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Old January 8th, 2017, 11:56 PM   #2601
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Was it because of the safety regulations or just because its has been realized too late that there was no market ? In any case, those trains indeed never crossed the channel in revenue service...

I once travelled on a London to Paris service formed of a NoL Eurostar.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 01:32 PM   #2602
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New research into solar powered trains - NCE

Researchers are starting a new project to investigate the use of track-side solar panels to power trains.

Researchers from or the Renewable Traction Power project by Imperial College London and climate change charity 10:10 believe the technology could be useful in rural areas where the electricity grid has reached its limit in both integrating distributed energy generation and supplying power to the train companies.

Consultant WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff said that installing solar panels alongside railway track in the UK could save Network Rail £30M and 895,000t of carbon a year in a previous, separate study.

“What is particularly galling is that peak generation from solar and peak demand from the trains more or less match but we can’t connect the two,” said 10:10 director of strategy Leo Murray. “I actually believe this represents a real opportunity for some innovative thinking.”
The plan is to bypass the grid so that the solar panels are connected directly to the railway power lines, using the panels when they’re needed most.

The project will start by looking at the feasibility of converting third rail systems, which account for a third of the UK’s tracks. It would mean the researchers could match the way electricity is supplied by solar panels as direct current (DC) and use a similar voltage to the rail network of 750V DC.

The advantage of the third rail system is that DC power from panels could go to DC lines, without having to convert to AC. Challenges arise as the third rail is often used for signalling, so additional power cannot interfere with this. How and when the solar power is sent to the rail also has to be investigated. These technical aspects of the project will be a collaboration between researchers at Imperial College London and Turbo Power Systems (TPS).

“Many railway lines run through areas with great potential for solar power but where existing electricity networks are hard to access,” said Imperial’s Energy Futures Lab director Tim Green. “I think that focusing on the basics of integrating distributed energy generators into a railway’s system with the third-rail network brings a lot of benefits.”

The Renewable Traction project will start at the beginning of February 2017. It is a collaboration between 10:10, Turbo Power Systems, Community Energy South and Energy Futures Lab. It is funded through Innovate UK’s Energy Game Changers programme. It will release the results of its feasibility study in late 2017.



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Old January 12th, 2017, 12:10 PM   #2603
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Some shots of local stations in south London.

First, Sydenham Hill, very rural feel, like in countryside

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Southeastern from London London Victoria do Orpington serve this station with 4 tph. In peak times there are a few Thameslink services as well.

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Train to London Victoria, let's jump in and go to the next station:

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Old January 12th, 2017, 12:12 PM   #2604
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West Dulwich:

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Train from London Victoria to Orpington, let's go to Penge East (one station beyond the Sydenham Hill)

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Old January 12th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #2605
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Penge East:

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Fast train, not stopping here:

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And finally Kent House:

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Another fast train to Kent:

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Old January 12th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #2606
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None of the 800 series trains are 3rd-rail equipped, correct?
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Old January 12th, 2017, 04:52 PM   #2607
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I love series like that! It gives some insight into the "normal" use of the train net (and peoples lives), not just the pretty or super-busy parts.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #2608
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None of the 800 series trains are 3rd-rail equipped, correct?
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Old January 12th, 2017, 09:24 PM   #2609
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I love series like that! It gives some insight into the "normal" use of the train net (and peoples lives), not just the pretty or super-busy parts.
I would argue that those stations are reasonably pretty, as are the woods they are surrounded by. The atmospheric time of day helps.

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Old January 13th, 2017, 11:06 AM   #2610
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Penge East was my old haunt!
Much more enjoyable ride in to work than going via London Bridge...
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Old January 13th, 2017, 08:09 PM   #2611
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What did you think of the recent BBC/OU series Full Steam Ahead?

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Old January 17th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #2612
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Carillion wins £49m Scottish rail deal - Shotts Line Electrification

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Carillion has won a £49m contract from Network Rail to deliver rail electrification along a line in Scotland.

The contract will electrify 74km of rail on the Shotts line from Holytown Junction to Midcalder Junction.

The scheme is part of a wider £160m investment from the Scottish government in the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The contract will be carried out in tandem with work being delivered on a range of bridges as part of a route clearance programme so power cables can run under structures on the line.

New electric trains will be introduced on services between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via the Shotts line following completion of the work, which is expected to improve reliability and increase capacity for passengers.

Scottish transport minister Hamza Yousaf said: “This contract award is a major step forward in the delivery of the electrification programme and rail passengers across North Lanarkshire and West Lothian will feel the benefits for many years to come with an improved service on the line.”

Iain McFarlane, head of programme management for Network Rail, said: “Throughout this project we will work closely with contractors, train operators and other stakeholders to deliver in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible while minimising disruption for both lineside communities and passengers.”



Comment: This has been campaigned for decades. It'll provide another electrified route between the two cities and assist in the regeneration for the towns served along the route.
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Old January 17th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #2613
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From Global Rail News

http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/0...lia-to-mitsui/

Abellio sells 40% share in Greater Anglia to Mitsui
January 17, 2017



Abellio has announced the planned sale of a 40 per cent stake in its Greater Anglia rail franchise to Japan’s Mitsui.

The announcement comes less than a week after Italy’s state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia, acquired the UK’s c2c franchise from National Express

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Old January 18th, 2017, 11:42 PM   #2614
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Some photos from the Southeastern Railway network:

Ashford International:
Class 375 from Charing X and London Bridge, platform 5:

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Patforms 3 and 4 (on the right) are for Eurostars, just a few a day (two?)

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Viaduct for the non-stopping Eurostars

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Hard to take pictures, I only had my phone and I was to slow with it

Train to London Victoria:

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Signs in miles and km

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Class 395 to London:

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Old January 18th, 2017, 11:47 PM   #2615
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Crossing Medway River next to the M2. Class 395 is capable doing 140mph (225km/h) but timetable is set up for 10% less. If the train is late it can speed up.

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It takes 36 minutes (with two stops) to get from Ashford to London St Pancras.

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Ashford again and again to late to take decent photo of Eurostar

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And again back to London

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Crossing Medway again:

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After 18 minutes getting off at Ebbsfleet International, on the lower platforms where trains from London to Ashford stop:
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View from the bridge:

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Old January 18th, 2017, 11:54 PM   #2616
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At Ebbsfleet some of the high speed trains leave the high speed line and head for the north Kent (Gravesend, Faversham and further).
They stop at the higher level platforms (5 and 6)
View towards London:

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View towards Kent:

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Class 395 arrives from London heading to Faversham:

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I catch it to get to Gravesend, just 4 minutes down the line:

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Gravesend, here I catch suburban train heading to London Charing X via Hither Green (my final destination)

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Old January 21st, 2017, 05:30 PM   #2617
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This time I took camera with a proper zoom rather than just a phone, so here a few more pictures from Kent
Ashford International:

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Interior of class 395 on its way to London:

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Old January 21st, 2017, 05:31 PM   #2618
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Ebbsfleet International, low level platforms:

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Old January 21st, 2017, 05:35 PM   #2619
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View towards Kent:

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Station hall:

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Upper level platforms 5 and 6:

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View towards London, I think that the sign "CAB" marks beginning of the in-cab signalling.

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On the viaduct train from London leaving the high speed line for the upper levels platform before heading toward the north Kent via classic railway line:

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View towards the classic line heading to Gravesend:

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Last few snaps are from Gravesend:

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Old and new

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