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Author Topic: Swanage Railway - return of passenger services and reopening to Wareham  (Read 37340 times)
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« Reply #90 on: June 13, 2017, 11:08:16 pm »

... or it may be less wrong than the Daily Mail.  Tongue

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William Huskisson MP was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

"Level crossings are safe, unless they are used in an unsafe manner."  Discuss.
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« Reply #91 on: June 14, 2017, 07:37:48 am »

and....booked on the 1515 on the 13th. Plenty of tickets left.

Not quite full either, just one or two seats left. This morning's however, were well stuffed, according to the crew on board.

The fare is only £2.50 more than the max fare from Swanage to Norden, the usual end of the line, I don't think could charge any less?
However, its £9 just for the Wareham-Norden section....
Pricing the service is tricky.  You don't want to undercut the heritage service, but if you don't it becomes difficult to attract regular passengers who aren't just using it to  go for the ride.
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« Reply #92 on: July 25, 2017, 01:56:21 am »

From the Bourenmouth Echo

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STEAM locomotives have been replaced by diesel trains on the Swanage Railway, after two locomotives collided.

Since Monday, diesel services have run on the heritage line, as staff work to resume a steam-hauled passenger service as soon as possible.

No-one was injured in the incident, which took place in an area not open to the public between the signal box and the engine shed at Swanage station during shunting operations shortly after 9am on Monday July 24.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) regulator have been informed of the incident.
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« Reply #93 on: July 25, 2017, 09:40:25 am »

Not good news further south

http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/news/detail/diesel-trains-replace-steam-after-two-locomotives-collide
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« Reply #94 on: August 04, 2017, 11:06:23 pm »

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The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) regulator have been informed of the incident.

Quite rightly.  The RAIB and / or the ORR can now decide what, if any, action is appropriate.

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William Huskisson MP was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

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« Reply #95 on: September 05, 2017, 10:00:13 pm »

Travelled on the penultimate day of this year's trial service, using the 11:15 from Wareham.

Very close to all seats taken on the 4-TC unit. The main line railway seemed to have done very well out of this service, with people having travelled long distances. The heritage service was half-steam, half diesel for much of the day, with a second steam loco taking over later in the afternoon.

Starting as they did from rock-bottom, I have to commend the perseverance of the Swanage team and their progress so far. I hope this year's trial has been sufficiently successful to point the way to a more established arrangement.
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« Reply #96 on: September 06, 2017, 11:32:04 am »

Managed to travel on it a couple of weeks ago, using the service at around 1pm. Not so well used but busy. It was the Cl 37 and SR's cl 33. We returned to Corfe for lunch and were able to look round the old signal box in the station. Now disconnected it can still be operated and, when open, has a very knowledgeable guide. It also contains the sb diagrams from Dorchester Jnc and Weymouth.
We were told that the collision, a head on one, resulted in the suspension of a driver and signaller. One result was the withdrawal of Manston for it 10 year overhaul, I understand it has bent frames. When we were there, two weeks ago, the Std tank had is pony truck out, with the use of an hired-in crane. Also the T9 was brought it as cover but needs a retube. With the M7 nearing its 10 year overhaul it was only used at weekends, leaving the U as the steam loco. 34072 is nearing completion and next year they will have 34053.
They have done remarkably well over the past years, with the cooperation of the County Council and other bodies. Next year the Wareham service is due to run for 90 days, after which a long term plan will be developed. However it will be interesting to get an idea of its success this year.
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« Reply #97 on: January 29, 2018, 11:12:02 pm »

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/dorset-news/2489680/train-service-delayed-for-a-year/

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Train enthusiasts hoping to get on board Swanage Railway's new train service to Wareham will have to wait a little bit longer.

The project to restore two former 1960's diesel trains so they're able to run on the main line is taking longer than expected.

Some special diesel and steam trains may run on the line between Swanage and Wareham later this year.
The full service is now estimated to be up and running by Easter 2019.

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« Reply #98 on: January 30, 2018, 08:57:07 am »

A number posting on Twitter last night suggested that it would be a good place to trial Vivarailís D train. That or SWR lend a unit, if spare!
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« Reply #99 on: January 30, 2018, 10:06:49 am »

A number posting on Twitter last night suggested that it would be a good place to trial Vivarailís D train. That or SWR lend a unit, if spare!


I don't think that SWR are likely to have a spare unit - they're rare as hen's teeth.  But at first glance, there could be some sense with a D train.  Of course, second glance might reveal poor economic case, dilution of effort to their own project for 2019, or that a D train would foul the third rail - truly ironic for something converted from electric in the first place, but it could have unused dangley bits left in the wrong place!
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« Reply #100 on: January 30, 2018, 04:41:58 pm »

What happened to the old Chiltern bubblecar? Presumably that had TPWS, door locking etc...

I saw a piece on the local TV about this - I remember seeing a unit without any bogies underneath it in the works. There were some mutterings about the delay being unfortunate considering £5.5m being invested from other stakeholders, but I forgot the rest of the details.
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« Reply #101 on: January 30, 2018, 05:14:34 pm »

Using ancient Mk1 DMUs is a sure sign to me that they arenít really sure if they operating a heritage attraction or a proper commercial railway suitable for regular commuter travel. 

In hindsight these overhauls could be money wasted, given the number of modern DMUs shortly to be made available, eg from the Anglia full fleet replacement.

If it is intended eventually to be a permanent part of the local public transport offering, supported by the county council, shouldnít it be operated by fully DDA compatible rolling stock?

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« Reply #102 on: February 02, 2018, 09:02:46 pm »

Using ancient Mk1 DMUs is a sure sign to me that they arenít really sure if they operating a heritage attraction or a proper commercial railway suitable for regular commuter travel. 

In hindsight these overhauls could be money wasted, given the number of modern DMUs shortly to be made available, eg from the Anglia full fleet replacement.

If it is intended eventually to be a permanent part of the local public transport offering, supported by the county council, shouldnít it be operated by fully DDA compatible rolling stock?

Paul
If the next East Midlands and Wales & Borders franchise operators are to be compliant with the DDA/TSI-PRM/RVAR rules they will probably be needing the relatively modern DMUs Greater Anglia are supposed to be releasing to replace their class 153s (my hope is that Wales will get the 156s (plus the five ScotRail are expected to release) and East Midlands will get the 170s). I suppose after 2020 there are suggestions that the West Midlands franchise might release some 170s that could be available for something like this, but that's a way off yet. Class 153s released from Northern (and others) or mark 3 coaches (themselves not fully accessible due to the slam doors) are likely the only alternative to 'heritage' stock available before 2020.
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