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27/01/2020

Works to Broughty Ferry rail underpass will begin next month [Evening Telegraph]

Works to the Broughty Ferry pedestrian underpass at the train station is set to begin next month. More

27/01/2020

North-east MSP hits out at Scottish Government in train seats row [Evening Express]

A north-east MSP has hit out at the Scottish Government over its handling of seat reservations on inter-city services. More

26/01/2020

This train will shortly be arriving in King-goosey [Scotsman]

Train operator LNER is having to re-record onboard announcements after Scottish passengers complained that hearing stations mispronounced was like 'nails on a blackboard'. More

25/01/2020

Its official: Fife worst area for train service [Fife Today]

More trains were cancelled in Fife than any other area in Scotland, new figures show. More

24/01/2020

Work starting ahead of a railway station returning to East Linton [East Lothian Courier]

Groundworks are to be carried out in East Linton ahead of plans for a long-awaited railway station returning to the village. Campaigners have been calling for a station to return to the village, on the East Coast Main Line, for more than 20 years. Currently, it is planned that the station will be open before 2024, with campaigners calling for it to be in place as soon as possible. More


East Linton: One of the former stations on the Edinburgh - Berwick route being considered for reopening is East Linton in rural East Lothian, some 20 miles out from Waverley. The station here opened in 1846 as plain Linton, with the name change taking place in 1864. East Linton closed to all traffic in May 1964. The old station buildings are seen here on 14 August 2018, with the LNER 0930 ex-Kings Cross about to run through en route to Edinburgh, where it is scheduled to arrive 16 minutes later.
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018


East Linton: The former East Linton station, closed 4th May 1964, seen from the delayed ex-14.00 service from Edinburgh Waverley to London King's Cross making an unscheduled stop due to heavy snow - the Beast from the East - on 28th February 2018. The train left Edinburgh nearly an hour late and at the time it should have been back at King's Cross was still sitting in Alnmouth station. The train was then terminated at Newcastle, everyone had to change to another train and it was standing room only all the way to York. We eventually arrived in London at 01.17 on 1st March but free taxis were laid on to get people home and the taxi marshalls did an excellent job cyphoning passengers into cabs going in the same direction as their homes. The roads were treacherous and it took nearly an hour just to get to my home in north London where I arrived just after 2 a.m.; one gentleman wanted to go all the way to Chingford, goodness knows what time he got home.
David Bosher 28/02/2018


East Linton: The down platform buildings at East Linton on 16 May 2007 standing alongside the ECML. Beyond is the fine looking 'Station House'. Originally opened as Linton in 1846, the name change occurred 18 years later. The station was eventually closed in May 1964.
John Furnevel 16/05/2007

24/01/2020

Work begins on £2.3m boiler refit of iconic Waverley paddle steamer [Greenock Telegraph]

A ship repair firm in Greenock has started work on the £2.3 million boiler refit of the iconic Waverley paddle steamer. The world famous vessel was towed from her berth in Glasgow to Greenock's James Watt Dock last week to begin her boiler refit at Dales Marine Greenock. More

24/01/2020

Three Ayrshire station footbridges get a paint job [Network Rail]

Work is now underway at three Ayrshire stations to clean, repair and repaint the footbridges in an investment of £600,000. [The bridges are those at Newton on Ayr, Saltcoats and Barassie.] More


Barassie: Barassie Station Footbridge before repainting.
Network Rail //2020

24/01/2020

Groundwork being laid for repair of Cairngorm funicular [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]

Highlands and Islands Enterprise has provided an update on the mountain railway which has been out of action since September 2018. More


Ptarmigan Station: Ascending Cairngorm Mountain Railway car, seen from the descending car at the mid-way passing point on 24th February 2018.
David Bosher 24/02/2018

24/01/2020

Far north on track for 'a more reliable railway' within five years [John O Groat Journal]

Rail passengers in Caithness and Sutherland can look forward to 'a more reliable railway' in the next five years, it has been claimed. More

