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Old October 14th, 2017, 04:30 PM   #2741
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More Stafford station:
Class 220, Cross Country:

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London Midlands to Euston:

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Old October 16th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #2742
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Southeastern High Speed in Rochester:

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Station building:

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Old October 18th, 2017, 01:31 AM   #2743
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Southeastern at Hither Green:

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And at Charing Cross:

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Old October 18th, 2017, 04:18 PM   #2744
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Old October 20th, 2017, 12:27 AM   #2745
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New GWR trains
It didn't go very well. They are temporarily withdrawn from service:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...fter-pr-fiasco

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The much-heralded intercity express train has been temporarily taken out of passenger service as engineers try to iron out technical problems, it has emerged.

Train operator Great Western Railway said on Thursday the first two trains in the £5.7bn fleet were not carrying passengers while technical faults that emerged on a disastrous maiden journey this week were being worked on.

The development is another PR blow for GWR, for Hitachi, which makes the trains, and for the government, which has claimed investment in the new trains shows it is putting passengers at the heart of its rail policy.


Great Western mainline: what does a £10bn rail upgrade buy you?
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On Monday the first of the Hitachi Class 800 trains, carrying dignitaries including the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, onboard, arrived in London 41 minutes late.

Some passengers had to stand, an air-conditioning unit sprang a leak, and there were problems with an IT router and an air valve.

On Tuesday many commuters travelling from the south-west of England to London experienced delays or cancellations because of a rock fall near Bristol – nothing to do with the new engines but an unfortunate coincidence.
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Old October 21st, 2017, 03:38 PM   #2750
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New ‘leaking’ high-speed trains into London taken out of service

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/tran...-a3663301.html

Four new trains have been taken out of service days after their launch after suffering a series of faults and delays.

On Monday the first of the Hitachi 800 trains left Bristol Temple Meads for London Paddington but arrived 41 minutes late due to "technical issues".

Passengers were forced to stand for the duration of the Great Western Railway service, despite claims that capacity had been increased by 20 per cent.

They were also subjected to water leaking through the ceiling from a broken air conditioning unit. One person's laptop was damaged as a result.The air conditioning had to be turned off on the train, leaving commuters who had paid £204 for the standard return to the capital uncomfortably warm in the unseasonably mild weather.

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Old October 21st, 2017, 05:32 PM   #2751
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I went for a little bit of trainspotting around the Medway viaducts where HS1 crosses the Medway Estuary.

Let's withSoutheastern High Speed sevices. Class 395.
This one from Kent to St Pancras:


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This one heading towards Kent

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Again to London:

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And again to the coast:

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Old October 21st, 2017, 05:36 PM   #2752
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This is great spot to feel the awesome speed of those trains:

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During peak times class 395 work in double formations which means 12 coaches. This one is heading to London St Pancras to pick up commuters heading home:

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Here class 395 on classic line at Rochester:

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Old October 22nd, 2017, 07:10 AM   #2753
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New ‘leaking’ high-speed trains into London taken out of service

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/tran...-a3663301.html

Four new trains have been taken out of service days after their launch after suffering a series of faults and delays.

On Monday the first of the Hitachi 800 trains left Bristol Temple Meads for London Paddington but arrived 41 minutes late due to "technical issues".

Passengers were forced to stand for the duration of the Great Western Railway service, despite claims that capacity had been increased by 20 per cent.

They were also subjected to water leaking through the ceiling from a broken air conditioning unit. One person's laptop was damaged as a result.The air conditioning had to be turned off on the train, leaving commuters who had paid £204 for the standard return to the capital uncomfortably warm in the unseasonably mild weather.

The Aircon leak is embarrassing and you'd expect they'd have spotted that in testing...

What I can't stand are the ignorant UK tabloids claiming that 'people were still standing even with the promised 20% extra capacity'. Until the timetables change, the extra capacity that new trains add doesn't mean anything as they are roughly the same length as the old ones.
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 12:52 PM   #2754
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The Aircon leak is embarrassing and you'd expect they'd have spotted that in testing...
Some issues do only occur with passengers on board. To get several hundred people on a test run is rather impractical, though.

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What I can't stand are the ignorant UK tabloids claiming that 'people were still standing even with the promised 20% extra capacity'. Until the timetables change, the extra capacity that new trains add doesn't mean anything as they are roughly the same length as the old ones.
The extra capacity is already there. The new trains may just be as long as the ones they replace. They provide more seats nonetheless.
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 08:12 PM   #2755
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The tabloids are quick to jump on the bandwagon of hate, but they're not mentioning that this was the IEP's inaugural run and that a lot of people had traveled to Bristol just to be on the very first train.

Those passengers wouldn't have been there under normal circumstances.
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 08:43 PM   #2756
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Would the tabloids prefer people were left behind rather than stand?

I don't mind standing, I would prefer a seat but I definitely do not want to be left waiting for a later train.

It's not uncommon in other developed countries to stand during peak hours, but this is the same tabloid press that doesn't want HS2 built despite the huge increase in capacity it produces.


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Old October 22nd, 2017, 10:27 PM   #2757
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Come on guys. Who is taking seriously the British tabloids? These are some of the most vile organizations in the world. Basically a bunch of scumbags pretending to be "journalists"

If you want to learn about railways and its issues read some more technical magazines of websites.
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 11:29 PM   #2758
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Old November 20th, 2017, 07:37 PM   #2759
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Some shots from Ashford International:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashfor...ailway_station

Class 395 from St Pancras:
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Another class 395, to St Pancras entering HS1 in Ashford:

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One of a few Eurostars which stop in Ashford:

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Class 395 in which I arrived is ready to depart to Margate, using third rail and classic line via Canterbury:

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Old November 20th, 2017, 07:39 PM   #2760
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And departing:

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Eurostar departing to Paris:

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BTW, HS1 recently celebrated 10 years since opening all the way to St Pancras. Domestic services use it since 2009.

Visit Kent published report on its impact on tourism in Kent:
http://www.visitkentbusiness.co.uk/n...isitor-economy
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Kent’s high-speed rail link to London helped to add more than £311million to the local visitor economy, a new report by Visit Kent has found.

HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates High Speed 1 (HS1), has released the findings of the new wave of consumer research by Visit Kent and Destination Research Ltd, which shows the full extent of the rail line’s contribution to the last decade of growth for the Kent visitor economy.

Since 2010, leisure journeys to Kent via HS1 have increased almost nine-fold from 100,000 to 890,000 in 2016, with almost of third of Kent visitors citing HS1 as having influenced their decision to choose the county. Almost half (47%) of all rail visitors to Kent travelled via the HS1 service.

For every leisure journey made in 2016, £81.65 was added to the local economy – a total of £72.7million last year. The total economic impact of HS1 on the visitor economy since domestic high speed rail services launched in 2007, has been £311m.

HS1’s activity has also led to the creation and support of 5,766 tourism sector jobs in Kent, and almost three quarters (73%) of tourism businesses in Kent believe that leisure tourism in the county has increased as a result of HS1.
Full report here:
https://highspeed1.co.uk/media/20895...t-external.pdf

And poster on the subject, too large to show here
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