Toton Marshalling Yard: Possibly the oldest operational locomotive on BR at the time, Johnson ex-Midland Railway 2F no 58128 off Bescot shed (3A) stands in the yard at Toton in October 1962. The 0-6-0 had most likely worked in on a freight from Bescot yard earlier that day. No less than 935 of these locomotives were produced, with this being one of the earliest examples, built by Kitson in 1875. After an operational life of 87 years, 58128 was cut up at Derby Works a few months after this photograph was taken.
Nottingham Shed: 46100 Royal Scot stored on Nottingham shed on 21 October 1962. The locomotive was subsequently transferred to Carlisle Kingmoor and continued in service for a further two and a half years until finally withdrawn by BR in April 1965. The locomotive is now preserved see image [].
Heaton: A line of locomotives in the sidings alongside Heaton shed on a misty day in October 1963. Nearest the camera is A1 Pacific no 60132 Marmion.
Rowsley: Johnson Midland 3F 0-6-0 no 43496 stored in the sidings alongside Rowsley shed, Derbyshire, on 21 October 1962, some 2 months after withdrawal.
Rowsley: Riddles class J94 0-6-0ST no 68034 on 17C Rowsley Shed on 21 October 1962. The locomotive had arrived from Bidston (where it had worked Birkenhead Docks) in 1957 and spent the remainder of its operational life here, mainly working on the Cromford and High Peak line.
King Edward Bridge: More than a hint of 'fog on the Tyne' as A3 Pacific no 60042 Singapore crosses the King Edward Bridge shortly after leaving Newcastle Central on 21 October 1962 with the 4.30pm train to Leeds City.
Blackford Hill: Extract from the Train Register for Blackford Hill signalbox on Thursday 21 October 1965. Notable are B1 61029 Chamois, A2 60532 Blue Peter and a surfeit of Claytons! [With thanks to all those who responded to this query]
Edinburgh Waverley: The 2335 sleeper to London Kings Cross standing at Waverley behind a class 47 locomotive in October 1970.
Frances Colliery: No 29 shunting the holding sidings at Frances Colliery, Dysart, in October 1973. The locomotive [Barclay 1142/1908] is now at Prestongrange Museum.
Frances Colliery: Activity in the yard at Frances Colliery, Dysart, in 1973. View back towards the screens showing NCB 'pug' no 29 (Barclay 0-4-0ST 1142/1908) at work shunting empty wagons.
Swindon Works: The works yard at Swindon on 21 October 1982. From the left are 08696, 08839, 08791, 08677, 08450 and 08793, all ready to head for their respective homes following a works overhaul.
Alston: A diesel hauled service heads north from Alston on what is now the narrow gauge South Tynedale Railway on 21 October 2006.
Langwathby: 71000 Duke of Gloucester arriving at Langwathby on the Settle & Carlisle line in October 2006 with a special heading for Carlisle.
Livingston North: View east over the approach from Uphall to Livingston North on 21 October 2007.
Livingston North: Looking east from the platform at Livingston North station towards the bridge carrying Deans North Road on 21 October showing the scale of the widening project at this point.
Perth New Yard: The On-Track Machine shed, pit and inspection area in Perth New Yard on 21 October 2008.
Nawton: The former station at Nawton on the closed Gilling to Pickering line has been converted into a private residence while the goods yard is occupied by Valley View Lodges holiday accommodation. This south facing view at the station approach was taken on 21 October 2009.
Knockando: About half a mile south of Knockando is the Allt Adhair Viaduct spanning a gulley and burn for which it is named. The view is looking south over the wooden deck provided for walkers and cyclists and in the centre there is a small viewing platform looking towards the Spey.
Knockando: Between Knockando and Blacksboat there are several bridges over burns. The largest span is over the Allt Adhair Burn wich is spanned by this viaduct. A substantial structure it is now part of the Speyside Way. In the background beneath the piers the River Spey can be seen.
