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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Folkestone Harbour Station to Close on: January 27, 2019, 03:34:16 pm
I know that there were several aspirations to run a rail based heritage service; I have no idea of the practicality or currency of them.  It does strike me that removing equipment and converting in the spring, then announcing a decision in the summer, seems the wrong way round and renders certain aspirations as impractical. Perhaps that is the intent?

Realistically any possibility of it reopening as a railway died years ago, and never seemed particularly workable anyway. What's now been done with the viaduct and station is wonderful, as can be seen below:


The harbour bridge by Saturdaywalker, on Flickr


Looking landward along the platforms by Saturdaywalker, on Flickr
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Brighton Belle - bcd next year? on: January 27, 2019, 02:44:03 pm
Yellow warning panels? I hope not..

Tbh I wouldn't have been bothered by a yellow panel, they did carry them for a period, but they've decided to change the 'face' to accommodate modern lights and so won't need one.
3  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Greenford branch - drop in traffic. on: December 17, 2018, 06:22:16 pm
It will be interesting to see how much Crossrail reverses this.
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HS2 - Government proposals, alternative routes and general discussion on: November 12, 2018, 06:30:08 pm
Grayling strikes again:

The Telegraph were being a touch disingenuous - Grayling wasn't advocating HS2 be scaled back, just urging the rail industry to continue making the case and not become complacent about the second stage being a 'done deal'.

HS2 rejects claims phase two may not get built

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"According to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Grayling was quoted as telling a rail conference in London that HS2’s second phase was “not in the bag” and could be scaled back.

The Telegraph reported the transport secretary as saying: “It [HS2] will be a fantastic railway, one of the best in Europe – but it still needs support if it is to definitely go to Leeds.”

HS2 dismissed the claims as “nonsense”, while the Department for Transport said in a statement that the claims were “completely and utterly untrue”.

CN understands that Mr Grayling was referring to the “parliamentary process” of approving HS2’s separate phases when making his comments.

The DfT said: “The Sunday Telegraph story is absolute nonsense – it takes statements out of context that were made at an event several weeks ago not attended by the newspaper.

“It is completely and utterly untrue to suggest the transport secretary does not think HS2 will be completed – as we would have made clear to the Sunday Telegraph had the paper contacted the DfT for comment.”
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: East - West Rail update (Oxford to Bedford) - ongoing discussion on: August 22, 2018, 05:53:30 pm
I've not confirmed myself, but for those who may be interested, there were suggestions on WNXX that the project had been pruned - with short platforms, no bi-directional signalling and one or more stations missing. 

Sadly the details all there - aside from electrification being dropped they have also cut back platforms to only allow 4-car trains, and they won't be reinstating a second track between Calvert and Aylesbury. Through services beyond Aylesbury have also been dropped, with no work now planned for the Princes Risborough line.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: New trains from old? on: May 06, 2018, 07:34:56 pm
Vivarail presentation by Adrian Shooter to the LT Museum Friends (from 27mins)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k8W7QWRWMk
7  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Isle of Wight Railway on: May 06, 2018, 07:19:45 pm
Details of South Western Railway's plans they'll submit to the DfT are now emerging in the IW County Press and KILF

- New timetable, with a loop at Brading allowing a 30min service
- Fully refurbished rolling stock of a larger profile, allowing guards to move between carriages (Almost certainly Vivarail's ex-District Line stock)
- Onboard wifi and charging ports, information boards and new CCTV
- A new platform layout at Ryde Interchange, allowing improved access for Hovertravel passengers
- Track upgrade
- A structural survey of Ryde Pier shows the supporting steelwork to be sound, but decking and track require replacement which is the recommended option

This will be put to the DfT shortly with a decision due by the end of year. If agreed replacement stock could arrive by 2020.
8  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Caught short on: March 24, 2018, 11:47:52 pm
How on Earth are there already "more IETs than usual needing repairs"? They're brand new for God's sake!

They are, like all new trains, going through the reliability 'bathtub curve'.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Lynton - Barnstaple railway extension plans on: March 09, 2018, 07:40:08 pm
Considering the significance of the approval, it's perhaps a little surprising that the L&B website has not made a song and dance about it. In fact, the news seems not to have reached there at all yet.

It's great news, but they still need to apply for a TWAO.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: February 15, 2018, 06:58:59 pm
Nobody seems to have noted that the Acton diveunder has been out of use for nearly two weeks now.  Apparently there is a problem with the integrity of the retaining walls.

The blockwork covering up the piled foundations looks a bit thin to me: https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/06/a-look-at-crossrails-critical-acton-dive-under/

Damaged by a road-rail vehicle (RRV) apparently.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Service 1A09 on: January 05, 2018, 05:04:11 pm
IIRC there's a union agreement about who can staff both units which obviously reduces flexibility, as more staff are trained up on them this should become less of an issue.
12  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Isle of Wight Railway on: October 08, 2017, 11:02:06 pm
The IoW railway is a vertically integrated railway  Huh this means in normal speak NR technically own the infrastructure but are not required to fun its maintenance and renewal SWR are responsible for all the assets, although the electrical power is controlled by Eastleigh ECR not sure about signalling.  NR do audits from time to time.

The problem with the line it only makes money for a few weeks of the year

As I understand it, under the lease the operator is responsible for day to day maintenance but Network Rail remains in charge of renewals and major works.
13  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Isle of Wight Railway on: October 07, 2017, 09:21:38 pm
I don't think there's a coherent / widely shared view as to where and how the line will carry on into the future; I sensed a positiveness that the longer term should be thought about at the presentation, a diary comment that told us that time is being put into considering the IoW at the very top of SWR, but little in the way of a clear plan ahead being in place.

There should be a clear plan very soon - SWR will soon consult on their proposals so they can deliver a costed plan to the DfT early next year - 'more modern' replacement rolling stock and a new loop around Brading to allow a 30min interval service (instead of 20/40 mins at present) are both expected to feature.

http://www.islandecho.co.uk/first-mtr-south-western-to-take-over-island-line/
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: New CrossCountry and GWR Franchises, Bristol to Birmingham on: July 08, 2017, 11:24:50 pm
There is still a need for extra capacity to Birmingham, and connections onto other areas.

There is already a plan being advanced, the 'Midlands Rail Hub', which could allow this.

Such a scheme would reinstate the fourth platform at Snow Hill, freeing up the bays at Moor St for new and re-routed services via the Camp Hill line accessed via new chords at Bordesley. Not a new idea but Moor St's proximity to HS2 at Curzon St makes this especially attractive now.

See pages 58-60 of the West Midlands & Chilterns Route Study
15  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: July 04, 2017, 09:53:27 pm
These must be diverted surely? THey can't get any more through the core area, can they?

IIRC the core is only getting 24tph under current plans, if need be that can be increased - I think up to 30tph has been mentioned.
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