Part of the new depot
|Operator(s)||Great Western Railway (train operating company)|
|Depot code(s)||RG (1973-)|
|Former depot code(s)|
The depot was situated to the west of Reading station and to the north of Reading West station until 2012. It was located within the wye formed by the Great Western Main Line to the north, with the Reading to Basingstoke Line split into the curve from Reading West to Reading to the east, and the curve connecting Reading West to the westbound main line to the west.
With the rebuilding of Reading Station and the remodelling of the track, the depot was moved from the wye to a brand new facility located on the other side (to the north) of the main running lines, next to the fields where the Reading Festival is held each year. This new depot opened in mid 2012 and is home to First Great Western's fleet of Class 165 and 166 Network Turbos, and two Class 150s used on the Basingstoke shuttle (150 001/002). As part of the construction, the preliminary equipment for electrification of the Great Western Main Line was installed. It is intended that this new depot will also be able to handle Crossrail stock once it is delivered.
The old depot was subsequently demolished apart from two Great Western Railway era water towers, one of which has been donated to the West Somerset Railway (WSR). The site is being used as part of the southern approach to the new flyover for primarily fast passenger trains so that their movements do not conflict with freight trains coming from Southampton along the future Electric Spine.
Changes since 2012
The new "Reading Train Care Depot" was announced as "completed" on 31 July 2013.
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