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New Hitachi High Speed Javelin Train Built In Japan , Shipped To UK - 2846/6100
Written by Lee on Thursday, 5th July 2007

Train manufacturer Hitachi Rail Systems has revealed that the first 6-car Class 395 unit needed to provide domestic rail services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link has been delivered on time to the shipping line ready for transportation to the UK (link below.)

Rolling stock leasing company HSBC Rail will own the Class 395s and will lease them to Southeastern. The trains will provide high speed domestic services into St Pancras using the Channel Tunnel Rail Link from 2009 and will also form the Javelin shuttle service which will be used to ferry passengers to and from Stratford International station during the 2012 Olympic Games. On the High Speed 1 route between Ashford and London St Pancras the trains will be capable of 186mph but while using the 'classic' network on routes to and from Dover will have a top speed of 100mph. Seating will be in a 2+2 configuration with capacity for 354 passengers.

Re: New Hitachi High Speed Javelin Train Built In Japan , Shipped To UK - 2846/6966
Written by Lee on Monday, 20th August 2007

Britain's fastest-ever domestic train arrives in the country this week - but passengers will have to wait two years to take a ride (link below.)

Re: New Hitachi High Speed Javelin Train Built In Japan , Shipped To UK - 2846/7979
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 3rd October 2007

The new train has been displayed at Hitachi's new depot in Ashford (link below.)

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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