Subject: RAILDATE 16th July 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 16/07/2010, 20:50
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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


Nigel Bird's latest Railway Book Catalogue (No 70) is now available:

Richard Maund points out that the website given last week for Semaphore
Online, which gives news and reports of progress on the Avon Valley
Railway, has not been updated since 2005.  For more recent news, go to the
main page for the railway, and click on the "News" button:

Eastleigh Museum has a "Titanic: Honour and Glory" exhibition running from
10th July to 11th September.  It tells the story of Titanic and her
sister ships Olympic and Britannic.  Admission is free.

Hornby has opened a Visitor Centre at its Margate HQ:

Buses on Malta:


The Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" flight-test airplane, ZA003, will touch down
at Farnborough on Sunday 18th July at approximately 0900hrs, and will
remain on static display through to midday on Tuesday 20th July.  It will
be open for tours on a scheduled basis on 19th/20th July. (The Farnborough
Airshow runs between the 19th and the 25th, but I have no idea how you get
on one of these tours!)  Boeing is using ZA003 to test and certify seats,
galleys and associated cabin safety and comfort systems.  After taking off
for the USA on 20th July, it will do a flypast of the Derby Rolls-Royce
site at approximately 1700hrs, accompanied by a Spitfire and a Hurricane.
(You may have seen the recent BBC2 programme about the building of the
Trent engines at RR Derby.)
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)


Edward Hopper SR to BRB 1925-68

Raildate reader, Maurice Hopper, is seeking information about his father
Edward, and writes...

I am researching my Father's career in the railway.  He started in the GM
managers office at Waterloo becoming personal assistant to John Elliot.
After nationalisation he moved to 222, becoming Chief Training Officer for
the BRB.  He was involved in designing and running many courses for
railwaymen.  Of especial interest are the General Railway Course held at
Dillington House in Somerset and the Railway Study Visits to various
European countries.  He was also responsible for selecting graduate
entrants into the railway.  After he had retired my Father also ran a
series of railway courses in the 1970s for the Worker Education
Association in the Croydon and Epsom area.  I would be very pleased to
hear from anyone who may have had contact with him at these times.
mauricehopper(at) (replace "(at)" with @)



Compilation of the best videos of 2010 so far from "605 Videos":
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A recent video showing most of the Weymouth Harbour tramway in its
current state:

Rare tour inside an abandoned tube station - St Marys:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Many people have commented favourably on the Plattling station webcam,
featured in a previous Raildate.  Here's a time-lapse video of a hump-
shunting yard in Switzerland:

Abbey Road zebra crossing webcam:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Crossrail
Paddington's Hammersmith & City line platforms will be closed and services
west of Edgware Road to Hamersmith suspended from 24th July to 15th August
while the canopy is removed and existing platforms lengthened.  For these
three weeks the Circle line reverts to its clockwise and ant-clockwise
operation without the extra section to Hammersmith.

Castle Donington
Developer Clowes has signed a deal with Network Rail for rail access to
the former Castle Donington Power station site on the Sheet Stores Jn-
Stenson Jn.  Work is expected to start in January 2011 on converting it
into a business and distribution park.

Dovey Junction
The Aberystwyth line platform has been extended, and a passing loop
installed.  This will enable to trains to cross there when the planned
hourly service is implemented.  See also

75th anniversary of Kerr's Miniature Railway:

The French Government has indicated that it will not comply with a demand
from the European Commission that SNCF be transformed into the equivalent
of a public limited company.  In July 2008 the EC decreed that any country
providing unlimited state guarantees must remove them within a period of
two years.

The General Manager of the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ)
claims that the entire rail network faces collapse because of neglect.
Zimbabwe's rail network, once a hub of regional transport, stretches for
3,077km and is so dilapidated that the World Bank has recommended the
closure of some lines.  According to a 212-page draft, the government is
considering "a separate body to own/operate infrastructure while the rail
services are opened up to a number of sector players for a fee".


And finally - this may be of interest to those with Yahoo accounts...

Yahoo is using "Web Beacons" to track users around the net, to see what
you are doing and where you are going.  You can see their privacy
statement here:

About half-way down the page, in the section "Outside the Yahoo! Network",
you'll see a link that will let you "opt-out" of this.  Once you have
clicked the link, you are opted out, but you can opt in again on the next
page.  (You should be logged in with your Yahoo userid when doing this,
and you need to opt out from all computers that you use to access Yahoo.)



New 20m road and rail bridge plan for Penrhyndeudraeth:

Businessmen lobby for regional high-speed rail link:

New seat fabric design for LUL:

Track stolen:

Teignmouth stroke victim's wheelchair train 'ban':

Repainted Freightliner class 90:

Manning Wardle 2-6-2T back on the L&B in September...?

Monkwearmouth station museum on track for restoration:

Californians bare bottoms for passing trains:

Ryanair apologises for "Pinocchio" adverts:

Heritage centre proposed for RAF Coltishall:

Record of RAF Coltishall's last day in 2006:

Drought closure of Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Hampshire workmen paint white lines around dead badger:

Pump stolen from Parys Mountain:

Bemrose Booth goes into administration:
(As well as their current ticket printing contract, Bemrose, who were
founded in 1826, were large suppliers of timetables to the Midland Railway
and the LMS)

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Glynn Waite


17/07/10    Five  1035-1135
           "The Man Who Moves Buildings" 1/4

22/07/10    Five  2000-2100
           "The Man Who Moves Buildings" 2/4

23/07/10    BBC2  2100-2155
           "Monsoon Railway"  1/2


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.

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

17/07/10    Escorted walks through Combe Down Tunnel

17/07/10    Rye Book Fair
           Rye College, The Grove, Rye, TN31 7NQ

17/07/10-   CamRail
18/07/10    Saint Margarets Hall, Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts
           1100-1730 both days

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

21/07/10    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

24/07/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast along Southampton
           Water (also in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the
           Battle of Britain)
           Best viewing points will be from Royal Victoria Country Park
           and along Hamble foreshore, although if sunny, better viewing
           might be from the other side of Southampton Water: Frost Lane,
           Hythe Pier or /Hythe Marina

24/07/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: Enhanced Steamdays

24/07/10-   Bluebell Toy & Rail Collectors' Fair
25/07/10    1000-1600 both days

24/07/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Heritage Bus & Rail Gala

24/07/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Children's Weekend

25/07/10    Gauge 0 Guild Open Day
           Otterbourne Village hall, Nr Winchester, Hants

25/07/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Gordon-Keeble Car 100-mile Rally
           Around 40 cars rally around South Hants

25/07/10    Crich Tramway Village: Mini Meet

27/07/10    Guided walks through Chesil Tunnel, Winchester
           Purchase tickets on the day from the Tourist Information Centre
           4.50 adult, 1 child

31/07/10    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Auto Jumble & Bikes
           Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

31/07/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

31/07/10    New Forest Book Fair
           The Community Centre, High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

31/07/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Steam Gala Part 1

31/07/10-   Cromford (Derbyshire) Steam Rally

31/07/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Rail Ale Festival

31/07/10-   Swanage Railway: Swanage Regatta and Carnival

01/08/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

01/08/10    Twyford Waterworks Industrial Narrow Gauge & Rural Crafts

01/08/10    Provincial Society Bus Rally
           Stokes Bay, Gosport

01/08/10    West Somerset Railway: Toys & Train Collectors Fair
           Minehead station

01/08/10    Crich Tramway Village: Emergency Vehicles Day

Cheers, Howard.
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