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28/07/2014 Selby swing bridge closed for repairs [BBC News]
A "problematic" railway swing bridge will be closed for the next six weeks, leading to train diversions in North and East Yorkshire. Selby bridge is expected to reopen on 8 September when the major part of its £8m refurbishment should be completed. The work on the bridge, built in 1889, includes repairs to steelwork, hydraulics, way-beams and repainting. [From Mark Bartlett]

Deltic 55017 The Durham Light Infantry comes off the swing bridge over the River Ouse into Selby on 23 August 1979 with a service for Kings Cross. Some 4 years later the east coast main line was rerouted, bypassing this notorious bottleneck.
[Peter Todd 23/08/1979]

The 0953 Northern York - Hull service crosses the River Ouse on Selby swing bridge on 29 September shortly after leaving the station.
[John Furnevel 29/09/2008]

For many years Selby swing bridge was a major bottleneck on the ECML, until finally bypassed in 1983. View north across the River Ouse over Selby station in 1987 from the control cabin mounted above the centre of the bridge.
[Ian Dinmore //1987]
BBC News

27/07/2014 Istanbul to Ankara high-speed train starts operation [World Bulletin]
Turkey’s long-awaited 8.6 billion lira ($4.1 billion) high-speed train link between Istanbul and Turkish capital Ankara has begun operating from Istanbul’s Pendik station. The high-speed service, which reduces the travel time between Istanbul and Ankara to three-and-a-half hours, will be free of charge for the first week of the operation.

The high speed train line connecting Turkey^s capital, Ankara, to the country^s main commercial and financial hub, Istanbul, has gone operational [see news item].
[Courtesy TCDD /07/2014]
World Bulletin

26/07/2014 Travellers express frustration as trains cancelled throughout Glasgow [STV]
Rail services between many of the major Commonwealth Games venues in Glasgow were experiencing severe disruption on Friday night. Visitors and residents travelling on the Lanark – Glasgow route were subjected to delays and cancellations throughout the evening. The route takes in the recently-refurbished Dalmarnock Station, near to the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Exhibition Centre, by the SECC, and Argyle Street, Bridgeton and Central Stations in the city centre.

25/07/2014 Commuters crammed ‘like sardines’ due to games [Evening News]
Commuters in East Lothian claim they are being crammed into trains “like sardines” after half the carriages on rush-hour services were diverted to Glasgow. Some passengers at Wallyford and Musselburgh were left on the platform on Monday morning because the 7.17am service from North Berwick was full. Services that usually have four carriages have been reduced to two, cutting the number of seats by 99. The disruption is set to continue until Saturday. ScotRail officials said carriages were being moved to where they are most needed during the fortnight of international sport in Glasgow. The company’s newest rolling stock, the Class 380 trains, have been drafted in to give Commonwealth Games visitors the best possible experience, but travellers on the other side of Scotland have been left fuming.

The 15.50 from Glasgow Central to North Berwick, formed by 380103, arrives at Longniddry on 17 August 2013.
[Bill Roberton 17/08/2013]

The 11.26 service to Edinburgh awaiting its departure time at North Berwick on 3 June 2014.
[Bruce McCartney 03/06/2014]

One of the class 322s long associated with the North Berwick line meets one of the new class 380 replacements at Musselburgh on 11 June 2011.
[John Furnevel 11/06/2011]
Evening News

24/07/2014 Working on the railroad [Economist]
IT IS 11 o’clock at night, and a dozen men are loading shovels and picks onto a trolley by the West Coast mainline. Two miles up the line, other workers have dug a hole under a portion of the track. Some have set out safety notices and flashing lights, and disconnected the signalling and overhead wires.

