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More things culled from RAILDATE up to 28/09/06, plus anything else that's come my way.

Steam Locomotives

Wadebridge (34007) Locomotive Ltd: http://www.wadebridge34007.co.uk

The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust Ltd: http://www.sirnigelgresley.co.uk

Advanced Technology steam locomotive: http://www.5at.co.uk

There is a freeware software program available that demonstrates the various arrangements for the different types of steam engine valve gear. Most if not all of the valve gear simulations that you are ever likely to need are available. The software requires Microsoft Windows 95 (or better) to run the simulation. You will need to download as a minimum File 10 (the Start Menu, Instructions, Icon, etc). File 10A contains the simulations for Walschaerts (inside and outside admission) and Stephenson (inside & outside admission) motions. http://www.tcsn.net/charlied/

The 82045 Locomotive Fund aims to build a Riddles Class 3 2-6-2 tank to be based on the Severn Valley Railway. The group already has a number of components and a useful library of engineering drawings, and if they can achieve the necessary funding, 82045 could be running within a very few years' time. It is the intention that this locomotive should break new ground by being the precursor of small-scale series production of new steam engines suitable for use on heritage lines in the UK. http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/the82045locomotivefund/

A cornucopia of odd locomotives: http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/locoloco.htm

Class 47

An interesting feature on the Cuban 'class 47s', spotted by: http://www.class47.co.uk/c47_feature_423.php

Class 55

Paul Biggs' pictures of D212 "Aureol" working on Sunday 25th June at the Midland Railway Centre: http://paulbiggsmrcentre.fotopic.net/c1002891.html

Class 458

They may not have been the most popular of trains, most notably with the TOC that operated them, but Friday 30th June was the class 458's last day of operation with South West Trains. A brief tribute to the 458s, including a shot of 8019+8018 running on the last day, appears on the home page of the Southern Electric Group website http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/

A brief illustrated history of the class 458 with South West Trains, including the history of each unit, can be viewed here: http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/features/swt458f01.html

Class 502

Some interesting pictures of the last 502 EMU, the 307 car and the class 310s: http://kmr3061.fotopic.net/c631846.html


A website dedicated to LNER Kitchen Composite No 7960 http://www.gw-svr-a.org.uk/7960/

The Bulleid Double Decker Society is restoring DMBS13004 from set 4002 at the Northampton Ironstone Railway: http://members.tripod.com/~dart75/bdds.htm

Train formations of the Big Four and BR: http://www.trainformations.co.uk/

The Swanage Railway has reached agreement with the current owners of Devon Belle Observation Car (Car 14) for its return from the US to the UK where it will run on the Swanage Railway. The car has survived in remarkably good condition and will only require limited restoration. http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk


Thanks to Neil Kearns for spotting Wagons on the Web - pretty much everything you'll ever want to know about wagons - mainly current ones: http://www.garethbayer.co.uk/wotw/

Updates to Paul Bartlett's fotopic wagon site...

OBA rebuilds - OTA, OEA, ZCA, RRA (C#1024705) - 28 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1024705.html

OBA as BASS engineers open (C#1023278) - 47 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1023278.html

OBA as Plasmor Blockfreight (C#1022617 - 27 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1022617.html

OBA - BR air braked open merchandise-steel wagon (C#1022026) - 100 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1022026.html

SDA - OBA Prototype (C#1021095) - 10 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1021095.html

German Cargowaggon Danzas van diag E512 (C#1011430) - 26 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1011430.html

BR Exhibition trains (C#1010142) - 9 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1010142.html

STS 4-wheel Clayliner tank wagons" (C#1007072) - 17 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1007072.html

Procor curtain sided vans (C#1004393) - 20 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1004393.html

BR and NER Air Brake steel open merchandise (C#1003598) - 22 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1003598.html

LNER Open Merchandise wagons - steel bodied (C#1001769) - 71 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1001769.html

LNER Open Merchandise wagons - wooden bodied (C#1000911) - 52 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1000911.html

SNAV & MAT Autic international registration (C#992409) - 7 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c992409.html

LNER and constituents vans, includes Fruit, Fish (C#990307) - 109 Photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c990307.html

BR China Clay - Clayhood (C#980567) - 77 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c980567.html

BR SR Scenery ferry vans (C#975280) - 6 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c975283.html

LMS Fish vans (C#974366) - 19 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c974366.html

Tank wagon barrels as stores (C#965002) - 28 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c965002.html

BR 21t coal hopper - rebuilt as TOPE ZDV ZCV (C#954681) - 30 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c954681.html

