Chiltern Railways' new timetable using the new faster route started on Monday 5th September 2011
(more accurately on the day before but the interesting changes did not come into effect until Monday)
A part of Guy Gorton's website

This is a set of photographs taken at Gerrards Cross between 0830 and 0915.  They are presented in time sequence. Not all trains were running to time so identifying which service is in the image is suspect.
Some aspects of the new infrastructure are also illustrated.


10
This set is in the turn-back siding waiting to depart for London Marylebone.  This siding was lengthened in 2003 to accomodate fill material trains for the Tesco tunnel development and has been left at the same length and much improved, including now having its own street lights. The main line alongside has all been thoroughly updated to change from a 75mph limit to 100mph.


10
Passengers are not interested in this train because it calls at nearly all stations to London and is overtaken at West Ruislip by the next non-stop to London train.


20
The train just arrived at platform 1 is, I think, the 0814 to High Wycombe, running quite late.


20
It is a class 172 set, recently introduced to the line.  If my surmise as to its destination is correct, then this may be one of the first trains to use the lengthened bay platform at HW.


20
172103 set is running past the nailed cutting sides where the cutting was excavated to allow the route to be straightened.  I wonder if nature will in due course colonise the ugly sheeting.


30
I think this was the 0846 to Marylebone, originating at Kidderminster.  168005 is one of the original Chiltern 168 sets, there being two later versions.


30
Non-stop to Marylebone so it is popular with GX passengers.  Just visible in the picture, at the other end of the Tesco tunnel, are the tops of lighting standards which have been erected around the new trailing crossover.


40
This is the first Mainline Silver train of the day, off Marylebone at 0837, first stop Banbury at 0929.  The DVT on the front and the 67 pushing both have their numbers on the side and are therefore very difficult to identify from this angle.


40
Difficult to judge its speed, but it did not seem to be doing 100mph.  At top left is a new platform carrying equipment cabinets, accessed by a substantial stairway, visible in a later picture.


40
Class 67 pushing its train up the hill.  Several new equipment cabinets have been installed, some way up the cutting side.


50
The next train to show is the Mainline (but not Silver) service from Moor Street, non-stop Banbury to Marylebone, due 0907.


50
It did not stop here.


60
The next train in Platform 1 was the 0841 to High Wycombe.


60
If I have identified correctly the service 165032 is on, then this is another train that would not fit in the old bay platform.


60
The cab window gives a nice reflection of the footbridge I was using.  The little mark showing on the parapet at the left is probably me!


70
This is the 0859 to Marylebone with three intermediate station calls.  It started from High Wycombe at 0848.  On the right are two wagons marked "do not move" isolated at the end of the turnback siding.  They were used during the EverGreen track work.


70
The sun is catching the lighting standards at the other end of the tunnel which have been previously mentioned.  More of them are inside the tunnel.


80
I have moved a bit further west, which gives a slightly different view.  The piers and shadow of the footbridge can be seen near the track workers.  This 168 set started at Banbury, but spent a few minutes in Princes Risborough to allow the non-stop train we have already seen to go through.


80
It forms the 0908 from GX.  The Down train has just discharged its passengers as it terminates here.  It is accelerating gently towards the crossover.  The permanent staircase to a set of equipment cabinets can be seen by the 40 sign.

90
168219 weaves its way into the turnback siding.  Some interesting infrastructure things here.  At the London end of Platform 1 is the new signal that controls movements over the trailing crossover at the other end of the tunnel, but the mirror which allows Driver Only Operation is not yet commisioned..  This will allow trains to terminate in that platform without visiting the turnback siding.  The 40 mph plate infers that trains for the trailing crossover can also approach from this facing crossover without necessarily having used the turnback siding...


95.
When it comes out of the turnback siding, I think it will form the 0921 to Marylebone.

That is the last image in this set.



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