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


Paul Bartlett's fotopic Wagon update:

BR & LNER Trout ballast hopper ZFO (C#565118) - 29 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c565118.html One for the specialist wagoner, collection includes both a very few LNER versions of the wagons and detail photographs. Until the very last scan I was fascinated by how consistently these appear to have received their TOPS codes and lost the names - this is most unusual for the late 70s period, and then the last one has both the wrong code and a zero instead of an O. Pretty scarce - they seem to have been more popular in Scotland if the results of one quick sortie up there is typical.

Fisons Ammonia tanks, Chas Roberts 1958 (C#563855) - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c563855.html An attractive alternative to the Airfix (showing my age!) class B Esso tanks. They were green from new and lasted well. Pretty difficult to get, one of the few rejections I received was my request to look around Bristol Parkway - but nice photos through the fence!

BSW & BSR Bogie bolster D Timber wagons (C#562810) - 10 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c562810.html Reminding me how difficult finding loaded wagons could be.

ICI liquid chlorine, unfit (C#560127) - 33 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c560127.html One we have published a drawing of, I will do the Northampton drain train conversion soon.

MAT Cartic 4 1st batch - Rootes (C#558021) - 29 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c558021.html Other Car carriers collections have beeen very popular - am I correct to suspect it is the cars which are of greater interest? Longbridge - what a dump! No wonder no one can make it pay, apart from into their own pockets.

RLS Clyde Cement PBA Covhops (C#552266) - 7 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c552266.html Goes with the PDA, amazing how short lived some wagons are - history begins today - Remember your uncle Paul has told you.

RLS Clyde Cement PDA Tanks (C#551110) - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c551110.html By request. Why am I not surprised the loco is more popular than the wagons. Nice wagons, nice livery - very much of its time.

MODA Warflats PFB, KFB, and WW2 (C#542577) - 25 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c542577.html Mixture of the WW2 wagons and their replacements.

BR Izal Palvan VPV diag 1/221 (C#539785) - 14 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c539785.html One of the special van fleets built for one customer whom soon gave up with rail! If anyone knows more about the Izal factory (apart from the initial excellent report in Transport Age) I would like to hear from you.

MODA Warwells PFV, PFB and KWB (C#538203) - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c538203.html The WW2 Warwells and their rebuilding as modern wagons. Note the confusion of TOPS codes with the Warflats and gain some understanding of why I do not accept TOPS codes as describing a wagon - they don't!

LNER Dolphin rail, ballast and sleeper wagon (C#534954) - 52 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c534954.html Quite a variety here, of design, rebuilding, number series and colour. I wonder if we will ever understand the LNER departmental number series?

BR Dolphin YAO diag. 639 (C#533734) - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c533734.html and the BR versions of the same, more standardised, but then hacked about.

BR 16t minerals, includes SNCF (C#529418) - 31 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c529418.html Slowly I will 'do' the mineral wagons. I know they are half the fleet, but hey you all know them already.

MAT 94xxx series Carflat (C#525521) - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c525521.html Cars, you like cars, I give you cars. These wagons suddenly seemed to appear from nowhere - were they stored, were they on the continent?

TRL PCA PC009F for Lever Bros & Albright Wilson (C#523238) - 18 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c523238.html Another request for the purple wagons. Includes details.

BR Blue spot fish vans (C#521664) - 25: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c521664.htm How quickly traffics are lost. I noticed in one of the books on LNER loco sheds that two of these were working with a breakdown crane by 1970.

World War 1 Warflat as Bogie Boster (C#519756) - 9 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c519756.html Nice to remember what one could trip over, not so long ago!

Grain wagons on BR (C#85932) - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c85932.html

Depressed centre wagons for Ketton cement TLG/TRL 946x (C#66639) - 2 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c66639.html

Train Sim add-ons. Spotted by Nick Wheat - why not go the whole hog!


Nick also recommends these sites if you've an hour or two to spare!


http://www.tracks.revisited.fotopic.net (check out the quality of the B&W Deltic shots)


The Derwent Valley Light Railway Society:


Information and pictures of Spurn Head together with a photo of an interesting railway relic near the end of the page:


Railway, boats & waterways, and "other stuff" at Mark Annand's interesting site:


Denver Garden Railway Society:


Adrian Sweeney's "Ships of Mann" web site.


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

Heard somewhere on London Underground:

"Please allow the doors to close. Try not to confuse this with 'Please hold the doors open'. The two are distinct and separate instructions."


