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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #1461
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Train lover Rachie Owen completes dream journey to become UK's youngest female driver



The Snowdon Mountain Railway’s first female guard has completed her dream journey by becoming one of Britain’s youngest train drivers.

Rachie Owen, 21, who describes herself as a railway fanatic and even sports a tattoo of her favourite train on her arm, has stepped into the realms of fantasy with her new job at First TransPennine Express. Bangor born Rachie admits to being a train lover since the age of 11 when she travelled from Bangor to Warrington on the train.

She said: "I made loads of friends – passengers, conductors and guards – and ever since then I’ve wanted to work on a train". Having fulfilled her dream as a 17-year-old working as a catering assistant on the 117-year-old railway taking tourists up Wales’ highest mountain, the woman, christened Rachel, who changed her name by deed poll to sound like her nickname Rachie7, in tribute to the Garrett 87 engine, wanted more.

Having landed her dream role as a driver, Rachie-Ann, who first tasted worklife around the tracks during a work experience spell as a 16-year-old in the booking office at Bangor Station, revealed: "This is a real dream come true for me because I’m railway mad. I think there were only five people who got through my assessments and the others were all men and the youngest were in their 30s. As far as I know I’m one of the youngest people to train as a driver and certainly the youngest female".

“At the same time I went for the train driver job, I went for a conductor job with Arriva Trains Wales. I passed the assessments, but I’m still waiting to hear on that one. I love the smell of trains, the noise and the excitement you get from being near them. It’s in the blood, I can’t really describe how I feel when I’m in them or next to them – they’re fantastic.

“I also worked on the Stena line between Holyhead and Dublin which was exciting but not as much fun as a train".

As she prepares for her training based in Manchester, Rachie, who turned 22 just before Christmas, is writing a book about her railway career so far called My Journey to the Mainline.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #1462
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Cross-border train speed to be improved in £4bn plans

A NOTORIOUSLY tight railway junction that forces high-speed, cross-border trains to slow to just 15mph is to be straightened as part of a £4 billion investment in Scotland's railways.

Carstairs Junction in South Lanarkshire, where London services branch off towards Glasgow and Edinburgh, will be remodelled and resignalling work will take place by 2017. The move will boost journey times and reliability.

Network Rail unveiled the project as part of a £37.5bn plan to run and upgrade the railway system between 2014 and 2019. It aims to provide 355,000 new train services to cope with up to 225 million new passengers by the end of the decade.

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Other projects include the electrification of the Glasgow-Edinburgh line, constructing a 30-mile route between Edinburgh and Tweedbank in the Borders and improvements to the route between Aberdeen and Inverness, including two new stations at Kintore and Dalcross.

Track improvements to the Highland Main Line will lead to services connecting Aberdeen and Inverness to the central belt being cut by around 10 minutes.

The Carstairs upgrade, expected to take place between 2016 and 2017, will allow a 15mph speed limit for trains turning right to Edinburgh to be eased and top speeds of between 40mph and 50mph allowed.

The same improvement is due for trains between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh, also restricted to 15mph, while London-Glasgow services will go from a 95mph maximum to 110mph.

Virgin Trains, which won a 23-month temporary contract to operate London to Scotland services after the collapse of the West Coast franchise contest, had planned to spend £125 million on track improvements that would have allowed its tilting trains to reach 135mph, ahead of the current 125mph limit.
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Network Rail announced how it plans to spend on station/railway projects between 2014-19 (called a Control Period), with regional breakdowns of what will be spent Here
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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:17 PM   #1463
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Rochester station to be moved in major plans by Network Rail

Rochester rail station is set to be rebuilt in a massive £26m investment, it's been revealed. Network Rail is to move the busy station from its High Street location to the Corporation Street area of the town, and it could all be completed within three years.

It's part of a scheme to invest £37bn across a number of projects throughout the UK. The aim of the Rochester plan is to allow the station to cope with greater passenger numbers, as soon as winter 2015.