24/01/2020

Why do modern railway stations have to be glorified bus shelters? - Alastair Dalton [Scotsman]

The Railway Heritage Trust is axing its lavishly illustrated annual reports but its exemplary restoration work should be an inspiration to tomorrow's station builders. More


Banavie: The new HITRANS shelter at Banavie station. New shelters such as these are being installed all over Scotland - the first investment in shelters for some time.
Ewan Crawford 28/05/2006

24/01/2020

New fears over where HS2 is going [ITV News]

The UK is building a railway which is heading to fantasy land - and the taxpayer is funding the journey. More

24/01/2020

Extra ferry routes outlined as efforts made to support island economies [Press and Journal]

The final details of additional ferry sailings to operate on routes to Skye and between North Uist and Harris have been announced with just shy of 200 additional services to benefit locals and visitors alike. More

23/01/2020

Stag spotted running across Glenfinnan Viaduct [BBC News]

A ScotRail conductor captured footage of the stag trotting across the iconic bridge in the Scottish Highlands. More


Glenfinnan Viaduct: Glenfinnan Viaduct from the rear of the afternoon Jacobite to Mallaig on 3rd June 2016.
David Spaven 03/06/2016

23/01/2020

MSP calls for urgent work on Highland rail line after train cancellation figures are revealed [Inverness Courier]

Highlands MSP John Finnie has called for improvements to rail infrastructure after the scale of cancellations in the last year was revealed. More

23/01/2020

Old Kilpatrick road closure is vital step towards rail bridge refurbishment [Network Rail]

Work is now underway to install a temporary bridge over the railway on the A814 Dumbarton Road in Old Kilpatrick. More


Kilpatrick: The A814 bridge over the Helensburgh line west of Kilpatrick station and east of Bowling.
Network Rail //2020

23/01/2020

Greens of Dundee pulls out of Waterfront railway station retail unit bid [Evening Telegraph]

Greens of Dundee has announced it is pulling out of a plan to bring a convenience store to the city's railway station, setting the Waterfront vision back after years of discussion. More

22/01/2020

Railway stations celebrate anniversary of their reopening [Ardrossan Herald]

The town and harbour stations in Ardrossan celebrated 33 years since re-opening on January 19, 1987. More


Ardrossan Harbour: The usual layover period at Ardrossan Harbour is over half an hour so this very short branch has a train in for most of the day. 385111 still has a while before it returns to Glasgow on 17 October 2018.
David Panton 17/10/2018


Ardrossan Town: Glasgow bound 380108, on a service that started at the Harbour station, calls at Ardrossan Town. This station is much smaller than it originally was [see image 21659] but at least it is open to passengers again after being closed for a number of years.
Mark Bartlett 08/03/2013


Ardrossan Harbour: View of the newly opened Ardrossan Harbour station on a rainy day in January 1987. At the platform with an imminent departure for Glasgow Central is a hybrid DMU made up of two Derby heavyweight 107s and a Metro-Cammell 101 at the far end.
Colin Miller /01/1987

22/01/2020

Residents call for awareness campaign to highlight rail bridge closure [Clydebank Post]

The community in Old Kilpatrick is backing calls for increased public awareness on upcoming transport disruption in the village. Bus services will be stopped in the area next month while Network Rail conduct works on a rail bridge near Roman Crescent between February 2 and March 8. More


Kilpatrick: The A814 bridge over the Helensburgh line west of Kilpatrick station and east of Bowling.
Network Rail //2020

22/01/2020

'Stop skipping' by ScotRail services on the rise, Transport Secretary reveals [Sunday Post]

An increase in the practice of 'stop skipping' on Scotland's railways has been branded 'extremely disappointing' by the Scottish Greens. More

22/01/2020

'Significant amount of pipework' to be ripped out of a botched Ferguson Marine-built CalMac ferry [Scotsman]

Significant parts of a semi-built CalMac ferry at the Ferguson Marine shipyard will have to be scrapped, MSPs were told today. More


