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Author Topic: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion  (Read 145581 times)
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« Reply #1035 on: June 12, 2020, 02:44:02 pm »

You obviously didn't look at the PDF linked to at the bottom of the article Tongue

The aerial work looked interestingShocked
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« Reply #1036 on: June 12, 2020, 04:49:15 pm »


You obviously didn't look at the PDF linked to at the bottom of the article Tongue

I didn't notice it, but have now read it - thanks! Good wiring is a thing of beauty, and it is clearly worth taking a very close look at.
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« Reply #1037 on: June 12, 2020, 08:56:08 pm »

Tony K's photo is quite neat compared to some I saw when I was there. The process seems to be that 'legitimate' electricity and phone cables get used as support for a host of cable TV and broadband wiring, which is often simply draped from the existing stuff, wound round it or, for the neatest stuff, perhaps attached to the poles with zip ties, string and jubilee clips. Draped over trees and buildings at random too. Then (or actually before that) there are DIY wires pirating the electricity supply and quite possible the cables too. All at heights varying from head to tree top. Of course, quite a bit of it is no longer in use; the cable firm has gone bust, the broadband has switched to something else, the phone's been disconnected, and so on. But there are no records kept of which is which.
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« Reply #1038 on: June 12, 2020, 10:37:14 pm »

I'm also wondering about supply. I presume it must be relatively easy to ensure a reliable, dedicated high-voltage, 'high level' (pun not intended) supply, and the blackouts and 'load shedding' which plague Indian electricity must be down to problems and overloading further downstream.
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« Reply #1039 on: June 13, 2020, 08:31:22 am »

I'm also wondering about supply. I presume it must be relatively easy to ensure a reliable, dedicated high-voltage, 'high level' (pun not intended) supply, and the blackouts and 'load shedding' which plague Indian electricity must be down to problems and overloading further downstream.

I acted as a host for 2 groups of India State Railways electrification supervisors in the 1990's,  very interesting groups they were 2 very knowledgeable and keen.

The one thing I did learn about the Indian State Railway they also own and operate there own 132kV power lines to ensure they maintain the supply, in some remote areas they also act as the electricity provider to local communities.   At one time they even owned power stations
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