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Old June 8th, 2016, 07:35 PM   #2441
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When the Windsor railway will reopen?
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Old June 8th, 2016, 08:08 PM   #2442
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When the Windsor railway will reopen?
It's not approved yet, but investor hopes that it will be built by 2022. Aplication for approval will be presented by 2018
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Old June 9th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #2443
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It's not approved yet, but investor hopes that it will be built by 2022. Aplication for approval will be presented by 2018

I think UK should fast track project process.
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Old June 12th, 2016, 10:12 PM   #2444
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The Windsor project is just some dream started by a local engineer. It's looking at a gap in the Rail network and trying to justify linking it together rather than any overriding need.

A link is already provided between the SouthWestern lines and the Great Western lines at Reading, where either you can connect westwards to Basingstoke or back towards London on the Reading line to Staines. The only benefit would be a link between Staines and Slough. Heathrow is already getting a westwards connection to the Great Western just East of Slough and a southern connection to Staines is quite straightforward.

There is no need for this line, that justifies it's cost.
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Old June 12th, 2016, 11:05 PM   #2445
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I think the line tries and justifies itself by the redevelopment of the two stations in Windsor (that also serve Eton across the River).

local traffic like Datchet and Wraysbury into Slough would be useful if the scheme happened, but not useful enough to justify it.

The scheme's promoters want curves onto the lines heading west from Staines/Slough, as well as a Windsor-Heathrow curve at the junction where Airtrack meets Staines, and have it instead of WRAtH.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 04:21 PM   #2446
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From Rail Journal:

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MTR pulls out of West Midlands franchise contest
Wednesday, June 22, 2016



MTR Corporation has pulled out of the competition for Britain's West Midlands franchise, leaving just two shortlisted bidders in the running

The decision follows MTR's announcement on June 16 that it will form a joint venture with First Group to bid for the new South Western franchise, which starts in June 2017.

The two remaining bidders for the West Midlands franchise are Govia subsidiary London and West Midlands Railway and West Midlands Trains, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abellio Transport Group with East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Mitsui as minority partners

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Old July 1st, 2016, 01:08 PM   #2447
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GWR unveils Hitachi IEP trainset
30 Jun 2016



UK: The first of the Class 800 trainsets which Hitachi is building for operation by Great Western Railway under the Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme was officially unveiled on June 30, when it carried guests from Reading to London Paddington on the 175th anniversary of the first train running from Bristol to London.

Hitachi is supplying GWR with trainsets under two contracts. The first covers 57 trainsets which are to be supplied under the IEP to operate between London and Reading, Oxford, Swindon, Bath, Bristol and South Wales as well as on the North and South Cotswold lines. They are expected to enter passenger service from the summer of 2017

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Old July 1st, 2016, 01:11 PM   #2448
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Referring to the post directly above; that is one sexy train! I would love to see that on the tracks.
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Old July 15th, 2016, 03:27 PM   #2449
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New campaign launched to promote £1bn of rail improvements in UK

A new campaign by the North Wales and Mersey Dee (NW&MD) Rail Task Force has been launched in the UK to ensure £1bn of rail improvements aimed to transform the economy of North Wales, Wirral, and Cheshire regions. As well as creating 70,000 new jobs over 20 years, the new campaign named Growth track 360 is being led by a cross-border alliance of business, political, and public sector leaders.



Cheshire West and Chester Council's leader Samantha Dixon said: “This investment is essential if we are to create opportunities for generations to come." Welsh Government economy and infrastructure secretary Ken Skates said: “Our vision is for a faster, more frequent, integrated transport service, which places the needs of the passenger at its heart.

“Connecting people to jobs and businesses to growth opportunities is a must if the economy of North Wales is to continue to grow and reach its undoubted potential. “The Growth Track 360 proposals set out a vision for rail in the region, which unlocks the economic potential on both sides of the border.”

New developments in the rail sector of different UK regions will help them connect with the planned High Speed Two (HS2) line, which runs between London and the north of England. Work included in the campaign will involve electrification of the line running from Crewe to North Wales, doubling of train frequency operating from the North Wales Coast Line and Wrexham to Manchester through Chester, and investment in new and upgraded rolling stock.

New services between Liverpool and Liverpool Airport to North Wales and Wrexham through Chester (Halton Curve) have also been proposed, as well as the doubling of service frequencies between Wrexham and Liverpool through Deeside and Bidston. Growth track 360 also includes proposals for upgrading facilities and capacity at stations, launching new smart ticketing system, as well as improving services and upgrades to signalling and line speeds.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 12:30 AM   #2450
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New developments in the rail sector of different UK regions will help them connect with the planned High Speed Two (HS2) line, which runs between London and the north of England. Work included in the campaign will involve electrification of the line running from Crewe to North Wales, doubling of train frequency operating from the North Wales Coast Line and Wrexham to Manchester through Chester, and investment in new and upgraded rolling stock.

New services between Liverpool and Liverpool Airport to North Wales and Wrexham through Chester (Halton Curve) have also been proposed, as well as the doubling of service frequencies between Wrexham and Liverpool through Deeside and Bidston. Growth track 360 also includes proposals for upgrading facilities and capacity at stations, launching new smart ticketing system, as well as improving services and upgrades to signalling and line speeds.

It would be good if this was linked with the electrification of Crewe to Wolverhampton via Shrewsbury. This would require major resignalling works but would free up a large number of DMUs.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 12:57 AM   #2451
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Referring to the post directly above; that is one sexy train! I would love to see that on the tracks.
There's some footage on youtube of Class 800 units being tested and on demonstration runs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNFcwt4WZdE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmKCWSTmwBU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM6MBwDRdI0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9LYH50i39Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoNV2oo4_os

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Old July 16th, 2016, 01:56 PM   #2452
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All diesel running?
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Old July 16th, 2016, 02:58 PM   #2453
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Indeed they are. Electric testing has taken place on the Old Dalby test track or the Hitachi test track (I think) and will commence on the GWML in a few weeks on the electrified stretch through Didcot.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 05:02 PM   #2454
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Can they switch modes at speed?
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Old July 16th, 2016, 05:12 PM   #2455
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Can they switch modes at speed?
Yes, according to wiki it was part of the IEP specification.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 05:13 PM   #2456
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Can they switch modes at speed?

The specification of these mean that they are capable of changing at line speed, but I think it's more likely to happen whilst at stations.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 05:30 PM   #2457
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I thought I'd share these two shots from twitter and the railway centre. They show the GWR liveried Class 800 at London Paddington after its demonstration run. Note the GWR Green HST in the adjacent platform.



https://twitter.com/Clinnick1/status/748506257468817408



http://www.railway-centre.com/june-2016.html
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Old July 16th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #2458
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Malcolm liveried Class 90 90024

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Love it or hate it, this is the latest livery to adorn a DB-Cargo Class 90. DB Cargo UK Class 90 electric locomotive No. 90024 is pictured being towed by Class 67 No. 67021 towards Clay Mills, Burton-on-Trent on Friday 24 June 2016 en-route to Crewe as 0Z23, the 16.30 Toton TMD to Crewe IEMD. The Class 90 locomotive, had earlier been released from the paint facility at Toton depot, after receiving a repaint into the striking 'Malcolm' livery. John Tuffs


http://www.railway-centre.com/june-2016.html

Here is the image on Railcolor's article:


http://railcolornews.com/2016/07/13/...alcolm-livery/


And here's my shot of it in action at Tamworth:



Last time I saw it, 90024 looked like this



At the time, it was still wearing First Scotrail sleeper livery. DB Class 90s no longer work the Anglo-Scottish sleepers.
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Finally...125mph running?
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