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31/05/2010 Railway stations to get makeover [BBC News Article]
Five Scottish railway stations are given a new lease of life through funding to upgrade the existing facilities.

The B listed station building at Cupar seen looking south across the forecourt in 2005.
[John Furnevel //2005]

Bay platform 3 at Dundee is occupied by 170 424 on 18 June with a return working to Edinburgh. The other bay platform appears to see little use.
[David Panton 18/06/2009]

Kilmarnock station has always had, for me, a slightly melancholy air as if we were still in the immediate post-Beeching era and the service was almost skeleton [see image 22787]. Things are a little less quiet now and will become even less so come December when the service to Glasgow will double to half-hourly.†The roundels in the canopy brackets contain the letters ^G&SWR Co^ but are so ornate you can be forgiven if this is not immediately obvious - it wasn^t to me until reviewing this picture and I^ve visited the station over many years.† On 2 September 156 494 waits at Platform 2 with a train on the generally lightly-used Burns Line with a service for Girvan.
[David Panton 02/09/2009]
BBC News Article

30/05/2010 First GBRf up for sale [Modern Railways]
First Group, seeking to pay down debt, has appointed KPMG to look for buyers for GB Railfreight, the company's freight operating unit. First Group acquired GBRf in 2003 as part of its takeover of GB Railways, but the freight unit remains an anomaly in the company's otherwise passenger-only portfolio. Freightliner, French state railway SNCF and Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel have all been touted as potential buyers. [Modern Railways]

GBRf 66714 Cromer Lifeboat with a freight ex-Lynemouth heading towards Ashington on the Blyth & Tyne. Photographed near Woodhorn on 2 September 2009.
[Colin Alexander 02/09/2009]

GBRf Class 66 No 66714 Cromer Lifeboat takes Alcan tanks north at Rhu on the West Highland Line on 9 April 2010. It will shortly pass the returning southbound tanks at Garelochhead around 19.30.
[John Robin 09/04/2010]

Westbound containers from Felixstowe destined for the Midlands rumble across the bridge spanning the A503 and through Camden Road station in July 2005. The route is part of the heavily used freight corridor between Stratford and Willesden Junction on the North London Line. Locomotive is GBRf 66716.
[John Furnevel 21/07/2005]

29/05/2010 Biodiversity - a view from a train [Tayside Biodiversity Festival]
This year's Tayside Biodiversity Festival concluded on 29/30 May with the launch of a leaflet prepared by Catherine Lloyd of the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership encouraging travellers to watch out for the variety of wildlife to be seen from trains along the Tay Estuary, including seals, bearded tits, geese, tern wintering in the Montrose Basin and potentially in the future the enormous sea-eagle which is being reintroduced to the area. The leaflet is at http://www.taysidebiodiversity.co.uk/Events/Travelling_Along_Tay_Wildlife_Leaflet.pdf and was launched by BigBuzz performer Anneliese Emmans Dean, who performed to children short poems introducing the tiny creatures that live in our gardens and handed out activity packs at stations and on trains. She was accompanied by viola player John Rayson whose haunting melodies reverberated round the stations at Perth, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Montrose to the evident enjoyment of customers. JY

Tayside Biodiversity Festival, May 2010 - on the train south of Montrose.
[John Yellowlees /05/2010]

Tayside Biodiversity festival, May 2010 - platform scene at Carnoustie.
[John Yellowlees /05/2010]

Tayside Biodiversity Festival, May 2010 - platform scene at Perth.
[John Yellowlees /05/2010]
Biodiversity leaflet


28/05/2010 Plans to extend Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway [BBC News]
A heritage steam railway has announced plans to eventually extend its track so that it links with the main rail network.

Ex-GWR Modified Hall 4-6-0 7903 Foremarke Hall at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Built at Swindon in 1949, the locomotive went to Woodhams following withdrawal by BR in 1964, where it languished for 20 years until rescued by the Swindon & Cricklade Railway in 1984. Another 22 years on and restoration work was completed with the locomotive now resident at Toddington, where the photograph was taken on 24 April 2008.
[Peter Todd 24/04/2008]

A general view of the nicely restored and period feel Toddington station looking towards Winchcombe and Cheltenham. Compare with the earlier Ian Dinmore picture [see image 11878].
[Mark Bartlett 27/07/2008]
BBC News

27/05/2010 China's fastest high speed train rolls off production line [Sci & Tech]
CHANGCHUN, May 27 (Xinhua) China's fastest high speed train rolled off the production line Thursday in Changchun, capital of the northeastern province of Jilin, a company executive said.
Science & Technology

