The Anonymous Widower

Do We Need More New Measurement Trains?

In New Measurement Train – 30th July 2020, I said this.

With all the spare InterCity 125 trains at present, will Network Rail create a second train?

We have now had the tragic Stonehaven Derailment, where three have been sadly killed.

Increasingly, we seem to be getting weather-related problems on the UK’s railways.

I can remember several in the last few years.

So perhaps just as the Hatfield Crash led to the New Measurement Train, we should up our testing and the development of new tests.

Extra trains would increase the amount of testing, but also provide more laboratory space to test the testing systems in real railway conditions.

Perhaps, if a University or high-tech company has a feasible idea, there should be a mechanism, whereby they can rent space in the trains, just as they can on satellite launchers.

August 13, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Perhaps externally-mounted LIDAR coiuld be used to monitor the landscape adjoining the permanent way to potentially detect impending landlsides, &c.?

    Comment by Matthew | August 13, 2020 | Reply

  2. I seem to remember reading that a University is experimenting with a system like that. It could possibly also be used to look for heavy leaf producing areas.

    Network Rail also use a lot of humanoids too. I once met a guy, who worked for Network Rail, who was stationed on building sites by major railways to ensure safety. He had worked on the new Arsenal Stadium and that wasn’t a problem, but he did indicate some sites and contractors are not as competent.

    After the recent crane accident in London, I thought he said a lot of sense.

    Comment by AnonW | August 13, 2020 | Reply


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