Subject: RAILDATE 4th February 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 04/02/2011, 17:28
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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



A webpage about the Westerham Valley Railway, Kent:

A webpage on the Three Bridge-East Grinstead line:

The Norfolk Orbital Railway:

Another East Anglia railway photograph archive:

Rail photos by Elliott Waters:

John Law's "Everything on Rails" website:

Dave Rowland's guide to the Ian Allan ABCs:

And further information on the SR ABCs from Graham Muspratt:

The Yorkshire Wolds Railway:

Another Catesby Tunnel exploration:

Appeal for funds to repair latest G&WR embankment collapse:

1864 map of London:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)


Following the link last week to a large photographic collection by Peter J
Vincent, I was interested to receive additional information about this
prolific photographer from Philip Miller.  Philip points out that this
is the most comprehensive site on the carriages and wagons of the former
Victorian Railways Department (VR) of the State Government of Victoria,
Australia.  Peter has over 300,000 photos of VR wagons, and his database
is so extensive and detailed that the VR engaged him to update their wagon
stock register.  Peter was a Suburban Electric Train Driver at the time.
Philip first met Peter around 1980 whilst he was a Special Class Signalman
at Flinders Street, Melbourne, and at that time he would wear out a Pentax
SLR camera every year; he later bought Nikon SLRs and still wore them out
in a year!  For anyone modelling the VR, this is the website to answer all
your rolling stock questions, and Philip likens it to Paul Bartlett's
British wagon site on Photopic.  Peter is still sorting and uploading
photos onto his website - Philip reports that he has a new "gizmo" that
lets him set up a copy run where he inserts the slides, presses a button,
and away it goes for a few hours!

The Association of Tourist Railways (Victoria state) has a website from
which you can download a regular electronic publication, "The Electric
Telegraph" that carries news of happenings on heritage railways within the



Great Central Railway Winter Gala:

Last journey of Wrexham and Shropshire train:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Poulton & Wyre's Fowler running, but going nowhere:
(Spotter: Peter Nicholson)

Last Train Home a US steam video:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Snow clearance in Manitoba:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Newcastle Mining Institute:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Lines that should reopen
The Campaign for Better Transport have compiled a list of lines that
people are campaigning to have reopened - or at least protected from
development so that they can later be reopened.
They have also compiled a priority list of the top 36 that should reopen.

Great British Railway Journeys
DVDs to be won:

London Underground:
LUL has begun consultation with the City of London on plans for major
improvements to Bank station.  Plans include extensive re-tunnelling to
increase capacity on Northern line platforms and interchange passageways
to meet future passenger demand.  If agreed work will start in 2015 on a
new entrance in King William Street and four high-capacity lifts.

The High Street Kensington - Edgware Road section of the Circle and
District lines will be closed between 23rd July and 23rd August 2011 to
allow tracks and drains to be renewed.

Construction of a new 3.8m cycle and pedestrian underpass at Coombes
Hole, Royston will start in March 2011.

Chiltern Services
One of the improvements to upgrade the Chiltern route to 100mph running
has been the reinstatement of the through line at Princes Risborough which
will allow non-stop trains to pass through the station at speed.  The
centre road has been reinstated from the London end but in mid-January was
awaiting the removal of a signal to enable it to be extended north and
reconnected to the running line.

Skegness station
A 21m series of improvements betwen Boston and Skegness includes the
demolition of disused station buildings at the fomer GNR terminus opened
by the Wainfleet & Firsby Railway in 1873. At the end of January the work
was well advanced.

GWR Wellington - Buildwas
A redundant bridge, removed from Honeybourne, has been delivered to the
Telford Steam Railway at Horsehay, following purchase from Network Rail
for 1.  It will eventually be used to span the A4169 at Lightmoor in
connection with the TSR's ambition to extend south towards Ironbridge
power station.

GWR Monmouth-Cheptsow
Latest news on the planned cycleway between Tintern and Wye Valley Jn.

According to councillors and business leaders, the acquisition of the
former Royal Mail sorting office adjacent to Crewe station is a tremendous
opportunity for the council and its partners to deliver a new 'rail
gateway' for Crewe and a potential transport interchange for the wider

Manchester Metrolink
Girders for the bridge over the Manchester-Todmorden line at Rochdale were
lifted into place on 1st January 2011.

A reminder to anyone planning to use the Carnforth-Barrow line later this
year.  The 500-metre long Arnside Viaduct over the estuary of the River
Kent is to close for 16 weeks from 26th March to 18th July 2011 while it
receives a new deck.  During this time, Network Rail also plans to carry
out repairs to Lindal tunnel and refurbish Ulverston station.

