Subject: Raildate 17th June 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 17/06/2011, 13:20
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>


Further to last week's report that the Isle of Mull Railway (closed December 2010) had been
operating recently, it has been decided that the line will continue to run throughout the
summer season.  It is not running at present due to staffing difficulties, but it is hoped that
a service will run for the summer, finishing on the 1st of September.
(Spotter: Richard Maund)

Guy Gorton has been following the saga of the tunnel collapse at Gerrards Cross during the long
drawn out building of a Tesco supermarket.  The final pictures...
(Via Richard Buckby)

"Monsal Memories" is a series of six 10-minute podcasts about people who worked on, lived by or
travelled on the former Midland Railway which ran through the heart of the Peak District
national park from 1863 to 1968.  Episode 1 - The Line  (10 mins 4.2MB) memories of the line
and what the railway line was built for:
Further episodes will be released monthly - full details:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

SteamWeb - Nigel Kendall's photographic archive:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A model railway project in Derby:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)



Four parts of a cab ride on a German class 41:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Crossrail
Contractors are making a start on three Crossrail shafts - signalling the beginning of main
construction at Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations.  AECOM has been awarded the design
contract for the improvement of 13 stations west of Paddington.  The work includes platform
extensions, step-free access and bridge redesign.

London Thameslink
NR claims that the solar panels that are to be installed on the roof of Blackfriars station
will be the largest scheme of its kind in the country.  It is estimated the 6,000 square metres
of panels will generate 1,058mW of power and cut the station's carbon emissions by half.

Docklands Light Railway
On 1st June, a number of London figures, including the Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport
Secretary Philip Hammond, participated in a short test run on the new DLR Extension linking
Canning Town and Stratford International, but no date yet for public services other than it
will open this Summer.

GER Cambridge - St Ives
The cyclepath being built alongside the busway will have a hard surface following a grant of
150,000 from Sustrans.  Judging by previous reports the busway itself was well used as a
cyclepath at one stage!

Chiltern Line
On 22nd May 2011, Chiltern Railways took over the running of the Oxford-Bicester Town line from
First Great Western.  This comes ahead of Chiltern's "Evergreen 3" project, which will link the
branch to the Chiltern line and allow through trains from Oxford to Marylebone via Princes
Risborough.  On the main Marylebone-Birmingham line overnight engineering work on installation
and testing of signalling commenced on 6th June, but the bulk of the disruption will come
between between 13th-27th August with a 15-day blockade.  The first week will see the
remodelling of Neasden Junction completed, along with the new signalling in the area.  The
second week brings crossover replacement at High Wycombe along with the switch on of the new
signalling between Northolt and Haddenham & Thame Parkway.  Chiltern now says it is on course
to launch its improved services on 5th September 2011.

North Cotswold Line
NR completed the first phase of the upgrade on 6th June 2011 by reinstating double track
between Charlbury and Ashton-under-Wychwood, and opening new platforms at both stations.  A
second line closure takes place 6th-22nd August to allow new track and signalling to be
commissioned between Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham.  Single line track will remain between
Wolvercot Jn and Charlbury (at the Oxford end) and between Evesham and Norton Jn (at the
Worcester end).

Work is proceeding on the new 6.8m Northern Rail station at Buckshaw village on the
Preston-Manchester line near Chorley.  Completion is due in the Autumn and when open it will be
served by three trains per hour.

L&YR goods shed, Halifax
A feature in the Halifax Courier on 18th May 2011 drew attention to the plight of the 1849
grade II listed Shaw Syke goods shed, located on the west side of the line south of Halifax

County. Durham
The Weardale Railway has announced that the seven-day-a-week "Community Rail Service" provided
by class 141 pacers will continue to operate during 2011 but, due to lack of suitable locos,
there will be no heritage trains.

A massive station could be built in Glasgow's East End to take new high-speed trains from

French tramway/metro maps plus London and important cities in Spain, Switzerland and Italy.

The posh West Bay area of Doha, described by many as Qatar's Manhattan, will have its own
railway network, besides being linked to the metro rail system of Greater Doha.

