by David Benton
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David Benton wrote:I'm trying to think where the 3rd Gauge change would be .There is also the problem of Loading Gauge. Continental railways allow larger trains so that continental freight cannot travel to much of Britain. Continental trains are allowable only as far as London. Whether there is any route beyond London I don't know.
First would be China to "ex USSR"
Second would be Ex USSR to European at the Polish border.
george matthews wrote:There is also the problem of Loading Gauge. Continental railways allow larger trains so that continental freight cannot travel to much of Britain. Continental trains are allowable only as far as London. Whether there is any route beyond London I don't know.There are a number of freight routes in UK which have been upgrading to allow a larger loading gauge, and they often take advantage of routine maintenance work to increase the loading gauge at the same time. However you are correct that continental freight trains cannot travel over much of the UK network.
Semaphore Sam wrote:Pardon my ignorance; but wasn't the Great Central built to international loading guage? If so, what a waste to destroy such an asset! SamYes, the Great Central was built to Continental gauge. It could have carried trains at least far as Birmingham. At the time it was built the proposer intended it to be a Continental connection, but 100 years ago that was not going to happen. From time to time there have been proposals to rebuild it but so far they have come to nothing. The High Speed 2 route to Birmingham could be built to Continental standards but it is hard to imagine freight on what would be a fast passenger line. And that line too may never be built, given the current governmental instability.