|31/12/2010|| ScotRail set for £500,000 ticket refund over snow chaos [BBC News]|
|ScotRail is set to repay £500,000 to season ticket holders who were unable to travel in Scotland's big freeze.
|30/12/2010|| Rail season tickets break £5,000 a year barrier [Telegraph]|
|The cost of commuting to work in the South East is to pass £5,000 a year for the first time from Sunday, as sharp season ticket hikes come into force.
St Pancras station, September 2010.
[Veronica Clibbery 16/09/2010]
A Hitachi Class 395 Javelin EMU passes Minster station on 6 March 2010 with one of the hourly London St Pancras to Margate services via Stratford Intl, Ebbsfleet Intl, Ashford Intl (all on HS1), Canterbury West and Ramsgate.
[John McIntyre 06/03/2010]
One of the Hitachi Class 395 high speed electric sets operated by
Southeastern is seen on HS1 heading through Kent on a St Pancras to Ramsgate service on 28 October 2010.
[John McIntyre 28/10/2010]
|30/12/2010|| Massive railway fare rises prompt petition [Express & Star]|
|The backlash against rail fares which are “holding travellers to ransom” began today as campaigners demanded train companies abandon New Year rises.
|Express & Star|
|29/12/2010|| Architect submits alternate plan for rebuilding of Haymarket station [Herald]|
|A leading architect has challenged plans for the rebuilding of one of Scotland’s main train stations by submitting a tailor-made alternative.
The original eastern terminus of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway at Haymarket on a Sunday morning in February 2006. The steps down to the car park and site of the old coal yard are on the right.
[John Furnevel 19/02/2006]
Surprisingly for such a busy station Haymarket has no disabled access to 3 of its 5 platforms. This long-felt want is at last being addressed with lifts to Platforms 2/3 and to 4. Seen on 20 November, with the 1842 ^A^ listed station building in the background, the tower for the lift to Platforms 2 and 3 is substantially complete. The lift to Platform 4 is in a similar state. Platform 1 together with the seldom-used Platform 0 have level access.
[David Panton 20/11/2010]
The Caledonian Ale House at Haymarket on 13 June, surrounded by fencing prior to demolition to make way for trams. Haymarket station stands to the right on the other side of the steps linking the car park and the station forecourt. The neighbouring Ryries had more luck! [See image 16520].
[Bill Roberton 13/06/2008]
|29/12/2010|| Forty seven trapped in rail tunnel [Evening Courier]|
|PASSENGERS had to be evacuated from Summit Tunnel, Todmorden, after a train ploughed into a huge block of ice and came off the tracks
|28/12/2010|| All stations to Longridge|
|A new book on the Preston to Longridge branch 'All Stations to Longridge' by Railscot regular David Hindle is now available – for details see link below.
During the last month of BR steam working, Black 5 no 45110 of Lostock Hall shed (now preserved on the Severn Valley Railway) stands in the Courtaulds sidings near Ribbleton waiting to return to Preston. The locomotive had brought in a trainload of coal to the factory which, at that time, with its cooling towers, was a landmark alongside the M6 motorway near Preston, but has since been demolished.
[David Hindle /07/1968]
Before Grimsargh^s station [See image 24597] was built tickets for trains were sold from the Plough Inn, which stood by the level crossing. The footpath seen here follows the line of the old railway towards Longridge and, while the main station was behind the camera, the bungalows have been built over the platform that was used by the Whittingham Hospital trains. Map Reference SD 585344.
[David Hindle 11/06/2009]
Courtaulds^ resident Peckett (2087/1948) shunter, apparently known as Miranda, stands in the factory sidings on a cold day in 1968, the year in which it was replaced by a diesel shunter. This view looks back towards the BR exchange sidings on the Preston to Longridge branch, which ran at right angles to these lines.
[David Hindle //1968]
|All stations to Longridge|
|27/12/2010|| Novel idea at Shettleston|
|Shettleston staff member Michael Cochrane has introduced a book trolley at the station – offering customers the opportunity to hand in old books in exchange for another to read.
A novel idea! Michael Cochrane, a member of the ticket office staff at Shettleston, seen alongside the station book trolley on 24 November 2010 - see news item.
