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22/06/2018 Cyclist 'beats' train from Edinburgh to Inverness after leaving it too late to bring bike on board [Press and Journal]
When James Owers discovered he had left it too late to get his bike onto the train for a training trip in the Highlands, he would have been forgiven for giving up on the whole affair. But he found a novel solution and cycled the route instead. More
Press and Journal

22/06/2018 Changes to services at Bishopbriggs and Lenzie [ScotRail]
We are introducing a number of temporary trains to boost capacity on services between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High. Like the current electric trains that serve Bishopbriggs and Lenzie, these eight- carriage trains are longer than the platforms at the stations. However, unlike other trains, they are not fitted with equipment to prevent doors being opened where the train is beyond the platform. As a result, we have had to make changes to a very small number of services. More

22/06/2018 Breich Station closure is platform for £2.4m redevelopment [Network Rail]
Breich station will close for 12 weeks from Saturday 23 June as part of the work to electrify the Shotts line between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central. More
Network Rail

21/06/2018 ScotRail train to be named after MND campaigner [ScotRail]
A ScotRail train is to be named after Gordon Aikman, the late Motor Neurone Disease (MND) campaigner. ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes has announced that one of ScotRails iconic high-speed InterCity trains will be named after the MND campaigner. Gordon Aikman was a fundraiser and campaigner for patients with Motor Neurone Disease. He was diagnosed with this most cruel of conditions at the age of just 29, and died last year. More

21/06/2018 Humza Yousaf seeks advice from think tank advocating public railway monopoly [The Herald]
Transport minister Humza Yousaf has sought advice from a think tank thatadvocates turning the railways into a state-run monopoly as he considers the future of Scotland's network. More
The Herald

20/06/2018 ScotRail's 'Happy Trains' to start running on Saturday [Scotsman]
The first of ScotRail's stand-in 'Happy Trains' will start operating on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line on Saturday, The Scotsman has learned. More

20/06/2018 ScotRail confirms date for introduction of extra trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow [ScotRail]
The first of the ten electric trains that will boost capacity between Edinburgh and Glasgow will enter service this weekend. More

19/06/2018 Teenager charged in connection with vandalism at Keith Town Railway Station [Press and Journal]
A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with alleged vandalisms, including damage reported at the Keith Town Railway Station. More
Press and Journal

19/06/2018 ScotRail passenger satisfaction slumps [Scotsman]
Passenger satisfaction with ScotRail has slumped, watchdog Transport Focus revealed today. More

19/06/2018 More than four out of five customers satisfied with ScotRail [ScotRail]
More than four out of five customers are satisfied with ScotRail, an independent survey has revealed. The National Rail Passenger Survey, carried out by the independent watchdog Transport Focus, found that 84 per cent of the 1,400 ScotRail customers surveyed are satisfied with the train operator. The survey was carried out earlier this year, at a time when events such as the Beast from the East led to very challenging conditions. More

19/06/2018 How does your train company score for satisfaction? [ITV News]
Satisfaction with rail operators ranged from 69% to 95%. More
ITV News

18/06/2018 Vintage train company steps in to reopen Lake District line [The Guardian]
West Coast Railways to run services on Oxenholme to Windermere route hit by Northern timetable fiasco. A vintage train operator that normally runs journeys for enthusiasts has stepped in to provide rail services to the Lake District after the operator Northern cancelled all of its trains following a timetabling fiasco. West Coast Railways, which runs charter trains along some of the UK's most scenic routes, formally launched its first service on the Lakes line on Monday, two weeks after Northern suspended all journeys and introduced a replacement bus service. More
The Guardian

18/06/2018 Rail bosses apologise to MPs over new train timetable shambles [Independent]
'I'm terribly sad and terribly sorry that it has ended as it has' ” Charles Horton, who has resigned as chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway. More

18/06/2018 Local stations upgraded ahead of roll-out of brand new trains [ScotRail]
The ScotRail Alliance has upgraded a number of stations between Glasgow and Edinburgh, ahead of brand new electric trains entering service in the coming months. Former waiting areas at Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket have been transformed into new ScotRail lounges. Customers can now benefit from a refurbished area with padded benches, new flooring, and softer lighting, making the stations a more pleasant and relaxing place to catch a train. More

18/06/2018 Loughborough Junction: Three killed by train in south London [BBC News]
Three men have died after being struck by a train near a south London station. It is understood that spray cans were found near the bodies of the men, who are believed to be in their 20s. Police were called to Loughborough Junction station, near Brixton, at about 07:30 BST and the three were pronounced dead at the scene. The deaths are being treated as 'unexplained' and police are investigating how the men came to be on the tracks. British Transport Police (BTP) said it is investigating whether the men were graffiti artists and confirmed that they were not employed to be on the tracks. Supt Matt Allingham told the BBC: 'When graffiti artists do get on to the tracks, there is massive risk.' More