Kirkdale: On work that was for many years entrusted to ex-Southern Region electro-diesels, a two car departmental unit leaves Kirkdale EMU Depot to head towards Walton Junction on rail head treatment duties. These units have a swap body facility and for this work are fitted with large tanks and associated spray equipment. In the foreground an EMU from Ormskirk departs for Liverpool Central on a morning rush-hour service.
Preston: Having started from Liverpool Lime Street 25 minutes late - 'No driver' - the 1257 for Blackpool North steadily lost more time until it was terminated in Preston. Presumably it picked up its original diagram later. 156482 is seen newly arrived in little used bay platform 4C as an Adelante Class 180 DMU heads south for Manchester Victoria.
Kirkdale: A morning rush hour Kirkby to Liverpool Central service, formed by 508104, calls at Kirkdale and stands under the modern bridge that carries a street level booking office and is connected to the platforms by lifts and 48 step staircases. Out of sight, in a tunnel directly underneath the station, is the still well used freight line to Seaforth Container Terminal on the River Mersey.
Kirkdale: A 6-car EMU leaves Kirkdale and heads for Liverpool passing the EMU depot, although this being the rush hour there is only one train in the sidings. Picture taken from the modern street level bridge that also carries the ticket office.
Liverpool Lime Street: Just about to start its 5 hour 20 minute journey, on the 12.52hrs through service to Norwich, this Stagecoach liveried 158 at Lime St station makes a colourful contrast to the Northern units in their purple and mauve scheme. Left to right the trains are: 158770 for Norwich, 142053 for Manchester Victoria, 156482 for Blackpool and 150228 newly arrived.
Carnforth: 92019 Wagner slows the 4M67 Mossend - Hams Hall intermodal service through Carnforth on 21 October before taking to the up loop.
Carnforth: Part of a row of three class 37s and six class 20s, stored for DRS at Carnforth MPD on 21 October, with the old coal and ash towers dominating the scene.
Colne: Northern Pacer 142060 has just departed from Colne (behind the camera) as it heads west to Blackpool South on 21 October 2011. At one time this was a busy through station, today it just has a single platform at the end of a single line from Gannow Junction, although campaigns continue to reopen to Skipton. The West Pennine hills provide the back drop.
Colne: Looking towards the buffers at Colne with a Class 142 waiting to head west back to Blackpool on 21 October 2011. The fence line is running along what would have been the 4 foot of the Skipton bound platform. The platform edge is still there although the trees have taken a firm hold dislodging some of the slabs. See image [] taken 34 years ago before the old platform had been landscaped.
Colne: Northern 142060 waits at the sole remaining platform at Colne on 21 October 2011. Having arrived from Blackpool South, after a few minutes lay-over it will head west again back to Blackpool South. The view is north along the platform towards the buffers and the remnants of the trackbed to Skipton.
Nelson: A Blackpool South to Colne service approaches Chaffers Crossing east of Nelson station on 21 October 2011. The driver will bring the train to a stand with the cab window next to the board on the right and pull the cord to initiate the closing of the barriers see image [].
Ridgmont: The old station at Ridgmont, just a stone's throw from the M1, seen here in October 2011 being restored and upgraded. The sign beyond the skip says there will be a heritage railway centre - a small one, I suspect. At least the station isn't pink see image [].
Nelson [ELR]: A Northern Class 142 crosses the level crossing on Barkerhouse Road, Nelson as it heads to Colne on 21 October 2011. This used to be the location of Chaffers Siding Cabin, as in image [], which was located to the left of the Pacer.
Edinburgh Airport [Tram]: The massive retaining wall now running alongside the Gogar Burn within Edinburgh Airport. Beyond the wall work is well advanced on the creation of the new tram terminus see image []. View south on 21 October 2012 with the multi-storey car park on the right beyond Jubilee Road. Behind the camera is the main runway below which the Burn is routed before meeting the River Almond on the northern perimeter of the airport.
