First ScotRail

ScotRail Railways Ltd. , The outer appearance ScotRail (formerly First ScotRail ), is a British railway company and a subsidiary of First Group. It operates virtually the entire rail transport in Scotland, including many suburban, regional and intercity services as well as the daily Caledonian Sleeper overnight trains from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness to Euston Station in London.


On 17 October 2004, the First Group took over the concession of the National Express Group, who had applied unsuccessfully for a new license. The name was changed afterwards by ScotRail in First ScotRail. The slogan since September 2008 but again ScotRail: Scotland 's Railway ( dt Scotland railway).

Route network

First ScotRail has no railway lines, these are owned by Network Rail. The total length of the traffic of First ScotRail routes is about 1700 miles ( 2735 km ). In the year 2004/5 66.1 million passengers were transported by the company, of which 45 million in Greater Glasgow.

Core of the network is the rapid transit system of Glasgow, which is electrified for the most part with 25 KV. It comprises 183 stations and is the largest Pendlerzugsystem in the United Kingdom to London. The largest railway stations in Glasgow Central and Queen Street. By 2005, First ScotRail operated the traffic in Strathclyde under the brand name of SPT, which sets the timetables and fares, as well as providing the rolling stock. Only the Glasgow Subway and some less important ferry routes are operated by SPT itself.

The railway network around Edinburgh is much less dense than around Glasgow. The main train station is Waverley. Express trains between the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness ( on the Highland Main Line) and Aberdeen. Among the best known secondary lines include the West Highland Line (Glasgow - Mallaig / Oban ), the Kyle of Lochalsh Line (Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh ) and the Far North Line (Inverness - Thurso ). Although the demand is low, but these lines are maintained primarily for tourism and continue to be from 2007 - significantly upgraded - in collaboration with local communities, commuter initiatives and policies. Also, these routes are stations that are closed for years, be open to commuting again.

Almost all of the 336 railway stations in Scotland are operated by First ScotRail and are owned by the infrastructure company Network Rail. Exceptions are the station at Glasgow -Prestwick Airport ( owned and operated by the airport authority ), Dunbar ( National Express East Coast), Edinburgh Waverley ( Network Rail ) and Glasgow Central ( Network Rail ). It is interesting that First ScotRail also operates the station of Lockerbie, although none of their trains wrong there.


First ScotRail has primarily railcars in use, such as in Britain usual. On the non-electrified lines are the Class 156 " Super Sprinter " Class 158 " Sprinter Express " and the Class 170 " Turbo Stars" in use. Electric railcars, which are in use, Class 314, Class 318, Class 320, Class 322 and Class 334 are modern " Juniper ". In July 2008, an order for 38 new class was awarded 380 " Desiro ", which went operational in late 2010. The night trains are assembled 3 Wagon compositions from Mark and drawn by EWS locomotives.