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22/02/2019 How to build the perfect model railway [BBC News]
Enthusiasts reveal their quest for perfection in recreating railway scenes from the past. More

A challenging perspective. Model of Alloa station as it was before closure seen at the Model Rail Exhibition at the SECC in Glagow.
Alloa [1st]
[John Yellowlees 26/02/2016]
BBC News
Model Rail Scotland

22/02/2019 Final 100mph speed checks on newly electrified Manchester to Preston railway [Network Rail]
A test train along the newly electrified railway between Manchester and Preston made its final journey overnight to complete checks for the arrival of 100mph services in May. More
Network Rail

22/02/2019 ScotRail registers worst end of year punctuality performance in a decade [Herald]
SCOTRAIL has has recorded its worst end of year punctuality performance for a decade. But ministers insist calls to rip by the contract held by Dutch transport firm Abellio are 'short-sighted'. New Office of Road and Rail figures reveal that the proportion of trains that arrived at their destination within five minutes of schedule slumped to 82.4% for the period from October 1 to December 31, which includes 22 days of the post-new timetable chaos. More

21/02/2019 Stirling station canopy in line for restoration as part of redevelopment project [Daily Record]
The gateway to Stirlings railway station looks set to take a step back in time with plans to restore its distinctive entrance canopy. Scotrail and its partners want to restore the canopy known as a porte-cochere as part of its plans to redevelop the station forecourt, making it less accessible for vehicles and more pedestrian and cycle friendly. The current station is the second on the site and was designed by architect James Miller of Glasgow, who designed around 70 stations in Scotland over the course of his career. A listed building application has been submitted to alter the canopy and restore it to its original size and form at the station in Goosecroft Road. More

Detail showing part of the entrance to the James Miller main station building at Stirling, photographed in June 2008. The category A listed structure dates from 1915.
[John Furnevel 12/06/2008]

The 1915 station building (why does it have the date 1913 carved on it?) viewed from across what is now Goosecroft Road. Staion Road is out of frame to the right of this photo.
[Colin McDonald 05/10/2017]
Daily Record

20/02/2019 Rail hub model could save St Rollox but time is running out [Evening Times]
The Caley rail works in Springburn could be saved by a rail industry hub model the Transport Secretary has said. Michael Matheson said it was the best chance of securing the site for the future but that it needed Gemini Rail to keep it open for longer to allow plans to be developed. The rail firm is due to pull out of the St Rollox site in July when work runs out and a 45 day consultation period with the workers ends on March 4. More
Evening Times
St Rollox Works

20/02/2019 Sign up for a sneak peak of the changing Glasgow Queen Street station [Network Rail]
Members of the public are invited to join a behind-the-scenes tour of Glasgow Queen Street's new station building as construction work progresses to build a bigger and brighter transport hub for the city. More

Daylight view of the steelwork now installed at the south and west of Queen Street station, taken on 28th January 2019, the day after the main (south) truss was lifted into place. The shape of the new concourse is emerging in front of the train shed (centre right).
Glasgow Queen Street High Level
[Colin McDonald 28/01/2019]

Progress at the east side of the Queen Street site in mid February 2019 shows the framework recently erected next to the the Millennium Hotel. This is now obscuring the old North British lettering on west wall of the hotel which was revealed by the demolition of the frightful 1970s hotel extension [See image 66339] for a view from November 2018.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level
[Colin McDonald 15/02/2019]

The main truss of the new extension to Glasgow Queen Street being lifted into place at 12:45 am on 27th January 2019. The operation was very slick and completed in a remarkably short time. [see image 67335] for technical details.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level
[Colin McDonald 27/01/2019]
Network Rail
Glasgow Queen Street

19/02/2019 Over £10,000 awarded to Ayrshire community projects [ScotRail]
Three community projects in Ayrshire have been given the go-ahead thanks to over £10,000 worth of grants from the ScotRail Foundation Cultural and Arts Fund. Vics in the Community “ part of Whitletts Victoria Football Club “ has been awarded £2,670 to provide additional football coaching sessions for primary school aged children. Vics in the Community was established in April 2018 to tackle the high levels of social disadvantage and anti-social behaviour among young people in the Whitletts and Wallacetown areas of Ayr. More

19/02/2019 David Spaven: Packaging passengers and small freight will benefit rural railways [Scotsman]
Until the 1980s, a regular feature of Highland railway operation on the Kyle and Mallaig lines in particular was mixed trains, where the locomotive hauled both passenger coaches and freight wagons in a single trainload. This was a useful way of sharing haulage costs on lightly-trafficked lines, but the practice disappeared when loco-hauled passenger trains were displaced by more economic diesel units with engines slung under their floors. More

