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    Transport For Wales Livery

    Thanks for updating the list, it's nice to see an overview of progress with the 158s and 175s. You say 'Non-compliant units renumbered 153/9' but then list 313, 314, 318, 321, 322 and 326 with their original numbers. Have those units been PRMed, or are they awaiting renumbering? Any reason why...
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    TFW Rail Services to be taken in house by Welsh Government

    Note that I said the UK government was finding billions of pounds to buy more space for more cars. UK Government means Highways England means more space for more cars IN ENGLAND. Google "road investment strategy 2" if you want to know more. The headline figure is £27bn I believe. Since a large...
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    TFW Rail Services to be taken in house by Welsh Government

    Indeed they are, but the first thing I would cut if I was in charge and short of money (and probably would cut even if I wasn't short of money) would be the road investment strategy.
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    TFW Rail Services to be taken in house by Welsh Government

    You probably don't want to be on a Tram-Train if a FLIRT hits it either, and isn't it still possible (between Cathays and Radyr via Cardiff Central) for a 2000t coal train to hit the tram train anyway? The reason they are tram-trains, not just plain trams, is so they would be allowed to share...
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    TFW Rail Services to be taken in house by Welsh Government

    Wasn't there a requirement to permit freight across the entire existing ValleyLines network, hence the use of 25kv AC including on the routes via Pontypridd? There was still freight through Aberdare until recently wasn't there? Personally, I think it is more to do with the depot for the...
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    Progress of delivery of cascaded/refurbished/PRM modified stock to TFW/Wales and Borders

    Though, with social distancing, I imagine even a fairly empty-looking train could actually be over capacity. The seat pitch (spacing) is under 1m on most if not all trains so in airline style seating you need two empty rows between each usable seat to maintain 2m distancing between passengers...
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    CAF Civity for TfW

    I've had short rides on a Northern 195, a ScotRail refurbished 156 and something around Cambridge (possibly a class 700, I remember waiting to board one but not much about what it was like inside). Didn't really like any of them and can't say I noticed a difference although, as I said, none were...
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    CAF Civity for TfW

    Yes, Fainsa Sophias will be fitted to the 197s. The original spec (written by KeolisAmey I assume) was for Fainsa Comrail (Ironing Board) seats, but TfW paid extra to overrule that decision. I'm not sure if the Sophias will be an upgrade compared to the Ironing Boards though; and a massive...
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    DMU Fuel Economy - Sense Check

    I've provided more details of the source below, my interpretation of it is that the litres per mile are for the complete train (an average across Northern's fleet, hence the business with the average vehicles per unit to try and calculate an average per-vehicle score). The Northern data at the...
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    DMU Fuel Economy - Sense Check

    Yes, I ended up with similar values for the class 156, but to do so I had to treat the Northern data (which is captioned as litres per mile) as miles per litre. In other words, to get the end result to come out right I had to assume the source data was in the wrong units. I have no other reason...
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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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    CAF Civity for TfW

    Interesting; I'd like to see more (and any associated text) if you can provide a link. It's hard to tell from those shots whether the seating layout has changed from the one that was doing the rounds a while back. What's the attachment size limit on this forum? I was going to upload a copy of...
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    Transport for Wales 769's

    If Rhymney was a mix of 769s and 153s would the 153 diagram(s) be sufficient to allow Cardiff and Treherbert crews to retain route knowledge to Rhymney or do Treherbert only sign 150s and Pacers? Also, would the route-knowledge retention diagram being 153s affect the ability to withdraw Pacers...
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    Decarbonisation - How Many Alternative-Traction Units Will We Need?

    Thanks for this. It's Meresyrail or nothing then, which rules out doing something with DMUs in the interim (while waiting for battery trains) since Merseyrail doesn't allow DMUs in the central Liverpool tunnels. Just Heysham left to go now. Does it make sense to retain through running to Leeds...
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    Decarbonisation - How Many Alternative-Traction Units Will We Need?

    I've added some more deductions - I've given a few places quite a big uplift in service (one not entirely within the capabilities of the current infrustructure, but not far off) because I want to show the maximum likely requirement for self-powered vehicles if all the recommended electrification...
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    Progress of delivery of cascaded/refurbished/PRM modified stock to TFW/Wales and Borders

    What is currently running through Pontypridd? If I recall correctly, pre-COVID it was mainly single 150s and double Pacers. A double Pacer I believe is a similar length (60m) to a 3-car 150. Now, I know TfW don't have 3-car 150s at the moment, but if they don't have enough to run 4-car...
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    Possible New Avanti Seat Design

    Does anyone have a link to a press release or article where Avanti said they were going for a new seat design?
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    Decarbonisation - How Many Alternative-Traction Units Will We Need?

    Thanks both; data added to the table. I've also done a few more deductions myself. 1605396782 I've done a few more deductions and now have most of the battery units done. Think I have got to a total of 65 battery units required in use each day. Just not sure what to do with Ellesmere Port -...
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    Decarbonisation - How Many Alternative-Traction Units Will We Need?

    Probably not; if the class 801 had been a pure electric rather than an underpowered bi-mode they would probably still be able to work in multiple with class 800s because it was in the IEP spec. However, if you want two trains to work in multiple these days you seem to have to order them at the...
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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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