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30/03/2012 Train services back to normal after power line collapse [STV]
Services have been restored at two Glasgow train stations 24 hours after collapsed power lines caused travel chaos. Engineers worked around the clock to repair the fault which shut Charing Cross and Glasgow Queen Street low level platforms on Wednesday evening.

An eastbound train about to plunge back into the gloom at Charing Cross in July 2010.
[Colin Miller 08/07/2010]

Charing Cross, April 2007.
[John Furnevel 8/04/2007]

320313 emerges from below the M8 at Charing Cross on 15 March with an eastbound service.  The dome of the Mitchell Library dominates the skyline.
[Bill Roberton 15/03/2011]

30/03/2012 New Conon Bridge railway station 'could open soon' [BBC News]
Design work is expected to start soon on a new railway station for Conon Bridge in Ross-shire. Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (Hitrans) and Network Rail have signed a deal on the project. Hitrans, which will provide £100,000 towards the work, said it should mean the new platform could open soon on the Far North Line. A station had served Conon Bridge from 1862 until 1960 when it closed to passenger services. Goods services were withdrawn from the station in 1965.

Approaching Conon Bridge from Dingwall.
[Ewan Crawford //]

The early morning train for Inverness off the Far North Line crossing the river at Conon Bridge on 23 November 2003 on the way to its next stop at Muir of Ord.
[John Furnevel 23/11/2003]

The overgrown platform at Conon station (closed June 1960) photographed on 5 February 2011. A new station (to be named Conon Bridge) is proposed for the village, hopefully before 2012, when there are major road works planned for the Kessock Bridge. These are expected to result in significant delays to road traffic, particularly during in the morning and evening peaks. Protracted discussions regarding the cost (£1.6m for a basic platform and shelter) and ^who pays?^ have delayed the project.
[John Gray 05/02/2011]
BBC News

30/03/2012 Steam train 'braked' for women on Glenfinnan Viaduct [BBC News]
A steam train driver was forced to brake on a well-known Highland viaduct after spotting two older women standing dangerously close to the line. British Transport Police (BTP) said the incident happened on the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber on 21 March.

A section of Glenfinnan Viaduct photographed in September 1961.
[David Stewart 06/09/1961]

View east over Glenfinnan Viaduct in 1961. The train is the 5.40pm from Mallaig, complete with observation car.
[David Stewart //1961]

Preserved Black 5 no 45407 takes the morning Jacobite westwards over Glenfinnan Viaduct on 26th June 2013.
[Malcolm Chattwood 26/06/2013]
BBC News

30/03/2012 Great Gardens on the Cathcart Circle [Railscot]
Spring has sprung on Glasgow’s Cathcart Circle – with volunteers creating vibrant floral displays at two stations as part of a ScotRail community project. Glasgow-based horticulture training agency GREAT Gardens has built, installed and planted a total of eight raised flower beds at Queens Park and Shawlands stations. The group has agreed to ‘adopt’ both stations, meaning five Cathcart Circle stations have now benefited from gardening projects thanks to ScotRail’s Adopt a Station scheme. Colin Anderson, GREAT Gardens co-ordinator, said: 'We are delighted to be involved in ScotRail’s Adopt a Station scheme. It provides an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our skills.' GREAT Gardens has also agreed to maintain four large barrel planters at Queens Park station. John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, said: “We are thrilled that GREAT Gardens has taken to ‘adopting’ stations on the Cathcart Circle with such enthusiasm and commitment.” GREAT Gardens provides training in grounds maintenance and horticulture for people who have been unable to make a successful transition between school, education, training or work. It is a subsidiary of Govanhill Housing Association. The other Cathcart Circle stations taking part in Adopt a Station so far are Pollokshields East, Crosshill and Maxwell Park, adopted by the Hidden Gardens, South Seeds and Pollokshields Heritage groups respectively.

