The Anonymous Widower

Is Platform 1 At Ipswich Station Big Enough?

For some years, trains for Felixstowe and Lowestoft have usually shared Platform 1 at Ipswich station.

But with the new longer Class 755 trains replacing the current Class 150 or Class 153 trains, I suspect this will no longer be possible.

I was going to Felixstowe and my train left and returned to Platform 2B, which in the fourth picture is occupied by the back end of Norwich to London Express.

It looks like when all the new trains are in service, Platform 2 will be used by the following trains.

  • Three trains per hour (tph) from Norwich to London.
  • One tph From Peterborough to Colchester
  • One tph to and from Felixstowe

In addition four Lowestoft services per day will go to and from London.

It strikes me, trains will have to keep very much to time or there is a need for an extra platform.

July 9, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Free Water At Ipswich Station

I hope this is the shape of things to come.

Greater Anglia give more details on this page on their web site.

 

 

July 9, 2018 Posted by | Food, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

By Class 345 Train To Shenfield

This morning, I took one of Crossrail’s Class 345 train between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Even these initial trains, which are a couple of cars short of a full train, are a long walk from end-to-end.

I actually followed the driver, who was changing ends, by walking along the platform.

Two school parties of young children had arrived on the train, and she took time out from her walk, to chat to a couple of teachers and some of the children.

If you look at the second and last pictures, you’ll notice a door on the side of the cab. But the driver left and entered the train through the passenger compartment. In the last picture another driver is entering the train.He was perhaps taking over the train.

So it does seem, that drivers are happy to enter and leave the train, via the passenger compartment, which it appears they will be doing in the New Tube for London.

July 9, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Is It Back To The Future In Manchester?

In the 1970s British Rail, proposed three tunnel projects in the North

  • A Loop and Link  in Liverpool that linked railways from North, South and the Wirral underneath the City Centre.
  • A tunnel under Newcastle.
  • The Picc-Vic Tunnel,  under Manchester.

All three tunnels were designed to connect the railways on both sides of the cities.

  • Liverpool got the much-loved and successful Northern and Wirral Lines of Merseyrail in 1977.
  • Newcastle got the much-loved and successful Tyne and Wear Metro in 1980.
  • Manchester got nothing, as Harold Wilson cancelled it, like Maplin Airport and the Channel Tunnel.

Am I right in thinking that the Channel Tunnel was resurrected later and opened in 1994? It is now much-loved and successful!

Finally, the Government and a lot of opposition MPs and unions have decided that Maplin be replaced by a third runway at Heathrow.

Will that be cancelled by Boris, David, Jeremy, Ruth or Vince?

Today, this article has been published on Rail Magazine, which is entitled Option For Underground Station At Manchester Piccadilly.

Apparently, to integrate Northern Powerhouse Rail into the HS2 station at Manchester Piccadiily station, one option is to go underground.

So are those ideas and surveys of the 1970s being looked at for a solution?

 

July 9, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | 2 Comments