Subject: RAILDATE 29th October 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 29/10/2010, 16:34
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Foxfield Railway's first Autumn Steam Gala:

Listen again to "The Ghost Trains of Old England", an intriguing radio
programme about train services that aren't!  Should be available until
Tuesday morning.

Last week, there was a link to a map of lines under construction or
proposed, created by Project Mapping.  They have a range of various maps
available here:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

"Control We Have a Problem", a collection of prangs big and small:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Campaign to stop the building of the A5WTC motorway in Tyrone and promote
the reopening of the railway link to Dublin:

Southern Railway:

London Tramways:

The bus driver's prayer:'s_Prayer



On Wednesday 27th October 2010, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway ran its
first steam train along the whole length of the branch:

Foxfield Autumn Gala 23rd October:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Weymouth Tramway videos
33109 on Weymouth Quay shuttle on 3rd April 1993:
Pathfinder charter on 5th May 1999:

London Transport Museum film collection:

1948 New Zealand railway film:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Crossrail
A 260-metre long box under Eastbourne Terrace will form the major part of
work required in connection with construction and fit-out of the new
Paddington station.  A shallow cut and cover passageway in Praed Street
will link Crossrail to the District and Circle lines whilst a new
100-metre long tunnel will be required to access the Bakerloo line.

East London Line
After opening in 1871 the East London Railway had a variety of owners or
operators finally transferring to London Transport in 1948.  In May this
year, a large-scale conversion was completed which, coupled with the
reopening of most of the former North London Line into Broad Street has
allowed London Overground to introduce new services between Dalston
Junction and New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon.  A second phase
of the conversion involves 1,422 yards of new railway between Silwood
Junction (formerly Deptford Road Jn) south of Surrey Quays station and Old
Kent Road Junction (a reinstated junction) north of Queen's Road Peckham
station on the existing South London line.  Once open the new route will
link Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction.  This new link will be laid over a
relatively short abandoned section of the formation closed in 1913/1964
and, until now, in use as a cyclepath.

Thames Valley Signalling & Control Centre
Stage 3: Transfer of control Cholsey and Goring
Signalling control of the 8 miles between Pangbourne and Moreton Cutting
was transferred from Reading SC to the new Thames Valley Signalling Centre
(TVSC) at Didcot in July.  There is no change in the plating of automatic
signals involved.

First TransPennine Express has confirmed that, following the successful
reintroduction of a direct service between Glasgow and Blackpool this
summer, the 'holidaymaker' train is to return in 2011.

Work has started on creating a transport interchange at Elstree &
Borehamwood.  The cost of redeveloping the station forecourt is being met
by the County Council, First Capital Connect and the DfT.

Birmingham Moor Street
Commencing with the December timetable change Chiltern Railways plan to
use the bay platforms at Moor Street for one Birmingham - London train per
hour (weekday off-peak and at weekends).  When all the current "Evergreen
3" upgrade is complete trains from Moor Street to Marylebone are planned
to take about 92 mins.

North Yorkshire
New Yorventure Visitor Centre opens at Pickering station, southern
terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

NER Harrogate-Northallerton
Under Sustrans "Connect2" the Starbeck-Bilton cyclepath was to be extended
north along the Harrogate-Northallerton line to Ripley Jn and then west
along the Pateley Bridge branch to the site of Ripley Valley station.  On
14th December 2009, North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Council
agreed to complete a bridleway creation order and construct the route, but
there remained considerable concern about the level of possible
compensation payments to landowners.  A public inquiry, that will allow a
planning inspector to decide whether the cyclepath should be built, will
be held on Wednesday 16th February 2011 at 10.00am at The Council Chamber,
Crescent Gardens, Harrogate.

Electrification teams are now working on Haymarket north tunnel as the
first stage of electrifying not only Glasgow-Edinburgh via Falkirk, but
also diversionary routes and lines to Dunblane and Alloa.  When completed
in 2017 there will be a total of 13 trains per hour over the four routes
between the two cities.

Edinburgh-Bathgate services started using Bathgate's new station on 18th
October 2010.

West Scotland Signalling Centre (WSSC)
As part of the Paisley Corridor Improvement (PCI) project, capacity is to
be increased by installing a third running line between Shields Jn and
Paisley.  The 48m contract awarded to Invensys Rail includes the
signalling work as well as the re-control of ten remote relay rooms in the
Ayrshire and Inverclyde areas.  Earlier this year Invensys commissioned
two new platforms at Glasgow Central, the second stage of the overall PCI
scheme and followed completion of the 3m Elderslie signalling project in
November 2009.  The two main PCI commissionings will take place in July
2011 for Shields interlocking and December 2011 for Paisley.

