1 x Bachmann 36-049 OO Scale People - Trackside Maintenance Workers
1 x Bachmann 36-050 OO Scale People - Permanent Way / Trackside Workers
24 x Bachmann Track 36-601 Double Straight (Interchangeable with Hornby R601)
Carlisle to Newcastle line set to reopen after train derailment
Concrete pour to form new deck of Petteril Bridge after freight train derailment in Carlisle
Direct train services between Carlisle and Newcastle and Carlisle and Skipton are being reinstated from the start of service next Wednesday, 7th December.
Services have been suspended since 19th October, when a major freight train derailment at Petteril Bridge junction caused a large amount of damage to a Victorian-era railway bridge, railway lines, and signalling equipment.
Until services restart, rail-replacement buses will continue to operate.
Engineers are in the final stages of repairing the damage, which included installing a new reinforced-concrete bridge deck. It took over 25,000 hours of work to restore the lines, and included the following:
recovery of the locomotive and 11 of the 14 wagons involved in the derailment;
using a giant vacuum to remove 80 tonnes of powdered cement from three wagons that needed recovery by crane;
replacing 80 metres of damaged track;
installing 400 metres of cabling for signals and points;
replacing two points switches;
pouring 125 tonnes of structural concrete into 16 tonnes of metal reinforcement cages that were used to repair the damaged bridge over the river.
Phil James, Network Rail’s North West route director, said:
“I’m sorry to passengers who’ve faced much longer journeys over the last seven weeks while we carried out our emergency railway repairs. I know how frustrating rail delays can be on people’s lives and we’ve worked tirelessly to get the routes restored as quickly as possible.
“This has been a very complex recovery and repair job. When it’s complete this major railway junction will be better than new and will provide more reliable journeys for passengers and freight for years to come.”
Kerry Peters, regional director at Northern, said:
"We have been working very hard with Network Rail to reopen the railway at Petteril bridge following the freight train derailment in October.
“Work will be completed next week and Northern train services will be able to resume on both the Tyne Valley and Settle to Carlisle lines. We’d like to thank our customers for being patient during this disruption and everyone involved in getting our passengers moving again.”
“The Environment Agency incident response teams provided support to the initial rail incident and the ongoing recovery work to ensure minimum impact to the environment . This example shows how we can work together at pace to respond to a critical incident to support safe rail infrastructure, protect the environment and manage flood risk to the public.”
Anne Ridley, from the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, said:
“This incident has highlighted the importance of the railway to our communities and local residents. We welcome the news that the complex recovery and reinstatement operation is on target for re-opening of services to and from Carlisle for passengers on the Tyne Valley and Settle-Carlisle routes. Thank you for everyone involved in the operation and to the rail replacement bus companies and their drivers for helping passengers to get to their destinations”
Paul Staples, TPE’s Fleet, Safety and Service Delivery Director, said:
“I am very pleased to see two of our rolling stock fleets recognised for their reliability and the speed with which they allow us to recover service when things do go wrong. The two fleets are the product of close and complex collaboration between large teams at TPE, Siemens, CAF, Alstom and Eversholt Rail.
“Our Class 185 units have been for many years and remain a critical, core part of the railway in the north of England and our Class 397 units, introduced just three years ago, have made their mark as a fast, comfortable, modern way to travel on our longer distance services between Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“These awards are testimony to the dedication and effectiveness of the many colleagues in the team as well as the inherent capabilities of the trains, and I offer my congratulations for securing this recognition and my gratitude for everything they do for TPE’s customers every day.”
Matt Colclough, Siemens Mobility Customer Services Operations Director, said:
“It is an honour to have our Class 185s given the top award at the Golden Spanners for a seventh year in a row. The teams at Ardwick and York take real pride in their work maintaining the trains and this award is a fantastic recognition of this.”
Dave Lowe, Managing Director at CAF Rail UK commented,
“We are very pleased to have been recognised in these important awards. Not only do they reflect the hard work of our manufacturing colleagues, they also show how effectively our engineering and support teams can work seamlessly with their partners in the train companies to ensure day to day operations are delivered to the highest possible standards. We look forward to working with TPE on continued improvement of the fleets service and reliability.”
Here's the proposed track plan for the station on the layout, it's not to scale and subject to change.
It is based on a Great Western Railway station, it will have up and down express roads running through the centre of the track layout, with the two platforms located on loops and there will also be a small goods yard.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway awaits return of refurbished steam locomotive boiler
1604 on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
Nearly 15 years since the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (The Middy) started a project to restore Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 saddle tank No.1604, next Thursday, 8th December, the final stages will be in sight when its boiler returns from outside contractors.
Once the boiler is back at the railway’s workshops at Brockford, it will be united with the rest of the locomotive to make sure that all components fit together correctly.
Final testing and certification of the locomotive can then take place.
During its working life, 1604 spent over 40 years working at the British Sugar Corporation factory at Bardney in Lincolnshire, having been there since new in 1928.
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway sees the introduction into operational service of its own steam locomotive is a major step forward in securing its future.
As well as being an attraction in its own right, it will also reduce the cost of hiring in steam locos whenever the railway holds an open Steam Railway day as, like everything else, hiring costs are getting no cheaper.
John Durrant, the railway’s Locomotive Superintendent said,
“There have been many times when people doubted if it could be done, understandable as she is coming up to 100 years old, but here we are entering the final straight of bringing 1604 back into traffic”.
Fine and 6 months HGV ban for driver who got stuck under Brighton main line bridge
Stoats Nest bridge strike, Coulsdon, 7th July 2022
A driver has been banned from driving lorries for six months as a result of getting his lorry stuck under a bridge carrying the Brighton Main Line through Coulsdon in Surrey.
At about 2.30pm on 7th July this year on the A237 Brighton Road, just outside Coulsdon South station, the lorry became wedged under Stoats Nest bridge, an iron girder bridge that carries the fast lines for express trains to Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath, and Brighton.
Because of the nature of the bridge, it had to be closed until the lorry could be removed, leaving just two tracks open for the whole Brighton Main Line.
The lorry was not removed until 8.45pm, resulting in disruption to trains until the end of the day’s services from Eastbourne in the south to Bedford and Cambridge in the north.
In late November, the driver appeared before the South East Traffic Commissioner, where he received a six-month HGV driving ban.
That followed an earlier appearance in court where he received a means-tested £715 fine and given six points on his licence for driving without due care and attention and contravening a traffic sign.
Network Rail’s route director for Sussex, Katie Frost, said:
“Well over 400 trains and thousands of passengers from across the South were disrupted by this single error of judgement, and it brings home how important it is for professional drivers to check the heights of their lorries and their routes before setting off.
“Network Rail seeks to recover costs for incidents like this one and we work closely with the Office of the Traffic Commissioner and Metropolitan Police to tackle drivers who damage our bridges.
“The fine and the ban won’t make up for the costs of the disruption but they send a message to other drivers that it’s never worth running the risk.”
Sergeant Alex Burlison from the Commercial Vehicle Unit at the Metropolitan Police Service said:
“Far too often we are deploying resources to deal with these incidents which are wholly avoidable with each collision having the potential for fatal consequences.
“These drivers are entrusted to drive some of the largest vehicles on the road and it is only right that should they be involved in a collision with infrastructure of any description that they are placed before the courts.”
Rail Mission takes part in AusRail 2022 in a bid to showcase UK innovation, expertise and opportunities
Leading UK rail companies are in Australia and New Zealand to take part in the first in person rail mission since 2019.
The national conference and exhibition of the Australasian Railway Association
Monday 5 December - Wednesday 7 December
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
The UK government and Rail Industry Association have taken 11 top UK rail companies to the leading rail event which is taking place from 5th to 7th December
AusRail is the leading rail conference and exhibition for Australia and New Zealand and this year the UK government and the Rail Industry Association are showcasing 11 top UK rail companies in a bid to demonstrate the UK’s innovation and capabilities whilst exploring market opportunities.
The international event is taking place in Brisbane and will see industry colleagues attend from Southeast Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Taking part in an exclusive programme in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the UK delegation will take part in roundtables and will also hear directly from and tour the following:
City Rail Link
Auckland Light Rail
Melbourne Metro Station
NSW Rail Operations Centre
Queensland Rail and Trade
The cohort will explore the substantial ANZ pipeline with its £100billion+ investment in transport infrastructure.
Rail Mission will represent the UK’s leading innovator in creating metropolitan spaces demonstrating why they are the partner of choice when it comes to clean growth projects within the rail sector.
Australian and New Zealand rail ecosystems are flourishing with their two-way approach to heavy rail for freight and suburban metro networks with further investment moving into light rail.
The aim of the mission is to create a special opportunity for UK companies to connect with both Australian and New Zealand markets, decision-makers and industry stakeholders.
Louise Cantillon, British Consul General and UK Deputy Trade Commissioner, Australia and New Zealand said:
“Rail made the UK’s industrial revolution possible and rail can lead the green industrial revolution. The UK is a world leader in rail innovation and we are capitalising on our expertise to drive clean growth and investing in the industries of tomorrow.”
“Free Trade Agreements have been negotiated in Australia and New Zealand, so the timing of this in-person trade mission is ideal. Through these agreements, companies will be able to make contacts, build relationships and maximise opportunities.”
UK rail companies making up the Rail Mission cohort are:
Remote monitoring keeps watch over UK’s fifth most-bashed rail bridge
Stuntney Road bridge at Ely in Cambridgeshire
A railway bridge in Cambridgeshire that is notorious for being the fifth most-struck railway bridge in Britain has been fitted with remote condition monitoring equipment that in the event of a bridge strike allows the bridge structure to be inspected and the amount of deck movement to be measured.
Stuntney Road bridge at Ely in Cambridgeshire has been struck 12 times over the last 12 months.
The deck of the bridge has now been fitted with L.B. Foster’s In View Bridge Strike Monitoring solution to check the bridge’s condition remotely in the event of any future strikes.
Using solar-powered CCTV, the monitoring program can inspect the bridge for damage caused by collisions around the clock.
When an impact occurs, the magnitude and direction of bridge deck movement will show up on the monitoring equipment.
An operator will then log into the system’s online portal to view a series of images that show the bridge structure and tell-tales.
These will allow the operator to determine whether the structure is safe for trains to continue to operate until a bridge strike examiner can perform a full in-person assessment.
Leading edge telltale on Stuntney Road bridge in Ely, Cambridgeshire
An essential part of the solution is that bridge movement can be easily identified. L.B. Foster’s unique tell-tale is designed so that any movement in the bridge is amplified on the target with markings to indicate both vertical and horizontal displacement.
By comparing images before and after a reported strike, any movement in the bridge can be quickly identified, thereby allowing the bridge strike nominee or examiner to quickly and easily assess whether it is safe for trains to continue to operate.
According to Network Rail, in the year 2021-2022, there were 1,833 bridge strikes across Britain’s rail network that cost Network Rail almost £12 million in delay and cancellation fees.
That is an increase of 13% over the previous year and coincides with an increase in post-pandemic traffic.
L.B. Foster Company, the supplier of the InView Bridge Strike Monitoring solution is a global solutions provider of engineered, manufactured products and services that builds and supports infrastructure.
Mike Hull, Head of Special Projects, L.B. Foster Europe says:
“Bridge strikes are a costly problem for the railway causing delays to train services and the road network while damage is repaired. When a bridge strike occurs, the railway company has a responsibility to act to ensure the safety of passing trains.
“Our InView Bridge Strike Monitoring is designed to reduce the time taken for an initial bridge inspection after an impact, reducing the duration of bridge closure and delay to trains which in turn reduces compensation costs.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE, chair of Network Rail said:
“Bridge bashers cause serious safety issues on the transport network for both road and rail users. Every incident can delay tens of thousands of passengers while we inspect the bridge and repair any damage – creating a huge cost from public funds.”
Govia Thameslink Railway completes first tranche of Southern fleet modernisation
377108 with seating removed ready for the upgrade also Selhurst Depot 171801 having a carriage removed
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has completed a comprehensive modernisation programme for Southern Railway’s fleet of 75 Class 377/4 trains.
The trains are leased from the Rolling Stock Leasing Company, Porterbrook, and represent a key milestone in a five-year, £55 million programme by Porterbrook. whose investment in the programme could rise to £100 million.
Future enhancements could include passenger priorities such as information screens and at-seat charging and power points, and engineering features designed to streamline maintenance and improve reliability.