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Images of new train for two Midland lines

New 800 series train
New 800 series train heading for Midland main lines Credit: Department of Transport

The Department of Transport has released images of the new 800 series trains.

The new intercities will appear on the Great Western Line in Worcester from 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line which goes through Peterborough from 2018.

Inside the new 800 series train
Inside the new 800 series train heading for Midland main lines Credit: Department of Transport


New trains for main line rail routes in the Midlands

The Government has revealed it is investing more than a billion pounds in new trains for two of the main routes through the Midlands.

270 of the new 800 series train carriages have been ordered. Some of the new trains will service the East Midland Main Line which calls at Peterborough.

They will also be used on the Great Western Main Line and they will cut journey times between Worcester and London Paddington by 19 minutes.

The first batch of class 800 series trains will start running on the Great Western Main Line in 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line in 2018.

Bombardier has sight on Crossrail contract as Siemens pulls out

Production line at the Bombardier factory in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A controversial multi-billion pound contract to build London's Crossrail project has moved a step closer to being built by Derby train builder Bombardier, as Siemens pulls out of the project.

In a statement, Siemens said: "Crossrail is a very large project and, since first undertaking our initial assessment of capacity and deliverability, Siemens has won multiple additional orders.

"To pursue another project of this scale could impact our ability to deliver our current commitments."

Crossrail will link Heathrow to East London.

Bids for the rail contract are due next month, with a decision expected by mid-2014.


Derby train maker loses out on billion pound deal

It's been confirmed that Derby-based trainmaker Bombardier, has missed out on the £1.6bn contract to build the carriages for the Thameslink rail line.

More than a thousand jobs have already been lost since German firm Siemens was originally announced as the preferred bidder. Campaigners are now urging the Government to award the contract to build trains for the Cross Rail project in London to Bombardier.

George Cowcher from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, says Bombardier needs to look at for contracts.


UK firm Bombardier loses out on £1.6bn train deal

The £1.6bn deal will see 1,140 carriages built for the Thameslink route Credit: PA

A £1.6bn new train contract which has been mired in controversy has been given to a German, rather than a UK firm, it has been confirmed.

The contract for 1,140 new carriages for the Thameslink rail route has gone to a consortium led by Siemens of Germany rather than to Bombardier of Derby.

Siemens, whose selection over Bombardier was much criticised, said it expected the contract would create up to 2,000 jobs.

Hailed by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin as "a boost for UK Plc", the contract will see the first new train running on the cross-London Thameslink route in 2016.

The introduction of the full fleet by the end of 2018 will enable a 24-trains per hour service to operate through the capital at peak times.

In October 2009 the Labour government announced that the two remaining short-listed bidders for the contract were Bombardier and Siemens.

First trip this year for repaired steam engine

Duchess of Sutherland Credit: Keith Wilkinson

A grand old lady of steam is back on the rails in the East Midlands.

The locomotive, Duchess of Sutherland, has been out on her first trip this year following repair work to her pistons and cylinders at the Midland Railway in Butterley, Derbyshire.

The engine, built by the LMS at Crewe in 1938, was withdrawn from service in the 1960's and used to be on display at a Butlins holiday camp in Scotland.

Today she is hauling a special train from Derby to Scarborough in Yorkshire. In July she will be celebrating her 75th birthday at the Midland Railway heritage line.

The photograph shows the Duchess preparing to pull into the north dock siding at Derby railway station - with two modern diesel trains passing her on the Midland mainline.

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