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A Look At Stockley Junction

Stockley Junction, is where trains leave and join the Great Western Main Line to go to and from Heathrow Airport.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the lines at the junction and to the nearby Hayes and Harlington station.

Stockley Junction And Hayes & Harlington Station

Stockley Junction And Hayes & Harlington Station

Note that in some places there are eight tracks across, with lots of crossings and points everywhere.

If you look at the lines through the station, starting from the South they are, with their platform numbers.

  1. Reading-bound Fast Line (Down Main) GWR – Heathrow Express
  2. London-bound Fast Line (Up Main) – GWR – Heathrow Express
  3. Reading-bound Slow Line (Down Relief) – Crossrail- GWR  – Heathrow Connect
  4. London-bound Slow Line (Up Relief) – Crossrail – GWR – Heathrow Connect
  5. Bay Platform – Crossrail – GWR

Look at the map and note the following.

  • The two Slow (Relief)  lines go straight through the station and the junction.
  • The two Fast (Main)  lines go straight through the station and the junction.
  • Trains on the Down Main like Heathrow Express to the Airport, take the Southernmost line and just turn left for the Airport.
  • There are several new crossing and short lines, which in the map are shown dotted.

This set of pictures, were taken on a train going along the Down Slow line.

Note how as you get nearer to the junction, the number of tracks increases.

These pictures were taken from a Heathrow Connect train going through Stockley Junction towards the Airport.

From the path the train took, I suspect that the track layout shown in the map has been largely created.

Note the line shown in these pictures, is the one used by trains running from the Airport to Paddington.

The final set of pictures, were taken as I returned from Heathrow on another Heathrow Connect train.

The train crossed over all the lines and descended into Hayes and Harlington station on the Northernmost line.

 

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

A Newspaper So Hot, It Has To Be Kept In A Fridge With Lots Of Water

I took this picture, in W H Smith’s at Kings Cross station.

A Newspaper So Hot, It Has To Be ~Kept In A Fridge With Lots Of Water

A Newspaper So Hot, It Has To Be ~Kept In A Fridge With Lots Of Water

I prefer my newspaper to have the latest hot stories. Especially with lots of accessible Vitamin D.

November 21, 2016 Posted by | World | | 3 Comments

One Selfish Mercedes Driver Creates A Traffic Jam

It’s 08:30 on a Saturday morning, so what does this selfish Mercedes driver decide to do?

Create a traffic jam, whilst he goes and does his shopping opposite.

I suppose, if the driver had parked directly outside the shop on the other side of the road, they would have been parking at a bis stop in a bus lane, so they might have got a ticket.

Yesterday, outside Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in Islington, another Mercedes driver accelerated over the pedestrian crossing and sped away at a speed of at least sixty.

Why is it, when I see a case of bad driving, parking or using a mobile phone whilst driving, it is very likely to be a privately-owned and driven big Mercedes?

As an aside here, Transport for London are replacing the traffic lights at this junction. During the work, they have installed a set of temporary lights, which are some of the most professional, I’ve ever seen.

In fact they’re so clear and well setup, that walking around the junction has been a lot easier, since the work started.has been a lot easier. Traffic seems to be flowing well too!

I hope when the new lights are installed, that they work at least as well as the temporary lights!

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

BT Gets Tough With Flying Rats

Flying rats or pigeons to the RSPB, are a problem in Liverpool Street station.

So BT has got tough!

BT Gets Tough With Flying Rats

BT Gets Tough With Flying Rats

It would probably help, if everybody dropping littler got sentence to sit on top of the phone-box for an hour.

November 21, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment