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Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, was guest of honour at the 2020 National Railway Heritage Awards as the winners in this year's competition were announced in a virtual ceremony, reflecting the fact that restrictions on the holding of public gatherings as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis meant that the usual annual ceremony held at Merchant Taylors' Hall had had to be cancelled.
The Urban Heritage Award, sponsored by the Arch Company, was made to Network Rail and LNER for the impressive work completed at Berwick-on-Tweed station over a number of years, work that recognised not only the importance of the station itself but also the sensitivity of the
historic site on which it stands.
The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award went to the Network Rail and Story Construction Ltd for the complex work undertaken at Stirling station in Scotland in restoring the platform canopies and footbridge whilst incorporating successfully the overhead line equipment associated with the 25kV electrification of the line through to Alloa.
Highly commended entries:
There were three unusual entrants that all featured restored graves; it was decided to reward these each with a chairmans special Highly Commended Certificate. The last was made to the Friends of Scrayingham and Leppington Village for the restoration of the grave of the 'Railway King', George Hudson, in Scrayingham churchyard.
Highly commended entries:
Partnership Award: Pitlochry salt store
Conservation Award: Dumbarton Central station roof tiles, Lanark station railings
Community Award: Dumfries station
(Permalink) Andrew Haines Berwick-on-Tweed Dumbarton Central Dumfries George Hudson Lanark Network Rail Pitlochry Stirling
Dumfries Adopters Railway Gardeners were thrilled to receive plants, bulbs and bird food from kind-hearted folk.
(Permalink) Dumfries Station Adoption
DARG days have come to Dumfries Station.
A newly-formed team of volunteers have taken up the gauntlet, left by the former South West Railway Adopters Gardening Group, and are beautifying the busy train station on the Nith Valley Line.
The team are looking for new volunteers to join them to help bring the garden back to life after lockdown, under the auspices of the Adopt-A-Station scheme operated by Scotrail.
(Permalink) Dumfries Station adoption Station garden
Commitment to decarbonise passenger rail services by 2035. Plans to decarbonise Scotland's rail passenger services by 2035 have been launched by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson today.
Railscot note - PDF page 8 shows electrification of lines by 2035:
- Glasgow - Aberdeen - Inverurie
- All lines in Fife including Levenmouth
- Highland Main Line
- Borders line
- Glasgow - Barrhead - Dumfries - Carlisle
- East Kilbride
- Kilmarnock - Ayr
- Anniesland - Maryhill
Partial electrification or alternative technology:
- Ayr- Girvan
- Inverurie - Inverness - Tain
Battery or alternative technology:
- West Highland Lines
- Far North Line
- Kyle Line
- Girvan - Stranraer
(Permalink) Aberdeen Barrhead Battery train Borders line Dumfries East Kilbride Electrification Far North Line Fife Girvan Highland Main Line Inverurie Kilmarnock Kyle Line Levenmouth Maryhill Stranraer Tain West Highland Lines
Scotland: Transport Scotland - Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan for 2035. Lines shown in red are to be electrified. Those in yellow to be alternative traction, possibly prior to electrification. Those in green to be alternative traction with a permanent solution such as battery use.
Reopening the line between Dumfries and Stranraer is among draft proposals for south west Scotland.
(Permalink) Dumfries Port Road Stranraer
Castle Douglas: 40170 comes off the Kirkcudbright branch under Ernespie Road bridge and into Castle Douglas station on a wet Monday in July 1956. The train is a stopping service for Dumfries.
Big Water of Fleet Viaduct: April 1965, just two months before closure of the 'Port Road' direct line from Dumfries to Stranraer. A Stranraer-bound mixed freight train headed by a Stanier 'Black 5' crosses the Big Water of Fleet viaduct westbound against a backdrop of bleak Galloway mountains and moorland. The viaduct still survives as a listed structure, but a 1990s' proposal by Dumfries & Galloway Regional Council for a new Trans European Network rail link to Stranraer, as an alternative to upgrading the A75 road, came to nothing.
The Maxwelltown Branch has been lifted for scrap. This was the eastern end of the old Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway and part of the Port Road. The stub survived the rest of the line to serve oil sidings at Maxwelltown and chemical sidings at Cargenden. The only section of the Port Road to remain open now is that between the former Challoch Junction and Stranraer.
(Permalink) Dumfries Maxwelltown Stranraer
Maxwelltown: Road approach to the former Maxwelltown station in 2017. The station, now a private residence, closed to passengers in 1939. The old station yard off to the right saw use as a rail served fuel distribution depot for several years. The last remaining section of the line serving the former ICI works at Cargenbridge, less than two miles west of here, finally closed in 1994. [Ref query 1025]
Maxwelltown: The Port Road looking west through Maxwelltown towards Stranraer in May 2003, with the line having reverted to nature. Part of the fuel distribution depot can just be seen beyond the station building in the former yard. Plans were already underway to turn the route into the 'Maxwelltown Railway Path' see image [].