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April Fools on the Railway... 2016

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willas00

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From Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains introduces Flying Scotsman to the commuter route
01/04/16
25 per cent discount is offered for customers who help shovel coal on their journey
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Virgin Trains has today announced that customers will soon be able to catch a steam train to work, as it’s revealed that the original Flying Scotsman locomotive will be joining its fleet later this year on its East Coast and West Coast routes.

For no extra cost, Virgin Trains customers will have the unique opportunity to swap short commuter routes such as the usual 19 minute Stevenage to London journey, for slower and steamier journeys hauled by Flying Scotsman.

A 25 per cent discount on tickets is also being offered to customers willing to swap their laptops for shovels to help keep the train running across the route.

To celebrate its arrival, the famed steam train will be given a 21st Century makeover and will be painted with the iconic Virgin Trains red livery, making it the perfect addition to the Virgin family.

The unprecedented announcement comes as the National Railway Museum, which saved the locomotive for the nation in 2004, agreed to release it back into service. The makeover will be taking place at the museum in York, where fans of the iconic engine can watch the transformation as it’s painted during the museum’s fantastic Scotsman Season, running from March 25 to May 8 2016, before fans can really experience the full power of steam.

Jim Lowe, Head of Operations at the National Railway Museum, said: “Flying Scotsman has had many different guises throughout its rollercoaster history, and we’re very excited about the steam star’s upcoming transformation. We hope that visitors to the National Railway Museum will be delighted to see locomotive in its new red and white livery as part of our exciting Scotsman Season.”

Hamish Soaring, Head of The Steam Train Rehabilitation Programme said: “At Virgin Trains we’re passionate about giving our customers an awesome experience and think that by bringing steam trains back onto our commuter service, we’re doing just that. We would encourage our customers to book the 25 per cent discounted tickets so we can ensure enough coal is being shovelled at all times!”

Flying Scotsman will be available for travel on the east coast route from May 2016 with the service extending to the west coast mainline by the end of the year.

To book tickets to the National Railway Museum visit http://www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/

Anyone came across any more jokes?
 
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On another April Fools joke, although this one has had quite a long lead up, hire long after 12:00 will it be that Northern will announce that there will be no new DMU's and it's Pacers and class 230's all the way?!?
 

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On another April Fools joke, although this one has had quite a long lead up, hire long after 12:00 will it be that Northern will announce that there will be no new DMU's and it's Pacers and class 230's all the way?!?

Woo Hoo...
 

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They would be missing a trick with the 25% off for going on the shovel. Loads of gricers would pay double and more for a firing turn.
 

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"Proposals for a new link between Ouseburn and Newcastle's universities would be a boon to the city's students"

"Proposals seen by The Journal show plans to extend the underground section of the existing Haymarket Metro station so that passengers can transfer easily to the new line, which would be added to the Metro map in either purple or light brown.

The NEEDI spokesman said: “The Metro is used by tens of millions of people every year but the opportunity to add a new line is a once-in-a-generation possibility.

“Using an existing tunnel would mean the cost of the scheme would be substantially reduced, as well as providing a 21st century use for 19th century engineering excellence.”
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Newcastle Chronicle article here : http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/plans-drawn-up-use-victoria-11119872
 

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Visit Scotland are saying that a new Forth railway bridge will be built.
 

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http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/giant_new_rail_hub_could_be_built_at_swainsthorpe_to_achieve_dream_of_norwich_in_90_1_4479108

A gigantic new rail hub could be built at Swainsthorpe – to enable the dream of Norwich in 90 to be achieved, the Norwich Evening News can reveal today.

Norwich Thorpe terminal will still exist, but the crucial new Swainsthorpe-by-Norwich station, complete with six platforms and parking for hundreds of cars, will mean the ‘90’-minute target can be achieved by ‘stealth of track’.

New three-carriage shuttles will race the six miles from the city centre to Swainsthorpe where they will couple direct with awaiting trains.

Those six miles are crucial to achieve the Norwich in 90 – it will provide the critical five-minute reduction in journey time that campaigners have been struggling to find.

Meanwhile, there will be a helipad for magnates to drop straight in to Swainsthorpe where an escalator will sweep them straight into first class – where they will get free WiFi and a complimentary copy of the Norwich Evening News.

The whole complex will rival the Channel Tunnel railhead in Kent and will cost an estimated £1bn.

Existing loco names will be kept but the pioneer of new railheads, Dr Olaf Pirol will have one especially named after him.

Diss had been considered for the initiative but ‘Diss in 85’ was deemed not to have the ring of Norwich in 90, so was Diss-missed.

John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk council said: “We needed to think about a more radical solution so more people could benefit.

