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  1. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    Indeed, the photo mentioned can be seen here: https://twitter.com/MrTimDunn/status/861306331793416192
  2. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    The 503 proposal did involve single-tracking the tunnel and lowering through the single bores, at least in part to reduce maintenance costs and increase linespeed. Height is just one factor - the tight reverse curves and arched roof make length and width just as important, especially at the...
  3. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    Sadly it's consistent with other comments in recent weeks, one by Mike Hart in particular, and a conspicuous lack of testing through the tunnel.
  4. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    Oh dear. I'm sure it's marginal, perhaps the conversion from D78 to 484 had more impact on gauging than expected, but still rather embarrassing for Vivarail. https://twitter.com/SW_Help/status/1348850200434135041
  5. Chris125

    Island Line Upgrade

    Plans have now been submitted to replace the centre span of Brading's footbridge, seems they can't work out how old much of it is either. https://publicaccess.iow.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application 21/00019/18APA 21/00018/LBC 1610223645 Some photos have...
  6. Chris125

    Island Line Upgrade

    Correct, I think they're going for 1100mm so that's quite an increase.
  7. Chris125

    Island Line Upgrade

    From what I've seen out walking Lake is the current focus of attention, with platform rebuilding underway and the shelter dumped at Sandown. They've also removed the coping stones and tarmac from the island platform at Brading though the footpath and crossings remain open for now. Perhaps more...
  8. Chris125

    Is there any news regarding a Class 483 train being preserved?

    I'm afraid not. There was an impression given by at least one individual that this was a 'done deal', however it subsequently emerged that the Town Council decided not to support it.
  9. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    The 'beam' theory appears to be another myth I'm afraid. As posted previously there's a first-hand account in the new RydeRail book about 03079, a good few inches taller than a 484, getting through the tunnel many years before the covered way was re-roofed. This is consistent with the headroom...
  10. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    Given the explosion in cases today - 459 - that was very wise! https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18983431.biggest-covid-daily-rise-ever-isle-wight/ All I've been able to get today are some photos while out walking, it's not the same as riding onboard but at least I've got some record of the...
  11. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    The vast, vast majority are being sensible but some facebook comments today sadly suggest there's still a small minority deliberately and knowingly ignoring the rules. With the Island suffering one of the fastest growth rates in the country, going from Tier 1 to 4 in the space of a week, there's...
  12. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    It's just returned from a lengthy overhaul, the paintwork is actually several years old but it's been inside being worked on.
  13. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    Yep, it was looking rather dicey given the low temperatures but it does look like they'll get through to the end - alas with the Island now in Tier 4, and justifiably so, there'll be few around to mark it.
  14. Chris125

    Is there any news regarding a Class 483 train being preserved?

    This is great news, but are the guys at Ryde aware that you want an operational unit? It seems 007 is at least wounded, if not dead according to recent comments and the caption of the photo below: A Ticket to Ryde by Stapleton Road, on Flickr
  15. Chris125

    Island Line Upgrade

    Indeed it is, I can't see why the environment agency works would have any impact - this is just the natural consequence of creating a sump by lowering the track, so the water isn't draining away very well. Services are running again so seems no significant damage has been caused by the recent...
  16. Chris125

    Sand Drags

    Island Line has one at Smallbrook, protecting the single line.
  17. Chris125

    Island Line Upgrade

    3-car units wouldn't fit in the shed at Ryde.
  18. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    It's just occurred to me that photos/videos of the 484s running pre-upgrade will be incredibly rare, especially in daylight - I can't be the only one who assumed there'd be more opportunities before the closure.
  19. Chris125

    Class 484 replacing class 483 on the island line: progress updates

    There were meant to be 3 by Christmas...
  20. Chris125

    Can I / Should I visit the Isle of Wight?

    I hope if the severity of the situation wasn't clear before, it is now - this is not the time for unnecessary travel, especially in the South East.

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