Hellifield: Scene inside Hellifield shed in 1963 during the time it was being used for the storage and renovation of locomotives for the national collection. The collection was eventually given a permanent home at the NRM in York, which opened in 1975. Amongst the residents are Holden GE 0-6-0 no 1217 (BR class J17 no 65567) and Ramsbottom LNWR 0-4-0ST no 1439.
Wreay: EE Type 4 with a southbound WCML service passing through Wreay cutting, south of Carlisle, in February 1965.
Hellifield: The RCTS (Lancashire & North West Branch) Rebuilt Scot Commemorative Rail Tour on a photostop at Hellifield on 13 February 1965. The locomotive in charge is no 46115 'Scots Guardsman'. [The stop at Hellifield included a visit to the shed to view some of the National Collection, during which time the train was put into the Down Loop.] [See image 23520]
Curriehill: Eastbound coal empties run through the site of Curriehill station behind a Clayton on 13th February 1965. The original station here closed in 1951 but has since been replaced by a second, opened in October 1987. [See image 6939]
Wreay: Royal Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman takes the RCTS Rebuilt Scot Commemorative Rail Tour south through Wreay cutting, shortly after leaving Carlisle, on 13 February 1965.
Carlisle: 46115 Scots Guardsman at Carlisle on 13 February 1965 with the R.C.T.S. (Lancashire & North West Branch) Rebuilt Scot Commemorative Rail Tour. [See image 23520]
Carlisle: Kingmoor Britannia 70013 Oliver Cromwell makes an aggressive start from Carlisle platform 3 with a northbound train in February 1965.
Hellifield: An up freight of covered mineral wagons is held at signals alongside Hellifield station on a damp and overcast February day in 1965. The locomotive is leaky Fowler ex-Midland 4F 0-6-0 no 44462 off Skipton shed.
Hellifield: Fowler 4F 0-6-0 no 44462 brings mineral wagons south through Hellifield in February 1965. The locomotive shed stands on the other side of the foot crossing.
Hellifield: Following closure of Hellifield shed by BR in 1963 it was subsequently used for the storage and renovation of exhibits earmarked for the National Railway Museum in York, which opened in 1975. This photograph, taken inside Hellifield shed (thought to have been on 13 February 1965), shows Holden 0-6-0 no 1217, now part of the national collection. Built at Stratford in 1905 as GER class G58 no 1217 and finally withdrawn from 31B March in 1962 as BR class J17 no 65567, the preserved locomotive is currently on extended loan to Barrow Hill Railway Centre.
Curriehill: The 1.20 pm Edinburgh Princes Street - Lanark train battles up the 1 in 143 past the site of Curriehill station on 13th February 1965. The station, which had closed in 1951, reopened to passengers on 5 October 1987. View is north, with Curriehill Road on the right.
Crewe: A grey and overcast February morning at Crewe in 1965 sees Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman about to leave with the RCTS (Lancs & North West Branch) Rebuilt Scot Commemorative Railtour bound for Carlisle. [See image 34561]
Wreay: The RCTS Rebuilt Scot Commemorative Rail Tour southbound from Carlisle on 13 February 1965 photographed running through Wreay cutting on its way back to Crewe. Locomotive in charge is Royal Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman. [See image 23520]
Carlisle: 46115 Scots Guardsman brings the 10-coach RCTS Rebuilt Scot Commemorative Railtour into Carlisle on 13 February 1965. The special had started from Crewe and travelled via Blackburn, Hellifield and the S&C
Edinburgh Waverley: D365 leaving Waverley with a parcels train on a frosty Saturday morning in 1971.
Lockerbie: View north over Lockerbie in February 1972, looking like a station about to be rebuilt, which it was. Note the old yard and former locomotive shed still surviving behind the up platform building. The external appearance of the class 50 is very much in sympathy with its surroundings.
Lockerbie: A freight heads north through Lockerbie on the WCML in February 1972. Demolition work is underway on the former Dumfries branch platforms and trainshed as part of the refurbishment of Lockerbie station undertaken in advance of electrification.
