Subject: Raildate 1st July 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 01/07/2011, 14:20
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Railways in paintings:

BBC Yorkshire recently included a programme concentrating on the NRM railway posters (available
until Sunday):
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

A photographic survey of the Settle & Carlisle line:
(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

New tube map:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Meanwhile - a French take on the London Underground map (together with lots of other Metro
(Spotter: David Moore)

TfL is inviting views on possible District line timetable changes.  The proposed reduction in
weekday service would (apart from continuation of the weekend service) revert to situation
prior to 12th May 1986 when the branch ran an "exhibition service only".
(Spotter: Richard Maund)

An interesting journal article for students of the Midland Railway - "Railway Derby:
occupational community, paternalism and corporate culture 1850-90" by George Revill, Department
of Geography, Oxford Brookes University.

After being unavailable since the early part of January, the Moorland & City Railways website
has been re-vamped and is up and running:
(Spotter: Andy Sollis)

Strawberry and Steam community project at Hedge End theatre:

A major survey of the remaining railway structures in County Louth and County Monaghan is here:
(Spotter: Richard Maund)

Bluestar New Forest open top tours:

A website devoteed to complex junctions between highways in the United States:



World record longest model train:
(Spotter: Larry Schwartz)


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Resignalling policy
According to Rail Magazine, because of union considerations, Network Rail is keeping plans to
axe over 800 signal boxes and replace them with around 15 control centres under wraps until
later in the summer.  With each box bringing in a labour bill of 300,000 a year, savings could
be vast whilst for signalling contractors the project could see a new control centre opening
very year for 15 years!

York station improvements
Network Rail has decided that improvements planned at Holgate Junction will not be commissioned
over the August Bank Holiday after they discovered that they are more complex than at first
thought!  A new date has not been announced.

NER York - Beverley
The "Rail Campaign", which seeks to re-open the 34-mile route between York and Beverley, is
launching a new branch in York.  The first meeting will take place at the Railway Institute at
10.30 on Saturday 23rd July 2011.



Train services cancelled 'due to heat':

Storm disruption on ECML and East Anglia:

Case for electrification Cardiff - Swansea:

Critics of high-speed rail are 'well-off nimbys':

Photos in Eastleigh Works:

Railways help keep UK shop sales on track:

Class 73 rebuilding programme:

Review of Freight liner class 70 locos:

Badly bent 70012 starts its journey home:

Memorial for child victims of UK's worst rail crash:

Man dies after crashing onto railway line:

Charles and Camilla open Llandovery railway station:

Stagecoach profits increase:

Fatality on Metropolitan line :

Mid Hants loco roster:

HRA reception at House of Commons:

The proposed Bombardier new-build electro diesel:

China tests Beijing-Shanghai bullet train:

Canadian National fuel economy:

$16m grant to California regional passenger operators:

Protests over new high-speed line between Turin and Lyon:

Cable thefts cause Metro problems in Tyneside:

Signalling failure on Manchester Metrolink:

Edinburgh trams: Councillors vote on project's fate:

...and decide to carry on:

Integrated bus services in Oxford:

Airbus orders from Asia:

Flypast for closure of RAF Lyneham:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price


03/07/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Coast"  4/6 The Western Isles and Shetland

04/07/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Godstone, Surrey and Crystal Palace

04/07/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Fresh water for Las Vegas and a supersized TV

04/07/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Made in Britain"  3/3 Britain's manufacturing industry

04/07/11    BBC4  2200-2300
           "Fords's Dagenham Dream"  The rise and fall of the car plant

04/07/11    BBC4  2300-0000
           "Timeshift: Hotel Deluxe"  Luxury hotels

05/07/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Waterloo to Canary Wharf

05/07/11    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Coast"  4/6 The Western Isles and Shetland

05/07/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "Art Deco Icons"  Casa del Rio, Devon

05/07/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Monster Moves"  1/6 A submarine rescue ship is moved

06/07/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Enfield to Cambridge

06/07/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "The Beauty of Maps"  3/4 17th century Dutch maps

06/07/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Maps, Power, Plunder and Possession"  3/3 Mapping the world

07/07/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Ely and Kings Lynn

07/07/11    ITV1  1930-2000
           "Meltdown on the Railways"  Coping with overcrowding

07/07/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Robot car builders

07/07/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  1/8 Repeat of series 1

07/07/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Horizon: 40 Years on the Moon"  A look back

07/07/11    BBC4  2100-2200
           "High Flyers: How Britain Took to the Air"  The golden age of air travel

08/07/11    BBC2  1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Norfolk

08/07/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Danger: Diggers at Work"  1/6 Breaking up a Boeing 747


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

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

03/07/11    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           To be followed at 1530 by the AGM
           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

04/07/11    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch) Slideshow
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG
           Reedy's Railway Rambles, Gordon Reed

06/07/11    Churnet Valley Railway: Scenic Evening Passenger Service

09/07/11-   Churnet Valley Railway: UK Paper Brass Band
10/07/11    Sunday: Velocipede Rally

10/07/11    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Morris Minor Meet

16/07/11    Peak Rail: Class 44 "Penyghent" and 31 31270 operating

16/07/11-   Romsey Signal - Romsey Arts Festival operating
17/07/11    In association with Romsey Arts Festival
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

17/07/11    Mid-Hants Railway: Bus Rally & Running Day

Cheers, Howard.
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