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Author Topic: Intercity Express Programme (IEP) - ongoing discussion  (Read 351855 times)
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« Reply #1080 on: September 09, 2017, 08:57:51 PM »

Going slightly off at a tangent (well, diverting down the Berks & Hants rather than the South Wales Main Line)......

There have been a number of driver training runs down to Tiverton loop and beyond recently even though we are unlikely to see passenger services down here for a while. A thought occurred to me whilst passing a very wet Cowley Bridge Junction earlier today.......... Have the 802s been cleared for any diversions from Castle Cary to Exeter via Yeovil Junction or will services just be terminated either side of any blockage?

"Castle Cary to Exeter St Davids via Yeovil Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction" is included in the definition of the IEP Network, as a "Non Core Route" (other parts are labelled "Diversionary Route"). Being cleared to run that route is probably something separate, requiring a great deal of Network Rail paperwork, but it looks as if it there should be no impediment.   
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« Reply #1081 on: September 09, 2017, 09:11:53 PM »

Going slightly off at a tangent (well, diverting down the Berks & Hants rather than the South Wales Main Line)......

There have been a number of driver training runs down to Tiverton loop and beyond recently even though we are unlikely to see passenger services down here for a while. A thought occurred to me whilst passing a very wet Cowley Bridge Junction earlier today.......... Have the 802s been cleared for any diversions from Castle Cary to Exeter via Yeovil Junction or will services just be terminated either side of any blockage?

"Castle Cary to Exeter St Davids via Yeovil Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction" is included in the definition of the IEP Network, as a "Non Core Route" (other parts are labelled "Diversionary Route"). Being cleared to run that route is probably something separate, requiring a great deal of Network Rail paperwork, but it looks as if it there should be no impediment.   

Excellent, so we should be treated to some driver training runs over the Mule at some stage - although almost certainly under cover of darkness in the wee small hours.
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