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24/11/2014 First Crossrail tracks laid on Stockley Flyover bridge [BBC News]
The first section of track to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid on a new bridge in west London. The 120m (131yd) long Stockley Flyover will be used by Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services from next year. Crossrail services between Paddington and Heathrow are due to begin in 2018. Crossrail said the new bridge was the largest single-span bridge installed on the Great Western railway since the days of Brunel. [From Mark Bartlett]
BBC News

23/11/2014 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway extension work begins [BBC News]
Work has begun to extend a heritage railway after a public shares scheme topped its £500,000 target. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) will now be extended to the Cotswolds village of Broadway. Shares in the rail line, which currently runs between Cheltenham and Laverton, went on sale last September, raising a total of £565,000. Finance director Chris Bristow said the extra money was 'a bonus' and track laying would begin next year. When finished, the line will run to 14 miles long. [From Mark Bartlett]

Spotless Stanier 8F no 8274 arrives at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 8 March 2014, the first day of the 2014 season.
[John McIntyre 08/03/2014]

Scene on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 26 May as 7903 Foremarke Hall, departing from Toddington for Cheltenham, is seen passing close to Hailes Abbey.
[Peter Todd 26/05/2013]

GW 2-6-2T 5542 has finished its work for the day and is serviced over the inspection pit at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.
[Mark Bartlett 27/07/2008]
BBC News

22/11/2014 CILT: The Stranraer to Ayr Line Support Association [Richard Carr, SAYLSA Development Manager]
SAYLSA was formed in 2007 to be Scotland's first Community Rail Partnership with a view to enabling the Ayr-Stranraer line to diversify into new markets on Stena Line's relocation to Cairnryan. That took place in 2011, and development manager Richard Carr will explain how the Association has gone about promoting walking and cycling guides and station-specific timetables, running a shop on Girvan Station, seeking recognition for its efforts while keeping an eye to the challenges that the line faces in the context of ScotRail refranchising.
*** The above event will take place on Tuesday 9 December 2014 (1730 for 1800) at First ScotRail, Atrium Court, 50, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ. There is no charge for this event. A light buffet will be provided.

22/11/2014 Novel design to decorate Borders Railway [Border Telegraph]
DESIGNS inspired by renowned author Sir Walter Scott will decorate stations along the Borders Railway when it opens next year - including Waverley, the only station in the world named after a novel. Twenty-three-year-old Jane Fleming will create a permanent art installation for the Borders Railway after winning a competition run by Transport Scotland.
Border Telegraph

21/11/2014 Deal reached on Welsh electrification [IRJ]
AFTER months of political deadlock, the British government and the Welsh assembly have reached an agreement on funding for the electrification of the South Wales Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea and the Valley Lines suburban network around Cardiff. [From Richard Buckby]
International Railway Journal

21/11/2014 Eurostar passengers trapped on trains overnight number more than 1,200 [Guardian]
Hundreds of Eurostar passengers were stuck on trains for hours overnight after an overhead cable problem. The power outage, at Lille in northern France, affected nearly 700 passengers travelling on Thursday’s 6.01pm London to Paris Eurostar service as well as around 600 who were on the 6.04pm London to Brussels train.

20/11/2014 Old railway stations to reopen [Evening News]
MOTHBALLED railway stations are set to reopen after more than half a century after services for stops at the platforms were written into the next ScotRail franchise. Stations at East Linton, in East Lothian, and Reston, in Berwickshire, will be included in the two-hourly service between Edinburgh and Berwick under the new planning timetable. Both were closed following the Beeching Report of 1964 which moved to axe rail routes amid increased competition from road haulage services. If momentum continues trains could be running through both stations as early as December 2016.

Looking east along the ECML from the old station footbridge at East Linton on 16 May 2007. The surviving platform buildings connect to the substantial structure incorporating the former Station House beyond.
[John Furnevel 16/05/2007]

The 0800 East Coast Kings Cross – Edinburgh service runs north through Reston, Berwickshire, on 8 March 2010. The train is passing the site of the island platform once shared by down trains on the main line and local services on the Berwickshire Railway^s cross-country line to St Boswells. The station house stands alongside the former main entrance in the left background. Reston, which lost its passenger service in 1964, is one of the locations identified as a possibility for reopening as part of a future improved Edinburgh – Berwick rail service.
[John Furnevel 08/03/2010]
Evening News

18/11/2014 Dramatic picture shows derailed train strewn across tracks in Bedlington [Evening Chronicle]
A freight train has crashed off the tracks in Northumberland. The wagons, which were carrying coal from Blyth to Cottam power station, left the rails at West Sleekburn near Bedlington on Monday night. Incredibly, nobody was injured in the crash. But the derailed DB Schenker train remained strewn across the line on Tuesday morning.

