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More things culled from RAILDATE up to 31/03/07, plus anything else that's come my way.

Battle of Britain/West Country Class

Colin Duff's photos of Tangmere on the Kent Coast Express on 27th January 2007: http://www.duff-family.demon.co.uk/railway/kentcoastexpress.html

Shunting Locomotives

Preserved shunters: http://www.preservedshunters.co.uk/psh_intro.php

Project 62 - importing "Yankee" tanks from Eastern Europe (one on the East Somerset Railway and now one on the Mid-Hants Railway: http://www.project62.supanet.com/

Class 37

Examples of the class in Spain: http://www.c58lg.co.uk/html/spain_update__2006.html

Class 45

Paul Bartlett's BR Peak or Class 45 1Co-Co1 diesels: http://paulbartlettsotherrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1171724.html

Class 47

Andy Sollis has added two new galleries to the Staffordshire Type 4 website showing the generator change and the cab rewire: http://www.st4.org

Class 55

Neil Dimmer's photos of Deltics in BR days.

Photos of 55002/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/13/14/15/17 & 18 at: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1229146.html

Photo of 55022 Royal Scots Grey at Doncaster: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p39334126.html

Also a few slides transferred to disc (poor quality) of 9007 Pinza at Leeds hauling the Yorkshire Pullman in 1971: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p38582659.html

Plus a few more unidentified Deltics: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1208184.html

55006 The Fife & Forfar Yeomanry http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p39417860.html

55014 Duke of Wellingtons Regiment http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p39417826.html

Name plates of 55002/008/016/017 & 018 http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1229146.html

Class 58

Examples of the class in Spain: http://www.c58lg.co.uk/html/spain_update__2006.html

Class 103

Pictures of class 103 at Helston: http://www.helstondieselgroup.co.uk/

The power car of the other class 103 is at Swansea awaiting restoration to be used on the Swansea to Abernant "Amman Valley Railway", and details of that line can be found at: http://ammanvalleyrail.netfirms.com/

Class 159

A couple of shots of class 159s: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/p39618477.html http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/p39618476.html

Class 442

To mark the final week of operation of the class 442 "Wessex Electric" sets for South West Trains, many photographers have been out and about to record their last days.

Ron Strutt has posted several photos from the last few weeks here: http://ron8152.fotopic.net/c1180476_1.html

Steve McNally recorded a number of scenes: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/

Ian Coster was at Woking & Clapham Junction on 9th January: http://swt.fotopic.net/ He has uploaded a short video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0fy6yw6uYo (Other 442 videos are also viewable on the site.)

More for those following the demise of the class 442s: http://www.class442.co.uk

Also, the Southern Electric Group's class 442 website feature "Whither Wessies?" is available: http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/features/swt442f01.html



The Railways Archive has APT publicity material available to download: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docSummary.php?docID=79

Video of the APT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mlE5dA5z_g

Possible APT derivative in Adam Warr's "Flights of Fancy" pages: http://www.adamsphotos.fotopic.net/p7719084.html http://www.adamsphotos.fotopic.net/p7834511.html http://www.adamsphotos.fotopic.net/p7891263.html http://www.adamsphotos.fotopic.net/p20157166.html

Diesel Locomotives

Neil Dimmer's B/W pics going back to the mid-1960s, including a photo of D5719, many pics of class 25s in original numbers including D5159 with brake tender. Classes featured are 14 (teady bears at Ashington), 20, 24, 24, 26, 27, 31, 37 and the Co-Bo: http://www.diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1220192.html


Former Devon Belle Pullman Observation Car 14 began its jouney back to the UK on 14th January when it was successfully extracted from its location next to an office block in San Francisco and loaded onto a trailer for transport to Los Angeles sea port. It is expected back in the UK on 19th February when it will go direct to Rampart C&W for assesment and overhaul before moving to the Swanage Railway hopefully in late summer. The appeal is still open and donations can be made online should you want to help. Early pictures (more to come) are at: http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/news340.htm

The Railwaysarchive site has pdfs of two booklets issued when the Blue Pullmans commenced running:

