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Several roads in Aberdeenshire will be closed overnight next week to allow Network Rail engineers to inspect rail bridges.
(Permalink) Drumlithie Marykirk

Train services to and from Neilston are facing disruptiondue to a signalling fault.
(Permalink) Neilston Signalling fault

Rail operator LNER have reported that their services are affected due to flooding between Darlington and York.
(Permalink) Darlington Flooding LNER York

Scientists are using cutting-edge technology along Britains 20,000-mile rail network, as part of Network Rails new action plan for sustainable vegetation management.
(Permalink) Network Rail

As any Scots transport fanatic worth their salt will know, Glasgow has the third oldest subway system in the world behind London and Budapest, but few are aware of how close Edinburgh came to claiming fourth place.
(Permalink) Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) Waverley Market

Overspeed through emergency speed restriction near Beattock, Dumfries and Galloway, 20 December 2020.
(Permalink) Beattock


Beattock: A Voyager heads south shortly after passing through the remains of Beattock station on 27 March 2017. See image [[58903]]
John Furnevel 27/03/2017

A Glasgow-London sped past a failed embankment at nine times the emergency speed limit imposed at the site at Beattock, investigators revealed today.
(Permalink) Beattock

Caledonian MacBrayne has announced a string of weather-related cancellations on its Ullapool-Stornoway ferry later this week.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne Stornoway Ullapool Weather

The Railway Heritage Trust has added two documents to the 'Guidance' section of their website which could be of interest to Community Rail Network members. Both of the documents are from Network Rails new suite of design guidance documents. The first one is the Redundant Signal Box Strategy, which looks at ways to re-use signal boxes which are no longer in operational use. It includes details of various arrangements for allowing community groups/projects to take on such signal boxes.
(Permalink) Railway Heritage Trust Signal boxes

Passengers have been warned that rail services between Maryport and Carlisle have been been cancelled because of flooding.
(Permalink) Flooding Maryport and Carlisle Railway

Concessionary Travel passholders can travel free on public transport before 9:30am if they are going to or from a coronavirus vaccination appointment.
Nexus has confirmed that older and eligible disabled customers can travel on local buses in Tyne and Wear and Metro if they have a Metro Gold Card providing they have proof of an early morning appointment, such as a letter, email or text.
This extra concession works the same as the longstanding hospital appointment concession. Concessionary Travel passes and Metro Gold Cards can otherwise be used after 9:30am weekdays and all day at weekends and publicholidays.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Tyne and Wear Metro

The rail bridge parapet which collapsed on Friday was last checked only three months ago in the wake of the nearby fatal landslide, Network Rail has revealed.
(Permalink) Carmont Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: A follow up to photos taken at the Carron Water bridge on 12th July 2020 - see image [[73730]] - now that STORY have departed. This was the scene at the end of September.
Duncan Ross 27/09/2020


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: View of the foundations of the bridge over the River Carron at Dunnotar on 12th July 2020. The Carron has been temporarily diverted while the work takes place. I am assuming Network Rail were getting concerned about the bridge foundations being washed away during severe weather.
Duncan Ross 12/07/2020


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: I investigated this construction site on a Sunday morning (120720) while it was devoid of Story contractors. The River Carron has been temporarily diverted, hence the diesel pumps while the work takes place. I am assuming Network Rail were getting concerned about the foundations of the bridge at Dunnotar getting washed away when the Carron is in spate. I think there is another bridge further south, nearer to Carmont, also getting the treatment but it’s a lot harder to get access to, although I understand that Story are creating a road over the fields for access. I plan to revisit here to see how this work progresses.
Duncan Ross 12/07/2020

Please find below a summary of additional traffic management arrangements to accommodate site investigations works and utility diversions outside the main area of works.
(Permalink) Edinburgh Trams

Edinburgh City Council is set to grant contract extensions worth a total of £655,000 to consultants working on the trams extension project.
(Permalink) Edinburgh Trams

North east contractor Thompsons of Prudhoe has been appointed to undertake demolition work at the Tyne and Wear Metro depot. Thompsons will take on the task of knocking down the 100 year old depot at Gosforth, in Newcastle, paving the way for a £70m rebuild on the same site.
(Permalink) Gosforth Sheds Tyne and Wear Metro

Scotrail has scrapped its service from Milngavie to Central Station during the day.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Glasgow Central Milngavie

Passengers travelling on rail services between Dundee and Glasgow Queen Street are facing disruption after a vehicle collided with a bridge between Perth and Dundee.

