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Started by ZootHornRollo on Mar 7, 2011 5:10:53 PM
The Railway thread

now arriving at platform 3

Tangent - 07 Mar 2011 17:25:00 (#1 of 5498)

As it happens, I'm posting on the WCML, just east of Atherstone. I've never quite reconciled to the Pendolinos.

JohnIlly - 07 Mar 2011 18:41:11 (#2 of 5498)

I thought your post was leaning a bit.

LordBallymoss - 09 Mar 2011 09:25:39 (#3 of 5498)

Don't come to me for help. I've never reconciled myself to HSTs.

Anthony16 - 09 Mar 2011 09:31:39 (#4 of 5498)

I'm sick and tired of the Milan/Zurich pendolino "Cisalpina". Its old, dirty, the seats are awful and half the toilets don't work.

just thought I'd say so....

gordonthemoron - 09 Mar 2011 10:26:11 (#5 of 5498)

they do look a bit shit from the outside, as do the pendolinos in Czech Republic

buggiejack - 10 Mar 2011 15:13:49 (#6 of 5498)

It used to be that SR and WR London-Plymouth trains both went through Exeter St Davids, but in opposite directions.

Were there other instances of this anywhere else in the UK?

LordBallymoss - 14 Mar 2011 14:58:45 (#7 of 5498)

That's a bit of a hard one. Can't think of any.

Northern Ireland is getting new Class 4000s I see.

Ricolas - 17 Mar 2011 13:41:45 (#8 of 5498)

Afternoon train folk.

I have just spent a hilarious half hour reading about the ongoing woes of the Cambridge guided busway. If ever anyone needs proof that sometimes railways are just easier, then this is it. God help them.

JohnIlly - 17 Mar 2011 13:45:38 (#9 of 5498)

Guided busways are a very expensive way to make bus lanes. Installling CCTV, similar technology to the London congestion zone and painting on the road is a lot cheaper.

Ricolas - 17 Mar 2011 13:51:05 (#10 of 5498)

The thing that occurs to me that was not taken into account when they decided on it is that it is all new tech for the UK to a greater extent. Companies producing railway tech are well established in the uk.

I know there is more to it than that, of course, but that is just for starters.

hailesaladdie - 17 Mar 2011 22:00:52 (#11 of 5498)

Guided busways can be pretty good - there's a great one up in Kesgrave, near Ipswich.

Building one across the Fens from Huntingdon - and then leaving the busiest, most delay-prone section through Cambridge as is - is mind-bogglingly stupid.

The only good part to come out of it will be the fast, guided link from the station to Addenbrookes.

Ricolas - 17 Mar 2011 22:46:11 (#12 of 5498)

I grew up in Cambridge, unfortunately, and the place was infamous for making idiotic traffic decisions then, and still is. Selfish and short-sighted appears to be the calling card of the county council there. For decades.

hailesaladdie - 17 Mar 2011 22:50:07 (#13 of 5498)

On the plus side, it's still the only place I've been to in the UK when cycling "improvements" actually improve things...

On top of the misguided busway, there's also the scheme to move the A14 through Huntingdon to a completely different location. Why? Well, the A14 is a dangerous road. This is obviously because of the road, and nothing to do with the traffic (and definitely nothing to do with lorries rushing to make their boat at Felixstowe and a complete lack of traffic police. Oh no.)

So, by knocking down one section and rebuilding it up the road, it'll magically become safe. Clever, no?

Ricolas - 17 Mar 2011 23:04:51 (#14 of 5498)

Yes, but it take them actively considering banning bikes from the centre of town to make them finally grasp the nettle of how to deal properly with bikes.

Road schemes from Hell in Cambs. And a lot of lies about them too over the years iirc.

hailesaladdie - 17 Mar 2011 23:11:04 (#15 of 5498)

Yup, but the bike ban thing was all talk. It's the little things that you notice in Cambridge - bike lanes to give you protection at pinch points (not ones that disappear at pinch points like elsewhere), that don't suddenly fizzle out in the middle of nowhere, that don't lost priority at every single junction...

But the road schemes are just barking half the time. I just count myself lucky that we live on the side of Cambridge where the approach is always clear, and you can always find free parking a short bike ride (or medium walk) away from the city centre.

It's also (to bring it back on topic) got an irritatingly located station.

Ricolas - 17 Mar 2011 23:20:29 (#16 of 5498)

Damn straight.

hailesaladdie - 17 Mar 2011 23:29:03 (#17 of 5498)

Have I had a rant about the new barriers at King's Cross yet?

Oh well, I'm tired. Consider this a rant.

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ZootHornRollo - 21 Mar 2011 12:05:24 (#19 of 5498)

The two Network Rail Class 86 cans were outside the RTC at Derby over the weekend. First time I have seen them at Derby in over two years.

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