Western: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/BRWR_Pullman1960.pdf

Midland: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/BRLMR_Pullman1960.pdf

The Carriage Exchange: http://www.lmsca.org.uk/carex


Paul Bartlett's fotopic site update list

BR VGA van (C#1171413) - 45 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1171413.html

Single bolster - BR, LMS, LNER match runner (C#1170411) - 86 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1170411.html

BR open merchandise as coil KYV (C#1150466) - 16 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1150466.html

BR open merchandise Hoods - coil (C#1149859) - 11 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1149859.html

BR Open merchandise Plank end 1/032, 1/045, 1/042 (C#1146069) - 18 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1146069.html

BR (LMS) open merchandise corrugated end (C#1145499) - 97 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1145499.html

BR Dropside open merchandise, Diag 1/033 & converts (C#1132352) - 23 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1132352.html

BR open merchandise converts to 3 plank (C#1148577) - 8 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1148577.html

BR SPA - Air brake Plate wagon (C#1110090) - 74 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1110090.html

SPA engineers, PIKE, ZAA, ZCA, ZZA, SEA HARE URCHIN (C#1112035) - 60 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1112035.html

SPA converts SHA, SDA, KOA, SEA, SHA (C#1110978) - 48 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1110978.html

BCA air brake Bogie bolster C (C#1048559) - 6 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1048559.html

BR Trestle ED diag 2/491, 3, 5 (C#1085480) - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1085480.html

BR Air brake Trestrol, and coil runner, XVA, RRA, BOA, RXA BXA (C#1084882) - 71 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1084882.html

Ballast cleaners - on track plant (C#1061716) - 6 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1061716.html

BR Containers - mixed - 1st era (C#1121552) - 3 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1121552.html

Kelly's 4 -wh PFA container flat, Procor built (C#1122323) - 21 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1122323.html

Cawood 4-wh PFA Coal container flat (C#1099006) - 26 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1099006.html

Charringtons Class B Gas Oil 4 wh TTA (C#1083201) - 20 photographs: Spot the Bachmann prototype http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1083201.html

Fina bogie tank wagons (C#1096892) - 24 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1096892.html

Total Bogie Class A tanks (C#1091472) - 70 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1091472.html

ARC bogie box opens - PTA, JUA, JRA, PXA (C#1082370) - 22 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1082370.html

Procor Foster Yeoman PTA ex Iron ore tippler (C#1069994) - 32 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1069994.html

STS 40t twin cone powder international (C#1065294) - 25 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1065294.html

Danzas bogie van, Shildon built, BR registered (C#1064307) - 27 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1064307.html

BRT & PR Ciba Geigy 4 wheel tank wagons (C#1059474) - 33 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1059474.html

BRT & PR Class A tanks 57000 - 58280 (C#1058454) - 137 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1058454.html

Esso 4-wheel unfit tank wagons (C#1166984) - 72 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1166984.html

Esso Bitumen ex Ebano Grangemouth unfit (C#1166618) - 40 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1166618.html

Yorkshire Tar Distillers tanks (C#1080767) - 75 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1080767.html

SR/BR bogie NPCS - B and GUV (C#1167909) - 23 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1167909.html

LMS NPCS - parcels, CCT, etc (C#1162812) - 44 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c1162812.html

GWR wagons - a selection on BR from Nationalisation until late 1960s (C#21632): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c21632.html

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

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

BR Sand wagons (C#20252): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c20252.html

BR (LNER) steel open merchandise (C#246338): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c246338.html

Clay open merchandise wagons, BR origin (C#163789): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c163789.html

BR open merchandise diag. 1/034, all wood body (C#100592): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c100592.html

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

BR (LNER) steel open merchandise upto 1980-1 (C#246338): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c246338.html

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

BR medium (glass cradle) shock open merchandise (C#31438): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c31438.html

LMS wagons - a selection pre-nat and on BR (C#21868): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c21868.html

German Cargowaggon - Eva Bogie flat (C#319224): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c319224.html

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

BR Palvans for Airbrake Network (C#278045): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c278045.html

