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31/05/2012 Passengers views sought on new rail franchise for London and the south [DfT]
Passengers across London, the South East, Sussex and the South Coast are being asked for their views to help shape a major new franchise for train services across their area, Rail Minister Theresa Villiers announced today. The franchise is expected to cover most of the existing First Capital Connect franchise, including the Thameslink line which is undergoing a £6 billion upgrade. Services currently run by Southern will be added to the new combined franchise from 2015. This would see a single train operator to take responsibility for all rail services from Brighton to King’s Lynn and Southampton to Ashford with London at the heart, creating the largest franchise in the UK rail market.

Not quite the width of the Thames - a lengthy Southern Trains service leaves Cannon Street in July 2005
[John Furnevel /07/2005]

A terminated Thameslink 319 service from the south stands at St Albans on 19 September.
[Veronica Clibbery 19/09/2010]

A view of King^s Lynn station from the East Yard sidings on 24 February 2010 with a service for London Kings Cross standing at platform 1.
[Ian Dinmore 24/02/2010]
DfT Press Release

30/05/2012 Railfest: Railway celebration on track for success [The Press]
ORGANISERS of Railfest – a nine day family festival expected to attract more than 65,000 people – are making the final preparations ahead of its launch on Saturday. Railfest, which will be hosted in an outdoor area the size of 11 football pitches at the National Railway Museum (NRM), has been subject to “amazing” online interest and thousands of tickets have been sold, an NRM spokesman said. About 40 per cent of the trains are now on site with many others arriving on under their own steam or being transported in on lorries over the coming days.

Beautifully turned out ex-Furness Railway 0-4-0 No 20 on display as part of Railfest at the NRM, York, in 2004. Built by Sharp Stewart & Co in Manchester in 1863, No 20 is the oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive in Britain. [See image 37662]
[Colin Alexander //2004]

Tornado emerges from the Calton Tunnel with the Auld Reekie on 28 February 2009
[Norman Bews 28/02/2009]

The Elsecar Heritage Railway is located at the southern end of the freight only branch that ran south west from Elsecar Junction on the Wath - Barnsley line. Peckett OQ class 0-6-0ST no 2150 of 1954 Mardy Monster - the most powerful steam locomotive built for industrial use in the UK - is seen at the centre^s ^Rockingham Station^ on 1 May 2011. [The station is located at the rear of Elsecar Heritage Centre.]
[Bruce McCartney 01/05/2011]
The Press

30/05/2012 More space for Waterloo commuters [Network Rail]
Hundreds of thousands of commuters will benefit from reduced congestion at Britain’s busiest railway station as the first stage of a £10m improvement project at Waterloo nears completion. Commuters passing between Waterloo and Waterloo East stations will be able to use four new escalators connected to a 220-metre balcony which runs almost the full width of the station. This new access route between the two busy stations, which are used by a combined 300,000 passengers a day, removes the previous bottleneck and forms part of a wider plan to provide more space for passengers at concourse level.

The concourse at Waterloo station with an artist^s impression of the new balcony [see news item].
[Courtesy Network Rail /05/2012]

Part of the concourse at Waterloo in July 2005 showing the pedestrian link to Waterloo East station.
[John Furnevel 24/07/2005]

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]
Network Rail Article

29/05/2012 Sculpture unveiled at Newcraighall station [Railscot]
ScotRail has unveiled an eye-catching sculpture at Newcraighall to mark the 40th anniversary of local director Bill Douglas releasing his iconic film 'My Childhood' - the first of his acclaimed trilogy about a boy’s working class upbringing in 1940s Scotland. Inspired by the late Douglas’s films, artist Kenny Munro has created a six-feet-tall artwork called A Place of Dreams, which shows a director with his camera, against a backdrop of a passing steam train. ScotRail has installed the sculpture at Newcraighall station alongside eight new travel, culture and film-themed posters – including three designed by pupils from Newcraighall Primary School. Mr Munro, from Craigmillar Community Arts Centre, said: “We are delighted to see both the statue and the posters on show at Newcraighall station. “They are a celebration of local creativity, and a tribute to the work of Newcraighall's most famous son, Bill Douglas. “The installations support the good work of the Rotary Club of Portobello, which has already created beautiful floral displays at the station.” John Yellowlees, ScotRail external relations manager, said: “The combined efforts of Portobello Rotary, Craigmillar Community Arts and Newcraighall Primary School are making a lasting impact on Newcraighall station that will benefit customers for many years to come.” Next Monday will be the tenth anniversary of Newcraighall station’s opening on 4 June 2002

