|29/08/2014|| Bus and tram in Edinburgh collision [BBC News]|
|A bus and a tram have collided during the rush hour in Edinburgh.
The accident happened on West Maitland Street at about 07:45. Both vehicles were travelling east towards Princes Street.
Police said no-one was injured and the tram was not derailed but arrangements were being made to move it.
Delays were expected.
|28/08/2014|| Northern Line extension contractor selected [Railway Gazette]|
|UK: London Underground announced on August 21 that it had selected Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke to design and build the 3·3 km extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Nine Elms and Battersea. The six-year contract covers the main construction works and is worth £500m.
|28/08/2014|| Demolition of St Erth Railway Bridge refused by Cornwall Council [The Cornishman] |
|Campaigners fighting to save a railway bridge in St Erth have welcomed the news that a planning application to demolish the structure was refused.
This week Cornwall Council rejected plans from Network Rail for the removal of the grade 2 listed footbridge at St Erth Railway Station to be replaced by a new bridge and lift structure.
St Erth Parish Council, back by St Erth Resident’s Association, spoke out against the removal of the historic bridge saying it would ruin the character of the station.
50007 Sir Edward Elgar with an up TPO at St Erth in May 1984. The class 50 had received its new nameplates a week earlier (having previously carried the name Hercules).
[Colin Alexander 01/05/1984]
Last stop before Penzance. 150249 calls at St Erth down platform on a service from Plymouth. The St Ives branch bay is to the right of the up platform and shares the canopy. The traditional bench on the right is one of several at the station.
[Mark Bartlett 18/09/2008]
Scene at St Erth, first stop out of Penzance, in August 1992, with an InterCity 125 on a Paddington service alongside the St Ives branch train.
[Ian Dinmore 15/08/1982]
|27/08/2014|| Trams begin tests at Manchester Airport as take-off looms for new Metrolink line [Manchester Evening News]|
|Trams have arrived at Manchester Airport as the region’s new Metrolink line prepares for lift-off - 12 months early.
Metrolink chiefs say trams have reached the end of the line as part of tests ahead of the grand opening later this year.
The arrival of the trams at the airport station marks another major milestone in the expansion of the tram network. [From Richard Buckby]
|26/08/2014|| On your bike: Borders Railway accused of missing an opportunity [Border Telegraph]|
|A SENIOR sports official has expressed disappointment that the trains which will operate on the Borders Railway from September next year will only have storage space for two bicycles.
|25/08/2014|| Government U-turn on pledge to scrap hated 'cattle truck' Pacer trains [Northern Echo]|
|MINISTERS have dumped a flagship pledge to scrap the North’s hated ‘Pacer’ trains, to the fury of MPs and passengers.
The decrepit 30-year-old vehicles – condemned as “cattle trucks” – were due to be replaced as part of a new contract to be introduced on local lines in 2016.
But the department for transport (DfT) has admitted to The Northern Echo that Pacers may be “modernised” instead, to keep them running for at least another decade.
Pacer number 143603 waits departure from Exmouth with the 13.10 service to Barnstaple on Sunday 21st February 2010.
[Michael Gibb 21/02/2010]
Under the shadow of the Pennines, Pacer unit 142060 arrives in the bay platform at the east end of Rochdale station on 1 October, having travelled from Manchester Victoria via Oldham. This service finishes on 3 October 2009 when the entire Oldham Loop line will close for at least two and a half years to allow conversion to Metrolink tram operation.
[John McIntyre 01/10/2009]
Pacer 143006 at Bathgate for an open day held on 23 March 1986, the day before relaunch of the service. Note Cartics in sidings on the left, an area now occupied by shops.
[David Panton 23/03/1986]
|23/08/2014|| London Bridge railway station partially closes [BBC News]|
|London Bridge railway station has partially closed for nine days for building work.
There will be no First Capital Connect or Southern trains calling at the station until 1 September.
The closure is part of the £6.5bn Thameslink programme, which aims to improve north-south travel through the capital.
Nicky Hughes from Network Rail said the redevelopment of London Bridge was a "huge challenge"
Southeastern Networker 465934 arriving at London Bridge station
in June 2011.
