Bridge of Dun: Glasgow - Aberdeen express passing Bridge of Dun Junction. 5P 4.6.0 45465.
Guthrie Junction: Forfar - Arbroath train passing Guthrie Junction. NBR 4.4.2T 67493.
Guthrie Junction: Up Special passing Guthrie Junction on a windy day. 5P 4.6.0 45497.
Guthrie Junction: Up Special passing Guthrie Junction on a windy day. 5P 4.6.0 44797.
Dailly: Corkerhill Black 5 45007 photographed near Bargany, Ayrshire, on the approach to Dailly on 15 August 1959 with a train from Girvan for Glasgow St Enoch. [Ref query 3415]
Polmont Shed: D11 no 62694 James Fitzjames standing amongst the stored steam engines in the sidings at Polmont in August 1959. Officially withdrawn from Haymarket shed some three months later, the locomotive was cut up at Arnott Young, Carmyle, in February 1960.
Dalrymple: Class 2P 4-4-0 40664 approaching Dalrymple on 15 August 1959 with a Glasgow - Girvan train.
Plates, signs and notices: The skill of the works sign writer is well illustrated on the splasher of St Margarets D30 Scott class 4-4-0 no 62421 Laird o' Monkbarns. The photograph was taken on a 'stored' locomotive line at Polmont in the summer of 1959. The locomotive was cut up at Cowlairs some 10 months later. [See image 27511]
Craighead Summit: BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 73060 at Craighead Summit approaching Dailly on 15 August 1959 with a Girvan - Glasgow train. [Ref query 4667]
Dailly: Black 5 45490 about to run through Dailly, between Girvan and Maybole, on 15 August 1959 with a Stranraer Harbour - Glasgow St Enoch express. Dailly station closed in September 1965. [Ref query 9492]
Polmont Shed: Scene at 64E Polmont on a sunny Saturday morning in August 1959 with J36 0-6-0s 65222 Somme and 65257 on shed.
Polmont Shed: J37 0-6-0 no 64537 standing in the shed yard at Polmont on 15 August 1959.
Darlington Works: J27 no 65891 of 50C Selby shed stands in Darlington works yard in August 1959. Other locomotives in the yard at that time include Q6s, a V2 and a WD Austerity.
Polmont Shed: Amongst the various locomotives in the sidings adjacent to Polmont shed in the summer of 1959 were these 2 St Margarets veterans, C16 4-4-2T no 67492 and J72 0-6-0T no 69014.
Parkhill: View west showing a DMU forming a down Buchan line train crossing the River Don on Parkhill Viaduct, north of Dyce, in the summer of 1960.
Newmachar: B1 61352 about to enter Newmachar on 15 August 1960 with empty stock destined for Ellon.
Newmachar: Looking north towards Newmachar station on 15 August 1960. [Ref query 6943]
Udny: EE Type 1 no D8031 stands at Udny station on 15 August 1960 at the head of the Peterhead - Aberdeen goods. The locomotive had been delivered new to Kittybrewster shed at the beginning of the year.
Udny: NBL Type 2 D6150 photographed near Udny on 15 August 1960 with a fish and parcels train on its way from Fraserburgh to Aberdeen.
Newmachar: View north from the footbridge at Newmachar station on 15 August 1960 as B1 4-6-0 no 61352 waits at the platform with empty stock for storage on the stub of the Boddam branch. The train is about to cross an Aberdeen bound DMU. [Additional info from notes taken by JR - one of the group sitting on the left]
Hawick: Haymarket A1 Pacific no 60159 Bonnie Dundee waiting to restart from Hawick on 15 August 1960 with the 10.15am Edinburgh Waverley - London St Pancras.
Newmachar: A Fraserburgh bound goods at Newmachar on 15 August 1960 behind D6139. The short-lived NBL Type 2 had been delivered new to Kittybrewster shed 6 months earlier but would be withdrawn by the end of 1967.
Reading: 6930 Aldersey Hall photographed in the yard at Reading (ex-GW) shed in August 1961.
Basingstoke: King Arthur class 4-6-0 no 30765 Sir Gareth on shed at 70D Basingstoke in August 1961. The locomotive was withdrawn from here in September the following year.
