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  • Pacers delivered to Gobowen for Cambrian Heritage Railways

    Pacers delivered to Gobowen for Cambrian Heritage Railways

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    Cambrian Heritage Railways (CHR) has acquired a pair of Class 144 Pacer diesel railbuses from Porterbrook leasing. Nos. 144006/7 travelled under their own power by rail to Gobowen from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on Friday, May 22, saving four separate lorry moves. The entire 23-strong class has recently been stored on the popular…

  • Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Trains name could disappear

    Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Trains name could disappear

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    Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has expressed shock at the disqualification from bidding.

  • Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

    Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

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    A decision by the Department for Transport (DfT) to award the East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio in the face of the disqualification of incumbent Stagecoach could have far reaching effects on rail franchising. The decision could lead to the Virgin Trains name disappearing, company founder Sir Richard Branson has admitted. .@VirginTrains can’t accept a…

  • MPs savage “system-wide failures”for last year’s timetable change fiasco

    MPs savage “system-wide failures”for last year’s timetable change fiasco

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    A CROSS-PARTY committee of MPs has severely criticised train operators, Network Rail, the DfT, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and the complex structure of the rail industry in a scathing report on last May’s timetable chaos, which affected around 20% of UK rail users. “The statistics cannot do justice to the severe effects on people’s lives,”…

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