RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society:
A Happy New Year to all our readers!
Memories of the Somerset & Dorset:
Ramsgate branch history:
The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust has changed its Web
Funds are being sought to restore 35011 "General Steam Navigation" to
Photographs of the acquisition and recovery of Darley Dale footbridge. The
site will be updated as restoration work progresses:
Photographs of abandoned railway infrastructure:
North Cornwall Railway - Trelill Tunnel:
Leeds New Line - Gomersal Tunnel:
Lost railways of West Yorkshire:
Cumbria Railways site:
A railway "Good Samaritan" story:
A mountain biker's trip report of an expedition along the track of the
A range of detailed parts for modellers, including sprung buffers:
Scalescenes supply card kits that you can download and print yourself.
Click on the "railscenes" and "townscenes" links for a selection of free
(Spotter: Ted Millward)
Southern Railway vintage film, mostly made in the 1930s, and featuring
the Eastern & Central Divisions:
Tunbridge Wells to East Grinstead and Three Bridges Railway, then and now:
An animation of the sequence of events that caused the Quintinshill
The Childrens' Railway, Budapest
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)
Steam and diesel in Brazil:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)
Train re-railing - the American way:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)
Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup
The UK's best and (worst) paid jobs
Train drivers are 27th in the list of those earning over 40k.
Rail News reports that the network will be developed in two main phases.
The first will be London-Birmingham-Lichfield plus a link to HS1, and the
second will not only include the arms of the 'Y' to reach Manchester and
Leeds, but also a spur to Heathrow Airport. Some high speed trains would
continue on the conventional lines to Scotland to bring the Glasgow-London
journey time down to 3hr 30min. The projected journey time from London to
Birmingham will be 49min - or less for non-stop trains. Through trains
from the provinces to the continent will be able to run via the HS1 link,
which will be via a new tunnel from Old Oak Common to the North London
line near Chalk Farm, from where 'existing infrastructure' would be used
to reach HS1 north of St Pancras. A major interchange at Old Oak Common
will provide a direct connection with Crossrail so that passengers can
easily reach central London, or Heathrow Airport before the spur is built.
Between Amersham and Wendover a section of a proposed cutting will be
covered to create a 'green bridge' whilst a longer 'green tunnel' has been
incorporated into the route design to reduce its visual impact and avoid
severance of public rights of way. At Hartwell House, by moving the
alignment away from this historic property, HS2 Ltd have been able to
ensure that the line would not be visible from the house itself and that
additional earthworks and planting can be undertaken to further reduce
visual and noise impacts. On the most northerly section of the route, an
improved alignment has been identified which would move the line further
The Midland & South Western Junction Railway
The Swindon & Cricklade Railway will recommence passengers services on 6th
February 2011, with trains operating over the line's new extension from
South Meadow Lane giving a total run of three miles. Meanwhile, work is
continuing to extend the line further south to Mouldon Hill Country Park
with the aim of opening a new station there in 2012. To the north plans
are already in place to extend the line to a new station in Cricklade.
Oxfordshire and Berkshire
Extending overhead electrification west of Hayes to Oxford by 2016
(Raildate, 3rd December) also includes the line to Newbury.
West Midlands Signalling Centre (WMSC)
The Oxley stage of the West Midlands resignalling project (originally
planned for 2012) was commissioned on 29th November 2010 at the end of a
9-day blockade. The 16-month programme of works involved the
decommissioning of the 1969-built, 60-lever, Oxley signalbox and the
transfer of control of the Wolverhampton-Madeley section of the Shrewsbury
line to the West Midlands Signalling Centre at Saltley. Twelve miles of
main line and loops were resignalled as well as the 25-siding Oxley depot,
which stables part of Virgin's Pendolino fleet. Under the control of a
Westcad workstation in the WMSC, this type B project covered 81 Signal
Equivalent Units (SEUs) and was the first scheme to see the introduction
of Invensys Rail's Westlock computer based interlocking, with two
trackside interfaces at the the WMSC controlled over the Fibre
Transmission Network (FTN). The sequence of control between Birmingham
and Shrewsbury is now New Street PSB - Wolverhampton PSB - WMSC - Madley
Jn - Abbey Foregate Jn and Seven Bridge Jn. Oxley box is featured at:
Birmingham Moor Street
Following the reopening of bay platforms 3 and 4 on 13th December, it has
been revealed that platform 5 will also be reopened, together with a new
platform 6, if Centro's proposed Camp Hill north and west-facing chords
project to link the Bromsgrove-Tamworth line to the Moor Street route goes
ahead. The new carriage sidings built for Chiltern would then become
running lines, as part of this project includes four-tracking from the
chords into Moor Street. When completed there would be two trains an hour
from Tamworth and three from King's Norton terminating at Moor Street to
relieve New Street.
