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Dumfries Adopters Railway Gardeners were thrilled to receive plants, bulbs and bird food from kind-hearted folk.
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DARG days have come to Dumfries Station.

A newly-formed team of volunteers have taken up the gauntlet, left by the former South West Railway Adopters Gardening Group, and are beautifying the busy train station on the Nith Valley Line.

The team are looking for new volunteers to join them to help bring the garden back to life after lockdown, under the auspices of the Adopt-A-Station scheme operated by Scotrail.
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Dumfries: Volunteers at Dumfries station in July standing alongside some of the striking floral displays that now adorn the platforms.
ScotRail /07/2013

Dumfries: Trompe l'oeil paintings at Dumfries station on 24 October 2014 see image [[10436]].
John Yellowlees 24/10/2014

Vacant station buildings have been transformed into a bustling community hub, thanks to the continued dedication of local community group.

A grant from the stations community regeneration fund (SCRF), which aims to help businesses and community groups convert empty station buildings into spaces which benefit the community, has seen the revamp of Kilmarnock's station. Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust also received funding from the Railway Heritage Trust, and the East Ayrshire Council's Renewable Energy Fund, allowing them to invest around £500,000 in the station's restoration. Work to bring seven rooms, which were stripped back to their brickwork in 1998, back to life, has transformed the station and the recently refurbished underpass has made connections to the town centre and new Kilmarnock College campus bright and vibrant.

Now plans are afoot to convert redundant space at street level into additional office space, a bike workshop, complimentary and art therapy rooms, and locker/shower rooms. Passengers and passers-by alike can enjoy a cup of tea and a cake in the 'Storm in a teacup' café with their head in a book from the 'Killie Browser' book shop. There is also a gift shop and archive rooms for the Glasgow & South Western Railway Association.
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Kilmarnock: Daffodils at Kilmarnock, it must be springtime.
John Yellowlees 05/02/2016

Kilmarnock: 'Storm in a tea cup' - superb name for the cafe at Kilmarnock station.
John Yellowlees 20/04/2016

Kilmarnock: Some fine imitation British Railways era platform enamels at Kilmarnock seen on 15/10/2016. They are in fact in the wrong colour, being Eastern Region dark blue instead of Scottish light blue, but only a carping pedant of the worst sort would point out that out.
David Panton 15/10/2016

Midlothian groups are flocking to “adopt” local stations to make railway platforms and surroundings more welcoming and people-friendly.
“Travellers will soon see the fruit of plans to improve the appearance of Eskbank, Gorebridge, Newtongrange and Shawfair stations, together with Galashiels and Stow,” said Carol Byers, chairman of the Borders Railway Community Partnership (BRCP), which is backing the grass-roots initiative along with operator Abellio ScotRail.

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More than £20,000 of funding has been awarded to five Scottish volunteer groups to help them improve green spaces at five ScotRail stations across the country. The funding which was announced yesterday 22 March, will help communities improve outside areas at the stations and ensure that they are a local focal point,helping to deliver a clean and green environment.

The funding, received by groups to fund works at Aberdour, Dalry, Ladybank, Perth and Pollokshields East stations will help to support volunteer efforts to care for the gardens and grounds at the stations and improve local environmental quality.

The funding was provided as part of the ScotRail Adopt-a-Station programme which is supported by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful. The funding allows local adopt-a-station volunteers to help maintain a good environment for people using and working in local stations - enhancing the appearance of the stations through activities such as planting, gardening and encouraging biodiversity.
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Aberdour: New floral display at Aberdour station on 14 July, donated by Campion Homes Ltd of Rosyth.
Bill Roberton 14/07/2013

Dalry: A southbound service draws to a stop at Dalry in June 2007.
John Furnevel 17/06/2007

Ladybank: The bufferstop of the former Kinross bay platform is now clearly visible as work proceeds on the creation of a biodiversity garden with pond at Ladybank station.
John Yellowlees 22/03/2013

National Mining Museum Scotland has adopted Newtongrange Railway Station as part of the Abellio Scotrail “adopt a station” scheme.
The initiative allows the museum to improve the appearance of the station with planters and floral displays.

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Newtongrange: 67026 'Diamond Jubilee' leads the returning steam special from Tweedbank past Newtongrange with 60009 Union of South Africa on the rear.
Bill Roberton 27/09/2015

Newtongrange: Plaque commemorating the official opening of the new Borders Railway station at Newtongrange on 9 September 2015. See image [[52489]]
John Furnevel 29/02/2016

Newtongrange: The zig-zag path from the station to National Mining Museum is dotted with information boards about the history of mining in the area. This one though celebrates the predecessor to the shiny new station. It once had standard canopied buildings on both platforms, but lost them some time before that became fashionable, remaining staffed as a halt in all but name. See image [[24342]]
David Panton 22/09/2015

Winners of Community Rail Awards in Scotland for 2015 were:

Helmsdale Station CIC (Community Interest Company): first for innovation in community rail (major restoration of the disused station building).