Salisbury: The shed yard at Salisbury in August 1961 with 'King Arthur' class 4-6-0 no 30451 Sir Lamorak nearest the camera.
Winchester: Bulleid West Country Pacific no 34042 Dorchester pulls into the northbound platform at Winchester (then Winchester City) on 15 August 1961 with the 11.16am Bournemouth West - Newcastle Central. [Ref query 5321]
Reading (ex-GWR): Churchward 2-8-0 no 2853 stands on Reading (ex-GWR) shed on 15 August 1961.
Salisbury: S15 4-6-0 30838 in the shed yard at Salisbury on 15 August 1961.
Bushbury: Stanier 2-6-0 no 42966 stabled on Bushbury shed in the summer of 1962.
Banbury Shed: Ex-GWR Churchward 2-8-0 no 2888 on shed at Banbury in the summer of 1962.
Banbury Shed: GWR Castle class 4-6-0 no 5026 Criccieth Castle races past Banbury shed in the summer of 1962 with a down express.
Wolverhampton Low Level: Ex-GWR Castle class locomotive no 5047 Earl of Dartmouth with the 8.50am Birkenhead - Paddington train at a rain-soaked Wolverhampton Low Level station on 15 August 1962. The 4-6-0 was withdrawn from Wolverhampton's Stafford Road shed the following month. Wolverhampton Low Level itself closed to passengers in 1972 but saw subsequent use as a parcels depot [see image 19662] and latterly as the BR Divisional Engineer's offices. The listed main station building still stands and is currently part of a planned mixed retail and residential development which would incorporate the former station site.
Wolverhampton Stafford Road: Collett 2-6-2T no 4165 in the yard at Wolverhampton's Stafford Road shed in August 1962, looking slightly intimidated by King class 4-6-0 no 6012 King Edward VI standing alongside. The tank engine survived for another 3 years, although the 'King' was withdrawn one month after the photograph was taken.
Wellington: 41232 about to leave Wellington station on 15 August 1962 with the 12.15pm train to Crewe.
Banbury Shed: Collett 0-4-2T no 1455 in store alongside Banbury shed in the summer of 1962. The locomotive was eventually cut up at Swindon Works approximately 2 years later.
Wolverhampton Stafford Road Works: King Henry VII stands in the yard of the former Stafford Road works in Wolverhampton, on 15 August 1962. The locomotive, which had been withdrawn from nearby 84A Stafford Road shed in September of that year, was cut up in a local scrapyard the following March.
Wolverhampton Stafford Road: Castle class 4-6-0 no 5047 Earl of Dartmouth photographed on Wolverhampton's Stafford Road shed (84A) in August 1962, one month before official withdrawal by BR. The shed itself closed completely in September the following year. An industrial estate now covers the site.
Banbury Shed: GWR Hall class 4-6-0 no 5912 'Queen's Hall' at Banbury shed in the summer of 1962. The locomotive was withdrawn from here at the end of that year.
Wolverhampton Low Level: GWR Castle class 4-6-0 no 5047 Earl of Dartmouth about to leave Wolverhampton Low Level station on 15 August 1962, having just brought in the 8.50am Birkenhead - Paddington train. 5047 was withdrawn from Wolverhampton's Stafford Road shed 6 weeks later.
Princes Street Gardens: A pair of visitors from Tyneside in Princes Street Gardens. Class A1 locomotives 60116 Hal o the Wynd (52B Heaton) and 60142 Edward Fletcher (52A Gateshead) about to enter the east end of Haymarket tunnel on their way from Waverley station to Haymarket shed in August 1963.
Fairlie Pier: 45366 ready to leave Fairlie pier for Glasgow. The ex GSWR starting signals just visible at the platform end now reside in Glasgow Museum of Transport. [See image 30248]
Fairlie Pier Junction: Having turned at Largs 45366 returns to its train at Fairlie pier junction.
Greenock Princes Pier: View from a passing steamer off Greenock in August 1967 showing the demise and cremation of the former terminus at Princes Pier.
