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Old October 7th, 2014, 03:12 PM   #1961
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Haltwhistle Station - Volume 3

The Ticket Office and Waiting Room is Grade II Listed and this is the protection text from the British Listed Buildings web site @ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...room-west-of-s

Description: Ticket Office and Waiting Room West of Station House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 August 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 240764

OS Grid Reference: NY7045963816
OS Grid Coordinates: 370459, 563816
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9681, -2.4629

Location: Station Road, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AH

Locality: Haltwhistle
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE49 0AH

HALTWHISTLE STATION ROAD NY 76 SW (East side)
16/30 Ticket office and
22.8.73 waiting room, west
of Station House
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Waiting room and former ticket office (the latter now a Tourist Information Centre). 1838, probably by Benjamin Green for the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway Company. Dressed stone, Welsh slate roof and ashlar chimney stack. L-plan: main block with wing on right rear. Tudor style. Single storey. 4-bay front has low plinth and quoins. Enlarged C20 doorway at left; 6-panel door at right in chamfered surround under hoodmould. C19 circular clock face in wall beside right doorway. Two 2-light chamfered-mullioned windows between doorways with replaced sashes under hoodmoulds. Moulded stone gutter brackets. Roof has coped gables with square blocks at apexes and shaped kneelers. Central octagonal-plan ridge stack with moulded top band. 2-bay rear wing has similar fenestration and details. Included for group value.

(G. Whittle, The Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, 1979).

Listing NGR: NY7045963816







The Station House is also Grade II Listed - here is the protection text from the above source:

Description: Station House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 August 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 240763

OS Grid Reference: NY7047063821
OS Grid Coordinates: 370470, 563821
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9681, -2.4628

Location: Station Road, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 9HN

Locality: Haltwhistle
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE49 9HN

HALTWHISTLE STATION ROAD NY 76 SW (East side, off)
16/29 Station House
22.8.73
GV II

Former station master's house, now private dwelling. 1838, probably by Benjamin Green for the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway Company. Dressed stone, Welsh slate roof and ashlar chimney stacks. T-plan: deep gable fronted wing at left with set-back wing at right-angles on right; extruded front porch. Tudor style. Chamfered doorways and stone-mullioned windows. Projecting gable-fronted left bay: one storey plus attic; canted bay window under hipped roof; 2-light attic window above; steeply-pitched roof has coped gable with square block at apex and shaped footstones. Set-back wing at right-angles on right: tall single storey, 2 bays wide; porch on left bay and narrow 2- light window at right; steeply-pitched roof rises to same ridge height and has identical details at gable; cross-axial chimney with 4 conjoined octagonal-plan stacks. Gable-fronted porch of 2 low storeys: blocked doorway with round window above; similar roof and gable details. 3-bay left return has central, partly-glazed door with small sash window above and flanking 2-light windows. Attached single-storey former privy and coal shed, with boarded doors and lean-to roof, and similar porch/kitchen partly enclosing rear yard.

(G. Whittle, The Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, 1979).

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Abellio awarded ScotRail franchise
08 Oct 2014



UK: The Abellio subsidiary of Dutch national passenger operator NS has been awarded the next ScotRail franchise, the Scottish Government announced on October 8. Abellio is to take over from current franchisee FirstGroup on April 1 2015.

The franchise covers almost all internal passenger services within Scotland, and will run for a minimum of seven years, with an option to extend the term to 10 years by mutual consent after five years. The new franchise includes:
  • 'Transformation' of inter-city services with the introduction of 27 refurbished HST trainsets by December 2018;
  • '80 new trains' for the Edinburgh - Glasgow corridor due to arrive by December 2017;
  • Enhanced catering;
  • Free wi-fi on all trains;
  • Abellio's Dutch experience will support a 'new approach to cycling', including a 񊸶m investment in 3 500 parking spaces, staffed Cyclepoints at city hubs and Cycleparks+ at five stations, and a 񋠐0/day Bike&Go cycle hire scheme at 10 stations;
  • More through rail bus, sea and air ticketing, reduced fares for jobseekers, carnet tickets and starting prices for advance fares between any two Scottish cities of 5 for standard and 񌮽0 for first class;
  • A Great Scenic Railway scheme to attract more tourists to the north, southwest and Borders;
  • Shopping developments at Aberdeen and Inverness stations;
  • Stations2Stations business centres to facilitate working at stations;
  • A 'true deep alliance' with infrastructure manager Network Rail;
  • 1m community rail programme, including 10 to 15 new Community Rail Partnerships;
  • No compulsory redundancies throughout the life of the contract;
  • An employee gain share scheme;
  • At least 100 apprenticeships;
  • Optional lifestyle checks and flu vaccines for frontline staff, with health trainers to assist with stress management, nutrition, exercise and stopping smoking;
  • Guaranteed trade union representation on every franchise board meeting

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Those 80 new trainsets for the EGIP will be built by Hitachi, apparently the AT200 "regional" design.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/new...Scottish_deal/

Hitachi Rail Europe product description:
http://www.hitachirail-eu.com/at-200-regional_46.html

EGIP description:
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Old October 12th, 2014, 01:01 PM   #1964
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On This Day In History - 12th October 1859

Thomas Fordyce wrote about the demise of Robert Stephenson on this day in history, 12th October 1859 - taken from his Local Records:

Died, in London, in the fifty-sixth year of his age, Robert Stephenson, esq., the eminent engineer and locomotive manufacturer.

