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  1. ryan125hst

    Engines needing to be pre-heated

    How many train engines require some sort of pre-heating consideration before starting? I have seen videos of old locos cold starting and taking a while to get going, throwing out loads of clag in the process! I've also seen videos of Sprinters, Turbostars etc. being left in a platform shutdown...
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    Class 195 Technical Questions

    Having had my first ride on a Class 195 yesterday, I have a couple of technical questions that I am hoping someone can provide the answer to. Firstly, they have a 6 Speed ZF EcoLife transmission. What speed do they typical change up to each gear at? I am aware it varies depending upon the...
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    GNER White Rose Questions

    I've got a couple of questions regarding the use of the North of London Class 373's by GNER. They were introduced in 2000 and originally ran to York. What was the reason that they were introduced? Was it to cover for the Class 91's being overhauled- this was the major rebuild which I believe...
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    HST Coach Lettering

    I have seen that from their introduction until the mid 2000's, HST's on the East Coast Main Line were formed of 8 coaches and were lettered as follows: TGS - A TS - B TS - C TS - D TS - E TRFB - F TF - G TF - H In the mid 2000's GNER obtained spare HST coaches (former Midland Mainline Virgin...
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    Accessible Rail Travel: Wheelchair issue at Horsforth with LNER

    With the new PRM regulations coming in on the first of this month, I was surprised to see this video a few days ago: Here the passenger has booked a wheelchair space in coach M from Horsforth to Harrogate including assistance at both stations. When the train arrives, a nine car Azuma, the...
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    Learning Traction

    Having read about the recent issues at Transpennine Express and a lack of train crew being trained on the new Nova trains resulting in cancellations, I wondered how long it takes to train drivers and guards on new trains, or trains they haven’t driven before. I gather that, for drivers...
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    LNER 10 Coach Azuma Formations on Destination Boards

    Am I right in saying that the 10 coach Azuma formations don't show on the departure boards in the same way that the HST, 225 and 9 coach Azuma formations do? I was looking on Tiger departure boards earlier on and noticed that all 10 coach trains don't show a formation. For example, if you look...
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    Northern and short platforms

    My sister commutes from Retford to Sheffield for uni and at one point earlier this year, before the May timetable change, the 07:36 was often formed of a five coach Pacer (a three car and a two car coupled). This is too long for some of the intermediate stations on the route (I believe the...
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    GNER Restaurant Car Capacity

    As you may have seen from another recent post of mine, I have been looking into restaurant services on trains by using the Wayback Machine recently. One thing I wanted to ask about was the capacity of the restaurant cars on GNER. On their 225’s, they used a whole first class carriage which has...
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    Retford Station Platform Bell

    Does Retford station still have a platform bell? I can remember standing on platform 1 as a child hearing (what I can only assume was) the platform bell alerting staff to a train calling at the platform imminently. I haven’t heard it in a long time, although it has been a few years now since I...
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    Azuma Power Sockets - no power through neutral sections

    I travelled to Edinburgh last week on an Azuma in first class and noticed that every time we went through a neutral section, both my laptop, which was plugged in to the 230V socket, and my phone, which was plugged into the USB port, stopped charging until overhead power was restored. This was a...
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    When did Virgin Trains withdraw their restaurant car?

    I have been looking on the Wayback Machine at the catering provision on trains in the past. I know that East Coast withdrew the restaurant car and replaced it with complementary first class catering in May 2011, and First Great Western got rid of Travelling Chefs in 2014 (retaining a few Pullman...
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    Damaged Azuma being hauled by a Class 67 at Ranskill (19/10)

    I caught the 10:49 from Retford to York this morning. Having accelerated out of Retford, we soon started to slow down again. I then noticed that we were on the down loop at Ranskill. I thought we were allowing a late running express to overtake, but then saw an Azuma (9 car I think) with a Class...
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    How long has the ECML had 14 HST's?

    Following the final HST's leaving London Paddington last night and also travelling on a HST from York to Retford myself yesterday, I have been looking into the history of the HST sets. According to the 125 Group, 27 were ordered for the Western Region and 32 for the East Coast Mainline...
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    Worksop Freight Yard

    Has part of Worksop Freight Yard closed and been sold off? I pass weekly on the on train and I noticed some weeks ago that some coal wagons were being scrapped, presumably they are now surplus to requirements due to the closure of many coal power stations in recent years. This was occuring on...
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    Railway Societies

    I attended the Bassetlaw Railway Societies Annual Model Railway Exhibition yesterday for the first time in a few years. While I was there, I got speaking to a couple of members of the Gresley Society Trust. After talking about steam locos for a bit, they asked me if I was in any societies, and I...
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    When did Mk1/2 loco hauled services end on the ECML

    I spent some time last week looking at some old carriage working books from the 1970's and 80's that are available to view on a Yahoo group. It is really interesting to see the formations of the trains of the era as well as get an insight of the timetable of the time. The information goes well...
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    Pacer revving at intermediate stations

    I went from Retford to Meadowhall by train on Saturday and, on the return journey, the Class 142 I was on revved while stationary at about three intermediate stations. It first revved like that at Kiverton Park and my first thought was that the driver had tried to take power when the doors...
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    Shore supply at Sheffield station

    I went to Sheffield yesterday and while waiting for the train home, I noticed a cable between the tracks for platforms 3 and 4. I can only assume it's a shore supply for Northern Rail's DMU's, probably the Class 158's as I also noticed two electrical connectors under the frame. As well as...
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    Statesman Rail Cancellations

    According to Railway Herald, all Statesman Rail tours in June, July, August and September have been cancelled. The only ones showing on there website are weekend breaks in October. The Fellsman has already been cancelled this year due to the landslip on the Settle and Carlisle. It seems strange...

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