Paddington Station 24/7 – Engineers race against the clock to fix vital piece of equipment as rush hour on the rails rapidly approaches
The second series of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 8 October, with engineers working against the clock to fix a vital piece of electrification equipment near Maidenhead which is causing disruptions across the network.
The eight-part first series achieved a consistently high audience share for the Monday 9pm slot, averaging 1.3 million viewers per episode. The first half of series two, screened between March and June, was an equally big hit, with at least one million viewers tuning in for the first eight episodes.
The series follows railway workers on the Great Western Main Line as they deal with the biggest modernisation of the line for generations, major incidents which are causing disruption on the railway, huge sporting events, as well as the day-to-day challenge of running one of Britain’s busiest stations.
This week, a piece of equipment called a ‘pot’ is found to be cracked, requiring urgent attention to get trains back up and running as the peak travel time rapidly approaches. The pot is a vital piece of insulating equipment fundamental to the smooth running of the electrified lines. Train staff are faced with the tricky dilemma of whether to keep the disrupted services running, or stop all trains to try and get the problem fixed before evening rush hour. Engineers on the track work against the clock to fix the issue, knowing any slight delay will impact trains running to and from the capital at peak time. Paddington Station 24/7 – Engineers race against the clock to fix vital piece of equipment as rush hour on the rails rapidly approaches