First trains run over electrified Dunblane and Alloa routes

SCOTRAIL Class 380 EMU No. 380004 became the first train to use the newly electrified Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa lines on November 27 when it completed a successful early-hours trial to both Dunblane and Alloa.

The trial paved the way for the full introduction of ScotRail electric services on the line from December 9, including the new Class 385s.

ScotRail Class 380 EMU No. 380004 pauses at Stirling during its trial run over the newly electrified lines on November 27. NETWORK RAIL

This will ultimately reduce journey times between Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and provide additional seating capacity on services between Alloa, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, as well as Stirling to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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The two-year electrification scheme has seen in excess of 2,000 stanchions and structures installed to support more than 186 miles of overhead wires along the 32-mile route.

In order to complete the work several bridges have had to be modified to create enough space for the catenary, while Stirling station is being upgraded with the installation of a new footbridge and lifts providingstep-free access to all platforms.

Read more News and Features in the January 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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