Subject: RAILDATE 1st October 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 01/10/2010, 17:54
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Signalling Notices:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The S&W Severn Bridge:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

North Wales railways in pictures:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Speeder Riding - the new craze in Australia and USA:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Brian Williams comments on last week's item about 'Le Shuttle' carrying
9,382 passenger vehicles, a record for any day since the tunnel opened in
1994.  Evidently this was for traffic from the UK to France only, and was
not the total number of vehicles carried on that day.  That record was
also broken during the summer, when a total of just less than 15,000
passenger vehicles were conveyed in one day.



A documentary about Swindon Works made in 1984 amidst the controversy
surrounding the future of the Swindon site.
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Severn Valley Autumn Gala, 24th September:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Photos from the same event: (Sat afternoon) (night shots) (Sunday)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London ELL
TfL have confirmed that they are not prepared to fund a new station at
Surrey Canal Road.

North London Line Upgrade
TfL and Network Rail have announced the final phases of resignalling work
on the North London Line.  The line will be closed between Gospel Oak and
Stratford from 18th-24th December and between Richmond and Stratford and
Shepherds Bush and Willesden Jn from 27th December to 3rd January 2011.
There will also be further short closures during Spring 2011 to complete
the work by next May.  Overall the improvements will involve more than 200
signals, 7 km of track, 69 sets of points and 30 station platforms

London Crossrail
Whilst works for Farringdon station have been delayed, it should be
possible to serve longer trains from December 2011.  To allow signalling
commissioning during the 2012 Easter weekend delivery of the bay platforms
at Blackfriars is put back to April 2012 with completion of the station in
July 2012.

Grosvenor bridge, the first railway carrying structure across the Thames,
celebrated the 150th anniversary of its opening on 1st October. Originally
built of brick, the four spans were completely renewed in steel by BR
between 1963-67, and today the 910ft structure carries some 1,500 trains
every weekday in and out of the former LBSCR terminus.

As part of the conversion to a guided busway six bridges in Luton and
Dunstable are to be removed between 24th September and 14th November 2010.
Each removal will take place over a weekend, commencing at 2200hrs on
Fridays until Sunday evenings as follows:
24th September to 26th September Dunstable Road bridge in Luton, close to
Bury Park.
1st October to 3rd October Church Street Bridge in Dunstable - crossing
the A505 Dunstable to Luton road, near the junction with Station Road.
8th October to 10th October Skimpot Road Bridge, Luton (off A5065 Hatters
22nd October to 24th October New Bedford Road Bridge, Luton.
29th October to 31st October Kingsway Bridge, Luton.
12th November to 14th November Guildford Street Bridge, Luton

The fate of this 1876 64-lever LBSCR box was a thread on Signal Watch in
February and June 2009.  The latest news is that, whilst fundraising
continues to convert it into a museum, it will not now be moved from its
present location.  Havant & Bedhampton Community Board is forming a trust
to preserve it.
Four views of the box can be seen on John Tilly's site:

On 8th August 2010 an 11-mile section of the diverted A1073 between
Spalding and Crowland was opened.  This new road severs the alignment of
the former March-Spalding joint line north and south of Cowbit.

Alterations to the layout of the station building include moving the main

A new rail connection is being installed at Daventry under DIRFT 2, an
expansion of the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT)
logistics centre located two miles SE of Rugby on the line to Northampton.
The signalling system comprises a Route Relay Interlocking located in a
REB (relocatable equipment building) with conventional lineside signalling
controlled from a local panel in the terminal which interfaces with Rugby
SCC.  DEG Signal has been contracted to undertake design modifications to
the signalling system.

Egginton automatic half barrier level crossing, on the Derby-Stoke line in
Derbyshire, is to be renewed with associated signalling, telecomms, per
way and mechanical and electrical engineering work.

Tinsley Yard
The changes at Tinsley Yard are now reported in the trackwatch page of the
October edition of Modern Railways as follows:
"Tinsley Yard signal box abolished.  The line between Shepcote Lane East
Junction and Broughton Lane Junction taken out of use until further
notice.  The Line between Tinsley South Junction and Tinsley Yard remains
open but worked by the signaller at Woodburn Junction signal box."

On-train WiFi
Raildate 121 listed operators across Britain that provide on-train Wifi.
It has now been revealed that, because it has not met its commitment for
internet access on its train fleets, Arriva Cross Country is making four-
weekly payments to the DfT.

Carnforth-Barrow line
Network Rail will take advantage of the closure of the Carnforth-Barrow
line for 16 weeks between March and July 2011 to carry out repairs to
Lindal tunnel and refurbish Ulverston station.

NBR Waverley Route
In connection with the reopening of the line between Edinburgh and
Tweedbank it has been discovered that the site of the planned Tweedbank
terminus at Craw Wood Industrial Estate will have to be moved to a cutting
behind the entrance to Essendine Drive following the discovery of
underground power cables.  Meanwhile Transport Scotland is unable to
guarantee that Redbridge Viaduct, the Cat B listed five-arch sandstone
structure, carrying the Southern Upland Way over the River Tweed, will be
kept open throughout the 2-year construction period.

Airdrie-Bathgate reopening
Dates for energising are: Haymarket East Jn-Bathgate: 3rd October and
Bathgate-Airdrie: 10th October 2010.

Improvements costing 9m to Gilmour Street station, that include a new
roof covering 40% more of the platforms, are due to start in February

This Inverness-Dingwall line station, located north Muir of Ord and closed
in 1960, could reopen following a visit by the Scottish Transport

MGWR Clonsilla-Navan
The first five miles between Clonsilla and Pace (Dunboyne) reopened to
passengers on 3rd September 2010.  The remaining 18 miles from Pace-Navan
are said to reopen in five years.

Waterford-Rosslare Strand
On 3rd September Ireland's National Transport Authority approved Iarnrd
irean's decision to withdraw passenger services between Waterford and
Rosslare Strand.  The last day of operation was 18 September 2010.  The
line will now be downgraded to the status of an engineers siding with a
25mph speed limit and single block section.

A new 23km express light rail line between Lyon Part Dieu station and
Saint Exupry airport east of the city opened on 9th August 2010.  It uses
Lyon tram line T3 as far as Meyzieu and then its own 8.5km extension to
the airport which is also on the LGV line from Paris-Marseilles.

If Deutsche Bahn ICE3 train passes stringent tests, high speed services
between Frankfurt and London are planned to start in 2013.

Work has started on putting the 16-platform Stuttgart Hbf terminus
underground as a through station.  It will comprise eight platforms built
at 90 to the existing station on a new high speed line from the northern
suburbs to Ulm via Stuttgart airport.

History and update on the The Elk narrow gauge railway.

Russian and French Railways are launching a passenger service between
Moscow and Nice.  A direct Moscow-Paris service is also under

Russia's railways were due to break new ground on 24th September 2010 when
the remote Siberian line linking Yakutsk to the Amur opens a new station
at Kerdyom, just 150km from its final destination.

Update on the Baku-Tiblisi-Kars railway.

By 2012 it is expected that the Angolan provinces will be connected to two
neighbouring countries.  The rehabilitation of the Luanda Railway will be
completed in 2011, with the railways of Moamendes and the Benguela
Railways following in 2012.  For the first time since the war they will
then be connected to Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia.

South Africa
The China Railway Group, has announced it is in preliminary talks with the
South African government to build the country's first high-speed railway,
linking Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa's busiest port.

The 857km Guiyang-Guangzhou high speed line, linking Guizhou's provincial
capital Guiyang with Guangzhou capital of the southern Guangdong Province
(one of the country's economic powerhouses), is expected to open in 2014.



