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Discussion in 'Infrastructure & Stations' started by 76020, 6 May 2013.
The valley lines has already started with a new electric depot being built at radyr
Sorry its at Taffs Well
Several pictures of today's high-speed pantograph tests train with 90035 between Swindon and Didcot on the recent additions page of Martin Loader's website.
I remember in 1976 the wires at the start of the Blackpool branch at Preston and a friend thinking it was going all the way to Blackpool, it has but 40 years later!
They will probably be moved onto oxford to complete that next as I read somewhere it was to be done by the end of cp6.
Just outside Cardiff I think.
Don’t bank on it. The “CP6” has been printed alongside Didcot to Oxford in the successive enhancement delivery plans for quite a few years, but since March there’s no further updates at all, and 6 months into CP6 nothing whatsoever has been confirmed. The same ”CP6” applies to Filton Bank, and Chippenham to Bristol Temple Meads. Other routes such as Basingstoke, Windsor, Henley, all show “assumed CP6” as well.
That is bonkers - to have a delay and not get the guys who are expert at putting up the catenary transferred straight over to Didcot to Oxford along with the Filton bank and then the route through Bath. Perhaps the Welsh Government/Amey could get them straight to work on wiring the valleys north of Cardiff - or are we STILL waiting for them to be transferred from Network Rail?
Yes it is bonkers, but it still seems people are unaware, although the lack of any of certainty has been discussed regularly in this thread for a couple of years.
I thought some of these deferments were until "at least CP6" which means they could be held back to CP7 or beyond
None of the GW Projects are described that way in the Mar 2019 EDP, but I haven’t checked every earlier version.
Is there any update as to when wires west of Bristol Parkway will be signed off for passenger trains to run on electric?
Some 800s were on diesel through Didcot yesterday.
A pair went through West Drayton today on diesel so may be diesel only restrictions. We definitely went electric all the way from Swindon to Didcot this morning.
2 Units on the diesel only list for today - both 5 cars. The units they are paired to will thus necessarily be on diesel also.
Why is that out of interest? The ability to run a 10-car train with one set on diesel and one set on electric was, IIRC, a required functionality of the IET trainset. I’ve also heard first hand of at least one instance of it happening in service. Why doesn’t it happen more often? Surely the drivers are trained on this split-mode working.
I was on the 0359 from Swansea to Paddington on Saturday Morning , and just before Didcot our train came to a complete halt , before switching to diesel through Didcot , and then went back to electric soon after . Very weird , and not sure why that happened
That suggests it was something to do with the infrastructure in the Didcot area rather than something to do with the train.
Guys will the Cheltenham and Hereford routes go electric
Not in the foreseeable future.
Woah apparently the line to Plymouth could be electrified in the near future "in strips" According to DFT im gonna post the link
Let's await the outcome of the feasibility study for now, and try to keep this thread for actual progress please
Also just a gentle reminder that if anyone wishes to make any suggestions for how the route should be electrified further, please don't hesitate to post these suggestions, but they must be made in the Speculative Ideas section, thanks
Welcome to the forums, but unfortunately you found something on Google thats 2 years old, and it was posted here at the time:
This is a long drawn out saga, and it’s easy to clutch at straws...
Platform 4 and its approaches still not wired at Cardiff Central.
I suspect this will get wired in the Christmas blockcade.
Working on lineside conduits today
I believe the catenary wire is installed though P4 last time I visited.
Electric services to Newport due to start from 15 Dec according to brief I was at today.
What about the Wotton Bassett to Filton electrification. Will we be seeing that next year??
I mean Since Cardiff is close to being done. Maybe Network rail can transfer