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From: Howard Sprenger [howard_sprenger@uk.ibm.com] Sent: 23 January 2006 14:11 To: richardgwalker@btinternet.com Subject: RAILDATE Round Up

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Hi Richard - I think we're due for another round-up! Over to you...! :-)

Cheers, Howard.


More things culled from RAILDATE up to 20/01/06, plus anything else that's come my way.

GWR Locomotives

A website devoted to two locomotives owned by the Great Western Society and kept at Didcot: http://www.baldric.plus.com

Cotswold Steam preservation, dedicated to the restoration of GWR 2-8-0 No 2807: http://www.GWR2807.fsnet.co.uk/index.htm

LMS Locomotives

A site devoted to Webb's LNWR Coal Tank No 1054: http://www.coaltank.co.uk/index.html

LNER Locomotives

Pictures of the recent damage to "Green Arrow" rumoured to have been due to the shearing of one of the bolts holding the big-end bearing together: http://rileysontour.fotopic.net/c671113.html

(The main site is also worth a look: http://rileysontour.fotopic.net/ )

Photos showing the disassembled damaged parts: http://www.lner.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13

Southern Railway Locomotives

Some nice photos of SR steam locos can be found at: http://southernsteam.photos.gb.com/

Diesel Locomotives

Rail Blue website - classic traction from the 1970s and 1980s: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/graham.turner37/pages/

End of the Line - withdrawn and stored locomotives in the UK: http://www.wnxx.com/

There is now a discussion group for those interested in Cravens DMUs: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CravensDMU

and one for Park Royal Class 103 DMUs: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ParkRoyal103/

Class 37

Class 37s - English Electric type 3 (C#693534) - 7 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c693534.html

Departmental Rolling Stock









Mark 1 coaches (C#693000) - 12 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c693000.html

Some "arty" photographs of slam-door stock: http://www.maxinebeuret.com/pages/page13.html

Pictures from the Sussex Slammer railtour on 19th November: http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/news/susslam01.html


Paul Bartlett's fotopic updates...

PO mineral - 8 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c699028.html

BR Standard van all plywood sides - 73 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c694164.html

BR Pallet shock vans - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c692054.html

BR (GWR design) shocvan - 11 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c691066.html

BR Standard Shock vans - 70 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c686509.html

BR Gunpowder vans CXV - 42 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c631611.html

Gunpowder vans, pre-nationalisation 1970s-90s - 37 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c634655.html

BR Twin Bolsters, Lowfit & Conflat conversion - 51 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c626690.html

ICI hydrogen cyanide tanks - 12 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c673501.html

Tiphook rail bogie box, international registered - 7 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c669650.html

BSSC bogie Iron ore tippler PTA JTA Immingham - 28 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c626124.html

GWR Brake vans - 66 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c624417.html

SR Railway wagons - general - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c77779.html

SR Brake vans" - 94 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c789920.html

BR Weltrol WBB Diag 2/735 - 4 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c782838.html

ASW Black Adder scrap wagons POA - 35 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c777680.html

LMS Tube wagons - 26 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c775508.html

GWR Open C and GW/BR Tube diag 1/446 - 14 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c774614.html

BR Tube wagons - BR design diag 1/448 - 121 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c770302.html

BR Tube wagons - LMS design - 17 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c760115.html

BR Tube wagons - LNER design - 58 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c759148.html

BR Weltrol EJC - 45 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c751041.html

On track plant, large cranes etc after 1980 - 4 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c750298.html

DR82201 = DB901202 YXW Viaduct inspection unit - 17 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c749297.html

BR Vanwides - vacuum brake - 59 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c732904.html

BP exSMBP Bitumen tanks BPO61660 -691 - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c727372.html

LMS 3 plank medium open - 89 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c725403.html

BR Meat vans - 11 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c716425.html

Transfesa Spanish 4 wheel fruit vans of 1984 - 10 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c714632.html

On track plant, large cranes etc upto 1980 - 79 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c712394.html

BBA , BXA and BWA steel carriers - 120 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c703706.html

Gunpowder vans - pre-nationalisation 1970s-90s - 3 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c634655.html

SR Railway wagons - general - 3 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/show_collection.php?id=77779

BR Gane A - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c373918.html

BR - GWR design covered van 1/205 - 10 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c828694.html

BR SR design van 1/202 - 18 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c828064.html

LMS design BR built vans - 29 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c827089.html

Minilink and Maxilink container - 8 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c825324.html

A new 4mm Cambrian kit for these. Note: http://gallery6801.fotopicnet/p504895.html is of the first GWR wagon of this type.

