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jmac49

Queen Street Tunnel & Station 2016

Hi folks this is my first thread on here tho have posted many times on the Reminiscences of Springburn site being a Springburn boy and still live in the area . I work as a train driver at Queen st and thought i'd post a few pics of the work thats going on in the station . As far as we were led to believe it was just the tunnel that was being dug up and the concrete bed being re laid  would last for at least 60 years ,but on looking out the bothy windows on to the platforms the other day it seems as if they intend on re modelling the station (track layout )at the same time as the tunnel work.Still not sure whats going on regards the work .No doubt some on here will know but will update with a few pics and info when i find out . Posted the same pics on the Springburn website and when they were clicked on to en large they turned upside down .Apologies if the same happens here . Here goes  









fastnet

Great pics..... Hope we can see more as this progresses..

Or any other pics you might have on your travels....  
jmac49

Will certainly take more of the station . At the moment  the tunnels lit up like an airport runway.Also has scaffolding erected around the tunnel mouth but wont get anywhere near to take pics .But will try and get a few snaps of the station and update when i can .No doubt network rail will produce one of those time lapse videos through time (no pun intended) or at least put some photo's on twitter or facebook.
Hawick_1987

I'll second that as an avid railway user and Borders Railway campaigner.  
Stuball

Makes sense rebuilding the platforms to make use of the redundant space on the western side of the station
cybers

Not wanting to start a fight or anything but are they perhaps not just digging out for the electrification ? I mean the infrastructure and the actual electricity has to get up and terminate somewhere.

Not that I know sh!t about trains  
Jagz1876

Great pictures jmac49
James

Re: Queen Street Tunnel & Station 2016

jmac49 wrote:

I've said it before, but they're missing a trick not adding in another platform
there off to the left. That would give them another platform for a 3 or 4-car
EMU/DMU in that area.

Madness NOT to so this.


James H
Alycidon

I understand this work is to increase the length of platforms three and four.
IBrown

James wrote:
jmac49 wrote:

I've said it before, but they're missing a trick not adding in another platform
there off to the left. That would give them another platform for a 3 or 4-car
EMU/DMU in that area.

Madness NOT to so this.


James H


James, I think the more recent photo in this link shows one reason why it's not being done - the whole station seems to be being pushed westwards towards 'old' platform 1, and judging by the line taken by the foundations for new platform 2,  new Platform 1 track will be moved nearer the Dundas Street retaining wall.

https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54701
Macman

There's some pictures appearing on RailScot from time to time - https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54701 is the latest.
Also quite a few of the Cowlairs Incline recently:
https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54676
https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54626
jmac49

Definitely better pictures than i could have taken . In the first photo (i think ). The one showing the west side of the station where a few have suggested another platform could be built . If you look you can see two lines (spray painted) . These lines are about the same gauge as railway tracks ,but did run towards the west side retaining wall but still kept the same gauge,possibly a siding being put back in ? .But i'm sure some people will have  noticed a while back that a large section of brickwork was removed from the side of the Buchanan Galleries looking down onto platforms 1& 2 .I think that may have been where the escalator from the platforms to the galleries was supposed to have been but due to cancellations and alterations it may have been  "hmm" , well, cancelled because the brickwork was put back in place  at the same time the scaffold that was erected around the Buchanan st car park was  taken away .That would have used the space for another platform. One things for sure its all conjecture on my part as most times the people that work in the railway are the last to know . On looking at my pics you can just about see the lines that i mentioned on the pics of platform 1 . Not that clear . Even under a roof the windows in the bothy  look like they've been rain lashed.Will try and get more pics when possible .Did try early this morning but was only in the station for a few minutes to book on then go to Eastfield but the place was like a dust bowl . Off till Wednesday but will update soon with some photo's .cheers
jmac49

Meant to add the first of the Railscot pics the spray painted lines i mentioned .Only one line can be seen at the right hand side of the photo .cheers
Macman

Quote:
James, I think the more recent photo in this link shows one reason why it's not being done - the whole station seems to be being pushed westwards towards 'old' platform 1, and judging by the line taken by the foundations for new platform 2,  new Platform 1 track will be moved nearer the Dundas Street retaining wall.


This one
https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54709
shows the platform 1 side of the station a bit more clearly.
Great pics jmac49, and thanks for starting this thread - fascinating stuff.  
James

Macman wrote:
Quote:
James, I think the more recent photo in this link shows one reason why it's not being done - the whole station seems to be being pushed westwards towards 'old' platform 1, and judging by the line taken by the foundations for new platform 2,  new Platform 1 track will be moved nearer the Dundas Street retaining wall.


This one
https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54709
shows the platform 1 side of the station a bit more clearly.
Great pics jmac49, and thanks for starting this thread - fascinating stuff.  

