Subject: RAILDATE 8th January 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 08/01/2010, 16:25
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society:




More recent explorations on the "28 days later" site, via the Bygone
Railways Yahoo discussion group:

Lydgate Tunnel:

Glenfield Tunnel:

Liverpool Overhead Railway tunnel/terminus (Dingle Tunnel):

Lots of lost lines featured here:

The West Somerset Mineral Railway:


A Day at Butterley Ironworks (from 1844):

Vintage Cambrian Railways pictures:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

An analyses of the Tay Bridge disaster:

The Fairford branch:

Woodlesford - the story of a station:

Michael Butterworth is compiling a file of bygone lines for Google Earth.
He started in the North East of England (there's nothing for Scotland
except for the line to Kelso from Berwick) and is working his way south.
Check back every couple of months to see if there has been an update.\5

Track Maps - publishers of the Quail railway maps

Poulton and Wyre Railway Society


Interesting blogs...

For steam enthusiasts:

Christian Wolmar:


Details of the forthcoming Great British Railway Journeys programmes:

11th January - 15th January: Preston to Kirkcaldy

18th January - 22nd January: Swindon to Penzance

25th January - 29th January: Buxton to London

Article here:


Hornby Railways' 2010 Range:

The GWR-FinescaleModelling group has had a name change and can now be
found at:

An overview of railway freight operations for modellers:

Video of Falmouth & District MRC's Lower Treluswell Viaduct:


Promotional video for the proposed tram/train from Manacor to Arta in
Mallorca.  The dialog is in Mallorquin, but you'll get the gist:
(Spotter: Barry Emmott)

Some nice pre-Christmas steam on the Severn Valley Railway:

And Winter on the Great Central Railway
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Interesting SR footage.  Clicking on the "member" tab on the right brings
up some more interesting videoes.

A radio play about the killing of the TSR2 project (available for the next week or
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

1930s LMS Absolute Block Semaphore Signalling:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Mumbles Railway - short clip on the BBC:
(Spotter: Mike Price)

London's Termini in the Swinging '60s:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Southern Electric - You Are the Motorman:

A short film on the Teign Valley Railway:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Overground
Major advances in the 326M upgrade at sites on the North London Line were
due to be completed over the Christmas period.  The following new
structures should now have been installed: an interchange between the high
and low-level platforms at Willesden Junction, a road overbridge at Dalton
Kingsland and at Kensal Rise a staircase for the eastbound platform.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is pressing Network Rail to
electrify the Marlow branch allowing integration with Crossrail.

EDF Energy contractors have transferred power cables enabling the new
level crossing to be installed.  The planned opening date for the
crossing, which will connect the North Norfolk Railway to the national
network, is 11th March 2010.

Nottingham NET
Arrow Connect and Tramlink Nottingham are the two bidders shortlisted to
build Phase 2 of NET and are due to submit completed tenders in May 2010.
Nottingham City Council aims to award contracts in August 2011, with work
starting in in the Autumn of 2011 and both lines operational by late 2014.

Blackpool South
Blackpool Council and its regeneration company's plan to relocate
Blackpool South station several hundred yards to the south have been
rejected by passenger power and a fierce resistance campaign.

Cambridge-St Ives
The Cambridge-St Ives line, converted into a guided busway, is still not
open but in the meantime someone is putting it to good use:

Dublin: Luas
The extension of Dublin's Red Line from Bus Aras to the The Point serving
George's Dock, Mayor Square and Spencer Dock opened on 8 December 2009.

Ireland's Western Rail Corridor
Rolling stock issues and finishing work delays has deferred reopening for
passengers of the Ennis - Athenry line until late January 2010.

More competition through the tunnel
Following on from the report that German railway Deutsche Bahn can run its
high-speed trains through the Channel Tunnel comes news that the French
environment company Veolia and the Italian state railways are close to
agreeing to launch within two years a network of cheap, high-speed
services between European cities, including London and Paris.

