November 2015

Location of proposed Tinsley chord
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Editorial
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 14:14

A joint Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application was made to the Secretary of State for Transport earlier this year by Network Rail and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to develop the Tinsley Chord to allow the new Sheffield Supertram vehicles to join the existing rail network.

Now the TWAO has been confirmed, Network Rail can begin work on the 160 metres of new track, overhead lines to carry the electricity to power the tram-trains, as well as constructing a... read the full story

Kintore Town, north of Aberdeen
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Editorial
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 14:11

Kintore station, situated on the line from Aberdeen to Inverness, was slated for closure in the Beeching report and last saw passenger services on 7 December 1964.

The station, originally opened by the Great North of Scotland Railway, was once the junction for the branch line to Alford. This lost its passenger services on 2 January 1950 but was to survive as a freight only line until 1966.

Plans for the reopening of the station are being progressed by Network Rail,... read the full story

‘Glen’ class 4-4-0  No 62467 Glenfinnan leaves Largo on the Fife Coast Line on a railtour in 1958.
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Editorial
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:36

The stations at Leven and St Andrews were once part of a rambling line that ran along much of the Fife coast, serving many of the attractive fishing ports that are such a feature of the east neuk of Fife.

The first section of the line to open was that from Leuchars Junction to St Andrews. The 4¾-mile long line was authorised as the independent St Andrews Railway following an Act of 3 July 1851 and was opened throughout on 1 July 1852. The line was engineered by Thomas Bouch, later to... read the full story

London Transport Museum
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Editorial
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:28

The exhibition explores how design is encountered in our everyday journeys and how this has evolved over the last century, as well as looking at how our travel experiences might develop in the future. From the visual to the virtual and from Victorian engineering genius to modernist masterpieces, designology uncovers the fascinating designs and processes behind London’s moving metropolis.

Publicity and communication, architecture, technology, engineering, service operation... read the full story

Christmas railway upgrade work at London Bridge
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Editorial
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:10

The work by Network Rail as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan means that there will be no Southeastern trains at London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon Street from the evening of Christmas Eve to Sunday 3 January 2016, including three working days. Passengers will still be able to reach London with services diverted to Victoria and Blackfriars, or terminating at New Cross for London Overground connections. In addition, stations between Deptford and Westcombe Park, including... read the full story

The Leeds to Shipley Railway Line at Apperley Bridge
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Editorial
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:52

The £8 million station at Apperley Bridge, on the line between Leeds and Bradford via Shipley, is the first of three new stations in the region to be opened over the next 12 months.

The original station at Apperley Bridge was listed for closure under the Beeching report and services were withdrawn on 22 March 1965. The station was subsequently demolished. The new station will be served by two Northern Rail trains per hour in each direction from Skipton/Bradford to and from Leeds.... read the full story

Virgin Trains - East coast
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Editorial
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:36

This investment will mean that the company will have committed more than £40 million to improving its train fleet since it launched its east coast franchise in March, as part of its plans to invest £140 million over eight years.

The work, due to be carried out at the company’s London and Edinburgh depots, will see seats, curtains and carpets replaced in a total of 401 carriages. New engines will also be fitted to the 35-strong diesel High Speed Train fleet.

The first fully... read the full story

"Yankee" tank class 62 No. 30075
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Editorial
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 11:41

Nos 30075 and 30076 will operate out of Shillingstone station in Dorset, the second and third locomotives to be based on the line permanently.

Yugoslavian-built USA-type 0-6-0T No 30075 has been out of service since its withdrawal from the Mid-Hants Railway in 2010.

It will undergo full overhaul and repairs to its firebox at Shillingstone, with plans to have the locomotive fully operational for the 50th anniversary of the railway’s closure in March. No 30076, has recently... read the full story

 Overground-Class172-Gospel-Oak
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Editorial
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 11:37

Fire and other emergency services were summoned to the station shortly after 8am in the morning when smoke was noticed from underneath the leading coach of the 07.47 service from Leamington Spa.
The unit affected was No 172233 (formed of Nos 50333/56333/79333) and smoke and flames were noticed as the unit pulled into Lapworth station at 08.11... read the full story

Transport-Scotland-logo
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Editorial
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 11:19

The Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance for Levenmouth puts the case for the re-opening of the currently closed line from Thornton Junction to both passenger and freight traffic.
The Deputy Leader of Fife Council, Lesley Laird, commented: ‘This is a significant step forward for Levenmouth rail link. The report highlights the strong case for... read the full story

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