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Harbornite

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Whilst looking up freightconnection for another thread, I came across this document which I haven't seen before.

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/freight/list-of-all-freight-connections.pdf


Basically a list of all non- network rail tracks that connect to network rail. This includes FOC depots, yards and sidings, TOC depots and preserved lines with mainline connections.

Two that stood out for me were Hams Hall and Albion sidings. The former probably refers to the intermodal terminal mainly served by GBRf, but the owner is listed as Eon PLC. I didn't expect this because Hams Hall power station was demolished quite a few years ago. Do they still own the land and lease it, or is the document referring to the disused siding (possibly never used) that leads to the BMW MINI engine plant?


My other question regards Albion sidings adjacent to the stour valley line between Birmingham and Wolvehampton. These were last used in 1994 when the Oil trains to the gulf refinery ceased. The sidings in the depot itself were removed a few years back but a section of trackwork and a signal (still functioning) are still in situ and were the subject of a recent thread. The site owner is shown as Euro metal recycling and not out of use, whichnis unusual because there are no sidings left. My question is what the latest regarding EMR's plans for the site? Do they intend to reinstate sidings here for freight traffic?

Cheers.
 
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Eon own a substantial amount of land around there and have some sort of environmental office there too. As discussed before, the siding doesn't get anywhere near the BMW plant and would require some sort of double handling to make use of it which isn't efficient or worthy of spending the money.

Albion may come back into use, it may not. They must still have a connection agreement they are still paying for. It is cheaper for them to do that and never do anything with it than to say remove it and come back years later with a bill for millions for new S&C, signalling and disruption on the main line.
 

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Eon own a substantial amount of land around there and have some sort of environmental office there too. As discussed before, the siding doesn't get anywhere near the BMW plant and would require some sort of double handling to make use of it which isn't efficient or worthy of spending the money.

Albion may come back into use, it may not. They must still have a connection agreement they are still paying for. It is cheaper for them to do that and never do anything with it than to say remove it and come back years later with a bill for millions for new S&C, signalling and disruption on the main line.

Thanks for clearing that up. I can imagine that the increase in freight on the stour valley line would not be too popular with signallers due to the number of passenger trains, but at least the sidings would have a less complicated layout than those at Handsworth Queens head.
 

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Doubt it would be any more trouble than the current Wolves steel terminal train, it would be just a case of getting it to/from Albion to/from Soho North.
 

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Interesting to note that W H Bowker are listed as the "owners" of a connection at Bamber Bridge which links into the East Lancs line, not far from the old Lostock Hall shed. Yet Bowker's do not currently operate or contract any rail transport whatsoever.
 

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Interesting to note that W H Bowker are listed as the "owners" of a connection at Bamber Bridge which links into the East Lancs line, not far from the old Lostock Hall shed. Yet Bowker's do not currently operate or contract any rail transport whatsoever.

it doesn't mean they don't own the lease/ land
 

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Interesting to note that W H Bowker are listed as the "owners" of a connection at Bamber Bridge which links into the East Lancs line, not far from the old Lostock Hall shed. Yet Bowker's do not currently operate or contract any rail transport whatsoever.

It still goes into the Bowker road depot. I believe it was installed in the late 80s and was used to transport white goods.
 
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