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Friday, April 3, 2020

David Shirres BSc CEng MIMechE DEM

Robroyston: New Station, Dunbar: New Platform

The December timetable change saw Scotland getting its 358th railway station and the reinstatement of a station platform that was removed in the late 1980s. The new station at Robroyston, north east of Glasgow, and the new...

Re-doubling Aberdeen to Inverurie – halfway there

David Shirres reviews the completion of the first phase of the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement programme.

Getting electrification right

Britain’s ‘feast and famine’ approach to electrification is illustrated by the graph of UK electrification volumes delivered since 1958. In 2018, Britain will electrify almost 900 single track km (stk), followed by less than 200 stk in 2019, after which there are no committed schemes. In contrast, Germany has been electrifying around a steady 200 stk a year for the past 40 years.

Full Glasgow to Edinburgh electric service in July

There is to be a full 8-car electric service between Edinburgh and Glasgow in July offering 27 per cent more seats.

Class 385 debut further delayed

When Abellio took over the ScotRail franchise in April 2015, it had 22 months to replace six-coach diesel trains on the Edinburgh to Glasgow main line with seven-coach electric trains, as required by its franchise specification. To do so, the following month, the company signed a contract with Hitachi for 24 four-car and 46 three-car […]

Northern’s trains from Spain

CAF has a record order book of €6.3 billion, of which 63 per cent is for new vehicles and the remainder for services and components.



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