Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lime Street Update

Things are gradually progressing at Lime Street, the next blockade is at Christmas.

Work on the new platforms is moving on:
 .. and at the other end, electrification masts and danglies are in place:
Meanwhile, the replacement platform edge on 8 (old number) is also slowly progressing:

Monday, 23 October 2017

Lime Street New Layout

This morning's restart of normal services did not go well, a number of cancellations and an awful lot of late running, although none of this seemed to be related to the new layout at Lime Street.

I took a trip down to Lime Street to see things for myself.  Starting at Platforms 1 and 2 (Using the old platform numbers.) the temporary signals are bagged and the crossover is fixed out of use:
Looking out from the end of platform 2 you can see the layout for platforms 1 to 4 is unchanged:
There's quite a lot of work to be done on the two new platforms, although the track is in place and connected up:
At the far end of platform 7 you can see the new layout:
Platform 8 is currently closed, 9 is in use:
Finally, walking to the end of nine revealed a new mast base for the electrification of the new platforms:
I have updated my live map to reflect the new situation.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Something Wrong?

Since midday on Tuesday, no passenger trains have used the Up Fast through Roby and Huyton platforms three.  Trains for the St Helens route have used platform four as usual, trains for the Chat Moss route have also used platform four, and crossed over after Huyton.  Here's Wednesday's 12.14 departure from Huyton with the appropriate feather:
My first thought on Tuesday was that there was a track or signalling fault on the Up Fast, but an ECS on Tuesday evening, and another one on Wednesday ran along there OK.  So my best guess is a lift fault or something similar.  I couldn't see any sign of this at Huyton, maybe it's at Roby.  Or perhaps someone's made a decision that all up stoppers will use the slow line.  They've not done that in the past on the down lines.

Most freights are also using the up slow, although one late on Wednesday evening used the fast.  Here's 6E10 on its way to Drax on Wednesday lunchtime:

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Health And Safety Gone Mad?

I noticed these odd wooden structures fixed to the fence at Huyton last week, but forgot to photograph them until today.
Both are next to lamp-posts, could they be something to do with safety clearances from the newly installed overhead?


Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday

A brief visit to Lime Street today revealed the following:

The track in platform 7 (old number) has been replaced, it was missing earlier in the week.  The edging still needs to be done:
I was surprised to see that not only have they dug out the trackbed through the little arch at the far end of new platforms 7 and 8, but they have laid track and connected it up, because a train of ballast hoppers was on platform 8 (new) with a loco in the throat out of sight from the camera:
The 14.45 to Wigan was a class 156:
I keep hoping I've had my last ride home on a diesel, but they keep turning up.  I think the diagram must go somewhere not electrified, because this service was a 156 yesterday as well, so it doesn't look like a substitution for a failed 319.