HPMRS Raildate 03 Dec 04


News

RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society: http://www.ibmhursleyclub.org.uk/ss/hpmrs/

NETWATCH


Nick Wheat has spotted that the best of the National Railway Museum's railway poster archive is now available online, and you can purchase copies in sizes A5 to A0, on the paper and with the finish of your choice. (Er... for a price...)

http://www.scienceandsocietyprints.com


Also from Nick, pictures of 6233 ("Duchess of Sutherland") giving a spirited performance while 10 minutes late after a water stop Barrow Hill last weekend:

http://daviddudley.fotopic.net

The site also contains many other interesting photos, as does this site, which also has video clip:

http://www.burgess57.freeserve.co.uk/railways.htm

(Nick particularly recommends the noises emanating from the Class 40 at the recent English Electric day!)


Ever watchful for esoteric railway periodicals, Nick has also discovered PDF copies of "The Locomotive Journal" - the monthly in-house magazine of ASLEF. The archive contains all copies from 2002:

http://www.aslef.org.uk/publications/locojournal/2004/journal_2004.html

RMT News has only recently gone on line with editions starting from July 2004:

http://www.rmt.org.uk/C2B/document_tree/ViewACategory.asp?CategoryID=22

It should be noted that the content is largely political rather than historical.


The CTRL website carries a very detailed drawing of the St Pancras works (warning - it is a 4meg JPG):

http://www.ctrl.co.uk/photos/displaygallery.asp?ID=4607&L=19&SL=46 - be


A website for railway heritage activities in India:

http://www.brhg.4t.com/


IN THE NEWS

Network Rail back in the black: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4044589.stm

First Great Western sued over seat belts: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4052095.stm

Another level crossing near-miss: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2004/11/26/newsstory6568697t0.asp

Train hits overhead cables at Welwyn Garden City: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/4062543.stm

Booking return tickets "a bit of a gamble": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4059089.stm

Bombadier axes jobs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4058553.stm

Grantham-Skegness line piloted as a "community railway": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/4061119.stm

Cornwall rail bottleneck cured: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4052875.stm

Disappointment and protests over rail access: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4052277.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4057473.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/4057585.stm

Commuters "suffer extreme stress": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4052861.stm

Rail fares set to rise more than inflation: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4057315.stm

24-hour tube strikes called off: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4056721.stm

Railway ride into history (Shakuntala Express, India): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4041983.stm

Possible second Pakistan-India rail link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4061029.stm


TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf

Sat Dec 04

1940-2040

BBC2 'Fred Dibnah Tribute'

Sat Dec 04

2040-2130

BBC2 'Mystery of the Missing Ace' An air-crash investigation

Sun Dec 05

1420-1555

ITV1 'The Great Locomotive Chase' 1956 Western

Mon Dec 06

2100-2200

Channel 4 'Bomber Crew' Young pilots learn to fly a Lancaster

Tue Dec 07

1535-1730

Five 'Istanbul Express' 1968 spy movie

Tue Dec 07

0930-0945

Radio 4 'Subway' Documentary series about the New York subway 5/5

Fri Dec 10

1545-1600

Radio 4 'Henry's People' Restoring a commercial barge


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.

We've entered the Santa Specials season - please note that almost without exception, railways require tickets on these trains to be pre-booked.

Sat Dec 04

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Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Lincoln and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk

Thu Dec 04 - Fri Dec 05

1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun)

Warley MRC National Model Railway Exhibition
The NEC, Birmingham 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) * * RAILDATE will be represented at the Kestrel Railway Books * * (KRB Publications) and Lightmoor Press stand http://www.warley-mrc.org.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Mid-Hants Railway: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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East Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Bluebell Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Kent and East Sussex Railway: Santa Specials http://www.kesr.org.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Specials http://www.buzzrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Perrygrove Railway: Santa Specials http://www.perrygrove.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Severn Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.svr.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Northampton & Lamport Railway: Santa Specials http://www.nlr.org.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Great Central Railway: Santa Specials http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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The Battlefield Line: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Midland Railway, Butterley: Santa Specials http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Peak Rail: Santa Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Sun Dec 05

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Bowes Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bowesrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 04 - Mon Dec 06

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Avon Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.avonvalleyrailway.co.uk

Sun Dec 05

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

Sun Dec 05

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Moors Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.moorsvalleyrailway.co.uk

Sun Dec 05

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Isle of Wight Railway: Santa Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Sun Dec 05

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South Devon Railway: Santa by Steam http://www.southdevonrailway.org

Sun Dec 05

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Colne Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Sun Dec 05

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Dean Forest Railway: Santa Specials http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Sun Dec 05

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Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Santa Specials http://barrowhill.org.uk

Sun Dec 05

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Rudyard Lake Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.rlsr.co.uk

Tue Dec 07

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Main Line Steam - Christmas Carol Specials
Salisbury and return
Timings available from me courtesy Neil Kearns
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk

Tue Dec 07

1900-2100

Southampton Toy and Train Collectors' Evening
Avenue Hall, The Avenue, Southampton 1900-2100

Tue Dec 07

1945

Rob Foxon's 'Railways Remembered' Archive Film Show
Rugby United Railwaymens Club
Special Christmas Programme
Show starts at 1945
Further information: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk

Wed Dec 08

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Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Specials http://www.buzzrail.co.uk

Wed Dec 08

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Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Wed Dec 08

1830

Annual 'Steampipes' Railway Film Show
A fundraiser for the Ffestiniog, Tallylyn and Welshpool &
Llanfair Railways
Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road (opp Euston station)
Introduced by Rob Foxon with Len Rawle at the mighty organ (As featured many years ago in John Betjeman's 'Metroland')
Doors open 1830 for a 1900 start
Tickets: 8.00 (Adult), 4.00 (Child)
Tickets from Box Office RZ, 2 Millard Way, Hitchin, Herts
SG4 0QE - cheques payable to Talyllyn Railway, with SAE

Thu Dec 09

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Midland Railway, Butterley: Santa Specials http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

Thu Dec 09 - Sun Dec 12

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Santa's North Pole Express http://www.wyvernrail.co.uk/

Fri Dec 10 - Sun Dec 12

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Didcot Railway Centre: Thomas Santa Specials http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Sat Dec 11

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Main Line Steam - Christmas Carol Specials
Stratford-upon-Avon and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Mid-Hants Railway: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Isle of Wight Railway: Santa Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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East Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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South Devon Railway: Santa by Steam http://www.southdevonrailway.org

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Bluebell Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Kent and East Sussex Railway: Santa Specials http://www.kesr.org.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Colne Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Specials http://www.buzzrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Avon Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.avonvalleyrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Dean Forest Railway: Santa Specials http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Perrygrove Railway: Santa Specials http://www.perrygrove.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Gwili Railway: Santa Specials http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Severn Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.svr.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Northampton & Lamport Railway: Santa Specials http://www.nlr.org.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Great Central Railway: Santa Specials http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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The Battlefield Line: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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The Steeple Grange Light Railway: Santa Specials http://www.steeplegrange.org.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Midland Railway, Butterley: Santa Specials http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Peak Rail: Santa Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Rly: Santa Specials http://www.fairbournerailway.com

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Ffestiniog Railway: Santa Specials http://www.festrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 11 - Sun Dec 12

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Welsh Highland Railway: Santa Specials http://www.festrail.co.uk

Sun Dec 12

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Moors Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.moorsvalleyrailway.co.uk

Sun Dec 12

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Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Santa Specials http://barrowhill.org.uk

Sun Dec 12

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Rudyard Lake Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.rlsr.co.uk

Sun Dec 12

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Bowes Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bowesrailway.co.uk

Mon Dec 13

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Main Line Steam - Christmas Carol Specials
Winchester and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk

Wed Dec 15

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Main Line Steam - Christmas Carol Specials
Canterbury and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk

Wed Dec 15

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Colne Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Wed Dec 15

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Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Specials http://www.buzzrail.co.uk

Wed Dec 15

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Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Thu Dec 16

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Main Line Steam - Christmas Carol Specials
Winchester and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk

Thu Dec 16

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Midland Railway, Butterley: Santa Specials http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

Fri Dec 17 - Sun Dec 19

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Didcot Railway Centre: Thomas Santa Specials http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Sat Dec 18

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Main Line Steam - Christmas Carol Specials
Chichester and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk

Sat Dec 18

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Dean Forest Railway: Railway Carols & Cameos
Special steam train to St Mary's Church, Lydney http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Mid-Hants Railway: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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East Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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South Devon Railway: Santa by Steam http://www.southdevonrailway.org

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Bluebell Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Kent and East Sussex Railway: Santa Specials http://www.kesr.org.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Colne Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Specials http://www.buzzrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Avon Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.avonvalleyrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Dean Forest Railway: Santa Specials http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Perrygrove Railway: Santa Specials http://www.perrygrove.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Severn Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.svr.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Northampton & Lamport Railway: Santa Specials http://www.nlr.org.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Gwili Railway: Santa Specials http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Talyllyn Railway: Santa Specials
Carol Train at 7.00pm on Saturday http://www.talyllyn.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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The Battlefield Line: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Santa's North Pole Express http://www.wyvernrail.co.uk/

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Midland Railway, Butterley: Santa Specials http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Peak Rail: Santa Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Ffestiniog Railway: Santa Specials http://www.festrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Sun Dec 19

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Welsh Highland Railway: Santa Specials http://www.festrail.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Fri Dec 24

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Isle of Wight Railway: Santa Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Sat Dec 18 - Fri Dec 24

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Great Central Railway: Santa Specials http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

Sun Dec 19

1030-1500

Eastleigh Toy and Model Collectors' Fair
Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh 1030-1500

Sun Dec 19

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Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Santa Specials http://barrowhill.org.uk

Sun Dec 19

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Rudyard Lake Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.rlsr.co.uk

Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk


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