Scene at West Sleekburn Junction in the 1960s with 62067 approaching with empty hoppers off the North Blyth branch heading for Bedlington Furnace Way sidings. There the locomotive would run round its train before proceeding to one of the north main line collieries, most likely Widdrington opencast. (This journey involved running round six times in all, hence the brake van at each end of the train.) The road on the left is Bomarsund colliery metals and the sub signal on the facing road with the indicators is for Winning Colliery. The signal box in the background is the new West Sleekburn box, its predecessor having been destroyed by fire. [With thanks to Messrs Pesterfield, Robinson, Jamieson & Bathgate, and a special thank you to Freddy Wagstaff]
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //]
Evening Chronicle

17/11/2014 Borders to Edinburgh railway: Alex Salmond sets passenger goal [BBC News]
First Minister Alex Salmond has said one million passengers a year could be using the Borders to Edinburgh railway within five years of it reopening. Track laying along the 30-mile route is currently ongoing with rail services scheduled to return in September 2015.
BBC News

15/11/2014 Japan's levitating maglev train reaches 500km/h (311mph) [BBC News]
Train fans have experienced the speed of super-fast maglev trains, during test runs for members of the public in central Japan. One hundred passengers whizzed along a 42.8km (27 mile) route between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki, reaching speeds of up to 500km/h (311mph). [From Richard Buckby]

The new Japanese floating ^Maglev^ 310 km/h bullet train. The new train is currently undergoing advanced testing between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki during November 2014.
[Railscot Collection 16/11/2014]
BBC News

13/11/2014 Eurostar unveils new 200mph Channel Tunnel train [Telegraph]
A new 200mph state-of-the-art train has been unveiled in London by Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar. Built by German firm Siemens and capable of carrying 900 passengers, the e320 train will go into service at the end of 2015.

The new Eurostar e320 which is scheduled to enter service on Channel Tunnel routes at the end of 2015. [Photo courtesy Siemens/Alamy]
[Railscot Collection 13/11/2014]

13/11/2014 London Underground extension approved [IRJ]
BRITAIN's secretary of state for transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, has approved a £1bn 5km extension to the Northern Line of London Underground (LU). Construction of the underground extension from Kennington via Nine Elms to Battersea will start in spring 2015 and should be completed by 2020. [From Richard Buckby]
International Railway Journal

13/11/2014 First Hitachi Class 800 trainset unveiled [Railway Gazette]
UK: The first of 122 trainsets for inter-city services on the East Coast and Great Western main lines was unveiled at Hitachi’s factory at Kasado in southwest Japan on November 13.

One of the Hitachi Class 800 trainsets for the East Coast and Great Western main lines at Hitachi’s Kasado factory in southwest Japan. [Courtesy Railway Gazette]
[Railscot Collection 13/11/2014]

12/11/2014 CILT: Scotland's railfreight priorities [David Spaven, Rail Freight Group]
A critical aspect of road/rail freight competition is the ease with which trucks can go anywhere - and this is a particular issue in the transport of international containers. Over the past 40 years, the key trend has been for containers to become progressively higher - initially to 8'6' and now 9'6'. While this causes no problem across our modern road system, where bridges and tunnels have been built with generous 'loading gauge', the situation is very different on the rail network. ***The above CILT event will take place at the Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB on Tuesday 18 November, 17.30 for 1800. There is no charge for this event and no booking required. A light buffet will be provided.

11/11/2014 'We need an underwater train to Ireland,' says think tank [BBC News]
An underwater tunnel linking Wales to Ireland should be seriously considered, a transport think tank has said. Similar to the Channel Tunnel, it has called for a new route to run between Holyhead and Dublin. With an expected cost of around £15bn, the investment would be similar to that of the HS2 from London to Birmingham. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Cymru Wales thinks the tunnel could be ready by the end of the century.
BBC News

08/11/2014 Edinburgh trams inquiry given increased powers [BBC News]
The official inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco has been given increased powers, after some of those involved with the project refused to co-operate. It has been given 'statutory' status by the government in the wake of concerns raised by chairman, Lord Hardie. The government and the inquiry has not named those who would not co-operate. Edinburgh's tram service began running in May but only after six years of disruption and a bitter dispute between the city council and its contractor. The previous Labour-led Scottish government originally earmarked £375m to pay for the tram network, which ended up costing £776m and began running years late

Looking back from westbound Tram 266 turning into Princes Street from South St Andrew Street on Saturday 31 May 2014, the first day of public services.
[Alasdair Taylor 31/05/2014]

View south west along Shandwick Place from Princes Street West End on 12 December 2012 with temporary pedestrian ^bridges^ crossing the tramworks at various points. Haymarket station stands in the background. In the centre of the picture work is progressing on the Shandwick Place tram stop. Note the crossover just beyond.
[John Furnevel 12/12/2012]

Tram rails being installed on Princes Street! View looking east on 18 June 2009.
[Bill Roberton 18/06/2009]
BBC News

07/11/2014 Special train unveiled at Kings Cross to remember WWI railway workers [London24]
One of London’s busiest train stations was this morning the site of a moving tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War One as a centenary act of remembrance took place on platform 8 at King’s Cross.

