Subject: RAILDATE 10th September 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 10/09/2010, 16:06
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



A new discussion group covering railways of London and the South-east:

Great industrial photography by Maurice Broomfield:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Hidden posters of Notting Hill Gate Tube station, 2010
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

An interesting Radio Times from 1937:

Rail engineer magazine
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

This year's Heritage Open Days:

Terry Bye's "Coup News" continues to go from strength to strength.
Published monthly as a PDF it contains much information about Pullman Car
Services.  If you would like to subscribe (definitely recommended) you can
request to be put on the distribution list by sending a note to:

Fascinating colour pictures of the USA in the early 1940s, including some
railway and aircraft views.  The links at the end of the page are worth
following as well...
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Newport Transporter Bridge:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Excellent models from David Wright:



Midland Railway open day, 28th August:

Diving on the Thistlegorm:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Kerr's Railway Still steaming on:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Efforts are being made to turn the Harbour branch and viaduct into a
private line, with Parry People Mover-style lightweight railcars, part of
the new town development plan.

The North Dorset Railway Trust wants to reconstruct the 16-lever Somerset
& Dorset Shillingstone signalbox and is appealing for information on its
internal layout.

Main Line Electrification
The October edition of the Railway Magazine says the Government plans to
make the Midland Main Line (MML) the priority route for electrification.
The Great Western (GWML) scheme is complicated by Crossrail, Reading
remodelling and the uncertainty over HST replacement, whereas the MML is a
relatively cheap and straightforward project.

London Underground - Jubilee Line Upgrade progress

London Underground - Metropolitan Line
Commenting on the new air conditioned 'S' stock trains that are being
introduced, TFL Commissioner Peter Hendy said, "To achieve full capacity
increases, it is essential that we get the new signalling system that we
are currently tendering for.  This will enable a higher throughput of
trains and faster journeys."  Invensys and Bombardier are reported to have
been shortlisted for the sub-surface network resignalling contract.

London Crossrail - Bond Street station
The 300m redevelopment of will get underway in 2011 and when completed in
2017 will deliver: a dramatic increase in capacity ahead of the completion
of Crossrail, a new entrance and ticket hall north of Oxford Street to
increase capacity and provide step free access to both Central and Jubilee
Lines, new escalators and step free access to the new Crossrail statio
which will have entrances in Davies Street and Hanover Square.  More than
155,000 passengers currently use the station every day, a figure that is
expected to rise to 225,000 with the arrival of Crossrail.

London Crossrail - Canary Wharf
Pile driving has started as part of the work to build a cofferdam to
retain the dock water.  The ticket hall will parallel to and above the
platforms with a five storey access area at each end.  Completion is
estimated to be June 2012.

London Crossrail - Charing Cross station
In August scaffolding finally came off the Eleanor Cross which stands
outside Charing Cross main line station.  This site also has interesting
information on the history of the twelve crosses erected by King Edward I.

Long Marston
The open day will be held on Sunday 12th September.  Negative points this
year are: no train trips and no shuttle buses from nearby stations.  Plus
Points: buses going around the huge site for viewing, storage lines opened
up for better photo opportunities, refreshments available, car parking

Manchester Victoria
Network Rail has awarded a contract for the first three stages of the
station upgrade. Work includes a new roof, glazed screen between platform/
concourse, glazed entrance doors and new toilets.  Also likely is the
relocation of the ticket office and a centrally located travel centre
whilst the heritage features such as the external facade/canopy and
mosaics will be protected.

Rotherham Central
The 7.6M makeover of Rotherham Central station, which includes a new
station building, lifts and platform canopies, etc, has been delayed
awaiting completion of a temporary scaffolding footbridge.  The front
entrance, facing the bus interchange, was at last temporarily closed for
reconstruction in July and access to the platforms is now by a footpath
along the east side of the line and for the northbound platform by the
said footbridge at the south end.

