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22/02/2018 Police Scotland and British Transport Police merger halted as opposition parties call to axe scheme [Daily Record]
The controversial merger of Police Scotland and transport policing north of the border has been delayed indefinitely. The integration of British Transport Police (BTP) into the national force was due to take place in April 2019. However Police Scotland said 'unresolved issues' meant that the merger cannot be completed by that date 'without compromising public safety'. More

View from the station walkway at Waverley on 8 February 2018, with traincrew, passengers, catering staff and British Transport Police all going about their business. At the recently extended platform 12 is the 1027 to Glasgow Central, while the train at 11 is the 1030 to Glasgow Queen Street. Although it will leave 3 minutes later, the latter service will reach its destination 28 minutes earlier than the former.
Edinburgh Waverley
[John Furnevel 08/02/2018]

170407 at Edinburgh Waverley on 24 September 2016, in its new livery advertising the British Transport Police text service.
Edinburgh Waverley
[Colin McDonald 24/09/2016]

Virgin Pendolino 390029 ^City of Stoke-On-Trent^ at Glasgow Central Platform 2 in November 2006. An officer from the British Transport Police is busy carrying out security checks along the platforms
Glasgow Central
[Graham Morgan 02/11/2006]
Daily Record

21/02/2018 First Elizabeth line trains run from Paddington for testing ahead of Crossrail launch [Evening Standard]
The first Elizabeth line trains have started running from Paddington ahead of the launch of Crossrail later this year. On Monday night, a brand new Class 345 train ran into the London terminus for the first time and testing will now take place as far as Reading and Maidenhead. The line, named in honour of the Queen, is expected to open in phases just before Christmas with passengers set to use 10 new state of the art stations across London and the south east. More
Evening Standard

20/02/2018 Fresh signal problems cause major disruption to Glasgow rail services [BBC News]
Two new signalling faults are causing major disruption to rail services in and out of Glasgow. ScotRail has cancelled most services in and out of Queen Street station. The rail firm said engineers were working to fix the problems at Greenhill, between Glasgow Queen Street and Larbert, and in the Newton area. Earlier, during the morning peak time, a separate signalling problem led to some services out of Queen Street being suspended. A burst water main near Kirkhill Station also caused cancellations between Glasgow Central and Newton via Kings Park More
BBC News

19/02/2018 What the railway could look like in 30 years time [Network Rail]
Research and development teams across the rail industry are thinking about the needs of passengers and businesses in 30 years time and even further ahead, and considering how the railway can adapt through innovation to meet these requirements. Watch the video to see how the future might look. More
Network Rail

19/02/2018 Misery for passengers sees ScotRail fined a record amount [Herald]
RAIL passengers misery has been laid bare after ScotRail has received record fines for failing to meet required standards for the running of the nations trains and stations. The firm has clocked up £3 million in financial penalties over the first nine months of this financial year for its failings, having posted a £3.5m after-tax loss for 2016. That is double the financial penalties imposed on them for the whole of the previous year. The ScotRail report card shows Abellio which runs the franchise failed to reach the required standards of service to the public in 26 benchmarking areas out of 34. More

18/02/2018 Railway chief targets Edinburgh-Glasgow in 39 minutes [Scotland on Sunday]
The head of Scotlands railway wants to cut Edinburgh-Glasgow journeys to just 39 minutes as a game- changer to attract more passengers. New electric trains are due to reduce the fastest trips from 52 minutes to 42 minutes in December, but Alex Hynes is looking at ways of making them even quicker. The news came as ScotRail sources told Scotland on Sunday the delayed fleet was not now due to enter service until May a further two months later than expected. More
Scotland on Sunday

16/02/2018 ScotRail forced to halve carriages on some Edinburgh-Glasgow trains [Scotsman]
Passengers on ScotRails busiest rail route face major overcrowding because some of its busiest trains are to lose half their carriages, The Scotsman has learned. The late arrival of a new fleet on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line will leave the operator short because the lease on four of its current trains expires in weeks. ScotRail is so concerned at potential overcrowding that it will slash fares on another route between the cities by nearly half in an attempt to persuade commuters to switch. More

15/02/2018 Strike threat as ScotRail 'cuts health and safety department' [Herald]
A RAIL union has threatened strike action after claiming that ScotRail is putting passengers and staff at risk by cutting its health and safety department. All administrative, clerical, supervisory and managerial staff across Scotland, including its Glasgow headquarters were asked to consider voluntary redundancy, a matter of weeks after Abellio ScotRail announced a loss of £3.5m in its first full year operating train services in Scotland. Now transport staff union TSSA has warned that a 'strike threat looms' saying that railway stations in Scotland had been left without a health and safety department. More

14/02/2018 Plans for new train station gather pace [Barrhead News]
Moves to fast-track plans for a new Barrhead train station have been welcomed. The Auchenback station, near Balgraystone Road, on the outskirts of town, was first mooted as part of the Glasgow City Region Deal that will see millions of pounds pumped into major projects across the west of Scotland. However, under those proposals, the new stop wasn't expected to open until at least 2021. [The site will be immediately west of Lyoncross Junction alongside Balgray Reservoir. - RAILSCOT Ed] More
Barrhead News

14/02/2018 Go-ahead for Sheffield-Manchester rail upgrade [BBC News]
The railway line between Sheffield and Manchester is to be upgraded, cutting journey times by 10 minutes. The government has announced work to allow passenger trains on the Hope Valley line to overtake slow freight trains. Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore said the decision was long-awaited but 'not enough'. She said the changes would mean journeys of 50 minutes would be reduced to about 40. More
BBC News

14/02/2018 Humza Yousaf 'listening' to train windscreen concerns [BBC News]
Scotland's transport minister says the government is listening to union concerns about the new fleet of electric trains. Humza Yousaf said it was 'imperative for the train manufacturer, Hitachi, and ScotRail to find a solution.' Aslef said drivers had reported a windscreen design flaw causing them to see more than one signal at night. The train drivers' union is threatening to boycott the trains, which had been due to come into service in March. More
BBC News

14/02/2018 West Lothian railway station to undergo £3.5million transformation [Daily Record]
Livingston South station is set to undergo a £3.5m transformation this spring. The work is part of a £160m project to electrify the Edinburgh Waverley-Glasgow Central line, which will close for 10 days at Easter. From Thursday, March 29, to Monday, April 9, no trains will run on the line via Shotts while Network Rail engineers work to widen and extend both platforms at Livingston South. As well as work to the platforms, the redevelopment will see the construction of lifts on both sides of the station to deliver step-free access, installation of new staircases and the re-alignment of existing ramps. More

An Edinburgh-bound 156 and a 158 for Glasgow pass at Livi South on a fine 24 July.
Livingston South
[David Panton 24/07/2017]

A Railhead treatment train approaches MidCalder Jct with Livingston south station in the background in October 2005
Livingston South
[James Young 15/10/2005]

It^s Festival time again! An attractive combination of liveries at Livingston South station on 14 August 2008. The train looks nice too - in this case the 1215 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley service.
Livingston South
[John Furnevel 14/08/2008]
Daily Record

13/02/2018 Network Rail to put new projects on hold [BBC News]
Network Rail is to move away from big projects in its next five-year funding period in favour of spending its cash on maintaining its current network. Britain's rail and track operator has published its plan from 2019 to 2024. The company could spend up to £47bn, with the amount set aside for new schemes falling by 33% and the total for current improvements rising by 25%. It also hopes to increase the number of female employees by 50%, or more than 3,000, to about 9,500. Network Rail currently employs 38,000 people More
BBC News

12/02/2018 Austria train crash: At least one dead and more than 22 people injured in Niklasdorf rail collision [Independent]
A woman has been killed and 22 people injured after two passenger trains collided in central Austria. Three children were among those hurt when a train crashed the side of another near the station in Niklasdorf, a town 40 miles north of the city of Graz. Several carriages were derailed by the crash, in the province of Styria. More