A spokeswoman for the police said that officers were called at around 10.20am following a report that a vehicle had struck a railway bridge on Perths Tay Street.
(Permalink) Bridge strike Perth

Staff at CalMac are celebrating after the ferry operator won an award for its community work.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne

Demolition of the Tame Valley canal bridge is the latest step in the work to extend the West Midlands Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. The fourth in a series of redundant structures to have been removed along the 11km line in recent months, removal of the Tame Valley canal bridge follows the demolition of []
(Permalink) Tame Valley Canal Bridge West Midlands Metro Extension

The track between Stonehaven and Montrose is closed while 'complex' repairs are carried out.
(Permalink) Carmont Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: A close up of the Carron Water Bridge near Carmont on 17th January 2021, the day after the parapet collapsed causing the line to be closed again. This image shows how the collapsing stonework has also pulled down the guard rails and exposed the trackbed and ballast.
Duncan Ross 17/01/2021


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: The day after the parapet of the Carron Water bridge collapsed the debris can be seen littering the embankment. The river channel was improved during summer 2020, to prevent the viaduct being undermined, but this damage has occurred 'top down'. This was the scene on 17th January 2021 with line closed and engineers on site.
Duncan Ross 17/01/2021


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: A close up of the damaged parapet on the Carron Water Bridge, which collapsed the previous day on 16th January 2021 (See news item). Network Rail engineers can be seen firing up the chainsaw so I might get some better photos once the trees have been felled, but my Apple Watch tells me this will involve another hike of 9.19 miles.
Duncan Ross 17/01/2021

Railway passenger numbers have been hit hard by the pandemic with figures released on Friday showing a 90 per cent reduction from normal service.
(Permalink) COVID-19

Work on new London rail line paused last year as part of TfL's emergency deal with government. More than £115m was spent on Crossrail 2 before work on the scheme for a new north-south rail line through London was suspended in November. The costs for the development and design of the line, which was once hoped to be operational in the early 2030s, were shared between the Department for Transport and Transport for London.
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A major programme of modernisation work will close the Tyne and Wear Metros busiest lines through the centres of Newcastle and Gateshead for two consecutive weeks next month. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, needs to replace essential overhead power lines as part of a £30m programme of wire renewals across the network. It will get the network ready for the introduction of a new train fleet, which will transform the customer experience by 2025.
The major line closure will mean that there are no Metro services between Heworth and Regent Centre / Four Lane Ends for 14 days - Monday 15 February to Sunday 28 February.
(Permalink) Nexus Tyne and Wear Metro

Rail passengers were facing disruption to some Highland mainline services on Monday morning after a Glasgow-Inverness service broke down.
(Permalink) Bridge of Allan Train breakdown

The fault is understood to have occurred on the line towards Cardonald.

(Permalink) Cardonal Signalling fault

The cross-Channel train service has seen a 95% fall in passengers during the Covid-19 pandemicEurostar has said it is facing an existential threat, as business leaders pleaded with the government to step in and save the vital link with Europe.A 95% drop in passenger numbers has brought the cross-Channel train service to its knees, and the company reiterated on Sunday that while government loans had been extended to aviation, international high-speed rail had also been severely affected by the pandemic.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Eurostar

Built in the 19th-century as a Great British Railway hotel attached to Glasgow Central Station, the Iandmark Grand Central Hotel has been refurbished and is relaunching as Scotland's first voco branded hotel. Part of the IHG Hotels Resorts group, there are five other voco hotels in the UK with another one due to open in Edinburgh's Haymarket this year. Voco Grand Central is closed due to Covid now, but taking bookings for summer and a book now pay later offer means no cancellation fee or deposit, and full cancellations up to three days before a stay.
(Permalink) Glasgow Central Hotel

The train arriving at Glasgow Central on October 19, 1914, carried 900 Belgian refugees.

