SWGR’s track maintenance workers star in BBC Glasgow Central documentary

Our rail maintenance team in Glasgow has been showcasing its skills by starring in a unique BBC documentary about Glasgow Central Station.

Inside Central Station is a BBC documentary following the people that work all hours to keep Scotland’s busiest train station on track, delving into the building’s history with stories of the past.

Central Station has been at the heart of Glasgow for 140 years, running over 950 trains a day for 32 million passengers a year. It has long been Scotland’s busiest; it’s the Northern terminus of the West Coast Main Line from London and the starting point for travel to hundreds of stations in mainland Britain.

SWGR’s rail maintenance team was featured in the documentary, working on painting the tracks during overnight possessions. The track is painted white during the Summer to reduce track temperature by up to 5%, which reduces the potential of points failures occurring.

Our rail teams have been a proud part of Glasgow Queen Street’s history for many years, working on various projects to maintain and improve the station.

In 2016, our track workers and engineers completed a 20-week Queen Street Tunnel package of work as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), enabling the handover of the tunnel almost three days earlier than originally scheduled.

You can watch the full Inside Central Station documentary here (SWGR’s team features from 54 minutes):


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