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


Ian Griffiths is a member of Fareham and District Model Railway Club, and for their recent exhibition, he and a colleague from the club undertook the challenge of building a new layout in 2 months! It is in On scale, that's 7mm/foot on N-gauge track, and is called Watt Estate. It purports to be a private estate railway somewhere in the South of England carrying timber, produce and coal for estate use. The viewing part of the layout is 4ft by 2ft, and reuses some old flat earth boards salvaged from a previous layout. The concept is to build a series of views around the estate, the first being a smithy (based on the Hursley village forge), stables and engine shed/workshop, with the intention of having a walled garden behind. It will be interesting to see how the layout progresses after its debut last weekend.

The Members' Showcase has been updated with pictures of Ian's East Meon Viaduct and more views of Derek Gillkerson's New Stanton Lees:



Bideford and Instow Railway Group:


Hayling Seaside Railway:


Stansted Park Light Railway, Rowlands Castle, Hants:


A website devoted to two locomotives owned by the Great Western Society and kept at Didcot:


Alex Seal has been trying to work out the station working of Newton Abbot. The only source of information is the book "Operation Torbay". The results so far can be seen here:


Dewi Williams' Railway, Trains and Trams Page:


Pictures of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Steam Gala held last July:


North Woolwich Railway Museum:


Christian Wolmar's website:


Helena Wojtczak's Railway Women website:


Andrew Grantham has some railway stuff on his site:


This interesting site tells the stories of railwaymen awarded the George Cross in the line of duty:


A South African railtour is to be held in May 2006. For further information go to:


Richard Spratt's model railway website:


Dingham auto-couplings:


Park Trains and Models, Southampton:


If a bus has apeared on screen (TV, film, etc) chances are its 15 minutes of fame will be logged here:


An entire history of every one of the Routemasters that joined the fleet of Northern General Transport in Gateshead in the mid 1960s (51 of them to be precise, all purchased new with one exception which came second- hand from London Transport:


For information on mainly London Routemasters, look at:


As Nick Wheat says... only in America... cars fitted with train horns:

http://media.hornblasters.com/vid-main/ver3a1000k.wmv (6MB)

http://web.umr.edu/~taknnc/trainhorn.wmv (6MB)

Spectacular aircraft and space shuttle pictures found by Nick Wheat...




Rail bids go under the spotlight: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/4314910.stm

8m cost of Hatfield crash trial: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4312182.stm

Cornish commuters angry about temporary bus: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4311230.stm

Trains back to normal after fire: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/coventry_warwickshire/4307272.stm

Wartime bomb closes railway line: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/humber/4306398.stm

Revamp for Belper railway station: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/4317540.stm

Glasgow rail link plan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4313660.stm

Indian trai crash: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4303536.stm

Final days for steam in Inner Mongolia: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/04/international/asia/04train.html

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat Oct 08 1330-1400 Five 'Air Race World Series'
Sat Oct 08 1400-1650 Five 'Atomic Train' 1999 disaster movie
Sat Oct 08 2010-2110 BBC2 'The Secret of Drawing' Recording art, science and technology
Sun Oct 09 1445-1500 BBC Radio 4 'Slate Stories' The heritage of the slate quarry (4/4)
Sun Oct 09 1730-1830 Channel 4 'Scrapheap Challenge' The fastest milkfloat in the West
Mon Oct 10 0040-0100 Five 'Air Race World Series'
Mon Oct 10 2000-2030 BBC2 'Map Man' William Mudge's Ordnance Survey 1st Edition
Tue Oct 11 1910-2000 BBC4 'Great Railway Journeys' Calcutta to Rajasthan with Ian Hislop
Wed Oct 12 1930-2000 BBC2 'How to Rescue a House' An architect explains (2/8)


