This day in history 08 November

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Hawick [2nd]: 62484 Glen Lyon in the yard at Hawick, thought to be on 8th November 1961, the same month the locomotive was withdrawn. It had seen regular employment earlier that year on stopping trains to and from Carlisle, the 12.25pm SO from Hawick and 9.19pm return appear to have been regular duties. [See image 38788]

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) [08/11/1961]


Musselburgh: A Freightliner class 66 takes a northbound cement train through Musselburgh on 8 November 2002.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2002]


Wardhouse: Across the field stands the abandoned Wardhouse station on the Aberdeen - Keith line. Nov 2006.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Keith Junction: Looking east from the station towards Keith Junction in November 2006.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Pitcaple: In November 2006 the old signal box can still be seen through the shrubbery at the east end of the former Pitcaple station.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Oyne: Looking east from the level crossing at Oyne over the site of the former station in 2006.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Kennethmont: Kennethmont in November 2006, looking west from the level crossing towards Ardmore distillery.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Gartly: The closed station at Gartly, Aberdeenshire, in November 2006, showing the road approach from the south.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Kincardine Power Station: RMS Locotech 08756 draws a trainload of steel sleepers, for setting out on the route towards Alloa, from the engineers compound at the former Kincardine Power Station on 8th November 2006.

Kincardine Power Station (British Railways)
Bill Roberton [08/11/2006]


Pitcaple: Autumn at Pitcaple in November 2006. Looking east from the road bridge over the platform remains. The side of the signal box can just be seen in the background.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Keith Town: Looking north over Keith Town station in November 2006.

Keith and Dufftown Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Alford: The original AVR shed at Alford in November 2006 - now refurbished and put back into use by the narrow gauge Alford Valley Railway Company.

Alford Valley Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Alford: The station at Alford in 2006. This station was built by the narrow gauge Alford Valley Railway Company to replace the original AVR station which had long been demolished.

Alford Valley Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Kilbagie: No. 08 756 is on hire from RMS Locotech to deliver steel sleepers from the former power station yard at Kincardine to the railhead, currently about a mile and a half away (and laid since Monday!)

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [08/11/2006]


Pitcaple: Approach to Pitcaple in November 2006 - view east towards Inveramsay. The old station building is now a shop. The support from the two substantial brick chimneys looks quite important to the structure.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Insch: View north west from the pedestrian footbridge at Insch station in November 2006, looking towards the signal box and North Road level crossing.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Carmont: A southbound train from Aberdeen seen just north of Carmont in November 2006.

Aberdeen Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Kennethmont: An afternoon Inverness - Aberdeen 158 service passing between Kennethmont signal box and Ardmore distillery in November 2006 on the approach to the former Kennethmont station, closed to passengers in May 1968.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Gartly: Looking south towards Aberdeen from the level crossing at Gartly in November 2006.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Kennethmont: Kennethmont signal box, November 2006.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Insch: Pedestrian aproach to Insch station from the west in November 2006

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Kincardine Ground Frame: 08756 nears the former Kincardine Power Station yard, after depositing a trainload of steel sleepers for the SAK relaying, in November 2006.

Kincardine Branch (North British Railway)
Bill Roberton [08/11/2006]


Pitcaple: The old timber railway building at Pitcaple in November 2006, looking west. The A96 runs past on the right.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Huntly: Double arch GNSR bridge over the River Bogie to the south of Huntly in 2006.

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Insch: Platform view north at Insch on 8 November 2006, looking towards the signal box controlling the busy North Road level crossing [see image 31886].

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Alford: One of the rescued and restored ex Aberdeen Gas Corporation locomotives, No 3, sheltered from the rain (lucky for some) outside the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, on 8 November 2006 (unfortunately the museum was closed for the winter!) [See image 18062]

Grampian Transport Museum
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Huntly: The modern station building at Huntly in November 2006, View north towards Keith..

Great North of Scotland Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Keith Town: The rebuilt Keith Town station catches the last of the evening sun on 8 November 2006. The tower of St Rufus Kirk stands in the background.

Keith and Dufftown Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Carmont: Up train passing Carmont in November 2006.

Aberdeen Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2006]


Cramlington: A southbound Voyager runs through Cramlington station, Northumberland, on 8 November 2007 [Ref query 8061]

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Whitehouse North Junction: Remains of lines around Whitehouse Junction, south of Preston on 8 November. In the foreground stand the remaining abutments on the west to north route while the bridge in the background is on the west to south alignment.

Preston Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Morpeth: Interesting looking signal with various supplementary attachments standing on the northbound platform at Morpeth station on 8 November 2007. The white printed sign reads Electric trains No access to South East Curve.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Nelson: The ornate canopy at Nelson station, opened by the East Lancs Railway in 1849. Still an impressive structure, although it would doubtless benefit from some refurbishment. Seen here on 8 November 2007 looking northeast towards Colne.

Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Nelson: The abandoned side of the island (former eastbound) platform at Nelson, Lancashire on 8 November.

Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Whitehouse North Junction: Looking southwest through the bridge standing on the west to south alignment at Whitehouse on 8 November. In the background a class 185 can be seen heading for Preston on the WCML.

Preston Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Morpeth Junction: An ECML Edinburgh bound Voyager passes Morpeth Junction just north of the station on 8 November 2007. The line diverging to the east in the foreground is about to cross Coopies Lane with the level crossing just off picture to the right. This link gives access to the former Blyth and Tyne lines.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Coppull: A southbound Pendolino passes Coppull on 8 November.

North Union Railway
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Nelson: Looking west along the platform at Nelson on 8 November with a Colne - Blackpool North service having just arrived.

Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Morpeth [B and T]: Coopies Lane level crossing and signal box in Morpeth just north of the current ECML station (behind camera to left) and the former Blyth and Tyne station (behind camera to right). View north on 8 November 2007.

Morpeth Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Nelson: The driver of an eastbound class 142 reaches out of his cab window at Barkerhouse Road level crossing, Nelson, on 8 November in order to activate the barrier control. [See image 17268]

Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Angerton: View along the site of the old platform at the much modified Angerton station, on the Wansbeck Valley line, Northumberland. Looking east towards Morpeth on 8 November 2007.

Wansbeck Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Scotsgap: Old railway building, thought to have been used as a lamp room, still standing at Scotsgap, the junction station on the Wansbeck line for the Rothbury branch. The line from the Junction came in under the bridge carrying the B6343 road, with the station itself just off picture to the right. View north west on 8 November 2007.

Wansbeck Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Scotsgap: The old station at Scotsgap on the Wansbeck Railway looking south east towards Morpeth on 8 November 2007. The sign on the building reads 'Wannie Line, 1863 - 1966'.

Wansbeck Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Glasgow Central: An unbranded Voyager departing Platform 2 on 8th November with a service for Exeter St Davids.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [08/11/2007]


Meldon: The former station at Meldon on 8 November 2007, looking east along the Wansbeck line towards Morpeth.

Wansbeck Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Morpeth: The attractive southbound platform at Morpeth on 8 November looking towards Newcastle.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Knowesgate: Standing on the former level crossing at Knowesgate on the Wansbeck line on 8 November 2007 looking east through the old station (closed 1952) towards Morpeth.

Wansbeck Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Morpeth [B and T]: Some of the redundant former railway buildings running along Coopies Lane on the old Blyth & Tyne site opposite the current Morpeth (Newcastle & Berwick Railway) station on 8 November 2007, which have been found useful alternative uses. [See image 30508]

Morpeth Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway)
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Nelson: Chaffers level crossing, just east of Nelson station, where the driver must pull the cord on the board next to the STOP sign in order to activate the crossing warning lights and barriers, following which he obtains a white proceed light. Once his train has cleared the crossing the barriers are then raised automatically. I have not come across any other examples of a crossing operated in this way other than at stations where a train is scheduled to stop anyway, eg Kirknewton [see image 13900], or on some freight-only lines.

Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)
John McIntyre [08/11/2007]


Morpeth: The classic 1847 station building at Morpeth, once an important junction, seen looking west in November 2007.

Newcastle and Berwick Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Plashetts: View near the site of Plashetts station on 8 November 2007, taken from the west side of Kielder Water, with the remains of the station and sidings now lying below the reservoir. Coal deposits found in the hills above Plashetts was one of the key factors in the decision to build the Border Counties line. Slaters Incline, down which loaded coal wagons (latterly from Far Colliery) were lowered to sidings alongside Plashetts station was part of the original Plashetts Colliery Wagonway. [See image 26241]

Border Counties Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Kielder Forest: The station building at Kielder, closed in 1956, seen on 8 November 2007 looking north west.

Border Counties Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Kielder Viaduct: One of the later additions to the ironwork along the top of Kielder Viaduct commemorates the four companies who operated the Border Counties line. Seen here on 8 November 2007.

Border Counties Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]


Cardenden: Inner Fife Circle train approaching Cardenden at Cluny Clays Golf Club.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Brian Forbes [08/11/2008]


Thornton Yard Tower: The former Control and signalling centre at Thornton Yard. Opened in 1956 incorporating the latest technology to accommodate the supposed trainloads of coal from the new Rothes deep mine. Unfortunately this was at the last moment declared unsafe by geological boffins, a debacle indeed.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Brian Forbes [08/11/2008]


Thornton Yard: Three of the six rakes of HAA coal hoppers which have been rehoused at Thornton Yard having been at Perth New Yard for several years.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Brian Forbes [08/11/2008]


Durham: FTPE Manchester Airport-Newcastle and ArrivaXC services pass at Durham on 8 November 2008.

York and Newcastle Railway
Bill Roberton [08/11/2008]


Thornton Yard: Spraying equipment used to settle dust on loaded coal hoppers at Thornton Yard, seen from the level crossing on 8 November.

Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Brian Forbes [08/11/2008]


Durham: A Newcastle Central - Manchester Airport FTPE service runs south over Durham Viaduct on 8 November 2008.

York and Newcastle Railway
Bill Roberton [08/11/2008]


Castle Eden: The former Castle Eden Station platform area in November 2009, looking east towards Hesleden and Hartlepool from the adjacent road overbridge.

Hartlepool Dock and Railway
David Pesterfield [08/11/2009]


Haymarket [Tram]: Utility services excavation works taking place alongside Haymarket station (off picture to the right) in preparation for the section of track to be laid directly ahead along West Maitland Street / Shandwick Place to link up with the tracks on Princes Street.

Edinburgh Trams
David Pesterfield [08/11/2011]


Princes Street [Tram]: Frost protection covering being put in place over freshly laid and floated concrete on Princes Street between Waverley Bridge and the Scott Monument on 8 November 2011. A cast catenary support mast mounting base can be seen centre left by the white bulk bag. A number of the easily portable half moon 'tents' are in use along the works site.

Edinburgh Trams
David Pesterfield [08/11/2011]


Princes Street [Tram]: Workmen in the process of bonding insulating blocks onto rails along Princes Street, near The Mound, to prevent stray electrical traction return currents.

Edinburgh Trams
David Pesterfield [08/11/2011]


Princes Street [Tram]: 'Tram Works 5 - The Council Strikes Back'... view over the east end of Princes Street on 8 November 2011 towards the junction with Waverley Bridge.

Edinburgh Trams
F Furnevel [08/11/2011]


Loch Park Siding: The Waverley trackbed running south from Hawick. View from Wellogate Brae road bridge in November 2013. Loch Park PW depot stood on the north side of the bridge [see image 45325]. [Ref query 2617]

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [08/11/2013]


West Kilbride: Freightliner 66536 working the 6E06 Hunterston - Cottam power station loaded coal hoppers through West Kilbride on 8 November 2013.

Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ken Browne [08/11/2013]


Loch Park Siding: The view north from Wellogate Brae, Hawick, in November 2013 - much changed since the days of the railway. The trackbed has been obliterated at this point, although buildings of the former Loch Park PW depot still survive on the right as industrial units. The tenements that stood on the left along Garfield Street have gone, with much of the area beyond the trees now given over to car parking. For the view more than fifty years earlier [see image 19716].

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [08/11/2013]


Hawick [2nd]: Nice touch. Suitably adorned direction post indicating pedestrian access to the Waverley trackbed at Hawick in November 2013.

Border Union Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [08/11/2013]


Gore Glen Bridge: The first sections of the Bridge over the A7 are laid just north of the Shank bridge.
Bob Smith's Flickr site.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Bob Smith [08/11/2013]


Kielder Viaduct: The southern approach to Kielder Viaduct in the spring of 2013.

Border Counties Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2013]


Thorlieshope Lime Works: Lineside remains alongside the trackbed of the Border Counties Railway approximately three quarters of a mile north west of Deadwater heading for Saughtree. View west from the road in November 2013. [Ref query 6299]

Border Counties Railway
John Furnevel [08/11/2013]


West Kilbride: DRS 37606+37419 with Hunterston - Sellafield nuclear flasks through West Kilbride on 8 November 2013.

Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ken Browne [08/11/2013]


Milton Keynes: A Euston bound Virgin Voyager calls at Milton Keynes Central on 8 November 2014.

London and Birmingham Railway
John Steven [08/11/2014]


Bath Spa: Bath Spa station is located between two bridges over the River Avon. An up HST [see image 45700] is seen heading East out of the station on 8th November.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [08/11/2015]


Bath Spa: Transport interchanges are nothing new, you know. A selection of bicycles sheltering from the elements below the platforms [see image 43555]. View looks South, towards the River Avon.

Great Western Railway
Ken Strachan [08/11/2015]


Langbank: Eastbound train approaching Langbank. It has just passed over the old bridge over the Greenock road and is about to pass over the girder bridge over the A8.

Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Ewan Crawford [08/11/2017]


Swindon: Freightliner 66502, travelling under the new wiring, eastbound through Swindon on 8th November 2018.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Perth: An Edinburgh service leaves Perth on 8 November 2018. It is leaving a unit behind to form a later train. Pleasingly retro though the ironwork looks a paint job here is a probably a little overdue. There's a lot to tackle however.

Scottish Central Railway
David Panton [08/11/2018]


Oxford: Most freights through Didcot also pass through Oxford. Oxford's lack of wires and associated infrastructure make photography much easier though. Colas 70815 takes a northbound ballast train through the station on 8th November 2018.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Oxford: Freightliner 70006, ex-Basford Hall Yard at Crewe, runs through Oxford bound for Southampton on 8th November 2018.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Dunkeld and Birnam: Recently applied plaque at Dunkeld & Birnam in November 2018. This is one of a number dotted over the locality. Signs to the station itself are oddly lacking from either Dunkeld or Birnam. Perhaps the thinking is that if you got there by train you will remember where the station is and if you came by road you won't care.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
David Panton [08/11/2018]


Brock: Class 195 testing and training continues. 195103 and 195105 ran from Lime Street to Barrow with a test train on 8th November 2018. The six-car unit, seen here at Brock, was scheduled to spend five minutes at each of the intermediate stations between Carnforth and Ulverston on the outbound journey but later returned to Edge Hill Depot non-stop.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [08/11/2018]


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A concrete pour in progress as the basement of the new south extension to the station building begins to take shape.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Colin McDonald [08/11/2018]


Dublin Heuston: Dublin Heuston on 6 November 2018. The 1300hrs to Cork is formed of CAF Mk 4 stock with a DVT at the Dublin end.

Great Southern and Western Railway
Mark Poustie [08/11/2018]


Cork Kent: Class 22000 4 car DMU forming the non-stop 06.15 Cork to Dublin Heuston on the left and CAF Mark 4 stock forming the 07.00 to Dublin Heuston on the right. 8th November 2018.

