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31/12/2011 Welcome to Britain's worst train service: Reading to London Paddington [Guardian]
It's early on a chilly December morning and Georgina Jackson is wedged in the middle of a mob of bleary-eyed commuters at Reading station, who are scrambling to board the London-bound train. Travellers dip and dive in search of that elusive prize – an empty seat. Their chances are slim, as the train is already bursting at the seams. Welcome to Britain's worst rail journey: the rush-hour morning train from Reading to London Paddington.

First Great Western 166202 waits in eastbound bay platform 6 at Reading on 17 June 2009 forming the 2215 hrs stopping service to Paddington.
[John McIntyre 17/06/2009]

Paddington, looking from the footbridge towards the station concourse, July 2005.
[John Furnevel /07/2005]

31/12/2011 Crash car lands in front of train [PA]
Three people had a miraculous escape after their car crashed through a railway bridge on to the track below, in front of an on-coming steam train. Two cars collided on the bridge that crossed over the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (GWR) near the village of Southam, Gloucestershire, at around 1.30pm. One of the cars fell 20 feet onto the track below the bridge on Southam Lane and landed on its roof. The train that was travelling along the line managed to stop before hitting the car. No injuries were reported.

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]

30/12/2011 Network Rail sued over Caithness crossing crash [BBC]
Network Rail is being sued by the son of a couple killed when their car collided with a train at a level crossing in Caithness two years ago. Angus MacKay and his wife Margaret, both 81, from Inverness, and Mr MacKay's brother Donald, 66, of Latheron, died in the incident. The MacKays' son, Donald, said he hoped his action would highlight what he said were shortcomings in crossing safety. Network Rail said it could not comment on the legal action at this stage. The crash happened at an unmanned, gate-free level crossing in Halkirk in September 2009. [From Richard Buckby & Mark Bartlett]

Maintenance and testing of warning lights and audible alarm being carried out at Bridge Street open level crossing, Halkirk, on 28 August 2007. View is northeast towards Georgemas Junction over the site of the former Halkirk station (closed 1960) which stood just beyond the crossing. Three occupants of a car tragically died as a result of a collision with a train on this crossing in September 2009.
[John Furnevel 28/08/2007]
BBC News

30/12/2011 MPs win parliamentary debate on widening rail line between Clitheroe and Manchester [Lancashire Telegraph]
TWO East Lancashire MPs have secured a House of Commons debate, calling for better rail services to and from Manchester. Blackburn MP Jack Straw, and Darwen MP Jake Berry will make the case for improvements to the Clitheroe to Manchester line - which also goes through Blackburn and Darwen - and the need for doubling the track between Blackburn and Bolton. [From Mark Bartlett]

Appearances can be deceptive. Darwen looks like a deserted station on a double track line but in fact a sizeable number of Saturday shoppers had just joined 156472 heading north towards Blackburn on 23 July. The two tracks are actually a long passing loop, the only one on the ten mile single line section between Blackburn and Bromley Cross.
[Mark Bartlett 23/07/2011]

A Class 150 and 153 combo departs north from Clitheroe ecs to Horrocksford Junction on 30 July 2011. At the junction the pair will cross to the up line and return to the station to form the next service to Manchester Victoria.
[John McIntyre 30/07/2011]

Entwistle is a remote request stop halt on the Lancashire moors. It is now on the single line between Darwen and Bromley Cross but there used to be four tracks between here and the summit at Sough Tunnel. Another passenger line went to the left of what was an island platform with two goods lines where the relay room now stands. In this view looking north in July 2011 all is quiet as 150268 calls on a Clitheroe to Manchester service.
[Mark Bartlett 23/07/2011]
Lancashire Telegraph

29/12/2011 Railway stations to improve access with £9.5m funding [BBC News]
Five Scottish railway stations are to share £9.5m to improve accessibility. Work will be carried out at the Dyce, Shotts, Newton, Rosyth and Dunblane stations to improve facilities for disabled people and others with impaired mobility, such as people with prams. Feasibility studies will be carried out at the stations over the coming months.