His loss was regarded as a national bereavement, and the expression of regret was universal.

Soon after the close of the preceding session Mr. Stephenson was in indifferent health, and, during a visit which he soon afterwards paid to Norway, he was attacked with a complaint of the liver. Whilst returning to England he was attacked with jaundice, and landing at Lowestoft it was necessary to carry him to the railway carriage. Dropsy set in on his arrival in town, and he was too weak to be relieved, and, after a few days' illness, he expired comparatively free from pain.

Mr.Stephenson was born at Willington, near Newcastle, on December 16, 1803. His father, who had felt the want of early education, resolved that his son should not suffer from the same cause, and accordingly sent him to a school at Long Benton, and 1814 placed him with Mr. Bruce, in Percy Street, Newcastle. Robert soon displayed a decided inclination for mechanics and science, and becoming a member of the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society was enabled to take advantage of its library.

In 1818 Robert was taken from school, and apprenticed to Mr. Nicholas Wood as a coal viewer, and was made thoroughly acquainted with the machinery and processes of coal mining. In 1820 he was sent to Edinburgh University for a single session, where he attended the lectures of Dr. Hope on chemistry; those of Sir John Leslie on natural philosophy; and those of Professor Jamieson on geology and mineralogy. In 1822 he was apprenticed to his father, who had then commenced his locomotive manufactory at Newcastle.

After two years' strict attention to the business, finding his health failing, he accepted a commission to examine the gold and silver mines of South America, whence he was recalled by his father, when the Liverpool and Manchester Railway was in progress, and he reached home in 1827. He took an active part in the discussion as to the use of locomotives on the line, and, in conjunction with Mr. Joseph Locke, wrote an able pamphlet on the subject. His next employment was the execution of a branch from the Liverpool and Manchester, near Warrington, now forming a portion of the Grand Junction Railway, between Birmingham and Liverpool. Before this branch was completed he undertook the survey, and afterwards the construction, of the Leicester and Swanninton Railway; and on the completion of that work he commenced the survey of the line of the London and Birmingham Railway, of which he was ultimately appointed engineer, -and removed to London. Under his direction the first sod was cut at Chalk Farm on June 1st, 1834, and the line was opened September 15, 1838.

He still continued to devote much of his time to improvements in the locomotive engine, which were, from time to time, carried out under his direction at the manufactory in Newcastle. His engagements on different lines of railway had been very numerous, but he was more remarkable for the magnificent conception and the vastness of some of his successfully executed projects, such as the High Level Bridge, the Viaduct at Berwick, supposed to be the largest in the world, the Tubular Bridge over the Conway, at the castle, and the Britannia Tubular Bridge over the Menai Straits, a form of bridge of which there had been previously no example, and to which, considering its length and the enormous weight it would have to sustain, the objections and difficulties seemed almost insuperable.

Mr. Stephenson was also employed in the construction of many foreign railways. He was consulted, with his father, as to the Belgium lines; also for a line in Norway, between Christiana and Lake Miosen, for which he received the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olaf from the King of Sweden; and also for one between Florence and Leghorn, about sixty miles in length. He designed the Victoria Tubular Bridge over the S. Lawrence, near Montreal (on the model of that over the Menai Straits), in connection with the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada, for uniting Canada West with the Western States of the United States of America. He had recently completed the railway between Alexandria and Cairo, a distance of 150 miles. He also built an immense bridge across the Nile at Kaffoe Azzayat, to replace the steam ferry.

In addition to his railway labours Mr. Stephenson took a general interest in public affairs, and especially in scientific investigations. In 1857 he was returned as a member of Parliament in the Conservative interest, for Whitby, n Yorkshire, for which place he continued to sit until his death. He was an honorary but an active member of the London Sanitary Commission, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of which institution he was vice-president and president. In 1857 he received the honorary degree of D.C.L. from the University of Oxford, amidst the enthusiastic applause of the students. He received a great gold medal of honour from the French Exposition d'Industrie of 1855.

Mr. Stephenson married, in 1829, Frances, daughter of John Sanderson, Esq., of London, who died without issue in 1842.

