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Wi-Fi And Power Sockets On A Class 717 Train

In A First Ride In A Class 717 Train, I didn’t take any pictures of the power sockets, as I didn’t see them.

This picture from a second trip, rectified the error.

There is one 13 amp socket  under a pair of seats and you will need a plug.

It is my belief that a USB socket is better, as this armrest installation on a Class 230 train shows.

It is certainly a better place, as the wires can be short and can be kept out of the way.

The wi-fi performed well, but Great Northern seemed to want me to register. I never do, as it just gives them an excuse to send you junk mail.


The wi-fi installation can be improved.

It has to, as according to this article on Rail Magazine, Class 710 trains have USB sockets.

My ideal train would have.

  • Free wi-fi with no registration.
  • USB sockets in the armrests.
  • 4G booster, so if the train has a signal, you do.

The current systems can be greatly improved.


January 30, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Weight And Configuration Of A Class 717 Train

I walked the length of a Class 717 train and noted the various plates.

The formation was as follows.

  • DMOSB – Weight – 38.8 tonnes – Seats – 52
  • TOS – Weight – 28.8 tonnes – Seats – 68
  • TOS(L)W – Weight – 28.7 tonnes – Seats – 61
  • MOS – Weight – 35.5 tonnes – Seats – 68
  • PTOSB – Weight – 33.9 tonnes – Seats – 61
  • DMOSB – Weight – 38.8 tonnes – Seats – 52

Totalling these up and adding other details gives.

  • Length – 121.674 metres
  • Width 2.80 metres
  • Speed – 85 mph
  • Seats – 362
  • Weight – 204.5 tonnes

This article on Rail Magazine has this paragraph.

Each ‘717’ has capacity for 943 passengers, for which there are 362 seats (including 64 priority seats and 15 tip-ups).

Assuming  that each passenger weight 80 Kg with bags and buggies, this gives the following.

  • A passenger weight of 75.4 tonnes.
  • A train weight of 280 tonnes.
  • At a speed of 85 mph the kinetic energy of the train will be 56.15 kWh

This figure would probably mean that batteries could be fitted to these trains to handle regenerative braking.


January 30, 2019 Posted by | Transport | | 1 Comment

Germany Agrees To End Reliance On Coal Stations By 2038

The title of this post, is the same as this article on the Guardian.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Germany has agreed to end its reliance on polluting coal power stations by 2038, in a long-awaited decision that will have major ramifications for Europe’s attempts to meet its Paris climate change targets.

The country is the last major bastion of coal-burning in north-western Europe and the dirtiest of fossil fuels still provides nearly 40% of Germany’s power, compared with 5% in the UK, which plans to phase the fuel out entirely by 2025.

Travel across Germany on a train and you see the high chimneys of coal-fired power stations everywhere.

When we can get rid of coal by 2025 and France by 2022, you do wonder why Germany is taking so long.

The Guardian article provides a partial answer in that both the power company; RWE and the trade unions are very much for the continued use of coal.

The Germans are phasing out nuclear power, in response to the Green Party. Surely, unregulated coal-burning is far worse than well-regulated nuclear power?

But then the prevailing winds mean that most of the carbon-dioxide and pollution goes to Poland, who are big coal-burners themselves.

I wonder what would have happened to coal-fired power stations in the UK, if Margaret Thatcher hadn’t taken on the miners and started the run down of the use of coal!

The can would probably have been kicked down the road and we’d probably have coal power stations at German levels.



January 30, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment