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Author Topic: West Somerset Railway - heritage line, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - possible link to main line at Taunton (ongoing discussion)  (Read 71365 times)
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« Reply #180 on: January 12, 2018, 06:39:01 pm »

Trains into Minehead are controlled by the signal just before the crossing, operated by the Minehead signalbox - when the signal is switched, the road lights/barrier sequence starts, and the signal aspect does not actually change until the barriers are completely down. Trains out of Minehead are treadle-controlled - the platform starter is cleared in advance, and the train has to pull past it to reach the signalbox, where it picks up the single-line token. Almost immediately afterwards, it hits the treadle to start the road light/barrier sequence, and by the time it reaches the "crossing-clear" indicator light, the barriers should be down. So, as far as I know, the signalman has no control over the barriers for departing trains. In the light of that, you could say that without additional protection, full barriers might represent a tenuous safety hazard, because there is no "escape route" for a vehicle on the crossing.
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« Reply #181 on: October 31, 2018, 08:36:37 pm »

Pictures from a trip on the West Somerset Railway over the last two days











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« Reply #182 on: October 31, 2018, 10:21:18 pm »

I went for a trip last week and was supprised how busy it was for late October.  Looks as though it was the same for your trip.
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« Reply #183 on: November 05, 2018, 08:28:41 pm »

I went for a trip last week and was surprised how busy it was for late October.  Looks as though it was the same for your trip.

Probably because of all the people who had been waiting for the quieter periods.
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« Reply #184 on: November 05, 2018, 09:48:34 pm »

I went for a trip last week and was supprised how busy it was for late October.  Looks as though it was the same for your trip.

It was the half term holidays!
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« Reply #185 on: November 07, 2018, 10:48:47 pm »

An interesting development that will see the line closed between the 2nd of January and the 01st of April .

http://www.wsr.org.uk/news.htm
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« Reply #186 on: November 07, 2018, 10:53:15 pm »

An interesting development that will see the line closed between the 2nd of January and the 01st of April .

http://www.wsr.org.uk/news.htm

Interesting indeed ... one waits to see more details and wonders if the cloud might have some sort of silver lining.
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« Reply #187 on: November 08, 2018, 09:24:43 am »

With apologies if this has already been posted elsewhere:

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WSR bid to link with Taunton in 2019
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The West Somerset Railway has submitted proposals to Great Western Railway for a shuttle train service connecting Taunton and Bishops Lydeard on peak days during the summer of 2019. 

The bid is to GWR's Customer & Communities Improvement Fund and is in competition with hundreds of others from around the Great Western Network.  The results should be known later this year, and if successful, the service could start at the end of May 2019.  The diesel trains, run by GWR, would connect with the WSR steam trains from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.   

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« Reply #188 on: November 08, 2018, 10:34:50 am »

Just heard WSR is shutting between 2nd January and 1st April 2019 to carry out PW work and staff training in new new safety and compliance rules  recommended by the ORR after a recent inspection.
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« Reply #189 on: November 08, 2018, 11:43:25 am »

I find it surprising that deficiencies found during the recent inspection warrant a prolonged closure, but would defer to the expertise of the inspectors regarding this.

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« Reply #190 on: November 08, 2018, 11:55:49 am »

I imagine that the extended closure may be needed not only to carry out work required following the recent ORR inspection. There's the usual winter maintenance work to do and, possibly, some additional preparatory work for the shuttle service between Taunton & Bishops Lydeard. 
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« Reply #191 on: November 08, 2018, 12:57:09 pm »

I find it surprising that deficiencies found during the recent inspection warrant a prolonged closure, but would defer to the expertise of the inspectors regarding this.

Wasn't the inspection specifically about running GWR trains on what was up to now "heritage" track? I remember previous discussions about what that would imply, though maybe not on this thread. In this case it must depend on what ORR were asked for, as well as their interpretation of the rules.
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« Reply #192 on: November 08, 2018, 03:18:41 pm »

On another website there is a downloadable letter that can be viewed here (note the date): https://www.wsra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/WSR-PLC-Briefing-23-10-18-3-WSRA.pdf
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« Reply #193 on: November 08, 2018, 03:32:38 pm »

On another website there is a downloadable letter that can be viewed here (note the date): https://www.wsra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/WSR-PLC-Briefing-23-10-18-3-WSRA.pdf

There is some very interesting data in there ...

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... we need an annual figure of 500k per year to continually maintain our track bed etc. That provides for no improvement legacy but is simply to conform to the standard which we are required to meet. ...



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« Reply #194 on: November 08, 2018, 03:52:02 pm »

On another website there is a downloadable letter that can be viewed here (note the date): https://www.wsra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/WSR-PLC-Briefing-23-10-18-3-WSRA.pdf

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... we need an annual figure of 500k per year to continually maintain our track bed etc. That provides for no improvement legacy but is simply to conform to the standard which we are required to meet. ...

Yes, and thats just the track.  What about the formation itself, bridges, signalling (lots of it on the WSR), stations etc. etc.
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