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Author Topic: Hurah - Early Electrification between Reading and Basingstoke  (Read 589 times)
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« on: November 25, 2017, 10:20:25 AM »

From GWR Journeycheck Saturday 25 November 2017..... Roll Eyes Tongue

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Trains now running normally between Reading and Basingstoke following ice preventing trains getting electricity from the third rail between Reading and Basingstoke.

Impact: Train services running to and from these stations are now running normally.
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2017, 10:29:54 AM »

unless the gwr unit was stuck behind a freight waiting to cross the station throat which couldn't because an emu was stuck (not saying that's the reason but that would work..... beats saying congestion  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2017, 01:53:58 PM »

unless the gwr unit was stuck behind a freight waiting to cross the station throat which couldn't because an emu was stuck (not saying that's the reason but that would work..... beats saying congestion  Grin

It looks more like a southbound XC service, or rather two (there's room for one to wait and the Reading shuttles still to get round it).

There were a lot of down trains struggling to get into and out of Basingstoke. The greatest sympathy is probably due to anyone who got to Waterloo to board 1W51 0530 expecting to get to Weymouth. It reached Bournemouth at 1059, 191 late, before losing the will to go any further. Don't mention any "great train adventure" to them.

Was this a case of "frozen leaves"? Leaf fall was late this year - so late it could have overlapped with the frost season. I don't think the RHT trains can do both at once, can they?
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2017, 03:24:27 PM »

I think it was rather an overnight frost followed by rain. This froze on the conductor rail. It is possible the rain washed off the treatment when it failed.
The Brighton mainline suffered the same problem
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2017, 07:39:37 PM »

Last nights frost possibly caught out the train planners, during frost weather ghost trains run during the night to keep the conrail ice free (well mostly) also the conrail heating in critical locations may not have been activated
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