Eastfield Shed: Gresley K2 2-6-0 61763 on shed at Eastfield in May 1955.
Carlisle: Looking through Victoria Viaduct towards Carlisle No 4 box on 22 February 1964 as the 11am service to Glasgow St Enoch prepares to leave platform 3 behind Britannia Pacific 70013 Oliver Cromwell.
Carlisle: Upperby based Stanier Pacific 46238 City of Carlisle heads for its home shed on the afternoon of 22 February 1964, having arrived in the sidings on the west side of Carlisle station earlier with a down parcels train.
Carlisle: Kingmoor Black 5 no 45148 standing at the north end of Carlisle platform 3 on a cold and damp February day in 1964 at the head of the 9.25am Crewe - Perth.
Kelso Junction: A northbound D6850 with a Waverley route freight on 22 February 1968 passes D3885 held at Kelso Junction.
Hythe: A rare sight away from the Thorpe-le-Soken to Walton line by February 1977, a two car Class 309 unit photographed shortly after passing through Hythe, running ecs from Ilford carriage sidings towards Clacton.
Chalmerston Loading Pad: View south east over the Chalmerston Loading Pad loop, which occupies a site similar to the former Burnton Loop see image []. The original Laight Brae route to Watersite was to the left, now completely obliterated for the first mile. In the right background is the site of the Minnivey Nos 4&5 mine (opened in 1955 and closed in 1975) and the Burnton Washery. The site became the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre before relocation to Waterside. Pennyvenie 2,3&7 survived Minnivey, closing in 1978.
Pennyvenie Colliery Nos 2, 3, 7: The closed, but retained, line west of Pennyvenie Colliery in 2004. Not surprisingly there's been some tree growth on the trackbed.
Edrom: Looking east over the still remarkably preserved station and goods shed at Edrom in February 2006. 1 mile and 23 chains nearer Chirnside the Berwickshire line served a Trotters siding.
Glasgow Central: 37406 Saltire Society on the approach to Glasgow Central to collect the Caledonian Sleeper.
Alloa [1st]: Alloa update - view west on 22 February 2007.
Alloa: Looking north across the A907 at work on the entrance to the station car park and the old Wagonway Bridge at Alloa on 22 Feb. The sign reads Wagon Road Path Closed Ahead.
Paisley Gilmour Street: 66192 passing through Paisley Gilmour Street on 22 February with a loaded coal train bound for Longannet.
Paisley Gilmour Street: EWS 66163 approaching Paisley Gilmour Street on 22nd February with an empty coal train bound for Hunterston
Turku: VR 3231 and a sister locomotive in the process of running round their train at Turku station, Finland, in February 2008. The pair had recently arrived with a service from Tampere.
Paisley Gilmour Street: 66192 after passing through Paisley Gilmour Street with a coal train on 22nd February
Paisley Gilmour Street: 314212 crossing Wallneuk Junction as it departs Paisley Gilmour Street for Glasgow Central on 22nd February 2008.
Paisley Gilmour Street: EWS 66163 brings coal empties west through Gilmour Street on 22 February on their way back to Hunterston.
Deepdale: View southwest along the remains of the Preston & Longridge Railway from St Pauls Road bridge on 22 February 2008 towards Miley Tunnel and Preston station. The remaining single track was still visible in places at this time. See image [] for the same location seven years later.
Deepdale: The former Deepdale station (closed 31st May 1930) on the Preston and Longridge Railway looking northeast from Deepdale Road bridge on 22 February 2008. Platform remains can still be seen amongst the undergrowth, which is more than can be said for the track.
Deepdale: Unusual old footbridge at the northeast end of Deepdale station on the Preston and Longridge Railway, photographed on 22 February 2008.
Limpetness Loop: Scene on the Rosyth Dockyard branch, alongside Caldwells paper mill on 22 February 2009. View is south towards Limpetness loop, which is located just around the curve.
Inverkeithing South Junction: The approach to Inverkeithing South Junction from the Rosyth Dockyard branch on 22 February 2009, clearly once a double track route.
