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23/04/2017 Rail royalty Flying Scotsman meets modern era trains [BBC News]
Four trains from different eras have travelled side by side in a special event celebrating the past, present and future of Britain's railways. The world-famous locomotive Flying Scotsman was joined by an HST and InterCity 225 from Virgin Trains' fleet, and one of its new Azuma trains. They lined up on the East Coast Main Line at Tollerton, North Yorkshire, at 06:00 BST before travelling to York. Hundreds of people lined the route to witness the unique event. More
BBC News

22/04/2017 Flying Scotsman will measure up to modern trains in unique Yorkshire railway event [Yorkshire Post]
World famous locomotive Flying Scotsman will travel alongside three modern trains in Yorkshire tomorrow to celebrate the past, present and future of Britains railway. The trains will line up on the East Coast Main Line at Tollerton, North Yorkshire, at around 6am before moving south to York. Flying Scotsman will be joined by an HST and InterCity 225 from Virgin Trains current fleet, as well as one of the operators new Azuma trains, which come into service next year. More

Deltic 55002 The King^s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at the head of an up ECML train passing the Edinburgh - London half way sign at Shipton, on the northern approach to York, on 16 August 1980
[Peter Todd 16/08/1980]

4472 Flying Scotsman stands at York station on 2 May 1964 with the Gresley Society^s 9 coach ^London North Eastern Flyer^ which ran between Kings Cross and Darlington North Road. The trip included a visit to Darlington Locomotive Works.
[K A Gray 02/05/1964]

A CrossCountry service runs north through the site of Tollerton station in the Vale of York on 25 March 2010. Nothing remains of the station, which closed to pasengers in 1965, but the site sees regular use nowadays by engineering and maintenance staff. [See image 28270]
[John Furnevel 25/03/2010]
Yorkshire Post

19/04/2017 Upgrade for first class passengers at Perth railway station [The Courier]
Part of Perth railway station could be upgraded to benefit first class commuters travelling between London and the north of Scotland. Serco Caledonian Sleeper, which runs overnight services from London to Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William, has applied for permission to radically transform a semi-disused A-listed building at platform four of the Fair City station. The building will provide a first class lounge, as well as a training room and auditorium. More
The Courier

19/04/2017 6 Munro walks you can easily reach by train [Scotsman]
Some of the most scenic and beautiful Munro mountains in Scotland are in remote locations - but others you can easily get to by train. Here are six of the best.
(See article for full details)
Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh (Falls of Cruachan) Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh (Bridge of Orchy) Beinn a Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich (Loch Awe) Ben Vorlich, Loch Lomond (Ardlui) Carn na Caim and ABhuidheanach Bheag (Dalwhinnie) Fionn Bheinn (Achnasheen) More

19/04/2017 Euston delays: Station evacuated after track fire causes travel chaos [Evening News]
One of Londons busiest rail stations was evacuated after a power cut caused by a track side fire - leaving trains in chaos for the rest of the day. The small fire broke out on a section of track near South Hampstead station, leading to all services in and out of Euston station being cancelled. The afternoon blaze caused damage to signalling equipment and led to a power cut,causing massive disruption to travellers during the evening rush hour. Victoria and Northern line Tube services were also hit. More
BBC News

18/04/2017 Dundee Railway Station Could Get £700K Revamp [Dundee Evening Telegraph]
Dundee's existing train station facilities could undergo a £700,000 revamp if the move is approved by the city council. An application for a building warrant has been submitted to planning officers by IDP Architects, on behalf of Abellio Scotrail. IDP has previous experience of train stations, having worked on the design of the Broughty Ferry station revamp as well as the new Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park stations. More
Dundee Evening Telegraph

18/04/2017 Victorian train boss caricature found in restored carriage [BBC News]
A 19th century 'joke' possibly aimed at a Victorian boss has been uncovered during work at a railway museum. Volunteers found a pencil caricature hidden on the back of a wooden panel during a project to restore an 1890 carriage to its original splendour. It showed a man with a high collar, pointed moustache and satisfied smirk. Bosses at the Midland Railway Trust in Butterley, Derbyshire, speculated a builder decided to tease the management. The coach was found in 1999, being used as a changing room for a tennis court. [From Richard Buckby] More
BBC Ne4ws