Sonia Cameron: first for outstanding voluntary contribution (Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig ScotRail Station Adopter).

Graham and Liz Gaffney Whaite, Dalmally: third for most enhanced station building (major restoration of the disused station building).
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Helmsdale: The boarded up station building at Helmsdale on 27 August 2007.
John Furnevel 27/08/2007

Dalmally: Dalmally station on 14th May saw 156500 on the 1256 from Oban to Glasgow crossing 45407 and The Highlands & Islands Explorer with sister Black 5 44871 on the rear. This was Day 6 for the steam excursion, which ran from Fort William to Oban and back.
Malcolm Chattwood 14/05/2014

Morar: A view of Morar looking south towards the level crossing on 14 July 2011 see image [[47771]]. The station building was being used by the local newspaper. Hopefully the weedkiller train is due to visit soon.
John Gray 14/07/2011

DISUSED railway station buildings are to be given a new lease of life under a 1.5 million fund launched by ScotRail and the Scottish Government's Transport Scotland agency. The scheme will provide 50 per cent more cash than a previous initiative which has transformed platform premises across Scotland, including as cafés, bookshops and bunkhouses.
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Helmsdale: View from the footbridge towards the disused station building on the southbound platform at Helmsdale on 16 October 2006. A fine old building going to waste.
John Gray 16/10/2006

Aberdour: Aberdour didn't get a station until 1890 when the Forth Bridge and its connecting line to Burntisland opened. The full set of original buildings remains, including the low-rise signal box seen here on 10 January. That laurel, though a fine constituent of Aberdour station's famous garden, would not have been allowed to grow quite as high when the box was in use.
David Panton 10/01/2010

Fort Matilda: The road approach to the impressive looking 1889 station building at Fort Matilda - now sadly disused. View south on a glorious 29 July 2007, with a local taxi awaiting a fare.
John Furnevel 29/07/2007

Kinghorn train station has been named the best in the country by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The Fife station has been transformed after being 'adopted' by two local artists who tend the gardens and run an art gallery in the station buildings.
BBC Scotland transport correspondent David Miller took a trip on the Fife Circle to find out more.
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Kinghorn: 158735 runs into Kinghorn station on 15 April with a service to Glenrothes.
John Steven 15/04/2010

Kinghorn: A view over Kinghorn Station - looking north in May 2005.
John Furnevel 23/05/2005

Kinghorn: Looking across the platforms at Kinghorn station in September 2012.
John Yellowlees 09/09/2012

A NEW future is being sought for Scotlands signal boxes, which face being removed from the railways because of new technology.
Rail officials are examining ways to preserve the countrys 70 boxes, which will all be replaced by signalling centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow within years.
Conservation bodies hope the success of ScotRails Adopt a Station scheme to transform empty station buildings into cafes, heritage centres and other businesses can be emulated for signal boxes. [From John Yellowlees]
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Spean Bridge: Token exchange with a Fort William-bound train at Spean Bridge in October 1980.
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) /10/1980

Kyle of Lochalsh: Kyle signalbox on 24 April 2013. It has been renovated and will re-open incorporating a model railway and holiday accommodation. See image [[26348]]
Ewan Crawford 24/04/2013

Annan: Annan Signal Box looking north in October 2006 see image [[36748]].
John Furnevel 18/10/2006

Pupils and staff from Hamilton Grammar have been back at work in Hamilton Central train station, sprucing up the platform with plants and flowers as part of ScotRails Adopt a Station initiative.
Central Scotland MSP Margaret McCulloch, who introduced the school to the scheme, also returned to the station to see for herself how the teens are brightening up the platform.
The politician also spoke with passers-by about the difference the plants have made, bringing colour and life to one of the most frequently used public spaces in the town.
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Hamilton Central: Arrival at Hamilton Central on 17 September 2008 in the form of 318 256 with a service for Motherwell.
David Panton 17/09/2008

Hamilton Central: Looking south east from the bus station towards Hamilton Central on 17 March 2006. Behind and above the station is Kemp Street, where the former Caledonian booking office and south side entrance (which accessed the platforms via a covered stairway) still survives see image [[9044]].
John Furnevel 17/03/2006

Hamilton Central: Hamilton (Central). 2.6.4T 42166 entering on a Coalburn train. June 1949.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/06/1949

For the last few months, Restart has been working with ScotRail as part of its Adopt a Station scheme. Restart provides vocational training in gardening, woodwork, picture-framing, art, catering and information technology, as well as giving participants access to personal development and peer support groups. [See news link] [From John Yellowlees]
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Carntyne: A North Clyde Line service at Carntyne station on 7 October.
John Yellowlees 07/10/2013

Carntyne: Volunteers at work on one of the platform displays at Carntyne on 7 October 2013.
John Yellowlees 07/10/2013

Carntyne: Welcome to Carntyne!
John Yellowlees 07/10/2013

Projects short-listed for the forthcoming Community Rail Awards include 'Poetry on the Platform', a project which gives Ayrshire poets the chance to showcase their work at Largs station. 'Largs Poems and Pints' began the project in July 2012, since when it has gone from strength to strength with the poems becoming a popular and established feature at the station.

