Subject: Raildate 3rd June 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 03/06/2011, 12:53
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>



Yet another victim of the demise of Fotopic was Geoff Plumb.  Like many others, he is slowly
rebuildung his site on SmugMug:

An excellent site for planning European rail travel, which offers the most extensive range of
train tickets throughout Europe:
(Spotter: Stephen Dias)

The Station Colours website - featured before, but worth another mention:
(Spotter: Mark Ingamells)

Recent "explores"...
Brierley Tunnel, H&BR:
Queensbury-Halifax branch:
Connaught Road Tunnel, Dockland:
Dunton Basset Tunnel, Leicester:

Photo Essay on Cornwall's abandoned mines:



Audio slideshow: The Restoration Game:


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Thameslink
The final phase of the programme includes plans to create a bigger and better London Bridge
station.  The number of through tracks will increase from six to nine (with a corresponding
reduction in the number of terminating ones).  The listed train shed roof on the terminating
(LB&SC) side of the station will be demolished, whilst a massive new concourse will sit
underneath the tracks with two new entrances provided on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street.

South London
Birse Metro has been awarded the 75m contract to build the extension from Surrey Quays to
Clapham Junction, the final part of the London Orbital network.  Work has already begun on just
under one mile of new railway between Silwood Junction (south of Surrey Quays station on the
ELL) and the site of Old Kent Road Junction (north of Queen's Road, Peckham, station on the
existing South London line).  A new bay platform will be built at Clapham Junction (from the
existing platform 2) creating two platforms for London Overground.  Meanwhile, the 14.5m
makeover of Clapham Junction station, that included a new entrance from St John's Hill, has
been completed and was officially opened on 19th May 2011.

Clapham Junction
Work commenced earlier this year on track and signalling alterations affecting the working of
the line between Clapham Jn and Kensington Olympia, which is under the control of Victoria ASC
located at Clapham Junction.  It includes the redoubling of the Latchmere Curve and new points
(secured OOU pending commissioning) have been been installed on the Up and Down West London
lines at Latchmere No 2 Junction (00.68ch) and at (1m 02ch) forming part of a crossover south
of Imperial Wharf station.

East Kent Resignalling
Works on the East Kent Resignalling project covering
Sittingbourne-Faversham-Ramsgate/Shepherd's Well continues.  Commissioning is scheduled for
January 2012 when Canterbury East, Faversham, Margate, Ramsgate and Shepherd's Well signal
boxes plus Teynham Crossing box will close.

GWR Culm Valley Light Railway
According to the Devon newspaper "The Herald" there are proposals to convert the disused
Hemyock branch into a cyclepath.  This line, aka the Culm Valley Light Railway, ran for seven
miles between Tiverton Junction and Hemyock and lost its passenger service in 1963.

Severn Bridge Station Signal box
The Midland type 4a signal box at Severn Bridge station on the GW/MR joint line from Lydney to
Sharpness opened in 1911.  It presumably closed at the same time as the line on 26th October
1960, resulting from the collapse of the bridge after being struck by the 229-ton tanker
Wastdale.  The box reportedly spent many years in West London but has now, along with its
long-term owners, moved to the Somerset village of North Brewham (close to the West of England
main line NE of Castle Cary).

GWR Monmouth - Chepstow
Further to last week's post, Sustrans says it is dismayed that Monmouthshire County Council
officials still have not advised their planning committee on the application, lodged nine
months ago, to secure a cycleway along the disused line between Tintern and Chepstow, but has
vowed to fight on after the delay led to a funding cut.  Full report at:

South Wales
Five miles of the main line between Swansea and Llanlelli were singled in 1986, and today this
constrains service frequency.  NR has therefore decided to redouble the track, but the
1852-built, Grade II listed, 235yd-long, timber trestle, Loughor Viaduct will first have to be
replaced, because it is too week to support loads associated with double track.

The GWR Steam Railmotor No 93, restored at Llangollen, was put through its paces at Didcot last
Saturday 28th May.

Thames Valley Signalling & Control Centre
Signalling Solutions has been selected to deliver new interlocking on the GW main line as part
of the Crossrail project.  The 'Crossrail Surface Signalling West Inner' relocking project will
see the existing 13 solid state interlockings (SSI) at Slough replaced by four of the parent
company's Alstom Smartlock 400T interlockings to be controlled remotely from TVSC at Didcot.
The area concerned extends for 12 miles from Paddington-West Drayton including the Heathrow
branch and should be up and running by Christmas 2011.

Work on the 25m 1,580yd single track Nuneaton North Chord, mostly on embankment to carry
freight traffic from the Leicester direction over the four tracks of the WCML (reported in
Raildate 13th August 2010) started this Spring.  It is expected to take 18 months to complete.
Full details, maps and photos at:

The WCML bottleneck at Norton Bridge, north of Stafford, has featured in Raildate several times
over the past eight months, but now Network Rail have announced its preferred plan to solve the
problem.  The chosen scheme will take Birmingham to Manchester trains up and over the main line
rather than across it, and includes a new 4km section of track to the west of the existing main

Ambergate - Matlock line
In the vicinity of High Peak Junction, aqueducts carried the Cromford Canal over the MR main
line south of Lea Wood tunnel, over the River Derwent and (the long disused Lea Wood branch)
over MR line again at the north end of the tunnel.  Rail magazine reports that the 163-year-old
iron aqueduct over the Derby-Matlock line at Cromford is to be renovated at a cost of 450,000.
The five-month programme of repairs has been approved by English Heritage.

