The Anonymous Widower

What A Way To Run A Company!

This article in Rail Magazine is entitled Driver Shortages And Train Issues Prompt GTR Remedial Plan.

Don’t I just know it!

Today, I arrived at Balham station by the reliable Northern Line to get a train to Streatham Hill station to take some pictures.

The first train was cancelleed and then there was a succession of trains going direct to Streatham Common station.

Eventually, after about half-an-hour a train did turn up and I took the train the one stop and took the pictures I wanted.

I then took a 159 bus to Streatham station, where i took more pictures.

The first train, that came went to Streatham Common station, where I took a couple of photos.

I was intending to get to Sutton, but that train appeared to be delayed. So when another train turned up that said it was going to West Croydon,I thought that would be a safe place, as I could get the Overground home.

But despite what it said on the front, it was an East Croydon train, so after a couple of stops, I got out at Selhurst station to see if it could be a terminal for The Streatham Virtual Tube.

It might be!

But then a Sutton train arrived and I thought that perhaps this might take me to West Croydon or Sutton, where I could get a train home.

We sat there like prats for perhaps ten minutes before the driver said he was waiting for a replacement. When the replacement didn’t come he took the train out of service.

An Epsom train then followed and I thought that this might get me home.

We sat there like prats for perhaps ten minutes before the driver said he was waiting for a replacement. When the replacement didn’t come he took the train out of service.

I did have a chat with a group of drivers, who were trying to get to work and they said, that it was all GTR’s fault as they were trying to cut costs.

The next train was for Caterham, so I got it to East Croydon, hoping to get a London Bruidge train.

One left as I arrived, but after fifteen minutes I was on a train to London Bridge.

Surprisingly, we got there without trouble.

I bought some food in M&S and then got a 141 bus home.

It’s not as if this sort of shambles is the only problem GTR has.

  • There’s the non-working Class 700 trains!
  • There’s the keeping of the Class 387 trains instead of passing them to GWR.
  • There’s the dispute with the drivers.
  • There’s the dispute with the conductors.
  • There’s the dispute with the rest of the massed orchestras of the BBC, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Scotland. And not forgetting the Bethnal Green Big Band!

I blame the management!

June 1, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

How Trains Reverse At West Croydon

When you take an East London Line train to West Croydon station, have you ever wondered, where after arrival at Platform 4, the trains go before appearing on Platform 3 to start their journey back to Highbury and Islington station?

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the layout of the lines at West Croydon station.

Lines At West Croydon Station

Lines At West Croydon Station

This Google Map shows the reversing siding between the two lines.

The Reversing Siding At West Croydon Station

The Reversing Siding At West Croydon Station

The train goes to the reversing siding between the lines and then appears a few minutes or so later.

Trains can also use the bay platform 1 on the West side of the station, as there are points to allow trains to cross from any line.

Obviously, the reversing siding can handle a five-car train, but I wonder what is the longest train it can reverse?

It certainly looks long from a Google Map.

I have other questions.

  • What is the maximum length of train, that can be handled by the bay platform 1?
  • How long does it take to reverse a train?
  • How many trains an hour can the station reverse?
  • Can more than one train enter the reversing siding?

There are four trains an hour (tph) to Highbury and Islington and two tph to London Bridge, so I think with some efficient work by the drivers and signalling system, that a few more trains could be reversed at West Croydon.

Trains could also use the bay platform.

ou’ll find reversing sidings like this all over the rail network.

 

June 1, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments