As New Junction II begins to take shape, sleeper spacing, a lack of track pins and a new track formation have added to the workload, as RICHARD WATSON outlines.
When New Junction II last featured in Staff Projects (HM185), I alluded to changing the track plan. For me, the East Coast Main Line (ECML) is a standout route for several reasons – it has mostly quadruple track from London to Stoke Tunnel, south of Grantham, and it is electrified.
The more I saw the real railway, the more I wanted to incorporate these features into the layout plan and while overhead lines were always part of the scheme, increasing the main line from the planned double track to the classic four lines for the entire main line section became a necessity.
Above: An LNER High Speed Train tests the new track formation on New Junction II as it forges past a Class 33-hauled Pullman dining train on the adjacent slow line.