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Nick Wheat informs me that Virgin have got around to putting their first nameplate on ebay (for charity) so expect a steady flow over the coming months: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160113690316

Simon Jeffs' photos taken on at the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum and the Spa Valley railway: http://simon-jeffs.fotopic.net/c1272693.html http://simon-jeffs.fotopic.net/c1265796.html

Ian Coster's video of Lord Nelson at Barnes Station on 9th May: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reC47vvPIas

All about Clapham Junction: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A13073744

Brighton Festival Fringe: Brighton Station Tours

Illustrated talk on the history, development and hidden parts of the terminus, followed by a tour of the station site with Southern's permission. Best to book...

Entrance Fee: 6.00, 5.00 Running Time: 1 3/4 to 2 hours Age restrictions: not suitable for young children

12th May 11.00AM & 1:30PM 13th May 11.00AM & 1:30PM 19th May 11.00AM & 1:30PM 20th May 11.00AM & 1:30PM 26th May 11.00AM & 1:30PM 2nd June 11.00AM & 1:30PM


Ralph Rawlinson comments on Chris Grayling's call for disused railways to be protected...

On the face of it Chris Grayling's initiative is very commendable but in practice unlikely to mean anything. If the Government won't sanction the reopening of the Uckfield-Lewes line, which is reasonably clear of obstructions and supported by all interested parties, what chance does any other line (outside Scotland or Wales) have? I also recall that in the 1990s a previous Transport Secretary issued a PPG advising local authorities to safeguard disused lines by restricting their use to paths and cycleways but it was simply ignored. Even when a council has refused planning permission a government inspector will, on appeal, usually rule in favour of the developer.

From The Times 27tht April 2007:

Disused railway lines should be protected from development because they may have to be re-opened to relieve overcrowded roads, according to the Tories. Chris Grayling, the Shadow Transport Secretary, said that the lines in most urgent need of protection were the Lewes to Uckfield line in East Sussex, the Oxford to Milton Keynes line, the Woodhead tunnel route between Manchester and Sheffield and the Leamside line in the North East.

He wrote to the Government asking it to prohibit developers from building on the routes and demolishing stations. His letter said: "I am writing to ask you to impose a two-year moratorium on the sale of land on former transport routes; establish an independent study to assess the potential of each disused route including old stations and car parks for future transport needs and then put in place long-term protections." Mr Grayling said that many housing developments were designed with inadequate public transport links.

Transport 2000, the environmental group, welcomed the Conservative initiative and called on the Government to set out long-term plans for reopening lines in its rail White Paper, due to be published in July. Stephen Joseph, its director, said: "Reopenings will be needed to serve the many new and planned developments, and also to provide better regional

links. This is about giving people real choice for more journeys, and tackling congestion and pollution. But many of these lines are under threat from development. For years we have been saying they should be firmly protected through the planning system, and we support the Conservatives' call for a moratorium on development and a review of their potential. This should be a non-party issue, and we hope the Government will agree to the Conservatives' request and protect lines for future use."

David Cooke's professional custom painting and model building (USA): http://www.classictrainsplus.com


Derailment hits ECML: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6641579.stm

SWT price hike angers rail watchdog: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6633881.stm

Arriva train fairs rise by up to a third: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6638345.stm

More trains to cure overcrowding: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6640627.stm

New Victoria Line trains tested: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6634541.stm

Another sat- nav related level crossing accident: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6646331.stm

Gloucester/Cheltenham parkway scheme: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/6645811.stm

Arriva Wales smoking ban on English stations: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6646599.stm

Airdrie-Bathgate scheme gets green light: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6641725.stm

Stirling-Alloa rail link opening delayed: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/6643369.stm

Welcome for "rival Eurostar" plan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/6629965.stm

Koreas agree cross-border train: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6644151.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6623095.stm

National Express in Spanish deal (corrected): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6598453.stm

(Spooters: 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 May 12 0000-0050 BBC4 'The Avengers: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Sun May 13 1740-1840 Channel 4 'Scrapheap Challenge' A motorised skateboard
Mon May 14 2300-2400 BBC4 'Edwardians in Colour' Early 20th century colour film
Tue May 15 0200-0300 BBC4 'Edwardians in Colour' Early 20th century colour film
Tue May 15 1305-1530 Channel 4 'The Train' 1964 WW2 adventure movie
Tue May 15 1915-2000 Five 'Gavin Stamp's Orient-Express' A journey in 5 parts - 2/5
Wed May 16 1900-1930 BBC1 'Demolition!' Rugby's 'birdcage' railway bridge is removed
Thu May 17 2100-2200 BBC4 'Edwardians in Colour' Early 20th century colour film 5/5
Fri May 18 0030-0130 BBC4 'Edwardians in Colour' Early 20th century colour film 5/5
Fri May 18 0300-0400 BBC4 'Edwardians in Colour' Early 20th century colour film 5/5
Fri May 18 0300-0400 BBC1 South West 'Heroes of the Hard Rock' Mining in Devon and Cornwall


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.
Fri May 11 - Sun May 13 ? Swanage Railway: Beer Festival http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Fri May 11 - Sun May 13 ? Bluebell Railway: Southern At War Weekend http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/events/saw2007.html
Sat May 12 - Sun May 13 ? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: Celebration of Steam http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/welcome.html
Sat May 12 - Sun May 13 1030-1800(Sat) 1030-1700(Sun) EM Gauge Society - expoEM 2007
The Leisure Centre, Princes Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes 1030-1800 (Sat), 1030-1700 (Sun)
Sat May 12 - Sun May 13 ? Welsh Highland Railway: 'Rail Ale' Beer Festival http://www.festrail.co.uk
Sun May 13 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Watercress Festival http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun May 13 ? Amberley Working Museum: Stationary Engine Working Day http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sun May 13 ? Dean Forest Railway: Branch Line Gala Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/
Sun May 13 ? Dean Forest Railway: Vauxhall Classic Car (pre-1973) Rally http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/
Wed May 16 1400-1715 Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, York
Cultural Geographies of Transport
Colin Divall (IRS&TH, York) Safety on Britain's railways
Pete Merriman (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) The M1
Light refreshments will be served. 1400-1715
Yorkshire Rail Academy, The Warehouse, NRM, Leeman Road, York http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/irs/
Fri May 18 - Sat May 19 ? Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Rail Ale Festival http://www.barrowhill.org.uk
Sat May 19 - Sun May 20 1030-1630(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Salisbury & South Wilts Rly Soc - Model Railway Exhibition
Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton, Salisbury 1030-1630 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sat May 19 - Sun May 20 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Weymouth MRA - '0' Gauge Open Weekend
Upwey & Broadwey Memorial Hall, Victoria Rd, Broadwey,
Weymouth 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.WeymoughMRA.org.uk
Sat May 19 - Sun May 20 ? Kent & East Sussex Railway: '40s Weekend http://www.kesr.org.uk/
Sat May 19 - Sun May 20 1000-1700(Saturday) Middlesbrough Model Railway Club Exhibition
The Settlement Centre, St Pauls Road, Middlesbrough 1000-1700 (Saturday), 1000-1600(Sunday)
Sun May 20 ? Basingstoke & District Model Engineering Society
Visitors' Open Day http://www.basingstoke-dmes.co.uk/
Sun May 20 ? Amberley Working Museum: Military Vehicle Show http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Tue May 22 - Thu May 24 ? Kent & East Sussex Railway: Evacuation Week http://www.kesr.org.uk/
Sat May 26 - Sun May 27 1030-1630(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Risborough & District MRC - RAILEX Model Railway Exhibition
Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury 1030-1630 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.rdmrc.nildram.co.uk/railex2007.html
Sat May 26 - Sun May 27 ? Porthmadog Model Railway Show
Glaslyn Leisure Centre, opposite the WHR(P) station in
Directions: http://www.whr.co.uk/WHR-Ltd/directions
Sat May 26 - Mon May 28 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Wirksworth Carnival Open Days http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat May 26 - Sun Jun 03 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: A Day Out With Thomas http://www.steamtrain.co.uk
Sun May 27 ? Dean Forest Railway: Vintage & Heritage Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/
Sun May 27 - Mon May 28 ? Talyllyn Railway: Tom Rolt Vintage Rally http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Mon May 28 ? Swanage Railway: Fete http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Mon May 28 ? Kent & East Sussex Railway: Open Day http://www.kesr.org.uk/
Mon May 28 ? Ffestiniog Railway: 175th Anniversary Celebration http://www.festrail.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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