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« Reply #3645 on: November 11, 2021, 06:35:07 am »

Cancellations to services between London Paddington and Slough

Due to a fault with the signalling system between London Paddington and Slough some lines are blocked.

Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled or delayed. Disruption is expected until 07:00 11/11.

Disruption now till 0900
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« Reply #3646 on: November 11, 2021, 08:38:58 am »

At 0840 the message was "A fault with the signalling system in the Acton Main Line area is resulting in disruption to trains between Reading / Heathrow Airport and London Paddington. Trains may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or cancelled until approximately 11:00."

I have a special interest as I'm about to make a rare foray into Reading, though it appears that the stopping service from Didcot is not going beyond Reading, so hopefully they're keep to the timetable as far as I'm concerned. On my last two journeys the 0933 was cancelled.

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« Reply #3647 on: November 11, 2021, 10:43:42 am »

At 0840 the message was "A fault with the signalling system in the Acton Main Line area is resulting in disruption to trains between Reading / Heathrow Airport and London Paddington. Trains may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or cancelled until approximately 11:00."

I have a special interest as I'm about to make a rare foray into Reading, though it appears that the stopping service from Didcot is not going beyond Reading, so hopefully they're keep to the timetable as far as I'm concerned. On my last two journeys the 0923 was cancelled.



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« Reply #3648 on: November 11, 2021, 11:45:34 am »

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« Reply #3649 on: November 11, 2021, 03:25:13 pm »

Cancellations to services between London Paddington and Slough

Due to a fault with the signalling system between London Paddington and Slough some lines are blocked.

Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled or delayed. Disruption is expected until 07:00 11/11.

Now "disruption is expected until the end of the day."
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« Reply #3650 on: November 12, 2021, 02:43:04 pm »

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Due to a fault with the signalling system at Didcot Parkway all lines are blocked. Disruption is expected until 16:00 12/11.

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Train services between Didcot Parkway and Swindon may be cancelled, delayed by up to 45 minutes or diverted between Reading and Chippenham.

Customer Advice:
South Western Railway are conveying passengers between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids in both directions until further notice.
CrossCountry are conveying passengers between Bristol Temple Meads and Worcestershire Parkway Ll in both directions until further notice. Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

Knock-on problems in the Westbury area too. Congestion caused by diverted London <-> Bristol/South Wales services.
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« Reply #3651 on: November 12, 2021, 04:04:54 pm »

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Due to a fault with the signalling system at Didcot Parkway all lines are blocked. Disruption is expected until 16:00 12/11.

Impact:
Train services between Didcot Parkway and Swindon may be cancelled, delayed by up to 45 minutes or diverted between Reading and Chippenham.

Customer Advice:
South Western Railway are conveying passengers between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids in both directions until further notice.
CrossCountry are conveying passengers between Bristol Temple Meads and Worcestershire Parkway Ll in both directions until further notice. Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

Knock-on problems in the Westbury area too. Congestion caused by diverted London <-> Bristol/South Wales services.


Disruption now expected until 1730 - hopefully this won't impact too many people going to Wembley, may make for a rather unpleasant atmosphere if it does.
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« Reply #3652 on: November 22, 2021, 06:49:48 am »

Last night’s 19:20 from Carmarthen to London Paddington came to a stand just east of Twyford shortly after 23:30 with a seized gearbox.  Passengers were evacuated but the train remains there while a search is made for the specialist equipment to move it.

Unfortunately it is by the crossovers at Ruscombe so trains are having to cross to the relief lines at Twyford West and then back over at Maidenhead East.

Some services are being turned at Reading but there are likely to be delays.
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« Reply #3653 on: November 22, 2021, 07:11:23 am »

Full day of chaos by the looks of it.

Cancellations to services between Reading and Slough
Due to a broken down train between Reading and Slough some lines towards Slough are blocked.
Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled or delayed. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
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« Reply #3654 on: November 22, 2021, 01:20:49 pm »

Last night’s 19:20 from Carmarthen to London Paddington came to a stand just east of Twyford shortly after 23:30 with a seized gearbox.  Passengers were evacuated but the train remains there while a search is made for the specialist equipment to move it.

Unfortunately it is by the crossovers at Ruscombe so trains are having to cross to the relief lines at Twyford West and then back over at Maidenhead East.
It appears to be still there, nearly 14 hours later.  Although its TD has changed from "1L96" to "5CAR".  There doesn't seem to be much urgency in getting it wheelskated and towed away.  Possibly a corporate dread of what wheelskates do to axle counters.
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« Reply #3655 on: November 22, 2021, 01:27:36 pm »

I think it’s more to do with “a shortage of wheelskates”
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« Reply #3656 on: November 22, 2021, 02:11:36 pm »

And best done overnight as the two adjacent lines would need to be blocked for a while whilst the skates are fitted and the set slowly moved. 

Suggestions of ‘chaos’ seem rather overblown though - the odd cancellation and a few delays of mostly 5-10 minutes.
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« Reply #3657 on: November 22, 2021, 03:07:46 pm »

Having passed the stricken unit (800002) twice today it is clear it’s going to be a tricky one to rescue. It’s right by the crossovers at Ruscombe.  Points and wheel skates are always going to be a challenge.

As with almost anything IET (Intercity Express Train) - they need a specific type of skate, which for some reason seems to be in short supply. 
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« Reply #3658 on: November 22, 2021, 06:29:19 pm »

A couple of issues with wheel skates, the adjacent line will need to be under a possession to jack the offending wheel set and fit the skates and then there is the max speed on the skate will not be much more that 10 or 20 mph.

Quite possibly the decision mas made to rescue it tonight, question is do they tow it to Reading or Northpole 
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« Reply #3659 on: November 22, 2021, 10:16:23 pm »

There is now a block in place on the Down Main past the failed train so hopefully plans are afoot to move it.  Down Relief remains open.
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