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Author Topic: Bristol Resignalling - from Bristol PSB to Thames Valley Signal Centre  (Read 21318 times)
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« Reply #90 on: April 18, 2018, 11:29:46 pm »

Itís quite often the case with infrastructure enhancements that you donít necessarily notice the positive impact they are having, but you sure would if they werenít there.
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« Reply #91 on: April 19, 2018, 02:32:39 am »

It looks like a signal has been provided on the London end of Bristol Parkway platform 1. Presumably this means it will be possible to route trains from Filton/Cardiff through Platform 1 and out the other side towards London. I originally thought it would be a fixed red signal just for reversing moves back to Filton/Cardiff but it appears this isnít the case.
All the lines through Bristol Parkway will become fully reversible (including the Up Passenger Loop and Down Goods Loop).  This will happen during the F4T commissioning later this year (2018).  All these lines will be accessible from the London, Filton Abbey Wood, Patchway and Avonmouth directions.

Thank you for the information! Of course, the Up passenger loop is already fully reversible Wink
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« Reply #92 on: April 19, 2018, 09:08:38 am »

It looks like a signal has been provided on the London end of Bristol Parkway platform 1. Presumably this means it will be possible to route trains from Filton/Cardiff through Platform 1 and out the other side towards London. I originally thought it would be a fixed red signal just for reversing moves back to Filton/Cardiff but it appears this isnít the case.
All the lines through Bristol Parkway will become fully reversible (including the Up Passenger Loop and Down Goods Loop).  This will happen during the F4T commissioning later this year (2018).  All these lines will be accessible from the London, Filton Abbey Wood, Patchway and Avonmouth directions.

Thank you for the information! Of course, the Up passenger loop is already fully reversible Wink
There you go.  I try to explain it in simple terms for non-technical people and then somebody shoots you down because one part of it wasn't totally accurate

........only joking..... Wink

Your'e right about the Up Passenger Loop.
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« Reply #93 on: April 19, 2018, 09:18:40 am »

Itís quite often the case with infrastructure enhancements that you donít necessarily notice the positive impact they are having, but you sure would if they werenít there.

The one thing thats always concerned me though II, is that sometimes all the 'extra' facilities are provided but then never used, even during degraded running.  The layout at Paddington is a classic example of that.  If you watch the rush hour on one of the signalling map applications, you wil see quite a few delay conflicts that could have been avoided if full use was made of the track and signalling layout.  I know that ARS is to blame for a lot of that (its only as good as what the people that programme it, put into it).  But, in the olden days of signallers, decisions would have been made that mitigated such delays, as a human can be more flexible in its thought processes and can think through complex interactions and take alternative decisions, utilising the flexibility they have to its fullest extent.

Ooops, this is supposed to be the Bristol Resignalling topic.  Back off my high horse...... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #94 on: April 19, 2018, 10:19:39 am »

I know that ARS is to blame for a lot of that (its only as good as what the people that programme it, put into it). 

That may well be true, but speaking as an IT professional I would guess that programming a computer (even if you break with tradition and do it properly, and test it, and do all those other things you're supposed to do) is one hell of a lot cheaper than installing track and signalling.
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« Reply #95 on: April 19, 2018, 11:50:51 am »

ARS is of benefit sometimes, but equally as S&TEngineer says, itís far from optimal especially at dealing with delays.  I suggested developing a 1-10 importance level for trains based not just on whether itís a class 1 or class 2 train but also other factors such as that train and its crews next workings.  That sort of thing could Ďeasilyí be programmed into the ARS software and might help further optimise whatever algorithms it currently uses.
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« Reply #96 on: May 14, 2018, 05:41:55 pm »

ARS did it's usual in helping to create delays today.  Waiting for a BPW to BRI service on platform 2 which was on time, that then got stuck behind a late running Swansea service.  Looked at the signalling screen on the platform as i'd been following the progress of both trains (i'm that sad!)  Wink and ours ended up sat at a red signal for 5 minutes behind the Swansea train (which was further delayed in the platform) even tho the brand spanking new platform 1 was empty and had nothing scheduled for it