23/07/2014 Extending and developing Scotland’s rail network [Scotsman]
Over the past 30 years, Scotland has been the trailblazer for re-opening railways in response to growing gridlock on the British road network. Scores of new stations have been created on the existing network north of the Border, and new lines now link communities which lost their services in the 1950s and 1960s – Edinburgh to Bathgate, Hamilton to Larkhall, Stirling to Alloa, Bathgate to Airdrie and several suburban routes in Glasgow. [From David Spaven

Lokking west over Cameron Bridge towards Thornton Junction on 3 September 2010. No obvious change here - other than the usual impression that the Diageo complex seems to have grown larger since the last visit.
[John Furnevel 03/09/2010]

The first train out of Earlseat Loading Point on the Methil branch ran on 22 August 2012. There are now two trains a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, to Hunterston. 66140 leaves the site on 11 September, with the former ^main line^ to Methil (now used for loco release) to the left.
[Bill Roberton 11/09/2012]

Methil station. NB 4.4.2T 67452 on branch train.
[G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. 23/05/1949]

21/07/2014 Birmingham named as new HS2 headquarters [BBC News]
The headquarters for construction of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line is to be based in Birmingham. HS2 Ltd, the company responsible for the project, said its new premises would house up to 1,500 staff. It is expected to include engineers and designers responsible for track, signalling and station plans, as well as support staff. While some jobs would move from London, the company said, many would be new roles. [From Mark Bartlett]

The 1837 Birmingham station terminus at Curzon Street, built for the London and Birmingham Railway. The London Euston terminus had Doric columns whilst those at the Birmingham terminus were Ionic. While Euston has lost its Arch, Curzon Street has lost its station - replaced by New Street.
[Ewan Crawford 30/06/2004]

A future stop for HS2? They^ll have to take the boards off the windows first... [see image 22382]
[Ken Strachan 21/07/2011]
BBC News

20/07/2014 Chorley flying arches: Historic railway feature to be rebuilt [BBC News]
Work has begun to rebuild 16 Grade II listed arches over a railway line in Lancashire. The arches at Chorley were built in 1841 across the main line between Manchester and Preston to support the retaining walls in a cutting. They were removed in 2008 to allow stabilisation work to be carried out. John Johnson from Network Rail said: "The arches will be built back up by hand on the new steel girders - they'll still retain their heritage feel". [From Mark Bartlett]
BBC News

18/07/2014 Hong Kong firm MTR wins £1.4bn Crossrail franchise [BBC News]
The £1.4bn contract to run the new Crossrail franchise through London from 2018 has been awarded to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation, Transport for London (TfL) has announced. MTR was one of four companies short-listed to bid for the contract late last year. The other train companies bidding to run the franchise included National Express, Arriva and French transport firm Keolis, through the Go-Ahead Group. MTR is expected to employ 1,100 staff. The rail franchise will employ around 400 drivers and there will be more than 50 apprenticeships for people from communities along the route
BBC News

18/07/2014 Strathspey steam railway continues to make tracks to Grantown [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
A section of Strathspey railway line which was axed as part of the notorious Beeching cuts has now re-opened to rail passengers for the first time in nearly 60 years. The line was officially closed on October 18, 1956, but a rail service has just restarted taking passengers from beyond the current terminus at Broomhill Station and on for a further three-quarters of a mile towards Grantown. The diesel engine stopped short of crossing the recently installed bridge spanning the River Dulnain on the first outing on Wednesday. A planning application for laying track across the bridge was recently called in by the Cairngorms National Park’s planning committee.

Ivatt class 2MT no 46512 stands in the run-round loop at Broomhill with a special working prior to the official opening of the Broomhill Extension on the Strathspey Railway in 2002.
[Bill Roberton //2002]

The first girder is slowly eased into position at Dulnain Bridge on the Strathspey Railway on 14 February 2014.
[John Gray 14/02/2014]

The distinctive signal box and substantial station building at Grantown-on-Spey West, still extant in April 1968, three years after closure – but alas now long gone.
[David Spaven /04/1968]
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

17/07/2014 Failings over runaway rail vehicle at Glasgow Queen Street [BBC News]
An accident where a rail worker was badly hurt by a runaway maintenance vehicle has been blamed on operator failure and brake design flaws. The road rail vehicle (RRV) ran away as it was being transferred to the tracks in Glasgow on 21 April last year. It crashed through scaffolding, injuring a worker, before coming to a stop at Queen Street Station
BBC News

