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Old March 23rd, 2012, 12:20 AM   #1201
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Having visited Kings Cross i'm impressed!

However, its probably time to start looking at how stations at other cities could be extended / redeveloped.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 05:23 AM   #1202
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IIRC, Weren't they the same 'hinges' that the National Trust wanted to keep, but the designers of St. Pancras station wanted out, when BBC2 showed The £800m railway station a few years back?

(It's worth trying to 'obtain' that programme as well)
The movie in your link is about the St Pancras Station. However few years ago I did watch another BBC program about King's Cross renovation and they were talking about these "hinges"
As you said, designers wanted them out but National Trust wanted them in.
There were also a lot of discussions about the new glass lifts from the pedestrian bridge to the platforms.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 11:29 AM   #1203
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For a prominent terminus that's had so much painstaking care and detail devoted to its retrofitting, how did its flimsy track-end buffers come to be? What authority's responsible for certifying, licensing their existence? My image search is yielding no close-up of the seemingly static buffers photographed below:
They are standard buffers. The buffers pre-date the retrofitting, there is no need for them to be changed or adjusted. They look flimsy but thats just perspective. I believe the whole buffer module can travel down the track up to 2 metres, to absorb energy.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:30 PM   #1204
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Speeds and frequencies of services on various selected UK trunk routes compared with other European rail networks.

Times from online timetables for journeys yesterday, distances are shortest driving distance from viamichelin unless stated on train website.

Sorted in order of average speed.

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 09:38 PM   #1205
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Speeds and frequencies of services on various selected UK trunk routes compared with other European rail networks.

Times from online timetables for journeys yesterday, distances are shortest driving distance from viamichelin unless stated on train website.

Sorted in order of average speed.
Something is wrong with this list. The fastest and busiest Polish route, from Warsaw to Katowice/Krakow, isn't there but instead they included some slower connections like Wroclaw-Krakow.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 09:49 PM   #1206
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Something is wrong with this list. The fastest and busiest Polish route, from Warsaw to Katowice/Krakow, isn't there but instead they included some slower connections like Wroclaw-Krakow.
It's not the fastest routes in each country, I just some selected longer-distance connections between cities.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 09:50 PM   #1207
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I prefer learning about the quality to KC's buffers --which appear static, not at all dynamic-- than a respondent's belief. They look deficient, especially when I recall the bulkiness to the buffers found in Paddington or Euston termini.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:37 AM   #1208
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Speeds and frequencies of services on various selected UK trunk routes compared with other European rail networks.

Times from online timetables for journeys yesterday, distances are shortest driving distance from viamichelin unless stated on train website.

Sorted in order of average speed.


Last one, 29.7KM per hour?

Jesus that trip must take all day. Albania is a small country but damn. Thats slower than most metros and trams.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 05:17 AM   #1209
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It's not the fastest routes in each country, I just some selected longer-distance connections between cities.
Well, Vienna - Innsbruck is definitely wrong too.

Fastest connection is 4:37 for around 507 km, which makes an average speed of 110,39 km/h.

Westbahn Vienna - Salzburg 312,2 km
Salzburg - Rosenheim Railway 88,6 km
Rosenheim - Kufstein Railway 31,9 km
Kufstein - Innsbruck Railway 74,2 km
Total: 506,9 km
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Old March 24th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #1210
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well 4:37 is the time I got too, but like I said the distances were taken from the shortest driving route, the train might be a longer distance if it takes a circuitous route.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 06:30 PM   #1211
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I'll answer my own question:

http://www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/new...its-st-pancras

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Old March 24th, 2012, 11:30 PM   #1212
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There are up to 5 direct trains from Sofia to Burgas every day. Also, the best time at the moment due to repairs is 398 minutes. Anyway, nice to see that we're not last BTW, just for your information, the infrastructure between Plovdiv and Burgas is being upgraded for up to 160 km/h, which should cut down the travel time by an hour. Works will also shortly start on most of the Sofia -> Plovdiv line, which should further improve the situation.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #1213
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£1m investment in Merseyrail network

Merseyrail has announced that almost £1 million is going to be invested across its network.

A £625,000 grant under the Department for Transport Access for All programme – with an additional £100,000 each from Merseytravel and Merseyrail – will provide 17 stations with new DDA compliant toilet facilities.