Showing early signs of the graffiti artist, 474656-1 makes its way through the suburbs of Hamburg on the morning of July 27th 2010.
[John Steven 27/07/2010]

A Double decker Coradia Duplex emu, built by Alstom in 2004-05 and designated Class Z 26500 by SNCF, awaits its next Transport Express Régional (TER) turn at Grenoble, having received attention from the local neds... sorry graffiti artists.
[Andrew Wilson 02/05/2012]

^Damn! Missed a bit...^ Touch of graffiti on the down platform at Clapham High Street station in July 2005.
Clapham High Street
[John Furnevel 21/07/2005]
BBC News

18/06/2018 Hydrogen trains call for new Wales and Borders franchise [BBC News]
The new Wales and Borders rail franchise could be an opportunity to introduce 'clean' hydrogen-powered trains, a Plaid Cymru AM has said. Simon Thomas made the call off the back of research he commissioned on the potential to developing hydrogen infrastructure for transport in Wales. Hydrogen-fuelled trains emit only steam and condensed water. They are currently being trialled in Germany. The Welsh Government said it supported hydrogen technology. Hydrogen-fuelled cars emit no carbon dioxide - although the production of hydrogen itself can, unless it is produced from renewable energy. More
BBC News

17/06/2018 Calls to tackle Edinburgh Bypass gridlock as tram system to Musselburgh mooted [East Lothian Courier]
Musselburgh'S MSP has backed calls for improvements to the Edinburgh City Bypass while suggesting extending a tram or light rail system to the Honest Toun. More
East Lothian Courier

16/06/2018 ScotRail journeys increase by 23.5 million in a decade [ScotRail]
The number of people travelling with ScotRail has increased by almost one-third in the past decade, new figures have revealed. Customer journeys on ScotRail services increased from 74.2 million in 2007/08 to 97.8 million in 2017/18 a rise of 23.5 million in just a decade. The ScotRail Alliance said that the increase in customer journeys highlights the scale of the challenge it faces every day to keep people moving. More

15/06/2018 Cycle coaches to be hitched to trains to ease bike crush [Scotsman]
Britains first rail carriages reserved for bikes and outdoor equipment are to run on one of Scotlands busiest tourist lines from next summer, The Scotsman has learned. More

A Northern Class 153 arrives at Lancaster with a service from Morecambe on 30 January 2016. On the adjacent platform there were two Class 153s stabled between services.
[John McIntyre 30/01/2016]

A single car Class 153 calls at Silverdale on 30 July with the 14.22 Northern Rail service from Lancaster to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast. The Silverdale village shuttle bus stands in the station car park on the left.
[John McIntyre 30/07/2011]

The 07.06 class 153 service about to head back from Coventry to Nuneaton on a hazy summer morning in August 2012. This route will soon be upgraded with a new station at Bermuda Park [see image 31054] and at the Ricoh Arena.
[Ken Strachan 20/08/2012]

15/06/2018 Fall in UK rail passenger numbers casts doubt on viability of franchises [Guardian]
Rail passenger numbers in the UK fell last year to 1.7bn in the biggest decrease since privatisation in the 1990s, casting fresh doubt on the viability of struggling franchises. According to figures published by the Office of Rail and Road, usage fell by 1.4% in the 2017-18 financial year, the first annual fall since 2009-10 and the biggest since 1993-4. Season ticket sales have plummeted 9.2%, suggesting commuters no longer place the same faith in the rail network, when fares have risen inexorably while services are beset by strikes and overcrowding. More

14/06/2018 Caledonian Sleeper reintroduces Oban bus link after successful trial [Press and Journal]
Passengers of the Caledonian Sleeper will be able to explore the wonders of the west coast as a direct bus connection is reintroduced. The complementary non-stop connection between Oban and the services nearest stop at Crianlarich is being reintroduced following a successful trial in the region last year. More
Press and Journal

14/06/2018 New north-east railway station a step nearer as car park recommended for approval [Evening Express]
Plans for the north-easts newest railway station could soon take a step forward with the approval of a car park. Aberdeenshire Council has applied to build the new facility which would serve the proposed station in Kintore. The councils planning department is currently considering a proposal for the new station but a separate application for the car park has been recommended for approval. More

