Philorth Halt: D41 4-4-0 62230 passing Philorth Halt with a train for Aberdeen on 13 July 1950.
Fraserburgh: B1 61323 pilots B12 61511 out of the yards at Fraserburgh on 13 July 1950 with an express fish train.
Fraserburgh: Gresley V4 2-6-2 no 61700 Bantam Cock stands on Fraserburgh shed in the summer of 1955.
Bridge Street: Original Central bridge from south.
Eglinton Street: Jubilee 45703 Thunderer nearing journey's end as it passes Eglinton Street on 13 July 1962 with a Manchester - Glasgow train.
Eglinton Street: Jubilee 45688 Polyphemus runs through Eglinton Street, shortly after leaving Glasgow Central with the 6.58pm to Penzance on Glasgow Fair Friday 13 July 1962.
Hamilton Central: 70090 climbing from tunnel to Hamilton (Central) with coal train.
Hamilton Central: 77006 leaving Barncluith Tunnel with Buchanan Street - Hamilton train.
Hamilton West: Looking south. Hamilton (West) - originally a terminus.
Hamilton West: Looking north. Hamilton (West) - originally a terminus.
Carlisle: Gresley A4 Pacific 60012 Commonwealth of Australia, photographed shortly after arrival at Carlisle platform 1 on 13 July 1963. The train is the 9.30am London St Pancras - Glasgow St Enoch.
Carlisle: Rebuilt Patriot no 45526 Morecambe and Heysham about to take the 10.35am Glasgow Central - Blackpool out of Carlisle platform 4 on 13 July 1963.
Carlisle: Motherwell based Black 5 44786 leaves Carlisle on 13 July 1963 with the 1M28 summer Saturday Glasgow - Manchester relief service. The train will run via Hellifield.
Carlisle: Stanier Coronation Pacific 46235 City of Birmingham arrives at Carlisle from Glassgow Central on 13 July 1963 with a summer Saturday train for Blackpool.
Carlisle: Patriot class 4-6-0 no 45526 Morecambe and Heysham leaves Carlisle on 13 July 1963 after taking over the summer Saturday 10.35 am Glasgow Central - Blackpool.
Carlisle: Train 1S97, a Saturday relief London Euston - Glasgow St Enoch service, stands at Carlisle platform 1 on 13 July 1963 behind Camden shed's Stanier Pacific no 46240 City of Coventry.
Carlisle: Rebuilt Patriot 4-6-0 no 45534 E Tootal Broadhurst passing Crown Street goods depot on the southern approach to Carlisle on 13 July 1963. The train is the 1S48 summer Saturday 9.20am Manchester Victoria - Glasgow Central which was routed via Hellifield and Kilmarnock.
Carlisle: 44786 at Carlisle on 13 July 1963 with a relief Glasgow Central - Manchester via Hellifield.
Carlisle: The 'London Midland & Scottish Goods Depot' sign is clearly visible on the front of Crown Street goods in July 1963 as Black 5 no 44886 is about to enter the station with the 3.40pm ex Bradford.
Carlisle: Fowler 2-6-4T no 42301 takes a break from station pilot duties in the west sidings at Carlisle on 13 July 1963.
Carlisle: A Saturday evening at Carlisle in the summer of 1963 sees Fowler 2-6-4T no 42369 preparing to leave platform 4 with the 7.5pm stopping train to Appleby.
Hawick [2nd]: Black 5 no 45236 seen at Hawick in July 1964 with the 2.12pm Carlisle - Millerhill freight.
Newburgh [2nd]: 40141 heads a special Down freight on the 13th of July 1978. Freight facilities at Newburgh were withdrawn in October 1979, with the signal box, loop and sidings being abolished during October 1980. But the station building was to remain standing for another 36 years.
York: 47425 takes a Newcastle Central - Kings Cross service south out of York on 21 July 1980, with York Minster dominating the background.
York: Looking south from the former excursion platform under Holgate Bridge, York, in July 1980. No 31309 has just left York station with a London bound parcels train and is about to pass an InterCity 125 HST on a Kings Cross - Edinburgh service which is slowing for the York stop.
