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31/05/2011 Train companies face fines for overcrowding [Telegraph]
Rail passengers are to be given protection from overcrowding with the Government ready to fine train operators who do not provide enough carriages.

31/05/2011 A Capital train service from Milngavie [Milngavie Herald]
Milngavie and Bearsden’s new rail link to Scotland’s capital officialy opened this week - and there were some VIPs among the first passengers.

Homegoing passengers starting to gather on the west end bay platforms at Waverley on 10 May, with a pair of class 334 electric units waiting to take out the 17.07 to Milngavie and 158 and 170 diesel units forming other outgoing services.
[David Pesterfield 10/05/2011]

320 314 stands at Milngavie in March 1993 with a Springburn service, then the usual destination. Platform 2 track shows light usage.
[David Panton 30/03/1993]

A Glasgow bound train coming off the Milngavie branch at Milngavie Junction on 30 July 2005, photographed from the end of the platform at Westerton station.
[John Furnevel 30/07/2005]
Milngavie Herald

30/05/2011 Deltic locomotive back in service due to freight demand [BBC News]
Deltic Locomotives were built to replace the steam engines that once hurtled down the tracks between London and Edinburgh, but has not seen active service on British railways for 30 years. [From Andy Furnevel]

Deltic 9018 Ballymoss passing Grantshouse at 15.03 (2 minutes early) on Thursday 19th August 1971 with the down Flying Scotsman 10.00 ex-Kings Cross.
[Bill Jamieson 19/08/1971]

Privately preserved Deltic D9000/55022 Royal Scots Grey, currently on hire to GBRf, stands at the Alcan bauxite terminal at North Blyth on 12 April 2011. [See recent news item].
[Colin Alexander 12/04/2011]

^Well hello there... I was wondering if there was any possibility.... ^ ... ^None whatsoever.^ Two failed propositions at Portobello FLT in 1968. A railwayman attempts to persuade the reigning ^Miss Rail News^ to swap hats, while the new Freightliner Euro-Scot prepares to embark on its inaugural run. This short-lived service, operating via Stratford FLT, thence the Dover – Calais ferry, was abandoned after failing to achieve required loadings. The locomotive employed is Deltic no D9021 Argyll and Sutherland Highlander. [With thanks to David Spaven and Neil Macdonald] [See image 31344]
[Jim Peebles //1968]
BBC News

29/05/2011 Repairs on east coast main line rail cable damage [BBC]
Engineers have been working through the night to try to return East Coast Main Line services to normal after overhead power cable damage caused rail chaos.

NXEC 91107 comes off the King Edward Bridge and round the curve into Newcastle Central on 31 January with a service from the south.
[Colin Alexander 31/01/2009]

A northbound ECML service passes the border sign at Marshall Meadows on 27 February 2010. 
[Bill Roberton 27/02/2010]

The up ^Flying Scotsman^ hurries past flooded fields on the approach to Tollerton, approximately 10 miles north of York, on 25 March 2010.
[John Furnevel 25/03/2010]

28/05/2011 Firms vie for Hitachi train contracts in County Durham [BBC]
More than 1,000 businesses attended an event in County Durham which could lead to contracts worth millions of pounds with train-maker Hitachi.

28/05/2011 East coast main line suffers major delays [BBC News]
Thousands of rail passengers on the East Coast Main Line are facing major delays due to overhead wire problems. [From Colin McDonald]
BBC News

27/05/2011 50,000 new bolts as good as Brunel's gold [Network Rail]
Around 50,000 new bolts will be used in Network Rail’s major scheme, which is starting today, to restore Royal Albert bridge. These bolts – as precious and mighty as Brunel’s legendary golden rivet bolt - will be vital to keep the landmark structure strong for the next century and beyond.

Brunel^s famous Saltash suspension bridge over the Tamar estuary (or as it is technically known - lenticular truss viaduct), as seen from an approaching Penzance to Exeter train, which is just about to call at Saltash station and then swing sharply right onto the bridge approach. Under the left hand span the Ernsettle Royal Navy depot, rail served from the Gunnislake branch that runs along the far shore, can be seen.
[Mark Bartlett 15/06/2010]

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]
Network Rail

27/05/2011 Flying Scotsman on show at National Railway Museum [BBC News]
The Flying Scotsman steam locomotive will go on show in York this weekend after a five-year overhaul.

