Subject: RAILDATE 25th June 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 25/06/2010, 21:35
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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


Northumberland & Durham Railway Pictorial, 1948-1967
by Brian J. Dickson

This pictorial review shows the changing railway scene in the adjoining
counties of Northumberland and Durham from Nationalisation until the end
of main-line steam in 1967.  It contains well-captioned photographs of
British Railways, National Coal Board and other private railways, laid out
in date order to show the progression from almost exclusive steam working
to total diesel working during this brief period of only 19 years.

Traffic was generated by the major industries of the region ? steel, coal
and shipbuilding. In addition, there were rural branch lines serving farms
and communities in an era when mass car ownership, although on the way,
was still a thing of the future.  Both types of traffic, freight and
passenger, found their way to the major routes connecting the towns and
cities of the two counties with the East Coast Main Line to Edinburgh,
Leeds and London.

There are three parts to the book.  The three years from Nationalisation
up to December 1950 take the story to the eve of the introduction of BR
Standard locomotives.  This is followed by the period before the
introduction of DMUs and main-line diesel locomotives around December
1956.  Finally, ending in September 1967, we witness the decline and
total phasing-out of steam traction in the area.

Softback: 96 pages with over 180 photographs
273 x 215mm
14.95 (post-free, UK)



An interesting blog about the Lincoln & District Model Engineering Society
forwarded by Ron Ransom:

Nigel Bird is offering all new books post-free (UK) until 2nd July for
orders from his website:

Recent pictures of the Swindon & Cricklade Railway by Dave Bowles:

Photography by Rick Eborall:

Kew Bridge Steam Museum:

Hayling Seaside Railway:

Exploration of Devonport Park and Ford tunnels, Plymouth:

A page about the railway at Amesbury, Wiltshire:

The Larkhill Military Light Railway:

By rail to Stonehenge:

Restoration of SECR Birdcage brake number 3363:

The Railway Children at Waterloo International:

Railway in Hungary run by children:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)


Live map of trains in the UK - pick a station of your choice as your hub:

Live Underground map:

Worldwide shipping movements can be viewed on:

Movements in the Solent area are here:

Aircraft movements:



A couple of videos from the early days of Class 40 preservation:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

A large selection of railway videos from around the world, including some archive
American gems amongst the modern stuff (with the odd BTF title sneaked in too!):
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

1960s British film - probably not BTF... but what...?
(and many others)
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Famous train revived?  (Listen carefully!)
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Underground
Victoria underground station is to be completely rebuilt.  Work will start
in 2011 on a new entrance and North Ticket Hall and continue with
enlarging the Victoria line ticket hall plus new lifts and escalators.

The revised closure programme for the Northern Line upgrade will see the
High Barnet branch north of East Finchley (with replacement buses) and
Camden-Kennington via Bank both closed from 21.30 Monday-Thursday from 5th
July 2010.

GNR Luton-Dunstable
BAM Nuttall, the preferred contractor, has begun tracklifting as the first
step towards building the guided busway now costed at 89m.

SNCF and London & Continental Railways Ltd have been cleared to jointly
own Eurostar, subject to facilitating access to new train companies
accessing the route.

Bombadier has won a $1.6bn contract to supply 59 double-deck trains for
SBB intercity travel.  Delivery will begin in 2012 with the first trains
in operation from December 2013.

On 11th June 2010, Russian Railways opened a rail welding plant in the
village of Ras Lanuf part of the plan to help Libya create its own modern
rail network.  The new plant is part of a contract for the construction of
a 342-mile line between the towns of Sirte and Benghazi.  Initially trains
will travel at 100mph but after electrification it will increase to
155mph.  Around 1000 artificial structures are to be built, 30 rail and 23
road flyovers, and six major stations along with 24 minor stations.

Hysterical translations on the menu of the Russian Railways dining car.

Alstom, Transmashholding and Kazakh Railways (KTZ) have signed an
agreement for the creation of a joint venture company to produce electric
locomotives in Kazakhstan.

Iran says that if Uzbekistan continues to retain Uzbek wagons, Teheran
will block the transit of Uzbek goods through Iran.

National Geographic video The Great Indian Railways Part 1 of 5 (excessive
steam and the overdubbing can be irritating):

The Government intends to build a standard gauge railway to connect
Kampala and its border at Malaba where it joins the Kenya Railways.  This
follows an announcement made by its railway partner Kenya last year for a
'high speed standard gauge railway' to be built between Mombasa and Malaba
border with Uganda.

At a recent meeting between the Mongolian Ambassador and president of the
Russian Railways, (holder of half the shares of Ulaanbaatar Railway) the
need to extend the UB network and modernise its operations was agreed.


Hotel on wheels:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)



NetworkRail bonuses criticised:

Newport station roof:

Level crossing misuse at Llanelli:

Spy-in-van camera to target rail crossings:

Cable theft at West Drayton:

RAIB report on collision at Exeter St David's in January:

Translink Fare increase

West Highland Tourist rail route hits the buffers

Cash boost for Vale of Rheidol Railway:

Record-breaking steam locomotive visits County Durham:

Volunteers in Manchester restoring locomotive:

Spanish train kills 12 on track:

Derailment in Austria:

Sleeper thieves de-rail South African train:

Heat might have caused Knoxville derailment:

Singapore to cane Swiss man for graffiti terrorism

Edinburgh Tram funding:

Light aircraft crash at Staverton:

Teignmouth-Shaldon ferry sold:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price


27/06/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "How to Build... a Nuclear Submarine"  1/3

29/06/10    C4  2100-2200
           "The Untold Battle of Britain"  Polish fighter pilots

29/06/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "How to Build... a Nuclear Submarine"  1/3

30/06/10    Five  2000-2100
           "The Titanic Conspiracy: the True Story"  (Allegedly)

30/06/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "The Golden Age of Liners"  1/3

30/06/10    BBC4  2330-0030
           "African Railway"  The Tazara railroad, East Africa

01/07/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Glamour's Golden Age"  Between the Wars  1/3


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.

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

26/06/10    New Forest Book Fair
           The Community Centre, High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

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

04/07/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Quad-Arts Week

06/07/10    Guided walks through Chesil Tunnel, Winchester
           Purchase tickets on the day from the Tourist Information Centre
           4.50 adult, 1 child

07/07/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Summer Evening Scenic Pass Service

08/07/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

10/07/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

10/07/10    Shaftsbury Book Fair
           United Church Hall, Bell Street, SP7 8AR

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

10/07/10    DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Open Day

10/07/10-   Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre: Railway Gala Weekend

10/07/10-   Peak Rail: Anything Goes Weekend

10/07/10-   Crich Tramway Village: Edwardian Weekend

10/07/10-   Golden Valley Light Railway: Narrow Gauge Gala

11/07/10    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Summer Steam Gala

Cheers, Howard.
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