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From: Howard Sprenger [howard_sprenger@uk.ibm.com] Sent: 23 September 2005 12:17 To: richardgwalker@btinternet.com Subject: Resend of round-up


More things culled from RAILDATE up to 09/09/05, plus anything else that's come my way.


One of those websites you'll wonder how you did without: http://www.joyce.whitchurch.btinternet.co.uk/

Some extremely interesting stuff here: http://www.urban75.org/railway/index.html

Railway, boats & waterways, and "other stuff" at Mark Annand's interesting site: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/leopold/mark/index.html

Accident records available from the Rail Safety and Standards Board: http://www.rssb.co.uk/

LNER Locomotives

Tommy Knox's database of all workings for LNER Pacifics and V2s, which now stands at over half a million entries... incredible...


LNWR Super D

Pete Waterman's L&NWR company has recently restored the 0-8-0- Super D in the National Collection, and David Moore was on hand to see it being put through its paces on Wednesday aternoon at Cheddleton on the Churnet Valley Railway: http://david-moore.fotopic.net/c606327.html

A4 Class

The 60007 site: http://www.sirnigelgresley.co.uk

Black 5

A "modest" website devoted to Black 5s: http://black5photos.co.uk

Diesel Traction

A number of fictitious liveries have appeared on the AC Locomotive Group's website, but they have now been moved to their own website: http://fictitiousliveries.fotopic.net/

Class 47

Paul Bartlett has added some class 47 photographs to: http://www.class47.com/c47_intro.php

Class 56

Nick Wheat asks whether any of us has ever wondered how a Class 56 would sound if they forgot to put the silencer back on...?


Electric Traction

The Suburban Electric Railway Association: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~gsgleaves/welcome.htm

The AC Locomotive Group's website: http://www.aclocogroup.org.uk/

EM2 Locomotive Society http://www.em2ls.org.uk

The APT website is back online: http://www.apt-p.com


Paul Bartlett's fotopic wagon photographs update...

SMBP444 of 1902 in detail as internal user 041204 - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c453208.html

BR Ferry Tube diag 1/449 - 24 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c451069.html

ESSO Bitumen tank wagons - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c445430.html

ESSO Bitumen tank wagons - rebuilds - 21 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c446906.html

Norsk Hydro Holdall German registered - 22 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c444399.html

Departmental 4-wheel wagons - unusual - 57 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c438345.html

BR Bogie Bolster C - Unfitted - 85 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c435491.html

BR Bogie Bolster C - as cement mixers - 14 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c434505.html

BR Bogie Bolster C - as cable drum carriers - 21 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c433782.html

BR Bogie Bolster C - vacuum brake - 62 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c432496.html

BR Ford Palvans - 43 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c422358.html

Ford Palvans as under runners etc. 10 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c422528.html

COV CD - VCA air brake vans, includes departmental use - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c417441.html

Cowan Sheldon 6 1/2 and 10 ton hand cranes on BR - 1 addition: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c88721.html

LMS Haddock - Sleeper wagon - 2 additions: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c186971.html

BR Salmon with 8ft. wb bogie (C#517667) - 90 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c517667.html

BR Salmon with 5ft. wb bogie (C#516626) - 34 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c516626.html

BR LMS design Salmon Diag 1/640 - 35 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c510038.html

PR6400 as Ben Chairs van - 12 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c478504.html

ICI Anhydrous ammonia 4 wheel tanks - 14 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c477695.html

BR Standard van all wood sides - 79 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c475215.html

BR 13ton small hoppers - 7 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c467274.html

BR Mackerel 17ton ballast hopper diag 1/583 - 20 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c478348.html

BR 21t hoppers - rebodied, renumbered HTO & HTV - 24 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c465372.html

B9990xx series tanks, ex Class B Esso and Texaco - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c460640.html

APOC 1581 = LP120 twin tank of 1927 in detail - 18 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c454904.html

Radlett goods shed Midland Railway - 9 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c466375.html

BR Salmons fitted with rail lifting cranes (C#313102) - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c313102.html

ODA Air braked Pipe wagons - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c327300.html

LMS Stanier Brake van - 3 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c321599.html

BR Boplate as Conflat ISO for Coil - 9 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c151690.html

Departmental 4-wheel wagons - unusual - 2 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c438345.html

A few photographs of Warflats: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c519756.html

BR & LNER Trout ballast hopper ZFO (C#565118) - 29 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c565118.html

Fisons Ammonia tanks, Chas Roberts 1958 (C#563855) - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c563855.html

BSW & BSR Bogie bolster D Timber wagons (C#562810) - 10 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c562810.html

ICI liquid chlorine, unfit (C#560127) - 33 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c560127.html

MAT Cartic 4 1st batch - Rootes (C#558021) - 29 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c558021.html

RLS Clyde Cement PBA Covhops (C#552266) - 7 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c552266.html

RLS Clyde Cement PDA Tanks (C#551110) - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c551110.html

MODA Warflats PFB, KFB, and WW2 (C#542577) - 25 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c542577.html

BR Izal Palvan VPV diag 1/221 (C#539785) - 14 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c539785.html

MODA Warwells PFV, PFB and KWB (C#538203) - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c538203.html

LNER Dolphin rail, ballast and sleeper wagon (C#534954) - 52 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c534954.html

BR Dolphin YAO diag. 639 (C#533734) - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c533734.html

BR 16t minerals, includes SNCF (C#529418) - 31 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c529418.html

MAT 94xxx series Carflat (C#525521) - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c525521.html

TRL PCA PC009F for Lever Bros & Albright Wilson (C#523238) - 18 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c523238.html

BR Blue spot fish vans (C#521664) - 25: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c521664.htm

World War 1 Warflat as Bogie Boster (C#519756) - 9 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c519756.html

Grain wagons on BR (C#85932) - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c85932.html

Depressed centre wagons for Ketton cement TLG/TRL 946x (C#66639) - 2 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c66639.html

Ray Chorley - Bed & Breakfast in Derbyshire (recommended) plus Southern Railway wagon drawings...! http://www.raychorley.co.uk/index.html

Heritage Railways

Chris Dadson's British Heritage Railways - Floreat Vapor: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/

Sustrans: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/


The website of the group intending to preserve the Amlwch branch is at: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/leinamlwch/index.htm


In Barnstaple the GWR's Victoria Road station was demolished, but the large goods warehouse survives on south side of Eastern Avenue (A361) and has been converted into the Grosvenor Church, complete with spirelet and cross: http://www.findachurch.co.uk/churches/ss/ss53/grosvenor/

Bluebell Railway

Chris Dadson has created a "Former line to Culver Junction" collection containing 14 photos at: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c558471.html

Ralph Rawlinson spotted this link about the Bluebell Railway's extension to East Grinstead: http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/ext/extprog.html and more pictures here: http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/whats_new.html


Disused Tunnels in the Avon Gorge: http://www.2bristol.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=3

Bristol Dramway website: http://www.dramway.bristol-rail.co.uk/

British Railways

British Railways Board (Residuary) Ltd (a rather minimalist site!): http://www.brb.gov.uk


Plans to reopen Cambridge to St Ives/Huntingdon: http://www.castiron.org.uk/

The Lidlington village site has memoirs and photos of the Cambridge-Oxford railway line in the 1950s, before dieselisation: http://www.lidlington.org/railway/intro.html









Caton station goods shed (Lancashire) has been converted into the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Immaculate. All I could find was a note in a church listing: http://www.safesurfing.co.uk/church/churchdetails.asp?id=749 and a reference in this document: http://www.forestofbowland.com/pdf_documents/Catonbooklres.pdf

Churnet Valley Railway

The Churnet Valley Railway website has been updated: http://www.kachuzyn.fsnet.co.uk/cvr-extra.htm

Photographs of the June 2005 Churnet Valley Railway Steam Gala: http://www.cvmrd.freeserve.co.uk/steamgala.htm

Derwent Valley Light Railway

The Derwent Valley Light Railway Society: http://www.dvlr.org.uk/


Devon Railway Centre: http://www.devonrailwaycentre.co.uk


Fairford branch web site: http://www.martin.loader.btinternet.co.uk/Fairford_Branch.htm

Forest of Dean

Interesting railway information is available from this website: http://www.sungreen.co.uk/Lydney/_LydneyPage1.htm