Jon Crampton from Network Rail said it is great news for Kent, with passenger numbers in the county predicted to grow by around 30% by 2022.

He said: "It’ll provide a better station that can accommodate longer trains to provide more seats for higher number passengers".

Network Rail is thought to be looking to submit planning applications later this year.

He added: "We have rough timetables. It’s very much dependent on the planning process and getting approval from the local authority. Once we have that we can put the wheels into motion and deliver a far better station to meet the need of its passengers".

Southeastern trains welcomed today's news, saying it's committed to proposals which will help drive the local economy. "We welcome the investment and improvement works set out today by Network Rail. We’re working in an alliance to improve rail services in Kent and south east London and this strategic plan builds on the large amount of work that has been completed and currently under way".
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Old January 9th, 2013, 05:56 PM   #1464
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Long-awaited plans for Oxford railway station spelled out (From Oxford Mail)

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OXFORD train station should be redeveloped on its existing site instead of being rebuilt elsewhere, bosses behind a planned revamp say.

Network Rail yesterday submitted a raft of infrastructure plans costing up to £300m, including a new station by 2019.

Its predecessor Railtrack and Oxfordshire County Council had previously backed moving the station to a new site south of the existing station off Oxpens Road.

But Network Rail route managing director Patrick Hallgate yesterday said: “Our preferred option is to leave it where it is. We believe there is little benefit from moving it, from a rail perspective.”

Moving the station further south would be “prohibitively expensive” as the land slopes downwards, he said.

Network Rail wants to add a third platform to the west of the station by the youth hostel and replace the Botley Road bridge to cater for the extra track. That will also see the road space below widened.

Mr Hallgate said passenger numbers have grown by 40 per cent in the last decade and are expected to rise another 40 per cent in the coming 10 years.

A raft of projects is set to boost Oxford’s capacity including faster, bigger electric trains, a line to Milton Keynes and a new link to London Marylebone via Bicester.

Mr Hallgate said: “If we don’t create another platform we will struggle to meet that extra demand.”

The firm, along with council chiefs, is about to put out an invitation for station designs, which would not necessarily mean a complete rebuild.

Network Rail – which owns the station – pledged to continue having 90 per cent of trains arrive within five minutes of schedule during the work.

Mr Hallgate said the current rebuild of Reading station showed this could be done, but there would “inevitably be trade-offs”.

Rodney Rose, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, responsible for roads, “totally agreed” with the plans.

He said: “I don’t see the funding being available to move it and, for a transport hub, it is better to be more central in Oxford.”

The authority is keeping an open mind on where parking and bus services would go, he said.

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: “Frankly, the cost of moving it further down as people have suggested is astronomical. It is not worth the significant extra expense it would involve.”

But Oxford Civic Society chairman Peter Thompson, who has called for the station to move to land by Oxford Ice Rink, urged a rethink.

He said: “If Network Rail are spending a huge amount of money anyway, the opportunity should be taken to provide Oxford with a properly integrated transport hub.”

OxRail passenger group spokesman Dennis Tan said of Network Rail’s plans: “I don’t think it will go down well with a lot of commuters.

“A lot of people were expecting a brand new station. It is very crowded in peak hours.”

Network Rail’s plan has been submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation which will publish its final decision on how much funding it available in October.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #1465
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Train toy company Bigjigs are bidding for West Coast Main Line service, I simply love the response from DfT.



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/09/bigjigs_bid/
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Old January 20th, 2013, 12:28 PM   #1466
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Caledonian Sleeper to get a major overhaul.

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Old January 24th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #1467
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(Shown in the UK on 15th January 2013) (Part 1 of 3)

Synopsis from uploader and BBC iPlayer:-

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From their beginnings as a primitive system of track-ways for coal carts in the early 18th century, railways quickly developed into the driving force behind the industrial revolution and the pivotal technology for modern Britain, and a connected world.

Rapid industrial growth during the early 19th century, coupled with the prospect of vast profits, drove inventors and entrepreneurs to develop steam locomotives, metal tracks and an array of daring tunnels, cuttings and bridges that created a nationwide system of railways in just 30 years.

