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I had low expectations of any revelations from Michael Matheson when I interviewed the Transport Secretary as part of an SNP conference fringe event on Monday “ but one came within the first few minutes.
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Caledonian Sleeper services from Aberdeen and Fort William have been cancelled until December 6, the rail operator has announced.
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If you havent tried it, travelling by sleeper train can be unique and exciting experience.
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Christmas and New Year passengers on the Caledonian Sleeper face disruption with two 48-hour strikes which are likely to halt services.
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New managing director named for London-Scotland sleeper service.
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Further strike action from Caledonian Sleeper staff meanservices have been cancelled on Sunday and Monday.

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Tonight marks the first of two periods of planned strike action from Caledonian Sleeper staff, leading to services being cancelled.

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Scotland's overnight trains could one day travel to Gdansk, Genoa and Granada, writes Alastair Dalton.
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Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper are set to strike from Sunday against a lack of concern for RMT union members safety and wellbeing.

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RMT vows walkouts will go ahead to halt overnight Scotland-London trains.
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The Serco-operated Scotland-London trains went further into the red in the year to March, The Scotsman has learned
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Strike action has forced the cancellation of all Caledonian Sleeper rail services to and from Inverness this Sunday and Monday.
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The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises, following on from the six-month Emergency Measures Agreement introduced in April 2020, which was due to expire on September 20.
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Passengers using overnight trains between Scotland and London face four days of disruption after the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced two walkouts over rest areas on trains for staff.
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ScotRail's passengers and 5,200 staff received a significant boost today as emergency funding by the Scottish Government was extended.
The lifeline Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA) was introduced in April 2020 after the COVID-19 lockdown resulted in a 95 per cent reduction in ScotRail passenger numbers. The Scottish Government reached a six-month funding agreement to allow the operator to continue to provide services for key workers tackling the pandemic.
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A landslide has shut part of a world-renowned Scottish rail line - a day after another slip has lead to the closure of an iconic Highlands road.
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ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper and freight services on the West Highland Line have been affected.
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An industrial action ballot among Caledonian Sleeper staff will be launched tomorrow in a dispute over the use of spare berths for rest breaks during extended shifts.
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Calls have been made for the return of the Caledonian Sleeper to Aberdeen to help get the struggling tourist industry back on track. Sleeper services have been plying the East Coast main line from London to Aberdeen in different guises since 1976, but all routes were cancelled at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown along with journeys to Fort William. While journeys to Fort William will begin again on Wednesday, trips to Aberdeen are yet to get back up and running.
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Arrochar and Tarbet: Rush hour at Arrochar & Tarbet- sleeper waits for southbound Royal Scotsman to clear the loop before proceeding
Paul D Kerr 04/09/2006

A north-east MP has said the return of a cross-country night train 'can't come fast enough'. The Caledonian Sleeper services between Aberdeen and London have not been running since March, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Aberdeen: 73967 is detached from the sleeper train as it arrives in Aberdeen on 20th March 2018. 967 then ran round the carriages and made use of the wash before stabling them for the day.
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Passengers have been turfed off the Caledonian Sleeper hours early or found themselves in a depot after not being woken on arrival at their destination, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. One unlucky traveller arrived in Motherwell at 5am on 4 June because the train from London was running two hours ahead of time, only to find themselves trapped inside a locked station. Other passengers have complained of being dumped at Edinburgh Waverley at 4am 90 minutes early.
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Preston: 86101 in Caledonian Sleeper livery having been called into frontline service to work the Lowland Sleeper on 15 August 2015. The train is seen here standing at Preston at just after 3am and will leave shortly following a driver changeover.
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Euston: Locomotive 90021, still in EWS ScotRail livery, stands at Euston platform 15 on 10th February 2015 just after bringing in the empty stock of the Lowland Caledonian Sleeper.
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Daviot: The southbound Inverness portion of the Caledonian Sleeper climbing the gradient past the small hamlet of Castletown near Daviot. Leading is sparkling 66733 Cambridge PSB followed by a grubby 73697. In the last year or so the sleeper has been hauled by, first,a class 67, then two class 67s, then a 67 and a 73, sometimes two 73s and now the combination as pictured.
John Gray 12/07/2016

The overnight train from London stopped 650m beyond the platform in Edinburgh after uncoupling error when carriages divided at Carstairs.
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Around £250 million of taxpayers' cash has so far been spent on keeping ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper trains running during the coronavirus pandemic, it has been revealed.
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Serco chief executive Rupert Soames travelled to Inverness and has been criticised by rail union.
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Caledonian Sleeper and ScotRail have followed their English counterparts in accepting Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs) negotiated with the Scottish Government. They will last for a minimum of six months. During this period both CS and SR will receive increased payments to cover operating costs.
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The Caledonian Sleeper is a reminder of the golden age of long-distance travel. A time before cheap flights and high-speed rail lines, when the journey was almost as important as the destination.
It all sounds so delightful, with the operator promising a nightcap in the onboard bar, a menu filled with fine Scottish produce, a cosy cabin and breakfast in bed as the sun rises over the Scottish countryside.
We arrived at the less evocative Euston Station and made our way to the platform where the train was ready for its 23:50 departure. Only we werent there to board the train, we were there to race it.
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Highlander Fort William and Aberdeen to Euston / Euston to Aberdeen and Fort William

Unfortunately, due to the current health situation in regard to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all services below until 30th May 2020

Euston to Aberdeen, Euston to Fort William, Aberdeen to Euston, Fort William to Euston

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Caledonian Sleeper is introducing a special timetable from Sunday 22 March due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. The decision to reduce services has been taken in full cooperation with Transport Scotland and will allow Caledonian Sleeper to protect the service and staff while ensuring vital links remain in place.
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A Caledonian Sleeper train has broken down leaving passengers hundreds of miles from their destination as it was revealed the service has failed to hit satisfaction targets since operator Serco took over five years ago.
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ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper are to be bailed out with millions of pounds of extra public money after failing to hit growth targets under a bizarre clause in their contracts, Scottish Labour has claimed.
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Overnight rail service Caledonian Sleeper is offering free travel for the next week to people stranded across the UK as a result of Flybe entering administration. Passengers with a valid Flybe booking will be able to book a seat on any Caledonian Sleeper route between London and Scotland, from tonight (5 March) through to next Thursday (12 March).
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Take it from me: if you're not going to fly, you're going to have to get onboard (quite literally) with the concept of the sleeper train. Before my flight-free pledge, I barely knew they existed. Post-pledge, I am obsessed with them.

What is so great about sleeper trains?
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From northern Scotland to Australia's Northern Territories, the world's best sleeper trains also offer some fantatic views
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With activities for all to enjoy and scenery that can't be beaten, the Highlands are Scotlands not-so-hidden gem. And to help shape your 2020 Highland adventure, we've created a list to guide your planning. With stops in Aviemore, Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness, Caledonian Sleeper can take you on the journey of a night time.
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Caledonian Sleeper chiefs have blasted the firm that provides its locomotives after a series of breakdowns left services arriving up to six-and-a-half hours late.
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Passenger complaints about the Caledonian Sleeper have trebled following the troubled introduction of its £150 million new fleet.
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Serco Caledonian Sleeper Ltd has written to Transport Scotland, copying the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee Convenor, to confirm submission of a Performance Improvement Plan.

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Multiple problems delayed nearly all ten Caledonian Sleeper trains between Scotland and London today by up to three hours.
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The West Highland Line has been closed after a landslip has removed part of the earthworks underneath the iconic railway. [Cancelled and returned to Arrochar and Tarbet. Southbound smelter empties cancelled at Tulloch.] Engineers are currently on site at Crianlarich and Tyndrum to assess the damage by rainfall yesterday, and to establish what work needs to be done, and when the line can be re-opened.
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Delivery date for Highlander services postponed.

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Guests travelling on the new Caledonian Sleeper will soon be woken by one of Scotlands most familiar voices.

