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


Pictures of the recent damage to "Green Arrow" rumoured to have been due to the shearing of one of the bolts holding the big-end bearing together:


(The main site is also worth a look: http://rileysontour.fotopic.net/ )

Photos showing the disassembled damaged parts:


You can subscribe to the Dean Forest Express newsletter at:


Among the articles this month is news of Parkend Station, where an inspection by Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate is planned for October.

The railway has had a welcome increase in passengers this year and looks forward to the trend continuing for the remainder of the year. Trains operate every Sunday until the end of October (also Wednesdays and Saturdays until the end of September) with an enhanced programme during school half term week on October 22/23/26/29/30.

Much detail can also be found on the DFR website:


The Southern Railway Photo Net:


Southern Railway Email Group:


If you have broadband (or patience) a subscripton to the UKTrainsim file library also gives you access to about 100 free Microsoft Train Simulator routes (recently the Lyme Regis branch was added) and many thousands of rolling stock items.

Trainz has a free library at


Paul Gausden has been steadily building up a set of SR/SECR and KESR models for simulators over the past few years:


for Microsoft Train Simulator and Trainz models


for a few SR Microsoft Train Simulator models.

Kuju Software's site for their forthcoming Train Simulator (a successor to Microsoft Train Simulator)features the Somerset and Dorset as its primary UK rail route:


And the Black Five is here:


Mike Morant would like to know the location of this shot. I feel sure it must be round here somewhere - can anyone help with it? Note that Mike has had plenty of suggestions, so would prefer to not be flooded with "could bes" or "might bes". If you definitely know the answer, do lethim know.


Humberside from the air:


Ralph Rawlinson's International News:

Austria It is reported that a third railway line between Salzburg and the German border costing 175M will be completed by 2009. The project will include four new stations, a bridge and several underpasses. The first station directly next to Salzburg football stadium should be completed in time for the European Football Championships in 2008.

France/Spain It is understood that construction has commenced on the cross-border tunnel between Perpignan and Figueiras. The 5 mile tunnel will have two tubes and represents one of the most important segments of the future mixed TGV/freight transport line between Perpignan and Barcelona. When completed in 2009 jouney time between Paris and Barcelona will be reduced to nine hours. (Or as Ralph points out, St Pancras to Barcelona by Eurostar in 12 hours? And as Neil Ferguson-Lee of WyvernRail would no doubt say, Wirksworth to Barcelona in 15 hours??)

Russia/Ukraine On 1st August, a new high speed service started between Moscow and Kiev cutting the journey time between these two cities from 12 to 9 hours. Two 15 coach trains (one Russian, one Ukranian) will run between the two capitals at an average speed of 87mph stopping only for border and customs control.

Bus company fleet lists that are constantly updated with new arrivals:


Details of all known existing examples of Bristol Lodekka, LH and VR buses - still at work or after disposal can be found here:



Stations in line for 4bn upgrade: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4267566.stm

Punctual trains mean higher fares: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4260664.stm

More uncertainty at Crewe Works: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/4269398.stm

Tube bosses check trains brakes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4267158.stm

Church blessing for rail landmark: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/4255332.stm

House with garden railway for sale: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/4273468.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat Sep 24 1030-1100 BBC Radio 4 'The Great British Amphibian' 50 years of the hovercraft
Sat Sep 24 1335-1400 Five 'Air Race World Series'
Sat Sep 24 1925-2020 BBC2 'Who Do You Think You Are' Jeremy Clarkson's family tree
Sun Sep 25 1430-1530 ITV1 Meridian 'Goodwood Revival' The golden age of motor racing
Sun Sep 25 1730-1830 Channel 4 'Scrapheap Challenge' Building an kung-fu car (?) from scrap
Sun Sep 25 1825-2000 Five 'Airplane!' 1980 spoof disaster movie
Mon Sep 26 1915-2000- Five 'Megastructures' The world's busiest port (Singapore)
Mon Sep 26 2000-2030 BBC2 'Map Man' John Speed's 17th century map of Northumberland
Mon Sep 26 2000-2100 Five 'Greatest Ever Machines' Bombers
Wed Sep 28 2100-2200 BBC2 'Space Race' Drama documentary series (3/4)
Thu Sep 29 1910-2000 BBC4 'Great Railway Journeys' Copper Canyon, Mexico
Thu Sep 29 1915-2000 Five 'Ocean's Greatest Wrecks: Lost Gold of the SS Republic'
Fri Sep 30 1930-2000 Five 'The History of Britain from the Air'