12/02/2018 ScotRail Class 385 fishbowl windscreen safety concern [BBC News]
Aslef has warned that modifications must be made to ScotRail's new Class 385 electric trains - or its drivers will refuse to work them. The train drivers' union is concerned that the curved windscreen is leading reflections of others signals at night. Drivers identified the problem on a recent evening test run between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street. The units are due to come into service on the Edinburgh Waverly to Glasgow Queen Street service in March. Drivers reported that they could 'view two or three signals when we should have been viewing only one'. Kevin Lindsay from Aslef, said: 'ScotRail is trying to get Hitachi to come up with a solution but, so far, I'm afraid, they have failed. 'I've informed ScotRail that we won't allow these trains to come into service like this.' More

New ScotRail Class 385 electric multiple units can be regularly seen at Gourock where they are currently being tested overnight. Photograph taken on 9 January 2017. (Pictures are also in Inverclydenow.com)
[Brian Thompson 09/01/2017]

Mock up image of a Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385 AT200 train for Abellio^s ScotRail franchise at Queen Street. 70 of these are due to enter service in 2017/2018.
Courtesy Hitachi Rail Europe.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level
[Hitachi Rail Europe 12/03/2015]

The new ScotRail class 385 electric multiple unit to be built by Hitachi. Artist^s impression distributed at the Abellio franchise launch on 1 April 2015.
[ScotRail 01/04/2015]
BBC News

12/02/2018 Stagecoach East Coast deal to be probed by MPs [BBC News]
The decision to end the East Coast Mainline rail franchise early is to come under scrutiny from MPs. The Department for Transport has said Stagecoach and Virgin will withdraw from running the service within months after running into difficulties. Now the House of Commons transport committee has announced that it will hold an inquiry into the matter. Rail Minister Jo Johnson acknowledged the companies overbid for the right to run the service. He told the BBC's Today programme: 'They overbid, it's very simple and the department is looking very carefully into the bidding process to ensure there aren't any incentives for bidders to overbid.' More
BBC News

12/02/2018 Minister reveals plan to shunt every diesel train from the tracks by 2040 [Telegraph]
Every diesel train in Britain should be scrapped by 2040, the Rail Minister will announce today amid plans to drastically cut pollution on Britains rail network. Jo Johnson will call on rail companies to follow the automotive industry by switching to alternative fuels and battery technology. More

10/02/2018 Drivers of new ScotRail trains cant see signals [Scotsman]
Introduction of new class 385 electric trains for the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line could be further put back because drivers say they cant see signals properly from their cabs. Commuters have already been hit by three delays to the new, faster trains, leaving them more than a year late. The new setback comes after the union Aslef raised concerns over the safety of the new Hitachi engines, saying drivers had the impression of looking through a fishbowl to view signals during test runs. More

10/02/2018 Which railway lines in Scotland could be reopened? [Scotsman]
When residents in Midlothian and the Borders celebrated the opening of the £350m Borders rail link in 2015, campaigners in other Scottish communities still cut off from the network looked on enviously. But which of the several lines under consideration is most likely to reopen? These five schemes have all attracted a variety of public and political backing. More

64569 takes a train over the River Eden estuary at Guard Bridge in August 1965 on its way from Leuchars Junction to St Andrews.
Guard Bridge
[G W Robin 28/08/1965]

NBL Type 2 D6148 arrives at Ellon with a northbound train in July 1963.
[Colin Miller /07/1963]

Scene at Melrose in the 1960s as a Brush type 4 pulls in with an up Waverley route service. The up side here is still largely intact, although the down side was demolished to make way for the A6091. [See image 5967]
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //]

09/02/2018 Key ScotRail performance measure falls for fifth month [Scotsman]
ScotRail has again failed to hit a key performance target, with the punctuality measure falling for the fifth month in a row. A total of 90.1 per cent of its trains arrived on time in the year to last Saturday, figures published today showed. It is 1.6 percentage points below the company's contractual target with the Scottish Government. That is also nearly 1 point below a lower target that was agreed as part of a performance improvement plan - which has been in force since autumn 2016. More

09/02/2018 Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route [BBC News]
Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes. But for an initial period, the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch city. Passengers travelling from Amsterdam to London will have to change at Brussels to clear passport controls. Eurostar says the connection at Brussels is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments reach an agreement to allow passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands. It says this should be in place by the end of 2019. More
BBC News

07/02/2018 Greens criticise Scotrail over unacceptable stop-skipping [Scotsman]
The Scottish Greens have highlighted unacceptable levels of stop skipping and overcrowding on trains as they renewed their call for a public-sector bid for the ScotRail franchise. Almost 6,000 trains skipped station stops last year while almost 470,000 seats on services were planned but not provided, according to figures provided by the Scottish Government. Greens transport spokesman John Finnie said the performance failures demonstrated the need for Scotlands railways to be taken into public hands as soon as possible. More

06/02/2018 Flying Scotsman locomotive to make three Scottish trips in May [Scotsman]
The Flying Scotsman locomotive will add a third trip when it returns to Scotland in May, operators announced today. Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow for the excursions from Edinburgh on Sunday 20 May. The third annual visit by the locomotive since its restoration will see it again haul the Cathedrals Express over the Forth Bridge and round the Fife Circle - but this time three times. More

05/02/2018 Borders Railway campaigners maintain Carlisle extension goal [BBC News]
A campaign group has renewed its calls for the extension of the Borders Railway line to Carlisle. It comes with less than a year to go until the 50th anniversary of the closure of the old Waverley Line. The Campaign for Borders Railway (CBR) said it remained 'more active than ever' in efforts to see the line taken beyond its Tweedbank terminus. A feasibility study is currently looking at the possibility of taking the tracks on into Cumbria. CBR chairman Simon Walton said: 'We are less than a year away from the 50th anniversary of the savage pruning that removed all of the Borders railways.' He said the organisation was 'more influential than ever' despite the reopening of the Borders Railway in 2015. More
BBC News

05/02/2018 Northern to replace Pacers with '21st Century' trains [BBC News]
Rail operator Northern is replacing its 30-year-old Pacers with new trains. The 98-strong fleet will come into service by Christmas and are capable of travelling at 100mph (160 km/h), will be fully accessible, and have wi-fi and plug sockets. The first completed train is due off the production line in Zaragoza, Spain in the coming weeks. Northern's managing director said it was a 'landmark moment' for rail travel in the north of England. David Brown added the '21st Century trains' will 'significantly improve journeys'. Once completed the new units will be sent to the Czech Republic for testing, before further trials in the UK. They are being introduced as part of a programme which has also seen more than 70 trains refurbished. More

Northern Pacer unit 142095 unusually stands in platform 3 about to work 2C43, a Carlisle to Barrow service. The normal bay platform 2 was occupied by a class 156 dmu.
[Ken Browne 09/04/2016]

Most trains from Manchester continue through Blackburn to Clitheroe but a few turn back there using bay Platform 3. Northern Pacer 142047 arrives in the bay on 23 July and will head south towards Bolton again in a few minutes.
[Mark Bartlett 23/07/2011]

Northern pacer 142014, photographed approaching Johnstone on 27 February, on its way to Glasgow Works for overhaul. The 142 units use the G&SW route as they are banned from using part of the West Coast Main Line
[Graham Morgan 27/02/2008]
BBC News

05/02/2018 Stagecoach East Coast rail franchise to end early [BBC News]
Stagecoach's contract to run the East Coast Mainline rail franchise will end earlier than expected after the government said the operator had 'got its numbers wrong'. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said Stagecoach would continue running the London to Edinburgh line only for 'a small number of months'. The contract, originally due to end in 2023, has already been cut short once. Mr Grayling said day-to-day operation of the line would be unaffected. He told the House of Commons Stagecoach was set to lose about £200m, equating to more than 20% of its total market value. More

