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


Sandown Railway Enthusiasts Club: http://www.bradinglines.org

Excellent footage of the Great Central Railway's "Mail by Rail Gala" on 25th July, including mailbag pickup at speed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9byBMEOxiYE (Spotter: Ted Millward)

Mike Irlam's Railway History: http://mikes.railhistory.railfan.net/home.html (Spotter: Ted Millward)

A look to the future, General Motors' 'Aerotrain': http://www.carofthecentury.com/the_aerotrain.htm (Spotter: John Hillmer)

The Lost Days of Steam - railwaymen's reminiscences and folk songs: http://tinyurl.com/kt6uyv (Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Watch Dutch railways on your computer screen: http://www.railcam.nl (Spotter: David Canning)

After the mapping links last week, Richard Maund sends these...

"Vintage" OS maps of various dates - but fiddly to use: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/

Modern maps: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/

A range of 1925-1945 1" maps (most seem to be older than the New Popular Edition). Set transparency to 100% to cut out the modern overlays - and vice versa! http://www.ponies.me.uk/maps/osmap.html

C&L Finescale: http://www.finescale.org.uk/index.php

Check out Hobbytec on eBay (bluejt2000 is his eBay seller ID). All sorts of items 'buy it now' fixed price, including posters, street signs, road signs and so on. At the time of writing, his website is down for maintenance, but you can find him on ebay http://www.hobby-tec.co.uk/ http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/bluejt2000

It seems that the paddle steamer PS Ryde is up for sale following the former owners going into administration. There is, however, no mention of the sale on the official website: http://psryde.co.uk/default.aspx

Information about this, and many other "at risk" vessels, including the Calshot Spit Light Vessel can be seen here: http://www.transportbritain.co.uk/risklist.html

Sutton's (Surrey) transport history: http://www.friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/Transport/1960s.htm

Dave's pictures: http://gricing.fotopic.net/c1728827.html

Into roads...? http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/


Strike on National Express East Anglia: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8175785.stm

Discount fares on SWT: http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/SWTrains/News/_midsummermadness.htm

MPs urge rail franchise reforms: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8169529.stm

Rail firms reject fares criticism: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8171009.stm

Frinton level crossing fault halts town traffic: http://tinyurl.com/lfduu8

More on the Great Western electrification: http://tinyurl.com/ly3x2a

New carriage plans under review following electrification plans: http://tinyurl.com/lzekj9

Adonis criticises Network Rail about state of Wakefield Kirkgate: http://tinyurl.com/lwvhzu

Chipping Camden Tunnel, Cotswold Line redoubling: http://tinyurl.com/m6fnqp

Inverness-Wick/Thurso journey times could be cut by 25 minutes: http://tinyurl.com/lu4fgv

Hornsey - new Thameslink depot: http://tinyurl.com/m3aw2w

Waterloo to Heathrow: http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/news/story?id=6102

London robots fight rail line side fires: http://www.railway-technology.com/news/news60737.html

UK gets new recyclable station: http://www.railway-technology.com/news/news60636.html

Near miss at Llanbadarn crossing (isn't that a "near hit"?): http://tinyurl.com/nk8wwz

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway wins town crier competition: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/8172337.stm

Strike on Nottingham tram system: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/8169212.stm

Capitalism blamed as rail failure re-divides Berlin: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/658bacf4-7a45-11de-b86f-00144feabdc0.html

How not to provide assistance at a train de-railment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFKc7NfTabw&NR=1

Hong Kong rail project: http://www.railway-technology.com/news/news60439.html

Honolulu rail system go-ahead: http://www.railway-technology.com/news/news60438.html

Restoring a historic railroad tugboat in the USA: http://www.wabi.tv/news/6595/winterport-man-restoring-historic-tugboat

Dibden Bay proposal renewed: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8171616.stm

Communist plane becomes luxury hotel: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8164639.stm

Sunderland Airshow: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/8168703.stm

Vulcan flypast: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8169496.stm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCrickard, Reg Nerps, Ralph Rawlinson

TV and Radio

Sat Aug 01 1055-1245 ITV1 '633 Squadron' 1964 feature film
Sun Aug 02 1100-1200 BBC1 'Country Tracks' Features Peak Rail
Sun Aug 02 2100-2200 BBC1 'Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones' Britain's waterways
Mon Aug 03 2230-0130 (D+1) BBC4 'The Secret Life of the Motorway' All three parts
Tue Aug 04 2000-2100 BBC2 'Coast' Cork to Dublin
Tue Aug 04 2000-2100 Five 'Big, Bigger, Biggest' USS Pennsylvania
Tue Aug 04 2200-2230 BBC2 'Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast' 3/6
Wed Aug 05 1930-2000 Five 'Mean Machines' Submarines
Wed Aug 05 2000-2100 Five 'Megastructures' Miami hotel demolition
Thu Aug 06 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast' Cork to Dublin


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 Jul 31 - Mon Aug 03 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Paddington Bear http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Titanic - A Night to Remember Dining http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 ? Dean Forest Railway: Swing, Jazz & Jive Evening http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 - Sun Aug 02 1030-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Otterbourne Finescale Show
Otterbourne Village Hall, Otterbourne, SO21 2ET 1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sat Aug 01 - Sun Aug 02 ? Peak Rail: 1940s Weekend http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 - Sun Aug 02 ? Leawood Pump Steamings, Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sun Aug 02 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!) 1000-1600 ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in old school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Dean Forest Railway: Vintage & Heritage Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Teddy Bear's Picnic http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Crich Tramway Village: Emergency Vehicles Day http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Wed Aug 05 ? SS Shieldhall Cowes Week Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Thu Aug 06 ? SS Shieldhall Cowes Week Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Fri Aug 07 ? SS Shieldhall Cowes Fireworks Cruise with jazz band http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sat Aug 08 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Cornish Branch Line Day http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 08 1030-1530 Stafford Railway Collectors Fair
GEC, St Leonard's Avenue, Stafford 1030-1530 http://www.tobaz.co.uk
Sat Aug 08 - Sun Aug 09 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Victorian Weekend http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 08 - Sun Aug 09 ? Crich Tramway Village: 1940s Weekend http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Aug 08 - Sun Aug 09 ? Barrow Hill Roundhouse Diesel Gala http://www.barrowhill.org
Sat Aug 08 - Mon Aug 10 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Children's Favourite Engine Week http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 08 - Sun Aug 16 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Day Out with Thomas http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Aug 09 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Wed Aug 12 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Children's Favourite Engine Week http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Wed Aug 12 ? Rowsley Historical Railway Walk http://www.rowsleyassociation.org.uk
Sat Aug 15 1000-1700 Wiltshire Group of the 009 Society Biennial Exhibition
Bouverie Hall, Pewsey, Wiltshire 1000-1700
Sat Aug 15 ? Dean Forest Railway: Steam Supper Evening http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 15 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Cornish Branch Line Day http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 15 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Sounds of the '60s Night http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 15 ? Foxfield Railway: Real Ale Train http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sat Aug 15 - Sun Aug 16 ? Bluebell Railway: Vintage Transport Weekend http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sat Aug 15 - Sun Aug 16 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Plymouth Model Railway Exhibition
The Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.plymouthmrc.co.uk
Sat Aug 15 - Sun Aug 16 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Children's Favourite Engine Week http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 16 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Jaguar Car Rally http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 16 ? Dean Forest Railway: Vintage & Heritage Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 16 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
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