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Author Topic: Cotswold Line redoubling: 2008 - 2011  (Read 216360 times)
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« Reply #705 on: June 13, 2010, 10:53:20 AM »

Had to go over to Evesham yesterday afternoon, so acting on insider's info went via Aston Magna and then called in at Evesham station to get some photos of the sleepers and rails that have been dropped. They can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/willc2009/

Concrete sleeper are probably being used due to the increased stresses on the very sharp curve at Aston Magna.  I think steel sleepers will be used in most other areas.
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« Reply #706 on: June 13, 2010, 11:45:09 AM »

Looks like you might have an entry for the Fact Compiler's Railway Garden Competition there willc, especially with this one!

At Moreton-in-Marsh I think Network Rail are aiming to win a Railway Forest Competition. Compare this view http://www.flickr.com/photos/willc2009/3846921768/ last summer with one taken by Martin Loader (aka Hondawanderer) in 1985 http://www.hondawanderer.com/L419_Moreton-in-Marsh_1985.htm

While it does provide a sort of green wall between the station and the new housing estate there is now a substantial area of railway land buried under trees and shrubs. And the removal of the last remnant of  the Shipston-on-Stour branch, when the siding is lifted, will only encourage further encroachment. Maybe Network Rail could just hand it over to the town council as a nature area to go with the adjacent wetland  created by the housing developer where several streams come together at the back of the station to form the River Evenlode.
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« Reply #707 on: June 14, 2010, 10:06:13 AM »

However, the FGW website says the following:

Wednesday 16 June 0600-0900. Kingham and Ascott-under-Wychwood to meet people using the the following trains 07.23 & 08.25 from Oxford and the 06.25,07.16 & 08.25 to Oxford

Wednesday 16 June: 17:00-20:00 Moreton-in-Marsh (Honeybourne) to meet   17.24,18.13,18.53,19.32 & 19.57 arrivals from Oxford and the 18.12 & 19.37 departures to Oxford. We also hope to visit Honeybourne for 30 minutes to meet the evening arrival

Thursday 17 June: 05:45-09:00 Evesham & Honeybourne. At Evesham 0545 to 0715 to meet people using the   0607 from Oxford and the 0556, 0646 & 0712 to Oxford. At Honeybourne 07.30 to 09.00 to meet people using 0744 from Oxford and 0802 & 0846 to Oxford. They add "We hope to visit Honeybourne whilst having representatives at Evesham" so may also be a chance for people using later trains at Evesham as well.

Chris B, do you know more?


There is also a meet the manager session at Charlbury on Tuesday afternoon between 17.30 and 20.00 to meet people using the the 17.52, 18.35, 19.09 and 19.40 trains from Oxford and the 18.47 and 19.55 departures to Oxford. 

There is a possibility that some managers will get to Ascott-under-Wychwood too between 17.45 and 18.15 to meet the 'halts' train.
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« Reply #708 on: June 14, 2010, 11:19:45 AM »

However, the FGW website says the following:

Wednesday 16 June 0600-0900. Kingham and Ascott-under-Wychwood to meet people using the the following trains 07.23 & 08.25 from Oxford and the 06.25,07.16 & 08.25 to Oxford

Wednesday 16 June: 17:00-20:00 Moreton-in-Marsh (Honeybourne) to meet   17.24,18.13,18.53,19.32 & 19.57 arrivals from Oxford and the 18.12 & 19.37 departures to Oxford. We also hope to visit Honeybourne for 30 minutes to meet the evening arrival

Thursday 17 June: 05:45-09:00 Evesham & Honeybourne. At Evesham 0545 to 0715 to meet people using the   0607 from Oxford and the 0556, 0646 & 0712 to Oxford. At Honeybourne 07.30 to 09.00 to meet people using 0744 from Oxford and 0802 & 0846 to Oxford. They add "We hope to visit Honeybourne whilst having representatives at Evesham" so may also be a chance for people using later trains at Evesham as well.

Chris B, do you know more?


There is also a meet the manager session at Charlbury on Tuesday afternoon between 17.30 and 20.00 to meet people using the the 17.52, 18.35, 19.09 and 19.40 trains from Oxford and the 18.47 and 19.55 departures to Oxford. 

There is a possibility that some managers will get to Ascott-under-Wychwood too between 17.45 and 18.15 to meet the 'halts' train.

