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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps makes the comparison about the Stonehaven crash in the House of Commons.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide Stonehaven derailment

The Old Military Road in Argyll has reopened this morning following a safety inspection. Train services between Fort William and Bridge of Orchy have been reinstated following a safety inspection.
(Permalink) Landslide West Highland Railway

Passengers will again be able to travel on a section of the Heart of Wales line, which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea, from November as Network Rail has set out the timescales for repairs to the line after two major incidents within a month.
(Permalink) Derailment Heart of Wales Line Landslide

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.
(Permalink) Bridge of Orchy Caledonian Sleeper Landslide ScotRail Weather West Highland Railway cancellations

ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper and freight services on the West Highland Line have been affected.
(Permalink) Bridge of Orchy Caledonian Sleeper Landslide ScotRail Weather West Highland Railway cancellations

Two Highlands railway lines remain shut today due to severe weather yesterday and overnight.
(Permalink) Attadale Bridge of Orchy Landslide

The first carriage to be removed from the site of the fatal derailment near Stonehaven has been mounted to the back of a lorry and transported south.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide Stonehaven derailment

The operation to remove all four of the carriages and two power cars is expected to take several days, depending on weather conditions.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide Stonehaven derailment

Last months flooding is still causing headaches for rail passengers as services to Edinburgh continue to be disrupted.
(Permalink) Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Flood Landslide Linlithgow Polmont

Government publishes Network Rails interim report on 12 Augusts tragic derailment of a passenger train at Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Landslide Stonehaven derailment

Inverclyde residents raised fears over a landslide near a local railway line. The slip happened on the hillside at Spango Valley, sending earth and mud down in the direction of the Wemyss bay to Glasgow line at IBM. A Network Rail spokesperson said: 'Our engineers have inspected the site. It is a significant distance from the railway and does not pose a risk to train services.'
(Permalink) IBM Landslide

Scotrail are currently operating an emergency timetable between the two cities following extreme rain and flooding.
(Permalink) Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Flood Landslide Polmont


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

Upcoming services between Glasgow Central Station and Edinburgh have been disrupted.
(Permalink) Landslide Shotts

More than £80,000 of a £100,000 target has been raised for Boness and Kinneil Railway within a week.
(Permalink) Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway Landslide

Public pledge support for heritage railway.
(Permalink) Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway Landslide

The RAIB is investigating a fatal accident that occurred near Carmont on the national rail network in Scotland.

At around 09:40 hrs on Wednesday 12 August 2020, all six vehicles of a passenger train derailed after striking a landslip around 1.4 miles (2.25 km) north-east of Carmont, Aberdeenshire. There were nine people on the train at the time of the accident; three train crew (the driver, conductor and a second conductor travelling as a passenger on this train) and six passengers. Tragically, the driver of the train, the trains conductor and one passenger suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The remaining passengers and member of train crew were taken to hospital.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide RAIB Stonehaven derailment

Three people died and six were injured after the ScotRail train derailed and burst into flames following a night of torrential rain on Wednesday.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide Stonehaven derailment

The stretch of railway line where the derailment occurred has had problems with mudslides in the past.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Landslide Mudslide Stonehaven derailment

On the evening of Tuesday 11th and in the early hours of Wednesday 12th August, much of Scotland was battered by severe thunderstorms. During a subsequent inspection of the Boness Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) Civil Engineer identified multiple landslips along approximately a mile-long stretch of the railway. The line was declared unfit for traffic and the railway closed to passenger trains. Please note that engineering trains will still operate to facilitate repairs: do not trespass on the railway.
(Permalink) Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway Landslide

It comes a day after a train derailed in Aberdeenshire killing three people. Passengers have been evacuated from a train after it got stuck in flooding following a landslide in Kent. A total of 19 passengers were taken off the service, after the train came to a halt between West Malling and Borough Green on Thursday.
(Permalink) Borough Green Landslide West Malling

Three people, including the driver, have died after a passenger train derailed in Aberdeenshire.

A major incident was declared and about 30 emergency service vehicles were called to the scene near Stonehaven.

