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Author Topic: Track problems near Earley  (Read 347 times)
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« on: August 03, 2018, 09:16:14 pm »

A warning for anyone using the North Downs line in and out of Reading this week.

For the second time in two days, there was a suspension of services between Wokingham and Reading for "inspection of possible track defect" in the early evening. Last night I took the Woking/Basingstoke zigzag route to avoid the problem, only to discover that the three trains held at Guildford were released shortly after I departed.

Today trains were running again by the time I left work, and I noticed discarded rail in sections lying on the eastbound track sleepers just west of Earley, so it seems there has been a stretch of rail replaced on the westbound side. We ran slow through this section, so I assume this is likely to persist for a few days if this heat continues.

Not a good week on this line this week - I was not in work on Wednesday, but I was told that trains to Reading were suspended due to a problem near Wanborough during the early evening as well.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 08:41:56 pm »

I wonder if this is related to the incident discussed under the "Electricity failure", although it seems a long time for them to identify it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 11:13:57 am »

Another unlucky Saturday for the North Downs line.

Tree down between Wokingham and Crowthorne. My return trip from Brighton ended up allowing me to refresh my knowledge of Clapham Junction. All in all not a good day, I don't think a single train I used ran to time.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2018, 05:57:32 pm »

Not been a particularly good Sunday.

The signal at the end of platform 1 at Wokingham will not clear for trains heading towards Bracknell so all Waterloo trains have had to be talked past it most of the days.  Services to Redhill and Gatwick are not affected but have occasionally been delayed while a SWR service clears the junction.
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