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ScotRail is adding more than 400 extra trains to its timetable as it supports the lifting of lockdown restrictions and a return towards a more normal way of life.

Almost 2,000 trains a day will be running from Monday, a daily increase of 432 on the schedule announced by the train operator in February.

(Permalink) ScotRail Timetabling

A number of options are being considered by bosses looking to the future. Rail realignment at Saltcoats, rail link between Largs to Wemyss Bay, new rail curve from Drybridge to Gailes, Lugton to Kilwinning.
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Commuter trains on the West Highland Line will be restored when ScotRails new timetable takes effect next week.
(Permalink) ScotRail Timetabling West Highland Line West Highland Railway

From catching a tram to afternoon tea in a cafe “ life as we knew it is returning to the past at Beamish Museum.
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News raises hopes that the much delayed and over-budget project will open to customers within a year. Test train services have begun running under London on the Crossrail project, boosting confidence that the Elizabeth line should finally open to customers within a year. Four trains an hour are operating as part of rigorous safety testing, described as a 'crucial milestone' in the development of the £19bn east-west rail link across the capital.
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A tragedy inspired Scotland's only woman freight train driver to get men talking about mental health.
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ScotRail has announced that flooding due to heavy rain has meant that the line between Laurencekirk and Montrose is closed, affecting Glasgow, Edinburgh and Montrose to Aberdeen services.
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Joint project by Avanti West Coast and Wigan Community Rail set to create large-scale artwork with local people that celebrates Wigan.
(Permalink) Art Avanti West Coast Wigan Wigan Community Rail Wigan North Western

Scotland's lifeline ferry operator has been hit by a new fault - this time with its tickets and reservations phone lines which have been out of order.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne

New rail stations at Drybridge, Ardrossan North and Largs Marina are just three proposals for long-term transport plans for North Ayrshire.

(Permalink) Ardrossan North Drybridge Largs Marina

Drybridge: Hurlford shed's Standard Mogul 77016 passing through Drybridge station on 3 August 1958 with a Sunday Ayr to Kilmarnock train. [Ref query 13886]
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 03/08/1958

Parkhouse Junction: A Largs - Kilwinning train approaching Parkhouse Junction, Ardrossan, on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is Hurlford based Fowler 2P 4-4-0 no 40595. [Ref query 14927]
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1960

Fairlie Pier: Fairlie Pier (deceased) - dumped on the shore at Largs Marina, Spring 2000 - complete with DANGER sign!
Colin Miller //2000

Specialist Greenock engineers working on the MV Loch Seaforth ferry say they expect her back in service by the middle of May.
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Rail upgrades which could cut travel times between Aberdeen and the central belt by more than 20 minutes are in line to be finished by 2026.
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The charity which owns the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer on Loch Lomond has announced that the ship will not reopen to visitors until 2022.
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Balloch Pier: [[PS Maid Of The Loch]] at Balloch on 18 August 2012 operating as a tea room while undergoing restoration and repairs.
John Steven 18/08/2012

Edinburgh-based architectural practice, 7N Architects, has won a competition to shape Britain's future railways, Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced today.
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HS2 Ltd confirmed on May 10 that it had selected a consortium of Mace and Dragados to build the station at Birmingham Curzon Street under a contract worth £570m.
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Freight operator Direct Rail Services says it will get stronger and more competitive following the creation of Nuclear Transport Solutions.

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Rail union, RMT, has launched a petition against train operator ScotRail after disagreements over 'pay, justice and equality.'

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Disruption to Scotland-London rail services due to cracks in trains is expected to continue for weeks.
(Permalink) Cancellations Class 800 GWR Hairline cracks Hitachi LNER

The structures are part of the Historical Railways Estate managed by Highways England on behalf of the DfT and comprises 3,800 bridges, tunnels and
(Permalink) Cornhill Branch (North Eastern Railway) Dubton Highways England Keswick Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway Lochanhead Neilston Port Road Queensbury Tunnel Stainmore Staward Uplawmoor

Passengers on Britain's intercity rail services face a third day of disruption as engineers continued to check high-speed trains for cracks. Trains between London and the south-west and between London and Scotland on the East Coast line are affected.
(Permalink) Cancellations Class 800 GWR Hairline cracks Hitachi LNER

Several ScotRail trains have been found to have hairline cracks as part a widespread safety investigation also affecting other operators such as LNER, The Scotsman has learned.
(Permalink) Class 385 Hairline cracks Hitachi ScotRail

Scotrail has once again warned customers that the bulk of rail services will be cancelled due to industrial action.