“On the basis that Ryanair gets away with describing Oslo Airport as Oslo when in fact it is 40 miles away, we concluded the most sensible approach was to move Norwich closer to London.”

Critics have accused those who pledged to deliver Norwich in 90 of cheating, but campaigners said the long-standing problem of Trowse swing bridge being just single track meant it simply could not happen.

They admitted the Swainsthorpe solution was a compromise but that the devolution deal for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire had given them the opportunity to apply for funding from a government pot of cash specifically set aside for major infrastructure projects. The Thorpe terminal will no longer operate trains directly to London, raising fears for its future. But rail bosses have moved quickly to quell concerns, announcing ambitious long-term plans to forge a new route connecting Norwich to Amsterdam. However, that would require the construction of a 100-mile plus tunnel underneath the North Sea.
 Rail chiefs have started a Crowdfunding campaign to raise the money for the scheme and have lodged a planning application with Norfolk County Council.
 

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New TPE are offering excellent quality pork pies on the Anglo-Scottish caterinng offer for 1st class passsengers ....

Hang on - that appears to be fact !
 

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New TPE are offering excellent quality pork pies on the Anglo-Scottish caterinng offer for 1st class passsengers ....

Hang on - that appears to be fact !

Isn't that new TPE livery an April fool gag, what you mean its real!
 

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I was told that the electrification of the West Somerset Railway has been delayed by up to another 2 years, with the first electric train now not expected to run until early April 2021.
Apparently the work is to be done at moderate cost as part of the main line electrification, which is behind schedule.
It is said that network rail and GWR are contributing towards the cost as they will make use of the new infrastructure at times of disruption, by for example stabling a spare train at Bishops Lydeard.
Most trains would continue to be steam hauled, but the electrification would of course facilitate through excursion trains from the national network, And also through freight in connection with the building of the new nuclear power station at Hinckley point which is also delayed.
Eventually an EMU shuttle from Taunton might be a possibility. Or even heritage AC locomotives.

The official press release was to be this morning, but I have not heard anything as yet
 

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I was told that the electrification of the West Somerset Railway has been delayed by up to another 2 years, with the first electric train now not expected to run until early April 2021.
Apparently the work is to be done at moderate cost as part of the main line electrification, which is behind schedule.
It is said that network rail and GWR are contributing towards the cost as they will make use of the new infrastructure at times of disruption, by for example stabling a spare train at Bishops Lydeard.
Most trains would continue to be steam hauled, but the electrification would of course facilitate through excursion trains from the national network, And also through freight in connection with the building of the new nuclear power station at Hinckley point which is also delayed.
Eventually an EMU shuttle from Taunton might be a possibility. Or even heritage AC locomotives.

The official press release was to be this morning, but I have not heard anything as yet

Wasn't that posted by Ailsa Polyford
 

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SRPS Railtours are promising TGV trips around Europe next year. The image is a photoshopped Thalys with the destination Tweedbank on it.

Also, the list of destinations on the post is an acrostic that spells 'NAE CHANCE'

Post is on Facebook
 

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There are 750 persons that have applied to go 1 year to visit Iceland, Surinam, Malta and Nicaragua. Countries without railways! The NS gives away 2 Interrailpasses for 10 days to those people. 80 of those recognized that it was a April Fools Day joke.
 

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SRPS Railtours are promising TGV trips around Europe next year. The image is a photoshopped Thalys with the destination Tweedbank on it.

Also, the list of destinations on the post is an acrostic that spells 'NAE CHANCE'

Post is on Facebook

A joke, yes, but could it do it?

Incidentally, I was just appointed the new Northern Rail Spotter-in-Chief
 

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April Fool's Day is also followed in France, where it is known as 'Poisson d'avril' - April Fish.

The R.A.T.P. ( Paris Underground) entered into the spirit of things and renamed 13 Paris metro stations.

Here's a couple of links to published articles that will give a good idea of what they did, which was in my opinion, pretty neat ! Of course, killjoys will moan that in these difficult times the money could have been better spent elsewhere, but the huge smiles on poor harassed Parisian commuters this morning was priceless.


http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/insolite/story/21974827

http://www.lefigaro.fr/sortir-paris...IG00123-la-ratp-renomme-13-stations-metro.php


My favorite is the upside-down ANVERS ( jeu de mots ENVERS ).
 

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The A1 trust posted a press release this morning announcing that their next project was to be an LNER Class J38 locomotive. Quite a few people fell for it - including me initially.
It was to be number 1416 (1-4-16) and had apparently been backed by a benefactor called 'Aprilschwerz'.

In my humble opinion, much more amusing and clever than last year's nuclear announcement!
 
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