BR Lowfit wagons low open merchandise (C#20081): http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c20081.html


Information about the GWR Abingdon branch and model: http://www.abingdonbranch.co.uk

Amman Valley Railway

The Amman Valley Railway society was formed in 1992 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Amman Valley line. The objective is to preserve the railway from further demolition and to preserve and promote it as a heritage railway, a fitting tribute to a bygone era, and a valuable asset to tourism in the Amman Valley. The railway is a branch line of the spectacular and scenic Heart of Wales main line. Starting at Pantyffynnon and twisting its way through the Carmarthenshire valley to its end at Abernant colliery. The society meets monthly at the Signal box at Glanamman on the 3rd Tuesday every month. For more information on the line, its past present and future, visit: http://ammanvalleyrail.netfirms.com/

Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway

Plans to convert the Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway into a footpath/cycleway. Details on the Sustrans website: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/default.asp?sID=1089651611859


Paul Bartlett's Bristol Barton Hill C&W: http://paulbartlettsotherrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1145371.html

Churnet Valley Railway

Andy Sollis has uploaded a cab-ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTr55319zo0


The Crewe Rail Gateway project: http://www.cheshire.gov.uk/crewerailgateway

Neil Dimmer has posted pictures of 45 years of Crewe Works. There are photos of Stanier Jubilees, Duchesss & 46200 The Princess Royal, also many crash-damaged locos including 86211/86429, new-build Westerns (Class 52) and Brush type 4s (class 47), 47369 (in orig green), the last class 24 in service (24081), Class 47s in various rainbow colours, and lots more: http://west-coast-photos.fotopic.net/c1233203.html

Darlington Railway Centre & Museum

Darlington Railway Centre & Museum refurbishment: http://www.drcm.org.uk

Dent ----

For a holiday with a difference - try Dent station on the Settle and Carlisle line (opens later this year): http://www.dentstation.co.uk


Doncaster PSB: http://www.doncasterpsb.co.uk/

Two collections of photos taken at Doncaster Works Open Day on 26th July 2003. First the diesel & electric visitors: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1241396.html

Secondly, the steam locos present: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1241386.html

East Croydon

A fascinating piece of video of steam at East Croydon in 1991: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6LDXi0saNY&mode=related&search=


One of Richard Buckby's former colleagues has produced this about a previous crash at Grayrigg: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/6404015.stm

Richard has also found some details of the recovery operation...

"The scale of what's been done simply to get the cranes in has been monumental - 17,000 square metres of trackway - the modular road panel system used. The road is 0.8 miles long, built across farmers' fields that are very wet (as you'd expect in Cumbria at this time of year). The pad for the cranes to sit on used 22,000 tonnes of rock to build it. In total there has been about 30,000 tonnes of rock used on the site. The cranes used are two of the biggest in Britain at 800 tonne and 1000 tonne capacity."

Pictures here: http://www.burgess57.freeserve.co.uk/latest.htm

The Great Central Railway

Various websites all covering the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire: http://www.railwayarchive.org.uk/links/index.php http://www.flickr.com/photos/loose_grip_99/sets/72157594332894726/ http://www.gcrleicester.info/ http://www.railwayarchive.org.uk/stories/pages.php?enum=LE124&pnum=0&maxp=16 http://www.15c.co.uk/leicester%20GCR.htm http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lner/construction_birdcage.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester_Central_railway_station

An approach to signalling simulations together with several signal box diagrams (mainly Great Central Railway): http://www.lymmobservatory.net/index.htm

Another GCR box diagram of 1922 vintage from Markham Junction is here: http://www.shawnsanders.info/Markham_Jcn_72dpi.jpg

The Great Western Railway

The Great Western Railway Webring: http://g.webring.com/hub?ring=gwrwebring

A collection of Swindon drawings: http://www.champwilde.f9.co.uk/gwdrawings/

Gunnislake Branch

Photos of the Gunnislake line and a few other bits and pieces: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/c1189247.html

Hampton Pier Railway

The Hampton Pier Railway, Herne Bay: http://www.hbay.co.uk/html/hampton.htm


Paul Bartlett's Harwich rail ferry terminal: http://paulbartlettsotherrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1156381.html

Hayling Island

Video of the Hayling Island Branch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1ZcFLJFGDM

And a model railway layout of same: http://www.cdadson.freeserve.co.uk/HaylingIsland

And another here: http://www.altonmrg.co.uk/memberslayouts.htm

Hither Green


Isle of Man

Neil Dimmer's photos of the Isle of Man railways. Isle of Man Steam Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1227469.html

Manx Electric Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1227461.html

Snaefell Mountain Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1227463.html


An excellent series of photos showing the present state of parts of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Ormskirk-Rainford Jn and the LNWR Rainford Jn-St Helens lines: http://bevan997.fotopic.net/c1171615_1.html


Interesting images of New Holland Pier: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=9304

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway: http://www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk/

London and South Western Railway

Steve McNally's pictures of Gillingham and Sherbourne taken about 9 years ago: Gillingham: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/p39618158.html Sherbourne: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/p39618157.html

Ron Strutt has scanned some images of the "Withered Arm" taken during and since the 1980s, which include a large number, in both B&W and colour, of disused parts of the Southern network west of Exeter: http://ronstruttsrailwaypics.fotopic.net/

Peter Richards' developing website for the North Cornwall Railway is here: http://www.northcornwallrailway.co.uk

An interesting North Cornwall Railway layout by Stafford Railway Circle: http://www.staffordrailwaycircle.org.uk/treneglos/index.php

Lyme Regis

The "Lyme Billy" project, which is (or was) a proposal for another West Country narrow gauge railway, this one being over all or part of the original Axminster to Lyme Regis trackbed: http://lymebilly.port5.com/index.htm

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

The Surrey Area Group of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust has added two new features to its website. First, there are 6 quizzes to test your knowledge of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Each quiz comprises 10 questions, and the quizzes are rated from "easy" through to "hard". One Quiz is dedicated to the years between 1923 and 1935 when the line was operated and finally closed by the Southern Railway. Secondly, there are 6 L&B railway related bedtime stories intended primarily for young children. http://lynbarnrail.atspace.com/

Chris Dadson has uploaded 18 new photos to his Fotopic website taken recently at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. They include a new collection called "Beyond Killington Lane" showing the original trackbed from Bridge 65 (Killington Bridge) round to Parracombe Halt, and images taken at or near to the railway's Cricket Field Lane site: http://gallery74781.fotopic.net/c1240545.html

Moseley Railway Trust


Mumbles Railway

200th anniversary: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6491379.stm http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/sites/swansea/mumbles_rail.shtml http://www.welshwales.co.uk/mumbles_railway_swansea.htm Audio: http://tinyurl.com/2bhvrc

Northumbria Rail Ltd



A look back at Oswestry from Cambrian beginnings to closure under BR: http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/history/2003/03/oswestry_railway_01.shtml

A look at Colonel Stephens' line from Shrewsbury Abbey Station to Llanymynech: http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/history/2003/11/potts_line_01.shtml

A look at the ill-fated Bishops Castle Railway: http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/history/2005/03/bishops_castle_railway_01.shtml

Somerset & Dorset Railway

Phil Weaving has mapped the S&D network and stations using local.live.com. You can view the plots using either the "Map view" or the "Aerial View", and zoom right in by following these links:

The S&DJR Network http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=E86999B2EBBA0E30!117

The S&DJR Stations http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=E86999B2EBBA0E30!139

South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway has posted a page all about the reconnection of the Staverton Dock Siding that is now operated from Bishops Bridge box: http://www.southdevonrailway.org/News-and-Press-Releases/Staverton-Dock-Siding.html


Former members Andrew Cameron maintains a website that is updated weekly and covers topical pre-privatisation diesel power around roughly Southampton- Winchester-Andover-Salisbury-Lymington, although it can vary as he sees fit, and recently focussed on the class 442 withdrawals. There are about 200 "weekly" pages online, plus additional material on MAV in Hungary, and Scotland. The first link to work backward is towards the bottom of the page. The fact that the site was originally concentrating on Virgin and Freightliner class 47s explains the name of the domain - it's an incredible resource documenting the local scene: http://www.47soton.co.uk

Southwold Railway

Ralph Rawlinson reports that a resurrection of the plan to reopen the Southwold Railway has been confirmed in the February "Railway Magazine". (This is the fifth attempt by enthusiasts in Suffolk!)

If you're in the Wroxham area of East Anglia, there is a miniature railway run by Peter Bower in the garden of his house: Barton House, Hartwell Road, The Avenue, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8TL. There is also a museum of M&GNR railwayana - signalling equipment, box diagrams, lamps and posters plus the preserved ex-M&GNR Honing East signal box. No website as such, but Googling Barton House railway will bring up some "Tourist Board" references. Ring to check opening times.

Talyllyn Railway

Neil Dimmer's photos of the Talyllyn Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1228165.html

Tralee & Dingle Railway

Some historical information on the Tralee & Dingle Light Railway on the Chester Model Railway Club website: http://www.chestermodelrailwayclub.com/history.htm

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Neil Dimmer's photos of the Vale of Rheidol Railway when all 3 locos were in BR blue livery: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1228170.html

The Volks Electric Railway, Brighton


The West Somerset Railway

There is now a streaming webcam on the line's unofficial web site: http://wsrailway.camstreams.com/

Woking 150

Ron Strutt hasposted photographs of the Woking 150 event in May 1988: http://ronstruttsrailwaypics.fotopic.net/c1232199.html


An article on the Midland Railway goods depot at Wolverhampton: http://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/articles/MidlandGoods/GoodsDepot.htm

Woodhead Route

Also from Neil, photos of the old DC Electrics used on the Manchester- Penistone-Sheffield Woodhead route. Some locos are in their original numbers, eg 26xxx and 27xxx, some as class 76, also the EM2s at work in Holland. There are also a number of photos of class 71s: http://www.electric-photos.fotopic.net/c1213655.html

York ---- Neil Dimmer's photos taken in June 1977 of the York Centenary display in York Station. Locos involved were Edward Fletcher NER 910, NER 1621, 4468 Mallard, LNWR 790 Hardwick: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1231392.html


Paul Bartlett's Brussels trams (C#1103299): http://paulbartlettsotherrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1103299.html


Thanks to Nick Wheat for pointing me to a video of a worrying piece of video from India showing how passengers should not cross the line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLaB_wgAbns (No passengers were injured in the making of this video.)


An excellent site for news of recent develpoments: http://www.therailwaycentre.com/ There is also a link to a free e-magazine of pictures fesaured in the TheRailwayCentre.com, called "Railway Photographer". And its own Yahoo discussion group: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/therailwaycentre

A large number of accident reports, and numerous other interesting items are held at: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/

Four by Three (according to its own blurb) makes high-quality programmes for broadcasters and businesses (many in the railway sector it would seem). Among the "sub-areas" on its site area: - "Death by Health and Safety" - an irreverent look at H&S issues including a lot of (one suspects) "in" jokes about working on today's railways. - A railway-themed image library. - "Forgotten Relics of an Enterprising Age" - a look at engineering feats on Britain's lost railways. http://www.fourbythree.f2s.com/

A fascinating shed site: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~luigin/Locoshed/Locoshed.htm

This is the place to go for railway codes - Engineer's Line References, Signal Box prefixes, Depot codes, etc. Very useful! http://deaves47.users.btopenworld.com/rail_index.htm

Lots of interesting stuff on Tom Jenkins' personal website http://www.tom-jenkins.co.uk/

"Confessions of an Ageing Trainspotter": http://www.trainspottingtales.org.uk

One man's interest in signals (amongst other things): http://www.roscalen.com/signals/index.htm

Brian Robertson is slowly building a website based upon official railway documents that will paint a picture of the state of British Railways in 1960: http://www.conceptcrafts.co.uk/britishrailways1960

An interesting (if fairly random) round-up of one family's railtours by bike. Contains information on how to cope with a bike on a train: http://www.zen70752.zen.co.uk/bat/out/index.htm

The much-heralded Top Gear train crash (staged to show the effect of a train ploughing into a car on a level-crossing) was aired last week. If you missed it, the video is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS9M88oA8XU

How to get the best price for a train ticket: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6442947.stm


These photographs mainly cover Birmingham, but there are some excellent photos of other locations. They are posted as a tribute to the photographer, and can be used as you wish, properly acknowledged, for a small donation to Asthma UK: http://www.photobydjnorton.com/

Guidance on photographing railways is available at: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/passenger_services/guidelines_for_rail_enthusiasts.htm

A reminder of a wonderful railway photographs site: http://www.phantasrail.co.uk/

Mike Morant has recently scanned part of a post card collection that will eventually be put on the market. Just over a third of the collection comprises railway postcards with the accent on locomotives. They, and the cards containing tram images have been uploaded to a new photo gallery: http://just-postcards.picturebook.org.uk/

John Turner recently acquired a significant number of 1920s and 1930s monochrome negatives originating from the camera of the late Alan Whitehead, and needed somewhere his work. He has therefore created a gallery exclusively to promote Alan's images and so far it contains three collections covering: - The LMS(NCC) scene in Northern Ireland in 1936. - The Midland & Great Northern Railway in Augsut 1933 - London Euston in the 1930s. The site is at a very early stage of development and there is a large amount of further material to be added as and when time permits. You can view the fledging site at: http://johnsgallery.fotoblog.org.uk

Andrew Appleton's Railway Gallery: http://AA-Rail-Pics.fotopic.net

Peter Kellett has put together a small collection of images of trains where road hauliers are using rail to convey their containers and goods: http://gallery58615.fotopic.net/c1208231.html

Neil Dimmer has posted two small collections, the first is of the now defunct Royal Mail services on the West Coast line: http://west-coast-photos.fotopic.net/c1238574.html

The second is of Eurostars & HSTs on the East Coast main line: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1238569.html

Also over 65 photos given by Keith Till, of the final years of British steam operations, and scrapping of locos. http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1239695.html


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

Pendragon Publishing - publishers of "Backtrack" now have a website: http://www.pendragonpublishing.co.uk/

From April 2007, the Railway Channel will become a free service. If you visit the site now you will see a new look front page with a movie that changes every day: http://www.therailwaychannel.com/

A new model railway magazine from Ian Allan. Called "Hornby Magazine" it promises to feature all manufacturers' products equally: http://www.ianallanpublishing.com/catalog/cms.php?f=model_hornby.htm


A gem of a video from the 1960s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvBgfzsDIHo

The film of the famous nuclear flask crash test, "Operation Smash Hit": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17mETJNBvOU

A couple of podcasts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the head of British Transport Films, Edgar Anstey: http://www.bufvc.ac.uk/podcast

Downloadable version of the BTF "Let's Go To Birmingham": http://creative.bfi.org.uk/titles/409874.html

A couple of vintage railway films from the south of England, including Appledore to Dungeness in colour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqyMCEijg14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrVM0rxaOzc

Links to British Rail TV ads on YouTube.

This is the age of the train: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd3NRr4SYiA

InterCity sleepers, from the Relax series, late 80s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFiIyl2MyHM

Not an actual ad, but a recent tribute to the Relax ads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EfRcQZ6Vz0

With inspiration from Night Mail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tTJXw7xUtk

Inter-City makes the going easy, 1969: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPdq-KJaa8Q

British Rail - We're getting there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxHKX6FfGys

British Rail - Cheap weekend away: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FPQgLmoK20

This is the age of the train (in a full commercial break from 1980): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RrXB6TAdAM

The Inter-City 125 promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFiti6h_uPg

A BR NSE crew training video from Brighton to Hove: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhHj7C4l3mk

Discussion Groups

Maybe a little esoteric, but there's a discussion group for those who are interested in Enfield Town shed: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/enfieldtownshed/

For those actively interested in preserving a class 310 EMU: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/310-active-preservationists/

An group EMU preservation: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/EMUPreservationSociety/

For those who are interested in the DMUs built by Cravens of Sheffield and used between 1956 and 1989: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/CravensDMU/

