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Author Topic: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion  (Read 706587 times)
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« Reply #885 on: March 10, 2014, 08:26:06 am »

Isn't that somewhat later than originally billed. This is the headline on Network Rail's GW Electrification page.

We^re electrifying the railway between London and Bristol, including Newbury and Oxford, by 2016 and to Cardiff by 2017
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« Reply #886 on: March 10, 2014, 09:35:11 am »

Isn't that somewhat later than originally billed. This is the headline on Network Rail's GW Electrification page.

We^re electrifying the railway between London and Bristol, including Newbury and Oxford, by 2016 and to Cardiff by 2017

Well, yes, they do still say the line is to be ready by 2016, but the first trains (IEP) are not due until 2017. So it may be a matter of months for Parkway - but it does look as if the order has been changed, with most Bristol services being delayed.

Now would that be because there is going to be other work in or around Temple Meads at the time?
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« Reply #887 on: March 10, 2014, 09:51:39 am »

... but the first trains (IEP) are not due until 2017.
Having quoted that from a press release, some NR publicity still says "into use from 2016".
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« Reply #888 on: March 10, 2014, 01:35:29 pm »

Wide-ranging article on the National Electrification Programme - http://www.therailengineer.com/2014/03/07/national-electrification-programme/
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« Reply #889 on: March 15, 2014, 02:28:02 pm »

Swindon is the High Output Operating Base, or HOOB. From my research (I'm not a professional railwayman but I'm usually pretty good with Google) I believe it will look something like this:



Seems you weren't alone with this thought...  the signallers at Swindon beat you to it.  Saw this at Swindon Panel where they control access to the depot which holds the train.

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« Reply #890 on: March 15, 2014, 02:45:31 pm »

Brilliant! Made me chuckle.  Grin
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« Reply #891 on: March 17, 2014, 05:46:30 pm »

^87 million GWML electrification substations contract awarded - http://www.globalrailnews.com/2014/03/17/great-western-electrification-contract-awarded/
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« Reply #892 on: March 17, 2014, 08:41:33 pm »

A variation on the story (with a possibly more relevant picture to illustrate it), from the BBC:

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London Paddington to Bristol rail electrification creates Swindon jobs


Electric trains should be running between London and Bristol by 2016

About 100 jobs will be created in Swindon as part of the electrification of the railway line between London Paddington and Bristol.

Network Rail bosses are due to sign the deal with ABB and UK Power Networks Services to provide 30 electricity substations to power the trains.

The first of the stations is due to be delivered in June 2015 with the remainder at six-week intervals

Work to upgrade bridges along the route is already under way.

The route between London and Bristol - including the Newbury to Oxford link - is due to be completed by 2016 with the extension to Cardiff by 2017.

A Network Rail spokesman said electric trains would have 20% more seats than a diesel equivalent, with journey times improved.
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« Reply #893 on: March 18, 2014, 08:26:50 am »

Disagreement between UK government and WAG over who should pay for Valley Lines Electrification - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26620650
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« Reply #894 on: March 18, 2014, 05:18:24 pm »

Disagreement between UK government and WAG over who should pay for Valley Lines Electrification - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26620650

Well, there's a shock.
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« Reply #895 on: March 21, 2014, 02:29:30 pm »

Disagreement between UK government and WAG over who should pay for Valley Lines Electrification - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26620650

And more -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26676140
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« Reply #896 on: March 21, 2014, 05:01:54 pm »

I think it's been mentioned before but the extension of electrification from Newbury to Bedwyn now appears to be receiving positive consideration by DfT

http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/electrification-of-great-western-beyond-newbury-being-considered

Not a done deal yet though - and given the costs involved of the other options to extend the wires to Westbury and beyond, anything further than Bedwyn seems unlikely at this stage.
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« Reply #897 on: March 21, 2014, 05:18:33 pm »


Well, yes, they do still say the line is to be ready by 2016, but the first trains (IEP) are not due until 2017. So it may be a matter of months for Parkway - but it does look as if the order has been changed, with most Bristol services being delayed.

Now would that be because there is going to be other work in or around Temple Meads at the time?

Here in Four Track, Now! Towers, we have been pondering the same point. The IEP programme will add traffic to the line between BRI and Filton, with two extra TPH each way from BRI to PAD via BPW being only the start. Trains will need to get to and from the depot as well. The MetroWest plans could move ahead at some pace, but even the status quo will be tricky to maintain with only two tracks. The slightest problem brings everything  grinding to a halt.
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« Reply #898 on: March 24, 2014, 08:29:36 am »

^87 million GWML electrification substations contract awarded - http://www.globalrailnews.com/2014/03/17/great-western-electrification-contract-awarded/

Further detail on the substations contract - http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/abb-and-consortium-partner-win-145-million-order-to-upgrade-uk-rail-network/
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« Reply #899 on: March 24, 2014, 08:15:24 pm »


SMOS light  Roll Eyes bit of an oxymoron, it much heavier than the SMOS used at Hayes and Old Oak Common Feeder Stations when HEX was commissioned in the 1990's ............. its called progress.  Tongue

To be fair though this concept requires less site work to install and commission basically out door switchgear on a pallet on a mast ............. as an electrical engineer I think it will look fantastic  Grin
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