Dalgety Bay: Nicely buffed-up 57601 leads the returning Inverness - Edinburgh - Rugby 'Lochs and Glens Statesman' through Dalgety Bay on 21 October. 47826 brings up the rear.
Edinburgh Airport [Tram]: The new tram terminus at Edinburgh Airport on 21 October 2012. View is north towards the main runway with the airport terminal building just off picture to the left. The Gogar Burn runs beyond the recently constructed wall on the right. See image []
Inverkeithing East Junction: 170404 and partner climb away from Inverkeithing East Junction towards Dalgety Bay with an Edinburgh - Aberdeen service on 21 October.
Gogarburn [Tram]: The new tram stop at Gogarburn, photographed from alongside the A8 on 21 October 2012 looking east towards the city centre. The rear of Gogar tram depot is just visible in the background beyond the van on the far right.
Edinburgh Airport [Tram]: View south east over the retaining wall around Edinburgh Airport's new tram terminus on 21 October 2012. Track is now in place, including a crossover beyond the island platform, with associated works looking well advanced. The Gogar Burn runs past just off picture to the left. See image []
Glenfinnan: With two weeks to go until the end of the steam excursion season, autumn colours abound as Black 5 no 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier charges onward after a slow climb out of Glenfinnan Station with The Jacobite for Mallaig.
Bovington Tank Museum: Representation of part of an armoured train from WW2 on display at The Tank Museum, Bovington Camp, Dorset, in October 2014.
Redford Junction: Looking south from the Strathore Road bridge towards Thornton Depot on 21 October 2014, with the disused Westfield branch barely visible through the weeds in the foreground.
Moreton (Dorset): Departing a few minutes late, SWT unit 444029 leaves Moreton, Dorset, on 21 October 2014 with the 1505 London Waterloo - Weymouth.
Brunstane: Looking south over an autumn scene at Brunstane on 21 October 2015. At the platform a mid morning Tweedbank - Edinburgh Waverley service is making its penultimate stop.
Brunstane: The 1016 service to Waverley (0928 ex-Tweedbank) pulls away from a leafy Brunstane station on 21 October 2015.
Brunstane: Leaving the platform at Brunstane southbound on 21 October is 158728 with the 1031 service to Tweedbank.
Penarth: Once a through station, Penarth is now the terminus of a short (1m 12ch) branch from Cogan Junction. 150259 is forming the 1502 to Cardiff and Rhymney on 21st October 2015. Prior to 1968 the line continued beyond the buffer stops to form a second route to Barry.
Brunstane: A pleasant October morning at Brunstane in 2015. The train about to pull up at the platform is the 1002 ScotRail service to Tweedbank (0955 ex-Waverley) formed by unit 158733.
Cardiff Queen Street: Platform 1 has been reinstated at Cardiff Queen Street allowing the Cardiff Bay shuttle to operate without interfering with the through valley trains. 153367 is seen in the reinstated bay with another service on the short branch on 21st October 2015 while Pacer 143623 can be seen on the left.
Brunstane: The ScotRail 1024 Edinburgh - Tweedbank leaves Brunstane on its way south on 21 October 2015 (official 'Back to the Future' day) during the second month of operations on the Borders Railway.
Brunstane: 158733 pulls away from Brunstane on 21 October with the 0853 Edinburgh - Tweedbank.
Burley-in-Wharfedale: Watched by two potential enthusiasts, EMU 333013 pulls away from Burley-in-Wharfedale on an Ilkley to Leeds service on 21st October 2016. Once the junction for the Otley (and Harrogate) line the station buildings here have been removed and only basic platform shelters are available for passengers but there are frequent trains to Leeds and Bradford.
Beasdale: K1 No.62005 is going well as it approaches the summit at Beasdale with *The Jacobite *for Mallaig.
Plates, signs, notices etc: These stickers, personalised to the actual carriage, are now found in all Northern trains with passengers encouraged to report any damage or cleanliness issues for prompt attention. This particular vehicle is one half of Newton Heath based Sprinter 150210.
Corpach: Extreme Railway Photography.In the hope of getting a reflection shot, three photographers stand in the cold waters of Loch Linnhe, at Corpach, awaiting the *The Jacobite * steam train hauled by K1 No.62005.
Guiseley: Northern EMU 322485 slows for the Guiseley stop on an Ilkley to Bradford Forster Square service on 211016. The original buildings at Guiseley have been replaced by modern but substantial structures and the station is still staffed. The five Class 322 EMUs, previously used on Stansted Airport and North Berwick services, are now all based at Neville Hill.
Hebden Bridge: GBRf 66751 heads a long Liverpool to Drax biomass train through Hebden Bridge on the 21st October 2016.
Todmorden: With the chord to the Copy Pit line reinstated Todmorden now sees four trains an hour in each direction. Three of these go to Leeds by either Bradford or Dewsbury and the fourth runs to Burnley and Blackburn. 150218 and 155347 call at the station on 21st October 2016.
Todmorden: View from the Manchester platform at Todmorden as Northern 156420 slows to call with a Leeds service on 21st October 2016.
Barrow-in-Furness: Dramatic lighting at Barrow in Furness on the late morning of Friday 21st October 2016. The view is looking north-west towards the carriage sidings which have plenty of space free to accommodate the Pacer unit which has just arrived on the terminating 10:04 from Preston and has the calling-on signal cleared for it. This train should have been a class 37 and coaches - I bet the many enthusiasts waiting for it at Preston and Lancaster expecting haulage (and a comfortable trip) were really pleased! The platform 3 down starter on the extreme right is 'off' for the 11:40 departure to Carlisle, which was class 37 worked.
Barrow-in-Furness: The foliage on the right might suggest this was taken in Cornwall but it's actually Barrow-in-Furness! 37402 awaits departure from platform 3 with the 11:40 to Carlisle, having arrived (slightly early) just over ten minutes previously on the 08:42 from the Border city. The train was well patronised by enthusiasts - mostly grey-haired (I hasten to add I also fall within this category) - including Railscot contributor David Spaven, who is lurking in the shadows on the right. 21st October 2016
Burley-in-Wharfedale: One of the small fleet of Class 322 EMUs operated by Northern pulls away from Burley-in-Wharfedale heading for Ilkley on 21st October 2016. 322483 was shuttling between the branch terminus and Bradford Forster Square.
Menston: WYPTE EMU 333014 slows for the Menston stop with an Ilkley to Leeds service on 21st October 2016. Unlike the other intermediate stations on the Ilkley branch the original station buildings at Menston are still in railway use.
Shipley: 153316 and 142023 call at Shipley station on 21st October 2016 with a Leeds to Morecambe (via Wennington) service. The train is in the 1979 built platform, viewed from the even later 1992 platform. Prior to 1979 a through train like this would have had to reverse in the Bradford branch platforms. See image [] for the same location in 1974.
Todmorden: Biomass empties head for Liverpool passing south through Todmorden on 21st October 2016. The train has just left the viaduct to the north of the station See image []. Motive power is GBRf 66708 Jayne, seen from the Manchester platform.
Shipley: A 153/142 combination leaves Shipley on a Leeds to Morecambe service on 21st October 2016. Behind the Pacer the south to north chord, used by Forster Square to Skipton services, trails in from the left at Shipley (Bingley Junction). See image [] for a view of this much changed location in 1974.
Apperley Bridge: 333002 calls at the new station at Apperley Bridge heading for Bradford Forster Square while 333004 speeds through on a Skipton to Leeds service. The station opened in 2015 and has staggered platforms. Its predecessor, on a different site, closed in 1965. See image [] taken at this location in 1979.
