Sweep wrote: axel_knutt wrote:
Pendodave wrote:Much of the rolling stock is fairly new (so not replaced any time soon) and won't become significantly more bike friendly with a new paint job.
Exactly. Among the new trains, the Hitachi appears to be one of the most common, and the bike space on those is atrocious. Thanks to whoever let it pass, we're lumbered with that for a generation now.
I used to use east coast a lot.
Because of this they won't be seeing me again.
I'd rather ride it.
West coast is now great.
It's actually worse than this. The Hitachis are potentially unreliable because of their design. They are basically glorified DMus with big powerful engines squeezed in underfloor space. The railways mags spotted this- they have a likelihood of overheating in summer, because there isn't enough ventilation for the power units. I can guess what will happen to the air con in those circumstances.
Reminds me of the buses First bought from Wrights not so long ago. They look very pretty with their big glass front windows. Only problem is the bottom front window at the front on the double deckers means a tidgy radiator. They are definitely prone to overheating in summer. When that happens the hot air gets blown into the passenger space. I know, I have used these buses many times. Very unpleasant, and not something I am looking forward to in summer returning from work wearing a mask. And in case anyone says why don't you cycle, the answer is it's too busy and frankly dangerous at peak period.
The same company bought the dodgy vehicles in both cases- First. And in the case of the buses, they are responsible for the design that they pushed for.
This has happened before. HST's when new had pretty reliable aircon- they were designed and built in house by BR . The class 90/91 electric sets were off the peg buy in when BR were under pressure to outsource, by the Conservative's fave prime minister Maggie Thatcher. The air con on these sets has always been dodgy, you always seem to get one coach in every set that has faulty aircon.
Privatisation- don't you just love it.