This day in history 10 October

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Old Oak Common: Gathering around Old Oak Common turntable in October 1968.

Great Western Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1968]


Edinburgh Waverley: A cross platform shot of 5411 waiting to leave Waverley on the evening of 10 October 1972 on the west end of a push-pull shuttle service to Glasgow Queen Street. [See image 4642]

North British Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1972]


Edinburgh Waverley: An evening Edinburgh - Glasgow push-pull service awaits its departure time at Waverley in October 1972 with 5411 leading.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1972]


Edinburgh Waverley: Waverley at night in October 1972. Nightshifts are at work in Waverley East signal box and New Street bus depot, while the old elevated walkway, linking Jeffrey Street and Calton Road, can be clearly seen.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1972]


Farington Junction: White tyres, white buffers and a shiny new paint job. Newly named 86254 William Webb Ellis speeds a passenger service north past the loco exchange sidings at Farington Junction. The bridge is still a popular vantage point for local enthusiasts. 86254 continued in service for a further 22 years being withdrawn in 2002 and cut up at Booths, Rotherham two years later.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/10/1980]


Porthmadog Harbour [FR]: Blanche leaving the Ffestiniog Railway's Porthmadog station on 10 October 1982.

Festiniog Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1982]


Porthmadog [FR]: Looking out onto The Cob from Porthmadog station on 10 October 1982, with Former Penrhyn Quarry Hunslet 2-4-0ST+T Blanche (589/1893) about to cross on its way to Boston Lodge.

Festiniog Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1982]


Oban: Scene at Oban in October 1984, with 37027 Loch Eil about to depart with a train for Glasgow Queen Street.

Callander and Oban Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1984]


Oban: Looking back along the platforms at Oban Station in 1984, showing the abandoned train shed awaiting demolition. Train services by this time used the external platforms 3 and 4.

Callander and Oban Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/1984]


Tarras Viaduct: View over the partially demolished Tarras Viaduct south of Langholm in October 1987. The old viaduct was earmarked for demolition after being declared unsafe.... so unsafe it took two attempts to bring it down using explosives.

Langholm Branch (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [10/10/1987]


Glasgow Central: 303023 prepares for a night departure from Glasgow Central's platform 11 in 1987. Recently arrived 318270 is in the neighbouring platform 10.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Ewan Crawford [10/10/1987]


Manchester Victoria: Manchester Victoria gets a new hole in the wall - for trams - October 1990.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
Ian Dinmore [10/10/1990]


Cameron Bridge: 20198+20211 shunting CO2 tanks in the sidings at Cameron Bridge on 10 October 1990.

Leven Railway
Bill Roberton [10/10/1990]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: 60009 about to leave for Edinburgh in modern times.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Robin [10/10/1993]


Edinburgh Waverley: Blue Peter gets ready to depart from Waverley with train for Springburn.

North British Railway
John Robin [10/10/1993]


Dumfries: In October 1997 a Newcastle To Glasgow service pulls into Dumfries on 10 October 1997. The daily orange train would a have been a more unusual sight south of the border.

Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
David Panton [10/10/1997]


Haughhead Junction: View looking east at Haughhead Junction as the junction panel is delivered to the site.

Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Ewan Crawford [10/10/2004]


Markinch: Here it is...just about! The new station building and bus circle at Markinch Interchange on 10 July.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Brian Forbes [10/10/2007]


River Dulnain Viaduct: Photograph showing the the gap between the abutments over the River Dulnain to be spanned by the former Merry Street bridge following its relocation. [Photo with kind permission of the Strathspey Railway.]

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [10/10/2008]


River Dulnain Viaduct: Drivers eye view of the approach to the site of Dulnain Bridge on 10 October 2008. [With kind permission of the Strathspey Railway.]

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [10/10/2008]


Montrose: Intermodal freight heads north through Montrose in October 2008. Semaphore signals still in command here although coloured light hardware installed.

North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
John Robin [10/10/2008]


Boat of Garten: Part of the decking of the bridge for crossing the River Dulnain on a bogie bolster wagon in the yard at Boat of Garten on 10 October. [With kind permission of the Strathspey Railway.]

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [10/10/2008]


Boat of Garten: Like parts of a giant Meccano set, the numbered sections of bridge decking are stored at Boat of Garten until needed for spanning the River Dulnain. [With kind permission of the Strathspey Railway.]

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Gray [10/10/2008]


Woodacre Crossing: Plenty of steam from 6233 Duchess of Sutherland as she heads north on a sunny but cool morning at Woodacre, near Scorton, on the Crewe to Carlisle leg of the Royal Scot steam excursion. This view taken from the footbridge that replaced the original level crossing when the line was upgraded for 125mph running. This was one of the last main line runs for the Duchess before its ticket expired but she was subsequently granted an extension and, repainted from maroon to black, continued on the main line during 2010 [See image 29245].

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/10/2009]


Preston: 156480 is parked up for the night on Platform 4c at the south end of Preston station on 10 October 2009.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2009]


Stainmore Summit: The downhill run from Stainmore on the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway heading west towards Barras, photographed on 10 October 2009. This section must have provided some welcome relief for the fireman, unlike eastbound workings where there was still a bit to do at this point in order to reach the summit, as the smoke stains on the right hand side of the bridge still testify some 47 years after closure of the line.

