The Anonymous Widower

Electrification At Bromsgrove – 26th December 2017

These pictures show the electrification works at Bromsgrove station and up and down the Lickey Incline.

Nearly all the gantries seem to have been erected and much of the wiring seem to have been added.

It would appear that there is every chance that Bromsgrove will be able to run an electric service on Birmingham’s Cross-City Line in May 2018.

Onward From Bromsgrove With Electric Trains

It is worthwhile to look at the options for taking electric trains onward from Bromsgrove station.

The distances to and from Bromsgrove are as possible.

  • Birmingham – 25 miles – Electrified
  • Worcester – 16 miles – Not Electrified
  • Hereford – 42 miles – Not Electrified

West Midlands Trains‘ fleet of four-car diesel CAF Civity trains would handle Birmingham to Hereford with ease.

Abellio, who are a partner in West Midlands Trains, have ordered Stadler bi-mode Class 755 trains for Greater Anglia.

These trains are ideal for routes like Norwich to Stansted and Cambridge to Ipswich, but they would also be efficient on the Birmingham to Hereford route.

So perhaps we might see bi-mode trains or trains with batteries on suburban routes from Birmingham.

I doubt a battery train could go further than Worcester.

The Lickey Incline

Electrifying from Birmingham to Bromsgrove means that the steep Lickey Incline will be included in the works.

Once the Lickey Incline is electrified, I would think it more likely that bi-mode trains could be seen on the routes to Hereford and Worcester.


December 29, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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