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Government should not manage railways, says review [BBC News]

The man tasked with working out how to improve UK railways says a 'Fat Controller' type figure, independent from government, should be in charge of day-to-day operations. The former boss of British Airways, Keith Williams, said government involvement should be limited to overall policy and budget decisions. But he said the Department for Transport should not manage the system. His review of the rail system will be published this autumn. More


Major fire near to Boat of Garten steam railway station [Strathspey Herald]

Firefighters are currently tackling a major blaze near to Boat of Garten's steam railway station. It is understood that the fire broke out at around 1.45pm in a nearby workshed and there are five fire appliances in attendance. Neighbouring properties and the golf club have been evacuated More


Scotrail offers answers to Moray train travel complaints [Press and Journal]

Scotrail has responded to complaints about the rail service between Inverness and Aberdeen after receiving a letter from Moray's MP. More


Eigg economy hit by non-landing passengers [Press and Journal]

Eigg residents say their businesses are taking a huge hit due to ferry operator CalMac’s prioritising of non-landing passengers. More


1970s trains with 2019 fares sends commuters off the rails [Sunday Post]

Passengers on one of Scotlands busiest commuter lines are still stuck with old trains from the 1970s more than a year after ScotRail said theyd be phased out. The rail operator introduced the class 314s built 40 years ago in York as a stopgap in Inverclyde while new trains were diverted elsewhere for driver training. ScotRail said at the beginning of 2017 that it hoped to have an all-modern fleet of trains on the line by May the following year. But more than a year on, the old 314s are still run on the Inverclyde line, which travels through Greenock and Paisley into the countrys busiest station, Glasgow Central. More

Plates, signs, notices etc: Yes, Scotland's oldest current stock is being withdrawn in 2018, the same year that even older HSTs are joining the fleet. I wonder what percentage of passengers would be able to identify a 314, let alone will notice when they go? Photographed aboard a 314 (what else?) on 16 December 2017.
David Panton 16/12/2017

Ayr MPD: Ayr Open Day, 29 October 1983. Then new 314211 is on display, with Sans Pareil replica operating on the right. Electrification came in 1986. The Class 314 units will be withdrawn in 2018.
Bill Roberton 29/10/1983

Glasgow Central: Class 314 314202 at Glasgow Central waiting to depart with the service to Neilston. This is the last train still painted in SPT orange and black, and it will lose this as part of the Class 314 modernisation programme.
Graham Morgan 26/08/2006


Swansea's Bascule Bridge to be moved for restoration [BBC News]

A 110-year-old landmark former railway bridge in Swansea is to be moved for restoration. Preparation work has been under way for weeks and the Bascule Bridge near the Liberty Stadium will be moved, in one piece, by 13:00 BST on Sunday. More than 20 workers, a 53m (174ft) crane and and a truck will perform the manoeuvre. The 70-tonne Grade II listed bridge will then be assessed and restored at Afon Engineering, Swansea Vale, and re-installed next year. The bridge was pivotal to the area's time as the world copper capital, and its hinged steel structure would lift to allow for river traffic to pass through. More


Video: Aberdeen to Inverness railway project is on time say bosses [Evening Express]

Works to improve the rail network in the north-east are taking shape, with the project now past the halfway mark. More


North-east railway museum in talks to expand [Evening Express]

A north-east museum could be expanded in the future as it gets ready to host an open weekend. More


New boilers on way for Waverley amid hopes historic steamship will set sail next summer [Scotsman]

Plans to return the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer to full service have taken a major step forward after its owners placed an order for new boilers. More


In the cab of a ScotRail HST [RAIL]

We take a trip in the cab of a refurbished ScotRail Inter7City set to see how these trains will revolutionise travel north of the border More


Full steam ahead as operators express interest in Far North Line sleeper train [Press and Journal]

Good progress is being made with plans to introduce an overnight rail service between Caithness and the Central Belt. More


Hogwarts Express railway enthusiast gets approval for Yorkshire Dales station plan [Darlington & Stockton Times]

The railway enthusiast who saved the Harry Potter films Hogwarts Express from a scrapyard has had his plan to re-lay track at a defunct station to shunt diesel and steam locomotives mainly for his private enjoyment approved. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has approved David Smiths scheme despite concerns over its impact on the tranquillity of the national park, the wildlife of a nature reserve and visitors to the Aysgarth Falls tourism hotspot. The authority's planning committee heard the project to recreate the atmosphere of a country station at Aysgarth represented the best chance of reinstating the Wensleydale Railway from Northallerton to Garsdale, starting with the stretch from Redmire to Aysgarth. Mr Smith runs West Coast Railways, Britain's largest operator of heritage steam trains. More

Aysgarth: View east along the trackbed towards the former Aysgarth station and the route through Wensleydale to Northallerton on 3 November 2004. The railway bridge that once spanned Church Bank road, between the camera and the wooden fence, is long gone.
John Furnevel 03/11/2004

Aysgarth: First station after Redmire on the lifted section of the Wensleydale line is Aysgarth, near to the famous waterfalls. Closed to passengers in 1954, and freight ten years later, the station is very much intact but private property. The Wensleydale Railway's long term ambition is to extend through here to Garsdale.
Mark Bartlett 29/12/2008


Scotlands Railway marks 150th anniversary of Shotts line [ScotRail]

The ScotRail Alliance has installed a commemorative plaque at Shotts station to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the line between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Shotts. Unveiled by Alex Neil, MSP for Airdrie and Shotts and Transport Scotland Director for Rail Bill Reeve, at an event earlier today, the plaque reads: More


