Subject: RAILDATE 28th May 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 28/05/2010, 18:48
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Simon Calder climbs aboard the Welsh Highland Railway:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Trawscoed Station:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

David Hey Photo collection:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Ron Strutt has added some more photos to his fotopic site...
- Behind the scenes at the IOW Steam Railway - taken during the Walk the
 Track Day and on Members' Day.
- The Basingstoke & Alton Railway today - taken during a Railway Ramblers
- The Meon Valley Railway today - from Alton to Privett and West Meon to

Royal Wessex Railtour 22/5/2010:

An interesting railway blog by David Turner, a PhD in railway history, who tries
to mix past, present and journey stuff in his blog:

Latest progress on Mike Pannell's American Pullman Car No 57:



Severn Valley 40th Anniversary on 22nd May:
(Spotters: Ted Millward, Neil Kearns)

Japan's slowest train:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Spooky German train:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Debut of 8F 2-8-0 8624 on the East Lancs Railway, 20th May:

And photoshopped from maroon to black:

Before and after film of "The Titfield Thunderbolt".


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London King's Cross
Platform 0 (zero) was due to open for business on 23rd May 2010 with the
start of the new timetable.  Platforms 1 and 2 will now close as the start
of the long-term programme to upgrade the existing main line station
platforms.  This means that KX Main will have one platform fewer for
almost the next three years.

London ELL
Since it opened on 27th April a limited Monday-Friday service has been in
operation between Dalston Jn and New Cross Gate.  The full service between
Dalston Jn and West Croydon commenced on 24th May 2010.  The extension to
Highbury and Islington is due to open in Spring 2011, and to Clapham
Junction in 2012.

Tube Map
New Tube map and station index for London Underground, Overground and
Docklands LR, updated for the ELL opening.

A new Interchange bus station, located at the north end of Bolton station
in the fork of the Preston and Blackburn lines and linked to the station
by a footbridge, is planned.  Full planning permission will be sought in
2011 with completion expected in 2014.

Preston Trams
Printing Press International Services (PPIS) have signed a 23m contract
to build a tram fleet for the city at its Sellers Street site in Deepdale
with delivery of the prototype vehicle said to be imminent.  It is also
revealed that Liverpool-based operators Tram Power have plans to extend
beyond the city to Chorley and Ormskirk.

Longest Station Platform
The item earlier this year about Cambridge having the longest platform in
Great Britain (Raildate, 26th February) has proved incorrect.  Gloucester
combined length of platforms 1 and 2 is 494m.  Cambridge combined length
of platforms 1 and 4 is 467m.  The Longest single platform seems to be
Darlington platform 4 at 458m.

The Welsh Assembly has agreed to provide funding for stage 2 planning
approval for the re-opening of Carno and Bow Street stations (both closed
4th June 1965).

Cambrian Coast
Introduction of the European Rail Traffic Management System on the Cambrian
Coast line has been postponed.  Glare from the sun has prevented drivers seeing
the screens.  Network Rail is now working with the manufacturer to find a
long-term solution.

South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) has proposed the re-
introduction of a passenger service between Alloa and Dunfermline.  This
would use the existing freight line with stops at Clackmannan, Kincardine
and Cairneyhill.  A chord line at Charlestown giving direct running from
Alloa to Inverkeithing and Edinburgh is also promulgated.

Wear Valley Railway
This line has now reopened between Bishop Auckland and Stanhope, and daily
commuter services are planned, in addition to charters and the Wolsingham-
Stanhope heritage trains.  If all goes well coal from Park Wall opencast
site near Crook could also be moving by rail from Wolsingham later this

The Marco Polo Express freight route between the Italian city of
Portoguaro and Brest started operating in March 2010.  Belarusian Railways
propose that Lithuania join this Belarusian-Italian project, thus
connecting the Mediterranean with the Baltic Sea.

Information on Railways in Serbia:

Construction of the Tbilisi Bypass Railway (reported in Raildate in March)
will be carried out by a Georgia-Chinese consortium.

Iran and Tajikistan have signed an agreement to cooperate on a plan for
building a railway between the two countries via Afghanistan.

Kenya Railways Corporation has issued a new tender for the an electrified
standard gauge line that will replace the existing metre gauge line over
the 1,340 miles between Mombasa and the Kenya-Uganda border town of Malaba
with a branch to Kisumu.  It is also envisaged that the railway will be
extended to Uganda and the Great Lakes region.  The original timetable
expected studies to be completed by March 2011, funding to be in place by
July 2011 and the initial 330 mile Mombasa-Nairobi section open in
November 2013 with the final section opening in 2016.

On 18th May, it was claimed that Pakistan Railways (PR) fuel stock would
exhaust in the next 2 to 3 days, and it would be unable to ply the trains
on existing routes.