Filey Holiday Camp: Happy days at Filey Holiday Camp in the summer of 1970. Class 47 no 1543 is awaiting departure from platform 4 on Saturday 15 August with train 1N60, the 10.20 to Newcastle. Standing on the station concourse in the left background is one of the Butlins road-trains used to ferry passengers between the station and the camp itself via a private tunnel under the A165 road. [See image 26824]
Filey Holiday Camp: Summer Saturday arrival at Filey Holiday Camp on 15 August 1970. Class 40 no 396 is about to enter the station at 11.18 with local train 2H62, following the short 23 minute journey down the Yorkshire coast from its starting point at Scarborough. The train will leave 42 minutes later forming the 12.00 to London Kings Cross.
Filey Holiday Camp: 5180 about to leave Filey Holiday Camp station on Saturday 15 August 1970 with train 1L40, the†11.00 am to Huddersfield.
Filey Holiday Camp: Class 47 no 1521 arriving at Filey Holiday Camp station with train 1L43, the†07.35 Sheffield - Scarborough, on Saturday 15th August 1970.
Filey Holiday Camp: One of the many Summer Saturday arrivals at Filey Holiday Camp in 1970. Train 1H31, the 08.35 from Wakefield Kirkgate is about to enter the station behind 5180 on 15 August, some 7 years before closure.
Harwich Town: In the 1970s, British Rail thought it would make sense to have 30 of its new Class 56 locomotives built by Electroputere in Romania. Shown here are the recently imported 56003 and 56004 at Harwich Town in August 1976. They had arrived from Zeebrugge via the Harwich train ferry (visible left). As can be seen from this photo, the external finish was appalling. Every body panel looked dented and rippled as if each had been beaten flat manually with hammers. Internally, the quality of construction was no better. BREL spent substantial time and money bringing these locos up to standard and built the remaining 105 class members itself.
Harwich Parkeston Quay: Now named Harwich International, this is the view from the west end of Harwich Parkeston Quay station on Sunday 15th August 1976. Parkeston West box (closed 1985) is in sight, as are the extensive sidings, with a Class 37/37/31 combination shunting at the yard throat. The bridge carried car traffic to and from the ferry.
Wrabness: A shabby DMU toils out of Wrabness station in the exceptional heat of 15th August 1976, a time when air conditioning was something that happened only in the USA and the idea of buying bottled water was laughable. The jammed destination blind at the front half read 'Excursion', but the train was only going as far as Manningtree. Being a Sunday, Wrabness box (which ended up on the Colne Valley Railway post closure) is switched out.
Bradfield: Bradfield station closed in 1956, but the building survived into the 1980s. This westward photo towards Mistley was taken from the short length of remaining platform on 15th August 1976, a day when eggs could be fried on car roofs. The crossing keeper has stripped to the waist to suit the conditions. Such was the low usage of the crossing (which was normally kept closed against the road), few were around to object to his attire. [Ref query 10473]
Dovercourt: The signal cabin name still carries the name Dovercourt Bay (the Bay had been dropped 4 years earlier) at Dovercourt station on 15th August 1976. The view is across the bay towards Parkeston Quay. The opposite down platform became redundant in 1968 when all passenger traffic between Parkeston Quay and Harwich Town was transferred to the up line. The down platform and signal cabin were removed in the 1980s during electrification.
Carlisle: 87032 'Kenilworth' brings a Glasgow - Manchester train into Carlisle in the summer of 1977.
Woodhead: EM1 no 76046 exits the western portal of Woodhead Tunnel with a freight on 15 August 1979. The train is about to pass the marker board for platform 4 at Woodhead station, which had closed to passengers in July 1964. Built in 1952 as 26046, the locomotive carried the name Archimedes until the late 60s and was withdrawn in November 1980.
Dinting: Class EM1s 76030+76021 about to run east through Dinting station on 15 August 1979 with a train of steel flats bound for Sheffield via the Woodhead route.
Woodhead: View from the staggered westbound platform at the closed Woodhead Station on 15 August 1979 as 76034+76031 emerge from Woodhead tunnel with a Trans - Pennine coal train.
Burton Salmon Junction: The former Burton Salmon Junction, North Yorkshire, in August 1980, meeting point of the lines from the Pontefract and Castleford directions. Approaching with a train on the latter is Peak 45060 Lytham St Annes, the locomotive that took the last scheduled passenger train over the Waverley Route 11 years earlier.
