Subject: RAILDATE 6th August 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 06/08/2010, 20:41
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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

Next week's edition of Raildate (13th August) will be the last until after
the Editor's Summer holiday.  Raildate will resume on 10th September.



No sooner had last week's Raildate been published than more news about the
various Blue Pullman models emerged.  Given Bachmann's announcement that
they are to produce a model, Olivia's Trains of Sheffield have decided to
abandon their proposed Heljan model.  However, it seems that Hornby are
still seriously considering their own version, but word is that their's
will be aimed more at the junior market.  Interesting times...!

Isle of Wight Railway Restoration is through to the finals of the National
Lottery Good Causes Awards, having been in the top 3 in the semi-finals.
If they win, they will use the prize to complete the restoration of 107-
year-old former LBSCR carriage 2403, which is being adapted for passengers
in wheelchairs.  The winner will be announced on a special BBC1 TV
programme on 4th September.  You can now vote for them to win (by noon on
13th August) at:

An interesting selection of signal box diagrams:

A rather rambling website full of, well, stuff!  Largely based around
the Plymouth area, it has tons of historical information and photos,
including railways!

Photographs of steam locomotives past and present:

Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum (no, really...)

Railway poster slide show:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Pertinent words from "The Fact Compiler" regarding the statue of Terence
Cuneo st Waterloo:



The view from the front of an engine travelling to Ilfracombe in 1898
(the line opened in 1874):
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Turkish 8F and others locos on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Barry Knapper's video of Bellerophon at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
on 1st August:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Underground
1973 stock will have to soldier on in service on the Piccadilly Line for
at least another eight years following cancellation of new stock for the

The upgrade project for the inter-terminal transit system (usually
referred to as a rubber-tyred people mover) at Gatwick Airport was
completed on 30th June 2010.  Bombardier's USA plant supplied six new
Innova 100 automated vehicles for the upgrade.

Watford-St Albans
The conversion of the six-mile Watford-St Albans branch into a tram line
came a step closer in July with Herts CC calling on contractors to
register an interest in designing, delivering and operating the line.

First TransPennine Express has reintroduced direct trains between Glasgow
and Blackpool 18 years after they last ran.  The new service started on
2nd July, outwards from Glasgow at 12.54 on Fridays or 10.10 Saturdays.
From Blackpool it returns at 13.15 Saturdays and 17.30 Sundays until 5th

The former GN/L&Y Wakefield Kirkgate station, one of the most criticised
on the network, now has better facilities.  These include improvements to
the subway and CCTV as well as a refurbished entrance lobby.  A resurfaced
car park now allows a local free bus to call at the station.

The National Railway Museum tells the rail story of the Great British

Republic of Ireland
The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) underground project consists of a
7.6km tunnel linking the existing northern DART line at Clontarf Road to
Heuston main line station.  It will have five underground stations in the
city centre plus a new surface station at Inchicore west of Heuston.
Iarnrd ireann has prepared a Railway Order to gain planning permission
and it is hoped that work can start in 2012/13 with services running by

The reconstructed Haut-Bugey line from Bourg en Bress to Bellegarde
reopens in December 2010.  It will be used by Paris-Geneva TGVs diverted
away from the longer southern route via Culoz (between Bellegarde and

The French, Spanish and Portuguese governments have agreed to coordinate
the planning and development of high speed lines planned or under
construction that will eventually connect the three countries.  The
creation of a multi-national operating company (involving the state
railway companies SNCF, RENFE and CP) based on the Thalys model was also
agreed as the preferred way of operating future international services.

The Portuguese section of the Lisbon-Madrid route will go from the suburbs
of Lisbon, via a new bridge over the Tajo Estuary, to the Spanish border
near Badajoz (including a station to serve Evora).  Assuming agreement is
reached on funding for the Spanish section the intention is to complete
the new line in both countries by 2013.  Through services will make the
Lisbon-Madrid journey in 2h 45m; currently the only direct rail connection
is an overnight hotel train that takes over 9 hrs!

Czech Republic
Work on a 6km extension of Prague Metro Line A to the residential suburb
of Motol started in April.  It will have three intermediate stations and
is due to open in 2014.  A further 6.9km extension to the international
airport is planned by 2021.

The first phase of the 9.8km Bybanen light rail project between Bergen
town centre and Nesttun was opened on 22nd June 2010.  A 2.5km extension
to Radal has been agreed and future extensions to the network are planned.

A Russian Consortium wins the tender to build a 7km tunnel and other work
on section B of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed line.

Completion of of the 2km long rail bridge carrying the East Central
Railway over the Kosi at Nirmali in North Bihar (close to the border with
Nepal) is 2-3 years behind schedule.

Sri Lanka
The Government has accelerated the construction on the first phase of the
proposed Matara-Kataragama line from Matara to Beliatta.

However, local signal engineers snubbed in deal with Chinese.

Whopping cost of China's high-speed railway system.

A visit to the Railway Museum in Saitama city:



Teenager injured in fall at Swaythling:

Historic Furness Railway buildings to make way for marina:

Rail staff 'banned from London Olympics volunteering':

Robert the Engine gets makeover for London 2012 transport investment:

Funding crisis delays decision on Swindon-Kemble line:

Traffic increase on West Country branch lines:

Arriva Trains Wales stock refurbishment:

Concerns over north Scotland to London rail links:

RAIB report - derailment at Windsor and Eton Riverside station:

RAIB report - Overhead line failure at St Pancras International:

RAIB report - Meridian unit broken axle Market Harborough Feb 2010:

Isle of Wight locomotive No 24 "Calbourne" back in service:

Lyd has moved under its own steam

Enthusiast buys 9F steam locomotive:

Forgotten Eurotunnel passengers taken back to England:

World's oldest steam locomotive to chug again:

Fast rail link risks derailing Franco-German relations:

High Speed Rail development in China:

Ultra Light Rail for Bristol...?

Bus service increases for Notts/Derby:

On board announcements planned for Nottingham City Transport buses:

China's "Straddling bus" idea:

Part of Leeds-Liverpool Canal closes to save water:

Southampton's Titanic museum plan gets green light

RAF Hawk training aircraft grounded:

And then, flying ban lifted:

Engine fire on Birmingham-Tenerife flight:

WW2 flypast planned near Winchester on 20th August:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Lawrence Hanney, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Ralph


07/08/10    Five  1130-1230
           "The Man Who Moves Buildings"  An 1854-built church is moved

07/08/10    BBC2  1700-1800
           "The Great British Home Movie Roadshow"  1/5

07/08/10    BBC2  1800-1900
           "Coast"  2/8 Britain's south-west coast

08/08/10    BBC1  1800-1830
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo in the Borders

08/08/10    BBC1  1830-1930
           "Antiques Roadshow"  At Brooklands Motor & Aviation Museum

08/08/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Coast"  4/8 Gower to Anglesey

10/08/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  3/8 Brittany

10/08/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Great Railway Adventures"  With Dan Cruickshank

10/08/10    BBC Radio 4  2330-0000
           "Tickets Please"  Comedy set on a London-Exeter train 1/4

11/08/10    BBC2  2000-2100
           "Coast"  5/8 Galway to Arranmore Island

11/08/10    BBC Radio 4  2100-2130
           "Frontiers: Hydrogen for Transport"

12/08/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Megastructures"  The C-5 Galaxy

13/08/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "The Great British Home Movie Roadshow"  2/5


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.

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

18/08/10    Didcot Railway Centre: Enhanced Steamdays

20/08/10    WW2 flypast near Winchester

21/08/10    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Lakeside Dog Fun Day

21/08/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

21/08/10    Talyllyn Railway: Race the Train

21/08/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: Enhanced Steamdays

21/08/10-   Bluebell Railway: Vintage Transport

22/08/10    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Railway Event
           Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

Cheers, Howard.
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