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Rail passengers in parts of the UK are continuing to experience delays after a number of high-speed trains have been removed from service due to hairline cracks.
(Permalink) Cancellations Class 800 GWR Hairline cracks Hitachi LNER

Hitachi apologises after cracks found in some of its trains lead to services being cancelled. [See also item on 27/04/2021 and the Railway Magazine of 03/05/2021.]
(Permalink) Cancellations Class 800 GWR Hairline cracks Hitachi LNER

Clayhills Yard: Saturday's 07:52 & 09:52 LNER Azuma trains parked up at Clayhills due to cracks being found in the Class 800 bogies.
Duncan Ross 08/05/2021

Rail passengers are being told to cancel travel plans after a number of high-speed Scotland-London trains had to be taken out of service as a 'precautionary measure' when hairline cracks were found.
(Permalink) Cancellations Class 800 GWR Hairline cracks Hitachi LNER

Scotland's crisis hit lifeline ferry network has come under fresh fire after a new series of breakdowns and setbacks with five of its fleet leading to service cancellations and restrictions as new pressure is put on ministers to take urgent action.

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ScotRail has warned that there may be delays on some services from Edinburgh due to an early morning signal fault.
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Weeks of strike action on Highland railway lines show no sign of easing after ScotRail confirmed that Sunday services will be hit for five more weeks.
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A local veterans' charity is set to mark the anniversary of VE Day by holding a pop-up cafe this weekend.

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Garelochhead: West Highland Line, Garelochhead Station.
Alistair MacKenzie 17/04/2007

Edinburgh Trams will be closing the temporary cycle way on Leith Walk to construct the permanent segregated design this will close from Monday 24 May.
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Translink is to assess the options for procuring zero-emission trains in support of its recently published Climate Positive Strategy, which sets out an 'ambitious' target to achieve a 50% reduction in train, bus and building emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2040 and to go beyond this to ...
(Permalink) Green NI Railways Translink Zero Emissions

In this, the first of a two-part episode, the Rail and Road Pod hears about how heritage railways are safely returning for passengers and how one particular railway has delivered improvements over the last year.
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There's a scene in The Polar Express in which Tom Hanks' train guard punches a multiplicity of holes in the kids' tickets, leaving showers of tiny paper specks cascading to the floor.
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EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a heavy impact across the rail sector, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies Covid Impact Tracker.
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The Friends of Glossop Station are delighted to announce a new display for their Poetry Platform at the Derbyshire station.
(Permalink) AE Houseman England's Coastal Path Friends of Glossop Station Glossop John Cooper-Clarke John Masefield Matthew Arnold The Year of the English Coast

Glossop: Part of Glossop station has been tastefully incorporated into a supermarket, built in matching stone, and the railway now only occupies the extreme right of the building. Everything beyond the arched ...
Mark Bartlett 01/09/2015

Brechin railway volunteers are pressing on behind the scenes with projects to ready the popular Angus tourist attraction for summer re-opening.
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Brechin: D5314 prepares to run round the stock of the 12.20 for Bridge of Dun at Brechin on 1st September 2018.
David Spaven 01/09/2018

A new station beside Ayr Hospital, reopening of a railway service between Ayr and Cumnock and a new ferry route from Troon to Arran could be on the way.

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Signs of work progressing at Dalfaber Woods but railway level-crossing funding not yet resolved.
(Permalink) Aviemore Dalfaber Level Crossing Planning

An appeal to save a historic railway viaduct has raised an incredible £70,000 towards its £100,000 target in just two weeks.
(Permalink) Newcastle and Berwick Railway) Aln Valley Railway Alnwick Branch (York Cawledge viaduct

The actress will reprise her role as Bobbie Waterbury, more than 50 years after the original film.
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Wakefield: Barton Wright 2F 0-6-0 no 52044 (ex-LYR class 25 no 957) standing alongside 56A Wakefield shed in 1959, the year of its withdrawal by BR. Built by Beyer Peacock in 1887 the locomotive is now preserved ...
K A Gray //1959

Oakworth: Closing the level crossing gates at Oakworth, April 2013.
Colin Alexander 27/04/2013

Oakworth: Unchanged since Jenny Agutter's tearjerker scene in The Railway Children Oakworth is a period gem and lovingly maintained by KWVR members. Seen here from an approaching Oxenhope bound train the ...
Mark Bartlett 07/01/2012

A new generation of advanced CCTV has been installed on Metro as part of a £4.2m revamp of security cameras on the network. The new cameras 740 in total have gone in at all 60 stations on the Metro system. They offer state-of-the-art picture quality which make it easier to pinpoint troublemakers and provide crystal clear footage to support police investigations.
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Covid-19 has placed severe restrictions on our travel freedoms and we complain about being confined to our local area, potholes, late trains and single carriageway roads - but spare a thought for our ancestors. Until the 18th Century, the only safe way in and out of Berwick was by sea, just the brave and the poor would take to the highway.
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Customers in Standard can now have food and drink delivered to their seat.
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The type of ScotRail train involved in the fatal Stonehaven derailment should be withdrawn from service because of their lack of crashworthiness, a rail engineer has urged.
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A rail engineer has called for the type of train involved in the tragic Stonehaven derailment to be scrapped amid safety concerns.
(Permalink) Carron Water Bridge [West Carmont] Derailment HST Landslide Stonehaven derailment

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