Subject: RAILDATE 22nd January 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 22/01/2010, 17:03
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



History of the Ordnance Survey:

Eastleigh 1965 - 1967:

(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Images of the Butterley Company:


Nigel Bird's new book catalogue, No 68, is now on line:

Online index for Great Western Journal:

Tom Bright is selling some of his grandfather's railway signalling



Exploration of the Darlington-Barnard Castle line:
(Spotter: Vince Shirley)

A similar exploration of Mayfield Station, Manchester:

Vintage film Gasworks Jn Bournemouth:

Snow 1963 - look out for the clips of 6202 Turbomotive (scrapped in 1952!)

Royal Hudson departing Squamish:

(Spotter: Neil Kearns)


Neville Knight's Notes...

There was an interesting display of the Manchester Horse Tram at Heaton
Park on 14th June 2009.  The tram is L53 and it was "double headed" with
two Shire Horses, "Ben" and "Jake".  I understand the prefix 'L'
indicated the depot where the tram was originally kept (Levenshulme).  I
have it on good faith that it is intended to be run again on 28th March
2010, possibly with the two horses.  Enquiries at the time indicated that
these horses are used on Weddings and Funerals!  Rides on this historic
tram was 1 last year.

Some half hour editions of "Great British Railway Journeys" are being put
out in the very early hours of the mornings at random times on BBC1/2

New Manchester Metrolink Trams 3101/2 have been seen on occasional service
runs.  The ends are bright yellow and sides grey - more detail to follow.
Station name boards have been repainted in yellow on the Altrincham line.


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

St Albans South Signalbox
The St Albans South Signal Box Preservation Trust has been rewarded with
a coveted Civic Society award for its work in restoring the listed
St Albans South Signal Box.

Waterloo International
The ORR has instructed Network Rail to carry out the necessary work to
make the five platforms at Waterloo International station available for
domestic services from December 2011.

Southend Airport
Work on building a new station for the airport on the Southend Victoria
line is on schedule for completion in July 2010.

With just two through platforms and a north facing bay capacity is often
at a premium at Oxford station.  Creation of a new south facing bay for
trains terminating from the south, planned to be operational by 2011,
should free up the through platforms for other services.

West Yorkshire
DfT approval is being sought for new stations at Kirkstall Forge and
Apperley Bridge, both on the electrified Leeds-Skipton line.

Dublin: Luas
Plans to extend the LUAS light rail system to Lucan, Bray and Broombridge
have been put on hold.

A new train service between Gaziantepand in Turkey and Mosul in Iraq was
due to begin on Saturday 16th January 2010.

East Africa
The plan for an East African Community (EAC) Railway system linking
Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan and Egypt is in
its advanced stages.

The government has given assurance that development of a new standard
gauge line is on course despite the wrangles that are going on with the
Rift Valley Railways (RVR).

The Pan-African bank has agreed to give $8.15m to finance the study for
the viability of the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali-Keza-Musongati Railway,
which seeks to connect Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.

It has now been revealed that the planned line linking Kuwait through
Saudi Arabia to Oman (Raildate 15th January 2010) will also continue south
from the Yemen-Saudi borders in northern Yemen to the Aden Port in
southern Yemen:

Feasibility report into starting a railway service from Quetta in Pakistan
to Kandaharin Afghanistan okayed.

Meanwhile gross mismanagement and seemingly endless political interference
has pushed Pakistan Railways (PR) to the brink of financial disaster.

In the north of the country there are plans for a high-speed rail link
between Hanoi and its airport.

The Saudi government has expressed willingness to fork out at least $1.3
billion to start the construction of the ambitious Mindanao railway
project, reported in the previous Raildate.


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

The infamous Harrow & Wealdstone train crash:



Chiltern Railways proposals:

East Coast Main Line consultation document:

EMDA press release about Nottingham station redevelopment:

Funds sought for new Ilkeston railway station:

Fatal level crossing accident at Moreton-on-Lugg:

Network Rail apology over Moreton level crossing death:

RAIB report on accident at Broken Cross (Salisbury):

LUL maintenance workers strike action:

Disruption at Aberdeen due to suspect package:

'Rent steam line' rail firms told:

Railtour to Swanage 27th March:

Lord Adonis in 'Flying Scotsman' rail pledge:

Vintage rail posters raise a small fortune in Harrogate:

Darlington museum is "the best" for railway history:

Four young men helping ensure the future of Keighley?s railway:

Keighley railway character dies:

Isambard's stick tells a tale:

Super-long 'monster train' rolls through Southern California:

See the video (beware... long video):

Tests on Clifton Suspension Bridge:

Job losses at Plymouth City Bus:

Bus route competition in Ceredigion:

Bus commuting cat killed in accident:

Centenary of flight in South Hampshire:

Air Sea Rescue Squadrons at RAF Valley commemorated in stained glass:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


25/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  Sports stadia

25/01/10    C4  1335-1525
           "The Thirty-Nine Steps"  1959 version

25/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Buxton to London (1)

26/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  Bridge-building technology

26/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Buxton to London (2)

27/01/10    BBC Radio 4  1100-1130
           "Bridging the Gap"  Sound picture of the Tyne Bridge

27/01/10    Five  1250-1345
           "Megastructures"  Skyscrapers

27/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Buxton to London (3)

27/01/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Munro: Mountain Man"

28/01/10    Five  1245-1345
           "Megastructures"  High-speed trains

28/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Buxton to London (4)

29/01/10    BBC Radio 4  1100-1130
           "Who Pays for the High Road North"  New Forth road bridge

29/01/10    Five  1245-1345
           "Megastructures"  Modern ships

29/01/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Buxton to London (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.

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

30/01/10-   St Albans South Signal Box Preservation Trust Open Days
31/01/10    1000-1600

06/02/10-   Alton Model Railway Club Feb-Ex 2010
07/02/10    Eggars School, London Road, Holybourne, Alton. GU34 4EQ
           1000-1700 both days
           HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson attending with Zwiesboden

07/02/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

13/02/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Ivor the Engine

Cheers, Howard.
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