02 March 2016

Railway News: Rail Replacement

Rail News

Plymouth's rail connection to Exeter and London is being disrupted for two weekends as part of a £40billion upgrade to the rail network.

Network Rail is upgrading the points and increasing clearance at the bridge.

There were replacement bus services to and from Plymouth this weekend and the same will happen next weekend.

The work involves replacing 95 points on the track and lowering some of the track to give trains better clearance under the bridges.

Dawlish Beach Cam director Simon Deane said: "Nick went on a mission for us to photograph the points change at Teignmouth."

He added: "Inconvenient as it is having no rail service for the weekend these pictures taken by Nick Campbell show just how much labour and plant equipment have been busy at work removing the worn track and laying a new foundation of stone before being able to relay the new rail. This is currently taking place between Teignmouth station and Shaldon Bridge."

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It hasnt all been going to plan though…

TWO engineering trains collided at Ivybridge on Saturday, causing the front of one train and two wagons to come off the track, and causing some damage to the railway line.

The line was closed to passenger trains at the time, for maintenance work, and nobody was injured as a result of the incident, but it has not yet been confirmed whether train services on Monday morning will be affected.

Following the incident, the maintenance work that was being carried out was suspended.

A spokesman said on Sunday: "On Saturday morning, an engineering train travelling at low speed collided with another engineering train at Ivybridge, causing the front of one of the trains and two wagons to come off the track.
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The renewal of the down main nears completion at Teignmouth on 28 February 2016

Tamping With Railtrack

© Barry Lewis

Tamping With Railtrack

© Barry Lewis (both pics under creative commons)

Looking into it, DR73907 is described as “Plasser & Theurer 08-4x4/4S-RT Switch & Crossing Tamper”

a better view of this beast

DR 73907 - Plasser & Theurer 08-4x4/4S-RT Switch & Crossing Tamper

Alex Drennan September 2009 in a previous livery

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