Subject: RAILDATE 26th March 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 26/03/2010, 17:46
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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

Due to holidays, the next RAILDATE will be published on Friday 16th April.
There is an extra-long Events section in this issue as a result.



Historic Railway Buildings of South-East England:

England's historic sites and buildings:

A recent exploration of Tiviot Dale Tunnel, Stockport (Cheshire Lines):

Building a model steam locomotive from paper (in Portuguese) but follow
the steps over several pages:



Follow the route of the Weymouth Boat Train from the station to the quay:

Basingstoke in 1987 with BR blue 4-CIG and 4-CEP units plus 50005

BR blue 50041 "Bulwark" powering away from Salisbury in the 1980s:

"Tornado" and other locomotives at the Great Central Railway:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Robert Lindsay talks about Stanton Ironworks:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Cult animation and direction studio Shotopop is now able to show a project
it completed nearly a year ago for French railway company SNCF.
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

History of British Trams
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

How to open the curtains...
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Docklands Light Railway
The first of 55 new three-car trains, built by Bombadier as part of a 325m
upgrade, entered service on the Bank-Lewisham route on 23rd February 2010.
The upgrade also includes extending platforms to permit longer trains,
remodelling Tower Gateway station and replacing South Quay station.  Trial
running over the former London Overground (former GER) line between Canning
Town and Stratford is expected to start in May 2010 with passenger services
to/from both Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal starting in the summer.  From
Canning Town new and converted stations are at Star Lane, West Ham, Abbey
Road, Stratford High Street, Stratford and Stratford International.

Brighton Belle
Plans to return slam-door Class 421 4-CIG EMU 1881 to main line running
have been shelved.  The four-car unit has instead been sold to the 5BEL
Trust who will use most of its traction equipment and running gear on the
5BEL project.  The campaign to restore a five-car 'Brighton Belle' set was
reported in Raildate in September 2009.

Birkenhead Tramways
It seems the tramway has been saved from closure.  The tramway and Wirral
Transport Museum are to be taken over by Merseytravel.

Blackpool Trams
Track replacement has been taking place on the Promenade and towards
Talbot Square.  The main steelwork and roof of the new Starr Gate tram
depot was completed during February.

The ferry across the Clyde between Renfrew and Yoker is to close at the end
of March 2010 to save Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) 430,000
a year in subsidy.

Glasgow Transport Museum
The Museum of Transport in the Kelvin Hall Glasgow, which attracts over
half a million visitors a year and is home to a collection of vintage cars,
locomotives and trams etc, is to close on 18th April 2010.

Many of its exhibits will go on display in the new 74m Riverside Museum
being built on the banks of the Clyde just outside the city centre, but it
is not due to open until the spring of 2011.

The likely cost of the new Gogar national rail/tram interchange station
is double the original estimate.  It was promoted by the Scottish
Government as a cheaper alternative to a direct rail line into Edinburgh

Edinburgh-Perth line
Claims by two Scottish politicians that new halts at Newburgh and Bridge of
Earn have been added to the list of strategic transport projects have been
denied by Transport Scotland adding that spending constraints prevent it.

A new 109-mile long HS line is planned from Bilbao-San Sebastian with a
triangular junction midway onto a 58-mile branch south to Vitoria.  It will
include five major tunnels the longest of which will be just under three miles.

PeruRail plans to restart its Vistadome train service to Aguas Calientes ?
the nearest station to Machu Picchu - on 29th March 2010.

State-run Czech Railways will launch tenders this year worth a record 16bn
crowns ($858.4m) for new trains and to modernise old ones.  The loss-making
operator is in the middle of a multi-year turnaround plan to modernise its
fleet, raise efficiency and boost competitiveness as the Czech rail system
opens up.  New and modernised trains worth around 4.2bn crowns went into
service in 2009, and new and reworked trains worth 4.5bn will be put into
operation this year.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said it may lend
Serbia's state-owned railways operator Zeleznice Srbije ?100m to upgrade
the line between Belgrade and the northern province of Vojvodina, the
procurement of 15 electric locomotives and procurement of spare parts for
the existing electric locomotive fleet.

A $100 project aims to divert freight, including Caspian Sea petroleum
products en-route to the Black Sea, from having to travel through the
centre of Tbilisi.  The city?s central railway station will be relocated to
the outskirts and a new line will go around a large water reservoir that
sits northeast of Tbilisi.  A new highway and rapid tram line will also
replace the latticework of railways that cuts through the middle of the

The Baku-Kars railway:

Construction began on 17th March 2010 in North East China's Liaoning
Province on two railways near the border with Korea.  One line will link
Shenyang, the provincial capital, with Dandong City, which faces Korea's
Sinuiju city across the Yalu River.  When completed in 2014 the 129-mile
line, with a design speed of 155mph, will cut the travel time from 3hrs to
one hour.  Construction of a HS line linking Beijing and Shenyang cutting
the time between the two cities to 2 hrs will start in July.  The 184-mile
line linking Dandong and Dalian (Liaoning's most industrialised city) with
a design speed of 125mph should reduce the present 2hr drive to 90mins,
and be completed in 2013.  If Korea also improves its railway services, it
could take only half a day to travel from Beijing to Pyongyang by train
after the Beijing-Shenyang and Shenyang-Dandong lines go into operation.
The distance between Dandong and Pyongyang is only about 125 miles.

