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3+2 seating

3+2 seating

21.03.14: Seating 3+2 used to work well (remember the VEP and HAP stock on Southern Region?), although not particularly comfortable for longer journeys. But internal dimensions of trains are a little narrower than they used to be, to allow for sliding doo...

Devastation at Dawlish

Devastation at Dawlish

14.03.14: Network Rail appears to have worked very hard to get this devastated sea-wall line rebuilt so speedily. Congratulations not criticism for once! Having consolidated this route it is time to work with the Environment Agency to look at ways to...

LSWR

LSWR

28.02.14: This situation amply demonstrates the sheer folly of closing the LSWR route via Okehampton and Tavistock. This situation also shows why the various suggestions for restoring the route should be worked up as quickly as possible. The few critics s...

Gen Y Rail

Gen Y Rail

21.02.14: The whole event was tremendous fun for all the young people who attended. I was impressed with their attention to detail, especially about transporting the Polar Bear (remember the one on wheels?), arguably the most powerful and ferocious of lan...

Rolling stock cascades

Rolling stock cascades

07.02.14: Bombardier Class 387s are being delivered to Thameslink as a stop-gap solution, until the Class 700s are ready for service. The reason for this move is, supposedly, to allow Class 319s to be withdrawn for total refurbishment prior to their casca...

Stafford signalling project

Stafford signalling project

31.01.14: Work on the WCML which should have been done years ago. The major works at Stafford are welcome – the last station modernisation has lasted 50-odd years, and is still reasonable by today's standards – but the signalling is based on r...

Vision for the Tube

Vision for the Tube

24.01.14: Any TfL service improvement, expansion and extension news is good news. Naturally, it might not go well at the first attempt, but we'll have to adopt and adapt – it was ever thus – as those of us that have commuted for 30+ years will...

North Doncaster Chord is wasteful

North Doncaster Chord is wasteful

17.01.14: Why go to all this expense? There is already a bridge across the ECML at this point. Trains from Immingham can access the Askern line if a new link was built from just to the west of the existing bridge, curving to the north towards the Askern l...

Freight needs electrification

Freight needs electrification

10.01.14: Now we need to double and electrify the Felixstowe branch. This would enable container trains continuing towards London to be electrically hauled for all or at least a significant part of their journey. This should be the springing-off poin...

Re-opening the Bedford to Cambridge line

Re-opening the Bedford to Cambridge line

03.01.14: Local knowledge is fantastic for local detail, but frequently the wood cannot be seen for the trees, or in this case the car park. Move the ‘new’ St Johns station up a little and call it Bedford, County Hall, and re-run the ‘ol...

Oxford-Cambridge line

Oxford-Cambridge line

19.12.13: Close Kempston Hardwick when Wixams opens, make a station at Kempston near the retail park. Use the London Brick company land for a container depot (proposed for St Albans) and use Forders sidings loop as a stabling locomotive point. I woul...

Crossrail 2 stock

Crossrail 2 stock

13.12.13: If the government are really serious about emissions in London and think Crossrail 2 is needed, then the service provided (if Tube size stock) has limitations. If it’s the same size stock as main line, then TOILETS must be included, with p...

Paying for stations

Paying for stations

06.12.13: Will the developer pay for these stations? If not, why should anyone else? London (and other) taxpayers already fund enough, and this will not bring Greater London benefits. Developers are very good at asking for things they don't pay for...

Paying for stations

Paying for stations

05.12.13: Will the developer pay for these stations? If not, why should anyone else? London (and other) taxpayers already fund enough, and this will not bring Greater London benefits. Developers are very good at asking for things they don't pay for...

Improving performance

Improving performance

29.11.13: During the 90s, when we had really bad PPM on the southern part of the WCML, Virgin Trains and GTRM (Maintainer) got together and created a task force called WARP (West Coast Accelerated Reliability Programme) under a banner called Target 90. ...

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