Sinclairtown [1st]: Redundant industrial tank engines rusting away quietly at a previously rail-connected works just south of the former Sinclairtown station in Den Road, Kirkcaldy, on 22 Feb 2009.
Eskbridge: View west along the trackbed of the Penicuik Railway about a mile short of the terminus in February 2009. The line has just entered the town at this point and, on the right beyond the second gate, where the information board is now located, stood the wooden platform of Eskbridge station, closed in 1930. The branch lost its passenger service completely in 1951 but remained operational until 1967, thanks to the freight traffic generated by the remaining paper mills along this part of the Esk. Part of the bridge over the river from which the station took its name can just be seen on the right of the picture, recently reduced to single lane traffic controlled by lights.
Leadburn: Old station house at Leadburn (station closed 1955), the former junction on the Peebles Railway for the Dolphinton branch. The house faces the A6094 with the main platforms still surviving at the rear. The line arrived from Pomathorn via a level crossing running in diagonally over the road from the left.
Kirkcaldy: 156 433, the only 156 so far to be repainted with the saltire logo, leaves Kirkcaldy with an Inner Circle service on 22 Feb 2009. [156s only appear on the Fife Circle on Sundays, being released from Edinburgh - Glasgow via Shotts services which do not operate on that day.]
Naval Base Junction: The line serving North Queensferry's first station and pier gained a junction when the Rosyth Naval Base opened in Edwardian times and this is the location where the lines parted. The line from here to North Queensferry closed in the 1950s, but the relative newcomer survives. The branch leaves the main line at Inverkeithing South Junction a mile in the distance, but the main line rises so quickly (for the Forth Bridge) that it is already high above on the Jamestown viaduct. This seldom-used line retains a loop controlled though the ground frames at either end called Naval Base North and Naval Base South (in middle distance).
Brisbane Roma Street: Train approaching Roma Street from the west. Roma Street was the first station in Brisbane. It was the terminus of the 1876 Brisbane extension of the 1865 line which originally ran from Ipswitch to Grandchester (Bigges Camp). It is now a through station with platforms 1 and 2 used by the Inner Northern Busway and 3 to 10 by trains.
Kirkcaldy: A class 158 forms a 5 coach train with a Class 170 on a Sunday service to Dundee, seen at Kirkcaldy on 22 February. This mixed-stock configuration is quite common on trains from Edinburgh up the East Coast (more common that 2 x 170s) and is the usual arrangement for the two sets needed for the Edinburgh to Dundee stopping services on Sunday. The building on the left houses the newly commissioned lift to street level and booking office and was many months in construction. The building on the Down platform (right) dates from 1962 and is in the boxy style later used in the Glasgow suburban station rebuilding.
Leadburn: The approach to Leadburn in February 2009, heading south towards Peebles. The main through platforms are directly ahead, while amongst the trees in the right background is the filled in bay platform that handled passenger trains on the former Dolphinton branch (until 1933). A lengthy siding ran beyond the platforms to the left, terminating at buffer stops behind the camera. Part of the A6094 is just visible on the right, while the refurbished former station house, now privately owned, stands behind the wooden fence. [Ref query 2 February 2019]
Forth Bridge: No apologies for another picture of what is already Britain's most photographed (and famous) railway structure. From a distance the use of plastic sheeting to enclose the ever-moving scaffolding adds a touch of Lego to the original Meccano. Photographed looking south across the Forth on 22 February 2009.
Hilton Junction: The 1230 Grangemouth to Aberdeen container service picks up from Hilton Junction home signal on 22 February following a stop. The double line extension being installed over the Earn Bridge on the Ladybank Line can be seen in the background.
Ansdell and Fairhaven: There is little trace these days of the four tracks that used to pass through Ansdell and Fairhaven, the houses on the right of this picture having been built on the old trackbed. This view looks west from a modern footbridge and the remaining face of the island platform can be seen beyond the road bridge. Unfortunately the scheduled service to Blackpool South did not appear for the picture.
