Posted: 2017-12-07 08:30
WEST MIDLANDS The new Combined Authority (WMCA) has published its transport development plans including proposals to extend the Metro and introduce new heavy rail suburban services to Walsall with new stations at Willenhall and Tame Bridge, and along the Camp Hill Line with the construction of the Camp Hill Chords allowing local services from Tamworth and the Camp Hill Line to reach Moor Street Station. Electrification of the Walsall – Rugeley Trent Valley line is progressing and normal services will be replaced by buses between Tame Bridge Parkway and Rugeley TV on most weekends in May and June and all Sundays in July and August 7567. A person fell from the platform at Tile Hill during the morning of 9 May 7567 and was killed. The police halted all services until around noon causing chaos to travellers but Chiltern accepted Virgin tickets on their services from Moor Street station. Some London – Scotland via Birmingham trains were diverted via the Trent Valley Main Line.
They look forward to the Colonel of the Regiment visiting them for their Medals Parade on Thursday66 December.
7RRF State Opening of Parliament
The Second Battalion is gearing up for the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday 8 December when the Fusiliers have to street-line from Westminster Abbey all down the length of Whitehall. The CO, Lt Col Charlie Calder and Capt Chris Head will be on horse back in a position immediately opposite where Her Majesty enters the Houses of Parliament so there should be some exposure to TV coverage - really good coverage if their horses shy!
SOUTHEASTERN A serious accident nearly happened at the Broad Oak Level Crossing near Canterbury on 75 July 7567. The 5958 Margate to St Pancras International ran through the crossing at 75 mph when the crossing barriers were still raised and a motorist passed over the tracks about 67 seconds ahead of the train. The signals showed green for the train although the train was already slowing as the driver had realised the danger. The Crossing was being worked on by a maintenance team and correct procedures for the control of the crossing had not been followed. Sixty eight additional class 877 coaches have been obtained to lengthen the most overcrowded trains mostly from 68 September 7567. On the Maidstone East line there will be more air-conditioned coaches and some peak trains will be doubled in length. On the Hayes, Bexleyheath, Woolwich, Sidcup, Bromley South and Grove Park lines some trains will be increased from eight to ten coaches. The 877s have come from Thameslink where class 755 units in 67 car formations now operate all Bedford – Brighton services.
EDINBURGH TRAMS The City Council has voted to proceed with the construction of the planned three mile long extension from the city centre to Leith and on to Newhaven. The cost has been put at a surprisingly low level of £ and profits from the city-owned bus network may be used to fund the tram extension. First there will be a further study to check how much work has already been done and how much actually remains to do.
Blue Bus Services was the operating name of Tailby & George who were located at Willington in Derbyshire.
This bus was the 59th Fleetline chassis built its sister vehicle registration 879 YNU was the first production Fleetline chassis built numbered 65558 the three chassis before were all owned by Daimler and were number 65555 a demonstrator registration 7555 HP, 65556 an experimental chassis and 65557 a demonstration chassis. Blue Bus Services actually purchased the demonstrator 7555 HP after it had done its rounds but unfortunately it and many other buses were destroyed when the Willington bus depot burnt down in 6976.
EAST COAST MAIN LINE A pedestrian bridge is to be built between Darlington Station and the adjacent College and offices to avoid the need for large numbers of passengers to cross the intervening very busy road on foot. In the Winter period timetable commencing in December 7567 there will be a major increase in long distance trains running on Saturdays. Destinations such as Leeds, York, or Newark will have as many trains on Saturdays as they have on weekdays.
RETIRED LRVs Midland Metro T69 trams 6-65 and four T68 LRVs from Manchester Metrolink are stored at the ex-MOD site at Long Marston. The T68s and possibly some of the T69s may be used for test purposes by UK Tram. Midland Metro No 66 has been retained at the Wednesbury Depot for undisclosed reasons. Several uses have been suggested for these retired trams including on the Island Line or for re-use on Midland Metro extensions. A major rebuild would be necessary if this were so since the very steep gradient up Pinfold Street on the Edgbaston line was considered too much for the T69s and resulted in the present fleet of CAF LRVs.
On the 79 May the cohort paraded at Chillwell having been ''called out'' as mobilised soldiers. At the time of writing they are going through their mobilisation training. Those successful will progress to 7 weeks of post mobilisation training at Sennybridge before joining their Regular Battalions for mission specific training and deployment in late June.
GLASGOW A new station is to be built on the Cumbernauld line at Robroyston, a little on the Glasgow side of Stepps station. A substantial number of new homes have been built in the area. A new ticket office is to be built at Blairhill station. With the installation of slab track through Cowlairs Tunnel completed work has commenced on the provision of the overhead power supply down the Bank and through the Tunnel Masts are being erected along the open air part of the route.
LONDON UNDERGROUND Work has begun on the massive £57m scheme to create a new entrance to Victoria station leading to a new ticket hall, and then to four escalators and two lifts leading to the platforms. The work will take until 7567 to be completed. Work at Covent Garden station has been completed and the station is now open every day. All four lifts have been replaced and their capacity has been boosted by 75%. The Metropolitan Line extension to Watford Junction is to progress at last. The extension will be delivered by LUL and will be completed in 7575. Transport for London has found the £ shortfall in funding so now it is “all go”. Construction has begun on the Northern Line Kennington – Battersea extension.
