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


This web application attempts to track in as near real time as possible where all trains nationally are at any one time: http://www.traintimes.org.uk/map/

Cycle routes on old railway lines - click "Railways" for 20-odd reports of cycling over bygone lines. Lots of photos of bygone infrastructure: http://www.bikerides.dsracing.me.uk/

The Griff Colliery branch: http://www.nuneaton-online.org.uk/nuneaton/griff.htm

Anyone interested in the bygone lines of Cheshire will find this map site useful. Although ostensibly for researching tithe maps, it has full aerial photographic coverage from 1971-73 of the whole of Cheshire and parts of surrounding counties together with OS maps from the 19th and 20th centuries. You can have a map open in one pane and an aerial photo in the other. Clever...! http://maps.cheshire.gov.uk/tithemaps/TwinMaps.aspx

Airey's railway map of Scotland 1875: http://www.nls.uk/maps/scotland/detail.cfm?id=823

Mark Found's latest venture...

Garden Railway TV: "Great films for the outdoor minded" This site celebrates the great and the good of the outdoor garden railway - everything from 16 mm to 15 inch and more. It includes blogs, events, discussions, photos, videos: http://gardenrailwaytv.ning.com

Jack Burgess of the USA models, as closely as possible, the Yosemite Valley Railroad as of August 1939. Wonderful layout and a wonderful website of one of the editors favourite US lines: http://www.yosemitevalleyrr.com/

Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Cornwall The narrow gauge Launceston Steam Railway is reported as intending to extend its line along the trackbed of the North Cornwall Railway to Egloskerry.

Fareham-Gosport Hampshire County Council has awarded BAM Nuttall the main contract to build the bus rapid transit (BRT) route along the disused Gosport branch. The Government is providing 20M towards the cost of site clearance and track removal.

Cotswold Line The North Cotswold Line was reopened on time on 1st September after work to prepare the route for a second track which is set to be installed early in 2010.

Essex Mangapps Farm Railway Museum at Burnham-on-Crouch celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. http://tinyurl.com/ydp5nl8

Torquay Torbay Council has handed over ownership of Babbacombe Cliff Railway to a not-for-profit community interest company. The council is hoping to refurbish it over the winter with a 140,000 lottery grant. http://tinyurl.com/klchfa

Cambodia More about Cambodia's Bamboo railway. http://vichsisowath.blogspot.com/2009/09/feer94-poor-mans-railway.html


Hundreds flee in Eurostar panic as live wire collapses: http://tinyurl.com/y8f4r27

Or maybe it wasn't that dramatic...! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8273248.stm

Northern Rail strategy unveiled by Network Rail http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/8264575.stm

Southeastern 395 units named after athletes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/8266431.stm

Accident in Ledbury Tunnel: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/worcs/8265558.stm

Crash car falls in front of train: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/8268353.stm

WW1 accident at Bere Ferrers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/8272497.stm

Waverley Route funding confirmed: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/8262498.stm

Wizard and chips for Potter crews: http://tinyurl.com/yah8u5p http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1410435?UserKey=

Plans to extend Llangollen Railway on display: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/8260952.stm

Dublin tram crash: http://tinyurl.com/kt43qd

Spanish AVE high speed services http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8268003.stm

High Speed Dubai Metro - 474 mph...! http://www.nce.co.uk/5208286.article

Tram-train project in South Yorkshire: http://tinyurl.com/yddxwar

Buses named after rugby players: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/8262974.stm

Aircraft fire at Bournemouth Airport http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/8265798.stm

Light aircraft crash near Andover: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8265473.stm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCrickard, Reg Nerps, Peter Nicholson

TV and Radio

Sat Sep 26 1635-1705 BBC2 'Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain'
Mon Sep 28 1930-2000 BBC2 'Saving Britain's Past' Crofters
Mon Sep 28 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' Canal boats and locks
Wed Sep 30 1900-1930 BBC2 'Railway Walks' The birth of steam - Cornwall
Wed Sep 30 1930-2000 Five 'Building the Ultimate' Aircraft carriers
Wed Sep 30 2000-2100 Five 'World War One in Colour'


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 Sep 26 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Mambers' & Shareholders' Day http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Sep 26 ? Dean Forest Railway: Diesel Gala Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27 ? Bluebell Railway: Grandparent's Afternoon Tea http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sat Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27 ? Colne Valley Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27 ? Dean Forest Railway: Lydney Model Railway Show http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27 ? Peak Rail: The Shunter Hunter Extravaganza http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27 1000-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Halifax Model Railway Club Exhibition
North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, HX3 6TE 1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://pages.zoom.co.uk/hmrc
Sun Sep 27 ? Foxfield Railway: Traction Engine Steam Party http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sat Oct 03 1000-1700 Peacehaven Model Railway Show
Friendship Centre, Mayfield Avenue, Peacehaven (Behind Peacehaven Evangelical Free Church) 1000-1700 http://www.PeacehavenModelRailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 03 ? Rowsley Historical Railway Walk http://www.rowsleyassociation.org.uk
Sat Oct 03 - Sun Oct 04 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Diesel Gala http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sat Oct 03 - Sun Oct 04 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Fareham & District MRC - Great Wickham Railex
Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AL 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Sat Oct 03 - Sun Oct 04 ? Colne Valley Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 03 - Sun Oct 04 ? 14th Annual Railcar Association DMU Convention
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat Oct 03 - Sun Oct 04 ? Leawood Pump Steamings, Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sat Oct 03 - Sun Oct 04 ? Manchester Model Railway Society Exhibition
New Century Halls, Manchester
Sun Oct 04 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 Oct 04 ? Tyseley Works Open Day, Birmingham http://www.tyseleylocoworks.co.uk/
Sun Oct 04 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Classic Cars of Bygone Years http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Oct 04 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sat Oct 10 ? Southampton Book Fair
St Anne's School, Carlton Road, Southampton 1000-1600, Admission: 50p
Sat Oct 10 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Class 37 & VEP Special Day http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 10 - Sun Oct 11 1030-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Rail-Ex Southwest (Taunton)
Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton 1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.somerset-modellers.co.uk
Sat Oct 10 - Sun Oct 11 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Branch Line Weekend http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 10 - Sun Oct 11 ? The Battlefield Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sun Oct 11 - Mon Jan 12 ? Peak Rail: Mixed Traffic Weekend http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor (at) raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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