Subject: RAILDATE 2nd July 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 02/07/2010, 18:34
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Since its formation in 1979, the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway has managed
to acquire the remnants of five original coaches that operated up until
the line's closure in 1935.  Three of these coaches, numbers 4, 7 and 17,
are being rebuilt and renovated at Great Yeldham in Essex. When completed,
the stock will be taken to the railway at Woody Bay.  On 27th June, the
group undertaking the work held an open day.  Chris Dadson has posted
photographs of the work here:

Moquette samples:

Welsh Railways Research Circle:

I think we've had this link before, but it's worthy of repetition:

Stoke-on-Trent Museums prints available to buy online (some have a railway
or industrial theme):

Pottery museum to receive facelift:

Relive the Battle of Britain day-by-day:

Photos of Derby Station from the mid 1970s to the present day:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

The Woodlesford station website has been updated:

All you need for T gauge (that's 3mm GAUGE, not scale!)

Industrial archaeology of New Zealand:



Severn Valley 'Forties Weekend  26th June:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Epping Ongar Railway TV:

Railway and bus videos (largely south of England):

Classic traction - Southern Electric in green:

More videos here (London, Chester, GCR, Oxford)

Hundreds of films covering all aspects of model railways and full size
too.  Broadcasting 24/7, every day of the year (subscription needed):

21st century slip coaches:


San Francisco Videos...

(With thanks to Mike Morant and Nico Spilt)

Film taken from a San Francisco street car over 100 years ago.  This film
was "lost" for many years.  It is thought to be the first ever 35mm film,
and was taken by a camera mounted on the front of a cable car.  The clock
tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.
The film, was originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn, with
the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, figured out exactly when it was
shot.  From New York trade papers announcing the film showing, the wet
streets from recent heavy rainfall, shadows indicating the time of year,
actual weather conditions on historical record - even down to when the
cars were registered (he even knows who owned them, and when the plates
were issued!), it has been worked out that it was filmed only four days
before the Great California Earthquake of 18th April 1906.  It was then
shipped by train to New York for processing.

The video has also been used in a "before and after the earthquake"

Further comparison can be made with a film made in 1941:

And another made in 2005:

Finally, further heritage  material relating to the trams and streetcars
of San Francisco:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

NLL Following a major upgrade the Gospel Oak-Stratford section of the
North London Line reopened on schedule on 1st June 2010.  A considerable
amount of work, including completion of the stations, remains to be done
before the 326m project is completed in 2011, whilst another closure is
planned next winter to commission new signalling.

South Ruislip
An additional NW bound line (down main) is to be built at Northolt Jn as
part of Chiltern's Evergreen 3 project.  This will enable a 100mph line
speed compared with the 50/60mph of the present alignment which dives
under the line from Paddington via Greenford before joining it at South
Ruislip.  All fast trains from Marylebone will use the new route but
stopping trains will continue to use the dive under before calling at
South Ruislip, allowing overtaking.

The bill for the eco-friendly canopy outside the station has cost more
than 4m.  Annual electricity sales generated 3,383 but running costs
have been 119,206 with a further 7,884 for insurance and 7,500 for

Once threatened with demolition, the Ipswich-Felixstowe line station
building may now be converted into a caf.

The swing bridge at Trowse should soon be back in full operation after
200,000 has been spent on mechanical repairs.  Boat traffic on the River
Yare has been disrupted since a power surge damaged lifting equipment in
June 2008.

East Coast's plans to run seven weekday trains between Lincoln and London
from next summer have been scrapped.  The present one train a day in each
direction will instead continue to operate.

South Yorkshire
Freight services between Humber ports and West Yorkshire currently have to
run along the ECML for 14 miles, slowing passenger services.  The proposed
54m North Doncaster flyover will take freight trains from Stainforth Jn
over the ECML at Joan Croft Junction and on to the line to Knottingley.

Republic of Ireland
Iarnrd ireann has announced that passenger trains on the line between
Waterford and Rosslare will be withdrawn on Wednesday 21st July 2010.

Competition through the Chunnel
German state rail operator Deutsche Bahn has been in talks with London and
Continental Railways about running its trains through the Channel Tunnel.

The Austrian Federal Railways (BB) has awarded Finland's Pyry a contract
to oversee the upgrade project "Lambach-Breitenschtzing".  This involves
the diversion of the Spckbach river as well as new rail and road
infrastructure construction and renovation including several bridges and
underpasses as well as reconstruction of Neukirchen station.  In the
course of the project about 4km of the existing double-tracked line
between Vienna and Salzburg will be replaced with a new line.  The works
will start in August 2010 and shall be completed in October 2013.

The Slovenian Transport Ministry has released plans for restructuring of
railways operator Slovenske Zeleznice.

Employees of Azerbaijan railways have been seconded to work in Georgia on
the Baku-Tiblisi-Kars railway.

The Sultanate's railway project consists of four sections: 1) Sohar-Muscat
section (260km) with eight passenger stations, 2) Muscat-Duqm section
(526km) with nine passenger stations, 3) Sohar-Buraimi section (140km)
with four passenger stations, 4) Sohar-Khatmat Melaha section (58km) with
four passenger stations.  The twin-track electrified lines will be
operated at a speed of 125mph for passenger trains although the spec takes
into consideration a speed of 220mph.  Earlier in 2010 a feasibility study
was completed into the 306km part of the grid which links Oman with the
United Arab Emirates in preparation for linkage with a common a 1940km-
long Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) network.  Preliminary estimates show
that the design stage will take one and a half years whilst that the
project will take five years to complete.

Reopening of the line linking Luanda, Ndalatando and Malange is set for
late July 2010.

The public will have to wait a little longer for the reintroduction of the
Botswana Railways (BR) passenger service which was discontinued last year.

The Garib Rath express train is one of the premier trains introduced by
the Indian Railways in 2005 to provide fully air-conditioned travel for
those passengers who could not afford the expensive tickets of the fully
air-conditioned coaches as in Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express. Garib
Rath {the name means Poor Man's Chariot} was introduced on the basis of
running faster than most other express trains.  The maximum speed of Garib
Rath trains is 80mph which is the same as Rajdhani's top speed.  They also
have many amenities such as fridge, microwave oven, tv, cooler, fan and
toaster whilst a continuous electronic display shows distance remaining,
next station name and expected arrival.  The emergence of the Garib Rath
has led to more connections between commercially important routes, where
these trains run faster and make fewer stops.



RIP Colonel Michael Cobb, responsible for the recent two-volume atlas
based on old 1-inch OS maps, who died on 23rd June 2010.

Tunbridge Wells railway tunnel:

Development plans for Northampton Castle station:

Conon Bridge rail halt bid on right line:

Nuneaton North Chord approved:

Alnmouth to Alnwick rail link could re-open:

New Tamping machines for Balfour Beatty:

Tornado out of action:

Dounreay spanners for Strathspey Steam Railway:

Hornby Model Railway museum:

Vancouver Skytrain enhancements:

Tramway engineering progress:

Historic military vehicles being auctioned:

How to park in Budapest:

Gatwick Airport shuttle:

Students record spellbinding video of disintegrating spacecraft:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


03/07/10    BBC2  2000-2010
           "Coast"  Southport, Lancs

04/07/10    BBC2  1720-1820
           "James May's Toy Stories"  A full-size Airfix Spitfire

04/07/10    BBC1  1820-1850
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo in Lakeland

04/07/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "How to Build... a Jumbo Jet Engine"  (I did that once!)

05/07/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "How to Build... a Jumbo Jet Engine"  Rolls Royce Trent

05/07/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Recycling old warbirds

07/07/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "The Men Who Built the Liners"  Clyde shipbuilders

08/07/10    ITV1  1930-2000
           "Britain's Broken Roads"

08/07/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Glamour's Golden Age"  Between the Wars  2/3

09/07/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Cornwall and the Scillies


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.

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    Ongar Station Open Day

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

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

05/06/10    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield S3 8GG
           Ken Horan - a pot pourri + "Rails Across the Pond"
           Requested 2 donation on the door, includes sandwiches
           Starts 2000

06/07/10    Guided walks through Chesil Tunnel, Winchester
           Purchase tickets on 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-   Guildford Model Engineering Soc Model Steam Rally & Exhibition
11/07/10    Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1TU

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

15/07/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

16/07/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Beer Festival

17/07/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

17/07/10    Alton Limited 2010 All American Meet
           Four Marks Village Hall, Nr Alton, GU34 5AA
           1000-1630 both days
           Layouts, bring & buy, trade stands, demos

17/07/10    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Fish & Chip Quiz

18/07/10    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Classic Vehicles
           Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

18/07/10    Mid-Hants Railway: Bus Rally

18/07/10    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Senior Citizens Day

Cheers, Howard.
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