Maud Railway museum open weekend [Press and Journal]

The Maud Railway Museum will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. More


Outgoing ferry boss: Time to break up islands network [The Herald]

The business veteran who was part of the team which bought out Western Ferries 21 years ago has called for the Scottish ferry network to be split into bundles to boost competition as he steps down as chairman of the Dunoon-based firm. More


Aberdeen MSP gets behind rail plan [Evening Express]

An Aberdeen MSP has lent her support to a bid to study the potential for creating new train stations in the south of the city. More


Will ferry 'wake up call' fall on deaf ears? [Scotsman]

Frustrations over travel links to Scotlands numerous islands continues to grow and its not just the public who feel the situation with the ferry network is bad and only getting worse. More


Far north rail freight service back on track for delayed trial run [Press and Journal]

Hopes for a resumption of the regular freight traffic on the northernmost stretch of the rail network are being boosted with a trial run later this month. Very few commercial loads have been hauled either into or out of Caithness since a burst of activity in the 1990s when the freight arm of former freezer manufacturers Norfrost established a terminal at Georgemas Junction. Consignments of timber were also moved south by rail following the creation of a railside loading bay near Kinbrace in 2002. [This article is not available on the Press and Journal website.] More


Cairngorm funicular could be shut until summer 2020 [BBC News]

The Cairngorm funicular will remain out of service this coming winter, its owners Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has said. The UK's highest railway has been out of action since October last year due to structural problems. HIE, which also owns the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre, near Aviemore, said repairs will not be possible until spring or summer next year. It said piers, beams and foundations all require to be strengthened. More


Earl and Countess of Forfar get into drivers seat on Speysides whisky line train [Press and Journal]

The Earl and Countess of Forfar got into the drivers seat of a train during their visit to Speyside. The royal couple toured Glenfiddich in Dufftown yesterday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first whisky distillery centre in the world. Bill Gordon and Grant Gordon, both descendants of William Grant who originally founded the world-famous firm, met the entourage as they arrived. More


Two rail workers killed near Port Talbot after being hit by train [BBC News]

Two rail workers have died after being hit by a passenger train between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend stations. The pair were struck near Margam by the Swansea to London Paddington train at about 10:00 BST. A third person was treated for shock at the scene, but was not injured, British Transport Police (BTP) said. Network Rail said: 'We are shocked and distressed to confirm that two members of our team lost their lives today in an accident involving a train.' More


Councillors call for new south of Aberdeen stations [Press and Journal]

Two councillors have called on transport bosses to consider a new train station in the south of Aberdeen. More


Borders facing 'Watershed moment' for growth in the south of Scotland [Scotsman]

The extension of the Borders Rail link and a fresh drive to attract workers and families to the south of Scotland are among the measures called for to breathe new life into the area, according to a new study. More


Campaigners welcome £10m boost for bid to extend Borders Railway into Cumbria via Hawick [Scotsman]

Campaigners have welcomed the allocation of £10m for a study into the viability of extending the Borders Railway south west into England as part of the Borderlands growth deal agreed today, July 1. More


Ness Islands Railway preparing to reopen following bridge vandalism [Press and Journal]

A famous childrens railway in Inverness is preparing to reopen this week after it was forced to close due to suspected vandalism. More


Plans lodged to demolish historic Aberdeen railway signal box [Evening Express]

The equipment at Dyce Railway Station in Aberdeen, will be removed if the building warrant is approved. The work has been proposed by IKM Consulting on behalf of Bam Nuttall, the contractors for the Network Rail Aberdeen to Inverness infrastructure project. Work being carried out to dual the track means the signal box, built in 1880, will no longer need to be used. A Network Rail spokesman said: 'The signal box at Dyce is now redundant and we have no other operational use for the building.' More

Dyce: A Class 170 DMU heading to Inverness arrives at Dyce on 19 October 2012.
John McIntyre 19/10/2012

Dyce: The impressive Dyce signal box, November 2006.
John Furnevel 06/11/2006

Dyce: Aberdeen service at Dyce in 1992.
Roy Lambeth //1992


Full steam ahead for Bo'ness & Kinneil heritage rail expansion [Scotsman]

Scotland's leading heritage railway is planning to develop its stations into destinations in their own right to attract more passengers and increase the frequency of trains. More


Glasgow Queen Street: Two platforms to close for a month [BBC News]

Scheduled work at Glasgow Queen Street station will result in longer platforms accommodating longer trains. More


'Rescue train' sent to passengers of cancelled Caledonian Sleeper [BBC News]

A 'rescue train' was sent to help passengers from a Caledonian Sleeper service which broke down in a remote area of the Highlands. The overnight service to London Euston was cancelled due to a power failure shortly after it left Fort William on Friday. Caledonian Sleeper 'sincerely apologised' and said Sunday night's services would start from Edinburgh. It is the latest in a series of problems facing the rail firm. Since launching its new £150m fleet to great fanfare in April, passengers travelling between the Central Belt and London have faced disruption and cancellations. More


Trains to London: Severn Tunnel electrification problems [BBC News]

Full electrification of the main south Wales to London railway is in doubt as engineers on the £2.8bn project have an 'issue' electrifying the Severn Tunnel. The kit holding electric wires above the track in the four-mile (6km) tunnel is failing because of the salty conditions under the Severn Estuary. Network Rail has spent three years and what is thought to be close to £20m to prepare the tunnel for electrification. Specialists in electric rail have been brought in to help solve the issue. More

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