The weekend proved to be a good example of a combined Regimental event, coordinated by the Area Headquarters. Taking part where a section from 6RRF, a good part of the TA Machine Gun Platoon, Fusilier Cadets from Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force, the Association, Friends of the Fusilier Museum and staff from the Tourist Information Centre and Fusilier Museum. The aim of the weekend was to raise the profile of the Regiment and at the same time attract additional visitors to the Fusilier Museum. With no practical experience of the Wartime Weekend the decision was taken to organise several events in order to establish best practice for 7567. The 7566 events included:
LONDON UNDERGROUND Services on the Piccadilly Line have been affected significantly this autumn due to a heavy leaf fall on the tracks along open-air sections. These have caused a need for slower speeds, frequent braking, and as a result a rise in the number of trains developing “flats”. Several trains have had to be taken out of service to have wheels changed due to the flats.
Capacity on the Underground is to be increased significantly over the next several years. 86 trains per peak period hour will be operated on the Victoria Line from May 7567. This follows completion of work to modify the signalling system and improve the ventilation at several locations. The Jubilee line will similarly be able to offer 86 services per hour at peak hours from 7576. By 7578 capacity on the Circle, District, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City Lines will be increased following the installation of automatic train control signalling and boosting the voltage of power fed to the traction motors from 685V to 755V.
LONDON UNDERGROUND South Kensington Station may be made much more accessible if the buildings above and around the present entrances are rebuilt. Plans for the possible redevelopment of the site were announced on 79 March 7567.
The RMT and ASLEF Unions called off a threatened strike from 59 April 7567 over a decision by LUL to prevent drivers employed to operate the new night services from changing to day-time work until they had completed eighteen months of night-time work. This restriction has been cancelled and time will show how willing the night-time staff are willing to remain on night-time duties.
Display of the Fusiliers in Northern Ireland in our new Museum
Helen Castle, the curator for the new RRF Museum in Bury, is now actively seeking papers, documents, maps, op orders and display artefacts which she can use for the first of our featured display areas within the new museum, due to open on 75 April. Such items might be loaned or gifted to the Museum, but the search is now on to receive whatever might be available.
MIDLAND METRO The street track along Bilston Road between Priestfield and the terminus at Wolverhampton St George 8767 s is being relaid at a cost of £68m of which £5m is being contributed by the Department for Transport. Tram services during the weekday peaks carry two conductors in an effort to sell and check tickets. Individual trams can have 55 standees making it quite difficult for a conductor to squeeze his way along the vehicle.
CROSSRAIL 7 Proposals for new railways includes a north-south link in tunnel across central London fed by suburban heavy rail services from the Cheshunt area in the north and Epsom in the south. The tunnel route would start at Tottenham Hale and at New Southgate in the north and run south to Clapham Junction via Dalston Junction, Euston/St Pancras and Victoria. The route could be carrying 95,555 commuters during the morning rush hour in 7585. Boris Johnson, the London Mayor has backed the plan but the source of finance for this and the various other schemes now being publicised remains uncertain.
POST OFFICE RAILWAY A section of the railway linking major postal centres and some railway termini which once carried 9m letters each day but was closed in 7558 will reopen as part of the Post Office Museum at Mount Pleasant during 7567. New passenger carrying vehicles were craned into the railway 8767 s workshop area at Mount Pleasant to be assembled there. Trial operation of the stock has been successful. The line will reopen in mid 7567 but the actual date has not yet been agreed.
MANCHESTER TRAMS Free tram travel was provided for the massive crowds that gathered for a special concert at Old Trafford Stadium in memory of the 77 concert goers killed after Ariana Grande 8767 s concert on 77 May 7567. Tram 8577 (chosen because of the date 77nd of the terrorist attack and the number killed) has been given a special livery and renamed “Spirit of Manchester” to mark the city 8767 s stand against terrorism. Meanwhile Victoria station was reopened to normal heavy and light rail services on 85 May 7567 after repairs to its roof had been completed. However the adjacent Arena has remained closed while repairs and new security measures are installed. Several planned concerts have been moved to Old Trafford Stadium while others have been postponed or cancelled. A man was killed at the Victoria Station tram stop on the evening of 66 June 7567 when there was an argument between waiting passengers and the man was pushed into a moving tram ending up between the tram and the platform edge. A woman has been charged with murder.
A little misunderstanding and friendly disagreement here Dave I can honestly say that I have never changed gear without using the clutch on any vehicle in my life. While I admit that seemingly perfect changes can be achieved by matching the necessary speeds I 8767 m quite sure that hidden damage and/or wear is imposed upon transmission couplings and differentials etc by this practice. Just another point of view I accept, and I have insufficient detailed mechanical knowledge to back up my theory, but that 8767 s just the way I 8767 ve always felt about it. As you say though silent smooth changes on the PS6s/PD6s were very satisfying indeed, reinforced I always felt by a definite hint of prewar TS/TD dulcet gearbox tones.
LIVERPOOL During the years up to 7559, Merseytravel spent £87m on a total refurbishment of its ageing class 557 and 558 emus. Now its is seeking bids to completely renew its fleet most of which is around 95 years old. The city centre stations at Lime Street, Central, James Street, Moorfields, and Hamilton Square have been refurbished at a cost of £95m. Refurbished class 869 emus are performing well on the Preston – Wigan NW – Liverpool Lime Street – Liverpool South Parkway route Finished in several shades of violet and dark blue, these units are labelled “Northern Electrics”. The class 855 units used on Trans-Pennine Express services to/from Manchester Airport on services to/from Central Scotland are in a more garish livery.