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Old August 12th, 2016, 10:01 PM   #2481
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Built actually class 379 are still quiet new, if replaced where did this train goes?
Good question, they could go anywhere with electric services, I guess that they will go to another TOC in the London area.
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Old August 12th, 2016, 10:07 PM   #2482
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Stadler and Bombardier to supply trains for Abellio East Anglia franchise

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Only an artist's impression. Here is the article.




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UK: The Department for Transport named Abellio as preferred bidder for the new East Anglia franchise on August 10. The franchise is due to start on October 16 2016 and run until October 2025, replacing the current Greater Anglia franchise which is also held by Abellio.

A 񊸴bn investment programme under the new franchise is to include:

Complete replacement of the current fleet, with the delivery of 1 043 new vehicles between January 2019 and September 2020. Bombardier is to be awarded a 900m contract financed by leasing company Angel Trains for the supply of 665 Aventra electric multiple-unit cars from its Derby plant. Stadler is to enter the UK mainline passenger rolling stock market for the first time with an planned order for 383 Flirt electro-diesel and electric multiple-unit cars.
Refurbishment of 'many' existing vehicles ahead of the arrival of the new fleet.
'Tough new performance targets', with Public Performance Measure scores to be increased from 897% to 929% 'through a more robust timetable, investment in infrastructure, people and process and through an alliance with Network Rail'.
At least two trains per weekday each way between London and Norwich with a journey time of 90 min, and two between London and Ipswich in 60 min.
Free wi-fi on trains and at stations.
Investment to improve the journey experience, including nearly 60m for stations, with major schemes at Broxbourne, Cambridge, Cheshunt, Harlow and Southend Victoria, digital information screens at all 131 stations, improved ticket offices and more ticket vending machines, nearly 1 800 additional car parking spaces and 4 000 additional cycle parking spaces.
New ticketing initiatives from October 2017, including offers for part-time workers and those who do not travel every day.
Automatic 'delay repay' for season and advance purchase tickets.
120m of investment in depots, including a new maintenance facility at Manningtree.
Taking on 20 trainees per year, with a minimum of 30 apprenticeships by 2019.


DfT said the franchisee would make premium payments worth around 񋠏bn over the nine-year period.

The franchise is expected to carry more than 97 million passenger-journeys/year. The number of seats on services arriving at London Liverpool Street station in the morning peak is to be increased by 55% to 91 000, and across the franchise there will be 1 144 additional weekday services, an increase of 13%.

Dominic Booth, Managing Director of the Abellio UK subsidiary of the Dutch national passenger operator NS, said the company was 'pleased to become preferred bidder to deliver a transformation in rail services across the region'. This would 'enable us to build on the successes of the two short East Anglian franchises we have run since 2012, and we commend the DfT in running a transparent and rigorous procurement process.'

He said the new franchise would 'greatly improve our customers' experience with faster and more reliable journeys on new trains with higher frequencies and reduced journey times, to support the socio-economic well-being of East Anglia, one of the country's most successful and fastest growing areas.'

Bombardier Transportation's UK Commercial Director, Des McKeon, said the rolling stock order was 'a great endorsement of Bombardier's next-generation Aventra train family, which offers maximum flexibility, to serve many different market requirements from metro to inter-city.' Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said Abellio's decision to order rolling stock from Bombardier would 'ensure our train building industry in Derby remains strong'.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/passenger/single-view/view/stadler-and-bombardier-to-supply-trains-for-abellio-east-anglia-franchise.html[/IMG]
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Old August 13th, 2016, 07:56 PM   #2483
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How the Norwich in 90 service will be implemented?
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Old August 14th, 2016, 01:24 AM   #2484
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How the Norwich in 90 service will be implemented?
Good question, probably through track improvements (I'm not sure of the exact ones) and th new FLIRTs will have better accelerstion and shorter dwell times than the mark 3 coaches that currently work with class 90s on the route.
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Good question, probably through track improvements (I'm not sure of the exact ones) and th new FLIRTs will have better accelerstion and shorter dwell times than the mark 3 coaches that currently work with class 90s on the route.

