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    WCML New Rolling Stock Discussion

    The trains ordered will be primarily used London to Liverpool (EMU) and London to Chester/Holyhead (Bi-mode). They are unlikely to operate London - Preston - Glasgow services (the bi-modes could be potentially used if a diversionary route requires Diesel operation) A recent article in Rail...
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    TPE Nova 1 Class 802/2 Progress

    Hugely impressed by my experiences of the 802’s this week. Took my second journey on one from Newton-le-Willows to Leeds. The switchover at Manchester Victoria was so seamless. Ride quality really is excellent and it coped beautifully in my experience with all the track from Liverpool to Leeds...
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    TransPennine Express Nova 1 (Class 802) Diagrams

    Diagram 1: 802207 - No Passenger information system only 1 pantograph working. From Lime Street to Victoria was using rear pantograph Diagram 2 : 802218 - When I was on it the other day Passenger Information system worked, although thought it was going all the way to Edinburgh and uses the...
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    TransPennine Express Nova 1 (Class 802) Diagrams

    I had a look on the York ROC railcam on YouTube earlier to see if the diagram I’m booked onto was an 802. The camera is at the South of the station and I saw the 9M08 (1st diagram), depart on time for Liverpool at 11:09 at that was an 802. I’m hoping it stays on that diagram for my trip from...
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    First Trenitalia (Avanti!) WCML branding, naming and livery

    I just don’t see how LMS and LNWR and can coexist as the two of the major operators at London Euston. Brands want to create a strong individual identity. I still often refer to London North Western as London Midland, which doesn’t really matter as I know I’m talking about the operator of Class...
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    TPE Nova 1 Class 802/2 Progress

    That’s a really fair point I hadn’t realised the 397’s are delivered with their vinyls, whilst the 802’s are delivered without. You are so right to point out that the 802’s are a mature platform and the 397’s a small sub-fleet. It’s easy to get carried away when you see shiny trains in a nice...
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    TPE Nova 1 Class 802/2 Progress

    Thank you for that, it makes a lot of sense. I’m just impatient for another new train after my great experiences of the 802 and Mk5 today. After decades of “cast offs” I think I can be patient enough to complete the set :) ;) Big respect to everyone introducing the new fleet, as on my train...
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    TPE Nova 1 Class 802/2 Progress

    I was surprised to see that both units out today didn’t have any vinyls applied. I expected at least one would, if TPE were ready to deploy units in passenger service; when you add in the fact 802207 has a pantograph issue (yet is still in operations), are there only currently two or three...
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    TPE Mark 5A coaching stock progress

    Some great pictures
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    TPE Mark 5A coaching stock progress

    It is incredible I had to pinch myself when I was travelling from Newton-Le-Willows on a derivative of a class of train the press branded a “bullet train”. I was the first to take to Twitter when a Class 319 was branded Northern Powerhouse to ridicule our cast offs but I genuinely can’t believe...
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    TPE Mark 5A coaching stock progress

    Here are my thoughts on how the two compare. I have posted images/video of the Class 68 and Mk 5 in this post and I will make a separate post on the Class 802’s What does the Class 68 hauled CAF Mk5 do better? - The First Class on the Class 802, is basically standard class, with...
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    TPE Nova 1 Class 802/2 Progress

    I got the chance to take a ride on a TPE Hitachi Class 802 (802218) followed by a return trip on CAF Mk5 stock hailed by Class 68 68027 (Lord President). Here are my thoughts on how the two compare. I have posted images/video of the 802 in this post and I will make a separate post on the...
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    WCML New Rolling Stock Discussion

    My big issue with the London-Brum-Scotland services is that it has become quicker to change train at Wolverhampton if travelling from Glasgow, Preston, Wigan and Warrington to Birmingham. The southbound Pendolino/Super Voyager is timetabled to spend 13 minutes in Wolverhampton. It wouldn’t be so...
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    WCML New Rolling Stock Discussion

    It would definitely be a sub-optimal solution I agree. If HS2 doesn’t come about then I think the need to try and improve speeds on the existing infrastructure would become more apparent. I can’t see 140 mph running being an option on much of the West Coast mainline without tilt. The Pendolino...
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    WCML New Rolling Stock Discussion

    It will definitely be a sub-optimal solution I agree. If HS2 doesn’t come about then I think the need to try and improve speeds on the existing infrastructure would become more apparent. I can’t see 140 mph running being an option on much of the West Coast mainline without tilt.

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