Subject: RAILDATE 26th February 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 26/02/2010, 17:24
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



A wonderful railway photographic collection that I believe has been
mentioned here before:

The 'Tesco Tunnel' saga - latest developments.  For those who have been
following Guy Gorton's story of the 'Tesco Tunnel' collapse at Gerrards
Cross, here is the latest episode:
(Via Richard Buckby)

Old Cambrian Railway pictures:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

There are now no less than three "independent discussion groups" for Peak
Rail.  At this rate there'll soon be a discussion group for every mile of
(I'm thinking of starting a discussion group to discuss the proliferation of discussion groups dedicated to this line...)

The 2010 Historic Railway Walks of Rowsley will be held on:
Saturday 24th April
Saturday 15th May
Wednesday 9th June
Wednesday 21st July
Wednesday 11th August
Wednesday 1st September
Saturday 2nd October
The walks, which start from Rowsley Old Station at 10.30am, take
approximately 3 hours (with stops for explanation) and cover a distance
of 2 miles.  Refreshments will be available at Rowsley South station at
the end and there is also the opportunity to travel on Peak Rail trains.
There will be a cost of 3.00 for the walks, for which you will also
receive an illustrated tour guide.  It is advised that you book in
advance - details here:



More winter steam at the Churnet Valley Railway:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Bamboo Railway, Cambodia - fascinating...
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Bromley area during Phase 1 of the Kent Coast Electrification:

The collection of the last wagon from Fallgate, Ashover Light Railway:

There is some debate as to whether the locomotive "Hogwarts Castle", which features
at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios, Orlando) is the "real" one
(actually 4952 "Olton Hall") shipped out from the UK, or a locally-made replica.  I
can't yet find pictures of the actual loco 'in situ' on the Internet, but it can be
seen in the advert here:


Wizard Models:

Kemilway Models:

A model bus for 1.99 post-free - too good to be true?  You decide.  I
can't see a catch, but caveat emptor!


It's a long time since we've had any Australian links, so I'm grateful to
Terry Bye for forwarding these:

AE Goodwin Pty Ltd (Australian Licensee that built Alco locomotives):

Alco Pty Ltd:

Goodwin preservation group (combining Alco and Goodwin names):

Pictures of Goodwin-Alco trip to Kandos:

Video clip:

Mainline tour operator 3801 Ltd:

Restoration of DMU 620 sets:

The Rail Motor Society:

New South Wales Rail Heritage:

Project 6029, a Beyer Garratt  4-8-4 + 4-8-4:

Aerial ropeway at Kandos:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Underground
Ongoing engineering work means that the Jubilee Line will close down
completely over the Easter weekend and will fully reopen in October 2010.
On the Northern Line long sections will be closed for 65 weekends between
March 2010 and November 2011.

The City Council has approved Network Rail's 600m Gateway project to
redevelop New Street station.  Phase 1, a new concourse built on the
former car park, should open in 2012.  Phase 2 will involve the
redevelopment of the existing concourse with all works expected to be
completed by 2015.

The station has longest platform in the country but (apart from a brief
period in the mid-19th century) it was never supplemented by another
through platform.  It is used by trains travelling north and south and,
although it has a central scissor crossing, it is the cause of congestion.
Work on providing an island platform is due to start in January 2011, and
be completed within 12 months.

Bluebell Railway
The heritage railway has signed an agreement with GBRf, Land & Water
(waste operators) and Network Rail for the removal of Imberhorne Tip.
Daily trains will start running in March with the spoil being taken to a
waste site at Appleford north of Didcot.  A formal opening of East
Grinstead station will take place on 5th/6th June 2010 with passenger
shuttles running to the north end of the tip.

Work began on Sunday 21st Feb on phase 1 of Chiltern Railways' Evergreen 3
project, a 250m upgrade that will slash journey times into London from
south Buckinghamshire.

