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Author Topic: Wokingham's present from Network Rail - a new siding  (Read 6184 times)
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« Reply #30 on: May 20, 2021, 12:07:48 am »

Today (Wednesday 19th) the siding finally opened to receive guests - a few days after other hospitality venues. I've got some pictures, which will have to wait until tomorrow. They show what crew access to a siding looks like now, under the latest agreement with ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about).

The visitor was a pair of 707s, running as 5Z41 from Waterloo and then, after lunch, as 5Y68 to Wimbledon Park Depot Sidings. It ran as if for training, calling like a passenger service (until reversing at Twickenham), which does seem odd for 707s. It came out of the siding at walking pace, which might be standard practice or it might be because it was the first test use.

From now on there is a late afternoon Q path in the WTT (Working Time-Table), from Staines Up Loop to Reading, for reasons that are hardly clear. But no operational use has yet been timetabled. Both Traksy and OTT (Open Train Times website) showed the siding before his, but neither has a berth in it even now - the departing train just appeared from nowhere in Wokingham P2.
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« Reply #31 on: May 20, 2021, 01:34:05 am »

Good to see it open, it's a 15mph siding, so probably just taking it cautiously.

Regarding a proper berth for it, you may well see one when the area is resignalled (2024?) but not before.
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« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2021, 10:54:37 pm »

Here is what a proper siding, and the walking route to it, looks like these days. The new fence seems to have been a bit of an afterthought, and wasn't finished when AmcoGiffen took their site office away (they are still doing some sort of landscaping to it). And a bit of work was going on today; by the look of it some of those lights needed redoing. Given how many there are, it wouldn't be a big fraction of them.

By the way, I'm not really suggesting that improving safety isn't worthwhile - just that it has a cost, and in this case it contributes only marginally to operational performance.
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« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2021, 07:13:13 am »

Here is what a proper siding, and the walking route to it, looks like these days. The new fence seems to have been a bit of an afterthought, and wasn't finished when AmcoGiffen took their site office away (they are still doing some sort of landscaping to it). And a bit of work was going on today; by the look of it some of those lights needed redoing. Given how many there are, it wouldn't be a big fraction of them.

By the way, I'm not really suggesting that improving safety isn't worthwhile - just that it has a cost, and in this case it contributes only marginally to operational performance.

The fence has more to do with crime reduction than public safety, when trains are berthed in the siding there is a high risk of graffiti.  It will not have been an after though it would have been part of the formal design for the siding, it is also likely that boundary fence reinforcement has or will be carried out elsewhere   
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« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2021, 02:02:22 pm »

Has anyone seen anything using this siding in anger yet?
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« Reply #35 on: December 03, 2021, 06:04:47 pm »

The same question occurred to me on Tuesday when I noted to patina of rust on the rails when I passed it on the way to Guildford!
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« Reply #36 on: December 03, 2021, 06:15:54 pm »

It has been used a couple of times in connection with rolling stock failures.
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« Reply #37 on: December 03, 2021, 06:41:33 pm »

Has anyone seen anything using this siding in anger yet?

The only thing I can recall seeing parked there is the odd RHTT (Rail Head Treatment Train).
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« Reply #38 on: December 04, 2021, 08:07:51 am »

The same question occurred to me on Tuesday when I noted to patina of rust on the rails when I passed it on the way to Guildford!

It is posible the siding is for perturbation, and as turnback use during engineering possessions also as a cripple siding
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