HPMRS RAILDATE 01 Dec 06


News

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

NICK WHEAT'S VIDEO WATCH

A company called Fastline Films has just released its first pair of DVDs, containing five British Transport Films made for staff training purposes. They have also added other films (mostly BTF), in what they are calling "historical bonuses", to widen their appeal. None of them is to be released by BFI in their current releases of BTF films and only "Safety on the Track" has been previously released.

The main purpose is to make the training films available in a convenient form for those who operate the equipment today, 50+ years after they were made. And so the principal market will, they hope, be operators of preserved railways.

The first pair of DVDs concern mechanical signalling and level crossings due to support from the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers. This was important because while digital remastering is not cheap, the potential market (they suspect) is relatively small.

Two more pairs of DVDs are planned, both concerning permanent way, with the first pair concentrating on plain line and the second pair on switch and crossing work. Between them, with the historical bonuses, they will use a total of thirteen further BTF films. It is expected that the first of these will appear fairly early in the new year, but they need a good response from the signalling/level crossing pair before they can proceed.

These are available from the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, 4th Floor, 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, SW1H 9JJ.

The cost is relatively high at 30 per set for non IRSE members (25 to members) inclusive of p&p but as there is a fairly limited market, it was the only way of making the DVDs commercially viable. The IRSE accept credit card payment.

Fastline Films is a company owned by Richard Hall and Andrew Dow that specialises in collecting and remastering historic films of railway engineering specifically for the heritage railway operator

The Mechanical Signalling and Level Crossings DVD (ref: FF01) contains the following.

DVD 1

Layout of Signal Connections (BTF 1955) Maintenance of Signals and Connections (BTF 1955)

Historic Bonus Right Down the Line (STC 1962)

DVD2

Level Crossing Gates (BTF 1956) Part 1 General Part 2 Mechanisms Part 3 Maintenance

Historic Bonus Walton Street Crossing (BR NER 1962) Safety on the Track (BTF 1951)

NETWATCH


Westinghouse Brake & Saxby Signal Co Ltd miniature power lever frames: http://www.wbsframe.mste.co.uk/newsite/index.htm


The SEmG 2007 Calendar is now available to download from the SeMG website. In both HTML and PDF formats, it may be accessed directly from: http://www.semg.org.uk/calendar/2007/calendar.html


"Two Tunnels" shared path on the trackbed of the Somerset & Dorset: http://www.twotunnels.org.uk/


The latest edition of the unofficial online newsletter of the West Somerset Railway, "West Somerset Express" is now available: http://trainsferriesbuses.co.uk/westsomersetexpress.htm


Mike Morant has recently uploaded a new collection to Fotopic including the frontage of Bournemouth West in 1962: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1144161.html

Mike has also set up a collection of images of German railway subjects: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1090488.html

Steve McNally's photos of 458s and other modern 444/450 stock: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/c1079945_25.html


Iain Logan's "Electric Soup" - loads of railway stuff: http://homepages.enterprise.net/iainlogan/


Airdrie - Bathgate Rail Link Project website: http://www.airdriebathgateraillink.co.uk/plan/


An invitation to sign a petition to request more government support for light rail initiatives. The petition reads:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Invest in light rail schemes across the country. The Audit Commission told the government why the UK fails to implement Light Rail (modern trams), whilst schemes are expanding greatly on the continent. Make it simpler to do, appropriate (less overbearing) safety, and public funding. UK Government just stopped developments for many towns. Buses cannot provide the same transfer of journeys from cars. All large towns and cities should be encouraged to review plans. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/lightrail/

Information on worldwide light rail at: http://www.lrta.org/


Last week, I mentioned that Tom Baldwin had plotted the trackbed of the S&DJR Bath Extension in Windows Live Local (WLL): http://maps.live.com/?v=2&cid=9A770B99E60A13E1!247

He has now added the three branches: http://maps.live.com/?v=2&cid=9A770B99E60A13E1!330

Inside the pushpins for the stations you'll see a 'More info...' option that takes you to an 1890 map. (Since the Bridgwater branch did not open until that year it isn't on the maps.)


Colin Duff has posted pictures of Modelzone's new Networker model on the Southern Electric Group website home page: http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/

Plus different pictures in the modelling gallery: http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/modelling/mod4galrtremu.html


A modelshop online that we haven't featured before: http://www.tarvitmodels.com


Apple Green Engines - handbuilt locos aimed at the LNER enthusiast: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/applegreen/


IN THE NEWS

Work begins on signalling centre: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/6179390.stm

OAP travel in Wales: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6180746.stm

St Edmunds naming: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/6190526.stm

Sandite train derailed worked by 2 class 67 locos (67013 & 67011) on the morning of 28/11/2006. Long distance trains were being diverted via Melksham and Swindon, not calling at Newbury. Local services to Bedwyn ran as booked. Service resumed Wednesday 29/11/06: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/6190460.stm

RH&DR level crossing court case: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/6157201.stm

Glasgow Airport rail link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6157569.stm

RAIB report on derailment near Nairn: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/6195734.stm

Dangerous goods alert in Southampton Maritime Container Terminal. Train involved 2023 MO Leeds - Southampton MCT which arrived 2 hours late due to signalling problems in the Swindon area: http://tinyurl.com/y9oxsa

Closure of RAF Coltishall: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/6158579.stm

Seaplane air-taxi service proposed: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6187102.stm

Spotters - Andy Sollis and Neil Kearns - Thanks!


