Subject: RAILDATE 12th February 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 12/02/2010, 17:12
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Further to last week's piece about the removal of a Peak Rail discussion
group, there now appear to be two independent groups:

The Bygone Lines discussion group is for discussion about lost railway

To discuss closed or abandoned railway infrastructure on otherwise open
lines there is now an additional group:

An interesting commentary on the Manchester Metrolink:

A new BBC series looks at India's hill railways:

The Catherals Express 2010 Brochure online:



Mitcheldean Road station in 1959:

A lot of interesting old film here:

Riding New York's A-train:

The GCR Spring gala in three parts.  (Spring comes early on the Great
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Irish Railways:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)


Ralph Rawlinson Railway Roundup


At present National Express market the London Tilbury & Southend franchise
under the name c2c.  However, when it is re-let next spring it will be
known as 'Essex Thameside'.

Rocked by staff and timetable problems the Thameslink franchise, marketed
by owner First Group as 'Capital Connect', could be seized back by the

To reflect the planned electrification, Manchester/Liverpool-Preston, DfT
Rail wants to switch some of its services to a new franchise after 2013.
When the TransPennine Express franchise comes up for renewal in February
2012 it is likely that the new franchise will be created based on the NW
corridor from Lancashire to Scotland.

Spean Bridge
The Railway Herald reports that Network Rail has applied to demolish Spean
Bridge box on the West Highland line, the former junction of the line to
Fort Augustus.  First Scotrail, however, has agreed to fund a scheme for
it to be used by the community.  Photos at:

Rochdale Area
Phase 3b of the Metrolink conversion of the Oldham Loop will see services
extended to Rochdale town centre in 2012.  This will be via a new flyover
to be constructed east of Rochdale station requiring the removal of the
present Rochdale box.  Network Rail is believed to be planning to build a
new box at Castleton (on the opposite side of the line to the present
BR-built box) to replace the existing ones at Vitriol Works, Castleton,
Rochdale and Smith Bridge.  Castleton would then replace Smithy Bridge as
the fringe box to Preston and Vitriol Works as the fringe box to
Manchester North (located at Salford Crescent).

Docklands Light Railway
Study launched into extending the DLR to Eltham and Kidbrooke south of the

London Crossrail
For information on Crossrail and related Tube station improvements, the
Crossrail Visitor Centre at 16-18 Giles High Street (near Tottenham Court
Road Underground) is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12noon-2000.

Councillors and business people have visited the site of the GWR's former
Wellington station (closed 5th October 1964) to assess its potential for

East Lancs Railways
Oldham Mumps station on the line being converted for Metrolink use is to
be demolished in a few weeks' time.  The ELR would like to purchase the
platform canopy but 50,000 is required to ensure that the contractor
dismantles it sympathetically.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway
A route survey is being undertaken with a view to extending the railway
into Bodmin town centre. The results should be known early in 2011.

Plans for the Scottish government to invest in a modernisation programme
for the Glasgow subway have been dropped as no additional funding is
available from central government.

Iran pledges support to Armenia in construction of an Iran-Armenia railway.

Iran builds railway to Iraq.

The Nigerian Federal Government has secured a loan from China's EXIM Bank
to rebuild the 700 mile Lagos-Kano railway.

Over 310 miles of railways in Benguela province have been rehabilitated
and modernised.

Indian Fare classes explained.

Work started on the high speed line between Zhengzhou and Xi'an in
September 2005 and the first revenue earning train completed the 312-mile
journey on Saturday 6th February 2010.  Eventually trains from Xi'an will
continue on to Beijing in four hours a reduction from the previous eleven.

The world's most sophisticated railways.


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

Goodbye to steam - 6-minute film with some great shots:



WCML delays (16000 minutes delay and counting...)

Leicestershire rail travellers left trapped:

Man pushes stalled van away from train:

Drunk guard ignored red light and refused to let passengers off:

Nuclear train driver gets the sack because he is colour-blind:

Former Railtrack training centre burnt out:

Swansea High Street station improvements:

Office blaze railman jailed:

Delays to Airtrack:

RMT dispute with Scotrail:

Fishbourne Road level crossing proposals, Chichester:

Top job - Manager needed at Snowdon Summit station:

South Devon Railway completes purchase of the Buckfastleigh Branch:

Didcot Railway Centre to get Railmotor shed:

Tornado & Prince Charles visit MOSI:

Train failure, Country Antrim:

Amphibious bus for Glasgow:

Changes to Stranraer-Larne ferry service:

No second runway at Gatwick:

Ice caused Heathrow crash on Jan 2008:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


13/02/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Bombay Railway"  A look at the Indian city's railway 2/2

14/02/10    BBC4  0310-0410
           "Bombay Railway"  A look at the Indian city's railway 2/2

14/02/10    BBC1  1100-1200
           "Country Tracks"  A trip through the Welsh Borders

14/02/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

14/02/10    BBC1  2225-2255
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo at Liverpool

15/02/10    BBC4  0050-0150
           "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

16/02/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "Hidden Histories"  A WW1 training trench in Wales

19/02/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Building the Ultimate"  Racing cars


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.

12/02/10-   Brighton Modelworld 2010
13/02/10    The Brighton Centre, Kings Road (the seafront), Brighton
           1000-1730 daily
           Adult: 8, Seniors: 6.50, Children: 5

12/02/10-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Steam Gala Weekend

13/02/10    Newbury Model Railway Exhibition
           Park House School, 238 Andover Road, Newbury, RG14 6NQ

13/02/10    Staines Transport Collectors Fair
           Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines
           Vintage bus service 441C from Staines railway station

13/02/10-   Swanage Railway: Half-term Fun Week

13/02/10-   Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers and Friends

13/02/10-   Festival of British Railway Modelling
14/02/10    Doncaster Exhibition Centre, DN2 6BB
           Free courtesy bus from Doncaster railway station
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

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

17/02/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers and Friends

20/02/10    Severn Valley Railway: Classic Transport Day

20/02/10    Slide Show: Hull & Barnsley Railway by Mick Nicholson
           The former Carnegie Library, Anlaby Road/Walton Street, Hull
           Starts 1400 but doors open earlier

20/02/10-   Bluebell Railway: Branch Line Weekend

20/02/10-   East Lancashire Railway: February Steam Spectacular

25/02/10    Greater Manchester: Transport Films from North West Film Archive
           Buses, trains and trams in Greater Manchester from 1914 to 1992
           The People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER
           1845-2115 - admission is FREE, but by prior reservation only
           Availability is limited - deadline for bookings is 16th February
           To reserve a seat, email Debbie.Worsley (at)
           Or telephone 0161 244 1818 between 0900 and 1600, Mon-Thur

27/02/10    Solent Railwayana Auctions
           Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5AL

27/02/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

27/02/10-   Eastleigh Model Railway Show
28/02/10    Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Ave, SO50 9NL
           1000-1730 (Sat), 0930-1630 (Sun)

27/02/10-   Chasewater Railway: Winter Steam Gala

05/03/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Spring Steam Gala

05/03/10-   Severn Valley Railway: Spring Steam Reunion Gala

06/03/10    Abingdon Model Railway Show
           White Horse Leisure Centre, Audlett Drive, OX14 3PJ

06/03/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Extra opening in connection with Romsey Model Railway Show
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

06/03/10    Abingdon Model Railway Show
           White Horse Leisure Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3PJ

06/03/10    Stafford Railway Collectors Fair
           GEC, St Leonards Avenue, Stafford, ST17 4LX

06/03/10-   Romsey Model Railway Show
07/03/10    Crossfield Hall, Romsey, SO51 8GL
           1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

06/03/10-   Macclesfield Model Railway Exhibition
07/03/10    Tytherington High School, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2EE
           1000-1700 both days

07/03/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

07/03/10    Indoor Transport Fair
           Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street, Cosham, PO6 3AP
           Photos, models, books, videos, magazines, etc
           Free bus rides (subject to vehicle/crew availability)

Cheers, Howard.
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