The Baku-Tibilisi-Kars railway connecting Azerbaijan to Turkey through
Georgia will be operational by 2011.

Feasibility study sanctioned into an Iran-Armenia railway.

The 'Sapsan' (peregrine falcon), a new high speed train which started
running three times daily on 17th December, has cut the journey time
between Moscow and St Petersburg from eight hours to just 3hr 45min.

China - HS lines
The 178 mile line connecting Xinjiang and Kazakhstan opened on 18th
December 2009.

A service on the 664 mile line between Wuhan, the largest city in central
China, and Guangzhou, a business hub in the southern Guangdong province,
was scheduled to start on 26th December 2009.

On 22nd December work started on the 500 mile Hefei-Fuzhou line, an
important part of the Beijing-Fuzhou high-speed railway which, upon
completion, will reduce the journey time from Beijing to Xiamen from the
current 32 hours to nine hours.

Greatest rail journey - London to Dhaka via Delhi in 23 days:


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

Experimental Gas Turbine loco, GT3:



Southampton tunnel reopens on time:

Foundations laid for new Thameslink station, Blackfriars South:

Support for HS2:

TSSA/Virgin Trains ticket office dispute:

Fresh walk-out for South Wales rail signalling workers:

Emergency Teams assist men climbing on Monkwearmouth Railway Bridge:

Police get photographer stop search warning:

Derailment at Carrbridge:

Eurotunnel fiasco:

Tornado rescues Southern commuters at Victoria:

Octopus left on train:

Arson attack at Epping Ongar Railway:

Welder chuffed to bits with old station home

Foxfield and the 'Judy Dench Effect':

Is it the end of the line for the Elsecar Heritage Railway...?

Train crashes into hotel in Helsinki:

Kenya plans new high speed railway:
(note figures reversed on site 1102 = 2011, 061kph =160 etc)

Bulgarian State Railways reduce travel time to key destinations:

Inter-Korean railways proposed:

The tram now departing:

Commercial flights start at Pembrey airport:

Closure of Manchester Zone Air Traffic Control:

Ryanair aircraft slid off Prestwick runway:

Runway overshot in Jamaica:

Problems in Europe:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Ralph Rawlinson


09/01/10    BBC2  1830-1930
           "Coast"  Berwick to Aberdeen

11/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Monster Moves"  A paddle steamer

11/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Preston to Kirkcaldy (1)

12/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Monster Moves"  A 1400-ton submarine

12/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Preston to Kirkcaldy (2)

13/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  Dismantling the Marmaray Tunnel

13/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Preston to Kirkcaldy (3)

14/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  Dismantling a 6000-ton rocket launch tower

14/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Preston to Kirkcaldy (4)

15/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  Dismantling a Miami hotel

15/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Preston to Kirkcaldy (5)

15/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Chris Barrie's Massive Speed"  Record-breaking trains


For up-to-date information on many of the tours mentioned in Raildate (and
others) often with timings, see the Steam Tours pages at: and also

All details are correct to the best of my knowledge.  No responsibility is
taken for inaccuracies or changes.

** During this period of bad weather you are strongly advised to check that
** an event hasn't been cancelled

16/01/10    Astolat MRC Model Railway Exhibition
           Methodist Church Hall, Woodbridge Rd, Guildford, GU1 4RB

16/01/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Freight Weekend

16/01/10-   St Albans Model Railway Exhibition
17/01/10    Alban Arena, Civic centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD
           1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)

16/01/10-   Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Exhibition
17/01/10    Stonleigh Park Exhibition Centre, Coventry, CV8 2LZ
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

23/01/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Burns Night Dining Car Meal

30/01/10-   Southampton Model Railway Exhibition
31/01/10    Barton Peveril College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh. SO50 5BX
           1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
           Adult: 5, Senior: 4, Child (5-15): 2.50, Family (2+2): 13
           HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson attending with Zwiesboden
           Hot & cold refreshments available, free parking

Cheers, Howard.
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