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Old September 13th, 2014, 12:20 PM   #1941
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I thought they were gonna build it in UK. Is it going to be a simple assembly with critical components made in Japan?
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Old September 13th, 2014, 01:59 PM   #1942
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I thought they were gonna build it in UK. Is it going to be a simple assembly with critical components made in Japan?
The first few are bring built in Japan so they can start testing here and then the rest of the fleet will be assembled at Newton Aycliffe which will be like Derby where stuff is out together but traction packages, engines etc. will be imported. Not even the pantographs will be made here since they're using a Japanese design and not a normal Brecknell Willis high speed pantograph.
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Old September 13th, 2014, 09:26 PM   #1943
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The first few are bring built in Japan so they can start testing here and then the rest of the fleet will be assembled at Newton Aycliffe which will be like Derby where stuff is out together but traction packages, engines etc. will be imported. Not even the pantographs will be made here since they're using a Japanese design and not a normal Brecknell Willis high speed pantograph.
I see. So I guess they assemble those in UK just because it was helpful to win the contract.
To think UK, which was one of the pioneers of rail technology, has no domestic champion in railway technology
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Old September 13th, 2014, 09:42 PM   #1944
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To think UK, which was one of the pioneers of rail technology, has no domestic champion in railway technology
And to think that the UK has bus operators and Deutsche Bahn as train operators...
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Old September 15th, 2014, 06:24 PM   #1945
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Govia Thameslink officially launched today:

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Old September 22nd, 2014, 03:02 PM   #1946
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Gaming, er, on the go?



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Old September 22nd, 2014, 11:53 PM   #1947
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I'm frankly astounded that they found a working plug on a british train!
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 06:14 AM   #1948
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So I guess they assemble those in UK just because it was helpful to win the contract.
Certainly, and par for the course for any builder seeking international contracts- Siemens has built a factory in California to aid its sales in the U.S., for example. In Hitachi Rail's case, they are also seeking new contracts in continental Europe, and are planning to use the Newton Aycliffe factory as their European manufacturing base.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 07:25 PM   #1949
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Blackpool and Shrewsbury receive London rail link
23 SEP, 2014

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New direct rail services from Blackpool and Shrewsbury to London Euston have been approved by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).

Virgin Trains will launch the new services in December as part of a £50 million package of improvements it has promised to deliver during a three-year extension to the current West Coast main line franchise.

Two new direct weekday services will be created between Shrewsbury and London Euston, calling at Telford Central, Wellington, Wolverhampton, Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Coventry and Rugby.

A single weekday service will also run between Blackpool North and London, with stops at Kirkham & Wesham, Poulton le Flyde, Preston, Wigan North Western, Warrington Bank Quay, Crewe and Nuneaton.

Virgin Trains lead executive Phil Whittingham said: “With our extended franchise we are able to get back to doing what we do best, offering new journey opportunities whilst still delivering the same high standards of service to our customers.

“We have worked hard with our industry partners to gain the approval for these new services. Special thanks must go to the ORR, Network Rail and the Department for Transport. We thank them all for this big vote of confidence.”
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Old September 24th, 2014, 09:00 AM   #1950
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A more extreme Gamers train: Tweakers Express (and if you don't understand Dutch, just skip the talking).
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Old September 24th, 2014, 04:39 PM   #1951
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PB scoops East West Rail scheme phase 2 design
Wed 24th September 2014, 12:28

Network Rail has picked Parsons Brinckerhoff to draw up designs for phase two of the East West Rail scheme

The £8m contract will also see PB draw up the construction programme to re-establish a passenger and freight rail link between Oxford and Bedford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury for the first time in more than 40 years.

It involves upgrading and reconstructing underused and disused sections of railway.

Work to electrify the line between Oxford and Bletchley will undertaken at the same time.

[I]Phase 2

  • 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
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Old September 27th, 2014, 01:22 PM   #1952
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On This Day In History - 27th September 1825 - First Passenger Railway

This is an extract from John Sykes Local Records for this day in history, 27th September 1825:

The Stockton and Darlington railway was formally opened by the proprietors for the use of the public.

It is 25 miles in length. To give eclât* to the public opening of the road, a programme was issued, stating that the proprietors would assemble at the permanent steam engine, below Brusselton Tower, about nine miles west of Darlington, at eight o'clock.

Accordingly the committee assembled at the bottom of Brusselton engine-plane, near West Auckland, and here the carriages, loaded with coals and merchandise, were drawn up the eastern ridge, by the Brusselton engine, a distance of 1,960 yards, in 7½ minutes, and then lowered down the plane on the east side of the hill, 880 yards, in 5 minutes.

At the foot of the plane, the locomotive engine was ready to receive the carriages, and here the novelty of the scene, and the fineness of the day, had attracted an immense concourse of spectators, the fields on each side of the railway being literally covered with ladies and gentlemen on horseback, and pedestrians of all kinds.

The train of carriages was then attached to a locomotive engine, built by Mr. George Stephenson, in the following order:—
1. Locomotive engine, with the engineer (Mr. George Stephenson) and assistants.
2. Tender, with coals and water;

Next, six waggons, loaded with coals and flour; then an elegant covered coach, with the committee and other proprietors of the railway; then 21 waggons, fitted up for passengers; and, last of all, six waggons loaded with coals, making, altogether, a train of 38 carriages, exclusive of the engine and tender.

Tickets were distributed to the number of near 300, but, such was the pressure and crowd, that both loaded and empty carriages were instantly filled with passengers.

The signal being given, the engine started off with this immense train of carriages, and such was its velocity, that, in some parts, the speed was frequently 12 miles an hour, and, in one place, for a short distance, near Darlington, 15 miles per hour; and at that time the number of passengers were counted to 450, which, together with the coals, merchandise, and carriages, would amount to near 90 tons.

After some little delay in arranging the procession, the engine, with its load, arrived at Darlington, a distance of 8¾ miles, in 65 minutes. Six waggons loaded with coals, intended for Darlington, were then left behind, and, obtaining a fresh supply of water, and arranging the procession to accommodate a band of music and passengers from Darlington, the engine set off again, and arrived at Stockton in 3 hours and 7 minutes, including stops, the distance being nearly 12 miles.

On the arrival of the procession at Darlington, it was received with bursts of applause. By the time the cavalcade arrived at Stockton, where it was received with great joy, there were not less than 600 persons within, and hanging by the carriages, which excited a deep interest and admiration.

Part of the workmen were entertained at Stockton, and part at Yarm; and there was a grand dinner for the proprietors and their most distinguished guests, to the number of 102, at the Town-hall, in Stockton. Thomas Meynell, esq., of Yarm, was in the chair, and the mayor of the town acted as vice-president.

The first rail of the Stockton and Darlington railway was laid by Thomas Meynell, esq., of the Friarage, Yarm, near St. John's Well, Stockton, where the depôt for coal is now erected, on the 23rd of May, 1822, with public ceremonies and rejoicing.

I had to look up the meaning for eclât

1: ostentatious display : publicity
2: dazzling effect : brilliance
3a : brilliant or conspicuous success
b : praise, applause


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Old September 30th, 2014, 07:53 PM   #1953
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Porterbrook finances British EMU order
Tuesday, September 30, 2014



BRITISH train operator Southern Railway announced on September 29 that it has selected Porterbrook leasing to finance an order worth around £172m for 29 four-car class 387/1 EMUs from Bombardier

Production is underway at Bombardier's Derby plant and the first sets have already been delivered. The trains will enter service on the cross-London Thameslink network from next January.

The class 387s have been ordered as a stopgap measure due to delays in completing the procurement of a dedicated fleet of Siemens class 700 EMUs for Thameslink. The class 387s will be redeployed on other routes when these trains enter service.
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Old September 30th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #1954
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Govia Thameslink officially launched today:

WP_20140915_07_53_53_Pro.jpg by Sparkyscrum, on Flickr

WP_20140915_07_54_11_Pro.jpg by Sparkyscrum, on Flickr


St Pancras International Station by portemolitor, on Flickr
Looks nice and almost a throwback to the first white Thameslink livery (which I always remember fondly, with those nice interior wall designs). The class 319's still look good!
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Old September 30th, 2014, 08:40 PM   #1955
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Whilst its great to get a direct London link from here in Shrewsbury, that route with all those stops will still probably be slower than a couple of indirect routes.

You can currently get to London Euston in 2h45 by either changing once at Crewe, or changing twice at Wolverhampton and Stafford.

