Do you reckon we'll ever see one day a Thaly's or TGV pull into London Waterloo just like the Eurostars? With the CTRL they should be able to run at a decent speed and since the French get to see our trains, why can't we see theirs?!
The CTRL isn't being built to the UK's restrictive loading gauge, hence TGVs should be able to run into St Pancras but not Waterloo. The loading gauge will be the same as all the TGV routes, surely?Holland on Rail said:Thalys, and other TGV types (except Eurostar) are UIC based, wich means they have the normal with of the european railway networks. In thre UK it's a bit smaller, so it is still 1435 mm track, but the space around doesn't allows other european trains then Eurostar.
They aren't allowed to run anywhere for that reason Julian, not just the WLL! It isn't for that reason that Eurostars are allowed; it is because they are built to the UK's loading gauge and also because they use the WLL to access North Pole.1288gaje said:Thalys and TGVs are banned from the West London Line due to gauging...
I think that this was due to the fact that Eurostar does maintenance in 9 coch sets, so only half a unit at a time is maintained, this in turn occassionaly leads to 2 'good halfs' being released as 1 good set.tramboy said:There was actually a GNER Eurostar next to a Thalys set sometime I think, when 3306 and it's partner half set ended (???) up in France for some sort of testing...I could've sworn I read about it somewhere!