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    Bicester Village announcements

    Quite! All in neat, clean and tidy surroundings - all, in my opinion, a bit 'Disneyesque' (if that's a word?). The owning company (Value Retail) runs a dozen or more of such sites across Europe and China. Bicester at least - and it may be true of the other 'Villages' - is aimed at the growing...
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    Class 800 pantograph operation

    As I tried to demonstrate in my post above the point of the vacuum is that there is no[1] air between the contacts to ionise. Any 'arc' which is drawn as the contacts open under load consists of metal vapour from the contact surfaces which condenses rapidly on nearby cold surfaces so no 'arc' is...
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    Class 800 pantograph operation

    Yup! What follows is based on what I learnt in the mid-1960s at English Electric when I worked in the same factory that made the vacuum circuit breakers, albeit using a glass vacuum chamber instead of the ceramic ones used today. They were a thing of beauty... The opening springs are tensioned...
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    As I wrote in the 'Class 230' thread since 2008 all new designs have to meet the relevant requirements of the European standard EN 15227 Railway applications - Crashworthiness requirements for rail vehicles. Structural requirements for railway vehicle bodies are defined in EN 12663. This means...
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    Another accident which involved a vehicle with a body made of double skinned extruded aluminium planks was that at Potters Bar in 2002. This killed seven people. Out of the three accidents in the UK that I can recall which involved vehicles with this method of construction people were killed in...
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    Yes, but as I said it depends on the accident. The double-skinned extruded aluminium leading coach of the Class 165 involved in the Ladbroke Grove accident almost completely disintegrated because of the energy being dissipated in that accident. Most of the fatalities were in that coach. There...
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    Hmm! It ain't necessarily so! Once an accident has started to happen then the outcome depends on the circumstances pertaining at the time. The Pendolino coaches weren't seriously damaged by the stanchions holding the overhead wires up. The Mk 4 coach in the Hatfield crash was. Over the past 45...
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    Costs of developing tilting function for BR class 390 Pendolino?

    I entirely accept your point. Even then it can be a bit confusing as in German 'BR' is often taken to mean 'Baureihe' or 'Model Series' which in UK railway-speak would be translated as 'Class'. So in German 'BR 101' would definitely mean one of these...
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    Train services to ferry terminals

    I went up to Uni in London in 1962 - it was really only yesterday! - and I also remember the Ocean Liner Specials in the late 1950s, coming off the Berks and Hants at Westbury Line Junction at Reading, the whole train looking immaculate. BR(WR) then still thought itself to be the GWR...
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    Class 230 units training/introduction on the Borderlands line.

    There seems to be some serious misunderstanding of the role of crash tests in this statement. The front of the train was modified to meet the relevant requirements of the European standard EN 15227 Railway applications - Crashworthiness requirements for rail vehicles by, among other things...
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    Proposals for "Northern arc": linking north Oxfordshire (Banbury) with Northampton and Peterborough

    The original quoted article states that: As the 'sub-national transport body England’s Economic Heartland' is concerned with that swath of country best described as Wilts, Berks, Bucks, Oxon, Beds and Cambs it is hardly surprising that the area south of London was ignored. See its home page at...
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    Transport Select Committee 24 June - Including plans to centralise control of Railways

    I agree with your analysis. British Railways as a (old school) nationalised organisation is dead and won't come back - the political, legal, financial, safety and social frameworks have changed sufficiently that the assumptions made in 1947 are no longer valid. In addition I would add that the...
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    Class 345 progress

    I am not so sure that the passengers are getting a 'poor deal' - they are simply not getting, at the moment, quite such a good deal[1] as was hoped. What is already running, even in seven coach form, is a considerable improvement over the recent service offered by 3 coach Class 165s and 166s...
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    Transport Select Committee 24 June - Including plans to centralise control of Railways

    It was one of several models that were proposed by different interest groups (the Cabinet Office, the DfT, the Treasury and outside parties) at different times. Very briefly these were: Regional - essentially re-creating the ‘Big 4’ (but could have been up to 12) Track Authority BR plc...
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    Was the InterCity Express Programme (IEP) a success or not?

    It seems to me that you are still labouring under a misapprehension. In my post 241 I explained the derivation of the term InterCity as used by BR. Part of my post read as follows: A brand name was useful for a monolithic organisation to distinguish between the various groups of services and...
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    Department of Transport Categories

    If you read what I wrote I never suggested that tourism /to/ Reading was the reason. All I wrote was: I had expected the numbers to be higher for York, hence my question as to whether the tourists arrive by car. I really don't know what you are trying to prove. The UK is much more than tourism...
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    Was the InterCity Express Programme (IEP) a success or not?

    A very Clarkson-like statement, then. And you took it seriously? ;)
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    Was the InterCity Express Programme (IEP) a success or not?

    I don't understand your preoccupation with the APT which last turned a wheel 34 years ago. In any event only one four coach experimental Advanced Passenger Train (APT-E) and three prototypes (APT-P), each of which was 14 vehicles long, were built. It never went into production. A better...
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    Total size of the UK rail fleet

    Try checking the websites of the ROSCOs. The three major ones are Eversholt, Angel and Porterbrook. They normally give information about the stock they lease. Others are Beacon Rail and Rock Rail as well as several smaller players. You may need to start a spreadsheet...!
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    Was the InterCity Express Programme (IEP) a success or not?

    The difference is that the initial orders were made under the Intercity Express Programme agreed between Hitachi and the DfT. The trains are issued to the TOCs and operated under a 'Total Train Service Provision' contract. For details see the National Audit Office's report Procuring new trains...

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