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    Greater Anglia Bombardier Aventras (Class 720): Technical discussion and introduction

    So far this morning only single 5-car units operating - including Southends
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    Greater Anglia Bombardier Aventras (Class 720): Technical discussion and introduction

    CAn the 3rd seat be easily removed? And who will pay for it? 1631200164 Stratford to Meridian water services are packed in the peaks as far as Tottenham Hale - where people connect to other services.
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    Greater Anglia Bombardier Aventras (Class 720): Technical discussion and introduction

    The aisles on 720's seem way too narrow. A great way of cramming more 'seats' in , but very rare do you see the 3-seat sections fully occupied, people seemed to prefer to stand than be squashed in between 2 other people.
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    Class 220/221/222 window survey

    Th Possibly the aluminium bodies units are lighter - Hitachi IET and Stadler bi-modes - allowing heavier A/C equipment. It seems Siemens, Bombardier and CAF are the worst offenders for RF blocking glass. Class 374 Eurostar, Bombardier Zefiro (ETR400) and ICE 3 units are among the worst. Class...
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    Class 220/221/222 window survey

    Am i right in believing reflective glass would reduce the amount of sunligfht heating up the passenger saloon - therefore saving weight, size and cost (plus running costs) of the a/c units fitted.
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    Class 220/221/222 window survey

    I noted that sitting beside the darker tint windows, mobile phone reception is much better, so either the replacement glass is an inferior quality or a different brand. The standard glass 'as supplied' seems to have a mettalic tint applied to reflect sunlight , but also blocks most radio...
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    Class 745 Stadler FLIRTs

    To be fair I have used the modern day Cambridge service and the 379s are a decent train for that journey. I would rather be on that than any mark 2. Most people pack a drink and snack before they go. There are coffee shops at the larger stations to buy before you board. I would have like to see...
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    Class 745 Stadler FLIRTs

    It looks like a time under 80 mins could be achieved non-stop at 100mph maximum. A lot of the additional allowances added into the current schedule allow for delays to be absorbed. The route south of Colchester is a huge bottleneck with a big difference in journey times between fastest and...
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    Class 745 Stadler FLIRTs

    Around 52 mins Liverpool Street to Ipswich and 32 minutes From Ipswich to Norwich seem to be times to aim for plus recovery and dwells. I'm not sure 49 mins (Liverpool St to Ipswich) and V.V can be realistically be achieved reliably or timetabled without further infrastructure improvements to...
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    Class 745 Stadler FLIRTs

    Yes it seems to be there most days. Makes sense. I noted 009s headlights lit on the North end of the train That incident aside - the Sunday running is really fast now. Fabulous! No congestion. Now recording sub 35 min times between Stratford and Colchester non stop. Best plan seems to be to...
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    Class 745 Stadler FLIRTs

    I see 37601 almost every day at Temple Mills. Yep just passed 009.That will hit the delay mins per incident figure for the 745 fleet.
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    Class 745 Stadler FLIRTs

    Passengers detrained onto 1Y11. That is now moving. Looks like a rescue train or loco coming into Witham. I am on 1P27 sitting at Witham. GA journey check says brake fault to blame. Huge disruption this morning. And trains are quite full too. 1627813877 37601 is the rescue loco now arrived at...
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    745 ride quality

    The ride in the middle of the carriages are fine. But sitting over the bogies - particularly the articulated ones - there is a lot more side to side movement and a fair bit of rattling going on. On the worst sections of track you do feel some low frequency vibration transmitted into the...
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    EMR Class 360's

    True. What is GTR's driving policy regarding power application from a standing start? Does it differ from a platform compared to a signal stop? I know drivers tend to delay full power until they are sure no one is going to try and run up to the train.
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    EMR Class 360's

    I wouldn't describe the 700 as leaving a 360 for dead. It is slightly faster but only by a few seconds from a standing start to 2 or 3 miles. That's all. Put a 2+8 HST beside, or an older generation electric such as Class 317, 319, 321 etc, and then you see how the newer electrics leave those...
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    EMR Class 360's

    Strangely the best recorded acceleration figures i have seen are very similar for both 717 and 700 from a standing start, but it appears that the 717s starts tailing off after 60mph - which is not an issue as they are limited to 75mph on the ECML slow lines. The 90mph top speed would never be...
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    EMR Class 360's

    Class 717s are not in use on the Midland mainline. But Class 700 are and without doubt accelerate slightly quicker than 360s regardless of any claimed acceleration rates.
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    Locomotive Services Fleet (LSL) updates

    How much estimated? I take it covered under some kind of insurance!
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    Locomotive Services Fleet (LSL) updates

    More than a scrape if you look for the pics on Twitter!
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    Hitachi IET Performance on Hills

    Taking the fastest runs by comparison, nothing beats a voyager on all engines, but the low speed sections through Devon don't really allow Voyagers to extend their legs fully. Best comparison would be the 100mph climb to Wellington from Taunton or Tiverton Parkway. As said before the IET's good...

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