The BR ones have small differences - note the pin down brakes and roller bearing of later lots... BR Loriot, GWR design 2/900 and 2/902 - 39 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c823085.html

BR Shark ballast plough brake van - 115 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c821676.html

BR & LMS Oyster Ballast plough brake van ZUP - 25 photographs: http://my.fotopic.net/collection/00820141/

China Clay - ferry registered - 21 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c814284.html

GWR passenger brakes and other NPCCS - 9 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c812565.html

LMS & BR Sole Ballast wagons - 62 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c809885.html

BR Seacow - Stingray ballast hopper - 35 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c807584.html

LNER Brake vans; GER, NER - 41 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c806886.html

BR Standard Palvan - diag. 1/211 - 35 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c805581.html

BR period Inspection Saloons - mixed origins - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c36110.html

LMS 3 plank medium open - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c725403.html

LMS Haddock - Sleeper wagon - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c186971.html

GWR Taunton Concrete sleeper wagons - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c187817.html

GWR and BR Mermaid ballast wagon - 1 photograph: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c361376.html

GWR / WR Siphon Gs - 2 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c384727.html

Wessex Wagons - limited edition private owner wagons: http://www.wessexwagons.co.uk/

Train Services

Diagrams for various companies including First North Western, First Great Western and Southern DMUs and EMUs together with Station Working Books are available at: http://www.prar.fsnet.co.uk/diagrams.html

British Railways

A list of line closures for UK and Ireland: http://www.closedlines.free-online.co.uk/index.htm

A great site if you're interested in disused stations: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/sites.shtml

Don Winter has put details of his various train trips on the Web at: http://home.earthlink.net/~donwinter/id1.html

The InterCity Railway Society: http://www.icrs.org.uk/



Bideford and Instow Railway Group


Bluebell Railway

Chris Dadson's pictures taken on a recent visit to the Bluebell Railway: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c656671_10.html

Also 7 pictures of the LCDR and LSWR coach bodies delivered recently to Horsted Keynes from Devon: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c357350_20.html

And 2 pictures of Merchant Navy locomotive 35005 "Canadian Pacific" at Sheffield Park shed: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c335746_18.html


Pete Lawson has updated his website with pictures of the closed route between Bristol and Bath: http://www.bristol-rail.co.uk/whatsnew.php


Mark Sutton has put some excellent pictures of Crewe open day (October 2005) on the web: http://marksutton.fotopic.net/c686993.html

Dean Forest Railway

You can subscribe to the Dean Forest Express newsletter at: http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/maillist.html


When in Devon, the B&B at Brentor station has been recommended: http://www.brentorstation.co.uk/about.htm

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Tony Griffin found a selection of pictures of the recent Ecclesbourne Valley Diesel Gala: http://alexgroverail.fotopic.net/c829415.html

Gorton Locomotive Works


Great Western Railway

An interesting site based around the Channel 4 programme "The Worst Jobs in History". The Victorian section includes a piece about the lot of a Great Western Railway loco cleaner: http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/W/worstjobs/victorian.html


Humberside from the air: http://tlfe.org.uk/air/

Kent ----

The area between Dartford and Gravesend will be very heavily re-developed over the next few years. Details of transport proposals are here: http://www.go-fastrack.co.uk


The Underground History website has moved: http://underground-history.co.uk/

A 360-degree view of St Pancras: http://www.vrlondon.com/vr/london/stns1.shtml

and Victoria: http://www.vrlondon.com/vr/london/stns2.shtml

Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides: http://www.davros.org/rail/culg/

The Britain's Lost Railways discussion group recently threw up a host of sites with information on London's lost tube schemes. There is material on Wood Lane underground station here: http://www.alphalink.com.au/~drednort/woodlane.html

