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High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1320
Written by Lee on Thursday, 31st August 2006
A plan to build a 200mph North-South rail line is expected to be abandoned because the Government
Re: High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1326
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 31st August 2006
There has been quite a bit of talk about a high speed line in the media today (heard it on the news and seen on TV) I believe the shadow chancellor is currentlt in Japan checking out the Maglev trains.
Re: High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1335
Written by Lee on Friday, 1st September 2006
[quote author=Nick Field link=topic=450.msg1326#msg1326 date=1157051483]I believe the shadow chancellor is currentlt in Japan checking out the Maglev trains.[/quote]
He is not the only one who has been looking into this , Nick (link below.)
Re: High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1407
Written by Lee on Friday, 8th September 2006
Quite a debate has now begun on this (link below.)
What I find interesting is that , as the link above points out , Britain has been caught out before by its attitude to railway innovation.
"Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, the UK was one of the leading developers of tilting trains.
As their name suggests, they tilt when going round bends, allowing for faster speeds.
Despite trying out a number of what were then called Advanced Passenger Trains, state-owned British Rail quickly mothballed the technology, blaming a number of technical problems and lack of support from government.
Yet where the UK gave up, other countries continued to develop tilting trains.
Fast forward to today and Virgin Trains' West Coast mainline runs tilting trains - designed and built in Italy."
Re: High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1501
Written by Lee on Friday, 22nd September 2006
Christian Wolmar (quoted in the BBC link contained in the post above) expands on why he thinks that Maglev isnt viable in this article (link below.)
Re: High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1503
Written by Lee on Friday, 22nd September 2006
23 people died in Germany yesterday when a Maglev train crashed into a maintenance vehicle at 120mph (193km/h)(link below.)
The test track from Lathen to Doerpen is 31.8km (20 miles) long and tourists regularly go on trips along it.
Re: High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1551
Written by Lee on Sunday, 1st October 2006
A high speed train travelling at 220mph taking passengers from Glasgow to London in less than three hours will top the Scottish National party
Re: High Speed Rail Link Expected To Be Abandoned - 450/1651
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 18th October 2006
A new high speed rail link between Glasgow , Birmingham and London is the only long-term answer to traffic congestion , according to a major transportation survey published today (link below.)
The Institution of Civil Engineers' annual State of the Nation report urges the Government to start planning now for a completely new track running the length of the country.
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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.
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