Subject: RAILDATE 22nd October 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 22/10/2010, 15:20
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Photos of the East Lancashire Railway Autumn Gala by Ian Dixon:

Photos of "Duke of Gloucester", "Morayshire", "The Great Marquess" and
others on the Great Central Railway:

Abandoned carriages near Rotherham:

Waterloo Dock Goods Yard, Liverpool, July 1971:
(Both: Richard Buckby)

Grace's Guide - The Best of British Engineering, 1750-1960s.  For those
who mourn the sad demise of manufacturing industry in this country, this
is a comprehensive reminder of what we developed and the many companies


Andy Savage is researching the Victorian ironfounder, Andrew Handyside of
Derby and London, who owned The Britannia Iron Works, Derby.  His aim is
to get the people of Derby to honour this man, and raise awareness of the
plight of the Great Northern Railway's Friar Gate bridge, built by
Handysides, and the subject of a petition featured previously in Raildate:

Andy has created a world map from the many hundreds of hours of research
to find bridges, fountains, post-boxes and railway stations made by
Andrew Handyside and Company:

He also has a dedicated Andrew Handyside Flickr group where anyone can
contribute photographs of Handyside items:

If you knows of anything built by Handyside (current or demolished) that
has not yet been marked on the map, please let Andy know the exact
location(s).  Instructions for doing so are here:



Riding Ecuador rails:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Some old footage from Roma Street station in Brisbane, Australia:

Construction of the new 75km line from the northern Afghan city of
Mazar-i-Sharif to the Uzbekistan border:
(Both: Ralph Rawlinson)

Interesting stuff here, including Stanier 8F 8624 heading up the 1 in 45/1 in 59 to
Apesford crossing on 19th October 2010, Garretts, and the 65th Anniversary
Dambusters flypast at Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs:
(Spotter: Brian Dunn)

Andy Sollis has also been filming on Moorlands & City Railways - this is his
Guard's-eye of a crew training run coming up Cauldon Branch on 17th October:

German high-speed train arrives at London St Pancras:

Inside the German high-speed train:

Railway Renaissance - Putting Back the Track, a trailer and full preview
of a television series currently in production about heritage railways, by
Andrew Johnston and Ian Stuart Lynn:

Helicopter party:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Following the demise of BRB(R) in the recent cull of quangoes, you can use
this site to find structures that came under its remit.  Just type in a
postcode to centre the map to the area you are interested in:

Lines under construction and proposed
Project Mapping, which has been producing schematic maps of the British
railway system since privatisation, has produced one showing 74 lines
under construction or proposed.  The map is not quite up to date as line
10, Bishop Auckland-Stanhope, opened five months ago.  Nonetheless it's a
useful reference.

Heritage Railways
In Sussex, the Spa Valley Railway signed a lease with Network Rail in
August covering the use of the former Birchden-Eridge down line and into
the down main and down bay platforms at Eridge.  It is hoped to run a
preview service into Eridge later this year with formal opening early in
2011.  In the Cotswolds The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway aims to
open its two-mile northwards extension to Laverton in 2011.

London St Pancras
5th May 2011 has been announced as the opening date for the new 150m 245-
bedroom St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (formerly St Pancras Chambers and
before that the Midland Grand Hotel).

The planned 20m refurbishment of East Croydon station includes a new
footbridge that is claimed will relieve overcrowding at the current
entrance.  Croydon Council is contributing 6m as it will also provide an
easier route into the town centre for people living in Addiscombe.

GWR Radstock-Frome
A new scheme was announced in August to build a light rail line between
Radstock and Kilmersdon, eventually providing access the the main line at

S&DJR Templecombe-Poole
A second major bridge over the the River Stour has been replaced.  The one
at Fiddleford was opened in 2006 and this has been followed this month by
the one at Stourpaine.  The Stour was bridged four times by the Somerset &
Dorset Junction Railway.

The 15-ins gauge Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway (not to be confused with
the similarly named Lincolnshire Coast LR at Skegness) has been put up for
sale with an asking price of 700,000.

Doncaster Plant
Denison House, the Grade II listed main office building built for the GNR
works and facing Doncaster station, has been put on the market.

A 60m revamp of Nottingham station starting in July 2012 will include a
complete redesign of platform 4.  It will be followed by the resignalling
of the station area, control of which will transfer to the new East
Midlands Control Centre located at Derby.

South Yorkshire
Durham-based Hargreaves Services PLC has been consistently criticised by
councillors and residents over emissions from its Monckton Coke and
Chemical plant in Royston, near Barnsley.  Now the firm has revealed that
it has set aside 2.7m to deal with environmental issues at the works,
and also said it wants to move much of its transport onto the railways.

East Yorkshire
The Goole-Gilberdyke section of the Doncaster-Hull line is closed until
13th November to allow refurbishment of Goole swing bridge.

Gobowen-Blodwell Quarry
The Cambrian Heritage Railways wants its trains to cross the A483 south of
Oswestry and the A5/A483 to the north, and recently met David Keay, HM
Principal Inspector of Railways.  He said that statutory powers for the
line between Gobowen and Llanyblodwel remain, which would allow its use by
either a heritage railway or for freight.

