Subject: RAILDATE 13th August 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 13/08/2010, 18:40
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RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society:

This will be the last edition until after the Editor's Summer holiday -
Raildate will resume on 10th September.  There is an extra-long Dates
section this week.



David Ford's East Midlands and Lincolnshire Railway Archive:

Steam Railway Photos by Dave Bowles:

Mike Cawood's photographs:

A variety of photographs (not all rail) from Howard Harrison:

A new discussion group that covers the three extant tram systems in the
Isle of Man - Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell mountain railway and the
Douglas promenade horse-drawn trams:

The North Eastern Railway 1903 Electric Autocar Trust:

BBC Radio 4 - Coast & Country Podcast: "Railway Children at 40"
(duration: 25 mins). Helen Mark visits the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
to celebrate 40 years of The Railway Children:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Riding the Skunk Train:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Nick Wheat has been running the British Transport Films website for many
He has now started a blog where he records all updates as they happen.
From here, you have the option of getting  email notifications or
subscribing to an RSS feed when he updates the main site.  You can also
leave comments on the various posts.


The Moseley Railway Trust has made good progress with the construction of
the 2ft gauge Apedale Valley Light Railway near Newcastle-Under-Lyne,
North Staffordshire.  Operation of public passenger trains is expected to
commence during the summer of 2010.  A Grand Opening Gala will be held at
Apedale on 18th/19th September, during which the official opening ceremony
will take place - hopefully with a VIP "cutting the ribbon".

It is planned that three locomotives will be in steam, with a range of IC
locos also operating.  In all there should be over 65 locomotives present.
There will also be a number of NG model railways and a wide range of
traders, vintage vehicles and other attractions.  The adjacent Apedale
Heritage Centre will be running underground tours of their coal mine, and
the caf will be serving their legendary oatcakes.



Leigh Gration's video of the Bellerophon farewell double-header on the
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on 8th August:

Recent video of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Pacific National Steelink on the broad gauge - Victorian Railways,
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)


More on T gauge (3mm gauge) - this is in German:

Which translates to...
Uwe Fenk has built a QTT (quarter TT scale = T scale) model of a part of
Berlin.  Apparently this QTT scale (1:480, 3mm gauge track) is very close
to the 1:500 scale used as a standard scale for architectural models, so
he was able to combine an existing architectural model of central Berlin
(built for planning purposes in the mid-1990s) with a T scale ICE train
(and others).  To make this work, he has developed various German vehicles
that are shown in the diagrams and photos - steam (18-201), EMU (ICE and
Berlin S-Bahn) and electric (E101).  He built the ICE and the others using
drives from the Japanese (KK Eishindo) models, which were actually built
for the 1:450 T scale, but the difference probably does not matter, as
they all run on 3mm guage track.
(Translated by John Russell of the SEmG List)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Docklands Light Railway
A new timetable was introduced in July with the aim of increasing capacity
by 11%.  Frequency in the morning peak on the Bank-Lewisham route, for
example, has gone up from from 13 to 15 trains per hour.

East-West Rail
A planning application for up to 5,311 dwellings at Newton Longville,
submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council in June, includes a site for
a new station.

Construction of the 1580 yd Nuneaton North Chord, providing an improved
link for freight trains between the Leicester-Birmingham line and the WCML
by removing conflicting moves across the station, is to go ahead.  It will
run from the Birmingham side of the existing flyover that spans the WCML
and join it near Canal Farm.  Work is due to begin early in 2011 with
completion towards the end of 2012.

Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first railway to
be built purely by enthusiasts and volunteers in the UK, it is planned to
hold a "LCLR 50" weekend on 4th/5th September 2010 at the recently
re-opened line's new site at Skegness Water Leisure Park.

