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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.
Caleb Abbott 20/03/2018

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.
John McIntyre 15/08/2015


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.
Colin McDonald 10/02/2015


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.
John McIntyre 19/03/2010


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.
Colin Miller /07/1967


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.
K A Gray 09/10/1961

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]].
Ewan Crawford //1995


Carlisle: DBS 90029 takes the Highland Sleeper north out of Carlisle platform 4 in the early hours of 17 October 2013.
Ken Browne 17/10/2013

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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A prototype for a new fleet of cross country sleeper carriages has been unveiled.
Operator Serco has said the 75 new coaches will transform the journey for overnight travellers between Scotland and London.
The current rolling stock is 40 years old.
Peter Strachan, managing director of Serco Caledonian Sleeper, told BBC Scotland the new trains will be in service in 2018.
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Oban and Scotland’s Far North could be served by Caledonian Sleeper trains, but funding from authorities would be needed to support the services.
CS Managing Director Peter Strachan, speaking exclusively to RAIL on May 6, confirmed that discussions had taken place with user groups regarding running trains north of Inverness, and with business groups for Oban.
If the latter happens, he has not ruled out the possibility that extra Mk 5 coaches may have to be ordered from Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles (CAF). The Spanish company is already building 75 vehicles for CS that will enter traffic in 2018. [From Mark Bartlett]

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Oban: View over Oban pier and station from McCaig's Tower on 10 July. The area of the pier adjacent to the station has become a mini-mall with shops, cafes and restaurants.
John Gray 10/07/2013


Oban: The Caledonian Sleeper at Oban, diverted from Fort William due to engineering works, topped and tailed with Class 73s. With the arrival of the new stock it is possible the sleeper may split at Crianlarich with portions for Fort William and Oban. Photograph courtesy of Doug Carmichael of the Friends of the West Highland Lines.
Doug Carmichael 14/02/2016


Oban: With a belch of diesel fumes the 12.10 service for Glasgow Queen Street gets underway from Oban on 30 July 2011.
John Steven 30/07/2011

Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper rail service have voted to go on strike in a row over claims of defects on trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union backed walkouts and other forms of industrial action by 9-1.
The union has accused operator Serco of failing to fix faults on the service between Scotland and London.
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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.
Ken Browne 17/10/2013


Euston: Having brought the ecs for the Highland Sleeper into platform 15 at Euston, 90028 now waits for the train to depart before going onto the front of the Lowland Sleeper.
John McIntyre 10/10/2012


Carstairs: View from a less than crowded waiting room at Carstairs on 6 June 2006. 90027 is in the process of coupling up to the rear of the Lowland Sleeper, 7 coaches of which it will take on to Edinburgh Waverley, while the front portion continues to Glasgow Central.
John Furnevel 06/06/2006

OVERNIGHT trains will run to Oban for the first time for 51 years to gauge demand for a permanent service, the Caledonian Sleeper announced today.
Sleeper trains have not served the west coast port, apart from occasional diversions, since 1965.
They will operate to and from Oban from 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 February.

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Preston: 90021 stands at platform 4 of Preston station at just before 0100 on 6 January 2015 with the Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness sleeper. The train will divide at Edinburgh Waverley.
John McIntyre 06/01/2015


Oban: 156 474 forming the 12.11 train to Glasgow Queen Street, awaits its departure time at Oban station on a very warm Sunday 23 May 2010.
Ken Browne 23/05/2010


Oban: With a belch of diesel fumes the 12.10 service for Glasgow Queen Street gets underway from Oban on 30 July 2011.
John Steven 30/07/2011

Caledonian Sleeper staff are to be balloted for industrial action over “potentially dangerous” defects with the ageing trains, the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced today.
The move follows growing discontent among the 100-strong workforce at faults which the union claimed included smoke alarms, lighting and toilets not working.
There have also been problems with lack of hot water.
RMT Scotland regional organiser Gordon Martin said there were currently more than 200 defects with the trains, which had led to whole carriages being closed on some services.
Some coaches in the Sleeper fleet, which is due for replacement in 2018, date back more than 40 years. [From Colin McDonald]
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TRAIN drivers on the Caledonian Sleeper are to pose as passengers to help them perfect a smoother ride. The new operator of the Scotland-London trains hopes customers will sleep better if drivers learn to accelerate and brake more gently. So those at the controls of the locomotives which haul the overnight trains will swap their cabs for berths to experience the service as passengers.
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Woodacre Crossing: The Highland Sleeper passing Woodacre on 12th June 2015 heading south behind DBS 90021. The train was running 115 minutes late at this point, resulting in a rare opportunity to photograph the sleeper passing through Lancashire in daylight.
Mark Bartlett 12/06/2015