The Swansea service finally departed and ours came slowly trundling after 5 minutes late, and then of course we had to wait at a red signal for another 3 minutes just before FIT to wait for a CDF service to got thru FIT.  We eventually arrived 8 minutes late

All avoidable, as our train could have been diverted - on time - into the new platform 1, which would then have avoided the further delay before FIT as our service would have run at it's scheduled time, and wouldn't have then had to wait for the CDF service.  Just so annoying that the infrastructure is now in place and not used as ARS is just left to get on with it how it's programmed, actually causing delays rather than alleviating them! 

Obviously one of those pinch points will be alleviated once the new platforms 3 and 4 are in place at FIT, meaning there won't be the wait between BPW and FIT for CDF services to go thru as they'll already be on the new relief lines, rather than all southbound services having to share the current down main as they do now
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« Reply #97 on: May 15, 2018, 12:12:31 am »

A quick heads-up. Anyone who did not see this week's edition of "Paddington 24/7" on Monday 14th may be interested to know that next week's edition - to be aired 21st May - will give time to the recent signalling and recontrol works Bristol Temple Meads which took place over Easter. Programme starts 9pm on Channel 5.

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« Reply #98 on: May 22, 2018, 07:02:21 pm »

Just watched it again on catch up...  really good insight into the works, especially in Bristol PSB

Couple of things confusing me tho - don't take much!  Wink

As I understand it the South Bristol area is staying under Bristol PSB control for now, and moving to TVSC at a later date yeah?  Which is why I understood the PSB can't be decommissioned just yet

Also, when they showed the relay room downstairs, they showed all of the old now redundant relays, but also seemed to be installing new cabling in the same relay room to link all the new switch boxes over to TVSC...  was that right or have I missed summat?

Hoping I have, as if that relay room will still house cabling for the new signalling then how can they demolish it to re-open the Midland shed for the 2 new express platforms planned for the IET's once South Bristol is transferred over?
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« Reply #99 on: May 22, 2018, 09:20:13 pm »

Bristol PSB still controls Bathampton junction to Keynsham, and Cogload jn to Parson Street (exclusive).  The first of these will transfer to TVSC in April 2019 when BASRE stage 3 goes ahead.  (Temple Meads was stage 4 - don't ask!). Bristol South resignalling has been postponed - no idea when the PSB will actually shut.
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« Reply #100 on: May 22, 2018, 09:29:25 pm »

Yeah knew it had all gone a bit out of order, and Cogload to Parson St was staying for now, but didn't realise we still had Bathampton to Keynsham too...

Good job Stoke panel had already been switched out a while ago or Bristol PSB would now still be controlling almost everything around Bristol except Temple Meads itself!

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« Reply #101 on: May 22, 2018, 10:45:08 pm »

Yeah knew it had all gone a bit out of order, and Cogload to Parson St was staying for now, but didn't realise we still had Bathampton to Keynsham too...

Good job Stoke panel had already been switched out a while ago or Bristol PSB would now still be controlling almost everything around Bristol except Temple Meads itself!

When Bristol Panel box opened on 23/24 August 1969 it initially controlled Bathampton to Limpey Stoke only so a mirror of the de-commissioning Wink
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« Reply #102 on: May 23, 2018, 11:04:44 am »

Isn't Cogload controlled by Exeter PSB?  I thought the border was around Fordgate for Bristol Panel and around Athelney with Westbury Panel on the Berks & Hants route.
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« Reply #103 on: May 23, 2018, 01:47:46 pm »

Isn't Cogload controlled by Exeter PSB?  I thought the border was around Fordgate for Bristol Panel and around Athelney with Westbury Panel on the Berks & Hants route.

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« Reply #104 on: June 07, 2018, 10:34:28 am »

At about 4pm and again just after 6pm last night there were major signalling problems around BTM, was this related to these "improvements"?
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