4472 Flying Scotsman (honest) in the workshops at the National Railway Museum, York, in September 2007.
[Colin Miller 25/09/2007]

4472 Flying Scotsman on the turntable at Ferryhill shed in May 1964.
[John Robin 16/05/1964]

4472 Flying Scotsman runs north through Tweedmouth station on 9 May 1964 with Pegler^s Pullman en route from Doncaster to Edinburgh. Tweeedmouth shed (52D) can be seen in the rear right of the photograph. The locomotive spent the following 9 days in Scotland on railtour duty and returned south light engine on 18 May. It was during this visit that the initial work on the Terence Cuneo painting of 4472 on the Forth Bridge was undertaken.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/05/1964]
BBC News

26/05/2011 Case of sacked Lymington railway worker Ian Faletto going to parliament [Daily Echo]
THE case of a sacked railway worker is to be aired in Parliament after South West Trains refused to grant an audience to supporters armed with an 8,000 signature petition
Daily Echo

26/05/2011 Trains disrupted as lorry hits bridge [Scotsman]
TRAINS services were hit by disruption and delays after a lorry crashed into a rail bridge between Perth and Dundee. [Scotsman]

Having just crossed the River Tay, an afternoon Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street service now crosses a Street with the same name in June 2006. The train is about to pass through the remains of the former Perth Princes Street station [see image 9931] which stands behind the Fergusson Gallery on the left.
[John Furnevel 15/06/2006]

26/05/2011 City plans high speed rail hub for east end [Evening Times]
A massive rail station could be built in Glasgow’s East End to take new high-speed trains from London. The Evening Times can today reveal how the planned terminus, which would take in High Street and Bellgrove stations, might look.
Evening Times

26/05/2011 Heathrow Express 48 hour strike begins [BBC News]
Heathrow Express rail link workers have begun a 48-hour strike over pay. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union walked out at 0340 BST. A second strike is scheduled for 24 hours on 24 June.
BBC News

25/05/2011 Solving a rail bottleneck near Norton Bridge [Network Rail]
Network Rail today announced its preferred plan to solve one of the few remaining bottlenecks on the key rail line connecting London, Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland.

View looking south to Norton Bridge Junction, Staffordshire in 2008. The route to the left is to Stone and Stoke-on-Trent, that in the foreground to Crewe and the line runs south to Stafford.
[Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008]

25158 runs south through Norton Bridge with a short freight from the Stoke line in 1980. This view was taken from the north end of the platform at a station that is still officially open but hasn^t seen a train call for several years now. The Class 25 had a further three years service left before being withdrawn from Crewe Diesel Depot in 1983. It was cut up at Vic Berry^s in Leicester in 1987.
[Mark Bartlett 06/03/1980]
Network Rail

24/05/2011 Ian Croucher set to be cleared of misusing Network Rail funds [Guardian]
• Iain Coucher, former Network Rail chief, to be cleared of misuse of public funds • Report to look into allegations over confidentiality payoffs at the rail body

24/05/2011 £1.6m track restoration is a winner [Sunderland Echo]
A RAIL line which has laid unused for a decade has been brought back to life with a £1.6million investment. The cash has helped renew the Boldon East Curve stretch of track. [From Richard Buckby]

View north east at Boldon North Junction on a wintry 28 February 2004. The line in the left foreground runs to Boldon West Junction and that in the right foreground to Boldon East Junction (the latter was reinstated in May 2011). Alongside the pylon in the centre background the line divides at Green Lane Junction with the Tyne Dock route turning off to the left and what is now a turnback siding (formerly the line to South Shields) running to the right.
[Ewan Crawford 28/02/2004]
Sunderland Echo

23/05/2011 Station gate not the ticket [Edinburgh Evening News]
COMMUTERS have described ScotRail as 'idiotic' after being stopped from accessing a platform without tickets. Passengers using Armadale Station were unable to get through a temporary ticket gate line, despite there being a ticket machine on the platform.

