These include electrification of the 15-mile line between Huyton and Wigan to allow electric trains
to operate between Liverpool and Wigan, via St Helens.
Today electric trains
and the Midland Metro super-tram pull into a rebuilt Snow Hill Station, but back then it was steam trains.
The vision includes electric trains
that can reach 220 mph along a 700-mile route that would allow a passenger to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 1/2 hours.
About 13 electric trains
using the main Coventry to Birmingham line have been taken out of service because of safety concerns and will be replaced by slower diesel trains.
Specialist engineers have been drafted in to work on the Class 323 electric trains
, which operate on the Lichfield to Redditch and Coventry to Wolverhampton cross-city lines, and Birmingham to Walsall service.
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Alex Hynes, Northern Rail managing director, said: "We are deeply disappointed that work by Network Rail to electrify the Liverpool to Manchester line will not be completed to enable electric trains
to be introduced from the December timetable change, as originally planned.
A DUTCH transport group has con-firmed that Hitachi Rail Europe is its preferred bidder for the construction of electric trains
1m - and they could be replaced by electric trains
just months later.
Network Rail's Mike Gallop said the organisation believedelectrifying linescould pay for itself as the trains were 50% cheaper and there would be less wear on the tracks due to electric trains