|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]
|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]
|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
|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
|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.
|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.
|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]
|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.
|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.
|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]
|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.
|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.
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|30/06/2014|| Carnforth train campaign reaches the top [The Visitor]|
|A campaign to restore mainline platforms at Carnforth station continues to gather steam.
Letters are being delivered to residents asking them to write to their MPs backing a drive to re-open Carnforth as a stop on the West Coast Mainline from London to Glasgow and also between Windermere and Manchester. [From Mark Bartlett]
After several months of running in plain grey livery, First branding is starting to appear on the TPE Class 350s. 350405, passing Carnforth on a Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central service, is one of the first to receive the new vinyls.
[Mark Bartlett 09/04/2014]
A Voyager for Birmingham New Street passes Carnforth on 19 June 2010. The WCML platforms were removed prior to electrification, resulting in passengers for the north having to first go south to Lancaster. Since introduction of the Virgin VHF timetable options for connections at Lancaster have been reduced and a lengthy detour via Preston can be necessary. The original station building on the WCML up platform here remains in use today as the booking office and a number of small retail outlets. The buildings on the platform between the WCML and Furness lines have been restored and now house a refreshment room and visitor centre.
[John McIntyre 19/06/2010]
On a fine May evening in 1970, EE Type 4 No. 353 stands
in the down WCML platform at Carnforth waiting to take participants in ^Scottish Grand Tour No. 10^ back to Edinburgh. Main line trains had ceased to call at Carnforth with effect from the start of the new timetable the previous Monday and this was expected to be the last passenger working to use the platform.
[Bill Jamieson 09/05/1970]
|29/06/2014|| Rail warning system “ears” can hear landslide [Scotsman]|
|ELECTRONIC “ears” have been installed along one of Scotland’s most landslide-prone train lines in a pioneering project that could protect rail tracks and roads across Scotland.
The fibre-optic cables are a modern-day replacement for a Victorian rockfall warning system in the steep-sided Pass of Brander on the Glasgow-Oban line.
The UK first is being tested on the route below Ben Cruachan, where in 2010 a ScotRail train nearly plunged down a 50ft embankment after hitting a fallen boulder and derailing.
A tripwire system built by engineer John Anderson in 1882, in which falling rocks trigger line-side signals, did not detect the boulder because it fell from lower down the slope. [From Mark Bartlett]
View from the roadside of the stone signals at the Pass of Brander. Should a rock fall occur then a series of wires that run along this stretch of line automatically throw the semaphore signals to Danger!! Hopefully averting a disaster!!
[Colin Harkins 15/02/2009]
37 405 heading west from Loch Awe to the Pass of Brander. The signals are part of Anderson^s Piano which detects rockfalls.
[Ewan Crawford //1990]
GBRf 66734 ^The Eco Express^ lying alongside Loch Trieg on 4 July 2012 following derailment in the aftermath of a landslip on 28 June. The locomotive will be particularly difficult to recover from this inaccessible spot, although the tank wagons are due to be lifted clear fairly soon. [See image 39399]
[John Gray 04/07/2012]
|26/06/2014|| Essex Thameside train franchise re-awarded to c2c [Guardian]|
|National Express-owned c2c will continue to run the Essex Thameside rail service for another 15 years after it beat three competitors to win a new franchise.
The Department for Transport promised the new deal would include a fleet of new trains and thousands more seats on the line between London and the commuter hubs of Barking, Basildon, and Southend.
A train on the London - Tilbury - Southend line passing Shadwell DLR station on 26 May.
[John Thorn 26/05/2014]
Class 302 slamdoor stock at London Fenchurch Street in July 1987 in Network SouthEast markings.
[David Panton /07/1987]
|25/06/2014|| South Tynedale Railway project given another boost [Journal]|
|A heritage railway is on track for a bright future following a major lottery award has been given another boost.
Earlier this year, Alston-based South Tynedale Railway was handed £4.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
As part of a £5.6m scheme, the volunteer-run railway plans the extension of its track by 1.5 miles from Alston to Slaggyford in the South Tyne Valley; conservation works; new visitor facilities, including a second platform, improved cafe, additional locomotives and carriages, and additional spaces for exhibitions and education.
The viaduct which carried the Alston branch over the South Tyne shortly after it left Haltwhistle. View south in May 2006 towards Alston, 30 years after the branch was closed by BR.
[John Furnevel 10/05/2006]
An afternoon Alston branch DMU, with class 101 power car No. E51437 leading, awaits a connecting service off the Carlisle - Newcastle line before setting out from Haltwhistle in March 1976.
[Bill Jamieson 27/03/1976]
Branch train from Hatwhistle at Alston station in June 1952.
[G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. 25/06/1952]
|24/06/2014|| French railway reform passed by Assembly as other strikes erupt [Yahoo News]|
|PARIS (Reuters) - French lawmakers voted on Tuesday to reform the structure of the railway system, in a blow to striking unions worried the changes will threaten workers' conditions, as new strikes broke out in the air traffic and ferry sectors.
By a 355 to 168 vote, deputies in the National Assembly voted "yes" to the restructure, which will bring state-owned train operator SNCF and track owner RFF into the same holding company while maintaining separate operations.
|24/06/2014|| First Thameslink train tested at 160km/h at Widenrath [IRJ]|
|THE first of the fleet of 115 class 700 EMUs being supplied by Siemens for the upgraded cross-London Thameslink network has been tested successfully at its maximum operating speed of 160km/h at the Wildenrath test centre in Germany. [From Richard Buckby]
|International Railway Journal|