Dartmoor Line reopens to passengers after 50 years

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 25 Nov 2021 13:09
  8502 Chief Train Controller

Highlights lines can be reopened with community support especially in Europe and the UK where the UK have a rail line reopening programme.

Dartmoor Line reopens to passengers after 50 years

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  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Highlights lines can be reopened with community support especially in Europe and the UK where the UK have a rail line reopening programme.

Dartmoor Line reopens to passengers after 50 years
8502
What's happened to the heritage trains that used to operate there?
  8502 Chief Train Controller

Highlights lines can be reopened with community support especially in Europe and the UK where the UK have a rail line reopening programme.

Dartmoor Line reopens to passengers after 50 years
What's happened to the heritage trains that used to operate there?
apw5910

Reading more the heritage runs operate out of the Meldon Viaduct Station.



Is the Tarka Line still operational?

Bow and North Tawton Railway Stations are privately owned and are not available for passengers questioning how long that might last.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
'... To restore the line, Network Rail engineers laid 11 miles of new track and installed 24,000 concrete sleepers and 29,000 tonnes of ballast in a record-breaking 20-day period. Other work required the repair of 21 structures along the route including four bridges, level crossing improvements, and installation of railway communications equipment. ...'

Interesting comparisons between them and us.

Eleven miles equals 17.7 km of track and 24,000 sleepers equates to roughly 4 out of 5 new sleepers based on 1,600 sleepers/km (which may, or may not) be the standard applicable.
Ballast equates to ~1600 tonnes/km or a tonne/sleeper on the above assumptions.
30,000 GBP = about $A55 million or around $A3,000,000/km.

Where have my calculations gone wrong?

A project this small, efficient, expeditious (whatever) wouldn't even warrant Jacinta Allan and Adolf Andrews investing in shiny new crash hats and train proof vests.
  8502 Chief Train Controller

That price would be a complete rebuild of the line with comms being installed.

A renewal in Australia what is the cost?
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
Reading further, it's also the first step in restoring the Exeter to Plymouth line, the next step is bypassing or replacing the Meldon Viaduct then relaying the track to Tavistock and so on. All due to weather issues that happen to the existing main line as it runs by the coast at Dawlish.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Reading further, it's also the first step in restoring the Exeter to Plymouth line, the next step is bypassing or replacing the Meldon Viaduct then relaying the track to Tavistock and so on. All due to weather issues that happen to the existing main line as it runs by the coast at Dawlish.
ARodH

Can the Meldon Viaduct be strengthened?
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
Reading further, it's also the first step in restoring the Exeter to Plymouth line, the next step is bypassing or replacing the Meldon Viaduct then relaying the track to Tavistock and so on. All due to weather issues that happen to the existing main line as it runs by the coast at Dawlish.

Can the Meldon Viaduct be strengthened?
bevans
As it's a 100+ year old wrought and cast iron bridge that's apparently had a permanent speed limit of 20mph since the Great Depression, it's not believed to be even capable of being strengthened again to support current trains without replacing the entire listed structure.

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