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

Unexpectedly early this week - decided to take off to the west for a long weekend!


"The Great Salisbury Train Disaster Centenary 1906-2006: Voices from the Boat Train" by Jeremy B Moody and George Fleming

This excellent A4 book has been published locally to mark the centenary of the Salisbury train disaster of 1st July 1906, when the up boat train from Devonport inexplicably raced through Salisbury station and derailed at the curves at the eastern end. As it did so, it struck a milk train coming in the opposite direction, and carnage ensued. 28 people (including four railwaymen) lost their lives in the early hours of that fateful day.

Messrs Moody and Fleming have gathered together numerous contemporary newspaper reports and eye-witness accounts to piece together the story of this accident, hour by hour and minute by minute. In the process, they have sought to explain what might have caused the experienced footplate crew to have disregarded the 30mph speed limit through the station with such disastrous results.

With a foreword by Salisbury MP, Robert Key, himself a steam enthusiast, this 58-page book is well worth tracking down.

Price is unknown, and I have heard that it may only have been available to attendees at a memorial service that was held earlier this month. However, I suggest a note or phone call to the publishers will answer any questions if you are interested in obtaining a copy:

The Timezone Publishing Group The Old Vicarage 36 Queen Alexandra Road Salisbury Wiltshire SP2 9LN

Phone: 07900 680587

Stop press: I have heard that The Tourist Information Bureau in Salisbury has had some available for around 5.00.


A website dedicated to LNER Kitchen Composite No 7960


For the first time, Michael Morant has included rolling stock (other than locomotives) and some infrastructure images in his fotopic gallery:


Chris Dadson has uploaded 13 pictures to his Fotopic website taken last weekend at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. New images feature the new coach No 3 (with 1st class accomodation) and some views of the spectacular Exmoor scenery along the route:


A brief illustrated history of the class 458 with South West Trains, including the history of each unit, can be viewed on the Southern Electric group website:


Richard Buckby has forwarded this timely advice. It was originally posted under the heading "Urgent RAIB Advice" by DM Shell on the Preserved Diesels Website. It is all to easy to lose concentration for few seconds in this hot weather and it has to be said that this can occur to the professional as well as the enthusiastic amateur on a preserved line.

To all Drivers, Guards & Shunters.


On 17 July 2006 at approximately 12:20 hrs a shunter employed by Freightliner (Heavy Haul), who had been engaged in a shunting movement controlled by radio, involving coupling a Class 47 locomotive and a single wagon at Dagenham, was found lying adjacent to the siding from which the train had just moved. The emergency services were summoned, but attempts to resuscitate the shunter failed and he was declared dead on site.

On 19 July 2006 at Bronwydd Arms on the Gwili Railway, near Carmarthen, a Class 03 locomotive was being used to add an additional carriage to a train. The move was controlled by hand signals. During this move the guard of the train was trapped between the carriage and the train, and sustained severe injuries as a result. He succumbed to those injuries a few hours later, despite the attempts of his colleagues and the emergency services and despite receiving hospital treatment.

Action Required:

In advance of completion of the RAIB investigations into these two accidents all staff involved in shunting movements must be reminded that:

- Shunter and driver must carry out a brief before movements start, and have a clear understanding between them of all moves to be undertaken - When using radios to control shunting movements the shunter must give the driver verbal assurances that it is safe to continue throughout the whole movement - If the shunter has to go between vehicles to deal with automatic couplings he/she must instruct the driver to stop at least two metres away - The shunter must not go in between vehicles until they are at a stand and he/she is sure the driver understands they are going in between - No other person than the driver and shunter may go between closely parked vehicles - If a shunter goes in between vehicles for any reason he/she must never give permission for a train to move off until after he/she is clear of the train and in a place of safety.

There is the risk of staff being trapped during shunting moves with possible fatal consequences

Richard has also spotted this news item:

It was with great regret that I learned today (25/7/2006) of the death of Iorwerth Jones, formally Iorwerth Watkin Jones, MBE, on 18th July from leukaemia.

