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




Various Links relating to the LEV2 Railbus: http://www.traintesting.com/LEVs.htm http://k666blog.blogspot.com/2007/09/weird-to-look-at-part-2.html http://tinyurl.com/2pl353 http://www.sinfin.net/railways/world/usa/touristus/wvc/railbus.html http://nepa.railfan.net/rail/pnertl.htm http://www.old-dalby.com/LEV.htm

Latest news on the development of the Welsh Highland Railway: http://www.isengard.co.uk

Includes details about "Lyd", the Lynton & Barnstaple replica, which is hoped to be completed this year to enter service at Easter 2009. More details of this project here: http://whr.bangor.ac.uk/lyd.htm

A wonderful period piece fimed by Encyclopaedia Britannica in the late 1940s. It follows the daily life of a family in York (father an engine driver) and their holiday trip to Whitby: http://www.veoh.com/videos/v2150028gJpmFZe9 (Spotter: Nick Wheat)

A 1-minute sequence of Green Arrow at Cheddleton has appeared on the Railway Channel: http://www.therailwaychannel.com/churnet%20valley%20steam%20weekend.html

Loads of images from the "Mystery Singer": http://www.flickr.com/photos/cookephotography/

Steve Roffey has uploaded 14 scans of box brownie snaps taken around Ashford works by his uncle, probably in the late 1950s: http://steveroffey.fotopic.net/c1461413.html

Railways of Huddersfield: http://www.huddersfieldsrailways.photos.gb.com/

Pictures of Bardney, Lincs, by the late Pat Loftis: http://johnmusselwhite3881.fotopic.net/c1460038.html

The North Lindsey Light Railway: http://www.winteringham.info/Local_History/Railways/railways.html

The Guildford-Cranleigh-Horsham line: http://www.waverley.gov.uk/education/factsheets/factsheet2.asp http://www.cranleighrailway.info/history.htm http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/prow/pdfs/DownsLinkRouteGuide.pdf

The Railway Children: http://pete-coleman.com/trc/

All about Whyte notation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whyte_notation

The Railway Studies Association: http://www.railwaystudyassociation.org/

A new discussion group for anyone interested in timetables: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Transport_Timetables/

Chris Dumpman's most recent releases are: Sheffield Park to Lewes 3xDVD (4 hours + 45 mins) Uckfield to Lewes 3xDVD (4 hours + 50 mins) (For anyone who bought the Sheffield Park to Lewes film, please note that the footage south of Culver Junction is identical in this film as the two lines shared the trackbed.)

Projects being planned: Disused Railway Stations of Sussex Littlehampton/Ford/Arundel junctions + Arun river crossing

Also in the pipeline is a short film about the little known disused line near Lyminster or Littlehampton.


Rail magazine reports that plans to electrify the Bidston-Wrexham line have gained the financial support of the Welsh Assembly. It is thought that this will help justify an engineering survey currently underway. New stations might be built at Woodchurch and Beechwood.

A heavy rail link between Manchester's two main stations, Piccadilly and Victoria, is back under discussion following comments by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly. And while a long-proposed and favoured solution, the Ordsall curve, could be the natural frontrunner, there is speculation that the 1970s scheme for a tunnel across the city centre could be revived. In the Commons, Kelly said: "I think that in the future a sensibly costed plan for Manchester, perhaps including linking Victoria and Piccadilly, could lead to far more commuters being able to travel in greater comfort in and out of Manchester every day." Asked afterwards if that could include a tunnel, an official in her department reportedly said: "All options will be considered." A recent report for the Northern Way notes provisional costs for the Ordsall Curve at 44m, and the whole 'Ordsall package' at some 250m, while there are suggestions that a Picc-Vic tunnel could cost at least 500m.

(Spotter Ralph Rawlinson)

Guy Gorton has updated his web site, now that another chapter in the Tesco Tunnel sag has begun: http://www.meadwaypark.co.uk/TescoTunnel/

The RAIB is carrying out an investigation into an incident when a young child fell from a train on the Nene Valley Railway (NVR) at Wansford, Cambridgeshire, on 16 February 2008: http://tinyurl.com/22mkfu

Accident report on the BA 777 Heathrow undershoot: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources/S1-2008%20G-YMMM.pdf

(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Garratts homepage: http://users.powernet.co.uk/hamilton/source.html

Don's depot - an amazing compendium of mainly US railroad "stuff" http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/

(Spotter: Mike Morant)

You might be aware of the successful return to the air of Vulcan XH558's return to the skies, but you might be less aware that ther is a critical funding shortfall. To help gain the maximum national media coverage possible, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust is asking supporters to take a few moments to forward the following pre-prepared email to the recipients listed below. The more that forward this message, the greater the chance of achieving the goal of getting XH558 back in the public eye and back into the sky. Feel free to forward it to any other appropriate media groups - there are only very few weeks left to cross the final hurdle. More details of the funding crisis: http://www.tvoc.co.uk/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/7252105.stm

Sky Radio News radio@bskyb.com Sky News news@sky.com ITV This Morning thismorning@itv.com Channel 4 Richard & Judy richard&judy@channel4.com BBC Breakfast breakfasttv@bbc.co.uk GMTV Talk2us@gm.tv

Dear Sky Radio News/Sky News/ITV This Morning/Channel 4 Richard & Judy/ BBC Breakfast, (delete as appropriate)

I am contacting you in the hope that your programme might be able to give even the briefest of mention to a worthy cause that is at a crucial point of near financial collapse. For over 9 years, huge efforts have been made to return an icon of British heritage to public display - an Avro Vulcan aeroplane. The whole thrust of the restoration to flight project was based around the invaluable asset it represents to the education of our children, in British science, engineering and history. On the basis of this, it remains the only project of its kind to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

After a record breaking first flight in its present restored form in October 2007, vital funding and sponsorship has eluded the project team. The aircraft currently sits in a Leicestershire hangar, fully flight- ready, unable to appear at UK airshows this year due to an URGENT cash shortage. If, by the end of March this year, 150,000 cannot be found to jump this final hurdle, the whole 9 year project will close along with the extensive education programme built around this incredible machine.

As a national heritage asset, belonging to every man woman and child within our shores, the aircraft's immediate prospects are dire without the rightful media coverage so desperately sought. I would be extremely grateful if you could find even a one minute slot in your busy programme schedule to help champion this unique and worthy cause.

The project website is www.vulcantothesky.com where the entire story of this great British icon is told. The all important means of becoming part of the story and giving urgently needed help is there also.

Thank you for your consideration.


(Your Name)

And finally...

Heard on the London Underground, from Ralph Rawlinson...

"Ladies and gentlemen, we apologise for the delay, but there is a security alert at Victoria station and we are therefore stuck here for the foreseeable future, so let's take our minds off it and pass some time together. All together now... Ten green bottles, hanging on a wall..."


Steamy Affairs train company goes bust: Video: http://tinyurl.com/2veh9z

Problems with Midlands metro extension: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/7255900.stm

Virgin to run Wrexham to London service: http://www.eveningleader.co.uk/news/Virgin-to-run-Wrexham-to.3795415.jp

Laxey-Ramsey section of Manx Electric Railway to remain closed: http://www.manxradio.com/readNEwsItem.aspx?id=15865

Proposed use for slate waste and transport links: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/7245363.stm

Forth Bridge painting set to end: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7250560.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7252561.stm

Report by the Waverley Route Heritage Association at Whitrope: http://www.wrha.org.uk/news.html

Alloa line reopening difficulties: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7247507.stm

Bideford Railway Heritage Centre to close: http://tinyurl.com/ystch4

RH&DR "Hurricane" returned to work: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7250115.stm

Rail link hopes at Matlock: http://www.matlockmercury.co.uk/news/Steaming-into-town-with-rail.3773572.jp

The class 107 DMU saga: http://tinyurl.com/2opgrt

Czech police investigate railway bridge theft: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080218/tod-czech-police-crime-offbeat-879dccc_1.html

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sat Feb 23 1000-1030 BBC Radio 4 'Excess Baggage' John McCarthy visits the NRM
Sat Feb 23 1905-2005 Five 'Ice Road Truckers' Hauliers in Canada's frozen Northwest 5
Sat Feb 23 2000-2100 BBC2 'Coast' Exmouth to Bristol
Sun Feb 24 1230-1300 BBC2 'Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone'
Sun Feb 24 2000-2100 Five 'Ice Road Truckers' Hauliers in Canada's frozen Northwest 6
Mon Feb 25 1900-1930 BBC2 'The Twenties in Colour: the Wonderful World of Albert Kahn'
Mon Feb 25 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' The Thames barrier
Mon Feb 25 2320-2420 BBC2 'A Satellite's Tale' 50 years since Sputnik
Tue Feb 26 1300-1310 Channel 4 'Small Railway Journeys' The Isle of Wight railway
Tue Feb 26 1930-2000 BBC2 'Wainwright Walks' Helm Crag
Wed Feb 27 1400-1415 BBC2 'Coast' North Yorkshire
Wed Feb 27 2000-2100 Five 'Ice Road Truckers' Hauliers in Canada's frozen Northwest 7
Fri Feb 29 1740-1745 CBeebies 'Be Safe with The Tweenies' Railway safety tips for children
Fri Feb 29 1900-1930 BBC2 'Heathrow: Ready for Takeoff' What does the future hold?
Fri Feb 29 1930-2000 Five 'Massive Speed' Motorcycle racing
Fri Feb 29 2000-2100 Five 'Ice Road Truckers' Hauliers in Canada's frozen Northwest 8