Great Southern and Western Railway
Mark Poustie [08/11/2018]


Falahill Summit: Landscape with sheep and seagulls. The 0955 Edinburgh - Tweedbank southbound at Falahill on an autumnal 8 November 2018.

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [08/11/2018]


Shandon: A southbound Sprinter runs above the Gare Loch close to Shandon.

West Highland Railway
Ewan Crawford [08/11/2018]


Oxford: DBS 66111, seen northound passing Oxford on the fast lines with empty car flats bound for Castle Bromwich and Jaguar/Land Rover on 8th November 2018. A Class 800 is in the Down passenger platform.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Perth: The unusual sight of a passenger train using Perth's normally superflous Platform 6 (left) on 8th November 2018. This is roughly fenced off from Platform 7 due to an uneven surface and has no departure screen. The line between here and Dundee was closed due to a lineside fire and Glasgow services were terminating and originating here.

Scottish Central Railway
David Panton [08/11/2018]


Oxford: 800-028 running into Oxford on diesel power, ex-Worcester, bound for Paddington on 8th November 2018. These bi-mode trains can use electric power between Didcot and London but Oxford is still clear of the wires and gantries.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Rhu: A northbound alumina train for Fort William passes high above the Rhu Narrows. HMS Grimsby heads for Faslane. Helensburgh is in the distant right and the Rosneath is down below. The train is top left.

West Highland Railway
Ewan Crawford [08/11/2018]


Edinburgh Gateway: A Dundee service calls at Gateway on 8 November 2018. 'Edinburgh Gateway station white elephant' is a prefill on Google. Just saying.

Forth Bridge Connecting Lines (North British Railway)
David Panton [08/11/2018]


Brock: There can't be many front line locos still operating in the grey Freightliner livery but 90044 is one of them, seen here double heading a Coatbridge to Daventry train with 90049 at Brock on 8th November 2018.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
Mark Bartlett [08/11/2018]


Oxford: Chiltern Railways 168002 in a bay platform at Oxford on 8th November 2018, waiting to head out to Marylebone via Bicester and the new curve.

Birmingham and Oxford Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Cambus o^ May: All that remains of the Great North of Scotland Railway coach body seen in David Murray-Smith's shot from 1960 [see image 67773]. Despite the deterioration very little has changed here in the past 30 years since I lived there except that the area is overwhelmed with birch. The wall of the Agent's house can be seen in the background.

Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Charlie Niven [08/11/2018]


Didcot: DBS 60039 takes the Theale to Robeston oil tanks through Didcot on 8th November 2018.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Cloch Lighthouse: Two ferries pass off the Cloch - one westbound belonging to Western Ferries and the other an eastbound Argyll Ferries passenger only ferry. The view looks south down the Clyde with the pier for the former Inverkip Power Station just beyond the Cloch Lighthouse.

Western Ferries
Ewan Crawford [08/11/2018]


Dunkeld and Birnam: A Glasgow to Inverness service at Dunkeld on 8 November 2018. It's using Platform 2 which means that it will be crossing with a southbound train.

Perth and Dunkeld Railway
David Panton [08/11/2018]


Swindon: Arriva Cross-Country Voyager 220025 seen arriving in Swindon on 8th November 2018. Due to line closures at Bristol Parkway, ACC were coming into Swindon and then heading up the Gloucester Line to regain the connection at Standish Junction and Gloucester. This provided a rare chance in Swindon for a direct train to Newcastle and beyond with no changes.

Great Western Railway
Peter Todd [08/11/2018]


Events


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

YearCompaniesDescription
1861Merthyr Tredegar and Abergavenny RailwayAgreement reached for lease for 1000 years by the London and North Western Railway.
1991Rhymney RailwayCylla Branch closed on removal of final stocks at Penallta Colliery.