Kyle of Lochalsh signalbox
The Railway Herald reports that architects have been invited to submit
proposals and costings by 29th October for work associated with the
restoration of the redundant signalbox at Kyle of Lochalsh. The Inverness-
Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness-Wick/Thurso lines are of course operated
under RETB (Railway Electronic Tokenless Block) arrangements, but last
year Transport Scotland was considering replacing the existing but ageing
RETB equipment by installing the ERTMS signalling system (still undergoing
trials on the Cambrian line).  2009 photo at:

Netherland Railways (NS) is to stop publishing a printed version of its
all-line timetable from next year (2011-12) and replace it with a digital

The first of a weekly Moscow-Nice sleeper service (routed via Warsaw,
Breclav, Vienna, Innsbruck and Milan) left Moscow on 23rd September and
arrived in Nice 52hr 55min later on 26th September.  The return working,
departing every Sunday by the same route, takes three hours less but it is
hoped to reduce the overall journey time to 36 hours each way by December

$45 billion US is needed for Turkey's target to construct 6,000 km of high
speed lines and 4,000 km of conventional railway until 2023.  Turkish
State Railways (TCDD) and Chinese companies will jointly construct high-
speed lines between Ankara-Izmir, Ankara-Sivas, Sivas-Erzincan, Erzincan-
Trabzon, Sivas-Malatya, Elaz-Diyarbakir, Eskiehir-Antalya and Konya-

Ivory Coast
According to Ivory Coast mines and energy minister Augustin Comoe,
construction is to begin in 2014 on a new 737km line linking the west of
the country with the port town of San Pedro to boost production from
nickel and iron mines in the region.

Opposition to doubling the track of the Margao to Vasco line in Goa.

Shenyang Railway Museum, the largest railway museum in north-east China,
was officially opened on 18th October 2010.  Included in the many exhibits
are 28 steam, diesel and electric locomotives.

This site provides a comprehensive list of all Canadian urban and
interurban electric railways.



Reconnecting Birmingham Moor Street bay platforms:

Hope for Swindon-Kemble restoration of double track:

Kings Langley station could be transformed into Kings Langley Parkway:

Testing of Siemens Class 380 trains continues:

Minister challenged over North East trains:

RAIB report: Derailment near Gillingham tunnel, Dorset:

Severn Tunnel Station Action Group:

Thomas Cook Overseas Timetable to cease publication after 30 years:

All-night Edinburgh-Glasgow trains service rejected:

Borders to Edinburgh railway route bridge demolished:

G&WR Gotherington embankment:

End of the line for Mull railway:

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway revived:

Missing Ivor stories found:

Strikes on German Railways:

Shanghai Hangzhou High-Speed Railway trial operation:

Tram tomorrow: The progress of a saga that has engulfed Edinburgh:

Campaign for third Nottingham tram route:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, nick Wheat


30/10/10    BBC Radio 4  2000-2100
           "Archive on 4: El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train)"  (Mexico)

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

31/10/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "James May's Man Lab"  Loosely engineering-based nonsense

01/11/10    BBC Radio 4  1500-1545
           "Archive on 4: El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train)"  (Mexico)

01/11/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  The Airbus A320

02/11/10    BBC2  1900-1930

02/11/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "Britain's Best Drives"  Scotland

02/11/10    BBC4  2100-2200
           "The Secret Life of the National Grid"  2/3 Switching on

03/11/10    BBC4  1930-2000
           "A History of the World"  The clock that changed the world

03/11/10    BBC4  2245-2345
           "The Secret Life of the National Grid"  2/3 Switching on

03/11/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  9/15  Winter Gala

03/11/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  10/15  Valentines Day


For up-to-date information on many of the tours mentioned in Raildate (and
others) often with timings, see the Steam Tours pages at:

All details are correct to the best of my knowledge.  No responsibility is
taken for inaccuracies or changes.

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-   Cromford (Derbyshire) Discovery Weekend
31/10/10    World Heritage Site
           Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf
           Narrowboat art painters

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

05/11/10    East Midlands Branch, Railway & Canal Historical Society
           Beeston Library Meeting Room, Foster Avenue, Beeston, Notts
           "William Jessop, Waterways Engineer" by Peter Lyth
           Starts 7.00pm

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

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

06/11/10    Wolverhampton Model Railway Exhibition
07/11/10    Pendeford College, Marsh Lane, Fordhouses, W'hampton, WV10 6SE

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
           Railway enthusiasts' market - to book a stall, visit:

13/11/10    Alsager Railway Association Exibition
14/11/10    Victoria Oakley Centre, CW1 2PZ

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

19/11/10-   Moorland & City Railways and Churnet Valley Railway
           Leekbrook Junction to Cauldon Low reopening (2nd 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

20/11/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

20/11/10-   Kew Bridge Steam Museum: Live Steam Model Railway Show

20/11/10-   Warley National Model Railway Exhibition
21/11/10    NEC, Birmingham
           1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)

20/11/10-   Moorland & City Railways and Churnet Valley Railway
21/11/10    Leekbrook Junction to Cauldon Low reopening (2nd weekend)
           CVR operations expand from 11-mile to 27-mile round trip
           71000 Duke of Gloucester, 34028 Eddystone, 44767 George
           Stevenson, Class 37 37075, Class 33 33102, plus 2 visiting
           diesel locomotives
           Intensive 3-train timetable

21/11/10    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Christmas Event
           Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

Cheers, Howard.
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