are you talking about the line to Farningham Road station via Southfleet. The answer is no they aren’t they haven’t been used since 2007On the way into Ebbsfleet there are 2 lines that run off to the left just before the station, looking at Google and Wikipedia these are the lines that Eurostar originally used to access HS1. Are these lines ever used now?
Regular passenger use yes, although for a time a daily (or weekly) Class 395 return trip between Ashford and Swanley used it, before in 2016-17 it was used storing old 373 sets on the link ahead of scrapping.are you talking about the line to Farningham Road station via Southfleet. The answer is no they aren’t they haven’t been used since 2007
the link is called Fawkham Junction and was used while phase 2 of HS1 (ebbsfield to st pancreas) was still under construction, Eurostars would exit HS1 here and then head to waterloo as that was still the Eurostar terminal back thenNot sure where Farningham Road is, when coming from Ashford may be a mile before Ebbsfleet on line leaves HS1 and another joins HS1 heading back to Ashford they both have overhead lines.
Farningham Road is on the Chatham Main Line, on the line between Swanley and Rochester.Not sure where Farningham Road is, when coming from Ashford may be a mile before Ebbsfleet on line leaves HS1 and another joins HS1 heading back to Ashford they both have overhead lines.
Technically correct as the HS1 end sees occasional use, but the Fawkham Junction end has not for several years now.On the most recent Quail maps (August 2019) the main section of the link is shown as OOU (out of use), with the HS1 end, on a different page, shown as NIRU (not in regular use). I can't tell whether the difference is intentional or an oversight.
Wasn't the plan pre-low-cost-airlines to still run some services into Waterloo?Interestingly, someone went through the trouble of doing a grade-separated junction between HS1 and the Waterloo connection.
Evidently someone decided it was worth at least keeping options open for the future.
You might be right there. I vaguely remember that the decision to discontinue services to Waterloo completely was made quite late on. IIRC, the idea was that you'd run a few into Waterloo for the benefit of people whose destination in London was near Waterloo.Wasn't the plan pre-low-cost-airlines to still run some services into Waterloo?
I think the 374s are the UK’s first and only captive HS rolling stock. Having a wider European loading gauge clearly made more sense rather than making them classic compatible. There is no more Waterloo International you could even divert them to!Even if they had 3rd rail capability, they'd be severely damaged by the first platform they encountered.
Nightstar was cancelled well before HS1 was even finalised as a idea, the chord was made so eurostar could make usage of HS1 and its timing benefits before it was fully builtThe connection would still have been used had the North of London and sleeper services via Kensington gone ahead. I don't recall the precise timescale now, but they were dropped before any part of HS1 opened although not before the vehicles for those fleets were constructed which I suspect may be after the civil engineering work plans for HS1 had been drawn up?
Yes, and no. I believe it was used briefly to store some Class 373s following their withdrawal from Eurostar. Other than that, it's been seldom used.Looking at Google maps is this the chord where they (used) to convert from AC to DC and vice versa? Also, I'm getting mixed messages from the comments above. Is the chord used regularly today?
Yes from some point in 2016 it was for up to 2 years to store at least one set. I first remember seeing a set on there in June 2016 (when then led to the 373 withdrawals thread, but that's another story), but I can't remember when it was finally vacated. I seem to recall someone saying in the 373 withdrawal thread a while ago that one set was there while others were stored in various places, both here and France, but don't know if only 1 set ever got stored there or if they did replace it when the first set was scrapped (whatever its identity was).Yes, and no. I believe it was used briefly to store some Class 373s following their withdrawal from Eurostar. Other than that, it's been seldom used.