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31/10/2010 'Witch's hat' stalls four Tube trains in north London [BBC]
Tube passengers had to walk through tunnels in the early hours after a Halloween hat was thrown on to the track, London Underground (LU) said.
BBC News

29/10/2010 Testing times [Rail-News]
Testing continues on First ScotRail’s new fleet of Siemens-built Class 380 trains for the Ayrshire lines. Despite some recent bad press in Scotland, Siemens is confident that some of the problems have been overcome.

The first of the new 380 units, no 380106 has now arrived at the Polmadie Commissioning Facility where it is seen in the sidings on 27 August 2010.
[Courtesy Transport Scotland 27/08/2010]

Marshalled in the centre of a Dollands Moor - Wembley freight on 25 August 2010, the first of the new ScotRail emus, no 380106, passes north through a rain-soaked Shepherd^s Bush station on the West London Line.
[Michael Gibb 25/08/2010]

Class 380 mock-up inside Glasgow Transport Museum on 8 August 2009.
[Bill Roberton 08/08/2009]

28/10/2010 Tram tomorrow. Progress of a saga that has engulfed Edinburgh [Scotsman]
IT IS a tale of two tram lines – a hive of activity in some places and a complete lack of progress elsewhere.

Edinburgh tram on display at The Mound tram stop on Princes Street on 29 April 2010.
[Colin Miller 29/04/2010]

Progress on the planned tram stop at Haymarket. View west on 4 September 2010.
[Bill Roberton 04/09/2010]

A Sunday morning view looking east towards Broomhouse on 23 May 2010, showing the tracks that will eventually carry trams over the B701 Broomhouse Road. On the horizon the outline of Edinburgh Castle can just be made out through the haar. To the left the catenary of the E&G main line runs parallel with the tram route at this point. Both will continue on to Edinburgh Park station, approximately half a mile behind the camera, at which point the trams will then turn north, crossing the E&G on a new flyover, before heading for Edinburgh Airport. [See image 29068]
[John Furnevel 23/05/2010]

28/10/2010 Dream home ruined by new Airdrie - Bathgate railway line [STV]
Resident’s anger after three-and-a-half years living next to a ‘building site’ and erection of new footbridge

Progress on the new station at Caldercruix on 20 October 2010. Photographed looking west from the embankment alongside the currently closed bridge carrying Main Street over the formation. [See image 21918]
[John Furnevel 20/10/2010]

Abandoned platforms at Caldercruix in June 2006 looking west.
[John Furnevel /06/2006]

28/10/2010 Borders to Edinburgh Railway route bridge demolished [BBC]
A bridge which has fallen into disrepair is being demolished and replaced to help make way for the Borders to Edinburgh railway line

28/10/2010 End of the line for Mull Railway [BBC]
Services on one of Scotland's most popular narrow gauge railways have been suspended amid fears over its future.

The 260mm gauge 2-6-2T locomotive ^Victoria^ being turned at Craignure on the Isle of Mull Railway in May 1998.
[Ken Browne 26/05/1998]

Locomotive no 7 Frances takes the 12.10 to Torosay Castle away from Craignure on 13 April.
[Bill Roberton 13/04/2007]

Scene on the 260mm gauge Isle of Mull Railway at Craignure on 29th June 2010, locomotive no 7 Frances at the platform.
[Colin Miller 29/06/2010]

27/10/2010 Network Rail responds to ORR fine regarding ITPS [Network Rail]
Network Rail today responded to the news that the ORR is to fine the company £3m for licence breaches concerning the introduction of a new IT system called ITPS (Integrated Train Planning System), breaches the company had already acknowledged.
Network Rail

26/10/2010 The ghost trains of old England [BBC]
Radio 4 broadcast presented by Ian Marchant [With thanks to Colin Martin]

Transpennine unit 185141 is heading for Liverpool at Stalybridge, which will mean a left turn for Guide Bridge and Piccadilly just beyond the platform. Trains for Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Victoria continue straight on. On the opposite platform is the famous Stalybridge station buffet, at the end of the Rail Ale Trail from Dewsbury.
[Mark Bartlett 04/04/2009]

A first generation railcar calls at Ealing Broadway amid reconstruction work on 26 January 1990 with the shuttle service to Greenford.
[John McIntyre 26/01/1990]

A Virgin Trains Manchester - Birmingham - Brighton service crosses the Grand Union Canal via Mitre Bridge on the West London Line in July 2005. The train has travelled from Birmingham via Oxford, Reading and the Great Western main line, and reached the southbound West London Line via Acton East Junction, Acton Wells Junction, West London Junction and Mitre Bridge Junction. Who needs railtours?
[John Furnevel 22/07/2005]

25/10/2010 Minister challenged over trains [Press & Journal]
UK transport minister Theresa Villiers was challenged last night to explain how she can keep a promise to maintain direct east coast mainline connections from London to the north and north-east while still saving on the cost of badly-needed new express trains.

43238 at the rear of the 14.50 to Kings Cross on 5th June 2010. This service was diverted to run non-stop between Dundee and Haymarket via Perth and Stirling due to engineering work in Fife.
[Michael Gibb 05/06/2010]

The down ^Aberdonian^ InterCity HST continues its journey north following the Dundee stop on 4 August 1981. The train is seen shortly after passing Camperdown Junction with the dock estate to the left and the A92 road running parallel with the line on the right.
[John Furnevel 04/08/1981]

The inaugural Clansman service from London Euston pulls into Platform 2 at Inverness in the summer of 1974, the first day of the summer timetable following completion of WCML electrification.
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1974]
Press & Journal

23/10/2010 All night Edinburgh - Glasgow train service rejected [Scotsman]
ALL-night trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow have been rejected by Network Rail despite the track operator predicting soaring passenger numbers in the two cities.

View across Waverley west end towards Princes Street on Christmas Eve 2007. Proof that National Express East Coast isn^t the only big wheel round here... Yo ho ho...!!!
[Ewan Crawford 24/12/2007]

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]

23/10/2010 Shanghai-Hangzhou High-Speed Railway makes trial operation [SINA]
The train CRH380A, setting a new speed record of 416.6 kilometers per hour, will make its debut operation officially at the end of this month.

A CRH High Speed train photographed at Hongqiao station on the Shanghai-Hangzhou High-Speed line in Shanghai, eastern China, on October 18 2010.
[CRH 18/10/2010]

21/10/2010 Spanning a century [Rail Express]
SCARBOROUGH’S ICONIC SIGNAL GANTRY, for years the centrepiece of photographs taken at the famous East Coast resort, will soon be no more

The 1907 NER Falsgrave signal box, standing at the south end of platform 1 at Scarborough station, photographed on 28 September 2008. The grade 2 listed structure was the recent recipient of the Westinghouse Signalling Award as part of the National Heritage scheme. This followed a centenary 5-month, restoration project, carried out by Construction Marine Ltd in consultation with Network Rail and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which took it back to how it would have looked when new. According to signalman Mick Hewitt this is one of the largest surviving boxes in the country which still has its mechanical workings. In the box there are 120 levers connected by Victorian engineered interlock systems, around 60% of which are still operational with 40% in regular use. Notwithstanding the restoration project, Network Rail plans to close Falsgrave by 2010. Campaigners are hoping it can then be turned into a tourist attraction.
[John Furnevel 28/09/2008]

Towards the south end of the former excursion platform 1 at Scarborough stands Falsgrave signal box, seen here looking north west on 28 September 2008. The length of this platform can be appreciated by looking back beyond Belgrave Terrace Road Bridge towards the dome standing above the station in the right background and the FTP 185 unit that can just be seen stabled in platform 2 (whose buffer stops stand alongside those of platform 1). To the left of Falsgrave Road SB is the sealed entrance to Falsgrave Tunnel, which, prior to 1965, brought the line from Whitby into Scarborough and, until 1981, provided a route through to Gallows Close yard and the carriage sidings at Northstead.
[John Furnevel 28/09/2008]
Rail Express

21/10/2010 Theresa Villiers speech on DB launch [DfT]
Sixteen years after Eurostar began offering services from London to Paris, the countdown begins today towards a future of direct high speed rail services from St Pancras International to other key destinations in Europe.