Apperley Bridge: Freight over the Settle and Carlisle has been greatly reduced in 2016 by the Armathwaite landslip closure but the Newbiggin gypsum trains still run. DBS 66021 is seen passing the new station at Apperley Bridge with a train for the yard at Milford West on 21st October 2016.
Barrow-in-Furness: 37 402 prepares to leave Barrow with a Carlisle service on 21st October 2016.
Hebden Bridge: The eastbound platform at Hebden Bridge, with its plethora of traditional signs, seen from the staggered westbound side. Northern 158842 calls on a service heading for Leeds on 21st October 2016
Blackburn King Street Goods: Grab shot from a Blackburn to Bolton train in October 2016 showing the clearing work in connection with the new Northern DMU maintenance depot, on the site of the old Blackburn King St coal depot. The old sidings have been lifted, leaving just a short stub of the main line connection visible on the right of the picture. See image []
Exchange Square: Metrolink Tram 3094 reverses on Corporation St, just beyond the temporary terminus at Exchange Square, before running back to the platform and forming a service for Rochdale. When the Second City Crossing (2CC) is complete trams will continue through to St Peters Square to rejoin the existing Metrolink tracks.
Exchange Square: The new tram stop at Exchange Square, Manchester is on the Second City Crossing (2CC) that is nearing completion. At present Exchange Square is the limit of operations but it will soon be on a through line between Victoria and St. Peters Square. Tram 3094 is newly arrived from Rochdale and will shortly reverse to return there.
Shipley: Grab shot of the Crossley Evans scrapyard resident shunter from a passing EMU on 21st October 2016. 01507 Venom is a TOPS registered Ruston-Hornsby 0-6-0DH that is still operational. The yard is immediately south of Shipley Station on the west side of the Bradford Forster Square line.
Craigendoran Junction: 62005 takes the loop for a water stop at Craigendoran Junction on a southbound journey to Carnforth.
Market Street: The driver of a tram for Altrincham dutifully cleans out flotsam which wild Manchester weather had deposited in the points. My wife, faced with an immobile tram, made a strategic decision to go shopping; we still caught our train home from Piccadilly.
Bowker Vale [Tram]: It's definitely more colourful in the rain see image []. A tram for Altrincham approaches a soaking wet Bowker Vale station on 21st October 2017.
Craigendoran: 334033/009 at Craigendoran with a service to Helensburgh Central on 21st October 2017. View looks towards the west.
Thirsk: Arriving at the platform is the slightly late 15.31 TPE ex York to Middlesbrough. Yes, it WAS blowy and raining! (Storm Brian strikes).
Old Lakeside Halt [Tram]: 1901 Hull tram #96 pauses at Old Lakeside Halt on the Heaton Park Tramway for the benefit of visiting BLS members. This tram has a colourful history. It was built as a double decker; has been used as a snow plough and twice as a stores car; was once Leeds #6; and has been on loan to the Beamish museum.
Bowker Vale: A tram for Piccadilly calls at Bowker Vale in October 2017. Like most other stops on the line the trams pull up at a short section of a once lengthy railway station platform.
Coatyburn Siding: The site of Cottyburn Siding on the Haddington railway.
Craigendoran: 334033/009 at Craigendoran with a service to Helensburgh Central on 21 October. Looking east.
Fushiebridge [2nd]: A northbound train on the Borders Railway on 21 October 2018, ScotRail 158723 has a clear to run onto the single line at Fushiebridge points at the start of the section to Kings Gate. The train is the 0945 ex-Tweedbank and is approximately half a mile short of its next stop at Gorebridge... and it's still raining.
Ropley: Ivatt and Riddles in tandem. LMS 2MT 2-6-2T 41312, and BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80078, double heading a Mid-Hants train at Ropley during the Autumn 2018 Gala.
Ropley: 5199, a GWR Large Praire 2-6-2T, in action at Ropley during the Mid-Hants Autumn Gala in October 2018.
Glenesk Junction: The ScotRail 0911 Edinburgh - Tweedbank seen here passing the site of Glenesk Colliery, between Shawfair and Eskbank stations, on a showery Sunday 21 October 2018.
