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Title: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: grahame on February 03, 2019, 06:00:01 am
Lots of trains like this this morning:

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08:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading due 09:38
08:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading due 09:38 will no longer call at Blackwater.
This is due to heavy snow over recent days.

Guessing that there may be sheet ice at Blackwater?


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: TaplowGreen on February 03, 2019, 08:53:25 am
Customer Advice
Due to an accumulation of ice and snow at the station access points and on the station platforms, it is currently not possible to provide a safe means of access / egress for customers at Blackwater station. Train services will therefore no longer call there and replacement road transport will operate between Blackwater and adjacent stations.
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South Western Railway are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice. Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys. Tickets will be accepted between Reading and Camberley.


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: RichT54 on February 03, 2019, 10:14:07 am
I noticed that several trains were cancelled from stopping at Sandhurst late yesterday evening due to ice on the steep footpaths that go up to the platforms. However, they do appear to be stopping there today.


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: stuving on February 03, 2019, 10:54:12 am
All rather contradictory - SWR have a vague catch-all warning on NRE departure boards about:
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A band of heavy snow fell across much of the network on Friday night and we are expecting this extreme weather to continue until around midday on Monday, with temperatures as low as -10 degrees overnight, and high winds forecast early on Monday morning.

How will this affect the train service?


South Western Railway are still aiming to provide a full service, depending on conditions there is the possibility of delays or some alterations.

They do seem to be running OK, at least to Reading.

GWR have a message that comes up on NRE for each NDL train, saying:
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Service updates

    This train has been delayed by heavy snow over recent days

But the trains are running to time, with just that missing Blackwater call. Blackwater's CIS is just saying:
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Due to the icy underfoot conditions at this station, no trains will be calling at Blackwater today. Replacement road transport will not be available.

No trains are scheduled to call at this station for at least 90 minutes.


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: stuving on February 03, 2019, 10:21:58 pm
I've just seen something I don't recall before - a North Downs Line service running at 6-car length. Obviously at this time of a Sunday night it's not because of passenger numbers ... though I can't see how they ended up with one 166 too many at Gatwick.
(1V65 2017 Gatwick-Reading arr 2135)


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: Surrey 455 on February 04, 2019, 09:39:48 pm
I've just seen something I don't recall before - a North Downs Line service running at 6-car length. Obviously at this time of a Sunday night it's not because of passenger numbers ... though I can't see how they ended up with one 166 too many at Gatwick.
(1V65 2017 Gatwick-Reading arr 2135)

Surely one of those trains must have been locked out of service. How many stations can take a train longer than 3 carriages?


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: stuving on February 04, 2019, 11:20:34 pm
I've just seen something I don't recall before - a North Downs Line service running at 6-car length. Obviously at this time of a Sunday night it's not because of passenger numbers ... though I can't see how they ended up with one 166 too many at Gatwick.
(1V65 2017 Gatwick-Reading arr 2135)

Surely one of those trains must have been locked out of service. How many stations can take a train longer than 3 carriages?

It was announced as 6 coaches (which is how I spotted it on Tiger), and they were all lit up - but I didn't feel moved to go to the station and try the doors. As it was a fast(er) service, it didn't stop at any anything less than a two-horse town, but that does still involve Reigate (Down), Dorking Deepdene, and Blackwater that are all still (I think) 4-car platforms. So yes, it must be easier not to use one unit at all - though at that time of a Sunday it's hardly an issue.


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: IndustryInsider on February 04, 2019, 11:23:55 pm
Yes, one unit would have been locked up.  Still, 4-car trains on the North Downs should be with us soon, as long as the Class 319 into Class 769 conversion doesn't falter further!


Title: Re: Black Water turns into Black Ice?
Post by: FenMan on March 02, 2019, 01:13:18 pm
Lots of trains like this this morning:

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08:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading due 09:38
08:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading due 09:38 will no longer call at Blackwater.
This is due to heavy snow over recent days.

Guessing that there may be sheet ice at Blackwater?

Sorry, came to this thread late. I live in Blackwater. The snowfall in the immediate area around the station was far heavier than even a couple of miles away: 12cm of snow.

Unsurprisingly it took a while for the approaches and platforms to be cleared. If memory serves, Guildford-bound trains were permitted to call from mid-afternoon, but Reading-bounds services didn't begin calling until a couple of hours later.



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