|16/04/2014|| Hitachi seals £2.7bn train-building deal [BBC News]|
|Japanese firm Hitachi has secured £2.7bn of funding for its contract to bring new high-speed trains to a key route between London and Edinburgh.
The UK government announced that nearly 500 carriages for the East Coast line will be built at Hitachi Rail Europe's factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. [From Richard Buckby]
|13/04/2014|| Wensleydale railway reopens for Easter after major feat of restoration by three engineers [Northern Echo]|
|A TREMENDOUS feat of engineering to repair a significant landslip which threatened the future of a Dales railway has been carried out by just three men.
Wensleydale Railway is comparing the job to restoring the line at Dawlish, near Devon, washed away in this year's storms, which hit the headlines when it was repaired in record time by more than 300 network rail staff and contractors.
The £100,000 job on the Wensleydale Railway has taken less than four months after a landslip at Akebar, between Bedale and Leyburn, effectively cut the 16 mile railway in half and caused the suspension of services from Christmas 2013.
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 Redmire - Leeming DMU passing the former Wensley station in November 2004. The old station has been converted to a holiday cottage, but with the original railway theme retained. To the left beyond the bay window, now the master bedroom, was the private waiting room once used by local landowner Lord Bolton. The Wensleydale Railway continues to work on restoration of the full 22 mile route from the ECML at Northallerton to the S&C at Garsdale.
[John Furnevel 11/11/2004]
Leyburn station, seen from the overbridge looking east in August 2012, with a Wensleydale Railway DMU waiting to depart for Redmire. As the line now hosts steam as well as diesel services the redundant loop track has been lifted and watering facilities installed. [See image 1451].
[Mark Bartlett 11/08/2012]
|11/04/2014|| How an iconic British railway line was saved [BBC News]|
|It may be one of the most picturesque railway lines in England, but 25 years ago the old Victorian mainline from Settle, in North Yorkshire, to Carlisle, was on the brink of closure.
A Peak takes a northbound train across the 11 arches of Arten Gill Viaduct in the 1960s. The imposing structure was built using the distinctive locally obtained dark limestone which was referred to as Dent marble after polishing.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //]
Coal from Ayr crawling up the gradient from the tunnel south of Kirkby Stephen.
[Ewan Crawford 19/09/2007]
The 0926 Carlisle - Leeds train arrives at Dent Station on 9 January 2010. Trains ran very well over the snowy period which lasted about 5 weeks, although the evening train back on this particular day did lose time due to having to creep through Blea Moor tunnel as a result of giant icicles!
[Peter Rushton 09/01/2010]
|09/04/2014|| Railway writer and former train worker says farewell to historic steam engines in Shildon [Northern Echo]|
|A RAILWAY writer who helped to look after two historic steam engines 50-years ago during their heyday has bid them goodbye before they leave the UK.
Peter Townend, 88, headed to Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon to see the A4-class Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower.
A former shedmaster at London King’s Cross, he once had 19 A4’s engines to look after including the two on show in Shildon.
Mr Townend, who has penned several books including LNER Pacifics Remembered, viewed the engines which are set to leave the UK for ever later this month.
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]
Cosmetically restored (and how) 4489 Dominion of Canada, complete with bell, standing in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum, York, in June 2013. [See image 30040]
[John Furnevel 04/06/2013]
It didn^t get much better than this.... Lineup of top-link locomotives being made ready at Kings Cross shed in October 1959. The four Gresley Pacifics are, from the left, A3 60039 Sandwich, A4 60010 Dominion of Canada, A4 60033 Seagull and A3 60038 Firdaussi.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 04/10/1959]
|08/04/2014|| Fears over trains on new Borders railway [Herald]|
|CAMPAIGNERS have demanded trains used on the new Borders rail line must be refurbished to the standard of inter-city stock.
Services will begin running on the Edinburgh to Tweedbank route in 2015 for the first time in 45 years, but lobby group the Campaign For Borders Rail has raised concerns the line could use older diesel trains.