BR 21t hopper - UZP Electro Furnace Products Hull (C#953845) - 13 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c953845.html

BR 21t coal hopper - rebodied huck bolt (C#952745) - 11 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c952745.html

BR 21t coal hopper - rebodied welded (C#951840) - 68 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c951840.html

BR 21t coal hopper - welded bodies (C#950141) - 124 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c950141.html

BR (LNER) ballast brake van (C#385150) - 3 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c385150.html

Clay open merchandise wagons, pre-nationalisation origin (C#163031) - 5 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c163031.html

Departmental 4-wheel wagons - unusual (C#438345) - 1 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c438345.html

BR Gane A (C#373918) - 4 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c373918.html

Gunpowder vans - pre-nationalisation 1970s-90s (C#634655) - 4 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c634655.html

BR 21 ton coal hopper - rivetted bodies (C#29082) - 39 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c29082.html

BR 21t hoppers - rebodied, resprung, renumbered HTO & HTV - 25ton (C#465372) - 1 photograph http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c465372.html

BR Vanwides - vacuum brake (C#732904) - 2 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c732904.html

Cowan Sheldon 6 1/2 and 10 ton hand cranes on BR (C#88721) - 2 photographs http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c88721.html



EWS, has announced that four new divisions will be launched in the autumn "to deliver an enhanced level of customer service".

EWS Energy - moving coal and other fuels for the energy sector: http://www.ews-energy.co.uk

EWS Industrial - moving heavy industrial materials, such as metals and petroleum products, for British industry: http://www.ews-industrial.co.uk

EWS Construction - moving products for the construction and waste industries: http://www.ews-construction.co.uk

EWS Network - services for Network Rail, the logistics sector and the rail industry: http://www.ews-network.co.uk


Banstead History Research Group has a 1940s photo of the Banstead station on its website: http://www.bansteadhistory.com/places_az.html

Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway has announced that, following lengthy negotiations with Network Rail, it has now taken ownership of the land required to build its new terminus at East Grinstead on its northern extension. As well as a most significant development in itself, this represents a significant landmark on the the way to completing the pre-conditions for launching the share issue to help fund the completion of the extension. Further details are available at: http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/ext/extprog.html


A campaign to save Bristol Carriage Works: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/A12666846

Cheshire Lines Committee

Richard Evans' Cheshire Lines Committee website http://uk.geocities.com/richard.evansuk@btinternet.com/CLR_LER.html

Churnet Valley Railway

Andrew Sollis has updated the Churnet Valley Railway Extra website with a few pictures from the Fathers' Day services: http://www.cvr-extra.wanadoo.co.uk

Memories of Staffordshire railways (BBC video): http://tinyurl.com/qtzze


Transport 2000 has produced a report about rail provision in the North-West that includes a recommendation to reopen Buxton-Rowsley: http://www.transport2000.org.uk/news/NW_Rail_manfesto_11_Sept.pdf

Paul Biggs has pictures of the 2006 Peak Rail Diesel Gala: http://paulbiggs.fotopic.net/c1092344.html

Don Valley

A group is fighting to bring back passengers to the Don Valley line: http://www.donvalleyrailway.org

Recently, Paul Metcalf was at Deepcar and noted that it was very overgrown: http://img467.imageshack.us/img467/4960/dcstation18yt.jpg http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/6052/dcstation26vj.jpg

East Sussex

There is information about East Sussex narrow gauge lines on the Cambrian Models website: http://www.cambrianmodels.co.uk/eastsxng.html

Great Western Railway

The Great Western Archive - we've been here before, but well worth a reminder: http://www.greatwestern.org.uk/


A good web site with a lot of class 33 photos and other items taken around Eastleigh and Portsmouth: http://buritonwheelbarrow.fotopic.net/c767765_1.html

Highland Railway

The Highland Railway Society: http://www.hrsoc.org.uk/

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Chris Dadson invites anyone who has a passion for the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway to help rebuild the line: http://www.lyntonrail.net2media.co.uk/

Old Dalby

It looks look like the end of the line for the Old Dalby test site. Information here: http://www.old-dalby.com

Red Wharf Bay

An interesting BBC article on the railway to Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northwest/sites/history/pages/wharfbayrailway.shtml


The Rushden Historical Transport Society: http://www.rhts.co.uk


Information on Saltfleetby station (Lincolnshire): http://www.saltfleetby.co.uk/saltfleetby_railway.htm