Transformation of disused rooms at Kinghorn station into a popular art gallery has also been short-listed. Here local artist Lynette Gray has converted the former stationmasters flat and ladies waiting room. Lynette has also planted colourful floral displays in the stations gardens and car park.

In Ayrshire, Louis Wall, a volunteer who currently tends to gardens at more than a dozen rail stations across the region has been short-listed for two awards.

Finally, Inverurie stations first-ever caf, which opened in May last year, has also been short-listed. The station had been without a caf until George and Jennie Lawson converted the former Lord Kintores Waiting Room now named The Coco Works, referencing Inveruries historic Loco Works, closed in 1968.

Assistance and support for these and other similar projects has come via Scotrail's Adopt a Station scheme, the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund.

Winners of the Ninth AnnualCommunityRailAwardswill be announced at a ceremony in Llandudno, Wales, on 27 September 2013 watch this space!
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Irvine: Welcome to Irvine - see adjacent news item.
John Yellowlees 29/08/2012

Inverurie: Inverurie station's first-ever café - see adjacent news item.
John Yellowlees 25/10/2012

Kinghorn: Transformation at Kinghorn - see adjacent news item.
John Yellowlees 09/04/2013

IT IS known as the idyllic Highland village to which tourists make a beeline and where the BBC drama Hamish Macbeth was set.
However, the reputation of the west coast settlement has been bismirched by loitering and litter-dropping school pupils at its railway station, which have triggered a deluge of complaints to community leaders.
The station is on the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh line that Michael Palin has hailed as one of the worlds greatest railway journeys.
Now British Transport Police (BTP) have moved to stamp out the anti-social behaviour by enlisting youngsters from Plockton High School, which adjoins the station, to help with its upkeep by looking after its plants and picking up litter.
In a ceremony today, a plaque was unveiled by Highlands MSP Jean Urquhart to mark the station being adopted by a committee of pupils.

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Plockton: In a ceremony at Plockton station a plaque was unveiled by Highlands MSP Jean Urquhart to mark the station being 'adopted' by a committee of pupils from Plockton High School.
John Yellowlees 26/04/2013

Plockton: Celebrations at Plockton station on 26 April 2013 in connection with the adoption of the station by pupils of nearby Plockton High School - see adjacent news item.
John Yellowlees 26/04/2013

In celebration of this year's centenary of Westerton Garden Suburb, the Primary School has adopted the planters at Westerton Station, which also now features a community notice-board and a display of books and magazines.
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Westerton: 320 315 arrives at Westerton on 19 April with a service to Airdrie.
David Panton 19/04/2008

Westerton: Notice posted by Westerton Primary School at their local station in January 2013.
ScotRail 24/01/2013

Westerton: One of the attractive planters at Westerton station on 24 January 2013. See adjacent news item.
ScotRail 24/01/2013

A Fife artist has installed a railway-themed sculpture at Kinghorns
revitalised station to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its entry into
a ScotRail community project.

The stone sculpture of a steam locomotive designed and donated by
Kinghorn artist Kenny Munro has been placed in the station car park.

Its installation marks the end of a highly successful 12 months since
another Fife artist, Lynette Gray, first started transforming the station
through ScotRails Adopt a Station scheme, which aims to put stations at
the heart of their communities.

Since adopting the station on 16 November last year, Lynette has worked
with ScotRail to replant the station gardens, landscape the car park, and
turn the disused former stationmasters flat and ladies waiting room into a

Her efforts have helped earn Kinghorn a Gold award in Keep Scotland
Beautifuls Tidy Station Standards awards.

And Kinghorn has also been shortlisted for the Modern Railways Restoration
Award, which will be announced at the National Railway Heritage Awards in
London on 5 December.

Lynette said: 'Were really pleased to have Kenny Munros beautiful
sculpture installed at the station.

It marks the end of what has been an exciting first year for Kinghorn
station and I am heartened by the warmth of the community's response to
what has been achieved here.

Kenny said: Its great to be able to contribute artistically to Kinghorn
station, which has been a crucial transport hub for the community and
visitors for more than 150 years.

John Yellowlees, ScotRails external relations manager, said: 'We are
delighted by Kennys gift to the station and to Lynette for her ongoing
achievements, which truly capture the spirit of our Adopt a Station
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INVERURIE Station has received a colourful makeover thanks to a ScotRail community project.
Local ironmongery company Watsons of Inverurie has installed two half-barrel planters, 23 tubs and a train-shaped barrel planter to brighten the station for customers.

