|24/09/2014|| Major rail disruption | Virgin Trains driver injured by electric shock en route to Liverpool Lime Street [Liverpool Echo]|
|The driver of a train on its way to Liverpool was injured after overhead power cables came down on the track near Runcorn.
The incident happened at around 7.30pm and caused major disruptions on all lines and services between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street.
The ECHO understands that the driver managed to stop the train in time after spotting the power cables on the track.
He got out of his cab to make the train safe and to check for a marker on the track so he could report his location to the control room.
It was during this time that he received an electric shock and at 9.30pm, he was on the way to hospital.
|23/09/2014|| Blackpool and Shrewsbury direct rail services to London approved [BBC News]|
|New rail services linking the North West and the Midlands to London have been approved.
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) said Virgin Trains can run direct services from Blackpool and from Shrewsbury into Euston station. [From Mark Bartlett]
A Sprinter leaving Shrewsbury in the summer of 2006 passes the box with the biggest lever frame left on Network Rail.
[Ewan Crawford 10/07/2006]
Looking back towards the terminal building at Blackpool North along Platform 5/6 in August 2008. New signalling structures have been installed part way down each platform but not yet commissioned.
[Mark Bartlett 13/08/2008]
|23/09/2014|| Greenpeace occupy coal train outside Cottam power station [BBC News]|
|Greenpeace activists have taken control of a train carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal to a power station, the campaign group said.
The freight train was heading to Cottam power station in north Nottinghamshire when 50 people flagged it down.
The protesters said the train is now blocking the main supply route to the coal-fired power station and they are unloading the wagons.
British Transport Police said it was responding to an incident.
|22/09/2014|| Locomotion museum celebrates 10th anniversary [BBC News]|
|A tourist attraction in County Durham is celebrating its 10th birthday.
Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, is playing host to a number of guest steam locomotives from around the UK to mark the occasion over the weekend.
When it opened, visitor expectations were set at about 60,000 a year, but a decade on it attracts more than 200,000 people annually. [From Mark Bartlett]
Star turn. Mallard amongst the exhibits in the yard at Shildon on 18 February 2014.
[Colin Alexander 18/02/2014]
A very shiny Stirling Single, GNR No. 1 at Locomotion, Shildon, on 3rd May 2014.
[Brian Taylor 03/05/2014]
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]
|22/09/2014|| Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Western Railway foundations uncovered at Paddington [Telegraph]|
|Victorian railway foundations laid by Isambard Kingdom Brunel have been uncovered for the first time in a century by engineers working on the Crossrail project.
Remains of train turntables, a workshop and a 200m long engine shed dating from the 1850s were uncovered near London’s Paddington Station. [From John Thorn]
The man himself. Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The impressive waxwork on display at the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon on 20 March 2013.
[Peter Todd 20/03/2013]
Brunel^s Royal Albert Bridge spanning the River Tamar between Devon and Cornwall. The bridge was opened by Prince Albert on 2 May 1859, the year Brunel died. The name of the great engineer was later placed above the portals at each end of the bridge as a memorial.
[Ewan Crawford //]
The famous photograph of pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, taken by the young up and coming photographer Robert Howlett in 1857.
[Robert Howlett //1857]
|21/09/2014|| Overcrowded and getting busier: why new train lines can't come fast enough for London [Guardian]|
|As the barriers lock out commuters from Victoria underground station for the third time in a Monday evening rush hour, Robert Wanyama, a customer service assistant, reaches for the microphone in the control room.
He announces to would-be passengers that they are being held to avoid overcrowding and will be allowed through as soon as possible; keeping them informed is the basic principle, he says. He does not though relay that colleagues have spotted a man slumped, smoking crack on the northbound Victoria line train now approaching Green Park station in Mayfair and that staff and transport police are stepping in.
|20/09/2014|| Palmerston steam engine returns to Rheidol railway line [BBC News]|
|A steam engine used during World War One to ferry soldiers to training camps in Ceredigion is returning to the area to mark centenary commemorations.
The Palmerston was originally hired by the Vale of Rheidol Light Railway in 1913 to ferry passengers to camps between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge.
|19/09/2014|| OAP's £100,000 bequest to Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway [BBC News]|
|A lifelong railways enthusiast has left £100,000 in her will to Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway.
Margaret Ritchie, who died in 2013 aged 68, bequeathed the money to pay for a new rail carriage.
Her family and friends were on board for the carriage's maiden journey from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
And at a stop at Dduallt, Ms Ritchie's ashes were scattered and a dedication of the carriage was carried out by the former Bishop of Carlisle, Graham Dow. [From Richard Buckby]
|18/09/2014|| Cliff railway wins engineering award [ITV News]|
|The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.
Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.
The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The upper station on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway on 31 August 2014.
[Peter Todd 31/08/2014]
Descending car on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway as seen from the Lynmouth station. This water powered system, rising 500 feet at 1:1.75, can only be described as a breathtaking piece of Victorian engineering.
[Mark Bartlett 17/05/2014]
|18/09/2014|| Sleepers set scene ahead of Borders Railway installation [Border Telegraph]|
|OVER 90,000 railway sleepers will help make up the new Borders Railway route once it becomes operational next September. The majority of sleepers, 80,000, are already on site with several miles already positioned at various locations along the route.
|17/09/2014|| National Railway museum comes out top of the list for tourists [The Press]|
|A YORK tourist attraction has been named one of the top ten in the country.
The National Railway Museum came sixth in the Travellers' Choice awards for museums yesterday, and nineteenth best in Europe.
The awards are compiled by online travel site TripAdvisor, and were gathered from user reviews from the last 12 months.
General view over the workshops at the National Railway Museum in June 2013. The locomotive hiding at the back, disguised in wartime black livery and carrying the number 502 is Flying Scotsman. [See image 26937]
[John Furnevel 06/06/2013]
The First and the Last. Nine years and 997 other BR Standard steam locomotives separate 7MT 4-6-2 70000 Britannia and 9F 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star. The two locos were displayed together at the NRM York shortly after 70000 was renamed by HRH The Prince of Wales at Wakefield Kirkgate, marking the 60th anniversary of when it hauled his grandfather^s funeral train from Sandringham.
[Mark Bartlett 02/02/2012]
The six surviving Gresley A4s lined up around the turntable in the Great Hall of the NRM on 13 July 2013 during The Great Gathering.
[John McIntyre 13/07/2013]
|16/09/2014|| Commuter races London Underground train - and wins [Telegraph]|
|A commuter has proved that travelling on foot can be just as fast as taking the Tube – and staged a race against a London Underground train to prove his point.
James Heptonstall filmed his 380m sprint from London’s Mansion House to Cannon Street station while his friend Noel Carroll took the Circle Line Tube for the same journey.
|15/09/2014|| Churchill's funeral carriage in Shildon for restoration [BBC News]|
|The carriage which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin to his final resting place has arrived in County Durham for restoration. Southern Railway luggage van No 2464 will be at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum, in Shildon until January.
The carriage transported Churchill's coffin from London to Oxfordshire in 1965.
It is being loaned to the museum by Swanage Railway Collection.
The museum's team will restore the carriage before moving it to the National Railway Museum in York as part of an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the former Prime Minister's state funeral. [From Mark Bartlett]
Class E18 locomotive no 18 320 in Transnet livery hauls two wagons of rails past the site where Winston Churchill was captured by Boer forces in 1899. The spot is approximately half way between Estcourt and Colenso in South Africa^s KwaZulu-Natal province. A close-up of the commemorative marker is shown below.
[John Gray 02/08/2010]
Bulleid ^Battle of Britain^ Pacific no 34051 Winston Churchill receives attention in the NRM workshops at York on 29 June 2011. The locomotive is part of the national collection.
[John Furnevel 29/06/2011]
Battle of Britain Pacific no 34051 ^Winston Churchill^ entering Oxford with his funeral train in January 1965.
[John Thorn /01/1965]
|12/09/2014|| DRS orders more Vossloh locomotives [International Railway Journal]|
|BRITISH open-access operator Direct Rail Services (DRS) has awarded Vossloh a contract to supply 10 additional class 68 UKLight diesel-electric locomotives, taking its total fleet to 25 units.
DRS has recently started running a Class 68 on the Stobart containers. Shiny new 68005 Defiant crosses Slochd Viaduct with the southbound train on 30 July heading for Mossend.
[John Gray 30/07/2014]
The latest addition to the DRS fleet and first of the new Class 68 locomotives on a test run from Carlisle Kingmoor to Crewe on 4 February 2014. For this first trip out no 68002 was hauled by 90020 with eleven coaches, seen here passing Farington Curve Junction. The train returned to Carlisle later in the afternoon. [See image 46189]
[John McIntyre 04/02/2014]
New DRS Class 68 locomotive 68002 prior to departure from Carlisle on 5 February with a test run to Crewe.
[Ken Browne 05/02/2014]
|11/09/2014|| Network Rail officially opens ‘biggest railway control centre’ [Railway Gazette]|
|UK: Network Rail’s Rail Operating Centre in York was formally inaugurated by local Member of Parliament Hugh Bayley on September 12. The largest of 12 centres being built to manage Great Britain’s entire rail network, the York ROC will eventually control signalling and rail operations on the East Coast Main Line between London King's Cross and the Scottish border.
|08/09/2014|| Announcement 'imminent' on new railway line at Dawlish [Western Morning News] |
|The Government will “shortly” announce whether to fund an additional rail line to the vulnerable coastal link at Dawlish that collapsed into the sea earlier this year.
Leader of the House of Commons William Hague confirmed the Department for Transport will reveal its plans imminently after being pressed for a debate on the options mapped out by rail bosses Network Rail.
This summer, the Government published the report that detailed seven alternative routes that would cost between £400 million and £3 billion.
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]
|Western Morning News|
|07/09/2014|| Tank engine to star on steam heritage line [Northern Echo]|
|A SYMBOL of County Durham's railway heritage is to return for the first time in over four decades.
The iconic “Lambton Tanks” tank engines were famed for their work on coal trains between collieries in the Houghton area and staithes in Sunderland. They found cult status in the late 1960s when photographers and enthusiasts from around the country flocked to Philadelphia sheds to see their last days.
Now, for the first time since the early 1970s, one is to return as star guest at an event on the volunteer-run Tanfield Railway, near Stanley.
Lambton Tank no 29 stands alongside Grosmont shed on 6 October 2013.
[Colin Alexander 06/10/2013]
Lambton tank no 29 receiving attention inside the shed at Grosmont on 6 June 2013.
[John Furnevel 06/06/2013]
After many years of inactivity, the NYMR^s Lambton 0-6-2 tank no 29 is seen banking a long diesel hauled service train out of Grosmont and up the bank to Goathland, presumably running-in, on 30th April 2013. Overnight its lining, lettering and numbering would be applied before duty on the May 1st 40 year Anniversary train.
[Brian Taylor 30/04/2013]
|05/09/2014|| Atlantic Coast Express steam train marks anniversary [BBC News]|
|A steam train is making the journey from London to Cornwall later to mark the 50th anniversary of the last Atlantic Coast Express (ACE).
Between 1926 and 1964 the line ran from Waterloo to Ilfracombe, Bude, Padstow and Plymouth.
Friday's anniversary run will not be able to retrace the full route though as many of the lines in north Devon and Cornwall have since closed.
Merchant Navy Pacific no 35003 Royal Mail preparing to leave London^s Waterloo station in August 1965 with a Bournemouth line service. The locomotive survived for a further two years before finally being withdrawn from Nine Elms shed in the summer of 1967.
[Jim Peebles /08/1965]
Bulleid West Country Pacific no 34007 Wadebridge passing Winchcombe in June 2007 with a Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway special from Toddington sporting the Atlantic Coast Express headboard.
[Peter Todd 03/06/2007]
The Atlantic Coast Express railtour arrives at Barnstaple on a damp and overcast afternoon in 1993, hauled by a Network South East liveried class 50. Another incident packed railtour, this one featuring, amongst other things, a derailment near Exeter Central [see image 18543].
[Ian Dinmore //1993]
|03/09/2014|| Siemens wins South West Trains suburban EMU order [Railway Gazette]|
|UK: South West Trains announced on September 3 that it had selected Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains for a £210m contract to supply 30 five-car electric multiple-units. The Desiro City EMUs would be ‘similar in style to the Class 700 units being produced for the Thameslink route’.
450029 runs into Eastleigh station on 9 July 2014 forming the 13.39 South West Trains London Waterloo - Poole service.
[Peter Todd 09/07/2014]
A South West Trains Waterloo to Exeter 6 car DMU with 159011 leading and 159014 at the rear flies westward through Overton station west of Basingstoke just after midday on 23 September 2011.
[John McIntyre 23/09/2011]
A South West Trains service for Waterloo standing at Vauxhall station in July 2005 in front of a ...well... a certain government building ...errr ...^nuff said...
[John Furnevel 23/07/2005]
|02/09/2014|| Fyra high-speed trains finally return to Italy [Dutch News]|
|The first of the 16 Fyra high-speed trains sold back to the manufacturers are expected to set off on their return journey to Italy this weekend, the NRC reports.
Dutch railway company NS sold back the trains to their Italian maker AnsaldoBreda for €125m, leaving a loss of €88m on the deal.
The Fyra train service, which ran between Amsterdam and Brussels, was cancelled in June 2013 following months of technical problems. [From Richard Buckby]
|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]
A southbound DMU, bound for Machynlleth, stands at Harlech in 1986.
[Ian Dinmore /03/1986]
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]
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]
|01/09/2014|| Alstom to refurbish Scottish EMUs [International Railway Journal]|
|ROLLING stock leasor Eversholt Rail has awarded Alstom a £36.1m contract to refurbish its 40 class 334 EMUs operated by First ScotRail on services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Bathgate. Work is due to start in early 2015 and will take place at the Glasgow Traincare Centre in Polmadie, where components will be removed and refitted, and at Manchester Traincare Centre.
Busy scene at Helensburgh Central on 3 September, with platform 3 accommodating 320307, platform 2 is occupied by 334024 on the 1210 service to Edinburgh Waverley, while 334027 is about to depart from platform 1 with the 1140 hrs also to Edinburgh Waverley.
[John McIntyre 03/09/2011]
334012 at Waverley^s platform 17 with the 18.21 to Garscadden, on 31 December 2012.
[Bill Roberton 31/12/2012]
An Edinburgh Waverley - Helensburgh Central train formed by 334 001 heads west from Airdrie station on the afternoon of 23 December 2010.
[John Steven 23/12/2010]
|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.
|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
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]
|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]
|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.
|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.
|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]
|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]
|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.