170 457 calls at Rosyth on 9 May with a service to Newcraighall.
[Bill Roberton 09/05/2011]

A Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley train leaves Shotts on 13 February 2006 passing north east under Station Road.
[John Furnevel 13/02/2006]

As a service heads off for Inverurie in the background, 158 715 is belled off for Aberdeen from Dyce station on 15 June 2009.
[David Panton 15/06/2009]
BBC News

29/12/2011 Demand to close 'high risk' rail crossing [North Star]
A CAMPAIGN is under way to close an open level railway crossing road in Ross-shire amid safety fears from the local community. People living in Craig Road in Dingwall say the route is a safety hazard with 44-tonne HGVs from Tesco trying to access the store's delivery area, just yards from one of the town's three ungated railway crossing. The crossing - Dingwall No 1 - is on the Rail Regulator's high risk list and Network Rail has been told to make it safer, or close it. [From Richard Buckby]

Gatebox on the Kyle line between two level crossings in Dingwall. View looks from the east (No 1) LC to the west (No 2) LC.
[Ewan Crawford //1989]
North Star

28/12/2011 New Shettleston footbridge almost complete [Railscot]
Just over a year after services were extended west via Bathgate to Edinburgh work on the replacement footbridge at Shettleston Station is almost complete. There are no ramps in place at the moment, although there appear to be brackets which would allow for their addition when the old bridge is removed. [From Colin McDonald]

View south from Budhill Square showing the old and new footbridges standing side by side at Shettleston station on 20th December 2011. [see image 4662]
[Colin McDonald /12/2011]

Some of the last passengers to use the original footbridge at Shettleston inspect the newly erected replacement as they cross from platforms 2 to 1 on 20th December 2011. [See image 2691]
[Colin McDonald 20/12/2011]

Looking west over Shettleston station from the Hallhill Road overbridge on 20th December 2011. The final touches are currently being applied to the newly erected replacement footbridge as westbound 334 022 passes under the rusting original structure beyond [see image 18009].
[Colin McDonald 20/12/2011]

28/12/2011 Train-switching technology 'poses hacking threat' [BBC]
The shift to a mobile communications technology could expose rail networks to hackers, according to a security expert.

28/12/2011 Railway station row could sidetrack city homes plan [Evening Times]
A MULTI-MILLION pound plan to build 1600 houses in the north of Glasgow could be axed because of a row over a proposed rail station. Glasgow City Council has delayed its decision on giving planning permission in principle to the Stewart Milne development in Robroyston. Scotland’s largest local authority made the decision because of an objection, lodged by Network Rail, over plans to create a station, at nearby Millerston. Network Rail has since dropped the objection … on the condition that the developer “proves there is a need” for a new station in the area. It is understood Stewart Milne has still to do this and will amend their planning proposal before the city council’s Planning Applications Committee looks at it again, early next year. As revealed by the Evening Times last year, developer Stewart Milne wants to build 1600 houses on 420 acres site in Robroyston straddling the M80. Plans for the site include a hotel, shops, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, healthcare and community facilities, a motorway underpass, open space and the new rail station, with park-and-ride facilities. The need for a rail station at the location had not been proven The massive scheme will be three times the size of the Glasgow Harbour development. A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “The council’s Planning Applications Committee of November 30 decided to reconsider a final decision on this project as members had concerns over an unresolved objection. “It is hoped that the proposals will be considered again by the committee early in the New Year.” In 2010, Stewart Milne applied for planning permission in principle, on former green belt land at Robroyston Road, and the application went before city councillors last month. However, the Planning Applications Committee decided to “reconsider” their final decision because of Network Rail’s “unresolved objection”. The ambitious building project is expected to cost more than £100million. Developers have also set aside £3m to expand Wallacewell Primary, to ensure it is big enough to accommodate the extra children on the roll. A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are always willing to examine proposals to expand the rail network, as long as they meet an indentified need and are supported by a business case and funding package. “Network Rail initially objected to the developer’s proposal on the basis that the need for a rail station at the location had not been proven. “Planning conditions requiring the developer to properly assess the need for a station are proposed to be added to the consent, meaning that Network Rail has been able to withdraw its objection.”