The work has taken place as part of ScotRails Adopt a Station scheme, which aims to put stations at the heart of their communities.
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South Lanarkshire pupils have designed three railway-themed posters to
welcome passengers to Hairmyres station, as part of a ScotRail community

And the youngsters from Crosshouse Primary School have installed two floral
planters on the platform to brighten the station environment.

The voluntary work has been made possible by ScotRails Adopt a Station
scheme, which aims to put stations at the heart of communities.

Lara Tolland, who teaches at Crosshouse Primary School, said: 'This
initiative has created a motivating and engaging context for a variety of
curricular areas.

In particular, it has allowed a very real and relevant purpose for writing
and art and design.

The children have really taken ownership of the station and have begun to
appreciate the positive part they can play within their own community.

Crosshouse Primary School was introduced to ScotRails Adopt a Station
policy by Margaret McCulloch MSP.

Ms McCulloch said: Adopt a Station is a great initiative, which I was more
than happy to get behind, and I am delighted that there has been so much
interest in East Kilbride and other parts of Lanarkshire.

The staff and the pupils at Crosshouse Primary have been really
enthusiastic about the initiative and it is genuinely rewarding to see
their plants and their artwork brighten up Hairmyres Station.

With South Lanarkshire College successfully adopting East Kilbride station
and other parts of the line being adopted in East Renfrewshire, I hope
passengers travelling from the town to Glasgow will notice the positive
difference that is being made at stations along the whole line.

John Yellowlees, ScotRail external relations manager said: We thank the
pupils for the ongoing work at the station.

We are delighted that Hairmyres is one of several stations on the East
Kilbride line to be benefitting from voluntary work by adopters.

Voluntary gardening is also provided at Giffnock station by Max Bentley and
at Clarkston by Busby & Clarkston Horticultural Society.
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Query 14974: A special... where and when? [Added 12 October 2014]
Notes and Queries //

Hairmyres: Crosshouse Primary School pupils Liam Orton, Kai Gallagher, Cameron Sinclair, Jack Ralston, and Emma MacDonald tending to one of their planters at Hairmyres station. [See adjacent news item]
ScotRail 30/08/2012

Hairmyres: Glasgow bound 156439 calls at Hairmyres during the late morning on 2 December 2010.
John Steven 02/12/2010

At the invitation of Portobello Rotary who have adopted Newcraighall station, Peter Jewell, trustee of the Bill Douglas Centre at the University of
Exeter, today planted a birch tree adjoining Kenny Munro's 'Place of Dreams' sculpture. [See previous news items on this subject]
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Bill Douglas: Newcraighall posters at the exhibition 'Our Childhood' in the Museum of Edinburgh until 3 September to mark the 40th anniversary of Bill Douglas's iconic film 'My Childhood'.
John Yellowlees 06/08/2012

Newcraighall: Newcraighall ceremony - left to right club president Neil Fraser, Peter Jewell, the Club's Bill Thomson and Kenny Munro.
John Yellowlees 06/08/2012

Newcraighall: The 'Place of Dreams' sculpture alongside the platform at Newcraighall station [see adjacent news item].
John Yellowlees 06/08/2012

Donations to charities from the
Pitlochry Station bookshop have now exceeded 75,000.
The shop - opened in 2005 under ScotRails Adopt a Station scheme sells
second hand books, with the proceeds going to six charities.

They include the Childrens Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) - which is
also ScotRails charity partner.

And this month, the bookshop made its first payment to a sixth charity
Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance.

Ken Nichol, chairman of the Pitlochry Station Bookshop, said: We simply
opened the shop to give customers the chance to buy a book for their train
journey and hand it back on return to re-sell.

We are now open six days a week, and are so grateful to ScotRail for its
continuing support without which we would not have raised so much money,
which benefits a number of charities.

John Yellowlees, ScotRails external relations manager, said: 'Pitlochry is
the doyen of our adopted stations. We are delighted at the bookshop's
continuing success, and note next year marks the 150th anniversary of the
completion of the original Highland Main Line from Perth to Inverness.'

The accommodation that houses the bookshop was recently improved with new
secondary glazing, with assistance from the Railway Heritage Trust, and
funding for painting was given by Perth & Kinross Council.
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Pitlochry: Welcome to the Station Bookshop - Pitlochry, July 2012. [See adjacent news item]
John Yellowlees /07/2012

Pitlochry: Having called on the way from Inverness to Glasgow, 170414 is ready to depart south from Pitlochry. The station buildings are in good condition as are other pieces of infrastructure such as the signal box. A local charity bookshop occupies the room next to the booking office. View north towards Blair Atholl.
Mark Bartlett 30/03/2009

Pitlochry: Window display at Pitlochry Station Bookshop - see news item.
John Yellowlees /07/2012

A West Highland woman has become the first person in Scotland to have single-handedly transformed three stations as part of ScotRails Adopt a Station community project.

Sonia Cameron has installed six half-barrel planters at Morar, adding to the floral displays she plants and maintains at Mallaig and Arisaig.

