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06/12/2019

Network Rail awarded for preserving its railway heritage [Network Rail]

Network Rail has been awarded a National Railway Heritage award for its work on the refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. More


South Esk Viaduct: Ballast train waiting on the viaduct just south of Montrose station.
Duncan Ross 02/03/2007

06/12/2019

Serco agrees Caledonian Sleeper improvement plan [BBC News]

Operators of the Caledonian Sleeper admit the service has been 'unsatisfactory' following a 'number of issues'. More

06/12/2019

ScotRail back to old station skipping tricks [Fife Today]

A crucial ScotRail commuter service through Fife skipped stations this morning, missing out five stops in the area, with the operator blaming a crew shortage. More

06/12/2019

Hitachi to supply inter-city trains for Avanti West Coast services [Railway Gazette]

UK: First Trenitalia has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply and maintain 23 inter-city trainsets for use on Avanti West Coast services. The contract announced on December 6 is worth £350m. Due to enter service from 2022, the 200 km/h trains to be assembled at Hitachis Newton Aycliffe factory would come in two versions. Hitachi is to supply 10 seven-car electric trainsets with 453 seats to be used on services to the West Midlands and Liverpool, and 13 five-car bi-mode trains with 301 seats for services to north Wales. The latter would replace the existing fleet of Class 221 Voyager sets supplied by Bombardier. More

06/12/2019

West Coast Rail: Preston-to-Scotland rail fares to be capped [BBC News]

The UK's competition watchdog agrees to cap rail fares on certain routes between Scotland and Preston. More

06/12/2019

Scotland’s railways is the story that keeps on giving but often not in a good way - Alastair Dalton [Scotsman]

Train operators like ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper crave positive headlines but all too often they shoot themselves in the foot, writes Alastair Dalton. More

06/12/2019

Flooding closes part of West Highland railway line [BBC News]

The line closure affected services between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig. More

06/12/2019

Aberdeen railway heritage society receives royal recognition for turntable restoration [Press and Journal]

Their members have spent years refurbishing a former railway site in an effort to create a new age of steam in the Granite City. More


Ferryhill MPD: 60163's driving wheels, at the Ferryhill turntable, on 7th September 2019.
David Spaven 07/09/2019

05/12/2019

No lookouts when train hit track workers in Wales, says RAIB report [The Guardian]

Pair 'almost certainly wearing ear defenders' and were not aware of train until too late. There were no formal lookouts when two experienced rail workers were hit and killed on a train mainline, a report has found. Gareth Delbridge, 64, and Michael 'Spike' Lewis, 58, were struck on the south Wales mainline by a Swansea to London train on 3 July. More

05/12/2019

Virgin Trains becomes first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi [Virgin Trains]

Virgin Trains has taken a step closer towards offering rail customers across the UK unrivalled onboard broadband speeds by trialling 5G connectivity on the West Coast Mainline. More

05/12/2019

Train passengers to protest over 'abysmal' service [ITV News]

A demonstration will be held outside Manchester Victoria station. More

05/12/2019

ScotRail set to offer more seats and open new station [Scotsman]

More seats have been pledged for key commuter routes between Glasgow and Edinburgh by ScotRail as their new timetable was announced. More

05/12/2019

ScotRail boss vows to improve services and increase links to north-east towns [Evening Express]

ScotRail has promised to improve services and add journeys to address the 'pent up frustration' of north-east passengers. More

04/12/2019

National Railway Heritage Awards [RailScot]

At the 40th annual National Railway Heritage Awards presented today by HRH Princess Anne, the three Scottish winners were:
- South Esk Viaduct at Montrose : the Costain Structures Award to Network Rail and Taziker International
- Restoration of Ferryhill Turntable : the Stagecoach Volunteers Award to the Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust
- Ballater Old Royal Station : the Southeastern Commercial Restoration Award to Aberdeenshire Council, collected in person by Council Leader Jim Gifford

Shortlisted Scottish entries were:
- Craft Skills Award : Edinburgh Princes Street station gates
- Volunteers Award: Lochearnhead scout station
- Commercial Restoration: Dunbar Station Yard micropub, Nairn Men's Shed
More


Ferryhill MPD: 60163's driving wheels, at the Ferryhill turntable, on 7th September 2019.
David Spaven 07/09/2019


Ballater: Rebuilt Balllater station building, in what looks like the livery from British Railway times, on 17th November 2018. It now houses a cafe, the local Tourist Information Office and a small Library, which has a lot of local books and many issues of the Deeside Field-perhaps even more issues than the National Library.
Charlie Niven 17/11/2018


South Esk Viaduct: Ballast train waiting on the viaduct just south of Montrose station.
Duncan Ross 02/03/2007

04/12/2019

Timetable improvements boost for customers [ScotRail]

ScotRail will deliver a boost for customers throughout the country, with more seats, more services, and a brand-new station as it introduces its new timetable. Announcing the changes to the timetable from 15 December 2019, the rail operator has confirmed the opening of Robroyston station, additional services in the north east of the country, extra seats between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and more peak seats on key services. More


