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Author Topic: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014  (Read 842865 times)
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« Reply #3510 on: February 17, 2020, 08:12:27 pm »

Today a friend was coming to Tilehurst from the Bedford area, a journey that she's made a dozen times. For some or no reason or other, she opted for an FGW stopper from Paddington and became confused about when it was due at Tilehurst, thinking she would be there for 1357.

I duly arrived to meet her, but she didn't get off the train. Turned out that her train was the one due at 1427, so I hung around. (I couldn't eke out reading Metro beyond eight minutes.) Around 1421, the station info display announced that the 1427 was cancelled (terminated at Reading), though the news wasn't imparted to the passengers until it was arriving in Reading.

Luckily the 1426 to Reading was running 16 minutes late, so I had time to move my car from the station forecourt to a side road (where parking isn't allowed until 1500, but ...) and meet my friend in town for a meal.

Our train back to Tilehurst was cancelled, so I paid for a taxi  Cry

There were several cancellations on the evening trains from Tilehurst to Reading, but the 1854 diesel was running some 14 minutes late. Whilst we waited, several express trains and a freight came along the up relief.

Being the school holidays, there were a dozen or so youngsters on my train into Reading - they may had to hang around for a service back home.
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« Reply #3511 on: February 18, 2020, 06:24:56 am »

2nd day of this.....

Cancellations to services between Didcot Parkway and Reading
Due to damage to the overhead electric wires between Didcot Parkway and Reading some lines are blocked.
Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 23:00 18/02.
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Following damage to overhead electric wires between Didcot Parkway and Reading, we are expecting some changes to services on Tuesday 18 February.
Some lines will remain blocked to trains throughout the day as work to repair the damage continues.
While we will still be able to run the majority of services, fewer trains will run to avoid congestion and delays through the area.
Customers planning to travel on services between South Wales and Bristol and London, or between Reading and London, should check before travelling

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« Reply #3512 on: February 18, 2020, 06:31:08 am »

Some trains diverted via the B&H.
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« Reply #3513 on: February 18, 2020, 07:54:21 am »

Having got caught up in the problems between Reading and Didcot last night - resulting in a bus journey from Reading, I struggled to see what the actual issue was.

Certainly the 165/166 services were running up to Banbury ( although no good for me -can someone provide an explanation why the 17:02 ex Reading runs fast to Goring !)
There seems to be a healthy number of IEP going on both up main and up relief.

Checking open train maps there seemed to be trains on each line running ?

So what is the issue exactly ?
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« Reply #3514 on: February 18, 2020, 07:54:48 am »

Stopping trains particularly badly affected.

Only 4 out of 11 trains calling at Goring & Streatley after 7-45 running.

Most (but not all) trains running on the relief lines.  Exception being an XC just gone through.
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« Reply #3515 on: February 18, 2020, 08:51:17 am »

Stopping trains particularly badly affected.

Only 4 out of 11 trains calling at Goring & Streatley after 7-45 running.

Most (but not all) trains running on the relief lines.  Exception being an XC just gone through.

Also impacting Didcot - Oxford services, between 0700 and 0900 4 of the 6 services cancelled.
I also got caught up last night with my journey home cancelled.
It's ironic that diesel trains to Oxford get cancelled by problems with overhead wires! And I don't understand why GWR couldn't at least operate a half hourly service between Oxford and Didcot.
I gave up and took the car, thankfully it is half-term so little traffic.
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« Reply #3516 on: February 18, 2020, 09:00:01 am »

Stopping trains particularly badly affected.

Only 4 out of 11 trains calling at Goring & Streatley after 7-45 running.

Most (but not all) trains running on the relief lines.  Exception being an XC just gone through.

Also impacting Didcot - Oxford services, between 0700 and 0900 4 of the 6 services cancelled.
I also got caught up last night with my journey home cancelled.
It's ironic that diesel trains to Oxford get cancelled by problems with overhead wires! And I don't understand why GWR couldn't at least operate a half hourly service between Oxford and Didcot.
I gave up and took the car, thankfully it is half-term so little traffic.


It is odd that not ALL trains are effected - just the majority. And the relief lines do seem to be getting a lot of fast (Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea) services running over them.

Do I suspect that relief services are being culled for the ability to run mains?

And is this really a ‘lines down’ event (which would surely necessitate full line closure while repairs are carried out) or is this really some other kind of electric fault - which may be a few days more before all is right (time for fault tracing and cause, new replacement parts orders and delivered and required and then actual fitting) ?

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« Reply #3517 on: February 18, 2020, 09:47:32 am »

I am a bit confused about where this event happened as the hashtag used by Network Rail for this incident was #Culham. See http://m.nationalrail.co.uk/pj/disruption/details/538A652F9AC14A8EA3CD1A03139AA0C7
I assume this was a mistake unless NR are trolling us about the cancellation of the electrification to Oxford.

I note that the Didcot - Oxford service is now running half-hourly, presumably because in the off-peak these trains don't continue to Reading.
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« Reply #3518 on: February 18, 2020, 10:01:37 am »

The line closure tagged by the signallers is east of Tilehurst on the Up Main. I guess there may be restricted working on the Down lines (either side) if repair work is going on. So all the up trains are being channeled towards P12-15 at Reading.

One odd effect of this is that TfL Rail trains have been swapped across to reverse in P10 (and at times P9 too), as this is operationally a bay at the moment.
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« Reply #3519 on: February 18, 2020, 11:25:15 am »

Here's the reason:

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A signalling cable for SB901 on the Down Main became loose and was struck by the pantograph of 800304 on 1A17. This pulled the signalling cable onto the OLE on the Up Main causing damage to both.

SB901 signal is one of a couple that are mounted on the OLE support rather than a seperate signal structure (there is a similar one, T596 at Maidenhead).
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« Reply #3520 on: February 18, 2020, 11:33:02 am »

Indeed.  The signal is now repaired and the overheads in the process of being repaired, but until they are nothing is able to use the Up Main between Didcot East and Reading - there are a couple of trains 1P24 and 1L13 showing as on the Up Main on OpenTrainTimes, but they have hung in their system from yesterday and aren't actually there!
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« Reply #3521 on: February 18, 2020, 03:48:47 pm »

Indeed.  The signal is now repaired and the overheads in the process of being repaired, but until they are nothing is able to use the Up Main between Didcot East and Reading - there are a couple of trains 1P24 and 1L13 showing as on the Up Main on OpenTrainTimes, but they have hung in their system from yesterday and aren't actually there!

I hope not, as the signals in rear of each train description are showing clear on the OTT map! Wink
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« Reply #3522 on: February 18, 2020, 05:57:38 pm »

Line closed between Didcot and Reading from 2130 tonight until 0600 tomorrow in an attempt to get it fixed.

GWR telling everyone to travel early tonight.
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« Reply #3523 on: February 18, 2020, 06:06:41 pm »

Line closed between Didcot and Reading from 2130 tonight until 0600 tomorrow in an attempt to get it fixed.

GWR telling everyone to travel early tonight.

Ummm - where exactly are they saying this !

Not on any public presence that I can see (and I’ve just arrived at Paddington
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« Reply #3524 on: February 18, 2020, 06:11:58 pm »

Line closed between Didcot and Reading from 2130 tonight until 0600 tomorrow in an attempt to get it fixed.

GWR telling everyone to travel early tonight.

Ummm - where exactly are they saying this !

Not on any public presence that I can see (and I’ve just arrived at Paddington
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