News


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

YearCompaniesDescription
2004Crash probe focuses on car driver [BBC News]Police say they are not assuming that a car driver committing suicide caused Saturday^s rail crash.
2004Airport rail link plans unveiled [BBC News]Details of the proposals for an air-rail link at Edinburgh Airport are due to be made public.
2004City chiefs pick up top award for new station [Scotsman]CITY council chiefs are celebrating after picking up a Scottish Transport Award for the creation of a new railway station.
2004Fatal example of crossings danger [BBC News]BBC News correspondent Tom Symonds looks at the dangers posed by level crossings.
2004^I thought I was going to die^ [BBC News]One passenger being treated in hospital for lacerations to his arm and back after the rail crash tells his story.
2004Girl, nine, among rail crash dead [BBC News]A nine-year-old girl and her mother were among the victims of Saturday^s Berkshire rail tragedy, police say.
2004Edinburgh Airport rail link [Scottish Executive]Public consultation setting out the proposed route launched at Edinburgh airport.
2004Marine praised as a hero [BBC News]A Royal Marine from Exmouth speaks of his efforts to save victims in the Berkshire rail tragedy.
2007Inspiring the next Generation of Railway Engineers
2007Polish operations launched [Railway Strategies]Freightliner Poland Ltd (FPL) commenced their first commercial contract on 1st September 2007, operating services to Kozienice Power Station.
2007Long-term coal train contracts [Railway Strategies]EWS Energy has been awarded a new long-term contract from EDF Energy to deliver coal trains to its major power stations at Cottam and West Burton.
2007New coal contracts marked with naming [Railway Strategies]John Smith, managing director at First GBRf has named a First GBRf class 66 locomotive Drax Power Station.
2007New service [Railway Strategies]NYK Logistics has launched a rail freight service between Southampton and inland freight terminals at Tamworth (BIFT) and Daventry (DIRFT), helping its customers to avoid port/road congestion and reduce their carbon footprints.
2007New coal contracts marked with naming [Railway Strategies]John Smith, managing director at First GBRf has named a First GBRf class 66 locomotive ‘Drax Power Station’.
2008Rail work during festive period [BBC News Article]Signalling work will result in no train services from Glasgow Central high level between 26 and 30 December.
2009Glasgow ^axed^ from train route [BBC News Article]Trains on the East Coast Main Line would no longer go to Glasgow and instead terminate at Edinburgh, under new plans.
2010Welsh Highland Railway reaches Porthmadog [BBC News]The first passenger train on the rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway has arrived in Porthmadog. The train was the first to cover the 25-mile length of the railway from Caernarfon.
2011Scotland urged to begin work for high-speed rail link [BBC News]The Scottish government is being urged to begin preparatory work for a high-speed rail link. The House of Commons transport committee has backed proposals for a high-speed line between London, the Midlands and eventually Scotland. HS2 will feature 250mph trains running from London to Birmingham, with plans to extend it north. The Scottish government has agreed to discuss the funding of the project to develop the route across the border. The entire HS2 project is set to cost 32bn.
2011ScotRails Bishopbriggs & Lenzie stations go Smart [Rail.co]ScotRail customers in Bishopbriggs and Lenzie can now switch to SmartCard tickets. New scanners at the stations allow monthly and weekly season ticket holders travelling to any station between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh via Falkirk High to take advantage of the train operators new ticketing technology. SmartCard holders can start and complete their journey in two ways: by passing their card over the yellow circle on automatic ticket gates or by using the platform scanners
2011500,000 passengers a year won^t use the railways because of delays caused by cable thefts [Mail]As many as six to eight cable thefts take place on the railways every day, MPs heard today. The crime is costing the UK economy around 16 million to 20 million and deterring around half a million passengers a year from using the railways. Thieves sometimes target periods when signals are being replaced, when it was almost like providing sweets in a sweetshop Network Rails operational services director Dyan Crowther told the House of Commons Transport Committee.
2012ScotRail apologises after overcrowding complaints [Herald]SCOTRAIL has apologised for overcrowding on its flagship Edinburgh-Glasgow service, blaming mechanical failures and two crashes elsewhere on the rail network for a shortage of train carriages over the past three weeks.
2012CILT talk on St Andrews Rail Link - 20 November [Railscot]A talk on the above will take place in Dundee on 20 November, to which all are welcome. For details see panel alongside.
