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1  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: DfT - Economic impact of new and improved rail lines: case studies and method on: Today at 02:41:46 pm
Wish they could spell Leamington Spa (see title of report download)
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 02:13:39 pm
I expect passenger numbers will be considerably down compared with usual, so a 2-track timetable will just about cope with numbers, provided they donít start chucking out 5-car IET and 4-car trains instead of booked formations.

With stock completely out of position, I doubt there'll be much of a timetable. They'll run what they can while planning to get all stock back in position for tomorrow morning.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 12:05:39 pm
Looks like 802016 was the culprit. NR have confirmed trains moving.

Now they'll have a further problem come this evening when all those having found their way to work try and get home if there's only the one pair of tracks still working....hopefully, people will stagger their return home, or continue to use the alternative routes...
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 11:29:35 am
Iíve heard reports of people joining trains at Bicester to Oxford so they could get a seat when it went back!

yep, me too today. Worth an extra 30minutes to get a seat!
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 11:20:23 am
There are now two threads running on this.....from the Electrification ongoing thread

Iím hearing reports (unconfirmed) that the pantograph was raised at 105mph in an area where it is not tentioned enough for that to happen.  There are specific rules locations where you can raise on the move at speed.

So, driver error is a possibility.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 10:35:20 am
yep, but still not the fault of NR.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 10:24:44 am
Another example where having more diversionary routes would help when it comes to managing events like this.  E.g. via High Wycombe to Bourne End?

Money no object, of course.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 10:01:32 am
Wouldn't an in service IET have done the damage if the wires themselves were faulty?

I think it's moving towards a faulty pan on the test train personally.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 09:49:32 am
Wrong again.

How do you suggest NR prevent IETs from ripping down their wires?? Hardly NRs fault, this.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: Today at 09:45:56 am
Has there been any movement on when they expect the lines to reach Cardiff? Itís all gone quiet after they announced the delay....

This Q came up at the GWR Stakeholders Conference yesterday & Andrew Haines, MD, said next summer, if I remember correctly.

What caused the wire this morning to be "ripped down", if that is what has happened? Something falling on it? Vandalism? Malfunctioning pantograph? ...

Answered already in the disruption in Thames Valley thread....
An on test ECS 802 recently delivered was being moved from North Pole depot to Stoke Gifford depot....reportedly by a GBrF driver. What actually caused the failure will be under investigation still, I suspect.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 09:36:56 am
Yes, indeed, they are tweeting this now too.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 08:55:22 am
Something else that was missing last night were announcements were necessary on the tube on lines passing through Paddington....as has happened in the past - that the station was shut, likely to be shut for the rest of the evening & to go directly to Waterloo to get to Reading or Windsor/Slough, or via Piccadilly line to Heathrow.

No announcements meant pax were still going to Paddington after 10pm....simply then telling them not to travel after a night out was insufficient.

On BBC Radio Berkshire just now there was a report from BBC South's Paul Clifton saying that the test IET involved was being driven by a GBRf driver and it brought down half a kilometre of cables.

NR are saying less than half that - 200 metres.

I wondered whether it was one of the couple of newly delivered 802s....seems so.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 08:35:42 am
Journeycheck has removed the comment that two lines might be available after lunch and now states disruption till end of day
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 08:33:58 am
Graham, There were many more than the 802 that got trapped when those wires descended...all the other electric units that got trapped with no power would have presumably not been running ECS but wiuld have had passengers on them? What happened to them?

Fyi, NR are tweeting that 200 metred of wires are affected
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 07:56:01 am
An empty 802 moving from North Pole to Bristol brought the wires down at Hanwell around 1930 last evening. Yet to hear how any evacuations happened, they can't still be on board, can they?
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