Subject: RAILDATE 12th November 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 12/11/2010, 16:57
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Unbelievably, Santa Specials start appearing in RAILDATE this week.  They
are listed separately at the end of the Events section.

Rail network anagrams:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Mike Morant has recently uploaded 86 images of rail tours from all regions bar
the Southern covering the period 1950 through 1968:

Dave Bowles's photos of King Arthur's trip to the Bluebell Railway:

Chris Dadson's photos of train services operating on the Bluebell
new northern section to East Grinstead:

Paul Gildersleve's photos of a Black 5 at the Churnet Valley Railway on
6th November:

Ted Millward's photos of Bittern at Bristol:

Neil Ferguson-Lee's photos of 10 years progress on the Ecclesbourne Valley

How to get off a crowded train:


Online index to the Great Western Journal:

Online index to the Model Railway Journal:



71000, Duke of Gloucester on 5th November:
Churnet Valley Railway on 6th November:
Isle of Man Railway:
Part 1
Part 2
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Talyllyn Railway:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

QR National 5000 Class locomotives on a night time coal train plus links
to other Australian scenes.
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

HSBC is selling its rolling stock operating company Eversholt Rail Group
for 2.1bn to Eversholt Investment Group.

Watford-St Albans
Trams could be running regularly between Watford and St Albans by 2012, a
new report suggests.  Hertfordshire County Council, which wants to convert
the Abbey Flyer line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey to a
tram route, carried out an extensive public consultation earlier this year
the full findings of which were released by the DfT at the end of October.

The 20-year restoration of GWR 6023 King Edward ll is complete.  It will
be in steam on 2nd April 2011, and after spending June at the Mid-Norfolk
Railway, will return to Didcot from mid-July.

Portishead branch
A report, recently published by NR working with North Somerset Council,
states that, whilst costs have risen to 40m, a journey of 17 mins,
shorter than previously anticipated, has been established.  This compares
favourably with the 35 mins of trains in 1950.  The line is, of course,
open for freight as far as Portbury Dock Junction at Pill, but for
passenger trains to operate throughout, the line speed will be raised to
55mph and extra capacity provided.  Some 3.3 miles of track will need to
be relaid from Portbury Dock Jn-Portishead town centre with a reinstated
station at Pill and a new station built on Harbour road at Portishead.

The Severn Railway Bridge
On 17th October 2010, memorial plaques were unveiled at Lydney (on the
west bank) and Purton (on the east) to mark 50 years since two barges were
swept out of control down the River Severn.  The 229-ton tanker Wastdale
struck pier No 17 of the Severn Bridge supporting two of the shorter spans
at the Lydney end.  They fell onto the barges causing them to catch fire
and killing five members of the crew.  The bridge was said to be beyond
repair and ten years later was dismantled.  The Severn Bridge was on the
GWR/MR joint line from Sharpness to Lydney, although the bridge itself was
built by the independent Severn Bridge Railway Company.
Short video:

West Midlands Signalling Centre (WMSC)
Replacement of semaphore signalling on the North Warwickshire line between
Shirley and Stratford-upon-Avon has seen signalboxes at Shirley, Henley-
in-Arden and Bearley Junction abolished.  Shirley, a fine brick-built,
platform-mounted, box was demolished on 6th November 2010.

Derby Roundhouse
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has named Derby College's 48m
railway roundhouse regeneration as Project of the Year.

NSR Stoke-Leek Brook Jn
In April 2001, Tarmac applied for a Freight Facilities Grant to reopen the
line from Stoke, but subsequent changes in ownership of the facilities at
Caldon Low meant that the new owners no longer wished to progress the
scheme.  Now, Moorlands & City Railway intends introducing regular freight
services in 2012, when the line is reopened, to give a main line
connection with Network Rail.

Central Wales line
The Central Wales line runs between Craven Arms and Llanelli, and a 5m
project to modernise the passing loops at Knighton, Llandrindod,
Llanwrtyd, Llandovery and Llandeilo has just been completed by Network
Rail.  In recent years three of the five NSTR (No Signalman Token Remote)
passing loops have been out of use, with the hydro-pneumatic train-
operated points life-expired.  Spares are not available and it has not
been possible to reverse-engineer new ones, so they have been replaced
with HW2121 electric motorised units.  The position light point indicators
have been replaced with a Dorman LED signal point indicator that display
either a flashing red or steady yellow aspect.  The Stop boards on the
exit from the loops have been renewed and provided with a Dorman LED
indicator displaying a flashing red or blue aspect to indicate the
position of the Points and TPWS.

ERTMS National Implementation Plan
The delayed commissioning of the Cambrian ERTMS (European Rail Traffic
Management System) trial went live on 28th October 2010.  It is now
controlling all trains between Harlech and Pwllheli.  Trains that are not
ERTMS fitted are not allowed beyond Barmouth.

Electrification North West
In December 2009, the Labour government announced a 200m scheme for
electrifying lines in NW England, and on 20th October this year, George
Osborne confirmed that it is going ahead. The lines concerned are:
1. Liverpool-Manchester via Earlestown.
2. Huyton-Wigan 15 miles allowing electric trains Liverpool-Wigan via
St Helens.
3. Manchester-Euxton Junction 25 miles allowing electric trains Manchester
-Preston via Bolton.
4. Preston-Blackpool North 17 miles allowing electric trains Manchester/
An announcement is still awaited as to whether intercity trains will be
introduced between Liverpool and Scotland or whether the present
Manchester-Glasgow Class 185s will be replaced by emus.

