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Old November 21st, 2016, 06:03 PM   #981
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There will be direct trains from Curzon Street (the city centre Birmingham station) to Manchester, to Leeds, to Newcastle, to Glasgow and to Edinburgh, ie to every destination in the North/Scotland except for Liverpool.
Going by the latest service pattern proposed:
Euston has direct trains, but Curzon Street doesn't, to Curzon St (duh!), Stafford, Crewe, Runcorn, Liverpool Lime Street, and (I might be wrong) Chesterfield.
Curzon Street has direct trains, but Euston doesn't, to Euston (duh!), Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie and Durham.
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Old December 8th, 2016, 07:18 PM   #982
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Pension funds mull sale of HS1 concession
Thursday, December 08, 2016



ONTARIO Teachers’ Pension Plan and Borealis Infrastructure, Canada, announced on December 8 that they are considering selling their 30-year concession to own, operate and manage Britain’s 109km High-Speed 1 (HS1) link between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel

In a joint statement, the pension funds said that they have initiated a strategic review of their ownership of HS1 Ltd “following a number of investment enquiries from third parties”

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Old January 20th, 2017, 12:24 PM   #983
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HS2 rolling stock procurement

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/britain-launches-hs2-rolling-stock-procurement.html

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PROCUREMENT of a fleet of up to 60 trains for High Speed 2 (HS2) will be officially launched today by Britain’s secretary of state for transport Mr Chris Grayling.

All 60 sets will be 'classic compatible' trains built to British loading gauge for operaion on the conventional network.

Bidders will be shortlisted following the PQQ stage and a formal invitation to tender will be issued next year. The contract, which has an estimated value of around £2.75bn, is due to be awarded by the end of 2019.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/procurement-of-high-speed-2-trains-begins.html

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The initial tranche of trains would operate over the new infrastructure being developed in the 225 km first phase of HS2, which is to link London and the West Midlands from 2026.
Trainsets for Phase 2b of HS2 which would see the route extended to Manchester and Leeds in 2033 are to be acquired under a future procurement programme.
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Old January 20th, 2017, 01:59 PM   #984
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They will acquire up to 60 trains with a cost of about € 3,179 M (and down: the average of 2015 would be € 3,795 M), to 53 M per train, so it will have to be maintained for about 20/25 years; 60 M cost the Velaro e320 (class 374) with maintenance for 10 years, but are twice as large. It will be awarded by the end of 2019.

They will operate on the first phase of the HS2: London-Birmigham-Lichfield: 192 km of HSR (225 total) for 2026 to 360 km/h, and on conventional track with reduced clearance gauge for destinations in Scotland and northwest England. So, according to previous information, will be tilting. As it could not be otherwise, they ask for good accessibility.

There will also be other trains in HS2, which are winners of the West Coast Partnership franchise award.

In the renders of the news they draw to the Alstom Avelia, that can take Tiltronix tilting, as in the future Liberty (for Amtrak), or not, as in future ETR 675 Evo (for Italian private NTV). Other trains with active tilting can be the CAF Oaris, although the prototype does not carry it, or the Japanese, although I only know the specific ones for HS. As for passive pendulum (4,5º without mechanisms) is the new Talgo AVRIL, but only in the normal box car version (in this case, in addition, narrow box).

The second series of trains will be only for HS2 (2033); now they have announced their interest Hitachi, with its future AT400 train, and Alstom, with the New Duplex or the AGV.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 03:18 PM   #985
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HS2 Hybrid Bill receives Royal Assent
Thursday, February 23, 2017



THE first phase of High-Speed 2 cleared its final legal hurdle on February 23 when the Hybrid Bill authorising construction received Royal Assent, becoming an Act of Parliament

The Hybrid Bill was deposited with Parliament in November 2013 and was subsequently approved by a majority of 399 votes in favour to 42 against in March 2016. The Bill was passed by the House of Lords last month

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 09:50 PM   #986
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What does it mean in terms of the start date for construction?
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Old February 24th, 2017, 02:04 AM   #987
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From the UK Government’s HS2 website: “Construction will now begin on schedule in the spring.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/f...s-royal-assent
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Old March 6th, 2017, 09:39 PM   #988
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Amaizing news report published in Asahi Shimbun about the first Hitachi Class 800 delivered to the brits.

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KUDAMATSU, Yamaguchi Prefecture--Tens of thousands of train enthusiasts and curious locals gathered for a rare glimpse of a new train bound for Britain’s new high-speed railway network being transported through the streets here on March 5.