Brockenhurst: Heritage 'slam door' class 421 EMU no 1498 prepares to depart Brockenhurst on 22 February 2010 with the 14.29 service to Lymington Pier. See image []
Kemble: A First Great Western HST southbound, one mile out of Kemble Station heading towards Swindon on 22 February 2011. Note the repairs to the previously collapsed embankment so vividly shown in the image. Neither a classic nor a traditional repair, but very effective.
Hayes Knoll: Swindon and Cricklade Railway's two Fowler shunters on PW work on 22 February 2011.
Exhibition Centre: The train now standing on platform 1 is ... Barry the Barrel!.
Wakefield Westgate: Northern Rail former First ScotRail North Berwick route EMU 322484 calls at Wakefield Westgate on 22 February forming the 08.32 Leeds - Doncaster stopping service.
Princes Street [Tram]: Extensive Edinburgh Tram utilities diversion works taking place on the short section of Princes Street from South St Andrew Street to Waverley Bridge seen looking west on 22 February.
Wakefield Westgate: Northern Rail 2-car Pacer 144007 runs into platform 2 at Wakefield Westgate, to form the 08.39 service to Leeds via Wakefield Kirkgate, Huddersfield, Halifax and Bradford. This 'roundabout' journey will take 1 hour 48 minutes, whereas the direct service to Leeds takes 20 minutes or less.
Helsinki: A high - speed 'Allegro' at Helsinki Central forming the 14.00 for St. Petersburg - a joint venture between Finnish and Russian railways, journey time three and a half hours. Twenty years ago I think it was nearer 8 hours in coaches heated by a coal stove see image [].
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'.
East Kilbride: Ongoing work in February 2013 involving the upgrading of the cycle track which nowadays replaces the the siding that once ran from East Kilbride Station to Mavor and Couson's engineering works at Nerston. The line which was just under a mile in length closed in 1966. The boundary wall of East Kilbride Juniors football club is on the right, while garden walls of houses in the East Mains area of the town are on the left. See image []
Lambeth North: Exterior of the LUL Bakerloo Line station at Lambeth North, on 22nd February 2014. This station was designed by Leslie W. Green, the Underground's Chief Architect of the Edwardian period who died in 1908 aged only 34. It opened as Kennington Road, the temporary southern terminus of the Baker Street & Waterloo Railway, on 10th March 1906. It was renamed Westminster Bridge Road on 5th August 1906, when the line was extended one stop to its current south-east London terminus at Elephant & Castle, and yet again to Lambeth North on 15th April 1917. The name 'Bakerloo' is a corruption of BAKER Street & WaterLOO Railway and a belated extension to Lewisham is now being studied and open to public consultation.
Glenesk Viaduct: The Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway's Glenesk Viaduct, viewed from the west in February 2014. The 1830 single arch spanning the North Esk was in the process of being prepared to carry the Borders Railway, which opened the following year. The structure in the right background is part of a former water tower dating from 1879. The octagonal tower, which stands on Dalkeith's Cemetery Road, was converted to a dwelling house in the 1980s and later adapted to incorporate a restaurant.
Sheriffhall [1st]: View west from the A6106 at Melville Gate on 22 February 2014 showing the original tunnel used by the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway. The replacement tunnel on the realigned route is off picture to the right. For a view including both tunnels see image [].
Burntisland [1st]: The East of Scotland 4mm Group's model of Burntisland (Old) at Model Rail Scotland, Glasgow, on 22 February 2014. (Also on display this year).
Gorebridge: Trackbed preparation work for the Borders Railway underway at Gorebridge on 22 February 2014. View is north from Station Road along a route which once carried 3 lines. In addition to the Waverley route, a long up loop ran from here to the Gore Pit sidings (just around the bend) before rejoining the main line. In addition a short stub (capable of holding approximately 4 mineral wagons) terminated alongside a loading bank to the right, beyond which stood a local gas works.
Gore Glen Bridge: Looking south along the A7 towards the Gore Glen bridge on Saturday 22 February 2014.
