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« Reply #105 on: March 01, 2020, 06:03:23 pm »

You can have all the derogations you like, but the line currently operates under a Lightt Railway Order with a maximum speed of 25mph

I'm not sure how many commuters would give up their cars fir that.
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« Reply #106 on: March 02, 2020, 10:10:59 am »

You can have all the derogations you like, but the line currently operates under a Lightt Railway Order with a maximum speed of 25mph

I'm not sure how many commuters would give up their cars fir that.

In fact, the 1975 Light Railway (Transfer) Order, which gave the present WSR the right to operate the railway under lease from SCC gives permission for DMU type trains to run at up to 40mph.  In 1976, we learned from HMRI that for them to permit this, the DMU trains would have to be subject to main-line safety inspections and maintenance regimes overseen by BR.

At the time, new installations, such as the AOCL level crossings at Dunster Sea Lane, Leigh Wood and Roebuck Gate, were laid out with 40mph in mind

The exorbitant cost of BR inspections of the rolling stock was one of the project's killers, in the 1970s.

I have to say that I'm not fully aware of the impact of more recent legislation on the limits set out in the 1975 Order
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« Reply #107 on: March 02, 2020, 08:28:07 pm »

I certainly hope that 40 MPH could be permitted, that would be competitive with road transport.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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