The head car of a Class 800 series train, built for Britain’s Intercity Express Program, was taken on a purpose-built trailer from Hitachi Ltd.’s Kasado coastal train factory to a nearby port about 4 kilometers away in western Japan.

About 30,000 adults and children flocked to the roadsides of a quiet industrial district to bid farewell to the sleek Japanese-made train in the middle of the day before it was shipped off to the birthplace of rail.

Usually, transporting newly manufactured rail cars from the factory to the port has been done between midnight and dawn to minimize traffic disruption.

However, railway enthusiasts have always sniffed out the unpublished dates, and gathered from far and wide to witness the rare train-on-street events in the middle of the night.

On this occasion, the head car left the factory at 2 p.m. It slowly maneuvered through traffic-controlled public roads and arrived at the port about 40 minutes later.

The city authority decided to take advantage of the popularity of such occasions as a new type of tourist attraction, and promote itself as a city of “industrial craftsmanship” where many manufacturing factories are clustered. It asked the train factory and local police department to organize the special daytime event.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 02:32 PM   #989
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Are there any plans for a Branch to Heathrow?
Currently if you wish to travel by train from Birmingham to Heathrow, it's either train to Euston-tube-Heathrow express-airport.
Slow often packed train to Reading-Bus.
Or the one of the reasons for the Third Runway.
Fly from Birmingham International to catch a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam/Paris.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:12 PM   #990
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no, but it's an easy change at Old Oak Common to frequent trains to Heathrow, so journey times would be much reduced, beyond that of times to Euston.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 03:11 PM   #991
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There will also be a direct Western Rail Access to Heathrow at some point in the future, so no need for a bus any more Via Reading from the West.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 02:17 AM   #992
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Will that be built and operated by Network Rail, or will Heathrow fund it like they did with the stretch from Airport Junction to the airport?
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Old March 15th, 2017, 08:04 AM   #993
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It is good that UK attempts to catch up with other European countries in terms of HSR. Secured funding for the project is important though.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 05:52 PM   #994
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high speed train in UK... Nice...
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 03:00 AM   #995
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So I did this map not too long ago over an Ultraspeed network that covers both UK and Ireland. Does it look nice?

https://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/vi...USN/PNCtaXiAwO

The suggestion is that the connection from Holyhead to Dublin runs on a bridge. Stranaer to Bangor, NI too.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 09:24 PM   #996
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So I did this map not too long ago over an Ultraspeed network that covers both UK and Ireland. Does it look nice?

https://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/vi...USN/PNCtaXiAwO

The suggestion is that the connection from Holyhead to Dublin runs on a bridge. Stranaer to Bangor, NI too.
Would have had a line from the midlands serving Southampton (for the container port and Portsmouth (Second busiest Cross Channel port behind Dover) Not sure of the reason for a HS line to Brighton (Gatwick maybe)
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 10:35 PM   #997
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Ultraspeed is Maglev, and doesn't, therefore, have to conform to demand or other real world concepts.

Hence the plan happily having a bridge that's about 60 miles/100km long across a fairly stormy sea that is much deeper than the water in the locations for other over-water bridges (all in the shallows and mostly viaduct/causeway) that are long. And by 'long' I mean like 25 miles / 40km max.

That said, High Speed Rail to meet freight demands from the South Coast seems a bit OTT. Also the Brighton Mainline is a very busy route that's the subject of a second relief route, hence why the aptly named Lemanic's manic plan serves Brighton.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 01:43 AM   #998
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Ultraspeed is Maglev, and doesn't, therefore, have to conform to demand or other real world concepts.

Not really. They're fancy magnets, and so conform to the fundamentals of physics. They've also not really been built due to real world economics..
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Old March 24th, 2017, 06:55 PM   #999
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JFYI, my suggestion was approved by this FB group. Check that out!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/maglev.uk/

As a gay guy, I'm always on "thinking outside the box" mode. UK & Ireland needs a Shinkansen project, so I just went out of my way providing a suggestion, at least. That's the least I can do.
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Old March 27th, 2017, 12:35 PM   #1000
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Amaizing news report published in Asahi Shimbun about the first Hitachi Class 800 delivered to the brits.



http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703060043.html
Nice to see such enthusiasm - however technically this is not a high speed train of the definition used on these boards as it is only designed 125 mph / 200 km/h work.
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