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 Feb 23 ? Kenavon Railway Museum Group Exhibition
The Warehouse, 1a Cumberland Road, Cemetery Junction, Reading http://www.postmaster.co.uk/~kenavon
Sat Feb 23 1030 Midland Railway Society
Showroom 5, The Showroom, Sheffield (opp Midland Station) 'The Midland Railway and Huddersfield, 1865 - 1968' by MRS Journal Editor, Ian Howard.
Non-members and guests welcome
Room and light refreshments available from 1030
Presentation starts around 1330
Sat Feb 23 ? 'The Deltic Pioneer' - 55022 Royal Scots Grey
Liverpool Lime Street-Leeds-York-Edinburgh and return
Timings: http://www.railtourinfo.co.uk
Fri Feb 22 - Sun Feb 24 1100-2000(Fri) 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Model Rail Scotland
Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow 1100-2000 (Fri), 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.modelrail-scotland.co.uk
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 ? Solent Model Railway Group: Eurotrack
Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson will be present with his New
Stanton Lees layout
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Carshalton & Sutton MRC: Leatherhead 2008
Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Surrey 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.ukonline.co.uk/c-s-mrc
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Winter Steam Gala 4771 'Green Arrow', Super D 49395, 4F 44422, S160 5197, 4MT 80098 http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk/events.htm
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 1000-1700 New Mills & District Railway Modellers Exhibition
Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, Long Lane, Chapel, Derbyshire 1000-1700 both days http://www.nmdrm.co.uk
Sat Mar 01 1030-1700 South Hants MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Crookhorn College of Technology, Waterlooville, Portsmouth 1030-1700 http://www.shmrc.co.uk
Sat Mar 01 1000-1700 Abingdon & District Model Railway Club: 'Abrail'
White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon 1000-1700 http://www.abrail.org.uk/
Sat Mar 01 1030 Stafford Railway Collectors Fair
GEC, St Leonard's Avenue, Stafford 1030
Sat Mar 01 - Sun Mar 02 1030-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Romsey Model Railway Exhibition
Crossfield Hall, Romsey 1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.hants.gov.uk/rdmrs
Sun Mar 02 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
Mon Mar 03 1945 West Somerset Railway Taunton Group
The Great Western Staff Association Club, Taunton Station
Three Stations for Bodmin with Bernard Mills
Starts 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Sat Mar 08 ? Gauge 0 Guild Spring Show, Kettering
Sat Mar 08 ? Conference 'Social Enterprise and the Railways'
STEAM museum, Swindon
Speakers will include: - Lord Berkeley, Chairman of the Rail Freight Group - Transport journalist Christian Wolmar - Peter Hunt, Chief Executive of Mutuo - Anne Snelgrove MP, PPS to Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly
Booking fee of 5 to go to the Railway Children charity
Email Tim Pearce: t.pearce@party.coop or call 079 7042 1590
Sat Mar 08 - Sun Mar 09 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition
Aldworth Science College, Western Way, RG22 6HA
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson will be present with his
Zwiesboden layout 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.hants.org.uk/bnhmrs
Sat Mar 08 - Sun Mar 09 ? West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Mar 08 - Sun Mar 09 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Kidderminster Model Railway Exhibition
Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, Glades Arena, Kidderminster 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.wyreforestmrc.org.uk
Sat Mar 08 - Sun Mar 09 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Grand Opening to Idridgehay
Tickets for first train must be booked http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat Mar 08 - Sun Mar 09 ? Macclesfield Model Railway Exhibition
Tytherington High School, Manchester Road, Macclesfield
Thu Mar 13 1930 International Stationary Steam Engine Society
Steam in California - Chris Hodrien
Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Rd, Quinton, Birmingham,
B32 2TW
Starts 1930 http://www.isses.org
Thu Mar 13 - Sun Mar 16 ? West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Mar 15 1000-1600 Winchester Book Fair 2nd hand, rare, antiquarian and collectable books, maps, etc
The Saxon Suite, Winchester Guildhall 1000-1600
Sat Mar 15 - Sun Mar 16 0930-1700(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Nottingham East Midlands Model Railway Exhibition
Harvey Hadden Sports Complex, Wigman Road, Bilborough 0930-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.nottingham-modelrailway.org.uk
Sun Mar 16 1000-1630 Talyllyn Model Railway Exhibition
Ferneham Hall, Fareham
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson will be present with his
Zwiesboden layout 1000-1630
Fri Mar 21 - Mon Mar 24 ? Swanage Railway: Easter Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/
Fri Mar 21 - Mon Mar 24 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Open Days http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat Mar 22 - Mon Mar 24 ? Peak Rail: Easter Extravaganza http://www.peakrail.co.uk/
Sat Mar 22 - Mon Mar 24 1000-1700 York Model Railway Show
Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse, York 1000-1700 all days http://www.yorkshow.freeserve.co.uk
Sun Mar 23 - Mon Mar 24 ? Leawood Pumphouse Steaming Weekend
Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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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 2008.
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