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West Simford Transport Programmes - Part 2: Simford Airport High-Speed (SAHS) and the Widened Airport Approach

DavidB_

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Simford Airport High-Speed (SAHS):

As you may have noticed, there is a (relatively busy!) railway line along the back of Simford International Airport. You may be wondering, what is this? Well, this airport was built partially on top of a former railway freight depot. It fell into disuse many years ago, but some bright spark in the transport department (sorry, it has to be me! 2.gif) came up with an idea for the first high-speed railway in the region. The possibility of reusing some of the old track became apparent, although the trackbed and rails making up the high-speed section would need to be relaid.

This idea has since been taken up, and so the HSR track that you now see running along the back of the airport is the new Simford Airport High-Speed (SAHS) railway. See the route map below for further details on the high-speed line:

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I have also posted this map on the Show us your city, road or transit maps thread. (The image does not want to embed, see this link for now! 33.gif)

As you can see, there are only two high-speed lines operating on the route. The railway junction that you can see on the right of the picture is the Widened Airport Approach, the restored ralway running alongside Simford International Airport. The express service, as detailed, stops at Simford International Airport (Station) and Greater Timbuktu (Central) only, and then continues along an existing, upgraded route to a residential area, Terrainian Hills. The local line stops at all stations aside from Terrarian Hills, but instead branches off through a tunnel to Terrain Naught, a four-platform terminus interchange. There is a limited service on the local line carrying on to Canal Depot West, running on standard tracks; there is no room or requirement for a high-speed upgrade.

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Looking at Simford International Airport (Station), SFD-IAS from the east.

The original plan for this brand-new station was to have two platforms for local services (WST and SARSS, which I will explain later), two for terminating services and two for through services (TR and SAHS). However, the plans have since been modified, and so there are now two for SARSS alone, two for WST, two for SAHS (through and terminating) and three for TR. The station will (would have!) probably be remodelled again in the future, with two more platforms for WST, and several more for SAHS. SFD-IAS would probably end up looking like this eventually:

|---------------------|

|<><><><><><>|<<<<<<

|SARSS | SARSS towards Airport South (including WST link)

|<><><><><><>|>>>>>>

|---------------------|

|<><><><><><>|<<<<<<

|WST | WST towards Airport

|<><><><><><>|>>>>>>

|---------------------|

|<><><><><><>|<><><>

|WST/TR | WST connects above, TR connects below...

|<><><><><><>|<><><>

|---------------------|

<<<<<<|<<<<<<<<<<<<|<<<<<<

*1 |TR | TR towards Stansted Interchange

>>>>>>|>>>>>>>>>>>>|>>>>>>

|---------------------|

<<<<<<|<<<<<<<<<<<<|<<<<<<

*2 |SAHS | SAHS towards Simfordian Hills

>>>>>>|>>>>>>>>>>>>|>>>>>>

|---------------------|

|<><><><><><>|<><><>

|SAHS | SAHS connects above

|<><><><><><>|<><><>

|---------------------|

*1: TR towards Canal Depot (West Station), Simford West and Carriage Sidings

*2: SAHS connects to TR above; limited service to Canal Depot (West Station) only.

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The west side of SFD-IAS. From bottom to top, at the left side of the picture; towards SFD-CSW, westwards to planned industrial city, siding numbers 1, 2, 3, 4.

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The T-Junction between the West Canal Railway and the Simford Airport branch. The curved track carries a part-time high-speed extension service from SFD-IAS to SFD-CSW. The two west tracks are sidings, along with the four at the top-right.

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Entering Canal Depot (West Station), SFD-CSW. The curved railway at the top (west of the station) leads from SFD-IAS.

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Simfordian Hills [P+R], SFD-HLS. The first station on the site, serving a limited [P+R] route along SAHS. WST lines will soon meet here, and the dirt road at the right of the picture is a safeguarded area for a future upgrade to Ferry Avenue Parkway. This upgrade had been completed before the closure of the tour.




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