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Although they may not be the best, they sure do look great. Let's appreciate them in this thread, shall we?
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Just gonna post some more.
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Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe anyone?
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>>1100689
Anything GWR is good!
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>>1100694
Ah City Of Truro.

It took me five whole years to see that engine.

I finally saw it at the Swindon Steam Museum Of The Great Western Railway.
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>>1100632
>British trains may not be the best
>British trains
>not the best

Fuck outta here.
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>>1100710
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little jealous, as I've not seen many steam engines in person. How was that museum? It looks very good.
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>>1100634

Meridians are awful. At least post the GOAT livery of the GOAT locomotive of all time at St Pancreas when it was still a wonderful atmospheric masterpiece. Not the glorified shopping centre it is today.
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>>1100632
class 89... shame they only made 1
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>>1100760
Wow you must be pretty autistic to like the hooker-filled old St Pancras compared to the nice experience we have today.
They've preserved the building well rather than leave it to go black with soot and that's a bad thing according to you.
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>>1100741
What's the spreadsheet from?
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>>1100887

This >>1089231
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>>1100760
I rather like St Pancras. Filled me with exitement when i want on my first (and only so far) Eurostar.
Although the old Waterloo Terminal is much better, im going to try and go to Waterloo while its open
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47 POWER!
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>>1100843

Not autistic. Aesthetic.
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British Rail Class 350

>muh daily
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>>1100743
It was great! I went last year and King George V was there too.

Sorry I was away and I have seen EWS 08s on the East Kent Railway and Kent And East Sussex Railway.
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>>1101413
The most autistic motor noises of any British train. Great stuff.
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Hey guys
I wonder how the new rolling stocks of Hitachi's in UK are goin'on.
I'm Jap and I'm glad to see their good efforts in Europe, where the BIG3 hold great command of selling new cars.
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>>1101522
Sounds great anon, and no worries /n/'s quite a slow board compared to a few of the other more popular ones.

>>1101691

I've gotten the Javelin a fair amount both to and from London, and I'd rate it quite highly. Fast and well maintained, couldn't ask for much more for a commute.
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>>1101772
That's true.

Here he is at Swindon.
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>>1101691
Where I am in Kent there is a Hitachi depot at Ashford International station.
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>>1101272
They've done a great job renovating St P, especially the Midland Hotel, but part of me years for the "good old day" of it being a quiet, dirty old terminus with relatively little usage outside the peak periods. Or even, given the photo, Peak periods.

>>1100912
Thanks, that looks fascinating. The reference to "Blackfriars Jn" caught my eye because in years of going up and down that line, I've never seen it referred to as that. It's just where the P&S DCS branches off.
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>>1100635
Went on one of these to Kidderminster, they're quite comfy (a lot more so than the DMUs)
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>>1103076
desu all BR era multiple units should be scrapped and replaced by refurbished mark 3 coaches from the HSTs top and tailed with class 68s, and if electrified, class 88s. That would be a good railway.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skcfu1YBMjs

We can all agree this is the most beautiful sound right?
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>>1101682
REeEeEeEeEeEeEeE

>>1101691
I like the Javelins, but the interior is a little too 'Japanese Functionalist' to my taste - bare fluorescent lights shining through a metal grate aren't a great look for a brand new-ish train
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The Brighton Belle may be around again at somepoint.
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Class 375s anyone?
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We'll call this an 'Intercity 125' and pretend it's British because it basically is
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>>1105942

I frequently fall asleep on these. A comfortable ride.
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>>1106127
And I like how quiet they are too, I once took a ride on one up to Canterbury West last month.
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The one Terrier that everyone obsesses over.
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nice great big fucking long train
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>>1105836
Good god the Hitachis are hideous compared to the 125 and the 225's 80s a e s t h e t i c s.

How could they fuck up something so important so badly. They're almost as horrific looking as the new Eurostar trainsets.
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>>1106519
Sincee when did the GNER have Eurostars?..
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>>1106683
Had them in the 00s for a few years. Used to run them up and down the country instead of 225s.
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>>1106724
Ah.
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>>1106683
NOL Eurostars were different (formation, technically...) from the 3CAP Eurostars. The NOLs were sent back to France and. I believe we're scrapped.
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>>1106847
Like this?
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>>1106857
too sad.
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>>1107317
Too true.
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>>1107413
Equally as sad as going past Kingsbury tomorrow and seeing 3CAP sets being cut there.
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>>1107504
I hope this makes you feel better.

Eurostars still run at Ashford International.
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>>1107538
Not for long though, the weird French unions meant that they all got scrapped so they could build some new poor quality trains and replace them all.

I wonder if this would have happened if the British government hadn't sold their 50% share in Eurostar to the French a few years ago.
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>>1107549
Ah, yes..I have seen the new Eurostars running around too.

When I was at Westenhanger station I see them charge past on the Eurostar line.
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>>1107554
I used to love the hyper futuristic sound of the 373s as I cycled along the HS1 route on a hot summer evening. The Velaros are not only generic, but sound boring and look fat.
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>>1107538
I still think they way look better than the new Eurostar
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>>1107639
Indeed, always I have seen them rush by yet never had a chance to ride on one.
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>>1107565
I've only seen them when I pass Ashford International on a bus, or one time when I was at Westenhanger.
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>>1107643
I'm a USfag and they're the only truly high speed train I've ever ridden on. Seeing the "Metro-Cammell" on the flip down footplate walking into my coach almost brought a tear to my eye.