A Google search on the Northern Heights line from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace resulted in: http://pages.britishlibrary.net/overground/heights/ http://www.urban75.org/london/alexandra.html http://www.urban75.org/london/alexandra1.html http://www.davros.org/rail/culg/northern.html http://underground-history.co.uk/northernh.php http://underground-history.co.uk/northernh2.php http://underground-history.co.uk/northernh3.php http://www.loveplums.co.uk/Tube/Northern_Heights_2.html http://www.zymurgy.org/exrailway.html

Finally, there is a portal to London's railways (LT, BR, heritage) at: http://www.londonrailways.net/links.htm

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Pictures of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Steam Gala held last July: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c603089_56.html

Mid-Hants Railway

Chris Dadson's pictures taken on a recent visit to the Mid-Hants Railway: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c720288.html

National Railway Museum

The project which began over three years ago to catalogue the National Railway Museum library's collection of books and serials, has now finished! All 15,000 books and 800 serial titles are now fully searchable on the library's catalogue. http://libcat0.york.ac.uk/F/?func=file&file_name=find-k&local_base=nrm However, if go to the website, you'll discover that the library is closing for refurbishment in January until further notice!

Newton Abbot

Alex Seal has been trying to work out the station working of Newton Abbot. The only source of information is the book "Operation Torbay". The results so far can be seen here: http://www.alextrack.co.uk/model_railways/newton_abbot/station_working.shtml

North Cornwall Railway

Mark Annand came across two excellent sites about the North Cornwall Railway: http://www.northcornwallrailway.co.uk/ http://www.tintagelweb.co.uk/Railway.htm

North London Line

A fotopic gallery with EPBs and 501s: http://everythingbutthegoyle.fotopic.net/c231305.html

North Staffordshire Railway

Aidan Croft has set a North Staffordshire Railway blog. It will periodically be updated with news of any events of any sort relating to the NSR that he happens to come across: http://nsrly.blogspot.com

North Woolwich Railway Museum


Penrhyn Railway

David Elliott advises that the Penrhyn Railway Society will be launched at the North Wales Steam and Country Show at the Legends Park Showground near Corwen on 17th & 18th September. Until now the Society has operated as a limited membership trust. http://penrhynrailway.amutek.co.uk/

Contact amail address is: admin@penrhynrailway.co.uk

Portsmouth and Southsea

Aerial photos of Portsmouth, including a view of Portsmouth and Southsea High Level: http://ww2.portsmouth-college.ac.uk/portsmouth/From-the-Guildhall

Ribble Steam Railway


Severn Valley Railway

Duncan Langtree's pictures of the 2005 Autumn Gala at the Severn Valley Railway: http://www.dlangtree.fotopic.net/

Mark Sutton has uploaded photos from the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala: http://marksutton.fotopic.net/c727505.html


A new emailing list has been created specifically for Sheffield and the surrounding area. There will be some overlap as North Derbyshire (and North Nottinghamshire) is considered to be a vital part of the Sheffield railway scene, so the Chesterfield area plus Hope Valley lines are valid areas of discussion: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/sheffieldrailways

Southern Railway

John Wills' Southern Railway website: http://www.southernrailway.net

Southern Railway Email Group: http://www.semg.org.uk/

A comprehensive report (9 pages with 44 pictures) of the Southern Belle Railtour on 17th October is on the Southern Electric Group website: http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/features/sbelle01.html

The Bulleid Double Deck Society: http://members.tripod.com/~dart75/bdds.htm

The Suburban Electric Railway Association: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~traffic/


Photographs of stations and lines in Warwickshire: http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/

West Somerset Railway

Roger Bailey has uploaded some photos of the West Somerset Railway Autumn Gala, held between 29th September and 2nd October: http://thebaileygallery.fotopic.net/c717223.html

The West Somerset Express, the unofficial online newsletter of the West Somerset Railway, is available at: http://trainsferriesbuses.co.uk/westsomersetexpress.htm

World Railways

An incredible site that contains a huge amount of information about the world's railways is here: http://www.rinbad.free-online.co.uk/index.htm

It is based on an earlier site that is no longer updated, and according to the blurb, should have been removed back in July. Readers are invited to download what they want while thes site is still there (it isn't clear if everything has been moved over to the new site). The original site is here: http://www.rinbad.demon.co.uk/