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 Sep 24 1000-1700 Bristol East MRC Exhibition
St Ursula's School, Brecon Road, Westbury-on-Trym 1000-1700
Sat Sep 24 ? Seaton Tramway: Colyford Goose Fair http://www.tram.co.uk
Sat Sep 24 ? Crich Tramway Village: Enthusiasts' Day http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 1030-1800(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Scalefour Society: Scaleforum 2005
The Leisure Centre, Guildford Road, Leatherhead 1030-1800 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.scalefour.org
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 1000-1600 Sandown Railway Enthusiasts Club Model Railway Exhibition
Broadway Centre, The Broadway, Sandown, IoW 1000-1600 both days
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 1100-1700 Pendon Museum: 'Little and Large' Weekend
In association with the Great Western Society, Didcot 1100-1700 http://www.pendonmuseum.com http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Diesel Gala http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 ? Bure Valley Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.bvrw.co.uk
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 ? Dean Forest Railway: Forties Re-enactment Weekend
Includes mock battles, military vehicles, displays, etc
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 1100-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Forest Modellers Lydney Model Railway Show
Whitecross School, Lydney 1100-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 ? Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway - Diesel Gala http://www.gwsr.com
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 ? The Battlefield Line, Shackerstone: Autumn Diesel Gala http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 1030-1700 Soar Valley MRC Exhibition
Garendon High School, Thorpe Hill, Loughborough 1030-1700 both days
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Swansong of Steam http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 ? Peak Rail: Peak Railway Ass'n Volunteer Recruitment Month
Focussing on the roles of Signaller, Guard and Stationmaster http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Sep 24 - Sun Sep 25 1100-1600 NRM Shildon: First Anniversary Steam Party
The first birthday of Locomotion, the NRM at Shildon 1100-1600 both days http://www.locomotion.uk.com
Sun Sep 25 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Grandparents Day http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Tue Sep 27 ? HPMRS Layout Working Party (evening)
Tue Sep 27 1900-2100 Southampton Toy & Train Collectors' Evening
Avenue Hall, The Avenue (A33), Southampton 1900-2100
Tue Sep 27 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Murder Mystery Evening Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Fri Sep 30 - Sun Oct 02 ? West Somerset Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
Subject to availability, guest locos will include:
BR 8P 4-6-2 no 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' *WITHDRAWN*
SR MN 4-6-2 'Canadian Pacific' *ADDED*
LSWR Beattie well tank 2-4-0WT no 30587
LNWR Super D 0-8-0 no 49395
With resident 2-8-0s 88 and 3850, there might be three eight-coupled locos in action *Update* 88 probably in light steam, 3850 probably not finished in time http://www.West-Somerset-Railway.co.uk
Fri Sep 30 - Sat Oct 01 1700-2130(Fri) 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Manchester Model Railway Show
New Century Hall, Corporation Street, Manchester 1700-2130 (Fri), 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.mmrs.co.uk
Sat Oct 01 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Ely & Norwich & return ('Bitterne')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Oct 01 - Sun Oct 02 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Visiting Locomotive Weekend http://www.steamtrain.co.uk
Sat Oct 01 - Sun Oct 02 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Fareham & District MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Fareham Community Centre, Queens Road, Fareham 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Sat Oct 01 - Sun Oct 02 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steam and Railcar days http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Oct 01 - Sun Oct 02 ? Kew Bridge Steam Museum: Steam Models Show http://www.kbsm.org
Sat Oct 01 - Sun Oct 02 ? Avon Valley Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.avonvalleyrailway.org
Sat Oct 02 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
Sat Oct 02 ? Twyford (Hants) Waterworks Open Day
Pumps in action, model railways, traction engines, stalls, etc
Sun Oct 02 1000 Totem/Target Only Swapmeet
The Village Hall, Kingston-upon-Soar, Nr Kegworth
Admission: 2 without or with one totem or target 4 with 2 totems, 5 with 3 totems or more
Starts 1000
Buy, sell, swap, part exchange - no selling or buyers fees
Last date for listing: 25th September
Thu Oct 06 1930 Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History 'Annihilating Surprise: Transportation, Images and Tourism'
A public lecture by Professor David Nye, School of Comparative
American Studies, University of Warwick
The Walker Suite, National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York 1930 (preceded at 1830pm by a reception)
Thu Oct 06 - Sun Oct 09 ? International Association for the History of Transport,
Traffic and Mobility - Third Annual Meeting
National Railway Museum, York
Conference theme is tourism and the history of transport, traffic and mobility
Opening address to be given by Professor David Nye, Warwick
Further details: http://www.t2m.org
Fri Oct 07 - Sun Oct 09 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Day Out with Thomas http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Oct 08 - Sun Oct 09 1030-1700 Somerset Modellers Club - Rail-Ex Taunton-Southwest
Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton, Somerset 1030-1700 both days
Sat Oct 08 - Sun Oct 09 ? Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway - Day Out with Thomas http://www.gwsr.com
Sat Oct 08 - Sun Oct 09 ? Great Central Railway: Autumn Steam Gala http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 08 - Sun Oct 09 ? Heathcote O Gauge Society Modelling Weekend
Hind Leys Community College, Shepshed, Leicesterhire
Sat Oct 08 - Sun Oct 09 ? The Battlefield Line, Shackerstone: Postman Pat http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Oct 08 - Sun Oct 09 ? Bure Valley Railway: 15th Anniversary Gala http://www.bvrw.co.uk
Sun Oct 09 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Autumn Steam & Diesel Gala http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sun Oct 09 ? Dean Forest Railway: Vintage Rally at Norchard car park
Sun Oct 09 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Canterbury & return (Black 5)
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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