HPMRS Raildate 19 Mar 04


RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society: http://steam.to/hpmrs


A site full of Class 40 pictures:


Rail Renationalisation Group... If you think renationalisation (deprivatisation? publicisation?) is needed, there is a new discussion group devoted to the topic:


Torre Signal Box was broken into on the night of 5th/6th March. All items of any value were stolen including Block Switch, Block Bells and Block Instruments. Further information is on their website:


A new product aimed at modellers is looking for beta testers. It is a fully customisable interlocking lever frame kit that also includes a software package to help you determine what you need to build it.

Check the 'guest lounge' SigScribe4 1.0.beta forum for links to some example files. Runs on mac and win:


On 9th March 2004, trams returned to the streets of Nottingham for the first time since September 1936. The Nottingham Express Transit system was officially opened the previous day by the Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling MP.

Official NET web site: http://www.thetram.net/

Stephen Dee's unofficial site: http://www.nettrams.net/

Radio Nottingham's site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/features/2004/03/tram_index.shtml

Apparently many of the first day's passengers appeared to be male, forty plus, and carrying notebooks and video cameras...!

A series of seminars under the generic title "Transport and Travel in the Countryside" is taking place in June at the Centre for Rural History at the University of Reading:

1 June Mark Casson (University of Reading) The impact of railways on the rural economy, 1825-1914 Jill Murdoch (University of York) From Elephant to Penge West: the railway in the artist's landscape

8 June Stephen Hipkin (Canterbury Christ Church) The metropolitan grain trade of Kent and the local politics of dearth, 560-1640 Michael Winstanley (University of Lancaster) Corn and potatoes: the food supply of industrial Lancashire, c.1780-1850

15 June Brian Griffin (Bath Spa University) Cycling and rural Ireland in the 1880s and 1890s Peter Merriman (University of Reading) '"Beautified" is a vile phrase': the politics and aesthetics of roads in mid twentieth-century Britain

All sessions will take place in the seminar room of the Museum of English Rural Life, Chancellor's Way, Whiteknights, University of Reading. They will begin at 2pm, with a refreshment break between papers. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, York Railway Research Workshops 2003-04

Wednesday 21 April 2004 14.00-17.30 The railway problem in post-war Britain Charles Loft (Huddersfield) 'Whitehall and the railway problem, 1951-63' Gerald Crompton (UKC) 'Network Rail - forwards or backward? Not-for-profit in British transport'

Wednesday 26 May 2004 14.00-17.30 The economics and finances of mid-C19th British railways Tony Arnold (University of Exeter) 'Structure, amalgamation and profitability in the nineteenth century British railway industry' The paper is the product of joint work with Sean McCartney, of Essex University. Joerg Schimmelpfennig (Ruhr-Universitat Bochum) 'Were railways natural monopolies? Preliminary results from the LNWR in the 1850s and 1860s'

Wednesday 30 June 2004 14.00-17.30 Aspects of labour on the Pennsylvania Railroad Al Churella (Southern Polytechnic State University) 'The problem with 'discipline': the limits of managerial control and worker autonomy on the PRR' Geoffrey Channon (University of the West of England) 'The labour policies of the PRR: rhetoric and reality, 1920-1940'

All welcome. Refreshments will be served. NRM car-parking charges apply except for registered disabled. NB: Please note that although the workshops will continue to be held at the National Railway Museum, they will now be located in the Yorkshire Rail Academy. The YRA is accessible from within The Warehouse at the NRM, off the Great Hall. You will need to use the entryphone to get into the YRA. Please ask at the Museum's welcome desk or any information point if you need help.


Tube passengers urged to be alert: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3509898.stm

UK railway stations vulnerable: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3505054.stm

What could trains learn from planes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3512350.stm

Rail police need 200 more staff: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3513296.stm

Whistles speed up trains: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3518484.stm

Bombadier to cut 1,250 jobs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/3519536.stm

Train service might cut services: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3504246.stm

Train complanies defend service: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/3503300.stm

TV and Radio

Sat Mar 20 1130-1200 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Sat Mar 20 1430-1530 Radio 4 'The Saturday Play: Beware of the Trains'
Sat Mar 20 1830-1900 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Sat Mar 20 1915-2015 C4 'Battle Stations' F-15 Eagle
Sun Mar 21 1325-1405 BBC1 South 'Greatest Southerners - Brunel'
Sun Mar 21 1325-1405 BBC1 West Midlands 'Local Heroes - R.J. Mitchell'
Sun Mar 21 1325-1405 BBC1 West 'The Man Who Shrunk the World' Sir Frank Whittle
Sun Mar 21 1900-2000 Discovery 'Time Team' Ironbridge Gorge
Sun Mar 21 2000-2030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Mon Mar 22 1300-1330 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Mon Mar 22 1905-1955 BBC4 'Great Railway Journeys' Calcutta to Rajasthan (Ian Hislop)
Mon Mar 22 1930-2000 Five 'Demolition Squad' Blyth Power Station bites the dust
Mon Mar 22 2000-2100 C4 'Salvage Squad' Restoring a 1960s hovercraft
Mon Mar 22 2000-2100 Five 'Crashes that Changed Flying' Making flying safer
Mon Mar 22 2100-2200 C4 'Time Team Special: Steel City' Sheffield's industrial past
Wed Mar 24 1100-1130 Radio 4 'Mapping the Town' Gloucester
Wed Mar 24 1930-2000 Five 'Weapons of World War II' Rockets
Wed Mar 24 2000-2030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Wed Mar 24 2100-2200 Five 'The Curse of the Titanic Sisters: Revealed'
Thu Mar 25 0530-0600 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Thu Mar 25 1930-2000 ITV1 Meridian 'Country Ways' The Basingstoke Canal
Thu Mar 25 1930-2000 ITV1 West 'Brunel - the Little Giant'
Thu Mar 25 1930-2000 ITV1 West Country 'Brunel - the Little Giant'


See Mainline Steam Tours page for up-to-date info on many of these tours, and others, often with timings.

For up-to-date information on many of the tours mentioned in RAILDATE (and others) often with timings, see the Steam Tours pages at: http://www.uksteam.info/index.shtml
All details are correct to the best of my knowledge. No responsibility is taken for inaccuracies or changes.
Sat Mar 20 0830 Solent Railwayana Auction
The Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hants
Viewing from 0830; Auction usually starts around 1045 http://www.solentrailwayana.com/
Sat Mar 20 1000-1700 Wealden Railway Group Personal Layout Show
Arundel 1st Scout Hall, Off Canada Road, Arundel 1000-1700
Sat Mar 20 1000-1700 North Downs Model Railway Circle Exhibition
St Peter's Church Hall, Chipstead Way, Woodmansterne, Surrey 1000-1700
Sat Mar 20 - Sun Mar 21 0930-1800(Sat) 0930-1700(Sun) East Midlands Model Railway Exhibition
Harvey Hadden Sports Centre, Bilborough, Nottingham 0930-1800 (Sat), 0930-1700 (Sun)
Sun Mar 21 1000-1630 Talyllyn Railway Pres Soc Model Railway Exhibition
Ferneham Hall, Fareham, Hants
Meet Christopher Awdry! 1000-1630
Sun Mar 21 ? Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line: Mother's Day http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Mar 21 ? Dean Forest Railway: Mother's Day Dining
Royal Forester Dining Train
Thu Mar 25 1930 Rob Foxon's 'Railways Remembered' Archive Film Show
Rolls Royce Pavillion, Derby
LNER East Coast Main Line
Show starts at 1930
Further information: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk
Thu Mar 25 - Sun Mar 28 ? West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala
Locomotives expected:
LMS Black 5 4-6-0 no 45407
BR Class 4 2-6-0 no 76079
GER J15 0-6-0 no 65462
SR West Country 4-6-2 no 34027 'Taw Valley'/'Exmoor'
GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T no 5552
GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T no 5542
BR(W) Manor 4-6-0 no 7820 'Dinmore Manor'
BR Class 4 2-6-4T no 80136
GWR 64xx Class 0-6-0PT no 6412
GWR no 5553 http://www.wsr.org.uk
Fri Mar 26 - Sun Mar 28 ? Great Central Railway: 1960s Steam and Diesel Gala http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat Mar 27 ? North Staffordshire Railway Study Group
George Hinchcliffe - 'Miscellany of Railway Anecdotes'
Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke http://www.nsrsg.org.uk/
Sat Mar 27 - Sun Mar 28 ? Swanage Railway: Members' Weekend http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Mar 27 - Sun Mar 28 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) The London Festival of Railway Modelling
Alexandra Palace, London 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
HPMRS member Rod Blakeman will be attending with 'Southdown'
Sat Mar 27 - Sun Mar 28 ? Kent and East Sussex Railway: 30th Anniversary Celebrations http://www.kesr.org.uk
Sun Mar 28 1030-1530 Toy and Train Collectors Fair
Queen Elizabeth's School, Blandford Road, Wimborne 1030-1530 http://www.wimbornetoyfair.co.uk
Sun Mar 28 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Gloucester and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Tue Mar 30 1930 West Somerset Railway Association Bristol Branch
BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton; 1930 for 1945 start
Member's Evening
Wed Mar 31 1930 Rob Foxon's 'Railways Remembered' Archive Film Show
Corn Market Hall, Kettering
LNER East Coast Main Line
Show starts at 1930
Further information: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk
Sat Apr 03 1000-1630 Wessex Narrow-Gauge Modelers Exhibition
Sparsholt College 1000-1630
Sat Apr 03 1000-1600 Berkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society Exhibition
Baptists Church Hall, Bearwood Road, Sindlesham, Berkshire 1000-1600
Sat Apr 03 1000-1700 West Bromwich Rail Model Railway Exhibition
St James Church Hall, Hill Top, West Bromwich 1000-1700
Sat Apr 03 - Sun Apr 04 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club - The Epsom Show
North East Surrey College of Technology, Reigate Road, Ewell
Includes Bath Green Park 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.trainweb.org/eemrc/exhib.htm
Sat Apr 03 - Sun Apr 04 ? Kent and East Sussex Railway: 30th Anniversary Celebrations http://www.kesr.org.uk
Sat Apr 03 - Sun Apr 04 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Steam Gala http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Apr 03 - Sun Apr 04 ? ScaleFour North
Wakefield College, Thornes Park, Wakefield http://www.scalefour.org
Sun Apr 04 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day 1000-1600; Admission free (donations welcome!)
Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in school grounds
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk http://www.topica.com/lists/romseybox
Sun Apr 04 ? London Bus Preservation Trust Open Day
Wisley Airfield
Free travel on a huge variety of old and brand new buses http://www.kevinmcgowan.org/events.html
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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