Newark Shipyard: Glen Sannox, Calmac’s new ferry for the Ardrossan to Brodick route was launched from Ferguson’s shipyard at Port Glasgow on a dreich 21st November 2017.
Malcolm Chattwood 21/11/2017

22/01/2020

The next tram to Fife? You're in for a long wait [Dunfermline Press]

Almost 12 years on from 'ambitious plans' to create a new tram or bus link between West Fife and Edinburgh, the idea is back on the table. More

22/01/2020

South Western Railway latest train firm on brink of being nationalised [Metro]

The franchise is 'not sustainable in the long term’. More

22/01/2020

ScotRail launches new safety campaign [ScotRail]

ScotRail has launched a new campaign encouraging people to stop and think about their own personal safety while travelling or at work. During 2019, more than 670 minor customer and employee injuries were reported across Scotland's Railway, the majority of which were avoidable and a result of unsafe behaviours. More

21/01/2020

Plan to increase visitors using the far north rail line [John O Groat Journal]

A bid is to be made to increase the number of tourists on the rail route between Caithness and Inverness. More


Thurso: 158702 waits to form the last departure of the day from Thurso, the 1629 to Inverness. Compared to a similar view five years earlier [See image 16892], the goods shed has now been demolished but not yet replaced although the passenger trainshed still forms an impressive backdrop.
Mark Bartlett 06/07/2012

21/01/2020

On this day 1890: A train travels on Forth Bridge for first time [Scotsman]

It was a journey that launched tens of thousands of others. More


Forth Bridge: Looking north along the Forth Bridge from 'The Aberdonian' railtour from Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen, behind Peppercorn Class A1 no. 60163 'Tornado', on 14th March 2019.
David Bosher 14/03/2019

21/01/2020

Decrease in use of Keith train station [Grampian Online]

Keith train station so a decrease in users over the course of 2018-19. More


Keith: 43134 arriving at Keith (formerly Keith Junction) with a Huntly to Inverness service, on 16th June 2019. We were expecting another 158 unit so this was quite a pleasant surprise! After a visit to the Keith & Dufftown Railway, we boarded this train back to Inverness and then made our way up the Far North Line to Rogart for an overnight stay in a converted railway coach berthed there.
David Bosher 26/06/2019

21/01/2020

Network Rail investigated over poor performance [The Guardian]

Network Rail is being investigated over its poor performance on routes used by the train operators Northern and TransPennine Express. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said it had put the state-owned company 'on a warning' in relation to its work in the north-west and central region of England. More

21/01/2020

Grimshaw reveals revised designs for new Birmingham HS2 station [Architects Journal]

Reworked designs of Grimshaw and WSP's proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) station at Curzon Street in Birmingham city centre have been revealed. More


Birmingham Curzon Street: The 1837 Birmingham station terminus at Curzon Street, built for the London and Birmingham Railway. The London Euston terminus had Doric columns whilst those at the Birmingham terminus were Ionic. While Euston has lost its Arch, Curzon Street has lost its station - replaced by New Street.
Ewan Crawford 30/06/2004

20/01/2020

Passenger numbers rise adds to pressure for extension of Borders Railway [Southern Reporter]

Calls for an extension of the Borders Railway into England are continuing to gather momentum now the number of passengers using its stations annually has hit the two-million mark for the first time. More


Tweedbank: Activity at Tweedbank during the late morning of 16 June 2017. On the left, at platform 1, is ScotRail 158734 recently arrived as the 1024 from Edinburgh Waverley. Alongside at platform 2 is sister unit 158725, stabled out of use. In the foreground is Borders Bus service 72, the 0954 ex-Selkirk, about to exit onto Tweedbank Drive and head for Melrose.
John Furnevel 16/06/2017


Tweedbank: The end of the line - for the moment. The sign at the exit from Tweedbank station points tantalisingly south.
Colin McDonald 14/05/2016

20/01/2020

HS2: route, cost, speed, benefits and issues around the high-speed railway explained [iNews]

Questions have been raised about whether HS2 should continue, given the spiralling costs of the project More

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