Subject: RAILDATE 15th January 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 15/01/2010, 16:42
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



The late David Watkin's website is turning into an excellent resource on
British Transport Films:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Steam in the snow on the Severn Valley Railway:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Lincoln Area signal box photos and other images:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Video of the GNR Derbyshire Extention:

The North British Railway Study Group:


Mentioned before, but worth mentioning again...

Railway codes and other data:

Forgotten relics:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Bluebell Railway
Track laying over Imberhorne Viaduct was due to start in December and when
completed shuttle trains are planned between the new East Grinstead
station and the tip.  These will form an extra attraction during the
line's 50th anniversary gala in August.

Network Rail has offered the Great Western Society a new 35-year lease for
the Didcot Steam Centre.  This means that the GWS can now go ahead and
refurbish Didcot shed, the largest wholly-intact GWR steam shed still in
full rail use.

Chiltern Railways has applied for a Transport and Works order for its
200m Evergreen 3 project that will see a new Oxford-Marylebone service
introduced, along with a new station to the serve the Water Eaton
park-and-ride site near Kidlington, the dualling of the Oxford-Bicester
line and a new west-to-south chord at Bicester,

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
The new bridge span over a minor road at the site of Laverton station is
now in position making it possible for the northern extension to Broadway
to open after the line's May GWR 175 spectacular.

Electrification NW England
On 14th Dec 2009 the Transport Secretary announced a 200m scheme for
wiring the following:
1. Huyton-Wigan 15 miles allowing electric trains Liverpool-Wigan via St
2. Manchester-Euxton Junction 25 miles allowing electric trains Manchester
-Preston via Bolton
3. Preston-Blackpool North 17 miles allowing electric trains Manchester/
These three routes are in addition to the previously announced Liverpool-
Manchester scheme via Earlestown.  It was not stated if InterCity services
London-Blackpool and Manchester/Liverpool-Glasgow/Edinburgh are also being

Iarnrd ireann: Possible line closures
Resulting from the 2009 expenditure review the Irish Government is
considering the following line closures:
Co Tipperary/Kilkenny: Limerick Junction (excl) - Waterford (excl)
Co Wexford: Waterford (excl) - Rosslare Strand
Co Limerick/Tipperary/Laois: Killonan Junction - Ballybrophy
Co Mayo: Manulla Junction - Ballina

Tyne & Wear Metro
Modernisation of the system over the next three years will include
rebuilding of Central (Metro) station, five new escalators at Monument and
renewal of 18 miles of track, trackbeds and embankments.

Competition through the tunnel
Eurotunnel has given Deutsche Bahn permission to run ICE3 trains to the UK
although DB has not yet applied for any paths on HS1.

Reports (Raildate No 86) of the demise of the 'Orient Express' have
apparently been causing confusion.  The 'Venice Simplon Orient Express'
(VSOE) which has been linking Venice with Paris since the 1980s continues
to run.  It is the 'Orient Express (OE) launched in 1883 between Paris and
Instanbul, but in recent times reduced to a local stopping train between
Strasburg and Vienna, that has been withdrawn.

German giant DB Bahn is to launch passenger trains in Poland.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Work on the 1,315 mile railway linking Kuwait, at the head of the Gulf,
through Saudi Arabia, Bahrain.  Qatar and United Arab  Emirates to Oman
on the Indian Ocean, is expected to start early in 2010 and be completed
in 2017.

A rail tunnel linking Russia to North America will be "feasible" in 10

Isolated Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan to get its first railway link.

Cambodian railway to be revived by 2013:

Mindanao, another island in the Philippines, sees the revival of its
railway system as a means of boosting tourism and development.

China: Hong Kong
Protests over funding for the Hong Kong section of the Guangdong-Shenzhen-
Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

The Brazilian government expects to announce in May who has been awarded
the $20 billion contract to connect Rio de Janeiro and the industrial city
of Campinas, via Sao Paulo.  When completed in 2014 high speed trains will
cover the 317 miles in less than two hours.


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

1939 rail crash in wartime blackout:



Repairs after Tesco derailment at Carr Bridge:

RAIB report on Carr Bridge (Tesco) accident:

RAIB report on a collision at Darlington:

RAIB report on level Crossing near miss near Taunton:

RAIB report on near miss at Carstairs:

RAIB report on Freightliner derailment at Marks Tey, June 2008:

Train Fire at Berrylands:

Explosion closes railway line in Bristol:

Bristol to Bath reopened:

Van driver charged after level crossing collision:

WCML power failure:

Emergency engineering works on Glasgow Subway:

FCC drivers pay dispute resolved:

Why people throw themselves under trains:

Movement of "Woolmer" from Shildon to Milestones, Basingstoke:

Porthmadog Harbour LC:

Bristol Harbour ferry cancelled due to cold:

European travel problems:

Snow tips Vulcan bomber:

Airprox Report on near miss over Oxfordshire:

Spotters: Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


17/01/10    ITV1  1545-1745
           "Poirot: The Mystery of the Blue Train"

18/01/10    C4  1235-1250
           "Burgh Island: Checking into History"  The Art-Deco hotel

18/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  An artificial reef

18/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Swindon to Penzance (1)

18/01/10    BBC Radio 4  2000-2030
           "The De-railing of Transport 2010"  A transport strategy

19/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  A South Pole science facility

19/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Swindon to Penzance (2)

20/01/10    BBC Radio 4  1100-1130
           "QE2: Portrait of an Ocean Liner"

20/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  World's largest passenger ship

20/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Swindon to Penzance (3)

20/01/10    BBC2  1930-2000
           "James May at the Edge of Space"

20/01/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Shooting the War"  Amateur film of World War 2

21/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  The Oresund bridge

21/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Swindon to Penzance (4)

22/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  An Icelandic hydro-electric scheme

22/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Swindon to Penzance (5)


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.

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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