Subject: RAILDATE 12th March 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 12/03/2010, 17:40
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Railway poetry:
(Spotter: David Moore)

A recent explore of the old GNSR Station at Elgin:
More photos here:
Also note the link to Page 2 "Disused Railways":

A webpage all about signalling on Peak Rail:

Manchester Metrolink: So far the first 11 (3001-11) new Metrolink Trams
have arrived at Queens Road depot.  The early units 3001-4 have been in
use on the Alrincham-Bury service, and additionally to Eccles from
Piccadilly station.  On the Eccles route a new triangle has been installed
near Anchorage connecting with a new line to MediaCity.  This was
energised wef 0001 on Sunday 7th March (per contract notice on the site),
and work is underway landscaping the new single line to the terminal
station.  At the moment it can only be seen from a distance and looks to
be a two platform station.  The new trams are basically in yellow/grey
livery - a makeover of many station signs has followed in similar colour
scheme but the lettering is not easy to read.  Nameboards on the
Altrincham and Bury lines have already been replaced at some station
stops.  Perhaps black on yellow would be preferred.  Woodlands Road still
retains the original Metrolink nameboards, this station is expected to
close and be moved to a new location with another name.  (PS - A report on
BBC-TV mentioned the first new tram for Edinburgh was expected very soon.)
(via Neville Knight)

Highbury - a model of a typical, small, North Somerset colliery as it
might have looked in the 1920s, built in 2mm finescale:

I mentioned a news item about the parlous state of Paddle Steamer Ryde a
couple of weeks ago.  Here are some more links courtesy of Brian Hall...
"New look" PS Ryde website:
There is also a Yahoo group:
The Ryde is currently on the River Medina near Newport.  Another boat,
the Medway Queen was once there and is currently under restoration

The Hollinwood Canal Society website has been relaunched:

On the first Sunday of every month, there's the rare opportunity to travel
the length of Dudley Tunnel (almost 3km) and visit Dudley's limestone
caves on a two-hour trip run by the Dudley Canal Trust.  The caves were
carved out in the 18th Century by the mining industry - the miners used to
haul away 1,000 tonnes of limestone a week.  The tunnel starts in the
Black Country Museum which is well worth a visit regardless of whether you
want to travel through the tunnel.



Severn Valley steam, 5th March 2010:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

North Kent Loop resignalling 1968-1970:

Video of Clapham and Wandsworth Road in the 1950s, showing the Night Ferry
and Golden Arrow, mostly in colour.

South Croydon-Victoria Cab Ride, 1930s:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

London Broad Street & Widened Lines Superb film of regular services and a
railtour over the Widened and Broad St lines:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

Very short clip of New Delhi-Mumbai Central Rajdhani express rushes past
Saphale station at 7.25am, plus links to five longer videos:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

NYC film from 1938:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

The South Tynedale Railway
Contractors have completed work on three bridges: 46 (north end of
Kirkhaugh station), 42 and 40 (Lintley Viaduct).  Track has been laid as
far as bridge 43, half-a-mile from Kirkhaugh.  The initial target is
Lintley with the railhead stopped short of the viaduct.  The viaduct will
be crossed when the line is extended to the eventual target at Slaggyford.

The project to link the North Norfolk Railway to the national network was
completed over the weekend of 20th/21st February 2010, when the level
crossing between the two Sherringham stations was reinstated.  It has since
been opened:

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
Including locos and stock Exmoor Enterprise, the L&BR's supporting
organisation, has costed reconstruction of the approx 8 miles from Lynton
to Wistlandpound at 30m.

Launceston Steam Railway
Planning permission was granted in February 2010 for the first section of
the proposed Launceston-Egloskerry Multi-user Trail.  The Launceston Steam
Railway hopes that creation of such a trail could bring about their long-
held ambition of extending 2 miles from New Mills to Egloskerry.

The Weardale Railway
Villagers back coal by rail scheme amid traffic fears. Five daily commuter
services between Stanhope and Bishop Auckland are planned from May 2010.
These will be in addition to the Wolsingham-Stanhope heritage services.,2532.html

Welsh Highland Railway
Trains will continue to run to the present Hafod y Llyn terminus until
27th May 2010 when passenger services are extended three miles to a new
terminus at Pont Croesor.

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
Passenger trains will start using the 1 mile extension to Manuel from
27th March 2010.  There is no station at Manuel so passengers remain
aboard while the loco runs round.

Disused Lines
The Conservative Party has pledged to protect disused lines still in
public ownership if elected.  It would introduce a moratorium on building
over them for at least the first five-year term.

Trials between the three stations (two car parks and Terminal 5) have
proved successful and London Airport expects to have its new Ultra Rapid
Transit System fully operational by the summer of 2010.

London Crossrail
Initial construction work has started on the tunnel in West London.  A
190m-long box is being built at Royal Oak from where tunnelling will start
in 2011.  Work is also underway at Paddington, Tottenham Court Road,
Farringdon and Canary Wharf.

London ELL
Transport for London is expected to reveal soon which of four companies
has been awarded the contract to design the 1422yd link from Silwood
Junction to Old Kent Road Junction.  This is an essential part of the
project to extend the East London line from Surrey Quays to Clapham

Kenilworth Station (via Nigel Callaghan)
The current Railway Herald reports that Warwickshire County Council has
agreed to the purchase of land, which is crucial to the development of a
new station at Kenilworth.  It is hoped that the station on the Leamington
Spa  to Coventry route will be open by late 2012.  The John Laing company
is working with the Council, and has previously undertaken a similar role
to deliver the schemes at Coleshill Parkway and Warwick Parkway stations.