Attlebridge: By 1976, the former Midland and Great Northern Joint line from Norwich City had been lifted to a point just north of Attlebridge station. This photo shows that point on 13th February 1977. In the background is the concrete products factory near Lenwade that was then supplying traffic for the remaining track.
Lenwade: The last traffic on the (latterly) freight only line between Lenwade and Wroxham was generated by Anglian Building Products Ltd from its factory just south of Lenwade station. This is a view of the factory sidings in 1977 a few years before final closure of the line, looking south towards Attlebridge. The company's shunting locomotive is green painted Class 03 D2118 which has survived into preservation.
Lenwade: The Midland and Great Northern railway architecture was very characteristic and attractive. At the time of this photo, in February 1977, Lenwade was the last example of a fully equipped M&GN station that was substantially intact and still operational for goods. One hoped that when regular freight traffic petered out at the end of 1981, some serious preservation attempt would be made. What one got initially included a stockade built round the station, Keep Out notices and a vicious sounding dog to guard it. Although the trackwork and accessories have now largely gone, the building and platform still remain alongside Marriotts Way.
Dundee: Trolley at the ready! 40062 arrives at Dundee platform 4 in 1978 with an Aberdeen train.
Dundee: Haymarket based 40062 approaching Dundee with an Edinburgh - Aberdeen train in 1978.
Dundee: A Type 2 with a northbound train calls at Dundee platform 4 in February 1978.
Aviemore: 40160 trundles through Aviemore with a freight on 13 February 1981.
Dover Western Docks: 4 CEP (Class 411) unit 1560 emerges from Dover Western Docks on 13 February 1993 bound for London Victoria. The station at Western Docks (formerly Dover Marine) closed the following year. The listed station building was subsequently put to use as a cruise terminal.
Millerhill: EWS 66197 with northbound coal empties approaching from Millerhill Yard on 13 February 2002. The train is on its way to join the westbound sub at Niddrie West and head for Ravenstruther. The new turnback siding for use by passenger services terminating at Newcraighall station (scheduled to open 4 months later) is under construction on the right.
Newcraighall Junction: Coal empties restarting northbound from Millerhill yard in February 2002 following a signal check. Newcraighall station is under construction just beyond the bridge and part of what will become the new turnback siding is visible on the left. The new station and siding became operational four months later.
Fauldhouse: Looking east along the platform at Fauldhouse on a cold day in February 2006 following a sprinkling of snow.
Carfin: An Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts train calls at Carfin in February 2006. View west towards Holytown Junction from the B7066 road bridge.
Hartwood: Looking west over the platforms of Hartwood station, North Lanarkshire, in February 2006.
Holytown: SPT liveried 318267 pulls away from Holytown station in February 2006 with a Milngavie - Lanark service.
Shotts: The station buildings on the westbound platform at Shotts on a bright and frosty February morning in 2006. The bridge carrying Station Road over the railway is just off picture to the left.
Holytown: An eastbound coal train rumbles through Holytown station in February 2006. The edge of the former bay platform can be seen on the left and what is now open ground to the south of the station once accommodated a sizeable yard. The train is signalled for the Cleland & Midcalder line at Holytown Junction.
Shotts: Entrance to the westbound platform from the south side of Shotts station in February 2006, complete with surviving station building. View across the running lines to the higher level entrance to the eastbound platform from Station Road, top right.
Bellshill: A train for Lanark about to pick up a solitary passenger at Bellshill on 13 February 2006.
Haymarket MPD: A South West Trains liveried 158 stands alongside Haymarket MPD in February 2007.
Whitemoss Level Crossing: Whitemoss Level Crossing relay cabin looking east.
Haymarket MPD: Transport Minister Tavish Scott unveils a commemorative plaque marking the official opening of new facilities at Haymarket depot on 13 February 2007. First ScotRail's Managing Director Mary Dickson looks on.
Haymarket MPD: Maintenance work in progress in the new shed at Haymarket on 13 February 2007. The facility had been officially opened during a ceremony earlier that day by Transport Minister Tavish Scott, accompanied by ScotRail Managing Director Mary Dickson.
