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13/08/2018 Commuters could see rail fares rise by 3.5% next year [ITV News]
The exact fare rise will be confirmed on Wednesday. More
ITV News

11/08/2018 Poll shows support for fully devolved Scots rail network [Scotsman]
Most Scots want to see power over Network Rail north of the Border fully transferred to Scotland, according to a report into the nations railways. More

11/08/2018 In Pictures: The golden age of railways as UK marks anniversary of end of steam [ITV News]
Events are marking 50 years since the end of mainline steam rail services. More
ITV News

11/08/2018 First look inside the restored Deeside royal station [Press and Journal]
A prominent emblem of Deeside’s royal heritage will soon reopen more than two years after it was destroyed by a fire. More
Press and Journal

11/08/2018 Deputy mayor demands answers over ‘chaotic’ Northern Rail cancellations [ITV News]
On Friday, the operator said it expected 80 of the scheduled 1,500 train services on Sunday not to run. More
ITV News

11/08/2018 Aberdeen rail works to cause disruption [Evening Express]
Rail improvement work is set to bring disruption to a street later this month. More
Evening Express

11/08/2018 National force may not have capacity or capability to police rail network [Scotsman]
The controversial integration of railway policing into Police Scotland may result in some parts of the service having to be outsourced, it has emerged. Due diligence of the plan to merge British Transport Police (BTP) and Police Scotland has identified support services which exist in the UK-wide force but not its Scottish counterpart. A report prepared for the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) warns that could lead to significant differences in the cost of railway policing, and warns Police Scotland may not currently have the capacity and capability to absorb the work of the BTP. More

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]

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.
Edinburgh Waverley
[John Furnevel 08/02/2018]

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.
Glasgow Central
[Graham Morgan 30/06/2007]

09/08/2018 Local Rail Development Fund set to award grants of £681k [Transport Scotland]
Ten local communities will be the first to benefit from a new Scottish Government rail fund worth £2m. Successful applicants to the Local Rail Development Fund were announced today by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. The aim is to provide money for communities to carry out a multi-modal transport appraisal which could potentially bring forward proposals for improvements to rail connections in their areas. He made the announcement in St Andrews on a visit to one of the successful groups, St Andrews Rail Link (StARLink). More
Transport Scotland

09/08/2018 Historic north-east railway station destroyed by fire on track for opening [Evening Express]
A historic railway station which was destroyed by a blaze will reopen later this month. More

Almost burnt to the ground in May 2015,Ballater Railway Station has been rebuilt at at cost of around £3,000,000.Due to reopen soon and painted in the original colours.It was known as the Royal Station,as it was used by royalty from Queen Victoria (God bless her!) onwards,when they stayed at Balmoral Castle.The line closed to passengers in February 1966.
[John Gray 01/08/2018]

Ballater Station,platform side with the replica Royal Coach alongside.This was saved by firefighters in 2015.
[John Gray 01/08/2018]

Ballater Station as rebuilt,looking towards Aberdeen.
[John Gray 01/08/2018]
Evening Express

09/08/2018 Full steam ahead for St Andrews rail study [Scotsman]
The campaign to re-open the St Andrews rail link after a 50-year gap today won Scottish Government funding for a study which could pave the way for the scheme. More

The gateway to St Andrews is the dismantled railway bridge that carried the line over the A91 road at the western edge of the town, seen here in May 2011. Hard to imagine the ^Fife Coast Express^ [see image 26205] in days gone by, slowing as it crossed the bridge prior to pulling up at its ultimate destination. The former station (closed January 1969), St Andrews second, was located off to the right and is now a car park.
St Andrews [2nd]
[Andrew Wilson 30/05/2011]

View east towards the site of St Andrews station (1887-1969) in the spring of 2011. Station road on the left now leads up to the recently rebuilt bus station, with Hope Park Church spire standing in the background. The 1865 church saw the railway station (the town^s second) come and go, pre-dating it by 22 years. [See image 34565]
St Andrews [2nd]
[Andrew Wilson 30/05/2011]

The western approach to St Andrews station seen from a DMU in the early summer of 1967, two years before the line^s closure. This was the second St Andrews station with the first, a short distance north west of here, replaced in 1887 when the line from Leuchars was extended south. Buses are visible at the top of Station Road with the spire of Hope Park Church beyond. For the same view 44 years later [see image 34391]
St Andrews [2nd]
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1967]

09/08/2018 Borders steam train tour offers a first class trip back in time [Scotsman]
Step back in time this month as the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Border steam train tour returns to the timetable, writes Rosalind Erskine More

