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

RAILDATE will take a break over Easter - next issue: 13th April.


Links to British Rail TV ads on YouTube.

This is the age of the train: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd3NRr4SYiA

InterCity sleepers, from the Relax series, late 80s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFiIyl2MyHM

Not an actual ad, but a recent tribute to the Relax ads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EfRcQZ6Vz0

With inspiration from Night Mail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tTJXw7xUtk

Inter-City makes the going easy, 1969: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPdq-KJaa8Q

British Rail - We're getting there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxHKX6FfGys

British Rail - Cheap weekend away: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FPQgLmoK20

This is the age of the train (in a full commercial break from 1980): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RrXB6TAdAM

The Inter-City 125 promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFiti6h_uPg

A BR NSE crew training video from Brighton to Hove: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhHj7C4l3mk

The Railwaysarchive site has pdfs of two booklets issued when the Blue Pullmans commenced running:

Western: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/BRWR_Pullman1960.pdf

Midland: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/BRLMR_Pullman1960.pdf

200th anniversary of the Mumbles Tramway: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6491379.stm http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/sites/swansea/mumbles_rail.shtml http://www.welshwales.co.uk/mumbles_railway_swansea.htm Audio: http://tinyurl.com/2bhvrc

Mitch Stepanovich's illustrated listings of N gauge wagons: http://home.flash.net/~stepanov

An interesting North Cornwall Railway layout by Stafford Railway Circle: http://www.staffordrailwaycircle.org.uk/treneglos/index.php

For anyone interested in adding a road system to their layout, there is one made by Faller (Germany) and available from Gaugemaster at Ford (near Arundel): http://www.gaugemaster.co.uk/

Some websites that show what can be done: http://home.arcor.de/infracar/ (in German) http://modelleisenbahn-claus.de/ (in German) http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/data/cms/en/240/ (in English) Minature Wonderland in Hamburg, has a fully computer-controlled car system, where the vehicles can do many different things. It's apparently well worth a visit.

A report on the reopening of the Welsh Highland Railway received from a Railway Ramblers member by Ralph Rawlinson

On Saturday 24th March, two supporters' specials ran as far south as possible over the partially-rebuilt section south of Rhyd Ddu. I was on the second (afternoon) trip, the morning one evidently included a bus link to the WHR (Porthmadog) to ride the newly-reopened 900m section from Pen y Mount to Traeth Mawr. The original intention was for WHR stock, top and tailed by large diesel "Caernarfon Castle" and Garratt No 138, to operate throughout, terminating short of the platform that is to serve Beddgelert Forest camp site. However the running of test trains on Wednesday and Thursday resulted in a change of plan. The WHR stock only operated north of Rhyd Ddu, where all passengers changed on to FR stock double-headed by works (and normally FR) diesels "Upnor Castle" and "Conway Castle", tailed by 138 only to Pont Cae'r Gors cutting, about half-way between Rhyd Ddu and the campsite. No-one bemoaned this, as it enabled us to continue almost to the head of steel at the top of the lower S-bend at Cwm Cloch. From this point we looked down on the ballasted, but as yet trackless, middle section of this bend and the north end of Beddgelert village. The diesels then propelled in push-pull mode back to the waiting Garratt. At Rhyd Ddu, both trains combined and ran to Dinas (where the FR stock was detached) forming what was claimed to be the longest passenger train in the WHR's history.

Thief-watch website launched: http://ukhrail.uel.ac.uk/hra/thiefwatch/ThiefWatch.html

For a holiday with a difference - try Dent station on the Settle and Carlisle line (opens later this year): http://www.dentstation.co.uk

Photographs of the South Devon Railway Half-Price Weekend: http://www.southdevonrailway.org/News-and-Press-Releases/2007-New-Season.html

Paul Biggs's pictures from the GCR diesel day on 23rd March: http://paulbiggsgcrailway.fotopic.net/c1238190.html

Chris Dadson has uploaded 18 new photos to his Fotopic website taken recently at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. They include a new collection called "Beyond Killington Lane" showing the original trackbed from Bridge 65 (Killington Bridge) round to Parracombe Halt, and images taken at or near to the railway's Cricket Field Lane site: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c1240545.html

Neil Dimmer has posted two small collections, the first is of the now defunct Royal Mail services on the West Coast line: http://west-coast-photos.fotopic.net/c1238574.html

The second is of Eurostars & HSTs on the East Coast main line: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1238569.html

Also over 65 photos given by Keith Till, of the final years of British steam operations, and scrapping of locos. http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1239695.html

And two collections of photos taken at Doncaster Works Open Day on 26th July 2003. First the diesel & electric visitors: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1241396.html

Secondly, the steam locos present: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1241386.html

Task Force South - The Royal Navy and The Falklands War Saturday 31st March 2007 - Friday 29th January 2008

Task Force South, a new exhibition at The Royal Naval Museum, marks the 25th anniversary of the conflict, and will focus on the Royal Navy's vital role in the war and the deployment of over 100 ships and 18,000 personnel. Using artefacts, models, sound and film footage, the exhibition will look at key events, and tell stories of those involved in the defining moments.

