The new open-access operator Go! Cooperative has proposed operating a light rail service from Andover using the branch line to Ludgershall.
This sounds like another branch line that could work under Zwickau rules.
- Single track with no passing loop.
- Single self-powered train, like a Class 172 train providing a two trains per hour service.
- Simple one platform stations, with step-free level access to train.
- Slow speed with warning devices and good lookout.
- Train signalling.
There would appear to be even be a disused platform at Andover station.
Rules would have to be developed for the Army to move in their tanks by train.
You might argue that we’ve used Zwickau rules in the UK on some branch lines for years.
But, usually branch lines are worked with some ancient diesel multiple unit with these characteristics.
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