Wednesday 29th November 2017 – We visited Basingstoke Railway Operating Centre (ROC) .
We met the two Network Rail (NR) Route (Wessex and Western) Strategic Planners for discussions and saw around this new Centre with the computer signalling, training and TOC (SWR) liaison .
Lunch was kindly provided by NR and after a good Q & A session most of those attending realized that NR do not have much funding to carry out anything except the priority projects. Our line must target CP7 (2024 to 2029) if we want to ensure infrastructure improvements could be delivered. Overall a very enjoyable, entertaining (Knowledge based that is) visit and all came away with a better understanding of NR work and the severe limitations under which that have to operate.
In 2018 we will be organising a visit to Exeter Panel Box, keep a look out for more information.
Hopefully in late March /April 2018 a meeting with senior SWR representatives at Yeovil Steam Centre.
Late September/October 2018 a meeting to with topical speakers on the lines past and future, and a summer trip .