As opposed to the rest of the UK, where everything is bunnies and kittens.
Not quite the same, but I recall commenting to someone who works in the auto industry that since around 2010-ish the styling of cars had become noticeably more aggressive and wondered why. Much of it was down to making them less lethal to pedestrians who get hit by them- the "aggressive" styling (particularly noticeable on BMWs of the last 10 years or so) was what came out through trying to incorporate those features whilst still making the cars themselves stylish enough that people will still buy them.Sorry if I caused any offence there, it was meant as tongue in cheek. I didn't notice the lack of any such emoticon when I posted, oops! Going to add one now!
It is an interesting thought though, if all trains looked menacing on their front ends, would it have a positive effect on tackling anti-social behaviour?
Aren't the shops branded "M To Go"? Or is it "MtoGo".
Amusingly when the yellow livery first started appearing on Merseyrail we (schoolkids at the time) called it the "M train", because of the Merseytravel Ms plastered all over it. Might these get the same nickname, I wonder?
afaik the M is an intentional design feature that came up during the design stage. It’s a nice coincidence that it also works for the Tyne & Weir Metro.
The recently arrived unit, 002, has the battery prototypes fitted as confirmed by David Powell in the tweet below. Will be tested on the 3rd rail network (without drawing power) to get an idea of performance, range and practicality.
Apart from the special case of 002, pictured in the previous posting at Ormskirk, it would seem that Stadler have decided to keep further completed sets at their factories in Switzerland and Poland. That makes sense as long as they have siding space there. There is no room for further deliveries to Kirkdale until more 507/8 are sent for scrap. That can’t happen until testing is completed on the 777s, the ORR approves them and crew training can take place, enabling entry into service and subsequent withdrawal of some 507/8 sets.Any more 777’s due to arrive here soon?
Four great examples of how not to wear a mask there!
It’s a prototype so won’t be permanent. I don’t even think it’s the theoretical “full” capacity, just big enough to be a good representation of a full setup.Is 002 a long-term battery unit e.g. until the battery requires replacing or becomes obsolete, thus say, at least 10 years nominally or shorter term 1-2 years test?
It’s been borrowed from a Class 756 that Stadler are building for TfW. If the trial is successful Merseyrail will receive bigger batteries.It’s a prototype so won’t be permanent. I don’t even think it’s the theoretical “full” capacity, just big enough to be a good representation of a full setup.
The TFW battery is being trialled just to prove the concept of battery operation with a 777. It is not expected to provide more than about 10 miles worth of power. If things go well it will be a case of more of the same for production versions. A bit like taking 6 sandwiches for your lunch when you know that you tried and liked the first 2. The hope is that the bigger version of the battery will give a range of 30+ miles between charges, making Wigan Wallgate, Preston and Warrington Central possible destinations without extending electrification.Hmmmmm. "This has been successful - let's do something else." What could possibly go wrong?
The problem is that if a 777 can’t be fitted with a battery and 25kV equipment at the same time it would need a range of 60+ miles to get to Wigan Wallgate, Preston and Warrington Central etc and back without recharging.The bigger version of the battery will give a range of 30+ miles between charges, making Wigan Wallgate, Preston and Warrington Central possible
The problem is that if a 777 can’t be fitted with a battery and 25kV equipment at the same time it would need a range of 60+ miles to get to Wigan Wallgate, Preston and Warrington Central etc and back without recharging.