Great Gardens volunteers Lee Ewens, Ross Connelly, Iain Borthwick and Angela Christie with ScotRail’s external relations manager John Yellowlees (centre) with one of the new raised planters at Queens Park station.
[Courtesy ScotRail 30/03/2012]

29/03/2012 All aboard! Restored railway set to reopen [Total Essex]
THE Epping Ongar Railway will open to passengers for the first time in May after four years of restoration. The first passenger service will run from Ongar into Epping Forest on May 25. The news heralds an exciting period for all concerned with the heritage railway.

LT tube stock in rural Essex. Scene at Blake Hall in 1994 with an LT Central line train passing through (the station had been closed in 1981). The Epping - Ongar branch of the Central Line was finally closed completely in October 1994.
[Ian Dinmore //1994]

The former Great Eastern Railway terminus at Ongar on 23 July 1993 with a London Underground Central Line train at the platform. The station officially closed on 30 September the following year but is now the headquarters of a preservation group. The objectives of the group, ^The Epping Ongar Railway Ltd^ include the reinstatement of scheduled passenger services between the two locations.
[Bill Roberton 23/07/1993]
Total Essex

28/03/2012 Train disruptions after overhead power line collapses [STV]
Rush-hour train journeys are being disrupted after part of an overhead power line collapsed at one of Glasgow's busiest stations on Wednesday. The power line collapsed at Charing Cross causing severe disruptions between Helensburgh and Edinburgh, Milngavie and Edinburgh, Balloch and Airdrie and between Dalmuir and Springbur

28/03/2012 Cross-border train 'hub' plans dropped [BBC News]
Transport Minister Keith Brown has ruled out plans for cross-border trains heading to and from the north of Scotland to stop at Edinburgh. The plan was part of Transport Scotland's Rail2014 consultation ahead of the next rail franchise. Mr Brown ruled out the possibility of introducing an Edinburgh change-over for train journeys between England and Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee. Labour said it was 'a relief that common sense had prevailed'

NXEC service from London Kings Cross to Inverness enters Blair Atholl on 30 July 2009.
[Bill Roberton 30/07/2009]

London sleeper arriving at Fort William in the early 1970s behind 5390.
[John McIntyre //]

Mid morning scene at Clayhills sidings on Sunday 5 November 2006. The HST set will form the 1142 service to Kings Cross. Stabled alongside is the stock of the Aberdeen portion of the Caledonian Sleeper.
[John Furnevel 05/11/2006]
BBC News

27/03/2012 First of ScotRail’s refurbished trains back on the rails [Rail.c0]
Four ScotRail trains serving key cities have returned to service after a refurbishment under a £6 million enhancement programme. They are the first of 33 trains to receive interior and exterior makeovers in a project due to be completed in December next year. All the work is being carried out at Railcare Limited’s depot in Springburn, Glasgow – which employed 12 more people for the contract. The project, aimed at enhancing passenger comfort, takes place during routine maintenance cycles. It includes new carpets and toilet flooring and also involves rebranding the Class 170 trains in the new “ScotRail, Scotland’s Railway” unified livery. Two of the fleet, which previously had Standard Class seats only, have now been fitted with new First Class compartments. All the trains run on Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness routes.

26/03/2012 Deal puts £300m Borders railway on track [Herald]
PLANS for a £300 million railway linking the Borders to Edinburgh have had a major boost after a deal was struck with a contractor to build the line. Civil engineers BAM Nuttall have won a deal to carry out initial design works for the 35-mile route from the capital to Tweedbank. The company has an option to go on to construct the railway, bringing trains to the Borders for the first time since 1969.