A group for those interested in Park Royal class 103 DMU used between 1958 and 1990: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ParkRoyal103/

A group aiming to increase awareness of M56160 a very rare Park Royal class 103 Driving Trailer Composite DTCL vehicle dating from first half of 1958. This is at Bodfari behind Aberwheeler Nursery off the A541 in North Wales. There is no public access to the site but it can be seen behind the nursery "over the fence": http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/M56160/

A Yahoo group for anyone interested in china clay branchlines: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/china_clay_branchlines/

Model Railways

Australian company "Steam & Things" carries a wide range of items for the railway modeller - and non-railway modelmakers: http://www.steamandthings.com/

They have recently introduced a range of private owner wagon transfers: http://www.steamandthings.com/fpage55.htm

Model railway videos: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ericcat1

Bodyside decal kits to convert proprietary coaches: http://www.electrarailwaygraphics.co.uk

Mitch Stepanovich's illustrated listings of N gauge wagons: http://home.flash.net/~stepanov

For anyone interested in adding a road system to their layout, there is one made by Faller (Germany) and available from Gaugemaster at Ford (near Arundel): http://www.gaugemaster.co.uk/

Some websites that show what can be done: http://home.arcor.de/infracar/ (in German) http://modelleisenbahn-claus.de/ (in German) http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/data/cms/en/240/ (in English) Minature Wonderland in Hamburg, has a fully computer-controlled car system, where the vehicles can do many different things. It's apparently well worth a visit.

Miniature Railways

Information on the Tri-ang Minic Miniature Railway system introduced in 1963: http://www.tmnr.co.uk/

There is more on the Tri-ang Model Railways site: http://www.tri-ang.co.uk/OO%20Latest/MinicRailwayAAA.htm

Road Vehicles

The ultimate road vehicle for railway enthusiasts (second picture): http://englishrussia.com/?p=571

Brian Houston has started a Scottish Bus Models website: http://www.scottishmodelbuses.co.uk/

Mike Morant has uploaded a very interesting collection of 50 London pre-Routemaster half-cab images to his gallery: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1219012.html

A car that runs on compressed air...? (They'll be having fireless locos next!) http://www.theaircar.com/MiniCats.html

Industrial Archaeology

The International Stationary Steam Engine Society http://www.isses.org

Spotted by Nick Wheat... street light spotting anyone...? http://northwestlighting.fotopic.net/

A fascinating site, detailing several working environments, and including railways, mining, etc: http://www.workinglife.org.uk/index.html

Historical photographs of the collieries of North-east Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/sites/old_photos/pages/coal.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/sites/old_photos/pages/coal2.shtml

Former MoD bomb silo at Dean Hill reopens as a centre for new businesses. Video: http://tinyurl.com/3952yg http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/d/dean_hill_rnad/index.shtml http://www.deanhillpark.co.uk/find-office-rentals.php


An excellent video Leawood Pump in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdIgEQ-r0nU

Also a 360 photograph of the area: http://geoimages.berkeley.edu/wwp906/html/AndySavage.html


"The Caspian See Monster" - a very strange device, but of course it would have "snook" under NATO RADAR rather neatly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOtSfb-P1C8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmqrVs9oycM&NR

An enormous list of possibly every airfield ever in the UK with links to Live Local: http://content-delivery.co.uk/aviation/airfields

A cracking place to go if you're local and have an interest in the history of flight... or just local history - Solent Sky (formerly the Southampton Hall of Aviation): http://www.afm.ses.soton.ac.uk/solentsky/index.htm http://www.spitfireonline.co.uk/


A fascinating website showing the position of all vessels in the Southampton, Portsmouth and Solent area. View as a map or as an aerial view based on Google Earth images: http://www.ais-live.co.uk/

Hythe Pier and Ferry: http://www.whitehorseferries.co.uk/ http://www.hytheferry.co.uk/

A Daily Telegraph article on Ryde-Shanklin and the Hythe Pier: http://tinyurl.com/237shn

"SS Shieldhall" 2007 timetable brochure is now online. http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk

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