|30/04/2012|| Northern Ireland Railway's farewell to old trains [BBC News]|
|It is the end of the line for a series of Northern Ireland trains.
The old 450s have had their day.
For railway lovers, it means goodbye to the old-fashioned 'thump thump' engine and the clickety clack of a train running along a track.
453 emerging from the shed at Belfast York Road in 1988.
[Bill Roberton //1988]
A class 450 DMU no 456 calls at Belfast Yorkgate in 1993, one year after the opening of the new NIR station.
[Bill Roberton //1993]
|30/04/2012|| Train passengers paid ‘tiny fraction’ of compensatory money [Scotsman]|
|TRAIN companies only pass a “tiny fraction” of the money they receive from Network Rail (NR) for disruption to service on to customers, it was claimed today.
Operators were paid some £184 million by NR last year for problems which led to late or cancelled trains, The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said.
But they only gave passengers hit by disruption a fraction of the money.
|29/04/2012|| Two taken to hospital after train derails [Telegraph]|
|Two people have been rushed to hospital after a train was derailed by a landslide thought to have been caused by heavy rainfall. All 17 passengers on board the two-carriage train were evacuated after it came off the tracks near Clarborough Tunnel in West Portal, Retford, in Nottinghamshire, just after noon today. In a statement BTP said: 'The train involved was the 11.25 Lincoln to Adwick Northern Rail passenger service. The front of the train derailed but the train remained upright. [From Mark Bartlett]
|28/04/2012|| Engineers work around the clock to repair damaged rail line [Inverness Courier]|
|The rail line between Inverness and Aviemore is not expected to re-open until Wednesday following a landslip next to the track.
Network Rail engineers will work around the clock to repair a 60 ft section of damaged embankment beween Slochd and Carrbridge. More than 2000 tons of rock will be installed to stabilise the affected line which gave way about 8am today due to heavy rain.
Scene at the south end of Slochd Viaduct on 28 April. Large boulders are being piled up ready to be used as infill at the site of the landslip.
[John Gray 28/04/2012]
General view of the area of the landslip near Slochd summit on 28 April 2012, taken from the old A9.
[John Gray 28/04/2012]
Having collected a load of rocks from the stockpile at the south end of Slochd Viaduct on 28 April, a ro-rail vehicle starts the job of filling in the hole left by the landslip.
[John Gray 28/04/2012]
|28/04/2012|| Italy's Ferrari of the railways gets off to a flying start [Guardian]|
|Could this sleek, red railway equivalent of a Ferrari one day cut a blurry dash through the Chilterns? If Britain has struggled to sell the idea of high-speed rail to a sceptical public, the government might like to turn to Italy for inspiration.
From Saturday, the traveller from Rome to Naples can cover the 225km (140 miles) in little over an hour, paying as little as €20 (£16.33) for the pleasure.
The new Italo – the first privately operated high-speed train in Europe – is a train like no other, claims Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari and boss of NTV, the firm challenging the state service.
Italy^s recently launched ^Italo^ – the first privately operated high-speed train in Europe [see adjacent news item].
[Courtesy Euronews /04/2012]
|27/04/2012|| Highland Chieftain train stopped in its tracks by landslide [Highland News]|
|A LANDSLIP, which threatened to undermine the railway line, stopped the Highland Cheiftain train in it's tracks this morning.
The service which left Inverness at 7.55am encountered the slippage at the Slochd summit, which is the second highest point on the Inverness - Perth railway line at 1,315 feet above sea level.
It's thought the on-going heavy rain and stormy weather which most of the Highlands have endured for the past seven days may have brought on the landslide.
The train turned back to Inverness and East Coast train operators says coaches have been laid on for passengers travelling to Edinburgh.
The Highland Chieftain leaves Perth platform 7 and heads north for Inverness on 14 July.
[Brian Forbes 14/07/2010]
View west from Edinburgh Park towards the city centre on 27 October 2011. On the right the tramworks continue their inexorable progress west between the road and the railway, while on the left is the unusual sight, at this time of the afternoon at least (13.10), of the Kings Cross bound Highland Chieftain slowing for the Haymarket stop. The train was some 2 hours down on its schedule as a result of poor rail conditions (sic) south of Inverness [see news item].
[John Furnevel 26/10/2011]
The 07.55 Inverness - Kings Cross Highland Chieftain passes through Princes Street Gardens with 43313 on the rear on 14 June 2011.
[Bill Roberton 14/06/2011]
|27/04/2012|| Newhaven station 50th anniversary [Railscot]|
|The last passenger train left Leith North for Edinburgh Princes Street
on Saturday 28 April 1962. Today on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary
members of the Capital Rail Action Group visited the station building at
Newhaven, last survivor on the line, which Richard Arnot is turning into
Newhaven station on 27 April 2012. See here either side of Richard Arnot are Patrick Hutton and Lawrence Marshall of the Capital Rail Action Group. [See adjacent news item]
[John Yellowlees 27/04/2012]
View west along the trackbed at the old Newhaven station on the Caledonian Leith North branch on 15 March 2009. The street level booking office on Craighall Road was used by a local joinery firm for many years following closure in 1962, but the building is now deserted and in a generally poor state of repair.
[John Furnevel 15/03/2009]
Looking over the platform remains from the former Newhaven Station booking office [see image 36401] on 25 September 2011. View is east towards Leith North and the docks. The large picture board shows a photograph taken from the same spot in the early sixties.
[Grant Robertson 25/09/2011]
|26/04/2012|| Bakerloo line hit by delays as part of tunnel falls on track [Guardian]|
|Morning rush-hour tube services were badly disrupted when part of a tunnel wall fell on to the track on the Bakerloo line.
No one was hurt in the incident between Waterloo and Embankment in central London on Thursday.
Services were suspended between Piccadilly Circus and Elephant and Castle, and there were severe delays on the rest of the Bakerloo line.
Transport for London (TfL) described the incident as 'an obstruction' in the tunnel and as a 'tunnel defect'.
|26/04/2012|| Mighty steam loco passes through Moray [The Northern Scot]|
|THE hiss and chug of a steam locomotive reverberated across Moray at the weekend as the Great Britain V passed through.
Hauled by the Scots Guardsman, the majestic train was in the area as part of a nine-day tour of the UK, operated by Railway Touring Company.
Crowds gathered at stations at Keith, Elgin, and Forres and at vantage points along the way as the machine powered by.
Young and old alike lined platforms, railway bridges and railside tracks, armed with cameras to capture a lasting image of the relic of a bygone age as it billowed by.
Passengers, who would have paid upwards of £1,775 for the experience, travelled on to Inverness, where they spent the night before heading further West to Fort William. [From Matthew Tomlins]
|The Northern Scot|
|26/04/2012|| Railway signallers walk out in two-day strike over shifts [STV]|
|Railway signallers are planning a second day of strike action after walking out in a dispute over rosters.
The Network Rail workers at Stirling station began a 24-hour stoppage on Thursday morning.
According to the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), the action comes after talks broke down over plans to introduce a three-day working week compromising 12-hour shifts.
Stirling North signalbox. Shore Road level crossing was to the left, later replaced with an overbridge.
[Ewan Crawford //]
Still a fine sight, despite a dwindling number of working leavers. Stirling Middle Junction signal box, photographed looking south on 5 May 2009.
[David Panton 05/05/2009]
358 takes northbound coal empties past Stirling South box in March 1970.
[John Furnevel 08/03/1970]
|25/04/2012|| Darlington railway station could become regional hub [Northern Echo]|
|PLANS to turn a main line station into a regional hub for rail services have been unveiled.
The plans to update Bank Top Station, in Darlington, have been drawn up by Network Rail as part of a scheme to improve journey times on the East Coast Main Line and bring the station into the 21st Century.
The scheme has been described by officers at Darlington Borough Council, which has been invited to take part in the project, as an opportunity for the station to cement its place as a key asset for Tees Valley and become a gateway for the proposed Tees Valley Metro service.
The south facing bay platforms at Darlington, seen in April 2009.