Irish Railways
The Irish language TV channel TG4 is running a series of documentaries on
Irish Railway history (Boithar Iarainn).  Last Sunday's program (No 3)
featured the West Clare Railway, and it can be seen in two 15-minute
segments (with English subtitles) at:

(There are other railway/transport related videos on this site, but it is
not clear how long they remain available for viewing.)

In connection with the West Clare Railway, it was reported recently that
objections to a road and rail museum at Moyasta and reinstating the level
crossing across the N67 road continue to put the long proposed extension
in doubt.  The National Roads Authority successfully appealed against
Clare County Council's approval on grounds of unacceptable reduction of

Three more high-speed lines are due to start operating in 2011.  Beijing-
Wuhan, the capital city of the central Hubei province; Beijing-Harbin the
capital of the NE province of Heilongjiang, and Tianjin-Qinhuangdao, a
coastal city in the northern Hebei province.  This is in addition to the
previously announced 820 mile line linking Beijing to Shanghai.



Rail travel at highest peacetime level since 1928:

Sea defences will keep a railway line 'viable' in Devon:

Railway cable thieft:

Final day of the c2c blue livery:

RAIB report issued on Carstairs near-miss ("near-hit", shurely...):

RAIB report on Staff injury at Torworth, Nottinghamshire:

BT Police at Oxford:

Dispute over repairs to the Mechanic Institute in Swindon:

Bishop Auckland branch given Community Rail status

NRM launches 35,000 appeal for Winston Churchill funeral locomotive:

Timetable and ticket prices for first Wirksworth-Duffield public trains:

National Railway Museum at Shildon announces new arrivals:

Monsal Trail closed for tunnel reopening work:

Woodstock's old station saved from demolition:

MSP call for more power to help alay rail fears:

Chill wind blows on Highland rail line

Fresh trouble for delayed Borders rail link:

Tree felling project signals start of work on Borders Railway:

Homes on redundant Railway land at Newport (Alexandra Dock Jn):

Thieves steal tools from Oswestry's Cambrian Railway:

Sprinklers in Channel Tunnel:

Channel tunnel threat to high-speed London-Frankfurt link:

Denmark opts for sea tunnel to Germany:

German rail crash:

Ticket barriers on Tyne & Wear Metro:

Glasgow's museums body 'mislays part of tram':

Cobham Bus museum developments:

Last Devon-London plane takes off:

BMI to close Glasgow - Heathrow service:

M Shed Museum in Bristol Docks:

Loch Lomond water bus:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps


06/02/11    BBC4  1900-1930
           "Coast"  The Hebrides

07/02/11    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "On Your Bike"  History of the bicycle 1/10

07/02/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Johannesburg's new underground railway

07/02/11    BBC4  1930-2030
           "Children of the Revolution"  The Industrial Revolution

07/02/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Horizon: Surviving a Car Crash"

08/02/11    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "On Your Bike"  History of the bicycle 2/10

08/02/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Stanstead: the Inside Story"  1/6

08/02/11    BBC4  2000-2030
           "Britain by Bike"  The Isle of Wight

09/02/11    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "On Your Bike"  History of the bicycle 3/10

09/02/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Boats That Built Britain"  Landing craft vehicle

09/02/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Angel of the Valleys"  Commemorating a 1960s mining disaster

10/02/11    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "On Your Bike"  History of the bicycle 4/10

10/02/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "Top Trumps: Earthmovers"

10/02/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "The Men who Built the Liners"  On the Clyde

11/02/11    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "On Your Bike"  History of the bicycle 5/10


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.

05/02/11-   Stafford Model Railway Show
06/02/11    Bingley Hall, County Showground, Nr Stafford

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

09/02/11    Marple Transport Society - Talk
           Navigation Inn, Marple, Cheshire
           "Traffic Patterns of PO Coal Wagons" by Ken J Smith
           Starts 2015

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

23/02/11    Romsey & District Railway Modellers Society - Talk
           10th Romsey Scout Headquarters Hut, Braishfield Road, SO51 0PB
           "The Longmoor Military Railway" & "The Carriage of Tanks"
           by Mike Walshaw
           Starts at 1930

25/02/11-   Model-Rail Scotland
27/02/11    Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow
           1100-1800 (Fri), 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)

26/02/11-   Eastleigh Model Railway Show incorporating Eurotrack 2011
27/02/11    Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh SO50 9NL
           1000-1730 (Sat), 0930-1630 (Sun)

Cheers, Howard.
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