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Great Central Railway General Matters

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Reading General, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. pmh_74

    pmh_74 Well-Known Member

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    There is a rumour on one of the social media posts of trains running at Ruddington for this event... to be confirmed precisely what and where to in the next few weeks.
     
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    There is a very interesting new video - about Reunification, but mainly the news that the present engine shed is to be effectively "moved" so that there will be two tracks to the North from Loughborough Central....on the original alignment.
     
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    This was running yesterday for crew training, ready for display at the GCR 125 event this weekend.
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    This may be one for the bridging the gap thread, but what does this tell us (if anything) about the practical layout of the running lines over the gap?

    For example, it might suggest a double track out of the station throat, perhaps over the canal, but then what? I assume the MML bridge and presumably the factory flyover is locked in as single track, but is everything else up for debate?
     
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    I was under the impression that the embankment north of the canal bridge would also need to be single track
     
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    Presumably the key thing is being able to clear the platforms so there is somewhere for a northbound train to be looped, or slotted in out the way, whilst still being able to turn stuff from tjr south around at Loughborough, and receive trains from the north.

    I would imagine, and I don't know the exact lengths, double track/loops up to the canal bridge would suffice, without having to go much further.

    Edit: as per Mark-108, aren't there some access issues around Hermitage Brook, and a service road for the water company, which would make doubling the embankment difficult?
     
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    It's certainly been said that the embankment north of the canal needs to be single track. But both bridge decks have been repaired. So quite how far north of the bridge the reduction to single track will be, I don't know. I guess the first official confirmation will be whatever drawings go in with the planning permission for that stage.

    I'm also of the impression that a 'holding road' for a NB train to hide in, clearing the platform for either the SB arrival or a following NB terminating train, is one of the requirements. And very probably why the penny has finally dropped that going around the shed won't work. Without this facility, and if for example one platform at Loughborough is occupied by a dining train which isn't due to leave for the next 45 minutes (quite plausible, even if it could be prepared elsewhere, which it currently isn't), then a NB through train would have to sit outside Loughborough, for as long as it takes, before the SB train arrived and departed. So any delay on the SB would have a massive knock-on effect on everything else, and recovering the timetable would be virtually impossible.
     
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    It would certainly make since to have a double-track / 'holding loop' section north of the station for as far as possible. It looks looks there's plans for a loop at the other side of the gap too, if these plans are still valid? - https://emrtrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/FEATURE-2-1.pdf

    I wonder what will control the setup? Loughborough 'box? or an outpost 'box / Ground frame? Apologies if I've missed something in the article! Either way, it probably make sense to have any remote setup occupying a limited space so having points as close to each other as possible?
     
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    Had a great time over the weekend, so much going on we didn't get to the northern end and instead did the Mountsorrel Heritage Center on the Sunday. My video from across both days...
     
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    Thanks for the photos and video Ashley. It was good to see (and be on) the steam train going North past the locoshed!
     
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