York: A northbound excursion has just taken the York station avoiding line at Holgate Junction on 13 July 1980. One of York shed's own stud of class 47s no 47549 is at the head of the train. [See image 32251]
Holgate Junction: 47549 brings a down special under Holgate Bridge and past the old racecourse excursion platform at York in July 1980. The train is about to take the York station avoiding line.
York: A DMU from Hull photographed shortly after arrival in bay platform 10 at York on 13 July 1980.
Byker: Looking back from a passing southbound train on the ECML towards Riverside Junction and the platforms of the closed Byker Station in the summer of 1985. The Riverside Branch was closed to passengers on 23 July 1973 but this end of the loop was retained to serve an industrial customer until 1988. [Ref query 4733]
Grimsby Town: Bay platform 3 at Grimsby Town on 13 July 1995. View is east towards Garden Street level crossing and signal box. The locking room of the listed box, which closed in September 1993, is encased in a blast wall, added as a wartime measure in 1940.
Redhill: View from a northbound service standing alongside platform 2 at Redhill station on 13 July 2002. A lengthy train of containers, ultimately destined for the Channel Tunnel, is approaching on the centre road, double headed by 66007 and 92008 Jules Verne.
Redhill: Looking south at Redhill on 13 July 2002 as a lengthy train of containers runs through the station on the centre road. Locomotives 66007 and 92008 Jules Verne are at the head of the train, which is signalled for the Channel Tunnel route via Ashford.
Perth: Looking north at the original Perth station, beyond the building to the right is the new portion from its massive enlargement.
Perth: Inverness bound train approaches Perth from the south.
Perth: Its not unusual to see stations converted into carparks, on this occasion even when the station is still open. Cars sit in the cut-back northbound bay platforms.
Perth: Perth inside the station extension in July 2003. This area was once the station forecourt and the station proper was beyond the building. The platform seen here is now the main Inverness platform.
Perth: Steps down to the northern ticket platform. The Highland shed was to the left. Looking north.
Perth Carriage Sidings: Perth carriage sidings looking a bit down at the mouth. A casualty of the change from locomotive haulage to DMUs. Note: now returned to use.
Perth: One time door to the SCR offices and now to the out of use carriage sidings. The line in the foreground now has a trainwasher. Prior to that it was used to store redundant wagons.
Perth: A very obscure location. The Dundee platforms are to the left and Inverness to the right. This is the enclosed space between the platforms looking to the junction.
Perth New Yard: Perth New Yard looking north. Redundant wagon storage, old turntable, grasslined sidings and the mainline to Inverness.
Guay: A northbound 125 passing Guay in July 2003.
Greskine: A northbound oil train climbing Beattock, photographed near Greskine in July 2006.
Harthope Viaduct: A northbound train crossing Harthope Viaduct, complete with its new deck, photographed looking south on 13 July 2006. Contractors are still on site and road traffic restrictions are still in place.
Greskine: An EWS 66 climbing Beattock Bank approaching Greskine in July 2006 with the Dalston - Grangemouth empty tanks.
Forteviot: Network Rail Measurement Train passing Forteviot on 13 July, heading for Craigentinny via Shotts.
Nethy Bridge: Remains of a bridge on the disused line between Craigellachie and Boat of Garten.
Nethy Bridge: A view of the trackbed looking towards Nethy Bridge.
Nethy Bridge: The piers of the viaduct that once carried the GNSR line over the River Spey.
Broomhill: No. 17 is running at the maximum permissable speed as it passes the spot where the former GNSR line diverged.
Broomhill: Looking towards Boat of Garten with the embankment of the former GNSR line curving in from the left. Photo taken from an occupational crossing.
Crook of Devon: Looking east at the point where the Devon Valley Railway crossed the B9097 road near Tullivole Castle, east of Crook of Devon station. Does anyone know the old crossing name?
Bathgate East Junction: Progress at Bathgate - view west on Sunday 13 July.
Bathgate: Sunday evening engineering activity east of Bathgate station on 13 July 2008. On the left is the aborted STVA siding.
Euston: Desiro unit 350 232 in London Midland livery departing London Euston in July 2009.
Velines: The heavily loaded 19.09 3-car DMU service to Sarlat, ex-Libourne, with car 2221 at the rear, offloads at Velines Station on 13 July 2009. Two reminders of home on the rear of and to the right of the last coach.
