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The return of rail services to Levenmouth has moved a step closer with confirmation by Transport Minister Graeme Dey that the line would be double tracked and electrified.
(Permalink) Cameron Bridge Levenmouth


Methil East Junction: Looking east from the Iron Brig towards Methil East Junction, with track cleared of vegetation in March 2021. Methil Power Station, which once dominated the horizon, has been demolished.
Bill Roberton 26/03/2021


Kirkland Yard: View west along the north bank of the River Leven from the Iron Brig in the summer of 2007. Behind the camera are Methil docks, while on the other side of the plate girder bridge lay Kirkland Yard, w ...
John Furnevel 22/07/2007

The return of rail services to Levenmouth moved a step closer today with confirmation by Transport Minister Graeme Dey that the line would be double tracked and electrified.

Mr Dey was speaking during a visit to Leven where he also announced the options being taken forward for the locations for Leven and Cameron Bridge Stations.

The Leven Station is to be located behind the Leisure Centre and Cameron Bridge Station will be to the east of the A915. The options were confirmed following detailed development work as well as stakeholder consultation for the new rail link.
(Permalink) Cameron Bridge Levenmouth

Calls to reopen the Formartine and Buchan Railway, one of the lines lost to Dr Beeching's cuts have been gaining momentum in recent months.
(Permalink) Formartine and Buchan Railway


Maud: GNSR D41 4-4-0 no 62231 backing onto the Fraserburgh portion of a train at Maud on 30 July 1948.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/07/1948


Fraserburgh: 80021 arrives at Fraserburgh on 16 July 1955 with a train from Aberdeen.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1955


Peterhead: D5323 prepares to take the Formartine and Buchan Railtour out of Peterhead on 24 May 1969. Passenger services were withdrawn in 1965, although freight operations at the busy fishing port contin ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 24/05/1969

For the first time Holyhead and Belfast will be connected by a scheduled service.
(Permalink) Belfast Holyhead

Passengers booked onto the Caledonian Sleeper will be issued a refund as 11 days of strike action gets under way.
(Permalink) Caledonian Sleeper Refund Serco Strike Strikes


Kilmarnock: 73969 showing off the Caledonian Sleeper logo during shunting moves at Kilmarnock
Ken Browne 18/03/2016

RMT to strike for pay justice on Tyne and Wear Metro in co-ordinated joint union action.
(Permalink) RMT Strike Strikes Tyne and Wear Metro

Rail union has said industrial action is set to take place but still open to talks with operators Serco.
(Permalink) Caledonian Sleeper RMT Serco Strike Strikes

Staff at Perth rail depot will strike this week in an ongoing dispute over bullying and harassment claims.
(Permalink) Perth RMT Strike Strikes

Plans for a Cumbrian engineering firm's new Penrith headquarters have been met with public opposition.
(Permalink) Keswick Penrith

Railway untion RMT confirmed today that it has announced eight further strike dates over the summer on East Midlands Railway.
(Permalink) East Midlands Railway RMT Strike Strikes

The future of a lifeline ferry link in Lochaber is up for debate - with the opinion of locals sought.
(Permalink) Corran Ferry


Ardgour Slip: The Corran ferry leaves Ardgour Slip on Sunday 10th June 2018
David Prescott 10/06/2018

The proposed reopening of a station serving a fast-growing Easter Ross community has stirred excitement amongst locals.
(Permalink) Evanton


Evanton: The Network Rail test train passing Evanton on the far north line on 26 April 2013, with 37218 in front and 37605 on the rear.
John Gray 26/04/2013


Evanton: Looking south at the former Evanton station.
Ewan Crawford //1998

Visitors to the popular venue in Alford can see everything from horse-drawn carriages and bicycles through to racing cars and hot-rods.
(Permalink) Alford Cruden Bay Tram Grampian Transport Museum