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/2009]


Saughton: Saughton is now better known for its junction, though in fact it hasn't been a physical junction for about 40 years [see image 1251] and is instead simply a divergance of the Glasgow and Fife lines. Until 1920 it had a station. It was a rural location right up to closure, though soon after that the area became suburbanised, mainly with public housing.  On 10 October 2009 however, if you try and ignore everything made of metal, there's still a country lane look around the former goods entrance. Note the bollards to prevent cartwheels demolising the wall.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Carlisle: A rare NXEC visitor diverted from Newcastle approaching platform 3 at Carlisle on 10 October 2009. An interesting period for enthusiasts, with 6233 Duchess of Sutherland arriving earlier, 67005 The Queens Messenger having just left platform 1 on the West Cumbria route and 60163 Tornado expected shortly with a special.

Caledonian Railway
Brian Smith [10/10/2009]


Murrayfield: The foot of the stairway that led to the Leith-bound platform of Murrayfield station on Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh, photographed on 10 October 2009. Note the fading ScR blue paint.

Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Bo^ness: Ex-EWS 37403 (former D6607) photographed on 10 October 2009 in the workshops at Bo'ness, stripped and ready for a rebuild.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
David Forbes [10/10/2009]


Carlisle: A1 Pacific no 60163 Tornado at Carlisle on 10 October, welcomed by hundreds of well-wishers. It just rolled into the station like poetry in motion... a real work of art.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Brian Smith [10/10/2009]


Hayes Knoll: D9521 borrowed from the Dean Forest for a diesel gala on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 10 October 2009.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [10/10/2009]


Dentdale: A1 Pacific no 60163 Tornado photographed passing through Dentdale on 10 October 2009 with the Pathfinder 'Cumbrian Mountain Tornado' railtour.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Peter Rushton [10/10/2009]


Preston: A northbound Pendolino pauses on a deserted Platform 3 at Preston on the evening of 10 October 2009. All the activity was over on Platform 6 (to the right) where A1 Pacific 'Tornado' had arrived with a railtour from Carlisle.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2009]


Haymarket: Perhaps taking advantage of the fact that the Haymarket area is a building site (and has been for what seems like decades) the 1842 Haymarket station building is having another facelift.  Open scaffolding now seems increasingly to be a thing of the past with today's sites looking as if they are hermetically sealed.  This surely improves the workers' conditions and has the bonus of relegating unseemly sexist behaviour to another age. Photographed on 10 October 2009.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Airolo: SBB preserved Ae4/7 locomotive number 10997, photographed on an outing to Airolo on 10th October 2009.

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
Michael Gibb [10/10/2009]


Barras: View west over the remains of Barras station towards the Lake District on 10 October, just as the rain started to fall. Opened by the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway in 1861, this exposed part of the line, descending west from Stainmore Summit, became infamous due to the number of blockages in winter caused by major snowdrifts.

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/2009]


Bo^ness: Ex-Caledonian tank 55189 undergoing major surgery at Bo'ness on 10 October 2009.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
David Forbes [10/10/2009]


Hayes Knoll: D3668 awaiting main generator repairs at Hayes Knoll on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway on 10 October 2009.

Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway
Peter Todd [10/10/2009]


Haymarket: This air vent serving Haymarket tunnel comes to the surface at Dewar Street Lane, behind Torpichen Street. In this relatively quiet spot Turbostars (usually) can clearly be heard running between Haymarket station and Princes Street Gardens without any danger of being seen. 

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Stainmore Summit: Old bridge over the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway at Stainmore in the high Pennines, photographed on 10 October 2009. View is south west towards Barras, with the summit just over a mile to the left. The Stainmore line saw its last train in 1962 and the cast iron summit signs have since been removed and preserved [see image 24103].

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/2009]


Preston: A1 Pacific no 60163 'Tornado' waits for the signal at the south end of Platform 6 at Preston on 10 October 2009. The locomotive with it's support coach have just uncoupled from The Cumbrian Mountain Tornado railtour which was heading from Carlisle to Worcester.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2009]


Saughton: Originally opened as 'Corstorphine' but renamed 'Saughton' when Corstorphine acquired its own branch with a station in the village, as opposed to fields away. Even when Saughton closed in 1921 it must have been quite rural, serving nearby farms like Saughton Mains, Stenhouse and Broomhouse, yet to become public housing estates on the fringes of Edinburgh. In the fork of Saughton Junction the bricked-up arch of the former station entrance from Saughton Road is clearly discernable on 10 October 2009.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Stainmore Summit: The bleak Pennine descent from Stainmore summit towards Barras and Kirkby Stephen, looking along the trackbed of the former South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway on 10 October 2009, with some threatening-looking rain clouds moving in from the west.

South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
John Furnevel [10/10/2009]


Leith Central: Leith Central opened in 1902, rather late for a terminus. Lasting only 50 years as a passenger station, this white elephant then became a diesel depot until 1972, after which it loomed threateningly over the area until demolished in the late 1980s to make way for a supermarket, swimming pool, and (mostly) their car park. On 10 October 2009 the pointless-seeming incline on the left shows the level of the carriage drive up to platform level [see image 18426].

Leith Central Branch (North British Railway)
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Leith Walk West Goods: CR Leith goods line approaching the former bridge over Leith Walk. Photographed on 10 October 2009.

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Andermatt: Eastbound (towards Chur/St Moritz) 'Glacier Express' at Andermatt on 10th October 2009.

Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB)
Michael Gibb [10/10/2009]


Preston: DBS 66152 has taken over from A1 Pacific 60163 'Tornado' on the return leg of The Cumbrian Mountain Tornado railtour from Carlisle to Worcester at Preston on 10 October 2009.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2009]


Leith Walk [CR]: The Caledonian Railway had to go a long way round to get access to the eastern half of Leith docks, so they perhaps hoped that a passenger service would recoup some costs. However they got no further than building platforms at three locations, including Leith Walk. Though tantalisingly out of sight they are presumably still there, on the other side of the former bridge over The Walk, seen here on 10 October 2009 looking east. (I wonder which door was going to be the street-level entrance?)

Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
David Panton [10/10/2009]


Burntisland: The covered walkway at Burntisland station photographed on 10 October. This ramp links the Up platform with Harbour Place.  Rather like the ticket office [see image 25717] this all wooden construction, complete with zero-carbon air conditioning, has an air of the past about it.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [10/10/2010]


Loughborough Central: D49 no 246 Morayshire in company with a 'combat' DMU and D5830 at Loughborough on 10 October 2010.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [10/10/2010]


Quorn and Woodhouse: 71000 Duke of Gloucester at Quorn on 10 October with the Gresley 'Beavertail' observation coach.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [10/10/2010]


Brock: Almost home. A WCRC ecs movement from Leicester to Carnforth (5Z70) with 47500 in charge, photographed north of Brock on 10 October 2010. 37685 was travelling on the rear of the train.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2010]


Brock: Southbound 4 car Voyager no 221143 enters the sunshine near Brock as sister unit, 5 car 221142, disappears behind the left hand OHLE mast on a northbound service, late in the afternoon of 10 October 2010.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2010]


Brock: Deltic 55022 Royal Scots Grey on the back of the BLS 'Ribble Lune Railtour' on 10 October 2010. The train is heading north from the foot crossing at the site of the former Brock station.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2010]


Leicester North: 71000 Duke of Gloucester running round its train outside Leicester North on 10 October 2010. The sealed entrance on the bridge once gave access to the GCR Belgrave and Birstall station that stood on this site until closure in March 1963.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [10/10/2010]


Preston: The Ribble Lune Railtour with Deltic 55022 leading is seen having left the Preston Docks system and crossed Strand Road LC, back on Network Rail tracks on the 1 in 30 climb back up to the mainline just south of Preston station on 10 October 2010. 55022 is about to enter Fishergate Hill tunnel on this curving and steep section. 66066 on the rear was required to assist after the train came to a stand and 55022 was unable to get it moving again.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2010]


Loughborough Central: Peak D123 stands nose to nose with Deltic D9009 at Lougborough on 10 October.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [10/10/2010]


Preston Dock: The Branch Line Society Ribble Lune Railtour of 10 October 2010 runs aongside Preston Docks, with the docks to the left of 66066 and the River Ribble on the right. On the rear of the train at this stage was Deltic 55022.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
John McIntyre [10/10/2010]


Cupar: Work on the new disabled access to the up platform at Cupar nears completion on 10 October 2010.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Andrew Wilson [10/10/2010]


Loughborough Central: GNR 0-6-2T no 1744 at Loughbrough on 10 October 2010.   

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [10/10/2010]


Daylesford: Scene on the 5'3” gauge Daylesford Spa Country Railway at Daylesford, Victoria, on 10 October 2010, with a railcar unit, comprising a central motor coach and 2 driving trailers, ready to depart for Musk. The power and control units for the cars came from Walker Brothers of Wigan, with the bodies built locally by Martin and King in Malvern. Assembly was carried out at the Victorian Railways works in Newport. All 13 units were withdrawn by VR by 1980.

Victorian Railways
Colin Miller [10/10/2010]


Langholm: Skipper's Bridge on the A7 just south of Langholm - featured in the 1962 photograph showing the Langholm - Carlisle train. It's obvious that the bridge has been built up on this side, but it looks as if the old checkering remains. The large tree that obscured the second carriage in the earlier photograph was felled around 2007. [See image 30956]

Langholm Branch (North British Railway)
Bruce McCartney [10/10/2010]


Echuca: The original terminus at Echuca, Victoria, a location in the news in early 2011 due to flooding, seen here in October 2010. The old station is now preserved and bypassed by a through line. The goods shed was for trans-shipment with Murray River paddle steamers via the wharf to the right. [Echuca - Aboriginal for 'meeting of the waters'.]

Victorian Railways
Colin Miller [10/10/2010]


Quorn and Woodhouse: Gresley ex-LNER K4 2-6-0 no 61994 The Great Marquess arriving at Quorn on the Great Central Railway with a freight on 10 October 2010.

London Extension (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [10/10/2010]


Burntisland: Renovation of the 1847 terminus building at Burntisland is complete.  It has been sympathetically restored and converted into office suites. Behind the scenes however things look a little less formal.  The roof of the 1847 building can be seen to the right.  At an angle on the left is the 1890 platform building, still in use and staffed.  The walkway behind the fence gives access to the Up platform when the ticket office is closed, and the covered ramp lead down to Harbour Place.  It's obvious that a structure which was attached to it has recently been removed.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [10/10/2010]


Nice, Ville: SCNF service arriving at Nice Ville station from the Monte Carlo direction on 10 October 2011.

SNCF
Brian Smith [10/10/2011]


Kilmarnock: DBS 66120 leaves Kilmarnock long lyes on 7 October with 4S62 Milford to New Cumnock empty hoppers.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [10/10/2011]


Camps Viaduct: Looking up at Camps Viaduct on 10 October 2011. View is south east from the footpath on the west side of the River Almond.

