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Re: General train talk.

Postby Stooo » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:53 pm

Guest wrote:Anyway in the end I ended up editing other peoples texts for a job with a two bit American tech firm . I weren’t no good me sen at writing but I could damn sure take a few words out here, add a comma here. It allowed me to work from home where for the first time fellow workers couldn’t hate my irrational, angry and paranoid take on the world!

Wish I had become a train driver which was me dream as a kid !!


It looks fairly intense to me. I always give the traditional 'thanks drive' when I hop off at the local station :smilin:
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Re: General train talk.

Postby Jon55 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:20 am

We have had a few suicides at our local station very distressing. When I was a child my Uncle's house backed onto the railway line and my cousin and I would play on the embankment. A police train would patrol the track and the train police would chase us off the railway bank. I don't think we realized how dangerous it was. I was just trying to find a picture of one but they don't exist - if I remember correctly they were dark in color with POLICE letters on the side.
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Re: General train talk.

Postby Stooo » Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:23 am

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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:19 pm

Stooo wrote:


But, in reality, 4ft 8.5" came about because of what was tried and tested at the time rather than anything to do with horses asses and rut spacing, though the latter makes for a better read.

http://trn.trains.com/railroads/abcs-of ... rack-gauge
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Re: General train talk.

Postby Stooo » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:42 pm

Looking smooth...

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Re: General train talk.

Postby Stooo » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:09 pm

A pub with a railway in the garden is launching in London and everything bad in the world is now good


https://www.timeout.com/london/news/a-p ... ood-100919

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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:53 pm

Stooo wrote:
A pub with a railway in the garden is launching in London and everything bad in the world is now good


https://www.timeout.com/london/news/a-p ... ood-100919

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Plus a very large flat garden if you want a working setup, rather than a stationary display.
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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:59 am

Some HST/Intercity 125/Class 43 news.

Cascades to Scotrail and East Midlands Railway. GWR to retain some short formation sets.

The EMR HSTs do not comply with the latest DDA requirements so that accounts for the LNER HSTs.

https://www.railmagazine.com/news/rail- ... train-test

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Midl ... ture_fleet

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wes ... ng_company)#Current_fleet
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_R ... ss_43_(HST)
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The class is officially the fastest diesel locomotive in the world, with an absolute maximum speed of 148 mph (238 km/h), and a regular service speed of 125 mph (201 km/h). The record run was led by 43102 and trailed by 43159.[1][2][3]


One power car has been sent to the NRM (York) and rightly so.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritag ... 1-10098973
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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:35 pm

Another iconic locomotive.

DOCUMENTARY: The Unstoppable Flying Scotsman
On: 5Select (55)
Date: Saturday 16th November 2019 (starting in 32 minutes)
Time: 16:00 to 17:00 (1 hour long)

An anytime alert is set for 15 minutes before the programme starts
During its lifetime, the Flying Scotsman has broken records, travelled the world, starred in a movie and even bankrupted its owners. Engineer Rob Bell presents the first of a two-part documentary charting the history of the world's most famous steam locomotive, looking at why has it inspired such affection among steam fans and still attracts huge crowds wherever it goes.
(Series 1, Episode 1)

Starring: Rob Bell

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Marked By: 'Reminder: The Unstoppable Flying Scotsman' and 'Favourite: The Unstoppable Flying Scotsman' markers
Keywords: Documentary
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Excerpt taken from DigiGuide - the world's best TV guide available from http://www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=45488

Copyright (c) GipsyMedia Limited.

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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:10 am

Heads up for Stooo, just in case.

Major timetable changes for GWR starting 15/12/2019.

https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/timetable-2019
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Re: General train talk.

Postby HobbitFeet » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:18 am

jra wrote:Heads up for Stooo, just in case.

Major timetable changes for GWR starting 15/12/2019.

https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/timetable-2019



we're affected by the Virgin franchise thing, but apparently the new operator will use the pendolino fleet and just change the livery and refurb?
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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:53 am

HobbitFeet wrote:
jra wrote:Heads up for Stooo, just in case.

Major timetable changes for GWR starting 15/12/2019.

https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/timetable-2019



we're affected by the Virgin franchise thing, but apparently the new operator will use the pendolino fleet and just change the livery and refurb?


I believe so, but here are future changes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avanti_We ... e_Services
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avanti_We ... ture_fleet

A good place to cascade the 221 Voyagers would be to CrossCountry to strengthen services, namely doubling up of 4 carriage sets to 8.

EMR are also replacing their 222 Meridian fleet, so those can be cascaded to other parts of the rail network.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrossCoun ... ling_stock
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Midl ... ling_stock
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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:21 am

This pub has a narrow-gauge/mini railway. I was there a few days ago.

http://www.thefancott.co.uk

https://www.fancottrailway.co.uk/
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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:36 am

The latest on Class 800+

Number Cars
Class 800 36 5 180
13 9 117
10 5 50
21 9 189
13 5 65
Sub total 601

Class 801 30 9 270
12 5 60
10 7 70
Subtotal 400

Class 802 22 5 110
14 9 126
19 5 95
5 5 25
Subtotal 356

Class 803 5 5 25
Subtotal 25

Class 804 33 5 165
Subtotal 165

TOTAL 1547 1547

I did this in an Excel spreadsheet, so the formatting is out of whack.

See relevant Wiki pages for further info.
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Re: General train talk.

Postby jra » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:32 pm

Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) delayed yet again. It should have opened fully in 2018, but now we're looking at late 2021. Can Network Rail ever deliver an infrastructure project on time and to budget? Apparently not in many cases.

Northern, TransPennine Express and South Western Railway TOCs could possibly all lose their franchises and go back (at least temporarily) into public ownership. Could this be the start of re-nationalization of British Rail? Time will tell.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50971629

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... e-journeys

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... loses-137m
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