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Rail Express|October 2019

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Just how nimble are today’s locos and units, and what’s the quickest off the mark?

TRADE sources suggest that theClass 707 fleet of five-car emusoperating on South Western Railway’s Windsor lines might prove to have the shortest life of any modern train. No sooner had they been rolled out to enhance capacity than a bold bid to provide new traction – in effect ‘regardless’ – won the refranchising bid. Cheerio Siemens ‘Desiro City’, hello Alstom ‘Aventra’?

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October 2019