Wednesday 9 October 2013

Phase One Still Incomplete

I took a ride to Manchester today to check on progress on the Phase One works.  Don't believe everything you read on the internet, there's lots more work to do:
  • One stretch of catenary and contact wire is missing from the Down line.
  • On both lines, a few support arms are missing, with the wires temporarily hung from pulleys attached to masts or gantries.
  • Long lengths still have temporary droppers - Basically a bit of bent wire twisted round the catenary and the contact wire.
So, a few more week's work, I think, and until these items are completed there's no chance of the much vaunted Class 92 test runs.

On a more positive note, I noticed the first signs of work between Huyton and Earlestown - A number of locations for mast bases have been cleared, east of Rainhill.