Cabinet documents reveal gross violations in Chinese locomotives deal.



Lymington branch - last slam door train withdrawn:

ELL full timetable in operation:

Crossrail funding investigation:

Businessmen unveil ambitious plan for Bradford rail viaduct:

Southeastern and First Capital Connect criticised by "Which" magazine

Cable thefts in Derbyshire (with an aptly-named BTP detective):

RAIB report on freight derailment at Ashbury

Still need for Firth rail spur:

200,000 project to revive 62-year-old locomotive:

Weardale Railway launches new Stanhope to Bishop Auckland service:

Former steam train drivers return to the Dales:

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in race against time:

And on

Welsh Highland extended to Pont Croesor:

Baby survives being hit by train in Australia (again!)

South African rail strike:

Prison trains await unruly England fans:

Derailment in India:

New lawnmower land-speed record:

Air Southwest for sale:

Call for "right to roam" in towns:

70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation:

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


29/05/10    Five  1100-1200
           "Britain's Greatest Machines"  Chris Barrie 4/8

29/05/10    BBC2  1900-1930
           "The Boats That Built Britain"  5/6  Bristol cutter

29/05/10    BBC2  1930-2030
           "Coast"  The future of Britain's coastline

30/05/10    BBC4  1900-2000
           "Dunkirk: The Story Behind the Legend"

30/05/10    BBC2  1910-2000
           "Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections"  4/6

30/05/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "War Walks"  Dunkirk

30/05/10    BBC2  2200-2300
           "Lost: The Mystery of Flight 447"

31/05/10    BBC4  1900-1930
           "The Boats That Built Britain"  6/6  The LCVP

31/05/10    C4  1930-2100
           "Building Britain's Ultimate Warship"  Story of HMS Daring

01/06/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "The Story of Science - Power, Proof & Passion"  6/6

01/06/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Dunkirk"  Drama-documentary 1/3

02/06/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Dunkirk"  Drama-documentary 2/3

03/06/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Britain's Greatest Machines"  Chris Barrie 5/8

03/06/10    BBC2  2130-2230
           "Little Ships"  The Dunkirk story

03/06/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Dunkirk"  Drama-documentary 3/3

04/06/10    BBC2  2000-2030
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo - Swindon/Bath

04/06/10    C4  2100-2235
           "Fighting the Red Baron"  Red Arrows recreate dogfights


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.

29/05/10    Burnham and District Model Railway Club Exhibition
           Community Centre, Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2ET

29/05/10-   New Forest MRS Model Railway Exhibition
30/05/10    Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, S)42 7RY
           1000-1630 both days

29/05/10-   Risborough & District Model Railway Club: Railex
30/05/10    Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Harvey Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP21 9PP
           1030-1730 (Sat) 1000-1700 (Sun)

29/05/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: Enhanced Steamdays

29/05/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Wirksworth Carnival Open Days

29/05/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Folk 'n' Cider Weekend

29/05/10-   Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Cotswold Festival
31/05/10    of Steam - 175 years of the GWR

30/05/10    Aldershot & District Bus Running Day
           Farnham Railway Station

30/05/10    Indian Queens Toy Fair, Cornwall

03/06/10    Talyllyn Railway: Children's Duncan Day

05/06/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: War on the Line

05/06/10-   Bluebell Railway: last opportunity to walk across the viaduct
06/06/10    and beyond up to the face of the Imberhorne waste tip

05/06/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Mixed Traffic Gala

05/06/10-   Leawood Pump Steaming Weekend, Cromford Canal

06/06/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           1000-1500 followed by AGM of the Friends
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

06/06/10    Twyford Waterworks Communications Open Day

06/06/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Alf Tunstall Classic Bus Rally

09/06/10    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

10/06/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

12/06/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

12/06/10    Talyllyn Railway: Rover Retro Weekend

12/06/10-   Swindon & Cricklade Railway: GWR 175 Steam Gala (1)

12/06/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Ivor the Engine Weekend

12/06/10-   demu Showcase 2010
13/06/10    Bretby Conference Centre, nr Burton-upon-Trent, DE15 0YZ
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

12/06/10-   Churnet Valley Railway: Victorian Weekend

12/06/10-   Bakewell Model Railway Show
13/06/10    Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire
           1000-1700 both days

12/06/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: The Seaguill Has Landed

12/06/10-   West Somerset Railway: Mixed Traffic Weekend
14/06/10    GWR 175 "Diesels in the West"

13/06/10    Minstead Model Railway Exhibition
           Minstead Village Hall, Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FX
           Adult: 3, Seniors & Children: 2, Family 8
           Free Car Parking
           Light Refreshments available - bar open 1200-1500
           Supporting Diabetic for Solent & the British Heart Foundation
           HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson will be attending with "New"
           Stanton Lees in its newly-extended format

Cheers, Howard.
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