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« on: September 12, 2021, 08:47:07 am »

The Ranty Highwayman's last holiday blog includes the Seaton Tramway
https://therantyhighwayman.blogspot.com/2021/09/five-go-mad-in-dorset-part-3-sunny.html
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It's the kind of thing that gets me thinking. If an entrepreneur can build a little tramway like this for tourism (with newer units being wheelchair accessible), are there any lessons we could take away from this to create other tramways for transport?
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 05:19:03 pm »

...my thoughts are - if a private individual/small group were able to introduce OHL (Over-Head Line) on a shoestring (presumably) for this tramway why cannot Network Rail electrify branchlines at reasonable cost?

I am expecting a whole load of reasons from forum members more knowledgeable than I am.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 05:30:53 pm »

...my thoughts are - if a private individual/small group were able to introduce OHL (Over-Head Line) on a shoestring (presumably) for this tramway why cannot Network Rail electrify branchlines at reasonable cost?

I am expecting a whole load of reasons from forum members more knowledgeable than I am.

Not a direct answer to your question, but these articles may prove of interest:

http://www.tautonline.com/powering-trams-electrification-masterclass-part-one/

http://www.tautonline.com/powering-trams-part-two/
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2021, 09:04:25 pm »

...my thoughts are - if a private individual/small group were able to introduce OHL (Over-Head Line) on a shoestring (presumably) for this tramway why cannot Network Rail electrify branchlines at reasonable cost?

I am expecting a whole load of reasons from forum members more knowledgeable than I am.

The Seaton Tramway is a 2'9" gauge line with trams weight about 7 tons (I asked one of the team there because even Google couldn't help me) electrified at 110 volts and 3 miles long, top speed 17 mph

a National Rail line would be a different kettle or fish.  Lets try one

The line to xxxx would be a 4'8.75 gauge line with 3 car train weighing 115 tons electrified at 25,000 volts and 25 miles long, top speed (say) 60 m.p.h. to make it practical for regular passenger use

All sorts of scalability issues - not to lessen the achievements in Seaton
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