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    Island Line Upgrade

    To be fair she did complete a number of trips to Shanklin late last year, though hardly the intensive test running we were expecting... 484001 Shanklin 07/12/2020 by James_Pilbeam, on Flickr
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    Island Line Upgrade

    Tbh it sounds implausibly specific to me, getting a new fleet into operation can be so unpredictable.
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    Island Line Upgrade

    More Dorman signals going up: https://www.facebook.com/groups/355569249197459/permalink/472019130885803/ That must be more-or-less what the island at St Johns was - it hasn't needed much more height for level boarding: 484001 and Unimog Ryde St Johns Road 01/04/2021 by James_Pilbeam, on Flickr
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    Island Line Upgrade

    a) Ryde St Johns-Ventnor was built with relatively low platforms, typical for Victorian railways. Most low platforms across the UK were later rebuilt (or closed) but Sandown and Brading in particular remain little changed from the 1860s/70s. b) SWR want level boarding/1.1m, so they need to be...
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    Island Line Upgrade

    Track looks complete at Shanklin now, with the buffers moved towards Sandown - they are just facing the new platform wall and then it's just surfacing and copers hopefully. Shanklin by Chris, on Flickr Shanklin by Chris, on Flickr Shanklin by Chris, on Flickr I've also managed to grab...
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    Island Line Upgrade

    Perhaps a reluctance to use public transport could affect daytrips by Catamaran and Hovercraft, but if anything taking a ferry - the nearest thing to 'going abroad' most people might get this summer - is actually an attraction to many looking for a staycation, especially as the island has...
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    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    Yep, but unless I missed a bit he only refers to lowering the track - not replacing the roof. Basically he repeats the bit I posted above from the proposal, which incidentally features in his (excellent!) book.
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    Island Line Runaway?

    The brakes were applied when the train terminated at Shanklin and the driver left the cab.
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    Island Line Runaway?

    I'm guessing the brakes had been applied but the air was bleeding out and couldn't keep it stationary against the gradient?
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    Island Line Upgrade

    Good grief, I've just seen how tall it's going to be! With the footbridge steps at the far north end of the platform and down trains probably stopping at the other end I doubt most will bother with it tbh, great view though...
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    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    I can't recall Richard making any mention of altering the tunnel in that way - if nothing else his book references the same 503 proposal referred to above, which I think is the only known written documentation?
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    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    May I ask where this was said? I've seen the occasional enthusiast suggest it, but the 503 proposal in the mid 80s makes no such mention: "The cheapest option, made possible by recent reductions in train service levels, would be to single the line between Ryde St Johns Road and Ryde Esplanade...
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    Island Line Upgrade

    Interesting, hadn't noticed that - explains why nothing's happened yet, but with access to the foot crossing I'm surprised that wouldn't suffice for a few months given it's low use.
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    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    Yes, but for the 503s they were proposing to excavate or use concrete slab track through the single bores at either end - I can't imagine rebuilding the tunnel itself was a realistic option, then or now.
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    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    There was no plan to rebuild the tunnel, it's always been single bore apart from short sections at each end which understandably cause confusion.

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