Post by Recliner
I think the new trains look much smarter, but it's a pity that the seats
haven't been improved to, say, even S stock standards, let alone the much
higher standards that prevailed in the 1970s.
I'm curious why only two 710s were introduced yesterday. There are several
more sitting in Willesden, and there's been ample time to update their
software. Could it be that not enough drivers have qualified on them yet?
Resilience, possibly? New trains with new software, it might make sense
to bed them down in service?
Perhaps, though they've been test running them for many months, both off
and on the Goblin. They were given ORR authority to enter service on April
11, so about six weeks before they did, finally, carry passengers. One
would have thought that several could have been accumulating mileage during
that time. Perhaps only two did so without problems?
As this soft introduction was without fanfare, I suppose it was still a bit
tentative, so perhaps they still don't have much faith in the new trains?