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ScotRail looks to the future with upgraded CCTV system [ScotRail]

Over 280 stations and depots across Scotlands Railway have benefited from new, upgraded high definition CCTV equipment. In a move to further improve the safety and security of its customers and employees, ScotRail has upgraded its analogue CCTV camera system to a new digital hybrid system. More


Just over three weeks until 16-day closure of West Coast main line this summer [Network Rail]

In just over three weeks the West Coast main line will close for 16 days for vital engineering work in Warrington, train passengers were warned today. More


Caledonian Sleeper Highland service launch delayed [BBC News]

New carriages featuring double beds were due to be introduced, but will now be diverted to Glasgow and Edinburgh instead. More


Northern unveils new £500 million diesel and electric trains [Rail]

Northern launched its new CAF diesel trains today (June 26), and will launch its electrics on June 28, ahead of the planned introduction of nine trains from July 1. At Preston on June 26, the operator used a Class 195 diesel multiple unit (DMU) to launch its £500 million investment in brand new trains. A four-car Class 331/1 electric multiple unit (EMU) will be used to launch the trains at Doncaster. From July 1, there were due to be seven DMUs and two EMUs in passenger traffic. More


Railway policing to be run by committee as merger plans ditched [BBC News]

Railway policing in Scotland is to be governed by a new committee, under the latest Scottish government plans. The fresh proposals mark the end of the government's controversial bid to merge British Transport Police with Police Scotland. The issue is due to be discussed by the Scottish Police Authority later. More

Haymarket: 170407 in British Transport Police vinyls at Haymarket today. The re-liveried set bearing the text number 61016 was launched by transport minister Humza Yousaf.
John Yellowlees 20/09/2016

Edinburgh Waverley: 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.
John Furnevel 08/02/2018

Glasgow Central: A WPC of the British Transport Police doing checks on a Pendolino at Glasgow Central on 30 June 2007. This was the day after the car bombs had been left in London and the same day as the Glasgow Airport attack.
Graham Morgan 30/06/2007


Grand Central to launch Blackpool service in spring 2020 [Railway Gazette]

UK: Plans for a Blackpool London open access service are firmly on track, with the launch now expected in spring 2020, Grand Central said on June 24. In June last year the Office of Rail & Road granted Alliance Rail Holdings Great North Western Railway rights to operate the service. The project has now been transferred to sister Arriva group company Grand Central, which operates open access trains from London to Yorkshire and northeast England. Grand Central said this would enable it to draw on a larger pool of expertise and resources. More


Caledonian Sleeper passengers locked out of Edinburgh Waverley Station [Scotsman]

Caledonian Sleeper passengers have been left locked out of Waverley Station in Edinburgh in the latest nightmare for the troubled service. More


New bridge structure is step towards step-free access at Kilwinning [Network Rail]

Network Rail has reached a significant milestone in the delivery of step-free access at Kilwinning station with the installation of the final section of steelwork on the new footbridge. More


More than half of crimes on Scotland’s railways go undetected [Scotsman]

Union leaders have condemned as “shocking” research that found more than half of all crimes reported on Scotland’s railways last year went undetected. More


Trams suspended amid Edinburgh flooding [BBC News]

Edinburgh has been been hit with intense flooding and thunder with tram services shut down in some areas. Heavy rain prompted disruption in the west of the city across Bankhead, Clermiston and Costorphine. Reports have also emerged of people standing on top of car roofs to escape the water. More


Trams and travelators options to link Aberdeen airport to new P&J Live arena [Evening Express]

There are also plans to look at developing a new station on the main line within walking distance of the P&J Live. More

Bucksburn: View of Bucksburn station from the forecourt in 1961. This was the westbound platform building. The station had closed in 1956 but was still open to parcel traffic and the goods yard was still in operation. [Ref query 24 January 2019]
David Murray-Smith //1961


Training plan has helped improve services, ScotRail says [Scotsman]

ScotRail has said the completion of driver and conductor training in the east of the country has had a positive impact on services, with cancellations in the region at their lowest level in a year. More


Rail services improve after remedial notice [BBC News]

More trains are running on time and fewer services are being cancelled, ScotRail claims. More


New app to help rail passengers when services are cancelled [ITV News]

Virgin Trains staff can now give passengers up-to-the-minute details such as the best alternative routes and ticket acceptance by other comp More


Improvement plan delivering for customers [ScotRail]

Customers are benefiting from more trains running on time, fewer cancellations to services, and more seats throughout the country as ScotRail successfully delivers its performance improvement plan. The train operator committed to a range of improvements in March of this year after reaching a remedial agreement with Transport Scotland. Completion of the driver and conductor training in the east of the country has had a significant impact, with cancellations in the region at their lowest level in a year. More


Remains of Scotland's first railway track unearthed near Meadowmill [East Lothian Courier]

Remains of Scotlands first railway track have been unearthed at the Waggonway path in a find which has been described as being of huge significance. More

Cockenzie Harbour: A stone sleeper, part of a row exposed by excavations in 2017 by the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group. A further dig on the route to Tranent is proposed.
Bill Roberton 16/02/2019