[John Furnevel 24/04/2009]
55022 Royal Scots Grey with an Edinburgh - Kings Cross service about to leave Darlington Bank Top on 22 June 1981.
[Colin Alexander 22/06/1981]
Clag of a class 56 locomotive at Darlington Bank Top station in September 2007.
[Ian Dinmore /09/2007]
|24/04/2012|| Scotrail: Ayr Honours ‘Scotland’s Brunel’ [BTN]|
|One of Ayr’s most famous sons – engineer John Miller – is to be honoured with a plaque at ScotRail’s station in the town.
The tribute to the pioneering railway designer, who was born in Ayr in 1805, will be unveiled by Provost Winifred Sloan at a ceremony on Wednesday 25 April.
Miller led many of Scotland’s greatest rail projects, alongside business partner Thomas Grainger. These included Scotland’s first inter-city railway, the Edinburgh-Glasgow line, and what was once the largest masonry arch in the world, the Ballochmyle Viaduct.
Duncan Sooman of Network Rail with Provost Winifred Sloan at Ayr on 25 April 2012 during the unveiling of the commemorative plaque to engineer John Miller [see adjacent news item].
[Courtesy ScotRail 25/04/2012]
The commemorative plaque to engineer John Miller unveiled at Ayr on 25 April 2012 by Provost Winifred Sloan [see adjacent news item].
[Courtesy ScotRail 25/04/2012]
|23/04/2012|| New railway station planned for Dundee waterfront [BBC News]|
|Plans for a £14m railway station, hotel and office development are to be submitted to Dundee planners later.
The proposals mark the latest phase in the £1bn transformation of the city's waterfront.
The new complex, which would replace the existing 1960s station building, would also have shops.
The Dundee waterfront project, which covers 240 hectares of land, is a joint venture between Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise.
A £45m outpost of London's Victoria & Albert Museum will form the centrepiece of the scheme.
Edinburgh-Aberdeen 170 comes off the Tay Bridge and crosses the arches on the approach to Dundee.
[Brian Forbes 25/03/2007]
170 454 in the bay platform at Dundee with the 16.50 to Edinburgh on 4 October.
[Bill Roberton 04/10/2010]
First ScotRail 170 pulls into platform 3 at Dundee.
[Adrian Coward 08/04/2007]
|22/04/2012|| Dutch train crash: Woman dies of her injuries [BBC News]|
|A 68-year-old woman has died of injuries in a head-on collision between two trains near the Dutch city of Amsterdam on Saturday, officials say.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said 16 other people seriously injured in the crash remained in hospital.
In all, 117 people were hurt in the accident, which happened near Sloterdijk, to the west of the city.
A Plan T EMU entering Amsterdam Central on 27 February 1992.
[Bill Roberton 27/02/1992]
Wash me please! A rather dirty NS electric loco hauls some ECS out of Amsterdam Central station.
[Michael Gibb 19/05/2008]
Double deck commuter trains standing at Amsterdam Central in December 1997.
[John Furnevel 05/12/1997]
|21/04/2012|| Pete Waterman steam gala stops at new Llangollen Railway station [BBC News]|
|A nine-day steam gala in Denbighshire aims to celebrate the reopening of a section of track that has not been used in almost 50 years. Llangollen Railway is half way through a £4.6m extension of its line from Carrog to Corwen.
Looking over the River Dee towards the restored Llangollen Station on 20 February 1991 [see image 32402].
[Bill Roberton 20/02/1991]
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]
|21/04/2012|| Railway signal staff to strike over rosters [Scotsman]|
|RAILWAY signal staff are to stage two 24-hour strikes in a row over rosters, their union announced yesterday.
Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) based in Stirling will walk out from 6am next Thursday and on Wednesday, 9 May.