Cliff Railways
In Hastings, East Hill Lift, the country's steepest operational funicular,
will reopen on 27th March 2010.  Hastings Borough Council has spent
350,000 on upgrading following an accident in 2007.  In Folkestone the
Lees Cliff Lift closed in 2009.

Blackpool Trams
A new study, funded by the European Parliament, is looking at possible
extensions of the modernised tramway to Blackpool Airport and Blackpool
North station.  An extension to the airport would presumably also serve
Squires Gate station.

Tyne & Wear Metro
The long-awaited renovation of the grade II listed Tynemouth station has
suffered a setback. North Tyneside Council has refused planning permission
for a supermarket on the site but it looks as though restoration of the
ornate iron canopies can go ahead as 3m has been secured from the
Government and English Heritage.

Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde University are considering 'freight
trams' in the city centre to serve local businesses in pedestrianised

The shared management of the Eurostar Company by London & Continental,
SNCF and SNCB is to end.  A new, single entity, Eurostar Company will be
formed on 5th April 2010.

Kenya and Uganda expect speeds to treble and ten times more freight will
be carried on the new standard gauge line linking Kenya's Mombasa port to
Uganda's capital Kampala via Nairobi.  Due to open in 2013 the new railway
is meant to supplement an existing metre gauge line which was built by the
British at the turn of the previous century.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is building the longest yet span
for a Metro bridge, passing over an operating railway line near Okhla in
the city, DMRC officials said.

Work started on the 820-mile high speed line between Beijing and Shanghai
via Jinan, Xuxhou and Nanjing in April 2008, and it is expected to be in
service by 2012.

In northwestern Xinjiang Uygur province work started on 3rd March 2010 on
a freight line between Hami City and Lop Nur, a former lake known as the
"Sea of Death".  The 230-mile line will provide a faster route to
transport Lop Nur's rich potassium salt, is expected to take two years to
complete, and includes a bridge at Hami City 3,220yd long.


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

Steam locos being scrapped in 1938:



Driver dies in level crossing crash in Wokingham:

Network Rail request level crossing questions in driving test:

HS2 details:

HS2 maps:

West Highland line reopened after avalanches:

Tracks laid for controversial Airdrie to Bathgate route:

NRM reveals extent of Flying Scotsman restoration:

Mallard to leave York?s railway museum after 35 years:

Glounthaune-Midleton railway:

Eurostar services between Brussels and the UK resume:

Royal Exhibition at the Dutch Railway Museum:

Accident and fire at Tehachapi spiral near Los Angeles:

King's Cross to Beijing in two days:

Fleetwood's tram festival cancelled:

Delays to Edinburgh tram project:

Activist trying to keep Melbourne's W class trams rolling:

Crane falls over in Southampton Docks:

Fatal bus collision in County Durham:

How to scrap an airliner:
(See also Channel Five, 13/03/10 below)

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Ralph Rawlinson


13/03/10    Five  1200-1305
           "Megastructures: 747 Demolition"

13/03/10    BBC4  1900-1910
           "John Betjeman Goes by Train"  Norfolk in 1962 (BTF)

13/03/10    BBC4  2010-2105
           "Monsoon Railway"  Indian railways in the monsoon season 1/2

14/03/10    BBC2  1810-1900
           "Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections"  Keck Observatory

14/03/10    BBC4  1900-1910
           "Service for Southend"  Southend Electrification (BTF)

14/03/10    BBC1  2225-2255
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo in Yorkshire

15/03/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Building the Ultimate"  Commercial passenger jet

16/03/10    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "A Brief History of Double-Entry Book-Keeping"  Railway mania

16/03/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds" Faster than the eye

17/03/10    BBC2  2000-2100
           "Coast"  Aberystwyth to the Wirral

18/03/10    C4  2000-2100
           "Country House Rescue"  Carnfield Hall, Derbyshire

19/03/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Liverpool to Carlisle

19/03/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Building the Ultimate"  Aircraft carrier


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.

12/03/10-   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

20/03/10    Transport Collectors' Market
           Chiswick Town Hall

20/03/10-   Kent & East Sussex Railway: Branch Line Weekend

20/03/10-   West Somerset Railway: GWR 175 The Standard Era (1)

20/03/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Railcar Gala Weekend

21/03/10    Talyllyn RPS Model Railway Exhibition
           Ferneham Hall, Fareham
           HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson will be attending with Zwiesboden

24/03/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Lecture: The Flight of the Vulture 1924 by Vanessa Ascough
           Lecture Theatre, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
           (Use Art Gallery/Library entrance by fountain)
           Starts: 1900

25/03/10-   West Somerset Railway: GWR 175 The Standard Era (2)

27/03/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

27/03/10-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Spring Diesel Gala

27/03/10-   Wimbledon Charity Model Railway Exhibition
28/03/10    Merton Abbey Primary School, High Path, Merton, South
           Wimbledon, SW19 2JY
           1030-1700 (Sat), 1030-1600 (Sun)

27/03/10-   Nailsea & District MRC Model Railway Exhibition
28/03/10    Prince Hall & Community Centre, Clevedon, Bristol, BS21 7SZ
           1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

Cheers, Howard.
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