08/08/2018 Train derailment in Lochaber caused by rapid thaw of snow [Scotsman]
A passenger train was derailed after heavy rain and a rapid thaw of snow caused a massive 1,000-tonne landslip, investigators have found. More

07/08/2018 Great walks on the Scottish Grand Tour [ScotRail]
Grab your hiking boots, step off the train and unlock walking adventures In Scotland you never need to travel far to experience the great outdoors and if you're taking our Scottish Grand Tour, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to incredible walking destinations. Lochs, mountains and centuries of history - it's all there waiting to be discovered. Here's a few of our top picks, all easily accessible when you take the Scottish Grand Tour. More

07/08/2018 ScotRail announces £4million front-line recruitment drive [ScotRail]
ScotRail has confirmed a £4million front-line recruitment drive, as the train operator prepares for the introduction of more new trains and extra services. More

07/08/2018 Network Rail to create 200 jobs in Scotland [BBC News]
The rail infrastructure controller says it will help deliver a network "fit for 21st century Scotland". More
BBC News

06/08/2018 Network Rail to open £4m Baillieston railway bridge two weeks early [Network Rail]
Muirhead Road in Baillieston will re-open on Wednesday 15 August as work on the multi-million pound project to reconstruct the bridge over the railway nears completion. More
Network Rail

06/08/2018 China plans world's longest rail tunnel at 84 miles [Daily Mail]
The proposed Taiwan Strait Tunnel Project aims to take trains through a135km (84-mile) undersea section of the tunnel at up to 250km/h (155mph) by 2030. More
Daily Mail

03/08/2018 NR offers its final Class 31s for sale [Rail]
The last two Network Rail-owned Class 31s are for sale. The locomotives are stored at Derby Railway Technical Centre. 31105 was withdrawn from main line duties in October 2014, but was used as a yard shunter and has had various exams, while 31233 was withdrawn in April 2017. More

Brush Type 2 no. D5654 stands on ^Kings Cross Loco^ stabling and refuelling point at the north west corner of the station between duties on 28 July 1967.
Kings Cross
[John McIntyre 28/07/1967]

One of Stratford^s Brush Type 2 locomotives no D5517 brings a lengthy North London Line freight through Willesden Junction High Level station in March 1969. The train is signalled for Mitre Bridge/North Pole Junctions and the link to the West London Line.
Willesden Junction High Level
[John Furnevel 04/03/1969]

One of the early versions of the Brush Type 2 diesel, no D5511, without the distinctive roof-mounted headcode box, makes a surprise appearance in this part of the world as it brings the down Waverley into Hawick on 26 July 1958. [See image 29078]
Hawick [2nd]
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 26/07/1958]

02/08/2018 Railway steam engine era remembered on 50th anniversary of demise [Mirror]
Mirrorman Paul Routledge recalls how the last of the locomotives that made the country a world-wide leader were unceremoniously dragged off to the breakers yard More

Train 1T57, the BR ^Fifteen Guinea Special^, at Manchester Victoria on 11 August 1968 following its return journey from Carlisle, via Hellifield and Blackburn behind 44781+44871 [see image 47244]. The train has now been taken over by 45110, which will shortly depart on the final leg back to Liverpool Lime Street. [Ref query 27 January 2018]
Manchester Victoria
[K A Gray 11/08/1968]

The BR Fifteen Guinea Special at Carlisle on 11 August 1968 behind Black Fives 44781+44871 ready to return south. The special, which ran from Liverpool, marked the introduction of BR^s main line ^steam ban^. [See image 47133]
[D Walker Collection [Courtesy Bruce McCartney] 11/08/1968]

The BR ^Fifteen Guinea Special^ was billed as the final standard gauge main line passenger train to be hauled by a steam locomotive on British Rail. It ran on Sunday 11 August 1968, the day before the introduction of the main line steam ban. The photograph shows 70013 Oliver Cromwell (the last steam locomotive to be overhauled by BR) following its arrival at Carlisle with the special.
[Bruce McCartney 11/08/1968]

31/07/2018 Aberdeen-Dyce rail enhancements on-track for successful completion [Network Rail]
Engineering work to double-track six miles of railway between Dyce and Aberdeen moved a step closer to completion today as the last section of new track was clipped into place. More
Network Rail