Burton Salmon Junction: 37113 brings a short freight through Burton Salmon Junction from the Castleford direction on 15 August 1980. The lines in the foreground turn south towards Sheffield.
Beningbrough: 40077 with a northbound ECML train passing Shipton, North Yorkshire, on 15 August 1980.
Weymouth: A Class 33 stands in the sunshine at Weymouth in 1983 on a Waterloo train.
Weymouth: Weymouth station in August 1983, showing a class 33 with a 4TC set for Waterloo standing alongside a DMU with a service for Bristol at platform 4.
Weymouth: The old Weymouth station in 1983... with flowers.
Brora: Looking south at Brora in August 1989 as a sprinter passes a northbound 37 hauled service.
Dingwall: Inverness - Wick/Thurso service at Dingwall on 15 August 1989 looking north.
Georgemas Junction: Southbound service from Wick stands at Georgemas Junction in August 1989 awaiting arrival of the the portion from Thurso.
Wick: Terminus at Wick on 15 August 1989 with the 1217 hrs service from Dingwall having just arrived.
Helmsdale: Looking south at Helmsdale on 15 August 1989.
Dingwall: Service to the far north preparing to leave Dingwall on 15 August 1989.
Inverness: Arriving at Inverness in August 1989.
Wick: Wick station and yard in August 1989.
Inverness: The station pilot approaches the rear of a train that has just arrived at Inverness from the south in August 1989.
Brora: Looking north from the footbridge at Brora as a southbound pair of Class 156 DMUs waits to pass a northbound service in August 1989. A crew change will take place here and the driver is walking towards the end of the northbound platform to await his train.
Inverness: Scene at Inverness on a warm Summers evening on 15 August 1989 as class 47 locomotive 47578 The Royal Society of Edinburgh stands at the head of the London Sleeper.
Dingwall: Arrival from the north pulls up at Dingwall on 15 August 1989, seen from the station footbridge.
Powderhall: Looking towards Powderhall and the 'destructor' from the west end of the former Leith Walk station on a Sunday morning in August 1999. Part of the abandoned Shrubhill tram depot stands on the right.
Easter Road: Easter Road station looking south-east in the summer of 1999. The white board reads Easter Road Junction (the line to the right to Abbeyhill had closed in 1988).
Elvanfoot: Cutting west of level crossing with the B7040.
Elvanfoot: Looking at the mainline Caledonian Railway from the former branch line at Elvanfoot.
Leadhills: The new narrow gauge railway station at Leadhills viewed from the west.
Leadhills: Looking west from Leadhills station over the station signboard.
Leadhills: Lowther Hill and three sheep viewed from the trackbed. Looking towards Leadhills above Hass.
Elvanfoot: Two arch viaduct at Toddle Moss viewed from the west.
Rutherglen: Longannet empties heading back to Hunterston in August 2006 behind EWS 66145 passing Rutherglen Central Junction. The train is about to run under the pedestrian walkway linking Rutherglen station with Victoria Street.
Rutherglen: 318265 stands in the sunshine alongside Rutherglen platform 1 on 15 August 2006 awaiting its scheduled departure time with a service to Dalmuir.
Rutherglen: Glasgow Central - Kings Cross train approaching Rutherglen in August 2006 heading for its first stop at Motherwell.
Rutherglen: Shortly after a stop at Rutherglen station in August 2006 a Dalmuir - Lanark train heads towards Rutherglen Central Junction, passing the tail end of a train of westbound coal empties bound for Hunterston.
Rutherglen: SPT liveried 318265 about to leave Rutherglen for Dalmuir on 15 August 2006.
Rutherglen: Coal empties westbound through Rutherglen on 15 August 2006 on their way back to Hunterston. (Taken through the cleanest window of the station's pedestrian walkway).
AVM Livingston: Scene on the Almond Valley Museum narrow gauge line at Livingston on 15 August.
AVM Livingston: Barclay locomotive with a train on the Almond Valley narrow gauge line, Livingston.