Tyne & Wear Metro
On 2nd February 2010 DB Regio Tyne & Wear Ltd signed a contract to operate
the network until 2017 on behalf of Nexus the regional transport
authority.  The following day the Government confirmed a 580m funding

Ireland's Western Rail Corridor
Iarnrd ireann has confirmed that, following an inauguration ceremony the
previous day, passenger services between the cities of Limerick and Galway
will resume on 30th March 2010.

The Alaska Railroad Corp. and a private railroad safety group have agreed
on a route to move railroad track south toward the Tanana River.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's NIS 51 billion Israel Transportation
plan for a network of highways and railroads has been halved.  Cuts
include the railway lines to Eilat and Kiryat Shmona.

Some services on the Harz narrow gauge system (HSB) will be steam-hauled
on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in 2010.

A new large station is being constructed at Malaga Airport to replace the
two existing ones.  It is the intention that all services to Malaga will
be extended to the airport.  Existing services in Malaga, as in most
places elsewhere in Spain, are being maintained despite work taking place
on the new high speed network.


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

The Bluebell Railway in 1964:



Carrbridge loco recovery pictures:

Railway bridge crash at Barrhead:

Poster collection to sell for 1M:

London Overground engineering work:

EMT Meridian failure:

Demolition of the Churnet Valley Hotel at Leek:

Early Day Motion on Sussex route staff cuts:

Derailment at Millbrook:

7.5bn Government train-building contract in doubt:

Swing bridge repairs:

Mobile Phone (by Death By Health & Safety):

Vacancies for drivers on the Great Orme Tramway:

Passengers rescued after Eurostar fails in Kent:

East Lancs Railway gets Mumps:

Flying Scotsman return delayed:

60163 on tour:

Vulcan XH558 funding:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, David Moore, Reg Nerps


27/02/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Indian Hill Railways"  2/3 Nilgiri Mountain Railway

28/02/10    BBC1  1100-1200
           "Country Tracks"  A trip along the River Avon

28/02/10    ITV1  1210-1400
           "Mutiny on the Buses"  1972 movie

28/02/10    BBC1  1800-1900
           "Countryfile"  The Wye Valley

28/02/10    BBC1  2225-2255
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo... somewhere...

28/02/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Indian Hill Railways"  3/3 The Kalka-Shilma Railway

01/03/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Building the Ultimate"  Rollercoasters

01/03/10    BBC1  2100-2200
           "Five Days"  Drama partly filmed on Ecclesbourne Valley Rly

02/03/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  The Channel Islands to Dover

02/03/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "Hidden Histories"  A lost church and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

02/03/10    BBC1  2100-2200
           "Five Days"  Drama partly filmed on Ecclesbourne Valley Rly

03/03/10    BBC1  2100-2200
           "Five Days"  Drama partly filmed on Ecclesbourne Valley Rly

04/03/10    C4  2000-2100
           "Country House Rescue"  Plas Teg, Wales - built in 1610

04/03/10    BBC1  2100-2200
           "Five Days"  Drama partly filmed on Ecclesbourne Valley Rly

05/03/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Dover to Exmouth

05/03/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Building the Ultimate"  Stadia

05/03/10    BBC1  2100-2200
           "Five Days"  Drama partly filmed on Ecclesbourne Valley Rly


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.

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)

11/03/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           RJ Mitchell Lecture by Jim French CBE (Chief Exec, Flybe)
           University of Southampton

11/03/10    North Norfolk Railway: Sheringham Level Crossing Reopening

12/03/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Celebration Steam Gala

13/03/10    Portsmouth Model Railway Show
           Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT

13/03/10-   Basingstoke & North Hants MRS Annual Exhibition
14/03/10    Aldworth Science College, Western Way, Basingstoke, RG22 6HA
           HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson will be attending with "New"
           Stanton Lees
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
           Adult: 5, Child/Senior: 4, Family: 14

13/03/10-   Swanage Railway: Railway at Work Weekend

14/03/10    Mid-Hants Railway: Mother's Day

14/03/10    Talyllyn Railway: Mothering Sunday

Cheers, Howard.
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