And Crewe is 30 miles/50km further away from London than we are!
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Old October 1st, 2014, 12:38 PM   #1956
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There are 3 major rail links between Manchester and Liverpool, which one is used by direct/express services the most between both cities?
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Old October 1st, 2014, 02:36 PM   #1957
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There are 3 major rail links between Manchester and Liverpool, which one is used by direct/express services the most between both cities?
3? Oh, you've done precisely zero research and are counting the via Wigan route that any rail map of the UK will tell you that this isn't major or a link between Manchester and Liverpool.

The route via Warrington currently has more express services IIRC (2tph v 1tph), but electrification works on the Newton-le-Willows route will mean that semi-fasts would be quicker than going via Warrington and there will be more expresses (though via Warrington will still be 2tph).
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Old October 7th, 2014, 03:11 PM   #1959
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Haltwhistle Station - Volume 1

A beautiful example of a 19th century railway station, more or less in its original condition.

History of the station can be seen on the Disused Railway web site @ http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/haltwhistle/



The Railway Signal Box is Grade II Listed and this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...h-platform-hal

Description: Railway Signal Box on South Platform

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 July 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 240761

OS Grid Reference: NY7049463800
OS Grid Coordinates: 370494, 563800
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9679, -2.4624

Location: Station Road, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AH

Locality: Haltwhistle
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE49 0AH

HALTWHISTLE STATION ROAD NY 76 SW (East side, off)
16/27 Railway signal box
on south platform
GV II

Signal box. Late C19 for the North Eastern Railway Company. Ground floor: engineering brick in English bond; weather-boarded first floor and Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys. 4-panel door on ground-floor left return. First floor: deep cyma-reversa, weather-boarded coving on oversailing front and rear; 4 glazed bays above raised-and-fielded panels (each bay with 3 cross windows); cast-iron walkway with railings on all 4 sides. Low-pitched hipped roof with overhanging eaves. 2 glazed bays to each return. Wood ladder stair at left to first-floor boarded door. Included for group value.

Listing NGR: NY7049463800











The Footbridge is also a Listed Building, this is the protection text from the above source:

Description: Footbridge Connecting Platforms at Haltwhistle Railway

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 July 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 240762

OS Grid Reference: NY7048763805
OS Grid Coordinates: 370487, 563805
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9680, -2.4625

Location: Station Road, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AH

Locality: Haltwhistle
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE49 0AH

HALTWHISTLE STATION ROAD NY 76 SW (East side, off)
16/28 Footbridge connecting
platforms at
Haltwhistle Railway
Station
GV II

Footbridge connecting north and south platforms. Late C19 for the North Eastern Railway Company. Cast iron. U-plan. Wide elliptical arch across tracks carries horizontal walkway. L-plan stair sections flanking arch are supported by transverse round arches on squat corner posts. Railings: standards with moulded square knops; cross-bracing between middle and top rails.

Listing NGR: NY7048763805








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Haltwhistle Station - Volume 2

The Grade II Listed Water Tank Building - protection text from the British Listed Buildings web site @ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...water-colunns-

Description: Water Tank Building and 2 Water Colunns at Haltwhistle Railway Station

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 August 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 240765

OS Grid Reference: NY7042163819
OS Grid Coordinates: 370421, 563819
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9681, -2.4635

Location: Station Road, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AH

Locality: Haltwhistle
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE49 0AH

HALTWHISTLE STATION ROAD NY 76 SW (West side, off)
16/31 Water tank building
and 2 water columns
22.8.73 at Haltwhistle
Railway Station
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Disused water tank building and 2 water columns. Building dated 1861, designed by Peter Tate and built by R. Wylie and Co. (see plaques on tank) for the North Eastern Railway Company. Iron water tank on stone base (red ashlar sandstone on front and right returns; dressed sandstone on rear and left return). Cast iron water columns.

Water tank building: one-storey base; 3 round arches with chamfered arch bands, on square piers with roll-moulded impost blocks. Arches with radial glazing and weather-boarded infill. 2 stepped bands above arcade. Tank made of iron plates bolted together. 7 plates on front and 5 on returns. Each plate has cross-braced ribs; central plates on all sides have oval panels with engineer's and maker's names, date and crowning sea-horse motif. Similar right return of 2 bays. Plain rear and left return.

The water columns are situated on 2 platforms to the west of the tank building. Each column has a ball finial and a counter-weighted swinging arm with a leather hose. A rare survival from the mid C19.

Listing NGR: NY7042163819











This is an interesting wooden building which uses one wall from a previous stone building.










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