San Diego: AMTRAK F59PHI no 459 has just received the all clear to run south over Cedar Street crossing in San Diego, CA on 15 August 2009.† The train will shortly enter the Santa Fe Depot where it will form the northbound Pacific Surfliner service #577, the 1255 to Los Angeles.
Long Marton : Long Marton station, just north of Appleby, survived until the Settle and Carlisle local stations closed in 1970 but was not one of those that later reopened. The Mildland Railway station building survives however as a very tastefully restored private residence, just outside the village.
Culgaith: The Closed S&C station at Culgaith sees a Sunday Dales Rail Service from Preston, formed by 156483, running north on its way to Carlisle. The old station building, and its up platform, can still be seen in this view from the level crossing towards the short tunnel and Langwathby.
Scottish Industrial Railway Centre: At the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre (ARPG) on 15 August 2010 lies this Giesl fitted boiler, belonging to the former NCB No 8 (AB 1296 of 1912 ex-Polkemmet Colliery). In the surrounding area are what appear to be associated items such as wheels, cab, etc.
Craignure: A very Scottish view south from one of the level crossings just south of Craignure station looking to Torosay (not visible) and Duart Castle (left). Really all it needs is someone in plaid with a glass of whisky, some shortbread and pipes over their shoulder. All watched by a haggis which has fallen over due to its standing on a level surface. A train would have been nice too.
Halfway: Smoke and Mirrors. Waiting at Halfway station for the up train to the summit of Snowdon in August 2011.
Falkirk Grahamston: The 14.33 from Edinburgh Waverley arrives at Falkirk Grahamston on 15 August on its way to Dunblane.
Farington Curve Junction: The Compass Tours 'Mersey Moorlander' charter sets off south from Preston on 15 August behind Britannia Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell. The special is seen approaching Farington Curve Junction where it will swing west before crossing the WCML and heading east towards Blackburn.
Brock: The Great Marquess was used for the The Fellsman service for a third consecutive week on 15th August. 61994 is seen here at the site of Brock station on the outward leg of the journey and is just passing over the only remaining foot crossing between Lancaster and Preston.
Slaggyford: The surviving station building at Slaggyford in August 2012, more than 35 years after closure by BR. An extension of the current narrow gauge line from Alston to here is currently being progressed by the South Tynedale Railway.
Aylesbury: An unusual scene on the national network but a daily event at Aylesbury in the summer of 2014. Class 121 55020 waits to leave with the 17:30 to Princes Risborough. Stabled in the sidings is a Class 117 unit now used for water jetting and two more Class 121 units 55032 and 977873, neither of which are in passenger service.
Aylesbury: The scene at Chiltern Railways' Aylesbury depot on 15 August 2014 shows a contrast in operational DMU styles, with a 24 year old Class 165 Turbo unit in the company of two 54 year old Class 121 'Bubble Car' units. All are available for service with either 55020 or 55034 used on weekday peak hour Aylesbury to Princes Risborough shuttles. The diesel shunter is 01509 Lesley (RH 468043).
Preston: Running some 105 minutes early, 90028 and 90019 with 66114 behind in the consist of the Didcot to Mossend overnight freight on 15 August 2015. The train is being held in Preston station to allow a Freightliner service to pass.
Swanage: Looking across the tracks from platform 2 at Swanage station on 15 August 2015.
Boar^s Head Junction: Dodging the showers, 46233 Duchess of Sutherland catches a brief ray of sunshine as it heads north near to the site of Boars Head Junction on the WCML whilst working the Cumbrian Mountain Express from Crewe to Carlisle via Settle on 15 August 2015.
Swanage: In a rare example of transport integration, Swanage station (despite being 'only' a preserved facility) has a taxi rank and bus stop adjacent to it. So it's rare to see an empty frontage while trains are still running. Enjoy the view. [See image 33089]
Preston: 86101 in Caledonian Sleeper livery having been called into frontline service to work the Lowland Sleeper on 15 August 2015. The train is seen here standing at Preston at just after 3am and will leave shortly following a driver changeover.
Herston Halt: We knew we had overtaken the train; so we stashed the car, and ran back to the bridge, cameras in hand. The 17.20 from Norden to Swanage, which we had missed at two stations, duly came into view; and suddenly it was 1963 again - though I can't remember it first time round!
Irvine: Northbound Freightliner 66509 heading to the south (via Shields Junction) through Irvine working 6E06 Killoch to York Yard South on 15 August - an unusual working for Freightliner, who hadn't worked from Killoch for almost 2 years.
Barnton: Part of a 1:1250 map of showing Barnton station (which was to close in 1951) and, off-photo, not much else. The station was called Cramond Brig when if first opened; Barnton was then just a house. It's odd therefore that the previous station, in the village of Davidson's Mains, was initially called 'Barnton Gate'. Notice the Parliamentary constituency: odd to think that the voters in this north-western suburb of Edinburgh shared an MP with the burghers of Peebles! Contributor's collection. Crown copyright.
Port Dundas Mid Wharf: The ongoing Sighthill regeneration project is revealing views of Port Dundas basin not seen for many years. This view is north west over Port Dundas Basin where (to the left) the 'junction canal' connected the Forth and Clyde to the Monkland Canal. The extensive quays and basin were developed on what had been an 'S' bend on the canal. The backdrop has changed in recent years since the demolition of the distillery. The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway passes underneath roughly here.
Port Dundas Mid Wharf Swing Bridge: A recently revealed view of Port Dundas basin and trackbed of rail sidings uncovered by the ongoing Sighthill regeneration project. The M8 Motorway is off to the left and the view looks west. This location is much changed from the days when the Caledonian Railway's Port Dundas Branch crossed the Monkland Canal here on its way to North Spiers Wharf.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1855||Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway||Act receives Royal assent|
|1867||North Blyth Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)||Act for line. During the year some coals shipped from Cambois. This branch left from a south facing junction (West Sleekburn Junction) and ran east to Cambois and North Blyth.|
|1904||Barry Dock and Railways||Barry Railway (Steam Vessels) Act allows company to start running steamers from Barry Pier.|
|1920||Alloa Railway||Alloa swing bridge closed due to storm damage.|
|1946||Military Port #1||Leased to Metal Industries, shipbreakers|
|1966||Caledonian Railway||Edinburgh Princes Street-Slateford Junction closed to freight|
|1966||Inverness and Perth Junction Railway||Forres West Junction to Forres South Junction closed to all traffic.|
|1966||Dingwall and Skye Railway||Attadale closed to goods|
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 Dunblane||ScotRail|
New trains for Glasgow^s north bank
New class 334s are due to be introduced to Glasgow^s north bank. 180 drivers are to be trained.
North Berwick service improvements
Three class 318s are to be released for service between Edinburgh and North Berwick, this will not over all services and two diesels will be retained.
Edinburgh ^Revenue Protection Scheme^
A six month ^revenue protection scheme^ will be introduced at Waverley and ^Greater Edinburgh^. This will involve collection of tickets at barriers and will be carried out independently from the usual train conductors.
Feeder Bus Services
ScotRail is planning to introduce feeder bus services within the next 6 to 9 months which will bring passengers from areas not served by trains to stations. Details have yet to be announced.
The RPC commended ScotRail on it^s A5 sized Scotland-wide railway timetable which is available from larger stations or by request. ScotRail commented the timetable includes all passenger services in Scotland they do not receive any financial help from other Train Operating Companies operating in Scotland in producing the timetable.
In 3 to 4 years the ScotRail franchise will be due for renewal rather than extension. It is expected that the next franchise will run for 20 years, while franchises in England will run for 7.
|2001||Rail Passengers Committee meeting in Dunblane||Railtrack|
Post Hatfield Crash repairs
On the 15th there were three locations affected by Gauge Corner Cracking.
200 points and 75,000 yards of track have been renewed.
40 junctions which are known to be bottlenecks are to be remodeled.
As of the 15th 53 speed restrictions existed in Scotland.
New station facilities and station regeneration
81 stations have been identified for new toilets.
New Information Systems (CIS) will be installed at Hyndland, Partick and Queen Street Low Level.
Partick station is to be refurbished and platforms resurfaced.
Gourock station is due to be rebuilt and Railtrack is in discussion with developers.
Perth station is to be regenerated with footbridges and canopies renewed.
Broughty Ferry has been rebuilt at the cost of £1,000,000.