27/05/2010 Girvan Railway 150th anniversary [South Ayrshire Council News]
The 150th anniversary of the railway reaching Girvan from Maybole was celebrated in style on Monday 24 May 2010 when South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan and Community Councillor Alec Clark, Girvan and District Community Council, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the town's distinctive art deco station.
South Ayrshire Council News

26/05/2010 New carriages shelved in spending squeeze [Telegraph]
Hundreds of railway carriages intended to ease overcrowding on some of Britainís busiest lines have fallen victim to the first tranche of coalition cuts.
Telegraph Item


26/05/2010 Italy unveils first private high speed train [BBC News]
Italy's first, private, high speed train has been unveiled. The company behind Punto Italo claim it will shrink journeys across the country, with trains travelling up to 300 kph.
BBC News

25/05/2010 Maintenance project signals better reliability [Network Rail]
A scheme that takes a more tailored approach to the way Network Rail maintains signalling systems is helping to push reliability to ever higher levels.

View south from Glasgow Central during engineering work on 11th March. Taken from Platform 11. A Class 334 departs for Largs.
[Graham Morgan 11/03/2007]

A DMU passes under the signal gantry leaving Radyr station in 1993.
[Ian Dinmore //1993]

Interesting looking signal with various supplementary attachments standing on the northbound platform at Morpeth station on 8 November 2007. The white printed sign reads Electric trains No access to South East Curve.
[John Furnevel 08/11/2007]
Network Rail

25/05/2010 Derailment - Wind River Canyon, Wyoming [Sheridan Media.com]
A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper patrolling US 20/WYO 789 in the Wind River Canyon was witness to a Burlington Northern freight train derailment into the Big Horn River shortly after noon Wednesday. [From Brian Granger]

A freight train with the leading BNSF locomotive lying in the Big Horn River on 12 May 2010, following a derailment in Wind River Canyon.
[(Courtesy Brian Granger) 12/05/2010]
Sheridan Media.com

24/05/2010 Call for 'right to roam' to help recession hit towns [BBC News]
Creating new public spaces from disused railway lines and forgotten canals could help regenerate urban areas hit by the recession, a think tank says.

The Manchester Liverpool Road station building of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway is often considered the world^s first passenger terminus. It is seen at street level on 4 February 2010 almost 180 years after it was opened on 15 September 1830 by the Duke of Wellington. Although it only operated as a passenger station until May 1844, it continued in use as a goods depot until 1975. The red brick building on the corner, which predates the station itself, was purchased by the railway company and used as the superintendent^s house. Today the station forms part of the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and still contains several original features.
[John McIntyre 04/02/2010]

A young woman with a pushchair walks from King George V Park, through the site of Scotland Street station towards the south portal of the newly reopened Rodney Street Tunnel, perhaps on her way to visit the superstore located alongside the northern approach. The old tunnel now provides a useful pedestrian and cycle link between this part of the New Town and the Broughton area, avoiding the need to cross two very busy roads. [See image 36593]
[Andy Furnevel 14/04/2009]
BBC News


23/05/2010 Severn Valley Railway celebrates 40th birthday [BBC News]
A special train journey has been taking place exactly 40 years after the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) started.

D1062 Western Courier together with D1013 Western Ranger at Bridgnorth in May 1981.
[Colin Alexander 16/05/1981]

7812 running round at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway in September 2008.
[Bruce McCartney 02/09/2008]

Ivatt Class 4 Flying Pig 2-6-0 no 43106 at Bridgnorth in October, 1985.† The locomotive is due to return to service in 2009 after 20 years out of action. [Built at Darlington in 1951 and withdrawn from 24C Lostock Hall in 1968, it is the only one of the 162 examples of the class to have survived into preservation.] [See image 39850]
[Andy Carr 26/10/1985]
BBC News

23/05/2010 Historic Weardale Railway returns [BBC News]
Daily passenger services have returned to a County Durham heritage railway line - almost 60 years after they were withdrawn.

View east towards Bishop Auckland from the Eastgate platform at the restored Stanhope station in May 2006.
[John Furnevel /05/2006]

Scene at Bishop Auckland in 2007, now a terminus at the end of a single line section. Northern Rail provides services from here, running to Saltburn via Darlington and Middlesbrough. The overgrown line on the left is the old Crook and Wearhead line, with the former closed in 1965 from Wear Valley Junction and the latter now a preserved line in the hands of the Weardale Railway . The land once occupied by the large original station is now covered by roads, car parks and retail developments.
[John Furnevel 04/11/2007]

The once important station and Junction at Bishop Auckland seen from the southeast in 1977. The photograph shows the lines to Durham curving off to platforms 2 & 3 on the right, with the covered platform 1, serving the Crook and Weardale lines, straight ahead beyond (and obscured by) the signal box. On the far side of the station the north to west platform 4 completed the triangle, although this was used mainly for the 3 Ps - parcels, pigeons and papers. By the time of this photograph the former hub in western County Durham had lost most of its services and become a candidate for major rationalisation. [See image 31091]
[Ian Dinmore //1977]
BBC News

21/05/2010 Guards to ballot on strikes at East Coast train operator [Scotsman]
GUARDS at the government-run East Coast train operator will be balloted next week for possible strikes over their loss of income because of station ticket gates.

