The Anonymous Widower

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 »

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