RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway =20 Society: http://www.ibmhursleyclub.org.uk/ss/hpmrs/



The Wealden Line Campaign: http://www.wealdenline.co.uk/


GMPTE has issued a leaflet to the effect that the Oldham loop will close after the final train on 3rd October. The stations affected are Dean Lane, Failsworth, Hollinwood, Oldham Werneth, Oldham Mumps, Derker, =20 Shaw & Crompton, New Hey and Milnrow. Trains are currently operated by =20 Northern Rail using a mix of class 142 and 150s, with an odd class 156. For =20 those wanting to photograph in the meantime, some trains terminate at Shaw =20 where there is a level crossing and a signal box adjacent to the station. The railway will be converted to Metrolink. Trams are expected to be =20 running by 2011. (Spotter: Neville Knight)


"The Golden Age of Steam", and other programmes: http://www.factualtv.com/videos/trains


Palma: Within twelve months of its re-opening, a little over one million people will have used Palma's new Metro, an average of 100,000 a month. The figure is much lower than the original forecast by the regional Transport ministry. For further information about railways in Majorca, and to sign up to newsletters, visit: http://www.majorcarailways.com/


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Redhill Tesco has applied for planning permission to build a new superstore on land just south of Redhill station. This poses a threat to a planned flyover that would be required should the proposed rail link between the Tonbridge and Reading lines for Channel Tunnel freight be given the go ahead.

High Wycombe Chiltern Railways have ruled out reinstating the through tracks at High Wycombe despite increased numbers of trains running non-stop through the station. A spokesman said the the benefits do not justify the heavy =20 costs involved.

King's Cross Work to build a new twelfth platform next to the existing platform 1 on the east side of the station has begun. It will increase capacity by allowing up to 24 more trains during peak periods and crucially reduce =20=

any service disruption while other platforms are refurbished. Meanwhile NR has appointed Kier Construction to carry out restoration of the roof =20 over the next three years. New glazing will include 2,500sq metres of photo- voltaic glass generating 10% of the stations electricity needs.

Blackfriars Work on the =A3350M redevelopment of Blackfriars station officially =20 started on 26th May 2009. The approach tracks to the terminus station had, however, already been removed. It will reopen fully in 2012 although longer 12-car trains are expected to be in use by the end of 2011.


The ORR has granted firm rights until 2015 for a National Express East Coast London-Lincoln service but London-Harrogate and Bradford only to Leeds with contingent rights onwards. Also confirmed were three new =20 daily Grand Northern trains each way from Kings Cross to Bradford. Rejected were applications from Platinum Trains for a new London-Aberdeen service and Hull Trains for a London-Harrogate service.

HSTs On Saturdays from 18th July to 5th September, EMT will be running HSTs =20=

to Skegness. Trains will leave Nottingham at 0811 and 1406 and return at 1124 and 1708. Also in July and August Cross Country will hire two sets from National Express to provide through services from Manchester Piccadilly to Newquay and Paignton.


=46rom Monday to Friday commencing 29 June Southeastern are to =20 introduce a limited high-speed "preview" service run on High Speed 1 between Ashford and St Pancras. It will offer passengers the chance to experience what the UK's first high-speed service will be like when it is fully =20 introduced using the Class 395 "Javelins". The draft timetable for services =20 starting on 13th December 2009 sees journey times of 37 mins from Ashford and 27 mins from Ebbsfleet. The dual voltage capability of these units will also see journeys from Dover reduced to 69 mins with a 59 min timing =20 from Canterbury.

Greater Manchester/Lancashire Network Rail has announced long term plans to electrify Manchester to Blackpool.

Glasgow Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) hopes that work on the =A320M refurbishment of all 15 stations on the Glasgow Subway will start in =20 2010. Plans to extend the system, modernise the signalling and buy new rolling stock have been shelved due to lack of funding.

Switzerland The Bern-Lotschberg-Simplon Railway (BLS) is introducing 23 new EMUs designed with large windows on the scenic Bern-Interlaken-Brig route. South of Spiez they will travel via the original mountain route not the new base tunnel.

Italy The new "Red Arrow" high-speed service covering the 360 miles between Milan and Rome in just three hours has seen passenger numbers between =20=

the two cities grow by 32% since the service started in December 2008. The Milan-Bologna section, reduced to 65 mins, now averages over a million passengers a month!

South Korea A new East-West railway is planned: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/06/116_46152.html



Network Rail sees profits slide: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8080370.stm

Southeastern 395 units enter public testing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8076711.stm http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/index.php/news/news_items/view/94

Bridge alterations for "High Cube" containers near Birmingham: http://tinyurl.com/rd8y65

Derailment in Cumbria: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/8078721.stm

Multilingual ticket machines on London Underground: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8076510.stm

West Coast rail delays condemned: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8081325.stm

Train drivers forced back to work: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/8083722.stm

Late night trains for Stratford theatre performances: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/coventry_warwickshire/8075199.stm http://tinyurl.com/qehhbr

60163 visits South Wales: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/8075156.stm

Gate passes suggested for Derby (but not for Sheffield): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/8082607.stm http://www.supertram.net/latestfromsupertram_6740.html