Phase 1 of the upgrade of Central station, completed in 2009, saw a new
travel centre and shops opened.  Merseytravel is now seeking contractors
for the second phase, which will see improvements to the concourse,
waiting rooms and toilets.  The final phase is to expand platform space
but to allow this Moorfield station will first have to be refurbished and
improved to cope with displaced passengers.

After several failed attempts it appears agreement may be close on the
type of road traffic control measures needed to allow work to start on the
2m station forecourt improvement scheme.

Network Rail has applied for permission to install new signals on
platforms 9 amd 10 at York as part of a remodelling scheme with the aim of
making it easier for trains to enter and leave the station.  The project
would involve laying an additional line between the Holgate Junction
bottleneck and the station.  The aim is for the overall scheme to be
completed by 2014 without harming the station's listed status.

Planned public transport improvements include moving the bus station
nearer to the railway station at the top of North Road.

Timbers of the 1893 NER-designed 1,700ft long and listed Dunstan Staithes
were ravaged by another serious fire on 7th July.

North Wales
A new 20m road/rail bridge is planned on the Cambrian Coast line to
replace the currently privately-owned Pont Briwet toll bridge at
Penrhyndeudraeth near Porthmadog.  Consent will be required to demolish
the present 1860 Grade 2 listed structure which is in a poor state of

Republic of Ireland
Most of the new and relocated stations built as a result of the
quadrupling of the main Dublin-Cork line to cope with growth in Dublin's
suburban traffic are now in service.  The exception is the three-
platformed Kishogue which, although well advanced, is now unlikely to open
because new housing that it would serve has not materialised.

Stamps and railways
125 years of the Malayan Railways:

Morocco Railways (ONCF) is to invest $3 billion in expanding the network.

Indian Railways have suspended services for an indefinite period in the
Kashmir Valley following violent attacks by mobs who torched railway
stations and targeted tracks in some towns.

India is to extend its railway network to two more places along the
India-Bangladesh border to improve connectivity between the two countries.



Rise in Devon and Cornwall branch line train users

County Durham 'first choice' for super trains:

East Coast asked to commission new 11-car Pendolino train:

Bombardier to hire 400 temporary workers:

Plumpton to trial hourly service:

Driverless train runs for almost four miles on the London Underground:

Men jailed for trying to derail train:

Two men jailed for the theft of brass plaques from a World War I memorial in Derby:

New lease of life for one of the world's oldest surviving stations:

"One last push" for Ecclesbourne Valley railway:

China developing 600 mph airless maglev high-speed train:

Cambridgeshire guided bus way saga continues:

Southampton Spitfire design entry deadline arrives:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Lawrence Hanney, Reg Nerps


14/08/10    BBC2  1830-1930
           "Coast"  4/8 Gower to Anglesey

15/08/10    BBC1  1800-1830
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo on the Forth Bridge

15/08/10    BBC4  1900-2000
           "Behind the Scenes at the Museum"  National Waterways Museum

15/08/10    BBC1  2100-2200
           "Secret Britain"  The Crowded South 1/4

16/08/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?" Navigating ships through the Panama Canal

17/08/10    BBC Radio 4  0900-0930
           "What's the Point of... the RAF?"

17/08/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  5/8 Ireland's north-west coast

17/08/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Chris Barrie's Massive Speed" The evolution of the motorcycle

17/08/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Great Railway Adventures"  With Dan Cruickshank 2/3

17/08/10    BBC Radio 4  2130-2200
           "What's the Point of... the RAF?"

17/08/10    BBC Radio 4  2330-0000
           "Tickets Please"  Comedy set on a London-Exeter train 2/4

18/08/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "History of the Future: Cars"  How we thought cars would look

18/08/10    BBC2  2000-2100
           "Coast"  6/8  The Caledonian Canal

19/08/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Megastructures"  The port of Rotterdam

20/08/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "The Great British Home Movie Roadshow"  3/5


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.