One of the increasing number of automatic ticket machines seen at stations throughout the UK. This one on the platform at Livingston North in early 2007
[John Furnevel //2007]

334 025 arrives at Armadale on 16 March with a westbound service.
[Bill Roberton 16/03/2011]

The 13.40 Helensburgh Central - Edinburgh Waverley runs into Armadale station on 27 April 2011. Photographed from the recently reopened bridge carrying the B8084 Station Road.
[John Furnevel 27/04/2011]
Edinburgh Evening News

23/05/2011 Delays mark start of new Yorkshire - London rail service [Yorkshire Post]
RAIL chiefs have claimed that the biggest overhaul of train services in two decades on the premier route through Yorkshire will help revitalise the nation’s beleaguered network. But the start of the service this morning was marked by delays

Evening arrival from Kings Cross at Leeds in June 1972 behind Deltic 9017 ^The Durham Light Infantry^.
[John Furnevel 19/06/1972]

An Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross service pulls away from York platform 3 on 16 June 2007.
[John McIntyre 16/06/2007]

One of Haymarket^s finest, no 60011 ^Empire of India^, sweeps through Musselburgh on 16 July 1955 carrying the headboard of the down Flying Scotsman. On the right the freight lines from Monktonhall Junction climb towards the camera.
[A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 16/07/1955]
Yorkshire Post

23/05/2011 Newtonhill station supporters call for reopening [BBC]
More than 600 people in the Kincardineshire village of Newtonhill have signed a petition to have their local railway station re-opened

Site of the former Newtonhill station between Stonehaven and Aberdeen, closed to passengers in June 1956. View north in November 2006.
[John Furnevel /11/2006]
BBC News

22/05/2011 When we sold off the railways, we created today's shambles [Guardian]
Our trains are a scandal and only wholesale restructuring can save passengers from further misery.

22/05/2011 More frequent services on London's 'forgotten railway' [BBC News]
Trains on London Overground routes in north and west London are to run more frequently. Services on the North London Line and West London Line will operate up to eight trains per hour.

Scene at Kensington Olympia on the West London Line on 20 July 2005 as a Virgin Cross Country Voyager arrives with a Brighton - Birmingham service. On the right, one of the Silverlink dual voltage 313 units is pulling away from the southbound platform with a Willesden Junction - Clapham Junction train.
[John Furnevel 20/07/2005]

Good places not to have a points failure - No 43 Mitre Bridge Junction. Freightliner 66570, having brought a southbound container train around the spur from Willesden Junction High Level station in July 2005, completes the switch from the North London Line to the West London line at Mitre Bridge Junction, just prior to crossing the Grand Union Canal.
[John Furnevel 22/07/2005]

View south from the new Dalston Junction station on 9 May 2010 along what was once the route to Broad Street. This was the first day of full service on what is now the new East London Line extension. The station has four platforms, the inner two terminate at buffer stops, while the outer two veer west to eventually join the North London Line at Western Junction [see image 5172].
[John Thorn 10/05/2010]
BBC News

21/05/2011 The golden age of rail - long gone or on track? [Independent]
The passengers gathering for Thursday morning's 7.08am from King's Cross station had a keen sense about their golden age of rail travel. The clue was in their destination: Carlisle, not a station served by scheduled trains from the terminus.

See you pal - get lost! One of the highly trained and extremely courteous Pullman car attendants on the Orient Express, alongside a close-up of the logo on the coach side. St Anton, July 1997.
[John Furnevel 17/07/1997]

BR Class 73 electro-diesel no 73128 with the Venice Simplon Orient Express preparing to get underway from London Victoria station in August 1987.
[Ian Dinmore /08/1987]

Obviously expecting me....Memories of a bygone age of rail travel. The Royal Scotsman boards at Waverley platform 19 on 26 September 2006.
[John Furnevel 26/09/2006]

20/05/2011 Station upgrade gives Clapham Junction a big lift [Rail.co]
Tens of thousands of passengers who use Clapham Junction every day will benefit from better access, less congestion and improved facilities following the official opening today of the new entrance and nine new lifts at the station.

