Subject: RAILDATE 30th July 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 30/07/2010, 18:04
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



You wait all this time for a model of the Blue Pullman, and then two come
along at once...  Hard on the heels of the news that Olivias Trains of
Sheffield have approached Heljan to produce an 00 gauge model of the
train (reported in Raildate 11th June) Bachmann have now announced that
they will be producing the 6-car Midland Pullman set, with the 8-car
Western units presumably following in due course:

Stop Press:  There is a rumour that Hornby is also producing a Blue Pullman model!

A great online map resource.  This takes you to a modern OS map of the Worthing
area, from which you can move to any other part of the country, or zoom in and out
to see different scale maps:

Old Maps have recently changed their interface and it is now much clearer
to see both the 2,500 and 10,560 for approximately 1880, 1899, 1910 and
1930 maps:

The Village Freehouse - a pub in Salisbury which uses a set of air horns
to call time.  Five minutes from the station and full of other memorabilia
as well...

If you're in Japan, you might want to stay here:

A bit of a railway miscellany here:

The BBC website has a slideshow of recent steam excursions in Cumbria:

Memories of Isle of Wight railways:

An article about Cannington viaduct on the Lyme Regis branch:

Interesting old photographs here, many of which need identifying:

Locomotive repair books, record cards, manufacturers' manuals and BR
drivers' manuals for many diesel types:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

All you wanted to know about ticket machines:
(Spotter: Glyn Waite)



The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight over Southampton Water, 24th July:

BBC version (not as good!)

Bellerophon steams at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway:

A three-part video of the Great Central Railway's Mail by Rail Gala.
Part 1 is here:
And another offering from Steam on the Web:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

5407 on the South Yorkshireman 20th Jan 2007:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

How trains lay their own track:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

Videos constantly being added here:


Bude Heritage Day takes place on 8th August, celebrating both the Bude
Canal and the achievements of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney.  It is based on Bude
Castle.  The Bude canal was built as a tub boat canal to carry beach sand
as a fertiliser to the acid farmland inland.  It relied almost exclusively
on inclined planes, which were also its weakness.  It is now navigable
from Bude to the foot of the first inclined plane Helebridge on the A39.
Sir Goldsworthy Gurney was a prolific inventor who never received proper
credit for his inventions.  These included a successful road steam
carriage, the Bude Light (a combination of limelight and light pipes)
which successfully illuminated the House of Commons, and the Steam Jet
which was the basis of all steam locomotive blastpipes.
(via Lawrence Hanney)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Crossrail & Thameslink
The foundations have been laid for London's major transport hub at
Faringdon station.  From 2017 upwards of 140 trains per hour will flow
through the station as north-south Thameslink, east-west Crossrail and LUL
services will all meet there.  It will be the only station from which
passengers will be able to access the three services and will mean that
Faringdon would surpass Clapham Junction as Britain's busiest station.

Manchester Metrolink
The newly-extended Queen's Road depot, that can now accommodate up to 44
trams, was officially opened on 15th July 2010.

The new line to Oldham and Rochdale will diverge from the Bury route at
Irk Valley Junction.  The points here will be reinstated by means of a
seven day blockade between Saturday 31st July and Friday 1st August.

Liverpool Overhead Railway
The last surviving coach from the LOR, the first elevated electric line in
the world, was moved on 28th July 2010, from a secret location to the new
Museum of Liverpool.

Airdrie-Bathgate reopening
The first test trains will run in October 2010 with the relocated Bathgate
station opening on 17th October and services commencing in December.

More railways in Tibet:

The long-dreamed of Mindanao Railway System (MRS) aims to connect urban
centres and provincial capitals in Mindanao such as Zamboanga, Pagadian,
Dipolog, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Marawi, Cotabato, and Davao. Construction
is scheduled to start in 2011 with the initial phase connecting Mindanao
and the new airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental in use by 2013.

On 16th July, the governments of Mozambique and Botswana signed a
memorandum of understanding for the the building of a 1,100km line from
Serule in Botswana through Zimbabwe, connecting with a deep water port
being developed at Techobanine Point, in Mozambique's southernmost
district of Matutuine.  The envisaged port would be able to handle bulk
ships, oil tankers and passenger vessels.



Prospect of change in law on 'hazard' rail crossings:

Plans for Crystal Palace railway station:

Helmsdale station appeal:

Hospital rail link idea wins prize:

Signal failure at Havant delays thousands of people's journeys:

Inverness railway crash excavator 'ran away':
RAIB report:

Repowering Grand Central HST power cars:

New Hunslet diesel shunter design:

Level crossing incident at Stow Park(Gainsborough/Lincoln):

Crossings risk flagged up by reformers:

Rolling stock failures on Victoria Line:

Tyne & Wear Metro anti trespass action:

Campaigners win Gosport to Fareham transit route appeal:

Fire at Watercress Line:

Return of steam to the Helston branch:

Swanage to be reconnected to network:

Keynsham 'chocolate' loco tracked down in a garden:

Deltic testing on GCR:

0-4-0ST Bon-Accord locomotive restored in Deeside:

Restored locomotive 2807 set for GWR railway comeback:

Deutsche Bahn to run ICE3 to Britain this year:

One dead and 42 injured as Swiss train derails in Alps:

Austrian train hits car transporter:

Beira port improvements:

Strike threat on Sheffield tram system:

Folkestone Leas Cliff railway:

Fred Dibnah's traction engine sold:

Vulcan XH558 flypast at RNAS Culdrose:

Bolivian budget air travel:

End of iconic Gateshead 'Get Carter' car park:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


31/07/10    Five  1030-1130
           "The Man Who Moves Buildings"

01/08/10    BBC4  1900-2000
           "Behind the Scenes at the Museum"  A vehicle museum in Lancs

02/08/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Britain's Park Story"  Dan Cruickshank's history of parks

02/08/10    BBC4  2330-0030
           "Britain's Park Story"  Dan Cruickshank's history of parks

03/08/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Coast"  1/8 The Irish Sea

04/08/10    BBC2  2000-2100
           "Coast"  3/8 Brittany

04/08/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Britain's Park Story"  Dan Cruickshank's history of parks

04/08/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Deadliest Crash: the Le Mans 1955 Disaster"

05/08/10    Five  2000-2100
           "The Man Who Moves Buildings"  4/4

06/08/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "The Great British Home Movie Roadshow"  1/5


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.

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    Barnstaple Model Exibition
           Christ Church, Bear St, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 7BU

31/07/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Steam Gala Part 1
01/08/10    Guest appearance by Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT "Bellerophon"

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

04/08/10    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Choo Choo Tracks
           An evening of live music featuring vintage trains
           Guest appearance by Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT "Bellerophon"
           Starts 1930 (platform opens from 1830)
           Rail Ale Bar and refreshments, BBQ and spit roast

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
08/08/10    Guest appearance by Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT "Bellerophon"

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    Bude Heritage Day, Bude Castle
           Celebrating both the Bude Canal and the achievements of Sir
           Goldsworthy Gurney

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

10/08/10    Talyllyn Railway: Floral Train

11/08/10    Didcot Railway Centre: Enhanced Steamdays

11/08/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers Mad Hatter's Tea Party

11/08/10    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

14/08/10    Shaftsbury Book Fair
           United Church Hall, Bell Street, SP7 8AR

14/08/10    Wittering & District Railway Circle Model Railway Exhibition
           West Wittering Memorial Hall, Elms Lane, W Wittering, PO20 8LW

14/08/10    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Chinnor Wine & Dine

14/08/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers on the Toyland Express

14/08/10-   Crich Tramway Village: 1940s Weekend

14/08/10-   Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Jack the Station Cat

15/08/10    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Diesel Day

15/08/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers Drum/Percussion Fun Day

Cheers, Howard.
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