Warning on Network Rail spending: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4617349.stm

Plans to extend Glasgow subway http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/40534.html

Glamorgan rail link returns after 40 years: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4077960.stm

Campaign launched for new station: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/4612647.stm

Call to continue southern rail campaigns: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/4615445.stm

Greater Manchester engineering work: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4074642.stm

Train guards cancel strike action: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4074672.stm

Rail staff balloted on strike: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/4079514.stm

Rescue plan for Weardale Railway: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4075738.stm

Wensleydale Railway in fresh cash plea: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/4076764.stm

Thomas the Absent Tank Engine: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/4611373.stm

Strikes cripple French railways: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4604411.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat Jun 11 2025-2125 BBC2 'A Picture of Britain' Major new series - 1/6 The North
Sun Jun 12 2010-2100 BBC4 'Travels with Pevsner' Norfolk with Dan Cruickshank
Sun Jun 12 2100-2200 BBC1 'A Picture of Britain' Major new series - 2/6 The East
Sun Jun 12 2200-2240 BBC4 'A Digital Picture of Britain' 2/6 The East of England
Sun Jun 12 2240-2310 BBC4 'Talking Landscapes' East Anglia
Sun Jun 12 2310-2340 BBC4 'Landscape Mysteries - The abandoned marsh
Mon Jun 13 0030-0110 BBC4 'A Digital Picture of Britain' 2/6 The East of England
Mon Jun 13 1900-2000 BBC4 'Days That Shook the World' Marconi and Concorde
Mon Jun 13 2000-2030 ITV1 'Why Rover Crashed: Tonight with Trevor McDonald' 1/2
Tue Jun 14 0030-0130 BBC4 'Days That Shook the World' Marconi and Concorde
Tue Jun 14 2000-2030 UKTV History 'Time Flyers' WWI lines and zigzags near Sheffield
Tue Jun 14 2030-2100 UKTV History 'Time Flyers' Derwent Dam
Tue Jun 14 2200-2230 BBC2 'Britain's Biggest Black Hole' The Channel Tunnel
Tue Jun 14 1900-1930 BBC4 'A Digital Picture of Britain' 2/6 The East of England
Tue Jun 14 2300-2330 BBC4 'A Digital Picture of Britain' 2/6 The East of England
Wed Jun 15 0330-0400 BBC4 'A Digital Picture of Britain' 2/6 The East of England
Thu Jun 16 1900-2000 BBC2 'Britain's Best Buildings' The Forth Bridge (if no football)
Fri Jun 17 0115-0145 BBC4 'A Digital Picture of Britain' 2/6 The East of England
Fri Jun 17 1930-2000 BBC2 'Seven Natural Wonders' 6/8 The West
Fri Jun 17 2000-2030 ITV1 'Why Rover Crashed: Tonight with Trevor McDonald' 2/2


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 Jun 11 ? Rededication ceremony for the 50th birthday of 'SS Shieldhall'
Includes celebration cruise and lunch http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk/index.htm
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 ? Moors Valley Railway Grand Summer Gala
Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Hants
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(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Shepton & District Model Railway Society Annual Exhibition
Whitstone School, Charlton Road, Shepton Mallett 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
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 ? Stagecoach Open day, Farlington Depot, Portsmouth
Celebrating 90 years of Southdown Motor Services
Sun Jun 12 ? Crich Tramway Village: Tramathon (all working trams operating) http://www.tramway.co.uk
Fri Jun 17 - Sun Jun 19 ? Great Central Railway: 'Operation Victory' WWII Experience http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 18 1000-1700 Alresford Vintage Toy Train Show perins Community School, Alresford 1000-1700
Sat Jun 18 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Gloucester & return ('King Edward I')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Jun 18 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steamdays http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Jun 18 ? Dean Forest Railway: Branchline Auto Day
Re-creating the Great Western Branchline with 1450 plus autocoach and also loco 9681
Sat Jun 18 1030-1700 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Model Railway Exhibition
Burton Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton-upon-Trent 1030-1700 http://www.7mmnga.org.uk
Sat Jun 18 - Sun Jun 19 1000-1730 Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers Model Railway Exhibition
Exbury Gardens Railway, Nr Beaulieu 1000-1730 both days
Sat Jun 18 - Sun Jun 19 1030-1700 GRS Trent Group European Show
Cromford Community Centre, Derbyshire 1030-1700 both days
Sun Jun 19 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Austin Centenary Celebration
Celebrating 100 years of Austin cars http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sun Jun 19 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Fathers' Day Steamday http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Jun 25 1030-1700 Sussex Vintage Model Railway Collectors Toy Train Show
The Knoyle Hall, Knoyle Road, Preston Park, Brighton 1030-1700
Sat Jun 25 - Sun Jun 26 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Midsummer Steamdays http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Jun 25 - Sun Jun 26 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) North 'n' South Garden Railway Show
Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud, Gloucestershire 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sat Jun 25 - Sun Jun 26 ? Dean Forest Railway: Charity Family Fun Weekend
Sat Jun 25 - Sun Jun 26 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Steam Gala http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sun Jun 26 ? Crich Tramway Village: Emergency Vehicle Day http://www.tramway.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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