Artist Kenny Munro, from Craigmillar Community Arts Centre, with his sculpture at Newcraighall station on 29 May 2012. [See news item]
[Courtesy ScotRail 29/05/2012]

A train leaving the new reversing siding at the north end of Millerhill yard for Newcraighall station (under the bridge) to commence a Newcraighall - Dunblane service on 4 June 2002, the opening day of the new station.
[John Furnevel 04/06/2002]

ScotRail’s external relations manager John Yellowlees, Bill Thomson and Neil Fraser from the Rotary Club of Portobello, and artist Kenny Munro, with the new sculpture at Newcraighall station. [See news item]
[Courtesy ScotRail 29/05/2012]

28/05/2012 Railways could be taken over by Greater Manchester transport chiefs under devolution plan [Manchester Evening News]
Greater Manchester is set to take control of the region’s railways – in an historic move that promises better trains, more carriages and improved services for passengers.
Manchester Evening News

27/05/2012 Unions fear 20,000 railway jobs could be axed [Independent]
More than 20,000 railway jobs could be axed under government reforms of the industry, unions have warned.

26/05/2012 Epping-Ongar heritage railway reopens after restoration [BBC News]
A heritage railway using a former section of London Underground line has reopened following a five-year restoration project. The Epping-Ongar Railway, part of the Central Line until 1994, stopped running heritage services in 2007. The volunteer organisation which has run the line since 2004, renewed the track, refurbished rolling stock and restored buildings. It resumed passenger services between Ongar and Coopersale on Friday.

Signal box photographed in the mid 1980s - where is this? [Added 30 October 2013]
[Notes and Queries //]

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]
BBC News

22/05/2012 Borders railway: Galashiels flats cleared from route [BBC News]
A block of flats in Galashiels has been torn down in order to make way for the reopening of the Borders to Edinburgh railway. The properties at Beechbank Place had been earmarked for demolition for some time.

View north west through Station Brae bridge in Galashiels on 24 July 2011. The building standing in the way of the railway has been abandoned and boarded up - progress of sorts? [see image 16164]
[Bill Roberton 24/07/2011]

View from the new road bridge over Station Brae on 6 February 2008. Beyond the bridge is a block of flats converted from an old mill which stood adjacent to the railway prior to closure. It will need to be demolished to make way for the new route, which is having to be realigned to avoid the recently built supermarket behind the camera. The trackbed continues northwest as a walkway alongside the A7 in the middle distance, passing the site of the proposed new station. [With thanks to Bill Jamieson.]
[John Furnevel 06/02/2008]

View north from the Station Brae bridge in Galashiels on 2nd April. The new Galashiels station (single platform) will be located on a broadly north-south alignment in the area of the copper beech hedge in the middle distance.
[David Spaven 02/04/2010]
BBC News

19/05/2012 Outright ban on Photography on Glasgow Underground proposed
PASSENGERS on Glasgow's Subway will face fines of up to £1000 for taking photographs on trains or within stations under new proposals. {Added by Colin Harkins}

Interior shot of a Glasgow Subway car, taken on 11 September.  You don^t have to be freakishly tall to find that you can only stand up straight in the central section.  It has to be said that the subway map is not quite as interesting as even the Circle Line diagram on the London Underground.  Even then it cheats a bit by showing the Inner and Outer Circles separately which, when you think about it, can^t possibly be of help as there^s only an even chance that the arrows show the correct direction of travel as you face the diagram.  Don^t give yourself a sore head thinking about this.
[David Panton 11/09/2010]
Glasgow Herald

18/05/2012 Penalised train passengers fight ticketing rules [Guardian]
Rail passengers threatened with fines and even prosecution by train guards – despite buying a ticket – have called on the rail passenger watchdog to challenge their legality amid growing consumer anger.

17/05/2012 First tram-train gets go-ahead for Sheffield to Rotherham [BBC News]
Tram-trains which run on street tracks and railway lines are to be piloted in South Yorkshire in a scheme worth £58m, the government has confirmed. Starting in 2015, the newly-built tram-trains will run on local tram routes and Network Rail lines between Sheffield, Meadowhall and Rotherham. The two-year pilot scheme will be the first of its kind in the UK.