Grampian Transport Museum: One of the two trams that linked the GNSR Cruden Bay Hotel and Cruden Bay station on display at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, in October 2012. Car No 2 is beautifully restored to a very high ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2012

SNP plans to nationalise Scotland's rail service next year come with big risks, according to Britain's former railways minister, business and passenger groups. Tom Harris, the former Labour minister.
(Permalink) Nationalisation Politics ScotRail

Bala Lake Railway's manager says it was always the plan to extend the track to the town centre.
(Permalink) Bala Lake Railway Bala and Dolgelly Railway


Llanuwchllyn: The interior of the still operational GWR signal box at Llanuwchllyn in September 2016. These days the levers and block instruments control movements on the narrow gauge tracks of the Bala Lake Railwa ...
Mark Bartlett 17/09/2016


Pentrepiod Halt: Summer lakeside scene on the Bala Lake Railway in 2016 as a train disappears towards Bala passing through Pentrepiod Halt.
Mark Bartlett 17/09/2016


Llangower: Llangower station, mid way along the Bala Lake Railway, was re-opened on a slightly different site to the standard gauge halt that closed with the line in 1965. The BLR re-opened the four mile stretch ...
Mark Bartlett 17/09/2016

British Transport Police (BTP) have issued a warning after two five-year-old children were found playing on the railway tracks in part of West Lothian.
(Permalink) Addiewell Trespass

ScotRail passenger numbers bounced back to 60 per cent of normal last Saturday but rail chiefs said it would take more than three years to recover to their record pre-pandemic levels.
(Permalink) ScotRail Statistics

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has begun an eight-week public consultation to seek views on its proposed significant timetable change and uplift from London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has begun an eight-week public consultation to seek views on its proposed significant timetable change and uplift from May 2022.
(Permalink) LNER London North Eastern Railway Timetabling

Is the new Indiana Jones being filmed in Borders? And when will Harrison Ford arrive on set?
(Permalink) Film Harrison Ford Leaderfoot Viaduct


Leaderfoot Viaduct: The abandoned deck of Leaderfoot Viaduct in December 2016 looking north across the valley of the Tweed towards Earlston. The western section of the Berwickshire Railway, between Ravenswood Junction an ...
John Furnevel 27/12/2016


Leaderfoot Viaduct: View north west over Drygrange Old Bridge towards Leaderfoot Viaduct in February 2018.
John Furnevel 24/02/2018

People are paying an average of £11,400 for properties closer to train and subway stations.
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No trams will run on the West Midlands Metro network until further notice. Tram services in the West Midlands have been suspended indefinitely after a fault was discovered among the fleet.
(Permalink) CAF West Midlands Metro


Birmingham St Chads [Tram]: Midland Metro (since renamed West Midlands Metro) No.29 with a Birmingham to Wolverhampton service arriving at Snow Hill (since renamed St. Chad's), on 8th December 2016.
David Bosher 08/12/2016


Bull Street [Tram]: Midland Metro (since renamed West Midlands Metro) tram no. 26 from Wolverhampton St. George's threading its way through Birmingham city centre on the approach to Bull Street, on 30th January 2016. At ...
David Bosher 30/01/2016

The UK government has announced plans to kickstart the domestic tourism industry after months of restrictions on travel, socialising and hospitality, including a new rail pass and vouchers for popular attractions. In a bid to encourage people to holiday at home instead of abroad, an alternative to the 'BritRail' pass for foreign visitors will be launched, letting Britons travel across the UK cheaper on certain days of their break, and possibly allowing children to travel free.
(Permalink) Tourism

Check out the amazing progress weve made on the ground by seeing it from the sky.
(Permalink) Aerial Drone Edinburgh Trams Newhaven

It was a very special night for Portlethen Social Gardening Group when they picked up a gold award from ScotRail.
(Permalink) Portlethen

Caledonian MacBrayne Union RMT has raised safety concerns over the Pentalina catamaran which the Scottish Government is considering for charter on CalMac routes.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne MV Pentalina RMT