On the Lydney page, there are photos of the Severn Bridge, about which, there is more information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire/focus/2004/10/sharpness_rail_disaster.shtml

Gerrard's Cross

Richard Buckby has sent me a link to an interesting website by Guy Gorton that follows the progress of the new Gerrards Cross tunnel, with (of course) updates since the recent collapse: http://freespace.virgin.net/guy.gorton/GerrardsCrossTesco.htm

Minor revisions have been made to the 'collapse' page and a new page has been added at: http://freespace.virgin.net/guy.gorton/makesafe.html


Demolition of Dalmuir Riverside line: The section between the underpass at Beith St in Partick and the long-gone overbridge at Smith St is being flattened as part of the "Riverside Development". This means the removal of a number bridges (including the four-track one at the west of where Partick West station was situated) and also the remains of Whiteinch Riverside station. Photos and more info: http://www.hiddenglasgow.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2273&start=10

Gorton Locomotive Works

David Gosling's website for Gorton Locomotive Works, Manchester: http://www.gorton-tank.com

Great Central Railway

A fantastic site about the Woodhead route - you could watch the movements at the bottom of the page all day (refresh the page to change the location and era): http://www.thewoodheadsite.org.uk

The Great Central line through Nottingham website: http://www.gwoodward.clara.co.uk/nottm/gt_central.htm

Shawn Sanders has pictures of the Great Central Railway in Leicester here: http://www.greatcentraltoday.com/gcrhome.htm

More on the Great Central Railway in Leicester: http://www.gcrleicester.info/index.html

Great Eastern Railway

North Norfolk Railway: http://www.nnr.co.uk

The Norfolk Orbital Railway which plans to provide a circular route, Norwich - Wymondham - Fakenham - Cromer - Norwich using the Mid Norfolk Railway between Wymondham and Dereham/North Elmham, a reopened line North Elmham - Fakenham - Melton Constable - Holt, and the North Norfolk Railway to Sheringham: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/dcbill/

Great Western Railway

Llynffi Valley remains at Nantyffyllon can be found at: http://www.Cliffspictures.RailwayRemains.photoshare.co.nz

Isle of Man

Transport on the Isle of Man: http://www.isle-of-man.com/heritage/transport/index.shtml

Isle of Wight

Lawrence Hanney and Melissa have put some pictures of their visit to he Isle of Wight Steam Railway here: http://www.lchanney.plus.com/200505IOW/200505IOW.html

London & North Eastern Railway

Richard Marsden's London & North Eastern Railway Encyclopedia: http://www.lner.info/

London & North Western Railway

The Charnwood Forest Railway: http://www.geocities.com/oliveshark53/railway.htm

A nostalgic walk down the Penrith-Keswick line: http://www.penrith-keswick3.wanadoo.co.uk/


Transport history in the Malmesbury area: http://www.malmesbury-memories.co.uk/transportindex1.html


Railways of Marple and district from 1794: http://www.marple-uk.com/railways/

Midland Railway

Nottingham to Melton Railway: http://www.nottm-melton-railway.co.uk/

North Eastern Railway

The North Tyneside Steam Railway Association: http://www.ntsra.org.uk/

An interesting North Eastern Railway site: http://web.onyxnet.co.uk/Auffret-onyxnet.co.uk/railways/railways.htm


For details of the Orkney railway systems, see the wonderful set of archives available on the Industrial Railway Society website: http://www.irsociety.co.uk/Archives/10/orcadian_railways.htm



Strathclyde Passenger Transport: http://www.spt.co.uk/

Severn Bridge

A Lydney councillor has started a campaign to get a third Severn bridge built at Sharpness at the site of the old railway bridge dismantled after being struck by oil tankers in fog some forty years ago. The new bridge would provide both a road and rail link if it were to get the go ahead: http://tinyurl.com/b9vyu

After recent mentions of the Severn railway bridge, a local paper recently carried an article containing reminiscences: http://tinyurl.com/98w2j

Solway Viaduct

http://www.stevebulman.f9.co.uk/cumbria/solwayviaduct.html http://www.visitcumbria.com/car/bowness-on-solway.htm

Somerset and Dorset

Mark Annand's Midford pictures: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/leopold/mark/midford_web_site/Midford_web_site.html

Gordon Jones recently visited Midford and has put several photographs at: http://www.gebejay.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/sdrail.html

Steam returns to Midsomer Norton: http://www.gebejay.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/sdrail3a.html

Recent pictures of Bath Green Park Station are here: http://www.bristol-rail.co.uk/bathgreenpark.php

Spurn Head Railway

Some interesting information and pictures of Spurn Head together with a photo of an interesting relic near the end of the page: http://www.stacey.peak-media.co.uk/Holderness/Holderness.htm

Also: http://www.ajg41.clara.co.uk/spurn.html

Stainmore Railway

An link to a story and pictures of huge snow drifts on the Stainmore Railway:


Standedge Tunnels

The Standedge Tunnels comprise both rail (old and new) and canal tunnels: http://www.standedge.co.uk

Thame Branch

Chiltern's Trains plan to reopen the Thame branch back to a proposed Parkway adjacent to the M40, near to Oxford: http://www.bucksrailways.co.uk/oxford.htm


Railways of North Wales: http://www.page27.co.uk/nwales/ http://www.2d53.co.uk/ http://www.penmorfa.com http://www.stayinwales.co.uk/detail.cfm?idnum=2658


On the GER Fakenham - Wells line in Norfolk, Walsingham station is now St Seraphim Russian Orthodox Church with the platform used to support an extension: http://saintseraphim.inspiron.co.uk/

The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway doesn't appear to have special events, so is not likely to feature in our "dates" section. However it is open every day through the Summer (and indeed, until early November): http://www.wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk

Weardale Railway

There is a new, moderated, chat group for those who want to talk "sensibly" about the Weardale railway: Weardale_Railway_Supporters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Wye Valley

Railway pictures taken around Tintern are available on the village's website:

Train in the station - 'The last day': http://www.tintern.org.uk/mm19512.htm http://www.tintern.org.uk/mm19511.htm

Tintern Tunnel (not known why the author states the line is closed - perhaps it was for part of the war): http://www.tintern.org.uk/mm19406.htm

Colour photo from above the tunnel of Lyn Weir bridge and goods train bound for Chepstow as late as1963, with the station in the background. http://www.tintern.org.uk/mm19606.htm

Narrow Gauge, Industrial and Miniature


Moors Valley Railway: http://www.moorsvalleyrailway.co.uk

The Industrial Railway Society http://www.irsociety.co.uk/

The Quarry Railway and Tunnel index: http://www.geocities.com/cardiffrail/Quarry-Railway-and-Tunnel-index.html


150 years of New South Wales rail transport: http://www.railcorp.info/150years

3801 Tours, New South Wales: http://www.3801limited.com.au

Illawarra Light Railway Museum, New South Wales: http://www.gghome.com/ILRMS

Junee Roundhouse, New South Wales: http://www.rhta-junee.org.au

Katoomba Scenic Railway, New South Wales: http://www.scenicworld.com.au

Richmond Vale Railway Museum, New South Wales: http://www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org

Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society, New South Wales: http://www.slsls.asn.au

Sydney Tramway Museum, New South Wales: http://www.sydneytramwaymuseum.com.au

Puffing Billy, Victoria: http://www.puffingbilly.com.au

Walhalla Goldfields Railway, Victoria: http://www.walhallarail.com

Australian Model Railway Association: http://www.amra.asn.au/

Australian Model Railway Association, New South Wales Branch: http://www.amransw.asn.au

Australian Model Railway Association, Queensland Branch: http://www.amra.asn.au/qld.htm

Australian Model Railway Association, Victorian Branch: http://www.amra.asn.au/vic.htm

Australian Model Railway Association, Western Australian Branch: http://www.amra.asn.au/wa/index.html

Australian Railway Historical Society, ACT Division: http://www.arhsact.org.au/index.php

Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division: http://www.arhsnsw.com.au/portal.htm

Australian Railway Historical Society, Queensland Division: http://www.arhs-qld.org.au/

Australian Railway Historical Society, South Australian Division:

Australian Railway Historical Society, Tasmanian Division: http://www.railtasmania.com/

Australian Railway Historical Society, Victorian Division: http://www.arhsvic.org.au/

