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Stadler signs contract for tri-mode locomotives

Updated 11.05 A FRAMEWORK agreement to build 30 tri-mode locomotives has been signed by Stadler and Rail Operations (UK) Ltd.  The new mixed-traffic Bo-Bo machines will be based on Stadler’s established Class 68 and Class 88 fleets, but will be able to operate on 25kV or a CATERPILLAR C32 diesel engine. The diesels

Train services reduced to average of 72%

THE level of National Rail services is being reduced this month to an average of 72 per cent of pre-Covid timetables, following the reintroduction of travel restrictions in lockdowns. Passengers are being urged not to use trains unless their journeys are essential and, if so, to check for timetable changes before

Manchester rail service consultation launched

THE Department for Transport has launched a public consultation about three possible future patterns of train services in Greater Manchester, in a bid to improve reliability on its congested network. The first option makes few changes, but the second sacrifices the through service between Sheffield and Manchester Airport in return for

Monday essay: a high speed problem

HS2 may now be under construction, but the debate about it continues in no uncertain terms. The problem with HS2 is that it is quite simple to make a case for or against the idea. AFTER more than ten years of discussion, work is finally underway on Phase 1 of