David Tozer Roger Winnen
Many trains from the South West were cancelled at Exeter St David's or a limited number re routed via the former Southern line to Yeovil Junction, Yeovil Pen Mill and Castle Cary, the Barnstaple service ran to and from Crediton. SWR services that ran to Exeter terminated in the bay platform at Central Station and returned from here. The stabling point for SWR services in New Yard would have been within the exclusion zone.
Of note Keith Turley's photograph of the 1A88 is the train that became involved in an operating incident at Yeovil Junction with the down 1C84 from Paddington.
The length of 9/10 car IEP's means that they cannot pass each other at Honiton loop and in the platforms at Yeovil Junction. The rear of both trains would foul the points, hence the issue. Axminster and Chard loops are the only ones suitable to pass 9/10 car IEP's.
If you refer to the proposals for additional infrastructure West of Salisbury in Network Rail's report last year, these are two locations that were proposed to have sections of line extended.
Looking at Realtime Trains this evening, 17 trains were cancelled today.
We need the former Southern Line doubled to cope with this sort of situation which is getting more frequent over the years.
Bridging the gap
The Trewoon bridge replacement is first, starting this weekend. A week long complete blockade will see some track renewals as well as the replacement of the bridge over the A3058 at Trewoon near Burngullow. The replacement structure is located about 500 yards from site in the Bungullow complex, ready to be carefully transported to site.
The replacement of the Lostwithiel bridge is due later in March, an overview of the area shows the afternoon clay departing with the construction site and small crane visible on the downside of the mainline. It is actually the up side bridge which is up for renewal, requiring a second massive crane to effect the replacement.
All the best, Craig Munday.
Many thanks. ldg