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Electrification Work Starts At Gospel Oak Station

My Google Alert on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line picked up this article from the Camden New Journal, which is entitled Noisy railway work disturbs Gospel Oak residents on Christmas Day.

So I went to have a look at Gospel Oak station.

Note the piles in the ground covered by a piece of wood.

That was what all the noise was about!

This Google Map shows the station.

Gospel Oak Station

Gospel Oak Station

Note that there is a two-car Class 172 train in the station.

From this image, it would appear that the platforms will have to be lengthened for the four-car Class 710 trains.

Giving the map a close scrutiny, I wonder if they ever wanted to install a Platform 4 for future eastbound services on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, if it would be possible.

I don’t think London Overground have any plans to do this, but services from the GOBlin past Gospel Oak have been suggested in the past.


Note the

December 31, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Fireworks Above My House

I took these pictures through the sky-light above my stairs.

I think they were set off by the pub on the corner.

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Serial Cooking – Smoked Haddock And Curried Rice

This recipe is another from Lindsey Bareham in The Times.

Lindsey called this an incredibly lazy twist on kedgeree. I have tried to make it even lazier.


  1. I started with a single Marks and Spencer’s smoked haddock. Just two pounds and no bones or skin.
  2. I hard-boiled an extra egg for the fridge
  3. I used an onion instead of shallots.
  4. I didn’t have any fresh chives or coriander

I rather liked it for a New Year’s Eve supper.

December 31, 2015 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

IPEMU Trains And Terminal Tunnels

The strongest hint about purchasing trains with an IPEMU capability has come from Merseyrail.

I wrote about these trains in a Merseyside context in Is Liverpool Planning To Invade Manchester By Train? This is an extract from the post, which details their declared interest in IPEMUs.

In the October 2015 edition of Modern Railways, there is an article about Merseytravel looking for a new fleet of trains for their 750V DC network, which is entitled New Trains For Liverpool. This is said.

Merseytravel has indicated that it will be seeking ‘innovative proposals’ from manufacturers, with considerable emphasis being placed on the overall cost of operating the fleet rather than just the basic cost of the trains themselves. Options such as regenerative braking and onboard systems to store energy under braking to be used for acceleration will attract particular interest. The independently-powered EMU (IPEMU or battery train) concept evaluated earlier this year on a modified Class 379 in East Anglia ,might see an application here.

I thought that the main reason for the IPEMU capability would be to connect Preston to Liverpool via Ormskirk and Manchester Victoria to Liverpool via Kirkby.

But does Merseyrail have other reasons? Type “Merseyrail power supply problems” into Google and you get a lot of matches, especially concerning Kirkdale depot.

To emphasise this in Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy, this is given as an objective.

Future proofing the power requirements of the Merseyrail network by undertaking a full power upgrade.

This question has to be asked – If all trains had an IPEMU  capability, could the power supply to the tracks be simplified?

Perhaps the tunnels under Liverpool could be worked on battery power, with the trains charging on the surface. Would it be an advantage, for maintenance and safety reasons not to have any electrical power supply in the tunnels?

So are there any other lines that end in tunnels in other parts of the UK?

I can only think of one – The Northern City Line, which terminates at Moorgate station.

This is said, under Current Roling Stock in the Wikipedia entry for the line.

The line is electrified with 25 kV AC overhead line from Finsbury Park to Drayton Park, and 750 V DC third rail from there in tunnel to Moorgate. Services are operated by dual-voltage Class 313 electric multiple units(EMUs), the only units certified for use on the line. In keeping with regulations for trains operating in single-bore tunnels, they have emergency doors at the end of each unit, and when operating on 750 V DC the two motor coaches are electrically separate as far as the traction supply goes. Unlike other contemporary units, there are no DC traction supply jumper cables between carriages. All Class 313 units operating over the NCL have their Driving Motor B vehicle at the London end, and whilst on DC are electronically limited to 30 mph,[8] which is the maximum line speed. All stations are long enough to accept six car trains.

The Class 313 units are amongst the oldest still operating on the National Rail network. As a consequence, when it took over the Thameslink/Great Northern franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway announced that it would procure a total of 150 new carriages to completely replace the Class 313 fleet operating services to Moorgate

So it would appear that an IPEMU capability on the trains, which would use battery power south of Drayton Park, could be an alternative to a dual-voltage train, with an unusual configuration to meet the regulations.

But as I reported in  One Of North London’s Forgotten Lines Is Awakening, Siemens have already received an order for twenty-five six-car Class 700 trains, to run on the line.

So IPEMUs won’t be used there!




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