Gert (John) van der Pijl's Trains of Europe (and a bit more besides): http://www.trainsofeurope.nl


Les Cheminots dans la Résistance (Railwaymen in Résistance) is a new exhibition to be opened in Paris on 28th November (to 16t April) at the Memorial du Marechel Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris Musee Jean Moulin (23 allée de la 2e DB, Jardin Atlantique, 75015 Paris). Written by professional historians, it sheds a new light on railway economic, technology and social history in occupied France from the point of view of railwaymen, their engagement and action in Résistance and the history of French Railway Company during WWII. http://www.v2asp.paris.fr/musees/memorial/accueil/acc_p1.htm http://www.trains-fr.org/ahicf/manifestations.htm

A one-day conference will be held on Saturday 3rd December: Les Cheminots dans la Résistance, une histoire en évolution (Railwaymen in Résistance, an ongoing History). Information is on the AHICF website. Registration: AHICF, conference organizer: ahicf@club-internet.fr (until 28th November).

AHICF - Association pour l'histoire des chemins de fer en France (French Railway Historical Society) 9, rue du Château-Landon, F-75010 PARIS

A clip of a French DMU: http://videorail.free.fr/X2879%2BX2870.wmv


Skopje and Gevgelija mixed (C#618614) - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c618614.html


Barry Emmott's latest Majorca Railways newsletter is now available. http://mysite.freeserve.com/MajorcaRailways/newsletter.htm



As Nick Wheat says... only in america... cars fitted with train horns: http://web.umr.edu/~taknnc/trainhorn.wmv (6MB) http://media.hornblasters.com/vid-main/ver3a1000k.wmv (6MB)

David Moore has pointed me to a good site for US railroad photographs: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/


A source of signalbox diagrams for East Anglia: http://www.signal-box-diagrams.co.uk/

Miniature Railways

Hayling Seaside Railway: http://www.easthaylinglightrailway.co.uk

Stansted Park Light Railway, Rowlands Castle, Hants: http://www.stanstedlightrailway.com/


Nick Wheat recently explored a little-known industrial railway line in the Peak District - the incline to Bole Hill Quarry near Grindleford station. He has put some maps and pictures on the following website: http://www.wheaty.co.uk/bolehill


Merlin's photographs: http://merlinsphotos.fotopic.net/

Nick Wheat has found some interesting 1970s photos: http://richardarmstrong.fotopic.net/c731661.html

Interesting pictures of the Southern can be found here: http://www.buttsjunction.co.uk

Clive Standen has added an album named "Exeter-Ilfracombe", and added pictures to various collections including: "Isle of Wight", "Ashford Steam Centre 1974 + Misc.Pictures" and "DEMU": http://clivestanden.fotopic.net

Stephen Parker's "Trains and Transport Since the '70s" (apostrophe correction by the RAILDATE Apostrophe Correction Co. Ltd.): http://trains.and.transport.fotopic.net/c102515.html

Mike Morant has uploaded a new rail archive for the festive season: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c792438.html

Some excellent pictures of lost railways at Clifford Occomore's site: http://www.Cliffspictures.RailwayRemains.photoshare.co.nz

Railway images by Alan Chambers: http://alan-lewis-chambers.fotopic.net/


Dewi Williams' Railway, Trains and Trams Page: http://dewi.ca/trains/index.html

Christian Wolmar's website: http://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/

Helena Wojtczak's Railway Women website: http://www.railwaywomen.co.uk/

Andrew Grantham has some railway stuff on his site: http://www.ajg41.clara.co.uk/

This interesting site tells the stories of railwaymen awarded the George Cross in the line of duty: http://www.stephen-stratford.co.uk/railwaymen.htm

"Laddie", the Wimbledon station dog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/20050801_wimbledon_dog.shtml

Passenger train services over unusual lines: http://www.psul4all.free-online.co.uk/intro.htm

England's trams and light railways: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4514370.stm

Quite a monster railway site: http://www.trackbed.com

Photographic surveys of railway stations: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~owend/interests/rail/stations.html


"Rail Manager" is an excellent source of rail industry news that you can download from their website: http://www.keepingtrack.co.uk/ktpubs/railmanager/railmanager_index.htm

ASLEF's "Locomotive Journal": http://www.aslef.org.uk/C2B/document_tree/ViewACategory.asp?CategoryID=19

Maps ----

Some interesting stuff here, including several pages devoted to the Railway Clearing House junction diagrams: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/cj.tolley/cjt-385h.htm

The National Library of Scotland will supply copies of old OS maps, and is allegedly the holder of the biggest set of railway plans in the country: http://www.nls.uk/ The recommendation is to use the email link to enquire about what you need rather than use the online search - this is not yet complete.

