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dol422 wrote: 13 Apr 2021 11:46 What was spooky about it?
Doing really weird things, lights going out randomly (with an accompanied alarm), phantom faults coming and going.
When you're on your own in a silent, cold, dark yard... it spooks you out to no end :lol:

I hate prepping trains after an isolation. Always guaranteed something will be a drama :mrgreen:
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In other news, Kings Cross PSB signalled its last train out of the station last night, and as of Monday all operations will be done by York ROC.
I'm fortunate enough to have got a couple of tours there before and it was incredible to see the place in action. A shame the building can't be turned into a museum or something.
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Hairline fractures have been found on newer batches of Britain's high speed services, affecting GWR, Hull Trains, Transpennine Express & LNERs 80X series of trains. Hopefully it doesn't prove to be a major issue!

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Redirect Left wrote: 08 May 2021 12:16 Hairline fractures have been found on newer batches of Britain's high speed services, affecting GWR, Hull Trains, Transpennine Express & LNERs 80X series of trains. Hopefully it doesn't prove to be a major issue!

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You guys with your fancy non-Hitachi trains must be loving all these Green signals :mrgreen:
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Pilot wrote: 08 May 2021 19:34 You guys with your fancy non-Hitachi trains must be loving all these Green signals :mrgreen:
I'm on leave but yes! I imagine stuff has been flying throug Hitchin Junction, Digswell, Woolmer Green, and in the Cross :mrgreen:
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A train station in the county of Cheshire, England has partially collapsed, or at least the roof has. No injuries are reported at the station in Northwich, which occurred just before midday.

Does make me wonder if someone slacked on the maintenance or safety inspectoring here...

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Avanti attempted today to break the APT's record for fast journey from London Euston to Glasgow - 3h, 52m, 40s.

They missed out by just 21 seconds!


A great shame for all on board, but still a fantastic achievement considering the APT could reach speeds of 140mph, but the Pendolino's (aka, AlanFry Express Units) plus infrastructure have a maximum of 125.
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Today is the last day when a Tatra T6A5 trams are operating in Prague. :cry: DPP (the Prague city owned transport company) owns last 6 pieces of them, one will go to the public tranort museum in Prague, two will be preserved for special occasions and the last three will be scrapped or sold to other cities, both of those actions were done with the previous trams too. An article about it: https://praguemorning.cz/historic-pragu ... rculation/ and a wikipedia article about T6A5:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_T6A5.
Most people who rode this tram will agree that their electric equipment sound is one of the most beatiful ones, maybe even the most beatiful. I have also found a interesting video with shots of this tram:
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Bit dead in here ain't it...

Anyone got some juicy or entertaining railway/transport news to share? :mrgreen:
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Geo Ghost wrote: 27 Aug 2021 01:30 Bit dead in here ain't it...

Anyone got some juicy or entertaining railway/transport news to share? :mrgreen:
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https://dpp.cz/en/restrictions-and-emer ... etail/9480
We in Prague are finishing new tram loop "Zahradní město"... The loop will be in nearby of new railway/tram/bus terminal with same name.

Also, it seems like our nostalgic tram line 23 will not operate soon. The DPP got rid of some trams, which used to operate there. I hope, they will at least leave one of every kind of trams from the line for our public transport museum...
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Geo Ghost wrote: 27 Aug 2021 01:30 Bit dead in here ain't it...

Anyone got some juicy or entertaining railway/transport news to share? :mrgreen:
The Norrbotniabanan (EN: North Bothnia Line) has been approved for final construction (some sections began construction a few years ago), which will ensure Luleå will have high-speed rails all the way down to continental Europe. In Luleå, this will connect to the Haparandabanan stretches to Finland and Sweden's connected border towns of Tornio and Haparanda. So, essentially, you'll be able to travel North of the Baltic Sea by train, most of which at speeds around 250 km/h!
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Off to blackpool tomorrow for a date, but aaaah. From me to Blackpool is 3 hours using trains, or for 2hrs10 i can go to London! Shove another 60ish minutes (for Gatwick Express) or 90 minutes (for Thameslink), and I can get all the way to the south coast of England in Brighton! I do love the nuances of rail travel in the UK. At least living on the ECML instead of WCML gives me cheaper tickets to London.
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Redirect Left wrote: 09 Sep 2021 22:08 At least living on the ECML instead of WCML gives me cheaper tickets to London.
And we are the superior line... :wink: :mrgreen:
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Geo Ghost wrote: 10 Sep 2021 10:07
Redirect Left wrote: 09 Sep 2021 22:08 At least living on the ECML instead of WCML gives me cheaper tickets to London.
And we are the superior line... :wink: :mrgreen:
Unfortunately not for the stability of the train operators! Although it looks like LNER will be longer than GNER, which is a pretty good achievement from the last few! Hopefully when it gets ditched in 2025 they have some franchises that don't overpromise and underdeliver to the point of just going bankrupt rather than deliver. I'd personally love to see Virgin Trains revived except now on the ECML, although I suspect Virgin Group will be wary given the unceremonious events that led to them not getting WCML back and of course (10% part of) VTEC that messed up.
Outsiide of operators though, I do enjoy the ECML. Quick routes, cheap prices, aside from being super noisy motors the new Azuma trains are pretty nice too.

In rail news, a new operator named Lumo, by FirstGroup is going to start doing London-Edinburgh routes on the cheap! It'll ram itself up the ECML to Edinburgh through absolutely nowhere, except a little place called Stevenage (where?) and then Morpeth & Newcastle. With a single class of travel (I am all here for that, sick of seeing empty first class carriages and rammed normal class ones) and cheap fares. Although I'm not sure if the touted prices of £15(ish) are the normal or an advance fare. I'll be interested to see how that goes, operating on Class 803s.
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I recently was at the Lago di Como, in Northern Italy/Lombardia, which had a tiny railway (Tracciolino) connecting two dams that aren't accessible via car to transport men/material between them. Nowadays you can just hike along the former line. It's one of the quirkiest bits of railway engineering I've encountered, I feel.
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A few more ... and yes, you do want to bring a light for that hike ^^;
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Pyoro wrote: 21 Sep 2021 11:40 A few more ... and yes, you do want to bring a light for that hike ^^;

That tunnel is rather creepy, and I love it! :mrgreen:
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Amtrak derailment in Joplin, MT

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Amtrak Empire Builder 7/27 derailed around 4 PM PDT/7PM EDT near Joplin, Montana. At least 3 dead and over 50 injured. The train had 146 passengers and crew and was traveling between Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA.

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The British rail franchise Southeastern has been stripped of its franchise, after failing to declare over £25,000,000 of taxpayer funding. The funding should have been returned to the Department for Transport, however they, Southeastern, just didn't declare it. From 17th October, the operation will move to what is known as the Operator of Last Resort, which tends to run lines that for a multitude of reasons, ended up back in public arms, similar to London North Eastern Railway (LNER) that runs on the East Coast Main Line.

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