The Anonymous Widower

East Coast Main Line Electrification Research Agreement

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

These are the first two paragraphs.

An outline £10m co-investment agreement has been signed by the University of Leeds and the Rail Electrification Alliance which is undertaking the East Coast Main Line power supply upgrade programme.

The agreement provides for two years of research into the best and most efficient way of managing electrical power flow on the route, with the university’s scientists and engineers having access to data collected from lineside static frequency converters.

Sounds good to me. I have analysed countless projects and systems, in the early stages and in many cases, the budget and project time have been reduced or a better method of operation has been developed.



November 16, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. Given Rail Electrification Alliance was awarded a 216m contact back in September would have thought they had some idea of scope and this piece of work ought to have preempted that. Ultimately access to grid infeed points that can support traction loads is the main limiting design constraint although with the use SFCs there options are lot wider than when i was involved in the 1980’s design where NG would only permit us to connect at 132kV.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | November 16, 2020 | Reply

  2. I seem to remember reading something about Liverpool University doing something similar with Merseyrail’s power problems. Universities seem to have a lot of the skills in modelling that Network Rail and others seem to lack.

    Perhaps, the ten million was part of the original contract. I don’t know about Leeds, but Liverpool has been developing its power network substantially to cut their energy bills, so perhaps Leeds have serious experience in doing what is needed.

    Increasingly, it seems Universities are getting more involved in big rail and energy projects. Perhaps, it’s a good way to get extra funding? I’ll ask my contacts at Liverpool.

    Comment by AnonW | November 16, 2020 | Reply

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