Larbert: Ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 54503 at Larbert on 21 February 1953 with a Stirling-Edinburgh Princes Street train.
Larbert: A Stirling-Edinburgh Princes Street train arrives at Larbert on 21 February 1953. The locomotive is Pickersgill ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54503.
Galashiels [1st]: A Clayton with the Hawick trip freight passing through Galashiels station in February 1969. [See image 55433]
Hassendean: Clayton D8578 at Hassendean on 21 February 1969 with a northbound freight - thought to be the daily E 10 freight with redundant track added.
Galashiels [1st]: The Hawick trip freight at Galashiels, thought to be 21 February 1969.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: Deltic D9020 Nimbus approaches Berwick station with the up Flying Scotsman on Saturday 21 February 1970. Taken from the short platform just north of the overbridge.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: A pair of class 40s headed by no 270 comes off the Royal Border Bridge and into the down goods loop at Berwick on Tweed on 21 February 1970.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: EE Type 4 no 256 stands at Berwick on Saturday 21 February 1970 with what is thought to be an excursion train.
Berwick-upon-Tweed: EE Type 4 no D285 runs off the Royal Border Bridge with a fitted freight, thought to be the 6S68 01.40 Whitemoor - Millerhill, on Saturday 21 February 1970.
Moffat Mills Junction: The Moffat Mills branch, east of Airdrie, survived to carry grain traffic to Inverhouse Distillery until the mid 1980s. View is east over the junction from the road bridge in February 1988, looking along the remains of the Airdrie - Bathgate line between Clarkston (Lanarks) and Plains with the trackbed of the Moffat Mills branch running off to the right. [See image 25408]
Moffat Mills Junction: The truncated branch that once served Inverhouse distillery, seen looking back to Moffat Mills Junction on 21 February 1988. Running off to the right is the remains of the Airdrie - Bathgate line, which terminates just out of the picture. [See image 24624]
Hawkeridge Junction: 37131 approaching Westbury station, on the Bath line, heading for Weymouth hauling a coal train from South Wales on 21 February 1990.
Fairwood Junction: 33102 passing Fairwood Junction, Westbury, in February 1990 with a stone train from the Somerset quarries. The train is heading into the Westbury marshalling yards.
Heywood Road Junction: 37131 running into Westbury through Heywood Road Junction from the Bath direction in February 1990 with a loaded coal train.
Bridge End: Goliath cranes Samson and Goliath at the main Harland and Wolff shipyard. Near Bridge End station on the Bangor line.
Edinburgh Waverley: View north across Market Street showing the dark and unwelcoming south entrance to Waverley station in February 2006. The building in the left background beyond the North Bridge is the former GPO headquarters on Waterloo Place, whose central sorting office was once linked directly with the station at a lower level via an overhead mailbag conveyor system.
Stirling North Junction: The signal box at Stirling North, photographed in February 2006 looking west across the running lines.
Wallyford: Northbound coal empties through Wallyford in February 2007.
Prestonpans: A low winter sun casts long shadows at Prestonpans in February 2007 as a GNER service speeds through on its way to Kings Cross.
Burntisland: Silverlink 158782 on hire to First ScotRail calls at Burntisland on 21 Feb with the 14.12 Edinburgh - Markinch.
Kelvin Bridge: Looking to Kelvin Bridge from the west. This short section of open-air track is where the alignment of the line changes from north-south to run westwards under Great Western Road.
Craiginches Yard: A container train being unloaded at the new facilities on the south side of Craiginches yard, Aberdeen on 21 February 2008. These replace the former container handling facilities at Guild Street, with other Guild Street traffic switching to Raiths Farm. On the north side of the main line is the Blue Circle cement terminal
Standish: A Virgin Voyager set heads north on the WCML between the former stations at Standish and Coppull on 21 February 2009. Work is in progress thinning out the trees on the embankments which have taken hold over the past years. The work on the west side of the line is made much easier by the ability to access the site along the trackbed of the former slow lines.
Standish: The overbridge that once carried the former WCML slow lines over the B5239 at Standish, with evidence of contact with a vehicle or vehicles. Photographed on 21 February 2009.