A Grade II listed signal box on one of the countrys most picturesque rail routes is being refurbished to improve future journeys for passengers and freight.
(Permalink) Garsdale


Garsdale: Ruswarp keeping an eye on the signalbox at Garsdale, which at the time of the photograph on 21 September 2013, was undergoing some refurbishment.
John McIntyre 21/09/2013

Hornby, the model train maker that also owns Scalextric and Airfix, is getting its business back on track after turning an annual profit for the first time in nine years.
(Permalink) Airfix Hornby Scalextric

Figures show increase in freight train movements in Network Rails Eastern Region over corresponding period in 2019/20. New scrap metal service introduced from Ilkeston to Immingham. Sunderland Docks branch scrap metal service recommenced to cope with rising demand. New contract to move 350,000 tonnes of waste from Barking to Scunthorpe. New intermodal cargo terminal constructed in Sheffield.

(Permalink) Barking Ilkeston Immingham Railfreight Scunthorpe Sheffield Sunderland

A new video has been released showing the huge progress made so far to rebuild the Bletchley flyover for the East West Rail project.
(Permalink) Bletchley Flyover

Network Rail Scotland and British Transport Police (BTP) are raising awareness of the dangers of misusing level crossings following a series of incidents at the Stevenston crossing in Ayrshire.
(Permalink) Stevenston Stevenston Level Crossing


Stevenston: A failure of the barrier system at Stevenston results in 318 269 being flagged over the crossing against a danger signal on 12 November with a service for Ardrossan Town.
David Panton 12/11/2008

Network Rail Scotland and British Transport Police (BTP) are raising awareness of the dangers of misusing level crossings following a series of incidents at the Logans Road crossing in Motherwell.
(Permalink) Logans Road Level Crossing


Logans Road Level Crossing: View north from the footbridge over Logans Road level crossing on the WCML just to the north of Motherwell station on 30 January 2014. The train is the 11.09 TransPennine Glasgow Central - Manchester ...
John Furnevel 30/01/2014

Network Rail Scotland and British Transport Police (BTP) are raising awareness of the dangers of misusing level crossings following a series of incidents at Barry West and Balcathie level crossings.
(Permalink) Balcathie Level Crossing Barry Links Barry West Level Crossing


Barry Links: Barry Links footbridge looking west. The signalbox was formerly beyond the footbridge. The former excursion platform can be seen on the left.
Ewan Crawford //2005

Network Rail Scotland and British Transport Police (BTP) are raising awareness of the dangers of misusing level crossings following a series of incidents at Cardross level crossing.
(Permalink) Cardross Cardross Station Level Crossing


Cardross: An early evening train from Helensburgh entering Cardross station over the level crossing on a warm summer evening in July 2005. Note the significant drop in the height of the eastbound platform beyon ...
John Furnevel 27/07/2005

Plans to turn an old rail route into a green corridor for pedestrians and cyclists have been held up because the council is too busy on the Spaces for People programme. [Railscot note: use of the trackbed between Easter Road, Meadowbank and Piershill would block railway use of the route, various uses of which have included provision of extra capacity or sidings.]
(Permalink) Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway) Meadowbank Powderhall


Powderhall: In the fading light of an afternoon on the cusp of winter, the time of year for which the untranslatable Japanese word [get on with it. Ed] The foundations in the foreground are not, alas remnants of ...
David Panton 21/11/2020


Powderhall: Main entrance to Powderhall depot from Broughton Road, looking north on a bright and sunny 22 June 2019. Demolition work and decontamination of the site, previously used for refuse processing, inciner ...
Andy Furnevel 22/06/2019


Powderhall Loop: If I hadn't photographed it myself a fortnight previously I might not have believed that the rails here had been lifted in order to dig a hole. The hole is now filled in and the rails replaced. This w ...
David Panton 06/06/2020