JSC Azerbaijan Railways began work on 10th June 2011 on the reconstruction of the Baku-Boyuk
Kasik railway, which is part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars transport corridor.

The Assam Tribune reports that, according to a new schedule drawn up by the Railway Ministry,
Imphal (capital of Manipur) is likely to find a place in the railway map of India in 2016.



Compensation for delays SWT on 9th June:

Traffic increase on ELL:

RAIB report into LUL Northern Line - Highgate runaway:

Thameslink setback could put Bombardier future at risk:

Cable theft increase in Scotland:

Contractor withdraws from Border Railway bidding process:

Fire on train at Rhyl (175001 on 1044 Llandudno-Manchester Picc):

Top Gear trio pull latest stunt at Great Central Railway:

Gem of Cromer's railway history saved by enthusiasts:

Coal Traffic tests on Weardale Railway:

Industrial Action on NYMR:

Rail volunteers close in on grant:

Chaffinch stands proud as Worcestershire railway works completes first contract:

Jackie Milburn Loco Goes On Display At Woodhorn:

Solar panels over high speed line in Belgium:

Stagecoach investment in Istanbul ferry operator:

Permanent Way team expands:

Easyjet to fly from London Southend Airport:

Liberty Belle B17 crashes:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Nick Wheat


19/06/11    BBC4  1900-2000
           "Hammond Meets Moss"  Stirling stuff.

19/06/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Coast"  New series 3/6  The Netherlands

20/06/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Made in Britain"  We still have a manufacturing industry, apparently

21/06/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "Art Deco Icons"  Claridges

21/06/11    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Coast"  New series 3/6  The Netherlands

22/06/11    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "The Completists"  A collection of British-made motor scooters

22/06/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Beauty of Maps"  1/4 Medieval maps

22/06/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Maps, Power, Plunder and Possession"  1/3 The creation of maps

23/06/11    BBC Radio 4  1545-1600
           "The Completists"  Timetable collection of Middleton Press's Vic Mitchell

23/06/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "World's Most Extreme Airports"  The top ten

24/06/11    BBC Radio 4  1100-1130
           "Reversing Dr Beeching"  How Scotland has reopened lines and stations

24/06/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  6/8

24/06/11    BBC4  2305-0005
           "The Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharp"  Watch for the Blues Train!


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

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

18/06/11-   German Railway Society, Trent Group: Small & Friendly European Show
19/06/11    Cromford Community Centre, Market Square, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 3RE
           Layouts in various scales including Derek Gilkerson's Zwiesboden
           1030-1700 both days
           Adult: 3, Senior/Concession: 2.50, Child: 2, Family: 5

19/06/11    Peak Rail: Peak Park Preserved Bus Gathering

20/06/11    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville NG16 5NN
           "The Butterley Tunnel" by Tina Cordon
           Starts: 1930

21/06/11    Peak Railway Association (Chesterfield Branch) Slideshow
           New Inn, 229 Mansfield Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, S41 0JJ
           John G Robinson & Other Railway Artists: Pt 1, Ken Grainger

25/06/11    Manchester Victoria signalling school layout operating day
           National Railway Museum, York

25/06/11-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Duffield carnival Open Days
26/06/11    Also VW Meet (both days) and Austin-Healey Meet (26th)

02/07/11    Train Collectors Society Sandy Exhibition
           Sandy Upper School, Sandy, Befordshire, SG19 1BL

02/07/11-   Romsey Signal Box Open Day
03/07/11    In association with Romsey Arts Festival
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

03/07/11    Twyford Waterworks: Miniature Steam & Models

02/07/11-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Classic Transport Event

02/07/11-   Peak Rail: Matlock Station Festival Reopening

03/07/11    Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Day, Cromford Canal
           Engine in motion 1200-1700

03/07/11    Middleton Top Winding Engine, Cromford & High Peak Rly
           Engine in motion 1300-1630

03/07/11    Churnet Valley Railway: Strawberry & Steam Sunday

Cheers, Howard.
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