Cromford station given a =A3300,000 revamp: http://tinyurl.com/qsglrm

RAIB report into two separate container incidents: http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources/0905021_R122009_Containers.pdf

RAIB report into two separate road-rail vehicle runaway incidents: http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources/090527_R112009_Brentwood.pdf

Steam giants on new =A350 bank note: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8075130.stm

Driver asleep on Indian Train: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8080656.stm

Sheffield Supertram mechanical refurbishment: http://www.supertram.net/latestfromsupertram_6755.html

Proposed sale of Plymouth City-Bus: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/8075180.stm

New cruise ship terminal at Southampton: http://www.abports.co.uk/news20096955.htm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Derek Gillkerson, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sun Jun 07 1200-1300 Five 'Helicopter Warfare' 4/4
Sun Jun 07 1300-1400 Five 'Mean Machines' Fast boats
Mon Jun 08 1730-2000 Five 'Massive Speed' Sea combat
Tue Jun 09 2200-2230 BBC2 'Gerry Robinson's Car Crash' Nissan's Sunderland plant
Wed Jun 10 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast' South Wales
Wed Jun 10 1930-2000 Five 'Mean Machines' Transporters
Fri Jun 12 1930-2000 Five 'Top Trumps' World's biggest fire engines
Fri Jun 12 2200-2230 BBC2 'Britain's Best Drives' Scotland


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 =20=
(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 =20 responsibility is taken for inaccuracies or changes.
Sat Jun 06 1030-1700 Shaftsbury & Gillingham Railway Society Exhibition
Gillingham Primary School, School Lane, Gillingham, Dorset 1030-1700
Sat Jun 06 1030-1530 Reading Rail/Bus 2009 Railway/Bus Collectors Fair
Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading 1030-1530 http://www.tobaz.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 ? Dean Forest Railway: Steam Supper Evening http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Singer Classic Car Display http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 ? Gauge 0 Guild Summer Show
North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, HX3 6TE
Sat Jun 06 - Sun Jun 07 ? The Battlefield Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 - Sun Jun 07 ? DEMU Showcase
Bretby Conference Centre, Ashby Road, Burton-upon-Trent
Sat Jun 06 - Sun Jun 07 ? Leawood Pump Steamings, Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sun Jun 07 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Alf Tunstall Classic Bus rally http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Jun 07 1000-1600(followed by AGM) Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!) 1000-1600 (followed by AGM) ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in old school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sun Jun 07 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Wed Jun 10 ? Rowsley Historical Railway Walk http://www.rowsleyassociation.org.uk
Sat Jun 13 ? SS Shieldhall Friends & Families Solent Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: War on the Line http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 1000 South West Model Railway Show
Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, BA22 8HT
Doors open 1000 - usual museum entry prices apply http://www.fleetairarm.com
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Colne Valley Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Dean Forest Railway: Gala Weekend http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? The Battlefield Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Foxfield Railway: Morris Minor Car Day http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Teddy Bears Weekend http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Crich Tramway Village: Folk Festival http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 1000-1700 Bakewell Model Railway Show
Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire 1000-1700 both days http://www.wingfieldrailway group.co.uk
Sun Jun 14 ? Strawberries and Steam
Copythorne, Nr Cadnam, Hants
Sun Jun 14 ? SS Shieldhall Eastern Solent Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sun Jun 14 ? Ingfield Manor School Fete Day 10 1/4-inch miniature steam railway in grounds
Off A29 at Five Oaks near Billingshurst, West Sussex http://www.ingfieldlightrailway.co.nr/
Also visit the South Downs Light Railway, Pulborough http://www.sdlrs.com/
Mon Jun 15 1930 The Friends of the Cromford Canal: Illustrated Talk
Ironville Church Hall, Ironville, nr Ripley Derbyshire 'The Butterley Company and its Heartland' by Brian Key
Starts 1930
Wed Jun 17 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Summer Evening Scenic Cruise http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Thu Jun 18 - Fri Jun 19 ? Welsh Highland Railway: Welsh Dragons http://www.whr.co.uk
Fri Jun 19 ? SS Shieldhall Music Cruise with the Shieldhall Stompers http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sat Jun 20 ? SS Shieldhall Round the Isle of Wight http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sat Jun 20 - Sun Jun 21 ? Bluebell Railway: Father's Day Lunch Specials http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sat Jun 20 - Sun Jun 21 ? Colne Valley Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Jun 21 ? SS Shieldhall Western Solent Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sun Jun 21 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Father's Day Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sun Jun 21 ? Main Line Steam: Father's Day Luncheon Tour 60163 'Tornado'
Further information: Steam Dreamshttp://www.steamdreams.com
Sun Jun 21 ? Main Line Steam: Father's Day Evening Tour 60163 'Tornado'
Victoria-South Coast-Victoria
Further information: Steam Dreamshttp://www.steamdreams.com
Sun Jun 21 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Father's Day http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Jun 21 ? Weymouth Bus Rally http://www.weymouthvbrd.co.uk/
Sun Jun 21 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Father's Day Dining Car Lunch http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Jun 21 ? Foxfield Railway: Fathers Day http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sun Jun 21 ? Chatsworth Preserved Bus Gathering
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
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