I dont think the tracks have been moved at all (they may well get moved westwards
at some point in the future). I think what you're seeing there is a steel reinforced base
being put in, possibly for supporting future OHLE?


Actually looking at this one, it just looks like new bases for the platform edges. Also
looks like they're removing the old signal gantry.

https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54731


James H
James

NetworkRailGQS
‏@NetworkRailGQS

This is excavated platform 2 looking towards tunnel made ready for concrete pour as we start to rebuild #QSTunnel





James H
IBrown

James wrote:
Macman wrote:
Quote:
James, I think the more recent photo in this link shows one reason why it's not being done - the whole station seems to be being pushed westwards towards 'old' platform 1, and judging by the line taken by the foundations for new platform 2,  new Platform 1 track will be moved nearer the Dundas Street retaining wall.


This one
https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54709
shows the platform 1 side of the station a bit more clearly.
Great pics jmac49, and thanks for starting this thread - fascinating stuff.  

I dont think the tracks have been moved at all (they may well get moved westwards
at some point in the future). I think what you're seeing there is a steel reinforced base
being put in, possibly for supporting future OHLE?


Actually looking at this one, it just looks like new bases for the platform edges. Also
looks like they're removing the old signal gantry.

https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54731


James H


I agree that the track alignments have not yet been altered. The photo shows well the big difference between the alignment of new platform 2 and the alignment of old platform 2 line. When the new platform 2 face is constructed along that concrete base (the platforms at Queen Street don't have modern overhanging 'coping stone' edges, that's what is being put in) that line will be relaid parallel to the newly aligned platform.

To maintain platform 1 & 2 width at the north end, the width 'lost' through the work on platform 2 will need to regained by extending the width of Platform 1 westwards, and for that platform 1 line will probably first be lifted and a new concrete base constructed on a new alignment in the former 4-foot, reducing the space between the new platform 1 line and the retaining wall.
Alycidon

Latest picture to appear on Scot-Rail

https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54731

I was a bit surprised to see a spoil train in the station at this late date, they have obviously not made a start on breaking up the old concrete track base on the "up" line at least.

Jim
Macman

Track now relaid on platforms 1 and 2. Photo on RailScot again https://www.railscot.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete.php?id=54749.
Looks like there's still some infilling to do on platform 1.
jmac49

Was in work this morning got a few pics .Sorry they're all taken from the same angle ,well most anyway.So here goes





Macman


Great pics jmac49 - you da man on the scene! I can't see anyone else being able to get in close like that.
Glasgow Loon

From the BBC news website:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36047946
James

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/new..._tunnel_work_enters_second_stage/







James H
Alycidon

We re now approaching Platform 1 at Glasgow Queen Street - Please mind the gap between the train and platform when alighting
Macman

I think there's an image attached here  



There is now.  

A bit out of date - from Sunday 12-04-16

jmac49

Macman wrote:

Great pics jmac49 - you da man on the scene! I can't see anyone else being able to get in close like that.

Dont know about that some good pics and better quality from others .
James




James H
Macman

Saw this on the Railforums UK website today http://www.railforums.co.uk/showpost.php?p=2532148&postcount=224

Quote:
Short teaser video of the work in progress at Queen Street this morning:

https://vimeo.com/163075893




Longer edited version to follow.
James




James H
James












James H
Macman

Macman wrote:
Saw this on the Railforums UK website today http://www.railforums.co.uk/showpost.php?p=2532148&postcount=224

Quote:
Short teaser video of the work in progress at Queen Street this morning:

https://vimeo.com/163075893

Longer edited version to follow.


The longer version has now appeared at https://vimeo.com/163172881

norrie

Good bit of film, whoever took it, got into better positions than I did for the couple of shots I got
Macman

There's now a whole bunch of these wee videos about what's going on at the station:
https://vimeo.com/album/3924767
Alycidon

Best video yet - time lapse of the first seven weeks

https://vimeo.com/168611431?ref=fb-share

BTJustice

Here's a pic from the other end of the tunnel;

June cycle 61 by Dave Campbell, on Flickr
James

NetworkRailGQS ‏@NetworkRailGQS Jul 13
Digging out track wells 2/3 uncovered old buffer stops which likely date frm
late 19th/ early 20th century #QSTunnel





James H
Alycidon

Those bufferstops will have been covered around 1967 when all the platform ends were brought into line, previously platforms 1 and 2, along with the centre carriage siding extended beyond the current line of buffer stops.
Alycidon

Found this photograph on line while looking for something else



This is Liverpool Central, with many similarities to Queen Street
Macman

This is the same link I posted earlier, but there's more videos been added:
http://vimeo.com/album/3924767

Looks like it's all going to be ready for 8th August as planned.
James



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeFpiqAoxWA



James H
James

First train arriving this morning.




James H
James




James H
James



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSCJFdgv7Mg



James H

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