Standish: Two bridges on a former 4-track section of the WCML over the B5239 at Standish, with the bricked up arch between once giving access to Standish station (closed 1949). What might appear at first glance to be graffiti plugging a new rock band has been put there to identify the bridge carrying rail traffic for reporting purposes in the event of a bridge strike. The other, out of use, bridge has some severe indentations, suggesting that the road vehicles involved may have needed major surgery! [See image 22604]
Grange-over-Sands: A small foot crossing just west of the station is one of the access points to Grange promenade. 156454, heading for Carlisle via the coast in February 2009, passes the former crossing keeper's cottage, now in private ownership.
Yoker: Mark III coaches 10256 & 10260 photographed at Yoker depot on 21 February 2010. The coaches stand isolated on a short length of rail mounted on a plinth and are used for training purposes. The coaches carry Virgin livery on one side and First ScotRail livery on the other [see image 27810]. [With thanks to First ScotRail].
Glasgow Museum of Transport: The Glasgow Subway as many of a certain age will remember it - although this was taken in Kelvin Hall Museum in 2010.
Saughton [Tram]: Looking west along the former guided busway at Saughton on 21 February 2010, with track laying for the new tram system well underway.
Barnstaple: Having arrived with the 13.10 from Exmouth [see image 27927], 143603 waits at Barnstaple to return there on Sunday 21st February 2010.
Partick: The airport - like entrance to the new Partick station, seen on 21 February 2010 [See image 23501]
Merkland Street: The way it used to be - Glasgow District Subway - Merkland Street Station (the mock-up in the former Transport Museum). [See image 30665]
Merkland Street: The 'fuhrerstand' in the old Glasgow Subway driving coach, photographed at Merkland Street (the transport museum version). The driver used to collect the tickets as this was the exit from the train. Little thin pieces of paper - 6d and 8d depending on the number of stations - about 1964, as I recall.
Exmouth: Pacer number 143603 waits departure from Exmouth with the 13.10 service to Barnstaple on Sunday 21st February 2010.
Lostock Hall Gas Works: On the west side of the former East Lancashire line between Preston Junction [see image 32975] and Preston station were sidings serving the Lostock Hall Gas Works. The entrance to the sidings can be seen on the left of this photograph taken on 21 Februay 2011 where the track leads into the trees. On the right where the tarmaced path now runs was the line to Whitehouse South Junction and Preston station. Many clues to the former railway use an still be found including the base of a signal post, posts and pulleys for signal wires, posts to support multicore cables and even a lamp post. The former railway route has been converted into a bridleway and cycle path along almost the entire route.
Chirk Viaduct: Viaducts in the morning mist. This view looks west to the Chirk Viaduct and beyond it the Chirk Aquaduct.
Straiton Sidings: View north along the trackbed of the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway in February 2011 between Loanhead and Gilmerton. The substantial modern bridge spanning the abandoned route carries Edinburgh's A720 City Bypass and was brought into use with the new road in late 1988. Final closure of the railway route, latterly serving Bilston Glen Colliery, occurred 6 months later, following closure of the colliery itself. [See image 32922]
Chirk: A northbound service approaches Chirk station in February 2011. The southern ends of the platforms are out of use. To the right was the former Glyn Valley Tramway's 1885 extension to Chirk and below (and to the right) is the Shropshire Union Canal's Llangollen Branch running through the Chirk Tunnel (the 'Darkie' Tunnel).
Straiton Sidings: View south along the Glencorse branch on 21 February with the bridge carrying the Edinburgh City Bypass behind the camera [see image 32891]. On the left the 'main line' continued south past what is now Edgefield industrial estate towards Loanhead station and the site of the former Ramsay and later Bilston Glen Collieries. A mineral line on the right ran past Straiton Sidings (now a nature reserve) and on to provide links to the once thriving shale and limestone operations in the area, including oil works at Pentland and Straiton (the latter now a large retail park) and lime works at Burdiehouse.
Mossband Junction: Northbound 4S44 Daventry-Coatbridge heading north from the Esk Viaduct towards Mossband Junction. Above is the M74.
Straiton Sidings: The trackbed of the mineral line running south from Straiton Sidings on the Glencorse branch [see image 32922] now ends at the site of the level crossing over the B702 that once gave access to Straiton Oil Works. The oil works site is today occupied by a large retail park - which includes the inevitable McDonalds. View south on 21 February 2011.
Chirk Viaduct: Chirk Aquaduct (left) on the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal was later paralleled by Chirk Viaduct (right) of the Shrewsbury Oswestry and Chester Junction Railway. The view looks south.
Straiton Sidings: View north over the site of the level crossing linking the mineral line that ran down from Straiton sidings (now a nature reserve) to access Straiton Oil Works (now a retail park) on 21 February 2011. (McDonalds stands immediately behind the camera.) [see image 32985].
Preston Junction: Site of the 1852 Preston Junction station, renamed Todd Lane Junction in 1952 and eventually closed in October 1968. The view is north along the old East Lancs route towards Preston from where Todd Lane North road bridge once stood. To the left of the tarmac path was the island platform. Behind the camera was the junction itself, with lines going east towards Bamber Bridge and west towards Lostock Hall.
Gorebridge: Progress at Gorebridge on 21 February 2012. View north from Lady Brae road bridge towards Gorebridge Station with evidence of much tree clearance.
Gorebridge: View south from Station Road bridge along the trackbed of the Waverley Route on 21 February 2012. The foreground houses have been boarded up prior to demolition; just beyond is the former station house and Lady Brae road bridge. [See image 21520]
Derby: This clock was one of the more attractive parts of the now-demolished second Derby station. Fortunately, they saw fit to relocate it to the far end of the car park. [see image 42250]
Spondon: View west at Spondon towards Derby on 21 February [see image 42222] in an area full of history. The Derby-Nottingham canal survives as a path beyond the flats on the right; while the East entrance to Chaddesden yard was just beyond the road bridge (Raynesway) in the distance. The sidings on the left serve the Celanese works, which is under threat of 'lift and shift' to China. Finally, the grey gate on the left used to access a sizeable signalbox. The approaching DMU is heading for Nottingham.
Derby Friargate: There can't be many places in the UK where four platforms have survived closure by nearly 50 years, in a location a mere hundred yards from a busy commercial street. View looks North towards Ashbourne in February 2013.
Derby Friargate: Turning left from the previous view of the Handyside bridge [see image 42175], this underbridge allowed access to the Handyside foundry sidings [behind the photographer]. There were points to the left of the brick building seen through the arch; the chord to the GNR was approximately on the line of the second tarmac path seen on the left. The angle is deceptive - the path runs up the slope at about a 45 degree angle.
Hassendean: Filming taking place at the former Hassendean station on 21 February. View is south from the footbridge. In the background is the road bridge from which a well-known Robin Barbour mystery photograph was taken many years earlier [see image 28700].
Derby Friargate: A well preserved station cheers the soul; Derby Friargate, however, is frankly depressing. The former station nameboard supports still stand on the centre platform, while the Bonded Goods Depot awaits refurbishment in the background [see image 42214]. View south in February 2013.
Melbourne Junction: View south at Melbourne Junction in February 2013, with the Voyager just over a mile short of Derby station. The tracks to the left used to run to Ashby-de-la-Zouch; and are still used to deliver jet fuel to the Rolls-Royce engine test beds. The vestigial passenger service to the Sinfin stations - which was met by RR security staff to let workers through the otherwise locked gates in the factory fences - finished about 20 years ago.
Derby Friargate: This arched bridge over the River Derwent near Derby Friargate station [see image 42539] was built only 200 yards downstream in the Handyside Foundry. View looks towards Nottingham, in a round about way.
Hawick [2nd]: No comment. Producer Esther Johnson and film crew at work on 21 February 2013 on the former goods platform alongside the site of Hawick station. The Teviotdale Leisure Centre now occupies the background. [See image 25301]
Derby Friargate: The two shallow arch viaducts built to carry four tracks of the GNR towards Nottingham are still elegant in 2013, but look a bit unfocussed; as they are covered in netting to stop bits of iron falling onto the street (Friargate) below. View looks north west away from the town centre towards Ashbourne.
Derby Friargate: The Bonded Goods Depot at Derby Friargate was virtually derelict on my last visit in 1981; so for a brick building without much roof, and with extensive internal arson damage, it's doing well more than 30 years on. This is the East end of the building, which used to include an apartment for the depot manager. One way and another, you wouldn't want to live there now.