Glasgow-Aberdeen Express at Robroyston. C.R. 4-6-0 14655. Circa 1934.
[G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. //1934]

The Warren Truss bridge carrying the G&G line over the M80 motorway at Robroyston, Glasgow. Looking north on a quiet Sunday morning in April 2010.
[John Furnevel 18/04/2010]
Evening Times

27/12/2011 Figures reveal huge rise in overcrowding on ScotRail [Herald]
THE number of overcrowded trains on the ScotRail network has more than quadrupled over the past five years amid record demand for rail travel. The problem is most frequent on Glasgow-Edinburgh services during the morning and afternoon peak periods, which accounted for more than one-quarter of overcrowded trains. However, the highest loadings were recorded on trains in the Strathclyde suburban network, which accounts for nearly two- thirds of train journeys in Scotland. On services between Dalmuir and Motherwell or Larkhall, some trains had in excess of 100 more passengers than seats available

Turbostar domination at Glasgow Queen Street on 25 July 2009 wih 5 of the 6 platforms in the shot hosting a Turbostar unit.
[John McIntyre 25/07/2009]

The west end of Haymarket station on the afternoon of 27 September, seen from alongside the tramworks in Haymarket Yards. Platform 0 is vacant but all 4 of the through platforms are occupied. Platforms 1 and 2 contain incoming and outgoing Fife Circle services, with the former running through to Newcraighall. At platform 3 is the 11.40 ex-Helensburgh Central, bound for Waverley, and at platform 4 is the 13.37 Waverley – Milngavie.
[John Furnevel 27/09/2011]

Swish new destination board at Dalmuir. A pity the same cannot be said for the passenger and staff accommodation at this busy junction station. Yoker route train in the platform.
[Ewan Crawford 02/02/2008]

27/12/2011 New platform and 60 extra carriages for Waterloo commuters [DoT]
Passengers on some of the country’s busiest rail routes are set to benefit from extra carriages to ease overcrowding and the former Waterloo International Station is to be reopened for commuter services, Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced today. The 60 extra carriages are being added thanks to Government funding for South West Trains to lease the vehicles. Their arrival will mean that services from Windsor, Weybridge (via Staines), Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastleigh, Reading, Hounslow and Alton into Waterloo can be lengthened and additional services will also run from Reading. Their deployment will mean that platform 20 at the former Waterloo International Terminal will come back into use from 2014. [From Mark Bartlett]

With the time at 15.12, according to Big Ben, the 15.11 London Waterloo - Paris Nord Eurostar heads south from Waterloo International on 23 July 2005 and is just about to run through the north side of Vauxhall station.
[John Furnevel 23/07/2005]

The western concourse at Waterloo and entrance to the International platforms on 13 November 2007 - the station^s final day as a Eurostar terminus.
[Michael Gibb 13/11/2007]

27/12/2011 China bullet train crash 'caused by design flaws' [BBC News]
A bullet train crash which killed 40 people in China in July was caused by design flaws and sloppy management, the Chinese government says. Almost 200 people were injured in the crash near the south-eastern city of Wenzhou. 'Missteps' by 54 officials led to the disaster, the long-awaited official report says. The crash led many Chinese to accuse the government of putting development and profit before safety.
BBC News

27/12/2011 Jobs hope over £188m Bombardier order [BBC News]
Workers have said they hope the £188m Southern deal awarded to Derby trainmaker Bombardier will help to secure its future in the city. The firm's success in winning the carriage-building order follows its announcement this summer it was cutting 1,400 jobs after failing to win the £1.4bn Thameslink contract.
BBC News

26/12/2011 China's new bullet train can reach 500km/h [Reuters]
CHINA has unveiled a prototype train capable of reaching speeds up to 500km/h, state media say, as the nation pushes ahead with high-speed rail despite a fatal crash. [SEE VIDEO]

26/12/2011 Scrap metal raids: Police seize tonnes of rail cable [BBC News]
Police have seized 14 tonnes of suspected stolen railway cable and made 45 arrests after searching around 160 scrap metal yards in a single day. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said the haul followed visits to 400 scrap metal recyclers in England and Wales on 14 December. The day of action aimed to tackle the 'growing' crime of metal theft, thought to cost the economy £700m a year. Scotland Yard is launching a dedicated unit to target the thieves. [From Richard Buckby]
BBC News

25/12/2011 Major Construction complete on Kings Cross Western Concourse [Network Rail]
Over 600 people – from engineers, electricians and builders to carpenters, stone masons and abseilers – who are working to transform King’s Cross station got into the festive spirit today to celebrate the end of major construction work on the new western concourse. The new concourse is the stand-out feature of the £500m redevelopment of King’s Cross to make it into a world-class transport hub. The striking domed roof covers an area three-times the size of the existing concourse and big enough to fit over six Olympic-sized swimming pools. As well as providing a brighter, more spacious station, it will contain a wide range of new food and drink outlets and shops, plus improved facilities which will improve the journey experience for passengers.

