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Old November 8th, 2013, 02:08 PM   #1601
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Watching the APT vid above led me to this. The introduction is somewhat ironic given where we are now with HS2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSMSSdL2yeo
Yes, they HS2 project was sold on the wrong grounds. HS2 shouldn't be based on speed, but on capacity. And whilst you build a new railway, why not design it to allow for higher speeds in the same time. It took some years for the politicians who support HS2 to understand that fundamental basic principle of ''WHY" you should build a new railway.

I don't think Birmingham will gain much on HS2, a mere 20 minutes isn't going to make that much difference in the way people travel. But 1 hour of from Manchester or Leeds will get some people out of their car, if prices for rail tickets are competitive enough.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 03:12 PM   #1602
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Don't forget that it's actually half-an-hour quicker over most trains between Euston and Birmingham, and twice the capacity.

Also, Birmingham gains tons by being at the centre of the High Speed network, with fast trains to the North, as well as London. 2tph to Leeds, Manchester and Manchester Airport, 3tph to Meadowhall and East Midlands Parkway (from Curzon St - additional trains from Interchange). Hourly fast trains to Newcastle and York that bypass the slow section of the XC network in South/West Yorkshire...

Not to mention the relief on the classic network.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #1603
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Don't expect any 'relief' on the current network. If your train goes elsewhere, someone else will soak up the capacity.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #1604
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Class 334 'Juniper'



Operator: First Scotrail

Builder: Alstom

Number built: 40 (Originally 38, two added as a goodwill gesture)

In service: 2001- present

Max Speed: 90 mph (145 km/h)

Lines Operated: North Clyde Line & Argyle Line

Probably the best looking member of the 'Juniper' family, the Class 334s were built to replace the last of the venerable Class 303 'Blue Trains', which had served Glasgow for over 40 years. They did have their fair share of technical problems (much like the Class 458s), which delayed their introduction by a year. They later settled down to provide reliable service. These days, you'll mostly see them on Helensburgh - Edinburgh duties, but they'll sometimes appear on the Dalmuir - Motherwell runs.

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Old November 12th, 2013, 01:54 AM   #1605
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The first of First TransPennine Express' 10 Class 350/4s was delivered a few days ago. The 10 trains will operate Manchester - Scotland services from the December (30/12/13 is the date that seems to be the first public service). The trains will operate new services via Wigan rather than Bolton however they will switch back once electrification of the line via Bolton is complete. From the December timetable change trains will operate via Wigan however the big improvements come in the May 2014 timetable change when TPE will have all their new 350s. They will operate at up to 110 mph and will allow the existing Class 185s to be cascaded to strengthen services via Leeds. However not all trains will become electric as there aren't enough so some Friday night trains will remain timed for 185s as the 350s will be doubled up. This is just the beginning of service improvements on TPE which will all culminate in the electrification if the line via Leeds across the Pennines in 2016 which is part of the North West electrification scheme!
Image of the first 350/4 (350401) being delivered to Crewe for testing with London Midlands existing 350s:
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Old November 12th, 2013, 08:46 AM   #1606
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Are there other countries besides the UK that use asymmetric headlights?
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Old November 12th, 2013, 08:53 AM   #1607
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In the past, Brits used to ... I think we're just seeing a faulty headlamp in the image above here.
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Old November 14th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #1608
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The first Class 68 under test:


It sounds a lot better than I thought it would.

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Old November 22nd, 2013, 01:07 AM   #1609
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In the past, Brits used to ... I think we're just seeing a faulty headlamp in the image above here.
We still do, left headlamp for night, right for day.

Headlamps on trains here don't necessarily light the track ahead, they are used to light signs etc in the cess.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 03:38 AM   #1610
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Ah!

Say! what's the tecnical name for (car) foglights, anybody know? I've forgot the term for ages now.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 01:34 PM   #1611
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Are there other countries besides the UK that use asymmetric headlights?
In ex. Soviet Union countries shunters have a light on only on one side and on both ends.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JPmtchxWG4

When on double track line on the wrong tracks the front of the train should have one white and one red light


And the taillights of passenger trains are asymmetric
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 01:52 PM   #1612
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We still do, left headlamp for night, right for day.

Headlamps on trains here don't necessarily light the track ahead, they are used to light signs etc in the cess.
I can understand that that approach was used in the past when headlights were not very bright and your view ahead in the dark was actually better with less light. But with todays lighting technology this doesn't make sense to me anymore. What's then the argument to still keep this left/right difference?
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Old November 28th, 2013, 01:13 AM   #1613
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Five Deltics, One Train
22nd September 2012
No matter how many times I watch this, that noise sends a shiver right up my spine. Truly the king of British diesel locomotives.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 07:33 PM   #1614
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Timelapse of former Finedon railway station bridge rebuilding, as part of Midland Main Line upgrade:

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Old December 3rd, 2013, 09:47 PM   #1615
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Work gets underway to transform “old” New Street station



Tuesday 3 Dec 2013
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Work has begun to transform the east side of Birmingham’s New Street station, which was the main station entrance until the opening of the new concourse in April this year.

