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Old July 18th, 2016, 07:40 PM   #2461
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Electric test trains run on Great Western Main Line

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Finally...125mph running?
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The first testing of an electric trainset between Reading and Didcot as part of the Great Western electrification programme was undertaken on the mornings of July 16 and 17, in what infrastructure manager Network Rail said was ‘a major milestone for the electrification project’.

Having arrived from its London depot, the Hitachi Class 800 Intercity Express Train made two test runs from Reading to Didcot at up to 200 km/h to test the newly installed 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electrification equipment. The testing was managed by Network Rail, which is currently electrifying the routes between London Paddington and Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford and Newbury. The Reading – Didcot section has been completed first to serve as a testing ground for the power systems and the trainsets.

‘This is a great step forward, and I’d like to pay tribute to the team who have worked very hard to make this happen’, said Mark Langman, Route Managing Director for Network Rail Western. ‘This is the future of rail being built before our eyes and it’s a very exciting time to be involved in this project. This weekend we’ve come a big step closer to providing faster, quieter, and more efficient services to the people of the region who depend on railways.’

Electric passenger services are now scheduled to begin ‘from 2019’.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/i...main-line.html


I managed to get a picture of this Network Rail test train in Birmingham. It was returning from Didcot, where it had been used to test the overhead wires.


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Old July 18th, 2016, 08:24 PM   #2462
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Indeed.




http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/i...main-line.html


I managed to get a picture of this Network Rail test train in Birmingham. It was returning from Didcot, where it had been used to test the overhead wires.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/106910...in/dateposted/


Hooray for GWR!!!

Good news for Crossrail, too.

Now to look for pics online, especially Didcot.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 12:22 AM   #2463
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Anyone got any pictures or info about the 25kv overhead conductor rail being installed in the Severn tunnel?
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Old July 21st, 2016, 03:57 AM   #2464
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Anyone got any pictures or info about the 25kv overhead conductor rail being installed in the Severn tunnel?

http://www.railengineer.uk/2016/07/1...cs-for-the-uk/
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Old July 21st, 2016, 03:12 PM   #2465
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Anyone got any pictures or info about the 25kv overhead conductor rail being installed in the Severn tunnel?
The actual installation in the Severn Tunnel will take place between 12 September and 21 October 2016, during which time the tunnel wll be closed to traffic in both directions.
Traffic will be diverted via Gloucester.
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 07:48 PM   #2466
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D-Train to enter service on Coventry - Nuneaton line
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UK: Vivarail announced on July 22 that an agreement had been reached for its prototype Class 230 D-Train diesel multiple-unit produced by rebuilding redundant London Underground vehicles to enter passenger service on the Coventry – Nuneaton line.

The three-car DMU will be leased to West Midlands Combined Authority, maintained by Vivarail and operated by franchisee London Midland for an initial 12 months starting from later this year

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Old July 22nd, 2016, 07:51 PM   #2467
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Is there any company want to use this second hand train in a large scale?
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 08:25 PM   #2468
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Clearly, since the post above says that its going into service.
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 11:31 PM   #2469
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I assume that they will based on in Coventry. I am glad that London Midland are getting some of these because there is a shortage of trains on the Coventry- Nuneaton line. New stations opened at Bermuda Park and Ricoh Arena, but the line is a bit of a backwater, served only by single car class 153s.
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 06:46 PM   #2470
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 06:54 PM   #2471
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I assume that they will based on in Coventry. I am glad that London Midland are getting some of these because there is a shortage of trains on the Coventry- Nuneaton line. New stations opened at Bermuda Park and Ricoh Arena, but the line is a bit of a backwater, served only by single car class 153s.
But a single car class 153 is perfectly adequate for the number of passengers on that route, except for sporting events or concerts at Ricoh Arena. There is no indication that the actual level of service will improve, simply that this second-hand train will replace the class 153 on a like-for-like basis.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 12:46 AM   #2472
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Also I should correct my original post which suggested that London Midland are getting more than one vivarail units. They are only trialling one.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 01:47 AM   #2473
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The final livery of DRS Class 88; no. 88003 comes to the InnoTrans

Say hello to the latest generation of electric locos for Britain: Class 88 no.88002 now has DRS livery which is a revised version of that applied to the 68s.



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Direct Rail Services has released an image showing the livery of the brand new 88002. The colour scheme of the Class 88s will be largely the same as that applied to the operator's Class 68 locomotives, but additionally sports red and blue grid of lines (MLD: reminding us of overhead power lines).

DRS states on its website: "Testing of 88001 in Velim has concluded. Reporting on the testing Stadler Rail said: During UKDual test campaign in Velim, two main goals have been covered. First, we have focused to perform all test related to homologation purposes by using the capabilities of Velim test center (TSI track, catenary characteristics, braking distances.). As second goal, we have tested and adjusted locomotive performances as traction control in different conditions, diesel engine and electrical power management, by hauling a train of 1500 tonnes and an ER20 locomotive."

As our first dual locomotive, new functionalities of control software have been validated as dynamic mode changing between electrical operation to diesel operation (and viceversa) and fine tuning of automatic speed control.

Finally, Velim test site has been used as first scenario to show to DRS the behavior of the locomotive and let to our customer to feedback us with the first impressions about UKDual locomotive."

DRS also commented about the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin in September where Stadler and DRS will present a Class 88 locomotive. We now know that the locomotive in question will be 88003.
http://www.railcolor.net/index.php?nav=1000001&lang=1


I must admit that the red lines don't really do much for the aesthetics of the loco, but I look forward to seeing these in service.

For comparison, here is a class 68.

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Old August 2nd, 2016, 07:12 PM   #2474
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Interesting video regading the works in Glasgow Queen Street (High Level) which should re-open for traffic on 08 August 2016.
http://www.railengineer.uk/2016/08/0...-queen-street/
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Glasgow Queen St

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Interesting video regading the works in Glasgow Queen Street (High Level) which should re-open for traffic on 08 August 2016.
http://www.railengineer.uk/2016/08/0...-queen-street/
Soon they will commence work to extend the concourse and construct a new frontage:-

Currently looks like this:



By 2019 will be transformed into this:



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What do you think of new East Angelina franchise award?
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Class 68/88 are awesome looking!
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Old August 12th, 2016, 02:58 AM   #2478
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It's quite impressive what Abellio are doing. Greater Anglia currently has about 6 classes of train, but these will all be replaced by just two classes (bombardier Aventras for intercity services and Stadler FLIRTs for the rest). Over 1000 new carriages will be built.
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It's quite impressive what Abellio are doing. Greater Anglia currently has about 6 classes of train, but these will all be replaced by just two classes (bombardier Aventras for intercity services and Stadler FLIRTs for the rest). Over 1000 new carriages will be built.

Built actually class 379 are still quiet new, if replaced where did this train goes?
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Do you have a picture of a British FLIRT?
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