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Old April 23rd, 2014, 11:19 PM   #1801
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This line is going to carry passengers some time soon? Doesn't look like it at all from those photos...
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 11:32 PM   #1802
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This line is going to carry passengers some time soon? Doesn't look like it at all from those photos...
Not that part yet, the first phase of East-West rail is the construction of a chord for Chiltern services to run to Oxford Parkway from Marylebone in late 2015. Phase Two is the extension of those services to Oxford in early 2016. The last phase from Oxford / Aylesbury to Bedford / Milton Keynes via Bletchley opens in December 2017 iirc. So not yet there a few years before trains run on the line where the photos were taken.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 01:52 AM   #1803
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This line is going to carry passengers some time soon? Doesn't look like it at all from those photos...
The most recent press releases have stated a commitment for the line to be ready for passenger services by March 2019...

Twitter / eastwestrail: Network Rail gear up to deliver East West Rail. Connecting Bedford, Oxford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
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...The Network Rail plan proposes delivery of East West Rail in two phases.

Phase 1 will deliver the infrastructure required for Chiltern Railways services between Oxford and London via Bicester as well as the works required for the later introduction of East West Rail services west of Bicester.

Phase 2, which is at an earlier stage of development, will deliver the EWR works east of Bicester to Bletchley and Bedford, including the Aylesbury to Claydon Junction line within this five-year period ending March 2019.

Work involves upgrading the Bicester Town to Bletchley and Claydon Junction to Aylesbury freight line for passenger services; building a new station at Winslow; building new high level platforms at Bletchley Station and minor upgrades to the existing Bletchley to Bedford passenger railway.

...Work to electrify the line between Oxford and Bicester is to be delivered at the same time as East West Rail Phase 2 to minimise disruption. Electrification of the line between Bletchley and Bedford electrification will follow at a later date.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 01:56 AM   #1804
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That's a long time from now. In five years an entirely new line could be built starting from nothing.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 02:31 AM   #1805
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That's a long time from now. In five years an entirely new line could be built starting from nothing.
Keep in mind that weīre talking about the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, the land there is really not cheap at all.

And the old line isnīt bad at all, just out of use. It used to be double-tracked, iirc.

I always prefer a reconstruction, rather than a new line. But thatīs just me.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 02:48 AM   #1806
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I always prefer a reconstruction, rather than a new line. But thatīs just me.
Well, if the land still belongs to the infrastructure owner, or to the state, then
at least you can avoid all kind of conflicts that arise when terrain must be
purchased from private owners.

But even if it is a reconstruction, you'll still get the NYMBY reactions from the
immediate neighbours of the line.

On the other hand, you're right, it's always nice to see an abandoned line resurrected.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 02:49 AM   #1807
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You misunderstood, I think. I wasn't saying that a new line ought to be constructed there. It's just that with appropriate funding in 5 years pretty much anything could be done and thus it's not a concern that the line right now looks like it's been abandoned for a century.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 05:21 AM   #1808
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Well, if the land still belongs to the infrastructure owner, or to the state, then
at least you can avoid all kind of conflicts that arise when terrain must be
purchased from private owners.
Thatīs the point, isnīt it?

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But even if it is a reconstruction, you'll still get the NYMBY reactions from the
immediate neighbours of the line.
NYMBYs are one of the most annoying things. Among other things, because some of those moaners will end up being users of the new infrastructure.

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On the other hand, you're right, it's always nice to see an abandoned line resurrected.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 03:58 AM   #1809
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You misunderstood, I think. I wasn't saying that a new line ought to be constructed there. It's just that with appropriate funding in 5 years pretty much anything could be done and thus it's not a concern that the line right now looks like it's been abandoned for a century.
It may be funded but the the detailed planning work is still underway, so construction of this phase of East West Rail won't start for a while yet - this is essentially just clearing the trackbed between Bicester and Bletchley to help with surveying etc.

