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01/09/2014 New Pont Briwet rail bridge over Dwyryd estuary to open [BBC News]
A new Pont Briwet bridge that will carry the Cambrian Coast railway line over the Dwyryd estuary is opening on Monday after being hit by delays. It has replaced the 154-year-old bridge in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, which was shut over safety concerns. [From Richard Buckby]

The soon-to-be-demolished original Pont Briwet on 6th July with its replacement taking shape alongside. Work on the new bridge caused the 1860s wooden trestle bridge to become unstable in December 2013, following which the line was closed from Harlech to Pwllheli. It is expected to reopen by September 2014. [See image 46693]
[Colin McDonald 06/07/2014]

A southbound DMU, bound for Machynlleth, stands at Harlech in 1986.
[Ian Dinmore /03/1986]

Unlit Llandecwyn viewed looking north towards the combined Pont Briwet road and rail timber viaduct over the Traeth Bach. Llandecwyn station is some distance from the locality giving it its name with Cilfor being the nearest village. Penryndeudraeth Station is out of shot beyond the viaduct.
[David Pesterfield 08/12/2011]
BBC News

30/08/2014 Reading viaduct ready for tracklaying [Railway Gazette]
UK: The structure of a £45m viaduct which is being built as part of the £895m remodelling of the Great Western Main Line through Reading has been handed over to infrastructure manager Network Rail by construction contractor Balfour Beatty, ready for tracklaying by Carillion. The 320 concrete beams for the 2 km viaduct, each 23 m long, were precast by Shay Murtagh in Ireland. Trains are scheduled to begin using the viaduct in 2015, reducing congestion by enabling inter-city services from London to Bristol and south Wales to pass over the lines to Newbury, Basingstoke and the southwest of England, including a spur carrying freight trains to and from the port of Southampton.
Railway Gazette

30/08/2014 Broughty Ferry railway station still waiting for restaurant to arrive [Courier]
A prominent Broughty Ferry restaurant site with unrivalled transport connections is still awaiting a tenant more than two years after being put on the 
market. The proposed eaterie was created at Broughty Ferry railway station as part of a £650,000 redevelopment of the site. With trains stopping outside, a car park next door and a major bus route alongside, access for customers is not a problem. But no restaurateur has so far stepped forward with a serious interest in the property. In 2012 rumours were rife in Broughty Ferry that Pizza Express would perhaps be the most appropriate tenants, but that story proved to be half-baked.

Sign of a revival at Broughty Ferry station on 12 December 2011 - see news item.
[John Yellowlees 12/12/2011]

Broughty Ferry signalbox viewed from the southbound platform in 1989 when the box still had another six years of operational life left. The lattice post to the right once carried a lower quadrant signal which was converted to upper quadrant and then relocated below, presumably for a clearer view. At the time of the photograph it was possible to cross between platforms by subway, bridge and level crossing. See news item.
[Ewan Crawford //1989]

26029 with a southbound local train at Broughty Ferry in August 1981. The train is standing alongside the abandoned bay platform at the west end of the station.
[John Furnevel 04/08/1981]
The Courier


30/08/2014 Bluebell Railway extension attracts thousands more visitors [BBC News]
A Sussex heritage railway has seen its annual visitor numbers increase by 60,000 since it was reconnected to the mainline network. The Bluebell Railway carried 250,000 passengers in the year after its extension from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead opened in March last year. The two-mile stretch, which cost £3.5m, linked East Grinstead mainline station to Kingscote, 11 miles away.

Bulleid West Country Pacific no 21C123 Blackmore Vale, lined out in Southern Railway colours, photographed at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway on 29 July 2001.
[Peter Todd 29/07/2001]

Merchant Navy Class 35027 Port Line leaves Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway and heads for Kingscote in 1992.
[Ewan Crawford //1992]

View from the signal box at East Grinstead in March 1986. One of the much-loved Thumper DEMUs has just arrived at the platform [see image 21569].
[Ian Dinmore /03/1986]
BBC News

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.
BBC News

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.
Railway Gazette

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]
The Cornishman


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]
MEN

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.
Border Telegraph

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]
Northern Echo

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]
BBC News


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]
Scotsman

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]
Scotsman

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]
BBC News

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]
BBC News

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.
Border Telegraph

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]
BBC News

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.
BBC

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]
Morpeth Herald

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]
BBC News

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.
Video Link

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 //]
Scotsman

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]
Derby Telegraph

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]
BBC News

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]
Evening Times

09/08/2014 Your pictures: Railways [BBC]
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