Wet and miserable-looking ^Stagecoach Supertram^ no 122, running through Sheffield city centre on 9 April 2012.
[Bruce McCartney 09/04/2012]

Looking towards Rotherham from the glass footbridge at Meadowhall as Sheffield Supertram 114 arrives at the interchange. The line of white poles denotes the tram route which turns sharp right just in front of the M1 Tinsley Viaduct to loop back towards the city centre.
[Mark Bartlett 19/03/2011]
BBC News

17/05/2012 Yoker Depot - 25 years on [Railscot]
Opened in 1987, staff at Yoker Depot will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this coming weekend. See adjacent images showing some of the various units which have used the facility during the period.

30Xs lined up at Yoker Depot.
[Ewan Crawford //1987]

View west from Dyke Road over the sidings at Yoker depot on 23 September 2007 with the main line over to the right and Garscadden station behind the camera.
[John Furnevel 23/09/2007]

Taken soon after this new EMU facility opened on the grounds of Scotstoun/Yoker Yard in 1987.
[Brian Forbes //1987]

16/05/2012 Scottish Cup final: Hibs and Hearts fans to travel on same trains [Scotsman]
RIVAL fans will be allowed to mix on the trains heading from Edinburgh to Glasgow before this weekend’s all-Edinburgh football showdown. Police chiefs have insisted there is “no need” to attempt to segregate more than 20,000 fans who will be travelling by rail from the capital on Saturday for the Scottish Cup final.

Waverley - Kings Park football special in appropriate green & white colours taking Hibs fans to the cup semi-final at Hampden on 2 April 2006. Seen passing Brunstane on the Edinburgh sub.
[John Furnevel /04/2006]

Football special comprised of a pair of 334s arrives at Mount Florida on 13 October 2007 following the six and a half minute journey from Glasgow Central.
[David Panton 13/10/2007]

Looking south from Muirend station on a wet Saturday 11 April 1964 as Black 5s 44899 and 44979 store the empty stock of football specials on the Muirend to Clarkston East spur.
[John Robin 11/04/1964]

16/05/2012 Station upgrade is just the ticket [Evening Times]
GLASGOW commuters were able to buy a train ticket for the first time at their local railway station as part of £500,000 of improvements by ScotRail. Machines have been installed at 21 stations across the west of Scotland, including eight which have never had the facility before.

An East Kilbride train calls at Giffnock in April 1966. Note the locomotive^s Caledonian semaphore route indicator and the line to Giffnock quarry on the right.
[John Robin /04/1966]

The fact that Kings Park is a station serving nearby Hampden and thus the destination for many football specials over the years is reflected in the wide stairway with heavy duty side barriers and double handrails. April 2007.
[John Furnevel /04/2007]

Glasgow bound 156439 calls at Hairmyres during the late morning on 2 December 2010.
[John Steven 02/12/2010]
Evening Times

15/05/2012 House's unique viewing platform is a restored railway carriage for bedroom [This is Cornwall]
A bungalow in the Cornish countryside has been revealed as one of Britain's most unusual homes because it has its very own railway carriage – inside. The unique property in Ashton, near Helston, is a fully functioning home, but bizarrely has the restored 130-year-old Great Western Railway carriage within.
This is Cornwall

14/05/2012 Fishguard and Goodwick train station officially reopens after 48 years [BBC News]
A railway station in Pembrokeshire is officially reopening after being out of service for 48 years. Fishguard and Goodwick railway station closed to passengers in April 1964.

A 158 leaves Fishguard Harbour in 1996.
[Ian Dinmore //1996]

Ex-GWR Hall 4-6-0 no 5928 Haddon Hall stands in the shed yard outside 87J Goodwick, Fishguard, on 4 October 1961.
[K A Gray 04/10/1961]
BBC News

14/05/2012 Merseyrail trains to be replaced [BBC News]
Plans are being drawn up to replace every train on the Merseyrail network at a cost of £350m. The current fleet is now more than 30 years old and the trains are rented at a cost of £12m a year. Operator Merseytravel said the expected lifespan of the trains and their leasing arrangements were set to run out in the next six years.

