by george matthews
This weekend there will be no through trains on the Great Western main line while the new overhead electric lines are tested. Buses will be provided for the closed section - Cardiff to Swindon.
Moderators: Komachi, David Benton
David Benton wrote:I thought this electrification was put on hold? Good news it has gone ahead.A great deal of it is nearly ready. They can hardly put it off now. The bit they have not gone ahead with is the extension to Swansea where all the HST trains have been terminating. Most people hope that the extension from Cardiff will be built eventually. I don't know what will happen when the electric train gets to Cardiff. Will they attach a diesel loco for passengers going to Swansea or will people have to change to another train? Anyway there was very poor service today.
talltim wrote:The new trains are bi-modes, so they'll continue under their own diesel power when the wires run out. Kinda worst of both worlds, carrying heavy electrical gibbons around on diesel and big diesel lumps under the wires.I had forgotten the bi-mode locos. The Tories seem to think that's an excellent substitute for full electrification. But really it's not a good idea. Twice as many things to go wrong and as you say, extra weight.
At present the trains are only able to run under electric traction on the first 39km section of the GWML between London Paddington and Maidenhead. Network Rail says IEP trains will be able to run electrically on the next section between Maidenhead, Reading and Didcot (46.7km) by January 2018, with completion of electrification of the GWML as currently authorised to Bristol Parkway and Cardiff, and from Reading to Newbury scheduled for December 2018.Bristol Parkway is in northern Bristol.