Train Protection Warning System
Installation of Train Protection Warning System on Scotland^s railways and trains continues and is expected to be complete by December 2002.
The contracts for the Edinburgh Crossrail scheme (reopening of freight only route from Portobello to Brunstane and Newcraighall to passengers) have been signed with the council and contractors.
Stirling to Alloa and Dunfermline
The details of reopening the closed but mostly extant line from Stirling to Alloa and on to Kincardine have not yet been resolved.
Larkhall to Milngavie
Although there have been some doubts about the reopening of the closed line between Larkhall and Hamilton, Railtrack and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive are continuing discussions.
Aberdeen to Inverness improvements
Railtrack is considering its options for improving capacity of the Aberdeen to Inverness line.
A loop may be opened at Orton.
Forres loop may be altered to run by the Forres goods loop and a two platform station opened on the loop.
Signalboxes between Elgin and Nairn may be closed.
Proposals will be drawn up to ^level 4^ (complete design) and given to the Strategic Rail Authority by the end of the year. Actual changes will be delayed as work on signaling is being focused on installing Train Protection Warning System until December 2002.
Members of the RPC and public suggested that perhaps a section of double track at the beginning of the route in Aberdeen and Inverness would help - such as that which the Inverness and Perth has. It was also commented that the station at Keith can be a bottleneck as the loop is located to the east of the station - a train at the station has to occupy the Keith to Elgin section and consequently trains have to be held at Keith loop or Elgin loop when there is a train at the station.
Cornton Level Crossing
Cornton Level crossing, by Stirling, is fitted with cameras which photograph every road vehicle which passes through the lights at red. 250 vehicles were photographed between January and May this year, many belonging to local people. The crossing has been checked and complies to safety standards. The council and Railtrack are considering further traffic calming options including permanent closure of the road.
The council in Dundee is considering opening a station at Ninewells which would serve new developments in the area, the airport and Ninewells Hospital.
Tay Bridge repair
Repairs to the Tay Bridge are due to be complete in 2003 and will allow higher speed running on the bridge and freight to pass over it.
Railtrack and New Edinburgh Ltd have resolved difficulties and a station at Edinburgh Park can now be built. It could be open by 2003.
|2001||Rail Passengers Committee meeting in Dunblane||Caledonian MacBrayne|
Improvements to the Sound of Barra, Mallaig to Armadale and Wemyss Bay to Rothesay services are being considered.
2 new vessels are planned for the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay service but cannot be afforded at present.
The Pier at Dunoon is no longer safe for passenger ferries and cannot be used as a backup to Dunoon^s roll-on, roll-off facility.
North Link is a joint venture between Caledonian MacBrayne and the Bank of Scotland which will replace the P&O service to Orkney and Shetland. At present it does not report to the RPC. North Link operates independently from Caledonian MacBrayne. 3 vessels are under construction in Finland.
Caledonian MacBrayne^s future is still unclear at present. It is not clear whether the services it currently operates will be subdivided for separate franchises and whether vessel operating and leasing companies will be formed.