Scene on the Waverley route some 30 miles south of Edinburgh, thought to have been taken on 25 April 1964. BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 no 76050 works hard with a northbound train at Bowland on the climb to Falahill summit. View is south east with the train passing the site of Bowland station (closed 1953) located on the south side of the bridge over the B710.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 25/04/1964]

60532 Blue Peter with the A2 Farewell railtour passing through Gorebridge on 8 October 1966 on its way to Carlisle via the Waverley Route.
[G W Robin 08/10/1966]

26/03/2012 Glasgow Subway revamp plan to get £246m from government [BBC News]
Plans to completely revamp Glasgow's ageing subway system are to be backed by £246m from the Scottish government. The funding will provide the majority of the estimated £287.5m cost, which will see all 15 stations redeveloped and new driverless trains brought in. Disabled access will also be improved on the six-mile long system and a smartcard ticketing system added. The rest of the cost, about £41.5m, will be met by operator Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

An outer circle train leaves Shields Road in February 2010.
[Ewan Crawford 11/02/2010]

The ticket hall of the Glasgow District Subway station at Buchanan Street, the busiest station on the system, photographed on 11 September 2010.
[David Panton 11/09/2010]

The ^modern^ entrance to St Enoch Subway seen in July 2005 with the original 1896 building standing directly behind. To the left is the St Enoch Centre, built on the site of the great main line station which closed in 1966.
[John Furnevel /07/2005]
BBC News

26/03/2012 Unions warn of 'stealth privatisation' of railways [Independent]
The Government is expected to rubberstamp rail plans this week that unions claim could risk lives and that are 'even worse than privatisation by stealth'. Network Rail, the state-backed owner and operator of Britain's rail infrastructure, is finalising the details of a pilot scheme that will see it and Ftse 250 group Stagecoach jointly run a section of the network. It is hoped that the so-called deep alliance will be in place next month and it is thought the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation could sign off the proposal in the next few days.

25/03/2012 ScotRail drivers shun own trains over cramped and uncomfortable conditions [Scotland on Sunday]
SCOTRAIL drivers are shunning their own trains because they are too cramped and uncomfortable. Members of the drivers’ union Aslef have chosen to travel by intercity train to a conference in Inverness next month because they say ScotRail’s trains are not good for longer journeys.

23/03/2012 Virgin just the ticket but ScotRail lagging behind, say travellers [Scotsman]
VIRGIN Trains is Britain’s best-loved rail operator, according to a passenger survey by a consumer watchdog. Nearly two-thirds of those questioned by Which? magazine were satisfied with the firm, which includes Glasgow to London and Edinburgh/Glasgow to Birmingham services. East Coast was placed fourth in the first such poll, but ScotRail – which runs most of Scotland’s trains – came tenth of 18 operators, with just 54 per cent of its passengers happy.

23/03/2012 Former Ballindalloch rail station sold [The Northern Scot]
MORAY councillors have agreed to accept an offer of over £97,000 for the former railway station at Ballindalloch. The property, which stands on the Speyside Way long distance footpath, was leased by the council as a backpackers’ hostel until it closed recently because of a problem with the water supply. [From Matthew Tomlins]

Ballindalloch Girder Bridge on old Speyside Line now part of the Speyside Way.
[John Gray //]

Platform view at Ballindalloch in September 2004, looking south west towards Grantown-on-Spey. The old station, which closed to passengers in October 1965, is seen here in use as a hostel.
[John Furnevel 12/09/2004]

The extensive goods yard at Ballindalloch, as seen on 2 November 1968 – freight services between Aviemore and Aberlour had been withdrawn the previous day.
[David Spaven 02/11/1968]
The Northern Scot

23/03/2012 Corwen ready for Llangollen railway and business boost [BBC News]
Shops and cafes are opening in a town preparing for the arrival of a heritage railway and an extra 90,000 visitors. Traders in Corwen want to make sure the town is at its best although the first passengers on the Llangollen Railway extension are not due till next summer.