18/04/2017 SNP unveils new plan for Glasgow Subway extension [Scotsman]
The SNP want to bring the underground network under council control and take it away from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). Should the party oust Labour from the leadership of Glasgow City Council on 4 May, they say they have ambitious plans for the 120-year-old underground network. Currently, the Subway serves the centre, West End and south west of the city. The SNP has said it will investigate possible extensions to the east and north. To fund the work the party said it would look at new ways of raising cash rather than relying on capital grants from the Scottish Government. More

17/04/2017 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway hits extension target [BBC News]
A heritage steam railway is set to become 'one of the best in the country' after raising £1.25m to fund a track extension, its bosses claim. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway launched a public appeal to complete its 'last mile' a year ago. It currently runs between Cheltenham and Laverton but has long planned to extend to Broadway in Worcestershire. After an 'overwhelming response' it will reach the Cotswolds village for the first time since 1960. More

BR 9F 2-10-0 92203 Black Prince on a visit from the East Somerset Railway to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in August 2009, seen here taking on water at the end of the platfom at Cheltenham Racecourse station.
Cheltenham Racecourse
[Ian Dinmore 30/08/2009]

The rebuilding of Broadway Station, looking north. The track is currently a mile away. The signalbox is complete as is one platform.
[Peter Todd 23/05/2016]

Spotless Stanier 8F no 8274 arrives at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 8 March 2014, the first day of the 2014 season.
[John McIntyre 08/03/2014]
BBC News

15/04/2017 Chance to look at plans for second platform at Dunbar Railway Station [East Lothian Courier]
TWO meetings looking at plans to build a second platform at Dunbars railway station take place over the next fortnight. Network Rail is holding the drop-in sessions in the town to gather the publics views on the proposals, with a second platform and bridge over the railway line potentially in place within three years. Preliminary works were carried out at land at the railway station in 2015. More

An up ECML Sunday relief train at Dunbar during the late morning of September 12th 1971. The locomotive is class 46 Peak No. 148.
[Bill Jamieson 12/09/1971]

The almost disturbing (but welcome) site of a ScotRail unit at Dunbar, in this case 322481 with the 1504 to Edinburgh on 28 May. ScotRail trains have not served Dunbar since 1990, when the twice-daily local service was withdrawn due to a shortage of DMUs [see image 24208]. With the new timetable this week two weekday services make a return trip: one mid-morning, one mid-afternoon. This leaves Lockerbie as the only Scottish station not served by ScotRail.
[David Panton 28/05/2010]

View from the goods yard at Dunbar back towards the station in 1979 with a BR InterCity HST at the platform. Note the second platform and overall roof supports still in place at this time.
[Bruce McCartney //1979]
East Lothian Courier

14/04/2017 Trains delayed by cows on the line in Kent [BBC News]
A herd of cows on a railway line has caused delays and disruption to trains. Up to 60 cattle were spotted walking along the track and going into a tunnel between Hever and Ashurst in Kent. More
BBC News

13/04/2017 Virgin Trains East Coast staff to stage 48-hour strike [BBC News]
Staff on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage a 48-hour strike in a row over the role of guards and jobs, the RMT union has announced. The stoppage, on 28 and 29 April, follows recent strikes by three other train operators in rows over staffing. The union said it wanted 'explicit clarification' from Virgin on the future role of guards. Virgin said it planned to run a 'near-normal' timetable during the industrial action. The company, which operates services between London, north-east England and Scotland, stressed there would be no driver-only trains and changes to staff roles would have a 'zero impact on safety'. More

The 0615 London Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley Virgin Trains East Coast service runs through Portobello East Junction on 7 September 2016.
Portobello East Junction
[John Furnevel 07/09/2016]

Virgin East Coast 43257 has just arrived at Kings Cross on the rear of the up Highland Chieftain from Inverness, on time at 15.51 after a 7 hour 56 minute journey.
Kings Cross
[Andrew Wilson 13/04/2015]

