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Titles reinstated this time, but can't guarantee it's in exactly the right format. To be honest, I'm wondering whether producing this is really worth all the (considerable) effort, since you keep a repository of RAILDATE anyway. This might, therefore, be the last... H.


More things culled from RAILDATE up to 28/03/03, plus anything else that's come my way.

Preserved Steam


Manor Class

The Erlestoke Manor website has been updated with the lastest news of 7802 Bradley Manor & 7812 Erlestoke Manor based on the Severn Vallery Railway.

The webmaster is after photographs of either engine in BR (or earlier) service for use on the web site. Any pics greatfully recieved and photographer credited.


Class 9F

9F 2-10-0 92212 website has been updated with the lastest news of the loco plus some archive photos of 92212 & other 9Fs: http://www.92212.com


BR Diesel Web has been updated. The bulk of the updates are from the recent Sulzer theme day on the ELR and the now re-opened bridge between Irwell Vale and Rawtenstall plus some photos of D345 and 45135 from last year full details as follows:

Photo updates: D345, 45135, 46035, 47150, 47853 & Bridge/Flood section Sound updates: 33117, 45135, 46035, 47150 & 47853


Classes 20/37/40/50


Class 45

The 3rd 45/0 Group website has had a bit of an overhaul: http://www.45015.com

Class 47

Another new page of photos includes a tribute to the Virgin Class 47's: http://www.bevanprice.freeuk.com/railindx.htm

The Class 47 Locomotive Group Our aims to preserve a Brush Class 47 diesel loco - the hope is to get 47306 "The Sapper": http://c47lg.port5.com

Fragonset's 47 355 shared the honours with 47 709 on a Whitby - Edinburgh charter. The locos worked top & tail, 709 was running all the time to provide heat when it was on the rear. What with 709 paying a return visit to its old haunts of Waverley a 47/3 out of Whitby and Edinburgh it was a little momentous to say the least: http://www.typetwo.fsnet.co.uk/fridge.htm

Class 50


Classes 56,58 & 60


Class 58

A new photo report of the two final Class 58-hauled railtours - The Bone Breaker and The Bone Idol. Go to 'RIP Freight 58s 1983-2002' under the Newest Photo Reports heading:


Class 67






Updated website with a few pictures of D1015 on the Western Pilgrim railtour: http://mysite.freeserve.com/nedchester/261002a.htm



Dave's DMU Pages: http://www.fortunecity.com/marina/palmers/138

The Hampshire and Sussex Units Preservation Society http://www.hsups.org.co.uk mailto:hsups@freenetname.co.uk


A group for electric loco photographs: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/AC_photos



Southern Electric (not the utility!) website: http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/

Parry People Movers



BR Mark 1 coaches: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brmk1


Freightliner (includes full details of its loco fleet): http://www.freightliner.co.uk/home.html



GB Railfreight: http://www.gbrailfreight.co.uk

Direct Rail Services: http://www.directrailservices.com http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_DRS_Page

National Railways

National Rail Enquiries Online: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/planmyjourney/

Traffic descriptions: http://www.gbrail.org.uk

General rail information: http://www.railbritain.com

Nick Leverton's viaducts and tunnels: http://www.leverton.org/tunnels/

Pullman Publcations, in the guise of Nigel Callaghan has produced a CD that is the result of well over two and a half years of research and investigation into railway tunnels. There is no other publication that covers so much in-depth detail about the subject. Further information about the Tunnel CD can be obtained by e-mailing Nigel... mailto:Jetset747@btinternet.com

1960s: http://www.rroast.freeserve.co.uk/rail1.html

BR liveries: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BRLiveryLibrary

The Prorail Marketplace facility. Building on RCJ small advertisements - you can buy, sell or exchange anything. And there is free advertising on offer during the next 60 days - with digital images welcome for inclusion and full HTML accepted (so that we can make your adverts attractive): http://www.prorail.co.uk/marketplace/marketplace.php

A new railway website: http://www.travellersfare.co.uk

A Goverment website for the Railway Heritage Committee: http://www.rhc.gov.uk

A website for Ritchie Brothers: http://www.ritchiebros.co.uk/client/railtrack/railtrack.htm Here you can find an assortment of "before" and "after" photographs of many signal boxes they've been refurbishing for Railtrack Scotland Zone. The photos aren't all that brilliant, but there are a few interior shots and a nice view of the Holywood gates.

A new website: http://www.railwayscene.co.uk

The Departmentals website: http://www.departmentals.com

The On-Track Plant website: http://www.ontrackplant.com

News from the modern railway scene... http://www.gbrail.org.uk/

Two more British Railways Groups http://groups.yahoo.com/group/British-Railways http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BRLiveryLibrary

Someone has come up with a proposal for those who want to pursue a "mature, and historically accurate" discussion of railway history and to this end, BritishRailways@yahoogroups.com has been formed. Just click on the link: Group name: BritishRailways Group home page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BritishRailways Group email address: BritishRailways@yahoogroups.com

A new group for those interested in tracing old railways: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Britains_Lost_Railways/join

A new group if you are interested in first-generation UK trains: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/1stgenerationuktrains

And a new Yahoo group for railway enthusiast who wish to discuss any aspect of the UK railway scene including locomotive sightings and questions concerning these: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/UKrail-enthusiasts

Photos of the rail blue and large logo era of B.R. Freight Operations: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/railbluefreight

Virgin Trains



The Old Luggage Van - a Cornish holiday by the rails - self-catering holiday accommodation for the rail enthusiast: http://www.railholiday.co.uk


The Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society: http://www.cwaas.org.uk/index.htm mailto:societyinfo@cwaas.org.uk

Dean Forest Railway

For emailed updates about events and news of the Dean Forest Railway, send your email address (blank message) to: subscribe@deanforestrailway.co.uk



Exeter West Signalbox


Great Central Railway

The Great Central today - an excellent survey of the line: http://www.greatcentraltoday.com


Romsey Signal Box egroup: http://www.topica.com/lists/romseybox

Romsey Signal Box website: http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

Nice picture of Chandlers Ford Station ca.1900 at: http://www.chandlersfordonline.com/history/station_view.htm

You might have to stitch these links together for the full story... Recent bridge problems at Chandlers Ford: http://www.thisishampshire.net/hampshire/archive/2003/01/28/SOTON_NEWS_NEWS 10ZM.html And at Romsey: http://www.thisishampshire.net/hampshire/archive/2003/01/11/SOTON_NEWS_NEWS 06ZM.html

A bit dry, but details of the proposals to reopen the Eastleigh-Romsey line to passengers are here: http://www.hants.gov.uk/decisions/decisions-docs/010910-exeenv-R11.html

and here: http://www.hants.gov.uk/decisions/decisions-docs/020716-exeenv-R23.html

and if you don't mind ploughing through a load of stuff... here: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/transport/ltp/transport.htm

As yet, I haven't heard a firm date mentioned - I think March 2003 is referred to in some of this documentation, but I would imagine that is pretty unlikely. Anyone got the latest information?

Basingstoke's railways: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/cj.tolley/cjt-brhm.htm

Healey Mills

Wanted - pictures of inside the shed at Healey Mills, or even any pictures of loco's there are required for a website dedicated to the yard:


Midland Railway

A 'virtual' visit to the former Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras:


London Midland & Scottish Railway

LMS "New Line" signalling http://www.davros.org/rail/signalling/lmsr/newlines.html

A new website has been set up by the LMS Society on: http://www.lms-society.org.uk or: http://www.lmss.org.uk

I have a web site depicting gif drawings of LMS wagons. The site is coded to display them as a moving train across the screen. The loco pulling them is an ex-C&RJR 0-6-0ST loco - LMS Hutton Hall, number 11566. Give the site a viewing at: http://www.tom.jenkins.5u.com

London & North Western Railway


Lynton & Barnstaple Railway


North East Midlands

North East Midland Photographic Record 'Picture the Past': http://www.picturethepast.org.uk

North Norfolk Railway

Those interested in supporting a signal box preservation project in a different area might be interested in the plans to save Wroxham signal box, north of Norwich. There is some info about this, and a contact address on the Norfolk Railway Society's web site at:


North Staffordshire Railway


North Wales

North Wales railway changes site has been extended with some new pages on first generation DMUs in North Wales:


