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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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A new rail shuttle service between Linlithgow and Edinburgh will be introduced from Monday, 14 September to keep customers moving between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The service will operate in both directions and will call at Linlithgow, Edinburgh Park, Haymarket, and Edinburgh Waverley.
Existing replacement bus services between Falkirk Grahamston and Linlithgow remain in place for customers.
(Permalink) Edinburgh Park Edinburgh Waverley Haymarket Linlithgow Shuttle service
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
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.
(Permalink) Croy EGIP Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Electrification Falkirk High Haymarket Linlithgow Polmont
A new information panel has been installed at Linlithgow Station to
commemorate its claim to be the first station in the world to have been
The photograph in question was taken in 1845 by David Octavius Hill, who pioneered many aspects of the art form in collaboration with the engineer and photographer Robert Adamson.
It is believed that Hill took the photograph of Linlithgow Station three
years after it opened, as the basis for a painting.
Almost 170 years later, the image he captured remains recognisable, with St
Michael's Parish Church prominent in the background.
It is reproduced in the new Linlithgow Heritage Trail information panel, by
permission of the National Gallery of Scotland.
The panel also celebrates more recent additions to the station. These
include Mary Louise Colouris' mural of the annual Marches procession, an
impressive display of flower tiles made by local schoolchildren, and three
banners produced by embroiderers from St Michael's Parish Church.
The panel has been developed jointly by Linlithgow Civic Trust, Pride &
Passion Linlithgow and Linlithgow Heritage Trust, with support from
ScotRail, the train operator, and West Lothian Council.
John Aitken, chairman of the Linlithgow Civic Trust, said: 'Since Victorian
times the Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line has been - and continues to be -
of prime importance in Linlithgow's development.
'We are delighted that this panel, part of Linlithgow Heritage Trail,
highlights the station's rightful place in history.
John Yellowlees, ScotRail external relations manager, said: 'We were
pleased to support this venture as part of our support for the Civic
Trust's 'Burgh Beautiful' campaign.
'That campaign includes 'adopting' Linlithgow Station, with volunteers
planting and maintaining beautiful barrels of flowers on both platforms.'
(Permalink) David Octavius Hill Linlithgow ScotRail Station Adoption
Linlithgow: Photocall at Linlithgow on 17 February with (left to right) John McGregor, from Linlithgow Civic Trust, John Yellowlees, ScotRail
external relations manager, John Aitken, chairman of Linlithgow Civic
Trust, and railway author Harry Knox alongside the new commemorative plaque at Linlithgow station.
ScotRail is to launch a Sunday train service for day trippers to Oban from Edinburgh, Linlithgow and Polmont over six weeks this summer.
The service has been welcomed by VisitScotland. It will start on Sunday 25 July and run each Sunday until 29 August inclusive. The service is timed to give passengers five hours in the West Highland town and designed to appeal to people in Edinburgh and West Lothian who would love a day out in Oban - without taking the car. The train will leave Edinburgh Waverley at 0810 and arrive back in the capital at 2107.
Graeme Macfarlan, marketing manager at ScotRail said that the move was in direct response to listening to customers - as well as people opting to holiday in the UK due to ongoing uncertainty regarding air travel. He added: 'Many customers in the East of Scotland have told us they would love to experience the West Highland Line for a day out but would prefer not to change trains - and sometimes stations - at Glasgow. This new, direct service changes all that and should boost tourism. And we'll be offering cream teas on the scenic route, which really is the icing on the cake of a special day out!'
David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland's Regional Director in Argyll said: 'We've just launched a £250,000 campaign specifically encouraging Scots to take holidays in their own country, so expanding train services to accommodate the needs of the day trip market fits very well with this.
(Permalink) Edinburgh Linlithgow Oban Polmont ScotRail West Highland Lines
Oban: Welcome to Oban is the gaelic greeting for disembarking ferry passengers as they make their way from the quayside to Oban station. This more unusual view of Oban station, and the late afternoon train to Glasgow (Sprinter 156493), was taken from the top deck of Calmac's DSMV Isle of Mull, about to set sail for Craignure.
This was a day of disrupted services. The North Berwick Line flooded, there was a track defect at Gartshore and flooding between Linlithgow and Edinburgh Haymarket (Edinburgh to Glasgow line), flooding at Inverkeithing, a landslide between Aberdeen and Stonehaven, and flooding of the Bathgate line. The East Coast Main Line was closed between Edinburgh and Berwick.
(Permalink) Bathgate Flood Gartshore Loops Inverkeithing Landslide Linlithgow North Berwick Stonehaven