Subject: RAILDATE 17th September 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 17/09/2010, 17:59
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



"Lyd" to appear at Launceston:
(Spotter: Lawrence Hanney)

A new Transport Museum at Bury which has some very interesting buses and
a very old (restored) horse drawn tram which used to be based at Heaton

BBC Radio Derby visits the site of Woodville station:

A recent exploration of the GN&LNWJt Nottingham Link - Hose Tunnel:

Not for sensitive LNER fans...
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Yosemite Gateway Railway Museum:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Underground - Jubilee Line Upgrade
The new signalling system was used to control trains in passenger service
for the first time over the weekend of 14/15 August.  Services were
operated between Stratford and Waterloo in the first of a series of
trials. LUL hope to have the final stage completed by the end of 2010.

Watford-St Albans
Hertfordshire County Council's plans to convert the six-mile Watford-St
Albans branch to light rail operation has taken a step forward.  They are
seeking expressions of interest from firms to design, construct and
operate the new Abbey Line system.

It has long been acknowledged that the existing layout at Stafford is too
restrictive and leads to bottlenecks as trains wait for paths to cross
over to Stoke or Wolverhampton.  One solution would be a flyover at Norton
Bridge but Network Rail will consider all options once it has notified all
concerned.  At one stage a fly-under south of the station was proposed as
being cheaper than a major resignalling and track remodelling project.

Woodhead Route
A report sponsored by Don Valley Railway Ltd, Sheffield City Council and
South Yorkshire PTE concludes that the freight-only line between Sheffield
and Stocksbridge could be reopened for passengers for as little as 4.3m.

The first contract under the scheme to revamp Swansea station (reported in
Raildate in March) has been awarded to the Strategic Team Group (STG).
They have been tasked with building a larger concourse, renovating the
station front, adding an entrance and refurbishing the platform canopies.

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
The railway has started work on its Big Pit branch and by September, a
base was being prepared for the Big Pit Halt.  This 650yd branch is due to
open at at the start of the 2011 season.

An exhibition, commencing Saturday 13th November and running for two
months, entiled 'Glasgow Electric 50' is being held at Glasgow Kelvingrove
Art Gallery.  It marks the development of the city's suburban electric
services from the introduction of the iconic Blue Trains through to the
reopening of the Airdie-Bathgate line.

The Rila Railways National Association, which was set up in 2002, has
resumed its activity after a three-year break.  The main objective of the
association is to restore the railway line from the south-western town of
Kocherinovo to the Rila Monastery, a key tourist destination.  The 600-mm
gauge railway was built in stages and reached the Rila Monastery in 1924.
It was initially used to transport logs from the forest to the factory in
the village of Barakovo.

Israel has plans for an east-west railway from Rosh Ha'ayin in Israel via
Ariel to Nablus in the West Bank, and between Ramallah in the West Bank
and Latroun in Israel.  Lines will also be constructed between Jenin in
the West Bank and Beersheba in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip and Yad
Mordechai in southern Israel.

China has signed an agreement to build a new line that will run from
Tehran to the town of Khosravi on the border with Iraq (around 360 miles
as the crow flies) passing through Arak, Hamedan and Kermanshah.
Eventually the route could link Iran with Iraq and even Syria as part of a
Middle-Eastern corridor benefiting also the 5,000 Iranians who make
pilgrimages each day to the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in Iraq.

On 30th July Russian Railways started operation of its 'Sapsan' (pergerine
falcon) high speed train between Nizhny Novgorod (the country's fourth
largest city) and St Petersburg via Moscow.  The line has been modernised
between Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow to permit higher speeds by the Sapsan.
Three Sapsan train pairs now operate daily between St Petersburg and
Moscow with one continuing to Nizhny Novgorod.  Traditional daytime trains
between Moscow and St Petersburg have been withdrawn although night
services remain unchanged.

South Central Railways will start work soon on a new 258.3km line from YSR
district (formerly Kadapa) to Karnataka capital Bangalore, cutting the
distance by 181km.  The new line will pass through Kadapa and Chittoor
districts of Andhra Pradesh and Kolar district of Karnataka joing the
Pakala-Dharmavaram line at Madanapalle.

