|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.
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]
Last day of operation of Class 101 DMUs (on Whifflet services) at Glasgow Central in summer 2000.
[David Spaven //2000]
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]
|Global Rail News|
|03/08/2014|| All aboard! Ike back on track at railroad museum [USA Today]|
|ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — The Dwight D. Eisenhower is ready for its second tour of duty at the National Railroad Museum.
The restored British steam engine — named for the American war hero and former president — is being rededicated this weekend as part of an updated World War II exhibit at the Ashwaubenon museum. [From Richard Buckby]
Gresley A4 Pacific no 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower arrives at Doncaster on 1 September 1962 with the 3.43pm service to Kings Cross ex-Leeds Central.
[K A Gray 01/09/1962]
Gresley A4 Pacific no 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower at the NRM, York, on 8 April.
[Colin Alexander 08/04/2013]
A4 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower on display in the yard at NRM Shildon on 22 February as part of The Great Goodbye.
[John Yellowlees 22/02/2014]
|02/08/2014|| Amtrak train leaves Penn Station for Washington, D.C., without its passengers [Daily News]|
|An Amtrak train bound for Washington pulled away from Penn Station on Saturday without some pretty important cargo: its passengers.
Scores of travelers were stranded after the Acela Express 2253 took off from one platform about 3 p.m. — while they were waiting at another and unaware the train was leaving them behind.
|01/08/2014|| Train tickets: the best bargains and the worst ripoffs [Guardian]|
|You can buy a train ticket for £3 from Birmingham to Edinburgh – or £107 arriving slightly later. We highlight some of the extraordinary anomalies of Britain's bewildering rail fare system.
|31/07/2014|| Birmingham New Street Station opening date announced [BBC News]|
|Birmingham's New Street Station is set to open in September 2015 after a £650m redevelopment, Network Rail has said.
Building work began in 2010, and in April 2013 the first phase of the revamp opened, including half of the new concourse.
When completed next year it will be three-and-a-half times bigger than the one it replaces.
A recently introduced eleven coach Pendolino (390156) waits at Birmingham New Street with the 11.49 service to Wolverhampton on 17 April 2012. Across at platform 2 a sister set prepares to depart with a service for Euston.
[David Pesterfield 17/04/2012]
The 10.27 Manchester Piccadilly - London Euston stands in the concrete cavern that is Birmingham New Street station on 1 November 1969. Class 85 AC electric locomotive no E3090 is in charge.
[Bill Jamieson 01/11/1969]
Artist^s impression of the new Stephenson Street entrance to Birmingham New Street.
[Courtesy Network Rail /12/2012]
|31/07/2014|| World War One: HM Factory Gretna's vital munitions role [BBC News]|
|Built to produce much-needed ammunition for Britain's out-gunned troops in the early years of World War One, HM Factory Gretna was a game-changer.
Its role in the war effort - and the remarkable social experiment it was part of - are told in a new custom-built museum which has just opened in the village of Eastriggs.
Bridge remains south of Gretna looking towards the Solway Firth. The bridge was part of the private railway system serving the enormous wartime factory complex that stretched from Eastriggs in the west through Gretna and across the border to Longtown in the east, and which incorporated the eighth railway border crossing [see image 23012].
[Bruce McCartney 06/03/2010]
Privately stored class 20s at the former MoD Base Ammunition Depot, Smalmstown, in March 2005. The lines in the foreground pass under the road to link with the larger MoD Longtown, directly behind the camera. All part of the massive sprawl that once made up the wartime HM Factory Gretna stretching west as far as Eastriggs on the other side of the border.
[John Furnevel 10/03/2005]
Aerial view east towards MoD Longtown, with BAD Smalmstown top left. The WCML runs across the picture, with the remains of the triangular junction bottom left, as well as the trackbed of the old military line to Eastriggs. Longtown itself, once served by the Waverley Route, stands top centre.
[Ewan Crawford //]
|31/07/2014|| Strathspey steam railway plans on track for green light [Strathspey & Badenoch Herald]|
|The Strathspey Steam Railway is set to remain on track in its bid to re-connect Aviemore and Grantown by loco.
Members of the Cairngorms National Park Authority’s planning committee are being recommended to approve the latest work to extend the railway towards Grantown.
The proposal is to relay track from the River Dulnain crossing for around 1.7 kilometres leading east past Ballintomb Farm to Lower Gaich Farm, in the Dulnain Bridge area.
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 & Badenoch Herald|
|30/07/2014|| London orbital railway on mayor's £1.3tn wishlist [Guardian]|
|Blueprints for a new orbital metro-style railway around London are being drawn up by the city's transport authorities as part of a massive proposed infrastructure investment to keep the capital moving as the population soars in coming decades.
Around £200bn of spending on transport infrastructure alone will be needed in the capital by 2050 to keep it in the top tier of world cities, according to the London mayor, Boris Johnson. Predicting that London's geography would shift to the east as the population passes 11 million, Johnson said unfashionable Barking would be the Piccadilly Circus of a century's time. [From John Thorn]
|29/07/2014|| Glimpse of Edinburgh's Haymarket railway tunnel works [BBC News]|
|Contractors strengthening Edinburgh's Haymarket railway tunnels ahead of a regeneration project have released images of the underground works.
A team of up to 40 specialists is working through the night over 14 months.
The site above the tunnels will be home to The Haymarket, a £200m development of retail, offices and hotels, with an underground car park. [From Richard Buckby]
A Plymouth - Edinburgh Voyager leaving Haymarket platform 3 on 13 April 2007 on the last short leg of its journey to Waverley about to enter Haymarket tunnel.
[John Furnevel 13/04/2007]
334 020 leaves Haymarket Tunnel and pulls up at platform 4 on 9 August with a train for Milngavie.
[Bill Roberton 09/08/2011]
A pair of visitors from Tyneside in Princes Street Gardens. Class A1 locomotives 60116 Hal o the Wynd (52B Heaton) and 60142 Edward Fletcher (52A Gateshead) about to enter the east end of Haymarket tunnel on their way from Waverley station to Haymarket shed in August 1963.
[Colin Miller 15/08/1963]
|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]