GWR Bala Jn-Blaenau Ffestiniog
The 6 miles from Trawsfynydd CEGB sidings to Blaenau Ffestiniog didn't
close until 1998, the overgrown track is still in situ and there have been
several attempts to reopen it as a heritage line.  The latest one seems to
be gaining momentum.

HR Aviemore-Forres
There were only five stations on the Highland Railway's 36-mile line
between Aviemore and Forres and Dunphail, the final one located 8 miles
south of Forres, is now in on the market for 249,000.

Competition through the chunnel
The first non-Eurostar high speed passenger train entered the Channel
Tunnel on Thursday 14th October 2010.

Update on the proposed 540km-long railway to Iran that will give Armenia
access to ports of the Indian Ocean.

Indian Railways' bid to lay broad gauge rail link between Tori and
Hazaribagh via Shivpur suffered a serious setback after the state
government of Jharkhand turned down forest clearance for the project.



Alliance Rail unveils details of Huddersfield-London rail plans:

UK rail network 'at risk' from climate change:

Scarborough resignalling:

Reading station upgrade approved by local authority:

Cambridge passenger interchange proposals:

Man charged over level crossing incident near March:

ECML Hitchin Flyover gets approval:

5m upgrade of Heart of Wales line complete:

Possible abandonment of GW electrification:

Pantographs suggested for Virgin Voyagers, but not Cross Country:

Arriva Trains Wales using spare stock for English routes:

Network Fail as Bathgate to Airdrie rail event hits buffers:

Portishead branch reopening report:

Public meeting will discuss reopening of Reston station:

Scotland's lost lines deserve revival:

First Metropolitan line A60 stock sent for scrap:

Train enthusiast questions National Railway Museum refurbishment plans:

Railway stalwart killed in crash:

Great Central Railway's 15m reunification plan:

Step back in time at Pickering's Wartime Weekend:

Pay up or the tram gets it:

HMRI approval for WHR level crossing in Porthmadog:

Level Crossing incident on Welsh Highland Railway at Pont Croesor:

Origins of FR loco names:

Snaefell Mountain Railway passenger numbers increase:

Dheli Metro:

Historic Silk Mill faces 2-year closure to save cash:

"Isle of Arran" ferry accident report:

Dutch ferry crash:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


23/10/10    BBC2  1925-1945
           "Coast"  Wexford to Killarney

23/10/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  5/15  David Shepherd

23/10/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  6/15  Hallowe'en

24/10/10    BBC4  1900-1930
           "A Time To Remember"  Technological advances on newsreel

24/10/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Beauty of Maps"  3/4 19th century maps

25/10/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Moving a drilling platform

25/10/10    Channel 4  2100-2200
           "Titanic: the Mission"  Reconstructing the ship to scale 5/5

26/10/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Galway to Baltimore

26/10/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "Britain's Best Drives"  The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

26/10/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "The Secret Life of the National Grid"  1/3 Wiring the nation

27/10/10    BBC Radio 4  1100-1130
           "The Ghost Trains of Old England"  Train services that aren't!

27/10/10    BBC4  2030-2100
           "A History of the World"  The birth of steam

27/10/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  7/15  Christmas

27/10/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  8/15  Diesel Gala

29/10/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  6/6

30/10/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  7/15  Christmas

30/10/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  8/15  Diesel Gala


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.

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 railway

23/10/10-   Foxfield Railway: Autumn Gala
24/10/10    Includes recently restored Dubs crane tank
           Early morning photo charter at Foxfield Colliery on Saturday

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

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

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

24/10/10    Central Southern 0 Gauge Group Annual Exhibition
           The Allendale Centre, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS
           0 Gauge layouts, 16mm NG steam, traders and demonstrations

24/10/10    Crich Tramway Village: Red Oktober

28/10/10-   Talyllyn Railway: Hallowe'en Specials

29/10/10-   Kew Bridge Steam Museum: Ghostly Tours

30/10/10    New Forest Book Fair
           The Community Centre, High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

30/10/10    Churnet Valley Railway: The Ghost Train

30/10/10    Crich Tramway Village: Starlight Halloween

30/10/10-   Leawood Pump Steaming Weekend, Cromford Canal

30/10/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Trains

31/10/10    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Rly: Hallowe'en Spooks Express

04/11/10    100 Years of Flying in South Hampshire
           Lecture: Possible Futures in Education by Dr Kenji Tekeda
           Lecture Theatre, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
           (Use Art Gallery/Library entrance by fountain)
           Starts: 1900

06/11/10    Mid-Hants Railway: Sponsored Walk

06/11/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

07/11/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

07/11/10    Peak Rail: World War II Winter Camp

13/11/10    Shaftsbury Book Fair
           United Church Hall, Bell Street, SP7 8AR

13/11/10-   Moorland & City Railways and Churnet Valley Railway
14/11/10    Leekbrook Junction to Cauldon Low reopening (1st weekend)
           CVR operations expand from 11-mile to 27-mile round trip
           71000 Duke of Gloucester, 34028 Eddystone, 44767 George
           Stevenson, 8F 48624, GWR 5199
           Intensive 3-train timetable

14/11/10    Poole & District MRS Model Railway Exhibition
           Ashdown Technology College, Adastral Road, Canford Heath
           Poole, BH17 8RE

14/11/10    Bluebell Railway: Vintage Bus Day

Cheers, Howard.
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