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  • Class 90 visits Swindon for electrical testing

    Class 90 visits Swindon for electrical testing

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    ONE of the most unusual movements this year has seen freshly painted Class 90 No. 90035 move from Crewe to Swindon.  The train has been put together by Network Rail’s electrification project team in order to carry out mechanical and electrical testing of the OLE between Bristol and Cardiff, although initial tests were between Swindon and…

  • Cardiff electrics pushed back to January

    Cardiff electrics pushed back to January

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    RESCHEDULED engineering and testing work in South Wales means electric operation to Cardiff will not now start until January 2020.  The December 2019 timetable will see a typical journey time saving of 14 minutes between Cardiff and London Paddington, but the final 10-mile section of 25kV equipment between Newport and the Welsh capital will not be ready in…

  • Wrong IET set at Castle Cary for Glastonbury event founder naming

    Wrong IET set at Castle Cary for Glastonbury event founder naming

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    Words: Peter Nicholson Castle Cary station, Somerset, on the GWR’s West of England Main Line, has new station signs reading ‘Castle Cary Station of the Glastonbury Festival‘.  The signs were officially dedicated on the morning of April 9 by 83-year old Michael Eavis, the festival’s founder, who was included in a list of 100 Great…

  • Practice & Performance: Diversionary Tactics

    Practice & Performance: Diversionary Tactics

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    The recent closure of Whiteball Tunnel for three weeks has given John Heaton FCILT an opportunity to compare performances of HSTs and IETs over less familiar routes from Exeter.  THE former London & South Western Route to the west came into its own again for three weeks in February/March 2019.  What do you do on…

  • New tech for NR to increase efficiency and cut costs

    New tech for NR to increase efficiency and cut costs

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    NETWORK Rail is planning to spend up to 0.5% of its annual turnover, around £245million, on new technology and practices to increase efficiency and reduce costs. According to Jon Shaw, NR chief engineer and acting group director for safety, technology and engineering, the move could save the company around £1.4bn a year by allowing it…

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