Subject: RAILDATE 21st January 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 21/01/2011, 17:52
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



Cornwall's Lost Railways:

Photographs by Keith Sanders:

Roger Norfolk's Railway Photo Gallery:

The Time Capsules photo web site, owned and run by Marcel, based in
Cromarty, Scotland:


On BBC4 at the weekend, there was a documentary on Sister Rosetta Tharpe -
"The Godmother of Rock & Roll" - a fascinating programme, but never more
so than when we got to her visit to the UK in 1964.  Granada TV made a
programme that included her and several fellow blues and gospel performers
(including Muddy Waters and Otis Spann) giving a concert on the platform
of the disused Wilbraham Road station - renamed "Chorltonville" for the

Called "The Blues and Gospel Train", the audience was delivered to the
venue by a special train from Manchester Central hauled by Ivatt Class 2MT
2-6-0 fitted with a cowcatcher, headlamp and other accoutrements to make
it look like a American steam loco.  The audience sat on the opposite
platform to where the performance was taking place.

There are some details of the event on the Disused Stations record for the

This includes a link to a short film of the proceedings (incorrectly dated
1963 - it was actually 7th May 1964):

This is a slightly different edit of the original footage to that shown on
the BBC 4 programme, and fails to include a good view of the locomotive.
To see it in its full glory, you can watch the programme on iPlayer for
the next 2 days (the railway sequence starts around 47 minutes in):

Totally bizarre, and I'm amazed that BR let the loco out in that state,
even if it was travelling over the little-used Fallowfield loop line!



Blackfriars station redevelopment video:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

East Midlands steam fans support heritage railways:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

A host of photos and videos here:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Museum of all the American Railroad Train Whistles:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

The capital's first skyscraper and former London Transport HQ, 55 Broadway
(once the tallest building in the capital but now dwarfed by its
neighbours) has been honoured by the government with a rare Grade I

Gloucestershire/Warwickshire Railway
The G/WR has announced an April 2011 opening for its two mile extension
north to the reopened halt at Laverton, providing a 12-mile run to
Cheltenham Racecourse.

In order to permit loco haulage between Boston and Skegness Network Rail
plan to upgrade the line. This will involve bus replacement of passenger
services at weekends and early morning/late evening trains Monday-Friday
probably February to early summer 2011.

Plans could be submitted early in 2011 for a new east-west road that would
divert road traffic away from the bottleneck station level crossing and
enable High Street to be pedestrianised.

M&GN Little Bytham - Sutton Bridge
Moulton station on the Midland & Great Northern east of Spalding has been
modernised and extended since it closure in 1959 and is now is on the
market for 550,000.

Network Rail is ready to let the contract for the 700,000 refurbishment
of Burton-upon-Trent station.

According to the Scarborough Cliff Railways site, the town has five, three
of which South Cliff, Central Tramway and St Nicholas Cliff are open,
whilst North Cliff and Queen's Parade are closed.  St Nicholas Cliff has,
however, been out of use for four years and the town council now say they
may have to sell it as they cannot afford the repairs which have spiralled
in that time from 93,000 to 630,000!

County Durham
Durham County Council has approved further investigation into a new
station on the Coast line between Sunderland and Hartlepool.  It will be
known as Sea View South and located next to an industrial estate at
Horden, 12 miles south of Sunderland.

The long awaited revamp of Glasgow Queen Street station is now out to

Belfast & County Down Railway
Volunteers sprucing up the Comber Greenway NCN99, which runs seven miles
from inner east Belfast to Comber, have unearthed the platform at Knock

Scenic train journeys in Norway.

The Russian run South Caucasus Railways (SCR) has retimed some of its
passenger trains.

United Arab Emirates
Union Railway (UR), set up in 2009 to spearhead plans for a 1500km network
across all seven emirates, is hoping that the freight and passenger
network will start its first complete service in 2017.  Eventually, the
system will connect the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat city in the West
and Oman via Al Ain in the East.

According to the California High Speed Rail Blog, Japan's Ambassador to
the United States has offered to put up half the money for California HSR.



Kings Cross upgrade on show:

Thieves take 70 tonnes of track near Doncaster:

Castleford railways targeted in cable theft crackdown:

"Scorched earth" jibe over rail track tree clearing:

Railways told to improve services amid snow chaos:

Ryde Pier Head rebuilding pictures:

DB Schenker to create a new fleet of super 60 locomotives:

The Marylebone of the Midlands:

Ryde St Johns Signal box has received some TLC:

Unearthing lost stations in Norwich:

Rare structure uncovered in Hayle:

DLR strike:

Arriva Trains Wales services to Wrexham:

Plans to refurbish Llandudno station:

Part of Conwy Valley branch blocked by flooding:

Fuel price 'threat to heritage railway':

Oswestry railway landmark is returned:

60163 Tornado boiler to return to builder for repairs:

Steam railway suffers another embankment collapse:

Mid Hants 31806 restored:

Didcot Railway Centre aims to buy 50-year lease from Network Rail:

Commuter train plan for Keighley & Worth Valley Railway:

Workers at Keighley near the end of overhaul of two iconic engines:

Work begins on Ffestiniog Railway bridge:

De-icing fluid sold to Finnish Railways:

Searchers fail to find sunken locomotive on first try:

Gosport & Fareham bus way:
Fareham Area Rapid Transit (FART)?

New Blackpool tram design unveiled by council:

Record sales for Airbus Industries:

East Midlands airport investing in snow clearing equipment:

Airline advertises trains:

China to purchase 200 Boeing aircraft:

RAF HS125 Dominie trainers withdrawn:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, George Moffat, Reg Nerps, Nick


21/01/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys" Langley Mill to Melton Mowbray

24/01/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys" London Bridge to Chatham

24/01/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Saving falling planes with parachutes

25/01/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys" Aylesford to Tunbridge Wells

25/01/11    BBC2  1900-1930
           "Coast"  The Irish Sea

25/01/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Beauty of Maps"  Dutch cartography

25/01/11    BBC4  2000-2030
           "Britain by Bike"  Lynmouth to Ilfracombe

26/01/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys" Canterbury To Margate

26/01/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Boats That Built Britain"  The Reaper

26/01/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "The Golden Age of Coach Travel"

27/01/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys" Sandwich to Folkestone

27/01/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Cowboy hats, diving and airline meals

27/01/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "The Modern Age of Coach Travel"

28/01/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys" Hythe to Hastings


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.

21/01/11    Stephenson Locomotive Society - Talk
           "Hush-Hush" by William Brown
           Mining Institute, next to Newcastle Central Station
           Starts 1900

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

29/01/11-   Southampton Model Railway Show
30/01/11    Barton Peveril College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 5BX
           1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)

06/02/11    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

19/02/11    Manchester Victoria signalling school layout operating day
           National Railway Museum, York

21/02/11    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           "Rails to Ripley" by Howard Sprenger
           Starts: 1930

Cheers, Howard.
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