New station Nr Chorley, Lancs
Work is to start in September on a new Northern Rail station at Buckshaw
village on the Preston-Manchester line near Chorley.  It will serve the
fast expanding village on the site of the former Euxton ROF which, until
1965, was itself served by an unadvertised station.  Completion is
promised by the Autumn of 2011.

The DB Chairman has stated that they are in talks with SNCF over starting
a passenger service from Frankfurt to Lyon and Marseilles.

Israel Railways has awarded the tender for the second segment of the Tel
Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed line.  This segment is the last of four.  The
first, from Modi'in to Latrun, was completed in 2009, the second, from
Latrun to Sha'ar Hagai, includes two parallel 3.5km tunnels.  Construction
is expected to take 40 months, with the first trains most likely reaching
the capital in 2017.  The third and fourth segments are already under

The Azerbaijani Transport Ministry is to intensify work towards the
reconstruction and modernisation of the country's railway infrastructure
by late 2010.

The ten stations on the Luanda Railway (CFL), under rehabilitation since
2005, will be officially handed over to its owner in the end of the year.

Kenya Railways plans to build a 4-mile link from the capital's airport to
the city centre in a bid to ease Nairobi's notorious traffic jams.

The Rift Valley Railways (RVR) and the Ugandan and Kenyan governments have
signed a revised concession pact to pave way for the release of about
$250m to boost operations along the Kenya-Uganda line.

Construction of the Chipata-Mchinji rail line project between Zambia and
Malawi (initiated by the Kenneth Kaunda administration in the late 1970s)
started in 1983 but was abandoned in 1990.  The late president Levy
Mwanawasa revived the project in 2006 and the line was opened on Friday
27th August 2010 by the current leader President Banda.

The 21st Century Herald reports that China and Thailand are studying the
possibility of jointly building two railway projects, citing Piamsak
Milintachinda, Thailand's ambassador to China.  One of the projects would
be a line from Thailand's Nong Khai to the Chinese city of Kunming, which
would also connect Laos and may include lines to Malaysia and Singapore.
China and Thailand are also studying a possible 150 mile high-speed line
within Thailand between the cities of Bangkok and Rayong.

At present these six nations' national railway systems do not link up
except for a line that connects China and Vietnam, and Laos has no rail
network at all.  On 20th August a plan was agreed that says the most
viable route would stretch from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, then Ho Chi Minh
City and Hanoi, and finally up to Nanning and Kunming, largely using
existing lines or those already under construction.

Vietnam: North-South railway
The plan to build a north-south high-speed railway to connect Hanoi and Ho
Chi Minh City (reported in Raildate in May) has hit a snag following an
unusual move by the Communist parliament not to approve it for further

New Zealand Transport Geography
An extremely interesting and informative blog (2007-2010 and ongoing)
covering most of New Zealand's railways.



Upgrade is back on track after bridge decision:

Suffolk rail crash:

RAIB enquiry into level crossing collision near Sudbury:

RAIB report released - Wigan North Western derailment:

RAIB report released - Whitehall West junction fatality:

RAIB report on HST collision with fallen tree near Westbury:

ORR report on Network Rail's new train planning system:

Drunk student 'electrocuted' on Portsmouth railway line:

Stansted Express posters banned for being misleading:

Level Crossing inspector sacked:

Stolen locomotive and wagons:

Olympic bullet train passengers terrified by 140mph 'wobble':

Highlands fights axeing of yet another transport link:

Oldham Mumps roundabout demolished:
Time-lapse video:

Norfolk Orbital Railway:

New rail line linking Edinburgh & Glasgow to create 130 jobs:

Airdrie-Bathgate track laying complete:

Brunel statue stolen from Neyland:

Signalling error and depot derailment on LUL:

London Tube strike expected to cause severe disruption:

RAIB investigating runaway Underground engineering train:

30 years of Tyne & Wear Metro:

Isle of Wight steam railway wins at lottery awards:

BBC Egghead backs Patriot project:

Tours of Derby's grade II listed roundhouse are being offered:

