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

* * * A Happy Easter to all our readers! * * *


Some years ago, the Historical Model Railway Society produced a list of online resources for researchers. It was a hardcopy list, so I scanned it and reproduced it here, mainly for the benfit of our HMRS readers, but also, of course, for any other readers of RAILDATE. It is not exhaustive, but will give anyone a good start. There have been one or two updates since the list was originally issue, and no doubt more will be added in due course, so I would welcome additions and corrections.

With acknowledgements to Graham Boyes, Chairman of TRAP (Tracking Railway Archives Project) and Geof Sheppard of the HMRS.

National and International Resources:

1881 census: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/default.asp 1901 census: http://www.1901census.nationalarchives.gov.uk Access to Archives http://www.a2a.org.uk Archives Network Wales http://www.archivesnetworkwales.info Black Sheep Index: http://www.blacksheepindex.co.uk/ Digital & Multimedia Center of the Michigan State University Libraries: http://digital.lib.msu.edu/collections Patent Office: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/patent.htm Public Record Office of Northern Ireland http://www.pronu.gov.uk Museum of English Life: http://www.ruralhistory.org/index.html National Archives of Ireland http://www.nationalarchives.ie Office of Public Sector Information for chronological tables of Local Acts of Parliament: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/chron-tables/local/index.htm Scottish Archives Network http://www.scan.org.uk Tracking Railway Archives Project http://www.trap.org.uk

Local Resources:

Bedfordshire http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/archive Bristol http://archives.bristol-city.gov.uk Ceredigion http://archifdy-ceredigion.org.uk Cheshire http://www.cheshire.gov.uk/recoff/catalogue.htm Durham http://www.durham.gov.uk/recordoffice/register.nsf/search East Riding of Yorkshire http://www.eastriding.gov.uk Essex http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/ Gloucestershire http://archives.gloucestershire.gov.uk Gwynedd http://hen.gwynedd.gov.uk Hampshire http://www.hants.gov.uk/record-office/catalog/ Liverpool http://archive.liverpool.gov.uk/home.html Norfolk http://nrocat.norfolk.gov.uk The Rhondda http://www.therhondda.co.uk Somerset http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives Staffordshire http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk Surrey http://www1.surreycc.gov.uk West Yorkshire http://www.dswebhosting.info/WYAS/


Cheshire http://www.picturecheshire.co.uk/ Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire http://www.picturethepast.org.uk/ The Glasgow Story http://www.theglasgowstory.com Gwynedd http://hen.gwynedd.gov.uk Illustrated London News http://www.ilnpictures.co.uk Mitchell Collection http://www.mitchelllibrary.org/vm/ Nation on Film http://www.bbc.co.uk/nationonfilm/ North Lincolnshire http://www.nprthlincs.gov.uk Railway Archive http://www.railwayarchive.org.uk/ Sheffield www.picturesheffield.com/ Viewfinder http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/home.asp Walsall www.walsall.gov.uk/historyimages/ Warwickshire http://www.search.windowsonwarwickshire.org.uk/engine/search/default.asp West Sussex www.westsussexpast.org.uk


Charles Booth Collection http://booth.lse.ac.uk/ Genealogy Maps http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~genmaps/ Your Maps On-line http://www.yourmapsonline.org.uk/index.htm


The Rail Chronology website - a great resource if you want to know when something happened: http://www.railchronology.free-online.co.uk/

Wealdenline is a lobby group campaigning for the reopening of the Lewes- Uckfield line: http://home.clara.net/wealdenline/st_set.html

They have now started a new "Wealdenlink" site, which links to a presentation outlining the merits of a renewed link and some other peripheral proposals to relieve the Brighton Line: http://www.wealdenlink.org.uk/

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it is to take direct control of Croydon Tramlink light rail network after its 98 million offer to acquire Tramtrack Croydon, the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) concessionaire was accepted. Under the existing contract, TfL must compensate Tramtrack Croydon for any changes to the fares and ticketing policy. This payment has been increasing on an annual basis and last year totaled 4 million. By acquiring Tramtrack Croydon, which still has 88 years remaining on its concession agreement to operate the 28km network, TfL will no longer be obliged to make these payments. TfL says there will be no change to the existing fares structure, although it is planning a number of improvements to the network, including doubling the off-peak frequency on the Elmers End - Beckenham Junction line from two trams per hour to four. It is also planning to run additional services on the Wimbledon - New Addington line, and refresh tram interiors. (Spotter: Neil Kearns)

European New from Ralph Rawlinson...

Spain: My item in Raildate of 15 February indicated that the opening of Europe's newest high-speed line from Madrid to Barcelona had been delayed. It did in fact open on 20 February and the 186mph AVEs now take just 2 hours to cover the 410 mile route. Spain is building ten further high-speed lines and aims to have more such mileage than any other country in the world by 2011.

Switzerland - Gotthard Base Tunnel: Two years ago I gave details of the 35 mile-long Gotthard base tunnel which, when completed in 2015, will be the longest railway tunnel in the world (as was the present Gotthard tunnel of 9.3 miles at the time of its completion in 1882). Plans for a 'Porta Alpina' station in the middle of the tunnel, served by a long lift shaft, have been scrapped even though SFR 15million has already been spent excavating waiting areas. It has been estimated that providing a service of six trains a day in each direction would have lost SFR 9million a year.

Ireland: When I was researching the Irish Republic section of my Railway Ramblers Gazetteer of Disused Lines I was amused by claims that lineside crosses on the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tramway (a roadside tramway of marked individuality) indicated the places where befuddled Irishmen had slept on the line with unfortunate results! Strange things happened on Irish Railways in the past but they couldn't happen today... or could they? Two men have recently been fined 300 Euros "for being a nuisance to themselves on the railway". Apparently a train had sped over two drunks who had fallen asleep on the Limerick-Ennis line - yet both had escaped without a scratch!

Everything you wanted to know about the Titanic: http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/index.php

And finally... heard on the London Underground from Ralph Rawlinson...

"Please allow the doors to close. Try not to confuse this with 'Please hold the doors open'. The two are distinct and separate instructions."


SWT drivers threaten strike: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7305316.stm http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/SWTrains/News/_ASLEFindustrialaction.htm

Arriva Wales safety campaign: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7299424.stm

Wi-Fi on Stagecoach Eastern Scottish buses: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7300450.stm

Extra trains to improve service - a novel idea...! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7297219.stm

Cliffside railway remains closed: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7304226.stm

New station at Alrewas? http://tinyurl.com/223z4z

Alloa rail link "to open in May": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7300908.stm

Severn Valley Railway has 200k shortfall: http://www.expressandstar.com/2008/03/18/svr-facing-200k-blow/

Tram-trains to get first UK trial: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bradford/7303727.stm

Burton's Bass (Coors) Museum to close: http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/burtonmail/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=299388

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Brian Hall, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sun Mar 23 1500-1520 BBC2 'Coast' Cape Wrath
Mon Mar 24 1900-1930 BBC2 'Wainwright Walks' Borrodale
Mon Mar 24 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' Air bags and car shredding
Tue Mar 25 2000-2100 Five 'Big, Bigger, Biggest' Construction of Terminal Five


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.
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/
Fri Mar 21 - Tue Mar 25 ? Midland Railway Centre: Easter Trains http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
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
Fri Mar 28 ? The Century Theatre, Coalville, Leicestershire 'Midland Journey' - an evening of archive short films from the
Media Archive for Central England
Includes Leicestershire cricket team v Australia 1921, The
Royal Show (in Leics) 1924, Agriculture 1944 and Mining Review
Donisthorpe Colliery 1951, Coleorton Hall Mineworkers Gala 1959, Snibston Colliery's closure
Programme commences 7.30pm, admission 2.50, licensed bar and safe parking
Sat Mar 29 1000-1700 Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers - Narrow Gauge South
Sparsholt College, Nr Winchester, SO21 2NF
HPMRS member Ian Griffiths will be present with 'Watt Estate' 1000-1700
Sat Mar 29 ? Solent Railwayana Auctions
Wickham Community Centre, Mill Road, Wickham http://www.solentrailwayana.com/
Sat Mar 29 - Sun Mar 30 1000-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) London Festival of Railway Modelling
Alexander Palace, London 1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.brmodelling.co.uk
Sat Mar 29 - Sun Mar 30 ? Midland Railway Centre: DMU Gala http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sat Apr 05 1100-1500 Transport Collectors' Market
Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick, W4 4JN 1100-1500
Sat Apr 05 - Sun Apr 06 ? Swanage Railway: Railway at Work Weekend http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/
Sat Apr 05 - Sun Apr 06 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Pickering Railfest: Model Railway Show
Pickering Showground, North Yorkshire 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.modelrailshow.com
Sat Apr 05 - Sun Apr 06 ? Pickering Railfest: LNER Festival
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering, N Yorks
Bittern, Union of South Africa, Sir Nigel Gresley and
Green Arrow http://www.nymr.co.uk
Sun Apr 06 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!)
Featuring a special guest photographic display (TBC) 1000-1600
Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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