Haymarket MPD: Transport Minister under a train at Haymarket!!!
Now, now... calm down.. [See News Item]
Morecambe Junction: The junction for the Heysham branch, just east of Morecambe (new) station on 13 February, controlled from the ground frame standing to the right of the junction. The lines to the left lead to Bare Lane, thence the WCML, with the line to Heysham turning away to the right. The former line to Lancaster Green Ayre also diverged at this point and can now be followed into Lancaster as a cycle path, passing just to the right of the large blue building. The loop on the extreme right is rarely used nowadays as the nuclear flask trains for the Heysham line normally run top & tail thus obviating the requirement to run around at this point.
Leighton Buzzard: A Friday morning at Leighton Buzzard station in February 2009. View north just after the rush hour.
Pitlochry: Snow scene at Pitlochry on 13 February. View across the running lines to the northbound platform.
Chirnside: Lonely planet...the joys of walking in fresh snow. View back along the trackbed of the Berwickshire Railway near Chirnside in February 2009.
Carnforth: A Pendoline speeds south past the still well used loops, and double slip crossing points at Carnforth in February 2009. On the left a small platform can be seen. This was Crag Bank Halt and was used for the steam shuttle passenger services when Steamtown was still open to the public. West Coast Railway Company stored stock can be seen in the private sidings and the old coaling tower stands beyond.
Pitlochry: A snow scene, with the returning empty Tesco containers from Inverness to Grangemouth passing through Pitlochry on 13 February behind DRS 66412, with a dead class 37 behind the train locomotive. Thanks to John Gray for the tip.
Glasgow Central: 156433 waits at Platform 8 of Glasgow Central with an East Kilbride service on 13th February. This is the first Class 156 to have the new Saltire markings applied following last years extension of the First Group franchise by the Scottish government.
Mornington Crescent: Mornington Crescent station on the Northern Line, Friday 13 February 2009
Carrbridge: Recovered containers being removed from the crash site at Carrbridge on Saturday morning 13 February 2010. The lorries are using the temporary road laid to provide a direct link between the site and the A9.
Crofton: 60019 Bittern passing Crofton on the Berks & Hants line with a special on 13 February 2010.
Leyland: Scots Guardsman is hauled back to Carnforth through Leyland on 13 February 2010 after problems on the rerun (from 30 January 2010) of the Cotton Mill Express. [The second failure of 46115 in a fortnight is very sad. Although I wasn't able to travel on the rerun today I feel for WCRC, RTC (the tour operator) and in particular for all those who were looking forward to an enjoyable day out and have again been left disappointed.]
Leyland: Looking south along the WCML under several bridges as West Coast Railways 47760 breasts a minor summit on the approach to Leyland with an ecs recovery move from Manchester Victoria to Carnforth on 13 February 2010. The train was routed home via Blackburn, Clitheroe, Hellifield and the Little North Western.
Caldercruix: A new station for Caldercruix, photographed on reopening day 13 February 2011. The previous station on this site closed to passengers on 9 January 1956.
Preston (Ribble Branch): The February Ribble Steam Gala saw two visiting locos, including the immaculate ex NCB Bagnall 0-4-0ST 2648/1941 Linda from the Chasewater Railway. With an impressive bark from its chimney Linda accelerates a train towards the exchange sidings.
Preston (Ribble Branch): Peckett 1370/1915 0-4-0ST May standing in the rain, wet but resplendent, at the Ribble Steam Railway 2011 gala where she was a visiting engine from the ELR at Bury. I remember May as a worn out reserve locomotive at the Heap Bridge paper mill [See image 33097]. She is obviously much better cared for these days, having been restored by the Beet family.
Preston (Ribble Branch): A 1950s goods wagon demonstration train at the RSR Gala on 13 Fbruary 2011 contrasted markedly with the almost brand new VTG bitumen tankers that were in the station waiting to be tripped to the exchange sidings on Monday morning. [See image 25132] to see one of this wagon's 44 year old predecessors, finally withdrawn at the end of 2010.