Spondon: The Spondon station building (red brick) and station master's house (rendered, and complete with stopped clock) have both been converted to new uses in this view towards Nottingham in February 2013. The train is a Nottingham - Matlock service [see image 40786].
Derby Friargate: Looking along the south wall of the old station towards the arched bridge over Friargate [see image 42203]. This was a large station, with ample capacity for holiday makers to travel to Skegness. What is not clear from this angle is that behind the white rectangle on the upper wall, four arches' worth of platform collapsed in about 1980. This was well after the station closed; but quite alarming for the lady who had just put some teabags in the bins.
Derby: If the strapping blokes who forged this coupling from red-hot iron had known it would end up being an ornament in a car park fence, they'd probably have been less than amused.
Derby Friargate: Looking East across the Friargate viaduct [see image 42203], it seems that all you would need to do to reopen this line is to put some rails down. But this is deceptive, as the arches beyond Friargate were demolished about 20 years ago (the white building in the background is on the trackbed).
Cumbernauld: View from the platform at Cumbernauld on 21 February 2014 as a terminated service from Motherwell enters the refuge siding. Changed days.... with colour light signalling and electrification equipment now installed here [see image 10787].
Cumbernauld: Platform view north east at Cumbernauld on 21 February 2014, with the old footbridge now removed and overhead line equipment installed.
Ayr: The 10.30 ex Glasgow Central snakes across the layout at the north end of Ayr station from the down line into Platform 1.
Grand Junction Canal Viaduct [Northampton]: This is the East chord from the Bedford and Peterborough lines to Northampton (formerly Castle) station. In this direction, the bridge crosses the Grand Union Canal, then the River Nene. Goods sidings to the right and left beyond the bridge have gone, as has the West chord. The trackbed from here to Brackmills [see image 34291] has been bought by West Northamptonshire Development Corporation for Â£1.5m for conversion to a footpath and cycleway.
Northampton Bridge Street: The first Bridge Street loco shed was built in 1845, but blew down in 1852. The replacement was started in 1855 and extended in 1870. The building became a carriage shed in 1881 and is now used for storage by Network Rail. The Asda supermarket on the extreme left is on the far side of Bridge Street level crossing [see image 19770].
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: EGIP consultation poster at Queen Street on 21 February 2014. [See recent news item]
Alloway Junction: View towards Alloway Junction over the Maybole Road on 21 February 2015. The vegetation is cleared - and next probably the bulldozers will be in to remove the embankment. Apparently a new roundabout is being built at the junction of Maybole Road and the A77.
Blackpool (Wilton Parade): Blackpool Flexity 012 heads along the elevated north promenade at Blackpool. Below the promenade the collonades on the Middle Walk can be seen and also the more exposed Lower Walk.
Blackpool (North Pier): High tide at Blackpool as Flexity 003 leaves North Pier heading for Starr Gate. 21st February 2015 saw the highest astronomical tides for around nineteen years but fine weather meant Blackpool promenade was unaffected and tram services ran normally.
Pitsford and Brampton: With the society's class 31 having moved to Rushden, the resident main line diesel on the Northampton and Lamport Railway is now 47395 - and very smart it looks too. View south along the platform towards Northampton on 21 February 2015. [See image 3139]
Blackpool (North Pier): Starr Gate bound Flexity 002 leaves the Blackpool coastline briefly to go behind the Metropole Hotel before calling at the North Pier tram stop. The long overhang at the front of the Bombardier trams is very noticeable in this side view. North Pier also had its own tramway, but only from 1991 to 2004 when it was unfortunately closed and then scrapped.
Cardross: 73968 brings up the rear of the Polmadie to Oban run of the sleeper stock. This was en route to Oban as empty stock of the Oban-Euston service, diverted from Fort William due to permanent way works. Just no more visible above the locomotive is the new 'Lochinvar' just launched at Ferguson's yard.
Brock: A weekend engineering train returning from Settle to Carlisle via the WCML, the second of two that day, passes through the site of long closed Brock station [See image 24407] on Sunday 21st February 2016. Freightliner 66524 was in charge with 66544 bringing up the rear.
Kilmarnock: DRS no 57307 drags Pendolino 390006 through Kilmarnock on a very wet and cold Sunday 21 February 2016
Culross: DBC 67028 on a Mossend - Townhill - Mossend route learning trip on 21 February. Passing Culross with the closed Longannet Power Station in the background.