^Skyfall^ DVT 82231 on a Virgin Trains East Coast service calling at York on 19 March 2015.
[Veronica Clibbery 19/03/2015]
BBC News

12/04/2017 Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea [RTM]
Tunnelling work to extend the Northern Line to Battersea started today as the first of two boring machines began its 3.2km tunnelling journey to lengthen the line between Kennington to Battersea. The two machines, called Helen and Amy, were lowered 20 metres below ground in Battersea back in February, and Helen has started her work moving underneath south London to create the first new tunnel that will extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station via Nine Elms. [From Richard Buckby] More

12/04/2017 Steam train hits 100mph on main line for the first time since the 1960s [Metro]
For the first time in half a century, a steam train has hit 100mph on one of Britains main rail lines. During testing last night, Tornado, Britains newest steam train, reached the speed on the East Coast Main Line (ECML), which runs between London and Edinburgh, the BBC reported. The event was described as a fairly historic evening, and quite a quick one by BBC Look Norths Tom Ingall. It was the first time a steam engine had reached 100mph on the ECML since 1967. More

12/04/2017 Plans to cut CrossCountry trains to Aberdeen to be scrapped [Scotsman]
Plans to reduce CrossCountry train services to and from the north-east of Scotland have been scrapped. The company confirmed it has withdrawn proposed timetable changes that would have resulted in four of the six services operating between Aberdeen and Edinburgh being cut from December. A spokesman said: Last year CrossCountry consulted widely on possible changes to its timetables from December 2017. More

The CrossCountry 0820 Aberdeen - Penzance approaching Portobello East Junction on 8 September 2016. The building in the background houses the Craigentinny depot wheel lathe. The train is well into its 722 mile journey, with only another 32 stops to make before reaching its destination at 2143.
Portobello East Junction
[John Furnevel 08/09/2016]

The 08.20 Aberdeen - Taunton CrossCountry service passes Aberdour on 21 January.
[Bill Roberton 21/01/2014]

Currently the UK^s longest scheduled end-to-end railway journey. A CrossCountry Voyager pauses at Cupar on 2 October with the 0820 Aberdeen - Penzance. The train is scheduled to complete its 722 mile, 13 hour 23 minute journey at 2143.
[Andrew Wilson 02/10/2014]

11/04/2017 Plans for refurb of Motherwell train station and surrounding area are revealed [Daily Record]
The redevelopment of Motherwell train station took a major step forward this week. ScotRail Alliance, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, submitted a business case to Transport Scotland, outlining their plans for the stations new look. Key aspects of the redevelopment include additional facilities for customers and staff, along with a new road configuration and traffic plan around the station. The plans also include improved pedestrian routes and additional park and ride facilities at a number of nearby locations. More

37116 tailed by 37025 ^Inverness TMD^ on 108N at Motherwell, 21st March 2017.
[Ian Millar 21/03/2017]

DB Cargo 66099 heads 6K31 Carlisle NY to Rannoch engineers consist North through Motherwell on 9 March 2017. On the adjacent track Pendolino 390119 is heading for London Euston with train 1M17, the 1640 ex Glasgow Central.
[Ken Browne 09/03/2017]

Looking south over Motherwell station on 14 August 2010.  Main line platforms are on the left, with Hamilton Circle platforms 3 and 4 and then stabling at the far right.  Platform 3 is considerably longer than Platform 4, but having no main line services is rather unlikely to see its full 12-carriage length filled!
[David Panton 14/08/2010]
Daily Record

10/04/2017 First UK rail freight service to China to depart [BBC News]
The first rail freight service from the UK to China will depart on a 7,500-mile journey from Essex on Monday. Thirty containers will carry British goods including whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals. A DB Cargo locomotive will leave the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope for the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province, eastern China. After going through the Channel Tunnel the train will pass through seven other countries before arriving on 27 April. More
BBC News