The deceased was interred in Westminster Abbey, on the 21st, between the tombs of George Telford, the constructor of the Suspension Bridge over the Menai Straits, and Dr. Bell, the founder of the Madras system of teaching. The Abbey was crowded by scientific and eminent men from all parts of the kingdom.

In Newcastle all the shops suspended business, and the workmen belonging to the manufactory attended St. Nicholas' Church in a body, when an appropriate sermon was preached by the Vicar.

Mr Stephenson left the bulk of his fortune to his cousin, Mr. George Robert Stephenson, and amongst the many bequests which he made were the following:桾o the Newcastle Infirmary, ten thousand pounds; to the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society, seven thousand pounds; to - the Institute of Civil Engineers, two thousand pounds; to the Curates' Aid Society, two thousand pounds; and to other charities four thousand pounds.

Image of Robert Stephenson court5esy of Newcastle City Libraries Archive Collection on Flickr:

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Description : Robert Stephenson Railway and civil engineer. Born willington Quay son of George Stephenson. Over saw the building of the Rocket locomotive at the Robert Stephenson works in Newcastle. Famous railway and bridge builder most notably the High Level Bridge in Newcastle-Upon -Tyne and the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick -Upon-Tweed.


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Consortium agrees to buy Porterbrook
13 Oct 2014



UK: The owners of rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook Rail Finance Ltd announced an agreement for the sale of their interests to an international consortium of investors on October 10. The transaction is expected to close by the end of October.

Porterbrook owns and manages around 5 900 passenger and freight vehicles, representing approximately one-third of Great Britain's passenger rolling stock fleet. It is owned by a consortium of Antin Infrastructure, OP Trust and iCON Infrastructure, which announced in May that it was ‘exploring options’ for a possible sale

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Doubling of the railway lines between Bristol stations is given the green light
Thursday 30 Oct 2014



Passengers and businesses in Bristol are set to benefit from an increase in train and freight services, reduced journey times and a better travelling experience after Network Rail announced today the doubling of the railway lines between the city抯 two main stations.

Demand for rail travel into Bristol is continuing to increase and is set to rise by half in less than a decade. To help meet this demand, the number of lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway stations will be increased from two to four through Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill, resulting in an increase in train services and reduced journey times. The extra lines will also enable an increase in freight services, contributing to economic growth in the region by helping businesses to move more goods, more efficiently by rail.

Known as the 慒ilton Four Tracks project, the work forms part of Network Rail抯 Great Western Route Modernisation Programme to modernise and transform the Great Western Main Line from London Paddington through to Swansea. Under a separate programme of work, this route will also benefit from electrification and a new fleet of faster, quieter and greener electric trains by December 2017

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Hitachi Rail Europe tops out Newton Aycliffe factory
30 Oct 2014



UK: A topping-out ceremony on October 30 marked the completion of the structure for Hitachi Rail Europe’s rolling stock plant at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. Construction of the 82m factory began in November 2013 and is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

‘Today’s topping-out ceremony signifies a milestone’, said Keith Jordan, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe. ‘This is no longer just a concept - everybody can see for themselves the sheer scale of the site that will act as the hub for our rail manufacturing work in the UK and across Europe’.

During the ceremony, Hitachi Rail Europe announced that it is to base its UK design office at the site. This will initially have 12 staff, of which eight are still to be recruited, and will begin work by developing interior designs for the AT200 electric multiple-units ordered by Abellio for the next ScotRail franchise

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c2c expands ITSO smart card ticketing
03 Nov 2014



UK: Commuter operator c2c began offering season tickets on its c2c Smart card from November 3, including Travelcards valid for travel on the National Rail and Transport for London networks within Greater London. c2c Smart is the government’s pilot for the South East Flexible Ticketing programme to introduce smart ticketing across 12 companies operating trains into London.

c2c Smart cards are compatible with other cards meeting the national ITSO specification, including the Key smart card introduced by train operator Southern. Following the ITSO on Prestige project, they are also compatible with TfL’s proprietary Oyster smart card system

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Would be so good to see a roll out across the country like the Japanese are doing and like The Netherlands has already done. Would be so handy.
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East West plans enter new phase

Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded an 8 million design contract for the second phase of the East West Rail scheme.

The engineering consultant will be carrying out works that include timetable modelling, the design and alignment of track, civil engineering works to bridges and embankments, geotechnical investigation and survey works.

Upon completion, the East West project will re-establish a passenger and freight rail link between Oxford and Bedford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury for the first time in more than 40 years.

Andy Milne, Network Rail senior programme manager, said: "The work Parsons Brinckerhoff will be carrying out will enable the project to be developed to the point where we can then award the contracts for detailed design and construction."

The first phase of the scheme is already underway, with the construction and doubling of track for more than 18km of railway that will allow line speeds to increase to 100mph. Also on the agenda is the construction of new overbridges, underbridges and footbridges, the closure of 37 level crossings and a new signalling system for Bicester Town and Islip stations.