Torryburn: DBC 67028 on a Mossend - Townhill - Mossend route learning trip on 21 February. Nearing Newmills with Torryburn in the background.
Carlisle: Freightliner 90042 and 90047 pause for a crew change in Citadel station with a Daventry - Coatbridge intermodal service. 21st February 2018.
Hilgay: A London to Kings Lynn service approaches Hilgay LC in the late afternoon sunshine of 21 February 2018. There had been a station here until 1963 but no trace was found.
Outwell Village: There is very little to see of the former Wisbech and Upwell Tramway which finally closed in 1966. Beside the canal at Outwell where the tramway had a small yard, local historian and author Mr William Smith stands beside a monument he designed and had erected so that the tramway is not forgotten. The top of the monument is an old signpost which had been found buried after it had been taken down during WW2. The arms of the signpost have been adapted to include some facts about the tramway. The rest of the construction includes a trolley wheel, a piece of 80 lb/yd bullhead rail sat in a chair and attached to a short length of sleeper. The lower part of the post has been adorned with views of the tramway when it was working. Note the connection to Toby the Tram engine!
Downham Market: What surprised me most about the station at Downham Market was the fact that it seemed to be in a time warp from the late 80s or early 90s. The station signage has retained the Network South East branding over 20 years after privatisation. The view looks south towards Cambridge.
Downham Market: Looking north over the LC at Downham Market in February 2018 with the SB on the left and station buildings beyond. The main station is on the up platform on the right.
Denver [Norfolk]: The station at Denver closed in 1930 but the platform is still present and the station building is now in residential use. The view is north towards Downham Market on 21 November 2018. This was the start of a branch to Stoke Ferry but that also closed to passengers in 1930 but part of it survived for freight until the early 1980s.
Carlisle: Very enjoyable and productive day out in Carlisle, including three class 37s in half an hour! Owned by the Scottish 37 Group, 37025 has been returned to mainline service and propels a Network Rail test train from Mossend to Derby south from Carlisle on 21st February 2018.
Bay Horse: 37424 Avro Vulcan XH558, propelling the Carlisle to Preston service at Bay Horse, meets the northbound Tesco, powered by electro-diesel 88007 Electra. 21st February 2018.
Carlisle: GBRf 92028 and 66720 approach Carlisle with the Wembley - Irvine china clay train on 21st February 2018. The 92 would be detatched at Kingmoor and return to the station for stabling.
Carlisle: DBS 66111 passes Platform 3 at Carlisle Citadel with a ballast from Kingmoor to Tyne Yard on 21st February 2018.
Denver [Norfolk]: A Class 387 EMU heads towards Cambridge having just crossed the LC at Denver on 21 February 2018.. The former station building is to the right.
Carlisle: DRS 37401 propels the 14.35 from Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness out of Platform 1 on 21st February 2018.
Easterhouse: An Edinburgh to Helensburgh service calls at Easterhouse on 21 February 2019. The diet of 334s on this line seems to be unvarying. The station is overlooked by the M8 which you can see in the background.
Kilmarnock: A Sprinter from Glasgow Central approaches journey's end at Kilmarnock's Platform 2 on 21 February 2019.
Kilmarnock: A Glasgow service waits to depart from its usual Platform 2 at Kilmarnock on 21 February 2019. As far as I can see electrification of this line is no more than a vague aspiration. Will the 156s wear out first?
Kilmarnock: All is retro in this view along the Platform buildings at Kilmarnock on 21 February 2019 - except, mercifully, for the coffee. Note the 'G&SWRCo' roundels on the canopy brackets (take my word for it that it is all there).
Bonnybridge High: North side of under bridge UB 75 at Bonnybridge High on 21st February 2019, with remains of the Station building base to the left.
Stewarton: A Glasgow to Carlisle service calls at Stewarton on 21 February 2019. In the early 1970s this station, along with Dunlop, was down to two trains a day and even with those you weren't allowed to travel to or from Kilmarnock. Today there are two trains an hour. You can also easily get to Kilmarnock, so its not all good.
Bonnybridge High: South side of the under bridge at Bonnybridge High on 21st February 2019. South side station foundations to the right and bridge abutment for the separate bridge access to James Dougall and sons Bonnyside brickworks (Now RHI industries).
