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


Photographs of stations and lines in Warwickshire:


Aidan Croft has set a North Staffordshire Railway blog. It will periodically be updated with news of any events of any sort relating to the NSR that he happens to come across:


Roger Bailey has uploaded some photos of the West Somerset Railway Autumn Gala, held between 29th September and 2nd October:


Duncan Langtree's pictures of the recent Autumn Gala at the Severn Valley Railway:


John Wills has completed a major upload to his Southern Railway website:


Clive Standen has added an album named "Exeter-Ilfracombe", and added pictures to various collections including: "Isle of Wight", "Ashford Steam Centre 1974 + Misc.Pictures" and "DEMU":


Chris Dadson's pictures taken on a recent visit to the Mid-Hants Railway:


And the Bluebell Railway:


The area between Dartford and Gravesend will be very heavily re-developed over the next few years. Details of transport proposals are here:


A fotopic gallery of the North London Line with EPBs and 501s:


"Merlin" has uploaded a new collection of photographs of coal trains being loaded in Leith Docks: http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/c722594.html

There are also took a couple of shots of the old conveyor that was used for loading Scottish coal into boats for export: http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/p21374841.html http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/p21374842.html

And a few of Portobello Junction, where the Leith branch joins the ECML at the former Freightliner terminal: http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/p21374838.html http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/p21374840.html http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/p21374839.html

Also uploaded are a couple of views of the new spray rig at Thornton Yard which sprays a fixing agent onto coal trains to reduce blow-off: http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/p21374220.html http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/p21374235.html

The InterCity Railway Society:


A couple of weeks ago, I included a link to a site covering Departmental Rolling Stock. That link is repeated here, together with several more that have come my way:








Alderney and its railway:


Other interesting (non-Aldernety) pictures at the main site:


The Fundacion Patrimonio Historico in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has just launched a web-based distance learning course from Oct 28 - Dec 2 on Railway Architecture in Latin America. Enrolment for non-Hispanic countries is US$ 90.00:


Road transport models made to 1:87 scale:


A quirky look at Blackpool tram models:



Sorry - timed out this week.

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat Oct 15 1330-1400 Five 'Air Race World Series'
Sat Oct 15 1600-1800 Channel 4 'Grand Designs Revisited' New uses for old buildings
Sat Oct 15 1900-2105 Channel 4 'Building of the Year'
Sat Oct 15 1910-2005 BBC2 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Moira Stuart traces her roots
Sun Oct 16 1740-1840 Channel 4 'Scrapheap Challenge' The fastest aquatic vehicle
Mon Oct 17 0020-0050 Five 'Air Race World Series'
Mon Oct 17 2000-2030 BBC2 'Map Man' Mrs P's A to Z (1936)' The A to Z of London
Tue Oct 18 1905-2000 BBC4 'Great Railway Journeys' Honk Kong to Ulaan Baator
Wed Oct 19 1930-2000 BBC2 'How to Rescue a House' An architect explains (3/8)
Wed Oct 19 2100-2200 Channel 4 'Grand Designs' A home on the coast
Thu Oct 20 1900-2000 More4 'Grand Designs' Converting a ruined church
Thu Oct 20 2200-2305 More4 'Grand Designs' A home on the coast


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.
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 ? Stagecoach and Thamesdown Transport Running Day
Vintage bus service between Swindon town centre and 'Steam' museum
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 ? 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
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
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 ? The Beckenham MRC Exhibition
Langley Park School, Beckenham http://www.bwwmrc.org.uk/
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
Wed Oct 26 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Canterbury & return (Black 5)
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Wed Oct 26 1930 Sandbach Photographic Society - Colin Garratt presents: 'The Last Steam Locomotives of the World'
Bradwall Village Hall, Sandbach, starting at 1930
Tickets: 4.00 (including refreshments)
Available from: Andrew Stolworthy (01270 767660) or David
Heard (01260 299809)
Fri Oct 28 - Sat Oct 29 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Ghost Walks http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Fri Oct 28 - Sat Oct 29 ? Ffestiniog Railway: Hallowe'en Trains http://www.festrail.co.uk
Sat Oct 29 ? West Sussex American Group American Model Railwad Show
Sompting United Reform Church Hall, Cokeham Lane, Sompting
Sat Oct 29 ? Avon Valley Railway: Murder Mystery Evening http://www.avonvalleyrailway.org
Sat Oct 29 ? Dean Forest Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Trains
Sat Oct 29 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Hallowe'en Evening Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 29 1030-1630 West Wales '0' Gauge Group, Model Railway Exhibition
The Community Education Centre, (behind town library)
Furnace Road, Carmarthen 1030-1630
Sat Oct 29 ? The Battlefield Line, Shackerstone: Hallowe'en Bonfire Express http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Oct 29 ? Crich Tramway Village: Starlight Halloween http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Oct 29 ? Peak Rail: Halloween Ghost Train with Bonfire and Spectacular
Firework Display http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Oct 29 - Sun Oct 30 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Weymouth Model Railway Association 'Model Rail 2005'
Wey Valley School, Dorchester Road, Weymouth 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Sat Oct 29 - Sun Oct 30 ? Seaton Tramway: Hallowe'en Weekend http://www.tram.co.uk
Sat Oct 29 - Sun Oct 30 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Halloween Magical Experience Steamdays http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Oct 29 - Sun Oct 30 ? Welsh Highland Railway: Hallowe'en Trains http://www.festrail.co.uk
Sun Oct 30 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Hallowe'en Services http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sun Oct 30 ? South Devon Railway: Half-price Day http://www.southdevonrailway.org
Sun Oct 30 ? Churnet Valley Railway: The Ghost Train http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sun Oct 30 ? Barry Island Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Train http://www.valeglamrail.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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