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Author Topic: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014  (Read 842863 times)
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« Reply #3525 on: February 18, 2020, 06:48:17 pm »

Fair enough  Grin

Iím just surprised there was no mention (announcements or on screens) at Reading or Paddington ....

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« Reply #3526 on: February 18, 2020, 06:51:36 pm »

Network Rail also did an excellent job in tweeting how it affects various parts of the network:
https://twitter.com/networkrailwest/status/1229812620435304449?s=21
Scroll down for each area affected.
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« Reply #3527 on: February 18, 2020, 08:45:21 pm »

Not quite the same as on the GWR website but that often takes second place to Twitter now something I find frustrating. Why should I have to sign up and give my information to a third party to get current or accurate information?



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« Reply #3528 on: February 18, 2020, 09:26:31 pm »

Iím a bit suspicious of this, a signalling cable came into contact with OHLE because of recent bad weather?   

Iíd be wondering whether it had ever been correctly secured in the first place, this shouldnít really be able to happen...

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« Reply #3529 on: February 19, 2020, 07:20:35 am »

Looks like we are entering day 3  Embarrassed

Hard to comprehend how much damage a signal cable coming loose can do !
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« Reply #3530 on: February 19, 2020, 08:42:06 am »

Looks like we are entering day 3  Embarrassed

Hard to comprehend how much damage a signal cable coming loose can do !

Similiar to yesterday 4 out of 6 peak services cancelled between Didcot and Oxford.

I gave up and took the car again, along with the daily delays I am not sure why I bother commuting by train these days. And then I remember I have to use the A34.
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« Reply #3531 on: February 19, 2020, 09:59:55 am »

According to information posted elsewhere, the OLE has been repaired but the signal hasn't.  Don't quite understand why one signal being out of use should result in so much disruption (unless the damage was more extensive than originally reported).
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« Reply #3532 on: February 19, 2020, 10:16:25 am »

The stopping trains between Didcot and Reading also remain considerably reduced (less than a third running I'd guess), with fast London bound trains all using the relief line.

Presumably they will try again to fix tonight?
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« Reply #3533 on: February 19, 2020, 10:32:45 am »

Stopping services look to be hourly instead of half-hourly. The morning peak was more then decimated with no services at Pangbourne in the Up direction until 0655 and the 0705 not arriving until 0724.

GWR do not seem to be thinking about mitigating passenger impact either. There's no acceptance of tickets at alternative stations (e.g. Theale for Pangbourne) and neither is there any relief to permit passengers to circulate via Didcot. Both would reduce the impact on passenger delays and even reduce Delay Repay liability.
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« Reply #3534 on: February 19, 2020, 01:07:12 pm »

According to information posted elsewhere, the OLE has been repaired but the signal hasn't.  Don't quite understand why one signal being out of use should result in so much disruption (unless the damage was more extensive than originally reported).

According to the log, with T832 showing no aspect, all trains would have to be stopped twice, firstly at the signal before to warn of it showing no aspect, then stopped again  to be authorised to pass it,  and then 3.5 working (whatever that is?) to Reading West Junction.
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« Reply #3535 on: February 19, 2020, 02:30:59 pm »

Yesterday I had planned to take the train to Goring, walk up into the edge of the Chilterns and down into Pangbourne. I was musing to a friend that if there were no trains at Pangbourne I could walk back home (a good further 75 minutes) - probably along the permissive path that runs at the bottom of the railway embankment. The main road into Pangbourne (from the Purley side) was flooded and so was the footpath alongside it.

Instead I decided to take the car and drive to Compton and then up to the Ridgeway. As I neared the DNS trackbed I recalled the YouTube clip about

Churn Station

I'd visited the remains decades ago and as I approached the site was minded to do so again, but couldn't remember the exact location. It was muddy and windy (even windier up on the Ridgeway), so I left it for another day.
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« Reply #3536 on: February 19, 2020, 02:40:32 pm »


I'd visited the remains decades ago and as I approached the site was minded to do so again, but couldn't remember the exact location. It was muddy and windy (even windier up on the Ridgeway), so I left it for another day.[/color]

There is still a platform noticeable, and a curious buzzing sound.
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« Reply #3537 on: February 19, 2020, 05:43:03 pm »

Perhaps when it was open it was one of the least-used stations in Southern England - except when soldiers were camped nearby.
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« Reply #3538 on: February 19, 2020, 06:05:12 pm »

Paddington tonight at 17:41 - devoid of trains Platforms 1-8
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« Reply #3539 on: February 19, 2020, 06:32:40 pm »

Re Churn Station (or Halt)

(Moderators- new thread please- not sure where? )

In recent years its remains have largely disappeared into the vegetation. Easiest way to find it is to go along the Ridgeway. It's just north of the bridge that takes the Ridgeway over the track bed of the DN&S north of Compton.

There's no public access to the site of the station itself, and whereas in the 1980s you could walk down the track bed all the way from Compton it's long been too overgrown to do so.

Hope that helps!
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