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Northern's customers are being advised to plan journeys carefully following a large fire near to the railway in Bradford.
(Permalink) Bradford Fire

Investigation into the derailment and fire involving a tanker train at Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, 26 August 2020.
(Permalink) Derailment Fire Llangennech

Rush hour commuters faced major disruption to rail services after a fire at an West Lothian train station.

The blaze broke out on Wednesday just before 10pm near the station in the village of Blackridge.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the trees and branches were alight at the side of the station and affected the overhead lines.
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Blackridge: An Edinburgh service calls at Blackridge on 28 June and picks up its young customer. Blackridge station must suffer from being not particularly close to Blackridge. It was too warm a day to walk into town, so who knows what I missed.
David Panton 28/06/2018


Blackridge: A mid morning train from Helensburgh Central calls at a grey and misty Blackridge, West Lothian, in September 2011 on its journey to Edinburgh. The embankment running across the centre of the picture once carried the mineral line from Blackrigg No 2 Colliery (closed 1955) which joined the main line at Woodend Junction just up ahead.
John Furnevel 19/09/2011


Blackridge: A 6-car class 334 combination approaching Blackridge, West Lothian, in May 2014 on a Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley service, with the leading set still in SPT livery.
John Furnevel 08/05/2014

Ten people have been evacuated from a train which caught fire.
Smoke could be seen billowing out of the three-carriage train at the old railway station in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
The engine at the front of the train set alight, the fire service said. Operator Vivarail said it was a test train and all staff were safe.
National Rail's website said trains will not run between Coventry and Leamington Spa for the rest of the day.
Services between Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth will divert via Solihull and not call at Birmingham International and Coventry.
(Permalink) Class 230 D-Train Fire Kenilworth Vivarail


Long Marston: Vivarail D-Train in the short platform at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The D-Train, rebuilt around former LU D78 stock, is currently undergoing testing here [see recent news item].
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015

TEHRAN: The head of Iranian Railways resigned on Saturday after three of his employees were arrested over a collision between two trains that left at least 44 people dead.

Mohsen Poor-Seyed Aghaie, a deputy minister in the transport ministry and head of the state-owned railway company, appeared on state television late Saturday and announced his resignation “as a social responsibility and out of sympathy for the survivors of this accident”.

Two trains collided and one caught fire in the northern province of Semnan on Friday, killing 44 people and injuring dozens more, in one of the country’s worst ever rail disasters.
(Permalink) Crash Fire

A £3m plan has been unveiled to reinstate the historic Old Royal Station building in Ballater that was devastated by fire last year.
The Aberdeenshire station was once used by the Royal family when they travelled to nearby Balmoral.
Although no longer used as a rail station, it housed a tourist centre, retail units and a restaurant - all of which were destroyed by the blaze.
Plans have now been submitted that would see the station recreated.
Parts of the Royal Waiting Room were salvaged from the fire and a replica Royal carriage which had been on display was relatively undamaged.
The new planning application would see the station building reinstated - including the VisitScotland information centre, public library and restaurant - as well as the waiting room and carriage.
There would be a new exhibition space extending along the old platform and over the tracks, taking the form of railway sheds.
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Ballater: The main entrance to the former Ballater station on 3 November 2005.
John Furnevel 03/11/2005


Ballater: Ballater station fire May 2015 - restaurant entrance.
Drew McLelland 18/05/2015


Ballater: General view of Ballater station on the Royal Deeside line in July 1962. The line closed in 1966 and the refurbished station building has since become a visitor centre and museum. The next train for Aberdeen stands at the platform.
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 07/07/1962

A vintage diesel train valued at £100,000 has been destroyed in a fire.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway said the train and three wagons were on the track near Hayes Knoll when fire crews arrived on Friday at about 18:00 BST.
Dave Peacey, from Swindon and Cricklade Railway, said they had just refurbished it for the coming season and it was 'very hurtful'.
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said it was investigating the cause of the blaze.
Mr Peacey said: 'Back in January and February a team of us refurbished the whole thing inside.
'We repainted it, cleaned all the upholstery and made it look really smart for this coming season. And now of course we've lost it and it's very hurtful.
'It's valued at around about £80,000, but with the three wagons that were adjacent to it that have also been destroyed, the value is in excess of probably £100,000 damage.'
The train - a Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit (DEMU) - was built in 1964 and is nicknamed the 'thumper' because of the engine's distinctive noise. It was one of only three in the country. [From Richard Buckby]
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Uckfield: A class 207 DEMU, better know as a Thumper, photographed at the 1991 terminus at Uckfield.
Ian Dinmore //


Warcop: BR class 205 'Thumper' DEMU no 205009 in Connex livery, standing in the sidings at Warcop on the Eden Valley Railway on 11 May 2006. Built at Eastleigh in 1957, the unit had been withdrawn from operational service at the end of 2004.
John Furnevel 11/05/2006


Hayes Knoll: A class 207 Thumper DEMU repainted back into its original colours and with its old BR number stands at Hayes Knoll on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway on 22 November.
Peter Todd 22/11/2008

A fire on the tracks at Vauxhall railway station in south London has caused severe disruption to travel.
Trains in and out of Vauxhall and Waterloo stations were affected as firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out shortly after 2.30am.
South West Trains (SWT) urged passengers to travel only if absolutely necessary.
Passengers were left stranded at stations across the network, with those who did manage to get on a train saying services were dangerously full.
The blaze affected electrical cabling and the power to the tracks has been switched off.
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Vauxhall: Shortly after leaving Waterloo, one of the initially troublesome SWT 458 units calls at Vauxhall station with a service to Reading. View west along platform 3 on 24 July 2005.
John Furnevel 24/07/2005


Vauxhall: A South West Trains service for Waterloo standing at Vauxhall station in July 2005 in front of a ...well... a certain government building ...errr ...'nuff said...
John Furnevel 24/07/2005

Passengers have been evacuated from a train at an Edinburgh station following a fire in a carriage wheel. The 10:38 from Inverurie to Edinburgh Waverley caught fire in an axel block [axle box surely? Ed.] at about 13:25.


[RailScot note: the Russell Road sidings referred to in the article are the east sidings at Haymarket Depot.]
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A southbound freight train of 18 oil tank wagons carrying diesel en route from Motherwell to Carlisle stopped at Beattock at 02:00 when one of the wagons caught fire after a leak. Fire engines from Strathclyde and Dumfries and Galloway attended but the fire had burned out on their arrival.
(Permalink) Beattock Fire

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