17/07/2014 French high-speed TGV train crashes near Denguin [BBC News]
Dozens of people have been injured in a train collision in southern France, according to media reports. A high-speed TGV train on the Pau-Bayonne line was transporting 178 people when it crashed into a regional TER train carrying 70 passengers. Initial reports indicate the TGV train was stopped on the tracks and restarting when the crash occurred near the town of Denguin. At least 25 people were reported injured, nine of them seriously.
BBC News

16/07/2014 Two Moscow metro workers arrested after disaster [BBC News]
Russian investigators have announced the arrest of two Moscow metro workers for safety breaches after a train derailed, killing 21 people. The railway foreman and his assistant are suspected of using inadequate wiring during works on the line in May, the Investigative Committee said. They have been questioned and charges are expected to be brought soon, it said in a statement (in Russian). A power surge is said to have caused the crash, which injured 162 people.
BBC News

15/07/2014 Radlett rail depot: Plans approved by government [BBC News]
Approval has been granted for a huge international freight terminal on green belt land in Hertfordshire after eight years of protest. The terminal is to be built on the Radlett Aerodrome site near St Albans. [From Mark Bartlett]
BBC News

15/07/2014 Russia derailment: 21 dead in Moscow metro crash [BBC News]
The death toll in Tuesday's derailment on the Moscow metro now stands at 21, the Russian health ministry says. Scores were injured, some seriously, when a packed commuter train braked abruptly between stations in the west of the city in the morning rush hour. Some of those hurt were carried out of the tunnel on stretchers, with the most serious cases airlifted to hospital. The cause of the crash - one of the worst incidents ever on the metro - is reported to be a power surge.
BBC News

14/07/2014 All aboard: China's railway dream [BBC News]
At Asia's biggest rail cargo base in Chengdu in south-west China, the cranes are hard at work, swinging containers from trucks onto a freight train. The containers are filled with computers, clothes, even cars. Until last year, all of it would have first gone more than 1,000 miles east to Shanghai and then to Europe by sea. But now the journey's been cut from six weeks to two. The trains are bound straight for Europe via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. They will be unloaded in Poland and distributed to their final destinations.
BBC News

13/07/2014 Fully prepared for the long haul [Yorkshire Post]
THE trains are running again through one of the most glorious stretches of Yorkshire’s countryside, but at a hefty cost. The price of getting the Wensleydale Railway back on track after a major landslip on a remote and inaccessible embankment closed it from October last year until this spring, cutting off its income from passengers, was £100,000, which is a very big ask for the small organisation that runs it.

The level crossing that took the Northallerton - Garsdale line across the old A1. View east towards Northallerton at Leeming Bar in 1982.
[John McIntyre //1982]

Class K1 2-6-0 no 62005, with D5160 tucked in behind, takes on water during a photostop at Leyburn on 20 May 1967. The special is the SLS Three Dales Railtour on its way back to Darlington following a visit to Redmire.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 20/05/1967]

A southbound EWS coal train runs through Garsdale on the Settle & Carlisle line in November 2004. On the right is the old platform once used by trains on the NER Wensleydale route to Northallerton via Hawes. The route may one day see trains running again, given the long term objectives of the Wensleydale Railway Association.
[John Furnevel 06/11/2004]
Yorkshire Post

12/07/2014 India builds world's highest railway bridge over Chenab river in Kauri [Straits Times]
KAURI, India (AFP) - Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world's highest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016. The arch-shaped steel structure is being constructed over the Chenab River to link sections of the spectacular mountainous region of India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state. The bridge is expected to be 359 metres high when completed - surpassing the world's current tallest railway bridge over the Beipanjiang River in China's Guizhou province, which stands at 275 metres high.
Straits Times

