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14/10/2019 Flooding leaves 6ft hole in Teignmouth railway track [BBC News]
Flood damage has caused a huge hole to open up in a railway track, causing disruption for passengers. The pit, which is 6ft (1.8m) deep and 6.5ft (2m) wide, appeared under the tracks after high tides engulfed the line at Teignmouth in Devon. It is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day while emergency repairs are carried out. Replacement buses are running between Exeter and Newton Abbott. More
BBC News

14/10/2018 New £5bn Transport for Wales rail franchise begins [BBC News]
The new operators of Wales and Borders rail services have taken over the running of the franchise. French-Spanish joint venture KeolisAmey promises to eventually replace all trains, at a cost of £800m. There is also £738m to electrify the South Wales valley add lines, more services and launch the new South Wales Metro over the next 15 years. It marks an end to the troubled tenure for Arriva Trains Wales, criticised for overcrowding on commuter services More
BBC News

13/10/2018 First new ScotRail train back on track after fault fixed [BBC News]
The first of several new trains taken out of service over a technical fault is back in operation after the problem was resolved, ScotRail has announced. It was one of three Hitachi class 385 electric trains taken off commuter routes after a brake control system issue was detected earlier this month. The seven-carriage train began operating again between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High on Saturday. The remaining two trains are expected to return to service next week. The fault, which 'led to a small loss of signalling across the brake network cables' was identified on 4 October. More
BBC News

11/10/2018 Train derailment closes line between Aberdeen and Dundee [BBC News]
Rail services between Aberdeen and Dundee face another day of disruption after a derailment. The train derailed at Stonehaven on Wednesday, leading to the closure of the line. ScotRail warned that services would remain suspended until 'at least' 18:00. Replacement buses between Aberdeen and Dundee have been set up as a result of the derailment. No passengers were on board. Accident investigators are at the scene. More
BBC News

10/10/2018 ScotRails new high-speed train breaks down on first trip [Scotsman]
ScotRails new high-speed train broke down during its first service with passengers. The train left Aberdeen at 12.55pm today after being hailed by the company as an important milestone in its plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. But the £2m train, which offers passengers more seats, more luggage space and more plug sockets broke down near the town of Ladybank in Fife. More

10/10/2018 Talgo shortlists UK factory sites [Railway Gazette]
UK: Talgo has shortlisted the port of Mostyn in north Wales as one of six potential sites for its proposed UK rolling stock manufacturing plant, the company announced in Cardiff on October 9. The other sites include St Helens, Leeds and Chesterfield in northern England, and Hunterston or Longannet in Scotland. A decision on a preferred site is expected next month, although a final go-ahead would depend on the company obtaining an initial order. Talgo has been shortlisted to bid for the supply of at least 54 classic compatible 360 km/h trainsets for Phase 1 of HS2 between London and the West Midlands, based on its Avril concept. However, it said the UK plant could also be used to manufacture rolling stock for other domestic applications as well as exports, augmenting the capacity of its two existing facilities in Spain. More
Railway Gazette

10/10/2018 First upgraded high-speed train starts on Aberdeen-Edinburgh line next week [BBC News]
The first of a fleet of upgraded high-speed trains is to enter service in Aberdeen next week, it has been announced. Rail operator ScotRail said the first of the 26 newly refurbished Inter7City trains would run from Aberdeen to Edinburgh via Dundee from Monday. The diesel trains date back to the 1970s but they have all been renovated. The first of the refurbished trains was supposed to be introduced along the line in May. But ScotRail admitted the project had been 'a challenge'. More

Dawn of a new era as ScotRail HST (power cars 43132 and 43021) nears Aberdour, heading from Craigentinny to Aberdeen on 10 September 2017.
[Bill Roberton 10/09/2017]

A British Rail InterCity 125, about to leave Bristol Temple Meads station in 1985 with a service to London Paddington.
Bristol Temple Meads
[John McIntyre //1985]

Prototype HST photographed running through Sonning Cutting in 1976.
[Ian Dinmore //1976]
BBC News

08/10/2018 Why leaves on the line is no joke for Scotlands railway [Network Rail]
Scotlands Railway has launched its biggest ever response to the threats caused by autumn leaf fall. More
Network Rail

08/10/2018 ScotRail criticised over disabled support at Aberdeen train station [Evening Express]
A severely disabled woman has hit out over accessibility at Aberdeen train station. More
Evening Express

08/10/2018 ScotRail boss claims passengers ‘don’t care how old their trains are’ [Scotsman]
The boss of the ScotRail Alliance said customers “don’t care how old their trains are” when he was challenged on carriages on a new high-speed train roll-out being 40 years old. More

