Derby Re-modelling July-Oct 2018

The following pictures  show progress at and around Derby station as the trackwork and signalling is being  completely renewed and re-modelled to improve the operational performance of the station.  

During the later phase of the works the Matlock services were replaced by buses, and the opportunity to carry out other work at stations and on the track on the branch was taken and some photos show this work.

Here's a diagram showing the present and future track layouts (courtesy of Rail Engineer magazine - July 2018)

Progress Week Commencing 29 July

   Removal of south end canopy Platforms 4-6 and bay P5
                  Track removal, south end of P3 & P4 (31 July)  
             South end 3 days later 
with curved platform ends removed
   Rail replacement on the Birmingham line
 Engineers train on the Birmingham line showing extensive 
newly ballasted  trackwork and removed old timber sleepers
   Platform removal works at the North end of P3 & 4
                                             Shifting platform rubble.  
 Week Commencing 5th August  
   Platform re-alignment
 Ballast laid at London Rd Jct prior to new layout  
 Week Commencing 12th August  
   Platforms 1&2 - south end track in place
 Platforms 3&4 - south end progress  
   Platform 5 (formerly6) & new Platform 6 south end prior to track installation
 North End of former platforms 4 & 6 with new Platform 6 on the left, awaiting track laying.   
   Matlock service standing at the north end of what will be known at the "Derby Pilot Line". This platform will not be used for passenger use when the station is reopened
 South end of the "Derby Pilot Line" platform with tracks to Etches Park depot curving to the left  
 Week Commencing 20th August  
  The south end of P3 & P4 where tracks can diverge to the East or to the Southwest.
Speeds here will be 25mph - at present the layout only permits 15mph
 Work on the northern approaches to the station commence next week, including the relaying of the crossovers at St Marys with higher speed points.. Some of the new pointwork can be seen on the left as 2x158 & 2x156 DMUs thread their way carefully over the existing layout.  
 Week Commencing 26 August   
   Activity at the North end of P3 & P4

September Activities
 Meanwhile at Matlock the station canopy gets a major refurbishment with metal framing taken back to bare metal before repainting  and re-glazing. In this picture the glazing has been removed and work on the ironwork is in progress.  
   New track layout to the south of Mansfield Road bridge  (St Mary's Jct).  Compare this picture with the one above (w'c 20  Aug) showing the 158  move.
 View north from Mansfield Road bridge  
   Relaying in progress to the north of Alfreton Road bridge
 20 September - The north end of P1 & 2 showing plain line out to the north and the removal of the dock siding behind the former Wyvern House.  
   20 September - North end showing tracks for P1 & 2 on the left and those into P3 & 4 on the right.
 20 September - North end of the new P5 (formerly P6) and the new P6. Still to be installed are the new tracks on the extreme right which will form the "Pilot Line" which links Etches Park depot and the extended sidings around the Chaddesden curve (right distance).  
   During Branch closure the platform copings are being replaced at Cromford
 Further progress on the canopy framework at Matlock.  

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