ScotRail has paid tribute to the Mallaig residents success in enhancing the stations on the world-famous West Highland Line
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Mallaig: Sonia Cameron pictured alongside some of her hanging baskets at Mallaig station.
John Yellowlees /07/2012

Arisaig: Classic scene at Arisaig in the summer of 1966, with the 'beaver tail' observation car on the rear of a Fort William-Mallaig train. This was one of two such vehicles built for a special train to mark the coronation of King George VI in 1937, and subsequently deployed on the LNER's express 'Coronation' service between London and Edinburgh.
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1966

Unused rooms at one of Scotlands oldest working stations have been transformed into a clubhouse for model railway enthusiasts, thanks to a ScotRail community project.

Kyle Model Railway Club this week moved into the revamped rooms above the main premises at Irvine station, which dates back to 1839.

The award-winning club has adopted the station as part of ScotRails Adopt a Station project, which enables volunteers to develop floral displays at stations and find innovative uses for vacant rooms.

Tom Rout, chairman of the Kyle Model Railway Club, said: We are delighted to be based at Irvine station, where it will be easier for us to recruit new members than at our previous, more out-of-the-way location at Dunaskin.

The clubhouse, which was previously used as a training suite, offers an
attractive space for railway enthusiasts to exhibit their miniature railway

John Yellowlees, ScotRails external relations manager, opened the new
clubhouse on Monday 16 April.

Mr Yellowlees said: Our Adopt a Station policy is about finding community
uses for surplus accommodation, and model railway clubs are a good use
because they encourage young people to respect the railway environment.

The accommodation has been converted with assistance from the Railway
Heritage Trust and IDP Architects.

Irvine is the fifth ScotRail station to house a model railway club, with
others at Gleneagles, Lanark, Fort Matilda and Maxwell Park.

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Irvine: Looking west towards Irvine station in May 2007 showing the attractive and effective atrium / stairway / canopy arrangement constructed around the station building.
John Furnevel 03/05/2007

Irvine: ScotRail's external relations manager John Yellowlees (centre) with Kyle Model Railway Club members (l-r) Roy Garrett, Hugh McCrindle, David Wyllie, Tom Rout, Ed Bristow, and Ian Blain.
First ScotRail 16/04/2012

Irvine: Roy Garrett and Tom Rout, from Kyle Model Railway Club, with one of their new layouts at Irvine station.
First ScotRail 16/04/2012

A volunteer gardeners work to brighten a West Highland station for
ScotRail customers has been honoured with a posthumous award.

Brian Bentham single-handedly rejuvenated Falls of Cruachan station with
beautiful floral displays, but he died in October last year before it was
named the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnerships (HITRANS) Most
Improved Local Station 2011.

Mr Bentham, who had lived in Oban since 2005, had voluntarily planted and
maintained colourful flowers at Falls of Cruachan since July 2010 as part
of ScotRails Adopt a Station project.

Mr Benthams daughter Mandi Dees travelled from Lyneham in Wiltshire to
Inverness to accept the award on his behalf from HITRANS vice-chairman
Councillor John Laing, at a ceremony on Friday 30 March.

She said: It makes me such a proud daughter to know what my dad has done
to brighten Falls of Cruachan station, particularly for walkers to enjoy
during the summer months.

He was very happy with his work and would spend a good few hours at the
station every day, just to make sure everything looked good.

He often took his camera with him so he could see the difference he was
making over time, and it is pleasing for our family to now be able to look
back at those pictures.

A plaque will be installed at Falls of Cruachan station to mark the
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Brian Bentham: Brian Bentham, whose voluntary work revitalised Falls of Cruachan station.
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Falls of Cruachan: Falls of Cruachan station showing part of the legacy of Brian Bentham.
ScotRail //2011

Inverness: Mandi Dees with the award she collected on behalf of her late father Brian Bentham.
ScotRail 30/03/2012

Spring has sprung on Glasgows Cathcart Circle with volunteers creating
vibrant floral displays at two stations as part of a ScotRail community

Glasgow-based horticulture training agency GREAT Gardens has built,
installed and planted a total of eight raised flower beds at Queens Park
and Shawlands stations.

The group has agreed to adopt both stations, meaning five Cathcart Circle
stations have now benefited from gardening projects thanks to ScotRails
Adopt a Station scheme.

Colin Anderson, GREAT Gardens co-ordinator, said: 'We are delighted to be
involved in ScotRails Adopt a Station scheme. It provides an excellent
opportunity for us to showcase our skills.'

GREAT Gardens has also agreed to maintain four large barrel planters at
Queens Park station.

John Yellowlees, ScotRails external relations manager, said: We are
thrilled that GREAT Gardens has taken to adopting stations on the
Cathcart Circle with such enthusiasm and commitment.

GREAT Gardens provides training in grounds maintenance and horticulture for
people who have been unable to make a successful transition between school,
education, training or work. It is a subsidiary of Govanhill Housing

The other Cathcart Circle stations taking part in Adopt a Station so far
are Pollokshields East, Crosshill and Maxwell Park, adopted by the Hidden
Gardens, South Seeds and Pollokshields Heritage groups respectively.
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Queens Park: Great Gardens volunteers Lee Ewens, Ross Connelly, Iain Borthwick and Angela Christie with ScotRail's external relations manager John Yellowlees (centre) with one of the new raised planters at Queens Park station.
ScotRail 30/03/2012

A Greenock company has adopted its sixth ScotRail station.
In-Work Ltd, which provides gardening opportunities for people recovering
from mental health issues, has added Cardonald station in Glasgow to its
ever-increasing portfolio.
ScotRails Adopt a Station scheme is designed to put stations at the heart
of their communities.
Allan Maliska, project co-ordinator for landscape contractors In-Work,
said: The scheme is ideal for us as it offers an opportunity to showcase
the abilities of teams in a way that catches the public eye.
The company first adopted Greenock Central several years ago, and has
since added seasonal colour to two other Inverclyde stations - Cartsdyke
and Port Glasgow.

Its floral arrangements are now at Hillington East and West stations, with
the latest venture at Cardonald.

John Yellowlees, ScotRails external relations manager, said: We are delighted that In-Work Ltd has taken to adopting stations with such enthusiasm and commitment.
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Cardonald: In-Work Ltd members David Steele, from Greenock, and Janette McClumpha, from Port Glasgow, with one of the colourful new planters at Cardonald station.
ScotRail 15/03/2012

Cardonald: Clockwise from bottom left are David Steele, Allan Maliska, ScotRail's Cardonald station team manager Christopher McLaren, and Janette McClumpha. [See adjacent news item]
ScotRail 15/03/2012

Cardonald: Main entrance to Cardonald station on Berryknowes Road. May 2007.
John Furnevel 20/05/2007

A colourful new train known as Barry the Barrel has rolled into
Glasgows Exhibition Centre station.

Its a train-shaped floral planter - made from old whisky barrels, and
filled with spring flowers to welcome visitors to the ScotRail station.

The work was carried out by The Rotary Club of Charing Cross, whose members
volunteered to brighten and maintain the station environment as part of
ScotRails Adopt a Station scheme.

John Yellowlees, ScotRail external relations manager, said: We believe
that the Rotary Club of Charing Cross's adoption of Exhibition Centre will
lift the spirits of the many thousands who use or pass through the

Barry the Barrel trains arrival comes just in time for the Model Rail
Scotland 2012 exhibition, which organisers say will be the biggest model
railway exhibition ever held in Scotland.

More than 15,000 rail enthusiasts from across the UK are expected to attend
the event from 24-26 February at the SECC.

Trevor Graham, of the Rotary Club of Charing Cross, said: We are delighted
to adopt Exhibition Centre station, and hope that Barry the Barrel train
will extend a seasonal welcome to visitors at Model Rail Scotland 2012 and
other exhibitions at the SECC.

The Rotary Club of Charing Cross has also installed other planters and a
flower bed at Exhibition Centre station.
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Exhibition Centre: The train now standing on platform 1 is ... Barry the Barrel!.
First ScotRail 22/02/2012

Exhibition Centre: Photocall at Exhibition Centre on 22 February 2012 with (left to right) John Papworth and Bob Holmes of the Rotary Club of Charing Cross, John Yellowlees of ScotRail, Trevor Graham, Gordon Fairbrother and Cameron Shirra, all of Rotary, with 'Barry the Barrel'.
First ScotRail 22/02/2012

Exhibition Centre: In this view from the east, Exhibition Centre station presents a deceptively junction-like appearance. In fact the track on the far left is a siding, and platforms 2 and 1 serve the Argyle Line westbound and eastbound respectively. The westbound track remains in the open and joins the North Clyde Line at Finnieston East Junction, while the track from Finnieston West has had to burrow under the North Clyde Line (among other things) in the 950yd Kelvinhaugh Tunnel which opens straight onto Platform 1. From there 318261 departs for Larkhall on 20 January.
David Panton 20/01/2010

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.'
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Linlithgow: The solid (and stolid) exterior of Linlithgow station in August 2010. No fripperies here.
David Panton 14/08/2010

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.
First ScotRail 17/02/2012

Linlithgow: The GNER 0755 Inverness - London Kings Cross 'Highland Chieftain' at speed through Linlithgow station in May 2005.
John Furnevel 11/05/2005

A splash of brilliant colour has been added to late autumn at Prestwick Town station.
It follows more work on the floral displays and the window boxes at Prestwick Town by station adopters Lorraine and Hugh McEvoy.
The couple, who run the station cafe, first introduced half-barrel planters on the station platforms in May this year under train operator ScotRails adopt a station scheme.

