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Old June 22nd, 2015, 07:48 PM   #2201
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First Virgin liveried HST enters service on East Coast
22 JUN, 2015



The first Intercity 125 to sport the Virgin Trains East Coast livery went into passenger service in Edinburgh over the weekend.

Departing Edinburgh Waverley on Saturday morning, it is the first HST to carry passengers in Virgin colours since the operator took over the franchise with Stagecoach in March.

The Mark 3 fleet is being incrementally updated at Craigentinny depot by Stewart Signs. All 14 trains are set to be completed by October

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Old June 22nd, 2015, 10:44 PM   #2202
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 01:21 PM   #2203
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DB Schenker to cut 234 rail freight jobs.

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Old June 25th, 2015, 07:55 AM   #2204
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Bombardier has been selected by Transport for London to build and maintain a new fleet of trains for the London Overground.Under the contract Bombardier will supply 45 new air-conditioned trains, which are scheduled for delivery in 2018.

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Old July 4th, 2015, 10:39 AM   #2205
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Recent photos from Reading station area redevelopment project - pics of station and progress on northern viaduct over Cow Lane (southern was rebuilt in winter 2011-2012):

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In town today.

South side




North side
















Site when the TMD used to be


The flyovers at cow lane


The narrow former farm bridge no longer has tracks on it and still needs demolishing


Flyovers and new TMD from the east




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Old July 7th, 2015, 11:47 PM   #2206
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No direct award for South West Trains franchise
Tuesday, July 07, 2015



BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) has terminated discussions with Stagecoach subsidiary South West Trains (SWT) regarding the direct award of a new franchise, which was due to start when the current contract ends in February 2017

The DfT informed Stagecoach in 2013 that it planned to sign a four-year direct award deal extending SWT's tenure until April 2019 and a notice to this effect was published in the Official Journal of the European Union in January 2014

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Old July 9th, 2015, 08:32 AM   #2207
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UK government plans to invest £50m in a roll-out of free WiFi.Drone technology in an attempt to improve the wireless internet signal on trains.

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Old July 15th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #2208
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First look inside high speed train that will replace InterCity 125 (apparently)

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Old July 18th, 2015, 08:04 AM   #2209
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"The Isle of Wight line (in England) still has 1938 ex-London Underground rolling stock in active service," said Gilles.

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Old July 19th, 2015, 03:09 AM   #2210
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"The Isle of Wight line (in England) still has 1938 ex-London Underground rolling stock in active service," said Gilles.

Confirmed that they do, replaced 1923 stock in 1991, IWSR actually has some rolling stock that is newer
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Old July 19th, 2015, 04:40 AM   #2211
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Does anyone have information of First Great Western's rebrand to become the GWR? (Liveries, branding, service and whatnot)

It's fantastic they're getting rid of the horrid Firstgroup livery on that line.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 12:47 PM   #2212
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Tracklaying completed on Chiltern's Oxford link
Monday, July 20, 2015



CHILTERN Railways marked the completion of tracklaying on its new link to Oxford on July 17, 100 days before the start of passenger services from London Marylebone to Oxford Parkway

The project involved the construction a new 1km chord at Bicester linking the London Marylebone - High Wycombe - Banbury line with the Bicester – Oxford line, which has been doubled and rebuilt for 160km/h operation. Two new stations have been constructed at Bicester Village, close to the former Bicester Town station, and Oxford Parkway, a park-and-ride facility situated alongside the A34 highway at Water Eaton north of Oxford. The existing station at Islip on the Bicester - Oxford Line has also been rebuilt and 37 level crossings have been eliminated

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Old July 22nd, 2015, 06:59 PM   #2213
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enjoyed seeing the reading station pics, i worked on that whilst it was being built but left the company before it was finished. looks great!
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 08:33 AM   #2214
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UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail (NR) has announced that work is due to start on the final bridge to be rebuilt in Bolton.More than £1bn is being investing for this project by NR

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Old July 23rd, 2015, 10:33 PM   #2215
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http://uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.p...m_fileid=34423

http://uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.p...m_fileid=34439

http://uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.p...m_fileid=34549

http://uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.p...m_fileid=34512

http://uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.p...m_fileid=34479

http://uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.p...m_fileid=34453

http://uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.p...m_fileid=34443

From uktrainsim renders of the new GWR colours schemes on various trains
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Old July 24th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #2216
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It looks kind of bland, if you ask me. It feels like there's something missing.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 10:24 PM   #2217
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the renders seem kind of basic. the Trains could use some grime, they are just way too clean. Also some bump mapping or pbr could help a lot, but that's probably limited by the engine.
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British government approves £361m Hitachi train order
Thursday, July 30, 2015



BRITAIN's Department for Transport has approved a £361m order with Hitachi Rail Europe for a fleet of 29 AT300 dual-mode 200km/h trains for operation by First Great Western (FGW) on services between London, Plymouth and Penzance

The fleet will consist of 22 five-car and seven nine-car trains, with the five-car sets able to operate in multiple as 10-car trains. The acquisition of the 173 vehicles will be funded by British rolling stock leasing company, Eversholt Rail Group

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Old July 31st, 2015, 12:19 PM   #2219
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UK studies to increase competition in the rail network


Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) considers that this would generate pressure to lower rates and greater incentives to improve service quality and innovation, among other advantages

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is inviting responses on 4 possible options for reform, as set out in our discussion document:
Option 1 – retaining the existing market structure, but with significantly increased open access operations
Option 2 – two franchisees for each franchise
Option 3 – more overlapping franchises
Option 4 – licensing multiple operators, subject to conditions

These are the options which we consider are most likely to bring benefits to passengers on the 3 main intercity routes: the East and West Coast main lines and the Great Western route.

This is a long-term project. We don’t expect these proposals to be implemented until 2023 at the earliest, so as to protect the rights of current franchisees and current and imminent franchise tender processes.

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Old July 31st, 2015, 02:33 PM   #2220
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Hey,

I am generally very interested in railways in Europe, especially in countries where I live or used to live (Germany, Netherlands, Denmark). I like to compare the different systems and see their advantages and disadvantages.

I haven't really gotten into contact with the British railway system so far. I have read the Wikipedia articles about Network Rail and National Rail. I have understood that Network rail which owns and manages the infrastructure (tracks, stations etc.) is basically a state-owned and funded company. National Rail, however, is an association of the (private) train operating companies (TOCs) to ensure a somewhat uniform ticketing system. Rail routes are tendered and the best TOC is awarded the license to operate a certain route for a certain period of time. Please correct me if I'm already wrong

I would like to understand the following points:
- Network Rail: Infrastructure manager, responsible for timetabling. To which extent are they pushing towards an integrated/synchronised timetable? Are they enabling connections at stations (e.g. long distance train to local train or long distance train to long distance train)? Do they have the authority to do that? Can they force TOCs to operate a minimum number of trains?
- Are there problems with trains not waiting for each other because of different operators?
- Who tenders/awards the routes to the TOCs?
- How are TOCs earning money? Solely by ticket sales? By subsidies as well?
- Why does the government have a say in a train order for a private company, e.g. two posts above (I am not judging, just trying to understand)?
- Stations: The stations are owned by Network Rail as far as I understand, but mainly operated by TOCs. Are there standards as to how the stations must look like (signs, routing), how ticket machines and offices look like and what they offer or is there a large variety of designs and functions? If yes, who is the authority? If no, wtf

These are a few points I am curious about. I hope you can explain the system a bit or refer to some online articles or similar.
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