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    Decarbonising Scotland’s Railways

    Indeed, also continuous wiring is both cheaper and easier to maintain mechanically, with fewer things to go wrong. Its inevitable that the whole lot is done, but once you've done the easy bits, coming back and doing the hard bits is something worth taking your time over, as you only get to do...
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    Dunblane - Perth - Dundee - Aberdeen electrification updates

    Roughly half the trains to Fife go as far north as Glenrothes. 1tph around the coast to Glenrothes, 1tph each way the full way around the circle, plus 1tph to Cowdenbeath via Dunfermline. When the Thornton wiring is finished, that will give 4tph (Levenouth timetable still pending but likely to...
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    Decarbonising Scotland’s Railways

    There's a new feeder station going in at Currie that will help beef up the supply in the Edinburgh area, and it doesn't make sense to rush if there are no battery trains to use it. This scheme is being talked about internally as a learning experience with different techniques for insulating...
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    Trivia: Comparison of compass point extremities between neighbouring TOCs

    Don't forget that the westernmost station in the UK is Arisaig, meaning Scotrail are the only TOC to serve two cardinal stations.
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    Dunblane - Perth - Dundee - Aberdeen electrification updates

    As I've mentioned in other threads, there are three possible funding streams in Scotland. Renewals is for like-for-like replacements of life expired assets, agreed in five year increments, and basically is NR's operating budget. Enhancements is for upgrades or changes, such as remodelling...
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    Trivia: Journeys that can be made between stations on one train without an official direct service

    I believe there are two separate strands to this question. Number 1 - Which unit diagram has the furthest apart start and end points? This will probably be a unit that starts in Aberdeen/Glasgow/Edinburgh and ends in London, unless the Aberdeen to Penzance unit still runs. Number 2 - Which...
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    Undesirably long intermediate dwell times

    The WCML was until recently used much more intensively than any other stretch of line in the UK. Its still busier, gets hammered with more, longer, heavier freights, it's twistier with a sawtooth speed profile; all of this increases the maintenance requirement, and all of these increase track...
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    East Coast Main Line - List of planned upgrades?

    The Abbeyhill turn back was necessary to allow 6tph of 6 coach E&G shuttle. Eventually, this was descoped in favour of 4tph of 8 coach trains, with platform lengthening and Queen Street remodelling instead. This meant that the Abbeyhill turn back, Greenhill upper grade separation, a turnback...
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    Dalmeny chord

    Winchburgh station, like the almond chord, exists in the superposition of "not yet authorised but not yet cancelled." Many things on the railway exist in that superposition. This particular pair sits closer to existing than being cancelled, but still, it's a long way through various piles of...
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    Scotland not keen on GBR

    Revenue allocation will depend on if DfT continues to use Orcats or not. I've heard rumours it's not particularly popular at DfT at the moment. The outcry was solved by rejigging the timetable to Aberdeen was served in the middle of the day, however the issue was a lack of Scotrail stock to...
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    Scotland not keen on GBR

    Exactly. I'm not entirely sure of the point of this thread.
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    Scotland not keen on GBR

    The cross border TOCs here are a bit of a red herring. Obviously, nothing is going to change with regards to LNER and Avanti operating to Edinburgh and Glasgow. TPE and XC will continue to run to both, although there are likely to be some changes made there. The majority of journeys made on...
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    Dalmeny chord

    The Dalmeny chord is still used by occasional stock moves. It's definitely not the busiest of lines however it's a useful bit of line. When Perth station is blockaded for rebuilding/ electrification in a few years it's likely that the Glasgow to Dundee/Aberdeen trains will be slotted in this...
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    This is what gets the current rail system a bad name

    The problem is, OP is using this particular example to suggest that all trains should be held to allow onward connections, if it falls into an arbitrary time limit. Now, in this situation, the case is moot. The Scarborough shuttle should have slack. However, while in this situation the missed...
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    This is what gets the current rail system a bad name

    Say you did delay that York train at Seamer. Granted, a handful of people now make their connection. That train might arrive late into York. What about all the people who then go on to kiss their connection onto XC for the west country. Say you delay that train as well, for the passengers...

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