Darren Reed, Parsons Brinckerhoff's director of rail UK/Europe, said: "We look forward to developing this visionary strategic transport scheme, which in turn will encourage economic growth and promote sustainable transport solutions."
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A 250m contract to electrify rail lines and extend station platforms has been awarded to improve journey times between Scotland's two biggest cities.

Engineering and construction groups Costain and Morgan Sindall are to work with Network Rail on the engineering aspects of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip).

Piling works to create the foundations needed to erect overhead power lines are set to start this week and will be completed by summer 2015.

It is hoped the improvements will reduce journey times between Glasgow and Edinburgh by 20% and increase capacity on the trains by 30%.

Earlier in 2014, it emerged that the cost of Egip had risen from 650m to 741.5m.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the project will deliver a rolling programme of electrification across the central belt over the next five years and beyond.

The project will also see route clearance works at Winchburgh Tunnel and platform extensions at Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont and Linlithgow stations.

Edinburgh Haymarket has already been redeveloped as part of the project at a cost of 25m and Glasgow Queen Street station is to be significantly revamped.

A new station, the Edinburgh Gateway Interchange, will also be built at Gogar.

Speaking at a training base in South Lanarkshire, transport minister Keith Brown said: "This 250m contract marks a significant milestone in the Egip project, which will provide 20% quicker journey times, 30% more capacity and a complete overhaul of stations in both cities, with the new-look Haymarket station already completed on time and under budget and the planned transformation of Queen Street station into a 21st century transport hub.

"The Scottish Government's record level of investment in our railways is achieving even more than improved train journeys. It's providing jobs and training opportunities such as those in the Babcock training facility in Hamilton where we are making this announcement.

"That is, in turn, contributing to Scotland's growth and the sustainability of our engineering sector, as well as a bright future for the young people here setting out on a career path in the rail industry."

Rodger Querns, Network Rail programme director, said: "Egip is a unique chance to modernise and enhance our railway and transform rail services across the central belt. It is transformational in its scope and scale and will herald a step-change in the nature of our railway infrastructure, its resilience and reliability."
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First Hitachi Class 800 trainset unveiled
13 Nov 2014



UK: The first of 122 trainsets for inter-city services on the East Coast and Great Western main lines was unveiled at Hitachi抯 factory at Kasado in southwest Japan on November 13.

The trains are being supplied by Hitachi under the Department for Transport抯 Intercity Express Programme. Hitachi is building three pre-series trainsets at Kasado before volume production begins; first to be unveiled is a five-car electro-diesel trainset where the three intermediate vehicles are fitted with MTU underfloor powerpacks complying with Euro IIIB emissions standards. A further five-car dual mode train is undergoing final assembly, while the third train is a nine-car trainset eventually destined for use on the ECML

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Hybrid Class 800 leaves Japan



Some data: Max speed 225km/h, commercial speed 201km/h.
Length car 26 meters, wide body 2,7 meters.
Formation: 9 cars-unit (627 passengers), 5 cars-unit (315 passengers).

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I have this (class 801) on Train Simulator 2015 if the real thing looks as good as the game version it will make a worthy replacement for the aging HST's (I remember their introduction and all the hype back in the mid 70's on the GWR.
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Passengers reminded of Abbey Line closure as Watford upgrades continue
Tuesday 11 Nov 2014



Major work to renew a junction connecting the railway line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey and the West Coast Main Line will start on 29 November.

For four weeks until 29 December, the Abbey Line will close to allow engineers to also modernise the signalling equipment on this part of the network. This essential upgrade is part of a 81m project to deliver a more reliable railway between Milton Keynes and London Euston

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Govia and Bombardier sign Gatwick Express train contract
18 Nov 2014



UK: Passenger franchisee Govia Thameslink Railway announced on November 18 that it had signed a 1452m order for 27 four-car Bombardier Electrostar Class 387/2 electric multiple-units for use on Gatwick Express services.

The EMUs are scheduled to enter service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport in 2016, with some services continuing to Brighton off-peak. The Electrostars will replace 1980s-built Class 442 units which have operated Gatwick Express services since 2008, and according to GTR will be 憇pecially designed for the rail-air route with easier boarding, better luggage space, 2+2 seating and wi-fi.

The contract is a follow-on to a previous order for 116 Class 387/1 cars which Govia company Southern placed in July 2013. These were ordered on behalf of the Department for Transport, for interim use by GTR on the Thameslink route between Bedford, London and Brighton from December 2014 until 2016 when the new Siemens Class 700 Desiro City fleet is expected to be in service. By May 2015 憊irtually every train on the Thameslink Bedford Brighton service group will be an Electrostar according to GTR, enabling the current fleet of Class 319 EMUs to be redeployed elsewhere in the country as part of DfT抯 electrification programme

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