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


Railways of Jersey: http://www.jeron.je/Local/Railways.htm

District Dave's Underground Site: http://www.trainweb.org/districtdave/

Leek's railway services: http://tinyurl.com/6nwedo

Ian Hislop Goes Off the Rails for BBC Four (coming in the Autumn): http://tinyurl.com/3f4s8m

(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Save the environment - go by train: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LH6TgfseK_4

A 1960s design classic: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/art/2006/12/every_design_the_british_rail.html

(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Mike Morant's railway web gallery has seen a lot of activity during April.

51 rear end, going away and from the window shots: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1492922.html

48 images of Bulleid locos 1940s until July 1967 including Leader but no diesels: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1499681.html

58 images starting including SR liveried O2s and all the E1s as well as two Terriers: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1496564.html

American archive: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1488408.html

A new museum, "Hard Rock", will open at the end of July at Geevor Tin Mine. The museum will tell the story of Geevor and mining in Cornwall. Housed within a former mine building the stories will be told through objects, photos, graphic panels and a series of interactives. A comprehensive restoration programme for the many other buildings on the site has taken place. The problem that all museums have is that more material - particularly images and information in text form - than can be displayed. We are setting up two computer terminals hosting a searchable database of mining and Geevor related information. Subjects will include geology, mineralogy, metallurgy, mining and processing techniques social history as they relate to Cornish mining. We envisage this database as a living and growing body of information: we invite contributions to add to this database. If you are interested in submitting an article, an item of research or a photograph, please contact Bill Lakin on pch@geevor.com http://www.geevor.com/


Wrexham - Marylebone service started: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/7369998.stm

East Midlands Trains HST power car new livery: http://www.therailwaycentre.com/News%20April%202008/300408_EMT.html

Power car named after designer: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7376343.stm

Latest news on the Airdrie-Bathgate rail link project at: http://www.airdriebathgateraillink.co.uk/docs/NR_spring08.pdf

Expansion plans for Haymarket station in Edinburgh: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7374956.stm

Welsh Highland news: http://www.newswales.co.uk/?section=Culture&F=1&id=13912

Hornby to buy Corgi: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7376855.stm

But Hornby sales slow: http://tinyurl.com/5rfasr

Check out my life-sized train set: http://tinyurl.com/4nnsu4

Irish coaches for sale: http://www.etenders.gov.ie/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=APR101275

China train crash: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7370375.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7372487.stm

Lost loco found in Australian desert: http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2008/04/27/3973_ntnews.html

Cargo flight's crash landing video released: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7373310.stm

AAIB report on buziness jet crash at Farnborough (Kent): http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources/S2-2008%20VP-BGE.pdf

Proposed controls for bus services in Wales: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7374499.stm

Stagecoach Fife going carbon neutral: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7372767.stm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sat May 03 1730-1830 BBC2 'Coast' John o' Groats to the Firth of Forth
Sun May 04 1720-1750 ITV Meridian 'Along These Lines' The Hawkhurst Branch
Mon May 05 2330-0120 (D+1) BBC1 'Runaway Train' 1985 action movie
Wed May 07 2000-2100 Five 'Monster Moves' Moving homes in America
Wed May 07 2100-2200 BBC2 'Dan Cruikshank's Adventures in Architecture' 6/8


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.
Fri May 02 - Mon May 05 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Bank Holiday Family Open Days http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat May 03 ? DEMU Model Railway Show, Knowle Hill
Sat May 03 - Mon May 05 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Visiting Locomotive Weekend http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sat May 03 - Mon May 05 ? Isle of Wight Railway: Real Ale Festival http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/
Sat May 03 - Mon May 05 ? Midland Railway Centre: Vintage Train Weekend http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sun May 04 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
Sun May 04 ? Twyford Waterworks Spring Open Day
Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hants http://www.twyfordwaterworks.co.uk
Sun May 04 - Mon May 05 ? Leawood Pumphouse Steaming Weekend
Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk
Mon May 05 ? West Somerset Railway Taunton Group * * * * * * C A N C E L L E D * * * * * *
Visit to the Dartmoor Railway and/or the Devon Railway Centre
Mon May 05 ? Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG 'Sheffield-Peak Forest' (2005) & 'Peak Rail Rambler' (1986)
Cine film by Doug Copley
Starts 2000, 2 on the door
Fri May 09 - Sun May 11 ? Swanage Railway: Beer Festival and Diesel Gala http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/
Sat May 10 ? Midland Railway Centre: Real Ale Train http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sat May 10 - Sun May 11 ? Salisbury Model Railway Exhibition
Sat May 10 - Sun May 11 ? Peak Rail: Diesel Weekend http://www.peakrail.co.uk/
Sat May 10 - Sun May 11 ? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: Celebration of Steam
Includes a visit from Ivor the Engine http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/ http://www.celebrationofsteam.co.uk/
Fri May 16 - Sat May 17 ? Derwent Valley Community Rail Events: Walks, Talks, Mill Tours
Events (unless stated) are FREE for train passengers holding train tickets otherwise a 2 charge applies
Full details of all events: http://www.fdvl.org.uk
Sat May 17 1000-1600 Winchester Book Fair 2nd hand, rare, antiquarian and collectable books, maps, etc
The Saxon Suite, Winchester Guildhall 1000-1600
Sat May 17 1030 Rowsley Historic Walks - guided walks of the Rowsley area
Meet at Rowsley Old Station near Matlock Derbyshire at 1030
Walks take about 3 hours - lunch available at Rowsley South station
Opportunity to travel on 1356 Peak Rail service 3.50 including 24-page illustrated guide book http://www.rowsleyassociation.org.uk/walks
Sat May 17 - Sun May 18 ? EM Gauge Society - expoEM 2008
Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berks http://www.emgs.org
Sat May 17 - Sun May 18 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Trainwest 2008
Christie Miller Sports Centre, Lancaster Road, Melksham 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.trainwest.org.uk
Sat May 17 - Sun May 18 ? Midland Railway Centre: 1960s Weekend http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sun May 18 1000-1530 Winchester Gauge 0 Guild Open Day
Otterbourne Village Hall, Cranbourne Drive, Otterbourne 4 layouts, 2 traders - 2R FS test track (bring your own stock)
Food available 3.50 for adults which includes free tea & coffee 1000-1530
Sun May 18 ? Mid Hants Railway: Watercress Festival http://www.watercressline.co.uk/
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
Previous issues of RAILDATE are at: http://steam.to/raildate
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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