UK LANDMARK FOR THE WEST COAST MAIN LINE

This article covers the development of a high-speed railway artery between London, England, and Scotland. The West Coast Main Line features the use of tilting trains which required thorough testing on the line. Modernisation of the line's infrastructure included appropriate power, signalling, track and structures renewal, remodelling and simplifying of junctions, and track widening. Track renewal needed to take into account the needs of the tilting trains, involving more frequent spacing of sleepers. Some bridges needed remedial work to reduce train resonance. The implementation of high-speed running provided the opportunity for general major re-signalling, and maintenance and junction improvements. Specialist equipment was needed to install new overhead lines, and to enable major infrastructure renewals while maintaining almost normal service on the line: however, some line closure periods became necessary. Driver and staff training took place on the new trains, and extra safety measures were installed.

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    RUSSELL PUBLISHING LTD

    COURT LODGE, HOGTROUGH HILL
    BRASTED, KENT  United Kingdom  TN16 1NU
  • Authors:
    • SPOORS, R
  • Publication Date: 2004

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 23-4,26,28-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00988535
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2005 12:00AM