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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2021, 09:30:29 pm »

My comment was promoted by the Trackwatch (p106) in the January Modern Railways says that the Okehapton line from th former boundary at 183m 79ch has been  brought back into Network Rail control.
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2021, 09:36:24 pm »

My comment was promoted by the Trackwatch (p106) in the January Modern Railways says that the Okehapton line from th former boundary at 183m 79ch has been  brought back into Network Rail control.

Yes, I know.  Still not owned by Network Rail though, that's the key. 
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2021, 11:26:32 pm »

I heard on a Facebook group that platform 1 stub is to be reconnected (by the old goods shed) to allow Heritage services towards Meldon and platform 2 track to be taken up. Platform 3 is the side with the main buildings, not Platform 1. See:-

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As an aside, the track in Platform 2 was extended a few years ago and maybe it is just this extension that does not meet standards. Just a thought



Edit - I have replaced a very long URL which was causing display issues for this post with the word "link" which will click you through to the same place anyway - GrahamE .  It points to a picture in a Railfuture article ((here)) - and I have mirrored the picture ((here))
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2021, 07:01:35 am »

Network rail are spending an awful lot of money on renewing track if they don't own it.

Will Meldon Quarry reopen? I thought that was only a rumour. Has the heritage line gone bust? I know heritage companies rise like Phoenix from the ashes. As an aside I did not see the Dartmouth Steam Railway on the list of heritage lines to get a grant or loan. South Devon Railway did; probably to put a floor in the toilet.
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2021, 07:18:36 am »

Network rail are spending an awful lot of money on renewing track if they don't own it.

Will Meldon Quarry reopen? I thought that was only a rumour. Has the heritage line gone bust? I know heritage companies rise like Phoenix from the ashes. As an aside I did not see the Dartmouth Steam Railway on the list of heritage lines to get a grant or loan. South Devon Railway did; probably to put a floor in the toilet.

Network Rail haven't actually done that much work on the line yet - an awful lot of study work to establish what needs to be done to bring it up to scratch and some track work to allow test trains to run.  The test trains have been followed by delivery trains and, as we are seeing, a lot of materials have been and are being delivered.  Clearly Network Rail are confident of doing the deal with Aggregate Industries and that the Government will fund most if not all of the infrastructure work identified.  Absolute worse case, all the materials could be taken away again.

No-one knows yet re Meldon Quarry and yes, the heritage line did go bust (or rather its American parent did and took the Dartmoor Railway with it).
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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2021, 05:36:17 pm »

With the track laid at St Ives and tamping taking place, maybe some of the workforce will move to Okehampton? Three months to do the work before the timetable change.
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« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2021, 10:39:04 pm »

With the track laid at St Ives and tamping taking place, maybe some of the workforce will move to Okehampton? Three months to do the work before the timetable change.

Have to say, I'm not expecting a Summer Sunday service this year or an early introduction of the full daily service.  It's ten years since the last stone trains and the line needs a good bit of work before any year round regular daily service can be introduced.

It'll be worth the wait.
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« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2021, 01:02:54 am »

A mile and a half of track at St Ives is taking 5 weeks. Okehampton will take longer - is it 14,000 sleepers at Okehampton against 3,600 at St Ives?

But there is a will to do it at last.
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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2021, 01:57:38 pm »

Another trainload of sleepers to Okehampton from Westbury on Realtime trains 6G72 last night disappears after Crediton. 1200 tons.

66723 + 66039 to Fairwater Yard. Anybody know where that is?
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2021, 02:07:45 pm »

Another trainload of sleepers to Okehampton from Westbury on Realtime trains 6G72 last night disappears after Crediton. 1200 tons.

66723 + 66039 to Fairwater Yard. Anybody know where that is?

Close to Taunton station, I believe.
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« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2021, 05:34:45 pm »

Another trainload of sleepers to Okehampton from Westbury on Realtime trains 6G72 last night disappears after Crediton. 1200 tons.

66723 + 66039 to Fairwater Yard. Anybody know where that is?

Between Taunton and Norton Fitzwarren.
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« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2021, 12:17:56 pm »

Whilst the St Ives branch has been closed for 5 weeks, there has been more than track renewal work taking place.

There was a lot of manual work on the St Ives relaying as site access was a problem, and I believe the track work was all but done about 2 weeks ago.

A little historic note about the St Ives branch, opened 1st June 1877 it was Dual gauge from St Erth (called St Ives Road until branch opened) to Lelant Wharf and Broad gauge only beyond Lelant to St Ives.
The last line to be built to Brunel's Broad Gauge!

Approaching Carbis bay from St Erth there is a steep cutting that opens out at the St Ives end.
This was due to the line being built by many Cornish Miners who followed a rich Tin stream and went off course.
Gold (well Tin) in them there Hills.  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2021, 12:53:00 pm »

I don't suppose they will but if they could lay the new track beside the old using the old track as the work platform for the heavy lifting which would make track replacement quicker and left the old track insitu then double tracking in future would be easier.

On the district line a few years ago they used the adjacent BR tracks to replace the Westbound underground track at Elm Park,
 Dagenham Heathway, and at West Ham were the tracks are the minimum distance apart.
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« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2021, 12:59:07 pm »

That sounds remarkably sensible!
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« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2021, 02:28:57 pm »

Whilst the St Ives branch has been closed for 5 weeks, there has been more than track renewal work taking place.

There was a lot of manual work on the St Ives relaying as site access was a problem, and I believe the track work was all but done about 2 weeks ago.

A little historic note about the St Ives branch, opened 1st June 1877 it was Dual gauge from St Erth (called St Ives Road until branch opened) to Lelant Wharf and Broad gauge only beyond Lelant to St Ives.
The last line to be built to Brunel's Broad Gauge!

Approaching Carbis bay from St Erth there is a steep cutting that opens out at the St Ives end.
This was due to the line being built by many Cornish Miners who followed a rich Tin stream and went off course.
Gold (well Tin) in them there Hills.  Grin

Fascinating bit of history there, if  slightly off-thread, many thanks! I like the idea of killing two birds with one stone. A small point - we former tin miners refer to it as a "lode". Whatever you called it, tin deposits could be very rich. Most commercial mining starts with a concentration of cassiterite of 1%, but there were some much more concentrated sources in Cornwall. It made perfect sense to follow them wherever they occured.
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