Train from Llangollen approaching the present terminus at Carrog in the summer of 2007.
[John Robin 22/07/2007]

The former Corwen Station, with the station building now the sales office of Ifor Williams Trailers. The platform & trackbed area are used to display new trailers and provide servicing & spares facilities. Note the large glass frontage to the former entrance / waiting area through the centre of the building.
[David Pesterfield 07/05/2009]

The restored Llangollen station looking west in July 2006. [See image 32118]
[Ewan Crawford 10/07/2006]
BBC News

22/03/2012 ScotRail dividends 'add 7% to cost of fares' [Herald]
RAIL travellers could be paying 7% less for their fares if ScotRail had not paid out millions in dividends to shareholders, MSPs have been told. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said franchise holder ScotRail paid dividends of £18 million in 2010, £18m in 2009, £17m in 2008 and £21m in 2007. In a submission to Holyrood's Infrastructure Committee, which is taking evidence on the future of the rail franchise from 2014, the RMT said: 'In two of these years, ScotRail actually paid more in dividends than it made in profit, leading to the obvious conclusion that because it does not contribute anything towards investment in the railway or rail infrastructure, and with the level of Government subsidy even covering its track access charges, it is simply milking Scotland's railway.'

21/03/2012 Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon's mural destroyed [BBC News]
One of the earliest works of art by the Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon has been demolished. The work - called Mute - was painted on walls in the east end of Glasgow by the artist in 1990. But the structure, part of a former railway station, was damaged in the recent storms and deemed unsafe by its owners.

It^s difficult to get a decent shot of the platform side of the former Glasgow Green station (closed 1953) as it^s between tunnels and the only viewpoint is an overbridge across the middle with high walls. Nevertheless here we go. This view looks towards the city centre. The rear of the fine facade can be made out, as can the the site of the top of the stairs to the platforms. Argyle line trains continue to pass through here every few minutes.
[David Panton 02/05/2011]

The site of Glasgow Green station looking towards Bridgeton on 2 May. It doesn^t seem to have been thought worthwhile providing access to London Road (in the background), perhaps because Bridgeton Cross station, on the same line, was so near.
[David Panton 02/05/2011]

Two memorable buildings. Glasgow Green station and Templetons carpet factory. February 2005.
[John Furnevel 19/02/2005]
BBC News

20/03/2012 Remains of 145 Year Old Historic Steam Locomotive Roundhouses Uncovered at York [Rail.co]
YORK - The foundations of two former roundhouses have been uncovered next to York station. The discovery was made during preparation work for a major new Network Rail operating centre and training facility. The York South roundhouses were built by the North Eastern Railway in 1864 on land to the south-west of the station and were used to service and stable steam locomotives until the early 1960s. They featured a central turntable with a number of short roads leading off it that could hold one locomotive each. Although the buildings were demolished after closure, the foundations and pits were simply filled in and covered over.

20/03/2012 Harry Potter train on track for the Borders [Border Telegraph]
FOUR of the biggest tourist train operators in Scotland have backed proposals for an upgrade of the planned rail terminus in Tweedbank. It is claimed the move to accommodate longer trains on the new line between Edinburgh and the Borders would attract more visitors to the area and could earn the local economy an extra £500,000 a year.

37114 gets ready to return to Aviemore light engine, having brought The Royal Scotsman into Boat of Garten on 27 April 1986.
[John McIntyre 27/04/1986]

A train worthy of this grand station. The ^Royal Scotsman^ overnighting at Wemyss Bay in May 2006. The locomotives are 37214 and 47854.
[Ewan Crawford 08/05/2006]

View over the sidings at Dufftown in 1984 where 47430 has recently arrived at the head of the ^Northern Belle^ special from Aberdeen.
[Bruce McCartney //1984]
Border Telegraph

20/03/2012 Work starts on new freight terminal for Dounreay nuclear material [BBC News]
Work is under way on a new freight terminal in Caithness which will enable trains to move nuclear material from Dounreay to Sellafield in Cumbria.

158708 arrives on time at Georgemas Junction with the 14.00 ex Inverness service on 22 June 2013. The train will reverse here to run initially to Thurso and back before going on to Wick.
[David Pesterfield 22/06/2013]

Platform scene at Georgemas Junction in September 1967.
[Bruce McCartney /09/1967]

Arriving at Georgemas Junction from the south in 1967.
[Bruce McCartney /09/1967]
BBC News

19/03/2012 National Railway Museum’s Olympic Torch Dream Extinguished as Flying Scotsman Falls at the Last Hurdle [Rail.co]
The National Railway Museum (NRM) announced on March 16 that their £5m locomotive, No. 103 Flying Scotsman will not now be carrying the Olympic Torch on June 20 from York to Thirsk. The replacement locomotive is the West Coast Railways owned LMS Royal Scot No. 46115 Scots Guardsman. This has always been the reserve engine and is itself a large part of railway history, starring in the iconic 1936 film, Night Mail

4472 Flying Scotsman on display at a steam gathering at Princes Risborough in October 1986.
[Peter Todd 12/10/1986]

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

Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman photographed at the platform at Galashiels with a southbound train. The date is thought to be 17 July 1965 and the train is the 9.50am (SO) Edinburgh Waverley - Sheffield Midland, a relief to the up Waverley on summer Saturdays. The last of its class to be withdrawn by BR (from Kingmoor shed in January 1966) 46115 is now in preservation.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 17/07/1965]

19/03/2012 Alan Francis Pegler OBE
It is with great sadness that we report that Alan Francis Pegler passed away on Sunday 18th March 2012 after a short illness. He was 91. It was Alan's intervention that made the restoration of the Ffestiniog Railway a possibility, from which the initial funds needed to transfer ownership of the FR to the current administration were provided. Alan was President of both the Ffestiniog Railway Society and the Festiniog Railway Company. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2006. [From Richard Buckby]

4472 takes the Flying Scotsman Anniversary Special south away from Hawick on 16 April 1966 on its return from Inverkeithing to Northallerton. The special had been organised to celebrate the third anniversary of the purchase of the locomotive by Alan Pegler.
[Bruce McCartney 16/04/1966]

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]

19/03/2012 Road traffic allowed onto railway at Stromeferry [BBC News]
Road traffic has been allowed onto the railway at Stromeferry in Wester Ross to help ease travel in the area. A stretch of the A890 has been shut since December following landslides. Traffic will be allowed onto the nearby railway when there are no trains passing through and until the risk of further slides is reduced.
BBC News

18/03/2012 Rail compensation model should be shunted aside [Herald]
IN principle, it is right that Network Rail should have to pay compensation for train delays it has caused. But, as the most recent figures published by The Herald today demonstrate, the payouts have become part of a compensation merry-go-round that is no longer serving passengers, or the industry, as well as it should.

18/03/2012 Transformation plans unveiled for railway station in Burnley [Lancashire Telegraph]
A RAILWAY station is to be transformed, paving the way for much faster transport links from Burnley to Manchester. The improvements, which could cost up to £2M, anticipate an a “significant increase” in passengers at the Manchester Road station, already the busiest in the town. It will get a manned ticket office, new canopies and passenger shelters, an improved entrance and an additional 49 car parking spaces. [From Mark Bartlett]

Looking up the bank towards Copy Pit summit from Burnley Manchester Road. Steam freights were always banked in both directions on this steeply graded line but the Blackpool-York 158s are well on top of the job. A sizeable group waits for 158756 coasting in to the rebuilt station on the 1857 service to Blackpool.
[Mark Bartlett 24/04/2010]

Burnley Manchester Road reopened in 1986, following the successful reintroduction of passenger trains on the Copy Pit line between Lancashire and West Yorkshire two years previously. This view, from the very long access ramp to Platform 1, looks towards Gannow Junction and Rose Grove and shows the new platforms alongside the original station building, closed in 1961 and no longer used by the railway.
[Mark Bartlett 24/04/2010]
Lancashire Telegraph

18/03/2012 London King's Cross concourse – review [Guardian]
The big metal roof is as deeply ingrained in British architectural tradition as thatched cottages and stone churches. The idea was invented for greenhouses, then applied to the great Victorian railway stations and to the Crystal Palace, that wondrous achievement of scale and ingenuity, whose mythic power is made all the greater by the fact that it no longer exists. Big metal roofs speak of confidence and boldness and of the time of this country's greatest industrial might.

