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    ScotRail HST Introduction - Updates & Discussion

    I vaguely recall in the late 90s being on a GNER HST from York to Dundee that was dragged by a 91 as far as Edinburgh before the front power car was swapped for the onward journey north. I don’t know how far south the drag started, but presumably if the issue with the power car were found at...
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    ScotRail HST Introduction - Updates & Discussion

    The 73s still have their drop draw hooks, so they should still be able to couple to an HST.
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Scotrail yesterday were advertising ticket acceptance on the sleeper this morning for travel between Perth and Inverness, due to pre-emptive cancellations. Did this happen, and if so was the seated coach opened for the purpose?
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    ScotRail HST Introduction - Updates & Discussion

    Is the speed limit still 20mph if an HST assists another HST from the front? If so, presumably it's even lower when pushing from the rear?
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    You jest (at least in part, I assume) but I did indeed find loose ear plugs in the “welcome bag” on my first trip on the Mk5s 18 months ago...
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    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Direct from Wick to Carrbridge without passing through any other stations or junctions is an impressive feat.
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    ScotRail HST Introduction - Updates & Discussion

    I'm pretty sure the Royal Scotsman significantly overhangs P3 at Dundee. I remember arriving into P4 once and seeing it all the way back to the crossover, which is a fair distance away from the platform end. But, again, this is largely moot in the context of Scotrail HSTs because few if any are...
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    ScotRail HST Introduction - Updates & Discussion

    Why would Dundee need additional terminus capacity for LNER? And indeed, why would ScotRail running 9-car HSTs require an extension to the existing terminus platforms? Few if any “Inter7City” services terminate there. There’s also no “wrong” platform for trains to/from Aberdeen. Both through...
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    ScotRail HST Introduction - Updates & Discussion

    “Only” is doing a lot of heavy lifting in that sentence!
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    ScotRail HST Introduction - Updates & Discussion

    Not with a '0' head code. That's loco(s) only. A pair of power cars coming back up on their own?
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    How long might it take to reopen the line near Stonehaven?

    There’s also the morning Dundee-Aberdeen, which runs with a “2” head code for some reason. (A service that obviously couldn’t have still run while the line was closed...just to be mildly on topic ;))
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    How long might it take to reopen the line near Stonehaven?

    The line re-opened this morning as planned. Of course, I was forgetting that. Seems all the more odd not to start/terminate at Dundee.
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    How long might it take to reopen the line near Stonehaven?

    I assume the reason LNER and CrossCountry didn’t run north of Edinburgh (except for the XC Plymouth-Dundee) was because of the sheer amount of dead mileage that would have been involved running empty from Dundee to Craigentinny every night, and back again in the morning? Fine for the occasional...
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    5x Class 153 conversion to bike and baggage vans for Scotrail

    You would struggle to get the 153 from the “south” platforms to the “north” platforms at Inverness in 7 minutes, especially when there’s bikes to unload and load.
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    Car on line at Stirling Station - 14th October 2020

    If it had been an electric Nissan car, the delays really would have been because of the wrong sort of Leaf on the line.

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