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Author Topic: Swindon resignalling, closure and preservation of Swindon Panel box (merged topic)  (Read 87165 times)
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« Reply #45 on: November 22, 2015, 09:11:16 »

The old gantry, which was too low for the wires, has been taken down and now lies in the car park.

That's sets the time the car park will fill even earlier. Hope they move it away today!
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« Reply #46 on: November 22, 2015, 09:12:51 »

As I left a low loader was arriving which I suspect was going to be used to move it.   Wink
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« Reply #47 on: November 22, 2015, 19:30:30 »

Hot off the press:
http://www.swindonpanel.org.uk/2015/11/22/uffington-to-rushey-platt-decommissioning-goes-ahead/
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« Reply #48 on: December 09, 2015, 22:21:13 »

RailUK Forums are currently conducting a poll to see which preservation project, from a list suggested by forum members, will get a donation of ^x from RailUK's surplus funds.

One of those listed projects is the Swindon Panel Preservation.

Obviously posting here will give folk a fair idea of who I've voted for!

Members of this forum, who are also members over there, are of course free to chose whichever project they think would benefit most from the donation.  Wink

Another poll is being run by RailUK Forums at the moment (December 2015), and again Swindon Panel Society made the shortlist for a donation. This time round two worthy rail preservation projects are in line to receive donations. Poll winner gets ^1000, runner-up ^500.

Again, by posting here I've nailed my colours to the mast, but don't let that sway you. If you are a member over at RailUK Forums (with at least 5 posts made before 24th November 2015) take a look at the list of projects and cast your vote. All shortlisted projects were chosen by RailUK Forums' members, and all are worthy recipients. Each project has a link to its website and a link to a post by the forum member who first proposed it.

http://www.railforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=124061
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« Reply #49 on: December 09, 2015, 22:52:19 »

I am indeed also a member of Rail UK (United Kingdom) Forums (it's a long story Roll Eyes ), but weren't there some issues on a previous occasion over there, when the rules were changed while voting was still in progress? Lips sealed

I'd be happy to cast my vote on this one - provided nobody moved the goalposts in the middle of the game again, so to speak.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #50 on: December 09, 2015, 23:26:55 »

I am indeed also a member of Rail UK (United Kingdom) Forums (it's a long story Roll Eyes ), but weren't there some issues on a previous occasion over there, when the rules were changed while voting was still in progress? Lips sealed

I'd be happy to cast my vote on this one - provided nobody moved the goalposts in the middle of the game again, so to speak.  Lips sealed

Moving goalposts eh?

Have you read my post 'over there'?  Tongue Wink Grin
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« Reply #51 on: December 09, 2015, 23:41:42 »

No, not yet - but I will!  Wink
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« Reply #52 on: December 16, 2015, 17:22:27 »

The result of the poll is in.

Swindon Panel Society came first and gets a donation of ^1000.

http://www.railforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=124061&page=2

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« Reply #53 on: December 20, 2015, 00:53:46 »

Congratulations to the Swindon Panel Society!  Wink Cheesy Grin



Posted quite impartially, obviously.  Tongue
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« Reply #54 on: January 24, 2016, 13:01:32 »

Dates from a post on the WNXX (Stored Unserviceable, Mainline Locos HQ All Classes) forum (not sure of the original source for the dates as I haven't seen any official notification yet confirming them):

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... Rushey Platt to Wootton Bassett - 23/24 January

Wootton Bassett to Corsham/Hullavington - 20/21 February

I have seen a tweets from NR» (Network Rail - home page) about recovering redundant equipment at Thingley Jn and testing at Westbury.  How far is this weekend's commissioning going?  Is it going all the way to the interface with the Bristol and Westbury Panels towards Bath and Trowbridge  (Not sure where the interfaces are)?

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« Reply #55 on: January 24, 2016, 13:10:33 »

As I understand it, after this weekend the only signalling Swindon Panel will be responsible for will be between Alderton Tunnel and Hullavington on the Badminton route.  That will then be handed to Didcot over the weekend of the 20/21st February when Swindon Panel will finally close.
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« Reply #56 on: January 27, 2016, 11:29:07 »

The map at Open Train Times has been updated following last week's resignalling works.

By combining two maps you can now see the signal aspects from east of Reading to Thingley Junction if that's what you want.
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« Reply #57 on: February 16, 2016, 20:39:17 »

Just a small reminder that Swindon Panel closes for good this coming Saturday (20 February 2016). RIP Sad .......but not quite as the actual panel will then be moved into preservation for all to see at Didcot Railway Centre  Wink Smiley
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« Reply #58 on: February 20, 2016, 09:59:06 »

Looks like the honour of being the last train controlled by it fell to the 2245 Paddington to Swansea (according to RTT» (Real Time Trains - website)).  RIP.
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