Subject: RAILDATE 4th June 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 04/06/2010, 18:01
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Guided walks through Chesil Tunnel, Winchester, are again available this
year.  Dates are 5th June (morning and afternoon), 6th July (evening),
27th July (evening), 28th August (morning and afternoon).  Tickets can be
purchased on the day from the Tourist Information Centre - 4.50 adult,
1 child.  Details:


Stunning photography from Dave Gibson:

A wonderful collection of photographs concentrating on the pre-group
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Chris Dadson's heritage railway photos:

Ken Moffat's galleries:
Standard gauge:
Narrow gauge:

Robert Carroll's Great Central photo collection:

Exploration of the Deepdene Southern Railway Control Centre:

And a web article about same:

Superb photos inside Standedge tunnel:
(Spotter: Nigel Callaghan)

Devon railway history
(Spotter: Nigel Callaghan)

A new website on the Erewash Valley line and Westhouses Depot:

The Railway Heritage Trust - keeping up with our past:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Railway Heritage Trust website:

A detailed survey of Irish railway survivals:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)


Haynes manual for Thomas the Tank Engine:

Clear Solutions - "Fenestration for the modelling nation"!



Swan Hunter shipyard cranes blasted:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Underground
Public consultation has opened into plans to extend the Northern Line west
from Kennington through Nine Elms and Battersea to Clapham Junction.

London NLL
By the time you read this the Gospel Oak-Barking section of the North
London Line should have reopened as TfL were insisting that full peak-time
service was on schedule for 1st June. From the same date, the pre-blockade
timetable between Stratford and Willesden Jn will also be reinstated.
Because of the need to accommodate freight traffic, however, the full off-
peak Barking line service will not operate until early next year when
signalling on the Stratford line is finally completed.

More details have been revealed about the modernisation first reported in
Raildate, 2nd October 2008. The new station will have five new platforms,
two new entrances and a new footbridge plus lifts and escalators whilst a
tunnel under the railway will reopen for pedestrians.  Remodelling will
include a new flyover west of the station taking the GWR main line over
the Berks & Hants line. The first phase will be carried at Christmas 2010
when the station will be closed and trains diverted while signalling is
transferred to the new Thames Valley Signalling Centre at Didcot.

Birmingham New Street
Under Network Rail's 600m Gateway project, all the platforms will be
upgraded.  Work started on platform 1 at the end of April 2010 when it
became the first to be taken out of use.

Wolverhampton bus station, claimed to be the busiest in the West Midlands,
has been demolished.

Work has started on a 21m replacement interchange that will also serve
the railway station and Midland Metro.

The shuttle service between Workington and Maryport was withdrawn from
28th May, as was free travel. The temporary Workington North station will
remain open at present but a decision has yet to be made for the long

New signalling in connection with the 290m upgrade of the Glasgow Subway
system will allow for driverless trains, similar to those used on the
DLR.  Most of the 15 stations on the six-mile-long subway are to be given
a facelift and service frequencies will be increased plus an extension of
the limited opening hours on a Sunday, currently 1000-1800.

Platforms 12 and 13 came into use at Glasgow Central main line station in
May. They were built to accommodate services on the now abandoned Glasgow
Airport Rail Link.

Ireland's Western Rail Corridor
An estimated 16,000 journey were made in April, the first month of the new
Limerick-Galway (via Athenry) service, exceeding forecasts.  Iarnrd
ireann continues to plan the next stage of the Western Corridor from

Channel Tunnel
The chances of Deutsche Bahn, etc, running their trains through the tunnel
have been prevented (for the moment) by the Channel Tunnel
Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) rejecting the operation of non-through-
corridor passenger trains shorter than 375 metres (the distance between
cross passageway doors to the service tunnel.

The Greek Government's strategy is to sell off its loss-making state
companies but it is doubtful if there will be many buyers for the State
railways.  The last published official figures show OSE railways lost
?830m in 2008 and, according to the head of the Athens Chamber of
Commerce, the corruption levels within the Greek railway system are
astronomical beyond belief!

The Greek Government says that in recent years Greece has neglected the
railway network and invested more funds in motorways, and that it is high
time that it paid attention to the improvement of the railway
infrastructure. It plans to build out-of-town railways in Central
Macedonia by 2015.

The South Caucasus Railway's 'Armenia' Yerevan-Batumi-Yerevan service will
run this year every day at 1410 from 3rd June.  Beginning from the same
period, on Tuesdays and Fridays, an ordinary passenger train will run as
well, which will leave from Yerevan at 2320.

Armenia?s only railway link at present is through Georgia ? an often
unstable route.  The proposed railway to Iran would give Armenia access to
ports of the Indian Ocean. The line would be 540km long with 460km passing
through Armenia, cost $1.5-2bn, and be completed in six years.  The most
frequently announced route among three options is Gagarin-Gavar-Martuni-
Jermuk-Vayk-Sisian-Kapan-Meghri. The remainder of the line will be laid in
Iran terminating at Merant. Currently the Iran Network includes of more
than 9,000km of standard gauge track and this is expected to increase to
25,000km by 2020.

Summer services timetable changes:

According to the the first deputy head of Tajik railways Uzbekistan is
preventing the transit of NATO cargo going to Afghanistan.

