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GTR And Porterbrook Unveil £55 million Fleet Modernisation

The title of this article, is the same as that of this article on RailNews.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Trains built just five years ago are among those set to be upgraded at Selhurst Depot as part of a £55 million fleet modernisation programme announced by Govia Thameslink Railway and leasing company Porterbrook.

The updates to Class 377 and Class 387 trains, include.

  • On-board performance monitoring and  fault diagnosis
  • Passenger information screens
  • USB/power points
  • LED lighting
  • Passenger-counting technology
  • Forward-facing CCTV cameras

I wonder, if the forward-facing cameras will be setup, so that passengers can log in to the video. It would surely, be a way of keeping kids of all ages amused.

Trains are getting more and more like computers on wheels.

September 17, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. The reason why you will never see live front camera footage on a train is due to the number of suicides on Britain’s railways.

    Comment by Andrew Bruton | September 17, 2020 | Reply

    • It could be shown with a delay,

      But having stood for about fifteen minutes and watched the view unfold at the rear of a Polish express train, why not give access to the rear view?

      Comment by AnonW | September 17, 2020 | Reply

  2. On a related point to the front facing cameras (which I hope would also include digital mockups of driver controls as part of the image).

    United Airlines has, for decades, made available as an audio channel in the entertainment system the radio channel currently in use by the pilots. (The pilots can turn off the feed in an emergency). This can be fascinating especially during takeoff and landing (less so over the Atlantic when out if range). I don’t think any other airline offers this directly in real time (and streaming from avgeek websites which offer this tends to be blocked from airplane internet, like all streaming).

    I remember on one occaision (on a 1 day delayed flight) coming into Heathrow, with pilot asking for an autoland approach for his 777, and being curtly told by ATC that he wasn’t approved for that today due to congestion, would need to manually fly a tight approach instead to allow more traffic to be fitted in (my flight was an unscheduled “extra” that day arriving a few mins prior to the scheduled instance of the flight for the day).

    Comment by MilesT | September 17, 2020 | Reply

    • I used to be a private pilot and was once asked to fly a fast approach into Dublin, as my Piper Arrow had a Jumbo close behind.

      It’s better that way incidentally, as Arrows don’t make much turbulence, but Jumbos do!

      They then asked me to get off the runway onto the taxiway as quick as possible. On landing, I got off down a convenient exit to the taxiway like a rat up a drainpipe.

      Air Traffic told me in a pronounced Irish accent “We’ll give you ten out of ten for that, sir!”

      Flying in Ireland is different, but safe!

      Comment by AnonW | September 17, 2020 | Reply

  3. Might be more helpful if GTR equipped the rest of the class 700’s with wifi first all rather than tamper with trains barely five years old

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | September 24, 2020 | Reply

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