North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Volunteer) website now has: the 2003 season timetables, details of off-peak travel discounts, copies of archive drawings for sale, along with all the usual information including an update on the signalling pages:



Plans for the "all new" Nottingham railway station here: http://www.nottinghamexpresstransit.com/network/station_mstrplan.asp

Nottingham Victoria Station Website: http://come.to/victoria-station

Penrith - Keswick Railway Project



Work is about to commence on a completely new steam railway at Kinlochleven, which will follow the bed of the original track all the way from the jetty on Loch Leven up to the original factory about three and a half miles (five kilometres) up the glen. The new railway will also bring much-needed employment to Kinlochleven, since not only will the line itself need operating staff, but all of the rolling stock, including locomotives, will be built in a new factory in the village: http://www.kinlochsteam.co.uk

Severn Valley Railway

Photos from the recent excellent Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala: http://www.phantasrail.com/svr.htm http://www.classictraction.co.uk

And some streaming videos: http://www.remsys.co.uk

Somerset & Dorset Railway

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust's website has been overhauled a little - nothing too radical. There are a few new sections coming your way very soon though (private members area, online membership, achive etc.) http://www.sdrt.org.uk/

Somerset & Dorset "could have beens", Enginewood and Bleakhouse Road: http://www.semaddocks.plus.com/enginewood/

A page on the S&DJR Clandown branch has now been put on the web at: http://www.trainweb.org/railwest/railco/sdjr/clandown.html

Ian McKechnie's excellent S&D website featuring pictures taken mainly on the 'Branch' is now back on line at: http://www.3218.co.uk/

The SDRHT (the Midsomer Norton Restoration group) has a website at: http://www.sdjr.co.uk

They have launched a new Yahoo e-group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sdrht/

South Wales


Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is running Trevithick 2004. Their comprehensive website is worth a visit: http://www.trevithick2004.co.uk

West Coast Main Line

West Coast Loco Sightings Records, 1948 to 1968

A group is trying to record all sightings of locomotives on trains on the West Coast Main Line, and has already logged over 1 million sightings. The main research area is from Euston to Perth, including Birmingham, Holyhead, Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool. If you have any information to share (trainspotting records and photographs for instance) they would be very pleased to hear from you. Contact:

Chris Coates, 264 Wigan Road, Standish, Wigan, Lancs, WN6 0AD mailto:Chris-coates@ukonline.co.uk

West Highland Railway




Apart from John Thomas's book, "The West Highland Line" published by David and Charles and available in paperback at one time from Pan, there is a wonderful BBC film made in 1959/1960, available on video, and distributed by Panamint Cinema: mailto:cinema@panamint.co.uk


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association: http://www.evra.org.uk/

WyvernRail: http://www.wyvernrail.co.uk/

The British Overseas Railways Historical Trust



Geelong Train http://www.steamrail.com.au/tourprogram.htm

Maldon Railway http://www.vgr.com.au/

Echuca http://www.echucamoama.com/calofevents/march03.htm

The Zig Zag Railway, Lithgow, NSW http://www.zigzagrailway.com.au

State Mine Heritage Park & Railway http://www.statemine.org.au

The Sydney Tramway Museum, Loftus, NSW: http://www.sydneytramwaymuseum.com.au

Canberra Railway Museum: http://www.arhsact.org.au

Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre: http://www.nswrtm.org

The Kuranda Scenic Railway http://www.traveltrain.qr.com.au/traveltrain/virtual/kuranda/index.asp

Skyrail, Cairns: http://www.skyrail.com.au

The Great Lithgow Zig-Zag Railway: http://www.zigzagrailway.com.au

Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS): http://www.arhsnsw.com.au/

West Torrens Railway Signal, Telegraph and Aviation Museum, South Australia: http://www.wtcc.sa.gov.au/buscom/avmuseum.html

Cuba ----




New on trains of Europe: Trams from the city of Utrecht, South Limburg Steamtrain Copmpany & Noordned trains - a whole collection of Dutch trainpics, steam, electric and diesel:



German Railways in English:



The Indian Railways Heritage Suport group is now open to one and all. Its membership has been switched to unmoderated with access to everyone. Check archives for all activities and achievements.

