Robert Hampton

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13th February 2009

I should be Minister of Transport
Posted by at 6.54pm | Trains | No responses

Hm, the Super Express train looks nice, but some of them will be diesel powered, and I can’t help but feel that, in this era of carbon footprints and whatnot, trains powered by diesel are yesterday’s technology.

What the powers-that-be should have done is start electrifying the remaining diesel-operated routes, and build a fleet of all-electric trains. As a stopgap, a small pool of diesel locomotives should be available to tow the trains over non-electrified routes (as happens with West Coast Pendolinos during engineering diversions).

If anyone from the Department for Transport is reading this, my consultancy fee is 25% of… something.