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


I have a surplus copy of the Oakwood Press book "Great Western Branches - A Pictorial Survey" by Colin Judge". It's brand new - I just bought it in error (I already have a copy!) Cover price is 6.95, but for 5 you can add it to your collection.

"Blue Pullman" is still available to members for the special price of 16.00 (usually 19.95).


One of those websites you'll wonder how you did without:


Nottingham to Melton Railway:


Railways of North Wales:





News from former member, Rod Blakeman, who recently exhibited his updated Southdown layout at the Merstham garden railway show. This was the third since its revamp, and once again, it was a great success. Things are evidently going really well with the layout at shows, and it seems to be very much appreciated by the paying public:


HPMRS member Lawrence Hanney and Melissa recently had a break on the Isle of Wight and have put some pictures of their visit to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway here:


Moors Valley Railway:


Gordon Jones recently visited Midford and has put several photographs at:


Graham Bean has started loading his 1960s pictures onto fotopic at:


Geoff Greenslade's current images:


And finally... from Renaud (Ron) Olgiati...

Heard somewhere on London Underground:

"Beggars are operating on this train, please do NOT encourage these professional beggars; if you have any spare change, please give it to a registered charity, failing that, give it to me."


Woking-Basingstoke closed over Bank Holiday: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/4582569.stm

Company sees off slam-door trains: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/4581585.stm

Reduced delays boost Network Rail: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4581637.stm

A bridge with planning permission to convert into housing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/4576409.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/4581845.stm

North rail route is most scenic: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4580759.stm

Bradford railway reopens for walkers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bradford/4571287.stm

Councillors oppose railway plans: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4582535.stm

"Safety" strike action on Midland Mainline: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/4584647.stm

Union demands rail safety device: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4575065.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat May 28 2030-2130 BBC4 'Alchemists of Sound' The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Sun May 29 0315-0415 BBC4 'Alchemists of Sound' The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Tue May 31 2200-2300 BBC4 'Himalaya with Michael Palin'
Fri Jun 03 1340-1515 Channel 4 'The Lavender Hill Mob' Classic 1951 crime caper


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 May 28 ? Crich Tramway Village: 50th Anniversary Cavalcade http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat May 28 - Sun May 29 1030-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Risborough & District MRC RAILEX
Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Harvey Road, Aylesbury Bucks 1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.rdmrc.nildram.co.uk
Sat May 28 - Mon May 30 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Spring Holiday Activity Steamdays http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat May 28 - Mon May 30 ? Great Central Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat May 28 - Mon May 30 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Whit Bank Holiday Service http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat May 28 - Sun Jun 05 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.steamtrain.co.uk
Mon May 30 1330-1700 Woodbine Cottage Garden Railway
Church Lane, Off Danes Road, Awbridge, near Romsey (Grid reference: SU 320326) 1330-1700
Entrance and unlimited train rides: 2.00
Teas and stalls including books, bric-a-brack, produce and bring and buy
Proceeds to Cancer Research UK
Tue May 31 1930 West Somerset Railway Association, Bristol Branch
BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton
The Welsh Highland Railway - Tony Ward 1930 for 1945 start; admission 2.00 http://www.wsra.org.uk/
Wed Jun 01 ? ITS Transport History Workshop
Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, York 1400hrs
Imperial railways, railway imperialism
Gary Goldfinch
Steel in the Sand: The History of Egypt and its Raillways
Di Drummond (Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds)
Railway development and British imperialism: cultures of dominant technology?
All welcome - refreshments will be served.
All workshops held in the Yorkshire Rail Academy at the NRM
Please use either public entrance to the NRM and tell staff at the desk that you are attending the IRS&TH workshops
Thu Jun 02 - Sun Jun 05 ? Dean Forest Railway: Day Out With Thomas
Sat Jun 04 1030-1530 Reading Rail-Bus 2005 (Collectors' Fair)
Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading 1030-1530 Free Routemaster bus from Reading station http://www.tobaz.co.uk
Sat Jun 04 ? Thomas and Friends 60th Anniversary Party
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire http://www.thomasandfriends.com
Sat Jun 04 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Weymouth & return ('King Edward I')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Jun 04 1000-1630 Diesel and Electric Modellers United Showcase Event 2005
Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffs 10.00-16.30
The show for the D&E era modeller featuring D&E era layouts in 7mm, 4mm and 2mm plus full trade support and modelling demonstrations
Kestrel Railway Books will be formally launching their new title 'Blue Pullman' by Kevin Robertson
Ample free parking http://www.demu.co.uk/
Sat Jun 04 ? Peak Rail: Pie & Pea Supper and Real Ale Evening http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Jun 04 - Sun Jun 05 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steam and Railcar days http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Jun 04 - Sun Jun 05 ? Kew Bridge Steam Museum: Kew Bridge Model Boat Show http://www.kbsm.org
Sat Jun 05 1000-1500 Romsey Signal Box Open Day 1000-1500; Admission free (donations welcome!)
Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in school grounds
AGM at 1530
Sun Jun 05 ? London Country Bus Rally - Hertford http://freespace.virgin.net/ian.smith/buses/CBR/CBR01.htm
Sun Jun 05 ? Great Central Railway: Quorn Swopmeet http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sun Jun 05 ? Peak Rail: Steam - Story - Song - Special http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Wed Jun 08 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Bath & Bristol & return (Black 5)
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Jun 11 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Gloucester & return (Black 5)
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Jun 11 ? Peak Rail: Renown Repulse Restoration Group Evening Dining and Real Ale Train http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jun 12 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steamdays http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jun 12 1100-1700 Pendon Museum: Dartmoor Layout 50th Anniversary Weekend 1100-1700 both days http://www.pendonmuseum.com
Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jun 12 1000-1700 Chatham & District MRC Chatham Show 2005
Chatham Historic Dockyard 1000-1700 both days http://www.chathamshow.co.uk
Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jun 12 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Duffield Station Open Days http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jun 12 ? Peak Rail: Arts and Crafts Fair http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Jun 11 - Sun Jun 12 1000-1700 Wingfield Railway Group 10th Peak Model Railway Exhibition
Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Features HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson's, 'New Stanton Lees' 1000-1700 both days http://www.wingfieldrailwaygroup.co.uk
Sun Jun 12 ? Crich Tramway Village: Tramathon (all working trams operating) http://www.tramway.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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