The Anonymous Widower

Electrification Of Bath Spa Station

Bath Spa Station could present a unique mix of electrification problems.

  • It is a Grade II* Listed Building.
  • It is situated in a World Heritage Site.
  • The station sits on a viaduct between the River Avon and the City.
  • Traditional electrification of the Great Western Main Line Through Bath, would be a challenge to the best engineers.
  • Electrification will present aesthetic problems.

This Google Map shows the cramped location.

Bath Spa Station

Bath Spa Station

At least it is close to the bus station, which can’t be said for that many stations.

As with Electrifying The Great Western Through Sydney Gardens, the engineers are thanking Brunel.

Look at this picture of the lines through the station.

Lines Through Bath Spa Station

Lines Through Bath Spa Station

Engineers must surely be able to use some system to erect the wires on this wide viaduct, that was designed for Brunel’s broad gauge.

  • A solution similar to that used in Paddington station could be used in the station.
  • Central masts could be erected, with the overhead wires on either side.

No wonder that the Great Western Electrification is running so late, if every station is as difficult as this one.

These are a few pictures of Bath Spa station.

I’ll be looking forward to comparing them with pictures taken in a year or two, after the wires are in place.

March 29, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment