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Andy Capp
My first one is for Biker1: in practical terms, what does the train time tell you?

For example: the train time table states 07:24. What does that mean?
Biker1
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Oct 11 2016, 09:13 AM) *
My first one is for Biker1: in practical terms, what does the train time tell you?

For example: the train time table states 07:24. What does that mean?

It means the train is scheduled to depart at 07:24 or 7.24AM.
This means depart (start to move) the platform.
I know what you are going to say and yes, the doors may be closed and locked before this in order for the train to depart at this time.
Doors may start to close up to 40secs. before the actual departure of the train.
This is publicised on railway station posters and publications.
I know you will argue the point. Not my rules! tongue.gif
Ciderdrinker
I prefer the under tube method of boarding a train. You wait until the doors are closing and run at them full speed...
Andy Capp
I'm not arguing; I just want to clarify whether it its the arrival time or the departure time. So the moral of the story is to be aboard one minute shy of the departure time - at the very latest.


Can you tell me what the definition of On time is?

Andy Capp
Looking at the GWR app, which I find the the most useful of all the apps (with the exception of the TFL app for busses when up smoke), it seems the departure time and the arrival time are the same, which is bound to cause a late arrival or late departing issue.

Is there an official passenger transition target or time allowance for passenger boarding or alighting?
TallDarkAndHandsome
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Oct 11 2016, 01:59 PM) *
Looking at the GWR app, which I find the the most useful of all the apps (with the exception of the TFL app for busses when up smoke), it seems the departure time and the arrival time are the same, which is bound to cause a late arrival or late departing issue.

Is there an official passenger transition target or time allowance for passenger boarding or alighting?


If you look at the staff only board near the exit at Reading you can see expected arrival and departure times. 3 mins is the norm between arrival amd departure. The 1730 departure to Newbury from Paddington is due to get in at 1727 into Reading.
Biker1
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Oct 11 2016, 01:59 PM) *
Looking at the GWR app, which I find the the most useful of all the apps (with the exception of the TFL app for busses when up smoke), it seems the departure time and the arrival time are the same, which is bound to cause a late arrival or late departing issue.

You're right!
Many of the times on the timetable show the same time for arrival and departure.
Generally the turbo trains can get the station stop done fairly quickly with them being driver only operated (DOO) and with power doors.
The HST's take a minimum of 2 minutes at stations with slam doors and dispatch.
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Oct 11 2016, 01:59 PM) *
Is there an official passenger transition target or time allowance for passenger boarding or alighting?

There is an official definition of "late" when deciding delay compensation between companies. (Usually a TOC and Network Rail).
As far as the customer information goes a train is late if it is beyond it's timetabled departure time.
If you look at the customer information screens at say Newbury trains are shown as late if only delayed by 1 minute.
Biker1
QUOTE (Ciderdrinker @ Oct 11 2016, 01:30 PM) *
I prefer the under tube method of boarding a train. You wait until the doors are closing and run at them full speed...

And possibly die!! rolleyes.gif
Or if you're lucky just strangled! smile.gif
Biker1
Have you seen those new screens on both platforms at Newbury?
You can see exactly where your late train is now!! biggrin.gif
Andy Capp
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Nov 11 2016, 08:09 AM) *
Have you seen those new screens on both platforms at Newbury?
You can see exactly where your late train is now!! biggrin.gif

I missed that, but will look-out for them. The GWR app is OK, if not a little awkward for monitoring the train you are actually on.
Biker1
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 11 2016, 06:36 PM) *
I missed that, but will look-out for them. The GWR app is OK, if not a little awkward for monitoring the train you are actually on.

There is one on the wall of each platform building.
They are marked "Staff Information" but are there for all to see!!
Gives location of trains in words and in a schematic map form.
Biker1
Thought I would comment here as it is a railway thread!
This story is interesting and indeed "history making".
Class 800
Amusing though that it is referred to as a "high speed electric train" as it will travel no faster than the 40 year old HST's that it is to replace and that it is in fact being powered by diesel as the wiring of the Great Western route is way behind.
Also that the units to be built for the West of England route will be diesel as the wires are going no further west than Newbury.
JeffG
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 3 2016, 09:44 AM) *
Also that the units to be built for the West of England route will be diesel as the wires are going no further west than Newbury.