The heritage support group can be found at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irhsg/

and the web page with pics is: http://www.irfca.org/photos/Heritage

Indian Railways has opened a website to get suggestions on improving their services: http://www.irsuggestions.org

Delhi Metro website: http://www.delhimetrorail.com


Dublin's Secret Railway: http://www.platform11.org/dconnector.html

New Rail Transport Lobby for Ireland: http://www.platform11.org

Images of the Listowell monorail, Ireland in September: http://www.backfire.co.uk/rail

New Zealand

New Zealand Railcars: http://www.geocities.com/nzrailcar/index.html

South Africa

Some webcams to be installed at some really scenic areas of the 'Garden Route of South Africa' where you can see the steam train coming from far across the way, or in the return path climbing away from you, at least 10-15 minutes of picture perfect steam in action, with absolutely beautiful scenery too:



Gerald Savine, Railways of Switzerland limited edition prints and paintings: http://www.geraldsavine.ukf.net



This is the US Library of Congress webpage for railroad maps from 1828 to 1900. It's divided by regions of the country, and it should show active rail lines for the period and locations in question. From there, you can track the individual lines for company histories, many of which are available on the Internet:



Details of collectors' fairs on Tony Hillman's "Railway Collectors Events Diary" at: http://www.prorail.co.uk/events/index.htm.



Classics from the BR days, Main-Line Deltics and much more. Also some resources for modellers - N Gauge pages and Class 153 details shots: http://www.adamsphotos.fotopic.net

Rob's rail photos: http://robsrailphotos.fotopic.net

Photographic locations: http://www.photoloc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

A diesel and electric traction photo website: http://neils-photos.fotopic.net

Steam photographs recently scanned: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/p.w.crowther/Railway

The updated Phantasrail Uk 2003 Gallery: http://www.phantasrail.com/uk2003.htm

David's Railway Photography website update: http://www.mounton.freeserve.co.uk

Britain's Railways since 1978 http://www.brsince78.co.uk

Photos of Steam Locomotives which were taken during the late 1940s early 1950s: http://www.planefacts.ndirect.co.uk/railway

Substantial number of additions to 53A Models legendary photo web-sites: Additions to both the 1950s and 1960s pages - mainly BR steam, but including some London Transport images and early EMU & DMU shots: http://www.bluediesels.co.uk

One image added to the 2002 page. More images for this site soon: http://www.53a-pix.co.uk

New Hull & East Riding area railway website is now up and running: http://www.hull-rail.co.uk

53A Models, Hull shop Website: http://www.53amodels.co.uk

A new Yahoo Group has been formed, "UK Transport Photography": http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uktransportphotography/

Film ----

A site dedicated to cult Michael Caine gangster flick "Get Carter" - featuring many railway locations 'then and now' and the coal staithes around Blyth Cambois. A great fan site: http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/pipexdsl/o/aouq09/getcarter/list.htm

Fans of old films will be interested to hear that Panamint Cinema is now offering Night Mail (GPO) + West Highland (BBC) on one DVD for 19.99 (or two for 30): http://www.panamint.co.uk/

A web search found the following sites, which contain some background on "The Titlfield Thunderbolt": http://homepages.which.net/~gordon.dudman/titfield2.html


This also looked quite good! It's near Peasedown St John, between Bath & Radstock. ;-) http://www.sharpos-world.co.uk/mainindx/uk/indx/pub/pub4.htm

There were plenty of transport-related themes in Pathe Pictorials. A search can be done on the database at: http://www.britishpathe.com


Videolines railway videos: http://www.railwayvideos.co.uk

Video of the passenger run of 390014 "City of Manchester" arriving at Euston and a video Walkthrough of parts of the unit: http://www.rail-net.co.uk

British Railways pictorial has just updated its AVI Movies of the Month http://www.moggy180.freeserve.co.uk

A video from a few years back of the Spanish Inquisition Railtour. The first Class 67 hauled charter: http://www.rail-net.co.uk


The Steamsounds web site is now available: http://www.steamsounds.org.uk


For those that have the Microsoft Train Simulator and wish to add further British locomotives, go to the KIMSIM website and download their locos: http://www.kimsim.co.uk/pages/kimsim.htm

3D Freeware models for Microsoft Train Simulator: http://www.uktrainsim.com

There is a font called BRFACE2 which has lots of the icons used in timetables - like at the top of columns: http://www.kwvr.co.uk/downloads/railfonts3.TTF

Also available is Gill Sans as used by British railways from the 1950s http://www.kwvr.co.uk/downloads/GIL_____.TTF


The Transport Ticket Society:


Maps ----

You can get old maps on line for virtually everywhere in the country, usually Ordnance Survey 1st or 2nd editions, dating from the 1860s to the 1880s. Several different viewing levels, but the most detailed gives approximately 12 inches to the mile.