09/04/2017 Borders Railway extension prospects studied [BBC News]
A new study is to look at the possibility of extending the Borders Railway beyond Tweedbank to Carlisle. Transport Scotland has announced it intends to award the contract to look at wider transport issues across the south of the country to Jacobs UK Ltd. It is hoped the study can get under way later this month and will take about seven months to complete. The findings will feed into the Scottish government's nationwide strategic transport projects review. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said a commitment had previously been given to examine the case for extending the railway along with improvements on the A1, A7 and A68. More
BBC News

09/04/2017 The end is nigh for Chilterns Bubble cars [Rail]
Chiltern Railways will withdraw its two Class 121 Bubble cars on May 19. The single-car first-generation diesel multiple units were introduced in 1960, and are currently used by CR between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury. The first (121020) was bought from Network Rail in 2003, with a second (121034) joining it in 2011 from preservation. They are the last trains in daily use with vacuum brakes, but CR says that because of the increase in ongoing maintenance needs they are to be withdrawn and sold. They will be replaced by Class 165s. We will be sad to see these trains go, as they are a part of railway history and some customers even make special journeys to travel on them, said Chiltern Railways Engineering Director Matthew Prosser. [From Various contributors] More

Chiltern railcar 121034 waits alongside the single platform at Little Kimble in August 2016 with a Princes Risborough - Aylesbury shuttle service. [Chiltern^s railcars are to be withdrawn on 19th May - see news item]
Little Kimble
[Ian Dinmore 18/08/2016]

The scene at Chiltern Railways^ Aylesbury depot on 15 August 2014 shows a contrast in operational DMU styles, with a 24 year old Class 165 Turbo unit in the company of two 54 year old Class 121 ^Bubble Car^ units. All are available for service with either 55020 or 55034 used on weekday peak hour Aylesbury to Princes Risborough shuttles. The diesel shunter is 01509 Lesley (RH 468043).
[Malcolm Chattwood 15/08/2014]

08/04/2017 Passengers facing rail strikes on Grand National day [ITV News]
Rail passengers, including racegoers attending the Grand National, are facing a day of travel disruption with workers at three rail companies on strike. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Merseyrail, Arriva Trains North and Southern have begun a 24-hour walkout amid bitter rows over staffing and driver-only trains. The strike at Arriva and Merseyrail coincides with the UK's biggest horse race, which sees many of the tens of thousands of racegoers travelling to Aintree by train. Merseyrail has brought in a team of managers to provide a service before and after the race between Liverpool city centre and Aintree. More

Merseyrail 507006 pulls away from Aintree heading for Ormskirk on 7th February 2017. The bright sunshine has made a large gold horseshoe in the middle of the footbridge almost invisible in this image. The old excursion platforms used by race goers are still partly in place behind the left hand platform.
[Mark Bartlett 07/02/2017]

Definitely one of the better advertising vinyls. Merseyrail 508111 sports full length images promoting The Beatles Story attraction in Liverpool. Each of the three coaches is different leading to a very eye catching train. Seen here at Aintree on 7th February 2017 with the famous racecourse just behind the station.
[Mark Bartlett 07/02/2017]

A Preston to Ormskirk service at Croston on 5 April. The service is usually a single Class 153 or a Class 142 unit but on the day of the Grand National at Aintree, Northern supplemented 153317 with 150111. The disused platform on the right has received quite a makeover by the Friends of Croston Station [see image 36136].
[John McIntyre 05/04/2014]
ITV News

07/04/2017 Manchester Metrolink tram marks 25 years [BBC News]
It is 25 years since the Queen officially opened Manchester's Metrolink tram system. More than 37m journeys are made on the network every year. [From Mark Bartlett] More

Prior to 1971 the bay platforms at Altrincham were through roads leading under the two right hand arches to the EMU Depot where the 1931 built MSJ&A dedicated sets were maintained. When the Altrincham line was converted to 25kvAC the depot closed and the site was built on. Metrolink 3024 pauses briefly in Platform 1 on 13 January 2015 before returning to Bury.
[Mark Bartlett 13/01/2015]