Final preparations for construction in East Kalimantan, Sumatra, of a
US$1bn 130km line are underway.  This first private railway in Indonesia
will link the Muara Wahau coal mine in East Kutai with the coast where
$250 million is being spent on a new seaport terminal. Tender preparations
are also underway for another 185km line in Central Kalimantan, also
designed to facilitate an efficient haulage of coal from mines to seaport
terminals. In addition the South Sumatra's state-owned coal company PT
Bukit Asam and PT Adani Global signed an agreement to build a 270km line
to expedite the haulage of coal from Bukit Asam's coal mine to a coal
terminal at Tanjung Api-Api port.

South Korea
The government has announced a plan to expand and revamp the railway
network to connect major cities so that it will be possible to reach any
place in the country within two hours.  It hopes to complete a high-speed
line linking Daegu and Busan by November 2010 and another crossing through
South Jeolla Province between 2014 and 2017, while refurbishing existing
lines to accommodate trains that can travel up to 230km/h.



Fury after police are called in Sheffield rail bridge row:

Derren Brown train stunt investigated by Ofcom:

Colne-Skipton reopening proposal:

Durham man survives electric train shock:

Reward offered after East Coast rail theft:

Warning as thieves target copper on railway:

Rail staff balloted over assaults on Southern trains:

Rebuilt Newport station opens to passengers:

Swindon council to dismantle Mechanics Institute roof:

Derbyshire steam railway to extend service to Matlock:

Pridhams boiler smith business sold to South Devon Railway:

Steam trains reappear on Swiss mountain pass:

Scrap thieves trash South Africa's rail heritage:

Angola Railways reconstruction:

SS Robin to be preserved at Tilbury:

Passenger captures moments after TU154 overrun:

Sale of Aurigny Airline suspended

Funding for Fell Runner bus service:

Son of Routemaster mock-up:

Hybrid bus working in Bath:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


18/09/10    BBC4  1900-2000
           "Battle of Britain Night: Gathering Storm"

18/09/10    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Spitfire Women"

18/09/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Battle of Britain Night: Aftermath"

18/09/10    BBC4  2200-2300
           "Wellington Bomber"  History of the plane

19/09/10    BBC1  2030-2200
           "Battle of Britain"  Documentary

19/09/10    BBC2  1930-2030
           "Wellington Bomber"  History of the plane

20/09/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  Clifton Suspension Bridge

20/09/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  An American coal mine

20/09/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "Spitfire Women"

21/09/10    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  St Pancras

21/09/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "Battle of Britain: the South Coast Trail"

21/09/10    BBC4  2030-2100
           "A Time to Remember: Pioneers of Aviation"

22/09/10    BBC2  2030-2200
           "Battle of Britain: the Real Story"

23/09/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Building the Super Bridge: Megastructures"  Rio-Antirion

24/09/10    Five  1930-2000
           "Chris Barrie's Massive Speed"  Fighter aircraft

24/09/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  1/6


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.

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

19/09/10    Carnforth Railwayana Swapmeet, Carnforth Station
           Over 30 stalls inside and out on the platform
           Entry fee: 1, proceeds towards the upkeep of the station

22/09/10    Farnham & District MRC
           Presentation on Tornado A1 Steam Locomotive Trust
           Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Rd, Farnham, GU9 8TJ
           Starts 2000
           Admission free, small charge for refreshments

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-   Coventry Electric Railway Centre: Open Weekend

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

02/10/10-   Fareham & District MRC, Wickham Railex
03/10/10    Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire

02/10/10-   Folkestone, Hythe & District MRC, Folkestone 2010
03/10/10    Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent

02/10/10-   Wadebridge Model Railway Exhibition
03/10/10    Wadebridge School, Gonvena Hill, Wadebridge, Cornwall

02/10/10-   Mickleover Model Railway Group Exhibition
03/10/10    Community Centre, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover, Derby

02/10/10-   Manchester Model Railway Exhibition
03/10/10    The Armitage Centre, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester

03/10/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

Cheers, Howard.
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