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


As the Wessex Electrics sink slowly in the West, Ian Coster has uploaded a short video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0fy6yw6uYo

(Other 442 videos are also viewable on the site.)

Reports of their demise last week were a little premature, as they are still on lease until Feb 3rd and will be used as required up until then.

Steve McNally has put more pictures of them here, together with the first trial of new bogie wagons for Wool sand, which will eventually lead to the end of the 4 wheeled hoppers: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/

More from Helston, this time pictures of work class 103 there: http://www.helstondieselgroup.co.uk/

The power car of the other class 103 is at Swansea awaiting restoration to be used on the Swansea to Abernant "Amman Valley Railway", and details of that line can be found at: http://ammanvalleyrail.netfirms.com/

Maybe a little esoteric, but there's a discussion group for those who are interested in Enfield Town shed: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/enfieldtownshed/

Others (some of which might have appeared here before, but it's difficult to keep track of them all...)

For those actively interested in preserving a class 310 EMU: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/310-active-preservationists/

An group EMU preservation: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/EMUPreservationSociety/

For those who are interested in the DMUs built by Cravens of Sheffield and used between 1956 and 1989: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/CravensDMU/

A group for those interested in Park Royal class 103 DMU used between 1958 and 1990: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ParkRoyal103/

A group aiming to increase awareness of M56160 a very rare Park Royal class 103 Driving Trailer Composite DTCL vehicle dating from first half of 1958. This is at Bodfari behind Aberwheeler Nursery off the A541 in North Wales. There is no public access to the site but it can be seen behind the nursery "over the fence": http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/M56160/

Former Devon Belle Pullman Observation Car 14 began its jouney back to the UK on 14th January when it was successfully extracted from its location next to an office block in San Francisco and loaded onto a trailer for transport to Los Angeles sea port. It is expected back in the UK on 19th February when it will go direct to Rampart C&W for assesment and overhaul before moving to the Swanage Railway hopefully in late summer. The appeal is still open and donations can be made online should you want to help. Early pictures (more to come) are at: http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/news340.htm

If you're in the Wroxham area of East Anglia, there is a miniature railway run by Peter Bower in the garden of his house: Barton House, Hartwell Road, The Avenue, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8TL. There is also a museum of M&GNR railwayana - signalling equipment, box diagrams, lamps and posters plus the preserved ex-M&GNR Honing East signal box. No website as such, but Googling Barton House railway will bring up some "Tourist Board" references. Ring to check opening times.

Andy Sollis has added two new galleries to the Staffordshire Type 4 website showing the generator change and the cab rewire: http://www.st4.org

A reminder of a wonderful railway photographs site: http://www.phantasrail.co.uk/

A fascinating shed site: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~luigin/Locoshed/Locoshed.htm

A gem of a video from the 1960s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvBgfzsDIHo

Paul Bartlett's fotopic site update list (part 2)

BR Containers - mixed - 1st era (C#1121552) - 3 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1121552.html

Kelly's 4 -wh PFA container flat, Procor built (C#1122323) - 21 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1122323.html

Cawood 4-wh PFA Coal container flat (C#1099006) - 26 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1099006.html

Charringtons Class B Gas Oil 4 wh TTA (C#1083201) - 20 photographs: Spot the Bachmann prototype http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1083201.html

Fina bogie tank wagons (C#1096892) - 24 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1096892.html

Total Bogie Class A tanks (C#1091472) - 70 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1091472.html

ARC bogie box opens - PTA, JUA, JRA, PXA (C#1082370) - 22 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1082370.html

Procor Foster Yeoman PTA ex Iron ore tippler (C#1069994) - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1069994.html

STS 40t twin cone powder international (C#1065294) - 25 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1065294.html

Danzas bogie van, Shildon built, BR registered (C#1064307) - 27 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1064307.html

BRT & PR Ciba Geigy 4 wheel tank wagons (C#1059474) - 33 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1059474.html

BRT & PR Class A tanks 57000 - 58280 (C#1058454) - 137 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1058454.html

Esso 4-wheel unfit tank wagons (C#1166984) - 72 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1166984.html

Esso Bitumen ex Ebano Grangemouth unfit (C#1166618) - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1166618.html

Yorkshire Tar Distillers tanks (C#1080767) - 75 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1080767.html