Looking north into Bury Interchange, the terminus on the Manchester Metrolink on 03 March 2012. The station was opened in 1980 by BR with Class 504 EMUs. It was closed and converted for the Metrolink, reopening in 1992. Prior to this station opening BR services from Manchester had used Bury Bolton Street station which is now part of the East Lancashire Railway. With thanks to Alisdair McNicol for correcting the information on the earlier caption.
Bury Interchange
[John McIntyre 03/03/2012]

A Metrolink tram rolls into Piccadilly Gardens, in Manchester City Centre, from Piccadilly Station. From here it will either turn right for Bury or left for Altrincham or Eccles. View from nearby City Tower. [see image 29737] for an update.
Piccadilly Gardens
[Mark Bartlett 25/02/2009]
BBC News

06/04/2017 NR earmarks West Midlands site for sleeper construction facility [RTM]
Network Rail has identified a site in Sandwell to build a new factory that will produce concrete sleepers for the network in the future. The railway sidings at Bescot have been selected for the potential project, and will create 100 jobs in the West Midlands whilst ensuring that Bescot is a key location on the nations railway map. If approved, the facility hopes to produce up to 600,000 sleepers a year making up 60% of the countrys supply, with Network Rails separate sleeper facility in Doncaster making up the remaining 40%. The Bescot site will be directly connected to the network to ensure that sleepers can be transported quickly and easily around Britain. [From Richard Buckby] More

05/04/2017 Oil transport switch from rail to road slammed [Press and Journal]
In a cost-cutting move announced yesterday, oil will now be brought to the Scottish Fuels depot in Fort William by road instead of rail, resulting in tankers making hundreds of deliveries each year using the notorious trunk road. The oil for the local depot mainly comes from Grangemouth and the decision to switch from rail to road has been slammed by a local transport group, claiming the A82 can not cope with the present volume of traffic. [From Richard Buckby] More

156453 and 156447 run past the oil depot on their approach to Fort William station on the 10.10 ex Mallaig to Glasgow service on 25 June.
Fort William Junction
[David Pesterfield 25/06/2013]

Across the Wasteland: the northbound bauxite and oil tanks for Fort William run north towards Corrour (an hour earlier than scheduled). Viewed from just south of Lubnaclach.
[Ewan Crawford 15/02/2010]

156476 heads for Glasgow Queen Street, having reversed at Fort William, on a late afternoon service from Mallaig. On the left 66090 has just drawn four tanks out of the oil terminal yard and is waiting to reverse back onto the main line prior to following the Sprinter over the West Highland line.
Fort William Junction
[Mark Bartlett 18/05/2010]
Press and Journal

04/04/2017 Glasgow landslip causes week-long rail disruption [BBC News]
ScotRail is warning that a landslip in Glasgow will lead to week-long disruption on some rail services. It follows the partial collapse of a railway embankment between Ashfield and Gilshochill. The rail operator said tonnes of mud and stone had washed onto the track at Lambhill, weakening a footbridge over the track. Services from Glasgow Queen Street to Anniesland and Crianlarich have been cancelled for seven days as a result. More
BBC News

03/04/2017 Southern rail: Aslef members reject latest proposed deal [BBC News]
Members of the Aslef union have rejected a deal aimed at ending the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains on Southern railway. Members voted by 372 votes (51.8%) to 346 (48.2%) against the proposed deal. General secretary Mick Whelan said: 'We understand and support the decision arrived at in a democratic vote.' Govia Thameslink Railway said it was 'hugely disappointing' as the agreement had 'the full support and recommendation' of Aslef leaders. More
BBC News

02/04/2017 Berkeley calls for review of HS2 as predicted Phase 1 costs soar to £48bn [RTM]
Developing HS2 Phase 1 from London to the West Midlands will cost an estimated £48bn double the figure quoted by ministers in December last year, new estimates by QS Michael Byng, the author of the Suite of Rail Method of Measurement documents commissioned by Network Rail, have revealed. Todays revelation, according to lord Berkeley, means that the entire cost of HS2 £48.7bn (excluding rolling stock) will actually be taken up by Phase 1, leaving no cash left to complete Phase 2A to Crewe and Phase 2B to Leeds. [From Richard Buckby] More

