Monday, 1 June 2015

Will Re-Opening Scotland's Dyce to Ellon Railway Line Become Reality?

UK Railway News


Ellon Railway Station Closed on the 4th October 1965

Aberdeenshire councillors Martin Ford and Paul Johnston announced their campaign to reopen the disused line when the City Region investment and development deal was announced earlier this year.


On Monday, the pair cycled the section of the Formartine and Buchan Way to review the condition of the track bed for possible re-instatement and to highlight the benefits of their proposal.

The railway line is owned by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, apart from a small section.

Councillor Johnston, who represents Mid-Formartine, conceded they were not experts but said nothing in their journey along the cycle-walk way would be a major obstacle to reopening the line.

He added: “I am more optimistic than ever that reopening is now a real possibility.
“We believe the City Region Deal offers the best prospect for taking rail re-opening to Ellon onwards from being an aspiration to making it a reality.”


Dyce Railway Station Today

It was announced in March that Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils are working with the private sector to develop a deal which could release billions of pounds for investment in a range of projects.
Councillor Ford, who represents East Garioch, said it was time to move forward with re-establishing the link.

He said: “Better public transport is essential to cut road congestion and reduce carbon emissions, in line with commitments to tackle climate change.

“Reinstating the railway would also offer significant economic development opportunities.”

Councillor Ford added: “Re-opening the line from Dyce to Ellon presents fewer difficulties than other recent rail re-openings. The land has not been sold off piecemeal.”
The councillors also said there appeared to be enough land along nearly the entire route to allow both a reinstated railway and a cycle-walkway to coexist without the need to buy additional ground.

A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
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UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video




North of England Rail Travellers Benefit From Newly Introduced Electric Trains

UK Railway News




Electric train services around Manchester, Preston, Blackpool and Stalybridge, have led to bigger trains and more seats on some of the busiest routes in the North West, it was claimed today.


The first two electric trains went into service in early March and an additional eight trains are now in service.
The completion of the latest phase of the North West Electrification Programme is part of a £1bn-plus investment across the North of England to deliver a better railway including faster journeys, new rail links and improved stations.

Work to deliver electric services on the world’s oldest passenger railway has been a huge challenge.

To deliver the improvements, Network Rail has had to carry out major works including intsalling three new substations, and reconstruct six road bridges across the region.

Northern Rail brought together some of the key people who were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.

Guests included representatives from Network Rail, MerseyTravel and Transport for Great Manchester.

The occasion was marked with an event at Liverpool Lime Street.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “A key ingredient of a Northern Powerhouse is a world-class rail network, which is why we are investing heavily in transforming rail services across the region as part of our long term economic plan.”

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail, said: “We are continuing with the electrification of key routes between Manchester, Preston, Blackpool and Stalybridge.”

He added: “Major projects are also planned to ease congestion at Piccadilly, improving reliability and enabling more services to run through Manchester to towns and cities across the north.”



A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video



Photo of Class 67017 Arrow Diesel Locomotive at Leamington Spa

Class67017 , seen here in EWS livery, hauling a Chiltern Railways train, was photographed at Leamington Spa station . A number ...