Improvements at long last at Clapham Junction. The new roof and stairs on the left are over platforms 12 and 13.
[Ken Strachan 03/07/2010]

Pre-rush hour line up of SWT 444 and 450 stock in the depot sidings at Clapham Junction. These sidings sit between the Richmond and Wimbledon line platforms. Serving both Waterloo and Victoria termini, the number of trains moving through Clapham Junction at any given time has to be seen to be believed.
[Mark Bartlett 16/01/2009]

A Jubilee on a special - where and when? [Added 24 January 2013]
[Notes and Queries //]

20/05/2011 End of line for ECML train dining cars [BBC News]
It is one of the great romantic images of modern travel. Sitting by the window on a speeding train, eating a meal served by stewards in crisp white uniforms. [From Sue Davies]
BBC News

19/05/2011 Railway report - off peak fares will rise [Sky News]
Rail fares are 'already too high', but the price some off peak tickets will increase, a report on Britain's rail network has said.
Sky News

19/05/2011 Burnley council seeks to restore rail link [BBC News]
Plans for faster trains between Burnley and Manchester have been backed by engineers at Network Rail. However, funding has yet to be found to relay 400m of track at Todmorden. [From Mark Bartlett]
BBC News

19/05/2011 Rail industry sets up post-McNulty steering group [NCE]
Rail industry leaders today set-up a new group to in response to the McNulty rail review released today that aims to focus on delivering a higher performing, more cost effective and sustainable railway network for Britain’s rail users and taxpayers.

18/05/2011 Man tries to board train with pony in Wrexham [BBC News]
A man has been captured on CCTV trying to board a train accompanied by a pony. Shocked staff watched as the man tried to get on the train at Wrexham General station with the white pony in tow. [From Colin McDonald and Richard Buckby]

The imposing former Great Western Railway staircase and lift tower to the footbridge at the North end of Wrexham General station, photographed in December 2009.
[David Pesterfield 23/12/2009]

Looking north at Wrexham General. The Original line (North Wales Mineral Rly) is to the right in the main station and this platform is for what is now a short branch to Wrexham Central.
[Ewan Crawford 15/09/2006]

Thunderbird 57311 Parker stands unwanted in the Wrexham & Shropshire servicing bay at Wrexham General on 11 May 2010. Meantime DBS 67003 awaits signals to move back onto Merseyrail stock in the run round siding beyond Watery Road level crossing [see image 29026]. Finally, the Class 175 14.02 Arriva Trains Wales service to Holyhead (ex Cardiff) is approaching the station.
[David Pesterfield 11/05/2010]
BBC News

18/05/2011 The last call for the 'full scale' dining car [Mail]
Surely it’s one of the last civilised experiences left in the modern world of travel. The soothing clink of cutlery on china, the starched tablecloths, a smartly uniformed steward at your elbow serving dinner in the restaurant car as the scenery of our green and pleasant land flashes past the window.

17/05/2011 Network Rail uses sheep to save money in Cambridgeshire [BBC News]
Sheep are being used in place of manpower in a bid to save a rail company £50,000 a year in land management costs. Network Rail has 'borrowed' the flock to graze a railway cutting at Great Stukeley in Cambridgeshire.

Sheep stop near Llandecwn on the Cambrian Coast line in March 1986.
[Ian Dinmore 19/03/1986]

Woolly jumpers heading for Baaaa..thgate cutting across the trackbed at the site of the new Armadale station early one Sunday morning in May 2010. [With acknowledgement to James Abbott.]
[John Furnevel 09/05/2010]

In some of the worst weather seen this side of the black stump, the Twins are joined by a third locomotive (pantograph down) on the front of the Basford Hall - Coatbridge containers, which is throwing off quite a spray as it hurtles north across the Clyde at Lamington on 17 November 2006. The sheep seem more interested in what kind of eejit is standing under a tree with a camera in conditions like this...
[John Furnevel 17/11/2006]
BBC News

16/05/2011 Edinburgh trams in price scrapping investigation [BBC News]
Councillors in Edinburgh have agreed to look into the price of scrapping the city's beleaguered trams project.

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

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]

View west along Haymarket Terrace on 28 November with Haymarket station and car park on the left. The excavation work in preparation for the tramway system is being carried out on the site of the recently demolished Caledonian Ale House. [See image 23206]
[Bill Roberton 28/11/2008]
BBC News

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