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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 02:27:25 pm
Nice photos. Good to see the progress. I’m hoping to have a look around for myself later this evening.

Just as a point of interest, the lines at this location are titled the ‘Up Filton’ and ‘Down Filton’, not the Up & Down Main.
Yebbut which way is which?

And I've just realized that having mentioned the Orange Army in my caption, there are none actually in the photo! But they were there...

It would seem then that I wasted my time posting a diagram here:
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Two million page views. A hundred thousand users. The Coffee Shop on: May 20, 2018, 09:51:40 am
I'm affraid its all  goblededook to me.  I just design safety critical signalling schemes.... Roll Eyes Cheesy
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I, Cup Final day 2018? on: May 19, 2018, 09:02:37 pm
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Last connection not held for a few minutes, on: May 18, 2018, 03:26:33 pm
Or possibly signal boxes being closed for the night or an engineering possession needing to be taken?

The boxes in Cornwall have always been 24/7 except for St.Erth, which is Early/Lates only.  Suspect there might have been an engineering possession booked or as stated above, drivers/guards hours at risk.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Paddington 24/7, channel 5, 21:00 tonight on: May 16, 2018, 09:41:12 pm
From the couple of episodes I have watched, like all such TV programmes, it revels in turning a minor issue into a major crisis (not that NR/GWR need much help in doing that anyway)..... Roll Eyes Cheesy
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: May 16, 2018, 09:37:24 pm

...which says (for those of us who don't do twitter)?.... Roll Eyes
7  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Totnes Station Works...? on: May 16, 2018, 09:27:28 am
Its a new ramped (step free) footbridge with lifts:

Investment in new bridge as part of Network Rail ‘Access for All’ initiative

Step-free access to provide safer and easier use of station for all passengers

Dyer & Butler, a multi-disciplined engineering services specialist focused on transport infrastructure including airports, railways and highways, has been awarded a £1.5m design and build scheme to provide a new footbridge at Totnes railway station.

The project will be delivered by the Dyer & Butler rail engineering team on behalf of Network Rail as part of its ‘Access for All’ scheme, a programme managed by Network Rail and funded by the DfT, with the aim of improving accessibility at train stations. This includes installing lifts and ramps to make stations step-free and accessible to all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, children and heavy luggage.

The work undertaken by Dyer & Butler will position Totnes as a step-free railway station offering accessible routes from entrance to platform, enabling all passengers to use the station safely and easily.

Design work is already underway with works due to commence in March 2018. The new 26 metre span steel footbridge will sit between two 8 metre high towers on either side of the station platforms. The bridge, steps and step landings will be constructed of steel, with walking surfaces coated with specialist non-slip waterproof surfacing.

Once complete, each of the two towers will house a hydraulic passenger access lift. Both towers will be clad with steel profile sheeting designed to replicate painted timber cladding to match existing station buildings.

The new footbridge will be positioned away from two listed buildings located north of the station, with the existing footbridge demolished and removed once work to the new structure is completed.

Dating back to 1847, the Victorian station at Totnes serves both the Great Western Railway and CrossCountry trains.

Wonder how that affects access to the 'Signalbox' cafe which uses half the steps of the existing footbridge?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Reading Station improvements on: May 15, 2018, 02:27:33 pm
How do you find these things STUVING? Smiley

I don't think it would be possible to reach some of the places I saw, without an OHL isolation and a long reach mobile platform arm...... Roll Eyes
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Reading Station improvements on: May 15, 2018, 09:22:27 am
I passed through Reading station last Saturday (12/05/2018) and to say the least I was both supprised and somewhat disgusted about the amount of pigeon poo all over the glass. Looks like the building has been designed without a means of cleaning some quite critical parts (such as over the footbridge escalators/stairs) Tongue
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: South Devon Railway Incident 22 June 2017 on: May 14, 2018, 11:21:46 pm
A significant sum for a heritage railway, but I think they have got off relatively lightly.

Won't do their reputation any good though......thats worth a lot more than money.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop forum and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on: May 13, 2018, 10:55:51 pm
Not received at my address.  It wasn't diverted to my spam folder either.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Atmospheric Railway Discovery at Starcross on: May 13, 2018, 06:34:36 pm
From the BBC

Brunel chamber halts road scheme

Archaeological surveys have identified two underground chambers said to be "historically important"

A 19th Century engineering project by Isambard Kingdom Brunel has scuppered a long-awaited road widening scheme.

Funding for the work in Starcoss, Devon, was allocated last month, but work has been suspended with the discovery of a "nationally significant" underground reservoir.

It was part of Brunel's atmospheric railway, which used a vacuum system to move trains.

Structural assessments are under way and archaeologists are being consulted.

Although considered a genius with his earlier work on the Clifton suspension bridge, Great Western Railway and SS Great Britain, the Victorian engineer's atmospheric railway failed.

It moved the trains by extracting air from pipes laid between the rails, using pumping stations along the track.

The pumping stations used water from the underground reservoir to create steam.

The system proved more expensive than using conventional steam-power and operated for less than a year.

Despite his acknowledged engineering genius, Brunel's atmospheric railway was deemed a failure and operated for less than a year.

The discovery was made by the Environment Agency, which has been carrying out tidal defence work in the area.

Devon county councillor Alan Connett said: "There have been some significant developments that are likely to prevent any improvement scheme in Starcross.

"Liaison with the Environment Agency has identified a significant constraint, in the form of a vacuum chamber... part of Brunel's atmospheric railway which is nationally significant."

As the chamber lies beneath the area where the road widening was to take place, the council will no longer pursue the scheme said Mr Connett.

The Environment Agency confirmed work had been suspended due to the "historically important" discovery, with archaeological surveys identifying two chambers, 32m (105ft) in length joined by 10 underground arches.

"The project team are currently liaising with archaeologists and completing structural assessments to determine the next steps," the agency said.

The "potentially unstable" chamber has been fenced off and the entrance locked.

"It seems Brunel may have the last laugh on modern day planners and developers," Mr Connett said.

"Highways experts will have to go back to the drawing board."
13  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Westbury Works, Xmas 2018 on: May 12, 2018, 08:20:11 pm
It means complete North Junction layout renewal in 113A rail section (which is the usual flat bottom heavy duty stuff at 113lbs/yard).

As it happens, I passed through Westbury earlier today (12/05/2018) and there is already a TSR over the station junction (think it was 40mph, but only got a very quick glimpse).  I suspect its reached the end of its life after being hammered to pieces by all of those heavy stone trains since 1985.

Edit to Add: For those that want a little bedtime reading try reading pages 16 to 21 of this:

14  Journey by Journey / Heathrow Express, Connect etc / Re: Consultation: Western Rail Link to Heathrow (11/5/2018 - 22/6/2018) on: May 11, 2018, 09:15:03 pm
Ahem.  Having now looked at the linked consultation document..... Roll Eyes

Detailed plans

We are proposing to build a new railway link that would leave the Great Western Main Line between Langley and Iver. It would then descend underneath the main railway line into a cutting before entering a 5km tunnel.
15  Journey by Journey / Heathrow Express, Connect etc / Re: Consultation: Western Rail Link to Heathrow (11/5/2018 - 22/6/2018) on: May 11, 2018, 07:06:19 pm
What in them 'olden days' we used to call a flyover..... Tongue
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