The old and the new: 101 class departing with an inter city (IC) train for Hamburg whilst ICE-3 prepares to depart for Stuttgart.
[Paul D Kerr 24/07/2006]

Deutsche Bahn (DB) ICE unit on display at London St Pancras International on 19 October. The train was visiting London as part of an initiative by DB which may see the German rail firm running ICE services from London St Pancras to Germany from 2013.
[Michael Gibb 19/10/2010]

NS double deck commuter trains stand side by side at the platforms of Amsterdam Central station on 5 December 1997.
[John Furnevel 05/12/1997]

18/10/2010 It's Network Fail as Bathgate to Airdrie rail event hits buffers [Deadline PPA]
TRAIN delays and cancellations signalled a disastrous start to the opening of a new station by Transport Secretary Stewart Stevenson today.

Work underway on the access road to the new Bathgate station and associated car parks on 12 October 2010. Photographed from the north side of the A89 Edinburgh Road.
[John Furnevel 12/10/2010]
Deadline PPA
Network Rail PR

17/10/2010 £15m Great Central reunification plan announced [The Rail Engineer]
A company has been formed by the GCR and GCR (Nottingham) aimed at reuniting the two railways to create a 17-mile, independently owned East Midlands main line.

The Great Central station at Quorn and Woodhouse in 2004.
[Ian Dinmore //2004]

A1 Pacific no 60163 Tornado, built by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, seen leaving Loughborough Central on 21 September 2008.
[Peter Todd 21/09/2008]

The GCR Leicester North station slowly thawing out on a quiet January Friday. Notice the brick cutout for the now demolished signal box on the right and the bricked-up entrance to the former Belgrave and Birstall station on the distant overbridge [see image 31066].
[Ken Strachan 15/01/2010]
The Rail Engineer

17/10/2010 The lost lines [Sunday Herald]
The Thornton to Levenmouth rail spur could deliver massive economic and environmental benefits for the whole of Scotland

Methil power station, commissioned in 1965 to run on coal slurry from the Fife washeries and coal-bing waste. Decomissioned in 2000 the structure is seen here in July 2007 awaiting demolition. The bridge also carried traffic to the coal-drops at Methil docks (including coal from the former Wemyss Private Railway) [See image 6242].
[John Furnevel 26/07/2007]

Evening at Thornton in June 1967, looking west, a few months after the end of steam. On the left is part of Thornton Junction shed, closed the previous April and with the coaling plant in the process of being demolished. In the centre is Thornton Weighs box, one of 9 signal boxes located in the Thornton area. On the right stand the winding towers of the ill-fated Rothes Colliery. Trumpeted as one of the new super pits on its opening in 1958, the decision was taken to abandon it four years later due to insurmountable flooding and geological problems. Remarkably the towers stood for a further 30 years until eventually demolished using explosives in 1993.
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) /06/1967]

View west over the station site at Cameron Bridge towards the recently upgraded and extended Diageo distillery complex on 22 August 2008. The former Leven Railway route to Thornton Junction runs off to the right. Discussions have taken place regarding the possible reopening of the section to handle future rail based freight traffic at the distillery. Such a move would also give added impetus to the proposal to reopen the line through to Levenmouth, currently being pursued by the local authority in conjunction with Transport Scotland.
[John Furnevel 22/08/2008]
Sunday Herald

17/10/2010 Step back in time at Pickering's Wartime Weekend [The Press]
THOUSANDS of visitors will be stepping back in time for the 18th annual Pickering Wartime Weekend.

Some of the preparations for what is now the annual 1940s Wartime Weekend at Pickering station on 16 October. The NYMR has now become a key part of what has turned into a major annual event, including the running of trains to Le Visham, a German-occupied French village to the north (just for the weekend of course).
[John Furnevel 16/10/2009]

Preparations for the Wartime Weekend at Pickering, Friday 16 October 2009. Arrival and departure of the military planning team....
[John Furnevel 16/10/2009]

A NAAFI has been set up on platform 2 at Pickering to provide sustenance to the many soldiers and civilians passing through the station during the War Weekend event on 18 October 2009.
[John McIntyre 18/10/2009]
The Press

17/10/2010 Rail fares 'to rise by up to 40%' [Telegraph]
Rail fares could rise by as much as 40 per cent over the next four years as a result of changes to subsidies to be announced next week, it is claimed. [From Mark Bartlett]

16/10/2010 Swiss complete world's longest tunnel [BBC]
Engineers have drilled through the last remaining rock to complete the world's longest tunnel, under the Swiss Alps.
BBC News

16/10/2010 Railway to get passenger rise [Scotsman]
Rail passenger numbers in Edinburgh are expected to soar in the next two decades, according to a Network Rail report.

322 485 arriving from North Berwick at Edinburgh Waverley on 23 February 2010. The 322s are to replaced next Spring by new class 380 units.
[Bill Roberton 23/02/2010]

Westbound trains on the Fife and Glasgow lines occupy platforms 2 and 4 at Haymarket on 26 July.
[Andrew Wilson 26/07/2010]

With more changes underway at the west end of Waverley, Glasgow shuttle services are seen here using the recently commissioned northside through platforms 19 and 20 on Sunday 14 January 2006.
[John Furnevel 14/01/2006]

15/10/2010 Public meeting on reopening of Reston station [Berwickshire News]
The campaign for the re-opening of Reston station has been strengthened by the news that four other re-opened lines and a recently re-opened station have all out-performed expectations.

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]
Berwickshire News

15/10/2010 More than 60,000 Germans protest railway project [AP]
More than 60,000 people took to the streets of Stuttgart on Saturday to protest a disputed railway project in southwestern Germany that has become a headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

15/10/2010 £5M upgrade of Heart of Wales line completed [BBC]
A £5m project to upgrade a rural railway linking Wales with England has been completed.

Craven Arms bound at Penybont viewed from the disused platform.
[Ewan Crawford //]

Shrewsbury bound train at Builth Road on 2 June.
[John McIntyre 2/06/2007]

At the time of this photo Knighton^s passing loop was out of action and a sign proclaimed that all trains (4 each way a day) departed from Platform 1. New electrically operated points were later installed and the loop is now fully operational again with both platforms in use. View towards Craven Arms from the station footbridge.
[Mark Bartlett 19/09/2009]

15/10/2010 Rail station closed due to hotel fire
Rail services have been disrupted as a result of a major fire at the Star and Garter Hotel, Linlithgow.

A class 170 leaves Linlithgow with a Dunblane - Edinburgh service on 24 August 2007
[James Young 24/08/2007]

The solid (and stolid) exterior of Linlithgow station in August 2010. No fripperies here.
[David Panton 14/08/2010]

The GNER 0755 Inverness - London Kings Cross ^Highland Chieftain^ at speed through Linlithgow station in May 2005.
[John Furnevel 11/05/2005]

15/10/2010 World's longest tunnel nears breakthrough
Swiss engineers are set to smash through the last pieces of rock to complete the digging of the world's longest transport tunnel. [From Mark Bartlett]

15/10/2010 Network Rail outlines future for Scotland's rail network [Network Rail]
The growing popularity of rail travel will see passenger numbers on some Scottish routes more than double over the next two decades, a new report by Network Rail has found.
Network Rai

Network Rail Article

13/10/2010 British Rail to be wound up [Railnews]
THE government has announced that British Rail is to be finally wound up -- seventeen years after the first Act of Parliament was passed which launched railway privatisation

Peter Ovenstone, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee presents the painting Kyles of Bute by Alasdair MacFarlane, on behalf of owner BRB (Residuary) Ltd to Sam Galbraith, chairman of trustees at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine.
[Courtesy Scottish Maritime Museum 08/04/2010]

The soaring piers of Craighead Viaduct by Bothwell. But not for much longer. BRB (Residuary) is in the process of arranging access to demolish the piers.
[Ewan Crawford 27/01/2007]

12/10/2010 Scots pressure group behind rail link campaign [Inverness Courier]
A NATIONAL transport pressure group has endorsed The Inverness Courier’s campaign to save direct train services between London and the Highland Capital.

The up Highland Chieftain pulls away from Pitlochry in May 1995.
[David Panton /05/1995]

The 0755 National Express East Coast Inverness – London Kings Cross ^Highland Chieftain^ runs east through Edinburgh Park on 30 April, two minutes ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 1108 at Haymarket. The train has just passed between the under - construction bridge supports that will eventually carry the tram route to Edinburgh Airport over the line.
[John Furnevel 30/04/2009]

The Highland Chieftain leaves Perth platform 7 and heads north for Inverness on 14 July.
[Brian Forbes 14/07/2010]
Inverness Courier

Network Rail Article

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