[Ian Dinmore /06/2011]
The south trainshed over platforms 9 - 16 at London Bridge station on a quiet Saturday morning in July 2007. The structure is earmarked for demolition as part of a planned station rebuild.
[John Furnevel /07/2007]
View over Borough Market Junction on 20 July with trains on the Charing Cross / Blackfriars route (left) and the cross-Thames lines from Cannon Street. The new east-west viaduct seen under construction will enable quadrupling here, with the southern pair of lines handling trains to and from Charing Cross and the northern pair providing Thameslink trains with a dedicated route to Blackfriars - essential in providing the planned 24tph peak service on the route. London Bridge station is just off picture bottom right.
[John Thorn 20/07/2013]
|22/08/2014|| Steam trains will disrupt journeys on Borders line [Scotsman]|
|STEAM trains planned for the Borders railway to maximise its tourism potential will disrupt the new line’s regular services, The Scotsman has learned.
A3 Pacific no 60093 Coronach about to enter the Calton Tunnel on 12 August 1961 with the 10.05 up Waverley bound for London St Pancras. The first scheduled stop will be Galashiels in 53 minutes time. Nowadays (February 2010), the 10.05 X95 bus from nearby Waterloo Place, will reach Gala in 1 hour 15 minutes – how^s that for half a century of progress! When the line is re-opened to Tweedbank (5 minutes beyond Galashiels), there will be a maximum 55 minute journey time to the terminus, including eight intermediate stops.
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 12/08/1961]
60031 Golden Plover stands at Galashiels on 18 April 1965 with BLS Scottish Rambler No 4 during the Glasgow Queen Street – Edinburgh Waverley – Carlisle leg of the railtour.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 18/04/1965]
60532 Blue Peter with the A2 Farewell railtour passing through Gorebridge on 8 October 1966 on its way to Carlisle via the Waverley Route.
[G W Robin 08/10/1966]
|22/08/2014|| Edinburgh Waverley station to get 2 new platforms [Scotsman]|
|TWO new platforms will replace the former taxi rank at Waverley station in Edinburgh to help cater for an expected doubling of passengers over the next ten years, Network Rail announced today.
Three other platforms will be extended to accommodate longer trains as part of the latest £25m upgrade of Scotland’s second busiest station, which handles around 20 million passengers a year. It currently has 18 platforms.
The planned platform renumbering omits 5 & 6, positions currently occupied by the 2 short ex-Motorail bays and used primarily for stabling sleeper locomotives. The bays are seen on 22 October 2006 from the east end of the car park. Obvious potential exists here for any longer term expansion that may be required to east end platform capacity.
[John Furnevel 22/10/2006]
It is hard to believe that no Platforms have been closed for the
renovation work currently under way at Waverley. This is (was) the taxi rank next to platforms 7 and 11. Photographed on 12 March 2011.
[David Panton 12/03/2011]
|20/08/2014|| Borders to Edinburgh railway: Opening date set [BBC]|
|First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that trains will start to run on the Borders to Edinburgh railway from 6 September 2015.
Work is ongoing on the multi-million pound project to lay 30 miles of new track and build seven new stations.
Mr Salmond also announced a feasibility study to look at ways to use the railway to boost tourism in the area.
Among the possibilities is the permanent exhibit of the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank Station.
Scene at Tweedbank following the formal announcent of the opening date for the Borders Railway by the First Minister - trains will run over the new line from 6 September 2015 - see news item.
[Bruce McCartney 20/08/2014]
|20/08/2014|| Lac-Mégantic report condemns Transport Canada [International Railway Journal]|
|CHRONIC negligence by Canada's transport regulator has been identified by the country's accident investigator as the primary underlying cause of the derailment and explosion of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A) crude oil train at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 6 2013, which killed 47 people. [From Richard Buckby]
|18/08/2014|| East Lancashire's faster train service delayed by another six months [Lancashire Telegraph]|
|RAIL bosses have been accused of 'sheer incompetence' after admitting that East Lancashire's long-awaited faster train service to Manchester has been delayed by at least another six months.
Network Rail has confirmed signalling work on the Todmorden Curve will not be completed until February with the service now not starting until May next year. [From Richard Buckby]
Looking south at the former Stansfield Hall loco spur on the right where Copy Pit bankers would wait to give assistance but which will shortly form part of the re-instated Todmorden Curve.
[John McIntyre 10/02/2014]
|17/08/2014|| ScotRail and Virgin ‘trusted’ by passengers [Scotland on Sunday]|
|TRAIN operators serving Scotland such as ScotRail and Virgin Trains are among the most trusted by passengers, according to a survey published today by watchdog Passenger Focus. ScotRail, Virgin and East Coast were rated better than most for a good service and having a good relationship with passengers and a positive reputation.
|Scotland on Sunday|
|16/08/2014|| North Yorkshire Moors Railway's new platform opens [BBC News]|
|North Yorkshire Moors Railway's second platform at Whitby station has officially opened to the public.
The charity launched its new timetable with the first steam train arriving into the station at 09:44 BST.
The railway operates steam trains on its line between Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby.
It said the number of steam trains serving the seaside town would increase from three to five each day during the spring, summer and autumn months.
Looking west from the Langborne Road entrance across the car park at Whitby on 2 October 2008. The station (Whitby^s second), dates from 1847 and the name has alternated several times between Whitby Town and plain Whitby. The arched portico over the main entrance carries the logo of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, whose staff now handle ticket sales for Northern Rail Esk Valley Line services to Middlesbrough as well as their own trains to Pickering.
[John Furnevel 02/10/2008]
BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 no 75029 ^The Green Knight^, built at Swindon in 1954 and bought by the NYMR in 2005, simmers in the late September evening sun at Whitby, while awaiting its departure time with a train for Grosmont. Definitely looking much better than it did for much of 2010... [see image 28429].
[John Steven 01/09/2012]
A DMU arrives at platform 1 of the ^pre-rationalisation^ Whitby station in 1974.
[Ian Dinmore //1974]
|16/08/2014|| New row for Borders Railway [Border Telegraph]|
|A ROW has erupted over what to call the region’s new rail line, community councillors heard this week. It has emerged there is still some dispute over whether it should be named the Borders Railway or the Waverley Line - after the original line which was closed in 1969. It follows a debate over whether to call the terminus Tweedbank or Tweedbank Abbotsford.
|15/08/2014|| £17m EU funds for refurbishment of Belfast-Dublin railway [BBC News]|
|The European Union is to invest £17m in two cross-border railway projects.
The work includes refurbishment of rolling stock for the Belfast-Dublin Enterprise service and the Boyne viaduct in Drogheda, County Louth.
The projects are scheduled for completion in 2015.
The Department for Regional Development (DRD) in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) in the Republic are to match the EU funding [From Richard Buckby]
|14/08/2014|| The trouble with trying to make trains go faster [BBC]|
|As technology advances, transport gets ever faster, and trains are no exception. But with great speed come great drawbacks. Katia Moskvitch reports on the pitfalls facing train designers trying to reach even greater speed on rails.
|14/08/2014|| £1m revamp for railway station [Morpeth Herald]|
|A £1million revamp is being planned for Morpeth Railway Station to restore derelict buildings.
The Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) has announced the ambitious programme for the Grade II-listed facility in a bid to create new business space.
66709 northbound off the curve and through Morpeth station with a ballast train on 23 May 2014.
[Peter Todd 23/05/2014]
The magnificent (apart from the cars) frontage of Morpeth station - May 2004.
[John Furnevel /05/2004]
View south at Morpeth station on the ECML on a May afternoon in 2004. Just beyond the attractive station buildings on the up platform is the start of the infamous Morpeth Curve, the most severe curve (17 chains (340 m) radius) on any main line in Britain, turning through almost 90° immediately south of the Station. The curve has been the scene of three major derailments over the years. There is a permanent speed restriction of 50mph through this section of the ECML.
[John Furnevel /05/2004]
|13/08/2014|| Swiss train derailed in landslide [BBC News]|
|A train has derailed at the top of a gulley after running into a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz.
Eleven people are reported to have been injured and taken to nearby hospitals by helicopter, but there appear to have been no fatalities.
The accident left one carriage hanging over the edge of the ravine, while another plunged down before before lodging behind a tree.
The landslide happened after heavy rain in eastern Switzerland overnight. [From Mark Bartlett]
|13/08/2014|| VIDEO: Borders Railway structures [Midlothian Advertiser]|
|With around a year until the Borders Railway opens those behind the project give an insight into the challenges they faced.
In this video Hugh Wark of Network Rail talks about the various structures, old and new, along the line from the Borders, through Midlothian, and into Edinburgh.
|12/08/2014|| Llangollen Railway's new Corwen extension has first test runs [Daily Post]|
|There was a momentous occasion for the Llangollen Railway at the weekend with the arrival of a test train at the site of the new Corwen East station.
A gauging train of three diesel railcars ventured west of Carrog, the railway’s current terminus, to check out the clearances at structures along the two and a half mile railway extension.
Train from Llangollen approaching the present terminus at Carrog in the summer of 2007.
[John Robin 22/07/2007]
The former Corwen Station, with the station building now the sales office of Ifor Williams Trailers. The platform & trackbed area are used to display new trailers and provide servicing & spares facilities. Note the large glass frontage to the former entrance / waiting area through the centre of the building.
[David Pesterfield 07/05/2009]
The restored Llangollen station looking west in July 2006. [See image 32118]
[Ewan Crawford 10/07/2006]
|12/08/2014|| Trainspotting signal box earns protected status [Scotsman]|
|A SIGNAL box at Corrour, the remote Highland station featured in Trainspotting, is among nine to be added to the protected list by Historic Scotland as their operational demise approaches.
The buildings have been given listed status by Historic Scotland ahead of being phased out over the next 15-30 years.
Scotland’s 74 signal boxes - 41 of which are now listed - will be replaced by two signalling centres covering the whole country.
The newly-listed ones include Corrour, which was seen in the 1996 film starring Ewan McGregor. [From Mark Bartlett]
67009 has just passed Corrour Summit on 26 October 2013 and is on the descent to Loch Treig with the northbound Caledonian Sleeper for Fort William. In the background is the remote Corrour Station and signal box, standing in the midst of bleak moorland.
[John Gray 26/10/2013]
Probably the loneliest loop in Britain – a lightly-loaded northbound freight creeps through Corrour in 1998.
[David Spaven //1988]
Class 37 hauled sleeper train heading south at Corrour at night. Lit by studio flashes.
[Ewan Crawford //]
|11/08/2014|| City council owns a £350,000 steam engine [Derby Telegraph]|
|DERBY City Council has its own steam locomotive worth £350,000.
The engine, one of the last made in the city, is currently pulling trains on the Severn Valley Railway, between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.
Bought in 1972 with the help of a grant from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, its existence may come as a surprise.
It certainly has to several councillors who the Derby Telegraph has spoken to.
We can reveal that, until at least 2019, it is the subject of a loan agreement between Derby Museums Trust – now responsible for the authority’s historic assets – and The Midland Railway Trust, Butterley.
They, in turn, have rented it out to Severn Valley Railway, so it can be used to raise cash towards its own boiler refit next year.
Caprotti Standard class 5 no 73129 gleams in the autumn sunshine as it runs round its train at Rawtenstall in October 2010 during a stay on the East Lancashire Railway. In this view from the end of the station platform the level crossing and signalbox at Rawtenstall West can also be seen.
[Malcolm Chattwood 25/10/2010]
The only Caprotti valve geared Standard 5 4-6-0 still in
existence, no 73129, normally on the Midland Railway, is seen at Keighley on 9 October 2010 having just arrived with the 1455 hrs from Oxenhope.
[John McIntyre 09/10/2010]
|11/08/2014|| Shottle railway station reopens to passengers [BBC News]|
|A countryside railway station has reopened to passengers for the first time in more than half a century.
Derbyshire's Shottle station, near Belper, attracted 12,000 annual visitors during its heyday in the 1920s but closed in 1947.
