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Old February 2nd, 2016, 03:41 PM   #2321
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Class 142 Pacer



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Old February 3rd, 2016, 09:11 AM   #2322
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 02:22 PM   #2323
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They are. The report in the link was first posted in 2009 and updated in 2013.
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 04:21 PM   #2324
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Then it shouldn't be posted here as NEWS!
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 05:11 PM   #2325
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Was it posted as news? I thought that it was just a pretty photo with the source underneath
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Old February 4th, 2016, 01:07 PM   #2326
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Stagecoach and FirstGroup shortlisted for South Western franchise
04 Feb 2016







UK: Incumbent Stagecoach South West Ltd and FirstGroup’s First South Western Trains Ltd have been shortlisted to bid for the next South Western passenger franchise, the Department for Transport announced on February 4.

Around 14% of all UK rail journeys are made on the current South Western network, with 1 700 trains/day serving more than 200 stations in London, Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire Surrey, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight

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Old February 5th, 2016, 06:40 AM   #2327
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First of 27 new Electrostar trains for Gatwick Express will enter revenue service between the UK's London Victoria and Gatwick Airport on 29 February.

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Old February 5th, 2016, 09:02 AM   #2328
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Why UK has so many of these trains with a central gangway on cab?
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Old February 5th, 2016, 10:28 AM   #2329
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Why UK has so many of these trains with a central gangway on cab?
Because UK usage is very peak heavy, having a central gangway allows 2 or more units to be coupled together and still allowing passengers to walk between carriages, then split later when the peak has died down, in the routes served by south west trains for example most trains are 4 coaches long but at rush hour most are running with a 12 car formation, the rest of the day they normally use 8 car formations with 4 car later in the evening, the gangway means the guard can get through to check tickets and passengers can move if the coach they got on at has no space

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Old February 5th, 2016, 03:00 PM   #2330
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There is also other reason which is limited track capacity in London. Thus much of the Southern trains are coupled / uncoupled along the route so that into / from London 12 car formations are used while somewhere in the middle they are split and continue in 4 / 8 car formations to other destinations mostly smaller towns across the coast.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 08:52 PM   #2331
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There is also other reason which is limited track capacity in London. Thus much of the Southern trains are coupled / uncoupled along the route so that into / from London 12 car formations are used while somewhere in the middle they are split and continue in 4 / 8 car formations to other destinations mostly smaller towns across the coast.
This is not unique to the UK. Many other railways will lengthen trains during the peak hours, or split/join trains en route. But on the continent everyone has basically abandoned gangways on trainsets, as too costly. Only the UK still does this. Which indeed puzzles me a bit, as I expect private operators to be quite cost conscious.
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Old February 8th, 2016, 03:26 PM   #2332
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I didn't said that this is bad thing, I've only informed about this quite frankly useful feature mostly abandoned on the continent except for Denmark and their rubber noses.
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I didn't said that this is bad thing, I've only informed about this quite frankly useful feature mostly abandoned on the continent except for Denmark and their rubber noses.
Denmark has abandoned them too nowadays...
NS has even removed them from their intercity EMU's during their last renovation.

The reason usually given is cost...
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Old February 8th, 2016, 04:00 PM   #2334
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I've also heard complaints about insufficient space in cab for drivers, appalling visibility due to the gangways and problems with water or show ingress as well as heat proofing. There are also issues with winter operation (coupling / uncoupling) of such solutions. So it is not always due to costs but technical reasons and trade union appeals may also have its share in that.
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Is light rail the answer for the Island Line?
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Replacing the Isle of Wight’s Island Line railway with a cheaper light rail system is one option which has been put forward in a new report.

The report, which has been submitted to the Department for Transport by the Isle of Wight Council, points out that a tram network would offer lower operating costs than the current Island Line, which requires “significant investment” in its rolling stock and infrastructure.

The council sought the view of various local stakeholders to create the report, which was submitted as the council’s response to the DfT’s South Western franchise consultation

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Old February 12th, 2016, 08:22 AM   #2336
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Do you actually check the dates of the articles you're linking to?
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #2338
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The Office of Road and Rail has suspended the operating licence of West Coast Railway Company with effect from tomorrow, 18/02/16. This means that nearly all mainline steam operated services in Britain will be cancelled until further notice, apart from those operated by DB Schenker.
Press release from ORR here:
http://orr.us1.list-manage2.com/trac...0&e=a20fa2165b
Full decision letter here:
http://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_...st-railway.pdf
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Old February 21st, 2016, 09:53 AM   #2339
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Where can I get a map of all railway routes in UK?
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Old February 21st, 2016, 12:06 PM   #2340
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Have you just tried googling it? I just googled "UK rail maps" and the first link from national rail has a load of maps.
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