Australian Railway Historical Society, Western Australian Division: http://members.iinet.net.au/%7eramjet1/arhs/

British Railway Modellers of Australia: http://www.gppsoftware.com/sitenet/brma/

Railtrails Australia: http://www.railtrails.org.au


I remember a few years ago, travelling from the Loire Valley into Paris by train. For part of the journey, the line was paralleled by a strange concrete structure snaking its way across miles and miles of fields, only to come to an abrupt stop in the middle of nowhere. I later discoved, I'd been looking at the remains of the Bertin "Aerotrain", described on a site discovered recently by Nick Wheat: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Orbit/1061/safege/bertin.html Regrettably, the Bertin Aerotrain website referenced from this site seems to have disappeared.

What happens when a French electric loco ignites? Nick Wheat found the answer... http://trainsfrancais.free.fr/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4036

If anyone has an interest in railways in France, David Moore highly commends this French web site/forum. Some of the photos are superb (or should that be superbe?) and it even provides the opportunity to improve your French if you're that way inclined, but you won't need to know a word of french to appreciate the photos: http://trainsfrancais.free.fr/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=4


The Indian Railway Enthusiast site: http://www.irfca.org/index.html


Barry Emmott has produced a Majorca Railways newsletter consisting almost entirely of photos from Toni Sanchis: http://mysite.freeserve.com/MajorcaRailways/newsletter.htm

Barry Emmott spotted a very good programmme about the Sóller Railway on Majorca that was broadcast on the Travel Channel. A DVD of the programme, plus a driver's cabview of the line is available at: http://www.travelchannel.co.uk/ontv/programmeAtoZ/soller_railway.htm



How not to move an engine (keep scrolling down to last two pictures): http://www.uphs.org/4023move.html

The Southeastern Railway Museum, Duluth, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta): http://www.srmduluth.org/

Signalsigns markets (mainly) American railroad logos. Their website contains images of over 300 signs from 200 railroads: http://www.signalsigns.com


John Tilly's signal box pictures: http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/Johntilly/Gallery/gallsignat2.lwp/odyframe.htm


Books and Magazines

Kestrel Railway Books: http://www.kestrelrailwaybooks.co.uk

An index for "Backtrack" and "Modellers Backtrack" has been put on the Web: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/bobbacktrack

"The Railway Herald" is supposed to come out each Friday, but doesn't always make it. However, it is excellent quality, has some great pictures, and (like RAILDATE) it's free! Apparently, it is put together single-handedly by Richard Tuplin of Scunthorpe, one of editorial team of Ian Allan's "Railways Illustrated" magazine. How he finds the time, I do not know! http://www.railwayherald.co.uk

Railwatch is the quarterly magazine of Railfuture, which campaigns for more investment and a greater use of Britain's railways. You will find links to pages of the latest edition of Railwatch, other interesting railway-related Web sites, and the latest news from Railfuture: http://www.railwatch.org.uk/index.html

David Canning and his wife Marion produce railway calendars every year and donate 50p from every sale to a cats protection charity. David produces the calendars himself from his own, and others', photographs in black and white. His 2006 Signalbox calendar also gives some nice publicity to the "Exeter West Box" book that has just come out. David and Marion have a web site: http://www.davidandmarionphotography.co.uk and an email address: Info@davidandmarionphotogrpahy.co.uk Apart from signalboxes, they also produce a diesel hydraulics calendar and a steam one.


Train Sim add-ons. Spotted by Nick Wheat - why not go the whole hog! http://www.raildriver.com/rdcontrols/AAR105.php

If you have Microsoft Train Simulator, the newly released Burton - Derby Route can be downloaded from http://www.uktrainsim.com Alternatively, the route can be purchased on a CD for £4.50 from the same address, which also gives you one month's free membership to the site.