31/03/2017 Glasgow station's £100m upgrade gets green light [BBC News]
A major redevelopment of Glasgow's Queen Street Station has been given formal approval. The work will include provision for longer trains and capacity for the station to handle increased passenger numbers. Scottish ministers have signed a Transport and Works Scotland (Taws) order to allow the 'major facelift' to go ahead. Work at the station will cost more than £100m and should be completed by 2019. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: 'The Scottish government is delivering the most ambitious programme of rail investment ever seen in Scotland, committing over £5bn across the current funding period. More
BBC News

31/03/2017 Flying Scotsman marks Carlisle-to-Settle line reopening [BBC News]
Flying Scotsman has marked the reopening of the landslip-hit Settle-to-Carlisle rail line. The stretch at Eden Brows, between Carlisle and Armathwaite, had to be shut in February last year after 500,000 tones of earth moved. Network Rail underpinned the line by driving hundreds of concrete-filled steel piles into the bedrock. Paul Barnfield, regional director for train operator Northern, said the £23m project had been a 'mammoth task'. More

A Class 142 (number 142066) on an Appleby to Carlisle ecs move (suspected to be for route refreshing) passes the site of the landslip at Eden Brows on 25 March 2017. This is the second day that these runs have taken place. The DMU is crossing the section where the slip occurred and where Network Rail has spent the past year rebuilding the trackbed and there is now a substantial retaining wall and piles beneath to support the line. The line is scheduled to reopen to passenger traffic on 31 March 2017 with Flying Scotsman hauling the reopening special.
Eden Brows
[John McIntyre 25/03/2017]

Flying Scotsman northbound near Rise Hill Tunnel on the Settle & Carlisle line on 30 September 1978 with The Lord Bishop. The special was bound for Appleby, where a memorial service was held for Bishop Eric Treacy.
Rise Hill Tunnel
[Ian Dinmore 30/09/1978]

The Settle and Carlisle Railway was closed in early 2016 due to a landslip at Eden Brows between Armathwaite and Cumwhinton. Network Rail and their contractor Story have constructing an enormous concrete and steel structure that will sit beneath the railway. They are also carrying out significant ground stabilisation between the railway and the River Eden some 70 metres below the line. This view from an overbridge to the south of the site shows the track removed in the distance beyond the yellow container. The line is scheduled to reopen on 31 March 2017.
Eden Brows
[John McIntyre 21/01/2017]
BBC News

30/03/2017 Glasgow Queen Street gets on track for platform extension works [EGIP News]
Ahead of Glasgow Queen Street stations redevelopment, preparatory work will begin next week for the extension of platform 1. A £13m contract has been issued to Balfour Beatty who will deliver a package of enabling works including the construction of a new staff accommodation block, ahead of the platform being lengthened to accommodate four-carriage trains. To prepare for the platform extension, the staff accommodation currently located on platform 1 and 2 needs to be demolished. The staff facilities within this block will be relocated to a new staff building being built on the North Hanover Street (Car park) side of the station ahead of the demolition. Balfour Beatty will start work on this new staff building on Monday, April 3, with completion the facility due in spring 2018. Engineers will also strip out redundant structures within the station during this time and build a new electrical sub-station to serve Glasgow Queen Street station. The work is part of the Scottish Government-funded Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme and preparatory work ahead of the future redevelopment of the station. More
Edinburgh and Glasgow Improvement Programme

30/03/2017 ScotRail's top 10 busiest trains revealed [BBC News]
Transport Scotland has published a list of the busiest trains in the country. The data compiled over a six-month period shows the busiest services and worst-affected points along each route. Top of the list is the 17:21 service from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, which was found to run at a maximum of 146% of planned capacity. Transport Scotland said the data would help ScotRail 'improve passenger experiences' and make best use of its rolling stock. Last November, a major improvement plan was published in response to widespread criticism of ScotRail's reliability since its Dutch owners Abellio took over the contract in April 2015. More
BBC News

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