Christmas 2011 at Kings Cross. Celebrating the end of major construction work on the Western Concourse... and a Happy New Year to one and all! [See News Item].
[Courtesy Network Rail /12/2011]
Network Rail PR

25/12/2011 Bridging the years when steam was king [Scotsman]
THEY are some of the most striking images ever produced of Scotland and they helped kick-start the early tourism industry, fuelling the boom in cross-Border travel. Seaside destinations, celebrated passenger trains and iconic structures were brought to life by a group by artists during a golden era of advertising. Now a collection of rare posters covering the heyday of railway art is to be given pride of place at one of the nation’s main museums to celebrate more than 100 years of rail travel in Scotland. Some 30 posters hidden away in the archives of the National Museum of Scotland are to go on display for the first time, along with several on loan from the National Railway Museum in York.

Old BR poster The Queen of Scots 1928-1964.
[John Furnevel //]

After 30 years a commuter service was reintroduced to the southern end of the West Highland Line on 1 October 1996.  This poster was photographed at Garelochhead in July 1997.  I doubt somehow that cartoon representation of a customer, however well-intended, would be considered appropriate today, less than 15 years later.
[David Panton /07/1997]

We apologise for the delay from 1967 to May 2009 affecting passenger services. In the meantime please enjoy these (somewhat aged) posters. [See image 24219]
[Ewan Crawford 27/01/2007]

25/12/2011 ScotRail apprentice scheme wins national award [Railscot]
A pioneering ScotRail initiative to develop young talent has scooped the Best Business Newcomer title at the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2011. The prestigious award follows ScotRail last year launching the UK rail industry’s first Modern Apprenticeship in Customer Service. The £250,000 initiative is designed to both boost business and provide opportunities for young people to enter the challenging jobs market. During 18-month apprenticeships, the 11 Modern Apprentices are each trained, paid and given six-month placements in hands-on roles in ScotRail’s station, on-trains and hospitality departments. The apprentices, aged between 18 and 22, can gain recognition of their efforts by working towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Customer Service and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The scheme’s success has led to enquiries from other UK train operating companies interested in launching similar programmes.

Participants in the successful ScotRail apprentices scheme. The scheme itself has recently been recognised by way of a national award [see news item].
[Courtesy First ScotRail /12/2011]

24/12/2011 Sleeper saved - now for the Chieftain [Inverness Courier]
The future of direct daytime train services between Inverness and London is still up for debate, according to Scottish transport minister Keith Brown in an exclusive interview with The Inverness Courier. Cross-border Caledonian Sleeper train services were secured earlier this week when the Scottish government announced it would more than match the £50 million of investment from the UK government for the service. But a question mark remains over the daytime Highland Chieftain service in a consultation document published by Transport Scotland about the future of Scotland’s rail services after 2014. It suggests is passengers using cross-border services might be forced to change trains in Edinburgh — an option which has provoked huge opposition. [From Richard Buckby]

The down Highland Chieftain stands at Perth on 5 October 2007.
[Brian Forbes 05/10/2007]

The 1200 Kings Cross - Inverness Highland Chieftain HST prepares to head north from York on 21 March 2010.
[John Furnevel 21/03/2010]

In original BR livery, an HST forming the southbound Highland Chieftain tackles the 1 in 96 Penmanshiel bank in the summer of 1984.
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1984]
Inverness Courier

23/12/2011 'Luxury' makeover for toilets on ScotRail's Glasgow to Edinburgh service [Daily Record]
SCOTRAIL passengers on the Glasgow to Edinburgh service can now spend a penny in style – after the onboard loos were given a “luxury” makeover. As our pictures show, the toilets have been decorated with little ceramic vases on a wooden shelf, some wall art and even a potted orchid.

The present day fuelling facilities at Perth are located around the former platforms 8 and 9. This is a view of the ^half shed^ and fuelling pumps installed a couple of years ago to handle the servicing of the Class 170s, including their associated CETs (Controlled Emission Tanks). Class 158^s have all now been similarly adapted so the toilets can now be safely flushed in stations! The two stainless steel machines beyond the green wheeled bowser are two of the three CET pumps. Needless to say the latter are referred to in more colloquial terms locally.
[Gary Straiton 26/02/2010]

View west across the A711 St Mary^s Street, Kirkcudbright on a rainy afternoon in August 2009. The stately old building is the 1864 terminus of the Kirkcudbright Railway. The main part of the old station (closed in 1965) now houses a Beauty and Fitness Studio, while the small structure on the corner of the block, once the station toilets, is now the home of the local bookies. (Subliminal message there perhaps?)
[John Furnevel 31/08/2009]