Discussion Groups

A discussion group for those interested in the railways of South Wales (West of Bristol, Gloucester, and Hereford, and South of Shrewsbury): http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_South_Wales_Page/




David Moore has prouced a web page listing William Nash photographs: http://www.lnw1.demon.co.uk/nash.htm

Mike Morant has uploaded another 30 archive images to Fotopic from his collection: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c488994.html http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c542070.html

"Dunstable Dasher" has updated his fotopic gallery and is hoping for some help with the unknown locations at the start of the collection: http://gallery5171.fotopic.net/c465097.html

Nick Wheat spotted Some good archive pics here: http://www.briant.dabsol.co.uk/index.htm

Graham Bean has started loading his 1960s pictures onto fotopic at: http://graham8308.fotopic.net/

Geoff Greenslade's current images: http://geoffgreenslade.fotopic.net

Excellent pictures in Tony Griffin's "Bus, Lorry and Railways Archive": http://tony3972.mysnaps.org.uk

Ewan's Scottish photographs: http://photos.eatnet.org.uk/c561545.html

Simon Jones's Lost Railways gallery: http://gallery53177.fotopic.net/

David Elliott of Victoria, BC, Canada asks me to mention his Fotopic railway photo collection, which I am delighted to do. It can be found at: http://david4010.fotopic.net/

Glen Woods' fotopic gallery: http://glenwoods.fotopic.net/

Phil Aypee has some railway photographs here: http://www.philaypee.co.uk/railways.html

More nice shots here: http://dwb-rail.fotopic.net/c393518.html





Ron Strutt has a "Rural Rides" website that covers his cycle rides between Land’s End to John O’Groats in addition to several articles on his travels the Sustrans National Cycle Network of old railway lines: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/ron.strutt/index.html

A collection of disused railway images, not all of which are identified unfortunately: http://www.flickr.com/groups/disused_railways/pool/

The Geograph Project aims to get at least one picture for every one of the 1km National Grid squares in the country. The pictures can be of anything in the grid square as long as it is representative of some feature in that square (with a few other rules thrown in). A growing number of the pictures are of disused railways and stations: http://www.geograph.co.uk

Videos and Films

Virgin Trains advert: http://www.davidreviews.com/MMovies/Jun05/2005061203_medium.wmv

Nick Wheat's excellent British Transport Films website: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk/

An article about the circumstances surrounding the making of "Snowdrift at Bleath Gill":


A review of the new BFI release of "Geoffrey Jones: The Rhythm of Film": http://dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=57586

And you can buy a copy here: http://www.moviemail-online.co.uk/films/10131

together with another excellent new BFI compilation of BTF films, "On and Off the Rails" (double DVD): http://www.moviemail-online.co.uk/films/13833

which is even cheaper from play.com: http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=rrr&page=title&r=R2&title=532653

A review of "On and Off the Rails" (double DVD) is here: http://dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=57651

More BTF information from Phil Aypee here: http://www.philaypee.co.uk/btf.html

Model Railways

The May 2005 and August 2005 editions of Model Railways On-Line Magazine are available at: http://mrol.gppsoftware.com

Andy Sollis advises that the "Oakamoor" layout is nearing completion, and new pictures have been added to the website. Go to the Oakamoor page from this link: http://www.cvmrd.freeserve.co.uk

The Wagon and Carriage Works: http://www.wagonandcarriage.co.uk

Bekonscot Model Village: http://www.bekonscot.com/

On the Gauge O Guild's website there is a new Forum - there are two areas there at present: "Guild Matters" and "Modelling". You will find it on the drop down menu for "Services": http://www.gauge0guild.com/

Former member, Rod Blakeman, recently exhibited his updated Southdown layout at the Merstham garden railway show. This was the third since its revamp, and once again, it was a great success. Things are evidently going really well with the layout at shows, and it seems to be very much appreciated by the paying public: http://www.cslr.co.uk/Southdown2005.htm

Denver Garden Railway Society: http://www.denvergrs.org/

HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson's "New Stanton Lees" layout was photographed by a member of the Basingstoke club at their exhibition earlier this year. Spot the HPMRS label that Derek made up...! http://www.hants.gov.uk/bnhmrs/exhibition/2005/stanton.html

I'm not into 3mm scale myself, although I've often thought it was a nice compromise between 4mm and 2mm. At the recent CAMRAIL, I picked up Finney and Smith's price list of 3mm kits and accessories, and was very impressed by their range. As a result they get this week's "RAILDATE Plug of the Week": http://www.finneys.org.uk

Honorary HPMRS member, Larry Schwartz has been marvelling at some of the examples of the model maker's art at "Model Railroader Online". He comments that many British layouts (probably for reasons of space) have very shallow depths compared to American layouts. To see what he means, have a look at: http://www.modelrailroader.com/ You need to log in to view all the contents but it is worthwhile, free, and you don't have to sign up to receive anything from them. Look for the video of the Broadway NW2 switcher in action in "Online Extra" from the August 2005 issue of Model Railroader. Also, click on "Layout Visits" and look for the video of Ken McCorry's HO scale Penn Central layout featured in the December 2004 issue.

