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Medstead - Here We Come!

14th May 2015

2014 was a hectic year for Signal Engineering with the Phase 2 commissioning of Ropley Signal Box in July, closely followed by the Network Rail “fringe” interface in November. In addition to the ongoing maintenance and fault fixing of our signalling infrastructure, ...

FIRST TRAIN SIGNALLED ACROSS NETWORK RAIL BOUNDARY AT ALTON

18th Nov 2014

18 November 2014 Just two days after the final commissioning of the new "fringe” signalling at Alton, today saw the first train signalled across the boundary with Network Rail at 07.30 hrs with the clearing of Woking Area Signalling Centre controlled signal WK459 at ...

ALTON “FRINGE” SIGNALLING INTERFACE WITH NETWORK RAIL COMMISSIONED

17th Nov 2014

17 November – Signal Engineering Report Yet another milestone in the history of the Mid Hants was achieved at 14.45 hrs on Sunday 16th November 2014 when the final stage of the "fringe” signalling interface with Network Rail at Alton was commissioned. The new ...

Diesel Convoy Arrives at Alton

5th Sep 2014

At 17.30 on Thursday 4th September, a West Coast Rail Class 57 arrived in platform two at Alton with a convoy of three diesel’s for the MHR Gala the following day. MHR signalmen Wicks and Russell were on hand to liaise with ...

The Donut Gang Rides Out!

25th Jul 2014

Signal Engineering Report 25 July The Signal Engineering team that work on Mondays are affectionately known as the "Donut Gang". Why? Our little treat for the mid- morning cuppa is a scrumptious jam donut from the bakery in Four Marks. After many weeks ...

Nearly There… Again!

23rd Jul 2014

Signal Engineering Report 23 July We all know the old adage... you wait a long time for a bus, then two come along together. This has also happened to the MHR Signal Engineering Department. Just three weeks ago, after many years of work, ...

Ropley Phase 2 Signalling Commissioned

5th Jul 2014

Signal Engineering Report - 5 July Further to my news item a couple of weeks ago, I can now confirm that Phase 2 of the Ropley signalling scheme was successfully commissioned on Thursday 3rd July. The signal box was signed off by the Atkins ...

Nearly There!

14th Jun 2014

Signal Engineering Report - 14 June After several years of hard work at Ropley following the move into the old Netley signal box, commissioning of the final stage of the Ropley signalling scheme is now in sight. All the mechanical work installing the 10 ...

Renewing Alresford Signal Wires - The Blue Riband Run

13th Feb 2014

Wednesday 12 February – Signal Engineering Report When the Mid Hants Railway was born, there were only a couple of operational signals in use at Alresford. Over the years many more signals were installed, mainly at the London end of the station that ...

Ladybirds on the Line

7th Jan 2014

S & T Report - Monday 6 January 2014 A depleted S & T "Monday Gang" dragged themselves out of bed today on yet another wet and windy winters morning looking for moderate exercise to lose some of those pounds gained through over indulgence ...

Branching Out

15th Oct 2013

Signal Engineering Report 14th October Last week, the Signal Engineering "Thursday Team" switched their working day to Friday to assist ‘the guvnor’ with the installation of the new chunky traction bonds at Alton (no, we are not electrifying our line!). ...

Beyond The Fringe

17th Sep 2013

17 September - Signal Engineering Report. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend and the week following, the Network Rail signal boxes at Farnham, Aldershot and Ash Vale were closed with control being transferred to a new panel in the Woking Area Signalling Centre. ...

Tropical Signal Engineering

1st Jul 2013

Monday 1 July 2013 – Signal Engineering Report Why is it that most outside jobs coincide with the coldest days of the year (see previous update entitled Extreme Signal Engineering) whilst those jobs inside happen on one of the warmest days of the year ...

Block Shelf and the Sergeant Major

20th May 2013

Monday 20 May - Signal Engineering Update Two weeks ago saw a major project underway in Ropley Box... the replacement of the Block Shelf with a new, deeper version to be able to accommodate the additional signal repeaters and backlock key releases in ...

Non Electrical Wiring

7th May 2013

Tuesday 7 May - Signal Engineering Department Report Following many months of installing, terminating and testing new wiring for the Phase 2 work at Ropley, last Thursday saw the installation of new wiring of the non-electrical kind by Bob Howes and Tony Buttle.   ...

Alton - Watch This Space!

18th Apr 2013

Thursday 18 April - Signal Engineering Department Report Work still continues at Ropley as part of the phase 2 work and all new multicore cables that run between lineside location cases have now been terminated (at last!) Likewise the cables that run up the ...