Caldercruix: Caldercruix. Opening of the new station on 13 February 2011.
Caldercruix: A train arrives to pick up passengers waiting at Caldercruix on the morning of 13 February 2011, first day of services at the new station.
Strand Road Exchange Sidings: Three saddle tanks for the price of one. RSR resident Barclay John Howe and two visitors, Peckett May and Bagnall Linda run through the exchange sidings prior to triple heading a Gala service back to the museum. The initial acceleration of the three coach train out of the sidings was quite something to experience.
Roslin: Looking north east along the trackbed back towards the site of Roslin station (now a housing development) beyond the bridge carrying the B7006 road through the village. The bridge has been 'modified' since closure of the line, presumably for strengthening purposes.
Hexham: The 10.43 for Middlesbrough leaving Hexham platform 1 on 13 February 2012. This involves a short section of 'wrong line working' before the DMU crosses on to the 'proper' eastbound line towards Newcastle.
Roslin: 'The human cannonball' must have experienced a similar view just before some joker shouted 'FIRE!' Looking south west along the the trackbed of the EL&R under the 'modified' bridge carrying the B7006 at Roslin on 13 February 2012. The route is heading towards the last passenger station on the branch at Glencorse [see image 32792] and the freight only extension to Penicuik. The Pentland Hills stand on the horizon.
Loch Awe: View east at Loch Awe station on 13 February 2013.
Falls of Cruachan: The platform at Falls of Cruachan on 13 February 2013. View west towards Oban.
Broomhill Junction: Strathspey Railway Class 27 No 5394/27106 near Broomhill Junction on 13 February hauling the Colas Crane towards Broomhill. The crane will be used to lift the replacement bridge into position across the River Dulnain.
Oldham Central: One of three brand new town centre tram stops, this is Oldham Central, opened in January 2014. Tram 3050 is leaving for Manchester on 13 February, seen from a Rochdale bound service.
Broomhill: Scene at Broomhill on 13 February, with the Colas Crane being prepared in readiness for lifting the replacement bridge into position across the River Dulnain. [See recent news item]
Tebay: The memorial at Tebay to four track workers, Colin Buckley, Darren Burgess, Gary Tindall and Chris Waters who were killed by a runaway PW trolley on 15 February 2004 while maintaining the railway. The WCML is on the other side of the wall to the left.
Manchester Victoria: Extensive rebuilding at Manchester Victoria will see it close to trams for nine months from February 2014. The famous Hole in the Wall has already gone as seen here. One of the very few operational early series trams, 2001, passes 3056 near the station entrance four days before the station tram stop closed. Trams will continue to pass through while work takes place but passengers will have to use Shudehill. [See image 33280] for the same location prior to the rebuilding work.
South Chadderton: An interesting civil engineering solution. The Oldham Loop line climbed through South Chadderton on an embankment without a station. On conversion to Metrolink a tram stop was built but at street level with the trams dropping steeply down on either side before climbing back to the original formation. In this view looking towards Oldham Tram 3020 drops down to the new halt passing what remains of the original L&YR railway embankment.
Oldham Mumps: Metrolink trams 3039 and 3053, on a Rochdale to East Didsbury service, call at the new Mumps interchange stop just to the east of Oldham town centre. They will climb through the town before dropping steeply down to rejoin the old railway formation at Werneth. [See image 44114] for a view of this location under construction during the previous summer.
Oldham Mumps: Curving away from the original railway alignment onto the new Oldham town centre street running section a Manchester bound service approaches the new Mumps interchange. The short lived and now redundant level crossing, closed in January 2014, can be seen beyond the new landscaping. [See image 44114] showing construction works at the same location in 2013.
Bristol Parkway: A CrossCountry Voyager runs into Bristol Parkway station, to form the 10.09 service to Manchester, as a trio of mixed livery Freightliner operated class 66 locomotives moves onto a stabling siding in an unusually empty yard. Leading is DRS liveried 66415, then Freightliner liveried 66956, with Bardon Aggregate liveried 66623 at the rear.