2012Dwight D Eisenhower locomotive to go on show in NRM workshop [The Press]With President Obama newly re-elected to the White House across the Atlantic, a visitor from North America was given a presidential-style welcome at the National Railway Museum in York.
2012FirstGroup shares plunge after freezing of dividend [Herald]EMBATTLED FirstGroup chief executive Tim O^Toole insisted he is backed by the rail and bus company^s board after the freezing of its dividend prompted another plunge in the company^s share price leaving it at less than half the level it was when he took over two years ago.
2014Edinburgh trams inquiry given increased powers [BBC News]The official inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco has been given increased powers, after some of those involved with the project refused to co-operate. It has been given ^statutory^ status by the government in the wake of concerns raised by chairman, Lord Hardie. The government and the inquiry has not named those who would not co-operate. Edinburgh^s tram service began running in May but only after six years of disruption and a bitter dispute between the city council and its contractor. The previous Labour-led Scottish government originally earmarked 375m to pay for the tram network, which ended up costing 776m and began running years late
2016Union mounts fresh attack on ScotRail ahead of protests [STV]A transport workers^ union has renewed its call for Abellio to be stripped of the ScotRail franchise, claiming its performance has ^slumped^. The RMT said Abellio was ^draining away key funds^ that would be better spent on staffing, services and safety on Scotland^s rail network. The union hit out at the Dutch operator on Tuesday, on the eve of a series of protests in support of the Safer Scottish Railways campaign.
2016Great Western electrification: Intercity line work ^deferred^ [BBC News]Part of a £2.8bn project to electrify the Great Western route has been ^deferred^. The plan was to fully electrify the route from Cardiff to London by 2018 and the scheme had already been delayed. It was estimated to cost £874m in 2013, but spending spiralled out of control, causing some MPs to call it ^staggering and unacceptable^. Lines affected include major routes to Bristol, Oxford, and Berkshire. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Southampton – London open access service proposed [Railway Gazette]UK: Alliance Rail Holdings has started industry consultation on proposals to launch an open access passenger service on the Southampton - London Waterloo route in December 2017. Managing Director Ian Yeowart told Railway Gazette on November 8 that Alliance aims is to increase capacity on the intensively-used route and make passengers^ journeys ^less fraught^, by offering a higher standard of comfort than on the current franchised services and helping to enhance rail^s overall attractiveness. [From Richard Buckby]
2017Rail strikes: Five rail operators hit by RMT walkout [BBC News]Five rail operators are facing disruption due to strike action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union. Workers on Southern, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway are striking for 48 hours, while staff on Merseyrail and Northern have walked out for 24 hours. The union is in dispute over driver-only operated (DOO) trains, also known as driver-controlled operated (DCO). Aslef is also in dispute with Southern, and will give the result of a ballot of train drivers on a proposed deal later. The proposed agreement, announced last month, also includes a five-year pay deal worth 28.5%. The executive committee of the train drivers^ union had recommended its members accept the deal.
2017Aslef train drivers accept Southern rail deal [BBC News]Drivers from the Aslef union have accepted a deal with Southern rail, bringing to an end an 18-month dispute. Members voted by 79.1% to accept the resolution which includes a five-year pay increase worth 28.5%. The dispute over safety came after Southern introduced driver-only operated (DOO), or driver-controlled operated (DCO) trains. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, which is locked in the same row, described it as a ^shoddy deal^.
2018Coventry Stations £82m masterplan up for approval [RTM]An £82m masterplan for Coventrys train station has been recommended for approval by the city council. The proposals include the construction of a new station building, providing a second entrance at the western end of the station, and 634-space multi-storey car park. Coventry City Council will discuss the proposals at a planning committee meeting on Thursday 15 November. If formally approved, it would see a new gateway created for the millions of passengers who arrive into the city by train each year.
2018London Waterloo station recruits hawk after complaints of pigeons stealing food [ITV News]Harris hawk Aria, aged five, will be on duty at the station twice a week for two-hour shifts.