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


Meridian TV has made a series on closed railway lines in the south titled "Along These Lines". Screening begins on Thursday 7th February 2008 at 7.30pm on ITV1. The lines to be featured are:

- The Meon Valley Railway - The Somerset & Dorset Railway (within Dorset) - Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst - The Longmoor Military Railway - The Test Valley Line (Romsey to Andover) - The East Kent Railway - Castleman's Corkscrew (Brockenhurst-Ringwood-Hamworthy) - The Isle of Wight

If you are not in the Meridian ITV region, but have Sky, you can manually add Meridian to your digibox: - Bring up the Services menu and choose option 4 "System Setup", then option 4 again "Add Channels". - Type in the frequency "10891H", symbol rate "22.0" and FEC "5/6". - Choose "Find Channels" and the list of channels being broadcast by that transponder appears. - Highlight the name and press the yellow button for all the ones you want to add to your list. - Press the "Select" button to save your choices - your selected channels are now be available under the "Other Channels" option on the "Services" menu.

You can save up to 50 channels in this way. All regional variations are available, for details, go to: http://www.wildsat.com/astra.htm

Meanwhile, for those who were unable to watch or record "Raising Steam", the story of the Downpatrick and Co Down Railway shown in Northern Ireland last Monday, it is now available (presumably until 22:35 Monday 21st January) as a streamed programme on the new BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/tv/ (Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

If you are thinking of visiting Leicester University Library to look at their excellent collection of transport books, Victorian and Edwardian periodicals and journals, it is currently undergoing a major refurbishment which is not expected to be completed until Spring 2008. While building work is being carried out there is no access to the lower ground floor which houses the large railway collection including periodicals such as Railway Times, Railway News, Railway Gazette, The Engineer, the LMS Magazine, the Proceedings of the Institutions of Railway Signal Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, and Electrical Engineers, plus original copies of Board of Trade accident reports. These will remain out of reach until the library reopens. Other railway related books previously kept on upper floors appear to have been moved to a temporary location but are still accessible. Access to this library by "External Readers" (which applies to most people) is still thought to be free, but you require a Readers Ticket. (Spotter: Tony Overton)

The Neville Stead collection: http://steamingback.fotopic.net/

Diesel photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7600438@N08/

Some details of Bisley Camp branch are on these sites: http://www.basingstoke-canal.org.uk/brbis.htm http://www.army.mod.uk/rlc/units/25_regt/regimental_hq/blackdown_history.htm

A recently-launched a Yahoo! Discussion Group about all things "Wickham". The Group is for all Owners and all those interested in all aspects of railway vehicles manufactured by D Wickham & Co Ltd of Ware (Hertfordshire, UK), Wickham Rail Ltd of Suckley (Worcestershire, UK) and Wickham Rail Cars of Goodyear (Arizona, USA): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WickhamofWare

More Wickham links: http://www.LlangollenRailcars.com http://roy-hennefer.fotopic.net/

Images of England - a "point in time" photographic library of England?s listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century: http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk

The 2008 edition of Passenger Trains Over Unusual Lines (PSUL) is at: http://www.avoe05.dsl.pipex.com/2008.htm (Spotter: Richard Buckby)

An eclectic website with interesting links: http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/

Includes this gem amongst other things: http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/odveloc1.Html

Perseverance and Westward kits: http://www.cparrish.dircon.co.uk/Loco.htm

Station signs for model railways: http://www.stationsigns.co.uk/

Museumstoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik (English text available): http://www.museumstoomtram.nl/

And finally...

The limited edition of 500 prototype Deltic models produced by Bachmann for the National Railway Museum sold out within eight days at 140 a time! Good news if you missed out though - a further 2500 "limited editions" are to be produced...


Sat-nav puts driver on rail line: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7193884.stm

Shrewsbury station improvements: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/shropshire/7191085.stm

Minor collisions Glasgow Central: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7192500.stm

Rail chaos after cabling stolen: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7184010.stm

Job vacancy at York: http://tinyurl.com/389z3q

Save Woodhead tunnel: http://tinyurl.com/35xydd

Possible GCR reopening...? http://tinyurl.com/2eke3e

Polish teen hacks tram network: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/11/tram_hack/

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Mike Morant, Richard Walker, Nick Wheat

TV and Radio

Sun Jan 20 1100-1200 BBC1 'Countryfile' Visits Winsford rock salt mine
Mon Jan 21 1900-1930 BBC2 'The Great War in Colour: the Wonderful World of Albert Kahn'
Thu Jan 24 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' Demolition, big cranes and light bulbs
Fri Jan 25 2000-2030 ITV1 'The Great Drain Robbery' How thieves pillage utilities
Fri Jan 25 1930-2000 Five 'Massive Speed' Record-breaking trains
Fri Jan 25 2000-2100 Five 'Megastructures' Dubai's world map


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 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
Due to a loss of one of the gyms part of the exhibition will be on the first floor - there are staircases and a small lift 1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://smrs.hampshire.org.uk
Sat Jan 26 1100-1300 Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Railways in South Wales
A talk: Brunel's Railways in South Wales
Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG 1100-1300
Admission: 12.00
Sat Feb 02 - Sun Feb 03 1030-1700 Alton Model Railway Group Febex 2007
Eggars School, Alton, Hants 1030-1700 both days
Free preserved bus service from station and town centre http://altonmrg.co.uk/febex
Sun Feb 03 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!) 1000-1600
Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sat Feb 02 1100-1300 Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Railways in South Wales
A talk: Coal is King: Brunel and the Coal Industry
Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG 1100-1300
Admission: 12.00
Mon Feb 04 1945 West Somerset Railway Taunton Group
The Great Western Staff Association Club, Taunton Station
WSR - My Perspective with Ian Coleby
Starts 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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