Camps Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [10/10/2011]


Hest Bank: In need of a bit of TLC - but unlikely to get it. Hest Bank signal box overlooks the foreshore, and has always taken a battering from the weather, and is looking particularly shabby at the moment. However, it is now identified for closure with control of the crossing passing to Preston Power Box and so unlikely to be refurbished again.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/10/2011]


Hest Bank: Freightliner's 66507 powers north alongside Morecambe Bay with empty coal hoppers bound for Scotland. It was interesting to see, from the high footbridge, the insides of the tall wagons and just how battered the internal vanes are that separate the hoppers. The shiny, well used main line rails here contrast with the lightly used link to Bare Lane on the right.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/10/2011]


Glenfinnan: Restoration work is ongoing at Glennfinnan Station, including the signal box. Although the box is no longer used in conjunction with regular train movements, its levers and frames are intact. The upper level is to be fitted out as an audio-visual centre.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
John Gray [10/10/2011]


Camps Viaduct: View along the River Almond in West Lothian, showing part of the elegant Camps Viaduct. The 9 span structure carried a single line branch approximately 75 feet above the river to reach quarries, limekilns, brickworks etc in the surrounding area. Camps Viaduct closed to rail traffic in 1959 and is now part of a public walkway [see image 35972].

Camps Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [10/10/2011]


North Berwick: Katie King (right) unveils the plaque in memory of James King at North Berwick on 10 October along with Christine Knights, former Passenger Focus Board member [see news item].

North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
ScotRail [10/10/2011]


Nice: A tram bound for Las Planas on the Nice tramway system on 10 October 2011. The line was opened in November 2007.

Tramway de Nice
Brian Smith [10/10/2011]


Camps Viaduct: Looking south east across Camps Viaduct over the River Almond on 10 October 2011. The mineral line was part of a network serving quarries, works and other related activities. This section of the line was closed in 1959 and today it carries a public walkway through what is now part of a country park.

Camps Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [10/10/2011]


North Berwick: Unveiling of the James King plaque at North Berwick on 10 October. Left to right are Anthony Smith, chief executive of Passenger Focus, Christine Knights, Steve Montgomery, ScotRail's Managing Director and Katie King.

North Berwick Branch (North British Railway)
ScotRail [10/10/2011]


Camps Viaduct: Looking up at Camps Viaduct on 10 October 2011 from the footpath on the west side of the River Almond. View is north east.

Camps Branch (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [10/10/2011]


Euston: Having brought the ecs for the Highland Sleeper into platform 15 at Euston, 90028 now waits for the train to depart before going onto the front of the Lowland Sleeper.

London and Birmingham Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2012]


Preston (Ribble Branch): Back to the Day Job. After a weekend at the Ribble Steam Railway 2012 Diesel Gala, when it hauled passenger trains for the first time, Ribble Rail 4wDM Sentinel Progress was back on the bitumen trains. The tanks arrive from Lindsey in a rake of fourteen wagons that is split into two for tripping along the dock branch to the unloading point.

Ribble Branch (North Union Railway and Preston Corporation Joint)
Mark Bartlett [10/10/2012]


Milton of Crathes: Station building under re-construction at Milton of Crathes on 10th October 2012. In a previous life this was the GNSR Station building at Oldmeldrum. Taken down and transported to Deeside - true re-cycling [see image 12433].

Deeside Railway
Brian Taylor [10/10/2012]


Milton of Crathes: Former British Railways track maintenance and inspection vehicle no A34W on display at Milton of Crathes on 10 October 2012.

Deeside Railway
Brian Taylor [10/10/2012]


Aberystwyth: 158827 awaits departure for Machynlleth, where it will couple with a similar unit from Pwllheli before carrying on to Birmingham International.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2012]


Glenfinnan Viaduct: Black 5 No. 45407 leaves an attractive smoke trail as it crosses Glenfinnan Viaduct on 10 October 2012 with The Jacobite steam service to Mallaig.

Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
John Gray [10/10/2012]


Machynlleth: View of the area office and maintenance base with the ERTMS signalling centre in the mid distance. The former steam shed can just be seen beyond. Machynlleth station was a warmer place than Dovey Junction to wait while changing trains for Aberystwyth on a misty October day in 2012.

Newtown and Machynlleth Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2012]


Wakefield Kirkgate: The present less than glamourous entrance to Wakefield Kirkgate is via the opening seen to the right of view. The original station entrance was into a large ticket hall, with doors at each end, located in the extended section with a canopy. The canopy has been stripped back during the station building major refurbishment being carried out from autumn 2013.

Manchester and Leeds Railway
David Pesterfield [10/10/2013]


Market Rasen: 66506 heads for an east Midlands power station with imported coal from Immingham on 10 October 2013. The train is approaching Market Rasen, with the minature lights in the foreground for the public foot crossing between platforms. [Ref query 3838]

Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway and Grimsby Docks Company (Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway)
John McIntyre [10/10/2013]


Cardross: The 'Leaf Train' has returned for another year!

Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Beth Crawford [10/10/2013]


Troon [2nd]: Some bushes seem to have been chopped since my last visit to the old Troon station, allowing this full length, although not totally unobstructed, view of the up [Glasgow] buildings in October 2013.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Colin Miller [10/10/2013]


Louth: The impressive station frontage at Louth on 10 October 2013. Unfortunately no railway now runs past the other side of the building. After being derelict for a number of years it has now been converted into apartments. [See image 29248]

East Lincolnshire Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2013]


Fotherby Halt: There may be rails in the road, gates across the tracks and a road sign warning of the level crossing, but no trains have passed here in over 30 years. Looking north at Fotherby Halt, Lincs, on 10 October 2013, the station was behind the camera, while the signal box, which stood off picture to the right, was moved to Chappel and Wakes Colne [see image 44971]. [With thanks to Messrs Bartlett, Leiper and Cope]

East Lincolnshire Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2013]


Montrose: View south from the footbridge at Montrose station on a late afternoon in October 2013. The gradient over the South Esk viaduct is clearly apparent in the background. Montrose Basin is on the right.