Chesterfield and District Model Engineering Society: http://www.cdmes.co.uk

7mm railway modelling by Raymond Walley: http://www.raymondwalley.com

Roads and Road Vehicles

The Mechanical Horse Club: http://www.mechanical-horse-club.co.uk/

Some people are interested in roads... http://www.uk-roads.co.uk/

A great journey planning website if you're looking at ways of getting round without a car (or even with one - it includes up-to-date information on road hold ups): http://www.transportdirect.info/TransportDirect/en/


Simon Coates' site dedicated to the modern Cornish bus scene. http://cornish-bus-scene.fotopic.net/

Ian's Lincolnshire Bus Gallery: http://lincolnshirebus.fotopic.net/

A Yorkshire fleet that no longer exists: http://www.geocities.com/blackprincebuses/

Ray Tull's site has photo galleries for several municipal operators, including Swindon, Bournemouth, Southampton, Brighton, & Portsmouth, with others being added: http://www.regent9.ic24.net/

"Some day all bus companies will supply as much..." http://www.dublinbus.ie/home/

Following the Asian tsunami, a group was formed to find buses to send to the stricken area. The first of what are expected to be a hundred or more buses have now left the UK: http://www.asiabusresponse.co.uk/

The Sydney Bus Museum: http://www.busandtruckmuseum.org.au/default.htm

Bus Australia - a website for enthusiasts: http://www.busaustralia.com/

Buses worldwide: http://www.busesworldwide.org/

Information and photographs of Singapore buses: http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/ http://singaporebus.fotopic.net/

Photos of buses and coaches from Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Japan: http://bluelight.fotopic.net http://myhkgallery.fotopic.net/


http://www.Braunston.net http://www.Tradline.co.uk http://www.TheFriendsOfRaymond.org.uk http://www.TringCanalFestival.org.uk

Preservationists who are trying to reopen the Cromford Canal recently manhandled a boat along the upper reaches of the cut - a section of canal that has not seen a boat for many years. A photographic record of their achievement (in the gathering gloom) is here: http://www.proweb.co.uk/~cromford/boathaul.html


Adrian Sweeney's "Ships of Mann" web site. http://www.shipsofmann.org.uk


Tomcat Twilight: http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/2005/tomcat/tomcat.htm

Nick Wheat's crusade to have a memorial erected for the pilot killed in the Millthorpe Air Crash has borne fruit: http://www.millthorpeaircrash.org.uk/ http://www.sheffieldtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=58&ArticleID=1026481

Nick Wheat is working on a new site to commemorate RAF Alconbury, former home of the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing United States Air Force Europe: http://www.10th-TRW.org.uk

The Thorpe Camp Preservation Group: http://www.ThorpeCamp.org.uk

Beulah hase just released "Fly Boys", a three DVD box set for the price of only two DVDs. It covers the activities of the Fleet Air Arm from 1940 to 1976, from Walrus and Swordfish to Buccaneer and Phantom: http://www.eavb.co.uk/video/rn301.html

Want to know who owns that aeroplane? http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?categoryid=60&pagetype=65&applicationid=1

Industrial Archaeology

The Peak District Mines Historical Society: http://www.pdmhs.com

The Peak District Mining Museum: http://www.peakmines.com

The Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project: http://www.tamarvalleymining.org.uk

Papplewick Pumping Station: http://www.papplewickpumpingstation.co.uk


The Railway Children helps runaway and abandoned children who live in and around the world's railway stations. Working through partner organisations, the charity offers shelter, healthcare, education, training, protection and, above all, friendship. It benefits from several railway and model railway shows every year: http://www.railwaychildren.org.uk/

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