19/02/2019 Birmingham: Washwood Heath train factory demolished [Rail Engineer]
The former Alstom factory at Washwood Heath, Birmingham, where Virgins Pendolinos were built, has been demolished to make way for an HS2 maintenance depot. Underground-train manufacturer Metro Cammell, which owned the site before Alstom, built trains for countries across the world at Washwood Heath, including British Rails iconic Blue Pullman as well as most of ... More
Rail Engineer

18/02/2019 New class 385 electric train for Glasgow Central routes [ScotRail]
ScotRail has taken another step to provide better services for customers, with the introduction of the latest brand-new Hitachi class 385 electric train to its routes south of Glasgow. Customers travelling on the Cathcart Circle and Central to Newton routes are now able to experience the new three-carriage train after it was introduced to weekday morning peak services from today (Monday 18 February). More

A 385 comes to halt at Linlithgow with a Glasgow service on 23 October 2018. 385s have their own announcements, slightly different from those on other stock. For example trains ^...will soon be calling at...^ rather than ^...are now approaching...^ Makes sense, really.
[David Panton 23/10/2018]

A new dawn at Stirling on 18th December 2018. A new Class 385 EMU, 385110, waits on platform 7 with the 13.26 service to Glasgow Queen Street High level whilst Smiley 365525 sits at platform 8 as a spare.
[Gordon Steel 18/12/2018]

Cadder Yard is a shadow of its former self. On 23 November 2018 a 4+3 car Class 385 EMU, on an Edinburgh to Glasgow service, passes the west end of the yard.
Cadder Yard
[John McIntyre 23/11/2018]

18/02/2019 Plans to overhaul rail fares system could end split ticketing [ITV News]
Some fares would go up and some would go down under the proposals, which are designed to be revenue neutral. More
ITV News
BBC News

16/02/2019 ScotRail commuter train uncoupled at station because of power surge, operator reveals [Scotsman]
A rush-hour train uncoupled and left half its passengers stranded because of a power surge, ScotRail has revealed. More

16/02/2019 ScotRail begs train drivers to come out of retirement [Scotsman]
ScotRail is so short of train drivers it is trying to persuade retired staff to return to the cab, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. More

16/02/2019 Ministers accused of 'fiddling' key ScotRail target [Herald]
SNP ministers have been accused of fiddling targets for ScotRail after it emerged the rail operator was allowed to miss its contractual customer satisfaction goals two years running. Research by the Scottish Parliament confirmed the satisfaction targets were lowered in both 2016/17 and 2017/18 on the grounds of unforeseen events. This meant ScotRail was able to avoid triggering an event of default, and the potential loss of its contract, even though it missed its original contractual target in both years. More

15/02/2019 ScotRail passengers evacuated from Edinburgh train after brakes catch fire [Daily Record
Rail passengers were evacuated from an Edinburgh train after a fire on board. The ScotRail service from Edinburgh to Perth was evacuated at Markinch at 9.44pm on Thursday evening after the brakes caught fire. More
Daily Record

15/02/2019 Network Rail ploughs ahead with £1.7m winter fleet refurbishment [Network Rail]
Network Rail is refurbishing its snow ploughs for the first time in 20 years to improve performance and reliability. More
Network Rail

15/02/2019 Video shows train striking semi in north Denton County [Denton Record-Chronicle]
A tractor-trailer was struck north of Denton shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday by a train crossing Rector Road near Hoffpauer Way. The crash left no injuries, no leakage of dangerous chemicals and the train was not derailed, said Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for the Denton County Sheriffs Department. More
Denton Rocord-Chronicle

14/02/2019 Call for louder tram horns after pedestrian's death in Edinburgh [BBC News]
Rail investigators have called for louder warning horns to be fitted to Edinburgh trams following the death of a pedestrian. Carlos Correa Palacio, 53, died in September after being hit at the Saughton tram stop in Broomhouse Drive. More
BBC News
RAIB Report - Urgent safety advice 01/2019: Warning horns on Edinburgh trams

14/02/2019 The women who kept the railways running [Daily Mail]
Some 100,000 women were recruited to help fill the roles of men on Britains railways during the Second World War with these remarkable photographs celebrating how they stepped up. More
Daily Mail

