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Old September 3rd, 2015, 05:32 PM   #2241
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Hitachi opens Newton Aycliffe rolling stock plant
03 Sep 2015







UK: Prime Minister David Cameron was amongst the guests at celebrations marking the opening of Hitachi Rail’s £82m rolling stock plant at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham on September 3. Other VIPs included Chancellor George Osborne, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Rail Minister Claire Perry.

The plant will produce the Class 800/801 trainsets ordered under the government’s Intercity Express Programme, and AT200 commuter electric multiple-units for use in Scotland

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Old September 6th, 2015, 11:00 AM   #2242
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-34108746

Borders-to-Edinburgh railway to open as longest UK line in century

(if you don't count the HS1 line in London & Kent!)

Hopefully more of the Beeching cuts will be reversed.
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Old September 6th, 2015, 11:15 AM   #2243
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However, it has raised concerns about how the network would cope with growing demand.Simon Walton, chairman of the group, said the "whole concept of future-proofing" was something they felt had not been addressed adequately.
Its main concern is the reduction of the length of double track on the line, which it said did not leave a "great margin for error" in maintaining the scheduled service.
Yeah, that's something I thought about when watching the video. Why did they build all the bridges over the line just one track wide? Seems that it will be a very painful process of later doubling the railway if needed.
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Old September 6th, 2015, 12:41 PM   #2244
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I suspect the bean counters are to blame.

"Penny wise and pound foolish" is the unfortunate mentality of government in the United Kingdom (and has been for quite a long time) and this doesn't seem to be any different for the Scottish government.
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Old September 6th, 2015, 09:07 PM   #2245
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Haven't looked into it but predictions don't call for additional services to Tweedbank in the next few decades. Most of the growth is likely to be in Edinburgh and Midlothian. If passenger growth is higher than predicted in the next 20-30 years then services will likely run as far as needed. I'm more concerned / disappointed by the lack of capacity for freight..
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Old September 8th, 2015, 05:37 PM   #2246
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Old September 10th, 2015, 02:01 AM   #2247
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Some of that brings back memories. From my neck of the woods that is.
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Old September 10th, 2015, 05:46 PM   #2248
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I was reading up on the Caledonian Sleeper, and I saw something about it being stabled at Wembley. Where exactly is it stabled, and how is it run down to Euston?

I also saw something about it running down to London along the ECML and reversing over to Euston. Is this true? And if so, what route does it use to reverse? What engines does it use, and do they move it backwards and forwards?

Also, where is the Cornish Riviera stabled?
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Old September 11th, 2015, 06:37 PM   #2249
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Thumper to the rescue

Just thought I would share a story I read about today, the incident happened back in July on the South East region at Chilham Kent. A class 375 derailed and a class 201 thumper (1001) was called upon to act as a 'Thunderbird' and tow the stricken train to Canterbury East . This must have been the first active use of on of these units on the mainline in many a long year. the unit in question was painted in old BR Green so not one of the sandite trains.

Just found a video of the recovery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHedP-1ySFw
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Old September 11th, 2015, 09:38 PM   #2250
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DfT seeks ideas to secure Island Line’s future
11 Sep 2015



UK: The Department for Transport announced on September 11 that it would undertake public consultation on proposals to secure the future of the 13·5 km isolated line on the Isle of Wight by turning it into ‘a separate and self-sustaining business’ during the life of the next South Western franchise, which is expected to begin in 2017.

Island Line is operated within the South Western franchise, and carries around 1·1 million passengers/year on a fleet of small-profile ex-London Underground trains dating back to 1938

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Old September 12th, 2015, 01:55 PM   #2251
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The first steam special on the Borders Railway. Video by Waverley Wanderer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfP8UZhuer4&sns=em
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Old September 16th, 2015, 10:00 PM   #2252
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New East Midlands direct award franchise agreed
16 Sep 2015







UK: The Department for Transport and incumbent operator Stagecoach Group announced the agreement of a new directly-awarded East Midlands franchise on September 16.

The current franchise covering inter-city services on the Midland Main Line and regional services across the East Midlands has been operated by Stagecoach subsidiary East Midlands Trains since November 2007. The new franchise will run from October 18 2015 until March 4 2018, with the operator forecast to make £150m of premium payments to the government. DfT has the option to extend the franchise by up to one year on terms which have already been agreed

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Old September 18th, 2015, 05:37 PM   #2253
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Operators invited to bid for East Anglia franchise
18 SEP, 2015



The introduction of two 90-minute services in each direction between Norwich and London is at the heart of a new franchise deal drawn up for the East Anglia region.

On September 17, the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has issued the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the East Anglia franchise which will impose financial penalties on operators unable to maintain customer service targets.

The future operator will be required to introduce 180 new weekly services, a fleet of new trains and free Wi-Fi for all passengers on its network

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Old September 18th, 2015, 06:01 PM   #2254
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I was reading up on the Caledonian Sleeper, and I saw something about it being stabled at Wembley. Where exactly is it stabled, and how is it run down to Euston?

I also saw something about it running down to London along the ECML and reversing over to Euston. Is this true? And if so, what route does it use to reverse? What engines does it use, and do they move it backwards and forwards?

Also, where is the Cornish Riviera stabled?
Bumping this. Can someone help me out here?
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Old September 18th, 2015, 06:59 PM   #2255
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Isn't some of old Oak Common still open for stabling purposes?
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Old September 24th, 2015, 12:18 PM   #2256
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Bumping this. Can someone help me out here?
The Caledonian Sleeper stock is serviced at Wembley Inter City Depot, situated to the north/east side of the West Coast Main Line, on the Euston side of Wembley Central station.
The stock is worked to and from Euston using one of the AC electric locomotives 86101, 86401 or 87002.
The main trains on the West Coast Main Line were hauled by Class 92 locomotives, but following issues with the power supply north of Crewe (the voltage provided is too high which causes the class 92 to shut down), these trains have reverted to class 90 operation, using locos hired on from Freightliner or DB Schenker.
For a number of weeks each year the northern section of the West Coast Main Line is closed for maintenance on a Sunday night / Monday morning, so the Sunday night Caledonian Sleepers have to be diverted via the East Coast Main Line, with an additional reversal at Wembley in order to reach Euston. The diversion period for this year has now passed, so trains run on the WCML for the remainder of this year.
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Old September 24th, 2015, 04:40 PM   #2257
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Can you explain for me what is the power supply issue in relation to the class 92s North of Crewe?

Why does this 'over supply' and 'shutdown' issue not affect class 92-hauled freight trains North of Crewe? And is there a solution?
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Old September 24th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #2258
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The issue appears to affect the section from Crewe to Warrington. The class 92s have an Interference Current Monitoring Unit which shuts the loco down if any stray voltages are noted, so as to prevent potential interference with the signalling systems. This ICMU shuts the loco down if the voltage exceeds 28.2kV (compared with nominal 25kV supply voltage). When other passenger trains are running, and drawing current from the system, and also local industry is drawing power from the National Grid, the issue of over-voltage tends not to occur. But overnight, when the sleepers run (obviously), there are fewer trains in the electrical section, and so the voltage can be raised inadvertently, causing the 92s to trip out and bring the train to a halt.
The occasional failure of a 92-hauled freight in such circumstances tends not to get noticed, but the failure of high-profile sleeper services has focussed attention on the issue.
Solving the issue is not going to be straightforward, as either the class 92 ICMU will need modifying (with implications for the route clearance for 92s elsewhere in the country) or the power supply will need to be modified.
In the short/medium term, three class 90s have been hired in from Freightliner and one from DB Schenker. I believe a class 92 is still used on the Carstairs to Edinburgh portion of the Lowland sleeper each night / morning.
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Thanks very much. The problem I think is especially interesting given that the class 92s were designed to run across the conventional 25kV network of Britain, the WCML especially, not just through the Channel Tunnel and across the third rail network.
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Old September 25th, 2015, 06:55 AM   #2260
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The Caledonian Sleeper stock is serviced at Wembley Inter City Depot, situated to the north/east side of the West Coast Main Line, on the Euston side of Wembley Central station.
The stock is worked to and from Euston using one of the AC electric locomotives 86101, 86401 or 87002.
The main trains on the West Coast Main Line were hauled by Class 92 locomotives, but following issues with the power supply north of Crewe (the voltage provided is too high which causes the class 92 to shut down), these trains have reverted to class 90 operation, using locos hired on from Freightliner or DB Schenker.
For a number of weeks each year the northern section of the West Coast Main Line is closed for maintenance on a Sunday night / Monday morning, so the Sunday night Caledonian Sleepers have to be diverted via the East Coast Main Line, with an additional reversal at Wembley in order to reach Euston. The diversion period for this year has now passed, so trains run on the WCML for the remainder of this year.
Thank you very much! Could you tell me (step-by-step if possible) what the route taken to and from the ECML (at the North and South ends) are? And do they run that route in both directions? This doesn't affect any stops, or the timetable, does it?
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