Christmas: Some eejit photographing the tunnel on the original Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway formation at Melville Gate, just south of Sheriffhall, in February 2014. For the unaltered version see image []. [Ref query of 20 December 2017] â€¦..Merry Christmas!
Glenesk Viaduct: The Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway's 1830 Glenesk Viaduct looking east towards Dalkeith from the banks of the North Esk on 22 February 2014. Sheriffhall is off to the left and Glenesk Junction to the right. The route is now closed off to walkers & cylists with preliminary work underway in preparation for the Borders Railway.
Sheriffhall City Bypass Overbridge: View south from the temporarily diverted Edinburgh City Bypass approaching Sheriffhall roundabout on 22 February, showing the concrete box through which the Borders Railway will pass located in the breached section of the original road.
Bathgate Central Junction: 334025 approaching Bathgate on 22 February with the 10.57 from Milngavie to Edinburgh Waverley.
Partick: 318259 enters Partick with an eastbound service on 22 February. The platforms of the earlier station survive in the background beyond the Dumbarton Road bridge.
Gorebridge: A quiet Saturday afternoon at Gorebridge on 22 February 2014. The old station building looks on as the surroundings undergo still further change. Note the (extensive) new housing development taking place beyond the B6372 Lady Brae road bridge in the left background.
Gorebridge: The Waverley trackbed looking north from Station Road, Gorebridge, on 22 February 2014. In the background the route starts to veer right towards the Gore Glen bridge.
Glenesk: The Waverley trackbed looking north towards Glenesk Junction on 22 February. The deck of Glenesk Viaduct can be seen in the background just beyond the junction see image [].
King^s Gate Junction: Excavation works on the Borders Railway just to the south of the Edinburgh city bypass on Saturday 22 February 2014. View north towards the bypass.
Exhibition Centre: 334021 departs Exhibition Centre with an eastbound train on 22 February 2014 passing errr.... see image []
Bathgate LMD: Class 334s in the sidings on the south side of Bathgate station on 22 February.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: The trackbed running past Lady Victoria towards Newtongrange on 22 February. The bridge carrying the A7 Murderdean Road stands in the background with the houses of Station Road beyond. The new station site is on this side of the bridge.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: The end. The old platelayer's hut that stood just south of Lady Victoria Pit reduced to flat-pack form on 22 February 2014. View south towards Gorebridge. See image []
Sheriffhall [1st]: View north towards the A6106 at Melville Gate on 22 February showing the tunnels used by the original E&D route towards Sheriffhall (left) and the later improved alignment, on which work is currently progressing on behalf of the Borders Railway.
Redbridge Viaduct: Looking north from Winston Road towards Galashiels on 22 February 2014, with the site of the old bridge now opened up. The pedestrian footbridge spanning the trackbed between Galafoot Lane and Woodstock Avenue is visible in the right background.
Alloway: Former railway workers' housing beside the site of the goods yard at Alloway in 2015. The 1909 OS map shows this building and another smaller one - this would originally be two semi detached and the other detached - a pattern repeated at other stations. The original road access ran round the south of the yard, but now a new road has been built across the area it once occupied. The postal address remains 'Railway Cottages'.
Langholm: 'Discovered' on the NW retaining wall of Broomholm Bridge (RLB17 according to the relatively new painted work), a flush bracket.
The Trespass sign to the left of the goods yard's reversing sput buffer was carefully secured in the undergrowth. On return, months later, the bridge was gone and earth was piled over where the sign was - or maybe still is!
Lamington Viaduct: The 0725 First TransPennine Manchester Airport - Edinburgh Waverley passes slowly over Lamington Viaduct on the morning of 22 February 2016. The viaduct has reopened after extensive repair work following major structural damage caused by storm Frank at the beginning of January. The Network Rail staff are standing on the specially constructed secondary bridge which enabled plant and equipment to be moved to areas requiring attention. See image []
Lenzie: EGIP progress: 170432 on the 11:17 service from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh speeds through the recently planted avenue of OHLE masts east of Lenzie whose station footbridge can be seen in the background.