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Old April 28th, 2014, 03:26 PM   #1810
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Official from Network Rail:

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Local MP visits new Ingatestone underpass
Monday 28 Apr 2014


Brentwood and Ongar MP (and Communities Secretary) Eric Pickles opens the new underpass at Ingatestone

Brentwood MP Eric Pickles was in Ingatestone on Friday 25 March to see the newly completed underpass, which allowed Network Rail to permanently close Ingatestone Hall footpath level crossing.

The crossing was identified in 2011 as having inadequate sighting when trains approached. Working closely with Essex County Council, the decision was taken to close the public crossing immediately that same year and pedestrians used an alternative route crossing the railway.

Different ways to make the crossing safer were investigated such as clearing overgrown hedgerow, lowering train speeds and diverting the footpath to a nearby under bridge.

However, after meeting Eric Pickles MP and holding a public meeting in May 2013, it was confirmed that an underpass would be installed to permanently replace the level crossing.

Work began soon after to build the Ģ4.5m underpass underneath the railway tracks using a ‘box and jack’ method sliding the underpass under the railway while trains were still running over the top to avoid disrupting services.

Accompanying Mr Pickles on his visit were Richard Schofield Network Rail’s Anglia route managing director and other local representatives.

The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles, MP for Brentwood and Ongar said: “It took a little bit of time to convince Network Rail of the need for the ability to cross the rail lines using Footpath 37, but after some considerable pressure from local footpath users and my meeting with Network Rail in May last year, the company has cracked on with the work needed. I am very pleased the path, which enables local people to access the beautiful countryside around Ingatestone, has been restored with the building of this underpass and I am sure it will be used by walkers for decades to come.”

Richard Schofield, Network Rail route managing director, said: “The completion of the new subway is great news for pedestrians in Ingatestone. We have closed almost 100 level crossings in Anglia since 2010 and we will continue to close more by 2019. Safety is the number one priority for Network Rail and there is much more we can do to make level crossings safer.

“I’d like to thank local community for their patience during the construction of the subway and look forward to continue to work with them and the local authority in the future.

“A big thank you also goes to our partners at J Murphy & Sons Limited, who worked tirelessly and with great professionalism to deliver this project on our behalf.”

Network Rail continues looking to close level crossings wherever possible and provide an alternative way to cross the railway
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Whatīs the story about this underpass in Essex?
Isnīt it a common thing to do, to supress footpaths and level crossings?
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Old April 29th, 2014, 09:06 AM   #1812
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Whatīs the story about this underpass in Essex?
Isnīt it a common thing to do, to supress footpaths and level crossings?
For me, every news on UK rail network is very interesting
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Old April 29th, 2014, 05:26 PM   #1813
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Hitachi reveals SET interiors
April 29, 2014







HITACHI and Britain's Department for Transport (DfT) have unveiled the interiors of the new Super Express Trains (SET), which are being procured under the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) for Britain's Great Western and East Coast main lines, and are due to be delivered in spring 2015.

Full scale mock ups of both the driving cab and the carriage interiors were developed and built by DCA Design, Britain. These mock-ups, which are a design tool not a replica of a complete train, have been extensively reviewed by around 2000 people as part of around 200 stakeholder and employee visits.

The interior colours of SET, or class 801, have been agreed by DfT and the current franchisees and utilise a grey colour scheme and light wood finishes for seats in standard class with first class featuring darker seats with burgundy head and armrests and darker wood finishes. The standard class seats have tip down tables designed to accommodate tablet computers and larger laptops.

The coaches utilise a specifically designed computer reservation system which was developed from user and operator feedback. Colour lights visible throughout the coach indicate the occupancy status of seats throughout the train, with green showing an unreserved seat, orange a seat that is reserved for part of journey, and red indicating that the seat is reserved for the entire journey.

The trains also feature a kitchen, lockable bike and luggage storage facilities, with luggage racks in coaches capable of holding airline hold-size luggage. Hitachi says the five-car trains will have the same amount of luggage space as the current East Coast mark IV coaches, while the nine-car version will have roughly twice as much luggage space as the existing coaches.

The driving cab is based upon the class 395 Javelin EMU but incorporates a range of additional features; ERTMS is fitted as standard while the trains destined for the Great Western franchise will also use ATP, although this will be de-commissioned once ERTMS is deployed.