And finally, don't try this at home...

Tube ski stunt blasted by police: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6501897.stm BBC video: http://tinyurl.com/yw6k45 Actual video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fFqQOlYE4EE


Rail overcrowding protest in Hampshire: Video: http://tinyurl.com/2xedlz

Services alter after rail "chaos": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/6494493.stm

Rail services 88% over capacity: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6494633.stm

Rail commute amongst UK's worst: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6494805.stm

Derby depot gets major revamp: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/6495749.stm

Rail firm failures led to crash: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6495475.stm

Sustrans looks at Durham viaduct: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/6493575.stm

Train project "urgent priority": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6494737.stm

Airdrie-Bathgate rail link approved: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6504201.stm

Steam train plan for TT race visitors: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/isle_of_man/6493535.stm

Future of Wanlockhead Mining Museum secured: http://www.scottishexecutive.gov.uk/News/Releases/2007/03/01132831

(Spotter: 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/
Mon Apr 02 1100-1130 BBC Radio 4 'Rover Two Years On' Life after closure 1/2
Mon Apr 02 1930-2000 BBC2 'Nation on Film' Newly-discovered Ramsden Film Collection
Mon Apr 02 2100-2230 ITV 'Mobile' Thriller part-filmed on the Ecclesbourne Valley Rly
Mon Apr 02 2100-2200 BBC4 'Wainwright: the Man Who Loved the Lakes'
Fri Apr 06 1900-1930 BBC2 'Wainwright Walks' 1/4 Haystacks
Fri Apr 06 1930-2000 Five 'Mean Machines' Submarines


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 Mar 31 - Sun Apr 01 ? Swanage Railway: Branch Line Weekend http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sun Apr 01 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 Apr 01 ? Amberley Working Museum: Vintage Car Show http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Mon Apr 02 1945 West Somerset Railway Association Taunton Group 'Southern Railway around Nationalisation' with Arthur Turner
Great Western Staff Association Club (NE corner, Taunton stn)
Starts 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Fri Apr 06 - Mon Apr 09 ? Swanage Railway: Easter Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Fri Apr 06 - Mon Apr 09 ? Dean Forest Railway: Prize Easter Bunny Hunt http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/
Fri Apr 06 - Mon Apr 09 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Open Days http://www.e-v-r.com/
Fri Apr 06 - Sun Apr 15 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Day Out with Thomas http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Apr 07 - Mon Apr 09 1000-1700 York Model Railway Show
Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse 1000-1700 each day http://www.yorkshow,freeserve.co.uk
Sun Apr 08 - Mon Apr 09 ? Basingstoke & District Model Engineering Society
Public Running Days http://www.basingstoke-dmes.co.uk/
Thu Apr 12 - Sun Apr 15 ? Dean Forest Railway: Day Out With Thomas http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/
Sat Apr 14 - Sun Apr 15 1030-1700(Sat) 1030-1630(Sun) Wimborne Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition
Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne 1030-1700 (Sat), 1030-1630 (Sun) http://www.wimrail.org.uk
Sat Apr 14 - Sun Apr 15 ? Horsham Model Railway Exhibition
Sat Apr 14 - Sun Apr 15 ? Bluebell Railway: Goods Train Weekend http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sun Apr 15 1000-1600 Brijan Tours Charity Open Day
The Coach Station, Abbey Mill, Bishop's Waltham
Many preserved buses, enthusiast's stalls, free Meon Valley tours, free bus from Eastleigh bus station 1000-1600
Sun Apr 15 ? Amberley Working Museum: Spring Industrial Trains Day http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22 1030-1700(Sat) 1030-1630(Sun) Langollen Railway: 'Steel, Steam and Stars' 3-day gala and beer festival - up to 11 locomotives operating
Organised by the 6880 'Betton Grange' Society 1030-1700 (Sat), 1030-1630 (Sun) http://www.6880gala.co.uk
Sat Apr 21 - Sun Apr 22 ? Milestones, Basingstoke
Model Engineering Wxhibition http://www.milestones-museum.com/
Sat Apr 21 - Sun Apr 22 ? Derby Model Railway Exhibition
The Assembly Rooms, Derby
Sat Apr 21 - Sun Apr 22 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Scalefour North Finescale Model Railway Exhibition
Wakefield College, Thornes Park, Wakefield 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sun Apr 22 1000-1600 Winchester 'O' Gauge Group Open Meeting
Otterbourne Village Hall, Otterbourne, Winchester 1000-1600
Light refreshments available during the day
Sun Apr 22 1000-1630 Guildford '0' Gauge Group Model Railway Open Day
New Normandy Village Hall, Glazier's Lane, Normandy Village
Near Guildford 1000-1630
Sun Apr 22 ? Amberley Working Museum: Post Office Vehicle Rally http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sun Apr 22 ? Bluebell Railway: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Tue Apr 24 1930 West Somerset Railway Association Bristol Group
The BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton
Starts 1930 'Railways in WWII' - Tony Cane http://www.wsra.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 2007.
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