Model Railways

Historical Model Railway Society News: http://www.hmrs.org.uk

Live steam locomotives in H0 scale (1:87) including some British outline locomotives: http://www.hielscher-dampfmodelle.de/produkte_e/echtdampf_e.html

Richard Spratt's model railway website: http://hometown.aol.co.uk/randfspratt/index.htm

Dingham auto-couplings: http://www.dingham.demon.co.uk/index.htm

Park Trains and Models, Southampton: http://www.parktrains.co.uk

Brick, tile and other textures that modellers might find useful: http://amazingtextures.com/textures/index.php

The November 2005 (and final) edition of Model Railways On-Line magazine is now available at: http://mrol.gppsoftware.com The MROL website will remain online for the time being but will probably close down towards the end of the year. Some of the services available on the website, for example, the large database of model railway related information, can already be accessed through the website of the British Railway Modellers of Australia at: http://www.brma.asn.au

Cornwall Railway Modellers' Website: http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/rmrc/cornwallrailwaymodelerswebsite/

For many years there was a superb 0 gauge model railway at the museum in Derby. A new layout has now been created at the town's Industrial Museum and is run periodically by local enthusiasts. Running days are posted on the Internet (although the layout can be viewed at any time that the museum is open): http://www.derby.gov.uk/LeisureCulture/MuseumsGalleries/Model+Railway.htm

Cambrian Models: http://www.cambrianmodels.co.uk/index.html

St John's (Mickleover) Model Railway Group: http://www.mmrg.org.uk/

New Modelex website: http://www.modelex.org.uk/

A free piece of software that will (allegedly) prepare drawings from images. Apparently it allows you to open a drawing (bmp, gif, jpeg), set a scale from a known distance and then scale dimensions from the drawing. It is available for download from here: http://rail3d.richsoftcomputing.co.uk/drawingruler.php

Lots of useful gen at the British Railway Modellers of North America, including a comprehensive list of model railway drawings: http://home.ca.inter.net/~brmna/locolner.htm

Rod Blakeman had a little steam running a couple of weeks ago at a friends in Lymington, you can see some video clips at: http://homepages.tesco.net/davidfleetwood/sdfrgallery.htm The Mogul and Yellow C16 are Rod's.

Train Simulators

Trainz has a free library at http://www.auran.com

Paul Gausden has been steadily building up a set of SR/SECR and KESR models for simulators over the past few years: http://www31.brinkster.com/decapod for Microsoft Train Simulator and Trainz models

http://www.highworth.freeuk.com/mstsother.htm for a few SR Microsoft Train Simulator models.

Kuju Software's site for their forthcoming Train Simulator (a successor to Microsoft Train Simulator)features the Somerset and Dorset as its primary UK rail route: http://www.railsimulator.com/

And the Black Five is here: http://www.railsimulator.com/black_five.htm

Industrial Archaeology

My thanks to Barry Emmott for this link to the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society: http://www.glias.org.uk/index.htm

If you're into corrugated iron, this is the site for you... http://www.corrugated-iron-club.info/index.html

A site dedicated to manhole covers and the like: http://users.rcn.com/fgardino/England.htm


The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust: http://www.h-g-canal.org.uk/

Congratulations to the Friends of Cromford Canal who, on 29th October, brought a horse-drawn boat to the canal for the first time in 30 years. http://www.cromfordcanal.org.uk/


The history of streecars: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blstreetcars.htm

