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Old 29-03-2014, 09:08   #46
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All the work on the tunnel and the Tod curve is now completed and trains are once again running normally. I don't know if the journey is any quicker now that trains can go faster through the tunnel but I doubt it. The few miles an hour faster for the short length of the tunnel wont make much difference.
I don't think the work was completed to speed up the journey, more to make the mis-shapen tunnel safe again.
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Old 29-03-2014, 09:11   #47
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I don't think the work was completed to speed up the journey, more to make the mis-shapen tunnel safe again.
It was, long overdue too I believe.
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Old 29-03-2014, 12:15   #48
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The train to Manchester is even longer overdue and still no idea when it will be running
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Old 07-05-2014, 21:04   #49
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Best guess is December 2014.
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Old 08-05-2014, 19:33   #50
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I think you are right with that, read something along those lines before.

I am sure our MP will look into this and sort it out for us.
Just caught up with this as we were discussing it in the shop the other day.

Our MP will sort it because he wants to get everybody on the train to work in Manchester. I'm pretty sure a function of the local MP is to actually try and bring work to the people of his constituency, not the other way round.
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Old 13-05-2014, 11:59   #51
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Just caught up with this as we were discussing it in the shop the other day.

Our MP will sort it because he wants to get everybody on the train to work in Manchester. I'm pretty sure a function of the local MP is to actually try and bring work to the people of his constituency, not the other way round.
I wouldn't be happy about that.

I don't want to spend my time traveling to Manchester on the train when I work in Accrington

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Old 20-08-2014, 16:45   #52
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The misshapen tunnel was caused by some dodgy un-official miners digging for coal long ago and the earth slipped into the excavations and slowly the tunnel keeled over towards the Burnley road. I was living on the farm next to the tunnel but not involved with mining.
When I walked around a few weeks ago before it was all finished I saw the remains of a little Dodge tipper lorry we used in 1966. We parked it under the bridge between both sides of the farm where the railway passed over, when coal trains stopped to either let a passenger train go by or to pin the brakes down it was very tempting to pull the lorry forward and throw a few cobs of best Yorkshire coal from a truck to the lorry. Very tempting, irresistible even. So I have been told.

The picture below are the Tod curve in its finished state taken two weeks ago, first one looking towards the station, left fork to Hebden Bridge and York,the other photo looking back to Burnley. Not a passenger has yet to ride the new tracks.
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Old 21-08-2014, 14:38   #53
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New East Lancs service hit by six month delay
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Old 21-08-2014, 14:53   #54
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There is a short piece of track which will have trains using it in both directions, at different times, and that is what the new signalling is to control.
Trains coming towards Todmorden from Burnley will be switched over to the Burnley direction track before switching onto the to the newly restored curve into Todmorden Station.
In my second photo you see the switchover, the trains from Burnley will be on the right hand track then the left, the first picture shows the switch from that line to the station and Manchester.
If the York-Burnley, Accrington-Blackpool express meets the Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley-Manchester train on that short stretch it will cause a slight problem.
I cant understand why the signalling wasn't put in at the same time as the other signals and track. or maybe I can. Could it be Network rail used it as an excuse rather then telling us they have given out trains to South of the great divide.
I can't wait to go direct on the train to Todmorden, walk across the street to the Queens Hotel have a few pints with my brother and back home again. As planned.

The photo is the little tipper used to lighten the load on the coal trains mentioned above.
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what's a few month's delay matter? It's been years since a direct line to Todmorden existed anyway...
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Old 04-02-2015, 17:06   #56
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Is this the final time that a date for this service to begin will be announced ? Business leaders think so.

Long-awaited direct rail link to Manchester to begin on May 17 (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Old 04-02-2015, 20:22   #57
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Last time I spoke to anyone connected with the job I was told they hadn't started training drivers to go round the curve (or bend) and no rolling stock was available.
Wait until the spring/summer timetable comes out and see if there is any service via the curve.
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:41   #58
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Perhaps the Honourable Member for X will be able to enlighten us when he receives an answer to the letter found by following the link below.

Graham Jones MP
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Old 05-02-2015, 18:22   #59
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Here's the letter:
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:25   #60
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It's a fair point to ask what type of trains have been acquired to run this service since today the government has backtracked on its pledge to replace outdated Pacer trains as part of the bid for the franchise that Northern currently operate. We're now being told that Pacers will be with us on 'some routes' for five to ten years. The 'some routes' will be Colne to Preston without doubt.
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