Heritage group Ecclesbourne Valley Railway restored the station and hopes it can be as popular as it once was. [From Mark Bartlett]
Platform scene at Wirksworth, on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, on 15 May 2011.
[Peter Todd 15/05/2011]
A sight I have waited 30 years to see - main line to branch line interchange at Duffield on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. [see image 40048]
[Ken Strachan 15/09/2012]
The disused yard at Wirksworth on 17 February 1992, three years after the end of freight traffic. Since transformed by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway [see image 40126].
[Bill Roberton 17/02/1992]
|10/08/2014|| £30m railway project misses sports dates [Evening Times]|
|The electrification of the Whifflet to Glasgow line via Rutherglen was brought forward from 2018 to this year to improve services for the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.
The line will link the city to Whifflet, in Coatbridge, via Carmyle, Mount Vernon, Baillieston, Bargeddie and Kirkwood and Network Rail says it will now be complete in September - but refuses to give an exact date.
Last day of operation of Class 101 DMUs (on Whifflet services) at Glasgow Central in summer 2000.
[David Spaven //2000]
The 11.22 service to Glasgow Central High level under the newly installed OHLE wiring at Carmyle on 19th June 2014.
[Colin McDonald 19/06/2014]
Notice at Whifflet station in August 2006, some 13 years after the line reopened.
[John Furnevel 22/08/2006]
|09/08/2014|| Your pictures: Railways [BBC]|
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|08/08/2014|| Merthyr Tydfil steam train heritage plans unveiled [BBC News]|
|A heritage centre could be built to retell the story of the first ever steam train journey in Merthyr Tydfil.
A £20,000 study will also be carried out to see whether the four-hour journey to Abercynon, made by Richard Trevithick in 1804, can be replicated.
The plans also include proposals for a working replica of his first steam train, the Penydarren locomotive. [From Richard Buckby]
|07/08/2014|| Proposals to extend Crossrail to Hertfordshire to be announced [BBC News]|
|Proposals to extend Crossrail to Hertfordshire are being considered by the government, the transport secretary is expected to announce later.
Extending the service would reduce journey times between London and Hertfordshire by up to 16 minutes.
At the Crossrail site at Farringdon in central London, Patrick McLoughlin is expected to outline the benefits of extending the link
London Overground 378229 calls at Harrow and Wealdstone (shared with the Bakerloo line) on 28 July with a service for Watford Junction.
[Bill Roberton 28/07/2014]
Call that a train... tee, hee... 350242 at Berkhamsted on 17 September 2010.
[Veronica Clibbery 17/09/2010]
67003 awaits departure from Watford Junction with the ^Coast to Coast^ railtour from London Euston to Cleethorpes and Blackpool on 6th March 2010.
[Michael Gibb 06/03/2010]
|06/08/2014|| Australian commuters help free man trapped against platform [BBC News]|
|Commuters in Western Australia have helped to free a man after his leg became trapped between a platform and a busy train.
CCTV footage captured at the station in Perth shows the man slip and fall as he tries to board the carriage.
His fellow passengers, along with transport staff, then tilt the train so he can pull himself free. [From Richard Buckby]
|05/08/2014|| Borders Railway gets its first track [Global Rail News]|
|The first section of track of the new 30-mile Borders Railway has been laid in Bowshank tunnel.
Although the Borders line is a single track railway, the 200-metre tunnel has double track which is part of a 6.4-kilometre dynamic passing loop. In the tunnel clearances are tight due to the requirement for passive provision for electrification. Hence the tunnel has slab track.
View from the northern portal of the Bowshank Tunnel on 3 March 2014 towards Edinburgh.
[Ewan Crawford 03/03/2014]
The north portal of the 249 yard Bowshank Tunnel on 5 July, looking towards Galashiels.
[John Yellowlees 05/07/2013]
Looking north to the southern portal of Bowshank Tunnel on 15th November 2012. The portal seen here is a later addition to the original structure completed for the opening of the Edinburgh-Hawick line in 1849.
[David Spaven 15/11/2012]
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