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Old September 29th, 2016, 06:58 PM   #2521
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UK: The Department for Transport announced on September 29 that incumbent Arriva CrossCountry had been directly awarded a new contract to operate the Cross Country franchise.

The most geographically extensive franchise in the UK covers a 2 400 route-km network of long-distance passenger services serving more than 100 stations. Arriva originally won the franchise in 2007

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Old September 29th, 2016, 09:53 PM   #2522
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125 Group is delighted to announce that our Honorary President Sir Kenneth Grange, distinguished industrial designer of the High Speed Train nosecone, will be VIP guest at a special public ceremony at York National Railway Museum on Sunday 2nd October to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the introduction of the Inter-City 125 High Speed Train on British Rail back in 1976.

Sir Kenneth will be joined by his namesake original Inter-City 125 liveried power car 43002 plus on show for the first time will be 43185 unveiled in INTERCITY Swallow livery. The power cars will be on display at the NRM for the whole day, the celebration event will commence at 12:30pm until 3pm, where the public will be able to learn about the history of the HST and have a chance to hear first-hand Sir Kenneth’s experiences when designing what is widely considered the most successful British train ever. Entry to York NRM is free, more details HERE.

125 Group is very pleased to contribute to this year’s HST40 events, including assisting GWR with livery diagrams for both power cars, sponsoring the 43002 ‘Sir Kenneth Grange’ nameplates and sourcing the pair of original HST steel swallows which have been fitted to 43185, look out for more exciting HST40 news over the weekend. Official HST40 merchandise including stylish ’40YEARS’ badges, as worn by 43002 and friends, are available to buy on the 125 Group website HERE, with all proceeds going towards our preservation efforts.

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Great Western Railway’s 43002 and 43185 will be making the special trip from the West Country to York for the event. They are expected to run back to back, under their own power, departing from Plymouth Laira depot early on Friday with schedule 0242 Laira to York NRM via Exeter St.Davids, Bridgwater, Bristol Temple Meads 05/19, Cheltenham Spa 06/18, Bromsgrove, Bordesley Jn, Tamworth, Derby 0858-0929, Chesterfield, Beighton Jn, Swinton 10/52, Pontefract Baghill, Milford 1121-1155, York station 12/20, arriving at York NRM at 1233. Full live schedule courtesy of Realtime Trains here: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/trai...09/30/advanced

The power cars are expected to return from York back to GWR territory departing late Sunday evening. We will amend this page with more details of schedules once known. Please be aware we can not guarantee this information which can change at any time for operational reasons.

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Old September 30th, 2016, 02:57 PM   #2523
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According to that link arrived into York nearly 2 hours early.
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Old October 5th, 2016, 04:20 PM   #2524
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Pension funds back Abellio East Anglia order for Stadler trainsets
05 Oct 2016









UK: Contracts worth more than £600m for Stadler to supply 378 multiple-unit cars for the next East Anglia franchise were signed by Abellio UK and leasing company Rock Rail on October 5.

In conjunction with a £900m order for 665 Bombardier EMU cars which was signed with Angel Trains on September 30, this finalises what Abellio UK Managing Director Dominic Booth said was ‘the largest-ever privately-funded train procurement in the UK’. The 1 043 vehicles are scheduled to enter service between spring 2019 and autumn 2020, completely replacing the fleet used under the current Greater Anglia franchise

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Old October 6th, 2016, 01:18 AM   #2525
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According to that link arrived into York nearly 2 hours early.
Here's 43002 and 43185 at Kings Norton...

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Old October 6th, 2016, 09:31 PM   #2526
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I don't recall hearing about this news. Either way, I'm glad that CAF are going ahead with this.





http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/busi ... -2018.html
I posted this back in March 2016;

I thought the Pacers were being replaced as part of the following order;

BRITISH rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail announced on January 22 that it has signed contracts with Arriva Rail North and CAF to finance and procure 281 regional multiple unit vehicles for the new nine-year Northern franchise, which starts in April.

The £490m order comprises 31 three-car and 12 four-car EMUs together with 25 two-car and 30 three-car DMUs, all of which are due to enter service by December 2018. The 160km/h trains will be based on CAF's Civity platform and assembly will be carried out at CAF's facilities in Spain.

The new EMUs will be deployed on Northern Connect regional express services from Blackpool, Windermere and Preston to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, Crewe, and Stoke-on-Trent. They will also be used on Manchester - Glossop/Hadfield services, which are currently operated by class 323 EMUs, and supplement the existing fleet of class 333 EMUs on services from Leeds to Ilkley, Skipton, and Doncaster.

Arriva says the new DMUs will operate "almost all" diesel Northern Connect services, which will link northern England's core cities (Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, and Newcastle) with destinations including Chester, Barrow-in-Furness, Lincoln, Nottingham, and Hull
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Old October 7th, 2016, 12:48 AM   #2527
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I posted this back in March 2016;

I thought the Pacers were being replaced as part of the following order;

BRITISH rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail announced on January 22 that it has signed contracts with Arriva Rail North and CAF to finance and procure 281 regional multiple unit vehicles for the new nine-year Northern franchise, which starts in April.

The £490m order comprises 31 three-car and 12 four-car EMUs together with 25 two-car and 30 three-car DMUs, all of which are due to enter service by December 2018. The 160km/h trains will be based on CAF's Civity platform and assembly will be carried out at CAF's facilities in Spain.

The new EMUs will be deployed on Northern Connect regional express services from Blackpool, Windermere and Preston to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, Crewe, and Stoke-on-Trent. They will also be used on Manchester - Glossop/Hadfield services, which are currently operated by class 323 EMUs, and supplement the existing fleet of class 333 EMUs on services from Leeds to Ilkley, Skipton, and Doncaster.

Arriva says the new DMUs will operate "almost all" diesel Northern Connect services, which will link northern England's core cities (Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, and Newcastle) with destinations including Chester, Barrow-in-Furness, Lincoln, Nottingham, and Hull

I knew about the CAF orders but I'd missed the bit about a new assembly facility being built in the UK. The 331s and 195s will allow the last Nothern pacers to be ditched.
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Old October 12th, 2016, 10:36 PM   #2528
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Old October 14th, 2016, 03:14 PM   #2529
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Britain’s DfT told to get a grip of troubled TSGN franchise
Friday, October 14, 2016



THE Transport Committee of Britain’s House of Commons wants the Department for Transport to “get a grip” on monitoring and enforcing the troubled Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise the performance of which is described as “woeful”

The committee says the level of service provided by the franchisee Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), particularly on Southern services, has been woeful for more than a year. “The initial structuring of the franchise, inadequate planning, weaknesses in the franchise handover process, infrastructure and rolling stock failures, mismanagement, poor industrial relations and the current bitter and prolonged industrial dispute have all contributed to an unacceptable level of service for TSGN’s long-suffering passengers,” says the committee in its report entitled The future of rail: improving the rail passenger experience. The committee wants the DfT to urgently consider how to compensate passengers

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Old October 17th, 2016, 07:21 PM   #2530
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East Anglia franchise is ‘deliberately ambitious’
17 Oct 2016


Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles was joined by Rail Minister Paul Maynard (centre) and Mark Pendlington of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (second from right) to launch the nine-year franchise on October 17

UK: ‘This is a deliberately ambitious franchise’, insisted Rail Minister Paul Maynard, speaking at London Liverpool Street station on October 17 to mark the launch of Abellio’s nine year contract to operate the East Anglia franchise. 'We are using the franchise system to deliver a step change in quality'.

Abellio UK Managing Director Dominic Booth said that having run the franchise for the past four years under short-term contracts, Abellio had recognised the need for sustained long-term investment. He welcomed the ‘clear vote of confidence’ from the Department for Transport in backing Abellio’s Greater Anglia bid, which he believed would be ‘transformational’. Both Maynard and Booth paid tribute to the efforts of local authority-led task forces, which had convinced the government of the wider economic benefits offered by a more ambitious franchise at a time of rapidly growing demand

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Will they get rid of 5 abreast seating and slam door trains?
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Greater Anglia is getting a complete new fleet. Every single train, including the very young Class 379's, will be replaced with new rolling stock built by Stadler and Bombardier.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 01:56 AM   #2533
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Will they get rid of 5 abreast seating and slam door trains?
Currently no one knows where the current Greater Anglia fleets will end up. The mark 3 coaches (the slam door ones) could get scrapped but there is still a need for these coaches so this might not happen. The Class 90 locomotives could end up with Freightliner but again, this is speculation.
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Currently no one knows where the current Greater Anglia fleets will end up. The mark 3 coaches (the slam door ones) could get scrapped but there is still a need for these coaches so this might not happen. The Class 90 locomotives could end up with Freightliner but again, this is speculation.
Some of the mark 3 coaches have been bought by the A1 steam trust to be refurbished and used for charters.
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Some of the mark 3 coaches have been bought by the A1 steam trust to be refurbished and used for charters.
I know that they are seeking them but I don't think anything has been confirmed at this stage, unless I'm mistaken.
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Severn Tunnel electrification installation completed
26 Oct 2016





UK: The 7 km Severn Tunnel reopened on October 22 following a six-week closure to install 25 kV 50 Hz electrification equipment

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East West Rail heads move to vertical reintegration
06 Dec 2016



UK: On December 6 Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced a series of measures that aim to provide ‘a better service for the passenger’ through closer working between train operators and infrastructure manager Network Rail.

‘We want to see closer working across the industry to resolve problems more quickly’, said Grayling. Announcing his intention to ‘start bringing back together’ train operations and infrastructure management, he said ‘our railway is much better run by one joined-up team of people. They don’t have to work for the same company. They do have to work in the same team.’

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