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Author Topic: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion  (Read 118410 times)
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« Reply #345 on: May 09, 2018, 07:45:50 pm »

...mmm.  7 1/2 months to go and a lot of work still to do.  The Lawrence Hill - Stapleton Road section seems to be needing the most work still.  Keep posting the videos!
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« Reply #346 on: May 09, 2018, 10:13:21 pm »

I'm wondering if NR are missing a PR opportunity by not retrieving the old discarded rail between Narroways Junction and the Montpelier tunnel at the next possession of the line during 4 tracking. It would make a local heritage line a lovely siding or headshunt.
They could do with some nice headlines.
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« Reply #347 on: May 10, 2018, 06:37:37 am »

Appears there is still a lot of lineside and between lines vegetation needed to be cleared / trimmed back.
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« Reply #348 on: May 10, 2018, 10:44:54 pm »

Thanks metalrail - I only get to see half of that from the Severn Riviera Limited.

Delighted to see that NR have added colourful decorations to the spraycrete - much of their work is so... utilitatian. I note that those bits of spare pointwork are still sat on the platform at Stapleton Road; wonder if they'll ever get round to recovering them?

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« Reply #349 on: May 12, 2018, 03:13:55 pm »

...mmm.  7 1/2 months to go and a lot of work still to do.  The Lawrence Hill - Stapleton Road section seems to be needing the most work still.  Keep posting the videos!

Yeah that part seems to be moving slower at the minute, far less progress than further up the bank...  looks like they're concentrating on getting the new relief lines in first so they can remove the slew between FIT and Muller Road bridge, then they can concentrate on the rest of what will be the new main line trackbed from the new crossovers southward, over the new SRD viaduct and connect up at Dr Days

Delighted to see that NR have added colourful decorations to the spraycrete - much of their work is so... utilitatian. I note that those bits of spare pointwork are still sat on the platform at Stapleton Road; wonder if they'll ever get round to recovering them?

Certainly didn't take the 'artists' long to 'decorate' that new spraycrete... think there was less than a week before it was vandalised... oops sorry, artistically improved!  Angry

And that spare pointwork at SRD certainly seems to have taken root...  caught my eye the other day yet again, should be used to it by now!  Wink
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« Reply #350 on: May 13, 2018, 04:14:21 pm »

Some pics from Sunday afternoon during Filton Bank possession...

Constable Rd N showing crossover being installed between 2 new relief lines just south of Bonnington Walk, Constable Rd S showing a load more ballast being delivered.  Tried to get a close up of the new crossover from Bonnington Walk itself thru the metal railings at the side but no joy, and even tho i'm over 6 ft tall i'd need a stepladder to try and see over the sides of the bridge now!


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« Reply #351 on: May 13, 2018, 04:18:49 pm »

Then 2 of FIT, currently with no track into platform 3...  from the 2 pics looks as tho they're relaying the line from the junction to slew it over better in order to fit in the new track for platform 4.  Always noticed before that the line to platform 3 was slewed way over under the footbridge I was on to fit a second track under

Be interesting to see if it's completed for this week, or whether that's part of next weekends possession
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« Reply #352 on: May 14, 2018, 05:23:36 pm »

Keep posting the videos!

You'll regret saying that soon!   Wink

Another trip up the bank this afternoon showing the work done over the weekend possession.  All the ballast delivered now pretty much covers all of the new relief side starting from the south slew, the first new crossover installed just south of Bonnington Walk, and the new track alignment from the current up main junction into FIT platform 3.  Look forward to seeing what next weekends possession brings now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTBYPTJkLIc
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« Reply #353 on: May 20, 2018, 02:37:24 pm »

The orange army didn't get to watch Meghan and Harry:


That's from Constable Road looking towards Bonnington Walk yesterday about 1p.m. In the distance you can just see the switch from relief northbound to southbound lines (sorry, I don't know which is "up" and "down" deprived of the London-wards reference point). I'm not sure exactly what the yellow frames on the engineering train are but when I passed that way again about nine hours later, it was still there and a crane was lifting the long steel girder and depositing it on main northbound tracks, while acres of ballast was being spread the other side of Constable Road bridge.
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« Reply #354 on: May 20, 2018, 02:47:42 pm »

They are probably the tilting wagons carrying the switch assemblies.

This was posted on Twitter  this afternoon.
https://twitter.com/networkrailwest/status/998191304562667520
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« Reply #355 on: May 20, 2018, 05:03:43 pm »

This was the same view this afternoon (Sunday) around 3pm.  2 delivery freights - 1 on the down main having delivered the new switch and more rails, the other on the up main having delivered a boat load of sleepers both sides of Constable Rd bridge, so expect to see those along with the new rails delivered laid pretty soon now...

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« Reply #356 on: May 20, 2018, 05:08:14 pm »

They're getting there.

Three and a Half Tracks, Now!
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« Reply #357 on: May 20, 2018, 05:09:11 pm »

Then a trip to Bonnington Walk to figure out where the new switch delivery had taken place, as judging by SandTEngineer's new diagram posted recently looked like it would be just north of Bonnington Walk, and it was.  The first new switch was laid between the 2 new relief lines last weekend as in the pics, and the second new one (half of it at least) is being laid on the new down relief to crossover onto the up main, which will no doubt be installed either in the July possession or October blockade.  You can 'just' make it out from the only pic I managed to get thru the railings at the side of the bridge!

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« Reply #358 on: May 21, 2018, 10:23:31 am »

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.
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« Reply #359 on: May 21, 2018, 10:27:18 am »

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...
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