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An Automated Shuttle Train On The Slough-Windsor & Eton Line

The Slough-Windsor & Eton Line has the following features.

  • It is 2.5 miles long.
  • It is single-track.
  • It is not electrified
  • Trains on the route are two- or three-car diesel trains.
  • There is a single platform station at either end with no intermediate stations.
  • The service frequency is three tph.
  • Trains take six minutes to go between the two terminals.

The service on this line, can get exceedingly full and needs greater capacity.

To run the ideal four tph, trains would need do a round trip between Slough and Windsor & Eton Central in fifteen minutes.

If we assume that the two end stops take a total of three minutes, then that leaves just twelve minutes to cover the five miles of the round trip.

This is an average speed of 25 mph.

As with the Greenford Branch, I think that an appropriate train would be able to run an automated shuttle, with a frequency of four tph.

The train (or tram-train) would have the following features.

  • It would be battery-powered
  • It would have an operating speed of perhaps fifty mph.
  • It would have fast acceleration and deceleration.
  • It would have three- or four-cars.

The only infrastructure works that would be needed, would be to provide a fast charging station at Slough station.

February 19, 2019 Posted by | Energy Storage, Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Windsor And Eton Central Station – 26th April 2018

These pictures show Windsor And Eton Central station.

In some ways it is more of a Shopping Centre than a railway station.

The current service to Slough station, is one two-car Class 165 train every twenty minutes.

Consider.

  • When Crossrail opens to Slough in December 2019, there will be at least six Crossrail trains per hour (tph), between Slough and Central London.
  • There will also be at least four GWR tph between Slough and Paddington.
  • The upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, will give Windsor masses of world-wide publicity.
  • Passengers to Windsor increase significantly on a day with good weather.

I also reckon, that getting to Windsor via Crossrail and Slough could be up to twenty minutes faster, than using Waterloo and Windsor and Eton Riverside stations. So which way, would all the tourists use?

Increasingly, the current train service from Slough will become inadequate.

GWR have ordered nineteen Class 769 bi-mode trains, one of which could be used on the line to increase capacity.

  • They would offer a doubling of capacity, from two-cars to four.
  • Their slightly faster speed, might enable them to run at a frequency of four tph.
  • The trains would probably fit Windsor and Eton Central station with selective door opening or a small platform extension.

Windsor and Eton Central station is going to get very busy.

Those tourists, who just want a selfie with the castle, should be able to take one, between successive trains.

Windsor could become a Tourist Hell!

 

 

April 26, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Slough To Windsor And Eton Central Station – 26th April 2018

I took these pictures as I travelled from Slough to Windsor and Eton Central station.

Note.

  1. Platform 1 at Slough has not been electrified, although the gantries are there.
  2. Some modern bridges probably stop full double-tracking of the route.
  3. There may be space for a passing loop on the line.
  4. The services is three trains per hour (tph) and the trip between the two stations takes just six minutes.

On balance if it were needed, I suspect that a track layout, signalling regime and operating method can be created that would allow a frequency of four tph.

A train would have fifteen minutes to do each round trip.

 

This would be tight, but I’m sure that there are operational methods, that could be used with a slightly faster Class 769 train to run the service.

April 26, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment