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More things culled from RAILDATE up to 29/05/09, plus anything else that's come my way.


Moorbarrow restoration project: http://www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk/moorbarrow.html

The LMS Patriot Project: http://www.lms-patriot.org.uk/

Betton Grange: http://www.6880.co.uk/

Bluebell Railway Atlantic Group: http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/locos/atlantic/

The GW County Project: http://www.gwcountyproject.org.uk/

The G5 Project: http://www.wrlpg.com/page14.htm

The 82045 Locomotive Fund: http://www.82045.org.uk/

72010 "Hengist" (Clan Class): http://72010-hengist.org/

All you need to know about LNER Pacifics: http://www.lner-pacifics.me.uk/

New 5029 "Nunney Castle" website: http: http://www.5029nunneycastle.com

On 25th April, "Tornado" ran from Kings Cross to Edinburgh with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate. The other Top Gear presenters, May and Hammond were, respectively, in an old Jag and a motor bike "racing" him from London to Edinburgh - they were not allowed to use motorways. The feature will be transmitted later in the year (probably in June). I don't know the result, but "Tornado" arrived on time. Video has appeared on Youtube - one such is here with links to others: http://tinyurl.com/dj8d2k

At 1422 on 25th April 2009, LMS 8F 8624, moved under her own steam after 43 years at Rowsley to much cheers and clapping. This has been the culmination of 28 years dedicated hard work by the volunteers of the 48624 Society, some of whom are no longer with us, but must have been looking down from above to clear the skies and make sure she ran first time. There is a video of the event on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h68yllkLARI

Or if you prefer it without the music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcI5NKey33Y


Nice newsreel footage of Kestrel, APT-E and the prototype HST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9rBcSZb3bE

Everything about InterCity APT: http://www.apt-p.com/aptindex.htm


When pantographs fail: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XgCPPeYmyKw&feature=related http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=te1F8dL1k0w&feature=related

Meanwhile, Bombardier has announced the first catenary-free and contactless operating tram: http://tinyurl.com/anmqqd

Parry People Movers: http://www.parrypeoplemovers.com/index.htm

Electric traction - Albanian style (obviously quite safe...!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unhXEQQk8G8


GBRf updated web site: http://www.gbrailfreight.com/

Barrow Hill

First Red Wheel Plaque unveiled by the Transport Trust at Barrow Hill Roundhouse. See news section: http://www.transporttrust.com/


"Bournemouth in the Blue/Grey Days": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfyIFZzLTgc http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-7785424177552822990


Bristol deep shelter - a former rail tunnel: http://silverstealth.fotopic.net/c1572714.html

Article on the BBC Bristol website about the Portishead branch: http://tinyurl.com/q7wq45

Churnet Valley Railway

Barry Knapper has started uploading videos of the Churnet Valley Railway in High Definition:

"The Churnet Valley Railway at War": http://vimeo.com/3039822

"Banking on Bolton's": http://vimeo.com/3128699

"Green Arrow" on the Churnet Valley Railway, February 2008: http://www.vimeo.com/3321026

DMUs at the Churnet Valley Railway, 2007/8: http://www.vimeo.com/3222000


Egloskerry station B&B: http://www.egloskerryoldstation.co.uk


The Cumbrian Railways Association: http://www.cumbrianrailwaysassociation.org.uk/

Cumbrian Railways discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crchat/

Cumbria model railways discussion group: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/CRM-e-group/


At Peak Rail, the original Darley Dale footbridge that is in danger of being scrapped having lain unused at the Midland Railway Trust for many years, could return to its original home. It has been estimated that the restoration of the bridge will cost in the region of £40,000. A video of how the bridge would look has been put together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SkCOR-KZj8

The Waiting Room Holiday Cottage, Cromford station, Derbyshire: http://www.cromfordstationwaitingroom.co.uk/


South Devon Railway 40th Anniversary Celebrations: http://tinyurl.com/c7bo8d http://tinyurl.com/c5pp44


The Leamside line: http://silicomnet.com/?p=1132

Great Eastern

The Great Eastern Railway Society has had the entire collection of the Great Eastern Railway Magazine (1911-1926) professionally scanned and digitised. The collection is available on DVD to non-members at a very reasonable £15. Full details here: http://www.gersociety.org.uk/GERM.pdf