Edinburgh Park Central [Tram]: A city-bound tram approaches Edinburgh Park Central on 21 October 2019. I wish I'd been a fly on the wall when the spectacularly unoriginal name of Edinburgh Park was chosen. It was built over a farm called Redheughs; was this name deemed offputtingly unpronouncable to non-Scottish businesses?
Penrith: Early morning view of Penrith station from the grounds of the castle, one time home of Richard III, on 21st October 2019.
Penrith: Early morning view from the Carlisle platform at Penrith on 21st October 2019. This looks north towards the station buildings and shows the old bay, latterly used by Keswick trains. The original length of the now greatly extended platforms is shown by the old ramp, alongside the new footbridge. The banner repeater is on the Down Loop, which rejoins the mainline immediately beyond the station.
Penrith: TPE 350405, soon to be replaced by new Class 397s and cascaded to the West Midlands, leaves Penrith heading north as 390045 calls at the southbound platform on 21st October 2019.
Threlkeld Quarry: The narrow gauge station at Threlkeld Mining Museum is certainly in a magnificent setting. Resident Bagnall 0-4-0ST 'Sir Tom' pauses at the lower station between services to the quarry itself on 21st October 2019.
Penrith: A morning view looking south from the new footbridge at Penrith as 88004 'Pandora' passes through with a Mossend to Daventry service. To the right of the now extended Carlisle platform the Down Loop can be seen snaking through the station. Further over the civil engineers' sidings can be seen. These still see regular use by plant machines and infrastructure trains.
Gogar: A fragment of the Up platform fencing is all that remains of Gogar station. It closed in 1930, unsurprisingly as Gogar parish lacked any centre of population - though there was an 'institution'. A bank HQ now occupies the site of the hospital (no comment) and has a tramstop, but apart from that little has changed. The rural nature is preserved by Edinburgh's greenbelt and by being cut off from the city by the bypass.
Troutbeck: The station at Troutbeck closed on 6th March 1972 and is now a private residence. It has been extended across the trackbed but is partly screened from the road. This view looks towards Penrith in October 2019, from the point where the old overbridge was sited.
Littlewood Siding: The 1726 hrs (2F42) Preston to Ormskirk service approaches the site of Littlewood Siding in the early evening autumnal sun on 21 October 2019. Littlewood Siding was constructed for the Littlewood Brick and Tile Works next to the line with a signalbox controlling access. During WW2 the area to the east of the line became an ammunition and explosives storage facility with all the bunkers connected by a network of standard gauge lines, connected to the main line at Littlewood Siding. Photo taken from a point of safety at a public foot crossing.
Slochd Viaduct: Southbound Statesman Railtour 'Lord of the Isles' on the return journey from Inverness to Stevenage on 21st October 2019. The train is passing over Slochd Viaduct, headed by 47593 'Galloway Princess' in BR large logo livery. D1924 'Crewe Diesel Depot' was on the rear behind the trees.
Slochd Viaduct: The Caledonian Sleeper for Inverness is running over two hours late as it crosses Slochd Viaduct on 21st October 2019, hauled by 73967 and 73969.
Threlkeld Quarry: The attractive Bagnall 0-4-0ST 'Sir Tom' outside its shed at Threlkeld, in between passenger runs to the Quarry, on 21st October 2019.
Moy: The Inverness bound Caledonian Sleeper is over two hours late as it runs along the embankment at Dalmagarry, between Moy and Tomatin, hauled by 73967 and 73969 on 21st October 2019.
Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.
|1846||Dundee and Perth Railway Dundee and Newtyle Railway||The Dundee and Perth Railway purchases the Dundee and Newtyle Railway^s harbour line.|
|1899||Motherwell, Hamilton and Wishaw Light Railway||Light Railway Order rejected by the Light Railway Commissioners.|
|1905||Falkirk and District Tramways Company||Circular 6.5 mile tramway opened from Falkirk to Camelon to Larbert to Carron Iron Works to Falkirk.|
|1966||Aberfan disaster||A mudflow of spoil from Merthyr Vale Colliery engulfs Pantglas Junior School and twenty houses killing 147. 116 were children. See image 25907.|
These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.
|2002||Caledonian Sleepers Talk||Willie Black, ScotRail Sleeper Services Manager, will be talking to the Institution of Railway Operators (all welcome) on Monday 21 October at 1715 in Caledonian Chambers, 87 Union Street Glasgow, G1 3TA about the Caledonian Sleepers.|
|2002||Inivitation for ScotRail Franchise bids||An invitation for applicants to place bids for the ScotRail franchise from 2004 for 15 years (duration announced 6/11/2002) was announced by the SRA.|
|2004||Two face charges over rail deaths [BBC News]||Two men are charged with manslaughter over the deaths of four rail workers, following a runaway truck accident in Cumbria|
|2004||City joins Glasgow to fight rail threat [Scotsman]||COUNCIL leaders in Edinburgh and Glasgow today united in a plea to rail bosses not to axe vital train links between Scotland and England.|
|2006||Chiefs vow to back airport rail link vision [Scotsman]||REGIONAL transport chiefs have pledged their support for the controversial rail link scheme to Edinburgh Airport.|
|2006||London express report delayed [Scotsman]||A REPORT looking at the possibility of a high-speed rail link between Edinburgh and London faces being delayed until next summer.|
|2008||Edinburgh tram backers want cash from Borders rail line [Scotsman]||MOST of the proposed Borders rail link should be axed and the rest replaced with a tram line, Edinburgh^s tram developers have urged ministers.|
|2009||Coatbridge Inverness service for Morrisons [Modern Railways]||On Monday 26 October a new container service is due to commence between Coatbridge and Inverness, with the first customer being the Morrisons Supermarket chain (a throwback to the old Safeway container service to Inverness). The northbound DRS hauled service will run as 4Z48 the 0203 Coatbridge Inverness, returning south as 4Z50, the 0922 Inverness Coatbridge.|
|2009||Manchester Scotland micro-franchise idea floated by DfT Rail [Modern Railways]||Department for Transport (DfT Rail) has revealed that a new franchise could be responsible for Manchester Glasgow services when the Liverpool Manchester electrification is completed in January 2013. The Manchester Scotland franchise would take over the current TransPennine Express services provided by class 185 DMUs which currently run ^under the wires^ for most of the journey.|
|2010||Spanning a century [Rail Express]||SCARBOROUGHS ICONIC SIGNAL GANTRY, for years the centrepiece of photographs taken at the famous East Coast resort, will soon be no more|
|2010||Theresa Villiers speech on DB launch [DfT]||Sixteen years after Eurostar began offering services from London to Paris, the countdown begins today towards a future of direct high speed rail services from St Pancras International to other key destinations in Europe.|
|2011||Long-term safety fears over Yorkshire^s Pacer trains [BBC News]||Pacer trains are some of the most unpopular on the network. Built in the 1980s, they are essentially a bus body mounted on a freight wagon chassis with a diesel engine slung underneath. When passengers complain of cattle truck conditions, they are sometimes closer to the truth than they realise. Pacer trains were built as a stop-gap with an expected life of no more than 20 years. But they are now 25-years-old and there are no plans to replace them.|
|2011||Perth train driver bags Employee of the Year Award at ScotRail [Rail.co]||ScotRail staff have voted for their very own Employee of the Year Ricky McLeod, a Perth-based train driver. The 57-year-old, of Struan Avenue, has his professionalism and commitment to thank for his win.|
|2012||Tragedy narrowly avoided in North Yorks railway crossing crash [Northern Echo]||A WOMAN cheated death by a split second when her car was hit by a steam train on a level crossing. The accident happened at the Fox Park level crossing, near Newton-le-Willows, in North Yorkshire on Saturday (October 20) afternoon. The Wensleydale Railway train was ferrying passengers from Leyburn to Bedale when it collided with a car travelling on a farm track. Amazingly, the only occupant of the car, a female driver, walked away from the accident unscathed, but was left very shaken.|
