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  1. AIUI only Shanklin is gaining any screens (Pier Head and Esplanade already have them) - one appeared late last year under the canopy next to the taxi rank. 002+003 did another return trip to Fareham last night, that surely bodes well?
  2. I was just remarking on the 'off peak season' - aside from Winter Sundays, evenings etc it's half-hourly all year round. Even when they aren't, without passenger information screens it would seem unwise to confuse people by putting Down trains in the Up platform.
  3. Progress, hopefully - 002 and 003 were back on the network last night doing more runs to Fareham so Network Rail must be happier, and they sound ok in Stuart's video below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376349029705042/permalink/737316100274998/ Fingers crossed it went as hoped and there are more runs soon.
  4. I've seen the suggestion that permission would be gained from the signalman but it's not clear how this would work - the station is unstaffed and the foot crossing carries a reasonably well used footpath. They could re-route it but I've seen nothing mentioned so far. Are you sure? I was expecting trains to pass at Brading all year round.
  5. Perhaps, but it's all semantics - the foot crossing will be open and available regardless. Besides, with the stairs of this temp bridge located at the far Ryde end of the platform the foot crossing won't be much further to walk anyway. Nope, the footpaths use foot crossings either side of the station.
  6. I'm not sure I follow? Neither footbridge will be PRM-compliant, anyone using a wheelchair will need to use the foot crossing at the other end which is being rebuilt with suitable ramps down to track level. Nothing's being replaced - there was, and still will be, a footpath crossing at the other end of the station which will also give access to the other platform. The footbridge is additional, and won't be needed until passenger trains start serving Platform 2... eventually. The bi-directional signalling could even delay that, if services start off hourly.
  7. True, but why would it matter? Passengers can just use the foot crossing at the other end, which they'll probably prefer to this temporary one anyway. The whole thing is bizarre.
  8. SWR were offering carriages free to a good home, so someone shelling out £32k for a rusted-through shell seems... unlikely. Anyway, the temporary footbridge is now going up at Brading so the old one can be sorted out - quite why it's needed with a foot crossing and no trains for many months is hard to understand, but the views should great.... Brading by Chris, on Flickr
  9. Interesting video this showing a steam-hauled clearance run through Platform 2 at Brading, might be worth trying again at this rate...
  10. When Go-Ahead took over local management were really expansionist and it was a big success, people would write to the local paper complaining about too many buses on the roads. Back in 2007/08 they even tried running 24/7 on their main routes which was pretty extraordinary.
  11. This presentation by OSL to the 'Railway Civil Engineers Association' doesn't give any hint of further delay so I guess time will tell. Interestingly a connection to the Steam Railway for engineering access, planned but ultimately not installed, could yet be resurrected... (50:33)
  12. Hard to say what the situation is regards signalling and any remaining gauging issues, but this aerial footage does suggest the stations should be ready - the island at Brading was, and presumably still is, going to take a little longer to commission.
  13. If the infrastructure work isn't finished it won't be far off and much - though certainly not all! - is Covid related. Vivarails delay will be many, many months and Adrian has admitted can't be blamed much on the pandemic.
  14. Remember these have a new traction package with AC motors, and these tend to struggle with the 3rd rail I think it's safe to say? Getting them to behave has often required extensive testing at Old Dalby, Wildenrath, Bournemouth etc but Vivarail ran out of time on the island and some limited running on Bombardier's short test track never seemed sufficient.
  15. I was under the impression Sandown was being resignalled to match Brading, it certainly looks that way.
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