12/07/2014 Glasgow 2014: Rail stations sport 'fun' new names during Games [BBC News]
Rail passengers will be alighting at stations such as Cambuslangjump, Polevault and Sprintburn during the Commonwealth Games. First ScotRail bosses are installing what they describe as "fun, sport-inspired" signs at a number of stations around Scotland to mark Glasgow 2014. The transport company is an official sponsor of the event and Team Scotland.
BBC News

11/07/2014 Storm-hit Dawlish rail line: Sea wall to be raised [BBC News]
A sea wall which was breached in winter storms will be raised to protect the main railway line in the south-west of England, Network Rail has confirmed. The plans to raise the section at Dawlish, Devon have been criticised by some residents concerned about privacy. A walkway on top of the wall is used by thousands of people every year. [From Mark Bartlett]

A Pacer enters Dawlish from the Newton Abbott direction in September 2011.
[Ewan Crawford 12/09/2011]

A Western diesel-hydraulic photographed leaving Dawlish in August 1975.
[Jim Peebles /08/1975]

A Class 50 entering Dawlish with a Paignton - Waterloo service in December 1985.
[Ian Dinmore /12/1985]
BBC News

07/07/2014 Eurotunnel train stopped in Channel Tunnel by power fault [BBC News]
Hundreds of passengers have had to be evacuated from a broken-down train in the Channel Tunnel in an incident which has led to long delays to travellers. The 06:20 BST train from Folkestone, carrying 382 people, stopped about a quarter of the way to France. The 382 passengers were evacuated and taken on to the French terminal.

Eurostar at the north end of St Pancras International on 6 October. Shortly after departure the train will veer sharp east to head towards Stratford and the Channel Tunnel.
[Michael Gibb 06/10/2009]

A St Pancras bound Eurostar on HS1 just north west of Ashford on 28 October 2010. The tracks on the left are those of the Ashford to Maidstone line.
[John McIntyre 28/10/2010]

Eurostars awaiting departure for Paris and Brussels via the UKs only High Speed Rail Link stand below Mr Barlow^s engineering masterpiece at St Pancras station on 5 July 2009.
[Bill Roberton 05/07/2009]
BBC News

06/07/2014 Country house with its own railway station where residents can flag down trains goes on sale for £425,000 [Telegraph]
A country house with its own working railway station where residents can flag down passing trains has gone on the market for £425,000. The five-bedroom stone house, which has gone on the market for £425,000, boasts its own 'halt', a private train stop where residents can flag down passing locomotives. It connects to the Talyllyn Railway which runs between the former slate mining town of Abergynolwyn and the seaside village of Tywyn in Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

06/07/2014 Boeing 737 fuselages damaged in train derailment [Reuters]
(Reuters) - A train derailment in Montana this week damaged a shipment of jetliner fuselages and other large parts on its way to Boeing Co factories in Washington state from Spirit Aerosystems, Boeing said on Saturday. It was not yet known if the accident might affect production of planes, the company said. Boeing's production depends on a complex supply chain that deliver many parts just in time for assembly, but the company often has the ability to prevent minor problems in logistics from idling its factories

04/07/2014 French firm wins 7-year Docklands Light Railway franchise [BBC News]
French transport group Keolis has been awarded a new franchise to operate London's Dockland's Light Railway (DLR) from December 2014. Keolis, a subsidiary of SNCF, will operate the franchise until April 2021, Transport for London (TfL) said. The transport group has an option to extend the franchise until 2023.

View south from a train entering West India Quay on the Docklands Light Railway on 26 May. Directly ahead (and very close) is Canary Wharf station with a DLR train to Stratford in the centre road.
[John Thorn 26/05/2014]

Northbound and southbound services passing at the entrance to Heron Quays station on the London Docklands Light Railway in September 2010.
[Veronica Clibbery 18/09/2010]

A Stratford - Crossharbour service pulls away from platform 3 at Poplar station on the London Docklands Light Railway system in July 2005.
[John Furnevel /07/2005]
BBC News