16/03/2012 Victory for West Fife commuters in battle to keep rail service [Dunfermline Press]
A VITAL morning rush-hour commuter link for West Fife rail users is set to be restored from July after a high-profile campaign. The 0754 service from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh which served Aberdour, Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing commuters was cancelled in December.

60007 Sir Nigel Gresley passing through Dalgety Bay with the SRPS Forth Circle special on 24 April.
[Jim Peebles 24/04/2011]

The up platform at Aberdour on 15th July 2010. The hanging baskets are a treat.
[Brian Forbes 15/07/2010]

Reid class D30 ^Superheated Scott^ 4-4-0 no 62418 The Pirate arrives at Invekeithing with a train off the Dunfermline line circa 1958.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1958]
Dunfermline Press

16/03/2012 Rail partnership celebrates successful year [Carrick Gazette]
The Community Rail Partnership for the Stranraer line SAYLSA contributed over £68,000 of direct benefit to the ScotRail franchise and £438,000 of benefit to the local communities in 2010-11.
Carrick Gazette

15/03/2012 Six stations in a row for Greenock Landscape Co [Railscot]
A Greenock company has ‘adopted’ its sixth ScotRail station. In-Work Ltd, which provides gardening opportunities for people recovering from mental health issues, has added Cardonald station in Glasgow to its ever-increasing portfolio. ScotRail’s Adopt a Station scheme is designed to put stations at the heart of their communities. Allan Maliska, project co-ordinator for landscape contractors In-Work, said: “The scheme is ideal for us as it offers an opportunity to showcase the abilities of teams in a way that catches the public eye.” The company first ‘adopted’ Greenock Central several years ago, and has since added seasonal colour to two other Inverclyde stations - Cartsdyke and Port Glasgow. Its floral arrangements are now at Hillington East and West stations, with the latest venture at Cardonald. John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, said: “We are delighted that In-Work Ltd has taken to ‘adopting’ stations with such enthusiasm and commitment.”

In-Work Ltd members David Steele, from Greenock, and Janette McClumpha, from Port Glasgow, with one of the colourful new planters at Cardonald station [see news item].
[Courtesy ScotRail 15/03/2012]

Clockwise from bottom left are David Steele, Allan Maliska, ScotRail’s Cardonald station team manager Christopher McLaren, and Janette McClumpha. [See adjacent news item]
[Courtesy ScotRail 15/03/2012]

Main entrance to Cardonald station on Berryknowes Road. May 2007.
[John Furnevel 20/05/2007]

15/03/2012 Rubber mats laid on railway at Stromeferry [BBC News]
The first batch of rubber mats have been laid alongside tracks at Stromeferry in Wester Ross to allow road traffic onto the railway. Highland Council is having the material called HoldFast installed to ease travel in the area. A stretch of the A890 has been shut since December following landslides. Traffic will be allowed onto the nearby railway when there are no trains passing through and until the risk of further slides is reduced.

Two stops out from its final destination, the 1101 Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh calls at Plockton on 29 September 2009. Those gathered under the canopy in the far corner of the platform are not passengers but students from the nearby Plockton High School on their lunch break. No, I^ve absolutely no idea...
[John Furnevel 29/10/2009]

The afternoon train from Kyle to Inverness pulls out of the once-imposing station at Stromeferry in the summer of 1983. Attached at the rear of the train is ex-GWR coach no 9004 which was used as an observation coach on the line during the summer in the early 1980s. [With thanks to Kenneth Leiper and Patrick Hutton]
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1983]

Stromeferry looking towards Inverness. On the 29th of October 2001 a mudslide closed the Kyle line making Strathcarron the temporary terminus until the line was remade east of Stromeferry. The hillside was cleared, made stable and a new formation built. A temporary level crossing was made at the east end of Stromeferry station (shown here) and an enormous mound of spoil was built up at the closed Howard Doris sidings site.
[Ewan Crawford 10/02/2002]
BBC News

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