The 1854 station at Kintore, Aberdeenshire, looking north on 12th August 1958. Class J38 0-6-0 65911 is passing southbound, ex-works from Inverurie. In the middle distance beyond the signal box the branch to Alford (left) and the main line to Keith divide. Kintore station closed in December 1964.
[David Murray-Smith 12/08/1958]
Evening Express

13/06/2018 French MPs back Macron's controversial rail reforms [BBC News]
France's National Assembly has overwhelmingly backed President Emmanuel Macron's controversial rail reforms. In a blow to the country's unions, French MPs voted 452 to 80 in favour of the bill overhauling the country's state rail company SNCF. The bill marks the biggest change to the company since rail nationalisation in the 1930s. Rail reform is a key plank in Mr Macron's efforts to change the economy. More

We can^t go on meeting like this... Angouleme station on 14 June featuring the front ends of DMUs 81728 and 81844.
[Peter Todd 14/06/2013]

Reverse rake windscreens always remind me of Ford Anglias going backwards. They probably aren^t very efficient aerodynamically; but may be rather good at reducing unwanted reflections. Locomotive 22346 is seen at platform 16 at Gare du Nord in August 2014.
Paris Gare du Nord
[Ken Strachan 05/08/2014]

On a fine September evening, a TGV prepares to depart from Grenoble with a service to Paris, Gare de Lyon. The 300 mile journey will take 3 hours and six minutes including a stop at Lyon. A regional train waits on the platform to the left; a tram arrives behind the platform to the right, while the bus station stands behind the TGV. The 1960s SNCF structure is the subject of ambitious redevelopment plans to provide Grenoble with an improved intermodal transport hub for the 21st century.
[Andrew Wilson 27/09/2011]
BBC News

13/06/2018 Bus driver seriously hurt in tram crash near Edinburgh Airport [Scotsman]
A driver has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after his bus hit a tram near Edinburgh Airport. The incident in which the tram derailed occurred at Eastfield Avenue between the airport and Ingliston just before 5.30pm. More

13/06/2018 Scotrail urged to compensate commuters for three weeks of disruption [Evening Times]
SCOTRAIL has been asked to consider compensating passengers hit by three weeks of disruption on a Glasgow line. Services from Queen Street to Anniesland will terminate at Ashfield from Wednesday while Network Rail signalling equipment repairs are carried out at Cowlairs. The works are expected to last until July 8. ScotRail said it would operate an hourly shuttle train between Anniesland and Ashfield for the duration of the works. More
Evening Times

13/06/2018 Contract signals further investment in Highland Mainline [Network Rail]
Network Rail has awarded Siemens a £20m contract for re-signalling sections of the Highland mainline “ which will help reduce journey times for customers on the key inter-city route. More
Network Rail

12/06/2018 First Hitachi-built train for TransPennine Express arrives in UK [RAIL]
Five-car 802201 was unloaded at Southampton Docks on June 11, the first of 19 Hitachi Rail bi-modes destined for TransPennine Express. Built in Kasado, Japan, it is part of an order financed by Angel Trains for 24 trains, with TPE using 19 and Hull Trains operating five. More

11/06/2018 Investment in West Calder gives station accessibility a lift [Network Rail]
West Calder station’s new, fully-accessible footbridge and lifts have opened to passengers, as part of a multi-million-pound transformation of the West Lothian station. More
Network Rail

11/06/2018 York railway station: Entrance revamp plans revealed [BBC News]
Plans have been revealed to revamp the entrance to York railway station. The proposals would see some buildings and a road bridge demolished, new taxi ranks, expanded car parks and a new pedestrianised square. The designs are on display at the station for four weeks More
BBC News

11/06/2018 Trains steam ahead on Pennines heritage line [BBC News]
Trains have returned to a section of England's highest railway line for the first time in more than 40 years. South Tynedale Railway, a narrow gauge line in the Pennines, is built on the track bed of the Alston Line which closed in 1976. Operated by a preservation society, it runs steam trains between Alston in Cumbria and Lintley in Northumberland. In what has been described as a 'milestone' it now runs to Slaggyford, further up the Tyne Valley. More

^Barber^, an 0-6-0ST built by Greens of Leeds (441/1908), photographed at Alston on the South Tynedale Railway on 22 July 2017. Note the new station roof, bought with the help of National Lottery funding. For a look at the original [see image 7147].
[Peter Todd 22/07/2017]

Ivatt 2-6-0 no 43121 occupies the Alston branch platform at Haltwhistle on 26 March 1967 as it prepares to take the BLS/SLS Scottish Rambler No 6 on a return trip tover the branch.
[K A Gray 26/03/1967]

Branch train from Hatwhistle at Alston station in June 1952.
[G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/06/1952]
BBC News

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