Subject: RAILDATE 23rd July 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 23/07/2010, 16:04
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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


Hush-Hush - The Story of LNER 10000
by William Brown

From his first encounter as a child with a model that seemed more like a
spaceship than a locomotive, author William Brown has been fascinated by
10000.  Meticulous research, involving hundreds of documents, has allowed
him to piece together for the first time the true story of this intriguing
part of LNER history, and the far-reaching effects it had on steam
locomotive development.

Dissatisfied with all the previously available published works about this
unique locomotive, the author took advantage of working at the National
Railway Museum to seek out as much primary source material as he could
find, culminating in the discovery of "the file" - a wide-ranging and
motley collection of original North Road Works documentation relating to
the locomotive.

The sheer volume of information (most of it out of chronological order,
and including original memos from Gresley to Bulleid, Thompson, and the
like) took months and years to sort and collate, but the result is a book
that, for the first time, chronicles the full story of Gresley's
"Hush-Hush" project.

Hard-back, 279mm x 218mm over covers
128 pages with 124 photographs and drawings
ISBN 978-1-905505-15-9
Price: 19.95



Historic Railway Buildings of SE England:

Railway Stations UK:

Pre-war railway colour photos:

A group dedicated to hauled coaching stock on the Southern Railway, its
predecessors and BR Southern Region:

A group dedicated to hauled coaching stock in the British Railways era:

Elegant Steam - British steam locomotive liveries:

Instow signal box
(Spotter: Lawrence Hanney)

Some transcriptions of Argo Transacord recording are available on CD
from SPV:

A new set of Great British Railways stamps will be released on 19th
August.  No details on the Royal Mail site yet, but there are apparently
more to come in 2011:



Barry Knapper has compiled a video of various 8F clips he has videoed:

Pendon museum by Bob Symes:
Part 1
Part 2
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A trolleybus ride from an unusual position.  (Part 1 - parts 2 and 3
also available.)
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Australian clips starting with G512 leads G515 on freight train service
MA2 - Railways in Victoria, Australia:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)


An exploration of Crimson Hill Canal Tunnel, Somerset:

Hardham Tunnel on the Arun Navigation:

The Wey & Arun Canal:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Underground
LUL has cancelled the previously reported Northern Line evening closures.
Following its takeover of Tube Lines it intends reviewing the planned
upgrade and the closures needed to achieve it.

London Blackfriars
As part of the project to rebuild Blackfriars station trains will run
through it but not stop there from 20th November until 16th January 2011

A project to redevelop the station includes a new station building, multi-
storey car park, footbridge and platform canopies.

Manchester Metrolink
The Government's 170m funding for the Ashton and Didsbury extensions,
previously reported to be under threat, will now be allowed to go ahead.

Enjoy a photo gallery of Leeds railways from the 20th century (Yorkshire

Historic 'railway on water' returns to Leeds for waterfront festival

Take a ride on the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway, Colorado.

Argentina and China have signed an agreement for Beijing to invest US$10bn
in Argentina's railways.  The deal includes a US$2.5bn project to upgrade
the rail system of Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires.

MTR's $8.6bn high-speed line being built in Hong Kong, due to be completed
by August 2015, may be completed ahead of schedule.  Piling and tunneling
work has already begun on the 16-mile underground railway connecting
downtown Hong Kong to the border with China.  Trains will run at up to 217
mph on the new line, which will form part of a 87-mile line running to
Shenzhen and Guangzhou.  It will also link into the planned high-speed
rail network cutting Hong Kong-Beijing times by more than half to 10hrs.
The Hong Kong government plans to construct an underground terminal for
the railway in West Kowloon, which is across Victoria Harbour from Hong
Kong Island.

Beijing-Shanghai HS line is to start laying track in August 2010 with
track laid in the test section from Zaozhuang to Bengbu on 19th July. This
section will begin the first trial run in December.  At 1,318km, the
Beijing-Shanghai line will be the world's longest express railway with a
speed of 350kph.



Wolverton Works Open Weekend postponed:

Birmingham-Cannock-Rugeley train service to be reduced:

Newport-Ebbw Vale service decision next year:

EU subsidy for new timetable software:

ORR letters concerning train planning software in Network Rail:

RAIB report - injury to a loader at Hoo Junction:

RAIB report - collision between a wagon door and a signal:

Opening of Combe Down Tunnel:

A piece of rail history at Whitemoor yard:

Historic railway plans to be exhibited at Ilkley bookfair:

New steam train service for Weymouth:

Carriages destroyed by fire at Bluebell Railway:

Restoration aim for slate mine electric locos:

World's tallest train set:

Boeing 787 arrives at Farnborough Airshow:

Boeing 787 flypast over Rolls Royce Derby:

BMIBaby bird strike at Jersey:

Unexploded bomb halts Sandbanks chain ferry:

Change of status proposed for Kennet and Avon canal:

Proposed bus fare increases on Guernsey:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


24/07/10    Five  1130-1230
           "Building the Super Tower: Megastructures"  Bahrain

24/07/10    BBC2  1800-1850
           "Monsoon Railway"  2/2

24/07/10    BBC4  1145-0045
           "Ian Hislop Goes Off the Rails"  A look at the Beeching cuts

25/07/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Coast"  New series, 1/8 - the Irish Sea

25/07/10    BBC2  2300-0000
           "Deadliest Crash: the Le Mans 1955 Disaster"

26/07/10    BBC1 West  1930-2000
           "Filton's Fabulous Flying Machines"  Bristol's aero industry

27/07/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Ride of My Life": the Story of the Bicycle"

28/07/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Coast"  New series, 2/8 - Swanage to Lands End

29/07/10    Five  2000-2100
           "The Man Who Moves Buildings"  3/4

30/07/10    C4  1930-2000
           "One Under"  The effects of suicides on the Underground


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.

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    Midland Railway Society Illustrated Talk
           Royal Hotel, Kettering, NN16 0AJ
           "The Early History of the West Coast Mainline in Rugby"
           by Stephen Weston
           Society bookstall available from 1100, talk commences 1330

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

03/08/10    Talyllyn Railway: Murder Mystery

05/08/10    Talyllyn Railway: Teddy Bears' Picnic

06/08/10-   Bluebell Railway: 50th Anniversary

07/08/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers on the Toyland Express

07/08/10-   West Somerset Railway: Steam Fair & Vintage Vehicle Rally
08/08/10    Norton Fitzwarren station

07/08/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Steam Gala Part 2

07/08/10-   Leawood Pump Steaming Weekend, Cromford Canal

07/08/10-   Peak Rail: 1940s Weekend

07/08/10-   Cleveland Model Railway Club 2010 Exhibition
08/08/10    Redcar & Cleveland College, Corporation Road, Redcar
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

07/08/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Day Out with Thomas

08/08/10    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Annual Gala Day

08/08/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers Teddy Bears Picnic

Cheers, Howard.
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