George Stephenson's Liverpool and Manchester Railway became the model for future inter-city travel for the next century and his fast, reliable locomotive, The Rocket, began a quest for speed that has defined our modern world.
There was also a programme on BBC Four last night related to Model Railways, expect that to show up somewhere.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 09:00 AM   #1468
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awesome

it highlights very well just why almost everything was located next to water before rail...and why with modern roads and trucks we don't really need small railways anymore...
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Old January 28th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #1469
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HS2 | £32 billion ($50bn) high speed rail line

UK forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=423318







Details of the HS2 route has been outlined this morning by the government:

BBC: HS2 phase two route details announced

Financial Times: Government outlines HS2 route

Huffington Post: High Speed Rail Links North Of Birmingham Revealed: Leeds And Manchester Next Stops On HS2
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Old January 28th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #1471
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Huge news for the United Kingdom. Would be nice to have it sooner than 2033!
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 12:16 AM   #1472
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(Shown in the UK on 15th January 2013) (Part 1 of 3)


(Shown in the UK on 22nd January 2013) (Part 2 of 3)

Synopsis from BBC iPlayer:- In the late 1830s the railways arrived in London and linked the capital to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This was the start of a truly national network - and one of the greatest civil engineering projects in history.

The spread of the railways triggered a mania across Britain. Railway tycoons like Samuel Morton Peto and George Hudson made and lost fortunes as the stock markets boomed around these new developments. Yet the bubble burst in 1847 and shares plummeted. Thousands of ordinary shareholders filled the bankruptcy courts. However as Dan Snow reveals, the legacy of the mania was an incredible rail network for 19th century Britain and a revolution in the way people lived.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 01:03 PM   #1473
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Brilliant series.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:16 PM   #1474
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Is there a detailed map available anywhere for phase one, showing exactly what is going to be tunnelled, viaducted and surface running?

It seems to me that a lot of additional tunneling is being proposed, even though it is not needed, simply to placate the home counties. It seesm counter productive, as IIRC the tunnel sections on HS1 a have severely limited line speeds (200km/h or 230km/h?) which pretty much defeats the point of HSR in the first place.
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Is there a detailed map available anywhere for phase one, showing exactly what is going to be tunnelled, viaducted and surface running?

It seems to me that a lot of additional tunneling is being proposed, even though it is not needed, simply to placate the home counties. It seesm counter productive, as IIRC the tunnel sections on HS1 a have severely limited line speeds (200km/h or 230km/h?) which pretty much defeats the point of HSR in the first place.
The tunnels under London are the only ones with limited speeds, and that's to manage the fact that the Southeastern Highspeed is much slower than the Eurostar.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #1476
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What is problematic is that they are reusing an old crappy station as the terminus in London. They should build something new, deep underground, for the terminus of HS2 in London.
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What is problematic is that they are reusing an old crappy station as the terminus in London. They should build something new, deep underground, for the terminus of HS2 in London.
It's been so extensively refurbished that St Pancras may as well be a new station.

Why is that problematic?
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What is problematic is that they are reusing an old crappy station as the terminus in London.
Existing transport links, existing surface footprint meaning less demolition, need to rebuild existing (awful 60s design) station to make it less crappy anyway...
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They should build something new, deep underground, for the terminus of HS2 in London.
Why go with something that's
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3)almost impossible to find room for in solid ground above the water table
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It's been so extensively refurbished that St Pancras may as well be a new station.
You mean Euston (though St Pancras also got redone).
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It's been so extensively refurbished that St Pancras may as well be a new station.

Why is that problematic?
No one in their right mind would describe St Pancras as crappy. Seeing as he's talking about the terminus for HS2, I assume he's talking about Euston which certainly is crappy.
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No one in their right mind would describe St Pancras as crappy. Seeing as he's talking about the terminus for HS2, I assume he's talking about Euston which certainly is crappy.
But Euston is supposed to be re-furbished quite soon.

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