Doncaster PSB area
Public consultation on the proposed 54m North Doncaster flyover (now
known as the North Doncaster Chord) that will take freight trains from
Stainforth Jn over the ECML at Joan Croft Junction has raised concerns
that barrier down times will cause delays to road traffic.  As a result
the level crossing is to be replaced by a road bridge carrying Joan Croft
Lane over the ECML.

On 7th December, South East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP) is
running a charter between Skipton and Colne.  The 150-mile journey will
involve six reversals.

Deutsche Bahn owned Alliance Rail Holdings wants to run a direct service
from Carlisle to Euston, via the Cumbrian Coast line, three times a day,
using electro-diesel trains.

Dublin: Luas
The 7.5km Green line Cherrywood extension linking Sandyfords with Brides
Glen opened on 16th October 2010.
Maps showing all read and green line stops:

Construction of China's first railway across the Qinling Mountains, the
318-mile (511km) Xi'an-Chengdu high-level and high-speed line, is
scheduled to begin at the end of 2010 and completed in 2014.  127km of
tunnels include six more than 10km long and the the 16km Tianhuashan
double-track tunnel.
The government's $525bn five year railway plan:

A new book "Early Japanese Railways" gives a comprehensive illustrated
account of the development of railways in Japan between 1853-1914.



Oxshott accident:
Surrey Comet:
Surrey Comet:
Elmbridge Guardian:

Initial RAIB response:

Potters Bar rail crash firms face prosecution:

Railway flooded at Ryde, IoW:

National Trust anger over High Speed 2 railway:

Refurbishment of Didcot Station:

Refurbishment of Shotton station:

Reading Engineering works at Christmas:

Unacceptable train overcrowding to get worse, MPs say:

Doubts over Borders rail line as firm quits:

Virtual driver training for the new Airdrie-Bathgate line:

OHLE problems at Penkridge:

St Helens pair jailed for train line cable theft:

New life planned for Kyle signal box:

North Shields Tyne & Wear Metro station to be revamped:

No mystery over green hoardings at Didcot Railway Centre:

More steam power for Ecclesbourne Valley Railway:

Historic Glyn Valley Tramway's restoration hopes:

Clashes in Germany over nuclear waste train:

Explosion and fire as freight trains collide in Poland:

California bullet train construction to start in Central Valley:

Great Train Expo brings small-scale enthusiasts to Denver:

Croydon Tramlink affected by fallen branch:

New Routemaster mock up on display:

WW1 van used to convey the Unknown Warrior restored at Tenderden:

Solar powered lights at Southampton Airport:

Boeing 787 testing suspended:

Qantas A380 engine failure:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


13/11/10    BBC2  1915-1930
           "Coast"  Norway

13/11/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  11/15  Tornado

13/11/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  12/15  GCR Past & Future

14/11/10    BBC2  2100-2200
           "James May's Man Lab"  Loosely engineering-based nonsense 3/3

15/11/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Oil and Swiss Army knives

15/11/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "The Secret Life of the National Grid"  1/3

16/11/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Whitstable to the Isle of Wight

16/11/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "Blackpool on Film"  Archive film from 19th century to the present

16/11/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "The Secret Life of the National Grid"  2/3

17/11/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  13/15  Collecting the Goods

17/11/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  14/15  Golden Oldies Gala

17/11/10    BBC2  2320-0020
           "The Secret Life of the National Grid"  3/3


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.

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

24/11/10    Moorland & City Railways Steam Running Day
           34028 Eddystone, 44767 George Stevenson, 8F 48624
           2 train timetable in operation

26/11/10-   Moorland & City Railways Diesel Gala
28/11/10    Class 37 37075, Class 33 33102, plus 2 visiting diesels
           and Class 104 DMU
           Intensive 3 train timetable

26/11/10-   Wakefield Model Railway Exhibition
28/11/10    Thornes Park Stadium, Horbury Road, Wakefield, WF2 8TY

27/11/10    New Forest Book Fair
           The Community Centre, High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

27/11/10    Letchworth MRS Model Railway Exhibition
           Etonbury Middle School, Stotfield Rd, Arlesley, Beds, SG15 6XS

28/11/10    New Forest Model Railway Society Open Day
           Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Rd, off Sway Road,
           Brockenhurst, SO42 7RY
           Layouts include Crow Arch Lane MPD, Calshot and Aldermouth
           Adult: 3, Child: 2, Family: 8

03/12/10-   West Somerset Railway: Dunster by Candlelight

04/12/10    Mid-Hants Railway Real Ale Train (RAT)

05/12/10    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

Santa Specials

04/12/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Santa Specials

04/12/10-   Swanage Railway: Santa Specials

04/12/10-   West Somerset Railway: Santa Specials

04/12/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: Thomas and Father Christmas

04/12/10-   Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Santa Specials

04/12/10-   Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials

04/12/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Santa Specials

04/12/10-   Peak Rail: Santa & Steam Specials

Cheers, Howard.
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