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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:37 pm 
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tonyperks wrote:
what image?


I have amended the image url so hopefully you can see it now?


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:44 pm 
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Work being carried out on the Iron Acton bypass level crossing today.

The barriers have been removed and single file traffic control has been in place all day.

Also, signage at former Iron Acton station level crossing signage has been updated.

Must be some use on the branch soon? :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:43 pm 
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you beat me to it Oliver!


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:45 pm 
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Oliver wrote:
This shiny new sign has appeared, I wasn't aware it was still part of the network. The boundary is much closer to the quarry, I thought...

This bridge is just before Grovesend Tunnel.

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These newer signs seemed to appear every where in the last week at Sodbury and Charfield.


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:46 pm 
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Actually the boundary goes right up to the A 38 Tunnel mouth.


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:58 pm 
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tonyperks wrote:
Actually the boundary goes right up to the A 38 Tunnel mouth.


I stand corrected.

Doesn't seem to have seen any use that end of the branch, not in donkeys years by the looks of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 8:13 am 
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Last time i saw a train backed up to the buffers was in the early/mid 80's, even then it wasnt right up there or is that down, it was a class 33 with seacow type hoppers it went in via the loop then backed the train under the loader, well half or it then ran round and finished loading, from memory it was class 33 sir mount batten of Burma.


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:38 am 
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59.202 top 'n tail 59.206 7Z90 08:33 Merehead to Tytherington via Swindon.
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R ... 4/advanced

Train stopped soon after departure due to over running engineering work between Clink Road junction and Fairwood junction.

<BJ>


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:47 pm 
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free2grice wrote:
59.202 top 'n tail 59.206 7Z90 08:33 Merehead to Tytherington via Swindon.
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R ... 4/advanced

Train stopped soon after departure due to over running engineering work between Clink Road junction and Fairwood junction.

Looks like its on the move again now, passing Bradford Junction 144 minutes down.

Looking at the Realtime trains timetable for the run, I think that the 5 minutes being allowed from Yate to Tytherington is, shall we say, a little optimistic... :)


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:33 pm 
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I am interested to know what will happen at the bypass crossing as there are still no barriers?

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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:56 pm 
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Well, I waited like an idiot for 90 minutes at the Iron Acton bypass crossing for the train to come.....

Then I was approached by a chap who said it was stopped on the branch at Yate.

Network Rail said they were running too late and not happy with the barrier situation so it did not continue.

Disappointing.

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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:22 pm 
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I wonder if we are getting the full story here.

Firstly, Network Rail would have been aware of the situation at Iron Acton. It would hardly have got worse between the departure from Merehead and the arrival at Yate. Furthermore, there are quite a few ungated crossings on the railway network (here's an example from the Gunnislake branch that carries passenger traffic: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.50309 ... 312!8i6656 ) but there others, for example including on the Newquay branch and between Pembroke Dock and Tenby.

Admittedly the ungated crossings that I know of are on minor roads with nowhere near the traffic levels of the Iron Action bypass, so at the very least you would need a second member of staff with a red flag to conduct the train across the crossing. As I said, Network Rail would have known that beforehand.

Secondly, I am now more intrigued by the 5-minute "allowance" from Yate to Tytherington. According to Realtime trains, the train got to its destination of Tytherington at 1610, 142 late. But the log also shows the train passing Westerleigh West at 1557, also 142 late, and 13 minutes later it was at its "destination of Tytherington." The way that Realtime trains normally reports things would have it shown as being cancelled at Yate if it was planned to run it any further. Updated times here: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R ... 4/advanced

To me this appears to be further borne out by the outbound working at 2109 tonight to Acton (http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R ... 4/advanced) which is also allowed a mere 6 minutes from "Tytherington" to Yate.

I am now wondering whether there was ever any intention to run it the full length of the branch, or instead to just off the main line at the start of the branch at Yate.


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:46 pm 
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Robin Summerhill wrote:
According to Realtime trains, the train got to its destination of Tytherington at 1610, 142 late.

Apparently there was no intention of the train going to Tytherington. It was stabled just around the bend from Yate station awaiting a later transfer to Acton. <BJ>


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:23 am 
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The 5 minute query is because they require a destination for the train ie Tytherington, I doubt there are any other intermediate points between Yate and Tytherington on RTT so use the next best one. That should have got my suspicious n's that it wasn't going all the way to Tytherington! Similar timings were in place for units terminating and reversing on the branch at Yate and tank trains for Westerleigh reversing on the branch. Sure timings will be more realistic when trains actually run to the quarry!


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 Post subject: Re: Tytherington branch
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:47 pm 
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There's some very useful gen here from another website. Many thanks to Hoppy for the info. <BJ>

''The quarry closed (mothballed) in 2012. The last stone train could have
been 66085 plus 5 autoballasters on 13 February 2012. The line was
officially mothballed in the second half of 2013 from 0m 30ch onwards. I
guess, therefore there could have been the odd test train after the last
stone train, but I'm not at all sure!

The visit to Yate only yesterday appears to have been a "normal"
Merehead - Acton stone train routed via a reversal at Yate on the
Tytherington branch in order to test that Class 59s can pull away over
the curves there with a large train (42 bogie box wagons).

I think the plan, once upon-a-time was to run 42 wagon jumbo sets,
possibly splitting them in half at Yate.

The running of this test train suggests that the branch will see traffic
again shortly, so fingers crossed.''


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