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£100m Train Test Complex Plans For Neath Valley Backed

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This much-needed project, which some wag has called Project Hornby, seems to be moving on..

This brief description is from the article.

The complex would allow trains to be tested on special tracks – laid out on 4.5 mile (7.3km) and two mile (3.1km) ovals – at speeds of up to 100mph (160kph).

It will certainly test their ability to go round corners.

Hopefully, the test track will shorten the time, it takes new and updated trains into service.

May 10, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

£100m Rail Test Complex Plans For Neath Valley

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

This is the first three paragraphs.

Plans for a £100m rail testing complex to work on next generation train technology have been revealed in south Wales.

It is at an early stage but it could be built on the site of a mothballed opencast mine in Neath Port Talbot.

The preferred option would be to site it at the mothballed opencast mine at Nant Helen near the border with Powys and at the coal washery site next door at Onllwyn, which is still operational.

This Google Mao shows the masssive opencast mine near the village of nOnllwyn.

Note the rail connection at the Northern side of the mine.

Onllwyn has a Wikipedia entry, which says this.

With over 200 years of coal mining behind it, the parish was once home to five pits that employed hundreds of men. Now all that remains is a coal washery and coal processing plant. On the route of the former Neath and Brecon Railway, a freight only routes exists to the coal washery from the South Wales Main Line at Neath.

So at least it’s swapping an old industry, with one that could have a very sparking future.

As I said in Talgo Explores Options For Building UK Test Track.

So perhaps we do need another convenient test track!

The site would be even more convenient, if the South Wales Main Line were to be electrified, through Neath to Swansea.

 

 

June 25, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments