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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:42 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Fjord wrote:
Christ what an ugly design and how the hell will that central gangway door match up with another unit

I never thought of that. Maybe it swivels upwards slightly?  



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Travellers delayed as train points fail (Evening Times)

MORE than 60 trains were delayed or cancelled when points broke down at
Glasgow Central.


Thousands of travellers were hit when the failure blocked lines.

Managers were forced to cancel some services and hold back others as
engineers worked to get trains running for the evening rush hour.

One commuter travelling on the Cathcart Circle as the worst delays hit
said: "I had to wait 40 minutes for a train, just to make a 10-minute
journey home."

A spokesman for Network Rail said there had been a "track circuit failure"
shortly before 3pm yesterday and engineers resolved the worst hold-ups
before peak traffic hit.

By late afternoon, five services had been cancelled and 58 had suffered
delays totalling just over eight hours.

The spokesman said: "A number of lines were affected, blocking one
route into the station. The delays were significant but not major."

The failure came despite last year's extensive engineering works at the
station, which were part of an 85million investment programme.



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

The cathcart trains always get hit first :)

And the Mr '10 minute journey' should have went got the bus
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

My train to Nitshill was delayed by about 5 minutes yesterday.

If it had been delayed any longer I would have went for the bus.  
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Rail line shuts for major upgrade (BBC)

The railway line between Kilmarnock and Dumfries is to be closed for two
weeks for major upgrade works.


The closure from 19 July to 3 August is planned to enable the completion
of a 35m project to eliminate an eight-mile "bottleneck" between Gretna
and Annan.

All services between Glasgow Central and Carlisle will be affected, with
replacement buses in operation. First ScotRail has advised passengers to
allow more time for their journey over the period of the works.

The double-tracking of the section between Gretna and Annan was
announced last year. It is hoped it will reduce delays and allow increased
capacity on the route.

Network Rail's route director in Scotland, David Simpson, said it was an
important project.

Vital link

"The Gretna to Annan route is a vital rail link for both freight and
passenger trains and the upgrade is an important part of Network Rail's
vision to modernise and grow the railway in Scotland," he said.

"We are working closely with First ScotRail to provide alternative
transport arrangements while this work is completed and would like to
thank the local communities for their continued support and patience."

Replacement bus services will run between Kilmarnock and Carlisle for
the duration of the closure.

At peak times, express buses will also run between Glasgow and Carlisle,
calling at Dumfries, Annan and Gretna.



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I'm still waiting to find when the "new" half-hourly service fae Killie to Glasgow will start.

Supposedly they* can't confirm a start date, nor which stations it will stop at, or where the new rolling-stock that they bought to use has vanished to.

Any ideas Mr Driver?

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AMcD wrote:
I'm still waiting to find when the "new" half-hourly service fae Killie to Glasgow will start.

Supposedly they* can't confirm a start date, nor which stations it will stop at, or where the new rolling-stock that they bought to use has vanished to.

Any ideas Mr Driver?

* "Scottish Government"

You'll be waiting a while for that yet. They need to add in passing loops between
Kilmarnock and Barrhead before they can run half-hourly trains. Or they could just
reinstate the entire section as double track, but that would make too much sense...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

AMcD wrote:
I'm still waiting to find when the "new" half-hourly service fae Killie to Glasgow will start.

Supposedly they* can't confirm a start date, nor which stations it will stop at, or where the new rolling-stock that they bought to use has vanished to.

Any ideas Mr Driver?

* "Scottish Government"


I'm hoping that this service stops at Nitshill and Priesthill/Darnley.

I was told about the possibility of this happening over a year ago. It would hopefully make the Nitshill to Central service every 15 minutes during rush hour  


On a completely different matter.

I picked up a couple of videos today from a Charity Shop which may be of interest to those members with a train background.

"The Classics - Railway Volume 1, Number 3" which includes G.W Pannier Tanks

The second which I though was something that would be of interest to more members is -

"Summer of '68 - Last Weeks of BR Steam"

I didn't know that in August it will be 40 years since steam trains were withdrawn from service.
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Travel chaos as 5 city rail stations shut (Evening Times)

HUNDREDS of frustrated commuters were left fuming today as a major
programme of rail works caused massive disruption.


Five stations in Glasgow's South Side were closed for a month after the
collapse of mine works under the Cathcart Circle line.

Travellers were late for work as busy bus routes struggled to cope with a
flood of extra passengers forced off the rails.

The work is scheduled to continue until August 17 to allow engineers to
carry out 2million of safety work.

The closed stations are Pollokshields East, Queen's Park, Crosshill, Mount
Florida and Cathcart. First ScotRail promised replacement buses would
operate to cut down on disruption.

However, angry passengers today hit out at First for not laying on enough
buses, with many left stranded at crowded stops when overloaded buses
drove past.

One Queen's Park commuter said: "It's been absolute chaos. The normal
service buses are so full they are having to pass bus stops - and there's
no sign of the promised replacement buses.

"I ended up having to take a taxi - and I won't be the only person late for
work this morning."

But First ScotRail insisted there were no major problems.

A spokesman said: "We have put in place as comprehensive a timetable
as possible to minimise the impact on our customers. It is all going to
plan. Where a rail service cannot be operated, alternative transport has
been provided and staff are on hand to help."

The rail company posted customer service advisers at the entrances to
affected stations today and train passengers were allowed to use their
season tickets on buses.

The company was running shuttle services but only between Pollokshields
East and King's Park.



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Bus firm steps in to ease rail chaos (Evening Times)

A GLASGOW bus firm put on extra services today to bail out rail operators
after engineering works left passengers stranded.


Yesterday hundreds of commuters faced delays when five stations in
Glasgow's South Side were closed for urgent repairs, forcing more
travellers on to buses that could not cope.

And today First in Glasgow added extra services to ease pressure to get
commuters in to work on time.

Services were pushed past breaking point by the closure of Cathcart,
Mount Florida, Crosshill, Queens Park and Pollokshields East stations.

No trains will run at these points until the middle of next month to allow a
2million repair scheme, filling in collapsed mine works.

And yesterday tempers flared as workers returned from the Fair
Weekend to find that their normally busy rush-hour buses were full to
overflowing.

The bus operator, a sister company to the rail firm, is introducing
additional services after complaints from passengers yesterday, many of
whom were stranded as crammed vehicles were forced to pass stops on
the way into the city centre.

At one stop, a frustrated crowd of about 50 had to wait until almost 9am
before space was available, with the 44 service via Hope Street worst hit.

Today a First in Glasgow spokeswoman said it would be running extra
buses.

She said: "Where we become aware of capacity problems we'll endeavour
to provide additional buses within the constraints of running our full
normal service."

She added that First in Glasgow will accept rail season tickets during the
period of the closures.

Arriva which operates a 33 service from Barrhead to Glasgow, was also
contracted by the train operators before this week's closures and agreed
to accept rail season tickets for travel.

The operator said it had no problems with its service, which passes two of
the closed stations.



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