HPMRS Raildate 08 Apr 04


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

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* * * * A HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OUR READERS * * * *

THE ETYMOLOGY OF "GRICING"

Harvey Saunders begs to differ on the subject of the term "Gricing":

Sir!

The origin of this term, as I understand it, is rather older than your other correspondent suggested: In the early 1840s, a Mr Gricer wrote a letter to The Times in which he mentioned that he had noticed that the, say, 12:15 from Paddington to Bath, had been pulled by the same locomotive, say 'Excalibur', on every recent occasion on which he had used that train. He asked if this was a coincidence and had other readers noticed similar phenomena. There followed more and more similar letters - concluding with a grumpy one complaining about Gricer's people clogging the correspondence column with trivial observations.

So, Mr Gricer was the first train spotter.

(Unless you know different ...Ed)

NICK WHEAT'S NETWATCH


A website detailing withdrawn and stored locomotives:

http://www.wnxx.com/


Lots of useful information at The RailwayCentre.com:

http://www.therailwaycentre.com/index.html


Secretary of State Alistair Darling announced a major review of the structure of Britain's railway on 19th January. The review will focus on: the structural and organisational changes needed to improve overall rail performance for its customers; the progress being made by increased investment with clear lines of accountability and responsibility; and the regulation of safety. To contribute go to:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_railways/documents/page/dft_railw ays_027343.hcsp


You bored the Channel Tunnel, and now you're boring me. For sale - Channel Tunnel boring machine - get your bids in here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3284949854&category=41 3


The Newcomen Society is organising the following events:

9th June: Visit to Tower Bridge - Behind the Scenes

22nd-24th October: A weekend on Helicopters at Yeovil with a visit to HMS Heron Naval Air Station and a visit to AugustaWestlands, with lectures on the Saturday and a visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum on the Sunday.

The tours are open to all - details from David Worth: dave@railway42.fsnet.co.uk


In case anyone was planning to go to Didcot this weekend, GWR Diesel Railcar Number 22 will not be operating as planned due to a difficulty getting replacement engine parts. It should however be operating Spring Bank Holiday Weekend Sat 29th May to Mon 31st May.


IN THE NEWS

Thames Trains 2m fine: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3602379.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3600465.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3602303.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3604515.stm

Rail safety system faces delays: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3610311.stm

Rail disruption over Easter: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3610079.stm

Rail union considers strike vote: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3607129.stm

Newquay branch crossing accident: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3605183.stm

GNER equips trains with high speed Internet access: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3607357.stm

New trains for Northern Ireland: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/3599089.stm

Flying Scotsman to stay in the UK: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3599427.stm


TV and Radio

Sat Apr 10 1130-1200 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Sat Apr 10 1830-1900 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Sun Apr 11 0900-1400 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails' The whole series
Sun Apr 11 1400-1900 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails' The whole series
Sun Apr 11 2000-2100 Discovery 'Queen Mary 2' A look at the new liner
Sun Apr 11 1900-2000 BBC1 'Brilliantly British' Josiah Wedgwood
Mon Apr 12 0400-0500 Discovery 'Queen Mary 2' A look at the new liner
Mon Apr 12 1000-1030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Mon Apr 12 1330-1400 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Mon Apr 12 1400-1430 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Steam pumping engines
Mon Apr 12 1830-1930 BBC1 'The Legend of the Tamworth Two' Some railway scenes
Mon Apr 12 1930-2000 Five 'Demolition Squad' A Birmingham tower block
Mon Apr 12 2000-2030 Five 'Building the Ultimate...' Tank
Mon Apr 12 2000-2030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Mon Apr 12 2030-2100 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Steam pumping engines
Tue Apr 13 1000-1030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Tue Apr 13 1250-1305 BBC2 'Big Screen Britain' The Dambusters
Tue Apr 13 1330-1400 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Tue Apr 13 1400-1430 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Marine engines
Tue Apr 13 2000-2030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Tue Apr 13 2030-2100 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Marine engines
Wed Apr 14 0400-0500 Discovery 'Salvage Squad'
Wed Apr 14 1000-1030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Wed Apr 14 1330-1400 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Wed Apr 14 1400-1430 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Giant Trucks
Wed Apr 14 2000-2030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Wed Apr 14 2030-2100 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Giant Trucks
Wed Apr 14 2200-2300 Discovery 'Salvage Squad' Restoring a Centurian tank
Thu Apr 15 1000-1030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Thu Apr 15 1330-1400 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Thu Apr 15 1400-1430 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Airships
Thu Apr 15 1930-2000 ITV1 West 'Brunel - the Little Giant'
Thu Apr 15 1930-2000 ITV1 West Country 'Brunel - the Little Giant'
Thu Apr 15 2000-2030 BBC2 'Landscape Mysteries - In Search of Irish Gold'
Thu Apr 15 2000-2030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Thu Apr 15 2030-2100 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Airships
Fri Apr 16 1000-1030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Fri Apr 16 1330-1400 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Fri Apr 16 1400-1430 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Steam trains
Fri Apr 16 2000-2030 Discovery 'Mark Williams on the Rails'
Fri Apr 16 2030-2100 Discovery 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Steam trains

