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The main railway line between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High has reopened after flood damage was repaired.

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The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (September 21).
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Polmont: Engineers have been working around-the-clock to repair the line which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its banks on Wednesday, August 12. The force of thousands of gallons of water flowing from the breached canal bank washed away sections of track and undermined the railway’s embankments along a 300m stretch of the line.
Network Rail /09/2020


Polmont: Over the last six weeks, engineers have had to completely rebuild the foundations of the line, replacing over 15,000 tonnes of soil and stone beneath the track. A kilometre of new double-track railway has also been laid consisting of more than 4,500 metres of new rails and 4,424 concrete sleepers along with 10,000 tonnes of new ballast requiring 27 engineering trains. Over 3,000 metres of signalling cables have been re-laid and two new twin track overhead power gantries installed.
Network Rail /09/2020

The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway is to reopen fully on Monday the 21st of September following repairs after considerable flood damage was caused by a breach of the Union Canal.
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Work continues to be carried out to repair railway line damaged in last month's thunderstorms when Union Canal breached its banks.
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Last months flooding is still causing headaches for rail passengers as services to Edinburgh continue to be disrupted.
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Government publishes Network Rails interim report on 12 Augusts tragic derailment of a passenger train at Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.
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Scotrail are currently operating an emergency timetable between the two cities following extreme rain and flooding.
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Polmont: Flood damage to the line near Polmont
Network Rail /08/2020


Polmont: The extent of the flood damage to the Edinburgh and Glasgow main line near Polmont.
Network Rail /08/2020

The Glasgow to Edinburgh line flooded when a section of the Union Canal breached during heavy rain.
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Polmont: The extent of the flood damage to the Edinburgh and Glasgow main line near Polmont.
Network Rail /08/2020

Network Rail will be working around-the-clock to repair flood damage on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line near Polmont.
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Water passing through the breach in the Union Canal has been stopped completely.

Temporary clay dams which were put in place by Scottish Canals in the last few days have been successful in halting the flow and work is now starting to restore water levels on the east side of the breach.
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Aerial images show the extent of the breach which has resulted in the closure of Scotland's busiest railway line.
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Rail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow are set to resume on Sunday morning after commuters were plunged into festive travel chaos by major engineering works on the route.
Network Rail closed access to Waverley via Haymarket while a project to replace 250m of track and four sets of points at the station was completed over Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Cameron Toll Signal Box: One of several long distance train services diverted around the Edinburgh Sub on 27 December 2019 due to engineering works on the main line at Haymarket. This is the 0952 Aberdeen - Kings Cross, seen crossing the bridge at Cameron Toll between Newington and Duddingston. Taken looking north from the grounds of the shopping centre on what was a particularly grey morning featuring heavy rain (thus the tree cover!)
John Furnevel 27/12/2019

ScotRail has today (Tuesday 30 July) marked the 35th anniversary of the Polmont rail disaster by laying a wreath at the station in memory of those who lost their lives.

Thirteen people died and dozens more were injured in the tragic event on Monday 30 July 1984, when a rush hour service from Edinburgh to Glasgow derailed near Polmont station.

The accident happened at around 5.55pm when the 5.30pm British Rail Class 47/7 service from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street struck a cow, derailing the locomotive and all six carriages.



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Polmont: The memorial plaque at Polmont station, unveiled on 30 July 2009, the 25th anniversary of the disaster.
David Panton 02/09/2009

The ScotRail Alliance has upgraded a number of stations between Glasgow and Edinburgh, ahead of brand new electric trains entering service in the coming months. Former waiting areas at Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket have been transformed into new ScotRail lounges.
Customers can now benefit from a refurbished area with padded benches, new flooring, and softer lighting, making the stations a more pleasant and relaxing place to catch a train.
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ScotRail is to run 10 more trains each day between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The rail operator had to reduce its service through the central belt earlier this year after the lease on some carriages came to an end.

ScotRail said it had signed a deal to hire 10 electric trains, which should allow them to carry at least 17,000 additional passengers each day.

The trains will operate on the main line between Glasgow and Edinburgh, via Falkirk High.

In February, ScotRail had to cut the number of carriages on some of its trains through the central belt.