Stretford: Tram 3055 departs Stretford for Altrincham, on the six minute interval service from Manchester. When used by MSJAR main line trains Stretford station had turnback sidings for extra Manchester departures, although nowadays there are just two through roads. The old street level booking office is still in use by a local newsagent.
Bamber Bridge: 46115 Scots Guardsman passing Bamber Bridge on 13 February 2014 whilst out on test from Carnforth. The run was over 75 minutes early at this point which hopefully means that it was more successful than last weeks test and that it will be out on the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express on 15 February 2014.
Cardiff Central: The current south side entrances to Cardiff Central, making use of the east end subway, with the right side entrance for Valley line platforms 6 & 7 only and the left side entrance for all other platforms. To the right of the entrance is a section of the new retaining wall being created forward of the old one to make space for an extra running line through the new platform 8, being created to the left of view.
Oldham Werneth: Not your regular railway/tramway sign. Approaching the site of Oldham Werneth station in February 2014 tram drivers were confronted by these road style chevron boards. Understandable I suppose as until the previous month they continued straight on through the tunnels but are now faced with a tight 90 degree turn onto the new town centre line. Viewed from behind the driver of a Rochdale bound tram, [See image 44091] for the same location in 2013. By August 2014 the tracks and catenary through the tunnels had been removed, probably for use elsewhere as Metrolink is extended.
Oldham Central: A four-car Metrolink tram leaves the new Oldham Central stop heading for Rochdale on 13 February. Road vehicles are excluded from this particular stretch of the street running section of the new line, which had only opened during the previous month.
Oldham King St: This steep switchback section of tram track is a reminder of why the L&YR did not go into the centre of Oldham but instead went by tunnel from Werneth to Central and on to Oldham Mumps, all skirting the edge of town. The new Metrolink line employs some substantial engineering to reach the town centre and this is a driver's view of the climb from Westwood to Oldham King St.
Manchester Victoria: Rebuilding at Manchester Victoria will transform both the main line and Metrolink areas. Tram 3023 on a Bury service arrives under temporary roofing alongside Northern 153 and 158 units. The Victoria tram stop closed completely a few days later and for the rest of 2014 trams passed through the site on a single line but not stop. The station will fully reopen when the additional tracks and platforms in connection with the new second city crossing line have been finished.
South Chadderton: A Rochdale to East Didsbury (via Manchester) tram calls at the new street level stop of South Chadderton on a gloomy February morning. Ahead of 3020 is the short rise that will take it back onto the original L&Y railway formation to continue down to Hollinwood and Failsworth. [See image 46324]
Oldham Mumps: A 4-car Metrolink tram leaves the old railway formation at Oldham Mumps and climbs to the interchange stop, one of four new Metrolink boarding points through the town centre. A large railway bridge once dominated the background here and the location, including the surviving building on the left, featured in a Railscot mystery image which ran in March 2012 [see image 37965]
Leyland: The new ticket office for Leyland was delivered on 13 February 2014. CCTV has recently been installed and the next improvement is scheduled to be a replacement footbridge with lifts to provide access between all 4 platforms. [See image 46997]
Junction Bridge: The site of Junction Bridge station (closed to passengers in 1947) looking west towards Bonnington in February 2015. On 7 April 1941 a German bomb landed and exploded near here, on the embankment between the Leith platform and Largo Place, off Ferry Road. [See image 20453]
Hest Bank: A Six Nations special from Carmarthen to Edinburgh, in connection with the Scotland-Wales match two days later, runs north through Hest Bank behind DRS 68005 Defiant on Friday 13th February 2015. The train was scheduled to return south again the following Monday.
Castlecary Viaduct: On a cold February afternoon, an Edinburgh - Glasgow DMU crosses the M80 unaffected by the snow which has slowed motorway traffic. One set of OHLE masts has been fitted to its support brackets on the viaduct [see image 52829].
Nateby: These tank traps, presumably around 75 years old, sit alongside the Lancaster Canal near Nateby Hall. The upper picture shows the point where the trap crosses a stream and old rails are embedded upright to maintain the defence. Either side of the stream are the concrete blocks that climb up the hill and the last block is actually on the towpath of the canal. Behind the camera in the lower picture there is also a well preserved lime kiln from the days when lime was brought by canal from Kendal for use on local fields. Map Ref SD475461.