Somerset and Dorset Railway

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust has done a lot of work to restore the station at Midsomer Norton and has plans to extend the line westwards towards Chilcompton. Information about the project is here: http://www.sdjr.co.uk


The Warwickshire's Railways website now has 500 images on its web site: http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/lawleyst.htm


Great pictures of Westhouses and surrounding branches: http://stevecooke.fotopic.net/

Whitwell, IoW

Fancy a holiday at Whitwell station on the Isle of Wight? Looks nice: http://www.wightstay.co.uk/whitwell_railway.html


Mike Morant's Fotopic gallery: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1090488.html


A Dutch transport site: http://www.nicospilt.com/nieuw.htm


Bombay Railway History Group: http://www.brhg.4t.com/


Next, a charming website for the Slovenian Railway Museum: http://www.burger.si/MuzejiInGalerije/ZelezniskiMuzej/Prologue.html



An interesting article on lines in Colorado: http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_4000351

The staff at Trains.com is pleased to announce that the newly redesigned Trains.com is now LIVE! We have completely revamped Trains.com to give you better and easier access to online content. Once registered you will receive: - Access to our reader forums - Ability to manage your subscription account with our magazines - E-mail newsletters - Access to our web cams - Special offers Take advantage of all Trains.com has to offer and register today! http://list.trains.com/

Railroads of Madison County: http://madisonrails.railfan.net/


John Tilly's signal box site continues to be updated: http://www.tillyweb.biz/gallery/odyframe.htm


Adam Warr's Electra Railway Graphics website has been updated: http://www.electrarailwaygraphics.co.uk

Richard Maund's Passenger Services over Unusual Lines website: http://www.psul4all.free-online.co.uk

Model Railways

Isinglass Models - scale drawings of LNER locomotives and carriages: http://www.edgson.net/isinglass/

A fascinating article on the subject of "scale colour": http://www.aidan-campbell.co.uk/Scale_Colour_Guide.shtml

Models for Scottish enthusiasts - Scottish Scale Locomotive Works http://www.scottish-scale-loco-works.co.uk

Lots of railway modelling fora on the Railway Modelling Web http://www.118go.co.uk/rmwebfm3/default.asp

The GWR Modelling website is excellent: http://www.gwr.org.uk

Stunning new live steam Bulleid Pacifics from Aster (if you have the money!) http://www.asterhobbies.co.uk/pages/models/Spamcan.htm

Station Road Steam - purveyors of interesting mechanical paraphernalia of all types: http://www.stationroadsteam.co.uk/


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

The magazine digest on the Gauge O Guild website will search for articles in various railway and model railway magazines. It isn't comprehensive, but is a useful resource, nevertheless. http://www.gauge0guild.com/digest.asp

An extremely interesting and varied site about railway publications: http://www.steamindex.com

It contains such gems as an online index for "Great Western Railway Journal" for example: http://www.steamindex.com/gwrj/gwrj1.htm

There is a Northern England & Scottish edition of Freightmaster Online: http://freightmaster.net/offers/RH.htm

Buckingham Covers celebrates the 25th anniversary of the introduction of APT-P with a commemorative philatelic cover: http://www.apt-p.com/BuckinghamCover2006.htm

A growing online archive of historic railway documents: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/

The British Railway Modellers of North America (BRMNA) maintain a list of locomotive and other railway drawings: http://home.ca.inter.net/~brmna/xrefs.htm

Google book search is pretty darned amazing. They are systematically scanning books and making them available on the Web (with the publishers' permission). In some cases, where permission has not been granted for a full scan, snippets are shown with details of the book so that you can buy it or get it at the library. In other cases, whole books have been scanned (notably where they are out of copyright). You have to register with an email address and password (the same ones you might already be registered under with Google Groups) but as an online resource, this is pretty impressive, and likely to get more so. http://www.books.google.co.uk/


First we had fictitious liveries,now we have fictitious locos - a very well executed site: http://fictitiousliveries.fotopic.net/c928870.html

Steve McNally has just passed 500 photos on his site. New are some shots of the DMU workings out of Manchester in their last year (2002) and the rest of his shots from Clapham Junction recently: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/c921261.html

Steve has added several class 25s and a class 40 to his BR blue collection from the 1980s: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/c911571.html

For the first time, Michael Morant has included rolling stock (other than locomotives) and some infrastructure images in his fotopic gallery: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1026311.html

Highly recommended by Nick Wheat: http://c37dl.community.fotopic.net/gallery/dave-higson.fotopic.net/

A fotopic collection from Andy Armitage: http://gallery35291.fotopic.net/

And another from Bill Watson: http://monkeysnaps3.fotopic.net/

Lawrence and Melissa's Scottish railway holiday: http://www.lchanney.plus.com/Photos/CockNorth/

Don Burgess has daily updates of railway happenings in the north-west. There are pictures of the new Stobart train here - and much more! http://www.burgess57.freeserve.co.uk/latest.htm


BBC regional content available for download. There is much of interest here, currently covering Devon, Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Humberside, includung (on the Devon download site) footage of a journey from Plymouth North Road to Princetown. You have to register, but once you have, all sorts of archive film is available to you, and it can be freely used for a number of purposes under licence. (UK only, though, I'm afraid): http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/

A 'blog' re-visiting some of the places that John Betjeman visited in his classic "Metro-Land" TV programme: http://lndn.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_lndn_archive.html

Nick Wheat has found a good resource for trade test transmission information. It purports to list every one ever shown and the period of transmission. Several BTF films were screened as trade test films, of course: http://webfax.org.uk/600/

Discussion Groups

Two discussion groups exist relating to lost lines:



I am assured that although they cover similar themes, they are not in competition with each other.

The GWR4mm group has changed its name to become GWR Finescale Modelling: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GWRFinescaleModelling

There is a new discussion group for those who are interested in the Stour Valley Railway line: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Stour_Valley_Line/

A new discussion group for those who are actively involved in the preservation of EMUs and their lines. It has been set up to hopefully encourage dialogue between groups and lines, and to share skills and knowledge at a practical level. Other groups exist for members within a specific group, or by invitation only from the owner/moderator. This one is open for active members from any EMU group or line in which they are based: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/EMUworkers

A new discussion group has been started called Signal Watch. It seeks to monitor the present situation of new signal contracts and their introduction, and the closure of existing signal boxes. It covers the whole of the United Kingdom and all of Ireland. The Group will not have any model railway content (a point made quite strongly on the home page, but presumably model railway enthusiasts are not actually banned...!) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SignalWatch/


An entertaining railway enthusiast's blog, with links to others: http://jmrail.blogspot.com


Tubetrack is a little utility that sits on your desktop periodically updating its dot matrix indicator display with the next set of trains due to arrive or depart via the following services: - London Tube ETA - London DLR Daisy - UK National Rail - Dublin DART It evidently shows the same information as the station dot matrix display. Tubetrack is not affiliated with Transport for London, National Rail or Iarnród Éireann in any way - it simply displays the same information on your desktop as you would receive in your browser. http://web.mac.com/balazsboros/iWeb/Tubetrack/Home.html


Railtrail have built up a very successful business organising holidays by rail: http://www.railtrail.co.uk

The Railway Touring Company: http://www.railwaytouring.co.uk/


Mark Dowding has released a CD of Railway songs for the Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust: http://freespace.virgin.net/mark.dowding/old_potts.htm

Industrial Archaeology

Middlesbrough transporter bridge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/tees/webcams/transporter.shtml

The Double LL Club - a club for historic machinery and collectors in the Hants/Sussex area http://www.doublellclub.co.uk

Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall bills itself as the biggest mining history site in the UK. Between 6th and 18th August 2006 it will host "Geevor - A Miner's View" exhibition. http://www.geevor.com

Steam-powered gramophone...! http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,171-2293621,00.html

Followed (inevitably!) by a steam-powered Internet machine: http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/008757.php

The East Cornwall Mining History Association: http://www.eastcornwallmininghistoryassociation.org.uk

I.A.Recordings - "Putting Industry on Video - an Archive for the Future": http://www.iarecordings.org/

The British Mining Database: http://britishmining.org.uk

Shropshire Mines Trust: http://shropshiremines.org.uk

Snailbeach Mine: http://snailbeachmine.org.uk

Tankerville Mine: http://shropshiremines.org.uk/tankerville/tankerville.htm

NAMHO Conference 200& (Tamar Valley): http://namhoconference.org.uk

Mines in Cyprus: http://shropshiremines.org.uk/cyprus/cyprus.htm


A BBC article on the revival of the Cromford Canal: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/A13223729


A day in St Peter Port, Guernsey circa 1973: http://stuartdbell4383.fotopic.net/c1002959.html

A day in St Helier, Jersey circa 1973: http://stuartdbell4383.fotopic.net/c1003448.html


Nick Wheat visited the Leeuwarden Airshow, Holland: http://nickwheat5306.photobook.org.uk/c996553.html

Also the Royal International Air Tattoo on 18th July: http://nickwheat5306.photobook.org.uk/p31857161.html

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