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Old June 28th, 2010, 07:59 AM   #41
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British Rail Class 395 - 'Javelin Train'

Built by Hitachi, they provide a commuter service for Kent on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, with a top speed of 140 mph/225 kmph.













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Old June 28th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #42
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British Rail Class 395 - 'Javelin Train'

Built by Hitachi, they provide a commuter service for Kent on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, with a top speed of 140 mph/225 kmph.
I must admit that those are quite impressive.

Are they built to the restricted british loading gauge, or do they take
advantage of the wider loading gauge available on the CTRL ?

That rolling stock might be a very good choice if one wants to run a
regional high-speed service on the continental high-speed network.

How are they doing, reliability-wise, now that revenue service has started ?
Any teething problems ?
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Old June 28th, 2010, 11:47 PM   #43
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How many of the Siemens locos are currently being used ? I read somewhere that 10 were ordered to be delivered until 2012. Whats the current status on this ?
Last one has been delivered recently:

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Maybe you've mistaken locos with planned 20 high speed trains that were to be bought by IC up to 2012 but unfortunately it's no longer an option - most propably they'll be delivered just after Euro2012 or in 2013. Right now there are talks with European Investment Bank about financing. Then tender, protests, paperwork etc... so 2013 is real option.

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Old June 29th, 2010, 01:05 AM   #44
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The best locomotive produced in Romania (in fact the only native design) is the Softronic Phoenix locomotive:



6700 kW = 9000 HP
It comes in 2 versions: freight - 120 km/h vmax | passenger - 200 km/h vmax

The best locomotive used in Romania is a Taurus.
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Old June 29th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #45
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That is actually a rebuilt loco isn't it. Are there any plans to design a complete new loco are they only focusing on rebuilding older loco's, something that would actually be a good choice.

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I must admit that those are quite impressive.

Are they built to the restricted british loading gauge, or do they take
advantage of the wider loading gauge available on the CTRL ?

That rolling stock might be a very good choice if one wants to run a
regional high-speed service on the continental high-speed network.
They have the standard British loading gauge. The CTRL is basically the trunk line with services branch out to Ramsgate and Dover on the old normal lines.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 02:01 PM   #46
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I guess the best trains in operation in Norway is the BM73 Series of the Norwegian state Railways (NSB)




The BM73 have a top speed of 210 km/h (only achieved on the Gardermoen Airport line) and is used for long haul service between Oslo and Bergen, Kristiansand/Stavanger and Trondheim. The BM73b, with somewhat different seating arrangement is used for Intercity service between Oslo and Halden/Gothenburg
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Old June 30th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #47
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I must admit that those are quite impressive.

Are they built to the restricted british loading gauge, or do they take
advantage of the wider loading gauge available on the CTRL ?

That rolling stock might be a very good choice if one wants to run a
regional high-speed service on the continental high-speed network.

How are they doing, reliability-wise, now that revenue service has started ?
Any teething problems ?
As Momo explained, they're built to the British loading gauge since they're meant to serve the local lines that branch out from High Speed 1.

Also note the white pickup shoes on some of the bogies. This is because much of southern/southeast England's rail network outside of HS1 is electrified using 750V DC third rail. The Eurostar also had these before HS1 was extended to the coast, not sure if they're still there.

The Javelins are also among my favorites, but unfortunately they're not widespread enough to really make an impression on me.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:45 PM   #48
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That is actually a rebuilt loco isn't it. Are there any plans to design a complete new loco are they only focusing on rebuilding older loco's, something that would actually be a good choice.
Nope, it's newly built. The basic design is based on their experience with upgrading class 40 and 41 electric @5100kW to class 46 and 47 @6600kW, but it also contains some innovations. 4 or 5 have been sold since last year, to the Hungarian private operator MMV and to CFR. Softronic is also planning on coming with another design soon.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 05:56 PM   #49
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That rolling stock might be a very good choice if one wants to run a
regional high-speed service on the continental high-speed network.
Not really, they are only commuter trains in reality, although they can do 140mph / 225km/h. The base design is not a high speed train, and is unlikely to ever be pushed that far, especially as the manufacturer has high speed platforms to build on already I believe.

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How are they doing, reliability-wise, now that revenue service has started ?
Any teething problems ?
Apparently as few teething problems as you would expect from the Japanese reputation. They've been a success in service, although passenger numbers aren't quite what was expected, but I think in a few years, especially post-recession, it'll be above expectation. There are plans to purchase about another 8 units to increase lengths on some services.

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The Eurostar also had these before HS1 was extended to the coast, not sure if they're still there.
They were removed a year or two ago. Btw HS1 started at the coast (opened 2003), the second section, the last to open (2007), was the bit into London.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 01:23 AM   #50
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They were removed a year or two ago. Btw HS1 started at the coast (opened 2003), the second section, the last to open (2007), was the bit into London.
Ah, thanks for the correction. I never looked too much into the details of HS1's construction and just assumed that they started in London. I guess I should have just said "when HS1 was completed".
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Old July 4th, 2010, 02:28 PM   #51
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In Austria imho it's the Taurus 1216 together with classic RIC EuroCity stock:


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others may prefer ICE-T or railjet, though.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #52
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Old July 5th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #53
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Well, if I had to pick the coolest still running US freight locomotive it would be the UP Challenger no. 3985:



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Old July 6th, 2010, 01:53 PM   #54
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Is it really still running?

If we're talking about freight locos, than in Poland we've constructed new heavy freight locomotive - E6ACT Dragon



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Old July 8th, 2010, 01:47 PM   #55
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Latvia may have not the most modern trains in the world - but at least all are locally designed and produced by Riga based company RVR.

In few years time our stock should be changed to brand new one and there is high probability that local factory will make them.
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For time being the newest ones in Latvia are:
R2T - electrical suburban


DR1B - diesel intercity

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A little bit of history of Riga train building factory:
- reactive train from 1971, reached 241 km/h.


I love the older DR1A trains together with their white-red coloring - still used as intercity trains:
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Old July 8th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #56
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The trains in Ireland arent the best but i'll show them anyway









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Dublins Train system
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Old August 13th, 2010, 03:57 PM   #57
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from Australia Sydney
H Set

Future A Set comming this year unless delayed

XPT intercity train
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Old September 20th, 2010, 11:13 AM   #58
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The best trains in Slovenia at this moment ...





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Old September 20th, 2010, 03:21 PM   #59
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Best train in Australia would come down to Queensland's Tilt Trains or New South Wale's Waratah (A set) trains.


QueenslandRail Tilt Train Top Speed: ~210kph.

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CityRail Waratah

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Old September 21st, 2010, 02:58 AM   #60
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Latvia may have not the most modern trains in the world - but at least all are locally designed and produced by Riga based company RVR.
this one is really beautiful

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Best train in Australia


CityRail Waratah

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this too!
is it UIC gauge?
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