Events

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.
Mon Apr 05 - Fri Apr 16 ? Great Central Railway: Easter Daily Running http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Wed Apr 07 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Canterbury and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Fri Apr 09 ? Swanage Railway: Hot Cross Bun Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Fri Apr 09 ? Pendon Museum
Madder Valley Railway in operation http://www.pendonmuseum.com
Fri Apr 09 - Sun Apr 18 ? Mid-Hants Railway: Day out with Thomas http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Fri Apr 09 - Mon Apr 12 ? Dean Forest Railway: Easter Services
Includes an Easter Bunny Hunt http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Apr 10 - Mon Apr 12 ? Swanage Railway: Easter Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Apr 10 - Mon Apr 12 ? Great Central Railway: Classic Vehicle Rally http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat Apr 10 - Mon Apr 12 1000-1700 42nd York Model Railway Show
New Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse 1000-1700 each day http://www.yorkshow.freeserve.co.uk
Thu Apr 15 - Sun Apr 18 ? Dean Forest Railway: Day Out With Thomas http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Apr 17 1400 Paddington Films present British Transport Films
Little Theatre Cinema, St Michael's Place, Bath Street, Bath
Mail on Rail: LMS Events of 1938, Letter for Wales (1960),
Night Mail (1936), Newspaper Train (1942), Thirty Million
Letters (1963) commencing at 1400
Sat Apr 17 - Sun Apr 18 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Crawley Model Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition
Tanbridge House School, Guildford Road (A281), Horsham 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.crawleymrs.org.uk
Sat Apr 17 - Sun Apr 18 ? 50th Brighton Coach Rally
Madeira Drive, Brighton
Sat Apr 17 - Sun Apr 18 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Heathcote O Gauge Society - Model Railway Show
Humphrey Perkins High School, Cotes Road, Barrow-upon-Soar
Nr Loughborough, Leicestershire
Includes LNWR Society Open Day on the Saturday 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Sat Apr 17 - Sun Apr 18 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Macclesfield Model Railway Show
Ryles Park School, Ryles Park Road, Macclesfield 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Sun Apr 18 1430 Rob Foxon's 'Railways Remembered' Archive Film Show
Phoenix Arts, Leicester
New West Coast Main Line
Show starts at 1430
Further information: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk
Wed Apr 21 1400-1730 The Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, York
Railway Research Workshops 2003-04
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' 1400-1730
All welcome - refreshments will be served
NRM car-parking charges apply except for registered disabled
Sat Apr 24 - Sun Apr 25 ? Dean Forest Railway: 1940s Re-enactment Weekend
Live battle each day, military vehicle displays http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Apr 24 - Sun Apr 25 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Sutton Coldfield MRS Model Railway Exhibition
Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Lichfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk
Sat Apr 24 - Sun Apr 25 ? Churnet Valley Railway: 1940s Weekend 1940s dance on Saturday evening - pre-booking essential http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Apr 24 - Sun Apr 25 ? Dean Forest Railway: Forties Wartime Weekend http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Apr 24 - Sun Apr 25 ? The Great British Train Show 2004
Brampton, Buffalo, NY http://www.theplatelayers.org/gbts2004.htm
Sun Apr 25 1000-1530 Bluebell Railway: Railway & Toy Collectors Fair
Horsted Keynes station 1000-1530 http://www.tobaz.co.uk/bluebell/carboot.htm
Sun Apr 25 ? Isle of Wight Bus Museum Bus Running Day
Sun Apr 25 1030-1700 Stowmarket Model Railway Club Exhibition
Leisure Centre, Gainsporough Road, Stowmarket 1030-1700 http://www.stowrailclub.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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