[Courtesy First ScotRail 24/11/2010]
|Shettleston book scheme|
|26/12/2010|| Tay Bridge victims to be remembered [STV]|
|One of Scotland's worst rail tragedies, the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster, is to be commemorated with a permanent memorial to the 75 people killed when the bridge collapsed more than 130 years ago.
Renovation work continues on the Tay Bridge in June 2007.
[Adrian Coward 09/06/2007]
Superstructure of the High Girders being renovated. 14.08.07. The supports look longer as it is neap tide.
[Brian Forbes 14/08/2007]
A Type 2 crosses the Tay Bridge with a Dundee - Edinburgh train in 1982, while two figures walk along the down line. The piers of the ill-fated original bridge still stand alongside.
Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.
William McGonagall (1825-1902)
[John Furnevel //1982]
|26/12/2010|| Flooding warnings as thaw sets in [STV]|
|Temperatures are set to rise across Scotland on Boxing Day - prompting fresh warnings of burst pipes and black ice. [Note: follow link to see photograph Train tunnel: The casings used by ScotRail to defrost trains.]
|24/12/2010|| No Christmas train travel without seat reservation warn rail firms [Metro]|
|Christmas rail travellers have been warned they may be turned away if they have not reserved a seat.
Snowstorm - Waverley station, January 1971.
[John Furnevel 30/01/1971]
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]
The morning train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street approaches a cold and snowy Corrour Summit in the winter of 1974/5.
[John Robin 14/12/1974]
|24/12/2010|| Rail sevices reduced on Christmas Eve [BBC News]|
|Train passengers making journeys before Christmas are facing delays and cancellations on several lines.
90002 at a snowy Norwich on the 7th of January 2010.
[Ian Dinmore 07/01/2010]
Midway through the afternoon on a wintry November day in 1973, D3877 shunts vans in Guild Street yard, alongside Aberdeen station.
[John McIntyre /11/1973]
Britannia Pacific no 70035 Rudyard Kipling passing a snowy Whitrope Summit in November 1964 with the 8.16am Millerhill - Carlisle freight.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 28/11/1964]
|23/12/2010|| Images reveal far north line's problems with snow [BBC News]|
|Photographs taken by rail staff have revealed the depths of snow that have affected the Far North Rail Line and disrupted services to Wick.
Looking north from Dunrobin in March 2006. Alas the carriage shed has gone.
[Ewan Crawford 13/03/2006]
The long wait. View south at Kinbrace in the snow. Christmas 1992.
[Ian Dinmore //1992]
|23/12/2010|| Train performance hit by severe winter weather [Network Rail Article]|
|The severe winter weather continues to affect train performance across most parts of the country.
|23/12/2010|| National Express comes in from the political cold [Telegraph]|
|National Express, the company former transport secretary Lord Adonis tried to run off the railways, has won a two-year extension to its c2c franchise after achieving record-breaking punctuality.
|22/12/2010|| Arriva Trains Wales staff to strike at Christmas [BBC News]|
|Staff at Arriva Trains Wales will stage a walk-out over pay and conditions. The action will take place on 27 December and is expected to hit travellers returning from Christmas holidays.
One of only two main line services now using a 1st Generation DMU is the shuttle running for one mile from Cardiff Queen St to Cardiff Bay. Here Arriva Trains single unit 121032 (55032) arrives in Platform 3 at Queen St as the commuters build up on the island platform that handles all other trains at this busy station.
[Mark Bartlett 18/09/2009]
An Arriva Trains Wales 158 service in Ginsters advertising livery photographed on the Cambrian Coast line near Barmouth Viaduct on 3 July 2006.
[Bruce McCartney 03/07/2006]
Arriva Trains Wales services passing at Manchester Oxford Road on 8 July 2009. On the left is 175107 heading to Manchester Piccadilly (having originated in Llandudno) whilst on the right is 175113 with a service for Chester.
[John McIntyre 08/07/2009]
|22/12/2010|| En route for a heritage boost [Blackpool Gazette]|
|A £2m TRAM heritage centre for Fleetwood could take a major step forward in the next 12 months, say organisers. [From Mark Bartlett]
Blackpool Balloon Car No. 712, dating from the 1930s and still in broadly original condition, pulls up at Fleetwood Ferry Terminal on a driver training run. The passenger ferry for Knott End, only a short distance away across the Wyre Estuary, is now operating regularly again and leaves from a jetty just through the arch by the tram stop.
