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  1. toby_farman

    Transport for Wales 769's

    Anyone know why they've taken the pantograph off and kept the transformer?
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    EMR Class 170 updates

    Overall there will be 40 170s with EMR. 27 2 car units 13 3 car units Although EMR is getting 12 171s from Southern, only 2 of those were factory built as 171s... The remaining 10 have been converted from 170s and will simply be converted back. The 2 factory built units will be classified as...
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    East-West Rail (EWR): Consultation updates [not speculation]

    That looks quite steep!! Will trains be able to get up that?
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    East-West Rail (EWR): Consultation updates [not speculation]

    Am I correct in thinking they are lifting the bridge to provide high level platforms?
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    Keolis Amey Wales - Future Rolling Stock

    I don't think modern diesel trains are really a problem. For example, the Northern 195s are very modern with brand new diesel engines which are extremely low emission. I, for one, can't really tell the difference between a 195 and a 331 when on board. Anyway you look at it, a diesel train is...
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    Warwick Parkway ownership

    Are the stations built to standard NR specification (EG platform height)?
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    Warwick Parkway ownership

    Perhaps, or Network Rail could compulsory purchase the station? It is the only TOC owned National Rail station in the country, right?
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    Warwick Parkway ownership

    Cardiff Parkway will be owned by Transport For Wales (The welsh govt) and not Transport For Wales Rail Services (Keolis Amey, the franchised TOC). There is a difference. Also Chester-le-Track ceased trading in 2018 -...
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    Warwick Parkway ownership

    Not sure. Could they own platform 5 and 6 at marylebone and a railway chord near Bicester
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    Warwick Parkway ownership

    Is Warwick Parkway the only National Rail railway station owned by a franchised TOC? I know some London Overground stations are owned by TfL (not franchised) and some other National Rail stations are owned privately (like Fishguard Harbour) - but I know Warwick Parkway is owned by Chiltern...
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    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    I suggested not electrifiying those lines, use bi-mode trains which switch onto electric at cardiff queen street (755s/756s)
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    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    Whats more expensive about getting conventional rolling stock?
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    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    Ironic, that the coryton line that goes 8.8 km from cardiff is getting proper trains with high floors, but the merthyr line that goes 48.7 km from cardiff is getting stupid incompatible low floor trams with no toilets! <(
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    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    I've had this notion many times - instead of 36 "tram-trains" get 36 3 car class 755! (with toilets) Cancel "smart electrification" of the Merthyr line and Rhondda line and simply electrify (standard NR electrification) and double track the cardiff bay line! The trains could switch to electric...
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    Avanti West Coast New Stock - Hitachi chosen

    Not sure. They will definitely be part of the Hitachi AT300 series though.
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    Avanti West Coast New Stock - Hitachi chosen

    Anybody know anything more about this?
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    West Coast Partnership: Awarded to First Trenitalia

    Just in - orange triangle logo and Avanti west coast https://www.thenational.scot/news/18064480.virgin-trains-replaced-avanti-west-coast/ more info...
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    The 2019 General Election - Campaign Debate and Discussion

    Agreed Brexit is stupid whatever way you look at it

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