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 New Trains:- Awful interiors

New trains:- In further developments, we have learned that there will only be one toilet per 2-car train in the new units (There are 2 at present.). In this montage, here are some impressions of the new interiors. We were promised consultation but so far none has materialised.

 New Trains:- Awful interiors

One of our members has made some CGI drawings of the interiors to discover how the view through the windows will be impeded by structural pillars. This is a view in Coach "A". The seats shown and the colours are merely representational and are not as they will actually appear.

 New Trains:- Awful interiors

This is a view in Coach "B". One wonders whether the designers stopped to think if this was the most suitable configuration for a coach to be employed on a route famous for its scenery.

 New Trains:- Awful interiors

Another view in Coach "B". You won't be seeing much of the pretty coastline from these seats.

 New Trains:- Awful interiors

Another view in Coach "B". It's not getting any better!. The positioning of this pillar brings to mind a line written by the late and great raconteur and poet, Ivor Cutler:- "If I see you looking out of the window again, I shall take it away and make you eat your dinner by the light of the wall."

 New Trains:- Awful interiors

Another view in Coach "B". One wonders whether the designers think they can get away with such a poor quality product because they think they will never have to use it.

 New Trains:- Awful interiors

Whilst we don't have First Class on the Cambrian, don't think you're going to get a better view by paying a more expensive fare. Just look at the placing of that window pillar! This is an impression of First Class in the 3 Car units which will be used on the Marches Line. On these trains you will actually have 2 toilets.

Whilst we accept that times have indeed changed, for the record the old London North Western Railway managed to fit 64 seats and 2 toilets into a corridor coach with a 57 foot long underframe. With a 54 foot vehicle without corridor connections, they managed 72 seats and 6....Yes, SIX toilets! And everybody got to look out of the windows. Clearly those Edwardian railwaymen knew something of the art of coach design which seems to have been forgotten.


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Railfreight for the Cambrian?
Recently, our commitee member, Angus Eickhoff wrote a short paper examining the case for bringing back freight services to the Cambrian.

You may download a copy of the full text here.
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