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Old October 25th, 2012, 06:11 PM   #1381
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Yes to both. Power supply upgrades will take place in advance of the IEP, and the ECML is scheduled to get ETRMS in the next 10-15 years.
Thanks M - sure will make a difference... no more power lines KO'd by high winds!
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Old October 25th, 2012, 06:45 PM   #1382
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I shared a platform with Mr Portillo and a small tv crew a few weeks ago at Shrewsbury station while waiting for my train to work. He took the train in the direction of Aberystwth/Pwllheli which is a nice trip. I guessed they must have been filming for the next series....
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Old October 25th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #1383
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Wow, that recent, huh? coz that's the series I'm currently watching. I'll highlight the Shrewsbury part/s when I share them here. I suppose that recentness explains the nippy weather he and his crew experienced on the north Welsh coast thereafter.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #1384
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Already? Are you sure that wasn't the last time he passed through and took the line up to Wrexham-Chester-Llandudno-Holyhead?

The most picturesque line out of the town though imo is neither of those two but the route to Swansea via the 'Heart of Wales' line. It's an inland route through hills, moorlands and tiny villages, not heavily used with only a few trains per day often consisting of just one carriage each!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Wales_Line
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Old October 25th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #1385
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The beauty of the series is what interests me ... I couldn't care less about any certainty of when each series must've been filmed ... you have pegged the runs I'm watching, however ... to and from Fishguard is the prettiest train trip I remember taking over there ...
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Old October 26th, 2012, 12:04 AM   #1386
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Enchanting Series 2, Episodes 6 through 10, two parts per episode:



Shrewsbury, although episode filmed 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hElp_JQCOJI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-kIhnfwW6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od9BvcTIYC8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj_lQl-Vlwk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvVP_lDp2Eg

£2200 model loco featured at around 11'38" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk85Hmk4dM4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC_R_e5T4-M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoNd6OeR_dM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCbsi-C3btc
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Old October 27th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #1387
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Is the WCML also being resignalled?
Not for ages, its just been renewed.

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Thanks M - sure will make a difference... no more power lines KO'd by high winds!
I think they have a rolling plan to sort out the catenary troubles, I thought you meant more juice so they can run more electric trains.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #1388
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Old October 30th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #1389
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I think they have a rolling plan to sort out the catenary troubles, I thought you meant more juice so they can run more electric trains.
Might as well kill two birds with one stone i guess...
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Old October 30th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #1390
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As someone who regularly commutes the entirety of the ECML, it'd be really nice if they'd get some bloody tilting trains on the route too. Up in the borders and just south of Newcastle, the speed is really heavily restricted by the amount of curves on the line and how tight they are. Morpeth, anyone?
And yeah, 140 mph would be great too, 3h30 to London and I'm a happy man.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:16 PM   #1391
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Once IEP is deployed along with the signalling upgrades it will be 140mph I imagine. Tilting trains will have to wait until some can be cascaded from the WCML once HS2 phase 1 opens, even then I'm not sure they'll bother - would only affect Darlington - Edinburgh really, the rest of the route is fine for 140mph already (mostly).

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Might as well kill two birds with one stone i guess...
They don't need to be done together - they are quite discrete functions - one invloves a possession, the other doesn't (usually)
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 12:40 AM   #1393
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While IEP is a possibility - hopefully a remote one - for replacing the electric fleet, 140mph wont be happening anytime soon not just because of the need for cab signalling but the impact on track capacity. Tilt certainly won't be happening, the very limited benefits simply don't justify the costs.

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Old November 2nd, 2012, 05:58 PM   #1394
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Yeah I agree, although long term 140 mph may be useful once HS2 removes the long non-stop services. Over the Doncaster - KX section you can stop at two more places and keep the same 125mph* path if the top speed is increased to 140.

* Estimate based on no thought

Re tilt, I think it could happen, but not for London-bound services. And only if a tilt strategy was deployed for XC and/or TP. I'd say 50/50 this happening before Betelgeuse goes supernova.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 02:14 AM   #1395
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Is the IEP design related to the Hitachi A-Train, like the Javelin, or is it completely new?
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Old November 11th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #1396
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In Roger Ford's last email he said that the e-Voyager project has been quietly killed, citing the electrification programme as the likely reason. But even with all the planned new electrification there will still be many gaps (Oxford - Leamington Spa? Birmingham - Sheffield?) In fact, I would think this would lead to even more diesel running under the wires. Another missed opportunity.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 02:16 PM   #1397
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Some good news Network Rail to start Scotland’s Borders Railway project in 2013
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Old November 11th, 2012, 02:25 PM   #1398
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I disagree, it was not cost effective to build the e-cars. It seems that Bombardier themselves seem to have come to this decision.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #1399
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This is the problem for any custom build for the UK network.

Was this cost effectiveness study taking into account 20-30 years of diesel savings, for example? Does it feed into the business case for the electrification programme itself (another 'customer' for it)?

Did Bombardier factor in the way this opens the door for another IEP bi-mode customer? i.e. they are effectively chucking in the towel on the UK market.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:22 PM   #1400
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But even with all the planned new electrification there will still be many gaps (Oxford - Leamington Spa?
Nope, that's part of the 'Electric Spine', which was added and will be taking priority.
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In fact, I would think this would lead to even more diesel running under the wires. Another missed opportunity.
Depends - if you change the service pattern so that you have NE-SW and NW-SE services you would reduce it so that one service is fully electrified, and the others will only have short bits under the wires, with the exception of the ECML bit and the new MML bit - but little more than now given that the Coventry - Manchester and Basingstoke - Bournemouth bits will now be used by only electric trains. This is likely to happen.

Also, the Sheffield and Nuneaton - Southampton 'electric spine', together with the GWML and Transpennine schemes, is intended to be 'phase 1' of a roll out of electrification - so the plan is to not need diesel-electric intercity trains for long.
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