Rail Totem August 2015
The idea of the totem originated
with the re-painting of the waiting room (hut) by Abellio Greater Anglia
in about 2011 in their corporate colours.
The intervening years saw
the grey on the interior get marked and vandalised, and it was agreed
that David could paint over the affected
When all this was happening,
Steven Binks, a local artist, offered to enhance the station with a
traditional looking totem that he would donate.
The hut has also been enhanced
by David and Anne with two 'old' railway travel posters, a donated picture
from Steven, and another picture which was the property of the Rail
Museum at Chappel.
THE SLEEPER BED
The work was funded by the
Community Rail Partnership, Greater Anglia, Bures Hamlet Parish Council,
in all totalling £500, and match funded by the Designated Community
Railway Development Fund, bringing our total to £1,000 - with
the plants costing an additional £150.
Lupins:- White is Noble
Maiden, Blue is "the Govenor" and pink "My Castle
Service Disruption 9th
and 10th Nov 2015
Due to more trains than usual needing repairs
at the same time between Marks Tey and Sudbury:
The news has prompted the County Council
and South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge to write to the government and prospective
rail operators to demand that any franchise holder will be able to cope
in future autumns.
On Wednesday it only had 16 units available
because 10 were out of action. Two were undergoing routine maintenance
but the other eight needed wheels to be repaired because they had skidded
on slippery track damaging the steel tyre that comes
in contact with the rail line.
When trains are withdrawn from service,
the first lines to be affected are the routes from Ipswich to Felixstowe
and from Marks Tey to Sudbury because they are operated by a single unit
each and are not integrated with any other routes.
Trains with damaged wheels had to be sent to a specialist lathe at Ilford owned by Bombardier Rail, and while that company had been working very hard it was difficult to keep up with the demand.
An Abellio spokesperson said: We can operate a normal service with five trains out, but this week weve had three or even five more out on top of that. We are very sorry but we are trying to restore a normal service as quickly as possible.
Buses are likely to replace trains on the Felixstowe and Sudbury lines today, but Abellio Greater Anglia hopes to have a full rail service back in operation next week.
Other parts of the country have been experiencing similar problems which meant other companies had been unable to lend their units to make up the shortfall.
Update 10th Nov
On Tuesday evenving, Abellio Greater Anglia
arranged taxis for the passengers who were unable to get the train for
the last leg of their branch line journey
Then when the taxis did turn up we were told they were only going to Sudbury. I pointed out that I was supposed to be going to Bures and it was very difficult to find a taxi prepared to go via that station. - all too no avail
Jonathan Denby from Abellio Greater Anglia, said the taxi drivers should have covered all the stations on Tuesday night, and the company would ensure that in any further contracts they understood that.
Update 12th Nov
To compound commuters problems, roadworks at Mount Bures resulted in Hall Road being closed (12th and 13th), consequently the replacement bus service could not use this section of their route between Bures and Chappel.
Bus services would operate as below:
End December 2015
With rail services on rural lines across the region suffering from a lack of units, a novel solution could be heading to two Suffolk branch lines former District Line Tube trains.
The D-Train would not be suitable for long-distance routes of more than an hour but could be used on shorter routes such as the Ipswich to Felixstowe line or the Sudbury branch from Marks Tey.
A spokeswoman for Vivarail said the company was hoping to talk to bidders for the new Anglia rail franchise that is due to start next October in the hope of supplying units for the region.
There is a national shortage of diesel units which has meant Abellio Greater Anglia has been struggling to cover for broken-down trains when they have more than one breaking down.
The D-Train is seen as a potential solution on a number of routes across the country and is currently being tested on the Cotswold line close to Vivarails base near Stratford on Avon.
Company spokeswoman Alice Gillman said the company hoped to speak to the bidders for the new franchise because the D-Trains would be cheaper and could be made ready much more quickly than a traditional electric unit.
She said: We could make up to 75 three-car trains and an order would take us a year to fulfil, meaning new trains could come on stream relatively quickly.
Although the train is based on a bodyshell of a Tube train, it is only that and the bogies which are 10 years old that would be carried over. Everything else is new.
And because the bodyshell is aluminium there is no rust. They are essentially brand new trains and will be available in a reasonable time.
No new trains can be ordered until the franchise bidding process is complete and none of the bidders Abellio/Stagecoach, National Express, or First Group are able to comment on their plans until their formal bids are lodged with the Department for Transport.
Courtesy of EADT 3/01/2016