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Old 11-10-2014, 19:09   #346
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Ah, the always-awful nodding donkey.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:11   #347
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Ah, the sprinter. A combination of state run British Rail deciding to save money by attaching a (state run) Leyland National coach to a couple of coal wagon axles...
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Ah, the sprinter. A combination of state run British Rail deciding to save money by attaching a (state run) Leyland National coach to a couple of coal wagon axles...
That's the pacer, a.k.a. nodding donkey. The sprinter was supposed to be the next generation DMU for longer rural routes - pictured 4 posts above.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:38   #349
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Of course we have to remember that the sprinter fleet are getting on for 30 years old now, when they were first introduced here in the Midlands to replace the old slam door DMU's people loved them, with quicker journey times in most cases (unless you got a Tyseley power twin instead, with a Saltley driver they put even the sprinters to shame ) People have seen what some other area's have in the way of stock and want something similar.

The 153's were crap when they were originally the Leyland built 155's, we had no end of trouble with them on various test/crew training runs and always felt cheap and nasty compared to the Metro Cam 156's. The conversion to the 153 made them even worse.

I still can't believe we have pacers running on the network, they were a huge mistake from the beginning.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:56   #350
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Sadly we get a lot of the old rolling stock down here RH as the HST's alone are 40 years old with no sign of any new stock coming our way in the foreseeable future and then there is some of the other older rubbish like the sprinter's where you can sit down and get wet when its raining in a certain direction as my sister found out when she was down here on holiday.
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Yet more family silver being sold off it seems.

http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2014/...pposition.html
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That's the pacer, a.k.a. nodding donkey. The sprinter was supposed to be the next generation DMU for longer rural routes - pictured 4 posts above.
Ah yes, my mistake. Still a load of 142s around Cardiff and with my sister's house near a curve you can hear the darned things squealing near constantly. Even the big coal trains are quieter!
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Government to sell stake in Eurostar

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29588412
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Event next month to show off the new Eurostar trains

http://www.globalrailnews.com/2014/1...ed-next-month/
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They do look nice that's for sure.
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Lets hope many of these happen in the coming years.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...re-opened.html
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The Scottish Govt have been much more pro active with the re opening of the Airdrie Bathgate line, the Stirling Alloa line and others.
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HS3 get westminster nodding dog approval

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...nnel-hs3-plans
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A bit of good news for the South West

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/R...ail/story.html
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A bit of good news for the South West

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/R...ail/story.html
Great news, so many lines were reduced to double track across the country good to see them reinstating some to help with volume of trains using them again
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