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How The Class 717 Trains Are Financed

This is a paragraph in an article in Rail Technology Magazine, which is entitled Brand-New £200m Class 707s Undergo Testing Ahead Of Autumn Roll-out.

The 25 six-car trains, financed by Rock Rail Moorgate, will be the first to be introduced in the UK using a new model for financing rolling stock. In an unprecedented move, the trains will be financed through long-term investment from pension and insurance companies.

So many of us will own a portion of these trains, through our pensions and insurance policies!

May 2, 2018 Posted by | Finance, Transport | | Leave a comment

Great Northern’s Class 717s Under Test

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Global Rail News.

The title also says it all and it would seem that the aim of having Class 717 trains in service this year on the Northern City Line is feasible.

The article also says that twelve trains have been completed and another twelve are being built.

I suppose Siemens had an advantage, in that except for the end doors, they are probably very similar to the Class 707 trains.

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From Lea Bridge Station To Coppermill Junction – 1st May 2018

I walked to the footbridge to the North of Lea Bridge station, before I took a train North.

I took some pictures around the bridge and some from the train.

Lea Bridge Junction was the old name for the junction and has been shown on carto.metro.free.fr.

It would appear there are gaps in the track, so will these be used to put in points to link to possible fourth track or even the Hall Farm Curve, which would link the Chingford Branch Line to Stratford.

One thing that puzzles me about Lea Bridge Junction, is that the crossing appears to be unwired. Does this mean that trains will cross using a mixture of Momentum and/or battery power.

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A Good Timetable Change In May For De Beauvoir Town

I live in the North of an area in London called De Beauvoir Town.

On the map, I live close to the junction of Mildmay Park/Southgate Road and the Balls Pond Road of Round the Horne fame!

The junction is a major bus interchange, with buses going regularly in all directions.

  • North to Manor House, Turnpike Lane and Wood Green.
  • South to Old Street, the City and London Bridge
  • West to Highbury and Islington station, the Angel and the West End.
  • East to Hackney, Waltham Forest and the River Lea.

All these buses was one of the reasons I moved here.

But note the railway stations ringing the area.

But that is not all!

  • Haggerston station is within walking distance on a good day, off the map to the South-East.
  • Highbury and Islington station is a short bus ride off the map to the West.
  • Angel station is a short bus ride off the map to the South-West.
  • Manor House station is a short bus ride off the map to the North.
  • Hackney Downs station is a short bus ride off the map to the East.

I can also get direct buses from local stops to Euston, Kings Cross, London Bridge, St. Pancras, Victoria and Waterloo.

From December 2018, I’ll be able to get a bus from the junction to the new Crossrail station at Moorgate/Liverpool Street.

Is there a better place to live for public transport?

On the twentieth of May, the date of the rail timetable change, things will get better.

An article on the timetable change in the May 2018 Edition of Modern Railways says this.

London Overground’s East London Line services are being recast in conjunction with the new Thameslink timetable. On the North and West London Lines, the off-peak timetable is being enhanced to match broadly the peak service, providing 8 tph between Stratford and Willesden Junction for most of the day seven days a week, with four continuing to Clapham Junction and the other four to Richmond.

London’s ugly duckling of the last century, is turning into a whole bevy of swans.

The service on the North London Line has improved several-fold since I moved here and will now be eight tph or a train every seven and a half minutes.

The East London Line will be recast, with another two tph this year to Crystal Palace station and two more next year to Clapham Junction station.

And then there’s the Northern City Line to Moorgate, that calls at Essex Road and Highbury and Islington stations!

In First ‘717’ In UK In June, I wrote about what will be happening in the May 2018 timetable change.

I said this.

From the May 2018 timetable change, the service levels will become.

  • Four tph to Welwyn Garden City
  • Five tph to Hertford North, with two tph extended to Stevenage or Watton-at-Stone.
  • No direct services will run to Letchworth Garden City. Change seems to be a cross-platform interchange at Finsbury Park.

The service termination at Watton-at-Stone station is only temporary until Network Rail build a new bay platform at Stevenage station.

These changes mean  that there will be nine tph between Alexandra Palace and Moorgate stations.

This represents a fifty percent increase in service frequency.

 

May 2, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 3 Comments

SJ Invests In Thriving Sleeper Trains

The title of this post is the same as that on this article on Global Rail News.

This is said.

Over the last five years, passenger numbers on its Malmö to Stockholm services have increased by 100 per cent.

There has also been growth on the Gothenburg-Stockholm-Umeå-Luleå-Kiruna-Narvi route, where passenger numbers have risen by 25 per cent.

That sounds like thriving to me!

So why is it that sleeper trains are thriving in the UK and Sweden, but countries like Germany have given up?

Malmö to Stockholm

These factors probably help this service

  • Malmö is Sweden’s third-largest city.
  • The frequent trains between Malmö and Stockholm take four and a half hours.
  • Stockholm and Malmö are a very similar distance apart as London and Glasgow or Edinburgh.
  • Malmö is only thirty-five minutes from Copenhagen by train.

As the Caledonian Sleeper works between London and Edinburgh/Glasgow, why shouldn’t a quality service work on a similar distance in Sweden?

Gothenburg-Stockholm-Umeå-Luleå-Kiruna-Narvi

These factors probably help this service

  • The service effectively goes from the South-West of Sweden right up to the North.
  • The distance as 1,600 kilometres
  • I have been recommended to take this train to go to see the Northern Lights. So perhaps, it is useful for tourists.
  • The service probably appeals to train enthusiasts.
  • It is probably a reasonably civilised way to go to the North of Sweden.

I would certainly use it in winter to get to see the Northern Lights at Abrisko.

 

 

May 2, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

No ‘Ironing Board seats’ For Greater Anglia’s New Trains

The title of this post is the same as the title of this article on Rail Magazine.

The proof will be in the sitting, but the article encourages me, that comfort will be better than some recent new trains.

May 2, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Scotsman Gives A Warm Welcome To The Class 365 Trains

This article on the Scotsman is entitled New ScotRail Trains To Ease Crush On Edinburgh-Glasgow Line.

The article also has a rather interesting picture of a lorry-mounted train negotiating heavy traffic in Glasgow.

It broadly welcomes the Class 365 trains, and this is a comment from a rail group.

Andrew Stephen, of rail lobby group RailQwest and the Cumbernauld Commuters Association, said: “The Class 365s are perfectly serviceable and comfortable trains – and it is fortunate more than a few four-car sets are available.”

The article also confirms that ten trains will be going North.

As there are a total of forty of the Class 365 trains, that will be replaced by Class 387 trains and new Class 700 trains, I wonder where the others will be deployed.

 

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