Merseyrail was also allocated £153,000 DfT funding to provide real time train information at Capenhurst, Bache, Little Sutton and Overpool and plans to have real time information in all 66 stations on the network before the end of this year.

In addition new lifts, funded by Network Rail, will be installed at Orrell Park Station, greatly improving access for passengers and the ticket office area will be upgraded with funding from the National Stations Improvement Programme.

Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, said:

“These latest improvements are part of our continuing investment programme to ensure Merseyrail remains one of the best rail networks in the country.”
http://www.rail.co/2012/03/23/1m-inv...yrail-network/
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Old March 26th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #1214
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This table is complete and utter codshite. Every country is wrong. The peculiar selectiveness of the options makes the listing pointless - there is no significance whatsoever. Its not as if there is anything significant about the London - Glasgow choice, its not the fastest domestic service in the UK, it is in there merely because somebody thought of it and looked up the timetable. I imagine the same nonsense has occurred on the review of the other countries too.

Old, but still relevant and based on useful statistics;

http://www.railwaygazette.com/filead...Survey2007.pdf
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Old March 26th, 2012, 12:05 PM   #1215
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This table is complete and utter codshite. Every country is wrong. The peculiar selectiveness of the options makes the listing pointless - there is no significance whatsoever. Its not as if there is anything significant about the London - Glasgow choice, its not the fastest domestic service in the UK, it is in there merely because somebody thought of it and looked up the timetable. I imagine the same nonsense has occurred on the review of the other countries too.

Old, but still relevant and based on useful statistics;

http://www.railwaygazette.com/filead...Survey2007.pdf
Jesus, calm down, I actually said that in the original posts it was just a list of selected intercity journeys in different countries. I never claimed it was a list of the fastest routes in each country, that's not what I was trying to do.

The figures are not wrong, they are correct given the criteria used, best journey times last Thursday, distance as shortest driving route on viamichelin, number of direct services.

I never implied any great significance to it, other than general interest, if you don't like it move on....
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Old March 27th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #1216
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Sorry.
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Old March 28th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #1217
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Rail improvements along Lincolnshire coast near completion

Rail passengers on the Lincolnshire coast will have a smoother ride after Network Rail completes track improvements later this month. The work involves replacing 500 yards of rail, ballast and sleepers at Wainfleet on the Boston to Skegness line.

Tony Raine, general manager for Network Rail, said:

“In recent years we have invested more than £20m renewing this line. Not only will this make passengers journey more comfortable but the track will be more reliable too. This is the last stage which will affect train services – any remaining work can be completed when trains are not scheduled to run.

“This project is already delivering huge benefits to the thousands of people who use this route. We are getting extra value by using recycled materials on an unprecedented scale, resulting in massive amounts of track replaced quickly saving money and carbon.”

The track between Boston and Skegness was opened in 1873 and has ‘suffered from years of underinvestment’. Replacement buses will run between Boston and Skegness on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March while the work is completed.

A full road and footpath closure is needed on Station Road that weekend and over midweek nights to ‘allow the works to be completed safely’.

Network Rail said free transport will be provided to give people access to the town centre via the diversion route from 22.00 Saturday 23 March to 07.00 Monday 26 March.
http://www.rail.co/2012/03/19/rail-i...ar-completion/
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Old March 28th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #1218
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I prefer learning about the quality to KC's buffers --which appear static, not at all dynamic-- than a respondent's belief. They look deficient, especially when I recall the bulkiness to the buffers found in Paddington or Euston termini.
They are indeed 'dynamic', if something hits them they move along the track to absorb the energy. The old traditional hydraulic buffers are now quite rare, i dont think Euston has had any since it was rebuilt and few remain at Paddington.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:38 PM   #1219
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Am I the only one who doesn't find these buffers convincing (in the following, two-hour-old [supposedly], skewed photo)?


clickable...


The blog hosting that photo scoffs at the signage and the omission of sand drag.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 01:45 AM   #1220
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First Great Western Class 180

First Great Western have recently uploaded photographs onto their Facebook page as to how renovations have been progressing with the Class 180 trains they'll be getting for the London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service from this Summer.

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