Its officials have urged the Scottish Government to ensure the interiors are upgraded to match the standard of inter-city services.
|06/04/2014|| East Coast train staff hit out at shiny uniforms [Scotsman]|
|TRAIN drivers have demanded new uniforms be scrapped because glare from the shirts has left them unable to see their cab speedometers.
The staff attire introduced by the cross-Border train operator in January includes a striped purple shirt which, a union said, reflected light onto cab instruments.
|06/04/2014|| Historic Brierfield signal box to be re-built [Lancashire Telegraph]|
|A RAILWAY signal box built almost 140 years ago could be rebuilt and opened to the public as part of an arts project.
The art organisation In-Situ wants to work with Network Rail to salvage the Brierfield signal box, which is set to demolished to make way for a new system.
Councillors are set to approve the demolition at a meeting of the Brierfield Area Committee on Tuesday.
Council planning officer Keith Thompson said: “Network Rail advises that they have been working with a local community group called In-Situ who have ambitions to reconstruct the signal box, within the conservation area (on land likely to be Brierfield Mills car park).
A Class 142 unit calls at Brierfield station with a service to
Blackpool South on 9 July 2011. The view is south and at the far end of the platform is the level crossing over the B6248 Clitheroe Road and the signalbox controlling the barriers.
[John McIntyre 09/07/2011]
Gate-box to the Burnley side of Brierfield on the Colne line in October 2007.
[Ewan Crawford 07/10/2007]
Opened as Marsden but renamed Brierfield in 1857. The signal box survives to operate the full barrier crossing, which is on a steep hill on a busy road. When this was a double track main line there was a further box, just by the curve in the distance, known as Brierfield Goods Yard. View towards Burnley on a wet, dreary July day.
[Mark Bartlett 17/07/2008]
|05/04/2014|| Officials fire Chicago train operator who ‘dozed off’ before crash [Daily News]|
|The operator, who was not identified, allegedly told investigators she fell asleep before crashing an eight-car commuter train at the O'Hare International Airport subway station last month. She was fired on Friday for causing the wild wreck, which left more than 30 people injured.
|05/04/2014|| Shildon railway museum enjoys 'record numbers' [BBC News]|
|A County Durham railway museum has hailed an "amazing year" in which it attracted a record number of visitors.
Almost 300,000 people visited the National Railway Museum at Shildon in the 12 months up to 1 April.
VIP lineup in the yard at NRM Shildon on 18 February 2014.
[Colin Alexander 18/02/2014]
APT-E on display inside the NRM Shildon on 4 November.
[John Furnevel /11/2007]
Having been transferred from York the previous week behind Deltic 55002 [See image 41111] 6229 Duchess of Hamilton and its LMS coach are given a thorough clean by a group of Friends at Locomotion, Shildon. The connecting rods, removed for the rail transfer, had not been refitted at this time but the loco still looked magnificent.
[Mark Bartlett 27/11/2012]
|04/04/2014|| Lorry lobby derails the case for a safer A9 [Scotsman]|
|Scotland’s killer road has just got more deadly – while the safest form of transport wasn’t even given a look-in, argues David Spaven. The crude politics of the Perth-Inverness transport corridor will just not go away. Despite the safety gloss being presented to the public, new evidence obtained from the Scottish Government by the Rail Freight Group (RFG) shows that the planned increase in lorry speed limits from 40mph to 50mph on single-carriageway sections of the A9 is being driven by “operational benefits” – and more lives will be lost as the price of government helping to keep truckers competitive. [From David Spaven]
|04/04/2014|| Dawlish's storm-damaged railway line reopens [BBC News]|
|The main railway line through Dawlish in Devon has reopened after part of the track was destroyed during winter storms.
The track was swept away with part of the sea wall in early February, cutting off the service linking Cornwall and much of Devon with the rest of the UK. [From Richard Buckby]
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]
|03/04/2014|| Strike ballot for First Great Western railway staff [BBC News]|
|Railway workers at First Great Western are to be balloted for industrial action, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has said.
Acting general secretary Mick Cash said the dispute is over a number of issues including agency work and employment contracts.
He said members would be asked if they are prepared to take part in industrial action up to and including strikes.
A First Great Western service pauses on its way west at Honeybourne and the guard takes the air. The view looks towards Oxford. The arch crosses over the original OWW and to its left is a girder over the later connecting line to the Stratford-upon-Avon to Cheltenham line.
[Ewan Crawford 05/09/2009]
The new west end footbridge and access links to platforms 10-15 at Reading Station under construction on 12 Fenbruary 2013. A First Great Western HST is about to leave platform 9 bound for Paddington, as a class 165/166 DMU arrives at platform 10.
[David Pesterfield 12/02/2013]
First Great Western Sleeper liveried class 57 locomotive no 57605 Totnes Castle ambles past North Pole ^eurostar^ depot in July 2005 with empty stock.
[John Furnevel 21/07/2005]
|02/04/2014|| Scots trains ‘ran despite landslip risk’ [Scotsman]|
|TRAINS were operated without special precautions when there was a significant risk of running into a landslip, according to an official report on three separate incidents in Scotland.
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.
[John Gray 04/07/2012]
|02/04/2014|| Electrified trains for Liverpool and Manchester routes [BBC News]|
|Electric trains will be introduced to the one of the North West's main rail routes in December, Northern Rail said.
The operator confirmed it had reached an agreement with the Department for Transport, with the four-carriage trains entering service in 2015.
The trains will run between Liverpool and Manchester via Newton Le Willows.
Northern Rail said the trains will provide an extra 3,000 seats for passengers during peak times of travel on the newly-electrified route. [From Mark Bartlett]
|01/04/2014|| Dawlish railway station receives makeover for reopening [BBC News]|
|The storm-wrecked Dawlish railway station has been given a revamp by volunteers ahead of its reopening.
February's storms destroyed the main railway line leaving the track hanging over the sea.
Network Rail has confirmed the railway line will reopen as planned on Friday.
TV gardener Toby Buckland has joined the Friends of Dawlish Station volunteer group to give the platforms a floral new loo
|31/03/2014|| They're just loco - Britain's most bizarre train stations [Express]|
|TALK about railway request stops and the response you’re most likely to get is: “Railway what stops?” Yet astonishingly Britain boasts around 150 such stations where if you want the train to halt you must hold out your hand, just as if you were stopping a bus.
The Arriva Trains Wales 11.21 ex-Cardiff Central calls at Llanfairpwll on 17 September on its journey to Holyhead.
[Bruce McCartney 17/09/2012]
Not a good place to forget your umbrella - exit from Berney Arms, Norfolk, in March 2004, with storm clouds gathering.
[Ian Dinmore 22/03/2004]
A water column still stands defiantly at Altnabreac in the summer of 1971, long after the end of steam.
[David Spaven //1971]
|31/03/2014|| Heatherslaw Light Railway starts 25th year [Berwick Advertiser]|
|Heatherslaw Light Railway got its 25th anniversary year off to a flying start on Sunday.
Despite the foggy weather, there were plenty of visitors on the first day of the new tourist season for 2014.
The most northerly steam railway in England, the train ride from Heatherslaw to Etal attracts around 30,000 visitors each year
Home-built diesel Clive recently arrived with a train at Etal on the Heatherslaw Light Railway in October 2001.
[Colin Miller 01/10/2001]
The scene at the Etal terminus and turntable of the 15 inch gauge Heatherslaw Light Railway, Northumberland, with Etal Castle behind. The roofed building houses a museum which was doing good business that day in connection with the 500th anniversary of Flodden, itself 4 miles away.
[Andrew Wilson 09/09/2013]
|30/03/2014|| Ipswich Chord rail link opens for Felixstowe freight [BBC News]|
|A new £59m railway giving the Port of Felixstowe a direct link to the Midlands is opening to freight.
Until now freight trains have had to travel in to Ipswich and then out again, adding a hour to journeys.