Level Crossing - where? [Added 2 December 2012]
[Notes and Queries //]

View over the ticket barriers towards the platforms at Glasgow Queen Street on 27 March 2010.
[John Steven 27/03/2010]

View over the ticket gates at Waverley west end on Sunday morning 21 January 2006, as major works continue in the background.
[John Furnevel 21/01/2006]
Scotsman

20/05/2010 Holyrood to make rail link plea [BBC News]
MSPs are to debate the case for extending the proposed UK high-speed rail network to Scotland.
BBC News

20/05/2010 Going Loco - Railways in Peebles [Scottish Borders Council]
A history of the railways that served Peebles. Exhibition runs from Saturday 17 April - Saturday 19 June in the Museum Room. Admission free.

Board on Peebles High Street on 21 May marking the entrance to the Scottish Borders Council Going Loco exhibition at the Tweeddale Museum & Gallery.
[John Furnevel /05/2010]

^Taster^ inside the entrance to the Scottish Borders Council Going Loco exhibition, Peebles, on 21 May 2010.
[John Furnevel 21/05/2010]

Not quite Harry Beck, but close.... interesting map forming part of the Scottish Borders Council Going Loco exhibition, currently running at the Tweeddale Museum & Gallery off Peebles High Street until 19 June 2010. [Yes, yes, I spotted the error!]
[John Furnevel 21/05/2010]
SBC Events

19/05/2010 Photography competition to show finest rail views [Network Rail]
Photographers across Britain are being challenged to put their talent to the test and win a unique chance to capture the view from the top of the Forth Rail Bridge.
Network Rail

17/05/2010 Rail numbers exceed expectation [BBC News]
Passenger numbers for the recently reopened Laurencekirk Station in Aberdeenshire exceed expectations.

An Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street service calls at Laurencekirk on 12 July 2009. Note the successfully restored (as opposed to demolished) main building on the down platform [see image 13322].
[Ewan Crawford 12/07/2009]

Lesson in restoration - the recently reopened Laurencekirk station, photographed on 18 June 2009. View along the down platform [see image 18132].
[David Panton 18/06/2009]

View north over Laurencekirk station in Nov 2006. Behind the station stands the large goods shed and to the north lie passing loops, signal box and the entrance to the goods yard, occupied at that time by 2 trainloads of pipes.
[John Furnevel 11/11/2006]
BBC News Item

17/05/2010 Transport improvement projects [Scottish Government]
Investment in road and rail at 'record levels' - Finance Secretary.
Scottish Government

15/05/2010 Northern franchise extended by 2 years [The Journal]
TRAVELLERS will be using Northern Railís trains in the region for an extra two years after the Government extended the operatorís contract. [From Mark Bartlett]

Northern Rail has really tidied up the East Lancashire stations recently. This is Hapton looking towards Rose Grove as 142003 pulls in on a Colne to Blackpool South service.
[Mark Bartlett 08/05/2008]

The 0953 Northern York - Hull service crosses the River Ouse on Selby swing bridge on 29 September shortly after leaving the station.
[John Furnevel 29/09/2008]

180106 at Blackpool North on 7th January 2009 waiting to form a service to Manchester Victoria. One of the latest additions to the Northern fleet, it was cascaded to Northern when First Great Western took them off lease.
[Graham Morgan 07/01/2009]
Journal item
Northern Press Release

15/05/2010 Changes to ScotRail station branding [First ScotRail]
Stations in the new ScotRail brand will receive the Gaelic name where one exists. The first two stations to receive this treatment are Carntyne and Shettleston.

The station name board at Shettleston on 14 May 2010, showing the Gaelic name now added as part of the new ScotRail branding.
[John Yellowlees 14/05/2010]

New ScotRail branding seen at Carntyne station on 14 May 2010, with the station name in Gaelic now added.
[John Yellowlees 14/05/2010]

14/05/2010 Train 'narrowly misses' tractor [BBC News Article]
An Aberdeen to Inverness train narrowly misses colliding with a tractor at a railway crossing at Forres in Moray.

