The Anonymous Widower

Should There Be Five-Car High Speed Two Classic-Compatible Trains?

The High Speed Two Classic-Compatible Trains have the following characteristics.

  • Eight cars.
  • 200 metres long.
  • 550 passengers.
  • Two can be coupled together to make a 16-car train, that is 400 metres long.
  • Trains can join and split en route.

This graphic shows the preliminary schedule.

Note that Train 4, starts as a pair of trains, before splitting at Crewe, with one train going to Lancaster and the other to Liverpool Lime Street.

I wonder, if some trains were to be five-cars, would this give the operator more flexibility, by allowing three trains to be coupled together to serve three destinations.

This could be a simple example.

  • A three train formation could leave Euston.
  • At Crewe one train would detach and go to Liverpool Lime Street, with stops at Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway.
  • At Preston, the two remaining trains would split, with one train going to Lancaster and the other going to Blackpool with appropriate stops.

Three trains might give the operators more flexibility in providing appropriate capacity to various destinations.

Other Applications

I believe these trains would have other applications.

These are a few thoughts.

Battery-Electric High Speed Train

Battery technology is improving and I believe that a train could be designed with the following specification.

  • Five cars
  • High-Speed Two Classic-Compatible performance.
  • A battery pack in each car.
  • Up to maximum operating speed of digitally-signalled high speed lines.
  • 140 mph on digitally-signalled classic high speed lines, like the East and West Coast Main Lines. the Midland Main Line and the Great Western Railway.
  • Range on battery of around 120 miles at 100 mph.
  • Ability to work with fully-electric versions.


  1. I suspect that like current Hitachi AT-300s and Bombardier Aventras, the onboard computer would know what cars have been coupled together and what the train can do.
  2. A battery in each car would distribute the extra weight of the batteries equally and not affect the handling too much.
  3. These trains would allow High Speed Two services to be extended onto non-electrified lines.

I suspect that an eight car battery-electric High-Speed Two Classic-Compatible train would also be possible for working with the standard length trains.

March 12, 2023 Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Match Of The Day Better Without The Chattering?

The BBC have just announced that last night’s Match of the Day-Lite had a million more viewers than last week’s full-fat edition.

I watched last night’s program and enjoyed it.

Perhaps, if the BBC wants to save money, they could go to a lite-format for MotD.

And whilst, they’re at it if they want more viewers, why not do MotD editions for the three other divisions?

March 12, 2023 Posted by | Finance, Sport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Hydrogen Truck Can Make Garbage Day A Much Quieter Event

The title of this post in the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the first paragraph.

Hyzon Motors has announced that it will be rolling out a 27-ton Australian-made hydrogen truck to be used for vehicle towing as well as potentially for garbage collection this year.

Less noise, less pollution\2 What more can you want?

In London, we something rather important, a hydrogen policy, rather than a Mayor, who hopes the problem will fade away.

The writer of this article finds it interesting, that Hyson, who are an American company are making the trucks in Australia.

They say this.

Hyzon opened an Australian location three years ago in order to benefit from the substantial industry talent that became available there when Ford, Toyota and Holden closed their local operations. As the country also places a considerable focus on H2 production, it has opened several doors for moving forward with various types of hydrogen truck design.

So vehicle manufacturers beware! If you close an operation in a country, you may find competitors starting up!

March 12, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel, World | , , , , , | Leave a comment