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    Class 465 and 466 set for storage/scrap

    When I worked with Network Rail on the Thameslink Programme, there were plans to redeploy 465s on Southern suburban services, which were very rapidly dropped when it was realised just how much signalling immunisation work was needed. It was a ridiculously expensive business.
  2. J

    4DD coach on the move from NIRT - where is it going?

    They tell a story, certainly.
  3. J

    4DD coach on the move from NIRT - where is it going?

    No, they're empty apart from a big tank. Perhaps worthy of preservation in their own right, though!
  4. J

    4DD coach on the move from NIRT - where is it going?

    On closer inspection, it's three complete units, and four motor vehicles, the latter all listed at Finmere according to Wikipedia, but they'll all have moved by now as the site has been cleared for HS2 work. Said motor vehicles are all from departmental units, so I'd imagine they were acquired...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Yes, it is. Any reduction in journey time along the route gets passed on immediately.
  6. J

    Class 465 and 466 set for storage/scrap

    Yeah, I was always under the impression that the 707s were intended to deal with future growth.
  7. J

    Caledonian Sleeper

    They are entitled to those.
  8. J

    4DD coach on the move from NIRT - where is it going?

    Yup, there's no less than five complete 2-EPB units, representing SR, BR and Tyneside designs, so all major variants have been saved, and that's one of the best survival rates of any EMU class. They're actually extremely well-represented. On top of that, one of the similar 2-HAPs is undergoing...
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    Class 465 and 466 set for storage/scrap

    I didn't think there was any plan to scrap 465s at this time. Edit: just read elsewhere some are going into storage. Scratch that comment, then.
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Even the launch of East Coast Trains in October provides earlier and later departures from London and Edinburgh...
  11. J

    Caledonian Sleeper

    Yeah, it just makes it harder to skive...
  12. J

    Trivia: Your longest and/or most unusual end to end trip?

    My son is doing Edinburgh Gateway to Thurso on Tuesday. He was quite shocked to discover it takes nine hours!
  13. J

    The Clayton Type 1 - Class 17

    He'd be quite a long way behind the driver in this case.
  14. J

    The Clayton Type 1 - Class 17

    Interesting! Final summer over that route, of course. Apparently class 17s weren't unknown on Waverley Line local passenger trains as well. Someone needs to build a time machine.
  15. J

    The Clayton Type 1 - Class 17

    Fair enough - I always wondered why Type 1s all only had one cab. It seemed to create more problems than it ever solved, but that sounds like a credible reason. Unfortunately creating the class 17 involved not just one unreliable engine, but two!
  16. J

    Your favourite-sounding loco(s)/multiple units(s)?

    Compressors are something I'm very geeky about indeed. The EPB/VEP etc ones sounded very nice, certainly. Others seemed quite a lot harsher on the ears.
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    Feedback on excellent customer service

    Yeah, TOCs do generally pass on praise, so it's worth doing. I wrote to ScotRail after seeing a conductor deal very well with a guy off his face on drugs, and I was assured the member of staff concerned would be commended.
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    Your favourite-sounding loco(s)/multiple units(s)?

    I rather like the distinctive "clunk" on older London Underground trains, just as the driver notches up and just before the train starts moving. Still exists on the 72 Stock on the Bakerloo.
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    How many ex-National Bus Company (NBC) names or independent ex-NBC operators left?

    A lot of NBC brands disappeared long before the companies were sold, as most of them were broken up into smaller companies first. This brought back quite a lot of long-dormant names lost through earlier mergers.
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    The Clayton Type 1 - Class 17

    Oh, that makes sense.

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