The new 'Ipswich Chord', which is 0.75 miles (1.2km) long, connects the East Suffolk Line with the Great Eastern Main Line to Nuneaton. [With thanks to all who submitted this item]
A Trafford Park - Felixstowe container train arrives at Camden Road Junction on the North London Line on 21 July 2005 behind Freightliner 90016. The train is coming off the direct freight-only link from the WCML at Willesden Junction.
[John Furnevel 21/07/2005]
So it^s really happening. £26m of Nuneaton North chord will emerge from the bare earth here over the next nine months. The new link will enable cross country freight traffic approaching Nuneaton from the east (in particular container trains from Felixstowe) to join the down WCML without having to cross the up main line on the level to the south of Nuneaton station, as at present. Traffic on the cross country route will increase following inauguration of the Ipswich chord which will enable trains from Felixstowe for destinations north of Nuneaton to avoid using the heavily congested North London Line to reach the WCML [see image 5098]. View is north east on 22 October 2011, with the WCML in the background.
[Ken Strachan 22/10/2011]
A train of Class 37s is seen shortly after passing through the former Felixstowe Beach station running towards the junction near Felixstowe. From there, the locomotives will head to Ipswich for servicing [see image 34707]. At the time, in April 1984, the heavy freightliner trains to the container port at Felixstowe were double-headed and this peculiar working helped ease the congestion on the line before the loop to Trimley was built.
[Mark Dufton 14/04/1984]
|30/03/2014|| Commonwealth Games facing railway chaos [Herald]|
|THE train drivers' union has warned of disruption to rail services around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games unless long-running talks over bonus payments are resolved soon. Aslef, which represents 1100 drivers in Scotland, said it was increasingly frustrated at the lack of information from ScotRail about the extra duties for staff created by the Game
|30/03/2014|| Network Rail expecting record £70m fine for delays [BBC News]|
|Network Rail has said it expects to be fined about £70m - a record figure - for delays suffered by passengers.
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is expected to impose the penalty later this year.
Network Rail, which maintains Britain's tracks and rail infrastructure, said it was disappointed passengers had not seen the punctuality it had promised.
It said work was continuing to make the network more reliable - but congestion and extreme weather had caused delays.
|29/03/2014|| Eurostar evacuated at Ebbsfleet after engine fire [BBC News]|
|Passengers had to be evacuated from a number of carriages on a Eurostar service after smoke was seen coming from the train.
Five fire engines were sent to Ebbsfleet station in Kent because of an electrical fire in the train's motor room, which started at 09:30 GMT.
The Brussels-bound train left St Pancras in London at 08:58 GMT. No-one was hurt.
The train was removed from service and a replacement went on to Belgium.
It was the second successive day of disruption for the Channel Tunnel high-speed train company.
|29/03/2014|| Bypass set to protect Britain’s most bashed bridge [Scotsman]|
|ONE of Britain’s most bashed bridge will be finally bypassed on Monday - re-routing errant lorries away from the much-dented Dumfries and Galloway railway crossing.
Roads officials hope the opening of the £17 million Dunragit bypass on the A75 between Stranraer and Dumfries will end Challoch bridge’s unenviable record of being hit more than 100 times in the last ten years. [From Mark Bartlett]
|28/03/2014|| Eurostar trains halted by lightning strike in Kent [BBC News]|
|Hundreds of Eurostar passengers suffered delays as a result of a lightning strike in Kent.
The lightning strike on Thursday evening started a fire at a building near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel, causing overhead electrical power losses near Ashford.
|28/03/2014|| Inverness-Aberdeen railway investment of £170m announced [BBC News]|
|A £170m investment package has been confirmed by First Minister Alex Salmond for the Inverness to Aberdeen railway.
Over the next five years, there will be a redoubling of the track between Aberdeen and Inverurie.
Platforms at Insch and Elgin will be extended to accommodate six-car trains.
Signalling improvements will be made at Elgin, the station at Forres relocated and work done so new stations can be built at Kintore and Dalcross.
Kintore's original station was closed in the 1960s. Dalcross is close to Inverness Airport.
Future phases of the scheme will support an hourly service between the cities with average journey time reducing to about two hours, it was announced.