06/11/2014 GB Railfreight operates first Channel Tunnel train [Railway Gazette]
EUROPE: UK freight operator GB Railfreight ran its first service through the Channel Tunnel on the night of November 3, hauling a Dourges – London intermodal service between Calais-Fréthun and Barking International Rail Freight Terminal. The train was operated under a ‘hook-and-haul’ agreement with sister Groupe Eurotunnel company Europorte France, which has a contract to move containers from Dourges to Barking for logistics company John G Russell Ltd. GBRf used two of the 16 Class 92 electric locomotives which it had purchased from Europorte earlier this year.
Railway Gazette

06/11/2014 German railway takes legal action against striking train drivers [Reuters]
Nov 6 (Reuters) - German state-owned railway operator Deutsche Bahn will take legal action against a train drivers' union staging a four-day strike from Thursday to Monday which has paralysed passenger and freight transport across the country, the company said.

A class 648 DMU with the 15.34 service to Lubeck awaits its departure time at Travemunde on 13 August 2014.
[Bruce McCartney 13/08/2014]

An ICE3 unit forming part of the 12.51 Intercity-Express departure to Dresden rests under Leipzig Hauptbahnhof’s impressive train shed on 30th June 2013. To the right, passengers make cross-platform interchange from the 07.11 Munich-Berlin Intercity service.
[David Spaven 30/06/2013]

Looking over the main platforms at Hamburg in July 2010. On the left a Metronom train awaits its departure time, in the centre of the photograph an ICE service snakes away westwards, while to the right two DB trains are departing in opposite directions.
[John Steven 27/07/2010]

06/11/2014 Borders to Edinburgh railway: Track laying reaches Scottish Borders [BBC News]
Track laying along the 30-mile route of the Borders to Edinburgh railway has crossed into the Scottish Borders. It marks the completion of the rail installation process in Midlothian. Track is now in place over a number of landmark structures including the Lothianbridge Viaduct near Newtongrange and the new Hardengreen Bridge. [From Richaed Buckby]
BBC News

05/11/2014 Rail investment needed to rival haulage [Scotsman]
Wherever you travel on Scotland’s road network, you see lorries. One of the great strengths of road haulage is that it can take advantage of more than 50 years of continuous improvement in the capacity and quality of the country’s trunk roads. Moving goods by road has become simpler, faster and cheaper – and, despite Scotland’s climate change targets, the Scottish Government has plans for a further £9 billion in road investment, which will make it ever harder for the more sustainable mode of transport, the freight train, to compete with the truck. [From David Spaven]

05/11/2014 Scotland's Caledonian Sleeper train named one of the most unforgettable rail adventures in the world [Mail]
The iconic Caledonian Sleeper train service between Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and London has been named as one of the best six railway adventures in the world. The service, which is known as The Deerstalker, has been placed in the same group of great train rides as The Shanghai Maglev, the Tren Crucero through the heart of Ecuador, the Sunset Limited between Los Angeles and New Orleans, the TranzAlpine Express in New Zealand's stunning South Island and the Danube Express between Budapest and Istanbul.

04/11/2014 £6 million refurbishment for Scarborough Bridge in York [The Press]
NETWORK Rail is to carry out a £6 million refurbishment of a Victorian railway bridge in York to make it fit for another 120 years. The project at the 'life-expired' Scarborough Bridge - which was built in 1875 - will involve replacing bridge decks and track, and installing a new walkway to improve safety for railway workers. The company has revealed that trains between York and Scarborough will have to be replaced by buses during the school half-term from February 14 to 22 next year, while the new decks are installed from Marygate car park using a large crawler crane.

The 1047 Scarborough - Liverpool Lime Street about to complete the crossing of the River Ouse and run into York station on 12 October 2009. The large serpent that appears to have emerged from the river and is attempting to ensnare the train is in fact part of the current repair work that has resulted in temporary closure of the pedestrian footway running along the east side of the bridge.
[John Furnevel 12/10/2009]
The Press

03/11/2014 Tracklaying completed in Gotthard Base Tunnel [IRJ]
A MILESTONE in the construction of the world's longest railway tunnel was celebrated at noon on October 31, when a ceremonial gold sleeper was laid to mark the completion of tracklaying in the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The completion of his phase of the project means diesel locomotives can now run through the entire length of the 57km twin-bore tunnel. Around 290 km of rails were laid on slab track bed laid by a concreting train, which was specially developed for the Gotthard project. This enabled the concrete to be mixed on site and poured directly onto the trackbed. Final smoothing was carried out manually within a tolerance of just 0.5 mm. The work took 39 months to complete with around 125 workers working in shifts 24 hours a day.

