The Anonymous Widower

A Good Look At Platform 1 At Ipswich Station And The Work On The Far Side

In Curious Rail Construction At Ipswich Station, I wondered what was happening on the far side of Platform 1 in the station.

This morning although there was congestion later, that I wrote about in Congestion At Ipswich Station, the platform was empty long enough for me to take these pictures.

Note that in the pictures and this reasoning, I refer to the construction as Platform 0, but it could be just a ramp so that drivers can access their freight locomotives.


  • Platform 1 would accommodate a five-car train and it could be lengthened to perhaps six-cars.
  • Platform 0 would accommodate a one-car Class 163 train or possibly a two-car train.
  • It might be possible to extend Platform 0 towards the main part of the station, by digging out the corner of the car park and moving a few steel girders.
  • The end supports for the catenary would need replacing with a longer Platform 0, but that is not difficult electrification.
  • An extended Platform 0, wouldn’t need moving of the free bicycle parking and the waiting room.
  • If Platform 0 and 1 were for Felixstowe and Lowestoft, interchange between the two lines and London trains would be easy.
  • Changing from trains from London to trains at Platforms 0 and 1 would be by using the nearby recently-built step-free bridge.

With two bay platforms 0 and 1, there would be no need to use Platform 2 as a terminus, as my Felixstowe train did today.

The curious point, is that except for the Express London to Norwich services, there are no current or planned electric passenger  services to Norfolk or the West from Ipswich.

So why are the wires in Platform 1 and the area that could become platform 0, so comprehensive?

I believe that Greater Anglia might be thinking of running electric trains with on-board energy storage from the station.

Felixstowe is the most likely possibility, as the other routes could be too long.

So could we see a five-car Aventra with on-board energy storage shuttling along the Felixstowe branch?

It’s all a bit different from the Class 105 train, that I rode on the route in the early-1960s

As I said a few days ago, it’s all very curious.



November 26, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] I have assumed a new Platform 0 is built outside of Platform 1, is as I speculated in A Good Look At Platform 1 At Ipswich Station And The Work On The Far Side. […]

    Pingback by Are Greater Anglia Making Ipswich Station A Better Interchange? « The Anonymous Widower | November 29, 2016 | Reply

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