Plan to end trains dumping waste on Scotland's railways [BBC News]

Retention tanks are set be fitted to high-speed trains to stop the dumping of human waste onto railway tracks. The practice of dumping sewage on the railways was ended in Scotland in 2017. However, it was reintroduced last year after delays to a new fleet of refurbished trains forced ScotRail to hire carriages without toilet waste tanks. The rail operator said it was 'doing everything' it could to meet a UK-wide ban on dumping the waste by 2020. More


Queen Street platform extensions on-track for July [Network Rail]

Passengers are being reminded that platforms 2 and 3 at Glasgow Queen Street station will be closed during July while engineers work to extend the tracks for longer, greener electric trains. More


All aboard Britains first hydrogen train [BBC News]

Hydrogen-powered trains are arguably the greenest trains out there. 'Mini power stations on wheels', is how Alex Burrows from the University of Birmingham describes them. He is the project director for the 'Hydroflex' train which was showcased at an event in the West Midlands. Unlike diesel trains, hydrogen-powered trains do not emit harmful gases, instead using hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, water and heat. More


Part of a ScotRail train fell off and hit signalling cables - causing around 100 cancellations [Scotsman]

Part of a ScotRail train fell off and hit signalling cables today near Glasgow Central causing around 100 cancellations. The highly unusual incident involved a prop shaft dropping from a class 156 diesel train near Shields junction on the Glasgow-Paisley line in Pollokshields just after 6am. More


Redundant HSTs proposed for freight/passenger use [RAIL]

'Its a race against time for the rail industry to engage, respond and deliver the services before the stock options turn to rust' - Gallop More


South Western Railway workers begin five-day strike [BBC News]

Thousands of commuters faced disruption on the first of a five-day strike by South Western Railway (SWR) staff over the role of train guards. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said the walkout which began at 00:01 BST had 'solid support'. Stations and platforms across the network were packed with commuters struggling to get to and from work. SWR said a reduced service is running across the network. More


ScotRail passengers let down as 97 per cent of new Glasgow to Edinburgh services fail to meet target time [Sun]

RAIL passengers are still being let down as it emerged £858million invested into a key route is failing to cut journey times. Just three per cent of services on the Glasgow to Edinburgh line hit the Scottish Governments 42-minute trip target last month, or two trains a day. More


Glasgow's Queen Street Station reopens after train fire alert [BBC News]

Services at Queen Street Station in Glasgow have resumed following reports of a train fire. Firefighters received calls at about 07:40 after images of smoke billowing from a carriage emerged. ScotRail later confirmed the smoke was caused by an engine fault. The firm said said they were unable to operate trains to or from the station while the incident was ongoing. The station was reopened and continued disruption was expected. More


Electrification hope encourages Borders Railway extension ambition [BBC News]

The electrification of the Borders Railway would make the viability of extending the route to Carlisle 'far better', according to campaigners. The Scottish government has confirmed it is considering the move on a number of routes around the country. It would help to cut journey times and improve reliability on the line. The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) said it believed it would also strengthen its case for taking the line past its current terminus at Tweedbank. More

Gorebridge: 50011 (50046) brings up the rear of 'Pathfinder Tours 'The Waverley Re-Union' from Birmingham New Street to Tweedbank.
Bill Roberton 05/01/2019

Tweedbank: A look along the platforms at Tweedbank on 12 September 2018. During the day anyway trains come and go from Platform 1 while a set is stabled at Platform 2. In Waverley Route days the idea of a station here would have been laughable; the settlement of Tweedbank wasn't launched until the early 1970s.
David Panton 12/09/2018

Bowshank Tunnel: Activity around the south portal of Bowshank Tunnel on 24 October 2014 seen from alongside the A7. 'Slab track' has already been laid through the 200m tunnel (provided as 'passive provision' for possible future electrification). The double track route through the tunnel is part of a 6.4km dynamic passing loop on the new Borders Railway. [See image 49398]
John Furnevel 24/10/2014


Caledonian Sleeper service disruption continues [BBC News]

Some Caledonian Sleeper trains will be cancelled until Wednesday following wheel damage. More


'Save the Waverley' paddle steamer appeal launched [BBC News]

The last ocean-going paddle steamer needs replacement boilers costing £2.3m if it is to sail again. More

Largs Pier: Given the sad news about Waverley's boilers, I thought we might see her in better days. Here she sweeps into Largs Bay to call on 10-8-17.
Colin Miller 10/08/2017


The Highland Mainline - Inverness to Pitlochry [ScotRail YouTube]

Jump into the driver's seat for a journey along one of our most scenic routes, the Highland Mainline. More


Rising costs may end rail link plan between airport and new arena in Aberdeen [Evening Express]

Ambitious plans for a multi-million-pound rail link between Aberdeen International Airport and the new exhibition centre look set to be abandoned. More


Nestran seeks funding for north-east train project [Press and Journal]

Calls to re-open a derelict Aberdeenshire station are building up a head of steam. More

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