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    Pelaw - Bede line

    Makes sense. Guessing it will be minimum of 3 aspect throughout then, as not sure heavy freight could stop at a red quick enough under the current two aspect signalling. If they are equipping Pelaw-Jarrow/Bede with AWS/TPWS and sending freights down it, wonder if we will ever see the day when...
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    Pelaw - Bede line

    Probably not tbh. The line is short enough that a freight should make it through without delaying a metro if signalled correctly (ie held back until a metro has just passed). Not even sure if the bypasses would be long enough to hold a freight out the way of the metro even if they wanted to...
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    Pelaw - Bede line

    Luckily, due to the relatively limited scope of the project, I don’t think there is much room to tinker with it shy of cancelling it all together. They have already removed all potential bells and whistles from the outset, such as: •Not retaining the freight station bypasses •Not retaining bidi...
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    Pelaw - Bede line

    I had heard from friends they were planning on starting it after the 2021 Great North Run. Don’t have a source to back that up though, just word of mouth. There is talk of a 12 week line closure, which will be a nightmare for commuters. Hopefully they will make the rail replacement buses...
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    Pelaw - Bede line

    Makes sense. With a housing estate that big I can imagine there will be a good amount of commuters.
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    Pelaw - Bede line

    Thanks guys. :)
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    Pelaw - Bede line

    When they double the section of line between Pelaw and Bede, how do you think the signalling will work. Presumably on approach to stations there will be junction indicators installed to signal if you are going to continue on the metro pathway into the platform or the Jarrow Shell branch pathway...
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    T & W Metro reducing services on 29 Nov. Not enough drivers!!

    There is definitely some truth in this. As a regular commuter I’m used to the occasional emergency brake application during leaf fall season, usually in the same areas (eg approaching Gateshead Stadium P2 seems to be a hot spot), but a few weeks ago between Pelaw and Tyne Dock it was applied on...
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    T & W Metro reducing services on 29 Nov. Not enough drivers!!

    Agree with this. Would prefer a timetable they can stick to over an unrealistic one with rafts of cancellations.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    Ah my bad. I knew green was the new special bus livery so just assumed that was it.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    Saw a good one in Newcastle this week which combined the two. ‘685 - Hexham for Brampton and then Carlisle’. :D It was in Stagecoach’s new “special bus” livery (below - not my photo).
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    I think it actually contacts the rails. Think them dropping to the rails is the sound you hear when the driver first puts his key in. 1603886105 I asked this question a while back and was given the answer that heavy rail don’t use magnetic emergency brakes because the trains are so heavy, that...
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    The greasing the rails idea is a good one as gives a chance to practice it in real time rather than on a simulator. Not sure if Metro could do this however, perhaps the depot would be a potential location if there is a long enough stretch of track in it. If true, that is a rather shocking and...
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    Problem is Metro stops and starts a lot. So whilst taking a cautious, early braking approach to every station would be ideal, it would probably end up in you consistently running late and a resulting angry DM. Just curious, how would they train people to deal with low rail adhesion scenarios? I...
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    It would appear leaf fall season is in full swing. My last two commutes to work have involved that unmistakable feeling of weightlessness/gliding followed by usage of the magnetic brake on approach to Tyne Dock. I assume the new stock will also have the magnetic brakes? It could be a struggle...
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    Types of trains

    Np. If you check during/after the journey it will tell you exactly what train it is/was eg “Operated with 158844“, but if you check in advance it might just say eg “Pathed as Class 150/153/155/156 DMU”.
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    Types of trains

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/ Find your service on there, click on “Go to detailed version” then click on “Show train information“.
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    Railway ghosts

    Either a ghost or a crazed trainspotter wearing old BR clothes to get onto the lines.
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    Scotswood Tyne former rail bridge

    Haha aye. Be confusing for outsiders visiting the area.
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    Scotswood Tyne former rail bridge

    Yeah it’s kinda in the middle of nowhere really.

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