An afternoon Inverness - Aberdeen service calls at Forres on 25 May 2012.
[John Furnevel 25/05/2012]
The former Dalcross station, between Inverness and Nairn, viewed from the north side of the level crossing in July 2011. The station closed in 1965 and like a number of others on this line is now a private residence. If a new station opens for Inverness Airport as proposed it will be sited to the east of here.
[Mark Bartlett 01/07/2011]
With the remains of Kintore station platform behind the photographer, an Inverness service disappears towards Inverurie on 19 October 2012. The line to Alford curved away to the left at this point and is still identifiable as such for a short distance.
[John McIntyre 19/10/2012]
|28/03/2014|| Northern to run British franchise for two years [IRJ]|
|BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Northern a so-called "direct award" franchise for 22 months. Northern, which is a joint venture of Serco and Abellio, itself a subsidiary of Netherlands Railways (NS), will now continue to operate the franchise, which covers regional and suburban services in northern England including the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, until February 2016. This will give the DfT time to invite bids for a longer-term franchise and is part of the continuing shake-up of the franchising system following the collapse of the West Coast franchise deal in October 2012.
|28/03/2014|| Trainspotting exhibition coming to the NRM in September [The Press]|
|THE National Railway Museum in York is delving into the hobby of trainspotting through the mediums of contemporary art work and artefacts in new expedition.
Visitors will be able to experience the anticipation that has inspired the hobby of trainspotting throughout the ages by enjoying the Museum’s collection of priceless railway art and artefacts – including Jonathan Backhouse’s letter to his sisters describing the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in September 1825, recognised as the world’s first instance of trainspotting. [From Richard Buckby]
|27/03/2014|| New display to open chronicling the industrial ‘railway corridor’ [News Guardian]|
|Stephenson Railway Musueum will this weekend launch a new permanent display that chronicles the indistrial ‘railway corridor’ from Backworth Colliery to the coal staithes on the river Tyne.
All Our Stories: Our Railway in Years Gone By is a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project led by the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association (NTSRA).
Peeking out of Backworth NCB shed, Northumberland, as one of the austerity 0-6-0STs shunts in the snow in December 1974.
[Bill Roberton /12/1974]
A general view of Backworth (Eccles) Colliery yard as seen looking north from the B1322 road that crossed the approach lines at this point. One of the two Austerity 0-6-0ST locos that were in steam that day can be seen shunting the yard.
[Mark Bartlett //1975]
An EE Type 3 heads south towards the Tyne in the 1970s with a coal train, probably from Burradon exchange sidings. The train is about to pass Earsdon Junction signal box. The flat crossing is a mineral line (the Backworth Waggonway) running to the former East Holywell Colliery. [With thanks to Freddy Wagstaff]
[John Furnevel //]
|27/03/2014|| Crossrail to be extended to Reading [Railnews]|
|THE Crossrail network is being extended from Maidenhead to Reading.
The announcement from Transport for London and the Department for Transport has confirmed years of speculation that Maidenhead was not the ideal western terminus, particularly as Reading is a key hub on the Great Western network. The major remodelling still in progress at Reading was planned with such an extension in mind. [From Crinan Dunbar]
|26/03/2014|| World's oldest working model railway at NRM to enter Guinness Book of Records [The Press]|
|A MODEL railway at the National Railway Museum in York has won a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest complete working model railway.
The model was built in 1912 for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to be used at a signalling school at Victoria Station in Manchester.
Trainee signallers used the equipment to signal the movement of trains around the layout and learn the rules and regulations.
In 1995, redevelopment forced the signal school to close but, thanks to the efforts of a group of museum volunteers, it was recovered and brought to the NRM.
|25/03/2014|| Union: Train operator dozed off [Salt Lake Tribune]|
|CHICAGO • The president of a Chicago transit union said Monday there are indications that the operator dozed off before the train jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation’s busiest airports, injuring 32 people.
The operator told Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly that she had worked a lot of overtime recently and was "extremely tired" at the time of the derailment, he said at a news conference.
|Salt Lake Tribune|