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« on: July 26, 2021, 08:59:45 pm »

I don't think much is moving around Yeovil Pen Mill at the moment
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2021, 03:13:17 pm »

I don't think much is moving around Yeovil Pen Mill at the moment


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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2021, 03:44:42 pm »

I don't think much is moving around Yeovil Pen Mill at the moment


and yet ... the disruption lasted only two hours. One GWR (Great Western Railway) train from Weymouth was an hour late, two going there were cancelled "due to severe flooding (X2)", and an SWR» (South Western Railway - about) train to Westbury was also cancelled, but "due to flooding (JK)". Obviously SWR use a different dipstick. After then one return service from Weymouth was lost too, but that was it. I guess that's typical of flash flooding.
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2021, 05:24:20 pm »

A lot depends on the type of flooding.
A fast moving flood, even if not deep, can wash away the ballast, undermine platforms and other structures, thereby causing long term disruption until repairs can be done.

A flood of stagnant or slow moving water does little harm, provided that electrical equipment for signaling is not submerged. Services can often be resumed as soon as it drains away.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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