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


First we had fictitious liveries, now we have fictitious locos - a very well executed site:


The Bluebell Railway has announced that, following lengthy negotiations with Network Rail, it has now taken ownership of the land required to build its new terminus at East Grinstead on its northern extension. As well as a most significant development in itself, this represents a significant landmark on the the way to completing the pre-conditions for launching the share issue to help fund the completion of the extension. Further details are available at:


A group is fighting to bring back passengers to the Don Valley line:


Recently, Paul Metcalf was at Deepcar and noted that it was very overgrown:



Some interesting pictures of the last 502 EMU, the 307 car and the class 310s:


Great pictures of Westhouses and surrounding branches:


Steve McNally has just passed 500 photos on his site. New are some shots of the DMU workings out of Manchester in their last year (2002) and the rest of his shots from Clapham Junction recently:


Industrial Railway Society Group Hunslet 0-6-0ST 1873/1937 "Jessie" has arrived at the Foxfield Railway for the Steam Gala taking place this weekend, 15th & 16th July. For a picture of "Jessie" at Caverswall Road station, see the railway's stocklist website at:


and click on the link under Latest.

For details of the Steam Gala click on Events at the Foxfield Steam Railway website:


Neil Kearns advises that 34067 "Tangmere" failed on the return VSOE from Bristol on the evening of 12th July. It was detached at Acton ML and the train was hauled forward by 67005 which was booked to hauled the ECS out of Victoria. 34067 will probably be moved by road to Bury for repair.

From Richard Buckby...

At last the BBC have released Sir John Betjeman's famous TV programme Metro-Land on DVD. It can be ordered from various outlets - Richard used


who are charging 14.99 (of course just after doing that he found that play.com have it cheaper!) However, although all sites quote that it will not be released until 24th July, Richard's has already arrived!

The details are:

Format: DVD Running Time: 1 hr 3 mins Region: 2 No. of Units: 1 disc Release Date: 24/07/2006 Subtitles for HOH: YES

Includes extra footage showing: The Metropolitan Line extension to Stanmore, 1932 The 1946 crash at Northwood The Metropolitan Line Centenary Parade at Neasden, 1963 The last working steam train on the line, 1971 The 1999 and 2000 Steam on the Met events The centenary of the Uxbridge Branch, 2004 24 page illustrated booklet written by the programme's producer

As Richard says - a nice bit of nostalgia!

Railtrail have built up a very successful business organising holidays by rail:



GNER in court over rival operator: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5167570.stm

Hoylake station reopens: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/5170436.stm

Trains to return to Shropshire line: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/shropshire/5172542.stm

Rail link for Stonehenge: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/5167584.stm

Tube bosses to sue train builders: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/5177068.stm

Signallers set to strike: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5173954.stm

Mumbai train attacks: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/south_asia/2006/mumbai_train_attacks/default.stm

Mumbai's valued railway lifeline: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/5170230.stm

Bangladesh train crash: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/5167888.stm

Derailment blocks Chicago Metro: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5171260.stm

Darjeeling Railway's 125th birthday: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/5155186.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/_listings/ and http://discoverywings.co.uk/_listings/
Fri Jul 14 2000-2100 Five 'Buildings That Shaped Britain' The Industrial Revolution
Fri Jul 14 2150-2200 BBC2 'Coast' More from South Wales
Sun Jul 16 1900-1930 BBC4 'Take One Museum' Manchester Museum of Science & Industry
Sun Jul 16 0700-0100 (D+1) UK TV History 'Full Circle' Michael Palin revolves all day... again!
Tue Jul 18 2000-2030 BBC2 'Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone' 2/12
Tue Jul 18 1900-2000 BBC4 'The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon' 2/3
Wed Jul 19 2100-2200 BBC Radio 4 'Steam Driven' Developements in steam technology
Thu Jul 20 0900-0930 BBC Radio 4 'Engineering Solutions' Glencoe hydroelectric scheme
Thu Jul 20 2130-2200 BBC Radio 4 'Engineering Solutions' Glencoe hydroelectric scheme
Fri Jul 21 2000-2100 Five 'Buildings That Shaped Britain' Modernism


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 Jul 14 - Sun Jul 16 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Transport Through the Ages
In conjunction with Wirksworth Charter 700
Class 03 on incline and Class 03 to Gorsey Bank with LMS brake van - historical costume event http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Jul 15 - Sun Jul 16 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Fareham & District MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Fareham Community Centre, Queens Road, Fareham, Hants 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.hants.org.uk/fadmrc/
Sat Jul 15 - Sun Jul 16 ? Bluebell Railway: Railways and Toy Colletors Fair
An opportunity for the Yahoo Southern Email Group to meet up http://www.tobaz.co.uk/bluebell/colfair.htm
Sat Jul 15 - Sun Jul 16 ? Foxfield Railway Steam Gala http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/
Sat Jul 15 - Sun Jul 16 ? Peak Rail: Teddy Bears Picnic http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sun Jul 16 ? Bursledon Brickworks: Modelmakers and Collectors Fair
Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson, will be attending with 'New
Stanton Lees' http://www.fareham.gov.uk/town/activities/places/bursledonbrickworks.asp
Sun Jul 16 ? Alton Bus Rally and Running Day
Alton, Hants
Thu Jul 20 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Weymouth http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Jul 22 - Sun Jul 23 1000-1700 Double LL Club: Grand Vintage and Classic Gathering
Five Heads Road, Horndean, Hants 1000-1700 both days http://www.doublellclub.co.uk
Sat Jul 22 - Sun Jul 23 1100-1730 CAMRAIL 2006
St Margaret's Hall, Bradford-on-Avon 1100-1730 both days http://www.titfield.co.uk/Camindex.htm
Sat Jul 22 - Sun Jul 23 ? Churnet Valley Railway: A Day Out With Thomas http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sun Jul 23 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: Two Train Day http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Tue Jul 25 - Wed Jul 26 ? Churnet Valley Railway: A Day Out With Thomas http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Wed Jul 26 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Canterbury http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Jul 29 ? Swanage Railway: Carnival Fireworks Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30 ? Severn Valley Railway: Severn Valley in Bloom http://www.svr.co.uk
Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30 ? Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Vintage Mixed Train http://www.wllr.org.uk
Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30 ? Talyllyn Railway: Model Railway Exhibition http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30 ? Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Vintage Mixed Train http://www.wllr.org.uk
Sat Jul 29 - Sun Jul 30 ? Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog): '100 not out'
Includes visits from two unusual and historic locomotives - the vertical boilered 0-4-0 tank 'Chaloner', built by DeWinton in 1877, and the tiny 0-4-0T 'Rishra' (Baguely 2007 of 1921)
Sun Jul 30 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: Two Train Day http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk
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