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Bid To Get Trains Running From Ashington To Newcastle Move Step Closer As New Station Plans Lodged

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Chronicle Live.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Proposals for a single platform railway station at Northumberland Park have been lodged with North Tyneside Council.

In Trains: £34m For Revival Of 50-Year-Old North-East Railway Line, I said this about linking the new Northumberland Line to the Metro at Northumberland Park station.

Northumberland Park station is planned to be an interchange between the Northumberland Line and the Metro.

This Google Map shows the station.

Note.

    1. The two Metro tracks either side of an island platform.
    2. The single track of the Northumberland Line alongside.

There would appear to be space to the North of the Metro tracks to squeeze in two tracks, each with a platform for each.

But if the frequency on the Northumberland Line were only two trains per hour (tph), would the simplicity of a single Northumberland Line platform be worthwhile?

It seems I got it right about a single platform being enough.

But the article says this about access.

The new stop would be built next to the existing Metro station and would be accessed from Algernon Road via stairs or a lift.

The single platform may seem a little on the cheap, but one platform works well at stations like Galashiels.

These pictures show Galashiels station on the recently opened Borders Railway.

Galashiels is an interesting solution, as there is a single-platform step-free railway station on one side of the road and a comprehensive bus interchange on the other with seats, cafes, shops and warm shelter.

Galashiels station is designed to handle two trains per hour (tph) in both directions.

March 10, 2021 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment

CP Hydrogen Locomotive Pilot Powered By Ballard

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Canadian Pacific (CP) will use fuel cell modules from Ballard Power Systems for its first hydrogen fuel cell (HFC)-powered linehaul freight locomotive.

I have said that someone will build a hydrogen powered freight locomotive for some time  and it looks like Canada is first to show their hand.

The engine shown in the picture in the Railway Age article is 4107, which is an EMD FP9, which looks to be a typical North American diesel-electric locomotive.

  • It has a power of 1300 kW.
  • It can haul freight or passenger trains.
  • Ninety were built in the 1950s.
  • They have a maximum speed of between 65-105 mph.

The diesel engine and alternator will be swapped for six 200 kW fuel cells from Ballard and a battery.

This video shows 4107 leading the Royal Canadian Pacific, which is a luxury excursion passenger train.

Will this train be hydrogen powered in the future? It would be an interesting way to bring in the tourists.

 

 

March 10, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport | , , | 2 Comments

London Underground Upgrades To Northern Line and Bank Station Gather Pace

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on New Civil Engineer.

It all sounds like good progress and these are some points from the article.

Note that no date is given for the Bank station blockade to connect the new tunnels or completion of the works.

Under Future Station Upgrade And Expansion, in the Wikipedia entry for the station, this is said.

Before the project can be completed, the Northern line Bank branch will have to close for several months to allow the existing line to be connected to the new running tunnels. As of October 2020, this closure is planned to occur in late 2021/early 2022.

As I suspect other works like those in the new passenger tunnels can go on unhindered by the track works, I would suspect that a few months after the new tracks are connected, the station upgrade will be substantially finished.

I certainly, think that the full upgrade could open complete with the new entrance on Cannon Street sometime in 2022 or if not early in 2023.

It has been reported that the oversite development on the new Cannon Street entrance will be done after the station is complete.

March 10, 2021 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment