch in 1988.
Ewan Crawford //1988

Denny: NBR 256 at Denny with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour. View looks west.
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) 17/06/1960

Council bosses who have left the Comet paddle steamer replica to rot are scrambling to find a cut price solution to her appalling condition after being hit with an 'astronomical' restoration bill.
(Permalink) PS Comet

Port Glasgow: The replica of Henry Bell's PS Comet seen in Port Glasgow in 1996, in need of some repair. This replica was built by apprentices at Lithgows shipyard in 1962.
Ewan Crawford //1996

A car has 'accidentally' ended up on the railway line at Stirling Railway Station.

(Permalink) Car on line Stirling

Fire crews earlier today attended a crash involving a car on the railway line near Fort William.
(Permalink) Car on line Corpach Fort William

Almost 1,500 lifts and 300 escalators across some 500 stations around the country will soon be directly 'live' reporting their working condition. Passengers will be able to see which lifts and escalators are working, helping them plan their journeys through stations with real-time knowledge of the access available.
(Permalink) Network Rail Open data

Scotland is on track for hydrogen-powered trains as part of a new rail revolution that is set to see the energy of the future providing green public transport all over Scotland.
(Permalink) BOC Hydrogen power

Developers will be urged to set out what they will do for the community of Gorebridge as the latest phase of creating a new community moves forward. ... Concerns were raised by Councillor Peter Smaill about the impact of additional housing on parking at Gorebridge Railway Station, which is already at capacity. Planning convenor Russell Imrie pointed out that land had been set aside for a new Redheugh Railway Station, with the suggestion that trains on the line could alternate between stopping at Gorebridge or Redheugh. Mr Arnsdorf confirmed that the land was there for a railway halt at Redheugh but cautioned councillors that ScotRail are not going to bring that forward until they have customers there. [Railscot note: Redheugh is between Newtongrange and Gorebridge. The station site would be the location of the reversing sidings for the Lady Victoria Pit.]
(Permalink) Borders Railway Gorebridge New station Redheugh

ScotRail claims it wasn't up to them to let their own staff know about the British Transport Police lockdown on platform one.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Paisley Gilmour Street

Work on Euston station and asbestos removal add to bill for London to Birmingham phase. HS2's costs have risen by another £800m, the government has admitted, barely a month after the official start of construction of the high-speed rail network. The reshaping of Euston station is likely to cost at least £400m more than planned, while the discovery of more asbestos than expected in demolitions along the line of the route has added around another £400m.
(Permalink) Euston HS2

A Scottish Power cable has fallen onto the overhead lines which power electric rail services at Scremerston on the East Coast Main Line.
(Permalink) Delay East Coast Main Line Electrification Scottish Power Scremerston

Edinburgh-based railway company Assenta Rail has taken over the running of an established rail maintenance depot in Hamilton and is reviving its capacity to support the rail industry in Scotland. Assenta Rail is making a significant investment in the depot, which will provide new employment opportunities for Scotland's experienced rail workforce.
(Permalink) Assenta Rail E G Steele & Co Earnock Sidings

A lorry has crashed into a historic railway bridge - leaving the group of volunteers who maintain it counting the cost.
(Permalink) Bridge strike Dufftown Keith and Dufftown Railway Parkmore Bridge

The world's first hydrogen-fuelled ferry is set to undergo testing as Scotland powers forward in the green energy race.
(Permalink) Hydrogen power

The station would usually be jammed packed with people at rush hour, but following the latest Covid shut down, it is eerily quiet
(Permalink) COVID-19 Edinburgh Waverley

God knows, I'm no economist. Being a nature writer for a living is a bit of a giveaway.
(Permalink) Cairngorm Mountain Railway

Heritage railways across the country have received grants totalling more than £6.7 million from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund, to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Heritage Railways

A list of options to improve transport links to and from St Andrews is to be considered in more detail after the case for change was approved by Transport Scotland.
(Permalink) Reopening St Andrews Transport Scotland

Rail bosses have been urged to make the most of plans to electrify tracks between Longannet and Alloa by extending the project further into west Fife.
(Permalink) Alloa Dunfermline Electrification Kincardine Stirling

A £4 million funding boost for Edinburgh Trams and the Glasgow Subway has been announced by Transport Scotland.

(Permalink) Edinburgh Trams Glasgow Subway Transport Scotland

Balfour Beatty has won a contract worth just over £20.5m for work at Cairn Gorm including the reinstatement of Scotlands only funicular railway.
(Permalink) Balfour Beatty Cairngorm Mountain Railway

Hundreds of people gathered to bid a fond farewell as a much-loved Arbroath attraction reached the end of the line.
(Permalink) Kerr's Miniature Railway

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