For example, for a detailed map of the St. Pancras station area in 1882, go to:


When the search box appears, enter 530044,183070, click the Co-ordinate button and click Search

Most images are of 1880s vintage, therefore any lines built after this period may incur some financial outlay. Those who are used to giving a six-figure grid reference will have no real problem in finding specific locations.

The site is user-friendly and general locations can be found by county and then town/village. Thereafter some general area search is required if the location you are after is outside that habitation (Shap Incline took a few minutes to find).

14 inches to a mile ordnance survey maps are being reprinted by Alan Godfrey. They cover the late 19th and early 20th century and are very detailed. Each map is approximately 1 1/2 miles east to west and 1 mile north to south. Railway coverage is excellent though you do need quite a few to cover a single branch line, that is if they are available. At that scale it will take quite a while before all the maps for the country will be reprinted. He has a very interesting web page:


Secret Underground

Always worth a look:


See the station *inside* Box Tunnel!

Railway Ramblers



The British 1:87 Scale Society: http://www.british-ho.com

The Association of Larger Scale Railway Modellers Ltd: http://www.theassociationltd.com

The Model Electronic Railway Group: http://www.merg.org.uk

The Train Collectors Society: http://www.traincollectors.org.uk e-group: TrainColSoc@yahoogroups.com

The EM Gauge Society: http://www.emgs.org

The Historical Model Railway Society: http://www.hmrs.org

The Model Railway Club: http://www.themodelrailwayclub.org/index.html

Southampton Model Railway Society: http://www.hants.gov.uk/smrs

British Railway Modellers of North America: http://home.ca.inter.net/~brmna/index.html

Modern Image modelling featuring exhibition news and items for sale: http://www.migo.org.uk

The Old Toy Shop, 50 Northam Road, Southampton: http://www.parktrains.co.uk

More from 53A models websites: http://www.bluediesels.co.uk (Additions to the Industrial Railways and Other Overseas Railways pages) http://www.53a-pix.co.uk (one or two images added to the 2002 year page)

International Models: http://www.internationalmodels.net

Express Models: http://www.expressmodels.co.uk

Langley Miniature Models: http://www.langleymodels.co.uk

Fox Transfers: http://www.fox-transfers.co.uk

Green Scene modelling materials: http://www.greenscene.cjb.net

Wizard Models, specialists in 4mm scale modelling: http://www.wizardmodels.co.uk

The manufacturing arm of Wizard Models is here: http://www.51L.co.uk

Bill Bedford Models: http://www.mousa.demon.co.uk

Comet Models:


Die-Cast Buses Interactive


Model Bus Federation


The British Bus and Coach Enthusiast


London Transport

London's Routemaster bus celebrates its 50th birthday in 2004:


Manchester Museum of Transport


British Trams Online

British Trams Online gives comprehensive coverage to trams both ancient and modern!



If you've ever wanted to see what happens when you open the wrong paddles at staircase locks, you can try it out at: http://terrax.org/sailing/locks/lockflightjs.aspx.

There's a single lock version at: http://terrax.org/sailing/locks/locksjs.aspx but it isn't nearly as much fun!

The programme of 2003 cruises by Mersey Ferries along the Manchester Ship Canal has just been released and is available at: http://www.merseyferries.co.uk

Newcastle under Lyme Canal: http://www.thepotteries.org/waterways/n_c_canal.htm

Friends of the Cromford Canal website: http://www.cromfordcanal.org.uk


Having found several tapes of conversations with men who worked in the Poynton Collieries (Cheshire) until they closed in 1935, a number of streaming audio files have been added to the Poynton Colliery website which may be of interest:


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