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Network Rail and the Scottish Government are being urged to open all of the West Fife rail line following the announcement of plans to electrify tracks between Longannet and Alloa. The plans also include the building of stations at Clackmannan and Kincardine.
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Rail bosses have been urged to make the most of plans to electrify tracks between Longannet and Alloa by extending the project further into west Fife.
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Hopes of restoring passenger services between Alloa and Dunfermline are finally back on track.
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Campaigners have shared their delight at news the city's direct link to Dunfermline could be returned after six decades in the sidings.

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Passenger services could be reinstated between Clackmannanshire and Fife in Scotland, depending on the outcome of the next phase of development work between Alloa and Longannet. Network Rail engineers will be carrying out survey work and site and geological investigations which will help inform the development of a project which could enhance and electrify the line.
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Network Rail will shortly begin the next phase of development work between Alloa and Longannet which could see the reinstatement of passenger services between Clackmannanshire and Fife.
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Alloa Loop: WCRC 47854 leads a Thornton - Bo'ness empty stock working into Alloa Loop on 22 June. 47804 was on the rear of the train.
Bill Roberton 22/06/2014


Alloa: Longannet empties heading back to Hunterston rumble west through Alloa station on 11 March 2014 behind EWS liveried 66018. Standing at the platform is the 11.41 ScotRail service to Glasgow Queen Street, scheduled to follow 4 minutes later.
John Furnevel 11/03/2014


Kincardine: A Hunterston - Longannet coal train approaching its destination about to pass below the 1936 Kincardine Bridge, on 11 March 2014. The bridge is much less busy these days thanks to the neighbouring Clackmannanshire Bridge in the background, which opened in 2008. See image [[8861]]
John Furnevel 11/03/2014

Passengers on one of Scotland's newest railway lines face disruption for the next five years while it is shut for major repairs, The Scotsman has learned.
Week-long closures of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line start next month, when parts of the route will be largely rebuilt because of problems with the way it was constructed.
Rail industry insiders said the repairs were expected to cost up to £20 million - or nearly one quarter of the £85m original cost of the route.
Network Rail, which did not build the 13-mile line, said the first shutdown would be in the week starting on 23 February, and affect only coal trains.
A second closure, from 23 March, is expected to force passengers to switch to buses between Alloa and Stirling.
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Cambus: Looking east at the new Cambus loop. Entry to the marshalling yard was to the right.
Ewan Crawford 12/11/2006


Kincardine: Ballast tamping in operation west of Kincardine on 25 April.
Bill Roberton 25/04/2007


Alloa: Tracklifting at Alloa! Rails and sleepers lifted and temporarily relocated at Alloa station on 28 February 2008 while ballast is being removed. Corrective work has proved necessary following checks which showed the platform line to be too high.
John Furnevel 28/02/2008

Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line requires a major programme of renewal work - just five years after it opened at a cost of £85m.
Network Rail say some sections of the 13-mile track require work to cope with coal train traffic.
Although the cost of the upgrade has yet to be determined, some sources say the final bill could be as much as £17m.
Work on the line started in 2005 and it was opened in 2008, allowing passengers to travel by train between Stirling and Alloa for the first time in 40 years and coal trains to journey between Hunterston and Longannet Power Station, at Kincardine.
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Alloa West Junction: 170 477 with the 1041 service to Glasgow Queen Street on 19 November passing Alloa Cricket Club with Dumyat Hill dominating the background.
Bill Roberton 19/11/2008


Alloa: A train from Glasgow via Stirling arrives at Alloa station on 19 May 2008, the first day of public service on the recently reopened line.
Ewan Crawford 19/05/2008


Kincardine: EWS 66083 passes below Kincardine Bridge on 5 April 2008, hauling the first coal train from Hunterston Import Terminal to use the newly reopened line between Stirling and Longannet power station. In the right background a freighter standing off Longannet Point is about to enter Grangemouth docks.
John Furnevel 05/04/2008

One of Scotland's newest railway lines will have to be largely rebuilt at a cost of up to £17 million - just five years after it was opened.
The Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line is expected to be closed for periods over the next five years while 'pretty extensive engineering work' is carried out, according to sources.
Network Rail has confirmed it is planning substantial repairs to the line, which was built by other firms.
The work - costing a fifth of the original construction price - is likely to involve excavation down to the foundations in places.
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Cambus: Scene east of Cambus on 17 October 2006. The sleepers are now laid here, including those for a new loop to the east of the former station.
Ewan Crawford 17/10/2006


Alloa [1st]: Alloa - view west on 15 February 2007.
Bill Roberton 15/02/2007


Kincardine: Nearly there. The final stretch of tracklaying on the approach to Longannet from the west on 19 April 2007, with the power station dominating the background.
John Furnevel 19/04/2007

Residents throughout the region have set up a special group to continue the fight against problems they say stem from the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line.
Those who have consistently complained about sleep deprivation, potential health problems and the devaluation of properties as a result of freight trains thundering past their respective homes since the new part of the line was opened in 2008 have formed an action group.
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Clackmannan and Kennet: DBS 66154 with the 6G06 10.23 Hunterston - Longannet loaded hoppers at Clackmannan on 25 May 2010.
Bill Roberton 25/05/2010


Kincardine: EWS 66083 passes below Kincardine Bridge on 5 April 2008, hauling the first coal train from Hunterston Import Terminal to use the newly reopened line between Stirling and Longannet power station. In the right background a freighter standing off Longannet Point is about to enter Grangemouth docks.
John Furnevel 05/04/2008


Alloa: EWS 66004 passes through Alloa on its way back to Hunterston on 4 March 2009 with Longannet empties, dwarfing the 3-car 170 at the station platform forming the next service to Glasgow Queen Street.
David Panton 04/03/2009

An MSP has called for greater Scottish powers to tackle the problem of freight trains on the Stirling to Alloa line.


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Alloa West Junction: A fond farewell to Kodachrome slide film, the processing of which finally ceased in December 2010 after 75 years. This is one of the last rail images to pass through the sole remaining laboratory in Kansas USA. It shows 66512 heading past Alloa West en route to Longannet power station with its train of coal hoppers in September 2010.
Mark Dufton 04/09/2010


Kincardine: Coal for Longannet power station, hauled by 66016, photographed between the two road bridges on the northern approach to Kincardine on 23 April 2010. Through the rain and mist in the right background traffic can just be seen crossing the Forth on the relatively new Clackmannanshire Bridge, officially opened in November 2008.
John Furnevel 23/04/2010


Clackmannan and Kennet: Freightliner 70003 with the 4C07 13.26 Longannet - Ravenstruther empties at Clackmannan on 25 May 2010.
Bill Roberton 25/05/2010

A fifth of the new Alloa-Kincardine rail line does not meet Network Rail specifications, it emerges.
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A flood of compensation claims have been submitted from fed-up residents affected by the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine (SAK) all-night freight train service.


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More than twice the number of passengers predicted are using Alloa's rail link one year after it re-opened.
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Transport Scotland announce plans to boost services out of Alloa to Edinburgh from May this year.
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Alloa: The Rotary Club of Alloa barrel-train on the platform at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016


Alloa: Exterior of the 2008 station at Alloa, which brought trains back to the Scottish town after forty years when the line from Stirling was reopened. Two Class 156s are at the single platform, on 16th May 2016. This new station is just to the east of the previous one, now demolished. The Alloa line has since been electrified.
David Bosher 16/05/2016


Alloa: One of the two new Rotary Club of Alloa barrell trains at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016

Noise from heavy coal trains on the Alloa rail link leads to a huge increase in complaints, Network Rail admits.
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Transport bosses are to consider extending Alloa's new rail link 20 miles east to Rosyth.
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A new study has shown the number of people using the new Alloa rail link has exceeded all expectations.
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Alloa: The Rotary Club of Alloa barrel-train on the platform at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016


Alloa: Exterior of the 2008 station at Alloa, which brought trains back to the Scottish town after forty years when the line from Stirling was reopened. Two Class 156s are at the single platform, on 16th May 2016. This new station is just to the east of the previous one, now demolished. The Alloa line has since been electrified.
David Bosher 16/05/2016


Alloa: One of the two new Rotary Club of Alloa barrell trains at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016

A ticket machine for passengers using Alloa's new train station is operational, First Scotrail says.
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First Scotrail says a ticket machine will be installed at Alloa train station after it was criticised for the oversight.
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FirstScotrail says it is working to resolve ticketing problems for passengers travelling on Scotland's newest railway line.
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A man whose grandfather and great-grandfather worked on the railway has become the first passenger for 40 years to buy a ticket at Alloa train station.
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Alloa: The Rotary Club of Alloa barrel-train on the platform at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016


Alloa: Exterior of the 2008 station at Alloa, which brought trains back to the Scottish town after forty years when the line from Stirling was reopened. Two Class 156s are at the single platform, on 16th May 2016. This new station is just to the east of the previous one, now demolished. The Alloa line has since been electrified.
David Bosher 16/05/2016


Alloa: One of the two new Rotary Club of Alloa barrell trains at Alloa station.
John Yellowlees 13/06/2016

Direct rail services between Stirling, Alloa are set to recommence after a break of 40 years.
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Alloa: A train from Glasgow via Stirling arrives at Alloa station on 19 May 2008, the first day of public service on the recently reopened line.
Ewan Crawford 19/05/2008

27 March 2008. EWS, part of the DB Schenker organisation, today welcomes the announcement from Transport Scotland that the Stirling - Alloa - Kincardine rail link in central Scotland will be fully commissioned by 31 March 2008, with normal scheduled freight and passenger train services operating from 19 May 2008. Once the route has been fully commissioned, EWS will introduce a comprehensive driver training programme to enable freight trains to be taken over the route once the new line is opened. This will see coal trains switched from the existing Forth Bridge route to the new route via Alloa. These trains will be switched in a gradual manner in the weeks following the official opening date, and other freight trains will also be able to use the new rail route via Alloa. The re-opening of the rail link from Stirling Alloa Kincardine will help provide much needed additional rail capacity across the rail network in central Scotland.

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A train has pulled in to Alloa station for the first time in 40 years as the reopening of an abandoned line approaches.
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The Strategic Rail Authority has set out its priorities in Scotland for the next ten years. Edinburgh Waverley is to be re-built with further through platforms at a cost of £400 million. This work will involve connecting the bay platforms 8&9 and 12&13, raising the glass roof and providing another platform to the south of the station. The work is required as the station will reach capacity in the next year. Stirling to Alloa is to be re-opened to passengers within 5 years. It is also hoped that Stirling to Kincardine will also re-open to freight. Hamilton to Larkhall is to be re-opened and a Milngavie to Larkhall service to be introduced within 5 years. This may also include the re-opening of the Anniesland to Maryhill curve. Platforms will be extended on the Fife Circle which will allow longer trains to run, increasing passenger capacity. Platforms will also be extended on the Glasgow to Ayr line. Platforms will be extended on the East Kilbride Branch. Platforms will be extended on the Bathgate Branch. TPWS will be fully implemented by 2003. Increased capacity will be provided between Glasgow and Paisley. This could be re-signalling or re-quadrupling the line. Increased capacity will be provided between Glasgow and Kilmarnock. This will probably be through adding a new dynamic loop on the single track section between Barrhead and Kilmarnock which is currently only broken at Lugton. 140 stations are to be modernised. Construction of new interchange stations or re-building of existing stations will include Gourock, Markinch and Partick. Refurbishment for 318s and reliability improvements to 170s. Extension of Sunday services on the Shotts and East Kilbride Lines. A new national test track to be established. As a result of various schemes 6 new stations will open; Alloa, Newcraighall, Brunstane, Gartcosh, Larkhall and Beauly. Longer term plans include East Coast Main Line upgrading (to complete by 2010) and lines to Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport. There is an element of uncertainty as the ScotRail franchise is due for renewal and the future of Railtrack is not clear at this stage. The West Coast Main Line enhancements to allow 140mph running may not go ahead.

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- 318s for the North Berwick service, but not yet

- DMUs borrowed from 'sister' National Express companies to cover for aged 305s on the North Berwick service if necessary

- North Berwick route to be re-railed in September

- New stop to pick up passengers on ScotRail sleepers at Carstairs

- Stirling to Alloa to Kincardine line to be progressed but not clear yet whether freight only, or passenger only between Stirling and Alloa

- Railtrack keen to alter Edinburgh Waverley layout for further capacity

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