Subject: RAILDATE 19th November 2010
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 19/11/2010, 16:21
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Further to the railtour images uploaded by Mike Morant last week, he has
now added 72 pictures of railtours on SR metals or involving SR motive

Midland Explorer Boy's photostream - a collection of over 500 photos, both
old and new, taken mainly in the South West:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

Duke of Gloucester on a wet and windy Cauldon Lowe branch:

John Allen's railway photos:

An interesting "slide show" about the Sand Hutton Light Railway, created
by the late Ron Evers:

Abandoned villages in Britain:

A wonderful resource for old maps:
(Spotter: Nick Callaghan)

A recommended supplier - they are happy to produce bespoke decals, etc:

And for gears, try:



Videos of LUL's model railway "West Ashfield" in the training centre at
Ashfield House, West Kensington:

Mid Hants Railway 13th November:
The Train Now Departing - Isle of Man Railway:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Thameslink
Demolition of buildings in the triangle between London Bridge, Railway
Approach and the bus station is nearly complete.  The first section if the
new viaduct between Borough High Street and Metropolitan Jn has been
erected and is expected to be completed over Christmas.  London Bridge
remodelling, however, has to wait until after the Olympics so the new
viaducts will remain empty until then.

London Crossrail
Balfour Beatty will carry out the design phase for four-tracking the two
miles between Plumstead and Abbey Wood including the design for the
rebuild of Abbey Wood station - the terminus of the SE leg of the route.

Chiltern Services
Some of the changes that were due to be made next May will now start from
the December 2010 timetable change.  Off-peak Marylebone-Birmingham
journeys will be reduced by 7-8min by removing most Hatton and Lapworth
stops and fewer stops at Dorridge.  To compensate a new twice-hourly
service from Leamington-Moor Street will be introduced with stops at
Hatton and Lapworth.

East-West Rail
Buckinghamshire CC has been handed responsibility for preparing the long-
awaited funding bid to central government for this project.

Bletchley Area Resignalling
Signalling Solutions, a joint venture between Alstom Transport and Balfour
Beatty Rail, has been awarded a 22m contract for the Bletchley
remodelling project.  Work is expected to start soon with final
commissioning in December 2012.

Severn bridges
Not rail related but could we soon see armed guards protecting the revenue
from the Welsh when we pay our 5.50 to cross the Severn as we travel into
Wales on the A4 or A48?

GWR Monmouth-Chepstow
It was recently reported that Sustrans had submitted plans for a cyclepath
along 4 miles of the disused Wye Valley Railway between Tintern and Wye
Valley Jn (east of Chepstow).  Last week the Forest of Dean Council gave
its approval, but similar agreement by Monmouthshire CC (who control the
west side of the river) is still awaited.

Glyn Valley Tramway
The Glyn Valley Tramway Trust has filed an application to begin the first
phase of the project which would re-open the line from Chirk railway
station to the Chirk Trout Fishery, a distance of 1.2 miles.

GNR Nottingham-Kimberley (Back Line)
People living near Eastwood are supporting a third extension to
Nottingham's tram system.  They want a stretch of line costing 100m to be
built to the NW of the city.  The route would extend from the present
Phoenix Park terminus in Nuthall (built on the alignment of the Midland
Railway Cinder Hill Colliery branch), past Hempshill Hall and Hempshill
Vale, and utilise 1 miles of the former GNR Nottingham-Derby line to
Kimberley.  It would pass Watnall and terminate at the former station next
to the old Kimberley Brewery.

Sheffield station
Railway Herald reports that the clock on a pole outside Sheffield station,
installed in 2006 as part of the development of Sheaf Square, has never
worked because there was no electricity supply.  The City Council admits
that they are responsible and is looking at ways of connecting it to the

South Yorkshire
Public consultation on the proposed 54m North Doncaster flyover (Raildate
2nd July 2010) 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 will be
replaced with a road bridge carrying John Croft Lane over the ECML.

LNWR Ellenbrook-Springs Branch and Tyldesley-Leigh
Earlier this year, Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority
(GMITA) resurrected plans for a guided busway that would link Manchester
city centre with Leigh, utilising the Ellenbrook-Tyldesley section of the
former Manchester-Wigan line and the whole of the Tyldesley-Leigh line. In
September the 76m scheme was again put on hold pending a review.
Unfortunately that review has come out in favour of the work going ahead.
Work has already begun in Ellenbrook.  The embankment (site of Ellenbrook
station) in Newearth Road west to the bridge over the line that ran from
Walkden Yard to Mossley Common Colliery is being removed.  This is the
point where buses would join/leave the busway.