[Mark Bartlett 29/05/2009]
When current plans come to fruition Fleetwood will be served by new articulated light rail vehicles on all regular services. Blackpool^s historic trams, such as restored 717 seen here entering Lord Street, will usually be confined to the central part of the system in Blackpool itself. The former Woolworths store, now empty, fronts onto the street at this point.
[Mark Bartlett 06/10/2009]
|21/12/2010|| Chaos on ECML after power failure [BBC News]|
|Thousands of rail Passengers are being urged to re-schedule their journeys after a power failure caused havoc on the East Coast mainline.
The 1400 Kings Cross - Aberdeen HST in NXEC colours prepares to exit Kings Cross and head for Gasworks Tunnel on 19 December.
[Michael Gibb 19/12/2007]
Kings Cross seen looking south west from above Gasworks Tunnel in July 2005. The station^s Eastern Range building is on the left of the picture with the St Pancras clock tower standing alongside Mr Barlow^s Magnum Opus in the right background.
[John Furnevel /07/2005]
The winning design entry announced by Network Rail in April 2010 showing plans for the refurbished Kings Cross station and surrounding area seen looking east.
[Courtesy Network Rail 18/04/2010]
|20/12/2010|| Northern rail staff to strike over bank holiday pay [BBC] |
|Workers at Northern Rail are to strike on 27 and 28 December in a row over bank holiday pay, it has been announced.
Pendolino for Blackpool? Well not yet although electrification is planned. 390041 is seen on layover on an electrified siding outside Preston Power Box because the WCML line north of Preston was closed for weekend engineering. Northern 158909, in promotional livery, slows for the red signal as it approaches the junction on a Blackpool to York service.
[Mark Bartlett 27/03/2010]
The Northern 1030 Saltburn – Darlington train arrives over West Dyke Road level crossing into Redcar Central station on 13 October 2009.
[John Furnevel 13/10/2009]
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 and finally on the right is a service to Barrow.
[John McIntyre 08/07/2009]
|20/12/2010|| Eurostar delays add to Xmas travel misery [Sky News]|
|Hundreds of passengers remain stranded at Heathrow airport and long queues have formed at London's Eurostar terminal as the big freeze continues to cause travel chaos.
Eurostar at the north end of St Pancras International on 6 October. Shortly after departure the train will veer sharp east to head towards Stratford and the Channel Tunnel.
[Michael Gibb 06/10/2009]
A St Pancras bound Eurostar on HS1 just north west of Ashford
on 28 October 2010. The tracks on the left are those of the Ashford to Maidstone line.
[John McIntyre 28/10/2010]
Eurostars awaiting departure for Paris and Brussels via the UKs only High Speed Rail Link stand below Mr Barlow^s engineering masterpiece at St Pancras station on 5 July 2009.
[Bill Roberton 05/07/2009]
|20/12/2010|| High Speed Rail Link update given by Transport Secretary|
|People living in towns as far north as Coventry will be able to become daily commuters to London when the planned high-speed rail link is built, ministers have promised
|19/12/2010|| Weather: Condoms fitted to trains [Scotsman]|
|THE latest weapons in the battle to keep Britain moving are giant heated 'condoms' that are stretched over trains.
|18/12/2010|| Icicles leave rail passengers stranded in Peterborough [BBC]|
|Hundreds of rail passengers were left stranded in Peterborough overnight as icicles caused overhead power cables to fail.
Deltic D9020 Nimbus, one of the 34G Finsbury Park racehorses, runs cautiously through Peterborough in 1972, when the main line through the station was still subject to a severe speed restriction, subsequently removed by remodelling.
[Mark Bartlett /07/1972]
Deltic 55007 Pinza clears Thorpe Road Bridge as it approaches Peterborough station on 24 April 1979 with a northbound train on the East Coast Main Line.
[Peter Todd 24/04/1979]
Thank God I live in Peterborough... Scene at Kings Cross during a signalmens dispute in July 1994, with no main line services running beyond Peterborough.
[David Panton /07/1994]
|17/12/2010|| Preparations on track [Scottish Government]|
|New Transport Minister Keith Brown visited ScotRail's Eastfield depot this morning to review new severe weather measures being put in place.
A Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh Waverley shuttle runs past the washing plant at the north end of the new ScotRail depot at Eastfield in August 2006.
[John Furnevel /08/2006]
The new depot at Eastfield in operation in January 2005.
[Ewan Crawford 02/01/2005]
|17/12/2010|| Spanish Rail overtakes rest of Europe [Independent]|
|A new section of a high speed line between Madrid and Valencia is set to open this weekend, pushing the Spanish high-speed rail network past that of rivals such as France and Japan in terms of track length.
|15/12/2010|| Plans for Queen Street revamp may feature huge car park [Scotsman]|
|A MASSIVE multi-storey car park could feature in fresh attempts to expand one of Scotland's busiest stations.
37190 ready to leave Glasgow Queen Street on 14 June 1983 with train 1B07 for Fort William and Mallaig.
[Colin Alexander 14/06/1983]
B1 4-6-0 no 61342 at the head of a special train at Queen Street in 1962, with the Queen of Scots pullman standing alongside.
[John Robin 22/07/1962]
Looking down over the platforms at Queen Street station Glasgow on 2 August 1981. On the left is the 15.35 train to Aberdeen, while on the right is the 1530 shuttle to Edinburgh Waverley.
[John Furnevel 02/08/1981]
|15/12/2010|| Docklands Light Railway staff vote over conditions row [BBC News]|
|Workers on the Docklands Light Railway have begun voting on whether to take industrial action in a row over redundancies, duty hours and pensions.
A DLR train leaving Canary Wharf in September 2010.
[Veronica Clibbery 18/09/2010]
View east from the end of platform 4 at Poplar station on the Docklands Light Railway in July 2007. The train is on the flyover heading for Canning Town, crossing over the lower level route, which is about to turn north towards Devon^s Road and on to Stratford. Below left stands part of the DLR^s Poplar maintenance depot and stabling sidings.
[John Furnevel /07/2007]
|15/12/2010|| Tube bosses urge union to return to talks [PA]|
|London Underground has issued a fresh plea to unions involved in a long-running dispute over jobs to return to talks after new figures showed ticket office sales on the Tube fell by 15% during the last year.
Looking west over Earls Court District Line platforms mid-morning in June 2005. An Upminster train is next to leave platform 1 on the right as a train for High Street Kensington runs into platform 2. An Edgware Road - Wimbledon service has just arrived at platform 3.
[John Furnevel 16/06/2005]
Platform 3 of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Line terminus at the LPTB 1938 Uxbridge station in July 1994. This structure replaced the original (1904) Harrow & Uxbridge Railway station located half a mile to the east.
[David Panton 26/07/1994]
|14/12/2010|| Renton receives 'best adopted station' award |
|Renton Station in West Dunbartonshire has been named as the Best Adopted Station in Scotland of 2010 by Passenger Focus, the independent passenger watchdog.
Lord Elgin inside the King Robert the Bruce Heritage Centre created by Strathleven Artizans in the former booking office at Renton Station.
[John Yellowlees 27/03/2010]
Lord Elgin opening the King Robert the Bruce Heritage Centre created by Strathleven Artizans in the former booking office at Renton Station.
[John Yellowlees 27/03/2010]
A Balloch - Airdrie train, formed by 320 311, arives at Renton on 1 April 2009.
[David Panton 01/04/2009]
|14/12/2010|| Landmark plan to link train station and shopping complex [Herald]|
|Glasgow’s Queen Street railway station is to undergo a major redevelopment, potentially linking it to the neighbouring Buchanan Galleries shopping centre.
170470 and 170402 at the buffer stops at Glasgow Queen Street^s platforms 4 & 5 on 5th May 2009
[Graham Morgan 05/05/2009]
Neighbours. Looking north up Dundas Street from West George Street on 13 May 2007.
[John Furnevel 13/05/2007]
A look across the platforms at Queen Street on 14 August. As can be
seen this is very much Class 170 territory (as opposed to Glasgow
Central where they^re unknown). Usually however one or both of the
other two DMU classes in Scotland is around somewhere, with 156s forming all WHL services, and 158s the usual fare on the Maryhill line.
[David Panton 14/08/2010]
|Network Rail PR|
|13/12/2010|| Why do trains have winter timetables? [BBC News]|
|The latest UK rail timetable is up and running. Why do we get a new one every winter?