Cowlairs South Junction: After an effortless climb, 170408 on a Glasgow - Edinburgh service reaches the top of the Cowlairs incline and into the sunlight on 22nd February 2016.
Geilston Farm Level Crossing: Empties returning from the Lochaber smelter hauled by 66736 approach Geilston Farm Level Crossing. The 'W' to the left is for Brooks Level Crossing, one of the numerous crossings in the area. From Cardross to Craigendoran trains have to contend with Bainfield foot crossing, Cardross station crossing, Geilston crossing, Geilston Farm crossing, Brooks Road crossing, Ardmore (East) crossing and Moss Road crossing.
Woodilee: Looking east from Woodilee Village (built on the site of the former Woodilee Hospital) OHLE mast bases are already in place but so far only a solitary steel mast as an Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street DMU approaches on 22nd February 2016 see image [].
Lamington: Running north along the banks of the River Clyde at Lamington on 22 February 2016 is the 0725 First TransPennine Manchester Airport - Edinburgh Waverley. The train is accelerating after a slow-speed crossing of Lamington Viaduct, reopened that morning following a seven week closure to repair major damage caused by storm Frank. See image []
Ordsall Chord: With the arches dropped into place recently, here is the view from the NE side of the new bridge over the River Irwell on 22 February 2017.
Edinburgh Park: A six-car 334 from the west nears journey's end at Edinburgh Park. On this part of the line at least 6 cars is a little generous and there is a move to reduce this in the future. In the background of the picture is a hotel catering for those who prefer a featureless, windswept location on the edge of town to the attractions of the city centre.
Maryfield Tram Depot: Maryfield tram depot in Dundee.
Salford Central: DB 66087 passes Salford Central with a loaded stone train heading to Hope Street, a short distance to the west, on 22 February 2017.
Lochee: The former Lochee station building is now a Burns Club.
Lochee: 'The Miley' (the Miley Urban Wildlife Reserve Dundee) occupies a portion of the former railway running north east from the former station at Lochee.
Bromley Cross: A Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe service departs Bromley Cross and is about to rejoin the single line to Darwen on 22 February 2017.
Lochee: Lochee station's former Newtyle bound platform building seen between the billboards.
Bromley Cross: A service to Clitheroe departs from Bromley Cross on 22 February 2017. Two things caught my eye about this location, first the low height platform on the right and steps up to the building and second that Network Rail feel the need to cage the signaller. Are they that ferocious?
Shettleston PW Depot: Taking a rest from the nightly grind, a Strabag SF02 road-rail milling unit waits at Network Rail's Shettleston depot on 22 February 2017.
Edinburgh Waverley: 158710 waits at Edinburgh Waverley with the 10.24 service to Tweedbank on 22nd February 2017.
Neidpath Viaduct: The former Neidpath Viaduct across the River Tweed, and a solitary fisherman, on 22nd February 2018.
Baillieston: Assorted plant sits on the rather rusty overbridge at Baillieston in February 2018. The bridge is now closed for demolition and the replacement is due to open to traffic in September 2018.
Donibristle Platform: ScotRail HST power car 43033, in the new livery, at Donibristle with the morning Haymarket - Dundee training run on 22nd February 2018.
Gypsy Lane LC: This is the former LC at the end of Gypsy Lane between Wisbech and Ferry on the M&GN line to Sutton Bridge. The view is looking south and the River Nene is out of site behind the banking on the left. The railway was between the banking and the gate. The old wicket gate and the 'Beware of Trains' sign were quite a surprise during the walk along the trackbed on 22 February 2018.
Baillieston: The 1007 to Dalmuir passes under the temporary pedestrian bridge on its approach to Baillieston on 22nd February 2018. The Muirhead Road overbridge which is being replaced had been reduced to a single carriageway with a weight restriction some years before.
Morecambe South Junction: Training of Barrow drivers on the Class 158s has continued in February ahead of their introduction on Furness line trains from May 2018. Former Scotrail 158870 passes Morecambe South Junction on a return working from Barrow Carriage Sidings to Preston on 22nd February.