Velines: On time 18.49 departures from Velines; with modern Limoges based regional 2 car DMU on Bordeaux service arriving on left and local 2 car DMU on Bergerac service on right.
Armathwaite: With veteran ex-Carlisle Canal driver Gordon Hodgson at the regulator, 8F No. 48151 is doing a fair lick just north of Armathwaite Viaduct on 10 July 2013 with the northbound Fellsman.
Garsdale: Lights on in Garsdale signal box, late in the evening of 13 July 2010.
Garsdale: A Leeds - Carlisle service arriving at Garsdale on 13 July 2010.
Garsdale: The memorial to Ruswarp on the up platform at Garsdale station. Photographed on 13 July 2010.
Garsdale: Night haul through Garsdale. A class 66 with a southbound coal train runs through Garsdale station on 13 July 2010.
Garsdale: A Leeds - Carlisle train arriving at Garsdale in July 2010.
Sanquhar: View west over Sanquhar station on 13 July 2010 with the 12.19 service to Glasgow Central departing.
Clackmannan and Kennet: Freightliner 66510 passing through Clackmannan on 13 July with the 6G05 Ravenstruther - Longannet FHH coal train.
Alloa: Euro Cargo Rail badged 66071 passes Alloa Station on 13 July with the 4J06 empties to Hunterston.
Alloa [1st]: 158871 leaves Alloa on 13 July with the 11.43 to Glasgow Queen Street.
Lochailort: Black 5 no 45231 The Sherwood Forester crosses the small causeway at the west end of Loch Eilt near Lochailort with the morning 'Jacobite' on 13 July 2011.
Brundall: DRS 47818 at the head of a Norwich - Great Yarmouth service arriving at Brundall, Norfolk, in July 2011 during a DMU shortage. DRS 47813 is bringing up the rear of the train.
Strathcarron: The 1757 Inverness to Kyle service runs alongside the A890 just west of Strathcarron station. 158707 was photographed in between courses at the (recommended) Carron Restaurant that overlooks the line at this point. The unit will stable overnight in Kyle and form the early morning service back to Inverness.
Strathcarron: There may not be much traction variety on the Kyle line but there are plenty of opportunities to get close to the lineside, not least around Strathcarron and Attadale. 158707 runs between the road and tidal Loch Carron as it heads for Kyle with the last train of the day, the 1757 from Inverness, on 13 July 2012.
Nuneaton: A down Pendolino about to pass Nuneaton platform 3 at full line speed. The damaged up end of the platform is clearly visible 38 years on from the crash [see image 41807].
Wakefield Kirkgate: Canopy structures had been removed from much of platforms 2 and 3 at Wakefield Kirkgate by mid July 2012 as a precursor to the removal of most of the former overall roof supporting wall. [See image 39746]
Carlisle: The area behind the stone screen wall at the south east corner of Carlisle station on the site of the former Collier Lane carriage sidings (and more recently the Motorail bay) is now a car park, with a remaining siding running alongside the wall. Northern unit 158816 was temporarily stabled there on 13 July before later moving into platform 6 from which it left with a scheduled service to Leeds.
Toddington: GWR 2807 in the cutting near Toddington Station on 13 July 2013.
Toddington: Pale blue Peak no 45149, undergoing restoration on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 13 July.
National Railway Museum York: The six surviving Gresley A4s lined up around the turntable in the Great Hall of the NRM on 13 July 2013 during The Great Gathering.
Toddington: A green Southern Railway/BR(S) Scammell tractor and Trailer, in Toddington (GWR) Station Car Park on 13 July.
York: Merged images showing the crest of the North Eastern Railway on its former York Headquarters. The board below explains the origin of the three shields that form the crest.
Toddington: GWR Churchward 2-8-0 no 2807 with a train at Toddington station on 13 July 2013.
Princes Street [Tram]: Tram drivers have their work cut out ensuring everyone's safety. This shot was taken on Princes Street en route to York Place on 13 July.
Brock: A pair of TransPennine Express EMUs, 350403/408, running through the Lancashire countryside between Garstang and Brock on 13 July 2014 with a Sunday Edinburgh to Manchester Airport service.
Ingliston Park and Ride [Tram]: 'Oh ...ballast!!!' Three fed up looking would-be passengers just miss a Sunday morning city bound Edinburgh tram leaving Ingliston Park and Ride on 13 July.
Hartlepool Maritime Museum: The former LNER paddle steamer Wingfield Castle, one of a trio that once operated on the former Hull Corporation Pier to New Holland route over the River Humber, appeared rather run down when seen at its berth by the Maritime Museum at Hartlepool on 13 July. [See image 31915]
Brock: The log empties from Chirk to Carlisle usually run overnight but on Sundays there is a day time train. Colas Rail 66847 is seen here heading north on 13 July with the bare looking wagons, between Brock and Garstang.
Hart: View south east from the A1086 road bridge, north of Hartlepool, along the old route from Castle Eden junction that met the Durham coast line here; and which is now part of the Three Rivers National Cycle Route 14 between Haswell & Hartlepool. The former station of Hart 1873-1953) stood just south of where the lines met. The coast line can just be seen running through the footbridge before, above the tree to its right, it can be seen continuing forward of view towards the Headland on the northern edge of Hartlepool; where it will again turn south towards the town centre.
Edinburgh Airport [Tram]: A city bound tram climbs away from Edinburgh Airport on the morning of Sunday 13 July 2014. Long lens shot taken from the platform at Ingliston Park and Ride.
Edinburgh Airport [Tram]: A city bound Edinburgh tram about to pass over an internal airport level crossing shortly after leaving the terminus on 13 July. A second recently arrived tram stands at the platform in the left background.
Ingliston Park and Ride [Tram]: A city bound tram approaching Ingliston Park and Ride on 13 July 2014, shortly after commencing its journey from Edinburgh Airport.
Croy: The western extension to the Edinburgh-bound platform at Croy, seen from a passing train on a wet 13 July 2015.
Hest Bank: Class 26 26038 Tom Clift 1954-2012 brings up the rear on a convoy of preserved diesels seen at Hest Bank on 13th July heading back to Bo'ness after the 2015 ELR Diesel Gala [See image 51953]. The last time I had seen a BRCW Type 2 on the WCML was in 1987 when a convoy of four Class 27s heading for the Vic Berry scrapyard passed through Garstang.
Inverkeithing: 68007 passes Inverkeithing with empty stock from Cardenden to Mossend on 13 July.
Maldon East: From the late 1970s onwards, the former Maldon East station was largely hidden from view by the large industrial units that were built around it. By 2016, these units had served their time and been demolished, such that the station and its notable architecture stood revealed once more. All rail traffic had ceased in April 1966.
Walton: GBRf 66749 heads south, passing under the goods line section of Shay Lane bridge on the former four track Midland Main Line at Walton, near Wakefield. The trainload of silica sand is en route from Middleton Towers, Norfolk, to Monk Bretton glassworks near Barnsley. The view is taken from a footbridge I have not stood on for 50 years, from when I was a member of the Wakefield Railfans Club that rented the ticket office and waiting room, and had free rein of both platforms, at the former Sandal & Walton station. This was from the early 60s to mid 70s when still a fully operational line for many years with both express passenger and fast goods working through the platforms. [Ref query 12838]
Wavertree Technology Park: Northern 319376 calls at Wavertree Technology Park with a Warrington Bank Quay to Lime Street service on 13th July 2016. The station opened in 2000 and the booking office on the bridge is at street level, connected on either side by footbridges.
Walton: GBRf 66749 heads south along the former four track Midland Main line, shortly after passing the former Sandal & Walton station site, with a cargo of silica sand from Middleton Towers in Norfolk destined for the glassworks at Monk Bretton near Barnsley. The section of track forward of the loco originally ran through a tunnel, but was opened up when the line was increased from two tracks to four.
Stirling: Turbo star 170456, on the 12.23 service to Glasgow Queen Street HL, seen at Stirling on 13th July 2016.
Haigh: The abutments for the replacement of Haigh Lane arched overbridge are now fully complete, plus casting of the bridge deck has also been completed, as seen in this view of 13 July. The bridge is to be fully assembled before being transported the short distance into new position astride a multi-wheeled heavy lift vehicle during a 52 hour possession over the first weekend in August.
Haigh: The completed bridge deck for the replacement bridge across Haigh Lane is having holes drilled into the sides, prior to assembly onto the abutments as a further stage to creating a complete bridge unit ready to be moved to position and lowered onto solid concrete footings alongside the remaining lower section of the existing stone abutments.
Stirling: Details of documentary maker John Grierson's life from the bust at Stirling station.
Olive Mount Junction: 185121, on a TPE Newcastle to Liverpool service, is nearing journey's end as it passes through the famous Olive Mount cutting and approaches the platforms of Wavertree Technology Park station. [See image 11892] for an earlier view of this location, since when the junction with the line to the docks has been reinstated and the Liverpool and Manchester line has been electrified.
Edinburgh Waverley: Mass exodus from Waverley platform 8 on 13 July 2017, involving passengers off the 0927 service from North Berwick 8(E) and the 0824 from Milngavie 8(W). Just to add to the festivities the 0900 Glasgow Central â€“ Penzance CrossCountry Voyager is just arriving at platform 9(E).
Edinburgh Waverley: Another bonus resulting from the platform 12 extension work at Waverley will be the relocation of the escalator linking the western concourse and the cross-station walkway alongside platform 11. Installed at the end of 2013, its position has always irked me in the same way as a crooked picture frame [see image 50992]. The changes will see the escalator repositioned parallel with the walkway [see new station layout diagram]. The offending structure is seen here on 13 July 2017 looking east along platform 11.
Edinburgh Waverley: A Virgin Pendolino, forming the 0616 Birmingham New Street â€“ Edinburgh Waverley, photographed shortly after arrival at platform 8 on 13 July 2017. The train will return south as the 1051 service to London Euston.
Edinburgh Waverley: The 0900 Glasgow Central â€“ Penzance CrossCountry Voyager passes below the Waverley cross-station walkway before drawing to a halt alongside platform 9(E) on 13 July 2017.
Edinburgh Waverley: The west end of Waverley on the morning of 13 July 2017, looking towards the station concourse along platform 12. The building in the background will be removed to facilitate the platform extension [see image 59963]. On the left alongside platform 13 is ScotRail 334022 with the recently arrived 0826 service from Helensburgh Central.
North Berwick: 380112 arrives at North Berwick.
Edinburgh Waverley: Work well underway on extending platform 12 at Waverley, seen here on 13 July 2017 from the position previously occupied by the buffer stops. (Photographed through a gap in the safety barrier). Demolition of the platform buildings directly behind the camera position is due to commence shortly. [See image 59986]
St Andrew Square [Tram]: An Edinburgh tram about to make a 'ninety right' from South St Andrew Street onto Princes Street on its way to the airport on 13 July 2017. In the background a Lothian 43 bus is about to complete a similar manoevre on St Andrew Square at the start of its journey to South Queensferry.
Millerhill EGIP Depot: An access break in the fence separating the Millerhill freight lines and the site of the new electric train depot, photographed on 13 July 2017 looking north towards Newcraighall station. Behind the fence is residual rubble from the demolition of the former MPD and, beyond that, the framework of the new train washing plant together with various new buildings under construction. The sign would be worth preserving!
Brunstane: A Borders Railway service makes its first stop at Brunstane on 13 July. Notice that for some reason (economy?) the platform is not taken back to the cutting which makes it rather narrow.
Niddrie North Junction: A Tweedbank to Edinburgh service approaches its penultimate stop of Brunstane on 13 July. The pier it is passing is acting as a monument to the grandiosely-named Lothian Lines, this portion being a not very long single track, which went over the top here carrying coal night and day.
Poulton-le-Fylde: 150273 leads a 4-coach Sprinter service from Blackpool North to Manchester Oxford Rd as it pulls away from the Poulton stop on 13th July 2018. [See image 58373] for the same location in 2017, prior to wiring.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1863||West Midland Railway, Great Western Railway||West Midland Railway merged with Great Western Railway.|
|1863||Anglesey Central Railway||Act passed.|
|1863||Neath and Brecon Railway||Changes name from Dulas Valley Mineral Railway to Neath and Brecon Railway. Powers to extend to Brecon granted.|
|1876||Sirhowy Tramroad, London and North Western Railway||Act merging the Sirhowy Tramroad into the London and North Western Railway.|
|1887||Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)||New double track Tay Bridge opened. (Alternative date 6/1887).|
|1896||North Blyth Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)||Alterations which received an Act in 1893 complete.|
|1899||Brynmawr and Western Valleys Railway||Act passed for line.|
|1954||Glasgow Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway||Bothwell to Whifflet closed.|
|1984||Dingwall and Skye Railway||Radio Electric Token Block introduced|
|1984||Kyle of Lochalsh Extension Railway (Highland Railway)||Radio Electric Token Block introduced.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2005||It^s full steam ahead for trams [Scotsman]||PLANS to re-introduce trams to the Capital^s streets received a massive boost today when rail chiefs withdrew their opposition to the scheme.|
|2005||New squeeze for mining industry [BBC News]||Mining industry leaders warn new curbs on opencast pits could cost jobs.|
|2005||Highland Rail Heritage hosts train naming ceremony to highlight 150 years of Inverness to Nairn Railway||First ScotRail Press release of 13/07/2005|
"Last Saturday (July 9), a number of distinguished guests, including members of the Association Francaise des Amis des Chemin de Fer [Railscot note: the AFAC attended the reception in Inverness the previous evening but moved on to Dufftown on the 9th] and Mary Dickson, Managing Director of First ScotRail, attended a double ceremony to mark the 150 year anniversary of the Inverness and Nairn railway. The ceremony was be an exact recreation of that which took place 150 years ago.
The commemoration was organised by Highland Rail Heritage and the Highland Rail Partnership, alongside First ScotRail and other industry partners to celebrate the history, success and future of the line.
The event was an auspicious occasion that began with a breakfast, courtesy of GNER at the Royal Highland Hotel in Inverness. At 10.25, guests were led by a piper and the Florian Players, all dressed in full Victorian costume, to platform 2 at Inverness Station where the train naming ceremony took place at 10.30. The name plate at the front of the 158720 unit, which read ‘Inverness and Nairn Railway 150 Years’ was unveiled by Mrs Christine Davis, a senior member of the Rail Passengers Committee for Scotland.
Mrs Davis and invited guests then boarded the newly named train, which formed the 10.44 from Inverness to Nairn. At Nairn, Provost A. S Parks and the Area Committee of Nairn hosted a plaque unveiling ceremony on the concourse, carried out by Her Grace the Countess of Seafield. It was an earlier Countess of Seafield who cut the first sod for the new line in 1854 and was amongst the first passengers on the line when it opened in 1855. Tom Coombs, Nairn event organiser and acting station master for the day, then introduced Mary Dickson and Ron McAulay, Route Director of Network Rail who both said a few words commemorating the occasion.
To complete the event, an extensive buffet was hosted at Nairn Museum, where photographs and a time path through the life of the Inverness and Nairn railway were on display.
Mary Dickson commented, “It’s was real honour to be involved in an event such as this, which illustrated not only the history in the Highland railway but people’s pride in and support for it. This was the first link in Scotland’s railway as we see it today and this was a great opportunity to highlight how it has developed since then, as well as witness the enthusiasm that people have to commemorate it.”
|2007||Rail link benefits local football [BBC News]||Work on new football pitches starts as part of the new £160m Glasgow Airport Rail Link.|
|2007||Rail worker arrested over crash [BBC News]||A Network Rail employee is arrested in connection with a train crash in Cumbria in which an elderly woman died.|
|2007||Rail rescue teenagers win praise [BBC News]||Two teenagers are recommended for a bravery award after rescuing a man from the railway line where their friend was killed.|
|2007||Rail upgrade blueprint revealed [BBC News]||The Scottish government unveils a £3.6bn blueprint to improve Scotland^s rail network.|
|2007||Launch of new Forth hovercraft crossing [Scottish Executive]||Transport Minister launches new Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh trial service.|
|2011||Errors behind rail accident [Scotsman]||A COMBINATION of errors caused a railway maintenance machine to ^run away^ with its operator on board, before colliding with a stationary freight train, investigators have found.|
|2011||Timely revamp begins on ^Clockwork Orange^ [Scotsman]||WORK to overhaul Glasgow^s 115-year-old subway system began in earnest yesterday on one of the busiest stations on the underground network.|
|2012||£12M Alliance investment to deliver better trains by Christmas on Paisley Canal [ScotRail]||Network Rail and ScotRail have confirmed a £12m joint investment that will deliver a more modern and comfortable train service for customers between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal by December 2012. The work to electrify the 8-km stretch of line will be the first major project to be delivered under a landmark new ‘alliance’ – in practice a closer, more efficient working relationship between the two rail organisations.|
|2012||£500m Heathrow rail link boost [ITV News]||The Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP) is pleased to announce that Slough Borough Council’s proposal, leading on behalf of the TVB LEP for up to £500 million investmentin improved rail access to Heathrow airport has been endorsed by the government. The project, known as Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH), has been sponsored by the TVB LEP and offers numerous benefits to businesses from as far as South Wales and the South West, all the way to the Thames Valley itself. Before now, Heathrow has only had rail access in the London direction, but the new plans will allow the airport to connect with 12 million more people direct.|
|2012||Rail network to see ^biggest investment^ since the Victorians [Guardian]||David Cameron and Nick Clegg will join forces next week to declare that the government is to embark on the biggest investment in the rail network since the Victorian era as ministers move to demonstrate their commitment to boosting economic growth. In an attempt to show a renewed sense of purpose, after last week^s bruising rows over Lords reform, the prime minister and his deputy will announce the electrification of a series of lines and the symbolic reversal of some closures imposed in the 1960s by the Beeching axe.|
|2013||Network Rail’s newest train takes to the rails [BTN]||The newest addition to Network Rail’s train fleet has left the depot for the first time on a series of test runs. Former passenger unit 313121 has been adapted to become a laboratory train for the ERTMS programme and will be used on the ERTMS National Integration Facility (ENIF) when it opens later this summer.|
|2013||Major works start on West Coast Main Line [BBC News]||An £18m improvement scheme to increase the speed of trains is starting on the West Coast Main Line. It will mean no services between Preston and Warrington Bank Quay until 21 July. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||Fully prepared for the long haul [Yorkshire Post]||THE trains are running again through one of the most glorious stretches of Yorkshire’s countryside, but at a hefty cost. The price of getting the Wensleydale Railway back on track after a major landslip on a remote and inaccessible embankment closed it from October last year until this spring, cutting off its income from passengers, was £100,000, which is a very big ask for the small organisation that runs it.|
|2015||Highlands set to lose modern trains to Borders [Scotland on Sunday]||RAIL passengers in the north of Scotland can expect to travel in “inferior, outdated” carriages once the new Border railway opens, it has been claimed. Union officials and politicians, as well as some rail staff in the Highlands, believe that the most up-to-date carriages currently used on north rail lines are to be switched to the Borders to “tart up” the new operation when it is launched in September.|
|2016||Sadiq Khan calls for temporary nationalisation of Southern Railway after commuter misery [Independent]||London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for Southern Railway to come under temporary public ownership after angry commuters protested the train service cancelling 340 trains a day. The mayor has also called on ministers to speed up the process of shifting the responsibility for inner suburban rail services to Transport for London. Trains in and out of London have been subject to severe delays and cancellations after Southern Railway was hit by staff shortages and strikes, leading to an â€˜emergency timetableâ€™ having been put in place that saw 15 per cent of trains cancelled.|
|2018||Plans for £200m north-east rail upgrade poised to progress [Press and Journal]||The Scottish Government has denied claims that a £200 million rail upgrade in the north-east has been abandoned and revealed the plans could progress within weeks.|
|2018||New Aberdeen railway track takes shape as new sleepers installed for Network Rail project [Evening Express]||A new double track railway has started taking shape in Aberdeen.|
|2018||£100m transformation of key Glasgow rail junction enters final phase [Network Rail]||Network Rail is today warning train passengers to expect disruption on all routes through Rutherglen to Glasgow Central between 14 and 31 July ahead of the final phase of major re-signalling and renewals work on Rutherglen East Junction.|