Subject: RAILDATE 19th February 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 19/02/2010, 17:15
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



The Abingdon branch website has been updated:

Several events are being held through 2010 to celebrate 100 years of
flying in South Hampshire, including a fly-past of the Battle of Britain
Memorial Flight at Southampton Airport some time in July.

Russell Saxton has started a flickr site for the Erewash Valley Line, and
would like to invite anyone to post any shots taken along the line.  He
will add large numbers of my own, but he has nothing before 1978, and
would like to get the '50s, '60s and '70s well represented.

The Renown Repulse Restoration Group:

A new Yahoo group looking at Essex and North East London in the 1960s to
the 1990s:



Churnet Valley Winter Gala:
Keighley & Worth Valley Winter Gala:
Great Cental Winter Gala:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

BBC railway films:

Lost Cornwall revealed by Holmans archive footage:

New videos have been added to the Southern Railway Films YouTube site:

A virtual journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway using video and Google
Maps - it's long...!
Accompanying article:
(Spotters: Richard Buckby, Ralph Rawlinson)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Blackpool Trams
Various events are taking place in 2010 to celebrate the 125th anniversary
of Blackpool trams, claimed to be the first in the UK and one of the first
in the world.  The highlight will be an open day at Rigby Road Depot on
Sunday 16th September when a frequent service of vintage trams will be
operating between Bispham and the depot.  Trams Magazine have set the
official event website at:

Previously reported in Raildate in May and October 2009, the new tunnel,
carrying the B4157 under the main Wolverhampton-Birmingham New Street
line, was brought into use on 18th January 2010.  Tipton station remains
closed being served by a replacement bus from Coseley.

The Bath Chronicle of Wednesday 17th February 2010 reports that Bath & NE
Somerset Council is about to sign the paperwork for the start of the Two
Tunnels Greenway route.

Thalys trains on the new HSL from Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam to
Antwerp in Belgium have halved the journey time for the 60 mile Antwerp-
Rotterdam route to 30 minutes and reduced Amsterdam-Paris by 50 minutes,
cutting the average journey times to 3hr 20min.

The new HSL between Lige and the German border at Aachen is now used by
DB ICE and Thalys trains.  Journey time from Paris to Kln are reduced by
35 minutes to 3hr 15min.  Both this line and the one from Antwerp use the
ERTMS train management and signalling system.

Amazing!  This site gives a link to another site that shows real-time
positions of specific Swiss trains.

Bulgarian State Railways plan to build a 180-mile high speed line between
Sofia and Burgos:

Construction of Turkey's first high-speed railway, the 152-mile line
linking the capital Ankara to the western city of Eskisehir, started in
2003 and opened in March 2009.  Construction of a further high-speed link
from Eskisehir to Istanbul has commenced after a Chinese consortium won
the tender.

Facts revealed on 'Bombay Railway' (BBC4 Saturday 6th February).  50% of
all rail journeys in India are to/from Mumbai, and by 2020, the city is
set to be the largest in the world.  Each day 6 million commuters travel
on the city's suburban rail network and every year 3,500 of those die,
mostly crossing the track or falling from trains.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Railways to reconstruct its Northern line:

Work on the country's first high speed railway, the 966-mile line between
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is due to start in 2012, with services on the
first section running by 2020.

A link was opened on 18th December 2009 between Xinjiang province in NW
China and Kazakhstan.  The 178-mile long line forms a route avoiding
Russia although gauge differences will inhibit development of through

All you need to know about Cuban railways:

Plans are being developed for a twice-daily passenger service between
Chicago and Iowa City 220 miles to the west.  The five-hour journey would
be operated by Amtrak using Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)
and Iowa Interstate Railway tracks.

Work is to start shortly on upgrading the 335-mile line between Toronto
and Montreal.  Passenger schedules will be accelerated and extra track
added at passing places to reduce conflicting rail-freight paths.


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

The Ffestiniog Railway in 1936...!



Planning approval for Derby station interchange:

Fort William traffic to go by rail (470 lorries unaccounted for!):

66048 recovered from Carrbridge:

RAIB initial report on open hopper doors on stone train:

Fatality near Aberystwyth:

Stena line move from Stranraer to Cairnryan; maybe end of rail link?

Northern Route Strategy published by Network Rail:

End of line for Altrincham's station canopies?

Tickle Cock Bridge returned to original name after row:

Idle firm builds up head of steam:

Weardale Railway reopening:

Tourist potential of Borders Route:

Watercress Line creates workshops and apprenticeships:

Rocket replica returns to the National Railway Museum:

Glasgow Museum of Transport:

Large amount of railway memorabilia to be auctioned on 6th March:

Belgian train crash:

Eurostar Independent Review:

German railways to remove English signage:

Turkey-Syria-Iran route reopens:

Last public operation of West Midlands MetroBus:

Southampton's central Bridge closes for a year:

Bid to save paddle steamer PS Ryde:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Nick Wheat


20/02/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

21/02/10    BBC1  1100-1200
           "Country Tracks"  A trip through Dorset

21/02/10    ITV1  1205-1345
           "Holiday on the Buses"  1973 movie

21/02/10    BBC1  1800-1900
           "Countryfile"  The Somerset Levels and Cheddar Gorge

21/02/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Indian Hill Railways"  2/3 Nilgiri Mountain Railway

22/02/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Channel Islands to Dover

23/02/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "Hidden Histories"  How Denbigh was nearly Wales's capital

23/02/10    ITV1  2100-2200
           "Seven Days in Traffic"  London's traffic problems

26/02/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Building the Ultimate"  China's invention of gunpowder

26/02/10    BBC2  2030-2100
           "Wainwright Walks"  Scafell Pike


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.

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

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

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
           Buses, trains and trams in Greater Manchester from 1914 to
           The People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER
           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

26/02/10-   Model Rail Scotland
28/02/10    Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow
           1030-1800 (Fri), 0930-1800 (Sat), 0930-1700 (Sun)

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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