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« on: March 12, 2023, 08:54:37 »

From The MidDevon Advertiser

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CrossCountry’s Voyager trains have been upgraded to protect them from severe weather conditions, particularly through Dawlish where the line is adjacent to the sea.

The company’s trains have been vulnerable to the weather conditions along the coastal route for many years due to the trains’ electrical systems.

When high waves came over the sea wall at Dawlish, the Voyager services had to be stopped from running between Exeter and Newton Abbot as their onboard systems could fail.

Now a series of extensive modifications have been successfully tested on the Voyagers so the trains can now operate in the same conditions as other trains using the line.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2023, 10:13:44 »

.....the windows can now be closed.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2023, 10:50:37 »

What puzzles me is what took them so long?
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2023, 12:31:33 »

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Now a series of extensive modifications have been successfully tested on the Voyagers so the trains can now operate in the same conditions as other trains using the line.

Only as good as that?
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2023, 13:55:58 »

What puzzles me is what took them so long?
Waiting for the expected reduction in wave force due to the rebuilt sea wall being verified, perhaps?

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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2023, 11:57:38 »

What puzzles me is what took them so long?
Waiting for the expected reduction in wave force due to the rebuilt sea wall being verified, perhaps?

Paul

Maybe so. Perhaps there was nothing that could be done to protect the trains from the force of the elements prior to said work being done, but now, with renewed faith in our civil engineering prowess, there is a fix. Automatic umbrella over the rheostats and bigger wipers?
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2023, 12:28:43 »

Were the new blue signal aspects not a success ? AFAIK (as far as I know) these were to warn Voyagers of the risk of waves in order that "Dawlish protective mode" could be selected, also for IETs (Intercity Express Train).

https://www.dawlishbeach.com/2019/04/dawlish-line-gets-the-blue-signal-to-proceed/#:~:text=The%20addition%20of%20the%20Blue,at%20caution%20until%20Teignmouth%20Station.&text=These%20signals%20have%20been%20trialed,services%20elsewhere%20in%20the%20World.
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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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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2023, 13:51:40 »

Were the new blue signal aspects not a success ? AFAIK (as far as I know) these were to warn Voyagers of the risk of waves in order that "Dawlish protective mode" could be selected, also for IETs (Intercity Express Train).

https://www.dawlishbeach.com/2019/04/dawlish-line-gets-the-blue-signal-to-proceed/#:~:text=The%20addition%20of%20the%20Blue,at%20caution%20until%20Teignmouth%20Station.&text=These%20signals%20have%20been%20trialed,services%20elsewhere%20in%20the%20World.
As used on the coast of Luxembourg, and dated April 1st 2019, if anyone doesn’t notice…  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2023, 19:51:23 »

Were the new blue signal aspects not a success ? AFAIK (as far as I know) these were to warn Voyagers of the risk of waves in order that "Dawlish protective mode" could be selected, also for IETs (Intercity Express Train).

https://www.dawlishbeach.com/2019/04/dawlish-line-gets-the-blue-signal-to-proceed/#:~:text=The%20addition%20of%20the%20Blue,at%20caution%20until%20Teignmouth%20Station.&text=These%20signals%20have%20been%20trialed,services%20elsewhere%20in%20the%20World.
As used on the coast of Luxembourg, and dated April 1st 2019, if anyone doesn’t notice…  Grin

Also Network Rail spokesperson Paula Legge!
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