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1  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Priority bus route Bristol to Bath on: October 23, 2021, 11:13:47 am
To be announced in next week’s budget.

  England's city regions are set to receive billions of pounds to improve public transport in next week's Budget.
 West of England (£540m): A fully prioritised bus route between Bristol and Bath

2  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Severe disruption between Salisbury and Exeter, 21st October 2021 on: October 21, 2021, 07:43:34 pm
From NR» (Network Rail - home page) Wessex
    This landslip at #Chard had blocked the line between Crewkerne and Axminster. Although it looks minor, it could move if we run trains past it, and slide further. We’re working on a plan now
3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Electricity price rise threatens rail freight? on: October 13, 2021, 02:20:17 pm
Freightliner to withdraw ALL electric traction due to increased rates
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4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Red Squirrel - 11 Oct 2021 on: October 12, 2021, 04:21:16 pm
5  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: October 12, 2021, 10:03:12 am
Network Rail Western announce opening from 20th of November!

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6  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Templecombe Signal Box. Should it be listed? on: October 10, 2021, 11:11:05 am
I think this might be the report on a previous listing attempt

From Historic England Research Records
Monument Number 1541602
This quote is the significant part of the entry:

   As set out in the English Heritage Selection Guide (2007) for Transport Buildings to merit designation, signal boxes should either represent a relatively early phase of architectural design or technological development, or should demonstrate some significant later technological novelty and innovation, or new architectural design.

One of the operators to adopt the architecture of the Modern Movement was the Southern Railway. Many of its stations and signal boxes were built in this style; Surbiton being the earliest type 13 signal box, erected in 1936. These signal boxes were adopted widely by the Southern Railway (SR(resolve)), but odd examples were also used on the Great Eastern and later by the London & North Eastern Railway, and the design continued to be employed into the 1950s, albeit with power rather than mechanical frames. Post-war examples of this design survive at Streatham, South Croydon, Balham and Purley. There are currently two type-13 signal boxes on the SR that are listed: Woking in Surrey (1937, Grade II), and Horsham, West Sussex (circa 1938, Grade II). English Heritage has undertaken a Thematic List Review of Railway Structures looking at a wide variety of structures in a national context. As part of this assessment, Woking was identified the best surviving example of a type-13 box. Horsham was also considered to be a good example which had additional interest for its historic association and group value with a listed railway station. The Railway Review does not recommend any further type-13 signal boxes for listing.

The signal box at Templecombe Railway Station is understood to be the most westerly example of this type of box and its architecture reflects the characteristic features of the International Modern style including the flat concrete roof, overhanging eaves, and moulded corners. However, it has crucially lost its operating room windows. Much of the architectural interest of signal boxes lies in their fenestration, and the loss of the original timber glazing detracts significantly from the interest of the box. That said the operating floor windows at both Horsham and Woking appear to have also been replaced, and it must be acknowledeged that changes such as this are reversible.

During the mid-20th century the interior of type 13 boxes was described as being spacious and modern. In 1983, when Templecombe Station was re-opened to passenger traffic, the signal box was sub-divided to provide a waiting area and a ticket office. Although a new waiting room has since been installed on the platform, the booking office arrangements continue. Intactness is a very important consideration when assessing signal boxes for listing, and the changes that have taken place at Templecombe have significantly compromised the layout of the operating floor. In addition the original lever-frame has been reduced in length from 60 to 16 (including four spare) levers. Most of the station structures at Templecombe have been demolished, only the signal box, former mainline platforms and the goods shed (which is now in commercial use) remain from the pre-1967 period, reducing the signal box¿s group value and claims to special interest.

In summary, Templecombe signal box is not recommended for listing. Whilst it is a striking example of a signal box in the International Modern style, it is not of sufficiently early date to be notable as a mechanical signal box, and does not represent an important phase in the development of signal boxes and signalling technology. Its internal layout has been altered and the signalling equipment has been much reduced and is not sufficiently rare or intact to qualify in its own right for designation.
7  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Templecombe Signal Box. Should it be listed? on: October 09, 2021, 05:03:23 pm
We managed to get the station and signal box at Maiden Newton listed some years ago. My role was to write the listing submission based on the reasoning for its listing. If you go down this road, please ket me know if I can be of any help.
8  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / New halt at Frampton and Grimstone on: October 09, 2021, 04:59:33 pm
From the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) Dorset website
Movement started to try and reopen the station that closed in 1966.
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 02, 2021, 11:58:45 am
Have just come across this site which seems useful in all sorts of ways
10  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Network Rail service? on: September 30, 2021, 08:25:50 am
Many thanks
11  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Network Rail service? on: September 29, 2021, 08:00:23 pm
Thanks, but why three days in a row?
12  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Network Rail service? on: September 29, 2021, 07:11:04 pm
A train has been running from Southampton MCT to Weymouth thence two return runs to Yeovil Pen Mill before returning to Southampton. It has operated Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only.
Has anyone any knowledge about this?
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Southeastern accused of acting "in bad faith" by DfT on: September 29, 2021, 07:02:59 pm
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14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Red Squirrel - 18-09-2021 on: September 23, 2021, 05:43:45 pm
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15  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: September 14, 2021, 04:23:46 pm


reply regarding SWT (South West Trains) TT changes - the full reply under news or via Google drive

6.8 P35 Waterloo – Salisbury. We assume this service is based on the xx 50 from Waterloo (currently starting at Basingstoke) and it is not shown how the extended services to Yeovil Junction via Sherborne will work. Again, Clapham Junction and Woking stops should be as now.
6.9 We need to see a detailed analysis of the justification for the removal of the off peak extension of the Waterloo - Salisbury service to Gillingham/Yeovil Junction, as your own document shows that off peak travel may well exceed pre covid levels. We do not accept the performance argument, as this route has historically delivered good performance on the existing infrastructure.
6.10 P36 Salisbury to Yeovil via Westbury. these trains are very lightly loaded, and there must be other operational reasons for keeping them in the Timetable – e.g. driver route knowledge etc. These cannot be described as a “core service”. The service is also unbalanced service (i.e. 6 up trains a day from Yeovil and 3 down trains) which is likely to deter regular users.
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