05/10/2018 Council wants ScotRail to help ease disruption on Stromeferry bypass [West Highland Free Press]
Scotrail are currently considering a proposal to terminate rail journeys at Strathcarron to allow road traffic to flow more freely through the diversion on the Stromeferry bypass. At a meeting in Lochcarron last week, Colin Howell (pictured), Highland Councils head of infrastructure, said that the road to rail diversion on the bypass, where important stabilisation work to the rockface is being carried out, could stay open to traffic for an extra 80 minutes each day if Scotrail would agree to do this. It would involved taking passengers by bus from Strathcarron to stations along the line to Kyle of Lochalsh. More

Driving along a railway on a Sunday afternoon, as you do. A van and trailer return to the roadway at the west end of the diversion of the Stromeferry Bypass. [See image 65935 for more details.] Note the gate across the Kyle line.
Avalanche Shelter
[Michael Gibb 07/10/2018]

A new meaning for ^taking to the tracks^ near the avalanche shelter on the Kyle line. The view looks east to the diversion of the Stromeferry Bypass onto the railway. [See image 65935 for details].
Avalanche Shelter
[Michael Gibb 07/10/2018]

For a short length the Stromeferry Bypass has been diverted onto the Kyle line fitted with a surface to allow road vehicles to drive on the line, effectively a tramway for this portion. The cliff face to the left requires stabilisation and netting to make it safe. Network Rail has very generously allowed this arrangement which has allowed the road to stay open albeit with very considerable delays for road traffic and a complicated combined convey system and railway operation. The location is to the west of the avalanche shelter.
Avalanche Shelter
[Michael Gibb 07/10/2018]
West Highland Free Press

05/10/2018 Police launch appeal after memorial bench disappears from Old Deeside Railway Line [Evening Express]
Police are appealing for information following the removal of a memorial bench near a historic bridge in Aberdeen. More
Evening Express

05/10/2018 Demolition work complete on Glasgow Queen Street station [Network Rail]
The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station reached another major milestone this week as the project team completed all of the demolition work needed to start building a bigger and brighter transport hub. More
Network Rail

05/10/2018 Alastair Dalton: Why nationalising the railways may not be the answer [Scotsman]
Nationalising the railways has become a popular cause among politicians and disgruntled passengers alike – but careful what you wish for. More

05/10/2018 Aberdeen-Inverness project gives customers virtual view of upgrade works [Network Rail]
Passengers at Aberdeen station are being given the chance to see enhancement works recently delivered between Aberdeen and Dyce in an innovative virtual reality (VR) experience. More
Network Rail

05/10/2018 Technical fault puts new ScotRail trains out of service [BBC News]
ScotRail has withdrawn its newest trains from service following the discovery of a technical fault. The fault was identified on Thursday on one of the Hitachi class 385 electric trains, introduced to the fleet in July. A spokesman for ScotRail confirmed all three 385 trains in passenger service have been removed for testing. It is understood this led to a shortage of carriages on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line on Friday morning. ScotRail chief operating officer Angus Thom has apologised to any passengers whose journeys have been disrupted. More
BBC News

05/10/2018 Central Line strike: London Underground drivers in 24-hour walkout [BBC News]
Hundreds of thousands of London Underground (LU) passengers face travel disruption after train drivers began a 24-hour strike. There will be no services running on the Central Line, including the Night Tube. The Waterloo and City Line is running but with severe delays. The action by the drivers' union Aslef is part of a dispute over working conditions. LU described the industrial action, which began at midnight, as 'needless'. More
BBC News

05/10/2018 Brake problems disrupt ScotRails new trains on Edinburgh-Glasgow line [Scotsman]
One of ScotRails brand new trains caused significant disruption to its busiest line today because of defective brakes. The train operator admitted it was the latest of a series of similar problems to have hit the class 385 electric trains since last month. More

ScotRail 385015 on a test run from Linlithgow to Queen Street on 24 July 2018, the first day of passenger services for the new Class 385 EMUs. 385104 and 385003 did the honours for those travellling between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
[Colin McDonald 24/07/2018]

The 0800 to Glasgow Queen Street on Saturday 25 August is in the charge of a 7-car Class 385. I noticed a number of 385s at Eastfield depot, but out there on the EGML it is 365s doing most of the duties. To me, 385s look like maggots with an unfortunate mutation but I recall thinking the same about 380s which now seem comparatively beautiful.
Edinburgh Waverley
[David Panton 25/08/2018]

The new ScotRail class 385 electric multiple unit to be built by Hitachi. Artist^s impression distributed at the Abellio franchise launch on 1 April 2015.
[ScotRail 01/04/2015]

04/10/2018 Rail line closure could cost Aberdeenshire Council £3m a day [BBC News]
The possible emergency closure of the East Coast Main Line due to a deteriorating bridge could cost Aberdeenshire Council up to £3m a day to cover disruption. The Abbeyton road-over-rail bridge, on the B966 just north of Fordoun, was shut in July. Inspections found serious failings in the 170-year-old structure. It is now to be demolished, but the local authority said an emergency closure could cost £1m to £3m a day. [The bridge is two miles north of Fordoun.] More

The 12.07 First Scotrail Class 170 Aberdeen - Edinburgh approaches Fordoun on 20 October 2012. Photographed from the road bridge alongside the station site looking north east towards the Network Rail track access point in the middle distance.
[John McIntyre 20/10/2012]

The morning HST service from Leeds to Aberdeen passes the former station at Fordoun (closed 1956) between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven on 20 October 2012.
[John McIntyre 20/10/2012]
BBC News

03/10/2018 Battery train to make debut in Scotland [Scotsman]
Passengers in Scotland will next week be the first to ride in a new battery-powered train to showcase its potential without the high cost of electrifying railway lines. More

03/10/2018 Re-doubling Aberdeen to Inverurie “ halfway there [Rail Engineer]
The 18-mile long Aberdeenshire canal, from Aberdeen docks to Inverurie, opened in 1805. It was not a commercial success, so its shareholders were glad to sell their canal to the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) who wanted to build their planned railway on top of it. In 1854, the GNSR opened its first railway [] More
Rail Engineer

03/10/2018 Falling tide leaves historic Skye ferry high and dry [BBC News]
The Skye ferry, the world's last sea-going, manually-operated, turntable boat, operates on fast flowing narrows. More
BBC News

03/10/2018 Cairngorm funicular railway safety probe to last ‘at least a month’ [Press and Journal]
The Cairngorm funicular railway will be closed for at least a month - just to let engineers work out how long it will take to fix, it has emerged. More
Press and Journal

02/10/2018 New Great Northern Class 717 carries first passengers [Rail]
The first Class 717 carried passengers on the Great Northern network on September 28. The six-car dual-voltage Desiro City (717007), built by Siemens in Krefeld, Germany, ran from Moorgate to Gordon Hill. The remaining 24 sets will enter traffic in a phased introduction between now and next Spring. They provide 27% additional capacity compared with the Class 313s they will replace. The older EMUs date from 1976/77. More

01/10/2018 Caledonian Sleepers Mk 5s delayed until Spring 2019 [RAIL]
Introduction of CAF-built Mk 5s delayed by Caledonian Sleeper until next year. More

01/10/2018 CairnGorm Mountain railway closed for 'several weeks' [BBC News]
CairnGorm funicular railway has stopped operating due to problems with the structure supporting the tracks. More
BBC News

01/10/2018 ScotRail pledges 'faster journeys and more seats' with new timetable [BBC News]
ScotRail has set out major changes to its timetables which take effect in December. The rail operator has promised faster journey times, more services and more seats for passengers. It said the 'enhancement' of its services was as a result of the introduction of new high-speed and electric trains and further electrification of the lines. ScotRail previously faced criticism for rush-hour overcrowding on some routes. More
BBC News

29/09/2018 New roof planned at Aberdeen Railway Station [Press & Journal]
Work has begun as part of a 12-month programme to upgrade and replace the stations glass roof. The current roof has been severely affected by damp, dirt and corrosion in previous years. Transport bosses have now made the decision to replace the grade a-listed roof with structure similar to those implemented at Haymarket and Stirling stations. Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart said the work would benefit local people. He said: With major investment and upgrades to the Aberdeen to Inverness rail route and improvements to services from the central belt, our city needs to have a station that is fit for purpose and prepared to cope with growing travel demands. More

The concourse at Aberdeen station, looking south towards bay platforms 3 to 5 on 15 June 2009. (There is no platform 1 or 2).
[David Panton 15/06/2009]

A Compass tours charter train from Crewe stands in platform 6 at Aberdeen station on 25 September 2009. Two-tone green class 47 no D1916 remains on the train as 66016 runs back through platform 7 in readiness to take the tour back south. There should have been two Class 47s involved but one had disgraced itself at Lancaster on the outward journey and D1916 had hauled the train (13 coaches and the dead Class 47) over Shap to Carlisle where the failure was removed and replaced by 66016.
[B A Cairns 25/09/2009]

View south into Aberdeen station from Guild Street bridge in November 2006 looking along the former Great North bay platforms 10 and 11 towards the buffer stops. The old bays have long been infilled and given over to car parking but the canopy framework and supports are still in place. [See image 33926]
[John Furnevel 05/11/2006]
Press & Journal

28/09/2018 ScotRail were not consulted over Hampden semi-finals decision [Scotsman]
The SPFLs decision to schedule both Betfred Cup semi-finals at Hampden on the same day will present a significant logistical challenge, ScotRail have admitted. More

28/09/2018 ScotRail passengers face train overhaul delay [Scotsman]
Long-distance ScotRail passengers may have to travel in unrefurbished second-hand trains because of further delays to their overhaul. More

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