Scottish comedian, television presenter and writer Susan Calman, who is regular panellist on a number of BBC Radio 4 shows including The News Quiz and Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, is also a keen user of the overnight hotel trains.

Susan, who will voice all scheduled announcements, is a frequent guest on board and a huge advocate of sleeper travel. During her time on BBC Ones Strictly Come Dancing last year, she even filmed on the train as part of the show.
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Caledonian Sleeper has revealed the first images of a new £150m fleet of trains to be introduced in 2018.
New features on the trains include key card entry systems, more accessible rooms and on-board wifi.
There are 75 carriages currently being built, which the company said would offer a 'hotel-style experience'.
Details of the new trains are being unveiled on a dedicated website ahead of the launch of the fleet in spring next year.
The sleeper service between London and Scotland is run by Serco, who took over the franchise in 2015.
The new trains will offer more accommodation options - including suites with double beds and en-suite bathrooms.
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Preston: The Highland Sleeper calls at Preston on 19 March 2010 with DBS 90036 providing the power. Having changed drivers a few minutes earlier the new man now looks back along the train for the signal to depart just before 0100hrs on the next leg of the journey to Edinburgh.
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Arrochar and Tarbet: An NBL Type 2 waits at Arrochar and Tarbet with a train for Oban in July 1967, as the Fort William sleeper approaches from the north with through coaches for Kings Cross.
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St Pancras: Royal Scot no 46164 The Artists' Rifleman stands at the buffer stops at platform 7 of St Pancras station on 9 October 1961, shortly after arrival with the sleeper from Glasgow St Enoch.
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A man was arrested early today after allegedly setting fire to luggage on a Caledonian Sleeper train. Other passengers were moved to a different carriage on the Scotland-London train after the fire was tackled by train staff. British Transport Police (BTP) said the alarm was raised around 3am as the train was passing Lockerbie. It said a 21-year-old man was arrested when the train reached Carlisle. Train staff extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived at the station and the train continued to London, arriving more than one hour late. The carriage involved was in a section of the train from Aberdeen which had been combined with carriages from Fort William and Inverness at Waverley Station in Edinburgh en route. [From Mark Bartlett]

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Preston: The up Highland Sleeper, with through sleeping cars from Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen, calls at Preston station around 0430 hrs on 23 June behind EWS 90026. At this point the driver of what became a combined 15 coach train at Edinburgh Waverley prepares to hand over to a colleague for the remainder of the journey to London Euston.
John McIntyre 23/06/2009


Pitlochry: The southbound sleeper about to restart from Pitlochry in 1995 behind 47785. This locomotive has since been preserved see image [[40361]].
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Carlisle: DBS 90029 takes the Highland Sleeper north out of Carlisle platform 4 in the early hours of 17 October 2013.
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Trains on Britain's railways are 21 years old on average, an investigation by the Press Association has found.
It shows the age of British trains is at its oldest in at least 15 years. Rolling stock on the Caledonian Sleeper service is the oldest, at 41 years old.
TransPennine Express trains, in the north of England and Scotland, are the newest at just nine years old.
Campaigners said train quality was a 'postcode lottery' but the government says it is rolling out new carriages.
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UK: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF confirmed to Railway Gazette on July 14 that it is preparing to open a UK assembly plant to support the contracts it has won in recent months.

The company says it intends to establish facilities ‘to carry out rolling stock assembly and testing, as well as maintenance’. These will be supported by a new headquarters ‘at a strategic point on the Northern network’. CAF Rail UK currently has a base in Coventry, and has started recruiting technical and management personnel; it expects to announce details of the new facilities ‘in the coming months’.
Last year CAF signed a €200m contract to supply 75 coaches for Caledonian Sleeper services between London and Scotland, which are due for delivery in 2018. In January, the company signed a €740m deal with Eversholt Rail Group and Arriva Rail North to supply 43 Civity EMUs and 55 DMUs for the Northern franchise. This was followed in May by contracts from Eversholt and Beacon Rail to supply 12 EMUs and 66 push-pull coaches for FirstGroup’s TransPennine Express franchise.
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