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Everything posted by Christopher125

  1. That's why I was surprised you mentioned a Pier Head-Esplanade shuttle for the first closure? Anyways, last weekends Smallbrook Lane gauging work looks complete - some nice new track and ballast on the Down Line under the bridge ready for the 484s to start overnight testing in the coming months. Shame about the signal/points failure on Monday morning though...
  2. I'm sure I saw both 006 and 008 at St Johns and the track relaying would surely have meant no power supply?
  3. Worth noting that this weekend they are lowering the Down line under Smallbrook Lane, having done the same for the Up under Rink Road in Ryde last weekend - that should address the two tightest spots on the line for headroom and allow the 484s to start testing in the coming months.
  4. It's worth noting that most of that infrastructure was only ever needed on a few summer saturdays; while traffic did decline, visitors also arrived at different times often for shorter stays which smoothed out those crazy summer peaks.
  5. A *big* milestone has been achieved in recent days - the 9-car 345s are back in operation and working services to Heathrow using ETCS. A long time coming!
  6. Electrification of the network including EWR does appear to be back on the agenda at the DfT now Grayling has left, the 2050 net-zero commitment looms ever larger and there's more understanding about the limitations of battery/hydrogen propulsion. RAIL are quoting a statement from EWR about the short 4 (+2) year lease for self-powered trains that says: The DfT's Baroness Vere confirms yet another post-Grayling rethink...
  7. You said it was ironic that the WLL can't have extra trains, but *to be fair* it's just had a frequency increase - the extra 378s available has allowed London Overground to increase frequencies on the NLL (10tph) and WLL (5tph) during the peaks.
  8. I think the current plan is to rebuild roughly on the present site but realigned, allowing a better route for the through line.
  9. To be fair they're now running 5tph on the West London Line during the peaks - with 10tph on the NLL - thanks to the 378s freed up from Euston-Watford. 5-car 710s will then allow a further cascade, displacing 378s from the NLL to boost frequencies on the ELL.
  10. I can only assume they were confusing the 397s with the loco-hauled mk5s, of which there are still 4 in use.
  11. Should be thirteen 802s in use now plus a third 397, with all the withdrawn services back running.
  12. EWR services are almost certainly too long and energy intensive for battery units, and Hydrogen would be highly problematic - who knows what they'd cost, what operating restrictions will be imposed and what capacity they'd have (if the proposed 321 conversion is anything to go by...)
  13. Worth noting that TPE reintroduced a good number of cancelled services this week with the rest following in a few weeks time - IIRC there should be 11 802s out and about daily now.
  14. Hardly, the mk5s were horribly late and their introduction was far from trouble-free either.
  15. Electrification was de-scoped from EWR and platforms shortened to 4x23m when Grayling asked for savings.
  16. Possibly but this is a few months old so plans may have evolved - either way renewing the Rowborough substation was specifically mentioned by the programme manager at the Bus & Rail Users meeting a week or two back.
  17. I've just come across the PIN, which gives more detail to prospective contractors and appears to confirm the details of the meeting - seems TPWS (and cab radio!) really are on the cards: http://bidstats.uk/tenders/2019/W39/711590030 Track works: A number of interventions are planned along the extent of the Island line to accommodate the new trains and improve track ride quality. These interventions will be items such as rail replacement, closure of current jointed track, ballast replacement, tamping, track lowering at stations and minor gauging interventions. A new passing loop
  18. Not a chance; in the 21st century there's no political appetite for closing any railway service - hence the Conwy Valley is reopened at vast expense every few years, Island Line get's a £26m upgrade and even a station as lightly used as Breich gets a complete rebuild despite frequent suggestions on forums like this that the money won't be found. In this case the line's aesthetic appeal alone would probably prompt enough of an outcry to make any politician think twice, let alone the size of the local population it serves and the political ramifications of trying. Closing railways is
  19. The lowering of the trackbed, a whole loop for £1m would be a tad optimistic! AIUI it's being funded by the DfT, via SWR.
  20. SWR's programme manager for the project has supplied a bit more detail, courtesy of the IW Bus Users Group:http://www.iwbususers.btck.co.uk/RecentMinutes Design work is 75% complete. Platforms heights will be raised or track lowered to provide level boarding. There are gauging issues to address with some bridges. Rowborough sub-station will be renewed. A passing loop will be installed at Brading with level access provided by the foot crossing south of the station. Network Rail is considering the possibility of making Ryde St John’s Road fully accessible.
  21. I had a similar impression, but I've seen subsequent comments suggesting the issues weren't as intractable as some suggested and the real sticking point had proved to be the 345s - thankfully even that seems to have made progress with recent software updates, with training on ETCS/Heathrow imminent?
  22. He comes across as the ultimate 'crayonista' - he knows enough to think he has viable 'alternatives' like his Euston Express scheme, but not enough to see how fundamentally flawed and/or hopelessly undeveloped they are. Even when attempts are made to explain the problems to him, as they were at some length during the committee stage of the hybrid bill, he seems either unable or unwilling to understand. Unfortunately his latest report is just more of the same vague and muddled thinking; William Barter has tweeted a useful analysis of which I've picked out a few: https://twitter.com/
  23. If it was that simple then rolling stock should have become progressively, and significantly, less reliable as the complexity increased - it's hard to see much evidence of that. Surely what we see at Dawlish is the downside of trains designed to protect themselves from damage - ordinarily a big benefit to reliability, but unhelpfully conservative in exceptional circumstances. Thankfully this is something that can be addressed, as it was for Electrostars and Desiros when they struggled in their first bad winters - AIUI the 800s are due a software update which should addr
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