The Anonymous Widower

Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification?

The Hall Farm Curve was a five-hundred metre curve that used to connect the Chingford Branch Line to the Lea Valley Line, thus enabling direct services between Stratford to Chingford via the new Lea Bridge, James Street and Walthamstow Central stations.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the lines in the area around Coppermill Junction.

Coppermill Junction

Coppermill Junction

 

It is a much-needed route, as anybody who has taken the bus between Walthamstow and Stratford can testify.

I have heard rumours that it will be rebuilt, but nothing has been published yet.

The last rumour said it would be a single-track bi-directional line, as I wrote in Rumours Of Curves In Walthamstow

If this were to be built, there would need to be appropriate cross-overs, so that the trains could go on the right lines to and from Chingford and Stratford.

As in a few years time, the Stratford-Chingford service would be likely to be run by Aventras and no other electric train would be likely to use the curve, would it not be possible to not electrify the curve.

In Bombardier’s Plug-and-Play Train, I showed that all Aventras will have a certain amount of onboard energy storage to handle regenerative braking and enable short movements using stored energy.

So could the Aventras use their onboard energy storage to navigate the curve? The pantograph could be raised and lowered appropriately in Lea Bridge and St. James Street stations.

Conclusion

Building the Hall Farm Curve without electrification is possible, if Aventras use the line exclusively for passenger services.

Related Posts

Improving The Chingford Branch Line

Could Electrification Be Removed From The Chingford Branch Line?

Could Reversing Sidings Be Used On The Chingford Branch Line?

Crossrail 2 And The Chingford Branch Line

New Stations On The Chingford Branch Line

Will Walthamstow Central Station On The Victoria Line Be Expanded?

Wikipedia – Chingford Branch Line

September 4, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. […] Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification? […]

    Pingback by Improving The Chingford Branch Line « The Anonymous Widower | September 8, 2016 | Reply

  2. […] Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification? […]

    Pingback by Crossrail 2 And The Chingford Branch Line « The Anonymous Widower | September 8, 2016 | Reply

  3. […] Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification? […]

    Pingback by Could Reversing Sidings Be Used On The Chingford Branch Line? « The Anonymous Widower | September 8, 2016 | Reply

  4. […] Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification? […]

    Pingback by New Stations On The Chingford Branch Line « The Anonymous Widower | September 8, 2016 | Reply

  5. […] Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification? […]

    Pingback by Rumours Of Curves In Walthamstow « The Anonymous Widower | September 8, 2016 | Reply

  6. […] Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification? […]

    Pingback by Could Electrification Be Removed From The Chingford Branch Line? « The Anonymous Widower | September 8, 2016 | Reply

  7. […] Could The Hall Farm Curve Be Built Without Electrification? […]

    Pingback by Will Walthamstow Central Station On The Victoria Line Be Expanded? « The Anonymous Widower | September 8, 2016 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.