New Chief Executive for Network Rail:

Copper prices push cable thefts to new high:

Inquest into "Cherry Picker" fatal accident at Margaretting:

Victoria Underground station closed due to smell:

Surrey CC & Airtrack project:

Discovering Ayrshire's lost railway line:

Former Dinting Railway museum sold (6x the guide price!):

Plans to reopen Melrose station on track:

UK's worst rail crash at Quintinshill remembered:

Cheltenham Racecourse station's stolen castings found:

Steam loco saved for one pound:

Swiss train enthusiasts celebrate restoration of Furka Pass train:

Collision in Tunisia:

South African steam train runs its final passenger service:

Tram line defects prompt fears of new chaos on Princes Street:

Work to start on new Titanic museum:

Vulcan XH558 funding problems:

Air Zimbabwe strike resolved:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


02/10/10    BBC2  1930-2030
           "Coast"  Cardiff to St Davids

03/10/10    BBC4  1900-1930
           "A Time to Remember"  Archive film of 1920/30s entertainment

03/10/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Beauty of Maps"  1/4 The Mappa Mundi

03/10/10    BBC4  2000-2130
           "All Our Working Lives Revisited"  2/4 The chemical industry

04/10/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Making aluminium and how sat-nav works

04/10/10    Channel 4  2100-2200
           "Titanic: the Mission"  Reconstructing the ship to scale 2/5

04/10/10    BBC4  2300-0030
           "All Our Working Lives Revisited"  2/4 The chemical industry

05/10/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "Britain's Best Drives"  Snowdonia

08/10/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  3/6


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.

30/09/10-   West Somerset Railway: Autumn Gala

02/10/10-   Fareham & District MRC, Wickham Railex
03/10/10    Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire
           HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson will be attending with

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

08/10/10-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Autumn Steam Gala Event

08/10/10-   Ffestiniog Railway: Vintage Weekend

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

09/10/10-   Blandford Railway & Transport Exhibition
10/10/10    Milldown School, Milldown Rd, Blandford, DT11 7SQ
           To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first part
           of the Dorset Central Railway from Wimborne to a temporary
           terminus at Blandford St Mary, eventually to become an
           integral part of the S&DJR
           1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

09/10/10-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Branch Line Weekend

09/10/10-   Churnet Valley Railway: Diesel Gala
10/10/10    *** Cancelled - replaced by MCR Gala Weekend on 26th, 27th and
           28th November

10/10/10    Mid-Hants Railway: Rolls Royce Sunday

16/10/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

16/10/10-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Big 4 Weekend

16/10/10-   Christchurch MRC Model Railway Exhibition
17/10/10    Bishop of Winchester School, Mallard Road, Castle Lane,
           Bournemouth, BH8 9PW
           1030-1630 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

16/10/10-   Uckfield MRC Model Railway Exhibition
17/10/10    Uckfield Civic centre, Civic Approach, Uckfield, TN22 1AE
           1030-1700 both days

16/10/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Model Railway Exhibition

16/10/10-   National Festival of Railway Modelling
17/10/10    East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

17/10/10    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Steam
           Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW
           The editor of Raildate will be attending with the
           Kestrel Railway Books sales stand

17/10/10    The Isle of Wight Bus Museum: Annual Running Day

17/10/10    Horndean Book Fair (tbc - see website)
           Merchistoun Hall, 106 Portsmouth Rd, Horndean, PO8 9LJ

17/10/10    Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre: Autumn Industrial Trains Day

22/10/10-   Bluebell Railway: Giants of Steam

23/10/10    Solent Railwayana Auctions
           Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5AL

23/10/10    Didcot Model Railway Exhibition
           Willowbrook Leisure Centre, Bowmont Water, Didcot, OX11 7AF

23/10/10    Folkestone Book, Paper & Print Fair
           The Grand, Folkestone

23/10/10    Carmarthen Model Railway Exhibition
           Community Education Centre, Furnace Road, Carmarthen  SA31 1EU
           Adult: 3.50, Concessions: 3, Child: 2, Family (2+2): 7
           Refreshments available, disabled access

23/10/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: GWR 175 (last of four special events)

23/10/10-   Rail-Ex Southwest (Taunton)
24/10/10    Taunton School, Staplegrove Road, Taunton

23/10/10-   North Norfolk Railway: Altogether Now! Kids help run the railway

23/10/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Wizard Week

23/10/10-   Swanage Railway: Half-term Fun Week

23/10/10-   Peak Rail: Shunter Hunter Extravaganza

24/10/10    Crich Tramway Village: Red Oktober

Cheers, Howard.
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