Glasgow Central: Fowler 2.6.4T 42415 leaving Central for Gourock.
Saughton Junction: J37 0-6-0 no 64590 passing Saughton Junction on 9 October 1958 with a freight on the E&G line.
Stratford: Shed pilot duties being undertaken at Stratford by J15 0-6-0 65462 in October 1960, with neither locomotive nor shed looking at their best. The old steam shed and locomotive works at Stratford are long gone, though happily the veteran 0-6-0, a product of the nearby works in 1912, was purchased for preservation following withdrawal in September 1962. [See image 52880]
Stratford: B12 inside cylinder 4-6-0 no 61572 stands in the yard at Stratford shed on 9 October 1961, shortly after its official withdrawal by BR the previous month. This sole survivor was subsequently stored at Stratford until completion of its eventual purchase in 1963 (along with J15 no 65462) by the M&GN Railway Society. [See image 34274]
Stratford: Hill ex-GER 0-6-0T 68649, built at Stratford Works in 1913 and about to end its days there in October 1961, having been withdrawn from 30A the previous month.
Stratford: Scene in the yards at Stratford in 1961, featuring Holden J15 0-6-0 no 65445 of 1899. The veteran was finally withdrawn from here some 10 months later.
Stratford: Holden J15 0-6-0 no 65445 seen pottering about in the yards at Stratford in October 1961. The 1899 veteran was finally withdrawn from here the following August.
Stratford: Last of the B12s. Photograph taken at Stratford MPD in October 1961 featuring B12 4-6-0 no 61572. Following its withdrawal from 32A Norwich Thorpe shed the locomotive was preserved and can usually be seen on the North Norfolk Railway. To the right is class 306 (ex-AM6) electric unit 018, recently converted from 1500V DC to 25KV AC along with the Liverpool Street ‚Äď Shenfield electrification system. These units continued in service for a further 20 years [see image 48405].
Stratford: Holden J16 0-6-0 65554 in the yard at Stratford on 9 October 1961, a month after withdrawal. Built in the adjacent works in 1902, the ex-GER locomotive was cut up at its birthplace later that month.
Stratford: GER class J20 0-6-0 no 64697 in the sidings at Stratford in October 1961, a month after withdrawal.
Stratford: N7 0-6-2T, no 69621, photographed at 30A Stratford shed in October 1961. This locomotive has since been preserved [see image 44551].
St Pancras: Royal Scot no 46164 The Artists' Rifleman stands at the buffer stops at platform 7 of St Pancras station on 9 October 1961, shortly after arrival with the sleeper from Glasgow St Enoch.
Stratford: Class N7 0-6-2T no 69686 standing alongside the coal monster at Stratford [see image 32083] in September 1961, the month of its withdrawal.
Stratford: Hill ex-GER J20 0-6-0 64676 seen on 9 October 1961 standing in a lineup of condemned steam locomotives at Stratford. Withdrawn from 31A Cambridge a month earlier it was cut up here at the end of October.
Stratford: N7 0-6-2T no 69714 in a siding at Stratford shed on 9 October 1961. The 1928 ex-GER locomotive, which would have spent most of its life operating over the London suburban lines, had been withdrawn from service a month earlier. One of the 134 examples of the class built has been preserved [see image 33260].
Gourock: Standard Class 5 4-6-0 no 73064 on the turntable at Gourock in October 1966. The road to the Dunoon ferry linkspan and the Calmac offices now runs through here.
Inverkeithing Central Junction: BRCW Type 2s Nos. D5301 and D5302 bring a loaded Seafield Colliery to Cockenzie PS MGR coal train round the chord between Inverkeithing East and Central Junctions in October 1970. Some idea of the slickness of MGR operation can be judged from the fact that the empties had passed me at Dalmeny Junction less than two hours previously.