Hoylake, penultimate stop on the West Kirby branch, has notable Art Deco station buildings. The line enjoys a fifteen minute service frequency and Merseyrail EMU 508141 is seen here calling on 11 June with a Liverpool bound service.
[Mark Bartlett 11/06/2011]

Merseyrail electric unit no. 508127 departs from the west end of Chester station on 21 March 2012 heading for Liverpool.
[John McIntyre 21/03/2012]

View north over Kirkdale EMU depot, Liverpool, built on the site of the former Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank Hall shed. This is now a Merseyrail depot.
[Ewan Crawford //]
BBC News

13/05/2012 The train that connected the West to Berlin [BBC News]
A remarkable railway journey has been taking place in Germany. From the end of WWII until the end of the Cold War, a British military train ran daily from West Germany through East Germany to West Berlin. Twenty-one years after the last journey, it began another commemorative run. [From Richard Buckby]
BBC News

12/05/2012 Optimism at St Andrews rail link feasibility study [BBC News]
Campaigners calling for the restoration of a direct rail link to St Andrews have welcomed a new report suggesting the line could be reinstated for £76m. Lobby group Starlink have said that an hourly service, introduced between the Fife town and Edinburgh, would pay for itself. They maintain that a rail link would help boost the town's tourism numbers and reduce traffic on the A91. The line to St Andrews was closed in 1969.

Formerly Leuchars Junction, the current Leuchars Station is seen looking north on 19 May 2005. The infilled bay was used by trains serving St Andrews and the Fife coast route. The St Andrews branch finally closed in 1969.
[John Furnevel 19/05/2005]

J37 No 64569 meets a photographic scrum at the south end of St Andrews station during the 1965 RCTS Fife Coast railtour. The J37 had taken over from No 256 Glen Douglas at Leuchars Junction and took the train round the Fife Coast line before handing back to no 256 at Thornton Junction.
[G W Robin 28/08/1965]

The approach to St Andrews station seen from a DMU in the early summer of 1967, two years before the line’s closure. This was the second St Andrews station with the first, a short distance north west of here, replaced in 1887 when the line from Leuchars was extended south. Buses are visible at the top of Station Road with the spire of Hope Park Church beyond. For the same view 44 years later [see image 34391]
[Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1967]
BBC News

12/05/2012 Restored Porthmadog steam train back on track [BBC News]
Three men have been reunited with a restored steam train they worked on 60 years ago. The former Gwynedd quarrymen have attended a rededication service to the Hugh Napier at Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway's Harbour Station in Porthmadog, on Friday. The train, built 100 years ago, shunted slate rubble from Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda to the tip until abandoned on a track in 1954. [From Richard Buckby]
BBC News

10/05/2012 Details of ScotRail train services for Scottish cup final announced [STV]
ScotRail have announced their plans for the Scottish Cup Final on May 19. They will be putting extra carriages on services between Edinburgh and Glasgow with an extra 11,000 seats provided. Opposing fans will be sent home from the Final on separate trains. The supporters of the winning team will travel on the service via Airdrie and Bathgate with the losing team’s fans going home via Falkirk High. An alcohol ban will also be in place on trains for most of the day to try and limit any trouble.

The second of two football specials from Barrow in Furness to Wembley on 8 May 2010, taking Barrow FC supporters to the FA Trophy final. The first train was operated by DBS and the second by DRS, with 47501 on the front and 47712 at the rear. The special is seeen here approaching Euxton Balshaw Lane on the Up Fast line.
[John McIntyre 08/05/2010]

Kingmoor Britannia Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell about to take a southbound football special out of Carlisle bound for Blackpool on Boxing Day 1967. The locomotive was officially withdrawn by BR the following year and is now preserved. (Robin Barbour is standing on the right of the picture)
[K A Gray 26/12/1967]

A football match....really....step this way please... Quiet Saturday afternoon in Dundee in the 1990s on the occasion of a Dundee United v Aberdeen game.
[John Furnevel //]

10/05/2012 Swindling rail ticket clerk stole £90,000 in refunds [Press and Journal]
AN ACCOUNTS clerk whose job was to give refunds to rail passengers has been jailed for paying out more than £90,000 – to himself. Michael Durant stole the money over almost three years as he tried to clear his credit card bills. He was working at an office in Lochaber that handled inquiries, ticket sales and refunds for First Scot-Rail.
Press and Journal

10/05/2012 ScotRail to bring back Club 55 [Rail.co]
ScotRail is bringing back its most popular ticket offer – Club 55. The offer will return from 14 May 2012, with prices held for the third time in a row. Customers aged 55 and over can travel anywhere in Scotland – plus Berwick-upon-Tweed and Carlisle – for £19 return.

10/05/2012 Rail regulator to probe ‘delayed train’ payments [Rail.co]
The Office of Rail Regulation is launching an inquiry into ‘excessive profiteering by rail firms’ after allegations that they have ‘pocketed tens of millions of pounds’ for delayed and cancelled trains, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association has said.

09/05/2012 ScotRail and Network Rail apologise over train services [BBC News]
ScotRail and Network Rail have issued an apology to customers for below par services over the past year. An open letter on the ScotRail website admits services between Glasgow and Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, have been below the level expected. Disruption is blamed on severe weather, vandalism, and work involved with making £170m of improvements between Paisley and Glasgow. Both firms said that 'punctuality and reliability levels' were now on target.
BBC News

09/05/2012 ScotRail to distribute West Highland Line postcards
A new edition of postcards with spectacular views of the West Highland Lines has been produced for free distribution on ScotRail trains which serve the award-winning routes. They follow the success of the first postcard series in 2009 and again are co-funded by Friends of the West Highland Lines and HITRANS, the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership in Scotland.

A Glasgow - Oban service between Crianlarich and Tyndrum. [See News Item]
[Norman McNab //]

A Mallaig/Fort William - Glasgow service at Auchteryre near Tyndrum. [See News Item]
[Norman McNab //]

A Fort William-bound Caledonian Sleeper train leaving Rannoch on the climb to Corrour Summit [See News Item]
[Norman McNab //]

09/05/2012 Derailed train causes major disruption to northern rail services [STV]
A freight train has derailed at Aberdeen causing major problems with services. The train came off the line in Aberdeen at around 4.50pm on Wednesday. The derailment has caused 'significant disruption' to cross-country rail services. Buses have been put on between Stonehaven and both Aberdeen and Dundee.

08/05/2012 Signal problems lead to reduced rail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow [STV]
Signalling problems have led to limited train services between Edinburgh and Glasgow. ScotRail said the route, which usually runs every 15 minutes, would be reduced to every half an hour. Trains will leave Waverley at 15 and 30 minutes past the hour and leave Queen Street on the hour and half past. Customers travelling between the two cities are being advised to use the route via Airdrie and Bathgate, which arrive and leave from Queen Street lower level station.

08/05/2012 MPs criticise government's railway plan [BBC News]
A Commons motion signed by more than 100 MPs has criticised government plans for the railways - warning of declining services, higher fares and job cuts. The Rail Command Paper, published in March this year, sets out the government's vision for the railways. The Early Day Motion, tabled by Labour MP John McDonnell with cross-party support, urged the government to run the railway as a 'public service'. The government said its plan was to reduce the cost of running the railway. The plan 'will worsen passenger services through the loss of thousands of frontline workers from trains, stations, ticket offices, safety-critical infrastructure and operational roles', the MPs warned. It would also 'result in higher fares', cut services and 'more crowded trains'.
BBC News

05/05/2012 Green Bay locomotive returning to England [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Green Bay - The mighty steam engine named after Dwight Eisenhower is about to get its passport stamped again. Almost half a century ago, the locomotive and coal tender traveled from England via rail and sea to Green Bay, where it has attracted thousands of train fans and World War II history buffs to the National Railroad Museum. Soon it will head back across the pond for the 75th anniversary celebration of the world speed record for steam locomotives. The record wasn't set by the London and North Eastern Railway A4 locomotive housed in a climate-controlled building in Green Bay. But since there are only six surviving A4 steam engines in the world, the Eisenhower is highly sought after. The dark green locomotive and tender are attached to two rail cars used by Eisenhower as a mobile command headquarters in England during the planning for the D-Day invasion in 1944. [From Richard Buckby]

Gresley A4 Pacific no 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower prepares to leave the Doncaster stop on 1 September 1962 with the 9.08am Kings Cross - Leeds Central service.
[K A Gray 01/09/1962]

A rainy day at Kings Cross shed, with A4 Pacific no 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower ready for the road, thought to have been photographed in 1959. Standing behind the A4, also ready to roll, is another Pacific, York^s class A2 no 60502 Earl Marischal.
[Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1959]
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