Baillieston : Baillieston station in the distance (centre right) with its rusting road bridge in the foreground seen on 22nd February, shortly before it was due to be demolished. The parapet extensions were fitted when the line was electrified in 2014.
Morningside Road: Site of Morningside Road station platforms, Edinburgh South Suburban Line, closed 1962, looking west on 22nd February 2018.
Morningside Road: Former Morningside Road station entrance, Edinburgh South Suburban Line, closed 1962, now a newsagents, on 22nd February 2018.
Sutton Bridge [2nd]: The Cross Keys bridge at Sutton Bridge, looking east towards Kings Lynn on 22 February 2018. The former M&GN station was a short distance to the right and the railway used to occupy the right hand part of the bridge. Today both sides are now used by the busy A17 road and much of the former trackbed towards Kings Lynn is now covered by the A17.
Sutton Bridge [2nd]: The second swing bridge at Sutton Bridge on the former M&GN route from Spalding to Kings Lynn now exclusively used by road traffic on the busy A17. The first bridge here was used by rail traffic only however it was replaced by this structure with rail using the left hand section and road the right. After the closure of the M&GN both sections of the bridge are used for road traffic. The bridge does still open to maritime traffic on the River Nene from the quayside at Wisbech.
Ferry: The remote station of Ferry on the M&GN railway between Wisbech and Sutton Bridge seen looking north on 22 February 2018. The photo is taken from the top of the embankment along the River Nene. The railway was to the left of the station building.
Perth: Former Guards compartment in HST Power car 43034 in February 2019. Note the filled in windows, blanked off switches etc. The buzzers above the van doors are disconnected but the light switches work! The manual override for the parking brake is on the right with the GWML ATP equipment on the extreme right. This will be removed progressively by Angel Trains / ScotRail as it is problematic.
Perth: HST 43034's luggage van, otherwise known as the torpedo room/ The fire bottles are obvious, straight ahead is the MTU panel with the diagnostic stuff. However I am told that this will be removed, replaced by the wee box on top which uses magic moonbeams to send live information directly to MTU. 22nd February 2019.
Longridge (Lancashire): End of the line. One of two spurs of the Tootle Height branch in Longridge ran to Lord's Quarry. This closed around the time of WWI and is now almost completely filled in, as seen here from the trackbed footpath in February 2019, but the remains of a stone structure can be seen on the right of this picture.
Longridge (Lancashire): For a structure built to carry the horse tramway to Lord's Quarry over a minor track this is a very substantial and well built bridge. However, the Preston and Longridge Railway was built to get stone from the Longridge quarries that was used to build fine civic buildings in Preston (Harris Museum, Law Courts) so this may have something to do with it. A century after it carried its last stone train the bridge still stands in the public park that now occupies part of the quarry site.
Pyle: The Royal Train, running as 1Z60, passing through Pyle heading towards Port Talbot. 67005 was leading and 67006 trailing.
Woodacre Crossing: 92006 usually passes Woodacre during the night with the sleeper services, but on 22nd February 2020 it ran light engine in a special path from Carlisle to Garston Car Terminal.
Euxton Balshaw Lane: GBRF 92006, in 'sleeper' livery heads south towards Euxton Balshaw Lane on 22 February 2020 on a light engine move from Carlisle to Garston Car Terminal
Bispham [Tram]: Blackpool Balloon No.723 gets some temporary respite from the strong winds while reversing at Bispham on 22nd February 2020. This was half term week, hence the heritage tram running between Pleasure Beach and Bispham, alongside the usual Flexity services to Fleetwood.
Kemble: GWR 800-029 southbound to Paddington through Kemble, on the GWR Swindon to Gloucester line, at 0945 on 22nd February 2020.
Burlington Road: Burlington Road station? Blackpool Pleasure Beach surely? Burlington Road was a railmotor halt, between Squires Gate and Blackpool South, that opened in 1913 and closed in 1949. This view, taken from Burlington Road itself in February 2020, shows the Pleasure Beach station that was built on the site of the halt nearly forty years later in 1987.