Government money for electrifying the four miles of line line between
Barnt Green and Bromsgrove has been confirmed but private funding for the
relocation of Bromsgrove station is still awaited.
Derby Loco Works
After almost 16 years at Burdett House, Porterbrook Leasing has moved into
new premises at Pride Park. The office is located on the former loco
works site and has been officially named Ivatt House after Henry Ivatt,
CME of the LMS/BR(LMR) until 1951.
History of the loco works:
GNR Awsworth Jn - Derby
Bennerley Viaduct, on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, is 1,452ft
long, 60ft high and its 16 lattice spans are carried on 15 wrought iron
columns over the River Erewash and its flood plain. Three plate-steel
skew spans on brick piers bridge the MR main line whilst additional
bridges at the east and west ends that crossed the Nottingham and Erewash
Canals are now missing. The embankments at both ends have also been
removed but full public access was planned once minor repairs had been
carried out in 1995/96. Ownership of the Grade II listed structure passed
to Sustrans in 1998, but official access has still not been achieved.
After visiting the structure in July this year members of the Sustrans
board commissioned their chief executive John Grimshaw to carry out a
survey of feasible east-west routes across the Erewash Valley which will
link towns on each side of the valley and also tie in with longer-distance
routes and the Erewash Valley Trail. Bennerley Viaduct is expected to be
the focal point of these routes and a cycling Mecca in the area.
GNR Dewsbury South Jn - Headfield Jn
Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council has submitted a planning application
for the Dewsbury & Ossett Greenway that includes virtually all of the
former GNR spur between Dewsbury South Jn and Headfield Jn, roughly half
of which is carried on viaduct and bridges. When built it will also form
a link to Kirklees Way (NCN69) which utilises part of the Dewsbury Loop,
another GNR line.
LYR Meltham branch
Those of us who like to explore old lines take it for granted that we will
encounter stretches of impenetrable vegetation but this can also happen on
sections that been converted into official paths. It is good the learn,
therefore, that this is not the case on the Meltham branch near
Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.
LNWR Chester - Holyhead line
Two parallel viaducts span the River Clwyd between Rhyl and Kinmel Bay but
presumably they were not built at the same time. Today one carries the
main line whilst the other is devoid of track. Cycling North Wales
understands the disused one is available for conversion for walking,
cycling and wheelchairs - and that Network Rail is prepared to release the
bridge for that purpose.
Following a period of uncertainty the free hourly shuttle bus (run by New
Adventure Travel), linking Rhoose/Cardiff International Airport station
with the air terminal, continues to run.
NBR Inverbervie Branch
Most of the first 1 miles of the Caledonian link to the site of
Broomfield Road Junction, is already a cyclepath (part of NCN1). Now,
according to the Montrose Review, Angus Council proposes to create a
2-mile extension to link up to the North Water Viaduct. It will use the
disused trackbed through Kinnaber, skirting around the west side of the
fields immediately south of the viaduct to avoid conflict with farming and
to maintain the privacy of Kinnaber House and its gardener's cottage. The
NBR connection across from the present Montrose station to Broomfield Jn
is now largely a road.
Graeme Bickerdike has a description of North Water Viaduct and eight
pictures on his Forgotten Relics site at:
Iarnrd ireann is confident that the new 7.6km tunnel for the DART
(Dublin Area Rapid Transit) underground scheme will get the full go-ahead.
It will come to the surface where Inchicore carriage works currently stand
but the loco shed is apparently safe. It will join the main line at the
shed/yard western throat at a grade separated junction. Four consortia
have been shortlisted for the ?2.5 billion project.
Meanwhile approval has been granted for the planned 11-mile long Metro
North light rail line from Dublin city centre serving Dublin airport en-
route to Estuary north of Swords.
Spain - France
RENFE freight trains can now travel from Barcelona's Docks to the new
cross-border line from Figueras-Perpignan since several sections of track
have been equipped with a third rail, making it dual 1,435/1,668mm gauge.
En-route, the Mollet-Girona HS line, that is also complete, will be used.
Hopes were high when Cisalpino, a subsidiary of Swiss Federal Railways
and Trenitalia, was dissolved a year ago; yet problems remain.
US enthusiasm for High Speed threatens to break the bank of Obama's rail
The Nigerian Railway Corporation's Managing Director outlines plans for
the rehabilitation of the moribund system following the Federal
Government's approval of a funding package worth N27bn.
The passenger services along the 424km main line between Luanda and
Malanje (previously reported as restarting late in 2011) was due to
commence running on 28th December 2010.
Lines of the Moamedes Railways in the south-west Namibe province are
being repaired and will be reopened in 2011 whilst the Benguela Railways
Company in the central Benguela province will be re-inaugurated in 2012.
From 20th December 2010 all passenger trains moved to a five-digit
numbering system in place of the existing four-digit system, giving each
train a unique identifiable number.