Edinburgh Waverley: Food for thought - a Virgin Trains advert at Market Street next to Waverley.
Cambus o^ May: The suspension bridge at Cambus 'O May which gave access from south bank of river Dee to the railway station throughout GNoSR, LNER and BR days. Sadly damaged in the December 2015 storms/floods. From a quick look main suspension cables, end towers and anchor blocks OK. Deck needs remedial work.
Castlecary Viaduct: On a cold February afternoon, a Glasgow - Edinburgh DMU at speed passes the first set of OHLE masts to be fitted to the previously installed support brackets on the viaduct.
Upwey: 150 108, a First Great Western stopper, heading to Weymouth, I believe this train may have originated in Gloucester and travelled via Bristol Temple Meads and Westbury.
Upwey: 442024 passes through Upwey on 13 February 2017 with an express from Weymouth to London Waterloo.
Hest Bank: Super Sprinter 158s have always been rare birds around Lancaster but that is about to change with the May 2018 timetable as they are being introduced on services between Barrow and Manchester Airport. Accordingly, two ECS runs have been scheduled each week day to train Barrow crews and Scotrail liveried 158870 is seen heading towards Lancaster on 13th February with the second trip of the day.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1692||Massacre of Glencoe|
|1998||Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)||Last mail train runs from the station to Cardiff.|
|2000||Deeside Railway||Last delivery of a set of track panels to Crathes for partial re-instatement of the line by the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2004||Cairngorm Mountain Railway: £5M over budget?||The Economist reports that the Cairngorm Mountain Railway^s real costs were £5M over budget. It suggests that the funicular was built to prop up the declining Scottish skiing trade and in the worst case may have to be dismantled at taxpayers^ expense.|
|2004||Inquiry starts after commuter train damages points [Scotsman]||RAIL services between Aberdeen and Inverness were severely disrupted yesterday after a passenger train damaged points at Inverurie station.|
|2004||Feasibility study into re-opening Conon station||"Ross-shire Journal" for 13 February reports that plans to reopen Conon Station came a step nearer this week with the award of a £3000 grant to fund a feasibility study. The cash boost was part of a £1.4M public transport initiative programme announced on Wednesday by HITRANS.|
|2007||Airport rail link a step closer as MSPs back funding pledge [Scotsman]||PLANS for a rail link to Edinburgh Airport moved a step closer today after MSPs revealed concerns over journey times, trains and funding have been dealt with.|
|2007||Train repairs get on the right track [Scotsman]||A MULTI-MILLION pound upgrade of the Capital^s rail facilities was unveiled by the transport minister today.|
|2007||Tram concessionary fares should apply to subway, says MSP [Scotsman]||A £600 million scheme to bring trams back to the capital was yesterday at the centre of a funding row between Scotland^s two biggest cities.|
|2009||UK £7.5 billion train order lost to Japan^s Hitachi [The Times]||A Japanese company has won Britain^s biggest order for intercity trains, defeating a rival bidder that owns this country^s only train factory.[From Mark Bartlett]|
|2009||Surge in rail travel hits record [Ross-Shire Journal]||A HUGE rise in the number of passengers using trains from Dingwall means the town^s station is now the busiest North of Inverness.|
|2009||Runaway trains still a risk for rail staff [Cumberland News]||NETWORK Rail must “urgently address” the continued threat from runaway train wagons to prevent a repeat of the accident which killed four maintenance workers five years ago, MPs have demanded.|
|2011||A new station for Caldercruix [Railscot]||The new station at Caldercruix, replacing the original on the same site closed 55 years earlier, was opened to passengers on Sunday 13 February 2011.|
|2012||Strike to cause misery for rail commuters [STV]||Commuters across Glasgow will be disrupted this week due to industrial action by signalling workers. ScotRail have said there will be a number of alterations to services which travel through Glasgow Central on Tuesday. Signalling workers are to stage two one day strikes on February 14 and March 2 in a row over career progression following the breakdown of talks. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, based at the West of Scotland centre, will walk out for 24 hours from 5.59am on Tuesday.|