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|2003||Episode 7 of Trainspotting.tv on Discovery Channel; Scotland||This is a 10 part series that celebrates the past, present and future of Britain’s railways. Episode 7, transmitted on Saturday the 22nd at 2100 and again on Sunday the 23rd at 0400, will include the Caledonian Sleeper.|
The Episode 1 was broadcast on 01/02/2003.
|2004||Station where it^s the train waiting in vain [Scotsman]||THE train now approaching the platform... might as well keep going. Scotland^s least used railway station has been revealed, and it cost at least £4,650 per passenger last year to keep open.|
|2006||Union wants Olympic strike deal [BBC News]||A rail union says it would do a no-strike deal to prevent any walkouts during the 2012 London Olympics|
|2007||Former Evanton Signalbox for Sale||This former signalbox in eBay. Mention of the sale found on The Signalbox mailing list.|
|2007||Early warning to rail passengers of Easter disruption at station [Scotsman]||PASSENGERS travelling on the west coast line face major disruption during the Easter weekend as Glasgow Central, Scotland^s busiest station, is to shut for major signalling work.|
|2007||Extra subway police for Uefa tie [BBC News]||Policing on Glasgow^s subway network is stepped up in the run-up to Rangers^ match against Hapoel Tel Aviv.|
|2008||Renaissance Liverpool - Glasgow service could start in December [MR]||Renaissance Trains, the company formed by a group of experienced rail managers to exploit open access opportunities, is planning a series of new routes including Glasgow – Liverpool (and Blackpool on summer weekends) and Glasgow – Nottingham. According to Renaissance Trains^ Mike Jones, the Glasgow services could begin as early as December this year.|
|2010||Jail term for drunk train driver [BBC News]||A train driver who drank a bottle of whisky while on duty is jailed for 135 days at Glasgow Sheriff Court.|
|2011||German train drivers signal further strikes [Bloomberg]||Feb 22 (Reuters) - Germany^s train drivers union signalled further strike action to press pay demands after a two-hour stoppage on Tuesday stranded rush-hour commuters.|
|2012||Argentina train crash in Buenos Aires ^kills dozens^ [BBC News]||A train crash at a station in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, has killed 49 people with hundreds more injured, police say. The train slammed into the barrier at the end of the platform at the Once station during the morning rush hour. ^We assume that there was some fault in the brakes^, Transportation Secretary JP Schiavi said. Eyewitnesses said the train was travelling fast. Dozens of people remain trapped. ^The train was full and the impact was tremendous,^ a passenger identified as Ezequiel told local television|
|2013||Beeching - 50 years on [Railscot]||A short film marking 50 years since publication of the Beeching Report on ^The Reshaping of Britain^s Railways^ has been commissioned by the National Railway Museum and is currently being put together by producer Esther Johnson. Some of the scenes are being shot on the former Waverley route (see adjacent images). Bruce McCartney will be appearing (he tells me Sean Connery was unavailable) and has provided one or two photographs showing some of the activity so far. The film is due for completion in March 2013 – watch this space!|
|2013||Anglo-Scottish Sleepers to be split from Scotrail Franchise [Rail.co]||The Scottish Government has announced a package of measures to what they describe as to ‘protect Scottish rail service refranchising from the aftermath of Westminster’s West Coast Mainline debacle’. Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown has announced a robust procurement process to secure the Scottish refranchising programme.|
|2014||Tata Steel Scunthorpe wins nostalgic order for steam loco No 2007 Prince of Wales [Scunthorpe Telegraph]||Tata Steel in Scunthorpe is winding back the clock with an order for a brand new steam locomotive. Decades ago, supplying railways was an important source of orders for the industry until British Railways decided to do away with them - the last being built in 1960. However, an exciting project is now under way to built a new engine, No. 2007 Prince of Wales. What is described as the first major milestone in the process - the procurement of the engine’s frames - has now been confirmed. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2014||Falkirk tram workers didn’t always have good conduct [Falkirk Herald]||It’s nearly 80 years since the celebrated Falkirk trams completed their final trip round the circular and Inspector Walton steered the last ‘car’, decked with a floral wreath, into the Larbert Road depot. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2016||Services resume on West Coast Mainline after viaduct repair [BBC News]||Train services on the West Coast Mainline have resumed after the completion of major repairs to the Lamington Viaduct. The Victorian-built structure was severely damaged in a storm on New Year^s Eve and was close to collapse. Engineers worked round-the-clock to stabilise the structure, with the repairs completed two weeks early.|
