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« on: January 17, 2020, 05:48:30 pm »

https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/passengers-to-get-faster-journeys-between-somerset-and-dorset-following-bridge-renewal-at-yetminster-1

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Network Rail is to carry out upgrades between Castle Cary and Weymouth over a series of weekends this spring to provide passengers with a more reliable railway and faster journeys.

Between January and April, engineers will strengthen tunnels, bridges and refurbish and renew track on the Heart of Wessex line, which links Weymouth and Bristol.

The main area of work is at Yetminster in Dorset where a 129-year-old bridge crossing the River Wriggle will be renewed. This requires the closure of the line for six days between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth from Saturday 15 February to Friday 21 February when buses will replace trains.

Replacement transport will run between Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill to connect with Great Western Railway (GWR) train services towards Bristol Temple Meads.

Engineers will work around the clock to replace the deck of Yetminster river bridge, providing a new, a more reliable support for track.

There will also be further closures over four weekends to complete the other upgrades to the line.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 04:22:12 am »

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Between January and April, engineers will strengthen tunnels, bridges and refurbish and renew track on the Heart of Wessex line, which links Weymouth and Bristol.

The main area of work is at Yetminster in Dorset where a 129-year-old bridge crossing the River Wriggle will be renewed. This requires the closure of the line for six days between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth from Saturday 15 February to Friday 21 February when buses will replace trains.

The name "River Wriggle" brought a smile to my face (as does the River Piddle a bit further south).  Is the opportunity of these work being taken to increase line speed (make the line a little less wriggly, perhaps) so that an  hourly service can be run, trains passing at both Yeovil Pen Mill and Maiden Newton?
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 08:46:09 am »

That bridge is only 100m north of Yetminster station, where most trains stop. It was originally one of Brunelís wooden bridges, as were most bridges over which the railway was built. These had a life of 25 years before being replaced. So, if it follows the same path as Cattistock mill bridge, it would have been renewed in timber around 1880 before the current version replaced it in 1891.

When the Dorchester A37/35 link Road was built in 1988 Whitcombe bridge needed rebuilding. During the work they found the original 1857 bridge entombed within the 1885 replacement! Dorset County Museum and myself were shown around after work had been completed and some of the bridge is still there. We were also given photographs of the remains as well as copies of the original plans.
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 02:35:01 pm »

From a different bridge on the Wilts Somerset and Weymouth - the one over the river Avon near Staverton (between Holt and Bradford Junctions) ... here's a photograph of some of Brunel's original plans held at the Wiltshire and Swindon history centre in Chippenham.



This too originated as a timber bridge; I don't have an early change history for it though.   The bridge itself was replaced by a single track bridge at some point after the 1967 singling of the line, and is now one of the more significant obstacles to redoubling throughout. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2020, 05:34:15 am »

The GWR leaflet covering these engineering works which run until 29th March 2020 is mirrored at

Engineering works / trains replace by buses - various dates to 29th March 2020
Line / Service - Weymouth, Dorchester, Maiden Newton, Yeovil Pen Mill, Castle Cary
Trains running on all dates Castle Cary, Bruton, Frome, Westbury and north thereof

See the leaflet above for service changes details.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2020, 01:29:55 pm »

NR Wessex have shared these photographs on Twitter showing the bridge reconstruction at Yetminster.

 https://twitter.com/networkrailwssx/status/1229386694778028033?s=21


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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 08:01:08 pm »

NR Wessex have shared these photographs on Twitter showing the bridge reconstruction at Yetminster.

 https://twitter.com/networkrailwssx/status/1229386694778028033?s=21

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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2020, 08:21:41 pm »

NR Wessex have shared these photographs on Twitter showing the bridge reconstruction at Yetminster.

 https://twitter.com/networkrailwssx/status/1229386694778028033?s=21

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https://twitter.com/networkrailwssx/status/1229442498432466944?s=21
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2020, 08:31:52 pm »

I love the way that routine maintenance is always spun as a big improvement for passengers. Whether it be faster journeys (wonder how much that will be?), a smoother ride, more reliable service, or whatever. Nope, it's just the year in year out maintenance that's required to keep the railway running, and if it does mean a faster service because a speed restriction has been imposed it's because Network Rail has previously slowed the service due to a backlog of work.  

Meanwhile, I'm telling visitors to my house that they will soon get a much brighter, drier, and more speedy welcome as I finally get round to painting the flaking front door, repairing the overflowing gutter and replaced the battery in my front door bell. They'll be so thrilled to know.  
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 02:37:54 pm »

Current update from Network Rail
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« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 07:06:48 pm »

Emergency train service put in place...

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