Preston: The first run of the Caledonian Sleeper under the new operator, Serco, at Preston station at 0100 on 1 April 2015. The train is the 1S25 London Euston to Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness with traction supplied by GBRf in the form of 92018.
John McIntyre 01/04/2015


Moy: The Northbound Inverness portion of the Caledonian Sleeper hauled by 67030 almost at the end of its journey as it crosses the moor at Moy on 9 April 2015.
John Gray 09/04/2015

GB Railfreight is leasing Class 90s from Freightliner to operate Serco’s Caledonian Sleepers, as the allocated Class 92s are in need of servicing.
“Following a couple of recent failures, we have now decided to temporarily remove the Class 92s from front line service on the Caledonian Sleeper to enable GBRf and its maintenance partners to tackle the issues that have been causing concern”, said David Simpson, Serco production and safety director for the Caledonian Sleeper. [From Mark Bartlett]

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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.
Colin McDonald 10/02/2015


Preston: During April 2015 the Caledonian Sleeper produced 87002 on the front on several occasions when Class 92 locomotives were not available. At just before 0100 hrs on the 20th it appeared at Preston once again working the train as far as Edinburgh.
John McIntyre 20/04/2015


Edinburgh Waverley: 92018 in the simple and elegant Caledonian Sleeper livery stabled in the siding opposite Platform 7 at Edinburgh Waverley on 18 May 2015.
David Panton 18/05/2015

THE first Caledonian Sleeper services to be separated from the main ScotRail franchise have run on the routes between Scotland and London.
The new Serco contract began in time for the departure of the first Tuesday night service, the portion from Fort William.
The contract includes a replacement fleet from 2018. [From Richard Buckby]
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Rail sleeper services between Scotland and London are to be handled by a freight specialist firm as part of the new franchise.
GB Railfreight has been signed up by Serco to provide locomotives and drivers when it takes over the Caledonian Sleeper service from April.
The trains run between London Euston and five Scottish destinations.
The contract, to run in both directions six nights a week, is worth around 100m spread over 15 years.
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Glasgow Central: 92036 departs from Platform 1 for Polmadie with the empty Glasgow Central portion of the Caledonian Sleeper on 4 July 2008.
Graham Morgan 04/07/2008


Loughborough Central: GBRf electro-diesel no 73961 (ex-73209, 73120, E6026) converted to Class 73/9 by Brush Traction during 2014, standing in the GCR sidings at Loughborough on 2 October. The locomotive is currently undergoing a running-in test programme on the Great Central.
Peter Todd 02/10/2014


St Rollox Works: A Caledonian Sleeper Lounge Car emerging from the car park area at St. Rollox by road on 16 April 2013. The shiny new red springs suggest it has been receiving attention at RailCare.
Colin McDonald 16/04/2013

Spanish manufacturer CAF has finalised a 200 million agreement to supply 75 coaches for the new Serco-operated Caledonian Sleeper service between Scotland and London.
CAF will supply five types of vehicle which will form four 16-car trains, including 11 spare carriages.
Serco will begin the new 15-year franchise from April, taking over from incumbent operator FirstGroup. [From Richard Buckby]
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The iconic Caledonian Sleeper train service between Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and London has been named as one of the best six railway adventures in the world.
The service, which is known as The Deerstalker, has been placed in the same group of great train rides as The Shanghai Maglev, the Tren Crucero through the heart of Ecuador, the Sunset Limited between Los Angeles and New Orleans, the TranzAlpine Express in New Zealand's stunning South Island and the Danube Express between Budapest and Istanbul.


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SERCO is poised to appoint Aberdeen-born Peter Strachan to run the Caledonian Sleeper when it takes over the franchise in April, The Scotsman has learned.
Strachan quit as the Department for Transports (DfT) head of major projects in the wake of the West Coast Main Line franchise fiasco and was a board member of Edinburgh city councils tram development firm, TIE. [From Richard Buckby]
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Clapham Junction: A BR class 73 Electro-Diesel locomotive approaching the carriage sidings at Clapham Junction with empty stock from Waterloo on 2 June 1973.
John Furnevel 02/06/1973


Preston: The northbound Highland Sleeper pauses at Preston platform 4 on 21 April 2009 with First ScotRail liveried 90024 at the helm. The departure from Preston is scheduled for 0052 hrs and the train contains through carriages for Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness.
John McIntyre 21/04/2009


Laigh Hill Tunnel: Running ahead of time, presumably because there had been no passengers to set down, the Caledonian Sleeper heads north out of Dunblane shortly after 5 a.m. on July 3rd 2009 behind 67009. Following a transport review in 2011, there were predictions that the service might not be able to continue beyond 2014.
Mark Dufton 03/07/2009

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