Bombardier's rail maintenance depot in Kent axes jobs:

UK's newest steam locomotive:

Temporary crossing to aid Porthmadog bypass work:

Wirksworth featured on East Midlands Today:

Peak Rail gains access to Matlock station:

Former Dinting rail museum to be auctioned:
Video of a recent ramble around the site:

Pete Waterman launches 1m Gloucestershire railway appeal:

Bluebell Railway East Grinstead platform opening specials:

German ICE train hits garbage lorry:

Denver 'Tiny Town' railway fined over $30,000 for speeding:

Ghost train hunter killed by real train:

New Australian railway line 'unsafe':

Leigh Guided Busway on hold over cost fears:

Mercedes Citaro bendy bus catches fire at Victoria:

Wilts & Dorset Optare double decker fire near Andover:

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight:

Fans turned away from air display:

Fatal light aircraft collision over the Isle of Wight:

Light Aircraft crash in Netley Marsh:

Road along Ryde pier closed:

Paddle steamer to be auctioned:

Lack of rail delays canal reopening:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Terry Bye, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps,
Mike Price, Ralph Rawlinson


11/09/10    BBC2  1920-1930
           "Coast"  Rottingdean, East Sussex

12/09/10    ITV1  1900-2000
           "David Jason: the Battle of Britain"

12/09/10    BBC4  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Newcastle to Hull

12/09/10    BBC4  2100-2130
           "Newcastle on Film"  Archive film from the North-east

13/09/10    BBC1 South/South East/South West  1930-2000
           "Battle of Britain: the South Coast Trail"

13/09/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Providing Las Vegas with fresh water

13/09/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "People's Palaces: the Golden Age of Civil Architecture"

14/09/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Felixtowe to Margate

14/09/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Yorkshire Dales on Film"  Archive film

14/09/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Wellington Bomber"  History of the plane

14/09/10    BBC2  2100-2220
           "First Light"  Battle of Britain drama documentary

14/09/10    BBC4  2220-2320
           "Battlefield Britain"  The Battle of Britain

15/09/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "Newcastle on Film"  Archive film from the North-east

16/09/10    BBC2  1930-2000
           "Coast"  The Channel Islands

16/09/10    BBC4  1930-2030
           "Take One Museum"  Manchester Museum of Science & Technology

16/09/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Ride of My Life: the Story of the Bicycle"


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.

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    Exhibition of miners' lodge banners from the Durham coalfield
           Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, DH6 5AT

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-   Woking Model Railway Exhibition
12/09/10    Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, GU22 9BA
           1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (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-   Oldwood Pits - Heritage Open Days
12/09/10    Near Rangeworthy, South Gloucestershire

11/09/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Wirksworth 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

12/09/10    Geevor Tin Mine - Heritage Open Day
           Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7EW
           Free entry to the site, behind the scenes tours, much more

16/09/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

18/09/10    CANCELLED - The Monsal Trail Tunnel Walks

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    Marwell Zoo, nr Winchester - Classic Vehicle Show
           All proceeds to the Neuroblastoma Society & Piam Brown
           children's ward

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

23/09/10    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train

24/09/10-   Severn Valley Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

25/09/10    Mid-Hants Railway: Open Day

25/09/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

25/09/10    New Forest Book Fair
           The Community Centre, High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

25/09/10    North American Model Railroad Exhibition
           Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham, W Sussex, RH12 5PJ
           1000-1630 both days

25/09/10    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Murder Mystery Train

25/09/10    Lecture by Chritian Woolmar in aid of Railway Children
           "Engines of War"
           German Gymnasium, University of Aberdeen
           All profits will go to the Railway Children
           Doors open 1800 for 1830
           Limited number of tickets - 15 (including a 5 discount on
           the purchase of the book

25/09/10-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Super Power Weekend

25/09/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: Enhanced Steamdays

25/09/10-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

25/09/10-   Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Autumn Steam Gala

Cheers, Howard.
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