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


From Nick Wheat:

Canon are holding an in-store day at London Camera Exchange on Saturday 2nd December from 9am to 5.30pm. It's at LCE PRO Centre, 11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7FJ

Admission is free and is a good opportunity to try out the latest Canon kit (sadly just before Christmas!) and chat to Canon's 'experts'. http://canonpro.lcegroup.co.uk

At the very least you can get your EOS sensor professionally cleaned for half price at just £15.

The GWR Abingdon Branch website has recently been updated and now contains almost 300 photographs: http://www.abingdonbranch.co.uk

OO Works now has a website. It is purely a shop window and ordering must be done by telephone: http://sites.ecosse.net/ooworks/index.html

Benn Pollard has a website about his N gauge Southern Region model railway project: http://www.wagon-wheels.tk

Neil Kearns has spotted an article about the future of Waterloo International Terminal after CTRL services start from St Pancras next year: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6146690.stm

Neil notes that one problem that isn't mentioned is that Waterloo International was built with a wider than standard (for UK) train-to- platform gap for the Eurostar trains. The track fixtures are cast into the concrete structure of the terminal and can't be easily moved. Before the opening of Waterloo International, route learning specials had a warning on the special notices about the wider than normal gap.

Tony Pearce has four collections from the recent Bluebell gala weekend on his site: 1 Friday 10th 2 Sunday 12th 3 5 Terrier Line Up - Monday 13th 4 Photographic charter with Martello - Tuesday 14th http://tony-pearce.fotopic.net/

Thanks to Ralph Rawlinson who has produced a round-up of Yahoo discussion groups that might be of interest...

Bygone Lines UK: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/bygone_lines_uk/

Derbyshire Railways: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/derbyshirerailways/

East Cleveland Railways: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/eastclevelandrailways/

Great Eastern Railway: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/greateastern/

Great Northern Railway: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/great_northern_railway/

Great Western Railway: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/gwr-elist/

Irish Railways: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/RAILWAYS-IRELAND/

London Midland & Scottish Railway: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lmsreg/

London & North Eastern Railway: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/lner-list/

Scottish Railways: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/firstscotrailgroup/

Sheffield & District Railways: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/sheffieldrailways/

South Eastern & Chatham Railway: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/TheSouthEastern/

Southern Railway, historic - SR and its constituents (900 members!): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SEmG/

Southern Railway, modern - aimed at London to South Coast services: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/southernrailway/

South Yorkshire & District Railway History: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/sydistrictrailhistory/

The Woodhead Line: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/woodhead_railway/

The history of railways and canals: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/railwaycanal/

Ralph has also supplied details of a programme on the Discovery Channel (which I don't normally list in the TV & Radio section). On Saturday, "Megastructures" records the construction of the high-speed line through Switzerland. 2000 on ch520 and 2100 on ch521.

This is presumably mainly about the new 21½ mile Lötschberg Base Tunnel that I reported on exactly 12 months ago. It will be opened next year as the first part of 'AlpTransit' to be completed. For most traffic, it will replace the current 9-mile Lötschberg tunnel completed in 1913.

News of a new light railway system in Denver, Colorado:



Railway author, Rex Christiansen dies: http://www.guardian.co.uk/otherlives/story/0,,1947154,00.html

Stealth train uncloaks on Google Earth (spotter - Nick Wheat): http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/09/stealth_train

CTRL2 - high speed rail link open in a year http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6144338.stm

Metrolink tracks to be replaced: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/6145900.stm

Mayor quizzed on music-free buses: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6149756.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/
Sat Nov 18 2025-2125 BBC2 'Coast' Second series - Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Mon Nov 20 2100-2200 Five 'Disappearing Britain' Early seaside holidays on archive film
Tue Nov 21 1320-1335 Channel 4 'Burgh Island: Checking into History' The Art Deco hotel
Wed Nov 22 1400-1415 BBC2 'Coast' The Gower Peninsula
Wed Nov 22 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast' Second series - Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Thu Nov 23 1320-1335 Channel 4 'The Savoy: Checking into History' The famous hotel
Thu Nov 23 1930-2000 ITV Meridian 'Country Lives' Caen Locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal
Thu Nov 23 2000-2100 BBC2 'Coast' Second series - Dublin to Derry
Fri Nov 24 1320-1335 Channel 4 'The Grand: Checking into History' The Brighton hotel


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.
We're entering the season of 'Santa Specials' - almost without exception, all heritage lines require these to be prebooked
Sat Nov 18 1100 Midland Railway Society
The European Hotel, Midland Road, Derby
A talk by Brian Staniland on the Dore & Chinley line
Meeting Room will be open from 1100 with Brian's talk starting at about 1330
Refreshments and the Society's extensive sales stand available
Non-members of the Midland Railway Society very welcome
Sat Nov 18 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Barrow Hill http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sun Nov 19 1030-1600 Burnham & District MRC Model Railway Show
North Petherton Community Centre, Somerset 1030-1600 http://www.burnhamanddistrictmrc.org.uk
Sat Nov 25 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Newbury-Bath-Bristol http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Nov 25 0900 Ensignbus Vintage Running Day between Gravesend and Grays
Buses will follow Ensign's routes 77-83 and 66, from Lakeside
Half-hourly service from just before 0900 to after 1800
Constant variety of vehicles in service
Local X80 fares will apply or buy an enthusiast special day pass for £6
Downloadable timetable on the website
Sat Nov 25 - Sun Nov 26 ? Swanage Railway: 1960s Weekend http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sun Nov 26 1000-1700 New Forest MRS Open Day 2006
The Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst
Hursley Park MRS member Derek Gillkerson will be attending with 'New Stanton Lees' 1000-1700
Tue Nov 28 1930 West Somerset Railway Association Bristol Group
The BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton
Starts 1930 'The Brunel Legacy' - Keith Hickman http://www.wsra.org.uk
Fri Dec 01 - Sat Dec 02 ? West Somerset Railway: Dunster by Candlelight http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Dec 02 1100-1700 GBTicket - Transport Ticket Fair
Model Railway Club, Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London 1100-1700 http://www.gbticket.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 0900 Ensignbus Vintage Running Day between Gravesend and Grays
Buses will follow Ensign's routes 77-83 and 66, from Lakeside
Half-hourly service from just before 0900 to after 1800
Constant variety of vehicles in service
Local X80 fares will apply or buy an enthusiast special day pass for £6
Downloadable timetable on the website
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Warley National Model Railway Exhibition
NEC, Birmingham
Reductions available for advanced bookings http://www.warley-mrc.org.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? East Hayling Light Railway: Santa Specials http://www.easthaylinglightrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? East Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? West Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Santa Specials http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Amberley Working Museum: Santa Steam Specials http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Santa Specials http://www.rhdr.org.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Santa Specials with Thomas http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Crackers http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Severn Valley Railway: Santa Steam Specials http://www.svr.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa and Steam http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Peak Rail: Sants and Steam Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Mince Pie Specials http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 02 - Sun Dec 03 ? Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway: Santa Steam Trains http://www.srps.org.uk
Sat Dec 03 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
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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