14/02/2019 ScotRail Foundation supports Mens Shed Scotland [ScotRail]
A series of community theatre workshops will be held across Scotland, thanks to a grant of almost £5,000 from the ScotRail Foundation Cultural and Arts Fund. Matthew Dunn, founder of 3in1 Theatre Company, has been awarded £4,970 in funding from the Cultural and Arts Fund to develop a new play with Mens Shed Scotland. The theatre company will meet with men from Mens Sheds located across Scotland “ including in Stonehouse, Barrhead, Leith, Galashiels, Glenrothes and St Andrews “ to produce a play based on their ideas and experiences. More

The westbound platform waiting room at Nairn is now a Men^s Shed.
[John Yellowlees 03/12/2018]

The restored westbound platform building at Nairn is a ^Man^s Shed^. Men^s Shed Association
[John Yellowlees 03/12/2018]

Nairn station^s 19th century Highland waiting room is being restored with the help of a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust. Viewed from the opposite platform in August 2018.
[John Yellowlees 17/08/2018]

13/02/2019 Historic Caledonian Canal 'dewatered' for lock work [BBC News]
A stretch of the Caledonian Canal has been emptied of water to allow for lock gates to be replaced on the historic waterway. Scottish Canals has drained a 7,293m (23,927ft) long section in a process called dewatering. Most of the water to an average depth of 5m (16ft) has been pumped out. Lock gates at Fort Augustus and also about two miles (3km) south at Kytra are being replaced. The work started last month and is due to end in March. More
BBC News

13/02/2019 New CalMac campaign sets sail towards Uist islands [Scotsman]
CalMac Ferries is embarking on a new marketing campaign to extol the virtues of the Hebridean Uist islands. More

13/02/2019 Far North Line investment is on the right track [Network Rail]
Network Rail has completed an £11m, two and a half-year project to renew and replace sections of track at 59 sites along the Far North Line in the north of Scotland. More
Network Rail

13/02/2019 Council refuse ScotRails plans to revamp north-east train station [Evening Express]
Plans to revamp a north-east railway station have been refused by a local authority. [Railscot note: this article refers to Stonehaven Station.] More
Evening Express

13/02/2019 Radical Network Rail changes unveiled [Rail News]
THE new chief executive of Network Rail has revealed his plans for the organisations future, after a three-month period of consideration. Andrew Haines had already warned that railway operation was too far down Network Rails agenda, and Network Rail said the new plans involved reorganising to put passengers and freight users first. The key will be more devolution, with the creation of five new regions and 13 routes, rather than eight. The 13 routes will be responsible to five regional managing directors. More
Rail News

12/02/2019 ScotRail Foundation awards £7,000 to community projects in Glasgow [ScotRail]
A visual arts display in Glasgow Central Station and a community music festival in the city have been given the go-ahead thanks to almost £7,000 worth of grants from the ScotRail Foundation Cultural and Arts Fund. The ScotRail Foundation is part of the ScotRail in the Community initiative and aims to empower residents making a positive difference in their local community. More

12/02/2019 ScotRail Class 314 departs for scrapyard [ScotRail YouTube]
Another of the Class 314 trains on its final journey to the scrapyard earlier this afternoon. Unit 213 has officially left the fleet. More

A somewhat blurred mobile phone shot of EMU 314213, hauled by diesel loco 37884, on its final journey to Glasgow Works where it will be dismantled for component recovery. The photo was taken as the cortege passed unexpectedly if fittingly along the Argyle line on 12th February 2019.
Glasgow Central Low Level
[Colin McDonald 12/02/2019]
ScotRail YouTube
Class 314

12/02/2019 Cumbrian passengers to benefit from multi-million-pound stations investment [Network Rail]
Railway stations on the Cumbrian coast, Lakes and Furness lines will be improved this year as part of a £15 million benefits package for passengers in the North. More
Network Rail

12/02/2019 Calls for more investment in Harry Potter train service [Press and Journal]
Pressure is mounting on ScotRail and Network rail to cater for increasing numbers of tourists in the West Highlands. More

Leaving a smoke trail round the edge of Loch nan Uahm, Black 5 No.44871 builds up some speed on 11 October as it approaches the first tunnel on the 1 in 48 gradient of Beasdale Bank with The Jacobite .
[John Gray 11/10/2011]
Press and Journal
Mallaig Extension

12/02/2019 Bid underway to turn Scots power station site into cruise ship port [The Herald]
It is an industry riding high on the crest of a wave in Scotland, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the country. [Railscot note: this article refers to the former Cockenzie Power Station.] More
The Herald
Cockenzie Power Station

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