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  1. TheWalrus

    WCML capacity issues - a possible solution?

    With current capacity constraints on the WCML, could this be partially due to a mix of 100/110mph and 125mph tilting stock? If so what if the LM fast services went over to 125mph tilting stock would this give more capacity for fast services?
  2. TheWalrus

    Manchester-Leeds line and HS3

    I was wondering with talk of HS3 between Leeds and Manchester, would it be cheaper to quadruple-track the existing line? And how feasible would this be? I'd imagine it's quite a task but less expensive than a High Speed line. Also do we really need a High Speed line for what is relatively a...
  3. TheWalrus

    Bradford Junction

    This may seem like an unrealistic idea at the moment but in the future would it be worth reinstating the short section of track at Bradford Jn linking Melksham and Bradford-on-Avon? Subject to the success of the TransWilts improved service, surely a direct route between Melksham and Bristol/Bath...
  4. TheWalrus

    northern electrification and Crewe-Chester

    Which routes are currently confirmed for electrification in the north? With the amount of electrification proposed on Northern's network I don't think it will be enough to free up all the pacers and provide extra DMUs for strengthening. Is the North relying more on Thameslink and Great Western...
  5. TheWalrus

    4tph to bristol, how?

    Having read the GW franchise consultation, they seem quite keen on having 4tph iep services from london-bristol; 2 via parkway, 2 via bath. My question is how are they expecting to fit in all these additional paths out of padd, especially in the peaks! It will be at full line capacity what will...
  6. TheWalrus

    new stations at wellington and cullompton? This article makes an interesting read and is an idea i share. But what i want to discuss is how the new stations would be served. They propose a taunton-wellington shuttle...
  7. TheWalrus

    Snow Hill electrification and 172 cascade?

    Hi all For a while now I have wondered about the possibility of electrifying the snow hill lines and cascading 172s, due to its high frequency of 6 tph. There are two ways I have thought of doing this: Option 1) electrify worcester-leamington/stratford, the stourbridge line and absorb...
  8. TheWalrus

    Evesham-Worcester redoubling

    Hi all Recently I've been working on a timetable for the cotswolds line once the redoubling is complete. Obviously it is much better with Charlbury-Evesham doubled throughout, however there are still many pathing problems north of evesham. I believe if just Evesham-Norton jn was doubled...
  9. TheWalrus

    Some possible new stations?

    Hi, a while back I had some ideas for new stations to be built. These would be at Devizes Parkway, Frome Parkway (on the main line to be served by london trains), Somerton, Wellington and Cullompton (close to Tiverton Parkway). This would be served by a semi-fast London-Exeter service, and...
  10. TheWalrus

    Infrastructure without NR input?

    Recently there have been a few comments on here saying that infrastructure would cost a lot less if carried out by an independent company, opposed to Network Rail. Is this so? If so why don't they get someone else to do the GW electrification instead? And any other infrastructure projects.
  11. TheWalrus

    WAG Express through Hereford

    Hi all You will all be aware by now the WAG doesn't call at Hereford. I've been on it twice now, why does it pass through HFD on the relief lines? Is the signalling inadequate? Surely it would make sense to rectify this issue, and send the wag flat-out through the middle! :D (I'm hoping the...
  12. TheWalrus

    Bedwyn station Platform 1 CIS

    Hi There is supposed to be a CIS going in at Bedwyn on Platform 1 (westbound platform) this July. The post is in, and has been for several months now, but is covered in bubble wrap with no sign of a screen yet. Does anyone know when the screen will be installed? (Can The Planner give us any...
  13. TheWalrus

    Estimated cost of MML electrification!

    This is totally crazy but I think I have managed to give an estimate on how much it would cost to electrify the MML. This includes Bedford-Sheffield; Ratcliffe Junction-Nottingham; and Kettering North Junction-Loughborough South Junc. via Corby, Melton Mowbray and Oakham. Estimated between...
  14. TheWalrus

    electrify scottish and great western routes?

    Instead of using bi-modes, wouldn't it be beneficial for them to electrify any remaining routes? For example, if Aberdeen-Edinburgh was electrified, couldn't Scotrail and XC possibly benefit from this as well as through East Coast services? A similar idea could be applied to West of England...
  15. TheWalrus

    Cost of electrification

    Hi How much does it cost to electrify a mile of track at whatever voltage necessary to power a 91 or 390? (depending on which traction requires more voltage)?
  16. TheWalrus

    B&H line speeds

    Hi Does anyone know the line speeds of each section of track between London Paddington and Exeter St. D via the Berks & Hants route? This would be really good if you can help :D Cheers Ryan
  17. TheWalrus

    HSTs at Ealing Bdy.

    Hi Does anyone know if the fast line platforms at Ealing Broadway are capable of taking 2+8 HSTs, in the way of length and height? Thanks again, Ryan
  18. TheWalrus

    GWML electrification- when does work start?

    Hi, Does anyone know when work will commence on electrification of the GWML? I know they will start at Airport Jn., but I just want to know when "immediate electrification" is?
  19. TheWalrus

    Is Lockerbie-Haymarket electrified?

    If so Virgin could order a batch of Pendos to operate Birmingham-Scotland, electrify Crewe-Chester then use them for that too. Then TPEx could use Pendos (or something similar and EMU) for Man Airport-Scotland. Releasing a batch of Diesel 185s and 221s. :D What do you think?