Melrose 1975. Station building on the down platform - almost overshadowed by the magnificent Gents (now located at Bewdley station on the Severn Valley Railway).
[Bill Roberton //1975]
Daily Record

23/12/2011 Strike cancels 100 trains as shoppers struggle to get home for Christmas [Scotsman]
NETWORK Rail has insisted Boxing Day passengers will not be disrupted by a signallers’ strike, despite having to cancel around 100 trains today. The firm admitted it had been overconfident in announcing last week that ScotRail would be able to run normal services on Christmas Eve, at the start of a three-day walkout at the main signalling centre in Glasgow. It explained that some of the managers and non-union staff who had been expected to cover for the strikers were found to be not available. That forced Network Rail to announce on Wednesday that the frequency of ScotRail trains on five routes would be cut by up to half today. The move will leave shoppers and other festive travellers with one train an hour on lines between Glasgow Central and Barrhead, Paisley Canal and Whifflet, and on the Cathcart Circle in Glasgow via Maxwell Park. Glasgow-Gourock trains will be cut from three to two per hour.

22/12/2011 Firefighters contain blaze at Leyland business park [BBC News]
Fire crews have been tackling a severe blaze at a business park in Lancashire. The fire, which has destroyed five buildings, started at about 17:00 GMT at the Lancashire Enterprise Business Park in Leyland. Up to 150 firefighters were sent to the scene, with several main roads closed in the area and rail travel disrupted. The West Coast Main Line was closed due to the proximity of a gas main and a number of exploding beer barrels. [From John McIntyre & Mark Bartlett]

On a gloomy afternoon 150143, heading from Liverpool to Blackpool North, has just joined the slow lines at the start of the four track section to Preston and rolls into Euxton Balshaw Lane. The signal in the background protects the junction at the start of the two track section to Wigan North Western.
[Mark Bartlett 01/05/2009]

The scene looking south from Farington Junction towards Leyland at around 9 pm on 21 December 2011 with a serious fire in the business park to the west of the railway. The WCML was completely closed all evening due to the risk posed from a nearby gas main and a large number of exploding beer barrels
[John McIntyre 21/12/2011]

Looking south along the WCML towards Leyland from Fowler Lane bridge, a Liverpool bound Super Sprinter snakes its way from the Up Fast, across the Down Fast to the Up Slow. The Leyland Trucks factory is on the right and there is still a connection off the Down Slow into a small yard which is now in the Leyland Enterprise Park. The actual Farington Junction is behind the camera on the left with a line heading to Lostock Hall Junction on the East Lancs line.
[John McIntyre 25/05/2009]
BBC News
Lancashire Evening Post

21/12/2011 Scottish sleeper service funds announced [BBC News]
The Scottish government has committed £50m in funding to secure cross-border sleeper train services. This matches £50m in UK government investment detailed in Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement. Mr Osborne made the funds available on the condition Holyrood ministers agreed to co-fund an improvement programme. The money will be used to replace the cross-border Caledonian Sleeper fleet, which is coming to the end of its life, and improve on-train facilities.

EWS 90018 following arrival at Platform 9 with the Glasgow portion of the Caledonian Sleeper on 4th April 2009.
[Graham Morgan 04/04/2009]

The Inverness portion of the Highland Sleeper stands at Perth at 05.39 on 18 May 2010 behind 67030.
[Brian Forbes 18/05/2010]

Early morning at Tulloch during Christmas 1987. The northbound sleeper, hauled by 37423, has drawn forward of the crossing between platforms due to its length. At the southbound platform is the morning train for Glasgow (37407 Loch Long). The train crews swap over across the tracks (they also guided a dismounting passenger). Slippery diesel was spilled all over the footway so crunching across the ballast might have been a better option anyway. Tulloch was very much in use as a maintenance base at the time, with lots of equipment lying alongside the platers hut on the left.
[Ewan Crawford 29/12/1987]
BBC News

20/12/2011 ScotRail increases fares by 6% from January [BBC News]
Rail passengers in Scotland will face fare increases of 6% from January. Train operator ScotRail made the announcement as rail companies across the UK revealed average price rises of 5.9%.
BBC News

