Saturday, 11 June 2022
Island Line Improvement, Lovely? (1)
This Is How It Used To Be
Further reductions in passenger numbers led to the operation of two trains an hour but at every 20 and 40 minutes apart. The "economised" track layout would not allow a sensible every 30 minutes, meaning connecting with a standard half hourly ferry service was, at best, a variable facility.
What It Became!
... things have gone from bad to worse on the Island Line.
Latterly, "the lads" at Ryde St Johns depot struggled to keep even two two-car trains serviceable.
So How To Upgrade?
The big question was "What can we use to replace the failing old, old, underground trains. What is small enough to go through the Ryde tunnel?"
Still profoundly suspicious of a possible and expensive scraping sound, the engineers gingerly towed the first train to arrive on the Island through the tunnel.It fits!"
fbb can confirm that the trains do fit and did fit on his ride yesterday ...
The total cost of the upgrade - which took far longer than planned - has been a modest £26 million. So what have Islanders got for the money, apart from five shiny new two-car trains?
This is what was promised ..
Notably, the track improvements would make it possible to run a proper half hourly service with trains spaced 30 minutes apart, ideal for connection with the "traditional" summer catamaran timetable, also every 30 minutes.
So it was that yesterday afternoon, after a stonkingly good lunch, courtesy of Alan and his other half, fbb took a round strip along the whole line.
It was a superb home made steak pie, by the way ...
A Toast For Morrisons Toast - NOT
fbb Is Getting Old
This poster was displayed outside the Kentucky Fried Chicken emporium.
Sainsburys Ferndown - A P.S.
Reeling from the withdrawal of the excellent caff, fbb forgot to mention one positive - although the initiative was not with Sainsburys, but with First Wessex. In the corridor leading to the Ladies and Gents essential services was a rack of tourist publicity, And thereupon ...
So First Wessex have paid to put their brochures on display.
A bus company publicising it's services with PRINTED leaflets? What is the world coming to?
Well done First!
Next Island Line blog : Sunday 12th June