|2013||Network Rail signs five-year rail supply deals [Railway Gazette]||UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has signed rail supply framework contracts with three steel manufacturers. The deals run for five years, with an option for a further five. The largest part of the framework will see Tata Steel^s Scunthorpe plant supply around 140 000 tonnes of rail per year, depending on requirements. This will meet around 95% of Network Rail^s needs and account for around 5% of annual steel output from the Scunthorpe site.|
|2014||Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam high-speed train in 2016 [CTV News]||Starting two years from now, the railway will launch direct services between the British and Dutch capitals. The new link will further expand Eurostar^s high-speed train network after the addition in May 2015 of new destinations in France. As traffic on the Eurostar network continues to rise (+3 per cent in Q3 2014 to 2.8 million passengers), the company hopes to reinforce the rise in demand by expanding its services.|
|2015||Great Western rail electrification cost ^up to Â£2.8bn^ [BBC News]||The cost of electrifying the Great Western railway line between Cardiff and London could reach Â£2.8bn, the boss of Network Rail has said. Chief executive Mark Carne told MPs the estimate had been Â£874m in January 2013 and Â£1.5bn in September 2014. Public accounts committee chair Meg Hiller called increase ^staggering^. A senior civil servant also revealed there was now no firm completion date for the project, originally due to be finished by 2018. Mr Carne blamed ^inadequate planning and scope definition^ in the early stages and an out-of-date cost base for the price increases.|
|2016||ScotRail admits service ânot good enoughâ [Scotsman]||ScotRail has admitted its performance âisnât good enoughâ after the reliability of train services fell below target. The average combined punctuality and reliability of the trains on Scotlandâs railways has fallen below 90.3%, prompting Government agency Transport Scotland to instruct the operator to draw up a performance improvement plan.|
|2017||Rail trial heralds ^best railway Scotland has ever had^ [Falkirk Herald]||ScotRail is set to fully test new trains on electrified routes after this week^s successful ^dummy run^ between Edinburgh and Linlithgow. A brand new fleet will enter service ^over the next few months^, with the promise of faster journeys, more seats and better services for passengers travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High. New eight-car Class 385 electric trains on that route will boost capacity by up to 44 per cent at peak times.|
|2018||Train into Edinburgh breaks down after driver honks horn too much [Scotsman]||ScotRail have revealed that the first of their refurbished InterCity 125 trains broke down because the driver honked the trains horn too much.|
|2019||Northern rail: Politicians call for Pacer trains compensation [BBC News]||Politicians in northern England are demanding that passengers still having to use the heavily-criticised Pacer trains should be offered reduced fares. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis and Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake have told train operator Northern using the ageing units is unacceptable. Pacers are 1980s-built railbuses meant as a short-term alternative for trains. Northern had planned to withdraw them all by the end of this year. The much-derided Pacers were originally constructed from the body of a bus frame and intended to have a maximum lifespan of 20 years.|
|2019||CalMac announces winter maintenance programme [Press and Journal]||Ferry operator CalMac has started its winter maintenance programme. Over the coming weeks, ships will be taken off their regular routes for a series of inspections, upgrades and maintenance. Services for various islands will experience temporary changes as the fleet is rejigged to provide cover. Two relief vessels will operate sailings on the Stornoway-Ullapool route as the MV Loch Seaforth goes off to dry dock on the Mersey for three weeks.|
|2019||Horror Tayside rail crash remembered 40 years after claiming five lives and causing 51 injuries - The Courier [The Courier]||A horror Tayside rail tragedy which claimed the lives of five people and left 51 people injured is being remembered ahead of its 40th anniversary.|