The Anonymous Widower

Steam, But Not As You Know It…

The title of this post, is the same as that of a sub-section of this news article on the IMechE web site.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Burning vast amounts of coal, wood or oil, traditional steam locomotives are hardly environmentally friendly. Steamology Motion hopes to give steam a modern makeover with its W2W Zero Emissions Power System, a range extender for Vivarail Class 320 rolling stock.

This paragraph gives an outline of the technology.

Few details are available, but the project aims to boost air quality at stations and reduce noise and pollution. W2W stands for water-to-water, and the system has a compact energy dense steam generator at its heart. “Steam is generated using energy stored as compressed hydrogen and oxygen gas in tanks,” the project summary says. “High pressure, superheated steam is used to drive a turbine to do useful work by generating electricity.”

There is only a fine line between madness and genius.

 

June 17, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 5 Comments

A Walk Around Bletchley Viaduct – 16th June 2020

Today, I donned my mask and took a train to Bletchley station, where I took a walk around the Bletchley Viaduct.

Note.

  1. How the section of the viaduct over the West Coast Main Line has been removed.
  2. The viaduct seems to be mainly flat sections, with three arches, where it crossed the road.

Judging by the noise of concrete being attacked by pneumatic drills, it would appear to be a tough piece of concrete to partially demolish. This could be a good thing, as a station guy told me. that the latest plan was to build the new viaduct and the two platforms on the foundations of the old viaduct.

This Google Map shows the station.

Note.

  1. Bletchley station with its six platforms.
  2. The viaduct running diagonally across the West Coast Main Line and then past the East side of the station.

This visualisation from East West Rail shows an idea for the new station.

It would appear the visualisation was taken from somewhere near the roundabout on the East side of the viaduct.

I took this picture from the zebra crossing outside the pub, by the roundabout.

It looks to me, that the retaining wall on the other side of the crossing will be removed and the station entrance will go somewhere along the straight part of the viaduct.

  • It could be about the place where a heavy digger or crane is working.
  • An entrance here, would give access to the bus station and the Brunel Shopping Centre on the other side of the roundabout.
  • If you look at the wider maps of the area, it can be seen that the stadium, where Milton Keynes Dons play their home matches is not that far away. So the new entrance, will ease getting to one of the least accessible football grounds in the country.

This Google Map shows an enlargement of the roundabout and the surrounding area.

Note.

  1. The Bus Station in the North-East corner of the map.
  2. The Brunel Shopping Centre in the South East corner of the map.
  3. The roundabout, where I took the picture on the zebra crossing, of the retaining wall.
  4. The step-free footbridge in Bletchley station can be clearly seen

It would appear, that there is space behind the retaining wall to build the station entrance alongside the viaduct and link it to the existing footbridge to give access to the rest of the station.

It appears that Network Rail are using the reinstatement of the East West Railway, as an opportunity to sort out important transport needs in Bletchley.

 

June 17, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 2 Comments