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Old January 23rd, 2017, 08:16 PM   #2621
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Class 395 can couple and decouple automatically in less than 60 seconds:

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 08:19 PM   #2622
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Eurostars at Ashford:
Class 373 (Eurostar e300), Alstom, heading to London:

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I was a bit to slow to catch this train heading for the Channel Tunnel:

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But I'm patient, here is class 374, Siemens Velaro, heading to Londynu:

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Ashford International from above:

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Old January 25th, 2017, 08:18 AM   #2623
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Freight train derailment in Lewisham creates havoc in south east London:




It derailed on important junction between Hither Green and Lewisham, really screwing Southeastern services yesterday and today.
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Old January 29th, 2017, 04:01 PM   #2624
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For those less familiar with the UK here are current maps of the railway network, showing different operators:

First the whole country:

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Then South Eastern region in greater detail:

London and South East railways Dec 2016
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Maps in PDF format available here:
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/statio...ions/maps.aspx
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Old January 29th, 2017, 08:14 PM   #2625
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Regarding those Eurostar photos, I like the lighting but I recommend using a higher shutter speed to reduce blur (unless you want the blurred effect). Obviously this is more difficult in lower light.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #2626
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Regarding those Eurostar photos, I like the lighting but I recommend using a higher shutter speed to reduce blur (unless you want the blurred effect). Obviously this is more difficult in lower light.
Eurostar photos are taken using mobile phone. So obviously quality is not the best.

But I actually like the blur, it indicates high speed
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Old February 2nd, 2017, 10:04 AM   #2627
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I saw a Times headline saying that ticketing in the UK was getting shaken up significantly. I didn't have time to read the article, so was wondering if anyone else know much about it?
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Old February 2nd, 2017, 02:59 PM   #2628
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Machines will be able to tell people if it is cheaper for them to purchase multiple single tickets for the same journey.
Ie, A-D is what they want to do, but it's cheaper for them to get a ticket for A-B, B-C, and C-D
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Old February 5th, 2017, 01:41 PM   #2629
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Machines will be able to tell people if it is cheaper for them to purchase multiple single tickets for the same journey.
Ie, A-D is what they want to do, but it's cheaper for them to get a ticket for A-B, B-C, and C-D
It can be done already
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ticketbetween/

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In a bid to save money on eye-watering fares, one football fan ended up with 56 separate tickets for his train journey to see his team play in the FA Cup.

Jonny Heywood's trip from Newcastle to Oxford with his partner took him to seven stations and saved him £30 after he used a split ticket website to get the cheapest fare resulting in him needing more than 50 tickets for the trip.

The trip took the pair four hours and nine minutes and they stayed on the same train but were given different seats for each stretch of the journey.

He told the Telegraph it was worth it, despite all the tickets.

"Well I couldn't believe it at first, but in the end it was actually worth it," he said.

"There were 56 tickets, so 28 each for me and my girlfriend, and we split them into four envelopes (14 each way for each of us), so it was manageable.

"The only hassle was our reservation changed every couple of stops so we sat in two unreserved seats for the whole journey.

Despite his bad luck, after he shared a picture of all his tickets on Twitter, his story inspired many other rail users to try and save on their journeys by ticket spliting.

His tweet has prompted other people to tell of their own thriftiness, including one football fan who posted a picture of a mound of tickets for a trip to see Southampton, which he said saved him £30.

Travel from one end of the country to the other sets rail passengers back hundreds of pounds.

An open return from Wick in Scotland to Penzance in Cornwall, leaving a week from now, is priced at £467.40 on Trainline.

From Shanklin in the Isle of Wight to Buxton in Derbyshire is said to be the UK's most expensive rail journey. An anytime return, leaving a week from now, costs £501.40.

The TrainSplit website claims to save users money by helping travellers buy a series of cheaper tickets for a route.

Giving the example of an off-peak fare between Birmingham and Leeds, the site says it can save passengers more than £20, with peak-time savings even higher.

A spokesperson for Raileasy said: "Travellers using Trainsplit are paying on average 28 per cent less for their tickets than they would if they had bought them on Trainline for instance.

"Football fans often have to make really long journeys which can be expensive but that's where split ticketing comes into its own. It's great if by split ticketing we are making these journeys more affordable so fans can get to away matches by train rather than driving."

Mr Heywood's journey cost him £56 but the same discounted trip now costs £111.10, which is still a saving of £32 off the full direct fare from Newcastle to Oxford.

The highest number of splits available are 13 and can see passengers travelling from Hull to Tiverton Parkway having their £124.40 fare reduced to £67.50, from Exeter to Durham a fare costing £278.90 is cut to £169.50 and Newcastle to Taunton reduced from £175 to £118.40.

In May the Rail Delivery Group is set to pilot a new pricing system on trains between London and Sheffield to remove unnecessary large fares and offer customers the cheapest option.

It says the new system will mean more user-friendly ticket vending machines and make it easier to get the right ticket at the best price, either online or at stations.


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Old February 5th, 2017, 07:08 PM   #2630
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Quote:
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Machines will be able to tell people if it is cheaper for them to purchase multiple single tickets for the same journey.
Ie, A-D is what they want to do, but it's cheaper for them to get a ticket for A-B, B-C, and C-D
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It can be done already
That's so stupid. The rail system should calculate and always offer the lowest possible price for a rail journey.
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Old February 21st, 2017, 04:00 PM   #2631
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The arch spanning over the Ordsall Chord was lifted into place today. With around 5 large scale developments all around it, it's a part of Manchester which was unrecognisable 18 months ago.

Photos and commentary below:

https://urbanitymcr.wordpress.com/20...fted-in-place/
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Old February 22nd, 2017, 03:05 PM   #2632
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Ordsall chord progress yesterday

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Old March 20th, 2017, 11:21 AM   #2633
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Soon to open, a new station in the university City of Cambridge.

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Old March 27th, 2017, 12:19 AM   #2634
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A few shots from Hither Green in SE London:

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Old March 27th, 2017, 10:49 AM   #2635
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First MTR South Western Trains Limited wins South Western franchise

That's going to be interesting as Southwest trains were one of the better ones

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/f...tern-franchise
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Old March 27th, 2017, 11:38 PM   #2636
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Sydenham Hill, quiet station is SE London.

Feels like in the countryside:

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Thamselink Class 700 serves the station a few times a day, in morning an evening peaks:
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Otherwise Class 465 rules on this line:

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Fast train to Victoria:

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Old March 30th, 2017, 08:54 PM   #2637
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Hmm want to buy 150 trains, the class 455/456/458 and 707's are likely to end up sitting in sidings as apparently it is cheaper for First/MTR to buy completely new stock at a cheaper price this would be the case if they retendered for a fleet of 707's rather then accepting the current order, this is bonkers.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 12:51 AM   #2638
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It's crazy if a fleet of brand new trains is to be parked in sidings after being used for such a short time, but keep in mind that nothing has been confirmed yet and that this may very well be a tactic to force Angel Trains (the ROSCO that procured the 707 fleet) to lower the leasing prices. It's in AT's best interest to get those trains earning money, even if it's less than what Stagecoach are willing to pay for them.

First/MTR promise that each toilet on the mainline will be equipped with a toilet, it should be possible to get this retrofitted to the 707 fleet.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 04:02 PM   #2639
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Consultation before new tender for the Southeastern Franchise:

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...nsultation.pdf

Lot's of usual waffle as well as PR and marketing lingo
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Seen on Facebook - not sure how real it is but thought it was interesting


Edit: Been told its a spoof. As you were.
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