|2016||Timetables set for Glasgow Queen Street tunnel closure [BBC News]||ScotRail has published timetables and diversion routes ahead of the closure of the rail tunnel at Glasgow^s Queen Street station. The main tunnel serving the station is to close for 20 weeks - from 20 March until 8 August - as part of a Â£60m upgrade project.|
|2017||Southern guards in 24-hour walkout after failed talks [BBC News]||Guards on Southern trains have walked out on strike for the 29th time in their long-running row over safety. Talks between the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) and Southern broke down last week in the 10-month-long dispute. It centres on Southern^s plan to make conductors on-board supervisors, giving drivers control of carriage doors. Southern said it expects to run ^around three-quarters of its normal service^, despite the industrial action. The rest will either be cut completely, be replaced by bus services, or run with fewer carriages than normal.|
|2017||Firm asks businesses to get on board with railway hub idea [The Courier]||Railway stations across Perth and Kinross could be transformed into business hubs in an initiative championed by local entrepreneurs. Their idea would see empty units turned into places for local businesses and organisations to operate from.|
|2017||Tower train marks end of Welsh coal era at Aberthaw [BBC News]||There was no ceremony this time but the penultimate train carrying coal from Tower Colliery to Aberthaw arrived bang on time. The power station in the Vale of Glamorgan has been taking Welsh coal for decades but this 1,450 tonne delivery on Wednesday afternoon was one of the final ones.|
|2018||Police Scotland and British Transport Police merger halted as opposition parties call to axe scheme [Daily Record]||The controversial merger of Police Scotland and transport policing north of the border has been delayed indefinitely. The integration of British Transport Police (BTP) into the national force was due to take place in April 2019. However Police Scotland said ^unresolved issues^ meant that the merger cannot be completed by that date ^without compromising public safety^.|
|2019||ScotRail registers worst end of year punctuality performance in a decade [Herald]||SCOTRAIL has has recorded its worst end of year punctuality performance for a decade. But ministers insist calls to rip by the contract held by Dutch transport firm Abellio are ^short-sighted^. New Office of Road and Rail figures reveal that the proportion of trains that arrived at their destination within five minutes of schedule slumped to 82.4% for the period from October 1 to December 31, which includes 22 days of the post-new timetable chaos.|
|2019||Final 100mph speed checks on newly electrified Manchester to Preston railway [Network Rail]||A test train along the newly electrified railway between Manchester and Preston made its final journey overnight to complete checks for the arrival of 100mph services in May.|
|2019||How to build the perfect model railway [BBC News]||Enthusiasts reveal their quest for perfection in recreating railway scenes from the past.|
|2019||180-year-old platform stone revived at Liverpool Lime Street to celebrate stations past [Network Rail]||Three stone slabs which formed part of the original 1836 platform surface at Liverpool Lime Street have been put back on display as part of the stations multi-million-pound transformation.|
|2020||Major delays on Scotrail network due to supply issue at Haymarket - Stirling line closed [The Herald]||A number of rail services have been affected by adverse weather and supply issues on Scotland^s network.|
|2020||New section of road could solve rockfall woes at Stromeferry [Press and Journal]||It has been an ongoing problem since the important road to [[Kyle of Lochalsh]], Skye and the outer isles opened back in 1970.|
|2020||Plans to increase car parking spaces at Barassie station are being considered [Ayr Advertiser]||Car parking is set to be improved at [[Barassie]] station, writes Stewart McConnell.|