Iorwerth was a Talyllyn fireman in the 1960s and an inveterate attendee at TRPS AGMs (up to and including 2005), where I do not recollect his speaking but, outside the meeting, it was always a great pleasure to enjoy his quiet sense of humour.

He was a driver on the Penrhyn Railway and later took charge of the railway museum at Penrhyn Castle, a post from which he only retired last year. He was thus a real link between the old and the new of North Wales quarry railways. There is more information at:


The funeral will take place on Thursday, 27th. July at 1100 at Bangor Crematorium.

Nick Wheat's photographs of the Royal International Air Tattoo on 18th July:


Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall bills itself as the biggest mining history site in the UK. Between 6th and 18th August 2006 it will host "Geevor - A Miner's View" exhibition.



Girl electrocuted on Hampshire railway line: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/5209986.stm

Green light for Borders rail link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/5210922.stm

Car and train collide at Berkshire crossing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/5210028.stm

Anger over bid to change crossing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/5211886.stm

Hatfield report criticises firm: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5209752.stm

Talks held to avert train strikes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/5212418.stm

Alton Towers runaway train: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/5201966.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/
Sun Jul 30 1800-1825 ITV Meridian, West, Westcountry 'Betjeman's Westcountry' The life and times of Sir John 2/7
Sun Jul 30 2200-2300 BBC4 'Little Platform, Big Stage' A homage to the Routemaster
Sun Jul 30 2240-0105 (D+1) More4 'Battle of Britain' WW2 epic
Sun Jul 30 2300-2335 BBC4 'The Young Ones' Anarchic comedy and a wrecked Routemaster
Sun Jul 30 2335-2400 BBC4 'Sykes and a Bus' Better treatment for a bus, an RT this time
Mon Jul 31 1900-2000 BBC2 'Restoration Village' Repeat of first instalment
Tue Aug 01 1230-1250 Channel 4 'Small Railway Journeys' RH&DR
Tue Aug 01 2000-2030 BBC2 'Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone' 4/12
Wed Aug 02 1930-2000 BBC1 'Are We Being Served' What is wrong with our railways?
Wed Aug 02 2100-2130 BBC Radio 4 'Humans in Space' 2/2
Thu Aug 03 0900-0930 BBC Radio 4 'Engineering Solutions' Milford Haven natural gas terminal
Thu Aug 03 1900-1930 BBC2 'Seven Man-made Wonders' The Midlands (Ironbridge, etc)
Thu Aug 03 2130-2200 BBC Radio 4 'Engineering Solutions' Milford Haven natural gas terminal
Fri Aug 04 2100-2200 BBC2 'Restoration Village' The heritage rescue series 2/9
Fri Aug 04 2200-2230 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village
Fri Aug 04 0220-0250 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village


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 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 ? Amberley Working Museum: Classic Car Summer Picnic http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sun Jul 30 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: Two Train Day http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Sun Jul 30 - Sat Aug 05 ? Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Week http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Tue Aug 01 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Chichester-Havant http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Wed Aug 02 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Weymouth http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Thu Aug 03 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Chichester-Havant http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Aug 05 ? Swanage Railway: Carnival Fireworks Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 05 - Sun Aug 06 ? West Somerset Railway: Steam Fayre
Vintage Rally at Bishops Lydeard http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Aug 05 - Sun Aug 06 ? Peak Rail: 1940s Weekend http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Aug 06 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 http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sun Aug 06 ? Wings and Wheels
Old Sarum
Sun Aug 06 ? Amberley Working Museum: Classic Microcar and Scooter Rally http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sun Aug 06 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Family Fun Day http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Sun Aug 06 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: Two Train Day http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Thu Aug 10 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Eastbourne-Lewes-Newhaven http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Fri Aug 11 - Sun Aug 13 ? Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway: Day out with Thomas http://www.srps.org.uk
Sat Aug 12 1030-1530 Stafford Railway Collectors Fair
GEC St Leonards Hall, St Leonards Avenue, Stafford 1030-1530 http://www.tobaz.co.uk
Sat Aug 12 - Sun Aug 20 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: A Day Out With Thomas http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Aug 13 ? Festival of Transport, Avon Heath
Sun Aug 13 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: Two Train Day http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk
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