Robroyston: EMU 385111 with an Edinburgh to Glasgow via Cumbernauld service speeds through the site of what will eventually become Robroyston station between Stepps and Springburn. The new station is currently scheduled to open during December 2019.
Colin McDonald 10/08/2019

04/12/2019

ScotRail: New timetables will 'add an extra 10,000 seats' [BBC News]

The changes, which include a new station at Robroyston in the north of Glasgow, take effect on 15 December. More

04/12/2019

Monifieth to Edinburgh passengers to change at Dundee when new ScotRail station opens [Evening Telegraph]

Passengers in Angus and Dundee have been told to be aware of timetable changes in place from December 15, as Scotrail opens a new station. More

04/12/2019

Survey reveals ScotRail staff are angry and demoralised [Scotsman]

ScotRail has admitted things are 'not good enough' after a staff survey revealed 'too many' felt irritated and just 1 per cent said they were empowered in their roles, The Scotsman has learned. More

04/12/2019

Four major railway stations among first to recognise hidden disability sunflowers [Network Rail]

Four of the country's biggest railway stations will now offer passengers with hidden disabilities a discreet way to ask for extra help while making their journeys. More

04/12/2019

Extra seats promised on Borders Railway from next week [Border Telegraph]

Rail bosses have promised to increase the number of seats on the Borders Railway, from next week. More

04/12/2019

CalMac sues Scottish government over ferry routes [BBC News]

The legal action is part of a dispute over the Northern Isles service contract awarded to Serco. More

03/12/2019

Big changes ahead for UK railways [BBC News]

Whoever wins the Westminster election, there are major changes coming down the track for the British railways. More

03/12/2019

Transport minister urged to step in over ScotRail train seat free-for-all row [Evening Express]

The Scottish Government's transport minister has been urged to intervene in a row over seat reservations on north-east trains. More

03/12/2019

Lochaline Ferry Terminal reopens after six-week closure [Press and Journal]

The Lochaline Ferry Terminal has returned to full service following a six-week closure. More

03/12/2019

Cracking open the story of Londons Oyster Card [Railway Technology]

The London Oyster contactless railcard is rightfully hailed as a visionary technological leap in the way passengers pay for rail travel, and throughout the last decade, user numbers have soared. But with the use of contactless bank cards now on a similarly steep trajectory, are the Oysters days numbered? And what effect do security issues, like a recently disclosed cyber-attack, this technology? More

03/12/2019

Countdown is on for arrival of Azuma trains in Inverness [Inverness Courier]

A small piece of rail history will be made shortly when the new Azuma starts commercial service in the Highlands. More

02/12/2019

Misery for SWR passengers as RMT union starts 27-day strike in train guards row [ITV News]

Hundreds of thousands of passengers face travel misery as the longest stretch of action against a rail operator in living memory begins. More

02/12/2019

Vital Christmas upgrades for Edinburgh's Haymarket junction [Network Rail]

Network Rail engineers will be working around-the-clock this Christmas to renew a key junction near Edinburgh Haymarket station. More

02/12/2019

Plans to replace ageing Lismore passenger ferry [Press and Journal]

Plans are being organised to replace the ageing Lismore passenger ferry as it will fail to meet new safety regulations being introduced in coming years. More

30/11/2019

Transport Trust Red Wheel unveiled at Wemyss Bay [Railscot]

About thirty guests turned up in brilliant sunshine on 30th November 2019 to see a Transport Trust red wheel plaque unveiled at Wemyss Bay station and hear Gordon Masterton hail the station as a transport icon in a style, the impossibility of whose classification was surely its unique charm. He cited Simon Jenkins as having written that it had variously been called domestic revival, Queen Anne, arts-and-crafts and 'chalet', but Jenkins had found also a touch of Los Angeles Spanish, perhaps under Caledonian Railway engineer Donald Mathesons American influence which was reflected also in architect James Millers inclusion of theories about passenger circulation. Friends of Wemyss Bay Station Chair Greg Beecroft conducted a guided tour beforehand and provided hospitality for guests afterwards. More


Wemyss Bay: About thirty guests turned up in brilliant sunshine on 30th November 2019 to see a Transport Trust red wheel plaque unveiled at Wemyss Bay station and hear Gordon Masterton hail the station as a transport icon in a style, the impossibility of whose classification was surely its unique charm. He cited Simon Jenkins as having written that it had variously been called domestic revival, Queen Anne, arts-and-crafts and “chalet”, but Jenkins had found also a touch of Los Angeles Spanish, perhaps under Caledonian Railway engineer Donald Matheson’s American influence which was reflected also in architect James Miller’s inclusion of theories about passenger circulation. Friends of Wemyss Bay Station Chair Greg Beecroft conducted a guided tour beforehand and provided hospitality for guests afterwards.
John Yellowlees 30/11/2019

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