The new Velaro trainsets look like formless bloated ass compared to the god-tier a e s t h e t i c s of the 373s.

Looking at a Velarostar and a 373 side by side, or a HOST 125 or 225 next to a Hitachi, tells you everything about Europe now vs Europe as it once was.
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>>1107655
It's a little like a modern version of when they replaced steam trains.
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>>1107660
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>>1107655
The older Eurostars are the best IMO..

Yet sadly they're being phased out...

And from what I hear US high speed trains aren't the best.
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Romney Hythe And Dymchurch Light Railway anyone?
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>>1107676
I respect the efforts of volunteers and all but.. too boring
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>>1107795
I still like it though.
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>>1107676

Planning a trip here soon. Either that or Swanage railway.
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>>1108053
Nice, the Romney Hythe And Dymchurch is a high recommendation.
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>>1107675
The Acela Express isn't bad for what it is, and the giant US loading gauge coaches that tilt actively like a monstrous Pendolino are comfy AF. Huge windows, massive seats, glass-smooth ride, they're pretty fantastic pieces of hardware, desu.

It's just sad that you're only ever doing >150mph on it for less than a hundred miles, interrupted by a station in the middle. The CT shoreline is beautiful, but that state and it's people could be nuked off the face of the planet for all I care because of their NIMBYs and their statewide inferiority complex stepping into ruin any/every attempt that Amtrak has made to build a new, straight ROW through it to get the Boston-NYC Acela service's average speed above 65mph.

I have my fingers crossed though that Amtrak will choose to purchase a similar tilting derivative of the Acela coaches for when they replace the AmFleets, so that they can pair them with the new 125mph diesels from Siemens to infill high speed service to the rest of the NEC feeder lines using a steroidal, tilting American equivalent of the HST 125 trainsets.
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>>1100632

Who here fell in love with British rail playing Transport Tycoon?
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>>1100760

>Dat grime

Holy heck, why was the British rail system so grimey in the 70s and 80s?

Were the cleaning crews on strike for two decades?
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>>1108238
>Were the cleaning crews on strike for two decades?

Well, they're union, so they're on strike only a couple weeks at a time here and there and the rest of the time they just don't do any work.
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>>1108238
No money, no love for the railways. System was changing in 80s and improving as people and investment were returning.
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>>1108238
>why was the British rail system so grimey in the 70s and 80s?

That picture is from the 90's/early 00's
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>>1107639
>>1107643
I find the interiors of the original Eurostars to be dark, stuffy & cramped. Haven't ridden on their replacements yet.
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>>1108345
I've not ridden on any of them.
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>>1108345

That's true. The interior wasn't all that nice tbqh.
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>>1108343

How embarrassing..
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>>1108238
>Not enjoying the filthy masculine aesthetics of British Rail and even filthier aesthetics of privatisation from the 90s to 00s
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>>1108345

I also find them quite foul, dingy and filthy.

The GNER White Rose sets were much better maintained dug their short period of service.
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>>1108510

lol Minus the sponsorship, this could have easily been entered in the WRC.
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>>1108238
Then get a load of the 60s.

They were as grimey back then too.
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>>1108688
Some locos look better when hidden.
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>>1108706
The class 66 is a particularly horrible piece of American trash.
Also killed the british loco manufacturing industry because the orders were so large and replaced everything old and new. 5 our of 6 government owned freight operators went to one operator to form EWS which caused this.
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>>1109339
I'll disagree slightly in that modernisation and standardisation were keys to making freight profitable. What I meant was certain locos look like they've lost a battle with the ugly stick.
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>>1109414
It could have been done by a fully British company which had tons of experience and they would still be in business today, instead they went for 66s and killed the British rolling stock building industry. EWSs main shareholder was Canadian National Railway, and class 66s were built in Canada, so you can see that the choice was not particularly fair or based on the product itself. Overall the government was silly to allow 80% of UK railfreight to go to one company - they were meant to be privatising to enable COMPETITION and instead created a monopoly. Freight has more scope for real competition between operators than passenger services and they created a monopoly on it. I don't mind 66s that much, but it makes me sad to know what they replaced - not only old locos, but what "could have been" from the UK manufacturers put out of business.
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>>1109339
Isn't this fucking pretentious?
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>>1109414
The 59s outclassed everything in performance and reliability. If the UK had offered a suitable alternative I would agree with you. Yes, lots of lovely traction disappeared due to the modernisation but 66s being reliable and a single fleet make huge economic sense. Only now are FOCs seeking alternatives. Most of the British rolling stock industry died due to government apathy and persistent lack of investment. Now we can see that investment is paying off finally for passengers and goods. Even the Cl66s have now escaped to where gauge isn't a problem and there are off the peg alternatives.
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>>1100632
> you will never ride on a slam door NSE train again

suicide.wav




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