|2012||Stunning steam train video as new life begins for an icon of Victorian age [Yorkshire Post]||A SURVIVOR of Britain’s railway past that has travelled many miles in its working life has been restored – to become a national treasure for many keen to see a glimpse of its Victorian origins. Yesterday, a locomotive with a place in the history of the end steam on Britain’s railways hauled passengers for the first time in many years – in a commemorative train on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) company’s “coal tank” number 1054 was built 124 years ago and has been patiently restored [From Richard Buckby]|
|2012||New ScotRail trains ‘should be Scottish-owned’ [Rail.co]||Sustainable transport alliance, Transform Scotland, today said that any new trains ‘serving the Scottish network’ should be ‘Scottish-owned’. As part of its response to the ‘Rail 2014′ consultation, Transform Scotland also said there was a need for detailed consultation with passengers, both on new trains and on timetable changes. Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw said: “One of the failures of rail privatisation was the decision to hand over ownership of the nation’s trains to the private leasing companies rather than retain the trains in public ownership.|
|2013||South Yorkshire landslip rail line closed for weeks [BBC News]||Train services between Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes will be suspended for at least eight weeks after a landslip, Network Rail said. It said an ^enormous^ spoil heap at Hatfield Colliery at Stainforth, South Yorkshire was ^pushing up the track^. The landslip lifted a section of railway track and is still moving. Buses will replace trains between Doncaster and Scunthorpe and an amended timetable will run until the heap is stabilised and the track repaired. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||George and Robert Stephenson railway bridges listed [BBC News]||Thirty railway bridges, viaducts and tunnel portals have been listed to help preserve them ahead of electrification of the Midland Main Line. Many of the structures were designed by George Stephenson and his son Robert, both pioneering railway engineers. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||Last train to run on Oxford to Bicester line before revamp [BBC News]||Train services on the Bicester to Oxford line are stopping for two years so work can start on a high speed line to London. Chiltern Railways is to start work to link the line to the London Marylebone mainline, due to open in summer 2015. The company said it would be the "first new rail link between two major British cities for 100 years". Replacement buses are in place from Saturday with ticket prices remaining the same and with room for bicycles. Bicester Town station is being rebuilt and a new station called Oxford Parkway will be constructed to serve the north and east of the city. The line between Oxford Parkway and London Marylebone will open in summer 2015|
|2015||NS fined €2.75m for unsatisfactory service, again [Dutch News]||Junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld is fining Dutch Rail (NS) €2.75m because passengers were not satisfied with the service in 2013. It is the second year running that the train operator has been given the maximum fine for passenger dissatisfaction. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2015||Full steam ahead to lay Torrington railway tracks [North Devon Gazette]||Members of the Tarka Valley Railway Group have been busy getting ready to lay tracks in the footsteps of the old Tarka line in Torrington. In March 2013, the Gazette revealed how the group was granted planning permission to lay 267.68m of track alongside the Tarka Trail. Now, nearly two years on, volunteers have cleared the land ready, and the lease should be in their hands within weeks. The aim is to turn the station, situated at the Puffing Billy, into a tourist attraction, offering passengers rides. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||French train ^was 90km/h over limit^ before deadly crash [The Local]||A French high-speed train that derailed on a test run in November - killing 11 - was operating at ^massively excessive speed^, according to the investigation. The train was on a test run back in mid-November last year when it flew off the rails at a bridge, crashing into the canal below. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2018||Network Rail to put new projects on hold [BBC News]||Network Rail is to move away from big projects in its next five-year funding period in favour of spending its cash on maintaining its current network. Britain^s rail and track operator has published its plan from 2019 to 2024. The company could spend up to £47bn, with the amount set aside for new schemes falling by 33% and the total for current improvements rising by 25%. It also hopes to increase the number of female employees by 50%, or more than 3,000, to about 9,500. Network Rail currently employs 38,000 people|