04/07/2014 Trafford Centre Metrolink plans to be discussed [BBC News]
A major public consultation has begun on £350m plans to build a new Metrolink line to Greater Manchester's largest shopping centre. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) plans a 5.5km (three miles) line, running from the existing Pomona stop through to the Trafford Centre. [From Mark Bartlett]
BBC News

03/07/2014 British Train Enthusiasts Break NYC Subway Speed Run Record [NBC News]
A group of British train enthusiasts broke the world record for the fastest run through New York City’s subway system, visiting all 468 stops in less than 24 hours. Glen Bryant, Andi James, Steve Wilson, Peter Smyth and Martin Hazel set the record in November, visiting every stop in just 22 hours, 26 minutes and 2 seconds, according to Guinness World Records.

A rather quiet 42nd Street subway station on 26 February 2012. Signage for lines N R and Q can be seen to the left. In the distance a recently departed service enters the tunnel.
[Colin Harkins 26/02/2012]

View north east across Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn, on 23 March 2014 towards the New York Subway station at Coney Island. The elevated 8-platform station is the southern terminus for D, F, N and Q line services.
[Jim Peebles 23/03/2014]
NBC News

03/07/2014 Direct rail between Wrexham and Liverpool to return [BBC News]
A direct rail link between north east Wales and Liverpool is to be restored, after being lost in the 1970s. Chancellor George Osborne announced a £10m scheme to upgrade the Halton Curve rail line, linking Liverpool, Cheshire, Warrington and Wrexham. The project is part of a £34m package to improve transport connections between Liverpool and Manchester. Welsh Secretary David Jones said it showed ministers continued commitment to improving UK infrastructure. [From John Thorn]
BBC News

03/07/2014 Campaign to reopen Weymouth seafront train line [BBC News]
A former Dorset seaside train line worker has launched a campaign to return the service through Weymouth in a bid to boost tourism. The seafront line opened in 1865 to provide a link from the railway station to the quay and Channel Island ferries. The last regular service ran in 1987 but the line was used for special occasions until 1999. [From Richard Buckby]

^Strewth! That local cider must be stronger than I thought...^ 33115 with The Royal Wessex at Weymouth Quay on 25 April 1976. 33103 was on the other end of the train. The special, organised by the Lea Valley Railway Club, ran from Waterloo.
[Ian Dinmore 25/04/1976]
BBC News

02/07/2014 King's Cross team on board for Belfast transport hub [BBC News]
The architect behind the award-winning regeneration of King's Cross station in London has been appointed to the design team for Belfast's new transport hub. The hub will be centred on the Europa bus station/Great Victoria Street railway station and will open up a 20-acre site.

Irish Rail 201 class 233 River Clare propels the 08.00 ^Enterprise^ from Belfast into Dublin Connolly on 22 March 2014.
[Bill Roberton 22/03/2014]

Scene at Belfast Great Victoria Street on 6 May 2011.
[John Yellowlees 06/05/2011]

Platform scene at Belfast Central looking north in November 2003.
[Ewan Crawford 17/11/2003]
BBC News

02/07/2014 Great Central Railway bridge gets go-ahead [BBC News]
Planning permission has been granted for a new £1m bridge that will create 18 miles of heritage railway across Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Great Central Railway was given the go-ahead by Charnwood Borough Council for the structure, which will be built over the Midland Mainline track. The railway's managing director said a decade old dream was now moving towards reality.

Newly built Pacific 60163 Tornado fresh from Darlington Works (the former Hopetown Carriage Works) is put through its paces on the Great Central line near Loughborough on 10 September 2008.
[Peter Todd 21/09/2008]

The Gap at the south end of Loughborough (Midland) station where the former Great Central Railway crossed the Midland main line. The embankment of the former GCR runs off to the left. View south in July 2003.
[Ewan Crawford 14/07/2003]

The GCR Leicester North station slowly thawing out on a quiet January Friday. Notice the brick cutout for the now demolished signal box on the right and the bricked-up entrance to the former Belgrave and Birstall station on the distant overbridge [see image 31066].
[Ken Strachan 15/01/2010]
BBC News

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