It is thought the train hit a landslide after heavy rain and thunderstorms which caused flooding and travel disruption across Scotland.
(Permalink) Carmont Derailment Flood Landslide Stonehaven derailment

More needs to be done to tackle the impacts of climate change on the railway, which has seen risks increase over the last year, according to a new report published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) today (14 July).
(Permalink) Carmont Climate change Flood Landslide ORR Stonehaven derailment

The West Highland line will fully re-open for passengers tomorrow (Monday, July 13) following the successful completion of repair works between Fort William and Mallaig.
(Permalink) Flood Landslide Lochailort


Lochailort: The West Highland line will fully re-open for passengers tomorrow (Monday, July 13) following the successful completion of repair works between Fort William and Mallaig. The line had been closed by damaged tracks at Lochailort after extreme rainfall caused a nearby stream to overflow and wash-away a section of the railway embankment beneath the line. Engineers have worked around-the-clock to replace more than 1,600 tons of material washed away by the flash-flood on June 25 and to install new under-track drainage systems and relay over 80 metres of track.
Network Rail 11/07/2020


Lochailort: Damage at a remote location near Lochailort station.
Network Rail /06/2020

Rail passengers are experiencing disruption following a landslip on the West Highland Line. A Network Rail spokesperson said: 'The line between Fort William and Mallaig is currently closed due to a landslip beneath the track near Lochailort.'
(Permalink) Landslide Lochailort Mallaig Extension

A £3.5m investment is taking place to protect the railway in Cumbria from landslips and provide more reliable journeys for passengers.
(Permalink) Landslide Protective works

Lochaber motorists are being warned to expect seven weeks of delays as works to stabilise a crumbling embankment on the West Highland railway line begin this week. Essential repairs will begin on Tuesday to stabilise the embankment on the A86 at Glenspean, to ensure the road remains safe for motorists. The area located above the West Highland Line has deteriorated substantially over time, leading to the undermine and exposure of the safety barrier foundations along the carriageway.
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A team of rail workers delivering landslip repair works near Guildford have uncovered a small cave believed to be from the 14th century.

The sandstone cave is made up of several sections ranging from 0.3 metres to about 0.7 metres high and was discovered during work to stabilise and protect the railway embankment. The cave may once have been much larger, but only this small piece survived the digging of the railway cutting through the hill in the early 1840s.
(Permalink) Guildford Landslide

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity visited the site of the landslip beneath the railway between Kilmarnock and Dumfries to review progress and thank the teams for their efforts to get the line open again.
(Permalink) Holywood Landslide Michael Matheson River Nith Thornhill

Emergency work to secure a landslip hit section of the West Coast main line near Warrington has successfully reopened the railway for passengers a day ahead of schedule.
(Permalink) Landslide Warrington

Rail passengers are being warned of major disruption after Storm Jorge caused a landslip on the West Coast main line near Warrington.
(Permalink) Landslide Warrington

Work to repair the landslip beneath the railway between Kilmarnock and Dumfries is now getting underway following damage sustained during Storm Ciara.
(Permalink) Holywood Landslide River Nith Thornhill


Holywood [1st]: The section of line near Holywood in Dumfries & Galloway has been shut since Monday (February 10) after Storm Ciara’s 90mph winds and extreme rainfall caused the nearby River Nith to erode an embankment beneath the railway.
Network Rail 14/02/2020

It has been an ongoing problem since the important road to Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye and the outer isles opened back in 1970.
(Permalink) Dingwall and Skye Railway Rockfall Stromeferry landslide


Avalanche Shelter: A new meaning for 'taking to the tracks' near the avalanche shelter on the Kyle line. The view looks east to the diversion of the Stromeferry Bypass onto the railway. See image [[65935 for details]].
Michael Gibb 08/10/2018


Avalanche Shelter: For a short length the Stromeferry Bypass has been diverted onto the Kyle line fitted with a surface to allow road vehicles to drive on the line, effectively a tramway for this portion. The cliff face to the left requires stabilisation and netting to make it safe. Network Rail has very generously allowed this arrangement which has allowed the road to stay open albeit with very considerable delays for road traffic and a complicated combined convey system and railway operation. The location is to the west of the avalanche shelter.
Michael Gibb 08/10/2018

Rail chiefs say there will be a further four weeks of work following the collapse of an embankment between Thornhill and Holywood.
(Permalink) Holywood Landslide River Nith Thornhill

Emergency work to repair a landslip beneath the railway between Kilmarnock and Dumfries will take a further four weeks.
The line has been shut near Holywood in Dumfries and Galloway since Monday in the wake of Storm Ciara.
Heavy rainfall has caused the nearby River Nith to erode an embankment beneath the railway.
Following detailed examination Network Rail said the line would need to stay shut until 16 March.
Engineers are currently working to repair the 1,700-tonne landslip beneath the 50m (160ft) stretch of track.
(Permalink) Holywood Landslide River Nith Thornhill

Disruption is expected to last until the end of the day, ScotRail has confirmed.
(Permalink) Holywood Landslide River Nith Thornhill

Work is underway to protect the railway from potential landslips and rock-falls from the hillsides and embankments around the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, which stars in the Harry Potter film series.
(Permalink) Glenfinnan Viaduct Landslide Protective works


Glenfinnan Viaduct: The Photographers' gallery at Glenfinnan on 7/8/17!
Alan Hardie 07/08/2017

Roads are closed near Loch Katrine, while part of the railway track has been washed away near Crianlarich [between Crianlarich and Tyndrum Lower].
(Permalink) Crianlarich Landslide Tyndrum Lower

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.
(Permalink) Caledonian Sleeper Crianlarich Landslide Upper Tyndrum

Passengers rescued from a flood-hit train became stuck near the scene on a second train that came to rescue them.
The 14:34 London to Nottingham service on Thursday was stopped due to a landslip near Corby, Northamptonshire.
About 500 passengers spent up to eight hours stuck on the trains before they were finally rescued.
(Permalink) Corby Flood Landslide

A £4 million project is underway to move thousands of tonnes of soil to protect the railway in West Cumbria from landslips for the next 120 years.
(Permalink) Landslide Protective works

Network Rail engineers have made innovative changes to signalling systems at Stromeferry which will allow road users increased access over the railway.
(Permalink) Dingwall and Skye Railway Rockfall Stromeferry landslide

Scotrail are currently considering a proposal to terminate rail journeys at Strathcarron to allow road traffic to flow more freely through the diversion on the Stromeferry bypass.

At a meeting in Lochcarron last week, Colin Howell (pictured), Highland Councils head of infrastructure, said that the road to rail diversion on the bypass, where important stabilisation work to the rockface is being carried out, could stay open to traffic for an extra 80 minutes each day if Scotrail would agree to do this. It would involved taking passengers by bus from Strathcarron to stations along the line to Kyle of Lochalsh.
(Permalink) Dingwall and Skye Railway Rockfall Stromeferry landslide


Avalanche Shelter: Driving along a railway on a Sunday afternoon, as you do. A van and trailer return to the roadway at the west end of the diversion of the Stromeferry Bypass. See image [[65935 for more details.]] Note the gate across the Kyle line.
Michael Gibb 08/10/2018


Avalanche Shelter: A new meaning for 'taking to the tracks' near the avalanche shelter on the Kyle line. The view looks east to the diversion of the Stromeferry Bypass onto the railway. See image [[65935 for details]].
Michael Gibb 08/10/2018


Avalanche Shelter: For a short length the Stromeferry Bypass has been diverted onto the Kyle line fitted with a surface to allow road vehicles to drive on the line, effectively a tramway for this portion. The cliff face to the left requires stabilisation and netting to make it safe. Network Rail has very generously allowed this arrangement which has allowed the road to stay open albeit with very considerable delays for road traffic and a complicated combined convey system and railway operation. The location is to the west of the avalanche shelter.
Michael Gibb 08/10/2018

Essential works are set to take place to the rock face to the west of the avalanche shelter on the A890 Stromeferry Bypass from 3 September 2018 and the Council is reminding the public that road closures and traffic management will be in place for up to 12 weeks.

Cards showing details of the timetable that will be operating for the road to rail diversion through the works have been distributed in the surrounding communities and a copy is also available to download from The Highland Council website by searching for Stromeferry Bypass.

[Railscot note: Vehicles will be diverted onto the specially protected railway trackbed at the avalanche shelter.]
(Permalink) Dingwall and Skye Railway Rockfall Stromeferry landslide

A passenger train was derailed after heavy rain and a rapid thaw of snow caused a massive 1,000-tonne landslip, investigators have found. [Alongside Loch Eilt.]
(Permalink) Derailment Landslide Loch Eilt Mallaig Extension ScotRail

Twenty-four people have been killed after a train derailed in north-western Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag says.

The train was en route to Istanbul from the town of Kapikule on the Bulgarian border, according to reports.

Six of the carriages derailed, with about 360 passengers on board, state-run TRT Haber TV channel said.

The exact cause of the crash is unclear but authorities have blamed bad weather and a landslide for the accident.

CNN Turk, though, reported that a collapsed bridge was the cause of the accident.
(Permalink) Landslide Turkey

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