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    DMU Fuel Economy - Sense Check

    From the topic how far on a tank of fuel I have a report that a 2 car 156 will do 3mpg per set, or roughly 6mpg per vehicle. Now, I have some figures for a bunch of Northern DMUs: Class 195: 0.81 litres per mile Class 170: 0.97 litres per mile Class 158: 0.72 litres per mile Class 156: 0.68...
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    Decarbonisation - How Many Alternative-Traction Units Will We Need?

    Does the Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS) published by Network Rail say how many battery and hydrogen trains will be needed if and when the recommended electrification programme is completed? I had a very quick look and don't think it does, but maybe I missed it. Given the...
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    EMU power distribution (inter-car connections)

    I'm aware that distributed traction means not all motor coaches on AC EMUs have a pantograph, and even when there are two pantographs there may only be one transformer on the unit. Thus there must be inter-car connections to distribute the power from the pantograph(s) between all the motors. A...
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    Cardiff-York - what are the permitted routes?

    At the end of Feb I'm planning to head from Cardiff to York going on TfW via Lydney to Cheltenham then the XC125 through to York. However, I've not yet decided how I'll come back (which will be on the 2nd of March). One option is fairly simple, XC IC125 to Bristol Parkway and then GWR through...
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    Class 90 OHLE test train GWML - timings?

    I am aware that a class 90 with a mark 3 and DVT (plus two class 67s in most cases) has been in use testing the new OHLE between Bristol Parkway and south Wales. Could anyone let me know whether this is still running and if so when I might be able to see it on Saturday (14th December)? Or...
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    Delay causes - detailed statistics?

    Train operators publish some performance data, such as this example from Transport for Wales Rail Services (TfW). Among other things, TfW shows the percentage of delay minutes attributable to TfW, Network Rail, and other train operators (TOCs). However, both TOC and Network Rail delays can...
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    A Formula For Window Alignment?

    Most trains seem to have at least a few seats where your view is at least partly blocked by a window pillar. So, I have wondered whether it is possible to ensure that every seat has a good view (unless it's night time or the train is in a dark tunnel of course). Also, if having every seat...
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    CAF Civity/LHCS UK Fleets - Dates and Factories

    Sorry for being lazy, but I don't want to wade through the class 195, class 397, class 196 and class 331 threads. I've looked at the last couple of pages of the linked ones, on which the information below is based. This topic is just for a summary of when the latest entry into service estimates...
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    Petition for Manchester Piccadilly platforms 15 & 16

    Some thoughtful soul has started a petition on the official UK Parliament petitions site calling for urgent implementation of the Castlefield corridor quadrupling project. Perhaps the most important part of the scheme is the two additional through platforms for Manchester Piccadilly...
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    Saturday return (CMN-BRI) outward break of journey

    I'm planning a photography/video trip from Carmarthen (CMN) to Bristol Temple Meads (BRI) or possibly Cardiff Central on Saturday (27th May 2017). I intend to break my outward journey at Neath, to film the 11:32 to Pembroke Dock going over the river+canal bridge. The GWR mixing deck, shows...
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    New train platforms - design flexibility

    Just wondering how flexible current train design platforms are (eg. Aventra, Civity, AT200 etc.). I know the Aventra is being produced with 2 and 3 doors per-side, what other variations are possible? Vehicle-end doors (like a class 175)? Unit End Gangways (UEGs) (we know this is possible...
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    FirstGWR Pembroke Dock Services - Staff Issues 2016

    As you probably know, First Great Western / Great Western Railway currently have two services scheduled in each direction between Swansea and Pembroke Dock (PMD) on summer Saturdays. One of the westbound workings starts from Swansea, the other 3 services are supposed to run through to/from...
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    What are service numbers for?

    There are a few topics about who is responsible for allocating bus service numbers, and the answer seems to be it is uncontrolled and there is very little logic to it. In this topic I am asking a slightly different question, which is what is the purpose of the number in the first place? I...
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    Trivia: What is the most indirect bus route?

    In mainland Britain, ie. Scotland, Wales and England, what is the bus indirect bus route, in terms of journey time compared to private car travel? Or, is there a train route that is even less direct than the most indirect bus route? I'll start of with the 412 service (Cardigan - Newport -...
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    Who should procure stock and manage cascades?

    As the title asks. The DfT has specified and procured trains for Thameslink, ICEC and ICGW, rather than leaving it to the TOCs, but now they say they are leaving organisation of where to cascade the older stock to the TOCs. Personally, I think that's a recipe for waste, either it should be...
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    Bus Stops - Not Good Enough?

    Story here: Shabby, neglected bus stops will never help get more people on to public transport. Talks about the investment that is being seen in railway stations (presumably NSIP and NSIP+, but it doesn't say so) and complains about the standard of bus stops. Personally, I think alot of...
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    Timed For IC225?

    I remember reading that the GNER/BR timetables for the ECML had most trains timed for IC125 trains, even if diagrammed for an IC225 set, so that IC125s could stand in for a failed/unavailable IC225. The exception was a few of the fastest services, such as the 'Flying Scotsman'. Is East Coast's...
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    Fishguard Rail Service Review

    A review has been launched into the future of the Fishguard rail service, with the 3yr trial due to end in September. I tried to extract the final date of the trial service was ATW but without success, although I'm guessing September 6th is the last day of service under the current arrangement...
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    Rolling Stock Seating Capacities

    Sorry if something like this already exists, but I thought it would be useful to have a reference for the seating capacity of various types of stock. Also, the factors which contribute to the capacity should also be noted, eg. number of toilets, seating layout (1+2, 2+2, 2+3 etc.). I'll start...
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    Buses on rail signalling?

    Sitting in the 1.3mile traffic jam again on the bus on my way into Aberystwyth this morning. Somebody in front of me said to their friend that something needs to be done about this. This got me thinking (again) about a new Carmarthen-Aberystwyth railway and in particular my idea of using the...

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