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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    Obviously not the ideal outcome but common sense has gone out of the window here I feel, if there were more "Listed Bridges" like the one at Steventon along the route which cannot be modified or knocked down then the same thing would have happen again, it would have made the trains slower with...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    Looks like those nice people in Steventon won in the end, so we have trains that can do at least 125 MPH but have to slow down to 110 MPH to go under a bridge. https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/bridge-in-oxfordshire-to-remain-in-place-following-state-of-the-art-testing,
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    Absolutely, as well as Reading-Basingstoke and the Thames Valley Branches to say the least. I know it not proper to this thread but I was very impressed with the performance of the Class 800, the acceleration on electric is very good and not too shabby on diesel either, but a downside on this...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I did a return trip from London to Cardiff yesterday, so here is my update:-All wiring is complete from the current limit of electrification at Bristol Parkway to Seven Tunnel Junction, from here there is only a few support arms and a few wire runs outstanding all the way up to about half a mile...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    There is a meeting next Wednesday 1st August about the demolition of Steventon Railway Bridge, quote from The Steventon Oxfordshire Village Web:- The application to demolish the bridge is now to be considered by the VWHDC planning committee on Wednesday 1st August The latest conclusion that I...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    No I do not work for Network Rail or design signalling layouts etc, the point I am trying to make is that the points and track work at western end of Cardiff station has been left untouched, there are many diamond crossings for example, now that there is bi-directional running through the...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    The trackwork at western end of Cardiff Station is basically unchanged from what I can see from the recent re-signalling, the reason that they needed so many points and crossings is that is was not bi-directional, now it is, it needs a good simplification, I am sure most of them are not needed...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I did a return trip from London Paddington to Bridgend yesterday and I will give an update here but no where near as good as 59CosG95 Apart from a few tiding up bits around Swindon Station, i.e. from temporary to permanent fixings for the contact wire I recon all the wiring is done more or less...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I did a return trip from London Paddington to Swindon today so here is an update:- As reported elsewhere about a month ago I would like to confirm that the last unwired platform at Paddington, which is platform 2, is now wired, at last! It was pitch black when I returned so I could only see the...
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    Gospel Oak to Barking Line (GOBLIN) electrification

    We have electric test trains now running, great news, I went past Harringay on the East Coast Main Line last weekend and the curve to the GOBLIN line is now wired.
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I was at Cardiff Station on a freezing cold night last Friday and I am sure that steelwork was not there, there was a pacer in platform 0 at the time, anyway that is one less to put up then!, thanks for pointing this out.
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I did a return trip from London Paddington to Cardiff yesterday, 15/12/17, I have not got positive news I am afraid for London-Cardiff to be live by this time next year. First of all there is still no wiring on Platform 2 at Paddington. The following is all looking at the up-lines only, from...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I found this on the Steventon Oxfordshire Village Website, quote:- The consultation period on Network Rail’s application for demolition of Steventon Railway bridge and provision of a replacement bridge closes on 31st August 2017. On Thursday 20th July the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP in a written...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I did a return journey from London to Cardiff yesterday, firstly Maidenhead to Tilehurst, from what I could see there is not much more to do, the only thing missing is the A/T cable in the Reading area, it is missing from about half a mile east of Reading to about just passed the train depot...
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I saw a clip on the TV yesterday with David Cameron saying that "We will electrify the Welsh Valleys and all the way through to Swansea", so be careful and don't take nothing for granted

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