Pakistan and China are to seek funding following the completion of a
feasibility report into a line linking the two countries. The route chosen
heads north from Havelian (north of the capital Islamabad and the northern
limit of Pakistan's railways) for 466 miles to the Chinese border. It
will roughly follow the Karakorum Highway (N35) through territories
plagued by separatist violence. A bigger hurdle may be on China's side as
the railway must go through the 15,000ft high Khunjerab Pass.
Donghuan High Speed Rail, the first high-speed railway on Hainan Island,
had a test run on 26th December. Leaving Haikou East Station, in the
north, a China Railways high-speed train ran via Wenchang, Qionghai and
Wanning to arrive at Sanya, at the southern tip of the island, in 90 mins
having covered the 191 miles at an average speed of 127.66mph
IN THE NEWS
New Year rail fare increases:
Glitches on new trains mean six-month delay to services:
Future mobile phones could affect railway signalling:
Reading reconstruction work:
Reading Caversham Road opens ahead of schedule - time-lapse video:
Damage to catenary at Huntingdon:
Strike by Northern conductors:
Derailment in Summit Tunnel, Todmorden:
Rail thieves dice with death:
Trains at Nottingham station to be stopped for over a month:
Plans submitted for new Kenilworth station:
Shettleston station offers a good read:
Heated "kilts" to defrost Scotrail trains:
Honeymoon by train for Dumbarton rail crash hero:
Parry People Mover on the Mid Hants Railway:
Treffryn viaduct near St Blazey closed for repairs:
Arson attack on Barnham signalbos:
Video of its removal for preservation:
Talyllyn's journey back from the brink:
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to open in March 2011:
Tornado 60163 out of traffic until the end of April:
Construction work complete at Glasgow Riverside museum:
Scottish locomotive generates revenue for Canadian museum:
Old Black Country turntable found in Israel:
Train across France completes 'hell on wheels' journey:
Weather (and other) problems on the Berlin S-Bahn:
Stagecoach bus at Inverbevie:
Six cruise ships in port together:
Appeal to save SS Shieldhall:
Diverted Emirates Boeing 777 runs off taxiway:
Restoration of a Hawker Hunter:
Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps
TV and RADIO
07/01/11 BBC2 1830-1900
"Great British Railway Journeys" Dereham to Cromer
08/01/11 BBC4 2000-2100
"Timeshift: The Golden Age of Coach Travel"
09/01/11 BBC4 0120-0220
"Timeshift: The Golden Age of Coach Travel"
09/01/11 BBC2 2000-2100
"Coast" Inner Hebrides to Faroes
10/01/11 BBC2 1830-1900
"Great British Railway Journeys" Ledbury to Shrewsbury
10/01/11 BBC1 South 1930-2000
"Inside Out" The bombing of Portsmouth in WWII
10/01/10 BBC4 1930-2030
"John Sergeant on Tracks of Empire" 2/2 Indian railways
10/01/11 Channel 5 2000-2100
"Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers and Tinsel"
11/01/11 BBC2 1830-1900
"Great British Railway Journeys" Telford to Wrexham
11/01/11 BBC4 1930-2000
"The Beauty of Maps" The Mappa Mundi
12/01/11 BBC2 1830-1900
"Great British Railway Journeys" Chester to Conwy
12/01/11 BBC4 1930-2000
"The Ships That Built Britain" HMS Pickle
12/01/11 Channel 5 1930-2000
"How Do They Do It?" Container ships and the Panama Canal
12/01/11 Channel 5 2000-2100
"Battle of Britain: the Lost Evidence"
12/01/11 BBC4 2100-2200
"Timeshift: The Modern Age of Coach Travel"
12/01/11 BBC4 2200-0100
"The Secret Life of the Motorway" Three parts back-to-back
13/01/11 BBC4 0300-0400
"Timeshift: The Modern Age of Coach Travel"
13/01/11 BBC2 1830-1900
"Great British Railway Journeys" Llanwrst to Porthmadog
13/01/11 Channel 5 2000-2100
"Ripped from the Cockpit: BA Flight of Terror"
14/01/11 BBC2 1830-1900
"Great British Railway Journeys" Llanberis to Holyhead
For up-to-date information on tours, often with timings, see the Steam
Tours pages: http://www.uksteam.info/tours/index.htm
All details are correct to the best of my knowledge. No responsibility is
taken for inaccuracies or changes.
10/01/11- National Railway Museum
16/01/11 Nostalgic Cinema - screenings of rarely-seen railway-related
films from the NRM collection
15/01/11- St Albans Model Railway Exhibition
16/01/11 The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans AL1 3LD
1000-1800 both days
22/01/11 Manchester Victoria signalling school layout operating day
National Railway Museum, York
23/01/11 Bristol 0-Gauge Show
*** A week earlier than previously advertised ***
UWE Exhibition & Conference Centre, Filton Rd, BS34 8QZ
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