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Prestwick Town: Splash of colour at Prestwick Town - see news item
First ScotRail /11/2011

Prestwick Town: A colourful welcome to Prestwick Town station - see news item.
First ScotRail /11/2011

Prestwick Town: Entrance to Prestwick Town station, May 2007.
John Furnevel 03/05/2007

A PROJECT that has transformed a Glasgow railway station sums up the spirit of the Evening Times Streets Ahead campaign bringing people together to create better communities.

Friends Of Rosshall Park And Gardens have achieved the remarkable feat within months of adopting Crookston station, in the south of the city.

It is an example of what can be done through partnership.

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Crookston: The attractive planters at Crookston (courtesy of the Friends of Rosshall Park and Gardens) add to the pleasant autumn scene on 30 September 2011. In the background a service on the Paisley Canal line is arriving from Glasgow Central, while beyond the fence on the disused platform stands the original 1885 station building, sensitively restored following serious fire damage in the 1980s. See image [[15060]]
John Yellowlees 30/09/2011

Crookston: View west over the current Crookston station on 20 May 2007. The restored former station building stands on the right. See image [[15060]]
John Furnevel 20/05/2007

Crookston: Corkerhill Jubilee 45677 Beatty with a Starlight Special passing Crookston on Sunday 1 July 1962. [Railscot note: The Starlight Specials were launched in 1953 to provide cheap overnight travel on summer weekends to London (usually Marylebone) and at their peak of popularity in 1960 a dozen or more were in operation. Most of the specials started from St Enoch although there were trains from Waverley, Gourock and even one for a time from Clydebank Riverside. The last Starlight Special ran in 1962, the year the photograph was taken.] see image [[27077]]
Colin Miller 01/07/1962

Cupar has been named 'Scotlands Best Adopted Station 2011 by Passenger Focus, the independent passenger watchdog. The award follows the creation of a Heritage Centre in the former stationmasters cottage by Cupar Heritage, the local history society.
The conversion is part of the ScotRail 'Adopt a Station' Scheme,
with financial support for the Heritage Centre from the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund.

Robert Samson, Scottish link manager for Passenger Focus, said the award 'exemplifies the spirit of a station that is at the heart of its community.'
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Cupar: ScotRail external relations manager John Yellowlees makes the presentation to Councillor Margaret Kennedy at Cupar station on 14 November 2011. They are joined by staff members John Mullen and Hannah Cooper along with representatives of the 'Friends of Cupar Station'.
First ScotRail 14/11/2011

Cupar: The main station building at Cupar, complete with its impressive floral arrangements, seen here looking north from the car park on 18 July 2010.
Andrew Wilson 18/07/2010

A Giffnock man who has adopted the local railway station was praised yesterday by ScotRail for his gardening prowess. Max Bentley, 69, has been caring for plants at the station for three years under the train operators Adopt a Station scheme which aims to put stations at the heart of communities.

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Giffnock: A sunny, warm May Day bank holiday in Glasgow sees an East Kilbride service, formed by unit 156 436, preparing to pull away from the platform at Giffnock.
David Panton 02/05/2011

Giffnock: East Kilbride train stopping at Giffnock. CR 0.4.4T 55225.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/06/1949

Renton Station in West Dunbartonshire has been named as the Best Adopted Station in Scotland of 2010 by Passenger Focus, the independent passenger watchdog.

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Renton: Lord Elgin opening the King Robert the Bruce Heritage Centre created by Strathleven Artizans in the former booking office at Renton Station.
John Yellowlees 27/03/2010

Renton: Lord Elgin inside the King Robert the Bruce Heritage Centre created by Strathleven Artizans in the former booking office at Renton Station.
John Yellowlees 27/03/2010

Renton: A Balloch - Airdrie train, formed by 320 311, arives at Renton on 1 April 2009.
David Panton 01/04/2009

Dalgety Bay has become the one hundredth Scottish railway station to be adopted by members of its local community and nearby Rosyth station has followed it as the 101st. [From EC]
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Dalgety Bay: [Left to right] Helen Eadie MSP, local Rotary Club President Bob Tait and First ScotRail's John Yellowlees at the photocall on 11 August 2010 commemorating the 'adoption' of Rosyth and Dalgety Bay stations.
First ScotRail 11/08/2010

Dalgety Bay: Happy birthday to you! First ScotRail 170 455 leaves Dalgety Bay on 27 March 2008, the occasion of the stations 10th anniversary.
Bill Roberton 27/03/2008

Rosyth: The evening Edinburgh - Fife Circle loco-hauled commuter train arrives in bright Sunshine at Rosyth on 3 May 2010 behind DBS 67018 Keith Heller.
Bill Roberton 03/05/2010

Volunteers have been honoured by Scotrail who have adopted Wemyss Bay railway station under their Adopt A Station scheme. [From Graham Morgan]
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POLLOKSHIELDS HERITAGE, the local conservation and amenity society, has adopted Maxwell Park station with their refurbishment of the former Booking Office - assisted by Glasgow City Council, the Railway Heritage Trust and First ScotRail - for use as a small community meeting venue and exhibition area.