The ^Y^ junction in the Gotthard Base Tunnel at Faido in mid 2014. Due to open on June 2, 2016 with a route length of 35.4 miles and a total of 94.3 miles of tunnels, shafts and passages, it will become the world^s longest rail tunnel, surpassing the Seikan in Japan.
[Courtesy IRJ //2014]
International Railway Journal

02/11/2014 New transport powers for Manchester [Railnews]
THE process of devolving powers to the English regions has been boosted by an announcement from the Chancellor that Manchester is to gain greater power over transport and other issues, and also an elected Mayor.

As the new roof at Manchester Victoria is installed by two huge cranes, Bury and Rochdale trams continue to pass on the temporary single line. Metrolink 3003 drops down from Shudehill to pass through the building site heading for Bury on 6th August 2014.
[Mark Bartlett 07/08/2014]

What at first glance might appear to be a super-length TransPennine class 350 Commonwealth Games Special is in fact 350402 entering platform 15 at Manchester Piccadilly as the 0900 Manchester Airport - Glasgow Central, with a Virgin Pendolino running across the picture in the background on arrival a few minutes late with the 06.55 ex Euston service.
[David Pesterfield 29/07/2014]

A busy scene at Manchester Oxford Road on 8 July 2009 with three trains waiting to depart. From Left to right a Class 142 in the bay platform waits to head to Liverpool with a stopping service. Next is a Class 150 on the rear of a service to Manchester Airport with another Class 142 leading. On the right is a service to Barrow.
[John McIntyre 08/07/2009]

01/11/2014 Metro and Train strike set for Tuesday in France [The Local]
One of France's largest unions has warned that the train and Paris Metro workers it represents will strike on Tuesday in response to the rail reforms lawmakers approved this summer. But because the workers must file their warning 48 hours before striking, we won't have a clear estimate on the extent of the disruption until this weekend.
The Local

31/10/2014 Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway Station railway line upgrade wins the go ahead [WDP]
The long-awaited £33 million upgrade of the railway line between Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway Station has finally been given the go ahead. The doubling of the railway lines to four tracks is crucial to introducing MetroWest – a project to re-open existing railway lines for local trains. Four-tracking will mean that slower local trains will be able to run on their own tracks without hindering or affecting the frequency of high-speed electric trains which are expected to operate between London and the South West in 2017. Network Rail has revealed that work on the Filton Four Tracks' project will start in December.

A northbound CrossCountry service runs through Bristol^s Lawrence Hill station on 10 February 2010.
[Peter Todd 10/02/2010]

The delayed 09.31 FGW departure to Paddington, ex Swansea, with a dead 43134 at the head and driver on the phone, in platform 3 at Bristol Parkway on 4 June. The problem resulted in the 09.39 CrossCountry service to Edinburgh, ex Plymouth, being diverted into regional platform 4. The Paddington service continued forward a few minutes later making a slow exit with only one power car working.
[David Pesterfield 04/06/2014]

View over the West end of Bristol Temple Meads station in January 2002.
[Ewan Crawford 11/01/2002]
Western Daily Press

31/10/2014 Train tickets: the seven worst rip-offs [Telegraph]
With limitless combinations of fares and journey routes comes the risk of being overcharged. Here The Telegraph documents some of the worst deals facing hard-pressed commuters and what to look out for.

31/10/2014 Lingwood train clearing leaves crashes through barrier [BBC News]
A train used for clearing leaves off the line has crashed through a level-crossing in Norfolk. The rail-head treatment unit 'went through the barrier' at Lingwood station about 14:20 GMT, said Network Rail. There are no reports of injuries. The barriers were closed on Station Road in the village to allow traffic across the line when the train hit. Services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth are being diverted through Reepham, said Greater Anglia

Platform scene at Lingwood station, Norfolk, on the line between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, in June 2010, looking east towards the level crossing over Station Road.
[Ian Dinmore /06/2010]
BBC News

30/10/2014 Manchester Airport: Chaos on the cards with train station set to shut for three weeks [MEN]
Manchester Airport’s train station will be closed for three weeks as work is carried out to complete a fourth platform. Transport chiefs have warned travellers will face four weeks of disruption and will have to find alternative ways of getting to and from the airport as rail replacement buses are put on to cope with the disruption in early 2015.

185139 stands at Manchester Airport with the 1327 service to Edinburgh Waverley on 6 March 2008. The extensive construction work is in connection with the provision of a third platform at the station The additional platform is scheduled to open in January 2009.
[David Burrell 06/03/2008]
Manchester Evening News

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