Great Western Electrification Progress

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  1. deltic08

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    Do you mean Sunday 18th or Monday 19th?
     
  2. Mintona

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    The wires will be going live in the new EMU sidings at Swindon Cocklebury sometime in December but I don’t have the actual date in front of me at the moment.
     
  3. Mag_seven

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    But how are the 387's going to get there with the situation at Steventon?
     
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    Do pay attention at the back...!

    The lines are live. It's just that there is a 60mph speed restriction through there if the pantograph is raised.
     
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    The wires are live, but technically @Mag_seven is correct. Between Didcot Parkway and Causeway Crossing the lines are not yet signed off for use and are still in the testing phase, including currently being barred to 387 traction. I presume this restriction will be lifted prior to the sidings being open.

    There is no line side signage to indicate a 60mph restriction, just a warning that ‘electric trains must not pass this point’ at Didcot Parkway on the down and Causeway Crossing on the up.
     
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    Forgive me if I've not been paying attention but I'm sure IET's lower their pans - or is just to maintain speed (i.e. maintain 60 mph plus on deisel?
     
  7. swt_passenger

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    You’re right, but I think the discussion had veered onto 387s which will have to have the speed limit applied instead.
     
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    Haha, can someone please make a photoshop of what that would look like :lol::D
    (besides the very real measurement train)

    EDIT: ah, he was referring to an IET train viewed from an HST... But I'll admit it, he had me confused for a second...
     
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    Earth wires now extend eastwards from the end of the currently wired section at Pilning through the station as far as the split-level section on both sides. Also a run of catenary and contact wire has appeared on the up and down mains at Bishton to the west of the current run of catenary only.
     
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  12. JN114

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    First 387s to Newbury (on test) due on nights first week of December.
     
  13. Dren Ahmeti

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    Ooh, very interesting!
    Of course units etc will be allocated with whatever’s available, but I’m guessing they’ll be running as 5Zxx down there?
     
  14. JN114

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    I don't recall the exact headcodes but they were 5-something.
     
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    WO: (8 car 387) 23.24 Reading TCD - Newbury - Reading TCD 04.30 5Z26/5Z27/5Z28/5Z29
    ThO: (8 car 387) 23.24 Reading TCD - Newbury - Reading TCD 04.30 5Z36/5Z37/5Z38/5Z39
     
  16. Thatcham Xing

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    Down at Newbury earlier and took the attached, wondering what all these bits and pieces are on the OHLE just to the west of the platforms - something to do with tensioning for OHLE raising and lowering?
    Newbury 241118 2.jpg Newbury 241118 1.jpg
     
  17. swt_passenger

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    I reckon it’s mostly to do with it being over the S&C (points) where the four tracks merge into two. But there’s also a limited clearance bridge just to the west of the station, and the catenary and contact wire are being brought together vertically. That’s what those special cantilevers with the parallel tubes are all about.
     
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    Question for you all - why would the 18:45 IET from Paddington last night run all the way to Bristol Parkway on diesel power only? Unmistakable Diesel sound throughout the trip.
     
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    For various reasons, several of the IETs have a diesel only restriction.

    Welcome to the forum BTW :D
     
  20. KingswoodRed

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    Thanks for your welcome.

    Was a shame I didn’t get any electric only running as I only travel to London on GWR once a quarter or so, normally in combination with a Eurostar to Brussels and DB to Aachen. Flying has become much less reliable and as can be read into the fact I’ve signed up to this forum, I do generally prefer to let the train take the strain....
     
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    GWML Bridge parapet work update.

    Southbury Lane & Butts Hill Rd, state of work today.
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  22. Chris125

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    A long awaited video has been uploaded to youtube - 800002 leaving Newbury with the pantograph up:

     
  23. Thatcham Xing

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    It's been doing a few runs this afternoon by the looks. Just saw it on the Railcam coming back down to Newbury via the Racecourse loop. Interesting to see it in the bay platform aswell (although suspect IETs won't do that often in service).
     
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    I have been reading with considerable interest about the Steventon Bridge situation, has anyone heard whether Network Rail have lodged their appeal yet to demolish and replace the bridge? . I would imagine if the issue is not resolved in the next year, the knock on effect for accelerated timetables in late 2019 could be a real problem unless IET's can make up the time when accelerating either side of the bridge on electric from the 60mph speed restriction.
     
  25. swt_passenger

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    Welcome.

    The 60 mph restriction won't apply to IETs as they'll be running on diesel and they won't have their pans up. Not a long term solution but it shouldn't affect timing as much as you'd expect.
     
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  26. ArchieWoodbine

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    Unfortunately, that's very much what's happening. A lot of contractors and staff have gone to HS2 or OLE projects abroad; or simply left (along with their knowledge) for greener (and more secure) pastures outside of the railway.

    If the decision was formally made tomorrow to continue the wires down to Bristol via Bath, it would almost be like starting from scratch again.
     
  27. jimm

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    When he was still Rail Minister, Jo Johnson said in a House of Commons written answer at the start of this month that he understood Network Rail had lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.
     
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    If they have, the appeal hasn't been registered yet (according to the Vale of White Horse District Council website and Planning Inspectorate website).
     
  29. Ken H

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    Just turning on the diesels isnt that easy. they re not designed to run at full tilt from cold. So you have to pre heat them somehow, by idle running or with heaters. So some time before you need the diesel, you need to run the start up procedure.
    You at least need to give it time to get oil in the turbo. My garage man says people break their car engines by not allowing the engine to idle for 30 seconds before setting off.
     
  30. 3973EXL

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    Tilehurst Rd bridge parapet work - no progress.

    Platform extension last week. Lights & fence to complete.
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    Today.
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    At some point, all these DSC01543.JPG have been removed. DSC01628.JPG
     

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