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Northern rail: Politicians call for Pacer trains compensation [BBC News]

Politicians in northern England are demanding that passengers still having to use the heavily-criticised Pacer trains should be offered reduced fares. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis and Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake have told train operator Northern using the ageing units is unacceptable. Pacers are 1980s-built railbuses meant as a short-term alternative for trains. Northern had planned to withdraw them all by the end of this year. The much-derided Pacers were originally constructed from the body of a bus frame and intended to have a maximum lifespan of 20 years. More

Scarborough: A Pacer Sprinter combo passing Falsgrave signal box on the approach to Scarborough on a grey 3 October 1990.
Ian Dinmore 03/10/1990

Mirfield: A class 141 Pacer in early West Yorkshire PTE green livery runs off the Huddersfield line eastbound spur in May 1987 to join the former L&Y main line to its next call at Mirfield.
David Pesterfield 06/05/1987

Morecambe Junction: Having met the Christmas Eve Isle of Man ferry, Northern Pacer 142023 comes off the Heysham Port branch into Morecambe station where it will reverse and head for Leeds. The train crew operate the ground frame to access the branch.
Mark Bartlett 24/12/2009


CalMac announces winter maintenance programme [Press and Journal]

Ferry operator CalMac has started its winter maintenance programme. Over the coming weeks, ships will be taken off their regular routes for a series of inspections, upgrades and maintenance. Services for various islands will experience temporary changes as the fleet is rejigged to provide cover. Two relief vessels will operate sailings on the Stornoway-Ullapool route as the MV Loch Seaforth goes off to dry dock on the Mersey for three weeks. More


Waverley steamer repair fund hits £2m milestone [BBC News]

The famous 70-year-old ship has been out of service for the 2019 season as it needs a new boiler. More


Stations of the future [Network Rail]

Network Rail and Arup have launched a report that explores and identifies the future role that stations will play in our towns and cities. More


Service on Scotlands Railway improves by almost 30 per cent [ScotRail]

New figures released today, Friday, 18 October, show that the service customers receive on Scotlands Railway has improved by almost 30 per cent over the past year. The Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE) report released by Transport Scotland has shown that the service on ScotRail trains and at stations improved significantly between July and September compared with the same period the previous year. More


MSP calls for new train station in fast-growing Kirkliston [Scotsman]

Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has launched a campaign to introduce a new railway station at Kirkliston linking to Edinburgh. More

Kirkliston: Looking over the remains of the level crossing towards the former Kirkliston station following tracklifting. The station closed to passengers as long ago as 1930 although the line had continued in use for freight until the mid 1960s.
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //


'Round-the-clock' revamp of West Highland Line completed [BBC News]

Bridges and the drainage system on a stretch of the railway between Crianlarich and Fort William have been refurbished. More


Rail line closed after cow struck by train near Leuchars [BBC News]

Replacement buses are running between Dundee and Kirkcaldy after the collision leaves the train inoperable. More


Line closure was platform for successful investment [Network Rail]

Network Rail engineers have successfully delivered upgrade and refurbishment works as part of a wider £5million investment in the West Highland Line. More


Argyll council looks to slash jobs and transfer ferry services to save cash [Press and Journal]

A budget consultation has been launched by Argyll and Bute Council as it looks to save £9.2million by cutting jobs and transferring ferry services to the Scottish Government. More


Final voyage of explorer who named Australia as excavated remains to return home [ITV News]

Remains of Captain Matthew Flinders were discovered by experts excavating burial ground in London as part of the HS2 rail project. More


Northern rail could be nationalised [BBC News]

The government is considering whether the management of the train service should be taken into public hands. More


Community launches bid to get Alford Valley Railway back on track [Press and Journal]

Volunteers are moving full-steam ahead with plans to bring a popular railway tourist attraction in Aberdeenshire back into use. More

Alford: The original AVR shed at Alford in November 2006 - now refurbished and put back into use by the narrow gauge Alford Valley Railway Company.
John Furnevel 08/11/2006


Station hotel bill could have been worse, says campaigner [Ayr Advertiser]

The shock cost of repairing the station hotel has not phased a campaign group who insist the hotel can still be saved. More


Coming soon to a station near you? [RAIL]

Hitachi proposes use of robots at stations. More


CalMac challenges Northern Isles ferry service decision [BBC News]

Serco was named the preferred bidder to continue running the service but CalMac says its tender was cheaper. More


CalMac seeks tender to deliver ferry booking and ticketing service [Press and Journal]

Ferry operator CalMac is seeking to appoint a service provider to deliver an adequate ferry booking and ticket solution for its vast network across Scottish islands. More


Caledonian Sleeper completes Mk 5 roll-out [RAIL]

CAF coaches finally enter traffic on Caledonian Sleeper Highlander route. More


Boris Johnson reveals plans to scrap UK rail franchising model [Railway Technology]

Plans to scrap the UK's existing rail franchise system and replace it with a new model based on performance and reliability will be announced as part of the Queen's Speech today. ... The speech comes weeks before the publication of a whitepaper that uses recommendations from an ongoing review by former British Airways chief executive Keith Williams, also known as the Williams Rail Review. More


Paper tickets ditched for half of train journeys [ITV News]

Only half of train journeys are made using traditional paper tickets as smart ticketing continues to grow, new figures show. Industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said passengers bought orange tickets for just 50% of journeys in the four weeks from August 18, compared with 63% during the same period last year. More


Early completion for Queen Street platform works [Network Rail]

Network Rail has successfully completed the lengthening of platforms 4 and 5 at Glasgow Queen Street station. More

Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View towards the buffers at Glasgow Queen Street's extended platforms 4 and 5.
Network Rail //


Passengers locked out and deprived of coffee in fresh Caledonian Sleeper woes [Scotsman]

Long-suffering passengers on Caledonian Sleeper’s new fleet have encountered yet more problems – being locked out of their rooms and coffee not being available in the morning. More


Will Hanoi's Train Street survive? [BBC News]

Authorities have shut down cafes and banned crowds at one of the city's most popular tourist spots. More


Scotland's 10 best train journeys [HeraldScotland]

Train journeys are, for some, a commute, for others a way to get from A to B on a weekend day out. But if you take the time to savour them, then some Scottish train journeys can be even better than the destination. Put your paper down, look out the window and soak in some of the best scenery that the country has to offer, all from the comfort of your own seat. More


Transport Secretary urged to act over left luggage at Aberdeen station [Press and Journal]

The Scottish Government has been urged to convince ScotRail to create alternative left luggage arrangements at Aberdeen Railway Station. More


ScotRail cutting back on toilet paper and soap [The Herald]

Loss making ScotRail has been accused of cutting back on toilet paper and soap on its trains by its main union. More


CalMac cries foul on private ferry deal leading to contract freezing [The Herald]

Scotland's state ferry operator is challenging its owner over a £345 million contract awarded to a commercial rival. More


Speculation mounts over Northern's rail franchise [News and Star]

Speculation is mounting that train operator Northern will be stripped of its franchise by the Government. More


Caledonian Sleeper completes roll out of £150m new fleet of trains as service introduced on Highland route to Inverness [Inverness Courier]

Serco Caledonian Sleeper has finally delivered its Inverness service with new carriages. More


Train cancellations as track inspection closes Highland line [Press and Journal

Train commuters are experiencing delays and cancellations after safety inspections force closure of the Dingwall line. ScotRail has terminated a number of services on the Inverness to Dingwall route as engineers work to carry out safety inspections of the track. A statement said: 'Train services between Kyle Of Lochalsh and Inverness may be terminated at and started back from Dingwall. All stations between Inverness and Dingwall will not be served. 'For safety reasons we are unable to run trains between Dingwall and Muir of Ord. Our staff have been mobilised and will be onsite at approximately 2:30pm. We will update you once we have more information.' More

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