LNW/L&YJt Longridge branch
Preston City Council have been considering building a park and ride tram
system that would utilise the trackbed between the M1 and Deepdale Jn with
street running from there into the city centre.  It would appear, however,
that the street running section is proving contentious and it has been
suggested that using the tunnel section through to the Maudland area
would avoid considerable traffic problems.

Durham Coast Line Resignalling
Stranton SB at Hartlepool was demolished on Friday 12th November, and
Clarence Road and Dawdon were demolished the following day.  Seaham is
remaining to work the wicket gates, and the signalling will now be between
Greatham and Ryhope Grange.  Cliff House was demolished last year.

Israel's $2bn Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high speed line is running into political
trouble following the decision to divert two parts of the route into the
West Bank.  Planning has also begun on an extension that will connect Gaza
with the city of Ramallah.

The Iranian news agency Fars reports that the Iranian-backed line between
Kaf in Iran and the western Afghanistan city of Herat will open "in the
near future."

Rift Valley Railways Investments (RVR), the operator of the Kenya and
Uganda line, has signed a management and technical services agreement with

Amrica Latina Logstica of Brazil.

Sri Lanka
Three sections of track in the north, destroyed in the 30-year ethnic war
that ended in May 2009, are to rebuilt.

Completion of two sections of the 1,318km (820mile) Beijing-Shanghai high-
speed line, which began in March 2008, has finished ahead of schedule,
drastically shortening the planned construction time and making opening
possible on National Day, 1st October 2011 (14 months early).  Future
journeys, between China's two most important cities, will take just four
hours, ten hours less than at present.



Waterloo retail balcony proposed:

Timetables from 12th December now online:

Track changes at Perth:

Three bids for a Blackpool-London rail link:

Sussex passenger train slides for two-and-a-half miles:

RAIB report into failure to stop at Stonegate (above article):

West Somerset Railway stone trains

Flooding in Cornwall - Newquay branch blocked

Strike vote on Merseyrail

Arriva Trains Wales drivers vote for strike

And then call it off

Landslip blocks Rhymney branch

Facebook posting identifies railway trespassers

Isle of Wight Steam Railway 40th birthday plans:

Reopening of NSR Cauldon Low branch:

Railsimulator 2

Birmingham Airport MAGLEV car for sale

Croydon Tramlink accident

Protests on Caracas Metro

A380 engine fault identified

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


20/11/10    BBC2  1930-1950
           "Coast"  Sandbanks, Poole

20/11/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  13/15  Collecting the Goods

20/11/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  14/15  Golden Oldies Gala

21/11/10    BBC Radio 4  1700-1740
           "File on 4: The Great Train Robbery"  Ticket prices

22/11/10    Five  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Microchips and dams

23/11/10    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  Cap Gris-Nez to Mont Saint-Michel

23/11/10    BBC4  2000-2030
           "The Yorkshire Dales on Film"  Archive film

24/11/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  14/15  Golden Oldies Gala

24/11/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  15/15  Wartime Weekend

25/11/10    Five  2000-2100
           "Demolition: the Tallest Tower"  Mexico

26/11/10    BBC2  2130-2200
           "Britain by Bike"  Using some 1940s cycling guides

27/11/10    Discovery Shed  2200-2230
           "Central Steam"  14/15  Golden Oldies Gala

27/11/10    Discovery Shed  2230-2300
           "Central Steam"  15/15  Wartime Weekend


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.

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

11/12/10    Shaftsbury Book Fair
           United Church Hall, Bell Street, SP7 8AR

11/12/10    Rye Book Fair
           Rye College, The Grove, Rye, TN31 7NQ

11/12/10    Hayle Model Railway Club Exhibition
           Hayle Day Care Centre, Commercial Road, Hayle, TR27 4DE

11/12/10-   Wigan Model Railway Exhibition
12/12/10    Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH

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

08/12/10    Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials

11/12/10-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Santa Specials

11/12/10-   Mid-Hants Railway: Santa Specials

11/12/10-   Swanage Railway: Santa Specials

11/12/10-   West Somerset Railway: Santa Specials

11/12/10-   Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Santa Specials

11/12/10-   Didcot Railway Centre: Thomas and Father Christmas

11/12/10-   Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Santa Specials

11/11/10-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Santa Trains

11/12/10-   Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials

11/12/10-   Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway: Santa Specials

11/12/10-   Peak Rail: Santa & Steam Specials

Cheers, Howard.
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