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

Very best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2008!


An excellent free downloadable calendar from the Railway Herald: http://www.railwayherald.co.uk/2008Calendar/

The January 2008 edition of West Somerset Express, the unofficial online newsletter of the West Somerset Railway, is available from: http://trainsferriesbuses.co.uk/westsomersetexpress.htm

A superb collection of photographs: http://www.davidheyscollection.com/

And another: http://flickr.com/photos/loose_grip_99/collections/72157603269832299/

And another: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barkingbill/

Three recent items involving former LSWR lines in Devon, spotted by Ralph Rawlinson:

Sidmouth Jn - Sidmouth, closed pass 6.3.1967 Devon County Council is considering converting this route into a cyclepath and walkway.

Barnstaple Jn - Torrington, closed pass 4.10.1965 Because the Bideford site is too restrictive the Bideford & Instow Railway Group is examining the possibility of relocating further south at Torrrington.

Barnstaple - Lynton, closed 29.3.1935 The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, which at present operates over one mile of track between Woody Bay (Martinhoe Cross) and Killington Lane, is preparing a bid for 30m of Euro development cash to fund the reconstruction of eight miles of the route between Lynton to Wistalpound (half a mile beyond Blackmoor).

Ralph also advises that the Railway Ramblers website has been updated over Christmas. In the Photos section, galleries 19 to 23 have been added whilst News 2007 now includes items posted in November and December. http://www.railwayramblers.org.uk/

Rail Accident Investigation Branch reports...

Train/vehicle collision on Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway on 25th March 2007: http://tinyurl.com/3ylm7n

Two derailments at London Waterloo: http://tinyurl.com/2rm53z

(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Guy Gorton has posted a few photographs of St Pancras, taken before Christmas: http://www.meadwaypark.co.uk/StPancras

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway was recently featured by the local radio station. Three excerpts can be found here: http://www.e-v-r.com/clip.htm

Their appeal for additional volunteers was also featured on the BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/7168307.stm

And in local newspapers: http://www.matlockmercury.co.uk/news/Tracklaying-plea-in-Wirksworth-rail.3634406.jp

Chris Ward's Annesley Fireman website: http://www.annesleyfireman.com

Chris's steam railway photographs: http://christopher8062.fotopic.net/

Chris's diesel gallery: http://chriswarddiesels.fotopic.net/

A website devoted to the GNR/LNWR Joint Line around Melton Mowbray: http://www.meltonmowbray.steamrailways.com/index.php

County Gate a Lynton & Barnstaple 009 exhibition model railway - super layout, super website: http://www.009.cd2.com/index.htm

A petition to ask the Prime Minister to reopen the railway from Manchester to Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Woodhead/

One of the main threats to a possible reopening is that the National Grid proposes to use the modern tunnel for cabling (there are cables in one of the two Victorian tunnels at the moment). So there is an additional campaign for the Secretary of State for Transport to intervene and protect this strategic route from non-rail use. You can...

E-mail your MP asking them to sign the Early Day Motion (459). Check whether your MP has already signed here: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=34592&SESSION=891

Send your MP a letter using this online form: http://www.advocacyonline.net/eactivist/user/userC.jsp?15223&EXAMIN=1

Write to Ruth Kelly asking her to intervene immediately and protect this route for the future.

More information is available from: http://savethewoodheadtunnel.blogspot.com/

Coverage in the national press: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/dec/11/transportintheuk.transportpolicy

A Thomas the Tank theme park: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article563997.ece

Good photographs and captions of the later years on the ferry service out of Portsmouth: http://daverowland.fotopic.net/c1356561.html

And finally...

Richard Buckby spotted this helpful guidance to the travelling public on the Cross Country trains website:

Track improvements and maintenance are taking place from 00:01 on 01/01/08 to 05:00 on 03/01/08 between Aberdeen and Aberdeen. Whilst work is taking place, buses will replace trains between Aberdeen and Aberdeen via Aberdeen.

And there I was planning a new year rail tour of Aberdeen...


Train strikes lorry at crossing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7171049.stm

Record passengers on London Underground: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7161528.stm

SVR reopening date (might be open from late Feb without publicity): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/worcs/7161102.stm

RMT strike ballot on First Great Western: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7161074.stm

First Great Western sell tickets for Boxing Day when no trains operating: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/1/hi/england/devon/7161767.stm

Fire closes Birmingham International station Wed 2/1/08: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/7167785.stm

Rugby and Liverpool Street engineering works over-run: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7167073.stm

Route reopens after railway chaos: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7169115.stm

Liverpool Street Christmas shut down: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7153570.stm

Early Day Motion about First Great Western by the MP for Stroud: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=34687&SESSION=891

Highland sleeper problem: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7159038.stm

New loco for Derwent Valley Railway (Tasmania): http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/15/2119758.htm?section=business

Level crossing accident in Tajikistan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7159715.stm

EMAP changes (Publisher of Steam Railway and Steam World): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7156981.stm

Stagecoach bus stolen in Chichester on Christmas Day: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7160320.stm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sun Jan 06 1745-1845 Channel 4 'Time Team' Hidden mineshafts at Codnor Castle, Derbyshire
Sun Jan 06 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast' The Journey Continues 1/2
Mon Jan 07 1100-1130 BBC Radio 4 'Pilot' Story of the ship's pilot
Fri Jan 11 1930-2000 Five 'Massive Speed' Looks at the world's fastest machines
Fri Jan 11 2000-2100 Five 'Megastructures' The Burj Al-Arab 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 and also http://railwayherald.co.uk/railtours/
All details are correct to the best of my knowledge. No responsibility is taken for inaccuracies or changes.
Sat Jan 05 1000-1700 Marlow, Maidenhead & District MRC Exhibition
Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Maindenhead 1000-1700 http://www.mmdmrc.org.uk
Sat Jan 05 1000-1700 Kidderminster Railway Museum Winter Railway Photo Fair
Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster
Over 500,000 photographs for sale 1000-1700 http://www.krm.org.uk
Sat Jan 05 1200-1700 Welsh Railway Research Circle and Abergavenny & Dist Steam Soc
Exhibition The Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Rly 50 years after closure
St Michael's Centre, Penypound, Abergavenny 1200-1700 with talk between 1400 and 1600
Related displays in the public library and shopping centre
Sat Jan 05 - Sun Jan 06 1100-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) The South Wales Model Show
Rhonnda Fach Sports Centre, East St, Tylorstown, Rhonnda 1100-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Mon Jan 07 1945 West Somerset Railway Taunton Group
The Great Western Staff Association Club, Taunton Station
Member's slides and photo competition
Starts 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Fri Jan 11 1930 Purbeck Railway Circle: The Age of Steam at Home & Abroad
Nick Lera shoes his latest DVDs
Catholic Church hall, Rempstone Road, Swanage
Starts 1930
Sat Jan 12 1400 National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield
The Bowes Railway - Anthony Coulls, Curator, Locomotion - The
National Railway Museum at Shildon
Free admission
Start at 1400 in the Conference Centre at the Museum
Lasts 45 mins to 1 hour http://www.ncm.org.uk/
Sat Jan 12 - Sun Jan 13 ? Bognor Model Railway Exhibition
Sat Jan 12 - Sun Jan 13 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Chiltern Model Railway Association Exhibition
Alban Arena, St Peter's Street, St Albans 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Sat Jan 19 ? Astolat Model Railway Exhibition, Guildford
Wed Jan 23 ? BFI Laing Film Collection Evening
NFT Southbank, London http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/rebuilding_britain_the_laing_film_collection
Sat Jan 26 - Sun Jan 27 1030-1700(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Southampton Model Railway Society Exhibition
The Eastpoint Centre, Burgoyne Road, Thornhill, Southampton 1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://smrs.hampshire.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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