Forres SB looking west from the LC - Nov 2005.
[John Furnevel /11/2005]

Forres SB - September 2004.
[John Furnevel /09/2004]

Ready with the hoop for a westbound train at Forres (blurred, by box). Just a few lineside cabinets.
[Ewan Crawford //]
BBC News Article

14/05/2010 Waverley’s Princes Street Entrance Plans Take the Final Step [Network Rail]
Network Rail’s plans to overhaul Waverley Station’s entrance from Princes Street have been given the green light by the Scottish Government. The proposals will create a new covered step and escalator access between Princes Street and the north entrance to Waverley station as well as lift access from the station to Princes Street via the roof of Princes Mall.

Notice at Waverley Steps exit from Waverley station 14 May 2006
[John Furnevel /05/2006]

Hmmphhh!!! Sunday morning guard duty! With the Waverley Steps entrance to the station closed off, a temporary entrance to Waverley has been opened up through Princes Mall. View from Princes Street on 14 May 2006. [See image 9657]
[John Furnevel 14/05/2006]

The big issue. Waverley Steps, with proposed improvements still to be implemented. View from Princes Street down to the station in September 2007. [See image 35788]
[John Furnevel 06/09/2007]
Network Rail Article

12/05/2010 Hartlepool Station in Ship-shape for Tall Ship Event [Network Rail Article]
Thousands of people visiting Hartlepool for the Tall Ships event this summer will get a great first impression of the town when arriving by rail after Network Rail completed the refurbishment of the canopies and redundant platform as part of £1.2m investment in the station.

Looking north through Hartlepool station in May 1990.
[Ian Dinmore 16/05/1990]

A pair of class 31s running light through Hartlepool station in May 1990.
[Ian Dinmore /05/1990]

Stranton Signalbox to the south of Hartlepool station.
[Ewan Crawford 20/03/2004]
Network Rail Article

12/05/2010 Profits at FirstGroup fall by 19% [BBC News Article]
Bus and rail operators FirstGroup says higher fuel costs and cut backs in spending hit full year profits.
BBC News Article

10/05/2010 Tall Ships Station Clean Up Call [Greenock Telegraph]
Councillors and MSP's for a clean up of Cartsdyke Station and surrounding areas in the run up to The Tall Ship event that will take place next year. [From Graham Morgan]

Cartsdyke station looking east towards Port Glasgow
[Graham Morgan 23/05/2007]

Cartsdyke station on 29 July - looking northwest at the Glasgow platform.
[John Furnevel /07/2007]

Looking east at Cartsdyke station. Class 303 in station.
[Ewan Crawford //]
Greenock Telegraph

09/05/2010 First ScotRail 'Insight' Newsletter [First ScotRail]
The lead article from the current edition of First ScotRail's 'Insight' newsletter, penned by managing director Steve Montgomery, is attached. [From David Panton]

Leader from the current issue of First RailScot^s ^Insight^ newsletter - 10 May 2010.
[Courtesy First Scotrail /05/2010]

07/05/2010 NR on track to prevent cable theft [Network Rail]
Network Rail is to deploy new technology to help fight one of the biggest causes of disruption to train services - the theft of railway cables.
Network Rail Article

06/05/2010 Thieves steal £135,000 tram cables [The Gazette]
Blackpool: SPECIAL security patrols are to guard over-head tram cables after thieves ripped down the high-value wires. [From Mark Bartlett]

Stop that tram! A Lancashire Constabulary patrol, leaving the nearby police station, overtakes Blackpool No. 707 outside Fleetwood^s North Euston hotel. The hotel name betrays its LNWR origins and the building overlooks the ferry and tram terminals, close to the site of the long demolished railway station. This location, previously just for setting down, has become the Fleetwood Ferry raised tram stop for the new flexity tram services. [See image 40940]
[Mark Bartlett 06/10/2009]

Blackpool Transport double deck Balloon Car No. 711 negotiates the sand filled turning circle at Starr Gate to head for Fleetwood. The bridge in the background carries the road over the Blackpool South railway line and marks the entrance to Squires Gate station. Shortly after this image was taken the tracks were lifted to allow a refurbishment in connection with the new tram depot construction.
[Mark Bartlett 11/08/2009]
Gazette Item

05/05/2010 Bridge renewal as rail link progresses westward [Network Rail]
Work to reopen the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link continues to advance westward this month as Network Rail replaces a bridge deck at Bedlormie Toll, between Caldercruix and Blackridge

Looking back towards Blackridge on 2 May 2010, from the point west of the village where the A89 crosses the trackbed at Bedlormie Toll. Much construction work is underway here.
[John Furnevel 02/05/2010]
Network Rail

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