San Francisco streetcars: http://www.sfmuni.com/cms/mms/aboutmun/histcars.htm

El Paso streetcars: http://www.trainweb.org/elpasocars/

New Orleans streetcars: http://www.atneworleans.com/body/streetcars.htm

Subways, trams etc in Japan: http://www.subways.net/japan/

Cincinatti streetcars, interurbans and railroads: http://homepage.mac.com/jjakucyk/Transit1/


Bus company fleet lists that are constantly updated with new arrivals: http://www.woolybus.net/

Details of all known existing examples of Bristol Lodekka, LH and VR buses - still at work or after disposal can be found here: http://www.bvres.freeserve.co.uk/index.html

For 40 years Alan Watkins has been taking photographs of the back ends of buses: http://backendofabus.fotopic.net/

There are plans for a tram museum in Guernsey: http://www.busstation.net/guernseytram/index.htm

If a bus has apeared on screen (TV, film, etc) chances are its 15 minutes of fame will be logged here: http://www.busstation.net/screen/screen.htm

An entire history of every one of the Routemasters that joined the fleet of Northern General Transport in Gateshead in the mid 1960s (51 of them to be precise, all purchased new with one exception which came second- hand from London Transport: http://www.northernroutemaster.co.uk/

For information on mainly London Routemasters, look at: http://www.routemaster.org.uk/

Road transport models made to 1:87 scale: http://www.1-87vehicles.org/

A quirky look at Blackpool tram models: http://www.blackpool-in-the-box.freeserve.co.uk/

Derby Bus Station in live action on the Web! There's actually a serious point to it - the local council are threatening demolition. This is part of the campaign to save this unique Art Deco bus station: http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/videonation/

Volvo's worldwide range: http://www.volvo.com/group/global/en-gb

A website devoted entirely to bus stops - it's true! http://www.topofthestops.co.uk/

Two sites with some very nice photos of Maltese buses: http://geocities.com/MotorCity/Garage/8926/html/malta.html http://www.jsh1949.co.uk/jsh1949/MALTA%20BUS%20HOME%20PAGE.htm

Buses of the 1990s: http://britishbus.fotopic.net/

Mike Morant has added his road transport archive to Fotopic and would appreciate any additional information for his captions: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c768883.html

On Friday 9th December, the most famous bus in the world, the Routemaster, took its final journey through the streets of London: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/features/bus-night.shtml

How's your Polish? http://www.polskieautobusy.com.pl/


Nick and Jane Wheat recently took a trip to the USA to witness the last public display of the Tomcat. The US Navy's last two active F-14 Tomcat squadrons are on their final deployment headed to the Persian Gulf onboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. The F/A-18 Super Hornets will replace the Tomcats when they return in mid-2006 and will only require about one-fourth the maintenance time of their predecessors. Pilots will need about four months to retrain for the new Super Hornets: http://nickwheat5306.photobook.org.uk/ps20552715.html.

Nick's photos were a few snaps of the general day. Superb quality photos of the display flying are at... http://www.alert5.com/gallery/Oceana-Naval-Air-Station-VA?page=1 http://www.jaffapix.com/oceanasat.html http://www.jaffapix.com/oceanasun.html http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nasoceana/050916/archives.cfm (video clips)

Spectacular aircraft and space shuttle pictures found by Nick Wheat... http://www.militaryforums.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8332 http://www.ktb.net/%7ebillmeco/sts114A.html

Nick Wheat recommends these previews available on the Web - particularly the one for Episode 3: http://discoverywings.co.uk/_listings/highlight1.shtml

Larry Schwartz has found an excellent piece of video on the net. He says, "It has been a long time since I've piloted an aircraft and this almost brought tears to my eyes. If you are a pilot, note how the DC-3 is 'greased in' - really smooth landing." http://www.users.uswest.net/~choice220721678/Aerial_Movie.htm (Needs Quicktime.)

The Spotters Guide to East Midlands Airport: http://www.emairport.co.uk

Trent Valley Aviation Society - monthly meets near East Midlands Airport: http://www.goodweather.flyer.co.uk/HTML_FILES/TVAS.htm

The East Midlands Aviation Group is a Yahoo Group dedicated to East Midlands and Birmingham International Airport 'spotting' and general information: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/E-Mag

The Midlands Spotters Group is a list dedicated to general civil aircraft 'spotting': http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Midlands_Spotters

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