The Anonymous Widower

Are The Electrification Gantries Going In The Middle At Horwich Parkway Station?

Traditionally, when a line is electrified in the UK, either a gantry or a wire is put over all the lines and supported on both sides of the track.

So I was surprised to see these circular structures between the tracks at Horwich Parkway station.

I thought at first, that they were drainage access points, but Network Rail’s are usually rectangular and often covered with a blue grating during construction.

I suspect that the substantial road bridge and possibly the footbridge will be used as supports for the overhead lines, so it would mean that if a substantial gantry was placed at the Northern end of the station, a few central masts would probably give enough support to the catenary, as it passed through the station.

It is possibly significant that there is no circular structure under the footbridge, despite being about the right place in a sequence of structures. If they were to do with drainage, you would still need drainage under the bridge, but if they are for electrification, then the footbridge could be used for support of the overhead wires.

This is a Google Map of the station, with the ends of the platforms in the South East corner.

Horwich Parkway Station

Horwich Parkway Station

Note the five pairs of white spots along the line, one pair of which is in the shadow of the footbridge.

If you can’t see them click the image and show it in your browser.

Could the white dots be concrete piles for the electrification? As I left Horwich Parkway station, I noticed some piles to the South of the station and they were uncovered, showing white concrete.

Just in front of the train in the station, it is possible to see another white dot between the tracks. A circular structure is also visible in the pictures of the station.

It would also appear that one set of foundations are missing between the single dot and the pairs along the line. Could this be, because a substantial gantry is being erected here, to support the catenary at the Northern end of the station?

So it would appear that masts could be used in the centre at Horwich Parkway station, but after An Hour In Farnworth, I am rather dubious that a similar technique could be used at Farnworth station.

March 9, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Anti yob feature – poles in the middle are much less likely to be climbed by stupid / drunken yobs.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | March 10, 2016 | Reply


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