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« Reply #420 on: August 05, 2018, 10:13:25 am »

Bristol Parkway to be closed from 15 September - 07 October and from 27 October - 19 November trains will not run between Temple Meads and Parkway and will include the Severn Beach line. I presume this will be to connect up and commission the four tracking.

Will the Crosscountry trains be using the Henbury loop again?

Last time they used the Henbury loop for north-south trains was when they redid  Filton junction, so the Severn Rivera line was available (though not for its usual users!); this time that line is included in the blockade. I presume that there are good reasons for this - a layman might imagine that it was overkill.
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« Reply #421 on: August 05, 2018, 07:20:41 pm »

Don't forget that there will be work at Dr Days junction to connect up the four tracks and this work will affect the Severn Beach line
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« Reply #422 on: August 05, 2018, 08:12:58 pm »

Well that's the thing, see: according to S&TE's excellent diagram, the current lines from Temple Meads to Narroways - the reliefs, in the new scheme of things - don't appear to be affected by the remodelling. So I'm assuming that the closure is for safety reasons.


Diagram courtesy of SandTEngineer
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« Reply #423 on: August 05, 2018, 08:59:13 pm »

If there's a bit off heavy plant needed for the day it could mean there is a possibility of occasional obstruction that cannot be safely predicted.
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« Reply #424 on: August 05, 2018, 09:10:20 pm »

Well that's the thing, see: according to S&TE's excellent diagram, the current lines from Temple Meads to Narroways - the reliefs, in the new scheme of things - don't appear to be affected by the remodelling. So I'm assuming that the closure is for safety reasons.

The current up and down lines will be breached on Filton Bank where the lines are slewed to run from the original formation of the relief line to the original main lines so as to connect the new tracks to run through the new platform and the added 3rd platform and for the new relaid tracks from Dr. Days Junction tracks can be connected through the original Abbey Wood platforms.

In the olden days of semaphore signalling the box controlling what SandTEngineers excellent diagram labels as HORFIELD JCN was FILTON INCLINE SIGNAL BOX.

I spent many an hour in the next box up the line, FILTON JUNCTION, with my school chum whose father was a signalman there, sat on an old cushion on an upturned metal milk crate.

One day when I got time I'll put down some memories of my adventures in the late 50's with my school chum which at one point included a footplate ride on GWR 3440 CITY OF TRURO from Filton Junction to Swindon when the loco was working the Bristol - Swindon via Badminton all stops diagram in 1958 I think it was.
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« Reply #425 on: August 05, 2018, 09:18:33 pm »

Yes, but I don't understand why the Beach line needs to be closed for many weeks when, as far as I can see, there will be no breach at any point between Narroways and Temple Meads...
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« Reply #426 on: August 05, 2018, 09:36:43 pm »

Yes, but I don't understand why the Beach line needs to be closed for many weeks when, as far as I can see, there will be no breach at any point between Narroways and Temple Meads...

For engineering trains ?
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« Reply #427 on: August 06, 2018, 01:04:58 pm »

Filton Bank's fourtification ...
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« Reply #428 on: August 06, 2018, 02:39:37 pm »

A quick visit to Abbey Wood today while passing by. Platform wall building has seems to have slowed again over the last week but there is general progress on show with quite a bit of earth moved. Here's a few pics:

Top pic looking North from bridge. Middle pic, further view north.
Bottom pic, looking South from bridge.
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« Reply #429 on: August 06, 2018, 10:12:31 pm »

Are there any plans to alter p!atform 3 to accommodate the additional line?

I appreciate it's difficult to judge at the moment but when it was originally built it was a very simple retaining wall and rubble fill afare to expand platform 2. And there have been numerous spray paint lines in the past 18 months indicative of new platform edges, that was my interpretation.

Given the extent of the current work, the realignment of the platform would be minimal.
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« Reply #430 on: August 07, 2018, 05:54:48 pm »

Filton Bank's fourtification ...
I like this word.  Smiley
Is there really enough space for forty tracks? Grin
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« Reply #431 on: August 07, 2018, 11:17:40 pm »

Are there any plans to alter p!atform 3 to accommodate the additional line?

I appreciate it's difficult to judge at the moment but when it was originally built it was a very simple retaining wall and rubble fill afare to expand platform 2. And there have been numerous spray paint lines in the past 18 months indicative of new platform edges, that was my interpretation.

Given the extent of the current work, the realignment of the platform would be minimal.

A chat almost a year ago with some GWR train staff waiting at Abbeywood for their next train suggested this. From what I have seen, this might have been more speculative than actual.
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« Reply #432 on: August 10, 2018, 11:34:12 am »

Some photos taken yesterday from Narroways footbridge.

Looking north, sleepers all the way:



Looking south; sleepers now nearly reach Stapleton Rd viaduct (just visible before the track disappears behind the trees in the distance):


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« Reply #433 on: August 10, 2018, 11:36:02 am »

Didn't take long for the artistry graffiti to appear..... Angry
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« Reply #434 on: August 10, 2018, 06:41:37 pm »

Went to Bristol today, massive progress since I last went 4 months ago, and it isnít an easy project that has been set out.
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