Was about to add this, having had confirmation of the Charlbury times, which had apparently got left off posters and what was posted online. Also, I understand it's actually from 5pm at Charlbury.
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« Reply #709 on: June 14, 2010, 12:12:21 PM »

Too short notice to be able to attend any of these, mores the shame.
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« Reply #710 on: June 18, 2010, 10:58:31 PM »

Surveyors were out in the countryside between Charlbury and Ascott-under-Wychwood this morning. There are also sleepers (concrete again) and some rails at Ascott at the side of the trackbed ready for the renewal work a week on Sunday. Looks like this will mostly be in the area of the station.
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« Reply #711 on: June 20, 2010, 11:05:42 AM »

During the track renewal work at Ascott-under-Wychwood on Sunday, June 27, and Evesham on the weekend of July 3-4, a number of services between London and Cheltenham will be extended to run through to and from Worcester and Hereford. Details in journey planners, though I'm not sure if these are 100 per cent reliable yet - Chiltern don't seem to think so - so may be best to phone to double check times.
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« Reply #712 on: June 21, 2010, 10:09:50 AM »

Chiltern's problems with the NRE database arise from the cancellation & rebooking of their engineering work - the short-notice stuff hasn't updated as quickl;y as they had hoped.

Any work loaded by other TOCs in the 'normal' fashion is fine...
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« Reply #713 on: June 23, 2010, 10:40:12 PM »

Bulldozer and other plant equipment now parked at Ascott-under-Wychwood ready for Sunday's possession.
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« Reply #714 on: June 27, 2010, 12:48:07 PM »

Willc wrote on 22nd October 2008, whilst talking about Stambermill Viaduct, that the only other major timber viaducts were at Denby Dale and Mytholmbridge. About three-quarters of a mile further up the line from Stambermill was an even bigger timber viaduct which crossed the Coalbournbrook Valley between Vicarage Road (Amblecote) and Brettell Lane Station. This was eventually (when ??) filled with rubble to form an embankment, the brook was culverted underneath, and a bridge built to link the two sides. As Brunel built this line he presumably built this second viaduct. Has anyone any further information, please ??
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« Reply #715 on: June 27, 2010, 12:56:56 PM »

Willc wrote on 22nd October 2008, whilst talking about Stambermill Viaduct, that the only other major timber viaducts were at Denby Dale and Mytholmbridge. About three-quarters of a mile further up the line from Stambermill was an even bigger timber viaduct which crossed the Coalbournbrook Valley between Vicarage Road (Amblecote) and Brettell Lane Station. This was eventually (when ??) filled with rubble to form an embankment, the brook was culverted underneath, and a bridge built to link the two sides. As Brunel built this line he presumably built this second viaduct. Has anyone any further information, please ??

Hi, Smike, and welcome to the forum.

Willc's post is at
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=3602.msg28635#msg28635
for people to refer to.
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« Reply #716 on: June 27, 2010, 09:35:47 PM »

Willc wrote on 22nd October 2008, whilst talking about Stambermill Viaduct, that the only other major timber viaducts were at Denby Dale and Mytholmbridge.

There was a timber viaduct on the North Devon Railway between Torrington and Meeth. http://ndrailusers.wikispaces.com/Marland+Viaduct
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« Reply #717 on: June 28, 2010, 12:23:11 AM »

First things first. I have uploaded some pictures of the engineering work in west Oxfordshire yesterday at http://www.flickr.com/photos/willc2009/ and if you click sets, all the redoubling related pictures are now in a set of their own

As for timber viaducts, okay, fair enough, having consulted the definitive book on Brunel's timber bridges, by Brian Lewis, Coalbourn Brook/Brettell Lane was clearly a substantial structure, but even Mr Lewis notes it "is not as well documented" as those to the south on the OWW (nor the pair in Yorkshire), to the extent that there don't appear to be drawings of it in the National Archive, or photos, unlike the other viaducts and many of the OWW's numerous timber bridges. By 1868, part of it had been replaced with brick and Lewis says that the embankment was probably completed by the end of June 1873, a date noted in a GWR agreement with a firm which wanted to mine under the viaduct, which was why it was replaced by the embankment.
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« Reply #718 on: June 28, 2010, 10:24:15 AM »

Thanks for the photos, Will.
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« Reply #719 on: June 28, 2010, 09:57:36 PM »

Happy to oblige.

All back in action as planned this morning. There's a temporary restriction in the range of 40-50mph through Ascott-under-Wychwood.

Spoil at both locations had been cleared away overnight, though there were some remnants of the old platform at Charlbury in evidence after being disturbed by the excavator, with a few of the paving bricks the GWR used to use on platforms scattered around.

The replacement coach operation organised by FGW was again a model of efficiency with lots of vehicles out and about on the A44 and down the side roads to Kingham and Charlbury.
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