Member Stuart Hicks has made further observations on the state of progress of the electrification in mid April 2016. Here are his observations.
Most of the way from Thatcham towards Reading mast bases has been installed but nothing much else. There is a stretch without them, west of Aldermaston with rather limited clearances.
The whole metal fence along the avoiding line will have to be replaced with a wooden fence as it is too close to where the overhead line will go.
A new section of wires has been erected recently over the down lines at least between Cholsey and the Thames bridge towards Goring. The new footbridge (including MIP lifts) at Goring (London end of buildings) appears nearly ready although the lifts appear to require more work.
The masts are being erected from Maidenhead toward Reading over the relief lines only (double track spans) and have now ) reached nearly to the first of the three bridges between Twyford station and Ruscombe crossovers.
One result for the electrification work was the need to close Swindon PSB and the Swindon Panel Preservation Society (who purchased the panel for a pound from Network Rail after the box closed) have published a book recently about the first stages of its preservation a new building at Didcot, including its tricky extraction from its current site and the erection of the new building within the GWS. Written by Danny Scroggins, and well-illustrated, it is available from them at 10 pounds(also in the Didcot GWS shop). The building is expected to be fully open to visitors in about a year.
last updated: 18/05/16