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    GWR Tender for 30 x 4 car EMUs

    Seems a sensible approach - given the way that all public procurement has to be above board/ scrutinised etc, we need to go through exercises like this even when it's "obvious" what the answer you want is (e.g. wasn't there an "open" tender to build additional coaches for the 390s when they were...
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    What makes a good livery?

    Some very good points there (welcome to the Forum btw!) Too many liveries seem designed "on paper" with no thought for how it'll look on an actual train - one that will operate in both directions, one that will get dirty, one that will have to have different colours of doors to the main body...
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    Trivia: Long or unusual route numbers

    Ember ("the UK's first all-electric, intercity bus service" - https://www.ember.to/) run the E1 from Dundee to Edinburgh and the E2 from Edinburgh to Dundee Back in my day, Dundee's Douglas - Lochee corridor saw westbound services numbered 28 or 29 depending on which bit of Lochee they were...
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    Trivia: Long or unusual route numbers

    Sheffield Supertram used colours instead of numbers/ letters - starting out with a wider variety (given that initially Meadowhall was just a shuttle to the City Centre with the Halfway and Herdings Park providing all of the trams on the Hillsborough corridor, but the Sunday services saw direct...
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    First Scotland East (Midland Bluebird and West Lothian operations)

    What routes/ era are you most interested in? I'm sure some on here could fill in the gaps for you To get the ball rolling (and deal with a gap in my memories), I'm not sure what daytime (SMT/ Eastern Scottish) services from Livingston to Edinburgh there were along the A8 in the era before LRT...
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    Trivia: Long or unusual route numbers

    I know that this doesn't fit the OP's category but I miss the lazy days of the Eastern Scottish services to East Lothian where the three character roller blinds would mean that the "express" version of the 106 was the "X06" (rather than just "X6", because it would have taken the driver too long...
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    [Trivia] Journeys With The Same Operator, Exact Same Route But Different Number

    Are there any/many examples of individual journeys operated by the same overall company with the exact same routes and exact same stops... BUT with a different route number? There are a number of routes that have a common section with other routes, there are a number of routes with "part"...
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    Could LNER services cease operating north of Edinburgh?

    Cheers for confirming - that's interesting to have it confirmed - are two sets of crews lodging in Inverness every evening or "just" two drivers?
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    Could LNER services cease operating north of Edinburgh?

    That's what it feels like to me - there's a seperate thread about ScotRail where people are suggesting that ScotRail's poor passenger numbers/finances (fare income making up just over a third of costs) would be improved if only LNER stopped running a handful of services a day north of Edinburgh...
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    Should XC call all trains at Reston and leave Dunbar to LNER?

    I think a consistent clock face timetable for Reston is the best forward Based on the paths in the OP, I'd suggest departures from Reston towards Edinburgh at 08:11 and then every twenty four hours - similarly departures from Edinburgh at 17:34 and then every twenty four hours That should be...
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    Post Covid Passenger Rebound

    The railway can only serve some markets Sometimes demand exceeds supply on certain lines at certain times, which is why we have peak fares - that's not telling people not to travel, it's just dealing with the reality that we don't have capacity (in terms of carriages or paths or station length)...
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    Could Shotts line services run via Hamilton?

    Sounds good in theory - Hamilton is a decent sized place without a link to the capital - maybe you could split the "slow" Shotts services, so that there was a Glasgow - Shotts stopper with the eastern side being linked towards Lanarkshire BUT... The through services from Edinburgh to...
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    Post Covid Passenger Rebound

    This thread could have been written pre-Covid The same people now arguing for cheaper fares removing peak restrictions introducing/extending railcards in the hope that there's no such thing as the Sunk Cost Fallacy the belief that there's some kind of railway "Laffer Curve", whereby cutting...
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    What should the role of the CLC line be?

    Agreed I can see the logic in running Merseyrail over at least part of the CLC, if it meant freeing up paths out of Lime Street BUT, if the idea is to replace the two "slows" out of Lime Street with two "slow" Crewe services then it seems a lot of faffing about for very little benefit As...
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    IET rumours....

    Just seems strange that doubled up units with no corridor connection is "an utter nuisance for passengers" on GWR but replacing HSTs with doubled up units that lack a corridor connection is "decent" when Scottish passengers are involved That'd be a valid concern if we were talking about...
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    IET rumours....

    I'm not surprised it's being discussed, it's am obvious option - not one I'd go for personally - I'm sure people will mention some five coach services that they feel could do with an extra couple of carriages, but by the same token we presumably need an equal number of nine coach trains that...
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    Scotrail, Abellio and April

    As a Northern Rail passenger (brought up in Scotland), I'd be careful what you wish for - the publicly operated Northern has been worse than the Arriva/ Serco/ Abellio/ Arriva franchises - but a lot of people are more focussed on political ideals than the boring practicalities of running a train...
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    Hartlepool to have a platform reinstated as funding now confirmed

    I'm not 100% but I think it was "150s are banned but 950s are allowed" (which seemed surprising to me, but sometimes it's more a case of "nobody ever did the paperwork because there was no prospect of the stock running on that line, so nobody wasted time getting clearance") (though I take...
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    Seriously considering moving to Sligo (or somewhere)

    I take your points re the other stuff - I've only been to Sligo once but loved the place - I can see the temptation to move - I despair sometimes at what Britain appears to be running into (or revealing itself to be) - I think that Covid/ Ukraine are going to get the blame for a lot of the...
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    Lothian Group discussion (Lothian City, Lothian Country Bus and East Coast Buses)

    The 300 is a tricky route - I saw the logic in the 35 extending to the Airport - I can see that there'd be a market between the Airport/Gyle towards areas of western Edinburgh that the 2/22/400 don't serve - but I don't know that there's enough market for the 34/35/300 - would it be better to go...

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