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Designed for Train Simulator 2015 and featuring many custom objects and buildings, this section of the famous East Coast route and runs from Newcastle to Edinburgh Waverly station.
MOTHBALLED railway stations are set to reopen after more than half a century after services for stops at the platforms were written into the next ScotRail franchise.
Stations at East Linton, in East Lothian, and Reston, in Berwickshire, will be included in the two-hourly service between Edinburgh and Berwick upon tweed under the new planning timetable.
Both were closed following the Beeching Report of 1964 which moved to axe rail routes amid increased competition from road haulage services. If momentum continues trains could be running through both stations as early as December 2016.
For more info click on the pic.. Courtesy Edinburgh Evening News. 20th Nov '14.
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Eurostar are used to operating along the ECML when their Regional Eurostar trains ran for many years as part of the GNER franchise between Kings Cross and York. Keolis operate regional train services in partnership with Serco.
First Group are well known train operators in the UK operating across the whole of the UK between Penzance and Thurso and Liverpool to Scarborough and London to West Wales.
DoT statement from - PDF Railways: passenger franchises - Parliament UK.
This decision to re-let the East Coast franchise in the private sector – particularly just before the 2015 General Election – is not without controversy: the Labour Party and rail unions have all called for the ICEC to remain in the public sector as a ‘comparator’ for the franchised services run by the private sector.61 In April 2014 the rail unions (RMT, ASLEF, TSSA) launched an application for a judicial review of this decision in particular and the number of Direct Awards made to other incumbent franchisees.
The Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William has been named by a travel guide as one of the best six railway adventures in the world. The 'Deerstalker' - as the train colloquially known - has been placed in the same league as The Shanghai Maglev, the Tren Crucero through the heart of Ecuador, the Sunset Limited between Los Angeles and New Orleans, the TranzAlpine Express in New Zealand's stunning South Island and the Danube Express between Budapest and Istanbul.
Read more by clicking on the pic! Courtesy Friends of the West Highland Lines.
An exciting new Caledonian Sleeper service will operate between London and Scotland from April 2015. The new Sleeper service will see guests arrive at the heart of their destination refreshed and ready to go.
Serco has been chosen by the Scottish Government as the new operator, with a vision for the Sleeper to be a modern, revitalised overnight travel and hospitality experience between world famous destinations in Scotland and London.The new trains, built by leading rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), will be fully accessible and offer four accommodation types: Cradle Seats, Pod Flatbeds, Berths and Ensuite Berths.
A new 200mph train has been unveiled in London by Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar 13th Nov '14.
Built by German firm Siemens and capable of carrying 900 passengers, the e320 train will go into service at the end of 2015.
In a £550million deal, Eurostar originally ordered 10 of the e320s - so called as they can travel at 320kph (200mph) - but at the launch today at St Pancras station the company announced it was ordering a further seven new trains.
The launch comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the start of Eurostar services in November 1994.
The new trains, which will be delivered as 46 three-car and 24 four-car units, will initially go into operation on the newly electrified line from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley and the Stirling – Alloa – Dunblane lines from 2017.
Abellio will begin operating the new 10-year ScotRail franchise from April 2015. A spokesman for the operator suggested that its new fleet proposal with Hitachi was a “major feature” of its winning bid.
Andy Barr, Hitachi Rail Europe’s chief operating officer, said: “This
is great news, as it is the first contract for our recently launched
AT200 commuter train.
“These trains will be built at Hitachi’s new Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in Hitachi Aycliffe, complementing the delivery of the Class 800 and 801 trains for the Intercity Express Programme, boosting jobs and growth in the North East.”
The AT200 is Hitachi’s ‘next generation’ commuter and suburban train, designed to challenge the dominance of the Electrostar and Desiro in the UK and look to take advantage of the huge market in Europe for electric multiple-units (EMUs).
THEY may be lacking today’s air-conditioned carriages and wifi, but now the steam trains of yesteryear offer the promise of a return to a more romantic era of travel.
A new age of steam is being lined up to make a comeback on Scotland’s railways, conjuring up the magic of the days when making a trip was accompanied by a sense of excitement, the chug of the engine, the sound of the whistle and smoke puffing out of the loco’s chimney.
New ScotRail operator Abellio is planning a steam renaissance which could see extra tourist trains on many rural routes to showcase Scotland’s dramatic scenery.
The Dutch firm, which will take over the franchise in April, is investigating running steam trains on up to eight routes, including over the Forth Bridge, The Scotsman has learned!!!!
It is understood that the Dutch rail operator abellio has won the £2.5bn franchise to run services for 10 years.
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