Birchington-on-Sea: A Ramsgate to St Pancras via Faversham Southeastern Javelin service heads west between Birchington-on-Sea and Herne Bay on 21 February 2019. The location is actually near to the village of Minnis Bay (the houses in the background) however the location has not gained a station during its growth and relies on Birchington-on-Sea approximately a mile to the east.
Dunlop: A Glasgow to Carlisle service calls at the pleasant village of Dunlop on 21 February 2019. Like many such places, it seems to be completely devoid of humans during working hours but things have certainly improved at the station in recent years. [See image 25829] from 1987.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1804||Penydarren Tramway||Richard Trevithicks locomotive tested on the line, having been tested at Penydarren Ironworks. The locomotive drew a train of 5 wagons from Penydarren to Abercynon.|
|1842||Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway||Service starts between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Haymarket|
|1860||Swansea Vale Railway||Extended from Glais to Pontardawe and opened to passengers. The station in Swansea was Swansea St Thomas.|
|1862||Keith and Dufftown Railway||Keith to Dufftown opened. Stations at Earlsmill, Botriphine and Drummuir.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2001||Rail Passengers Committee meeting in Dunfermline||- Highland sleeper to restart between London and Inverness on 1/3/01|
- Markinch bus interchange to open
- Edinburgh Crossrail to open in February 2002
- New trains for North Berwick by May
|2006||City link train delays cut [Scotsman]||FIRST ScotRail has reduced delays on express train services from Edinburgh to Glasgow by 38 per cent, according to January figures.|
|2006||ScotRail^s Dickson takes top honours [Scotsman]||FIRST ScotRail managing director Mary Dickson^s work to improve Scotland^s train service was recognised by the Institute of Directors yesterday, which named her Scottish director of the year.|
|2007||Air leak causes trains misery [Scotsman]||RAIL passengers faced fresh delays when a Glasgow- Edinburgh train broke down.|
|2007||^Harry Potter^ rail-line passengers will enjoy a magical £3m revamp [Scotsman]||TOURISTS on one of Scotland^s most scenic railway lines will be travelling in more comfort this summer, thanks to a £3 million train upgrade.|
|2007||Rail works to improve performance [BBC News]||An £85m scheme of improvements to Glasgow^s Central Station will boost the reliability of trains, Network Rail says.|
|2008||South sub rail bid books return to Holyrood [Evening News]||Campaign to reopen Edinburgh south suburban rail link to passenger traffic returns to Scottish Parliament.|
|2009||Contract row derails tram project [BBC News]||Tram work on Edinburgh^s Princes Street has been put on hold just a day before it was due to begin, following a row over the contract.|
|2009||Tebay victims remembered [The Visitor]||THE fifth anniversary of a rail crash in which two Carnforth men and a Morecambe man were killed was marked with a memorial ceremony at noon on Sunday. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2010||RMT agrees to talks with bosses [BBC News]||Talks will be held next week in an effort to end a dispute which has resulted in rail workers in Scotland striking.|
|2010||Aberdeen station murals unveiled [First ScotRail]||Three attractive murals were unveiled today (20 February 2010) at Aberdeen station. The murals depict Gaelic placenames and phrases and landmarks of Aberdeen. The Gaelic Art Project (Aberdeen) is a voluntary project run by Lindsay Milligan, Ashley Powell, and Project manager Paula Sledzinska. Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Gaelic Language Board, funded this opportunity for young speakers at Gilcomstoun Primary and Hazlehead Academy to create art work based with Gaelic. The University of Aberdeen also contributed to the project. The three murals were created, using different levels of Gaelic from both learners and native speakers.|
|2010||Eurostar breaks down again leaving passengers stranded [Telegraph]||Eurostar faced fresh embarrassment last night after a packed commuter train from Paris was left stranded due to an electrical fault.|
|2011||Protests see Scottish freight grant restored [Rail Professional]||Public funding to support new rail freight schemes won a last-minute reprieve as MSPs agreed Scotland’s budget for next year. The minority SNP government had planned to freeze the freight facilities grant (FFG), which is designed to help curb lorry movements. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2012||Borders Railway likely to be delayed until 2015 [Scotsman]||THE troubled Borders Railway project will be delayed by another year because of the Scottish Government’s U-turn over how it will be built, industry experts have told The Scotsman. One insider said there was “not a hope in hell” the line would be completed by the end of 2014 as planned – and trains would now not run until 2015 at the earliest. Construction work on the Edinburgh-Tweedbank line is not expected to start until at least this autumn – a year late. This came despite transport minister Keith Brown insisting the project was on course when he viewed preliminary work in Galashiels yesterday.|