Inverkeithing: EE Type 4 No. D358 seems to be excessive power for the 13.43 Aberdeen to Kings Cross fish train but, in 1970, a Type 4 locomotive was normally provided on this working. The train is passing through Inverkeithing station at just after half past four on a sunny October afternoon.
Inverkeithing South Junction: Belching the customary clouds of diesel fumes, Clayton No. D8607 takes the Rosyth Dockyard branch at Inverkeithing South Junction. The trip working involved appears to have one loaded 16t mineral wagon at the front with the remainder empty - these would perhaps be destined for loading with scrap at TW Ward's yard.
Dalmeny Junction: A Cockenzie PS to Westfield train of empty HAA wagons clatters over the diamond crossing at Dalmeny Junction on 9 October 1970. In charge are BRCW Type 2s Nos D5301 (still in green livery) and D5302 (repainted in rail blue). The down loop hasn't seen much use of late judging by the rust.
Inverkeithing Central Junction: BRCW Type 2 No. 5319 passes Inverkeithing Central Junction box in October 1970 as it approaches the station off the Dundee line with a short train of Vanfits.
Haymarket MPD: 5302, 5069, 6936 alongside Haymarket shed on 9th October, 1971. Picture taken from the Murrayfield Link road.
Braintree: A pre-electrification scene at Braintree on October 9th 1976. The DMU driver and conductor are enjoying a brew up in the signal box, which still bore the full name ďBraintree and BockingĒ. A year later, EMUs had taken over and the box had been demolished.
Tulloch: 37081 awaits a crew change at Tulloch with a Glasgow bound service. A brief chat with the driver resulted in a cab trip to Crianlarich. 9th October 1981.
Marsden: The sanders are obviously in operation as no 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley accelerates the eastbound 'Pennine Pullman' past Marsden down home signal on 9 October 1982. The train had originated at Carlisle, with the A4 taking over at Blackburn and running to Carnforth via Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield and Leeds.
Marsden: 47555 The Commonwealth Spirit is dwarfed by the retaining wall west of Marsden station as it passes with a westbound Trans-Pennine express for Liverpool Lime Street in October 1982. The spectators are awaiting the imminent arrival of preserved A4 Sir Nigel Gresley with 'The Pennine Pullman' [see image 34607].
Marsden: The Marsden down home signal has just cleared as the driver opens the regulator to accelerate Sir Nigel Gresley and the eastbound 'Pennine Pullman' on its journey towards Leeds on 9th October 1982.
Didcot: A gaggle of 47s in the station sidings at Didcot, 09 October 1982. Left to right - 47124, 47193, 47248 and 47191.
Didcot: 50036 Express bound for Paddington from the Oxford direction. 09 October 1982.
Didcot: A striking photograph of 50006 Neptune at Didcot on the 9th of October 1982, using a telephoto lens drawing the cooling towers into the picture. These towers have since been demolished as the coal fired power station was life expired and the former D406 was withdrawn in 1987 and later scrapped.
Wolsztyn: Mixed traffic 2-6-2 No. Ol49-23 heads north out of Wolsztyn on a crisp October morning in October 1990 with the 09.45 Leszno - Zbasznek train. The line in the foreground ran westwards to Sulechow and was relatively well frequented by passenger workings at the time, but these have long since ceased to run.
Kopanica: 2-10-0 No. Ty45-379 storms away from Kopanica on the Wolsztyn to Sulechow line and heads for the next stop at Chwalim. The 15:52 departure from Wolsztyn was more likely to be worked by an Ol49 2-6-2, so it was a nice surprise to see it worked by this loco, the last operational survivor of a class of 448 built in the immediate post-war years. That said, the use of a 2-10-0 on a two coach local was quite common throughout central Europe.
Johnstone: 334009 at Johnstone station with a train bound for Largs
Eastriggs MOD: Eastriggs 2006. View south into the military complex which once comprised 125 miles of private track serving factories employing 30,000 workers and stretching as far as Longtown on the other side of the border.
Eastriggs MOD: The Eastriggs military exchange sidings in 2006 looking north towards the junction with the Annan - Gretna line (the contractor's equipment is in connection with the redoubling work currently underway). The cooling towers of the decommissioned Chapelcross nuclear power station stand in the right background. The sign on the left warns Police dogs on patrol.
Kincardine: Strange, a closed facility with new ballast on reception siding. This was originally a Scottish Power Station private shunting yard. At the start of rebuilding the new SAK line it was relaid for use by NR.
Eastriggs: The closed station at Eastriggs (formerly Dornock), between Annan and Gretna, looking south west in October 2006.
Johnstone: 334030 pulling into Johnstone with a Glasgow bound service
Cupar: The stairs accessing Cupar southbound platform that will have to be superceded as a result of current disability legislation. They are indeed rather steep. A footbridge and lift similar to those at Markinch has been suggested. Work is to be completed within the coming year. View north in October 2007.
Cupar: Stairs from the South Bridge to the up platform at Cupar show the original station on the down line.
Melbourne: 'W' Class trams, built 1936 to 1956, in various sub-classes, seen operating in Melbourne in October 2008.
Preston: Ex-LMS Pacific 6233 Duchess of Sutherland calls at Preston platform 6 on the return Carlisle - Crewe leg of The Royal Scot special on 9 October. The special was diesel hauled both ways on the Crewe - London Euston legs. Meantime work on the new multi storey car park on the old East Lancs side of the station continues apace.
Carlisle: Scene at Carlisle station on the morning of 9 October 2009 as the 1151 'all stations to Leeds' waits in the platform 6 bay ready to head south via the Settle & Carlisle line.
Oxenhope: Ex-WD 2-8-0 no 90733 runs round its train at Oxenhope on 9 October 2010.
Keighley: The only Caprotti valve geared Standard 5 4-6-0 still in existence, no 73129, normally on the Midland Railway, is seen at Keighley on 9 October 2010 having just arrived with the 1455 hrs from Oxenhope.
Dortmund Hauptbahnhof: Preserved ex-Deutsche Reichsbahn E42 electric locomotive, no E42 151, at Dortmund.
Damems: With the recent news that Class 380s have some problems, perhaps First ScotRail could consider drafting in some other '80s' to fill the gap in the December timetable. Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80002 is no stranger to the Glasgow area and I am sure would feel quite at home again on Polmadie depot. Here however it is seen in the Damems passing loop on the KWVR hauling the 1505 hrs express service from Keighley to Oxenhope on 9 October 2010.
Oakworth: Ex LMS 0-6-0T 'Jinty' no 47279 pilots WD 2-8-0 no 90733 into Oakworth station on 9 October 2010.
Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The south face of Queen Street's train shed on 9 October; hopefully more visible after the remodelling of the entrance.
Cowlairs Incline: 158 723 descends Cowlairs Incline towards Glasgow Queen Street on 9 October 2011.
Riverside Museum: The cab of NBR no 256 Glen Douglas at Glasgow Riverside Museum on 9 October 2011.
Riverside Museum: Glasgow's Riverside Museum on 9 October 2011, with CR 123 and HR 103 side by side, while GSWR no 9 looks to be taking a hieder off the mezzanine level.
Margate: The traditional style of Southern Railway architecture at Margate is quite a contrast with the modern designs on HS1 at Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and Stratford International, where the Southeastern Class 395 will call on its journey to St Pancras on the evening of 9 October 2012.
Royal Border Bridge: The colours of Autumn dominate in this view west along the Tweed from Berwick on 9 October 2012. The train crossing the Royal Border Bridge is the East Coast 09.00 Kings Cross - Edinburgh, which is slowing for the Berwick stop.
Dewars Lane Granary: The most northerly industrial railway in England - and one of the shortest - the 19th century Dewar's Lane Granary Railway at Berwick linked the granary with the quayside, via a hole cut through the quay wall. Sacks of grain were loaded onto trucks here and manually propelled to waiting vessels. Little remains of the railway, other than the hole in the wall, although the route is shown with a short history nearby. View out towards the quay on 9 October from the yard of the refurbished granary, now a youth hostel, coffee shop etc.
Newcraighall South Junction: On a pre-construction walk along the route of the Borders Railway on 9th October 2012, a view from high above the first cutting which will need to be excavated south of Newcraighall. Looking north, a strip of woodland at the north west end of the former Millerhill Down Yard has already been cut back. The new lineÔŅĹs most northerly dynamic loop will revert to single track south of the red buffer stop of the Newcraighall turnback siding, which can just be seen in the distance.
Hardengreen: Looking north on 9th October 2012 over one of the crassest breaches of the Waverley Route by new roads - the Hardengreen roundabout of the A7 Dalkeith western bypass, built - incredibly - as recently as 2000 by Midlothian Council.
Hardengreen: The alignment of the new Borders Railway, looking north over the site of the future Eskbank station on 9th October 2012. As in many places along the route corridor, the existing railway path will have to be diverted to an alternative on-road alignment - the only locations where the (single-track) railway will share the future solum with a walking / cycling path will be around Galashiels, including the 'Red Bridge' over the River Tweed.
Lady Victoria Pit Signal Box: Looking north over the solum of the Borders Railway towards what is now the Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange on 9th October 2012. The museum will potentially be a significant generator of traffic for the railway, but the public path currently occupying the solum will - here and on other stretches - be diverted to less satisfactory on-road replacement routes.
Lothianbridge Viaduct: Demonstrating that the Borders Railway will be a scenic route, a view north across Lothianbridge Viaduct towards the Pentlands on 9th October 2012.
Margate: A Southeastern Class 395 'Javelin' stands at platform 4 of Margate station shortly before departure for St Pancras on 9 October 2012. The high speed service travels over the original lines from Margate to Ramsgate, Canterbury West and Ashford International before joining HS1 to St Pancras International.
Royal Border Bridge: 'I see no ships... ' A couple standing on the Royal Tweed Bridge at Berwick looking out to sea on a fine, bright October afternoon, as a CrossCountry Voyager rumbles over the Royal Border Bridge in the background. The train is the 13.06 Edinburgh Waverley - Plymouth.
Newtongrange: View from south of Newtongrange towards Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat on 9th October 2012 - many of the structures to be re-used on the Borders Railway are in remarkably good condition despite lack of railway maintenance for more than 43 years.
Lothianbridge Viaduct: Southbound view taken through the security fence at Lothianbridge (aka Dalhousie / Newbattle / South Esk) Viaduct on 9th October 2012. At this point the new Borders Railway will be single track.
Beal: Part of the site of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway station at Beal, Northumberland, photographed on 9 October 2012. Closed to passengers in January 1968, the substantial 1847 station building has since been demolished. The area south east of the level crossing is currently home to Peckett 0-4-0ST 1611 of 1923, along with other railway memorabilia.
Margate: Nearing the end of its journey from London Victoria to Ramsgate, 375704 calls briefly at Margate on 9 October 2012. With some stations very poorly lit, it was good to see how well illuminated this station was, although in these days of energy efficiency it did seem to be a little OTT!
Claxby and Usselby: There is no†trace of the former station at Claxby & Usselby (closed in March 1960) which was located on the far side of the crossing on Park Road. View looking north on 9 October 2013.
Howsham: A station building which retains many of its original features following conversion to a private residence is Howsham, Lincolnshire, seen here on 9 October 2013.
Wakefield Westgate: DRS 20302 tails one of the Yorkshire RHTT services, with 20305 leading, as it runs through Wakefield Westgate to reverse during its morning circuit on 9 October.
Claxby and Usselby: DBS 66016 travels south towards Lincoln as it crosses Claxby Gatehouse AHBC with a loaded coal train from Immingham on 9 October 2013.
Pitlochry: West Coast 57315 enters Pitlochry with the Edinburgh - Boat of Garten leg of The Royal Scotsman on 9 October.
Oubeck Loops: The morning Crewe to Sellafield flask train rounds the reverse curves at Oubeck Loops on 9 October. 37609 and 37419 had four flask wagons heading for the Cumbrian Coast.
Holton-le-Moor: Looking north over the level crossing on the busy A46 road at Holton-le-Moor, Lincolnshire, on 9 October, with the former station building opposite.
Edinburgh Park Station [Tram]: Tram 276 at Edinburgh Park on 8 October 2013. Photographed shortly after arrival from Gogar depot.
Barnetby: Heading west into the setting sun on 9 October 2013, a TransPennine service from Cleethorpes to Manchester Airport leaves Barnetby, with the array of semaphore signals standing guard over the approach to Wrawby Junction.
Pitlochry: DRS 66303 passes through a wet Pitlochry station on 9 October with the 4D47 Inverness - Mossend intermodal.
Wakefield Westgate: Sun deflectors have been fitted to the windows at both sides of the footbridge on the Atrium section of the new main station building at Wakefield Westgate.
Moortown: DBS 60019 hauls a long train of empty fuel tank wagons heading north to the Lindsey Oil Refinery over the level crossing at Moortown, Lincolnshire, on 9 October 2013.
Howsham: DBS 66183 hauls a rake of empty coal wagons north approaching Howsham on 9 October 2013 heading to Immingham.
North Kelsey: The former station building at North Kelsey on 9 October 2013, looking over the level crossing towards Barnetby. The weak sunshine is just about to give way to the threatening skies overhead!
Moortown: The former Moortown station buildings viewed north over the B1205 level crossing on 9 October 2013. The station opened in 1848 and closed in 1965.
Shawfair: The Borders Railway tracklaying train operating just to the north of Shawfair station on 9 October 2014. The locomotive is GBRf 66706 Nene Valley.
Shawfair: Tracklaying taking place on the down line through Shawfair station on 9 October 2014 as part of a media event. GBRf 66706 Nene Valley is at the north end of the train.
Newcraighall South Junction: Early morning at the north end of Millerhill Yard on 9 October 2014. Nearest the camera is DRS 66302, while just beyond is GBRf 66706 preparing to move off south along the Borders Railway with the tracklaying train.
Shawfair: Part of the formal proceedings at the Borders Railway tracklaying event at Shawfair on 9 October 2014. Left to right are Scotland's Transport Minister Keith Brown, Network Rail CEO Mark Carne and Borders Railway Project Director Hugh Wark. Another key contributor on this damp and chilly morning is the gentleman on the far right just inside the marquee, busy preparing coffee and the best bacon rolls ever...
Lasswade Viaduct: Never looks quite the same twice. The valley of the North Esk and a small section of Lasswade Viaduct. The 1867 viaduct, designed by Thomas Bouch, once carried the Polton branch, which closed to passengers in 1951 and to all traffic in 1964. Photographed mid morning on 9 October 2014 looking north, with Autumn starting to make its mark on the landscape.
Shawfair: Totally focussed on the task in hand. Part of the tracklaying team preparing for action at Shawfair on 9 October 2014.
Torwoodlee: A mid morning Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank 158 crossing the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the approach to Galashiels in October 2015.
Newton-le-Willows: ATW 175102 heading for Manchester and Northern Electrics 319361 heading for Liverpool call at Newton-le-Willows on 9 October 2015.
Newton-le-Willows: A replica of the memorial tablet to Rt Hon William Huskisson MP who was killed nearby on the opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway on 15 September 1830. The tablet is located within the station building.
Wigan North Western: Bringing back memories of 40 years ago as 87002 some Mk2 and 3 coaches head south on the WCML at Wigan North Western on 9 October 2015. Some of the passengers waiting for a late running Pendolino may have thought that their luck was in but this was a sleeper ecs move from Polmadie to Wembley. A problem with one of the previous nights services resulted in this train making its way south in a hurry, quite late in the day considering it was returning north later the same evening.
Manchester Victoria: 319383 and 142001 share adjacent platforms at Manchester Victoria under the MEN Arena on 9 October 2015.
Torwoodlee: ScotRail 158782 crossing the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the northern approach to Galashiels on 9 October 2015. The train is the 0824 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank.
Edge Hill: A Liverpool to Manchester Victoria service arrives at Edge Hill station on 09 October 2015. To the right of the station building is the eastbound line and a second island platform used by the services from the south.
Torwoodlee: Crossing the bridge over the Gala Water at Torwoodlee on the the northern approach to Galashiels on 9 October is 158869 with the ScotRail 0954 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank. For the pre-refurbishment version of the bridge [see image 28473].
Galashiels: Leaving its penultimate stop at Galashiels on 9 October and about to pass below Station Brae is the 1054 Edinburgh Waverley - Tweedbank.
Galashiels: An Edinburgh bound train calls at Galashiels on 9 October 2015.
Earlestown: An Arriva Trains Wales service from North Wales to Manchester Piccadilly departs from Earlestown and joins the L&M line on 09 October 2015.
Kilnknowe Junction: Heading north out of Galashiels on 9 October 2015, a late morning Tweedbank - Edinburgh service has just crossed the bridge over Wheatlands Road. The ramp bottom right now links the parallel walkway with Kilnknowe Place.
Wavertree Technology Park: A Liverpool to Wigan North Western stopping service calls at Wavertree Technology Park on 09 October 2015. The 4 car Class 319s Northern Electrics are now well established on this route, the Liverpool to Manchester Airport express, the Liverpool to Manchester Victoria stopper and the Liverpool to Preston services.
Broad Green: Northern Electrics unit 319386 calls at Broad Green on 09 October with a service to Liverpool Lime Street. The station is on the route of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. On the right is the western end of the M62 motorway.
Galashiels: The 1128 Tweedbank - Edinburgh service leaving Galashiels station on 9 October 2015.
Bowshank Tunnel: SRPS rail tour from Tweedbank on 9th October 2016 seen just north of Bowshank Tunnel behind Black 5 45407. [Ref query 17]
Fountainhall: 45407 heads up the 1 in 158 gradient a little to the north of Fountainhall with the first Tweedbank - Dalgety Bay trip of the day. 9 October.
Dalgety Bay: 45407 gives a push and clears it's cylinders as the SRPS trip to Tweedbank leaves Dalgety Bay. 37669 was doing most of the work.
Haymarket: Old and New. 45407 bringing up the rear of SRPS railtour en route to Tweedbank.
Guyhirn: This 12 arch viaduct carried the March to Spalding line through Guyhirn, Cambs. A local builder wanted to demolish it and use the bricks to build houses - shades of Risca [see image 35725]. So far this plan has not come to pass, but neither has the proposal to open a footpath starting here and running SE along the trackbed. In my experience, rail enthusiasts are not welcome at this location - seek your trackbed walks elsewhere! [Ref query 38]
Waterbeach: I'm sorry, you can't catch a train today, it's all buses. But the good news is, we've painted the lamp posts. View looks South towards Cambridge. [See image 41926] [Ref query 447]
Dublin Heuston [Tram]: A tram for Tallaght heads south down Steevens' Lane on the Luas 'Red Line'. Dublin Heuston is in the distance. To the right is the west boundary wall of Guinness.
Dunfermline Town: Climbing away from Dunfermline.
Craiglockhart: A Class 37 propels a Black 5-hauled charter to Tweedbank up the bank at Craiglockhart on the Sub on 9th October 2016.
Dunfermline Town: 45407 attracting the crowds at Dunfermline Town.
Stretham: Would passengers on the platform please huddle up to the building. That's a rather small awning on a rather small station, one stop South West of Ely on the way to St. Ives. View looks South West. [see image 40637] for an image of the awning in happier times; there was also a bit more to the original station building than can be seen here.
Kirknewton: The 08.43 Pendolino from Euston to Edinburgh passes through Kirknewton on 9th October 2017.
Kirknewton: 380102 approaches Kirknewton with the 13.52 from Edinburgh to Ayr on 9th October 2017.
Edinburgh Waverley: The demolition of the Platform 11 buildings has ostensibly reached half-way on 9 October as the upper storey has now gone. Once the building is history excavation can start on the extension of bay Platform 12 from behind the building. The buffers will be in the foreground of the picture. The escalator will be resited; for the time being passengers have to use the stairs.
Helensburgh Central: 334004 leaves Helensburgh Central with the 10.56 to Edinburgh on 9th October 2017.
Kingussie: Under the canopy at Kingussie.
Preston Maudlands: A Then & Now shot from Blackpool Road bridge in Preston with a Blackpool North to Euston Pendolino heading towards the city centre. [See image 60925] from the same viewpoint pre-electrification, just one year earlier.
Bo^ness: Battery powered Vivarail D-train 230002 moves out of the yard at Boness on 9th October 2018. The unit took a power charge before public demonstrations the following day.
Bo^ness: Former Mk3 DVT 82113, seen at Boness on 9th October 2018, following conversion to a class 19 experimental loco for trialling a new hybrid traction system.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1928||Rumney Railway||Crash between passenger train and colliers train during single line working following a landslip. A passenger was killed.|
|1967||Broughty Ferry to Forfar Branch||Kingsmuir to Broughty Junction (excluded) closed to goods.|
|1967||Leslie Railway||Leslie to Auchmuty Junction closed to freight|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2006||Rail signalling gets £318m boost [BBC News]||A £318m programme to improve rail signalling and cut delays has been announced.|
|2006||First ScotRail cut delays by a third [Scotsman]||THE number of delays caused by First ScotRail has been slashed by nearly a third since it took over the train franchise two years ago, according to new figures.|
|2008||£6m Intermodal investment at Aberdeen Harbour [Aberdeen HB Website]||The expansion of inter modal transport facilities to handle increasing activity at Aberdeen Harbour has received a double boost with the opening of a major facility at Aberdeen Harbour Boardís Waterloo yard and the award of a contract for additional rail sidings there. [From John Williamson]|
|2008||Rail strike is cancelled but misery to continue [Scotsman]||RAIL passengers escaped a second day of strike misery today when a 24-hour walk-out was cancelled after nine hours of talks at conciliation service Acas.|
|2010||Train shortage fears as £200m fleet is refused [Herald]||Scotlandís rail network is to face a shortage of trains from December after the biggest order of rolling stock in a generation hit major problems in testing.|
|2011||Scotland-Ireland undersea rail link plan ^a surprise^ [BBC News]||A rail consultant has told of his surprise at finding a Victorian engineer^s proposals for a rail link between Scotland and Ireland. Edinburgh-based David Spaven believed the plans for a tunnel, causeway or an undersea bridge between Stranraer and Belfast were not widely known today. The plans feature in a new book, Mapping the Railways, Mr Spaven has co-written with author Julian Holland. It also includes abandoned ideas for light railways on Skye and Lewis. Published for the The Times by Collins, the book has been described as the most comprehensive collection of British railway maps dating from 1819 to the present day.|
|2012||Why all the West Coast bids were wrong [BBC News]||I (writes Robert Peston) have learned a bit more about the mistakes made by the Department for Transport in overseeing the contest to win West Coast Main Line rail franchise. As I understand it, the entire bidding process was flawed - and that all four of the bidders were given erroneous information by civil servants when preparing their bids.|
|2013||Manchester city centre tram route^s green light [BBC News]||The Government has approved plans for a second tram crossing through the centre of Manchester. The crossing would mean extra capacity for trams and will link St Peter^s Square with Victoria Station. Trams will travel along Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street to reach Victoria. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said the scheme was an essential part of the Metrolink expansion. It is expected to be complete by 2016/17. [From Mark Bartlett]|
|2014||Borders to Edinburgh railway: Track laying gets under way [BBC News]||Track laying is under way on the multi-million pound rail link between the Borders and Edinburgh. The line between Tweedbank and the capital is due to open to passenger trains on 6 September next year. Seven new stations are being built along the length of the 30-mile stretch of railway. Stuart MacKay, of main contractor BAM, said it was a ^real landmark^ to start putting down the track and added that the project remained on schedule. BBC Scotland was given first access to see how the operation is carried out.|
|2014||London Underground: Designs for Tube trains unveiled [BBC News]||Designs for 250 London Underground (LU) trains have been unveiled as part of an upgrade which could cost up to £2.5bn. The trains will be installed on the Piccadilly, Central, Waterloo & City and Bakerloo lines from the mid-2020s. They will have walk-through carriages similar to the new Metropolitan, District and Circle line trains.|
|2014||Rail bid signals good news for Stranraer lineís future [Galloway Gazette]||News this week that a new operator will take over the next ScotRail franchise means a brighter future for rail services in Wigtownshire. That is the claim made by SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod, who said the awarding of the Scotrail franchise to Abellio will see specific commitments to the Stranraer-Ayr line. This is likely to include support for community rail partnerships, services between Stranraer and Ayr every two hours and the introduction of a Scenic Railway Service on the line to attract visitors.|
|2015||Ffestiniog Railway marks 150 years since first passengers [BBC News]||Events are being held in Gwynedd to mark 150 years since the first narrow gauge railway journey in Britain which carried passengers. Before the Ffestiniog Railway ran the journeys, it was illegal for a small railway to carry passengers. As the tracks were only two feet (60cm) apart, it was thought carrying people would have been impractical. To mark the anniversary, events will be held throughout the weekend at the station and in Porthmadog.|
|2016||Hell on wheelsLife for commuters on Scotland^s over-crowded trains [Sunday Herald]||THINGS don^t look good for ScotRail. Latest figures show that trains on a third of routes are late more often than they are on time. Figures also show that at stations like Arbroath, Glasgow High Street and Ardrossan Harbour only 10% are running on time. We^ve also learned that the Dutch company Nederlandse Spoorwegen, which owns ScotRail operators Abellio, admitted Scotland^s trains are run for the benefit of commuters in Holland. Documents show the contract is used to make healthy profits on ‚Äúlimited investment‚ÄĚ. The boss of Nederlandse Spoorwegen said passengers in the Netherlands must benefit from the firm‚Äôs work overseas - and there were calls for the deal to be scrapped and the rail service returned to public ownership.|
|2016||Thousands sign petition calling for Dutch firm Abellio to be stripped of ScotRail contract [Sunday Mail]||NEARLY 14,000 people have called for the controversial Dutch firm in charge of ¬≠Scotland‚Äôs train ¬≠service to be stripped of their contract unless ScotRail improves. The online petition urges the Scottish ¬≠Government to take action against ¬≠Abellio over the delays and cancellations suffered by commuters using ScotRail. The firm have already been hit with ¬£1.5million in fines for poor service, the ¬≠Sunday Mail can reveal. The petition and the ¬≠experiences of 7000 ¬≠passengers on the failing ¬≠service will be delivered to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf at Holyrood this week.|
|2016||Saying goodbye to one of the last railway signal boxes [BBC News]||There were once 10,000 on traditional signal boxes on Britain^s railways, at stations and level crossings, beside goods yards and junctions. Soon, there will be just 12 remaining. Nick Higham visited one of the latest to close, in Banbury, Oxfordshire.|