LNER has unveiled a series of black sand sculptures to highlight that aeroplanes and cars have higher emissions than trains in the starkest yet campaign against its competitors.
(Permalink) LNER

Five-year contract extension for technical support and spares agreed until December 2026.
Agreement covers support in areas such as safety, reliability, maintenance, spares supply, modifications, and overhauls. A five-year contract extension has been agreed with ScotRail, which will see the Technical Support & Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) run until December 2026. The contract will ensure
(Permalink) Class 380 Siemens

Transport bosses have announced the procurement process for a new ferry to support the community and economy on Islay has begun.
(Permalink) Islay Kennacraig Port Askaig Port Ellen


Kennacraig: The Calmac ferry Finlaggan sails up West Loch Tarbert towards Kennacraig terminal after crossing from Islay on 22nd October 2017.
Mark Bartlett 22/10/2017

Calls were made this week by a local forum for a dedicated ferry for Harris as the current arrangements, they said, are hampering travel and any economic recovery.
(Permalink) Lochmaddy MV Hebrides

ScotRail has announced free transport for Scotland fans heading to Hampden during the Euro 2020 matches.

(Permalink) Euro 2020

Seven months before he issued his long-awaited report on the reorganisation of British Railways, Dr Richard Beeching made a three-day visit to Scotland.
(Permalink) Beeching Report Richard Beeching

A local author has written a new book celebrating 40 years of the Tyne and Wear Metro, after being inspired by his late father who worked as an engineer on the project.
Colin Alexander, a published writer from North Tyneside, was motivated by the memory of his dad, Jack Alexander, a rolling stock engineer that played a key role in getting the Metro trains into service in August 1980.
Colin spent 15 months writing and researching the book, which delves into the history of Metro over its 40 years of operations. He draws on the testimony of many former staff who there when the network first opened.
Titled The Tyne and Wear Metro, it chronicles the development of the system from concept through to construction, opening, extension, and where it stands today, with a look ahead where it will be in the years to come.
(Permalink) Tyne and Wear Metro


South Shields [NER]: A Cravens DMU waits under the overall roof at South Shields on 7 May 1981 with a return service to Newcastle Central. The old station closed 24 days later.
Colin Alexander 07/05/1981


North Shields: The 1890 NER station at North Shields on 6 August 1980, just 5 days before the station was closed for refurbishment and electrification in connection with the Metro project. The new North Shiel ...
Colin Alexander 06/08/1980

Filming for the new series of hit documentaryInside Central Station is now underway.

(Permalink) Glasgow Central

It's a railway lover's dream come true - the chance to buy a Victorian former station house with reconstructed signal box in no less a location than Royal Deeside.
(Permalink) Crathes Deeside Railway


Crathes: A short walk east along the Deeside Way from the Royal Deeside Railway at Milton of Crathes and you will find slightly hidden by trees the station of Crathes complete with a recreated signalbox. The p ...
John McIntyre 18/10/2012


Crathes: View from down platform looking west at the original Crathes station on the Deeside line. The station area, including a well preserved signal box is now a private residence.
John Williamson 28/07/2008

Trial of Waymap's digital technology helps customers self-navigate through station using their own device.
(Permalink) Avanti West Coast

Rail service operator Serco is to cancel all the sleeper services during an 11-day strike by rail workers this month.
(Permalink) Caledonan Sleeper Serco Strike Strikes


Uddingston: Caledonian Sleeper stock from Edinburgh heads through Uddingston on its way to Polmadie on 19 September 2020.
David Panton 19/09/2020


Stonehaven: Caledonian Sleeper 73971 provided a rare sight at Stonehaven on 3rd May 2021, but it didn't stop and I wasn’t fully prepared for that.
Duncan Ross 03/05/2021


Slochd Viaduct: 67020, still in EWS livery, hauls the Caledonian Sleeper southwards over Slochd Viaduct in the late evening sun pf 7th July 2019.
John Gray 07/07/2019

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