Manchester East Control Centre
Ashburys and Guide Bridge, the two ex-GC signal boxes that control the line from Manchester
Piccadilly to Glossop and Hadfield from just east of Ardwick to a point between Newton and
Godley, are to close.  Ashburys (formerly Ashburys East Junction) also controls the line SE
towards Romiley Jn (Up Main to Belle Vue, Down Main from Brinnington) whilst Guide Bridge
(formerly Ashton Junction) also controls the lines towards Stalybridge and Woodley.  Both were
built in 1906 and both had a NX panels installed in 1984.  Amey Rail has been awarded a 6.48m
contract to transfer control to what NR describes as an "interim" Manchester East Control
Centre housed in the Manchester South Signalling Centre at Stockport.

North West
Up to seven Blackpool-Liverpool Lime Street trains have been extended to Liverpool South

Construction of the 14.4m scheme to provide a southern access to Leeds station from the
Granary Wharf area of the city by building a futuristic southern entrance is expected to start
in March 2013 with completion the following year, not 2012 as claimed at:

The station buildings at Fort Matilda, on the Gourock branch, are to be converted into a model
railway clubhouse following a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust's Station Regeneration

Dublin Luas (trams)
On 3rd May, driver training started on the 4.2km Belgard-Saggart branch off the Red Line (The
Point-Tallaght).  Full passenger operation is expected to start during the first week in July.

The European Commission has adopted a new standard that requires harmonised computerised
timetable and fare data to be available on the Trans European Network.  This is likely to lead
to compatible systems operating for entire national networks.

DB has signed a contract with Siemens for up to 300 new high speed ICx EMUs to replace
conventional loco-operated InterCity trains, and eventually the ICE1 and ICE2 fleets as well.

Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) is to be restructured with the aim of stemming losses and
privatising commercial activities.

It has, however, lost a court battle trying to cancel an order for 30 sleeping cars with
Turkey's state owned manufacturer Tuvasas.

The Transport Ministry is recommending the closure of 1,474km of the countries state-owned CFR
17,691km network to reduce public expenditure.



Deltic locomotive back in service due to freight demand:

Wires down Peterborough - Grantham:

Stratford remodelling complete:

RAIB Update - EMT Meridian derailment Market Harborough:

RAIB Update - Runaway freight at Shap August 2010:

RAIB Update - Derailment caused by Ice in Summit Tunnel December 2010:

Flying Scotsman unveiled at National Railway Museum:

Meet the staff keeping the National Railway Museum on track:

Push/pull working on the Swanage Line:

Severn Valley assistance for G&WR:

Bure Valley Railway crash:

G&WR volunteer driving on the Talyllyn:

Riverside Museum in Glasgow:

NIR class 4000 diesel units:

New bus station for Slough:

Titanic: How can a disastrous ship be celebrated?

Belfast remembers Titanic launch:

Cruise ships visiting Belfast:

Inquest into Biz-jet crash near Biggin Hill 30th March 2008:

Aberdeen to Azerbaijan air service:

Spotters: Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps


04/06/11    BBC2  1840-1910
           "Dad's Army"  The Royal Train

04/06/11    BBC4  2225-2325
           "African Railway"  A look at the Tazara Railroad

05/06/11    BBC2  1810-1900
           "Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections"  5/6 The Space Shuttle

05/06/11    BBC4  1900-2000
           "Britain's Park Story"  Dan Cruickshank

05/06/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Coast"  New series 1/6 London to Antwerp

06/06/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Between the Lines: Railways in Fiction and Film"  With Andrew Martin

07/06/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "The Country House Revisited"  Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Down

08/06/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Explosions: How We Shook the World"

10/06/11    BBC2  1930-2030
           "Coast"  New series 1/6 London to Antwerp

10/06/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  4/8

10/06/11    BBC2  2100-2130
           "Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks"  2/4 The Worcester & Birmingham Canal


All details are correct to the best of my knowledge.  No responsibility is accepted for
inaccuracies or changes.

04/06/11-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Day, Cromford Canal
05/06/11    Engine in motion 1200-1700

05/06/11    Twyford Waterworks: Industrial Railways & Communications

05/06/11    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

05/06/11    Andover Bus Rally

05/06/11    Cheltenham Coach Rally

05/06/11    Middleton Top Winding Engine, Cromford & High Peak Rly
           Engine in motion 1300-1630

05/06/11    Churnet Valley Railway: Alf Tunstall Classic Bus Rally

06/06/11    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch) Slideshow
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG
           Another Round Britain Tour, John Morten

12/06/11    Strawberries and Steam
           Copythorne, nr Southampton

12/06/11    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Rolls Royce Meet

12/06/11    Churnet Valley Railway: Cream Tea & Steam

16/06/11    Bynea and Llwynhendy Local History Society: talk
           Red Cow, Bynea, Carmarthenshire SA14 9LP
           "Brunel in South Wales" by Stephen Jones
           Begins 1900

18/06/11    Solent Railwayana Auctions
           Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AL
           Viewing: 0800, Start: 1000

18/06/11-   GWSG Exhibition
19/06/11    Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8SF
           (approx 10 minute walk from Bristol Parkway station)
           1100-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
           Adult: 6.00, GWSG Members: 5.00, Partners & U16: Free
           Refreshments available will include hot snacks

18/06/11-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Triumph Car Meet

19/06/11    Copythorne Strawberries and Steam

Cheers, Howard.
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