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Crossrail Has Power To Maidenhead

This article on Rail Technology Magazine is entitled Crossrail minister rides train as electrification and testing milestones passed.

This is said.

Meanwhile, Crossrail confirmed that electricity is now running on 12 miles of railway between Maidenhead and Heathrow junction (pictured). Over 80% of the wiring programme has now been completed, with 800 workers installing over 1,400 piled foundations and 834 overhead line structures.

So that means, that Crossrail is now live all the way from the main line station at Paddington to Maidenhead.

Will we be seeing GWR’s Class 387 trains to Maidenhead from Paddington in the near future?

December 13, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , ,


  1. From what I’ve gathered from the various forums, the live section only extends to just east of West Drayton station. The rest of the line to Maidenhead will become live in early February 2017. So yes, if all goes well you should see a very limited GWR 387 Maidenhead-Paddington service next May in addition to the Turbos to Reading and Oxford.

    Comment by Paul | December 15, 2016 | Reply

    • I went to Maidenhead yesterday and found some strange wiring. The country end of Platform 5 is fully wired, but the London end isn’t and it’s not connected to the main wiring to Slough.

      Both platforms 4 and 5 seem to be wired for perhaps 200 metres down the Marlow branch, where there are no other signs of electrification

      Crossrail’s reversing siding seems to be complete too!.

      Comment by AnonW | December 15, 2016 | Reply

      • If I recall correctly, Crossrail trains from Reading will be using both platforms 4 and 5, so the track alignment at the country end linking the platform 4 track to the branch to Bourne End is being removed (and probably replaced) this Christmas. The wiring yet to be completed on platform 5 is probably related to this, although the wires above points and crossovers are usually done last.

        Comment by Paul | December 28, 2016

  2. I’ve read somewhere, Crossrail will use Platforms 3 and 4, with a reversing siding between the two lines.

    I shall be going to have a look when Normal Service is Renewed.

    I think the announcement of the Class 319 Flex, shows the way the thinking is going.

    A Class 319 Flex could easily work all these Great Western branches.

    Comment by AnonW | December 28, 2016 | Reply

    • It would be rather ironic if GW ends up with ‘bi-mode’ 319s. These were the trains originally planned to be cascaded to GW after electrification!

      Comment by Paul | December 30, 2016 | Reply

      • It would be!

        But there is another fleet out there that could end up as bi-modes, c2c are replacing all their Class 357s in a few years and very nice they still are. What price they get converted to bi-modes and moved on!

        Comment by AnonW | December 30, 2016

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