I would have thought they would be dual-powered. using electricity as far as Newbury (or Reading if not stopping at Newbury). It doesn't make any sense otherwise.
Biker1
QUOTE (JeffG @ Dec 3 2016, 11:15 AM) *
I would have thought they would be dual-powered. using electricity as far as Newbury (or Reading if not stopping at Newbury). It doesn't make any sense otherwise.

You are probably right (that is if they are designed to lower pantograph at speed).
However it is 53 miles from Paddington to Newbury compared with the 306 miles from Paddington to Penzance.
Unfortunately therefore most still on diesel.
JeffG
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 4 2016, 09:20 AM) *
You are probably right (that is if they are designed to lower pantograph at speed)

I think you didn't quite get my drift there. That's why I said "as far as Newbury (or Reading if not stopping at Newbury)", i.e. changeover at the last stop before the wires run out. They presumably also need time to start the engines.
On the edge
I'd guess we are on the cusp of a technology change. If we can get a breakthrough with the big battery technology, then its charge up under the wires and battery between gaps to the West. Saving on miles of overhead.

Anyway, full marks to GW for getting some new train sets - even though itvwoukd have been nice if they'd been built here. Perhaps they'll set the pace from now on.

It's also beginning to look like the Government can see the serious error made having a single entity running the track. Hopefully that expensive mistake will also be corrected soon.
Biker1
QUOTE (On the edge @ Dec 4 2016, 06:17 PM) *
Anyway, full marks to GW for getting some new train sets -

Yes, you could say that even though the decision to allocate and purchase new rolling stock is controlled by the government and the big investment banks. GWR will not own the trains.
Interesting that we are promised that the new trains, which admittedly may be longer and have more seats, will solve the overcrowding problem on GWR for a while.
However, with the ever increasing population of this country, I wonder how long it will be before they too fill up.
Then what do we do?
QUOTE (On the edge @ Dec 4 2016, 06:17 PM) *
charge up under the wires and battery between gaps to the West.

256 miles? That's a big gap!! rolleyes.gif
On the edge
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 4 2016, 06:30 PM) *
Yes, you could say that even though the decision to allocate and purchase new rolling stock is controlled by the government and the big investment banks. GWR will not own the trains.
Interesting that we are promised that the new trains, which admittedly may be longer and have more seats, will solve the overcrowding problem on GWR for a while.
However, with the ever increasing population of this country, I wonder how long it will be before they too fill up.
Then what do we do?


We can do what our local politicians suggest when we complain about congested roads; send someone round to draw up a personal travel plan and promote cycling. As you can see, that works.....
Andy Capp
The third world crap that is our railway strikes again. App states P7, nope it is P8 and the berk too busy gassing at the entrance didn't have a scooby. Of course the next train is delayed by half hour!!!
On the edge
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 10 2017, 07:45 PM) *
The third world crap that is our railway strikes again. App states P7, nope it is P8 and the berk too busy gassing at the entrance didn't have a scooby. Of course the next train is delayed by half hour!!!


What's it got to do with you? They are trying to run a TRAIN service, you are just a passenger.
Biker1
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 10 2017, 08:45 PM) *
The third world crap that is our railway strikes again. App states P7, nope it is P8 and the berk too busy gassing at the entrance didn't have a scooby. Of course the next train is delayed by half hour!!!

How to wind up AC even more!! wink.gif tongue.gif
Andy Capp
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jan 11 2017, 09:07 AM) *

Three things angered me:

With 10 minutes to arrival, the app said P7.
When I got to P7 (the place it normally arrives on) there's no notice to say the Plymouth train has been diverted to P8. There's just a pointless 'welcome...' notice.
I return to the gate and there's just a bloke appearing to be chatting to his mate. I ask him where the Plymouth train is and he replies with a don't know I'll have to ask.

This is on top of the announcements being difficult to hear and the information boards being poorly implemented.
je suis Charlie
This of course is the much vaunted public transport we are supposed to be using instead of our private vehicles. Thats of course if the unions let's em run in the first place!
Biker1
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 11 2017, 10:21 AM) *
Three things angered me:

With 10 minutes to arrival, the app said P7.
When I got to P7 (the place it normally arrives on) there's no notice to say the Plymouth train has been diverted to P8. There's just a pointless 'welcome...' notice.
I return to the gate and there's just a bloke there appearing to be chatting to his mate. I ask him where is the Plymouth train is and he replies with a don't know I'll have to ask.

This is on top of the announcements being difficult to hear and the information boards are poorly implemented.

What app. was it?
On the edge
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jan 11 2017, 09:07 AM) *



It's all about automation and investment. One day, Andy will be met by an auto organ at the barrier, who will be very nice to him guide him to the right train. So when the investment programme is finished, we won't see any 'humans' on the station. Apparently this kitvand software is on beta test right now in railway management, where so far the executive level had been replaced.

Mind, by the time they get it working, Andy will be in his driverless car.
je suis Charlie
QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 11 2017, 10:47 AM) *
It's all about automation and investment. One day, Andy will be met by an auto organ at the barrier, who will be very nice to him guide him to the right train. So when the investment programme is finished, we won't see any 'humans' on the station. Apparently this kitvand software is on beta test right now in railway management, where so far the executive level had been replaced.

Mind, by the time they get it working, Andy will be in his driverless car.

Out of interest, and I don't wanna derail thread but why your deep interest. In driverless cars?
gel
QUOTE (JeffG @ Dec 4 2016, 01:34 PM) *
I think you didn't quite get my drift there. That's why I said "as far as Newbury (or Reading if not stopping at Newbury)", i.e. changeover at the last stop before the wires run out. They presumably also need time to start the engines.

Assembled in the North East as shown on recent Michael Portillo TV prog:
http://press.hitachirail-eu.com/pressrelea...s-train-1686468

JeffG
QUOTE (gel @ Jan 11 2017, 10:33 AM) *

QUOTE
In addition to building new fleets, Hitachi will maintain the trains at newly built facilities. By 2020 Hitachi will become one of the largest maintainer of UK trains. In total Hitachi will have 281 trains running on the UK network, carrying millions of passengers along intercity and commuter routes.

It's never going to happen. The unions will still be arguing over who closes the doors.
On the edge
QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jan 11 2017, 10:22 AM) *
Out of interest, and I don't wanna derail thread but why your deep interest. In driverless cars?


Simply that it will bring a massive real paradigm change. Get it right and its good use of technology to solve some intractable problems in a sustainable way. It should help us make roads and therefore travel quicker and safer. It should eliminate a major domestic capital cost and ongoing mantenance worry. It should make the city and urban street scene cleaner and more pleasant. It should eliminate the signigicant downsides of mass public transport.It opens up much commercial potential. And no, I've no personal financial or other interest in the development of this technology.
On the edge
QUOTE (gel @ Jan 11 2017, 10:33 AM) *
Assembled in the North East as shown on recent Michael Portillo TV prog:
http://press.hitachirail-eu.com/pressrelea...s-train-1686468



Yes, very good; Hitachi are a good firm. Perhaps I'm getting too old but what would be wrong with us designing the train and managing its build. Perhaps, perhaps, but it might be too late.
gel
Bombardier (Canadian) have had to downscale their UK operations as thanks to EU open tender process that we follow slavishly, meaning they can't compete on UK public sector contracts so too much rolling stock is from mainland EU especially Germany.

Financing is a key part of these proposals and Siemens have such an outrageously good credit rating they can always outbid virtually anyone in this area of tender.
Hopefully when we've left evil empire, we won't be so ham strung.
Would you ever expect to see anything other than French built trains in France/ German in Deutschland etc

I'm not hopeful that Khan's replacements for the Boris Bus will be UK built.
Turin Machine
QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 11 2017, 11:30 AM) *
Simply that it will bring a massive real paradigm change. Get it right and its good use of technology to solve some intractable problems in a sustainable way. It should help us make roads and therefore travel quicker and safer. It should eliminate a major domestic capital cost and ongoing mantenance worry. It should make the city and urban street scene cleaner and more pleasant. It should eliminate the signigicant downsides of mass public transport.It opens up much commercial potential. And no, I've no personal financial or other interest in the development of this technology.

Muchof your concerns seem to stem from green issues? A little puzzled as to how driverless cars would address this. Electric cars maybe but driverless? How? And as to domestic capital costs you still need to buy the this thing. Not trying to be contentious but I don't see the argument.
I would enjoy discussion on the subject though
Andy1
QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 11 2017, 11:30 AM) *
Simply that it will bring a massive real paradigm change. Get it right and its good use of technology to solve some intractable problems in a sustainable way. It should help us make roads and therefore travel quicker and safer. It should eliminate a major domestic capital cost and ongoing mantenance worry. It should make the city and urban street scene cleaner and more pleasant. It should eliminate the signigicant downsides of mass public transport.It opens up much commercial potential. And no, I've no personal financial or other interest in the development of this technology.


so you get in a driverless car to drive to a paperless office, to login into your wireless laptop to do a job which could have been done from home in the first place. Remote working where possible should be promoted by employers, for employees. Just wondering how a driverless car reduces traffic if everyone was to own one.
Andy Capp
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jan 11 2017, 09:33 AM) *
What app. was it?

GWR
Andy Capp
QUOTE (Andy1 @ Jan 11 2017, 12:28 PM) *
so you get in a driverless car to drive to a paperless office, to login into your wireless laptop to do a job which could have been done from home in the first place. Remote working where possible should be promoted by employers, for employees. Just wondering how a driverless car reduces traffic if everyone was to own one.

Because driving can be managed and therefore optimised. Would also put the Piggy Bank out of business!.
je suis Charlie
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 11 2017, 03:24 PM) *
Because driving can be managed and therefore optimised. Would also put the Piggy Bank out of business!.

Cryptic? Gibberish? Or just cryptic gibberish? dry.gif
On the edge
QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 11 2017, 12:27 PM) *
Muchof your concerns seem to stem from green issues? A little puzzled as to how driverless cars would address this. Electric cars maybe but driverless? How? And as to domestic capital costs you still need to buy the this thing. Not trying to be contentious but I don't see the argument.
I would enjoy discussion on the subject though


You certainly arn't being contentious, all very valid points. Driverless cars against today's environment (fossil fuel / individually owned / proximity located) is actually feasibile today. Like most things, it's the next wave developments that bring the gain. So, if we extend the vision:-
- if you can simply 'call up' transport to arrive within minutes, why would you want to personally own and maintain it? Particularly if you had a choice of size / quality etc. on call.
- if your transport was designed simply to get you (and your immediate belongings) from a to b, it would not necessarily be as big / heavy as today's versions.
- if you didn't own it you wouldn't need to park it, if fact you wouldn't really care if someone else used it next provided when your next one came it was pristine. Common user vehicles can when not in use can be stacked rather than parked.
- with greater working from home your 'into work' commute is likely to be less distant a d less frequent.
- using separate transports for each leg of your journey means massively extending the on board 'fuel' store and so range.
All of this makes electric propulsion, even with today's store technology even more viable. On top of that there are trials on going to enable wireless power transmission in addition.
The main things getting in the way:
Need to remove the concept that 'your car' helps define you as a person
Understand you don't need to 'own' essentially domestic utilities
Need to substantially up 'service industry' ethos substantially
Need to properly plan and managed change, conceptually and economically

That is just the ramblings of an old man without stimulants; but it's getting closer technically. We could have a very pleasant future; which is sustainable and viable which is why we should concentrate on the vision and get some decent politicians.
On the edge
QUOTE (Andy1 @ Jan 11 2017, 12:28 PM) *
so you get in a driverless car to drive to a paperless office, to login into your wireless laptop to do a job which could have been done from home in the first place. Remote working where possible should be promoted by employers, for employees. Just wondering how a driverless car reduces traffic if everyone was to own one.


Paperless office is here now as is working from wherever you want, for rather more people than can be imagined. The trouble is the wetware, particularly that in managerial or supervisory positions. It is hideously frustrating trying to get them to see this. However, you might have heard a recent pronouncement from the Bank of England, who see the end of a vast range of middle class jobs over the next decade. This should excite, get on top of this and we are riding the wave of the next industrial revolution, stand back and the wave is a tsunami.
Andy Capp
QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jan 11 2017, 02:48 PM) *
Cryptic? Gibberish? Or just cryptic gibberish? dry.gif

I could reply but there is no educating pork.
TallDarkAndHandsome
Snow tomorrow. Wonder if it will be the wrong kind for the trains?
je suis Charlie
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 11 2017, 09:17 PM) *
I could reply but there is no educating pork.

But you have replied, fail 1
Still gibberish fail 2

Not quite got the hang of this have you?
Biker1
QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 11 2017, 09:29 PM) *
Snow tomorrow. Wonder if it will be the wrong kind for the trains?

It may well be, who knows?
The misuse of this phrase which was never used by BR is mainly used by those who do not understand it's meaning and is often used to ridicule.
This maybe justified as the railway, as we all know, is far from perfect but I thought it may help the interested few on this forum to know how the term was coined.
Extract from Wiki (to save you looking it up) is a very good explanation..........

The phrase originated in a comment by British Rail's Director of Operations Terry Worrall on 11 February 1991 whilst being interviewed by James Naughtie. He explained that "we are having particular problems with the type of snow, which is rare in the UK". Naughtie replied "Oh, I see, it was the wrong kind of snow," to which Worrall replied, "No, it was a different kind of snow". The exchange prompted a headline in the London Evening Standard saying "British Rail blames the wrong type of snow" which was swiftly taken up by the media and other papers. The cold snap had been forecast and British Rail had claimed to be ready for the coming snow. However, the snow – which was not deep enough for snowploughs or snow blowers to be effective – was unusually soft and powdery, finding its way into electrical systems and causing short circuits and traction motor damage. For traction motors with integral cooling fans and air intakes pointing downwards – the type that is still common on British electric multiple units – the problem was made worse as the air intakes sucked up the loose snow. Meanwhile, the snow also became packed into sliding door mechanisms and into points, causing them to fail. In addition, low temperatures resulted in problems with electric current collection from the third rail.
Many electric services had to be replaced by diesel haulage, and emergency timetables were introduced. Long delays were commonplace – up to eight hours in some cases. The disruption lasted over a week.


When you see one of the 40 year old HST's coming through Newbury at 110mph enveloped in snow while cars and lorries struggle to get anywhere even in the RIGHT kind of snow you MAY understand.
These great trains are about to be replaced by new ones from Hitachi.
I wonder how they will cope with "the wrong kind of snow"? rolleyes.gif
TallDarkAndHandsome
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jan 11 2017, 10:06 PM) *
It may well be, who knows?
The misuse of this phrase which was never used by BR is mainly used by those who do not understand it's meaning and is often used to ridicule.
This maybe justified as the railway, as we all know, is far from perfect but I thought it may help the interested few on this forum to know how the term was coined.
Extract from Wiki (to save you looking it up) is a very good explanation..........

The phrase originated in a comment by British Rail's Director of Operations Terry Worrall on 11 February 1991 whilst being interviewed by James Naughtie. He explained that "we are having particular problems with the type of snow, which is rare in the UK". Naughtie replied "Oh, I see, it was the wrong kind of snow," to which Worrall replied, "No, it was a different kind of snow". The exchange prompted a headline in the London Evening Standard saying "British Rail blames the wrong type of snow" which was swiftly taken up by the media and other papers. The cold snap had been forecast and British Rail had claimed to be ready for the coming snow. However, the snow which was not deep enough for snowploughs or snow blowers to be effective was unusually soft and powdery, finding its way into electrical systems and causing short circuits and traction motor damage. For traction motors with integral cooling fans and air intakes pointing downwards the type that is still common on British electric multiple units the problem was made worse as the air intakes sucked up the loose snow. Meanwhile, the snow also became packed into sliding door mechanisms and into points, causing them to fail. In addition, low temperatures resulted in problems with electric current collection from the third rail.
Many electric services had to be replaced by diesel haulage, and emergency timetables were introduced. Long delays were commonplace up to eight hours in some cases. The disruption lasted over a week.


When you see one of the 40 year old HST's coming through Newbury at 110mph enveloped in snow while cars and lorries struggle to get anywhere even in the RIGHT kind of snow you MAY understand.
These great trains are about to be replaced by new ones from Hitachi.
I wonder how they will cope with "the wrong kind of snow"? rolleyes.gif


Twas a joke. I use the trains every day. We are lucky in Newbury with GWR. I would say they never go 110mph as you well know. 90 is about top speed. Given what the commuter is paying we should have bullet trains (or at least something comparable) as per Japan.
I do understand though that these private companies are having to pay for decades of stagnation under BR.
Andy Capp
QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jan 11 2017, 09:35 PM) *
But you have replied, fail 1
Still gibberish fail 2

Not quite got the hang of this have you?

Err, I never said I wouldn't reply; I'm just not sure about the audience. OK, I'll now explain in language you might understand: oink, oink!
je suis Charlie
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 11 2017, 11:25 PM) *
Err, I never said I wouldn't reply; I'm just not sure about the audience. OK, I'll now explain in language you might understand: oink, oink!

Nope, still lost me mate me and I suspect the rest of the forum.
On the edge
QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 11 2017, 10:18 PM) *
Twas a joke. I use the trains every day. We are lucky in Newbury with GWR. I would say they never go 110mph as you well know. 90 is about top speed. Given what the commuter is paying we should have bullet trains (or at least something comparable) as per Japan.
I do understand though that these private companies are having to pay for decades of stagnation under BR.


Go along with that TDH, the dreadful thing, which I think Biker was also implying, is that rather than the bullet train, if only we'd not let BR stagnate,our 40 year old HST trains demonstrate we'd have had something even better. I just hope we can revive and nurture the skills and acumen that we clearly had once, now the dead hand of Europe is being lifted.

On the edge
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jan 11 2017, 10:06 PM) *
It may well be, who knows?
The misuse of this phrase which was never used by BR is mainly used by those who do not understand it's meaning and is often used to ridicule.
This maybe justified as the railway, as we all know, is far from perfect but I thought it may help the interested few on this forum to know how the term was coined.
Extract from Wiki .................


Well, well, so the wiles of sophisticated journalism do it again! A bit like 'Crisis, what crisis?' and 'There is no such thing as society'.

Very deep Biker!! smile.gif
Biker1
QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 11 2017, 11:18 PM) *
I would say they never go 110mph as you well know. 90 is about top speed.

The line speed on the through lines at Newbury is 110mph as is much of the line between here and Exeter. The HST's do this every day come rain, fog, snow.
The 90mph you speak of is the maximum speed of the turbo units.
QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 11 2017, 11:18 PM) *
Given what the commuter is paying we should have bullet trains (or at least something comparable) as per Japan.

The Japanese "bullet" trains or Shinkansen use new lines that were built specifically for that purpose as do the TGV's of SNCF.
We try to run trains on lines that were built over 150 years ago with no knowledge of the speeds that would be required of a 21st century railway.
When we do try to build new lines and trains in the same way as Japan, France and several other countries this happens! rolleyes.gif
TallDarkAndHandsome
QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jan 12 2017, 08:55 AM) *
The line speed on the through lines at Newbury is 110mph as is much of the line between here and Exeter. The HST's do this every day come rain, fog, snow.
The 90mph you speak of is the maximum speed of the turbo units.


Why are / were they called Inter City 125s? Was that the top speed (and not 90 or 110)? tongue.gif
Biker1
QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 12 2017, 10:41 AM) *
Why are / were they called Inter City 125s? Was that the top speed (and not 90 or 110)? tongue.gif


They do 125mph (which is their maximum service speed) on lines that are signalled and aligned for that speed.
Mainly on those between London and Bristol, and London and Edinburgh.
E.g. if you catch an HST from Newbury to London it will (can wink.gif ) run at 125mph on the section between Reading and Paddington.
The maximum speed ever achieved by an HST is 148mph.
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