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 Dec 02 2030-2130 BBC2 'Coast' Second series - Newcastle to Hull
Mon Dec 04 2100-2200 Five 'Disappearing Britain' The British cuppa
Wed Dec 06 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast' Second series - Newcastle to Hull
Thu Dec 07 2000-2100 BBC2 'Coast' Second series - The Outer Hebrides

Events

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
Fri Dec 01 - Sat Dec 02 ? West Somerset Railway: Dunster by Candlelight http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Dec 02 0900-1730 Canon In-store Day London Camera Exchange, Southampton
LCE PRO Centre, 11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7FJ 0900-1730
Try out the latest Canon kit, chat to Canon's experts
Get your EOS sensor professionally cleaned for half price (15) http://canonpro.lcegroup.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
http://www.ensignbus.com/
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
Tue Dec 05 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Salisbury-Bath-Bristol http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Wed Dec 06 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Crackers http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Wed Dec 06 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa and Steam http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Wed Dec 06 1830 The Newcommen Society (Birmingham)
Rover Gas Turbines for Trucks and Trains by Mark Barnard
Heavily features the APT story, particularly that of the APT-E
Thinktank Theatre, Birmingham Science Mus, Curzon St
Entrance to car park is from the north or Jennens Road side
Doors open at 1830 for the meeting at 1900
Bar with snacks and drinks available before the meeting
Visitors welcome, admission is free, small charge for car park http://www.newcomen.com/brmeetings.htm#midlands http://www.thinktank.ac
Wed Dec 06 1400-1715 Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, York
Modal Shift in Urban Public Transport
Ian Yearsley (National Tramway Museum) Horse trams to electric
Martin Higginson (Independent scholar) Electric trams to buses
Light refreshments will be served. 1400-1715
Yorkshire Rail Academy, The Warehouse, NRM, Leeman Road, York http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/irs/
Fri Dec 08 ? Main Line Steam: London-Lincoln http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 ? Main Line Steam: London-Ely http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 1100 Sheffield Railwayana Auction
Myers Grove School, Wood Lane, Stannington, Sheffield
Commences 1100 (viewing from 0730) http://www.sheffieldrailwayana.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? East Hayling Light Railway: Santa Specials http://www.easthaylinglightrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? East Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? West Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Santa Specials http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Amberley Working Museum: Santa Steam Specials http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Santa Specials http://www.rhdr.org.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Santa Specials with Thomas http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Crackers http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Gwili Steam Railway: Santa's Magic Steamings http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Severn Valley Railway: Santa Steam Specials http://www.svr.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa and Steam http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Santa Trains http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Peak Rail: Sants and Steam Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Santa Steam Specials http://www.wllr.org.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Mince Pie Specials http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 09 - Sun Dec 10 ? Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway: Santa Steam Trains http://www.srps.org.uk
Sun Dec 10 ? Christmas Spectacular
Copythorne, Hants
Sun Dec 10 ? Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre: Santa Steam Trains http://www.barrowhill.org.uk
Sat Dec 10 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: The Santa Express http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Mon Dec 11 - Tue Dec 12 ? West Somerset Railway: Carol Trains http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Tue Dec 12 ? Main Line Steam: London-Salisbury http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Wed Dec 13 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Crackers http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Wed Dec 13 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa and Steam http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Thu Dec 14 ? Main Line Steam: London-Sherborne http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Fri Dec 15 ? East Somerset Railway: Christmas Dinner http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com
Sat Dec 16 1000-1600 GBTicket - Transport Ticket Fair
Comfort Inn Hotel, Station Street, Birmingham 1000-1600 http://www.gbticket.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 ? Main Line Steam: London-Chichester http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 ? Talyllyn Railway: Carol Train http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? East Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? West Somerset Railway: Santa Specials http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Santa Specials http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Amberley Working Museum: Santa Steam Specials http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Santa Specials http://www.rhdr.org.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Santa Specials http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Christmas Crackers http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Gwili Steam Railway: Santa's Magic Steamings http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Teifi Valley Narrow Gauge Railway: Santa Specials http://www.teifivalleyrailway.com
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Severn Valley Railway: Santa Steam Specials http://www.svr.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa and Steam http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Peak Rail: Sants and Steam Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Santa Steam Specials http://www.wllr.org.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Mince Pie Specials http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway: Santa Steam Trains http://www.srps.org.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 17 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: The Santa Express http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 - Sun Dec 24 ? East Hayling Light Railway: Santa Specials http://www.easthaylinglightrailway.co.uk
Sun Dec 17 ? Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre: Santa Steam Trains http://www.barrowhill.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
Previous issues of RAILDATE are at: http://uk.geocities.com/richardthetuba@btinternet.com/hpmrs/hpmrs.htm
This page includes a master catalogue of items that have appeared in previous editions of RAILDATE.
(C) Howard Sprenger and Hursley Park Model Railway Society 2006.
The external edition of RAILDATE may be freely distributed without permission as long as no changes whatsoever are made to the original document distributed by the Editor.

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