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Convoy of RRV

Road Rail Vehicles and welfare facilities travelling as a convoy as they pass Stratford Box during the construction stage of the CTRL-Section 2 project.

Every evening engineering trains were being prepared, assembled and loaded in the yard of the railhead located at Kent Portal (Swanscombe). Trains were then dispatched every morning returning late afternoon and following very strict operating rules and installation programme constraints with regards to the shared nature of the tunnel sections access.

The order in which the works trains were prepared and released from the railhead was therefore a key factor to the success or the failure of a shift work.


CTRL Section 2 Project
Entente Cordiale
Arrival of First ever Train at St Pancras International
Eurostar under the Barlow shed
Preparation on-board Eurostar before test runs
Review of CTRL-Section 2 project
Test Run on board Eurostar Test Train
Eurostar Test Train T&C Team
Eurostar test train at Stratford
Convoy of RRV
Installation of OCS equipment
Structure Gauge Checks
Gauge 'Hot Spots' checks
Test Track
View of London Tunnel
Multi-Purpose Gantry
Transition Slab & Ballasted Tracks
Multi Purpose Gantry (MPG)
Slab Track Team
Train Tunnel Ventilation Tests
Mauzin Train Tests
Michael Palin visits CTRL