Diesel engine power packs for the bi-mode variant are mounted under the floors of intermediate coaches meaning that these coaches have a higher floor height than the driving cars which are lower to accommodate the pantograph. As a result gangways between the two coach types incorporate a gentle slope.
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Old April 29th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #1814
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They've finally officially released it!! Mock ups been in existence for a while now, reports off wnxx say its a bit crap with the height over the floor engines 10cm higher
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Old May 4th, 2014, 10:09 AM   #1815
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Tetris at St. Pancras, taken from here:

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Old May 4th, 2014, 09:50 PM   #1816
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Golden Valley (Swindon - Cheltenham Spa) partial re-doubling project

Sections of the railway between Swindon and Kemble (roughly halfway on the line to Cheltenham) are currently being re-doubled, with completion suggested to be finished by the end of this Summer.

Photos from 'Sappertontunnel' on Flickr:-

(Below: Wick Bridge. Looking North towards Kemble - 27th April 2014)

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(Below: Oaksey Bridge. Looking South towards Swindon)

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(Black Dog Bridge. Looking South towards Swindon)

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(South End of Kemble Tunnel. Looking south towards Swindon)

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(Widham Bridge (Purton Station). Looking South towards Swindon)

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A shot of Sapperton Tunnel itself:-

(Below: A Cheltenham to Swindon service exits Sapperton tunnel and heads for Kemble)

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For high(er) speed trains a floor height of 105cm to 115cm over the rails is common. A 10cm floor raise over the UK standard 91,5 cm would bring you almost into that range. A 10 cm difference should not cause problems, as long as you maintain enough headroom. Otherwise the limited width and height of the UK loading gauge will make it feel very cramped.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #1818
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Lucchini UK to supply Class 800 wheelsets
7 MAY, 2014



Lucchini’s Manchester factory is to supply the wheelsets for the Intercity Express Programme’s (IEP) new fleet of Class 800/1 trains.

Hitachi has awarded Lucchini a contract to manufacture 3,500 wheelsets under phase 1 of IEP, with similar contracts expected to be finalised for phase 2 in summer 2014. Production is due to start in 2015.

The wheelsets have been designed by Hitachi’s Kasado factory in partnership with Lucchini engineers in Italy.

“The IEP contract is fundamental to Lucchini UK,” said Chris Fawdry, managing director of Lucchini UK.

“It confirms our place at the forefront of high-speed wheelset technology and manufacture and is a recognition of the excellent service that we maintained when we supplied to Hitachi all the new wheelsets for the Javelin trains that are so successful on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between St Pancras and the South Coast, a level of service that we continue to provide now for the maintenance of those same wheelsets and gearboxes.”
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Timelapse of May works around Watford:

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Network Rail and Chiltern Railways platform extension work commences
8 May 2014


Platforms need to be lengthened to accommodate nine-carriage trains

Platforms at five stations between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street are to be extended to enable longer trains to use them.

Works are taking place at Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Princes Risborough, Haddenham and Thame Parkway, and Bicester North stations.

Network Rail and Chiltern Railways want space for an extra 1,000 passengers during the morning peak by April 2019.

Nine-carriage trains will start calling at the stations from summer 2015.

Services affected

The train companies said the move would mean "more seats for passengers on the increasingly busy route, particularly south of Banbury".

Work to lengthen the platforms will take place until 31 July either overnight or during weekends, but some train services will still be affected. Passengers are advised to check for amended timetables online.

Liam Sumpter, area director for Network Rail, said: "As the number of passengers travelling by train on this route continues to rise, it's important that we work together and invest in the network to meet the increasing demand."

Rob Brighouse, managing director for Chiltern Railways, said: "Our passenger-focused investment strategy is at the heart of our business and the lengthening of platforms allows us to deliver long-term, increased capacity where required."
I'm very glad about the works on Chiltern Main Line. I wish I could also see this line electrified and add new West Hampstead station on CML. Well done for Deutsche Bahn (operator of Chiltern Railways)
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