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Postby mikegayton » Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:22 am

Yesterday (19th April), friends and I took a short day trip to view some of the Crossrail progress. A slow speed travel card from Strood started it for me. The works were first seen a surprising distance before Abbey Wood, where it appeared that preparations are under way for an additional two tracks. Our train arrived at the new North Kent up platform, and there was work all around, but especially for the new North Kent down line that will presumably serve the other side of the island on which our up train had arrived, freeing the existing North Kent down line track for Crossrail use.
Our next train took us past the extensive works making the route to the Thames Tunnel entrance, with many new sidings being used. Two of the industrial works locomotives were in view, together with a Unimog road-railer, and many road-rail plant items.
All quiet then until the approaches to London Bridge, where it is becoming possible to see which route is staying up and which is going under to accommodate Thameslink, with much activity and just one 66 hauled works train parked on the main line.
Got off at Charing Cross where Crossrail work intervened in that it was partly responsible for the closure of Paddington Bakerloo, so we took the Circle from Embankment – at least on that route you pass you still see a fairly obvious route to a coal yard!
At Paddington there is still a barricade around the Crossrail box site in Eastbourne Terrace, but a leaflet claimed that removal of the tower crane is imminent. There seems to be no direct evidence of Crossrail in the station. The big thing there was the evidence of the GWR livery on HSTs and on a DMU, together with an excellent range of GWR maps and timetables.
To observe as much as possible stopping at all stations was desirable, so we caught the Greenford branch to West Ealing, Heathrow Connect to Hayes & Harlington, and an “ordinary” train on to West Drayton. Once out of Paddington station it is evident that all signs of the goods station and its approaches have totally disappeared but work still progresses west of the tunnel entrance, where a white Schoma (6844 of 2015?) was working. The dive under to Acton yard appears to be near complete, but there is still much going on.
Nothing to report for Ealing Broadway Station itself, but there is work between the National Rail and the Tfl lines.
West Ealing has plenty going on with the conversion of the milk dock at the west end into the Greenford Branch Terminus.
Really good to see the GWR Hanwell & Elthorne running in boards still in situ.
At Hayes & Harlington Crossrail work is occupying the branch track and platform area.
The return from West Drayton was considerably enhanced by being in the comfort of a previously first class end of coach with one other in it and a load of empty seats in a crowded train, possibly due to the somewhat diminutive size of the notice saying that this area is for the use of second class ticket holders.
Nothing much to report about the rest of the return journey, except the sighting of two Jung(?) and two Clayton locos.
All in all, this journey showed more activity on the railway than I can ever remember.
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Postby pdeaves » Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:58 pm

mikegayton wrote:Our train arrived at the new North Kent up platform, and there was work all around, but especially for the new North Kent down line that will presumably serve the other side of the island on which our up train had arrived, freeing the existing North Kent down line track for Crossrail use.

Correct, see p.244, April RO! :)
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Postby EssexSteve » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:28 am

I am the fixtures secretary for the South Essex branch and as there is now a posting on here regarding Crossrail members may like to know that our May Meeting at Shenfield is a presentation by one of the management team on this project.The meeting takes place at 19:30 on Monday 16th May
and details can be found in the RO or via the website
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Postby mikegayton » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:36 pm

On Tuesday 15th November I met a friend at Abbey Wood to see further Crossrail developments
With the North Kent platform firmly established, its two tracks had the only rails in view, and just an area for track beds and platform, still being worked on, on the Crossrail side
A large concrete foundation in the platform strip was getting final checks for the second footbridge to connect the North Kent to the Crossrail platforms at the London end .
Seen were two of the Jung locos, L2 and L4, and yellow CLAYTON 4.
Travelling on to London Bridge for the first time since the Charing Cross bound platform was opened with of course a descent to the large cavern below, almost bare, but no doubt awaiting a plethora of trading establishments. Decided to exit and go round to the old entrance to get some idea of the geography, nearly a separate journey!
As there was still no sign of a coffee shop with sitting area within the station, it was back to platform 9 and on to Waterloo East for the many at Waterloo, and then to the Bakerloo for Paddington.
The GWR electric service only operates in the rush hour, but there was a class 387 parked in platform 2.
Cross rail work is still taking place from the tunnel entrance with the Schoma loco attending, and 66761. There were many 387s at North Pole. Old Oak yard had a DRS class 57, so presumably trouble with the GWR 57s.is continuing.
The Southall shed area still housed trains of West Coast stock.
At West Drayton the electrical support structures appeared complete, but no sign of any wires. There is a new pedestrian bridge, not yet in use but no work has been done to the buildings, indeed one building on the down fast platform has ivy to the top of its roof.
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Postby mikegayton » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:26 pm

Yesterday (28th Feebruary) Geoff and I met at Abbey Wood Station. There are hoardings around the station building on the bridge, so nothing can now be seen of it from the platform. Stairs are being installed from the Crossrail platform, but the site of those from the North Kent island is hidden by hoardings
The Crossrail island platform structures appear complete, but there is no sign of any fitting out. The country end footbridge is in situ but still receiving attention. There are columns for the London end footbridge but nothing else.
There is no track at either side of the platform but there is a third track for about a mile starting soon after the end of the platform at the country end and track is continuous after about 100yards at the London end.
Blue Jung locos 1, 3 and 4 were in view.
So on to Paddington via Waterloo East, still not using the dive-under the Thameslink route on the approach to London Bridge.
At Paddington we caught 387130 on the temporary (?) Hayes & Harlington service reversing there in the bay platform 5, and alighting at West Ealing for a very convenient cross-platform connection for the presumably permanent Greenford service waiting in the bay. There is still work going on where the milk sidings used to be but what is happening is not obvious.
Bullied 34052 Lord Dowding (temporary identity) was in steam outside Southall shed.
At Greenford we took the inclined lift (sounds better as a funicular railway) down to the station entrance and back up.
A convenient cross-platform interchange again at West Ealing, passing the Schoma loco working at Westbourne Park, and then a pint at the Betjamin Arms and high speed to Rochester.
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Postby etr220 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:55 pm

Perhaps a good opportunity to draw members attention to the Croydon and South London Branch meeting on Monday 10th April, when Patrick Griffin will give us a presentation on Crossrail - or perhaps as we should now say, Elizabeth Line - progress. All welcome, the meeting will be at 1930 in the Small Hall at the East Croydon United Reformed Church, a couple of minutes from East Croydon Station, see the Branch web page for more details.
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