A Network Rail spokesman said the company was confident it could run a full service despite the strikes.
|21/04/2012|| Tending a Bar Between the Tracks [New York Times]|
|WITH 33 years on the job, Tim Myles, 61, is the senior man on the Long Island Rail Road’s staff of 11 bar-cart attendants who work Pennsylvania Station’s platforms. Mr. Myles’s regular spot is on the platform between Tracks 20 and 21, at the bottom of the busiest staircase to the tracks, where he serves more than 20 departing trains a shift.
|New York Times|
|20/04/2012|| SNP: Transport is key issue in Borders [Scotsman]|
|PLANS for a direct rail link between Edinburgh and Carlisle are at the heart of local transport pledges set out by the SNP yesterday ahead of next month’s council elections. Nationalists are to campaign for the new Borders rail link from the capital to Tweedbank to be extended to Cumbria in the long term, giving passengers in the east a link to the west coast line without having to go via Glasgow. [From David Scott]
Brush Type 4 no D1974 arrives at Hawick on 4 January 1969, the final Saturday of normal scheduled services over the Waverley route, hauling the 1Z30 8.58am ex-Edinburgh Scottish Grand Tour No 6. The special took a circular route, returning to Edinburgh via Carlisle, Newcastle (including a trip round the north Tyne loop) and the ECML.
[K A Gray 04/01/1969]
Peak type 4 diesel D22 with an afternoon train on the Waverley route photographed approximately two miles south of Hawick in the snows of 1967.
[Bruce McCartney //1967]
Scene at Melrose in the 1960s as a Brush type 4 pulls in with an up Waverley route service. The up side here is still largely intact, although much of the former railway route back towards Galashiels has now been replaced by the A6091. [See image 5967]
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //]
|19/04/2012|| York's Railway Heritage [ITV News]|
|Foundations for the North Eastern Railway roundhouses which were abandoned in the 1960s have been uncovered in York and are being opened to the public this month.
They are believed to date from 1864. They were uncovered by engineers carrying out site inspections for a planned rail operating and training facility on the site which would control all rail operations on the east coast.
Scene south west of York station on 13 March 2012 where the remains of two North Eastern Railway roundhouses have been uncovered during excavation work for a new Network Rail operational facility and training centre. [See News Item]
[John McIntyre 13/03/2012]
A northbound InterCity 125 empty stock working takes the York station avoiding line from Holgate Junction in July 1980. View south west from the platforms over land once occupied by various railway facilities including the NER^s York South roundhouses. [Note the infilled remains in the foreground.]
[John Furnevel 20/07/1980]
|19/04/2012|| New Heritage Poster for Milngavie Station [Railscot]|
|Milngavie’s railway heritage is being celebrated with a new poster at the
The poster features photographs of railway staff, trains, and
facilities at Milngavie station between 1920 and 1960.
ScotRail has worked with Milngavie in Bloom, East Dunbartonshire Leisure
and Culture Trust, the James F. McEwan Collection and Don Martin, from
Milngavie Heritage Centre, to source the historical images.
Milngavie. GN 0.6.2T 9562 on Springburn local in station in 1948.
[G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. 04/09/1948]
The new heritage poster now on display at Milngavie station [see news item]
[Courtesy ScotRail 19/04/2012]
|18/04/2012|| Privatised railways 'inefficient' [Fife Today]|
|The company that owns Scotland's railway stations has said it is working to simplify the 'elaborate' legacy of privatisation which has led to money being wasted on duplication and inefficiency.
Network Rail route manager for Scotland David Simpson told MSPs at Holyrood's Infrastructure Committee that the firm is looking to restore 'common sense' to the current 'labyrinthic' set-up.
|18/04/2012|| En suite cabins and airline-style seats considered for Caledonian Sleeper trains [Scotsman]|
|EN SUITE cabins and airline-style seats which fold flat are being considered for the upgrading of ScotRail’s ageing Caledonian Sleeper trains.
Keith Howard, commercial director of rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook, which owns the trains, has told MSPs that both options were “do-able” for the £100 million funding pledged by the Scottish and UK governments to overhaul the dated sleeper carriages.
The northbound Highland Sleeper pauses at Preston platform 4 on 21 April 2009 with First ScotRail liveried 90024 at the helm. The departure from Preston is scheduled for 0052 hrs and the train contains through carriages for Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness.