|2002||Kinbrace timber loading platform opened||A new platform for loading timber at Kinbrace has been opened. For one week each month five trains will be dispatched to Inverness for the Nexfor at Dalcross.|
|2006||Fast-track to seabird centre just the ticket [Scotsman]||A NEW railway ticket has been launched to help passengers heading to East Lothian^s Scottish Seabird Centre or the Museum of Flight.|
|2007||Promise of better rail services will mean cost of some fares rising 45% [Scotsman]||A STANDARD open return train ticket from Edinburgh to London could cost £339 by 2015, a passenger watchdog warned yesterday as the National Express Group (NEG) was awarded the franchise to run the east coast main line.|
|2008||Inverness - Elgin rail replacement works [Network Rail Article]||Sunday services between Inverness and Elgin will be affected by planned rail improvements in the Forres area over the next four weeks as Network Rail invests in a major track replacement scheme.|
|2008||Lounging in Lime Street station [Network Rail Article]||Rail passengers using Lime Street station will be able to lounge in comfort next year thanks to a £3.4 million investment in the station by Network Rail. Work starts this week (18 August) on two new passenger lounges, an information point, three shops and railway staff accommodation. The new facilities will be built on the old cab road between platforms seven and eight, which used to be used by Royal Mail vehicles and black cabs.|
|2010||Network Rail appoints new head of retail||Network Rail has appointed Gavin McKechnie to join its property division, as head of retail.|
|2011||Birdís eye viewers for wildlife at Montrose station [Rail.co]||Birdís eye viewers have been installed at Montrose station so that people can enjoy the wildlife at the Montrose Basin. The viewing points are on the station wall overlooking the tidal basin Ė a site of international importance for the likes of migratory pink-footed geese and red knot and also populated by a wide range of other bird species.|
|2011||Town launches campaign to save ticket seller after he^s forced out for crossing train line [Daily Record]||A POPULAR ticket seller at a busy station was sacked after more than 37 years service. Angry passengers have launched a campaign to get devastated station worker Willie Tyler reinstated. [From Richard Buckby]|
|2012||Richard Branson attacks Government ^insanity^ after Virgin Trains loses West Coast rail contract [Telegraph]||Sir Richard Branson has attacked the ^insanity^ of the Government after Virgin Trains lost control of the prestigious West Coast rail line that it has run for 15 years. The Department for Transport (DfT) handed the contract to FirstGroup after Virgin^s rival is thought to have made what industry insiders describe as a ^suicide^ offer of £6.5bn to £7bn to run the line. Virgin, its closest competitor for the franchise, bid £5.5bn to £6bn. In his blog, Sir Richard voiced fears that the amount FirstGroup paid will make the contract unprofitable, forcing the Government to take back ownership of the line. This is what happened with the East Coast Main line, when first GNER (in 2007) and then National Express (in 2009) were stripped of the contract after they could not afford to pay the Government £1.3bn for the right to run the service.|
|2013||Waterloo International platforms set to reopen [Railnews]||THE ALLIANCE of South West Trains and Network Rail has announced plans to bring all the former international platforms at Waterloo back into use. The SWT fleet is also to be enlarged to allow more ten-car trains to be run|
|2014||£17m EU funds for refurbishment of Belfast-Dublin railway [BBC News]||The European Union is to invest £17m in two cross-border railway projects. The work includes refurbishment of rolling stock for the Belfast-Dublin Enterprise service and the Boyne viaduct in Drogheda, County Louth. The projects are scheduled for completion in 2015. The Department for Regional Development (DRD) in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) in the Republic are to match the EU funding [From Richard Buckby]|
|2015||Rail line repair on track after derailment at Cumnock [BBC News]||Engineers say they are ^confident^ the rail line through Ayrshire will reopen on Monday after work to remove derailed wagons was completed. Two trains carrying ballast for engineering work collided on the track at Logan, near Cumnock, two weeks ago. Network Rail said a 130-tonne locomotive engine and 16 wagons were moved from the site by Friday. Engineers are now working ^round-the-clock^ to repair the damaged track in time to reopen the line. Before lifting the engine and wagons, engineers had to first construct a 350m-long haul road, and operating pad, for the 1,000-tonne crane which was required to remove the wagons and the locomotive.|
|2016||Campaigners hit out at ^shambles^ on the Borders Railway [STV News]||Campaigners have hit out at the ^shambles^ on the Borders Railway as just 28% of trains arrived on time at the start of August. New ScotRail figures also revealed more than 70 trains were cancelled over the first ten days of the month. Blame was placed on various problems including track and train faults, a driver on sick leave and a fallen tree. ScotRail said the Borders Railway is subject to ^occasional technical faults^ in common with the rest of the network. The line, which was launched in September last year, has had more passengers than expected.|
|2016||Landslide debris cleared from Highland railway line [BBC News]||A landslide that closed a stretch of Highland railway line for most of the weekend has been cleared and repairs at the track completed. About 100 tonnes of mud and stones were washed across part of the Fort William and Mallaig line near Lochailort during heavy rain on Thursday. Travel on the nearby A830 road was also affected for a time by the same landslide. ScotRail said the work to the railway line was completed at 20:00 on Sunday. The normal timetable resumed on the line on Monday morning, when the A830 was also fully reopened to traffic.|