The original, 1960s-style concrete façade has been a familiar sight on the Birmingham skyline for the last 50 years, but is now being removed in large sections as the transformation from pebbledash to the stunning stainless steel cladding which will transform the exterior of the station begins.

Chris Montgomery, Network Rail project director said: “Our work outside New Street station will contribute towards the creation of a world class transport hub for Birmingham that’s fit for the 21st century. The stainless steel façade will completely transform the tired, old exterior into a stunning modern building that is already taking shape on the north side of the station, adding to the city’s growing reputation for good design.

“Inside we are delivering a station that Birmingham can be proud of and that will be able to handle the ever increasing numbers of passengers who want to use the railway, with a bigger concourse, better facilities and new lifts and escalators improving access to and through the new station.”

The project will also deliver better pedestrian connections across the city and new public space in the heart of the city centre.

Next year, Network Rail and Birmingham City Council will be running a competition which will give the people of Birmingham the opportunity to name the new public square on the station’s east side, which will open as part of the redevelopment in 2015.
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Old December 6th, 2013, 09:43 AM   #1616
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First step in the rebuild of the railway at Britain's busiest station

Wednesday 4 Dec 2013
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The start of a major improvement programme to renew the infrastructure at London Waterloo station is planned to take place during the Christmas period.

The Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance will be investing around £1m in track upgrades as part of an ongoing programme of improvements to boost reliability on one of the busiest sections of railway in Britain.

The programme of work carried out over Christmas will include the replacement of critical switches and crossings which are more than 30 years old and are used to control train movements into the busiest part of Europe’s most heavily used station. The work will affect platforms 1 to 9 which will be out of use while the track work takes place.

The improvement works have been timed to ensure the least disruption for passengers and will take place on 27, 28 and 29 December. Traditionally during the Christmas holiday period, around half the number of passengers travel on services to and from London Waterloo than at other times of the year.

Train services will continue to run throughout the works with around half of the normal level of trains available for passengers. However, some services will start and terminate at stations away from London Waterloo and passengers may have to change trains to complete their journeys. Passengers are strongly advised to check the timetable in advance of travel for details of the changes on journeys into Waterloo and other changes to the timetable over Christmas. Detailed information can be found at southwesttrains.co.uk/XmasEng2013.aspx.

Tim Shoveller, managing director of the Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance, said: “With more than 100m passengers a year travelling through Waterloo station there is never a good time to carry out work which affects the level of service we can provide.

“However, we normally see around half the number of passengers travelling over Christmas than at other times of the year, so it provides a good opportunity to carry out much needed improvement work on the track on the busy approach to the Waterloo station. This will provide a more reliable infrastructure which will help to deliver a better level of service to passengers.

“Since the start of the alliance, we have hugely increased the amount of maintenance on our network and are now investing an extra £3 million a year to improve the quality of the infrastructure on the UK’s busiest commuter network. At the same time, we are pushing ahead with plans to significantly improve the infrastructure around Waterloo station by extending existing platforms and bringing all of the former international platforms back into use.”

A 350 tonne road crane will be used to lift pre-built sections of track onto the railway. The track will then be moved into place using a crane operated from on the railway. The old track will be removed from the worksite by an engineering train.

Tim Shoveller added: “Using a road crane to lift pre-built sections of track onto the railway is part of the alliance’s efforts to complete the work as quickly as possible and keep disruption to a minimum. We are committed to improving the network and will continue to invest in Waterloo station and the track on the approach to provide a better railway for passengers.”

A multi-million pound package of improvements will build on the work over Christmas and further improve the reliability of the infrastructure and help boost capacity.

Platform 20 in the Waterloo International Terminal will be brought into permanent use in April 2014 and work will take place during 2014 to reinstate further platforms in the terminal. Extra carriages will be added to trains to provide additional capacity and seats for passengers.
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I don´t dislike it, but I wonder why every new big station everywhere (not just in the UK) HAS TO look like a ufo...
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Old December 8th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #1618
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I don´t dislike it, but I wonder why every new big station everywhere (not just in the UK) HAS TO look like a ufo...
Why is it that UFO's mimic modern train station designs?
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Why is it that UFO's mimic modern train station designs?
The other way around, I suspect. New stations look like the Death Star, they´re all intergalactic, or so they pretend.
I´m a bit more classicist. Give me stations like the one in Mulhouse, please. Functional, modern, but still beautiful.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 05:13 PM   #1620
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Give me stations like the one in Mulhouse, please. Functional, modern, but still beautiful.
Mulhouse??? I was there just yesterday and didn't notice it being anything particularly special. Particularly with everything being closed after 9 pm... The classically built station in Colmar is much nicer, I think.
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