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.
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
Free vintage bus service from Taunton station to the show 1030-1700 both days http://www.somerset-modellers.org.uk
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 1030-1500 Eastleigh Toy and Model Collectors' Fair
Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh 1030-1500
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
Wed Oct 12 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Salisbury, Bath & Bristol & return (Black 5)
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Fri Oct 14 - Sun Oct 16 ? Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala
Extensive timetable on all 3 days, including evening running on the Friday and Saturday
Up to 8 locomotives in steam each day including visiting engines 3440 'City of Truro' and 49395 Super D http://www.kwvr.co.uk
Sat Oct 15 1000-1600 Victory Model Railway Club and the Gosport & Fareham Dolls
House Club Show
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands, Grove Portchester
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson, will be attending with 'New
Stanton Lees' 1000-1600
Sat Oct 15 ? St Johns Railway Circle Model Railway Exhibition
St Johns Church Hall, Church Lane, Midsomer Norton 100-1700
Sat Oct 15 ? Crich Tramway Village: The Big Draw
An opportunity to paint and draw at the museum http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Oct 15 1830 'On Precise Lines - engineering drawing and railways from
Boulton & Watt to BR'
An illustrated lecture by Tim Procter, Access Team Project
Leader at the National Railway Museum, York
Starts: 18.30 in the Gibb Theatre
Free ticketed event - 75 places available
Parking available in the Main Visitor Car Park
Tickets obtainable from Helen Taylor, Education Team, NRM,
Leeman Rd, York, YO26 4XJ
Email: helen.taylor@nmsi.ac.uk.
Sat Oct 15 - Sun Oct 16 1100-1300 1400-1700 'On Precise Lines - engineering drawing and railways from
Boulton & Watt to BR'
An exhibition of original designs from the drawing shops of
Stephenson, Hackworth, the Big Four and British Rail, including sketches taken at the Rainhill Trials and a design for a locomotive on skis
Historic drawing instruments will form part of the exhibition, and experts from Collections will be on hand for information and discussion
To be held in the Luggage Van in Station Hall 1100-1300 and 1400-1700
Details on the HMRS web site via the events page: http://www.hmrs.org.uk/events/index.shtml
Sat Oct 15 - Sun Oct 16 ? Exhibition of Railway Memorabilia and Model Railways
Milldown School, Milldown Road, Blandford, Dorset
Layouts include Wimborne (00), Shillingstone (00), Tarrant
Valley (N), Bembridge (00) plus displays of S&D railwayana
Trade stands selling models, books, videos, DVDs, etc
Purbeck Mining Museum
Various locomotive groups
Vintage bus service operating between town centre and the show http://www.blandfordcharter400.org.uk
Sat Oct 15 - Sun Oct 16 ? Ffestiniog Railway: Vintage Weekend http://www.festrail.co.uk
Sun Oct 16 ? Bursledon Brickworks - Autumn Steam
Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton
Sun Oct 16 ? Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day, Newport Harbour
Mon Oct 17 - Fri Oct 21 ? Great Central Railway: Half Term Daily Running http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Tue Oct 18 1930 Chesterfield & District Local History Society
Rose Hill United Reformed Church, Rose Hill St, Chesterfield 'Emmerson Muschamp Bainbridge - Founder of Bolsover Colliery & Chairman of the Lancashire Derbyshire & East Coast Railway'
A talk by David Wilmot (chairman of NE Derbyshire Industrial
Archaeological Society)
Start: 1930
Wed Oct 19 1900-2100 Minstead Toy, Train and Model Collectors' Fair
Minstead Village Hall, Minstead, Hants 1900-2100
Wed Oct 19 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Ely & Norwich & return ('Bitterne')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Oct 22 ? Dean Forest Railway: Diesel Haulage Day
Re-creating the Great Western Branchline with 1450 plus autocoach and also loco 9681
Sat Oct 22 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Warwick & Stratford & return ('Bitterne')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Oct 22 ? Chichester Model Railway Show
Rod Blakeman's rebuilt Southdown layout will be in attendance
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 23 1100-1700 Pendon Museum: Launch Event for 'Transport Toys' Exhibition 1100-1700 http://www.pendonmuseum.com
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 23 ? West Somerset Railway: Grand Trains Extravaganza http://www.West-Somerset-Railway.co.uk
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 23 ? Seaton Tramway: End of Season Gala http://www.tram.co.uk
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 23 ? Great Central Railway: A Day Out with Thomas http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 23 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Big Trains and Little Trains
Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition
Over 20 layouts and full-size steam at Wirksworth with 'Whiston' (Austerity 0-6-0ST) operating on the incline
Details of exhibits and trade stands are available here: http://www.evra.org.uk/MRE-details.htm
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 30 ? Swanage Railway: A Day Out with Thomas http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 30 ? Crich Tramway Village: Treasure Trail (Half-term activities) http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Oct 22 - Sun Oct 30 ? Bure Valley Railway: Hallowe'en Specials http://www.bvrw.co.uk
Sun Oct 23 1000-1630 Central Southern Gauge 0 Guild Exhibition
The Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset 1000-1630
Sun Oct 23 ? Warminster and West Wilts Running Day, Warminster
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk
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