[John McIntyre 21/04/2009]
The Aberdeen portion of the Caledonian Sleeper calls at Inverkeithing at 00.12 on 25 May on its way to Edinburgh Waverley, where it will combine with the Inverness and Fort William portions for the onward journey to London Euston.
[Bill Roberton 25/05/2011]
The Inverness portion of the Caledonian Sleeper catches the morning sun as it crosses Carrbridge Viaduct over the River Dulnain on 13 November 2004.
[John Furnevel 13/11/2004]
|17/04/2012|| Irvine is a model station [Railscot]|
|Unused rooms at one of Scotland’s oldest working stations have been transformed into a clubhouse for model railway enthusiasts, thanks to a ScotRail community project.
Kyle Model Railway Club this week moved into the revamped rooms above the main premises at Irvine station, which dates back to 1839.
The award-winning club has ‘adopted’ the station as part of ScotRail’s Adopt a Station project, which enables volunteers to develop floral displays at stations and find innovative uses for vacant rooms.
Tom Rout, chairman of the Kyle Model Railway Club, said: “We are delighted to be based at Irvine station, where it will be easier for us to recruit new members than at our previous, more out-of-the-way location at Dunaskin.”
The clubhouse, which was previously used as a training suite, offers an
attractive space for railway enthusiasts to exhibit their miniature railway
John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, opened the new
clubhouse on Monday 16 April.
Mr Yellowlees said: “Our Adopt a Station policy is about finding community
uses for surplus accommodation, and model railway clubs are a good use
because they encourage young people to respect the railway environment.”
The accommodation has been converted with assistance from the Railway
Heritage Trust and IDP Architects.
Irvine is the fifth ScotRail station to house a model railway club, with
others at Gleneagles, Lanark, Fort Matilda and Maxwell Park.
Looking west towards Irvine station in May 2007 showing the attractive and effective atrium / stairway / canopy arrangement constructed around the station building.
[John Furnevel /05/2007]
ScotRail’s external relations manager John Yellowlees (centre) with Kyle Model Railway Club members (l-r) Roy Garrett, Hugh McCrindle, David Wyllie, Tom Rout, Ed Bristow, and Ian Blain [see news item].
[Courtesy First ScotRail 16/04/2012]
Roy Garrett and Tom Rout, from Kyle Model Railway Club, with one of
their new layouts at Irvine station. [See news item]
[Courtesy First ScotRail 16/04/2012]
|16/04/2012|| Tynemouth's wonderful welcome is back on the rails [Guardian]|
|It is a monument to the age of steam, a gateway to the breathtaking beaches of the North East and an architectural achievement that has stood firm for 130 years. Now the long-neglected railway station at Tynemouth is receiving the loving touch that it deserves.
A multi-million pound renovation project promises to return the Victorian station to its former glory. Close to completion, the transformation of Tynemouth station is, according to the council and planners, a 'true tale of a heritage phoenix rising from the ashes'.
The view south from the footbridge at Tynemouth in the summer of 2004, showing the sad state of the station^s former excursion bays and canopies.
[John Furnevel 10/07/2004]
Weekend use of the considerable concourse space available under the recently refurbished glass roof at Tynemouth station on Saturday 31 March 2012. The view shows part of the popular Tynemouth weekend market in full swing.
[Colin Alexander 31/03/2012]
The refurbished concourse and roof canopies at the south end of Tynemouth station in March 2012. A credit to the ^Friends of Tynemouth Station^ and other like-minded people who have worked hard over many years in order to bring about this transformation [see image 38206].
[Colin Alexander 31/03/2012]
|15/04/2012|| Poster display at Newcraighall [Railscot]|
|Posters designed by the Craigmillar Arts Centre now brighten the platform at Newcraighall Station, celebrating the life of the iconic film-maker Bill Douglas who was born nearby. Planters on the platform are maintained by the Rotary Club of Portobello.
Platform view north at Newcraighall on 14 April 2012. Planters on the platform here are maintained by the Rotary Club of Portobello.
[John Yellowlees 14/04/2012]
A wave from Bill Douglas to passengers at Newcraighall on 14 April 2012 [see news item].
[John Yellowlees 14/04/2012]
Boarding a train at Newcraighall on Saturday 22 January 2011. This was the photographer^s first journey over this part of the Waverley Route since 5 January 1969!
[Bruce McCartney 22/01/2011]
|14/04/2012|| The Borders Railway - Update by Network Rail [CILT]|
|The Borders Railway by Colin MacDonald, Network Rail: Summary from CILT Meeting of 12 April 2012. [With thanks to John Yellowlees]
View over Glenesk Viaduct, some 6 miles from Edinburgh, looking south in 2002. The split of the Waverley route and the line to Dalkeith occurred at Glenesk Junction on the far side. The viaduct was built by the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway and dates from 1830. [see image 30685].
[John Furnevel //2002]
The last scheduled freight to Hawick photographed in April 1969 on the level crossing at Heriot
[Bruce McCartney /04/1969]
In the rain at Galashiels 1950. NB 4.4.0 62490 Glen Fintaig waits at the head of the 4:10 to Edinburgh via Peebles.
[G. H. Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. 07/04/1950]
|Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport|
|14/04/2012|| £14m plan to transform Dundee railway station [Courier]|
|Dundee railway station is set for a £14 million transformation. If the proposals go ahead, the existing concourse will be demolished to make way for a five-storey building including a hotel, cafe and shops. The Victorian below-ground platforms and buildings will be retained.
Most of the funding has been identified, but talks are under way with station owner Network Rail to see if it will provide the final £2 million.
A Glasgow - Aberdeen train arrives at Dundee in August 1981.
[John Furnevel 12/08/1981]
View east at Dundee station in August 2010. On the left a Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen service is preparing to restart its journey from platform 4, while on the right an Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST has just arrived at platform 1.
[Brian Forbes 05/08/2010]
As part of the ambitious Dundee Waterside Development the station is
scheduled to be rebuilt further west. This however is a long-term plan and you still have a few years (or maybe quite a lot of years) to either put up with or admire - depending on your point of view - the present street buildings, seen here in April 2011. That ^Station^ road sign seems to be aimed at drivers so short-sighted they shouldn^t be driving.
[David Panton 09/04/2011]
|14/04/2012|| Cupar Heritage Centre opened [Railscot]|
|Former BR chairman Sir Bob Reid returned to his home town of Cupar on Saturday 14 April 2012, where he opened the new Cupar Heritage Centre. Creation of the Centre, located in the former Station Master's cottage, has been made possible thanks to funding from the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund, together with the considerable efforts of local volunteers. The Centre will be open to the public on Saturdays from 12.00 to 16.00 and on Sundays from 14.00 to 16.00.
Cupar Heritage chairman Guthrie Hutton at the opening of the new Cupar Heritage Centre on 14 April 2012 seen (above) introducing Sir Bob Reid and (below) with some of the local volunteers who have been involved with the project [see adjacent news item].
[John Yellowlees 14/04/2012]
ScotRail 170 416 forms the 16.05 to Dundee, on time at Cupar on 1st September 2010.
[Andrew Wilson 01/09/2010]
Some of the exhibits on display within the new Cupar Heritage Centre, located in the former Station Master^s cottage, seen here on 14 April 2012. The Centre will be open from 12 to 4 on Saturdays and from 2 to 4 on Sundays. [see news item]
[John Yellowlees 14/04/2012]
|13/04/2012|| California bullet train plan approved by state rail agency [Los Angeles Times]|
|SAN FRANCISCO — A formal plan to build a California bullet train that would become partially operational in 10 years was approved by the state rail agency Thursday, though the blueprint was amended at the last minute to include a goal of providing service to Orange County.
The decision represents the culmination of more than two decades of planning and political battles over a project that aims to reshape the future, transporting passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes but at a staggering cost of $68 billion.
|Los Angeles Times|
|13/04/2012|| Germany train crash: Three die in Offenbach collision [BBC News]|
|Three people died and another 13 were injured when a German regional train collided with a works engine near the town of Offenbach early on Friday.
The train, travelling from Frankfurt to Hanau, was carrying 35 passengers at the time of the accident.
Police said it had run into a maintenance crane on the track
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