Officiating at the latest development in the saga of the station where he played such a prominent role throughout his youth is JACK KERNAHAN, former local resident and railway historian who spent some of the happiest days of his life in the building, helping to maintain the platform gardens, operating the booking office and generally helping the station staff.
I used to study for University exams in the Station Master's room...lovely warmth from the stove! We had a small railway museum in the SM's room from 1966 to 1971.

On this occasion Jack will present the original map of the area which hung in the booking office and the last station masters hat! restoring them to their former location. His friend and ally from those earlier days, Hamish Stevenson, a noted railway photographer, will also be attending.

An Options Appraisal for the re-use of the whole of the station premises was carried out on behalf of Pollokshields Heritage by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust in 2007-8. But notwithstanding the wide range of interests attracted to the station building, it concluded that the costs of regenerating the whole building currently prohibit any potential funder.

While the outstanding issues are being addressed, Pollokshields Heritage is taking the lead towards sustainable re-occupation of the whole of this iconic building with their refurbishment of the former Booking Office.

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Maxwell Park: Platform canopies and new lighting at Maxwell Park.
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006

Maxwell Park: A view from the bridge. From the footbridge looking west.
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006

Maxwell Park: A two tier station building.
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006

Pedal power at Pollokshaws West Station is spinning closer to
realisation this week following the appointment of an architect to
carry out a feasibility study for the introduction of a cycle resource
centre. The appointment marks the next phase in the proposed 'adoption' of
Pollokshaws West station by South West Community Cycles, a charity run
by a voluntary committee proactive in promoting health and education
in the South West of Glasgow. The charity approached First ScotRail in
2007 with a proposal for taking on one of the empty buildings at the
station in which to locate a cycle resource centre for the benefit of
people living in the area.
As a result, First ScotRail is delighted to announce that the Glasgow
Buildings Preservation Trust has taken on architect, Richard Shorter,
to undertake the feasibility study into the conversion of the
identified premises. It is hoped that the study will find the station
building suitable for establishing a bicycle hire and repair centre,
complete with cycle sales and refurbishment and cycle repair training,
situated within close proximity to Pollok Park and ideal for people
looking to get out and about by bike.
John Yellowlees, external relations manager at First ScotRail, said,
"This is the next positive step in this station adoption proposal
which we hope will result in a fantastic resource in the south side of
the city. The study is being supported by the Railway Heritage Trust,
Glasgow City Council and the Architectural Heritage Fund and made
possible by our Adopt a Station scheme, which seeks to find new uses
for disused buildings at stations.
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Customers at Falkirk Grahamston Station are benefiting from a brighter and more colourful overall station environment, thanks to a joint partnership between First ScotRail and the Falkirk Rotary Club.

As part of their Adopt a Station scheme, which launched in September 2005, First ScotRail was approached by the Rotary Club with a proposal for how they would like to improve their local station for the benefit of both customers and local residents, through the installation of new floral displays and tubs.

As a result, the train operating company is supporting the proposal by replacing the floral displays in the existing planters and tubs as well as renewing the compost, which should lead to more vibrant and sustained blooms. Work commenced at the station on 11 June.
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Falkirk Grahamston: Trains passing just west of Falkirk Grahamston on a summer afternoon in 2011. Accelerating away from the camera on the left is a service for Dunblane, while on the right is an incoming terminating service from Glasgow Queen Street via Cumbernauld.
John Furnevel 25/07/2011

Falkirk Grahamston: The 1210 Glasgow Queen Street stopper pulls into Grahamston on 27 November 2019, a full four minutes before it was due to depart. This must explain why it appeared on the departures summary before the 1207 to Edinburgh. Something funny is going on with dwell times.
David Panton 27/11/2019

Falkirk Grahamston: Dunblane (right) and Edinburgh trains pass at Grahamston on 14 March 2019. From December 2018 daytime departures here leapt from a long-standing 5 an hour to 8.
David Panton 14/03/2019

15th September 2006 saw the 150th anniversary of the Ayr and Maybole Railway coinciding with the 1st anniversary of the First ScotRail Adopt A Station programme.
To mark the event, a small ceremony took place at Maybole station during which a dozen flower tubs were jointly dedicated through First ScotRail and Maytag Community Development Agency and Community Council.
A nice touch on the day came as a result of the vegetation on the disused platform at the station being cleared by Network Rail ahead of the event, thus revealing the station name picked out in white brickwork.
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Maybole: A summer Saturday Glasgow - Stranraer express photographed near Maybole on 15 August 1959 behind Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45732 Sanspareil.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959

Maybole: A Kilmarnock to Stranraer service departs Maybole on 18 September.
David Panton 18/09/2019

Maybole: The street aspect of the station building at Maybole looks a good deal more welcoming than the platform side. At the far end is the former ticket office with lights on inside making it look like it's still open. In fact it's a Network Rail office.
David Panton 10/10/2017

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