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« Reply #105 on: May 02, 2021, 11:58:31 am »

There's an article in the "Home" section of today's Sunday Times about the line's re-opening "making this corner of the southwest of England a more practical proposition for buyers hunting for a dreamy combination of spectacular scenery and accessibility".

It includes details of properties for sale costing between £700k and £2.95m.
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« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2021, 09:55:14 am »

Not sure where the staff for the trains will live. All to familiar problem in the South and South West where people to provide local services, of any kind, are priced out of the market.
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« Reply #107 on: May 03, 2021, 10:33:24 am »

Not sure where the staff for the trains will live. All to familiar problem in the South and South West where people to provide local services, of any kind, are priced out of the market.

Indeed - I am fortunate where I am in Brittany that I live in a nice house, in the centre of a nice rural town, that is in the middle of some wonderful countryside, and not a million miles away from some world-beating coast, with public transport connections available to get me most places where I need to go relatively straightforwardly.

I suspect that I would be unable to afford to buy what I have here if I tried to purchase in an equivalent area of the UK (United Kingdom).
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« Reply #108 on: May 08, 2021, 08:03:39 am »

Article in the Cornwall Railways site, news section today, with description of work being carried out

http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/latest-input--news--old-pictures-etc
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« Reply #109 on: May 12, 2021, 05:24:15 pm »

Another update from Network Rail Western via Twitter

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We are really pleased to announce that Wales and Western have set a new record for our region and installed around 11 miles of new track in just under 4 weeks on the Dartmoor Line as part of the Governments restoring your Railway initiative

https://twitter.com/networkrailwest/status/1392501759403253761?s=21
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« Reply #110 on: May 12, 2021, 07:48:13 pm »

And how long has it taken to even think about relaying 3.5 miles of track on the Portishead line  ?
At least 1040 weeks by my reckoning !
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« Reply #111 on: May 12, 2021, 08:02:09 pm »

And how long has it taken to even think about relaying 3.5 miles of track on the Portishead line  ?
At least 1040 weeks by my reckoning !

In fairness, Okehampton was a long time in the planning. Once Portishead gets the nod, it won't take long. It does not have the advantage Okehampton had in being able to deliver rail and sleepers by rail, though. I don't think the existing track would be risked.
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« Reply #112 on: May 13, 2021, 07:35:04 am »

There was a few second on Spotlight yesterday to say the track relaying had been completed.

This line must open before December. After all passenger trains, if not for covid, would have run last summer on Sundays even if at a lower speed.
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« Reply #113 on: May 13, 2021, 08:12:34 am »

Further pictures on the Cornwall Railway Society website this morning.
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« Reply #114 on: May 13, 2021, 04:10:31 pm »

There was a few second on Spotlight yesterday to say the track relaying had been completed.

This line must open before December. After all passenger trains, if not for covid, would have run last summer on Sundays even if at a lower speed.

There is apparently a lot more work to be done. As for last summer, you are assuming that the track would have been passed fit for passenger traffic again. Some of those sleeps looked decidedly dodgy.
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« Reply #115 on: May 13, 2021, 05:12:32 pm »

True but would it have deteriorated that much in a year when you consider the weight of the freight trains carrying the sleepers compared to a 150. I think reported here or elsewhere a proving train went to Okehampton before all the freight. A derailed freight could have been a disaster. Maybe a proving train went first every summer Sunday before to check the track as a passenger crash would have been a bigger disaster.

As for the signalling improvements that's really down to manpower thrown at it.
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« Reply #116 on: May 15, 2021, 04:22:37 pm »

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) local news for south west england showing pictures of the ballast and track being laid at Okehampton.

BBC local news is available for 24 hours only on the i-player thingy
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« Reply #117 on: May 15, 2021, 09:30:08 pm »

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) local news for south west england showing pictures of the ballast and track being laid at Okehampton.

BBC local news is available for 24 hours only on the i-player thingy

Just watched it - thanks! It's at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000w8dx/spotlight-evening-news-15052021

and is available until 1615 on 15 May 2021.
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« Reply #118 on: May 15, 2021, 09:57:12 pm »

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) local news for south west england showing pictures of the ballast and track being laid at Okehampton.

BBC local news is available for 24 hours only on the i-player thingy

Just watched it - thanks! It's at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000w8dx/spotlight-evening-news-15052021

and is available until 1615 on 15 May 2021.
Till 16th May.
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« Reply #119 on: May 16, 2021, 01:51:53 pm »


Till 16th May.

Darn - have I lost another day? Smiley

I love the shots of this huge machine, which with sleeper trucks must be a few hundred metres long and north of a thousand tonnes heavy, all being directed by a man walking backwards using a pad with with a couple of buttons.
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