Subject: RAILDATE 18th June 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 18/06/2010, 17:49
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Derek Gillkerson tells me that the phone number for Ron Lines has been
changed to 02380 772681.  The address is 332 Shirley Road, Southampton,
SO15 3HJ.  Our "Local Suppliers" directory has been updated:

The "Departmentals" website:

Alex Fisher has set up a new website dedicated to Westhouses Depot:

More pictures from Ron Strutt - this time looking at the Abbotsbury and
Bridport/West Bay branches:

An album of railways from the 1960s to the 1980s:

Imagine if the Underground looked like this:

Mike Morant has uploaded some new images to his web gallery.  They are
images that are short of background data although even without promotion,
viewers have already answered 40% of the queries:

Mike has also uploaded most of his Aberdeen tram images, also all scanned
from original negatives:

Historic Devon images:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Aboard the Victoria Falls Express:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)



London Overground announcement overload:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Kings Cross & The City Widened lines in the 1950s:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The East London Line running prior to its last closure/rebuilding:

And five spotted by Ralph Rawlinson...

Switzerland - views of the standard and metre gauge railways:

Bekonscot Model Railway More drivers-eye views:

Leak & Manifold Light Railway:

Japan - the Akigase Garden Railway

Brazilian Railways:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Wikipedia's list of British towns with no railway station:

Contractors are being lined up to bid for the construction of the new 7m
rail/bus interchange at Stourbridge Junction; it could be in place within
18 months.

Network Rail has concluded that an hourly service from Manchester to
Burnley, Accrington and terminating at Blackburn is the best option for
services using a relaid west to north curve at Todmorden.

Isle of Man
To celebrate the launch of a fine new set of stamps featuring the Island?s
famous steam, electric and mountain railways, Isle of Man Railways are
offering the opportunity for 50 lucky travellers to take part in a one-off
historical journey, featuring vintage transport, breathtaking views and a
number of unique photo opportunities.

Edinburgh Waverley
A new 16m access from Princes Street with steps, an escalator and lifts
is to replace the present entrance known as Waverley Steps used by nine
million passengers a year.  On the south side of the station a new step-
free access is to be opened from Market Street.

Andean Railways Corporation, a new railway operator on the Cusco-Machu
Picchu route will conduct the last technical and regulatory inspections of
railcars as soon as Machu Picchu rail is completely opened, so that
operations can be implemented in July.

The Armenian Transport Ministry has blocked the decision of the head of
South Caucasus Railways to close some railway stations.

Representatives of the Georgian Railways and the South Caucasus Railways
(SCR) met on 10th June to discuss launching of the seasonal passenger
trains on route from Yerevan to Batumi and back.

Russian Railways may take part in updating and building Argentina?s
railway infrastructure.

The Lahore High Court has restrained Pakistan Railways (PR) from opening
the sealed bids received for purchase of 150 diesel locomotives and
directed them not to take any further action on these bids.

Vietnam: North-South Railway
The National Assembly will decide on 19th June whether Vietnam will invest
in this project or not.  The Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City express railway is a
large-scale project that needs a total investment of US$56 billion.  It
will run for 1,570km across 20 provinces and cities.  With a design speed
of 300km/h, it will take about five and a half hours to complete the
journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.  4,170ha of land will need to be
requisitioned and 9,500 households will need relocating so the line can be
in use by 2035.



Linda Riordan, the MP for Halifax, has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM)
in praise of Grand Central?s new West Riding service.  The EDM also calls
on the Department for Transport to engage more widely with Open Access
Operators like Grand Central to see whether there are things the operators
could do that would save the Department money on franchised services.

The full wording of the EDM says:
That this House congratulates the train operator Grand Central on the
excellent start it has made to its new direct train service from Bradford
to London; praises Grand Central for its initiative in spotting a gap in
the rail market and having the vision, dedication and patience to see its
plans come to fruition; welcomes the fact that these new London services
are serving towns like Halifax and Brighouse which haven't had a direct
train service to London for decades; further welcomes the fact that the
trains are proving to be very popular with the general public and the
business community; praises Grand Central staff for their helpful and
courteous manner; further praises everyone who helped campaign for these
services, particularly the local newspaper the Halifax Evening Courier;
recognises that allowing rail operators like Grand Central to link towns
like Halifax with London provides new jobs and investment opportunities in
the North; urges the Department for Transport to encourage more open
access rail operators to introduce new services linking London with towns
and cities not currently served by trains to London; further asks the
Department to engage more widely with open access operators to see whether
there are things the operators could do that would save the Department
money on franchised services; and looks forward to Grand Central
increasing the number of services in each direction from three to four,
giving people in places like Halifax even more opportunity to get to
London for business or leisure.

Tom Clift, Managing Director of Grand Central Railway, said "We are
delighted to receive such a glowing public affirmation from a local MP.
Grand Central has been overwhelmed by the support that we have received
from MPs, Peers and other stakeholders for both our West Riding and North
Eastern services.  Clearly Parliamentarians recognise that Open Access
Operators can play a role in stimulating the regions, promoting social
cohesion and increasing passenger choice and all without taxpayer
support!" he added.  (Thanks to Rupert Brennan-Brown)

Derailed coach on Oban branch lifted from mountainside:

RAIB initial report:

RAIB bulletin 07/2010 fatal accident at crossing at Penrhyndeudraeth:

East Coast service improvements from May 2011:

ECML Lincoln service severely cut back:

East Midlands Trains fleet refurbishment  (Class 158's):

Network Rail boss Iain Coucher to step down:

MBE for 'voice of Fenchurch Street':

Level Crossing misuse at Shiplake:

Peckham Rye Station Refurbishment:

Harlech WI caring for station:

Special train to Chinnor:

Aged steam locomotive to run Highlands line:

Driverless trains on London Underground...?

Puffing along: Steam train keeps remote Romania alive:,romania-alive-feature.html

Cambridge bus-way troubles:

Middlesbrough Transporter bridge - reopening delayed:

Fire on Commodore Clipper:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


19/06/10    Five  1135-1235
           "Britain's Greatest Machines"  Chris Barrie 7/8

19/06/10    ITV1  1430-1700
           "Murder on the Orient Express"  1974 feature film

21/06/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  World's largest salt mine

22/06/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3

23/06/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Indian Hill Railways"  2/3

24/06/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Britain's Greatest Machines"  8/8 Railways

24/06/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Indian Hill Railways"  3/3


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.

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    Runnymede Model Railway Club Open Day
           Lyne Village Hall, Lyne Lane, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0AN

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

19/06/10-   Middleton Railway: 50th Anniversary Weekend
20/06/10    1000-1700 both days

20/06/10    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Emergency Vehicles
           Father's Day Special & Tool Shed Sale Day
           Emergency vehicles past & present, Hampshire Narrow Gauge
           Railway, miniature railway, steam engine trailer rides,
           blacksmith?s forge
           Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

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

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

24/06/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

24/06/10    Winchester Bike Week: Bygone Railways Cycle Ride
           Starts at 1400, and lasts for 2 hours
           12 to 15 miles with an optional stop for tea.
           Booking essential on 01962 864479 or

26/06/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

26/06/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: Enhanced Steamdays

26/06/10-   Kent & East Sussex Railway: Diesel Gala & Bus Rally (27th)

26/06/10-   Crich Tramway Village: 1950s Weekend

26/06/10-   Llangollen Railway: Heritage Railcar Gala

01/07/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

03/07/10    Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Cornish Branch Line Day

03/07/10    Train Collectors Society: Sandy Exhibition
           Sandy Upper School, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1BL

03/07/10-   West Somerset Railway: Days Out with Thomas

03/07/10-   Leawood Pump Steaming Weekend, Cromford Canal

03/07/10-   Talyllyn Railway: Have-a-Go Gala & Wharf Garden Railway

04/07/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

04/07/10    Twyford Waterworks Models and Miniatures Open Day

04/07/10    North Norfolk Railway: Vintage Transport Festival

Cheers, Howard.
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