But NR do not have big scale improvement plan for GEWL now...
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Old August 14th, 2016, 06:41 PM   #2486
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The biggest single time saving will be to omit all intermediate stops. Previously there used to be a single Norwich to London journey in 95 minutes, with 1 stop at Ipswich. So if you knock out the Ipswich stop, you would be close to 90 minutes. The remainder comes from improving the infrastructure to enable 110mph running, which will involve the closure of some level crossings.
Given the high level of demand from intermediate stations, and the severe capacity constraints particularly closer to London, it doesn't make much sense to offer anything other than a token "Norwich in 90" service, hence the specification that it is only 2 trains per day that achieve this particular journey time.

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Old August 14th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #2487
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But NR do not have big scale improvement plan for GEWL now...
Indeed, hence why small scale infrastructure improvements will be needed.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 02:32 PM   #2488
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Video of the SWT Class 707
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtHBcSOu1nM
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Old August 18th, 2016, 01:27 PM   #2489
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Seems that no one have posted images of the new carriages for the Caledonian Sleeper, between London and Edinburgh, Inverness and Fort William that is to be introduced in 2018. These are interior photos of the sleeper units and restaurant. Flat beds and reclining seats will also be added.

Here's a longer interview with the train manager from Serco, detailing the future of services (and avoiding questions about Sercos murky businesses abroad): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnJ5oSusa4A







Sources: http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/t...-unveiled.html and https://www.businesstraveller.com/ne...totype-cabins/
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Old August 25th, 2016, 09:18 PM   #2490
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2016-08-25 - [FR] Thameslink 700018 transferred to the UK



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Another week, another new Thameslink Desiro City on transfer. On August 23, Europorte 4002 brought the brand new 700018 to Calais. It was delivered to the UK a day later.

(Nicolas Beyaert)
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Old August 26th, 2016, 11:42 AM   #2491
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That's the way to transport trains and trams, not on a lorry!
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Old August 30th, 2016, 11:01 PM   #2492
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Here are some photo and video impressions from the famous Forth Bridge in Scotland, just 9 miles West of Edinburgh.

We were travelling on the Abellio Scotrail Regional Trains between Edinburgh Waverly to North Queensferry and back and forth, while crossing the Forth Rail Bridge over the Firth of Forth several times.
The Bridge is located is located right between Dalmeny and North Queensferry railway station.
The Forth Bridge is a Cantilever Bridge Span, which is 8,094 feet (2,467 m) long and was opened in 1890.
The Forth Rail Bridge is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here is the video:





Sunny impressions from Edinburgh Waverly Railway Station:







Holyroad Park:





At Calton Hill:







Station platforms:









Class 170 Turbostar with the Scott Monument in the background:







Taking a glimpse at Scottish National Gallery with the tracks underneath:





From the other perspective:







The 13:40 service to Glenrothes will cross the Forth Bridge:





Class 158 Express Sprinter will bring us to the Forth Bridge:





On the Abellio ScotRail train:









Looking East (North Sea) from the Forth Bridge:













Looking West (River Forth) from the Forth Bridge:















North Queensferry railway station just North of the Forth Bridge:







The Turbostar at North Queensferry railway station:









Catching the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train by coincidence:





Looking South at both the Forth Rail Bridge and Forth Road Bridge:





At Dalmeny just South of the Forth Bridge:









Getting back to Edinburgh Waverly side-by-side with a Diesel HST by Virgin East Coast:





British Rail Class 91 (Intercity 225) electric train from Virgin East Coast Train:











Here is the video again:



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Old September 9th, 2016, 09:30 PM   #2493
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UK railway news

Some recent pics from the UK...


GWR's Electric train services between Hayes and London Paddington should have begun by now, using Class 387 electrostars. This picture shows a test run on 30th August 2016.




Enough about new British railway vehicles, here's some news about 43002, the BR intercity liveried HST power car.



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07-09-16. After spending more than a month receiving attention at Laira depot, celebrity power car No. 43002 carrying yellow and blue livery emerged for a test run on 7 September 2016. Operating with sister power car No. 43010, the pair formed train 0Z77 the 13.32 Laira to Laira via Newton Abbot, captured passing Totnes on the return run. Hopefully No. 43002 will soon return to passenger service. Nathan Williamson



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Old September 10th, 2016, 01:07 PM   #2494
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They look so silly coupled together like that!
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Old September 11th, 2016, 03:31 AM   #2495
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I think 43002 should remain in that livery until it's replaced by a 800 and then transfer to the GCR(N) to run in formation with 41001 ideally with some matching mk3s so you end up with a set that is half prototype and half production
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Old September 11th, 2016, 09:15 PM   #2496
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Caledonian Sleeper Inverness - London Euston

Inverness - London Euston in a Sleeper Cabin on the Caledonian Sleeper Train:

The Caledonian Sleeper train departs Inverness at 20h44 and arrives 11 hours later at 07h47 in London Euston.
Serco runs the the Caledonian Sleeper train.
Only recently Serco has been awarded the franchise by the Scottish Government.
On its way to London Euston the train calls at Aviemore, Perth, Edinburgh Waverley, Crewe and Preston.
The train travels on the Highland Main Line between Inverness and Perth and on the West Coast Mainline between Carstairs and London.
That Caledonian Sleeper train carries through cars from Fort William and Aberdeen between Edinburgh and London Euston.
Shunting action at Edinburgh Waverley to attach these through cars happens between 1am and 2am at night.


Here is the comprehensive video of this trip from Inverness to London on that sleeper train:




Inverness Railway Station:





Departure board with the Caledonian Sleeper train to London Euston:





Caledonian Sleeper train at the rail platform in Inverness:









A GBRF Class 66 (66705) hauling the train between Inverness and Edinburgh Waverley:







Doors from the inside can only be opened, by lowering the window and pushing the outside handle of the door:





Sleeper car aisle:





First Class sleeper cabin:







Standard Class sleeper cabin:









Amenity kit for sleeping car passengers:





Male and female toilet in each car:





Aviemore on the Highland Main Line:





Falkirk:





Shunting action at Edinburgh Waverley station (our train is merged with the through cars from Aberdeen and Fort William):









Through cars Fort William - London Euston at Edinburgh Waverley:





One hour before London:





West Coast Mainline around Watford Junction:





Near Chalk Farm:





London Euston in the back:





Sleeper cabin at Euston:





The Caledonian sleeper train from Glasgow/Edinburgh on the other platform:





Our train at the platform at London Euston:









An electric Class 90 (90044) locomotive hauled the train from Edinburgh Waverley to London Euston:





London Euston:







Here again is the video from the trip:





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Old September 11th, 2016, 09:21 PM   #2497
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Why don't this train travel through the ECML? Makes much more sense from a routing perspective
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Old September 11th, 2016, 11:22 PM   #2498
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Because Euston is the station with the long platforms, not Kings Cross, and it's easier to reverse at Edinburgh when merging trains and changing to an electric loco than go around the houses in London at rush-hour (though they do do that from time to time).

Also Edinburgh - London is pretty much the same distance via either route (393 mile via the East Coast, ~399 miles via the West Coast) which seems counter-intuitive, but Edinburgh is west of Liverpool.
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Last year, flooding caused the WCML to be closed north of Preston. The Caledonian sleeper was diverted over the ECML and used Kings Cross instead of Euston.
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Last year, flooding caused the WCML to be closed north of Preston. The Caledonian sleeper was diverted over the ECML and used Kings Cross instead of Euston.
And lost the Fort William portion and some more to fit in. It was also a massive economic problem due to that lack of capacity/destinations and won't happen again unless Euston is closed.

Normally an ECML diversion would use Euston: reversing somewhere like Wembley, and using a chord between the Primrose Hill route and the ECML just north of Kings Cross.
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