The Anonymous Widower

An Interesting Snippet

In talking about rolling stock in the latest edition of Modern Railways this is said.

Observers have recently seen an increasing focus on diesel-operated branches in otherwise electrified networks where small add-on projects could release much needed capacity for use elsewhere during the period of acute shortages (of diesel multiple units) from 2015.

I recently read in an article on the Rail Engineer website, that extending electrification off a fully-electrified main line, is an easier and more affordable project, as some of the expensive pieces of hardware like electrical connections and transformers, are already installed.

So if this became policy, what lines should be electrified?

Here’s a few that will or could be!

The Marshlink Line between Hastings and Ashford is an oddity in that it is lone diesel-operated line in the south east corner of England. Proposals are being worked on to electrify this line, so that Class 395 trains can run through to Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne. Currently, Brighton to Ashford is worked by ten Class 171 trains and some or all of these could be released, if electric trains could run all the way from Brighton to Ashford.

The Marston Vale Line is also scheduled to be electrified as part of the Electric Spine.

The Felixstowe Branch Line needs electrification for freight, but being able to piggy-back to the Great Eastern Main Line may make electrification worthwhile.

The Manchester to Southport Line is one that is being looked for possible electrification according to Wikipedia. They say this!

Additionally Network Rail has identified electrification of Wigan to Southport, together with Ormskirk to Preston Line and the Burscough Curves as a possible source of new services.

In fact the whole of this area of Lancashire northwards from Liverpool, Warrington and Manchester to Wigan, Preston and Blackpool could end up being electrified as extensions to the Northern Hub. Most of the branch lines already have an electric connection at one or both ends.

I wouldn’t bet against the electrification of Preston to Leeds, as a lot of money is being spent on stations on the line, so how about some nice refurbished electric trains for the route.


April 24, 2014 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] I think that this explains the thought behind the interesting snippet from Modern Railways I commented on here. […]

    Pingback by A Professional View Of The Problems Of Electrification « The Anonymous Widower | May 11, 2014 | Reply

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