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Old January 13th, 2015, 07:59 PM   #2021
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Another timelapse from Network Rail comes from Bristol:

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Old January 13th, 2015, 08:05 PM   #2022
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For those who are interested: Network Rail published a report about the post-Christmas engineering overruns which hindered thousands of passengers.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 08:26 PM   #2023
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Are there any specs for this train? What speeds can it reach when running on batteries? Can it run in cold weather without the batteries going flat very quickly?
There'll be specs out for the 379 yes but they won't include anything about the batteries after all this is just a standard emu which was modified with batteries.

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I assume charging will take place on the stretches when the train is under the wires ?
Yes I think the idea is that the train will charge them up en route to the unelectrified section.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 08:45 AM   #2024
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Progress on new East West Rail Link:

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@HughJaeger New rail junction at Bicester. Oxford to Marylebone this way! @BiOxCollab @chilternrailway @eastwestrail @networkrail


@HughJaeger .@BiOxCollab is building #BicesterTown station platform for @chilternrailway trains to London & @eastwestrail to MK.


@HughJaeger .@BiOxCollab has laid #OxfordParkway platform foundation for @chilternrailway trains to London & @eastwestrail to MK.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 12:33 AM   #2025
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Some pics of the mighty Forth Rail Bridge:



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Old January 19th, 2015, 06:09 AM   #2026
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You can even see it from the top of Arthur's Seat, a fantastic sight -though scary to ride across!
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Old January 19th, 2015, 10:49 AM   #2027
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From Railway Gazette:

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Onboard adhesion monitoring
18 Jan 2015



UK: TRL and Balfour Beatty are co-operating on a trial to use instrumented wheelsets to monitor acceleration data from a Class 159 diesel multiple-unit used by South West Trains. The project partners are assessing how best to interpret the acceleration data to assess any correlation with poor railhead adhesion.

TRL has added accelerometers to the DMU’s wheelsets which were already fitted with Balfour Beatty’s TrueTrak geometry monitoring tool. The equipment was fitted in August 2014 and is to be operated throughout the winter period; the DMU typically covers around 1 000 km per day on routes between London and the west of England, generating around 3 GB of data

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Old January 22nd, 2015, 08:11 PM   #2028
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Progress on new East West Rail Link:
I thought bicester already had a rail link?
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 08:29 PM   #2029
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More on Borders Railway project in Scottland:

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Train carrying rails travels through Bowshank Tunnel on newly laid long-weld rail



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Lothianbridge viaduct

earlier in the year:


track now laid:
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 11:44 AM   #2030
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That's an old tunnel, right? Looks way too small for a new-build.
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Something new is coming your way: the first Hitachi-built Class 800 "IEP" train has left the harbour of Kobe, Japan and is expected to arrive in Southampton by march.

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Old January 23rd, 2015, 03:10 PM   #2032
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That's an old tunnel, right? Looks way too small for a new-build.
Yes. Actually Borders Railways is reopening of Waverley Line, which was closed 1969 as part of Beeching Axe
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 03:18 PM   #2033
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Something new is coming your way: the first Hitachi-built Class 800 "IEP" train has left the harbour of Kobe, Japan and is expected to arrive in Southampton by march.
Are they using a rowing boat to transport this train?
I know ships aren't fast, but it doesn't take a ship over a month to sail from Japan to the UK.

Edit: It takes most container lines about 42 days to cover this distance, but that's because of several stops along the way, not because of actual travel time.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 03:20 PM   #2034
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What a nice infrastructure and railroads investment in the UK, thanks for sharing.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 03:36 PM   #2035
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That's an old tunnel, right? Looks way too small for a new-build.
The waverley project is just reopening a line, there's a few new bridges but the tunnels are just being tarted up and reused. The line was opened from Edinburgh to Hawick in 1849, apparently the tunnel itself is about 165 years old (at least according to the Southern)
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 05:19 PM   #2036
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I thought bicester already had a rail link?
It does.

Bicester North serves the Chiltern Mainline between Birmingham - Banbury - London Marylebone.

Bicester Town serves the route towards Oxford, reopened in 1989 by Network SouthEast.

East West Rail will reopen the route further towards Bletchley and Milton Keynes, closed to regular services in 1967, and mothballed in 1991.
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There are 140 bridges, tunnels and structures along the Borders Railway route. Most of the original structures are being restored, with relatively few requiring complete replacement. Lothianbrige Viaduct for example is 160 years old. Even though it lay dormant for almost 50 years it was still structurally sound and required very little restoration for its age, which is testament to the quality of Victorian engineering:

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Old January 24th, 2015, 01:10 AM   #2038
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Edit: It takes most container lines about 42 days to cover this distance, but that's because of several stops along the way, not because of actual travel time.
They must've put the train on a container ship then.
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Old January 25th, 2015, 05:57 AM   #2039
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Outside of huge projects, like the class 700/800 - who orders the trains in the UK?

Companies like Eversholt rail own the trains, clearly, but do they make the decisions as to what trains to buy - or is that something that the TOCs do?
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Old January 26th, 2015, 03:16 AM   #2040
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It depends on the situation. The leasing companies (also known as Rolling Stock Companies or ROSCOs for short) have inherited a lot of trains when British Rail was abolished. To this day the majority of the ROSCO-owned fleet stems from BR legacy, including iconic trains such as the Networker series and the Intercity 125 HST.

When new rolling stock is introduced this is often co÷rdinated by the British state (as is the case with the Class 700, the Class 800 and the Aventra trains for Crossrail) or by the Train Operating Companies. If a TOC is to initiate new rolling stock procurement, this often happens because the TOC made a franchise commitment to introduce new rolling stock.

In that case, the TOC decides the rolling stock and works with the ROSCOs to find someone who will actually do the purchasing and procurement, where the TOC will be the first customer for the train. Once a franchise expires, the new TOC will usually carry on leasing the rolling stock if it is not cascaded onto other services.

A fine example of this is the recent ScotRail franchise award: operator Abellio has promised to introduce a new fleet consisting of Hitachi-built AT200 trains.
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