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Maintenance resourcing on West Coast

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HS2 (and former Railtrack) engineer Andrew McNaughton is, apparently, a big fan of Japanese operating practices. So it was interesting to read an old Informed Sources column (dated November 2000) which mentioned the level of maintenance resource provided on Britain’s West Coast route.

[Informed Sources, November 2000]

And while [the Railway Industry Association] has doubts about using US Railroads or other utilities as comparators, in a subtle dig at Railtrack’s talk of ‘Japanese operation’, it points out that the Tokaido Line in Japan uses nearly twice as many maintenance staff as the southern half of the WCML, even though the WCML has four track versus two, uses lighter weight rail and carries freight.

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Written by beleben

March 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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