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« Reply #1035 on: December 03, 2018, 12:51:11 pm »

They have the means to turn it off, I suppose, I watched a freight crawl at a snails pace down from Wootton Basset Junction to Thingley and there were four trains backed up behind it, Just came out of Swindon, Anyway they cancelled the up signals and ran two down the up main.

Once a slow train is let out from Westbury, or from Swindon / Royal Wootton Bassett, there is no easy way for it to be put off to one side to be overtaken.  As both main lines are bi-directional, in a desperate situation the option provides a "get out of jail" card - but it's not free as it prevents any trains from running the other way.

One potential solution is a loop - and please make it a long, bidirectional, dynamic one from somewhere near Thingley / Notton through Lacock and Beanacre to Dunch Lane, Melksham.  Where once the track there was a pair of 7'0" gauge lines, it's currently just a single 4'8.5" gauge line; it might need slewing but on that stretch there are no major bridges that would need to be re-widened.  And as well as sorting out the freight issue, it would enable an hourly passenger service each way via the line, without eating up two thirds of the paths and without resulting in a long timetable layover of a train at Swindon (or Oxford if extended there).
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« Reply #1036 on: December 03, 2018, 02:07:46 pm »

Long article (six pages) in Rail magazine 867 headed 'Bristol keen to channel rail intentions' by Daniel Puddicombe. Offers a view of where we are, and what the problems are facing us in the future.
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« Reply #1037 on: December 05, 2018, 06:38:27 pm »

I am in Bristol for a couple of days, so decided to take a look for myself. I started at Constable Road, looking towards Bonnington Walk bridge:



They seem proud of the railway in these parts:



Looking towards Temple Meads:





Still work in progress:



For a moment, I thought that maybe four tracks wasn't enough:



But it all turned out well:



Brand new thingummy:



A brief look at Ashley Hill:



with passive provision for a station:



Who knows? This could be an appropriate name again:



Stapleton Road, with a train approaching the new bridge on the down main:



Looking the other way:



Enhanced footbridge:



The muriel remains in good shape:



By this time, I was spitting feathers. Therefore:



Cheers!
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« Reply #1038 on: December 05, 2018, 06:42:38 pm »

Nice pictures.  A fair bit of tidying up still to be done though
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« Reply #1039 on: December 05, 2018, 06:55:32 pm »


They seem proud of the railway in these parts:


Aye, you can't beat a good ol' American 6-4-0...

Nice pics. Surprising to see the odd platoon of the Orange Army still out and about - maybe the boss needs to go out and tell them all personally that the war is over.
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« Reply #1040 on: December 05, 2018, 07:11:52 pm »


They seem proud of the railway in these parts:


Aye, you can't beat a good ol' American 6-4-0...

Nice pics. Surprising to see the odd platoon of the Orange Army still out and about - maybe the boss needs to go out and tell them all personally that the war is over.

There is still significant tidying up to be done, plus the reconstruction of the platform at Stapleton Road.
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« Reply #1041 on: December 05, 2018, 07:26:45 pm »

Is that signal working, it looks out!.

Nice to see the Junction Ind lit as well.

Nice points,now we need Standish and Abbotts wood to look like that, as they are rubbish?. I-e Too slow for modern trains.

Banner repeaters are still there?.

Oh look!, Is that,that old piece of point again?. This was taken before in an earlier post.

Just found out that the above junctions are going to be remodelled sometime next year.
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« Reply #1042 on: December 05, 2018, 11:21:52 pm »


They seem proud of the railway in these parts:


Aye, you can't beat a good ol' American 6-4-0...

Nice pics. Surprising to see the odd platoon of the Orange Army still out and about - maybe the boss needs to go out and tell them all personally that the war is over.

There is still significant tidying up to be done, plus the reconstruction of the platform at Stapleton Road.

And a surprising amount of tidying to be done at Filton Abbey Wood. Operationally, however, it seems to be working well. I came in from Cardiff on a 165 on the reliefs, calling at Filton. Homeward to Cheltenham was XC on the mains, with a 220 powering up the bank. Ride is good on both sets of track.
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« Reply #1043 on: December 06, 2018, 07:35:34 am »

I am in Bristol for a couple of days, so decided to take a look for myself. I started at Constable Road, looking towards Bonnington Walk bridge:

I think the rails should have upended themselves 90 degrees and bowed in humble adoration to their wise and benevolent benefactor who has trumpeted their cause for so long ! And Tony came , and saw....and it was good ! Grin

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« Reply #1044 on: December 06, 2018, 09:57:01 am »

By this time, I was spitting feathers. Therefore:



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« Reply #1045 on: December 06, 2018, 10:32:16 am »

By this time, I was spitting feathers. Therefore:



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« Reply #1046 on: December 06, 2018, 12:22:10 pm »

Still haven't had chance to ride down it yet, Too busy and constantly feeling cold, Has anyone got an idea, as to when Ashley Hill is likely to be built?.
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« Reply #1047 on: December 07, 2018, 12:30:56 pm »

Still haven't had chance to ride down it yet, Too busy and constantly feeling cold, Has anyone got an idea, as to when Ashley Hill is likely to be built?.

It's on the "urgent" list, so probably about 50 years time.
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« Reply #1048 on: December 07, 2018, 12:42:36 pm »

Once complete will FTN be changing his username to 'Four Tracked Then'? Seriously though, this is good news. Filton bank is a very crowded portion of track and this is long overdue. Also looking forward to extra platform at Bristol Parkway

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« Reply #1049 on: December 07, 2018, 12:53:20 pm »

Still haven't had chance to ride down it yet, Too busy and constantly feeling cold, Has anyone got an idea, as to when Ashley Hill is likely to be built?.

It's on the "urgent" list, so probably about 50 years time.

Crikey! I may never see it then?.
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