31/07/2018 ScotRail targets further electrification schemes [RAIL]
Could there be more electrification in Scotland? The five years from 2019 could feature more wiring in Scotland, with ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes telling RAIL: Id love to see more electrification - Stirling to Perth, East Kilbride and the Edinburgh South Suburban. Hynes acknowledged that the East Coast Main Line would need work to increase its capacity, as more operators plan trains to and from Scotland. More

31/07/2018 ScotRail pioneers smart mobile ticketing [ScotRail]
ScotRail has today announced the launch of an innovative mobile ticketing pilot. Rail customers in Scotland will soon be able to buy, store and use tickets directly from their smartphone using a pioneering mobile ticketing app. Developed by technology specialists, Rambus Inc, the new all-in-one solution is built into ScotRails existing app and enables customers to skip the queue at ticket vending machines by purchasing and downloading tickets directly to their smartphone. More

31/07/2018 Residuary inspections of redundant railway structures to continue [Rail Engineer]
When British Rail was privatised in 1994, ownership of the operating railway infrastructure passed to Railtrack and subsequently (in 2002) to Network Rail. More
Rail Engineer

31/07/2018 Wolverton railway works to be demolished for homes [BBC News]
A historic 1830s railway works is due to be demolished to make way for new homes after a High Court ruling. Last year Milton Keynes Council granted planning permission for 375 homes to be built on the site in Wolverton. More

Although much of Wolverton Works has been turned into a Tesco, they kindly preserved the original works fire station. It is now a bookshop - an ironic touch for fans of the Ray Bradbury sci-fi novel ^Fahrenheit 451^, in which people live in fireproof houses, and ^firemen^ are employed to burn books.
Wolverton Works
[Ken Strachan 27/08/2010]

My satnav is very rude about Wolverton, stating that ^there are no points of interest in this town^. I beg to differ - here is an excellent candidate for the world^s shortest standard gauge railway. [see also image 30679] A lone EMU axle stands outside Wolverton town hall in August 2010. Parts of the doomed Works can be seen in the background.
Wolverton Works
[Ken Strachan 27/08/2010]

A section of the original 1838 London and Birmingham Railway, looking north through Wolverton works. It was later bypassed by the 1881 LNWR route and is now ignominiously sandwiched between an approach road to Tesco and industrial units housed in former Works buildings. The Railcare facility now served by the line is off to the left.
[Ken Strachan 14/10/2011]
BBC News

30/07/2018 What a way to run a railway [Mail]
Nine in ten firms have train drivers on four-day week (average salary £53k) and half rely on them to volunteer for Sundays Train drivers with 18 of the largest 20 UK operators are working four-day weeks Rail companies offer up to £340 a day overtime when network needs more staff Unions claim staff shortages are to blame for chronic delays and cancellations More

30/07/2018 Northern: Most cancelled services to resume after timetable disruption [BBC News]
Northern rail is reinstating 75% of the services it cancelled after a new timetable led to severe disruption. Last month the firm scrapped 168 services per day in an attempt to relieve chaos caused by the introduction of the timetable in May. Services in Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire are partially resuming while all trains on the Lakes Line, in the Lakes District, are being reinstated. More
BBC News

27/07/2018 Alastair Dalton: Roadtesting ScotRails new train reveals many changes [Scotsman]
On first glance, ScotRail's brand new train looks pretty similar to the ones it will replace - but on closer inspection I was surprised at how many differences there are. More

27/07/2018 ScotRail risks being 'brought to its knees' by industrial action, union warns [Herald]
Scotland's rail network faces being brought to its knees if staff are not paid more money for overtime work, union leaders have warned. Train conductors, station staff and cleaners have threatened industrial action in the coming weeks amid an ongoing row with ScotRail management. More

27/07/2018 Lightning strikes cause rail chaos across East Coast [BBC News]
Rail services on the East Coast mainline and across Yorkshire have been disrupted after lightning strikes damaged signalling. London North Eastern Railway (LNER) advised passengers not to travel on Friday 'due to the extreme weather conditions and signalling failure'. All Northern services in and out of Leeds and York have also been halted. More
BBC News

26/07/2018 Scotrail say there are 'no firm dates' for the removal of the old carriages from Inverclyde lines [Greenock Telegraph]
ScotRail say they cannot provide a timetable for the removal of the clapped out carriages from Inverclyde services - despite the roll-out of a new fleet of trains yesterday. Company officials say there are 'no firm dates' as yet for when the old Class 314 models, built in 1979, will be taken away and modern stock returned to the Gourock and Wemyss Bay lines. More
Greenock Telegraph

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