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Old April 11th, 2016, 10:25 AM   #2421
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Don't forget that the IEP and Thameslink trains were procured in a very complex way, whereby the train builder not only has to design and build the trains, but also has to finance it and maintain the trains throughout their expected lifetime. The train operators pay a fee to the TSP (Train Service Provider) for each hour in operation. As the train builders have to provide financing for the trains themselves, joint-ventures have been formed with financial institutions (Siemens in Cross London Trains, Hitachi in Agility Trains), which means lending money.

At the time when the contracts were granted, Siemens and Hitachi had a much better credit rating (A+) than Bombardier (B+) so they could lend money cheaper. The Crossrail contract structure is much more conventional, where Bombardier simply supplies the trains and is paid in full upon acceptance by the customer.

The benefit of the Thameslink/IEP structure is that it does not cost the taxpayer a lot of money. The downside is that operators will pay much higher leasing costs compared to other trains, as this is where XLT/Agility make their money from. The AT300's which were ordered separaretly will be cheaper to operate for GWR than the IEPs will be.
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Old April 11th, 2016, 01:38 PM   #2422
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Employment in made-to-order heavy manufacturing plants fluctuates naturally as projects come and go. Happens in regard of train builders, ship builders, aircraft builders etc. These vehicles follow a very different logic than road vehicles, which are almost always assembled as part of aggregate market estimates and dispatched to dealers, or let ready for minimal end-user customization.
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Old April 18th, 2016, 06:42 PM   #2423
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If you look at this schematic of the major London rail terminals, they are all on the periphery of the city and west-end. Most of them are on or near the circle line, the ring made from the early cut-and-cover metro lines.



Here you can see the terminals and the circle line:

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Old April 21st, 2016, 01:29 AM   #2424
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Old May 9th, 2016, 06:32 PM   #2425
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From Railway Gazette:

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Hull Paragon station to get 񊸴m investment for City of Culture
09 May 2016









UK: TransPennine Express has applied for listed building consent for works which it plans to undertake as part of a 񊸴m modernisation of Hull Paragon station.

The FirstGroup subsidiary said the changes would 憈ransform the passenger experience, providing 憁odern and comfortable waiting facilities and toilets, a 憁ore open and accessible booking office and new information screens. It is seeking expressions of interest in additional retail units, providing an opportunity to attract 憂ew facilities and brands to the station

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Old May 9th, 2016, 07:40 PM   #2426
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Yuck.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 01:58 PM   #2427
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FirstGroup gets nod for London-Edinburgh open access rail services

British transport company FirstGroup on Thursday said it had obtained approval from the country's rail regulator to launch open access rail services between London and Edinburgh.

FirstGroup, which runs trains in some parts of Britain and yellow school buses in the U.S., said the 10-year track access would enable its East Coast Trains to begin operating five trains a day each way from London King's Cross to Edinburgh.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-fir...KCN0Y30K7?il=0
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Old May 12th, 2016, 07:58 PM   #2428
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Wolverhampton Railway Station is about to be rebuilt.

Here it stands as Wolverhampton High Level.


historywebsite.co.uk

This was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with...


railaroundbirmingham.co.uk

This is how the new build will look:


Express and Star


wolverhamptoninterchange.co.uk

The station has four through platforms, two terminal platforms, two terminal sidings, and will be joined by a sole platform for the Midland Metro (light rail).

Wolverhampton is at the heart of the UK rail network and from it you can reach almost every major city in the UK mainland bar Leeds. That is, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Southampton, etc.
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Old May 14th, 2016, 12:21 AM   #2429
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Its shocking to see the vandalism that passed for development in the '60s
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Old May 23rd, 2016, 07:44 PM   #2430
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From Rail Journal:

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CAF to supply trains to TransPennine Express
Monday, May 23, 2016



BRITISH train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has selected CAF, Spain, to supply and maintain a fleet of 200km/h inter-city EMUs as well as coaches to be hauled by class 68 locomotives under a total investment worth 230m

CAF will build 12 five-car Civity UK InterCity EMUs under a deal worth 120m to be funded by British rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail Group. The trains are scheduled to enter service on the Manchester/Liverpool Glasgow/Edinburgh route in 2019 replacing Siemens class 350/4 177km/h EMUs

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Old May 23rd, 2016, 08:16 PM   #2431
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Will the CAF train have titling mechanism?
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Old May 30th, 2016, 01:11 AM   #2432
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Old May 30th, 2016, 04:54 PM   #2433
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The U.K. has an aging rail network that need to be replaced completely.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 08:35 PM   #2434
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The U.K. has an aging rail network that need to be replaced completely.
Huh? Not really. They do have some inherited issues that the continental states managed to sort to a greater degree (e.g. non-UIC loading gauge, excessive use of terminus stations, low rate of electrification), but most of the network is excellent by global standards and is being improved constantly. Sharp passenger growth is a testimony to that.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 08:49 PM   #2435
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Sharp passenger growth is a testimony to that.
"Nobody uses trains in Britain anymore they're too overcrowded"
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Old May 31st, 2016, 10:36 AM   #2436
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It's also one of the safest networks in the world, with the amount of accidents and deaths in trains and around the infrastructure at an all-time low.

The British network is old and has its issues. But "full replacement" is stretching it.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 03:56 PM   #2437
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Any images on the new Caledonian Sleeper stock? Or if they've refurbished the old stock while waiting?
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Old June 5th, 2016, 10:09 AM   #2438
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Class 385 bodyshells shipped to UK

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Five Class 385 bodyshells are due to arrive in the UK this month, while in Japan the first completed 385 is undergoing testing.

Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) is building 70 electric multiple units for ScotRail that will enter traffic next year. The next six are being built in Kasado (Japan), and the remaining 63 will be assembled in HRE抯 Newton Aycliffe facility near Darlington.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 10:32 AM   #2439
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Proposed masterplan for Windsor Link railway line:
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GWR finalises Thames Valley EMU order
08 Jun 2016


Bombardier Transportation Class 387 Electrostar electric multiple-unit for Great Western Railway

UK: Great Western Railway has finalised a deal to lease 37 four-car Bombardier Transportation Class 387 Electrostar electric multiple-units from Porterbrook Leasing, which will take GWR抯 Electrostar fleet to 45 units.

The Class 387s are to replace the ex-British Rail Class 165 and 166 diesel multiple-units deployed on services in the Thames Valley, providing 慶onsistent, high-quality travel with at-seat power sockets, air-conditioning and free wi-fi. GWR plans to introduce the first of the Class 387s on a Hayes & Harlington London Paddington service on September 5

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