SR/BR bogie NPCS - B and GUV (C#1167909) - 23 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1167909.html

LMS NPCS - parcels, CCT, etc (C#1162812) - 44 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1162812.html

Australian company "Steam & Things" carries a wide range of items for the railway modeller - and non-railway modelmakers: http://www.steamandthings.com/

They have recently introduced a range of private owner wagon transfers: http://www.steamandthings.com/fpage55.htm

Hythe Pier and Ferry: http://www.whitehorseferries.co.uk/ http://www.hytheferry.co.uk/

A Daily Telegraph article on Ryde-Shanklin and the Hythe Pier: http://tinyurl.com/237shn

Thanks to Nick Wheat for pointing me to a video of a worrying piece of video from India showing how passengers should not cross the line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLaB_wgAbns (No passengers were injured in the making of this video.)

And finally...

The next train to Bedford will arrive at 25.08: http://tinyurl.com/yv8oqm

(Spotter: Neil Kearns.)


Weather disruption: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6273655.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6274041.stm

Derailment at Kemble on 15th January: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/6265945.stm

Ex-railway worker guilty of arson: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/6271281.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6244489.stm

Possible dispute over 35 hour week roster for signallers in Scotland http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6273737.stm

Fatality at Wrexham: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6266985.stm

Glasgow Airport rail link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6266721.stm

Fare protest against FGW at Bath on 17th January: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/6269875.stm

Rapid Transit plans for Belfast: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6266151.stm

(Spotters: Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps)

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 Jan 20 1230-1240 BBC2 'Coast' The coast of Ulster
Sat Jan 20 1440-1630 BBC2 'Raise the Titanic' 1980 adventure movie
Sun Jan 21 2000-2100 BBC4 'The Way We Travelled' A look back at TV travel shows 1/3
Mon Jan 22 1325-1340 Channel 4 'British Made' Celebrating the Morris Minor
Mon Jan 22 1915-2000 Five 'Megastructures' The North Sea Wall (The Netherlands)
Tue Jan 23 1325-1335 Channel 4 'British Made' Celebrating the deck chair
Wed Jan 24 1830-1900 BCB Radio 'Transported' Listen here: http://www.bcbradio.co.uk
Thu Jan 25 1330-1430 BCB Radio 'Transported' Listen here: http://www.bcbradio.co.uk
Fri Jan 26 2150-2200 BBC2 'Coast' A snippet


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 Jan 20 ? Main Line Steam: 'Clan Line' will take the VSOE to and from
Southampton East Docks
Timings: http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t07/t0120a.htm (Lists loco as 'Tangmere', but I understand it is 'Clan Line')
Tue Jan 23 ? BFI National Film Theatre
Projecting the Archive: 'It's All Mine' 60th Anniversary of the Nationalisation of the Coal Industry
Presented by Ros Cranston, BFI National Archive.
Opens 1820 http://www.bfi.org.uk/incinemas/nft/film/7097
Sat Jan 27 - Sun Jan 28 1030-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Southampton Model Railway Society Exhibition
The Eastpoint Centre, Burgoyne Road, Thornhill, Southampton 1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Adult: 4.50, Senior Citizen: 3, Child: 2.50, Family: 11.50 http://www.hants.gov.uk/smrs
Sat Jan 27 - Sun Jan 28 ? Bluebell Railway: Victorian Weekend http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Tue Jan 30 1930 West Somerset Railway Association Bristol Group 'Paraguayan Railways documentary' with Nick Regan
BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol
Starts 1930 for 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Sat Feb 03 ? Andy Firth Illustrated Talks
Coal Aston Village Hall, Eckington Road, Sheffield 'Dovedale and the Manifold Valley' 1930-2115, Admission: 2.00, refreshments available
Sat Feb 03 - Sun Feb 04 1000-1800(Saturday) Stafford Railway Circle - 50th Exhibition
The Sandylands and Argyle Suites, Stafford County Showground 1000-1800 (Saturday), 1000-1700(Sunday)
Sat Feb 03 - Sun Feb 04 ? Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition
Oulder Hill Leisure Centre, Hudsons Walk, Rochdale
Mon Feb 05 1945 West Somerset Railway Association Taunton Group 'British Vintage Steam and GW150' cine films, Terry Nicholls
Great Western Staff Association Club (NE corner, Taunton stn)
Starts 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
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