Virgin Trains East Coast HST not long into its journey from Inverness to London Kings Cross approaching Moy on 9 April 2015. 43310 is in the lead with 43257 bringing up the rear.
[John Gray 09/04/2015]

Sporting its new Virgin stripe, 43313 passes under Arbroath signal box on 22 March 2015, bringing up the rear of a Virgin Trains East Coast Aberdeen-Kings Cross train.
[Sandy Steele 22/03/2015]

^Skyfall^ DVT 82231 on a Virgin Trains East Coast service calling at York on 19 March 2015.
[Veronica Clibbery 19/03/2015]
BBC News

04/02/2018 South Carolina train crash: Amtrak 'on the wrong track' [BBC News]
An Amtrak train involved in a deadly crash with a stationary freight train in South Carolina appeared to be on the wrong track, the state governor says. Officials will investigate whether points in the area misdirected the passenger train. The Amtrak's engineer and conductor died and 116 people were injured in the crash early on Sunday. More
BBC News

03/02/2018 Skipton-Colne railway: Study to look into reopening line [BBC News]
A study has been commissioned to look into the reopening of a railway line between Skipton and Colne. The 12-mile route, connecting Lancashire with North Yorkshire, last ran in 1970 and if reopened, it could lead to new services between Lancashire, Skipton and Leeds. The study is set to be completed later this year. Transport secretary Chris Grayling said the line could provide a 'vital link across the Pennines'. More

^The Dalesman^ railtour at Earby on 4 May 1963 with Gresley K4 no 3442 running round its train after visiting Barnoldswick [see image 32149]. The special, which ran from Bradford Forster Square, was organised by the RCTS (West Riding Branch).
[K A Gray 04/05/1963]

The previous occasion on which I visited this station was during its last week of service in January 1970. Thornton-in-Craven closed, along with the Colne to Skipton line, w.e.f. 2nd February 1970 and there have been campaigns ever since to reopen this missing link between Lancashire and Yorkshire (which should never have closed). View towards Skipton through the old platforms. Map Ref SD 910483
[Mark Bartlett 17/12/2008]

2.6.0 46440 entering Colne from Skipton in June 1952.
[G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/06/1952]
BBC News

03/02/2018 Pop up railway stations could test passenger demand, say Greens [Scotsman]
Pop-up rail stations should be built to test passenger demand at new stops, the Scottish Greens have urged. The party said temporary halts would help make the case for permanent new stations. Its MSPs are lobbying Scottish Government officials to consider the novel approach as part of a deal struck in return for supporting the minority SNPs 2018-19 budget. Finance secretary Derek Mackay has agreed to consider a new pipeline fund of up to £2 million to develop new stations and lines. More

Crab 2-6-0 no 42737 stands at the up platform in Beattock station on 29 March 1964 with the SLS ^Scottish Rambler No 3^ railtour. At the other end of the train standard 2-6-4 tank 80118 is coupling up in readiness for the short trip to Moffat. [See image 30082]
[John Robin 29/03/1964]

Looking north from the former goods yard towards Thornhill station on a cold and frosty 31 January 2006.
[John Furnevel 31/01/2006]

156501 passes the old platform at Dunragit as it draws to a halt in the loop for the token exchange. This covers the next single line section to Glenwhilly. The train is the 1005 Stranraer to Glasgow Central.
[Mark Bartlett 23/05/2011]

01/02/2018 Passengers evacuated from burning train in Fife [BBC News]
Emergency services have tackled a fire on a train in Fife. The small fire took hold underneath one of the carriages at Cupar railway station just after 15:00. ScotRail said the passengers were taken off the train safely. Services between Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen are currently disrupted. A ScotRail Alliance spokesman said: 'Due to a broken down train, services between Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen are currently disrupted. More
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