20/12/2011 Fresh bonus row after regulator slates Network Rail for poor punctuality [Telegraph]
Network Rail’s poor performance triggered a fresh row over the executive bonus scheme with Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, saying that payouts next year would be unjustified. She intervened after the regulator found that the infrastructure company was in breach of its licence conditions. Long distance train services are classed as running on time if they are less than 10 minutes late when they arrive at their destination. But according to the ORR the latest statistics showed that only 87.1 per cent of trains were meeting the target, well short of the 90.9 per cent target. At the same time freight delays are also 32 per cent higher than they should have been. “Network Rail has achieved a lot in recent years, but while it signed up to improve performance year-on-year, its performance is now worsening,” said Richard Price, the ORR’S chief executive. [From Mark Bartlett]

19/12/2011 Whitland train crash: Lorry driver, 48, is arrested [BBC News]
The driver of a hay lorry hit by a train on a level crossing in Carmarthenshire has been arrested. Seven people on the Milford Haven to Manchester service suffered minor injuries near Whitland at 09:50 GMT. Passengers were led to safety and shuttle buses are now running between Milford Haven and Carmarthen. Engineers are assessing the damage. British Transport Police (BTP) said a 48-year-old local man was being held on suspicion of endangering safety.

Milford Haven - Manchester Piccadilly train arrives at Church Stretton on 31 May.
[John McIntyre 31/05/2007]

Arriva Trains 175101 southbound ex-Manchester Piccadilly arriving at Abergavenny on 27 May 2010, final destination Milford Haven.
[Peter Todd 27/05/2010]
BBC News

17/12/2011 Inquiry beckons as Watson and power giant object to rail land acquisition bid [Southern Reporter]
A PIECE of farmland considered essential to the agreed route of the Borders railway in the north of the region has yet to be acquired, The Southern can reveal. This week it emerged there have been two objections to a bid by Scottish Borders Council to slap a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on the land, owned by the Kibble family, at Falahill Farm near Heriot. This is likely to mean a public inquiry .
Southern Reporter

16/12/2011 Engineers remember tilting train 30 years on [BBC News]
Thirty years after the world's first tilting train carried passengers, engineers behind the project have said the idea that it was a failure still angers them. Developed and built in Derby in the 1970s, the Advanced Passenger Train (APT) started life as an experimental, high speed train capable of travelling up to 155 mph. It was withdrawn from service only four days after its first public run because of problems with the tilt mechanism, and other factors. [From Richard Buckby]

Shunted into a siding due to lack of commitment. A section of the APT that ran in public service in the early 1980s, including parts of 370003, on display at Crewe Heritage Centre on 12 March 2011. A Virgin Voyager is passing northbound on the main line heading for Glasgow Central.
[John McIntyre 12/03/2011]

370 007 APT northbound through Carstairs on 22 April 1981
[Peter Todd 22/04/1981]

APT-E arriving at St Pancras station in 1980 at the end of a test run from the British Rail Research Centre at Old Dalby.
[Ian Dinmore //1980]
BBC News

16/12/2011 MPs say Audit Office should review Thameslink trains deal [Telegraph]
The National Audit Office should review the process that led to the Government awarding a £1.5bn rolling stock contract to a German company, according to a report by MPs.

16/12/2011 Dornoch rail link gets shunt in right direction [John O'Groats Journal]
THE campaign for a Dornoch rail crossing has received “a massive boost” following a survey which was conducted by a local pressure group. The Dornoch Rail Link Action Group surveyed more than 500 rail users over the past three months and is delighted with the findings. They show overwhelming support for the crossing which would reduce journey times on the Far North line by 45 minutes. The trip between Wick and Inverness currently takes four hours and 26 minutes.

A southbound 158 with the afternoon service from the far north turns inland after skirting the shore of Loch Fleet on 29 August 2007. The train is about to pass through the former junction for Dornoch at The Mound (closed 1960) before taking the route via Lairg and the Oykel Viaduct [see image 16500].
[John Furnevel 29/08/2007]

A train from the far north passing the long closed station at Meikle Ferry on 25 August 2007. The station was open for less than 5 years, closing on 1 January 1869, having been originally planned when consideration was being given to taking a direct route north from here across the Dornoch Firth.
[John Furnevel 25/08/2007]

H.R. 0.4.4T 55051 with a train from Dornoch about to leave the causeway before crossing the bridge over Loch Fleet narrows to reach The Mound Junction.
[G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. 03/07/1950]
John O'Groats Journal

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