The government says it is committed to revamping the ailing railways.  The
immediate to medium-term will see the completion of the ongoing Accra-Tema
line, which has reached Asoprochona with the final section to the Tema
port due be be completed by July 2010.  Extension of the suburban lines
will cover the Accra-Winneba, Achimota and Nsawam lines.  For the long-
term, a feasibility study is being undertaken to extend the on-going
rehabilitation of the western line to the northern part of the country,
right up to Paga along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border. More than US$2b is
to be injected into the railway to improve the flow of freight along the
Accra-Koforidua-Kumasi line, which is one of the busiest lines in the

A CFM railway museum is being constructed on the four bay platforms at the
west end of Maputo station. The rebuilding of the 342-mile Sena line from
Beira to Moatize by Rites of India has reached Moatize.

On 25th May, work started on a 75km line connecting the Afghan city of
Mazar-e-Sharif to the country?s bustling northern border with Uzbekistan.

The Asian Development Bank will lend Pakistan US $500m to improve the
country?s rail network, Express Tribune reported on 25th May.

Privatisation of Pakistan's railways opposed:



Government reviews carriage orders:

GB Railfreight bought by Eurotunnel

Bridge reconstruction in Winchester:

Station reconstruction for Olympics:

Potters Bar rail crash inquest opens:

Re-opened North London Line pictures:

Sharp fall in Network Rail profits:

Girl found next to railway line:

Dictionary honour for Derbyshire train hero:

Scottish station renovation scheme:

Progress on Leekbrook Junction to Cauldon Lowe line:

44871 on the Swanage Railway:

Isle of Wight Steam Railway National Lottery Awards place:

The world's smallest railway station revived:
(Kernel Holman Stephens?  Must be some kind of nut!)

EMD sold to Caterpillar:

60th anniversary of the VW Kombi:

Luton to Dunstable Guided Busway in pictures:

Part of Southampton's Royal Pier collapses:

Isle of Wight ferry damaged in rough mooring:

Welsh Paddle steamer at Dunkirk:

Southampton marks 100 years of aviation:

Southampton Centenary of Flight events:

Bid to return Concorde to the skies:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Andy Sollis


05/06/10    Five  1045-1145
           "Britain's Greatest Machines"  Chris Barrie 5/8

05/06/10    BBC2  1655-1725
           "Coast"  The Forth Road Bridge

05/06/10    BBC2  1725-1745
           "The Boats That Built Britain"  6/6  The LCVP

05/06/10    BBC2  1925-2025
           "Little Ships"  The Dunkirk story

05/06/10    BBC2  2025-2115
           "Dunkirk: The Soldiers' Story"

06/06/10    Five  1210-1310
           "Warplane: The Bomber"

06/06/10    BBC2  1855-1945
           "Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections"  5/6

06/06/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Hammond Meets Moss"  (Stirling of that ilk)

06/06/10    BBC4  2200-2300
           "Deadliest Crash: the Le Mans 1955 Disaster"

06/06/10    BBC4  2300-0000
           "Ford's Dagenham Dream"

07/06/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool-Scarborough - 1

07/06/10    BBC2  2320-0010
           "Dunkirk: The Soldiers' Story"

08/06/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool-Scarborough - 2

08/06/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  South-west Scotland

09/06/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool-Scarborough - 3

09/06/10    BBC2  1900-1930
           "The Beauty of Maps"  Mappa Mundi

09/06/10    BBC4  2230-2330
           "Hammond Meets Moss"  (Stirling)

09/06/10    BBC4  2330-0030
           "Touring Britain: the Victorian Way"

10/06/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool-Scarborough - 4

10/06/10    ITV1  1930-1000
           "Britain's Broken Roads"  A Tonight report

10/06/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Britain's Greatest Machines"  Chris Barrie 6/8

11/06/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool-Scarborough - 5


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.

05/06/10    Guided walks through Chesil Tunnel, Winchester
           1115-1245 and 1415-1545
           Purchase tickets on the day from the Tourist Information Centre
           4.50 adult, 1 child

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-   Peak Rail: Local Residents' Weekend

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

07/06/10    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           Round Britain Tour - a slideshow by John Morten
           Pictures taken by John and his father (the late ER Morten)
           from the 1920s through to the 1960s
           Starts 2000, requested 2 donation on the door to include
           sandwiches at the interval
           To see some of ER Morten's Peak District photos go to:

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

13/06/10    Chatsworth Bus Gathering
           Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

17/06/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

19/06/10    Solent Railwayana Auctions
           Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5AL

19/06/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Lecture: Amelia Earhart in Southampton June 1928
           Lecture Theatre, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
           (Use Art Gallery/Library entrance by fountain)
           Starts: 1100

19/06/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Lecture: Women in Aviation
           Lecture Theatre, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
           (Use Art Gallery/Library entrance by fountain)
           Starts: 1400

19/06/10-   Swindon & Cricklade Railway: GWR 175 Steam Gala (2)

19/06/10-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Heritage Transport Festival

19/06/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Teddy Bears Days

20/06/10    Mid-Hants Railway: Father's Day

20/06/10    Talyllyn Railway: Father's Day

Cheers, Howard.
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