|2012||Barry the Barrel arrives at Exhibition Centre [Railscot]||A colourful new train – known as Barry the Barrel – has rolled into Glasgow’s Exhibition Centre station. It’s 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 ScotRail’s 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 station.” Barry the Barrel train’s 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.|
|2013||Network Rail facing £30million fine as performance levels deteriorate further [Telegraph]||Services have fallen victim to poor management and ^basic operational planning mistakes^ in recent months, The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) said. Punctuality is ^well adrift of funded targets^ and performance levels are “deteriorating”. But despite being given an ultimatum to improve services or face a substantial fine, Network Rail has now issued grim forecast that it will be unable to keep its promises on punctuality. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||Train passengers ^in dark^ over delay compensation [Telegraph]||Train passengers are foregoing more than £100 million in compensation for delays and cancellations because they are kept in the dark by rail companies, a new report suggests. Three quarters of rail passengers are unaware of their rights while just one in ten regularly makes a claim when entitled and almost seven in ten have never done so. Simply putting information about refunds online in a long-winded “Passengers’ Charter” or supplying it only on request are “not sufficient to help consumers be aware of or exercise their rights,” the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) said. The watchdog, which is drawing up a code of practice for train operators on ticketing information, also criticised the fact most companies issue refunds as vouchers which can usually only be redeemed in person at a ticket office and not online. The latest available data on compensation paid to customers shows that in 2010-11, £10.2 million was claimed by passengers from just 11 train companies who provided figures – about half of those operating in the UK. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||Shildon railway museum locomotives attract 70,000 visitors [BBC News]||More than 70,000 people have visited a County Durham railway museum to see the last six surviving A4 class steam locomotives. Visitors from as far as America and China have visited the free exhibition at Locomotion: National Rail Museum in Shildon.|
|2015||All change as Swindon^s 1960s signal box departs for museum [BBC News]||A signal box, which has kept trains in the West of England on track for the past 50 years, is to be preserved as a piece of railway history. The panel, at Swindon railway station, controls trains over more than 200 miles of track. But from the end of May, a computer in Didcot will take over and the panel will head to a transport museum.|
|2016||New Street tram extension on course for spring opening [Rail News]||An extension of the Midland Metro tram system in Birmingham to the cityâ€™s New Street station is due to open this spring. Transport authority Centro announced that it had secured permission from Network Rail to complete a period of night testing â€“ a key phase in the commissioning of the Â£128 million project. Centro said the system is now on course to open in the spring after receiving early confirmation from Network Rail. The testing, which will commence on April 23, will ensure that none of the new systems associated with the tram network interfere with train management systems at New Street station. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2017||Ordsall Chord bridge lifted in [Rail News]||The largest crane in the UK was used to hoist a 600-tonne bridge into place on the Ordsall Chord today. The scheme will link all three of Manchesters main railway stations Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria for the first time. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2018||First Elizabeth line trains run from Paddington for testing ahead of Crossrail launch [Evening Standard]||The first Elizabeth line trains have started running from Paddington ahead of the launch of Crossrail later this year. On Monday night, a brand new Class 345 train ran into the London terminus for the first time and testing will now take place as far as Reading and Maidenhead. The line, named in honour of the Queen, is expected to open in phases just before Christmas with passengers set to use 10 new state of the art stations across London and the south east.|
|2019||Stirling station canopy in line for restoration as part of redevelopment project [Daily Record]||The gateway to Stirlings railway station looks set to take a step back in time with plans to restore its distinctive entrance canopy. Scotrail and its partners want to restore the canopy known as a porte-cochere as part of its plans to redevelop the station forecourt, making it less accessible for vehicles and more pedestrian and cycle friendly. The current station is the second on the site and was designed by architect James Miller of Glasgow, who designed around 70 stations in Scotland over the course of his career. A listed building application has been submitted to alter the canopy and restore it to its original size and form at the station in Goosecroft Road.|