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

24/08/10    Talk: Railway Geneology by Dr Di Drummond
           Clay Cross Social Centre, Nr Chesterfield, Derbyshire
           Starts 1800

26/08/10    Talyllyn Railway: Children's Duncan Day

28/08/10    Guided walks through Chesil Tunnel, Winchester
           1115-1245 and 1415-1545
           Purchase tickets on the day from the Tourist Information
           4.50 adult, 1 child

28/08/10    Talyllyn Railway: Young Volunteers' Day

28/08/10    Talyllyn Railway: Series One lad Rover Gathering

28/08/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: GWR 175 (third of four special events)

28/08/10-   Festival of Transport
30/08/10    Broad farm, Hellingly, East Sussex

28/08/10-   Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Teddy Bear Days

28/08/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Summer Bank Holiday Open Days

28/08/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Sutton '60s Weekend

29/08/10    Havant Book Fair
           St Faith's Hall, The Pallant, Havant, PO9 1BE

29/08/10-   Crich Tramway Village: Blackpool Bank Holiday Extravaganza

29/08/10-   Leawood Pump Steaming Weekend, Cromford Canal

01/09/10    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

01/09/10-   Great Dorset Steam Fair
05/09/10    Tarrant Hinton, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HX

02/09/10-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Steam Gala & Real Ale Festival

03/09/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Grand Steam Gala

04/09/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Lecture: The Age of the Flying Boat by David Whatley
           Lecture Theatre, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
           (Use Art Gallery/Library entrance by fountain)
           Starts: 1100

04/09/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Lecture: The Quest for Speed
           Lecture Theatre, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
           (Use Art Gallery/Library entrance by fountain)
           Starts: 1400

04/09/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

04/09/10    Wimborne Book Fair (tbc - see website)
           Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS

04/09/10-   Modelex 2010, Andover
05/09/10    John Hanson School, Floral Way, Andover, SP10 3PB
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

04/09/10-   West Somerset Railway: Late Summer Weekend
05/09/10    GWR 175 "The Penultimate Act"

05/09/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

05/09/10    Crich Tramway Village: Beetle Drive

06/09/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Lecture: The Spitfire by Colin van Geffen
           Lecture Theatre, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
           (Use Art Gallery/Library entrance by fountain)
           Starts: 1900

09/09/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

10/09/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

10/09/10-   Swanage Railway: Grand Steam Gala and Vintage Transport Rally

10/09/10-   Llangollen Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

10/09/10-   Welsh Highland Railway: Super Power Weekend

11/09/10    Shaftsbury Book Fair
           United Church Hall, Bell Street, SP7 8AR

11/09/10-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Day Out With Thomas

11/09/10-   Romsey Signal Box Open Day - Heritage Open Day Weekend
12/09/10    Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

11/09/10-   Worthing MRC Model Railway Exhibition
12/09/10    Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, BN13 1JX
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

11/09/10-   Kew Bridge Steam Museum: Internal Combustion Galore

11/09/10-   West Somerset Railway: CAMRA Real Ale Festival
12/09/10    Minehead station

11/09/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Wirskworth Festival Open Days

11/09/10-   The EM Gauge Society expoEM North 2010
12/09/10    Colne Valley Leisure Centre, New Street, Slaithwaite, HD7 5AB

16/09/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

18/09/10    CANCELLED - The Monsal Trail Tunnel Walks
           Walk commences at Bakewell and finishes at the site of
           Blackwell Mill Halt - return by coach to Bakewell
           For further details, send an SAE to the organiser:
           Stuart Smith, 5 Sedgebrook Close, Oakwood, Derby, DE21 2DX

18/09/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Famous '40s Weekend

18/09/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Home Fleet Weekend

18/09/10-   Moseley Railway Trust: Apedale Valley Light Rly Opening Gala
19/09/10    Newcastle-Under-Lyme, North Staffordshire

19/09/10    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: WWII Event
           Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

19/09/10    Crich Tramway Village: Classic Ford Day

Cheers, Howard.
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