The disruption was caused by some class 170 diesel trains reaching the end of their lease period while the new electric trains have been hit by delays.
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With around 7,000 new rail vehicles on order to replace more than half of the passenger rolling stock fleet, Britains trains are about to change as never before. Scotland is no exception. In 2018, Hitachis Class 385 electric multiple units (EMUs) will replace the Class 170 diesel multiple units (DMUs) on the Edinburgh to Glasgow main line. Once further electrification is completed, more Class 385s will displace DMUs on services to Dunblane and through Shotts.

This year will also see some of the iconic British Rail High Speed Trains (HSTs) get a new lease of life as specially refurbished four and five-car sets operating on Scottish Inter-City services.
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Haymarket MPD: Maintenance work in progress in the new shed at Haymarket on 13 February 2007. The facility had been officially opened during a ceremony earlier that day by Transport Minister Tavish Scott, accompanied by ScotRail Managing Director Mary Dickson.
Ian Watson, Studio Scotland 13/02/2007


Craigentinny Depot: Scene at Craigentinny on 23 June as 66132 passes on the main line with the empty Binliner containers from Oxwelmains returning to Powderhall, while West Coast Railway locomotives 47826 and 33025 stand in the east sidings.
Bill Roberton 23/06/2008


Clayhills Yard: Looking over the servicing and stabling areas to the south of Aberdeen station on Sunday 5 November 2006 with a ScotRail 170 DMU receiving attention. The station itself is off picture to the left and Clayhills sidings are on the right. The HST in the process of leaving the sidings is about to move into the station to form the 0950 to Kings Cross. Other occupants of the sidings are a second HST (1142 to Kings Cross) plus the stock for the 2215 Caledonian Sleeper to Euston.
John Furnevel 05/11/2006

Passengers on Scotland's busiest rail route are facing further rush-hour overcrowding as ScotRail cuts the number of carriages from some trains.
Trains on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line, via Falkirk High, will be affected by the shortage of carriages.
It has been caused by some class 170 diesel trains reaching the end of their lease period while the new electric trains have been hit by delays.
ScotRail apologised for 'any inconvenience' to customers.
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Rail travellers face a second day of disruption as the main line between Glasgow and Edinburgh remains closed because of landslip.

ScotRail said it would only re-open the section between Linlithgow and Edinburgh 'when it is safe to do so'.

Mud and rocks fell onto the line at Winchburgh at midday on Wednesday as heavy rain and winds battered Scotland.

Replacement buses will run between Linlithgow and Edinburgh Park until the line reopens.

Trains travelling to Edinburgh from Dunblane have also been cancelled and have been replaced by buses.
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A landslip is causing major railway delays after blocking the main line between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The problem was reported near Winchburgh in West Lothian at about 12:00.

Services between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh are stopping at Linlithgow, with replacement buses between Linlithgow and Edinburgh.
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Scotland's Edinburgh - Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip) celebrated a milestone on December 10 with the start of electric services from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High.
ScotRail has replaced the class 170 DMUs previously used on these services with class 380 EMUs, although the use of these trains on the route is a temporary measure pending the introduction of new Hitachi class 385 EMUs next year.
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ScotRail has completed a test of an electric train along the full route between Edinburgh and Glasgow for the first time.

It comes after a successful trial between Edinburgh and Linlithgow in West Lothian in the early hours of October 18.

One of the new Hitachi Class 385 electric trains has now travelled between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street for the first time, making the trip at 12.30am on Wednesday.
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Sunday train services between Glasgow and Edinburgh will double in frequency from September as ScotRail extends its half-hourly service on the busy route.
An additional 12 trains a day will be laid on from September 9, the highest frequency operated on a Sunday in the 170-year-old history of the main line via Falkirk.
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Falkirk High: A cloudburst over Falkirk High station in May 2005 as a 158 approaches from the Edinburgh direction.
John Furnevel 25/05/2005


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View over the ticket barriers towards the platforms at Glasgow Queen Street on 27 March 2010.
John Steven 27/03/2010


Edinburgh Waverley: The west end of Edinburgh Waverley on 15 February 2012, with ScotRail Glasgow shuttles headed by Turbostars 170457 and 170426 alongside the 12.00 East Coast service to London King's Cross.
Andrew Wilson 15/02/2012

A special plaque is unveiled to mark the 25th anniversary of the Polmont rail disaster which killed 13 people in 1984.
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170425, the first of the new set of ScotRail trains, made its inaugural passenger-carrying run on the 0730 Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street.
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A new standard class only Turbostar entered service with a working from Falkirk Grahamston to Glasgow Queen Street.

This train is one of two in a compensation agreement for ScotRail for late delivery of the class 334s.


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