North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Andrew Wilson [10/10/2013]


Market Rasen: East Midlands 153321 arrives at Market Rasen station from the south on 10 October 2013 heading for Grimsby. This is the only station still open between Lincoln and Barnetby.

Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway and Grimsby Docks Company (Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway)
John McIntyre [10/10/2013]


Talsarnau: View from Portmeirion village across the Dwyryd estuary as the 1613 service to Machynlleth leaves Talsarnau on 10th October 2014.

Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2014]


Tebay Services: An early call at Tebay services on 10 October finds a very short FGW train in the up loop off the M6. Westmorland Ltd.

Highways Agency
Colin McDonald [10/10/2014]


Eskbank: View south through the new Eskbank station in bright sunshine on 10 October 2014.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [10/10/2014]


Rawtenstall: Waiting to run round at Rawtenstall on 10 October 2014 is ex LMS Crab no. 13065, having just arrived with the East Lancashire Railway's Red Rose Diner.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2014]


Bury Bolton Street: Ex LMS Crab no. 13065 at the head of the East Lancashire Railway's Red Rose Diner at Bury Bolton Street on the evening of 10 October, featuring intending passengers, as well as those visiting the hostelry on the platform.

East Lancashire Railway
John McIntyre [10/10/2014]


Bathampton Junction: Having waited patiently for an up HST to pass, DBS liveried 59.201 snakes out of the loop to turn right towards the coast. The load was ballast; I believe this was a 13.20 Westerleigh to Westbury working. The ramshackle hut [see image 42584] has been flattened as part of the renewal of the junction.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Chippenham: An HST service for Bristol accelerates out of Chippenham station [see image 49442] over the Western Arches. The arches were built in 1841 and widened in 1848; there is a pub named after the designer (IKB, no less) just beyond the big arch on the left.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Box: This sturdy new footbridge has just been completed at Shockerwick (near Box) between Bath (right) and Chippenham (left). The tall walls will doubtless deter vandalism, but will make photography [see image 42041] more difficult.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Bath Spa: Sydney Gardens, Bath has long been a classic location to watch and photograph trains. This is the High Level viewing gallery [see image 52886]. A father and son enjoy the spectacle as an up HST powers away from Bath Spa through the gardens.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Shockerwick: A small mystery in industrial archaeology: the bridge rails which were thoughtfully recycled as fence supports [see image 53148] carry the legend **TES STEELWORKS, the symbols ** being illegible. Any suggestions?

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Chippenham: An HST heading for Bristol on 10 October waits under the new footbridge under construction at Chippenham. For the original footbridge, which is still in use [see image 33278].

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Melksham: As Melksham is the fifth largest town in Wiltshire, it was unfortunate that the town station was closed and largely demolished in 1966. However, it was reopened in 1985, using about a third of one original platform. Services were increased from two per weekday to eight from December 2013. With its load lightened by some twenty passengers, the 18.02 to Swindon (originating at Westbury, and comprising single unit 153.370) sets out towards Chippenham on 10th October. [See image 48597]

Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Chippenham: Someone obviously made a cast iron case to keep these old gateposts, which seem to be made from two bridge rails each [see image 35411]. View looks East across the forecourt.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Bathampton Junction: A Bristol-bound HST passes Bathampton Junction on its way to Bath Spa on 10th October 2015. The ballast looks very clean, as the junction was recently relaid.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Bath: Sydney Gardens were laid out in 1795 by the architect Harcourt Masters; they are the oldest park in Bath. A canal and a railway line are of particular interest to transport enthusiasts. This down HST is heading for Bath Spa on recently lowered track {see news item of 1st October}.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Box: They're a bit keen on bridge rails down Somerset way [see image 53123]. These fine examples (there are at least four posts) hold up a fence near the new footbridge at Shockerwick.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [10/10/2015]


Whifflet: 37 669 light engine Boness to Carnforth. What a lovely sound!!

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Alastair McLellan [10/10/2016]


Forres East Junction: Preparation work the for realignment of Forres Station continues apace, with the ground now cleared of vegetation.  Completion date is due for next October/November with a final possession of several days to complete it.  Thereafter Forres 'box will close with the loss of two full time roles.

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Clive Meredith [10/10/2016]


Inverness: A late running Euston to Inverness sleeper service arrives behind 66732 and 73967.  The class 66 locos appear regularly on this service, with the role of the class 73 seemingly delegated to train heating duties.  ETHEL II perhaps?

Inverness and Nairn Railway
Clive Meredith [10/10/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Its appearance much improved by the reflection of the station roof behind it, the 1970s Millenium Hotel extension awaits preparations for its demolition in the second phase of the EGIP improvements at Glasgow Queen Street. The work on the station is due to recommence in November 2016.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2016]


Whifflet: The 'Leaf Train' leaving the Whifflet Loop for the main line.

Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Alastair McLellan [10/10/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: There are stories from 50 years ago about stations being painted shortly before being closed. If there was any doubt about the future of the Millenium hotel extension and the vehicle drop off point underneath it, the 'WET PAINT' sign here would seem not to bode well for them.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2016]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: View over the trainshed roof towards Consort House (centre right), the former headquarters of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, which is also due for demolition in the second phase of the Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment. Work is due to resume in November 2016. To the left above the station can be seen the rather more pleasing building that is the 1877 Merchants House of Glasgow, fortunately not obscured from this angle by the Millenium Hotel extension which adjoins Consort House.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2016]


Whifflet [NB]: The 'leaf train' on the Whifflet Loop line, passing the site of the former NB station (closed 1930) [see image 10348].

Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Alastair McLellan [10/10/2016]


Inverkeithing East Junction: 45407 waits in Inverkeithing Up Loop with the second Dalgety Bay - Tweedbank trip of the day, being passed by 170430 on a Dundee - Edinburgh service. 10 October.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [10/10/2016]


Whifflet: The Fort William to North Blyth Alcan hauled by 66740 passing south through Whifflet station.

Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Alastair McLellan [10/10/2016]


Ayr: Almost an air of bustle at Ayr station concourse on 10th October 2017.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
David Panton [10/10/2017]


Moy: The Royal Scotsman going south at Moy on 10th October 2017. The train is heading for Boat of Garten on the Strathspey Railway, hauled by GBRf 66743.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [10/10/2017]


Baillieston: View through the site fence south over the completed foundations for the temporary pedestrian and services bridge. The piling (centre left) marks the position where the north embankment raft will have a supporting tower on top. The road bridge will presently be closed for a few weeks to allow construction of the temporary bridge structure.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2017]


Maybole: An Ayr to Girvan service calls at Maybole, the only intermediate station, on 10th October 2017. An information screen is at last being installed. Note the long-abandoned second platform.

Maybole and Girvan Railway
David Panton [10/10/2017]


Carlisle: Two Class 50s on a railtour at Carlisle in October 2017.

Caledonian Railway
Michael Gibb [10/10/2017]


Baillieston: Only now revealed from this angle during the preparatory works for its replacement, the Muirhead Road overbridge at Baillieston station seen in October 2017.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Colin McDonald [10/10/2017]


Glasgow Central: Class 50s at Glasgow Central on 10/10/2017.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Michael Gibb [10/10/2017]


Statfold Barn: Profile shot of LIASSIC, a Peckett 0-6-0ST Works No. 1632 of 1923, at Statfold Open Day. The locomotive originally worked at the Southam Cement Works near Rugby before preservation.

Statfold Barn Railway
Peter Todd [10/10/2017]


Carlisle: 'The Caledonian' double hauled by Class 50s at Carlisle in October 2017.

Caledonian Railway
Michael Gibb [10/10/2017]


Elgin: Progress showing the extension of the loop west. The Wards has very bright light so it is easy to make out what is going on.

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Crinan Dunbar [10/10/2017]


Ayr: A Class 156 about to head south for Girvan from Ayr on 10th October 2017.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
David Panton [10/10/2017]


Elgin: View east at Wards Road showing Elgin West Signal Box has gone. The Wards has very bright light for work at night so it is easy to make out what is going on.

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Crinan Dunbar [10/10/2017]


Ayr: A delayed Stranraer service (right) changes crew at Ayr on 10 October. The train on Platform 3 (left) is not a northbound service but will form the next one southbound, to Girvan, in about 45 minutes.

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
David Panton [10/10/2017]


Dundee: The first sentence is ungrammatical and untrue. As for the second ... Notice in the Platform 2/3 waiting room, Dundee.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
David Panton [10/10/2017]


Carlisle: Class 50s visiting Carlisle with a northbound railtour.

Caledonian Railway
Michael Gibb [10/10/2017]


Edinburgh Waverley: A photograph of the perilous ascent of the West face of the North British - five minutes early of course.

North British Railway
Crinan Dunbar [10/10/2017]


Glasgow Central: One of the two class 50 on a railtour at Glasgow Central in October 2017.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Michael Gibb [10/10/2017]


Ayr: The Station Hotel in Ayr closed in 2013 but was not put up for sale until 2017. Here it is on 10 October 2017, awaiting developments (or development).

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
David Panton [10/10/2017]


Edinburgh Waverley: 92 was stabled at Waverley.

North British Railway
Crinan Dunbar [10/10/2017]


Moy: The 10:45 Inverness to Edinburgh train near Moy on 10th October 2017. 158711 is leading this four coach train.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [10/10/2017]


Maybole: The street aspect of the station building at Maybole looks a good deal more welcoming than the platform side. At the far end is the former ticket office with lights on inside making it look like it's still open. In fact it's a Network Rail office.

Maybole and Girvan Railway
David Panton [10/10/2017]


Moy: Freightliner liveried 66524 leads a train of loaded ballast wagons for Inverness at Moy on 10th October 2017. 66545 was bringing up the rear.

Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
John Gray [10/10/2017]


Dundee: The impressive new upper concourse at Dundee seen on 10 October 2018. Slightly disappointingly the white LED departure board only shows destinations and you have to go its amber predecessor downstairs to see the calling points.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
David Panton [10/10/2018]


Stonehaven: Serious excitement at Stonehaven on 10th October 2018. This, I believe, was the 14:27 out of Inverness which terminates at Stonehaven before heading south to get past the points and then returns empty to Aberdeen. It looks like the front carriage took the correct road and the back two stayed on the up line. An NR employee told me the track has been shifted 6 inches so it was going to be a rather long closure.

Aberdeen Railway
Duncan Ross [10/10/2018]


Pitlochry: Surfaces being installed on the new platform extensions at Pitlochry on 10th October 2018.

Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
John Yellowlees [10/10/2018]


Dundee: The week before the HST 'Inter7City' sets enter service between Edinburgh and Aberdeen there was a press launch. The train was briefly announced here at Dundee as the 1300 non-stop to Edinburgh, but nobody (including me) seemed tempted to get on the shiny 'new' thing. Just as well as in a fine British tradition the train later failed.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
David Panton [10/10/2018]


Huntly: The 0900 Inverness - Aberdeen service seen arriving at Huntly on 10 October 2018.

Great North of Scotland Railway
Andy Furnevel [10/10/2018]


Camperdown Junction: The morning Leeds to Aberdeen service has run for many years and gone through a variety of operators. This LNER one has just passed Camperdown Junction heading north on 10 October 2018.

Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway
David Panton [10/10/2018]


Markinch: A 4-car 158 calls at Markinch on 10 October 2018 with a Perth to Edinburgh service. The signage announcing this as the stop for Glenrothes went when Glenrothes with Thornton station opened. Markinch is however nearer the centre of the town and has better bus links, particularly since the transport hub opened.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [10/10/2018]


Leuchars: A Dundee to Edinburgh service calls at Leuchars on 10 October 2018. Occupying the site of the south bay buffers is a new lounge for Caledonian Sleeper customers. It looks comfy and inviting but is only open at night. Daytime customers have to make do with a more spartan waiting room with some 1960s features.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
David Panton [10/10/2018]


Hest Bank: Testing of and training on the new Class 195 DMUs continues and two-car 195001 passes Hest Bank on 10th October 2018 heading for Carnforth. At least three people are visible in the cab.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/10/2018]


Huntly: View west at Huntly on 10 October 2018. The main station building is straight ahead, with the former goods shed on the left. The sign reads 'Huntly Freight Yard - No Unauthorised Entry - EWS Network'. [Ref query 10 October 2018]

Great North of Scotland Railway
Andy Furnevel [10/10/2018]


Hest Bank: GBRf 66716 approaches the level crossing at Hest Bank with the china clay tanks from Dollands Moor to Irvine on 10th October 2018.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/10/2018]


Events


Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
1856Great North of Scotland RailwayHuntly to Keith opened. Stations at: Huntly, Rothiemay, Grange and Keith.
1864Peebles RailwayPeebles to Innerleithen opened. Stations at; Cardrona and Innerleithen.
1867Aberystwyth and Welch Coast RailwayAbererch opened.
1872Caledonian RailwayStrawfrank curve opened
1892Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)2nd_>Burghead 2nd to Burghead Harbour closed to passengers. 2nd_>Burghhead 2nd to Hopeman opened to passengers.

News


These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
2003Jarvis withdraws from railway infrastructure maintenanceNetwork Rail and Jarvis have reached an aggreement to allow Jarvis to withdraw from rail infrastructure maintenance contracts. Network Rail will take over the work and staff will be transferred from Jarvis to Network Rail. In Scotland Jarvis maintained the East Coast Mainline between Edinburgh and Berwick. Jarvis will still be investigated regarding the Potters Bar crash and recent derailment at London^s Kings Cross station.
2004Hamilton-Larkhall reinstatement progress; Haughhead JunctionA new section of track including points and a track to lead off to Larkhall is currently waiting at Haughhead Junction, ready to be put in place on the 24th of October.
2008Brick smashes train^s windscreen [BBC News Article]A train windscreen was smashed as it approached a platform in Dundee, police say.
2008Bathgate branch closure [Network Rail]Edinburgh services to/from Bathgate and Glasgow to be affected for nine days from this weekend (11 to 19 Oct). Longer journeys to/from Glasgow anticipated. Replacement bus services in operation to/from Bathgate.
2008Rail damage graffiti group jailed [BBC News]Four graffiti vandals have been jailed after admitting causing an estimated Ł50,000 of damage to trains and chaos to services in the South East. [From Mark Bartlett]
2008Tartan Army faces rail disruption [BBC News Article]Scotland fans travelling to Hampden for the World Cup qualifier against Norway may face rail disruption.
2011Plaque unveiled in memory of James King [Railscot]A special tribute was made to “the voice of Scottish rail passengers” at a poignant ceremony at North Berwick Station on Monday 10 October. A plaque was unveiled in memory of James King, Scottish Board Member of Passenger Focus, the independent watchdog. Mr King, 60, died in June. The plaque was unveiled by his widow Katie and by Christine Knights, a former Passenger Focus Board member. It reads: ^In Memory of James A. King The Voice of Scottish Rail Passengers 1951 - 2011. Katie King said: ^I am very proud and honoured that the railway industry, in association with North Berwick in Bloom, has paid tribute to James^ memory in this way and at a location with which he was closely associated. He would be so ‘chuffed!’” Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: ^James was the voice of Scottish rail passengers and played a key role in providing independent chairmanship of our customer forums. His consuming passion was the railways – and the people he represented.” Anthony Smith, chief executive of Passenger Focus, said: “James was tireless in championing the interests of Scottish passengers. We miss him very much.” The stainless steel plaque was procured by North Berwick in Bloom, whose award-winning garden at North Berwick Station helped the town in winning the Coastal Resort category at this year^s Beautiful Scotland awards.
2013Views of the Forth for rail passengers [Fife Today]Rail passengers travelling through and from Kinghorn station now have the chance to take in some of Fife’s stunning scenery. ScotRail has installed viewing windows on platform one at the station allowing travellers to cast an eye over the Forth towards Edinburgh and other notable sights on the landscape, such as the Bass Rock and North Berwick Law.
2013Train drivers to vote on new pay rise offer [Herald]SCOTRAIL has reached a deal with the train drivers union in a dispute over pay. ASLEF had threatened industrial action unless demands for a pay rise were met, but members will now be asked to vote on a new deal announced last night.
2013Mallard returns to National Railway Museum to prepare for starring role [The Press]THE world’s fastest steam engine is back home after a tour of the East Coast main line to mark the 75th anniversary of her record-breaking run. Volunteers and staff at the National Railway Museum (NRM) are now preparing the Mallard for an autumn reprise of the Great Gatherling of A4s steam engines that attracted 140,000 to the York tourist attraction.
2014Hitachi named as preferred bidder for 70 Scotrail electric trains [Journal]A dutch transport group has confirmed that Hitachi Rail Europe is its preferred bidder for the construction of electric trains for Scotrail. Rail operator Abellio, announced this week as the winner of the contract to run Scotland’s train services for the next decade, has enlisted the firm to build and supply 70 new electric trains for ScotRail, which will come into operation by December 2017. The firm will operate ScotRail services from April next year, taking over from Aberdeen-based FirstGroup, and said it will invest millions to improve trains, facilities and services. Hitachi will manufacture the 70 trains from its multi-million pound facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, which is currently under construction.
2016Come clean on failing ScotRail [Express]TRANSPORT bosses have been urged to come clean about overcrowding on Scotland^s failing railways. Labour warned passengers were being kept in the dark over the scale of jammed ScotRail services. It challenged Dutch-owned operator Abellio and quango Transport Scotland to publish statistics on clogged routes. Under the ÂŁ6 billion franchise ScotRail has to compile capacity reports on the flagship Glasgow-Edinburgh line every four weeks and audit passenger numbers across the network twice a year. But the data is not released to the fare-paying public, unlike south of the Border where the 10 most overcrowded peak services are regularly published. It comes amid a growing political row over the deal with Abellio making ÂŁ1 million a month from the franchise since taking over from First Group last year. ScotRail trains on a third of routes are late more often than they are on time, despite rising fares.
2016Virgin Trains recruiting £57,000 drivers for east coast line [Scotsman]Nearly 80 trainees are being sought to drive Britain’s newest express trains, Virgin Trains East Coast (Vtec) announced today. The 78 drivers will earn more than £57,000 when qualified. They are required for the operator’s new Azuma fleet, which is to run between Scotland and London from 2018. It will be the first time new drivers have been recruited for the route since before British Rail was privatised in the 1980s. They are needed because the fleet of 65 new trains will operate more frequent services between King’s Cross and Edinburgh, some of which run on to and from Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Scottish electrification suffers delays as NR withdraws planning application [RTM]Electrification of the Edinburgh-Glasgow line will be subject to delays after Network Rail withdrew an application for planning permission to build a temporary road. Network Rail applied to West Lothian Council for planning permission to build a 360m diversion to the A71 near Parkhead Primary School in West Calder while a bridge over the railway was closed. The bridge must be rebuilt to create enough height for the electrification of the railway line beneath. A report by West Lothian Council planning inspectors acknowledged that the electrification project will have “tangible local and national benefits” and that denying planning permission will affect other works within the programme. However, they recommended denying permission because the “significant adverse environmental affects” of the project would be disruptive to the school. [From Richard Buckby]
2017HITRANS Autumn Newsletter [HITRANS]The HiTrans Autumn Newsletter contains many interesting railway items.

Elgin: the loop is being extended at the west end over Wards Road. Signal control is passing to Inverness. New power points will give access to Elgin Yard which will become a ScotRail overnight stabling depot.

Forres: The new two-platform station is due for completion soon, allowing trains to cross without delay. Waterford level crossing is to be closed, with access via the new bridge over the railway at the new station.

Inverness Airport, Dalcross: Provision of a new railway stop at Inverness Airport is dependent on closure of the Dalcross (Petty) level crossing. The Case for Closure is being drawn up by Network Rail.

Inverness Rail East: Given the scale of developments east of the A9, HITRANS proposed to investigate the feasibility of providing stations at Seafield, Inverness Campus/Beechwood, and Stratton.

Inverness Railway Station: The £6 million upgrade of the railway station featuring improvements to the faade and concourse and introduction of new retail outlets is under way.

At Rose Street, work is under way to create new fuelling and CET (toilet tanking) facilities for the new Virgin Trains East Coast Inter-City Express trains. Further work will entail the provision of shore supplies to the platforms.

Invergordon: Talks are being held with ScotRail regarding a possible upgrade of the Inverness-bound platform (currently under the eaves) and new signage to benefit passengers from cruise liners berthed at the port looking for independent off-boat excursions.
2018First upgraded high-speed train starts on Aberdeen-Edinburgh line next week [BBC News]The first of a fleet of upgraded high-speed trains is to enter service in Aberdeen next week, it has been announced. Rail operator ScotRail said the first of the 26 newly refurbished Inter7City trains would run from Aberdeen to Edinburgh via Dundee from Monday. The diesel trains date back to the 1970s but they have all been renovated. The first of the refurbished trains was supposed to be introduced along the line in May. But ScotRail admitted the project had been ^a challenge^.
2018Talgo shortlists UK factory sites [Railway Gazette]UK: Talgo has shortlisted the port of Mostyn in north Wales as one of six potential sites for its proposed UK rolling stock manufacturing plant, the company announced in Cardiff on October 9. The other sites include St Helens, Leeds and Chesterfield in northern England, and Hunterston or Longannet in Scotland. A decision on a preferred site is expected next month, although a final go-ahead would depend on the company obtaining an initial order. Talgo has been shortlisted to bid for the supply of at least 54 classic compatible 360 km/h trainsets for Phase 1 of HS2 between London and the West Midlands, based on its Avril concept. However, it said the UK plant could also be used to manufacture rolling stock for other domestic applications as well as exports, augmenting the capacity of its two existing facilities in Spain.
2018ScotRails new high-speed train breaks down on first trip [Scotsman] ScotRails new high-speed train broke down during its first service with passengers. The train left Aberdeen at 12.55pm today after being hailed by the company as an important milestone in its plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. But the £2m train, which offers passengers more seats, more luggage space and more plug sockets broke down near the town of Ladybank in Fife.