The Hampshire Chronicle has a number of historical items from its files, including Winchester Chesil in 1962, a report on the final day of Meon Valley line and a fire safety warning on an oil train at Winchester: http://www.nqsouthern.com/digitalpublication/digitalpublications/index.cfm?dpid=231

The 33-arch Hockley Viaduct escaped being blown up by the Army in the 1980s, but has struggled ever since to find a purpose in life. The structure is basically sound, but vandals have damaged the parapets (where the brickwork needs re-pointing), while the trackbed needs clearing of vegetation. Now civic chiefs are talking informally to Sustrans about using the viaduct as part of a 1.5 mile cycle trail from Bar End to Hockley roundabout, where a new park and ride facility is being built. Apart from securing the future of the viaduct, this proposal would also bring a section of the former Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway back into use. At Bar End, the DNSR goods shed survives in industrial use, while the tunnel now accommodates a road used by Winchester City's existing Park & Ride bus service. http://tinyurl.com/pezts2


A nice little article on Honiton Incline signalbox: http://www.theoldforgebb.co.uk/honiton_incline.html


Detailed London Tube track maps: http://thelondontube.org.uk/trackmaps/

The London Borough of Sutton has its Museum in Carshalton village, its website illustrates the history of the Borough through transport pictures: http://www.friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/

Midland & South Western Jn Railway

An incredible amount of information: http://www.swindonsotherrailway.co.uk/


The Bramley Line Group are planning a campaign to raise the final £10,000 needed to lease the March-Wisbech line: http://www.bramleyline.org.uk

Settle & Carlisle

The Friends of the Settle & Carlisle, together with Northern Railways are launching an MP3 audio guide to the S&C journey - "Listen on the Line". It's thought to be a first for a railway journey. There is no need to listen to all four hours - you can click on any section that takes your fancy. The audio guide was put together by FoSCL's Richard Morris and it is narrated by BBC Radio 4 presenter (and FoSCL member) Mark Holdstock. Have a listen here (note the underscore between download and audio): http://www.settle-carlisle.co.uk/download_audio.cfm

Somerset & Dorset Railway

A new project: http://somersetanddorset.blogspot.com/2009/01/message-spreads.html

Southern Railway

Southern Railway posters: http://www.southernposters.co.uk/index.html

Stour Valley

A tribute to the Stour Valley Line: http://stourline.co.uk/

Swanage Branch

Corfe Castle Walk: Rabbits & Railways: http://www.purbeckblog.com/2009/02/06/corfe-castle-walk-rabbits-railways/


BBC South West Wales an item on the Mumbles Railway: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/sites/swansea/mumbles_rail.shtml


"Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - 2009" - an eBook: http://vcat.star-digital.co.uk/?userpath=00000013/00001135/00039115/

The Gorseddau Junction & Portmadoc Railways (GJ&PR): http://whr.bangor.ac.uk/gorseddau.htm


The Weymouth tramway, which linked the station to the quayside through the town's streets is to be bought by the council and removed. Copies of the relevant report and appendix are here: http://tinyurl.com/b3gefp http://tinyurl.com/dg83vd

News item here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/7860015.stm

Woodhead Route

The Forgotten Relics site is providing a focal point for the Woodhead Tunnel Campaign: http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/woodhead/index.html


All about Woodlesford station: http://www.woodlesfordstation.co.uk


The Canadian Southern Railway - interesting website complete with photos, maps and timetables: http://www.canadasouthern.com/caso/home.htm


Steam in Ecuador: http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/trains/ecuador08.htm


Eritrea Railways video (interesting - but it lasts an hour...!) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4676207214470794917


Railways through Europe - maps of railway-networks: http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps.php

Europe - Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design: http://tinyurl.com/boqkfo


France - Harry Beck - the Paris connection: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/crblog/harry-beck-the-paris-connection/


Get your own rail trolley (in German, but you get the idea!) http://www.suedpfalzdraisine.de/Draisinen.htm


Rails through the Khyber Pass http://forgottendiaries-india-and-pakistan.blogspot.com/

India - the 101-year-old Matheran Light Railway (MLR) is chosen as a world heritage site. This is an unprecedented fifth entry made by Indian Railways to get such a rare honour: http://tinyurl.com/acn995 http://tinyurl.com/bk39oy

The Kalka Shimla Railway was chosen in 2008: http://tinyurl.com/5mkmdl http://tinyurl.com/bgdq7r

A short video clip on Darjeeling Himalayan Railways: http://www.indiatravelbuddy.com/


History and information on Indonesian Railways http://tjahjonorailway.blogspot.com/

The Netherlands

The Dutch Museumstoomtram at Hoorn-Medemblik, is the sister organisation of the Bluebell Railway. The website has a delightful video of the steam railway in operation, including shots of the goods & postal services. http://www.museumstoomtram.nl/stoomtram/ENGELS/homeEng.html


A website showing the different locomotives and rolling stock used on the Philippine National Railways, along with information, news and sightings: http://tinyurl.com/9xhxj5


Freightliner Poland: http://www.freightliner.co.uk/default.aspx?PageID=54


This Russian electric loco seems to burn well: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=12AibHEHNEo

Moscow Metro map: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~yopopov/rrt/trackmaps/tm_moscow.html

Interesting articles about Russian railways: http://englishrussia.com/?p=2447



A preservation scheme in Maine: http://tinyurl.com/7gxco5 http://www.downeastscenicrail.org/index.htm

Steam in Hawaii http://tinyurl.com/8tndm9

An article on New York Grand Central station's track 61: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7830369.stm

And the secret of Lincoln's assassination might be underground in Brooklyn: http://tinyurl.com/9uysaq

Steam fun in miniature - looks like a fun place: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zJNxA3Im9FI&NR=1

Oil Electric - a blog about diesel locos in Canada and USA: http://www.oil-electric.com/

Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, Arizona: http://www.THETRAIN.com http://www.grandcanyoninformation.com/train.htm

Canyon Motel & RV Park (stay in the Grand Canyon Railcar): http://www.thecanyonmotel.com/

Kingman locomotive exhibit, Kingman, Arizona: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2W56

California State Railway Museum, Sacramento, California: http://www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org

Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa, California: http://www.winetrain.com

Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris, California: http://www.oerm.org

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton, California: http://www.roaringcamp.com

Roaring Camp Mining Co, Pine Grove, California: http://www.roaringcampgold.com

Sonoma Train Town Railroad, California: http://www.vom.com/traintown

Tehachapi, California: http://www.trainweb.org/brettrw/maps/loop.html

Western Railway Museum, Suisun City, California: http://www.wrm.org

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, California: http://www.ymsprr.com/

Durango & Silvertown Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado: http://www.durangotrain.com

Nevada Southern Railway, Boulder City, Nevada: http://www.nevadasouthern.com/


Project to rebuild the former Exminster signalbox at Broadway on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway: http://www.broadwaysignalbox.org.uk/

A large (and growing) collection of signal box diagrams can be found on John Saxton's web site: http://www.lymmobservatory.net/

North Wales - mainly signalling: http://www.alanroberts771.fotopic.net/

Mainly Eastern signalling: http://tinyurl.com/c42acz

Miniature Railways

All you ever wanted to know about miniature railways in the UK: http://www.miniaturerailwayworld.co.uk/

There is a full list of "minor" railways in the UK here: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/pe.scott/index.htm

The Ingfield Light Railway runs in the grounds of Ingfield Manor School, a special school for children with Cerebral Palsy off the A29 at Five Oaks near Billingshurst. It has an open day on 14th June this year: http://www.ingfieldlightrailway.co.nr/

DVDs showing the 2005 and 2006 open days are available for £10.00 each - the school benefits from the sale of these: http://www.sprucestudios.com

Nearby is the South Downs Light Railway, situated within the Wyevale Garden Centre at Pulborough: http://www.sdlrs.com/

Model Railways

Here's a neat idea for modellers... If you want any kind of brick paper, go to Scalescenes, pay your £3.99 online, and your chosen items (which include buildings and viaducts, as well as brick papers) are sent in an email and can be printed off as many times as you want (as long as you save the files on your computer, of course). You can even investigate varying the shades with your printer settings to "personalise" the colour of your brickwork. For best results you are recommended to use a colour laser printer, but if it has to be an inkjet, use Epson ink as it is more waterproof than HP (for example). Also, use Epson Matte Photo paper in order to stop a lot of the fading you might get on normal paper (quite reasonably priced on 7dayshop.com). http://www.scalescenes.com/scratchbuilders-yard

Buildings by Geoff Taylor: http://www.gtbuildingsmodels.co.uk/

Ever seen a bigger model railway...? http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/exhibit/video/4-minutes-wunderland/

Steam & Things "the home of custom etching, decals/transfers, casting and much more!" - based in Australia, but happy to serve worldwide: http://www.steamandthings.com

There's a new model railway scale - T Gauge - with a track gauge of (wait for it...) 3mm and a scale of 1:450! Here's a review with photos of the stock and track: http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5956

Stock has been available in the UK since around last August, and the supplier mentioned in the above thread is here: http://www.tgauge.co.uk/

There are a lots of links in this Blog to other T-Gauge websites and blogs: http://1-450.blogspot.com/

Bulleid's Leader built in Lego...! http://mocpages.com/moc.php/23113

00-SF ("EM minus 2") - a finer standard for 00 gauge: http://00-sf.org.uk

MARC models: http://www.marcmodels.co.uk/index.html

MG Sharp Models, Sheffield: http://www.mgsharp.com/

Neil Kinison's Custom Model Railways: http://www.modelrailwaysdecoded.co.uk/

A source of locomotive drawings: http://www.pdhdrawings.co.uk

Some interesting modelling supplies here: http://www.spinneyworld.com/

This is in French, but you'll get the drift as you scroll down the page. This is modelling at 1:700 scale. Think of it as having a G-scale G-scale layout for your G-scale layout! http://forum.larsenal.com/viewtopic.php?t=440

Interesting model railway stuff here: http://www.euram-online.co.uk/


FirstGroup is the world's leading transport company - a global giant which boasts annual revenues of £6 billion, employs a workforce of 137,000, and carries 2.5 billion passengers every year on its buses and trains: http://tinyurl.com/778dz3

A website to search Hansard from 1805 to 2005 for debates on bills in the House of Commons - it also includes some committee reports. The site is still "work in progress" but it's one to keep an eye on: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/

An incredibly useful online resource for the historian - copies of the London Gazette, together with its Edinburgh and Belfast "cousins": http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/

A handy list of station codes: http://gimel.esc.cam.ac.uk/enrich/station_codes.html

An online catalogue to almost all of the Hants County Council collections: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives/catalog.htm

Another archive site, mainly US-based: http://www.archivecdbooksusa.com/

The Guild of Railway Artists: http://www.railart.co.uk/

A video explaining the work of the RAIB: http://www.raib.gov.uk/about_us/raib_dvd.cfm

I have a feeling this might have been featured before. If so, it's worth a repeat! The BBC Steam Trains Archive: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/steamtrains/index.shtml

Discussion Groups

London Rail Enthusiast Group - for all London's railways: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LondonRailEnthusiast

Transport & Politics Group - for the discussion of transport-related and other political issues: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TransportandPoliticsGroup

For anyone interested in the history of railways in South Yorkshire: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/sydistrictrailhistory/

"Signal Watch" is a Yahoo Group for anyone interested in signal boxes, open or closed, and signalling, old and new: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SignalWatch/

A new Yahoo group for those interested in British buses, trolleybuses and trams: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/BritishBusesTrolleybusesTrams/


News from Mike Morant... GWR: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1630247.html LMS: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1628145.html LNER: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1623064.html Longmoor: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1628963.html BR: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1634355.html SR: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1635643.html Dutch: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1636247.html

The Abandoned Stations website goes from strength to strength: http://www.abandonedstations.org.uk/Midland_Railway.html

An excellent set of pictures from the Library of Congress taken around the turn of the century in this country, Europe and around the world: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/pgzhtml/pgzabt.html

Pictures of disused lines: http://philtpics.fotopic.net/c943840.html

Mike McCormac's Top Ten Railways Photos 2008: http://tinyurl.com/88y32s


Remember "Railwatch 1990"? http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=r-kmYfIuqPA&feature=email

Great Yorkshire railway journeys: http://www2.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ypvideoplayer/yorkrail.htm

Southern Steam videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/SouthernRailwayFilms

Birmingham to London in 5 minutes - now in HD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv640aRwFS8&fmt=18

There is some very good film of lines in the South West, including the Callington branch and the Okehampton to Plymouth line in the South West Film & Television Archive: http://www.swfta.org.uk/

BBC's collection of old film - complete list of locations is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nationonfilm/location/

Another view of the collection can be got from the main page, which lists the available films under categories: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nationonfilm/

Trains in movies: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7964314.stm


Rail Management - sign up or just get the latest copy here:

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

Modern Locomotives Illustrated magazine: http://www.modern-locoillustrated.com/

A free American online model railway magazine: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/

The UK's free online railway magazine, Railway Herald: http://www.railwayherald.co.uk/


Anyone with an interest in historic images and lost waterways is invited to join and contribute to a new group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lost_waterways

The Historic Inland Waterway Boats list - formerly the Historic Narrow Boat Public Discussion (HNBPD) list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HIWB

To start you off on your exploration of canals, there's nowhere better than Jim Shead's Waterways Information: http://www.jim-shead.com/waterways/index.php

Standedge Canal tunnel - pan down for Fred Carter relating how the tunnel was built: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7862831.stm

Irish waterways history: http://irishwaterwayshistory.com

A free PDF of about the Mountmellick Line of Ireland's Grand Canal: http://tinyurl.com/bxau78

Pennine Waterways website: http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk/

The Southampton Canal Society's website includes information about local canals, such as the Andover Canal, the Southampton & Salisbury Canal and the Itchen Naviagtion: http://www.whitenap.plus.com/

All current and former canals/navigations in Google Earth: http://www.coobeastie.co.uk/gecm


London Bus Enthusiast Group - the leading group for London Bus Enthusiasts

worldwide: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LondonBusEnthusiast

Some interesting bus photos here: http://www.mikesbuspages.com/thepreservationscene.htm

A feast of videos about Blackpool trams: http://tinyurl.com/9kmnbj

And Bournemouth trolleybuses: http://tinyurl.com/9e95fk

Details of all(?) UK trolleybuses are available here: http://www.trolleybus.co.uk/


Everything about the "Titanic": http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/

The Queen Mary, Long Beach: http://www.queenmary.com/

The Bluebird Project: http://www.bluebirdproject.com/


Museum of Berkshire Aviation: http://www.museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk/

Daily Echo Spitfire campaign: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/campaigns/spitfire/

Space Station assembly flash Presentation - one of the most complicated construction project of all time: http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm

Industrial Archaeology

"Signs of Our Industrial Past" videos by Gary Hodgkinson. Here are seven links to what adds up to an hour-long video about railways, canals and industry around the Erewash Valley.

Part 1: http://www.yournews.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=CC0104ED0ECA1C4A Part 2: http://www.yournews.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=A3A0B61455065B56 Part 3: http://www.yournews.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=29A2E085134B4D7B Part 4: http://www.yournews.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=B6DF2CF899E68ECB Part 5: http://grassroots.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=E6EEF9A178D0EDF1 Part 6: http://grassroots.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=DB0640775FA73557 Part 7: http://grassroots.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=92D1A6F88AB12DAA

Gary has also uploaded two other short videos:

Foxton Locks and Inclined Plane: http://www.yournews.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=9B3D67170A21AD4F

Moira and the Ashby Canal: http://www.yournews.itvlocal.com/Clip.aspx?key=F3BA3BD513740C7B

Crossness Engines - "A masterpiece of engineering, a triumph of Victorian design, a cathedral of ironwork": http://www.crossness.org

There is a slideshow about tin mining in Cornwall: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7933355.stm

The BBC mining collection: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/mining/

Calico Ghost Town, Barstow, California: http://www.calicotown.com

California Gold Country: http://www.guidetoadventure.net

Kennedy Gold Mine, Jackson, California: http://www.kennedygoldmine.com

Old Hundred Gold Mine, Silverton, Colorado: http://www.minetour.com

The Hoover Dam: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/

Hoover Dam Bypass: http://www.hooverdambypass.org/

Brighton Belle restoration project: http://brightonbelle.com

The Electrical Multiple Unit Preservation Society: http://www.emups.org.uk

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