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Old December 13th, 2015, 09:36 AM   #2281
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Greater Anglia EMUs refurbished
11 Dec 2015





UK: Abellio Greater Anglia has completed an upgrade of 24 four-car Class 317/6 electric multiple-units that operate between London and Cambridge, Cheshunt and Hertford East.

The 񊸳m project was carried out by the operator’s own fleet maintenance team at Clacton-on-Sea. The interior refresh includes new seat covers, vinyl flooring, carpets and signage, as well as resprayed interiors

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Old December 15th, 2015, 06:57 PM   #2282
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The hand-me-down refurbished stock wouldn't be quite so bad if they installed proper a/c and put in sealed windows - but there are few things that are as grim on British trains as sitting there in winter with a nice icy wind blowing around you neck from the window that is jammed open at the other end of the carriage. The gov't really should have banned hopper-window trains along with the slam-doors.
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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:41 PM   #2283
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But in the summer when the AC breaks down, you are thankful for any air that you can get. That's why Chicago put hopper windows back in after removing them from a recent order.
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Old December 21st, 2015, 02:30 PM   #2284
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 08:38 AM   #2285
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Great Western AT300 trainsets to be built in Italy
22 Dec 2015



UK: Hitachi announced on December 22 that the AT300 trainsets ordered for Great Western Railway are to be manufactured at Hitachi Rail Italy抯 plant at Pistoia in Italy.

GWR and leasing company Eversholt Rail signed the 361m contract for the trainsets in July, before Hitachi抯 acquisition of AnsaldoBreda was completed in November. At the time of the order Hitachi said the AT300s would be built in Japan, while its new plant at Newton Aycliffe in northern England would concentrate on the Class 800/801 Super Express Train fleets ordered under the Department for Transport抯 Intercity Express Programme as well as EMUs for Abellio ScotRail

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Old December 23rd, 2015, 02:05 PM   #2286
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Busiest mainline rail stations in Britain, year to April 2015, numbers of entries and exits, transfer passengers not included.



My home town rail station was 296th of the 2,539 passenger rail stations in use with 1,911,258 entries and exits during the year.

Of those 2,539 stations there were:

3 stations with over 50m entries and exits.
11 from 25-50m
21 from 10m-25m
50 from 5m-10m
140 from 2.5m-5m
324 from 1m-2.5m
325 from 500k-1m
371 from 250k-500k
454 from 100k-250k
250 from 50k-100k
198 from 25k-50k
152 from 10k-25k
78 from 5k-10k
52 from 2.5k-5k
59 from 1k-2.5k
51 stations with fewer than 1,000 passengers in the year.

London dominates the list of busiest stations, with 46 of the 85 stations with over 5m annual entries and exits being in the capital.

The top 30 stations outside London were:

1. Birmingham New Street 35.31m
2. Glasgow Central 28.96m
3. Leeds 28.85m
4. Manchester Piccadilly 24.61m
5. Edinburgh 21.11m
6. Gatwick Airport 17.49m
7. Brighton 17.17m
8. Glasgow Queen Street 16.96m
9. Reading 16.34m
10. Liverpool Central 15.27m
11. Liverpool Lime Street 14.87m
12. Cardiff Central 11.94m
13. Cambridge 10.42m
14. Bristol Temple Meads 10.10m
15. Sheffield 9.11m
16. Romford 8.95m
17. York 8.59m
18. Chelmsford 8.38m
19. Guildford 8.09m
20. Newcastle-upon-Tyne 8.05m
21. Ilford 8.02m
22. Woking 7.96m
23. Manchester Oxford Road 7.60m
24. St. Albans City 7.47m
25. Manchester Victoria 7.28m
26. Watford Junction 6.88m
27. Nottingham 6.85m
28. Milton Keynes Central 6.65m
29. Oxford 6.62m
30. Birmingham Moor Street 6.52m
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 03:59 PM   #2287
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What happened at London Bridge last year to cause 12% drop in passengers when the rest of the system was growing?
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http://networkrail.co.uk/aspx/12179.aspx
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 04:03 PM   #2289
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What happened at London Bridge last year to cause 12% drop in passengers when the rest of the system was growing?
During the rebuild the number of services going through London Bridge are reduced, it'll be the same next year too.
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 05:23 PM   #2290
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Just noticed that Southwest England has been missed off that regional top 5 graphic. Bristol Temple Meads is #1, anybody know the others? Exeter St Davids? Bath Spa? Swindon? Bournemouth?
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 06:16 PM   #2291
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During the rebuild the number of services going through London Bridge are reduced
It's about the same number as last year, but fewer trains stopped: no Charing Cross services stopped this year.
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Old December 27th, 2015, 08:52 PM   #2292
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Work continued to replace two busy road bridges in Newport over the weekend.





Last week a giant crane arrived to start extensive non-stop work on Cardiff Road Bridge from Thursday night until today, Sunday, December 27. Also over the same four days the bridge at Somerton Road was also demolished.

The two bridges are being replaced by Network Rail as part of electrification work.

On Cardiff Road, the work was scheduled to continue day and night through the Christmas period. Network Rail said it had to take place then because no trains were scheduled to run.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/new..._of_rail_work/
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DSC_0073_DxO by Rhys Jones, on Flickr


DSC_0054_DxO by Rhys Jones, on Flickr

Near to the Harlech Retail Park on Cardiff Road.


DSC_0061_DxO by Rhys Jones, on Flickr
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Old December 28th, 2015, 05:20 PM   #2293
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The top 30 stations outside London were:

1. Birmingham New Street 35.31m
2. Glasgow Central 28.96m
3. Leeds 28.85m
4. Manchester Piccadilly 24.61m
5. Edinburgh 21.11m
6. Gatwick Airport 17.49m
7. Brighton 17.17m
8. Glasgow Queen Street 16.96m
9. Reading 16.34m
10. Liverpool Central 15.27m
11. Liverpool Lime Street 14.87m
12. Cardiff Central 11.94m
13. Cambridge 10.42m
14. Bristol Temple Meads 10.10m
15. Sheffield 9.11m
16. Romford 8.95m
17. York 8.59m
18. Chelmsford 8.38m
19. Guildford 8.09m
20. Newcastle-upon-Tyne 8.05m
21. Ilford 8.02m
22. Woking 7.96m
23. Manchester Oxford Road 7.60m
24. St. Albans City 7.47m
25. Manchester Victoria 7.28m
26. Watford Junction 6.88m
27. Nottingham 6.85m
28. Milton Keynes Central 6.65m
29. Oxford 6.62m
30. Birmingham Moor Street 6.52m
Romford and Ilford are traditionally in Essex, but for administrative purposes they are "London" stations.

It does not make sense that you count East Croydon, Surbiton, Barking, Richmond, Sutton, Bromley South, Twickenham and Orpington as London stations, but Romford and Ilford appear in the "busiest outside London" list.

I don't mind whether you consider suburban towns in Greater London as "London" or not, but surely you should treat them all equally?
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Old December 28th, 2015, 10:45 PM   #2294
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Yes, true, they are in Greater London. I'm not really familiar with those parts of the Wild East in London and erroneously thought they were in Essex.

I'm very relieved that you don't mind how I treat suburban London stations, I can only apologise for making such a mistake and pray that one day you may find it in your heart to forgive me for such a crass and insensitive error.
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I can easily forgive that mistake hahaha. In fact, as resident of the Wild East, I prefer the Essex tag to *yuck* "East London".
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Old December 30th, 2015, 04:19 PM   #2296
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Some shots from the East Lancashire Railway, Bury
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Crawley Signal Box - at Crawley, West Sussex, England - built in 1870s now a Grade II listed building and preserved by the Crawley Signal Box Society

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Old January 1st, 2016, 02:48 PM   #2298
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Nice pics of a Pacer there in the background, to remind you how awesome Northern rail is

Memories...
At last they die soon. I dread using the Tyne Valley line off peak as there's usually a Pacer sitting in Platform 5 at Carlisle. These trains are like 1980s buses, hard seats, very noisy and uncomfortable.
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New southern entrance of Leeds station opened on Sunday:
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Does this mean the station can now be accessed from the granary wharf side without having to drag cases thru the main road underpass? If so, its very welcome.
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