(Permalink) First World War Glasgow Central Great War

South Korea: Technology company Ntuple and national rail operator Korail have expanded the ga-G chatbot service to enable users to book train tickets directly on Google Maps.
(Permalink) Korail

A new TV show has hailed Wemyss Bay railway station as one of the world's greatest hidden gems. The programme celebrates its designer James Miller, who created some of the biggest transport hubs in the country.
(Permalink) Wemyss Bay


Wemyss Bay: A beautiful bush under the glazed roof of the circulating area of Wemyss Bay station.
John Yellowlees 11/05/2019


Wemyss Bay: Panorama of the circulating area of Wemyss Bay station. The covered walkway to the pier is to the left and ticket office and platforms to the right. See a panning and zoomable version.
Ewan Crawford 17/08/2017

Trains to the north of Scotland have been delayed after a train hit deer, including a stag, near Blair Atholl.
(Permalink) Blair Atholl Deer Highland Main Line animals on line stag

Train services have resumed in the north after engineers cleared the debris from a fallen embankment.
(Permalink) Far North Line Fearn Landslip Tain

New footage shows engineers onsite today after the side wall of a bridge near Stonehaven gave way “ close to the scene of the crash at Carmont last August.
(Permalink) Carmont Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]

Glasgow Warriors got their season back on track with the help of a passing train driver at Scotstoun.
(Permalink) Scotstoun

Operators of tours to Scotland's islands fear they will go to the wall after the Calmac ferry company, owned by the Scottish government, withdrew its discounted rates. Calmac usually reduces ticket prices by about 10 per cent for companies that regularly take parties of tourists on board its ships.
(Permalink) Caledonian MacBrayne

Re-opening the Dunfermline to Alloa railway and a rail tunnel under the Forth are part of a £22 billion plan put forward by the Scottish Green Party.

(Permalink) Alloa Dunfermline

Customers using Scotland's Railway are continuing to benefit from a recent strong performance in the number of trains running on time across the network.
New figures released today show that 93.2 per cent of trains met the rail industry standard public performance measure (PPM) in period ten (13 December to 9 January).
The PPM statistics for the last two periods are the highest since records began in 2000.
(Permalink) ScotRail

A collapsed embankment in Easter Ross has forced the cancellation of all trains on part of the Far North Line.
(Permalink) Far North Line Fearn Landslip Tain

Trains have been halted after damage to the bridge was spotted today one mile north of the site of last years fatal landslide at Carmont, south of Stonehaven.
(Permalink) Carmont Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: A September 2020 view of the recently completed works at the bridge over the Carron Water. I was actually expecting to see both sides of the bridge protected from river erosion but this is the finished wall.
Duncan Ross 27/09/2020


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: View of the foundations of the bridge over the River Carron at Dunnotar on 12th July 2020. The Carron has been temporarily diverted while the work takes place. I am assuming Network Rail were getting concerned about the bridge foundations being washed away during severe weather.
Duncan Ross 12/07/2020


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: I investigated this construction site on a Sunday morning (120720) while it was devoid of Story contractors. The River Carron has been temporarily diverted, hence the diesel pumps while the work takes place. I am assuming Network Rail were getting concerned about the foundations of the bridge at Dunnotar getting washed away when the Carron is in spate. I think there is another bridge further south, nearer to Carmont, also getting the treatment but it’s a lot harder to get access to, although I understand that Story are creating a road over the fields for access. I plan to revisit here to see how this work progresses.
Duncan Ross 12/07/2020

Network Rail said a 24m section of side wall fell away from a bridge between Carmont and Stonehaven.
(Permalink) Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont] Laurencekirk Stonehaven


Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont]: A follow up to photos taken at the Carron Water bridge on 12th July 2020 - see image [[73730]] - now that STORY have departed. This was the scene at the end of September.
Duncan Ross 27/09/2020

A number of train journeys have been cancelled after severe weather damaged an embankment between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven.
(Permalink) Carron Water Bridge [East Croft of Carmont] Laurencekirk Stonehaven

ScotRail has confirmed it is to reduce the number of carriages on some of its services due to the latest lockdown restrictions “ including the busy route between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
(Permalink) Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway

The recent opening of the much-loved Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail has been hailed a success.

(Permalink) Keswick Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail Threlkeld

ScotRail has announced plans to cut the capacity of trains to and from Helensburgh Central from next week.

(Permalink) COVID-19 Helensburgh

The number of carriages on train services through Clydebankand the surrounding area will be reduced, ScotRail has confirmed.

(Permalink) Clydebank

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