Impressions of commuting between Beijing and Tianjin, 73 miles in 30mins!

The new head of Ulan Bator Railways said his main goal is to transform it
into a highly efficient transport system and to start far-reaching measures
for its modernisation, with the introduction of modern standards,
equipment, and technology.


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

The Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, Germany from 1945 and 1950:



Reward offered for Staffordshire rail crash vandals:

Urgent action plea over crossings:

Jarvis to call in administrators:

Talks to avert rail strike:

Fatality at Cathays:

RAIB report into an incident at Greenhill Upper Junction:

RAIB report into derailment of passenger train near Cummersdale, Cumbria

RAIB report released - Hanger Lane junction near collision:

Proposed extension to Tyne & Wear Metro:

Railway workers mark 50th anniversary of "Evening Star":

Railway children in Waterloo International:

Bluebell Railway updates:

Runaway accident in Norway:

Wolsztyn - a new beginning...?

Pensioners may be denied free travel on Edinburgh trams:

Highland Airways goes into administration:

New lock gates at Sharpness Docks:

WW2 munitions found at Cairnryan:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


Sorry - I'm unable to provide information this week.


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.

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-   The London Festival of Railway Modelling
28/03/10    Alexandra Palace
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

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)

02/04/10-   Furness MRC Model Railway & Transport Exhibition
04/04/10    Forum 28, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1HU
           1000-1700 all three days

02/04/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: GWR 175 (first of four special events)

02/04/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Open Days

02/04/10-   Swanage Railway: Easter Specials

02/04/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Day Out with Thomas

03/04/10-   York Model Railway Show
05/04/10    Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse
           1000-1700 each day

04/04/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

04/04/10-   Twyford Waterworks Guided Tour Days
05/04/10    1100-1600

04/04/10-   Leawood Pump Steaming Weekend, Cromford Canal

04/04/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Easter Eggspress Specials

10/04/10    Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers: Narrow Gauge South
           Sparsholt College, Winchester, SO21 2NF
           Free vintage bus from The Broadway, Winchester

10/04/10    Newark Railwayana Event
           *** Cancelled ***

10/04/10-   Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition
11/04/10    Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Millhams Rd, BH10 7LH
           1000-1630 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

10/04/10-   Trainwest 2010 Model Railway Exhibition
11/04/10    Christie Miller Sports centre. Lancaster Road, Bowerhill,
           Melksham, SN126QU
           Free vintage bus from Chippenham station
           1000-1700 both days

11/04/10    Cobham Bus Museum Open Day
           Wisley Airfield

16/04/10-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: GWR 175 Steam Spectacular

17/04/10    East Surrey N-Gauge Model Railway Show
           Redhill Methodist Centre, Gloucester Rd, Redhill, RH1 1BP

17/04/10    American Model Railroad Show
           Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis, W Sussex, PO22 8EL

17/04/10    Amersham & Chorleywood MRS Model Railway Exhibition
           Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham, HP6 5AE

17/04/10-   Crawley MRS Model Railway Exhibition
18/04/10    Tanbridge House School, Guildford Road, Horsham RH12 1SR
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

17/04/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Vintage Bus Weekend

18/04/10    Brijan Tours Ltd Charity Open Day
           The Coach Station, Curdridge, Southampton, SO30 2DY
           Preserved buses, enthusiast stalls, free sightseeing tours
           Free bus service between Botley and Eastleigh bus station

23/04/10-   Llangollen Railway: Spring Gala

24/04/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

24/04/10    Historic Railway Walks of Rowsley
           Start from Rowsley Old Station at 10.30am
           Approximately 3 hours covering a distance of 2 miles
           Advance booking required

24/04/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: St George's Weekend

24/04/10-   Epsom & Ewell MRC Model Railway Exhibition
25/04/10    NESCOT, Reigate Road, Ewell, KT17 3DS
           1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)

24/04/10-   Churnet Valley Railway: 1940s Weekend

25/04/10    Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre: Industrial Trains Day

30/04/10-   Week-end course: "Canals of the North Staffordshire Railway"
02/05/10    Wedgwood Memorial College, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent
           Tutor: Basil Jeuda

30/04/10-   Ffestiniog Railway: Quirks & Curiosities Weekend

01/05/10    American Model Railroad Group Mini Exhibition
           St Mary's Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke, PO12 2ET

01/05/10    The Monsal Trail Tunnel Walks
           Walk commences at Bakewell and finishes at the site of
           Blackwell Mill Halt - return by coach to Bakewell
           For further details, send an SAE to the organiser:
           Stuart Smith, 5 Sedgebrook Close, Oakwood, Derby, DE21 2DX

01/05/10-   Kent & East Sussex Railway: Great K&ESR Gala Weekend

01/05/10-   Quantock Motor Services Running Days
03/05/10    Bishops Lydeard

01/05/10-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Steaming Thru the '40s

01/05/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: May Bank Holiday Open Days

01/05/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Spring "Heywood" Steam Gala

02/05/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

02/05/10    Twyford Waterworks Spring Rally
           Free vintage bus service from Winchester Broadway

02/05/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Altogether Now! Kids help run railway

02/05/10-   Leawood Pump Steaming Weekend, Cromford Canal

02/05/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: GWR 175 (second of four special events)

Cheers, Howard.
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